Grief to Grace
Grief to Grace – Healing the Wounds of Abuse, is an internationally recognized spiritual and psychological journey offered to anyone who is suffering from the violation, trauma, degradation and lasting effects of sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse.
Have you endured sexual abuse, rape, incest, neglect or other abusive acts in childhood, adolescence, or as an adult?
Have you suffered abuse at the hands of a spiritual leader, minister, or member of the clergy?
Grief to Grace is a process for helping victims of abuse to discover spiritual healing and transformation. It was created to end the isolation and secret pain and suffering of abuse victims within a supportive and confidential retreat setting.
The program is led by a professionally trained team and is based on a strong Christian foundation and solid psychological principles. Participants will embark upon a 5-day restorative journey of faith to find healing through the Living Scriptures, journaling, group activities, and therapeutic counseling.
It is a pilgrimage- meant to stop the emotional chaos of abuse, find a new beginning through Christ and in so doing, replace the suffering with a life capable of love and happiness that was lost as a victim of abuse.
New Heart of Texas Grief to Grace Retreats
New Heart of Texas holds its retreats at a confidential location, in a scenic and serene environment. Each participant will have her/his own private room and all meals will be provided.
A professionally trained staff will be waiting to welcome you and guide you on your journey to overcome the pain and grief of abuse. Come experience the safety, wholeness, joy, peace and blessings that are missing from your life at our Grief to Grace Retreat. Rekindle the spiritual fire within your heart and reclaim your inheritance as daughters and sons of God.
Grief to Grace presents “Healing the Family from the Trauma of Abuse.” Have you suffered abuse and want to be healed? Do you have a friend, co-worker, or relative who has experienced trauma and wonder, “What can I do?”.
Symptoms of Abuse
We typically associate sexual abuse with rape by an unknown assailant however in many cases such abuse occurs in the home by someone who is known by the victim such as a family member, significant other or friend.
Many who have experienced sexual or physical abuse either cover it up or keep it a dark secret. The victims often feel conflicting emotions. They may feel shame and guilt or feel that they somehow encouraged or deserved what happened to them.
Victims carry the scars of abuse. Severe depression, suicidal thoughts or attempts, betrayal, self-loathing, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, fits of crying, nightmares, substance abuse, promiscuity and/or withdrawal from intimate relationships are all signs or symptoms of abuse.
Prayer Vigil for Grief to Grace Retreats
Prayer is an integral part of everything we do at New Heart of Texas. We are seeking prayer warriors to commit to pray for specific hours during our upcoming retreat. Prayers are needed for hearts to be open to the Holy Spirit’s healing touch, circumstances surrounding those in attendance, travel mercies, protection, wisdom for leadership, and for the family members of all those involved. If you can dedicate time to pray during our upcoming retreat please sign up. Your faithfulness means so much to us! Two weeks prior to each retreat we will post a Prayer Vigil Sign-up sheet so that our prayer warriors, like yourself, can intercede for us.
What Our Attendees Say
Here are some quotes from participants who have experienced the healing power of this life-changing retreat.
God healed and revealed my pain
“Grief to Grace was an intense five days of reliving and remembering some of the most painful events and experiences of my life. However, it was done with immense love and guidance. A team of qualified counselors, clergy and staff lead me gently through a well-constructed program that brought healing, deliverance, acceptance, breakthrough and victory to me by the end of the retreat. My truth was heard, my feelings encouraged, and my pain was respected without judgement or condemnation. Valuable tools were given so that my healing journey could continue when I left the retreat. Every part of this God ordained program was executed professionally. The friendships I gained were an extra bonus.”
“My Experience as a participant at the Grief to Grace Retreat will always be remembered as the final phase of what I consider a rebirthing process. Each retreatant and retreat exercise served as a catalyst for change in the power of the Holy Spirit. I was touched by everyone who attended, both leaders and retreatants. I believe an incredibly special and precious bond was formed between us that only those present would understand. I was transformed and deeply impacted in my heart by the life experiences and words of courage we shared with each other. I went home with an inner conviction that the pain of my many losses and past were truly resolved. And with a renewed hope and sense of grounding that a new me, a more alive me has been birthed. Attending the Grief to Grace retreat helped me to regain focus and to process any residual emotional baggage. As I write this testimony, I feel energized once again to begin working on my business and re-envisioning my future.”
Relief and hope
“My Grief to Grace experience has changed my life – emotionally, spiritually and physically. On my six-and-a-half-hour drive home, it was so obvious to me that I was much different from the shell of a person who drove to the retreat only five days before. The physical relief I felt after leaving the retreat is completely indescribable. I had been living with debilitating anxiety for so long that I didn’t even know what my “normal” felt like anymore. On the way home I felt lighter, more relaxed and just free. I had been numb to feeling and so spiritually dry for so long. This physical relief was a result of the emotional and spiritual healing I was able to experience during the retreat. My prayer for myself is to continue this progress. I feel secure with the tools I was given at the retreat. The biggest blessing of this retreat is coming home and still having a connection with participants from the retreat.”