crowned devotional – trade your worry

On my daily scroll of Pinterest today, I saw a quote that read:

“Trade your worry for worship and watch God make the mountain of anxiety bow down to him.”

In the midst of our individual lives, it is easy to forget that God places our own anxieties on His heavenly shoulders. At times we may find ourselves siting in the library crying under stacks of essays, tests, and projects; however, the pressure of the week does not stand alone. Pressed under the weight of school and personal struggle is a blanket of grace–A grace blanket laid upon God’s heavenly children.

Thus, we must remind ourselves that the Lord is our loving protector and advocate. If I’m having a bad day, my God is going to pick me up and place me in his lap, “whether I ask for it or not.”

Let me say that again…”whether I ask for it or not.” 🙂

In our relationship with God we are not asked to bring peace offerings and piles of forgiveness letters.

No, our Father in Heaven keeps our crowns straight even when our heads bow down under the mountain of anxiety. God wants to hold up our mountains of fret and fear, so that our crowns do not fall off. As long as we belong to the Heavenly King, we are the crowned daughters of Christ.

Therefore, model this action and hold up your fellow ziztas crown!

Pick a sister up and let her sit in your lap if need be. Let her tell you about her hurts and her dreams.

Before we were members of Zeta Tau Alpha, we were born with Heavenly crowns as daughters of the King. Now as members of Zeta Tau Alpha, we are given a place to wear our crowns even higher on our heads.

So, if you see that your sister’s crown is about to fall off and break because she has a huge anatomy test, JMC project, a boyfriend struggle, or just a bad day (because we all have those every once and awhile), hand her your own crown for double support. LIFT A ZIZTA UP!!!

~All my LOVE forever, Camille Brown

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zeta day recap

Yesterday was a special day for our sisters in Delta Psi. It was Zeta Day! Zeta Day is an annual event that brings together Zetas from nearby collegiate and alumni chapters to learn and inspire sisterhood. This year Zeta Day was held at the super beautiful and picturesque Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama. Once there, Zetas got the chance to score some sweet gifts, shop for some ZTA gear (represent ladies!), take some cute pics together, and win awards for our chapter!

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Not only was it an opportunity to bond with our Delta Psi sisters, but also to meet other Zetas and take home some awards! Speaking of awards, congrats to our Zistas for bringing home several awards including the Public Relations Award, Outstanding Advisor Award, and the Spirit Award for being the loudest and proudest Zetas at Zeta Day! Way to go girls!! Shoutout to Amelia Floyd for reasserting our chapter as outstanding senior! Beyond the awards there were silent auctions for girls to take home fun baskets, coin wars, prizes, and more. All to make Zeta Day a truly special experience.

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We have so much love for our sisters everywhere so getting to spend time with them was super special. Not to mention the sweet ceremony celebrating alumni who have been Zetas for up to fifty years. Or the beautifully inspiring speech from a breast cancer survivor that left no dry eyes in the house. Standing beside other chapters as they won awards, and watching alumni continue to do service in the name of ZTA filled our hearts with pride in our sisterhood. To end this day of all things ZTA, the different chapters of both collegians and alumni joined in a sisterhood circle, reminding us always, whether you be a new member or a member of fifty years, to keep Zeta Tau Alpha in our hearts.

// Written by Summer Shafer

fun photos from ZTA day!

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Crowned Devotional – the greatest of all things

Crowned devotional 1 – Love, the greatest of all things

Hey, zistas!! Welcome to the very first “Crowned” blog! This devotional was created especially for our sisters (and our parents – woo!) to remind us all that even in the hardships of life and college that we are the CROWNED daughters of the one true King!! How amazing is that!?

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has crowned us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ” Ephesians 1:3

In the spirit of valentine’s day, let’s focus our attention to the “greatest of all things”. I love how our creed even states that love is and should always remain our main focus in life!! 1 Peter 4:8 reminds us that “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” In this social-media-world filled with hatred and bitterness, we should always remember that the Lord first loved us and enabled us to love not only Him, but those around us (1 John 4:19). A challenge for us zistas would be to show our love and compassion for each other daily, as well as the others around us. It would be so amazing share the love of Jesus with everyone on our campus!!

In closing, we should always remember that the love we receive daily from the Lord is a love like no other. No matter where you are in this life, whether you are single or not, have 20+ best friends or just 3 close ones, or if you are struggling to find your place here at Samford, know that you are loved by the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. And because of that, we should praise Him! “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” Psalm 63:3-5

Xoxo, sweet zistas

Treva Martin

so the fam’s in town…

It’s always a great weekend when the family comes to visit Samford! We LOVE seeing our families and showing around our campus home! BUT WAIT. Where should you take them to eat, you may ask?! Here’s a list of our top Zeta parent approved restaurants. Your family is sure to love these restaurants over the upcoming Step Sing weekend!

1. Edgar’s Bakery

Edgar’s is not just a bakery, it’s a full service restaurant open for breakfast and lunch! Everything there is delicious-especially the chicken salad. Be sure to save room for dessert because the strawberry cake is TO DIE FOR. http://www.edgarsbakery.com

2. Miss Dot’s Chicken

This restaurant is the perfect place to take your family, especially if you have younger siblings! Located in Crestline Village, it has the BEST chicken bites! It’s located right down the street from Church Street Coffee, so be sure to get a breakup cookie for dessert after. http://lovemissdots.com

3. Taco Mama

Holy moly guacamole!! This restaurant has become a Samford staple. They have locations in Homewood, Mountain Brook, and the Summit, so there are plenty of options depending on what part of the city you’re in. This place is always a crowd pleaser! http://www.tacomamaonline.com

4. Ashley Mac’s

Ashley Mac’s is a fun lunch place with great sandwiches and salads. If you like chicken salad, then this is the place for you. The strawberry cake is so good too! They have a few locations including Cahaba Heights, Vestavia, and Inverness. http://ashleymacs.com

5. Melt

Macaroni & cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich. *drops mic* Find Melt in Avondale-you won’t regret going there! http://www.meltbham.com

6. Slice

Slice is a fun pizza place in Five Points downtown. The pizza is thin crust, gourmet, and customizable to any kind you want. Be sure to save room for the s’mores pizza dessert-it’s large enough to feed an entire table of people! Though parking can be tricky, the food is worth it! http://www.slicebirmingham.com

7. Urban Cookhouse

This restaurant aims to please any crowd. Not only is it healthy, but everything on their menu is good too! The grilled chicken special is a Zeta mom favorite, and you can’t go wrong with the chicken salad. Be sure to order a half-baked cookie at the same time as ordering your meal because it takes about 15-2o minutes for them to make it. They have two locations-one in downtown Homewood and another at the Summit. http://www.urbancookhouse.com

8. Brio

Looking for a good, sit-down Italian restaurant? Brio is the place for you! Plus, it’s conveniently located at Brookwood Village, right down the street from Samford. http://www.brioitalian.com/brookwood_village.html

9. Jim N Nicks

Cheese biscuits. Nuff said. https://www.jimnnicks.com

10. Mugshots

Need a place to take the guys in your family? Go to Mugshots! They have every kind of burger and the sweet potato fries aren’t bad either 🙂 http://mugshotsgrillandbar.com

We love our ZTA families!!! Feed them good food.