mrspearl Posted January 29, 2019 Share Posted January 29, 2019 Hi, I just discovered this page and am excited to dig into the articles and posts. I would love to connect with others who have a similar background to mine. I grew up as an Assemblies of God preacher's daughter in a small town in East Texas in the 70's. East Texas is a religious culture all it's own and being a preacher's daughter in a Pentecostal religion took it up a couple of notches. I played by the rules and made my parents happy until I could no longer endure my abusive marriage at 27 years old. I got divorced, which put me in a class below where I already was as a female. I still continued to stay in the church even though I always felt like a second class Christian because of being divorced. At 43, I found myself wanting out of marriage number 3 and was treated horribly by the church where I served as the worship leader. That was the last straw. I couldn't take it anymore, but the church world was all I knew. I tried going to different churches after that and found out I just couldn't tolerate it anymore. That has been about 15 years ago. I recently stumbled upon the book "Leaving the Fold" by Marlene Windell and realized why I was screwed up. I am now in the process of trying to heal from a lifetime of religious abuse. I am currently trying to find a place where I can relate with my parents and still take care of myself. They are still deeply religious and concerned about me because I no longer go to church. My mom says things constantly that are triggers for me like the churchy phraseology they use. I would love to hear others' experiences with family relationships. 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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