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There I was in the snow, on my knees, yelling and cursing at God! Crying because of the pain and loneliness I kept inside for so long, wishing that God would just drop me dead! I was so hurt, tired, and weak, I just wanted this all to be over! I was so beaten by the world.

After hours of utter shameful crying and yelling, I Came inside, my sister, seeing my face, followed me into my room. She grabbed me and just held me, she didn’t say much, just held me. My tears… All my dirt, that I had kept so deep inside of me for so long, rolled unto her shirt. All she did was hold me in her arms.

That day was one of the darkest moments of my life. Yet, through those tears It showed me something bigger than myself.

Through that day, I started to Imagine the tears of the prostitutes, the homeless, the drug addicts, the abandoned, the millions stolen from their homes, the ones that nobody cares about, the cutters, the suicidal, the broken, the needy, the runaways, the dying. Where do their tears fall? They probably drip lonely to the cold floor. The only people who hear there sobs is a pimp, abuser, or the emptiness of the room. Who will care about them? Who will fight for them? Why are people so afraid of getting their shirts dirty?

These past few days I have yelled and cussed at God because of my own loneliness, pain, and regrets. I asked God to send me to hell! I have told Him that I am the biggest disgrace of them all! But of course God showed me something different. He showed me Jesus in the garden of Gathsemene. Alone, forsaken, abandoned. I am right their with Jesus. My tears fall on His cloak. What if the only way to show somebody hope is by letting the tears, blood, and dirt fall on your shirt. Just like Jesus. Even if you get nothing in return, agape love, truly is unconditional. Unspoken love can be one of the most powerful ways of displaying hope! You will never know how many lives you are saving!

So live each day to help the broken, the needy, the lost, the forgotten. Whether it’s your neighbor, roommate, brother, sister, mother, father, show them love and purpose because you never know what hurt they have experienced. You never know when the tears on your shirt was suicide, murder, rape, divorce, fear, abuse, shameful sex, drugs, loneliness, cancer, hopelessness. You never know how many lives that you have saved by the hidden tears soaked into your dirt soaked shirt.

About a year ago, I was leading a bible study with college and high school students. One week, a girl, about 18 years old showed up, with a friend. This girl was outgoing and beautiful. However, her smile seemed to cover up the sadness inside. The first few weeks, every day, her friend forced her out of bed to do anything social because of her depression. Each week she came to the bible study, she did nothing but sob from the mistakes of her past. This girl had reached her lowest point in life.

This story seems hopeless like so many other girls and guys in the world. Yet, this is the beginning of the story, not the end. A couple months later, she asked to go to coffee with me.

I remember that fall Colorado day very vividly. After a bit of small talk, she revealed the reason why she wanted to meet. “My Dad wasn’t the Dad he should have been, really ever,” She began, “and I sought out the love of a man through boys. I was always hungry for attention; I didn’t care how I got it but I wanted attention from anyone and everyone around me. Especially boys. I always cheated and ended relationships because I have a deep fear of commitment.”

As the tears began to stream down her face, she told me about her pregnancy and miscarriage at age 15. With tears in her eyes, she explained how she can barely stand to look at a child with their mother because she blames the death of her child on her sins.

When I first met this girl, I began asking myself the question, WHAT IS LOVE? I always thought I knew. I mean, love is in relationships, marriages, churches, homeless shelters, whatever, right? But meeting this girl made me ask myself what is real love? Because this girl has never experienced it with boys, her father, everything. How do I and so many others miss love!

It’s funny, as I searched for the answer, I found that this girl, who had been broken by men, herself, and her family, had the definition of love hidden in her heart.

As the sun began to rise into the sky, she continued, “When I was 18, I began drinking away the weekends and being sexual with this boy, who I came to find out was into some pretty hard core drugs. At some point I decided to try and break his drug habits. And through this pursuit I dropped out of school. My whole family and all of my friends begged me not to date this boy and I did not listen- as I don’t typically trust anyone and I’m far too stubborn to really listen to other people. After dropping out and feeling like I was a worthless piece of crap, who would go nowhere in life, I had a pregnancy scare. This was one of the scariest things for me because of my miscarriage a couple years past.”

She shared about how she came to move from Georgia to Colorado because of her family making her get away from her social scene.

After hearing this heartbreaking story and watching a young women unveil the secrets of her life, I was comforted by the genuine smile that came over her face as she continued, “After getting prayer from your bible study last week, that very next day I remember waking up and the world just seemed like a new place… I was finally letting God love me that day and that was the difference. I know in my heart, deep deep in my heart, that God LOVES me. He forgives me for every single thing I have done in my past. He always loved me, he never stopped holding my hand, he never stopped looking at me as his little girl, he never stopped. His love never stops no matter what you do or where you’ve been. When I finally started recognizing Gods love I just blossomed into the person I always wanted to be and the person God always knew I would be. I have a relationship with my Dad now and I’ve mended a lot of my past relationships. I feel like now that I’m walking in the light I have a meaning and a purpose greater than anything I could even imagine. I don’t carry all of this baggage from my past anymore because I gave it to God and he forgives me as far as the east is from the west. He is mine and I am His. Nothing will ever stop the love of God, we just have to recognize it ourselves. He always loved me I just wouldn’t allow myself to embrace that. I have never felt so much love and joy as I do now. It’s awesome.”


With marriages failing, kids on the street, love is nothing more than conditional.

What is love?

50% of all marriages end in divorce. IS THAT LOVE?

“Suicide is one of the top ten reasons for death in the U.S.” IS THAT LOVE?

“37,000 homeless people die each year.” IS THAT LOVE?


