To The Wife Who Doesn’t Feel Sexy

To The Wife Who Doesn't Feel Sexy

When I look in the mirror before I get in the shower (even though I try not to), my eyes go straight to what I lovingly call “the shelf.” My c-section scar has caused my extra calories to pile themselves on top like a little shelf pushing up all the extra baby-carrying skin that comes from being stretched out like a balloon. It doesn’t seem to matter how much weight I lose, or … [Read more...]

My Mental Illness and My Marriage

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Marriage is hard. Two people with different backgrounds, different baggage, different habits, and different expectations deciding to pledge their life to each other is a recipe for disaster. It’s also a recipe for beauty and holiness. I can honestly say that there is nothing in my life—not motherhood, friendship or family—that has shaped my relationship with God more … [Read more...]

How to Treat My Spouse :: 4 Scriptures Worth Memorizing

How to Treat My Spouse :: 4 Scriptures Worth Memorizing

I’m a Louisiana gal, born and raised. If you mention fried shrimp po’boys, I will probably swoon. So when my husband had the privilege of officiating the wedding of one of our students in New Orleans this past weekend, it was just lagniappe ("happy extra") to an already full life. I ate enough calories to last me until Thanksgiving, was completely enchanted by the über New … [Read more...]

Healing from a Miscarriage

Miscarriage & Infertility - My Family’s Story

Like most people, I didn’t know a lot about miscarriage until my best friend had one when we were 27. Then, over the next few years, I knew too much. That same friend had another one, her sister had two of her own, and then my own sister lost three babies in less than a year. As a result, having my own miscarriage became one of my worst fears. I watched these sisters of mine … [Read more...]

What Hospitality Looks Like in Real Life

Hospitality In Real Life

Growing up in the South, I often pictured hospitality with Sunday potlucks, front porches, and bridal showers decorated with sprays of flowers and giant crystal punch bowls. I thought hospitality required being more like Martha than Mary. And it all seemed pretty exhausting. However, one of my greatest discoveries in the last five years of marriage is that hospitality … [Read more...]

Finding Something to Celebrate Kept Us Sane

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Recently our family went through a really rough season as my husband looked for a new job. Each day felt worse than the last; the light at the end of the tunnel just kept getting smaller and smaller. It was hard to fully enjoy the rare good day because we knew that the next day would bring its hardships crashing down on us. More discouraged and sad each day, I felt we would be … [Read more...]

Navigating the Hardest Season of Our Lives

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“Go ahead and give me my tissues now,” I joked to my girlfriends as we got our Kleenex out and made our predictions about what the ceremony would be like. I thought maybe I’d be a little emotional because we loved this bride and her family so much. But after the brutal season our life had just narrowly escaped, the tears were fresh and free-flowing. I literally began … [Read more...]

For Better or Worse: What to Do When “Worse” Gets Real

For Better or Worse: What to Do When “Worse” Gets Real

In the summer of 2012, we took a cross-country road trip. Somewhere in the mountains of North Carolina, after eating a big breakfast and then trying to read in the very back seat of the minivan, our daughter got carsick. This was a turning point in the life of our family. Not for the kid who vomited scrambled eggs all over herself, but for her brother, who witnessed … [Read more...]

Walking with Your Spouse through Uncertainty

Walking with Your Spouse in the Uncertainty

Our relationship started wrapped in mystery; I was doing a research paper debunking the science behind online dating and came across his profile. He lived five hours away, but he was cute and his picture was clearly of him on a mission trip. That’s the Western Christian Girl’s aphrodisiac. A quick message sent, followed by emails and late-night phone calls. I was … [Read more...]

Words with Benefits

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Though I probably never said it out loud, I used to think (somewhere in the back of my mind) that scripture memory wasn’t necessary anymore. With the Internet in my pocket at all times, who needs to spend the time and energy to actually memorize parts of the Bible? Now, this thought never left my mouth because a. I have good Christian friends who would haul off and slap me … [Read more...]