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Creating a Morning Action Plan for a Peaceful and Purposeful Morning

Hey Sister,

This post is dedicated to helping you rise early, fill your Soul with the Creator, and take time to fill your cup without feeling selfish.  Yes, I said rise early. 

Sister, please understand this:  I know this feeling of dread that can come along with rising early.   I distinctly remember the first morning I intentionally rose before 5 am to purposefully change the trajectory of my life.  It wasn’t easy.  

The Backstory

We were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.My children were 4, 6, & 8. I was teaching full time at a local DoDEA school with a 35-minute commute one way.  My Superman was working/soldiering 12+ hour days. We were in full swing of wrestling season and the ONLY day off we ever had was a Sunday to catch up on laundry, housework, grocery shopping, and food prepping.  

I was exhausted and running on fumes. I was frustrated. I was overwhelmed. I was hiding deep anger and resentment over my life.  And I knew something had to change or I was going to break, and I don’t just mean those black pants that were pulling at the seams across my rear-end. (That’s another blog post)

Before I could reclaim my mornings, I had to wade through the Enemy’s lie.

I want to preface this MAP (morning action plan) with this:  I don’t want to wake up stressed and on edge thinking of all the things that I must do to get out the door on time every single morning.  I’ve been there.  This life led me to frustration, anger, and shouting matches with my Superman and those sweet blessings.  I am able to now start my mornings in peace without guilt or overwhelm because of these Spirit-led Strategies I’m sharing with you.

And in the spirit of full transparency, I find that when I get out of this routine I’m sharing with you here today, I am out of step with the higher calling I have from the Creator.  The higher calling that beckons me (and you) to live like we’ve been called out from the grave in an abundant life!  Which means this truth bomb:  I  suffer and everyone else (my family, my friends, my students, my readers) suffer from getting a lesser version of me.

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I realized to manifest the fruits of the Spirit in my life (Galatians 5:22-23), I had to weed through the Enemy’s malicious whispers. Once again, I swallowed the lie Satan fed me about who I was.  His lies pervaded my thoughts with words like this:

  1. I was too busy to get organized and to have time for myself.
  2. I’m too exhausted to rise any earlier.
  3. I can just read/pray/journal/exercise later.
  4. Time for yourself is selfish.  

Part of my morning routine became to combat the lies of the Enemy with Godly Affirmations.

I have learned to recognize the Father’s voice because I’m spending time with Him daily.  I adapted some strategies from the secular book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod to practice Christian Miracle Morning Strategies.  (blog post coming soon).  So to practice self-control and reclaim my mornings I had to be focused and intentional with my limited time.

I can be intentional with my mornings because I practice these Five Tips and Strategies to Help Every Woman Get Organized for the week before the week begins.  I talked about the Spirit-led strategies I have used to Overhaul the Overwhelm in my life in this post.  I’ve shared these with women all around the globe to help them reclaim their lives and overcome their overwhelm through Christ!  Seriously, sister, go read this one.

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Since that post, I’ve had countless messages come in about Tip 4: Reclaim Your Mornings.  So, sister, I want to answer all those questions in one place to help women everywhere to reclaim their mornings, find a quiet time with the Creator, and to be intentional with a Power Hour before you meet the demands of everyone else!

how do you get it all done Continue reading “Creating a Morning Action Plan for a Peaceful and Purposeful Morning”

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My Favorite Taco Recipe

In honor of all that’s holy about tacos (Tuesday or not), I have to share our go-to recipe!

WE LOVE TACOS! (Can I just say they are our favorite food!)

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Ingredients

  • Meat of your choice. (I’m using leftover chicken from last night!)
  • 1/2 red (or yellow) onion chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Tortillas…. (I prefer whole wheat flour)
  • Spices
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Brown Meat and add in spices! Remove from skillet. Set aside. I usually set these in the oven to stay warm.

Add vegetable oil to skillet to heat. (I use 1 tsp per shell)

When oil is hot, add in tortilla, brown on each side and fold. Place on paper towel to help absorb any last oil.

