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When my scars scare the hell out of me

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I almost didn't read Darryl Wein’s story. It was the photo on the first page that made me want to flip past it. Weins suffered severe burns to his face when he was electrocuted. In the picture, his skin looked like had melted on the right side, his eye and mouth sliding down his face like [...]

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Paying attention: mentoring week kicks off at SheLoves!

I spearheaded a week on mentoring for my favorite online magazine, SheLoves. This week, me and a few other amazing women will be sharing stories about mentoring, practical advice, and life-changing insight about how to connect with mentors--and BE one yourself. One email changed my life. It could change yours too. All Donna-Jean meant to [...]

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A made thing: for Antler

For a long time, I simply felt helpless. My youth pastor in high school was spiritually abusive to many of us, and he sexually abused a friend of mine. When she came forward, the police tried to make a case, but there wasn’t enough evidence to meet the burden of proof. Almost two decades later, [...]

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The thing you fear might save your life

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As a kid, I hated writing. In sixth grade, my teacher called in my mom for a parent-teacher conference over the state of my journal. Mrs. Kimmerling required a page a day. There was a space above for drawing a picture, and a space below for writing anything you wanted. We were graded on the [...]

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Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: One Woman’s Yes with Michelle DeRusha thumbnail

When I saw the title of Michelle DeRusha's memoir, Spiritual Misfit, I knew I had to read it. So much of the good things in my faith recently have flowered because I've come to terms with having a quirky, mysterious, and cobbled-together faith. I really recommend her book. Michelle manages to make faith and doubt seem everyday, [...]

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When being present for your kids is scary

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While I'm away, I'm digging back into my archives and posting a few goodies from the way-back machine. Enjoy! I love my kids. I love homeschooling them. I love not rushing from one place to another. So why, then, when I wake up and we have nothing planned, why do I feel afraid? Now let’s be clear: [...]

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When ‘nothing’ happens and it pisses you off: Why I’m a feminist thumbnail

I know, I know, I'm not blogging this month. But I saw Suzannah Paul link to the Faith Feminisms synchroblog and I wanted to participate. I'm slogging through All the Feelings about this right now, and I want to stand up and be counted. Thanks to the organizers for creating space to share. It has [...]

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The Revolutionary Technique for Creativity, Flat Abs, Fabulous Parenting, Evolved Spirituality and General Awesomeness thumbnail

While I'm away, I'm digging back into my archives and posting a few goodies from the way-back machine. Enjoy! Here it is. Let’s all take a deep breath. Become a beginner. Not an expert. Not yet. First, you must start someplace. A start, a beginning, will humble you and bring you to your knees. Stay [...]

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“I could never do what you’re doing” is a cop-out. thumbnail

While I'm away, I'm digging back into my archives and posting a few goodies from the way-back machine. Enjoy! I’m at the doctor’s office, or church, or at a new women’s group. Someone asks where my child goes to school, and I tell them we homeschool. Before I got comfortable with homeschooling, I assumed people [...]

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There’s power in naming the truth: for SheLoves Magazine thumbnail

Recently, I blithely told one of my friends from high school that my experience in our church youth group had been largely positive. Here’s why I felt that way: the group was my first time in Christian fellowship. I served in leadership for three years, was there for almost every event, made a tight group [...]

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