Scriptures of Protection To Pray Over Your Family

My heart is breaking over scenes on the news from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. My sister and her family live in Corpus Christi so this storm is hitting close to home knowing I have family and many friends all over South Texas suffering from storm damage and flooding. I have been praying constantly along with others all around the world.  I have also been declaring God’s word over these families and this situation and I wanted to share what I’ve been praying.

I know what’s in my heart to pray but sometimes I feel it’s best to declare God’s word over situations! I compiled a list of scriptures that I’ve been praying. Feel free to print these off and post them somewhere to pray over your family and friends in Texas or in any other situation that encouraging words need to be spoken over. I am constantly praying prayers of protection over my husband and my kids! If you are dealing with what seems like an impossible situation, remember that with Him ALL things are possible and He is on your side! He’s a good father to His children. ❤

Scriptures of Protection

Click on the link below to download these verses in a pdf file to print off.

Scriptures of Protection over your family

 

Scriptures to Pray (there are so many more but these are some of my go-to verses):

 

“For He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” Psalms‬ ‭91:11‬ ‭

 

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭

 

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.” Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭

 

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalms‬ ‭46:1‬ ‭

 

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭

 

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” Psalms‬ ‭138:7‬ ‭

 

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭

 

“The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” Psalms‬ ‭121:8‬ ‭

 

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭

 

“We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:9‬ ‭

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭

 

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Scriptures of Protection over your family

 

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Trusting God

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5

 

These have been very dear words to my soul as Jeff and I have navigated these last few months in our life. We have had some unexpected bumps in our road that have caused us to take a step back and evaluate our life and how we are doing it.

 

I’ll give you the short version (if I can) . I’ve been having stomach problems for almost a year and I’ve seen several doctors to try to figure out what’s going on. I had some scans done a few months back and they showed that my gallbladder was only working 14%. So they knew we needed to get it taken out. Now I recognize that this is not a major situation, really I do. But anytime you have to go in and have a surgery, there is plenty of anxiety to go around wanting to make sure the procedure goes well, recovery has no complications, the financial aspect of everything, dealing with the kids and making sure they weren’t scared….figuring out how I was NOT going to pick up Gia for X amount of days, Jeff missing work and missing out on fun Summer plans, and the list goes on. There was a lot of planning and sacrificing that was going to have to be done. But obviously I REALLY wanted to feel better.

 

Right before my gallbladder surgery, I had to get a routine ultrasound on a thyroid nodule I’ve known about for a few years now. When the test results came back, it had doubled in size this past year and my doctors were concerned and wanted to get it taken out.

 

I went from a fun Summer full of plans to 2 surgeries within 3 weeks. None of this was even on my radar a month earlier. I was frustrated and a little disappointed to say the least.

 

During this same few weeks we got devastating news that Jeff’s mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is facing surgery and treatments in the next few weeks.

 

I am very blessed that none of my health issues turned out to be serious (my thyroid nodule was benign!), but Peggy’s news just had us floored. She takes great care of herself, so it was a complete shock to everyone.

 

During all of this, I was really overwhelmed if you want to know the truth. I held it together pretty well, but it was a lot to take in, in a few short weeks.

 

This is the part where Jeff and I started evaluating our life. How much time we spend with each other, how much we do and don’t workout, how much sleep we get, our diet, the chemicals we bring into our house. All of it. We all know that these things DO make a difference in our health and we have made a commitment to the best of our ability, sanity and budget to try to give each other and our baby girls, the healthiest life we know how.

 

We are committing to try to sleep more, laugh harder, play outside more, love hard, eat a plant-based diet, make more memories, teach our kids the importance of food and exercise, and more than anything to love God, life and each other with everything inside of them! We know that we aren’t perfect and we will have days where we splurge, and I already have things I don’t plan on switching that some people might think I should. I’m gonna mess up some recipes and have lazy days where I don’t go on my daily walk, but we are re-committing our entire family to God and taking care of our bodies and most importantly, trusting Him with the things we cannot control.

 

I’m trusting God with my weaknesses and asking Him to help me when I have bad days or don’t feel like it. I’m trusting God to help me be creative and make this journey fun for my family. I’m trusting God that He will fill in the gaps of my life as I continue to educate myself on a better way to live. I’m trusting God as I add new things into my life that weren’t there before that He will make them MORE fulfilling than the things we are taking out of our life.

 

Maybe more than anything I’m just reminding myself through all of this to simply trust Him. He knows what’s best for us. I know in my heart that I haven’t fulfilled some of the things in my life that I’m meant to do and I believe this is His nudge to help me get ready and prepared for them. God has reminded me through all of this that He has His best for us, now maybe it’s time for me to do the same. Treat myself good!

