My Favorite Christian Planners

Who else has big plans for 2018? I love setting Christ-based goals, and I have found a few Christian  planners that support that approach.

I can't wait to go live with you on YouTube after Christmas to show you my favorite goal setting tools! I was not paid to review any of these!

Here is a sneak peek...

Cultivate PowerSheets by Lara Casey

I love my Power Sheets - they help me understand how to nurture different area's of my life God's way. You can read my 2016 review and watch my walkthrough here: Make It Happen with Powersheets

Lara Casey gave me an exclusive promo code to share with you. When you buy through my link she gives me a small commission to help support my videos and writing! Click my link and use promocode: FREESHIP17 to get that deal!

She really is an amazing woman, her book Make it Happen is excellent, and I also LOVE her "write the word" journals.

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Horacio Printing "The Best is Yet to Come" Planner

This is my main everyday-use planner for 2018, and I have already started using some of the goal setting tools inside to map out my dreams, hopes, and plans for next year.

I found Horacio Printing through their gorgeous Instagram account. Inside the planner you'll find beautiful statements like "He's Got This" and Bible verses on each page. Just having it laying around my home I find myself saying "the best is yet to come" so much! haha....

They have a beautiful walkthough video showing each page of the planner here on their site: The Best is Yet to Come Planner

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I am still looking for more to review on my upcoming video. Subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don't miss any of the goodness. Click here to visit the Ambitious Christian Women Channel If you know of a Christian planner that should be featured in this roundup, please direct them to message me on Instagram: @sacredambition

Never stop learning, growing, and reaching!

The Dark Side of Perfectionism: How to Hold Onto Jesus While Making Major Life Change

A young woman recently asked me, "How far is too far?" when it comes to maintaining purity in a Christian dating relationship.

This is an important question... because the wrong answer can make someone feel like a failure, and even totally leave the Christian faith, and the right answer can point them into a deeper relationship with a loving and merciful God.

I just finished reading the book "The Scarlet Virgins" which is really getting a lot of attention right now as an answer to books like "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." It helped me to understand why it’s so important to point people to an authentic relationship with Jesus, rather than rattling off a list of do’s and dont’s.

See the full video interview with the author, Rebecca Lemke, right here: Purity Culture and Turning Horror into Hope

Whatever it is you set your mind to... when we decide to put God first, it’s easy to get stuck in perfectionism which is such a death trap...

Feeling like we failed.... makes us fail to get back up when we stumble!

We are so mean to ourselves sometimes - tricking ourselves into thinking God’s love and acceptance is contingent on what we do (or don’t) watch, what we read (or don’t read), how we dress, and especially what we do (or don't do). We find ourself clinging to a few scriptures as behavioral law and not considering the context of what Jesus has done!

It’s so easy to stray away from the heart of Jesus when we start taking score on ourselves and our goals...

So when that young woman asked me “How far is too far?” I began by asking her what she believed and wanted... 

  • Do you believe God wants you to wait to have sex until marriage? Does he? She said yes on both counts. 
  • I asked her about the goals with the relationship, and she said she wanted to honor God by making this one different!

  • Then and only then did I give her personal advice based on my own experiences, and I made sure that she realized it was my personal advice and *not God* telling her what to do. 
  • I told her the most kind and loving thing she could do for her boyfriend was to let him know through words and actions this relationship is different, special, and God is really in it… helping him and joining him in guarding that conviction. Because in order to be in a successful relationship, you need to define success, set clear boundaries, and guard it like the relationship depends on it- because it does.
  • Lastly, I let her know the Holy Spirit will help guide her into the pure and God-honoring relationship she seeks, but there is no perfect formula.

  • And most importantly, I let her know that when she fails she needn’t have feelings of shame, or even engage in self-harm. And as Rebecca shares in her book, legalism really can lead to far worse behaviors showing up down the road.

All this echoes Rebecca’s advice on the topic, which she shares in the book:“My best advice is: stay in Scripture. instead of asking ‘How far is too far?’ Pray, listen to your conscience, and ask yourself throughout the relationship, ‘Is this action truly loving to this person, or am I trying to gratify desires of the flesh?’ Once you have an answer, act accordingly. If you fall short, seek out private confession and receive forgiveness."

Rebecca shows how people have twisted the gospel, leaving out sections of scripture and losing context. She takes aim at the prosperity gospel, and I’m so grateful more Christians are speaking out against that, because we all know that bad things happen to good people!

If you come from a Christian background that says God won’t tolerate certain music, shows, styles of dressing, celebrations etc etc, you will love the section in the book called “Unlearning Legalism” and the following chapters which teach you how to view sexuality in a healthy way again, identify areas where culture may have misled you, and read scripture in full, understanding God’s heart.

Want to dig in to this book yourself? It will help you deal with not just sexual issues, but challenges regarding all forms of striving and reaching for a goal. Purchasing the book through my link will financially support this blog and my video ministry, at no cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

You can find the book here: The Scarlet Virgins

Never stop learning, growing and reaching.

The Proverbs 31 Experiement

Much has been said about the "Proverbs 31 woman" and many have aspired to be more like her. But how? Where do you even start?

Well, I'm starting an experiment to see what happens when we apply these truths to our lives, beginning with our morning routine. I will be your coach, and place you in an accountability group of likeminded Christian women who will be delighted to get to know you.

Often we focus on changing other people (a losing game!) when we ourselves are struggling with the very basics: such as having a solid morning routine, making time with the Lord, exercising, and staying grounded.

The Proverbs 31 woman is actually a saying BY a woman, to her son, a king. The standard is high, but I love a good challenge... don't you? We will take it a step further by examining this scripture, and using multiple resources to create a plan that WORKS.

Now enrolling for the Morning Miracles Challenge

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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Get ready for one hour of furious-note-taking goodness! At this free online event, you'll learn the exact insights from Priscilla's book that will:

- Make your prayer life come alive, with bold, strategic, meaningful prayers
- Draw you closer to God and sharpen your focus
- Cause major growth in your spiritual walk
- Equip you to win in spiritual battle (even if you've currently found yourself in the fight of your life!!)

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Content by Laura Gabriele