My Summer Reading List

I want to make it my goal to carve out time to read and learn as much as I possibly can this summer. So, I created my “summer reading list” to keep me on track. If this is something you’re interested in doing or you would like to follow along on this journey, keep reading and subscribe. Let’s go to places we’ve never been before. :)

~below are all the books I will be reading this summer~

A Lovely Life Summer Reading List

First I’ll start off by saying I have read some of these books before, but they’re too good not to read again.

1. Restless, by Jennie Allen: I think I’m 50 pages in, and I already LOVE this book. I don’t even have to finish it to recommend it. I also blogged about this book last week too. You can find that here- You were made for more

2. Bailey Flanigan Series, by Karen Kingsbury: Now this is a series I have read before and loved. The way that Karen writes, you feel like her characters are sitting in the room with you and you’ve known them for years. I just love that!

3. These books are what I call “spiritual or life development” books- A couple of these books I’ve read all the way through (Power Thoughts- Joyce Meyer, Unglued- Lysa TerKeurst) and the rest I’ve started and never finished. I will start and finish them this time…lol ;)

  • After reading and immersing myself in these books, I will post book reviews about them. Just in case you might like to know what they’re about before you take the plunge to buy. And when I do review a book, I promise not to give it all away. ;)

Comment below: have you read any of these books and did you like them? Why or why not?

I hope you find joy and rest in a good book this summer, friend! And enjoy your lovely life!



You were made for more


You were made for more

Have you ever felt like you don’t know what your purpose is? That there has to be more to your life then how you’re living right now?

After watching this video about Jennie Allen and her book Restless, I couldn’t help but think everything she talked about echoed what I was feeling inside. A calling, but more than that- a beckoning for more.

More resonates with me. I know I’ve been made for more than my mundane, jaded and even sometimes boring life. And you were made for more too, friend. It’s not about changing our lives so their not “mundane, jaded and boring”, it’s about seeing them through God’s eyes. It’s about seeing it as MORE.

We don’t have to feel stuck, we don’t have to feel alone, and we certainly don’t have to feel like we don’t have a purpose. It’s in this season of our lives where God speaks the loudest. He wants you to surrender it all to Him so He can shape you and your future.

Are you ready for more?

I would love to hear your story about seeing your life as “more”–leave a comment below or you can email me at

Let the Lord speak to your heart, my friend. And let Him show you more.


Check out this video about Jennie Allen’s book Restless. —Book review coming soon!

Pioneer Woman’s Pasta Primavera Recipe

PW's Pasta Primavera

My Mom made this recipe a few weeks ago and let me just say, it was delicious. Yes, it may not have meat in it, but you won’t notice that it’s gone. What you will notice is the flavor that is packed into this amazing dish. If you’re into the “Meatless Monday” trend then this would be a perfect addition to your recipe box.

Pioneer Woman’s Pasta Primavera Recipe

*The recipe also called for white wine, but we didn’t add it because we don’t drink. So in place of the wine we added more chicken broth.

Comment below: what is your favorite “meatless” dish?


DIY: Prayer/Scripture Verse Jar

DIY Prayer/Scripture Verse Jar

Do you need a little encouragement in your life or a place to keep your prayers tucked away? Then this DIY project is for you!

I was browsing Pinterest one day (my daily routine…lol) when I came across an idea for a dream jar–you put all your dreams or goals for your life in a jar and then you open it whenever you want to and see if maybe you’ve accomplished those dreams/goals in your life. I thought it was a great idea, but I wanted to take it a step further.

I began to think “what if you used it as a prayer jar or a scripture verse jar?”. You could write prayer requests to God and open the jar a year later and look back and see how God worked the miraculous in your life. Or you could use it as a daily reminder of how GOOD God is and write out His promises from His Word on paper and store them in a jar.

DIY Prayer/Scripture Verse Jar

Supplies you will need:

DIY Prayer/Scripture Verse Jar

*You could also use acrylic paint to change the look of your jar lid

DIY Prayer/Scripture Verse Jar

If you do decide to use your jar for scripture verses–below are some of my favorite verses.

DIY Prayer/Scripture Jar

In whatever way you choose to use this jar, I hope you truly realize how the Lord loves you and knows your heart’s prayers even before you may know them yourself. And that His love for you never fails

I hope you enjoyed this post,  friend.  And I hope you find encouragement while doing this project.

Comment below: I would love to know what you chose to do with your jar-prayers, scripture verses, dreams, goals, etc.


The story behind A Lovely Life

About A Lovely Life

Welcome to my blog- A Lovely Life! I am so glad you have joined me on this journey.

The idea to start a blog came to me last summer (the Summer of 2013). I’ve read tons of blogs over the years and thought it might be fun to take the plunge into the blog world. As I was considering starting this blog, another idea came to mind-start a sports blog. Now don’t get me wrong, I love sports (especially college football), but after starting the sports blog I realized it wasn’t part of God’s plan for my life. And so I’m back to where I started and where I was always meant to be.

{A Lovely Life is a lifestyle blog devoted to inspiring young women to embrace the lovely life God has called them to live.}

The Tree- When I sat down to design the cover photo for my blog, I was instantly drawn to these beautiful trees. They just screamed “LIFE” and I think that is why I love them so much. Trees represent life.  A beautiful life and a life marked with imperfections and worn roots. But what happens? The most glorious thing that we could ever imagine—the Lord’s loving arms scoop us up and make us whole again. In all the beauty and pain of this life, we have a purpose to be lovely and complete in the Father’s arms.

My hope and desire for this blog is to inspire you to live a life that is lovely and pleasing to the Lord. I encourage you dear friend, wherever you may be to embrace a lovely life. You won’t regret allowing the Lord to shape and mold you into the woman He intended you to be. I hope you decide to stay awhile, because your life is just beginning.