struggle

Dark Space, Black Matter

1920 1248 Sarah Rennicke

Before the canvas of the world was painted, the earth posed void, black, formless. Intentionally kept dark for creation, for becoming, purpose was published from shadows, from an ink blanket of…

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Wandering Girl

1920 1277 Sarah Rennicke

This world is waking and I slide behind a table in a Hampton Inn. An older gentleman sits in the corner, newspaper lifted around his face. In the line for…

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Show Me You Are True

1920 1082 Julia Putzke

On your mark- maybe there’s a loving God, looking closely at ink smudged pinky against the page. Help me, help me!! screamed silent. My eyes start to tear up as…

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Are We Playing Church?

1920 1079 Becky Hastings

There are two versions of me. I walk up to those big double doors on a Sunday morning and suddenly, I change. I push down all those things that I’ve…

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Alone On The Melancholy Playground

1696 1272 Melinda VanRy

When I am melancholy it seems this is the reality of my life. It is the thread I see, dark, running through it all. Briefly crossed by the bright hues…

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Hope Heavier Than Death

827 620 Melinda VanRy

MY STORY In April, I celebrated my 43rd birthday, which was also the third anniversary of my afternoon on suicide watch in the emergency room of a VA hospital. I…

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My Soul Cries Out

1920 1440 Beckie Lindsey

Evidence spills with each sunrise dispelling doubt and fear A promise of restoration says I was made for more Prisoner of self-imposed reprisal Hope evaporates in shadow Darkness swallows the…

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Calm Yourself

1920 1280 Sarah Rennicke

Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. -Psalm 86:11     You, the…

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Portion Aplenty

1920 1280 Sarah Rennicke

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”   -Lamentations 3:24   It always seems to come back to You and me, doesn’t it?…

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Definitely a June apple

1920 1312 Erin Wasinger

I’m in a season, kind of always, of asking what’s next, and am I doing what God would like me to do, and am I becoming the woman God wants…

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The Struggle To Know Ourselves

2048 1365 Brian Niece

Why do so many of us prefer to remain willfully ignorant or at least blissfuly unaware? We develop assumptions. These assumptions, or opinions, are formed over years, through experiences, through…

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When The Storm Is Consuming You

1920 1018 Becky Hastings

I’m struggling lately. All twisted up and unsure of what to do next. Unsure of what direction to go. Unsure that I even belong. Have you ever been there? I…

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