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Your Story is user-submitted honest stories from readers who have decided to live a brave life.  They have embraced that pain is their beginning and are willing to share what they have learned along the way.  All submissions remain anonymous, unless the submitter requests differently.  If you would like to submit your story, write out how pain was your beginning and what you’ve learned along the way and then submit it here: http://bravester.com/contact-us-2/

The Battle to Overcome Rejection
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The Battle to Overcome Rejection

Rejection is an issue I’ve had to wrestle hard with over the last three years. Every time Rejection and I had to face off in the boxing arena, I would always end up slammed and pinned down. In boxing, you have ten seconds to get yourself up before the game is over. For me, it […]

Paid in Full
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Paid in Full

This is it! The day we’ve been working toward for 4 years. Our student loans are paid in full! It will take more than one post to even get close to encompassing all that we’ve learned from our debt repayment process. But as I sit here today looking at the picture of our happy faces […]

The Unsettledness of Advent
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The Unsettledness of Advent

This year I’m using God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas as my daily Advent devotional. It’s taken from the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was a German pastor and theologian who lived, wrote, and ministered during the build up to World War II. After the Nazi government took control of the […]

Technical Difficulties
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Technical Difficulties

Generic tech advice STINKS! “You just need to play with it. Try things out. Explore all the buttons and options till you figure the program out.” or “Oh it’s easy, all you have to do is, . . . (insert something I’ve tried a half dozen times already and didn’t work)” Ummm, yeah. . . […]

Resolutions Schmesolutions
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Resolutions Schmesolutions

It’s almost that time again, a new year! Time to put aside the old and create new! Time to look at your goals and create that ever updating, ever mocking, ever reminder of falling short, never lasting, New Year’s Resolution. Or is it? My mom and I used to make New Year’s Resolutions together, sometimes […]

This sounds exactly like therapy. Except, it’s lived out.
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This sounds exactly like therapy. Except, it’s lived out.

When I was a child, I had big dreams, much more unrealistic then my current dreams. I wanted to be on SNL, and I wanted to write screenplays and act in the movies I wrote. Even though I had a speech impediment, I was a determined kid, and I still pursued theater (despite some laughing […]

Why Your Friend Goes Back (Understanding Abuse)
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Why Your Friend Goes Back (Understanding Abuse)

The only one who can really understand why someone stays in an abusive relationship is the person it is happening to. It is VERY frustrating for the friends and family members who can see this happening plain as day, but when you are IN it, you have no idea how bad it is. You have […]

I Used To See God as a Toymaker
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I Used To See God as a Toymaker

I have always struggled with the idea of God feeling any real love towards His creation. Through the influence of certain churches and individuals, I have always seen God as a toymaker; He creates us for his own personal pleasure, but feels no genuine love towards us, and does not see us as having legitimate […]

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