Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge is Back with an iPad Mini Giveaway!


Making Your Home a Haven week 1

Welcome to the 4th Annual “Making Your Home a Haven” Fall Challenge.

If you’ve been around a while – you know all about this fall challenge and might already have your candle going right now!

This year is going to be the biggest Fall Challenge we’ve ever had because – {cue the confetti} we are celebrating the launch of my JUST RELEASED THIS WEEK - book titled: Women Living Well ~ Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home. And the publisher has teamed up with me to give out some amazing gifts to WLW readers!!!!  {squeal – this is too exciting!!!}

But first let me explain the Challenges for newbies :) then we’ll get to the prizes!

Each week I will give you one practical tip and one spiritual tip that you can do to create a haven in your home.

Is your calendar full? Do you feel tense, rushed and even panicked at times? Do you feel like the rest of the family is feeling the same way?

I believe we can create a physical environment, as well as a spiritual environment, that can bring peace, harmony and a sense of calmness to our homes if we are willing to be intentional.

 

This challenge will run through the month of October. Check out the video and topics below. If you would like to join me and you are a blogger – I invite you to place my image above, on your blog, and link it back to this post. If you are not a blogger, leave a comment in the comment section to let me know that you would like to join the challenge. If you have not subscribed to my blog – just subscribe in the side bar so you receive the weekly emails!

(if you can’t see the video: click here)

Here’s the topic schedule:

Week 1: October 7th -Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning but you can start yours at dinner time. Do what makes sense for your family. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.

The Giveaway:
A year’s supply of Yankee Candles (12 large Jar Candles)
Week 2: October 14 – Plan a Family Fun Night.   Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn.  Bust out some old fashioned games and take the time to savor these moments with your loved ones.  Work on gentleness this week.
The Giveaway:
10 Pack of Games including – Checkers, Scrabble, Monopoly,
Uno, Battleship, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Candy Land, Risk, & Life.
Week 3: October 21 – Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home.  Cook things with pleasant aromas  like homemade bread, pies, and cookies.  Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remember the importance of dinner time around the table as a family. Work on showing love to your family this week.  
The Giveaway:
A Kitchen Aid Mixer
Week 4 October 28 – Decorate! The holidays are almost upon us.  Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology.  In the beginning God created.”  Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays.  Think about ways you can keep Christ in Christmas even in the way you decorate.  Give thanks to God for the home He has given you in which to create a haven for your family.
The Giveaway:
Potttery Barn Christmas Wall Art

So let’s begin – let’s begin by cleaning up clutter in our homes this week.   Fall is a great time to pick a closet or drawer or cabinet to clean out.  While we’re at it – let’s clean up some clutter in our spiritual lives.

Think about – what gets in the way of your peace spiritually?

Could it be that the noise of this world has crowded out the voice of the GREAT I AM?

Jesus said:

“I am the bread of life.” John 6:35
I am the light of the world.” John 8:12
I am the door.” John 10:9
I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11
I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25
I am the way, and the truth and the life.” John 14:6
“I am the vine.” John 15:5

Turn to the GREAT I AM this week – listen to his voice. Let him be your bread, your light, your door, your shepherd, your resurrection, your life, your truth and your vine.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s giveaway in celebration of my book releasing is an iPad Mini!!!

ipadmini

Enter to win here – (for extra entries facebook or tweet about this giveaway!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner must live in the U.S. or Canada.

 

 

Don’t forget – the second FREE Webcast is coming THIS Thursday night!!!!!
 Women Living Well Schedule 2
The book is now available in most bookstores and on-line at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.
3D wlwbook cover

 

 

 

Comments

  1. isabelle says

    Hi Courtney !
    So excited for the release of your book. Looking to find it in my mailbox this week ! ;)
    Thank you so much for the encouragement you gave us, women.

    I would love to be part of the challenge but I’m not a techno-girl (meaning I don’t have a Facebook or twitter account nor a blog !) Can I still be part of it ? …and the fun giveaways ?!

    Have a nice day !

      • debrah says

        Hi Courtney: I’m not sure why but I’m not able to post a comment. I can only reply to comments. I’d like to be part of this challenge.

      • Nicole says

        Hi Courtney! I would love to participate in this challenge! You are so sweet and such a blessing to other women. Thank you for all that you do. Blessings!

        PS – I’m such a dork for not being able how to leave a comment without replying to someone else :)

      • Sheri Woodward says

        Hi, Courtney! I would love to be part of this challenge! What a great way to keep us mindful of where our thoughts should be!

      • Rachel says

        I would like to join this challenge. I am blessed by what you do with GMG and am excited to check out your book. Just discovered your site. Thanks!

      • Carolyn says

        I am joining this challenge! I was just given a large Diamond Candle and will start with that this evening. So blessed to have a home and wonderful family- why wouldn’t I pray for peace! Excited to see what my husband and son will say :)

    • Allison Perske says

      I am really excited to have found a source to help me bring to life my aspirations as a mom, wife, and Christian! I’d love to be a part of this challenge too!

    • Katie Wirth says

      I love this challenge, thank you for reigning us back in before the hecticness of the Holidays sets in. I have been feeling exceptionally discombobulated…:) We are starting a new business. This is just what Doctor ordered!!!

    • ashley says

      Id love to be a part of this challenge! I cant post a comment either, only reply. I cant wait to see how Gods love works thru me with this challenge!

    • Jessica says

      Hi Courtney,

      I think this is a wonderful idea and something my family and I really need. I would love to join this challenge. Thank you!

      Jessica

    • Linda says

      I also can only reply: I love to do this but I am not a blogger. This is a wonderful idea and needed. I do live alone, my children are grown and my son is in the military. I will still do this regardless, especially the candle and I can send baked goods to our soldiers. For game night, I will play Bible trivia and of course my music. Thanks! Great contest.

      Linda

    • Poppie meiring says

      Good day,
      I love your page and it is so inspiring .May God’s Blessing be on you .I have not my own home yet, but will keep all this in mind for the big day that will come soon ..
      God Bless,
      Poppie

    • Susan says

      I would like to enter for the give always, how do you that by email? I can also only reply to comments not leave them. I do get your emails but I limit my computer time so I get my work done at home and Bible study. Please let us know now to enter. Thanks.
      .

    • Barb Gant says

      Excited to join the challenge! I did it 2 years ago and regretted not being involved last year. I enjoy the reminder of God’s peace in my house!!!!

    • Courtney says

      I love reading your blog, tweets & emails. I am anxiously awaiting my book! Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you. Bless you!

    • Kathleen says

      Joining you in the challenge! Looking forward to see God work in my home!
      Would love to take part in the giveaway but I do not have twitter or a blog.

    • LaQuitta says

      I’m excited about your new book. I just ordered mine. I can’t wait to get it. And share it with our women’s bible group,
      Women After God’s Heart!! Your teachings and sharings are awesome,god sent and always right on time. Thanks for letting God use you to bless us.To God be the glory.

    • Tonya says

      I would love to join this challenge. Thank you so much for all your encouragement. You are awesome! Looking forward to receiving your book soon!

    • says

      Theresa – when you enter your email address you are automatically entered to win :) The other options are just for extra entries! :) So if you entered your email address – your name is on the list to win! :)
      Sorry for the confusion.
      Courtney

  2. says

    I love that tip. I’m always trying to find new ways to remind myself to pray for certain things. I’ve been lighting a candle each day, since the rain began again in our neck of the woods so this is easy to do. I love the idea of this series!

