It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way

by Cathy DiBella Life often looks different from what we had hoped or expected. Some events may catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. Lysa TerKeurst understands this...

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The Power of Touch

by Mary Ellen Collins I never touch anyone without permission, because touching can feel threatening. “Is it Ok to hug you?” “No” she says. I immediately put out my hand. She shakes mine. I can tell she doesn’t trust hugs. To her, hugs are conditional. They say to her I...

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Reclaim Your True Identity

By Cestiny Crowther I wrote this poem last year in response to a conversation I had with someone who was feeling insecure in her relationship. She was struggling with wanting to hold on to modesty yet wanting to put effort into her looks to see if it would make things...

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55 Years Without a Mother

Fifty-five years. Double nickels. This event fifty-five years ago set me on the course to my destination, the Motherless Daughters Ministry. I was just jumping into the great unknown, because it never came into my mind that I would do this someday. Why would it? My biggest cheerleader and supporter...

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Touching the Center of My Pain

by Mary Ellen Collins Scroll down this link to find the poem. Read this poem first. Then identify what moves you. The Invitation by Oriah I am moved by the phrase, “If you have touched the center of your sorrow.” How many of us have? Like a searing coal, burning...

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Creating a Nurturing Voice Within

by Kristin Mitchener In reading Beverly Engel’s Healing Your Emotional Self, I have remembered so many specific events from my childhood that had been lost for years. These were interactions with my mother that really affected me then. I can feel and smell and see my frustration and anger and...

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Unconditional Love

By Cestiny Crowther I chose to share this poem today as a reminder to anyone who may need to hear it. We all make choices that we are not proud of and we all make mistakes that cannot be fixed. No one is perfect and yet we are loved more...

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My Inner Critics

by Mary Ellen Collins How does my inner critic show up in my life? She yells at me. She shows up when I have made a mistake, and I couldn’t get away with it if I tried. She always tells me what I have done wrong. She never calls me...

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