Finding Belonging in the Face of Rejection

Out of Place – Heather’s Story There was nothing atypical about that first day of physical therapy school. But the next three years would be filled with heartbreak, success, failure, and some of life’s greatest lessons. Twenty-five of us sat in a medium sized classroom; each equal parts excited and nervous at the same time. […]

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Finding Belonging in our Loneliness

Out of Place – Joy’s Story On an Irish summer day, overcast with a gentle breeze, a fourteen-year-old girl sits alone.  A stranger in this place, she has found comfort in the whispers of the ocean.  Her free time finds her wandering the trails along the coast.  Today, as she sits on a large rock, […]

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Finding Belonging When You Feel Like A Misfit

Out of Place – Rachael’s Story “What would you say to the woman who feels like a misfit?” the woman interviewing me asked.  As I considered the question, all the situations in which I’ve felt like an outcast or outsider flitted through my mind: as a young girl on the playground, as an awkward teen […]

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Live Your Passion to Find Belonging

Out of Place – Katie’s Story Imposter! You don’t belong here!  Do you really know what you’re doing?  What makes you feel like you’re capable of taking care of this task? Believe it or not, a form of these have all been said to me. They’ve been shouted in my face, and whispered into the […]

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Finding Belonging With the Great Physician

Out of Place – Bethany’s Story My family and I were in a serious car accident when I was in the second grade. There were no fatalities, thankfully, but I sustained an injury to the base of my spine. Once I healed, it became obvious that something wasn’t right. Life after that was spent going […]

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Finding Belonging in the ‘Not Quite Yet’

Out of Place – Celia’s Story Unsettled and out of place.  This is how I would describe to you how I’ve felt in this season of life.  My husband and I are going through a transitional season, where we both know where we want to be but we’re waiting, sitting, in the not quite yet.  […]

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Finding Belonging in a Foreign Country

Out of Place – Jodie’s Story As a newly married introvert, I found that the label 外国人 “foreigner” was the only thing that fit me in our newly acquired host culture. While my extroverted husband with his natural language ability and flexible personality seemed custom made for China, I felt out of place.  If you […]

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Finding Belonging As Your Whole Self

Out of Place – Lindsey’s Story I have memories of being a bold, courageous child. I was confident and could strike up a conversation or play with anyone. And then, that version of me was gone. As if my memories of her belonged to someone else. She was replaced with anxiety. Restless nights. And an […]

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Finding Belonging When You Feel Invisible

Out of Place – Melissa’s Story As a young girl, I understood that belonging with others felt normal and very safe. However, to really belong, I realized you needed to be known and loved. More than someone just knowing your name; it’s that feeling when someone you know gets excited to see you and runs […]

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Finding Belonging in the Pews of a New Church

Out of Place – Katie’s Story After a quick glance in the mirror to make sure my mask matched my outfit, I realized I had plenty of time to walk. Swoosh. The revolving door spit me out into the concrete jungle and Google maps directed my steps toward a new-to-me church. Moving in the middle […]

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