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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 28: Russ Ramsey

on March 17, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

This podcast is going to be a bit of balm to your soul, friends. Russ Ramsey just has that way about him. He is a pastor to seekers, a category I am always in, and you can sense it when you listen to him- he is concerned for the hearts that have questions. He also understands how to fry cheese which is a bit of a revolutionary process in my mind. His new book, Struck, is an invitation to walk his story, a lament, a story of suffering, and a story of love. It’s beautiful and I’m so glad I got talk with him about it.

Hope you love this episode!

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Here are the links we talked about in the podcast!

Ellie Holcomb

– Russ Ramsey

– Struck

Frozen cheese

Sonic Drive-In

Christ Presbyterian Church

Scott Sauls

Enneagram

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

He Reads Truth

She Reads Truth

Songs from Struck

Clean Water Cartwheels

Wendell Berry

Springer Mountain

Appalachian Trail

Podcast page

B.fab.fitness

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 29: Jennifer Dukes Lee + Craving Connection

on March 16, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

Y’all. I have been DYING to get Jennifer Dukes Lee on the podcast! She is funny and kind and lovely and LOVES TO TALK ABOUT HAPPINESS…. which, as you know, is a favorite topic of mine as well. Jennifer and I both got to contribute to (in)courage’s new book Craving Connection, so you better believe we spent some good time talking about that too.

Hope you enjoy this episode- and make sure to check out Jennifer’s books as well! She’s just the best.

You can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links we discussed in the podcast! 🙂

– Jennifer Dukes Lee

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Love Idol

The Happiness Dare

Craving Connection 

Enneagram

Jennie Allen

Happiness Dare Happiness Quiz

The Bible Project

Delta

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 27: Ellie Holcomb

on March 2, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

You know this girl. Ellie Holcomb is one of my dearest friends and someone I love being around. You’ve heard her voice since the show began- she’s our background music for almost every episode- but this week marks a musical switcharoo to the song “Fighting Words” from the new album Red Sea Road.

We sat down a few days ago and just talked about all the things- seriously. We were eating doughnuts and chatting as if the microphones weren’t even there. So if you’ve ever wanted to eavesdrop on a conversation, this is your chance! 🙂

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Here are all the links from this podcast! 

– Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Five Daughters Bakery

Shark Tank

Patagonia

Crampons

Yurt

Mont Blanc

Let’s All Be Brave

“Find You Here”

Lisa Harper

Ann Voskamp

Podcast Page

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 26: She Reads Truth + Lent

on February 28, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Lent has long been my favorite season on the calendar. Blame it on my United Methodist upbringing, but Lent has always meant something to me. Something deep. Something important. And my middle school brain had no idea that EVERYONE didn’t celebrate it. Only as I went off to college did I find out that lots of Christians didn’t even think about Lent in the spring.

WHAAAAAA?!?!

Things seem different now. Lots of people from lots of denominations have started to embrace the Christian calendar and celebrate the seasons. AND I AM THRILLED ABOUT IT.

With Lent starting tomorrow (ASH WEDNESDAY!), I wanted to make sure you got to hear this podcast with the amazing gals from SheReadsTruth all about Lent. We took questions from many of you about Lent, answered them as best we could, and then just talked about all the things. I hope you’ll love it and share it with your people who wanna know about Lent.

Here’s the links we talked about in the podcast!
– She Reads Truth

– Amanda Bible Williams

– Raechel Myers

She Reads Truth Lent study

She Reads Truth Plans

Beth Moore’s Entrusted Study

Christian Calendar (Liturgical Year)

Coke Icees

Feast of Purim

Feast of Tabernacles

Feast of Pentecost

Ash Wednesday

Trevin Wax

Russ Ramsey

Rebecca Faires

The Happy Hour

Jamie Ivey

He Reads Truth

She Reads Truth

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 25: Rebekah Lyons

on February 16, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Rebekah Lyons’s first book, Freefall To Fly, was a total gamechanger for me. As you’ll hear in this episode, that’s actually how we became friends- because I saw the cover on instagram and stalked the author! HA. And over the last few years she has become a dear friend and partner in crazy and I just love her and her family. Her new book You Are Free will quickly become a favorite for you!

You can either subscribe and download/listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links we discussed in the podcast!

– Rebekah Lyons

Freefall to Fly

You are Free

IF: Gathering

Lisa-Jo Baker

Marche

Let’s All Be Brave

Nothing to Prove

She Reads Truth

– The Well

Broken and Free Tour

Ann Voskamp

Christy Nockels

Scott Sauls

Compassion

Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) house

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Mark Twain’s Lego house

Basketball Hall of Fame

Chris Tomlin

Gabe Lyons

Church of the City

You are Free Study

You are Free Video Study

Podcast page

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

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What Moana taught me about calling.

on December 17, 2016 in Culture Matters with 18 comments by

Two friends and I went to see Disney’s Moana yesterday afternoon. I was excited for sure (I tend to either like movies or LOVE movies…so it’s always exciting for me) but gosh it’s a good one, y’all. And in a way that only a God as kind as ours would do, He put His hand right over a pain point in my heart while I watched Moana.

