Stories by Kinsey

Oh Holy Night

She was an angry woman, my mother. Her mouth was an arsenal of disparaging and belittling remarks. Our home was a minefield that I had to navigate daily, tiptoeing around to avoid the verbal explosions. The secret was to stay low, and remain quiet and unseen. But no matter how covertly I maneuvered, I would […]

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The Tortilla That Kept on Giving

Outside, the brilliant sunshine, azure water, and perfect temperature begged for me to come and play. I could not wait to feel the warm, soft sand under my bare feet. The car was hurriedly unloaded, the suitcases quickly unpacked, and the sunscreen applied. It was the first day of an extended beach trip to the […]

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Messy Gospel. Messy Me.

It could not have happened at a worse place. Thick traffic, narrow lanes, manic drivers, and there I was in the middle of it all fighting to stay awake. Seriously, right in the center of Atlanta, at malfunction junction, my eyes were crossing. After a week with very little sleep, I had finally hit my […]

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This Really Happened at Winn Dixie!

While putting my groceries in the back of the car, a lady tried to pull into the empty parking space beside me. "Ma'am," she spoke to me from her open car window, "am I going to make it?" I turned to survey the situation, "No ma'am, you're not. You're about to hit that car." I […]

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I Never Felt Good Enough

“I’m so ordinary, I can’t stand it,” I wrote in my journal. With utter contempt, I weighed, measured, and found myself wanting. Insert a deep soul sigh. I had to be extraordinary. No area of my life escaped my compulsion to excel - parenting, ministry, work, marriage, home, health, weight, and more. It was exhausting […]

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Tickled PINK

I bolted upright in bed, heart pumping, adrenaline flowing ... there were unmistakable bumps and thuds going on in the room next to mine. I knew immediately that Rick was in trouble. I jumped out of bed and ran into his room; as suspected, he was in a full-blown diabetic seizure. He was jerking and […]

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