No Sin is Too Great

After the incident, harsh thoughts kept me up for hours each night.I wished that man would pay for what he did to me.I wished he would feel how he made me feel – the violation, the humiliation, the paranoia.I wished he would burn in hell.For months, these thoughts consumed my mind. Slowly but surely, my heart…

Strength in Weakness

“I’m fine.” I hated my struggles, so I buried them. Earlier this year, a traumatic incident sparked severe anxiety in me. I refused to talk about it or think about it. Only a few days later, I told my family I was fine when they asked.But I wasn’t fine at all. I was just afraid of my own…

You Are Not a Number

When did we start measuring our worth quantitatively? I’ll tell you when it started for me. I was 12 when I crawled to the bathroom every morning to step on the scale. The mornings I gained a pound or two, I was devastated. To make up for the number on the scale, I dangerously restricted…

Whose Approval Will You Seek?

Hi, my name is Valerie, and I crave your approval. I care deeply about my reputation. I’ll change my personality, my decisions, and pretty much anything else it takes to make you like me. Because I’m a master people-pleaser. Friends, that's a reflection of a sinful, deceptive, insecure heart. I have dwelled on a single comment someone made to…