I promise this blog won’t turn into a smathering of engagement and baby announcement photos, but two of my closest pals, Jimmy & Chandler, were in need of Christmas card pictures this year! They’re having their first little one in March before making the move to Dallas. They are cute and I am totally biased, but I’m also correct.
I am absolutely in love with Lauren Daigle’s new album, Look Up Child. I watched this video when her single “You Say” released and I felt immediate relief. She’s been able to put my current life season into the words I haven’t been able to say.
“Steady the course, steady the course.”
A few days back I traveled to New York City with my college pal, Courtney. We stomped all over Manhattan (about 200,000 stomping steps to be exact). We saw Waitress on Broadway, the nation’s favorite T. Rex at the Museum of Natural History, and the hauntingly beautiful 9/11 memorial. We ate Shanghai street food and cornflake chocolate chip cookies from Milk. Everyday around 3pm, we would buy a singular taco from a recommended spot and rate it on varying scales of flavor, toppings, and texture. We (almost) mastered the public transit system. We visited Hillsong Church for explosive worship just before heading back home. I encountered God in ways I didn’t know I would while visiting America’s favorite city. The extravagant love He gives, even to the ones with dirt on their face, a cup of coins in their shaky and dry hands, was overwhelming at times! The privileged, proud parts of myself couldn’t believe He loves even them. But He does. There is no “me” and “them” in the kingdom of heaven. It moved me in all the ways I didn’t know I needed, and I loved every second.
I can’t get over Tori Kelly’s new album, Hiding Place. It is absolutely beautiful and makes me feel at home in the eternal sort of way!
This one features Jonathan McReynolds and is all my R&B/Christian dreams coming true.
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Peter, the trilogy
At the age of 27, I had never seen a mountain range before. I’d never seen something so massive that it made me feel so small. From the moment we landed in Anchorage, the mountains instantly took my breath away. Donald Miller writes in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, “I wondered at all this exposition God had created, as though it were an invitation to an epic so grand it might match the scenery. The mountains themselves call us into a greater story.” I didn’t know what that meant until I arrived in Alaska. Each place we visited was more beautiful than the next. I didn’t want to stop looking out at creation in fear that I would miss something. My favorite view: when the sun beamed out through a break in the clouds and reflected so brightly off the peaks of snowy, white mountain tops you couldn’t help but smile. On our drive to the small town of Sutton, one of our home bases for the next two weeks, we were told the story of a conversation between a woman and some students on the trip the previous year. They asked her, “Does the beauty of Alaska ever get old?” Her response: “It doesn’t get old, but sometimes, I get so busy that I forget to look up.” And right then and there, we had found our trip motto. Don’t forget to look up. Keep your eyes up.Read More