Loving Past Appearances or Fears (Take 5)

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Loving Past Appearances or Fears (Take 5)

Every week, we spend hours talking with our readers and other inspiring thinkers, bloggers and media experts through social media, blogs and online articles. It’s so inspiring to see the wealth of wisdom and knowledge that is shared using the Internet every day.

So, every Friday we round up a few of our favorite items – photos, videos, articles, quotes and blog-posts – in the hopes that you will be as encouraged and inspired by them as we are.

Fatism: Who Do You Judge and Who Do You Love?

You may not have heard of it or even thought about it, but Laura Fenamore points out that “Fatism is the belief that overweight people are lazy, gluttonous, and lack motivation or willpower. That somehow they have chosen to be the way they are and, therefore, deserve our judgment.” She rightfully asks us to consider how we approach overweight people in our lives (perhaps even ourselves) and to come to this sensitive topic with love and hope, not disdain. Powerful words!

Faith Like a Child

Jennifer shares with us, “My children, and pretty much all of their peers, are complicated. Have been since the day they were born. When they were babies, I sighed in relief to discover what was making a wee one wail, quickly remedying the situation. Every time I thought I had the kid figured out, he or she advanced to the next stage of being, with a brand new set of delightful and crazy-making behavior.”

So, she asks, what does it mean to have faith like a child, as Jesus commanded? Is it truly blind and trusting, or is it something more?

When you want to be intentional, but you need a little help

If you have ever wanted a friend but felt alone or unsure about how to find community, (in)RL might be a great solution for you. Hosted by (in)courage, it’s a conference that comes to your neighborhood using the power of the web and helps you find those meaningful friendships you’ve been looking for.

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Gratitude is Good for Body and Soul

In this HuffPo article, Jonathan Merritt cites a scientific study that shows adults who who practice gratitude feel better about their lives, have fewer health problems, and are 25 percent happier. He asks a couple of good questions, “How often do we miss opportunities to offer thanks to those who have loved us, supported us, sacrificed for us and stood by us even when it didn’t make sense? And, more importantly, how often have we forgotten to turn our gaze heavenward and to give gratitude to the One who showers us so liberally with gifts of grace?”

Your Burning, Broken, Beautiful Story

Beautiful letters to cancer survivors can be found on Jo Hilder’s site, as she encourages every one of us to tell our story of God’s goodness. What’s yours? 

About The Author
Dani Nichols
Dani Nichols
Hi, I'm Dani. As managing editor of Trochia, my job is to edit all of our pieces and give our writers guidance with excellence, Biblical truth and gracious storytelling in mind. I love our mission and community here at Trochia and am so honored to work with this incredible team. I'm married to Adam and have beautiful baby girl, Adelay. We live in Oregon and enjoy kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and sharing good food with friends and family.
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  • Victoria Slone
    January 18, 2013 at 8:21 am


  • Deborah Richard Sledge
    January 18, 2013 at 9:06 am


  • Jefferey Rush
    January 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Love you

  • Theresa Zisis
    January 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Wow Barbara very powerful..You know what gets me…That a person who is underweight yet can even be anorexic people dont pay attention to…being overweight or UNDERWEIGHT is both from the same feelings about oneself..it is just that our society does not judge a person who is thin maybe even to the point of being very ill but because they are thin and that is acceptable in our society we dont judge…Both sides of the coin stem from addictive personalities, low self esteem, depression, and a way of coping from stress in a negative way as would be drinking, using drugs or whatever the addiction..all about control..so people need not to judge but to look inside the person heart and try to understand why they got like them..it is simply not always just because they like to eat…it is the same as drinking, over spending, gambling, it is for the high or the need to fill a void..hope this helps…

  • Grant Giese
    January 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Over eating is a HUGE problem, pun intended. The amount of room we need to acquire for crops, livestock. Our nation isn’t getting any smaller

  • Paul H Waddell
    January 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I guess the aggressive gov of new jersey proves this but I still can not stand the blow hard loud mouth. It is not his body that made me have distain for him his politics blow hard way is what I detest but don’t paint me because he is a fatty

  • Shalem Challapalli
    January 20, 2013 at 12:28 am

    yes …….

  • Sharon Harms
    January 20, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Two people sit down to the same table, eat the same food in the same amount, and one is overweight and the other is average. Sometimes weight has to do with hormones like thyroid or insulin. Sometimes it has to do with medications prescribed by a doctor, as for high blood pressure. And the weight judged as fat may not be fat, but from fluid retention. Are any of these sins?

  • Sajal Kanti Ain
    January 20, 2013 at 5:19 am

    i like it

  • Sahil Solomon
    January 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

    praise GOD!! just d word dat i needed 🙂

  • Charles Whitmire
    January 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I seeing a lot of excuses for being fat I guess I’m a fatist.

  • Rene Hernandez
    January 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm


  • Prem Dennis
    January 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm


  • Pauline Jurzee's Best J
    January 21, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Good views, but the bible says thou shall not judge!!

  • Jamie Smith
    January 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

    how much would some one have to way to say that they are fat and fat is a bad word it hurts people even if they don’t show it


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