To the Smiling Woman who Weeps on the Inside

I met another victim today, but she wasn’t a stranger. No, she is a friend, someone I’ve known many years, a woman I had no idea was suffering in silence. When I started speaking, I would talk to groups of women, thinking I was equipping those who would reach out to the hurting, only to […]

Lessons from a Burning Van

Last Saturday, we planned to take the kids on a special family day up in Blowing Rock. It turned into an unforgettable day, but not in any way I’d expected. Near the top of the mountain road, the transmission seal broke on the van and when it started smoking, my husband (Brian) pulled off the […]

Teaching Our Daughters Worth and Value, a New Book by Amy Sulliven

I got to read a kids’ book recently that impressed me so much, I bought a copy for my daughter and asked the author about sharing about the book with you. This book is not only about one of my favorite missionary heroes, but gives the message of worth and value to young girls, which […]

Healing Women Hurting From Childhood Sexual Abuse

Dr. Sam Serio in Alpharetta, Georgia, is a counselor who specifically focuses on women who were victimized sexually in their past. His post to hurting women was so insightful, I asked if I could share it with you. He graciously agreed. Here are Dr. Sam’s words to women who still hurt, and those of us […]

To the Man on the Other Side of the Screen

Dear Man on the Other Side of the Screen, I don’t know who you are, what you do, your marital status or if you are a parent. What I do know is that I am a human, a real person. I am someone’s daughter, a student and lady, but most of all, I KNOW I […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – In Conclusion

Today is the conclusion of the Princess series in regard to whether some of the favorite Disney movies help or hurt the ongoing fight against human exploitation. Movie Title: Beauty and the Beast Does this movie inspire girls to be stronger or more vulnerable? Vulnerable The story in a nutshell: Girl’s father gets taken as a captive Girl […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – Rapunzel

This week I want to go over some of the favorite Disney princess movies and take a look at the messages in them in regard to whether they help or hurt the ongoing fight against human exploitation. Movie Title: Tangled Does this movie inspire girls to be stronger or more vulnerable? Strong The story in a nutshell: Girl is […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – Ariel

This week I want to go over some of the favorite Disney princess movies and take a look at the messages in them in regard to whether they help or hurt the ongoing fight against human exploitation. The Little Mermaid came out when I was growing up and even though I watched it probably fifty times, […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – Cinderella

Each day this week, I’ll be posting about a Disney princess and whether the messages in her story help or hurt the fight against human exploitation. Precursor: I don’t hate Disney movies and don’t think they should be banned or anything. This series is to help people think about the messages behind the stories we’re […]

Not Enough Faith? – When People Say Your Sickness if Your Fault

The man approached and sat next to me. “Can I ask you a question?” His tone was serious, his eyes intense. I had just finished speaking to his small group, talking mostly about human trafficking and how I came to be an author after leaving the mission field. Weaved through that story, however, was an […]

Exploitation – When There’s Nothing to Say (Lily Pad Haven 2)

Since I was a  very little girl, I was taught all of the answers to life. They were comforting. They were profound. They were simple. My mother would sing them to me when I was too young to sing them to myself, and eventually I would learn to sing this life-giving truth at the top […]

“Sometimes…I’d Rather Just Go Back to My Pimp” – Guest Post by Lily Pad Haven

“Sometimes I just think I’d rather just go back to my pimp…” My jaw dropped. How could you say that? Look what he did to you? Look what he turned your life into? She didn’t stop, “I mean I got things from him, at least he was there for me. Yeah maybe he only listened […]

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