Summer Update, a Podcast, and a Look Ahead

Summer Update, a Podcast, and a Look Ahead

Hey friends,

I can’t believe it is almost fall! This summer was a whirlwind for me. How about you?

I spent a tremendous amount of time working on my book, Bible Study, and Podcast. We are putting the final touches on the By His Grace Podcast and will be launching very soon!

Here are some highlights from my last few weeks of summer.

At the end of July, I attended the She Speaks Conference hosted by Proverbs 31 in Charlotte, NC. While there I recorded podcast interviews, participated in writing, speaking, and leadership training sessions, and met with publishing industry experts. One of the highlights of my trip was gathering with several of the A Wife Like Me Contributors.

She Speaks 2018 – A Wife Like Me Contributors

I decided to take a few weeks off from the blog to spend with my family and soak in the last bit of summer and prepare for our upcoming homeschool year.

Phillip Boys

 

Peter and Misty Phillip

My youngest son is a Junior in Highschool, and I know my time with him at home is fleeting. He plays Varsity Football, and in Texas football is a big deal. We started five days a week practice in brutally hot weather, and are looking forward to an exciting season.

Tomball Christian Warriors

Masterminds meetings continued at my house. The Hangry Woman, Mila Buckley joined us at my farm table for my monthly mastermind group meeting where we talked about all things Instagram. Mila is a food blogger and influencer who has an amazing Instagram feed.

August Mastermind Meeting

And speaking of Instagram in my absence on the blog, I have been dabbling in some micro-blogging on Instagram. One of my posts caught the attention of an Austrailian Podcaster Anne Marie Cross, aka the “Podcasting Queen,” and she asked me to be a guest on the Ambitious Entrepreneur Network Podcast where we talked about deep wounds and deep grace. We recorded it on Facebook live.

If you missed it, you could listen to the Ambitious Entrepreneur Network Podcast Interview here.
https://ambitiousentrepreneurnetwork.com/ep-205-where-there-are-deep-wounds-there-is-deep-grace/

I am excited to be teaching The Struggle is Real, But so is God Bible Study for a connection group in the Biblical-Literacy Life Group for Champion Forest Baptist Church on Wednesday mornings this fall starting on September 12th, and will offer it again to the church at large on Friday mornings in the spring. If you are in the Houston area, I would love for you to join us. For more information email info@MistyPhillip.com.

A look ahead…

This fall I am excited to announce I will be on the launch team for several books and a writing program and have several speaking engagements in the Houston area.

7 Deadly Friendships: How to Heal When Painful Relationships Eat Away at Your Joy by Mary DeMuth
Release Date: October 1, 2018

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time by Sheila Walsh
Release Date: October 2, 2018

Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith aka “The Nester.”
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Guideposts Writing Course

Stay tuned for more details on all the happenings at Misty Phillip. Be sure to sign up for email updates, so you don’t miss a thing!

Misty Phillip

Resources to Help you Overcome!

Resources to Help you Overcome!

Hey Friends,

I am loving the new MistyPhillip.com and I hope you are enjoying the new look too!

Have you watched the new video yet? What do you think? I filmed the video with Unmutable Creative when I went to Atlanta back in May. I love the way the video turned out!

I am delighted to offer some fantastic free resources on the blog as well. First, I have an in-depth one week Bible Study. This is the first week of my topical 6 Week Bible Study on overcoming.

 

The Struggle is Real, but so is God

Second, I have this beautiful printable of scriptures to pray when you are going through a difficult time. I pray that these resources are a blessing to you!

 

 7 Scriptures To Pray when you are Struggling


Many Blessings, 

 

Battle Ready Monday: The Blessing of Being Battle Ready

Battle Ready Monday: The Blessing of Being Battle Ready

Happy Monday! Welcome back, since Monday’s can be challenging I am sharing a series of messages from Kelly Balarie on Battle Ready Mondays. Kelly is sharing some encouragement with us here at By His Grace from her new book that launches tomorrow!! Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously
TITLE: The Blessing of Being Battle Ready
I was in the waiting room for the MRI. All that was going through my mind was thoughts of, This is horrible. I am never going to survive. I am not going to be able to walk. There is no way out of this. I will be scared to death in that loud machine. I hate needles and they’ll put one in me.
All I could see there was me. It was me and my problems. Me and my trauma. Me and all the horrible pain that was ahead of me.
Add this to the fact that I was a new mom. My kid had been up screaming all night long. I had been pacing the hallway with him. I had been the one trying to hug him all day long as he screamed his head off. I think he had acid reflux.
I also had a mole that needed to be taken off my chest. We didn’t know if it was cancerous. The doctor gauged my chest. The scar still remains.
Did anyone ever tell you that we have an enemy that roams around like a sneaky, conniving villain in the night, searching out ways to steal, kill and destroy?
He’s likely come after you.
But, may I tell you? Battle Ready women, built up in the Lord, strong in their mind – those who renew their thoughts – know something that others don’t.
They know: It doesn’t matter what the enemy does; It matters what Jesus did.
You see, above our problems, our mayhem, our issues, our dents and dings of life, is a victorious King who reigns and rules. He sees everything. He knows our every tear. He sees our every way. He is a help in a time of trouble. He is our refuge and our strength. He is our way and our life.
He is Overcomer. He is Victorious. He is equipping us with all we need to fight the good fight today. We are not crushed, ruined or abandoned, we are raised up with Christ Jesus in the heavenlies.
Jesus brings resurrection life no matter what situation we’re in. Battle Ready women are not driven by their wide-ranging emotions but by heartfelt dedication to God’s truth, His promises, and His purposes. This changes everything.
Rather than seeing the issue, they see the Provider. Rather than seeing the MRI, they begin to see the other woman in the room that they can minister to. This happened to me. I lifted my head there and got to know a woman with bone cancer. She was in so much pain. I prayed for her before she went into her MRI. I told her about Jesus.
Battle Ready women do the awesome and amazing work of God. They let not their issues hold them back. They’re all in. They go for it.
Are you Battle Ready? Are you ready to let peace, passion, life, and freedom take over?
Come join me.

