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Winter 2023 Speaking Update

WINTER SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS  -  In January I headed down to Dyer, IN to teach Finding God in the Chaos for a Moms of Littles group at Faith Church. In February I was one of three speakers at the First Christ Christian Reformed Church Women's Retreat in Crown Point, IN where I taught Finding God in the Chaos.In March I taught "Reconnecting with God" at St. John's Lutheran in Lombard, IL and in April I'll be at MOPS Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, IL to teach "Finding God in the Chaos."  Emailinfo@lizlassa.com if you need a speaker for an upcoming event. I would love to come minister to your women. 

Wrote 2023 Scripture Reading Plan for Focus on the Family 

Dec. 1, 2022 - I have some exciting news to share! This past summer Focus on the Family (FOTF) contracted ministry partner Stephanie Liles and I to create their 2023 WEEKLY SCRIPTURE READING PLAN for Brio Magazine. Brio is their bi-monthly print magazine for teen girls and they created a special link for us with a nice offer so you can get it in your hands easily.


Brio magazine is a beautiful, faith-filled publication devoted to inspiring and encouraging teen girls to live and grow in their faith. Through lovely illustrations and great photography, Brio builds and boosts reader confidence with exciting, faith-based articles covering topics such as healthy relationships, body image, money, career dreams, fashion, boys, social media, entertainment and more. They also publish craft ideas, drawing challenges, seasonal recipes, and fun activities to do with friends and family!


The timing that FOTF emailed was no coincidence. We had the perfect idea for an overall theme, with monthly themes, thanks to the summer devotional project we had just completed the day before! The plan will incorporate the circles from the Spiritual Circle Journal, written very simply for teens.


In the plan we encourage girls to read the scripture passages at the beginning of the week (about 20-30 verses total), and then journal in the prayer circles at their leisure throughout that week. We just got to see the galley proof. The circles and design looks so teen friendly. I would show you but it’s a surprise!


To get this reading plan for your daughter or granddaughter (or even yourself), you need to get a Brio Magazine subscription by Sept 30th to have it in hand by January 1st. A subscription is $25 for 6 bi-monthly issues, but with this private link you save $5 and get an extra issue free! 


What excites me most is how God might use this project to help a teen really dig into the Word and grow closer to God through the spiritual practice of journaling. 


I love this quote from a mom I saw on their website: "My daughter loves Brio. Her favorite part is the daily Bible verses that she can look up. She reads her Bible every night since she has received Brio. I am so glad I purchased Brio for my daughter. I am so happy there is a Christian magazine for teen girls that can help them grow in the Lord, with all the worldly influences attacking the teens today. Thank you for publishing this magazine." - Review by Elizabeth

10-day Free Spiritual Circle Journal Companion Devotional just for you! 

August 1, 2022 - Can you believe summer is coming to a close? August tends to be that period of time when your summer Bible Study is over and your fall one has not yet begun. That is why it’s the perfect time to share this complimentary, 10-day companion devotional “The Fruit of Walking in the Spirit” to use with your Spiritual Circle Journal.


It was written by a dear friend Stephanie Liles and covers the fruit of the spirit. If you don’t know Stephanie, she has been instrumental in helping this ministry the last few years. We came to know each other in 2020 after God used the spiritual practice of journaling to transform her relationship with God.


She worked behind the scenes on Zoom calls and is a big reason things went smoothly as I taught by video through Covid. She has been teaching Spiritual Circle Journal workshops for the ministry as well. When I asked her to write a companion devotional earlier this year she stepped up and did an amazing job! If you want to download and print a copy, grab it off the home page. Enjoy! 

New Event Flyer for "Better than Chocolate!" for Florida Women's Event this Summer

May 17, 2022 - I created a new flyer for an event I will be doing with East Brent Baptist Church July 7th in Pensacola, FL. I can't wait to connect with these women and help revitalize their prayer life with the Spiritual Practice of Journaling. I can do other speaking events while I am down south if you get in touch soon. I can provide the event flyer, agenda, and promotional pictures to help make your event a success. You don't have to be a women's ministry leader, just a woman called to gather women. Contact me if you are interested. 