Taco Toppings

  • Shredded romaine lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped onions (red and/or yellow)
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Greek yogurt *instead of sour cream*
  • Sliced avocado
  • Shredded Colby jack cheese

Side options

  • We had leftover corn from the cob from the evening before so I cut it from the cob and served it as a topping as well.
  • Black beans with a squeeze of lime and cilantro are delicious too.
  • Fresh bell peppers make an excellent choice to keep the meal light and not so heavy!
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TIME SAVING TIP: Cook a double batch of meat the day before and use the leftovers to get this on the table quickly for your crew!

**ONE LAST NOTE…. These tacos are delicious with leftover pulled pork or beef roast, shredded chicken, or even venison as a quick evening meal with leftovers!**

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Creating Godly Affirmations

I have to be honest with you all. When a friend first mentioned Morning Affirmations to me, I laughed and thought, Um… NO.

No way was I going to talk to myself in the mirror. No way was I going to buy into “Speak it into Life” kind of mentality. That’s not Godly…

….. Until I realized that it was…. But, ONLY when we claim God’s affirmations about who we are in HIM.

Claiming HIS Words

Let me explain a little more clearly what I mean:

It seems to me that God’s word is threefold: past, present, future.  Hmmmm, interesting how God works in multiples of three, right?!

  1. The past.  We have the “history” and the “what can we learn” portion of His word, i.e. the stories and characters, and those applications for our lives.
  2. The present.  What does God say that I can claim over my life right now?  This will be the focus of our journey together.
  3. The future.  The hope and promises we have for our future in this life and the next.
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God’s Word is divided into 3 parts.

As an early Christian, I only experienced other believers focused on the first and third parts here.  (It’s like singing out of they hymnals at church, right?!) It seemed that we failed to CLAIM His Words and Truth as affirmations in our lives.  Maybe lack of knowledge or the longheld belief that affirmations are worldy was the culprit for us. Either way, we swallowed the lie hook, line, and sinker from Satan and that held us down in the murky depths for far too long!

Have you swallowed the lie too?  I’m here to challenge you to revisit who you are in Christ and how the power of His words truly give you life.  Are you ready?

So What Now?

I used to think affirmations were some “new age” practice and I didn’t want to have anything to do with this.  However, after searching HIS Word I’ve discovered that is only true if I’m speaking worldly doctrine over myself.

I remember being in this dark place that felt of no hope, no change, nothing better was gonna happen kind of place.  Know what I mean?   I struggled with anger, frustration, and bitterness deep within my heart. 

I knew God’s worth was truth and Satan was the father of lies.  This meant to know who I am that I MUST go straight to the truth.  I asked the question: Who does my Father say that I am?

I found His truth in these few scriptures: I am loved. I am worthy.  I am appointed.
These are the very first affirmations I began to claim.  I wrote these down daily in my journal & began thanking my Creator for His blessings.  And ever so slightly, the light began to permeate into my broken spirit.  

Today, dear friend, I want to share with you these affirmations and challenge you to claim these in your life:  You are loved.  You are worthy.  You are appointed.

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Godly affirmations that began to change my mindset.

Dear Giant Slayer, please share this positive mindset shift with another friend who needs Spirit-led strategies for this Godly power to change his/her mindset.  Let us begin to give light and life to point the way to Him!

And, Overcomer, You can find more blog posts about using and creating your own  Godly Affirmations here!

In Christ,

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How to Create a Simple Chore Chart to Bring Peace and Order in Your Home

Dear Sister,

Is there anything more challenging than the manipulation excitement we have to enlist the help of others for cleaning our homes?

I spent years stalking blogs and women who seemed to have it all together with these fabulous systems for cleaning complete with photos of happy children doing chores and whistling like Snow White and her Seven Dwarves!  And while watching their perfectly put together lives I realized I was comparing my lack to their abundance. (Thanks, God, for this smackdown. I needed it!)

Sister, I tried everything: those fancy popsicle sticks, sticker charts, bribing allowance, a daily list, a simple to do with each child’s name.  You name it, girl, I tried it. And I failed miserably. Every. Single. Time.

