the lonestar southern x impeccable pig collection launches tomorrow // sneak peek

That’s right, y’all! One of my favorite projects of the year is just around the corner… the winter Lonestar Southern X The Impeccable Pig collection launches tomorrow morning at 9am CST!

That’s right, y’all! One of my favorite projects of the year is just around the corner… the winter Lonestar Southern X The Impeccable Pig collection launches tomorrow morning at 9am CST!

If you’re new around here, a bit of backstory: I’ve shopped at The Impeccable Pig as long as I can remember. The Dallas location is a few blocks away from my childhood home and over the years it’s where my mom, sister and I would shop for fun occasions!

Needless to say, it’s been a complete dream to release two collections with this special boutique over the past three years. How does it work? Easy season, I head to market with the team and spend a full day handpicking the pieces in each release! (So basically, if I had my own boutique, these are the pieces I would carry.) It’s such a unique and fun project to work on, and I look forward to it every year.

This collection is without a doubt my favorite winter release yet. Each season, I learn a little bit more about what it takes to put together a great collection, and this go-around, I’m so proud! From holiday dresses to cozy sweaters and just about everything in between, I think you’re going to find pieces fit for every occasion.

Like I mentioned above, the full collection will be live Thursday morning, November 7, at 9am CST… BUT I couldn’t wait to share a quick sneak peek with you below!

 

the lonestar southern x impeccable pig collection

 

sneak peek

 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE CAN I SHOP THE COLLECTION?

Online! You’ll also find the entire collection in-store at the Dallas Snider Plaza location, and a few pieces from the collection at each of the other Impeccable Pig locations! Feel free to reach out to The Impeccable Pig team for exact locations.

WILL IT SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?

You bet! Although shipping may be more expensive.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE FROM THE COLLECTION?

Ahh, such a hard one! While I truly can’t pick one single “favorite” (although I will say we have some pretty fabulous dresses coming your way) there IS a piece I’m especially thrilled about. Do you remember the mock-neck sweater from last year’s collection? It sold out in a flash, even after multiple restocks! We’re bringing it BACK this year in white, black, pink and camel! (Peep the collage above for a look!) The white, black and pink styles will have a longer hemline, too, which I think you’re going to love. I seriously wear this sweater ALL THE TIME and can’t wait to re-release it!

WHAT IS THE SIZE RANGE?

The pieces are available in sizes S, M and L. This year, we will also have three sweaters available in plus size! With each release, we are looking to include more and more items in plus sizes!

WILL YOU DO ANOTHER COLLECTION TRY ON?

Of course! Last year, I asked you to send in your “try on requests” once the collection went live. I then proceeded to share those pieces on Instagram Stories! I plan on doing that tomorrow as well, so feel free to leave requests as a comment on my Instagram Post tomorrow morning! (DMs get buried too quickly!)

HOW DO RETURNS WORK?

Just in case you haven’t shopped with The Impeccable Pig before, I wanted to bring your attention to the return policy. Returns are for store credit only, so keep that in mind when shopping. I would hate for someone not to realize that before ordering!

HOW DO RETURNS WORK?

Just in case you haven’t shopped with The Impeccable Pig before, I wanted to bring your attention to the return policy. Returns are for store credit only, so keep that in mind when shopping. I would hate for someone not to realize that before ordering!

WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE?

We worked hard to keep almost everything between $30-$100! There are a few special holiday pieces that will be a bit more expensive.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an Impeccable Pig discount code to share with y’all. But we will have a fun giveaway coming in a couple of weeks that I can’t wait to share with you!

WILL THE COLLECTION BE RESTOCKED?

Great question! We already have a set inventory for the collection, so most pieces will not restock. However, we always watch quantities on release day and if something sells out quickly, the Impeccable Pig team tries really hard to get a restock! More often than not, though, it doesn’t happen. So if there’s something you must have, I’d recommend snatching it up when you can!

Have any more questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below! I am so, so excited about this and incredibly thankful for each of you… after all, you all are the entire reason this collection happens year after year!

Let me know what you’re hoping to find tomorrow, friends! Set those alarms and get ready, I can’t wait for you to see all the fun we have in store for you!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

the knee high boot i’m loving this season

I live for knee-high boots, y’all. What started as a love for the classic, equestrian (lol at this 2014 throwback) look turned into a full-blown obsession as styles in all sorts of materials, colors and silhouettes hit the market in recent years. For some reason, I always feel a bit more posh and put together in them. Anyone else?

sam edelman hai knee high boot
sam edelman hai knee high boot

I live for knee-high boots, y’all. What started as a love for the classic, equestrian (lol at this 2014 throwback) look turned into a full-blown obsession as styles in all sorts of materials, colors and silhouettes hit the market in recent years. For some reason, I always feel a bit more posh and put together in them. Anyone else?

