Category: Relationships


Battling the Conflicting Voices

  I couldn’t believe it when he told me I was beautiful. He said I was smart, a wonderful and beautiful gift that only he could cherish. He said I was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and could not wait to spend the rest of his life with me. What did I [...]


The Purposeful Process

  Twenty-seven years old.  When I was younger, I always envisioned things would look so different than they do now at the age of twenty-seven.  I think we all thought we had our paths laid out, our futures planned and the stars aligned as little girls entering the 5th grade. When I was little, I loved [...]

Joel Bedford

If You Have Breath In Your Lungs

I arise this morning a mere two days away from joining my life forever with the most incredible human being I've ever loved. It is early, and the birds are singing in chorus as I breathe deep and shake a little in anticipation. A smile spreads wide across my face as I let my mind wonder [...]


My Back Porch & My iPad In Hand

When I was thirteen years old, I remember sitting down with a pen in hand and a journal in front of me, praying to God for my future husband. I began a journey with God that day. From that moment on, when I'd pour out my heart and soul to Him, my hand would follow [...]

Vanessa Pike-Russell

A Fulfilled Life: The Family Perspective

  I’ll always remember this one moment in high school. I had just gotten back from a college visit, and my lacrosse coach was asking me how it went. She had decided to check my transcripts before she let me skip practice for the visit, and was surprised with what she saw. So she said [...]


A Fulfilled Life: The Married Perspective

  As a teenager, I was desperate for male attention and acceptance. Girls were jealous of the ease with which I could approach guys and build friendships. But really it was a compulsion for me. I had to be social, to be liked by everyone, to have friends in every circle. There was a hole somewhere inside me that [...]

Makena G

A Life Fulfilled: The Engaged Perspective

  I often hear that God is the only thing that can satisfy. If I am honest, I don't even know what that sentence means. I also know a lot of women who believe that a man can fulfill all of their needs, but statistics tell us that married women are still found wanting. When [...]


A Life Fulfilled: The Single Perspective

  Hey girl… no, this is not Ryan Gosling writing, but if it’s any consolation, I see you, and I get it. I'm single too, and yes, sometimes it seems that everyone all around me is getting paired up and finding love. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded with my gorgeous friends and their handsome men [...]


Satisfaction for the Valentine

As a single lady myself, my heart is so tender for you ladies that are in the same boat. Not in a “lets-throw-a-pity-party-and-then-turn-to-God-for-His-promises-so-we-have-momentary-comfort” tender sort of way. In fact, I’m going to be brutally honest here (brace yourself, girl); I can’t stand it when we do that (notice I said we). But I have a tender heart [...]


7 Tips From Your Future Husband

Ladies, this is your future husband writing. I come from a future where our kisses are plentiful and jetpacks have yet to be invented (damn). It might be awhile before we commit in that forever kind of way, but take heart! I can't wait either… so while we're waiting, here are a few pointers to keep you [...]