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Natalie Yerger

    Faith Just for Fun

    Greece Roundup: Photos and Things I Learned

    In May, David and I received a last minute invitation to sail the Aegean Sea for ten days to visit biblical landmarks like Philippi, Corinth, Patmos, and Ephesus. David’s business was in a holding period and I had no plans for June, so we found ourselves asking “Why wouldn’t we go?”

    So we set out for Athens where we’d board the Sea Cloud. For two weeks, we lived in another universe: one where line caught fish appears on your plate at lunch and tiny squares of chocolate on your pillow at night, you can look up and see a creamy white sail pulsing against the backdrop of sun and cerulean water, you’re constantly within footsteps of godly men and women, and paperback books and board games are the entertainment of choice.

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    Beauty Faith

    What One Woman Taught Me About Longing

    When David and I lived in California, the neighborhood pool was a short walk from our home. I’d wake at dawn, pour coffee, and hit the water.

    There was nothing unusual about this routine until the Monday I noticed strained, awkward movement one lane over. Wiping the fog from my goggles revealed a flailing silhouette.  I waved at the lifeguard, who tilted his head and twirled his whistle. Was this blatant neglect? Did he see what I saw?

    Moments later, a purple swim cap emerged at the end of the lane. The woman lifted her eyes toward the sunrise and closed them for a moment, her chest rising and falling with a long breath. Then, she stood.

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    Faith

    Three Tools to See Your Calling

    Ten years ago, I started feeling a tug on my heart for the justice of the unborn.

    I wouldn’t have said it that way then. I just thought I was more interested in the miracle of birth than my friends. I shrugged it off as an extension of my love for all things miniature: little hands and feet and noses.

    But as I grew older, patterns emerged.

    Tears welled any time I’d hear or see or read stories about the value of human life. All the injustices of the world seemed to pale in comparison.

    My tears and tenderness were little messengers, sent to say something about what God was sowing in my heart.

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    Beauty

    Ten Books to Inspire Beauty in 2017

    Here I share 10 books to inspire beauty. Some I’ve read, others I haven’t. Let me explain what I mean by beauty. I’m not talking about Webster’s definition, here. If there’s a personal God who created all things, then we must define beauty relative to Him. The best definition I’ve read goes something like this:

    “God himself is the absolutely original pattern of all other beauty…Beauty is what God is. His wisdom is beautiful wisdom, his power is beautiful power, his justice is beautiful justice, and his love is beautiful love. Just as in paintings it is not the isolated color or shape or texture that is beautiful but rather their relationship with each other, their proportion and interplay; so it is with God. It is the harmony of all God’s attributes that constitutes God’s beauty, and makes him the foundation of all the beauty in the world.”

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – April 14, 2017

    There’s something wonderful about spring weekends. They’re bright and airy; they’re 60 degree mornings with a chorus of chirping birds; they’re the anticipation of longer days and the surprise of colorful blooms and greener trees.

    David wrapped up a night class this week, which means I get him back in the evenings. Tonight we’re making homemade pizzas with friends. It’ll be warm enough to enjoy them outside under the string lights. Tomorrow we celebrate (mourn?) my sister’s move to Austin, Texas later this month. And, of course, Easter is Sunday.

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – April 7, 2017

    Happy Friday! This week’s been a hodgepodge of celebrations, hard work, and late nights. I am welcoming the weekend and, if anything, I know it’ll include these two things in our house: The Masters and coffee. Can you tell which one is of my choosing? Here’s some beauty for your weekend.

    Little Hands and Feet: I’ve officially entered the ‘friends having children’ stage. A couple that we’ve journeyed through dating, engagement, and marriage with had their first baby girl on Tuesday. Every life stage with them has been sweet, but there’s something about standing alongside someone as they bring new life into the world that makes your soul pause. And who doesn’t love mini noses, ears, hands, and feet?

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    Faith Relationships

    When We Want to Linger in the Good Times

    I remember the moment I was “over” high school. It was in my best friend’s car leaving campus for lunch.

    Our daily freedom. Thirty six minutes of it, to be exact.

    It was a warm spring that year. We rolled the windows down and the humid wind waltzed through my hair. For the next half hour, we could be who we wanted and go where we pleased.

    Then and there, I decided I was ready to move on.

    And yet amidst the chatter about breaking free, college acceptance letters, and graduation parties, something was different about the senior class that spring.

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – April 1, 2017

    Welcome to the fourth installment of Beauty for Your Weekend! Here, I share a dose of things, ranging from my own experiences to articles, photos, and music, that help you take a breath, see beauty in the every day, and remind you of your worth as we head into the weekend.

    • A flower feast for your eyes: Spring has sprung, and that means two things here in North Carolina: thunderstorms and fresh flowers. A girlfriend of mine invited me to Art in Bloom, a festival featuring over 50 floral interpretations of art in the local museum’s permanent collection. In addition to the pics I snapped below, here’s a link to the #artinbloom hashtag on Instagram. Take a peek! You’ll thank me later.
    • This article on escaping growth from SheHasWorth.org. I’ve been following this blog since its inception and their team of writers always seem to create words that move me at the soul level and move me towards God.
    Ellie Holcomb’s new album, Red Sea Road

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    Relationships

    Five Things Your Friends Have in Common

    When I look at the personalities of my friends, I see a tapestry. Each woman brings her own color and stroke to the canvas of my life, adding beauty in a way only she can. And while I believe God made each of us unique masterpieces, I also believe our core needs are strikingly similar.

    I’ve been friends with extroverts. I’ve been friends with introverts. With artists. With engineers and teachers. Daughters, wives, and mothers. And there’s a strikingly similar pattern of need pulsing through us all. A story we need to be told, over and over.

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – March 24, 2017

    Filling my weekends with connection in turn fills me with life. Yes, even as an introvert, I find joy in submitting to the cosmic truth that we are created for relationship. This is why children chase fireflies in cul-de-sacs at dusk. It’s why your 9-5 is suddenly less mundane once you befriend those in the cubicles around you. And why a smile from a stranger holds the power to change the course of your day.

    The shedding of our winter coats and caps for spring showers and blooms makes me hopeful for this reason. The world is now spinning towards our summer, and that means longer days and warmer nights are on the horizon. And so are cookouts, picnics, vacations, and much togetherness.

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