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The Love and Light That You Are

By Nikole / June 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

I have come to believe that the core of every human is made of love and light. I find so much joy in the moment when God fashions human beings, steps back, and says, “Wow, now that is good.” Do you realize that about you? That when God looks upon you, she…

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A Life Worth Living

By Nikole / June 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

Our friends, families, communities, and churches have the best intentions for us. They raise us, nurture us, guide us, love us, and pour into us. They typically want what is best for us. And you’re grateful. You’re grateful for all the love, support, memories, and community you’ve experienced over the…

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Coming out of the shadows

By Nikole / May 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

You were always meant to live in the light. To feel the sun’s warmth on your skin, to absorb the joy that seems innate with the sun, and to be happy and free. The shadows was never meant to be your permanent homeland. We all journey through shadows. Some of…

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When Your Soul is Hungering for Change

By Nikole / May 12, 2018 / 2 Comments

I was looking through a note I wrote myself back in November 2017. At that point in my life, I was hungering for some major shifts/change in my life. I had read a book that lit a fire under me, and I knew I would need support in order to…

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With Prince, All Things Are Possible

By Nikole / April 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Growing up in conservative evangelical circles, I didn’t listen to ‘secular’ music much. As a result, I was never really exposed to Prince’s music. So when he died in April of 2016, I didn’t feel anything – no sadness, no grief, no shock, nothing. Because he was just some random…

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Goodbye Church, Hello Nikole (part 4)

By Nikole / April 10, 2018 / 4 Comments

We have come to the end of the Goodbye Church series. (See Intro, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you’re new to the series) It’s been short and bittersweet, hasn’t it? I want to thank you for going on this journey with me. For reading my words, for…

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Goodbye, Church (part 3)

By Nikole / April 3, 2018 / 6 Comments

Some of you may be wondering why I left the church instead of staying and trying to help change the church from within. (See Intro, Part 1, Part 2, and part 4 if you’re new to the Goodbye Church mini-series). Well, believe me when I say that I tried. I tried…

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A Midrash on Two Women and Their Impossible Pregnancies

By Nikole / December 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

This Fall I wrote my first academic paper in over 12 years. 12 years! As as a result, I was slightly nervous to write an academic paper for my graduate school. I’m good at blogging, but that’s a completely different form of writing compared to academic papers. So I scheduled…

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When The World Seems All Right

By Nikole / November 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

Here I am, sitting inside a coffee shop, and I can’t help but smile. Life’s not easy, but right now, I can’t help but feel like this world is such a beautiful place. Every time I seem to turn around, I see beautiful things happening. Today, I had coffee with…

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Get Your Gratitude On!

By Nikole / November 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Several months ago I was telling a friend about something difficult going on in my life and how I felt sapped of joy and happiness, and she made some comment about how being (genuinely) grateful can really help people find joy again. I maturely responded with an internal, “Ugh.” I…

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