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    Fixer Uppers.

    “I want cozy and cute… I don’t want a fixer-upper.” I remember the doubtful smile our realtor had on his face when he heard those words leave my lips. Max and I had grown tired of apartment living and were ready to make the big jump and start seriously looking for our first home together. It was quite a comical time actually, as I look back. I’m typically a realist (my husband argues that ‘realist’ is just a nice way of saying ‘pessimist’) but when it comes to huge, exciting things like buying a first home, my realist goes to sleep and the dreamer in me comes alive. I was…

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    Rest For The Weary.

    Emptiness isn’t a skill I want to add to my wheelhouse, but I admit that lately, it seems to be frequenting me often. That depleted feeling of drained energy, and emotions leaking from a lack of rest and an overabundance of action. We live in a society that is extremely great at teaching us how to move, but really lousy at cultivating the power of motionlessness; stillness.  My day starts at 5 am and doesn’t truly end – meaning my butt is on the couch and I’m trying desperately to force my mind to slow down  – until about 8 pm. I feel that the busier I am, the more…

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    Your Heart; Trusting Him with Vulnerability.

    The fresh scent of newness wrapped itself around me in the form of January as I sat with my notecard in hand, the sound of coffee quietly brewing in the background. All that 2019 had been – difficult, challenging, beautifully raw, and achingly messy – I was open and ready to receive what He had for me in 2020. I sat there in that sacred space of my living room cloaked in a faint glow, and presented the question, “Father, what’s my theme for 2020? Where are we going?” As He always has a way of doing in my life, His gentle whisper of an answer surprised me.  The whisper…

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    His Voice.

    I am convinced that without trust, we cannot fully experience the presence of God in our lives.  As human beings, His very creation, I believe we were created to enter completely unhindered into a relationship with our Creator. Last week, I came to you with five practical reasons on why I think we should be trusting Jesus. Here’s the reality though; a lot of us read these posts, buy those books off of Amazon (along with a million other items we don’t need if you’re anything like me) that tell us the joys and wonders of a life lived trusting. Then we make a declaration that this time, with this…

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    5 Reasons to Trust.

    Trust the process. This is what I’ve been saying to myself lately…on repeat. Every single time I come up against a situation that I have absolutely no control over, I have been striving to reach for trust instead of reacting out of this bloodthirst for control. I can tell you that I’m certain of one thing at this very moment –  it has been a messy process.  Trusting doesn’t come easily to me, and trusting the Lord has proven to be more difficult than I would like to admit. In the middle of the mess, I’ve had to face parts of myself and pieces of my heart that haven’t been fully…

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    You Can Do Both.

    It’s 5:30 am, and I’m tucked under my favorite blanket in my corner of the living room, sipping black coffee while the rest of my house is still wrapped in sleep. It’s the first full week of the new year, 2020, and although I would like to tell you that I am looking forward to the year ahead, I enter it with a heavy heart, weighed down by the trials and wounds of 2019.  If you recall, about a year ago, my word for 2019 that the Lord had given me was “Remember”. I felt Him calling me to remember Him; His faithfulness, His goodness… to remember that He can…

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    Choices.

    The choices we make today lead us to the doorway of what we allow into our tomorrows. I’ve been hit in the face, figuratively, this week with how drastically the choices we make affect the way our lives unfold. I don’t really have a creative opening for this topic, or a cute, funny story about a dumb choice I made yesterday and how it affected my today. This topic of conversation might even frustrate you, and honestly… I’m more than ok with that. Because I believe most of us have never been taught to believe that we do have a choice. We have a say on how we want our lives to…

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    Limitless.

    Limits are restricting. They push and pull at the borders of our comfort and nag at our innate desire to be free. Our eyes and hearts are drawn longingly to the idea of being unregulated, free-spirited, independent, limitless. If you look around you, you’ll find that limits are more a part of your world than probably realized. Commitments that hold you at a certain place throughout your day, your job, your household chores, your bank account…and the list goes on. There are speed limits on the freeway, even when you’re running twenty minutes late to work because the dog decided to puke on your favorite blanket, and your hair just wasn’t…

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    Passive Peace.

    Where do you find your peace?  This question has haunted me lately, nagging and pulling at my heart. The more I look around, I realize we are all constantly grasping for something… anything that will fill the gaping holes in our hearts that crave this simple, yet perplexing five letter word. Even as I sit in the quiet of the early morning, my mug – full of black coffee, sitting next to me on my side table as I write this to you – has the word “peace” etched right in the center of it. It’s my favorite mug. And I probably have at least five wall hangings or signs…

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    Take This Cup.

    If seasons could speak, fall would be my love language. Summer, spring, and winter are great (I guess) and there is beauty to be found in each season (if you’re that person) – but fall holds a special place in my heart. Memories of picking out pumpkins with my little brother, drinking hot chocolate at football games, and the warmth of a bonfire surrounded by family and friends fill my mind and speaks to my soul in a way the other seasons never could. Picture your typical “basic” Pumpkin Spice girl who starts decorating her house in full fall decor on September 1st, while getting out her big, cozy sweaters and boots, with…