Not So Fast.

3/31 ((from Steph)) I’m writing this from the beautiful mountain wilderness of southern Utah where a friend and I just hiked much of Zion National Park and spent our last few nights under the sweet hospitality of a gem of a couple we were lucky to find on Airbnb. The landscape is gorgeous here, and…

Joy Comes in the Morning.

3/30 ((from Brittany)) Yesterday I experienced my first big West Texas storm. Winds reaching 60-65 mph, rain, and hail rolled through our yards, neighborhoods, and little town. Our home is situated south of our city in the flatlands between two plateaus. Evidently, it’s not that uncommon in the spring for tornadoes and high winds to…

Death First.

3/29 ((from Megan)) Every time I drive past the park down the street I inspect the huge magnolia tree to check on the progress of its buds, hoping the frosts haven’t damaged those fragile petals. We know what’s coming and its about to get SO GOOD. The problem with spring is how familiar we are…

Blessed Blooms.

3/28 ((from Natalie)) In the spring, I turn into an unashamed stalker. I drive up the hill and creep to a slow roll as my minivan approaches the bend entering my favorite park. Back in the days when I worked at the coffee shop at the base of the hill, I didn’t have to do…

Spring!

3/27 ((from Kate))   “Pray to God for rain – it’s time for the spring rain – to God, the rainmaker, spring thunderstorm maker … God-of-the-Angel-Armies will step in and take care of his flock, the people of Judah. He’ll revive their spirits, make them proud to be on God’s side… God will use them in His work of rebuilding… I know their pain and…

Tossing & Turning.

3/26 ((from Abbie))   “I was let go.” was a sentence that I never thought would come out of the mouth of my young, brilliant, hardworking, Kelley-business-school-graduate of a husband. He threw hours and hours into being an accountant- this was the life I was counting on. And yet the words were spoken, one sunny…

Praise Until Hope Springs!

3/25 ((from Eve)) “Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.” When I’m feeling hopeful about life or about a specific circumstance it’s easy for me to sing this classic hymn at church on a Sunday morning, in my car between errands, or while I clean the kitchen. When hope is abundant, the truth I’m proclaiming…

Be Still.

3/24 ((from Steph)) And then she said it… The three words that when combined in one exact order cause single people like me to internally embody Darth Vader in this epic scene of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. “I’ve met someone” GAHHHHH EEEEHHH YAAAAAY Picture Vizzini’s death in The Princess Bride. (Okay, I’m…

Hope Heals.

3/23 ((from Brittany)) “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela   Fear can be paralyzing. There was a season when big life altering decisions were around the corner and I was stuck. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t make a decision.  A very-bad-no-good-ugly-thing had happened to me and…

Deafening Anxiety to Stillness of Soul.

3/22 ((from Megan)) Overseas life, postpartum crazy train, anxiety. Life can be such a mixed bag of circumstances and heart issues, can’t it? All I knew was that I wasn’t myself and I wasn’t ok, a bleak and hopeless mess within the walls of my mind and clinging to Jesus. Externally, I was living my…

Sprint. Crawl. Hope. RUN.

3/21 ((from Natalie)) Ever notice there’s a lot of running around in the Bible?  The father runs toward the prodigal son. (Luke :15 11-32)  Peter runs to behold the empty tomb of Jesus.  (Luke 24:12)  The metaphor of a race is used to instruct in Hebrews 12: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a…

Let’s Talk About Sex: Part II

3/20 ((from Kate)) “God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body. You wouldn’t take the Master’s body off to a whorehouse, would you? I should hope not.”…