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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A Hero {longings of a girl’s heart}

Remember that thing about how girls want to be the princess? Well, every princess needs her hero, right? Naturally. Some of you independent ladies are going to object to this, I know. It can easily be taken as a stereotype- a weak woman who needs a hero to rescue her. You don’t buy it. You…

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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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To Have Worth {longings of a girl’s heart}

A woman’s heart longs to know that she has worth – that she’s valued for who she is as a person. As ladies, we’re often mixed-up about where our worth comes from, aren’t we? The society and media around us tell us that we’re valued for our clear skin, our clothing choices, our careers and…

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

It seems like we should begin here, with love, because it is one of the greatest and most central needs, of not just women, but humanity as a whole. The need for love is a basic, raw need we all have. And I’m not just talking about romantic love, although that’s certainly part of it. Speaking…

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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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Bachelorette Party Photo Scavenger Hunt

It’s getting to be that time of year — wedding season! And with weddings, come bridesmaids… and bachelorette parties! Whether you’re the bride, the maid of honor, or a bridesmaid, don’t let the idea of a bachelorette party scare you. Often, these celebrations are associated with strippers, lots of alcohol, inappropriate games, and the bride’s “last…

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