You’re Not Important


  Michael and I bought our first house in our favorite part of town. This summer has been a flurry of unpacking boxes, scouring flea markets and dusty antique shops, refinishing old furniture, and sitting on our front porch dreaming—sometimes about our writing, but mostly about tiny footsteps in our house. The other day, my […]

I’ll See You Again | A Salvation Story


When I first met her in China, she was quietly studying on a bench at the local college campus. Her dark skin glistened even in the shade of the tree. As I walked over to her, I found myself wondering if she stepped off the pages of National Geographic. Occasionally, people come into our lives […]

Waiting at the Tomb | Where are you Mourning?

Growing up a true Southern girl, Easter was always celebrated & church attendance was mandatory. All those years—I heard the same message. Jesus died a brutal death on a Cross, forgave his enemies in his suffering, and was buried in a tomb. After three days, resurrection burst forth from the burial-place and Jesus walked among […]

No Room in the Inn | Are you Listening?

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” The Christmas story begins. “All the world”—everyone needed to travel to their perspective hometowns and register—the first time the Roman world had undergone a census. So men and women, old and young, […]

When Entitlement Meets God

I have a confession to make. I struggle with entitlement. Entitlement? The definition might as well be “Americans”. It’s the attitude of deserving-I deserve to live in an $$$ house, go to a private college, make $70,000 right out of school, send my food back at a restaurant if I don’t “like” it, sue someone […]

Stolen Phones and Finding Hope


“Thanks to my Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ for calling me His daughter, leading me out of darkness into his wonderful light, protecting me, and never leaving my side. Without Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, my life would be void of the richest gifts and relationships — and I would never have […]

Life as a MRS : New Last Name, One Big Celebration, Same ‘Ole Me

On June 4th, I wore this Married him changed my last name to Dean and became part of their family at the best party of the year and left for our honeymoon MARRIED to the love of my life. “Wherever you go, there you are.” A new last name, new husband, new house…but at the […]

The Comparison Battle Part 2 | Hips and the “F” Word

As a result of the flood of responses from Life as a MRS | The Comparison Battle,{click here to read} I decided to continue the discussion with one area of comparison most women struggle with: weight and body image – or hips and the “F” word. If you struggle with negative body image and constantly compare yourself to […]

Hope in Heaven is For Real

On Saturday night, I went with some friends to Arrington Vineyards — tasted some incredible wine — and met a girl named Lauren. She asked me what I did in Nashville and loving every opportunity to brag about my company {Thomas Nelson}, I started my usual speech, “I work for Thomas Nelson – a book publishing […]

Questioning God’s Blessings

I have an interview tomorrow for my D-R-E-A-M  job. Thomas Nelson-the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the 7th largest trade publishing company-will interview me for a position in the fiction department in 31 hours. Am I nervous? Anxious? Both to the nth degree. In effort to fully equip myself for the interview, I […]