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Hi friends and welcome to the Arise, Beloved blog. We have an amazing team of writers behind this blog and our desire is to speak truth into the lies that cripple us and shine light into the darkness that isolates us because we believe that now, more than ever, the Church desperately needs women to be restored so that the world can be set ablaze. Our hope is that you find comfort, solace, and peace in knowing that you are not alone, you are not too far gone and there is ALWAYS hope to be found. 

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“Whoever said our bodies are strictly ours?” (see Part 1) I am a dependent creature. We all are. God is sustaining us—thinking of us—holding us together in every moment. He is the Creator, I am creature. In this dependency rests the reality that “I am not my own.” I am created for another—for others—for Him. […]

Our Bodies and Food, War and Triumph: Part Two

Body, Mary Dufresne, Restoration

Too many of us have wrestled with receiving the body we have been given.  I have a theory that if the Father truly revealed to each one of us how He intended our individual bodies to look—many of us would disagree and still try to argue what we believe our bodies ought to look like. […]

Our Bodies and Food, War and Triumph: Part One

Body, Health, Mary Dufresne

Kathleen Merriman My childhood diet consisted of a few vital staples.  Venture down memory lane with me, if you will, to recall the glory that was the early 2000s. My parents had ten kids (I know, breathe deep into the brown paper bag) and I assumed the quiet anonymity that characterized number eight.  Our tribe […]

Second-Rate Seconds

Body, Freedom, Health, Kathleen Merriman