I’m nothing more than a pumpkin 🎃 

It’s Halloween guys.

The day where kids dress up like ghosts, pirates, Eleven from Stranger Things, etc and go from house to house and say, “Trick or treat”

I’m going to keep this relatively short.

I’ve been thinking about today and costumes and pumpkins and after staring at pumpkin after pumpkin it hit me!

I’m like a pumpkin…
I’m empty on the inside except for guts.

That was until Jesus came into my life and lit a fire ablaze in my soul.
A fire I can’t contain.

When you walk by those pumpkins that have been carefully carved and contain candles with flickering lights, illuminating that pumpkin that’s what it feels to have Jesus in your soul.

Happy Halloween!

#Metoo: My story by Elizabeth Louise 

Scrolling through Facebook and Twitter over the past few weeks you’ve probably come across posts and articles about sexual assault victims coming out and sharing their stories and using the #metoo

For awhile I’ve been debating whether or not I should write my story and if I do what am I going to say? What will others say? Is it stupid to share my story? 

I took some time to research a few statistics about sexual assault…

1 in 6 women are sexually assaulted

2/3 rapes will go unreported 

3 % of men have experienced sexual assault of some form

13% of women who are raped will or have tried to attempt suicide 


After reading these statistics and many more, I have to ask:  why are we remaining silent? Who are we trying to protect?

There is power in sharing. Abuse and sexual assault only thrives in silence. So, let’s take away that silence.

I was living in India, and was 7 at the time. He was my driver. He took my hand and led me behind the house and behind some bushes. He had me pull my pants down, afterwards he himself pulled his pants down. He had me do things no seven year old should ever do at that age. For well into my teenage years, I told nobody. I felt so ashamed that I had allowed that to happen. I felt like it was my fault. 

When I was 19, this guy I had been dating and I were laying in bed kissing. We mutually agreed to go further. A few minutes later, I began feeling panicked and anxious. I asked him to stop. He told me, “No, hold on a bit longer” as he continued to thrust in and out. I asked him again to stop and began to push him off of me. I remember being the one to feel guilty about asking him to stop. Later that evening I drove him home, I remember telling him I didn’t feel comfortable dating anymore. I didn’t feel anything. That was a lie. I was scared of him, I felt like vomiting. He repeatedly grabbed my face and began to kiss me into loving him. I kept having to tell him to stop, to which he would grab my face again and try again.

At age 21, I began dating this guy for three years. Over the course of the years he would not only sexually assault me, but verbally and physically abuse me. He would shove me into walls to show how strong he was. He and his mom would verbally abuse me and began criticizing my body at every turn.
One night we were at a friends house, I had fallen asleep on the couch. He got on top of me to “wake me up” and he began thrusting up and down on my body. I woke up to see him climbing off of me and I just sunk my head back into the pillow.

This is my story.
There are more women out there who have stories like these or even worse.
I am not alone.
They are not alone.
We are not alone.



We should no longer be silent. When we silence our stories and allow them to go un-told we continue to give power to these abusers. 

Female or male, our bodies are not sexual objects.
We as victims should not be made to feel like we are at fault.
Don’t continue to hide your voice, and dont continue to give abusers power.
Elizabeth Louise

“Everyone else is doing it”

“Everyone else is doing it”
“Everyone is saying it”
“Everyone will be at this party”
“Everyone is seeing this movie”

If you are a parent you are probably all too familiar with your children saying son similar to you..

Or maybe you or your friends have said something like this to each other at one point.

“Everyone else is”….. so you should too…..right?

Wrong.

Sometimes we use the, “Well, everyone is doing it, so I should too” to justify doing something or buying something.

We use it as a means to, “fit in”.
To go with the crowd.
Be “cool” and do what everyone else is doing

The truth is, it’s okay to not follow what everyone else is.

In fact the Bible even warns against going with the crowd.

Exodus 23:2 Do not follow the majority when they do wrong or when they give testimony that perverts justice.

Look, I get it.
Its easy to go with the crowd and do the same thing everyone else is.

Sometimes we see other Christians doing something or saying something, and we use it as a justification to get away with sin.

What we should remember is that, other people should not be our standard for living. Our standard for living should be based off of God.

When we look to others for how we should live life and what is acceptable, we fail to remember that they too are just as flawed and in need of Jesus as we are.

Friends, the next time you use, “Everyone else is doing it”, please take a deep breath and ask yourself if it’s what God would want you to do. 

It’s okay to be unique and different.