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With Gossip On Our Lips

With Gossip On Our Lips

I gossiped last night. There, I said it.

I didn’t mean for it to happen. It just kinda poured out of my mouth like poison.

Gossip is sneaky. One minute you’re being helpful and the next you’ve gone and spilled the beans. We think it’s okay as long as we’re just vague enough. We aren’t telling the whole story, but if a couple questions are asked the listener is sure to figure it out. After all, we can’t lie so we have to answer them right?

It’s a slippery slope. One we choose to slide down whether we recognize it or not. No one falls into gossip. We straight up leap head first with a smile on our face. But why? Maybe because we feel further along than the person we’re slandering, or they’ve hurt us and we want someone to back us up, or we just plain don’t like them.…

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You Don’t Have To Be Best Friends With Everyone

You Don’t Have To Be Best Friends With Everyone

My heart immediately sunk to my stomach as I heard about the super fun night I wasn’t invited to. The more I listened the more it was disclosed–we had been left out again. “But why did they invite every other young couple we know but not us?!” I said to my husband, desperate to understand. “Maybe it’s because you’re so quiet. Or maybe it’s because I’m so obnoxious! Maybe they just don’t like me for some reason.”

Have you been there? Circumstances like this can be painful and revealing of the pride in our hearts. I write this as a gal who has not overcome this issue in its entirety. I’m speaking from the trenches, but I am growing. Maybe you’re in the trenches too, and could benefit from hearing what God is teaching me.

It’s Not Possible

Reality check: You cannot be close to every girl you meet, nor should you be.…

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Are You Open Enough?

Are You Open Enough?

Most of us have probably participated in a women’s bible study at some point in our lives. I’m a pretty big fan of them. I always find it interesting to think about the difference in tone between the first and last night of the study. Usually, the group has more to talk about since they’ve become more acquainted so there’s a lot more laughter and chattiness. But I’ve often left a group pondering if it was possible to go deeper in our conversations. I’ve been frustrated with how easily I fall prey to “small talk” and forget to really seek out the hearts of the ladies I just spent a couple hours with. I wonder if the reason we are so prone to shallow conversation might be due to our lack of openness. Could it be that we find it difficult to be honest and open because we spend the majority of our time being closed off??…

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Are You Needy Enough?

Are You Needy Enough?

I attended a wedding recently where I had a chance to catch up with some dear friends. As one of them was headed out the door, she hugged me goodbye and said to my husband, “Take care of her. She’s needy.” She claimed she was joking but I think she just knows me well. Pray for my husband. Poor guy.

I really can be annoyingly needy and it’s something the Lord is graciously growing me in. But this got me thinking…is there any way in which being, “needy” or being aware of and admitting our need, is considered a good thing?

A Needy People

When you look up the definition of needy, you’ll find it’s main meaning is someone who is, “lacking the necessities of life” or, “very poor”. In our culture though, we tend to use the word’s alternative meaning. Typically, we describe that kind of person as someone who asks much of us or is high maintenance.…

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