smiling thru the pain of finals
sara girl is ENGAGED!!!! sara is THE most joyful person i’ve ever met and she carries the love of Christ with her everywhere she goes. laughter is a must when you’re around her and you’ll always leave with a smile on your face. sara- i LOVE you and could not be happier for you and alec!!! (oh and ps thanks for texting every law class about not knowing what’s going on either) 💖💖💖💖
ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEARRRR☃️
social media isn’t real life. i can post this picture and say “wishing i was here instead of finals” but the truth is that i had a horrible day yesterday. not one of those normal bad days, one of those rare ‘get in bed at 7 and cry for hours’ bad days. and i tried to pray and let it go. i woke up today, went to the gym like i always do, and tried to get through a workout. but the reality is that i sat there crying my eyes out. seriously, in the middle of the gym, in a full blown cry session. i’m not saying this for attention- i’m saying this because it’s so easy on days like these to believe that evil is winning. it seems as if there isn’t any other option. being fully, deeply and intimately rooted in Christ is something i’m trying so hard (and failing) to be. so girls- here’s your tuesday reality check. no one has it together all the time. just because you see a professional photograph of a girl looking happy doesn’t mean that she is. but the other reality check is that evil isn’t winning- no matter how hard it might be to believe that. Jesus already won and He did that on the cross. so try and focus on His wins instead of your losses.
real “relationship goals” isn’t what this world has corrupted it to be— instagram likes, sex, cute pics or physical attraction. it’s the opposite. relationships ought to be rooted in Christ completely, or else they will fail. this is something me and g have come to realize through our 3 years of dating. Jesus, thank you for the gift of Your Word and the way that You love us. let us use that love in the way that we love others.
thankful would be an understatement with women like these in my life 🖤
always love cheering on the grizz with youuuu❤️
maybe you’re feeling like you’re drowning in your sins. maybe you’ve been struggling over, and over, and over again but you’re too afraid to tell anyone what your demons are, because you’re afraid they would judge you. or maybe you feel you’re too far from God’s grace. far too often, we put on a face of a “good Christian” and then when we are alone we are filled with shame, regret, depression, loneliness. often times, like the devotional says (swipe to read), i think to myself, “what is wrong with me? if others heard what i just said, they would be stunned.” the burden of my sins weigh on me, and they are a heavy load to carry. but here’s some good news- we aren’t alone in our self pity and we don’t have to carry our burdens- we have a Savior that did that on the cross. paul here is feeling what you might be feeling too. that you’re a hypocrite, that you’re too messed up, that you are “the worst of sinners.” you might be thinking that evil is winning; satan is winning. but evil doesn’t win. paul is shown mercy by Jesus. he is further proving God’s unending grace by his messy and broken life. look- you are not too far gone. and you don’t need to let the devil win. God will be glorified in your wins, AND your losses- not one or the other. Christ’s love is displayed no matter how far we run. so stop putting on the face. you’re not alone. we are all far more broken than we would ever like to realize, but also far, far more loved than we could ever imagine. be open. be vulnerable. share your struggles. and let God work in you. no matter what- He will be glorified. He will be glorified. He will be glorified.
bday dinner!!! // i don’t like chocolate chips in my cookies but my favorite cookie is chocolate chip so for my birthday today grant called cookie fix and asked them to make a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough without the chocolate chips and if that isn’t true love i don’t know what is.
just 2 doggos taking a hecking picture
i'll always be your sidekick!!!
the other day i was riding in the car with grant + complaining about the way i look. he said to me, okay, now name one positive thing about yourself. i was so upset i replied, i honestly can't think of anything. as soon as those words came out of my mouth, our car passed by this church's billboard + my spirits were IMMEDIATELY lifted by God's words to me. i'm so thankful for little truths like this that remind me of who i am in Jesus eyes. + guess what! you can hear more about this in my bible study @liveloveddd tonight at 7 in the education building! we are talking about how to love yourself + see yourself the way Jesus sees you. if you're a gal + you've struggled with insecurity (because who hasn't!) then come on out, + turn your eyes from the world's lies to God's truths.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!!!! if you know me, you know how obsessed i am with scrappy... and today is his 3rd birthday (aka his 21st😏😏) scrappy doo, i wish i could be there to kiss your snoot more than anything!!! don't get too crazy tonight 😜😍
3 whole years with you = a whoooole lot of smiles & a whoooole lot of love !!! i've said it before & i'll say it again-- you are the BIGGEST blessing the Lord has ever given me. loveeee you today tomorrow & forever g baby❤
feeling extra thankful after this family weekend to have been blessed with such amazing parents. it's so easy to take them for granted but all it takes is one thing to make me realize how blessed i am. life is short so love big & don't forget to hug your parents & tell them you love them.
