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Finding you –  A Forever Life with You.

There is nothing more beautiful than waking up and knowing that I’ve finally found the love of my life, one who I will grow old with, and one who I’ll need for the rest of my life. Although, neither one of us are perfect. We are perfect for each other.

It’s important to BE loved.

It’s important TO love. It’s important to feel safe.

It’s important to FEEL safe.

I believe with those things, it brings a sense of happiness to anyone.

The peace that comes to my heart sometimes can’t even be described.

It’s nice to finally have someone that gives you the friendship inside of a relationship. It’s nice to finally have someone who can finish off your sentences or make you laugh when you aren’t feeling your very best happy go-lucky self. It’s nice to have someone who gets you for you and is totally in love with it. 

It’s nice to finally have not just your partner in love, but your partner in life.  Someone you can turn to when life is trying to get the best of you. Someone to make decisions with. Someone who will always be there.

When you have someone who is willing to walk with you through both the good and the bad without leaving you, that’s when you know you have a special one. And with that right there, means everything to me!

So here’s to you,

I promise to always remember that neither one of us is perfect but we are made perfect for one another.

Every day I will choose you. I will choose you to be no one else but yourself.

Thank you for always loving me at times when it’s hard to!

You’re my ride or die. You’re my cheese to my cheese pizza (and you know I love pizza, so I had to through that in there.) 

I love you Alexander Prather! Thank you for being you.

Forever together my love. 💍💕 

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A Happy Tune

“If there’s only one thing you cling to tonight, I hope it’s this: There is no future in your past. I don’t know what ugly your past holds. I don’t know what pain your presence holds. But I do know that there is no future there. And you certainly aren’t defined by it.
Because of one powerful truth: is the gospel has the power to transform our self-understanding so that it is no longer based on our performance in life. It humbles us into the dust while simultaneously exalting us into the heavens, declaring our worth through trumpets and whispers alike.”

So please don’t give up. Please don’t throw in the towel. Please don’t define yourself by the failures you’ve faced, or the targets you’ve missed, or the shame you’ve buried away deep inside. You’re worth more than that. And you CAN do this. And even if you couldn’t, your inability doesn’t define you, anyway.  – Soul Script

It’s a wonderful feeling to know we are hugged by our Father every second of the day and to know He is always there. Some days we just need someone there, someone who will listen to us, someone who will pick us up when we are at our weakest and we get frustrated, frustrated at the world around us, frustrated at our loved ones, and even frustrated with our own selves. Come on! It’s those pity parties that we throw ourselves, it’s the thoughts that take over our delicate mind, it’s the hardness of ourselves. We are so hard on ourselves. Why do we beat ourselves up so much over the little things? We forget that we aren’t alone. It just amazes me how patient He is with us.  I know for me, I forget that and I forget that I am not alone. It’s easy to allow anxiety, stress, moodiness, and any other feeling that alters your mood cover up the seat where you know Jesus always is… however, he is not covered up, we may feel like it, we may feel angry, we may feel discouraged, and walk our way right into unnecessary sorrow for ourselves but cultivating a spirit-filled mindset and twisting that mindset to see the goodness quickly puts you back in-line.

Looking at the big picture. The thoughts that we may fill up in our head is only tiny matter compared to what God can fill. 

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Facing the Issue 

Comparing reality to your expectations is a real doozy at times. Any hands raised for those who may feel frustrated, angry, stressed and confused when doing so?  Or maybe get stressed out when nothing is going your way?

It’s crazy how one little mishap can cause so much misunderstanding and how one little annoyance can overshadow all the awesome things in life. We let the ugly stuff in life pile up and before we know it we are blinded to see the goodness. 

The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

It’s easy to get teared down by the weight of the world around us. It’s a constant battle between putting our faith in God vs placing emphasis on just what is at hand.

We expect more out of ourselves. We expect more out of others. (And that we should!)  but we shouldn’t allow it to stress us out completely. 

However – the underline problem is – we want this and we want that. Are we ever happy with what we have while working hard at what we want? Is it all just a rush? Our we true to ourselves? Are we true to others around us?

Self Check!!

Our frustration is almost always due to unmet expectations. Unmet expectation that we placed on ourselves and onto others. 

It’s crazy how the enemy can take a tiny sliver of frustration and turn it into a much bigger issue than needed be. Allowing the tearing down of our happiness and leaving us in a puddle of “frustration.” Frustration that is costing our special moments of being content and happy with what the Lord has blessed us with.

