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Finding Beauty in the Winter

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My sister loves winter.

She loves the snow, the cold, the way your lungs freeze up and give out when you try to breathe, all of it. (Okay, fine, I embellished the breathing one, though she does like breathing cold air.)

I’m not a fan.

I love sunshine and warmth and the smell of dirt and trees. I love being outside and hiking and adventures and going barefoot and being at and in the lake (that isn’t frozen). I love outdoor sports and Enoing (is that a verb? Let’s go with yes) and picnics and grilling and barbecues and, as you can see, pretty much anything that includes eating outside.

On the other hand, it’s unnatural how much I hate jackets and coats. I would rather risk pneumonia than put on a jacket. You know what else I could go the rest of my life without? Socks. And short days and having to start your car 20 minutes before you go anywhere so your hands don’t permanently freeze to the steering wheel.

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Six Quotes on Weakness

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I’ve never felt complete and total weakness more than in the last year. 

And that’s only intensified in the last three weeks.

At times, that weakness has led to introspection, waterfalls of fear, running from everyone and everything, building walls, shutting down, depression, despair, and grasping for control.

At other times, that weakness has served as a beat up taxi into which I climb and let drive me to the throne of grace and into the arms of the Strong One whose sufficiency shines against the bleakness of my lack and covers me with blankets of mercy and security.

One of the things I’ve learned? Comfort in weakness is always found at Calvary.

May the following quotes lead you there.

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Happy Birthday C. S. Lewis! 12 Quotes from The Weight of Glory

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C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite humans and today would have been his 118th birthday. 

My small group girls will come over tonight and we’ll have a birthday party for him and watch David Payne’s An Evening with C. S. Lewis (we won’t watch the exact one linked but it is so good and well worth the time to watch a YouTube video with “antique” graphics) while drinking tea and celebrating the work of God in his life and legacy. Until then, here’s a little blurb I wrote about “Jack” for the November/December RTM Magazine, along with 12 quotes from his famous sermon The Weight of Glory.

We hope it propels you to worship the One who conquered hell for your redemption.

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Seven Quotes from Blind Spots


Have you ever sat through a sermon and thought, “Wow, I wish so-and-so were here so they could hear this. This is speaking directly to their sin, struggles, and circumstances”?

Asking for a friend.

Because you’ve never had those thoughts, right? Oh, of course, me either. What am I talking about? We would never think such arrogant and pompous things.

Okay, but really. I was barely into the introduction of Blind Spots when I had that exact stream of consciousness roll through my brain. And then I realized that was the exact purpose of the book.

Blind Spots directly addresses the seed (and possibly full-grown tree) of pride smack in the middle of the thought that others could benefit from this or that before you could.

Here’s what I believe is the heart of the book:

“Abiding in Christ is the best defense against the blind spots that destroy our joy in following Jesus and set us against other believers with different gifts and callings.” (p. 111)

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Five Years Later… Photos from Ecuador


It’s been more than five years since my first overseas mission trip to Quito, Ecuador, but I’ve been working on a missions article for work and the nostalgia has hit hard. 

Which, of course, explains this morning’s sprint down memory lane. Each of the following photos triggers certain emotions and experiences and reminds me of friends made during the 2011 spring break trip with Murray State’s Baptist Campus Ministry. Our time was filled with working in special needs orphanages, doing a bit of construction with a church, eating guinea pig, and taking in the sights of the stunning country.

So, here are some photos of our week in South America.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 129 – Too long for Twitter


Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough.

Take this ironic gem by Jonny Ox for example:

Don’t expect her
to paraphrase her life for you;
she was born to be a story.
And if you can’t understand that,
then perhaps she’s beyond your reading level.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 124 – For Your Reading Pleasure


It’s been a little while since we did a smorgasbord blog (check out previous ones here, here and here) so let’s share some link love and get some mutual edification up in this place.

“Sell everything and buy wisdom.” -Proverbs 4:5, MSG
“A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”
“Knowledge without humility is vanity.” – A.W. Tozer

6 Costs of Real Friendships by Jen Thorn

This. All of it (especially No. 3 and 4). Straight to my heart. Check out a snippet:

Everyone has a dark side. Sin is the great equalizer and our common enemy. Friendship is designed, among other things, for growth in godliness. This means friends help each other identify and fight sin (Eccl. 4:9–12). Doing this requires you knowing their heart and them knowing yours. There must be a willingness to open up our lives and hearts and to let others in. We need to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Intimacy must be a part of friendship, and it must go both ways.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 115 – Quotes and Romania


After spending the last two weeks in Romania and having lots of quality time to read (hey, 13 hours in the air) I have so many photos and quotes to share with you. 

Our time spent in Romania was great (you can read all the updates on our ministry’s blog here) and most of it was spent developing relationships with the sweet and beautiful people who compromise the small group that will—by God’s grace and His doing—eventually be a new church plant in the city of Iasi. 

I finished two books during our Eastern European adventure, A Lamp Unto My Feet by Elisabeth Elliot (it’s a daily devotional but I’m not the biggest fan of those so I just read like 10 or 15 at a time—they’re super short) and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior. 

Wow did I l-o-v-e Fierce Convictions. (I loved EE’s book as well but, then again, I love anything she writes so that wasn’t a surprise.) A fast read (I read it all while we were gone) that is rich in history, truth, exciting stories and inspiring womanhood. And this lady was a writer who loved the Gospel and education (especially for women) and believed women should be women and men should be men according to Scripture. I really can’t tell you how much I loved it.

Enough gushing. I’ll let the quotes from these two books (and some from my pastor’s conference sessions and sermons) and the photos from this gorgeous land speak for themselves.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 114 – Fear and Faith


“I have to trust and believe that if there was any other way for God to accomplish His will in my life (or in the people who will be affected by it through my life), He would. Look at Jesus in the Garden, ‘If there be any other way…’ but there wasn’t.” -Kristie Anyabwile

On Thursday one of my best friends and I attended the Fear and Faith panel discussion in Nashville where Kristie Anyabwile, Trillia Newbell, Jani Ortlund, Catherine Parks, Lindsay Swartz and Jen Wilkin gathered for a one night event to celebrate the release of Trillia’s new book Fear and Faith: Finding the peace your heart craves. 

It was awesome.

These women open their mouth and wisdom and grace and hilarity and authenticity comes out. It’s beautiful. Below are some of my favorite quotes of the night.

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