It’s mid-week, late afternoon, sitting-in-the-porch-rocker time and I’m watching birds dive-bomb for treasures in the yard. My mason jar of iced coffee went down too fast and I want another one, mostly because it was delicious, but also because it is a humid 87 degrees out (and the coffee brings sweet relief).Continue reading “Front Porch Prayers (for a Slow Summer Afternoon)”
I’ll spare you the “2020 amiright?” jokes because we all know this has already been one strange and difficult year so far. As I recently mentioned on the blog (after a month-long writing sabbatical), I’ve personally been in a season of quiet.
This is not an unusual pattern for me. When a Super Busy Life Season™ is happening (especially one with a major life change, like having a baby or building a house), I tend to focus on getting through the circumstance itself and leave the emotional processing for later, after the action phase is completed. Does anyone else do that?
The Great Quarantine of 2020 didn’t actually change much about our daily life, but one thing that did change was my skincare/makeup and wardrobe habits. Mascara became completely unnecessary and kind of annoying, filling in my brows became the new mascara, and exploring the world of face masks became my new frontier. Getting dressed was a challenge because honestly, who wants to get cute when there was no where to go?
Like many of you, I’ve found myself leaning toward a daily style that is easy and comfortable but dang it y’all…I miss getting ready!
So, I decided to have a little fun while (mostly) staying at home. Here are three things that have helped in that pursuit.Continue reading “Three Things: Summer Quarantine Edition”
As crazy as this sounds, I’ve been blogging for FOUR YEARS. Whatttt?!!
This little corner of the internet has surprised me in many ways:
- it has brought connections and friendships that I’d never otherwise have
- it has been instrumental in helping me to absorb what I’m learning in school (and synthesize it through writing)
- it has been my main creative outlet
- and perhaps most importantly, it has forced me to view myself as a Real Writer™.
Oh dear reader, my wish is that you and I could sit down together over a slow and nourishing meal and unpack our hearts and minds as we savor each bite. I would ask you about the state of your soul in this historically tenuous moment…are you carrying the weight of social unrest? Are you fighting an internal battle? Are you trying to make your way through a haze of confusion? Trying to find clarity of vision for the way forward?
If this describes even a little bit of your current experience, you are not alone. Read that again: you are not alone.Continue reading “The Counter-Culture Practice of Waiting on God”
Welcome to the blog refresh!Continue reading “A Blog Redesign & Thoughts on Living coram Deo”
When sheltering-in-place means your life is –not an extended Netflix binger– but busier and more complicated than ever…one may process by documentation. Enjoy.Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a SAHF”
While reading Chamber’s “My Utmost for His Highest” over coffee this morning, the author’s words seemed to jump off the page. Remember, this book was first published in 1935, just a handful of years before WW2 broke out.Continue reading “Why We Worship During Times of Crisis”
I hope you are enjoyng some spots of goodness and beauty in this weird time we all find ourselves living in. One spot for me has been the face-to-face connection (via technology) that has seen a spike due to everyone being quarantined. For example, I attended a theology class yesterday for my undergrad program and was able to “meet” a handful of fellow students that I’ve studied alongside for a few years now but had yet (until yesterday!) seen their faces and heard their voices. It’s a small thing, but it brings me joy nonetheless.
In the spirit of silver linings, I want to invite you to my first-ever Book Club. That’s right…we’re gonna read and chat and do it all from our home in our pj’s!
I’m excited to announce that our first book pick is Lisa Whittle’s new release, “Jesus Over Everything.” I’m already loving this book and I think you will too. Lisa’s writing is full of deep, scripture-rooted truth, yet told in a super-relatable style. You’ll love hearing about how (and why!) she didn’t shop for a year. FOR A YEAR, YALL. Get the book here!
And then this Monday (March 30th) at 7pm cst we will meet together to discuss what we’ve read. If you are planning to attend, shoot me a quick email and let me know. I’ll be sending out the private Zoom link this weekend.
I hope you join us!
Today was hard.
But “hard” (difficult/challenging/whatever word choice fits) is completely relative right now, isn’t it?Continue reading “The Great Commission During a Pandemic”