Warning: mega post packed with goodness! Grab a tall glass of sweet tea and enjoy : )
I wrote a series on Goal Setting & Setting Yourself Up for Success at the start of this year because I got really tired of NOT making progress on the things that matter most. In fact, I realized I didn’t know what truly mattered most to me. I didn’t want to end another year with regret about things I could have accomplished if I had just taken tiny steps along the way to make them happen. I got really tired of looking back and realizing how much time I wasted on worry and things that distracted me from my purpose. I started this year with one main goal in mind and several that branch out from it: to know God more and walk in His ways. I wanted to finally do the things I’ve always had on my heart to do. I wanted to make LIFE happen. Turns out, a lot of you felt the same way.
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I updated you with my first round of progress on April 10 and our second update was supposed to be on July 10th. I didn’t forget about it, but I have had a really hard time writing this post for some reason. I started to write this update and suddenly felt stuck — like I had nothing to report on. Then, over the last weeks, God has been breaking me down to see just how much change has happened in my heart since the start of this year.. and how much more growing I need to do. If you read my newsletter this month, you know it’s been a crazy time! I needed to put the train brakes on to slow down and realize that I have made a lot happen, through God’s amazing guidance, the last four months.
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So much has happened since my last update! A few highlights…
- We hosted an amazing Making Things Happen Conference. We’re so excited about the next one in October.
- We bought our house — praise the Lord! Well, the bank technically bought it, but we are paying the mortgage : )
- I wrote a book 46-page proposal and it was accepted. More on that later…
- Ari interviewed for and started his new job. He officially and Interventional Radiologist and Professor at UNC. I’m so proud of him!
- We said farewell to Susan and welcomed Meredith into our family. Meredith has been a dream come true and moved all the way from Norman, Oklahoma to be with us! Read her inspiring blog.
- We interviewed and hired Lisa, who celebrates one month with us today!
- Nicole celebrated 3+ years with us and renewed her contract (with some bribing – see here), Emily celebrated 4 years, Marissa celebrated 3+ years and Kristin celebrated her first wonderful year with us!
- I spoke at Engage! and Americasmart.
- Emily and I worked with 22 incredible branding clients.
- We launched lots of new shop products.
- Ari and I took a week of “stay-cation” and had a great visit with his mom. Our stay-cation included a trip to the Piggly Wiggly — definitely a highlight!
- I read a book that changed my life.
- I took 2 weeks completely off of social media.
- Ari and I started teaching Sunday School.
- We also shared the story of our marriage – the good and the challenging – live on camera.
- We celebrated the one year anniversary of my dad’s baptism. God is amazing!
- We said farewell to some great friends. We miss you Thom and Bek!
- We launched the Southern Weddings and Lara Casey monthly newsletters.
- I planted a garden and fell in love with gardening (and got stung by a poisonous caterpillar family — what!?).
- I had the biggest business meeting of my life. More to come on that in a few months.
- Gracie continues to make my heart so full every day. That is definitely a highlight.
- We celebrated five years of Southern Weddings with lots of favorites from the last wonderful years: favorite editorials, real weddings, SW ladies, behind-the-scenes goodness, amazing photographs and our growth. God is good!
My motto as of late: nothing measured, nothing managed. My bulletin board is below. This phrase has stuck with me lately because I tend to operate in the opposite way — I naturally prefer to live impulsively and coast through life rather than having a solid plan. When I have a plan and a goal, it means I have to commit to something and there is a chance I could fail, so my natural tendency has been to shy away from goals. Anyone else ever feel this way?
You know where this whole “Make it Happen” thing came from in the first place? Because I had to say that phrase to myself constantly to get motivated. When I was in college, my course load was 56 credit hours per semester. I had to kick my own tail to make things happen constantly. I still do. Over time, I’ve gone from being a coaster to a doer. This is not “natural” for me. If you’re in the same boat, welcome : )
I’ve come to see that you have to have clear goals and be able to measure your progress to keep moving forward. I need accountability or things don’t happen. Leave me to my own devices and I’ll get distracted. That’s why I made the PowerSheets and have devoted a good portion of my life to learning how to make things happen and teaching others to do the same. Life is too short to coast.
