Today is the eighth day of 40 minutes for 40 days. I began last week, you can read more about it here.

There is something that happens when I sit in the Lord’s presence. A calm replaces all the anxiety that wells up inside me. The constant push to go bigger, faster, better, to get more evaporates.

Sitting in his presence, communing with him daily replaces that frantic desire to move with a desire to just be.

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“Very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

This year as I began to prepare for Lent, it has been heavy on my heart that I need to be more diligent/consistent/mindful when it comes to spending time in prayer.

God called me not to give something up this year, but to give of something,

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This past week, no, this past month has been one full of sickness for our family. One thing after another, if there is a bacteria, infection, or virus out there we have caught it and then we passed it to one another.

I have been disinfecting, washing, driving to the doctor, waiting in lines, and filling prescriptions. I have been cuddling, loving, reading and attempting to rest. I haven’t had time to do all the things,

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You attended IF:Gathering this past weekend.

Maybe you attended in Austin or at an IF:Local. Perhaps you watched and listened in a home, or sanctuary, or on your bed after the kids went to sleep. Maybe you came in jeans, or work clothes, or curled up in pajamas.

You joined with women from all over the world, you lifted your hands up in praise as you sang, “Holy Spirit you are welcome here.”

You listened as Ann Voskamp called for “crusiformation” and as Lysa Terkeurst challenged “never take your eyes off the Master.”

Everyone’s new best friend,

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You guys, I wrote a book! A devotional actually, it is titled She Says, He Says, more about it a bit…first I wanted to share the story behind how it came to be.

The story

It started slowly at first, my desire to write, then it grew. I didn’t have much more of a dream than to reach people, right where they were, with my words. Looking back, it seems inevitable that this is who I was created to be.

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Can you believe we are already at step three? If you are just joining us, we are working through the series Create a Life You Love. So far we have gone through Step One: Prioritize and Step Two: Plan. Today we begin Step Three: Practice- Implement your plan.

I don’t know about you, but last week was hard. I struggle with saying no, even when I know it’s in order to say yes to great things.

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Welcome back! If you’re just joining us, this is Step Two in the series 4 Easy Steps to Create a Life You Love. You can find Step One here.

For those of you who finished last week’s exercise, Prioritize, how did it go? Did you find the Dream Big exercise helpful? Did you have a tough time listing out your top five priorities? I found the exercise to be quite freeing.

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Happy New Year! Today is the first day in the new series, 4 Easy Steps to Create a Life You Love. I am so glad you are here.

This series is for anyone who:

  • is unhappy with their current life but is unsure how to change
  • wants more, and wants less, but doesn’t know how to reach a balance
  • is tired of living run-down, rushed and ragged
  • wishes they could finally start living the life they have always dreamed of

This series will allow you to create a life you love by guiding you through four easy steps: Prioritize,

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Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. We stayed in our pj’s all day and finished watching all of the Star Wars movies. Our girls had never seen them, and I’ll admit I had only seen a few. I understand all the hype now. And can I just say I love Anakin Skywalker and Padme’s love story. I’m a sucker for a happy ending, it was hard for me to watch knowing how it all ends.

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