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!

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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.

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10 Ways to Make Life Less Ordinary 

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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!

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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!

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A Guide to Succeeding as a Blogger

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Happy Thursday, friends! I’m super excited that the weekend is almost here and I’m even more excited to share with you this Guide to Succeeding as a Blogger. I created this FREE guide to help with questions or concerns  about where to start regarding Blog Design, Marketing, Disclosure, etc.. This guide is not lengthy but it covers 10 things every blogger should be aware of for succeeding as a blogger. To get access you’ll have to sign up to my Blog Tips Mailing List.

 

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Kimono Love

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 This outfit my friends has been my jam. Give me a pair of jeggings, a comfy t-shirt (literally obsessed with this one), and a kimono any day! I’ve been living in all three lately but I seriously cannot stop buying kimonos. Has anyone else been as obsessed with kimonos as I’ve been? I have this one in two different colors and a floral pattern as well. My motto is if you’re having trouble deciding what to wear throw a kimono on it!

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10 Things Every Girl Should Have at Her Desk

10 Things Every Girl Should Have at Her Desk

Because there are just some things that every girl needs at her desk!

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  • Planner

If you have a desk you most certainly need a planner handy to keep up with your schedule especially while sending emails that consist of planning meetings, coffee dates, etc.. It’s also a good idea if you’re a blogger to have an editorial calendar either on your computer or at your desk. Click here for an awesome affordable planner.

  • Flowers / Plant

I am a firm believer in flowers and greenery, I just think they are so life giving. You can give your desk a more feminine vibe by adding a vase of pink or white flowers or make it more bohemian by adding a few succulents. This girl went with both!

  • Hair Ties

This one is a time saver. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted searching for a hair tie! Buy a bundle of hair ties and put them in your extra coffee mug or your desk drawer.

  •  Coffee Mugs

Just one isn’t enough! You’ll want one to hold some of your office supplies (pens, pencils, etc.) and the other ready to be filled with your favorite coffee or tea. Do yourself a favor and head on over to Anthropologie and treat yourself with one of their infamous monogrammed mugs!

  •  Chargers & Ear Buds

Another time saver! Don’t waste time searching for your charger or ear buds keep extras at your desk. You never know when your phone may die or when you need those ear buds to jam out to your favorite song of the moment.

  •  Reusable Glass Water Bottle

Of course you need to keep water at your desk to stay hydrated but you should also invest in a reusable glass water bottle. Not only are glass bottles Eco-friendly they are also perfect for adding a few drops of essential oils. Lemon and lime essential oils are my favorite ones to add to my water. This glass bottle here is my fave!

  •  Scented Candle / Essential Oils

There’s nothing better than cranking out some work while taking in the scent of the yummiest candle or essential oils. You can choose something refreshing like eucalyptus or something calming like lavender when you’re feeling a little stressed.

  • Blanket / Rug

Having a fluffy rug under your feet or a cozy blanket behind your back while working will make your work space feel more comfortable and more like a haven. You want to create a space that makes you feel good when you sit at it because this literally is your work sanctuary and creating the right vibes will help you work more efficiently. This blanket here is the comfiest!

  • A Framed Print

To help add a little personality and inspiration to your work space a cute framed print is a must! A friend of mine cross stitched the phrase “thug life” in pink and it’s on my desk in a cute vintage frame. It’s fun and it always makes people giggle a little when they see it. Find a piece that you love to add a bit of character to your desk!

  • Snacks

You never know when you may need a quick pick me up so having a few snacks at your desk is essential for keeping your energy levels up and your creative juices flowing. Almonds and Lara Bars are a favorite of mine!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this list of 10 Things every girl should have at her desk.

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Reminders

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Hey guys! One of my goals this year is to really spend time renewing my mind in the word of God everyday. I love how refreshed I feel after reading and I notice a huge difference in my attitude. This morning I opened up my Jesus Lives devotional ( check it out here ) and I LOVED the verses that went along with the message and wanted to share the encouragement with you because we all need these little reminders of truth every now and then.

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** “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12

“‘For in him we live and move and have our being.'” As some of your own poets have said, “‘We are his offspring.'” Acts 17:28

“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.” Ephesians 1:4 **

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I don’t know about you but just reading those verses fill my heart with joy. It’s amazing that the creator of the world created each and every one of us for a purpose. Hope you guys are having a wonderful Tuesday!

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5 Ways to get Serious about Blogging

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Whether you’ve been blogging for years or just starting out, there comes a time when you need a little motivation and a little push to get more serious about your blog. I’ve created this small list of tips in hopes that they will help hold you accountable in your blogging journey and inspire you to keep creating.  If you find this post helpful please share with your friends or just simply hit the Facebook like button above. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Create a Work Space Other than Your Bed

Don’t get me wrong I love my bed and for the longest time I did all of my writing and blogging from my bed.  While I love being super cozy when I write, I also know that I need a space that is organized and just meant for me and my blog. I ordered a writing desk a month or so ago (check it out here ) for like $50 and it has transformed my productivity. I am a procrastinator at heart but once I sit down at my desk I am there to get stuff DONE.

  • Start an Editorial Calendar

An editorial calendar is basically just a calendar for your blog. This is an awesome way to plan your posts ahead of time and to have a visual of what your plans are for the current month and months to come. I think an editorial calendar is a wonderful idea for every blogger, it’s an excellent way to help turn those dreams you have for your blog into goals and then, into reality!