The basics of how to make things happen (read the goal setting posts below for much more!):
1. In order to make progress on anything, you have to first be honest with yourself about where you are. Face the reality of where you are — with a heaping dose of grace for yourself — and ask God what you need to do next. Is what you’re doing right now to make your goals happen working? If not, redirect and take action on a better plan. Be honest and gentle with yourself. Progress, not perfection.
2. Next, dig deep to define what your goals/next action steps are. The difference between a dream and a goal is that a goal has a plan. In order to set great goals — goals you will want to accomplish — you have to get specific and get to the core of WHY you want to make them happen.
3. Then, DO something about your goals. You must take physical action. Physical action is different than thinking about things. This isn’t rocket science, but making things happen takes hard work. Your goals must be more important than your excuses. Are they?
4. And then, finally, you must measure your progress. Whether you use my PowerSheets or you use a journal, use something. Nothing measured, nothing managed.
If you are stumbling on my blog for the first time, or if you need to start fresh, below are the links to get you moving. It doesn’t matter that it’s August. It’s NEVER to late to do what matters and start LIVING. Today is the day — YOUR day to start making it happen, to get back on track, or to choose a new track entirely!
GOAL SETTING + MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 1
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 2
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 3
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 4
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 5
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: CLEAR THE CLUTTER
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: PREPARE FOR GREATNESS
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: TAKE A BREAK!
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: NAME YOUR FEAR
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: CREATE BOUNDARIES
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: ENCOURAGE OTHERS
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: THE BIG LIST
If you started with me on your goal setting in January or even if you’re new here (welcome!), I’d love to hear about your progress, big or small. The goal is PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION. Honest updates will help you move forward. So, weigh in below. I hope to encourage you or pray for you. And you just might inspire someone else with your comment!
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GIVEAWAY: As motivation for you, I’m giving away a set of PowerSheets (if you already have a set, you can give them to a friend who needs a boost or you can have anything in my shop up to $35!)! So, comment on this post and fill me in on your goals and/or your progress so far this year! Why am I doing a giveaway to encourage you to comment? Because when we write things out and put them in black and white, stuff happens. You can keep your dreams to yourself or you can be accountable and DO something about them. I want to help you be accountable! We’ll check in again on your goal progress on October 10th and then at the end of the year. Mark your calendars.
First, a couple big things I learned overall. As I wrote in January and in April, goals change! I’ve continued to update my goals using my PowerSheets to mirror the change I’ve felt in my heart the last few months. It is so important to evaluate your goals and check your focus often. The second big thing I’ve learned (I also said this in my April update and it has continued to hold true!) is that, the more prayerful I am in my decisions, the more radically God changes my path and takes me to places I never thought possible! His plans never fail. I am impulsive by nature, so this has been a huge change and an enormous blessing to practice prayerful decision-making.
OK, let’s do this update, people!
Goal 1: To know God more by learning about Him in the Bible and through prayer because knowing God means I will know what is right and good and He will direct my path. Everything good comes from that. God is my compass. I want to know everything I can possibly know about God so I can align my life with His will. I want to know God so I can change for the better for everyone in my life. I want to study the Bible and pray without ceasing. That means a lot of things, namely less time in my phone and on email and on extraneous projects and more focused time without distractions, reading. My goal in short: read and pray daily. Repeat.
// YES! This is the goal I am most focused on this year and where I’ve found the most fulfillment. Working this goal has not been easy, though, lately. I’ve had to get really creative to stay focused. Sometimes I just read the Bible on my phone (I use the YouVersion App and the Bible Gateway App), sometimes I listen to the audio version (NLT translation) in the car or on walks or as I clean the house. Sometimes I have to read out loud to myself in order to stay focused. But, y’all…. something amazing has happened in this. Not by my own efforts, but truly as a gift from God, He has made me love (did I just use that word!??) reading. That doesn’t mean I am good about doing it, but it means I fight through the times I feel totally distracted because it’s worth it. I have been so diligent about reading a book of the Bible each week and then I got to Isaiah. And Jeremiah. And Ezekiel. These books, while filled with beautiful glimpses of God’s plan ahead for Jesus, are also filled with destruction and total devastation for sinful people. Ugh. This has been hard to plow through and at the same time completely thrilling because I see how much we needed a savior to give us a fresh new start. As of this writing, I have FIVE chapters left in Ezekiel, hallelujah praise the Lord! Using the Goal Plan I mapped out with my PowerSheets, I hope to finish the Bible by December 31st. I’ve never been so fulfilled in anything! My marriage to Ari and bringing Grace into the world are close seconds. God’s word is life-giving.
