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WL 6

I’m at the end of my seven-week cycle of classes, which means E X A M S and such, so this week’s roundup of links is a short one. Thanks for understanding and please, if you read (or try) anything good, share it in the comments!


From understanding to trusting: we journey on with Christ


In his book, Teaching for Spiritual Growth, Dr. Perry Downs writes,

“God can and does use life experiences to teach us. He brings us through many sorts of events, either easy and enjoyable or difficult and painful, and these are the ‘stuff’ of growth. Many people fail to realize that we do not have to understand what God is teaching in order to grow…we can say this with assurance because ‘we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ (Rom. 8:28)”

Did you catch what he said there?

“…we do not have to understand what God is teaching in order to grow.”

When I read that for the first time, I felt a wave of relief wash over me. How kind is our God that he would continue to work for the good in our lives in forming us to the image of Christ, even beyond our limits of understanding? 

This is a gift, friends.

This is the way of our Good Shepherd–leading us, nourishing us, protecting us from the enemy, healing our wounds. Making us to lie down in green pasture, to rest. To abide.

Are we slowing down enough to recognize the work of Christ in our lives? We do not have to understand, but we still have the choice to receive his ministry to us, or to brush him aside for other concerns.

This I know: Jesus is the treasure! He is our great reward, our deepest and truest love–and he is bringing us closer to himself as we trust him. Our salvation is secure with him. Our growth toward maturity is in the daily walking, the waiting, the abiding. We don’t have to have it all figured out (and honestly, we never will), but we do get to trust.

“Those He saves are His delight
Christ will hold me fast
Precious in His holy sight
He will hold me fast
He’ll not let my soul be lost
His promises shall last
Bought by Him at such a cost
He will hold me fast”

Listen here: He Will Hold Me Fast by Norton Hall Band


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WL 5

Weekly Links is a new segment where I share what I’ve been reading and other internet resources that I hope you find helpful. Please share your own links in the comments!

Politics & Culture

“It may seem implausible that men who hold very different beliefs like @CornelWest and @McCormickProf could be such good friends.

But West explains to @FiringLineShow that “deep down in your heart, you know, love is not reducible to politics.”

— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover February 9, 2020

Beauty & Style

  • Happy Valentines Day! Do you need help writing a GOOD love letter? Let Jonathan Rogers guide you (I might have teared up at this one.) 💌
  • And if you need a trusty mascara that won’t flake (or cry) off but actually washes away easily, use my 10% off code for Glossier’s!

Everyday Theology

  • Ryan Colby shares his grief at the sudden loss of the woman he intended to marry, beloved writer Bre Payton.

“The Cross is change and a signpost, and tragedy forces you to choose a path. Either you draw closer to Christ and His suffering, or you take the path of self-destruction. There is no in-between.”

  • And if it’s been awhile since you last listened to my Spotify VIP List Mix, take it for a spin. This is the kind of little treat I like to put together for my newsletter crew, so you should jump on! (February’s letter will go out next week, so get on ASAP!) Happy listening 👇
vip spotify playlist


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WL 4

Weekly Links is a new segment where I share what I’ve been reading and other internet resources that I hope you find helpful. Please share your own links in the comments!

Politics & Culture

“But halfway through the inspiring story, the documentary takes an all-too-predictable turn. Our beloved Taylor swaps her cowgirl boots for a new urban chic identity, clothes, and friends….Then, Swift reveals what she thinks of these people, referring to Blackburn, President Donald Trump, and their conservative supporters as ‘racists,’ ‘homophobes,’ and even ‘fascists.'”

Beauty & Style

Everyday Theology

Reading anything great? Found a new favorite product or hack that you want to share? Drop it in the comments, please and thank you! 👇

Called to Belong: Romans 1

romans 1 belong

When I decided to go back to school in my 30’s, I was (blissfully) unaware of how hard it would be…how the crunch of learning how to learn again would feel a lot like getting back on the treadmill after being out of shape for years. But just like we get pumped at the start of a new year to join a gym and get healthy, I was excited about the adventure ahead and ready to buy all the books and get going.

Continue reading “Called to Belong: Romans 1”

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WL 3

Weekly Links is a new segment where I share what I’ve been reading and other internet resources that I hope you find helpful. Please share your own links in the comments!

Politics & Culture 

“Writing in the New York Times, Arthur Brooks summarizes modern happiness research: ‘It turns out that choosing to pursue four basic values of faith, family, community and work is the surest path to happiness.'”

  • Excellent writing and from an important perspective. Had me hooked by the second line! READ HERE in this month’s Fathom issue (and enjoy!)

“I’m already in the car when the message comes, stuck in traffic but halfway to work. We think someone at the office may want to try and kill you today.”

Beauty & Style

  • Caroline over at Un-fancy.com is modeling some of Elizabeth Suzann’s gorgeous winter pieces. ES is a local designer to my home of Nashville, where she makes slow/sustainable garments for women that look easy to live in (and easy to love!) My favorite looks on Caroline are #2 and #5. Go take a look!
For more on the available works of art, CLICK HERE.
  • “Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others.”

Everyday Theology

  • If you’re not on my VIP newsletter list, then what are you waiting for? I send my VIP list a monthly bonus essay (basically my heart to yours), some of my very favorites (links, photos, social posts, Spotify playlists, and similar goodies!), and first dibs on all the news and happenings in my world. I’d love to share it with you! This month, we talked about emotionswanna sneak peek?

“People are overwhelmed with decisions and can only make those decisions on the basis of feelings.” (from Renovation of the Heart, p 126.)

“Our context may be distinctly post-modern, but thankfully, this isn’t the way of the Christian. In Psalm 139, David cries out to God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Only someone secure on an unmovable foundation, one that isn’t based on wavering emotions or changing circumstance, can have the boldness to pray that kind of prayer. He has chosen to place his trust in the only steadfast option–in God himself!”

That’s your reading list for the weekend, folks. And if you’re not already following the Big Bang Decision of 2020, get on over to Instagram and par-ti-ci-pate! See ya there.

SHARED: ‘The Crown’ Episode That Finds Faith in a Secular Age — via The Gospel Coalition

“What’s so amazing about centuries-old faith rituals in a new world of rockets and Moon landings? What’s compelling about the same old Bible stories in a world where scintillating novelty is our daily bread?”

Solid take on my favorite episode of The Crown, season three, titled “Moondust.” It’s worth a viewing, even on it’s own. Read more below 👇

via ‘The Crown’ Episode That Finds Faith in a Secular Age — The Gospel Coalition