A few months ago, my cousin Courtney and I made a spur of the moment decision to go to Nashville for the Fourth of July. My friend Jackie (God bless her) was more than happy to let us stay with her and she told us that we might want to stop in Franklin on the way in because it’s one of her favorite places.
So we put it in our GPS and went along our way. When we arrived we immediately saw what she was talking about! Franklin had all of the charm of a small town yet was busy at the same time. The whole time I was there I was thinking “This town fits my personality to a T.”
It just so happened that there was a tour starting up, Franklin By Foot,and after talking about it for a minute we decided to join and I’m so glad we did! Not only did we learn all about Franklin’s history, but we got to learn about landmarks that we would have seen but not known the story behind them.
Here are just a few highlights from our tour! Enjoy! 🙂
The architecture was so beautiful! It really did feel like stepping back in time!
The small town charm really made it feel like home!
Standing outside the bookstore that inspired Karen Kingsbury’s book The Bridge!
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church- This was one of my favorite places!
I highly recommend stopping by Meridee’s Bakery and Restaurant after your tour. It was worth the wait! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this blog and consider visiting Franklin when you are planning a trip to Nashville!
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7
It’s that time of year again! The time many of us travel to the beach and soak up some sun (or get burnt for my fellow fair-skinned people). A time for us to take perfect pictures, maybe even pretty enough to not even need a filter and just try to enjoy some hard earned rest and relaxation.
Whether you are beach lover or not, I think we can agree that seeing the ocean expand as far as the eye can see is a breathtaking sight. I have always enjoyed this view and have even ventured out to enjoy the waters, although the older I get the more I enjoy the pool. Regardless, we all know that as relaxing as the sound of crashing waves are while we get our tan have a different effect on us than when we are out there. Sometimes they can even knock us down, especially for those us who are already vertically challenged but I digress.
The deep can be scary. We want the familiar. We want things the way they have always been even if that means settling so we don’t rock the boat (pun totally intended).
So why is it that God calls us to go deeper in our spiritual walk?
Because if we stay in the shallow end there is no challenge. There is no change. And there is no chance of something new.
If the enemy can trick us and have us stay where we have always been he wins because we won’t be effective in furthering God’s kingdom.
But if we dare to go deeper He will give us strength and a peace like we have never known. We do this by diving deeper into His word, growing in our relationships with others, and knowing who we are in Christ.
Friend, I am praying that you have a heart that allows God to take you deeper even when you are scared. In those moments of concern or fear, just remember our Savior walks on water and always pulls us up when we start to sink under the weight of our worries. (Matthew 14:22-32).