Let me tell you why their systems didn’t actually work for me.  I discovered several different reasons. 1.) I was inconsistent because I really didn’t have a system in place.  I was jumping from place to place to place wondering why in the world I wasn’t gaining any ground. 2.) My children were not their children.  3.) My husband was not their husband. 4.) My life was not their life.

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Can I share with you how God opened my eyes?

First off, it was NOT the “cleanliness is next to Godliness” motto that my family wouldn’t adopt.  It was this idea from my Heavenly Father: “Sweet Daughter, find JOY in what I’ve given you. Embrace the messiness of your husband and children and create something that will work for who I’ve created them to be.”  I needed to train them up in who they were created to be! (just a little bit daunting of a task!)

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Proverbs 22:6

Oh, Lord, was this going to be a challenge!  I held back for months overwhelmed by this Giant in front of me!  But, God created me to embrace a good challenge. It was time to quit cowering against the Giant and rise up.  And with that, I said, “Ok, God, let’s do this! Challenge accepted.” Then, I rolled up my sleeves, grabbed the notebook & pencil, and set to work.  (WHEW!)

Step One: Quit Comparing

Seriously.  This is the FIRST step.  I had to quit comparing what other women were doing in their homes with what was in front of me!  If you’re looking at everyone else’s highlight reel and comparing what your home is lacking, I will tell you this in love and honesty, you will never be satisfied with what you’ve been given.  Never. (Yes, I learned this the hard way.)

I asked myself the following questions.  1.)What responsibilities did my children need to learn?  2.) What chores did our house need? 3.) HOW could I equally divide this work based on their ages?  4.) What jobs would I do so that they saw me working alongside them as a team?

In a NUTSHELL:  What do WE need as a family to thrive and create a peaceful and organized home?

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If you’re already convinced you’re ready for these free printable, just follow the link here!  I’ll email you them right now!

Step Two: Create the LIST

You’ve started this already by answering those questions above.  Even if you’ve only answered them mentally at this point, you’re beginning to visualize the possibilities!  A home of peace?! Oh yeah, Sister! You CAN do this! Let me be transparent, I’m not giving you a step-by-step list of what to do in your home.  Want the beauty of this blog? I’m going to TEACH YOU how to take control of your home by working through these steps. You, GiantSlayer, are dauntless and dignified.  You are going to overcome the Overwhelm as you work through this list.

Rather than trying to lay it all out for you in this blog, I’m giving you my printables for FREE as a beautiful blessing for you.  I’m serious. Remember, this is all about you and what will work for your home, Giant Slayer! (P.S. Share this blog post with your bestie. She’ll thank you for it!)

Step Three: Create your Chart

Oh, the chart!  Oh, Sister, let me tell you in simple words why this chart works: Bless & Release.  Maybe you’re a bit of an obsessive, all-or-nothing over-achiever and want it all done right now.  You set the expectations high and want those Blessings to say, “Yes, ma’am, I’m on it!” Then, they rise to the occasion and work like little soldiers until the job is done.  Maybe you blast out Toby Mac or Mandisa to help generate an atmosphere of Godly mindsets full of energy! (Ok, maybe that’s just me!)

Does it work?  Maybe. But, if your soldiers, Blessings are like most kids, the idea of Saturday mornings full of chores is about as exciting as watching paint dry.  And since I work full-time as a teacher, this is NOT my ideal Saturday morning fun either. This, dear sister, is the beauty of your chore chart! See the sneak peek below?!  Notice what is on our weekend to-do? Very LITTLE or just the odd-and-end jobs or projects that should be done as a family!

Can I tell you the BEST part about the bless & release beauty of the chore chart?  I can LEAVE what’s not done until its appointed time. The Superman never stressed about the chores.  His motto, “It’ll be there when I get to it.” My motto, “It’s never going to get done if I don’t do it now.”

This chart merges both of these ideas into harmony.  Everything has a designated time. I do not have to tackle it all in one day.  I know it’s going to get done because I’ve assigned it a time. He knows it needs to be done because it’s on the chart.   If I need to stay late for a meeting or run errands, the Superman knows what the blessings should do in the afternoon that day. And since my children are old enough to read, they can look at the day of the week, find their name, do their chore, and move on.  They KNOW their expectations. I’ve turned over personal responsibility to them. (Bless & Release)

Oh, and in these printables I’m sharing our fabulous family to-dos so you can see how we divide up the days as well.  Check out the sneak peek photo here!

