Friday, September 5, 2014

Five on a Friday!

I'm pretty sure that the 5 on a Friday link-up isn't going on right now (hopefully just during the summer?), but I'm just going to pretend like it's still a thing. And since I'm clearly a part-time blogger now, Fridays are all I have to offer you. #sorrynotsorry Life, it has been a'happenin!
I have a boyfriend!!!!! A real, live, Facebook official and everything boyfriend. I know you're probably either experiencing a heart attack at this moment, or you have fallen out of your seat because I knocked your socks off. It's true. I'm not even sure I remember how to have a boyfriend, but here we are. It makes me want to pee my pants with excitement and terrifies me at the same time. He's a saint, y'all. And my absolute most favorite thing about him is his heart for Jesus. I had never looked for that in a boyfriend before, so I never realized how incredibly attractive it is.
"If you are a woman of God, don’t sell your spiritual birthright by marrying a guy who doesn’t deserve you. Your smartest decision in life is to wait for a man who is sold out to Jesus." - J. Lee Grady
Football is back. Praise the Lord! First home opener game was a big fat WIN, and just so happened to be sold out. There are few things in life that are sweeter than spending an evening with 102,000 of my closest friends and cheering on our boys. I had a blast!

Actual picture I took at the game - gorgeous skies that night!
If you can listen to this song, and not sing it all day then you're a better woman than I am. My co-workers are probably sick of hearing me sing "I'm bringing booty back" non stop.

I started an online bible study with Love God Greatly about the book of Esther. Can I just be 100% real with you right now and tell you that it's only the first week and I have been blown away by what God is revealing to me? In just a few short days, my heart is lighter than it's been in weeks.

I've been struggling with a lot of emotions recently, and being in a new-ish relationship (while exciting) has definitely caused me some internal conflict. It's so easy to become complacent and too focused on the world's distractions around us. I am incredibly guilty of this, especially since I got home from my mission trip. While God is always pursuing me, I can easily push my pursuit of him to the side. When stress starts to weigh me down, I can all too easily fall back into the ways of claiming control over things as a coping mechanism. I revert back to old ways of dealing with my emotions - which is basically not dealing with them. Old, ugly scars were definitely starting to rear their little heads with my relationship issues. None of that is from God. This Esther study started at just the right time. It is truly amazing the ways that God will reveal himself to us, if we just make the time to seek him. I am constantly in awe when this happens to me. Yet it happens time and time again. This verse just captivated me.

"Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory..." -Pslam 115:1

I forget sometimes that I'm a changed person. My natural instinct is extreme independence. I used to pride myself on the strength that came from that. But I am reminded that I do not have to face any of these feelings alone. That instead, if I pour my heart out to God, He will renew me. I am reminded that through my weaknesses, God shows his healing power.  And that is the best feeling. Glory to God!

All that being said, just wanted to share this little nugget from Wednesday's lesson with you.
If you read nothing else this week, read this. I love the idea of women holding each other accountable, advocating for each other, and just supporting each other - no matter what stages of life we are in. I would gladly do this with ANY of you over guac and margaritas - even if we have to do it virtually. It's important!
Happy Weekend, my loves! AND GO VOLS!


P!nky said...


GO VOLS!!!!!!!

Checking out that article, hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Amanda aka Manda said...

Esther's definitely been a great study so far. Love that article too.

Yay for bfs and football!

Brianne said...

Congrats on the Facebook official boyfriend!

lil desiqua said...

And now that song is stuck in my head! I love it though so it's ok :) Congrats on the boyfriend- I'm glad you found someone who truly makes you happy and values you and your beliefs! And YAY football season!

Joey said...

I was laying in bed this morning when J got up and went into the bathroom to get ready. He starts belting out "It's all about that bass." Do you watch friends? The episode when Joey finds Rachel's dirty book and starts quoting it and she's all "Joey, how do you know those words?" Yeah, that's the tone I took with J this morning. "Honey? How do you know that song?" I saw her on live with kelly and fell in LOVE with this song! <3 But yes, it does get stuck in your head haha!

katie reynolds said...

WOOT WOOT!!!! So excited for you!!!!!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Look at you dropping secrets and not giving deets!! Congrats!! That song is stuck in my head now!

Kate said...

EEEEK!!! So happy for ya girlfriend!!!!!

Tracy said...

You are so flippin cute :) I want more pics of you and your guy!!! :)


Pamela said...

a boyfrienddddd!!!!!!!!!

Cassie said...

i just LOVE all of this! LOVE IT!

Fran @ Sassy Southern Bride said...

Yay for football season!! Can't wait to hear more about the new bf.

Miss Lulu Darling said...

What an exciting post ! Congrats on the new boyfriend and props to him with having Jesus in his life :)

That is super important <3

~ Lu

Sarah said...

When I saw he BF official on FB, I got tooooo excited and have been waiting for it to go blog official :)

I love how you are pouring yourself into God. I think so many times we lose sight of that. I mean Hello, I am number one in that. It's so hard to get wrapped up in the stress. I need to relax and give it to him.

have a fab weekend!

Kels @ BlonderSide said...

First of all, obviously I'm a week behind bc our Vols just got another W whoo!! Second of all, congrats on the guy! Finding a good one with his heart towards God is one of the most important things, so I'm so excited for you!

Elle Sees said...

congrats on the boyfrannnnn! you seem so happy and upbeat!

Wine and Summer said...

EEKK!! New man! How exciting!

And yay for football season being back. I am so excited too!

Jamie said...

Yay for new boyfriends! Or just one. But still.

Amy @ Living n Learning said...

Woohoo! A boyfriend?! :) And I finally listened to that song and I really like it but dang it is now stuck in my head. So thank you for that haha.

Barbara Vines said...

High five for a boyfrand! =D And legit, that song is like the stuck in your head song of the moment. That and dumb T. Swift's new song that i hate myself for liking.

Barbara Vines said...

oh and. roll tide. so glad football is back!

Kristin said...

Congrats on the new boy!