Wounded Women Of The Bible…

I met her in the break room. The sweetest woman, and a powerful writer.

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Her name is Dena Dyer. It’s at crazy story. Two women very much involved in writing and ministry, yet each working jobs that were totally unrelated.

I work for a school district and Dena at the time worked for an organization that resettles refugee families. Our agencies shared a very small space with a coffee pot and a sink. And you know where there is coffee, writers gather. Dena and I had passed by each other several times and smiled. But one day Dena took time to introduce herself. As we chatted, she shared about a few of the books she had written. I stood there with my jaw on the ground. I had been praying about opportunities to meet other writers in the Amarillo area. And God brought her, right to me, in the break room down the hall.

As we got to know each other, Dena shared with me about her current project. A book titled “Wounded Women of the Bible”. She knew a little about my story and invited me to contribute a small piece about Dinah.

Crazy good how God is…

A few months before, I began studying the story of Dinah. It worked out perfect. I shared my writing with her, and much to my surprise, she actually wanted to use it! I was thrilled. And now here it is, in print!

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I wish I could express to you the fullness of what this book means to me. Don’t get me wrong. I love that the book afforded me the opportunity to share a bit about my story and about healing, but what I love even more is the heart of this book. That Dena and her co-author Tina Samples would care enough about broken and hurting women to pen a book just for them. Just for me. Just for us.

Abuse…loneliness…betrayal…miscarriage…loss…rape…just a few of the issues addressed in this book. If you have experienced some type of wounding circumstance (and who hasn’t) this book is for you. As I thumb through the pages, I can’t help but well up with tears at the power of God’s amazing redemption. Before you go…I want to share a quick excerpt with you from my contribution to the book…

Following Dinah’s rape, her father remained silent as well. Can you imagine how this broke her heart? No anger, no outrage – just silence. The word used for “silent” in this passage can also be translated “held his peace.” Dinah’s father “held his peace.” Could lit be that my Father was holding His peace, holding my peace?

Peace is not a word I would use to describe my battles. It was a struggle to keep my head above water, to make it through every day without having a complete emotional breakdown. I cried out to God day and night, and yet I felt so utterly and completely alone. He was silent.

He knew there was not an answer to my questions that would satisfy me. He knew I needed to feel my emotions. He knew I was hurting. He knew it was hard, but He never, ever stopped keeping the peace.

And when the time came, I reached up, stopped asking questions, and grasped the hand of the One who holds the peace.

You can purchase the book by clicking here!

And hey, hey, let’s have a giveaway!!!!!!

I am giving away one copy of Wounded Women of The Bible next Tuesday via blog post! To enter to win, share a scripture below that you find or have found comforting during a difficult time. I can’t wait to read what you have to share through the power of His Word.

Blessings and lots of love!!!!

Stephanie Clayton

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  1. Hope Cranford says

    I Peter 5:10. I have it taped to my desk so when I start thinking down the depressing road I have a reminder that I am developing and growing no matter what. Through death, grief, emotional abuse, depression, my son’s autism, and my husband’s depression I know God has great plans for me.

  2. Dana says

    “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” Isaiah 61:1

  3. chris says

    Mark 6:31
    New International Version (NIV)
    31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

    I can always find rest (peace of mind) by spending time alone with God.

  4. Sandy says

    I was gang raped when I was three and the scripture the Lord gave me when times overwhelmed me was Phil 4:13. With His encouragement I know I can live and rejoice and praise Him.

  5. courtneyjfails says

    Romans 8:28
    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

  6. Nina Mallari says

    I want to share is in Psalms 34:18, it says there that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”.

    These Words from God really enlightened me during my time of despair and brokennes. I really find strength to the His Word.

  7. says

    Romans 8:38-39….nothing can separate us from the love of God, no matter how difficult life gets or what my struggle is. Thanks for this book recommendation. I will have to look it up.

  8. Tracy says

    31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

    I have endured many hardships and relate to Dianah, but the hardest was loosing my brother at age 49 to a rare cancer and a 5 yr battle and 2000 miles between us. God is amazing to give us renewed strength and now I help those who have lost a love one.

  9. says

    “The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms.”
    Deuteronomy 33:27
    This scripture ministered to my heart when I felt I was free-falling into a pit of despair. I cried out to God and that is when I felt them, the everlasting arms.

  10. Stephanie says

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13

    When I’m not sure that I am able to face the challenges of my day, this scripture reminds that I never face those challenges alone and that Christ will give me the strength that I need. The reminder brings the inner peace that I need.