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*And, Sister, I encourage you while you’re creating your chart to remember these two important thoughts:  1.) We are done with daily chores in less than 30 minutes. It’s usually closer to 15 minutes. 2.) Weekends do NOT have to be full of work.  We schedule family date nights, big outdoor projects, and downtime. (Did you notice that on our chart?!)

Step FOUR: Implement the Chart with Consistency

You’ve set the clear expectations.  Now what? How do you convince them?  Here is my secret: Remain consistent. Oh, they will grumble.  They will fuss. They may fight you. Your job? Keep going. Be patient.  The first few weeks will require you to give explicit instructions and follow-ups (especially if you have little ones).  You must remain consistent. Let me repeat this one more time: The key to making your chore chart successful is C.O.N.S.I.S.T.E.N.C.Y.

In true dauntless form, I’m going to be completely transparent and honest here with you right now.  There are days when I want to skip my chores too. But, I know that their little eyes are watching. They are learning by example.  I am that example. I am the one who shows up with consistency when it’s tough. They are learning self-discipline. They are learning endurance.  They are learning that sacrificing selfishness can bless the community. They are learning one of God’s promises that says, “all hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)

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Proverbs 14:23

Consistency.  Over and Over and Over again.

Have I convinced you yet, Overcomer, that your home can be peaceful?  You’ve made it this far, so why stop now?! Just download the printable and start with me today!  I think I would have begun this process way sooner in my home if I had just embraced this process you’re working through right now with me.  Instead, I hid for far too long!

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With Love (and Peace) in Christ,

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P.S. I’ve considered revamping this and creating a step-by-step guide for my sisters who go at this process without any helpers!  Would you be interested in this? Drop your comment below! I’m ready to help you too!

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The Ultimate Chicken Soup

Hey Sister,

In true Dauntless spirit, as with all my other recipes,  I’m sharing homemade yumminess that’s simple, delicious, and perfect for busy families who are looking for healthier eating options for their menu!

One important part of our kitchen is that we eat (relatively) clean food that’s easy to prepare.  Our health is important in our home.  We focus on becoming strong, not skinny.  Healthy choices that are convenient, but delicious. (Meal prepping has been key for us!)

In doing this, our family has created the Ultimate Chicken Soup recipe that I want to share with you.  By the way, this meal is requested several times each month during the fall and winter months, and they all want seconds!

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I must add before I share all the ingredients a few reasons why I (the momma in the kitchen) absolutely love this meal for us:

  1. It’s a quick, easy meal that the base of the soup can be prepared in a crockpot and can be “souped up” and on our table in just a few minutes.
  2. The veggies can be prepped ahead (I store ours in jars) and pulled out to the table for easy prep/clean up.
  3. Everyone can choose his/her own additional toppings and the family meal fits us all without any grumbling or complaining!
  4. It’s packed FULL of veggies.  (This Mom’s Favorite Part!)

The Blessings Love It!

So my sweet blessings, aka children, hands down love this recipe!  Want to know how much?  Check out this photo below!  We were caught outside in a June rainstorm trying to catch the pig who escaped into the chicken coop! 😂  The blessings came in declaring, “We’re cold!  We want chicken soup!”  I immediately pulled out the leftover chicken we had grilled the night before and some chicken stock for them to start the base!

We rounded up the chopped veggies that go in the base (see below) and steamed them in the microwave to pair with the chicken and stock.  We (really they) combined this all in a microwave-safe dish and their very own homemade chicken soup was made!

Seriously, Momma, they had a homemade chicken soup in less than 15 minutes.  I know opening a can is easy.  Giving them memories and helping them learn to create in the kitchen is priceless!  You can do this.

