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Growth Helpers vs. Growth Hinders

I could not believe the time on the clock.

The worries in my mind began swirling at the early hour of 4:00am.  Not able to fall back asleep, I decided to work on a message I am giving next month on Depth. 

As I was preparing, God reminded me that growth involves intentionality.  

We can choose to focus on things that will help and improve our growth or on things that will hinder and stunt our growth.  Where we focus our mind can make all the difference.

So let me ask you a question: What are your Growth Helpers and Growth Hinders?  Without revealing the entire message, let me share one of each!

One of my growth helpers is consistent time with God!  

How does this practically look? For me, I am loving the First 5 app from Proverbs 31 Ministries for my devotionals.  In January, I started in Genesis, and I am slowly making my way through the Bible.  I don’t have any time constraints; I just read a chapter or two a day.  I am now in Ezra and God has revealed so much to me through the beginning of the Old Testament. 

I wish I can say that this discipline of time with God comes naturally to me. Honestly, many years ago, I asked God to wake me up before my kids, so I could have time with Him. Guess what — God was faithful and like clockwork, my eyes woke up at 6:00am everyday.  Over time, this consistency has become a habit that I now look forward to in the early hours of the am!   

In contrast, one of my growth hinders is comparison.

I wish I could say that I don’t struggle with it anymore, but I would be lying if I did.  Last night, I was exhausted and honestly, should have just gone to bed, but I decided to grab my phone and head on to social media instead. I wish my mind could have set off a loud alarm with red flashing lights reminding me that this was a bad idea. Sure enough, comparison reared its ugly head.

Thankfully, God revealed some ways to combat comparison as I prepared for my message this morning.  I love when God shares with me something I need to hear just as much as the ones I am writing it for.   

Friends, I encourage you today to identify your own growth helpers and growth hinders! It will make all the difference.

Love, Jodi

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The World Needs Your Hope-Filled Words

Has God placed a message on your heart that He wants you to share with others?  Do you feel called to write? Are you looking for a supportive community to come along side of you?

I want to highly recommend Hope Writers!

I have been a Hope Writer for over a year now and love it!  Joining and building community has truly made such a difference for me.  The trainings and teachings are helpful and insightful. 

In fact, Hope*writers has interviewed almost one hundred authors, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals they call Tuesday Teachers. All one hundred of these interviews are available for you in the member library when you join hope*writers. Since the hope*writer team has learned so much from these industry leaders, that they wanted to share some of the best ideas with you.

Today, there will be a special free training led by hope*writers co-founders Emily P. Freeman and Brian Dixon on Wednesday, September 16th (2 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET). They will be sharing 17 Breakthrough Ideas for Writers from various Tuesday Teachers like Beth Moore, Annie F. Downs, and Ian Morgan Cron — plus 14 others. You do not want to miss this!  Click on the picture below to sign up.

Also, Hope Writers has some helpful free tools if you are interested.  Click on the links in my profile.

Membership for Hope Writers only opens up a couple times a year and this week is one of them.

Friends, writing can be a very lonely process, so community is so important! If you listen to my podcast, you can see that many of my guests I have met through Hope Writers. The Hope Writers Community is incredible, and I highly recommend it.

If you are interested, here is a link to Join Hope Writers! If you have any questions about Hope Writers, let me know. I am happy to help answer them!

Love, Jodi

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I am so excited for this week’s book giveaway: Love-Powered Parenting.  This giveaway is special and unique because when you win, I will send you two copies of this book: one for you and one for a friend!  How awesome to win a book for yourself and one for your friend this fall!  And there is even more, I will be giving away 5 of these special twin sets!

All the details of the book giveaway are on my website at jodirosser.com or you can click on this direct link to the Love-Powered Parenting Book Giveaway. 

Friends, you do not want to miss your chance to win this amazing parenting book for both you and your friend!