If someone hasn’t already told you to read Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst, I’m telling you to right now. Whether you have experienced horrible, heartbreaking rejection or you just find yourself feeling like everyone’s second choice, rejection is something that we all know, all too well. As women, we were created to crave connection, therefore we also crave acceptance. But because of The Fall, most of our hearts are just as familiar with rejection of who we are as they are with acceptance of who we are.

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“I feel like I’m having an identity crisis in my mid-twenties,” I muttered to myself over my morning coffee.

As I started to think about this, all I could picture was the image of an empty cup. At first, I thought this was kind of odd, but as I sat there I started to understand that this was clearly a metaphor for my life. From there, I began to really contemplate what I’m filling up my “cup”

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You are sitting on the bathroom floor, alone, with tears streaming down your face. You aren’t sure how you ended up there, but you know that you don’t feel like yourself. You have lost your spark and the self-help talks just aren’t cutting it anymore. Maybe you don’t find the good in things like you once did or don’t take chances that you used to. Ever been there? Do you feel like you lost the gas that once fueled your fire?

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“I still love you,” I half-whispered, while unwanted tears streamed down my face with my own arms wrapped tightly around myself as if they knew how I yearned to be protected, to be held. There I stood, still crushed – years later – by the aftermath of that heart-rending breakup. Our unexpected collision filled my bones with false hope. I wanted so badly to believe that we were meant to be after all.

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“A Single Mom Survivor.”

I often heard this term once I became a young mom. From other mothers who were even at a time single moms, but now married and continuing life functioning as (what seems like) a normal, happy human.

“A Single Mom Survivor.”

One who later finds their prince charming, is swept off their feet and lives happily ever after.

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YOUNG AND DETERMINED.

Proudly standing in front of countless eager parents, I gleefully flashed my kindergarten graduation award for ‘determination.’ Though unsure about how to pronounce all the syllables of the word, I was confident about at least one thing — that I had guts.

For years, I held on to this achievement, bookmarking it in the back of my mind. And for a while,

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Should you reward yourself for reaching fitness goals ? If so, what do you reward yourself with?  

If you were to ask me this question ten years ago, I would have given you a completely different answer than what I am about to say. Back then, I would have told you to exercise so you could eat a slice of cake, buy new clothes for yourself or get that “swimsuit season”

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I recently came to the realization that for most of my 26 years on planet earth, I’ve lived with fear in the driver’s seat.

I have been subconsciously scared of things and people that believe or live differently than the way I do.

I have feared failure, change and relationships, or really anything that came close to rocking my boat (Yep. I tried to live under a rock in my mind).

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Last words. Last words have meaning. The words that people say before goodbyes; the words that people say within final speeches; the words that people say upon their death beds. Last words have meaning because last words often communicate the giver’s greatest insights to the receiver. Do you know what Jesus’ last words to his disciples were? They are found in Matthew 28:18-20 and they say, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.

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