Feb 20, 2019

Cultivate Your Life Podcast Episode 008: How To Number Your Days

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Do you ever feel like life is passing you by?

You blink and another year, day, hour has passed—where is time going?! Two little words keep slipping out of your mouth: time flies.

In this SPECIAL EPISODE of the Cultivate Your Life Podcast, you’ll learn the 6 secrets of slowing down time and spending it like this is the only life you’ve got.

Get ready to laugh, cry (get your tissues ready—you have been warned!), and our whole family might have a surprise for you at the end. Today, we’re going to have a conversation that will change your life! You’ll be so glad you listened.


In this episode:

— You’ll hear about a few “tipping points” in my life, experiences that made me confront a freeing truth: life is finite AND life is a gift.
— We’ll talk about what it means to number our days (hint: that phrase isn’t something I made up—it comes straight from the book of Psalms!), and how that changes the way we live out each one.
— You’ll meet one of my “number your days” role models : )
— This is all sounding big and a bit scary, doesn’t it? Stick with me! I’ll share 6 practical tips for gaining this new perspective and applying it to your life.
— I’ll guide you through a life audit—a simple tool to assess how you’re currently using your resources.
— I’ll encourage you to embrace the freshness of this perspective and to “strike while the iron is hot!” You’ll also pick up a practical tip for keeping this perspective day after day.
— I’ll wrap things up with 3 ways to keep yourself accountable to this new way of living. They’re simple, and they’re good. I’ll also leave you with one simple action step so you can get started today.

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

—Enjoy our family’s favorite (and not-so-fancy!) Simple Mills Spice Cake mix.
—Read Psalm 90 (pay specific attention to verse 12).
—Subscribe to my 5-day YouVersion Bible reading plan GOD + GOALS: How To Set Goals As A Christian.
—Grab your Write the Word Journal to grow your faith. There’s a Write the Word journal for kids, too.
—Get your PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner.
—Tune into previous Cultivate Your Life Podcast episodes: 1, 3, 4, and 6.

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.

SAY HELLO. Come say hi on Instagram. If you loved the outro, don’t miss the “Ari Raps” highlight on my Instagram.


  1. Kelly on February 20, 2019 at 11:31 am


    • Lara on February 20, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Yes, Kelly!

  2. Cathleen on February 20, 2019 at 8:02 pm


  3. Carol Short on February 21, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    97, 34 more birthdays! Seems like not very many 🙁
    Better “get moving”. Thanks for the great podcast, such great encouragement . God bless you for being obedient!

  4. Lisa on February 24, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    SS said 86.5 and the other said 97. This was a wonderful podcast. Sobering, in a good way. I loved the singing at the end with you and your family’s sweet voices. My husband and I used to sing, “When I die stick a needle in my eye …” LOL.

  5. Sarah on February 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I write out scripture every evening from the Northumbrian Community lectionary, so the readings are dated and I date them in my journal to match. The Psalm 90 passage you quoted about “Teach us to number our days…” is part of their daily midday prayer.

    • Lara on March 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      Love this background story! Thanks for sharing, friend!

  6. Amy on March 15, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful episode! I just finished listening as I’m preparing to host a faith based book study using your cultivate book for the women in my neighborhood! I have my jar of marbles ready to encourage us to number our days.

    • Lara on March 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      So wonderful, Amy!!

  7. Anne Van Acker on June 22, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Oh, wow- 102!!

  8. Leslie on September 15, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Me too, 102!

    • Lara on September 16, 2020 at 4:02 pm


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