Welcome. I’m Linda M Carleton.
An abuse survivor, mother of four, and professional caregiver of twenty-three years.
I’m fifty-three and live in the heart of the Schoharie Valley in Upstate, New York.
I enjoy writing, blues and gospel music, and learning the Word of God.
My purpose for writing is to help victims of abuse overcome trauma and secure a better life. My blog encourages self-reflection to foster your personal growth and provides life changing wisdom.
Linda M Carleton’s Story
I was raised in a dysfunctional family. We lived 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.
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 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.
The call was answered by using my gifts of website design and writing to create a blog. Pushing past my fear of the public eye, I began writing, sharing with the world, painful secrets, and personal stories.
And God illuminated and chased away the darkness.
After years of personal suffering, I’ve learned, keeping secrets prevents you from moving forward in life. And stuffing raw emotions and painful memories into a corner obstruct the light of truth from shining.
Plagued 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 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. You will find freedom and secure a better life.
You can start here.