Spring 2022 Speaking Update

SPRING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS  -  In February I headed down to Crown Point, IN to teachGossip Girl No Moreat MOPS Trinity Lutheran Church. Later that month I taught Loving Lavishly at South Park Church MOPS in Park Ridge, IL. In March I taught Finding God in the Chaosat MOPS Avenue Christian Church in Clarendon Hills, IL and in April I taught Loving Lavishlyat Living Grace Community Church in Cary, IL. Emailinfo@lizlassa.com if you need a speaker for an upcoming event. I would love to come minister to your women. 

New Portable Version of the Spiritual Circle Journal

April 23, 2022 - Do I have a surprise for you! I have been a busy, busy bee (and so have many of my friends who have helped me with this project). Together, with God at the helm, we have put together an “on-the- go” Spiritual Circle Journal. I am loving this new size and have been using it for about a month. I can’t wait for you to get yours.


HERE ARE THE SPECS:

  • 5.83 inches wide by 8.25 inches high (half sheet folded)

  • 66 pages total (on 70-pound bright white paper)

  • Continuous black binder (so pages don’t fall out)

THIS IS WHAT'S INSIDE:

  • Updated, Coated Prayer Circle Key (inside front/back covers)

  • Gift/Title Pages (perfect for a sweet message)

  • 3-page Quick Start Guide (up & running in 15 minutes)

  • Sample Journal Entry 

  • 26 Spiritual Circle Journal Spreads with labeled circles (lasts 6 months if used weekly)

  • Blank page spread between 26 spreads (for journal entry overflow, study notes, art, planning, etc.)

  • 20 blank pages at the back (for retreat notes, etc.)

  • Tips for Studying God’s Word 

  • Next Steps & Recommended Resources 

  • A Servant’s Purpose Prayer 

A HUGE thank you to my friends and family who helped with this project, and my fabulous printer Tim Andrews at Creative Letter in Elgin, IL.  You ALL made it sooo much better!

RENEW Christian Women's Retreat Jan 10-20

DEC 15, 2021 - I’m so excited to announce that I’m one of the speakers for the 2022 RENEW Christian Women’s Virtual Retreat!  This 10-day experience, can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Each one of our 10 speakers will help you recharge your batteries so you can RENEW yourself in mind, body, heart and soul. You’ll get a new 30-minute video each day delivered to your inbox from Jan 10-20th.

We will give you encouragement, strategy and pampering with our sessions. Plus, each speaker has a free gift for you.

Here are a few things to look forward to:

  • Amy Joob will help you get unstuck.

  • Amy Denney will teach you how to bounce back from stress.

  • Liz Lassa will help you tune into the Spirit..

  • Melissa Rohlfs will show you how to break free from the sugar habit without deprivation.

  • Tina Haisman will guide you in renewing the communication in your marriage.

  • Tricia Clarke will open your eyes to what holistic self-care really is.

  • Malia Lym will illustrate the power of routine to support our growth and prayer life.

  • Andrea Fortenberry will help you balance your mom life.

  • Kari Jo Shephard will lead you in Bible-based yoga or fitness.

  • Becky Baudouin will give you the tools to reclaim your joy.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Get Your FREE Holiday Step-Back Plan

NOV. 16, 2021 - ENJOY the season w/ the updated & redesigned Holiday Step-Back Plan. This 4-page guide helps you make the season more the way YOU would like it to be and helps you get a handle on “to-do’s” so you can coast from Thanksgiving to New Years and have more fun ENJOYING the festivities vs. feeling like a professional juggler. Moms of littles you need this more than anyone. I know because I created it out of necessity when my kids were young. Grab it here. You will be so glad you did!

The Journal Got a Makeover!

NOV 13, 2021 -  It's here! How do you like the cover redesign and new binding of the Spiritual Circle Journal? Pretty & Practical….and just in time for Christmas! It has the following on high-quality paper….

  • the gifting “to” and “from” page

  • my journaling workshop inside as a mini-book

  • the circle key for the 9 prayer areas

  • a sample journal entry

  • the clear cover

  • custom cover option

  • vision board/goals pages

  • resource pages

  • 90 blank journaling pages

  • summary pages, and

  • durable backing for easy writing.

To get it for only $20 you must pre-order it by Dec 1st to get it in time to put it under the tree. 🌲 Bulk rates are also available on the SHOP page. Thank you for all your support of this ministry! 💗 Liz

Fall 2021 Update

FALL 2021 -  It was soooo good to be back in person with you ladies. I got to do all three of my favorite talks this fall. I did Loving Lavishly for MOPS Willow Creek Church Northshore in Glenview, Better than Chocolateat the Women's Iron Sharpens Iron Conference in Moline, and Gossip Girl No More at Chapelstreet Church in Geneva. So thankful to God for the opportunity to collaborate with Him and group leaders to help encourage women. I would love to partner with you too in 2022. Email info@lizlassa.com if that interests you.  