Goal 2: I want Ari and I to have a more thriving joyful marriage because that will help us be our best for each other and Grace and everyone in our lives. Because we are stronger as individuals when we are stronger as a couple. Last year was truly a year of transition and miracles and this year, I want to celebrate life more together. I want to make Ari feel special and help him be his best. I want to open my heart and let him in more. I know I have a self-protecting wall up most of the time. I want to learn more about what God wants for our marriage and I want to DO those things. I want to help other couples do those things, too. I want to lead by example, in our failures and triumphs.
// If you want to know more about our story, read here and you can hear our whole story live on camera in the Amazing Life Together recordings. Doing the recording was a milestone for us and honestly the most vulnerable I’ve every felt in my life (Ari too). Baring our souls and sharing our mistakes and all of our dirty laundry to the internet felt right because we knew it was what God wanted us to do and at the same time it was terrifying. But, our story has a truly incredible “ending” and I hope it inspires others who have felt like it was impossible for anything to change. Nothing nothing nothing is impossible with God. Our lives are living proof. Love never fails. Also, I have all of my paperwork ready to change my name and decided to wait till after all of this travel coming up to change it officially so I don’t run into any travel hiccups. Keep me accountable, but my plan is to change it by the new year.
Goal 3: I want to become more physically strong so I can be full of energy to do God’s work every day and give to others. I stopped weight training last year and that is the longest time I’ve been out of the gym. I want to be physically strong so I can live a long healthy active life and be able to teach Grace about God and how to live a good life through my actions. I want to fuel my body to do good things. I want to recognize when I am tempted to use food to control my emotions and choose God instead through prayer, reading, stepping outside to take a deep breath or just by being still and having a good cry if I need to.
// I am still not into a routine with weight training, but I am faithful about walking/running every morning. Now that the weather is warm, I have been getting out before work with Grace in the Bob and we explore the neighborhood — around the lake, chatting with sweet neighbors and visiting the older folks in the retirement community across the street. They looooove seeing Gracie : ) My Tending List daily goal is to work out hard and push myself every day. I have definitely done that and my goal for the last part of this year is to incorporate weights (not just lifting Gracie all day!) and get my core strengthened (Grace likes to blow raspberries on my belly when I’m trying to do abs — mildly distracting!). As far as food, this has been a wonderful change. Are you ready for this?? …. I stopped eating protein bars a few months ago. I know, crazy right? I have been known most of my life for my constant daily consumption of Luna Bars and other various bars. Then I read 7 and God convicted me that the two things I was consuming way too much of and relying on were social media (so I stopped using it cold turkey for a couple weeks and largely ignored it for many weeks after) and protein bars. I thought I couldn’t live without them, so I put it to the test. Not only did I live without them, I started to really live more without them. I felt an enormous weight lift from my shoulders. I was forced to eat more whole foods and slow down for meals and, without consistent social media in my life for 6 weeks, I started to see my focus shift away from having my brain on the internet to seeking what matters most in my heart. It freed my time so that God could fill those gaps with things that last. I have a long way to go there but that was a kick-start that I am so grateful for. It changed me.
Goal 4: I want to stop breastfeeding, Lord willing, by Valentines day (I started weaning last week) and stay emotionally fit, despite the hormonal changes. I want to keep my energy up and give thanks, despite my current feelings (imagine if you didn’t have a period for two years and your hormones decided to start creating one… that’s where I am). I want to do whatever I can naturally to regulate my hormones so that I can be my best for my family, my staff and my friends. I also really want those 3+ hours a day back to do more for God every day. And, at the same time, I don’t want to lose the beautiful thing I have learned in all of this – that taking time to be still during the day is a very good thing.
// Check! Read my update from April for the details on how I stopped. Done and done.
Goal 5: I want to be humble and learn a lot this year about a lot of things so I can do what I do well. I want to learn skills that will help me be a light for other’s to know God. I want to be a better more skilled designer so I can spend less time creating graphics and so I can create inspiring products that help people focus on what is good in life. I want to learn to be a better leader so I can build my team up and equip them to do the same for others. I want to learn how to cook special dishes that make my family feel special. I want to learn how to keep plants alive more than a few weeks. I want to continue my calligraphy training so that I can write beautiful letters to special friends. I want to learn how to be a better writer so I can communicate my thoughts in a more compelling authentic way. I want to learn how to do my job in a more direct, powerful, efficient way so I can make more of an impact on everyone I meet. I want to learn more about investing and finances so I can be a better steward of our money. I want to learn so I can give more.
