My Almost First Kiss

He was pretty much my best friend. We worked together, had a mutual friend group, and hung out a lot, which progressed to a closer friendship, texting throughout the days, and late-night chats. I hadn’t seen it, but one of our mutual friends ‘tipped me off’ that he had feelings for me, which kinda freaked…

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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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To My Single Friends On Valentine’s Day

My dear friends who are single today, Hey. Happy Valentine’s Day, beautiful. First, I want to start by saying this is not a generic letter. I’m not writing to some hypothetical single girl who I imagine might read this post. No, I’m thinking of you – my sweet single friends. I could call you by…

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Valentine’s is coming… here’s a sweet deal on cards!

Hey sweet readers! I just thought you should know that Dayspring.com has some sweet promotions going on for Valentine’s Day cards right now! Yes, Valentine’s Day…. I know how we all dread it…. but February 14th is less than a month away. I’m not a huge fan of the holiday myself, even as a wife,…

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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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Ways I Want to Grow in 2017

Goals for the new year… New Year’s resolutions… do those statements make you cringe? Or do they get you excited and motivated? Are you a person who enjoys setting goals for the coming weeks and months? Or have you given up on resolutions as useless? I’ve always liked to write out some ambitions for a new…

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Friendship is Hard

Recently I sat in on a seminar with probably a hundred other women, all of whom work in the same field as I do. We gathered to discuss not only issues directly related to our jobs, but things nearer to the heart, too – issues related to being a woman in this world today. Prior…

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Connection {longings of a girl’s heart}

I’m an introvert. Statistics say probably 50% of you reading this are, too. And let’s all be honest here – we introverts really enjoy our alone time, do we not? True as that may be, there is something in all of us, extroverts and introverts alike, that needs a connection with other humans. Granted, some of us…

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True Friendship {longings of a girl’s heart}

Going hand-in-hand with the longing for acceptance and authenticity, a woman’s quest for true friends is rooted deeply in the desires of her heart. Friendship is essential. It’s a quest that spans the lifetime. Little girls as young as three years old get excited to play with their friends, and even kindergartners can get their…

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