I am a published author of five books; a fiction allegory bird story for older children, a low-fantasy/sci-fiction trilogy for young adults, and a nonfiction spousal abuse self-help book.
Like so many of you, I wear many hats. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a wife, a mother, a grandmother. Beyond that, I am a storyteller, a poet, an artist, and especially, a wounded healer reaching out to a world that is hurting.
My husband and I reside in a not-so-small town on the western side of Washington State. In my neck of the woods, puddle jumping and dodging rain could very well be considered a sport and yet, it is in this place that my heart truly thrives. The breathtaking peaks, the grand forests, the pristine water, the abundant wildlife, and even the refreshing rain. I find joy with the camping trips in our motor home, strolling along the beach in search of sea lions, eagles, and agates, along with listening to the birds sing while walking beneath a canopy of stately fur trees. Poetry and sketching is another gratifying pastime as well as trying my hand at amateur photography. Reading fiction is a must, which naturally leads to my interest in creative writing.
Lastly and primarily, I am a follower of Jesus Christ. He has given me a passion for discovering God's touch and voice in the natural world and entwining each finding into my stories.
A big reason I'm here is because of my nonfiction domestic abuse memoir; A Vision Beyond Abuse: Spiritual Healing After abuse. This true story is about how I found freedom from abuse by a spouse who professed his dysfunctional love. This story encompasses some of the lessons God showed me. My former pastor called me a wounded healer. Yes, I am a wounded healer and I am reaching out to anyone who is hurting or has ever felt hope slipping away due to the destructive nature of domestic abuse.
For a long time I was silent about my broken past, because I just wanted to forget. So, I was unable to see myself ever writing about being in an abusive relationship. Ignoring what happened to me, I remained determined to move on, but the past would not let go of me. Reoccurring nightmares plagued me for several decades. I genuinely wanted to be free of the skeletons lingering in my brain, but they kept returning until something changed and that something was me. An all-knowing God heard my prayer of surrender; "There is a place where our soul's anguish and surrender is soothed by God's compassionate whisper".
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD, "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
A spark ignited inside of me which, in turn, led me to reach for pen and paper and the beginning of writing every event, good and bad, that I was able to drudge up from memory. The process was heart wrenching, but I kept on until I could write no more. This form of writing turned out to be therapeutic for me, because it literally drew out every emotion, thereby releasing it from the recesses of my mind. A huge sigh of relief arose when I had finished, but that wasn't the end. With manuscript in hand, I sent my journal on to a book publisher. They said yes, and the book publishing process began, taking nearly a year. Towards the end of the waiting period, I realized that I had not suffered from any nightmares since finishing my journal! That was in 2010. Soon afterwards, I experienced an astounding dream...
[The light outdoors was extraordinarily vivid as my awareness intensified. What was most surprising was that I was sitting astride an enormous golden eagle and we were flying. The gentle breeze blew refreshingly through my hair, tossing my locks about. I was seeing everything with a new perspective as my gaze took in the fabulous view above, around, and below me. The meandering river resembled a slithering snake and the clouds almost close enough to touch. There was no fear in this place, only a feeling of being awestruck with exhilaration. It was then that a feeling of pressure around my lower limb causing me to look down. Wrapped around my ankle was a chain. As I contemplated how to remove the chain, it simply slipped off, falling to the ground below. In that moment, I knew that any burden I may have been carrying was gone and I was free. The next instant, I woke up with all of the vivid colors and visual imagery of my dream forever imprinted on my mind.]
My nightmares have never returned and I continue to reflect about the positive significance of the "eagle dream" that came to me when I most needed it. It was a defining moment as it became clear to me that I had an encounter with the Holy Spirit.
Seems impossible, right! It doesn't have to be...
"Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
God fulfills His promise to me everyday as He provides His constant faithfulness. He knows me better than I know myself and every day He invites me to open my eyes and discover His plans for good. He gives me hope and a future with purpose as a wounded healer for a world that is hurting. Every day God's word reveals to me a new way of relating to my neighbor, so by writing and sharing my faith-inspired stories I am honoring God. Therefore, I walk by faith as I share God's love for us via my stories.
Thank you for taking a walk with my thoughts..
Blessings, Kathy Goodhew
Quotes to live by:
"The things I fear the most are the things God wants me to face, so I can continue on my journey." ~ by author, Kathy Goodhew
"When looking in the mirror can you see past the illusion and recognize the lion waiting to break free"? ~ by author, Kathy Goodhew
"No matter how dark life can be, it's how we react to it that matters. Love & forgiveness instead of hate and fear, create in us a garden of healing." ~ by author, Kathy Goodhew