Hi! I’m Linda M Carleton. An abuse survivor, mother of four, and professional caregiver of twenty-three years.
I live in the Schoharie Valley in Upstate, New York.
My favorite things are writing, playing blues and gospel music, and learning the Word of God.
I write articles to help abuse victims heal childhood trauma and move forward in life.
My blog encourages self-reflection, and fosters your personal development and spiritual growth, and provides you with divine wisdom to restore your life.
Linda M Carleton’s Story
I was born into a dysfunctional family in a remote area of the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Luzerne, New York.
The vast woodland, once owned by my grandparents Willard and Maude Carleton, was a place of natural beauty, exploration, and childhood trauma.
Kids in school called us the crazy Carletons. I never understood the reason until the family secret became public. That’s when dad fled into the woods to attempted suicide with a chainsaw and knife.
The courts charged him with child sexual abuse, removed him from the house and sentenced him to jail on weekends. He lived in town down the street from the High School.
My mom stood by him. Neglecting her children, I became a mother to three younger siblings. It began a fierce battle that raged until my brother’s death.
That became the foundation for my adult life. Dysfunction and maltreatment became a way of life. But, I didn’t understand that until I was forty-six.
The Illumination of Darkness
In the summer of 2013, amid intense suffering, the Lord spoke to me.
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.
After years of suffering, I learned keeping secrets prevents you from moving forward in life. Stuffing raw and painful emotions into a corner obstruct the light of truth from shining.
God illuminated the darkness and rescued me.
Oppressed by the burdens of fear, guilt, and shame, you live without rest.
But don’t lose hope.
I’ve learned you don’t need to suffer in silence and 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. You will find freedom and an abundance of life.
You can start here.