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Jessica Morris  Aussie journo 🇺🇸 heart | I write for @salvosau | Bylines @twloha @relevant @jesuswired @forte_mag, FDRMX, @jfreakhideout | #WhenHopeSpeaks is out now.

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Picked up the last copy of this in store. There’s something so sacred and cool about being invited into someone’s diary and personal photographs (the un-Insatagrammed ones). Call it what you want, but #Reputation is pretty special.

Today was special. I was able to spend time with some amazing kids as part of the @hopemovementau school’s program. We told stories about what resilience means and I spoke about how I learnt it.
I struggled at school. I had good teachers, I was good at most things academic and I made some life long friends, but most of the time it was difficult and isolating. I think most of us feel like that at school - we just fake it and pretend we have our crap together.
It was cool to to tell the girls that it’s okay to struggle, and it’s possible to keep going. That they can show love to the people around them and be true to themselves.
Being a teenager is tough. But these girls are tougher. They’re also kind, compassionate and courageous. Thanks for having me guys x (And thanks for letting me visit @fifoster @jakigracie and @rachelmorris1990 🌻)

Anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes with me knows how much I love the US...which is why I’m so excited to be moving over there!
Come January I’m moving to Nashville for 4 months to freelance and see what opportunities will open up for me. I’m excited and scared and if I haven’t had a chance to tell you personally I do apologise...it’s all happened really quickly.
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Here’s a Q&A FYI (feel free to ignore if you don’t care 🤓)
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Why the US? : Because I’ve wanted to go for the past 6 years and work there as a journo.🤓
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But what about the guns and Trump and stuff? : Yup, they freak me out too. Only a little more than the possibility I will develop a Southern accent 🤠
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Why only 4 months?: It’s a visa thing. It will give me a chance to see if I like life over there. 🗺
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It’s for a boy, isn’t it? : Nope. Sorry to disappoint. 💑
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Do you have any plans? : My rental application just passed so I have a place to eat and sleep. I have good friends there. There’s a cool church I’d like to check out as well called @thebelongingco 🏢
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How do your family feel? : They’ve been mourning this for 6 years. They’re the best. And yes, I’ll be fine without my sister. I’m not sure how my dog will take it though 🐶
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When do you leave? : I still don’t have exact dates yet, but I’ll be in Nashville by January 22, and back in Oz at the start of June.🌏
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Hey, I read this far. Do I get a reward? : here’s a cyber high - five👋🏻. You rule!

Morning Sydney 👋🏻

(I won’t tell you how many times I’ve seen @guysebastian in concert, but I will tell you I saw him at the Palais for the first time when I was 14 years old, and this gig had me all kinds of sentimental) #🕺🏻#ConsciousTour

“The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” (@amythomasart ✏️)
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(Even when it doesn’t make sense, I don’t think God gives up on us. I think new things are just around the corner, and that makes me happy🌸)

Last week I posted an Insta story about the new issue of Warcry mag which features a story about the anti-porn movement. A few of you responded asking where you could find it - so here it is! You can follow the link in my profile or pick up a copy at your local Salvos Store now 😁. Our designer Sienny blitzed it with the cover design!
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I know porn addiction is an incredibly difficult and complicated subject, and I was so grateful to speak with and reference some of the best anti-porn crusaders (trust me, it’s a thing) going around including @fightthenewdrug and film maker Justin Hunt from #ATPdoc . @craiggross from @x3church also published a pretty powerful blog after Hugh Hefner’s death which tied everything together. What’s really cool is that the new anti-porn movement isn’t about morality, it’s about facts, which is why I think it’s so powerful in and outside the church. I’m so grateful I get to write for a mag that allows me to cover topics like this!
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If you want to read it you can follow the link in my profile ✌🏻

CW: if the “me too” posts have been triggering for you, or you feel uncomfortable reading them due to your own experiences, please scroll past this. Your feelings are valid, and you don’t have to read this or share your own “me too” to make them count.
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“Me too.”
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I kept disqualifying myself from the narrative. I have friends and family who can unequivocally say “me too,” and I felt like my naivety kept me from joining it. That their trauma far outweighed mine - and it does.
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But that doesn’t discount the fact that I have also experienced assault just because I am a female.
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Somehow, I thought that maybe the time I worked as a waitress and had men grab me and look me up and down didn’t count. I thought that maybe the strange guy at youth group who I had to elbow away from me all the way home didn’t count. I thought the men in the coffee shop who left me fearing for my safety didn’t count. I thought that the fact I had to run away from a strange man on a bike didn’t count, because it was my fault I chose to wear a skirt that day.
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But it does count.
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I hear you friends. I believe you. I see you.

#Metoo

You knows what’s weird? Going to dinner at a place called Craig’s and having Just Jared Jnr post about it like it’s news. You know what’s weirder? Just Jared Jnr quoting your book because @debbyryan goes out to dinner and she spoke in @twloha ‘s #IWasMadeFor video. *mind explodes* 🍟 🍔 🍦

🌸OCTOBER 10🌸
Today marks a year since my book came out. I planned to do something awesome for it, but I forgot and I need to buy cake for it and...well, when it goes up in a few days, pretend like it’s the exact date then, okay?
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This is a picture of pink blossoms from the actual October 10 (aka today). I often talk about my heart being made happy, and pink blossoms bring me this joy because they always seem to appear when you forget they exist. It’s like winter boxes you in on every side and death feels closer than life, but suddenly the weather turns and blossoms appear on the trees and you remember, “I was made for pink blossoms”.
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A year ago I shared lots of things about my heart and my dreams and my hurts with people, and that’s still a bit overwhelming to think about. I saw a movie last week that talked about the danger of being fake over social media. I think sometimes in an effort to not be fake we can be real- too real- on the internet, in words, and in speaking to people we desperately want to know but who aren’t meant to be apart of our lives. I’ve learnt that this has more to do with us than others. I’m still learning about how to do this well, but #WhenHopeSpeaks was an important part of that journey and I’m proud of it.
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Since October 10, 2016 a lot has happened. Weddings, engagements, a trip to Queensland, a nearly book deal that didn’t happen, Hurricanes, presidents, shootings, a plebiscite I voted yes in, burn out, counselling, a birthday (hey 27), Jon Foreman wore my words, there were sermons I wrestled with, grace I’m learning to give and accept, a church that is still home even when I’m too unwell to go, and a passport gathering dust on my desk.
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This time last year I knew none of this, but the blossoms still bloomed today. Like the world, I am not the same as I was 365 days ago. We’re all a little more worn, a bit more broken, a little more scarred. But we’re braver than before, our capacity to love is greater, and there’s a beautiful path ahead of us that is just waiting to be walked on.
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(I got excited and wrote more than Instagram can handle. You can read the rest in my comments if you like👇🏻🤓)

@twloha used the phrase 'Stay' from my book for WSPD and now the design is available in their store year round! Go to store.twloha.com and get shopping 😍#WhenHopeSpeaks #IWasMadeFor

Wedding season has begun. 💍👰🏻🤵🏼#alovellyday (Expert selfie by @chelsey_ellice )

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