Goal Action Ideas for Cultivating Faith

If you've been in the Cultivate family for long, you know that the heart behind everything we do is rooted in equipping and encouraging you to cultivate what matters in your life. We also know that when it comes to setting goals that work for your lifestyle, everyone is different, and sometimes you need a little inspiration when it comes to filling out your monthly PowerSheets Tending List.

We started a new series earlier this month to begin sharing a collection of monthly, weekly, and daily goals that align with larger themes we see in our PowerSheets community. Our hope is that you use these guides as resources when you're looking to make progress on one of your goals and need some inspiration to fill out the lines of your Tending List. Remember, these are simply suggestions to help get your wheels turning, and we welcome any additional suggestions in the comments!

Next up, goals to help you cultivate your faith! Whether you're new to this faith thing or you've been at it for years, the list below will give you some ideas for your Tending List if you're looking to cultivate a fresh faith.

Monthly Goals

  • Choose and purchase a Bible
  • Join a church
  • Find an accountability buddy
  • Create a faith playlist
  • Choose a Bible reading plan
  • Join a volunteer team at church
  • Memorize a passage of Scripture
  • Order a prayer journal
  • Join a small group
  • Order a Write the Word journal
  • Read a book that grows your faith
  • Download First5 App
  • Choose a SheReadsTruth study
  • Fill in prayer journal
  • Invite coworker to church

Weekly Goals

  • Attend service
  • Write the Word*
  • Attend small group
  • Serve at church
  • Tithe
  • Sabbath rest
  • Be generous

Daily Goals

  • Pray before reaching for phone
  • Read the Bible
  • Write the Word*
  • Pray with spouse
  • Memorize Scripture
  • Write in gratitude journal
  • Love someone

*Did you notice that some of these goals can be weekly or daily goals? That's the great thing about our goal guides; we give you ideas, and you decide where they fit into your Tending List. It might change each month, too!

These are just a few suggestions of tangible goals you can add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your faith goals for the year.

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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What Others Are Saying About Write the Word

One of the key tenants of my job is to listen to each of you. That's how I gather content ideas, how our team develops new products, and how we keep a pulse on how you feel as you make progress on your goals. Reading your words about how you are making progress on cultivating what matters in your lives and listening to your stories will never get old, regardless of how my long my to-do list continues to grow.

I want to share some of the encouraging words we've heard since we relaunched our Write the Word journals last month. We still have all five volumes in stock, and you can head to the shop today to grab one (or all five) for yourself!

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I've always struggled with having quiet times until my sister gave me my first Write the Word last year. Write the Word has changed my life, and I can't help but buy more to share with those I love most. -Rose S.

I just wanted to thank your team and Lara for producing these journals. I have been going through a very difficult season of loss and my faith has been greatly challenged. I have been a believer for years and love the Lord, but it has been overwhelming to open up my Bible and read it. The Write the Word Journals are an answer to prayer, and I am excited to use them to get back into God's Word. -Laura W.

I've been looking forward to this day for awhile! Thank you so much for all you do. I am looking forward to digging into the Word with these journals and sharing them with friends! :) -Susanna Z.

IMG_1546 (1)My husband ordered Write the Word // Cultivate Joy for me as a Mother's Day gift and it has made such a positive impact on my life and journey in faith that now I’m ordering the whole bundle to share with the women in my life who encourage me as a mother! -Sarah A.

I can't wait to use these as gifts for my Mom's leadership team! -Megan T.

With my first child, this was such a great way for me to stay in God's Word! I am ordering the All Seasons Bundle because I have friends having babies in the coming months, and I can’t wait to be a blessing to my sweet friends! -Laura K.

I love my Write the Word journals so much! I ordered the All Seasons Bundle to complete my set, and I’m giving the duplicates to my best friend. -Marcia H.

IMG_1457 (3)We love hearing how you’re using your Write the Word journals, and reading your words about how these products are encouraging your faith walks reminds us of why we do what we do each and every day.