  3. Kim says

    So excited to do this Challenge again…..can’t wait to get your book. I ordered five of them…. I was going to give away as gifts but am thinking about finding four other women and doing a study together since I heard the study guide was one of the ebook give aways. This would definitely be out of my comfort zone……but I long to have close Christian women friends. I have too been encouraged by Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen to open up my home:)

  4. Holly says

    I am so excited about joining in this challenge. I am always seeking ways to have more calm and peace in my life and hence in my house.

  5. Leslie Apel says

    Looking forward to the challenge!!! (And I must say, it is definitely going to be a challenge for me this year… I’m due with baby #2 on October 1st :-) )

  6. Joetta says

    I’m so very excited about this challenge! I truly need this and am looking so forward to the application!! Thank you Courtney!

  7. Peggy Jarvis says

    I love the candle idea. I just have to burn it while Danny is at work. He is bother by strong scents. Maybe I should say what he considers strong. As long as it isn’t burning in the room where he is, I can do it. LOve candles.

    • Sherry C says

      Peggy – We have the same problem at our home. I have found that scentless candles or the LED no-flame flickering candles work great. Create a relaxing mood, but with no annoying overpowering scents. Hope this works for you.

  8. Courtney says

    I love this time of year! And I love your fall challenge each year! I’ve had my candle going ever since the first fall challenge!

  9. Jessica Harless says

    Courtney,
    I am super excited about the release of your new book. My husband said he would get it for me since it was the only thing I really wanted for Christmas this year, so hopefully I get it earlier! This will be the first year I will participate in the “making your home a haven” challenge but I can’t wait. Things get pretty hectic around here sometimes but I am a strong believer that we as wives and mothers set the mood and tone of our homes everyday! I love the candle idea! Thank you for everything you do to serve The Lord, I love following your posts, and your smile is just infectious!!

  10. KellyK(@RNCCRN9706) says

    Love this Fall challenge. I don’t light a candle as my 90 year old mother in law lives with us and she frets that the open flame will burn our house down..lol so I use a Scentsy warmer instead. Still get a soft glow, a nice scent and it’s MUCH safer ;)

    Gonna figure out how to use the image and link it back to your blog from mine as I’m new to the blogging world! Tee hee! As a member of the book launch team, I’ll be giving away a copy of Courtney’s book so please stop by !!
    http://www.kellyccrn.wordpress.com

  11. mily says

    Love candles N i love the idea to light a candle in community to become one to god!!
    But how u entry to get the mini iPad cuz i check in FB but i couldn’t figured out so let me know ok Thanks Courtney

  12. Tisha Ploense says

    I love this so much :-). I’m totally in on the challenges. I am doing a small group on Joy right now. I can’t wait to finally read your book. You are an amazing woman of God. Let Him keep using you. You are a blessing. God Bless you.

  13. Beth says

    The pray of my heart is that my home will be a place where love abounds, a place of peace….a sanctuary…..Lord let your light shine in my heart and in my home…..

  14. Angie says

    I am super excited about trying this challenge. After numerous years and effort, I have finally been able to get my family established in worshiping God and going to church regularly. This challenge could not come at a better time. I am new to your website…I am really enjoying it and look forward to seeing what more it has to offer. Thank you for all your efforts and advice.

  15. Lisa Marik says

    I’m all in. You had me at accountability. Thank you SO much! I can’t wait to get your book in my hands and give away copies to women God tells me to!!! In His Love ~ Lisa

  16. Marybeth Santos says

    I love what you are doing here! I’m excited to participate in these challenges, even if I don’t win! My husband was in a car accident last but in October when I was 6 months pregnant with our 4th child, I ended up on bed rest then we had a new baby…the list goes on so I have been praying for peace in our home for a long time and I love love love the ideas you posted! Thank you for all you do! I’m sharing on my FB page but I no longer blog.

  17. Katie B says

    I love this challenge! Thank you for creating it. Wonderful ways to help male our homes a happier place to be. I would like to join. :)

  18. Tiffany says

    Sounds wonderful! I would like to join the Fall challenge. Your posts are always a blessing to me!!
    Thank you so much!
    Blessings to you,
    Tiffany

  19. Lauren says

    This is my third year participating in this challenge. It seems each year I learn/gain something new :) Thanks so much for putting this on and encouraging all of our in our walks!

  20. Linda Hoover says

    I would love to join your challenge, but Mondays are not a good day for me to do it, as my husband works night shift (and I keep to his schedule) and Mondays are his first day off. We sleep the entire day, usually. Would it be okay for me to try these a different day (one that works better with our schedule)?

  21. Kelly says

    Thank you for these challenges! I’m looking forward to participating! May the Lord bless you for this ministry that you have to so many women!

  22. Mollie H says

    I definitely need this challenge. My house seems to stay tense. I am working to change that and any tips I can pick up along the way are much needed and appreciated!

  23. Sarah K says

    I always forget just how much my attitude effects my family’s. I definitely need to slow down. I’m totally in on this challenge!

  24. Kami S. says

    This is great! My husband and I work full time and have 3 kids. I’m always looking for those little touches to add to our home to bring that peace and security. I look forward to this!

  25. Jamie says

    I am joining the challenge for the first time. This is coming at a perfect time. I have been spending the last couple weeks trying to deep clean and declutter my house room by room….searching for peace in my home. Thank you for your website and this challenge. :)

  26. Monica says

    Excited to join the challenge! Looking forward to getting your box from Amazon. Bought extras as gifts to share your dream. Hugs and blessings

  27. Laura Kays says

    I would love to join the challenge! I put an orange candle in the candle and made a l8ttle black spider out if pi0e clean34s to put with it!

  28. Teena Wallace says

    I am excited to of found this site thanks to my cousin, Heather Inman. I have a feeling I will be spending some time here. I would love to be part of the challenge!!!!! But most of all I am looking forward to growing in Christ through the resources you offer!!!!!!

    Teena

  29. Rachelle says

    This is my second time joining the challenge. I’m so excited! Last year I had a 4 week old. This year, I will have another baby in less than 4 weeks from now. Blessings abound. An iPad mini would be nice for those late night feedings. :)

  30. Danielle King says

    Funny, I was shopping today and bought my candle in preparation for this year’s challenge then see your post this evening! Can’t wait!

  31. Tammie Williams says

    First timer and I would love to join the challenge. Just spent two years in the bed because of a back injury. Had surgery and am doing physical therapy and enjoying being able to move around. This sounds like a great idea and a lot of fun for the family too.

  32. Barb says

    I would like to join this challenge. Although my children are at college now I still realize the effect my outlook can have on them and my husband. Thanks for the help.

  33. Emily Pyles says

    Thank you for all your encouragement! Please count me in!! I look forward to the challenge. I think we all need to invest more in our homes ; )

  34. Marcee says

    Thank you so much for this challenge! What an awesome way to start the week in addition to getting your book on Tuesday. Can’t wait for the Webcast on Thursday❤️

  35. Marissa says

    I am so doing this challenge! It could not come at a better time! I can’t wait till my book comes in the mail, plus I love your sweater! :)

  36. Shonda says

    I’m joining in! I have a candle all ready to go. I read your book, love your blog, support your ministry and am so excited that you are stepping out in faith to proclaim Jesus boldly. You inspire me so much! I want my home to reflect Christ and as I read your book I realized how much of an influence that God wants me to be in my family for Him. I ordered a hard copy of your book and it should come soon!!! I can’t thank you enough for all you do! You introduced me to Good Morning Girls which really transformed my spiritual life and walk with God. Thanks for all you do, Courtney!

