Jesus is not dysfunctional

Do you ever act like Jesus is dysfunctional? When you think about a dysfunctional relationship in your life, what comes to mind? Dysfunctional relationships impact how we function and relate to others. When these dysfunctional relationships are significant and involve trauma, it can cause us to develop unhealthy patterns in our thinking and actions to […]

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Interview with Journey To Heal Ministries

My interview about childhood sexual abuse with Crystal Sutherland on the Journey to Heal Podcast felt vulnerable… but, in a good way. We talked about the upcoming #hoperun2021 and the amazing and overwhelming support it provides for survivors. When I attended the first run two years ago, I was amazed! After the race, I said, […]

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Breakthrough

You know that feeling when you discover you have more healing to work through? When will it ever end? Will it ever end?                  When I was editing my memoir last weekend, I came across a section where I shared how I felt about my body and how my counselor challenged me to think differently about […]

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Lesson 3: Money isn’t everything. (People are thirsty.)

Last year, we worked on some projects around the house. The most expensive project was to get our home painted. After getting several estimates, we picked the company and scheduled the job.  We’ve had our house painted twice before, and usually they finish completely in 1-2 days. So, I made sure to take a before […]

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I believe you.

I needed to hear these three words today… maybe you do too?

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Lesson 2: Go for it! (You have nothing to lose.)

Hi, my name is Michelle, and I am a control freak.  When I think of the little girl in me, I understand why control is so paramount. Even now, being in control feels like survival, and losing control triggers me into a slow spiral of complete helplessness. I equate control with safety, and when I […]

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The Sky is Not Falling. (Don’t be afraid.)

I am sharing the lessons I learned from 2020 that I am bringing into 2021. Lesson 1: The Sky is Not Falling. (Don’t be afraid.) Before I went into therapy, one of the things that I struggled with was this feeling that the rug would get pulled from beneath me at any moment. I never […]

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Let this be your Christmas to escape.

I’m writing my memoir of healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse. Today, I wrote about the year I broke the “code” and missed Christmas the first time. Celebrating together and visiting everyone was always a big deal. Perhaps the greatest act was to show up, smile, hug, and exchange gifts with my abuser.  It was the […]

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