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How to Take Risks with God

How to Take Risks with God

How to Take Risks with God

by Alexandra Kaval

Do you have a big idea or dream that God has planted in your heart?

Do you also have BIG fears or doubts that go along with that dream? I absolutely know what that’s like. One of the biggest risks in my life was leaving my comfortable corporate job to pursue Christian coaching full time. To the outside world, this didn’t make any sense. I was bringing in close to a six-figure salary. The job provided flexible hours. It wasn’t demanding. I had a team that I liked working with and they liked me back. There was great growth potential at the company.

… But God.

Friend, when we get quiet and listen to Him, we’re given insight into a plan that is much more beautiful than our own. Maybe you feel unsettled but also frustrated by that emotion since so much is going well in your life. 

I feel you. I was in that same exact place.

Patiently through that unrest may be one of the wisest things you do. Yes- it may look like taking a risk. And yes – it may look unconventional or different from what the world might lead you to do. But, there is so much joy (and Jesus!) waiting to be found in that exact place.

Taking Risks with God

Taking Risks with God

Here are 3 tips for you if you’re considering taking a risk with (and for!) God:

Create your own definition of success. Get clear on what He is calling you to. 

As the founder of She Works His Way Michelle Myers has said, “We have an audience of one to please.” And that’s God! Not our coworkers, our parents, or our friends. Consider what God is calling you to and let that be your main priority. Let His perspective drive your opinion more so than that of others.

Be consistent and keep showing up each day with your eyes set on His plan.

Cultivate community. Sharing your big thing with others will help propel you forward.

(Although consider waiting to share until you’ve gotten some clarity on what His plan looks like! Andy Stanley’s book Visioneering explains how it may be wise not share too much too early in the process.) But once He’s given you vision, talking through your big thing aloud breathes LIFE into that thing. It can be so incredibly energizing to share it with others and create a support network along the way. Plus, doing so adds another level of accountability. Your people are going to ask for updates on your progress and timing and that’s a good thing!

Also… taking a leap can at times feel lonely. Having a support network in place to build you up will help to balance that out.

And, you may even serve as an encouragement and inspiration to others in ways greater than you may ever know.

Collaborating with a coach can be transformational as well. As a Christian coach, my job is to help get you from where you are to where God wants you to be. We help you to focus on what matters most and let go of the rest. We’ll make sense of all the ideas rolling around in your brain and create a plan of action so that you can make progress on what matters most. Plus, you’re empowered to break through the fears, doubts, and hesitations that hold you back. You’ll be equipped to make progress more quickly and powerfully than ever before.

  • Connect with scripture.
  • There is nothing quite like God’s truth.
  • When you take a leap, it’s important to both launch from and land on solid ground!
  • And what can help you to do that well? None other than God’s word. 
  • Dig in and see what He has to say. He will undoubtedly speak to you.

Here are some of my favorite scriptures to provide strength during challenging times:

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

We must remain connected to Him at all times to be fruitful. Once we stray, the value of what we produce drastically changes.

His power is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

When feelings of perfectionism or inadequacy creep up, it’s oftentimes because we’re operating out of our own strength instead of His.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Access His mighty power and allow Him to work through you in order to experience the best results possible.

One other quick tip– I’d also encourage you to journal your ‘God winks’ and celebrations along your journey. God is with you and before you every step of the way. Recognizing how He is showing up may be one of the sweetest blessings.

Sister- I am so excited for you as you embark on this adventure! Stand firm in the truth that He can do more than we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). I pray that you’ll allow Him to take on more of a leading role in your life- you won’t regret it.

And remember… “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”  – Corrie ten Boom

Want more? 

If you have a similar story and are feeling led to pursue your side hustle full time, you may want to check out Grace Space Christian Coaching’s eBookSide Hustle Success: How to Finally Take the Leap & Live your Dream. I share the scoop on what went well, what I wish I knew, and what I would’ve loved to do differently as I transitioned from my corporate job to pursue my side business full time. Here are the topics that are covered if you want a peek:

  • What I Learned from the First Year of My Side Hustle 
  • What I Didn’t Expect from My Side Hustle 
  • Best Boss in the Whole World 
  • The God Winks on My Journey from Corporate to Coach 
  • 10 Things to Do Before You Leave Your 9-5 
  • BONUS: Bye to the Big ‘But’

Friend, don’t miss out on one of the greatest adventures you & He can go on together. He’s got you in the palm of His hand.

Alexandra Kaval is a certified professional life coach for purpose-driven Christian women who crave more and founder of Grace Space Christian Coaching. She partners with women who are feeling scattered and stuck. Through their work together, her clients transform from overwhelmed to overjoyed. They experience a deep sense of focus & intentionality, rooted in their identity in Christ, with a path for the season ahead. After working with Alexandra, you’ll be freed up to live your purpose and prioritize what matters most, all while more fully loving God, yourself, and others. 

