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What Baked Potatoes Taught Me about Renewing My Mind

What Baked Potatoes Taught Me about Renewing My Mind

For nearly two years now, I’ve been seeing a counselor every week. This week, we talked about something I never expected: baked potatoes.

Here’s the...

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On Being in My Body

On Being in My Body

Lately, I’ve been learning a lot about my body.

That might sound weird, but hang with me.

As someone who has survived abuse of every kind,...

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How to Set Boundaries (and Why it Matters)

How to Set Boundaries (and Why it Matters)

We live in a culture of hard work and hustle and making things happen. We’re accessible at all times, we’re connected constantly, and we...

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Creating Space in Silence for God to Speak

Creating Space in Silence for God to Speak

A few weeks ago, I turned the radio in my car off. I think it was an annoying commercial that I was hearing for...

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What if This Breakdown is a Breakthrough?

What if This Breakdown is a Breakthrough?

It was a Sunday afternoon. He came over, sat on my front porch, and told me the ball was in my court. We hadn’t...

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Empathy Might Just Be the Key

Empathy Might Just Be the Key

Everywhere I look, there seems to be division, conflict, tension, and discord. Politically, personally, in our churches, in our communities. We’re drawing lines and...

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When My Small Self Wants to Do Big Things (But Only God Can)

When My Small Self Wants to Do Big Things (But Only God Can)

I’ve always been bothered by the idea of smallness.

I’ve heard people pray that the Lord would keep them small. I heard a song on...

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BOOK REVIEW: Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher

BOOK REVIEW: Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher

“I want to build out of love, not fear.”

I’ve been thinking about these words for a few weeks now, since reading them in Hannah...

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I Thought I Hadn’t Found My People Yet, But There They Were

I Thought I Hadn’t Found My People Yet, But There They Were

I’ve been complaining for a while that I haven’t found my people yet.

I have this picture in my head of what I think it...

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How Purity Culture Hurt Me More Than My Abuser

How Purity Culture Hurt Me More Than My Abuser

I grew up in church, and consequently, in a purity culture. I thought the “modest is hottest” shirts were cooler than any brand at...

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