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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, crystalstine.me. Connect with her on...

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  1. Crystal,
    Congratulations on being the new host of the 31 day challenge. I think this will be right up your alley! I’m such a remedial learner sometimes that God, literally, has to take me out of the game (sideline me with surgeries) to get me to re-evaluate my priorities. I want so much to do good things “for” God that I don’t allow room for the great He wants to do “through” me. Big difference! I find, though, when I do less and I allow Him to work through me, together we can move mountains. It’s only taken me half a century to learn this. Thankful He’s seen fit to teach you early 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. I can TOTALLY relate to your drive. I understand my identity isn’t wrapped up in success or checked-off to-do lists, but at times, it’s hard to step back and hit the reset button. My dad always encouraged me by using the phrase, “Just remember, Kristin, when you say ‘yes’ to one thing, you are non-verbally saying ‘no’ to something else.” Thank you for the reminder, Crystal.

  3. I’ve been watching you from afar and learning from you. As I enter a new season, a different place I am trying to learn from you. Thank you for your honesty and transparency.

  4. First of all,
    Congratulations Crystal, I wish you well.

    Thank-you so much,
    I was just thinking about this last night.
    Trusting that by turning good things down, it can be just the right thing to do.

    Penny

  5. Crystal, first of all, congratulations on being the new hostess! How exciting!! Like you, I’ve been learning that it’s okay—good, even— to say no to good things. God’s taught me that when I say no to the good, I can say yes to His best for me. And really, isn’t that where I (and all of us)want to be anyway—walking out His best for our lives? Oh yes. It’s getting easier for me to say no. The biggest thing I’m having to be okay with is missing out on some of the “fun” some of my friends and acquaintance enjoy because they were able to say yes. When I remember that I’m walking out God’s calling for my life that makes the no’s easier to embrace.

    Thanks for such a great post!

    • Thanks Jeanne! That fear of missing out thing is so real, but I’ve had to remind myself that I’d sooner miss out on what the world wants me to say “yes” to so I don’t miss out on what God has for me (still makes it hard some days, doesn’t it?).

  6. Your post is so timely, Crystal. It’s always such a pull b/c of course something good should get a YES. But I’m saying no to something this week and prayerfully leaving margin for rest (which is always pretty great) and ministry. I’m finding it’s hard to obey God’s nudges when my schedule is packed too tight.

    • I’m learning to appreciate the value of rest so much more this year – will be praying for you as you say that “no” this week.

  7. Beautiful, Crystal. This is a word I NEED today. So many questions coming at me. Hard to know. But giving myself the freedom to say no means I’m more open to REALLY hearing God and following Him rather than saying yes out of obligation.

  8. Crystal,
    WHOOT WHOOT on being the new host of the 31 day writing challenge! You will do great!! Like you I’m a task oriented person. I have this “need” to feel useful doing things!!! I often compete with my husband as to who did more things in a day–crazy huh? Since last year though I’ve found myself craving more “spiritual whitespace”. Wanting to do more for God, but still have time for myself and definitely more time with Him! This world says go…go…go…do…do…do… rush…rush…rush…have it all and you are successful. God says “Be still and know that I am God”. He wants us to slow down and appreciate all the gifts he has given us!

    Blessings 🙂