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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How to Find Belonging in a New Country

Out of Place – Madhukanta’s Story It has been more than 26 years since I first set foot on this vast land. I was barefoot. My shoes were hurting after the long flight and I was carrying them in my hand. This was after getting married, somewhat hurriedly, to someone I had never met before. […]

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How to Embrace Your Differences to Belong

Out of Place – Melissa’s Story A stare comes from the person across from me with raised eyebrows and squinted eyes as they try to smile. A feeling of awkwardness comes over me. “Oh, I was too much!” I think to myself. “Why am I so excited talking about buying vegetables for a new recipe […]

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The Out of Place Mama

Out of Place Series – Elisa’s Story I never expected that mommying wasn’t really my thing until I became a mama.   Although my childhood fell short of sunshine and roses, I had a great family life growing up. I came from good Christian stock, with a tint of hippie love and missionary-radical in the mix. […]

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Belonging From the Fullness of God

Out of Place Series – Brooke’s Story We have all heard the saying, “like a square peg in a round hole.” I always imagine one of those toy buckets with all the shaped pegs and the lid that has the same shape holes in the top. You know the one. Each time I hear this, […]

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Finding Belonging in the Church

Out of Place Series – Meghan’s Story Wringing my hands is a nervous habit. Picking at my nails, biting the inside of my lip, too. And I was doing all of that at once my first night of small group. With hesitating steps I rang the doorbell of the church, and the warm if not […]

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