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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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Kiss Those Strongholds Goodbye! – Motivation Monday

Strongholds. A place that is generally constructed and fortified to protect someone or something against an attack. Something that can be of great benefit. A safe place.

But many times the enemy likes to use our places we have created for safety – against us. He quickly shifts the feeling of safety to a place that escalates to self destruction. It’s not always obvious either. These self-constructed walls and coping mechanisms end up holding us in serious bondage.

It just starts with a glass of wine with some friends to “take the edge off” a long day. Indulging in comfort food when life feels overwhelming. One more feeling of pure bliss to get away from the stress of this world. Flirting with someone despite the promise worn around your ring finger. Even if only for a minute.

And BOOM. Stronghold.

Something we run to find comfort. An escape. To feel again. To feel accepted.

A passage of scripture in Judges 6:1-2 really spoke to me this morning in my devotion time. The Israelites just couldn’t get it right, could they? They were God’s chosen people, yet they constantly found themselves in a mess.

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This particular time, they had found themselves in yet another situation and for seven years, The Lord basically handed them over to the Midianites. Their disobedience brought such terrible, oppressive times upon them that they prepared shelters for themselves in the clefts of the mountains, caves and… Ready for it? Strongholds.

How many times do we find shelter in our strongholds?

“That’s just the way I was raised.” “I can’t help it, I’ve always been that way.” “It’s just a guy thing.”

Shelter in our strongholds.

We have created these comfy, cozy places and they quickly become strongholds in our lives. Their chains are heavy and hard to break. They create barbed-wire fences around us keeping us locked inside and others at bay. And so many times we are completely unaware.

So what do we do? I’m so glad you asked.

Bathe that thing in prayer. Seek The Lord with all of your heart and you will find Him {Jeremiah 29:13}. Listen to His still, quiet whisper leading you away from things that could potentially destroy relationships and drive wedges between loved ones. And be brave enough to walk away if He compels you to do so.

There is so much power in the name of Jesus to break every. single. chain. No stronghold stands a chance when face to face with a child of God redeemed by the blood of Jesus! Take your God-given authority over these strongholds!

What strongholds are holding you in bondage today? Rest assured, you CAN overcome through Jesus Christ!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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Fill Up, Babe.

It is so amazing to me how God unveils life’s greatest wisdom through gentle whispers, if we will only make time to listen.

We may need to clean a little wax from our stubborn ears in order to clearly hear His voice. Maybe wipe the dust from the bible on the night stand that has longed to be picked up for so long.

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We must make time for Him.

We must spend time soaking in His Word.

Even if it means we have to wake up half an hour before the kids pop their heads up. (Can I get a weary mama amen?)

We must spend time in prayer.

And then.. Then and only then..

We will hear from Him. Perhaps while drinking a pumpkin spice cappuccino.

I pray you are encouraged as you watch this brief video. Love you guys!

Fill up, babe. Your life depends on it. Others lives depend on it. Refuse to walk around empty anymore. Allow yourself to be filled by the one who can change. your. life. forever.

Ask the Samaritan woman in John 4:13-15. That’s a good “homework assignment” to leave you with tonight. Hey, I know it’s the weekend. 😉

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

Please share below how God has spoken through mind-blowing wisdom through the little things! I’d love to hear from you!

Are you breathing?

If you’re reading this right now it means several things.

1 – You’re breathing. {Thank you, Captain Obvious.}

2 – Your heart is beating. {Captain Obvious strikes again.}

3 – You’re searching for something. {Pics of a friend’s newborn baby, keeping up with family that lives in another state, encouragement from a ministry you follow, something to make you laugh.. Searching..}

And last but not least,

4 – You are a living, breathing part of God’s plan TODAY. {*taps mic* Is this thing on? }

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There is a reason God allowed your eyes to open this morning when that dreaded alarm clock buzzed you right out of those warm, cozy blankets.

I don’t know who this is for this morning, but God isn’t finished with you yet. You may feel washed up, inadequate, used, frustrated, and completely poured out.

Go back to your knees, beautiful. That’s the ultimate source of our strength.

His strength is made perfect in our weakness. If we never experienced moments of weakness, we may never realize our desperate need of a Savior.

When you feel less than enough, Jesus Christ is more than enough. And He has a pretty amazing plan for your life. Don’t miss it!

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Whoever you are today, wherever you find yourself, rest in this precious scripture.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

God’s not dead, y’all. And until you take your last breath, He isn’t finished with you. Embrace those moments of weakness and realize your need for a God who loves you. {Here’s a secret – Shhhh… He even loves walking with you through your mess.}


Do you feel discouraged today? I’d love to pray with you!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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Prayers For My Husband – Keeping Him Covered

Here’s a little #TBT to start off today’s post!

