Welcome. I’m Linda M Carleton.
I’m an abuse survivor, mother of four, and professional caregiver of twenty-three years.
I live smack dab in the middle of the Schoharie Valley in Upstate, New York.
The beautiful valley nurtures creative endeavors.
Favorite past-times like writing, listening blues and gospel music. And learning the word of God.
And the tranquility contributes to sharing experiences of child abuse and domestic violence. Including lessons learned, mistakes made, and, ultimate victory in Christ.
My blog bridges the gap between raising awareness of abuse and genuine healing. The various articles encourage self-reflection to foster personal growth. And provides life changing wisdom so you can secure a better life.
Linda M Carleton’s Rescue Story
Born into what psychologist call a dysfunctional family. We lived in a remote area of the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Luzerne, New York.
The vast woodland was once owned by my grandparents Willard and Maude Carleton. It was a place of natural beauty, exploration, child abuse, and childhood trauma.
In school, classmates called us the crazy Carletons. I never understood why until our family secret became public. Afterward, dad fled into the woods to attempted suicide with a chainsaw and knife.
He failed. And the courts charged him with child sexual abuse, removed him from the house and sentenced him to jail on weekends. Then dad lived in town down the street from the High School.
My mom stood by him. Spent free time with him, playing bingo and neglected four young children. At fifteen, I became the mother to three younger siblings. And the fierce battle between us heated up.
It raged until my brother’s death in June of 2014.
My parents built the foundation for adult life. And living in dysfunction and enduring maltreatment became a way of life. But, I didn’t recognize patterns of sinful behavior or understand the encompassing darkness until age forty-six.
The Illumination of Darkness
It was summer of 2013, amid intense suffering, when the Lord spoke.
Come into the full light; let your inner beauty and strength shine through. Use the gifts I’ve given you. Do not hide away or be dismayed. I created you in Our image, after Our likeness, and blessed you. I love you the way you are, flaws and all.
Pushing past fear of the public eye, I created a blog. And began writing, sharing my darkest secrets and personal life story with the world.
By the grace of God, I began to understand and overcome the past.
God illuminated and chased away the darkness.
After years of suffering, I’ve learned, keeping secrets stops you from moving forward. And stuffing raw emotions into a corner obstruct the light of truth from shining.
My experience taught me iniquity engulfs the mind and infuses the heart. And you’re tormented with emotional pain and mental anguish. Plagued with the burdens of fear, guilt, and shame, you live without rest.
But don’t lose hope.
I’ve also learned you don’t need to suffer in silence or fight to survive alone.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10 Amplified Bible
You can trust the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to establish, ground, strengthen, and settle you. And when you walk by faith, He will lift your heavy burdens and give you rest. In Christ, you will find the strength to secure a better life.
You can start here.