speak life

remember a couple weeks back when i posted about my conviction to intentionally speak life because it is not something that comes naturally to me (or mankind in general!)? well, i ordered the shirt from Naptime Diaries and She Does Justice (it is only $25) and i love it. for multiple reasons really, who doesn’t love a good graphic v-neck? but because it is also such a sweet reminder to be aware of my words.

confession: i did lie a little while wearing this shirt because i panicked. these running moms passed me on the trail when i was taking this photos (with my tripod) and asked me if i was working on a school project. i smiled and said yes (because i don’t want to say, “no i am a 25 year old who blogs and i am taking pictures of my outfit!”) they then told me that i was not allowed to stand off the trail and i should get home before the storm came in – oh dear. i need to start rocking the “i have a blog thing” i don’t know why it is so embarrassing for me to talk about sometimes….

i guess that will just be my point. no one is perfect but that does not mean that we do not have to try. when i get up every morning to spend time with Jesus i still get frustrated at my husband when he misses a turn when we are already late going to a function sometimes or talk about a coworker to my other coworkers because of a silly miscommunication. but i know those things are less when the Lord has a louder, clearer voice in my heart. i have spent time with Him that day, so clutter in my heart has been dealt with (or picked up a little) and i recall our conversation that morning and it encourages me to keep the communication through out the day.

and speak up! speak the Truth even when no one else is. find something to encourage even when that person messed up. be confident in who you are in Christ and tell people you blog and maybe even share the address with them so that they can see Jesus (okay, maybe that one was directed toward me!!!). a quiet and gentle spirit (1 peter 3:4) is not always silent – it listens, loves, and encourages. it is quiet when the flesh wants to speak death and chooses to seek the Lord for help to SPEAK LIFE.

mint cardigan: old navy (similar)
speak life shirt: she does justice
striped skirt: banana republic (similar)
nautical shoes: gap
necklace: alisha nicole

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • I agree! It seems we shy away sometimes but God encourages us to speak life and spread his word! Thank you for sharing!!

  • I agree! It seems we shy away sometimes but God encourages us to speak life and spread his word! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Thanks for being honest and giving done great truth! You are such a kind and joyful person!

  • Krista

    Ah, I love how human you are. I probably would have done the same thing, agree that I'm in high school. I don't know why we should feel silly telling people we blog, it's a profession for some (a really good one).

    In my town there are some really cool buildings to use for shooting outfit photos but I get so nervous taking photos of myself out in public. Is everyone watching me? SO silly.

  • You are beautiful! Take more pictures of yourself and share them with us πŸ™‚

    I can absolutely relate to feeling a little insecure about my blog and creative outlets. The more I share it though, the more comfortable with it I become. Now I'm just trying to find a brief way to describe it ALL, rather than "I'm a blogger, vlogger, writer, creative and blah, blah, blah…"

    It's embarrassing to share because our blogs are a part of our very heart. We're exposing ourselves to the ENTIRE WORLD and we know we can be hurt and rejected on occasion… it's only natural to want to protect ourselves from that.

    I LOVE this! Speaking life is so important and I need reminders ALL DAY LONG (especially since I'm visiting family and living under Mom and Dad's roof for three weeks!).

  • Love your pictures! Thanks for being honest with that story too. πŸ™‚ I keep my blog to myself too and am always asking how you guys take style pictures in a public place!

  • Love this post! And your outfit too. πŸ™‚

  • Christina Main

    Cute SKIRT!!! Aggggg!!!

  • Amy

    your outfit is fabulous!
    and girl, i get weird when i tell people i have a blog too. most of the time i just get blank vacant stares like "uh…ok?" πŸ˜‰
    and thank you for sharing a piece of your heart.
    grounding myself in God's word is so important, so that it overflows into the other areas of my life…i needed that reminder. thanks beth!

  • Love the shirt! Also, love your story about finding it hard to say you're a blogger – I can imagine that being an interesting conversation!

  • Thanks for the reminder! It's so easy to just blurt out the first thing that comes to mind (especially to my kind husband) and then I realize the impact and hurt words can have. However, it can be true the other way around about speaking life into people.

    One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 18:21 – "death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof".

