I am one of millions whose life has been affected by trauma and relational abuse. Most of my life has been spent isolated by shame and the belief that if anyone knew about my life, they wouldn’t believe me, or they would reject me. So, I hid the deepest, most significant parts of my story.
I survived childhood sexual abuse and after 40 years of therapy and work, I was certain its nocuous hold on my life was broken. But I’ve since discovered that healing is a lifelong journey and God is graciously and patiently in the entire process. So, I live and breathe and when He touches something He wants to heal, I kick and scream at first and then wave the white flag of surrender.
The work I’ve done has ranged from flipping burgers, to dog grooming, housekeeping, waiting tables, administrative and executive assisting, musician/ songwriter and church and worship leadership. I currently work in writing and publishing on my church staff and serve in songwriting and worship leading on occasion.
My passion has always been writing, and with that, I feel called to declare God and share His word and tell the stories that have been dormant for decades and through them to bring about healing. For myself and others.
I grew up a devout Catholic, an experience I found exhilarating and filled with wonder as a child. I was born again at 20 years old and converted to the Charismatic expression of Christianity with varied and life altering experiences.
I have nestled into a more spiritual expression of simply following Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible, filled and lead by the Holy Spirit. I don’t subscribe to any political affiliation nor religious affiliation nor politics in religion nor religion in politics. Although I can be vocal about both, my belief is that either mixture only leads to ungodliness and corruption. I suppose that’s why Jesus gave credence to neither.
My most significant work is mothering and family. After 42 years of marriage, 3 grown kids (two of which are identical twin professional wrestlers) and 2 grands with one on the way, I’ve learned a thing or two and share those experiences as well.
My work at “Beautiful You” is to share my hope and strength and the redemptive work God is doing in my life and invite you into the healing with me. I share tools and encouragement that God has ministered to me for wherever you are in life, to break shame and step into a beautiful life. My blog and everything represented here is to bring you hope and to let you know you are not alone.
I’m learning to speak the truth of my heart while fighting fear of rejection and judgement. I’m understanding the power of forgiveness and nurturing. Mostly toward myself.
I open the door of my heart and pour out my anguish and questions without fear of divine reprisal. After all, King David did these things and he was greatly loved by God and called “the man after God’s own heart.” I figure if it’s good enough for David, it’s good enough for me.
Most impacting to my healing is discovering the power of honoring and celebrating my story and realizing it’s all sacred to God. My heart is to help you do the same.
I’ve often heard the comment, “well I don’t let my past define me.” To that, I say this: My past most definitely defines me. The abuse I suffered impacted my life like a giant meteor hitting the face of the earth. That piece of ground is never going to be the same. Yet, my healing defines me more profoundly.
The resilience God has forged in me through the events of my life, marks me more notably. Most defining is the love of God that rescued me and is transforming my life. That love continually walks me into a place of wholeness. That love is what “Beautiful You” is all about.
“Crisie carries a unique gift that exposes everyone to what it truly means to be overwhelmed by the Love of our Abba Father!”Pat & Karen Schatzline Evangelist & Author Remnant Ministries International
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