really wishing we weren’t 500 miles apart today 😭😭😭
i’ve had people ask me why i stopped blogging but i’m happy to say I’M BACK! my blog is my baby that i started when i was 18 and now that i’m almost 23, a lotttt has changed. but the 2 things that haven’t changed are my love for the Lord and for encouraging women. in this post, i get really honest about why i took a break from blogging, how much comparison sucks, and how God has been working on my heart. check it out if you want! (or don’t, that’s okay!!!) ((you’ll get this caption if you read the post lol))
you know those people you couldn’t live without even if you tried? yeah me too
it’s so easy to compare your life to other people’s on social media. for example— there’s this girl that’s pretty popular on social media right now that’s living my dream life. she’s my age, just published her first christian book, and is getting tons of young women to look up to her. i think to myself “why can’t i have what she has?” but i came across proverbs 14:30 today, which says “a heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” mhmmmm. envy rots the bones. envy steals happiness. envy tells you “you’re not good enough.” envy puts jealousy on your heart. but the Lord tells us that we each have a very specific purpose and that it will be completed in HIS time, not ours. the Lord tells us that another woman’s success does not threaten our own. the Lord tells us that we ARE good enough. so. if you’re like me, and you’re jealous of the way other people’s lives seem to be going so seamlessly. remember this: God has not forgotten you. God doesn’t love them more than He loves you. God has a wonderful and amazing plan for your life. and He WILL fulfill it.
one of the best things about being back home in memphis ❤️😍❤️😍❤️ #adventuresofmallyandscrappy
60 seconds straight of me and @gcolton18 laughing for your viewing pleasure😂😂 these clips are from my latest youtube video where me and grant do the relationship tag!! we answer questions like how we met, the story of our first kiss, and others so go check it out!! link in bio 💓🙈 PS. don’t settle for anyone that doesn’t laugh with you as much as he laughs with me PSS. watch till the end to see grant almost KILL ME 🙄😂
2 months too long of not seeing you ❤️❤️ congratulations to sara & alec!!!
i’ve battled the worst anxiety i’ve ever had in 2018. probably because i’m a creature of habit and an avid planner and for the first time (ever), i don’t know what my next step is. but recently, i’ve felt a turning in my soul. a revival. a hope. a peace. that i know comes from my Savior and my Savior alone. after months and months of struggle, things are finally looking up. i’m starting to figure it out, and that’s a dang good feeling. i’ve woken up smiling—which is a big deal for me. i can see the sun again. i had almost forgotten how bright it was.
best friend doesn’t even begin to cover it
put together a few clips from my vlog (mostly of us laughing) of me and @betsyybop’s day at DISNEY!!!❤️🖤 we decided to vlog it to be fun and silly and ended up having the BEST time. if you wanna check out the full video of our day, check it out on my youtube channel!! link in bio
i mean, it really is the happiest place on earth
happy july 5th
and i’m freeeeee, free fallin
my girl forever and ever and ever and ever
HI from HI👋🏻
His ways are not our ways. || so, what’s happening here is that the israelites are complaining that they haven’t had enough protein and that they wish they could go back to egypt where they at least had fish. (um, WHAT?! the place the Lord just delivered them from?! yes, that place.) anyways so this makes the Lord angry and He goes on to tell moses, his faithful servant, that He will provide meat for them until they are SICK of it. (“you will not just eat it for one day, or two days, or five, or ten or twenty days, but for a whole month— until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it— because you have rejected the Lord who is among you, and have wailed before him saying, “why did we ever leave egypt?” numbers 11:19-20) so pretty much the Lord is telling moses he will provide an excess of quail for the people. as you can see, moses is like “um hey God, i’m not sure if you heard me right but there’s over 600,000 people here waiting for food. i don’t even think there’s that many birds in the sky!” and the Lord response? “is the Lord’s arm too short?” 😂😂 it’s so easy for us to read this passage and wonder how moses, one of God’s most favored men who has watched God do miracle after miracle, is doubting that God can make something happen! but if you take a closer look... aren’t we all like moses? doubting that God can make that thing happen, even though He’s never failed us before? sometimes we look at our own circumstances and say that something is impossible— we aren’t popular enough, we don’t have enough money, we don’t have the right materials, it’s ‘too late’ to make our dreams happen. but His ways are not our ways and He can make it happen, no matter what it is. it’s so funny that moses is doubting that God can provide protein for the israelites just because he doesn’t know if there’s enough on the earth!! doesn’t he know that God can blink His eyes and have it fall from the sky?? the same goes with us. whatever it is that you feel like you’re missing or that is ‘too impossible’ for you to accomplish, know that God’s arms are not too short. His ways are above ours. He is the God of miracles. [reposted from my @liveloveddd devotional account]
“should christians drink?” is a topic i’ve spent many years trying to decide my opinions on & i just uploaded them onto my youtube channel. check it out! link is in my bio ❤️
couldn’t be more proud of this guy for officially moving to north carolina today!!! thankful for my long distance love ❤️
here’s a mediocre unrelated selfie to say that I POSTED MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO! i started my own little christian series where i will be covering 1 christian topic every week!! this first week was my 5 tips for a christian relationship! so yes, this is out of my comfort zone and yes, i don’t know what i’m doing but i’m at a point in my life where i thought why not give it a shot? if you have something you’d like to me discuss in next weeks video then comment below or DM me if it’s personal!! ❤️ and if you’re a fellow youtube-lover, subscribe!! link in bio!!!
