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Today, January 31st, marks 6 weeks since we landed here in Florida for good (we hope!). 6 weeks since we left Texas on a wish & a prayer, hoping for opportunity to unfold here in Tampa Bay. We didn’t know the ‘how’, we just knew the vision the Lord had laid on our hearts close to a year & a half ago. And we responded — with much prayer, counsel, consideration, and finally a leap of faith.

Taking leaps of faith can be scary. The unknown lays out before us, beckoning us into its mystery and alluring us with its adventure, but our head often declines the invite. After all, we are practical people who do practical things that make sense.

But faith & wisdom can go hand-in-hand, I’m learning. (more…)


Isaiah 55 may be one of the most beautiful passages in Scripture. Whenever I stumble upon it, I almost hold my breath. It’s that lovely! In it, Jesus invites us to come feast on His goodness. What an invitation! Read it below.

Invitation to the Lord’s Salvation

“Is anyone thirsty?
    Come and drink—
    even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
    it’s all free!
Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
    Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to Me, and you will eat what is good.
    You will enjoy the finest food.


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Every Friday, a group of us ladies spends 5 minutes writing on a new topic. Created by Lisa Jo Baker, this fun little exercise helps us write freely without worrying about imperfections or format. I love it! To join, check out the weekly prompt here. [Confession — this took me way more than 5 minutes, whoopsie! But I hope you enjoy.]

One of the challenges in today’s culture is staying present — not checking out to ‘check in’ on social media, respond to texts in real-time, or get rid of those pesky red bubble notifications! :)

Many of us miss the days when no one but best friends and family knew where we were on a Friday night, what we ate for breakfast, or our deepest political and social views. Baby announcements were sent via snail mail, and emails were called ‘memos’.

Now we can work virtually from anywhere, Skype or FaceTime with our fam from another coast, and GoPro our latest ski trip for our YouTube friends to see — but these (rather awesome) tech inventions decrease one major thing in our lives: Our ability to be present.



This past year, my husband and I have walked through one of our hardest journeys — trying to conceive. In the midst of it, I was trying to “heal” my body of the fatigue and other issues I’ve had the last four years. It’s been unpleasant and long and hard.

We both had our faith majorly challenged (and oh how deep ours was, we thought!). But heartbreak reframes scripture for you and who you think God is. You suddenly aren’t sure that “With God, all things are possible” or that His plans “are to prosper and not to harm you”.

Plenty of people recite these in good times, as we had, but when people hand them to you in your hard moments, it comes out cheap. Ineffective. Callous even. We’ve all heard stories of how hurt people were by others’ words in their toughest times: Words that confused instead of encouraged them when a loved one passed away. Sometimes a hug or card or simple prayer are all that’s needed. Even scriptures can fall short, if not given with the right heart and careful consideration.

It’s not that God’s goodness changes in our hard moments, (more…)

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Hi there ladies & gents!

Today’s writing is on something near & dear to my heart: THE CHURCH.

I’ve had the honor & privilege of being part of some amazing bodies of believers — from Tampa to Atlanta, Austin to Colorado Springs. I’ve loved each one for different reasons, but they’ve all produced great growth, friendship, JOY, peace & blessing in my life! The energy of hundreds (or thousands) of God’s people gathered in one place every week is powerful. It’s also transformational.

I’m not trying to paint a hunky-dory picture of God’s people because — as we all know — there are flaws and issues. I’ve experienced them and at times been deeply hurt by them. I’m sure I’ve disappointed and acted poorly to others as well. But I’ve grown so much with the church, and so has my sweet husband. (more…)


Happy 2016!!!

Does anyone else feel the anticipation of this new year?!

I love the changing of times & seasons (maybe it’s my name), but this year is especially exciting to me. Spiritually the air feels alive with electricity, as if God’s up to something. The scripture that kept coming to mind around New Years Day was Isaiah 43:

Thus says the Lord

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.

He is doing a new thing!


Fave Behr

It’s not every day your dreams come true. Though the past year has been tough on our little family, today we wanna share our big news:

We’re Pregnant!!!!!!

We’ve anticipated this day since our 1st Valentine’s Day together as man & wife — less than 2 months after our wedding day — when Brian gave me a baby name book as a gift {yes really! And I thought it was sooo romantic haha}. But sincerely, most of our lives. Even as a child I had this desire in my heart. Brian says the same.

It’s strange to wake up one day and realize… Our dreams are coming true. August 31st we rested our heads on our pillows not knowing what the next day would hold, and by 7 AM the next morning, we discovered we were new parents!!


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