Reclaiming your Voice

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Growing up as an energetic chatty young girl, I must have driven my dad crazy. I pestered him with a million questions. With lots and lots of stories. If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times. After taking a long puff of his Swisher Sweet cigar, a cloud of smoke and frustration […]

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When Submission is Twisted

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When it comes to past destructive relationships, have you ever criticized yourself and thought, “I should have known better”? “Why didn’t I see that coming? Or “Why did I put up with his control, manipulation, addiction, abuse, adultery, or _______ (you fill in the blank)?” Sometimes, our tolerance for abuse or evil behavior is the […]

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How to Confront Emotional Manipulation

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Have you ever been seduced by a manipulator? Tricked and deceived by flattery and charm only to later discover that the relationship was built on lies? It’s devastating when all of a sudden affirmation and attention turn into criticism, angry outbursts or silent treatment and other mind games. When deceit, malicious behavior and abuse occur, […]

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How to Use Boundaries and Stop Manipulation

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“I was never allowed to have boundaries as a kid,” said Jen, “so as an adult, I didn’t recognize someone was violating them. “Once when I was about five, my parents had a friend over to the house. They wanted me to sit in his lap, but I didn’t want to. For some reason, he […]

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Pain Management

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My head throbbed as I pounded the alarm clock to stop its assault. Too many drinks the night before, and it was only Wednesday. Flashbacks of the previous evening floated across my mind. Vodka gimlets in the hotel lobby. Three… or was it four? Dancing. Then he walked me to my room. I crawled out […]

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God has Good Plans for You

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My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).  Have you ever heard a success story and thought, “Why can’t that happen to me?” Most of us crave success, but often, by the time a story is newsworthy, the hype makes it seem like it happened overnight. […]

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Bond or Bondage

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Lauren has always rushed into relationships. When she met Tyler, she ignored his controlling behavior and the way he isolated her from family and friends. Soon, she was trapped in a vicious cycle of manipulation and emotional abuse followed by profuse apologies and showers of affection. In the past three years, Lauren has broken up […]

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