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Change the Pattern of Negative Self-Talk

Are you your biggest fan or biggest critic? By: Brigid (volunteer and blogger for MAM – Morning After Ministries) Words can make you smile, laugh, cry, and scream. Words have changed lives and will continue to do so forever. Words can build up and tear down relationships. Words have power. So what about the words in…

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Bad Break Up and Unhealthy Relationships

My boyfriend of 5 years broke up with me and told me he had a date with some someone via text message. My son who loves him was as crushed as I was, as he felt as if he had lost a father. Through talking to a HopeCoach, we uncovered that I had been in…

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Letting Go Without Losing Control

Ashley Rawls shares her story with I AM SECOND, a movement to inspire the revolution of Second. Ashley Rawls carried the weight of the world on her shoulders. She came from a strict home in which the expectations for success were extremely high. Every year she and her family watched beauty pageants with the hopes that…

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Help, My Friend Is Cutting

Help, my friend is cutting. I have written many blogs on the subject of cutting.  We’ve discussed what it is, why people do it, the consequences, and some possible solutions to the problem.  But, today, I want to talk specifically to the friends of cutters. This can be a hard subject to talk about and…

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What Is True Beauty?

Guard Your Heart – TRUE BEAUTY EDITION We live in a body obsessed culture.  Men and women both feel pressured to have the perfect bodies, and we believe so many lies about what a perfect body is and what defines beauty. As I continue to talk about guarding our hearts another way we can protect…

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Nothing is Easy When You Have an Eating Disorder

The Blame Game Mallory Hood, blogger for Finding Balance shares her thoughts: Why do I have this problem? This simple question flooded my brain almost every day for eight years. I couldn’t understand why I saw food differently than everyone else, why it had to be so paradoxical. I loved food so much that I…

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50 Shades of…Stay Away

50 Shades of…Stay Away A guest blog post by: Dave Anderson, Director of Rescue at TheHopeLine. There has been much anticipation around the recently released (February 14, 2015) movie entitled 50 Shades of Grey. Some say it is a “love story”, others refer to it as a “couple’s movie”, while still others say it is…

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Saved by Grace

Dear TheHopeLine, I just wanted to say thank you. I started connecting with you guys at TheHopeLine last year when I was struggling with self harm. I’ve been fighting the battle of depression and anxiety for a good four years now with two close incidents of ending of my life. I was saved by grace. This whole…

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The Jessica 5 Tips for Better Sleep

Here’s your weekly roundup of The Jessica 5: Monday – *5 Tips for Better Sleep Tuesday – *5 Ways to Keep Your Cool (Anger) Wednesday – *5 Ways to Heal a Broken Heart Thursday – *5 Ways to Prevent Cyberbullying Friday – *5 Ways to Get to Know Yourself Better Take a look around. You…

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Protect Your Heart From Negative Self-Talk

The last two weeks I have talked about guarding your heart in dating relationships.  Today I want to talk about how to protect your heart from your own negative self-talk.  From the lies that you tell yourself, which the world has convinced you are true. How can you guard your heart from bitterness? Let me…