The Collateral Beauty

Merry Day After Christmas, friends! I hope each of you, lovely readers, had a Christmas full of peace, joy, and good memories to cherish. Wherever you are today on The Day After – back to work or still relaxing with family – I hope you keep savoring the laughter and the spirit of yesterday even…

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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 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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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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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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Mourning & Dancing: Walking it Out in Real Life

As I’ve mentioned recently, I just completed a #shereadstruth Bible study called Mourning and Dancing. It has given me a lot to think about, and as the study comes to an end, I’m finding the truths of it working their way into my life. That’s the kicker when we study the Word, right? Does it…

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freedom to feel

Mourning and Dancing. I mentioned recently in a post on pursuing God, that I would be doing a #shereadstruth Bible study this month on Mourning and Dancing. Have any of you ladies joined in the study as well? It has been very good so far, and it’s not too late to start reading along! Over…

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How I’m Pursuing God

We all know it, there are seasons when it’s difficult to pursue God, or to maintain a growing relationship with Him. For whatever reason – whether it’s busyness, pain, distraction, or complacency – we somehow get off track, and it takes a lot of focused effort and intentionality to get back on track again. I’ve…

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My Reminder

I just woke up that morning feeling discouraged. I felt lonely after moving from town out to camp for the summer. I felt isolated from my husband because he was working so much. I wanted my body to do things right for a change, but thanks to PCOS, that doesn’t happen often. I just felt…

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