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So, You’ve Had A Dream About A Future Spouse . . .

So, You’ve Had A Dream About A Future Spouse . . .

I’ve heard from some of you that you’ve had a similar experience to mine—you’ve had a dream about a future spouse. And some of you want to know if it’s actually possible for God to reveal a husband in a dream. I’m not a pastor, […]

Then Comes Marriage

Then Comes Marriage

With the promised ring on my finger, you’d think that I’d be comfortable in the engagement phase to tell Nathan about the dream. But I wasn’t and didn’t want any added pressure to the betrothed stage of our relationship. Though we set a date six […]

Dating The Man Of My Dream

Dating The Man Of My Dream

From the moment Nathan told me that he wanted to date me, he switched into another gear. I never knew that dating and falling in love could feel so safe, so good and so intentional. With every day that went by, he methodically and gently […]

How My Husband And I Became Friends

How My Husband And I Became Friends

A week into my renewed friendship with Nathan and I was in deep trouble. After a year of silence between us, we’d gone to a Georgia Bulldogs’ football game together where we laughed and talked and were extraordinarily comfortable with one another. All the cells […]

A Year Of Silence Between Us

A Year Of Silence Between Us

So, what do you do when the guy your dream revealed would one day be your husband, and who you were actually seeing—on the verge of dating, even—tells you that he doesn’t like you like that? After Nathan and I stopped seeing each other at […]

How To Break Up Before You Start Dating

How To Break Up Before You Start Dating

My whirlwind romance with Nathan was supposed to begin immediately following our reunion at Kim’s house—Nathan’s cousin, and one of my bestest friends (she’s got dirt on me and said I could use her name in this story. Thanks, Kim!). I mean, we knew each […]

Meeting My Husband For The Second Time

Meeting My Husband For The Second Time

By now, I’ve written about how I met Nathan, how I had a dream about my future husband, and what happened in the years between the dream and reuniting with him. Now, let’s talk about meeting my husband . . . the second time. When I […]

Weight Loss Won’t Solve the Problem That Plagues You

Weight Loss Won’t Solve the Problem That Plagues You

In 2008, I weighed 100 pounds more than what my BMI said I should. Disruptive and difficult things were happening in late 2007 and into 2008, and I slowly began losing weight. After losing about 15 pounds, I plateaued for about a year. Plateaued is […]

Between the Dream and the Dating

Between the Dream and the Dating

Why would anyone doubt God after they’d asked for and received a vision of their future in a dream? Why would anyone return to a pit after they’d seen a vision of the mountaintop? There is no lack of reasons for why I didn’t trust […]

I Wear Glasses (and other telltale signs that I’m aging)

I Wear Glasses (and other telltale signs that I’m aging)

Aging is difficult for my dad. His chin quivered as he looked at me and said, “It’s like I woke up one day and got old.” He was telling me about a recent fall he’d taken during our first 2014 snowstorm in January. Though nothing was […]