4 Truths to Guard Your Mind Against Destructive Thoughts

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Just a scroll on social media is enough to put our confidence to shame. Even though we know that what we see on social media only displays the “truths” that others wish to portray, sometimes we can’t help but get sucked into its trap. Let me paint a picture of some of my thoughts when I don’t guard my mind against the destructive nature of social media.

Battling the "I'm Not Good Enough" Lie

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I was sitting in the bathroom, struggling to breathe, tears flowing down my cheeks. “You are not good enough,” my thoughts whispered. “Yes, I am not good enough for anything,” I responded. I let out a shout of frustration, then banged my fist against the wall, crying even harder.
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How to Find Rest While Waiting on God

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Not too long ago, I went through one of the most anxious seasons of my life. I was in the midst of looking for an internship placement to fulfil my university requirement. I applied to close to 30 companies, went to a few interviews, and turned down an offer that didn’t feel right. Finally, I was scheduled for an interview with a company that I really wanted to intern at. Alas, I didn’t get the offer. I was devastated at the thought that I wasn’t good enough to make the cut.

HIV Turned My Life Around—For Good

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Sometime in 2017, a coworker who knew that I was an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, asked if I could accompany him for an HIV test. I agreed and decided to also get myself tested. When I received the test results, I was stunned. I was HIV positive.

Isolation's Ending . . . Should I Have Done More?

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A friend asks me through the flames, “So, Maddy. What have you been doing these last few months?” The fire crackles. I feel the eyes on me. It’s my turn to share, and suddenly, socializing doesn’t seem so easy and pleasant. What have I been doing?

To My Pre-Covid-19 Self, From 2020 Me

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Ooh, I’d put that fancy 2020 diary down if I were you. I know, I know, you’re tremendously excited at the thought of the start of a new decade, and to be fair, things are looking quite rosy in December.  But in just a couple of months, life, as you’ve grown accustomed to, will be pulled from under your feet. I’m sorry, it is as bleak as it sounds. 

How to Stay Sane When Everyone Has an Opinion about Everything

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“I don’t understand why you aren’t coming home. Where we live isn’t a hotspot anymore, and we’re taking all the right precautions, so you’ll be perfectly safe. Honestly, I’m worried about you.” “Are you really going to drive north this weekend? You know there’s a stay-at-home order in place, right?"

To the Church, From Same-Sex Attracted Me

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I write this letter and share my experience anonymously because I honestly don’t know what the reactions will be. I worry that parents will cast dark looks at me and pull their kids away from me. I fear being hurt in the same way that many people have already hurt me: by insisting that same-sex attraction (SSA) was something I chose and I could definitely turn away from it if I tried hard enough.

What It's Like Struggling with Same-Sex Attraction as a Christian

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I profess faith in God, and I believe in the resurrected Christ and His redemptive power that can save us from our sins. I believe in grace that is freely given and salvation received only through faith. I am also same-sex attracted (SSA), and I want to share my experience in the hope that it may help Christians understand other believers like myself a little better.