Posts tagged redemption
Crowned One | by Stephanie Sparks

My name means “crowned one” yet for most of my life I was unable to grasp that. I walked around in my younger years filled with the need to apologize for everything. The way I looked, the way I spoke, the way I felt and yes — I even apologized for just being born. No one really meant to make me feel bad and in fact, if not for a grandmother who loved and encouraged me, I’m not really sure what I would’ve become.

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I Am Not a Victim | by Lisa Poduska

Well, I'm not sure where to start. As a young child, my mom couldn't afford to take care of us, so my sister and I lived in a children's home. From time to time when we were actually at home, I was molested by my mom's husband at the age of seven — all while going back and forth from the children's home.

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My Crown of Perseverance | by Avery Gee

I've walked many miles. I have lived many lives but as Maya Angelou once said, "Still I rise." As a seed planted in unwanted soil many years ago, I have been fighting against the darkness to rise. I was the secret child of a married man and a beautiful young woman with a mental illness. I was such a secret that out of four children, I was the only one put up for adoption. To this very day, some six decades later, I am still the family secret. But, I wear my crown of perseverance because I still rise.

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