When it comes to estranged parents healing their injury from domestic violence by proxy and parental alienation, there is the rosy side and the hardcore reality show. Some people think of these two sides as opposites: one on nourishing the love and the other on accepting the hate, doubt and fear.
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The last chapters of this movie; escaped girl, vacant town, non-working pay phone; all seemed to sort of write themselves. There is a great deal of hyper-drama found in the final act where Madoka, after more than a year of capture, rejection, complacency then acceptance, is able to turn the tides.
Stephen was Saul’s Messiah, but there was no way in hell Saul was going to see the risen Stephen, not after witnessing him die an agonising death. Much easier to go through a Backconnect Proxy. He wasn’t going to get any healing for the wrong he had committed through his Israelite faith. God burst through his walls of resistance with a thunderous, “Deal with this, Cloakroom Boy!” and Saul dealt with the trauma in the only way he knew how. He tried to bury it deeper by getting busy. And even when it hit him like a bolt from the blue that this Jesus thing was absolutely right – that rule by law was not the way back to God – he just kept right on being busy doing that instead. The good news rushing in upon him, invigorated him. He was stoked, wired. He got so busy he became a liability.
There is still a streak of vindictiveness in him; he still has a propensity for self-justification, and a tendency to rant, but then, repentance is an ongoing process. Perhaps Peter encouraged him in that regard: It was getting on to the road that mattered, facing in the right direction.
Whatever you resolve to do in the coming year, having a written goal and plan of action means you are 80 percent more likely to accomplish your resolution, according to a very unscientific study performed in a remote mountainous area in North Georgia.
Healing from domestic violence by proxy (and parental alienation) is a process. Honor it and it will unfold for the betterment of you and your children.