Amber Newberry and I met through Holy Yoga. She is the founder of www.beautifulandbeloved.com where she offers many different modalities of inspiration and healing for women including videos, writings, a shop, essential oils and Holy Yoga, all designed as resources for women, to remind them that they are beautiful and beloved.
I am so grateful to Amber for sharing her story here. She shares her experience with sexual assault and a rape as a teenager that led to an abortion. Amber recalls feeling unworthy until she heard the Gospel for the first time and realized God loves her. This began her journey of healing. Now, she embraces her calling to be a “wounded healer” and help others find freedom.
Amber and I hope and pray that this conversation blesses you and that no matter what kind of trauma and life experience you have been through, you are not alone. You are worthy of God’s grace and healing. You are beautiful and you are beloved.
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I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend Jane!
Jane Reed Henson is an artist, author and photographer who loves life and really loves Jesus. She delights in sharing her journey of spiritual healing through different aspects of art and writing. Her concept that living painterly, embracing the brushstrokes of life, allows for a freedom like no other has truly given her the strength to live life fully while following God’s great design for her life. She is the creator of the “Painterly Living Workshops”.
Jane is also a foster adoptive mom who advocates for the unconditional love foster children are so deeply in need of. In her latest book, Beyond Expectations, Jane shows the value and the ability we all have within ourselves to love and transform the lives of others through letting go of our expectations of them and seeing them through God’s eyes.
Jane has authored Women of God Live Redeemed, Living Blessed and her cookbook, Simple Quinoa. Her first release “Blessed With MS” is currently in a review and editing process as she rewrites this memoir from a new perspective. Jane is also penning a new book, The Art of Painterly Living, full of soulful spiritual healing though the use of art to be released soon! She spends her days following whatever calling God places in front of her. Some days she paints, others she writes and some she looks through the lens of her camera and captures whatever God places in her day.
She considers herself a free spirit of sorts. She freely follows the guidance of the Holy Spirit and fully embraces wherever she is led.
All great paintings require restoration over time. Some of the greatest earthly paintings of all time have had restoration work done. Even the Sistine Chapel underwent a cleaning and restoration in order to get centuries of dust and candle soot off its walls and ceiling. As a newborn we are a blank canvas. Through the years we are covered with our own dust and soot. These come in the form of hurts, losses, let downs and broken relationships. At times we can be covered so deeply in suffering that the dust is caked on and it is hard to restore us to the glory we are meant to be. Just as a restoration artist has to recognize and know the design of the original artist in order to restore, we cannot be restored until we accept and recognize God’s design for us.
This is such an important conversation. I’m so grateful to Brandy for her willingness to share her story and to help others in their healing. Brandy is a marriage and family therapist. She is also a two time survivor of suicide loss. She is the author of “The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide”.
“After a suicide, loved ones painfully struggle to make sense of the unexplainable tragedy. The Gift of Second comes alongside loss survivors and helps navigate the common pitfalls for those left behind. This book offers hope and encouragement to guide survivors through this desperate time.”
Brandy is also the founder of the website, thegiftofsecond.com – a community for survivors of suicide loss. Whether you have lost a loved one to suicide or you know someone who has, you will be blessed by Brandy and her story. Please share with others who may benefit from this conversation, the website and/or her book. Brandy wants to help others experience healing in spite of the sorrow.