Jesse Walters

The Church Next Door: My Cult Experience and How I Got Out While Staying Close to God

Tag: be yourself

DON’T READ THIS! I’m Not a Good Writer

Why are you reading this?!  I said I’m not a good writer, blogger, typer, whatever you want to call it.  You don’t listen!  Well… I guess if you’re going to read this I may as well have a point to my story…. Continue reading

The Difference Between You and Me

When leaving my old church and getting out of that dreadful cult experience, I grew very anxious and worried about fitting in.  If you look back on my previous blog posts I talk about the constant feeling of no one knowing who I really am.  Yeah, I could meet new people, say who I am, where I’m from and what I do, but no one REALLY knew who I was until they hear my storyContinue reading

Let There Be Silence!

One of the biggest struggles I had to deal with while I was in my religious cult and the recovery process after was my social insecurities.  I’m an introvert by nature so that didn’t help the situation either, but that church forced me to not want to talk to the “outside world,” which included my family and childhood friends.  It also became clear to me that after my awesome experience in Denver a lot of others with similar cult experiences to mine struggle with it. Continue reading

The Hidden Value of Memories

I have an ongoing conversation with a good friend of mine via email.  We live far apart but talk once a week about various things.  While it’s a great way to stay in touch I’ve also learned a lot about myself through it all.  Below is a little excerpt from one of my emails a couple months ago… Continue reading

Secrets Don’t Make Friends

This post overlaps with last week’s post but I felt the need to expand on it a little more.

It’s been over four years now since I left the church that brought so much pain, depression, guilt and anxiety into my own and my family’s lives.  It was one of the most significant moments of my life yet, I didn’t actually start telling people about it until long after that.  Continue reading

Stress Management

I read this blurb online recently and thought I’d share it with you:

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘Half empty or half full?’ She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. Continue reading

“When all of our flaws are laid out one by one”

I’ve been listening the song titled “Flaws” by Bastille.  It’s pretty popular right now.  They use a lot of creativity instrumentally and vocally, but I actually LISTENED to the lyrics for the first time last week: Continue reading

What Defines You?

Just the other day I was having a conversation with a friend.

Once we got done jabbering about guitars, we had a good, long talk about relationships.  He made the point Continue reading

Vulnerability: A Love-Hate Relationship

Being vulnerable is a tough pill to swallow, but I’ve found myself obsessed with the concept over the last few weeks.  Maybe I’m just more conscious of it now, but it seems like my opportunity to be vulnerable pops up everywhere I look.  Continue reading

I’m a Weirdo

Steve-Urkel

That’s right.  I said it and I’ll say it again.  I’m weird and proud of it.

I grew up constantly worried that I was different than everyone else, that everyone was constantly judging me.  For years I would beat myself up over it, but I changed by coming to realize one thing.  No one cares.  Continue reading

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