How Can I Overcome the Effects of Sexual Abuse?

Name Withheld I was sexually abused for two years as a very young child.  Because of this I suffered many years with feelings of loneliness and worthlessness.  I had an eight year struggle with an eating disorder.  I was bulimic and anorexic.  If I look thin, I thought, like this gorgeous, famous person, I will be truly happy, and I will love myself.  But those thoughts were lies that haunted and taunted me.  It was addicting and it consumed me.  I thought there was no way out.  I needed to f...
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Getting a Handel on Easter

Above the place where George Frederic Handel’s body lies interred in London’s Westminster Abbey, a beautiful wall sculpture depicts the composer leaning over a musical manuscript. Though papers clutter his writing surface, two prominently displayed pages reveal the masterpiece that he is crafting. Towards the top of the desk, a title page curls upward with the word MESSIAH etched across it. Directly beneath Handel’s hands, an unfinished page of music reads, “I know that my redeemer liveth.” “...
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How can we be Filled with Joy, Peace and Consolation?

By Lyndsi P. This November and December saw some new challenges that made my life less effortless than before. I found myself feeling bitter over turns of events that I considered to be unfair, and I sometimes blamed God for not shielding me from the hurt. This anger made it hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit, and I felt empty in what should have been a season of joy. As I prayed for understanding, I started to feel that God wanted me to learn more about the Atonement of Jesus Chri...
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Truly Celebrating Christmas

I met Rachelle Morris on my first day of college, when she and her roommate energetically marched into my dorm room to help me put my bed on its metal risers. Thereafter, we cemented our bond with late-night chips and salsa consumption, intramural flag football games, and a shared love for Josh Groban’s exceptional voice—especially his rendition of “O Holy Night.” It only took a semester for us to know we would be friends forever. It has been over nine years since our friendship first for...
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Passion Week: The Garden of Gethsemane

By Barbara This week there is cause for much celebration. It is the Holy Week, when we reflect on the final days of Jesus Christ’s life on earth, culminating with His ultimate resurrection. Celebrate with us this week on www.RealLifeAnswers.org as we recount events that occurred hundreds of years ago — events that allow us, today, to be saved by Christ’s merciful sacrifice and Atonement. Being from France, I never really understood the American Easter tradition of painting, decorating, and...
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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Part II – Your Own Actions

For any new readers, or for those of you whose memories are as short as mine, a couple weeks ago I wrote a post introducing a discussion on why bad things happen to good people. In that post I divided the causes of our woes into three exhaustive categories. The first category is our own actions. This may be dissatisfying to some people for a few reasons. First, if the "bad things" are due to our own actions, doesn't that imply that we're not necessarily "good" people? Second, when bad things ...
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