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“Where ya joy at?”

I kept trying to rename this post.  But I can’t get past these words. My heart is so burdened for us as the church this morning.

Where.  Is.  Our.  Joy?? 

When the world looks at us, do they see anything that makes them want what we have?  Heck, do we look like we want what we have?

The enemy knows what it takes to bring us to our knees (and I’m not talking about in prayer).  He’s had a bird’s eye view into our lives and into the lives of humanity for y.e.a.r.s.  He knows what it takes to knock you down.  And he wants to use that to keep us down and out.

  
He wants your joy.  He wants you to keep silent.  He wants to make you feel like you’re drowning in your struggle and that there’s no way out.  He wants you to be in a funk.  And he makes sure others take notice when you’re at your worst.

You need to watch this brief video.  God put it so heavy on my heart this morning and I pray it stirs you up.

Don’t let the enemy steal your joy.  The world needs to see this unfathomable, uncontainable joy that we have in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Now go out and spread some joy, guys!  ❤

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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Breakthrough MOMent! #thankyouJesus

Ever have an “ahhh hah!” moment? Well let me tell you, I sure did. And it blew. me. a.w.a.y.

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We can’t assume we’re going to pass a test we never study for. Likewise, we can’t assume we foreknew all there was to know about parenting prior to birthing these little people.

Depending on your career choice, most likely you went through years of schooling and a series of classes that required testing to attain your license in your field of study. You can’t just wake up one morning, decide to be a doctor and proceed to the nearest operating room dressed in clearance scrubs you found on E-bay. Heck to the no.

Then why is it with parenting, many times we’re found with our hands thrown up in the air because we don’t have a clue how to survive this season of insanity? I’ve been praying for God’s wisdom to tackle this thing from a new angle. And baby, He gave me a fresh perspective! I couldn’t wait to share with you!

❤ In addition to this, please take a few moments to watch the video below!  ❤

  1. We have got to realize that this in fact a test. Parenting isn’t simply found in changing sweet little tooshies at 1am after late night feedings. Each day holds something new for all of us and we are tested at every corner. If we’re not prepared, we’re going to fail. Over and over and over and over.
  2. We can’t assume we’re going to pass if we haven’t applied ourselves to study. Maybe cram sessions worked well in high school and college before the big test. Whatever works for you, make it work for you. (I know that totally sounds strange, but reread it and apply it.) Carve out some “knowledge and wisdom cram time” once the kids go to bed at night. Ask for suggestions from other parents on great parenting resources. Get Pinterest happy and you’ll find so many helpful resources.  There’s so much out there! (Just be careful and use discretion. You can’t put faith in everything you read/hear.)
  3. Pray and wait patiently for an answer. God hears us and He isn’t sitting up there just twiddling His thumbs. Isaiah 55:9 says, “His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways.” Even though it may make us cringe, sometimes God chooses to teach us through the trial rather than remove the trial. If could be that He is waiting for us to be still, lean in and listen.

I didn’t want to do a long post and a video, so I’ll just let you watch the video for more!  🙂

Hang in there, guys!  God really is for us and speaks to us throughout the day.  Listen for His voice to guide you and stay in His word.  He won’t steer you wrong.

Before we part ways, I want to leave you with one final scripture today found in Galations 6:9.  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” 

 

Big hugs!  Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Just Say Jesus..

Our 7-year-old is having some terrible separation anxiety. She’s very attached to us and though we’re honored she wants to be with us all the time, there comes a time when independence from us is a must. Like when showering. Going to the toilet. And school, to name a few.

It’s been an act of congress getting her to go to school lately. The snow has messed up her routine and set us back quite a bit. She cries hysterically to the point of becoming physically sick thinking about being away from us. She said it’s not a bullying issue. It’s a separating issue. We’re working through this and covet your prayers.


Now this mama knows how to pray and we’ve been doing our best to help her persevere through this challenging season but nothing we’ve said seems to really help.

So there I was in the bathroom taking care of business. The door flings wide open with a very upset little girl crying “I can’t do this! I just can’t, mama! Please don’t make me go!”

So I did what only seemed natural in that moment – I prayed over her. 

She buried her head in my chest and continued to sob. I pulled her close and began quoting the Word of God over her.

