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You’re Invited: Praise & Coffee Online Study of Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited

Posted by Julie on August 29, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

The biggest battle I’ve faced in any role I’ve taken on is rejection and isolation. I’ve joked that I’m the misfit toy, the one left in the corner while everyone has fun. I’ve watched even as an adult that I’ve been forgotten, passed over, added on when others said no, and all the other things that crush.

In the encouragement I give to others, I know I’m not alone. That’s why I am stepping out in faith to start a group on Facebook where we can meet weekly to discuss Lysa TerKeurst’s latest release, UNINVITED.

I am doing this under the umbrella of Praise and Coffee, a ministry that simply loves to have women connect so they can encourage and inspire. Groups can be as few as two people and can meet anywhere. Kitchens. Church rooms. Living rooms. Cafes.

Even online.

And that’s what I’m doing. You purchase the book and read the assigned chapters for the week, and once a week for an hour we’ll discuss it. No membership, no commitment, just know that you are invited.

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

All discussions will be through this closed group page. The group can be found by anyone, but only members can read the posts. Our discussions will be confidential.

To request the group, click HERE.

To purchase UNINVITED: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely, click HERE.

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Pre-Order 2017 iBloom Life and Business Planner

Posted by Julie on July 17, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Pre-Order your 2017 iBloom Life and Business Planner today!

Pre-Order your 2017 iBloom Life and Business Planner today!

I am so, so excited! This planner that helps me get it together, keep it together, and then remember where I put it, the iBloom Life & Business Planner, is now available for pre-order!

I really want you to experience how this works because I know how amazing you are…and I also know that it sure is nice to find tools that can help. We are doing so much for so many and this is SO much more than a planner. It is like having a life coach traveling with you throughout your year!

  • A trusted accountability partner to help you become who you want to be and do what you dream of doing.
  • A personal and professional audit to help you see what is working and what isn’t so that you can make necessary changes.
  • A record of blessings and milestones achieved with the reminder to celebrate along the way!

Not just a place to keep up with all of the details of your life but a place to create the life you love. If you haven’t used this powerful planner before, this is just a glimpse of how it can help you love your life & business.

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So, are you ready to give it a go? Partner with this powerful planner to do amazing things.

The first 500 pre-orders will receive a special gift: an iBloom tote that you can use with your new iBloom Planner.

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(First 500 Orders Get Free Bonus iBloom Tote)

iBloom’s mission is to revolutionize the way women do business and live life. This is my favorite tool that will help you do just that. Are you ready to live a life you love? Pre-ordering your planner is a great way to get started.

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How to Create a Life You Love

Posted by Julie on July 7, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini |

I have been an iBloom lurker for years. I read their blog posts, liked their Instagram posts. When I knew that God was switching things up big time with my writing this year, I headed to their site and looked at their resources. Not only did I keep reading all their materials, I took their “Which business woman are you?” quiz and ordered the iBloom planner. I am such a fan of that planner that for the first time ever (I’ve been blogging for nearly a decade and have been courted HARD by businesses,) I said yes when iBloom asked if I was interested in being a partner.

Here is a taste of the many things iBloom offers for women and I love this course because it is for anyone. Stay at home moms. Business owners. Those that work outside the office. If you’re a woman, this course can benefit you. Best news? It’s free (if you use the coupon code below.)I’ve already signed up and am ready to go.

Will you join me? Here’s more information.

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Do you love your life? Join me for a life-changing experience with iBloom that will change your life.

You may be in the habit of being grateful. You may even keep a journal just for that purpose. But when your head hits the pillow at night, are you smiling? Exhausted from pouring out your skills & talents into those people and things you love? Or are you just worn out and already dreading the next day?

Yes, we can be grateful in all circumstances but why not do everything you can to LOVE your life while you’re here? Every day is a gift but unless you know the answers to these 3 questions, you may not feel like you are opening up a gift each morning.

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My friends at iBloom are on a mission to revolutionize the way women do business and live life. I’d love for you to meet them! If you feel weighed down by responsibility instead of inspired by possibility, something is wrong. There will be hard days, but more often than not, iBloom is helping me learn how to wake up excited about the day ahead and feel fulfilled when it’s time for bed. You really can love your life! Join me to find out how to make the changes that make all the difference.

Join me and the iBloom Team as we get clear on these 3 things:

  1. What is your God assignment?
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  3. What are your priorities in this season and how can you live into them on a daily basis?

If you are curious about what it takes to create a life you love, join me. I have been blown away by the value I have gotten from every iBloom training & product I’ve experienced. I hope you will check it out!

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Rachel J. Good: Whose Face is That in the Mirror?

Whose Face Is That in the Mirror?

One day when my family was gathered around the dinner table, I complained to my husband about a bossy woman in one of my Christian women’s groups. She always criticized others and insisted her way was best.

As soon as I finished my story, my youngest daughter piped up, “She sounds like you, Mom.”

And she was right. Matthew 7:3 came to mind: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” God used my daughter’s words that day to show me that what bothers me the most in others are often my own faults.

