Mom Struggling Well

By Emily Thomas

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Join me as I ask all kinds of moms how they're struggling WELL. It's not entirely about parenthood or struggles though. It's funny too. I double-dog dare you to subscribe and then tell everyone you know. 

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#250: Our Favorite Things with Rebecky and Katie
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250 episodes were just begging to be celebrated this week! The three of us got together to bring back the popular “Favorite Things” episode, and to be honest, we really had to dig for things that we are absolutely loving in this wacky season. We hope you guys get a chuckle out of this one because we laughed the entire time! There is a special unedited video version of this episode over on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell) for those Struggs who support the show. Thank you ladies for listening and being here to celebrate the pod today! WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: clearing up some misconceptions about the 3 of us a walk down memory lane of the Favorite Things episode with Rebecky our favorite kitchen things our favorite kid things our favorite things for ourselves a surprise for Rebecky from the Strugg community a mad-lib letter to Emily from Rebecky and Katie LINKS MENTIONED: Problem Solved: Favorite Things (https://momstrugglingwell.com/podcast/gd2wm7cj0lvm2hhi7s58829tnfcijt) Takeya pitcher (https://amzn.to/3kanZuM) Caraway cookware (https://www.carawayhome.com/products/cookware-sets) Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill (https://amzn.to/33mHFW9) 77 Fairly Safe Science Activities for Illustrating Bible Lessons (https://amzn.to/39UNmfl) Cinemood Portable Movie Theater (https://amzn.to/3k7pRV5) Growth Book (https://www.growthrootsco.com/shop) Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray (https://amzn.to/3kbSro2) Shady Rays sunglasses (https://amzn.to/3kbSro2) Prose (https://prose.com/) Ethique sample pack (https://amzn.to/3gySGaU) Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECKY: website (http://rebeccasmithonline.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/rebeccasmithonline/) CONNECT WITH KATIE: instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kateordway/) | website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/struggling-sisters)   CONNECT WITH EMILY: website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/momstrugglingwell/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/momstrugglingwell/) | patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell) EPISODE SPONSORS: Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) : sign up for your free membership at homeschoolbuyersco-op.org (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and use code MSW to get 5,000 smart points SUPPORT THE SHOW: Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell)   SHARE THE STRUGGLE! If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-well-project/id1046121933?mt=2) !
Aug 10, 2020
#249: Practicing Adoration with Sara Hagerty
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It can be so gratifying to look at yourself/family/spouse through God’s eyes. But the truth is, it’s really hard to let go of what you’ve envisioned for your life. Sara talks with us about the huge shift she has seen over the past few years while focusing on adoration and aligning herself with the Word.  We talk a lot about idealism and perfectionism in this one which is something that I really struggle with. What’s the difference between the two, and what’s the big deal?   Sara Hagerty is a lover of God, a wife to Nate, and a mother of seven-four adopted from Africa and then more through miracle pregnancies. She's also a bestselling author and speaker. As a lifelong admirer of words, Sara has experienced their power to revive. Raw words written in tearful honesty and shared with her readers. Words whispered in hidden places as conversation with God and worship to Him. Today  Sara's words offer God's hope to readers facing unexpected life circumstances. WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: feeling the effects of aging what Sara’s life looks like with a large, mixed-race family in a word that has been turned upside down the effects of trauma across a lifetime and can be vastly different for each child how trusting that her kid’s pain is real has affected the way Sara’s children respond what Sara’s family has been doing for their mental health perfectionism vs. idealism the trap of idealism the grace of God Sara sees in her 4 adopted children how letting go of her vision for her family and seeing it through God’s eyes is slowly changing Sara as a mom, leader, and wife a shift in perspective about kids’ emotional teenage years adoration bringing our thoughts in alignment with God’s thoughts what Sara has learned about herself after a decade of being intentional about adoration LINKS MENTIONED: Ransomed Heart (Wild at Heart) (https://wildatheart.org/) The Soul of Shame (https://amzn.to/330aE1V) Anatomy of the Soul (https://amzn.to/2WZBhAo) Growth Book  (https://www.growthrootsco.com/shop) Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH SARA: website (https://sarahagerty.net/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sarahagertywrites/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sarahagertywrites) CONNECT WITH EMILY: website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/momstrugglingwell/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/momstrugglingwell/) | patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell) EPISODE SPONSORS: Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) : sign up for your free membership at homeschoolbuyersco-op.org (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and use code MSW to get 5,000 smart points SUPPORT THE SHOW: Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell)   SHARE THE STRUGGLE! If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-well-project/id1046121933?mt=2) !
Aug 03, 2020
#248: July Problem Solved
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Have you ever heard of the game: Thousand Ball Soccer? Are you looking for ways to keep kids off screens this summer or just looking to feel less awful when they are? Just listen to this episode here and you’re going to feel loads less alone!  I am so proud of you ladies! Here in the middle of Endless Summer 2020 we asked for some problems and we were flooded with solutions you’ve already come up with. Could we be struggling any well-er? Any more well? Anyway…  This time you all solved how to add more reading into your days and discovered we can all be the kind of mom that names the days of the week with a cute theme. Here at MSW we are starting with Tired Tuesday and Rebecky’s favorite day of the week: Super Sick With a Surprise Baby Saturday. WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Rebecky’s struggle to trust God to give her another daughter (spoiler alert: God is good and she is having a girl) the gender reveal of Rebecky’s surprise baby Rebecky proves that she really does listen to the show by using Katie’s code word Emily discomfort with having less to accomplish defamation proclamations about a Rugable that shan’t be vacuumed an update on Rebecky’s Peleton purchase Rebecky’s tips and rules for building indoor forts summer bridge learning for your kids theming days of the week - Trail Tuesday… or Tired Tuesday what does the school year even look like this semester ideas to keep your kids off screens our special upcoming 250th episode celebration LINKS MENTIONED: Wooden fort clips (https://amzn.to/32R8rWn) Duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com/) Trello (https://trello.com/) Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECKY: website (http://rebeccasmithonline.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/rebeccasmithonline/) CONNECT WITH EMILY: website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/momstrugglingwell/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/momstrugglingwell/) | patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell) EPISODE SPONSORS: Azlo (https://www.azlo.com/p/msw/?utm_campaign=oxford&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=moms-struggling-well) : sign up today with no minimum deposit at azlo.com/msw (https://www.azlo.com/p/msw/?utm_campaign=oxford&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=moms-struggling-well) and get the free small business starter guide Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) : sign up for your free membership at homeschoolbuyersco-op.org (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and use code MSW to get 5,000 smart points SUPPORT THE SHOW: Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell)   SHARE THE STRUGGLE! If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-well-project/id1046121933?mt=2) !
Jul 27, 2020
#247: Getting to the Root of It with Rachel Scott
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Do you ever feel lost as a Mom, like you can’t remember what your assignment is? Are you digging deep right now deciding how you will respond to racial inequality?  Throughout this chat we hit on the ever-evolving nature of our relationships with our children, being a part of a blended family and even share what may be unpopular opinions on some hot topics but with each subject that comes up, Rachel keeps reminding me to self-reflect and get to the root. I am so thankful for my sweet friend's positive biblical perspective when it feels like a minefield to bring up race. Rachel G. Scott is an author, speaker, and business/branding consultant. She has built several companies and her passion is to help aspiring and current business owners build, brand (or re-brand), and launch their business while providing them with tools to overcome hurdles along the way. Rachel has a unique ability to help individuals define what they do, who they do it for, and how they can present it to the world.  Her knowledge and love for business and branding is evident whether she is consulting, mentoring, or speaking to a room full of people.   WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: relationships with adult stepchildren the difference in the connection between Rachel and her biological kids vs. stepkids adjusting how you run your household as children move out the importance of self-reflection Rachel’s thoughts on oppression from a Christian perspective and recognizing that racism is still a problem getting to the root of why we stick to comfortable cliques taking the risk to grow your sphere of connection with diversity the story behind Rachel’s ministry I Can’t Come Down your purpose vs. your assignment - we all have the same purpose; the assignment is how we do it juggling multiple assignments and identifying what to let go of LINKS MENTIONED: Try Softer (https://amzn.to/32yU3SA) #90: Better Than Blended with Rachel Scott (https://momstrugglingwell.com/podcast/90-rachel-scott) Better Than Blended (https://betterthanblended.com/) I Can’t Come Down (https://icantcomedown.com/) White Fragility (https://amzn.to/32A4dm4) Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH RACHEL: website (https://rachelgscott.com/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iamrachelgscott) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/iamrachelgscott/) CONNECT WITH EMILY: website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/momstrugglingwell/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/momstrugglingwell/) | patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell) EPISODE SPONSORS: Third Love (https://www.thirdlove.com/?discount=AUDIO77M5D14XHXS8&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=momstrugglingwell) : get 15% off your first purchase when you visit thirdlove.com/msw (https://www.thirdlove.com/?discount=AUDIO77M5D14XHXS8&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=momstrugglingwell) Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) : sign up for your free membership at homeschoolbuyersco-op.org (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and use code MSW to get 5,000 smart points SUPPORT THE SHOW: Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell)   SHARE THE STRUGGLE! If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-well-project/id1046121933?mt=2) !
Jul 20, 2020
#246: The Donkey Days of Summer with the Struggling Sisters
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Think back to your earliest summer memory. Was it something sweet like picking strawberries in a straw hat or was it more like hot lava seat belts and CDs melting to your dashboard?  We’ve all made it to July! This week we celebrate that by reminiscing about scorching Arizona summers and squash some myths about the Southwest. We also share summer recipe ideas, dunk on our Mom a bit, reveal a code word (shhhh, don’t tell Rebecky) and Emily re-imagines her life as Foop founder, Claire.  WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: the story of Emily’s new “Almond Butter is My Jam” shirt myths about Arizona memories of our summers in Arizona summer fragrances nearly sending the kids to camp with large trash cans summer road trip plans Rebecky’s code word why Emily’s new dust buster and fountain giving her life Katie’s fun final summer classes Emily’s attempt at teaching her dog to fetch Katie’s near death-by-healthy-cookie experience movie night snack ideas LINKS MENTIONED: Snap Kitchen (https://www.snapkitchen.com/) Lake & Skye 11 11 perfume (https://amzn.to/2CiWQ7n) Burberry perfume (https://amzn.to/3047vv4) Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH KATIE: instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kateordway/) | website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/struggling-sisters)   CONNECT WITH EMILY: website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/momstrugglingwell/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/momstrugglingwell/) | patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell) EPISODE SPONSORS: Azlo (https://www.azlo.com/p/msw/?utm_campaign=oxford&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=moms-struggling-well) : sign up today with no minimum deposit at azlo.com/msw (https://www.azlo.com/p/msw/?utm_campaign=oxford&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=moms-struggling-well) and get the free small business starter guide Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) : sign up for your free membership at homeschoolbuyersco-op.org (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and use code MSW to get 5,000 smart points Prose (http://prose.com/msw) : take the free in-depth hair quiz and get 15% off your order when you visit http://prose.com/msw SUPPORT THE SHOW: Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell)   SHARE THE STRUGGLE! If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-well-project/id1046121933?mt=2) !
Jul 13, 2020
#245: Adventuring Together with Greta Eskridge
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Greta Eskridge is a homeschooling mom of 4. She loves to fill her family’s days with reading, making art, and being outside as much as possible. Her favorite places to be are on a hiking trail or at the tide pools--preferably with a La Croix or iced coffee in hand. Greta loves laughing, having adventures, and talking about the things that really matter. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for 22 years and make their home in sunny southern California. Greta is also an author and speaker. Her first book releases July of 2020 with Thomas Nelson. Greta travels the country speaking and sharing her message of joyful, connected parenting. She’s passionate about equipping parents with tools to protect their kids from the damaging effects of pornography and to help them cultivate a healthy sexual culture in their home. Greta strives to bring a voice of hope, encouragement, and inspiration wherever she goes. WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Greta’s experience of being homeschooled and why she chose to homeschool her children hormone imbalance and mom anger Greta’s trial and error with medical options before discovering bioidentical hormone therapy protecting kids from pornography by giving them a healthy sexual outlook creating a healthy sexual culture in your home early by using medical names for body parts defining pornography for your kids so they’ll know to look away and report it the addictive and destructive nature of porn simplifying adventuring with your family how adventuring with her family has helped her and her spouse grow together allowing your teen to bring a friend on family adventures finding empathy for your kids who are constantly dealing with hard things what Greta can’t stop talking about LINKS MENTIONED: 3 Reasons Why Parents Don’t Want to Talk to Their Kids About Porn and 3 Reasons They Should (http://www.gretaeskridge.com/blog/2018/10/11/3-reasons-parents-dont-want-to-talk-to-their-kids-about-pornography-and-3-reasons-they-should) Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids (https://www.amazon.com/Adventuring-Together-Connections-Lasting-Memories/dp/0785231366/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=greta%20eskridge&qid=1593820804&sr=8-1) CONNECT WITH GRETA: website (http://www.gretaeskridge.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/maandpamodern/) | pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/gretagirl/boards/) CONNECT WITH EMILY: website (https://momstrugglingwell.com/) | instagram (https://www.instagram.com/momstrugglingwell/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/momstrugglingwell/) | patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell) EPISODE SPONSORS: Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) : sign up for a free membership at homeschoolbuyersco-op.org (https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and use promo code MSW to get 5,000 smart points toward your first purchase SUPPORT THE SHOW: Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/momstrugglingwell)   SHARE THE STRUGGLE! If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-well-project/id1046121933?mt=2) !
Jul 06, 2020
#244: June Problem Solved
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Yep, there are large problems in the world. And while we educate ourselves and our families on how to help with those problems (more on that in this episode), these pesky non-problem problems are still creeping up. People wrote in and asked things like: How often should I be practicing “bland face” for when my teenager tells me shocking things and How naked is TOO naked when pelotoning with friends?

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Emily enjoying her kid-free 2 weeks

  • various and assorted mask problems

  • how we’re approaching speaking about racial equality on social media

  • our thoughts on sending kids back to school this fall

  • helping anxious kids cope with COVID concerns

  • ways to enjoy your family on road trips

  • setting boundaries to find time to relax

  • using reflective questioning with teens that struggle with deception

  • practicing “bland face” in preparation for your kid’s teen years

  • giving your kids space to let their energy out

  • Rebecky’s new alter ego, Francesca

  • giving disrespectful kids the opportunity to try again (and again)

  • staying active while sheltering

  • Rebecky teases some news for next month’s Problem Solved episode

LINKS MENTIONED:

Between the World and Me
White Fragility
Phil Vischer - Race in America

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world
Little Spoon: get 20% off your first 3 orders when you visit littlespoon.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here!

Jun 29, 2020
#243: The Becoming Years with Ruth Chou Simons
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Do you feel like your life is on hold as you raise small children? Might you spend too much time idolizing the wrong things? Find yourself fixating on a clean house? Maybe pointing out imperfections in others? You will never want this episode to end! Ruth shares with us what she has ascertained as a parent to SIX boys over the past 18 years. We talk: resolving conflict, the actual purpose, and the importance of memorizing scripture, why your job is so important, and an overall reminder of where our eyes should be as we train our young ones.

Ruth Chou Simons is an entrepreneur, speaker, and bestselling author of Beholding and Becoming and GraceLaced. She shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and paintbrush through an online shop at GraceLaced.com and her Instagram community of more than a hundred thousand. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • social distancing with 7 guys in the house

  • normalizing conflict resolution

  • the power of preaching to ourselves to control our inner narrative

  • applying the gospel to your day-to-day life

  • embracing your parenting years as an opportunity to grow

  • the biblical foundations for a healthy family

  • taking the pressure off family devotions

  • self-check - are we praying about it more than we’re complaining about it?

LINKS MENTIONED:

Beholding and Becoming
Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Healthy Family

CONNECT WITH RUTH:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Little Passports: get 15% off any subscription when you visit littlepassports.com and use promo code MSW
Everlywell: get 20% off an at-home lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW
Noom: sign up to start your trial today at noom.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here!

Jun 22, 2020
#242: Grace for the Children with Matt Stanford
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Are you watching your adolescent struggle with mental health? Are you ever torn between faith and your own mental health recovery? Matt Stanford works right at that intersection. He reminds those of us who have adolescents dealing with mental and emotional health issues to check our preconceived notions at the door. Forgetting where they should be and helping them recover gracefully.