“Father God, I ask you to touch her right now in the name of Jesus. Let your perfect will be done in her life. Let her know she is loved by You and that You will never leave her side. She is more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus! She is a daughter of the King of kings and Lord of lords! I command this anxiety to go right now in Jesus name!” 

Instantly. Immediately. There was no pill needed. No essential oil to be applied. It was simply the power of the spoken Word of God and inviting His Presence to settle an unsettled heart.

Immediately, I noticed her breathing slow down to a normal pace. Her heart stopped pounding and came back to a normal rhythm. Her tears ceased and there was a calm about her.

You see, God designed our bodies and knows what it needs to get a grip and get its act together. Sometimes our lives find themselves on a level of brokenness that’s beyond a tad of duct tape and a whole lot of super glue. And it is absolutely amazing to witness how our physical bodies respond to His heavenly presence.


Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger. So why should I tremble?”

Does fear have you trembling today? Does doubt have you paralyzed? 

Speak the name of Jesus over your situation. Don’t complain. Don’t freak out. And don’t fret. Simply speak the name of Jesus and the Word of God over the larger than life obstacles in your life today. Wait for His peace to settle you. You’re in God’s hands!

I want to leave you with this powerful video today! God will break every chain if you’ll open up your heart to Him!

At His Name, mountains crumble, demons flee and sickness and disease has to go! Anxiety must go, panic must cease and worry must leave! Nothing is too big or small for our God!

Let prayer be a first response and not a last resort!   

 

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Please join us at the Facebook page Accountability 2016 as we dig into God’s Word together this year!  Click here to be taken directly to our new page!

Out of the Darkness

Tomorrow is a BIG day.  
HUGE.  

COLOSSAL.  

GINORMOUS.  

  
Tomorrow marks a step of faith into the unknown. It’s a moment when you realize the depth of how insignificant you are and the magnitude of how incredibly amazing our God is.  

When those two factors collide, the most beautiful things happen. Jumbled up messes become masterpieces. Trash becomes treasure. The past becomes a present. And those absolutely gut wrenching, heart throbbing, pain staking tests become our testimonies.  

Tomorrow I have the most amazing privilege of stepping out in faith. It is such an honor to be asked to be part of Crowns For Christ and share where God has brought me from.   To kick the devil in the face and speak words of freedom!  

  
The truth from 1 Peter 2:9 comforts and encourages tonight reminding me how God has taken us out of darkness and brought us into His marvelous light.   

Maybe you’ve hidden in this darkness. Maybe it’s become familiar and comfortable.  Maybe you, just like me, hide it pretty darn good.  And perhaps you even fooled yourself into thinking something sinful wasn’t really that bad.   

But the scary thing is that many times we don’t realize that we are putting our purpose on the line.  Is that “thing” holding us in bondage and fear really worth sacrificing our purpose?  

Can I encourage you tonight to step into the light? Step out in faith and trust the One who created you in your mother’s womb. You are not a mistake. You are not just here by chance.  

Step out of the darkness and let God bring to light the amazing plans He has for you! Don’t allow the enemy to keep you paralyzed in bondage! Jesus Christ came so that we could be FREE! And who the Son sets free is FREE indeed!  {John 8:36}

  
Walk in freedom!  Shake off those chains and dance for the Lord!  

Love you guys! Please keep the Crowns For Christ ministry in your prayers as we all prepare to share what God has placed on our hearts tomorrow.  You can check out their page here.    God is up to great things!  

Live Life Unscripted, 

Brittany ❤ 

Book Giveaway! <3

To celebrate the release of Real Mom Moments – A 30 Day Devotional for Moms, I want to say thank you by giving some away!  Whoop whoop!  😉

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Starting right now you can enter to win 1 of 4 brand spanking new books!   Click the link below to be taken to my giveaway by rafflecopter.

Every Thursday for the next 4 weeks a winner will be randomly selected and receive a brand new autographed copy this awesome new devotional!  (First drawing is Thursday, May 21st so you have a week’s worth of entries before a winner is chosen!)

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Good luck everyone!  Spread the word!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Real Mom Moments Book!

I’m so excited to introduce my very first book, Real Mom Moments!  Until I can figure out how to create a fancy smancy order button, please click the link below to order.  This will take you directly to the order page.

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1am Jesus.  

