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My quarter 3 goals update

This year I’m trying something new. In the past, I’ve updated goals monthly and felt that was way overkill and then completely stopped updating. I think it’s helpful to see how goals ebb and flow throughout the year in real life so I hope this is encouraging as you look forward to the next 3 months.  Here’s a recap of my goals for 2021 and what I did in Q3

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What holds back a thriving prayer life?

Does your prayer life feel heavy? You know the feeling. You long to just run unencumbered. You desire these mountain-moving conversations but instead, it feels more like that time you attempted to go for a run and got out of breath before the block ended. It was as if weights were pulling you down and slowing your pace.  If you could just shed them, you might just run as if

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On the Podcast: Confident and Consistent

After thousands of conversation over the last 8 years, I’ve gotten to know the struggles we all face in prayer really well. It’s still funny to me to think how when I first created the prompted prayer journal, I thought I was the only one who struggled. The culmination of those conversations as well as my own in-depth study of prayer in the Bible and books, is being released this

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Our response to culture

In anticipation of the book, She Works His Way: A Practical Guide for Doing What Matters Most in a Get-Things-Done World, by Michelle Myers and Somer Phoebus, releasing October 12, Somer joins us on the blog today! How can we be aware of culture’s twisted versions of God’s truth without making an enemy of culture? It’s a reasonable question. And one that we felt called to address in our upcoming

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On the Podcast: Drawing Near

Feeling distant from God is one of the most searched phrases on our website. Why? Because feeling distant from God feels off and even painful. This week we’re talking about the things that distance us and how to draw near to God. But before we get practical in ways we can draw near to God, we’ll talk to Ruth Chou Simons about removing a lot of the expectations we place on

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The Benefits of Being in a Prayer Group

To be honest, I couldn’t have written this post a year ago. As important as praying has been over my life, praying WITH others consistently felt like a few words, I’d rather not say but WILL say because I hope someone else benefits from them. It felt optional. Like just another commitment. And…boring. But slowly the Lord has been pressing on my heart to value my relationships more and with

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On the Podcast: Community

If you asked me, what’s one of the biggest lessons the Lord is personally teaching me right now, it’s this: That community is not a burden or obstacle to me living a fruitful life. It is actually how God designed us to live and grow. As intimidating as community can be, if you desperately long to experience the beauty of God’s design, this week’s episodes on COMMUNITY are for you!  EP.

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On the Podcast: Focus

As we survey our audience year over year, the idea of distraction and the struggle to focus comes up as one of the greatest challenges to our prayer lives. So as we begin this podcast, we knew it was important to start here, talking all about FOCUS.   Missed our introduction episode to Prayer in a Noisy World?  Click here to listen to Val’s vision of what we hope this podcast will

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Your gifts for pre-ordering my new book!

When we were thinking about pre-order bonuses for Pray Confidently and Consistently (Val’s new book releasing in October!), we knew we wanted things that wouldn’t distract from the book itself, but give you every opportunity to actually read it and put it into practice! We’re so proud to offer the bonuses you see below! We can’t wait for you to sit with the words in this book, identify what’s holding

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Podcast: Prayer in a Noisy World

Can a podcast help you pray more? I’m sure you’ve noticed as the years go on, the volume in our world, and honestly even in our heads, feels impossible to quiet down. The God who created you and me, and all of creation, wants a conversation with us. How different would our life be if we were actively engaged in that conversation instead of distracted by everything around us?So how

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The VMP Story

Our Compose Prayer Journal (the one that started it all!) recently had its 8-year birthday. Around this time, we always feel a little sentimental and so today, in light of our new collection launch (including but not limited to the 8th edition of this little journal) we decided it was time to share a little bit of the business story on the blog!  In 2012, Val Marie Paper began, but it

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