I love this life with my whole heart and while I believe we are called to shine for the glory of God, I’d rather be an honest example of His love and exemplify a truer testimony to others. 

We’re all a work in progress – we are NOT perfect and never will be. We need to realize that rather than acting like we are ‘perfect.’ People need to be more ‘real’ More real to themselves and more real to others around them, because being ‘real’ displays a true soul, a honest soul.

“synonyms of the word ‘SOUL’: embodiment, personification, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence; model, exemplification, exemplar, image, manifestation” 

Twisting it up a bit – Being a exemplar, to exemplify.  It’s sad being around people who enjoy tearing down loved ones and claim to rejoice in God’s word. I believe that’s a ‘soul’ issue.  How is that OK? It’s displays a nasty character who puts on the fake facade but it’s screams ‘hypocrite’ to the ones around them regarding their character. 

At times, it’s hard doing right. And yes! Being a Christian is hard! Yes I said it, it’s hard. Being obedient. Loving yourself for the way God has molded you to become. Doing right to others. Standing up for what you know is right. And being honest and loyal to those behind their back. 

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

We aren’t always strong and we aren’t always going to do right, and sometimes we may find our self in a hole where we seem like we can’t crawl out of dwelling in frustration and often times find us in a situation where we know is wrong, such as judging, slander, pride, ect, all in which dishonering God. 

Maybe before sizing up your life or tearing down others, you ought to fix your eyes on your own love and life and pour all that energy you’re wasting into building it to be its own kind of beautiful. 

Messes – messages

Imperfections – improvements

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Dear Younger Me

Matthew 8:26

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Psalms 139: 14

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

As I look back on the previous years, I just sit back and laugh and also cry.

As I am getting older. Growing out of my worn out shell. Learning and molding into the Godly young lady I am today. I take a minute to reflect back on the younger days of my life. As a child. As a teen. As a wanna be adult.

A thought that came to mind is, what would I tell my younger self now? Looking back, I had a great childhood. Parents who loved me. Great friends. Always involved in something. However,  worry also was present. Worrying about the future, what about college, what about learning and living on my own, doing things for myself, finding the right man – someone who will love me crazy, balancing life and the temptations, etc. You name it. We all worry about something.

So here it goes, to you

I know you must have some role model, right? I know I loved Hannah Montana and Hillary Duff. I mean… at that time who wouldn’t want to be them. It felt as if they had life figured out… wrong. They are humans and so are you. Although, it’s OK to have role models just be careful when is consumes you to wanting to become someone you are not.

Also, embrace your love for imagination, it’ll go along way. Make that tent outside. Maybe sleep on the trampoline. Grab your dads hand and have a daddy-daughter date. Those are the best. Trust me! ((Daddy’s girl))

Be creative. The playdo that you play with, be creative. The princess castle, go beyond your imagination. The spirit of creativity will serve you well my child. Never loose your creative touch.

That bird, dog, cat, etc that you are trying to draw. Don’t get frustrated. Don’t just walk away from it. You got it. You never know what your hidden talents are until you work at it.

OK, so sports. For me, I was a cheerleader and a gymnast. Whichever it is, go at it with all that you got. Remember, practice always triumphs over failure. That backhand spring. Yeah you might fall on your knees multiple times until the one out of ten times you land on your feet. YAY. Keep at it. Soon you’ll be landing perfectly ten out of ten times.

You want to be a lawyer? You’ve must have seen Legally Blonde 🙂 “Harvard Law School” That was the dream job back then. You change your mind multiple times regarding what you want to be when you grow up. We all do.

To those who condemn you on your choice of career path or any life decision, smile at them. It’s not their life, it’s yours. Just pray about the choices before you make them.

When it comes to pleasing people. Don’t you dare bother. Be polite and nice, of course. Never be a doormat. You cannot please everybody. Focus on you first. Make sure you are the one that is happy. You are not living for them, you are living for God.

Please God.

When you stay up to 2 a.m. in the morning because of studying, close your eyes. You need some rest. Pray.

When it comes to comparing yourself.

How uncool it is that you think you are ugly. God made you perfectly in His image.

How you wish you didn’t have freckles or the gap between your teeth. How you wish you were skinnier.

Those who pick at you for your glasses, short hair, teeth, looks, etc. how dare them. Don’t you dare let that interfere with knowing who you are in Christ and who you are as a person. You are beautiful and perfectly flawed.

You will learn to be gentle with yourself. You’ll also learn how to love the body that you are in.

And later down the road, the right guy is going to love you and think you are beautiful the way that you are.

