Author: Rachael Gilbert

His Grace is Enough {Plus a GIVEAWAY}

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9) Last month, I did something I have never done before and joined a local boot camp. For the last ten years, I have taught group fitness which came with free gym memberships to everywhere I taught so I could workout whenever and wherever I wanted. But, at the beginning of 2017, God asked me to lay down teaching group fitness as I stepped into a new season of doing more speaking, writing and returning to school to get my Masters degree.  I resisted at...

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Do Small Things With Great Love {Giveaway}

The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade. Mark 4:31-32 Sometime last year, my friend Niki, gave me a sign that says “Do Small Things With Great Love“. It spoke directly to my heart because it was an answer to prayer. Not the sign itself, but the saying. I live a very busy life (don’t we all?) and if I’m not careful, life can...

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Stop Fixing, Start Loving

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8 About a week ago, I did a LIVE Facebook video on the fact that I had gained weight. This video was not a rant to freak out nor did I ask for advice on how to lose the weight. But instead, it was me sharing what God spoke to me about my worth as I walk through a season of feeling less than beautiful on the outside. (Yes, I know my Christian friends, it’s what is on the inside that counts. Blah, blah, blah)...

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A Redemption Story {Loved Baby Giveaway}

As I sat in my obyn’s office yesterday, a flood of emotions and memories came back to me. 7 years ago I sat in that very office as I found out I was pregnant with our 4th child. To most, that would seem like exciting news, but for me, it brought fear. Just a few months before I found out I was pregnant with our 4th child I had miscarried our 3rd child. I was in Oklahoma because my older sister was in labor with her first child. She had asked me to come to her labor to act as...

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Why I am Ready to Quit #realtalk

Hi, friends! If you follow me on social media, you know that I just came off an amazing time of hiking the Grand Canyon & co-hosting the Declare Conference. I have so many things I want to share with you about those of those trips but I feel God asking me to take a pause and do some #realtalk with you about what’s really going on with me. I started blogging 3 years ago simply to work on my writing. It turned out I had more to share than I thought and God has written and spoken some pretty cool things through me. But as I’ve found myself more immersed in ministry and surrounded by others who do the same, I am seeing a matter of the heart that I can’t ignore. Anytime I am noticing a sin in others I feel the Lord remind me about the plank in my own eye. Sometimes God will open our eyes to others sin in order to reveal that very sin in our own lives. I am seeing myself, and others, start out with very pure intentions of wanting to encourage others and lead them to Jesus. But somewhere along the way, it becomes less about Jesus and more about me. This is not something I am proud to admit, but often when I post things on social media I care...

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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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