God’s Word 

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I love time spent in the word of God and lately I’ve been going deeper spending more and more time meditating on it and breaking it down.

There are times when I feel so distant from God and I realize it’s often because  I’ve gone days without reading my Bible. I have to discipline myself and set time aside to read otherwise it will never happen and next thing I know my hunger and passion for God and His word are barely there anymore. I encourage you today if you’re feeling distant from Jesus open up your Bible and study what it says.

Something I love that my Pastor always says is “Stop waiting for a word from God and start searching for a verse.” It’s so true! Why wait when we can open up the Bible?! It is full of Jesus, full of truth, full of peace, and full of hope and I need that in my life every single day. It is so easy to get busy and forget how comforting and how good His word is so today, open up your Bible and look for a verse or verses that will speak life to your soul. Here is mine:

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

Lets break this down a little bit…

HE *forgives* ALL MY -sin-

HE *heals* ALL MY -diseases-

HE *redeems* MY LIFE -from the pit-

HE *crowns* ME -with love & compassion-

HE *satisfies* MY DESIRES -with good things-

HE *renews* MY YOUTH -like the eagle’s-

Take some time to meditate on and proclaim these truths. Then move into a time of praise: Remember what HE has done in your life, in the lives of those around you, and what HE promises to keep doing. HE is good and HE worthy to be praised.

Have a great day, friends!

6 Life Changing Devotionals for Women

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Most people have heard of Jesus Calling ( also by Sarah Young ) which I love but Jesus Lives has been a long time favorite of mine. This devotional reminds you that even in the midst of your daily life Jesus is alive and His presence is with you! One of my favorite things about this devotional is that Sarah usually gives you about 3 verses that go along with the devotional and instead of just giving you the verses to look up they are already written out for you which is a plus in my book!  This devotional is the perfect size to keep in your purse and to share with others as a  midday pick me up! Click here to check it out.

This devotional is so powerful and it’s what I’m currently diving into myself. Whispers of Hope helps get you into the routine of P.R.A.I.S.E which is a prayer time that includes: Praise, Repentance, Acknowledge, Intercession, Supplication for self,  and Equip. If you are looking for a devotional that will transform your prayer time this is it.  Beth Moore guides you through 10 weeks of prayer where each day begins with getting into the Word, a devotional, then your own personal prayer time. This devotional is ideal for someone that can devote 20-30 minutes each day in prayer. It truly has impacted my time with Jesus. Click here to check out this devo.

I read this devotional every day for a year while I was a part of the World Race ( an AMAZING 11 month mission trip ). That was such a special time in my life of being single and understanding my worth as His Princess. I highly recommend this for every woman to read at some point but especially for any woman who has ever felt unworthy or devalued. It’s written as a love letter from Jesus packed full of truth about how unique and special you truly are. I love the tenderness of this devotional and I’m so grateful I found it when I did. Check it out here.

Some of you have already heard me go on and on about this prayer devotional and I’m not going to stop any time soon because I seriously believe every wife needs it. I often find myself getting stuck during my prayer time and just praying the same prayers for my husband but this devotional helps me to cover so many different aspects of our marriage and his walk with Jesus. If you ever struggle during your prayer time for your hubby or maybe you don’t even know where to start then this devotional is a wonderful guide to help you pray some powerful prayers for your husband. Check it out here.

  • Savor – Shauna Niequist

If you haven’t heard of Shauna Niequist do yourself a favor and read some of her quotes – You will not be disappointed. I love everything she has ever put out and this devotional will always be a go to of mine because Shauna is so easy to relate to. She starts every page with a Bible verse and then shares a story or testimony of her life then challenges you with a question at the end. She covers a wide range of topics from friendship, marriage, babies, miscarriage,  forgiveness, and much more.  This devotional is a favorite of mine because it feels like I am having coffee with a friend. Check out this devo here.

A devotional about thanksgiving is such a day changer. I loved the book One Thousand Gifts and when I found the devotional I had to snatch it up! One of my weaknesses is being negative and ungrateful so this devotional truly helps get me out of that mindset.  Ann writes so beautifully that it not only helps you to see the beauty that’s around you but it will also inspire you to write and to give thanks to Jesus for all of the gifts He has given you. This is the perfect devotional to help you fix your eyes on the goodness of Jesus. Check it out here.

