Hey friends! How is your summer going? Mine is going great so far! The boys and I took a road trip and went to visit my friends in Franklin, TN. While we were there we got to check out the Philanthropy Flagship store and Home Store. If you missed that post be sure to check it out Philanthropy Home.

There is a different rhythm in our home in the summer. Things are slower paced, and I have time to work on special projects. I have several projects in the works that I can’t wait to share with you soon!

One exciting thing on the horizon is that in July I am going back to She Speaks. For those of you who are new to By His Grace, I went to She Speaks for the first time in 2016 and can’t wait to go back!  She Speaks Conference 2016 and Thoughts from She Speaks 2016

Mondays can be tough! Am I right?!?You are back to the daily grind after an enjoyable weekend and then Monday comes. Since Monday’s can be challenging for the next 5 Mondays I am going to share a series of messages from Kelly Balarie on Battle Ready Mondays.

Kelly will share some encouragement with us here at By His Grace from her new book Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously

Title: Breakthrough for Hard Battles

By: Kelly Balarie

To be Battle Ready is to face opposition that can look like disagreements, health concerns, financial trauma, rude comments, emotional issues, memory loss, regret, loss of dreams, and long waits. It is to face these things, yet to still stand firm.


You may wonder how this is really possible.

Let me give you some background. Not long ago, my son screamed bloody murder outside. I didn’t know what all 6-years of him was so upset about. I ran outside to see the horrific problem. A rat wedged itself into my garage. Body half-in and half-out, fortunately, he was dead. But, what I realized was: if we have holes open to the enemy, he will enter them.

Where do you have holes?

Where do you need to close up pain, wounds or unforgiveness? The enemy will always attack unhealed areas of hurt. He knows, if he hits you where you are already experiencing pain, he can really make you doubt God’s goodness.

But, God is good. Period.

God is not good and he sometimes comes through.

God is not good, and he maybe will show up.

God is not good, and he sometimes gives you what you need.

He is good. Period. Done and sentence complete.

Where do you need to Battle Ready your thoughts, perceptions, and attitudes with the truth?

God is good. Period. Done. Sentence complete.

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Where do you need to let the goodness of the Lord work into the ugliness of the pain you are still carrying around with you? Hasn’t the enemy gotten into your heart, mind, and thoughts for far too long?

Close the hole.

When we close the holes of hurt, then the traumas, the battles and the hardships of life don’t weigh so heavily on us. To close the hole is to give the old wound to Jesus. It is to let the cross carry the burden now of the weight that burdened you for far too long. It is to ask Jesus for forgiveness for all the (____,____, or ____) that you did as you carried

this around with you for so long.

Close the hold and give it to Jesus now.

Why? Life is too short to live on anything else but the purposes and causes of the Lord Jesus Christ. Plus His every way provides a way, shows you the truth and brings you to life.

Jesus is always your best answer. Thinking like Christ is also your best answer. Do you know how to think like Jesus? Do you know how to train your thoughts in a way that no holes are left open? There are strategies, biblical tips, and wisdom that will help you do this very thing.

I hope you join me in reading the book Battle Ready, I believe it will change your life.

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 need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!”-

Lysa TerKeurst, New 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 a life full of what matters

Buy Battle Ready here:


To get Battle Ready freebies – printables, devotional reminders, a customizable daily Battle Plan and the“Find Your 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.

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, and2-toddlers who rightfully demand she build them awesome castles.

Battle ready Mondays

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

Much Love,