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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…

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    Not the Exception

    “How rare and beautiful it is to even exist.” God could’ve created anyone or anything in your place, but He thought of you. Every freckle, the sound of your laugh, the way your forehead wrinkles when you think. How your eyes light up when you talk about something you R E A L L Y love – before the world began you were on the mind of the One that poured its foundation. He’s so proud of you. You are not an accident, you are not the product of coincidence or chance. No, you were a deliberate decision made by the creator of the universe. A perfect God who has…

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    Blessing in the Wrestle

    “Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him all night until daybreak. when the man saw that He could not defeat him, He struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip. the man said ‘let me go for it is daybreak.’ but Jacob said, i will not go unless You bless me.’ ‘what is your name?’ the man asked. ‘Jacob,’ he replied. ‘your name will no longer be Jacob,’ the man said, ‘it will be Israel.” Genesis 32:24-26 Somehow, somewhere along the way we’ve taken on this notion that in order to be a “good Christian” we better sit there nodding our head with the…

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    Underdressed

    Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly felt uncomfortably overdressed or worse 𝔲𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔯𝔡𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔡. like a feverish, throbbing red thumb on the hand of social status. you stand there at the threshold of the door looking in, taking mental inventory of your closet at home & sizing up the competition. as you mingle you feel an awkward urgency, an almost obligation to slip in an explanation for your outfit choice OR if you’re anything like me, you hide behind your mildly self-deprecating, wildly charming humor & you force them to be okay with it. i think the same can go for us spiritually. you walk into a room, or…

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    Don’t Miss the Mud

    And that’s okay, you don’t have to be… “If love endured that ancient cross, how precious is my savior’s blood? The beauty of heaven wrapped in my shame. The image of love upon death’s frame. If having my heart was worth the pain what joy could you see beyond the grave? If love saw my soul worth dying for, how wonderful? How glorious? My saviors scars victorious. My chains are gone, our debt is paid. From death to life and grace to grace.” Hillsong Worship, Grace To Grace Babes! I’m currently writing to you from the sky! Seat 14E to be exact. I’m in the middle and I have to…

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    Girl Gang: The Movement

    Khloe Kardashian once said, “What happened to women fixing each other’s crowns instead of trying to knock the others crown off?” And I felt that. Think about it, we are living in the age of the woman and outwardly we do a great job of #StandingWith and #MarchingOn, but behind pretty captions and closed doors insecurity is a cancer to our generation. Instead of celebrating the success of our sisters, we compare and compete at the expense of our own peace. “With the same mouth we praise our Lord and Father and curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it.” James 3:9-10 Hey, I get it. I am…

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    You Are Here

    Joy is the serious business of Heaven. -C.S. Lewis My new life in my new city starts something like this: 5:00AM alarm one goes off until alarms two and three go off at 5:30 and 5:45. My eyes open just enough for my hands to find the door before my shuffling little feet do. I stare at my reflection in the bathroom mirror having a silent conversation with myself trying to justify stretching that dry shampoo just one more day. I decide that washing it would be best for everyone involved. I shuffle play my “Hood Things and Also Worship” Spotify playlist and we proceed to get this thing poppin’…