Reflections on My First Year of Blogging

Well, friends, it has been awhile, hasn't it?

Earlier this year, I chose to take a much-needed break from blogging. A step back. A breather.

It started as a one month break in April. I realized at the end of the month that I needed more time, and who was telling me I couldn't take it? No one. Only me.

So I turned my one month breather into a summer break. And it was completely worth it.

As summer drew to a close and I quietly celebrated my blog's one year anniversary, I contemplated whether it was time to begin blogging again. But I knew in my heart that God would lead me when the time was right, and it wasn't time yet.

So I waited.

And during the wait, I rested. I drew closer to God. I dug deep into the Word. I spent more time with my husband. I focused 100% on the pieces of my life which matter most to me.

Then, finally, it happened.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting it. I had felt the nudge back toward blogging a few times, but never this strongly.

It was time to start writing my story again. To glorify God through the good works he has done in my life. I knew it in my heart, and it filled me with joy!

There has been a lot of change in my heart this year. The kind of change that only God can facilitate.

It's going to change the way I run Cultivate Grace for the better, and that's what I want to share with you today.

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7 Powerful Steps To Set Goals God's Way

Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about goal-setting?

You probably already know I'm a huge fan of Lara Casey & Cultivate What Matters, and I absolutely love using her PowerSheets and goal-setting blog series each year.

There's just something beautiful about taking small, intentional steps toward making what really matters to you happen.

But what DOES the bible say about setting goals?

That's what I hope to answer for you today, and to share a few simple steps to set God-centered goals.

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What It Really Means To Let Go & Let God

I don't know about you, but Holy Week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year.

And just between us, I might like it even better than Christmas :) :)

Why? Because we've just spent the past 40 days reflecting on the life of Christ and our deep need for Him.

And this week feels closer to Him than ever before.

Reading the bible stories about the week leading up to Christ's crucifixion during THIS WEEK two thousand years ago somehow makes me feel so much closer to the actual events.

A few weeks ago, I was slowed down by a need to focus on my health. For an entire week, I spent my days either in a doctor's office or in bed with intense headaches and TMJ pain. 

I'm on the mend now, but somehow it's a different story...

And that's the story I want to share with you today - the story of how I learned what it really means to "Let go, and let God."

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How I Overcame My Fear of Praying Out Loud

I spent years afraid to pray in front of others.

Fear kept me from praying with friends when I could tell they really needed it.
Fear kept me from praying at family gatherings.
Fear even kept me from praying with my future husband, even when our relationship really needed it.
Fear kept my walk with God stagnant.

Fear is a tool used by Satan to keep us far from God. He knows that the more time we spend communing with God, the easier we can stand against his advances.

Ephesians 6:11 says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil."

The enemy hates when we grow closer to God and will work harder at that point to instill fear.

Today, I want to encourage you to not believe his lies. If you have a fear of praying out loud, or even if you're just unsure what to say in a verbal prayer, keep reading!

I'm sharing my story of how I overcame my fear of praying out loud, in the hopes that you too can grow in your walk and relationship with the Lord.

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3 Amazing Must-Have Resources For Bible Study Topics

The one thing that has held me back from consistent bible study time and time again is simply knowing where to start!

It really doesn't work to just flip open the bible to any page and start reading.

One of my spiritual gifts is administration, which means I like to be organized - so being intentional about what I'm studying is important to me!

Over time, I've come to love these 3 resources as my favorites for following along with bible studies.

It's my hope that they will help guide you, too!

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