Wednesday, July 12, 2017

IT'S TIME TO LET SOME THINGS AND PEOPLE GO

Dream #1

I was walking through a grocery store with my 2 year-old daughter. As we were walking and holding hands, all of a sudden I felt a lump in my throat and could barely breathe. I stopped in the middle of the grocery store, and was able to take a deep enough breath to get air in my body. I then proceeded to walk with my daughter, breathing normal, and I felt the lump in my throat again, but this time I couldn't breathe at all. I remember letting go of my daughter's hand to grab my throat, then I woke up.

As I woke up, I realized it was hard to breathe (in real life). My daughter (my kid is 26 lb) was laying on top of me, with her head on my neck. I picked her up and laid her in between my husband and I, and immediately the pressure I felt in my chest and neck in the dream, and when I first woke up went away.

Feeling Pressure? I don't care who or what it is (even if it's the closest person to you), MOVE them or REMOVE yourself. Do not wait until they do something else to hurt you, and do not wait until THEY decide to remove themselves from your life. YOU know exactly what you're feeling. After all, it's you that is suffocating.

Praying for you! 


Dream #2

I was in the passenger seat of my friend's car, as we pulled up to my house in my hometown. My friend's sister was in the back seat and my friend was driving. It was dark outside, but the porch lights from my grandparents' house and my mom's house illuminated the yard a good bit (yep, I lived right beside my grandparents growing up).

As I was reaching to grab my purse and bags, my friend (the driver) says "aw," opens her door, then reaches her hand out. I look up, and a huge dog was walking up to her, and when it laid it's head on her leg, I realized it was a huge pit bull. I screamed, "that's a pit bull!!" As quickly as I could say "that's a pit bull," as she was rubbing its' head, the dog opened its' mouth and had her knee locked in its' jaws.

I immediately got out of the car and ran into my grandparents house (not far-like 7 steps from my friend's car), because I knew there would be a set of golf clubs somewhere very close to the front door (my granddaddy plays golf in real life). I screamed and cried as I grabbed 3 golf clubs that were right at the door of my grandparents house and I ran straight to my friend's side of the car, and hit the dog on the top of it's head with all three golf clubs, as hard as I could, and it immediately let her leg go and ran off.

I gave a golf club to my friend and her sister, and then my exact words in the dream were, "It's coming back!" My friend was still in the car, but her sister and I were standing outside of the car, bracing ourselves with the golf clubs, as we saw the pit bull charging us.

I woke up as I was slinging the golf club with all my might towards the dog.

Sis, you've gotten too comfortable with a dangerous being around you. This is your warning. Stop pacifying bad situations with an "aw" and CALL IT OUT for what it is. You know what can happen when playing with "IT," but because it hasn't hurt you YET, you are pacifying the situation. It's literally only seconds away from trying to steal God's purpose from you!

PLEASE...
Call things out for what they are.
Do what the Holy Spirit is instructing you to do.
Now have faith that God got you, and TAKE ACTION!

Deuteronomy 31:6


I'm praying for every soul that reads this post! I love you, and know that it's time NOW to let some things (eating habits, foul mouth, gossiping, pettiness, and bad habits) and people (family members, friends, and acquaintances who serve you no good) GO.

And remember this sis, when you let go/remove yourself, and take GODLY action...you won't be losing (even though it may feel like it). God is going to give you everything you need, as you trust him (and give you more-check God's track record in the book of Job).

TRUST GOD SIS! I'M ROOTING FOR YOU! 

-Brittany Bradley 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Unplanned Trials of Life: The Story Behind The Photo

One Saturday morning, I posted a photo that my husband took of me from our date night. Now, I have decided to share the story behind that photo. 


Monday of that week was the start of Spring Break in graduate school for me. After working all day, I finally had a week where I could go straight home and spend time with my husband and 2 year-old baby girl. No class, late night studying, assignments to turn in, or chapters to read that week. I had simply planned for the family to cook, catch up on tv shows, hang out with friends we hadn't seen in a while, and go to the park together that week. Oh, how excited I was when I got home on Monday evening! I immediately went upstairs and put on my husband's t-shirt and sweatpants, and ran downstairs in excitement about the homemade pizza and lasagna we were about to make. My husband was in charge of the pizza, and I was making the lasagna. 