There are so many styles I’m loving this season, but today I wanted to introduce you to one in particular. The Hai Knee High Boot from Sam Edelman.

I purchased this boot a few weeks ago after realizing I have plenty of riding boots (even though I’m still wanting this pair) and plenty of taupe/brown heeled knee/high boots… but didn’t have a chic black pair I could wear this season!

Enter this fabulous, suede beaut of a boot. I’m loving it for its block heel (two thumbs up for comfort), its pointed toe (super flattering, in my opinion) and its extensive variety of colors. Oh, and it definitely fits true to size!

So if you’re looking for a boot to style up, down and all around these coming months, the Hai gets my recommendation. I’ll be wearing mine with light, flowy dresses (this one is well under $100) until things cool down here in Florida. Then, bring on all the faux fur! (I know, I know.. wishful thinking.)

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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my friend flynn // first weekend with our new puppy

We did a thing this weekend, friends. We brought home a little furry friend name FLYNN, instantly melting our hearts forever and officially making us a family of three! I’m still pinching myself. We just simply do not deserve dogs.

We did a thing this weekend, friends. We brought home a little furry friend name FLYNN, instantly melting our hearts forever and officially making us a family of three! I’m still pinching myself. We just simply do not deserve dogs.

I took a quick poll on Instagram this morning, and it looks like y’all are interested in hearing more about this precious little guy. (I can’t say I blame you. :) So today, I thought I’d recap our first weekend with our new puppy… Flynn! I’ve officially become “that girl” who is obsessed with her dog (Instagram handle included) so thank you for letting me gush about him today! :)

 

Meeting Flynn

 

Saturday morning, Andrew and I made the two-hour drive to Flynn’s first home. (If you’re curious, we got him from Holly Jolly Schnauzers in Christmas, Florida. Is that not the prime setting for a Hallmark Christmas Movie or what?!)

The first time we saw Flynn, he was hanging back and relaxing while his siblings were going crazy over meeting us. He was so teeny, had a special little gleam in his eyes and the cutest markings. (It’s like his bottom half is white and his top half is black!) I instantly fell in love.

We spent a few hours there playing with Flynn and his sweet siblings and learning lots of important puppy parent facts from his sweet breeder, Tracy. Once we had been through everything, we loaded up to hit the road home!

Did I cry tears of joy when Tracy put Flynn in my arms? Why yes. Yes I did.

 

Flynn Comes Home

 

Naturally, Flynn was a little bit nervous for the first few minutes of the drive. But thanks to your amazing recommendations, I had brought along a Snuggle Puppy.

We made sure to gently rub it on his siblings and for the ride home, Flynn was calm as can be laying on top of it. (We used the heartbeat but not the heating pad.)

Much to my surprise, we didn’t get any whining or shaking at all from Flynn boy! Just lots of sweet snuggles and a good long nap, as well.

 

Our First Night

 

It was about 6pm by the time we made it back to our house. Before leaving, Andrew and I had set up baby gates and removed our rugs to make our kitchen a puppy play zone for Flynn. (We have a tile kitchen floor, so accidents are an easy cleanup!) We spent the next hour there playing with and getting to know him.

When we took him out for the first time, he was so timid. (Grass can be such a scary thing!) But he quickly got the hang of it and afterward was quite content to snuggle with us on the couch all night while we FaceTime’d our families to introduce him.

Once bedtime rolled around, we decided to set up his kennel (we refer to it as his “clubhouse”) in our bedroom at least until we could figure out his nightly schedule. Flynn had had such a busy, exhausting day that he basically fell straight to sleep, after a few snuggles on the bed of course, and didn’t wake up until about 6:30 in the morning! (Thank you, daylight savings.:)

 

Flynn’s First Day Home

 

Flynn woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 6:30 Sunday morning. After a quick trip outside, he was ready to play!

Andrew and I normally head to our wonderful church here in Gainesville at 9am Sunday mornings, but we could not tear ourselves away from this little guy. You could instantly tell he was starting to feel at home already, and his adorable personality was blooming before our eyes!

