Tag Archives | Heal from the past

Tell the truth? Or keep it in? What’s your advice?

An anonymous commenter commented on My Family Secrets recently. I thought I’d share his response and ask your opinion. What should he do?

Thank you very much for sharing your story.
It sounds very much like mine.

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Preslaysa Williams’ Thin Place: Cutting

Preslaysa’s story reminds us that God can minister to us through others who listen to Him.


I held the sharp blade, shaking. All my doubts and all my fears erupted as I carved a blood thin line on the inside of my wrist. “Help me Lord,” I whispered. “Why can’t I stop cutting?”

I struggled with self injury for many years, carefully hiding this secret from my friends, my family, and my church. However, I was too ashamed to seek help.

I feared judgment.What in the world was a twenty-seven-year-old woman doing slashing her arms? To outsiders, such behavior…

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Kimberly Simpkins’ Thin Place: Navigating Mental Illness in Marriage

For better or worse. In sickness and health. Marriage vows are easy to say and hard to live, as Kimberly shares in today’s Thin Place story. You can read more from Kimberly as she continues mining in marriage, motherhood and music on her blog, Mining For Diamonds.  (Remember you can share your Thin Place story here.)


In 1998, while touring worldwide as a musical missionary, I met the love of my life. I was a violinist; he was a drummer who loved…

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Win Lisa Borden’s Life Changing and Challenging book

I know Lisa Borden from our time in France. We were fellow missionaries with Christian Associates International. While she planted churches in Portugal, my family planted in France. One thing held us together: we were writers. The moment I read her prose, I fell in love. Lisa is one of the most stunning writers I’ve ever read.

But continents separated us. She and her family moved to Africa, and our family relocated back to the Americas.

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Another incredible story that turned into a bestselling memoir

Last week I had the privilege of hosting Harry Bingham from the UK, discussing a breakout memoir. This week he shares an even more exciting story. This is proof that if you have a story to tell, don’t keep it in your head. Write it down.
Here’s Harry:

I wrote recently on this site about John Fenton and how I and my colleagues were able to help him bring his memoir to fruition. Yet his was not the most remarkable story we’ve handled.

That honour has to go…

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Win a free copy of Beyond the Mirror

My friend Ashley does a much better job of explaining her ministry to wives of porn-addicted husbands (and those in recovery), so I encourage you to watch her here:

To have a chance at winning her free book, simply comment below answering, “How has God used something bad in your life for something good?”

I look forward to reading your stories!

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Be an influencer for The Muir House

The Muir House releases July 1st. It’s a love story. It’s a lost story. All under one roof.

In it I explore the idea of needing the truth from the past to be able to move on in the present. Willa can’t say yes to a marriage proposal until she unravels her past, but she learns the painful, yet valuable lesson that no matter what the truth is about back then, we still have the ability to live today. This coming of age novel explores truth,…

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Amy Hunt’s Thin Place: Looking for a Manual

“How am I supposed to pray? How am I supposed to forgive? How do I become a good Christian?” Amy’s questions were answered with grace, as she shares here and on her blog, “A Grace Full Life.”  (Your Thin Place story can encourage others. Here’s how you can share.)


Ever since I was a young child, I knew about God. I knew of the name Jesus. Somehow I just believed without knowing everything there was to believe.

I grew up as a product…

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Today I’m on the 700 Club!

{Picture: me + producer + sound & video gals. Love them!}

I have no idea how my interview turned out, so I’ll be watching it alongside you for the first time. You can watch the testimony segment on TV or on the CBN website. Click the Watch Now red button.

I pray this broadcast blesses you, that my story will give you hope that Jesus is bigger than anything you go through. That’s my heart. That’s my desire. He has taken me–a broken,…

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From Pessimism to Optimism 1: I am happiest when …

I’ve worried whether I’d be a pessimist for the rest of my life. But, oddly, after our time in France, something paradoxical happened. I became strangely positive. But then I read the book Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, and took a little test that bothered my little paradigm. Even though I felt more optimistic, I really was a true pessimist.


On a few points, I was moderately optimistic, tempered by a slew of “very pessimistic”s. These results, of course, result in more pessimism.

So I’m on a little quest this week about optimism….

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