Category Archives: The Valiant Life

Waiting on My Deepest Desire.

June 12, 2011 was the first day I stepped foot at a very special place as a camp counselor: the Christian Retreat Center (CRC). This place holds a special place in my heart and that will never, ever change. Unfortunately, only people who have worked as a camp counselor in a place such as this will understand […]

“Stressed Out”

“We used to play pretend, give each other different names. We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far way. Used to dream of outer space and now they’re laughing at our face saying, ‘Wake up you need to make money’ yeah. Wish we could turn back time to the good old […]

Wedding Pictures!!!!!!

Note from Brenda:  Just had to share the happy day. Emily and Zane will figure out I did this in about a week.  Enjoy! Dear brave single person. Emily has bravely shared her story here. I was there with her when her parents marriage broke up. I was there with her when she became the […]

O, You of Little Faith!

Luke 12:22, 27-28 I tend to worry. I’m what you would maybe call a perfectionist? I don’t like to admit it, but I am just that. I want everything to be just right, so when it comes to my wedding day I want everything to be SUPER perfect. Just last night, my friend Emily, Zane and I […]

Love at First Sight. Well… Not Exactly.

I was introduced to my husband-to-be, Zane, in June 2014. If you had told me then that I would marry this man, I probably would said something like, “HAHAHAHA!!!! Good one!” or “Yeah, okay!” (said VERY sarcastically) or at the very least, given you a really strange look. Zane and I met at the Christian Retreat […]

Being Single is NOT a Curse

In May of last year it had been a year and a half since I was in a relationship. A year and a half of singleness; a year and a half of loneliness; a year and a half of longing; a year and a half of…. Wait a second. What the heck am I talking […]

Good Deeds Just Don’t Matter

I have always struggled with having a deeds oriented mindset and struggling with the thought of “Maybe people will like me more, or love me more if I do more good deeds.” Or even more dangerous, “Maybe God will love me more if I do more good deeds.” Why does our society think that you have […]

Choosing to Heal

Healing is a choice. You can either decide to wallow or you decide to get up and press forward. For years, I defined myself as a “child of divorce” and then eventually as “the girl that got dumped”. Let me tell you, this took it’s toll on my attitude and thus, my life.. I was […]

10 Qualities Christian Men Want In A Woman

This is not my own writing, but after writing “10 Qualities To Look For In A Husband” I thought it would be helpful to know what men do or should look for in a wife. I, myself, found this to be very informative but it also challenged me to look at and within myself and truly […]

10 Qualities To Look For In A Husband

Every girl dreams of her wedding day, right? From childhood, we plan our perfect day: what flowers we want, what dress we want, what color scheme we want. Then we dream about our engagement and plan out how old we will be when the ‘big day” comes. I was going to be 22 when I got married […]

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