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Announcing The HelloMornings Advent Study Power Pack!

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New Things Coming…

There are SO many exciting things in the pipeline. And I’m absolutely thrilled about the ways I’m going to be able to better serve you as moms through the projects in the works right now.

If you listen to the Inspired To Action podcast, you know that I’m working on an Inspired To Action planner/ecourse. This is something I’ve wanted to do for so long, but it’s finally taking shape. I hope to have it all ready for 2015 so that I can help YOU make it your best year yet.

I’m also excited about bringing you TWO freshly redesigned (and overhauled) websites very soon. I’m having AND redesigned by the amazing Ted Barnett. It’s my goal to make these sites as helpful and useful to you as possible. We’ll bring all the best resources front and center and make sure that you can quickly access our ebooks, prayer calendars and new tools on the site. Stay tuned!

A Simple, Powerful Resource for Your Holidays

Finally, I’m so pleased to tell you that today we are releasing our new Advent Power Pack for HelloMornings. We’ve teamed up with the amazing Lara Williams and the talented Shaun Groves to bring you music, Bible study, family Advent readings, scripture memory passages and even a printable companion journal to help you keep Christ the focus of the season in your home.

I know just how busy the holiday season can get and even our best intentions can get lost in the busyness. That’s why we’ve brought you a study that you can do on your own AND with your family.

Honestly, just reading through Lara’s study to get it ready for the Power Pack was an incredible time in the Word for me. I know you’re going to be blessed by what she has written.

You can learn more about the Advent Power Pack here.

Thank you so much for allowing me to serve you as you invest in your children. If there is any way I can help or encourage you more, please don’t hesitate to share your idea. You are doing amazing work and I am passionate about inspiring you in any way I can.

Is It Worth It?

By | General, HelloMornings Challenge | 8 Comments

As I was running this morning I found myself asking “Is it worth it?” I’m training right now for my next race and I’m attempting to stay on a running schedule. But it’s hot and humid and I’m sacrificing sleep for this run right now. So the question comes to mind “Is this worth it?” This question comes to mind in other areas  of my life besides exercise.

  • When I am in it up to my neck in training these little people God has given us. There are times when I’m at a loss and I wonder: Is this worth it? Am I making a difference?
  • When something takes me extra effort or time that will show my husband respect or encouragement. But will he even notice? Is it worth it?
  • Taking time to pursue relationships with family members, friends, neighbors. Well they don’t seem to care one way or the other so why should I?
  • Getting up early to spend time with the Lord, when most mornings I am interrupted by early risers who don’t know how to be quiet. Why am I doing this again? Is it worth it?
  • Daily choosing to walk with Him. Often His way is not the most popular, not the easiest or most comfortable. And that question creeps into my head, is this worth it?

Of course I know the answer to this question in each of these scenarios. It IS worth it. All of it. But I still have these thoughts in moments of doubt, complacency and discouragement. And I’m guessing, if you are honest you do too. Lies can so easily find their way into our thought life and tell us that our effort and time put into staying fit and healthy, our marriage, our kids, our relationship with Him and others isn’t worth it. BUT IT IS.

Anything that is precious is going to cost us something to maintain, to pursue. Or it wouldn’t be precious to us.

It is worth the extra time, effort, the uncomfortableness, even the lack of sleep. My kids are worth it, my husband is worth it, my God is worth it. And if I want to be healthy and fit and do races well, then the training is worth it. So I will fight back those lies with truth. His truth.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,  who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

I will pursue my goals, my kids, my husband and others even when I don’t get the instant gratification of making a difference that I so want. I pray that my heart motivations are pure. Above all, I will pursue Him. He is worth it. On the days when I don’t feel like getting up to run, when my quiet time is continually interrupted, when I discipline for the same things over and over, when the drama and attitude is a little too much, when my extra effort goes unnoticed and I just don’t have it all together. It is okay. Because He still sees me same, He gives grace and He says: I am worth it. And He says: You are worth it. Let’s keep going.

What fitness/life goals are you chasing after? Share in the comments below!

profile pic 1:16:13 Aubrey is married to Brian and they have one handsome little dude and twin girly girls. Brian and Aubrey were in full time ministry for 11 years but recently made a major  change and entered the working world. Aubrey works part time at a local triathlon store and recently started her own Virtual Assistant business. She loves to run, eat ice  cream, create something out of nothing and have dance parties with her kids even though her dancing is less than cool.  She is passionate about encouraging and helping  others to set goals in all areas of life and then help them go after it! Aubrey is self labeled the CEO of the little part of the world they call home, relying on God’s grace every  step of the way.


