My Treasure

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by Chrissy Woodward There’s no hidden corner you can blend yourself into. There’s no secret room where eyes can’t find you. Your shame and your fear make you think love isn’t real. But it’s pure and it’s honest Despite what you feel. I know you feel unworthy as you take all the blame. You’ve been responding to a call forgetting your …

I AM NOT MY STORY

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I AM NOT MY STORY by Jessika Fuhrmaneck   “Your story matters.” At Treasures, we say this often and it is true. Our stories are what inspire others and bring them hope to keep moving on when they don’t have an ounce of strength left. More than once I have been able to put one foot in front of the other …

When Hope Waits

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By Chrissy Woodward While I’m thinking about how to start this blog, I’m contemplating how honest I want to be with you. I could write a really uplifting story on how beautiful my relationship with Jesus is, how everything in my life is falling into place, or how awesome it is to be 25 and living in Los Angeles. However, all …

How to get out of the Adult Entertainment Industry

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By Jessika F. Many people have asked me over the years.  “How do you get out of the sex industry?”  I have widdled it down to a pretty simple answer.  “There is no plan, you just leave.” I was a dancer in various clubs on and off for 12 years.  The first club I went to was purely out of …

Your Story Matters, But it Doesn’t Define You

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Your Story Matters, But it Doesn’t Define You   I still remember the first time I was getting ready to share my story in a church setting.  Just as the congregation was getting ready to trickle in, a woman looked at me and said, “Are you sure you want to do this? People will never look at you the same …

Who will you be when you take off your costume?

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When I was 20 years old, I showed up to a club on Sunset Blvd. in stilettos and a cheetah print, G-string leotard and called it a Halloween costume. Tonight at a Costume Carnival, I will be dressed as the Queen of Hearts. If I can get her to cooperate, my daughter will be Alice in Wonderland:) Although my costume choices …

Madonna meets Knight in Shining Armor

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  Beyond sex, what the sex industry sells is fantasy.   When I think back to my 19-year old self, in many ways, I was very naïve, yet I exhibited a pattern of behavior that I learned in the strip club that would have made most people think otherwise. I watched the older women and learned to move like them—to …

Where is God?

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During the past three years, I have experienced some high highs, and low lows.  Life can be like that. From losing my marriage and my home and navigating single parenting, to experiencing God do a deep healing work in me and watching Him move in Treasures in a way that can only be Him. This season has required a heightened …

Moving Past the Past

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Moving Past the Past   A lot of people know me as the girl who quit stripping and started Treasures.  I am so thankful for all that God has done in my life…but He’s not done yet.  He didn’t finish with me the day I walked out of the strip club.  (Thankfully!)  He is active in my life and constantly …

My Journey…

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by Crissy Moran A couple of years ago I tried to be a part of a women’s Bible study, but I felt like no one there would understand the extreme feelings or experiences I had gone through.  Their lives seemed perfect, but I couldn’t pretend my life had been perfect because I was still experiencing pain I had not yet dealt …