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 …

Don’t Believe the Lies…

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  “Watch your thoughts, they become words.? Watch your words, they become actions.? Watch your actions, they become habits.?” -Frank Outlaw Fourteen years ago, I believed a lot of lies. They were so woven into the fabric of my being that they became my personal truth. I believed that I was worthless, stupid, and unlovable.  I believed that I was …

Numbing the Pain

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The other day, my 1-year-old took her first tumble in the bathtub. After hitting her chin on the side of the tub, she slipped face-first into the water. I quickly swept her to her feet and began to examine her for injuries. She looked me directly in the eyes and cried at the top of her lungs. She wanted to …