Nolene Davis, Joplin
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When Nolene Davis was 15, her mother died. That and other traumatic events that happened in her life brought her to Freedom.

“I didn’t realize how much her death had impacted me. It caused me to make a lot of decisions I had made in life,” she said.

Through the training she was able to learn tools to help her deal with her mother’s death and other issues. “Life continues to hand me more information all the time, but I have tools to draw on to be able to go forward.”

One of those things life handed her was the Joplin tornado. “I was one of the lucky ones,” she said. “I had to have my roof and fence replaced but I was able to live in my house and only be without electricity for 24 hours. “

In the first few days after the tornado, she says she didn’t think she was affected. “I would drive down the road and tears just come,” she said. “I realized I had been affected. Everyone in Joplin has.”

She adds that the emotions that surface sometimes come from some place unknown. “It’s hard to get past something when you don’t know what you are dealing with. Life is so hectic with so many things going on, it’s hard to separate the emotion of the tornado from everyday life.”

The Next Step will be one way to start putting the pieces of their lives back together.
“The weekend will be a retreat, a time to get away and perhaps be able to look at things from a different perspective.

“It will be a time when people will listen and offer tools that can help take the next step emotionally and spiritually.”

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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