Advocacy, Amos, and the Quiet Life

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?

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Three Things: Summer Quarantine Edition

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.

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Words on the Internet: My Fourth Blogiversary

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™.
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The Counter-Culture Practice of Waiting on God

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.

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Why We Worship During Times of Crisis

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.

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Hi friends!

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!

LOCAL: Nashville Tornado Relief

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Burger Up (East Nashville)

Early this morning, a massive storm passed through middle Tennessee, including tornadoes that touched down in several places and left a path of destruction behind. The storm has claimed 22 lives at the time of publishing, but rescue workers are still out collecting information as they begin the long process of clean up. Our old neighborhood of East Nashville (pictured above) incurred a lot of damage–to friend’s homes, businesses, and cherished local spots.

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