  37. Cindy Bryson says

    I would like to join the challenge please. I am a group leader of a GMG bible study group. I have really enjoyed it as I have been “leading” our little group for over a year now. I would now like to “branch out” and learn even more from your various groups.
    If you don’t mind I need you all to pray for me. I am a former public school teacher of special needs chidlren. I resigned this job in 2008 to care for my husband who is currently houmebound with severe osteoarthritis. During this time we also adopted 4 wonderful children which gave us a total of 5 and made our home complete. When I resigned my teaching job I also began to homeschool our children. It has been such a blessing, and I thank the Lord for this opportunity. For the past few months, however I think running the household on my own has started to take a toll on my nerves. I panic when I have to leave home and that includes even going to church! I feel like if I get out in public people will talk about how horrible my clothes are, how fat I am, how poor my kids look, etc etc. I know that these thoughts are very extreme, but when I get dressed to go out I literally (sometimes) become crippled as though my muscles are wet noodles. I get so nervous that I just give up and stay home…which means..so do my children. Lord help me…please you all help me to pray that I will find a renewed and refreshed attitude. Love you all. Cindy

    • Amanda S. says

      Hi, Cindy,

      May God’s peace that passes all understanding grip your heart to crowd out your fears and anxiety. Lord, renew and refresh Cindy’s attitude, bringing her peace as Your daughter to face the world with confidence. I pray that you would give her the opportunity for rest and relaxation as you renew her heart and life.

  38. Hannah Walz says

    I have an October birthday and I LOVE fall! This challenge sounds great! Please count me in. :) I am a brand new homeschool mom to two little boys, and a step momma to two more boys! I am the only woman in a family of five guys (including my husband). You have been a great example to me as a mom, wife, homeschooler and Christian! Blessed to have found your blog.. Thanks for all your encouragement!! :)

  39. Tiffany says

    Oh how exciting! I am definitely in need of really being intentional about my home and making it a haven. What a great challenge! I want to be a part of it!

  40. Rachel V says

    Would love to join the challenge. It sounds like fun!! Not a blogger though but do have Facebook ;)
    I enjoy reading your blog- several of your posts have really spoken to me.
    Rachel

  41. Roxann Kelly says

    I’m going to try and do your challenge. My family is going thru a difficultly that has come to the surface recently and we want to fix it rather than leave it broken. The title of your book screamed to me “that is what I need” because right now, I don’t have it. A mini-ipad to stay connected to my family, would be very beneficial!

  42. April says

    I look forward to this challenge every year! Glad it’s starting soon, my home is in need of refreshing in all aspects!!! Off to buy my candle within the next few days to be ready!!! Thank you!!

  43. Dilyana Georgieva says

    Hi from Bulgaria! I’m going to try the challange too, it’s so awesome:) Thanks for all this! It’s realy amazing how important is the support from the sisters in faith… Even if separeted by thousands miles!:)

  44. Anete says

    Hi Courtney!
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and am enjoying all the encouragement you give us in our walk with the King. Comparing to marriage challenges where I could join just by reading and hoping to remember those things at the time I will be married; this Fall challenge is the one I can join. I am seeing this challenge as a perfect way how to start to make my home a haven before having family and I guess I’ll bake some goodies and then invite some friends over for a game night. My candle is already going and it feels a little less stressful and more cozy already.
    Thank you, Courtney, for showing us that there exist homes that are like haven in the midst of daily rush! :)

  45. Amanda says

    This is exactly what my husband and I need right now. We have our calendars filled through November and it has made us very anxious. I am looking forward to participating in your challenge to help slow things down and keep our focus on God. Thanks Courtney!

  46. Yvonne says

    Dear Courtney,

    I will join this fall challenge, it is the second time that I do this. The candle is already burning. This weekend I tried to buy your book but since I live in The Netherlands (Europe) I can only by this book with a creditcard (Visa etc.) which I do not have. So I am hoping that your book will be available also here in The Netherlands, and maybe translated? However, reading English is oke with me. I wish you a very nice day tomorrow as your book relaeses (is that Englisch ;)) and I really hope that in some way I can buy your book too. Thank you for all that you do, Yvonne

    • Abby from Belgium says

      Dear Courtney,

      I am joining the challenge together with all of those lovely ladies around the globe!

      My favorite is also ligting a candle (apple-cinnamon scented).

      And as you probably already know: can’t wait to receive the book. I HOPE and PRAY it will arrive this week !!!!!

      You are truely an amazing, awesome woman ! A true Daughter of the King.

      Blessings X

      Abby

    • Abby from Belgium says

      Hallo Yvonne,

      ik hoop dat je alsnog een kopie van het boek kan bemachtigen. Maar de Nederlandse versie zal nog wel even op zich laten wachten, neen ?
      Veel succes met de challenge.

      • Yvonne says

        Hallo Abby, wat goed; een nederlands sprekende! Leuk hoor! Heb jij wel het boek gekocht? Ik denk idd dat de Nederlandse versie nog wat gaat duren….Ik ga eens kijken op welke manier ik het toch kan kopen. Waar woon je in Belgie? Groetjes, Yvonne
        Ps: appel/kaneel is ook mijn favoriete geur;)

        • Abby from Belgium says

          Hoi Yvonne, ik heb het boek besteld. Dus nog niet betaald. Mijn kranten/boekhandel doet dit via Proxis Azur, gezien het feit dat ik niet online betaal. Zo koop ik al mijn Amerikaanse Christelijke boeken. Dichtbij Brussel.
          Groetjes terug.

  47. Loree says

    Excited to start your challenge for the first time! This time of year I usually have a candle lit in the kitchen, I love the idea of praying for peace for my family and home when I walk by. Thank you for sharing your ideas and God given gifts! I just shared your challenge on FB

  48. says

    Love this Challenge been doing it since the first year so excited to join you again this year and am so excited to get my hands on the actual book had the privilege of being apart of the launch team so have read on PDF and now want actual book great read and ministered to my soul :)
    Love and Blessings Courtney !!

  49. Heather E says

    I am looking forward to joining your challenge. You were right about September being very busy and it was overwhelming for me and my family. I am looking forward to your weekly challenges and working on making my home more peaceful, relaxing and a place that everyone looks forward to ending their day. Thank you!

  50. Jean Medina says

    I love Yankee candles!! I just bought a new Home Sweet Home candle. I am lighting it thus morning while I do my GMG bibke study!

  51. Lynn says

    I really enjoyed last year’s Fall Challenge and I’m looking forward to this year’s challenge, too! I’m going to encourage all the ladies I know to take part in it, too. I know my husband and son could tell a difference last year! Maybe I’ll be able to keep it going for much longer this time! Thank you for taking the time to share these ideas with us! Blessings to you….

  52. says

    I would love to join the challenge (and try for the prizes, as well! :)). Thank you for your ministry, sharing your life with us, and pointing us to Jesus! Blessings…

  53. Cara Shields says

    Your blog has been such a blessing. Praying for even more woman to be blessed through your book and for your family to be blessed also

  54. Marisha says

    I am sooo joining too! thanks so much for putting this together. I am new to your site/blog, so I guess I joined at a perfect time. I wish all challenges in life were filled with so many pleasurable activities :)

  55. Karen G says

    This sounds like such a wonderful blessing and a challenge I want to embrace. I love the crisp change of season and what it ushers in with the colors and the aromas. We are fighting a huge spiritual battle with our home and those wonderful “fall experiences” are lost in the battle. This is perfect timing. Thank you for blessing us so abundantly.

    Karen G.

  56. Wendy Nelms says

    I am loving the gmg bible study and women’s prayer journal. I am excited to start the fall challenge for the first time. I do not have Facebook but I do check email daily.
    Thank you,
    Wendy

  57. Haeli T. says

    I would like to join the fall challenge as well. Your blog has been such an encouragement as I start this adventure of marriage and homemaking!!!

