30 People, Day 18: A Man Who Prayed

Shout-Out to Alan, who sat in front of my family at church, helped lead the college & career small group I attended, and who really, truly cared. What I appreciated the most was that when you asked how someone was doing, you actually wanted to know, really took time to stop and listen. And when…

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Mandisa Says I’m an Overcomer

I have a playlist on my phone that’s uncreatively titled: “Workout / Cleaning / Motivation.” It’s forty-six of my most upbeat, motivational songs to keep me pumped while I’m cleaning the house or exercising — anything from Lifehouse to Carrie Underwood to Katy Perry. This morning, I decided I needed to step up my workout. See,…

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What to Ask a Missionary

Working in full time camp ministry, of course our biggest “mission fields” are the 700+ campers who attend each summer, the adults and families who come for retreats, and our college-age summer staff. But in addition to these, we also have opportunity for ministry to those who come to serve with us — short term…

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Before You’re Face to Face Again

Today, meet my sweet friend Reagan, who lives on the opposite side of the world from me in Thailand! Reagan is currently in a long-distance relationship, and has some wise words to share about preparing to meet your distanced love face-to-face again.  This is the third post in the Long Distance Love series.    When…

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Openness Across Miles

Today I’m excited to introduce you to Chelsea, my sister-in-law and one of my best friends. Chelsea’s story is unique in that she and her husband Derek had both a long-distance dating relationship and now a partially-long-distance marriage as well. I hope you enjoy her story and the advice she has to share!  This is the…

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Continuous Revival {Giveaway}

Hello friends! I wanted to tell y’all about a fantastic little book I read this past week. Yes, you heard me right – I read a whole book in less than a week. Me, myself, who takes literally months to read a book. Let me show you how small it is: See? Easy read. Now…

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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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How to Get a Boat Named After You

My husband and I recently took an adventurous trip from our home in Juneau, Alaska up to Wasilla. Because it’s impossible to drive in and out of Juneau, we took hubby’s beloved Dodge onto a ferry, rode the ferry for 4 hours through the Inside Passage to Haines, Alaska, then spent two days driving –…

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To Create Beauty {longings of a girl’s heart}

What does it mean to create beauty? In an early post in this series, I wrote about how beauty is essential to a woman – it is part of the fabric of her being, and one of the greatest ways she brings the image of God into the world. Beauty. It’s powerful. On the heels…

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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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