There will be people who you won’t always agree with and that’s OK.

Let go of the need to control and manipulate–you’ll never change anything that way.

Pray instead, let God fight for His own children.

It’s not your job, it’ll never be your job. SO give it up.

Be thankful that you have a mom and dad who love you and adore you. You are their daughter.  Thank your mom and dad for their unconditional support that they continue to show. Never take it for granite. They do a lot for you.

I know your parents drive you crazy sometimes. You drive them crazy too. Recognize that you’re all so different and all stubborn, and it’s usually worth just saying OK.

You’ll be on your own in time, and then you can load your dishwasher, fold your clothes, make your bead, eat when you want too, and go when you want to as infrequently as you want–for now, be respectful.

Speaking of your parents, all of their different and weird quirks? Yeah, you’ll inherit them. Embrace it sister. It will come.

I know at some point in your life you’ll experience all sorts of emotions.. all at once too, maybe. Hormones, dear lord, a lot of feelings and life itself is all too overwhelming for you to soak in sometimes. When you experience those overwhelming times and when things fell out of hand find your peace in the Lord, your joy in Him, find your strength, your purpose, your identity in Him, and you’ll make it. I promise.

Time goes by fast. Look how far you have come and be thankful for another day of His goodness. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you. Don’t stop dreaming. Do want you want to do. One life, Live it well.

In closing, I want to appreciate my younger self and also congratulate her. She is strong. She is mighty. She is a lover of life.

I am thankful for the hardships because it has led me to be the stronger woman I am today.

I am thankful for the wrongs I’ve done, the mistakes I have made, because it’s taught me wisdom.

In the end, the things we worry about before seem so small to us now.

In time,

God will provide and answer your prayers. Be patient.

Xoxo,

Brittany

 

 

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Molding Myself to Be More Like Him {Spiritual Rawness}

Valuable (Real Talk)

Isaiah 1:17

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

How do you spend your time in the word? 

Do you receive the spiritual high from a bible study and feel as if that’s enough?
Do you spend time here and there in the word when things are crazy in life?
Do you spend time whenever you feel like it? Whenever it’s convenient?
Do you spend time at all?
The sad part is… most of us have all the intentions to spend quality time in His word, and some of us create habit to do just that but some never do. We set aside time out of our schedule to purposely dig into the word. That high may last weeks or months. It’s like a spiritual high. You are on fire to learn more.

For some, the “digging in His word” becomes an involuntary thing, your priority is set to uphold the readings of His word. However, for others, it may be a struggle to find that time. If that is so, we are basically saying, “God, we have no time for you.”

However, relaying back to “having all the intentions to spend quality time with Him,” some never do. Is it because we are too lazy or do we put other matters before Him? I know for me, I can say both. Life gets in the way and the more and more I put it off it becomes easier to do. Sad!

How can we be a better advocate for Christ and not put our own time into studying His word? In order for us to grow in His footsteps we must take action in learning more about Him and His love.

Hypocrite, that’s what we are. We say we are infatuated with his Love

We say “I love you Lord”

We say “Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins”

We say “Amen”

We say all these things, but yet, how can we grow as Christian’s when we aren’t doing anything in order for us to grow?

Most of us are at a standstill in our relationship with Him. Some are struggling with trusting. Actually,  a majority of us are. That’s where control comes into play. Control is the thief of allowing our burdens, cares, and worries at His feet.

We have our own self desires that come into play with our: Relationships, Work, School, Play, Etc. but what if our desires allow a Godly take on what we say and what we do within those desires.

For Us

His love is rich

His love is strong

His love is free

His love is never-ending

Why is it we shield away from what we know is good for us? Is it a voluntary action that we do or do we allow Satan and other worldly matters stand in the way of what truly matters?

Spiritually naked, that’s how God sees us.

Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

He sees everything:

He sees our heart and the reasons why we do what we do.

He sees our worry

He sees our wadded up insecurities

He knows when we second guess our actions

What are the opportunities that we have in front of us that we constantly look away from?

To be a strong Christian, we must live wisely

As christians, are we constantly surrounded by non believers? YES. Constantly we come in contact.

Do we tell them the good news about Jesus, the news that allowed us to be forgiven and redeemed?

Seeking God and Speak Faithfully

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” – Genesis 2:18

I want to grow stronger to be the woman of God that I need to be.

For my boyfriend, future husband, better half. 

Grow stronger in:

Praying for him. Praying with him. Grow and prosper with him. Learn with him. Be a leader. Be a listener. Be understanding. Pray for Godly words. Be a team. Love. Be a Woman after Gods own heart.

