We’re going to a wedding this weekend for two friends who began dating right before our wedding two years ago. At a party last weekend, I asked the groom-to-be how he feels about getting married. “I’m ready,” he confidently said. “It feels weird, though, as if we should have gotten married earlier,” he continued. “I … More The right path to marriage
This week was my fourth anniversary of moving to a new state and starting over in many areas of life. Five years ago, everyone around me seemed to be growing and moving up in life while I felt stuck in old habits and stalled dreams. A relationship had ended, my job didn’t feel exciting or … More Ask, seek, knock
After a routine check up last week, I had a minor health scare that required more testing.
I consider myself really healthy in general and don’t flip out when I get sick, because the worst that happens to me is I get a cold for a few days in winter. But this was potentially more serious. And for the first time, the state of my health worried not just me but my husband. … More He Protects Me
My mentor emailed me the other day with these probing statements about identity. If you look deep down into yourself and your life, how many of these can you answer “Yes!”? If the first few scare you, maybe focus on the last few, and especially the last one. I believe that when we step back … More What do you believe about yourself?
My birthday is this week, and instead of a birthday gift list, I’ve been inspired by the story of Solomon to think about what I really want from life and from God. … More Birthday Wish List
Thinking some more about submission in marriage: What does it mean to submit when things aren’t fair? Last week when picking his mom up for our weekly dinner together, my husband noticed a terrible smell coming from her basement. His sister, who has been in Florida for the past month, left her three (!) ferrets … More Submission as an act of faith
The stuff we have? It’s not ours. It’s all God’s. It’s never ours. We steward it, but it’s His. … More What we own is not ours to keep
Congratulations on enduring that long wait for the one God saved for you.
Except… You’re 21(ish). And still in school. And you didn’t have to wait that long for marriage. … More Dear engaged college girls:
What does real kindness look like? Do we have to be kind to others who aren’t? Thinking about kindness in different forms through Ruth’s story has helped me keep my focus on God when others aren’t being too kind to me. When others are failing to do their part at work, or when another selfish driver cuts … More What does kindness really look like?
The end of last week was a little rough for husband and me. Others far away at heart but close in reality took advantage of our time, our good faith efforts, and our trust. I’d like to walk away from them, but family ties prevent that at the moment. While venting about their lack of … More Giving up and giving praise