Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

When you need fresh hope, this is what to do

fresh-hope-discouragement

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13 ESV Discouragement snuck in when I wasn’t looking. It settled in my soul some time before I noticed its evidence on the edges of […]

16 Beautiful Books That Changed My Life

Recently, a couple of girls I’ve worked with asked about the books that changed my life (not counting the Bible). It got me thinking: we’re all collectors, carrying bits of people and experiences and stories inside. And stories are important – we make sense of the world and shape ourselves through the books we read. I started […]

A Stoplight, Depression and Words that Changed Me

I sat at a stoplight, trembling with anxiety’s rattle and hum. Charcoal clouds seemed to mirror my soul. The fog of depression had rolled in. The weight was too much. I was weary of the struggle, exhausted from wrestling to be whole. Empty paper cups rolled on the floorboards, drizzling coffee onto the mats. Clothes […]

The secret behind my blog

Some of you have asked about writing and how my little blog came to be. The short answer is this: I took a free webinar a few months back with a guy named Jeff Goins that jumpstarted this whole thing. He’s offering that it again tomorrow (Thursday, April 6) at 11AM CDT. If that sounds interesting, […]

Free Coffee Giveaway!

Simple Joy Coffee

This is day 5 of a 7-Day Blogging Challenge hosted by Jeff Goins, and this is my FAVORITE challenge yet! I’m doing a GIVEAWAY! You know I love coffee and giving gifts. Details at the end! There are a lot of incredible coffee shops in Nashville, but The Well is my favorite. I fell in […]

Redefining the Small Things: Guest Post by Steve Austin

Photo Credit: Brandon Couch This week, I’m participating in this 7-Day Blog Challenge hosted by Jeff Goins. Today’s challenge is to guest post on another site. I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Steve Austin back here today! You may remember his powerful story from this post. After you read his story here, you can find […]

The Ugly Truth About Influence

They told us be strong, be put-together. They told us stand in the place of strength. It’s in the mythology of leaders, of politicians and public figures, and sometimes even in the church. Influencers are sturdy oaks, unbending: refuge in their strength. But these unyielding oaks, these sturdy-and-strong are not the ones who will positively […]

A Manifesto Of Hope for Imperfect Lives

Hope Sunrise Panama City

There’s a painful space between what is and what should be, between hope’s conception and fulfillment. We live in this gap with the tension of unfulfilled dreams. The heartache of loss. The sickness of deferred hope. Life isn’t quite what we expected. We’re longing for wholeness or relationships or children, mending grief or marking time in kitchens and cubicles. Amidst soul […]

Dear God, Thanks for Letting Me Cuss at You

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Have you ever been angry at God? Maybe thought he wouldn’t want you just the way you are? I sure have – for much of my life, actually. But the thing about grace is it takes you as you are, shattered as that may be. I didn’t get that my brokenness was exactly what God […]

How to (Really) Help Hurting Friends: The Art of Not Fixing

Hurting Friends San Francisco Bay

Her face is wet with tears, her trembling hands twisting and untwisting a tissue. Her words are grief and sorrow and fear. My heart cracks in me, full of my friend’s choking hurt. And I can’t fix it. I can’t fix it for any of my hurting friends. These weeks between winter and spring have been […]