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HE HAS A NEW LOVE-AND IT HURTS!

 

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By Terry Loving

He beat you, said all kinds of terrible things to and about you; threw you down the stairs; stressed you out to the point of you getting ill; lied to you about everything; made your life so miserable that you want to die, and yet – you are jealous that he has another woman. After all that you have suffered, you would think that you’d be happy that some other woman has taken that maniac off of your hands. Instead, you lie awake at night, thinking about your ex-abuser and his new love.

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Whether a relationship ends on equal terms, or because of violence and abuse, we always wonder about the new love in the life of our ex. Even if we have moved on, remarried and are reasonably happy with our new lives, the curiosity is still there. A past memory may bring to mind a romantic picnic, or a memorable family holiday. In the case of domestic violence and abuse, the curiosity concerning the new love interest may serve to intensify the painful memories that we try so hard to forget. The bully is gone, moved on with someone new – and you can’t do the same, why?

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The abused have many reasons why they feel emotionally, mentally and perhaps spiritually attached to an ex-abuser. For one thing, it took years to get beat down to not loving yourself, and it will take years to heal and learn to set healthy boundaries. In my case, it took me a long time to just like myself, for I spent many quiet moments wondering – “What did I do?” “What did I say?” “Where did I miss the signs?” “Why doesn’t he love me?” “Why did he bloody my nose?” “Can I ever do enough?” “How in the world did I get into this mess?”

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If the new woman is perceived to be prettier, younger, has a nice body, or other physical attributes that we zone in on, you start to compare, and jealousy rears its ugly head. You the abused, are left in a mess in every way; barely getting out of bed in the morning, and now you have to experience a slap in the face – again. You thought about moving to a new neighborhood, but your finances are in shambles. When you ex got fired from his job, you took care of everything, including him. And now you are financially broke and broken hearted.

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Don’t be fooled by what you see on the outside. The abuser hasn’t changed his ways, just partners. In time –unfortunately – his new love will see him for what he is – violent and out of control. There is no need, nor is it recommended that you should warn her of the dangers of dating him – she won’t listen. Rest assured that the perpetrator has convinced the new woman in his life that his former girl-friend, (you) were nothing but “trouble.” Think about it, do you honestly believe that he will tell her that the relationship ended because he tired of using and abusing you – and he needed fresh meat? You are not a challenge anymore. He beat you down so low that you don’t even fight back, verbally or otherwise. In his eyes, “You are no fun!”

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Here’s the real truth. One of the reasons that your abuser mistreated you is because you could not fix all that is wrong with him. As expectations go, new couples are high on the possibility that they have found the person who will complete them. Only God can complete human beings, for He made us. Disappointment sets in when the fantasy wears off, and true personas emerge – hence the violence and abuse.

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It does no good to needlessly worry your mind with false notions that the new woman will be treated much better than you were. Give it time, and she will be a prisoner of tainted love just as you were. And know this; marriage will only trap her in a hell that you should be grateful to God that you escaped. Instead of leaving notes on her car or finding other ways to warn her, pray for her – she may not make it out alive as you have.

Most of all get some help! The sooner you find healing for yourself, the quicker you will get over your abuser. You will never forget the awful experiences, but you will be able to move on – if that is your desire.

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The more you fantasize about your ex-abuser and his new love, the more you will make yourself sick. The sicker you are, the less productive you will be, and they will move on while you are still stuck. In fact, you will hinder your own progress to turn your life around. Be happy; be glad; REJOICE! You are free! You no longer have to endure abuse from a sick mind and perverted heart. He has found another unsuspecting soul to destroy from the inside out. In time, you will heal if you allow God to provide the healing balm that your soul is crying out for.

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Whatever you and your ex used to do together, find something else to do. You must renew your mind, and change your routine. Spend your precious brain power on positive ways to change your life, and not on wishing what could have happened in the relationship. Wishful thinking just keeps you stuck, angry, disappointed, and down on your-self. LET IT GO! Replace every negative thought with a positive. Don’t hang around people who feel sorry for themselves, or people who need to make you feel bad so that they can feel good.

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Most of all PRAY! Ask God for help to overcome your pain. The blood of our Lord cleanses us spiritually, and renews our spirits in Him. This world is passing away, and the only important thing in life is preparing to spend eternity somewhere. Don’t let the devil throw you off track and miss heaven. Loneliness may hurt for a while, but at least you will live.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

(Romans 12:2)

You can do it with the help of Jesus Christ.

DO YOU REALLY MISS HIM?

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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in LEAVING ABUSE

 

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