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Alongside Book Giveaway

February 18, 2017

*** Congratulations Lisa Adams! You are the winner of the Alongside Book Giveaway *** Giveaway now closed I’m not sure if it’s the time of year with the anniversary of Dad’s passing approaching, or experiencing deeper healing in my own faith journey, but this book, Alongside, had me nodding and crying and literally yelling out loud, hands springing up and down in the air, Yes! Yes! Sarah Beckman, a kindred and compassionate soul, breathes perspective and permission. She offers practical, real life nuggets with how…

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Focusing on the One

February 9, 2017

He pointed to the large vacant theater, ideal for a reading, concert or a church service. Rows of lined seats faced a house-of-a-stage; ceilings reached high yet still offered an intimate vibe. You could almost feel the pre-gathering energy in the space. There’s a band that did a show here. They marketed and sold tickets and the night of the concert they came out on stage and saw a handful of people in the audience, surrounded by a vast clump…

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Cookie Dough Confessions

February 7, 2017

Chances are if you know me long enough, you’ll hear my cookie dough confession personally or from a friend of mine who tells another friend, because mention of cookie dough naturally comes up in everyday conversation, right? When I was in junior high and my younger brother was in elementary school, our parents taught summer school and being home all day, we had the world at our fingertips. Or better yet, the kitchen. My best friend, Kathy, lived with us…

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The Waiting Room

January 31, 2017

This season. It’s abundant with waiting. And it’s teaching me a thing or two or ten. Waiting is teaching me to find the wonder and mystery in not knowing. In not being able to snap my fingers and create a pretty, perfectly styled Instagram-worthy image or weighty checklist. Waiting is teaching me to listen to the honest emotions springing to the surface. Waiting is inviting me to pay attention to simple beauties like pretending to have a conversation from the geese’s…

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The Road to Authenticity

January 27, 2017

Recently I had an out-of-body experience where I spoke a need and felt dismissed and spoke up (again) only to meet a brisk comment, and there.it.was. That tension of saying my thoughts even if it wasn’t understood and wanting not to appear difficult or ungrateful. The latter won. And I hated it. I slunk out feeling ashamed and frustrated for allowing nice to trump honest. Which is ironic because when the actual event took place, I was playing out an entirely different…

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An Unexpected Surprise at David Arms’ Shop

January 12, 2017

From beaches to barns, we took off for a Tennessee getaway. A local friend recommended a Sunday drive to Leiper’s Fork and I watched contentedly, music singing from our rental, land sprawling for miles, homes peppering countryside and smoke dancing from chimneys. I felt my shoulders relax. My country girl heart was at home. We pulled into the quaint town and before I noticed the grey wood siding of David Arms’ barn-esque store, a halo of twinkly strands welcomed, in…

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When More Meets Less

January 3, 2017

I am a soul who wants more. More connection. More fun. More adventures. More hole-in-the-wall restaurants, more dessert, more one-of-a-kind gems to decorate our cottage with. More life. More faces. More light illuminating the path’s next step. More experiences, more smells, more unique flavors, more music, more laughter, more learning. More depth. More books. But I’m also a minimizer. A less is more soul. Around this time of year, when the tree gets undressed and taken outside, and our nativity scene goes…

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New Year’s Giveaway; The Year of Choosing REAL

December 31, 2016

*** CONGRATULATIONS, GIVEAWAY WINNERS *** 5 signed copies of Choosing REAL are going to: Alexa Cook Bethany Massey Lauren Washer Tonya McElveen Brianna Brown I hope you feel loved, known and pursued on every page. But mostly, that you’ll be encouraged to release your control of needing to be all things to all people, and simply enjoy being invited by a real God through everyday circumstances. Winners, please email me your address and love mail is on its way. An…

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Sharing the Gift of Words

December 27, 2016

The idea came organically, the way many powerful ideas come. We sat around our worn kitchen table enjoying Bryan’s smoked ribs, sweet potatoes mashed with the perfect amount of nutmeg and greek yogurt, grilled green beans and homemade parmesan biscuits. We ate on our wedding china – the same china that until two years ago sat in boxes – for no other reason that it was the day after Christmas and we wanted to honor the simpleness of family time, a…

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A Broken Hallelujah

December 20, 2016

With our boys out of school for Christmas break, I’m taking advantage of time with them, with friends, with family. I’m choosing to savor this season, to bake and rest and find inspiration in the simple moments. And I’m honored to welcome everyday women with beautiful stories in the meantime so I can do just that. Today’s guest, Erin, is a tender soul, someone I’m honored to know through Choosing REAL‘s Book Launch Team. I’m grateful for her honesty, her bravery, and…

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