Finding Belonging Even When We’re Not Chosen

Out of Place – Marnie’s Story Just weeks before high school started, we left a bustle-y, colorful South Jersey town for this sleepy, tucked-in-the-hills community in southern Ohio. From East coast to Midwest. From urban to country. From 600 students in my class to 64. From Burger King to Burger Shack. In that town of […]

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Ditching Perfection to Find Belonging

Out of Place – Susan’s Story “If only…” was my unconscious mantra for most of my life.  If only I won more. If only I was prettier. If only I got the highest grade.  I was convinced I was just one breakthrough away from fitting in. If I achieved XYZ then I would finally unlock […]

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Longing to Belong as a Military Wife

Out of Place – Chantel’s Story As I sat curled up in the nook of our oversized chair with tears flowing down my cheeks I reached for my cup of tea since it always comforts me. I was snuggled up in our cozy lounge chair with a bible at my side and a sleeping baby […]

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Finding Belonging in God’s Purpose for Our Lives

Out of Place – Casey’s Story “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the question every little kid is asked no less than 1000 times throughout the years. We’re told, “You can be anything you want to be.” But that be, I found, has standards. Be means success. It means making […]

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Finding Belonging on the Childfree Path

Out of Place – Tiffany’s Story Someone once said “no one gives you a road map for the road less travelled”. The terrain is unsteady, roots pushing up out of the soil, rocks litter the trail. You push through, chopping down the brush, climbing and tripping and stumbling through. With no directions to guide you […]

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Finding Belonging Between Two Worlds

Out of Place – Jolene’s Story 2020 has been a year!  I committed to writing this piece about “not fitting in” earlier in 2020 and it has been a challenge to put into words something that summarizes my experiences and shares how vulnerable I feel when sharing my story.  Every time I sat down to […]

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Finding Belonging During Life Transitions

Out of Place – Kari’s Story Moving to a new town is always a challenge, but moving to a town to pastor a church whose previous pastor was staying on staff was harder than I could have imagined.  The church was moving from a video venue to an autonomous church, and they needed a lead […]

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Finding Belonging When Your Family Looks Different

Out of Place – Sarah’s Story As we stepped off of the plane I knew life would look different. I just didn’t know how. Walking into the unknown is scary, but suddenly choices we had made, my husband and I, to walk this path, felt undoable. We can’t do this! I kept thinking. I was […]

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Finding Belonging on the Far Side of the Sea

Out of Place – Amy’s Story Looking back, it is hilarious how naïve we were when we moved with our four kids from our home in Pennsylvania to England.  The common language, the lifelong crush I had on all things British, and the beckoning call of adventure led me to dowse the entire endeavour with a […]

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Finding Belonging in the Unexpected

Out of Place – Carrie’s Story As I watched the group of twelve-year-old students standing in front of the homeschool group waiting for their gifts and prayers of blessing, I had this empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. This was an important rite of passage before moving up to the “Challenge years.”  My […]

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