Five Passages you HAVE to Memorize (and speak over yourself!)

I want to recall His Words as easily as I do the Boyz II Men song, “End of the Road,” from ‘92. Why is it that we can recite every word to, “Whatta Man,” written 25 years ago, but we can’t recall more than a handful of verses of the only book that will outlive every human on earth? 

Memorizing His Word shouldn’t feel like a check-the-box task or an obligatory measure to earn His favor. We memorize His Word to learn more about His heart and we learn more about who He is by reading His Word. I pray that you’ll fall more in love with Jesus, the Word who wore flesh, every time you invest in speaking His truth over your spirit and memorizing His love letter, the Word!

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Blog Series Part 5: Nine Names of God {God is There}

I'm taking a pretty unpopular stance on the blog today in a culture that screams, “You do you! Anything goes. Every religion points back to ‘god.’ YOLO. Live it up! There isn’t a god, so it doesn’t even matter. The only thing that matters is who I want to be and what I want to do. You're the most important thing you need to worry about. There isn’t ‘truth;’ everyone can just do and believe whatever they want."

We hear these messages implicitly and explicitly so often each day that we become numb to them. They may even start to make sense over time. But time and human logic cannot change eternal truths. I hope you'll head over to the blog to hear more. I'm praying for the one who needs to hear this message today, above all of the noise.

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2019 New Years Resolutions: An Update

I’m currently averaging 64% goal attainmenton my 2019 resolutions. Yes, I calculated that. Hashtag nerd alert. Also, that’s pretty terrible.

Isn’t it nice to know that God doesn’t keep a scorecard like this on us? He is FOR us, not AGAINST us. He takes us from grace TO grace. Please know that I am walking through this exercise merely for my own insight and amusement. I will not tear myself down for the things I haven’t accomplished this year, but at the same time, I will ask Holy Spirit to show me where I can keep growing. And I know He’ll show me.

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Blog Series Part 4: Nine Names of God {The Healer + Beginning to End}

Have you ever played the game "What would your super power be?" I feel like mine would be something boring like cleaning the house at the snap of my fingers or carbs with no consequences. The Word says that Jesus carried a supernatural power in His hands. He could’ve done anything with this power, and what did He choose to do with it? Heal people!

Preach. Heal. Bring freedom. Proclaim joy. His mission is our mission, too. Can you imagine what our world would be like if we were more like Jesus and less like Christians? Preach the good news, heal broken people, break chains, and proclaim JOY and freedom! I’m in! It’s no wonder that people were drawn to Him by the thousands. Our ministry should still be this attractive…this hope-filled, this love-driven!

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A Letter From The Father

Do you know what your Heavenly Father thinks about you? How faithful He is and how much He loves you? Who He says you are?

Today on the blog I'm sharing what might be my favorite blog post of the year. Each word was carefully chosen and packed with truth, scripture, and Holy Spirit inspiration. I know I'll go back to re-read this post when I'm feeling discouraged and need a reminder of who the Father says I am when the world wants so desperately to convince me otherwise.

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Song Feature: Alabaster Heart

This week on the blog I'm dissecting the song I have on repeat these days. I can't wait for this song to be released! 

Jesus saw the cross a few days out, but found pleasure in the present - in Mary’s humble gesture as she gave everything she had in this incredible act of worship in preparation for His burial. 

The disciples saw a woman embarrassing herself and wondered why Jesus patiently waited for her to finish this inconvenient, shameful act. 

Mary saw her Savior before her and worshipped Him in the best way she knew how in that moment. Nothing would stop her - not her past, not the men who were mocking her, not anxiety about how she’d pay her bills the next day.

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20 Things to Pray Over Your Friends

Are you praying for your friends? Like really praying for them? As in, prayers that go beyond illness, new jobs, and travel safety? I have a handful of people in my life who will look me straight in the eyes and genuinely ask me what I need prayer for. And then…they pray for me. Right then and there. (I know….gasp!)

On the blog today, I'm sharing 20 Biblical truths we should be continually praying over our closest friends. Praying that their faith, hope, and love would increase beyond measure. That they would put on the full armor of God. That they would engage in a deeper level of intimacy and friendship with the Holy Spirit and listen for His voice. 

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Blog Series Part 3: Nine Names of God {God Who Sees + The Provider}

We desperately want to be seen and known by someone. How much more of a gift is it to be seen by the creator of the universe? He doesn’t fall asleep, get annoyed, or get busy. He never stops seeing us.

This week on the blog I'm covering two more names in this series: "The God Who Sees" and "The Provider." We can cling to so many promises from a faithful God in His Word. And these are some of my favorites.

He sees me, He knows every part of me, and yet, He still loves me more than I could ever understand. He is my more-than-enough Provider. He doesn't want to just meet my needs - He wants to bless me in the abundant realm! 

