Devotions

  • Announcement (Trust me, you don’t want to miss it)
    You guys, I’m so excited! I have been working on this project for about six months now, and I am so happy to finally get to share it with you! Drumroll please…. MABRY LANE HAS A NEW WEBSITE! When I first started this blog, I wanted to start small just to see if anyone would … Continue reading Announcement (Trust me, you don’t want to miss it)
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  • Rejoice in the Hurting
    I am someone who loves to have a plan. If I don’t know every detail of the plans, I will typically begin to worry because of the unknown factor. Well, right now, there are alot of unknowns in the world. You really can’t make plans because things change every day. This is very hard on … Continue reading Rejoice in the Hurting
  • Loved | Being the R.E.A.L. You
    When we look at our past mistakes, it’s so hard to see ourselves as loveable. When we go through struggles, its so hard to feel loved. Yet, even though we go through these things, God still loves us. He doesn’t just love the you that sits, all put together, in the back row of the … Continue reading Loved | Being the R.E.A.L. You
  • The Importance of Being Authentic | Being the R.E.A.L. You
    In the last couple months, “authentic” has become my absolute favorite word! The simple definition of authentic is this: representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to one’s self. Being Authentic with your friends. Here is the thing, it’s so easy to create this fake picture of yourself as a positive person who never struggles … Continue reading The Importance of Being Authentic | Being the R.E.A.L. You
  • Exclusive | Becoming the R.E.A.L. You
    You know what I think is so amazing? God created the entire earth, landscapes, seascapes, each and every one of the 7 billion people that live on earth, and yet, each thing is different. There are no two identical rocks, trees, flowers, and there certainly are no two of the same people! God is just … Continue reading Exclusive | Becoming the R.E.A.L. You
  • How To Be Rooted in Christ |Being the R.E.A.L. You
    Something that God has really been teaching me lately is that it’s ok to be authentic and real. In fact, it’s important to be real in order to be the person God created you to be. So, over the next few weeks, I will do a short series on Being the R.E.A.L. You! I pray … Continue reading How To Be Rooted in Christ |Being the R.E.A.L. You
  • You Are Worth More
    Do you ever make a mistake that feels unforgivable? I know that I feel this way quite often. Yet, here’s the thing, you are worth more than these mistakes. So, I’m gonna be honest here. Getting ready in the morning takes me FOREVER. So, in hopes to fix that problem, I had bought a water … Continue reading You Are Worth More
  • 3 Encouraging Things I Leanred From 1 Peter + a FREE PRINTABLE
    Here recently, I have been really trying to get in my Bible more and really just yearn for the Lord. This past week, I focused on reading through 1 Peter. This book is full of so much goodness! So, today, I want to share with you a few of the things I learned from 1 … Continue reading 3 Encouraging Things I Leanred From 1 Peter + a FREE PRINTABLE
  • 6 Life-changing Tips For Pursuing God’s Calling For You
    Let’s just be real for a second, we all want to fit in. We all have even the smallest desire to be like society. We want to enjoy the things society enjoys, have the same opinions as society, and honestly just please society. Now, you may be saying, “Madi, I don’t feel that way at … Continue reading 6 Life-changing Tips For Pursuing God’s Calling For You
  • 4 Lessons Psalms 6 Taught Me
    There is just something about cracking open your Bible and yearning for the presence of God. In my quiet time the other day, I was reading Psalm 6. I received a lot of encouragement by reading it and I want to share that with you today. So, here are my thoughts on Psalms 6. How … Continue reading 4 Lessons Psalms 6 Taught Me
  • The Times When God Wants You To Wait
    There are times in life when God wants us to wait. That may be waiting on a new job, a relationship, joy, or maybe just something that we really want. Sometimes these things don’t come when we would always like them to. Yet, this time of waiting is not meant to be wasted or rushed … Continue reading The Times When God Wants You To Wait
  • God Hears Our Prayers
    The other day, I was having a casual conversation with a couple of people. Toward the middle of the conversation, one of the people say, “I’ll pray for you, that is if God actually hears me.” The other person says, “He does. He hears you.” The first person responds with, “Well, I’ve cried out to … Continue reading God Hears Our Prayers
  • One Thing | The Flood of 2017
    As the end of April and the beginning of May comes around, I can’t help but stop and think about how quickly the lives of my community changed overnight just a few years ago. May 1st marks the day of “The Flood” that destroyed our little community back in 2017. I remember this day as … Continue reading One Thing | The Flood of 2017
  • When Things Don’t Go As Planned
    As I was sitting on my bed this afternoon holding my golden retriever puppy I began to think about the way she acts. If you pick her up but she did not want to be picked up, she hangs her head over your shoulder. If you or my other dog plays with her but does … Continue reading When Things Don’t Go As Planned
