Hiding from the Holidays

Dear Waiting Heart, Take a deep breath. The holiday season is here. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and chances are you’re on your way to a relative’s house, or relatives are piling into your house, or you’re gathering with your friend group or church — somehow, you’ll find yourself surrounded by happy people who seem to have…

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30 People, Day 21: Sweet Ruth

Shout-Out to Sweet Ruth — When we first met on a missions trip, I didn’t think we’d be friends, but boy was I wrong! A few years later, you moved to the States, and we had one of those awkward “hey-we-should-probably-be-friends-so-let’s-go-to-lunch-and-try-to-get-to-know-each-other-better” lunch dates. The rest is history, as they say. You quickly became one of…

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What Matters in the Marching Mess

I have kept my mouth shut this past weekend regarding Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March… largely because I’ve been processing, figuring out what I feel about it, organizing my response in my mind before blurting it out my mouth. I’ve kept quiet because I didn’t want to simply jump on the nearest bandwagon, or…

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

In her Bible study book on Esther, Beth Moore makes a statement which, though I can’t remember the exact quote, the idea has stuck with me for years. It’s something along the lines of this: “We are not fragile flowers. We are the Warrior Princesses of God.”  What does she mean by this? Well, I don’t…

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Security {longings of a girl’s heart}

Let’s be honest: this world is not a friendly place toward women. It never has been. I’m not a feminist, but there’s no denying that from the beginning of time, women have been subdued, oppressed, mistreated. Has there ever been a time or a culture in history when women could say they felt truly and…

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Who Do I Stand With?

Following the shooting in Orlando this past weekend, my Facebook feed has been a bit chaotic — as it always is following any kind of tragedy. Everyone has their opinions, their words of encouragement, their arguments, and their “supportive” profile pictures. This time, it’s a sticky situation for Christians, because the shooting was at a…

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Glory to God in the Highest!

Glory to God in the highest! and peace on earth, goodwill to men. Why should we wait until Christmas time to say this? To proclaim it, to pray it, to sing it? It was the declaration of the angelic hosts on the night of Christ’s birth, so it’s the theme of many Christmas songs, skits,…

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Let’s Memorize the Word Together

About a year ago, while we were engaged, Brett and I decided we should memorize Scripture together. We wanted to go with a passage or chapter, so we chose the first chapter of 1 John. We tried memorizing one verse per day. During our morning or evening devotions — whenever we had time to do them…

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Not My Enemy

image source My Bible reading this morning was in Ephesians 6 — you know, the passage on spiritual warfare and the armor of God.  I jotted down a few notes in my journal about boldness, standing firm, that kind of thing.  Then a note I had written in the margin of my Bible several years…

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