Today's interview is short and sweet but it's the perfect way to wrap up this series. Ashlea Love joins me again on the blue couch to talk about the party that she is NOT going to miss in heaven one day. We even do a little dance at the end to show how much we can't wait to attend this event!!
Join us on the blog today and do your own heaven happy dance with us. You were made to celebrate, friend.
After my dad's parents passed away, we went several years without gathering with his sisters and their families. It wasn't on purpose, we all just got busy and suddenly several years went by in the blink of an eye. Just recently, we gathered together for a family reunion and we were reminded that celebration is what make life sweet, like cake with white frosting, and it's the only thing that can cut through the salty tears of sorrow.
Let us remember as we read today's post that we were made to celebrate with our people because this is how God created us to show His love to others.
Jennifer Jones is a woman who loves beauty. She has created a monthly pop-up shop called "Vintage Home & Market" here in Dothan and every time I step into the market I feel at home. Each booth has been carefully curated and there is such a sense of nostalgia mixed in with the current shabby chic trends. I want everything I see and I think that goes to show how she and her friends have a gift with making a house feel like a home.
Check out our interview today as we talk about what is truly important in practicing hospitality in our homes.
Renovations, whether they be in our hearts or our homes, are about making a fresh start. In Hebrews 12:2, we are told to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, so that we may be made whole (tamam) and enter "Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem" a place of complete and perfect beauty (calal). New Jerusalem is described as the bride who is beautifully dressed for her husband (Revelation 21:2) and this great love story has been written so that we may live with God forevermore, in an eternal state where we witness His glory and goodness. God will dwell with men, He will live with us and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Revelation 21:3-4). God has prepared a home for us - with Him - if we only believe that His promises are true for us.
Read more in today's post about how we can make our home in Christ.
When I asked Emily if she had an Elizabeth in her own life, she told me that her Elizabeth was her best friend Michelle. "She's my go-to person, the first call I make whenever I need advice. She's been at my house the night before parties until midnight, helping me with all the small details." Check out more of my interview with Emily about building community in today's video.
Loneliness is a disease. The best cure for this disease is to find community, which often involves vulnerability, risk-taking, and letting people into our not-so-perfect lives. Acts 2:46-47 describes how the early disciples experienced community by saying, “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” Sharing beyond the walls of their homes, the followers of Christ gathered together to tell the message of Jesus to the people. They were not exclusive—no—daily God increased the number of people who were being saved. The breaking of the bread and extending of grace was an open invitation. All were welcome to listen, eat, drink, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Read more about how we are called to build community by practicing hospitality in today's post.
Today I sit down with my beautiful friend from childhood, Ashley Skinner. Ashley and I grew up in the same Girl Scout troop and we've had the chance to reconnect with kids in the same class at school. What I love most about Ashley is how she isn't just skin deep....she's soul deep. She gets this message of #connectionnotperfection and shares her love of Christ so deeply with her friends, family, and community. Check out our interview in today's post.
Today, my sweet friend Abby McKay shares her own story of how she has seen Christ cover her with his perfection. Abby is a first time mom to her daughter, Lilly Grant, and she quickly discovered while pregnant how she had to look for beauty in the midst of the not-so-beautiful side effects of pregnancy.
"Enough is ENOUGH!"
That's the message of today's interview with my dear friend, Ashlea Love, on the subject of anxiety. Like me, Ashlea has felt the damaging effects of anxiety, especially when she feels like she might not be living up to the expectations of others. We get real in this interview today, confessing how we have to wash away anxiety so that we may be found clean in Christ.
In Proverbs 31:25, we are told of a woman who "is clothed with strength and dignity." This woman works hard by selling linen garments and loves her people well by providing for their physical and emotional needs. She is a wife, mother, and businesswoman. Reading about this virtuous woman, I want to be like her. You too? Today's post shares how we can learn from this woman when faced with anxiety.
In today's interview, Dana shares "the non-negotiable in my life is to spend time with the Lord in prayer" as her way to find connection with Him. While we so often get caught up in the busyness and the to-lists of life, Dana knows that when she creates time and space to have her quiet time, she sees the fruit that comes from prayer. "It's like coming home to a big warm hug." I couldn't agree with her more.
Watch this week's video with Dana McCain to learn more about how we are made for connection in today's post.
In today's interview, I sit down with Ashley Carson to talk about hospitality. Ashley shares in her interview that "We are relational people." She also breaks down how her home church practices hospitality with the key words "Respond. Connect. Engage." and how hospitality can simply be a friend bringing over a pizza when your husband is working late and the children are sick.
Life, like an event, goes through cycles. Hospitality weaves together the happy and hard moments of our lives, telling a story of love, loss, friendship, and family. Let's explore today how we can be hostesses who practice hospitality by giving God praise, even when the unexpected strikes.
In today's interview, I sit down with Michelle Colbert to discuss why she thinks women struggle so much with perfection. I love how she opens up about her own struggle with perfection, especially when it comes to our home. Watch our interview with Michelle now.
A perfectionistic lifestyle can overwhelm a woman's soul. The pressure of perfect living produces self-criticism and unrealistic expectations. It also leads to feeling discontent, frustrated, and confused. Join us as we begin Day One of Invited and discover the true pursuit of perfection.
When women give their expectations to God and realize that perfection is only found in Christ, we are less disappointed, discontent, and depressed. We can spend our whole lives trying to practice hospitality perfectly but God simply wants us to accept His invitation and extend His love to others.
Welcome friend! Invited is a story of hospitality and home, friendship and community, and how to live a life of connection, not perfection. Over the next eight weeks, we will watch interviews from women in our community who have overcome the struggle of perfection, read authentic stories about how to expect the unexpected, and dig deeper into Scripture. Join us today!