Join Us for A Free 6-Week Study of David’s Life & Psalms {+Giveaway}

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder & Bible Study Author at Living by Design Ministries So many of you are new to our community, and I want everyone to know that the girl who writes Bible studies for Living by Design…

Trusting God With Your Broken Expectations

A Guest Blog by Cailin Davis | Edited by Yvonne Novak My parents divorced when I was just three years old. Although I was too young to understand the gravity of such an event, my immature heart still felt the…

Grace & Truth to Help You Overcome Mom Guilt

ARTICLE BY: Lisa Braziel, Living by Design Creative Team I remember hearing the phrase, “Motherhood is just one long guilt trip”. I did not yet know how true that would be for me as I embarked on the first years of…

Four Biblical Promises of Hope for Disappointed People

A Guest Blog by Shauna Letellier | Edited by Lisa Braziel There we sat at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota—the explanation for our visit requiring a lot of words that spell check doesn’t recognize. Suffice it to say, we…

An Invitation to Join our Discipleship Team

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries What if there was a way for you to have an eternal impact without changing out of your pj’s or putting makeup on? Would you be interested? If so, grab a cup of…

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Pay it Forward with Our Mug on a Mission Fundraiser

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries Have you ever showed up at a coffee shop, placed your order for a drink, grabbed your wallet to pay, only to discover that someone else has covered the cost…

The Adjacent Possible: Applying Spiritual Disciplines to Your Life

A Guest Blog by Michele Morin | Edited by Lisa Braziel “Nine chapters, one hundred fifty two pages—how hard can this be?” I thought as I loaded a well-known Christian classic onto my Kindle. Slogging through chapter two, reality began…

Three Ways Christian Community Builds Our Faith

ARTICLE BY: Natalia Drumm, Living by Design Writing Team She stood on the outskirts of the room, her black hoodie tucked up around her head. Black smudged eyeliner hiding her eyes as her dirty sneakers kicked the floor around her…

An Overview of Paul’s Epistle to Philemon (+ Free Printable Study Guide)

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries A few months ago, I started my graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. I am taking things slow and steady, just one online course this spring, an intensive this summer, and another online…

Biblical Wisdom for List-Making Women

A Guest Blog by Gleniece Lytle | Edited by Lisa Braziel I am a list-making woman. A woman who simply loves to schedule things. A woman who needs to know ahead of time what she is doing on any given…

How to Model Christ-Like Humility for Your Children

ARTICLE BY: Jennifer Bryant, Living by Design Writing Team “Look, I’ll eat the broccoli, then you eat the broccoli! Okay?” My chubby-cheeked little man watched in curious anticipation as I steered the forkful of veggies to my mouth. Is she gonna do…

Finding Faith in a Season of Uncertainty and Loss

A Guest Blog by Elita Friesen | Edited by Lisa Braziel I was eleven weeks pregnant when the bleeding started. Not again, I prayed. Please, God. Not a fourth miscarriage. For the next several months, my husband and I were in…

FIVE ways God uses Trials to Build Our Testimony + Free RescYOUed Bible Study

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Bible Study Author at Living by Design Ministries Our free RescYOUed Bible Study study is now available on-demand. Now is the time to join the thousands of people who are already learning and growing through this online…

7 Reasons to Study the Names of God + Free Online Bible Study

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz,  Bible Study Author at Living by Design Ministries I need thee every hour Most gracious Lord No tender voice like thine Can peace afford I am overcome by my own smallness. My lack. My need. I need…

RescYOUed: A Free 30-Day Bible Study for Christian Women

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries Registration is now open for our RescYOUed Bible Study! Our free RescYOUed Bible Study will take you on a journey through Scripture in search of God’s great rescue plan for you and…

6 Ways to Fight Comparison in a Picture-Perfect World

A Guest Blog by Glenda Gordon | Edited by Lisa Braziel I’ve always been a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) kind of girl, preferring to wear comfortable clothes and no make-up. I see myself as more down-to-earth than pretentious. Though it seems clear on…

Reflecting on Our First Year as a Non-Profit Ministry || 2018 Annual Report

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries When we made the decision to become a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry so we could continue to offer our online Bible studies free of charge, we knew we were taking a big…

A Lesson in Faith for the Fainthearted: When Jesus Calls Us to Love the Lost

A Guest Blog by Kristin Phalen | Edited by Yvonne Novak At first, I wasn’t sure I heard God correctly. I felt the Lord impressing something upon my heart. I knew He wanted me to step out of my comfort zone…

Emancipation from the Affirmation Trap

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries Imagine with me, for a moment, a kind of life where people’s opinions no longer matter. A type of existence that is completely satisfied apart from the validation of colleagues and…

Cut Out the Junk and Make Room for Jesus | A WORD30 Story

Are you ready to start craving less junk and more Jesus? This week we are featuring Jenna Parde’s WORD30 testimonial on the blog. I just love how God used this 30-day challenge to teach Jenna to trust Him (and provided…

Turning off the Screens and Trusting God’s Truth | A WORD30 Story

Do you want to teach your kids how to trust God’s truth? This week we are featuring Jennifer Bryant’s WORD30 testimonial on the blog. I just love how this mama helped her family turn off the screens to make space…

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Are You Ready to Make a Sacred Soul Shift? | A WORD30 Story

Are you longing for a sacred soul shift? This week we are featuring Natalia Drumm’s WORD30 testimonial on the blog. I just love how God challenged and equipped Natalia to stop consuming and start creating.  This year at Living by…

Less Striving and More Abiding | A WORD30 Story

I am excited to feature Lisa Braziel’s story on the Living by Design Blog this week. Lisa has been an important member of our Creative Team for over a year and she is the co-creator of the WORD30 Challenge. If…

An Invitation to Make Room for Jesus in 2019 + Free WORD30 Kit

ARTICLE BY: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries Our 2019 theme at Living by Design Ministries is “Make Room for Jesus.” Women around the world are craving God’s Word and we are intent on creating free resources and tools…