Have you ever wondered how to move on from a hurt so deep that it seemed impossible joy would come again? Look no further than this episode of The Call with Nancy Sabato, where she talks with author, Dr. Deb Waterbury, about taking joy back by surrendering the most cracked parts of our hearts to Christ.
A strong believer in the fact that whatever people say or do in each moment determines if God is glorified, Waterbury shares how she had to come to the end of herself for healing to begin in her life.
After becoming a believer at the age of 11, Waterbury was raped when she was 12 years old and slowly lost her identity. Left with a gaping hole in her vertical relationship with God after the wounds she suffered, she had a choice whether to sulk in bitterness or lean into God’s hope.
“I can’t know God provides if I’m not in a position to be provided for,” Waterbury said. As she slowly released her will for God’s, she shares how choosing to anchor herself in God’s hope never disappointed her at her lowest points in life.
Everybody is looking for love, joy, peace, hope, and contentment, and while it didn’t happen overnight, Waterbury’s story is a beacon of light shouting to the world those things are possible to experience in any situation.
“I am responsible for how I respond,” Waterbury said, and revealed how God would tell her, “Deb, look at me” and urges viewers to “stop looking out at other people.”
While what happened to her at a young age was neither her fault nor fair, Waterbury encourages viewers to keep giving all the broken pieces of their hearts to Jesus. God only cares about restoration, and joy in Him can never be taken away from those who belong to Him.
And although some hurts are caused by sinful choices people bring upon themselves in the name of being right, Waterbury reminds viewers, “it’s [us] and God all the way,” because He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.