Charcoal Fire

As I've mentioned before, moving to Nashville was a difficult and weighty decision for numerous reasons, but primarily because of the regret and disappointment that had become synonymous with the city. For several years, I couldn't even think about Nashville or music in general without feeling a physical ache. I suppose that's what regret feels [...]

A Year of Bread

Breathing deeply, I place my hands on the cool patch of earth. I recall my youthful joy the day that I planted these seeds two decades ago, my heart filled with longing. Returning to this plot of land is painful; the sting of unrealized dreams runs deep. And yet… I pick up the small watering can [...]

The last straw.

"Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery…" (Exodus 6:9) Two months ago, I switched positions at work - moving from a direct care position to an administrative role. I never imagined myself working a typical Monday thru Friday desk job, [...]

Weak, and proud of it!

Lately, I've been ever-so-lovingly challenged by the Lord to reevaluate where I've placed my trust. I decided to do an exercise that involved me asking the family member I'm closest with to describe me as a young child. The words in particular that were the most difficult to hear were "you knew who you were, [...]

Purposeful pain.

"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her." (Hosea 2:14) When you take an honest look back at your life, it's relatively easy to pinpoint a season that seemed to be marked with pain, wanting, and even loneliness. It's a time when you felt stripped down, bare [...]

Moses, not David.

Yesterday at church, the person in front of me turned around and introduced himself to me after worship. He told me that I had "such a beautiful voice". Per usual, I looked down and muttered thank you with a small smile. I've had this happen more times than I can count since I was young [...]

the truth about the abundant life.

I've come to realize that I'm both a visual and kinetic learner (at least when it comes to spiritual matters). I love my time with the Lord in His Word, so when He pairs what I'm reading with what I experience in my day to day life, it takes root in my heart. The last two [...]