“Out of the depths I cry to you oh Lord; oh Lord hear my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, oh Lord, kept a record of sins, Oh Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His word I put my hope.”
Psalm 130: 1-6 (NIV)
As a domestic violence survivor, I am humbled by the stories I see on the news. My heart breaks for those living in violence, and I can empathize with those who’ve escaped. Out of the Depths of My Soul is the journey I walked for many years. Though I could never see, I could always hear His whisper,
“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
Otterburne author releases poetry collection
By Marianne Curtis
Otterburne author Amy-Lee Moffatt shares the path of domestic violence, she walked for many years in “Out of the Depths of My Soul.”
As a domestic violence survivor, Moffatt is humbled by the stories she sees on the news. Her heart breaks for those living in violence, and she can empathize with those who’ve escaped. The book is her testament for the things that she experienced herself. Moffat, opens her heart and shares pieces of herself written from as far back as when she was fourteen.
“I had very little information about the dangers of the world and ended up in some pretty bad situations – I lived on the streets for a time (when I couldn’t couch surf at a friends) until one day I found out I was pregnant and the guy I was with ended up in jail,” Moffat explains. She admits trying to leave, but instead ended up living with a man who terrorised her daily, until she was finally able to escape. Her second marriage was not much better.
“When these things in my life were happening, I would write – it was my escape, my coping mechanism if you will – to deal with all the pain that I had no idea how to get away from,” Moffat continued. “My now husband encouraged me to put them all together and send them in to a publisher; as I am a Christian I wanted a Christian publisher which we found at Tate Publishing.”
Moffatt is a young teenage mother, who struggled to reach her goals. But with the support of an elite few, she was able to raise her children, obtain her Social Work Diploma, walk through two violent relationships, and meet the adoring husband she now lives within Manitoba, with their three children. She splits her time between her passion for writing and running a successful business with her husband and children. Her goals do not end here, and with God’s grace, mountains will continue to be moved.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
**As printed in the May issue of the Dawson Trail Dispatch