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Favorite Things For The New Year

The new year is almost here, and I am planning and setting goals for the year ahead. Today I am sharing some of my favorite things for starting the year fresh! Let me know what some of your favorite things are in the comments below!

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1. Faith

The new year is the perfect time to refocus and set some goals for spending time with the Lord. I love to spend time choosing which books of the Bible I would like to read, and looking through my journals from the past year as a reminder of all that the Lord has showed me. Here are a few of my favorite things for spending time with the Lord.

My Journaling Bible has been such a treasure to me over the past 3 years. Watching the pages fill up with notes and what God has shown me never gets old.

Several years ago when I began to form my own method of studying Scripture, I created the Be Still Journal, and I still use and love it. There are so many things about it that I love, but my absolute favorite part is the Adore section that helps me focus on who God is as I study Scripture. Starting a fresh journal is always a great start to the new year, and there is just something amazing about looking back at stacks of journals from years past and all that the Lord has brought you through.

Books can be such an encouragement to my walk with the Lord. Right now I am reading Hope Heals, and it has been so good. A great set of commentaries are also a huge help in studying Scripture. I have used this Wiersbe Setfor years, and I still love them!

Accountability is so key for becoming consistent in Scripture. If you need some friends to study Scripture with, I would love to have you join the Lamp and Light Facebook group. It is full of over 2000 amazing women who will be such an encouragement to you!

2. Work

I always feel a renewed passion for my work in the new year and I am always on the lookout for new tools to make my work be even more efficient and organized.

Headphones are a must for working from home. I love these white and gold headphones! They are inexpensive, have great sound, and they are so pretty!

I love all things organization. Planners and notebooks and to do list just make me happy. I am using the Daily Grace Planner in the bloom floral print this year, and I also adore the matching Goals and Grace notepad to keep on my desk for checklists. I am setting some good and meaningful goals with a Powersheets workbook, and color coding with our gel highlighters!

This extra long phone cord is still one of my favorite things!

3. Personal

Wellness has become a big focus for me after having baby #4! In October we eliminated all processed foods from our diet and it has been amazing (and losing 20 lbs has been a great perk). Here are some of my wellness favs!

We have been eating tons of fresh foods! I can’t link it, but my favorite wellness items are just fruits and veggies. So much energy! Smoothies are my go to choice for breakfast, and I will have to share my favorite healthy  and delicious smoothie recipe soon! I use my Ninja  almost every day. We just started using a Spiralizer, and I think we are addicted. So delicious and healthy!

I know I am late to the Fitbit party, but I have had my eye on this Fitbit Alta for the new year!

Another personal goal is to spend a bit more time getting ready in the morning (#workfromhomeproblems), and to spend a bit more time on skincare now that I am 30!

I have been loving this Moisturizer, and I have been trying out some fun face masks! Do you have a favorite skincare product?

Another thing I really want to do this year is to play more uplifting music in our home. I play a lot while I am working with my headphones, but I want to play more with the family. An uplifting worship playlist puts everyone in a good mood and I adore hearing the kids sing along. You can listen to my Worship playlist here. We have an Amazon Echoin our kitchen and it is so great for listening to music and filling up the whole house.

What are your goals? What are your favorite things? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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The Daily Grace Company

Two and a half years ago, I opened a little Etsy shop with one devotional and a matching set of verse cards, and I have been amazed at how God has taken something so small and transformed it.

It will be three years this February since we said hello and goodbye to our second daughter Sophia in just a few short and precious hours. We wept over her and sang Great is Thy Faithfulness, as we said goodbye. Now nearly three years later, He has been faithful. We clung to the words of Scripture and the promise that He was good and faithful, even when we did not see how anything good could come from the loss of a child. We did not understand, but with weak-kneed faith we chose to trust Him.

A few weeks later we made a trip to get away a bit as a family. Our hearts were aching and we needed some time away to reflect and refresh our hearts. In the midst of my deep grief, and nights spent crying on a cold bathroom floor, my husband Jeremy challenged me. In our car on the drive home, he reminded me of a dream that I had when we were just in college to write Bible Studies for women. The dream had been placed on the back burner as life got busy, and he suggested that maybe this was the perfect time to bring that dream to life. He urged me to use my pain to point others to Jesus. I remember sitting in the parking lot before walking up to our apartment and him telling me that even though we wished she was with us, if her short life could point even one person to Jesus, it would give purpose to the pain we were facing.

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So just a few weeks later, we picked up from the printer Joy in Christ, a devotional written in the weeks after we lost Sophia. We packed several hundred devotionals from our kitchen table in the upcoming weeks and I prayed that God would use the words to encourage someone.

It was just a few years before that God had given me a passion and love for His Word. I had struggled for much of my Christian life to be consistent in spending time in the Word, and it was God’s Word that would bring me through this difficult season. I know now that God was preparing my heart with His Word. It became my passion to see women spending daily and consistent time studying God’s Word and learning who He is through His Word.

From packing devotionals at our kitchen table two and a half years ago, things have grown. We now have a team of 9 people that work to spread the truth of God’s Word. We have shipped tens of thousands of devotionals to women all over the world. The shop that started with just me and my husband has grown and impacted women all over the world, and we are so humbled by this fact. From day one, our mission has been the same, to equip women to know and love God’s Word, and help them fill their days and lives with His Word and reminders of His love and grace.

