Tracey Casciano: Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

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Everyone’s Story welcomes Tracey Casciano, author, speaker, and missionary. Tracey contacted me with the hope of sharing her personal story of rising from a troubling childhood by keeping her eyes and heart focused on God. This week Tracey shares the same message, which you can find in detail in her non-fiction book Out of the Darkroom, Into The Light. I know she’s encouraged me and I’m hoping the same for all of you. Also, please check out Tracey’s BookGiveaway offer of this same title, a book I’m sure that will resonate with your own heart. Tracey and I look forward to hearing from you.

**Only 1 more week to go to earn a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Time is almost running out!

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BookGiveaway:

Tracey is offering 1 ebook version of Out of the Darkroom, Into The Light, a non-fiction title, to 1  randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, September 16th between 5-6 PM EST.

** Please note regarding BookGiveaways: email contact information within comments are no longer required. However, if I have a question regarding yours I’ll leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.

 

 

Faith Can Be Scary by Tracey Casciano

“Why would you share something so personal with complete strangers?” This is what the voice inside my head was saying as I contemplated writing my book. I was 41 years old and not who people thought I was. I had a secret and was about to go public and even though I had a sick feeling every time I thought about it, I knew that God wanted me to do this. I had been called.

It all started about a year and a half earlier…I was struggling with the guilt, shame and doubt that accompanied a life of abuse. I was an only child and had survived a life with an alcoholic mother and sexually abusive father. After being estranged from my parents for many years, I began to worry. I would be unable to sleep at night thinking about what I would do if something happened to my dad. My mom was a stroke victim and he took care of her. As much as I tried to ignore my conscience, the thoughts wouldn’t go away. My sons wanted to know why they couldn’t go visit their other grandparents. As I wrestled with this, God knew it was time for me to face my past and spoke to me very clearly one morning.

It started out as any other Sunday as my family headed to church. Our four sons went to their respective classes and my husband and I sat next to each other enjoying the worship music. When our pastor began speaking I froze. He started talking about forgiveness. I knew he was talking to me. The message hit my core and I was confused and angry as I thought that by forgiving my parents, it would release them from their actions. I talked to my husband and he suggested that I talk to our pastor. Scared to open up to my past, I was hesitant to talk to my pastor, but knew that I needed to. After telling him about my past, he told me the truth about forgiveness. By forgiving my parents, I was not excusing them from their behavior, rather, I was releasing myself from the pain of the past.

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Six months later my father died and I was left to care for my mother. During this trial, I sought the advice of a Christian counselor. As I unpacked my complicated, messy past and current situation, she smiled and said, “You are a perfect example of God’s grace.” I thought about it and realized that I was. During our next session together, she said it again and then asked me a question that changed my life. “Would you ever consider sharing your story to help others?”

I left her office feeling scared, excited and nauseous. I immediately made a list of all the reasons that I wasn’t qualified. I tried to forget about it, but I’ve learned that when God wants to get your attention, He will keep trying until you respond. I had spent most of my life trying to avoid and deny my past for fear of being judged by others and was fearful of how the people in my life would respond when they learned the truth. I prayed and asked for wisdom and as scary as it was, I knew that I needed to trust God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

As I timidly told my closest friends about my past and that I was going to write about it to help others who may be hurting, I received overwhelming support.

As I reflect on my journey to writing this book and speaking to groups, I am amazed by what God has done with my life. By sharing our stories, we allow God’s good works to shine and give Him the glory that He deserves.

Is it scary? ABSOLUTELY! But God calls us out of our comfort zone so that we can show others what true faith looks like. Are you willing to take the risk to show God that you fully trust Him?

Tracey’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

@TraceyCasciano: Can you step out of your comfort zone and leave fear behind? (Tweet This)

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#BookGiveaway of @TraceyCasciano’s Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light. (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Tracey is a passionate speaker and writer ready to shine a light for Jesus. She shines that light through encouraging words as a blogger, speaker, and writer to help others who may be suffering or doubting themselves on their current path in life. After a childhood with an alcoholic mother and abusive father, her love for the Lord helped rise above her past. She describes this in her book, “Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light: A Story of Faith and Forgiveness After Child Abuse.” She is happily married and in the midst of raising four wonderful sons. Tracey has a background in Special Education, has taught History in public high school for eight years, and has been a missionary in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

Places to connect with Tracey:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

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Tracey and I look forward to your comments.

 

12 comments to Tracey Casciano: Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

  • It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone, but I’m certain many people have been blessed by how you learned to forgive. I’ve learned doing what God calls me to do isn’t easy, but He will equip me. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Ann Ellison

    Beautiful and touching testimony of how God can use the worst of situations to minister to others.

  • Thank you, Tracey, for being obedient and willing to be vulnerable and share your heart.
    It’s only if we as believers can begin to do this that others will see true faith and God’s
    grace modeled.

    • elaineadmin

      Kathy, it’s interesting how we can become stronger when we believe we’re most vulnerable. Thank God for our God who holds us up! I’d had lost it years ago if it wasn’t for Him.

  • Thank you for your nice comment Kathleen, I agree!

  • Thank you Ann. I hope my message will provide hope and healing to others!

  • Marilyn R

    Thank you, Tracey Casciano for sharing your past with Elaine and on Everyone’s Story. What a lovely testimony about what God’s grace, forgiveness and love will do in each of our lives when we are open and honest. I work with child abuse victims and their non-offending family members. It’s sad how many parents are survivors of childhood sexual abuse but have not overcome their past. I will definitely have to read Out of the Darkroom, Into The Light. I’m often encouraging clients to move forward with forgiveness toward offenders for them to experience peace within. The abuse is part of their history but forgiveness brings healing that God wants for each one. God bless all.

    • elaineadmin

      Marilyn, as always, it’s great seeing you here. Yes, unfortunately, I imagine you do see a lot of cases concerning the issues Tracey addresses. I’m glad you’re there for these families!

  • elaineadmin

    Here in the Northeast it’s a golden season of sunshine and mild temperatures. Summer’s heat has sizzled out and the winter cold is still a way’s away. Best of all, it’s a season to count blessings of His love, family, friends, and the peace we have and the peace we can share with others. Yet, peace must come from within. My guest of this past week, Tracey Casciano, has shared ways to cultivate this peace and I’m thankful Tracey has visited this week.

    Tracey, may you continue to find joy and share it 💗

    And, thanks for your BookGiveaway of Out of the Darkroom, Into The Light. The winner of this book is…

    Marilyn!!! Congratulations, Marilyn. Both Tracey and I will contact you in direct emails.

    Blessings to all.

    Elaine

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