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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 […]

6 Books That Changed the Way I Think About Relationships, God and Myself

Since I first laid eyes on a copy of Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion, I’ve been enamored with reading. My mother would take my brothers and me to the library in the heart of downtown Douglasville, Georgia, and we would pick out three or four […]

What Marriage Is Not

I had one of those rare moments when I was answering someone’s question about how I like marriage, and I was asked to repeat something. That something was this: Marriage is not an escape from singleness. My single friend who asked me to repeat myself, […]

My Teenage Crush

My Teenage Crush

This past weekend, Nathan and I celebrated our first anniversary in the mountains of Hayesville, N.C. It was so restful, fun and peaceful. We are reluctantly returning to our usual routine. Thinking back to last year, when Nathan and I first became engaged, many of […]

21 Dating Tips for Women: The Don’ts

As promised in my previous post, 21 Dating Tips for Men: The Don’ts, the following is my list of don’ts for women. I was guilty of many of these before my Happily Ever After. Some of these are stories I’ve heard from friends. Some of […]