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Hurry up and Rest… To Renew Your Thirst

Hurry up and Rest… To Renew Your Thirst

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:2 I have to apologize. I said that I would be posting about rest four days in a row, and this is the first time I...

Creating Better Cooking Habits

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

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...

Loving Others as they Grieve

Loving Others as they Grieve

What a sweet post this is to go back and read. I wrote these words over two years ago, but they reign true perhaps now more than ever. Since experiencing this grief, we have endured a miscarriage and walked with friends and family through trial and test. Storms don't...

How Eating Gluten-Free Changed My Life

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

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...

How to Enjoy the Mundane

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...

Here’s to New Beginnings

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...

An Anthem Worth Falling For

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

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

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...

Hurry Up and Rest… To Gain Perspective

Hurry Up and Rest… To Gain Perspective

Welcome back, resters! You have made your way to the first official day of our four-day resting challenge. Over the next few days, we are going to make a habit of intentional, spiritual resting before the Lord. If you haven't already check out yesterday's post, Hurry...

Hurry Up and Rest: A Four Day Challenge

Hurry Up and Rest: A Four Day Challenge

Wake up. Make coffee. Drink coffee. Put on clothes. Go to the gym. Come back. Shower. Get ready for work. Take the dog out. Go to work. Work, work, work. Drive home. Gather dirty clothes. Do laundry. Cook dinner. Eat dinner. Switch clothes. Watch weeknight drama. Fold...

The Best Prosperity

The Best Prosperity

This past weekend, Austin and I attended a wedding in the same little wooden chapel in which we said our own vows. It is a chapel that lies on the property of the church where I first trusted in Jesus and where Austin first learned what being part of the Body of...

The Absurdity of Young Marriage

The Absurdity of Young Marriage

Well, if you are at all familiar with me or this blog, you know that I haven't been able to shut up about my recent move from my hometown into a near city. Besides getting married nine months ago, this has been the greatest transition I have experienced thus far. In...

Messing up My Order

Messing up My Order

At the start of my last semester of college, I sent in what I thought would be my best paper yet. It was for my advanced composition class, so I wanted the professor to know that I was indeed advanced. It was beautifully laced with headings, and each paragraph argued...

Jesus Dance

Jesus Dance

My favorite place in the whole world is in the grip of my husband's arms, head against his chest, swaying to the sweet sound of notes harmonizing perfectly. Sometimes those notes are in our head, sometimes they blare from speakers surrounding us. My favorite place to...

When our Husbands Hurt

When our Husbands Hurt

My dear fellow wife, I know. I know you've been thrown a curve ball. I know your heart is hurting. It's hurting because your husband's heart is hurting. Your sweet rock has been cracked. He has been kicked, bruised, torn down. He has been rejected. He is suffering...

To the One who is Tired of Waiting…

To the One who is Tired of Waiting…

When I take a step back and look at this blog from a distance, I can see how it might be a little off-putting to some. Some specifically who may be single and frustrated, in a messy relationship, or too young to be considering this kind of relationship. It looks like...

The Resolution Worth Everything

The Resolution Worth Everything

I've never been a big "New Year's Resolution" kind of person. The few times I have tried it I've created your stereotypical goals for the next stage of life: go to the gym an extra day a week, save up for a better car, get a job I love, write more, get a healthy...

5 Reasons to Rest during Holiday Madness

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...

My Husband is not a ‘Good One’

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

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

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...

What Christmas Means for His Bride

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...

Running a Race of Affliction

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

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...

I Pray My Marriage Looks Like That

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...

15 Unforgettable Date Nights

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...

It’s a Relentless Pursuit: Hosea 2

It’s a Relentless Pursuit: Hosea 2

I will never forget my first giant fight with Austin. It was while we were in the early stage of dating. The funny thing is that I have no idea what it was about, but I can guess that I was desperately needing to be right about something. I was driving my little...

My Favorite Marriage Podcasts

My Favorite Marriage Podcasts

Let me start by saying this: I am not really into the whole “how-to-marriage” thing. We are all different people married to different people. What does matter is that we are standing on a solid foundation: Christ.

The Lie of Having My Life Together

The Lie of Having My Life Together

The balanced Christian life cannot stay in the extreme of corporate spirituality, nor retreat into a radically individual spirituality. Rather, a balanced, stable approach to spirituality must simultaneously embrace both corporate and individual means of...

6 Things Learned in 6 Weeks of Marriage

6 Things Learned in 6 Weeks of Marriage

Marriage is so fun! I think the world looks at it through this super serious lens, and while it is something to be taken seriously, it's also just a good gift God has given us here on earth. It should be enjoyed in every capacity. So far, I'm loving it. Today I am...

Imitating Jesus in Marriage

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...

On Wednesdays We… Talk about Marriage!

On Wednesdays We… Talk about Marriage!

If you know me at all, you know that I simultaneously want order to everything, and yet can't ever find my phone because I put it in the wrong place. I may not be the most organized person, but I am going to try to do better with this site! Here's the plan. Wednesdays...

Saving & Budgeting 101

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...

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