It was so good to be back at Calvary Chapel Dallas/Plano! We had a wonderful time and appreciate Pastor Rick and Patti Coburn for having Allen and I out again!!! #AdoreTour2017 #PastorPicsAdoreTour
It was wonderful to be back at Calvary Chapel Tyler this morning. Tim and Marilyn Burns are so special to Allen and I. Thank you Marilyn for spending your Mother’s Day with us! Allen Rigg and I are so thankful for you and Tim ❤️ #AdoreTour2017 #pastorpicsadoretour #tyler #texas
Love our Tyler, Texas peeps! Thanks pastor Tim, Marilyn, and Olivia for hanging with us this Mother’s Day! So good to see you three!!!
Say hello to “Gunner Rigg”!
After seven years and 170,000 miles of faithful service-it became clear that it no longer made sense to continue repairing our Kia Soul ‘Black Eye’ (it’s namesake a Starbucks coffee drink). It was hard to part with him as he has carried us out of some deep life valleys and on to better days together. On the road Black Eye was our one constant and familiar comfort-the fifth member of our family unit. So it was bittersweet to say goodbye and drive away with a new Kia yesterday.
At the same time there is an excitement with yet another new beginning! We’ve dubbed the new Kia “Gunner” in part because of his titanium color but also because-as Allen’s Mom pointed out-a gunner protects his soldiers so they can advance. I love that. Special thanks to Papa David for spending the day at the dealership wheeling and dealing for us ❤️
We ALWAYS love coming to Calvary Chapel Waco with Albert and Patty Fuentes! It’s amazing to see the work God is doing in this church and how much growth they’ve experienced! Also so moved by the way they love their people. Have you ever heard of a church staffing a person to help widows with lawn mowing and home repairs? Well Calvary Chapel Waco has such a position. What a great night we had sharing with their church! As a bonus my sweet husband took me to Magnolia Market to see our “friends” Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines 😁today. Love the cute shops and snack trucks! Thank you Pastor Albert and Patty! #AdoreTour2017 #magnoliamarket #waco #dayoff #livingheroically #ilovemymessychurch #travelingyorkie #zoe
We missed seeing Pastor Ron and Yani Hindt-as they were out of town-but enjoyed getting to do worship for their Wednesday evening service last week! The people were so engaged and encouraging. Always love our visits to Calvary Chapel Houston! Thank you Ron and Yani!
What can I say to fully encapsulate how special this past Sunday in Austin, Texas was for me? I love this city. It’s been 9 years since the last time I was invited to sing here-and with a long history of relationships with pastors in the region-it has also been a source of some of my deepest church hurts following my very public and painful divorce.
At the same time it is the city that brought my sweet Allen Rigg to me and the place where we found the courage to pursue our dreams of love, hope, and ministry together. The place where we met more than 18 years ago in the lobby of the church he’d planted. The city where my parents and I sought refuge after years of trauma slogging through the criminal justice system over crimes committed against my young daughter. The place where one man welcomed us with open arms-while others blogged scornfully about my daughter and I. It’s a mix of emotions that I probably needed 9 long years of personal strength building in order to feel safe enough to publicly tell my story…in this city.
As I stepped on the stage yesterday at one of the largest churches in Austin-I felt some nerves, but also intense gratefulness. With every “welcome back” there is healing for me. Literally stepping on the ground where I can see in a physical manifestation the grace of God to restore what has been lost. Looking out at the eclectic group of Austinites all there to worship as one body-tattoos and all-seeing familiar faces and sensing their desire for us to succeed. Oh what that does for a weary soul to be reminded that “God loves you and so do we!”
It was also amazing to see my dear husband, whom I believe loves this city and it’s inhabitants more than any other Texan in the history of time, tell HIS story of great loss, struggle, and restoration. He lives every day heroically and yesterday was no exception. I’m so proud of him 🙂
So thank you Austin. Thank you for being a reminder of God’s grace, mercy, and healing in my life. I hope you always stay ‘weird’ because this life is one big beautiful weird mess, but it’s OUR mess.
Thank you Dr. Kie Bowman, Hyde Park Baptist Church, and Fox7 ‘Good Day Austin’, for giving Allen Rigg and I a voice. It means the world.