"God is not mad at you. He isn't a tyrant waiting to punish you when you do something wrong. He made you, loves you, and wants to be your first stop when life gets painful or hard, not the one you avoid because you think he caused it." - interview excerpt with @anniefdowns. // I don't think I'm the only one who grew up being a little afraid of God. I heard things like "God is love" all the time, but for some reason that part never seemed quite as loud or real as the voices that said "You've screwed up, better clean yourself up and get your act together before you can approach him." So most of the time it just meant I DIDN'T. But think about every healthy and life-giving relationship you've ever had, they all have one thing in common: unconditional, irrevocable love and acceptance. I think it makes God sad when the loudest voices about him say he's a tyrant, a punisher, a judge poised and ready to pass a life sentence of pain. When really what he says about himself couldn't be different: he says he loves us and that nothing, I mean absolutely NOTHING, can separate us from that fact; he says he is near to the broken-hearted, he says he doesn't bring condemnation but LIFE; he says we bring him joy; he says he's the friend of the outcast and the lonely. Somewhere along the way we've missed what God actually says about himself. Somewhere along the way we've put words in his mouth, ones that suit our own world view instead of his. So wherever you are today I hope you'll push aside the the voices that say he's mad at you. He really, most definitely is not.
Hormones are no joke -- today I learned if I start crying it literally takes me an hour to stop. Today's episode was set off by a mix up at my doctor's office who told me the wrong time for my ultrasound causing me to miss it and making me to reschedule in three weeks. Instead of responding to this mix up like a normal person I proceeded to sob in the hospital stairwell...and then in the car on the drive home...and then again when my husband hugged me. 😳🙈if you need me I'll just be here on the couch with a cup of tea trying to find some semblance of chill. 😂 Lord help us all. 🙄
Just a little recap of what the first Gather: Nashville event looked like. We hope to host more soon so stay tuned. ✨
We came, we saw, we now have collapsed at home in bed after a quick day trip to Memphis to get immigration documents for the Irish one. 😵😴
We need moments, however mundane, to pause, to break rhythm, to wake our senses up to what it is to be a worshipping, breathing, thinking being. We need to create space in our routine to tend to our souls. 📸: @ruthstirbu
Say hi to the faces of two smooshes who have no idea what is in store. Happy birthday to my adventure partner and incredible husband! You are kind, wise, passionate and always challenge me to be a better leader and steward of my gifts. I love the adventures we've had together-- hiking in the Scottish highlands, going on runs around the Thames river in London, boating in Alaska, moving across country twice in three years, discovering our love of soup dumplings in Hong Kong, realizing the dangers of resolving marital conflict on an empty stomach-- but I have a feeling we're about to embark on our biggest adventure yet. I love you and wouldn't want to do this life with anyone else!
Hope your Sunday has been as lazy as mine. ✨🌿
This is literally all I want to do until this baby comes. 🤦🏽♀️🌊 anyone want to sponsor my pool-floating obsession? 🙈🙄 (ps. Watching Moana is NOT helping)
"But if my fire is not large, it is yet real and it may be there are those who can light their candle at its flame." - A.W. Tozer. // LAST NIGHT. The first GATHER: Nashville event was small but real and powerful. Thanks to everyone who made time in their week to come out and join us for a (sweaty) night of donuts, coffee, and community in the park. Praying this flame grows into a wildfire. @tapestrymagazine
Still in awe of this evening and all God did. I love that when we give our dreams to him, he makes them better than we could have asked or imagined. Thanks to all the girls who came out to support @tapestrymagazine tonight. It meant the world. Full video coming soon! #GatherNashville
Welcoming my new @lovethewalls artwork to our wee home!
Pool therapy courtesy of @michellesdixon 😎☀️🌊
These two babies are on their way in the mail to come live with me and I'm SOOOO excited. I believe there's something powerful about investing in artists and their work, to not just scroll through squares and hit the "like" button, but to financially invest in craft. We all like beauty, but fewer and fewer of us are willing to pay the price of what it takes to create it. So this is something I'm trying to be better at-- I'm trying to spend money on art I care about as an act of gratitude that it exists. Go follow @lovethewalls or reach out to your artist friends today and make them feel appreciated somehow. Invest in something beautiful because thoughtful art takes work. Okay I'm getting off my soapbox now 😜🚶✨
"Vulnerability is the best worst feeling. Like emotionally doing karaoke, or like that butterflies feeling you get when you maybe swam just a little too far out from shore." // new blehrg post in the bio. ✌🏼✨
"Making friends post-college as an adult is a jungle of insecurity, second-guessing your sense of humor and hearing the phrase “same life phase” thrown around a lot." // n e w b l o g (link in bio) featuring super cool thoughts from me. 😎🙄😜✌🏼
Help! Looking for some good Monday morning playlists to be the soundtrack to this growing to-do list! If you've got a killer Spotify playlist DM or send it to me over Spotify (link to account in bio!) To everyone who thinks I'm ignoring their email or text message, I promise I'm gonna try and get to it today! Let's do this! 😘👊🏼
Come on baby, me and my tribe are ready for you to be here. ✨// feeling showered in the most real way. So, so grateful for these people. Our baby is already so loved.
I want this mural in my living room. ✨
Last time I'll post about this, but GATHER: Nashville is happening next Thursday. We're meeting in Sevier Park at 6pm to go through some of the discussion questions at the back of our latest issue @tapestrymagazine : SELAH, and really just get to know some other creative women who love Jesus. Our friends @five_daughters_bakery are supplying donuts to go with our coffee and we still have 10 spaces left (it's FREE but we have a limit to how many people can join!) Email me at email@example.com if you want to join! ✨I
Times, they are a-changin'! (Okay last baby-related picture for awhile! Still adjusting to the fact there will be another human living here in a few weeks! 🙈😜)