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27 Things I’ve learned @ 27 

I’m getting old, y’all. 

Seriously.  

Next year I will be attending my 10 year high school reunion.  *slams head to the table* 

I’ve spent the past few days spending precious time with family and friends in my hometown so I’m feeling a little extra sentimental this week.  😉 

So without further adue, here are 27 things I’ve learned in 27 years.   ❤ Please feel free to add your own in the comments section! 

Here goes.  

1. It’s the little things that end up being the biggest things. (Like when your kids save you the crunchy pieces because they know it’s your favorite part.) 

  
2. Time goes much quicker than you think.  

3. People are more important than things.  

4. Money can’t buy happiness.  

5. Kids are little sponges and soak up every word.  

6. Sometimes it’s more fun to just pee in the yard (when you’re a 3-year-old boy, that is.). 

  
7. A picture really is worth a 1,000 words.  

8. Mama really was right. (Most of the time) 

9. God’s plan is waaaay better than our plan.  

10. Time doesn’t heal all wounds – God does.  

11. “I’m sorry” is just as important as saying “please” and “thank you.” 

12. Some nights require going to get ice cream in your pj’s with your 7-year-old. Just because.  

  
13. Don’t ever lose sight of who you are.  

14. Your reputation is super hard to repair. Treasure it and protect it. 

15. Date nights with your spouse are important and worth paying a babysitter.  

  
16. Listen more than you speak. 

17. When it comes to friends, quality is more important than quantity.  

18. The most important relationship you can have is the one you have with God. The health of all other relationships will depend on the health of this relationship.  

  
19.  Prayers never expire.  In your lifetime, you will witness the answers to prayers lifted up by your parents, grandparents and generations before. It’s incredible.  

20. You can’t get time back once it’s been wasted. Spend it wisely. 

21. Sleeping like a baby is the biggest lie ever told.  

22. You can never over-say “I love you.”  

23. Make time to be goofy with the kids.  

24. It’s important to learn something new everyday. 

25. Always say “YES” to God. It is far more rewarding to step out in faith instead of letting fear hold you back.  

  
26. Treasure every moment with those you love. We aren’t promised tomorrow.  
27. Not all family is blood related.  

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Don’t take another minute for granted.  We are not promised tomorrow.  Love passionately, live boldly and don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams.

God’s love is amazing, His grace is neverending and He is your biggest fan.   

Over and out.  It’s time to enjoy those around us today.   🙂 

Live Life Unscripted, 

❤ Brittany

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A Kids Eye View

They drive me nuts, keep my on my knees and make me smile from ear to ear.

You called it. My kids are my w.o.r.l.d.

They don’t miss a beat, that’s for sure. Nothing escapes their view. They’ve got to know how it works, why it does that and how long before the next sugar-filled holiday celebration.

So the other day I go to snap a cute pic of my littles and I’m alerted that my phone memory is full. What?? Not cool. Not cool, man. I open up my pics and see I have around 1,000 images. Blury, fuzzy, kid’s eye view shots taken after church last week by a variety of little fingers.

There were fuzzy up close pictures of kids’ noses, adults size 8 shoes, back of heads, walls, and smiling faces. A kid’s-eye view of “Jesus’ house,” as our 3-year-old cutie calls it.

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It got me thinking. I know, here we are again in the mind of a crazy, sleep-deprived mom. Enter at your own risk.

We teach our kids more than we realize. This can be equally humbling and scary.

I’ve mentioned before that we teach them how to respond to situations by the way we ourselves respond. A car pulls out in front of us and we start ranting and raving about the where the idiot got their driver’s license. Our mini-me in the backseat takes notice and jots down a mental note on how to act when we don’t like how something goes down.

But have we ever thought that we teach our kids how to relate to God?

When Kendyl was barely 2-years-old, she watched us in church. If Mommy or Daddy raised our arms in worship, up went that precious little arm stretched up towards heaven. If someone shouted out a “hallelujah!” during service, our little curly-headed princess would follow suite.

Our kids see how we respond to the Holy Spirit. They are silently observing how we plop down in our seats with arms firmly folded, refusing to budge. Our kids watch us put on masks that signal that all is well even though we’re dying inside.

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A kid’s-eye view.

What are our kids witnessing in our lives?

Are we teaching them to show loving reverence to a Holy God? Or are we educating them on how to endure an hour a week listening to a man tickle our ears and walk out the same way we came in?

Children are often the product of their raising. If we show passionate pursuit of our Savior and gratitude for our blessings, it’s likely our children will mirror those beautiful traits. Oh what priceless gifts to give our children.

So the loaded question – What is the worth of the cross you are carrying?

