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10 Habits of Happy Couples Who Make Friendship A Priority

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My husband, Jesse, and I recently taught at a beautiful Valentine’s Day event¬†hosted by¬†a¬†local church. As we studied through scripture, talked about our marriage and prayed about¬†what to teach on, we kept going back to two things that felt most important to us and made us a “happy couple”: Foundation and Friendship.

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Christian Purity
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To the Girl Who Wished She Hadn’t

One morning in college, I woke up, got ready and drove to a church¬†to buy myself a purity ring. My heart ached a little bit¬†at the thought of it, because even at that time, the last word that I would have used to define myself was “pure.”

Maybe regretful, ashamed, dirty, totally undeserving of an honorable man’s affections.

Sure.

But definitely not pure.

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Why Are You So Hard On Yourself?

What is your standard of perfection?
And who designed that for you?

A few evenings ago, I sat down with my husband to share with him¬†some emotions and fears that I had been experiencing lately. I expressed to¬†him that I feel¬†like I am¬†failing as a mom. That every day I feel like I’m just not doing enough and perfectionism is robbing me of joy.

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When You’re Tired of Waiting for Prince Charming

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You see the beautiful pictures on Facebook of a Pinterest-worthy wedding and the “I Said Yes!” photos plastered all over¬†your screen. If you are longing for a husband, you may immediately feel lonely and left behind. You’re trying to figure out what your life¬†plan is supposed to look like and why your prince charming¬†hasn’t yet arrived¬†to blissfully sweep¬†you off of your feet.

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Less Stress More Joy Happier 2017
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Less Stress, More Joy: 8 Daily Habits For a Happier 2017

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The day after Christmas, in a moment of conviction¬†and vulnerability, I began to¬†share¬†with my husband about my daily routine. I¬†shared with him that every single day I feel¬†like I am¬†living my life 10 steps behind, with no hope of catching up. I feel frustrated, have more stress than I should¬†and feel like I’m investing too much time in things that just don’t really matter. I’m ready for a change.

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What the Man at Starbucks Taught Me about Compassion

The other morning I was about to get in line at Starbucks and a man ran ahead of me. He¬†physically shoved me to the side to get in front of me. I silently stopped in my tracks, shocked, and he turned around and said he was “in a hurry” in a pretty nasty tone, and turned back to order his drink. I thought of a thousand not-so-kind words that I wanted to share with him at that moment. I had already had a rough morning and felt discouraged and frustrated that there had to be one more thing that went wrong.

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Don’t Give Up On Your Daydream: Pursuing God’s Plan For Your Life

When I first started my¬†blog, I quickly realized that this had been my “daydream” for a long time. I was finally living out what I believed was God’s plan for my life. I prayed for¬†everything that I wrote to¬†be nothing more than¬†a reminder: a reminder to every single person who reads that they are valued, cared for and loved by an amazing and gracious God. I wanted to use¬†the comfort that I had received from Him¬†to comfort others – and that meant being vulnerable and open in areas that I didn’t necessarily wish¬†to be.

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