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29 Lessons I Learned in My Twenties

29 Lessons I Learned in My Twenties

Yesterday was my last day in my twenties. As strange as it seems to let go of this decade (already?!), I am looking forward to my thirties and what the future holds. This has been a wonderful, frustrating, identity shaping, and tear-jerker of a decade. As I approach thirty, I’m choosing to believe the best is yet to come. Looking back, here are some of the most important lessons I learned in my twenties. 1. You have issues. Start dealing with them. We all have wounds from childhood and past relationships. The sooner you admit this and start working towards healing and wholeness, the ... Read More »

How to Marry to Love God More

How to Marry to Love God More

I saw a lovely little sentiment floating around the internet recently that said: “Marry someone who makes you fall in love with God every single day.” At first glance, that seems like a perfectly appropriate single Christian girl power sentiment to share on social media. But sorry (not sorry), I’m calling BS. Do you know what makes me fall in love with God more every single day? Recognizing that my loving husband, smart, talented, and spiritually mature as he is… will continually disappoint me. In my first year or two of marriage, I remember hitting a wall of frustration when I ... Read More »

We All Want to be Known

We All Want to be Known

Falling in love can be terrifying. When Nick and I were dating and our relationship was becoming more serious, my doubts battled my love for him in a serious way. We were talking about marriage only a few months into our relationship, because we had been friends for over two years and had already dated once before. As I thought about the future, of committing the rest of my life to one person, it almost made me want to hyperventilating. Almost every long-term relationship I had been in before had crashed and burned badly. After years of investment, they ended with glaringly obvious lists of ... Read More »

This is My Story

This is My Story

This is the first time I have attempted to tell my story in one sitting. While I tell you bits and pieces on a regular basis, I have never attempted to structure it and make it fit into something less than a ten minute telling. I love narrative. I love details, understanding a character’s motivation, and a good story arc. I love the conflict and the triumph. I am also personally far more comfortable with thoughtfully chosen written words than grasping the right ones as they are rolling off my tongue. Last fall I attended both the Storyline Conference and ... Read More »

When You Don’t Marry Your Soul Mate

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love Most of us have a list of qualities we want in a mate. Things like: … makes me laugh. … enjoys being active. … wants children someday. We tend to focus on what we think would best compliment us, our lifestyle, and our values. We want ... Read More »

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