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2021 Answered Prayers

Welcome to Val’s annual goal series! We’re releasing a new goals-related blog post each day. And don’t miss Val’s class on how to use our prayer journals and overcome common obstacles. Sign up to get the replay here! We’re kicking off our annual goal series with one of my favorite things: sharing answered prayers!!  Psalm 145:4 says “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” I

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When you can’t sleep, intercede

Today, 12/15, is the last day to order from our shop in time for Christmas! Over the last few months, I’ve had so many conversations with others about sleep. (It actually came up a few times onthe podcast, specifically, my chat with Ruth Chou Simons). Maybe it’s the way our world has changed over the last 18 months or maybe it’s always been this way, I just haven’t been as

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On the Podcast: Advent Prayers

We have the best of intentions when the season starts that this will be the year we truly soak up what this season means and mark my words, THIS IS THE SEASON.Even in a vibrant and full season, what if you had the chance to pause for two minutes and re-center your focus on what’s to come on Christmas Day? What if this was the year December didn’t fly? Or

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2021 Christmas Gift Guide

The only thing better than seeing y’all grab these journals for yourself throughout the year is to see how y’all love to gift these to your loved ones. As we were putting together wording for our promos one year, the idea of “triple-threat gifting” kept coming to mind and I think it’s why these are so popular this time of year. It’s hard to find a gift for as low

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On the Podcast: Slowing Down

Just need some rest for your soul? Our hope is that this week’s podcasts will prompt that in your life as you seek the Lord. First up, we chat with an author who’s written a beautiful book on why “slow” is exactly where we need to be, then we chat about how to practically get rid of distractions and end with a prayer that you can press play on whenever

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Top 15 Blog Posts of 2021

As we near the end of 2021, we wanted to share our top blog posts from this year!  1. Why I’m Leaving Instagram As I thought the actual logistics of how this would work, the possible income lost, the missed connections, the Lord kept confirming it. Here are 11 reasons it was totally worth it for me to walk away. 2. Reevaluating the Enneagram I personally really wanted it to

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On the Podcast: The Mind

So often we feel at the mercy of our minds. Whether we’re dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression or the stresses of daily life, it’s not easy to keep a sound mind in today’s world. However, God has given us the power to do so! This week, we’re sitting down with a NeuroCoach to explore how we can take our thoughts captive, developing our own biblical affirmation practice, and asking

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A practical prayerful Christmas

I am sure I am the first person to tell you this, but the Christmas season is pretty crazy. And I’ll be the first person ever to admit that it’s possible to go through the whole Christmas season kind of forgetting that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Oh my gosh! That rhymes! 😯 😉 😉 Ummmm…we all know that don’t we? You might even be sick of hearing

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On the Podcast: Answered Prayers

When we pause (difficult in this busy world) and look back at what God has done, we’re often surprised that it’s more than we first recognized. This week, we are exploring the importance of looking back at answered prayers with gratitude. Our interview this week is with Lindsay Ayers, long-time journal user and attorney in Washington D.C. She recounts the goodness of the Lord in her own life and her

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A family gratitude practice

In the Fresh Start journal, our 31-day devotional on prayer, I shared this: That this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were

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On the Podcast: Routine

If you’ve been around Val Marie Paper long, you know we’re all about a little structure. Depending on how you learned to pray, it might feel a little foreign to have systems around your prayer life, but we’re big believers that having a plan beforehand helps us slip into prayer more easily and more often. This week we’ll talk with a friend who’s spent time studying and developing habits, go

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