What Now? | When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned

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Single way older than you ever imagined? Failed marriage? Dead-end job? Shattered dreams? In 2008, I joined a missions organization and moved across the globe to the land of population overload: China. I envisioned a year that was challenging, but overall filled with joy and fun times with my team and our Chinese friends. But nothing […]

Don’t Text Back [And Other Rules for Catching Mr. Right]

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Real Men Don’t Text was read by over 2,000 people. Thank you to everyone who read Michael’s post last week, shared it with friends, & commented. We were both blown away by the response. I’ve been observing, thinking, & praying how to follow up. A common thread I see is the incredible frustration among single women with […]

Real Men Don’t Text | The Lost Art of Chivalry

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Real Men Don’t Text is now a book! After more than a million people read this post, we turned it into a full book of dating advice. Available from all major retailers. Click here to watch the book trailer, read a sample, or purchase your copy. http://www.realmendonttext.com/ Welcome! Today we are hearing from both an expert on manliness […]

Moving Abroad, Chicken Feet, & Life-Long Friendships

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This post orginally appeared on bestselling author Beth Wiseman’s blog on Tuesday. She is one of the fiction authors I work with at Thomas Nelson & I feel incredibly blessed to know her. Today’s post is a great way to gear up for next week’s guest posts. My friend Natalie will post on Monday about strength and weakness in relation to Chinese culture & the […]

Singleness, Settling, and Waiting for “The One”

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Engagement season is here. Fall weddings are beginning. Women in serious relationships are wondering, “will he ever propose?” and anxiously trying to bring up the “e question” casually. And singles are left wondering, “Will it ever be my turn?” “Will I ever meet the One?” I’ve been in your shoes. The fall of 2008 and 2009 I […]

Stolen Phones and Finding Hope

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“Thanks to my Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ for calling me His daughter, leading me out of darkness into his wonderful light, protecting me, and never leaving my side. Without Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, my life would be void of the richest gifts and relationships — and I would never have […]

A Letter to My Freshman “conch-shell-necklace-wearing-midriff-showing” Self

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On my drive home last week, a wave of nostalgia overtook my car and I swung by my old Alma Mater. From the chaos, I knew it could only be freshman move-in day. Oh joy! I remember my first day freshman year at Vanderbilt almost too vividly. My entire family –all six of us–made the […]

God Isn’t Punishing You

“I’m not married because God is punishing me for my past.”                                     I’ve heard many friends express this sentiment over the years. The belief is whatever they did in the past, especially sexually, is causing God to ‘hold out’ on them and punish them for their wrongdoing. And I’ve been there, too. If you believe there is […]