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Marian Jordan Ellis
I noticed a long time ago that there are heaps of books and blogs devoted to helping us navigate the troubled waters of dating, marriage, and family relationships, but no one is telling us how to steer through the rocky seas of wounded friendships. How do we handle the awkwardness that arises over a broken...
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Sitting all alone in my first post-college, single-girl apartment, the truth dawned on me: Life, as I’d known it, was over.  Jesus was changing everything. No longer was I the party girl, going out to bars at night with friends with whom I shared the lofty goal of getting hammered and meeting hot guys. Now,...
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“The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3–4)...
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It is hard to fathom Easter is this weekend. First of all, where did March go? Second of all, I honestly thought winter would drag on FOREVER! Seriously, I wanted to call winter a cab and send her home. (She was beginning to embarrass herself.) But I digress… spring is here!   Breathe in the...
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“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 Called. That word carries with it a dual weight of responsibility and identity. First of all, how do I know if am called? Secondly, what am I called...
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Chick flicks capture the frenzy, and newsstands are littered with the evidence: Women are flat-out wedding crazy. The wedding industry is a billion-dollar business. Many women are obsessed with being a bride. So much so that there are now television shows, magazines, professional planners, stylists, designers, photographers, and personal wedding websites all clamoring to deliver...
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There is a war raging over sex. It’s hard not to notice the uproar occurring in the media today as women across the globe speak up and say, “Enough is enough!” Whether it is the sexual abuse of children, the horrific sex trafficking industry, or the myriads of unwanted sexual encounters reported, fractured souls are...
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Long before Gwyneth Paltrow became famous for her role in The Avengers and her lifestyle blog, she starred in a movie in the late 90s called Sliding Doors. I was obsessed with this film for many reasons. First of all, Gwyneth sported this amazing pixy cut hairstyle, and I was convinced that I needed it too. Praise the...
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Sometimes I really miss college. Those bliss-filled days of hanging out with friends and eating whatever in the world I wanted because I still had the metabolism of a teenager. Oh, college, the glory days when my stress amounted to worrying over which dress I’d wear to a sorority formal or whether or not I...
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I yanked open the refrigerator and hastily pulled out food that would comprise my toddler’s lunch. Since we’ve been heavily traveling over the past month, (and she’s consumed more chicken nuggets than one should in childhood), I decided to reach for something a tad more nutritious. Thankfully, I had some leftovers that I thought would...
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