Jesus {longings of a girl’s heart}

There’s just something about that name. The sweetest name I know. You may not recognize that you long for Him, or admit that you need Him… but yes, my friend, you do. There is a Jesus-shaped hole in your heart and in mine that absolutely nothing else can fill. You may have every other longing…

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To Learn, Grow, Become {longings of a girl’s heart}

Children are constantly growing – physically, mentally, and emotionally. The amount of material we learn in the years of our childhood is astounding, from learning how to crawl, how to ingest food, and how to comprehend and speak an entire language, to learning long division and world history and how to recover from a broken…

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Respect {longings of a girl’s heart}

Does this title bring a certain song to mind for anyone else? R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me… Sorry for getting that stuck in your head! Trust me, it’ll be stuck in mine now, too. It might seem trivial, but this really is something women want. In a world where we are often…

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To Nurture {longings of a girl’s heart}

Why do most women gravitate toward babies, and naturally know – better than men do – how to play with and console them? Why do we feel so fulfilled and proud of ourselves when we rock a baby to sleep or keep a plant alive? Why do we have the natural inclination to take care…

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To Be a Warrior {longings of a girl’s heart}

In her Bible study book on Esther, Beth Moore makes a statement which, though I can’t remember the exact quote, the idea has stuck with me for years. It’s something along the lines of this: “We are not fragile flowers. We are the Warrior Princesses of God.”  What does she mean by this? Well, I don’t…

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Purpose {longings of a girl’s heart}

 “Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.” -Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life Aren’t we all searching for that elusive purpose all the time? Searching for meaning in our lives, the reason we’re here, the big picture? We ask, “What is…

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To Be Worth the Wait {longings of a girl’s heart}

Back in the late 90’s when Rebecca St. James was one of the popular Christian rock artists, she had a song called “Wait for Me,” written and sung to her then-unknown future husband: Darling, did you know that I, I dream about you, Waiting for the look in your eyes When we meet for the…

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Romance {longings of a girl’s heart}

Ardent, passionate, fervent. Displaying or expressing love or strong affection. A preoccupation with or idealizing of one’s beloved. Dominated by idealism, desire for adventure, chivalry.  Fanciful, impractical, unrealistic.  This is how the Dictionary describes the word “romantic.” I find it somewhat amusing that these definitions move through the full spectrum of the word, from the…

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Authenticity {longings of a girl’s heart}

Authenticity. It’s something we both long for…and fear. The idea of being real is so inviting…yet terrifying. Isn’t it? Can I tell you three things that I’ve noticed in life about authenticity? Number one: We start out completely authentic, as children. Have you ever noticed how unfiltered little kids are? They will say anything and everything that comes…

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To Be Seen {longings of a girl’s heart}

Almost any girl will tell you that, at some time or other, she has felt …invisible. …forgotten. …ignored. Sometimes by society in general, and other times by the people she loves and needs, she feels completely unnoticed and unseen. Does anyone actually care? Beth Moore, in her book about Esther, writes about our “insatiable need to be noticed.” I…

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