Marriage

“Let marriage be held in honor among all…”

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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

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...

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...

Words of Wisdom from the Groom

Hey friends! I am so excited to let you all in on something my husband and I have been planning for a while now. My favorite part of writing this blog is continually getting to draw the metaphor between Christ and the Church and marriage. To help complete that...

So You Thought you Found The One…

"Did you know you were going to marry Austin when you met?" so many have asked since I became engaged.  We always hear about that moment. That spark when you think, "This is the one. This is the person I will spend the rest of my life with. This could be my forever."...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Loving Others as they Grieve

For the first time in nearly two weeks, I am sitting on my couch once more. The reality of what my family has just endured over the last weeks--the last two years--is beginning to settle in. Most reading these words will already know our story, but I will tell it...

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...

15 Unforgettable Date Nights

Over the last few weeks, Austin and I have been noticing that we spend a ton of time watching TV together. At the end of a hard day, it can be so easy to sit in front of a screen and mindlessly binge watch Jack Bauer take on terrorists. While there is nothing wrong...

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...

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...

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