Thank You Jenny!

When I first thought of this blog, I hoped for community and the real-life experiences that would root me even more in Los Angeles. I wanted to connect and discover. Jenny is God’s answer to my prayer. I met her  around the time I decided to go to London for the prayer tour. She has a welcoming and contagious joy. I invited her to a trivia night and she took up a stranger’s offer. Three months later, we’re going to start a small group together!

Jenny has a fierce love for God and others. She wants so much for those around her to thrive. She is one of the kindest, most hospitable and generous friends I have. I am encouraged by her endurance and integrity in the struggle. I am so grateful for her generosity and unending cheers. She is God’s faithfulness!

Thank You Cate!

Hope. Hospitality. Sensitivity. Boldness. Community. These are things Cate lives out. She shows me the love and truth of Jesus in everything. Cate loves and cares for others well because she first knows and experiences the power of the gospel. She also cooks amazing food and I agree with her children that she should be on MasterChef!

Thank you for real conversations. Thank you for setting a place for me at the dinner table. Thank you for your constant generosity! Thank you for your family xx

Thank You Mellany!

Mellany got me to read “Just Mercy”. She inspires me with her desire to learn and understand. Her child-like curiosity and eagerness make her a compassionate friend and empathetic teacher. Her encouragement is always at times when I need it most. Her stunning penmanship makes her thoughtful notes that much more powerful.

Thank you for your constant generosity and support. Thank you for introducing me to nitrogen ice cream. I love you so much and I am your biggest advocate!

*This is the only time I wish I take more photos. Instead of the beautiful Mellany, I’ve had to settle for a picture of one of her lesson plans. 

Grace is receiving & accepting

I work for what I get. I try to earn what I receive. I want to deserve what is given to me. That is why grace is so uncomfortable.

Grace is receiving what I cannot earn
Grace is accepting that I am needy
Grace is receiving more than I expected
Grace is accepting that my worth doesn’t lie in what I can give
Grace is receiving generosity when I can’t equally reciprocate
Grace is accepting that people love me 
Grace is receiving 
Grace is accepting

A dear friend of mine generously bought my plane ticket for London. Initially I said no. I scrambled for reasons to justify why I would merit that generous gift and I found none. I don’t deserve it. My friend insisted, and insisted. It feels uncomfortable. I had to surrender my pride, sit in the discomfort and receive. That is grace – being loved based on the goodness of Jesus. I have nothing to do with it. I couldn’t earn it.

Thank you friend for teaching me that God makes me incredibly uncomfortable for my good. Thank you for giving me beyond my expectations. God works outside our small boxes; He worked through you.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

Thank You Treats!

I could just say the common puns of how the Treats are so sweet and such a treat, and end it there. Because sifting through the many, many ways they have affected me, the community and this city in order to keep this post a reasonable length, is hard.

The Treats have folded me into their family and that has made LA home. They have shown me rhythms and the care of a healthy marriage and family. This gives me hope and excitement for my future. Their commitment to me and those around them make us feel like we matter. Jeremy and Tiffany lead by example, with curiosity, openness and humility.  Now those precious girls, Ashlyn, Lauryn, Evelyn & Katelyn! It has been a treat for me to watch them learn, grow, explore, fall and get back up. They remind me to laugh, to be silly and to not eat too much candy. We hands down have the best dance parties.

Thank you for your constant generosity and love. Thank you for living out the call God has placed on your family.

Thank You “Bro”

A friend of mine donated and he wants to stay anonymous. I still want to thank him so, let’s call him Bro.

Bro is joy walking into a room ready to embrace you
Bro is generous, hospitable, ready to welcome you
Bro’s got style like no other
Bro’s got rhythm to match that head to toe color
Bro is a brother who’s always got your back
Bro serves anywhere, whenever, whoever, however, if there’s a lack
Bro gives me lots of hope that great men are most definitely out there
Bro, thanks for all your heart and never ceasing care

Thank You Rachel & Evan

Thank you for reaching out, investing in me and being excited with me! Rachel is a fierce woman who lays it out as it is, whether they are things to rejoice over or things we can come alongside her in. Her self-awareness and boldness to ask God for exactly what is on her heart help all of us to be braver. When I think of Rachel, this verse comes to mind.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Thank you both for your generosity and time. Thank you for showing me that we are and will always be family! xxx

Thank You Ruth

Ruth and I spent many many many days sitting at Bricks & Scones waiting, waiting, pushing through the muck of the 20s unknown. Her commitment and faithfulness wildly inspire us in an age of flighty, transient shifting. In her, there is deep friendship, love and service. She always puts others before herself without batting an eye.

Thank you for teaching me how to be still, how to trust, how to commit. Thank you for showing me the beautiful character of God in your service and generosity.

Thank You Joanne!

Joanne is a BA with a soft & generous heart. She was one of my first friends in LA and continues to be a ride or die friend. With her, you instantly feel comfortable to just be yourself, riff on what’s actually going on and strengthen your DGAF attitude.

Thank you for your generous and servant heart. Thank you for inspiring me to pray more. Thank you for keeping me accountable in pursuing what I love. Thank you for being a true nerd and lover of learning. xxxxx

 

Thank You Michael!

Michael makes you feel like you’re the only one in the room. He looks you in the eyes, is present with you and gives you the best loving squeeze you didn’t even know you needed.

Thank you Michael, for your big open and honest heart, always ready to give and always humble to receive. Thank you for making my flight to London possible 🙂 This roller coaster of a life is best when we’re able to ride together in the up’s and down’s. That’s you and me foreva!