Guest Bloggers


The Mess and the Mender

30

Nov 2016

The Mess and the Mender

By: Tiffany Burlingame I was a master deflector My own prideful protector I denied the pain needed a resurrector So I became a neglector I refused to surrender to Jesus The only person with power to free us I was gripped by shame Until Jesus called me by name “Tiffany, you are a daughter of the king Take refuge under my wing I will cover you under my...

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Finding Confidence in a Bigger Story

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Oct 2016

Finding Confidence in a Bigger Story

By: Jennifer Spoelma Like many women, body image insecurities have played a major part in my story. My sophomore year of college, I started recognizing how my obsession with my body, and all the things I thought were wrong with it, was inhibiting my life. When I spent time with girlfriends I was only half there because my mind was consumed with comparing myself and...

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You Call Yourself

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Aug 2016

You Call Yourself

By: Lauren Goderwis You call Yourself the Light This darkness makes it hard to see Please guide me through the shadows That I may continue on with Thee You call Yourself the Shepherd I’m prone to wander and to roam When I go to leave Your presence Break my legs and bring me home You call Yourself Provider In shortage I tend to plead Remind...

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28

Jun 2016

Bikini Bod and Freedom

By: Charmaine Porter Y’all modesty is frustrating! This is the one TRUTH that everyone seems to skip over when they talk about how great modesty is and why we should strive for it. I work for a purity ministry and we believe in modesty because it’s important to God, but very rarely will anyone say this – modesty ain’t no joke! It’s tough! And it’s...

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23

Jun 2016

Facing the Son

By: Kaci Piccillo Wanting to fit in is a woe faced only by junior high schoolers, right? Ha. Certainly, it becomes less pronounced as you come to know and accept who you are as an individual, but the desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself— to belong— is one that persists throughout all of life, expressing itself wherever a community of people...

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06

Jun 2016

Ready to Go

By: Katie Messer While seated at a table within a crowded restaurant in the Middle East, Kaw-Thar quickly adjusted her black hijab around her face to hide a stray hair that had come loose before nervously asking her next and most poignant question, “All this is interesting, but who do you say Jesus Christ is?” Knowing the risk of answering such a question, the young...

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11

Apr 2016

I Want to be Beautiful

By: Lauren Goderwis “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body,“ (1 Corinthians 6:19- 20). This verse popped up earlier this week. At first, I didn’t really think too much about what it...

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24

Mar 2016

More Than Reflections

By: Alyssa Spang “What would you do if they developed houses on this land?” I recently asked my sister. “I don’t know—have a protest or something.” Beside my parents’ house, there is an innocuous patchwork of cornfields and a rugged central Pennsylvania farm path. In middle and high-school, I used to walk the path ruminating and reciting poetry—Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott.” Sometimes, I would...

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29

Nov 2015

Walking Leather

By: Katie Messer Have you ever gone through a time in your life that was so difficult, so truly straining that you wondered if you would make it through? Then once on the other side, you realize that you are not at all the same person whom entered the trial prior to the journey? You not only can take courage in the reality that you...

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10

Nov 2015

Italian Vase: “Worth More Than Your Life”

By: Katie Messer A few months back, I stood in line to order some beautiful flowers—imported from Holland. It was a weekend and our children were happily playing with my husband. Thus, I was having a nice time, enjoying the wide array of flowers of every color, fragrance and description—packed into this tiny florist shop. Each bouquet looked like they had been taken right off...

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22

Oct 2012

Don’t Just Facebook Jesus

by Christina Stolaas As I’m reading through the gospels for the first time in years, something is gnawing in my spirt. As I turn page after page, each chapter documents the historical moments of Jesus life on earth, His spoken words a bright glaring red. But the quiet discontent in my heart has left a thought for me to ponder. Am I reading, studying, underlining...

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01

Oct 2012

Transitions and God’s Provisions

by Stephanie May I walked through my apartment complex today, intentionally stepping on every crunchy-looking leaf that caught my eye. We had a friend over this evening and she gifted us with a basket full of delightfully ‘fall’ things. She brought us apples and cinnamon tea and the makings for spiced cake. I’ve had a handful of pumpkin spice lattes and I’m counting the days...

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18

Sep 2012

Truth on a Random Tuesday

by Stephanie May I want my life to be about telling the truth. At the end of my life, I want to look back and know that I’ve lived a good story. Actually… at the end of this week I want to look back and know that I’ve lived a good story. It’s important. Our everydays are important. The decisions we make on a random...

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17

Sep 2012

Surrendering

by Laura Gonzalez My life was a wild entanglement of self-destruction. I was in my second year of college and things were getting progressively worse. Though I had been dealing with it for a while, I finally admitted to myself that I had an eating disorder. Even with the truth out in the open, it only continued to escalate. I hated myself for everything I...

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29

Aug 2012

Suffering For Our Greater Good

by Carmen Miller [photo credit] I came across this quote on Pinterest by Asha Tyson, and wanted to share it with you guys. What really did it for me was the line, “It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now.” So powerful and TRUE! We go through life wondering about the “what ifs” and the “should haves.” But...

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27

Aug 2012

The Glory of Discomfort

by Kristen Leigh Evensen Photo by P.H. Fitzgerald “The grass is always greener.” Many of us have heard this phrase used countless times, as a response to our innate desire for something better, lovelier, or easier. Especially during moments when our circumstances seem too overbearing for words, who has not wished—prayed, even—for the “other side”? If there is one thing we can learn from the...

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13

Aug 2012

Olympic Spirit: Giving God the Glory

by Christina Stolaas [photo credit] The Olympic spirit is still undoubtedly in the air. The display of athleticism, dedication, and athletic heart screamed so loudly from the tv screen these past several weeks that it it provoked our hearts with overwhelming pride. Our elite athletes sacrificed much to get to the games and our country has stood proudly in support. We cheered with them. Hoped...

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03

Aug 2012

We Would Rather Have Ryan Gosling as Our Jesus

by Emily Sledge [photo credit] I used to cry myself to sleep all the time, desperately jealous of people in happy relationships. I watched friends and people on TV, and it seemed practically everyone but ME had someone. It made me a little obsessed with the movie “The Notebook,” too. Especially the rain scene – remember, when she finally finds out that he didn’t stop...

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17

Jul 2012

Oh, Goodness!

by Samantha Madison [photo credit] I’m reading a fantastic book right now with my best friends called, “Grace for the Good Girl.” I realized that I am a try-hard good girl. And let me tell you, this book is perfect for me, and it’s message is probably relevant for all you good girls out there. The author, Emily Freeman, shares her story about growing up...

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Jul 2012

If Sin Is Like A Rotten Banana

by Christina Stolaas [photo credit] Most Christians know the Sunday school answer to dealing with temptation, the bible instructs us to flee. But let’s be real for a minute, sin is often astonishingly attractive in this fallen world we live in. My anger feels justified. My gossip tendency is disguised as informative or obligatory. My selfishness is coated with reasoning and labeled as self preservation...

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