“Every 2 seconds someone is sexually assaulted.” IS THAT LOVE?

What is love?
True love is unconditional and humble.
True love is someone who loves you and will not leave you.
True love is does not control you physically or emotionally.
True love is someone who loves you unconditionally.
True love will tell you that you’re beautiful, you’re talented, you’re precious.

True Love is only found, in and through Jesus Christ!

Doherty, D. W. (n.d.). How common is divorce and what are the reasons?. divorce.usu. Retrieved October 12, 2013, from http://www.divorce.usu.edu/files/uploads/Lesson3.pdf

Samad, J., & Images, A. (n.d.). Homelessness in suburbs, rural areas increases – USATODAY.com. USA TODAY: Latest World and US News – USATODAY.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013, from http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-07-09-homeless_N.htm

Statistics | RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. (n.d.). RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network | RAINN: The nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.One of “America’s 100 Best Charities” —Worth magazine. Retrieved October 12, 2013, from http://www.rainn.org/statistics

Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention. (n.d.). http://www.nimh.nih.gov. Retrieved October 11, 2013, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-in-the-us-statistics-and-prevention/index.shtml

nature, i. v. (n.d.). National Coalition for the Homeless. National Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved October 12, 2013, from http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/How_Many.html







Great paper written by Dr. William H. Doherty. Feel free to hit the link and read the rest of the paper.

How common is divorce and what are the reasons?
Marriage is a counter-cultural act in a throwaway society.
—Dr. William H. Doherty, noted marriage scholar and therapist 55

Overview: In the United States, researchers estimate that 40%–50% of all first marriages, and 60% of second marriages, will end in divorce. There are some well known factors that put people at higher risk for divorce: marrying at a very early age, less education and income, living together before marriage, a premarital pregnancy,
no religious affiliation, coming from a divorced family, and feelings of insecurity. The most common reasons people give for their divorce are lack of commitment, too much arguing, infidelity, marrying too young, unrealistic expectations, lack of equality in
the relationship, lack of preparation for marriage, and abuse. Some of these problems can be fixed and divorce prevented. Commitment is having a long-term view of the marriage that helps us not get overwhelmed by the problems and challenges day to day. When there is high commitment in a relationship, we feel safer and are willing to give more for the relationship to succeed. Commitment is clearly a factor in why some couples stay together and others divorce. Divorce is necessary at times, and it may even help to preserve the moral boundaries of marriage. But parents have a responsibility to do all that they reasonably can to preserve and repair a marriage, especially when the reasons for divorce are not the most serious ones. Barriers to leaving a marriage, such as financial worries, can keep marriages together in the short run. However, unless there is improvement in the relationship, eventually the barriers are usually not enough to keep a marriage together in the long run.

http://www.divorce.usu.edu/files/uploads/Lesson3.pdf

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I have been thinking about writing this for a long time but never had the time until now.

What is love?
1 in 4 women are sexually abused.
Every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted.
What is love?

7% of girls in middle school say they have been sexually abused.
12% of girls in high school say they have been sexually abused.
What is love?

If 1 in 4 women being sexually abused is considered love, then love is dark and sick. Love should just be considered a man dripping with lust, sneaking, manipulating, and attacking, innocent young women. If that is love, I want no part of it.

Statistics say 97% of people have sex before they get married.
50% of marriages end in divorce.
What is love?

In the year 2013 their is an estimated 1,671,257,652 pornography searches on the internet.
97 Billion dollars of revenue is collected each year for pornography.
What is love?

If this was law I could beg the theory that love is represented by sex. That is all men and women want. If almost everybody is looking for love and 97% have found it in sex, then that must be the key to love and happiness. However, divorce is running rampant. If a male or a female, can’t wait to have sex with you until marriage, what makes him or her have the self control to have sex with someone else. What is love?

Love is looking more and more like unhappiness, failed marriages, abuse, and rape. Our culture idolizes love so much, we worship artists and celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, only because they take their clothes off. What is love?

What is love?
Love is a pure love. An unconditional love. A steadfast love. A caring love. One that cherishes her heart first, above all else. One that will not take advantage of her, one that will protect her, one that will fight for her, stay up late talking with her. Not one who manipulates her, not one who makes her fear for their relationship, and not one who leaves her. That is love!
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http://www.familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html
http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/
http://www.trustmattersmost.com/news/divorce-rates-in-2013-a-look-forward-and-a-look-back/
http://waitingtillmarriage.org/4-cool-statistics-about-abstinence-in-the-usa/
http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims
http://www.oneinfourusa.org/statistics.php

Worldwide 9.8 Million People are exploited by private agents for labor or commercial sex

2.5 million people are forced to work by the state or rebel military groups
For more info: https://undergroundhostages.wordpress.com/category/underground-africa/

Only 49 thousand people of the estimated 27 million people have been identified as victims of human trafficking across the world

Close to 4 thousand successful prosecutions of human trafficking in 2009

800,000 number of people are trafficked across international boarders yearly
For more info: https://undergroundhostages.wordpress.com/category/underground-north-america/underground-atlanta/

2 million children are exploited by commercial sex, globally

More info can be found here:
http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/centers/humanrights/events/jcr%3Acontent/content/download_0/file.res/Human%20Trafficking%20Statistics.pdf

There is over one million new people trafficked each year

Every minute two children become victims of human trafficking

The average life span of a child caught in sex slavery is two years

The average age of an exploited child is 11

By 48 hours, 1 in 3 people on the streets become victims of human trafficking, worldwide

For more info:
http://www.mannafreedom.com/get-informed-about-human-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking/

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