Matching Fund Drive
To finish this year without a deficit, we seek to raise an additional $24,000 in support during our Fall Fundraiser. Thanks to our generous matching donors, every dollar will be doubled through December 13.
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Storyteller Study
Updated and expanded to include 15 new devotionals! This free 7-week Bible study explores all of Christ’s major parables. Each day we will sit at the feet of the ultimate Storyteller and soak up the wisdom and hope His words provide.
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Our Mission
Living by Design Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian ministry that delivers free Bible studies to inboxes around the world.
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Free Advent Reading Plan
As you walk through this 4-week plan, you will be invited to slow down, remember, anticipate, and rejoice in all Jesus Christ has done and all He has promised to do.
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Bible Study Reinvented
Do you sometimes feel you are too busy for Bible study? All you need to complete our FREE Bible studies is 15-minutes per day and an e-mail address.
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At Living by Design Ministries, we believe God’s Word is the only source of absolute truth in a world that praises tolerance and ambiguity. We exist to help women of all ages open their Bibles, understand what they are reading, and apply the freeing truths to their lives. – Sarah Koontz, Founder

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The Living by Design Blog

 Articles on the  Living by Design Blog are packed with heart-focused content, practical solutions for real-life, and Bible-based training. The Bible is packed with spiritual nourishment; our aim is to provide resources to help you break it down into bite-sized pieces that are easy to digest. 

5 Biblical Ancestors Who Overcame Doubt and Fear

By Barbara Latta Doubt about our abilities and fear of the future can seep into our souls bit by bit like air seeps through cracks under doors and windows.  Doubt and fear here and there sneak in until those cold waves of discouragement overwhelm us.  We may set goals, but mental pictures of previous failures

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A Letter to All the Marthas

by Ellen Hopkins There once was a woman named Martha.  She was hard-working.  She was the kind of woman who’d be in charge of a team and work right alongside everyone.  She knew what needed to get done, and she went after it. If she had lived in our time, she might have been the

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5 Reasons to Develop a Gospel-Oriented Lifestyle

by Annie Yorty I huddled in my seat on the frigid bus, face turned toward the window, sobbing quietly.  My team and I had just left a Siberian rehab center.  To call it a center, though, gave it far too much credit.  Rustic better describes the patchwork structure, wood stove kitchen, and outhouses nestled deep

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Building a Bridge of Hope Across the Tragic Gap of Uncertainty

by Michele Morin We sat in silent disbelief, neither of us knowing what to say.   When my husband’s job was eliminated without warning, the news landed like a tidal wave: completely unexpected and comprehensively devastating.   Then, as the wave receded, applications, interviews, and the thin hope that accompanies waiting seemed to set the agenda for

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3 Reasons to Invest in Living by Design Ministries

At our annual meeting with the Living by Design Board of Directors, I was asked the following question: “Sarah, it’s been five years since we launched this ministry. Are you still as passionate about it as you were in the beginning? If there was no money in the budget to pay your salary, would you

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