Growing A Cultivated Life with Jolene Underwood

“Growing a cultivated life helps you cultivate courage, character, and connection so you can experience more of God and develop the LIFE designed for you.”

COURAGE

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CHARACTER

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CONNECTION

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Hey there! Have we met?

If we were to meet in real life, I’d ask you how you are. You might answer “fine”, as we are prone to do.

I’d want to know, “How are you, really?”

Maybe you’ve felt that tug on your heart which says,

“Isn’t there more to this Christian life?”

“Shouldn’t life be easier and better than it is because I’m a Christian?”

But then, you feel guilt or condemnation for the fears, doubts, anger, or sadness you feel.

Life as a Christ follower isn’t what you thought it be.

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