As he started to figure me and Andrew out, along with his new home, you could see his confidence building hour by hour. Before long, he was trotting around the kitchen playing with toys, barking at his reflection in the mirror and snuggling us every single second. Dream puppy!

I think my favorite part of the day was Sunday afternoon. We headed outside to our screened-in porch and let Flynn run around and explore. It was adorable seeing him figure out the screen, stretch and sunbath, and even lick my beer bottle instead of his “Lick Croix” toy. What a stinker!

By far the hardest part of the day was leaving him for the first time. Andrew and I put him in his little clubhouse so we could head to a dinner in downtown, and we could hear him crying as we left. Talk about heartbreaking!

By the time we got home, though, he was quiet and as calm as can be. I think Andrew and I felt so guilty for leaving him that we compensated by a lot of playtime in the kitchen. Our objective was to wear him out, and boy did it work!

A little too well, in fact. The two of us accidentally dozed off for a couple of hours before bedtime, and as you can imagine, Flynn felt like it should be playtime after that! He was not a happy camper going into his clubhouse, but he finally settled down and went to sleep.

UNTIL… 1:30am. And then again at 3:30am. And then, for the final wakeup, at 6:00am. You know what they say about pride coming before the fall… Andrew and I thought we had the puppy thing magically figured out. Wrong! :)

So here I am… recapping Flynn’s first days with us at 1:54 pm while still in the very same pajamas you’re seeing from last night. I am completely exhausted and completely in love.

It’s so funny to me how every cliche you hear about getting a puppy is so true. Flynn is a 100x more adorable, snuggly, smart (so we think :) and fun than we ever imagined. Andrew said it best.. “I didn’t think I could love him so much!”

I am so thankful for this precious little blessing. Our transition to Gainesville has been wonderful, but even so, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get lonely from time to time given the fact that I work from home and Andrew spends so much time at the hospital.

My friend Flynn is the blessing I didn’t know I even needed. And I’m so happy to share him with you all today. :)

Now, I pinky promise not to flood your feeds with Flynn photos. BUT, if you’re looking for a dose of puppy cuteness, I’m having way too much fun with his Instagram account, @MyFriendFlynn. You’ll be able to keep up with him there!

Thank you again for all the love for little Flynn, friends. My brain may be a little groggy and slow this week due to sleep deprivation, but I’ve never been happier!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

a few friday favorites

It’s been a minute since I posted a “Friday Favorites,” so I thought it would be fun to kick off November (yes, NOVEMBER!) with a few things I’ve been loving lately! I always have a blast putting these together, so I hope you enjoy!

The morning after Halloween… how is everyone feeling?! We only received a hand full of trick-or-treaters last night (womp womp) so the only real solution for our candy basket was to eat. it. all. Please tell me I’m not the only one with a candy hangover this morning! :)

It’s been a minute since I posted a “Friday Favorites,” so I thought it would be fun to kick off November (yes, NOVEMBER!) with a few things I’ve been loving lately! I always have a blast putting these together, so I hope you enjoy!

DRESS (Wearing size S. I cut the elastic on the sleeves because it was tight and it looks so cute!) // JACKET // HEADBAND (super affordable) // SHOES (sold out, similar pair I own linked here)

 

friday favorites

 

A NEW TRADER JOE’S FIND

Andrew and I had a couple of friends over for dinner and pumpkin carving earlier this week and, as us Texans like to do, decided fajitas would be perfect for the occasion! While at Trader Joe’s, I came across the pre-marinated Carne Asada and decided to give it a try. I threw it in a frying pan and did around 3-4 minutes on each side at high heat and oh my word… it turned out amazingly! Tender, juicy, flavorful, and so easy to prepare. 10/10 in my book!

HEADBAND HOLDER

It’s no secret that I’ve completely bought into the headband trend over here. These padded cuties have started taking over my house! Which is why I decided to find an effective (but still cute) storage solution. Enter these clear, stackable headband holders from Amazon. I just got mine in this week and have already put it to use. I love having a cute way to store, and display, these pieces!

LONESTAR SOUTHERN X THE IMPECCABLE PIG COLLECTION

We’re officially less than ONE WEEK AWAY, friends! I hinted at my upcoming winter collection with The Impeccable Pig while photographing it in Dallas last week. I say it every time, but I truly think this is one of my favorites yet! Mark your calendars for this coming Thursday, November 7! I can’t wait for you to see everything we have in store for you!