So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

To me, it’s priceless. It can’t be carried halfheartedly. It’s all or nothing. You see, I know what it’s like to run from God. I remember where God found me and how He reached way down to pull me out of my self-created pit. I know the call Jonah received from God had to be pretty intimidating when the opposite direction looked so appealing. The world appears to have it all laid out on a silver platter. It’s not easy going against the flow. It’s so much easier sticking with the crowd.

But what if that’s why we’re here? To stand out? To pursue something so incredible, so completely life changing that shakes us to our very core. It causes us to take a self inventory. It makes us question if we’re taking this thing seriously or if we are just checking some moral obligation off our to-do list because it makes us feel better.

What is the worth of the cross you are carrying?

I don’t know about you, but I want to leave a legacy. I want to grow old and know that I have raised God-fearing, God-serving, people reaching, giving, kind hearted children who boldly walk out their faith. Not just WWJD wearing kids sporting religious t-shirts.

Godly little men and women who know their God is the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God who still works miracles. The God who split the Red Sea for Moses and the one who sustains life when the doctor said to pull the plug.

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I’m praying that we can carry our cross in such a way that our children are inspired to chase this thing with everything within them. Let’s finish this race well – not being satisfied with just sliding by. Let’s go the extra mile. Love when it hurts, give when it’s almost gone. Life well, love well.

Little ones are watching.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have your kids surprised you at how much they can be little sponges? What’s something your kids have said that has blown your mind? Have they copied behavior that has brought you to your knees? I know mine have!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Fight for your VOICE! <3

 

We’re kicking it old school today.  You remember The Little Mermaid, right?  All those who were raised in the 90s or raised kids in the 90s said… YEAH!  🙂

Ariel had a problem.  She wasn’t satisfied.  She always wanted more.  Her gidgets and gadgets satisfied only for a short while, so she decided to make a bargain of a lifetime with an evil sea witch.image

She traded her voice for temporary satisfaction.  IF she could score true love’s kiss by sunset on the 3rd day, she was set.  Legs forever and no more fishy fins.  If not, then she was a fish out of water.  To be Ursula’s captive.  F.o.r.e.v.e.r.

Have you found yourself in a fishy situation?  Many times we are faced with a choice.  God’s way vs. our way.  What’s totally awesome is when these two intersect and become one.  When it’s detrimental is when we see God’s way as a hindrance to our way.

Don’t trade your voice for anything, sweet friend.  It’s not worth it.   You won’t be happy until you’re walking the path God has divinely prepared for you and doing the things He has created you to do. 

I unfortunately traded my “voice” back in high school for temporary pleasure.  I did what felt good and cared less about eh consequences.  Until I ruined my reputation.  And was called a hypocrite.  All because I wanted more and I didn’t know that more could really hurt me.

I pray you’re encouraged as you watch this brief video.  My heart has been burning with this message for days now. { If you’re reading this in an email, please click here. }

Do you remember a time when you felt your voice was at stake? 

Struggle to revive your influence? 

Lay it down at the feet of Jesus.  Practice surrender daily.  This walk with The Lord is a marathon, not a sprint.  And when you fall flat on your face, ask forgiveness and get back up.  Fight for your voice.  Fight to maintain your influence on others around you.  They’re watching you.  ❤

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!

Taking a little break <3

As many of you know, I’m on the craziest journey right now.  I’ve never experienced God’s favor and so many open doors in my life!  God opened the door for me to have my very first article published in a local newspaper, Gulf Coast Family, for the month of July.  They’ve just asked me to write another article for August!  I’m also finishing my book proposal for my very first devotional book for moms and working on pieces for peer critique for an upcoming writers conference.  We also stay very busy with our youth group since my husband is the youth pastor.  We’ve been fundraising for months now for our summer trip to Tennessee.  On top of both of us working second jobs.  We.  Are.  Insane.  lol

I’m so thankful, but quite frankly a bit overwhelmed.  That being said, my posts here will be slightly limited over the next week or two so that I can properly prepare for my upcoming conference and youth events.  Don’t worry, I’ll post pictures and share when I get back.  Please connect with me on Instagram & Twitter to stay connected with me!  I’ll be posting pictures from the conference!

I love each of you so much!  Please keep me in your prayers!  I’m praying for you!  🙂

 

xoxoxo

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

 

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Shut the Front Door

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We got home from running errands yesterday morning and our front door was wide open. Not cracked a little. Wide. Open.

I can’t believe I didn’t shut the front door to our apartment. The air was running full blast and toys were scattered everywhere just as they were when we left. The laptop was sitting on the couch and dishes piled up in the sink. We got home and my heart sank. I couldn’t believe I forgot to shut the door. I’ve had a to so list a mile long lately and now I’ve left our home totally vulnerable and unguarded.

