lilies & sparrows
Taken with instagram

Taken with instagram

We spin and toil wondering how to figure this life out, how to balance it all, how to make the most of our lives, how to live it fully and how to be the brightest shining star. At least, this is where I find my mind wondering regularly. Not proudly.

And true to form, Blake Mycoskie says it so simply yet so right.

Spend Less, Give More.

That’s all. 

The Lord wrote it, demonstrated it and we’re called to live it. You are a steward of your life, a manager of what you have been given and scripture says that “to whom much has been given, much is expected.” 

My mind instantly barks “but what about those to whom much haven’t been given?” Scripture doesn’t address them. Why? 

Because we all have been given the Kingdom. And if this is true, is there anything we lack? Much has been given to all of us. The currency of Heaven is not the currency of Earth.

Spend Less, Give More. I’m navigating this along with you; let’s figure it out together? I do not believe the Lord is asking me to give up leopard and sequins, but I do believe He is asking me spend wisely, pull back and invest my resources (time, money and wisdom) into the Kingdom. 

What are your thoughts? 

come on summer.

this dress and I are ready.

from sabo skirt

We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known. — Carson McCullers (via musingsinfemininity)

(via musingsinfemininity)

craving

these three things together:

combined with these:

paired back with these:

And while we’re at it, this is a good thing:

The patterned sweater over a denim button-down complimented with a Barbour and the haphazard hat paired back with the tailored khaki (I’m here to tell you, I haven’t seen a pair of khakis fit that trimly and well in ages) and loafer? I can appreciate this.

look what I found.

There are few things I love celebrating more than love & the Lord’s faithfulness through weddings. And we’re right in the prime of this season of life, yes? 

A grainy shot of my pinboard with invitations & save the dates ga-lore.

However, here’s a predicament. Heels to a wedding? Yes, duh. Heels to dance? So fun to twirl in, my dear. Heels on the market these days? HOLY HEIGHT BATMAN. Let’s just pause for a moment for all 5 feet and 10 inches that I claim + 2 inches of hair (a la Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally) + 5 inches from you Mr. Sam Edleman? 

So this incredibly long story to say that I was perusing the Internet yesterday for wedding shoes that afforded me some lift but still the luxury to breathe on the same stratosphere as the rest of attendees. 

And I stumbled upon these. Not for the wedding, obviously, but alas they are cheap, come in a rainbow of colors and are the happiest things I’ve seen in quite sometime:

And as Target’s nod to street style bloggers, they’re showing them off here as well : 

adore.

love has come, your love has won.

In a sweet and glorious twist of life events, this past week opened up for me to have the unbelievable opportunity to serve at Passion 2012. 

Worshiping with 45,000 people is other worldy. It’s a sliver of heaven as the Holy Spirit pours out over a stadium of hearts and in return, voices are raised in adoration, praise and need. 

Were you able to attend with us? I would love nothing more than to hear how He moved your heart. How did He show up? How did He move? What chains did He break and where did He speak healing into? Shoot me an email, I’d love to hear your story! maryckinney [at] gmail

He’s shown me that ya’ll (you sweet, sweet girls reading. and myself) come under such attack from the Enemy to not follow that burn in your heart, that thing that makes your heart beat fast.

I believe a tactic of the Enemy is to convince us that the Bible certainly is not talking about us Southern women when it announces that we will do works ‘greater than these’ that Jesus did.

“Certainly,” the deceiver says, “those are all mighty fine things, wonderful causes, noble missions - but you, dear, want kids and a husband and that life of bravery and ‘ends of the earth’ certainly does not match up with the one you dreamed of. So just settle on back down, don’t get so riled up about this cause. Follow along now, take that well-paved road and you’ll be just fine.”

Hear me say, HEAR ME SAY, that is a lie. I’m typing in capslock which means I’m a bit pumped up about this. Your.life.matters.to.the.Lord. You are a mighty tool in His hands. If He crafted the stars of the universe, made a king out of a shepherd David and filled Sarah’s 90 year barren womb, won’t He also come through for you? Isn’t He also for you? He scripted those pages of your desires and is fully capable of filling them and leading you in a life of pursuing His purposes. 

YOU matter to the Lord. The course of your life is meant to be a blazing torch and a shining a light - you, pretty thing, are a city on a hill. You’re it!! 

The Enemy is terrified of what the Lord may accomplish in demolishing the darkness he creates and breathing Life, Light and Truth to those places through you

You matter. And I’m the first to say that I’m discovering how that plays out into day-to-day life, how our significance in the kingdom tangibly looks, but where you are, in the moment you are, in the place you are, in the room you are, in the place you feel stuck, in the season of confusion or uncertainty, in the season of routine, in the season of newness, in a time of adventure - His purpose for you in His story still remains.

Your life matters.

