Inside Out, Upside Down: An Interview with Nicole Cole

Tell us about yourself!  Do you prefer coffee or tea?  What do you enjoy doing when you have a kid-free moment?  
Hey, I’m Nicole! I’m a wife, mama to “almost twins”, and I am able to stay home with these sweet babies while also keeping up with our photography and videography business! We live in a little town in North Mississippi, but we’re only minutes away from downtown Memphis, TN. If you popped into my house in the early morning hours you’d see me with a giant cup of coffee. If you popped over in the afternoon... you could very likely see the same! Ha! I do really love tea though - the Celestial Caramel Apple Dream is SO GOOD! 

Grace in Suffering

When I first started this blog several years ago, my mission was singular: exploring, defining, and articulating how to live a genuine life as a Christ follower. I thought I knew what that meant. I focused on right belief and an accurate understanding of the Gospel. I felt (and still do) there is often a gross misrepresentation of what becoming a Christian truly entails, that our culture sometimes reduces Christ’s offer of salvation to one simple, magical prayer. 

I had also seen too many trusted and love people fall hard because of hidden sins made known, and I longed to encourage others to live vulnerable, honest lives. Why conceal what destroys us, when we can make it known and find freedom? Be honest, I reasoned. Live vulnerably, I challenged. Chase genuine, I called.

Inside Out, Upside Down

Every now and then, we experience a shake-up in our lives, a powerful storm which rattles our spiritual bones and tests our firm foundation. The nature of life in a fallen world basically ensures us that no matter how hard we might strive for perfection, cling to our routines, and plan for lasting happiness, these shake-ups will prevent us from ever attaining paradise on this side of eternity.

Sometimes, these shake-ups come through external circumstances, situations outside our control and over which we have no choice. In an instant and without consulting us first, we find our worlds turned inside out and upside down. 

2018 Resolutions for the Heart: Psalm 26

“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, 
And I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.”

What if it could be said about us that we are people of integrity? What if those we know or encounter walk away with a shake of their heads and a simple, “Now, he is a person who trusts the Lord,” or, “She is a woman of unwavering faith in God”?