Debi Marshall is a SHRM certified human resources professional with 10 years of experience, including 6 years working for a faith-based non-profit organization. As a child, she grew a love for writing. Since 2011, in her spare time, she has penned this blog, Debi Luna Marshall: An imperfect woman doing her best to love God, others, and herself (www.lunamarshall.com). She shares her thoughts on everything from faith, politics and culture, to infertility, parenthood, and trichotillomania. A hair-puller since the age of 10, she is a passionate advocate for the BFRB community. She contributed an essay in “Doesn’t it Hurt: Confessions of Hair Pullers,” edited by Sandy Rosenblatt, and has previously facilitated support groups in both Florida and New York, including a Celebrate Recovery ministry. She loves collecting books (even if she doesn’t have time to read them all) and is obsessed with the band Pearl Jam. She resides in Upstate New York with her husband of 15 years, their two-year old daughter, and two Schnoodles.
"I want to know what makes people tick, angry, passionate, and full of joy. I want to explore why people agree and disagree, and how we can come together on some common ground. I believe every human being has value, and that includes the right to not only speak their mind but the right to be heard. We may not always agree, but the least we can do is listen with open ears. We might just learn something.
I’m an imperfect person with strong opinions; however, I have a tendency to play "devil's advocate" and try to make people think about what it is like in someone else's shoes. In the end I really just have a huge desire to teach people about God’s love. It’s a struggle sometimes to reconcile these things, believe me I know, but I’m trying hard every day to humbly follow Jesus and to become a servant, so I can share His love with anyone who will let me.
I have struggled in my life with trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), infertility, and anxiety, but I have seen first hand how God can use the sucky things in life for a greater purpose. I am passionate about helping people learn about their unique worth and value in God, specifically how it is determined by His love and grace, certainly not by our appearances, abilities, behaviors, illnesses, or general differences.
My desire is that this blog will become a platform to let others know that they have value in Christ, even if they have to wear bandanas and wigs to hide bald spots… even if they can’t get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term… even if they have different political views than people in their church... or don't go to church at all! God created each of us with love and care, and His way of determining value is different than how society determines value. Through telling our stories, we can explore our true worth in the eyes of God together.
Not much else to say except I hope you will engage with me. Engagement is an awesome buzzword that us HR folk like to use because we think it makes us sound smart or something, and I believe it applies equally to blogs. So let’s try sounding smart together... Whoops, I meant engaging together! Well you get the picture."
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Please note: this blog and all my social media posts represent my own personal thoughts and opinions, and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer (any past, present or future).