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Life on Life on Life

The saddest funeral I ever went to was that of a young father leaving behind four little ones and a wife. I remember sitting in the back, uncontrollably sobbing, not because my life would be directly affected (beyond pure sorrow) by the loss of this man, but because I...

Christians: We Must Prepare for Easter

April is perhaps the busiest time of year in my life and so many others. For me, it is filled to the brim with national speech and debate competitions. For others, graduation preparation, the end of school, tax season, and spring sports are overtaking lives. Schools...

The Best Thing You Can do for Your Marriage

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. Christians are most powerful on their knees.” –Corrie ten Boom In the first four months of my marriage, a lot happened. Austin started a new profession out of town, I was beginning my...

Marriage isn’t for Me

The summer before I met my husband, I was sitting on a boat gliding across the lake with a few of my best friends. We were gawking about Scottish boyfriends and watermelon and every other high school-esque thing we could think of to discuss. My teenage years had been...

The Day I Left My Secret Legalism

I sat in the rumbling room not knowing whether to close my ears or to just let myself explode in the emotion of it all. The worship leader had ensured that we would only hear the music and our own thoughts with the Father, undistracted by everything around us. I felt...

Being Knit Together in Love…

I am a camp girl through and through. Starting as an eight-year-old, I marked my calendar for that one anticipated week each year. I began packing weeks in advance, planned out all my outfits for worship, and looked forward to nothing more than getting out of my...

The Brilliance of Jesus

Simple truths guide our lives. It's simply true that I have class at 9 am most days. It's simply true that if I drink coffee too late, I won't go to sleep. It's simply true that I have got to go to the grocery today or I am going to starve my husband. Last week, we...

20 Ways to Intentionally Love your Husband

Beloved. I love this word so. I pointed out my affection for it in Monday's post, and I will bring attention to it once again today. It is a word that points out the most intentional and intimate kinds of love. It says, "I cherish you, my love. I want what's best for...

The Simple Gospel

The Gospel is the means by which I breathe. The means by which I am married. The means by which I write. Sound dramatic? Maybe. False? Absolutely not. Let me clarify. My entire being longs for my own satisfaction. Every time I see something or someone I know will...

Wholly Inadequate

Adequate: satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity. Adequacy: the state or quality of being adequate. I spent my teenage years, as most do, trying to fulfill these two definitions though others' opinions of me. I spent my dating relationship with Austin...

The Beginnings of Great Glory

Glory. What a word? Merriam-Webster defines this word as praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent or a state of great gratification or exaltation. It's a word that floods many heads and hearts when thinking of winning the big game. It comes to mind...

The Love Study

  This week has been a lot. A lot of red, a lot of pink, a lot of close up pictures of roses and sappy Facebook posts (I will totally admit that I was responsible for writing one of them). I would be lying if I said that I hate Valentine's day. I love a good excuse to...

Jesus Dance

My favorite place in the whole world is in the grip of my husband's arms, head against his chest, swaying to the sweet sound of notes harmonizing perfectly. Sometimes those notes are in our head, sometimes they blare from speakers surrounding us. My favorite place to...

When our Husbands Hurt

My dear fellow wife, I know. I know you've been thrown a curve ball. I know your heart is hurting. It's hurting because your husband's heart is hurting. Your sweet rock has been cracked. He has been kicked, bruised, torn down. He has been rejected. He is suffering...

Words of Wisdom from the Groom

Hey friends! I am so excited to let you all in on something my husband and I have been planning for a while now. My favorite part of writing this blog is continually getting to draw the metaphor between Christ and the Church and marriage. To help complete that...

Living like Ruth in a Boaz Obsessed World

Do you have one of those sisters that just continually challenges you? Mine is Taylor Holcombe. We met as freshmen in college and immediately became the best of friends. We were both in relationships, which moved to singleness, which moved to boy craziness, which...

Marked: Catherine’s Story:

Y'all, this girl is such an inspiration to me. I have listened to her share her lows, highs, and do it joyfully either way. To some degree, we are all marked by some kind of emotion that captures our hearts and beckons us away from Jesus. Catherine's (and my own)...

More Grace.

I am so good at convincing myself that this is the last time. This is the last time that I will engage in this sin. This is the last day I will skip my Quiet time (speaking of, I forgot this morning--I'm a sinner--and still have to do that today). This is the last...

Where You Go, I’ll Go

In the midst of election and inauguration season, we hear the word freedom thrown around in conversation and social media daily. But what do we really mean by freedom? I got curious and decided to look it up. Two definitions popped on my screen: "the power or right to...

