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Come away with me!

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I’m going on an adventure! Will you come away with me?

Changes are coming! A sitewide facelift is long overdue. The best way to keep up with everything happening as I streamline my online presence is to:

> Sign up for my newsletter. I don’t send out newsletters on a regular basis but being on this list is a great way to stay in touch.

> Make sure you follow me on social media. I share tidbits of encouragement and glimpses of my personal journey on Facebook and Instagram. I’m not a massive fan of Twitter but I do pop in on occasion.

> Keep andreastunz.com bookmarked. I’ll be moving content, and sharing new posts there moving forward.

I hope you’ll join me as we continue walking intentionally to hope – together.

With you,
Andrea

Salvation Stories – A Series {Evelyn’s Story}

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Salvation Stories – A Series {Evelyn’s Story}

(Editor’s note: This is a part of the Salvation Stories blog series. If you would like to share your salvation story, visit “share your story” for more information.)

It was May 1983 and I was 21 years old. My boyfriend asked me if I wanted to attend church with him the following weekend. I was madly in love with him I said yes. I was nervous as we walked up the steps on the beautiful sunny day to attend the service. I had not been to church since I was a child. I don’t remember what the minister was saying but I sensed the Lord near and He spoke to me and I replied in my mind and heart to Him. 

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I’m an empty-nester and I installed an internet filter in our home for the first time. Here’s why.

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I’m an empty-nester and I installed an internet filter in our home for the first time. Here’s why.

How many people do you know who have stumbled upon pornography as a child by accident? How many people do you know who, because of this exposure, got stuck in the hamster wheel and couldn’t get out? I know a few.

Granted, those who happened upon pornography back in the day would have likely seen it in printed form. While it wouldn’t have been readily available with the stroke on a keyboard, the images would haunt the mind and have the ability to gain a soul-damaging stronghold. Seeing these types of mind-altering images at any age is unfortunate but in a young and rapidly developing, sponge-like brain, the images could change the trajectory of one’s life.

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Love is a verb, not a day.

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Love is a verb, not a day.

In the earlier years of our marriage, Valentine’s Day (aka Love Day) loomed in the horizon when the calendar flipped from January to February. We waited for the day clunking aimlessly around with our unspoken and residual unmet expectations. For years, we bought into the commercialization of the day. The 15th of February came with sadness, disappointment and hurt. Our “Love Day” wasn’t always a flop but I must say that chocolate was sometimes one of the few things that turned out right. Can you relate?

My husband and I have been married for nearly three decades. Over these years, we’ve learned a thing or two from the truest form of dumb luck, some things from wise counsel and even more from the school of hard knocks. Throughout the years and tears, one thing we have learned is that love is a verb, not a day.

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When Does Healing Begin?

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When Does Healing Begin?

This post originally published on TheCourage.com.

“Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide.”

(The Hurt and the Healer, MercyMe)

There is so much brokenness in our world today that is hard for our hearts to digest. Devastating storms, mass shootings, the sex-trafficking epidemic, sudden loss of loved ones, life-altering illnesses, marriage betrayal, prodigal children, … the list is long.

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Saturday Share 5.7.16 #LinkUp {Focus: Stages of Motherhood}

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Saturday Share 5.7.16 #LinkUp {Focus: Stages of Motherhood}

I am so excited to share this series with you! Several blogging friends and I joined forces to put a series together for another blogging friend, Jessica VanSumeren at The Mama Revival Series, to help her out during a busy season. I am so blessed to get to be a part of such an incredible and generous writing community.

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Saturday Share 1.16.16 #LinkUp {Focus: New Finds}

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Saturday Share 1.16.16 #LinkUp {Focus: New Finds}

Today’s Saturday Share LinkUp is focused on some new things I’ve found recently. I want to be careful to notice new things. So much of our lives are caught up in what we already know. We often get stuck in that rut and it’s easy to slide right by the new without taking notice.

 

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Who are you?

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Who are you?

{Vulnerability alert!! This topic… highly vulnerable. But I’m doing it anyway because I’m always up for the introspective challenge and I know others who are doing this as well so I know I’m not alone. (See the Friday Five Link Up below)}

Andrea, who are you? I’ve been on a journey over these last several months asking myself that very question. Over and over and over again. I went from being my parent’s daughter straight to being my husband’s wife to my kid’s mom. And for so many years I’ve been all three at the same time. I’ve never really taken much time (any time) to figure out who Andrea is. Just Andrea. The Andrea that is Andrea and nothing else.

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Saturday Share #LINKUP 11.07.15

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Saturday Share #LINKUP 11.07.15

I want to welcome as many of your stories as I can so on this Saturday, and as long as life and the living of my own story allows, all the Saturdays to come, I’m hosting a link-up post sharing extravaganza.

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EPFH GIVEAWAY – And the winners are…..

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Last week I announced our first ever giveaway. I’m so pleased to announce the 5 winners of this incredible book. It has been such a gift to me personally. I mentioned in the initial giveaway post that I haven’t had breast cancer but I have experienced unexpected and unwanted pain and loss. I was so surprised to see how Erin’s story of surviving breast cancer paralleled with my stories of survival.

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