All it Takes is a SPARK!

All it Takes is a SPARK!

All it Takes is a SPARK: 3 Lessons from the Spark Christian Podcast Conference 

by Bayle Dunn

We are amid a global pandemic. Those words still feel strange to say, although it has been six months since the first Covid-19 cases in the United States. During this unprecedented time, I, like many of you, have been searching for encouragement, digging deep into my Bible, and trying to cultivate community in new ways. When I heard that my friend and mentor, Misty Phillip, was hosting the Spark Christian Podcast Conference at the Podfest Global Media Summit, I was extremely excited for many reasons. 

My Thoughts: 

First, I knew that Podfest is traditionally a secular conference, one that is open to all, but with no previous faith track. When I think of the people who have impacted my personal faith the most, I think of those who have unashamedly shared their hearts with me and helped me to see the Lord and His purposes more clearly. Misty Phillip is one of those people. So, I was ecstatic that the Lord was going to use her in this capacity.

Secondly, I knew that at a conference so large, there were going to be people who believed differently than we, as Christians, do. So, I knew that the Spark conference had a purpose. That is, to shine the light of Jesus in a way that it may resonate with those who have not yet met Him. I wholeheartedly believe that the Spark Pod Con did this so well. 

Three Lessons from Spark:

Spark Pod Con

If you missed it, here are three lessons that I learned from my time there! 

At the conference, I heard from so many incredible speakers – each one inspiring me to continue sharing the message of the hope that is found in Jesus with those who are close in proximity and those who are across the country. As someone who doesn’t yet have a podcast, these messages sparked a desire in me to start one.

Lesson #1

This brings me to lesson number one: we are all digital apostles. When Jonathan Roumie said this, I knew that it would stick with me for a while. The truth is, friends, that in the age of social media, there are people in the secular world looking to us, as followers of Jesus, for hope.

Let’s be imitators of Christ, walking in the way of His word and shining His light so brightly that others cannot miss Him!

Lesson #2

The second lesson that I learned from Spark comes from Anne Watson, who said, “do your thing in your way!” As a recent college graduate, this was so encouraging to hear. God made us all with unique talents and abilities so that we may glorify Him in all that we do. When we do things in our own ways, we are more apt to serve the kingdom well. 

Lesson #3

The third lesson that I learned from the Spark Pod Con comes from Connie Albers, who said, “with disruption, comes innovation.” Right now, we are all living in a world that is somewhat turned upside down. The thing about this is, though, that we, as Christians, have a choice to make. We can allow this disruption to derail us and knock us off of the path that the Lord has placed us on.  Or, we can view this time in history as a chance to be innovative about how we spread God’s message to the unreached. 

Y’all, Spark was incredible! It is an event that I do not want you to miss out on! For more information go to Spark Pod Con

PS: So, I am going to let you all in on a little secret – Misty’s Rocket Podcast Community is remaining open for THIS WEEK ONLY! If you join, you will have access to all 11 of the sessions from Spark in the Rocket Library! How awesome is that?! You will also learn and grow through coaching and training, networking within the community, weekly Masterclasses, and Mastermind sessions for accountability and growth.

So, hurry on over to www.rocketpodcast.co and join today! 

Alexandra Kaval: Side Hustle Success

Alexandra Kaval: Side Hustle Success

On this podcast, I sit down with my friend, Alexandra Kaval, a Christian coach who assists women in taking risks in our daily lives. We discuss Alexandra’s tips for taking risks, the resources that have helped her grow both personally and professionally, her life verses, her advice to those who fear taking large risks, and her new e-book, “Side Hustle Success: How to Finally Take the Lead and Live Your Dreams.” 

Alexandra expresses the importance of walking closely with the Lord in our business ventures and gives helpful resources such as Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger podcast and the Creative Empire Podcast. 

Key Takeaways:

– Create your own definition of success with God. 

– Create a celebrations list. 

– Be consistent. 

– If you take a risk with God at the center, it is likely to be the greatest adventure that you will ever take.

Resources: 

Jenna Kutcher’s Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-goal-digger-podcast/id1178704872

The Creative Empire Podcast: https://www.creativeempire.co/

Alexandra Kaval is a certified professional life coach for purpose-driven Christian women who crave more and founder of Grace Space Christian Coaching. She partners with women who are feeling scattered and stuck. Through their work together, her clients transform from overwhelmed to overjoyed. They experience a deep sense of focus & intentionality, rooted in their identity in Christ, with a path for the season ahead. After working with Alexandra, you’ll be freed up to live your purpose and prioritize what matters most, all while more fully loving God, yourself, and others.

