Whether it's an Instagram photo of you eating at a high-end L.A. restaurant, or a one-sentence Facebook post exclaiming how wonderful your life is, or an 8-second Snapchat of you kissing your BF and drawing red hearts around your faces—social media posts like that MAKE PEOPLE WANT TO SMACK YOU or STOP FOLLOWING YOU or HOPE THAT YOU HAVE AT LEAST ONE BAD DAY THIS WEEK THAT ISN'T SO BLESSED.Read More
There's a line in a book called "You and Me Forever" by Francis Chan. The line prompted me to write this blog post. It reads: "The way we love our spouses should make the love of Christ believable and true." Gulp. That's scary. Can you say your marriage reflects Christ?Read More
She was sitting in the linen closet, bawling her eyes out. Snot dripped from her nose. Her throat stung. She had to take a few deep breaths to prevent herself from hyperventilating. Her hands clutched her cell phone and she sniffled. "I just don't understand boys."
This is the story of a girl after my own heart.Read More
I used to lie in bed at night and dream up the perfect man.
I used to pretend that the next boy to walk into the cafeteria at school would be my future husband. I used to watch my friends fall in love and wonder if it could ever possibly happen to me, too.
I could have easily said YES to the first boy who asked me out in 8th grade. But I didn't. On the contrary. I trained myself to say no, because I knew from a very young age that dating WAS SERIOUS. You date to find a husband, and I wasn't planning to find a husband when I was 13.Read More
I was once a bride-to-be with a very TIGHT budget. I'm a frugal person at heart, and I couldn't validate spending so much on an event that would last only a few hours. After all, the wedding isn't as important as the MARRIAGE, which will last a lifetime.
So I planned and executed a wedding all by myself. For less than $1,500.Read More
One of the most difficult (and sometimes sneaky) changes that comes with marriage is how your friendships will change. So, here it is. From my experiences (and also from me being the single friend on the other side), here are five foolproof ways to fumble friendships after you get hitched.Read More
It might stem from a mishap in communication. From being in a cranky, tired or stubborn mood. From feeling misunderstood. You fill in the blank. Fights happen. And sometimes they get ugly.
If you know anything about marriage, you know that one fight about one issue can easily snowball into multiple fights about multiple issues, and pretty soon you have one huge battle.Read More
Contrary to the world's push for happiness and success, marriage isn't about ME. It's not about my needs or my happiness. When it boils down to it, I am UNDESERVING of breathing air. Every breath I've been given is only by the mercy and grace of God. We're all sinners, and frankly, we all deserve hell.Read More
If you're single, you're lonely. If you're single and lonely, you're jealous. If you're single, lonely and jealous, then you're desperate. That's how it works, right? Lonely for love. Jealous of your friends who have love. Desperate to fill your void.
Oh, I forgot one more. If you're single, lonely, jealous and desperate, you're also very UN-DATE-ABLE. I don't know if that's a word, but it is now. UNDATEABLE.Read More
Gosh, you’re wonderful. Did you know that? In case you don’t hear it from anyone else today, read these words and MAKE YOURSELF BELIEVE IT: You are wonderful, beautiful, desirable and worth it. Honestly, I don’t know why you’re alone. I don’t know why God hasn’t brought you a husband yet. I don’t know why you struggle. I don’t know why you’ve done everything right, followed the Lord, protected your heart and you’re still alone. I don’t have any answers you’ll like.Read More