Coral Von Zumwalt
After being sexually abused by her stepfather from the ages of 8 to 14, Psychologist Dr. Michelle Stevens suffered years of heartache, depression and mental illness, until a special therapist and God's love helped heal her heart. Here Michelle reflects on how her realization that God had been there protecting her through it all gave her hope for a brighter future:
After her third suicide attempt, Michelle was committed to a mental hospital. That was when a therapist named Leah entered Michelle’s life. “She had an aura around her that made me feel safe,” she recalls. “I felt hope for the first time in years.”
Through Leah’s warm and caring approach, Michelle was able to regain her memory of the abuse, confront her pain and understand it wasn’t her fault. But the most important thing she discovered was that God had been there suffering beside her all along. “In the past, I’d only been able to see the ways I’d been wronged and I blamed God,” she admits. “Now I see the countless ways the Holy Spirit has intervened over the years with suicide attempts I’d been saved from, the epiphanies I experienced, helpers He sent. He’d been loving and protecting me when no one else was. It became obvious He had a plan.”
Read the rest of Michelle's story in our July issue, available now at Walmart, Barnes & Noble, grocery stores nationwide or digitally on Kindle and Nook. And find more on Michelle's journey in her new memoir, Scared Selfless.