about Lauren

Hi friends!

My name is Lauren and welcome to my sweet blog. I am so excited to share with you some of the wonderful resources that I use to pursue a more meaningful relationship with God and my friends. I will also speak on some ways God is working in my life in hopes to encourage you or help guide you in your own pursuit of life too.

So here’s a little bit about me:

I grew up in North Texas. You can definitely say I am a southern girl at heart! I enjoy skeet shooting, baking apple pies, and exploring the many wonders of this state (to name a few). I love my family and I’m so thankful that God gave me such supporting parents, and the best little sister ever!

I also love all things wild, such as bears and forests, hence the inspiration for my logo.


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Photo by Christian Ladinos


The Lord caught my heart early on in my life. I chose to make Jesus my Lord and Savior at the age of 8 and was baptized soon after. Growing up, I learned the bible stories, memorized scripture, and attended church every Sunday. Yet sometimes I didn’t know how to apply that knowledge to my own life. I struggled with a lot of heart issues, and now I see how God used those heart aches as a teenager to create a new heart in me today. (But don’t get me wrong, I am still a work in progress. Aren’t we all?)

My life completely changed when I was a freshman in college. I began to take my faith and identity as a woman of God more seriously. I found a college ministry to get involved in, my sisterhood of sassy and sweet sisters in Christ, and some of the greatest friends I’ve ever known. I’m now a senior, and to say college has been an adventure is an understatement. I know that through every joy and every tear God has honestly been with me through it all.


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Photo by Christian Ladinos


I take life day by day, and step by step. This blog is a place where I am challenging myself to be genuine with myself, and you. It took me a long time to realize it’s okay to not have a perfect career, perfect relationships with people, or a perfect pursuit of Christ. The honest pursuit is imperfect, filled with highs and lows, and will change your heart for the better.

My passion is to teach and encourage women in my local community to honor God in everything through faith, hospitality, and servant leadership. 

about thp

The Honest Pursuit is one of those times God put a passion on my heart that I just couldn’t ignore. I love to tell my girl friends of stories, scriptures, or people that have inspired me. After a while, these resources of inspiration started to grow and grow. I wanted a place to collect it all, and share it with as many people as I could.

So after much prayer, I decided to write a blog.

I created this blog to be a resource that encourages people who want to live genuinely and need a place to start.

In here you will find my notes and resources that have helped me grow as a woman, friend, and follower of Jesus Christ. There is a fun mix of poetry and my wanderings that you will find too. There are so many ways to pursue the Lord and your friendships. Choose what works best for you!

The biggest takeaway from The Honest Pursuit is to know that you are loved and it’s okay to have an imperfect relationship with the Lord and others. The honest pursuit of a relationship with Jesus is not perfect and requires a lot of faith and devotion. Set attainable goals and just go for it! What matters is that you are trying your best, and to me, that’s amazing!

Petit à Petit,