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Chrystal Evans Hurst  Living my life. Finding my way. Sharing the journey. Hoping to inspire others as I go.

http://chrystalevanshurst.com/the-decision-to-love/

Cousins night.
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Games. Food. Convo w/teens.
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Talking about what it means to “Do Hard Things”.
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Creating memories, opportunities to bond, and time to ponder things that matter.
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“Let no one look down on your youthfulness...” 1 Timothy 4:12

How do raise your children to be happy? How do you raise them to know the comfort and joy of the Lord? I’m answering that question on today’s Ask Me Anything.
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Have a question? Go to chrystalevanshurst.com/askmeanything

Feeling like the boring unadventurous parent tonight.

So geeked that I get to sign books in the same Costco I shop at weekly for broccoli, milk, frozen fruit, and bread. February 24th @ 12p. Would love to see you there! And... if it goes well, #shesstillthere might end up on sale in more than just my Costco. Appreciate your support! #Costco #Duncanville

I just broke up all this work and called a family “Surprise Ride”. It’s V-Day boys (big and little). Pajamas and late night mini-van rides for the win.
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But my favorite part of the day? Having the 9yo BEG me to go the room because it was killing him for me not to know I had a surprise waiting for me.
#cheerfulgivers
#Ilovehandwrittennotes
#myboysloveme

The Mister let the dishwater out of the sink last night.
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It’s official. I’m in love.
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It started with the dishes. My husband got up from the dinner table, helped me clear the table, then filled the sink with hot sudsy water and did the dishes.
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He did it the way I like too. He put the hand-washed dishes into the dishwasher to dry -- you know -- so there wouldn’t be the pile of clean dishes cluttering up the kitchen counter as they dripped-dry overnight.
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Watching him do the dishes made me happy. A man who'll do the dishes for me spells L-O-V-E to the third degree.
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So on this 14th day of February, I sashayed myself right in front of my husband and wished The Mister a Happy Valentine’s Day. But I did it “right”. I looked at him all ooey-gooey eyed and thanked him...
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Ya'll. I wrote a blog post. I know it's been awhile. If you'd like to read the rest of this lesson in love, just click the link in the profile.
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But whether or not you jump over to the blog to read the whole post, remember just because today is the day deemed by Hallmark, florists, and every bakery in the land to show love, we shouldn’t reserve our decision to love on Valentine’s day. Love is a decision you can make everyday — regardless of what others have done or not done to earn it.
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I can smile at my husband and sashay in front of him any day. I can give my kids a just-because-squeeze or write them special notes any day. I can text my dearest friends to tell them I love them any day. I don’t have to wait until Hallmark tells me to. The love I give always starts with the decision to do so.
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“Love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NASB). We are called to love.
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So yes. Tell the people you care about that you love them today but remember tomorrow that the same rules apply. Speak sweetly. Send cards. Show concern. Text. Call. Be appreciative.
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But learn to do it all unconditionally.
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Why? Because Someone who has done the same for you.

#TheSisterCircleShow is back!
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This week @priscillashirer, @forgirlslkeyou and I are chatting with @JennieSAllen.
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So grateful for this girl’s heart — her heart for faith, family, and for women of God to change the world in their circles of influence.
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Visionary and founder of @ifgathering, Jennie Allen has inspired women around the globe to make a difference by believing that we are indeed better together. But even girls who change the world have to make hard choices, work to find balance, and put in the effort to maintain their personal relationship with God.
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Jennie is thoughtful in her responses, provoking great conversation about everything from adoption, leadership, prayer, and race. I mean really — what ARE the rules for when to say African-American or Black and Caucasian or White? Inquiring minds wanna know.
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Join me over on YouTube to watch all six parts of this episode.
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YouTube.com/chrystalhurst

#Repost @anthonyevansjr
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Family breakfast! #love #siblings

ALL THE SINGLE LADIES!
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Join me along with four dynamic women as we have a hilariously transparent heart-to-heart and engage in “real-talk” about being unmarried. We have an honest “no-holds-barred” conversation and move past “patiently waiting on Boaz” and get honest about celibacy, desires, boundaries, and wanting a fine man…who loves the Lord, of course.
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We also talk about:
• How to be single and fulfilled
• Being over 30 and unmarried
• Relational contentment
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Whether you are content or simply curious about how long you will be in the single season, this episode will encourage and inspire you to celebrate exactly who you are right now.
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Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or on the blog.
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Link in the profile.

I did my makeup. Then @bluartistry took out her magic brushes and “embellished”. Professionals are important. #notashamedthatIneedhelp
#shegavemegreattips
#instastory
#stillneedtolearncontouring

#Repost @shesstillthere
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Yellow lines.
Follow the yellow lines, even though you may not know where they lead. Forward movement in obedience to God is progress, even if it doesn’t feel like it. This will be a chapter you read and smile at later. And more than likely many others too. You aren’t in this alone. Trust the Author, finish the chapter, it will end well and you will call it beautiful.
#shesstillthere

What are you waiting for?
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Do something. Take that one step. Quit procrastinating.
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Don’t let your desire for perfection get in the way of moving forward.
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Get out of your own way.
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#preachingtomyself

#Repost @shereadstruth ・・・
"You are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance."
—Psalm 32:7