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Monday I began to share my heart about keeping our husbands covered in prayer in Prayers For My Husband (Click here to read Monday’s Post!)

I don’t want to waste any time today. Let’s jump right in and pick up where we left off!

I pray you join me in praying for our men! Fill in the blank with your hubby’s name and let’s pray. ❤

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God, I thank you so much for my husband! I thank you for hand-picking him just for me and always knowing exactly what I need.

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Please touch _____’s HEART. I pray that he always remains sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Keep his heart pure and set on You at all times. I pray nothing pollutes his view of You. {Galatians 5:16 / Psalm 51:10}

God, please minister to ______’s STOMACH. Let him hunger for Your truth and Your presence. I pray he doesn’t find satisfaction in worldly things and is sensitive to when he needs more of you. {Matthew 5:6 / John 3:30}

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Give ______’s LEGS the strength to courageously carry our family down the road you’ve called us to walk down. Help him to understand his responsibility as the head of the house and move forward with the decisions You have impressed upon him to make. {Joshua 1:9}

Touch _______’s KNEES and let them be flexible both physically and spiritually. Whether good times or bad, let him be content in all circumstances and give you all the glory. {Philippians 4:11-14}

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Bless _______’s FEET and every where they touch the ground. I pray that your favor precedes his every step and that you connect him with the right people to accomplish your perfect will. Let his feet stand firm upon Your Word and not be moved when stormy seas rise against him. {Psalm 18:33,36 / Psalm 90:17}

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I pray you continue lifting up your husband in prayer daily! Whether you use this prayer or something of your own, I pray you find joy in keeping your man covered completely in prayer!

Check back this week for a special guest’s prayer tomorrow for “Prayers For My Husband in Ministry” & “Prayers For My Future Husband” for all my single friends out there!

Love you guys!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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Another #TBT ! This is while we were dating back in 2006!

Share your prayers for your husband below! Let’s connect!

Prayers For My Husband

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It’s hard enough being a mom. Taxi driver, short order cook, personal shopper, accountant, lunch packer, nose wiper, bath giver….

But being the spiritual leader of the home, as Ephesians 5:22-24 says, holds quite the responsibility as well.

I love my man. God knows he’s some kind of special to handle a crazy southern woman like me without needing prescription medication. I love you, baby!

Gary is an RN and works a minimum of 12-hour days full-time in a high stress environment that can quickly escalate to life and death situations. He’s the father of our two amazing and incredible curly-headed booger heads. He is a pastor and serves our church faithfully desiring to point others to a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He’s such a hard worker and has always put his family first. And that’s just the short version.

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God has really impressed on my heart a different kind of praying style for my husband and I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

I’m lathering my hair with shampoo the other morning and God whispers these sweet instructions to me: “Pray for Gary – completely cover him.”

I’d like to share with you part of my heart felt prayer today and encourage you to insert your man’s name and cover him completely in prayer. From the top of his head to the toes on his hairy feet. {And rub them for him. It’s not just us women who like our feet massaged. Trust me on this one.}

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Father God,

Please give ________ the MIND of Christ. Guard his thoughts. When the enemy tries to discourage him, let him recall your precious thoughts towards him. Help him to always remember he is more than a conquerer in Christ Jesus! {1 Corinthians 2:16 / Romans 8:37}

I pray for ________’s EYES and EARS that they see and hear people’s needs the way that You do and help him to meet those needs whenever he can. Help him to be careful of the things he allows to come in front of his eyes and what he listens to. I pray he carefully watches over the affairs of our household. Help him to hear Your voice and see Your plan clearly for our family. {Matthew 25:/ 1 Peter 5:8 / Jeremiah 29:13}

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God touch ______’s MOUTH – all that goes in and all that comes out. Let him make wise choices with healthy foods and speak wisely with his words. Help him to be slow to anger, quick to listen and quick to forgive. Help him to always be mindful of the power and authority of his words. {James 1:19 / Proverbs 18:21}

Give _________ the strength to carry on his SHOULDERS the burdens you have designed him to carry. No more and no less. I pray he is able to cast all of his cares on You and trust that Your grace is sufficient for all of our needs. {Matthew 11:30 / 1 Peter 5:7}

Bless _______’s ARMS and all who they embrace. Let unconditional love consume those he wraps his arms around. I pray he feels Your loving kindness and rests in Your arms. {1 Corinthians 13:4-8 / John 15:9-17}

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Bless everything _______ puts his HANDS on. I pray he succeeds in the work you have called him to. I pray your gentleness is expressed through his hands in the lives of others. Help him to surrender his life into Your hands to mold him into the man of God You’ve created him to be. {Job 1:10 / Galatians 5:22-23}

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That is about half of my prayer for my husband. We will finish the other half on Wednesday so keep checking back this week!