  58. Cleta says

    I’m getting my candle ready and excited about making my home a haven! I’m probably older than most of you–I have a beautiful new great-grandbaby. My family comes around nearly every Sunday so I hope to still have a peaceful place they can come home to.

  59. Sarah says

    Thank you for doing this challenge again this year! It is just what I need to take a deep breath and be intentional about cultivating an atmosphere of peace and welcome in my home.

  60. Sabrina says

    My 8 year daughter asked me last Thursday if I was going to d o that “thing” again this year. She enjoyed it as did I. Glad to be starting again.

  61. Deirdre says

    I am looking forward to joining this challenge. We have been very busy these last two months and intentionally slowing down and being calm is just what I need.

  62. NancyDawn says

    I am joining the challenge! This will help me to encourage the women in my life to become the women God has called us to be…starting in our homes. :)

  63. Jaci (Jackie) says

    Shared and entered in every way possible lol

    I want to start this challenge again this year!!! Sign me up, I am already a subscriber :)

  64. Becky says

    I found your website from a pin on Pinterest. I am so excited to start the challenge. My family is entering a new phase in life and I love the idea of the candle reminding me to pray for them – and for the peace in our home.

  65. Jen Hasseld says

    Hi Courtney! I’ve been a follower for…well, at least a year, because I participated in last year’s fall challenge! The candle (and music) were SO calming and just what I needed. Looking forward to joining this year’s challenge. Congratulations on the book!

  66. Pam Best says

    I am excited about joining this challenge. I have followed your blog for a long time, but never felt the need or desire to do the challenge. This year, I am looking forward to it. Thanks for all you do.

  67. Debbie B says

    Courtney,
    I did the challenge last year and I’m looking forward to doing it this year.
    Thanks for all your encouragement.

  68. Jill says

    We are closing on our first home today. I would like to join the challenge and start home-ownership off on the right foot — praying for peace is a great place to start!

  69. Anita says

    I enjoy a good challenge!
    I like being apart of something bigger than myself.
    And I love when it positively impacts my family. I’m in.

  70. donna Jean says

    I want to join your challenge. This is my first year with your blog and I have enjoyed reading your blessings. I just turned 70 and have been so blessed.

  71. Jayme Ferry says

    Courtney, My sister-in-law just introduced me to your website this summer and I am so glad she did. I have been doing the Proverbs 31 study and feel so refreshed and ready for each day. I am excited about this new challenge that you have given and I am looking forward to being a part of it!

  72. Ellen says

    I’m looking forward to joining the Fall Challenge! I long to make my home a sanctuary and not just the place where we drop at the end of our busy days. Thank you for these wonderful reminders about what home should be.

  73. Jessica ratterree says

    I’m in! I did this challenge last year and really enjoyed blessing my family by it! Going to get my candle today!

  74. Kristina says

    I’m looking forward to this challenge. Your facebook messages have held much encouragement for me over the past 6 months. I am looking forward to seeing the changes God can bring to my family and home during this challenge.

  75. Victoria says

    I’m very excited about joining this challenge. I really need some spiritual and home comfort. My grand mother passed away last week. She was very special to me and life’s just not quite the same without her. I think this challenge will give me the comfort and strength I need right now and bless my family in the process.

  76. Elizabeth H. says

    Joining the challenge!! Super excited. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and being a Godly example for women of all ages.

  77. Brooke Edwards says

    I’m in! Looking forward to the challenge. Sounds like a great way to help keep my home focused on what is important.

  78. Jessi says

    I can’t wait to start this…I am currently in the midst of trying to simplify my life and get out the clutter in my house so that the clutter in my mind is less as well, if that makes any sense. Super excited to do the challenge!

  79. Liz Bruinsma says

    I would like to join the challenge!! I’m going to start with the candle this week as we will be on Family VayCay next week for Fall Break :) Looking forward to the Challenge

  80. Sally says

    I’m up for the challenge. i actually got my fall decorations out this weekend. Cleaned the house (tried to declutter) :) and put the fall items out! It is amazing how it gives a warm fuzzy feeling to the home.
    After Church yesterday, i really felt God’s peace over me too and i know it is to be a hectic week and work and with the kids. it was nice to just enjoy’s God’s peace.
    waiting for your book to arrive!!
    I enjoy what you are doing…thanks for coming into my inbox!!!

  81. Teresa Watson says

    I’m excited to join this challenge! Right now I am using a wax warmer with a pumpkin scent. I love the idea to pray for peace in my home. I will do this each time I reenter the room and smell the scent. Thank you for the challenge. I look forward to how God will use this in my heart and home.

  82. says

    Hello this is my first time on your site after watching the video last Thursday Womenlivingwell.tv I love it!!! Im excited to be a part of your challenge.

  83. Gina! says

    Greetings from sunny California!!
    So excited for your book. I am ordering today because I like to live on the edge and wait until the last minute! Cheers to your launch week & yes I am I’m for the challenge!

    Happy fall, here’s to fun week & a blessed day!

    Gina!

  84. Jamie says

    I would love to sign up for the fall challenge! I did it last year, and still pray every time I light the candle in my kitchen!! :)

  85. Lillian Gimmelli says

    Unfortunately I am not a blogger but hope to be a blogger one day. I would still like to enter your challenge. Thanks for the opportunity. And so looking forward to reading your book. Thanks and God Bless.

  86. Michelle W says

    I am so excited by this challenge. I have been working on my home, finance and spiritual life for the last few weeks and hope that this will encourage me in the task. What cool prizes. Thanks for hosting this!!!

  87. Cody says

    I am new to your blog, but I am so loving What I’ve seen so far! The Bible studies, Webcast, and your posts are so inspiring! I want to join the challenge! So looking forward to it:) Thanks for What you do!

  88. Adrienne says

    I’m looking forward to this challenge. I’m always very excited to start reading your book! Thanks for being such and inspiration!

  89. mbw says

    I am excited about the October challenge! We are empty-nesters for about a month now, so it will be good to focus on making a home for two.

  90. Jen says

    So excited to do this Fall Challenge for myself, for my husband and little kiddos as well! I hope to have them walk beside me too and when they see the candle, I will encourage them for say a prayer also. Looking forward to this, thank you!

  91. Rachel says

    You described my September! We are moving this week and there is not a better time to start this challenge for us. Thank you!

  92. Stephane says

    Sign me up…I am in…love fall, candles, and love the idea of using the fall to make my home a haven for my family. Love your blog!

  93. Michelle says

    I am on board for the challenge. It sounds like exactly what my family and I need right now! I will focus on clutter this week.

  94. Kari Compton says

    Looking forward to it! This time of year always puts me in a “homemaking” mood :) Thanks for all your tips, insight, and spiritual encouragement! You’re doing a great job.

  95. Paula says

    Congratulations on your book!!! I wanta get one soon – Id love to join in for the challenge and I just love your site!!! I always read up here first thing every morning… My quite time and sipping my coffee too!! ~ Blessings!!

  96. Laura says

    I just discovered this website and it was excitedly what I needed. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom and we were blessed this year for me to quick my job. My Husband and I always saw were bringing the 50’s back!
    I am excited to join your challenge and to explore you website:)

  97. Leigh Anne says

    This is such a great way to welcome fall! Thanks! Looking forward to the fun challenges each week that encourages warmth, love, fun and family nurturing! :)

  98. Heather says

    I’m in! I thoroughly believe that I need to be intentional to make positive changes daily. And I think we’ll all be winners if we participate in these simple activities! :)

  99. lidia says

    I am so happy this is going on I love knowing that so many women are going to do the same thing I am. We all need peace. I am so in.

