susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

10-point checklist for finding a godly husband

If you’re a single gal, you may have a mental checklist for finding a godly husband. Maybe you wrote it in your teens, when you did a Bible study on dating and marriage at youth group. Or you’ve been on a lot of disappointing dates, and the “what I don’t want” list...

Why you should take a non-vacation vacation

  I just returned from Costa Rica. It was a non-vacation vacation (i.e. a missions trip). I took a team of incredible ladies to engage girls and women (not to mention each other) to see themselves as God intended them to be: whole-hearted, joyful, safe, impactful. We...

10 statements that will change your marriage

When you get married, you’re looking for the “magic words” that will propel you and your spouse into marital bliss. You’ve watched a lot of romantic comedies, and you’re waiting to hear “You had me at...” or “I’d die for you.” Instead, you hear “Why can’t...

What I’m learning about menopause

The strangest thing has just occurred— You may not know, you haven’t heard— what happens to women late in life, we who have handled pleasure and strife.   Thousands of cookies we have baked, Thrown lots of parties filled with cake, consumed pasta, coffees,...

How to help someone who’s hurting

HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WHO’S HURTING You know someone who’s hurting. Someone whose marriage is crumbling, whose child is rebelling, whose emotional health is unstable. Someone who has experienced the death of a loved one. I know you know these people, because...

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