It’s awesome when you and your spouse both work in education. It’s less awesome when your breaks don’t overlap because you’re working in different counties. But because our fall break just happened to line up this year, we planned a trip to rest, recharge, and refocus on our marriage and the way we’d like to be building our lives after such a hectic fall. It was a much-needed break, but we were also grateful for the opportunity to explore some place we’d never been before. Without further ado . . . here the top five things we loved about Savannah!Read More
Our job is not to save ourselves. It's not to make ourselves perfect on our own efforts. Our job is actually a whole lot easier than that. Our job is to fix our whole attention on God and who He is. We can stop trying to put in the work to change ourselves - knowing Him will work a deeper transformation in us than we could ever hope for on our own.Read More
We went to a new church on Sunday – bigger than any church I’d been to in awhile, with a loud sound system and a packed auditorium. So naturally, instead of blending in with the rest of the voices around me, I sang as loud as humanly possible, caught up in the loudness, without a care for who could hear me. In the middle of the second song, I heard God whisper the question to my heart – “When was the last time you used your whole voice?”Read More
If you’re like me and you depend on your best friends knowing the contents of your closet to decide what to wear to work at least once a week - or you’re in the middle of a big life transition - or you’re just plain worn out and stuck when it comes to making decisions - I can’t possibly recommend more highly that you pick up a copy of Emily P. Freeman’s new book, “The Next Right Thing.” It is practical, it is kind, and it will help you take whatever step God has planned for you moving forward.
For 24 days in the month of April, Emily P. Freeman is hosting an Instagram challenge based on the practices found in the book. Once I started considering the prompts, I realized I had a lot more words than I had time to write a daily Instagram post for, so I’m sharing my responses to the daily prompts in this space instead, in the hopes that they encourage you and challenge you to turn to God with a curiousity about what your next right thing in His will might be.Read More
Here is a prayer for me and for you, patterned after the things David prayed for Solomon, since transitions are not an isolated phenomenon and chances are high that you, wherever you are, are experiencing some change and uncertainty in some aspect of your life as well. You’re not alone.Read More
“There aren’t many moments in your life where you can pinpoint them as life changing as they are happening. But that’s the thing about God. When you are able to have a three hour discussion with Him, you know it will change you. Even thirty second of time with Him is huge. And I knew that it was what I needed to step fully into His light. All it took was a little faith, a little trust, and an open heart.”
It is a joy to welcome Colin Johnson to the blog today to tell his story.Read More
Engagement has been a lot of things - exciting, overwhelming, filled to the brim with planning, transition, and preparation for the changes of marriage, moving, and full-time jobs that are to come. It’s required both of us to recognize and reject fear and lies, and identify and accept love and grace from one another that’s as close as we’ll get to unconditional on this earth.
But it’s never, not for one second, been doubtful, because I know what God did in both our stories to make them meet, and make us best suited to be together than apart.
We are grateful to Him and grateful to you, for reading this far and being a part of our story. We can’t wait to see what He writes next!Read More
For 2018’s end-of-year post, it was fitting that I share with you 10 songs whose lyrics, more than any others, gave me the words for my year that I didn’t have myself.Read More
In the same way that leaving with a story makes something we do more memorable and meaningful, sinking when you walk through a storm makes the miracle stick in our souls.Read More
And when I can walk into a community without expectations for what it’s supposed to be for me, what I want it to do for me, only then is when community comes alive in my life, serving the purposes He’s designed it to serve.
In all the ways I didn't expect, even in a shorter season, I'm so glad this trip gave me that reminder. To the James Madison Fellows at the 2018 Summer Institute: thank you.Read More
Grief is a funny thing. There is a huge hole in my life and the lives of my family, with all of these memories swirling around inside. They get a little quieter, then they get a little louder, and some days I forget they’re there, but I never forget that he isn’t.Read More
At the end of my last blog post, I hinted that something different was coming up for me in this second month of summer. While the simple explanation might be that I’m taking a summer course as a part of my fellowship, there’s actually a lot more to the program than that, and to me it’s more that’s worth sharing.Read More
Time and space is a weird thing when you start thinking through the odds of it all. The fact that we would be here, stepping into these stories with these same people at our sides. More often than not, it makes me feel lucky. It makes me glad my God is my God, because it doesn’t get any clearer that He makes the mundane moments absolutely marvelous.Read More
I just wanted you to know I've been gone so I could learn better to listen to the voices that matter the most to me. And that I'm back because I want you to know what they've said.Read More
Practicing forgiveness is a way of acknowledging our true place. We’re fellow lawbreakers and fellow servants. We’ve been given much, forgiven much more than we’ll ever have to forgive ourselves. And truly, we reap fantastic rewards when we forgive.
It's a joy to welcome Emily Conrad to the blog today!Read More
You NEVER have to do it alone, no matter what your relationship status is or how many dates you’ve been on. You were never made to walk alone – you were made to walk with Him, and that makes all the difference.Read More
Refocusing my priorities, putting my time in the Word ahead of my time spent on school and work and people is great - but how much of a difference do I really let it make? I still get stressed when I can't find my own solutions, when the broken in front of me and the heaviness in me feels like a multitude.
God never asked us to face multitudes of hurt and helplessness on our own. He wanted us to fight the battles with Him, in His name. All we have to do is ask.Read More
In the spring, I studied Romans 8:28 with a mentor. The first half is used often in Christian circles in times of trouble to reassure us that there is a bigger plan, but let’s talk about the word good for a second. It’s no wonder that we look to this verse to remind ourselves that “good” is something promised, that it’s a part of God’s plan. But when we do, how are we defining good?Read More
The past few years, Spotify has released a "Your Top Songs of 2017" feature that always intrigues me. What songs have I listened to because they're old favorites, and what songs fell into my lap for the first time? And most of all - what songs summed up the way I saw the world at a particular moment?Read More
It's a hard love, friends. It can be hard to get up day in and day out and choose to believe it. Change hurts and it feels like a fall from a height you didn't know you'd climbed to and you never wanted to find in the first place.
But I am here to tell you that it does not stay hard forever.Read More