Dating & Relationships

Considering the Impact 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…

12 Questions to Navigate the Dating Decision

12 Questions to Help You Navigate the Dating Discussion with Your Teen

What’s your perspective on teen dating? Do you find yourself dreading that stage with your middle schooler? Is it causing friction with your son or daughter? It’s a touchy subject and one that most moms struggle to navigate through with grace and consistency. Yet I fully believe it doesn’t have to be that way. Navigating through the dating years well starts with cultivating a relationship that’s open and honest. It’s not about having the perfect answers or all the right rules in place. It’s about coming alongside your tween and teen with questions that enable them to take ownership in…

Instilling a Passion for Purity

Through my years of mentoring teens combined with my experience as a life coach for women, many of whom are moms, I’ve come to discover that “having the talk” and cultivating a vision of purity is not something that comes naturally for most. There’s is overarching insecurity and feeling of hypocrisy that keeps most moms silent at a time in which preteens, tweens, and teens need to hear the truth laced with grace and humility from the people who love them most. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on the receiving end of a mentoring teens afraid to approach their moms with…

Boyfriends - More to Be

Real Question: Which boyfriend is right?

Real Question: I like this guy and we have gone out, but we keep getting into petty arguments, so I have tried to move on and the guy that I now like is kind of a bad influence on me, but I still kind of like the other guy. Who should I go for? Real Answer: All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not…

A New Purity Message: Because Sex is Good and So is God

It’s been a long time since I’ve written from the overflow of a stirred-up heart, and that’s not because I’ve not been fired up over issues. It’s because I’m in the trenches of mothering teens, and I want to respect my girls’ privacy — I want to give them space to grow up without a commentary. The problem, however, is that my passion as a mentor runs as deep as my devotion as a mother. To the same measure I am for my own girls, I am for this generation of girls. I don’t want to forsake tackling the tough…

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