I don’t want to give any movie details away, but as brave little Moana heads out on her mission, she carries a glowing green stone with her, the visible symbol of what she is called to, the important work she’s been chosen (by the ocean) to do.

When some time has passed (about an hour for us, a few days for her) and Moana has done everything she knows to do and is still failing, when she is deeply disappointed and out of strength, in the middle of the night out on the ocean in her canoe, she decides she can’t do it anymore. This calling on her life is too much and she turns to the ocean and with the stone in her hands, begins to speak to the waters.

“Why did you bring me here?” she asks, “I’m not the right person. You have to choose someone else. Choose someone else. Please.” She holds out the stone, offering it back to the ocean, and a wave reaches into her palm and takes the green stone and lets it drop through it’s water to the bottom of the sea. And then Moana cries.

And so did I, right there in the movie theater.

Because I don’t know about you, but there are days that I look back to God and open my hand and say, “take back this calling, please. I can’t do this. Let someone else have it.”

I want Him to choose someone else.

It feels too hard.

I tried and didn’t succeed like I thought I would.

This isn’t how I pictured my calling, my life, my ministry, my future. (Can I get an amen?)

Just this week I said to God, “Hey, I didn’t sign up for this and I don’t like it. Do You even care about that?”

(Sure, I’m talking about being single, but also some other areas of my life that are in a bit of turmoil currently.)

Somedays, not most days, but probably more days than I want to admit, I ball up all the things I feel called to write about and talk about and live through and I stretch out my hands and ask Him, “Why did you bring me HERE?” And I remind Him I’m not the right person. And I ask Him to choose someone else. Please.

And it makes me cry.

Throughout the film, Moana has a mantra about who she is, where she is from, and what she is doing. A few minutes after this heartbreaking scene when she gives her calling back, through a series of flashbacks and a visit from someone in her past (no spoilers here!), she remembers who she is. She remembers her unique spot on the planet. She remembers what this is all for. And she dives deep into the ocean after that glowing green stone. Moana grabs it for herself this time. What was handed to her before is now something she is choosing, because she sees how much it matters.

(And now I am a MESS in the theater.)

Because for every conversation I start where I hand back to God all that He has called me to do and the life He has given me, He speaks up quickly and reminds me of who I am and why I’m here and what this is all for. And then I have the strength, and the genuine desire, to CHOOSE this life for myself. To believe that it matters, to be grateful for the calling and the opportunities and my unique spot on the planet.

Phew. I didn’t plan for Moana to talk to me about God and my calling and remind me to persevere and even rejoice in where I find myself today- personally and professionally- but she did. What a beautiful and kind moment from God to me in the middle of an animated kid movie. What a way to remind me that yes, He does care and yes, He does see, and yes, all of this matters. And I’m really really grateful.

Looking For Lovely Gift Guide for Your Single Friend!

on December 15, 2016 in Looking For Lovely with 1 comment by

Well listen.

If Lifeway is gonna let you have a copy of Looking For Lovely for only FIVE AMERICAN DOLLARS, I’m gonna help you build out a little gift for a few different women in your life.

Today- let’s talk about those lovely single gals in your life! In addition to a copy of Looking For Lovely, here are a few gift ideas I loooooove that I think any of your single friends will love too. So pick a few or pick ’em all, but they will be great co-gifts with the book!

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Looking For Lovely Gift Guide for Your Single Friend!

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Grace & Perseverance bracelet :: just like my wrist tattoos I write about in the book, but with less pain (or permanency).

Entrusted by Beth Moore :: I just finished this study and I looooooved it deeply.

Queen Radiant Lipstick :: this stuff is amazing. All the shades are beautiful, but Queen is the one I can’t quit.

Let’s All Be Brave Mug :: I drink out of it twice a week at least, depending on my dishwasher.

Young Living Deep Relief Roller :: I don’t sell oils, but my friend Brittany does, and this deep relief roller has legit changed my life. I get lots of migraines and this puppy helps a ton.

Garden & Gun :: I love this magazine.

Women’s Foil Print Vintage Vee Tee :: this pink t-shirt with gold foil dots is the cutest I’ve seen at Target in a while.

The Road Back To You :: the enneagram is one of my favorite things to talk about and I think we could all really benefit from learning about ourselves and each other.

(And don’t forget that after you buy Looking For Lovely, let me sign it for you!)

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So there you go! Gifts gifts gifts for daaaayyyysss! Well, for one day. Christmas Day. December 25. Just in case you needed that reminder.

