Friday. It's so lovely to see you.
This morning I woke up at 5:40am with the urge to write, so I’m showing up and doing the thing, even if it's not pretty!
It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve moved into my new house (about 2 miles down the road from my old place). My parents made the 8 hour drive down to help out and meet a few close friends they hadn't met yet. It's my goal moving forward to have them meet at least one member of my community here in Nashville each time they visit. This time around it was Chandler and Jimmy Hopper, a couple I've become incredibly close with in the past 3 years through small group. I now lead my women's group with Chandler (pictured above, third from the left). Such a freaking big blessing.
In my 25 years on earth, I’ve not witnessed a prayer get answered so quickly and grandly as the one surrounding my most recent move. After four moves in four years time, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to yet again pick up and find another place to live. As many of you know, the process of finding roommates can be incredibly exhausting. And we all know the process of physically moving is incredibly, incredibly exhausting. I was like, Lord, please, no. Not another one!
So needless to say when my previous roommates told me they were moving out, I was dreading the thought of starting the housing process all over again. I always imagined my life would be "set" after a certain point. That I wouldn't need to start over and over and over again. But alas, here I am, starting over again in little ways each and every year.
After an ample amount of complaining (shoutout to all the poor people who were forced to listen to me), I started to invite the idea of a fresh start in a familiar place. Maybe a new housing situation in my city would turn out to be a blessing.
I prayed I could live in a house with women who went to my church, with women I could do life with outside of our house walls. I prayed I could stay in my current neighborhood. I prayed for a big backyard for gatherings with friends and a dog (preferably a black lab). I prayed, most importantly, I would have the opportunity to create deep and meaningful relationships with the women I lived with in the years to come.
The majority of the time I don't fully believe in the power of prayer, that it can actually be answered. I always feel weary to pray for specifics (i.e. everything written above). But God is God, and who’s to say He won’t answer prayers exactly as you hoped and imagined?
Well it turns out, that prayer was answered exactly as I pictured. I am currently living with three women who all attend my church. In fact, our house is within walking distance of our church. We have a huge backyard with a fire pit and a tree swing. We have an energetic black lab named Sawyer who loves to play fetch. We host small group in our living room and watch movies on the weekends. It’s a dream.
I’ve become so focused lately on not basing God’s goodness on my own prayers being answered that I’ve forgotten He's also capable of answering them to the absolute fullest.
So that’s the big life update! Other than the move, my days consist of a whole lot of managing projects of all kinds, training for the Nashville half marathon, co-leading my hilarious small group and spending time with friends. I am planning on doing a roadtrip next weekend to Louisville, KY to see one of my favorite artists, Corey Kilgannon. I’m also still in the process of working on a side business, but it’s currently slow moving. We’ll see!
This weekend in church we talked about loving our enemies. I’ve always struggled with this concept, mostly because I don’t consider anyone in my immediate life a true enemy. It’s always felt like a big ole cliche to me. I’ve never felt connected to it.
So the sermon this past weekend became one of the most enlightening and convicting sermons I’ve heard in a long time. We just began our series in 2 Samuel. Elliott talked about the definition of an enemy and how, many times, they aren’t who we often think of as an enemy. An enemy is someone who is getting in the way of the perceived life you desire. It could even be someone as close a spouse, who isn’t treating you in the way you had always hoped. Who is preventing you from a life of happiness and joy. Maybe it’s your boss who refuses to give you the promotion and credit you believe you deserve. Or the friend who won’t call you back in your time of need.
If you’d like to listen to the entire sermon, you can take a listen here.
Other things I'm loving lately:
Reckless Love album by Cory Asbury
Clothes from Roolee Boutique
Changes That Heal by Henry Cloud
Bags from 31Bits
This interview with Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us
Props to you if you made it all the way through this semi-boring post. But you know what? That’s life most of the time, yeah?
This is life lately and it sure is sweet.
pictured below: the house and the beloved pup