Day 21 // Call

Day 21 // Call

Mark Batterson says, “A big dream is simultaneously the best feeling and the worst feeling in the world.” When a dream that was planted in our hearts from God is realized, our purpose in life becomes clearer. But actually doing that dream? That takes risk and risk is one of the worst feelings in the world. Taking risks means we have to be brave. Isn’t is much safer to politely tell God, “I’m fine right where I am?”

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Day 20 // Whole

Day 20 // Whole

Today, my mom and I went to lunch, just the two of us. We live in the same town and see each other often, but usually, our conversations are accompanied by the demands of my two-year-old and the laughs and screams of my older girls. So, for us to sit down and order a meal without being interrupted was such a treat.  While eating our salads, she confessed how proud she was that I shared my struggles through this prayer study. Then, she being mom, asked: “Aren’t you going to write about anything happy?”

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Day 18 // Deep

Day 18 // Deep

While I want to end this study with rainbows and unicorns and motivation, I also want to be real. We all experience both light and darkness. Some of us are living in a season where life is full of glitter and sparkles and all the smiley face stickers a girl could imagine. Life doesn’t seem to get any better and we let our friends know with every single status update. It’s good to celebrate this season of happiness but then there are others of us that aren’t in that state of mind, and every time we see another adorable picture of your family or latest craft project we are happy for you but hate you (just a little!).

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Day 14 // Failure

Day 14 // Failure

For almost a month, we’ve been seeking God’s help and guidance for 2016. I’m sure some of you have never felt closer to God while others feel like a failure because you haven’t been able to keep up. Failure discourages our hearts and we lose confidence in ourselves. Today, I want us to change our attitude about failing. Instead of seeing it as defeat, let’s view failure as the attitude of champions.

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Day 10 // Ten

Day 10 // Ten

Let’s face it: we all want a picture perfect home, marriage, career, and family. Women want to have it all, and we so quickly compare what we have to what others have. But you will always have something that someone else envies too. If we keep circling ourselves in this downward cycle of comparison, we are going to become so dizzy that we can’t think straight. We’ve got to stop scrolling each other’s curated Instagram feeds and wishing for what others have. Instead of comparing what we don’t have, let’s shift our hearts and be thankful for what we do have. Jesus is our peace; He destroys the barriers of comparison that our hearts so often revert back to.

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Day 5 // Deliver

Day 5 // Deliver

Even though we live in the twenty-first century, we are all still in the nineteenth century throes of slavery. There are over 30 million individuals in the world still being forced into labor and sex-trafficking. The rest of us find ourselves in bondage to the false idols that we think will bring us worth. We must break the chains of slavery by believing that we are free in Christ.

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