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 [...]

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 [...]

Abide.

I suffer from "Martha" syndrome. (Yes, the Martha in the Bible that the Lord so loving corrected for her skewed priorities of serving over sitting at His feet). I'm reminded of my proclivity for busyness this time of year in particular with all of the gatherings and celebrations. I am apt to stay in the [...]