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To The Barren Woman { Special Guest Post by Loretta Yopp! }

Does Mother’s Day find you in an uncomfortable place?  It is not by chance you found these words today.  You need a few moments to be encouraged, beautiful friend.   Push that darling little brew button on your coffee maker and pull up a seat at the table and let’s talk through this thing.   

Because you are worth it.  And because God knew you needed to read these words today.   

I am so excited to share a letter from a dear friend.  Loretta has shared before and this has come at the perfect time.  Mother’s Day.  Here is Loretta’s heart titled “The Barren Woman.” 

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To the Barren Woman,

I’m writing you this Mother’s Day to encourage you to keep moving forward and never give up on your dreams. I am not just another woman that doesn’t understand your pain. I’m a woman who has walked in your shoes. I’m a woman that has been through the fight of being barren and still battle it today. 

It is a struggle that can’t even be described in words. I’m one of the women that has faced the pain and suffered the loss of not being able to feel life growing inside of me. I’m one that has soaked my pillow many nights crying out to God asking Him “Why me, what did I do to deserve this pain?“. 

Quoting scripture after scripture to God as if God didn’t know what He promised in His Word. I was in every prayer line hoping and praying that someone would speak a word over my situation to encourage me that God heard me. Wanting nothing more to be pregnant, but always ending up empty handed. 

Yes, I have felt the pain and brokenness. I have had well meaning people say to me “how blessed” I was to not have to endure the pain of childbirth. Can I just say please don’t say that to a barren woman, because no matter how much you are trying to ease their pain it’s a kick in the face. 

I know the pain of walking around trying to be happy and rejoice for the rest of the pregnant women you meet. Please don’t think we are not glad for you, because we are it is just the human selfishness that surfaces no matter how hard we try to hide the truth that we face each day. You see this barrenness is a painful battle for us every day of our lives. 
  

I have been married to a wonderful man for 25 years and I am in my 40’s and I must tell you during the intimate moments it’s still emotionally painful at times. The feeling of failing my husband as a woman. The feelings within myself as not being a woman because something is wrong with me. 

It still is a slap in the face for me. I still have a longing for the experience of having a baby. I still cry and struggle with angry and rejection when I hear of or see someone pregnant. I encourage you that you are not alone. 

Don’t ever let someone tell you that you are having a pity party and that you should not feel this way… God made us woman to be fruitful and desire children. Your pain is real and Mother’s Day is a struggle and a grim reminder that you were chosen to be barren. 

But one thing that I have learned is that God knows what He is doing in my life and while I may feel loss and pain He is still God. I trust His direction for my life. 

In my case I changed my prayer for children… In September 2012, me and my husband adopted 3 children that God prepared for us. Katelyn, Victoria and Christian are blessings from God into our lives. I tell my children that while I was praying for children God was working on my behalf. 

  

Is the pain and desire still there to want to be pregnant? Yes, it is! But in all God’s goodness He gave me a blessing far greater than I could have ever imagined. 

So to the Barren Woman who is still Motherless on this Mother’s Day be encouraged that each day is a day closer to your destiny and purpose. God is not punishing you, but He is preparing you for greatness… 

Love in Christ my friend.

From Another Barren Woman

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Fighting With Faith

You think it could never happen to you. Until you find a lump. And then everything changes.  

  

This is my friend, Sarah. Her and her husband have a beautiful little girl and two foster children. They also pastor a growing church in Braydenton, FL.  

She’s young. A healthy eater. And cancer doesn’t even run in her family. Yet tests came back positive. For the “C” word.  

Just because you have Jesus doesn’t mean you’ve been handed a ticket to a worry free life. Christians still face larger than life situations. But here’s the kicker – we don’t face them alone.  

There have only been a few times in my life I can say that God has allowed me to “feel” someone’s burden and carry it with them. Feel it to where I physically hurt. Where the tears come in such heavy down pours. When my heart feels like it’s been linked to theirs and I find myself begging God to intervene.  
  