So You Thought you Found The One…

"Did you know you were going to marry Austin when you met?" so many have asked since I became engaged.  We always hear about that moment. That spark when you think, "This is the one. This is the person I will spend the rest of my life with. This could be my forever."...

But God… An Introduction to Ruth’s Story

I sat in the hospital waiting room clutching my ginger ale wondering if I was living a dream. My heart was simultaneously still and beating out of my chest. "But God... Why her?" I whispered, scared I might lose the first person in my life I loved with everything in...

A Final Admonition: He is Faithful

There are so many things in life I so wish I had an instruction manual for. Marriage, being a friend, college. Then I think about all the instruction manuals I have thrown away in my lifetime--ones I wish I had at some point again. Praise God that He has given us so...

To the One who is Tired of Waiting…

When I take a step back and look at this blog from a distance, I can see how it might be a little off-putting to some. Some specifically who may be single and frustrated, in a messy relationship, or too young to be considering this kind of relationship. It looks like...

How We Aren’t Loving The Body Well

Over the last year I have gotten the opportunity to love on a group of junior in high school girls through my church. Spending time with them has taught me so so much. It's taught me how to be better at snapchat. It's taught me certain aspects of style I don't...

Changing my Prayer Life in 2017

As little ones, my sister and I didn't always get along very well. We were often at each other's throats or trying to get the other one in trouble with our parents to avoid our own punishment. There were a few times, however, that we attempted to save the other from...

The Resolution Worth Everything

I've never been a big "New Year's Resolution" kind of person. The few times I have tried it I've created your stereotypical goals for the next stage of life: go to the gym an extra day a week, save up for a better car, get a job I love, write more, get a healthy...

What Not to Fall for in 2017

*Sigh* It's all over. The Christmas lights, the carols, the loads of fattening, sugary food baking in the oven. So this week, we prepare to clean it all up, and do it again. For some 2016 has been a year of great shock. For many, it has been a year of celebration. We...

5 Reasons to Rest during Holiday Madness

Hey friends! If you are reading this right now, odds are you are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of this season. With friends at our door steps ready to visit, home cooked meals in the oven, and presents waiting to be wrapped and placed under the tree, spare...

The Christmas Story=The Gospel Story

I just spent the last day thinking about what exactly I will write during this Christmas week. Over the last two weeks we have explored three characters leading up to Jesus's birth: Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph. Because this week is the one that leads up to Christmas,...

Christmas Traditions: Our First Year Together

I LOVE TRADITIONS. And I made sure to push them on my family from day one. If we did something once, I have always been sure to remind everyone that it has to happen the next year. For example, every Christmas eve we go to the 5:00 pm Christmas Eve service, then eat...

Through The Eyes of a Father

Not too long ago, I watched the home video of my parents' stay in the hospital just after my birth. My parents were young--23 and 25--and I was their first. You could tell they were playing it cool, but secretly, they had not idea what was coming for them. We had to...

My Husband is not a ‘Good One’

Marriage is so good. Marriage is also hard. There are many reasons that these statements are true, but one is very specifically on my heart today. It is a racially belittling phrase I have almost grown accustomed to hearing from people I love dearly. For a while now I...

What Christmas Means For Our Worship

Hey friends! I'm so glad you came back for the second week of me going on and on about Christmas time. If you didn't get a chance to read my post from last week about what Christmas means for us, go check it out! It'll give you a little context into this week. When...

10 Free Things to do at Christmas Time

If you are anything like me, the month between Thanksgiving Dinner and putting away the Christmas tree is typically defined by spending money and eating until I gain five extra pounds in cookies. Then the beginning of the year becomes defined by undoing all of that! I...

Christmas Reading Plan

Join me as we give our Savior back the first time in our day by dwelling on these verses first thing each morning. We cannot go through this season without giving the One it's named after glory for it. Make sure you keep me updated with what The Lord is teaching you...

What Christmas Means for His Bride

IT'S HERE! My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE time of the year. Since Thanksgiving, I have shown my husband the proper way to begin celebrating this season: I have made him help put up three Christmas trees, listen to countless Christmas songs, and even assist me in...

The Danger in “Thanks”giving

Austin and I have never been more kind to one another than during the week of our honeymoon. It was the first week of marriage, and we were elated to have finally entered this season of life. When he left his dirty underwear in the floor during honeymoon week, I just...

Running a Race of Affliction

One of my favorite stress relievers is running. It started because I didn't want my parents to out-do me in their athleticism (although the very quickly did) and now is just something I love to do to release endorphins and forget the worries of the world. I often do...

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