I want to leave you tonight with this – Your man desperately needs your prayers.

God has called us into this one of a kind covenant with our husband and we need to be in constant prayer for our men to be all God has called them to be. It’s no easy task being the man of the house and leading our families.

Let’s commit to covering our men in prayer daily!

Do you have a special way of praying for your husband? Please share with us below!

Don’t forget tomorrow is our first Tasty Tuesday post!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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Calm in the Chaos

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She has my heart <3

I don’t know about you, but our lives can be so chaotic.

My husband works full-time, I work part-time, we both serve our church as youth pastors, and I’m currently getting ready for the She Speaks Conference and writing my first book.  Whew!  All this on top of typical wifey/mommy duties.

There will always be dishes in the sink, piles of dirty clothes and missing shoes when you’re running late.  There will always be cheer practice, football tryouts, dance recitals and baseball camps.  And. So Much. More.  But we can’t miss out on this crucial time in our children’s lives to teach them to be still before The Lord.

I walked into my 6yr old’s room the other day and heard her reading her bible prayer book. I didn’t prompt her to read.  I was simply cleaning and heard her sweet prayers being lifted up before God.  So many times we can get caught up in our to-do lists, conference calls, dinner plans and date nights.  All those things are important and deserve time, don’t get me wrong.  But we have got to take serious time with our children teaching them to follow in the steps of our sweet Savior before the world around them pollutes their minds and fills them with a plate too busy to squeeze Jesus into.

One thing that has worked well for us is family devotion time before bed at night.  (Disclaimer:  Our devotion time can be loud and semi-chaotic, as we do have a very busy-body 2-yr-old as well as a 6-yr-old who gets easily distracted by said 2-yr-old.  But we do our best to be decently still before the Lord.  lol)  We all sit down in the living room together and one of us will read a bible devotion from Kendyl’s children’s bible.  Some nights are hectic, but we try our best to make it happen as often as we can.

It doesn’t matter what’s a mess in your house today.  Sit down with your kids and teach them to be still at the feet our their Creator. I’m praying for you!

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

Comment below some ways that you make time to connect with your kids and share God’s Word with them!   I’d love to hear from you!  🙂

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Below is the video of Kendyl reading her sweet little bible prayer book.  I hope it blesses your heart as much as it did mine!  ❤

 

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(Above pic – A few of our encouraging notes)

The world right outside our little peep hole and dead-bolted door can be a scary, intimidating place, can’t it? I imagine Mary, the mother of Jesus felt the same way. Can you imagine in your wildest dreams what it would have been like to have carried the Savior of the world in your womb for 9 months? And I thought I had a tough pregnancy… Sheesh.

I imagine she guarded this little miracle with her life. God entrusted this incredible plan to unfold in such a young, pure virgin girl. He bypassed women of royalty. He overlooked those who had a half dozen kids already. He didn’t stop at the Pastor’s house and ask his wife for permission to take up residence. No. He chose Mary. Sweet. Innocent. Favored. Chosen. Mary.

Mary had to overlook where she came from. She had to put aside the “Oh God, why me?” and the “Am I good enough?” mentality. She had to live beyond herself to walk where God was gently beckoning her obedience. Luke 1:38 shows us her submissive spirit as she learns of God’s miraculous plan.

Living beyond ourselves can cause our knees to buckle. It requires us to step out of the box and away from our comfort zone and into the unknown. But Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith, it’s impossible to please God. And faith is built in those times where we can’t see two feet in front of us. It’s where the rubber meets the road. I hope you practiced because it’s game on, baby.

I challenged our Daughters of the King girls this past week to start taking small steps to live beyond themselves. I gave them a pack of post-it notes and a pen and we started writing anonymous notes of encouragement. I challenged them to keep it with them and start putting them up in public places. School, bathrooms, restaurants.. (Idea found at operationbeautiful.com)

It’s human nature to have this deep rooted desire that craves acceptance. The problem is, we’re searching for it in the wrong places. A lack of encouragement from those we love can create the deepest holes in our hearts. But something happens when we reach out to someone else. A light flickers in our hearts when we do a kind deed for someone else. It not only makes their day, but it warms the heart of the giver just the same.

I dare you. Live beyond yourself and your circumstances. Speak up. Be an encourager. You never know who is waiting to hear what you have to say.

P.S. I think you’re pretty awesome. 🙂

Living Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

(Below picture – a few of my awesome post it encouragers!)

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