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Abuse recovery

You are Beautiful – Scars and all

By Maura Preszler To the girl who stands in front of the mirror criticizing every inch of her body, you are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough. To the girl who thinks she needs to lose 15 pounds for a man to ever love her, you are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.
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Healing Doesn’t Happen Overnight

By Megan Marie | Guest Writer I was so confused. According to multiple Christian songs, movies, books etc. all you have to do is kneel down and pray and all of your problems will be solved. Your life will effortlessly transform into the unrealistic standard you hold yourself up to. Wr
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My Beautiful Mess of a Story

By Megan Marie | Guest Writer I have been deeply wounded. I am a very sensitive person. I was physically very sick with autoimmune diseases and due to emotional abuse, past trauma and some family problems, I coped by finding something to control. Anorexia took over my life and it quic
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To the Girl Without a father

By Maura Preszler | Founder of Made in His Image The most pandemic wound in our world is fatherlessness. Every little girl yearns to be pursued by her father. She desires to be wanted. She asks the questions, Do you delight in me? Am I worth fighting for? Do you want me? Do you see me
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Waiting is Hard

By Erin McNew | Staff Writer Today in class you talked to us about waiting. Sometimes I think that maybe you don’t think anyone listens to your stories while we ride. But I do. You’re actually my favorite instructor. I think you’re goofy and funny and when you get down to it, you’re h
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The day my son was born

By Maura Preszler | Founder of Made in His Image I recently found this photo on my husband’s computer and my eyes welled with tears of joy and gratitude upon seeing it. And not for vain reasons, because let’s be clear, at this point I’ve been in labor for about seventeen hours without
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Where is God in abuse?

By Maura Preszler | Founder of Made in His Image For most of my life I’ve wrestled with the questions, Where is God in abuse? What’s He doing while it’s happening? What’s He thinking? What’s He feeling? Last night I read an article about how Pope Francis met with five adult survivors
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Breathing Room

By Arden Whitehurst | Guest Blogger Lord, I need breathing room. That has been my prayer the last couple weeks. When my therapist breathed those words out and I breathed them in– breathing room– a weight I didn’t even know I carried, lifted. Breathing room. Space. Leeway. Margin. Howe
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Adopting a Survivor’s Heart

By Erin McNew | Staff Writer Photo Credit | Donna Irene Photography I fell in love after the relationship I never thought I’d bounce back from. And you know what? It’s still a struggle sometimes. It’s still a struggle when the man I want to spend the rest of my life with unknowingly s
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Get Up and Get Over It

By Erin McNew | Staff Writer Okay, so lately I’ve been thinking about this whole “poor me” stage that people like to go through when something less than desirable happens to them.  I’m going to go ahead and say that this is incredibly unproductive and unconducive to healing. And, I’m
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