 

I don’t know what this journey looks like or how long some of my eating/workout trends will last, but I know that God is calling our family to be better and stronger than before, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

 

When sickness and disease comes to your house, followed by the anxiety of the unknown, the questions of why and a ton of other emotions…don’t forget that you have a choice! You can let it overtake you or you can take action and grow and allow God to show you HIS path for your life. So cheers to the unknown, figuring it all out one day at a time and finding all the cool vegan restaurants in town lol! We’ve been eating vegan for a few weeks now and we are surprisingly are loving it so far! I’m sure there will be plenty of recipes to share in the near future! Make sure you follow along over at my Instagram account for all the fun!

 

Here’s to raising my own bar…and for myself!

I Should Have Had Boys

I for real should have had boys. You know why? I’m glad you asked! Because then Jeff would have had to take all the kids to the bathroom 3 seconds before the hot food gets to the table. Like, my little girls have a hot food radar. It’s always time to pee or worse, poop, when the food arrives.

Or I should have had boys because they are easier to dress. I know girls are more fun to dress, but we don’t need to dress fun to go to the grocery store, I need them to look halfway presentable for all of the old women at Walmart they are going to meet. But we have to get the right earrings and shoes and purse  (and even though I say “no” they beg and beg until I don’t care anymore and say “yes” take the purse…to Walmart!).

Or maybe I should have had boys because Jeff would have had to have all of the serious life talks! But no, here I am…laying awake all night practicing and anticipating how I’m going to answer all of these questions making sure I’m not going to screw them up and end up on Dr. Drew one of these days. I want to say “go ask your dad” to a pack of boys and go to sleep!

I should have had boys because then Jeff would have had to teach them all of the manly things like yard work and sports stuff and changing tires…while I was painting my nails quietly in the house alone (I’m sure this is a false reality I’m living in imagining a house full of boys, but stay with me lol). Guys, my whole life I wanted to be the queen of the house! I was going to let them go camping while I had a spa day. I was going to watch chic flicks ALONE during college football games. I had big plans for myself!!

But God had bigger plans. I wanted to be THE QUEEN of the house! But He wanted me to spend my life RAISING FUTURE QUEENS.

I started to realize and take this divine plan seriously the SECOND we found out Macy was a girl. I knew in my heart that even though I wanted to float through life not having to share my make-up and nail polish, that God would ordain necessary girl talk around those spa days. He knew the serious life-altering conversations we would have in restaurant bathrooms (while Jeff sat out there alone might I add) while the food got cold. God wanted ME to create special mommy moments with these little angels while Jeff watched college football. Jeff is the best dad any kid or wife could ask her, but I knew that a lot of the teaching responsibility would fall on me because well…I’m a girl! He can’t teach them how to do their make-up or how to fix their hair. He can’t comfort them like a mom can when life gets tough. God PICKED me. What an awesome honor that is for the God of the universe to HAND PICK me and my chics to do life together??

These little girls have given me more purpose than I ever dreamed of. God has been speaking to me and teaching me since I was a little girl…only now to TRULY find out why. I have to teach them everything I know and work hard to figure out all of the things I don’t know. I have to leave my legacy in them. But more importantly than that, I have to get them ready for their future. And God picked me. Wow. I’m just blown away by this thought when I sit and think about it!

So I encourage all of the moms, dads, guardians and caregivers: Our job is to raise the future. You’ve been preparing for this your whole life. God has been getting you ready since the day you were born. When they days are too hard and you wish you had all boys so you could go shopping and getting a massage alone lol (insert your own mom fantasy), remember that the God of the universe picked you to be where you are and do what you do. He built me to raise queens, and I intend on making sure they are better queens than I am! I hope they get the best of me and more! So while I may feel like I should have had boys so I could take it easy (yes, I know it’s not really easy, but some parts of it would be lol), I had girls. and I love them and I’ll rise to the challenge the best that I know how. #EasthamQueens

Help me to be more simple.

Lord, help me to be simple. I’m starting to think I’m more difficult than I want to be. If you know me and you are rolling in the floor laughing because you’ve known this about me for 31 years…keep it to yourself, I’m a work in progress 🙂 But seriously, we should all try to be more simple. I didn’t say don’t treat yourself sometimes or move to a tiny house, just more…simple. I always want the food to be perfect, the house to be perfect-ish, I want the Christmas presents to be perfect, the pictures to be perfect…this list goes on! But it’s a lot of work to strive for all of this. You could just literally exhaust yourself and your resources trying to get there. It’s time for a reality check Brittany.

