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Hope for the One Desiring New Life

New Life.

Take a second to reflect with me. Are there things you desire to change about your life? Maybe you want a different job or a new car or a house. Maybe you’re feeling stuck in a routine that’s more draining than it is life-giving. Maybe you have a relationship in mind that feels distant or broken, and you’re wishing it were repaired. Maybe you’d like to be healthier in the way you sleep and eat and exercise.

Our mission statement at She’s Somebody’s Daughter is to erase lines of separation that isolate women affected by exploitation and sexual abuse. We aren’t rescuers...we’re line erasers, gap bridgers, and community builders.

I remember my first night of outreach with SSD and meeting a woman who has become a good friend to me. She expressed feeling stuck in her situation, wishing she could make changes, but not feeling like she had the options to do so.

I was struck with how much I related to her feelings. I too was feeling stuck in life circumstances that I hadn’t planned on or dreamed of. I too felt like I hadn’t set myself up with any other options and wondered if there was any hope for new life.

I think all of us can relate to the desire for new life. Even if you’re in a season where things are exactly as you want them, you have no doubt experienced other seasons that you couldn’t wait to leave.
At SSD, we have the privilege of building a community of love and hope where we walk alongside each other toward new life; whatever that means for each individual. We learn from each other, encourage each other, inspire each other, and cheer each other on as brave steps are taken.

Sometimes all we need is to know that new life is possible. That it’s not a hopeless pipe dream, but is something achievable. And having that hope gives courage to take the first step. One thing I love about the SSD community is seeing new life all over the place, giving me courage to take my own steps as well.

Do you desire new life? Jump in with us and see that it’s possible.

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