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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

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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

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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

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

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

Perspective Changes Everything

Some days will either make or break you.

Some are filled with such uncontainable joy and laughter. The birth of a newborn, answered prayer for salvation of a loved one, and the love shared between a husband and wife on their wedding day. Beautiful, incredible, breathtaking moments.

Then there are those when it’s all you can do to crawl out from underneath the covers. When getting up is painful because of what the day holds. Routines become mundane and difficult leaving you breathless.

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James 4:14 compares our life to a morning fog that is here for a brief time then fades away. A vapor. Here for a moment and then it’s gone.

This week, we will be talking with three godly women who have walked through extremely difficult situations.

Life is short and we are not guaranteed tomorrow, so we can either abandon the outside world and remain in the fetal position in fear of what’s in front of us or make the best of the life we’ve been given.

Perspective changes everything.

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We can’t control the paths this life leads us down, but there is one thing we can control – how we let them affect us.

No matter what comes our way – sickness, financial turmoil, death of a loved one, abuse – we cannot allow things to distort the way we view God.

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No matter what you’re facing today, God is still faithful. He still loves you. He still has a plan for your life. He still cares for you. He holds your life in the palm of His hand and He knows every tear, fear and frustration. Just because you’re face to face with a ten foot giant does not mean God is any less God and any less present in your situation.

Please check back often this week! You don’t want to miss these ladies testimonies!

Please feel free to share your story with us! Share with someone who needs a little encouragement this week!

Love you guys!

Live Life Unscripted,
❤ Brittany

Don’t Swerve

How do we react when something unexpected comes into our path?

Jesus didn’t JUST save us…

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

Follow me on twitter and catch up with me on Facebook!

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Feeling like everything around you is dried up and dead?  Don’t give up!  Start speaking the Word of God into your situation and watch those dry bones come to life!

 

 

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

P.S.  Now on Twitter!  I’d love to connect with you!!  @lifeunscripted5

The Letter I Wish I Read

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Dear _______________(insert name here),

Life is a roller coaster, isn’t it? Things are going great and then whoosh! A 200 foot drop that takes your breath away followed by a corkscrew in the opposite direction. And there’s so many things that battle for your immediate attention. School. Friends. Boys. Dates. Jobs. Projects. Hobbies. Music. Movies. MTV. Chores. Siblings. Sports. Church. Staying busy is ok, but don’t let things rob you of your time. Make wise choices with how you spend your time. Once spent, you will never get that precious time back. It doesn’t seem like it now, but time flies by in warp speed once you walk across the stage, shake someone’s hand and get your diploma. Life slams you in the face and you will find yourself wondering why you couldn’t wait to be 18 and out of the house doing your own thing.

School. What seems like a royal pain in the butt is what will determine the course of your life. You won’t find a decent paying job unless you devote time to furthering your education. Mama was right. Get a good night’s sleep and make sure you pay attention in class. Homework isn’t optional. Laziness now won’t pay off when you’re an attorney in the future who didn’t do your homework on your case and get made a fool in front of the entire courtroom.

Friends. Be extremely careful who’s your BFF. You ARE who your friends are. If they’re known to the rest of school as liars, sluts and those who don’t give a …. (well, you get the picture) Well honey, guess who also gets to wear that same name tag – Y.O.U. Reputations aren’t easily changed. Trust me from experience. And those girls who talk about Rachel behind her back, they’re talking about you when your not there too.

