Taking Out The Trash…

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

Every Wednesday evening, I pull the trash can around the house to the street for pickup. Last Wednesday, I sat on my porch watching all my neighbors pull their trash down to the street to be picked up. As I watched each neighbor slowly drag their trash to the street, I went to pull my trash down as well. Actually, I went to tell my teenager to pull the trash to the street, but you get the idea. I sat back on my front porch looking at the trash cans lined down the street.

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The Unbelief…

By Debbie Terry

Today, I have a question for you. Who are you?

Some of you are thinking about your jobs as the definition of yourself; others of you are thinking about your kids as a way of defining yourself; more of you are thinking about the things you’ve done, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and probably trying to figure out how to describe yourself so you don’t come across as a monster; still others of you only see yourselves through the eyes of those who have spoken into your life, sometimes those who have spoken have not done so to build you up, but rather to correct something or to tear into you.

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By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

I answer calls for first responders in crisis. I do that because at one time it was our family in crisis. Coming out on the other side gives me hope to share with others. More and more, what I find is that people sometimes don’t want help as much as they want a magic cure. There is no “magic” cure. When you are in a crisis, it is possible to do the work to get out of the crisis. Unfortunately, and especially more recently, people want us to do the work for them. When they learn that overcoming their problems will require work on their end, they don’t want the “help” anymore. Why is that?

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