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Seeking Out Vulnerable Relationships in Cold Churches

“I feel alone at church.” “There aren’t other women at church who understand what I’m going through.” “We’ve invited every single family at our church to our home, but they …

Katie Frugé Choosing Joy in Tough Trials

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Katie and DL Frugé, you will notice that they both have a sweetness of faith wrapped up in a duality of fun-and-truth …

Why I Share My Sexual Sin So Publicly

Last week my husband sat me down to shower me with words of encouragement. He decided to do this to focus on loving me and speaking grace into my life. …

Sowing Grace and Truth with College Students: Meet Professor Charity Yost Reed

I’m sure we’ve all heard a story like this, “Johnny was raised in a Christian home, went to church every Sunday, got baptized when he was 10, was an active …

No Matter What has Happened to You, in Christ, You are New

I don’t know what your specific story is. I don’t know if you’ve been raped, sexually abused, or trafficked. I don’t know if you indulged in sexual immorality or if …

The Purpose of Marriage is NOT to meet All of Your Personal Needs

When we take a look at God’s design for marriage in Genesis and in Ephesians, we find a picture that is very different from what culture teaches about marriage. Everything …

Grieving over the Lack of Discretion of the Nashville Statement

September 1, 2017 Disclaimer: Before you read this post, please understand that my thoughts are growing on this topic as I engage with founding signees and other members of the …

Steps Leading to Adultery: Forsaking All Boundaries

In their inherent intended usage, rules are pretty useless at helping prevent adultery. I think that’s because we all love breaking rules. A lot of us are rebels at heart. …

Could You Have Godly Love for Strippers? Forever Loved SC Does

In May of 2016, Morgan D’Avanzo began to hear the Lord speaking to her, telling her to start a strip club ministry. She remembered thinking, “That’s an interesting calling,” and …

What Leads To Adultery? You’d Be Surprised

After our first anniversary, I remember getting in a big argument with Bobby right before we were leaving for small group. I hatefully told him if he ever cheated on …

Labor, Love, Jesus, and Doulas: Meet Cate Wiggins

During my first labor, with the oversight of the on-call doctor, my husband preciously delivered my daughter. Our hearts burst in this sweet moment. We were devastated when we made …

Confession: My Heart Is Not Right After Charlottesville

My heart has been so heavy over the events at and since Charlottesville. I’ve been anxious and worried about the immediate future of my loved ones in the US. Is …

How Believers Can Stand Next to People of Color After Charlottesville

I believe the events at Charlottesville is a modern American tragedy. As believers, this should not have happened for us to all wake up and finally agree, “Ok, white supremacy …

Are You An Awesome Accountability Partner? Here’s How You Can Be

Maybe this is a uniquely Millennial situation, but I remember that everyone and their duck got accountability partners in college. If someone was struck down suddenly by a sin struggle, …

My Flesh Wants My Own Glory, My Heart Wants to Love God

If there’s anything that having been the managing editor of a magazine has revealed about myself, it’s that my flesh really does want glory. As a managing editor, I was …

Why Bother Fighting Sin When It Brings Shame?

  Shownotes Hey and welcome to Take 10 with Vanessa Jencks, where I share encouragement, exhortation, or rebuke in under ten minutes. Today I want to talk about why confess …

My Husband Committed Adultery and I Forgave Him, But I Still Doubt (Bobby Answers)

Last week after my husband and I shared about my unfaithfulness in marriage, we began to receive hundreds of messages and comments from readers. They found my page or commented …

Angry? 5 Real Ways I Fought my Explosive Anger and Child Abuse

Last week when I confessed about committing adultery, I mentioned about one other post with a secret I would share. Again, the reason I’m baring my soul is so that …

Failing at Meaningful Relationships

Just this past month, my husband, Bobby, our children, and I took a trip back to the US to visit both family and friends. We decided we would cut down …

I Committed Adultery: It’s Not Worth It

Along with how I became a believer and one other article I’ll be posting next week, the other bit of information I feel like needs to be known about me …

My Testimony: God Reconciling Sexual Abuse Victim and Abuser

Click on the video to listen to me talk about how I became a believer in Jesus Christ, or scroll below to read my testimony instead. I wish I could …

my foreign miscarriage

Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival Presentation: My Foreign Miscarriage

I love China, really, I do.  I love Chinese people. Then there was that one time I had a miscarriage. I cried many tears over the lost chance to play …

To my friends grieving for my miscarriage - or your own

To my Friends Grieving for my Miscarriage – Or Your Own

In the last three years, I’ve experienced several different instances of death concerning children. The first was witnessing up close the third miscarriage of a friend in the States. The …

Daviana Winger personal loss grief and friendship

Losing Tiana: How Daviana’s Story of Child Loss Changed Me

I’m not a fan of copyediting and copywriting. I really don’t like marketing gigs either. I just don’t have passion for helping people sell products I think are overpriced in …