Peering Back at ’16

Today I made a #bestnine2016 photo collage, showcasing 9 favorite photos that sum up my 9 favorite things from this year. I shared it on Facebook, but I’d like to also share it here… maybe with a bit deeper insight into each photo. Because today is a day for reflection, right? The last day of…

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To Learn, Grow, Become {longings of a girl’s heart}

Children are constantly growing – physically, mentally, and emotionally. The amount of material we learn in the years of our childhood is astounding, from learning how to crawl, how to ingest food, and how to comprehend and speak an entire language, to learning long division and world history and how to recover from a broken…

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A Part in a Bigger Story {longings of a girl’s heart}

Not only do we seek our purpose – the thing we were made for – but often we long for that purpose, and our lives, to be somehow… Significant. Vital. Instrumental. Part of a bigger story, beyond ourselves. I’m going to allow John and Stasi Eldredge to speak again on this one: There is much…

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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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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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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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Good Role Models {longings of a girl’s heart}

We would all agree that children need good role models – parents, older siblings, teachers, even famous athletes – someone who gives them a positive image of the kind of adult they want to be. These examples are vitally important in the shaping of a young person into adulthood. Good role models are vital to…

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On Women’s Day…

Today is International Women’s Day. If you live in the United States, you’re probably not super familiar with this custom, but it is recognized and celebrated as a national holiday in at least 36 countries around the world. We are women… so what does this holiday mean for us? A Bit of Background I found…

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The Music of the Messy Seasons

Isn’t it interesting how music can take us instantly back to certain times and places in our lives, and rekindle the emotion as real as if it was yesterday? It seems like some of the seasons of my life have had their own theme songs — the songs I played on repeat, sang my heart out…

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What I Learned in 2015

You might have read some of my “What I Learned” posts here recently. I enjoy linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky, reflecting back on what big and small things I’ve learned each month, and reading what others are learning in their lives, as well. This month, Emily is encouraging us to look…

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