overwhelmed with the Lord's faithfulness today. a few hours ago it started raining and i thought ugh.. no one is going to come to my bible study tonight. i went into walmart to get supplies, covering my head with my sweater, and started thinking i don't even want to do this bible study. im too nervous. i'm not qualified to lead girls. i was doubting my abilities and God's plan for my life and then i came back outside and found this. a rainbow. a symbol of God's promise. God had led me to lead @liveloveddd and He promised me it would be good. and so the rain lifted. i led an AMAZING group of girls for the first time tonight. and as i sit here, reminiscing on the day, i am reminded that God's promises to us will never be broken and that nothing is ever too hard for him to make beautiful.
get you a best friend that makes you laugh like this by saying 6 words !!!! @jackiiee_chann
slow morning are good mornings. romans 8:28 we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. i pray this morning that you, along with me, will rest assured that God is doing big things through you + that any work done for HIM is not in vain. we have been called according to HIS purpose — NOT our own. just remember that every single thing you do on earth doesn't matter in heaven, except for what you do for Jesus.
to the most loving, patient, selfless, giving, encouraging, helpful and overall AMAZING woman i have ever met- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! our relationship is special to me beyond words, and i am so thankful that i get to call you mom. you have taught me how to love the Lord, how to handle all things that life throws at me with grace, and how to make the best homemade cookies. you listen without complaining, help without expectation in return, and love without boundaries. i know everyone on facebook likes to brag on their family, but anyone that knows you knows that you are truly someone special. you are a once in a lifetime type of person. you love better then anyone i've ever met, and you are so loved in return. no one gets me like you do and it may seem weird to say my mom really is my best friend, but she is. i love you so much! i hope you feel as beautiful today on the outside as you are on the inside!
helllloooo senior year!!!! (how is that even possible)
blessed with the best parents that'll wake up at 6 + drive to nash to see a TOTAL solar eclipse, because partial just wasn't enough. last week best week. (+ by best, i mean we sat in traffic for 5 hours on the way home.)
so here goes... I'M STARTING MY OWN BIBLE STUDY! this is the thing i've been working on, praying over, + prepping for all summer that i've been dying to share!!! i've felt the Lord call me to lead + encourage women my whole life-- which is why i'm thrilled to finally be starting @liveloveddd! i've always wanted a different type of bible study-- one that lets me be myself, but also helps me grow. one that lets me put my walls down, but doesnt encourage me in my sin. one that teaches me the things i want to know-- real life issues that college girls struggle with. one that doesn't stray away from the hard topics. one that, above all, points me to Jesus and His truths every week. and i've never found that-- so i'm creating it. if you're like me and you've never found a bible study that felt just right, i would love it if you gave this a chance. it's going to be something new (for you and for me!), and it has the opportunity to be something really special. regardless if you're a freshman or a senior, a pastor's kid or an unbeliever, a sorority girl or an independent, you name it-- you will be welcomed at liveloved. this bible study is going to be about what YOU want to learn about-- and you can hear more about that at our first meeting. ;) for now, dates and times are to be announced! but be prepared to learn about just how much God loves you, and how you can use that to better every part of your life. for more details on LL and what my prayer is for this bible study, i wrote a blog post going into more detail about everything! the link is in my bio! i am looking so forward to our first bible study and i cannot wait to meet you!♡
r e m i n d e r — we can do amazing things ((when we root ourselves in Jesus.)) the fact that Jesus himself said we would do even greater works than these after he was resurrected is UN. REAL. 😱 praise God for giving us courage to try new things, + the peace that comes with them, because of >>HIS
living in the moment. this is something i struggle with IMMENSELY. i'm constantly thinking of the future-- graduation, getting a job, getting married, fill in the blank. i stress out about things i can't control. WHY do i do this? why don't i let God do His job + work through me? why do i work so hard on scheduling out my future when God already has my whole life planned? the other day i was reading through my bible + came across psalm 40:5. many, Lord my God, are the wonders You have done, the things You planned for us. it was one of those rare moments where scripture pops out from the page and hits you in a way that takes your breath away. it was such a simple + sweet, sweet reminder from a loving Father. He has plans for each and every one of us. His plans are to prosper us, and not harm us. He is working, even when we don't see it. learning to trust in His timing is something i'm not good at, but life sure does seem a lot sweeter when i do. // memphis friends-- have @allyperkins take your pictures! she is a total joy to be around and an AMAZING photographer!
