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The content on Circles of Faith is relevant, insightful, helpful for intersecting and integrating Life, Faith, and Community. Our writers shared powerful stories that resonated with you, our readers. We want to go beyond the written word, deeper than our 800-word limit allowed. Podcasting allows us to do that.

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Slices - Elise Daly Parker

Slices - Elise Daly Parker

I am thankful for the time that it took me to get the place where I accepted and really loved myself. I don’t think I realized how hard I have been on myself over the years. I wasted a lot of time wanting to be like someone else - thinner, cooler, bolder, more confident, neater, more creative, and less hysterical.

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Slices - Susanne Ciancio

Slices - Susanne Ciancio

Twenty years ago in April, my husband and I went to Moscow to adopt a beautiful little Russian girl, Natasha. The trip and the adoption changed the trajectory of our lives. I had a baby boy more than 10 years prior, who was happy and healthy and the joy of our lives.

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Slices - A Changemaker

Slices - A Changemaker

The moment that I realized I was doing something that I was meant to do and loved to do was when I was in the mountains of Guatemala, working for non-profit organization. I was surrounded by poverty, but felt more alive than I have ever been.

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Slices - Patty Lowry

Slices - Patty Lowry

It was winter when I experienced the loss of my marriage. At the time, it felt like the end of the world.  What surprised me about this was that God didn’t rescue me in the way that I’d expected. He didn’t bring my husband back like I thought He should.

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Slices - Barbara Bissig

Slices - Barbara Bissig

After 33 years of marriage, my husband left me and moved in with another woman. I was left single and very alone. At the time, it felt like my life was over, I was rejected. What surprised me about this time was how real the presence of God became to me as I experienced Him as my husband. I

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Slices - Rachel Tomlinson

Slices - Rachel Tomlinson

I was disappointed when I discovered a growth on my thyroid. At the time it felt like I was alone. What surprised me about that time was that God was with me. I realize that all the fearful feelings that I allowed myself to dwell on were stupid.

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Slices - Barbara Sonin-Robbins

Slices - Barbara Sonin-Robbins

I have learned that I am happy to share. Encouraging others is really important to me because I love people. God has created me to be a writer and I'm learning to express that through my experiences.

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Slices - Diana Jones

Slices - Diana Jones

The truth about God that was revealed to me is that He is my Heavenly Father.

The first representation of God is your earthly father. My father was a wounded man who womanized, drank, was angry, and gave his love conditionally. So growing up I had learned to live a performance-oriented life.

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Slices - Faith Blasi

Slices - Faith Blasi

To be honest, there have only been two or three moments in my life when I felt CERTAIN that what I was doing, I was created to do. The first was when I discovered that God had made me a teacher. The second, is when I learned that God had made me a Mommy. A Mother. Those were the two times that I felt so confident in every move and situation, confident that if I didn’t know the answer I could find it.

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Slices - Noelle Rhodes

Slices - Noelle Rhodes

I thought I was the perfect mother. My son ate well as a baby. He slept well as a baby. He rarely cried as a baby. Clearly, I had figured out the magic of motherhood. Why was everyone else complaining that parenting was so hard? As he grew, I noticed that my son didn't say very much at all. He wasn't developing as quickly as other children. I was concerned.

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Slices - Shanita Talton

Slices - Shanita Talton

I had no idea of what a family was until both of my parents died. It sounds harsh, but it is true. At that time in my life, I was a parentified child of my four younger siblings. Dad was an introverted workaholic and Mom was a drug addict. 

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Slices - Jennifer Pine

Slices - Jennifer Pine

I am capable because I believe in myself. I am thankful for the confidence I now have to face a room full of people, head up a project or engage in various personal relationships. It wasn't always this way.

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Slices - Wodline Hippolyte

Slices - Wodline Hippolyte

God is my Provider. I always knew that He was a Provider, but I never fully acknowledged that for myself. I first discovered this nearly four years ago when I was going through a painful season in my marriage. The transition from being married to a divorced single parent caused financial hardship in my life.

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Why Story Matters to Me

Why Story Matters to Me

by Wodline Hippolyte

I am blessed to today to have both men and women in my life who aren’t afraid to share their life experiences with me.  Hearing their stories allows me to make wiser life decisions, strengthens my faith, and form lasting friendships.

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Slices - Kimberly Amici

Slices - Kimberly Amici

Over the past 3 years, I have slowly come to realize that I was made to create. You would think this one would have been easy for me to realize because I have always been artistically talented. However, it wasn’t. I spent many years wanting to be someone else. Smarter. More athletic. More buttoned up.

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Why Sharing Your Story Matters

Why Sharing Your Story Matters

by Kimberly Amici

You don’t have to be a writer to share your story nor do you need a large platform. There are everyday opportunities to influence others with what you have experienced. Whether it’s a brief encounter with a stranger while waiting in line, or a friend who finally opens up over coffee, your story can encourage, heal, restore, refresh and demonstrate the fullness of God.

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Slices - Elise Daly Parker

Slices - Elise Daly Parker

When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I felt special…chosen…like I was doubly blessed. Then at five months pregnant I lost those two baby girls. I was devastated. I felt like God had set me up only to torture me.

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A Prayerful Letter from a Mama to Her Baby Boy

A Prayerful Letter from a Mama to Her Baby Boy

By Micalagh Beckwith Moritz

As we enter a new year, 2016, I reflect on 2015, the year you were born. It has been a time of upheaval in our society - so many major issues are being questioned and re-examined - from race, to sexuality, to religion, to basic rights, to the earth we depend on for our life and sustenance. 

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