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What I Learned From The START Experiment & Why You Should Join Me Next Time

business life simplicity Aug 04, 2013

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On July 15th, a little over 2400 people agreed to go on an adventure. This adventure was created by Jon Acuff, author of the book Start, in order to create community and challenge people to face their fears and start something.

Everyone picked one risk to work on for 24 days and we were split into groups of 24. Some people are writing books, some are starting businesses, some are trying to lose weight, and some are trying to refocus their lives so that they can figure out what their dream is. No matter what the risk is or how different it may be from someone else's, we are a community. We are encouraging each other and helping each other. I honestly believe that the risks that were taken this past month will help make the world a better place.

The most important thing I've taken from this experiment is that facing your fears, sharing your dreams, and everything in between, is so much easier with others standing along side you.

Jon will be starting another START Experiment in the...

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Book Review :: Anonymous {Jesus' Hidden Years & Yours}

faith home life Aug 02, 2013

Anonymous Alicia Britt Chole

At the beginning of the year I made a HUGE list of books I want to read in 2013. This book, Anonymous, was one of those books. I can't tell you how much I love this book.

Alicia Britt Chole is a wonderful writer. It's hard to put the book down. She captures the essence of hidden years and reminds us that Jesus lived most of his life in hidden years.

 

When your potential is unseen and your abilities are unappreciated...

When you're living in the gap between your dreams and life's realties...

You're in what author Alicia Britt Chole Calls an "anonymous season of the soul"

We all go through those times of being hidden, feeling like no one see us or knows us or that we even make a difference in the world. The most important thing I took from the book was that these hidden years are forming our character. The choices we make now, even when we think they're not important, determine how we will react to situations in the future. Instead of waiting for something drastic to change...

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You Were Created To Do Amazing Things

faith life Jul 31, 2013

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Yes you were! Did you know that? So why are you settling for less?  It's time to start being amazing.

Not perfect.

Amazing.

You were created by a perfect God who is strong, loving, forgiving, creative, and wise. You were created in His image, which means you can be these things too.

Whatever it is that's keeping you from amazing, face it head on and remove it. Whether it's physical or mental, figure out a way to chip away at it. Even if it's only a little bit at a time, you can do it.

And, you don't need to go save the world today to be amazing. It starts with one thing, one person. What can you do today that will make another person's life better? For a family member, a friend, the clerk at the grocery store, a homeless man on the street. There has to be one thing you can do today that will matter for eternity.

Every little thing you do that may seem insignificant is going to add up and it's going to give you strength and courage to do bigger and better things.

Do...

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5 Ways To Defeat Distractions So You Can Focus On Your Dreams

business life simplicity Jul 30, 2013

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You’ve found your dream, your vision, your purpose. You’re fired up and ready to change the world…

Key downer music…

You’re distracted.

Too much to do to focus on your dream. Other things that are far less important seem to be nagging you. In order to accomplish your dreams, your purpose, and your goals, you need to eliminate those time wasting distractions.

Here’s what I’m doing to get rid of those nasty distractions. {It’s not perfect, it’s a process, so don’t get mad if I change my mind.}

1. Make a list of what needs to be done.

Whether it's mental or physical, just make note of it. For me, this includes projects around the house, work for church, etc. If you acknowledge everything that needs to be done and start tackling it, you won’t feel guilty about working on your dream.

2. Be prepared.

Know what needs to be done and when. You can’t pretend, now that you have this dream, that nothing else in the world...

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One Word 2013 :: Expectant

business faith life Jul 29, 2013

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We are over 1/2 way through 2013 and I'm kind of giving myself a little reality check. At the beginning of the year, I shared on my other site that my word for 2013 is Expectant. Since many of you may not follow that site, I wanted to share with you why I chose that word and where I stand with my goals for the year.

And no, I'm not expectING!

2012 was an amazing year for us as a family and especially for me personally. We found HOME with new friends and family at our church, grown spiritually and as a family, tested our faith, seen God’s miracles… the list goes on.  I know that His promises are all over His word for a reason and that is why I chose the word “Expectant” for 2013.  Not only do I believe in God and his promises, I am expectant for all He has for me and my family for this coming year!