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The Recipe

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Directions:

Step 1:  Make the Soup Base

4-5 chicken breasts
2 cups chopped carrots, onions, & celery
Salt, Pepper, Garlic (to taste)
Cover with Water, Cook on low 6-7 hours

Step 2:  Create some Fresh Toppings

Chop ALL to taste & size
*tomatoes           *onions
*cilantro               *coleslaw mix

Step 3: Add any/all of the following to create the Ultimate Chicken Soup

*Greek Yogurt                  *guacamole or avocado
*onions                             *shredded cheddar cheese
*chips or tortillas            *fresh lime juice

Step 4: Explore your own options for Add-Ins

Really, sis, this recipe is designed to be “organic” in the sense it can change and be updated based on your preferences?  Love curry!   Add that!  Want more spice, add chili powder, red pepper flakes, and jalepeños!

The most important part is the mirepoix, the French name for the chicken stock base!  Once you’ve created this, get creative and design your OWN version of an Ultimate Chicken Soup!  What add-ins or toppings would you love to try?  Will you share them with me in the comments?

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Blessings from my kitchen you to yours!

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The Power of God’s Truth in Creating Godly Affirmations

The Beginning of the End

In the last post in this series, I shared with you how and why I began to claim God’s affirmations in my life!  I shared my struggle in life and how I needed His power to intervene in my Spirit! I struggled to feel loved.  I struggled to feel worthy. I struggled to know His appointment and calling in my life.  Can you relate, my sweet Sister?

satan's lieI swallowed the lie Satan fed me about who I was.  Looking back I realize that I was sitting at Satan’s “All You Can Eat Buffet” of lies and filling myself up on the Enemy’s trash talk! Creating and using Godly affirmations became the beginning of the end of an old mindset.  I shared in the first part of this series just how I used the Power of God’s Truth to open my eyes to this and transformed my mind!  (Romans 12:1-2)  Here are those first three affirmations I created to claim over my life.  

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The Power of God’s Truth

Claiming and affirming God’s words validate His power in our lives.  It’s not about the “getting what we want” mentality that the world claims with affirmations.  We are not talking about the “Universe” giving us what we want because we say it out loud. No, Giant Slayer, we are talking about God’s Truth.

Claiming God’s affirmations in our lives reminds us of two important truths:

  1. His Word is HIS Truth.  He is who He says He is.  
  2. His Word is OUR  Truth. We are who He says we are.2 fold claims.png

His Truth, my dear, is YOUR SuperPower.  He is YOUR Father and you are joint-heirs with Christ. This means you have a birthright for His blessings in your life TODAY!  It’s not just the promises He gives for the future. It is the TRUTH He gives for your present.His truth is your superpower.png

Straight from Scripture

These words I’m sharing with your, Giant Slayer, are words the Spirit has laid upon my heart.  Words I’ve prayed over to ensure I’m not speaking fluff, but that I speak His truth for your mind.  Notice here what I’ve discovered in Scripture while on this journey.

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Alive and Active

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12 )

Truth

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. (Psalm 33:4)

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17)

Light to Our Path

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Eternal

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

Perfect

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:30)

Life

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. (Phil 2:14-16a)

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

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The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Security

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24)

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Can you see the benefit of KNOWING God’s Truth and Power?  As His children, we have direct access to Him through His words.  Remember Christ Jesus was God’s Word that became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14).  By the way, I’ll be talking more about this point in the next lesson in this series!

Knowing God’s Truth and Power affirms to us that when we claim His Words in our lives, we are using His truth and His power to work in our lives.  It is not by our own works, but by His mighty hand!

There is security in knowing that I can trust fully trust, cling to, and affirm what God says about Himself and about me with His words.  There is power to combat the Enemy (more to come on this too)!

Claiming God’s Words through affirmations says,  “Lord, I trust Your word.  I trust Your power. I trust You. I know Your promises are not only meant for some far-off future in the heavenly realm.  I know Your Words are true for my life now.”

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Affirmations for You

In part one of this series, I shared with you my first three affirmations.  Today, I want to share with you a few more affirmations that I personally practice to give you words of Power and Hope this week!

I find these two especially helpful when I’m not certain the direction I should take with a decision I need to make. I worry this specific thought, “What if this is NOT the right choice?”  Does this thought haunt you as well?

