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Finding Balance

“Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears my words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Luke 6

What a blessing that my life has gone in every single direction, other than which I had planned. It’s been choppy, and it’s most certainly been turbulent. God’s grace alone has revealed my endless weakness, allowing me to rely on Him alone and stand strong in ways I didn’t think possible. Even when the waters get rough, I never have to question the solid foundation on which I stand. Though each new day brings surprises of its own, there flows a deep stream of joy, confidence, and peace within my veins, rejoicing that His ways are so much higher than my understanding.

“Cast your burdens upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Psalm 55:22


❤ Hayley Elise

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A Tender Tennessee Christmas

Funny how life often sprinkles a little more foreshadowing on us than we care to pay attention to. Growing up, my sisters and I constantly looked forward to the Christmas season. Of course it meant gifts, which hardly allowed us to sleep due to an overload of excitement, but more than that it was the season of love, laughter, and celebration that filled our hearts with so much joy.

Two things cued us three, giggly girls in to knowing the Holidays were quickly approaching; the Alabama and Amy Grant Christmas albums. From the moment either one of those began to play we were officially allowed to go full throttle Christmas mode. Though every one of those songs brings a powerful feeling of nostalgia over me, only one song (sung by both artists) really sticks out to me. Even as a kid I would paint a detailed picture in my mind every time I heard “Tennessee Christmas.” Maybe it’s because as a native Cali girl, the thought of a December 25 under 75 degrees was foreign to me. Who really knows, but whatever it was, I liked it!

Tennessee Christmas

Currently, this Cali girls nose is frozen as I stand in disbelief exploring the old streets of my new city. Gazing up at this ginormous tree makes my first tender Tennessee Christmas even more remarkable than the picture I had painted in my mind all those years. Definitely not getting flip flops and tank tops this year!

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