Teen Girls

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…

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…

How Do I Grow in My Faith When I’m Too Busy to Read the Bible?

Recently, a reader asked the question, “How do I grow in my faith when I’m too busy to read the Bible?” I asked myself the same question recently after my second daughter was born, and my life became busier than I expected. Months leading up to her birth, everyone told me how difficult it is going from one child to two. I believed them, but like with most things in parenting there’s no way to prepare yourself. You just have to experience it. I was used to my almost three-year-old’s 7:00 pm bedtime, 7:00 am wake-up time, and two-hour nap during the day. In other words I…

New Bible Study for Teen Girls . . . Mosaic

Have you ever seen a mosaic up close? Mosaics are made with either pieces of cut glass or broken shards of glass laid in cement to create a beautiful image. While one piece of glass may be independently beautiful, it is stunning to see how that same piece can become part of a composition to form something magnificent. And, sometimes, it’s the broken pieces that lend themselves to the best use, because they fit exactly into an empty spot. When I reflect on how a mosaic is created, I can’t help but think of this generation. They may be broken…

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