had the best time with u :)))
you know it's a good weekend when you get to go to your favorite city + you get to see your favorite guy❤ thanks for being my +1, babe! see you back at school💋
hellooo nashville !!!! ⭐️⭐️ comment & give me some good shops to go to ⬇️
had SUCH a fun day today shooting with an old friend @allyperkins! lots of pics to comeeee😛
suuunday fuuunday !!!! ⭐️⭐️ playing around with pigtails today because #WHY #NOT 🐷🐷 // anybody else wish they needed glasses just because they're cute? nope? just me? 😶😂
you are good, good, oh, oh. (if you haven't heard king of my heart, i highly recommend you do so asap.) let me be real with you for a sec--making Him the king of my heart above all else is really, really tough. i run to others, i run to earthly pleasures, i run to my own abilities far too often. all the while, i have Jesus standing there with arms wide, waiting for me to fall into HIM and HIS love. He SHOULD be the mountain where i run, the fountain i drink from.. but i'm stubborn & i try to figure it out on my own terms. maybe, just maybe, He doesn't want me to figure out my life just yet. maybe He has things far greater planned for me than i could plan for myself. & maybe it's time i start running to HIM more. i want to run towards Him like i ran when i was a child-- wind through my hair, running as quickly as my little feet will take me. running without thought of anything coming in my path; running without growing weary; running, smiling so big my cheeks hurt & laughing joyously for no particular reason. but i'm human, & i struggle. but i know that when i'm not running towards Him, He is always chasing me. & He is holding on. He is good, good, oh, oh. (oh & if you missed my blog post yesterday on insecurity check it out!)
girl, listen to me. you are marvelously loved, and there is nothing accidental about you. become less distracted by the unending cycle of comparison and insecurity, and become more captivated by who Jesus is, and what His purpose is for you. empty yourself from all of the worldly expectations and lies that weigh your heart down, and let Him fill you up with truth. • read the full post on my blog!
i'm gonna be real with y'all.......... i got this bathing suit at walmart for $4
p a r a d i s e ☀️
thinking of never coming back to the states... in love with this beautiful island 🙌🏻
happy father's day to the cutest dad out there!!!
happy friday lovelies! 🌼healthy social media reminder✨ - what you see scrolling isn't a persons reality!! today i made my mom take about 30 pictures of me (with different lighting & angles) to get one to post! every time i see a pretty girls insta i'm like uggggg. how does she look good after just one picture? and the reality is that she probably doesn't! 😂 what you're seeing is someone's highlight reel, and you SHOULDN'T be comparing yourself to them! God has made us all different in our own way, and we should be thankful for that! 💛can you imagine how boring life would be if everyone looked the same?? 😝 anyways, don't compare yourself to social media profiles! sure it's fun and enjoyable, but it isn't real life. don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. where you are right now is God’s place for you. live and obey and love and believe right there.🌟1 corinthians 7:17
bye bye 6 inches!!! ✂️💇🏽 feelin 5 years older & 5 pounds lighter 😂 thank you to @gouldsalons and @judylunati for making my hair dreams come true!
it's 2:10am as i write this caption, & i just wanted to encourage you tonight. (yes, you.) maybe you, like me, are up right now bombarding yourself with questions that you can't possibly know the answer to. maybe you're stressing over something that'll happen tomorrow. or next week. or next year. & maybe you're thinking to yourself i can't do this. friend, the good news is this: you have a God that's on your side. you have a perfect record when you have the creator of the universe on your team -- you're on the winning team. maybe you can't, but He can. and He wants you to let go of the things that are stressing you, and let Him do his thang. you're on the winning team for eternity. with God, you can never truly lose. rest in this truth.
wanting to go back to the zoo already 🙈
summers are tough being 7 hours apart but it makes me so thankful for days like today 😍
memphis & mom jeans 💭 hope everybody is having a wonderful weekend!!!
