Scott: Free from Anorexia

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Originally published March 15, 2013

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when an eating disorder started, and mine is no exception.  I can certainly remember specific times that my eating habits began to change, but the mindset that I think really defines an eating disorder, I cannot pinpoint.

I remember one specific incident when I was visiting my sister at college for my spring break. We went to the dining court, and rather than my usual pizza or pasta without veggies, I decided to get a stir fry. It seemed like a good idea, to everyone including myself because I was trying new foods. Read More




50 Shades of Abuse: 10 Signs of Unhealthy Relationships from the Film

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Last week I went to see 50 Shades of Grey with the purpose of writing about it. For those who don’t know, 50 Shades is a movie based on a 3-part novel series based on a Twilight fanfic (and you all know how I feel about Twilight…)

At Libero Network, we talk mostly about mental health, and it is important to remember that relational health is closely linked to this. There are many topics in this story that should be discussed: sexuality, rape culture, pornography… However, I have limited words and must stick with a focused theme. I decided discussing the relational health (or lack thereof) in this movie was best.

My hope is that this article will be helpful not only to those who have seen the film or read the books, but also to those who haven’t. Read More

A Lesson in Intimacy

February - Kristin D'Arminio

The majority of my 20s were spent being single. Sure, I’d meet people and go out on dates. I made a few short-lived attempts at lasting relationships, but in the end, nothing ever worked out.

While not my fault entirely, my lack of body confidence played a big role in the demise of my love life.

I was afraid to be seen both physically and metaphorically. My walls were high. Being dissatisfied with my naked body forced me to remain hidden. I couldn’t understand what anyone would see in me. Conversation was easy. Kissing, I could handle. Baring all of my flesh in intimacy was painful, though. Read More



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Saved By a Mother’s Love

February - Shelby Martin

Love has been a basic human need since the beginning of time. Not only is love identified as the third most fundamental essential in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but also it is one of society’s most popular subjects and topics of conversation.

By simply turning on the radio, one can learn the consequences of losing love as Adele croons out “Rolling in the Deep” or even about the magnitude of love in Céline Dion’s “Power of Love.” So why is love so important and central to human survival, happiness, and life?

I like to think it is love’s ability to save–to save a soul, a hopeless heart, or even a lost being.

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Quiet Time with God

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All my life, I’ve heard people say that Christianity isn’t a religion, but a relationship. And like any intimate relationship, it requires time and effort. It requires spending time to nurture the relationship in order to strengthen it and make it more intimate. For Christians, this often means prayer, reading the Bible, worship, and quiet time with God, which can include any or all of the previous three.

Many of my Christian friends can attest to the importance of having daily quiet time. They say it helps them to grow in their relationship with God and they feel closer to Him because of it. In certain seasons of my life, I have experienced this growth of intimacy and the steadiness that daily time with God brings into my life. Read More

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