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We’re Back | And We’d Love Your Help

Hey friends! You may have noticed that we took a little hiatus here at Living Loved. To put it simply, parenthood has been far more and far better than we ever bargained for. Over the last month, the Groves family has been adjusting to the new world of one parent at...

What Not to Fall for in 2017

*Sigh* It's all over. The Christmas lights, the carols, the loads of fattening, sugary food baking in the oven. So this week, we prepare to clean it all up, and do it again. For some 2016 has been a year of great shock. For many, it has been a year of celebration. We...

5 Reasons to Rest during Holiday Madness

Hey friends! If you are reading this right now, odds are you are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of this season. With friends at our door steps ready to visit, home cooked meals in the oven, and presents waiting to be wrapped and placed under the tree, spare...

The Christmas Story=The Gospel Story

I just spent the last day thinking about what exactly I will write during this Christmas week. Over the last two weeks we have explored three characters leading up to Jesus's birth: Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph. Because this week is the one that leads up to Christmas,...

Christmas Traditions: Our First Year Together

I LOVE TRADITIONS. And I made sure to push them on my family from day one. If we did something once, I have always been sure to remind everyone that it has to happen the next year. For example, every Christmas eve we go to the 5:00 pm Christmas Eve service, then eat...

Through The Eyes of a Father

Not too long ago, I watched the home video of my parents' stay in the hospital just after my birth. My parents were young--23 and 25--and I was their first. You could tell they were playing it cool, but secretly, they had not idea what was coming for them. We had to...

It’s God’s Testimony–Not Mine

I grew up in a really "Christian" environment. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was five years old. I went to a private Christian school where my favorite class was Bible. I took part in every church activity. I loved Sunday mornings. At a distance, the world might...

My Husband is not a ‘Good One’

Marriage is so good. Marriage is also hard. There are many reasons that these statements are true, but one is very specifically on my heart today. It is a racially belittling phrase I have almost grown accustomed to hearing from people I love dearly. For a while now I...

What Christmas Means For Our Worship

Hey friends! I'm so glad you came back for the second week of me going on and on about Christmas time. If you didn't get a chance to read my post from last week about what Christmas means for us, go check it out! It'll give you a little context into this week. When...

10 Free Things to do at Christmas Time

If you are anything like me, the month between Thanksgiving Dinner and putting away the Christmas tree is typically defined by spending money and eating until I gain five extra pounds in cookies. Then the beginning of the year becomes defined by undoing all of that! I...

Christmas Reading Plan

Join me as we give our Savior back the first time in our day by dwelling on these verses first thing each morning. We cannot go through this season without giving the One it's named after glory for it. Make sure you keep me updated with what The Lord is teaching you...

What Christmas Means for His Bride

IT'S HERE! My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE time of the year. Since Thanksgiving, I have shown my husband the proper way to begin celebrating this season: I have made him help put up three Christmas trees, listen to countless Christmas songs, and even assist me in...

The Danger in “Thanks”giving

Austin and I have never been more kind to one another than during the week of our honeymoon. It was the first week of marriage, and we were elated to have finally entered this season of life. When he left his dirty underwear in the floor during honeymoon week, I just...

Running a Race of Affliction

One of my favorite stress relievers is running. It started because I didn't want my parents to out-do me in their athleticism (although the very quickly did) and now is just something I love to do to release endorphins and forget the worries of the world. I often do...

Our Wedding Day

After a week of hospitals, family, and funeral homes, looking through wedding pictures has been therapeutic to say the least. I have spent the last few days going through all 800 of them and picked out about 80 of my very favorites. Brides, if you spend money on...

Thoughts from a Single Lady

Y’all are so lucky tonight! You get to hear from my best encourager and friend, Taylor Holcombe. Taylor is a single lady living in Kansas City, Missouri. She lives on mission daily to disciple those around her--especially other single girls. After getting out of a...

I Pray My Marriage Looks Like That

In the midst of this crazy day, social media is telling a lot about our human nature. There are videos of people celebrating; there are photos of people sobbing. We point fingers, we blame, we brag, and we puff up in pride. All the while, I am sitting beside the...

The Best of Love Stories

This is a hard week for my family. Our days have been guided by an anxious awaiting of news we expect to be bad, and our nights have been filled with dreams of happier days. My grandfather is fighting the end stages of leukemia. On the way to the hospital early this...

15 Unforgettable Date Nights

I heard a quote the other day that really challenged the way I think about my marriage: "We are either working into oneness or drifting into isolation." Man, is that statement true. The more used we get to one another, the easier it is to drift into our own thing--or...

From one Mother to Another

• • • • • • • • • • • I am so excited to announce that today is the beginning of a new Friday adventure. Each week I will ask some amazing women to write to you, giving unique perspective on their individual stages of life. This week my sweet mom agreed to write. My...

Lasting Freedom

Over the summer I got my fix on "Fixer Upper." For some reason, I find it deeply pleasing to see a seemingly irredeemable building torn down and built back up. And there is just something about Joanna Gaines that makes me believe that I too can make a room look like...

Calling Out My Own Prejudice

• • • • • • • • • • • For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in...

Dirty Dishes & God’s Grace

• • • • • • • I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if...

Imitating Jesus in Marriage

When I walked into my apartment from class, I remembered I had received an email notifying me I had a package. Since I still haven't gotten over the whole extreme-excitement-of-getting-mail thing, I rushed upstairs without even waiting to open it. Why wait when your...

Jesus+Nothing

As each season of my life passes, I feel that I daily learn the same theme in a new way: I have got to be in my word. Whether my scripture reading habit is strong or weak, I never feel that I should spend less time in Scripture. But I am going to get vulnerable for a...

Learning to Speak Your Spouse’s Love Language

Our culture is under a current obsession with labeling personality types. What Myers-Briggs type are you? Do you know your number on the enneagram? How about your love language? I'll admit, it's super addictive. Take a quiz then learn more about ourselves--or at least...

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