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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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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Thank you so much for your support!  If you’re blessed, please recommend to a friend!  If you’re ordering a large quantity, please email me for a bulk price.  ❤

– Brittany ❤

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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.  


Absent Minded Foggy Mommy Brain

I know that title totally makes you want to read more. Haha 

So here I am aimlessly scrolling through my phone and happen to check my blog and realize – WOAH. I have been updating my Facebook but left you guys hanging here. For quite a while.  I’m so sorry! 

First off – if you want to stay connected, Facebook is definitely the best way to keep up with me. When inspiration hits, I frequently grab my phone and head to my Life Unscripted Facebook Page. { Click here to like my page and let’s stay connected! }

{ below: our church’s 1st Annual Easter Egg Drop } 

   

 


Secondly – We have been busier than ever! I’ve begun to realize that posting daily isn’t realistic during this stage of my life. I have a lot to say and God speaks such precious whispers, but time simply doesn’t always present itself to log in and post every day.  { Honestly, just remembering to bathe the kids and brush teeth is a high five worthy moment right now. }  

That being said, I pray you stick with me and keep up with me on Facebook for encouragement and videos. I will post as much as I can, but being a full time pastor’s wife, mom, homemaker, and wearer of many colorful hats – posting may not be totally scheduled and regular. { The realization that I haven’t posted in over a month stings..

  

Thirdly – We were in a crazy car crash a few weeks ago that was inches from leaving our 6-year-old an orphan.  At this time I can’t discuss any details other than we’re alive solely by the grace of God.   

  

Our new Newsong CD “Faithful” was the last thing removed from our van and I think it’s pretty epic and an awesome reminder that we serve a faithful God, even when things around us seem to be total chaos.   { A brief video post can be found on my Facebook page entitled, But God.. }

And last, but definitely not least – Some exciting news I couldn’t wait to share!! We’re expecting baby # 3!  Baby Jones will make his or her grand appearance sometime mid-October! 

   

 

So needless to say, it’s been crazy busy! But I’m hoping to continue videos and posts as much as I can.

{just got back from spending Easter break wth family in VA} 

   

       

  

{In the above pic my BFF and I were laughing so hard I thought I had pee’d myself but realized my mom’s car had heated seats!!  Her self timer on her phone just so happened to catch us cracking up. You’re welcome.  Lol} 

Love you guys SO much and love hearing from you!  Would love to know what God is up to in your life right now!   

Keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram.  @lifeunscripted5 

 Live Life Unscripted, 

 ❤ Brittany

Walk YOUR walk.

Maybe it’s a woman thing.  Heck, maybe it’s a ME thing.  But one thing I know is this – comparison stinks.

There will always be someone more successful.  Someone prettier.  Someone who seems more qualified.  There’s always going to be someone to compare ourselves to.  To compare our dreams to.

But the great thing is, God hasn’t called the pretty ones to do my job.  And He hasn’t called me to do theirs either.

He’s called me to walk MY walk with everything within me. 

Do you struggle with comparison?  { Quietly raises hand while hiding behind the glow of the computer screen.. }

You are you-niquely created with talents that desperately need to be on display to further the kingdom of God.

We can’t do this thing well when we’re so caught up in what he’s doing and what she’s accomplishing.  How many followers they have on Twitter and Instagram and how many shares and retweets their posts have.

God.  Made.  You.  YOU. 

You are special.  You are one of a kind.  You are the apple of His eye.  You are amazing.

walk YOUR walk

God hasn’t called you to walk somebody’s else’s walk. 

I’ve had several conversations with some blogging friends this past week about this exact thing.  It’s easy to feel like you’re not good enough and like you don’t have what it takes when you compare your walk to someone else’s.  God created us all so differently.  We’re all gifted in various ways, none quite the same.

Maybe you have a gifting with words.  Maybe you’re stellar creative.  Maybe it’s organizational skills. { I’m definitely not in this category. }  Teaching kids.  Nursing in ICU.  Working in the justice system.  School bus driver.

My hubby is a full time nurse and pastor.  He catches on quickly in the medical field and is amazing when you put a mic in his hand in front of a crowd.   On the other hand, I am a stay-at-home-mom, multitasking wife and blogger who wears a ka-jillion hats like a super ninja.  His giftings are different from mine.  Mine are different from his. We couldn’t possibly switch places and expect to have the same results on those around us.

God hasn’t called you to walk somebody else’s walk. 

God prepares us for the journey ahead of us.  He has placed within us what it takes to complete our mission.  We just have to trust Him.  Be faithful in the hallway before He opens that next door.  He knows where to find you.

Passionately walk the walk He has destined you for.  Wife, mom, daughter, son, teacher, lawyer, cashier, small business owner.. He will give you the desires of your heart and reward your faithfulness.   Besides, He’s the one who put those desires  there in the first place.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16

Can I be real with you?  You will never write like her.  You will never sing like him.  Your house will never be spotless like theirs.  The quicker you accept this reality, the quicker you can release that deep breath you’ve been holding in for so long.  God isn’t asking for perfection, babe, He’s asking for a willing vessel.  Keep doing that thing you’ve been prewired to do.  That thing that brings you joy and others hope.

Be real.  Be bold.  Be.. YOU.  God loves you, beautiful.  He loves your humility and understands your desire to reach more, help more and love more.  But until more comes, be more where you are.  Be the best you that you can be!  And understand that it really is enough.  Be content with who you are, the gifts God has given you and where He has you right now.

What about you?  Have you struggled with comparision?  Overcome it?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please feel free to share your heart below or here on my Facebook page

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Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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

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