To the Girl Who Likes the Boy

It was a rainy September afternoon as I sat in a cafe window seat in Salt Lake City. The droplets on the window to my right were dainty and bright as I scribed a letter to a man I’d met a couple weeks prior. My heart thudded against its cage as words spilled onto the…

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Stop Looking For Love.

I left my seasonal employment stint in Montana this past September and bumped into a tall, handsome man on my way through Utah. We share the same last name now. And while I was unsure how I’d ever see him again as I drove the couple thousand miles back to Georgia, I certainly never expected I’d become his…

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We Are Engaged.

I’m getting married March 11, 2017 to a man I’ve known for just over two months. It doesn’t make sense to some people, but to the people who have watched it unfold from the front row, it came as little to no surprise. A lot of you have wondered the back story, and so for those…

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I Should Be Engaged.

I want to be engaged this year. As of yesterday I’ve been on this earth for more than twenty-three years, and I think it’s about time for me to be engaged. I’ve been asking people on my Home Team what one word they want to hold true for 2016, and when the question was finally reciprocated…

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(A)biding Time.

I hate words that sound like “wāt.” They remind me of heavy middle school days and the lack of patience I have when I’m told “not yet.” But “wāt” is what I heard two weeks ago when I told a boy I like him and he said he likes me too and we asked the…

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When It Looks Like Love.

I’m really good at running. And I don’t mean the kind where I lace up my Asics and get lost in my favorite back roads of Athens. I mean I’m really good at running in the way I navigate emotions away from whatever makes me uncomfortable or afraid, especially when it involves love. And most of…

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Lavished in Love.

PSA: today is not “Singles’ Awareness Day.” In fact, the only person aware of your singleness today is you. Unless, of course, you’ve decided to share it across every major form of social media. Then yes, we’re aware. Thanks for the update. Trust me, as a single person myself, I completely understand where the wanting to make…

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Shores of Singleness.

On a scale of one to one trillion, how many friends of yours have either been engaged or married in the past thirty days? I seem to land somewhere on the upper end of that scale, and as a recently single person myself, I have a thought or two concerning this trend. As if you care…

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Salvation Isn’t Yours.

This time last week I was wandering through the woods of Asheville, North Carolina with five of my Ben Lippen YoungLife girls and co-leader Karli, while we explored the ins and outs of Windy Gap: A Young Life Camp. It felt like I was finally home. Towering trees and curving streams surrounded us in the…

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The Law Is Love.

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So…

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