  • “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”
    One of the good things about being quarantined at home is that I have much more time to study God’s Word and really spend a lot of quality time with Him. Over the weekend, I began an Easter study and today I want to talk a bit about something that God really laid on my … Continue reading “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”
  • Freedom In Jesus
    Easter is right around the corner. In fact, it’s this Sunday! For many people, including my family, Easter is going to be much different this year. We won’t get to have our big family gathering, sunrise service, or challenging Easter egg hunts. This year, we will all be in our own homes celebrating Easter with … Continue reading Freedom In Jesus
  • You are not a Disappointment
    I bet that any teenager can tell you that being told that you have disappointed someone is a whole new level of emotions. It’s a whole new level of punishment. It’s a whole new level of how much you hurt that person. The definition of disappoint is this: fail to fulfill the hopes or expectations … Continue reading You are not a Disappointment
  • Living Life to the Fullest
    The basketball season this year taught me a lot. has taught me a lot this year. One thing, in particular, is how true this quote is: You can’t control the minutes you play, but you can control how you play the minutes you get. I was not one of the starting five players, therefore I … Continue reading Living Life to the Fullest
  • Correcting your Focus
    I LOVE photography! I am constantly taking photos of random things, trying new techniques, and editing my heart out. With photography, there are a lot of things you need to know before taking the perfect photo. You need to find a good location, your camera needs to be on the correct setting, and most of … Continue reading Correcting your Focus
  • Living a Life of Fear
    In our society today, there is a lot of fear. Fear of diseases, fear of losing loved ones, fear of losing one’s own life. The fears are practically endless. Yet, someone said something the other day that really caught my attention. They quoted this verse: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, … Continue reading Living a Life of Fear
  • The Importance of Taking Time to Rest
    Sometimes, life can feel like it goes, and goes, and goes, and never really stops. We just get so busy and, sometimes, we don’t even realize it. Today I want to take time to point out how important it is to take time to rest. Our non-existing rest will not only affect us physically, but … Continue reading The Importance of Taking Time to Rest
  • Wisdom
    Hardships get the best of us. They break us down and tear us apart. In these moments, we find out where our wisdom really comes from. Is it wisdom from God or from the world? “The wisdom we display is a reflection of our heart condition.” “But God…” Let’s define the difference between wisdom from … Continue reading Wisdom
  • Happy New Year!
    I love to make check lists and goals! In fact, I have a cork board that sits on my desk with multiple challenges ranging from life goals to basketball goals to writing goals and even just one sentence challenges. I love being able to go to my goal lists and check one or two off. … Continue reading Happy New Year!
  • Being Real With God
    There are two songs that I heard recently that I think go hand in hand. They both talk about how we create a happy, put-together person even though we are broken. Here is how the first one goes: I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m notI’m brokenAnd … Continue reading Being Real With God
  • The Necklace
    We are reading a story in my English class that is called “The Necklace.” The story in basic terms is about a women who is very discontent with what she has. She is what I would consider an upper middle class women, but she just can’t be made happy. No matter what, she tells herself … Continue reading The Necklace
  • Trust, He’s Still There
    Trust. I have talked about it before, but today it means more to me than ever. There were times in the last few months that I could not feel God anywhere near me, and other times His presence was very noticeable. Sunday night was one of those very noticeable presences. At our youth group, our … Continue reading Trust, He’s Still There
  • I am Thankful
    Thanksgiving is typically just a time for me that I think about all that I am thankful for. Food, water, shelter, the sorts. Yet, this year, God has really been showing me how important other things like prayer, family, etc are. He has shown me in so many ways just how blessed I am. Today, … Continue reading I am Thankful
  • Way Maker
    I listen to music A LOT. It’s on when I write, do homework, clean, get ready, and pretty much any other time I am at home! I heard a song the other day that really hit me. It was a great reminder that God knows what He is doing and I just have to have … Continue reading Way Maker
  • The Story behind Mabry Lane
    The experiences that I write about have been a lifetime development, but Mabry Lane was never really something that I knew would be in my future. God just worked in my life and made it happen! So, today, I wanted to talk a little about the months leading up to my first post on Mabry … Continue reading The Story behind Mabry Lane
  • What do we need to face our giants?
