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Food, Faith, Fitness… and a FREE BOOK!

‘Tis the season for starting fresh! I will eat better! Exercise more! Read my Bible EVERY! DAY! (Who’s with me!?)

Aaaaaand, true confession: ‘Tis ALSO the season for a roller coaster ride of preoccupation with body image, crazy diets, and perfectionism. (Sigh.)

Well, friends, if you’re riding the same coaster as me, I have a timely treasure for you: Devotions for a Healthier You {Feeding Mind, Body, and Soul}, by Katie Farrell.


You guys. Katie’s devotional is beautiful. It’s heartfelt. It’s so approachable, and it’s SO NEEDED.

Katie is the creator of DashingDish.com (a hugely popular blog where she lives out her passion of teaching women to find their identity in Christ and ending misconceptions about healthy eating). The devotions in her book are inspired from her personal journal entries and range in topics from body image to understanding and receiving God’s love for us.

She’s a recipe developer. She’s a registered nurse. She has been through every form of disordered eating you can imagine. She loves Jesus. And she’s found freedom.

Basically, the girl knows what she’s talking about – and shares it generously in this devotional.

The book drew me in with its beautiful photography (who doesn’t love a pretty book?).  But it kept me coming back for more once I began reading. I truly felt like I was digging into scripture with a friend over coffee. I’ve never met Katie personally, but I kind of feel like she “gets me.”

The devotions are so engaging, the fact that there are healthy recipes & a meal plan included is like a crazy jackpot prize on top of it all.

As I seek to live healthier this year, I’m grateful for this resource to help anchor me from all directions – mind, body, and soul.

Actually, I think it’s so great that I’m giving away a free copy to one of you!

Here’s how to enter:

– subscribe to my blog (if you’re already subscribed, I’ll count you too!) = 1 entry

– comment on this post = 1 entry

– share this post on Facebook = 1 entry

Enter all three ways for the best chance to win – I’ll pick one winner randomly and announce the winner on Monday, January 12! Good luck!!!

Disclosure: I received a free sample book to facilitate this review and giveaway. But rest assured, all opinions are my own. I only promote products I genuinely like!

I think God is calling me (to have a bagel?)

It’s Day 4 of the Whole30 and dang, I’m emotional. Maybe I need a bagel…

Or maybe it’s because I’m about to do something crazy.

Before I say what, let me ask you a question. Have you ever felt called by God to do or be something? Pulled toward a particular cause, vocation, relationship, fill-in-the-blank? Have you ever felt like a dream was placed in your heart? Perhaps by something or someone bigger than you?

Next question: How confident did you, or do you, feel about it? (Whatever “it” is.) Do you go through seasons of certainty followed by serious doubt and discouragement? Questions, wondering, worrying if you’re wasting your time, if you mis-heard God, or if He even had anything to do with this to begin with…

I’m going to the She Speaks conference. Tomorrow.

That may not sound crazy to you, but as I gather my things, I’m riding an emotional roller coaster. The excitement and even intimidation are not surprising. But other thoughts have snuck up on me. Accusations, really. Like “presumptuous,” “self-indulgent,” and even, “delusional.”

You see, this is a conference for women who feel called to write and/or speak.

And who am I, exactly?

Surely if I am REALLY called to this (to be a writer OR to attend the conference), I should feel more confident. Right?

But I don’t feel confident right now. Of anything.

(Again, maybe I just need a bagel?)

So back to you. Have you been there? Are you there now?

Allow me to share these words I read this morning:

“For years I wrestled terribly with insecurity over my calling. I panicked, fretted, and prayed as if God’s call was as fragile as a glass Christmas ornament – as fragile as I felt… I’ve come to believe that very little of this is as fragile as it feels… God is ever at the helm, patient and foreknowing. HE is the furthest thing from fragile.” – Beth Moore, Children of the Day, pp 75,76 (emphasis mine)

Will you try something with me? When your heart struggles to discern a calling – or stay faithful to a calling (or figure out what a calling even looks like)… let’s help remind each other that our sure footing, our peace, and our purpose is found not in the calling, but in THE ONE WHO CALLS.

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PS. Please take a minute and check out the Beth Moore Bible study I quoted above. Children of the Day is a nine-week journey through 1 & 2 Thessalonians. I’m only on week 3, but you guys, If you’re looking for an exciting guide to the richness of God’s Word, this is a great one! And if you’ve already done it – or are currently going through this study – please let me know! I’d love to hear from you! (Click here to check out the study.)
*Update: a few people have asked about the videos that go with the study. I only have the workbook – there ARE video teaching sessions you can order, but if you don’t have room in your budget (or schedule) for that right now, the workbook has been extraordinary all on its own!