It’s so easy to fill our lives with things we think are fulfilling and run around helping solve all the world’s problems. But when you take care of everyone and neglect your own house, priorities need to be readjusted before this train comes screaming off track causing bigger problems.

I’m terrible at over committing. I’ve been called Super Mom on many occasions and I just smile and thank them for the compliment. But basically they’re just admitting they don’t know how I survive doing everything and anything with my plate overflowing with “Oh yes, I’ll be there!” And, “Don’t worry, I’ll squeeze that in my schedule!”

God has been trying to get my attention and I’ve overlooked the fact that He has been putting up red flags in front of me. I’ve been forgetting things like crazy lately. Little things. Major commitments. My mind refuses to shut off even when my body has thrown up the white flag begging to surrender at the end of the day. I’ve been going like the energizer bunny and now my batteries are wearing out.

Sleep deprivation + over commitment + trying to be the Proverbs 31 woman + working part time + full time ministry = a recipe for disaster. We cannot give 100% in every area when we are involved with more than we can handle. Our relationships will suffer stress and our bodies feel the wear and tear.

I encourage you today to take a self inventory. Are you over committed? Do you, find yourself running from task to task from sun up to sun down with little time in between? It’s time to prune away the things that are weighing us down so we can be the men and women God has called us to be.

One of the enemy’s greatest tactics is overcrowding our plates. I pray we learn to discern when we need to decline offers that come knocking. We can’t be the PTA president, 4.0 honor roll, rocking body, Sunday school teacher, carpool driver, creative artist, culinary genius, birthday party junkie, and godly wife and mother. It. Doesn’t. Work. If God is giving you some red flags, don’t wait until you leave your front door wide open to have a breakdown.

Listen to the sweet whispers of your Father when he says, “Baby, you’ve got too much on your plate. It’s time to downsize before you lose your mind.” He knows what’s best.

Live Life Unscripted,
<Brittany

BE There

There are soooooo many distractions that pull and tug at us every moment of every day. Are you speeding past
the things that really matter?

I challenge you – wherever you are today, BE THERE. 150%. distracted.

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Jesus set an awesome example for us to follow. Jesus set an awesome example for us to follow. 🙂

Flush It.

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Sitting here on a Wednesday night with my mind racing a mile a minute. I’m hurt, I’m broken-hearted, my mind is blown and I’m feeling challenged. Why? Hey, you all up in my kool aid and don’t even know tha flava. Back up off me. (Sorry, I had to let my inner gangsta out.) Why am I feeling this way? It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that I matter to God. And so do YOU.

People never cease to amaze me. Human life is so undervalued. I really can only scratch the surface of our failing humanity or I’ll be ranting and raving all night long. Either we undervalue ourselves as less than dung beetles or overcompensate where others have neglected us and have become egotistic monsters who get our energy from little shots of approval from anyone who will give us a second glance.

There are some things we just need to flush down the toilet – right now. Careful now, these may clog the bowl. Proceed with caution, you’ve been forewarned.

Flush # 1 – You will never, ever have approval of everyone you’re dying to get it from. The quicker you grasp this one and find the strength to live with this truth, the easier rejection will be to handle. Maybe. I’m still working the kinks out on this one.

There is one particular person very close to me who leaves me feeling so empty. Where they should be nurturing and be there for me, the silence is deafening. Their absence and lack of desire to be a present member in my life and my children’s lives hurts so deeply. Yet they’re there for everyone else. Except me. And.. Well. I’ll stop before their identity escapes.

Sometimes we have to accept the fact that people just can’t give what they don’t have. Maybe they were raised that way and they’re doing the best they know how, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Some way, some how, we have got to learn to cope with the emptiness from that relationship and pray God sends some amazing people to fill that void. Those times I’ve cried and hurt so bad, God has brought some incredible people into my life to mentor me and give me so much more than I was lacking. Embrace that. It’s God’s grace in action.

Flush # 2 – Life is not all about you. I hate to break it to you, but it’s really not, honey. God’s intention for our lives was completely opposite from this self absorption mentality and society we fumble around the dark in. We have to look a certain way, know certain things and carry ourselves a particular way in order to be accepted.

We are so confused. The Word says we were wonderfully created by our Savior and are to praise Him (Psalm 139:14). Instead, we crave that praise that is supposed to glorify God. We try to take credit for the talents and gifts placed within us by our Creator. Compliments go to our head and fill us up like helium, floating our humility far beyond the skyline. Get off your high horse, sister. Life doesn’t revolve around you 24/7.

It’s a start, and so many more things can be added to the Flush List. But, let’s start here and work through this together. Flush these mentalities down the toilet and see what God can birth in you. He’ll take you places you’ve never even dreamed of, baby.

“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Living Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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