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Unplugged- a guest post by Chrystal Evans Hurst {Plus a Giveaway}


I’m sitting here in a VERY quiet house. Quiet time for my littles is normally from 2 to 4 p.m. and most days I’m insistent that they participate in it. So yes, my littles are having quiet time at just this moment, but my house is exceptionally quiet for another reason.

My electricity is off.

Not only are my children quiet but my house has no “hum”. There is no hum from the refrigerator or the air conditioner. The fan on the computer is not steadily puttering away in the background and the clock’s tick-tock is silent. There are no ceiling fans turning and the phone is in a comatose state as well.

My house is super quiet.

It’s so quiet that I notice it. The silence is almost deafening. And isn’t that sad?…

Is this how we live? So used to noise that we are surprised by the absence of it? So accustomed to a steady hum of busyness that we don’t notice it until it’s gone?

Today, for awhile, my house is unplugged. My bill is paid (I did call to check :) and the weather is good today, so it appears that we are just benefitting from a plain ‘ole outage for no-good-reason.

There is a blessing in this though. I can hear the birds chirping outside my window. I can hear my son clear his throat in his sleep. I can hear the faint sound of an airplane passing by miles above the earth. I can hear myself think.

And I can hear Jesus.

In this moment, on this day, I notice how clearly I hear him. I realize how audible His whisper is when that still, small, voice is not in competition with other voices in my head and in my heart.

And I am convicted. I’m moved by the thought that the sweet Savior is always there desiring communion with me and wanting me to experience a level of relational communication with him that only occurs when I am still.

And I am reminded. I’m reminded that my journey in biblical womanhood, the way to being a Kingdom woman who is marked by the Son of God, is to actually spend time with the one who I call Master.

Oh how I know that I must make time to unplug from the daily grind and busyness of life so that I can know that I am truly here, truly alive in Christ, truly and completely aware of what I am feeling and thinking and of what God wants to say to me.

Truly in the present.

The electricity will eventually come back on. The question is will I purposely do the work of “unplugging” on a regular basis so that I never get accustomed to the “hum” of a life lived lacking intention, purpose, or clarity.

Thank you Lord for a lesson today in rest, quiet, and a sense of your peace. Never let me forget that even when you walked this earth, you regularly “unplugged” and made time for rest, time alone, and communion with the Father.




Chrystal Hurst is writer, speaker, and worship leader in addition to serving as the chief executive operating officer in her home as a wife and mother of five. She is a self-proclaimed “geek” and bibliovore, who is actively seeking help for her addiction to Starbucks, sweet tea, and chocolate chip cookies. Chrystal is co-author of the recent release, Kingdom Woman and also blogs regularly at Chrystal’s Chronicles (hyperlink = chrystalevanshurst.com/blog).



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Today I’m honored and excited to share with you, Dr. Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst’s, new book: Kingdom Woman. I grew up listening to Dr. Evans on the radio as my dad drove me to school in the mornings and I was so excited to have the opportunity to spend some time with his daughter, Chrystal, this summer in Colorado.

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In Kingdom Woman, Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, remind women of their calling from God to be free, delivered, healed, and to have hope. The authors bring insight that encourages women to correct distorted perceptions and understand who they really are in Christ—never settling for less because they are connected with the One who gives them hope.  A kingdom woman is called and empowered to live a life of victory through Christ!

You can purchase Kingdom Woman here!

Giveaway Info: 1 Copy of Kingdom Woman
To enter to win a copy of Kingdom Woman- leave a comment in the comment section.

For bonus entries share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and then leave an extra comment letting me know where you shared it!

This giveaway ends Friday, August 9th!
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Summer Enrollment & Giveaway (30 copies of Anything)


I am so excited to begin our new summer Bible study/book club with you. I can feel it, can’t you…..that God is moving. This summer I invite you to grab some friends and journey with us through this amazing book…


One simple word…..yet when prayed holds the power to change our lives and our world upside down.

I’m ready to fully embrace the life Jesus is calling me to. To live boldly and passionately for Him…for His glory.

Come along with me this summer as we venture through this book and our reading plan….still reading God’s Word for ourselves. EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

Let’s join together and help each other live courageously for our Lord…abandoning what this world has to offer and embracing what God has planned.

“God we will do anything. Anything.”

