A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

A Prayer Psalm for the Lord’s Day

UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.

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Psa 28:1-9 Of David.

To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts.
Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

12 Comments

  1. R

    Exactly what I needed to hear today. I woke up before sunrise once more feeling the weight of my failures, and wondering heavily if this is just another “holiday nice cycle” or if he has truly changed.
    Oh, how it would end all the confusion and doubt just to hear the words of apology and repentance….

    • Jeff Crippen

      If you are in Christ, do not listen to the accusations of your conscience about your failures. That is the condemnation of the law, but Christ has set you free from the law’s condemnation. Christ is your righteousness! He is perfect. You are loved by God and justified.

      • Amen

      • thepersistentwidow

        Yes, and Satan, that accuser, loves to throw the law at us and cause us to despair over our shortcomings. But we stand on God’s promises and say, “Get behind me, Satan. You have no power over me because I belong to Christ.”

    • You are not a failure. I totally understand where you are at. I too am in the ‘honeymoon stage’ at present. .. with a few telling offs along the way. Amen to Jeffs comment.
      I to have not had a true apology nor is there repentence. The pain of this goes deep. Just remember who you are in Christ, as hard as it is at times like this. Jesus loves you so much and you ARE the apple of His eye!

      • R

        Thank you all!!! He is my strength, my shield, and my refuge, and this Psalm was just what I needed for this day to remind me of who I am in Him 🙂
        Yes “Loves6 (wondering if that means husband and 5 children? as I have)”…I have learned in my EA support group that for me, being “lovingly detached” from him is how I must stand to protect my emotional self, and these past several months since my oldest son has had a personal Holy Spirit experience and the Lord has opened his eyes to what really is going on in this home (he even apologized for believing him and not being there for me and standing up against him), my husband has had to “up his ally game” and has been tolerant of me and “stable” for a months now, and just 3 days ago he started to enter the honeymoon phase. But, this is how it has been before every Christmas holiday…

      • Brenda R

        Keep that Christmas tree up R. Don’t take it down. In my case though, X was ok during the putting up of the tree and decorating. As soon as the Christmas dinner or any other holiday meal was ready to serve, he found someone to get mad at and stormed off into the bedroom and that is where he stayed for the remainder of the day. He got angry if the kids and I were playing board games after the food was put away. He said we always got quiet when he would walk through the room. If we did, it was only in preparation for his next evil blast. It was not because we were talking about him like he thinks.

      • Hi R, you might like to read our Info For New Readers page. It has some tips about how to keep safe when commenting on this blog (we all need to be mindful of that it’s a public blog).
        Also, if you can safely email me, I’d appreciate you doing so. I’m just concerned for your safety. love from Barb

  2. Brenda R

    That is such great stuff to meditate on. What David had come through his heart speaks volumes.

    • BeginHealing

      Oh this is so right for my day today!! I was on my knees praying and weeping in gratitude for the peace and joy he has put in my heart.

      Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
      The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
      my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
      The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
      Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

      AMEN!!!!

      • R

        AMEN!!!

  3. Happy2bhere

    Thank you. This gave me strength and motivation today. I have to remember that even when times are tough, He knows what is going on and does come through even when I’m feeling too miserable to acknowledge. I’m so thankful to have been lead down a path of knowledge/eventual escape. What blessing it is to come out of the fog and know these signs of abuse, for a variety of reasons.

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