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Don’t Prepare for the Perfect Marriage

"You guys are such goals." "You're the cutest couple ever." "I hope I get a relationship like that." Words. They will fill your engagement with confidence. They will spark a sweet pride in this once-in-a-lifetime stage of your life. "Your wedding will be the best day...

To the Future Groom: 8 Nuggets of Wisdom

Engagement is an insane time for brides and grooms to be. There is planning for the biggest day of your life, there is enjoying events in celebration of your story, and there is preparing for a lifetime of love and service with your wife.

Saving & Budgeting 101

  Last week, Austin and I came home from camp with our church, ready to get great sleep for the first time in a solid five days. Much to our dismay, we walked into our brand new home at a sweltering 90 degrees. The air conditioner we were told was brand new had...

Creating Better Cooking Habits

If you know me, you know that food and I have a very weird relationship. Let me clarify. I LOVE FOOD. But not all food loves me back. Just before my senior year of high school, I found out that me and gluten do not get along. So no more donuts for Lauren. I also took...

How to Make Bible Study A Habit

Studying the Bible. It is something we all know we should be doing because of God's commands and straight up conviction. It is also something that we are really good at making excuses for. From the new Christian to the old soul who grew up in church to the seminary...

How God Strengthens Us

Have you ever been in a season of waiting? Maybe it was waiting for something to begin: waiting for a pregnancy, waiting for husband, waiting for a job. Maybe it was waiting for something to end: waiting for sickness to be over, waiting for the anxiety to subside,...

What Happened to the Love?

  I think we can all agree that this past year has been polarizing. We have all probably said something at one point or another that we never thought we would actually say out loud. We have typed and erased and typed and erased and typed once again comments that we...

The New Testament Sacrifice

https://youtu.be/QqUZSRRsHBc This week, I began reading Leviticus for about the third year in a row. Yes, I am one of the people who starts the Bible reading plan at the beginning of every year and somehow gets distracted around the time I begin reading this...

This is Us.

As a young married couple trying to save for our first home, future family, and a fancy dinner every now and then, Austin and I seek to cut costs of everything we can. I cook for us 9/10 nights, he gave up his love for water bottles and switched to tap, and we trade...

Can I Ever Be Healed of This Sorrow?

She lost her parents in a car accident. Her husband left her for someone else.  She held her grandfather's hand as his breath slipped away. The diagnosis was definite: stage four brain cancer. She would outlive her five-year-old son.  The phone rang with the worst...

Trusting God Through Tragedy: Choosing Jesus

Happy Thursday, Living Loved community. Today's post is a guest post by Bethany Boynton, a blogger who knows more than anyone ever wants to know about tragedy. She is here to encourage us and love us in the midst of dealing with our most painful realities or 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...

How Eating Gluten-Free Changed My Life

Well folks, you asked for it, and I am going to attempt to deliver. At the beginning of this year, we decided that this blog would be transition to a faith-based lifestyle blog. I want to let you guys into my day-to-day life a little more, and what better way to start...

Biblical Self-Care

Welcome back to the Living Loved community! I am so excited to share with you a sweet post that one of my new friends has written. Let me give you the premise before we begin.  There is something about believing in Jesus that sets us apart. We do things differently...

The Basis of Grace: Reading through Romans Week 2

It is 2003, and my ten year old husband and his little brother had a school bus to run. There was only one thing that kept the two from enjoying school to its fullest extent: their lunch money wouldn't afford them a daily cinnamon bun. There was no room in the budget...

How to Enjoy the Mundane

Cleaning. Laundry. Cooking. Managing Finances. Discipline. It's the throws of adulthood. For many of you reading, not only are you doing all of these things, but you are doing them with babies at your feet, a job to take your attention, or both at the same time. My...

Reading through Romans: Week 1

Hey Ladies! As promised in my previous post, this is the first of eight weeks you and I will be going through the book of Romans together! These are some of my most cherished verses of Scripture as God use them to grow my affinity for Him by about a hundred fold. In...

How to Study your Bible

Every now and then my husband and I get a chance to sleep in until we decide to get up. As young marrieds without kiddos, we cherish the time to just lay in bed as long as God gives that to us. The time before little ones appear at the foot of our bed. On these days,...

Here’s to New Beginnings

Well hello, my friend. It's been a while, hasn't it? I am writing to you to update you on what has been going on in my life and give you some exciting news about the future of this space. To make a long story very short, God has been doing a huge work in me in the...

Deny Your Accuser.

I sat against the black fabric of the chairs at church, pen dead still as my pastor asked us about our obedience. I closed my eyes, knowing my secret answer. Are you being obedient? It is not a question with pretty wording. It does not sound like it will make any kind...

An Anthem Worth Falling For

Earlier this week, Austin and I were listening to worship music when the following lyrics caught my attention: "This will be my anthem song: Jesus we love you, oh how we love you. You are the one our hearts adore." You can probably guess that it was the word "anthem"...

Jesus, Calm My Storm

Everywhere we look these days we are getting news of storms. Whether it is a physical storm like Hurricane Harvey or Irma or the sudden passing of a family member or just feeling like we cannot catch up with our schedules, As the season of fall approaches, I can't...

Dear White Christian

Dear white Christian, I am you. I am overwhelmingly and uncomfortably aware right now that racism is still alive and well in our country. Yet I have not always been this way. If you haven’t perused this blog, you may not know that I have been married to a black man...

August 5: Entrusted

This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, (1 Timothy...

August 4: Decreased

"He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 ESV) I love the simplicity of this verse. Seven small words. One simple concept--so it seems. While we say these words with all of the confidence in the world that we know exactly how to implement them, I believe...

August 3: Sovereignty over Authority

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. (Daniel 1:8 ESV) I find myself in continual frustration toward our nations...

August 2: My Ways

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:2-3 ESV) I have a bad reputation in my family for always needing to be right. When I am convinced of...

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