  100. says

    I am up for the challenge. Like many women-I am also not on FB or Twitter! Just no extra time:-) Thanks so much for your ministry-I really appreciate all the encouragement you give us moms each week. Can’t wait to hear all your great ideas :-) Glad to glorify the Lord with everyone else here.

  101. Amy says

    I am so excited that this starts this week! I spent the weekend at a women’s conference that I had been looking forward to all year. Sadly, many of the speakers used their platform to insult women who choose to stay home. It was repeatedly emphasized that in order to be doing “ministry”, we have to be serving outside of our home for a significant amount of time. Not once were our husbands, our children or our homes considered a valuable ministry. I am looking forward to spending some time reading from women who share my passions. Even better….the book comes out this week! God’s timing rocks!!!!

  102. says

    Looks like a great challenge! Late October is for setting out the Thanksgiving decorations. I don’t start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

  103. Lindsay says

    I am really looking forward to this challenge! Over this past summer our family has lost some of its peace, I’ve noticed us all drift away from our normal prayer life, and devotion time. I am thankful for your encouragement and can’t wait to start :)

  104. Nicole Machnicki says

    Courtney,

    I enjoy your blog so much. I have my copy of your book ordered and am looking forward to reading it. I definitely want to take part in the Fall Challenge. Thank you so much for your ministry to women. It is so helpful.

  105. Nickole S says

    Thanks for doing this challenge again this year! I am going to light my candle today to begin…..
    Congrats on the launch of your book! Can’t wait to read it!

  106. Jessica Harding says

    I would love to join the challenge! I am new to your blog. I just moved into a new house and just quit my job to be a full time wife and mom! Talk about perfect timing to start this challenge. It has been heavy on my heart and God has been showing me the need to create the most peaceful environment I can and to truly make my house a home. Thank you!!

  107. Monica Morrison says

    Hi Courtney!
    I’m definitely joining this challenge! This is my first time doing a challenge and am so looking forward to it!

  108. says

    Hi, Courtney! I am excited to join your challenge! This will be my first fall challenge. I did your advent challenge last year and so enjoyed it!

    Thank you so much for the encouragement you offer to those of us who seek to serve God, our husbands, and our children. Although we’ve never met, I feel as though you are my accountability partner. I’ve learned so much from you and appreciate everything you do!

    I can’t wait to dive into your book tomorrow! Praying God will continue to pour into you as you so willingly pour into others. :)

  109. Debbie Raley says

    It is good for us to focus on the ‘beauty’ of a well-ordered, and lovely home for ourselves, and our families. It is the sanctuary for them away from the chaos of the world outside our doors. Thanks for reminding us to be active in that pursuit….as well as, persuing our own inner beauty by depending daily on the One who is ‘Altogether Lovely’….

    • says

      Next week is the first official week of doing the challenges – but to prepare this week…clear out a cluttered area of your house – and clear out your spiritual clutter – go to the Great I AM and spend time in his word. :)
      Courtney

  110. Missy says

    Super excited and I am looking forward to the challenge. I have been following your blog and truly enjoy your inspiration!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Blessings to you and your family during the upcoming holidays!

  111. Lori says

    I’ll be joining the challenge ~ loved it last year! Can’t wait to read your book–would love to read it on the ipad mini :)!

  112. Abby says

    Good Morning Courtney,
    I’m not a blogger, but am looking forward to this challenge , and I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the time you spend sharing with other Daughters of the KING!!

  113. Melissa says

    Hi Courtney! I love what you have done for women! Thank you for sharing your gifts of wisdom with us. I would love to join this challenge.

  114. says

    I am joining the challenge…..spent the day yesterday cleaning and decorating for fall. This morning I have been doing the same. I am going now to dig out my candle….. :)

  115. Amanda says

    I’m lighting the candle!! I want to make my home a haven!! You were right…September was crazy with homeschooling and 4 birthdays in my house but now for some intentional haven making…

  116. stacey says

    so excited…myself and my whole family was blessed by last years….can’t wait for this:)…thank you and blessings to you and yours

  117. says

    I love the candle challenge!
    I will include your post in my post this morning, glad I have read your post before blogging this morning, lol

    It is finally getting a little cooler in Oklahoma, so I started slowly decorating for fall! I love love love fall colors!

    Finding Hope

    Sandra

  118. Marsha Calhoun says

    I would love to be part of the challenge! I need to make my home a haven! With an autistic child, that will be a challenge in itself..but I am ready!

  119. Colleen says

    Courtney,
    I purchased the book ordered through Amazon – do I still qualify for the ebook bundle? I e-mailed the womenlivingwell@gmail address and haven’t gotten a response yet.
    I can forward my confirmation if needed.
    Thanks!

  120. says

    Every year when the Fall Challenge comes around, I say to myself that I should jump on board..but I never do. Well this year I am breaking that cycle, and I am saying out loud that, “I am on board for the challenge!” Whoo-hoo! Praying that being very intentional about making my home a place of peace and rest will be much more effective than just thinking about how it needs to be! Thanks Courtney!

  121. Susan S says

    Courtney, I am not on Facebook or Twitter so these comments will have to suffice for my participation in the challenge. We must have been on the same thought waves because this weekend I cleared out one closet, reorganized the bookcase, and cleaned out the bathroom cabinets. Woo hoo! Also pulled out the autumn candles and am good to go for a candle each day. Love this Fall Challenge!!!

  122. Giovana says

    I found this challenge, half way through, last year. I’m so happy I can be a part of it from the beginning this year. The past year has thrown us some challenges but when I use a candle in the kitchen, it keeps me focused, reminds me on the rough days to keep praying. Thank you for the idea!! Thank you for providing this challenge & all the great giveaways too!

  123. Lindsey Dann says

    Hi Courtney!

    I really enjoy all of your wisdom and encouragement. I also LOVE fall! What a fun challenge…I’m ready! :-)

  124. Cheryl Patrick says

    Thank you so much for this challenge. It comes at a perfect time; God’s timing is always perfect isn’t it. I know it will make a difference in me and the difference will flow into our home. Thank you for your encouragement.

  125. Cindy says

    With a 21 year old son who is a full time college student and a 17 (almost 18) year old son who is a senior in HS still living at home I know my time is growing very short to spend time together every day as a family. I am super excited about this challenge to make our home a haven for my guys and especially my husband. We have moved so far from the younger days of spending time reading books together and playing games. If I knew then what I know now I would have spent even more time doing fun and crazy things with by family as the boys were growing. So…count me in!!

  126. Cindy Stillwaggon says

    Hi Courtney! I am new to your website and blog and have asked my married daughter to participate in the Fall Challenge with me. This will be wonderful for me to focus on because I work at home doing legal transcription. But more than that, I have had four special people in my life recently diagnosed with various types of cancer. I feel like it is just all around me so my “concern level” is through the roof! Thank you for creating this challenge for all of us.

  127. Stephanie P. says

    God has placed this on my heart recently…about the tone or mood that I set in my home. It’s amazing how much influence we have over our home and our families. I am starting this challenge too! Thank you for your encouragement and your sweet spirit!

  128. Cassie Weller says

    I would love to join the challenge :) Thanks for all of your daily encouragement and reminders to focus on Christ. Love to you!

  129. Sheila says

    Good morning,
    I am a new follower of a few months. This challenge is exactly what I need in my life right now! I am not a blogger but I love reading yours and others blogs. Thanks for the amazing challenge!
    God Bless

  130. Nadine H says

    I am joining this challenge. As a pastor’s wife, life can be busy & hectic, so it’s just as important to make sure our home is definitely a haven. While I tend to find a blessing in each season, Fall seems to be my favorite. I’m looking forward to seeing how God will continue to bless!