Jan, Feb, March 2021 Update

 Lots of fun things took place the first 3 months of the year. The best part is that if you missed one of my free monthly Journaling Sessions (that are open to all women) they are now available on You Tube. Here is a recap of recent events.  

* Jan 12th I held my quarterly Zoom journaling class called "Processing Prayers on Paper" that is open to all. We had a great group!

* Jan 14th a financial planner held a private journaling class by Zoom for her clients. It was awesome to see her employer was all for offering a Christian event and it was very well attended! 

* Jan 30th I hosted a special new year Journaling Session called "To Plan or not to Plan: the Fine Line between Planning & Living Life Spirit Led.

* Feb 17th I did my Loving Lavishly talk for a Moms in the Middle group at Faith Church in Beecher, IL. I really enjoyed being in person with these sweet women.

* Feb. 20th I had a special guest Michelle Veller

 help host the February Journaling Session called "Soul Care Art Journaling Session." It was so great to see all the meaningful art created during our time together. 

* March 16th I hosted the March Journaling Session session called "Have Hope" and shared about a personal retreat I took and some art I created. 

Christmas Journaling Bundle

DEC 2020 -  For $25 you get a journal, journaling class ticket, and 5 prayer cards. If you want to help someone cope through this rough season with the spiritual practice of journaling, gift a journal and it comes with the class. But only through Dec. 9th. After that the journal will be $20, the class $15, and the prayer cards $5. If you already have a journal and just want the class, you can get that in the shop too.

 November 2020 was Busy!

NOV 2020  -  This fall was full of firsts! I spoke at the Women's Iron Sharpens Iron Conference down near Iowa in the quad cities. I had to navigate having a booth during Covid. 


Two days later I taught a Girl's Night Out journaling class by Zoom for Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL.  Ladies got to choose between five fun classes. 


The last event for the fall was hosted by two leaders who invited all their friends and family because they are so passionate about prayer and helping women draw closer to God. They met years ago in a Moms in Prayer group and have meet weekly to pray for their children for almost 10 years. Close to 50 women gathered by Zoom. God amazes me every time! 


Last but not least Stephanie Liles joined my team! She taught the journaling workshop in Florida while I was teaching at the conference in Illinois. Stephanie has also taught a few other gatherings and has been such a blessing as she is very tech savvy and helped make these Zoom Gatherings go smoothly. She truly has been a gift from God! 


I am excited to see what 2021 holds. God has used Zoom to break down the barrier of distance so I can share this fast and fun way of connecting with women anywhere. I am so grateful for all He has done and the people he puts in my life to partner with in this ministry. 

Register for November Journaling Session

NOV 6, 2020 -  Our next Journaling Session with our journaling community will be Thursday, Nov. 19th at 7:30 pm CST . Click here for details and to register. I look forward to connecting online by Zoom with you! 

New Promotional Materials for Event Planners

OCT 2020  - I created beautiful new promotional materials for leaders to use with their events.  Below is a social media size post and here is the event flyer. I have made the coloring work great for any time of year and a quick photo change will make it work for any season. I am currently creating a "host materials" page so event planners have a "turnkey" package that makes promoting/hosting a piece of cake. I can even help create registration landing pages for group or private events (see sample) for easy gathering and registration so you don't have to collect money. 


For the new year I have updated copy to go with incorporating the healthy habit of journaling into women's lives. Contact me at info@lizlassa.com if you want to discuss some options for your church or private group. I will do a Zoom Gathering with women anywhere in the country. You can even offer this as a special small group event and bring together 3-4 groups for an online, interactive and fun event!

Women's Ministry Online Event for Missouri Church

OCT 29, 2020 -  It was so fun to teach "Processing Prayers on Paper" from the corner of my bedroom for a group of women at Connection Christian Church in Missouri. Connecting with women is my heart and Zoom makes that possible. It was a pleasure to work with you Shari, Jeff, Kelly, and Stephanie to bring this online event together. I thank God for people like you who are looking for creative ways to reach your women and help them cope through these hard times.

A big thank you for those who prayed for this evening. Your prayers mean so much. Please keep them coming, as I have 3 more events over the next 19 days.

