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Dear Husband, I Don’t Know You Yet

Dear Husband, I Don’t Know You Yet

A lilac bush scraped the glass every time the wind danced through its branches, and with each scrape I paused over the list before me. I was leaned against my hope chest in the sunlight, my bible at my elbow, chewing on the end of my pen as I thought carefully over each bullet point. I tried to keep my cursive even so it looked pretty. After all, I planned to have this list a long time: I was only sixteen.

Eight years later I found the List. It was folded neatly in the back of my high school bible…

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What I’d Tell My Daughter On Her Wedding Day

What I’d Tell My Daughter On Her Wedding Day

She’ll be standing there, a flower on her chest, watching me put on my makeup. My bridesmaids will hover and the photographer will click and they will all be helping me, including her. But they only know me now; she knew me before them all. After all, I was her baby once. Now I’m going to be his.

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Why My Boyfriend Called My Dad

Why My Boyfriend Called My Dad

When I was single, I asked the guys I dated to call my dad once they wanted to make it "official". Looking back on those years, I asked myself - did this standard really serve me well? The answer is an unwavering "Yes". I would not do it any other way. While this...

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Eight Ways to Love Your Sister

Eight Ways to Love Your Sister

The dim lighting of past years had shielded me from the truth, but there it was in blue and purple: the mark of womanhood. Spider veins. I completed the natural first step:  I screamed. Then the natural second step: I texted my sister: "OMW I HAVE SPIDER VEINS ON MY...

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The Ring, the Bling, and the Next Big Thing

The Ring, the Bling, and the Next Big Thing

I thought back to the days when I was single. It seemed as if contentment was that evasive virtue I only learned the hard way. When God got me to the place of dependence, in walked Mr. M! So there I was, weeks before getting engaged (though I did not know this), blessed beyond measure with a gift many girls long for, and discontent was knocking at my door again.

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How to Encourage Your Husband in His Faith

How to Encourage Your Husband in His Faith

I’ve been quite open about my own marriage on this blog. Josh and I come from two different spiritual backgrounds that made my road to understanding Scripture much easier than it was for him. I also have a four-year religion degree, when he spent his own college years studying engineering. I’m a reader; he’s learning to be. All of this stacks up to mean two very different ways of seeking God through the Word.

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