    • Nadine H says

      Yesterday was easier than today – for both me & my candle. There were some significant personal challenges prevalent this morning as well as physical pain today – altho prayed throughout the day, it just was more difficult than yesterday. Plus, every time I saw, my candle was out – the wick had fallen or the wax pool snuffed it out – :/ However, I’ve been praying!

  131. Sarah says

    I am looking forward to this challenge! With a one and a three year old and a full time job, my life feels so stressful and chaotic. Can’t wait to learn ways to slow down and just enjoy my home. Thank you!

  132. Jessica says

    Hola!

    I recently came across Good Morning Girls and have started on the latest online bible study. While going through GMG’s facebook, I noticed Women Living Well’s page and made note of the upcoming webcasts. I love to read so I purchased your book, received it last Friday and fully enjoying it!

    I would love to accept the challenge! I’ve been on and off about my walk with God so I’m hoping that these first steps will help me. Plus, I’m a newlywed so I could use all the guidance as I can receive :)

    Gracias!

  133. Tammy M says

    I love this challenge. I followed your challenges last year and it serves as a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the family that the Lord has blessed us with.

    I am so excited to read your book! I placed my order last week! I never did get the link for the other books but I am still excited to read your book. Keep doing what you do Courtney! The Lord is using you in a great way to touch thousands. You are a blessing in my life!

  134. Martina says

    Looking forward to this challenge! Hoping I can stay strong through the whole month! Also, I’m really looking forward to reading your book, Courtney!

  135. Sophia says

    I have participated in year’s past, but I am especially looking forward to this challenge this year. Having just moved one month ago, our house still doesn’t feel like our ‘home’ and consequently, I’m not yet sure just how to make it a true, physical haven. Also, I personally feel like I need this reminder to be praying regularly, and working on my attitude right now. So, in short, count me in! :-)

  136. Kristy says

    Hi Courtney! I’m so excited about this! I don’t have a blog, but I have a facebook page! Can I enter into the challenge too? WhooHoo!

  137. Renee says

    Hi Courtney! I would love to participate in this challenge. I so agree that with the start of the school year that things just felt hectic and hurried. I look forward to doing this with. BTW…love the sweater you were wearing in the video. Thanks for sharing your love of God. You have truly helped me to reconnect with Christ. So grateful.
    Renee

  138. Jennifer Lesniak says

    Just bought your book on kindle!!!!!!! So excited!! Thanks for all the inspiration of making our house a home and for pointing us always to God. Thank you. Jennifer Lesniak

  139. Shelley Diamond says

    I would love to join the challenge. I have my candle going now =) I always do anyway. I love the idea of saying a prayer for the family when it catches my eye! So excited!!!

  140. Sue Dengel says

    Hi Courtney! I’d love to participate in the Fall Challenge! I’m new to your blog so I’m still learning how to follow along & participate. I really enjoyed the conference last week. Thanks for posting it on Friday – I couldn’t make it Thursday evening. A few items in this challenge might be a little difficult for me.
    We’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I can’t wait to get back to baking bread & cookies, etc. just don’t know exactly when I’ll have my oven back! Wish me luck! Sue

  141. Coleen M. says

    Thank you, Courtney – for being the vehicle for God’s perfect timing! I soooo need this, as September has had me rattled from day one, and full of anxiety! This challenge is just what I need to slow down, take a breath, and remember that I set the tone in my home. Sign me up, sister – I am all in! Have a blessed day!

  142. Lisa Raymond says

    I really enjoy the Fall Challenge! I kept up with it last year, and I really had fun with it! Something so simple as lighting a candle in the home can create such a sweet ambiance, and we all love the scent! Hooray for Fall!

  143. Leslie says

    I am joining the challenge and am very excited! I already have my candle lit and the house smells wonderful, prayers for peace being spoken :)

  144. says

    Going to light my candle now! I love this series and especially last year it was so encouraging to me as I had just had a baby and believe me those little things sure helped brighten the days when I felt overwhelmed!

  145. Elaine George says

    I am in on this challenge! I needed a little gentle reproof this morning on this very topic. Thank you! I am so excited and cant wait!

  146. Ashley says

    I am so excited about this challenge! It is exactly what I need right now! We are currently in the process of moving and decluttering and I already feel better. I would love to start burning candles again as well. I LOVE candles. I look forward to following along in the coming month.

  147. Tracy says

    I am looking forward to participating in this challenge. I am a newbie, but I am always looking for ways to bring calm to my home and to put Christ at the center!!!~

  148. Andriana Lamb says

    I was so excited when I seen it was time again for the “Make Your Home a Haven” challenge! I will definitely be joining in!
    (since doing this challenge last year, I have really enjoyed lighting candles throughout the home)

  149. Caroline says

    Hi Courtney! I’m relatively new to your blog and I don’t even remember how I stumbled across it but it has been such an inspiration! I am not new to being married but am only beginning to learn what God really wants a marriage to be so your words are a breath of fresh air in a world that tells me it’s not normal to put my husband and family before myself. I am excited about joining your challenge and look forward to seeing the changes in my home! God bless you!

  150. Row. says

    I am so happy, not only for the awesome giveaways/prizes but for you and the release of your book that will help countless women. and just for the support & motivation, we moms should do these things anyway but we let life get in the way sometimes, and these reminders help more than you know. Thank You.

  151. Emese says

    Hi Courtney!

    I’m not a blogger, but I would love to join the fun with this fall challenge! Count me in! Can’t wait to receive a hard copy of your book this week!

    God bless!
    Emese from Jersey

  152. Ashley M says

    I am up for the challenge! This will be my first time, but I love the idea! I also love the opportunity to win the ipad mini! October is a big month for my husband and I. We met and married in October and his birthday is in October. I would love to give him one as a gift!

  153. Sarah B says

    I am new to all this — but I would love to join your challenge! My home certainly needs to turn into more of a haven…..

  154. says

    Hi Courtney,
    This couldn’t have come at a better time. My September has gone a bit like yours:) I look forward to spending the month of October meeting your challenges…candle already lit and prayed over.
    I posted your challenge on my blog. I just hope I did it correctly.

  155. ashlie Rich says

    Deep breath! First, I bought your book and cannot wait to have it in my hands to begin reading. Second, I opened up my email this morning and began to read your fall challenge and proceeded to weep. The words in your email and video were clear to me that God wanted me to hear this. After an argument with my husband this morning and then this, I realize that I am overly tired and really need a change. I am going to faithfully take this challenge and prayerfully seek Him throughout. Though I do not follow you daily, I do love your words and wisdom you provide. You have an impact on my life and I am thankful that I stumbled across your blog! Keep on walking with the king and influencing others to do the same! Much much love to you and your calling! :)

  156. EmiLee Stephens says

    Excited to join this challenge! This will be my first time! Thank you for offering this! I love to read and retread your posts! Excited for the book too.

  157. Denise says

    I am joining the fall challenge! I love it already! Although I love summer because of the heat, Fall is my favorite time of the year to decorate! I love the smells, colors and feel of it. I am blown away every day at the beauty that God has created for us. I struggle a bit with negative self-talk, getting too defensive because I feel not good enough all the time and I have been working on this. Although I can’t afford to buy the book, I am loving getting your emails and you are helping me daily! Thanks for all you do!

  158. Ann Murphy says

    I have my “Fig” candle burning brightly right now! A different scent from last fall’s challenge. Thank you so much…and many thanks to your publisher for all the fun give-aways!

  159. Lori Davis says

    Very excited to follow your tips to bring peace and harmony into my family. Much needed in today’s environment. Can’t wait to get your book!