Now I am not rolling in the dough. We are not loaded. I wanted to help but wasn’t sure what I could do to make a drop in the ocean of funds it would take to make a difference.   

  

When praying for a way to help my friend, God reminded me of this pretty cool resource He gave me last year. Real Mom Moments. And immediately I knew that this book project was way bigger than me. That God foreknew what Sarah would be facing and that help was already on the way. And that it would be a double whammy – helping Sarah fight cancer and help moms who would come together to help Sarah.  

I pray that you’re able to help in some way. Whether you purchase a book for yourself to help fund Sarah’s treatment or whether you make it your mission to not only help her, but also find a few moms in your inner circle who could use some inspiration and purchase a hand full of books, every penny of the profit during the month of April will go to Sarah’s cancer treatment.  

Sarah and I both thank you in advance for your support! Here’s to #fightingwithfaith !! 

  

Please click the link at the top of the page titled “Real Mom Moments Book” to order your copies today! Or click here to go directly to the publisher’s website to order! 

Please check out Sarah’s blog www.fightingwithfaith.org to follow her journey! She would love to connect with you! 
  

Thank you for supporting this amazing young woman and her journey fighting with faith! 
Live Life Unscripted, 

❤ Brittany

It ain’t over ’til God says it’s over.

It’s hard calling it “Good Friday.”  Because for what it appeared, it looked to be anything but good.  The Messiah flogged, beaten, spit upon, mocked and his tattered flesh brutally nailed to a wooden splinter-ridden cross.  Sounds more like #worstdayever

Ohhh honey… but I believe Jesus knew deep down, despite the physical agony, despite the vast array of emotions – despite it all, He knew that it was indeed a good Friday.

It was on this particular day, even though it started off on the wrong foot, that He accomplished more than He had accomplished in His life thus far.  Yes He had healed people, yes He performed miracles and brought many into the family of God.  However on this day, the curtain was torn in the temple giving us access to the Father anytime, any place.  He did what no one else could do and became the sacrifice for the sins of the world so that ALL could accept the gift of eternal life.  He took a three day hiatus to show the devil who was boss and that death had no power over Him.  Now them’s shouting words right there!  #itaintover

It ain't over

I don’t know what you’re facing today, but I know who holds you in the palm of His hands.  It may look like it’s anything but good right now, but just wait – Sunday is coming.  Life is coming.  Resurrection is coming!  It may appear that you’ve been forgotten, washed up and left mangled to pieces, but I know a man who has been there, done that and bought way more than a t-shirt to prove that it’s not the end.  It’s instead, part of the process.

We couldn’t have the triumph without the trial.  We couldn’t have the testimony without the test. 

We have hope because He didn’t walk out when it got uncomfortable.  He didn’t throw in the towel and call for backup.  He endured what was before Him and proved we truly are overcomers through Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:37)

It may hurt right now and not make any sense, but there is always a purpose.  Always remember, what the enemy means for your harm, God can turn around for your good.  (Romans 8:28)

Happy Good Friday, y’all!  ❤  Just wanted to share my heart in a brief video.  I pray it encourages you like it did me!

(These videos always capture a still shot of the worst facial expressions! haha!)

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

lawd have mercy.  

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 

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.  

 ❤ – ❤ – ❤ – ❤ – ❤ – ❤ – ❤ – ❤ 

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 

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 

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

If you find yourself encouraged, please share with a friend and consider subscribing for free email updates!  ❤

Connect with me on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags: #daretocompare #walkYOURwalk

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Big Dreamin’ – How God can turn a “hot mess” into a beautiful message. <3

I’m a hot mess. Even on my better days. But you know what makes me happy all over? The fact that God looks past OUR best and focuses on HIS best for us. He sees our full potential when we are struggling to see even a small part of the puzzle.

