November 30, 2017

“Forgiveness is a path to peace and a powerful and important component of love”. -Sharon Salzberg Forgiveness is something I have heard over and over in the church, from my parents, and from friends and mentors throughout my life. But until recently it is not something I have put into practice in my life. It’s […]

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Overcoming Betrayal

October 24, 2017

In her book, “After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful,” Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D. and board certified clinical psychologist from Westport, Connecticut, addresses the seemingly impossible, emotionally taxing task of rebuilding relationship following the discovery of an affair. Dr. Spring devotes space towards explaining feelings and responses […]

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The Beauty in Humanity

April 4, 2017

  Recently, I’ve had the conversation about the beauty in humanity with a couple of different people. It seems that as humans, we constantly live in shame of our humanity. We are always focused on the negative; always focused on the belief that we are not good enough. If we aren’t criticizing ourselves, we are […]

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New Blog Post: The Spiral of Grief

November 24, 2014

by Andrea Gregg, Refuge Center Intern “For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral? But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?”― C.S. Lewis, A […]

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Living Fully

March 28, 2014

  Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to survive.  If our hearts have been wounded, we try to protect from further hurts.  Sometimes survivors, who have endured pain and hurt, in order to protect themselves, pretend that their hearts don’t matter.  Their hopes, longings, feelings, needs, and desires aren’t essential […]

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