A new home and a new thing giveaway…

new thingMy husband and I recently purchased his grandmother’s house. It was time for her to have less maintenance and us to have more space. But along with more space came challenges. Difficult challenges like putting in new flooring, fixing a water leak under the concrete slab, and painting. It’s been a fun process, except the slab leak. A week without hot water  was rough…rough indeed. But we are finally at a place where we can begin enjoying our new home. So, I figured while I was at it, why not renovate my blog space as well.

I wanted to refresh the look and purpose so I prayed for a verse that would define and set parameters. The verse He brought to mind was…

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

I didn’t like it. I hope that’s okay to say, LOL, that at first I didn’t like a scripture. My blog design was only going to be new for a short period of time. Then it would be old, and what good would this verse be at that point? But as I thought about it, He showed me how perfect this verse really is.

You see, this space is all about a new thing. God’s new thing. Because when it comes down to it, God is always doing new things. And unless He continues to do new things here…there really isn’t reason for this space to exist.

He is showing me that this space has purpose.  I contemplated deleting my blog. I spent the past few months exploring what it would look like to stop writing.  To keep the Gospel and voice of the Holy Spirit only inside my heart. But my growth suffered severely. I am finding that growth restricted to internal parameters really isn’t growth at all. True growth happens when we allow Him to stretch and bend us by stepping out of our comfort zone and sharing the transforming truth of the Gospel with others. We grow when we walk out our faith, and for me that walk involves writing – right here, right now.

I welcome you back to stephanieclayton.org with renewed and blessed assurance that this space is His. I pray God fills you with joy, peace, wisdom, renewed purpose, and strength every time you visit. I pray you begin to believe that God IS doing a new thing in your life and that you CAN believe and trust Him for ALL of His promises…nothing less. I love you sweet friends and it’s good to be home.

To celebrate I want to give a few things away. A copy of Tracie Miles book Stressed Less Living, Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart Devotional, and Dena Dyer/Tina Samples’ Wounded Women of the Bible. These are all books I have contributed to, and books I would recommend to anyone and everyone. To enter to win leave a comment below stating which book you would like to win and why and share this post on social media of some sort. I will announce the winner a week from today!

Love and Blessings,

Stephanie Clayton



  1. Christina Steiner says

    Hi Stephanie! I would love to win Stressed Less Living, thank you for the opportunity. I wasn’t with Proverbs 31 OBS when that study was going on, but hear it was amazing! I have a full time job, a husband, and 6 children (5 at home full-time, 1 that lives with his mom), and always have stress! LOL. I’m so glad to see this post, and your blog looks great. 🙂

    • stephanieclayton says

      6 children. Girl I can’t even imagine. Praying blessings to you girl! Stressed less living is an awesome book!

  2. says

    Love the new home and the new purpose!! Praying for you!! Have shared the following verse with several and it fits you too!!

    Through the Word {you} are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for {you}. (2 Tim 3:17). Lean into His promise!

    Love God’s Stephanie from Texas!

  3. Terri Satterwhite says

    Hello! This is my first time to your page! I would like to read the Stressed Less Living. Stress is the title of my life now. One good thing is that I believe it is bringing me closer to God and relying on him more during the day. But like everyone knows – stress is not good for our health. I would welcome any advise or guidance on how to reduce stress! Thank you for deciding to keep your blog going!

    • stephanieclayton says

      One thing I suggest often for stress if it involves worry is to give yourself a 15 minute worry period each day. During that time worry all you want. Make an action plan if it’s something you can do something about but if it’s something you have no control over allow 15 minutes for worry and then give it to God and move on. Then if you have to you can worry about again during your 15 minutes tomorrow.

  4. Nancy Silvers says

    Hi Stephanie!! Love your honesty and this blog!! I’m wanting to blog on a regular basis and this inspired me to give it a try! I’ve only blogged for Proverbs 31 Blog Hops so this will definitely be a “new thing” for me 🙂 I would love to win Dena Dyer/Tina Samples’ Wounded Women of the Bible because I have and have done P31 Bible studies with the first two and both have had tremendous contributions to the woman I am today!!
    Look forward to reading your blog!!
    God Bless,

  5. Audrey Blackburn says

    Love this Stephanie! Excited to see how God uses it. I would love to win the Confident Heart devotional. Only reason is it would go great with the book, which I am re-reading now. 🙂 I love your verse but maybe that is because God has been speaking it to me too for the past several days. It keeps recurring in my reading, in my Bible study, and in my prayers. Glad you didn’t stop writing!

