21 Lessons from 21 Years of Marriage

Twenty-one years ago I stood at the altar at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and amidst a lot of laughter and in the presence of lots of friends and family, I promised to love and honor Scott Underwood as his wife. Since then we've moved a few times, wrangled a few basset hounds, served a few churches, and even had a few health scares. We spent three years praying for a baby and we've spent just over seventeen years raising our beautiful girl. We've had some ... [Read More]

Light in the Dark Places

Sometimes we share the darkest parts of our lives so others can have light in their dark places. Light in the dark places. You know what I mean, right?  The dark places. I so rarely speak of mine. There are a million reasons why and some of them might even have a little bit of merit. But really, it is simply this—I don't like to go back there. Light in the Dark Places I suppose I could blame it on being a pastor's kid and always feeling the weight of expectation. Or I could say it's ... [Read More]

Stories Matter … Tell Yours

Stories matter. When my husband asked me to share a part of my story for a night of worship at our church on Easter, I didn't want to do it. I didn't want to recall the hard and sinful places I'd been. I didn't want to reopen the scarred over cuts. I didn't want to remember the hopelessness. I didn't want to revisit the brokenness and sinfulness. The truth is, I wanted to stay right here, where I am now. I want you to see me the way I am now—the Bible teacher, the wife and mom, the ... [Read More]

What I’m Reading {September 2016}

Y'all, my book stack is HUGE. Seriously. But so many of my friends are writing so many great books ... and I want to tell you all about all of them. But then all I'd be talking about is books and while I love books, I also have other things I want to share with you so these posts are my way of giving you information about what I'm reading and what books I think you'd love. {Also, that was seriously a crazy run-on sentence. ha!} So, here the books I'm working my way through in September. {The ... [Read More]

God Is Plotting for Your Glory

"What she does not see with the eyes of her heart is that in all her bitter experiences, God is plotting for her glory. This is true of all God's children. In the darkest of our times, God is plotting for our glory." John Piper God is plotting for our glory. I've been sloooooooowly reading A Sweet & Bitter Providence by John Piper. Using the book of Ruth as a backdrop, Piper carefully explores God's sovereignty. I started reading it about a month ago and even though it's only 160 pages ... [Read More]

A Prayer for My Girl’s Junior Year

We've entered a whole new era ... I no longer drive my girl to and from school. She has a driver's license and a vehicle. She'll pull that little white SUV into an assigned parking place this morning and when she finishes first day of her junior year, she'll drive herself home. I've been thinking a lot about how I feel about all of this and just her growing up in general. And, while there are moments when I do long for that adorable little girl who loved Polly Pockets and stacks of beaded ... [Read More]