Easter 2017

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Happy Easter!! I hope you had a wonderful day. In lieu of my usual Friday Favorites this weekend, I wanted to share a special Easter post with you guys.

I spent the morning at church with Jake, and then hosted my very first little brunch for Jake and I and another couple. I made eggs benedict + cinnamon roll bites + hash browns + fruit. (And didn’t take a single photo, oops! It was yummy, just take my word for it.) I followed this recipe for the cinnamon roll bites and they were so so good. And even more importantly, they were so so easy.

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I even bought some fresh flowers to spring-ify my home! (I bought 3 white carnations for $0.99 each 😉 ballin’/decoratin’ on a budget)

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I may or may not have coordinated Jake’s and my outfits on purpose (I totally did). I forgot to have someone take our photo, so we just have nice selfie-style pics.

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Enough about the details. I want to share a little bit of what’s on my heart this Easter.

You might remember that I mentioned giving up sweets for lent this year. Well, beside the one planned fro-yo on my birthday (March 9th), I did it. For being a big sweets person, that’s kind of an accomplishment!

Toward the end, though, the closer we got to Easter, I realized that my mind had shifted from why I was really doing it in the first place; to reflect on the greatest sacrifice anyone has ever made (when Jesus died on the cross for my sins), and to show my gratitude and awe in the smallest of ways: by giving up something I love for a short period of time. And to take away distractions, give more of my attention to the Lord, and refocus my life on what matters most.

I think I really lost that connection though, to be honest with you. But God’s grace is always more than enough, and I think my drifting heart and mind can be used to talk about something important here on the blog.

Instead of rambling on forever and ever in paragraphs (because trust me, I totes could!!!), I thought it would be more helpful for you guys to read a few practical tips I have to keep God in the center of your life.

I’m by NO MEANS an expert or, like at all, but I think hearing tips from a real-life,  busy girl who is just trying her best is good too. You feel me?

Here are three simple ways to live a more Christ-filled, joyful life:

1 | Start each day in prayer.

This is actually really hard for me. There are so many distractions in the morning, and honestly, I would often sometimes rather be on my phone/sleep more/insert activity of choice here. But it really does set my day on the right path, and this is something I am always working on.

2 | Practice gratitude.

It can be so easy to get bogged down in complaining about everything that doesn’t go perfectly your way. But when you step back and think about it, the things of this world are fleeting. Simply thanking God for letting me wake me up in the morning is an easy way to practice gratitude.

3 | Be honest about your struggles.

This is a freeing and important thing to do when you live a Christ-centered life. Keeping your sins/struggles/fears trapped inside brews negative feelings, obsession, guilt, shame, etc. etc. etc. (All bad things!) Find someone trustworthy (a spouse, close friend, family member) and share your heart.

Easter is such a time of renewal and rebirth, and I just love that a whole lot.

I hope you have had a happy Easter spent with friends and family. Have a great week!

2017 REAL Caitlin

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