Background – the basics

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For people who join in at various points in my journey, there may be confusion and questions as you hear my story in the middle of it. This is an attempt to bring you up to speed so to speak so that you can know the history behind my current words.

I am a 29 year old follower of Christ who tries to find strength within the absurdity of life and, often, faith. I wrestle daily with what it means to be a Christian in a world that is broken and hurting. I travel the journey of Shalom – of peace and wholeness – as I face the skeletons in my closet and the pain of my past. I share my story so that others can be held in their own sufferings and be encouraged by the work that Christ has done within me and among me.

I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Bioethics, some training in Psychology and I am working towards a Masters of Divinity in the Pioneer Stream. It’s been an amazing journey to discover who God has made me be and to feel most alive and happy when I am living into that.

I love to write. Words pour out of me and I cannot contain them if I try. I love to write about theology, social justice issues, healing, faith, the lessons in serving, cooking adventures and anything else that pops into my mind. I can typically be found with a book or two and am one of those nerdy types who loves nothing more than to read, think and write.

We all have our painful wounds to work through – and I have had my share. Some of my posts hint at that journey or share more openly how God has worked in my life and continues to redeem so many things.

When not studying or working, I can be found reading, cooking, playing the piano and drinking coffee.I love people and I love times of solitude. I love my adorable 20lb cat Shalom whose antics keep me smiling and snuggles bring me comfort.

If you would like to follow my journey, there is a link on the homepage that will enable you to get an email whenever there is an update to the blog. I invite comments and to learn of your stories of healing.

May the grace of God be with you always in your heart. May you know the truth inside you from the start. May you find the strength to know that you are part of something beautiful. (Alexi Murdoch, Something Beautiful)

Elizabeth Achimah

  1. May 25, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I wanted to say thank you for following Saintintraining.net – it was a pleasant surprise! My heart was touched after reading your words. I pray for you, that you will find that peace that transcends understanding. Philippians 4:7 And that God will grant you that day of healing for you and your family. Abuse of any kind leaves scars but sexual abuse, I think, leaves especially deeper scars than others. But even these can be healed. They can.

    God will heal every broken piece. It will take time, lots of prayer and it’ll take the walk of the blind (faith) but healing will come to you. I was never sexually abused but I’ve received abuse of another kind. I am now 37 years old and I am just, in the past year, receiving my healing. I say “receiving” because I’m a work in the making (as are we all). Be encouraged Elizabeth and know that you are not alone. If you continue to seek God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul – peace WILL come. It’s a sure thing. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jer 29:11 Your expected end, is peace, joy and life!

    I apologize for the long comment but you’ve really found a place in my heart. Know that I am praying for you and your victory! God Bless – Rebecca

    • May 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thanks so much Rebecca for your lovely message. It’s wonderful to be connecting with survivors of trauma from all over the world and to find others who are wrestling with their faith in the midst of it all. Thank you for your prayers! May God bless you too.

  2. July 10, 2012 at 2:22 am

    thank you for sharing your experience, very similar to mine. You have a new follower!

  1. December 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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