You are invited in. You are welcome here.
As much as the words on these pages are mine, we share this space. I want this itty-bitty piece of the internet to feel safe, sweet, and full of endless grace. Whatever brings you here today, I’m so glad we get to share this moment. I am grateful for you. ♥
Dear reader, I am ever aware that in order to invite you here to fill your heart, I must be willing to share mine.
“We loved you so much that we shared with you
not only God’s good news, but our own lives, too.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8 NLT
When I first began this blog, I knew nothing except that I loved to write. I didn’t use my name or picture. I didn’t allow comments and once I did, I wouldn’t respond. I didn’t know that I didn’t know. This place was meant to share my faith and family, but apart from that, there was no grand plan. It’s no wonder then that a few months in, I sort-of-kind-of forgot I started the thing.
And then, life took an unexpected turn. My heart was dislodged from a place it had been anchored for a very long time. A ministry that I held dear came to an abrupt end and I was left wounded, frayed and wondering … what now?
Who was I, and how would I use my voice?
God had written a vision over my heart that had simultaneously been my undoing and my reawakening. He called me—He told me it was time—to live out my faith with honesty and authenticity. He told me to be real.
He didn’t say “be perfect,” but He said “no more pretense.”
He didn’t ask me to have all the answers, but instead trust Him to provide.
He didn’t say it would be easy, He simply asked me to obey.
And I offered a million questions, feared a thousand fears, laid out hundreds of doubts in my ability and effectiveness. Would anyone listen, care, bother …
God said, simply for one.
If one heart received one word they needed in one moment in time, then I’d done as He asked. Whether that one would turn into ten or ten thousand, would be chosen only at His good pleasure.
I wish I could tell you there was heaps of freedom in that. I’d love to say I was brave and engaged straight-up faith. But the REAL TRUTH is, I’ve asked those million questions, feared those thousand fears, and laid out hundreds of doubts far more often than God deserves.
And yet He has proven faithful over and over. Because He is—good, gracious, patient and loving. He’s brought the one and then some. And along with them, He brought me space to heal and rediscover myself while I uncovered more of Him.
And friends, that’s why I’m so eager to share this space with you.
So that you can uncover the God who says simply obey
and then does exceedingly more.
Over time, God has solidified the purpose for this space. He has cleared the path and given the call, and this is what it looks like:
REAL CONVERSATION: My desire is that the words here would engage you in honest-to-goodness real conversation. With God, with me, and among each other. We may not always agree, but know that here, you will be received with kindness and given the broad space to express your heart. And…just listening is okay too.
AUTHENTIC FAITH: My heart is that you will be encouraged in the authenticity of our faith. It is real, true, alive, and without rival—just as our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. And so you too can be real in this place. Messy is just fine and imperfect is all-together acceptable.
ENDLESS GRACE: My purpose is that you know without question that you are loved by a God of endless grace. He is for you, has chosen you, and calls you His own. NOTHING can separate you from a God who gave His all to offer you His everything.
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart
and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
1 Timothy 1:5 ESV
I hope that here, you will find that one—loving, good, sincere—word in just the moment you need it. Thank you for sharing this place with me, dear friends. Your time is a gift I treasure, and I’m so blessed you chose to spend it with me.
From my heart to yours,