// Design – Nicole has continued to teach me so much! Leading – I’ve been studying the Old Testament leaders in the Bible and following our new staff meeting agenda. So helpful. Cooking – I have loved cooking lately and even posted a recipe that I love here on my blog. I’m hoping to convince my mom to write down all of her family recipes in a book when I go visit soon. I have loved baking and making better meals with veggies from our little garden and from the farmer’s market. Summer in the South is my favorite! Plants – YES! We have a thriving garden full of yummy things that I love to tend to. So grateful for this! I’m going to pick our watermelon today : ) Calligraphy – I decided to focus on my handwriting instead. I’ve been having a lot of fun with my #LaraNotes posts on Instagram. Writing – Well, I have a book to write now. I haven’t started yet, but there is a lot of writing in my future! Job efficiency – Yes. How’s that for an efficient update? Emily Ley and I will be doing a webinar soon where we will talk about how we organize our time. Finances – This has been the biggest answered prayer in this category. We now have a clear personal budget, a savings and investment plan (with many thanks to our dear friend and financial coach Will Ray!) and I hired a new accountant for our business who has been so helpful thus far. Guys, I can’t tell you what a relief all of this is!
Goal 6: I want to learn how to be more efficient and reach more people with less time away from my family. I want to spend less time on the phone with clients and far less timing emailing. My goal is to find revenue streams this year that are more automated, yet help people in a profound personal way.
// Yes, our shop has done well and I’ve continued to fight for my boundaries to keep my time focused on what matters. Read more about how I set boundaries here. I’ve also discovered ways to be more productive with clients. Phone calls help us have less email together (great for both of us!) and I generally get more accomplished with a client on the phone. There is a far greater personal connection, and that’s the goal. Since I’ve been more prayerful with client work and intentional in how I guide them, I am also loving my work more. I cherish my client calls because, while I might be the one teaching, I end up learning more than I think I teach just in the act of listening. I’ll also be speaking at a few places in the next few months. Speaking gives me the opportunity to affect more people at once and therefore spend less time on the computer or in sessions…
Goal 7: I want to learn how to be a better mom. I currently don’t read anything on parenting. I fly by the seat of my pants. I want to learn from others who do it well and become a mother full of wisdom so that Grace can be her best under our care. I want to raise her to be giving and pure and to have a heart of grateful JOY. I want to help Grace have more play friends and be a living example of the Bible for her in our actions. I want to be much more patient and less controlling and let go of my life so I can live in hers.
// I love being Grace’s mom. So so so so much. Since April, her vocabulary has exploded and our little conversations are so precious. I want to spend more time with her always. I feel much more secure as a mama lately, thank you sweet Lord!
Goal 8: I want to continue to build a remarkable business that is a catalyst for real LOVE. I want my clients to have better LIVES and I want our brides to have strong MARRIAGES. I want to be a centered sounding board and prayerfully guide my clients this year to their fullest potential. My goal is to always come back to our CORE and to keep refining it.
// YES YES and YES! It becomes clearer and clear to me by the day that, the more we focus on our core and refine it to align with God’s will, the more powerful our work is on all levels. Our core mission is to inspire brides to cultivate a life full of love – celebrating their families, the rich culture of the South and what matters most to them – and then to draw from that rich well to create a meaningful beginning to married life! Through our weekly staff meetings and all of the decisions we make, we come back to this core mission daily and it clarifies everything. We’ve had SO many great staff meetings lately centered on our core and taking action on that daily. I am so grateful for Nicole, Emily, Marissa, Kristin and Lisa! We are in the midst of creating our next print edition that will, Lord willing, be a true reflection of our mission. I’m excited!!!
Goal 9: To learn how to take better photographs for myself so that I can remember Grace as she is in these sweet moments. I am not really sure why for this goal. It feels like a very God-centered goal, but it’s something I can’t explain. I have this connection to great photographs… they somehow speak to my soul. They change me. I think a gift God gave me was to be able to see the vision of a photograph to create. I can see moments and the big picture and a vision. I don’t have the technical skills to match that to capture the moments I see, if that makes sense. I even bought a great camera last year. It hasn’t been used yet because I get really frustrated with technology and numbers and learning new skills that I have to read a manual for. I want to learn the technical skills of how to take the photographs that I see in my heart.