Matthew S. Stanford (PhD, Baylor University) is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, he is the author of several books including Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and Grace for the Children: Finding Hope in the Midst of Child and Adolescent Mental Illness.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the church’s response to assisting with mental health issues

  • over-spiritualizing mental health

  • identifying when your child needs outside help

  • steps to getting an accurate diagnosis

  • encouragement for moms who have received a hard diagnosis

  • removing the stigma of a mental health diagnosis

  • how to talk to your child about their diagnosis

  • good mental health practices while sheltering in place

LINKS MENTIONED:

Between the World and Me
White Fragility
Grace for the Children
Grace for the Afflicted

CONNECT WITH MATT:

website

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world
Everlywell: get 20% off an at-home lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW
Little Spoon: get 20% off your first 3 orders when you visit littlespoon.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here!

Jun 15, 2020
#241: Struggling Sisters: Comparison
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Where do you feel like you fall short? Just a little honest conversation about comparison going on over here today. It only makes sense to get into a rousing game of Would you Rather during our comparison chat and boy, it’s a tough one. Emily praises Katie for being a sandwich artist and Katie encourages Em to become a plant artist… because she has always wanted to be one.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the ways we struggle with comparison

  • how celebrating others helps us understand our own value

  • things we don’t care about comparing

  • stop comparing - we can’t all have a face as symmetrical as Denzel

  • would you rather…

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Kindle
Where the Crawdads Sing
Little Fires Everywhere
Papermate Ink Joy Gel Pens
Staedtler Marker Pens
Sun Bum

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram | website 

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world
Storyworth: visit storyworth.com/msw and get $10 off your first purchase

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here!

Jun 08, 2020
#240: No Better Mom for the Job with Becky Keife
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You know, I don’t feel like I’m cut out for this Mom thing. I am angry ALL the time and it can feel completely overwhelming to be in charge sometimes. But the truth is, we have been chosen to be the mothers of our children. The perspective shift for today is to stop thinking about all of the ways you are falling short and to start focusing on how you have already been equipped for this job.

Becky Keife is the Community Manager for DaySpring’s (in)courage, a widely followed online community where authentic women connect deeply with God and others. She is also a popular speaker for MOPS groups and other women’s events, and is the author of the new book, No Better Mom for the Job: Parenting with Confidence (Even When You Don't Feel Cut Out for It.) Becky is a huge fan of Voxer, Sunday naps, and moms in the thick of it. She and her husband live near Los Angeles where they enjoy hiking sunny trails with their three spirited sons.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • enjoying different seasons of motherhood

  • when the people you love the most bring out the worst in you

  • how vulnerability has helped Becky overcome the shame of being an angry mom

  • feeling completely inadequate as a mom

  • shifting our perspective from our inadequacies to how God has uniquely equipped us for motherhood

  • standing on the promise of James 1:5 - “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

  • what God is teaching Becky about being present in the moment with her kids

  • resisting the temptation to put productivity on a pedestal

  • making a list of the mundane things you’re good at - those are strengths

  • calling out the strengths in the moms around you

LINKS MENTIONED:

#45: The One Where We Model the Awkward Race Conversation in Hopes that You Will Have One Too
#144: White Girls and Diversity with Nika Spaulding
No Better Mom for the Job
No Better Mom for the Job 5-Day YouVersion devotional

CONNECT WITH BECKY:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: try it free for 2 weeks when you visit prepdish.com/msw
Little Passports: get 15% off any subscription when you visit littlepassports.com and use promo code MSW
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a fairytale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon 

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here!

Jun 01, 2020
#239: A Better Life with Rebecca Smith
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Are you racing towards your goals? Running away every chance you can? I sure do. We could all use a gentle reminder to slow down and listen to what God may be telling us.

This week we are bringing you an exclusive interview with our very own Rebecky! There are no problems this month as we celebrate Rebecca Smith’s vulnerable and sweet page-turner that launched this week. In A Better Life: Slowing Down to Get Ahead, Rebecca tells us many personal stories of how she took baby steps and followed God’s lead to find her purpose. Even though she is one of my dearest friends, I didn’t know the sweet story behind Better Life Bags before reading. I loved each chapter more than the last and I’m so happy she shared her heart with all of us.

Rebecca Smith lives in a low-income area of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, four children, and many miscellaneous pets. She started a custom handbag company in her basement with a mission to hire women who have various barriers to employment. These women are adopted into the Better Life family and given a chance to succeed in life, family, and friendship. 

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • an update on Better Life Bags

  • Rebecca and Katie - who’s Emily’s sister?

  • Emily new home decor

  • Rebecky’s southern, tea-drinking grandma alter ego, Honey Bee

  • launching a book during a pandemic

  • letting your dreams simmer

  • avoiding comparison

  • feeling like a fraud (it’s not just you)

  • God’s “special stickers”

LINKS MENTIONED:

Milk & Honey Tees
Ruggable
#38: Starting Small and Saying “Hello” with Rebecca Smith

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May 25, 2020
#238: Mental Health and a Sweet Boy with Kate James
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It’s every young parent's nightmare and it’s some parents' reality. My guest this week shares with us her family’s story through her son's addiction, overdose, and recovery. She describes what it looks like through the eyes of a faithful mother who did all of the right things but still found herself in the middle of a war. We talk about her struggles with bipolar disorder and her husband's experience with Coronavirus. She has sweet encouragement for all of us moms - we are not alone in these struggles!

Katherine James attended Columbia University, where she also taught undergraduate fiction. Her debut novel, Can You See Anything Now?, won Christianity Today's 2018 Fiction Book award and was a semifinalist for the Doris Bakwin Award. Her new book A Prayer for Orion is out now and is very beautifully written. She lives in West Chester, PA with her writer-philosopher-preacher husband, they have three adult children who are more awesome than everyone else in the world and she prays for them every night.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • coping with the pandemic with your family geologically spread out

  • Kate’s husband’s battle with COVID-19, recovery, and what God taught them through it

  • Kate’s bipolar diagnosis and journey

  • the “shoulds” while going through with depression

  • altering the definition of joy from feeling to faith

  • how medication has helped Kate

  • the misconceptions and guilt of having a child who’s an addict

  • predispositions for addiction

  • how Kate’s son’s addiction both strained and grew her faith

  • the use, shame, repeat cycle

  • resources for parents helping a child with drug addiction

LINKS MENTIONED:

HopeForHurtingParents.com
Clean by David Sheff
You Are Not Alone by Dena Yohe

CONNECT WITH KATE:

website | instagram | facebook

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Purple Mattress: visit purple.com/msw and use promo code MSW to get $150 off any mattress order over $1500 (terms apply)
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Hope Writers: take the 30-second quiz for writers today at hopewriters.com/msw

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May 18, 2020
#237: Struggling Sisters: What About Summer?
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Will the pools be open? What about the beaches? What are we going to DO this summer!?

We found ourselves asking all of these questions so we decided to get on the mic and talk through it like sisters do! We tried out two new recipes with our kids to pass some time and learned more than expected in that experience. We also talked about what swimsuit trends we may be rocking in our back yards this year and how to make limoncello like the Italians do. This episode was magnifico!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Katie’s messy ice cream in a bag experiment lead to the fulfillment of a 10-year dream

  • Emily making bread in a bag… without the bag

  • dividing chores

  • the possibility of summer without pools and beaches

  • investing in your outdoor space

  • summer swimwear trends

  • what’s giving us life and what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Unlocking Us podcast
Ice Cream in a Bag recipe
Bread in a Bag recipe
Stitch Witchery

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram | website 

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Purple Mattress: visit purple.com/msw and use promo code MSW to get $150 off any mattress order over $1500 (terms apply)
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May 11, 2020
#236: The Heroic Homeschooler with Erin Weidemann
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Are you homeschooling by choice or by force? What “counts” as school, anyway? Maybe you just need some basic guidelines to keep your sanity. Erin shares with us 5 things that you can do right now to improve your homeschool experience plus ways to re-frame this unique situation to find the good. One of my favorite parts of this chat is where she shares the practice of placing value on “unique ability time” and I know it got me thinking of ways to switch things up at home for my kiddos.

 Erin Weidemann is the founder of Truth Becomes Her, a brand that equips moms and women with resources to help them step into their unique leadership roles. A sought-after homeschool consultant, certified teacher, coach, and nationally-recognized speaker, Erin’s personal mission is to shift the conversation around feminine values from being beauty-driven, to a focus on inherent worth. As an on-air personality for Air1 Radio as well as host of the Heroes For Her Podcast where she interviews positive female role models who are living out their passions in-line with their personal values. Erin has written eight (wow!) books, is a five-time cancer survivor, and lives and homeschools in San Diego, CA with her husband, Brent, and their daughter, Rooney.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the goal of Erin’s ministry Truth Becomes Her

  • over complicating finding purpose

  • 5 things that will help newly homeschooling moms

  • why it’s vital to embrace a flexible schedule

  • setting boundaries with your kids to help protect your time

  • tips for making the most of school time with kids in different grades

  • valuing this unique time with our families

LINKS MENTIONED:

Adore by Sara Hagerty
Free online Brave Moms conference
Heroic Homeschooler Masterclass

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May 04, 2020
#235: April Problem Solved
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Emily doesn’t look forward to grandchildren and Rebecky has started cussing during quarantine. These are just the down and dirty facts, and we can’t hide them any longer. We talk about conflicting opinions on arugula, the good and bad days during a pandemic, and jaw-dropping chalk art. I would like to formally thank Rebecky for our shiny new explicit rating and for keeping things… fresh around here.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • when the pandemic became real for Rebecky and how she’s handling it

  • the confusing line between being cautious and being too cautious

  • being a medical health care professional during an outbreak

  • how routine has been helping Rebecky shelter-in-place well

  • everyone but Emily being obsessed with having grandkids

  • how COVID-19 is impacting small businesses, including Better Life Bags

  • spending less time on Instagram and more time cooking

LINKS MENTIONED:

Every Plate
Change-Your-Life Chicken recipe

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website | instagram

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Apr 27, 2020
#234: Grace Looks Amazing on You with Amy Seiffert
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Does someone in your family have a chronic illness? Could you use a perspective shift towards grace when it comes to your children?

I was so happy to hear from my guest today because she has practical ways to get in the bible no matter what your spiritual maturity and that was just the motivation I needed. She shares with us her wisdom on the subject of grace and her family’s journey navigating Crohn’s disease.

Amy Seiffert is an author, writer, and teacher. She currently is on the teaching team at her church, where she directs community groups and team cohesion. Weaving biblical wisdom through her presentations, Amy inspires, teaches, and humbly invites any willing spiritual pilgrim to walk alongside her in the pursuit of truth and the knowledge of God. Amy is married to Rob, and they live in Bowling Green, Ohio, with their three kids.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the need for parenting skills and relational help Amy sees in her community

  • what our kids are doing that is driving us crazy while we shelter in place

  • how grace allows us to be honest and allows others to be honest with us

  • “gift” and “grace” are synonymous with one another

  • how acceptance of grace has affected her parenting

  • what we gain by seeing from our child’s perspective

  • the fear of grace leading to a lack of authority

  • how extending freedom can lead to a better connection with our kids

  • tips for getting into the Bible no matter your spiritual maturity

  • four writing prompts - God, I feel…; God, I need…; God, You are…; and God, thank you…

  • the diet that’s been helping Amy’s family navigate life with a child with Crohn’s Disease

LINKS MENTIONED:

Jesus Storybook Bible
Feeding the Mouth That Bites You
Nordace backpacks
Grace Looks Amazing on You

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Apr 20, 2020
#233: Struggling Sisters: Not Talking About Friendship
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Friendship is hard in quarantine! How are other people connecting right now? Should I change my face to a potato on a Zoom call?

Before we ever got to the actual subject of friendship we found out that Emily has experienced Tiger King’s property first hand and how Katie’s at-home art class became more educational than planned. We also did stash it or trash it on Aha Black Cherry + Coffee Sparkling Water and Caramel Coconut Oreos.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Katie Roadrunner-legging right out of work

  • why Emily told a client to “kick themselves out”

  • Emily’s raging UTI

  • Emily recaps her trip to Joe Exotic’s G.W. Zoo

  • Zoom call mishaps

  • what Katie is loving about this weird time

  • Em is incorporating Bible study back into the family’s routine

  • Katie explains why you maybe shouldn’t tell Alexa to play James Brown while your kids are in the room

  • shelter-in-place family movie suggestions

  • being an enneagram 2 during a pandemic

  • how our kids are coping with the new normal

  • staying connected with friends

  • stash it or trash it

  • turning Em’s wet bar into an entertainment center

LINKS MENTIONED:

Marco Polo
Zoom

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Apr 13, 2020
#232: Treasured with Courtney DeFeo
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Raising daughters is amazing/overwhelming. Today we are focusing on pre-teen girls but we also touch on the general wellness that all of us mothers are trying to maintain over here.

In Courtney’s experience, our girls turn a corner around first and second grade - when things aren’t just about cool tutus and everyone being friends. Courtney is really passionate about this time in life, so with her girls, she tackles 6 subjects: identity, friendship, body, emotions, and technology in a fun and interactive way.

Courtney DeFeo is most known for being a factory of ideas for families. It’s her desire to lead a life that radiates God’s love in action and His grace along the way. As a former marketing professional for Chick-fil-A, Courtney has a history of creating memorable programs and ideas that motivate others to action. She is the author of In This House, We Will Giggle, creator of ABC Scripture Cards and the kindness movement Light ‘Em Up Acts. Recently, Courtney launched a new study in collaboration with Parent Cue entitled Treasured designed for tween girls and their moms. Courtney’s most honorable mention is her husband Ron and their two wildly creative girls (Ella, 13 and Larson, 10).

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Courtney’s faith has been tested while living away from her family

  • sacrificing for your spouse without holding resentment

  • not feeling well due to neglecting self needs

  • where to start when you’re trying to get well

  • not letting your children’s emotions pull down your emotional state

  • helping your pre-teen/teen girl navigate emotions

  • how finding a community and being vulnerable unites us

  • Courtney’s passion for teaching 9-12 year-old-girls

LINKS MENTIONED:

Treasured Journal: An Interactive Experience for a Tween Girl & Her Mom
Treasured Podcast
Down Dog Yoga app

CONNECT WITH COURTNEY:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Apr 06, 2020
#231: Don't Overthink It with Anne Bogel
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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how putting down our phones can help us stop overthinking

  • not letting our disappointments turn into comparisons that lead to shame

  • how Anne is helping guide her family through quarantine

  • Anne’s struggle with overthinking

  • the link between perfectionism and overthinking

  • determining when you’re giving something the attention it deserves vs. overthinking it

  • ways to stop overthinking

  • values-driven decision making

  • mental tricks to help you make decisions

  • stopping the overthinking spiral

  • adopting an attitude of experimentation

LINKS MENTIONED:

What Should I Read Next? podcast
One Great Book podcast
Don’t Overthink It
Libro.fm

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website | instagram | facebook

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Mar 30, 2020
#230: Set Free with Alison Storm
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Waiting well through the adoption process, working towards financial freedom for your family and battling comparison as a parent of a child with delays are just a few of the topics we hit on today with my guest Alison Storm. She talks to us about her season of waiting and her distaste for the phrase “it happens in God’s time”. Alison saw child slavery first hand on a trip and it started a fire in her to change her parenting to battle entitlement. She founded an organization that can get your kids involved and feeling empowered too!

Alison Storm calls the south home and began her career as a television reporter working in newsrooms around the country. Alison was a part of HIS Morning Crew which airs on HIS Radio across the Carolinas and coastal Georgia, serves as the features editor of Belle magazine and facilitates Financial Peace University at her church. In 2018 she founded Crowdsourcing Kids, an organization that taps into the entrepreneurial spirits of young people to fund wells in India and support children rescued from slavery. Alison and her husband Tim have two little world changers, Sammy and Phani.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Alison’s experience with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

  • being married to an Italian immigrant

  • why Alison chose to adopt and the long process of finding her daughter

  • how she has learned how to have grace for herself while raising a son with medical needs

  • what she learned in retrospect from the adoption process

  • Alison’s struggle with choosing her comfort over her children’s needs

  • how being debt-free allowed her to not to return to work after the adoption

  • how Alison’s work to provide clean water changed her life

  • how she’s helping kids in America spread hope in India

  • advice for listeners who may have something on their heart, but are afraid to begin the work

LINKS MENTIONED:

Are You Humble Enough to Be Carefree?
All God’s Children
Financial Peace University
Set Free Alliance
Crowdsourcing Kids

CONNECT WITH ALISON:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Mar 23, 2020
#229: Quarantine WELL
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WHAT I CHAT ABOUT:

  • giving your anxiety to the Lord; He is near

  • finding things to be grateful for

  • waiting well - be aware of what you look to for comfort while you wait

  • expecting well - trust that God is working all things for our good

  • looking again - find opportunities to share hope

  • leaning in - make the next right choice moment by moment and embrace the opportunities God is providing

LINKS MENTIONED:

Every Moment Holy

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

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Mar 16, 2020
#228: A Journey to Sobriety with Liz Hardy
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Have you ever wondered if you may have a substance dependence issue? Maybe you have a child or loved one dealing with substance abuse and could use some advice on how to love them well through that. My friend and neighbor Liz came to sit with me on my bedroom floor and tells us about her journey through alcohol use and rehabilitation. She shares when she came to faith and the conditions she made up to help keep her sober. We talk about pride, abortion, neglect, and denial in this bittersweet story.