He is Overcomer. He is Victorious. He is equipping us with all we need to fight the good fight today. We are not crushed, ruined or abandoned, we are raised up with Christ Jesus in the heavenlies.

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About Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously
“The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy’s tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately needthe biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!”
Lysa TerKeurstNew York Timesbestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life. You’ll gain practical wisdom, like how to
· make new habits stick in just five steps
· disarm the seven most common attacks that plague women
· exchange self-limiting thoughts for purpose-driven, love-releasing thoughts
· implement thirty-second mind-lifters that deliver peace
· create boundaries so you live life full of what matters
Buy Battle Ready here: https://amzn.to/2l5qQrw
To get Battle Ready freebies – printables, devotional reminders, a customizable daily Battle Plan and the“FindYour Battle Style” quiz, visit: www.iambattleready.com
To order the companion Battle Ready Daily Prayer Journal that will help you practically change your thoughts, then your life, visit: Battle Ready Prayer Journal
Kelly Balarie, an author, and national speaker is on a mission to encourage others not to give up. Through times of extreme testing, Kelly believes there is hope for every woman, every battle and in every circumstance. She shares this hope on her blog, Purposeful Faith, and on many writing publications such as Relevant, Crosswalk, and Today’s Christian Woman. Kelly’s work has been featured on The Today Show, 700 Club Interactive, Moody Radio and other television and radio broadcasts. When Kelly is not writing, she is chilling at the beach with her husband, a latte, and 2-toddlers who rightfully demand she build them awesome castles.
Battle ready Mondays

I hope you enjoyed the third post in our Battle Ready Monday Series! Be sure to check back and read more from Kelly on Battle Ready Mondays.

Much Love,

A Wife Like Me

A Wife Like Me

Hey Friends,

I have some exciting news to share with you! There has been so much going on behind the scenes at MistyPhillip.com. We have big changes coming soon and  I can’t wait to share it all with you! Stay tuned for details coming soon.

First, I want to share a project that I am collaborating on. Recently, I joined Amanda Davison and several other prominent faith bloggers as a monthly contributor at A Wife Like Me. Please join me in praying that this will be a place for wives to find biblical answers for the problems they are facing.

Come join the fun at A Wife Like Me

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A Wife Like Me’s mission is to create thriving marriages by providing life-changing biblical truths and tools for wives. My first post is  The Strategy You Need to Create Your Vision as a Wife which casts:

A Vision for Wifehood.

Do you have a well-defined understanding of the purpose and plans as a wife? Do you have clarity about what you value? About your goals or dreams about how you would like to become a better wife?

Without having a vision for wifehood, your walk as a wife will not be rooted with direction. Wisdom in the book of Proverbs says that the people perish without a vision. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)

If you want your relationship with your husband to thrive, then you must have a plan to attain that goal.

To read the rest of this article on A Wife Like Me:  The Strategy You Need to Create Your Vision as a Wife

Join us on this journey to walk out wifehood together! While you are there be sure to check out the latest inspiring posts, wife groups, and be sure to download your free scripture journal.

If you know are a wife longing for community or know a wife who needs encouragement please share A Wife Like Me with them!

My Vision for Wifehood

My vision as a wife has changed over the years. At this stage in my life my first to priority as a wife is to be in the word because without Jesus filling my cup first, I have nothing to pour out on my husband, family, or anyone else for that matter.

To best the wife that I can be I need to make sure that I am taking care of myself. Make sure I am getting enough rest, eating well, and exercising. When I am tired everything seems much worse then it really is.

I find if I don’t eat well, drink lots of water and exercise then I am not functioning as the best version of myself.  In order to be the best wife I can be, I must exercise self-care. Unfortunately, I had to learn this lesson the hard way by putting everyone’s needs before my own and burning out. Self-care is not selfish!

I want to be attentive to my husband’s needs. For my husband, this means cooking his favorite foods, sending him thoughtful notes of encouragement, and making myself available to him.

Do you have a vision for your marriage? Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” I would love to hear what your vision of wifehood looks like. Share it below so that we can encourage one another as wives.

