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monday meet up: linky party with Rachael!

By Brooke Arceneaux


Monday Meet Up Linky Party


Hey Everyone!

It’s time for another Monday Meet Up!

Before we get to our lovely guest, I have an announcement to make.

The Monday Meet Up has been going strong, never missing a week, for just over a year now. It has proved to be a wonderful, delightful blog hop for me. I have loved meeting you all and discovering so many amazing women through the MMU. I hope the experience was a mutual one for you! As I write this, I’m moving into a different sort of “season of life,” if you will. My blog is taking turns and going through some necessary quiet spells. I feel as though my writing energies need to become more focused and, as a result, my blogging needs to become more for me again(and of course for you if you’ll have it)… to benefit from thoughtfulness and introspection, to enjoy the spontaneity of random writing prompts and occasional link ups, and to revert back to a beloved hobby and turn away from trying to be “something else.”

So, with a bitter sweet adieu, I will be putting the Monday Meet Up to bed for a spell.
May 27th, will mark the official MMU Leave of Absence Party.

Thank you for linking up every week! So many of your faces and stories will forever be etched in my memory. Please don’t be a stranger.

Xxo, Brooke


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Rachael, I just have to say that your post was so unique! I love the format and your message… lovely. Thank you so much for being here today!
Monday Meet Up
Alright Lovely Ladies {and Gents}…
It’s your turn.
Link up your favorite posts-all week long!
Woo us to you blog. Let us get to know you!
Meet other amazing bloggers and extend your blogging community!

Party Rules

1. Link up your posts, link up your page…it’s up to you!
2. Link back to this post using either the MMU button
(code located in the MMU tab on the side bar) or via a text link.
3. Make sure you visit (and comment) on other posts linked up–
what fun is a party if no one talks to each other? Make some new friends!
4. You must be a follower of Covered in Grace to link up.



monday meet up: send up your prayers.

By Brooke Arceneaux

Hi Everyone!!

It’s time for another Monday Meet Up!

Before we head into this lovely linky… I want to take a moment to ask for your prayers and love.

A precious, precious blogger friend of mine…of OURS… has suffered a great loss over the weekend. My heart is broken and mourns the loss of little Peyton Fontenot, daughter of Sarah Fontent @ The Fontenot Four & Perfectly Peyton.

Sarah has long been a light and inspiration among the blogging community. The struggles and battles that she has persevered through each and every day with her little girl are unfathomable to most people…but Sarah is built with an extra-strength sort of fabric. You can read about the Fontenot’s journey here and recount the last days of Peyton’s precious life here.

Please join with me now in lifting up the Fontenot Family in prayer and rejoicing that Sweet Peyton is no longer suffering, but is now at peace and resting in Jesus’ arms.







2 Timothy 4:7

New Living Translation (NLT)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.


Monday Meet Up Linky Party


Today we have the lovely Alecia of Marriage Life Ministries with us today!!

The other night we were lying in bed watching Psych and getting our groove on with our newly acquired Girl Scout cookies. I had asked my hubby to only give me one, but it had turned into two and I feared it turning into more.

I turned to Clint and said, “Can we just agree to not care about each others bellies anymore?”

His “YES” was so emphatic it caught me off guard and almost made me choke on my Thin Mint.

I asked him, “Why did you say “yes” like THAT?” and his reply, as he shook his belly was, “Because this isn’t goin’ anywhere. Let’s stop pretending.”

It was so refreshing for both of us to say, this is my body, accept it…and please pass another Thin Mint.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m still going to walk every day and track my calories on My Fitness Pal. And attempt to live out some semblance of moderation in my love for Girl Scout cookies. But only because I care about being healthy and getting my body back on track. Not because I have a need to be seen a certain way by anyone including my husband.

What I do need is a husband who says, healthy or unhealthy, fat or thin, I love you. Just you. Not your rock hard abs. Not your beautiful thick hair. Just you. However you are packaged.

But can I say that about myself?

We had a post up at our site a while back that talked about this very thing. We need to be satisfied with our spouse.  We need them to be our standard of beauty. If they are balding – we like balding. If they are flat-chested, our favorite cup size should be A.

On this post somebody made a comment that really made me think.  While it is important that we see our spouse for who they are and love them for who they are, it is equally important that we learn to love ourselves just as we are. As this commenter stated, “We don’t have to compete with the world’s standards to be the woman our man needs.” Amen!

Our ability to do that will affect our marriage. I don’t know if we all get this though. I know I certainly don’t live it out at times. But we need to. Our attitude about ourselves and what we’re bringing to the table can have a negative impact on how our spouse sees us.

We can be our own worst enemy.

You know, asking, “Does this dress make me look fat?” Why do we do that to ourselves? Or our husbands? There’s no good way to answer that!

Or worse yet, making comments like, “My arms look terrible” or “Look at this double chin!”

If you’re anything like me, when you discover something about yourself, you hone in on it and probably mention it a hundred zillion times. And not in a positive light either. Can you imagine if we start finding grey’s and instead of complaining or crying, “Don’t look at me I’m hideous!” we said, “Check me out! You’re pretty lucky to be married to a silver fox!”

I’m sure we instinctively mention our so-called faults because we need our husband’s to assure us that we are wrong and that we are perfect just the way we are. But wouldn’t it be awesome if we just saw ourselves as “perfect just the way we are” without having to get that affirmation from our husbands?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we understood (and lived out) the truth that:

Our beauty is not defined by what size we buy at the department store.

Our beauty is not defined by how much we look like the airbrushed people on the magazine covers.

Our beauty isn’t even defined by what our spouse may or may not think of us.

So, while we need our spouse to be satisfied with us, more importantly we need to be satisfied with us. It will go a long way in how our spouses end up seeing us. And it will go a long way in impacting our marriage life as well.

How about you? How do you and your spouse handle life’s changes? What are some ways that you’ve encouraged each other? What are some ways you’ve purposed to be positive about your or your spouse’s body? 

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Clint and Alecia have been married since 1997. They have four children ages, 5-13, and four pets, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Before you ask, yes, they are gluttons for punishment. They deeply desire to take the experiences they have walked through with infidelity and restoration and use them to help others through sharing their story, teaching marital truths and walking along side others as they do the necessary hard work on their own marriages.  You can find them at their blog, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Alecia… I’ve got to say… this is such a great lesson for me.

A while back, I was talking with a friend and she basically gave me the same talk… it really made me think.

Thank you sooo much for posting this today!!

Monday Meet Up
Alright Lovely Ladies {and Gents}…
It’s your turn.
Link up your favorite posts-all week long!
Woo us to you blog. Let us get to know you!
Meet other amazing bloggers and extend your blogging community!

Party Rules

1. Link up your posts, link up your page…it’s up to you!
2. Link back to this post using either the MMU button
(code located in the MMU tab on the side bar) or via a text link.
3. Make sure you visit (and comment) on other posts linked up–
what fun is a party if no one talks to each other? Make some new friends!
4. You must be a follower of Covered in Grace to link up.



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