Category Archives: Time Well Spent

Little Victories

Today, it happened. And I can’t contain myself!  

Today, I stepped on the scale and lost it. It’s not as easy to lose the weight after baby # 3 and God knows I’ve been trying. And today it has finally paid off. I’ve lost…. Not 20.. Not 15… No, not even 10.

 I’ve lost…….5…… Pounds. And I am thrilled to pieces. 



It’s only 5 pounds, you say? I know, I know. It’s nothing “major,” right?    

Well it may not appear to be, but it’s a start. And a start that took me right to this little beauty in Zechariah 4:10. The New Living Translation captures it best.  
  
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin..”  

#happydance #yes #omgyes 

This time it’s 5 pounds. Next time maybe it’ll show I’ve lost 7 pounds. Eventually I will be at my goal weight. Eventually is ok. Progress is ok. At least it’s moving forward in the right direction.  

And that’s where I want to encourage you this morning. Celebrate the small victories. The little things.  

The OMG-he-finally-went-potty-on-the-frog-potty!  

The I-haven’t-had-a-cigarette-in-24-hours!

The food-does-not-control-me-when-I-am-emotional-today! 

Have a mini dance party when you experience the small victories! Because they are all blessings along the journey! Don’t wait until the BIG THING you’ve been praying for comes blowing through your door. Celebrate the little things. The things that other may miss because to some they appear insignificant.  

That one kid in your home room who has been on your heart since August who is finally turning the corner. The husband who you’ve been praying about for years who hasn’t picked up a beer in two weeks. That wayward child who has left you sobbing and begging God for when they’re out all hours of the night who came home tonight because they’re craving homemade smoothies.  

  
Don’t wait for the next big thing. Celebrate NOW. Thank God NOW. Because He and all of heaven are rejoicing that the work has begun. And beginnings are required for progress to take place.  

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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Full of It

So here I sit by the light of our Christmas tree with an overstuffed belly after a long day of cooking, eating, celebrating, more cooking and even more eating.

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The kitchen is clean. There are no more growling bellies. The laughter has subsided and all the littles ones have gone to bed. #sleepoversuccess

And here I sit. In the quiet stillness of this moment. With a smile on my face.

Staring at the Direct TV emblem bouncing across the screen from being on pause, my mind wanders. And I feel sick to my stomach. But this was not from the turkey.

We. Are. So. Full. Yet we always crave more.

As a nation, we are so richly and unbelievably blessed. Blessed so much. Beyond measure. Yet we are never satisfied.

We are thankful in the weeks leading up to this glorious Turkey Day and before the day is over, we are no longer in a spirit of thanksgiving, but we are suddenly lacking.

Lacking the newest model TV. Lacking the coolest new game system. Lacking those killer bath towels worth waiting an hour and fighting over in the store. Lacking the toys that are all the rage this year and our kids just have to have them.

What happened to our attitude of gratitude?

We are so pleasantly plump with material things that many times we forget there are others who are in need around us.

The lady at work who has been drowning in medical bills from her sick husband. The couple down the street who lost their precious newborn to an unknown illness. The friend who is always quiet when we rant about our newest gadgets because they can’t afford to pay their electric bill this month.

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There is a verse in 1 Corinthians 8:9 that warns us not to allow our freedoms to hinder others. We must be careful.

I’m not saying having things is wrong and sinful. But I am asking us to take a self inventory and ask ourselves this question – Am I too caught up in my things to notice the needs of others?

My heart is so burdened tonight that there are people in our own neighborhoods who are struggling while we overindulge. I am so full, it’s ridiculous. And not just from too many plates of Thanksgiving deliciousness.

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Here’s a thought provoking game changer. Could we spare to go without in order to bless someone else? Could it be that God has so richly blessed us so that we can in return reach out and bless someone else?

