love

Love is Worth the Work

“But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.” (1 John 2:5 NLT) I fell in love with my husband right before I left for my Freshman year of college. With four hours of drive-time separating us, we spent the next two years learning about one other over the phone and through letters and email. This pre-dated cell [Read more...]

The Power of Encouraging Words

One encouraging comment holds the power to change our perspective. An aptly spoken word can lift our head and lighten our load. I recently experienced that power of encouragement, involving shoes. But the truth penetrates much deeper than thoughts on footwear. With my size-eleven feet, shoe shopping is not my favorite thing to do, but I needed a new pair of black flats for work. I hit the stores [Read more...]

Love Your Neighbor (but Who is My Neighbor?)

One thing I love about living in the south is the cultural hospitality. I’m sure it exists in other parts of the country, but around these parts, casseroles and coffee cake are a love language. My fondest memory of love baked at 350° was after the birth of my first baby. I came home from the hospital on Mother’s Day. I found a casserole in my fridge and a Mother’s Day card on [Read more...]

How to Date Your Mate Without Spending Money

My husband and I lived on a thin red line in our early years of marriage. I was in OT school which kept me from working. His first job out of college paid well, but the starting salary was “just enough.” I remember eating our dinners on an overturned laundry basket because we couldn’t afford a dining room table. When we wanted to be really fancy, we set up the ironing board on [Read more...]

Scatter Kindness with the #5dollardash

Have you seen the latest challenge working its way around Facebook? In the spirit of The Ice Bucket Challenge, the #5dollardash arrived on World Kindness Day (November 13). I took the challenge and went live on Facebook to share. It was so exciting to be a part of a coordinated kindness attack! Karen Ehman’s newest book, Listen, Love, Repeat: Others-Centered Living in a Self-Centered [Read more...]

On Love, Religion, and Falling Free

I am happily trapped in English literature these days. As I spend time with Jane Austen and her compatriots, the theme of love over money persists. Men and women of position and fortune are expected to marry position and fortune. To choose a spouse of lower standing for love is to do your family and yourself a disservice. The brave heroes and heroines in these novels faithfully follow the [Read more...]

It’s Time to Break Up with Your Imaginary Boyfriend

As little girls, we have no trouble dreaming up Prince Charming. We start with a cute guy on television and endow him with the noble character traits they read about in books. During our teen years, we dream about the quarterback or the quiet poet from across the high school classroom. While dating, we measure our prospective partners to our dream guy until we find a man who fits the description. [Read more...]

Loss of Hope, Loss of Love

Do you ever get the feeling something bad is about to happen? In my younger years, I loved to watch horror films. Something about the anticipation of disaster thrilled me. The innocent girl walking down the steps into a dimly lit basement. The fateful decision to enter the creepy woods while a killer is on the loose. In each scene, the music was key, letting me know when something bad was about [Read more...]

Click Here for Encouragement: 5 Links You Need to Visit

My goal is for MrsDisciple to be a valuable resource for Christ-followers to find encouragement for our many roles—disciple, wife, mother, and friend. For today’s #FridayFive, I collected five links that helped me in each of these areas over the past few weeks. I hope you find encouragement, hope, and maybe even a challenge to walk tall in your calling.   Freed from the Life [Read more...]

5 Wives Share the Secret to Love that Lasts (Part 2)

Eighteen years ago, I said, “I do.” I walked down that aisle full of hopes and dreams. I have to say, every dream has come true. We have three beautiful children, a home, and careers. The very things I dreamed about on that hot August morning are the very things that pull at our love. The stress of raising children, paying a mortgage, and managing the demands at work threaten to [Read more...]