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About this Website
This website is all about helping you live life more abundantly. Many good people are searching for and living the Abundant Life. So glad you joined us! Here we’ll talk about important things of the heart. Our families, our triumphs, our worries, and our dreams.
Here you’ll find ideas, inspiration, and encouragement for living with more joy, peace, and happiness. You’ll find strategies, inspiring stories, and examples of how you can claim the Abundant Life right now, today, all based on tried and true principles.
Throw in some humor and down-deep honesty. It’s going to get real. Friend to friend.
Jesus taught truth through stories. I hope my stories will help you on your own daily path to the Abundant Life.
Because you were meant to live life abundantly.
You can live abundantly, even in the midst of hardships and trial.
I’m here to cheer you on.
That’s the short and sweet of it.
BUT… if you want the whole story, like a long heart-to-heart with a good friend, come on in and stay a while. I’ve so much I want to talk with you about!
When you visit this site I hope you’ll imagine we’re sitting together out on the back deck in the shade of the walnut tree sipping smoothies.
It’s peaceful and we can just relax into the kind of comfortable conversation real friends have. No pretensions. No expectations. Just a safe place for sharing our hearts and learning from one another.
You're in the right place
if you want to…
claim God’s promised blessings
follow your courageous heart even when you feel scared, weak, unsure, and doubtful
do the amazing things your heart has yearned of forever
live life like you’ve dreamed
be the person you’ve always wanted to be
know that you have the power within to take the action needed to live life abundantly
Now is the time
to live life more abundantly! No more holding back.
I CAN HELP!
Living principles of ABUNDANCE changed my life
& they can change your life too!
the real power of true principles during one of the hardest years of my life. In just one year I cared for my father before he died of cancer, I supported my husband through a difficult career change, we uprooted our family with a move out of state, and I suffered onset of chronic illness. That’s four out of five of life’s most stressful events! (You can read more about my story here and here ). Although I felt more grief, loss, worry, and illness than I ever had. I wasn’t crushed by these life events. Matter of fact I felt joy hope, strength and peace! I felt abundance!
What exactly is the Abundant Life?
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”John 10:10
To me, that means life can be deep, rich, and beautiful
Abundant Life is the promise of full access to all the good things we want in life, such as:
love • closeness to God • wellness • connection in relationships • joy • peace and contentment • courage • influence for good in the world • purpose • faith • successful families • achieving dreams • hope • reaching potential • strength • awe • confidence • enthusiasm for life • anticipation for the next blessings that are coming • plenty and enough to share • God’s guidance and direction in life.
All the good things!
If you’re like me, you could use some strong doses of “peace” amidst the chaos. Maybe some “plenty” when feeling empty and used up. How about a little “joy” thrown in during times of worry and despair?
Not being so stressed,
weighed down, and overwhelmed.
Not feeling so contentious,
anxious, and worried.
Not feeling so disconnected,
discouraged, and dull.
Not just surviving.
HOW TO CLAIM THE ABUNDANT LIFE?
In my quest for a more abundant life I have found truths and practices that align life into a sure trajectory towards abundance, even amidst heartache and illness. I’m not perfect at it, and abundance is a journey taken a day at a time. But I have learned what creates abundance and what does NOT. When I consistently and intentionally live principles of abundance you’ll learn here, I experience the Abundant Life.
Whenever I am out of sorts and feeling overly stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, I have learned to rely on these principles to get myself back in alignment with Abundance. It’s an action plan that works. I can count on it. Are you ready to learn my secret sauce for living life more abundantly?
Principles of Abundance
This website is where I teach about true principles of abundance and share all I know to help you live life abundantly.
Keep reading to find out how living true principles are key to achieving the Abundant Life.
Develop an Intentional Mindset
Intentionally developing a mindset of abundance, power, freedom, and purpose changes everything! We see the earth is full and there’s plenty for all. There’s an ABUNDANCE of all the good things for all of us. We can overcome contention, stress, worry, and fear. We’ve the power to act in ways that bring abundance. Click here to learn exciting ways to start seeing the world in a whole new way.
Cultivate Faith in God
God is the GIVER of Abundant Life. Through the power of faith we can access the Abundant Life Jesus promised. By cultivating and acting in faith we receive God’s grace. We feel His love! We receive inspiration and God’s guidance in our lives. We see all things turned for our good. Click here to plug into this power. You’ll find stories of faith, devotionals, scripture studies, life lessons learned, reflections directing you to God, and inspiration to help you cultivate your faith in God.