Why Your Workout Plan Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from #HelloExercise contributor Amanda Holland.

I started working out again recently. I’ve been unhappy with my weight since I graduated from college in May, and I promised myself I would do something about it. Eventually. After this week, or after that event, or after vacation. I finally ran out of excuses, so I downloaded a Couch Potato to 5K app, got my workout clothes ready, shopped for new running shoes, and hit the local high school track one Monday after work to get started.

It was sad. Beyond sad, really. I shared the track with a senior lady. She outpaced me – and she probably thought a psycho stalker was coming up behind her, the way I gasped for breath as I ran. Which wasn’t for long. I’m in the “run 60 seconds/walk 90” portion of my training, running a whopping non-stop 1/8 of a mile. I’m going to be in the “couch potato” portion of this plan for a while…

At first, I was discouraged. Before returning to college at 30, I spent 4 1/2 years as a trainer and manager at a women’s gym – how did I get to this point? My discouragement was short lived, though, because I reminded myself of an important fact.

Your plan doesn’t have to be perfect to work.

Start with a small change, then add to it each week, or each month, or when you’ve made your change a habit.

Need inspiration? Here’s what I’ve been doing the past few weeks:

1. Change your drinks.

Are you hooked on soft drinks? Switch to a diet drink – or better yet, switch to water. Love drink mixes like Crystal Light? Change to a variety made with Steevia instead of aspartame. (Right now I’m hooked on Crystal Light Pure tropical blend and Minute Maid Drops raspberry lemonade.)

2. Add a mini-workout.

Starting a new workout program doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start with a few minutes of exercise – stretching, Pilates, a few push-ups or crunches. Download the Sworkit app – it’s free, and filled with short workouts you do anywhere.

3. Track your habits.

Sign up for a free online nutrition and exercise tracker, such as My Fitness Pal. (As an added bonus, many of us from Hello Exercise have also joined together on MFP for even more encouragement.)

Starting small still means you are starting! Doing something – even something small – means that you’re already beating the excuses. Those small decisions will add up to big change!

Join us for the HelloMornings Challenge and be a part of a community of women working to maximize their mornings through Bible Study, fitness and a simple plan for the day.

20140414-162059.jpgAmanda Holland is a pastor’s wife, mom of two boys and a Yorkie, registered dental hygienist, and children’s pastor. She shares her passion for living in God’s grace at her blog Grace In Our Moments . She is also pursuing her dream of writing fiction. Her first fictional story was published in February, and her second story will appear in June’s Splickety magazine.

How 15 Minutes Can Transform Your Motherhood (and your life)

By | General, Get Inspired | 34 Comments

“I’m in the depths of despair…”

I’m not prone to drama, but since becoming a mother I’ve certainly had my moments.

That particular night was no different. The weight of responsibility of raising three human beings and the insurmountable gap between the mother I wanted to be and the mother I really was overwhelmed me.


I’d had an awful day with my children. I was tired, they were tired and it seemed as though everyone had the emotional stomach flu.

Every offense was magnified a thousand times and our raw responses couldn’t be kept down.

When I finally crossed the merciful finish line called “bedtime” I retreated to the garage, sat in my minivan and in the blazing July heat of Texas, my sweat and tears streamed down my face in one ugly mess.

As I sat in the drivers’ seat wondering why God entrusted such beautiful children to such an failing mama, it was as if He reminded me that I can’t possibly lead my children if I don’t know where I’m going. And I can’t know where I’m going until I get out of the drivers’ seat and let Him lead me.

That night I decided to follow Jesus. Oh, I’d been a Christian for years and years, and following at a distance had always worked just fine.

But in that desperate season of motherhood with all of my emotions and hopes hemmoraging, I needed to be like the woman in Scripture…fighting with all my might to simply grasp the hem of His robe.

In my day to day life, that grasping looks like bleary eyes reading His words. That fight looks like my alarm clock. That healing has, in my weakness, not been from taking hold of everything God has for me. No, that healing has come from seemingly insignificant brushes with the hem of His greatness in fleeting moments of the morning. And the change? Miraculous. Slow, but miraculous.

