Faith Over Worry

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 

Dress: Pink Blush Maternity || Pink Blush Non- Maternity Option || Similar style here  

During my pregnancy I had a lot of fun dressing the bump. Though at times it was still very challenging. Like the time I tried to buy my pre-pregnancy size workout clothes when I was 8 months pregnant. Yea. Not my best moment. So I am especially thankful for my partnership with Pink Blush during this time. They made me feel like I wasn't only wearing maternity clothes by having non-maternity options in the same styles. That is why Pink Blush will continue to make an appearance on this blog even thought my pregnancy is over. I only wish I had known about them sooner.  

Let me start by saying that I loved being pregnant. I know not everyone feels that way. But I was blessed to have an overall easy pregnancy. Physically easy pregnancy. But mentally, I wore myself out with worry. And it is amazing how much worry can consume you in every stage of carrying a child. 

In the beginning you worry that you won't be able to get pregnant. When it didn't happen as quickly as I expected, I worried. Once you get pregnant, you worry about when you will feel the first kicks. Once you feel those sweet baby feet, you worry about the baby coming too early. Then when you hit the magical 36 weeks, you worry if the baby will be ok once it arrives. And once the baby is here...goodness.. you worry about every little hair and bump on their precious little body.

At some point, during the first several hours of not sleeping because you keep checking to make sure your child is breathing, you accept the fact that you will forever worry about your child. It isn't a feeling that goes away. Instead it is a feeling you have to learn how to control. Only being able to control it by handing it over to Jesus.  

Looking back during this last year I realize what strong role my friend Lauren played in helping me to learn how to trust in Him. While I was a mess of worries, she was full of confidence. And through her confidence she taught me a valuable lesson. Lauren just always knew things were going to be ok. I am sure parts of her worried just like I did, but she didn't let it show. She just had faith. Something I wish I had known how to do before I entered into this special time. Something I was lagging in even though I was praying to God for this child's safety what felt like every hour of every day. I had the prayers but not the faith. 

No matter what you are worrying through you have to remember to pray AND have faith. Through each stage of the process. Whether it is becoming a mom, getting pregnant, adopting a child, or even making a career change, moving to a new city, whatever it is...just keep the faith. 

"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." - Psalm 37:5

This post was sponsored by Pink Blush. Opinions are my own. All products were selected by me. Thankful for partnerships like these that make a TAD more faith possible.

A Year Ago & Pink Blush

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

Top: Pink Blush Maternity || Non-Maternity Option at Pink Blush || Jeans: Nordstrom || Shoes: Nordstrom || Similar styles here & here || Watch: Nixon (similar style) 

I am all about the embroidery trend that has embraced the fashion world lately. So it was very exciting to receive this little sleeveless number from Pink Blush Maternity that allowed me to join in on the fun. This trend makes a simple look have a little more flare. And I love it.

A year ago, I had never heard of Pink Blush. It wasn’t on my go-to list of places to shop. Now it is a website I visit often and will continue to do so after I lose the bump. I love how a little change in style can open up a whole new world of shopping. And who doesn’t love finding new places to shop. 

A year ago, I was coming home from a weekend at She Speaks. A conference designed for women who want to share their story with Christ through writing or speaking. I remember leaving on such a high, like most do when you spend 72 hours in praise music and His word. Seriously. Who doesn’t feel the spirit working in you when you have spent the weekend hearing from women like Shauna Neiquist, Lysa TerKeurst, Nicki Koziarz and Cindy Bultema. Only to top it off with a message from Steven Furtick at Elevation Church. It was a weekend full learning from people that I had looked up to and adored over the past couple of years.

But the second my plane landed in Nashville that Sunday afternoon, I didn’t return to my home. Instead, I realized I had made it in enough time to make the evening service at my church. So I went straight there. Straight to my place of comfort. To the place where I was first encouraged to take the steps towards my dream.

You would think that after days of hearing His message, I wouldn’t even consider ending the weekend once again at church. I would have enough Jesus in me to last for the months to come. But something told me to go and be there. Return to the place where it had all began. Return home.

Now, a year later, my home has changed in more ways than I ever imagined. The people who I used to look forward to seeing each Sunday have moved on to new places. I’ve gotten used to hearing different voices lead our church. Adam and I have adjusted where we sit each Sunday. And we even have a new senior pastor. A change I never expected to see at this home. Yet, here it is.

But even though God has completely stripped all the parts that provided so much comfort for me at my church, it is still where I want to be. Where I feel encouraged. Where I can go to recharge my soul. Yes, everything has changed. But it is still home. A home where I will still learn new promises of His love. A home where I can still find peace. A home where my heart still leaps with joy to attend every Sunday morning. Because home is always going to be where Jesus is. And I am thankful that even through all the tears, heartbreak, and change this past year brought – He is still good and Crosspoint is still home. 

This post was sponsored by Pink Blush. Opinions are my own. All products were selected by me. Thankful for partnerships like these to make a TAD more faith possible.

Red, White, Blue and Shoes

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 

Dress: Pink Blush Maternity || Non-Maternity style at Pink Blush: Here || Other similar styles: Here and Here  || Shoes: Steve Madden Here 

Oh the lovely holiday of 4th of July is upon us. I love how this day revolves around everything summer. From the food to the fireworks, it just gives me all the feels. And normally I would try to find some sort of romper or shorts outfit, but the belly doesn’t do well with either of those options right now. I am thankful that Pink Blush Maternity makes such a cute chambray dress to wear for this typically hot summer celebration. They also have the exact same dress in a non-maternity option. To shop it be sure to click the link above. 

This day has the potential for so many different types of celebrations. So below I have some of my favorite Red, White, Blue and Shoes for the 4th of July.