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Birthdays and Bible Studies

I recently had a birthday.  The big thirty is getting closer each year.  Where does the time go?  If you know, let me know.  I gotta say, my favorite gift I received this year was a devotion book from my sister-in-law, Jennifer.  Unexpected, but totally needed.  Life gets busy, hectic, and sometimes just hard.  As a woman, daughter, wife, sister, and friend, expectations are high and responsibilities are overflowing just like my laundry.  We give so much of ourselves to everyone else, organizations, our church, our jobs, the list goes on.  This birthday gift simply reminded me to take a moment and make sure I’m giving back to myself.  We are spread so thin in the everyday hustle + bustle.  I needed a “check-up” on my relationship with the One who truly matters.  That my friend, is Jesus.

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So I begin to dig into this bible study, Finding I Am by Lisa Terkeurst.  Gotta be honest, it took a few devotions until I really began to relax and enjoy the study.  My heart and my eyes began to open to God’s presence in my life.  Grace and healing was poured over me for the next 6 weeks.  I loved doing the study with Jennifer.  Not only was she an accountability partner, but someone to share my favorite verses with, my weaknesses, and how it was growing + challenging me.  This birthday gift turned into a gift that kept giving for 6 weeks, y’all!  I absolutely fell in love with God all over again.

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When the study was coming to an end, Jennifer and I were both somewhat sad.  This had become a healthy routine to our day.  I loved having my cup of coffee and starting or ending my day devoting time to God’s Word.  We decided we couldn’t stop there.  We went to our local Lifeway and picked out another bible study.  This time, Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.  Over the past couple months, the devotions had become regular conversation with my clients, friends, and family.  We now have some of the girls in our community doing the studies!  Isn’t it amazing how God works?!  Something as simple as a birthday gift has chain reacted into encouragement in our community and friendships.  If you would like to be a part of our Women’s Bible Study Group, please message me on our Facebook page HERE and I will get you connected, gal!

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Also, isn’t this floral top so precious!?  I love the print, colors, and material!  It’s one of the softest shirts I own.  During the sweltering summer, I’m all about light + comfy material!  I’ve had lots of people ask about my Journaling Bible.  All these details can be found below!  I hope you’ve been encouraged, felt like you’re not the only one struggling in your faith walk, been motivated, and enlightened on some great new devotions to dive into!  Girlfriends, life is tough, we’ve got to stick together!  I’m praying for you this week!

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Love,

Fallon

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Merry CHRISTmas!

This time of year is so joyful, hopeful, exciting, and humbling.  It is definitely my favorite season.  There are so many wonderful memories etched into my mind + heart of Christmas time.  I always look forward to making more memories every year with family and friends.  I love reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.  Sometimes we rush the meaning of the most important day of history with all the hustle, bustle, gifts, parties, cooking, and planning.  I really love spending time dwelling on that first Christmas night.

It is so humbling to me that God would send His Son to be born in human flesh among a world full of sinners so we could one day be saved by His grace.  Gives me chills, folks.

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'”  Luke 2: 8-14, ESV

Isn’t it such a beautiful, yet simple story?  It always, always brings tears to my eyes.  Can you imagine the fear the shepherds felt?  Can you picture Jesus being born in a little stable and laid in a manger?  The emotions of Mary and Joseph entering the world of parenthood?  Sometimes I imagine what it must have felt like to be present that night.  What a precious sight that must have been.  How amazing that God cares enough about a wretched sinner like me, that he would send His Son so I can one day have eternal life with Him in heaven.  I don’t know about you, friend, but if that doesn’t squeeze your heart, I’m not sure what would.

Christmas is a celebration of that wonderful night.  A reminder that someone will always love you, be there for you, care for you, listen to you, and has experienced every emotion you have.  It’s also a reminder that one day we won’t feel any hurt, sadness, pain, depression, anxiety, fear, bitterness, emptiness, and sorrow.  There’s everlasting life because God fulfilled His promise.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17

We’re all just walking each other home, friends.  Even in the dark days, we have hope and light.  Even in the valleys, we will one day be on the mountain tops.  God is with us every step of everyday.  If you ever feel alone or your faith feels small, just read the beautiful story of Christmas + the good news of life.

My family prays for peace, comfort, joy and happiness for your family this Christmas.  There are blessings all around us.  The biggest blessing we can ever receive is opening the door and letting Jesus into our hearts.  That my friend is a forever blessing.  Merry Christmas!

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Love,

Fallon and my little family

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Harvest In The Storm

I’d been watching Mr. Hyman plant his sweet potatoes and harvest them over the past few month as I’d pull out of my parents driveway to head home.

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There’s a hurricane passing our way this weekend.  We haven’t gotten a bad storm like this in a long time in this small town.  Our first cold front of fall is blowing in.  It was chilly and starting to mist the other night.  Everything at my parents’ farm was secure and animals tucked in tight for the storm.  We went to get our bellies full on BBQ and biscuits at a local restaurant.

We were all so tired from crazy schedules and getting ready for Hurricane Matthew this week.  As we were passing by Mr. Hyman’s field, we looked over and saw his tractor shedding lights on him and his wife trying to cover the large wooden boxes of potatoes in preparation for the storm.  The wind was blowing the tarps and light was streaming in the dark from his wife’s flashlight so he could secure them to shelter the sweet potatoes.  Love their hearts.

My dad turned that Chevrolet in before I knew it.  All five of us hopped out ready to lend our hands.  The men had the tarps covering the sweet potatoes in 30 minutes.  Mr. Hyman was so grateful.  I noticed his tired eyes and worn hands from the farming.  I was grateful too.  Thankful for people like him.  Homegrown, farming the land, providing for America in the dark, wind, and rain.

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Got me thinking.  I swear my mind never stops.

Mr. Hyman sheltering his prized sweet potatoes is how we should treat ourselves.  When we’re going through storms, trials, temptations and the wind is raging, the rain is coming down, and we can’t see through the darkness in life, we need to guard our hearts.  Don’t let the storms of life destroy you and make you bitter, depressed, and drowning in your own sorrow.  I’ve got good news, friend.  Storms pass.  And when the storm passes, there is always sunshine.  Some storms will be bigger than others.  Heck, you may even get a hurricane occasionally.  Will they leave damage and scarring?  Sure.  Just make sure to pick up the pieces of your heart after and let the Ultimate Healer put you back together.  God’s gonna take care of you, you little sweet potato, you.  There will be brighter days and helping hands along the way.  You’re never alone because God’s always holding you in His worn, scarred hands and there’s always, always people helping people.

Loving God and loving people,

Fallon

 

“They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.'” {Jeremiah 5:24}

 

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