4 Key Elements of Faith-Based Goal Planning + My Winter Goals

God has been revealing big things when it comes to the ways I strive for goals, even God-given goals. I see most people falling into two camps when it comes to goal planning. Plan all the things or plan none of the things. Because I want to dream big with God and then get quite and small to walk out each step with humility and faithfulness I thought it would be great to share Four Key Elements of Faith-Based Goal Planning when the whole world is yelling at you to make resolutions, to dream big dreams, and do big things.

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Advent Study: Wonderful Counselor

Walking through dark places alone is hard, and something that I look back on with pain still today. However, as I went deeper with Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor, he revealed hope that I’d like to share with you!

God reminded me I have a Wonderful Counselor who will never fail me and who will always be there for me.

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The Last Minute Advent Study

Four days before Christmas the verse in Isaiah 9:6 jumped off the screen at me when I was scrolling through Instagram. I saw the four names Jesus was to be called and realized with four days left, including Christmas, what a perfect thing to study to prepare my heart for this season.

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My Perfectionism Strikes Again

The trap of perfectionism strikes again. My high ambition and lofty goals met my schedule, and it didn’t go well. With all the plans to launch a five-day faith-based goal planning series at the end of November, life happened, and it didn’t work out.

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One Beautiful Life Blog Birth Story - Part 2

While I was ready to tell the world and run on mission like never had before, I had zero momentum behind me nor the capacity to make it all happen. As I failed to produce blog posts, I began to discredit what God provided once again. Thinking, I may have gotten the vision on the first, exactly nine months later, but with nothing happening with my blog, it surely couldn't have been from him. 

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Redeem. Repent. Renew.

This morning I woke up an hour early and I couldn't be more thankful. God's been calling me to wake up and spend time with him each morning for many years now. He's called me to take it one step further this year with the Well Watered Women #wordbeforeworld challenge. While it's been a battle, it's also been an abundant blessing. 

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You are Beautiful

I read the verse and wanted to think to myself; this doesn't apply, they just want me to feel good about myself. This is just another self-esteem/self-help teaching not founded on God's word. My eyes were opened to how conditioned I am to reject this thought to the fact I'm good.

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Voracious

I discovered a new word today. It was during the Fierce Faith Summit led by Alli Worthington. I forgot this was something I signed up for, which isn't too surprising, as I'm an avid "signer-upper" of all the things. 

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Living As a Servant of Christ

A few weeks back God revealed how I live ashamed of him. It was a sad reality when this conviction hit. I've felt it before, but this time was different, it went deeper compelling me to action. I've spent the last couple weeks trying to stay aware of the areas in life where I fall victim to this. While studying Mark 13 this week, verse 13 leaped off the page providing more context as I process the battle of living unashamed of Christ. 

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Just Believe

At first, reading the words "don't be afraid" sounds demanding. My rebel heart wants to take offense and think how dare you think to tell me what to do. (Yuck. My heart is so ugly.) It's like a parent telling a toddler not to do something for the fifteen-thousandth time. They say it with love and good intention. However, those helpful words fall on deaf ears because the rebel heart wants to have its own way.

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