I had a sweet lady tell me today that her kids have always invited others over for dinner. {And today we were the ones who received that invitation to Thanksgiving lunch.} They always had plenty. She always cooked plenty because she never knew when someone extra would join them.

Her words penetrated my heart. “I truly believe God has richly blessed us so that we can bless others. I have never turned anyone away from my home when they were in need of anything.”

Oh how I want to be that woman. I want my home to always be open to those in need. One day it may be a financial need. The next it could be a need for prayer. The next it could be a need for food. Maybe just the simplicity of a consoling hug or inviting them in for a cup of coffee.

One thing is for sure, God knows the needs and He will send them our way if we are willing to do something about it. He often provides through the hands of an obedient heart.

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Could He be asking you to open your home? Your heart? Maybe your place of business?

I pray we don’t miss an opportunity! Let’s shift the focus to others and watch what God can do through you!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Have you experienced God’s blessings and been able to provide something for someone else in need? Chime in below!

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Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you've had a blessed time with family and friends!

I Accept this Challenge.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge has gone completely viral. #OMG I’m not sure of the individual who first started this chilly challenge, but the participants have ranged from preteens to college athletics to superstar celebrities and comedians.

All I can say is WOW.

Well friends, I have a challenge for you. Don’t freak out, this one doesn’t involve a bucket or freezing ice water. I’d like to call this the 2T4 Challenge. Based off of 2 Timothy chapter 4 verse 7. “For I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see my Jesus face to face. But before we gaze into each other’s eyes, I want to make sure I have poured out every ounce He has poured into me.  E.v.e.r.y. ounce. At the end of each day, I want to have given all of my love, my talents, my abilities and my resources. I don’t want to be lying on my death bed wishing I had done more.

God has given us a set number of days on this earth. It’s time we start living beyond ourselves and make the impact God has intended for us to make. We have what it takes.

So here’s a little challenge for you.

If you so accept this challenge, please share this video. I’d love to see the love of Christ go viral! I can’t wait to hear your stories! Please come back and share with us!

Live Life Unscripted,

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Open up your hands

My inner control freak was beheaded last night. All because of a completely generous and selfless act of kindness from our 6-year-old. Thank you, Jesus, for these moments… We so desperately need them.

Kendyl needed a haircut. It has grown like wildfire over the last year and it needed some weight cut off. Florida is hotttttt and us curly headed girls have some thick hair.

It didn’t take long for the talk about getting a trim to switch gears. She remembered our friend Kaitlyn getting an adorable bobbed haircut a few months ago and she had a lot of questions about why she donated her hair.

She didn’t think twice. When she heard the need, she immediately wanted to donate her hair. She didn’t need a 5 point outline or detailed game plan. There was a need to be met and she was ready to make it happen.

Open up your hands..

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For months she has been growing her hair out. This picture was taken right before we walked into the salon. I had already straightened her hair at home and measured it.

10 inches. 25.4 centimeters of beautiful, blonde flowing locks of love. And she was ready to part with it in a New York minute.

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You could tell the ladies at the salon were trying to caution her. “It’s going to be real short now, you know that right?”

I even chimed in. “Baby, I’m so proud of you for wanting to do this. I want you to know this your hair and your decision.” And God placed His hand over my mouth.

She didn’t need to hear anyone else’s opinion. She felt led to do this. A little girl with a big heart spoke volumes without even opening her mouth.

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How many times do we hear of a need and have to consult our wallet first? Or have someone come to us in desperation and we sigh about it being an inconvenience?

Please don’t miss this. Open up your hands..

There’s a passage of scripture in Proverbs 3:28 that says, “Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”– when you already have it with you.”

God has really been dealing tenderly with my heart on this concept lately. We can’t miss those in our paths because we’re so focused on the destination. If we come face to face with a hurting soul yet we neglect to give them something we already possess, oh baby we’ve missed the mark.

It may not be financial. It may not even be a physical touch. It may be simply looking them in the eyes and giving them your full attention for that moment in time.