Be a Lifelong Learner
Abundant Life includes a never-ending search for truth, light, and knowledge. It’s a delicious treasure hunt that expands our minds, deepens our understanding, fills our souls with wonder, and makes life ever so exciting! Click here for discussions of truth, how to acquire knowledge, book and media reviews and recommendations, homeschooling ideas and inspiration, and generally many fascinating things that you’ll want to know about! There’s so much in the world to learn!
Do Good in the World
When we practice doing good in the world we experience the Abundant Life in that very moment. It’s one of the greatest miracles – when we give, we receive back abundantly. When we share with others what we have the bounty returns to us in multiples. When we share God’s love we’re on the receiving end a hundred fold. Click here to be inspired by people doing good in the world, learn how you can do more good in the world, and how the principle of doing good in the world can help you achieve the Abundant Life you seek.
Build Health & Wellness
What do you need to do to build greater health and wellness? What’s holding you back? I can help! I’ve learned how to prepare real, whole food in delicious ways that promote health and wellness. But Abundant Health is more than just what we eat. It’s about how we think, move, and believe. I’ve overcome depression and learned how to manage anxiety and would love to help you do the same. I live with chronic illness, yet I’ve found that even amidst the infirmities of our mortal bodies, we can live life abundantly. Click here to learn more. Every choice you make for better health will bless you and your family.
When we create something beautiful that didn’t exist before we feel awesome! Whether that’s a painting, a baby, a business, a clean and orderly closet, or a smile. Whatever we create is our art and when we are engaged in creating art we tap into one of our deepest similarities with God. He is a Creator. Click here to learn more about the creative process, meet inspiring people who are creating amazing things, and projects that just might get your creative juices flowing. Be encouraged and inspired in your creativity – whatever lovely thing you are making.
Experience Adventure and Awe
I feel awe while standing on a mountain peak, or below the canopy of a giant, ancient forest, or with the ocean rushing towards me as I sit on the beach. I feel alive while biking down a shadow-dappled mountain path, hiking up that last switchback, and kayaking on top of sparkling water. I marvel at the beauty and diversity of the human race when I visit foreign lands and new cities. What adventures do you seek? Click here for ideas for fantastic day trips, favorite vacation spots, and inspiration to start incorporating the adventure and awe you want in your life.
Prioritize Connections in Relationships.
Do you seek deep connection with others? Are you searching for ways to strengthen your family? With so much to distract us in this modern world, connection in our families and relationships is scarce and ever more vital. Click here for help achieving greater connection in your marriage, in your family, with your children, in your friendships, in your community, and in the world
where do you want to start?
By striving to live true principles I’ve found peace, contentment, love, joy, and happiness in my life.I HAVE FOUND THE ABUNDANT LIFE. I want you to have that too! This is the purpose of this website. Here are some favorite posts to get you started:
Hey Friend, I’m LaRayne, the heart and soul behind this website and blog. So nice to meet you!
Here are 10 Random Things About Me just for fun…
- I collect favorite people, truths to live by, great ideas, and grand adventures.
- I married my high school sweetheart.
- I am the mother of 4 amazing people.
- I love to hike, bike, and kayak – anything to be in God’s beautiful world.
- I get nervous to speak in front of people, but I love teaching anyway.
- I love to capture my thoughts, record my life, plan my day, and scheme my dreams in my bullet journal.
- I am so happy when I can help someone.
- I’m a Christian, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- I am a truth warrior, determined to defend freedom, faith, and family.
- I love to create rituals in my life that celebrate beauty, connection, and being still to hear the voice of God.
Hey Friend, although we may have just met, I feel like I’ve known you for a long time.
You are doing the best you can.
You’ve been refined through trials.
You are courageous.
Your heart is so good.
You have big dreams.
You are passionate.
You’re not perfect.
You have magnificent missions!
I know you.
You see, we are a lot alike. I’m on this journey too! Let’s take it together. There’s something else I know: we all yearn for friendship. To be known, understood, accepted – all the good that we are as well as the ugly, broken and unfinished parts. To be able to let our hair down and be a little crazy sometimes. To feel safe to let our hearts show without judgement. To have someone to laugh with and cry with and everything in between. Someone who will listen. Someone to share our stories with. Someone to give us good advice and tell us like it is, even if the truth stings a little. Someone who believes in you. That’s the kind of friendship you’ll find here. When I call you Friend, it means I think the world of you and am so happy we’re taking this journey together. I’m so glad you’re here!