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Want to change your day? Do these four things.

  1. Start the day in scripture. Read the Word of God, giving you sound wisdom on how to live out your life and tackle the day.
  2. Take a moment to reflect on the previous day. What do you want to remember? Did you have lunch with a friend? Travel to a new place? Got offered a job? Your child said something funny? Jot it down.
  3. Practice gratitude. Write down 3-5 things you are grateful for. According to research, gratitude has many health benefits.
  4. Pray. Ask for forgiveness of your sins, thank God for the blessings in your life, and take the worries of the world to him.

I created Thank You Notes to God to give you an easy way to ensure you start each day on the right foot. Order your copy today! I can't wait to hear how your life changes by practicing these four things daily.

Blessings,

Stephanie

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of “The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life” and "The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life"

She was in the third grade when I met her.

I was a police officer participating in Shop with a Cop. 

After the event ended and my hubby and I drove home, I couldn't get this family out of my mind. We broke a few rules and got their contact info.

Fast forward to today, and this is the third year I had the honor of taking her to college. 

Mike packed my car in such a way that I'm still in disbelief.

As we huffed and puffed, carrying each load a long distance from the parking lot to the fourth floor of her apartment building, we practiced gratitude.

At first, I complained there were no dolls, students to hold the door and help like last year. 

And yet, with each trip, we chuckled as we declared we were grateful it wasn't raining, we had water, we had arrived earlier than most families, and we had a parking spot. The list goes on and on.

We went shopping to fill her refrigerator and cabinets and couldn't leave without lunch at Chick-Fil-a.

Hugs, I love yous, and goodbyes filled the apartment and then another round when she walked me out to my car.

On the ride to college, we chatted about how her life might have been different if I hadn't listened to the tug on my heart all those years ago.

Yesterday I received a text from her that said, "a club I'm going to be in on campus."

The Random Acts of Kindness Club.

It was at that moment I knew I had done my job. All the kindness my husband and I had shown, she and her family continue to carry on and show others that same kindness.

The next time the Holy Spirit tugs on your heart to help a stranger, take action. You never know how both of your lives will change. 

Blessings,

Stephanie

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of "The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life" and “The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life”

Friends, so much is going on in the world I don't even know where to start. This morning I sat curled up in my cozy chair pondering if I should release a podcast or send out my newsletter this week. They both seem so trivial when Afghanistan is crumbling and so many are in danger of losing their life and Christians being persecuted. 

But the longer I sat in silence I realized I shouldn't just speak weekly when life for me is all good and I'm plugging along. I mean, life is still good for me, but my heart aches and is burdened about the travesties across the world. How can I help? How can I make a difference? Will any actions I take make a difference?

And then I realized that yes, there are actions we can take. There are prayers to be prayed, encouragement to be sent, and research that needs to be done, and education on what is happening (checking multiple sources) to be informed. 

Check out my latest podcast as I share my thoughts on who we need to help, right now, from the comforts of our home and offices.

Listen on..

Thank you for allowing me to share my heart. 

Blessings,

Stephanie

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of “The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life” and "The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life"

The post from @rubiofuerte (and I have no idea why I'm following or how I came across him, but I digress) stated:
Nobody cares:

  • What you almost did.
  • What you want to do.
  • What you say you'll do.
  • What you didn't do.
  • What you could have done.
  • What you did a long time ago. 

Just take action!

Yikes! I'd consider myself an action taker and a doer, but this post reminded me to pay attention to my words. Am I holding myself accountable for the things I've committed to doing? Are there activities I'm talking and talking about but never seem to be making progress on? If so, I need to stop talking about that activity or take steps to move me forward. 

The list above is a great reminder to make sure we live life and not just talk about living or living way, way in the past. 

Over the next week, take inventory of the experiences you are chatting about and bounce them against the list above. If you almost did something, want to accomplish a goal, etc., ask yourself why aren't you making progress?

A few weeks back I discussed when it's okay to delay a goal. You may have a legit reason. But if the reason is more of an excuse or downright fear, jot down one action you can take this week that will move you out of the talking phase of your goal to walking that goal forward to accomplishment.

I talk a lot about running and physical challenges, but I haven't done a challenge since February 2020. My spider bite/infection delayed my progress, so I'm committing to you by next week; I'll be signed up for a half-marathon. Let the training begin!

Kick butt this week,
Stephanie

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of "The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life" and “The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life”