Long story short, we ended up at MedHelp that evening, and I left there with 7 stitches in my thumb, and a tetanus shot in my left arm from cutting my thumb on a can of tomato sauce. We stopped at McDonalds for dinner, and said, "oh well" to the blood on the kitchen floor, and unfinished pizza and lasagna that was left on the counter tops, until the next day. 

Not the plan.

I went to work on Tuesday, thumb very sore from the stitches, but still excited about a week off from classes, and being able to go home immediately after work to spend time with my family. Sitting on the couch Tuesday evening with my family, I told my husband that it hurt to swallow and my right ear was hurting as well. I saw white spots on the back of my throat, and by 11 PM tears were falling from the pain I felt trying to swallow. I kept telling myself, "just wait until 8 AM to get back to MedHelp!" 

Wednesday morning, my Strep test came back positive. After a steroid shot and getting antibiotics from a local pharmacy I went home for the day because for 24 hrs, I was considered contagious. I ended up not going to work for the rest of the week, because even when the pain went away, my body was too fatigued to do anything. 

Not the plan.

Friday, my husband told me he had a surprise planned for me. After taking a shower, I walked downstairs and there was a makeup artist in our guest room/office space. JB arranged a makeup session for me to get all glammed up, and one of my best friends arrived to pick up JoJo (our 2 year-old). My husband even bought a little black dress for me to wear. He planned a date night to get me out of the house and for us to spend quality time together. It was such a perfect evening.

Finally, I was healed, and experiencing the "light at the end of the tunnel."

Listen...

Friends, are things not going as planned in your life right now? Are you finding yourself saying more times than not, "this just wasn't the plan!" 

HOLD ON! There is something so beautiful on the other side of every mistake, pain, disappointment, and moments of confusion in your life right now. 

Nope, it doesn't feel good to have to go through the unplanned ups and downs of life, but it's something so beautiful when you HOLD ON, AND KEEP PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER...even when things don't feel or look good!

That week I learned that pain doesn't last always, rest is necessary, and Jesus is constantly interceding on my behalf.

I believe that God is more concerned with how you get through life trials (unplanned moments in life), and not necessarily concerned about the trial itself that you are experiencing. 

STAY FAITHFUL TO GOD DURING EACH TRIAL YOU GO THROUGH! 

God got you, and Jesus is interceding on your behalf for EVERY SINGLE THING you go through in life. 

I'm grateful for the beautiful picture (I didn't look like what I had been through that week), but I'm more grateful for the trials that anchored my faith that week. 

HOLD ON AND FAITHFULLY WALK THROUGH THIS TOUGH SEASON! 

Trial- a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something.
Regardless of how you feel right now, you're built to pass this test and get through this trial. You will see the light at the end of the tunnel! 


GOD GOT YOU, I PROMISE!!..and I'm praying for you! 

Brittany Bradley


*Special thanks to Shonte Baltes at Bon Mercy Beauty Bar who is located in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville for doing my makeup. Your energy, your faith, and your presence made my day!! You're such an amazing woman Shonte! You did an amazing job on my makeup!! This momma felt like a star because of you!

*Thanks to my friend LeKeshia Thomas for my jewelry in the photo!

*Thanks to our friends Chris and Quachetta Jones for always being there for the Bradley's! We appreciate you guys! Looking for an encouraging word and great recipes, check out my friend's website Faithfully Anchored!

*And lastly, thanks to my husband for being super man that week, and every week taking good care of your wife and daughter! I appreciate you getting me to the doctor, and praying for me in the parking lot of MedHelp as I cried from just being disappointed in what all had happened that week. And again, thank you for such a beautiful date night, and all the effort you put into putting a smile on my face that whole day! Literally, a day I will never forget papa!

                                     
**My family at JoJo's first dance recital! Love them sooooo much!!**

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Day My Daughter Ran In Front of A Moving Vehicle

I never thought I'd see the day that I desperately ran behind my two year old screaming as a car approached her little body going approximately 20-30 MPH.

"How did this happen?" I'm sure you're wondering. 

I was in the church parking lot, leaning into our family car placing my purse, my daughter's bag, and her snacks, and juice cup in the car. My daughter was standing on the ground between my legs and the car and I suddenly felt my daughter move. I looked up from out of the car, to see my two year old running FULL speed in the middle of the church parking lot. I TOOK off running behind her screaming "MAKENNA!! MAKENNA!!" as I saw a car approaching going at least 20 MPH through the parking lot without breaking their speed. My daughter ran full speed towards the front of the moving vehicle, then cut her little ankles and body to the right, barely missing the car as she continued full circle until she ran into her father's arms, who was on the driver's side of our car. My daughter's life flashed before my eyes, and I WASN'T ABLE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! The car continued going, because they truly did not see her. 