Follow Alexandra on social media and check out her new e-book!

Website: https://www.gracespacechristiancoaching.com/

Clarity call: https://www.gracespacechristiancoaching.com/book-online

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fruitful-faith-women-on-mission/id1485905955

Instagram: www.instagram.com/alykaval 

E-book: www.gracespacechristiancoaching/ebooksneakpeek

GSCC’s eBook- Side Hustle Success: How to Finally Take the Leap & Live Your Dream

Alexandra Kaval is a Charlotte-based life success coach for everyday Christian women who are ready to experience what they’ve only before dreamed of. She helps her clients transform from overwhelmed to overjoyed. 

 

Evelyn Mann: The Story of a Little Man

Evelyn Mann: The Story of a Little Man

This week on By His Grace, I’m so excited to welcome Evelyn Mann. We talk about special needs children, motherhood, and miracles. We talk about our shared experiences of being told our child is “incompatible with life”, and the joys and challenges of raising children with special needs.

special needs children, motherhood, and miracles

Evelyn Mann, author of The Story of a Little Man shares the story of her beautiful son Samuel. Samuel has Thanatophoric Dysplasia, a form of dwarfism. As she walks you through their journey from pregnancy to the beautiful family they are today, it will show peace and mercy of God.

Evelyn Mann

The story of a little man

Evelyn Mann is a middle-aged, stay at home mom who lives in Tampa, FL raising her special needs son, aka the “Miracle Mann”. Her memoir, Miracle In My Living Room: The Story Of A Little Mann, chronicles her and her husband’s journey of faith from medical diagnosis to overcoming all odds. The popular blog, MiracleMann.com, shares Evelyn’s journey as the mother of a miracle.

Samuel Mann

The story of a little man

Samuel Mann aka the “Little Mann” is a miracle and blessing. He is 11 years old and weighs only 26 lbs.
Like most kids, he likes to laugh, giggle, and have lots of fun. His favorite song is the “Happy Birthday” song. He also enjoys watching Elmo and home videos on his iPad.

You can find out more about the Mann’s at Miracle Mann Blog

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Miracle In My Living Room & Devotional – Thriving Through Your Trials

Thriving Through Your Trials: Devotions of Miracles, Faith, and Prayer

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Fix Your Eyes on Jesus 

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus 

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus: My Biggest Takeaway from the Book of Colossians 

by Baylee Dunn

On December 30th, 1998, I entered the world under the most bizarre of circumstances. I had an anoxic stroke, losing all of the blood flow and oxygenation to my brain. This stroke resulted in a condition known as Optic Nerve Atrophy. In non-medical terms, this means that I have no peripheral vision, limited depth perception, difficulty in color perception, and a hard time with visual processing. Basically, my brain and my eyes do not like to communicate with one another. Therefore, since they are at odds, my physical vision is deeply affected. 

For a long while, I viewed this difference in my physical abilities as a hindrance, a struggle that was all too real. As a child, it took me quite a while to realize that I was created any differently than my peers. As a teenager, I concluded that I was, indeed, different than those around me in terms of my visual abilities. As a result, I spent some time angry – angry at the circumstances, angry at myself for being unable to change them, and angry at God for creating what I then perceived to be a broken thing.

Why me, Lord?” I would wonder aloud. “How am I supposed to function when I cannot see anything to the left or to the right without turning my head?”

I would question, almost daily. 

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

That is until I came across this passage of scripture, Colossians 3:2-4, which reads,

“2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” 

When I read this passage, I understood that perhaps, my physical eyesight would never have to be perfect to see and experience the glory of the Lord. I realized that what I once viewed as my greatest hindrance was actually the greatest way to inform others of the goodness of God. It is in our broken places that the Lord’s love and His light shine the brightest through us. 

Friend, I want to encourage you today to take your struggle to the Lord – whatever it may be. Lay it down at his feet. He loves you, He cares for your every need, and He is holding you close to His heart. In Him, your broken pieces are made whole and your darkness is exposed to light. The chains that are holding you down will break if you only say His name. Set your eyes on Heaven. It is truly the best view. 

Be Blessed, 

Baylee

Colossians 3:2-4

Colossians 3:2-4

Wow! Isn’t Baylee amazing? I am so grateful to have her on my team!! You will be hearing from her here regularly. She has a lot of wisdom for a young woman, and I love that I get to mentor her.

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The Struggle is Real: But so is God

The Struggle is Real: But so is God

If you are struggling with all that is happening in our world today friend, be sure to check out my Bible study The Struggle is Real: But so is God.

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Much Love,
Misty

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