    We all have giants. We all have things that challenge us or make us feel like giving up. They may be big, and they may be small. No matter the size, giants are hard to face. The story of David and Goliath is a classic example of facing our giants. David, a small boy who … Continue reading What do we need to face our giants?
  • Keeping His Promises
    Life is hard. You can agree to that, right? God gives us challenges that sometimes seem impossible to beat. He puts us in situations that we may not want to be put into. Sometimes, well, most of the time, it’s hard to see how we are going to make it. How are we supposed to … Continue reading Keeping His Promises
  • Maybe You are Not the “Popular Kid”
    Have you ever watched any kind of movie that occurred at lunch in a school setting? I am sure that most of you probably have. So, let’s think back to this lunch room setting for a moment. In almost every movie with a high school lunchroom that I have watched, there is a “popular kids” … Continue reading Maybe You are Not the “Popular Kid”
  • 4 Characteristics of a Good Friend
    This week, I want to talk a little bit about our friendships. How can we be better friends? I believe that friendships can make or break us. They can make us a better person or send us out on the wrong path. So, it’s important to choose the right friends and be the right friend! … Continue reading 4 Characteristics of a Good Friend
  • Worship
    Every year that I go to church camp, the thing that I look forward to the most is worship. I love to go and sing songs to God with the lights turned down and the music turned up! At these camps, I will worship like no one is watching. Yet, when I return home, it’s … Continue reading Worship
  • Giants That Are Shaping Us
    Last Sunday was an interesting day in my life with God. I never thought I could feel so many different feelings in one day! As we sat in our little group in youth the other night, we talked about our giants. One thing in our group that we called “giants” were our siblings. I am … Continue reading Giants That Are Shaping Us
  • We Don’t Deserve This
    As I was sitting in church yesterday, I had a moment of conviction. A moment where I realized I was living my life for all the wrong reasons. As I was sitting there, I realized one common thing about my last few weeks. Everything I did, I thought first about what someone thought about it. … Continue reading We Don’t Deserve This
  • A Little Bit of Encouragement
    This sounds like something that you would say at the end of a year, but I felt that I needed to share this with you. Right now, I want you to look where you were a few months ago and where you are now. How have you changed? I know that I am not the … Continue reading A Little Bit of Encouragement
  • Including “The Others”
    God has really been convicting me lately about how I treat other people. Not so much on am I nice or mean to them (while that is important) but more of how do I pay attention to them. Last year, I had a friend who was very lonely. She would sit at the lunch table … Continue reading Including “The Others”
  • Praying for Those Around Us
    I had a thought as I was laying in bed Monday night. I sometimes notice all these things about my friends, negative and positive, but how often do I pray for them? I began looking at my friends life, who they were a year ago and who they are now. Most of my friends have … Continue reading Praying for Those Around Us
  • The “Small” Prayers
    Prayer. What is it? Why is it important? How do we do it? When do we need to pray? What is Prayer? We are told all over the Bible to pray, but what does that really mean? We see people praying over their meals, or maybe you do it yourselves, but what does that mean? … Continue reading The “Small” Prayers
  • 4 Things I Learned from Leviticus
    I am not sure why I did this… I am not sure what caused me to want to do this… All I know is that I was convicted, so I did it… I READ LEVITICUS! If you have ever read through the book of Leviticus, you probably know that it’s pretty boring. The whole book … Continue reading 4 Things I Learned from Leviticus
  • Even the Small Things Matter
    Have you ever done something that you have regretted later? This can be simple or deep. I know that there have been multiple things in my life, even recently, that I have looked back and said, “I really wish I would not have done that.” Have you ever felt that way? Yesterday morning, I opened … Continue reading Even the Small Things Matter
  • Who Are You?
    If I asked you who you are right now, what would be your answer? Who is (insert name here)? Sometimes, this question is hard to answer. I know that there have been many times in my life where I have not been able to answer. There is not a right or wrong answer, but I … Continue reading Who Are You?
