My Top 5 Blog Posts for 2016

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Looking for some encouragement for women? As I sit here sipping my hot coffee – cream, no sugar – and listening to the kids play outside, I’m reflecting on 2016. 

WOW! So much has happened. 

We sold our home and moved to Mexico. I worked (and I am still working) on my writing and blogging skills. Although I did not add any clients to my VA business, I have learned so much through working with them. 

And that’s what life is about. Learning and growing from others. It’s not what you can get, but what you can give that matters.

What can you give? Compassion, love, respect, time, gentleness …

How can I be here for you in 2017? What posts can I write to encourage and challenge you in your walk with the Lord? What topics do you need to see on my blog in 2017? Leave a comment or PM me. 

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Here is the top 5 blog posts of 2016 from my blog. 

6 Ways to Improve Your Attitude

“Having a bad, exhausting, things aren’t going as you planned, someone made decaf coffee instead of regular, your husband isn’t being there for you and your kids are hanging from the ceiling like monkeys and made a huge mess of the house…kind of day? 
All these things can make the ugly BAD ATTITUDE monster come out of us. Yep, happens to us all. 
Here is my list of ways we can improve our bad attitudes on a daily basis.”
To read more click HERE… 

God Likes to Do New Things


“God likes to do new things too. He wants to do new things in us and for us. He loves us too much to leave us where we are at. He wants to make us new. He wants to restore us and heal us.

Have you ever gone to an antique shop to find a dingy looking copper serving dish? It’s old, stained and doesn’t shine anymore. However, in the right hands and with the right cleaner, that serving dish can be made new. It will shine and be a beautiful part of the serving collection.

We are like the old serving dish. We need to be cleaned, shined up and be made ready to serve again.”

To read more click HERE

30 Days of Gratitude and Prayer Challenge

“Having a heart and perspective of gratitude in every situation is definitely a challenge at times, however it can bring a peace to our lives. I think God knew this from the very start and that is why He calls us to be thankful in all things. He wants us to have a peace that passes all understanding.” 
To read more click HERE

Pray for Your Husband Before He Leaves for Work


“I didn’t always pray for my husband. I disappointingly admit this.

To be honest, I’m not sure why I didn’t pray for him. We have been married for 15 years now so I can not use the excuse of being a newly wed or not knowing about such things.

No matter the pitiful excuses I could possibly drum up to make myself feel better. I failed. One of the greatest privileges a wife has is to pray for her husband.”

To read more click HERE
“Summer Bible Verse Plan. Summer means no homework to kids (and us parents too.) Summer means fun and relaxation. It is the perfect time for kids to memorize Bible verses! The last few summers, my girls have spent more time in God’s Word than during the school year. Our church has them memorizing verses year round, but during the summer I choose a plan. Two years ago, we focused on Colossians 3:12-14 and the virtues in them.”
To read more click HERE… 
There you have it! You, my readers, have chosen these as the top 5 blog posts from my site. My personal favorite post is Fighting for Faith and Hope. Perhaps, because, I need those words right now in my own life. The reminder. Pressing in to faith and hope. 
I ask that you keep me in your prayers as I grow, learn and write. I’m starting on a devotional and hope to have it done by the end of 2017. Please pray that I would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and His guidance. That His words would be the words I write. 
So again I ask, how can I be here for you in 2017? What posts can I write to encourage and challenge you in your walk with the Lord? What topics do you need to see on my blog in 2017? Leave a comment or PM me. 

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  1. RebekahGaspar

    December 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I like the idea of looking back at your blog and your most popular posts. I should probably do that as I plan for 2017. Also, love the reminder to pray for my husband every morning!!

  2. Kristian

    December 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Going back and looking at your posts through out the year is a great idea. 🙂

  3. Horace Williams Jr

    December 28, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I like the idea of sharing your most popular post of 2016 Starla. I think I may do the same in the next week or two when I take a "break" from promoting my new prayer book and writing guest posts on prayer which I love. I hope you and yours have a blessed holiday season!

  4. Lil

    December 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Love your top 5 post Starla! A wonderful round up for the New Year! There are wonderful things in store for next year!

  5. Patty G.

    January 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I enjoy reading roundup beat of the year posts such as these. You covered some important topics in 2016. I especially like that you wrote on praying for your husband!


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