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Get a Life!

Photo by Melissa Ford "When I was a teenager, my parents divorced and I deeply felt the loss of a father figure in my life. I had no use for religion at the time and found new gods: sex, drugs, and rock and roll." Joani's story is one of desperation and pain, a journey of fractured dreams and unrealized hopes. In her search for fame, what she...

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  • Making the Most of Life [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk] You bury your toes deep into the sand. As waves...
  • Why Trust is Worth It [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWypWe9UAhQ?rel=0] Media thanks to Ze Frank You've probably participated in trust exercises...
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We’ve All Got Issues

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEncgA9N144] Media Thanks to SoulPancake Behind every face is a person struggling. When the facades drop, we're left on level ground: every one of us human, all facing challenges and carrying scars. What does it take to trust someone enough to show them who we really are? Will they scrutinize and judge?...

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Don’t Guard Your Heart

Stop guarding your heart. Maybe this seems counterintuitive. "Guard your heart" is an expression thrown around a lot, especially in Christian circles, and it's commonly taken to extremes. It's supposed to encourage you to be modest, to protect yourself, to keep the bad guys out of your head and heart. But there's a danger when you try so hard...

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The Pep Talk You Need to Hear

I read a great quote the other day:  “It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” -Hugh Laurie It...

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The Way Back to Innocence

I clearly remember warm summer days long ago when I would lie on the grass. The sky was a canvas where I painted and planned my life. I owned mansions and elephants and dinosaurs—anything my heart imagined. Everything was good. I didn’t think things would ever go wrong, but they did. Devastating relationships. Shame. Stolen innocence. Grief....

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Hot Pursuit

"I heard a story once, an incredible story, an amazing story. It told of one who was relentlessly faithful and loves with an unwavering love. It was said that his sorrow was over broken people, it was said that he tirelessly pursues each lost one, never giving up until...until…" Does your heartbeat quicken when you sense someone behind you while...

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Looking for a Way out of Resentment

“Will you always be my stepmom?” Down went the clean laundry I was busy folding.  I looked up.  My stepson was watching me intently.  It was just the two of us, in a rare bit of quiet.  I searched for an answer. “Well, I will be your stepmom as long as your daddy and I are married.”  I wanted to be accurate, but also reassuring....

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Picture Perfect

If you want to know God, it’s simple. All you need to do is ask! If you’re not sure how, you can pray a prayer like this: God I need you. Please forgive me for the things I’ve done. Forgive me for turning my back on you and going my own way. Take control of my life and make me more like you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins....

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