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The 10 Best Movies from Virtual Movie Night (or How I Hosted 51 Girls Nights in 2021)

The 10 Best Movies from Virtual Movie Night (or How I Hosted 51 Girls Nights in 2021)

For the past nearly 100 weeks, I’ve been hosting Wednesday Movie Night for anyone who wants to join. Most weeks it’s the same core group of women who have become some of my favorite and closest friends, but for now at least, I’m keeping it open to all members of The Couch Facebook Group. Every Wednesday night, we “meet” up online to watch a movie—great ones and not-so-great ones (which are honestly sometimes the most fun). Here are our faves from 2021…

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My Favorite New Movies of 2021

My Favorite New Movies of 2021

The world is weird, I didn’t see nearly all the movies I wanted to in 2021. Maybe you can relate? So this post will be a list of my favorite movies from the past year, both in theaters and on a streaming service—but I’ll also tell you about the movies I haven’t seen that I still want to! Let’s go…

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The Best & Worst Holiday Movies of 2021

The Best & Worst Holiday Movies of 2021

Though I will probably watch a few more movies, I don’t anticipate any of them landing at the top of my list for the year. So today I’m bringing you my top 10 favorite Hallmark movies, top 10 favorite Lifetime movies, top 5 “other” movies, and the movies that landed on the bottom of my list. You can see my whole list, ranked in order that may or may not change every time I look at it, at Letterboxd. Here goes…

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The 15 Books That Have Changed My Life (So Far)

The 15 Books That Have Changed My Life (So Far)

Can a book change your life? This is a question I asked in episode 88 of The Couch Podcast. In a conversation with my friend Shannan Martin, we decided that we think yes, books can change our lives. But sometimes they change our lives for a season and sometimes they change them forever. Sometimes they change our hearts but it takes a few more steps or resources or years before our lives are tangibly changed. Here’s a longer list of books that have changed my life (so far).

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I didn’t get WandaVision. Until I did.

I didn’t get WandaVision. Until I did.

I’m not the first person to experience, acknowledge, or share about the “pandemic wall.” So many of us are hitting it was we face the one-year anniversary of when our world changed forever. This isn’t unique to me or to you. But that doesn’t make it any less real than the glimpses Wanda gets in episode 7 of the very real ways her world—and her ability to handle it—are crumbling.

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10 Holiday Movies to Watch When You’re Missing Your Family

10 Holiday Movies to Watch When You’re Missing Your Family

It’s hard to be alone or to be away from the people we care about most, especially at the holidays. If you’re in the mood for a movie this holiday season while you are missing your family, these films might cheer you up for a bit or at least distract you (or remind you that the holiday family gatherings we’re longing for aren’t actually quite as Normal Rockwell perfect as we might be remembering).

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What We Need Most This Holiday Season

What We Need Most This Holiday Season

What do we need most this holiday season? Do what you need to do to say centered and safe and sane. Do whatever it is that brings you comfort and joy in this season, that pulls you closer to God who promises to be with us, that keeps you mindful of the One we celebrate this time of year — our Emmanuel.

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25 Lifetime Holiday Movies on Sale for 99 Cents!

25 Lifetime Holiday Movies on Sale for 99 Cents!

If you don’t have cable or subscribe to half a dozen streaming services, getting your holiday movie fix can be tricky. Lucky for us, Amazon has marked down dozens of Lifetime holiday movies to less than a dollar. And that’s not the rental price. You can PURCHASE (and keep forever, to watch however many times and whenever you want!) each of these movies for 99 cents. Wow!

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When God Calls You to an Unexpected Ministry

When God Calls You to an Unexpected Ministry

All the personality, spiritual gifts, and strength-finding tests in the world have never revealed to me the most significant (and sometimes sneaky) ways God has used me to love His people. These unlikely callings have taken me by surprise over and over again, and I’m finally seeing the blessing in them.

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The Way to Stop Spiraling into a Storm of Emotion

The Way to Stop Spiraling into a Storm of Emotion

The specifics of what hurt me that day don’t matter here. What matters is that on that day, God gently and generously whispered, “Stop. Take a moment. Let it out. I’m here.” He pushed the pause button on my agitation cycle, pulling me away from the feeling-stuffing and problem-fixing, opening His arms to hold me as I let it all out.

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