Liz is a mom to three, a wife to a Richard and is in recovery. She believes that God can make a message out of all of her messes and she loves the idea of Struggling WELL vs. plain ole’ struggling. Gratitude is her superpower and I’m so glad to call her a friend!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Liz’s kids are teaching her to be present

  • taking our kids’ actions less personally

  • Liz’s journey with drugs, alcoholism, abortion, recovery, and relapse

  • setting healthy boundaries with loved ones dealing with addiction

  • the moment God met Liz in her darkest place and changed her heart

  • facing an addiction as a Christian

  • how God has helped Liz strive less and struggle well

  • recognizing when you have a problem

  • encouragement for listeners struggling with addiction

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Naked Mind Podcast
The Alcohol Experiment

CONNECT WITH LIZ:

Instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Mar 09, 2020
#227: February Problem Solved
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Thank you to each and every one of you that wrote in with your vulnerable and funny problems to solve surrounding love and marriage. Rebecky and I had to take this one in a different direction because it turns out as we have been solving YOUR problems, OUR problems had been stacking up!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what’s going on with Rebecky and Emily

  • if Emily should haze the new patients at her job

  • solving Rebecky’s pet problem

  • canceling Emily’s double gym membership

  • Rebecky’s new vs. used car dilemma

  • caring for sick kids

  • Emily’s daughter’s dentist anxiety

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

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Mar 02, 2020
#226: Practical Parenting with Jim and Lynn Jackson
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You guys, we just scored some sound advice on bedtime problems, sibling rivalries, and technology + teens. These two have a framework that has really shaped my parenting and now they have even more resources for us to enjoy!

Jim & Lynne LOVE making God’s grace and truth practical for parents. Their combination of experience at home with three wired kids, and in careers helping kids and parents, have uniquely prepared them to give parents tools they can use right away, supported by memorable principles that will last a lifetime. Since we talked last, Jim and Lynne have started their own Connected Families podcast! You can visit their website at connectedfamilies.org to learn more.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the framework of parenting - foundation, connect, coach, correct

  • how our relationship with parental figures influences our foundation

  • becoming a coach, facilitator, and encourager in sibling conflict

  • how to intervene in sibling conflict to break the pattern of aggressor and victim

  • getting your kids to bed without the struggle

  • kids and technology

LINKS MENTIONED:

Connected Families podcast
Screenagers
Framework magnet
Sibling Conflict Online Course
The Entitlement Fix Course
Discipline That Connects
Online Gaming Addiction

CONNECT WITH JIM AND LYNN:

website | instagram | facebook

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Feb 24, 2020
#225: Embodying Joy with Kirsten Kelly
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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Kirsten’s story

  • changing the language we use about our bodies

  • how working through non-sexual trauma affected Kirsten’s sex life

  • taking control of your energy for yourself

  • changing the negative connotation of pleasure

  • deciding what you want your sex life to look like

  • the mind, body and spiritual connection of sex

LINKS MENTIONED:

It’s So Amazing
Another Name for Everything with Richard Rohr
Morgan Day Cecil Instagram
Mating in Captivity
Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
The Forgotten Feminine
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

CONNECT WITH KIRSTEN:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

BeeKeepers Naturals: save 15% on your first order when you visit beekeepersnautrals.com/msw or use promo code MSW at checkout
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Feb 17, 2020
#224: Struggling Sisters: Conflict
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If you want to feel normal about marriage, please listen to this episode. Huge shout out to the listeners who wrote in! We all have conflict and it was so fun to hear about your most ridiculous fights and how you all have learned to conflict well. We shared a good amount of personal information on behalf of our “big boys” and we are hoping this podcast never makes its way to their phones!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • sharing your (and our) ridiculous spouse fight stories

  • conflict resolution strategies from our fellow struggs

  • arguing in front of your kids well

  • understanding your partner’s expectations

  • tips for marital bliss from getting a king-sized bed to discussing emotional topics through texts

  • what’s giving us life and what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Ripple Dairy-Free Milk
Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/msw

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Feb 10, 2020
#223: Marriage is Funny with The Peppers
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Do you love to storm out when you’re fighting with your spouse? Maybe get a good door slam in and draw things out a bit? Conflict happens. Especially with those partners we love so much and that’s exactly what we’re talking about today with The Peppers.

Gerard Brown and Jessie Artigue launched the now popular ‘Marriage is Funny’ podcast just two days after a serious discussion about divorce. Four years later, they credit the health of their connection to a podcast community that developed in response to the radical vulnerability they bring to their listeners each week. They refuse to claim the title of “RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS” because they continue to figure things out just like everybody else. Residing in sunny Long Beach, CA, Gerard and Jessie believe that talking things out and tight bear hugs fix (almost) anything, have committed to what they call ‘Great Love,’ and strive to find the humor in every mess. 

As a special gift, Jessie and Gerard are sharing their free video series about the three “marriage myths” that nearly ruined their relationship with MSW listeners at meetthepeppers.com/momstrugglingwell!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Jessie and Gerard’s struggling marriage lead them to start their podcast

  • how we can grow in relationships through conflict

  • having conflicts well

  • better communication by changing the language around your internal story

  • reframing marital myths

  • grieving unmet expectations

  • advice for making friends as a couple

  • supporting a partner with an anxiety disorder

LINKS MENTIONED:

Brene Brown: The Call to Courage
Three “Marriage Myths” video series
MarriageHelp.org

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Feb 03, 2020
#222: January Problem Solved
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We solved it all this week. How do you plan for a day out and about without breaking the bank to feed your crew on the way home? Solved. What to do when your friends are shaming you for living paycheck to paycheck? Solved! Is meal planning non-existent in your home and you think it’s breaking the bank? SOLVED! Listeners not only wrote with their problems, they told us what makes them feel like winners at saving and we shared all of their tips with you.

P.S. USB ports are going away and Weight Watchers changed their name. We aren’t happy about it either. Enjoy saving WELL!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • an update on Em’s decision to get bangs and how 40 is going so far

  • the beginning of Rebecky’s WW journey (and all the things that are messing up her routine)

  • ideas for last-minute meals that don’t break the bank

  • differentiating want vs. need

  • solving your meal prep probs

  • saving when you live paycheck to paycheck

  • tips from listeners on what’s been saving them money

LINKS MENTIONED:

Diet Bet
Dave Ramsey
YNAB
Mo’ Money Podcast
ChooseFI
Her Money
Amazon warehouse
Your Money or Your Life

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Jan 27, 2020
#221: Mom to Mom - Working Moms
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Are you a workin’ lady? Maybe you’ll be returning to work in the near future. Maybe you don’t work outside of the home but some friends that you love do. This week I wanted to share a conversation that I had with the women over on the Mom to Mom Podcast. We talk about tips for working moms and also I share a very raw description of what it looks like in the Thomas house now that I’m back to work. Spoiler alert: It’s not magazine perfect.

Kate Battistelli, September McCarthy & Jamie Erickson are three generations of moms who have experienced nearly every season of motherhood. They don’t have all the answers, but you can be sure that they’ll always point you to the One who does.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • learning to pivot when the thing you thought would work isn’t yielding the desired results

  • accepting help in order to better balance your life

  • learning and prioritizing self-care

  • why Emily stopped homeschooling and has no regrets

  • tips for helping manage your home when you work full-time

  • finding space for time with the Lord in the midst of a busy schedule

  • the power of in-person community

  • alleviating mom guilt

  • encouraging words for working moms

CONNECT WITH THE MOM TO MOM PODCAST:

website | Kate Battistelli | September McCarthy

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Jan 20, 2020
#220: Struggling Sisters: Save Well
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Are you a saver or a spender? Do you have a joint bank account or are they separate? Oh, and do you still tuck in the front of your shirt or is that over now? This week we are talking finances and saving well. Emily brought some really simple saving tips and Katie sends out a siren call for large thongs. We establish that money can be difficult and Em stumbled upon some helpful sermons to ponder this month as we think about our finances. Please send your finance problems to hello@momstrugglingwell.com for Rebecky and Emily to solve later on this month. Biyeee!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Katie the saver and Emily the spender

  • joint vs. separate bank accounts

  • our personal struggles with saving and what’s been working for us

  • simple saving tips from taping reminders to your credit cards to swapping clothes with a friend (no underwear, please)

  • the importance of stewarding money well

  • the connection between loving money and loving people

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Mint
America Saves
Stewardship sermon
Mo Money, Mo Problems sermon
Down Dog app

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Jan 13, 2020
#219: Try Softer with Aundi Kolber
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What should you do when you feel yourself losing your cool? How do you know if you’ve experienced trauma? My guest this week is as wise as the day is long and gives us practical tips to help us stay in the moment, honor the pace of our healing, and work our patience like a muscle. We are talking: trauma, shame and the price we pay living in a society that values overachieving. If you don’t already know Aundi, please change that now!

Aundi Kolber is a licensed professional counselor (MA, LPC), an author, and a speaker living in Castle Rock, Colorado. She has received additional training in her specialization of trauma- and body-centered therapies and is passionate about the integration of faith and psychology. She has written for Relevant, CT Women, and (in)courage. As a survivor of trauma, Aundi brings hard-won knowledge about the work of change, the power of redemption, and the beauty of experiencing God in our pain. Aundi is happily married to her best friend, Brendan, and is the proud mom of Matia and Jude.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • recognizing trauma and its effects on the body

  • the trauma spectrum

  • how to notice and interpret to what our bodies are telling us

  • the window of tolerance

  • the power of experiencing and working through pain

  • grounding yourself in the present while addressing the past

  • reparenting yourself

LINKS MENTIONED:

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode--and into a Life of Connection and Joy

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Jan 06, 2020
#218: Finding Holy in the Suburbs with Ashley Hales
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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what it’s like for Ashley as an only child now raising four kids

  • how learning to play with her kids and appreciating the moment has become a spiritual discipline

  • what helped Ashley embrace her life as a mom

  • letting go of expectations and embracing the things that are important to you

  • the emphasis Ashley places on getting to know her kids and how she does that

  • letting your overwhelm spill onto your kids

  • learning to use your quiet time well

  • what inspired Ashley to write her book

  • how Ashley’s concept of Jesus different than most because of her experience as a church planter

  • four idols of the suburbs

  • the power of wanting and waiting

LINKS MENTIONED:

Finding Holy in the Suburbs
Sara Groves “This Cup”

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Dec 30, 2019
#217: December Problem Solved
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We are right back at it solving your problems this week! We discuss homeschooling vs. public school, ethical dilemmas at the goodwill checkout stand and kids that easily get bent out of shape (that’s right, we’re talking about all of them!). Keep writing in with your problems (and yo, we’ll solve ‘em) at hello@momstrugglingwell.com.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how much Emily is loving Rebecky’s upcoming book

  • Rebecky’s side of the #defamationproclamation prank call

  • problem-solving your homeschool vs. public school dilemma

  • helping a fun-loving mom with a kid that loves to push her buttons

  • allowing kids to choose their own clothes

  • an idea to help you finish the year well

LINKS MENTIONED:

A Better Life: Slowing Down to Get Ahead pre-order

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Dec 23, 2019
#216: It's Complicated with Sarah Mae
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I met Jesus. And meeting Him changed everything.

Sarah Mae is a nationally known speaker, the host of The Complicated Heart Podcast, and co-author of the bestselling book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe. She loves traveling all over the country, speaking at conferences and events, encouraging women to walk in freedom. She makes her home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with her woodworker husband, three spunky kiddos, and a naughty yellow lab named Memphis.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Sarah’s complicated family story

  • why Sarah decided to include portions of her mother’s journals in her book and what those journals meant to her personally

  • defining gaslighting

  • Sarah’s abortion story

  • how the hope and kindness of God transformed Sarah’s life

  • replacing core lies with God’s truth

  • learning how to set boundaries

  • accepting reality and letting go of expectations

  • how doing the work of our own healing impacts legacy of our family

  • stopping generations of unhealthy patterns

LINKS MENTIONED:

Annie F. Down’s EnneaSummer
The Place We Find Ourselves
Surrendering the Secret
Forgiven and Set Free
Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion
Worthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After Abortion
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Dec 16, 2019
#215: Struggling Sisters: Finish Well
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What does it mean to finish well? This week I break it down real simple-like and give you 4 steps to help you reflect on 2019. But don’t worry! It’s not scary and at the end of this exercise, there will be plenty of encouragement. That’s just my style! There is even a printable so dive in with us in this last month of the year as we discuss finishing well.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what’s new and noteworthy in our lives including Em’s therapy cat and Katie’s double A semester

  • would you rather start every sentence with “hey idiot” or end every sentence with “just kidding”?

  • the stories you sent us about how you’re finishing well

  • 4 tips for finishing well

  • 3 questions to ask yourself daily to access your higher thinking brain

  • encouragement from 1 Peter about finishing well

LINKS MENTIONED:

Finish WELL printable

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instagram

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Dec 09, 2019
#214: Untold Stories Don't Heal with Mary DeMuth
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How can I talk to my kids about sexual abuse? How do I know if what I encountered is abuse? Is my church a safe place for my kids? All of these are important questions and we talk about the hard stuff today with my guest Mary DeMuth. Her best advice for us? Speak up, and persevere anyway.

If you met Mary DeMuth today, her joy might confuse you. Who she has become in light of tragedy is a testimony of Jesus’s ability to transform a broken life. A child of three divorces, a victim of repeated sexual assault at five-years-old, with a father who died when she was ten, Mary wanted to end her life in her teens. In the tenth grade, she heard about Jesus, and she knew she wanted to chase after Him for the rest of her life. Thankfully, He chased her.

Mary is the author of forty books, including her latest: We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis. She has spoken around the world about God’s ability to transform a life and planted a church with her family in southern France.

Her best work? Being a mom to three amazing young adults and the wife of 28 years to Patrick. She makes her home in Dallas alongside her husband, an energetic chocolate lab, and a fuzzy black cat.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • ​Mary’s history of sexual abuse and finding Christ

  • how Mary reconciles her faith in a good God who allowed her to be abused

  • how Mary’s experiences have affected her parenting

  • what lead Mary to focus on the abuse happening in the church

  • how Mary is using the stories of other survivors to help fuel her advocacy

  • the power of sharing your story

  • key factors of a safe church

  • how to recognize when you’ve been abused and how to begin to heal

  • Mary’s encouragement for survivors about the process of healing

  • confronting your abuser

  • educating your kids about sex and abuse

  • what Christians can do to help bring justice for victims

LINKS MENTIONED:

21 Days of Healing
The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries
God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
LifeIsBroken.com

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Dec 02, 2019
#213: November Problem Solved
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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • encouragement if you’re grieving this holiday season

  • letting your kids have all the toys (even if they clutter your house)

  • dealing with dirty floors

  • what to do with all the kids at parties so you don’t get stuck babysitting

  • helping kids with sensory needs during loud family get-togethers

  • how to enjoy hosting

  • holidays with divorced parents

  • throwing a post-Christmas birthday party that people will want to attend

  • politely shutting down unwanted questions about foster kids

  • Christmas tree alternatives

  • celebrating kids birthdays close to Christmas

LINKS MENTIONED:

Care.com
Meg Duerksen

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Nov 25, 2019
#212: Prospering in the Unplanned with Sheridan Voysey
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Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. His other books include Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings, Resilient, and the award-winning Unseen Footprints . Sheridan is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2 and other international networks, and has featured on BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Day of Discovery, and 100 Huntley Street. He is married to Merryn and lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Sheridan and his wife’s struggle with infertility and how it lead to a change in perspective about identity

  • why Sheridan decided to take a 116-mile pilgrimage to Lindisfarne Island —the place where the Gospel first took root and spread

  • our character being our legacy

  • breaking the fear of wrong decision making

  • closing the door on your dreams and grieving the loss

  • how taking your own pilgrimage can grow your relationship with God

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Nov 18, 2019
#211: Struggling Sisters: Celebrate Well
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It just seems like when we are celebrating we should actually be having FUN! This week, we talk about how to celebrate WELL.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Celebrating the holidays using the WELL framework - Wait, Expect, Listen, Lean In

  • 7 steps to help you enjoy holiday parties

  • Rules for throwing a crappy house party (and why you should try it)

  • Your Chrismas strugg stories including everything from trash bag diapers and turkey carving wet suits to allowing yourself grace to grieve

  • Katie’s favorite Christmas memory

  • Stash It or Trash It - Pumpkin Spice Spam and Zombie Skittles

  • What’s giving us life and what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Jimmy Fallon “Ew!”
Company is Coming video
Grief Share
U of A No Doubt tribute

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

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Nov 11, 2019
#210: Going Grumble-Free with Tricia Goyer
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, doting grandma, and wife to John. A USA Today bestselling author, Tricia has published seventy books and is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Finalist. She is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. Tricia is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries and currently leads a teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, Arkansas.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Tricia became passionate about getting her family to try being grumble-free

  • controlling your anger when your kids get angry

  • making Bible learning a priority

  • letting kids learn responsibility by earning privileges

  • choosing when to let your kids wear makeup

  • helping kids with trauma become vulnerable by drawing close

  • how God used Tricia’s grandma’s injury to teach the family about the power of praise

  • a story about flat Build-a-Bears and how practicing going grumble-free has changed her kids

LINKS MENTIONED

Calming Angry Kids
The Grumble-Free Year
Vanstek erasable gel pens

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Nov 04, 2019
#209: October Problem Solved
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This month we tackle business problems! We talk about budgeting, saving for college, and loans. Rebecky was also on the cusp of a citizens arrest AND a drug intervention in the parking lot she was recording in. We caught up on Jonah’s Bigfoot hunt and Em apologized for bringing a ghost child on the podcast last week.

