Can I Overcome My Social Fears?

By Haley G I have spent most of my life as “the quiet one.” I probably said about 100 total words in school before the sixth grade. Talking to people terrified me. People would ask me questions and I would inaudibly mumble a response, hoping they might not hear me and also maybe forget I existed. I had things to say; I just couldn't seem to make myself express them. I thought that almost every person disliked me, all awkwardness was my fault, and people generally avoided me because of how bor...
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Why Choose to Believe?

By Brooke G Out of all the creeping, crawling things of the earth and all the blood-chilling events and activities available, some people seem to think my three greatest fears are a little irrational. And maybe they are! But biggest fears aren’t really about being rational anyways, right? So my three completely justifiable biggest fears are monkeys, getting shocked while opening car doors, and jumping. Although I am used to explaining the reasons behind all of these, let me delve into the ...
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How to Find Joy During Hard Times

By Rachel R I was born blue, not breathing. I was surprised when I first received that piece of knowledge about a year ago. Although I cannot remember the exact occurrences (including surgeries and many hospital stays) that took place during my youth, I know that growing up with cystic fibrosis has molded me into who I am today. Over time I’ve come to learn how submitting my will to the Lord’s through faith has led to my being healthy today. As a child having this illness, I had a very diffic...
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Can God Help Me Overcome My Disability?

By Dane C. Growing up, I never was the best reader. In fact, reading has always been something that I struggled with. For some reason it just didn't click for me. I disliked reading; it made me tired and always gave me a headache. Around the third grade my parents and teachers noticed that I was not progressing as quickly in my reading skills as the other kids. I took some tests and was diagnosed with a learning disability known as dyslexia. At first it was something I was ashamed of; I felt ...
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How Do We Gain True Faith?

By Rusty J. I discovered an activity that piqued my interest: competition pole-vaulting. It seemed simple. Granted, it wasn’t exactly as simple as uniting two ends of a magnet; however, once I had mastered the basics of the sport, it became much more manageable. I discovered that pole vaulting had many mental and physical requirements: I had to determine just when to begin my approach, just when and where to plant my pole, and just how to hurl myself up and over the bar. The pole vault approa...
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