26 Things I've Learned in My 26 Years

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Today is my 26th birthday!! I can't believe in 4 years I'll be 30!! AHH! :) I thought for my birthday I would share some things I've learned in my 26 years of life. These truths I've learned from others, but I've tried to apply them to my life as best as I could. P.S. I'm sure many of you are much older and wiser than me, but we've all been through and learned different things!

1. Don't make God #1 in your life, make Him the center of your life.

2. The best way to get yourself out of a "backslidden funk" is to start sharing the Gospel more.

3. You don't always have to get "your way."

4. Always bring honor to your parents.

5. Trust & obey God & your Godly authorities He placed in your life.

6. When dating, look for a man that loves God more than you do.

7. When searching for a husband, make sure he loves & respects his Mom.

8. Always keep an open line of communication with your parents. You're never too old for advice.

9. Get counsel for every major decision you make.

10. Read your Bible & pray on a daily basis.

11. Don't just read your Bible for a daily checklist, read it to find what truth God wants to tell you.

12. Always answer criticism with an sincere & kind response.

13. Don't compare yourself to other women. We are all different and all have different talents.

14. Use the talents God gave you for His glory.

15. Go to the altar at the end of every service and humble yourself before God.

16. Stay pure until marriage.

17. Pray for your spouse, and your children's future spouses.

18. Mommies, remember we are wives first!

19. Be an encourager! There's enough Negative Nancys out there!

20. Let your husband lead. God gave him the role of leadership, don't get it out of order!

21. Don't keep any secrets from your spouse!

22. Be a giver.

23. Never disrespect your husband, especially in front of others.

24. Hurt people hurt people.

25. Be kind to everyone, you never know what they are dealing with.

26. Be a life-changer.

My husband took me to Tampa Bay for a weekend getaway! We went shopping all day yesterday and ate a Cheesecake Factory! Such a great birthday weekend I've had! I got a couple of new dresses, today I wore my new one from Ross. It was only $13!!

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The only present I "asked" for was a fitness tracker, since I'm really trying to get more fit! My husband surprised me with a FitBit Charge HR! I'm still trying to figure out how to "style" it up!

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What a fitting weekend to get my Ipsy bag!! I was super excited about the Tarte bronzer! If you want to get yours, go here, it's only $10/month and it's like Christmas every month!

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Also, this week, Younique launched their NEW 3D+ fiber lash mascara! If you haven't ordered yours yet, you can get one here. Seriously, this new enhanced formula is SOOO much better than the original! Here's proof!

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Have a great week & God Bless!

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  1. Linda Barrick HicksJuly 19, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    I really liked your 26........Strange how the Lord trains us in different places and different times but teaches us the same lessons......Very very helpful and useful insights.....Thank you for sharing and I wish you a very wonderful happy birthday...... :)

  2. there is a lot of great wisdom in those 26 statements! happy birthday! love how much encouragement you give through your blog! :-)

  3. We share a birthday!!! I have had a few more birthdays then you :) I had a girl's afternoon with my 7 year old daughter and we went shopping, she was very excited. Then my husband and son joined us for dinner. Thanks for the list, they are all good reminders.

  4. Happy Birthday, Lauren! This is a great list - I really love #18, #20 and #23. You are exactly right!

  5. Elizabeth WilliamsJuly 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    A great list! I am 23 so I enjoy gleaning form this list :)

  6. What a wonderful list...and so true! You look LOVELY as usual and I appreciate your blog so much!

  7. Ha! Over 40 and still ... Electronically challenged! I just figured out (I think) how to make my name appear. Ps: just in case you wonder, Kai is a name for male and females, and I'm a mother of 2 😀

  8. Great list! Happy Birthday! I should write one too as I hit 32 in a few weeks. I need a great shopping eye Luke you because you find great deals

  9. Happy Birthday :) I love that dress on you!
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

    1. Thank you for stopping by today and for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me." I actually read a post recently on styling tips for a Fidbit, I may need to find it and share it with you.
      Rachel xo

      Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me is now LIVE here
      Garay Treasures

    2. Here you go- styling a Fidbit http://whitneyalamode.blogspot.com/2015/07/create28-my-favorite-jewelry.html

  10. Happy late birthday .. He is not number 1, instead he is the center of my life. Thanks for that encouragement.

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  12. This is such a great post!! I completely enjoyed reading this and got to know various things. Well dear I have been looking ideas for my mom’s 40th birthday party. I want to make it simple. How is the idea of dinner party at the local event space Chicago?


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