I can’t sleep, even though my eyes are burning like crazy.   

Laying here listening to the silence that 1am brings, my heart is pounding out of my chest to get this message out.   

Regardless of how many times we fail God, He NEVER fails us.  In fact, He sent His only son, Jesus, to be born into this jacked up world just to die for us.   

I’m so humbled tonight thinking how Jesus knew our sin long before we wallowed in it.  He knew the mess that would be turned into a message and the test that would produce the testimony.  

He knew it all.  Inside and out.  Fears, tears and doubts.  He knew us.   And ohhhhh to be known by the One who came to set us free..  

Do we really grasp the magnitude of this? 

He knew the bondage He came to set us free from and He knew how tightly we would hold on to our captivity.  

Heck, even the Israelites did it.  They had a taste of freedom but complained to Moses when they got tired of the manna God sent down from Heaven.   

I knew I couldn’t snuggle under the covers until I shared this that God burned into my heart tonight.   I pray it rocks you to your very core like it did me tonight.  At 1am.   I’m so in awe of our Savior.   

Here goes.  

  

Jesus

King of kings 
Left royalty behind 
To be of a virgin 
Laid in a manger 
No room for Him then
No room for Him now 
Jesus. 
Left Heaven’s throne 
To take upon flesh 
Walk among us 
Call fishers of men 
Turn this world upside down 
In awe of Him then 
In awe of Him now 
Jesus. 
Set free the captives 
Made well the sick 
Defended the weak 
Sat with the sinners 
Fasted in the desert 
Some followed Him then 
Some follow Him now 
Jesus. 
Teacher 
Preacher 
Healer 
Defender 
Savior 
Alpha 
Omega 
Jesus. 
Son of God 
Son of man 
God’s only son 
Man’s only Savior 
Our only hope 
Fully God 
Fully man 
Jesus. 
Loves the unloveable 
Teaches the unteachable 
Reaches the unreachable 
Saves the lost 
Paid the cost 
Ultimate sacrifice 
Ultimate salvation 
Jesus. 
No sin too great 
No soul too fake 
He sees all 
Knows all 
And yet still paid it all 
He paid your price 
Sacrificed His life 
Jesus. 
 
You can accept 
Or deny 
Mock, doubt 
Or believe lies 
He gave His life for you 
And left the choice in your hands 
Now it’s up to you to choose
Jesus.  


Catching up a bit ❤️

Hey guys! Didn’t want you to think I had bailed out on ya on our Psalms study.

I LOVE hearing from these incredible ladies as they have so willingly shared their hearts and notes on Psalms this month!

I’m a little behind on posting my notes. {2 days behind actually.. Eek! I’m sorry!}. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m a Pastor’s wife and mom to 2 little ones so life can be hectic – on the best days! LOL. Thanks for your patience and prayers! 😉

Here’s a few things that I really took to heart from Psalms 37-40. I’ll redo this post hopefully tomorrow {Wednesday} and add in my notes.

Love y’all! I would LOVE to hear how these chapters spoke to you this week! It’s never too late to join us!

Psalm 37
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Psalm 38
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Psalm 39
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Psalm 40

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Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

I want to welcome back my friend, Loretta Yopp tonight as she shares her heart on Psalms 35-36!

——— Loretta Yopp – Psalms 35-36 ———

Growing Weary in the Battle!!

Psalm 35

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️Verses 1-12: Have you every became so weary in the battle that you plead with God just to fight for you? David had grown weary in this battle and he is pleading with God to fight for him. You must remember David was anointed King but now he finds himself literally running for his own life. David has tried to do God’s ideal plan but finds himself being falsely accused. David is pleading with God to take the enemy out!

Be honest how many has prayed a prayer similar to this? Okay I am raising my hand! It is the human part of us that feels beaten down at times. When we pray for justice to be done, we are actually praying as David prayed.

I like that David is showing us his raw emotions. Because so many times we as Christians think we are suppose to remain strong and no one is ever allowed to see our weakness. We all have weak moments in life and we crumble under the weight of the battle, but I like what Paul says “in our weakness then we are made strong!”

️Verses 13-20: Did God really not answer David’s prayers? No, God hears every prayer that is prayed. In all of God’s perfect wisdom He answers prayers. God wants us to trust Him even when we don’t see an immediate answer to our prayers. When God seems to delay His response to your prayers, then take those moments to deepen your faith in Him.

