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When Healing Becomes your Choice

I am a survivor of sexual, mental, emotional, and even spiritual abuse. These abuses haunted me throughout my childhood, into my adult years, my marriage, becoming a mom, and seemingly …

Purple Chrysanthemums

I planted purple chrysanthemums in my yard this fall. It was an act of defiance. Because ever since I was 15, just the sight of them made me bristle with …

Facing the Pain

When it’s a rainy gray day and you are feeling down do you ever get the urge to pull out the ice-cream and turn on a TV show? Or if …

Addiction and God’s Good Graces

Grace has many faces. Basically it is experienced as an unearned or undeserved act of loving kindness. If I neglect my wife and yet she returns my thoughtlessness with an …

Addiction: Quick Facts

What comes to mind when I say “addiction”? Perhaps you picture a sad looking disheveled addict as you might see pictured in a “say no to drugs” campaign or perhaps …

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Out of the Depths

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.” — Psalm 130:1 I can remember reading this one night as I struggled with the overwhelming darkness that seemed …