Amanda Barber

Stories, songs, and thoughts on life.

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Courtship Schmortzship

20 August 2014

There’s an article making the rounds on Facebook called “Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed.” I read it sometime last week and found it to be quite interesting, though I didn’t agree with most of it. It did, however, hit a nerve, and judging from the reaction I’ve seen from many of my friends, I was not the only one.

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Blessings and Sorrow

14 August 2014

Every day I wake up in this quiet, pretty house, in this relatively safe country. I feel privileged. And then I sort of feel guilty.

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Go for a Walk!

26 June 2014

I love going on walks. I heartily approve of walks. For one thing, walks don’t require hideous spandex and clunky tennis shoes.

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Jesus Died for All the People (All the Toxic People of the World)

19 June 2014

I’ve noticed a lot of “wise” words about “toxic people” lately, and they tend to bother me. For instance, “Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.” (Robert Tew) At first, it sounds like a reasonable motto. But what exactly are toxic people?

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Skinny Souls

28 May 2014

A common theme throughout the Bible is that God usually does give us what we want. That sounds pretty good until you realize that getting what you want isn’t always a sign of God’s blessing or that what you want is a legitimate, holy desire in the first place.

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Justin and Mom

08 May 2014

This week, my brother celebrates his twenty-sixth birthday. Plus Mother’s Day is coming up shortly after. So, I thought I’d cover them both in one handy blog post.

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