I am not a perfect mother, but I am now a perfectly hopeful mother. And each morning, I grasp for His robe, listen for His direction, plan my day accordingly and do what I can to strength my body for the task ahead.

God. Plan. Move.

That routine has transformed my life.

Some days that looks like a 1 minute prayer, a glance at my to do list and 10 squats.

Other mornings I have more time, but it’s the habit that has made the difference, not the clock.

“It’s the habit that has made the difference, not the clock.”

If you’re feeling desperate in your motherhood today, can I encourage you that this habit is possible for you? And that by the grace of God, it can transform your life…

Habits beget habits. And the first habit of the day is the foundation for the rest of the day. It is your stake in the ground declaring that this day will be lived with purpose and intention.

Is it hard? Oh yeah.

Will you want to claim your first failed morning as a reason to quit the whole thing? Certainly.

Will you want to make excuses? Definitely.

But every obstacle and every failure you face can be “your excuse or your story.” Your choice.

“It’s time to choose between making and excuse or making a story.”

Dream with Me

Dream with me, will you? Imagine how you’ll feel tomorrow knowing that, only a few minutes into the day, you did three of the most important things you could do all day long.

Imagine how you’ll feel after having some time in the Word, praying for your kids, making a simple plan and making your body stronger for all that lies ahead?

It doesn’t take much. Just a few minutes and some of that mama courage.

No matter what stage of life you are in, no matter how much time you have (or don’t have) in the mornings, no matter your natural ability to plan or the state of your health, just take the first step and set your alarm clock for tomorrow morning.

God. Plan. Move.

Read a Psalm. Write a to do list on a sticky note. Do 3 sets of jumping jacks or squats.

“Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.” -John Wooden

The Future of HelloMornings

You may know that I started this blog by writing an ebook called Maximize Your Mornings. That ebook launched HelloMornings, a movement of women all over the world dedicated to making the most of their mornings.

HelloMornings has been running on it’s own, under the amazing leadership of Katie Orr, for quite awhile, but I’m super excited to be jumping back into a leadership role now.

Will things change at Inspired To Action? Oh, you might see me writing here or sharing a friend’s story 2 or 3 times a month, but everything else will stay the same. I hope to create more practical resources to help you too. I’m beyond excited about the ideas our team is dreaming up.

Most of all, I hope you see your own heart inspired, your own mornings slowly transforming, your days with your children blossoming and your life with God blooming.

I’m thankful for you today and I truly, deeply believe that God can and wants to do amazing things through you. I challenge you today to believe it too…

Take Action: If you’ve been inspired, take action. Set your alarm for tomorrow and tell me in the comments. Also? Bonus cool points if you can name the source of the quote at the very beginning of this post.

Raising Justice-Minded Kids

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 Note from Kat : This post is from my friend and monthly contributor Liz Griffin.

raising justice minded kids

The older I get the more thankful I am for my parents. They taught me from an early age about Jesus and were very active in helping me develop my relationship with Him. In addition to that, my parents were very intentional about developing my worldview – especially as it relates to issues of social justice.

Whenever I talk about being a naptime abolitionist, I am always asked about how we can raise our kids to be justice-minded. I am certainly not an expert, but my parents modeled it pretty well for me and I thought I would share a few ideas with you mamas today! Here we go…

1. Discuss the idea of justice in the Bible. If my kids know anything about justice I want them to know that it starts with God. Social justice is such a buzz word these days and kind of a trendy thing. That’s not bad at all, but I want to make sure justice isn’t just about doing good deeds.

It is an active way to show who God is to the world. Memorize scriptures that talk about justice and discuss Bible stories that show us how to treat people and respond to problems. (Hint: pretty much every Bible story fits this description)


Really cool 10 year old me in Guatemala on a trip with my family. We worked at medical clinics in villages with a team of doctors.

2. Pray for an ambulance. When I was a little girl and we would see an ambulance, police car or fire truck with their lights going my mom would always have us pray. It wasn’t some big fancy prayer, just asking God to keep everyone safe and help anyone who is hurt.

This instilled in me the habit of going immediately to God when there is an emergency. I’ve seen acts of terror, natural disasters, extreme poverty and the heavy reality of human trafficking first-hand. My first response when faced with these problems is to pray and ask for God’s help first. Thanks mom!

