27 Ways to Overhaul Your Day | amandabixler.com


This is a post from the archives.

If we aren’t careful, life can get away from us. Culture can demand that we are constantly connected, always say “yes” when asked for another commitment, and run ourselves ragged. But what if that wasn’t how we had to live? What if there was a better way to intentionally organize our days that allow more breathing room and opportunities to hear and respond to God? Today I’m sharing twenty-seven simple and tried-and-true tips that I regularly use to break the cycle of busy and overhaul my day.
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An Advent Love | amandabixler.com


Love is all you need – or so the song goes, right? From sappy chic flick movies to over-the-top seasons of the Bachelor, our minds and eyes and thoughts and hearts are filled with how love “should” look. Passionate kisses in the rain, angry fights in the rain, friends running towards each other in the rain after finally figuring out they loved each other. Seriously, what is it about rain that seems to make every scene that much more romantic?
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An Advent Joy | amandabixler.com


Earlier this year, we were going through a really tough season of life. It seems easy to brush it off – nothing externally was necessarily going wrong. Our health was fine, we had a home to live in, we had some friends and a good sense of community. But it felt like we were drowning in our mid-twenties, stumbling to find our footing and shape a life called by God and formed by Him. There were many days I woke up, uncertain of work or school or where I was headed, and I did not feel happy. I didn’t want to get out of bed and all I had to sustain me, to give me hope and peace of God’s sovereignty and promises was His Word. I poured myself into scripture and proclaimed His truths over my life.
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An Advent Peace | amandabixler.com


Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent, a season that denotes the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Advent marks a beautiful season of slowing down and yearning for the birth of our Savior, literally meaning “waiting” or “expecting”. Often times, these four weeks are marked by four themes – hope, peace, love and joy. Last week we looked at what an Advent hope can mean, placing our hope not in our external circumstances that can change or disappoint, but in Jesus’ humble birth, life, death and resurrection.
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An Advent Hope | amandabixler.com


hope I get that new job. I hope my home gets cleaned soon. I hope to have time to make it to that party. I hope my parents get healthy soon. I hope my brother finds someone to marry. I hope my kids turn out to be good people.

Plenty of things to hope for, right? And these are all good things – healthy family members, successful careers, good relationships. But what happens when those things don’t turn out the way we think/hope/work for? Where is our hope found then?
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Why You Should Be a Champion of Your Tribe | amandabixler.com


This post was originally shared in March 2016. It is a topic I am still incredibly passionate about and want to continue to try and do a better job of encouraging those around me.

I’m a 27 year old woman – married, college graduate, musician, almost done with her masters. I often find myself in two worlds – the world of music and the world of theology and the Church. Being a percussionist, a scholar and a practical theologian often places me in male dominated cultures – for better or worse, I’m often the minority. In fact, I’ve come to embrace this minority. I revel in be the “lone wolf” (or whatever the female equivalent of wolf is) and take joy when I’m the smartest/most organized/most talented/most prepared person in the room.
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