In case you missed it, I posted some gift ideas for young women, and a longer list for the moms in your life! Also, if you have any gift recommendations to go along with Looking For Lovely, leave it down in the comments for us. That’ll be fun to see what y’all share too.

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They Came To Jerusalem….

on December 14, 2016 in Nash-livin' with 4 comments by

What happens when the Light that guides us seems to disappear?

Y’all know me. I don’t do this a lot. (Actually. I don’t know that I’ve ever done this…. have I?) But I haven’t stopped talking about this sermon all week and I’m so grateful for technology making a way for me to share it instead of just retelling the whole thing like I’ve been doing since Sunday.

The service on Sunday morning at my church was a bit of a game-changer for me… which, to be honest, you don’t really expect during Christmas. Right? I’ve read Matthew 2 a lot of times… anyone who celebrates Christmas or reads the Bible during Advent has crossed over the story of the Magi, the wise men who brought gifts to Jesus.

But what Pastor Chris pulled out of the scripture blew my mind.

So I hope you’ll take 36 minutes to watch this and find peace and comfort and revelation AND HOPE in this word. Because I think we have all asked the question Chris is asking here- what happens when you think you’ve followed God but ended up in the “wrong” place?

(video below… if you can’t see it for some reason, you can watch here on youtube.)





Thoughts? I’d love to hear what you are processing after you watch.

Looking For Lovely Gift Guide for Moms!

on December 14, 2016 in Looking For Lovely with no comments by

Well listen.

If Lifeway is gonna let you have a copy of Looking For Lovely for only FIVE AMERICAN DOLLARS, I’m gonna help you build out a little gift for a few different women in your life.

Today let’s think about the moms that you know… either she’s your mom or your wife or your friend or…. I don’t know another category. But you have to buy her a gift AND she’s a mom (or about to be!). That’s who I’m thinking about today. In addition to a copy of Looking For Lovely, here are a few gift ideas I loooooove that I think all sorts of moms will love too. So pick a few or pick ’em all, but they will be great co-gifts with the book!

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Looking For Lovely Gift Guide for Moms!

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Lalabu Soothe Shirt :: I mean, I’ve never worn it but ALL my people do. It seems amazing.

Celebrations Cookbook :: Danielle Walker writes my very very favorite cookbooks of all time.

Mamuye Leather Tote :: this bag is gorgeous and perfect and so versatile.

Hope Is Worth Fighting For Tumbler :: I use this puppy alllllll the time. Great size, love a good straw, and the saying is straight from Looking For Lovely!

Gracelaced Mom’s Wreath :: whoa i think this is beautiful and I’m kinda addicted to Gracelaced’s work.

Grace & Peace Mug :: this is from SheReadsTruth and I think it is so classic and lovely.

Looking For Lovely Bible Study :: if she is looking for a Bible study to go along with the book!

Love Your Life, Not Theirs :: Rachel nails it on this one. Every woman needs to read it.

(And don’t forget that after you buy Looking For Lovely, let me sign it for you!)

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So there you go! In case you missed it, I posted some gift ideas for young women yesterday, and will add some thoughts for the single gals on your shopping list on Friday! Also, if you have any gift recommendations to go along with Looking For Lovely, leave it down in the comments for us. That’ll be fun to see what y’all share too.

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Looking For Lovely Gift Guide for College Girls!

on December 13, 2016 in Looking For Lovely with no comments by

Well listen.

If Lifeway is gonna let you have a copy of Looking For Lovely for only FIVE AMERICAN DOLLARS, I’m gonna help you build out a little gift for a few different women in your life.

Today- let’s talk about those dears that are between seventeen(ish) and twenty-three(ish)! In addition to a copy of Looking For Lovely, here are a few gift ideas I loooooove that I think college-aged gals will love too. So pick a few or pick ’em all, but they will be great co-gifts with the book!

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Looking For Lovely Gift Guide for College Girls!

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East Pole Coffee :: delicious coffee, cool guys who make it, all the fancy terms that coffee people care about like POUR OVER and all that business I don’t know, trendy and tasty.

Lovely jar :: so sweet and beautifully handmade.

Darling Magazine Subscription :: it’s just my favorite, so many amazing features and photographs.

OPI Nail Polish in You Don’t Know Jacques :: the perfect shade for December to March.

Cuff Ring :: I am DYING over this cuff ring from fashionABLE. I feel like every girl I see studying at a coffee shop has one like it. (So obviously I want one too.)

Graphique Dipped Foil Hard Cover Journal :: when it comes to journals, spiral is a must to me. This one is adorable.

Looking For Lovely Bible Study :: the yellow cover is for younger women, so I’d suggest that one here.

(And don’t forget that after you buy Looking For Lovely, let me sign it for you!)

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So there you go! I’m gonna help you out with the single ladies and the mamas in your family this week too, so stick around! Also, if you have any gift recommendations to go along with Looking For Lovely, leave it down in the comments for us. That’ll be fun to see what y’all share too.

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