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  • 3 Reasons Why True Love is Not Just a Feeling
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    3 Reasons Why True Love is Not Just a Feeling

    First Corinthians 13:4-7 is often used to characterize the love that one person has for another or what a couple should strive for in a marriage. However, Paul’s assertion here to the Corinthian Church calls to mind the true character of Jesus Christ - Jesus’ PERFECT love for us. It is a love that has the ability to withstand the fiercest of storms and the most barren droughts. It is a love that has the ability to empower us to love even when we feel unlovable, with nothing left to give.

  • An Unexpected Journey
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    An Unexpected Journey

    How does a girl with many things working in her favor end up at rock bottom, which in this case, was a strip club?

    It did not happen in one instance, or even two or three. It didn't happen on a rebellious whim. It stemmed from a lifetime of unspoken messages from a patriarchal society, from systemic misogyny, and from the childhood indoctrination into what it means to be a woman. All of which were communicated by otherwise well-meaning individuals - some of whom are Christians themselves. Let that sink in for a minute—Christians themselves. Even if it wasn’t said outright, there was certainly the undertone.

  • Is Self-Care Selfish?
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    Is Self-Care Selfish?

    I burrowed into the far corner of the white leather couch, clutching the silky, floral pillow like a life preserver. I looked up; my gaze floated away into the painting pinned to the wall behind her. Maybe I was hoping to drift away from this ceaseless cyclone of frustration, exhaustion, anxiety, and depression. Seated across from me, my counselor gently began to navigate into the depths of my unsettling emotions and thoughts.

  • My Journey of Grief
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    My Journey of Grief

    On the evening of December 7, 2006, I embarked on a long and hard journey that I never wanted. The journey of widowhood. Little did I know that while attending an event at IBC, my beloved husband Joe, my soul mate and best friend of 35 years, was entering the gates of Heaven and into the arms of His Savior.

    During this season of grief, God whispered to my heart several times: “absent from the body, present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)

  • I Am Not Crazy
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    I Am Not Crazy

    I would say that it’s safe to assume that the summer between junior and senior year of high school for most students is stressful. It is a time filled with studying for college entrance exams, taking college entrance exams, starting college applications, and writing essays for college applications. My high school, like many others, offered a quick one-day breakdown tutorial on how to navigate college applications and how to begin to write your college essays.

  • My Journey to Recovery
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    My Journey to Recovery

    On April 22, 2010 God’s plan intersected with mine and brought me to Recovery at IBC with the hope that this would be the place that would heal my family from the trauma and brokenness we were walking through. I came to Recovery with my husband to make sure he came and participated in the program, but I ended up staying for me. I was honestly not ready to look at myself, but Jesus knew this ministry would shed light on my own issues.