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Choosing to See Beauty

Olympian Speaks of Child Sexual Abuse

One of the most heart wrenching aspects about directing Made in His Image is reading the hundreds of emails I receive that express a sense and belief of worthlessness coming from the writer. Often times, this sense of hopelessness is related to their past traumatic experiences –
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Victoria’s Secret Model Quits to Reserve Body ‘for My Husband’

I once saw a young woman’s facebook status which read, “My number one goal in life is to be a Victoria Secret model.” My heart ached for her, as I thought how sad. These models are what countless young women aspire to be like in today’s society and it’s revolting. Do you w
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So Don’t Be Afraid to Show Them Your Beautiful Scars

I have received several emails in the past few weeks that inspired this post today. Yesterday evening I read an email before going for a run. It echoed many I have received and my sensitive heart truly ached for the young woman who wrote it. Of course I could pray for her, but was the
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From the Bottom of the Ocean Floor: One Man’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography

Maura would like to extend an exceedingly heartfelt thank you to this weeks writer for Made in His Image’s Men’s Section. This gentleman emailed me to ask if he could write for MIHI. I thank him for his candor, courage and perseverance. Ladies, this is not just for men. There is great
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Just Hold Me

One of the greatest gifts we can offer another human being is hope. Everyone suffers. But what will set you apart from others is your ability to see the beauty in your cross, despite the circumstances and to encourage others to persevere and arouse a spirit of hope in all you encounte
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“My Love, My Cross, My Joy” – Marriage Following Abuse

One of my scariest thoughts about getting my book published is that the world can read about most everything I’m afraid of, as I am very vulnerable with whomever decides to pick up a copy. In the end of Choosing to See Beauty, I write about my hope to get married in the future.
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Stay with Me

To the beautiful women I help hold accountable, I know it doesn’t always feel like it, but you are so incredibly precious in God the Father’s eyes. You are closest to Him in your struggles, so place your heart, in His tender and gentle Hands. May He show you the depth of your be
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Forgive. But why?

Sometimes the pain feels like it’s about to suffocate me. I try so hard to breath, but I can’t escape the weight of the pain. I breath in and out, and the tears come. I let them come, like the morning welcomes the sun, because through them I know this pain is real. I know I need to fa
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Can you help me? I can’t look at myself in the mirror.

The other day I received an email from a young woman who couldn’t bare to look at her reflection in the mirror, window, shadow or any body of water. My heart ached as I proceeded to read her eloquently composed words. Our culture today is polluted with a cesspool of lies fueling young
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My Skin is Becoming Softer, My Hair Shinier, and My Joints No Longer Ache

After class I began to think about the negative impact that my eating disorder has had on my relationship with my family. There have been many times that I have skipped a family dinner, stayed at home while they visited a neighbor’s outdoor barbecue, or increased tension within the ho
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