TWO October Online Events! 

OCT 13TH & OCT 26TH  - In October we have two online events. On Tuesday, Oct. 13th I will host my interactive and fun workshop for ALL women by Zoom called "Processing Prayers on Paper" for only $10. Monday, Oct. 26th I will host our next journaling session at 8 pm by Zoom. See this link for all the details and to register.  We hope you can join us!

Journaling Session to kick-off Fall theme - Change

SEPT 15, 2020 -  Change has been constant. We can resist it or we can take it out to dinner. It might have something to offer if we take a closer look. We may be frustrated because there are things we want to change but can't. (can I get an Amen?) We might be stuck in some patterns that are not good for us, our relationships, our career, etc. I am certain we need the Holy Spirit's help for lasting change.


I am doing the new IF Equip study "The Power to Change: How the Gospel Helps Us to Live Differently" because I want God to change some things in me. I will share weekly journaling prompts that line up with the theme of change, the power to change and the prayer “Lord Change Me” in the Facebook Spiritual Circle Journal Community this fall. 


We kicked-off this fall theme with a free 30-minute Journaling Session on September 15th. Twenty women from all over the country participated. For a recap of that session and to participate in the October Journaling Session, join the community group for details. 

The Spiritual Practice of Journaling: Processing Prayers on Paper ZOOM teaching 

MAY 14th & 15th 2020 - I spoke as part of a series on spiritual practices for the women's ministry of South Park Church in Park Ridge, IL. I covered my journey with journaling, 4 formats for journaling, benefits of journaling, & some journaling tips. 


We did an interactive collective journal entry together as I taught them the 9 areas of prayer that apply to any kind of journaling and closed with a lively Q & A discussion. This is a talk I would LOVE to do more often! I can now do it by zoom, which means I can reach women anywhere. Contact me at info@lizlassa.com to teach this talk live or by zoom. 

12-Day Scripture Meditation featured in Focus on the Family's "Appreciating Moms" Mother's Day Online Resource

MAY 10, 2020 -  I was so happy to hear from my contact at Focus on the Family that they were using a devotional I wrote for them in their 2020 Mother’s Day online package. It is 12 beautiful, printable scripture meditations that incorporate the prayer circles of the Spiritual Circle Journal. 


It was written for moms. It is part of a cool “Appreciating Moms” package they did and can be found in the section “How Mom can pour into Mom.” If you downloaded it, I hope you enjoy it!

MAPS Podcast Guest & Tea Time with Trish   

MAY 4th & 5th 2020 -  I was a guest on the Listen to My Life Maps Podcast as I talked with maps co-author Sharon Swing about the Spiritual Practice of Journaling. I also shared about the May Journaling Challenge and encouraged listeners to join the challenge. 


Tricia Clarke invited me onto her afternoon IGTV show "Tea Time with Trish" to talk about the journals as a great Mother's Day present and a tool to help your kids process what they are going through right now. I also shared the May Journaling Challenge with her audience. It was so much fun chatting with both of these wonderful women! 

May Journaling Challenge

MAY 2020 - For the first two weeks of May I held my first ever journaling challenge called #copingwelltogether. In the Spiritual Circle Journal Community on Facebook we connected with ourselves on Mondays with a journaling prompt and a challenge to journal for 10 minutes, we connected with each other on Wednesday with a Facebook LIVE, and we connected with God on Fridays as I held the space to journal with scripture on a zoom call. It was such a joy to get to know members of the community in this deeper way. I plan to incorporate some of these types of things for group members in the future. Join us in the community by clicking here! 

Article in Focus on the Family Magazine April/May 2020   

FEB 21, 2020 -  I wrote this article for Focus on the Family when Juliet was about 5, but it never ran. They recently tweaked it to fit their needs and contacted me to ask if they could run it in the April/May 2020 issue. Of course I said yes! The bullet points in the article are the circles in the journal.


One thing I have learned about kids is that you should teach them young while they are open to it. I often say that you have a window of opportunity to use the kids journal with your children. It is about ages 6-12. For kids under 8 you may have to do it with them, but they tend to love that time with you as you help them fill in the circles!

MOPS talk by ZOOM

APRIL 9, 2020 - We all had to pivot fast due to the stay-at-home order in Illinois. MOPS leaders from Light of Christ Church in Algonquin, IL and I worked together to bring their group my "Gossip Girl No More" talk by zoom. It was not as fun as being in person, but it worked! Grateful for technology! 

