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Loving Others as they Grieve

For the first time in nearly two weeks, I am sitting on my couch once more. The reality of what my family has just endured over the last weeks--the last two years--is beginning to settle in. Most reading these words will already know our story, but I will tell it...

Our Wedding Day

After a week of hospitals, family, and funeral homes, looking through wedding pictures has been therapeutic to say the least. I have spent the last few days going through all 800 of them and picked out about 80 of my very favorites. Brides, if you spend money on...

Thoughts from a Single Lady

Y’all are so lucky tonight! You get to hear from my best encourager and friend, Taylor Holcombe. Taylor is a single lady living in Kansas City, Missouri. She lives on mission daily to disciple those around her--especially other single girls. After getting out of a...

I Pray My Marriage Looks Like That

In the midst of this crazy day, social media is telling a lot about our human nature. There are videos of people celebrating; there are photos of people sobbing. We point fingers, we blame, we brag, and we puff up in pride. All the while, I am sitting beside the...

The Best of Love Stories

This is a hard week for my family. Our days have been guided by an anxious awaiting of news we expect to be bad, and our nights have been filled with dreams of happier days. My grandfather is fighting the end stages of leukemia. On the way to the hospital early this...

15 Unforgettable Date Nights

I heard a quote the other day that really challenged the way I think about my marriage: "We are either working into oneness or drifting into isolation." Man, is that statement true. The more used we get to one another, the easier it is to drift into our own thing--or...

From one Mother to Another

• • • • • • • • • • • I am so excited to announce that today is the beginning of a new Friday adventure. Each week I will ask some amazing women to write to you, giving unique perspective on their individual stages of life. This week my sweet mom agreed to write. My...

Lasting Freedom

Over the summer I got my fix on "Fixer Upper." For some reason, I find it deeply pleasing to see a seemingly irredeemable building torn down and built back up. And there is just something about Joanna Gaines that makes me believe that I too can make a room look like...

Calling Out My Own Prejudice

• • • • • • • • • • • For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in...

Dirty Dishes & God’s Grace

• • • • • • • I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if...

Imitating Jesus in Marriage

When I walked into my apartment from class, I remembered I had received an email notifying me I had a package. Since I still haven't gotten over the whole extreme-excitement-of-getting-mail thing, I rushed upstairs without even waiting to open it. Why wait when your...

Jesus+Nothing

As each season of my life passes, I feel that I daily learn the same theme in a new way: I have got to be in my word. Whether my scripture reading habit is strong or weak, I never feel that I should spend less time in Scripture. But I am going to get vulnerable for a...

Learning to Speak Your Spouse’s Love Language

Our culture is under a current obsession with labeling personality types. What Myers-Briggs type are you? Do you know your number on the enneagram? How about your love language? I'll admit, it's super addictive. Take a quiz then learn more about ourselves--or at least...

His Way Is Better | Advent Celebration Day 6

He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such...

King of All | Advent Celebration Day 5

And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.... And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”...

Don’t Prepare for the Perfect Marriage

"You guys are such goals." "You're the cutest couple ever." "I hope I get a relationship like that." Words. They will fill your engagement with confidence. They will spark a sweet pride in this once-in-a-lifetime stage of your life. "Your wedding will be the best day...

To the Future Groom: 8 Nuggets of Wisdom

Engagement is an insane time for brides and grooms to be. There is planning for the biggest day of your life, there is enjoying events in celebration of your story, and there is preparing for a lifetime of love and service with your wife.

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