Look for us on Instagram this coming month as we ask for questions you need to be solved!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • an update on Rebecky’s bigfoot party

  • the struggle for self-control with sweets in the house

  • family budgeting and saving for college

  • affordable gift ideas for co-workers

  • an alternative to small business loans

  • the value and price of hand-made products

  • how to establish a mastermind group

  • offering family discounts

  • how to quit your job

LINKS MENTIONED:

Mint
PayPal Working Capital Loan
Shopify Capital Loan

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Oct 28, 2019
#208: Exit Letter to a Cult (Part 2) with Sarabeth Kapusta
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This is part 2 of a great conversation with Sarabeth Kapusta. Even though she has experienced countless reasons to distrust, and even flee Christianity, God has given her a deep love for His Church, His Word, and making known to as many as possible that God is not an abuser. She is an attorney and a generally free-spirited person. She is also a violinist, runner, writer, wannabe chef, and farm girl. She is a survivor of 25 years of abuse in a cult masquerading as a Baptist Church and is passionate about studying Scripture and sharing the truth and freedom found there. She is an advocate for those in the seasons of doubt and desires to give a voice to the voiceless among us.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what happened after Sarabeth left the cult

  • how God’s goodness helped Sarabeth to reconcile her anger toward Him

  • holding on to pain to validate our trauma

  • depression, anxiety and mental health

  • attempting to visit her sister in the cult

  • finding a church she trusts

  • how God is slowly reuniting and healing her family

  • how you can help reach someone in a cult

LINKS MENTIONED

The Next Right Thing podcast
9 Marks
Acts 29

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instagram

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Oct 21, 2019
#207: October Struggling Sisters
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This month was brought to you by the letter: M. We had all kinds of things to tell you! We had a mosquito moment, a mobster moment and a moronic moment. We also talked about new music we like, an update on Em’s mattress saga and more on mental health. We touched base on where we’re at with the Magnolia marathon and some memorable massages we had recently.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Mosquito Minute: Katie fills us in on the latest terrifying mosquito virus

  • Mobster Minute: Emily shares about Crimetown - a podcast about mobsters in Providence, Rhode Island

  • Montana Minute: Montana just had their first snow, officially ushering in the holiday season

  • Moronic Minute: how Emily got burned steaming her clothes - while she was wearing them

  • Music Minute: two songs Katie’s loving right now

  • Mental Health Minute: an update on Emily’s medicine saga

  • Marathon Minute: Katie & Em catch up on marathon training progress

  • Massage Minute: a tale of two masseuses

  • Magic Kingdom Minute: Emily discusses her vacation plans and reveals her dislike of Mickey Mouse shirts

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Crimetown
Post Malone “Sunflower”
Post Malone “Circles”
Office Ladies podcast
Every Little Thing

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instagram

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Oct 14, 2019
#206: Exit Letter to a Cult (Part 1) with Sarabeth Kapusta
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You know that nagging feeling you get when something feels off? That feeling turned into a storm inside this girl and it changed the course of her life forever. Meet Sarabeth Kapusta. Even though she has experienced countless reasons to distrust, and even flee Christianity, God has given her a deep love for His Church, His Word, and making known to as many as possible that God is not an abuser. She is an attorney and a generally free-spirited person. She is also a violinist, runner, writer, wannabe chef, and farm girl. She is a survivor of 25 years of abuse in a cult masquerading as a Baptist Church and is passionate about studying Scripture and sharing the truth and freedom found there. She is an advocate for those in the seasons of doubt and desires to give a voice to the voiceless among us.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Sarabeth made the decision to live in a camper full-time

  • what she has learned from going minimalist

  • the abuse Sarahbeth suffered as part of a cult disguised as the church

  • the events that finally lead to Sarabeth leaving the cult

LINKS MENTIONED

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

CONNECT WITH SARABETH:

instagram

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Oct 07, 2019
#205: September Problem Solved
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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Gavin’s successful sleep training

  • the full-circle story of Rebecky’s new dog, Mojo

  • what to do when your neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking

  • pro tips on how to entertain your toddler when breastfeeding a baby

  • how Emily’s counselor finally convinced her that she’s overcommitting

  • solving your sex problems… very awkwardly

  • solving all of Rebecky’s husband’s problems from empty water pitchers to vacationing with a dog

  • meal prep for busy moms

LINKS MENTIONED:

Flight of the Conchords “Business Time”
Anatomy of Marriage podcast
Prep Dish (use the link to start your 2-week free trial)
Better Life Bags Fanny Pack

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Kiwi Co.: visit kiwico.com/msw and get your first box free
Get Planty Course: get 10% off when you use promo code MSW at getplantycourse.com

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Sep 30, 2019
#204: Hostess with the Mostess with Meg Duerksen
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Have you ever felt called to do something for your community? Whether it’s cultivating a craft weekend with strangers or caring for tiny sweet foster babies, Meg Duerksen is the hostess with the mostess. Meg is a girl who turned “you know what would be a good idea” into an adult Barbie dream house and boy are we glad she did! She is the creator of Camp Create at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas and the keeper of the instagram famous rainbow stairs. Meg doesn’t just keep a great house and whip up killer margaritas, she has a HUGE heart and shared with us why being a foster parent was a great fit for her family.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how and why Meg opened the Whatever Craft House

  • how God is using Meg’s love and talent for crafting in a way she never expected

  • Meg’s experience with and heart for foster care

  • Upcoming Creative Soul Camp Retreats

CONNECT WITH MEG:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/msw
Lola: get 40% off your first month subscription when you visit mylola.com and use promo code MSW

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Sep 23, 2019
#203: Getting Loud with Rebekah Lyons
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How do you know if you have depression or anxiety? At what point do you seek help?

Rebekah came on this week to share her story and we talk a lot about fear, lies, mental health and faith. When your identity is tied to your accomplishments it’s easy to start to feel like you’re drowning. So, what has to change? What does God say about rest, food, connection, creativity? Rebekah shares with us a lot of her ah-ha moments in her new book, Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose, Lyons pulls from her own journey with anxiety and depression to guide readers through four life-giving rhythms to overcome fear and live an abundant, vibrant life.

Rebekah Lyons is a national speaker and bestselling author of You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are and Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety and depression—and invites others to discover and boldly pursue their God-given purpose. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah finds joy in raising four children, two of whom have Down syndrome. She wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, Huffington Post, The Tennessean, Publisher’s Weekly, and more.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how stress can lead to anxiety and build into depression

  • knowing when it’s time to get outside help

  • battling the lies of depression with the truth of Christ

  • what it actually means to “take your thoughts captive”

  • the power of speaking the truth about your friends

  • never allowing our label or diagnosis to be our identity

  • a few practical ways to guard our rest

CONNECT WITH REBEKAH:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off when you visit thirdlove.com/swp
Care Of: get 25% off your first order when you visit takecareof.com and use promo code MSW

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Sep 16, 2019
#202: September Struggling Sisters
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This month it was decided that we need to have a catch up session BUT that we would keep it purposeful. Here’s what we covered: Important dates in September (there are a surprising amount of things to celebrate), glitter cuticles and back to school. Em talks openly about “breaking her brain” while trying to switch medications and we deep dive mascara. You know, the ushe.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Katie’s “the kids are at school” body glow

  • Emily’s teacher’s anxiety producing email requirements

  • all things September

  • Emily’s secret guacamole ingredient

  • Starbucks fall drink ordering pro tips

  • the mystery of why Emily’s new meds are making her both nauseous and crave bean burritos

  • why Emily has made the very difficult decision to not make her daughter clean her room anymore

  • how Emily is struggling well by watching 5 minute craft and funny cat videos with her kids

  • what’s giving us life + what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect Mascara
Origins GenZing mascara

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at brooklinen.com
Birch Box: get $5 off your first box when you visit birchbox.com/msw and use code MSW at checkout

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Sep 10, 2019
#201: On Outsiders and Idols with Rachel Jones
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Do you ever feel like an outsider no matter where you are? Do you need motivation to be courageous and talk to the people that could be "your people”?

Rachel lives and writes in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa. Her family has learned (is still learning) how to struggle well while living as cultural and spiritual outsiders in this Muslim country. She has published a book about raising kids abroad: Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World and has a book coming out in October. It’s a biography of "Somalia's Mother Teresa", a woman who also struggled well in Djibouti, fighting against terrorism, disease, and fundamentalism.

Rachel writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture (for places from the New York Times to Christianity Today) and loves encouraging others to live with love and courage. She is also the runner that I want to become! I know you're going to love hearing from this inspiring lady!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the culture of Djibouti

  • what led Rachel and her family to move to Djibouti

  • what it’s like for Rachel to be an outsider both culturally and spiritually

  • what Rachel has learned from about faith in a primarily Muslim country

  • what Americans misunderstand about Muslims

  • starting a conversation with someone from another culture

  • the pros and cons of raising kids in a foreign culture

  • why Rachel and her husband decided to send their kids to boarding school

  • how living in Africa has changed the way Rachel sees God

  • how the African culture honors the connection between our spiritual and physical lives

LINKS MENTIONED:

Altra running shoes

CONNECT WITH RACHEL:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/msw
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Sep 02, 2019
#200: The 200th Episode
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This week for our 200th episode celebration Rebecky and Katie combined forces to surprise Emily with sweet sentiments, cutting sarcasm and a little bit of encouragement. It was so fun to celebrate and take some time to reflect on the past 4 years. Thank you all for being here and I’m so glad you get to celebrate with us!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • facts involving the number 200 (because Emily knows that you love facts)

  • Emily answers Patreon questions: her favorite episodes, who she would love to interview and the hardest topics for her to discuss

  • the transition from having to seek out guests to people asking to be on the show

  • the anxiety of releasing episode one

  • an introduction to Rebecky’s new dog, Mojo

  • Rebecky and Katie’s favorite episodes

  • looking back on some changes from episode 1 to episode 200

  • meeting MSW listeners in real life

  • Rebecky’s favorite parts of the show

  • a homework assignment for MSW listeners

LINKS MENTIONED:

Better Life Bag Fanny Pack
Episode 1: Breena Holt
#47: Surrendering All and Bad Burritos with Nicole DeFord
#28: Exercise, Monsters, and NO MORE BROCCOLI with Layne and Porter
Problem Solved: the Maiden Voyage
#38: Starting Small and Saying "Hello" with Rebecca Smith
Diva Cup
#32: You Are Loved and Worth Loving with Brandi Lea
#58: Journey Toward Healing with Brandi Lea
#43: Viewing Inadequacies as Gifts with Anjuli Paschall
#100: The People In My Neighborhood
#77: Lay Your Worry Down and Sing a Song Instead with Ellie Holcomb
#153: Cultivating What You're Given with Ellie Holcomb

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/swp
Homer: visit LearnWithHomer.com/msw to start your free 30-day trial

 

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Aug 26, 2019
#199: Get Planty with Dusty Hegge
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Have you ever made the connection between the growth of a plant and the growth in your faith? Have you ever encountered a communicative plant? If you’re a plant lover, buckle in! If you aren’t YET, you're going to learn about totipotent nodes. I mean, that's just going to happen. But you're also going to hear a beautiful story about rising up through the soil in a broken home, battling depression/anxiety and flourishing. You see what I did there?

Dusty Hegee is a coffee-obsessed houseplant educator, wife and mother living in the Pacific Northwest. She can’t help but see the incredible parallels between plant growth and the way God brings us through seasons in our lives. It is her goal is to equip people with the tools needed to navigate those seasons WELL, keep their houseplants alive, and learn to enjoy the growth process along the way.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how and why Dusty decided to make houseplant education her career

  • Dusty’s houseplant recommendations for the plant challenged - Golden Pothos and the Snake plant

  • simplifying potted plants

  • different types of plant propagation and how they work

  • Dusty’s journey with anxiety and depression and what’s been helping her cope

  • the traumatic birth story of Dusty’s first child and what she’s learned about God in the process of healing

LINKS MENTIONED:

Get Planty waitlist

CONNECT WITH DUSTY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/swp

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Aug 19, 2019
#198: Struggling Sisters - Treat Yo Self!
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Have you ever heard of a vampire facial? Ever considered a fanny pack for fashionable bike riding emergencies?

This month we talk about the importance of treating yourself, or, as Tom and Donna from Parks and Rec say, “Treat Yo Self!”. This doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant. We all need a little something fun to celebrate our fantastical selves every now and again. Listen to hear some of our tips and let us know what you like to do to treat yo self!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Treat Yo Self stories gone wrong

  • vampire facials

  • Treat Yo Self spending limits

  • ideas for cheap ways to Treat Yo Self

  • our first Mom Struggling Well mug winner

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Better Life Bags
Figs scrubs
Hello Fresh: get $20 off your first 3 boxes when you visit HelloFresh.com/SWP60 and use promo code SWP60

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Canvas People: text MSW to 484848 and get a free 11x14 photo canvas (+ shipping & handling)
Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/swp

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Aug 12, 2019
#197: The God Dare with Kate Battistelli
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What is a God Dare? Will it be scary? How can I be sure that it’s actually God speaking to me?

I can’t WAIT for you to get to know Kate. She speaks to us today about letting Jesus pick your future and what that looks like. She’s down to earth and blows her own cover on some pretty personal things along her journey. Kate wrote her book, The God Dare, for anyone who feels they have lost their purpose. She hopes that readers will be reminded that all God ever needs are willing vessels.

Kate Battistelli is an author, speaker, former actress/singer and mother of Contemporary Christian recording artist Francesca Battistelli. Kate’s goal is to see you be all God has created you to be, and she truly believes each of us is here to change the world. She is a natural encourager and believes in your ability to change the world, even if you don’t! She lives in Franklin, she’s been married to her husband Mike for thirty-four years and loves being near her family.

CONNECT WITH KATE:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: start your 2-week free trial when you visit prepdish.com/msw
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Aug 05, 2019
196: July Problem Solved
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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Rebecky’s decision to stop homeschooling her kids (and she doesn’t care if you like it or not)

  • Emily’s marathon training and what inspired her to try something she didn’t even think was possible

  • saving up for our son’s weddings - is that a thing now?

  • how FaceApp is making us all fear turkey necks and wrinkles with its age filter

  • date night ideas for staying in or going out

  • weighing the pros and cons of changing jobs

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at Brooklinen.com
Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL

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Jul 29, 2019
#195: The Brain Body Connection with Alisa Keeton
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I don’t want to abuse food. I workout, but nothing changes. I try hard and then I fail hard.

You are not alone, sweet girl! Alisa came on the show to talk to all of us about the lies we are telling ourselves when it comes to wellness. She is packed full of knowledge and hits us with some incredible science that links our brains and our bodies. You can’t help but feel motivated when you hear from her and she makes you think deeper about what truly motivates you, specifically.

