PTSD: But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Men like to say that actions speak louder than words. It is true that God values action, but He sees even deeper than that! It is important for God that we get our hearts right. Righteousness starts not with action, but with what is in our heart, and grows from there. If your heart is pure, then the Lord will choose you as His servant.

Father, there is much my heart has been through. I have not taken care of it, and it is filthy and weak. Only through Christ can it be cleaned! Wash my heart anew oh God, that I might find righteousness and serve your will daily. Amen.

A Better Life

The son of a longtime Marine, Kyle had always considered following in his father’s bootsteps. When it was time for Kyle to choose a career path after high school, terrorists attacked on 9/11, and he immediately joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Within months, he was deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and then to Fallujah, Iraq.

“‘The last insurgent hotbed’ is basically how they described it,” Kyle says. He recalls the ominous feeling of being told he was going to the one city where “all of the bad guys” were concentrated.

Kyle witnessed many casualties during his four years of service as a field radio operator and had a rough transition back into civilian life.

“It affected me quite a bit. When I first came back, I was drinking pretty heavy. I was just generally more irritable, having more outbursts,” he says. What’s more, Kyle couldn’t find a good job. The stress and disappointments piled up alongside the troubling memories he’d brought home. Within three years of transitioning out of the military, Kyle was arrested twice for violent behavior and was also placed in mental health facilities.

Veterans of conflicts in Vietnam and Korea mentored Kyle and encouraged his healing and recovery. Kyle believes he would have resisted treatment had it not been for the men telling him over and over that what VA offered could be “a blessing” to him.

Kyle was diagnosed with PTSD and treated with cognitive behavioral therapy at VA. He has since earned a master’s degree in criminology and is working toward a doctorate in sociology. And he now has a son, whom he credits with giving his life meaning.

Kyle used a VA loan to buy a house. He rents some of the rooms to other Veterans who are getting back on track, paying forward the kind of Veteran-to-Veteran support that helped Kyle turn his life around.

“Just the opportunity to be able to open the door and walk outside and look at the sun — that ability is something not to be taken for granted. I did really get lucky,” Kyle says. “Let people reach out and grab you and pull you up. Seek help before it gets too far.”Stay Connected.

Remember you don’t have to be in the arm forces to develop PTSD. Domestic Violent Survivor develop PTSD. But everyone ignores these facts. I was shot on American in 2013 by my husband who then killed himself. I have been living empty for 9 years. Wanting to know why? Being a Christian I have to trust God to help me through now knowing why. It’s hard, but with the Word of God, I am healing one day at a time.

God please allow me to hold a fundraiser so I can rebuild my life. I have been through years of domestic violence since I was 2 years old. I am now 49, and have never had anything stable on earth. Only thing stable is knowing God is always with me. I praise the Lord for that. I am not asking for a pity party. Just God fearing people willing to help a widow rebuild a life to help other recovering victims of human trafficking. Griving is part of the healing process, because we lost everything. People are ignorent and don’t care about their fellow humankind.

Lord knows these cities can be ran by domestic violent survivors because of God living in our hearts.

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