• Theresa Reiff


Updated: Oct 19, 2021

I recently finished the first draft of my book, Overcoming Sexual Abuse – From the Inside Out. Discovering that writing this book was exactly what God wanted me to do was a process, a forty-eight-year process! In my twenties, you would never have convinced me that I would be doing this. After all, the sexual abuse I experienced was always a secret and shameful part of my life. I did not want to be defined by people’s knowledge of what I went through.

As I walked through this process over the past year I kept saying to myself, every so often, “I’m taking back ground that was stolen from me.” I felt that strongly. So much had been stolen from me throughout my lifetime and now I was making something good come out of it. However, I was unaware that each time I said to myself “taking back ground” a little fear crept in.

Standing on grass with Converse on

On my way home from a women’s conference, alone in the car listening to worship music, I said it again, “I’m taking back ground.” Momentarily, I was excited about the visions God had given me. Then all of a sudden, I was overwhelmed by fear and brought to tears. I thought, “I can’t take back ground, I’m just me. What am I thinking.” But God – He saw my tears and heard my question. “The ground belongs to me,” He said, “all you have to do is walk on the ground wherever I tell you to walk.” “What? God did I hear you right?” “The ground, it belongs to you.”?

I processed what God had said for a few minutes. As it sunk in, I realized I had once again been taking responsibility that does not belong to me. All I have to do is obey. All I have to do is walk. That I can do.

Hebrews 13:9 The Message (MSG)

Don’t be lured away from him by the latest speculations about him. The grace of Christ is the only good ground for life. Products named after Christ don’t seem to do much for those who buy them.

By what it says here in the book of Hebrews, the ground is His grace (unearned favor). Grace is a place to rest in, to be at peace and to trust Him. Grace has wide-open spaces with so much ground that we don’t even have to work for. Grace is a gift, all we have to do is be who He called us to be.

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