I don’t remember my dreams. Seriously guys, they’re usually the result of eating some weird combination of junk food before bed. So they’re totally random or I don’t remember them.

Not these dreams though. These have been more like visions. I’ve only experienced 4 of them, but I will never forget them. They were so vivid and detailed.  You need to know up front that my life verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  God knew the plan long before you were planned. 

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Here’s an inside look:

Dream 1 – I was standing on stage. Tons of people in the audience. Lights glaring. But it was black and white and muted. Kinda odd, huh? I thought so too. I wrote it off. I’m a youth pastor’s wife. I was probably just announcing a speaker or praise team. Back to sleep..

Dream 2 – Full color, extremely detailed. I saw my outfit down to the jewelry and shoes I was sporting on stage. I was speaking. I. Was. Speaking. Oh my Lord, you’ve got the wrong girl. There’s no way that will ever be me. Can I wake up now??

Dream 3 – Ok, I’m sensing a pattern here. Full color, fully detailed, me speaking. Again. I was on stage. I had the mic. Me. I wasn’t announcing anyone. I was the speaker. Ok God, are you saying you want ME to speak for you? Are you sure you’ve got the right person? Have you prayed about this, Lord?

Dream 4 – This was the most recent and most detailed. I was laying in bed with the kids silently praying about our upcoming woman’s conference. God, what is the message you want shared? Who do you want to be involved? You know how sometimes you pray and pray and pray some more and wait a while to hear God’s answer? Not this time. It was instant. Yes. Instant. He gave me the theme and a few pieces of the puzzle. It was almost like an out of body experience (don’t get all weird on me.) There I was, pacing back and forth at church with the mic firmly gripped in my hand. Passionately proclaiming the Word of God. Oooook God, I hear you. Loud and clear. I’ll stop being stubborn. I’ll do this for you, even if it means doing it afraid.

Has God given you a dream? A plan? An idea that you just can’t shake?

Could it be that it’s His perfect plan for your life?

Fast forward. Present time. February 11th, 10:49am, 55 degrees, Trenton, FL. I just got off the phone with a woman who believes God has a divine plan for my life. And what’s crazy? She’s asked me to speak at her woman’s conference.

Fear Not

What’s the topic, you ask? FEAR. Yep. Fear. F-E-A-R. The thing that’s been holding me back. I’ve been afraid to step out. For various reasons, really. My past, my failures, my age..

God is up to something. And if we will step out of our fear and exercise our faith – beautiful things happen.

A woman was healed from a 12-year blood disease in an instant because she stepped beyond fear and grabbed the hem of Jesus’ clothes by faith. A man was healed because his friends weren’t afraid to tear the roof off the place where The Healer was teaching and lower their friend in faith to reach Him. The sun stood still for man named Joshua because he wasn’t afraid a to pray an impossible looking prayer of faith to a God who answered him.

If we want to see God move in a mighty way, we can’t let fear paralyze us. Faith stomps on fear. Faith eats fear for lunch.

And faith causes us to say “Yes, Lord” when someone asks us to share our story at a woman’s conference. About fear. Ohh yes, baby, yes. Only God can do these things. ❤

I’m so humbled, y’all. I’m just a small town girl who serves a big God. A 26-year-old who is ready to leave the past – the ugly, jagged past – behind her and step out in faith. As scary and messy as it looks, I refuse to let fear hold me back. I nailed that to the cross at the last conference.

Saying “yes” when it’s scary precedes big victories in the kingdom of God. Ask Rahab. Moses. Peter. Paul.

Ask Jesus.

All I can say is, GET READY! God is up to something and He wants to use YOU to reach people. Right where you are, right where you’ve been. He wants to turn your mess into a message. Because who knows this place like you do? You’re familiar with the struggles, fears and doubts. God wants to use you, beautiful. He really, really wants to use – y.o.u.

Can we place our faith in the hands of The Potter? Let’s do this together.

Have you stepped out in faith? I’d love to hear your story!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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