Author: Rachael Gilbert

2 Lethal Weapons to Give Your Daughter

A few months ago I was speaking at women’s event and was asked what resources I recommend for girls. I have two daughters, ages 8 & 10, and I am always on the lookout for resources for them. After speaking at different women’s events I have noticed the recurring theme that many lies us women believe started when we were young. As I’ve realized this I have become even more intentional with equipping my girls with tools and resources to combat those lies with the truth from God’s word. My husband & I are business owners and last week our local chamber hosted an afternoon tea for women. I decided to bring my girls along with me. My oldest brought her “Sound Mind Sewing” business cards to hand out. She also was a finalist in the hat competition and won! Before we left for that afternoon tea, I received two new resources for girls in the mail to review on my blog. I felt as though God opened the heavens and dropped the exact resources we needed for that day. I’m excited to share them with you and give one of each away to a few lucky readers! Weapon 1: The Backpack Bible This one made my oldest daughter squeal with excitement. It is small enough to fit into a purse or tote bag. She immediately claimed one and has...

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Getting to Know Me {Declare Link-up}

Hi, friends!  For those of you who don’t know, I joined the Declare Conference team this year! I was honored and humbled when they asked me to join the team at the Community Encourager. I love community and encouraging so it has been a perfect fit for my giftings and heart for people. In case you’ve never heard of Declare, it is a conference who equips women to walk in their calling as Christian communicators. Before being on the team, I have attended Declare for the last 3 years. Every year we do a link-up for those attending. I love these “getting to know you” post because it is a fun way to get to know other people online who do what you do! This year we had 7 questions to answer: 1. When did you feel called to be a digital evangelist, what’s your main medium and how long have you been doing it? In March 2014, I went through a class at our church called WILD(Women in Leadership Development). One of the classes was on writing and the woman teaching it said blogging is a great way to work on your skill of writing. I began my first blog (Life Outside the Shell) to simply work on my writing and I fell in love! God has opened many doors since in both the area of writing and speaking...

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Why We are Hiking the Grand Canyon {And How you can Help}

If you follow me on social media, you may have discovered that my husband and I are training to hike rim to rim of the Grand Canyon. I’ve had many people ask “what are you doing and why are doing it?” so I thought I would write a post about this grand adventure. Growing up I was never very athletic. I was the chubby kid in PE who just hung there like a blob as the coach yelled at me to climb the rope. No matter how hard I tried I simply could not get up that rope! Nor...

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4 Questions to Ask When Dreams Don’t Go as Planned

Do you remember what you dreamed about when you were a little kid? Most of us had big dreams. The sky was the limit. But somewhere along the way, we began to put ceilings on ourselves, our dreams and God. I believe this happens from having multiple attempts at making one of our dreams come true and failing miserably. Everyone will fail at some point in their life. The question is not if we fail, but instead, the question is how do we react when we fail. If we don’t properly process that failure we will never try again. We...

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The RENEWED Devotional

As I sit down to write this post my fingers seem to be tingling as they strike each letter on the keyboard. It is a surreal moment. One of those moments that leaves a mark on your heart for years to come. If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know that I do many reviews and giveaways of Christian resources that I love. I love finding resources that our family uses and getting the opportunity to give them away to my readers. It truly is a blessing. Today, I get the opportunity to share my first ever Christian resource that I am making available to the online community. Before I tell you what it is, allow me to explain how the dream for it was birthed in my heart. For many years of my life, I have struggled with my weight and addiction to food and weight loss. (I shared more about that in this blog post: This is My Story) Because of my own struggles, when I was in college I pursued my degree in Exercise Physiology and spent the next 10 years getting many more fitness certifications and teaching classes all over the Dallas Metroplex. But, eventually, I became burned out on this fitness treadmill that kept me running but going nowhere. So, I decided to hang up my fitness shoes and the hands-free microphone. But God. He...

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How to Find Peace While Pursuing your Dreams {GIVEAWAY}

Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better. ~Walt Disney We recently took a trip to Walt Disney World and we were blown away by the level of excellence put into every element of the parks. From the rides to the cast members (their name for employees) everything was done with great planning from beginning to end. My husband and I were inspired to bring this mindset back to our life and business. Everyone who exists on this earth has a dream (or several) in their heart. I know this to...

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3 Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids God’s Word {GIVEAWAY}

If you have followed me for long, you know that I am a Tommy Nelson Mommy Blogger. Every month I get to choose from a few resources that I get to review and giveaway on my blog. I love doing this because I have 3 kids of my own who I am always looking for new ways to teach about who God is and how much he loves them. I quickly realized that all 3 of my kids learn differently so anytime we get a new resource I explore it 3 different ways. Our most recent devotional we received from Tommy Nelson is called “I Am: 100 Devotions About the Names of God”. This devotional covers 40 of the most common names of God. We are all learning more about God and his character. For children and adults alike, to know who God is in his fullness, helps our faith to grow. It’s much like a friend or spouse, the more we hang out with them and get to know their character, the more we trust them. Because each of my kids learns differently I make sure we get all three ways of learning tied into our devotional time. Here are 3 simple ways to teach your kids about God: READ IT Both of my girls love to read. So much, in fact, that we have to force them...

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