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

No More Excuses

❤ Disclaimer: Pardon my scary no-makeup naked face and hear my heart. ❤ 

As a mom of 3 little ones under the age of 7, time fills up quickly. My middle child is up before the crack of dawn each day so that takes my morning devotion time most days. My oldest hates school during this season of her life so once she’s up, many mornings she’s consumed with worries about school from the time her feet hit the cold hardwood floor. Our youngest is 4 months and nursing about every 3 hours and keeping us busy. Between rushing through my morning, work, pumping on my breaks (nursing mom here..)cooking dinner, homework, baths… Oh wait, did I remember to brush their teeth? Hold up, have I even brushed MY teeth?

Girl, time is fleeting and we’re never going to be all that God has called us to be when we aren’t making the most of day He’s given us. We all have the same 24 hours. Are we making the most of it?

God really convicted me this morning. People make time for what’s important to them. If that’s getting your nails done and having your hair fixed, you’re going to make time for that. If it’s exercising in the morning before work so you feel better about yourself, you’ll get up earlier and make time. If it’s busting it at work to rush home to be at practice for each of the kids and have a hot meal cooked for your family, by the grace of God you’ll get it done.

Are we treating our relationship with God as a priority or does it get pushed to the back burner? “Oh, I’ll read my bible when… I’ll go to church when… I’ll pray when…”

I pray you’re encouraged and motivated like I was.  You are not the only one. We all have different schedules and things that buy for our time. Life slows down for no one. But we have to be careful to take every moment captive just like we’re told to take every though captive in 2 Corinthians 10:5 –

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

So thankful for the moments God whispers wisdom to our parched souls.

Would love to know your thoughts. How do you make time for what’s important in your life? Do you keep a strict schedule?

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!

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Mercy.  

Google defines it as “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.”

Can you use a little mercy today?  
Think about this for a moment.  
  
There are 365 days in a year. Take your age and multiply that by 365. Seriously, do this right now. 😀

I’m 27. And 27 x 365 = 9,855

God has given me 9,855 mercy moments. Fresh starts. Brand spanking new opportunities. That’s mind blowing!  

  

Tomorrow is coming and with that new tomorrow comes new mercy. Because God knew today’s leftovers just wouldn’t cut it.  

Each day requires new mercy. And baby that heavenly goodness is better than a gooey chocolate chunk cookie straight out of the oven. Straight from the throne room of a risen Savior with the keys to death, hell and the grave – new mercy awaits you and I.  

So if you feel like you bombed today, wipe the dirt off your knees and the tears of frustration from your eyes. Tomorrow is coming. And so is a perfectly packaged bundle of mercy.  

#lifeisagift
Live Life Unscripted, 

❤ Brittany 

Don’t Hide Your Gift <3

Since the beginning of time, God has been in the fixer upper business.

He doesn’t generally pick those in the front of the line.  He’s known for patiently waiting on those the world overlooks.  The rejected, despised, “too young,” “too old,” inexperienced newbies.  He takes the ones who are picked last in gym class and brings them front and center.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

David was a smelly shepherd boy.  Sampson had a problem with women.  Moses was a murderer.  Rahab was a hooker.

You are I are no different.  We may not have a track record quite comparable to these celebrities of the biblical era, but I imagine you have a story too.  And it’s one that someone needs to hear.  But let me tell you, that can that be so intimidating.  Especially when we feel underqualified.  Undereducated.  Unprepared.  *insert additional “un” words here ____*

It’s easy to try to talk God out of His master plan when it feels so much bigger than us.  Heck, Moses did it.  God called him by speaking through a burning bush and Moses was quick to attempt convincing Him that He was better off choosing someone else to carry out the mass exodus of letting His people go.  God presented the plan while Moses crumbled under pressure.

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Have you been there?  I have. 

Can I be real with you?  You are not a carbon copy.  There has never been anyone quite like you.  You are uniquely created to carry out a divine purpose.  And God has something specific in mind for you to accomplish during your lifetime that only you can do.  You have world-changing power living inside of you.  Don’t hide your gift. 

I didn’t grow up thinking I would ever be capable of being a women’s speaker.  (I still don’t think I’m capable.  lol)  Or blogger for that matter.  Or an author.  But God has a way of weaving desires and purpose into our lives long before we were formed in our mother’s womb.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

You have been set apart to fulfill a specific purpose.  No one else can do what God has called you to do.  Your calling won’t look identical to anyone else’s and comparing will only breed jealousy and discontentment.  And a date with a big tub of ice cream and box of tissues.

It’s scary stepping out in faith.  But sometimes the only way to reach Jesus and His divine plan for our life is to meet Him in the deep waters.  Ask Peter.  The waves and wind created fear and havoc around him, yet he stepped out of the boat and walked out to meet His Savior.  (How awesome would that have been to have Instagram back then?  #selfieSunday #walkingonwater #jesusfreakingrocks )

What’s holding you back?  Are you afraid of failure?  Expectations from others weighing you down?  I promise you, there is no greater joy than fulfilling God’s calling on your life.  Is it scary?  Yes!  Will you fall flat on your face sometimes?  Definitely.  But the amazing thing is that God isn’t calling for perfection – He’s calling for obedience. 

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I’ve been back and forth about whether or not to share this video, but I feel like someone needs to see this.  Below is a clip from one of my first speaking engagements.  I’m no pro, by any means.  lol  But I have been learning to simply say “yes” to God and trust Him in the unknown.  If you’re encouraged, please feel free to share.  ❤

Don’t let fear overcome you and hold you back from walking into your Promised Land.  The children of Israel made that detrimental mistake and it took them 40 years to make a 14 day journey.

When He calls you to walk on the water, remember who created those waters in the first place. 

“Unforgettable” Women’s Conference Message (Click link to watch my message from “Unforgettable” Women’s Conference!)

Stop comparing yourself to everyone else.  You are unforgettable.  You are amazing.  And you have a gift that can change the world. 

Live Life Unscripted,

Brittany ❤

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

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 ❤ 

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