These affirmations remind me that God’s word is full of wisdom and instruction; that I can trust what He instructs me to do. I do not have to doubt or regret decisions I make as long as they are based on glorifying God.  By speaking this affirmation over my life, I also remember that spending time with Him, listening to His words will guide me in every choice I make.

*I also want to insert here that in my personal life I have found a direct correlation between spending quiet time with God and peace in my life for decisions that I make.  I have found that the more time I spend with Him, the more I crave His purpose for my life and know my decisions are based on His precepts.  This brings about a Godly confidence that brings peace and joy!*

So where do I write these Godly affirmations?

I personally use the “In the Word” printable I have to write these during my devotional time.  Sister, I have two versions of this:

  1. A simple free printable that you can grab here.
  2. A full version with more details and depth here.

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Dauntless Sister, as this series unfolds, I’m going to continue to share with you the importance of using God’s Words in your life, how your personal mindset affects your life, and HOW to find and use His Powerful Words to combat the Enemy head on to live this Dauntless life with Dignity!

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You are God’s Handiwork

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Sister,

A few weeks ago, I sent a little survey via email to a few of my readers.  survey here

One of the resounding responses was they wanted more Bible Studies and Godly Affirmations to strengthen their walks with the Creator.  So today, my dear Giant Slayer, I write you a love letter;  a love letter of encouragement from one Sister in Christ to another.  I also want to invite you to share with me (if you would like) what you would love to see here at Dauntless with Dignity.  

There are some weeks that the Lord places lessons upon my heart words and practical tips that I long to teach you that help you to overcome the overwhelm. (Don’t you love all those printables!?!)   Other weeks, He presses upon my heart words that you need to hear.  Today is one of those days that I know I’m appointed to share a love letter with you from our Heavenly Father.  May you find many blessings and a deeper connection with our Creator as you read today’s words of encouragement that are grounded in Scripture and help you create Godly Affirmations to KNOW who you ARE in Him.   

And Giant Slayer, make sure you grab the Free Download of this at the end so you can read and record your own thoughts.  Consider this a little devotional from me to you.

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Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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Dear Daughter of the King,

Today, I write to remind you of Your Father’s Words over your life: 

You are appointed.  You are His handiwork.  You are made for more.  

In the same way, He created the heavens, the majestic mountains, the powerful waves, and this amazing earth, He created you.  He formed your spirit and your passion in the same way as He formed the subtle nuances in your eye color and the lines that make your fingerprints.  He created you and appointed you and breathed His life into you before you ever breathed your first breath.

So many times we stand and marvel at the world around us that He created and forget to realize the beautiful creations that WE are!  We spend our time searching out flaws, seeking reasons why we’re not good enough, and spending wasted moments magnifying problems instead of praises.  

Sister, Imagine what He could do through you if you were to SHIFT your mindset into embracing yourself as HIS CREATION!  What could happen in your life!?  What could He accomplish through you?  What Giants could fall if we spent time in obedience picking up stones and practicing our aim to slay the Giant instead of complaining about how huge the Giant in front of us seems to be!?

He prepared in ADVANCE for you to do amazing things! Does that scare you, dear Sister?

You are called. You are appointed.  You are a Giant Slayer.  Do NOT doubt this.3

The enemy would have you to believe that the desires of your heart are silly and the abundant blessings from the Creator are for other people.

This is a LIE.

He promises us right here in Ephesians 2:10, Sister, that YOU were created to do good works. Your whole life has been preparing you for this. In every situation that the Enemy has attacked you,  your Father has been there working for you! (Romans 8:28)  Your mess becomes the Message when we share how He has redeemed us and is working through us.  

It’s time to SHIFT your mind into His purpose and embrace the changes and blessings He is ready to give!  Trust Him.  Pick up the stones, prepare your aim.  Let your Father steady your hand and place the force behind the throw.  The Giants fall when we embrace the work He’s called us to do.

With JOY in Him,

Your Sister in Christ

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How to Roast a Pumpkin

Have you ever roasted your pumpkins?

