Janis Erickson is the founder of The Refuge Ministry.
The mission of The Refuge is to minister Gods healing to women that have or are being abused, mistreated or wounded.
~ Hello ~
My name is Janis, and I am a survivor of abuse.
Having been born into a very loving and stable family...nothing really major happened to me in my childhood except my learning about God. I have two brothers that respected me and a mother and father with a good marriage.
I was saved at the age of 11 1/2, by believing in my heart that Jesus is Lord (leader) and that God raised Him from the dead the third day after He was crucified on the cross for our sins.
I grasped the opportunity to serve as a Christian missionary for one year in Colorado. I have also had experiences as a business consultant, flight attendant, professional photographer, private detective, a director of sales and a real estate agent. I now lead a non-denominational bible fellowship and have founded The Refuge Ministry - as a tool to reach women who may be hurting due to abuse. Whether emotional, verbal or physical abuses.
I have spoken at the Capitol, nurses trainings, boards of trustees and Churches on behalf of battered women.
~Thank you and God bless you richly! ~ Janis
Posted on: Monday, August 16th, 2004 by Janis Erickson
When we have been abused, when we have undergone the disappointment of a relationship gone badly, we typically have a hard time going back to where we were before the whole thing started. Because for some of us it has always been with us. Some of us, can't remember when it all started. It is common for people to feel angry, lost, lonely, defensive, hopeless, touchy, fearful and confused while in or after they come out of an abusive situation. It may seem like the situation has handed us a script for life that has made us a person we do not want to be.
These feelings go far deeper than other people can typically relate to. They are not resolved by simply snapping out of it, getting over it, moving on or any other pat cliche' that we often encounter as we reach out for solace.
It is impossible to quantify and compare the pain of our abuses with others. To do so will simply bring about inaccurate conclusions that make us feel as if we must be wimps for feeling the way we do in the light of other people's losses that look far worse. Such comparisons may make us feel that no one has suffered as much as we have and therefore we gravitate toward indulging our pain...
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