Weekend Prayers and Links

Recently I’ve been beating myself up over a question that parades through my mind regularly.

“How did you let that happen?”

I think back on my life past, and I ask myself this question about many situations. I go down the mental path of different scenarios of what I could have done – but I didn’t.

Sometimes my regret gets out of control. I just dwell on the past so much that it becomes an obsession.

2 Corinthians 12-9

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When You Want the Baby More Than the Marriage

I did not grow up on a steady diet of princesses, castles, and the hope of prince charming. We never went to Disney World. I didn’t own princess costumes nor did I have princess dolls. I rarely watched fairy tale movies. Furthermore, I can’t ever remember a time I put white tulle on my head and marched to “Here Comes the Bride.”

This wasn’t some calculated move by my mom, either. It just wasn’t my thing. Instead I played with Barbies (which will be another post for another day). But mostly I played with dolls.

I wouldn’t accept just any doll, though. No, my dolls had to be completely plastic, no fabric allowed, and I only used real diapers and real bottles with them.

When You Want the Baby More Than the Marriage

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Weekend Prayers and Links

I know you’ll understand this feeling.

This past November I had a miscarriage. The baby was due in July. This past week two of my friends told me they are expecting babies. Their babies are due in August.

There are a rush of emotions that bombard you when you receive news of blessing after your same blessing became a tragedy. In my younger days, jealousy and envy would have been a part of those emotions. (How many bridesmaids dresses do I still own?) And I think that’s natural. Not good, but natural.

However, this time I can honestly say that it wasn’t jealousy or envy that I felt. Instead it was a barrage of questions, the first being:

What are you trying to teach me, Lord?

Psalm 119-147

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Jewelry that Matters :: Gracewear Collection Review

Do you know what stresses me out the most about Christmas – or any holiday for that matter, including birthdays? Buying gifts. I love to give gifts, but I don’t love to buy them – meaning pick them out, not spend the money. Gift choosing is not my spiritual gift.

What makes it harder is that recently I’ve been overwhelmed with all the stuff around me that I don’t use and that doesn’t mean anything to me. So when I go to buy gifts, I don’t want to give someone something that will be considered more stuff for them either. It’s a waste of money for me, and it’s a burden for them. I want to give them something that has meaning and is useful because that’s what I want in my life.

Gracewear Collection is the perfect place to shop for that useful and meaningful gift.

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Meet the New Contributors!

Back in October I hosted a 31 days series called “31 Days of Interviews with Single Women” where I interviewed 31 different  single women of all ages and stages of life. The feedback I got was astounding, and it reminded me of something about my own years as a single woman.

When you get married, you lose some credibility.

That’s right. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt my feelings because I thought exactly what you may or may not think about me. “It’s easy for her to say . . . she’s married!” Yes, I get it. I truly do.

Even though I am confident that I am called to mentor single women, and feel like I have much necessary insight to give you, I know that having women speak into your lives who are right there with you, living singleness alongside you, but who are doing it well and honoring God through it, is just as beneficial. You reminded me of that by your response of the 31 Days series.

So I am so very excited and honored to introduce you to four single women who will be the new contributors for Triple Braided! These women come from different continents (yes, you read that right), different ages, and different backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common – they’re single and they love Jesus!

So here they are, and I’d love for you to leave a comment welcoming them! They’re first post will publish in February!

Becca Beam

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Becca is a daughter, sister, aunt and, most importantly, a child of the King.  She loves singing, reading, hiking, cooking, serving at her church and hanging out with her sweet nieces.  Becca works as a curriculum developer at a credit union in her home state of North Carolina.



Joy Pedrow

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Joy is a recent college grad who experienced Jesus’s love and pursuit in college and surrendered her life to him. Jesus has brought her redemption, healing, hope, and a purpose. She feels called to encourage and help women in their walks with the Lord through her blog and ministry, Joy Pedrow Ministries. Joy writes about all topics that relate to young women. You can check out her blogJoyPedrow.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Joy invites you to join her on this life long journey of pursuing Jesus. She hopes to help you: Experience Jesus. Experience His joy. Experience His freedom.


Liv Migenes

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Liv Migenes is a 30-something single daughter serving a gracious God. When she’s not blogging to encourage women in their singleness and their walk with God, she’s reading or watching way too much Netflix (preferably The Office or Arrow). Her dream is to become a published writer in the near future. You can find her on TwitterInstagramPinterest or her bloglivmigenes.blogspot.com.


Katie Sandbrook

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Katie is an Australian in her mid-twenties seeking to live with purpose Down Under. She is a passionate writer who desires to see her words encourage and bring hope to young women. Katie lives with an American family and 2 cheeky dogs. You can read more on Katie’s blog – Our Seasons of Grace – and you can follow her on Facebook.