vintage vibes today❕always love repping the 901 ❤️
talk about a controversial topic..🤔 DISCLAIMER‼️ : this is just MY personal opinion. i'm sick of seeing men in serious relationships (& even marriages) liking other women's pictures barely clothed. its disrespectful to the women they're in a relationship in. you may agree, you may not, but these are my thoughts. it's been weighing on my heart lately so i thought i'd share❤️
happy freakin birthday to my number 1!!!!! ❤ he's the smartest, funniest & definitely cutest dad around. thank you for giving me the greatest gene of all- loving dogs. seriously, i don't know what id do without you or your advice! love you more than you know!!
church ootd! ⛪️ i need help from YOU 👇🏻 on my blog! of course, my passion is blogging, but i want to know what YOU GUYS want to see from me! ❤ would you rather see more spiritual posts, more posts empowering women, fashion posts, or some type of youtube tutorials? OR do you have any overall suggestions for my blog? i'd love to hear your feedback so let me know in the comments below! 👇🏻
you will never know how proud of you i am.
happy mother's day to the most deserving mother & my favorite person!!! i was brought into this world as her daughter but somewhere along the way, we became best friends. (if you know us, you know what i'm talking about.) she has been there for me through every stage of my life, and for that, i am forever thankful. feeling extra blessed today that i'm the lucky one God decided to bless with the worlds ACTUAL best mom. thank you for laughing through life with me!!! whatever our souls are made of, mine and hers are the same.
they threw a music festival for me😛
sampsys 2017 with my handsome man!😍
HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY to the first girl i met at college and my absolute BEST friend!!! @jackiiee_chann 💜🎂 it's hard to believe that 3 years ago i didn't even know you existed, and now you're the greatest friend i've ever had and the person that i do life with every single day! there is no one else in this whole world i would rather girl talk ;) with, dance like a FOOL with, fall asleep in a bathtub with, literally pull out of a club😂, laugh with till we cry over the word rice, send memes to NONSTOP, or live with. 😍 chan, you are a once in a lifetime friend and i didn't even know it was possible to love a friend half as much as i love you. you're the sister i never had and one of the greatest blessing God will ever give me. i've made some of my best memories with you and i can't wait till we grow up and our kids fall in love!!! i hope you know how loved you are today and how beautiful you truly are!!!!! ILYSM YOU LETTUCEHEAD!!!!! 💚 now go party!!! 🎉🥂(swipe to see some videos of me & chan's beautiful times together🤣)
one of the first times me and grant hung out, we ran into each other at a somo concert. i didn't really know who somo was, but i knew that grant was going and so was my friend group, so we all decided to go. hours before the concert, me and my antisocial self decided i didn't wanna go, and i was trying to find someone to sell my tickets to but i guess God had other plans. i still remember walking down the stairs and seeing him looking at me on the floor and feeling something i had never experienced before. we were both nervous but ended up dancing together and hitting it off, and a week later we were dating. last week, g surprised me with tickets to yet another somo concert at the same place we were at last time. yesterday was officially our 2 and a half year anniversary, so what better way to celebrate than where it all began? i still don't really know who somo is but at least i've still got this guy by my side.
HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY BESTIE MORG!💖 life with you is infinitely more fun (& hilarious). i'm so glad we got to celebrate you last night! feelin extra sappy that i get to have you as a best friend 💖💖
goooooood morning!!!☀️☀️ today i hit a new max and was able to squat TWO PLATES!😝 this time last year my max was 135 and now i'm able to get 225!🙌🏻 getting up every day to workout at 6am is NOT easy and i'm the first to get down on myself and compare my results to fitness models (🙄) but it is such an amazing feeling to be able to see the progress my body has made! special thanks to my personal trainer for helping me fall in love with working out and waking up at 6 this morning just to spot me❤ #AWYEAH #NEWMAXYEAH
GIRLS- this one is for you!💖 i made a new youtube video on how to feel beautiful in your own skin. ✨ this is just the teaser- click the link in my bio to watch the full vid!! + TAG A FRIEND you think needs to hear this reminder!!👯♂️
g colton u are so easy to love :)
bye beach, you'll be missed
happy krabby patty day!!!🍀🍔👅👒💚🌈🔆
can't live with em, can't live without em😛
she's just the cutest person i know
thanks for twinning with me through life (check @jackiiee_chann's snapchat for proof)