  • Set “Blog” Hours

Setting blog hours is a must especially if you’re like me and you do your blogging from home. While blogging is certainly a hobby I also consider it a second job because of the time I put in to it. I have set hours at the Salon I do hair at so why wouldn’t I have hours set aside for blogging?  I’ve devoted a window of time on Tuesday’s and Thursdays for creating content for Darling Darlings. Now don’t get me wrong I definitely have times where something comes up and I’m not able to do it and in that case I’ll usually pull a late night but I try my best to stick to a schedule and it really has made a difference in the value of the content I create.

  • Connect with Other Bloggers

Having a community of other bloggers is beneficial in so many ways and it will most definitely help get you more serious about blogging. When I meet with other like minded bloggers or friends we bounce ideas off of one another, dream together, and we always leave feeling more inspired. Connect with someone local through Instagram or Facebook and try to start meeting up weekly or monthly and watch the creativity begin to flow!

  • Guest Post on other Blogs

Collaborating with other bloggers is a great way to help you get more serious about blogging because not only are you making new friends but you’re also reaching a totally different audience which will help you grow your readership. So you’re getting accountability to put out great content and also great connections in the blogosphere.

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Women Making an Impact 

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Hey guys! I’m so pumped to share with you all the first post from my Women Making an Impact Category.  This column is meant to inspire all women. I have always had a heart to encourage and inspire others through writing and I know so many people that have amazing stories to share so this space was created to introduce you to God fearing women who are making an impact in their every day life. Pour yourself some coffee (or your favorite wine), get cozy, and enjoy this post from my sweet friend Halie.

 

“All the “hustle” in the world doesn’t matter if the Lord isn’t leading the business.”
-Hayley Morgan

Dear Reader,

 My name is Halie Hampton. I was born and raised here in Nashville, TN and I’m a Music Industry Professional by day and a Lifestyle Blogger by night. I was thrilled when Kendall asked me to guest blog for her this week on a topic as important as this one. SO many wonderful ladies in the blogging community, Kendall included, have had a huge impact in the development of not only my blog, HopefullyHalie, but in the development of me personally as a woman of God as well.

 So last year was an absolute whirlwind for me! The Lord brought two VERY wonderful and important things to my life. The first thing He gave me was a curiosity to learn about and dive into blogging. Truly, I knew nothing about it. All I knew was that I loved to read columns I stumbled upon every once in a while and I loved getting fashion ideas from accounts I followed, etc. But as far as getting started..or what to blog about…or what website to even go to in order to launch a blog, I had no clue where to begin. Luckily, Cassie Kelley, a friend I had made in the Industry, happened to be one of the biggest Blogging names in our community, running a blog called “Womanista“! So, I reached out to Cass and asked if I could take her to lunch and pick her brain. The best advice she gave to me was “Just start. You don’t have to know what you’re doing or even exactly what your blog is going to focus on, because honestly over time it will change. You just have to start.” So, that’s what I did. I would say it took me a fair eight months to really get the content and look/feel where I wanted it to be. I wanted it to be a space that was reflective of many different parts of life that I touched every day and wanted to share with other people. So instead of choosing a certain niche like Fashion, I decided HopefullyHalie was going to be a lifestyle blog! Some days you may get some great Makeup Tips that are working for me, some days you may get a recap of an event I planned or attended, or some days you may get AWESOME giveaway opportunities or chances to snag discounts with whatever Brand I may be partnering with that week, it’s always going to be different. But one thing about my blog that will forever remain the same is that it is centered around my Faith. Cassie always told me to stay true to myself in my blogging journey, and that has stuck with me. I LOVE to write. It’s one of the main reasons I knew I wanted to begin blogging. I truly believe that sharing our stories and experiences have a REAL impact on other people. There is such power in kindness and reminding people that they are not alone. I love that about this life. You have the power to positively impact someone’s life because of the gifts the Lord has given you. Don’t ever waste that.

 The second thing the Lord brought me last year? Tom.

After a pretty devastating relationship ending the beginning of last year, I was like so many women are after that happens: ready to throw in the towel! (Okay, I’m being a tad dramatic). But I certainly was not out looking for love. Here’s a great lesson to learn, and the earlier you learn it the better off you will be: Our timing doesn’t matter because God’s timing is perfect. I may not have thought my heart was ready to believe in love again, but the Lord knew that THIS Man was the answer to so many of my prayers and nothing, not even the fact that we lived 2,000 miles away from each other was going to stop it from happening. And boy, am I SO thankful that His plans and timing are so much greater than mine are. Tom and I have now been together for 8 months and He will definitely be my husband one day. (SO fun to type that). Our relationship even inspired a four-week series on the blog called “Dating Through Distance.” Essentially it is breaking down 4 different components that get Tom and I through our days when we are away from each other and it has been SUCH a blessing to see the response already to this series. Our relationship and circumstances are hard. There’s no way to sugar coat that! But the Lord has really been at the forefront of helping me cope and also has helped me to write these posts. It’s been so cool to hear from other people that have gone through or are currently going through a long distance or Military relationship. My hope is that they find comfort in the posts and realize that they aren’t alone. And that’s not just my hope in this series alone, it’s my hope people find comfort and encouragement through many things throughout the posts of HopefullyHalie.

Hopefully,

Halie

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