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and I, when I came to you, brothers and sisters, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. for I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. and I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 corinthians 2.1-5

“and whatever this is.”

It usually comes out more as “and whatever the heck this is.”  This blog (formerly andwhateverthisis.blogspot.com) has been running for years.  It’s a soft place to land and I land here often.

I’m Brenna. I’m a 20something from South Carolina. I believe in loving deep and slow and rich. I believe in adventures, antiques, words, and beautiful things. I believe in relationships built. I believe in using my hands to build, create, write, and worship. I believe in Jesus and I believe in this beautiful, broken world, and my heart breaks for both of those often. I believe in coffee, tattoos, and people.

I’m an introvert by nature, but an extrovert by (sometimes) choice. I love the west coast and mornings spent with good books. I feel deeply and harshly – whether it be good or bad. I’m a recent college grad. I do calligraphy and paint and seek to glorify the Lord through my etsy shop. I talk about my feelings and about my thoughts and about my heart. I’m unashamedly honest about my wins and my losses and I think that’s the best way to be.

As seasons come and seasons go, familiar themes reoccur here. They arise and fade as the days come. I hope that you’ll practice grace with this place, that you’ll accept these words with a heart that can love in spite of all the things done right and all the things done wrong. These words come from my heart and it is my prayer that your heart is touched as deeply as mine is everyday.

I don’t understand global warming or why children are starving or how come bad things happen to good people. I don’t have all the answers, and quite frankly, I probably have less than you. I’m no theologian and I’m no author; I can’t do math in my head and I’m awful at geography. I don’t really understand life, but baby step by baby step, I’m trying to. All I know is what lies in this heart of mine.

So here’s to whatever this is.  Here’s to the screwed up pasts behind us and the glorious days before us.  Here’s to the pain we feel and the smiles we share.  Here’s to all the things because I think they’re good.

Thanks for coming here. Onward, we go.

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