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 God Uses You in Uncomfortable Ways

It was a Wednesday, and I was hiding in the church kitchen, eating mint chip ice cream from a paper bowl. The giant tub was halfway gone, and the Post-It on the lid said, “Youth Group.” Since I’m on staff as an assistant to our youth ministry, I felt justified in helping myself to three […]

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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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When You Need Encouragement for a Stressful Decision

One spring day in San Diego, I took the boys on a choose-your-own adventure walk. They took their scooters and a nickel. Every time we came to a fork in the road, they flipped their coin: heads to the right, tails to the left. They were excited about the prospect and eager to see where […]

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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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2 Reasons Why You Should Stay Tethered to God

Last week, I joined the boys in the pond – a welcome relief from the heat and humidity. We splashed around, they climbed me like a jungle gym, they begged me to throw them into the water. When I got tired, I climbed onto the floating dock. I untied the yellow rope from the post […]

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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 Taste God’s Goodness

When we moved to France when I was seven, my mom discovered that peanut butter was an American product. She searched high and low in every grocery store, determined to find that quick and easy lunch spread. One day, she came home with a tin can: she had finally found peanut butter in a specialty […]

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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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How to Find Your Fit in God’s Mosaic

Every time I see the mosaic sculptures at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego, I’m impressed. By no means are they the most awe-inspiring examples of this ancient art form, but I love the intricate pop of color they provide, set against the gray buildings of downtown. Mosaic art dates back to centuries before Christ […]

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