// I’ve learned a lot about light and processing lately just through observing others and studying. But, for now, I’m leaving this to the pros!
Goal 10: I want to live with less, keep a new budget based on the historical data we have from 2012, and be more frugal this year because my money is not mine. It’s God’s and I want to do more with our money for Him. I want to not only give away things I don’t need, but give away things I love. Ari is really good at this. His favorite sweater was in our charity pile this weekend and, when I asked him about it, he said he said that it wasn’t really giving unless you were giving something you didn’t want to give away for the sake of someone else. I love that. I want to be more sacrificial in my giving.
// Besides my Bible reading, this is the goal my heart has been most changed by lately. I am going to resist writing too much here because I think this needs it’s own post. I will simply say this: we can’t take our stuff to Heaven with us. I have so much growing to do here, but I am so grateful for how God is changing our family in this realm. I read Interrupted and it further convicted me that my heart needs to change more and more to be like Him. All we need is less of us and more of Him. More to come…
Goal 11: I want to build other’s up in faith and give lots of tools this year for people to make that happen. I want to study the Bible with others in my home and online. Going back to goal 1, I want to know the Bible so I can share it with others. Showing people the new life that I have been given and the indescribable JOY and freedom and love and genuine purpose I have found in this new life… well, that is something I want to share. Big time. If you were to find the most beautiful island in the world, you would want to invite all your friends. That’s how I feel about being in a relationship with God. I want everyone to be able to feel this goodness. I want to equip people with basic tools to know God more.
// Same as April here and equally as wonderful. God has allowed me to share my testimony a LOT lately. And I see the fruit of how He is using my journey to bring others to Him. It’s AWESOME to watch God work and the greatest joy of my life to be His. I am fiercely committed to sharing what God has done in my life and continues to do. I have yet to study the Bible with anyone in my house, one-on-one (if anyone wants to do this, let me know!), but I have been praying a lot lately about starting a women’s Bible study group here. I hope to start this in January 2014 here in Chapel Hill and possibly having an online feed so others can join. I’ve already reached out to one of the leaders in our church about this. If anyone would be interested, let me know in the comments.
Goal 12: I want to finally WRITE MY BOOK. I already have most of the content written and just need to put it together. Nicole and I started talking about the printing and technical aspects of this before the end of the year, so it’s in the works. My goal is to release it before the end of 2013, if not sooner. I want it to be timeless and done well so it will help creatives make things happen year after year. I want it to be a legacy for Grace to learn from as well.
// I wrote in my last update about being in the process of writing my book proposal. Praise the good Lord, my proposal was accepted! I’m so grateful to finally share that I signed a contract with Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins. The first book manuscript is due to TN on January 11, 2014, and the book debuts 1/6/15! It seems like a long way away, but considering how much writing I have to do and how much goes into the process of getting a book on shelves (and the fact that I have 8 billion speaking engagements and a magazine to make at the same time), this is a really fast turnaround. I am so grateful for this opportunity and also entirely intimidated! This is new territory for me. My prayer: God, give me the words you want me to write. I’ll keep you posted on my progress : )
Goal 13: I want to continue to paint and create products for small creative spaces that inspire people to live better lives. God is the ultimate creator and I believe He gave all of us creative talents that are meant to be USED. I want to use my creative gifts much more this year: design, painting and singing.
// We successfully launched the Lara Casey Shop in February and sales have been very consistent with little to no marketing. The PowerSheets have been our most popular product besides the AMEN print (my favorite), and have sold out now five times. My own PowerSheets have been an exercise in discipline and have challenged me to take action on my goals and never tarry. Painting – I’ve loved doing custom orders for the shop and I’ve had a specific painting in mind for weeks now that I want to do on my giant 5 foot canvas just for our home. Singing – I’ve always had a secret (not secret anymore now!) desire to sing a solo in church to worship the Lord and bless others with the talent He gave me. <— Saying that sentence is big for me. For so long, since I left the theatre in 2002, I have hidden those talents. I love singing to Gracie so much and that satisfies my heart (especially when she sings with me), but I think I should challenge myself and sing for others at some point, if the Lord gives me the chance. I would also love to record an album of hymns for Grace. Anyone have a recording studio nearby that I can use? I will trade you Gracie hugs : )
Goal 14: An immediate goal I have is to finish my website. It’s been over a year in the making and it’s a monster. The coding is almost done, my shop is populated and I just have a lot of site content to populate now. I’m hoping we can launch it late this month!
