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Investing in your soul care to serve others

Investing in your soul care to serve others

Hospitality comes in all shapes and sizes, but it requires the same discipline of making daily deposits to our soul care so we can welcome others with generous hearts. When I am empty, I struggle to be a friendly, kind-hearted person. This horrendous, ugly person...
Turning Mean Girl Comments into Meaningful Connections

Turning Mean Girl Comments into Meaningful Connections

In middle school we read the classic, Anne of Green Gables. The quirky read-head who captures our hearts! In the book Anne asks her best friend, Diana if she would be her bosom friend. The bosom is the heart, where we keep our most secret thoughts and feelings. So,...
Making Friends in College: What I Wish I Had Known

Making Friends in College: What I Wish I Had Known

Community in college was difficult for me. I was constantly comparing my new friends to my old friends. I often chose staying in over going out. And I rarely spent time getting to know someone because I was jumping from one social-circle to the next. If I could go...
The Harmful Narratives to Making Friends

The Harmful Narratives to Making Friends

When we get stuck in our friendships, we listen to harmful voices to clarify what went wrong. When I started college in 2009, I had a lot of unspoken expectations for community. I assumed it would be: + like-minded women who thought about their faith exactly like I...
Tools to Strengthen Your Friendship With Your Spouse

Tools to Strengthen Your Friendship With Your Spouse

When Tim and I met, it was pretty close to “love at first sight.” Within weeks we knew that this was good, and God gave us green lights to move forward towards engagement. Within a year of our first “hello,” we were married. Oh…and then months later, we found out we...
Five Rules for Healthier “Momlationships”

Five Rules for Healthier “Momlationships”

Thou shall serve other moms. Every mom is struggling in some way. Whether it is getting dinner on the table or shoes on kid’s feet. It is a general rule of thumb that if you see a mom wrestling her child while juggling snack containers, jackets and a diaper bag, that...
Picking Yourself Up After a Bad Friendship

Picking Yourself Up After a Bad Friendship

Friendship is weird. There’s some good weird and bad weird and we fall somewhere in the middle. Women will let us down. They will forget the important things and remember the small petty things. They will intentionally or unintentionally leave you out and may tell a...
Your Community Does Not Define Your Value

Your Community Does Not Define Your Value

I used to be more confident—unshakeable in my identity in Christ. But then life happened, and the power of people’s perceptions felt stronger than God’s. When God said I was loved, I poured all my energy into being someone I felt my community could love. Even though...
Five Ways to Walk with a Friend through Miscarriage

Five Ways to Walk with a Friend through Miscarriage

First published in Thryve Magazine 2017 I never understood the difficulties of having children or the women who struggled through them until my husband and I had our first miscarriage. Then our second. I thought miscarriage was an adult issue that I was way too young...