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Tag: Jennifer Wilder

Angels on the Escalator

Angels on the Escalator

In the winter of 1976, the Peachtree Plaza Hotel opened in Atlanta and I was only three and half years old. You may wonder what the Peachtree Plaza opening and my age have to do with one another. When I went to write this story down, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Running Lessons in Self-Esteem and Vulnerability

Running Lessons in Self-Esteem and Vulnerability

You could say I’m into social media. I have accounts on all of the main share-my-life portals and even on some of the not-so-main ones. Based on my social media presence, you might think that my life is an open book. And that’s what many […]

A Letter to a Teenage Niece

A Letter to a Teenage Niece

My teenage niece is growing up faster than I’d like to realize. Kids: one minute they’re six, the next minute they’re driving and dating and rolling their eyes—in a bad way. My oldest niece turned 14 last month. She’s beautiful, tall, innocent, sweet and thoughtful. It’s […]