// DONE! We launched and I still love this site more than all the Luna Bars and chickens in the world!
Goal 15: I want to foster my friendships is a purposeful, focused way because then I will build a stronger bond with my friends and we can do more good things for others together. I want to be more prayerful for my friends, even when they don’t know it. I want to do surprise things for them to make them feel special and build their faith and capacity to love.
// Similar update as April here. I have made a much stronger effort to be a better friend and to pray for my friends often. Ari and I pray for friends at dinner as well and he has recently started to pray that I find a close girlfriend here locally who I can grow spiritually with and take action on big dreams for God. I’m so grateful for that prayer, because I want that so much. I’m so grateful for my friends near and far. SO grateful.
Goals 16: I want to support new moms more. I had a really hard time after Grace was born and several friends sent me care packages that really made a difference. I started a new moms group and my goal is to have several care packages and cards ready to go for new mamas and expecting mama friends that I can send out right away. I want to support new moms locally, too.
// Same update as April here! I have loved working on this goal. I stocked up on Preggie Pops and little baby gifts and have sent lots of fun goodies out.
Goal 17: I want to send more real mail to build stronger connections with others, because hopefully it will help people feel God’s love.
// I continued my #SpreadGoodnessToday project in honor of Casey Chappell’s recent adoption. I have loved sending these scripture cards out! I’m praying on the next cause to support and hope to send more out soon. I’ll keep y’all posted via Instagram when I do!
Goal 18: I want to do more random acts of kindness. As often as possible because these things can help people feel hope and know that God is good. A little kindness can change someone’s life for the better.
// Yes. Just yes. Except kindness isn’t random, I’m learning. It comes from an outpouring of a heart that is focused on loving God.
Goal 19: I want to show my family God’s love through my actions so that they will know Him more and trust in Him. My family is going through a lot right now. They need a lot of love. My goal is to be sacrificial with my time and resources so I can support them and take care of them in their distress.
// Yes, God is good. He has answered my prayer for my dad to be happy and to have a deeper peace, despite health challenges that persist. My grandmother is 96 and still kicking but needs prayer and my brother’s foot and hand were injured recently, so my mama has her hand full with all of them under one roof right now. I am going to visit them at the end of August with Gracie while Ari is at a men’s retreat and hope to bring them all some joy. I have been praying for them more and calling most days and I sent my dad some great DVD’s that we love to help him understand the Bible. He loves them so much! I highly recommend this series for kids and adults.
Goal 20: I want to be like Moses this year in the way he trusted and just DID what God said to do. He let God use him. I want to be open to change and trust that God always has the perfect plan. No matter what.
// As with all of these goals, ALL the glory to God! He has put a great peace in my heart this year, knowing that NO MATTER WHAT comes my way, He is in control. That is a scary thing to say and trust in at times, but the fruit of what God has already done in our lives is too sweet to mistake as anything but God’s goodness. It’s there for everyone. For you. Right now. No matter what you’ve done in the past or how lost you feel… God is here. He will make everything in your life change for the better even with faith as tiny as a mustardseed. That’s all it takes for God to make a giant tree of life grow in your heart.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” - Luke 17:5-6
So, what is it that you want to make happen? Comment below to tell me about your progress this year, what’s been a challenge for you, and what you look forward to ahead. We’ll check in again on October 10th. I want to hear from you this week so I can hopefully encourage you and so you can also encourage each other. Make it happen, friends. No more lurking. Making things happen means taking action. So, fill me in! Remember, this is about PROGRESS, not perfection. Let’s make #IntentionalAugust happen! It’s never too late to start. Start today.
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GIVEAWAY: As motivation for you, I’m giving away a set of PowerSheets (if you already have a set, you can give them to a friend who needs a boost or you can have anything in my shop up to $35!)! So, comment on this post and fill me in on your goals and/or your progress so far this year! GIVEAWAY ENDS SEPT 1. Make it happen, friends!