MOPS talk in Libertyville, IL   

FEB 21, 2020 -  I loved being asked to come back to present my journaling talk "Better than Chocolate" at Crosslife Evangelical Free Church MOPS. This is one of the coordinators and this picture demonstrates best how much these amazing group leaders juggle as they serve. The co-coordinator said this, "When I want to go deep with God fast, I use Liz's materials." That made my day! So grateful I get to help tired moms find time for God in the chaos of life with littles! 

Connecting Moms talk in Minooka, IL

FEBRUARY 5, 2020 - I spent the morning with a sweet group of moms all the way down in Minooka, IL and presented "Better than Chocolate." Look for a very dry and flat image like this picture/post on the Spiritual Circle Journal Facebook page or @spiritualcirclejournal on Instagram for some deep thoughts and inspiration. 

MOPS talk in Winfield, IL    

JANUARY 17, 2020 -  I presented "Find Your Spark" at MOPS St. John the Baptist. This talk covers Unique Core Values and is the perfect talk to begin a new season. Each mom got to take the values assessment within the confines of the talk, while they had some quiet while their kids were in childcare. 


I encourage people to retake their values assessment every 3 years or so. I just did and it is great to see how things shift based on a season and what God is doing in your life. Then you can use that information as fuel as you focus on areas you feel God leading you to put your energies. Working from our Spiritual Gifts and Unique Core  Values is like high-octane rocket fuel! 

Mom's Connect in Crystal Lake, IL

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 - I reworked my Spiritual Circle Journaling talk for the mom's at Willow Creek's Crystal Lake campus. I retitled it "Better than Chocolate" to help women see that God's daily guidance and direction can help with anxiety/worry and is way better than chocolate (or fill in the blank with any other temporary and unhealthy coping strategy like Netflix binging, shopping, etc.). 


The Spiritual Practice of Journaling, even just once a week, can help bring more clarity, make decisions easier, and help us feel close to God. Thanks Holly Rider for buying every mom a journal for Christmas. So sweet! And yes, moms did all come in to find chocolate scattered on their tables!

Moms Group in Orland Park, IL   

OCTOBER 4, 2020 -  I presented "Gossip Girl No More" in Orland Park this week at the Christian Reformed Church. This group jumped from zero to like 32! They felt there was a need for a moms'g group and boy were they right. The room was abuzz with mom's so eager to be together. 


This is the perfect talk for this newly established group because it put everyone on the same page with expectations around gossip, and guides them if it does rear its ugly head. I love helping God create safe spaces and deep community right out of the gate. My mom was visiting and came with me. That was extremely special because she has taught me so much about deep and authentic relationships.  

Chicagoland Area Leadership Training in Cary, IL

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 - Friday night at the “Lead Well & Love It!” leadership training in Cary, it rained cats and dogs. We seriously thought a tornado warning might be happening. I even looked over at the host church leader several times to make sure I should stay put teaching. That was a first! 


Grateful to God that we were able to finish and do what he led us to do. Thank you to the ladies who helped bring this special evening together. I loved being with these mom’s group leaders! Praying he used our time together to keep the growth going among these leaders and future leaders.

Lead Well & Love It! in Park Ridge, IL   

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 -   I led a leadership training Friday night for MOPS and THRIVE women’s ministry leaders at South Park Church called “Lead Well & Love It!” Everyone left with a little door prize of some kind and hopefully gained practical tips that will help them keep growing as leaders. 


Much of what I shared I learned the hard way - from making mistakes and growing through them. The theme was “You Grow Girl!" We used succulents to make the comparison that leaders have thick skin, are hardy, and store up lots of wisdom and God’s Word within them so they can pull it out when needed.  Thank you Joani Heavey & Lindsey Hejza for making such a nice spread of food and creating adorable decorations.  Thank you Pat Moy for bringing the event together. 

Podcast Guest

MAY 2019 - If you know my story then you know that my favorite Christian life purpose tool is the"Listen to My Life" Life MAPS. Sharon Swing, one of the authors of the maps, asked me to do a podcast recently. It was an enjoyable 40-minute conversation called "Liz Lassa Tunes Into God." On the podcast I share a list of tangible ways God has led over the years and offer that information in a 3-page download called "Noticing God's Guidance." You can find more podcasts by the maps authors by searching "oneLife maps Podcast" in your podcast app.