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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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COMING SOON: Girl’s and Women’s Conferences



PRAISE. I love conferences. I love going to them (shoutout to the two I’m going to with my bff in the next two months [this one] and [this one]), I love speaking at them, I love learning and absorbing “Gospel drippings” from others and I love getting to mix and mingle with amazing women (young and old alike) from all over the country (and/or world).

SO. If you live in the Paducah, Kentucky area and are a female, come to these conferences! I am SO excited to get to speak at both of them while also soaking in the Word with others. Would you join me?




Saturday, August 1
9 a.m – 2 p.m.

For any young ladies entering their freshman year of high school to those entering their freshman semester of college.

THEME: “What’s Next?”

One of my dear friends is coordinating this conference for high school-college freshmen and it is going to be amazing! There are so many stellar women who will be sharing and leading small groups and I cannot wait to speak on acceptance/identity and see what the day will bring. Did I mention this is FREE and lunch is included? Hollatcha girl.

Abundant Life Worship Center,
Calvert City, Kentucky

Conference Coordinator: Mariah Robinson




Friday, August 21st (6 – 9 PM)
Saturday, August 22nd (9 am – 3 pm)

Tickets are $20 for admission, food & door prize
Seating is limited

THEME: A Symposium on Biblical Womanhood in the 21st Century

Get excited, people. Author and speaker Trillia Newbell (read about that one time my bff and I went to her book release party here) is coming to town and it is going to be great. Biblical womanhood is a huge passion of mine and I cannot wait to hear Trillia and Molly Lockwood share their wisdom! Also that weekend my awesome pastor’s wife will be speaking on marriage and I get to briefly share on singleness. The Gospel + food + fellowship—what’s not to be excited about?!

Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC, Room 109
4810 Alben Barkley Dr. Paducah, Ky. 42001

Contact Karen Burton, 270.559.4470
Syretha Moore, 270.442.8258


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