  11. says

    Jeremiah 29:11 – not only does He know the plans He has for us, they’re plans to give us hope and a future. No matter what comes, we can count on that!

  12. laura says

    Mat 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Mat 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

  13. says

    Isaiah 43: 2 when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flames scorch you. This word has always kept me going whenever I go through any heart wrenching issues. God bless you.

  14. Jennifer S says

    Several times in my life I have been trapped and searching for a way free or worn down by the world around. I learned in patience and focusing on Him my freedom is already won and the reserves I need abound. My verse: Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

  15. Orenda Smith says

    2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. On those days when the devil tries to take me back to a time and place that I rather not relive over in my mind. I cry out this verse till the Lord reclaims the rapidly beating of my heart and reminds me, My dear child your safe now no need to for fear anymore! God Bless…

  16. Lindsay says

    Isaiah 43:2. I will not be burned by the fire…I will not drown….deut 31:6 The Lord will never leave me. Over and over throughout these terrible, disheartening last two years, God has never left me. It’s really hard to see that sometimes. I feel so lost sometimes but even when my praise is only groans, I hold this truth. God keeps his promises.

  17. says

    I am so thankful to the Lord for the way He led me to Stephanie. I’m grateful, too, for her giving heart and how she willingly shared her story for the book. As for this post…I’m humbled, especially by the responses. Every single verse here is one I’ve clung to at one time or another through my own journey. His word is truly our source of strength, peace, and healing.

  18. says

    I love all of Psalm 25. Especially verses 16-17 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Thank you, Stephanie for sharing about Dena’s new book. I’d love a chance to read it.

  19. Isabel says

    Psalm 27:13 – What would have become of me, had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the Land of the Living!!

    He is always here, even when I feel hurt, betrayed, or lonely… I believe I can use this book.

    Blessings

  20. says

    Habakkuk 2:3: For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
    God sent this to me as I was struggling with waiting.

  21. says

    2 Corinthians 7:10
    10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

    After spending 25 years in worldly sorrow, beating myself up daily in my guilt and shame and refusing to allow myself to accept His love, forgiveness, and redemption. I also stopped asking questions and reached out to the Father, who was the only one that could give me life in this sorrow! I read this verse and it immediately gave me peace, I was allowed to have sorrow, it’s okay to be sorrowful…as long as from now on I have my eyes on Him, and allow that sorrow to motivate me to live out my salvation with a new zest for life. Thank you Lord.

  22. Halona Luna says

    Most any will comfort me. It is as if He is speaking to me in my darkest hour, which lately having a lot of those days.

  23. Jana says

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

  24. Judy McMillin says

    Psalm 121 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
    From whence comes my help?
    2 My help comes from the Lord,
    Who made heaven and earth.
    3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
    He who keeps you will not slumber.
    4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
    Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
    5 The Lord is your keeper;
    The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
    6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    Nor the moon by night.
    7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
    He shall preserve your soul.
    8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
    From this time forth, and even forevermore.

  25. Emily says

    I absolutely love the Psalms, David expressed himself and his emotions quite well all the time. He knew God was with him, and for him, and would not give up to him.
    Psalm 118 is one I am currently working on memorizing. 🙂 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord to trust in man” verse 8), and “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad it in (verse 24). Even when we don’t feel like it, which for me is a lot of the time. Amen

  26. says

    Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God is not just God, he is MY God. God cares; I am never alone. God will not forsake me – He will strengthen me & help me. Always grateful for my God.

  27. Lori says

    I am leaning heavily on this verse right now: “He heals those who have a broken heart. He heals their sorrows.” ~ Psalm 147:3 (NLV)

  28. says

    I love the promise of Jeremiah 29:11..

    He promises a hope and a future..when things look bleak, I know that all will be well even when things look impossible..He has my future in his hands!!

  29. Rosemarie says

    Revelation 21:4
    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” No matter our wounds, God is our comfort and He will make all things right in His timing! Our wounds, our pain & our tears – they are not lost on Him! Thank you Jesus.

  30. Lisa Leep says

    “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
    This has been a powerful msg to me at different times in my life, but especially now since my husband is unemployed. God is always there for us, even if we don’t feel it. We need to remember to take each day as it comes because we really do not know what other blessings may be coming our way, especially when we least expect it. We need to trust all the time, even at the times when it seems the hardest to do so.

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