(Credit: Janeen Michael)

Gifted, beautiful and God-fearing, Janeen Michael would have never imagined in her wildest dreams that she would become the victim of domestic violence.

And yet, for 15 years, she stayed in a marriage to a senior pastor who was brutalizing her behind closed doors.

So why did she stay so long?

“Pride, fear and shame were the bars of my prison,” the Journey to Love author and worship leader explains of what she calls the “toxic relationship.”

For all those years, sitting beneath a big hat, she knew the man who preached the gospel to the congregation was ignoring the Ephesians 5:25 mandate to love his wife as Christ loves the church.

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