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Recently, my family and I were shopping at Tanger Outlets. We went into Gap & the sales lady was telling my second mom and I that there was a huge sale on crop tops on the rack over there. I jokingly whispered "I prefer the bottom half of my shirt to still be intact." And … Continue reading “I want to feel comfortable with my body”
A daily "yes" to time in the word is a daily "yes" to my marriage. It's a "yes" to the output of work in my career. It's a "yes" to my friendships. It's a "yes" to my mental health. So often, it is easy to push aside daily devotion time & time spent in prayer … Continue reading Saying “yes” to time with Jesus is saying “yes” to my marriage
To me there is nothing more attractive than a Jesus-loving man. That is the number one most attractive quality about a guy. I love to see men surrendering themselves to the King of all Kings in prayer, worship, and daily living. However, there are many more qualities I find so attractive about my husband, qualities … Continue reading That southern man..
It's hard to be content when we are constantly looking ahead at the next phase of life. For years on end I have found myself doing this. Ever since graduating high school, I have always looked for contentment in the future instead of in the present. For me, high school was easy. I loved my … Continue reading Learning to be content
Many things are tempting in today's world. One of the largest tempters I see today (in my opinion) is pre-marital sex, but among many others. Guys, temptations are real. In no way do I deny that. I have experienced them just like every other human. No one person is exempt from temptation. Even Jesus was … Continue reading Today’s Temptation
As the world has changed, so has the understanding of faith. Many people have varying views on their faith as well as others faith. I have often seen where Christians divide themselves because of the differences in their beliefs. I have saw many walk away from the church to continue their faith on their own … Continue reading Believers need to be in church!
All the time Nathan & I both hear "You're married!?" "You are so young" "You're too young!" Literally. ALL. THE. TIME. So let me speak for both Nathan, myself, and anyone else who gets comments like these. We are not too young. I would say "I do" to my Nathan 1 million more times. I … Continue reading “Man you are so young…”
I know this is thinking so far in advance, but I think about it soo just go with it.. In today's world, things are crazy! Never in my entire life do I remember such havoc wreaking everywhere. Bombs. Guns. New insanely corrupt legislation. Morals following into holes and getting buried. Like y'all it's wild out there. … Continue reading To choose home school or public school?
I love a good event to prepare my home for. I love to deep clean, burn candles and have the entire house looking & smelling fresh. I love to decorate in theme of the event, although I haven't excelled in this area yet. I dream about the days where we will host large parties and … Continue reading What if we prepared our hearts the way we prepare our homes?
This week I've been at CARE training all week as part of my job & internship & I have LOVED it. Seriously the best training ever like way better than a class I've ever took. It's interesting, educating, and enjoyable. Anyways that has nothing to do with this really. So today I was told "you're … Continue reading Catching the right little things
So the other day I kept hearing a banging on a door. Keep in mind we live in an apartment, AKA close quarters. I looked at our friend who was leaving our place and said "What are you doing?!?!?" thinking he as just doing something funny. He left and my husband said "that is some … Continue reading Knock Knock Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Merry merry merry Christmas!! As the Christmas season comes to an end, I reflect on it all. I have found pure joy in celebrating Jesus' birth by just being at peace, laughing so hard with family, and even taking a nap on Christmas Day. I mean c'mon, God rested on the 7th day of creation, … Continue reading Managing the Christmas Season
Good morning guys! The past couple days I have been thinking about "Fifty Shades of Grey" and how it contaminates our minds, often with us not even realizing it. I have never watched Fifty Shades, but from the things I have heard people say about it, it is practically a porn show if you ask … Continue reading Why “Fifty Shades of Grey” is not okay
Friends, Do you ever feel weighed down by all of the "I am ____" statements floating around in your head? By the "You are ______" statements thrown at you by others? Yeah, I understand. We are pretty good at stealing our own joy and allowing ourselves and others to tear us down. Let's be real. … Continue reading I am _________.
On this very day three years ago, Nathan came to pick me up for a football game a few hours away. Not only did he pick me up, but he met my ENTIRE family at one time. Y'all my family is huge & my Pa grilled him. But he made it. The game was good. … Continue reading Our story
"For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Matthew 12:34) Friend, what is your heart full of? Is it joy or anger? Contentment or desire? Bitterness or forgiveness? I've been through a long season of learning these things and how to cleanse my heart from all things that do not please the Lord. … Continue reading What fills your heart?
Hey guys!! As many of you know mental health awareness is becoming a more "popular" topic now a days. Which is good because it is necessary and real. Tonight I am choosing to talk about anxiety. Many mental health issues exist, but for now this will be the one we discuss (I want you to … Continue reading Destroying the stigma
Dear Church, I love you and adore you. I love your compassion for others. I love your welcoming arms. I love the way you live your life to reflect Christ. I love the environment that you create. I love how you encourage growth. What I don't love is hearing some of the reasons why people … Continue reading A letter to the church
...an hour later, my sweet potato sitting in my tiny little toaster oven cranked up to 400+ degrees, IS STILL HARD. Tonight I made Italian chicken and had no idea what to have with it sense a salad is not an option because a salad isn't even good unless it's loaded down with ranch and … Continue reading Sweet potatoes & Duke University
Y'all I can be so crabby. I'm talking look at me and catch the death glare for no apparent reason besides rolling out of the bed on the wrong side or hormones raging through my body. But my loving husband handles every ounce of crabbyness with grace. He does all he can to make me uncrabby even … Continue reading Radically high love
As most people know, the Carolina's and Virginia was hit hard with Hurricane Florence this week. Some places are worse than others, yet all near the coast have been majorly destroyed. People have lost their homes, businesses, pets, and entire livelihoods. It is so hard to imagine the effects of these devastating pictures and videos … Continue reading The eye of the storm
I've been married for two months. Most people say the first year of marriage is the "honeymoon phase," but I've heard others say it's the hardest year because of learning to live in sequence together. Yet, for us personally, I don't really think it's either. This life we are living feels like a fairy tale. … Continue reading The “Honeymoon Phase”
"One day you'll understand!" We hear this statement a lot when we are young, right? Y'all this statement is so true. As a youngin, it is so annoying to hear that statement, and as an adult it rings truth. One of the things I was consistently taught as a kid was modesty. There is so … Continue reading “One day you’ll understand!”
Hi friends! As many of you know, I am getting married (to the best guy in the world!!) in 10 days. We have made so many plans trying to merge the remainders of our two separate lives into one. Our biggest one was combining our two apartments into one. Our plan since Fall 2017: May … Continue reading I doubted God
Last night I had one of the wildest encounters with a stranger and it went something like this: Guy: Why do you look so mad? Me: Not sure, I'm not mad though. Guy: Well, it sure looks like you are, are you sure? Me: I am really okay it's probably just my face Guy: Well, … Continue reading Furious to Concerned in 8 minutes