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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Your Prayers are Precious to God 

Reading in Revelations this morning, I was humbled to the point of tears. The kids will be up soon and I don’t want you to miss this so I’ll make it quick.  

Ready? 

Your prayers aren’t just hitting the ceiling. (I know sometimes it really does feel this way, doesn’t it?) 

No, my sweet friend. They are being purposefully collected and placed in a bowl of precious gold and placed before The Lord.  

  
“…they were holding golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” Revelation 5:8


Now to some this may seem über religious. To some this may sound just plain weird. 

 But to me, it makes my heart swell. It reminds me I am not forgotten. It makes me realize just how important my prayers are to the King of kings and God of my salvation. That He is never too busy to hear my prayers. This isn’t like a collection of mail at the post office waiting to be sorted. Ohhhh no. This is a sacred collection that is so beautiful and held close to God’s heart.  

I’m not sure what brings you to your knees today, whether it be the illness of a loved one, overwhelmed by life, depression, divorce, death of a child, pain in your body, job security, financial struggle, or simply feeling like a piece of paper being blown around in the wind.  

But this I KNOW – you are so precious to God. He loves you SO much; more than you will ever know. He paid the ultimate price by sending His one and only Son to take our place on the cross.  

Trust Him. You may not understand the storm you are facing, but know that the One who calms the storm sometimes finds it necessary to simply calm His child. There’s so much peace to be found in the arms of Jesus!  
  
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Wherever life finds you today, I pray you are overwhelmed with God’s unconditional, unchanging head over heels crazy love for you.   

He treasures the prayers of His children just like we as parents treasure the words and artwork of our children. Except His fridge doesn’t get full, He pulls out the bowls of pure gold and holds on to them to answer in His timing.  

You are SO loved.  ❤

Live Life Unscripted, 
❤ Brittany 

Undeserved Love

Today was filled with little people whininess and attitudes and fussing galore. Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! Just an all around crapola day to be frankly honest.  

So to salvage some sanity I put the kids to bed early and have been enjoying some quiet mommy and Jesus time. #breathe #sweetJesus 

I was reading and Psalm 103:10 jumps off the pages: 

 “He does not treat us as our sins deserve..” 

I was like WOOO! God you’re awesome! You’re so amazing. Wow, thank You for being so…. 
  

Then I flip open my prayer journal and find this precious, darling little note from our 6-year-old.
 Oh my heart…. ❤️

It is so amazing how God uses our kids to convict us and show us unconditional love. I don’t know when she wrote this but I definitely needed to see it tonight.  

How many times do we hold against our kids their actions?  (Or our spouse?  Our boss?  Our coworkers? Our family?

We treat them according to their behavior. Yet this is the polar opposite of how God treats us.  

The very next verse reminds us of the Father’s love. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.”  Psalm 103:11 

And in verse 13, we are reminded of God’s compassion.   “As a father has compassion in his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”  

Many times we find ourselves being too harsh and expecting too much. For Pete’s sake, they’re kids. We’re meant to train and equip them with life skills and show them by example how to follow Jesus. (An example I feel like I suck at sometimes. Our flesh is so weak.). 

  

Training isn’t an overnight process. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time. Patience. And more time and even more patience.  

It’s so easy to feel inadequate as a mom but God gently reminds us to keep trying. To keep going. To keep forgiving and love unconditionally. ❤️ 

Don’t fret, mama. Pray through this season and love big. You’re human. We all have meltdowns. Lay still at the feet of Jesus, forgive yourself and embrace those babies.  

Don’t let one moment of temporary insanity convince you that you suck at life.   

And in case you haven’t heard it lately – you’re AMAZING. And you’re doing a freaking awesome job.    

Share with a mama who needs some encouraging tonight.  ❤️

Live Life Unscripted, 

❤ Brittany 

Naked Prayers

“God’s not dead, He’s surely alive! He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion.”  – Newsboys 

And that He did.  

Today, actually.  

This morning I found myself in the shower crying. The realization that God uses cracked vessels to accomplish His will is so overwhelming.   

“Use me, Lord. I just want to touch someone’s heart and be your hands and feet today…” 

Cleaning the house this morning and surfing Facebook, I happened upon our worship leader’s status: 

  

One minute I’m dusting, folding clothes, wiping butts…. 

Then out of nowhere, BAM! A craving for a Chick-fil-A sandwich, waffle fries, Dr. Pepper and a warm cookie hit this preggo like a freight train. So of course the kids and I on a whim, hop in the van, drive 45 minutes down the road to the closest CFA.  

Honestly I had forgotten about my shower prayer. But God hadn’t.  

We ordered our food and the kids took off to the playground. Walking to the table, a gentleman in army uniform caught my eye.  

And that’s when I heard it: Pay for his meal.  

I knew that voice. I’ve heard it many times. It was the gentle, yet roaring prompting of the Holy Spirit.  

The man walks up to a lady in pink, obviously his wife, and 4 small children. Now I was prepared to pay for his meal. But suddenly the tab grew larger. Yet the prompting grew stronger by the minute.  

Pay for the meal. Their meal. 

Now I don’t know if it’s because the 4th of July is only days away and it was some type of subconscious patriotism or if this family truly needed to see genuine love from another human being, but regardless, God connected our paths for a divine purpose today.  

I walked up to the cash register as they finished their order and gently placed my hand on the register.  

“I’d like to take care of your meal today.”  

His wife’s face was priceless. “What?” She said, obviously shocked.  

“Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country.” I said, trying my best to push through the tearful lump in my throat.  

She said a gentle thank you and Kendyl and I walked hand in hand back to our seat.  

  

And then came those emotion-filled hot tears. My tears.  

Sometimes God wants to use our devoted obedience to bless us as much as we bless others. 