  • Who is God? | Overcomer
    Yesterday, I went and watched the movie “Overcomer.” It’s about a basketball coach who has practically everything ripped away from him. He is devastated because he know longer knows who he is. This movie is SO GOOD! If you have not watched it yet, I definitely encourage you to go and watch this amazing movie … Continue reading Who is God? | Overcomer
  • My Top 25 Favorite Worship Songs
    I absolutely love to sit at my desk, do homework, blog, journal, draw, or anything else like that and turn on some worship music! I don’t know what it is about it, but it gives me a peace and joy! So, for today’s free day Friday, I figured, “Why not share my favorite songs!” I … Continue reading My Top 25 Favorite Worship Songs
  • Be the Witness
    I have had a lot of experiences in the last week that I don’t think I will ever forget. Today’s post is one of those experiences. I was definetly not at all prepared for this one! On Saturday, a couple of our youth leaders/adults in our church took us to see Crowder in concert. Just … Continue reading Be the Witness
  • Be the Example
    You know, I never realized how much God shows up in my life until I started this blog. I used to notice small things like today’s post, but I never really thought of it as a “God thing.” Now, every where that I turn, I hear, see, or just sense something and I know that … Continue reading Be the Example
  • Oh, the Comfort Zone
    Yep, we all know it, and we know it pretty well. It’s called, the comfort zone. It’s where we feel comfortable and safe. THE COMFORT ZONE. I saw a quote on Pinterest the other day that said this; Great things never come from comfort zones. We often try to achieve things by sticking to what … Continue reading Oh, the Comfort Zone
  • Giving the Glory Back to God
    This is something that God has really been laying on my heart lately. It’s something that I have been trying hard to refocus on, but it’s not easy. I am constantly reminding myself to take a step back and see why I am doing what I am doing. Why do I do what I do? … Continue reading Giving the Glory Back to God
  • 3 Ways to Seek God in Your Everyday Life
    Are you wanting to deepen your relationship with Christ but you don’t know how? Today I will be breaking down 3 ways you can seek God even in the business of your daily life. Engaging in the Bible Yep, you knew it was coming! Reading the Bible is one of the most important things when … Continue reading 3 Ways to Seek God in Your Everyday Life
  • Why God
    I heard this song for the first time the other day on the radio and now I listen to it on repeat. As people, it’s hard to understand why we go through difficulties. It’s hard to understand why God allows some things to happen and does not allow others. It just does not make sense … Continue reading Why God
  • But, He Does Not Expect You To…
    The other day, I went outside to mow the yard. Mowing the yard has a few more steps than just mowing. I need to mow, weedeat, and then blow off the sidewalks when I get finished. So, the other day after mowing, I went to get the weed eater. I pulled the string as hard … Continue reading But, He Does Not Expect You To…
  • Trust, God Really Does Have a Plan
    Trust in the Lord… That is a phrase that we hear quite often in our daily lives. When we are hurting, trust in the Lord, when we are worried, trust in the Lord, when we are discouraged, trust in the Lord. In almost every situation, we are told to trust in the Lord. People seem … Continue reading Trust, God Really Does Have a Plan
  • How Having a Quiet Time has Changed My Life
    My quiet time with the Lord has become my favorite part of my day. It used to be something that I did only because I knew it was the right thing to do, but now, I do it because I want to and I love it! In this post, I am mainly going to talk … Continue reading How Having a Quiet Time has Changed My Life
  • P E A C E
    On Monday, I mentioned that all of us define ourselves one way or another. Most of the time, we define ourselves by our struggles. One of the struggles that I mentioned was anxiety. This is one that I personally struggle with A LOT. I easily get worried and stress about many things even though I … Continue reading P E A C E
  • You Aren’t the Only One
    Man oh man! This is something that God really spoke to me about at camp. Some times, we feel like we are the only ones who go through certain struggles. Teenagers feel this way, adults feel this way, and even children feel this way. We feel as though we are the only ones who deal … Continue reading You Aren’t the Only One
  • God Still Speaks
    I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to start doing a quiet time in the mornings as well as the evenings. Before this, I was doing it just in the evenings. This worked out pretty well, but I kept feeling like God was telling me I needed more. I needed to wake up … Continue reading God Still Speaks
  • Our Father’s Love for Us
    “You love me as you find me.” As You Find Me By Hillsong United This is something that God has really been teaching me in the last year. Sometimes, I fall into the trap of society (stay tuned for that post!) and I forget that I am unconditionally loved by my Father. So often we … Continue reading Our Father’s Love for Us
  • Forgiven|Camp 2019
    Sin. A scary word. A word that makes us feel unworthy. A word that reminds us of every mistake we’ve ever made. In simple terms, sin is when we do something against the will of God. It’s when we do something that is not pleasing in God’s eyes. I don’t know about you, but I … Continue reading Forgiven|Camp 2019
  • Camp Worship Playlist!
