Tag: Personal Growth

The Turn After the Trauma

Experiencing trauma as a child–whether a one-time event or an ongoing experience you had to endure–makes you feel powerless, vulnerable, and alone.  As a child, you often don’t have power over the situation but instead are a recipient of other people’s decisions–indirectly affected by the thoughts, feelings, actions, and behaviors of those around you.  For

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From Hopeless and Food-Full to Hopeful

Food.  Nourishment. Enjoyment. Community. Creativity.  Food.  Overindulgent. Painful. Isolation. Addiction.  It isn’t a “common” addiction. To some, it isn’t considered an addiction at all. But for me…for me, food–sugar in particular–was my addiction. It was where I turned when I was having a bad day, a hard day, a sad day, a long day, a

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Finding the strength to move past your pain and love again.

Love puts you in a vulnerable position. So for those of us who have been hurt, taken advantage of, or wronged by someone we trusted, vulnerability may be particularly hard. Putting yourself in a position where there is a chance you will be hurt again, left again, abandoned again may feel too risky. But there

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Praise: the biggest slap in the face.

When I was a little girl, I was terrified of storms because where I grew up, thunder storms often turned into tornados, and tornados can be terrifying.  Sometimes the storms we face in life can be really scary too. Maybe you’re in the midst of a storm right now and you’re scared because you can’t

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The relationship that changes everything.

When you decided to give it all to God in humble surrender, this means your relationship with God needs to become your first and most important priority (not that it shouldn’t have been already, but now it’s even more vital). It needs to go deeper, become more intimate, more intentional, more frequent, more. This is

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How to stay cool, calm, and Christ-like in a heated moment.

The other day at work, I got extremely irritated with a co-worker. And I was getting myself all fired up, ready to go to another co-worker and vent my irritations. But for whatever reason, before I did that, I decided to open my Bible app and read the verse of the day. This is what

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In the words of momma Vickie.

I wanted to talk to my mom. I wanted her advice. I wanted to talk to her about the things on my mind. I wanted her to tell me how amazing she thinks I am, and shrug her off like she’s only saying that because she’s my mom, but deep down feel encouraged by her

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Get out of the house: and other mental health ideas.

None of these will be as easy as they sound if you’re truly struggling with your mental wellbeing. Trust me, I know because that’s me sometimes. Like yesterday. And this morning as I write this. But knowing the struggle, and being determined to not allow it to overtake me, is what inspired me to write

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Are you tired of praying?

What have you been praying for? Whose life have you been pleading? Where are you longing to see God’s hand move powerfully? Maybe it’s your finances—a better job opportunity; a family member—their salvation; a health issue—healing. I have prayers for all those things and many, many more. It’s hard to admit, but I get tired

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It’s the little things… we do for others.

I wasn’t planning on being on the phone with him for over thirty minutes. In fact, all I really needed was a three word answer—“read and agreed”—letting me know I could use his story for an email I was sending out for work. But after a few minutes of talking, I realized this call was

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