As the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference was closing, the lady on stage began asking questions that pulled at my heart. “How much has this weekend meant to you? Can you put a price tag on it?”

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God began moving me to give to this ministry that has so richly blessed me. When I fumbled though my bright yellow wallet, I started counting what I had and immediately I felt God whisper, “Stop counting and give all you have.” I honestly have no idea how much I gave but my heart was overjoyed with knowing I had been obedient to God’s voice.

Sometimes the initial release of what’s in our hands is difficult. But there is nothing like the joy of immediate obedience to an Almighty Savior who wants to do great things through us. We have to come to the realization that what we have isn’t ours – it’s His. And He can do so much more with it than we can.

I want to leave you with this verse to chew on tonight.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Prepared in advance. That tells me He’s got some pretty awesome things just waiting for you, babe. Just open up your hands..

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I’d love to hear from you! Has God asked you to do something you struggled with at first? Has there been a time of immediate obedience that has helped grow you in your walk with Christ? Comment below!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

Quite the adventure

What a week.. We willingly took 14 teenagers 12 hours away to Pigeon Forge, TN this past week.

Disclaimer: my eyes burn from exhaustion and my thoughts are fighting each other to come out correctly. Love me today. 🙂

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We’ve rode roller coasters, climbed through God’s natural obstacle course in the river, laughed as some crazy ones braved the chilly water to swim, and worked as a team to navigate through the rapids white water rafting.

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We have laughed until we’ve cried from creepy hotels, epic mouse chases and highway hub cap rescues.

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But let me assure you – this wasn’t just a fun getaway. We dug in deep during devotion time every day on various topics such as family, things that hold us in bondage and what we want to do with our lives. We even broke into small groups for more one-on-one conversation. For many of our teens, this was their favorite part of the trip.

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Sometimes we just need to get away and unplug a little. Step back from the norm and get a fresh perspective.

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This trip brought new perspective for many of us and also encouraged us that we were not alone in the issues we face. We all have our messes, but thankfully God’s grace reaches from the darkest crevices of our hearts and transforms us into a new creation.

Wherever you are today, look around you. God has something just for you. It may be the contagious laughter of that sweet baby in your arms or running your hands through your loved one’s graying hair.

Don’t miss God’s love story He’s been writing for you.

It’s quite the adventure.

Look up, babe.

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The competition was in full swing when my eyes caught them in action. Competitive and fully engaged in the game in front of them, it was as if no one else was in the restaurant. They didn’t pull out their phones, tablets or any other devices. They looked each other in the eyes and enjoyed some uninterrupted game time together. {You can find the video on my Instagram @lifeunscripted5}

We have gotten so caught up in the technology that is supposed to keep us “connected” that we’re missing a lot of crucial face to face time. We were created to desire intimate relationship. When we try to substitute what our Creator designed us for, we’re left feeling this gaping void with jagged edges. Look up, babe.

I’m one of the worst with feeling handcuffed to my phone. I check it frequently for work, ministry and personal use. But somewhere along the way it’s disguised itself as the “new norm” and leaves me feeling inadequate.

If you haven’t noticed, people are totally different on social media than in real life. Normally what is posted reflects extreme highs or lows in their life. You don’t always get to see the nitty gritty details.

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For instance, this picture is completely adorable of our kids. Beautiful, right? To get this picture, it literally took 45 minutes of two little curly-headed munchkins pushing, shoving, crocodile tears and mommy promising everything from ice cream to new toys. To get ONE good picture.

Things aren’t always what they seem , beautiful. No one has the perfect life they showcase on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Let’s determine today to power down our devices and look people in the eyes. Enjoy the ones around you. Crazy, chaotic, beautifully messy. Enjoy them. They won’t always be there begging for your attention. Look up, babe.

I want to leave you with this passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. You are loved. We can do this together!

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Comment below some ways you set aside special, uninterrupted time for the ones you love! Can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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