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The other day, in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, I told my husband he was stressed out. He needed to relax, take it easy, deep breaths, chillax. We were in the mountains for a vacation, but Jonathan felt terrible and was in no place to go for long hikes like we'd intended. 

On our fifth day there, I suggested we go home. He didn't feel well, there was definitely bad weather coming into both Asheville and Nashville, and we didn't need to risk driving on icy roads in a MINI. We decided to stay one more night and leave on Sunday, but just as we'd settled in with dinner and a movie in our little loft cabin, the winds picked up to the predicted 60mph. The next thing we knew, the power was out, and temperatures were quickly dropping.

It wasn't even the lack of power that bothered me. I don't know if I was worried about Jonathan feeling bad, if it was the cabin fever, or if it was the 16oz latte I'd finished off an hour earlier, but I panicked a bit. And by a bit, I mean, I was walking circles around the cabin — in the dark, mind you — with tears in my eyes. It wasn't my proudest moment.

I'd been lecturing Jonathan about his stress levels, and here I was on the verge of some sort of weird breakdown, needing to take my own advice. And I'm not the breakdown type. I'm the carefree, "Eh, don't worry about it" type, even when I should be worried.

When it was clear this wasn't an outage that would be soon resolved, Jonathan went to bed while I tried to work the caffeine out of my system and regain my normal composure. When I finally sat down, the first thing that came to mind was Psalm 46:10: "Be still, and know that I am God." 

I opened my Bible to Psalm 46, but it was really verse five that stood out to me the most, and it's been resonating in my head ever since.

Today, as the snow/ice/sleet/wintry mix continued to wreak havoc on the city, I stepped outside and took a few pictures of our courtyard, and I used one of the photos to make a desktop wallpaper. I thought I'd share it here, in case you needed this reminder as well. 

I hope all of you in Nashville are enjoying a few snow days. I love cold weather, but I'm more of a cold-and-sunny type girl, so I'm staying inside for now with my space heater until the sun decides to pay us a visit again. 

Is this something you'd be interested in me making several versions of (for iPhones, desktops, tablets, etc.)? If so, let me know in the comments, and I'll figure out the best way to do it and make a few more in the future.

Ethos Church Resurrection Week

One of the greatest spiritual, emotional and communal blessings in my life right now is the amazing family at Ethos Church. When Jonathan and I started attending there two years ago after a long, desperate and exhausting search, walking through those doors and meeting the friends that would become family felt like a long drink of water in the drought we'd found ourselves in. Refreshing just doesn't begin to describe it. Crucial. Since then, Ethos has inspired us and encouraged us to be more spiritually minded, and I've been basking in truth and love like never before. Two weeks ago, God took that even further for a girl who likes to put Him in a box. (That's me.)

On Easter Sunday, our family at Ethos Church met and committed to raising money to see what God would do in our city if we didn't put any limits on it. God moved this young church to give over $160,000 in one day and touch the hearts and souls of so many worthy people right here in Nashville.

The next Sunday, we went out in the city used those resources to fulfill what we'd committed the week before. I was asked to work and photograph one of 13 events that day, this one designed to give backpacks and school supplies, along with food, games and lots of love to refugee children and families.

I'm thankful these families have the opportunity to start over — washing away the pain of their varied backgrounds — right here. A beautiful embodiment of what we'd celebrated a week prior. Watch the video here to see a little bit more.

Here are a few of my favorite photos.

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Just a small view of the backpacks, filled with school supplies, that were provided. serving-nashville-inner-city-ethos.jpg

Sometimes a sidewalk-chalked home sketched onto a park walkway shows the greatest symbolism. refugee-families-ethos-church-nashville.jpg