Here are the goals I set for 2013:

Read my Bible in a Year {and keep a journal}
Read more books
Write more Play more
Get more organized in all areas of my...
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5 Things I Do Each Morning To Make My Day Awesome

business home life simplicity Jul 25, 2013

Since I've joined the 5 Club, I've learned a few things that help get my day going and ensure awesomeness! I thought I would share them with you because, even if you don't getup at 5, you can still do these things to help create an awesome day!

1. Set your alarm! Novel idea, right? But, really, set your alarm. Set it and forget it. Same time, every day. Even if you think you don't really need to get up then. I've learned that it's just as hard to get up at 7 as it is at 5. I'd rather just get up and get going no matter what day it is. My alarm is set to go off at 4:59 am. Every. Day. This has changed my mindset. Instead of setting my alarm based on when I'm getting in bed, I'm getting in bed based on my alarm going off the next morning.

2. Shed some light. Open your blinds or turn on a bunch of lights. If it's light in your house, it helps wake you up. There's nothing worse than trying to start your day while it's still dark out. Your mind is telling you, "Are you kidding me? It's...

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Learning to Love the Stretch

faith life Jul 23, 2013

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Our lives were never meant to be familiar. We were made for more. For momentum. For change.

One thing I've learned over the past few years, is that change requires stretch. Sometimes a stretch so big that it really hurts. Like, every fiber of your body is ripping apart and it hurts so bad that you want to just give up so your body can relax!  Jump into a hot tub, drift off to la la land, and forget it. You know that if you call it quits you'll be given immediate relief.

But not today. Not this month. Not this life. Ever. I'm done quitting. Even when it goes against every grain in my human body.

I'm learning to like the stretch now because I know it's bringing me closer to my completeness. Not by me but by God. The completeness He has ordained for me from the beginning of time. If He has a place He wants me, then I must trust that the stretch is what's going to get me there. Each time I'm stretched, if I continue, I'll be able to stretch farther than before. If I resist or...

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Have You Forgotten How to Dream?

business faith life Jul 22, 2013

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Do you dream of being an astronaut, a firefighter, a ballerina, or a school teacher? Or are those dreams just for the kid in you, packed away in your kindergarten lunch box, buried deep in your parents attic? Do you even remember your childhood dreams?

What do you dream of now? Getting away for a fabulous vacation, retiring early and buying a vacation home in Italy, or maybe just getting through life without any major problems?

I believe that our dreams and desires are from God. They are a reflection of how He created us and can use us to fulfill His great commission. As we grow older and life gets in the way, we unlearn how to dream. The logical side of our brain takes over and we turn into survival mode.

How sad.

How boring!

A world full of people who don't have dreams. Who just want to get through life. Work for the weekends, save for retirement, die and go to heaven. Phew! Made it.

Yuck!

God has so much more in store for all of us. We just need to tap in to what He's called us...

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Fear Hates The Truth

business faith life Jul 19, 2013

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Fear is usually the main component in keeping you from doing something. Doing something that you love, that you dream, that you just might dare to try. This START experiment is teaching me so much about how little my fears actually are and some things that fear hates. We know it hates community and we know it hates 5 am. But one of the biggest things fear hates is the TRUTH! Why? Because fear is a LIAR!

If fear is a liar, then fear hates the truth.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8

Earlier this week, Jon asked us to write down our fears. No matter how big or small, just write them down in a journal. You know what? It helped! Seeing those fears on paper made them seem small and insignificant. Like little lies just trying to hold me back. That alone made me realize that my fears were stupid little liars.

Today, Jon asked us to write truths below...

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Blank Piece of Paper

faith life Jul 16, 2013

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When Morgan and I were at the Colour Conference at Hillsong in March, Pastor Brian Houston spoke one night on breakthrough, opportunity, and blessing. It was one of the most life giving messages I've ever heard. At the end of the message he spoke about vision, insight, and dreams. Then he read this verse:

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run that reads it. - Habakkuk 2:2

He then challenged each of us to take a blank piece of paper and ask God to brighten our eyes. To write it down and make it plain. To not think too small with the mentality of a persecuted remnant.

This is my heart. This is what I saw. This is what I wrote:

Brighten my eyes!

I see God's people awakening from a slumber. Rising up to fulfill their purpose in life. Their eyes being opened to the TRUTH and LIFE. Realizing that what they once thought they knew was just the tip of the iceberg and that Satan had them trapped.

Trapped in what they thought...

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