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 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 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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