14 Things You Learn From Living In The South

14 Things You Learn From Living In The South

Sweet Southern comfort.

I have always loved where I lived. Sure, when I was younger I wanted to be anywhere but here (and I do still occasionally get that feeling, too) but I honestly wouldn't trade living in the South for anything. Living here has its pros and cons, like everyone knowing your business, but I believe that the good outweighs the not so good by a long shot. Here are just some of the many things I have learned from living in Dixie.

1. You never meet a stranger.

Someone's gonna know who you belong to. Whether they know your mama, your grandaddy, or your neighbor.

2. You never really know how much you can miss sweet tea until you leave the South.

It basically runs through our veins.

3. You're used to people asking you to "talk" for them, just so they can hear your accent.

4. But with that, you also get the people who give you the "correct" pronunciation and/or they don't even understand what you said.

5. Your idea of directions are landmarks and stoplights.

You also measure distance in minutes/hours, not miles.

6. Words like "y'all", "ain't", "yonder", "fixin' to", and "reckon" become part of your everyday vocabulary without you even noticing.

7. You refer to any kind of carbonated drink as a "Coke", not a "soda".

"What do you want to drink?" "Coke." "Okay, what kind?" "Mountain Dew."

8. "All y'all" and "and them" are acceptable forms of people measurement.

"How's your mama and them?"

9. You're used to getting called "honey", "darlin'", "baby", "sweetie" and "sweetheart" by complete strangers.

"Here's your change, have a nice day!" "Thank you, darlin', have a good one."

10. Summer is for trips to the river, creeks, the beach, and fishin'.

11. Hunting season might as well be an ongoing holiday.

12. There's nothing in the world like SEC football. Or the Auburn/Alabama rivalry, for that matter.

War Eagle, y'all. ;)

13. Even though we're from the South and are known for having an easy-going attitude, we're also known to get fired up.

Pulling up next to the car that cut you off like...

14. You learn to appreciate every little sound and sight of the South, because it really is one of the most beautiful places to be.

And we're lucky enough to call it home.
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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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