What I Learned in August

How is August over?? Y'all ... it is crazy! Tonight is my girl will cheer at the first JV football game of the season. The best part of the end of August is that it brings me to my favorite time of the year — COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON!! I can't wait to watch Auburn play Louisville on Saturday. Most months I try to join the lovely Emily as she invites us all to share what we learned.  For those of you who just like pictures, here is my month in images: And here is some explanation and ... [Read More]

What if … We Invite Others to Our Sticky Tables

Y'all, I might be a little sad ... this is the last week of my "What if ... 10 ways to live well in today's world" series." I cannot begin to tell you how much I have been encouraged by your comments and emails. What a gift this little community is to me! Thank you for helping me on my journey to live well and for the honor of encouraging you as you do the same!! Just in case you missed any of the previous posts, here they are: What if we do something instead of everything? What if we ... [Read More]

Motherhood Requires Sisterhood {why we can’t do this alone}

"Don't take it personally," my wise friend told me.  We'd been talking about the challenges of parenting teenagers and I was picking her brain since her girls are older than my own. "You've taught her well.  Trust that," said the mom I called when I was terrified I'd failed in spiritually training my daughter. Here's the deal: we need each other!  Motherhood is a full contact sport and it demands more than we ever have to give.   Join me today on the Allume blog and let's chat about why ... [Read More]

Community (in)RL

I can talk all. day. long.   For real.  But this morning, I am finding it hard to put into words what happened in my heart and in my home Saturday morning. Six women walked through my door.  Six women with six different situations.  The only commonality was they all knew me.  One has known me my whole life and one only knew me through the stories she'd heard for years.  The rest fit somewhere in between. We ate and chatted in my kitchen because isn't that where women always get ... [Read More]

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2013: Take Action

In the midst of all the talk of dreams and listening and stillness, it can be easy for me to get caught up in my own pursuits, my own goals and desires, my own life and fail to remember the very real tragedies and heartache facing people all around me.   One of the most challenging aspects of discipleship for me is finding that balance between growing deep and living wide.   I want my foundation in the Word and in relationship with the Lord to be deep.  But I want to live wide and spread out for ... [Read More]

How Great Thou Art

We gathered together like we do each month.   We sit facing our audience who waits expectantly.  They are a beautiful bunch, this gathered assembly.  I smile as I glance at their now familiar faces. We sing about the sweet by and by and the lily of the valley, some join in with our motley little choir, others simply nod along as the familiar words touch a soft spot in tired hearts and wearing out bodies.  As we begin a new song, I watch the tears come to cataract-blinded eyes. Oh Lord ... [Read More]