3. Sponsor a child. This is an awesome thing to do with your kids. It is a tangible way to teach your kids to be generous and also for them to connect personally with a child they are helping. There are lots of great organizations that offer various sponsorship opportunities. Kat has a link to Compassion in the sidebar so that could be a great place to start!


Visiting victims of the West explosion in the hospital last spring.

4. Volunteer as a family. Helping out at soup kitchens, packing school supplies for low-income students and visiting elderly are just some great things you can do together. Some of my favorite memories as a kid are when my family served our community together. If you don’t know where to start, talk to your pastor about needs in the community.

5. Model how to interact with others. When a homeless person stops you for help don’t just brush them off. Ask their name and look them in the eye. Show your kids that everyone is important no matter what they look like or how little they have.


My daughter playing with kids in a low-income neighborhood in south Texas.

6. Read biographies. Go by the library and get some books about people who made a difference in their world. Our family would ready missionary biographies growing up and I loved them. Plenty have been written about famous figures in the area of justice – Martin Luther King, Jr. , Florence Nightingale, or Abraham Lincoln would be great for starters.

7. Talk to them about what justice looks like in their world. One of the biggest misconceptions we have is that to “do justice” we have to become lawyers or move to Africa to build wells. The reality is that we are all called to do justice (Micah 6:8). So talk to your kids about what justice looks like for them. Maybe it is involving a kid who is being left out on the playground or standing up to a bully at school. Show them what they can do right where they are.

8. Take your family to visit another country. Taking your kids to another country is a great way to help them develop a heart for justice and missions. I know that is expensive and may not be possible for everyone to do. However, maybe your family could set a goal of going on a mission trip and start saving for it now.

Mamas, I believe that our kids are going to change the world! It is about just doing little things in the pace of everyday life that we can show them how to love God and love others. 

What things do you do to help raise justice-minded kids? Click here to share your ideas and join the discussion!

20130218-193106.jpg Elizabeth is a church planter, speaker, writer and naptime abolitionist. She    lives in Texas with her husband and two little kids. Her other hobbies include wasting time on social media, trying to remember where she parked her car & browsing Pinterest for DIY projects she will never actually make. You can visit her over at Lark & Bloom or on Twitter @larkandbloom.


ITA #25 – How to Set Great Goals and Rock 2014, pt. 1

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Goal Setting 101- Let's Rock 2014 (1)

2014 is just around the corner! I love this time of year. I love this season filled with possibility and hope. Today we are chatting about ways to cut through the clutter, create goals that REALLY matter and my favorite tricks for making New Years’ resolutions stick.

I’ve also created a free printable for you! It’s just a simple guide to walk you through some of the process I mention in the podcast.

Click here to download your 2014 Goals printable.

How To Rock 2014:

Step 1: Listen to the podcast.
Step 2: Download the printable and fill it out.
Step 3: Stay tuned for part 2…all about getting it done.

Cool Stuff Mentioned This Episode
Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.


ITA #24 – Hope for the Weary Mom, Kids and Social Media – An Interview with Stacey Thacker

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StaceyThackerToday we are chatting with Stacey Thacker about her books Hope for the Weary Mom and Being OK with Where You’re At and we also discuss how we are navigating teens, tweens and social media.

Note that we recorded this interview in early September, that’s why we mention the hot weather and my new puppy. I’m happy to report I get much more sleep than I did when I recorded this episode. I know you care. Thanks for asking.

You’re going to love the wisdom Stacey has to share, so grab some headphones and join us for a chat!

Cool Stuff Mentioned This Episode

Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess {Expanded Edition}
Being OK with Where You’re At
29 Lincoln Avenue
Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.


What The Federal Government Taught Me About Motherhood

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 Note from Kat: This is a post from my friend and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

IMG_8361-1 Meetings on the Hill with Jady

A few weeks ago I packed up my bags, took my husband Jady and boarded a plane to Washington DC. This sounds so posh to say, but I had some meetings with Congressional offices to talk about human trafficking and ways to combat it here in the United States. Perhaps at this point you are totally bewildered about who I am and why in the world I would be doing this? You can get filled in here where I talk about being a Naptime Abolitionist.

