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How Devastating Loss Led to Ultimate Freedom

It was Thanksgiving morning, and I was standing in the shower, escaping for a moment into a world of hot water and steam. My morning shower had become my last refuge.Image by Olya Adamovich from Pixabay​Devastating Loss. Ultimate Freedom.I was no stranger to loss. In fact, loss seemed to be a fairly constant companion in […]

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7 Life Lessons from a Suicide Survivor

I am a suicide survivor. This is my story.Suicide Survivor​​It was late September, 2012. My eyes squinted shut as the nurse wheeled me out the front doors of the psych ward and helped me into the car. This was the first time I’d seen the sun in more than a week.”Good luck, Mr. Austin. Take […]

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#ImStillHereBecause

The #ImStillHereBecause hashtag is trending on Twitter today. These things catch my eye because they open the door to share my story. And we’re all longing for someone to share their story and remind us that we’re not alone. This is my story.

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Hope for When Your Life Doesn’t Feel Normal

If you were to look at my life today – husband, father, and hard worker – you’d probably say it seems pretty typical. But my life hasn’t always been that way.

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I was molested. How to overcome the trauma of abuse.

*Trigger Warning: This story contains graphic details of child molestation.* To be a christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God forgave the inexcusable in you. -C.S. Lewis I was twelve when my dad left my mom. To be honest, I really don’t remember what life was like before the divorce. I don’t remember the […]

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Choosing to Forgive My Parents

What do you do when those who are supposed to raise you, care for you, and protect you don’t do their job? As a Christian, how do you reconcile childhood trauma with a faith that teaches unconditional love, praying for your enemies, and grace for the even the worst of sinners? In today’s guest post, Tracey […]