Much Love,

Battle Ready Monday: 5 Tips to Being Battle Ready

Battle Ready Monday: 5 Tips to Being Battle Ready

Welcome back to Battle Ready Monday! Since Monday’s can be challenging I am sharing a series of messages from Kelly Balarie based on her new book Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously on Battle Ready Mondays.
TITLE: 5 Tips to Being Battle Ready
If a baby bird never moves out of the nest, she’ll never fly. If a toddler never takes that one inch forward, fearing falling, she’ll never walk. If a woman never takes a small step, she’ll continually stay, nowhere.
A small step out of move-out faith is mission-critical.  Why? Faith brings to life what we cannot see, but desperately hope for.
Where do you stand on the faith-scale? 1-10? Do you see new life arising from your hopes, hunger, and hardships, or are you simply staying stuck, where you are?
You know, my life has lived as a big struggle. I’ve gone through an eating disorder, depression, a health scare that threatened to take my walking legs, financial debt struggles, heart-breaking, joy-stealing relational problems, companies going under and constant self-doubt. The list goes on-and-on…
Nearly every time, in these situations, I thought: There’s no way out. This is impossible. I don’t know what to do. I am going under. I don’t have the(time, ability, resources or wisdom) to get through this. God won’t really be there for me; He’s got better things to do. I am stupid for letting this happen. No one understands. I’m all alone.
If faith is hope in what we cannot see, I’ve lived hopelessness. If it’s”impossible to please God without faith,” no wonder I felt so displeased with myself.  If God says,”everything is possible for those who believe”, I suppose I haven’t believed.
The inclination here is to be angry at myself saying, You always mess up. You always fall short. You never do anything, right.
But this is not how God speaks to me. This is not being Battle Ready.
Instead, God restores me by saying,”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”(2Cor. 12:9)
Knowing this prepares my mind to walk into fearlessness, boldness, and purpose.
God’s grace welcomes in new faith. This is a vital, because faith is our greatest battle weapon. It takes us places, it tames our trials and it forges us ahead, like doubt never can.
So, how do you walk out life-changing faith? Here are a couple tips from my vast arsenal of faith-building, doubt-reducing, and life-changing thought-strategies I’ve discovered on my many battlefields of hardship…
5 Small Steps To Building Battle Ready Faith
1. Envision Jesus one step ahead of you. If you know God is at the place you’re afraid of, how much more can you trust He’s preparing it for your arrival?
2. Hear in your mind, continually: God really cares for me. The more we believe God sees us, the more we’ll believe He’ll see us through.
3. Taste His victory history. If you remember how you felt when God came through last time, you can almost taste him doing the same thing again. Let your mouth water for His”new thing.”
4. Inhale the reality, God is with you. Sure, there may be bumps in the boat. This doesn’t mean Jesus is sleeping. He’s fully aware of all your going through, the path He has you on, and your perfect escape with Him.
5. Hold a light schedule. If you clear way in your schedule, you’ll make room to experience God’s Word in such a way where it can begin to dwell in you.
Pick up your shield of faith. When the enemy throws an arrow at you, like a random email that makes you feel sad, a rejection from a friend that leaves you disappointed, remember: God is with you, for you and He is on your side. He is working out something in you and for you, that’s even better than you expected.
You can become battle ready and live victoriously. You can prepare in advance rather than emotionally responding and reacting to the hardships that you face. God will give you peace as you learn His wisdom and strategies.

God is with you, for you and He is on your side. He is working out something in you and for you, that’s even better than you expected.

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About Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously
“The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy’s tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately needthe biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!”
Lysa TerKeurstNew York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life. You’ll gain practical wisdom, like how to
· make new habits stick in just five steps
· disarm the seven most common attacks that plague women
· exchange self-limiting thoughts for purpose-driven, love-releasing thoughts
· implement thirty-second mind-lifters that deliver peace
· create boundaries so you live life full of what matters
Buy Battle Ready here: https://amzn.to/2l5qQrw
To get Battle Ready freebies – printables, devotional reminders, a customizable daily Battle Plan and the“FindYour Battle Style” quiz, visit: www.iambattleready.com
To order the companion Battle Ready Daily Prayer Journal that will help you practically change your thoughts, then your life, visit: Battle Ready Prayer Journal
Kelly Balarie, an author and national speaker, is on a mission to encourage others not to give up. Through times of extreme testing, Kelly believes there is hope for every woman, every battle and in every circumstance. She shares this hope on her blog, Purposeful Faith, and on many writing publications such as Relevant, Crosswalk, and Today’s Christian Woman. Kelly’s work has been featured on The Today Show, 700 Club Interactive, Moody Radio and other television and radio broadcasts. When Kelly is not writing, she is chilling at the beach with her husband, a latte, and 2-toddlers who rightfully demand she build them awesome castles.
Battle ready Mondays

I hope you enjoyed the second post in our Battle Ready Monday Series! If you missed last Monday’s post Battle Ready Monday: Breakthrough for Hard Battles

Be sure to check it out and check back to read more from Kelly on Battle Ready Mondays.

Much Love,