Alisa is the founder and C.E.O. of Revelation Wellness and the author of The Wellness Revelation. As a twenty-five plus year fitness professional, Alisa feels called to convey the message of wholeness as it pertains to health and well-being of the soul and body. She believes that the Gospel is a wholistic message of heart, mind, soul, and strength and each body holds a story that must be told. I double-dog dare you to check her out and get free!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • dispelling the lie that wellness isn’t for you

  • how traumas can impact our ability to pursue wellness in a healthy way

  • your limbic brain and how it impacts your wellness

  • changing your perspective on vulnerability

  • 4 exercises to help you reconnect with your body

  • holding your peace

  • trying softer, not harder

  • embracing and appreciating the ways our bodies change

  • details on Revelation Wellness’ upcoming 21-day sugar fast

LINKS MENTIONED:

Revelation Wellness Podcast Body Scan episode

CONNECT WITH ALISA:

website | instagram | facebook | podcast

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL
Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/swp

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Jul 22, 2019
#194: Struggling Sisters: Marathon Mom
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Really? My pants are tight again? I need a plan and some wellness motivation, stat!

The Struggling Sisters just had this conversation in real life and it got us thinking about a wellness plan. We will share what it is and why it’s working for us. Em also shares that she has always wanted to run a marathon and how she plans to train for her first one ever! Katie pours out her heart as Yuliya in a poem about a recent trip to the Whatever Craft House and so much more. Enjoy!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the struggle to eat healthily

  • tips for keeping healthy eating simple

  • Emily’s marathon prep plan

  • the return of Stash It or Trash It

  • crazy news headlines

  • Katie shares a poem she wrote about the Whatever Craft House (in a Russian accent)

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Better Help
Stephanie Ackerman
Noom
Revelation Wellness Podcast
Eat Your Coffee
Confronting: OJ Simpson

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at Brooklinen.com
Daily Harvest: get 3 free cups in your first order when you use promo code SWP at Daily-Harvest.com

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Jul 15, 2019
#193: Watch for God with Vivian Mabuni
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“Would you just help me trust you, Lord? I want to want to give it all up to you.” If you’ve prayed these prayers, you’re not alone.

We know that the center of God's will is the best place to be, but surrender is easier said than done. A host of hurdles, from busyness and bitterness to complacency and control, can prevent us from moving where He directs. In her latest book, Vivian Mabuni provides an authentic look at what it means to willingly risk saying yes to whatever God asks--and highlights a practical path to the deeper joy of a yielded life.

Vivian Mabuni is a national speaker and author with a passion to share the hope and life found through intimacy with God. With 30 years of ministry experience on staff w/ Cru, she loves teaching about the Bible and providing practical applications. Author of Warrior In Pink and Open Hands, Willing Heart, she lives in Southern California with her husband, Darrin, and their kids. She loves coffee, post-its, sushi and shoes.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • God’s example of rest and the importance of rest in our lives

  • what it actually means to “Sabbath”

  • true surrender to Christ’s will

  • the grace of God’s preparation for the hard times in our lives

  • lessons learned from suffering

  • Vivian’s struggle with imposter syndrome and scarcity mentality

LINKS MENTIONED:

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Choosing Rest
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
Africa New Life Ministries
Noonday Rustic Leather Wallet

CONNECT WITH VIVIAN:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL
LOLA: get 40% off your subscription when you visit mylola.com and use the promo code SWP at checkout

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Jul 08, 2019
#192: Song of a Wounded Heart with Lora Jones
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Are you losing hope? Working through trauma? Man. Lora shared with us her journey of finding the other side of a horrible situation, and I’m so thankful for her wisdom and perspective. Lora talks to us about why it’s OK to question God and shares the story that lead her to a crossroads in her faith.

Lora Jones graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Accounting and from Midwestern Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Religious Education. She married J.L. Jones during college and their family became complete with the birth of two children, Janessa and Jayden. J.L. and Lora served the Lord in full-time ministry for nearly 20 years until the family was involved in an automobile accident. Lora alone survived. Currently, Lora is an inspirational speaker sharing her story across the country since 2006. Speaking to audiences of all sizes, her storytelling style enables her to communicate with Christians of differing backgrounds and denominations. Lora is a rock and this one heck of a heavy conversation but it’s a great one!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the story of a horrific automobile accident that claimed the lives of Lora’s husband and children

  • the lasting triggers of Lora’s experience

  • how God used the shock of what had happened as protection against the weight of grief

  • how Lora’s community supported her in the wake of the accident

  • why Lora decided not to move back home after the accident

  • how we can help others grieve

  • the comfort Lora found in teenagers and college students

  • how God restored joy and purpose in Lora’s life

  • what Lora’s relationship with God looks like now

  • encouragement to live in the present

LINKS MENTIONED:

Bible Reading Plan
Song of a Wounded Heart
Spiritual Prepper

CONNECT WITH LORA:

website | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: get 2 weeks free when you visit prepdish.com/swp
Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL

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Jul 01, 2019
#191: June Problem Solved: Enneagram
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If someone asked you “Do you know your number?”, would you know what they mean? They’re talking about the enneagram, of course! If you like personality tests, you’ll love this episode! Rebecky brought on the first ever Problem Solved guest, Lauren, who is an enneagram coach. She typed Rebecky live on the pod and helped us understand other enneagram numbers in the process. Rebecky can’t decide how she feels about her number, but thinks that it’s probably the worst-case scenario. Emily gets some clarification on EXACTLY what her number is because finding out her perfect number is the right thing to do. Any guesses on what numbers they are?!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how the enneagram affected Lauren’s marriage and other relationships

  • tips for identifying your enneagram type

  • Lauren helps identify what enneagram type Rebecky is

  • a brief history of the Enneagram

  • Emily confirms that she is an enneagram 1 and tells us about her inner critic, “Maude”

  • how our need for God is reflected through our enneagram numbers

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Enneagram Institute
The Road Back to You

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

instagram | website

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jun 24, 2019
#190: It's Go Time with Ali Christian
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Do you think if you were diagnosed with cancer that you’d think things like “This is a blessing” or “I was chosen for this mission!“? I know that I would NOT be that insightful. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ali Christian, a wife, mom and business owner born and raised in upstate New York. She was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer, uprooted her family from NY and moved to CA to get treatment. She and her husband are passionate about sharing the story God is writing for them with full transparency & (attempted) full surrender. She shares with us what it looks like when your life stops and you begin a new life as a full-time cancer fighter. She is the definition of a Mom Struggling Well and I am so pleased that she came to share her joy with all of us.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Ali’s cancer diagnosis story

  • living with stage 4 cancer

  • how Ali’s perspective on her diagnosis shifted from one of doom to an opportunity to minister

  • what it looks like to keep Ali’s family running during her treatment

  • being intentional with her husband

  • two things you shouldn’t say to people battling cancer

  • how Ali’s cancer has affected her relationship with her kids

  • the biggest thing God has taught Ali through her battle with cancer

  • stories of how God has very practically shown up for Ali and her family

CONNECT WITH ALI:

website | instagram | gofundme

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jun 17, 2019
#189: Summer Summary with the Struggling Sisters
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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the beginning of summer? Do you have any major plans? We shared a little bit of both + some of our favorite summer things and, as always, what is killing us softly. For Katie, the ticks are killing her and her family softly and the Penderwick series is giving the Thomas crew life. In this episode, you’ll understand why Em’s boss is constantly considering firing her and learn about two new summer drinks we love. Fake news is Em’s favorite and she really brought it this time. Thanks for listening to this summer-y summer episode, we hope you love it!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Emily and Katie’s summer plans

  • all the things giving us life this summer from deodorant to sparkling water

  • strange news stories

  • the incredible story that earned Katie the nickname “Crash”

  • what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

VISA Greenlight
Glossier Boy Brow
Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla deodorant
The Penderwicsk 4-Book Boxed Set
1 Second Everyday
Chatbooks
The Shrink Next Door
Ear Hustle
All Birds
Starbucks Espresso Con Panna
Seven drinks

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jun 10, 2019
#188: Undercover Counseling with Tara Bremer
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Tara Bremer is the founder of House Peace and has been bringing peace into homes for over fifteen years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Purdue University and a Master's in Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary. She brings this knowledge of the human condition, behavioral psychologies, and habit formations to every home she visits, all with a judgment-free mentality. Whether she's helping you formulate a plan to maximize closet space, or cleaning out your laundry room, Tara and her team love every aspect of the brain puzzle that is organizing and simplifying a home.

In addition to being Birmingham's most trusted and respected home simplifier, Tara puts her experience to the test every day with her own family, as a wife and mother of three.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Tara became passionate about helping others organize their homes

  • Emily’s therapeutic closet cleaning experience

  • how having an organized home relates to living a productive Christian life

  • keeping your mornings organized with a checklist for your kids

  • decluttering with your kids… or not

  • how Tara has learned to struggle well by developing structure for her kids

LINKS MENTIONED:

Atypical
Jasmine Rae Hair Co.
L’ange Le Vite Brush

CONNECT WITH TARA:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Jun 03, 2019
#187: May Problem Solved: A Menagerie of Problems
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Do you think you’re hard to work with? Do you think you come on too strong? We talk through a few of these things and share some friendship and workplace insecurities. We also talk about the loveliness of Emilio Gavin and Rebecky’s pause from her million-dollar corporation + her new stay-at-home status. Rebecky shares more about her workout routine and why it’s working for her right now. It’s great! We had too many problems to solve and they ranged from morning sickness to dog issues. We loved this one and we’re so happy to share it with you!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Rebecky’s current life as a SAHM

  • how Rebecky’s 4-minute workouts are changing her life

  • tips for dealing with morning sickness

  • advice on working with a boss with poor communication skills

  • Rebecky shares her insecurities as a boss and a friend

  • camping with dogs

  • confronting nosey neighbors

  • testing out a minimalist kitchen

  • deciding when you’re done having children

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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May 27, 2019
#186: Just Em: Lean In
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How do you know if you’re struggling well or just plain struggling?

Just Em is back again with part four of a four-part series on what it means to Struggle WELL. This week we deep dive on the second L of WELL. L is for LEAN IN.

TOPICS:

  • what happens when you stop cursing your situation and get curious about it instead

  • two things to ask yourself - What if I did something different here? What is God trying to teach me in this situation?

  • focusing on fixing ourselves rather than trying to change others

  • seeing the fork in the road as an opportunity

  • modeling the person we want our children to be

  • the struggle to stop “kicking the goads”

LINKS MENTIONED:

Download your Struggle WELL printable
Part One: Wait
Part Two: Expect
Part Three: Look Again
Daring Greatly

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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May 20, 2019
#185: Mental Health with the Struggling Sisters
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What are the signs YOU show when you need a mental health break? Do you think you could benefit from counseling but need some real-life details about it? We get deep about our own experiences with counseling and mental health issues but we also share some fun facts about some pretty outrageous arrests lately. Balance, right? From Justin Bieber to the Judds, we cover quite a lot in this episode.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Justin Bieber inspired our mental health topic

  • mental health arrest stories

  • how we know when it’s time to work on our mental health

  • how we’ve been struggling well since April’s episode

  • how the Struggs in our community have been struggling well by changing their perspectives

  • we try pancake and maple flavored Peeps in our new segment that we need your help naming

  • why body scrubber ads are killing Katie softly and a potential tattoo is giving Emily life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Re:generation
Celebrate Recovery
Boie Body Scrubber

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

BioClarity: save 40% on your skincare routine + get 15% off any product when you use promo code SWP
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May 13, 2019
#184: Finding Family with Hallie Graves
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There is so much to know about foster care. Hallie has a ton of knowledge and such a beautiful perspective on parenting. You guys are going to LOVE her.

Hallie Graves is a 30-something from the great Austin, Texas. Not a fan of the linear life, Hallie’s a speaker and writer, a lawyer with a boutique law firm, a foster care activist, and a #singlefostermom with infant and toddlers, and is overly interested in just about everything. Hallie is passionate about encouraging people to live fully in light of the grace and freedom of Jesus and to use every ounce of all they’ve been given in this life. She loves the Austin library, Broadway shows, queso, yoga, words, traveling, and her people. Hallie’s involved in the Austin Stone Community Church, Foster Village, and The Archibald Project, and has degrees in voice, physics, and law.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Hallie became involved in the foster care system

  • a real look at what it’s like for a child to be removed from their family and placed into the foster care system

  • things everyone should know about foster care

  • how Hallie remains positive in the midst of heartbreaking work

  • choosing our words carefully when we speak about our children when we’re stressed

  • handling the trauma of attaching to foster children that are later removed

  • the importance of mental health for foster parents

  • how we can better support foster parents

LINKS MENTIONED:

Starbucks Medicine Ball (aka Honey Citrus Mint Tea)
The Real Mom Podcast
Foster the Family
CASA
Poshmark

CONNECT WITH HALLIE GRAVES:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off your first purchase when you visit thirdlove.com/swp
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May 06, 2019
#183: Just Em: Look Again
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How do you know if you’re struggling well or just plain struggling?

Just Em is back again with part three of a four-part series on what it means to Struggle WELL. This week we deep dive on the first L of WELL. L is for LOOK AGAIN.

TOPICS:

  • remembering that there are two sides to every situation

  • two different perspectives for struggling moms

  • embracing the hard times as a chance to grow

  • how Emily is flipping her perspective on two of her own personal struggles

LINKS MENTIONED:

Download your Struggle WELL printable
Part One: Wait
Part Two: Expect

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Blume: text SWP to 797979 to get 25% off your first stick of Hug Me deodorant
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Apr 30, 2019
#182: April Problem Solved: Technology Edition
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Do you have ten million pictures on your phone and need a plan? When is a good time to let your children have access to the cyberspace? How can you stay the heck off your phone?

There is lot’s of talk about technology boundaries with kids and Emily’s favorite subject comes up: appropriateness! Rebecky and Emily both realize they are placing non-technology items out to be shared and discovered by the kids, and it’s working! Tech facts gave Em life and Rebecky shares how she likes to decompress in non-tech fashion.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Rebecky moonlighting on other podcasts

  • how a Diva cup story lead to a beautiful friendship

  • how Rebecky is struggling well with 4-minute workouts

  • how Emily is struggling well by buying pre-packaged healthy meals for herself and hiring a housekeeper, even if she does feel guilty about it

  • when to get your child a smartphone

  • how to deal with awkward mom social media comments

  • disconnecting from social media

  • solutions for photo storage

Links Mentioned:

Snap Kitchen
No Such Thing As a Fish
Criminal podcast
The Anatomy of Marriage
The Minimalish Podcast
Google Photos
Shutterfly

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Daily Harvest: use promo code SWP and get 3 free cups in your first box
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Apr 22, 2019
#181: Just Em: Expect
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How do you know if you’re struggling well or just plain struggling?

Just Em is back again with part two of a four-part series on what it means to Struggle WELL. This week we deep dive on the E portion of WELL. E is for Expect.

Topics:

  • Emily clears up why she decided to go back to work full-time

  • how expectations have got a bad rap, but expecting God to do things is the same as faith

  • knowing that God is always on the move, but He’s not a genie

  • managing self-expectations

  • letting go of perfection

  • breaking the chains of bondage by expecting God to help us through our sin struggles

LINKS MENTIONED:

Part One: Wait

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Apr 15, 2019
#180: All of the Spring Things with the Struggling Sisters
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Do your kids tell you they want a new Mom? Us too. Do you like peeps? Your mouth must be broken. There are new flavors out so try them and report back. We don’t think we have it in us.

This week the Struggling Sisters talk spring. Find out what we found in our planters and what we’re planting next. Some spring blooms have brought up past trauma for Em and there is a little update on the new jobs. Em springs some spring facts on us and Katie discovers what spring fever is.

This summer we urge you to join us a Jesus craft camp! Details below, you will LOVE IT!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • planting for spring

  • an update on Katie’s career as a barista and Emily’s school

  • Emily’s traumatic junior high memory

  • interesting spring facts

  • defining spring fever

  • Katie’s daughter’s Ulta escape

  • why are there so many Peep flavors?!

  • the Struggs Jesus Craft Camp takeover

LINKS MENTIONED:

dahlias
holly fern
Creative Soul Camp (aka Jesus Craft Camp)
Stephanie Ackerman
Noodle
Meg Duerksen
Dermablend Jelly Face Primer
Dermablend Compact Setting Powder

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off your first order by visiting thirdlove.com/swp
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Apr 08, 2019
#179: The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman
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How can you live your life more fully YOU? Do you need permission to take a hot minute to check in with yourself?

This week we meet Emily, a grad student and a mom in a busy season of life who has practical advice on how we can connect with ourselves and our Father. We talk about creativity and all of the different shapes it can come in. Did you know you can be creative and connect with God without buying the entire contents of aisle 10 at Michaels?

Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. As host of The Next Right Thing podcast, she helps create space for the soul to breathe, offering a fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. Emily and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Emily’s book idea turned into a podcast, then back into the book The Next Right Thing

  • the power of indecision

  • defining soul care and where to start

  • how being creative is a part of soul transformation

  • ways to find creativity in things you’re already doing

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Next Right Thing podcast
Super Size Me
Pucker Up
Thread Up

CONNECT WITH EMILY P. FREEMAN:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Apr 01, 2019
#178: March Problem Solved: Birthday Edition
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We answer all of the tough birthday questions this month, like: What do you do when you forget a birthday? What’s the deal with gift bags? Do you do the party drop-off move with your kids?

Rebecky has had a celebration breakthrough this year! She shared with us why it’s so important to celebrate yourself and how to not be weird about it. Em shares her go-to gift for girlfriends.

Also, Rebecky got some fly electronic accessories and we find out why Em is giving away her designer dog.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Emily’s dog is up for grabs

  • a simple, quick way to let your friend’s know you’re thinking of them

  • to give or not to give gift bags at kid’s parties

  • inexpensive gift ideas

  • our favorite ways to celebrate birthdays

  • enjoying birthdays as adults

  • making birthdays near holidays special without a lot of prep

  • hacks on getting thoughtful gifts for loved ones (and Emily)

  • the proper way to wish someone happy birthday in the social media age

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Noom: start your trial today at noom.com/swp
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Mar 25, 2019
#177: Just Em: Wait
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How do you know if you’re struggling well or just plain struggling?

Just Em is back with a four-part series on what it means to Struggle WELL. This week we deep dive on the W portion of WELL. W is for Wait.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how can we tell when we’re struggling well

  • how our society has eliminated waiting, to our own detriment

  • reminding yourself that waiting is an option

  • heartbreak in the midst of waiting on a faithful God

  • verses about waiting: James 5:7-8, Romans 5:3-4, Psalm 130:5-6

LINKS MENTIONED:

“WELL” printable

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Handy: get your first 3 hour cleaning for $39 when you sign up for a plan at handy.com/swp and use promo code SWP at checkout
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Mar 18, 2019
#176: Struggling Sisters: Community, St. Patrick's Day & Beyond
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Do you need a laugh break? Have you always wanted to know the truth about St. Patrick’s Day?

This week we give you a quick rundown of St. Patrick’s day history (as we understand it) and we explore some Irish phrases and accents that we enjoy. The original plan was to focus on community, so Emily shared her normal community “fake news”. A quick round of Are You into That? helped us determine we aren’t scrunchie girls anymore, even if it’s cool.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • in honor of St. Patrick’s day, Emily dares Katie to the Irish slang challenge

  • Irish phrases (read in a very poor Irish accent)

  • the history of St. Patrick

  • Would You Rather - St. Patrick’s edition

  • finding friends with similar niche interests

  • what’s giving us life and what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Jason Momoa’s pink scrunchie
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Dry Shampoo

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off your first order + free shipping with promo code SWP
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Mar 11, 2019
#175: Flawed is the New Fabulous with Dr. Barbara
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Would you like to be released from the pressure to be perfect? Meet Dr. Barbara! Her job is to help people love the life they have and I’m so excited to share her with you!

Dr. Barbara Lowe is a licensed psychologist who founded and owns her own practice in Durham, NC. She is also a Board Certified Life Coach, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, Speaker, Author, and Lay Minister. She is a wife, mother, and step-mother, and has used her training and the wounds of her past to minister professionally and personally to women for many years. Dr. Barbara has created the Hearts Returning Home method for overcoming difficult childhood experiences and messages, to help women move from "Where's the Life I Dreamed Of?" to real soul satisfaction and kick-butt success in life! She offers blogs, vlogs, podcasts, courses, intensives, and retreats at in order to move women into "Finally, here is the life I dreamed of."

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the power of striving to be average

  • the loneliness of raising kids

  • parenting a child with special needs that are not visible

  • being conscious about how you narrate your life

  • making yourself a soft place for your kids when they make poor choices

  • Barbara’s experience walking through addiction with her son

  • how to detach with love

  • grieving in motherhood

  • the strength of community

LINKS MENTIONED:

TedX talk with Lynette Lewis
Boundaries

Connect with Dr. Barbara:

website | instagram | facebook | youtube

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Mar 04, 2019
#174: February Problem Solved
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Kids and sanctuaries. Stress and sanctuaries. Work/homeschool and sanctuaries.

This week will rock you. We were formally Taylor Swift and Marilyn Manson but we have finally found common ground when it comes to our homes!

Thanks to all of you who sent in questions, we had a great Problem Solved!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how we’re struggling not very well at the moment

  • where to start when you’re overwhelmed with clutter

  • how to enjoy your sanctuary, even when the kids keep destroying it

  • identifying your non-negotiable clean spots

  • the two types of people - clean, but cluttered and tidy, but dirty

  • the frustration of unfinished projects

  • which Girl Scout cookie is the best Girl Scout cookie

  • tip for finding cute, affordable house decor

LINKS MENTIONED:

Ep. 173: Working Through the Clutter with Dana White
Rebecca’s Instagram home tour story (start with “Home Tour 1”)

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Feb 25, 2019
#173: Working Through the Clutter with Dana White
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I feel overwhelmed by housework. My brain can’t seem to process monotonous tasks like de-cluttering. There is a HUGE difference between how I want my house to look and how it looks right now.

Dana K. White is an author, podcaster, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) a decluttering expert. In a desperate attempt to get her own home under control, Dana started blogging as "Nony" (short for anonymous) at A Slob Comes Clean in 2009. Today, Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy in her books: Decluttering at the Speed of Life and How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. Dana lives with her husband and three kids just outside of Dallas, Texas. Oh, and she's funny.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • our fascinating backstory

  • how Dana’s life changed when she came clean about her biggest shame

  • what has changed in Dana’s life and in her spirit since decluttering

  • the difference between a person with clutter and a hoarder

  • a practical solution to your Tupperware lid dilemma

LINKS MENTIONED:

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
Decluttering at the Speed of Life
A Slob Comes Clean podcast
Cascade dishwasher pods
Broken Harts podcast

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Feb 18, 2019
#172: Struggling Sisters: Sanctuary
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I don’t even have a place to BE in this house! What am I even going for design-wise?

These are valid and we are here to help! Struggling Sisters are at it again talking about how to make your house into a sanctuary with our organization tips plus ideas on how to make your very own most-favorite spot. Em shares how hard it is to wake up in the mornings and how she likes to live by lamp light most hours of the day. Katie makes fun of Emily accordingly and all is right in the land of the Struggling Sisters. Enjoy!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • clarification about the future of the podcast and an update on Emily’s job search

  • Katie’s plan to become both a Starbucks Grand Master Coffee Ninja AND a college graduate

  • cheap ways to improve your home

  • our favorite spots in our homes

  • the non-negotiables of house cleaning

  • our design styles according to HGTV

  • tips to keep clutter from piling up

LINKS MENTIONED:

Cozy Minimalist Home
HGTV Design Personality Quiz

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instagram

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Feb 11, 2019
#171: Reframing Home with Sarah Bragg
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Sarah Bragg is a popular host and communicator. You can find her on iTunes hosting the podcasts Are My Kids On Track and Surviving SarahHer book titled Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves helps young women find their value in the One who made them. Sarah has a long career of working in ministry and has helped launch several ministry curriculums for Orange during that time. And while she seems to be a master at brewing coffee, cheering for others and surviving life, she has an actual masters degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Sarah and her husband, Scott, and their daughters, Sinclair and Rory, reside in Marietta, Georgia.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what it’s been like for Sarah to be the wife of an entrepreneur

  • “selective hearing” when it comes to your husband’s barrage of ideas

  • coping with the loss of a friendship

  • making your house a home, even if it’s temporary

  • not allowing our identity and self-worth to be tethered to people’s opinions

  • self-acceptance and the acceptance of others

LINKS MENTIONED:

Rising Strong
Oprah’s Master Class podcast
What About Bob?
Lion Coffee

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website | instagram | facebook | youtube

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Feb 04, 2019
#174: February Problem Solved
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Do you worry that you’re messing your kids up when it comes to body image? Maybe YOU feel a little messed up when it comes to body image. That’s where Rebecky and I come in. We are here to solve all of the body problems and let you know that we feel a little messed up too. These are the things we are sure of: nakedness can be used to repel children when you need a moment alone, “boring” meal preps are some peoples bag and finally, this is 100% the best episode we’ve recorded yet.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • when should you stop being naked in front of your children

  • ways to help instill a healthy body image for your daughter

  • tips on how to feel more confident in a bathing suit

  • the never-ending struggle to find time and motivation to work out

  • Rebecky’s solution to her Double Stuffed Oreo cravings

  • easy, portable healthy lunches

LINKS MENTIONED:

Lime Ricki
maddy_gutierrez_
ashley_dorough

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website | instagram

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Jan 28, 2019
#169: A Body Image Deep Drive with Kara Osborne
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Have you been caught up comparing yourself to others? Are you finding LITTLE imperfections in yourself and feeling inadequate in a BIG way? Shoot girl, you forgot your worth AGAIN! Body image is tri-cky and you are not alone in this struggle.

Meet Kara. She is the mastermind behind Wellness Witness, a program that helps women on their journey towards better health: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She is a gifted champion for wellness who married her best friend and became a Mama to two. She’s also got a WILD golden doodle puppy named Boone and a 4-year old rescue dog named Bailey.

As a Cancer Survivor, Kara wants to do everything she can to take care of her body so that she never has to hear the words “You have Cancer” again. She plays the bass guitar, sings in a worship band at church and used to work as a school counselor. God has called Kara into leading ministry full-time at Wellness Witness and as a certified Revelation Wellness Instructor.

Kara is wise beyond her years in the wellness field and has a lot to offer us in this short chat. Let’s not chase after that perfect body every day. It’s a mirage creating exhausted and discontent. Let’s LOVE the body we have been given and have a little fun with wellness along the way!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the story behind Wellness Witness and how it’s evolved

  • measuring results by obedience

  • how God has used Kara’s “mess” to meet other women where they are

  • the truth that you don’t have to have it figured out, you just have to keep trying

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

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Jan 21, 2019
#167: Struggling Sisters: Body
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It’s body month (Have you downloaded the printable yet?) and in this episode, Katie and I are talking all things kitchen including our kitchen irritations and habits as well as tips and tricks for getting our kids involved in the kitchen. We also share a few of our favorite recipes and stories from our childhood.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • music we like to listen to while we’re in the kitchen

  • things we do to keep our kids involved in the kitchen

  • tips for hosting dinner parties

  • our favorite kitchen memories

  • what we dislike about being in the kitchen

LINKS MENTIONED:

Egg Slicer
Nom Nom Paleo Instant Pot Carnitas
Emily’s Party Punch
Sonoma Chicken Salad
Whole Foods Market Cookbook

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Jan 14, 2019
#167: Solving Dinnertime Drama with Polly Conner
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It’s not called the “witching hour” for no reason. Dinnertime comes to the Thomas house daily and with it comes crying and drama (and sometimes my kids are upset too…). I got a lot out of this chat and I hope you do as well!

Polly is a wife, mother, blogger, foodie, money-saver, animal-lover, and freezer cooking evangelist. She has a heart for equipping and encouraging young moms and women to thrive in their homes. Her blogging journey began when she and Rachel Tiemeyer founded Thrivinghomeblog.com and found that blogging and writing has not only kept her mind sharp during these foggy-sleep-deprived years but has also served as a much-needed creative outlet. Polly is a go-getter, project manager, sometimes a bit too honest, hard-working mom who enjoys a challenge... and a strong mocha with extra whip on the hard days.

What we chat about:

  • the story behind Polly and Rachel’s freezer cookbook, From Freezer to Table

  • building community while meal prepping

  • letting go of the expectations you had for your kids and embracing who they are

  • how nurturing her child’s ADHD has affected their relationship

Links mentioned:

Thriving Home
From Freezer to Table
Loving the Little Years
Shoe Dog
Hellbound on His Trail
Libby
Thriving Home recipe tester team

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Jan 07, 2019
#166: Translating Teenagers with Drew Hill
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“It’s impossible to connect with my teenager!” “My child is only 9, we aren’t battling teen issues yet.” “My relationship with the Father doesn’t REALLY impact my relationship with my kids.”

In the words of the great Dwight Schrute: FALSE! In this chat, Drew helps us understand how to approach hurdles with the teens we love.

Drew Hill is the author of Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel. He is also a pastor in Greensboro, NC and serves on the mission-wide leadership team for Young Life. Drew received his BA in Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He is married to Natalie and they have three children: Honey, Hutch, and Macy Heart.

What we chat about:

  • Drew’s book Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel and his heart to connect teens and parents

  • what Drew learned through the book writing process

  • making sure our teens understand loving them is not contractual

  • extending grace and not projecting our fear of failure on our teens’ behavior

  • the myth that sharing with our mistakes with our teens will break their trust

  • care vs. cure mindset

  • practical ways to connect with your teens

Links mentioned:

It’s Not About the Nail
The Tech-Wise Family

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website | twitter

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Dec 24, 2018
#165: December Problem Solved
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Christmas is just a week away - are you feeling frazzled? Don’t worry, we are too. Fortunately, we’re here to solve your holiday problems from contentious in-laws to all those annoying toys your kids will get this year. We also weigh the pros and cons or real vs. artificial Christmas trees and tackle the age-old question - what do you do when your mom won’t let you stop delivering angel food cake to strangers? It’s a real conundrum.

What we chat about:

  • feeling frazzled

  • Rebecky’s first real Christmas tree

  • what to do when your mom won’t let you stop delivering angel food cake to strangers

  • navigating holidays with your in-laws

  • when your kids get unnecessary/annoying toys

  • how to approach your family about changing tradition

  • confronting your family when sarcasm becomes hurtful

  • splitting time between families

Links mentioned:

Sleeping at Last Enneagram songs
The Road Back to You

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Dec 17, 2018
#164: Struggling Sisters: Family
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Is your family weird/amazing/loud/embarrassing/picky? Or at least one of those things? Us too!

The Struggling Sisters talk about strange (and accidentally true crime) family traditions that Em found on the interwebs and we divulge the traditions we have started with our own families. We also did an extensive quiz to find out which Disney family we are. These are the facts: Katie’s family yells, Emily’s family can’t stand DiGiorno and hearing about serial killer families just plain makes us feel better about our own family situations.

What we chat about:

  • Katie’s Russian accent tips

  • unusual family traditions

  • Thomas family traditions including movie nights, Family Day and Emily making her daughter do math for Valentine’s Day

  • Katie’s Elf on the Shelf adventures

  • some things we’re starting, some we’re stopping and some things we’re going to keep doing

Links mentioned:

120-Year-Old Wedding Dress
Milestone Blessing Bowl
Mom and Dad are Fighting podcast
The Wondering Years
Bananagrams
Guess Who
Story Cubes
Jenga
Farkle
Uno Attack
Giant Uno
Playing Card Holder

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Dec 10, 2018
#163: The Magic of Empathy with Kim Stuart
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Do you frequent the parenting shame cycle? Could you use tips on how to genuinely engage with teenagers? How can you help your children choose quality friendships?

Kimberly Stuart grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where she learned to be snobbish about corn on the cob and good storytelling. She earned degrees at St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa, both fine institutions that did very little to prepare her for the lethal cocktail of parenting and writing. Kim is the author of eight novels, including the Heidi Elliott series and her most recent book, Heart Land. She has a passion to write chemistry-driven, smart, romance that requires a reader neither to leave her brain at the door nor to visit a confessional after turning the last page. Kim has made her home in Minneapolis, Houston, Chicago, Costa Rica, Nebraska, and Iowa, where she now lives with her brave husband and three wily children.

What we chat about:

  • how to help your kids when they’re choosing friends

  • using empathy to help create a safe space for your kids

  • how to extend grace to yourself when you’ve said way too much

  • weird things we’ve done when we’ve met famous people

  • super niche documentaries

Links mentioned:

Pucker Up
Heart Land
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
Binnie’s Butter

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Dec 03, 2018
November Problem Solved
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Could you use practical tips on how to find your identity outside of motherhood? What can you do to not feel old or out of touch with your ideal style? Are there things you had to put down because of adulting but would like to rediscover?

Identity can be a complex and vast concept, but we actually managed to come up with some great tips!

What we chat about:

  • Rebecky’s birth story and an update on her ill-timed bathroom remodel

  • maintaining an identity separate from motherhood

  • Emily reveals she’s the Al Bundy of pianists

  • Tips to help us all feel less haggish

  • Making a “you” journal to help you figure out what you actually like

  • Purpose vs. identity

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Nov 26, 2018
#161: Sex, Money and Your Marriage with Cherie Lowe
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“Passionate Patience” and “Financial Foreplay” are coming up today, so buckle up! Have you ever considered how intertwined sex and money are in your marriage? This fascinating conversation Cherie Lowe outlines how to save money and improve your love life. This conversation is jam-packed with info you’re going to want to put in place!

