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You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You
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You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You

There are two stories that follow each other in Luke chapter 5 that I discovered have a unique Bravester connection to each other. The first story is one of the disciples first experiences with Jesus: One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him […]

A Lent Thought on Body Image
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A Lent Thought on Body Image

In my job I work with a lot of teen girls which means body image issues are prevalent. They always have been. It doesn’t matter what decade (and I’ve got nearing 4 decades accumulated of working with teen girls). Yet every decade something new must be hated about our bodies. Now we have the “thigh […]

The Intention of God–For You–This Christmas Season
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The Intention of God–For You–This Christmas Season

“The glory of the human condition is that we are made in the image of God. And yet in his ingenious and bewildering design, God saw fit to place the regions for creation and excreting together. As Saint Augustine famously put it, ‘We are born between feces and urine.’“ Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani, Disquiet […]

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 […]

Insight from a Former “Actor”
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Insight from a Former “Actor”

We are in year 2 of a seven year prison sentence with one of our sons. In year 2 we are seeing an increasingly amount of growth in him! We’ve been through prison sentences with him before but never one this long. But this is what happens when he chose to self-sabotage his life instead […]

Please remember to recognize the darkness and be a light.
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Please remember to recognize the darkness and be a light.

It is brave decision upon brave decision upon brave decision. Even the little ones when those decisions make you feel anxious and nervous and you would rather shut down in front of Netflix. It is in those brave decisions that you become light. Light to you and a light to others.         […]

Lead Your Brain (You Do Have the God-Given Authority)
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Lead Your Brain (You Do Have the God-Given Authority)

Cruelty is easy, cheap, and rampant. You have a choice of what to do with those words. Do you believe them to be true—because your mom or someone you love in your life said so? Or do you choose to treat those words like trash that must be taken out? You have the power to […]

Being Single is NOT a Curse
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Being Single is NOT a Curse

In May of last year it had been a year and a half since I was in a relationship. A year and a half of singleness; a year and a half of loneliness; a year and a half of longing; a year and a half of…. Wait a second. What the heck am I talking […]

The Contorted Thinking That You Get If You Don’t Set Your Boundaries
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The Contorted Thinking That You Get If You Don’t Set Your Boundaries

Our View of Ourselves “I am bad for having boundaries.” “I am selfish for owning my own life.” “My wants are not important.” “My wants are the only ones that are important.” “I must have everything I want.” “I am responsible for others.” “I must do whatever anyone wants of me.” “Whatever goes wrong is […]