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What Conquers Fear?

My heart beat faster. Little beads of sweat dampened my hands. What would I say? What would people think of me? What if they didn’t actually like me?  These thoughts plagued me at every social event. Even during casual conversations, anxiety surfaced.  I just wanted to be loved and accepted. I wanted validation.  Does Self-Love …

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Who Are You?

I stood in front of my mirror. It seemed so strange that behind the round face staring back at me there was a person. “Who are you?” I asked my reflection. But she only smiled. Who are you?  This is the question so many of us can never quite answer. We take online quizzes, we …

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Finding Freedom From Shame and Self-Hatred

“You’re not good enough. No one could really ever love you, not even God. How could He love you, when you constantly fail Him? You shouldn’t even try anymore.” Dear rose, do thoughts of self-hatred bombard you? Do you wonder if God could really love you, with all your brokenness? Shame whispers and doubt sings …

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Don’t Hate Yourself-God Loves You

Isn’t Gen Z humor… weird? We genuinely think it’s hilarious how much we hate ourselves. I’ve seen countless memes about how the writer believes they are “human trash.” How did our culture get to this point, where self-hatred has become a joke? Even as pop culture preaches self-love, young people loathe themselves more and more. …

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Finding Awe: The Key to Low Self Esteem

If you’ve spent any time in the devotional book aisle for women in your local bookstore or even at the women’s circle at church, you may have noticed that we spend much of our time discussing self-worth and exploring our identity.  Retreats, conferences, bible studies, devotional books, self-help books, and the like are all there …

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You Are Not Worthless, Even If You Feel Wilted

Wilted A rose stands in a vase, its head drooping, the outer petals curling inward like an unraveled mind. It is neglected, forgotten, the water long since dried up. The rose will soon be tossed out. It is wilted. You stand in your room, alone, your head lowered, your shoulders curled inward like a deadened …

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