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The Most Surprising People God Told Us to Follow – “What would our life look like if we got our awe of God back?”

Would the Real Christian Woman Please Stand Up? – “Show us what it’s like not to hide in the darkness anymore.”

To the Woman Still Longing to be a Mom – Beautiful, beautiful post and prayer for those of you longing to be a Mom.

God is For You – “The only thing God wants from you are the chains that are holding you back.”

Clothed in Shame  – Another very good post in the modesty debate.

I Have the Perfect Body – For any Moms feeling shame or embarrassment about their bodies.

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The Seven Year Sifter: Keeping Friendships Purposeful Past Their “Prime” – I have read this post a couple times and I know I will read it again.  Friendships and people are intensely important to me and things like growing up and living in three different states so far makes this post so difficult yet so relevant and helpful!

Why Don’t the Guys in my Church Ask Women on Dates? – Important things to think about.

Are we Parenting Imaginary Children? – “When I began to parent my real children, I let go of unrealistic expectations.”

To Moms of One or Two Children from a Mother of Five – I love this!!  So helpful and practical regardless of how many children you have.  I also love it because it seems like in some circles there is definitely the comparison that if you only have one child you have it easy or it isn’t as hard.

Fatigue is not a Sin – “We need Him when we’re supermoms; we need Him when we’re tired.”

10 Ways I Will be Dealing with this Negative Pregnancy Test – So, so good.

Three Immodestly Dressed Women Walk into Church – Yes, I know, yet another modesty post. 😉  But this one is good!

Resources for the Depressed or Discouraged


I began collecting some resources that were encouraging as I was going through everything and processing things.  I hope that these are encouraging to you as well!  (Note: I don’t necessarily endorse the authors overall.  These specific posts, books, or portions thereof were just very encouraging and helpful to me!)


Blog Posts: 

The Myth of the Lukewarm Christian


How Does Jesus Love You?

Because You’re Mine

I Want a Break from God

Unlearning Christianity

Wretched Sinner

Because YOU are {HIS}!!!

Experiencing Grace

Dear God, Am I Good Enough for You Yet?

Crying at Bridal Showers: Lessons about Contentment and Perseverence

Is There Any Value in Experiencing Deep Shame?

What If I’m Not Meant to be Saved?



Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough by Jefferson Bethke

Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Bethke

When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper





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Part Four Part Five Part Six
Part Seven Part Eight Part Nine
Part Ten Part Eleven Part Twelve

Oldie But Goodie Link-up February Edition

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Welcome!  Thank you for stopping by Life With You to visit our link-up.

Do you have an old post that still gets a lot of traffic?  Or do you have a post you loved that got buried in the archives?  Link up here!  Share your oldie but goodie!

A few rules –

1.  Link up as many old posts as you would like.  Make sure you share the link of your actual post, not just your blog.

2. Visit at least one other post in the link up and leave a relevant comment.

3. It is not required, but it would be great if you would grab my button to include on your post or link back to my blog.

4. Make sure you come back next month to link up and check out other posts!  The link-up will go live on the last day of each month.

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It’s Not My Job to Make You Like Me – You are not responsible for how people perceive you.  Your responsibility is to love.  Such a good article for a people-pleaser like me!

Unnecessary Quotes – If you want to waste a few minutes of your day, check this link out.  You will either get a good chuckle or just shake your head in confusion.  Or quite possibly both. 🙂

5 Questions – Deciding to Keep or Purge – Great questions to ask yourself when trying to clean your house.

Don’t Reserve Words like “Awesome” for God – Give God praise through the use of the word “awesome.”

The Motherhood Days We Should Talk About – So, so good.  It’s ok to be real.

Fifty Shades of Grey: A Review from a Biblical Perspective – A great biblical review of this popular book/movie.


Happy New Year!


Well, apparently it is now 2015!  I could fill this post with all the cliches about how quickly time passes, and how unbelievable it is that a new year is starting.  But while all that is insanely true, I will forego those points.

2014 was a crazy year for me.  Full of…a lot.  I have grown in some incredible ways that I never would have foreseen.  I have quite a few blog posts stored up that I am hoping to share.  My journey has been incredibly personal and I am hesitant to share some posts.  At the same time…this journey has defined me and made me who I am today.  And if anything I have to share could be of benefit to someone else, it makes it worth it to me.

So I ask that you bear with me this year as I open up and share some of what God has been teaching me.  Please extend grace toward my difficulties, which I feel are rarely talked about in the church.

