BATTERED BUT NOT SHATTERED Rape, incest, alcoholism, addiction, mentally torture...the list could go on and on with ways that sin poisons our lives. Whether the sin is self- imposed or committed by someone else, it always has the power to cause us utter despair and a deep-seated sense of shame. Shame often convinces us we are irreparably damaged at our very core. The enemy wants us to believe this lie. God says that there is nothing about us that cannot be redeemed God can bring absolute and total healing to the places where we bury our darkest, most shameful secrets. In our lives, storms come and go. Some storms come to take you down but some come to take you higher. The word God lets us know in the book of Mark chapter 4:37-39, that there was a great storm that arose. The wind was fierce and the waves were so ferocious that the boat which Jesus and His disciplines were in was full of water. This story tells us that Jesus was in the rear of the ship, asleep on a pillow. His disciples woke him up and asked him, "Don't you care if we perish, Master?" Jesus got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea "Peace be still." When Jesus spoke to the storm, the wind ceased and there was great calm. This incident teaches us that despite the storms we face in life, when Jesus is in our boat (our lives), and we let Him speak to our storms, we may get battered but we will never be shattered. Loretta Hunt Freeman, a preacher, and teacher. Her obedience's is is to go wherever God leads to share his powerful word . Carson Samuel Freeman, Loretta 's husband is a great Guitarist.