️Verses 21-28; Don’t get so caught up in the battle that you set your heart to get revenge. It is okay to ask God to fight the battle for you. You may be in a place like David found himself just trust God and hold on to His unchanging hand. Remember what God promised in Psalm 23 “He will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies!”

So if you find yourself being accused wrongly don’t be afraid to ask God to intervene and fight on your behalf.

Psalm 36: The Fountain of Life

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️️Verses 1-4: We live in a world that has turned their back on God. There is no fear of who God is. Our Government has went against the very core foundation that this great nation was founded on. The Bible states that “in the last days it shall be as in the days of Noah.” People are sinning as if nothing will happen to them. Judgement day is coming, because God is just and faithful.

️Verses 5-7: These few verses are a clear picture of the one true King. God is merciful, faithful, and righteous! God will triumph over the wickedness of these last days! Yes evil will come but it will surely end in failure. We will be vindicated so we need not fear what man can do to us.

Verses 9-12: The “fountain of life” .. what an awesome picture of who God is. In Jeremiah 2:13 God is called the fountain of living waters. I find myself closing my eyes and seeing this beautiful waterfall flowing down wanting nothing more than to stand under the flow. God’s love, mercy and grace is refreshing and cleansing to our very soul.

Stand firm under the “Fountain of Life” today, allowing the waters of refreshing to flow over you! Let it cleanse out every impurity of sin!

Thanks Brittany for allowing me to write my thoughts!

God bless,
Loretta
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I love this sweet woman’s insight on Psalms! Thank you, Loretta for guest posting today!

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When I think of water, I instantly think of refreshing. God’s presence is a fountain of living water that refreshes our aching hearts.

Like Loretta said, sometimes we grow weary in the battle. It’s in these times when His presence is so refreshing. ?That living water flows into the deepest caverns of our hearts and brings healing and restoration.

Drink deep from this living water today. Don’t settle for anything less than God’s best. Nothing can satisfy like being refreshed in His presence!

What spoke to you today? We’d love to hear your thoughts below!

It’s not too late to invite a friend to join us on our Psalms study!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

Peace Out, 2014!

I’m praying that each of you have a few quiet moments to reflect on this past year. My peaceful moments began once all my sweet babies were snuggled into bed. And boy, did the tears start gushing.

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I replayed some major moments in my life this past year and couldn’t help but cry those warm, happy crocodile tears. God supernaturally providing for me to attend She Speaks 2014.. God’s divine connections with people along life’s journey.. Writing twice for a local Christian newspaper.. Living the dream of being a Pastor’s wife {a promise God gave me as a small child}.. And that’s just the Cliff Notes version. 😉

God. Is. So. Good.

Reflect on the goodness of God, His mercies that are new each morning, the trials He has helped us to preserve through, the joy of our salvation, the present of His presence, His unending, unrelenting, overwhelming passionate pursuit of our hearts, the hope He has given us when all felt lost and hopeless, the repentant heart of a lost loved one, restoration of relationships..

God. Is. SOOOOOO. Good.

2014 may have been a stellar year for you. Maybe it was filled with endless hardships you didn’t see coming.

Whatever the case may be, God is still on the throne and He is still capable! He’s capable of healing the sick, mending the broken and setting the captive free! Nothing is too small or too great for God!

Rest assured, 2014 is nearing it’s end, but God has treasures waiting to be sought out in 2015! He has good things in store for you. He has new mercies, new beginnings and open doors waiting to be walked through.

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Don’t let the past weigh you down. There’s a reason the rear view mirror is smaller than the front windshield. Focus on what lies before you instead of what’s behind you. {You definitely want to check out Isiah 43:18-19.}. Walk freely into this new year ready to do great things for the Kingdom of God! Give Him your best and He will do the rest!

Granted, you may have to step out of your comfort zone, but so did Peter when he stepped out of the boat. You’re in good company, babe.

Repeat after me – fear will not hold me captive anymore. I want what God has for me!

Here’s to the start of an amazing year!

Before you scoot out of here, I’d love to hear what God is doing in your life! What will you remember the most about 2014? What are you looking forward to the most this upcoming year? Do you set resolutions?

Chime in below!

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Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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