  160. says

    Courtney,
    After how my day went yesterday, and how badly my attitude effected my husband during what was supposed to be a ‘fun’ day, I see I need this challenge badly. I have been privileged to be apart of your launch team. I have learned a ton while reading and blogging through the different topics in your book. I really do struggle with my attitude, life is stressful. So thank you.

  161. Missie says

    I’m joining in for the Fall Challenge. I just had B&N put your book on hold for me and am excited about reading it! Woohooo for fall. In Texas, we actually had a cold snap and got down in the 70s.

  162. Sarah says

    Joining the challenge. Just got a twitter account so I can earn those other entries in the drawings also. But really looking forward to following the challenge.

  163. Kate Posthuma says

    May God bless you this week as you celebrate and fully enjoy all the hard work you have put into your book. I am joining the weekly challenge and am excited to do it again this year!

  164. Summer Wilburn says

    I’m so excited to do this challenge! We are a foster family and it seems as tho we are always busy. I’m sure that has a lot to do with having a 14 & 11 yr old also. We just don’t have a lot of down time so these challenges, I believe, will bring some peace back in to the business. Thank you do much for your heart for women!!

  165. Sarah Blaise says

    This was such a blessing to hear about! I’m an army wife and homeschooling mom of 5. I’ve really been feeling a lack of peace in my home. I thrilled to follow along and thank you for ministering to our hearts!

  166. Stephanie Liebert says

    Excited about starting this challenge! It is a great way to add to the Living and Active Challenge I am doing with Peak313. I love fall but in Louisiana we do not get much of it. My house is covered in fall decor and I will be lighting my pumpkin candle to start off the week! Thanks for organizing this and reminding us just how important we are in our home.

  167. Tami says

    This is my very first time doing one of your challenges and I am super excited to see what the Lord has in store for me and my husband through this!!

  168. says

    I LOVE that you are doing this again! I found your blog about this time last year and did the challenge. My kids still talk about peace in our house when I light a big candle. :-) It is such a blessing to be on your launch team for your new book! You are a wonderful light in this world!!
    Blessings to You!

  169. says

    ok Courtney I am ready for a haven. Since public school has began my kids fight. Fight to get up, fight on who is wearing what. fight about who going to sit next to Noah (my youngest). It seems there is all this tension and it’s making me manic and depressed. So I lite my new Apples and Cinnamon candle and I said a quick prayer flare for God to make this a peaceful home. I am ready like yesterday ready…..

  170. Shelly-Ann says

    I am going to Join your challenge this year!! Thanks for the extra special encouragement that you give to ladies all over the world may your family be blessed for it:
    Shelly-Ann

  171. Jennifer Umphenour says

    I did this challenge last year and thoroughly enjoyed it and I am doing it again this year! But I am hoping to keep this going all year long! Super excited and love your blog!! Thank you for sharing your heart and love of the Lord with all of us :)

  172. Loan Nguyen says

    I’d like to join the challenge – I have tons of candles that I’ve been “saving”, must be for this very purpose :)

  173. Carissa D. Huffman says

    I really need to make my home a haven. We are cluttered, but I am working on it. I can use this, too!

    Blessings!
    Carissa in eastern Iowa

  174. Sabrina Desiree says

    I’m so excited to join this challenge. I subscribed to your newsletters not too long ago and this will be my first challenge. Thank you for sharing your message, I am getting married on October 6th and this site has been a great inspiration and resource for me. :)

  175. Amanda T says

    I am excited to join the challenge for the first time…I love all the ideas and I’m sure it will be a blast with my family :) Thank you

  176. Leigh Ann says

    I am so excited about joining in the challenge! I am always seeking ways to have more calm and peace in my life and in my home :)

  177. Tammi Mitchell says

    I love this idea for Fall! I agree-with your comments on stress and how it infects the environment. Yes, infects. I have been working on changing the atmosphere for months and it has been working!

  178. Debbie says

    I love this………… it is what I have been doing for a long time now. I love that you have challenges for your readers and the spiritual attitude in which it is done. I will be sharing this with the ladies of my church! Thanks!!!

  179. Maria2 says

    Hi, Courtney! Thanks for this timely reminder. Perfect timing for me as September was beyond craziness in all of our 23 years of marriage. Our children are teen and young adults, and things keep speeding up instead of slowing down. I did light the candles already today (so I felt good about that:)); now remembering to pray for peace (above human understanding) is a beautiful sentiment! Thanks for this challenge, Courtney. God bless!

  180. Sharon Pearce says

    I am so looking forward to taking part in this challenge. I have already lit a candle and I love your idea about praying for peace each time you look at the lit candle. Thank you for this challenge.

  181. kristy cole says

    Hi Courtney!!! I am so excited to start this challenge. I have 3 boys all involved in sports, I work part time and my husband of course full time. We need to slooooow down!! This is a must do for us!! Thanks so much for all your inspiration! Love u girl!

  182. Robbi says

    I’m so excited to start this ! I often find myself frazzled & I see my kids being frazzled quickly too. I know they are learning from me, so I need to create more peace in my home for them & myself! Thanks

  183. Misty says

    I just ordered your book last night. I’m ready to join the challenge. I’m ready to make changes in myself to better my home.

  184. Stephanie says

    HI Courtney! I love this idea and I am excited to do this challenge and see my family grow together, slow down and enjoy each other. We just had our second baby and do not live near any family so things can get busy around here! Thank you for your encouragement!

  185. Jacquie says

    Thanks for doing this every year Courtney! I love lighting my candle but I love the reminder to pray for peace in my home every time I see it even more! Thanks for your inspiration :)

  186. Jessica says

    I am so excited to start this challenge! I totally related to your description of the craziness in your house at the start of the school year! In my home, my husband and I both work full-time; I’m a teacher which means back to school for me too. We have four children and they are involved with many activities (dance, football, cheerleading and guitar to name a few). I am easily overwhelmed by the things that pile up. Thank you for your encouragement :)

  187. Amanda says

    HI! I’m a newbie here and I love your site. You really help me (a SAHW and Mom of 3) to keep things in perspective. Thanks for that. I would love to join your challenge. Also I would like to know what you would suggest using instead of a candle. I get a headache from anything artificial that smells due to heat (like candles and the smelly things you plug into an outlet, etc..).

  188. Erica Hinkle says

    I really enjoy following you on facebook and am so excited to join this fall challenge! What a great idea! My desire has always been to create a loving, peaceful, and joyful home for my husband and kids but it is so difficult when the crazy busyness of life tries to takes over. I am looking forward to trying the small and practical ways you have suggested to bring a sense of peace and unity into my home. Thank you!

  189. Alicia says

    Just bought some candles today then got home and read this! My prayers lately have been to create a warm inviting atmosphere in my home! Can’t wait to read your book and start this challenge!

  190. Stacey says

    I would love to join the challenge! Candles are my absolute favorite! They add so much to your home! I love to bake too so that one will be no problem at all for me! I can’t wait to read the book! <3

  191. Precious says

    I would like to join the challenge too but I do not blog. Please keep me in the loop of how I can stay connected with these challenges. I’d also like to say that I am extremely excited for my book to come in and read the ebooks.

    Thank you.

  192. Dianida Aguilar says

    I’m new to Women Living Well and can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to open my email this morning and read about your fall challenge. I don’t have a blog but would still love to join in on this wonderful challenge. I just order your book today and am so excited for the adventures that lie ahead. I think what you’re doing in women’s lives is great. I hope to someday do the same. I look forward to sharing your book and the challenge with friends and my fellow sisters in Christ.

  193. Gina McKinsey says

    I’m looking forward to the encouragement! I have always tried to make our house a haven, but this will make it more purposeful, and I’ll know there are so many women with which I’m standing side by side!

