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When Obedience is Love

When Obedience is Love

The complaining starts early around my house on Saturday night as we begin laying out clothes. Little voices start chiming in with their opinions as they bring me small cotton shirts that need pressing for the next day’s services. “Mooommmm do I hafta go?” “Can’t I just staaaay home?” “Church is sooooo boring.” I have heard all the versions of these complaints before. It is my third child’s turn at the variations, and bless his blue eyes, he is no innovator of phrases. I turn him toward the shower and give him the same response I gave his older sisters, […]

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Considering the Positive Impacts of Long Distance Dating

Considering the Positive Impacts of Long Distance Dating

When my husband and I first met we did not live in the same town. In fact, in we didn’t even live in the same state. I lived in Georgia and he lived in New York. We met while I was in New York City attending a design conference. My last night in town, I met up with a college friend. She had a friend, who had a friend . . .  It was nice meeting him that evening, however, it wasn’t until a few months later that we “got together.” It started out with a few phone calls here […]

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The Secret to Loving Others

The Secret to Loving Others

I’m the type of person that approaches a problem one of two ways. Either I see the problem and believe I can overcome it, so I go for it with all my physical strength, emotional energy, and a pull yourself up by your bootstraps mentality. Or, I might see an obstacle or challenge through the lens of impossible and will refuse to give it even a half-hearted effort. As a matter of fact, I might run from it, fearing that if I stick around, someone might challenge me to face my fears of failure. How do you face the problems […]

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Love Personified

Love Personified

I saw the words go by as I scrolled through Pinterest. It was any other regular afternoon but, as I am apt to do, I thought I’d kill a few minutes looking at crafts, yummy foods, and quotes. Now, mind you, I don’t have time to make the craft projects and almost every food creation has turned out, well, not exactly yummy … but the quotes never disappoint me. Soon after I turn the final page on paper books or ebooks, I pause and then open my quote book and begin to transfer over in black ink the words that […]

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A Letter to my Younger Self

A Letter to my Younger Self

Earlier this summer, while visiting family in the Midwest, I decided it was time. For the past twenty-three years, my wedding dress has been carefully persevered in a sealed box, neatly stuffed with tissue paper and form-shaping pieces of cardboard. During my family’s years of moving for graduate school, my parents agreed to store “the dress” in their attic. Somewhat on a whim, I decided it was time to open the box and show my dress to my teenage daughter. What ensued was an evening of dress-up. Anna put on my mom’s wedding dress—almost fifty years old—and I put on […]

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What qualities should I look for in a guy I want to date or marry?

What qualities should I look for in a guy I want to date or marry?

I’ve never met a person who didn’t want to find someone to love and be loved by. Romantic love is precious, a prize to be cherished. Think over the many fairy tales circulating in our literature. Isn’t finding “true love” one of the common themes? So, with all this love in the air, shouldn’t finding it for ourselves be simple? Maybe, but it wasn’t for me. Looking for love (in the wrong places?) When I was a younger woman, I knew I wanted to find love, but wasn’t sure what to look for in a guy. I thought love was […]

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