From Crushed to Confident

by Cherrie Segrist

The path of my life has not always been easy. In fact, it has taken time for my heart to start the healing process from many wounds. In my life, I have endured physical abuse, mental abuse, and emotional abuse.

Through my journey of healing, as part of Flourish’s Coach House program this
year, I have learned two major things. First, God hates abuse; and second, God is
close to the brokenhearted. He saves those who feel crushed in spirit.

For a long time, I felt crushed by tragedies and difficulties. As a child, I lived in fear. My father was an alcoholic, and my family was always on the run fleeing gunshots, abuse, and fighting. As a teenager, I wanted to fit in. I hung around with the wrong friends, ran away from home, and started drinking and smoking. I got pregnant twice in my 20s and experienced much abuse. I was raped, scared, and had no idea where I was heading in life.

Along the way, I met someone I thought would love me for me but was once again
hurt. In the process, I exposed my family and children to abuse and fighting – although
it was the last thing I wanted. I became pregnant again, yet this did not fulfill my
desire for love.

About 14 years ago, I entered a season of extreme grief. A child I had raised since she
was nine was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. She passed away a year and a half after my

father. On the heels of this, my younger sister also died. Everything compounded, and I found
myself in a dark place, suffering from grief and still struggling with the abuse I had experienced
from my former husband. I fell into a deep depression and wanted to end my life. At this low point, I found a light of hope when I learned about the Flourish Coach House ministry.

My life began to change as I learned about the infinite healing power of
Jesus Christ. With the help of classes, faithful teachers, friends, family, and
prayer, I learned to love myself for the beautiful woman I have become.

Today, I am 49 years old and enrolled in college, making straight A’s. I am pursuing
a degree in Early Childhood Education and recently made the Dean’s List. I am about to
transition from the Coach House program and I know God has bigger plans for me. I am still
amazed at what my God has accomplished. I have accepted Christ in my life and can declare:


For anyone who has experienced tragedies and brokenness, let me tell you there is hope. There
are people who will accept you and love you for who you are.


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