The first thing that struck me when we entered into the various congressional buildings was how shiny the floors were. Seriously, they were gleaming. I’d pay money to know what they use on those suckers because I need to buy it. Only a mom would notice things like that.

Meeting with Congressman Flores…and do you see how shiny the floor is???

Once I got over the sparkling tiles, I allowed myself to soak in the power of where I was. This place is arguably one of the most influential few square miles on the planet. And here I was, a stay-at-home mom, sharing my ideas with them. I’m guessing this is where the whole “foolish things to shame the wise” verse comes into play.

We met with various organizations, legislative directors, and chiefs of staff. I was really nervous at first. These people had degrees and credentials plastered on their office walls. I hold a bachelor’s degree in political science, which basically qualifies me to drive a bus in DC.

The more we dialogued about the problem with jurisdiction of agencies, financial implications, or bipartisan challenges, the more comfortable I felt. Not because I have degrees in economics and experience drafting legislation, but because I talk about these things in my living room with my kids almost every day.


The nature of the conversation was political, but it could be boiled down to sharing, having compassion and how to prefer others over ourselves. These are the principles I was talking about with politicians and it is what I talk about with my kids.

Walking through the streets in DC it was very tempting to pass buildings like the Dept. of Education, Dept. of Justice or the Center for Disease Control and feel like “those” people are the movers and shakers. The ones who are responding to the big issues and needs of our day.

My meetings in Washington taught me something though.

Social reform starts in our living rooms as we teach our kids how to engage the world around them. —> click to tweet

I don’t have to work in those fancy buildings to address issues of international importance…

Teaching my kids to read. Education reform.

Helping them learn how to save their money. Fiscal responsibility.

Training them to stand up for a bullied classmate. National defense.

Feeding them healthy food & teaching them the value of exercise. Healthcare reform.

Learning to work through & resolve conflict. Bipartisanship. 

The list goes on…

I am thankful for all those in public service for their work to address very real and significant issues. However, I am acutely aware of how directly I can influence those things as I raise my kids and teach them how to live their lives.

So mammas, maybe you deal with feeling like other people are doing the big & important work. I just met with those “other” people and they are, in many ways, trying to make up for what didn’t happen in living rooms.

As you break up another fight today, make another meal, and annoy your kids at the grocery store by taking forever to compare prices — know this. You are doing something of national importance. Transforming the world from our minivans is what we moms do best. Go get ’em ladies.

Do you ever feel like “other” people do the important work?  Join the discussion and share your thoughts! Click here to join the discussion!


20130218-193106.jpgElizabeth is a church planter, speaker, writer and naptime abolitionist. She lives in Texas with her husband and two little kids. Her other hobbies include wasting time on social media, trying to remember where she parked her car & browsing Pinterest for DIY projects she will never actually make. You can visit her over at Lark & Bloom or on twitter @larkandbloom.



Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet: 7 Day Goal Setting Prayer Plan and Pep Talk

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goal setting prayer plan

“Mama…I want to get a ribbon in the Turkey Trot.”

We were on an afternoon walk, just the two of us, and we were talking about our goals for the year.

The Turkey Trot is a yearly 5k race at her school for all the students from 1st grade through 8th grade. Being that she’s only in the 4th grade, it was an ambitious goal, but I was so proud of her for believing in herself and being brave enough to tell me.

After all, if we aren’t brave enough to speak our dreams, how can we ever accomplish them? (Click to tweet!)

This year, the day of the race was COLD and rainy. Texans aren’t familiar with this sort of weather. So, instead of canceling it, the school moved it inside.

Yep. An indoor 5k through the hallways of the school.

It was as crazy as you’d imagine. The hardest part, besides dodging doorknobs, was that since everyone had to make so many laps through the school, you never actually knew who was ahead of you or who was behind you in the race. Everyone was lapping everyone at one point or another.

But my girl ran hard and when they called the names of the winners, my sweet 4th grader got 2nd place!

She could have told herself she was too young to place. She could have given up because she couldn’t see who was ahead or who was behind, but instead, she focused on being her best instead of the best. She left it all out there and ended up reaching the goal she set so many months before.

I was a proud mama, not just because she got a ribbon, but because she set a high goal, worked hard (running as hard as she could in PE each week) and completed it.

Do you Believe 2014 Can Be Your Best Year Yet?

