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Gideon – This Is my Maiden Name

Gideon – This Is my Maiden Name

Contributor: Kay Gideon “The Lord is with you, o valiant warrior.” Judges 6:12 You may know the story of Gideon in the Bible. But here is my story. My parents were divorced when I was 3 years old, and my father was not involved in our lives other than to pay child support. My mother went on to marry again and divorce. She was left with 5 children.   Life was hard for me as a child. I w ...[Read More]

The Princess Dinner

The Princess Dinner

When I was a little girl, my favorite Disney princess was Cinderella. I thought she was the prettiest of them all, with her blonde hair and sparkly white dress and dainty glass slippers. Oh, how I wished for a fairy godmother of my own so that I could be turned into a princess, too! Last summer, my mother took me on a weeklong vacation to the “Happiest place on Earth,” Disney World. But I didn’t h ...[Read More]

Thankful For Ciera – a Girl Who Made a Difference

Thankful For Ciera – a Girl Who Made a Difference

Contributor: Sara Carmichael, 26 (Sara on the left, Ciera on the right of picture) On October 26, 2015 at 6:02 pm, Ciera went Home to be with the Lord. She was 23. The mere sentence steals my breath and makes my heart squeeze. I’ve only written it, or said it out loud a handful of times. It’s too painful. Ciera won her battle with cancer. She won an amazing life in the arms of Jesus ...[Read More]

Thankful for… a Pumpkin?

Thankful for… a Pumpkin?

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. The color of fall is in every leaf, in every pumpkin displayed on the shelves of the grocery stores. Decorators use their talent and skills to impress the eyes of the even not so perceptive ones. It’s Thanksgiving season. Cooks get their recipe books out of the kitchen cabinet. Who would dare to mess up the expectations carried into such an important meal like ...[Read More]

This Is Mia’s Story – What Is Yours?

This Is Mia’s Story – What Is Yours?

Let me ask you a question: Are you among the 12.3% of women in the U.S. who were sexually abused at the age of 10 or younger? This is Mia’s story: “At the age of seven I became a victim of evil in a human’s heart. My mom hired a new housekeeper. She was so sweet, funny, and playful with my siblings and I. One day my mom left us at home alone with her as she went to run the usual ...[Read More]

I May Lose My Hair But Not My Identity

I May Lose My Hair But Not My Identity

Hair loss can be a very sensitive subject for those who have fought it along their journey. It may not be enough to spray the scalp with that miraculous paint to disguise the missing or thinning hair in order to bring your confidence back. It may not be enough to sprinkle the powder that will make your remaining hair look thicker while you stretch it in different directions trying to cover the und ...[Read More]

I Had Panic Attacks

I Had Panic Attacks

Hard life experiences and two seasons of panic attacks have caused me to lead a life in a sense of being misunderstood and victimized. Very few people have stood up to hold me accountable to living this way and I am grateful for them. But I know now that God is teaching me to hold myself accountable to these feelings and this past year has been one of the mentally toughest thus far.

What Controls You?

What Controls You?

It was fun trying new things and feeling rebellious and so much closer to adulthood. We poured drinks and sat across from one another, none of us wanting to admit that we’d never done this before. It was about 5 years later after vomiting and blacking out in my 8am College Algebra class that my mentor asked me if I needed her to help me get into rehab. I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM! I’m not drinki ...[Read More]

Look up and Calm Down – Depression is Real

Look up and Calm Down – Depression is Real

Life can bring surprises and not all of them will be pleasant. Uncertainties may change into calamity, and when you least expect you will find yourself in a pit of depression. In moments like this, you have to be proactive. You have to act. A few years ago I was there. If someone had told me I would go through depression, I mean, deep depression, if it can be called so, I would have said he was ou ...[Read More]

Friends Forever in a High Tech World

Friends Forever in a High Tech World

Keeping in touch with friends long-distance can be quite difficult, but it is a practice that is often rewarded with stronger friendships, opportunities for travel and fun together, and more. I have moved twice in the past six years, and in each place I’ve called my home, I have made many wonderful God fearing friends. I’ve always made an effort to keep in touch. Sometimes we have drifted apart, u ...[Read More]

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