BEST FAUX FUR BRAND

While opening up a few blogger packages earlier this week, I unfolded the most beautiful faux fur jacket. In fact, I can’t believe it’s not real fur! I’ve always felt like wearing faux fur can be tricky… the pieces can look off, unflattering and downright cheesy if the material and cut aren’t perfect. Let me tell you, the brand Bubish is amazing and has got it down just right! For all my winter brides out there, I think you’ll especially love this piece.

SWEETEST PUPPY TIP

If you missed the announcement… Andrew and I are bringing our NEW PUPPY home tomorrow! We are so, so thrilled to add a furry love to our little family, and I can’t wait to introduce him to you all. I asked for favorite puppy products/tips on Instagram, and am so thankful for the amazing and numerous replies you all sent in! My favorite tip was to grab this Snuggle Puppy toy. It has a heartbeat that can soothe separation anxiety. Andrew and I have ordered one and plan to rub it on our puppy’s mother so he’ll have something with her scent on it to snuggle up next to. (Another fab tip from you all!)

UPCOMING TRAVEL PLANS

Next weekend, I’m so excited to head to Asheville, NC with my precious big, Courtney! She is a pro-planner and has the most amazing weekend laid out for us. I miss her dearly and am beside myself for a long-overdue girls weekend full of yummy restaurants, tons of catching up, wine, exploring, and every other sort of fun! If you have any Asheville recommendations, we’re all ears!

“WHERE TO START”

After sharing an IGTV and blog post about how I grew my love for reading the Word, I received many questions asking where to start. This can be the most intimidating thing, right?! I would suggest any of these reading plans from She Reads Truth! They are all free, easy to navigate and give you a daily plan to work through many books/topics we find in Scripture. My two cents? Read through the text on your own first, then read the commentary. I dearly hope this helps any of you who are looking to start spending time in the Word, but don’t know where/how to begin!

After spending nearly every weekend in October out of town, I am so looking forward to these next few days here at home! From a cold front rolling in today to curling up with Andrew and our new puppy, there are so many things I’m looking forward to. What do you have on your agenda?

As always, thank you for spending some of your week with me!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

P.S. Here are some of my favorite new arrivals from this week!

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the perfect plaid blazer // where to find the cutest coats this season

The arrival of fall gives rise to a whole new genre of style options. Layers galore, am I right? No matter how cold it gets and no matter how seasonal trends change, my favorite autumn ensemble has always been and will always be a classic button-down, a great pair of jeans and, most importantly, a fabulous fall outer layer!

The arrival of fall gives rise to a whole new genre of style options. Layers galore, am I right? No matter how cold it gets and no matter how seasonal trends change, my favorite autumn ensemble has always been and will always be a classic button-down, a great pair of jeans and, most importantly, a fabulous fall outer layer! And in this case? A perfect plaid blazer.

If classic, all-American layering pieces are on your wish list this season, I have a secret to share with you… Abercrombie! Yes, y’all. In years past I have never been a huge Abercrombie shopper, but I have to say I’m incredibly impressed with the timeless and on-trend pieces making a debut this season, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with them to showcase a few of my favorites!

Take a look at the ensemble below, and a roundup of other fabulous coats and jackets you’ll find at Abercrombie, to see for yourself!

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JACKET classic plaid blazer | TOP classic poplin button down | JEANS mid-rise skinny jeans (wearing the short!)

I have to say, this classic look may be one of my favorites of fall thus far. Is this blazer not perfection? (It also comes in a longer style as well!)

I actually photographed it in Dallas this past weekend, when temperatures were in the high 60s and the air was perfectly crisp. It made me yearn for the cozy, cold days we (hopefully) have ahead. And here are the pieces I dream of being bundled up in:

A chic, soft-beige wrap coat with a fabulous faux fur collar. An eye-catching, collarless coat in neutral tones. And one of my very favorites? A pale pink faux fur puffer! Yes. Please.

 

favorite fall layers

 

So, friends. Are you as impressed with this lineup as I am?! So good, right? I’ve got to give it to Abercrombie this season… so many perfect fall styles! I’m excited to keep an eye on this brand moving forward, as I’m always thrilled to add a destination for classic, timeless yet on-trend pieces to my list. Thanks for allowing me to share this one with you today!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Thank you, Abercrombie, for sponsoring this post.

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how to grow your love for reading the bible // 5 practical tips

This topic is a little different from my usual fashion-related posts, but if you’ll let me, I’d love to share with you something that’s been on my heart. How I truly began to love the Word, and how to grow your love for reading the Bible, with five down-to-earth, practical tips.

