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Rejection: The Compounding Wound

I have experienced a hell of a lot of rejection in my life.  I asked eight different guys to prom my junior year of high school and they all said no. One said yes, but then told me the next day that he thought I was joking and then he said no. Finally, I went...

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Dear Church,

I’m not going to lie. I’ve been scared to write this post for a lot of reasons. It’s been ruminating inside of me for years and I haven’t felt comfortable to share. Which is shocking, because I share so much. But when it comes to my faith, I struggle to share about my...

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Healthy But Alone

Photo By Alexander Lyubavin There is an element of sobriety that I think is often overlooked: The loss of friends.  Over and over again I’ve heard stories about people having to stop associating with their friends who continue to use drugs or drink. So here you...

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Forgiveness and Grief

In the last six months I forgave someone who hurt me very deeply. I just said, “I forgive ____.” and threw something into a fire. I was alone. I didn’t tell them that I forgave them, I just did. Finally I’m not angry when I talk about them. I can remember the good...

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The F Word

Photo Credit : Shelby Steward Forgiveness is a hard word. It sounds like a four letter word most of the time. I know that when I feel like I’ve been wronged somehow that forgiveness is the last thing on my mind. I’ve wrestled with forgiving key members of my life for...

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The Comparison Trap

For a while now I’ve been stuck. Stuck listening to the old voices that say, “You’ll never be like _______.”“You’re just not talented enough.” “You’re just not pretty enough.” “You’re just not….enough.” Social media has allowed us for over ten years to follow the...

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Bitterness is a Noxious Weed

Over the last couple years, I’ve developed an unfortunate empathy for every female villain in literature. Bitterness has left me embattled and saying things I wish I hadn’t. Bitterness has stolen my spark and my joy. It’s left me a shell of who I used to be. This may...

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