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Dear Wife: Why Your Husband Really Needs You

Dear Wife,

In a practical sense, you and your husband are a team. Yes, he needs your help around the house, just as you need his. Yes, he needs your help with the kids. And I’m sure there have been plenty of moments when you’ve silently wondered, “What on earth would you do without me?” But, sweet friends, sometimes you may forget that he needs you for a whole lot more than house chores and motherly intuition.

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When The People In Your Life Aren’t Always Who You Expected Them to Be

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A few weeks ago, I had a friend ask me: “Why do I always feel so disappointed?”

She was let down. Again.

My heart ached for her in that moment. I have faced many of my own situations like this. Situations in which I have felt anxiety and bitterness rising up in my heart after facing disappointment.

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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.


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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How We Got Tickets to The Ellen Show 12 Days of Giveaways (and the Behind-the-Scenes Secrets!)

It has always been my dream to get tickets to The Ellen Show, but to be there for the 12 Days of Giveaways is one of those things that I just knew wouldn’t ever be possible, even in my wildest dreams – until it actually happened!

So how did we do it and what was it like?! I am so excited to share with you all! 

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

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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’s Mine is Yours: Why We Have Unlimited Phone Access in our Marriage

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I want to preface this post by saying: I’m not (totally) crazy ;), I’m not insecure in my marriage and I’m not overly jealous. I don’t need nor want access to my husband’s phone at all times. And although any moments where we wish to do so are few and far between, he and I both have the freedom to look through one another’s messages, social media accounts or emails if ever we so choose. He has full access to my phone and I have full access to his.

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4 Practical Tips For Raising Grateful Kids

“My sons are 2, 8 and 10. In no way have I finished raising my kids nor do I know exactly what will make them “great people.”  I am in the trenches with you, figuring it out as I go, desperately leaning on God for wisdom and guidance on how to raise these little beings – with the goal of helping them to become awesome men who will live their lives wholeheartedly for Christ!
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