Can I be honest with you? This is a post I’ve been thinking about for a few years now. (Yes, years!) I have countless notes in my phone outlining it, I’ve brainstormed about it with other girls who love Jesus, I have even filmed a YouTube video for it. For one reason or another, I’ve never published anything.

Today, I’d love to change that. This topic is a little different from my usual fashion-related posts, but if you’ll let me, I’d love to share with you how I truly began to love the Word, and how to grow your love for reading the Bible, with five down-to-earth, practical tips.

I get many, many DMs and emails from followers asking how to grow and deepen their faith. That deserves a whole separate blog post, but I truly believe that one of the most impactful and dynamic ways to grow as a believer is to spend time reading the Bible. Not someone else’s words about it… the Bible, itself.

It’s always a bit intimidating and scary to share your heart with an online world, especially when faith and religion can be such a hot button for so many, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit afraid of “hate” surrounding this. But many of you have followed me for years, and as I’ve sought to share the ups and downs in my life, you know my faith has been a huge part of it. I hope this is an encouragement to even one reader, even if it isn’t something you personally believe!

 

So let’s get started…

 

I accepted and chose to follow Christ at a young age. For years, I went to church, did youth group, attended Christian summer camps, the whole 9 yards, as they say. The “turning point” in my walk with Jesus, though, was spending time actually reading the Bible.

I know it sounds so cliche, y’all. I do. Maybe boring, unexciting and even old school, too. BUT, after seeing God grow my love for the His Word, and how He continues to change and shape and mold my heart through it, I’m passionate about believers cultivating a love for the Word as well!

For years I thought reading the bible was so boring. I know I “should” do it, so I’d hurry through a few verses from time to time to check it off of my list. I had no idea that there was so much life waiting for me in those pages, and I hope to give you a few tips on how to discover that joy for yourself today!

 

How to grow your love for

 

 

Reading the Bible

 

1. Ask God To Give You A Love For His Word

 

This was where I started, nearly eight years ago. I was working at a Christian sports camp, where we had time set aside each day to be in the Word, and I found myself really wanting to enjoy and grow during it rather than crossing it off my list. So I prayed a super honest and open prayer. “Lord, if all scripture is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, would you please help me love it? Right now, it intimidates and bores me. Give me a love for your Word.”

Friends, He did. It’s as simple as that. As I began to pray that daily prayer, I started to see the Word come alive to me in new ways. Words and phrases and verses from stories I had heard my entire life, even verses I had memorized, were speaking to my heart in new, fresh ways. I can’t explain it other than God answering the desire of my heart. For the first time in my walk as a Christian, I saw how Hebrews 4:12 is true: “For the word of God is alive and active…” and it began to change my entire relationship with the Lord.

So if you’re stuck and in a rut, wanting to grow in your walk with the Lord but having no idea where to start, begin by talking to him openly and honestly.

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

 

2. Find A Copy You Love

 

Now hang with me on this one, friends. This may very well be my least scripturally-based piece of advice, and a very superficial one, so take that for what it is! But truly, something that helped me begin to love reading the Bible was… finding a Bible that I love!

Here’s what I mean. My parents gave me a “teenage” bible when I was young. It had a bright red and orange cover, corny inserts with insights meant to speak to teens, and to top it all off, lime green-colored notes and annotations. I had it for years, and the older I got, the more I reallyyy didn’t like that copy. (Again, incredibly superficial and I realize the huge blessing it was to even have a Bible. But from a completely honest and unassuming place, this is how I felt.)

When I reluctantly mentioned this to my mom, she immediately took me to our neighborhood Christian book store, Logos, where we spent an hour combing through the different copies. I found one that, to this day, I absolutely adore. Soft brown leather, huge enlarged text (since I’m blind as a bat), gold leafing. It’s beautiful, and I genuinely love opening it and reading it. As silly as it may sound, having a copy of the Bible I found beautiful from an outside perspective helped me view the Word as it is… a treasure. Something sacred and beautiful.

So if you have a Bible that’s been sitting on your shelf for years that no longer fits the season you’re in (like my colorful teenage commentary bible) I’d encourage you to find a copy you love. A few recommendations? The beautiful She Reads Truth Bible, the CBS Study Bible, the ESV Illuminated Bible (room for notes and drawings!), or the bible I have, the ESV Large Print Bible. (Mine is from 2011, though, and I haven’t been able to track down the exact style/leather color, etc.)

There are so many beautiful options out there. It’s a worthwhile investment to find one you truly love spending time in!

