What I Learned about Women from Jury Duty

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A few years ago, I was selected for jury duty. Most would have dreaded showing up at the courthouse each morning, but I was thrilled. I come from a family of lawyers and was dying to be chosen. I was selected! My hopes for a murder trial or something of the sort that would involve […]

Love Where It Hurts

Hard Emails

“This is one of the hardest emails I have ever written…I am swallowing my pride and facing my fears. I am asking for help.” Her email immediately caught my attention. Opening it, I discovered my dear friend Leslie was at the end of herself and was desperate for something, anything, to change. In one of […]

The Danger and Beauty of Friendship

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“If you say that one more time, I’m going to be angry,” she said, and seemed to grip the steering wheel a little tighter. “Say what?” I asked and she reminded me of a very important part of Chinese culture that slipped my mind. Saying, “thank you”, especially repeatedly, is basically like saying, “I know […]

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 […]

He Chose Me | Fully Known & Fully Loved

I stood behind the closed French doors, the sweet notes of amazing grace telling me it was almost time. The wedding planner fluffed my satin dress & veil one more time.  Breath, I told myself. The  doors opened and I knew the guests stood, the harp and violin grew louder, and the hot June breeze […]

[Life Together] | On Friendship

We were created to be in relationship by someone who longs for a relationship with each of us. But it can be hard to find friends–especially in new cities or amidst busy work schedules. Do you have friends in your life you can be honest with? Trust? Do you think living in community is important?