About Monica & This Blog

About the Author

Monica is a freelance author and former editor. Her favorite things include thoughtful conversation, lavish grace, young adult literature, babies, watching people walk out in their callings, and also cake. She loves to mentor and be mentored. In her deepest part of her, she loves Jesus. And she loves her family. She and her husband commit large parts of their hearts to their four children and to college students and young professionals and together lead a life group and Sunday School. But every day, Monica strives to make sure ALL of her heart, soul, mind, and strength are in the hands of Jesus because she knows she is prone to wander. And she doesn’t want to forget that she just simply needs Jesus in every way imaginable.

A Picture of What

“A picture of what” is a quote from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I treasure this book and movie, and it gets quoted a lot in my house. The phrase comes when Atticus Finch compliments an elderly woman in his neighborhood, whom his children fear and despise. He tells her she “looks like a picture” and Scout whispers, “He don’t say a picture of what.” If you’ve read the book, you know that Scout and Jem learn a lot more about Mrs. Dubose in the book than they do in the movie, and they come to find that her insides don’t exactly match her outsides. So much of this beautiful book is about that. “A picture of what” reminds me that God sees me through and through. He’s painted me, in fact. The world won’t always see me clearly, but God does. He not only sees me as I am, but also as what I will be when He’s done with me, and I’m so thankful for that. I hope this blog title keeps me humble. “A picture of what” also evokes the idea of metaphor, though, and God often reveals little lessons to me in the pictures of things in my life. So much of what I write is to process some spiritual truth God’s revealed to me through small encounters, often with odd things like new mattress warning tags and snails. And I want to share these pictures with you.

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