 

3. Create An Enjoyable Experience

 

One small change that helped me turn time reading the Bible from “chore” to “joy” is to create was to create an enjoyable experience surrounding it. What do I mean by that? Make time spent reading your Bible something you enjoy!

In college, I would make a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee (with my favorite creamer) and sit outside on the balcony of our apartment for quiet time. I loved being outdoors, and the coffee! :) Once I graduated and moved to an apartment of my own, I loved turning on the fireplace and playing soft folk music (mainly Alison Krauss, LOL) while I drank coffee and had my quiet time. To this day, I still love spending time in the Word in the mornings… either on our screened-in porch, or inside in a cozy corner of our living room, depending on the weather.

Time doesn’t always permit, but whenever it’s humanly possible, I look for ways I can make time reading the Bible one of my favorite parts of the day.

 

4. Share What You’re Reading With A Friend AKA An Accountability Partner

 

You know what they say… “accountability is key.” In our personal walks with the Lord, this is absolutely true as well! I will be the very first to say there are more days than I’d like to admit where I’ve let the demands of this world (emails, projects, appointments, etc) take precedence over time in the Word. The enemy does not want you growing closer to God, so I have a suspicion he’ll do everything in his power to make sure you don’t have a quiet time.

That’s why it’s so important to have friends in your life who can encourage you to make time for the Lord, daily. They don’t have to even live in the same city! Shoutout to my bestie, Kelly Brooks. She and I are working through a study together, and every morning we text about what we learned from whatever passage of Scripture we read. I’m always so encouraged to hear about what she learned because often it’s completely different from what I took away from the same passage. It’s also encouraging to receive her text when I haven’t sat down to spend time in the Word, as it reminds me to slow down and spend time with Jesus.

If you don’t currently have any friends in your life who would love to keep you accountable to spending time in the Word every day, I highly encourage you to find a church and, if you already have, join a bible study or small group! Still looking? There are some amazing online sources as well. I personally love She Reads Truth, which offers Bible studies, an app, a daily email, and many more tools that help you find time to spend in the Word. First Five is another great resource, with an online community and great studies as well.

I’m sure there are many others, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments!

 

5. Give Yourself Grace

 

We’ve all been there, friend. A busy day where you don’t get your quiet time in turns into two busy days where you don’t get your quiet time in. Before you know it, it’s been a week, maybe two, maybe a month or even years. But here’s the thing, it’s never, ever too late to jump back in. So if you’re believing that lie… that you’ve gone too far and you can’t start back up again, or start for the first time, stop it in its tracks!

I’ve had seasons in my life where I wake up and can’t wait to open up my Bible. Where I can see the Lord moving in my life in big ways and teaching me new things, and time with Him is all I want! I’ve also had seasons in my life where I’ve felt so dry and unenthusiastic about spending time with the Lord. Where I couldn’t care less, honestly, and don’t really “feel” it. Can you relate?

One of my favorite quotes is this: “Feelings are real, but they’re not reliable.” How I’m feeling towards the Lord has no impact on the truth of His unrelenting love for me. The level of “excitement” I feel surrounding time with Him has zero effect on what He can show me and teach me and change in my heart through His word.

So if you find yourself in a rut, if you’re feeling unmotivated to make time in God’s Word a daily habit, or if you feel like you’ve run too far away from Him and can’t find your way back, tell Him. Then open your Bible and watch Him work.

I always think about the story of the prodigal son. After his son runs away and spends all of his father’s money on reckless living, the Father looks out for him and hopes for his return. Every. Day. When the son finally comes back, with his tail in between his leg, the Father runs out to meet him and throws a huge celebration at his return! And that is you, sister, and me, whenever we decide to let go of whatever it is holding us back (shame, guilt, a busy schedule, a disinterested attitude) and run back to the Father.

So, y’all, there you have it! This is coming to you from a girl who is 100% unqualified, who is not in vocational ministry, and who is still learning to love the Word more and more. I don’t have all (or many) of the answers, but I do hope my experience encourages you, wherever you’re at in your relationship with Jesus today!

I feel immensely grateful to be able to share my life and my heart with you here on Lonestar Southern. Thank you for taking the time to join me here every so often, and especially on “weightier” topics like the one we’ve walked through today.

I meant it earlier when I asked for recommendations around any resources you love when it comes to spending time in the Bible. Please leave them below so we can all help each other on this journey! And if there are any other faith-related topics you’d like to see me cover, I’m all ears.

Love you all. Dearly!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate