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Happily Ever After vs. Right Now

Happily Ever After vs. Right Now

Let’s talk about happily ever after.

Several years ago I created a list of 30 things I wanted to do before turning 30 years old, a bucket list, if you will. When I originally created this 30×30 list and gave my dreams to God, I had no idea that I would be blessed to cross off 29 of those 30 items. God is good.

To be quite honest, I almost put “get married” on the list. Almost.

A happy, healthy, long-term relationship–sounds like a normal thing for a twenty-something girl to want, right? So why wasn’t it on the list? If it’s something I want someday in my future then that seems like a natural thing to put on the list, right?

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Stepping Into the Unknown

Stepping Into the Unknown

Today I had to do something very difficult. Right now I am on a plane headed back to California. I am going to be a youth counselor at a Christian retreat center in the beautiful Redwood forests of Santa Cruz. But I had to leave behind my beautiful home in the mountains of Montana, I had to leave my friends and church body. But more than that, I had to say goodbye to my big, wonderful, amazing family. I am literally stepping into the unknown, leaving behind everything I’ve ever had close to me 24/7.

I know I’m being called to minister to the youth and to be a young women’s counselor, but sometimes, following God’s lead is scary. We don’t have everything figured out, and I don’t think we ever will. But isn’t it comforting to know that we are following the ONE who does?

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Can I Really Trust God With My Future?

Can I Really Trust God With My Future?

“If I do things my way I will be happy. I can’t trust God with something like this!”

“God’s ways are too religious for me, I need to make things happen my way or else I won’t be happy.”

“Only I know what I need. My future is my problem. Jesus can just come along with me for when I need help.”

“This is too precious a thing to trust God with.”

All of these statements are made from people who have..

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How to Handle Your Desire for a Boyfriend

How to Handle Your Desire for a Boyfriend

{Guest Post by Bethany Baird}

Annie was twenty-two going on twenty-three, boyfriend-less and struggling to trust in God. She lived in a small town, worked at a small business and went to a small church. Let’s just say the male prospects in town were small as well.

The longing in Annie’s heart to finally meet and marry the man of her dreams was becoming overbearing. How could she possibly remain..

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First in My Heart

First in My Heart

Middle East war zones, persecuted Christians, bombings in Israel, pressure at work, family issues, bills, college, friends, relationships, questions, parties, texting, cancer, peer pressure, celebrities, music, entertainment, household duties, and church. BOOM. Hello! Welcome to a day in the life of the 21st century. All of these things and more are pushed on us, linger in our minds and keep us..

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True Love Waits…

True Love Waits…

As I sat down to write this article after praying I glanced down at my fingers resting on the keys of my little red laptop. My eyes glanced at the tiny silver ring that wrapped around my ring finger. I have had this ring since I was 13. It’s a purity ring. Inscribed on the silver are three simple and life changing words. “True Love Waits”. The entire time I wore this ring up until 4 days ago I..

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