So, come to the fountain with boldness. I’ll meet you there!

title: white flag - passion 2012

asker

Anonymous asked: Hello Mary Catherine! I just happened to come across your blog while looking for perspectives on tilling the soil of our heart and found your entry from April. It was so beautiful. One of my dear friends is facing a breast cancer diagnosis and I shared it with her this morning. You are just a precious young woman and I wanted to say thank you for your obedience and your writing! I will be back to visit your blog. -Leslie Nease

Sweet Leslie, I do not know how in the world I missed this message, but please please hug tight your friend for me. Tell her I’m believing in her healing and fighting for her joy. And thank YOU for bringing and being a light! So encouraged by your story :) xx

The Christmas Story told and acted out by the children of St. Paul’s in New Zealand. Talk about the most precious thing you’ve ever seen.

questions & answers : Glow Tricks

One of you asked : 

oh my oh my! your skin is GORGEOUS! what do you use or what is your beauty routine to make it so glowy (?)

Well gracious me, you are too kind first of all. And secondly, I have no secret formula, however there are a few little things I have picked up along the way and incorporated into my daily routine that are most helpful at achieving a bit of glow. Most will not be revolutionary as you’ve probably read them time and time again, but alas here they are!

 

1) Water. I drink a heck of a lot of water. Save the occasional Coke, sweet tea and frequent coffee, I generally just drink water. I cut all artificial sweeteners (Splenda and Diet Coke) out nearly a year ago and it has done wonders for my skin and energy level.

 
2) Vaseline. My mom has removed her eye makeup with Vaseline for years and I actually had no idea there was such thing as ‘eye makeup remover’ until high school. Vaseline is incredibly inexpensive, lasts forever and makes the skin around your eyes smooth and soft. Disclaimer: invest in a soft washcloth to rub your eyes with, anything else is far too abrasive. 

And upon my pinterest search, you can also distress furniture, preserve pumpkins and create a glowy effect on images using this stuff. Don’t say I didn’t love ya :)

 
3) Moisturizer. Usually one with an ‘anti-aging’ formula created for wrinkles. Prevention plan? 
 

4) Blush & bronzer. Basics.

 

5) Good foods.  My skin is not anywhere close to perfect. However, I have noticed that processed foods and simple carbs cause my skin to become bland, oily and lifeless. Vegetables and fruit result in cheerful, clear skin. 

 
 

6) Sunshine. It’s the greatest formula there is.

That’s about it. Thanks for asking!

pimento cheese & home

Late night snack of mom’s pimento cheese & wheat thins make for a pretty ending to a reunion-filled Friday night.

Alas, my body is still on Central Time, so I’m sleepless and consequently bored. Here are a few things that have caught my eye as of late. Enjoy :)

Gallery walls. In my Nashville house, we’re growing one above our couch. I’ve convinced all 4 of my roommates to return from Christmas with their favorite awkward middle school picture to add to the collection. Too good. Can’t wait.

Hunter Dixon blogged this recently and I love it (and love her.) Dedicating 2012 to discovering this dream.

Geode in a fireplace. YES.

Dreaming of a secret supper club in Nashville. hmmm.

Classic City. Athens, GA. Best place on the planet.

Just dying for an embossed stamp. Clearly a necessity. 

The I’m-ready-for-anything outfit.

Child of my future. Sass to the maxx. Except mine will inevitably have a pile of messy, curly hair.

merry, merry.

peace, not as the world gives.

Oh friends, how are you? Have you been reading my sweet Ashlyn’s ponderings on the Advent season? How wonderful, right? My heart is tracking right along with her there.

As I pack to go home to Albany for Christmas for the first time as a working adult, my heart is just in a season of wrestling, brokenness, peace and trust. This week I prayed for peace - begged for peace - over a situation. And never got it. In frustration and nausea, I cried and asked for it again. and again. and again.

He looked me dead in the eyes and said “Sweet one, Peace does not come from circumstances, decisions, choices. Peace comes from Me. And being rooted in Me. And knowing that no matter whether you step left or right, I’m HERE. I am the Prince of Peace. It is my gift to give. Not a gift of circumstance.”

And right there, I was blown.a.w.a.y. Of course, I said, how could I forget?

If your 2011 has been a whirlwind, a year of transition and change like mine, or if your 2011 has been a year of sorrow and heartbreak like many, or if your 2011 has been a year of richness and reaping a sweet harvest - I pray that this Christmas season, that we settle into the Peacemaker. The one who holds the orphans of the world and the CEOs of the world. The one who intricately wove that beating heart of yours and also was an infant, born to teenagers, in a barn, under a starry sky - He’s got it. 

Fear not.

Fear not.

Fear not.

The truth is there are a million steps, and we don’t even know what the steps are, and worse, at any given moment we may not be willing or even able to take them; and still worse, they are different for you and me and they are always changing. I have come to believe the sooner we find this truth beautiful, the sooner we will fall in love with the God who keeps shaking things up, keeps changing the path, keeps rocking the boat to test our faith in Him, teaching us to not rely on easy answers, bullet points, magic mantras, or genies in lamps, but rather rely on His guidance, His existence, His mercy, and His love.” 

Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

songs

Just these two words He spoke

changed my life,

"Enjoy Me."

What a burden I thought I was to carry - 

a crucifix, as did He. 

Love once said to me, “I know a song, would you like to hear it?”

And laughter came from every brick in the street

and from every pore in the sky,

After a night of prayer, He changed my life when

He sang,

"Enjoy Me."

-Teresa Avila “Laughter from Every Brick”