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JulAug 2019

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BEING THERE

Samantha Bartee & Idemudia Otaigbe

I awoke in a hospital room for the eighth night in a row. The bland white walls reminded me that I was on…

Invisible Wounds, Visible Healing

Jim Still-Pepper

What do you see inside an empty bottle? Nothing—I mean, it’s empty, isn’t it? Though we do not see anything in an empty bottle, the bottle is full…

08/24/19 at 01:58 PM

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Diagnosis: Mental Illness

Jim Still-Pepper

If you pay attention to the person behind the illness, you will discover that he or she is much more important than the diagnosis.

Vinny has become impossible. He…

08/24/19 at 08:25 AM

Through God’s Strength

Tynea Lewis

Fourteen-year-olds aren’t supposed to have heart and breathing problems. They aren’t supposed to visit cardiologists, where everyone in the waiting room has white hair, hearing aids, and a walker…

08/23/19 at 11:23 AM

Moses Ngaima

Teen Advisory Board Member

What is one of the things on your “bucket list”?

“Definitely to graduate from college. There is nothing better than…

08/23/19 at 07:55 AM

Hidden

Alyssa Pauline Rivera

In my secret life,
I am weak.
I curl up like a baby
and cry for the shallowest reason.
I am emotionally battered.
I reflect on my…

08/22/19 at 02:08 PM

NEAR TO GOD

Katherine Harris and Debra Weiss

Don't stay far away, Lord! My strength comes from you, so hurry and help.

Psalm 22:19 (CEV)

When I was twelve, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that attacks the intestines and stomach. I had to grow up fast. I took twelve pills…

08/21/19 at 01:20 PM

ADD

Ericah Johnson, 17

“People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.”

1 Samuel 16:7b (CEV)

The path taken by a teenager with a mental disorder is definitely a road less traveled—and lonely. I have attention deficit disorder; and because I do, I sometimes space out,…

08/21/19 at 07:52 AM

Questions

Dylan Green

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, I turned fifteen years old. I threw a birthday party with five of my closest friends, and I had the rest of the…

08/20/19 at 11:58 AM

Mackenzie Oswell

Teen Advisory Board Member

What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend?

“I look for someone who is honest, trustworthy,…

08/20/19 at 07:55 AM

Communication

Dale Lipscomb and Emma Stewart

Let your conversation be always full of grace.

Colossians 4:6a (NIV)

Growing up, I felt as if my parents didn’t understand anything I did. After years of fighting and being grounded, I agreed to join them in taking a serious…

08/18/19 at 01:05 PM

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