Being Real, Family, Holy Spirit, Prayer

Depression, Control, and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this year is nestled in the hills just outside Chattanooga, TN. Windy. Cold. Our little cabin pops and cracks as it allowed the wintery breeze breach its thin walls. Our Christmas music sings through the cabin while a fire lights the main room. Little feet run across the wood floors and up the stairs. Laughter fills the house. It’s…

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Being Real, Prayer

Being Perfect is…Ridiculous

It’s not easy being perfect, believe me. In fact, it’s exhausting. Quite exhausting. Overwhelming. Ridiculous. But, feels like it’s the right thing to strive for when things get crazy. I lose footing and scramble to make it up. The last 2.5 years have been very hard. Not like, I’m-being-persecuted-hard, but more like My-life-has-changed-more-times-than-my-hair-color hard. It started with our decision to…

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Friendship, Health, Prayer

Snot Factory To Blame

For the better part of two weeks, I’ve had the worst sinus/cold/I’m-going-to-die thing going on in my face! It started right before Bible Study nearly two weeks ago and I thought, “Meh, this will be gone by the time I hit the road with my girlfriends to Dallas.” WRONG! That Thursday I stayed in bed and hubs took the girls…

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Prayer

Pity Party Invitation

Well, here’s the deal: I have gestational diabetes. There, I said it. Not for your benefit, but for mine. “Natalie, you have gestational diabetes, now are you going to keep going to your pity party of one, or punch the enemy in the nose and get on with living?” This is what I ask myself. I am amazed at how…

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Prayer

Heads Down? Hands Up?

The other night I was in bed literally just flipping through the Bible. I landed in 2 Chronicles 7 where Solomon is about to dedicate the temple to God. When he finished praying, God’s glory came down and filled the temple. People were freakin’! They hit the pavement like an Okie in a tornado and they worshiped. Flip a page…

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Prayer

What Do You Pray

Last night, at our annual Church staff event, we had the honor of sitting at the feet of Andy Stanley. And again, when God places you in a position to hear, you better listen. Andy said many a wonderful thing, but one thing stood out. He was explaining to us some things he does with his staff and he focused…

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Prayer, Teaching

halp!

I’m looking at a blank blogger post section. Well, now it’s not because I’m typing, but I’m only typing to fill in the space. That’s kind of my brain lately, little bit blank. I hear it’s called “pregnancy brain,” but, whatever. So, here’s the deal. I need your prayers! I’m teaching a four week intensive to some of the staff…

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Being Real, Holy Spirit, Prayer

Mirror, Mirror

I really do love it when God decides to turn up the heat, dig out the ugly, scrape the dross off the top… you get the idea. It’s been two weeks of Him holding a mirror up to me while I pick through the zits of my sins and confess each and every one. It’s not pretty, but immaturity in…

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