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Special Offer!

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This gift box includes a beautiful rattan basket, paisley apron, blue Mason Jar spoon rest, and more. Follow this blog for a chance to win!

[Read all the way to the bottom for a special offer.]

I need your help!

I just signed up to attend the Florida Christian Writers Conference again this coming February, where I plan to pitch two different books to editors. There’s a catch, though. The big publishers require us writers to have thousands—yes, thousands!—of followers before they will consider publishing our books.

Over the past year and a half, I’ve taken a deep dive into writing and blogging, and I have been humbled and honored by the positive responses you’ve shared with me. Now, I have a favor to ask of you: if you’re not already following this blog via email, or signed up to get the monthly newsletter, please do so.

I hate to ask, but Big Sisters need help sometimes, too.

Help

Please help me get published by:

  1. Signing up to follow the blog.

Don’t rely on Facebook or Twitter posts! Instead, sign up to receive these posts directly in your email to ensure you don’t miss a word.

To sign up, simply enter your email address in the box on the front page of BigSisterKnows.com.

2. Signing up for the newsletter and becoming a Friend of Big Sister.

In addition to the weekly blog, I’ll be revamping the monthly newsletter. It will include special information, updates, and freebies (like recipe cards!) that won’t be published within the blog posts. I’ll also ask for suggestions, thoughts, and feedback on upcoming blog topics, so you’ll have an opportunity to help determine the content for the site.

To sign up for the newsletter, go to the page Become a Friend of Big Sister.

Appreciation

To show my appreciation, if you sign up to follow the blog and/or the newsletter, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of two gift boxes, each valued around $40. I shopped with a friend, my mother, and my little sister to pick out each item, focusing on little treasures that are useful, helpful, or encouraging.  (Guys, these are worth winning for the lady in your life!)

The drawing will be held on 12/1/16, and I will notify the winners via email.

If you’re already following BigSisterKnows and you’re signed up to get the newsletter—thank you for your support!!

~Ashley (Big Sister)

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This gift box includes a fun French apron, kitchen towels, a green Mason Jar spoon rest, and more, nestled within a tote. Follow this blog for a chance to win!

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I’m Teaching a Seminar!

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The Desire

It started when I was a teenager. I would lie awake at night and imagine myself teaching a group of students about something very important. I was engaging and funny—but not silly—and by the end of the presentation, I knew I had a made a difference.

When I told my mom about it, she assured me that it was not common for people to fantasize about teaching in front of large groups. It figures; I never seemed to do anything normal. But it did make me wonder if this was a “God thing:” something He was laying on my heart.

While I don’t feel called to be a full-time teacher, I still find myself dreaming of teaching, speaking, and instructing on some level. (I have utmost respect for all our amazing teachers and cannot fathom how they have the patience to persevere in light of school politics and standardized testing. May God bless you!)

 

The Reality

Finally, this year, I’ll see this vision start to become a reality. I will be teaching my first seminar at the Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center (my alma mater) on November 19, 2016!

The class, “Navigating Your Spiritual Journey,” is based on all the research I’ve done as I continue to write my book, Girls with Gusto. We’ll dive into what I call the eight major steps of the spiritual journey, from salvation to becoming the person God made us to be. This course will be heavily based on Scripture and, since we’ll be talking about the spiritual journey in general, it will be applicable for both guys and gals, from new believers to the seasoned Bible student.

As I prepare for this class, I’m beginning to realize something important. These things God places on our hearts aren’t just our “imagination;” they aren’t “possible outcomes” that we can choose to embrace or deny. They’re words from God that He has spoken over us and imprinted on our hearts. The Bible says that God’s Word goes forth and accomplishes what He desires; it does not return to Him void. (See Isaiah 55:11.) Yes, this primarily refers to God’s Word as captured in the Bible, but it also applies to words He speaks over us directly, in the here and now.

 

May Your Dreams Become Reality

Do you have a vision of yourself teaching, preaching, singing, writing, healing, counseling, etc.? Have you always had a strong or unusual desire to go to a different city or country, to be involved a particular ministry, or to change careers entirely? Do you have an idea for an invention, a new product, or a business?

Seek the Lord! If He put this desire on your heart, He means to fulfill it! (See Proverbs 37:4.) You might have to wait nearly twenty years like I have, but when it happens, you know it’s God’s doing, and you can move forward without hesitation.

May God put you in the center of His will, and may He accomplish what He set out to do with you and through you.


If you’re in the Tallahassee area, please join us for the seminar! Here are the details:

When: Saturday, 11/19/2016, from 9am-1pm
Cost: $15 for personal growth or $25 for .25 semester credit
What to bring: Your Bible and a notebook to write in.

Our goal with this class is to understand the layout of our spiritual journey so we can grow closer to the Lord and become the person He wants us to be. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to determine where you on your journey, what steps are still in front of you, and how you can continue to press forward.