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At (in)courage, we empower women to be like Jesus. Our writers share what’s going on in their life and how God’s right in the middle of it. They bring their joys & struggles so that you can feel less alone and be empowered by the hope Jesus gives.

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  1. Thank you for this! I know I am a “people pleaser” and tend to worry about what other people think of me and what I do. It’s a good reminder of what I should be focusing on!

  2. I also relate to the joy of “back to school” from childhood…funny how that joy didn’t quite translate into the busyness of adulthood! As a fellow business owner, I appreciate your perspective very much, especially as the world wants to pin our worth on our success. Thanks for making organization/agendas fun and beautiful and for bringing God into the rhythm!

  3. I desperately need to reorganize my life starting with my relationship with God. I have fibromyalgia and I have trouble remembering things sometimes, so this book would be so very helpful for me. Thank you so much and God bless you

  4. Wise and practical words! Thank you for reminding us to always put the most important things first!

  5. Melissa, I loved your inspiring words! I was so touched by this sentence in your article:

  6. Thank you for your words and for the journal. What a beautiful idea to join praise with the work that we do, and keep us focused and sane at the same time.

  7. Thank you for sharing. I’m a pens and planner for through and through and love to check off my list of “to-do’s. But as I get older I realized that the heart I put into those tasks mean more to God than the tasks. I’ll always be and pen and planner girl but need to remember that it’s all for God

  8. I love this so much. I’m a to do list lover but I feel so discouraged when it doesn’t get finished. This looks like the perfect encouragement and thank you for the reminder to practice giving myself grace

  9. “But God has a purpose for us all – and we get to walk in that purpose when we are committed to listening to His voice and following His lead.” Amen to that! This planner is a way of documenting & remembering.

  10. I love how you speak in a way that reflects exactly how I feel but didn’t have the elegant words that accurately expresses my thoughts as you do. I loved getting a planner calendar every year through school & college. Presently, still in my career , I study all that is available to use for the year that helps me be Godly productive.

  11. Thank you for your words. Although I do not see myself as a planner person I do know of others who are and this looks like it would be a lovely to give to another.

  12. Productivity is something that I struggle with. I feel that I have a big burden that I am carrying around which prevents me from getting everything done that I want. I need a vision of what my end result will be so that I am motivated to get busy!
    I need this book to help me along!

  13. This podcast was encouraging to me to continue listening and following God’s prompting and trust in His future plans for me. Even in the mundane – he is with us and working everything for good. I will check out this beautiful journal!

  14. Melissa,

    Jeremiah 29:11 just happens to be my life verse. It encourages me to know that God cares for me enough to have good prosperous plans for me. It is easy to get busy doing things even Christian things that we forget to take time to be with God. Like you I take my drive & shower time & turn them into prayers/God time. Yes like you I love love love checking things off my to do list. The more I get done in one day the happier I am. It’s not about the chores as much as helping others & pleasing God.

    Blessings 🙂