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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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Who Do We Belong To?

Where do you belong? Maybe you feel at home with your classmates, or maybe your family. Quite possibly, you don’t feel like you belong anywhere. Today I’m going to talk about “belonging” in the sense of spiritual family.  We can belong to the world, to ourselves, or to Christ. Each of these can bring a …

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Don’t Let Your Size Become Your Worth

I stood in front of the mirror, the skirt my mom bought me flaring over my knees making me smile–until it didn’t. The longer I stood in front of the mirror, the more aware of my “flaws” I became. My thighs didn’t have a big enough gap, my stomach wasn’t “pancake” flat, and very quickly, …

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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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Worldly Self-Esteem vs. Confidence in Christ

Believe in Yourself? “I don’t know what I should do. Maybe I’m just really awful at writing?”  The girl sighed as she flopped down onto the sofa.  “What are you talking about? You’re an amazing writer! You just need to have more self-esteem.”  The girl arched her eyebrows at her friend, “What do you mean …

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What Has Hurt You Doesn’t Define You

Not long ago, I got very sick. It was just a stomach flu, but the pain was so intense that I didn’t feel like I was capable of existing beyond it. I just laid on the couch feeling like I was dying, unable to more than lift my head. And I thought, “When will this …

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