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Give Prayer a Try

It’s easy to think about it.

It’s rolls off the tongue when we talk about it.

It completely consumes us when we worry about it.

But the question is – are we PRAYING about it?

Sometimes life’s volume button appears to get stuck. Situations seem louder than the gentle whispers of our sweet Savior. It’s so easy to {accidentally} tune the truth out, isn’t it?

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We can think until our head hurts, talk until we have no voice and worry until we make ourselves sick. And then we try praying.

Are we treating prayer as a last resort? When all else fails, try praying about it?

If this is the case, oh my sweet friend, we have this thing backwards.

The bible says to “pray without ceasing” {1 Thessalonians 5:17}. It also reminds us to trust in the Lord completely and not lean on our own understanding {Proverbs 3:5}.

We can’t do this on our own. We weren’t created to carry these weighty burdens. We were designed with a need that could only be filled by the saving grace of our Savior.

Before you waste another moment thinking, a breath talking or an anxious stomach worrying – pray. Take it to your knees in prayer.

Because no matter the situation, God has not forgotten your name. He hasn’t forgotten where you are and what you are facing today.

Rest in this truth, my friend. Prayer is such a powerful connection God has given us. There is power in our words. Use them for uplifting and encouraging yourself and others who so desperately need it.

You may not be able to change the situation, BUT the greatest thing you can do is pray through it!

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{This post was inspired by this simple picture from Lysa Terkeurst that popped up on my Facebook news feed.}

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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!

Guest Nancy Montoya – Day 3 of Perspective Changes Everything

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{I LOVE this picture of you, Nancy!}

Please help me welcome Nancy Montoya! She was the first mommy-friend who reached out to me when my husband and I were traveling with his nursing job. It landed us in the beautiful town of Pueblo, Colorado and she was the smiling face who greeted and instantly befriended us at church. She’s such a beautiful woman of God, inside and out!

Nancy is a loving wife and mother of 4 beautiful girls. She is such a selfless individual and her positive perspective, despite fighting for her daughters life time and time again.

Me: It’s so exciting as a woman to discover there’s a precious life growing inside of us! Tell us about your pregnancy with Lily.

Nancy: I was a clueless 17-year-old when I became pregnant with Lily. We didn’t know while I was pregnant that she would be born with disabilities. We first found out when she was 3 months old. Her not being born perfectly healthy hadn’t even occurred to me. I was more concerned about how my life would change and how I would be able to give her the kind and loving home I had growing up.

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Me: You and Jacob got married and soon after, found out some terrifying news as new parents. The doctors couldn’t believe she was even alive. What a miracle baby! You said you didn’t know anything was wrong until she was 3 months old. What happened?

Nancy: Initially we had noticed her eyes weren’t tracking and I thought she may be blind. Then she suddenly began dropping weight. My mom actually had a dream where Jesus appeared to her and told her to bring Lily and I to the hospital. We went to the hospital the next day and were completely stunned.

Her doctor came in and said a phrase I will never forget. With tear filled eyes he said “the outlook is pretty grim” and began to explain that Lily was born without most of her left and middle brain. As a result she was missing most of her optic nerves, her pituitary gland -the master gland- her hypothalamus and other parts of her brain. He was amazed she was alive and did not think she would survive and at best be, for lack of a better word, a vegetable. I cannot put into words the mind shattering, soul crushing, heart breaking feeling that became my reality.

Me: Girl, I can’t even begin to imagine. As a mother, my heart breaks for you! Were you and your husband believers at the time?

Nancy: It was 9 pm, an hour after visiting hours were over, and Jacob and I who were not saved looked at each other and simultaneously said “we need God”. Not 30 seconds later the pastor of my church knocked at our door. He was there to pray with us and for Lily.

We accepted Jesus and in that moment I had a revelation about the absolute power, purpose and provision of God. I was overcome by His peace and was able to just completely rest in the knowledge that He has already dispatched my help before I ask for it and that He alone holds my baby’s future. And when I have nothing to give He is more than enough. I have been fortunate enough to operate in that understanding from that moment forward.

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Me: I love it that you found Christ in the middle of your greatest trial. How awesome is that?! With the challenges Lily faces on a daily basis, were you at all fearful to have more children?

Nancy: I have an autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis that became active about a month after Lily was born. For years I was so consumed with her constant care, but years later when her health became stable, I weeped for another child. My disease kept this dream from becoming a reality.

One night after being particularly upset, the Holy Spirt woke me up with a whisper – “read 1 Samuel.” I read of Hannah who wept before The Lord for a child and The Lord opened her womb. I took this as my promise from God.

A year later at a revival in Lakeland, Florida we were worshipping in the alter when an evangelist from Africa we had never met grabbed me fe behind and said, “The Lord says it is your time to have another child. You do not have to fear. Your disease will not be an issue. You will be healthy and the baby will not have any of the struggles Lily had.”

We stepped out in faith on that word and a week later I was pregnant! Evangeline was born healthy and I have been the healthiest during my pregnancies. God is so good!

Me: I have chills reading this. Wow, wow, wow! What a timely word from The Lord! What would you say you have learned through this journey?

Nancy: I have learned that it is easy to truly lay my burdens at the feet of Jesus. That there is a peace that comes from true brokenness before the Father. That I can do nothing good in and of myself and only God in me brings forth love and life. And that I am blessed to have been so broken that I got to experience complete and utter reliance on the Father for my every moment.

