Your story is your experience an no one else’s. Your interpretations and perceptions of what happened are unique to you. Don’t allow anyone else to direct your testimony.  You may see things differently than someone on the outside looking in. That may be because they don’t know all the pieces of the puzzle. You may not have all the pieces. There may be pieces of which you are not aware, so ask questions, assemble as many aspects as you can as you put your inventory of what happened together. Take time. Write it out. View it in black and white on a page. See what stands out to you as you analyze your past. Be painfully honest with yourself. Write your own version and be confident in it. I remember the feeling of exhaustion as I went through my inventory, but I also remember the great sense of relief and awareness I felt when I finished it and put my pencil down.

I’d love to gather your input on this Joy in Verse website. Please add your comments on this blog, tell your story and give yourself a new voice. I pray for healing and unity. This is for the victims.


“No one truly knows or can speak to what survivors go through because recovered survivors are the only expert witnesses to their testimony.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus, IN, p. 11.