Is He Really Enough?

Guest Blog By Rachel Hipps: Every year, as we get closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, I watch all of my single friends start to get antsy. Some people LOVE the holiday, some people HATE it. Valentine’s day can hold a sore spot of feeling inadequate, unloved and unwanted. If you need some single lady ideas for Valentines Day, this blog is for you!

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Todays Tips - Episode 3

With Valentine's Day around the corner I thought what better time to discuss a very important topic: Red Lipstick! Wether you love it or hate it, no one ever feels blah about this eye catching shade. So, the following are a few tips to  help you choose the right shade of passion for your pout! 

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Relationship Hacks

I wish we could sail through dating to find ourselves on a Caribbean honeymoon carrying no relationship scars or regrets.  But most likely we'll encounter a mistake or two before we get to say "I Do." So last night I spent the evening with some college ladies sharing four of my relationship blunders, hoping their love lives would benefit. Here they are:

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Today's Tips - Episode Two

“How was your day today? Huh huh? Was it good? Was it bad? Huh?” This is basically the conversation I used to have with my kids everyday after school. What a delightful way to be greeted, right? It took me awhile to realize this wasn’t working. I would ask the questions and their eyes would glaze over. So I began my human research, testing different techniques to see what sparked their minds and promoted the connection and conversation I was hoping to have. Here are my findings!

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Three Things That Surprised Us About Marriage

Ephesians 5:25-28- Husbands go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church- a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty, Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor- since they're already one in marriage. (NLT)

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Today's Tips - Episode One

Hello beauties!

So, I'm sitting here in "mommyville" today, bunny slippers locked on tight and messy hair as my crown wondering what beauty tips and tricks am I going to offer in this moment?! I don't know about y'all but some days getting dressed can be as fancy as I get and applying make up and fixing my 'do just DON'T happen!

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Best Weekend Ever!

Our family just returned from Gatlinburg, Tennessee where we held our annual Crossroads Winter Conference. Clayton and I started this conference 21 years ago as a way to build up and encourage middle and high school students halfway through the school year, giving them the godly boost they needed to continue in their faith and finish well.

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Wonder in the Wasteland

We all live on planet earth. But if you’re a believer, you probably carry around this little longing, this feeling, this deep knowing that the world is not as it should be. Do you have this inclination that either you belong somewhere else, or that this world, this place we call home, needs a radical transformation before you could feel "at home?"

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You Can Take Off the "Happy Face"

I know some of you have been in a season where life is just not what you’d like it to be, or you’re currently toughing it out right now. In the Christmas season and new year, there can be pressure to put on a “facade” to our families, friends, and to the world that everything is okay. One of the beautiful things about Christ is that he came to silence the need to put up a “front”.

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How We're Doing Christmas Differently This Year

What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Are you filled with joyful anticipation of togetherness? For a lot of people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (see what I did there). But for some, I know it’s the very opposite. Christmas can bring feelings of unmet expectations, money woes, grief, obligation, and straight up anxiety. For me, memories of the holidays and Christmas aren’t particularly joyful. Last year was hard. Like, we need a do-over hard.

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Mr. Boo Fan

My family is sitting second row for a Clemson home game. I knew it was going to be noisy. I expected it. But, there’s a man behind us who knows everything and won’t stop yelling into the back of my head. Part of me wishes he’d just put on a jersey and show us all how the game should be played. And just when I don’t think he can get any more obnoxious—he does. The refs make a few bad calls against our beloved team, and he loses it! “What’s wrong with you, ref?” Then—at the top of his lungs—he yells a long-winded “Boooo!” at every play for the rest of the game. I agree with his assessment, but I’m more irritated with Mr. Boo Fan than the refs because he’s keeping me from appreciating my second-row seats!

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Put Yourself on the Shelf

There’s nothing wrong with telling entertaining stories or developing good conversational skills. But if we want to take our friendships deeper, we have to do away with conversational monologues. Friends want a two-way conversation with you; they don’t want to be talked at, but to. Are you any different? You want people to listen and try to understand you, right? 

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Giving is Gaining

When I was a schoolgirl, I remember thinking, “If those people liked me I’d be popular, important, find a boyfriend, and fit in.” The combination of a social life at school and entertainment on the weekends taught me that friendships existed to meet my emotional needs or make me popular. I thought an ideal friend would always listen and never disagree because I dreaded conflict. She would share all of my likes and none of my dislikes because then we’d always love hanging out. She would always lift me up and never drain me because then I’d always go home happy. 

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The Giving Tree

My boys and I are cuddled on the couch with the book everyone says we have to read, The Giving Tree. Before I start, I make sure the book is completely centered because reading at their age is all about the pictures. “Okay guys! Everyone says this book is ah-ma-zing, so let’s take every- one’s word for it and read it today!”

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13 Fun Things for Fall

Sometimes I get so busy, I miss the changing seasons. The season has passed before I remember to carve a pumpkin or run through a corn maze. Sometimes I miss out on fun things because I forget what the fun things are...so this blog is full of fun ideas for the fall because I don't want you to miss out!

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UGH... Mom Guilt

My husband recently told me that one of my common phrases is, "I feel bad that..." I never noticed how bad I felt for everything...for so many things I didn't need to feel bad for...until he made me aware. I felt bad when my kids got in trouble, got their feelings hurt, weren't having enough fun, or when I felt like a "bad mom." At first I tried to justify my guilty feelings by telling myself that Clayton was an insensitive guy. But, after years of trying to explain to him why I felt guilty (and why he should too), I understood that I was worrying about things that weren't my responsibility. I was carrying other people's burdens in the name of compassion and love, but was actually motivated by guilt.

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3 Reasons I Say NO to My Kids

Honestly, I have a hard time saying no to my kids because I don't want to disappoint them. I don't like disappointing people in general. I hope you have a bigger backbone than I do! But, in case you don't, here are three reasons I was able to start saying no.

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Balancing Parenting

How many times have you heard the quip, "Women are complicated?" Whenever I hear it, I want to roll my eyes. Of course women are complicated. Do we have an option? Think about it: We're supposed to be strong and independent, but also tender and nurturing. We're wired to want a man, but we're supposed to be content if we're single. We want a healthy marriage, but one in four of us have experienced abuse by a man.

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