I learn to practice the spiritual discipline of saying no this week. We’ve been invited to spend the evening with friends, but Monday, we run like chickens with our heads cut off to finish the pressing errands, Tuesday is house church, and Thursday is already double booked. I haven’t picked up a book or a pen or gone to yoga in what feels like a month of Sundays. I admit to a friend that I don’t know if saying yes to another thing would be the best decision for my mental and emotional health—not this week, anyway.Read More
Yesterday morning, the sun finally came out of hiding after what felt like 84 years of rainy blur. I volunteer to lead our little church’s peace passing rhythm, sharing what has been growing in me over the last few weeks: the beautiful truth that we who have been marked by Jesus may live freely and without accusation. I remember the story of a son who comes home and a dad who has been waiting for him, and I try to remember that this freedom is for me, too.Read More
We meet on a cold and rainy Saturday, praying through liturgy and psalms and inviting Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to have their way in our hearts and minds. We laugh together, and we cry together, and I try to scribble down all the beautiful, holy moments, but there are too many. We are living the mystery together, and it is not lost on my heart how very far I’ve come to arrive at this moment. It is not lost on my heart how very far I still have to go.Read More
We watched the radar all weekend, slack jawed and praying for relief for our neighbors to the east as Florence stalled out again and again over our coast. I could hear the rustling of the leaves outside, our whole apartment growing darker as the swirling clouds eclipsed the sun, but the rain never came.Read More
loving | Dreaming up possibilities, The Bible, online shopping, rearranging our furniture, hearing this little girl say "thank you, mama," getting hugged by Ann Voskamp, turning 26, snail mail from friends who just get it, seeing Switchfoot in Atlanta, the kind words of strangers, getting to be wife to this one.
wanting |More of Jesus all the time, community, deep roots.
needing | All of the above + a week's worth of rain.
watching | The Crown. So beautiful. Law & Order SVU, of course. And all the trailers and interviews for Jackie.
listening | Jon Foreman, Colin & Caroline, and The Mowgli's.
learning | The importance of slowing down, being generous, honoring myself and others by being wholly present, the beauty of the upside down kingdom.
feeling | Rested, for the most part, after Thanksgiving. Grateful for family, excited and nervous for the future.
craving | A lifetime supply of chestnut praline lattes.
laughing at | Dad jokes in the car with my eight year old brother in law, hearing LG call pickles "tickles," new and old cartoons with C.
Tell me all the things about your November.
loving | Fall weather! This morning, it was chilly enough to need a light jacket, so basically, I'm in heaven now. Reuniting with my man after a week spent apart. Sudden rainstorms as viewed from my porch. Also, the unexpected gift of a long weekend and celebrating friends' birthdays with surprise flower deliveries.
wanting | I can't say I want for much these days, but I am definitely going to go out and purchase this vest this weekend. I will wear it with everything.
needing | Our whole community needs peace after Wednesday. Pray for us, especially sweet baby Jacob and his family?
watching | New Girl and Law & Order SVU (Hulu has ALL the episodes).
reading | Jess Connolly's blog about being a caesar salad, Hosea with my bible study group, Simply Tuesday with my book club, and a hundred other things.
learning | More and more everyday about being the beloved of Jesus.
feeling | A bit tired and drained, but so very grateful.
craving | Comfort food = pork roast with sweet potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, and green beans.
smelling | This candle makes my apartment smell so dreamy, but it isn't overpowering.
laughing at | This video. "If Apple made a stadium, would it be called the MacArena?"
celebrating | One year anniversary of being in South Carolina.
Tell me all the things about your September?