Hi there, I’m Patty Anne!
I’m just a girl with a desire to share her story—a story of heartache and loss, of sexual abuse and years of deep, overwhelming shame. It’s taken me until well into my forties to realize that shame has had a hold on me for many, many years. It has impacted my ability—or inability—to allow others to fully love me, and it has caused me to live in fear of losing my amazing husband to another woman. For so long now I have felt dirty and unworthy, damaged and unable to see myself for who I really am.
You see, I am a child of God, which makes me beautiful, worthy, and unique.
Only problem is, shame has held me hostage, accusing me and constantly filling my head with lies. lies that I have swallowed and believed, time and time again. I’ve been hearing these lies for so long that they’ve become a huge part of who I am—dictating my happiness and robbing me of the joy that I know Christ has for me.
But you see, that’s not the end of my story.
God has other plans.
in the past year, God has been at work in me, using people and Scripture to begin to change me, from the inside out.
to be honest, it’s terrifying and exciting at the same time. I mean, this shame has been a part of me for so long that it’s scary to think of who I’ll be without it. I will be free for the first time in years! And quite frankly, I can’t wait!!
my prayer is, that by sharing my story, others who have walked a similar path as mine might find hope and healing in knowing that they’re not alone.
My writing is real and raw….you’ll find no facades here, no fancy words or anything like that. Just me. Plain and simple.