What we chat about:

  • You’re bringing a covered dish to a party. Is it a potluck? A pitch-in? A “pot blessing”? (I may have made up that last one.)

  • Finding some wiggle room in your budget

  • Cherie’s journey to be debt-free

  • How paying off debt has affected her children

  • Forming a healthy relationship with money

  • How learning to manage money can lead to better intimacy in your marriage (a.k.a. “financial foreplay”)

  • Cheap and practical date nights

  • The VND (values, needs, dreams) approach to your social calendar

  • Attaching money to our identity

  • Embracing each other’s strengths when it comes to budgeting

  • Shopping strategies and couponing

Links mentioned:

Your Money, Your Marriage
YourMoneyYourMarriage.com
QueenOfFree.net
HotWire.com
BetterBidding.com
Ebates
Swagbucks
Cartwheel
Meijer Perks
Walmart Savings Catcher
Shopkick
Formula 10.0.06

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Nov 19, 2018
#160: Feeling Too Far Behind to Catch Up with Katie Ordway
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Do you ever feel inadequate because you don’t know enough? Do you tell yourself you’re too behind to ever catch up? In this episode with Katie, we discuss her recent decision to follow Jesus and the identity questions she still wrestles with. We do official internet “research” (via online quizzes) to drill down to our true identities as well. What we discovered is: the concept of identity is a hard one to wrangle and we all wonder if we’re on the right track from time to time.

What we chat about:

  • defining true identity

  • what it really means to “find our identity in Christ”

  • how to believe the truth in what God says about us instead of the lies we tell ourselves

Links mentioned:

Which sandwich are you?
What should your name actually be?
Your personality in images
Bripe
Baked in Vermont
Bee onesie

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Nov 12, 2018
New Podcast I Had To Tell You About: Imagined Life
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What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life. 

Subscribe today at wondery.fm/struggle

Nov 07, 2018
#159: Demystifying Counseling with Ann Taylor McNiece
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Do you think you might need counseling, but don’t know where to start or even if it’s okay to get help? Ann has got answers.

Ann Taylor McNiece is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a wife, a mom, a daughter, and a friend. Over the past few years, she has worked in the schools with kids of all ages, in private practice with individuals and couples, and in a community mental health agency where she served low-income clients and family reunifying after problems with child abuse. Her passion is to help women understand the truth about their hearts and souls and to help couples get to the heart of their marriages. 

What we chat about:

  • signs that it’s time to seek a professional counselor

  • dispelling the stigma that it’s not okay for Christians to get counseling and/or medication

  • how to find a counselor that is the right fit for you

  • identifying issues with food obsession and body issues

  • what to say to a friend who you believe would benefit from counseling

Links mentioned:

Postpartum network
Psychology Today
The Intentional Family

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Nov 05, 2018
Just Em #16: Identity
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Excited to kick off our first-ever Struggle Well Project Focus! Interestingly, as I studied the concept of identity, I got very involved in the study of icebergs…I know. It’s odd. Just stay with me here. I promise it is interesting.

If you aren’t on the newsletter list yet and you don’t have the printable, head to strugglewellproject.com/identity and we will get that right out to you!

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Nov 01, 2018
#158: The Wondering Years with Knox McCoy
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I enjoy pop culture AND Christianity. Did you know this can be a thing?

Knox McCoy loves laughing and making people laugh. Really anything that’s laughter-adjacent, he’s into. He’s also super into the word “swashbuckling” and his dream is to one day use it in a bio. Knox began podcasting in 2011 as a way to talk more about popular culture, and to his extreme surprise, he’s still doing it every week on The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. As a resident of the South, Knox’s heritage is to enjoy football and barbecue, and he does so with great passion. He also enjoys zombie movies, police procedurals, and a good Netflix binge.

Knox lives with his wife and three kids in Birmingham, Alabama where he works as a screenwriter and as the swashbuckling co-founder of The Popcast Media Group. (Dreams really can come true.)

What we chat about:

  • learning from uncomfortable conversations

  • how pop culture informs Knox’s faith

  • teaching kids the gospel with care

  • questioning God

Links mentioned:

The Popcast with Knox & Jamie
The Bible Binge
The Wondering Years
Shoe Dog
Succession
Killing Eve

Connect with Knox:

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Oct 29, 2018
#157: Holding Tight to Permanent with Amanda Williams
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Amanda Bible Williams likes words and books more than just about anything. She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English, nearly a master’s in religion, and a deep love for a farmhouse east of Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their four children. Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth, Amanda spends her days happily rearranging sentences and explaining that her maiden name really is Bible. She is the co-author of She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away and a general editor of the newly released She Reads Truth Bible

What we chat about:

  • how Amanda is struggling well through a very difficult season

  • why you should read the Bible

  • how She Reads Truth is different than your typical Bible study

Links mentioned:

She Reads Truth
Lauren Daigle Look Up Child

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Oct 22, 2018
October Problem Solved
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Fall is here are we’re solving all of your Halloween headaches like picking a couples costume, appropriate trick or treat age limits and handing out candy. We also determine when it’s appropriate to start watching Hallmark Christmas movies and tackle the challenge of getting your kids to wear winter clothes. And our friendship is tested when Rebecky reveals she doesn't like pumpkin spice flavored anything. WHAT?!

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Oct 18, 2018
#156: Preaching to Yourself with Hayley Morgan
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Hayley Morgan is a writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur who inspires women to know what is true about God and themselves. Her first book called Wild and Free, co-written with Jess Connolly, was published in May 2016 and quickly became a USA Today Bestseller. She currently runs the women's boutique Nellie Taft, named after an American First Lady and featuring all Made in the USA products. You can often find her cross-legged on the floor of an art supply store debating between the merits of five different shades of green paint.

What we chat about:

  • how pivots are not failures

  • the story of Hayley’s two companies - Nellie Taft and Wildly Co.

  • creating a hospitable environment to get her adolescent boys to open up

  • identifying the bad news you tell yourself and silencing it

Links mentioned:

Nellie Taft
Wildly Co.
Cup of Jo
Preach to Yourself

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Oct 15, 2018
#155: Raising Readers with Sarah Clarkson
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Sarah Clarkson is an author, a blogger, and a student of theology. She's the author of Read for the Heart, Caught Up in a Story, and Journeys of Faithfulness, as well as her latest titled, Book Girl (a Woman's Guide to the Reading Life). Through blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the theological significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty. She writes regularly about her adventures at sarahclarkson.com and is at slow work on a novel. She can often be found with a cup of good coffee in one of the many quaint corners amid Oxford's "dreaming spires," where she lives in a red-doored cottage with her husband, Thomas and their daughter, Lilian.

What we chat about:

  • how studying theology and theodicy has affected Sarah’s faith

  • believing that God is still good when circumstances are bad

  • battling to take every thought captive when dealing with OCD

  • the power of words and encouragement for new readers

  • God’s faithfulness in the valley of loneliness

Links mentioned:

The Great Divorce
J.R.R. Tolkien
Elizabeth Goudge
Pilgrim’s Inn
Wendell Barry
Hannah Coulter
Clark’s Shoes

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Oct 08, 2018
#154: Surrender, Suffering and Community with Shannan Martin
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Wouldn’t it be amazing if life didn’t include loss? Sometimes we love things so much the idea of letting them go feels like it might be the end of us. If you are walking through a season of surrender (voluntary or forced) or if this season has been one of suffering for you, you’re going to find comfort in Shannan’s story. If you long for a community but don’t know how to get it, you are in for a treat with this episode as well! Shannan has a compelling story of how she has formed a ragtag group of family-turned-friends. I got so much out of this conversation and I know you will too!

What we chat about:

  • when struggles with infertility don’t result in the birth of a child

  • Shannan’s story of how God rescued her from the life she wanted

  • building community with people who are unlike you

  • why we should make being around people who make us uncomfortable a priority

  • maintaining hope when you see people in your community repeat harmful patterns

  • the power of simply showing up

Links mentioned:

The Ministry of Ordinary Places
Falling Free
Ugly Delicious

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Oct 01, 2018
September Problem Solved
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Happy September! This month we’re solving everything from coping with your kids growing out of the baby phase to wishing your kids would grow up. Also binge eating, high school hazing, closet organization, and farting Birkenstocks. Trust us. We’re experts (basically).

Links mentioned:

Wellness Revelation
Alisa Keeton
Revelation Wellness Podcast
House Peace

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Sep 29, 2018
#153: Cultivating What You're Given with Ellie Holcomb
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Ellie Holcomb has created a beautiful, scripture rooted, children’s musical project Sing: Creation Songs. She wanted to write songs that were directly inspired by both God’s word and His beautiful creation that is a perfect companion piece to her upcoming children’s book Who Sang The First Song?. Each song is tied to specific Scripture but is also full of rich imagery from the world around us. She wanted kids to be able to sing these songs and see evidence of what they were singing all around them. 

“Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to sing, so I got curious about who sang the first song. What did the world sound like as God created it? I loved these questions, so I set out to write a book so that we could explore not so much how God made the world, but why He created the world and each one of us. My sincere hope is that children (and the adults reading to them) would be reminded of who and whose we are, and that as we remember how God created us and loves us, our hearts and lives would sing for the joy of being loved!”

What we chat about:

  • Ellie’s humble beginnings in music

  • how letting go and being grateful changed the trajectory of Ellie’s life

  • avoiding comparisons tending the land that God has given you

  • setting boundaries to prevent over-extending yourself

  • the freedom that can only be found in truth

  • the inspiration behind Ellie’s new music and children’s book

Links mentioned:

The Best Yes
Sleeping at Last “One”
Sleeping at Last Podcast
Sing: Creation Songs
Who Sang The First Song?
Unkers
Every Moment Holy

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Sep 24, 2018
#152: Holding Space for Others with Chantel Runnels
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Chantel Runnels is a wife to one and a mom to three. Her leadership path runs from the halls of hospitals, through offices of higher education and to the arenas of television networks and studios. She is currently a home educator, a consultant, and a doula.

What we chat about:

  • how and why Chantel lived on the road with her family of 5

  • challenging social and religious constructs

  • what keeps her grounded in her faith

  • how she responds to criticism of her out-of-the-box thinking

  • the value in listening to our elders

  • grieving the loss of your life before motherhood

  • letting go of perfection and letting God change us

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Sep 17, 2018
#151: Redirected Dreams with Teresa Swanstrom Anderson
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Teresa Swanstrom Anderson is living the life she thought she never wanted. With an art history degree and dreams of living in Europe as a curator, Teresa had big plans for herself. After a decision to lay her exciting plans at the feet of Christ, God began changing her heart little by little and began dating the man who eventually became her husband. Teresa’s life is a series of redirected dreams, stumbling, falling, getting up, and wondering if she is investing her time where it matters most. Through it all, she aims to see beauty everywhere and grasp joy tightly. And some days she actually manages to pull it off.

What we chat about:

  • Teresa's complicated and miraculous adoption story
  • making your home a sanctuary
  • finding your hygge
  • not letting your passion define your purpose
  • creating community
  • learning to wait well

Links mentioned:

Beautifully Interrupted

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Sep 10, 2018
#150: Faith, Humor, and Personality with Jamie Golden
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Jamie Golden has been co-hosting The Popcast with Knox McCoy since August 2013. It is a nationally ranked, weekly pop culture podcast that’s part deep dive, mostly shallow end. Jamie and Knox also launched their newest podcast, The Bible Binge, in February of 2018. Season 1 wrapped in the top 3% of all podcasts. She makes her home in Birmingham, Alabama where she advocates for foster and adopted children serving as a volunteer for Heart Gallery Alabama and CASA. Jamie also helps people tell their own stories better by serving with Arc Stories, a local nonprofit.

What we chat about:

  • using humor as an evangelical tool
  • how enneagrams can help us better understand ourselves, others and our faith
  • managing ADD
  • Jamie's life as a full-time podcaster
  • skin care

Links mentioned:

Enneagram test
Asana
Cerave
The Road Back to You

The Path Between Us
Switch on Your Brain

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Sep 03, 2018
August Problem Solved
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This month we're tackling all the problems from picking out the perfect stroller to extreme wedding party expenses. Plus, Emily explains why you need to have a Newfie Poo and we've got an exciting update on Rebecky's book deal!

Links mentioned:

Common Sense Media
VidAngel

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Aug 30, 2018
#149: Regarding Immigrants and Diversity with Kristel Acevedo
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Krystel Acevedo is a wife, mom, writer, and speaker.  She is an introvert who loves people and encourages them to take bold steps in their lives for Christ's sake.  She is, admittedly, still working out what that means in her life as well.

What we chat about:

  • dispelling stereotypes about immigrants
  • talking with your kids about difficult subjects
  • psychology and Christianity

Links mentioned:

How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects
Switch on Your Brain
Enneagram test
The Road Back to You
The Road Back to You Podcast
Typology Podcast
The Path Between Us

Connect with KRYSTEL:

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Aug 27, 2018
#148: Planting & Celebrating with Jess Connolly
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Jess Connolly is a woman who wants to leave her generation more in awe of God than she found it. She is passionate about family, God's Word, and seeing women take their place in the Kingdom. She loves communicating, coffee, color, and the local church. She and her husband Nick live in Charleston, SC where they've planted Bright City Church. They have four wild and hilarious kids: Elias, Gloriana, Benjamin, and Cannon. They also have an unruly dog named Deacon.

What we chat about:

  • how her gift of being a prophet affects the way she teaches
  • why she and her husband felt called to start a church
  • Jess' struggle with being an intense person
  • the transition from your kids feeling like work to feeling like family
  • the benefits of allowing your kids to experience some of the darkness in the world
  • being available for your children without prying into their lives
  • the freedom of accepting that you are not enough to raise your children
  • a different perspective on the Kardashians

Links mentioned:

All Good Things Collective
Enneagram test
The Five-Fold Ministry Test

Connect with Jess:

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Aug 20, 2018
#147: Imperfect Courage with Jessica Honegger
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Jessica Honegger is a pioneer. As founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, the world’s largest fair-trade jewelry company, she has created a new breed of social entrepreneurship that empowers women, connects cultures, and celebrates handmade beauty. Her path to award-winning business leader was anything but traditional: from serving as a midwife in Bolivia, to earning her Master’s degree in Education, to renovating and selling houses in Austin, Texas, Jessica has followed her heart down several paths, gaining once-in-a-lifetime experiences that all still guide her decisions today. A mom to three, she is also a passionate adoption advocate who initially launched Noonday Collection to help raise the needed funds to bring her and her husband’s third child home. Jessica shares her story, along with heartening encouragement, in her compelling new book, Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared, available August 14, 2018.

What we chat about:

  • Jessica's calling and struggle to adopt her son from Rwanda
  • the beginnings of Noonday
  • how to let your calling spur you to action instead of causing shame
  • shifting your focus from what the world owes you to what you can offer to the world
  • how Jessica has seen lives changed at home and abroad through Noonday
  • tips on organizing jewelry 
  • the power of shared experiences with your family

Links mentioned:

Ep. 117: Unshakeable with Christine Caine
Going Scared Podcast
The Anatomy of the Soul
The Soul of Shame
The Giving Keys
Hotel Rwanda
MyFitnessPal
Noonday
Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

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Aug 13, 2018
Ep. 146: Living Ready to Leave with Kelly Sites
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Kelly Sites is a wife and mom to 19-year-old twins who she homeschooled all the way through high school. She has been a registered nurse for 20 years and has worked as an international disaster response nurse with Samaritan's Purse since 2010. She has deployed over 13 times to disasters around the world, including the Cholera outbreak in Haiti, tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes.  She deployed twice to Liberia to care for Ebola patients, Iraq twice to work in a mobile field hospital outside of Mosul where they cared for trauma patients including ISIS soldiers. Most recently she was in Bangladesh for a diphtheria outbreak in a refugee camp filled with close to a million Rohingya refugees.

What we chat about:

  • advice for moms of twins
  • how and why Kelly decided to become an international disaster response nurse
  • how her work schedule has taught her to be more intentional with her time
  • recognizing if the cost of your career on your family is too high
  • how being in disaster areas abroad has changed her perspective on "need" at home
  • how her experiences have helped shape her family
  • what it looks like to be a disaster response nurse
  • adjusting to everyday life after experiencing trauma
  • responding to criticism that she's away too often

Resources on suffering:

A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard by Kara Tippetts
Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller
A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada
How God Can Allow So Much Evil and Suffering from Focus on the Family
The Truth about Suffering and the Believer (video sermon)

Links mentioned:

Samaritan's Purse
The Happy Hour with Jamie  Ivey
The Popcast with Knox and Jamie
Serial
Dirty John

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Aug 06, 2018
ENCORE: Viewing Inadequacies as Gifts with Anjuli Paschall
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This girl is authentic. She is honest and not afraid to speak up about her struggles because she knows that's how others can know they are not alone. She's my kind of girl. You're going to love hearing her share her heart towards mothering in particular and life in general. I know I did!

