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Choosing to See Beauty

Through It, I Learned Who I Am

Several weeks ago as I flipped through a local magazine, I came across a page that said, “Beautiful Positive You – Call today to schedule your appointment at Vanderbilt Center for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.” Oh my goodness gracious! That couldn’t be further from the truth, I thought to
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Nothing could ever fully express the suffering a victim feels.

My life has been a test of faith and strength. Like countless other individuals who have survived the trauma of abuse, I have fought through hard times and found myself waging a battle that often seemed unwinnable. At age 15, while working as a secretary in a parish rectory, I endured
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Instead I Decided to Try Something Different

I remember once, about a month ago, when I was extremely hurt and felt such a strong urge to binge/starve myself, drink and cut myself or take an overdose. Instead I decided to try something different and I went to the chapel and prayed and cried my heart out in front of the Blessed S
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As I got off the elevator I just stood there in shock.

What the Father has done in my life this past year is astounding. Below is a tiny sampling of His love and healing Hands. In 2011 I completed my year and a half journey of trauma therapy. When I left my last session I felt like Will in the movie Good Will Hunting. What do I do when fa
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Love It…Love All of It.

This is printed in the back of my book and I wanted to share it tonight, due to the nature of some of the emails I have receivied this week. Loving the Body God Gave You 1. Look at yourself as a whole person, don’t just focus on bodies parts you don’t like. 2. Find a method of exercis
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“I just wanted to feel something, so I accelerated”

It was three years ago when someone told me that Charlie’s addiction to pornography was my fault. And the sad thing was, I believed it. Their words penetrated my sensitive heart like a deadly hurricane hitting the coast. I got in my car and drove to the adoration chapel. No one was th
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Falling Will Happen, But a Solider then Rises

When I was a young child I made a deal with God. While the concept is fairly common for young children to do, my plea was different from most. Instead of begging Him for the newest American Girl Doll outfit and promising to be good in exchange, I told him to make the abuse stop, or I
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Inside my Journal from Therapy

The emails women have sent me are truly inspiring. I feel blessed to get to know so many women who are fighting for freedom and striving for virtue so courageously. I want to thank you for your candor, it invigorates me. You are why Made in His Image exists. My heart and soul yearn fo
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I’m a Survivor!

By Maura Byrne | Founder of Made in His Image | Feb. 2011 Those are words I had never confidently uttered aloud until yesterday and it felt glorious to verbalize them. I was speaking with the Joyful Heart Foundation about the possibility of them assisting me in helping to promote Made
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So Don’t Be Afraid to Show Them Your Beautiful Scars

I have received several emails in the past few weeks that inspired this post today. I like to respond to everyone that writes me and I was really behind this past week. Yesterday evening I read an email before going for a run. It echoed many I have received and my sensitive heart trul
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