Take Refuge: Seeing Our Trustworthy God in the Story of Ruth

By | Motivation | 32 Comments

Announcing the Bible study for the next HelloMornings challenge! We’ll be diving into the book of Ruth, with a new study method to learn along the way. Lara and I are so excited for this study to launch. It might just be our favorite study yet! Will you be studying Ruth with us? It will be available as a FREE download for all HelloMornings participants. Open registration for the next challenge starts this Monday, February 17th. UPDATE: Registration is NOW OPEN! See you then, and be sure to invite your friends! Space is limited and groups fill up FAST!

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Exercise Mini-Challenge

By | Move Time | 36 Comments

We’ve had a great few weeks together so far and today we kick off our last mini-challenge: MOVE. MOVE MINI-CHALLENGE DETAILS: January 20th (today!) – January 24th Hosted by Alisha Gratehouse and Candice Clem 5 days of easy assignments. Biblical foundation for working out. Tips to help you plan for success. Help setting your exercise goals for the year. Move Assignment #1 This week we want you to put exercise on your daily list. Make it one of your “three things” and once you do, choose your “when.” And, we’ll take it a day at a time. Starting with today….

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A Simple Start to Planning Your Days

By | Motivation, Plan Time

It’s time for a planning spark. Yep, you know that jump-start you need to actually complete those goals you’ve set for 2014? Well, we’ve got just the thing. We’ll lead you through simple yet effective planning tips you can use in your everyday life. Planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating. So, whether you’re new to planning or need some tips to refine your efforts, all you’ll need are some 3×5 cards and a willingness to try things out! PLAN MINI-CHALLENGE DETAILS: Monday, January 13th – Friday, January 17th Hosted by  Christie and Melissa. A chance to try out simple planning tools for daily planning….

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FREE Colossians Bible Study

By | God Time, Motivation | 304 Comments

The first mini-challenge of 2014 is here! We’ll be studying the book of Colossians together through a quick, yet intentional look at this letter. GOD Mini-Challenge Details: Monday, 1/6 – Friday, 1/10 Hosted by Denise Hughes 5-Day study of Colossians Additional commentary here on the blog Includes a free PDF study guide (UPDATE: You can catch the commentary posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.) Reading Schedule MONDAY:  Experiencing the Power of Prayer  ~  Colossians 1:1-14 TUESDAY:  Understanding the Fullness of Christ’s Deity  ~  Colossians 1:15-2:5 WEDNESDAY:  Knowing the Truth of God’s Word  ~  Colossians 2:6-23 THURSDAY:  Putting on the New Self  ~…

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The #1 Killer of a Goal

By | Motivation | 9 Comments

Want to know what the #1 killer of momentum is for me? Perfectionism. In fact, perfectionism is not only a momentum sucker, it’s a road-blocker. Oftentimes, I find myself, ready to start on a goal, all set with my tools and awesome pinterest boards, and then . . . nothing. Afraid to fail, I never give it a chance. This time of year, I am about ready to dive deeper in the the Bible than ever before, exercise everyday, start cooking every night, spend hours of quality time with each of my family members . . .  you get the picture….

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Get Set

By | Motivation | 14 Comments

Happy New Year!! Today begins a fresh start to our race of faith. Exciting, isn’t it?! We’ve READIED our hearts through prayer and now its time SET ourselves up for a successful year. I’m a researcher by nature and before I dive in too deep, I like to read and prepare for whatever I set my mind to do. So, today I thought we could share with each other our favorite resources and tools to help set us up for a successful year of early mornings. Resources for an Early Morning Maximize Your Mornings blog series and ebook by Kat Lee….

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Get Ready {5 Prayers for the New Year}

By | Motivation | 27 Comments

Well, ladies, it’s here. 2014. I don’t feel ready for it — at all. The last few months of 2013 have left me derailed, tired, and depleted. The thought of ramping up for a new year of planning, goals, and rising early leaves me overwhelmed. Yet, I know that the planning, goal setting, and re-establishing an awesome morning routine is exactly what I need to move forward and find a new-normal. This girl needs a kick-start before 2014 arrives, and the best sort of kick-starts comes from the One who is the only true and reliable source of power and…

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Ready for an incredible 2014?

By | Motivation | 51 Comments

2014 January Challenge Dates Week of 12/30 – READY (with a FREE prayer printable!), SET, GO Kick-off Week of 1/6 – GOD Mini-Challenge Week of 1/13 – PLAN Mini-Challenge Week of 1/20 – MOVE Mini-Challenge Mark your calendars, ladies. January is going to be awesome. We hope you will find these week-long challenges a great way to kick-start the year and gear up for the next “real” HelloMornings challenge coming in February. There will be no formal sign-ups or group formation for these mini-challenges, and you can pick and choose one, two, or all three to be a part of! Which challenge do you feel…

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Hiding Ephesians 1 in My Heart

By | God Time | 6 Comments

I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified – Chuck Swindoll (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61) I’ve been a reluctant Scripture-memorizer. For years I’ve know of the said benefits…

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Being OK with where you are

By | Motivation | One Comment

My dear friend Stacey is launching her first solo writing project and I am so proud of her! This book is a great encouragement for anyone with dashed hopes and not-yet dreams. (Isn’t that all of us?!) You can grab Being OK with Where You Are on Amazon and for every copy sold today and tomorrow, Stacey is donating $1 to Freeset Global, an incredible organization helping to set women free from the cycle of sexual exploitation. She is also hosting a giveaway on her blog today, which includes a handmade Freeset bag. I believe in the heart of this book…

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