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As a forewarning, this isn’t a happy post. But it’s a hopeful post.  Also, it’s a loooonnnnggg post. If you don’t have time, but want to know the gist of what I’m about to say, it’s summed up on my About page.  . . . Today we’re taking a break from the usual routine and I’m going to write a very personal post, because, well, I need to. You see, five years ago today, my 18 year old cousin died more »

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Do you ever find that when you attend a wedding, you get a bucket-load of ideas for your own far-off wedding? Me too. For instance, when of my cousins got married when I was 16, Aunt Nita (not my cousin’s mom, a different aunt) asked me if I had thought about my future wedding at all. Flustered, I couldn’t say that I had. What sort of info was she looking for here?? As if she had read my thoughts, Aunt more »

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Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. -Corrie ten Boom I’m graduating from University in eight months. Eight. The thought of this makes me want to laugh and cry all at the same time. My time in college has flown by, and it kinda makes me sad. The thing is though, people keep asking me what I’m going to do after I graduate. And people have asked me this question throughout my college-career, but I more »

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I took a yoga class this semester for my PE credit. Oh my goodness, I think I’ve found a form of exercise that I actually enjoy! I love how yoga works out your whole body and you get your heart pumping… but without running! Kara doesn’t run. (I think the last time I ran was this one time seven months ago when I was babysitting for a family and their dogs got loose and I had to chase them through more »

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  Here on Joy Because Grace, we’ve discussed praying for our future husbands quite a bit. We’ve discussed why it’s important, ways we can pray for them, and what we can pray for them. I’ve even created a “Praying for Your Future Husband eGuide” you can grab for free. However, we haven’t really discussed the personal benefits of praying for a man we’ve never met. Now, I’m not saying here that the only reason we should be praying for our more »