Our Giveaway - and the Future of Ambitious Christian Women on YouTube

Dear friends and supporters,

I want to thank you for helping me make Ambitious Christian Women what it is today.

My motto is "Follow God's Signs, Not Dollar Signs" and I repeat that again before I show you this note from YouTube. Because I don't get pushed around by money (or apparent lack of money) - I trust in God and God alone for my future, my wellbeing, and my ability to impact others.

Looking back, here's what we accomplished in 2017:

- We have hosted 3 powerful online Bible Studies (one of those Bible Studies now has over 20,000 views!) and we keep getting new women signing up for these every single day.
- Created an ongoing challenge called Morning Miracles Challenge where women learn a morning routine to put God first and stay accountable
- Hosted online and in-person meet ups where women create lasting connections built on God's truth
- We just surpassed 1,000 subscribers on YouTube
- We grew to over 1,500 members on our private Facebook group

And to celebrate God's goodness and grace toward us, we are hosting a very fun giveaway within the group.

I mentioned that I received a concerning letter from YouTube a couple days ago and I want to share it with you. I am sharing it as a call to prayer and also a request for us to put our minds together.

The YouTube Partner program (which I am now in danger of being removed from) was central to my strategy with Ambitious Christian Women.

I did the math. Although we have over 1,000 subscribers, PRAISE GOD! I am still about 350 hours of watch time short of making the 4,000 cut. Within the next 30 days, the content on the channel must have been watched for a total of 350 hours for me to remain monetized.

How much do I make through YouTube? 
Maybe this isn't too surprising to you... it's almost embarrassing to admit that even with countless hours of my time pouring into this, I have never received a check from YouTube (they only pay out when you hit a $100 threshold). I was so close to hitting that threshold though and I was counting on that small portion to fund giveaways like the one I'm running now to celebrate milestones, encourage engagement, and have scholarships available for women who can't afford Bible Study materials.

Why does YouTube matter then? 
With a motto like "Follow God's Signs, Not Dollar Signs" you know I'll be moving forward regardless of whether we remain monetized. I am happy to continue to invest my own funds into its growth. Since I don't collect dues, have monthly supporters, or make any profit on running all these goodies for you, I have a very patchwork strategy right now.  I am not lazy - I have tried doing raffles and asking for support and putting links to support on the free resources I create, but it hasn't gone well - unless of course $9 is impressive to you. I'm learning, and still haven't figured out the ropes of support raising and so Ambitious Christian Women, for now, exists by God's grace, my own investment, and my husband's patience with me devoting many hours a week to unpaid work.

How can you help? 
I want to stay viable on YouTube because right now, considering our rate of growth, it's my best bet. I need your help to share our videos with your friends, your sisters in christ, and family. I believe that just by doing this, we can hit the 350 hours in the next 30 days and stay a part of the partner program. Over 2017 I've created almost 100 videos, most of them recorded while I was in Guatemala for a year with my husband, working and volunteering our time with various Christian organizations.

By entering the giveaway you'll be helping generate buzz in a variety of ways, and Sharing JUST ONE VIDEO counts as 3 entries

The videos include interviews with amazing female Christian authors and activists, group discussions, Bible study material, reflections on top issues, testimonies, calls to prayer, and a few very personal accounts of faith in action.

What am I doing wrong?
This is a question I ask myself frequently, not to be a downer, but to stay on my game. For example, I have received several entries but notice that very few are taking this step of sharing a video from the channel. This is the one thing I need most. So, while asking for shares, I am also re-evaluating, paying close attention which of the videos DO get shared by our audience, while praying about how I can get better. I want to make the content more impactful and sharable so supporters feel comfortable going ahead and posting it. Even though my background is in social media, I am always a learner and always find myself getting humbled! This is a cycle that God uses to keep me growing and reaching. The internet is so full of rotten stuff, I've made it my business to be a light and there's no time to waste!

Thank you so much for your love, prayer, and your support. Its an honor to create Ambitious Christian Women WITH and FOR you. Regardless of the outcome of this YouTube Partner Program, you will keep seeing me declaring Jesus and trying to make the Earth look more like Heaven.

Never stop learning, growing, and reaching,


I have never been without guidance and encouragement, thanks to the Holy Spirit, and the amazing women that God has gathered around me. I shared this email with the awesome volunteer leadership team of Ambitious Christian Women and some of us will be praying and fasting, seeking the heart of Jesus for the future of the group. These women pour their time, energy, and resources into discipling our members. To learn more about them and the story of how this online ministry came to be, please visit our main facebook page and click "OUR STORY" on the righthand side bar. I could never do this alone, and I am NOT alone!

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.

Shop Lara's whole collection at shop.cultivatewhatmatters.com

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

Learn more at https://www.horacioprinting.com/

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.

Content by Laura Gabriele