For my Family.

Grow stronger in:

Faith. Choosing words wisely. Words that inspire. Praying for them. Encourage them. Grow. Being a stronger Christian daughter. Understanding.

We should all aim to be that strong advocate that displays Christ.

Be Christ-Centered
Be confident in Christ
Showing strength in standing up for what’s right and wrong
Be encouraging
Be nice
Be independent
Invest in that which last. Invest in those who you love.

Out of love rebuke those who are wrong. Encourage. Stay humble. Be aware of when pride sneaks in.  “Don’t think less of yourself but thank of yourself less.”

“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These arc the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2

Live to please Him only. Serve the Lord and the works of His goodness.

Love God first and foremost!

His love is greater – our love for Him needs to be greater too.

Xoxo,

Brittany

 

 

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Monday Blues // Learning Day

It’s the Monday after Spring Break.

Back to school and only three weeks left of this semester.

Making sure assignment are in line for the due dates.

Making sure you get to campus early so you can get that perfect parking spot.

Preparing ourselves for that “mental” breakdown because…. finals are approaching.

But why is it before Spring Break none of this stuff really seemed to matter.

Checking those school emails,

“Summer payments due soon”

or maybe you receive that email from the professor about that upcoming research paper or a reminder about that in front of the class presentation – better yet, a lightening bolt went off in your head, Wait… “we have a quiz this week?”

oh but wait, finally, a “good” news email, which brings some hope, “Don’t forget to petition to graduate.” What a breath of fresh air that brings after seeing “payment deadline” or “test this Thursday.”

You made it thru the stressful Monday, now go grab yourself that Starbucks coffee because you deserve it.. and so does the inconsiderate person behind you that is laying down their horn at you because you are passionately waiting for the barista to hand over your coffee – maybe they need it more than me. It really makes me think how people can be so inconsiderate and rude and not feel any time of remorse for their actions. As my mom would say, “they need Jesus.” Yes, that they do.

My reaction, I waved.

I find it crazy how one “bad” thing can lead to a whole showcase of bad news or make you feel as if the world is crashing down on you and nothing is going right. You just want to crawl in your bed and shut off from the world the rest of the day.  Why? Why do we let one thing determine the rest of our day or mood? Maybe it’s because that one bad thing or bad news automatically puts you in a foul mood, so anything you touch, say and do will never be good enough for you that day?

Self-check… what I may stress about may be the littlest specks of what one may be stressing about. How foolish of me to think “paying for school,” “I’ve gotta do good on this upcoming test,” “I haven’t even studied yet for this final,” “man the jerk behind is really irking my nerves,” is the cause of my whole “bad” mood kind of day when someone may be just as stressed or if not more about paying for the house payment or saving every bit of money so they won’t be evicted from their apartment.

Here I am complaining about these little things when I can just sit back and breathe and know this stressing isn’t going to do me a bit of good. I’m not helping myself by doing this, I am hindering myself.

So I am not going to say it was a “bad” day, I will say it was a “learning” day.

Learning to cope with the bad and turn it around to see what I can do to fix the issue.

Pray about the “issue” and move on. Don’t dwell on it.

Smile

Keep the chin up. It’s just a “learning” day.

If you read my past blog regarding sunsets and sunrises, yes, I am spending my quite time embrassing this captivating scenery.

Brittany

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To My Man, Alex

An instant connection
I was drawn to you
Babe, do you even know just how much you mean to me?
If you have the slightest clue
I can’t tell you near enough that I love you
There is much more behind those three words
I’m trying to let you know how much you are adored by me and how cherished I am for the sweet time we spend together
You mean the world to me
Do you know that you smile gets me all the time
Do you know that every day I love you more
A closeness to you
A safe place with you
I hope you know that you mean the world to me
Just knowing your mine and I am yours should be enough
To me you mean everything
In you-
I see dignity
I see strength
I see passion
I see you, the good and the rough-edged parts
I love you for all your forms
Though everyone will experience their own ups and downs
I will be the one standing by you, never doubt
Yes true love is more than butterflies and long kisses
It’s about conquering the roughest rides
Holding one’s hand through the storm
It’s about loving strong through the good and the bad times
I never asked for much, just for someone to hold me tight and see me through. To look at my naked soul and love me from within.
Once I found you, an instant connection I was automatically drawn to you
To live with you is what I want all my life
You are my best friend
You are my lover
You are mine
You are the reason for the butterflies in my stomach
You are the reason for the smile on my face
I love you
– Brittany