    Guys! These songs are amazing! I encourage you to listen to all of them and just listen to the lyrics. Sit in the presence of God and praise Him through these songs. These songs are powerful! Click Here to find the Student Life Camp 2019 Playlist! Let me know what you think in the comments … Continue reading Camp Worship Playlist!
  • Toy Story Devotion Wrap Up
    Hey guys! I am getting this post out a little late today because I just got back from church camp! With that being said, this is the last post of the Toy Story devotions, but don’t worry, I have MANY more posts planned out! Since I just returned from church camp, I have decided to … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion Wrap Up
  • Toy Story Devotion #8|You are His
    “To infinity and beyond.” Buzz Lightyear Toy Story 4 If you have ever watched any Toy Story movie, I am sure you’ve heard Buzz Lightyear say this quote. You have most likely heard it wether you’ve watched the movie or not. It’s honestly a pretty popular quote! Anyway, as I was thinking about what to … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #8|You are His
  • Toy Story Devotion #7|Who is your leader?
    I lead – you follow.” Bo Peep Toy Story 4 I have found that some people are great leaders while others are great followers. Some people are great leaders and great followers. This weekend, my cousins and I built two scarecrows for my grandmas garden. To make the building more fun, my grandpa split all … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #7|Who is your leader?
  • Toy Story Devotion #6|Just Do it
    Today’s Bible Journaling entry was created using two different art supplies. I used a precision pen to do all the doodling and colored it in with watercolor pencils. Basically what I did was trace the big arrow onto the page, doodle some flowers and color all that in. I wrote out “Just do it,” in … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #6|Just Do it
  • Toy Story Devotion #5|You’re Not a “Lost Toy”
    This Bible Journaling entry was done in Psalms 27:10. I created another tipin using some patterned paper and a sunglasses die cut from the June printable. On the tip-in, I used black alphabet stickers to write out “Look Up.” I then used some pink patterned paper to cut out a banner and stapled a circle … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #5|You’re Not a “Lost Toy”
  • Toy Story Devotion #4|Only One You
    Hey guys! For today’s Bible Journaling entry, I created two tip-ins using patterned paper. On the first tip-in, I used alphabet stickers to spell out “Only one You.” On the other tip in, I printed out a black and white image of all the Toy Story 4 characters. This symbolizes that even with so many … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #4|Only One You
  • Toy Story Devotion #3|You Are Unique and Beautiful
    We are all toys, unique and beautiful toys. Toy Story 4 Just like the toys on Toy Story were all unique and beautiful toys, we are all unique and beautiful people. This quote reminds me alot of Psalms 139:14: I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Marvelous are Your works,And that my soul knows very well. … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #3|You Are Unique and Beautiful
  • Toy Story Devotion #2|You CAN Do it
    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;Before you were born I sanctified you;I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV) Hey guys! Today’s Bible entry is quite a simple one! I first, went to Google and found an image of Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4. I printed him out on clear sticker paper … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #2|You CAN Do it
  • Toy Story Devotion #1|Remember
    The Bible Journaling Process For today’s quote, I will be in 1 Timothy 6:6-12: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation … Continue reading Toy Story Devotion #1|Remember
  • Toy Story 4 Devotional
    Hiya guys! Today I am coming at you with my plan for the next few weeks. A couple days ago I went and watched Toy Story 4 at the drive in. Let me just tell you, it’s a great movie with TONS of inspirational quotes! For those of you who don’t know me, I LOVE … Continue reading Toy Story 4 Devotional
  • Who Am I?
    Hi guys! Welcome to Mabry Lane! I am so thankful you decided to visit my blog! Do you want to know everytime a new blog post comes out? Hit the subscribe button at the bottom of the screen! Anyway, enough advertising already, let’s get to the point! My passion for Christ began years ago. God … Continue reading Who Am I?