My beginning wasn’t the best.
On a daily basis, I was put to the test.
Abused by the one who was to protect.
Constant hurt and pain that no one could detect.
Keeping secrets was my claim to fame.
Hiding the bruises became a daily game.
Secrets have a way of coming out.
You try and try but they hear the inward shout.
When asked who had done this, I turn away.
Because I was told never ever to betray.
Next came the pain of abandonment.
Why was I placed in this predicament?
All because of the secret I tried so hard to hide.
I wish they would have killed me, I wish I could have died.
I had betrayed my abuser and now they have left.
I feel a void while others see it as being blessed.
Four and a half long years.
All I had were memories of the beatings and my tears.
I was left in the hands of someone that gave me peace that comes from above.
A kind of peace and true love that can only come from a grandmother’s love.
Genuine, true love gave me a brand new start.
It helped me mend my broken heart.
My heart had missing pieces when my abuser chose to leave.
The love I received gave me time to honestly grieve.
Love put me back together. No longer broken, now I am healed.
Biography of Dr. Joyce Marie Kelley, Th.D.
Dr. Joyce Marie Kelley is an author, motivational speaker and minister who loves the Word of God and all that it has to offer. She has been on God’s team for a long time. She is a faithful member of Greater Open Door Worldwide Ministries of Long Beach, CA. As a young child, Joyce accepted Christ as her personal savior. Dr. Kelley, fondly known as “Dr. J” has a heart and passion for helping others. She gives unselfishly of herself in the pursuit of sharing the healing power of forgiveness.
Dr. Kelley holds an Associate Degree in General Studies. A Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a Doctor of Ministry Degree. She returned to school and earned a second Master’s Degree in Theology. On July 8th, 2016 Dr. Kelley was Ordained as a Licensed Elder/Minister. Joyce recently earned a second doctorate degree in Theology. She is the CEO/Founder of “Exalted Consulting”; a ministry sharing the power of forgiveness through seminars and workshops. Dr. Kelley is the CEO/Founder of “Hip Hop Step Inc.”, a ministry to transform walking apparatus for those in need at no cost to the recipient. She is the CEO/Founder of “3G Custom Gift Baskets. Her philosophy is that “One should always practice Acts of Random Kindness” (ARK’s).
Dr. Kelley is a child of the most high God, and resides in Southern CA, with her husband. “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. “ (Matthew 19:26b, KJV.)