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    We’re Not Our Parents

    “Sex has nothing to do with loyalty, we’re not our parents.” -The Politician i laid in bed binge watching Netflix’s latest and greatest—rewind, play, rewind, play. i couldn’t believe what i was hearing. i mean, i could, but i didn’t want to. the breath suddenly felt heavy in my lungs like bricks. i gritted my teeth and i flared my nostrils as if to brace myself for the knots forming in my stomach. i jokingly talk about “my truth” all the time. leggings no makeup and my fiancé’s XXL t-shirt is “my truth.” eating a sleeve of those sugar cookies with the pumpkins on them, that is “my truth.” but…

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    Bless Her Heart: Gossip and the Salty Gospel

    There is a thin, oddly shaped line that separates conviction and condemnation. Sometimes it’s a line, sometimes it’s a finger pointed. I want to be so careful with this. It is so important to me that you know my heart. My heart is not to scream and yell and be offended. My heart is for what you read here to be received in love, that in the next few lines messy truth is met with all the sensitivity in the world; that grace would replace the burns that bitterness left when truth was communicated poorly. “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human…

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    Walking Worthy

    To the world, the word worthy suggests that there is something we could ever do to merit our right standing with God, but because of the cross worthiness suggests that we are free to live outside of the bondage of having to earn. Earn forgiveness. Earn love. Earn our enoughness. A chosen people set apart and marked by colossal grace, loved while we were still enemies of Heaven. And it is that grace that should be the thing that propels is into our purpose. Purpose: the reason for which something was created or for which something exists. In order to live OUT our purpose, we just first live IN our…

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    Gone Fishin’

    “Where your hope is anchored your JOY is found.” Growing up on a lake i spent a lot of time on a boat. Sometimes when we were fishing we would drop our anchor to hold us in place. Every once in a while, though, we would look up and realize that we had drifted away from where we had started, probably because we had anchored into soft ground or maybe between some unstable rocks. And you know what? Sometimes I look up in life and find that I’ve drifted away from where I dropped my anchor, that I’ve let my focus fall from Heavenly things. Who’s following me? Who’s not…

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    Girl, go to sleep.

    Good morning wow hello, hi. Oh it’s 5 in the afternoon? Great. Have you ever been so tired you think if you tried to speak it would come out in a different language? Yeah. I’m there. What about spiritually? Have you ever looked across the table at your closed Bible and shuttered at the energy it would take to open it. Hello, yes, also there. MAN, I am tired. This is for the one who can’t remember the last time she took a few minutes for herself. The one who pours every ounce of herself into everyone else. The one who’s gaslight came on about 50 miles ago. The one…

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    Hallelujah In the Hallway

    “How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord of Hosts. I long and yearn in the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God. Even a sparrow finds a home and a swallow, a nest for herself. Happy are those who reside in Your house and praise you continually.” Psalm 84:1-4 If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. How many times have we stood at the threshold of a closed door after it has been slammed shut in our face? The sound of the deadbolt locking sirening defeat. Maybe it was your dream job calling to tell you the resume you’ve worked your whole…

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    So Much More

    You woke up this morning and before you could even get out of bed you felt it. Like the tide pulling you deeper below the waves just as your head was above the salty water you felt it. The weight of lies and loneliness sitting on your chest, whirring, unwelcomed in your ear you felt it. You felt it before you even opened your eyes to greet the sun. “…You have given me a heritage.” psalm 61:5 HERITAGE: her·it·age /ˈherədij/ noun; something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth. One year ago, this verse found me all by myself on the kitchen floor of an empty apartment…

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    Burning House

    Prone to wander Lord i FEEL it. “As a dog to its vomit so a fool repeats his foolishness” proverbs 26:11 Helloooo i don’t think we’ll be seeing that in a pretty flower crown on Pinterest anytime soon, but i know there is someone waking up, reading this who maybe feels like you’ve R E A L L Y done it this time. There’s no way God will forgive you again. Shame sets in like hot, thick smoke and guilt is the burning house. Self inflicted wounds are usually the most painful because you had every chance not to do the thing you did to cause the pain, but you…

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    Not Today.

    This hand-me-down belief that our life has to look like this ──────── in order to be “doing it right” has been passed for generations. So being a recovering people-pleaser and someone who’s straight line looks more like an EKG reading, you can imagine my panic. For twenty-three I have put up my dukes and fought with all my tiny, limited human power to keep all the balls in the air, all the plates spinning and all the people happy. Wake up, wash your face, put your makeup on, look presentable, read your Bible, say your prayers, get the kids dressed, feed the dog, turn in your paper, meet the deadline,…

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    All.

    From one sleepy lil girl to another— this week has been looong. “I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before heavenly beings. I will bow down and give thanks to Your name for your constant love and truth. On the day I called, You answered me; you increased strength within me.” Psalm 138:1-3 I love it when something from a verse you’ve read 100 times jumps out and grabs you, but this one straight up form tackled me. I will give You thanks with ALL my heart. All. It’s so easy to and i am so guilty of only giving thanks with the…