**This post contains affiliate links, with that said every devotional that I’ve recommended in this post I have read and they have personally impacted my life.

10 Ways to Make Life Less Ordinary 

10 ways to make life less ordinary

If you’re anything like me you have trouble every now and then getting stuck in the mundane. You find yourself doing the same thing over and over and you watch the weeks as they pass by and think to yourself, “I need moreeeee!”  You desire for something exciting to happen in your life or you need a break, something that will refresh you.  Maybe your yearly vacation?  But, what happens when you can’t take that vacation?  What happens when you don’t have a trip to look forward to?  Maybe, just maybe, it forces you to make everyday mundane life extraordinary.  So, here is a little list I created that I’ve found makes my everyday life a little brighter and little less ordinary.

  • Think Positive

This one is huge and I didn’t even realize it until recently that there are times when I can be so negative. I notice such a big difference in my day when I start it off thinking positive about what’s going to happen for that day. One thing I try to do when I first wake up is say out loud, “anything is possible today.” Do you believe that? You can’t see your day as mundane if you truly believe that!

  •  Wear something Fun

You don’t have to buy something new to do this. Just get on Pinterest to find some ideas.  Who says that we just have to dress up for an event or holiday?  Brighten up an ordinary day by wearing something that makes a statement.  A bold color or a cute head scarf. In the winter I always love putting on a fun color pair of tights to spice up my outfit a little.  It kind of makes me feel like a little kid again.. Fun, free, and extraordinary!

  • Read the Bible

If you want out of the mundane then seriously read the Bible. It is full of miracles. My favorite verse that screams extraordinary is Mark 9:23, “Anything is possible if a person believes.” and not to mention that regarding all of the miracles Jesus did He tells us that even greater things we will do than what He did. We just need to believe it!

  • Encourage Others

Even if you feel like you have nothing to offer you can always give someone a smile or a kind word. Encouraging others not only brings joy to the person you encourage but it will bring so much joy to you and I promise your day will get a little brighter.

  • Treat your Co-Workers

This is such a fun thing for me. It really does make everyone’s day a little less ordinary. I mean think about Christmas time how everyone gets so excited about goodies that are brought in because of the holidays. I don’t think that should just happen on holidays!  Bring in a new recipe or your favorite recipe to your boss and co-workers. You may just start a new thing and your day and your co-workers day will feel kind of like a holiday!

  • Plan Something Fun

So like I said before you may not be able to plan a vacation but you can still get creative and plan something fun around where you live. Try out a new coffee shop, go hiking or camping, plan a double date. Get advice from others about what they do for fun.

  • See Everyday as a Gift

A common thing for most of us to do is wish our week away (yep, definitely guilty).  But, what if we try our best to look forward to everyday like we do the weekend or a vacation? I kinda think we would have a lot more happy people in the world. I mean don’t get me wrong the weekends are my fave and this girl loves a vacation but I want to live every day with joy and thankful that God gave me another one!  I think it really is a mindset and that mindset can be broken by remembering every day is a gift!

  • Read Quotes

Eeek!  Quotes are truly one of my favorite things.  I have computer pages and a journal dedicated to my favorite quotes. They really can transform your thinking and inspire you to live and to dream.  Do yourself a favor and spend some time this week reading some inspiring quotes, they really can make life less ordinary. I would recommend having some of your favorite quotes or verses framed so you can see them around your house.  One of my favorites is one as simple as “Be brave”.

  • Take a risk

Maybe you’re ready for a new job or you want to start your own business but you’re scared of change, maybe you want to move to another state, or become a missionary, or go back to school for something. Whatever it may be, take a risk and go for it!  We always talk about things we want to do in the future and some people never do those things.  Sometimes we just need to take a leap of faith and be fully dependent on God to lead and guide us through it.  Following your dreams and dreaming bigger = extraordinary!

  • Love Radically

There is something about outdoing one another in love / going the extra mile that changes your life and changes the lives of those around you. When you love radically without expecting anything in return it removes selfishness from your life.  A selfless person is an extraordinary person and an extraordinary person is going to live an extraordinary life.  So love others radically, serve others, and maybe even go volunteer your time somewhere that can make a difference. Serving and volunteering will make you and those around you come alive. Think about the life of Jesus and Mother Teresa, they were both such amazing, extraordinary loving people.

