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THE LESSER LIGHTS

WALKING IN LIGHT, EMBRACING TRUTH, CONQUERING DARKNESS

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Women’s Health

“Darkness produces good mushrooms but poor flowers.”

In the Bible, Job did not avoid darkness, and he did not avoid God. Instead, he brought his questions about the darkness to God. He wrestled with God. Job refused to be silenced by darkness, and he refused to fear darkness. He kept speaking truth, kept pleading. He kept wrestling through the dark. Finally, he had a break through. He emerged enlightened, and in God's light . . . .

We Have This Hope: Healing as a Hero’s Quest (with God as the Mentor-Helper)

We don't have to live in fear, for God is with us in triumph and tragedy. Facing our brokenness is an epic journey of sorts, into the abyss of pain. But He catches every tear, and He never leaves us alone. No tear is cried in vain. From our pain, He creates purpose. We can rest knowing, not our will, but His will be done.

Eye of the Storm: 13 Songs for Strength & Carthartic Release

Whatever brings you to God's calm in the storm, here are 13 songs that have brought us that cathartic release during difficult life moments.

A Little Leukemia: Lessons in Betrayal, Trust, & Sanctifying Grace

Trust is precious and fragile. Every human relationship requires some degree of gifted trust. All social contracts are built on trust. When we trust others, we lower ourselves. We expose our throats believing the other party would never cut us at the jugular. We depend on them, and they on us. We expect mutual loyalty, mutual love, mutual fellowship, mutual support...

Sexually Assaulted? Yeah, #MeToo

We share something in common with Alyssa Milano , Kesha, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabrielle Union, Barry Crimmins, Anna Paquin, Javier Munoz, Debra Messing, Rosario Dawson, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Evan Rachel Wood, Ashley Judd . No, not our early 1990s love for New Kids on the Block (well, maybe all... Continue Reading →

Shattered: Fracturing Cultures of Acceptance, Not the Females in Them

As I write this post, more women are coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story is gaining traction. We say it's about time! No more cultures of acceptance. No more silently compliant and... Continue Reading →

“‘Only’ Touching”: A Woman’s Worth in a Culture of Acceptance

$1 per grope--that's how much a woman is worth. Too often, victims are questioned, humiliated, and further exposed only for their perpetrators to get off for less money than a cup of coffee ... it is unacceptable for sexual battery to cost less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks ... less than a fine for littering ... less than the penalty for spraying graffiti on the side of a building. Sentences like Judge Nauhaus' communicate females are worth less ... less than the dirt and grass beside our roadways ... less than chattel.

Sexual Assault & The Law: National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Read to learn more.

The Art of Reflection

"Reflection and experience are tools of change. Reflection keeps us from being defeated by our pasts, and it gives us the power to shape our futures."

Out of Egypt: The Landscape of Christian Legalism & Sexual Abuse

Survivors, if you're living in your own Egypt, if you're in a community enabling abusers and silencing abuse, and if your soul is crying out, know that God hears you. You don't have to stay in Egypt anymore. You have a voice. You may feel like Moses did. He worried over what words to say, he worried his words wouldn't be received, and he worried he wouldn't be believed...God gave Moses the right words to exit Egypt, and He can give you the right words, too. He can set your soul free.

Bibliotherapy: Healing Eleanor Rigby…Classic Literature & Universal Experiences

"I found kinship in the pages of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and Kate Chopin. From Hardy and Hawthorne, I learned that experiences like mine transcended time and culture. I was not alone after all, and my experience was no tragedy. It was unfortunate, but it was universal. Women had universally survived such experiences since early biblical times. I wasn't alien, after all. I was among survivors, warriors."

Highly Sensitive Survivors: Reclaiming the Key to Your Confidence

"Embrace your strength and beauty. There's nothing high-minded about having both a mind and a heart. There's no shame in owning your strengths and sharing them with the world. This indifferent world needs your empathy--it needs you."

Kicking Off the New Year & Old Shoes

"Each day we lace up our true selves in the 'shoes' that best meet that day's mood, crowd, and occasion. Some days we wear patent leather personalities. Some days we wear combat boots. We bind up who we really are in order to portray who we think others want us to be. But isn't it freeing to take off your shoes...and go barefoot?"

Dear Abuser (My Letter to You)

"I heard a young, brave woman speak about the sexual assaults she endured as a teenager at the hands of her teacher. She said this about abusers: 'They will use our silence to kill us and then say that we enjoyed it.' She spoke so matter-of-factly absent any fear. I envied her freedom, her courage, her strength. It was then I realized I would never be free from you until I discarded the chains of silence and released myself from the weight of your deeds....this shame is yours to carry, not mine."

Sexual Assault, Apple Pie, & Making America ‘Great’

"America's greatness depends on all of us, collectively. It depends on each of us, individually. America's greatness isn't political. It's personal."

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