Sometimes He uses those moments of obedience to strengthen the faith of our children.  

“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35 

We cannot out give God.  

We cannot out love God. 

We simply must be obedient in the big things and small things. Those moments when He beckons a seeking heart to be His hands and feet.  

God is looking for seeking hearts and broken vessels.  

He’s looking for heartfelt, butt naked shower prayers.

He’s looking for ordinary, average every day people like you and me.  

Tune out the noise today and tune in to the whispers of the Holy Spirit. Seek the Lord with all your heart.  You could be the connection between someone and their blessing.  

Live Life Unscripted, 

Brittany ❤ 

In the Potter’s Hands 

Sometimes we find ourselves being thrusted into uncomfortable, unfamiliar places. Life gets unbearable, painful and just plain sucky at times.

It’s easy in our human nature to tense up, clam up and close up.

But instead – God wants us to grow. He wants us to prosper and gain wisdom and knowledge. And sometimes we have to walk through the fire of uncertainty and unfamiliarity in order to truly understand He will never leave us of forsake us.

It’s in the fire that we are tested and refined.

This morning I was reading in 2 Corinthians and came upon this passage of scripture.   I’m so blown away by Paul’s humility.   He is one of my favorite authors in scripture.   His is so openly transparent in his suffering.


“..for we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.  But it was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”  2 Corinthians 1:8-9

Sometimes life just plain sucks.  The doctors give a grim report, job loss paralyzes our finances, friends betray us and families get ripped apart at the seams.  One thing after another after another.   Things spiral out of our control leaving us feeling rattled and shattered.

We are not left alone to pick up the broken pieces.   

 

Paul even admits that life became unbearable.  Pain hurts!  But he goes on to say in verse 10 that they have set their hope in Christ that he will deliver them again. God remains faithful to His track record of deliverance.

Sometimes we have to endure the trials to become more pliable in His hands.  

I’ve heard so many times the reference of God being the patient potter.   We are the lumpy pile of clay in his hands and He patiently molds us and shapes us into who we are called to be.  When we become jagged and brittle, we go back on the Potter’s wheel and are reshaped and refined.  We are most pliable in the hands of the Potter.

I recorded this last night after dropping off our kids at VBS and feel so strongly that someone needs to hear these words.  Please feel free to share with someone needing encouragement.


Don’t give up, my sweet friend.  And don’t try to jump off the Potter’s wheel.   You are safe in the palm of His hands.

 

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Step Into the Light

Light and darkness cannot coexist. Either there is total darkness without the presence of light, or there is light overtaking the darkness. 

Think about it. Your bedroom is pitch black because all lights are off. When you turn on a lamp or flip a light switch – instant light! The darkness can no longer remain when there is light. 

  
The Light (Jesus Christ) will always illuminate the darkness. Darkness can’t stand in the presence of the light. Demons flee and Satan trembles at the presence of God Almighty! All of hell thought they had this thing in the bag when Jesus was crucified and hung lifeless on the cross, BUT GOD had other plans!! 

For years I found myself wallowing in sin.  I had convinced myself that because no one knew about these dark places, I was fine and there would be no consequences.  The enemy is a pretty strategic guy, isn’t he?  

This double life we lead with perfectly placed masks leads to destruction.  It may not happen immediately but ultimately leads us into places we never intended on placing our feet.   

Our only hope is to allow the Light to illuminate the darkness in our lives.   

  

Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” 

Take out the word “money” and exchange it for whatever has gripped you and held you in bondage.

 

“You cannot serve both God and porn.”  
“You cannot serve both God and alcohol.
“You cannot not serve both God and fear.” 
“You cannot serve both God and darkness.

“You cannot serve both God and ________.”


God sent His only son, Jesus, so we could be rescued from our sin and walk in the light.  We are not left without hope!  

God foreknew our failure yet He preplanned a promise.  
And that promise is woven so beautifully throughout scripture.   The reality of redemption is so real and tangible, we must just grab hold of it!  

Fling open those spiritual shades in your life and let the Light come in to overcome the darkness. If you wallow in the darkness, it will overtake you. But if you allow the Light of Christ and the Word of God to illuminate those dark places, you will find unfathomable, unshakable hope! 

I encourage you today to check out “Forever” by Kari Jobe.  We will overcome!! 

Please connect with me on Facebook for more encouragement.  I can also be found on Instagram & Twitter at @lifeunscripted5 
Live Life Unscripted, 

❤ Brittany 

Ordinary, Average Joe

Don’t let the enemy or anyone else convince you that you’re not good enough, educated enough or seasoned enough.  
There are so many negative, life sucking labels we carry.   Whether they have been placed by ourselves or someone else – it’s time they’re removed.  God didn’t call perfect people – He is calling broken, imperfect followers.   
  

Peter and John were regular, ordinary, average Joe’s. Yet Jesus called them to be His closest friends and witness the extraordinary. God isn’t calling people who have it all together. The bible says he came to help those in need and restore them and send them out into the world to share the gospel. 

  

He’s calling YOU. He’s calling ME. He’s calling US. The average, ordinary,  simple, underweight, overweight, unloved, excluded, loser, failure, stupid, uneducated, underpaid, divorced, single, widow, abused, rejected, hated, abandoned, lost… 

 

He has called us to be with Him. And oh baby, when we’re with Him people see His glory on us. They see His light in our eyes. He bible says that Moses glowed when he came back down the mountain from being in God’s presence. That charges me up, y’all! 
Spend time in His presence today.  Soak up His presence.  And lay down all those labels.  God can and will use you to do great and mighty things for the kingdom – if you’ll let Him.  
Share with someone and encourage each other today to get in His presence and shine bright for Him! The world desperately needs to experience Him!  

Live Life Unscripted, 

❤ Brittany 

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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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!

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