Her Man to Lead Her {longings of a girl’s heart}

Submission isn’t a word we love, is it?  Submission is hard.  Especially, I imagine, for those ladies who are the independent, strong-personality type. That’s not really me, but my guess is, if that’s you, the idea of letting your man lead isn’t your favorite. Some people get really offended by this idea, and go to…

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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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Children {longings of a girl’s heart}

I’ll be honest, this has been a tough one for me to approach. I’ve avoided it, writing on other topics instead, for several days now. I’ve stared at the blank page, started the draft, then given up, more than once. But it’s time. I don’t know why it’s hard because – just like everything else I’ve…

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Security {longings of a girl’s heart}

Let’s be honest: this world is not a friendly place toward women. It never has been. I’m not a feminist, but there’s no denying that from the beginning of time, women have been subdued, oppressed, mistreated. Has there ever been a time or a culture in history when women could say they felt truly and…

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A Husband {longings of a girl’s heart}

And long after her little-girl dreams of a hero to sweep her off her feet… beyond her longings to be desired and to be romanced… ultimately, she {most women} longs for a husband. For one man to love more than life itself. One man to adventure with the rest of her days. One man to come…

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

This is a big switching-of-gears, at least in my head, from the last few days talking about our friendships with other women, to begin exploring the longings of our feminine hearts regarding men. Men – we all have different reactions to that word. Some of us, in men, find close friends who feel we can get along…

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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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Beauty {longings of a girl’s heart}

I’m taking a deep breath as I approach this particular longing, because it’s an intimidating one. Beauty is such a sensitive subject. As women, it affects our souls, our view of ourselves, our feelings of worth and identity, our confidence or lack thereof, even the way we relate to other people. Some would say it’s…

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