Finding Belonging on the Road to Vocation

Out of Place – Shanelle’s Story Mom was a trainer and teacher of the trade. Her long legs moved with grace as her fiery bobbed hair swished around. Her speckled arms could wrap around me for days. If a horse was there, it followed. Students waited for her every word. I used to sit on […]

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When God Invites Us to Belong

Out of Place – Angela’s Story Most of my life I have felt out of place, as if I did not belong. I just thought everyone felt this way. The psychological and spiritual tool of the Enneagram of Personality helped me see that not everyone has this experience. Many of us outliers that often have […]

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Finding Belonging as a Single Mom

Out of Place – Kristina’s Story My son spent his toddler and preschool years rambling around our spacious house and yard in California. Lush, countless mature fruit trees, palm trees, and flowering bushes enfolded our property. We escaped the heat in our backyard pool. My then-husband spent his time at work, and I spent it […]

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Finding Belonging When You Don’t Fit the Mold

Out of Place – Katelyn’s Story Since the fall of 2016, I have been extensively traveling. At 27 years old, with the ink barely dry on my master’s degree, I quit my full-time job to spend time living in unfamiliar places.  Don’t worry–it wasn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds. And since we’re all friends […]

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Finding Belonging When You Feel Spiritually Out of Place

Out of Place – Kate’s Story The white tile floor cooled down my skin. My body was flushed and warm to the touch because I’d spent the last twenty minutes crying on that same bathroom floor. The tears, the anguish of overwhelming doubt — they had become my nightly routine. Every night, I lay in […]

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Finding Belonging in a New Stage of Life

Out of Place – Elise’s Story It was the fall of 2012. I was attending Allume, a blogging/writing conference. I was so excited!  Blogging was still newish, along with online magazines, contributor websites and the like. My friend Kimberly Amici and I had recently started CirclesOfFaith.org – Where Life, Faith, and Community Intersect. Our site […]

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When you Long for Home as a Place to Belong

Out of Place – Corella’s Story My eyes traveled from one white wall to the next, each devoid of any character save the empty screw-heads and the holes where photos once hung. I had been eager to hit the reset button on our lives in Thailand, resettling our family in a new house with a […]

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Designed as Different: Finding Your Place in the Kingdom of God

Out of Place – Space’s Story I was hitch-hiking the country when I fell in-love with Christ.  I came shipwrecked by a prodigal’s living, washed up to the shore in the seafoam of chaos, confusion and clutter.  I was not what anyone expected, myself included.   I had grown up in a Baptist church, with a […]

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When You Feel Out of Place in Church

Out of Place – Anna’s Story This might seem like a strange title for a blog by a christian writer, but just stick with me for a moment… As the daughter of a church pastor, I have grown up going to church every week without fail, and I have also spent a good proportion of […]

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Why We Are All Worthy of Belonging

Out of Place Series – Brandy’s Story His name isn’t important. Though, as with any boy you have a crush on during your formative years, he went by both first and last. You know the type. They are the “Jordan Cattalanos” and “Dylan McKays” of the world (at least that’s who they are if you’re […]

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