  194. Pam Cox says

    I can’t wait to get my Women Living Well book!!! I just started getting the emails and am so excited about this challenge. I’m not big on the twitter thing, but would love to be a part of the challenge!! thank you so much for the inspirational emails!!

  195. Ann Martin says

    I have just recently found your website and fb page. I watched the webcast on Thursday and was blessed. I would like to join your challenge. I pray that I can make my home a small Haven from this world for my family. God Bless

  196. Mary Adams says

    I was in last year and I’m in again this year. Got my candle going already. Looking forward to seeing your book on my mailbox sometime this week.

  197. Stacey Hammett says

    Hello! I am going to make a whole-hearted effort at doing this! I have always been spiritually challenged by what you post! God bless you for the efforts you give to each of us!!! ~Stacey

  198. Kimberly Shettleworth says

    I’m in for the Challenge and so very excited! Will also be sharing w/ my FB Group , I’m sure they would love to join. Wonderful Webcast last week and I’m so thrilled that your book is on it way!! God Bless

  199. Amanda S. says

    I am interested in this challenge as well. I first found WLW through Good Morning Girls’ Anything study this summer, and since then, I have been challenged by the idea of “anything,” sometimes wanting it to be something big. Recently, I have been challenged about protecting first my home and marriage, so this challenge is timely. Thank you for your book and your ministry!

  200. Dawn M says

    I love this site and how it gets me through the day! I have been in need of rest and love the idea of this challenge ! Add me in!!!

  201. says

    I am so excited to join this challenge! We definitely need some peace in our home with identical twin 18 month olds and a three year old, a work from home mommy and full time student daddy. I’ve got a cinnamon roll candle burning and a silent prayer in my heart for peace!

  202. says

    Oh how I have waiting for this challenge. Fall is definitely when our family gets back into routine and relaxes from all the hustle of Summer. This December we are expecting our first baby girl so we have alot going on! I’ll be right there with you the next 5 weeks :) and by the way I’m so excited about your book being released! I loved it! I’m rereading it again lol. God bless you Courtney!

  203. Kristi F. says

    I’ve been praying for something like this. Your video describes exactly how our home is running right now and with such full schedules for four people, I look forward to this challenge and bringing peace to our household. Thanks!

  204. Sarah Schmidt says

    I love this challenge of making my home a haven! I’m so encouraged by all the women here on this blog who are joining this challenge. And, Courtney, I just found out about Women Living Well- amazing ministry! May God’s favor pour out here!! I’m in for the challenge this October!

  205. Lakeisha Bing says

    Please add me to the Fall challenge. I did it last year and was truly blessed, I am excited to do it again this year!!!

    ~Lakeisha
    NJ

  206. Moya says

    I’m with you I can use a slow down/ peace To add to the candle and quiet music I like a nice cup of tea 2 of my favorites are Tulsi (Holy Basil & Ginger) And a Chamomile with Lavender They both really help Thanks again for this and God Bless all

  207. Linda says

    I am so looking forward to this challenge. I certainly need help keeping calm in the middle of the hectic fall schedule. Thank you for having it again this year.

  208. Jamie says

    I am excited about the challenge and can’t wait to start. I really want to start making our home a haven for my family.

  209. Heather says

    Can’t wait to start this challenge up again this year! My book is ordered….my itty bitty book light has fresh batteries and I can’t wait to dig in. What a great year this has been for you. Blessings.

  210. Stephanie C. says

    Joining the challenge! This couldn’t have come at a better time. Things are getting crazy around our house as well!

  211. Lisa B says

    Hi Courtney,

    I would love to join your challenge. Nothing makes me happier than making my home a haven for my husband and kids!

  212. Ann says

    I am so excited to see that you are doing this challenge again. I was just thinking about it as I was lighting one of my fall candles yesterday. I’ll be joining the challenge. Thanks for encouraging us!!

  213. dorcas says

    I am so excited to join the challenge :) I just found out about your blog from my sister, and subscribed right away. So much enjoy the daily encouragement. Blessings to you.

  214. Cindie says

    I am so excited to join this challenge. Fall is my favorite time to decorate. You get to leave your fall decorations up for 2 months! I spent this last weekend filling my home with the decorations. My candles were burning and my daughter said “Mom, our house smells and looks so nice.” I felt my haven on the first day :)

  215. Mamie Kuhl says

    Looking forward to this challenge Courtney! Fall is my favorite season and I enjoy heading out to Fall functions with my family. I spent the day pulling out my Fall decorations. Can’t wait to get it done Oct. 1st and start my “Warm Haven”!

  216. Ashleigh says

    Hi Courtney! I am a new follower! I lead a bible study group here in Charlotte, NC and we follow GMG! You are so incredibly encouraging and have touched my heart greatly! Count me in for the challenge. I also cannot wait to read your book. May God continue to bless you and your sweet ministry! What an inspiration you are! Be blessed, Ashleigh

  217. Lori East says

    I would love to join the challenge! Buying a new candle tomorrow with our fall decorations and will be praying for peace!

  218. Karen says

    I am so looking forward to this again! I love that it helps focus my heart on the things that matter! Waiting for my book to arrive in my mailbox this week! Thank you, Courtney for your inspiration and your ministry! His light shines brightly through you! :)

  219. says

    I would love to join the challenge. I think it is such a powerful choice we need to make as wives and mothers. Excited about being a part of this for the first time. Are you looking for blog posts on the Monday of each week? Not exactly sure what I need to do to help promote it the best :-)

  220. Laura says

    Hi Courtney,
    I will be joining the fall challenge again this fall as I have for the past 2 years. Thank you so much for all you put into it. I love hearing from you and I love the zeal you have for God.
    Blessings to you and your family,

  221. Lynn J says

    I am joining you ladies for the challenge! I follow you on FB, and shared this on my wall. Some friends are going to do it, too. Thanks for making something so simple, a priority in the hustle and bustle if this busy life we lead.

  222. Amy Lounsbery says

    Can’t wait to do this challenge again and read your new book! Already have it preordered. Thank you for blessing me and encouraging me with your faith and wisdom.

  223. Monica says

    Looking forward. Our September sounds a lot like yours – the start of school and the fall activities made for a crazy month. And the mood in our house could certainly be softened and calmed a bit. I’m looking forward to the slower pace of the coming season and this is the perfect transition. Thanks, Courtney, for all of your encouragement!

  224. Courtney says

    Hi Courtney! I’m looking forward to the challenge! This will be my first fall with you and I’m so excited! **Snoopy Dance!**

  225. Tiffany Waisner says

    My sister Amy Lounsbery told me about this challenge last year. It truly made a difference and she reminded me again this year. Thank you sis!!! And thank you for creating this challenge and being an inspiration. Let’s Do This! :)

  226. Tracy says

    I would also like to join this challenge! This is coming in line with some other things God is doing in my life. That makes it extra exciting for me.

  227. maria says

    Hi — Count me in on this challenge! I will go get my candle! Is there any way I can enter a chance for the giveaways – my computer doesn’t handle the raffle copter!! Hope there’s a way but in any case, I am looking forward to this month’s posts!!

  228. Lisa says

    I’m a newbie this year, but would love to join the challenge! I’m already challenged just after watching your video! Thank you!

  229. says

    Hi Courtney!
    Nice to meet u! This is Susana from Mexico, I would love to join the challenge “Making ur home a heaven”‘ I truly believe it will be a great bless, specially because I am pretty new as a mommy, I just got my baby 2 months ago and I have been married for 6 yrs, thanks for these ideas!
    Titus 2:4,5
    4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

    Blessings!