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What Are You Chasing?

We visit my family in Austin often. It’s a part of lifestyle, we can travel for work and so we do. But something happens to me when I visit home. I become very introspective and sensitive about the journey that like has taken me on thus far. I find myself justifying and defending why my life looks different than I thought it would. Particularly in this season of our lives. Perhaps it’s a childhood thing, perhaps it’s sneaky lies that…

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Arise and Build

For the last few weeks of 2016 I studied the book of Nehemiah. So it wasn’t a surprise to me that when I wrote down my hopes and goals for 2017 a lot of it included the word “build”. Build our tiny house. Build up A Faithful Mess. Build authentic, life giving relationships. Build skills. Build knowledge. Build faith. Knowing that it was more than a coincidence, I went back into the story of rebuilding the Wall of Jerusalem to…

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The Post I Wish I Didn’t Have to Write

This is the post that I wish I didn’t have to write, but it appears that we all need a holy reminder. Please know that this isn’t a response to either candidates but a response to our collective reaction to all of it. I’m not sure I was prepared for the day after the election. I know it happens every four years, but this time around felt so very different. The emotions were high, the fear was real, the division…

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Gracious Words are a Honeycomb

In my bible study group we discussed the significance of names. We talked about how important our names are to God, and we read the meaning of each of our names. Melissa means “honey bee”.  I’ve always viewed this meaning as cute but not very significant. That evening however, the Lord spoke into me the true meaning behind my name – and my significance. When “honey bee” was read He immediately gave me the phrase “kind words are like honey…

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