#GraceDay

PODCAST IS UP!
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It's February y'all! And this month, we're going to have some real talk about relationships. I'm so excited to kick off our series by talking marriage with Ashlee and Clayton Hurst.
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It’s so easy to get swept away in the details of a wedding day and forget to prepare for the lifelong marriage that follows. On today’s podcast, Clayton and Ashlee Hurst share their marriage story and talk honestly about how, after five years of marriage, they found themselves in a valley of terrible communication, unforgiveness, and selfishness. They talk about what they did to get out of that valley and we also discuss:
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▪Preparing for the wedding AND the marriage
▪What if your spouse isn’t willing to do the work
▪The importance of communication in a marriage
▪3 Qs to help reorient your mind & heart
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Do you feel like you are constantly fighting with your spouse? Do you feel like your marriage isn’t where you want it to be? I hope this podcast challenges you and your spouse to fight for each other instead of against each other. I hope you find practical tools to make moving forward a reality in your own life. And of course we talk about sex. You can't talk about marriage without talking about sex and what role it plays.
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Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or on the blog.
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Link in the profile.

AMA - Is he “the ONE”?
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Not sure what God says about your current dating relationship? What should you do? I have an answer for you.
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Do you have a question you want me to answer? Go to chrystalevanshurst.com/ask-me-anythng .
#yallhaveaskedmethesequestions
#tacklingsomeonsocialmedia
#someheresomeonfacebook
#willanswerasmanyasIcanlittlebylittle

Now this was fun!
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My irl family and “circle of sisters” @loisievans @priscillashirer @karissfarris got together today to film an episode for #thesistercircle. Getting it in before grand baby #2 gets here! Will be sharing soon on YouTube.com/ChrystalHurst
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#Ellieloveslipgloss
#gratefulforJoshFarris
#gottagetvideoworkwhenimdressed
@pharrisphotos

My Friday night read. Because I told him I’d help him with his paper, I needed to read the book. This book is so good. So sad. So emotionally engaging and rich in literary goodness.
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I’ve been over here audibly expressing my reactions as I devour the pages, and my son is rolling his eyes because I’m so into it. Yes teenage boy. This is good. Novel Peace Prize good. And I’m so glad you are reading this. We are going to have some good conversation about it too.
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#homeschoolmom
#hedoesntwanttotalk
#idontcare
#maybewecanwatchschindlerslisttoo
#hiscoopteacherishardbutawesome
#ivesatinclassacoupleoftimes
#imanerdatheart
#helovedwhenididthat 👊🏽

Do you have a secret that is eating away at you? Do you struggle with carrying shame? How do you remind yourself of the freedom that you have in Christ?
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In this podcast, Jamie Ivey shares parts of her past she hoped people would never know. She also tells the truth about what happens when you choose honesty.
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The truth is when you go back and think about where you were 20 years ago, it might be hard. Raw feelings may rise, self-doubt can surface and thinking about your past might cause you to exercise emotional muscles that haven’t been used in awhile.
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This is what @jamieivey, host of The Happy Hour podcast, did in her new book, If You Only Knew.
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Jamie Ivey has truth to share on today’s podcast. After learning for herself what it means to live free in Christ. I am thankful for Jamie’s openness and willingness to say out loud what shame might have otherwise tempted her to keep silent.
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Listen to this episode and pick up a copy of Jamie’s new book. Both of them will be a blessing to you!
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Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Googleplay or on my blog. Link is in my profile.

Hey You!
Are you ready for the day?
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Because the day has already been set up for you.
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You'll have choices, options, obstacles and opportunities to take the high road or the low road.
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Everyone that you encounter will be by divine appointment...what will their impression.
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What will their impression be when you part ways?
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Today is wide open.
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Ive prayed for you and covered you that God will allow us to see this day as a blessing.
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To recognize that its a gift.
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To give back with all of your might!
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To intentionally be a blessing.
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To be confident that all mercy and grace needed to THRIVE and not just survive today has already been dispatched!
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Hey You!
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YOU'VE got this because God has got YOU covered - @dailyrefined

Headed home. Some work. Some play. Some sweet memories made.
#homeschoolmom
#willtravel
#didntmakehimworkthebooktabletoday
#hedidhavetolistentomespeaktho

Night night Malibu.
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Took the teenage boy further up the PCH to see Malibu. He seemed to remained unimpressed.
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But he sat at the table... seaside — drinking his Sprite, talked more than he had all day. He joked some, shared a little sarcasm, but also asked a few contemplative questions.
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I’ve learned that time together has a wonderful effect. It opens doors and windows. I took advantage of today’s opportunity to laugh, joke, play, but I also used the time to share a little wisdom — quietly praying that God would be faithful to take the seeds and plant them deep in the heart of my son.
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Great day. Great views. Great memories.
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Great son. Blank stares and all.
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And to the person who asked me how to make it through these years? You remind yourself to love them well regardless of their responses. You smile when they don’t to show them how it should be. You correct them when they speak with less honor then they should but you encourage them to share their thoughts respectfully. You give them wonderful experiences they may appear not to appreciate. And you give them your time.
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Then watch well for open doors and windows because they will appear when you least expect them to.
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Your babies will grow up. They will mature. They will blossom and show you that the seeds you plant eventually bear fruit.
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Take them further and enjoy the view.
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#boymom
#mommychronicles

Win for mom. Long term win for son. He just doesn’t realize it yet.
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He wrote a research paper on Zeus and his wives/girlfriends. Might as well meet the guy when you have a chance.
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#TheGettyVilla
#homeschoolmom
#homeschoolontheroad
#ancienthistoryyear
#fieldtrip
#icanhandletheblankstares
#instastory

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