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June 28: Naturally Sinful

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. (Proverbs 5:1-2 ESV) Have you ever noticed that no one has to teach a toddler to say no? No one has to reveal to a child what a...

June 22: Unfathomable Glory

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.   (Psalm 73:25-26) Tomorrow two of my best friends are going to marry each other. Yay!...

June 21: Control

Moreover, the LORD will raise up for himself a king over Israel who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam today. (1 Kings 14:14 ESV) Have you ever wanted something so bad that you felt you might move heaven and earth just to get it? Maybe it is a child. Maybe it is a...

June 20: Gravity of Sin

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of the LORD, he shall bring to the LORD as his compensation, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued in silver shekels, according to the...

June 19: One

There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call--one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6) I am not a decision-making kind of gal. You...

June 18: Take My Fears

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do..." (Luke 12:4 ESV) I have always battled fear. As a little kid, I had nightmares that sent me running to my parents' bedroom. As a teenager, I was too...

June 17: Steadfast Seeking

And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn. (Ezekiel 2:3-4) Imagine you...

June 15: My Words

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. (Proverbs 4:20-21) I stood in the gym one morning before the sun had fully made its appearance. My brain was muddled and I was...

June 14: The Same God

Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him... Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast...

The Best Prosperity

This past weekend, Austin and I attended a wedding in the same little wooden chapel in which we said our own vows. It is a chapel that lies on the property of the church where I first trusted in Jesus and where Austin first learned what being part of the Body of...

June 13: Because His Children

Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness." (1 Kings 10:9 ESV) Think of a time in your life when the Lord...

June 12: Pleasing Aroma

But the entrails and the legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD. (Leviticus 1:13 ESV)  Praise God for Jesus's blood and body sacrifice. As...

June 11: Cure

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through...

June 10: Remind Yourself of Jesus

Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” (Luke 9:20 ESV) Y'all, the first year of marriage is hard. Don't get me wrong, it is so so good. But it is a truly sanctifying experience. Though it has now been ten months,...

June 9: Wait

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25 ESV) I believe I am probably the least patient person that exists. Just to remind you that I know I am a serious sinner I'll tell you a little fun fact about myself. Since I...

June 8: Trust

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV) The words in this verse used to be the lyrics to my favorite song. I remember these words...

June 7: Power Source

Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God! (Psalm 68:35 ESV) Have you ever heard the phrase, "God won't give you anything you can't handle"? It's a popular word of encouragement in...

June 6: Open Hands

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven (1 Kings 8:22 ESV) I have this awesome friend named Audrey. Two years ago, we traveled together to East Asia to share the Gospel with a...

Daily Devotions

Good morning, Beloved ones! I want to announce that I will now be posting my daily devotions onto this website directly. So good news! For those of you who are following me via email, you will now receive devotions in your inbox each morning. If you are not following...

The Absurdity of Young Marriage

Well, if you are at all familiar with me or this blog, you know that I haven't been able to shut up about my recent move from my hometown into a near city. Besides getting married nine months ago, this has been the greatest transition I have experienced thus far. In...

The Power of the Mouth

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” we heard over and over again as children. Yet they always seemed to be the thing that sent little girls crying to the teacher and little boys from asking to never have to go back to school. We bury...

Choose Family. Choose the Church.

Nothing quite connects a family like going through great change with one another. In the last year of my life, I have arguably gotten as close to my family as I ever have been because of all the emotions we have traveled through with one another. My sister and I are...

Messing up My Order

At the start of my last semester of college, I sent in what I thought would be my best paper yet. It was for my advanced composition class, so I wanted the professor to know that I was indeed advanced. It was beautifully laced with headings, and each paragraph argued...

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...

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