Owlish Contemplations

I Dated You in My Heart: 5 Reasons Why the Church Needs to Talk More About Emotional Purity

I got the abstinence talk a lot growing up in church youth groups. I was part of the “True Love Waits” generation, the Rebecca St. James “Wait for Me” generation, the purity ring generation. And it was good and important and it helped me to set my standards high. In fact, higher than many as… Continue reading I Dated You in My Heart: 5 Reasons Why the Church Needs to Talk More About Emotional Purity

Owlish Contemplations · Whispers of Faith

Finding "Happily Ever After"

“Happily ever after” is a phrase that we often associate with children’s stories – fairy tales, make-believe, and princes and princesses. It’s the surreal ending to a fantasy – because what child wants to hear, “And then in a few years they found out just how hard marriage actually was when the kids came and… Continue reading Finding "Happily Ever After"

Owlish Contemplations · The Classy Lady · Whispers of Faith

Dignity or Dominance – When Strength is Under Control

[Part 2 of a 3-part series on becoming a woman of strength and dignity.] There was a garden. There was a beautiful young woman. There was a deceitful serpent. There was the promise of power and control. She took the fruit, believed the lie, and with one bite, the world was forever changed. The world… Continue reading Dignity or Dominance – When Strength is Under Control

Owlish Contemplations · Pandora's Box · Whispers of Faith

I’m {Not} Getting Married. And God is Still Good.

At age 27, it probably seems unfathomable to many that an active, well-adjusted, college-educated woman would still be single – that no, she’s not hooking up with as many dates as she can – and that no, she doesn’t have a stereotypical boyfriend who turns into a fiancé who turns into a husband. And actually,… Continue reading I’m {Not} Getting Married. And God is Still Good.

Owlish Contemplations · The Classy Lady

A Ladies’ Guide to Keeping It Classy, Part I

Classiness is something that is quickly becoming archaic in our culture. In a society that has our female role models swinging nude from wrecking balls or wearing dresses made out of meat, it’s easy to forget that such a thing as class even exists. What happened to our beloved icons of style and manner such… Continue reading A Ladies’ Guide to Keeping It Classy, Part I