If you’re a Write the Word user, we invite you to head to the shop, and leave a review on the product listings. Our team reads all the reviews, and we'd love to hear from you!

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Write the Word is Back!

Can I tell you a secret? When we hired Kaylee and I started training her on the ins and outs of Customer Delighting, I felt a little bad handing it all over to her. Not because she wasn't qualified (I mean have you had the chance to "meet" her yet? She's phenomenal), but because the worst part of that job is telling our friends when we are sold out of our products. It breaks my heart every single time knowing there are women ready to start cultivating what matters in their lives and we don't have products to put in their hands.

Since selling out of Write the Word in April, you have been patiently waiting for this day to come, and IT. IS. FINALLY. HERE. Write the Word journals are officially back in stock! Cue all the confetti. Bring out the streamers. Pop the champagne (after work hours, of course!)


What is the Write the Word Journal? The Write the Word journal is unlike any journal out there. Each day, you’ll get a selection of key verses to write out (the "write the Word" part!), along with space to write your thoughts, prayers, or anything else God places on your heart. These journals were created with the big picture of God's story in mind, helping to point you to places in the Bible that will help you to know His heart in direct and deeper ways.

Our FIVE EDITIONS were created as a collection to walk you through foundations of faith and various seasons of life, right where you are.

Write the Word // Cultivate Faith contains a selection of scripture that is fundamental to faith, making this volume a perfect gift for someone who is new to their faith or looking to cultivate a fresh or renewed faith. If you are doing the journals in order, start here!

Write the Word // Cultivate Joy is filled with scriptures specifically selected to help you delight in the goodness of God. Perhaps you're in a season of craving fresh joy. This volume is full of scriptures to help you celebrate the joy that's yours in your faith.

Write the Word // Cultivate Gratitude is filled with scriptures specifically selected to help you grow in contentment through God's promises and assurances to us. Full of scripture on thankfulness, this volume will help you get after grateful.

Write the Word // Cultivate Hope is filled with scriptures specifically selected to help you find God's peace and assurance in seasons of waiting, challenge, or unknown.

Write the Word // Cultivate Renewal is filled with scriptures specifically selected for those who need a reminder of God's promise to make all things new. Get still and reflect on His life-giving truth with this volume.



Head over to the shop to choose your favorite today! Or, if you're indecisive like me, I recommend grabbing the Write The Word // All Seasons Collection. We've bundled all five volumes together so you can save 10%, no code needed!

How to Use Your Write the Word Journal from Lara Casey on Vimeo.

We want to hear from you! Is it your first time using Write the Word? Have you been using Write the Word already? Tell us your favorite volume below!

Unsure if our Write the Word journal is a good fit for you? Download our free Cultivating Faith Guide to start writing the Word today, no journal required! We've selected 10 passages of Scripture for you to dig into today!

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How to Use Your “On My Heart” Section

If you're anything like me, sometimes guided journals can feel a bit too overwhelming. What if I don't want to answer specific questions on that day? What if I simply need a place to pause, reflect, and record what's been on my mind and heart. One of our favorite parts of the Write the Word journal is how the "On My Heart" section can be used in a variety of ways! We're sharing some of our favorite way below, but don't let these ideas limit you!


Photo from my personal Write the Word Journal

Keep track of gratitudes. Many of our PowerSheets users have some form gratitude on their daily goals, and your Write the Word journal is a great place to track those in the same spot. I do something similar in my WTW-each day, I answer the question "What God has done for me?" or "What is God in the process of doing for me?" It gives me the opportunity to reflect on things big and small in my life, and it reminds me that moving towards gratitude and contentment is often a journey.

Capture memories. Your "On My Heart" section is a great place to capture memories or moments from your day. As I've gotten older, I've realized I have a tendency to remember the big moments, but I have to work harder to remember the smaller ones. I love the idea of intentionally recording the seemingly small but beautiful moments in your day.


