Depression, healing, and forgiveness played a huge role in Anika Sims life. At first glance, you would think Anika has her life together. She is the CEO of Regal Publishing LLC. She has five New York Best Sellers and is the youth minister at her church. However, behind the smile that she always carries is a woman filled with pain and moments of depression. Anika's Story: will show you the importance of making peace with your past and forgiving those that have hurt you.
For so long I have been mad at you because you took something from me at a young age that I will never be able to get back. You took my peace of mind. You took my sense of security. You trampled over my trust in people. Because of you, I went through many stages of not being able to eat or sleep.
I carried so much pain on the inside that it became too much for me to bear. At one point I was planning how I would end my own life. But thank God, He stopped me just in time and reminded me that He had more in store for me. He did not make me to be broken. I was not made to be consumed by the pain from a dangerous man that I could not stop.
He placed some wonderful people in my life to help keep me together when I feel I'm falling. They taught me that to receive my true healing and to grow as it was time for me to let go and forgive you. I know that now you are locked up for another crime. At one point in my life, it gave me great pleasure to know you were unable to be free. Then I realized having that mindset made me no better than you. I knew that in that moment is was time to let go.
Nathan, from this day forward I want to let you know that I forgive you for everything. No longer will I allow you to have a hold over me. I will live my life, happy, free and allow others to love me like I deserve. I will use the past experiences to reach other to others that have gone through this type of pain or any hardship in their lives.
Today, I take my power back from you. I pray that while you are sitting in your cell you'll ask God to forgive you for your sins. May He give you a chance to receive Him as your Lord and Savior before it is too late. As I sit here and write this letter of forgiveness, I also want to share this prayer although I know you may not , I hope in some way it reaches you.
Dear Lord, I come to you as humble as I know how. First, thank you for allowing me to see another. For allowing me to share this experience with the world in hopes that someone will be saved and delivered from their pain. Most of all God, I come to you on behalf of Nathan Griffin.
Lord, you know his life and all the crimes he has committed. One being raping me, and who knows how many others. I, humbly, ask that you please forgive him and heal the sickness within him that caused him to hurt me.
Please do not allow him to leave this world without the opportunity to receive a much-needed healing. I know to some this may sound crazy for me to come to you like this. But, Lord I am your child and I know that for me to truly be the child of God that I say I am, I must come to you for forgiveness for both of us. Please forgive us so we can be free. In your precious and holy name, Amen.
LaToya Murchison is a Woman After God’s Own Heart. LaToya was born and raised in Southern Pines, NC and started writing poetry as a junior in high school.
LaToya found that writing allowed her to be creative and eventually discovered her interest in becoming a published author. After graduating from high school and uncertain of her career path, she attended and received an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C.
LaToya is passionate about encouraging, helping, and building up others. She gave her life over to Christ 8 years ago and is the best decision she ever made. At the age of 18 doctors told her that she would not live to see the age of 25. On August 2, 2016 she turned 38 years old and she continues to give God all the thanks daily because she knows that if it had not been for the plan and the favor that he had set for her life before she was born she would not be here today. LaToya loves to spread the word of God everywhere she goes.
In LaToya created a Facebook Group named D.O.V.E Daughters of Virtue with a mission to unite women who strive to encourage and empower other women and members of their community. She created dove to promote unconditional love, peace unity and the importance of understanding and respecting women’s individual’s rights to choose a spiritual path.
LaToya serves as Media Director, Vacation Bible School Director, YPCL Director and Children’s Ministry Assistant at Love Grove Free Will Baptist Church. LaToya published her first book A Praying Heart on November 21, 2014, her second book Poetic Expressions on May 30, 2015 and her 3rd December 31, 2016. She is currently working on her 4th book Moments of Reflections: Finding Peace within the Storm.
LaToya is the owner of Creative Expressions Literary Services. As a virtual assistant, she has assisted countless authors with developing their online presence. Services include graphic design, social media management, virtual blog tours, social media management, interviews and e-book fairs.
When LaToya isn’t working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family and working with the youth in her church.
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