The Courage to Save Her Own Life

It was a matter of life or death that she pick up and move across the country. Would her children understand that?

By Susan Call, Londonderry, New Hampshire

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She listened patiently, then said, “Bring the kids here and stay with me as long as you like, as long as you need to. You’ll be safe here.” I was stunned. I never expected a reaction like that.

I had my destination and I’d gathered my team, angels who had worked in secret. All the documents were ready. I’d done it. Now it was just the three of us, Jennifer, Ryan and me. Leaving. Leaving for good. I couldn’t know what the future would hold, but I knew too well what it could have been if we had stayed.

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I pulled out a stapled set of papers that had been tucked in my purse, my legal request for a divorce, and put it on the kitchen table.

I said a prayer for protection and prayed too that my children would understand. Then we headed out to the car. Jennifer pulled herself up into her car seat. Ryan sank into his, looking up at me with his big, brown, searching eyes. I buckled the belt around him with trembling hands.

How much did they really know? How much would they ever understand?

“Mommy,” Ryan said, “now you don’t have to cry anymore.”

I got into the front seat and pulled out of the driveway. I turned the corner and our house quickly disappeared from view.

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I don't care for teasers, such as Susan's story.

BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR KIDS... I WAS ALSO IN AN ABUSIVE MARRIAGE. I WORKED TWO FULL-TIME JOBS AND HAD TWO YOUNG KIDS 4& 6. I WAS BEATEN AT 2 AM AFTER GETTING HOME FROM WORK. WELL THAT BEATEN SEALED THE COFFIN. I WAS LIVING IN MY CHILDHOOD NEIGHBORHOOD SO I DID NOT GO FAR. I SAW MY MOM GO THRU THE ABUSE WHEN I WAS A CHILD AND I REFUSED TO GO THRU IT. I DID NOT WANT MY KIDS EXPOSED TO THAT TYPE OF LIFE... BE BLESS IN THE LORD AMEN.

God bless you Joan. I'm glad that you are safe!

Dear Susan -- You are a Godly woman of valor, and you did all the right things to protect yourself and your children. Thank you for sharing your story; it will save lives. God bless you and grant you constant grace, peace and SAFETY. "Thou dost rescue me from the violent man." Psalms 18:48

Thank you Griffin. I'm humbled and blessed to see God use my story to help others! Far too many share much of my journey. But, the great news is God's grace, mercy, and provision are available to us all!