On Asthma and Ferguson

O_Anne-Marie

One of the most heavy burdens of raising a child with complex health issues has been the judgment of others, especially of those with authority or expertise. During one breathing crisis, the specialist literally scoffed at our concern, saying, “He’s fine! See you in six months.” This man’s face was on the cover of a […]

When The Bible Shredded My Heart

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It was the night I stopped reading the Bible. I was on the faded green easy chair in my bedroom. Every night as the light faded from white to yellow to gold, I would open the Word and read. In college, reading the Bible was an OCD coping mechanism, a way I proved my worth and checked off […]

Becoming Qualified

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By Kali Gillespie | Twitter: @KaliGillespie “To love another person is to see the face of God.” -Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Morning comes, and I’m awake and alone. I cherish these quiet times, and have learned to protect the silence. I avoid the squeaky bathroom door and if I forgot to grind my coffee beans […]

Struggling to Love Her

B_Anne-Marie

When we’re tired, sick, possibly carrying extra pounds from an illness or a baby, it can be hard to feel the glow of self acceptance. To feel and truly believe that we are lovely. From an early age, I was not the bombshell kinda gal. But I knew I was ok to look at. The […]

May I First See Her Heart

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By Lisha Epperson | Twitter: @lishaepperson My dreams kept time with the early morning song of unnamed birds. In the spaces of silence I wondered …would she be beautiful? We’d talked about her that night and every day before. Imagining life with a little girl no one, until now, would call beautiful. Would we love […]