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13 Year Anniversary: A Timeline

This week we celebrated our 13th year of marriage! The "lucky 13!"  But the truth is that in Christ, we don't need luck. We only need HIM. And HE will lead our marriage in the most beautiful direction.

As much as I wish this would've happened in year 2, I don't think we would've noticed or appreciated how the Father was moving in our lives if it had happened at that time. This has been the most incredible year of growth for us in our marriage in every sense of the word, so I can't even imagine what it will be like in another year.

He CAN redeem your marriage and take it from good to great, friends! 

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Blog Series Part 2: Nine Names of God {The Father + God Most High}

I'm so excited to share part two of this blog series today. This week we're looking at "The Father" and "God Most High." I love the contrast of these two names. That He's the God above all, but He's also close, holding us tenderly as a Father.

If you've never known Him as Father, I pray that you will find comfort in this post. Dig into the Word to find out who He is. Discover that He is an amazing Father who gives good gifts. He isn't a puppet master and He doesn't send death and destruction, BUT He comforts us and walks with us through our storms.

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3 Years with Baby Kota

Our baby Kota turned three yesterday! This little pup has brought so much love and *ahem* hair into our home.

I found just a few of my favorite photos of this pup. And by a few, I mean 97. Come on over to the blog to see some of my favorite pics of one of my favorite pups!

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Blog Series Part 1: Nine Names of God {The Creator + The I AM}

I remember learning about the names of God in Bible College. They seemed interesting. Beautiful, even. But I hadn’t lived them yet. I knew God as the the Creator and the Provider. On paper, I knew He was the Healer and the One who Sees. But I hadn’t truly lived them yet. 

I’m so excited to launch my first “blog series” today! I never imagined I'd still be blogging weekly, let alone publishing a "series!"

When I began writing this post last week, I realized it was going to be way too long (even longer than my typical, super long post.) So I decided to turn it into a 5-part series that I will publish over the next few months.

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NIAW: I am 1 in 8

"This is what infertility looks like. I'm just exhausted. So many no's, wrong ways, not you, not now, maybe never, closed doors, sad news, if only's, shoot this, try that. It's just too much to bear sometimes."

These are the words I actually typed on my infertility blog 3 years ago. I had so little hope. I'd made fertility my idol and my god instead of seeking the Father's heart, laying everything at His feet, and resting in His peace.

This week on the blog, I'm sharing how He replaced fear with peace. Barrenness with LIFE. Shame with honor.

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If He hadn’t Risen

With Easter coming up in a few days, now more than ever, I’m completely caught up in the last few days of His life, tearing through the end of each gospel, desperate to hear the story. Again and again and again.

I’m looking for the details I may have missed. And He meets me there every time. He reveals the new I was searching for. Every single time.

Was he just a nice guy? A brilliant prophet? A good teacher? Who was this Jesus? And what does his resurrection have to do with me, a 30-something living in Dallas 2000 years after it took place?

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Don't Read My Blog

Recently I was FaceTiming a friend who has felt overwhelmed by life and all.the.things lately.

“I’m just finding it hard to find time to read the Word. After working all day and taking care of my kids and my husband, cleaning the house, and having a few minutes to myself, there just isn’t any time left and I’m just so dang exhausted. It seems like I’m always behind on everything and there’s just zero margin in my life,” she said.

Have you been there before? I know I have. On the blog this week, I'm sharing a message about something that I'm super passionate about. I hope it gives you hope and changes your perspective about how we spend our time each day.

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Hope for the Hopeless

It's been five years since our "Little Lady" walked into our house. After looking back on some of the blog posts I'd written during our time with her, the Holy Spirit revealed how little hope I had at the time. My hope and faith was in a baby, in the foster system, in so many other things besides Jesus. OUCH. 

The Father took what the enemy meant for evil and turned it into a beautiful redemption story. A story where this little girl got a set of “bonus parents,” while we have the privilege of remaining in her life and watching her grow up into this incredible young lady!

Today on the blog I'm sharing a few of these posts, as well as some photos we weren't able to share along the way. Come on over! 

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Why Are You Still Drinking Milk?

I wish I could take back the years I wasted "drinking milk" when I could've moved on to "solid foods." 

My 20-year Jesus birthday is coming up next week and I couldn't help but wonder if I actually feel 20 years old in Heaven years. 

The Word has so much to say about spiritual maturity. May we not become complacent and forget that the Father's heart is always about life, growth, and maturity for each of us!

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When the Seed Falls

A few days ago, we became people who do their yard.

I watched as Bry violently hit the stunted roots with the pickax and I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, "This was your heart. It was hard, calloused, dry."

Then I watched as he effortlessly made his way through the parts of the yard with fresh, healthy soil. Again, Holy Spirit whispered above the noise, "Do you see now? When your heart is soft and humble, I have something to work with. Something can grow here."

No matter what type of soil is currently covering your heart, will you take a few minutes to read this post, friends? He has something for you.

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