In many ways, it feels like we are giving the shop a name, and not renaming it. This business and ministry has grown so quickly and unexpectedly that we never really gave it a name. It just took on my name. So we have been talking about changing the name, and we had lots of options, but we came to this…

The Daily Grace Company

Because that is what we are all about. Filling your life with God’s Word and His grace…every. single. day.

Our name has changed, but the heart behind this company has not. Our mission and goal is to point women to God’s Word because it is there that we learn who He is. And who He is changes everything.

Thank you for coming on this journey with us, we can’t wait to see what God has in store for the future.

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Melissa Hayes

I just placed an order and couldn’t tell if I received my 20% off coupon with the EVERLASTING code. My order number was #30551.

Christa Short

I placed an order last night and forgot to choose the set of verse cards. A set was chosen for me, but I would love the Psalm set if it is possible to change the one put in my order. Thanks so much! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Christa Short :)

Daughters of Grace Online Study!

Beginning on September 8th we will be hosting an online Bible Study of Daughters of Grace, our new study on the Women of the Bible and the God of Grace! I am so excited about this study and would love for you to join us. Each day we will work through the assigned reading and discuss it in the private Facebook group! You can also post on instagram and use the hashtag #lampandlight and share your thoughts with us!

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The Facebook group is a great place to connect with other women and find community around God’s Word!

So what is this study about??? This study  looks at the lives of 28 women of the Bible, and most importantly it seeks to know better their amazing God. It focusses on God’s faithfulness and steadfast love for His people and particularly for His daughters. The study digs into Scripture about the lives of some well known women, and also some that we don’t usually hear much about. Ultimately, it shows how God uses ordinary women that love Him for extraordinary things.
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Join our Facebook group, and also make sure to connect with us on our Facebook page!

You can purchase your copy of the Daughters of Grace study in our shop.

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Now Accepting Submissions for Be Still Magazine!!!

Today we launched the first issue of Be Still Magazine and I am so excited for this project. My goal in creating this magazine was for it to be beautiful and purposeful. I wanted it to be a different kind of magazine…one that you open up with your Bible, and one that is filled with beauty, encouragement, and truth. The articles are meant to encourage, teach, and point women to the Lord. Our amazing team worked hard on this project and I am so thrilled with the result.

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I am also thrilled to announce that we are ready to begin accepting your submissions for future issues! If you feel that the Lord has given you a message to share, we would love for you to share it with our readers.

We will be accepting submissions for articles, photography, poetry, artwork, and more to be featured in future issues of the magazine.

Submitting is simple! Email your submission to submissions@bestillmagazine.com

Typical article submissions should be between 1000-2000 words, but we are open to all types of submissions regardless of length. If your article is selected, we will contact you.

We are looking for articles and devotionals on a variety of topics similar to those seen in our first issue. Articles on Christians living, relationships, prayer, quiet time, and articles focusing on God’s character, etc. are just a sampling of what we are looking for. Contributors whose articles are chosen will receive a complementary copy of the magazine.

We include a selection of high quality photography in our magazines, often with Scripture overlaid on the photos. Photos include lifestyle shots, landscape, still life, nature, and we also publish lots of photos of women. Photos must be 350 dpi, high-resolution photos.

We also would love to feature the work of Christian artists. Paintings, graphic design, hand lettering, etc. will all be considered.

Due to the volume of submissions, we will not be able to respond to each one. It will also take us several weeks to read through and select content for upcoming issues. We may even contact you in a few months if we feel your article or content would be the perfect fit for a future issue.

We are now accepting submissions for the Spring issue.

By submitting your article, you are giving us permission to print it in an upcoming issue. Please include your name as you would like it to appear in the article.

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This is so fabulous! We need more uplifting material out there! So excited for this and getting this right now! God is doing amazing things … and btw, love your IG account… beautiful and encouraging so I can’t imagine how amazing this magazine will be!!! :)

Margery Warder

Do you have submission guidelines we can go to? Thank you for launching this magazine.

Alison Lee

This magazine is extraordinary!!!! I tend to grab it each day.

Natalia Drumm

Also curious as to if the published submissions are paid or not.

Denise Espinosa

When is the deadline

Laurie Brooks Endsley

I would love to know what you are looking for as far as photography. I would love to be a part of this!

Judith Nance

Thank you for taking this step of faith and putting out a product that supports women and their walk with the Lord. I will be interested in learning more about submission guidelines. My desire would be to submit down to earth things like devotions, short articles on prayer life, and encourage others who are struggling and are afraid to share this with others.
Blessings to all!

Kaitlyn Galowitch

Pick me!!!

Redeemed Online Study

We will begin studying the book of Exodus with the new Redeemed study on July 18th! Participants can post on instagram with the hashtags #lampandlight and #redeemedstudy and you can also join our Facebook group and connect with other women online who are doing this study!

You can purchase your copy of the Redeemed Study in our shop.

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We are so excited to study this amazing book of the Bible and see how every detail points to Jesus. This study will remind us that God is on our side, that He will never leave us, that He longs to dwell with us, and that He is faithful. The book is full of so many things that are so relevant to our lives and the worries that we face each day! We would love to have you join us in this study!

Join our Facebook group, and also make sure to connect with us on our Facebook page!

You can purchase your copy of the Redeemed Study in our shop.

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