You know, sister, I’m always transparent.  The first time I discovered you could roast a pumpkin was when we lived in Germany when our weekly produce basket arrived on a Wednesday afternoon.

My first thought was, “Is this a pumpkin?”  Then, “What the heck do I do with a pumpkin?  Can I really cook this?”  And the answer was, “Yes,  Girl, you can totally roast a pumpkin!”

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I could not believe how easy (and delicious) roasted pumpkin is! I never ate like this growing up. I just assumed it came from a can and went into a pie. (You too?)

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By the way, my hubs says it only belongs in a pie at the holidays, but I beg to differ, and use this recipe for a Crustless “Pumpkin Pie” any time of the year!
Why do I even tell you that story?  Because, Giant Slayer, branching out and trying something new in my kitchen like this actually terrified me.  So, I want to share with you HOW to actually roast a pumpkin so that if this is a Giant you face in your kitchen too, then worry no more, because I got you, girl!

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Directions:

1. Wash these babies!
2. Rub ’em down with coconut oil.
3. Bake about an hour at 400*.
4. Remove from heat & let them cool.
5. Cut them in half, scoop ’em out. An ice cream scoop works perfectly!
6. Discard (or save to eat) pumpkin seeds.

I love to season my pumpkin with salt, pepper, and garlic (Aren’t those your staple seasonings anyway?).

Then I will add some of the following:
*coconut oil     *cinnamon      *roasted pecans

What  I love MOST about this recipe is there is very little prep, work, or clean-up. (#momvictory) And my house smells absolutely amazing on a cool, Autumn afternoon.

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5 Tips and Strategies to Help Every Woman Get More Organized

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Do you know one of those women who seems to be a Superwoman?  It seems that she can do it all!  I bet you could list a few of them right now off the top of your head.  Do you ever wonder how your Superwoman friend gets it all done?

I did for the LONGEST time.  I couldn’t fathom how women could work full time, run a business, mom-it-up, and not be exhausted!  (Do you think this way too?)

I want to share with you today a few tips that I’ve learned.  Although I am far from declaring myself Superwoman, I do wear several hats and I’ve had women ask me a lot the bewildered question, “How do you get it all done?”

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I’m going to share with you a secret.  I don’t get it all done.

And this isn’t one of those times I’m trying to be humble.  I really don’t.  I accomplish a lot, but not everything.  And because I’ve learned a few secrets while wearing all these hats and still staying relatively sane, I want to share with you a few of my best tips and strategies.

 

Tip 1: Get a Chore chart & routine going ASAP.

Ahhhhh, chores feel so mundane, Steph! Why did you have to bring this one up first?

Because Sister, I’m telling you nothing is worse than battling others because your unspoken expectations go left unmet and the other people’s priorities leave you frustrated and feeling like you’re doing it all yourself.  Plus, the stress and time wasted about deciding who will do what and when it will get done is energy wasted that you could use to be loving on those very same people.  Use a Chore Chart.  Problem solved.

If you already have a chore chart, I bet you can attest to how much easier it has made your routines by freeing up time and energy in other areas of your life! If not, just swing by here to read how I do this & pick up my simple printable.  If you’re really serious, then you want the full workbook to create one for yourself.

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Tip 2: Create Some Power Pockets

This means setting aside time each week to create three 10 minute power pockets to get yourself organized for the week. And for heaven’s sake, sister, use a timer so you are hyper-focused for each of these 10-minute pockets of time.  Learn more about these power pockets here in my Facebook video.  3 pockets.png

I created this simple bullet journal tracker that gives me a place to log all of this.   I do this every Sunday afternoon to save me precious minutes of sanity each day during the week.  It’s been a long time since I have struggled through morning routines, forgetting to thaw meat for dinner, or realizing that my clothes are still in the laundry.  This method, sister, has brought me a LOT of mental peace.

I don’t say this to brag, Sister.  I say this because it is totally possible to live a life with intention and overcome the overwhelm.  I say this because this tool has helped change my life. I say this because this tool can now be in your hands too.

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Tip 3: Keep a running task list so you’re not stopping/starting all the time.