My husband yelled, "what happened?!" and I couldn't talk. I grabbed our daughter from his arms, held her, then put her in her car seat without saying a word. I then sat in the front passenger seat and LOST IT. At that moment, I realized how my life could have changed in just those split seconds. My husband held me as I screamed, "I JUST COULD NOT CATCH HER!" 

"Brittany, it was a mistake baby, and she's okay," my husband kept saying to console me. I felt lifeless as I laid in his arms, crying hysterically in our car. At this point our daughter began crying. My husband at this point was now consoling our two year old telling her, "Momma is okay," and consoling me at the same time saying, "Everything is okay. She is safe now." 

I'm 5'10.5, 140 lbs, slim framed, and an athletic built female. "How could I not catch her?" I thought to myself. My body shook the whole 20 minutes of our ride home from church. My husband tried to make everything light by making jokes, starting random conversations, and he even apologized for questioning what happened and continued saying, "mistakes happen baby." 

My thoughts shifted from, "I almost let my baby get seriously hurt or killed, and we should be sitting in Children's Hospital right now" to "why did you just show my family so much grace and mercy Jesus?" 

I then began to think of how often in life we are given an assignment from the Lord, and don't look after it properly because we're preoccupied doing something else, or....just trying to make ends meet. 

We say:
  • I can't go to school right now because I have all these bills to pay, a job to go to, and children to look after. 
  • I can't start my own business, because who will support me? Nobody around here has money. 
  • I'm not applying for other jobs. You know you don't need to be at your current job any longer, but you're comfortable there so you just...stay. 
  • I'm not relocating to pursue my dreams, because how will I afford this and that? Not to mention that my support system is where I'm currently at.
  • I know I need to eat healthier (per doctor's orders to save your own life), but you insist that you just can't afford healthy food, being consistent with meal planning, and a gym membership right now.
  • I know I don't need to be in a relationship with this person, but I can't afford to pay rent by myself right now, or I can't stand being lonely so I'll just put up with this dysfunctional relationship. 
  • And lastly, I can't step out on faith right now and present to the world what God has shown me, because people will think it's not possible, or that I'm too old to fulfill my dreams. 

How often do we shift our minds off of our assignments (goals and revelations from God), to take care of our temporary, everyday to-do list? Then, find ourselves RUNNING, CRYING, SHOCKED, AND OVERWHELMED as we try to make sense of what is happening in our lives because we didn't focus on the assignment he has entrusted us with.

I'm writing you to let you know that the grace my family received today, is the same grace that the Lord is extending to you. Your assignment is no longer out of your reach. It's safe back with you. 

So I ask, "what are you going to do with it?" Whatever your "it" is! 

It's going to cost YOU AND OTHERS if you don't properly look after your assignment(s) the Lord has entrusted you with. PLEASE (with tears in my eyes), keep your eyes on your assignment(s). FOCUS on what's MOST important starting TODAY!

Yes, you may have made bad decisions and have to live with the consequences of those decisions, or haven't followed through with things most important to you, but I'm here to say that God has placed your assignment(s) back in your care. TAKE CARE OF IT NOW. Whatever your "it" is, grab it, work on it, focus on it at all times, and never let IT go!

As you focus on the very things God has placed on your heart, he will provide provision to carry it out.

As I sit in our home office typing this blog, my daughter keeps running in and out of the room dropping dry honey nut cheerios on the floor, talking, laughing, and climbing on furniture. But just a few hours ago, this opportunity to see her laughing and playing was almost taken from me. 


(Picture from Makenna's 2nd Birthday party!) 



Makenna, I love you and momma can't promise that I'll never make another mistake, but thank you for reminding me that you are one of my most treasured assignments the Lord has given me and to always focus on you. I'm beyond grateful for your little life Makenna Jo!

I'm rooting for every single person who comes across this blog post! I pray that you come to know what your assignment is. I pray you cherish that assignment and never stop working on it, and that as you pursue the very thing God has placed on your heart, that the Lord keeps you and "it" safe from life's distractions. 

Brittany Bradley