lilies & sparrows

Rules for Self Discovery:

1. What we want most
2. What we think about most
3. How we use our money
4. What we do with our leisure time
5. The company we enjoy
6. Who and what we admire
7. What we laugh at
— A.W. Tozer

I believe he’s on to something. Hear me say (you darling collegiates) that life after college is a wild ride that I believe took off before checking to make sure I was properly buckled in. rude.

So take a bit of time while still in college to walk through these 7 things. Record your findings somewhere. And I promise that when you meet the nearly-24-year-old-you, she’ll kiss you right there on your forehead. Probably in a fun shade of lipstick (that you aren’t sporting quite yet) and will build on, edit, change, be inspired by - all you wrote down today.

Hop to it. 

And you post-college ladies, let’s tackle this too. I’ll share mine so very soon. xx

taking us into the weekend

via lovelife.

Dear friends, how has your week been?

Mine brimmed over with work, preparing for Leona’s Sample Sale (more on this soon!), many post-thanksgiving catch-ups and days of much, much needed down time in Nashville. I can’t explain how blessed this week has been. The Lord is moving, not just in my life, but in our generation. He’s stirring up women who are fiercely pursuing Him, and fighting for Truth in their lives and in their friendships - ignited to be a roman candle of His glory. 

Goodness me, I see you shining and you are pretty. Keep it up kiddo.

In other news, is the quote above not the most heart tumbling thing you’ve ever read? 

xx 

MC

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we. Let all within us praise His holy name.

You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.” - Song of Solomon 4:9 

You have stolen the Lord’s heart. As my pastor put it this weekend, you have captured his affection and planted a flag on the very soil of his heart - it’s yours.

We already have his affection. Live boldly, confidently and bravely in it. Move through your day believing his wild love for you. 


Album Art

Happy Wednesday! Caleb released their EP yesterday and it’s unreal. Hooray for friends who make good music.

Have a listen to my favorite off the record and pick up your own copy here.

ArtistCaleb
TitleIf This River Runs Dry
AlbumTo The Ends Of The World

kiss, kiss.

pretty ombre humanity. we belong together.

fancy pants.

It’s quite rare for a pair of men’s pants to leave me breathless. These, however, did : 

oh my dear goodness for all things starched, printed and lovely.

Thank you Mr. W.M. Lamb for sporting these rockstar britches that are slightly bizarre yet entirely perfect - naturally, this custom pattern is inspired by the hunting scene wallpaper lining his grandparent’s home.

Cooper Ray from Social Primer has a custom Tailgate (yup) line with Brooks Brothers (the originators of the ready-to-wear suit, thankyouverymuchkindsirs) and incorporated Lamb’s print into his collection.

yum.

I need an inhaler.

(thank you Back Down South for the first image.)

wednesday happy.

Happiest Wednesday to you! We’re having a little flash sale over at Leona; enjoy 35% off our favorite Fall pieces until Sunday 11/20 at 12pm EST. Hop to it! 

My favorite? The Charlotte Coat Dress.

Those brass buttons + silk wool + that big ol’ bow. Cue my weak knees.

friends who sing [vol. 2]

Bursts of warmth and light, the ever-sweet Jillian Edwards' new album Headfirst is out on iTunes today and you, my dear angels, deserve this treat. I could ramble for hours and days about the joy that is the drumbeat and the kindness that is the foundation of this lady. 

She is a gem of a person and her new record is just swoonworthy magic. A treat for your ears, a breath of crisp November air for that weary Tuesday soul. 

So hurry, scurry over and pick up a copy! Texas readers, she is playing a show with Drew & Ellie Holcomb in Waco on Thursday and having a CD release show in Dallas on Saturday - swing by, be blessed, say hello and hug her neck. 

Enjoy! 

As an aside, I’m tickled on a daily basis by the talent that floats around and fills Nashville. We’ve got a mighty fine thing going on here. 

such a fan.

Of this spur : 

Of this sweetness:

Of this song: 

Run by Matt Nathanson on Grooveshark

Of this outfit (and scenery and hair):

And this town:

and weekends at the farm with these friends:

Happy day to you.

the king’s court

“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalm 100 3-5


While this adventure-drenched lifestyle spills with excitement (did you read this post? I mean, I’m so blessed!), I have discovered a new kind of alone that comes with long stretches of highway.

With nothing but my 4Runner, a backseat full of silks and chiffons and another pop country song on the radio, this ENFP #7 will readily admit there are days of challenge.

Days when life is so splendid in Nashville that leaving for one more time feels like plucking up the fresh, thin roots of not-quite-yet ripe fruit.

And then He sweetly beckons:

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving in your hearts and his courts with praise.”

How often do I enter His gates with my heart in the posture of discontentment? Very, very often. I enter with everything but thanksgiving and praise.

Enter with fear.

Enter with weariness.

Enter with doubt.

Enter with complaints.

Enter with entitlement.

Enter with a fist tightly gripped.

Enter with questions.

However, we’re called to enter with thanksgiving and praise. To sing loudly in remembrance of his goodness and praise of who He is as we walk straight into His presence!

Why?

Because the bitter taste of anything else on our tongues turns our hearts away from that which is foundationally true in our lives.

He is faithful for all generations.

His steadfast love endures forever.

We do have a High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses and when we arrive in the throne room, we come boldly before Him to have his unrestrained mercy and grace poured out over us.

But in order to get into the throneroom, mustn’t we enter in through the city gates and pass on through the courts? 

I double dare you to try it. To enter in, every time you come to him this week, with thanks on your tongue. It realigns your weary heart. Thanks strengthens your knees. Thanks recognizes the power. The omnipotence.  Remembers the faithfulness. The greatness. Of a God whose kingdom’s bells ring I am with you.

Enter, unlock the gates and step into the courts of the King who adores you, with thankfulness.

Not disregarding or ignoring the pain. Not brushing the weariness, the brokenness, the anger, the fear, the hurt, the questions – under the rug.

But make your first step towards him be grateful, recognize and name the ways He is moving in your midst. Look back down the path and remember his faithfulness, glance down at where your feet are now and praise and declare the same truth over the future.

And it. will. transform. you.

He promises it. He is so good. My gracious He is so good. 

So when the wheels on that airplane curl up into their hiding place and lift me off the Tennessee soil yet again, I will choose to look out that window and enter with thankfulness and praise.

Thankful for what he has done, what he is doing, what he will do. And praise. Praise to the one whose fingers spun the gold of the sun and also the chambers of my heart.

I’m no master at this yet, but He’s teaching me the pathways to a life of abiding in His presence and joy.

And I am choosing & giving (action verb) thanks.

Why?

“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever and his faithfulness to all generations.”

And from my experience, He doesn’t back down on His promises.

and you will be mine and I will love you for always.

and you will be mine and I will love you for always.

(via plumnellie)