Mid-Month Raw Update

Honestly I’m not even sure why I say “raw” in the title every time I do one of these updates, because they’re always from the deepest places of my heart.  Maybe just for the sake of new followers or to pull in your attention.  Anyway, I’ll stop the rambling intro here and get into the rambling update.

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January Update

Well y’all, it’s the beginning of a new year.  (I’ll still be posting my usual end-of-the-year stuff in the next coming days and weeks, so hang on.) It amazes me how quickly these come and go.  2018 was wild and unpredictable but so full of God’s goodness.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

This past week has been a week of expectation for me.  A week of seeing God in little details and really feeling Him close by, of sitting here trying to piece together what I think He’s doing + what He’s told me, and then having the devil give his very very very best attempt at shattering my hope.  And I’ve got to admit, it kinda worked a little bit for about 20 minutes.  Long talks with God, doubt, confusion, crying myself to sleep—all the things.  But I KNOW what God has told me.  I KNOW that God isn’t afraid to make bold promises to me, and what’s better: He keeps them.  He speaks only what is right and true to me. (Isaiah 45:19).  And I KNOW that despite my circumstances, GOD’S PROMISES STILL STAND.  His words are still true, His promises still going to happen, even if our expectations and time-frames haven’t been met.  No matter our circumstances.
More than I want my hopes and expectations met this Christmas season, I want to know God’s heart.  I want to give up and shake off everything that’s not of His heart.  That’s a painful process, but it’s beautiful.  Like giving birth, it’s messy and hard but LIFE is coming.  God is with us.  His promises still stand, today.  He is here.
Merry Christmas.
xo,
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P.S. My posting through the end of the year may be spotty or nonexistent as I celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with my family.  Thanks for your patience, love, support, and for following me! I love writing for and to all of you.

I’ll Give You What I Can’t Keep

This day has been beautiful and emotional and hectic.  A day of pressing in to hear from God and encouraging others.  The following post is an excerpt from a e-mail I sent some of my friends this morning.  The words have continued to ring true and echo throughout my day, so I decided to adapt them to share with you all also.

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November Favorites

November FLEW by, honestly.  I can’t believe we are on the other side of Thanksgiving day, although my wallet after Black Friday leaves me in no doubt that the holidays have indeed passed.  Now, as it’s ALREADY DECEMBER, I wanted to take a moment to look back over some of my favorite things from November.  The list isn’t super long, because I blinked and the month was over, but each item on here was very impactful to me.

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October Update

It’s been about a month since I gave you all a life update, so I’m doing another one.  I know that in my update at the beginning of September, I said that August had been a wild month, but September was even more insane *in a good way*.

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Sorry…Late Post Again

Hey everybody, my sermon notes post is going to be late again this week.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  It’s a really good message that’s worth the watch, so if you want to just go ahead and watch it instead of waiting on my notes, you can do so here:

xo,

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