My name is Allison English,
I am a mother of three amazing children. I eloped at the young age of 18. My high school boyfriend at the time had been very controlling and manipulative and convinced me to elope with him. I survived years of emotional and physical abuse as a result of it. I did not believe in divorce at the time and thought that if I just remained faithful to God's word and tried to keep things in order that things would work out. They only became worse. At the end I was left with 3 amazing children that I worked overtime trying to shield them from the disaster that was my marriage. I was an army wife for over a decade and seen my husband through three deployments. The PTSD and the mental illness and the real danger was always present. I have been beaten and had a gun placed to my head. STD have been passed to me and I lost a child. But throughout it all and no matter where I moved in the world, I managed to connect with wonderful quality people and found a church home. I did not let this ordeal break me or turn me bitter, but instead used it as a motivation to be better and to do better. When I finally realized that I would have to divorce this man, I was so weak and torn that I begged God to give me strength and He did. I never stopped attending school even when it didn't look like I would have money to continue. I worked, I took care of my children and studied at night. By the time I eventually divorced I had gotten my BA, my Masters and graduated early with my law degree.
My strength came from studying the Bible, singing in my church choirs and dedicating my life to being a good mother to my children. I represented people who could not afford attorneys in order for them to get parent rights and then when I was hired as a public defender in Kansas I represented those who could not afford attorneys. A lot of the times these people would have given up hope but with my help were able to have their rights protected. I like to speak at churches about the importance of getting wills and living wills set up, about getting expungements and reestablishing their right to vote, and when there are special programs about overcoming domestic violence I speak about forgiveness and not giving up hope. So many times people speak about forgiving those who have done you wrong but first we must forgive ourselves. And then we must learn to forgive others so that you can properly heal and progress. It was because God gave me strength to heal and forgive that my blessings overflow to this day. Now I am a federal attorney helping those who can not afford counsel and my children look up to me. They are in a healthy environment and I took my life back.
My ex husband once called me a victim...but I am not...I am victorious. I am a living witness that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. People always try to put you in a box to fit their expectations. I live outside that box. I play 3 instruments, I sing, I perform in local theater, I am a boy and girl scout mom. I am strong and no one has the ability to steal my joy. God did that for me.
"The Living In Harmony Show" 5/24/2017
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