I believe you often write what you need to learn, so in Change of Heart, Lydia is busy trying to prevent her younger sister from getting into trouble during Rumschpringe, a time when Amish teens sometimes adopt Englisch (non-Amish ways). But when Lydia confronts Emma about her rebellious behavior, she’s surprised at her sister’s response:

Emma glared at her. “Even during your Rumschpringe, you did nothing wrong. But when I started mine, you followed me around in Plain dress, showing how pious you were and how wrong I was.”

Was that how it appeared to Emma? That had never been Lydia’s intention. She tried to explain that she’d only wanted to help Emma, not make her feel guilty, but her protest only upset her sister more.

Emma clenched her fists in her lap, and bitterness dripped from her words. “Why would you need to help me?” Her voice rose. “Doesn’t helping imply that you’re better than someone else?”

A little later Emma says:

“You act humble, but inside you’re filled with pride. You compare yourself to me to make yourself feel better.”

Emma’s words cause Lydia to evaluate her own behavior. She had convinced herself she had a duty to watch over Emma, but had it only been self-righteousness and vanity?

I find that as Christians we sometimes make judgments about another person’s spirituality and may even request prayer for him or her, believing we’re doing it for that person’s benefit. But if we look deeply into the truth behind our judgments, we might see that criticizing someone else makes us feel more spiritual. Secretly we believe we’re better Christians or closer to God. Whenever that happens, we need to look into the mirror for the planks in our own eyes.

Do you have someone in your life who irritates you or rubs you the wrong way? What bothers you the most about this person? Are you perhaps guilty of that same behavior? Sometimes surrendering judgmental attitudes becomes easier when we hold a mirror up to our own lives.

BIO

 Rachel photo web (002)_editedRachel J. Good writes life-changing, heartfelt novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She is the author of Amish romances in the Sisters & Friends series. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her novels. A former teacher and librarian, she completed her MA from Vermont College while raising five children. She is presently an MFA student in Writing and Illustration at Hollins University. In addition to having more than 2200 articles and 30 books in print or forthcoming under several pseudonyms, she also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. Sign up for her newsletter &/or visit Rachel at www.racheljgood.com.

 

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Lydia Esh’s younger sister Emma is running wild during Rumschpringe, causing the family major heartaches. Although it means risking her reputation, her job as a schoolteacher, and her courtship with Jakob Zook, Lydia attends parties to watch over Emma and protect her sister’s virtue. When Emma begins a relationship with Kyle, an Englischer, Lydia teams up with Kyle’s older brother, Caleb, to keep the couple apart. As Lydia and Caleb spend time together keeping an eye on their siblings, Lydia falls for this forbidden love. Will she stay true to her faith even if it means giving up the man she loves?

Change of Heart is available in both print and e-book at Christianbooks and Amazon.

 Amish Quilts Coloring Book

Rachel J. Good offers the post, Whose Face is that in the Mirror?

Rachel Good offers the post, Whose Face is that in the Mirror?

Feeling stressed? Why not relax with an adult coloring book? Rachel J. Good’s Amish Quilts Coloring Book takes you back to a time and place that’s calm. Immerse yourself in a world of peace as you color the 25 different patterns inspired by quilts seen in Amish country. Many of these designs are based on traditional quilts, but some have been reimagined or repeated multiple times to create more intricate patterns to color. Each quilt is printed on only one side of the page; facing pages contain inspirational Amish proverbs. And if the designs inspire you to make quilts of your own, the pages can be used as templates for quilt-making.

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Book Review: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Posted by Julie on September 2, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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You have an enemy . . . and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted.

So this book is your chance to strike back. With prayer. With a weapon that really works. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.

New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer, widely known for her international speaking, teaching, and writing ministries, brings her new role from the 2015 film War Room into the real lives of today’s women, addressing the topics that affect them most: renewing their passion, refocusing their identity, negotiating family strife, dealing with relentless regrets, navigating impossible schedules, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, uprooting bitterness, and more. Each chapter exposes the enemy’s cruel, crafty intentions in all kinds of these areas, then equips and encourages you to write out your own personalized prayer strategies on tear-out sheets you can post and pray over yourself and your loved ones on a regular basis.

Fervent is a hands-on, knees-down, don’t-give-up action guide to practical, purposeful praying.

Fervent is a book that wields serious power because the author creates a plan on how to defeat the true defeated one by giving the reader his playbook. I absolutely loved how Priscilla Shirer goes through each strategy the devil uses to bring women down and explains what it is, and how to overcome his plans with specific prayer. The book is easy to read but deep in information, truth, God’s word and strategies to be on the offensive. At the end there are prayer cards to tear out and use.

This is one of the resources Stephen and Alex Kendrick use to help families engage in prayer as part of their movie, War Room. Each book targets small children, kids, teens, family/men and women. I highly recommend all of them. Fervent is amazing. I hope you find out for yourself.

To see my reviews on the other War Room related books, click here.

To purchase Fervent, click here.

I received a copy of Fervent in exchange for an honest review.



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