The One Year

Tomorrow is February 18th. The due date. Since the due date that has already come and gone once since our miscarriage, this time it’s not just her due date, but her first birthday. One year. Our baby would have been one year old this weekend. It’s kinda surreal. Sometimes I try to imagine what life…

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Psalm 13: How Long, O Lord?

This morning I was in the shower, praying about what topic I should write on today. But I was coming up blank – zero inspiring ideas. Finishing my shower, I pulled on some comfy fleece leggings and my favorite tshirt, snuggled cross-legged into my glider chair (yes, I’m such a grandma), and opened my Bible…

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How to Help a Friend Going Through Miscarriage

A few months after we lost our first baby, a friend sent me a private message on Facebook, asking my advice about how to encourage another friend of hers who had just suffered a miscarriage. “I’m sorry if this isn’t an appropriate question,” she wrote, “[but] I’m curious as to what were the most encouraging things other people…

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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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