Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

I love Jesus but I want to die: what you need to know about suicide

I was in California on a business trip, just yards from the beach, eating ice cream and laughing as the conversation drifted away from business. Eventually, somebody mentioned a friend-of-a-friend who had died by suicide. The familiar ache and nausea filled my chest. My insides rattled when my coworker said he didn’t understand what would […]

Why everyone is wrong about “the joy of the Lord”

After weeks of working, trying to make it better, trying to bring restoration, they finally heard the word of God. The priest read and the Levites explained the meaning for hours, filling in huge gaps in Israel’s collective memory. They have come to rebuild and inhabit Jerusalem after long, hard years of exile. And now, […]

When hope hurts, here’s what you need to do

I know, it happens every year. I see the photos in my feeds, too: rings and flowers and first looks and all the trappings of idyllic wedding days. I can’t keep track of all the #bestdayever captions, the gorgeous honeymoon photos, or the engagement announcements. As Jessica Faith says, “It can seem like all social […]

How to make an amazing self-care kit for bad days

Tools, tips, and resources I use to get through my worst days It’s been a tough week. (You, too?) We’ve been pelted mercilessly by rain that brought dangerous flooding across Nashville. After a brief break and sunshine, the flat gray clouds have rolled back in. Loved ones have been buried under feet of snow across […]

Dear God, thanks for not forcing wholeness on me

Dear God, you’re not who I thought you were. You don’t want what I thought you wanted. You don’t treat me how I expect to be treated. Sometimes, I don’t know what to do with you. See, I spent years trying to be good enough, trying to be what you deserve. Shouldn’t a king have […]

Single? Why you shouldn’t wait to love your life

The truth is this: trading the expectation of settledness for singleness hurts. It just does. But pain is not the only truth.

This is what you need to do before heartache hits this year

Have you ever had a year go exactly as you planned? Or even as you hoped? Neither have I. We plan and prep and hope. And we’re working to become who we truly want to be. But we don’t foresee the drops on this wild roller coaster. The twists and turns aren’t quite what we expected, […]

This simple truth will make you who you want to be

Our shiny, new year tarnishes quickly, doesn’t it? The ball drop and midnight celebration seems so long ago now. By now, more than half of those who made New Year’s Resolutions have quit. There must be a secret that keeps the select few going. That’s why we’re spending the month looking at who we want […]

This is how to become who you want to be

Last week, we asked ourselves a big question: who do I want to be this time next year? It’s not what we’re used to, after years of asking what we want to or should do. But the answers come from deep within – they’re often more true, more beautiful, and even more interesting than any […]

This is the question you should be asking this year

woman journaling the question you should be asking

It’s January and, like clockwork, we start looking ahead. The New Year is just an arbitrary marker on the calendar, but it still holds this special power over us.  There are so many ways to change our lives, aren’t there? We can read more, lose weight, start a new hobby, or finally train for that […]

How to slow down the holiday madness: remember the story

Things are spinning wild with all the preparations. The Christmas countdown clock says 10 days, 2 hours, 50 minutes, 41 seconds. 40. 39. 38…  I’m trying to balance giving gifts, making plans, preparing for guests, and decorating our home for our first Christmas together. Still, the tree sits naked, not even lights to dress it, […]