decided to write down my caption from my @liveloveddd account today : becoming the woman God wants you to be can’t be done through job accomplishments, financial success, people you see, places you go, or relationships you’re in. why? because if we are ‘the women God wants us to be’, we will be chasing after Him relentlessly. we’re too busy chasing after that boy we just met that hasn’t texted us yet that we forget the man that came to earth and died for all of our sins. we’re too busy working out for an hour a day that we forget to crack open our Bible and learn about the Creator of the earth. we’re too busy worrying about likes, followers, numbers, clothes, boys, jobs, money, and every other thing before we worry about if we are becoming the woman God created us to be. girl listen- God didn’t create you to become rich, or instagram famous, or a wife, or a CEO. these things might be apart of His plan but they are not what He has created you for. He’s created you for one purpose- to Glorify Him. dear Lord, help me become the woman YOU want me to be, not what society wants me to be.
we’re trusting whatever the next chapter holds because we know the Author. // said goodbye to my best friend today as he is moving to north carolina for a 6 month training program! not knowing where he will be located after this training program is tough but we are trusting God’s unchanging perfect plan for our lives. i’m so thankful that when everything else is seeming to change that we have a God that stays the same. please pray that a position will open up in memphis so that we will (God-willing) be able to call this place home one day!
post-grad life is off to a pretty good start😍
feeling oh so thankful to have been surrounded by allllll my favorite people today!!!! thank you to everyone for making this day so special for me— i feel so blessed by the people God has placed in my life. bye samford!!! 🎓 (swipe to the last picture for that feeling when you never have to pay samford tuition ever again)
thanks for sharing my love of funnel cakes & petting zoos 😊 cherishing every last date night 😥
annnnnd that’s a wrap!!!🎓 officially had my last class EVER today! thanks samford for the best 4 years!!❤️ || photo credit : @tayanderton
rest in peace sweet emmy girl. i️ didn’t know when i️ decided to come up for a random weekend that it would be the last time to see you but i️ am so glad that we had that last time together. to the sweetest kitty i️ have ever known— i️ will never forget you. ❤️
our first 5k✔️ wouldn’t want to decide to do it the morning of with anyone else 😂😂
thankful to spend time with my favorite people in my favorite place!!! last SB, best SB❤️
been holding onto you for almost 3 and 1/2 years now and it’s only gonna continue 😍
when his eyes are bluer than his shirt😍😍😍 thank you Jesus
on february 16, grant and i were driving when we came across 2 dogs walking on the median of the interstate. grant slammed on his breaks and after 30 minutes we FINALLY got them to trust us and were able to get them into his car. we knew we had to get them checked out, so we drove to the nearest shelter. they told us they had to hold them for 5 days after being fixed but that we could always come back for them. after the longest 5 days wondering if they were okay, we decided we couldn’t leave them in an overcrowded shelter to die, so we got them and brought them to my apartment to foster. we instantly fell in love.. after all they had been through, they were loving, trusting, and loyal. we named them ally and missy, since we found them on the AL and MS state line. we spent the past 2 weeks with them- every day, every hour, every second. and i’m posting this today to announce that BOTH DOGS ARE OFFICIALLY ADOPTED and in their new homes!!! i wanted to post this to say a giant thank you to every single person that has shared my posts or kept up with the girls. a lot of people have asked me why we didn’t just keep them if we loved them so much. if you know me at all, you know my passion for dogs and how bad i wanted to keep both girls but grant and i are both graduating and getting full time jobs in may.. so we put aside our selfish desires for the dogs and allowed them to go to the homes they deserved. fostering dogs, especially 2 of the sweetest dogs i’ve ever come across, has been one of the hardest, most confusing, heart breaking and rewarding things ever. it has been such a bittersweet experience all the way around, but i am so thankful that both girls are settled into their new homes where they both have a new life. i already miss them SO much but i will never, ever forget them. i can smile knowing that they’re off the side of the road and living happy and healthy lives. out of all the pictures we took with them, these are the ones i cherish the most. they’re blurry and unposed and imperfect but they remind me of our story with them. thank you again to everyone that took the time to keep up with their story- ally and missy will be forever grateful.❤️❤️
4th valentine’s and it only gets better !!! thanks for making everyday feel like valentine’s day❣️❣️
more of you + less of me. 2018 is going to be a year of uncertainty for me. from graduating college to finding my first job, amongst other things, it’s a year that will hold a lot of upcoming changes (and did i mention i hate change?) i’ve decided to read the Bible in a year because Lord knows with my worrying INFJ personality that the only thing that can keep me sane is shifting my eyes from myself and my problems to Him and His word. i’ll continue posting my thoughts on my account @liveloveddd so feel free to keep up with my reading there! // ALSO: felt the Lord calling me to try and give up secular music , so pleaseee comment some of your favorite worship artists, albums, or songs!!! my new favorite is ‘pieces’ by steffany gretzinger!! LOOK. IT. UP.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIGGLE!!! thanking the Lord that He brought you into the world & that i get to go through life with you!!! i have a feeling 22 is going to be the best year yet☺️☺️
thankful i got to spend NYE with my favorite people all in one place !!!🤩🤩
thank you Lord for baby Jesus !!! luke 2:10 “but the angel said to them, “do not be afraid. i bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. today in the town of david a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
& to all a good night
all smiles in nashville with my cute bestie !!!💛
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!