Hi, I'm Kayla.

I’m happy you’re here. I’ll go first: I’m a full-time journalist turned work-at-home writer. I’m hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor and we’re smitten with two wild + crazy boys: Joseph (4) and Asher (1). I drink strong coffee, I like pretty things, and I believe there’s beauty in the broken.

I hope this little space will encourage you to find worth and live a story worth sharing.

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What is Many Sparrows?

This little corner of the Internet aims to encourage women, spurring them on to find worth and live a story worth sharing.

God tells us He cares about the little things — even down to a teeny, tiny sparrow. And if He cares about a little bird, how much more does He care about us — who are worth far more than many sparrows? Let’s dwell in the truth that He loves us with an arms-stretched-out kind love. Let’s rest easy, knowing we’re valued, loved, and worth more than we can even fathom.

I’m a person who’s blemished and blessed. All good things in my life flow from Jesus. My mission is to reflect his generous, grace-filled love with all my heart, soul, and mind. I’m passionate about shedding religious cliches and living an authentic, Kingdom life. Sometimes I get frustrated and often times I fail. I’m a work in progress.

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Faith

My heart is to use this corner of the Internet to make much of Jesus. To use my words to reflect the creator of all things who gives extravagant grace, who radiates beauty and light in a very dark world.

Style

I’m a mama of two little boys, and sometimes I just need a space to talk about things like shift dresses and wedge booties and dry shampoo. Let’s share our secrets, shall we?

Motherhood

Motherhood is messy. My hope is that my words + stories can be an encouragement to you in your parenting journey.

Happy Thoughts

Couldn’t this world use a little more joy? Whether I’m recounting a sweet story or sharing a book review, maybe these little posts will bring some happiness your way.

31 days of living free: heart, home, and hospitality

Hospitality // Allume 2014 Keynote Shauna Niequist // #quote #inspiration #hospitality

In the quiet of the morning, I’m sneaking into the dark corners of the living room, an old mug brimming with coffee as my only companion.

As I sit here and I look at this place we get to call home, I wonder how my heart can be free when it comes to true, life-giving hospitality.

Allume is an amazing women’s gathering that took place last week. The theme for this year was hospitality, and the leaders have generously shared the keynote speaker sessions online for free.

Yesterday, on a whim, I watched Shauna Niequist’s talk, and wow. Cut to the heart.

We long to be loved but many of us settle for being impressive.

I heard that and thought, oh, no that’s definitely not me. But maybe not. What would I see if I searched those deep recesses of my heart?

Many times, I think hospitality means a beautiful table with fresh flowers and an amazing meal that this busy mama has no desire to make. So, many times, I think hospitality is not for me.

Hospitality is for homes that are perfect and kids who don’t do laps around at dinner, right?

True hospitality is when someone leaves your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you.

That flips my views on hospitality upside down and inside out. I fall into a trap of seeing everything in my life with a me lens without even realizing it. Hospitality is about letting our hearts be free to love others. Hospitality has more to do with grace and less with bigger and better. Hospitality is creating a space in which we allow others to enter into so we can love them well.

True hospitality is giving people a place to be when they would otherwise be alone. True hospitality is creating sacred space for God to move in us and through us.

Do you feel free to welcome others into your heart? Your home? What is holding you back?

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.

31 days of living free: words matter (and a letterpress giveaway!)

Rooted in Love Living Room

When we were in the thick of adopting Joseph from Nigeria, we were intentional about being sensitive to the language we used.

Words matter.

When we created a t-shirt design to help with adoption fees, we settled on an image of a tree with visible roots. As God began to form our family, we sensed that no matter how our family grew or what paths we journeyed together, we must be rooted in love.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. [Ephesians 3:14-21]

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

A few years later with two little ones now tucked into our nest, our prayer for our home is the same as the ones we prayed as the young newlyweds who were beginning to follow God across the globe to a little boy waiting for a family. We continue to pray that our hearts would be deeply rooted in the unfathomable deep and wide love of our creator.

Being rooted in love means that love touches every word we say.

Words matter.

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

I want to be a family who dwells in the richness of love. I want to be a family who abides in truth and walks in manner worthy of the calling.

I want to be a family rooted in love.

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

When I had the opportunity to create a word out of Letterpress Blocks for our home (keep reading, because there’s a $50 giveaway for you to build a word of your own!), I started overanalyzing everything, because I’m me.

What single word would I declare on my family?

I fancy myself a bit of a wordsmith, but inspiration didn’t strike.

Although I walked by that big piece of tree art hanging on my living room wall every day, I forgot. I forgot about being rooted in love. Because the rhythms of every day schedules and calendars and expectations and disappointments wedge its way into our home and into my heart and suddenly I forget about the anchor for my soul.

Rooted in Love Living Room Decor // 31 Days of Living Free from Many Sparrows Blog // #wordsmatter Incourage Letterpress Decor

Rooted.

That word has so much power, doesn’t it? No matter what storms come, we can’t be torn away from the Hope we have.

Our family is planted firmly and we may falter but we will never fall out of His reach.

WORDS matter letterpress blocks

Words matter.

The Word was with God and the Word was God.

What word has God placed on your heart? On your home? On your your family?

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter // Birch Branches, Typewriter, Fruit Crate, Globe, Mason Jar, Vintage Books, Living Room Decor

I’m thrilled to join forces with (in)Courage and Dayspring to offer Many Sparrows readers the opportunity to win a $50 credit to customize a word from the Words Matter Letterpress Block line. The drag & drop site makes it easy to play around with the letters to create a word that fits with your personal style and home aesthetic. (Also, these letters are handcrafted and ethically-sourced in India. Could they be any more swoon-worthy?) 

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31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here. Disclaimer: Affiliate links used when applicable. (in)courage and Dayspring provided me a credit to create my own Letterpress Block word.

31 days of living free: what is brave?

Be You Bravely // MOPS Sharpie Mug // 31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream // Many Sparrows Blog

I think you always need a dose of bravery when you read your words in front of a giant (well, to me!) room full of women.

Today at MOPS, I shared a devotional based on this blog post. How do we raise brave kids? Start by being brave mamas!

Sometimes, we let people put out the flames that God has set in our hearts.

In Matthew 5, verses 14-16, Jesus says,

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

And if we’re not careful, we get so busy in the act of mothering and weighed down by the weariness of the world, that little by little, our light gets snuffed out.

We have such a privilege and honor to influence the next generation to be world-changers. Being brave is simply letting God’s radical love flow out of our lives. It’s taking little steps of faith and falling into the arms of a Father who calls us by name. It’s knowing we’re worth more than many sparrows, so we don’t have to live in fear.

Shine on, mamas. Your light shows those little hearts they can live free, too.

(Also, my sweater was thrifted for $3! My friend Erin has been blogging her 31 days on thrifting, and I’m totally loving her tips.)

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here

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hi, i’m kayla

I'm a full-time journalist turned work-at-home editor. I'm hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor and we're smitten with two wild + crazy boys: Joseph (4) and Asher (1). I drink strong coffee, I like pretty things, and I believe there's beauty in the broken. I hope this little space will encourage you to find worth and live a story worth sharing. Join me?

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