I pray that this year will be one of great growth.  Continued growth for me spiritually and as an individual.  Growth for this blog (so excited to finally get my own domain and my new awesome theme!).  And I pray that some of my posts might be somehow used by God to bless and encourage a reader.

So Happy 2015!!  Embrace the changes that this year will bring in your life!


Blog Break

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Hi friends!  Just wanted to stop on real quick to say that I am going to be taking a blogging break.

Things have been pretty upside down here lately and I need to just step back and let things settle a bit.  I am hoping that once we get moved into our new house, I will have some time to spend writing some posts about things that have been on my mind.

I’m not sure how long of a break it will be, but I definitely plan to be back and posting by the new year.  I have several specific topics that I am both excited and nervous about.  🙂  If you haven’t subscribed to our blog, feel free to do so on the right hand side so you can be notified when we start back up again!



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Feeding Someone in Grief: Tales from the Trenches – Great thoughts on taking meals to someone.

The Most Important Article You’ll Ever Read on Child Safety – Amazing, amazing post about child safety and the many fears of a parent.

Telling Your Kids About Your Past – Great points about how much to tell your kids about your past.

 Joy and Theology – On reconciling joy and theology and the roles that emotions play in Christianity.

Video: Incredible speech to the drumbeat of the 3,315 babies aborted daily in America – Very sobering and oh so powerful.

Blog Changes


So you might have noticed some changes around here…namely a few name changes.  My wonderful husband will now be known as The Pilot and our sweet son as The Wingman.

There are 3 reasons for this.

First….The Pilot is about to embark on some new training that is required for most military.  It is a very intense program that prepares them for deployments and the worst case scenario of getting shot down or otherwise captured.  For this training it is recommended to go into incognito mode on the internet so that the trainers can’t find their personal information to potentially use against them.

Second…military safety in general.  Maybe I’m paranoid, but I also can’t get that voice out of my head that is screaming Op Sec over and over.  Typically, that mostly refers to not posting specific dates or places, particularly as relating to deployments.  But I have followed military spouse blogs for years and time and time again they have posted about security on their blogs.  Many of them have opted out of using real names as well.

Third…internet safety in general.  Again, I could just be paranoid.  The chances of our family being followed or of someone stealing our identities through our blog is slim.  But there are the horror stories of that happening.

I debated whether or not changing the names would really matter that much or make much of a difference.  Perhaps sometime in the future I will go back to using their names.  But for now we are utilizing these (adorable) pseudonyms. 🙂


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These 23 Far Away Perspectives of Famous Places will Change the Way You See Them Forever – Incredible photos!  Some of them I already knew, but on others….I was shocked!

Happiness Versus Joy and Why We Choose Happiness Too – I love this.  “Happiness is an outward expression of elation, while joy is inward expression of peace and contentment.

Has the Christian Purity Culture Gone Overboard? – This.  This is good.

Invincible – “I wanted to be everyone’s sun, moon, and guiding stars. I wanted their day to be complete because they talked to me, or their life to be full because I, Bethany, was in it. I wanted to bring the joy and light to their existence. If I failed in some way, their whole world might come apart, because I was so vital and necessary! Horrors!”

4 Lies the Church Taught Me About Sex – “I don’t regret waiting until I was married to have sex, and I’m not advocating that churches stop teaching that sex is designed for marriage. But I do think there is something seriously wrong with the way we’ve handled the conversation.”

Living in a Loveless Marriage – A great post about what to do when you have fallen or are starting to fall out of love with your spouse.

When Your Children Act Like You – Love this!!  “Why don’t I react to God the way that I want my children to react to me?”

Why Every Mother Needs to Learn to Say I’m Sorry – “I think that is Gospel waiting down there on the carpet for me to kneel before my son and admit I was wrong.”

1 Corinthians 13 Moms – The love chapter for Moms. 🙂

How Not to be Disappointed this Mother’s Day – I know, I know….Mother’s Day is long gone.  But this post still applies.  I love how she deals with expectations and entitlement.

Why I Don’t Mock Other Moms Anymore – “When we’re mocking others, we’re caught up in how we feel.  We forget how they feel…. We forget that they have complicated lives and complicated reasons for the decisions that they make.”

Am I Enough? – Sometimes being a Mom is very hard and overwhelming.  But then I think about how much I cried and prayed before we got pregnant.