Photo from Rhiannon Bosse by Samantha James Photography

Write letters to those you love. Our friend Rhiannon Bosse wrote a blog post about how she uses her Write the Word journal as someone who doesn't particularly love journaling. She's started writing letters to her son to give him one day. Our Customer Delight and Shop Manager uses her Write the Word journal to write letters to her future husband. Both intend to give the journals to their intended recipients one day, but we love the idea of writing letters to a variety of different people, too.

Reflect on the passage from the previous page. Use this space to reflect on the Scripture from the coordinating page, perhaps rewriting pieces of it in your own words or pulling out certain phrases. If the scripture on the coordinating page was particularly powerful I also record that there as well. Record the things you are learning!


Photo by our Customer Delight and Shop Manager, Kaylee

Write out your prayers. Maybe you simply need a place to write out your prayers or long-form journal? That's great! We love the idea of writing prayers about worries or fears you might be experiencing because it'll give you the opportunity to flip back to these pages to reflect when prayers are answered.

We're thrilled to be restocking all five editions of our Write the Word journals in our shop on Wednesday, August 23rd. In the meantime, download our free Cultivating Faith guide and start writing the Word today. We've included a selection of 10 passages for you to practice writing the Word right where you are!

We'd love to hear from you! Are you a journaler? If so, what types of things do you record? Do you use a notebook or a prompted journal? Leave a comment and share!

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Writing the Word with Kids

Since releasing our Write the Word journals, we've had numerous questions about how to Write the Word with children, and today's post has been in the works for a long time! We hope it's encouraging to all you mommas out there hoping to cultivate faith in the hearts of your children!

Let them see you in the Word. Prior to my current role on the Cultivate team, I was a Kid's Director for my church, and one of the things we often said to parents was this: Whether we like it or not, children pay more attention to what you do than what you say. Let your actions speak louder than your words. Whether you are using our Write the Word journals or not, make sure your children see you spending time in the Word and making it a priority in your life.

Provide shorter pieces of Scripture. We intentionally chose longer passages for our Write the Word journals because we believe that it's important to see the verses in context, but smaller pieces of Scripture are a great place to start. Here's an article with some great verses for children! You can also pull out key phrases from passages that you are studying.

Let them choose a special notebook. Turn an errand into an adventure, and let your child choose which notebook they will use to Write the Word. Having a sense of ownership will help them get excited about the process. Now's the best time to go shopping, because back-to-school is in full swing. There's bound to be good deals and a big selection to choose from!

Photo by Val Woerner

Provide coloring pages. Is your child too young to write? That's okay! Incorporate coloring pages into your time together. A quick Google search of "Bible coloring pages for kids" will bring up a plethora of results, and allow your child to start familiarizing themselves with Scripture at a young age. And for when momma needs a writing break, check out our friend Lindsay Letters' Sweeter Than Honey Coloring Book.

Keep Scripture in front of them. Whether it's on your walls in your home or in your prayers, make talking about Scripture a priority in your home. One of my favorite and creative ways to do this for children is with temporary tattoos. Our friends at Armed with Truth created packs of temporary tattoos with verses, and my favorite is their set just for children.

Make it an activity together. We've all seen those Instagram posts about someone's quiet time-fluffly blankets, warm coffee in cute Anthropologie mugs, a lit candle. But we know what you mommas are thinking. That's just not practical for this season of life, and that's okay! Invite your children to participate in writing the Word with you might make your quiet time a little less quiet, but nowhere in Scripture does it actually say it has to be quiet :)

We're thrilled to be restocking all five editions of our Write the Word journals in our shop on Wednesday, August 23rd. In the meantime, download our free Cultivating Faith guide and start writing the Word today! We've included a selection of 10 passages for you to practice writing the Word right where you are!

Your turn: How do you cultivate faith of the little ones in your home? Teaching your children to engage with the Bible is just one (of many) ways. We'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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