Relationships

Are you educated about the pressures and risks on your teens?

Are you educated about the pressures and risks on your teens?

Sexual attraction is normal. It is part of life. Especially for your children, so we have a question for you: As the mom of a tween or teen, are you keeping yourself educated about the pressures and risks upon your children? Are you intentionally engaging with your tweens and teens on the tough topics like dating, crushes, social pressures, and healthy boundaries? More than these outward manifestations, are you engaging with your child’s heart? Are you purposefully spending time with each child and making yourself available as a safe space for your children to share information and ask questions? These […]

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Saving Your Heart by Staying Single

Saving Your Heart by Staying Single

When I was in eighth grade, I made a commitment: I would be stay single and not participate in the “high school dating game.” I had just broken up with my first real boyfriend and decided that I wanted my next boyfriend to be my future husband. I didn’t want to date several guys in my teen years and only have little to offer my future husband when I met him. I also wanted to do as Song of Solomon 2:7 (MSG) suggests, “Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe—and you’re ready.”   This commitment to […]

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When Someone You Love Hurts You

When Someone You Love Hurts You

It can feel like a punch to your stomach.  Your heart breaks into what seems like a thousand little pieces.  It can even make your eyes burn from holding back the tears.  This awful feeling I’m talking about is what can happen when someone we love — or someone we thought loved us — hurts us. Have you ever been hurt by someone you care about? Most of us have or will at some point in our lives.  Some of us have even hurt those we love in this way. So how can we get past the hurt?  How can […]

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Flirting or Friendly: How can I know?

Flirting or Friendly: How can I know?

He opens the door for me every time I come to the building. He seems to always laugh at my jokes. He told me my new sweater was really pretty on me. He noticed my haircut and said he liked it. Is this being flirty or friendly? How can I tell the difference? In generations past, being polite, kind, respectful and even chivalrous were a normal part of our social relations with one another. Things have changed. People are more familiar with one another, but we also tend to not show as much kindness and care. So when someone (of […]

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When Should My Boyfriend Say “I Love You”?

When Should My Boyfriend Say "I Love You"?

My first love note came on a wrinkled piece of notebook paper. Playing outside one day, I remember a little boy in the neighborhood coming up to me and saying, “This is from Luke.” I uncrumpled the already wrinkled paper (I assume he changed his mind a few times before deciding to make the proclamation official)  and there it was — two hearts and the words “I Love You” in a wobbly kindergarten font. I was nine years old. I still have that paper. The words “I love you” leave an etching on a girl’s heart like no other words […]

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The Cinderella Rule by Bethany Jett

God’s perfect man for me came wrapped in a United States Marine Corps uniform and driving a sun-faded ‘86 red Jeep Cherokee.  As for the food…when he asked me out to dinner for the first time, I was thinking Olive Garden. We went to Dairy Queen. After almost ten years of marriage and the addition of three rambunctious cutie-pie-little-misters, Justin and I still high-five and fist-bump like teenage “bros” anytime one of us demonstrates an act of awesomeness. I feel like our marriage is the “ever after” portion of fairy tales that end at weddings…the part little girls dream about […]

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