I realize it might seem a bit early to plan for 2014, it’s not even Christmas yet. But now is actually the perfect time to start the process of dreaming, which is the first step in planning.

It is perfectly possible that 2014 will be the absolute best year of your life. You have 365 days to accomplish things you only dream of right now. There is not a single reason why next year at this time you can’t look back and say, “Wow! I can’t believe I actually did all that.”


Seriously. There is no reason, excuse or fear that can keep you from personal revolution in the 52 weeks of 2014.

So here is what I want you to do.

STEP 1: Pray

Ask God what is on His heart for you this year. What does He want you to focus on and accomplish?

God didn’t just make you for fun. He has a specific purpose and plan for your life. There are things He made you to do. People He created you to impact.

Therefore each of us has a great responsibility to steward our days well. (Click to tweet!)

Henry David Thoreau said, “As if killing time doesn’t injure eternity…”

Don’t waste 2014. Ask God to fill you with purpose this year.

Day 1: Pray for direction in your roles. Where does God want you to spend your time this year? What areas of your life need your attention? Journal your thoughts.

Day 2: Give God your fears and excuses and cling to the truth that with Him and through Him all things are possible. Ask Him to help you recognize the lies of the enemy subtly disguised as insecurity and ask God to show you verses to combat those lies. Write those verses out and put them on your mirror or your refrigerator. Journal your thoughts.

Day 3: Thank God for all the gifts, people and opportunities He has given you. Just spend today recognizing His goodness. Journal your thoughts.

Day 4: Ask Him how He wants you to use those gifts, relationship and opportunities for His glory this year. Journal your thoughts.

Day 5,6,7: Review all your journals from this week and find the common threads and themes. Arrange them, refine them, rearrange them, eliminate some of them, and pray through them.

This will be the basis for your goals for 2014. We’ll get to work on creating those and writing them out next week.

Step 2: Believe and Get It Done

With God, all things are possible. God didn’t make you lesser than Mother Teresa or Corrie ten Boom or Elisabeth Elliot. As a believer in Christ, the Holy Spirit resides in you. Not 25% of Him, not 50% of Him. All of Him. You have direct access to the living God who spoke Heaven, Earth and every living thing into being. He walked on sea, turned water into a fine wine and fed thousands with a little boy’s snack.

I double dog dare you to be like that little boy this year. Bring what you have. It doesn’t matter if it seems like enough…He is enough. It’s not about what we can accomplish, it’s about what He can accomplish through those brave enough to bring an inadequate solution to an more than adequate Savior.

Come on now…

Are you in? If you’re up for the challenge, click here to leave a comment saying, “I’m in” and then get started. Let’s make 2014 your best year yet.


Why I Turned Down a Free Lifetime Membership (and Get Ready for Another Meal Planning Bootcamp!)

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I loathed meal planning.

On a particularly low day during my first pregnancy, I sat at dining room table staring at dozens of takeout menus. With all the despair of Anne Shirley, I laid my head down and cried, “I Just. Don’t. Know. what to have for dinner!”

I was overwhelmed by meal planning, and…I wasn’t even COOKING!!

It doesn’t get more pathetic than that. I couldn’t meal plan…even when I was just ordering take out.

Like I said, I loathed meal planning.

But then, a couple years ago I found a site called Plan To Eat. I fell in love and told everyone I knew about it.

Why I Turned Down A Free Offer

Well, not long after, the nice folks at PTE appreciated all my referrals and offered to give me a free lifetime subscription to their service.

Now, I’m all for saving money, but it is crucially important to me that my priority is always you, my mom friends. We don’t have time or money to waste, so I never want to feel obligated to a business in any way. (That’s also why I don’t have ads here on the blog.) I only want to share things that have had a huge impact on my home and that I think will help you too.

So, I said no thank you.

If figure, if I’m encouraging you to put down your hard earned money for something, I should do the same.

So that’s why I get excited when they do their Black Friday sale each year. That sale is going on right now, which means you and I can get their service for 50% off for a whole year!

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

I’m definitely signing up and if meal planning is your enemy too, check out their service (they have a free trial) and see if it’s for you. (Or at least watch the video I made for them. I’m such a dork on video.)

I’ll be holding another round of my Meal Planning Bootcamp after the holidays to make sure everyone gets started on the right foot for 2014!

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