Boys. Dates. Sex. Oh my! (That’s inspired by The Wizard of Oz in case you were wondering.) I could sit here all day on this topic. Mainly because that will be your biggest struggle in high school. Boys are going to be your Achilles heel and will completely confuse and ruin you if you’re not careful. Chances are, you won’t be careful because when some hottie comes up to you and asks your name, everything in you melts, including your sense of judgment. I may sound totally old school and this may be ratched, but don’t say yes to every guy who comes your way. You are beautiful. Classy. Unique. Special. Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

He may seem nice at first, but many times it’s just an act to get in your pants. Been there, experienced that. Too many times. They tell you all these things you want to hear, a lot of it you hear from your favorite chick flicks. “I’ll love you forever if you just give me the chance. I’ll never hurt you baby. I love you, girl. If you love me you’ll….” Girl, please. I’m begging you, don’t go there. You are setting yourself up to be hurt big time. You’ll give in to his pleadings or jump overboard yourself and find yourself scrubbing yourself in the shower bawling your eyes out begging God to forgive you for what you did. Your pillow cases will be stained with all the tears you’ll cry over this guy who isn’t even thinking about you anymore. He’s moved on to the next chick.

Disclaimer: Love is not sex. Love is not what you see in movies. Love is most likely not what you’re feeling right now. If you want to know what REAL love is, read John 3:16 and Corinthians 13:4-8. Seriously, go do it. It’s worth your time.

Don’t have sex. DON’T have SEX. Don’t do it. There’s a pretty cool verse in Song of Songs 3:5 in the bible that says “..do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Let that sink in and be your life verse. God created love to be a beautiful thing – in it’s proper form. If you give yourself away now in a moment of passion, what do you have to give your husband one day? Leftover mangled pieces of your heart? Sounds like a crappy wedding gift to me.

Turn off MTV. It will pollute your mind. This is not what life was designed to be. It’s not your sex life. It’s so much more than that. MTV used to be music television (M.T.V.) and not all this Girl Code, Guy Code, Teen Mom 2 reality tv that’s nothing more than a free pass telling you to do whatever the heck you want with zero consequences because it’s your life. God has a greater plan for your life than that. Jeremiah 29:11 says the Lord knows His plans for your life. Do you have a clue what that plan is? Do you even want to know?

Hobbies. Sports. Jobs. Siblings. Music. These things will mean more to you than you can imagine now. Find something you enjoy and pursue it. It will give you purpose and something to be passionate about. Work hard wherever you’re employed. Let it be more than just a job to put a few bucks in your pocket. You are your siblings may hate each other now but they’ll be your best friends in a few years. When hard times come, they’ll be your rock to lean on. Love them. Even when they drive you nuts. Be careful what music you listen to. It will mess with your emotions whether you believe it or not.

Church. Don’t stop reading here. I intentionally left this for last because in all honestly, this is what always gets last dibs. Church wasn’t designed as just something to do when there’s nothing else to do. God desires a relationship with you. He’s not taking attendance when you’re there or you’re not there. Yes He speaks to you at home, but as Hebrews 10:25 says, don’t neglect getting together with other people who believe the same way you do. Or if you don’t believe, you need to believe. If you only knew that your relationship with God would be the only thing holding you together when life falls apart before your eyes. He’s not just your 911 call, He’s your strength and your peace. He’s the only one who will never judge you for being you. He knows your full potential and will show you the plan He has for your life if you’ll sit still long enough to listen.

Log off Facebook, Snapchat, Instgram, Kik, and Twitter long enough to sit quietly with Him. It’s ok to turn off your phone. God sends people in your life to warn you and help you but you’re so stubborn that you push so many away. Sweet girl, you’ve got to start accepting help and recognizing the blessings God has placed strategically around you.

Live boldly for Christ. That’s one thing you’ll look back when you’re 25 and regret terribly. Don’t let these years slip by without you passionately pursuing Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Tell your friends about Him. You can’t keep trying to live pleasing your flesh and doing these things that are toxic to you. Let go of the mess and accept the message God is trying to speak through you. You won’t regret a day you live for Him but you will painfully hate the moments you lived only for yourself and failed Him.

Life is short, baby. Breathe slowly and take deep sips each day from the Word of God. Cherish the time you have to make a difference because you won’t always have this sphere of influence.

Live Life Unscripted,

Brittany ❤

A.K.A. The future, wiser, 25-year-old you.

A.K.A. The girl who wished she lived differently in high school.

4/5/14

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