On a recent episode of “Ainsley’s Bible Study” on Fox Nation, the founder of Living Proof Ministries, Beth Moore joined “Fox and Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt to talk about overcoming childhood trauma.
During the episode, Moore opened up about her childhood and experiencing sexual abuse at a young age.
“I had the great blessing of being raised in church,” Moore began, “three times a week in those days, Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night — minimum — we were always there.”
“However,” Moore explained, “my family was very, very broken. It’s just that sort of the combination of the good and the bad and the ugly that can all take place under one roof.”
Moore explained that while she was blessed to be raised in the church, her family was unstable and broken.
“While there were certainly people that loved me and met a lot of my needs… our home was extremely unstable, extremely unstable.”
“I also fell victim to a childhood sexual abuse within my own home,” she explained. “I don’t identify publicly who it was, but I will simply say that when anyone that should be in a protective role around you becomes not the protector, but the perpetrator, I cannot tell you how that will mess with you.”
Moore credits her faith with being able to get through her traumatic childhood and shared this with those on the show.
“It’s a miracle to me, Ainsley,” Moore said to Earhardt, “now that I look back on it in my adult years, that God must have given me the gift of faith in childhood because I believed what those Sunday school teachers and those pastors were saying about [Jesus]. … It never occurred to me that he would do me wrong, even though I was being done wrong.”
“No one would ever have known from the outside. But I was going to absolutely implode,” she said. “I was 40 years old by the time I would tell you that my mind was completely out from under the influence of my victimization.”
This experience was horrible and traumatic for Moore, but clinging to scripture and finding God amidst it all is what kept her going.
“I would memorize scripture,” said Moore. “I put those truths on index cards… And I would take those things with me everywhere I went. And I would walk around the grocery store… I was just saying those scriptures over and over.
“I’d make statements of ‘This is who God says you are,’ and ‘This is what you have to believe.’ And I don’t care how you feel — this is the truth. And it was that process right there.”
Beth Moore founded Living Proof Ministries and has been an advocate for sexual abuse victims and survivors her entire life. You can find more about her and her ministry at https://www.lproof.org/.