    • stephanieclayton says

      It is a great pairing with the book. And yes I am hearing over and over again from God and even in our pastors message at church today that 2015 is for moving forward into His new things, blessings, and promises.

  6. Mary Jo Cyr says

    Stephanie, I, too have a blog and I haven’t written on it in quite sometime because I felt like I was being arrogant somewhat. I, like you, (other than on FB) have not expressed those special things on my heart from God because I thought others might think I was arrogant or would maybe say things like ..”who does she think she is.” I don’t write the blog to be arrogant but as you said Stephanie…keeping it all inside of you….but, again like you, it is so hard to keep it in. Thanks for inspiring me and for expressing what I also feel in my heart. Blessings to you.

    • stephanieclayton says

      Oh girl I hear you. You know Satan tries to stop His Word from spreading in all sorts of strange ways. Including making us feel guilty and unworthy of sharing it. Not anymore! It’s time to move forward!

  7. Allison Isenberg says

    I’d love to win Stress less living!! As a wife, mom & middle school teacher I need some less stress!!!

    • stephanieclayton says

      I hear you girl. I do mental health counseling in the schools and middle school kids are tough. Bless you for having the patience and love to teach them!

  8. Linda N says

    Your house renovation sounds exhausting & exhilarating at the same time. Hope you took some before & after pictures. It would be fun to see the transformation. Would love to win A Confident Heart Devotional. I do a passable act of appearing confident in most situations, but inside I cringe & tremble with lack of confidence & self-worth. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    • stephanieclayton says

      Oh girl my husband and I keep saying we should have taken pictures but we didn’t. So wish we would have. And good for you for at least appearing confident. Lol. I don’t know that I even appear that way half the time. Lol. But continue working on it. It’s a really great devotional.

  9. Judy Dickson says

    Stephanie, I would love to have Tracie Miles book entitled Stressed Less Living! I’m excited that Tracie will be speaking at my church next Sunday evening, January 13th, for an event titled Divinely Designed at First Baptist Church Madison, MS. I know that reading her book will not only help me, as I have MANY hats I wear and sometimes I definitely allow stress to occupy my mind way too much, but it will also help me when I’m encouraging other woman who suffer from stress overload in their lives as well. Thank you for offering these books. Any of them would be great to have. I’m also looking forward to reading your blog on a regular basis. I found out about it on Tracie’s Facebook page 🙂

    • stephanieclayton says

      Awrsome! I love your heart and desire not only to read for you but to share with and help others. You will love Tracie. She I’d one of the kindest, wisest, most genuine women I have ever met. Hugs!

  10. Veronica Herzing says

    Love the new blog!!! I too have been thinking about deleting my blog (website already deleted) since I haven’t wrote in over two years and not sure I will write anymore.

    • stephanieclayton says

      Thanks girl. Well I would encourage you to do whatever you feel calling you towards but sometimes that’s hard to know! Hugs to you and miss seeing you from time to time!

      • Veronica Herzing says

        Thanks Steph – not sure what I am being called to 🙁 been praying about it for a long time.

        Miss seeing you too.

  11. Lisa Lagalo says

    love your writing, you are a true vessel for the Lord. So glad you decided to keep using your gift. Writing isn’t always easy but it has a beautiful purpose…

  12. Teri Treadaway Woodall says

    I would really love to win the heart devotional. I have been using Jesus calling for a few years now and have grown amen want to pass it on to a friend My little girl and I had been in bad situations and far as homeless on this thanksgiving God is so good he heard my cry we got an apt the day after I got a job a week after now starting a 2nd job next monday HE IS SO AMAZING……………… my new years resolution was and is to chase Jesus and become all He wants me too be. blessings to you <3

  13. Kim j says

    So glad to see you back again. I love the verse you have chosen , as that too is my verse and one word this year, New!! I love how God is confirming my word choice and look forward to seeing what God will do through your blog! Welcome back and congrats on your new home.

  14. Hilda Quintanilla says

    Sooooo glad you’re back!!!
    I’d really benefit from the devo! I have the book and DVD but haven’t had the funds for the devo which I know would be a blessing.

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