I think that what living a less ordinary life comes down to is really believing that everyday is an extraordinary day. That my friends is definitely a heart cry of mine: to see everyday and every “ordinary” moment as special and extraordinary.

 

“There are no ordinary moments. There is always something going on.”-Peaceful Warrior

To me, that something is Jesus and He is always up to something extraordinary!

Faith in Action

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Do you ever have those days where you feel like God is no where near or those days you get so wrapped up in how you feel you lose sight of God?  Sister you are not the only one!  I have days where I feel as if I’m on top of a mountain ready to take on the world and then I have days where it’s like I’m in a pit! I definitely believe that that’s where faith comes in.  Despite how we feel and despite the negative thoughts and lies that come at us we must choose to believe what the Bible says is true. The truth is that no matter what’s going on inside of us God will never leave us nor forsake us and scripture also says that without faith it is impossible to please God.  That verse seriously convicts me every time I read it!  When it comes to faith have to remember friends that it comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  There is nothing more encouraging to me than reading the words Jesus spoke.  His words are so powerful, so life giving, and so so intimate.  I challenge you this week to spend some time in the word building your faith, I truly believe you will be encouraged!

31 Prayers for my Husband

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Happy Wednesday, friends! I don’t know about you but I definitely want to be known as a woman of prayer or even a wife of prayer but if I’m being honest praying for my husband isn’t that easy for me. It usually sounds the same and I find myself getting overwhelmed because I know there are SO many aspects of his life that I could cover.  So, for Christmas I decided to order my husband and I these prayer devotionals I came across on Facebook from The Unveiled Wife and The Husband Revolution and they truly have transformed mine and my husbands prayer life for one another. I am so thankful for this devo you guys! The sweetest part is that after every prayer they created a space for me and my husband to write out our own prayer for one another and I feel so loved when my husband lets me read the prayer he wrote out for me. If you and your husband need a little prayer motivation I definitely recommend these devotionals. I’ll give you guys a little peek into this devo by writing out one of the sweet prayers Jennifer shares. You can find Jennifer’s  devotionals here.

“Dear Lord,

You know just how challenging marriage can be. My husband and I experience the ebb and flow of different emotions as we live together in this beautiful covenant of marriage. Our relationship has encountered both good times and more difficult times, joyful moments and painful moments. Yet all of it helps us to understand Your great love all the more! Our marriage specifically shows us the power of Your amazing grace. I pray that we are always humble enough to extend grace to each other. I pray that no root of bitterness will ever find a place in my husband’s heart. For if there were no grace, our marriage would be full of trouble. Thank you Lord for Your gift of grace, for mercy, and forgiveness. Thank You Jesus for exemplifying what grace should look like in marriage. I desire to have an intimate relationship with my husband where we can love extravagantly, be transparent with each other, and be quick to show grace to one another. May You help my husband to truly forgive me in the areas in which I am weak, and may we both be willing to reconcile during moments of conflict. Help my husband and me gift each other extraordinary love through the power of Your amazing grace in Jesus’ name AMEN!”

Why I Started a Lifestyle Blog

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Hi and welcome to Darling Darlings!

First off, thank you so much for checking out my new home on the internet. I am so excited to get to share this space with you and I can’t wait to get to know you better!

Blogging and writing have had a special place in my heart for years. It wasn’t until last year that I really got serious and consistent with blogging. February 2015 my friend Kelsey and I started The Radiant Life Blog and lets just say things really took off! Neither of us anticipated for TRL to blow up as quickly as it did. After spending a lot of time in prayer, November of 2015 I decided to step away from The Radiant Life Blog. Kelsey is awesome and is still rocking it out over at TRL and I wish her nothing but the best!

Slowing down was a big reason for leaving TRL and I am so thankful for the months I had to take a break and give my dreams to Jesus and now it’s brought me to this space! I created Darling Darlings to have a place to write and create at my own pace sharing encouragement, travel and adventure, my life happenings as a wife, along with some awesome tips, tools, and guides.

Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you better!