In 2008, I opened my Bible and began to read the story about Abigail and Nabel. It was a story that spoke to me in various ways for various reasons. This is a story of a woman who experienced domestic violence and although it does not go into detail we do know that Abigail's Husband(Nabel) was a very hot tempered, mean and disrespectful man. Nabel was a man that was selfish and truly only concerned with himself. When people did things for him he in returned acted like he didnt know them. Nabel always felt like somebody owed him something. Eventually, with Nabel behaving that way, he would soon get into trouble. One day when David came to pay Nabel a visit, Nabel acted as if he did not know who David was, He began to yell and say all kind of things to the men that David sent to talk to Nabel. When the news was reported back to David, David was furious because he knew that Nabel knew very well who he was. David had did a lot for him as well as offer to protect him and his family. All David asked was if Nabel would be so kind to feed his men. Seeing as David had done so much for him, he still asked and Nabel disrespected him. David was so mad that he said he would kill everybody that was surrounded by Nabel. When the news got back to Abigail she went behind her husbands back and went to David and basically talked him out of seeking revenge because we all know that vengeance is of the Lord. Abigail did not make any excuses for her husband, but she knew that she had faith in God and that God would turn her situation around. Because Abigail went to David to make peace on behalf of her husband David decided not to kill Nabel and his family. Most people would say that Abigail was wrong for going behind her husbands back, but she was not because she knew that either way it went her husband would not listen and would be mad. If it wasn't for Abigail she and her family probably would have died because of her husbands ignorance and lack of respect for others.

Look at some scriptures that showed Abigail's Faith and humbleness: Samuel 25:24-31 1 Samuel 25:24-31 (New International Version)"24 She fell at his feet(Davids) and said: "My lord, let the blame be on me alone. Please let your servant speak to you; hear what your servant has to say. 25 May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name--his name is Fool, and folly goes with him. But as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my master sent. 26 "Now since the LORD has kept you, my master, from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, may your enemies and all who intend to harm my master be like Nabal. 27 And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my master, be given to the men who follow you. 28 Please forgive your servant's offense, for the LORD will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my master, because he fights the LORD's battles. Let no wrongdoing be found in you as long as you live. 29 Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my master will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the LORD your God. But the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling. 30 When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader over Israel, 31 my master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD has brought my master success, remember your servant."

If we remember in proverbs 31 it says that a woman's husband and children will praise her and call her blessed just because of who she is and although Abigail was not Davids wife YET look at his response to her:"Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.

David praised God and was thankful that Abigail talked some sense into him she didn't cover up what her husband did, but she let God use her to let David know that he should do the right thing INSPITE OF.

Shorty after this whole ordeal, God killed Nabel(Abigail's Husband) and David came and asked for Abigail's hand in marriage and she accepted.

Ladies AND gentlemen allow me to address the issue of domestic violence to you. Domestic violence is ANY AND ALL forms of abuse if you are being disrespected, threaten, called out your name, if you are being controlled(told what to do, what to wear, monitored as far as were you can go, what you can do, who you can talk to, etc),If you are being told things such as you will never be anything without them, you need them. you will never amount to anything, you are worthless, ugly, etc. If you are being physically abused you are a victim of domestic violence and we would love to help you in anyway but let me introduce you to GOD if I may. You see what God did for Abigail? God cannot stand a wicked man/or woman especially one that is unwilling to change because there are some that can change. When God says vengeance of Him and not us that is exactly what he means. He loves his children so much but we have to get our faith up. Look at the faith Abigail had it was amazing!!! ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL/HANDSOME. GOD MADE NO MISTAKES WHEN HE MADE US IN FACT HE MADE US FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY. HE GAVE US LIFE SO THAT WE MAY HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY AND WE WILL.

Please hear my plead and my cry!!!!!!!!!! please! There are many women and men out here that are suffering in silence from domestic violence!!! GOD HEARS THAT CRY AND HE IS HELPING BUT HE ALSO USES OTHERS TO HELP! WE ARE HERE TO HELP OTHERS. PLEASE SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN ANY WAY THAT YOU CAN. GOD HAS TURNED THIS CRUISE FOR A CAUSE INTO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN I EVER IMAGINED. THIS IS BIGGER THAN ME, YOU OR US. THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY SURVIVORS BROUGHT TOGETHER JUST FROM THE IDEA OF THIS CRUISE. IMAGINE SOME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS JOINING THIS CRUISE BUT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH BECAUSE THEY ARE SILENT AND EVERYTHING SEEMS FINE. IMAGINE US COMING TOGETHER ON THIS CRUISE AND SHARING OUR TESTIMONIES AND WITH THE HELP OF GOD HELPING SETTING THESE VICTIMS SOULS FREE. GLORY TO GOD IN ADVANCE FOR THAT. WE NEED TO SET UP SO WE CAN HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS SPEAK UP AND GET OUT. WHO IS GOING TO TAKE A STAND FOR THEM? FOR WE KNOW WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING BY OURSELVES. TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE AND THREE IS BETTER THAN TWO. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. IF YOU CAN JOIN THIS CRUISE PLEASE DO SO.

If you are are a domestic violence victim feel free to contact cruiseforacause@gmail.com. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we should all help each other. You can even submit a comment through the main page of the website and it will go to the cruise for a cause email. If you are a survivor and would like to share your story please send an email to cruiseforacause2@gmail.com

1−800−799−SAFE(7233) that is the national domestic violence hotline number and they can connect you to any domestic violence center in your state or area.

 


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