A Legacy of Worship

A Legacy of Worship

Worship probably isn't the top word that comes to someone's mind when thinking about a legacy. Words like heirloom, character, stories, and love might be more common. But have you ever thought about the fact that how (and who) you worship will also become part of our legacy?

Scripture says we should pass down the worship of God from one generation to the next:

“These things we have heard and known, that our fathers told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generations the glorious deeds of the Lord and his might, the wonders he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” (Psalm 78:3-4, a Maskil of Asaph)


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Christmas 2017 Memories

Christmas 2017 Memories

Christmas was so sweet this year! It's hard to believe how much has changed. We had just found out that we were having another GIRL around Christmas last year. It felt like life was in an upheaval. It was beautiful for me to understand the reality of the Prince of Peace we celebrate in a deeper way this year. Our morning was pretty simple, with simple gifts (some are even old handmedowns -eek!) but the kids will never know unless they read this one day - and I doubt they will care! My mom always did such an amazing job making everything about Christmas morning so magical, and I love trying to do the same for my girls with the presentation of things.

 

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Christmas Tree Hunting & Home Decorating

Christmas Tree Hunting & Home Decorating

This year has felt extra special to me. Eleanora is at such a fun stage where all of Christmas is magical and wondrous. Our Genevieve makes everything sweeter and is such a joy to add to our adventures. This year Jonathan and I thought that the kids (mostly Elle) would LOVE to go cut down a tree. It was our first time, and it was quite the experience! We had never been to a tree farm, and in the deep south it was interesting for sure. Sadly neither of the kids were in the best of moods, but it was fun nonetheless. This is what I love so much about taking photos. Images have the power to reshape our memories. Eleanora will not remember her little mood, and honestly neither will I probably. What we will remember is the joy from the experience and the big smiles on our faces when we pulled this tree in our living room. Now, we ended up with a "different than usual" tree called a Leland Cypress, which has actually turned so lovely!  

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Heartbeat: Ashes & Heirs

Heartbeat: Ashes & Heirs

Today is the day (almost 2 years in the making) that Jonathan and I release our first album, Heartbeat as Ashes & Heirs. In all honestly, I feel a great lack of words at the moment. Our family is in the midst of great sadness, loss and thankfulness for the preservation of life. One family member almost lost their life, a cousin was shot and killed, and my grandfather will meet Jesus very soon. As Jonathan's uncle underwent emergency heart-surgery Monday night, I was hit yet again with the title of our album - Heartbeat. The heart is such a fragile thing. To think that it simply stops beating and we are suddenly lifeless. One moment is all it takes. Here one second. Gone another. 

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Upside-down: God cares more about the depth of your roots than the brightness of your blooms

Upside-down: God cares more about the depth of your roots than the brightness of your blooms

Everyone loves surface things. It's easy to show what is on the top, the growing, beautiful things. We love to see what is blooming. We put it out there into the world, not necessarily in a bad way, but it's out there. We see it. Stuff. Achievements. Happy moments. Beautiful adventures. Snapshots and stories of what we can see and quantify. All the things that are beautiful. Our world is obsessed with what grows above the surface. Stay on social media long and you'll see things like "how to grow your platform" or ads saying "you need this" or carefully curated ways to get more likes and acceptance in this world. And it's all based on what you can see. Happiness is found in enrichment, enjoyable things, abundance, leisure, travel, a cute house, a cute family, a cute wardrobe, cool friends and just the right balance between killing it and exploring the world. (Among other things of course.) These things are the measure of success. Do what makes you happy and show everyone your wonderful life, with just a touch of real thrown in so we know it's legit.

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