Because it is so easy to believe the lie that we have things under control and we are doing just fine all by ourselves. The truth is we need to be desperate for Him everyday. We need Him to direct our paths. We need His strength and His peace and His hope and His joy. Because those things from any other source are fleeting. They will not endure. We can only truly obtain them and sustain them if they have come from the Father. His faithfulness and provision is ever evident in my life. And I am just so grateful to have been freely given such a perfect love.

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Me: Such a beautiful brokenness. Your story is such an amazing picture of grace and mercy. Even at your lowest, God lifted you out of the pits of despair and showed you His loving kindness in a way you had never experienced before. Absolutely incredible.

What advice would you give to someone going through a difficult situation right now? And how has your perspective changed everything?

Nancy: I would say that living in victimhood is a choice. And as Christians we are not exempt from a pain free life. On the contrary, Jesus told us “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world!”

When living through the darkest nights we all have a choice to make. Will I let this defeat me and rob me of the peace and joy that was freely given to me? Or will I cling to the promises of my Father and trust that He will deliver me, restore me, protect me, provide for me and help me?

God is good to keep His word. And His word says He already overcame everything that could ever attempt to overcome you!

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Thank you so much, Nancy, for sharing your heart with us! God has truly blessed you with a beautiful family who have learned together that perspective changes everything.

We still have one more story with share with you! Don’t miss out! Check back this weekend to hear from Jessica Shonebarger about how God held her during one of the scariest storms in her life.

Share this with a friend if you were encouraged today! Remember – perspective changes everything!

Life Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

Jesus didn’t JUST save us…

Jesus did soooo much more than JUST save us from making the pits of hell our permanent address.

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Jesus Prays Too!

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Being out of town this last week, I’ll be honest – I’ve picked up my bible maybe once. Papa encouraged me to read Psalms chapter 18, so without hesitation I jumped in and read it.

One thing is for sure, when you’re hungry physically, you’re grumpy, impatient with people and feeling those hunger pains. Spiritually speaking, it’s the same thing. Your spirit desperately needs to be fed and you’ll be fully aware of that emptiness pretty quickly.

After a sleepless night, it wasn’t easy to get up early to spend some quiet time in God’s Word, but I knew it would refresh me. I didn’t really have a plan, honestly, so I started skimming through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John hoping to find something to chew on this morning. And oh did I find something worthwhile! 🙂

It’s Palm Sunday. Pastor Mike’s message last night challenged me to prepare myself for the upcoming week of Easter. So I find myself hanging out in John chapter 17 with Jesus praying. And honey, I’m clinging to every word that comes from his lips.

I love this so much because it’s broken down into three sections here.

1 – Jesus prays for himself.
2 – Jesus prays for his disciples.
3 – Jesus prays for all believers.

Jesus begins by praying for himself. He asks that God glorifies him so in return, he can glorify God. He is approaching the final days of his life and has almost completed the works that he was born to accomplish. Ask yourself this morning – if these are my final moments, have I accomplished what God has called me to do for Him?

Secondly, he prays for his disciples. His bros. His best friends. His ministry partners. He asks God to protect these precious men he has poured his life into shaping and teaching. He prays for their unity. He desires that they have HIS joy in their hearts. And he asks that God sanctifies (sets them apart and makes them holy) just as Jesus himself was sanctified. You who serve in ministry – did you know Jesus has your back? He loves you dearly and he prays to the Father concerning you.

Lastly, Jesus prays for all believers. His beloved children. He wants us all to be unified and connected. He wants the world to know we are loved by God. This part I am so in love with – Jesus wants us to be with him and he wants us to see his glory. Remember Moses on the mountain? He saw the glory of God and his face glowed from being in the presence of His glory! Have you experienced the glory of God?

Even Jesus knew the importance of taking time alone to talk to God. That’s where he was refreshed and equipped to do the will of his Father.

No matter what is going on in your life, know this – if you have surrendered your life to Jesus, he stands up for you. He prays for you and he longs for you to experience his glory. He wants you to never be the same. He wants you to have his perfect joy.

Whether you’re in full time ministry or simply trying to live a life that other people see a difference in your life at school or work, he sees your sacrifices. He holds every tear drop you’ve cried. He wants you to life a fulfilling life, but it’s only possible when you fully surrender to his will – just like Jesus did to his Father.

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

Merry Christmahannaquanza!

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I’ll be honest, it bothers me that “Merry Christmas” offends people. You know what offends me? A LOT. For starters… Well.. let’s not go there. It’s safer that way.

Black Friday has quickly turned into Thanksgiving Day madness. The things we’re so grateful for at lunchtime suddenly aren’t good enough as we rummage through the phone-book-thick ads from the newspaper. The “holiday” trees are on sale earlier each year and “holiday” parties are all the rave with our ugly Christmas sweaters.

The world outside the doors of the church skims through the hustle and bustle of the “holiday season” each year as we sit idly by. When are we going to live up to our heritage as the children of the Most High God and make a positive difference in our communities? One person may not be able to change the world, but we can change the lives of those around us.

Don’t cease to open doors for people. Smile and say thank you. Genuinely. Make cookies for your local fire department and police station. Get your kids involved in a home grown charity. Bake fresh goodies and hand deliver them to shut ins. Sing Christmas carols at a nursing home. Make blessing bags for homeless people and share the gospel with them. You never know the deep impact of a kind deed.

We may not be able to change attitude of the entire world. But we do have the power of influence in people’s lives around us on a daily basis. We are given a set amount of time with a set group of individuals. The question is – are we making the most of it? Let’s not just get in the Christmas spirit around the holidays. I challenge you to take Jesus with you daily. Let’s transform our communities by being the hands and feet of Christ. I double dog dare you.

Living Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

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