Click here to learn more about our upcoming summer session.

Where to purchase Anything?

I’d like to say a special thanks to LifeWay for generously discounting Anything during our enrollment period! You can now purchase Anything in paperback or ebook format for $7.99 No special code necessary! This discount is available in stores or online!

Click here to purchase Anything from LifeWay for $7.99 (paperback or ebook)

Click here to purchase Anything (SPANISH VERSION) from LifeWay for $7.99

Because of the high demand you might notice Anything being listed as “out-of-stock” or on “back order”….don’t worry, Thomas Nelson has already anticipated the increase in demand and more books have been printed and should be available later in the week. Also, if you have an e-reader, you can always download the book immediately…..no need to wait.

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For this session we have created a study guide for you to use as you go through our 8 week online Bible study/book club as well as an easy to use reading plan. Both of these files are available to GMG subscribers and are located at the very bottom of the GMG emails once you subscribe. Stay tuned, we also have children’s resources that will be available for our summer session and follow our reading plan.


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Today I have 2 giveaways you can enter. Thomas Nelson (thanks Debbie & Emily) has been so generous and has given us 15 paperback copies and 15 digital copies of Jennie Allen’s book, Anything.

To enter to win 1 of the 30 Anything copies – leave a comment in the comment section.

For bonus entries share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and then leave an extra comment letting me know where you shared it! 

This giveaway ends Sunday, May 26th!

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A video to encourage you & a giveaway to enter!


Please take a few minutes to watch this powerful video from my dear friend, Sally Clarkson…..she made it with you in mind!

(Can’t see the video? Click here.)

I’m sharing this powerful video with you today because I believe those of us who are in the trenches of raising children need encouragement. We need women to speak words of life into us.

We need to hear we are wonderful mothers….even on the days when we know we’ve made mistakes. We need to hear that what we do inside are homes matters …..especially to God. He sees our long hours. He sees how we kiss booboos, generously give hugs and work on kindness, manners and self-discipline with our children.

He sees our hard work……and He smiles upon us.

Being a mom is not easy, it’s hard work, but every now and then I’ll walk into a room and see a card, a drawing, or something like this…..

And God gently reminds me that what I am doing inside my home matters.

What you, my sweet friend, do inside your home matters too!

You are amazing! God has blessed you with gifts, talents and a purpose that only you can fulfill! Remember that today!

God is with you, God is for you…..:)



With that in mind, I’d like to announce a special giveaway today!

My sweet friend, Ruth from The Better Mom and The Dig For Kids, has given me 2 pdf copies and 2 paperback copies of The Dig for Kids to give to my GMG readers!

To enter to win 1 of 4 copies I’m giving away – leave a comment in the comment section. 

For bonus entries share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and then leave an extra comment letting me know where you shared it! 

This giveaway ends Thursday, January 10th at 11pm!





Information about The Dig for Kids

The Dig,is a fun and easy way for YOU to get into the book of Luke 1-8 with your kids this session!!!

The Dig is offering a SPECIAL price to all the women participating in our Good Morning Girls winter Bible study!!!! Now you and your children can learn about the same chapters of the Bible together!

A typical Dig lesson consists of the following four components:

1.  The Map: The Map tells you and your child where you’ll be going in each lesson.  It is a short summary of the study ahead.

2.  The Dig: The Dig is the main passage you will be studying.  Following each passage will be several questions designed to help conversation and understanding.  They are meant to be a guide.  You can use them or tweak them to help you talk with your children.

3.  The Treasure: The Treasure is the big idea of each lesson.  In a short statement, it is what you want your child to remember from the passage you studied.

4. The Display: When an archaeologist finds a treasure, they will clean it up and put it on display for everyone to see.  This is the basic idea of the Display.  It is the application of the Treasure you have found!

You can purchase The Dig for a special price offered by Good Morning Girls and The Dig for Kids!!

Available on KindleNook, or as a PDF for only $2.99 (regularly $4.99)!!!

and now for the FIRST time available as a paperback for only $7.99 (regularly $12.99)


 So join us this winter as we dig into Luke chapters 1-8 with our friends and our children!!!



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For those interested in joining our {Free} online Bible study here are a few links you might find helpful!

1. Click here to enroll

2. Click here to subscribe

3. Click here and here to find out more information about Good Morning Girls.


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