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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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Hope for Victims of Sexual Assault

Tonia was 15 years old the first time she was raped. She went to swim in an outdoor pool. There was another family there and she felt safe enough. But when the family went back to their room it was just her and this man and he had ideas that had not crossed her mind. He followed her up to her room, "Just to make sure she was okay." And then he followed...

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First Date Flops (and Other Disappointments)

video by Elevation Church A friend once told me, “If you expect to be disappointed--you’ll never be disappointed!” While totally pessimistic, that expression holds some truth. Have you ever been on a blind date? I went on one a few years ago. It wasn’t totally blind. I noticed a guy I thought was attractive and pointed him out to a friend...

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Being Single in a Couples Culture

When I was in high school it seemed like most of my friends had boyfriends. Relationships were something I thought about a lot and I was always on the lookout for “potentials” in my classes. When I entered university, my goal was to get a boyfriend. I wanted someone I could connect with, relate to, and be with. I wanted attention from guys –...

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God, If You’re Out There I Need Some Help

It started with a trip to a walk-in clinic. Then there was the phone call, “You need to come to the hospital right now.” Then came more tests and an uncomfortable conversation with a nurse who had the tough job of saying the words, “We think you have leukemia.” Mike is a creative guy, he’s into music and photography. Years ago when he...

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The Last Christmas Before The Divorce

I will never forget the Christmas party where I witnessed a family being torn apart. Everything appeared fun and festive until my friend’s mom asked me to go grab something from the fridge in the garage. When I opened the interior garage door, I saw my friend’s stepdad weeping uncontrollably. He was utterly broken and vulnerable, no longer the...

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Jesus is for Everyone

"Before you write Him off as a good teacher, or an outstanding man; before you attempt to rob His name of its power, consider that Jesus might just be a name worth remembering." -Joshua Spence Jesus Christ.  Whether those are the first words on your lips when you step on a piece of lego or if Jesus is a name you are unfamiliar with, we'd...

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The Right Tool for the Job

All I needed was a screwdriver. I’d like to think I know some things. Perhaps not a lot of things, but enough to at least get me by in basketball games, horse barns, and hardware stores: anticipate the pass, approach from an angle, and always have a screwdriver. I recently moved, and since I had been using my roommate’s dresser as a makeshift...

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