Have you ever made good plans—and your plans didn’t go as planned?

I know how you feel! It’s so frustrating.

In this new episode of the Cultivate Your Life podcast, I’m sharing a story about something that didn’t go the way I thought it would this year (something that may surprise you!). I’m giving you the 3 simple steps to move past frustration and disappointment—in your everyday life and the big picture.

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In this episode:
— You’ll learn why I’m taking a break from the podcast for a few weeks!
— Hear how I moved through a different season in my life of loss and miscarriage
— You’ll learn the 3 steps to enjoy where you are—in daily life and the big picture—despite things not having gone the way you thought
— Get a surprising update on my 2019 goal: The Year of Sabbath
— Be encouraged to REST
— Learn how to keep your eyes and ears and heart open right where you are. You might notice magical things in unexpected places!

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

— Grab a copy of my book, Cultivate
— Download the free NEW Cultivated Homeschool Planner

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Have any goals you’re feeling “blah” about?

Maybe you’re craving refreshment in your faith—fresh motivation in Bible reading, or prayer, or perhaps, like me, in trusting God over your worries!

On January 1, we did something together that changed us! We started the year with 31 days of writing the Word. Here’s what happened:

We opened our Bibles together. Yes!
We started a new consistent habit we love.
We had FUN together—making progress on what matters is fun.
Little by little, word by word, our faith grew
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I’m ready to do it again and I’m inviting you to join me!

Sign up now for the Fresh Faith Challenge!

Starting August 1, with one single verse, we’re going to refresh our faith together. How? A simple and impactful way: writing the Word.  

No devotionals. No study guide workbook homework. We’re going to get right into the Word. (This 1 simple habit has been a game-changer in my faith this year!)

Join me for 31 days of writing out scripture with the Fresh Faith Challenge, starting August 1st!

It’s simple:
1. Order your Write the Word Journal by Monday (July 22) to get it in time for the Challenge to begin—I’m going to be using the new Garden journal if you’d like to join me! (You’re also welcome to go the DIY route—grab some scrap paper and you choose your own verses alongside us!)
2. Register for the free challenge today, and I’ll send you encouraging emails and updates as we go—plus I’ll give you access to our private Facebook group (if you use Facebook)!
3. Get ready for a refreshing month ahead!

When you write the Word in your own messy handwriting, something happens to your brain. You start making decisions about what you’re writing (as opposed to typing it digitally or just reading it and forgetting it five seconds later). When you write scripture, it gets in your heart, no distractions—it’s just you, the Word, and your pen and paper.

The Fresh Faith Challenge: 31 Days of Writing the Word kicks off August 1st and I can’t wait to do this with you! Just enter your email below and you’ll be all set!

Tell me in the comments below if you’re joining in the fun! I’m excited to start this challenge with you!

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You’re more than halfway through 2019!

Have you set any goals you’re feeling “blah” about right now? Perhaps you’re wishing you’d been more consistent in your faith—maybe in Bible reading, prayer, or perhaps, like me, in trusting God over your worries.

Ready for a fresh start with your faith?

LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:

— I start with a few very special shout-outs from listeners. So glad to have y’all here!
— I tell you a little bit about my story of faith: how I felt so far away from people who talked about “reading the Bible in a year,” or even reading the Bible at all.
— I share some hope: that my turning point came from something very small and very doable, and thousands of other women have grown their faith because of it, too: writing the Word of God.
— I share some scripture that shows us that the Word is all we need: Psalm 119:105, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and John 1:1.
— We chat about the stats around handwriting and comprehension. Good news! What you write out yourself, you retain and understand better, which leads to action!
— I give you a scripture to try out writing the word: Psalm 119:11: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Grab a piece of paper and a pen right now!

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

New Write the Word journals launch TODAY! Choose one of our new special edition volumes—Fruit of the Spirit, Worship, or Garden—or one of our refreshed classics: Hope, Joy, Renewal, Contentment, and Faith.
— If you have kiddos, don’t miss our NEW companion Write the Word Kids volume: Fruit of the Spirit!
— Join me for 30 days of writing the Word this August with another round of our popular Fresh Faith Challenge. It’s so easy! Just grab your Write the Word journal of choice (I think I’m going to start Worship!) and join our newsletter list below for encouragement throughout the month. You can join the Cultivate Your Faith Facebook group, too, if you’d like!

LOVE THE PODCAST? SHARE IT! Text, email, carrier pigeon—share this episode with friends however you like! This episode is really special, so I hope you’ll share it with someone you love! Feel free to grab one of these graphics to post about it, too!

WANT AN EMAIL WHEN A NEW EPISODE GOES LIVE? Enter your email address below, and I’ll send you a note when a new episode is up!

I’D LOVE TO MEET YOU! Come say hi on Instagram! I love sharing my life with you! And if you loved the outro, don’t miss the “Ari Raps” highlight on my Instagram!

SUBSCRIBE NOW to the Cultivate Your Life podcast on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode. If you love the podcast, please leave a quick review on iTunes—it helps other women find this free encouragement! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. I’ll be featuring some of your reviews in a future episode!

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Hooray!!! So many of you have asked if I was going to do another homeschool planner (I’m so glad you loved the first one!) and I’m delighted to share that it’s HERE!

Enter your email below for your free download! It may take a few minutes to land in your inbox! 😊NEW in this year’s free planner download:
—The new planner is UNDATED so you can start anytime, print one month at a time if you like, or set up your whole school year the way you love it.
—New artwork throughout—it’s so pretty!
—Just like the PowerSheets Goal Planner, simple and intuitive pages created to help you focus on what matters most. Pick and choose which pages work best for you!

How to print your planner:
Download your free planner. Once you enter your email above, you’ll get access to a folder with all the pages you need! Click the sections you’d like and hit “download.” Voila!
Print what you love for your homeschool needs. Some people love having just an attendance record and monthly pages, and some people (me!) love all the fun pages, too. Choose what’s best for you and you can always add pages in as you go! (Keep in mind: if you want a year of teal monthly divider pages, print 12 of that divider page. If you want 9 monthly sections, print that section 9 times—you get the idea! Organize your pages the way YOU want them and enjoy!)
Printing tips: I had mine printed and spiral bound at a local printer which was significantly less expensive than FedEx Kinkos, and much better quality. I had them size mine down to 7.5 x 10. Printing on a home printer and using a three-ring binder is a great option, too. You could also print on your home printer and have it spiral bound at your local print shop!

Curious about how we homeschool? Read my post from last year—we’re still on the same path!

I hope this free download gives you great joy—and helps you focus on what matters most to you and your students!

Your turn! Do you homeschool? Considering it, but not sure where to start? Have tips or favorite resources for newbies? Share below!

P.S. Mark your planners: NEW Write the Word Journals are coming in 13 days—including a brand new volume for KIDS! We use Write the Word for Kids in our homeschool and Grace can’t wait to use the new one! 

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