Kirk Cameron’s Dreaming Of A White, (Male-Dominated) Christmas.

Constance…I just have to reblog this. YEs, reblogging John again!

Well…he gets it, and he isn’t afraid to speak…and best of all he speaks with straight grace that shows tempered strength.

So grateful for the support he gives us…show him a bit of love, encourage him…and it would be a cool thing to take a thing or 3 from his example.
Charissa

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Kirk Cameron seems like a perfectly nice guy.

I believe he genuinely loves Jesus. As such, he and I are family. Sometimes brothers have to say honest, hard words to one another.

I bet if we were to speak face to face, I’d find him charming, personable, and quite endearing. I imagine we’d have great conversations about our love for God and family.

That’s part of the problem.

With nice guys like Kirk, it’s especially difficult to realize when they’re doing damage, and I believe that in subtle but real ways, he is.

This week he released this video in advance of a book release called Saving Christmas. On the surface, the content seems perfectly benign, life-affirming, and downright heartwarming; a call to reclaim the “joy of the Lord” during the Christmas season and let it be a beacon for others.

If that was all it said, that would be wonderful.

The problem with the video is…

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The Secret Keepers

Constance…please do not walk, but RUN on over to Karen’s blog and read this post! I just know that some of you are going to experience the gentle can opener she so skillfully wields.

I can attest to that…while I was never sexually abused, to my conscious knowledge and deep-long examinations, I have been abused in other ways. Shaking off the shame of it, the self-loathing of it, and worst of all, feeling that it was somehow what I deserved has been the 2nd biggest battle of my life.

I love Mama’s army of wounded healers! I love how Karen has intentioned and purposed to allow her life to be used for other’s good and Their glory. She has asked for this to be reblogged? I am happy to honor her request, but rest assured, it is worthy of reblogging in and of itself as a stand alone piece of excellence and sharp truth inside gentle clothings.

With thankfulness,
Charissa

Mended Musings

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I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. I’m going to ask you to share this post. Reblog it, share it on Facebook, tweet it. Someone out there needs to hear this message today. Even if you think you don’t know anyone who has been abused. Even if you don’t read the entire post.

About a month ago I was asked by Dawn at WTF words, thoughts, feelings to contribute an essay for an anthology that she and Joyelle are creating for parents who are survivors of childhood sexual and physical abuse (learn more at https://www.facebook.com/TriggerPointsAnthology).

I submitted my essay but I also want to shine a bigger spotlight on this project because I fear that they may not get many submissions. Not because it’s not a worthy cause or because there aren’t enough people out there to contribute but because survivors of abuse are secret…

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Writing Exercise: the Constance Challenge from Charissa

10 Misconceptions Every Trans Ally Needs to Understand — Everyday Feminism.

Pointing you to another great column by Brynn Tannehill.  She does such a great job of aggregating things in one spot:  any one of these points could be a fabulous post.

How about checking out this article…and then consider this:  what if you were to try to write a post about one of these points?  The challenge is to change it in some way so that it would impact you as a cis-gender person the way it does a transgender person.

By the way…I am finding out that every word she writes about job search is completely and totally true.  As a 4.0 gpa college graduate who was Summa Cum Laude, I have not even gotten a call, an email reply…nothing!

Even to the job that they “desperately” needed to fill “immediately” of bussing tables at a cafe.

yeah.

So good exercise:  how would it be for you to write about what life would be like if this were happening to you?  (hint:  this will be a privilege exposing experience!)

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