I use a grid method for this. Here’s how this works, divide your paper into quadrants (or pick up my bullet journal here) and write down all the things that need to be done. Each quadrant represents an area of your life that has tasks involved.  KEEP this list running all week, just highlighting items as you finish them.

The beauty of this method is that you’re not stopping/starting tasks continuously, but rather setting aside time to work on a task until it’s complete before moving to a new task. When an item comes up that needs to be done, just write it down. Go back to the task later when you assess how much time you need for this. PLUS, you never forget what needs to be done. Think Brain Freedom!  You do NOT keep thinking about the “to-do’s” because they’re already written down and you’re carrying them around with you.

I keep ALL my bullet journal printables in a cute binder that makes me feel like a cool “Momma Boss”!

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Tip 4: Reclaim your mornings.

Seriously, get up and get going before anyone else needs you.  I highly recommend you read my post on how to create a Morning Action Plan.  It’s a Christian adaptation on Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning.  It’s all about using Spirit-led strategies to reclaim your mornings, spend time with the Creator, and fill your cup with self-care.  Check out my printable below!

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Tip 5: Get grounded in your Faith.

Sister, there is nothing greater to help you overcome the overwhelm than to be grounded in your faith.  Knowing that our Heavenly Father has created you with a purpose, called you to live like you’ve been called out from the grave, and appointed you brings about a peace like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.  I’ve started sharing Godly Affirmations with you and plan to keep doing so to strengthen your mind and spirit in Him.  In the Word

Each morning, I’ve been using the “In the Word” printable I’ve shared with you, and I’ve found that as I’m starting my mornings with the Creator listening to His voice, my faith has deepened and I’m beginning to understand how in all things He’s working for me (Romans 8:28).

It is my prayer that you seek His love, wisdom, and grace.  Make this the foundation, then add the other tools with this and you’ve got a solid start on getting organized and becoming strategic and intentional with how you plan your week and live your days.

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Because I’m a teacher, I must review all these important points before we go!  And because I want you to TRULY remember all of this, I’ve included a little graphic below.  Just hover over & save it so you can refer to it often.
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Crustless “Pumpkin Pie”

I don’t like to cook. 

I don’t like to cook.  <<Gasp.>> No really, it’s true.  I don’t like to cook elaborate meals with lots of ingredients.

When I say this, most women who know me have a difficult time believing that.  After all, on Sundays, I do consider myself a food prep queen.  (I promise to share more about food prepping tips soon!)

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Sister, I have to keep my food prep and meals simple.  SIMPLE = SUCCESS.

A few years ago I started following this container system and learned a LOT about food prepping, tips, and changing habits to get my body down to a healthier weight.

So, when I tell you I don’t like to cook, what I really mean to say is, “I like quick and easy recipes that have good for me ingredients so my body FEELS good!.”

Enter Canned Pumpkin

So I know this time of year is all about the Pumpkin Everything.  (That’s just one reason I love Autumn.)  However, I limit my sugar intake because I feel icky with lots of that running through my system.  And, sister, do you KNOW how much sugar is in that pumpkin pie?

Maybe you already know this little tip I’m about to give you, but I have to share because I just discovered this idea: Crustless “Pumpkin Pie”.

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Girl, if you love pumpkin, you gotta try this simple combo!

Recipe

1 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 tsp Honey
1/4 tsp Cinnamon 
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions

Place the above ingredients in a saucepan or microwave safe bowl.  Heat until it’s warm.  No baking required!  Top with 1/3 cup chopped pecans. Oh, and if you’re feeling a little awesome, toast those pecans in a skillet for a couple of minutes before you top.  WOW.
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I don’t count calories, but containers.  So here is this Container Equivalent:  1💜+1💙
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So easy.
So filling.
So #getinmybelly worthy.

 

ALL THE LOVE!

It really is that simple, sister!  And I am full for hours!  This is how I keep my temple healthy.  I seek out ways to “fix” my faves!  And I promise to keep sharing these with you too!

Are you a pumpkin lover like me?  Drop me a comment below and find me on Facebook  Instagram and Pinterest!  Let’s stay connected and encourage one another to slay the Giants!

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