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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, crystalstine.me. Connect with her on...

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  1. Crystal,
    Amen!! Being more like Christ is more important than my comfort. Like you mentioned, I often pick projects that I know are a sure win…one’s I know that I can walk through with ease. It’s when God calls me to something beyond myself, like starting the Redeemer Christian Foundation, Inc. that my knees begin to tremble. Already I’ve been challenged to learn A LOT of new things (like reading and understanding legalese). This is a challenge that keeps me leaning into the Lord 24/7. But, I believe that’s where He wants us to be – totally and utterly dependent upon Him. That is what gives us our/His staying power. Congrats’ on your achievement. Joining with you in wanting to be part of the 30%. Great post…thanks for the encouragement this am.!!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Your post is such an encouragement Crystal. Thank-you for the inspiration.
    I feel as if I’m moving at a snail pace and wanting to fast forward. It can be hard to be patient but I must in order to follow His direction.

    Penny

    • Oh I’m with you, Penny! I like to be a trail blazer but usually that just ends up with me lost and confused about where I took a wrong turn & God waiting patiently on me to figure out that His pace is perfect 🙂

  3. Awesome! Love this. What you wrote is so encouraging and challenging. Man, am I ever a 70 percent-er! But I can sense a stirring inside, God calling me into the scary world of the 30%. You are so right- as long as I shoot low, I get lots done but am not very satisfied, challenged, or have much respect for myself. I’m often afraid to step out into the 30% because…what if God doesn’t show up? (silly, I know, but I think it). What if my dream turns out to be a pipe dream and I heard God wrong? What if I get to the 30 but am still not sure what God wants me to do there? Can you see that I enjoy making excuses for why I don’t step out into the challenge of the 30 percent? 🙂 I am my own worst enemy and critic…..

    Okay, today I step. Thanks for this!

  4. I feel that way. I have never finished a novel, though I have some other things going. I had to seek the Lord first. Joining the 31 day Challege got me off to a good start. That’s why I have to have faith I’ll finish strong.

  5. Crystal,

    I have had to give God my agenda for the past few years. The road has been very bumpy. There are days I feel not good or strong enough. I have come to realize that only with God can I travel this long journey! ” When I allow God to direct my steps, I experience the most change.” I also feel more empowered to tackle what He throws at me!
    I’m aiming to be one of the 30% this year and follow through on all my projects and resolutions.
    Blessings 🙂