I am often asked why I don’t associate with my birth mother, my brother, and two of my half-brothers. The conversations all start with, “How is your…?” To which I reply, “I’m not really sure, I haven’t seen them or talked to them in years”. Then I am asked “Why?” To keep it simple, I just say that we took different paths in life, which sums it up in a nutshell, but that never seems to be an acceptable answer, because as soon as it’s said, the interrogation begins. At this point, I usually just say that the house I grew up in was abusive so I walked away, so I wouldn’t become a product of that environment. I am then told, in so many words, that it’s sinful and wrong that I’ve cut off ties with my family; that it doesn’t matter that they were or are abusive to me, the proper thing to do is be patient and tolerant of their sins.
Original Air Date: September 9, 2013
Miracle is so up front and personal when she’s sharing. A truly honest, down to earth gem. It’s such a pleasure having her in the studio and on the Coffee & Christ team.
Original Air Date September 23, 2013
Rachael Jackson and Shattered Magazine are doing great things. We will be reading this magazine for years to come. I look forward to seeing it on the shelf of every grocery store.
This show was extremely eye-opening as to way we should treat others in their time of need, regardless of the situation. I was blessed beyond measure having been a part of it.
Forgiveness does not mean pretending everything is “OK.” It doesn’t mean forgetting the hurt either. Forgiveness is simply the act of surrendering our desire for revenge; our desire to hurt someone for having hurt us. Forgiveness is the gift we give ourselves that enables us to stop picking at the scab and start making a plan for healing.
Watch Joy Brown as she shares her testimony on the Coffee & Christ show: When God Calls
We shouldn’t be living our lives scarred, or playing victim. What’s important is that we judge ourselves first and make the necessary changes within ourselves and in our lives to live everyday to the fullest, surrounded by those that we love and look up to.
Here’s more of the Coffee & Christ show:
Can You Forgive and Still Remain Angry
Seeing Past Your Nose
Forgiveness & Moving Forward with Eternal Perspective