  • I'm obsessed with that skirt. Great post and I love your photos πŸ™‚

  • I love love love these photos and your outfit! That's funny that you said you were working on a school project and the moms told you to get home. You definitely don't look 25! πŸ™‚

  • I love this, so much. The outfit, your words, all of it. These photos are awesome, btw!!

  • EmilyHornburg

    Such a cute top!

  • Jasey Jade

    Such a cute shirt!
    you shouldn't be embarrassed at all! Blogging is actually one of the top 5 things I mention first if anyone asks me what I absolutely love to do! If you love it.. then there's no prob πŸ™‚

  • Meg Henning

    i LOOOOVE the skirt and the t-shirt is great, i started singing the song, speak life, when i saw the shirt

  • You look so good! I love the casual fun look! And I love those clouds in the back ground too! I also love your encouragement to speak life. A good friend of mine and I were chatting about that the other night! So good!

  • hahahah i am still laughing about those colorado moms telling you to stay on the trails. #foreveryoung
    you are adorable and i was with you when you bought that skirt! it's so cute. loving this shirt…i have one too! it's cozy and reminds me to watch my words!

  • Girl- this truth "a quiet and gentle spirit (1 peter 3:4)
    is not always silent – it listens, loves, and encourages. it is quiet
    when the flesh wants to speak death and chooses to seek the Lord for
    help to SPEAK LIFE."

    Yes. I struggle with being overly critical in my words. This verse is one I often pray and reflect on. I want it to be true of my heart and reflected in my words. You sum it up very well.

  • Ha! Loving the story about the women running by! I actually have a shirt that says "I'm busy, read my blog" that I should wear more often so people can know what I'm doing. Loving the shirt. Hopefully I can snag one soon. xoxo

  • thanks! I love it. πŸ™‚

  • thanks! It was one of the last things I bought with my Gap Employee Discount!

  • haha! Now you know. Awkwardly. But I am getting a little more confident about it because I want my blog to look nice and I think that is worth the awkward glances!

  • Carrie!!!
    Thanks for the sweetest, longest comment ever!! You are wonderful! and I'll be praying for that trip! Lots of life speaking!

  • I am human. and awkward. #nowyouknow! I think now that I had that awkward moment I will be a little more confident about the pictures. the whole tripod thing is the weirdest though. I need to drag my husband out on photo shoots more!

  • Hi Elizabeth – new reader here πŸ™‚ Love this post. Love the outfit – shirt is amazing. Intentionally speaking life is difficult and I have no doubt you are rocking it. I laughed when I read about the running moms πŸ™‚ So true. But be proud because from these new eyes, your blog is pretty awesome. Have a great Wednesday!

  • thanks sweet Amy! It was my "how can I wear a tshirt to work?" outfit! lol.

  • right? I am getting better at it…. a bit!

  • me too! goodness! I love that verse.

  • thanks! I occasionally pretend to be classy enough to shop at Banana Republic!

  • I know. That is the problem. Everyone says when I get older I will like looking younger but I work in high schools and have people ask me why I am not in class all the time! lol.

  • thanks! I'll try to channel your confidence!

  • πŸ™‚ I love that!

  • Thanks! It is my "business casual" – because I wore this to work!

  • We can be twins in June!! Cannot wait!

  • πŸ™‚ thanks! I think I am extra passionate about this verse because it seemed like only introverts could be good Christians and I struggled with how the Lord created me pretty loud but wanted me to be super quiet. The more I spend time in the Word and with Him the more that I realize it is more about the heart than the volume of the words!

  • hahah! i love that.

  • Thanks so much for the sweet words! I am so glad you stopped by! It is wonderful to have you here!


  • I'm totally with you on talking about your blog. There are a few friends I talk about it with but in general I definitely don't advertise it. I should though! Love that tee and you're so right about speaking life! Especially to our husbands.

  • Ahaha!! You crack me up so good. I kinda love that you went with the school project lie, cause I probably would too. I find it weird to talk about my blog in real life. Anyway, that really is a great shirt. πŸ™‚

  • yeah! and running mom's cam be intimidating!


  • I am absolutely there with you about talking about your blog. I have some friends who know i blog, my family knows, nobody at work really knows. I'm not sure why I don't talk about it. I probably should more. And sidenote – pictures with a tripod, how did I not think of that when I have a tripod sitting in the corner of my room! Nice!

  • eeeeeeep! me neither!!