I bought this $3 tree from Target in the dollar section (which is starting to turn into the $3 and $5 section but whatever). I actually bought it for Jeff to take to work and put on his desk, I know, I’m so cute right?! But he left it at home and I found the perfect place for it…yes, I stole his present. Well, the girls spotted it and they started fighting over this little $3 tree. The REAL moral of this story is that next time I see them at Target, I should buy 5 of them. ANYWAYS. I stood back and cracked up as I thought about all of the Christmas decorations around our house. All of the stuff we’ve collected over the years, the HOURSSSSSS and dayzzzzzz it takes us to put it all up. The amount of beads, glitter and fake snow I vacuum up for weeks and we all fight over this little tree that might break before the year is out. I mean, we all have Christmas trees in our room! But we all love this little tree. It’s the same concept as when you buy a baby a toy and they just want to play with the box lol.

My brain went on 789 rabbit trails (because I’m a girl) and I ended up at: We make life too hard sometimes, it’s simple. The things that truly make us happy are simple. Family dinners. Respect and love from your spouse. A parent that will sit and cuddle and play with you. A sister (or 47) to play Barbies with. In this season of “stuff” (and I’m not anti-stuff…I LIKE the stuff lol) Lord, help me to focus on what really matters and help me to be simple. I pray that I would make more time to chill with the mister and my little mamis and ENJOY them and this beautiful life we’ve built for ourselves.

Then I heard that little undeniable whisper from above…. God is simple. I pray that I would make God more simple in my life. I listen, He speaks, I follow. Done. It’s not hard. He’s not trying to play games with our emotions and string us along this path while dangling things over our head. Our purpose is not some huge mystery. It’s just a simple day-by-day walk of faith. All we have to do is listen and follow. I feel guilty somedays if I don’t have 2 hours to pray and read my Bible…and basically that NEVER happens, I can barely fit in a shower most days. But He is simple. He created simple. He is not tricky, He is simple. We listen, He speaks, we follow.

I challenge you (along with myself!) to be more simple. Love hard, soak in memories and follow His lead. :*

Big news from the Eastham House!

No, I’m not pregnant. You guys. I have 9374509348590384059 kids, why do I need anymore?? If I ever get baby fever again, I’ll borrow one of yours for a few hours. ANYWAYS….now to the serious stuff…

 

When God says “go,” you go. Period. No questions asked, well maybe a few questions lol…but you go. Jeff and I have always searched out God’s will for our family and told Him that we would do as He asked us to do. He has picked out the most amazing life for me. I can’t imagine all of the wonderful things I would have missed out on had I not followed His lead. Through the seasons where I wasn’t listening as closely as I should (just being honest over here…life gets busy and I have to re-prioritize) I live in regret over the tiny whispers He was giving me that I was too busy to hear. I have worked REALLY hard to tune into God and live my life WITH Him.

 

Once again, Jeff and I have heard that undeniable “go” in our hearts….and we did. This “go” has led us to Life Church in Hunstville, Alabama. We are so excited to be working with Pastors Kevin and Amy McGlamery and the wonderful people here! They are just amazing and incredible and wonderful and loving and I could go on! We’ve only been here a few weeks and I’ve officially made room for more family in my heart and life!

 

We miss our Chattanooga friends dearly, but seeing as my parents still live there, we said no permanent good-byes. We will be back now and then to get our Maple Street Biscuit Company fix and hang! We had a great season at Redemption Point and we cheer you on from Alabama…just maybe not when they play Tennessee….even though we (and by “we” I mean Jeff) are Ohio State fans.

 

It’s fun to watch God in the details of your “yes!” From the quick sell of our house in TN to the smooth close on our house here, the amazing moving weather we had and all of the stuff in between. God is truly a good good father and the start of this next season has been no exception.

 

Want to give a little love to Jeff for a sec.. You have been such a rock to our family through this move. Home is TRULY wherever we are together. Through the transitions of our 10 years together I have come to respect and love you more than I ever thought possible. THANK YOU for following God’s call and leading our family so incredibly. I can’t wait to see what is ahead. Now come in here and massage my feet. Please.

 

We can’t wait to be able to share with all of you the fun we have here! Please leave a comment below if you know of any awesome spots we need to hit up. Preferably somewhere where we can eat some healthy food. Still trying to kick this baby weight (eye roll). I technically get a year right?!?! 9 months to put it on/9 to get it off and then a few months of grace because I haven’t been sleeping for more than 12 minutes at a time with 98347598374598 kids in my house. Yes, I know only 3 but it feels like more. Well, I need to end this so I can go check on the girls…they are both texting me from their bedrooms as if they don’t have legs to come tell me something. #firstworldproblems

 

Stay tuned for all of our fun, adventures, food pics and funny stories. ❤