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!
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!
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!!