What We Chat About:

  • the difference between willfulness, willlessness, and willingness
  • how sometimes going to the park is the very WORST
  • how she combats loneliness in motherhood
  • practical steps to make home a safe place

Connect with Anjuli:

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Jul 30, 2018
ENCORE: Crazy Incredible Redemption of Horrific Things with Amber Newberry
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Some of us are able to tell stories eloquently. Some of our stories have rough places that can seem too dark to overcome. My friend Amber's story is both; incredibly difficult AND beautifully told. She is a gifted storyteller with a story of forgiveness and grace that will knock your socks off. Or, since it's summer, maybe just knock your flip-flops across the room.

What We Chat About:

  • What it's like when no one believes your story
  • Grieving abortion
  • Practically taking thoughts captive
  • Amber's 5 minute "Hey Jesus" time-out sessions

Links Mentioned:

Save the Storks
Amber's Save the Storks Video
Scripture Doodle

Connect with Amber: 

shop // instagram // facebook // twitter

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Jul 23, 2018
ENCORE: Protecting Our Kids from Our Baggage with Jim and Lynne Jackson
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Jim and Lynne have worked in the trenches with parents of all kinds – single parents, adoptive parents, parents of teens, parents of kids with intense behavior challenges, parents in blended families, parents of wealth and parents in poverty, and any other kind of parent you can think of. In other words, they have a lot of experience!  You're going to get a lot out of this chat. Grab a pen and paper!

What We Chat About:

  • The result of believing half-truths
  • How to make a plan to deal with the problem behavior
  • The identity messages we accidentally communicate to our kids

Links Mentioned:

12 Misbehaviors and the God-given Gifts Beneath Them
Discipline that Connects Parenting Course 
Discipline that Connects Book

Connect with Jim and Lynne:

Connected Families // Instagram // Facebook

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Jul 16, 2018
Encore: Lay Your Worry Down & Sing a Song Instead with Ellie Holcomb
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Loss, disappointment, and fear of the unknown have marked Ellie's journey of wrestling through and coming to firmly believe in God’s faithfulness. Her new album Red Sea Road is clearly written as an act of obedience to sing in the middle of the heartbreak.  I loved the heart behind this album so much I wanted to share Ellie with you guys today!

What we chat about:

  • The benefits and most of working in the music industry
  • When you SWEAR you won't do something but God has other plans
  • Sorting out your first identity in Christ
  • Offering repentance to your kids

Links mentioned:

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Jul 09, 2018
ENCORE: You Are Loved and Worth Loving with Brandi Lea
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Brandi is a single mom who was just sure God wouldn't use her after she was divorced. She wanted to help people but kept being told her usefulness had ended. She believed it until she sold some cows on Facebook. You'll just have to listen to the rest to believe this amazing story!

What We Chat About:

  • How she ended up starting a nonprofit despite her best efforts NOT to
  • How she healed from a broken marriage and the loss of other significant relationships
  • How she walks traumatized women through healing prayer

Links Mentioned:

Turn My Mourning into Dancing
Half the Sky

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blog | instagram | facebook

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Jul 02, 2018
Problem Solved: Big News in June
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In this life-changing episode we chat about vegetables, small-group struggles, and Rebecca's dirty fingernails.  There's also a moment where we thought she might be getting mugged but (spoiler alert) it was just a misunderstanding.  

Then in the end we busted out with some news that we hadn't shared before which was fun and also nerve-wracking!  Hope you enjoy it!

Jun 28, 2018
Just Em #15: Do You Want to be Healed?
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This week we're reading John 5:1-9.
Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

How can we learn to struggle well based on this passage?

  • Ask yourself if you truly want God to change you.
  • Ask God why you're alone. Is this for just a season or are you not making an effort?

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Jun 28, 2018
#145: Compared to Who with Heather Creekmore
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Originally an East Coast native, Heather Creekmore is a church planter/pastor’s wife living in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Through her ministry, Compared to Who?, Heather speaks and writes to encourage Christian women who struggle with body image and comparison. Heather’s passion is seeing women set free from all that holds them back from finding their true purpose in Christ.

In her free time, Heather homeschools their four children—ages 6 to 11, drives the soccer practice shuttle, competes on Netflix reality baking shows, and breaks grammar rules.

What we chat about:

  • why Heather changed her mind about homeschooling
  • her appearance on the Netflix series Nailed It
  • mom hacks for family road trips
  • what lead Heather to write a book about comparisons, body image, and self-esteem
  • how our innate need for acceptance can become an unhealthy addiction
  • what most people miss about the story of Rachel and Leah
  • understanding that God designed our appearance to suit our calling
  • reconciling the adages of being beautiful because we're beautiful in God's eyes and that it's what on the inside that counts
  • the power in identifying and acknowledging sin as sin

Links mentioned:

Nailed It
Dr. Axe Multi Collagen Protein
Dang Coconut Chips
The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

Connect with Heather:

website | instagram | facebook | pinterest | youtube

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Jun 25, 2018
Ep. 144: White Girls and Diversity with Nika Spaulding
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Meet Nika Spaulding, a dynamic force with boundless energy. As the Director of Women’s Equipping and Curriculum at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Nika produces the curriculum for her Bible studies for women of all ages. She successfully balances her love of shepherding women with her love of theology. Her classes of more than 500 women are centered around God’s Word, which is sure to transform and inspire those in her care.

What we chat about:

  • why diversity is so important to Nika and to God
  • starting hard conversations with people of color
  • awareness of the racial injustices in the system
  • how white people can advocate for minorities
  • why is knowing Theology important
  • the definition of "apologetics"

Links mentioned:

Divided by Faith
Be the Bridge
Whiteness 101
Truth's Table Podcast
Sandra Glahn's  Coffee Cup series
New Morning Mercies
The Village Church podcast
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)
Black Panther

Connect with Nika:

instagram | twitter 

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Jun 18, 2018
Episode 14: Faith with Experience
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This week we're reading John 4:46-54.
Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

How can we learn to struggle well based on this passage?

  • Reading Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
  • Taking God at His word, without asking for proof
  • Examing what  you truly believe about God's capabilities and His heart attitude towards you
  • Speaking out loud the things that you're believing God to provide
Jun 14, 2018
#143: Hey Dad with Kevin Madsen
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Kevin Madsen and his wife Trisha are the team behind HeyDad, a new subscription box for Dads and kids. Kevin attended UCLA and has spent most of his career in the tech world. He is married to his best friend Trisha, and they have three wonderful psychotic children, Gideon (6), Julien (4), and Josie (almost 2). Kevin also hosts a podcast about Dad life (The HeyDad Podcast) with his two brothers and their best friend.

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What we chat about:

  • what lead Kevin to start HeyDad 
  • orienting activities with your kids that keep you engaged
  • how HeyDad boxes help create quality time with your kids without having to do a lot of planning
  • creating a healthy work/life balance by publically setting work boundaries
  • debunking the myth that there's a certain "formula" for dealing with our kids' struggles
  • the inspiration behind the HeyDad podcast

Links mentioned:

Sara Groves "Setting Up the Pins"
Google Duplex Demo
Ugly Delicious
The Greatest Showman
Red Rising

Connect with Kevin:

website // podcast // instagram // twitter

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Jun 11, 2018
#142: Holy Hustle with Crystal Stine
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Crystal has a heart for encouraging women to live authentic lives, online and in real life and offers a unique perspective as a small-town writer who has learned from her internet community how to build real-life community. Her heart is to encourage, equip and inspire women of all ages to embrace a work hard, rest well lifestyle that honors God with their every day, small moment obedience. Her first book, Holy Hustle: Embracing a Work Hard, Rest Well Lifestyle releases June 5th. 

What we chat about:

  • what it was like for Crystal to have a miscarriage after being undecided on having children
  • mourning the loss, not only of a child, but the future plans you had for that child
  • how to embrace the work God's given you without feeling guilty
  • the importance of resting in a way that actually refreshes you

Links mentioned:

LoveGodGreatly.com

Connect with Crystal:

website // facebook // instagram // twitter // pinterest

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Jun 04, 2018
Just Em #13: Zoom Out
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This week we're reading John 4:31-35.

Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

How can we learn to struggle well based on this passage?

  • Being patient with our kids by explaining things to them twice, patiently and from an angle that they can understand
  • Planting seeds in our children's lives is important, even if we're not the ones who reap the harvest
  • The difference between believing a story that you've heard and following the one the story is about
  • Embracing where you are

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May 31, 2018
#141: Q&A with Jennie Allen
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Jennie Allen is a passionate leader following God's call on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe. She is the author of Anything and the Bible studies Stuck and Chase, and is the founder and visionary of IF: Gathering. Jennie is married to her best friend, Zac, and they have been blessed with four children, the youngest of whom was adopted from Rwanda.

What we chat about:

  • how Jennie's older children are handling the transition of moving to a new city
  • navigating bullying
  • building relationships when dealing with strong emotions and loss
  • how to study the Bible + resources
  • designing a personalized schedule that allows you to be the most productive
  • how Jennie chooses the theme for IF: Gathering 
  • encouragement for moms with babies
  • being intentional about connecting with your family members individually
  • the difference between resting and being refreshed

Links mentioned:

IF:Gathering
The New Strong's Guide to Bible Words: An English Index to Hebrew and Greek Words
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

Precept Austin
Logos

Connect with Jennie:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest // youtube

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May 28, 2018
Problem Solved: Horse in a Cotton Field Edition
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In this monthly chat we talk about sneezing, ultrasounds, the Olsen twins, and what to do when you've forgotten a new friend's name.  You will leave changed.

May 21, 2018
#140: All About Enneagrams with Beth McCord
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Beth McCord is the founder of  Your Enneagram Coach and has been an Enneagram speaker, coach, and teacher for over 15 years. She is passionate about coming alongside individuals and helping them re-write their story, allowing them to see that lasting change, meaningful relationships, and a life of deep purpose is possible. 

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What we chat about:

  • what an Enneagram is
  • the origin of Enneagrams
  • the different perspectives of various Enneagram types
  • how Ennegrams can help identify weaknesses and turn them into strengths
  • how Beth has been able to use the Enneagram to help explore God's grace in a very personal way to each type
  • determining your child's Enneagram

Links mentioned:

The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People

Connect with Beth:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter

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May 21, 2018
Just Em #12: Leaving Your Water Jar
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This week we're reading John 4:16-30.

How can we learn to struggle well based on this passage?

  • Getting honest with God about the state of our lives
  • Assessing the heart of our worship
  • Determining what we need to leave behind in order to lead others to Jesus

Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

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May 17, 2018
#139: Children and Mental Illness with Lynn Cowell
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Lynn and her husband, Greg, have been married for over 30 years and are the parents of three young adults. They enjoy spending time together, especially when it combines the mountains, well-worn sweatshirts, and anything with chocolate and peanut butter. Lynn, her family, and the occasional backyard deer, live near Charlotte, North Carolina.

What we chat about:

  • how being empty-nesters has affected Lynn's marriage
  • seeking purpose outside of your children
  • helping your kids find their identity in their pre-teens
  • changing the expectations we often place on our children
  • what to do when you receive conflicting advice
  • protecting your children's privacy on your social media accounts
  • advice for parents who think their child might suffer from a mental illness
  • how Lynn's daughter's diagnosis has drawn her closer to Christ
  • balancing your relationship with your kids after they've left home

Links mentioned:

Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You
Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life
5 Days to Unshakable Confidence
Grounded: Standing Firm in a Roller Coaster World

Connect with Lynn:

website // facebook // instagram // twitter // pinterest

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May 14, 2018
#138: The Lifegiving Parent with Sally Clarkson
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Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books including Own Your Life, The Lifegiving Home and Desperate. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through conferences, resources, and books with Whole Heart Ministries. She has also advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences, speaking to audiences on several continents.

What we chat about:

  • the unlikely series of events that led to Sally's eye injury
  • choosing to believe in God's goodness at all times
  • building solid foundations and community
  • being intentional about directing your children to Christ
  • the "8 heartbeats" discussed in The Lifegiving Parent
  • what concerns Sally about the new generation of parents
  • how to correct without criticizing

Links mentioned:

The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ
Yorkshire Gold Tea

Connect with Sally:

website // podcast // facebook // instagram // twitter // youtube // pinterest

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May 07, 2018
Just Em #11: A Compulsion to Love
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This week we're reading John 4:1-15.

When was the last time you were compelled by God to do something? When we're obedient to His cues, He can use us to impact lives both directly and indirectly - even if all we're actually doing is giving a bowl of stinky tofu to a homeless woman. 

For those of you who are "weary from the journey," take some time today to rest. Jesus gives you permission - He did it Himself. 

And lastly, if you're feeling lonely, rejected or left out, know that you're in good company. Jesus often felt the same way and He is near. You don't have to go it alone.  

Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

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May 03, 2018
Problem Solved: April (but really May) Edition
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This month we talk about Emilio Smith, the dog I once took back to a shelter, what to do about biting kids and the world of car seat dilemmas. I also tried to intimidate Rebecca into sending me some Better Life Bags product ASAP but it remains to be seen if that worked. 

May 01, 2018
#137: Mom Anger and Knowing Our Triggers with Wendy Speake
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As a trained actress and heartfelt Bible teacher, Wendy Speake ministers to women’s hearts through storytelling and Biblical life application. During her career in Hollywood, Wendy found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women. Today she does just that, writing books about mommy anger and gentle parenting and performing dramatic Bible lessons for women’s groups, taking every opportunity to point audiences to Jesus.

What we chat about:

  • how Wendy's passion for storytelling led her to become an actress and author
  • finding margin in your life
  • internal and external triggers
  • defining what triggers you and finding coping mechanisms
  • Deuteronomy 11
  • sharing your triggers with your spouse

Connect with Wendy:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest

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Apr 30, 2018
#136: Questions for God with Kitty Slattery
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Known by millions as a long-time Contributing Editor for Guideposts magazine, Kathryn “Kitty” Slattery has written hundreds of stories of hope and inspiration for a wide variety of publications, including Parent Life, Today’s Christian Woman, and Angels on Earth magazines.  Kathryn resides in beautiful New Hampshire with her husband Tom, and they are the parents of two grown children.  

What we chat about:

  • what appeals to Kitty about being a ghostwriter
  • how sharing other people's stories has strengthened her faith
  • God's awesome ability to redeem the worst things in life
  • how God used Kitty's interest in fortune telling to lead her to Him
  • what she learned from talking with Fred Rogers (and his puppets)
  • why we should all be asking questions
  • the strength that's built by going through pain and struggles

Links mentioned:

If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids
365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids: An If I Could Ask God Anything Devotional

Connect with Kitty:

website // facebook

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Apr 23, 2018
Just Em #10: Set Our Seal
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This week we're reading John 3:31 -3:35.

Have you ever received a letter with one of those wax seals? It seems so fancy and official; it also authenticates who sent it. That's what we are to Christ - his wax seal. Each day we should be living in a way that authenticates Him, His nature, and His love for us. 

Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

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Apr 19, 2018
#135: Truth and Grace with Amber Runyon
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Amber Runyon is hospice nurse who became a social entrepreneur.  She founded Legacy and Eleventh Candle Co. out of the desire to bring hope to women both in the United States and in Ethiopia who’ve been vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction, focusing on providing a therapeutic work setting that allows all women a fair chance and opportunity to grow. The bottom line: Amber believes that if we teach little girls to dream, they will the force that changes this world. But more than that, if we can teach broken women to dream like little girls again, it will be a force that the world has yet to see.

Get 25% off your order from Eleventh Candle Co. using the coupon code strugglingwell!

What we chat about:

  • what lead Amber to start a candle company
  • how Eleventh Candle Co. is helping women who have been exploited, part of sex trafficking, or have struggled with addiction
  • identifying women who genuinely want help
  • EMDR therapy
  • how Amber has seen God change the lives of the women she employs
  • extending grace without enabling
  • why Amber celebrates failures
  • encouragement for women who feel overwhelmed by their calling

Links mentioned:

Ep. 32: You Are Loved and Worth Loving with Brandi Lea
Ep. 58: Journey Toward Healing with Brandi Lea

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence

 

Connect with Amber:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter

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Apr 16, 2018
#134: Just Open the Door with Jen Schmidt
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For the last decade, Jen Schmidt has been encouraging, challenging, and cheering on women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives on her popular lifestyle blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. With a variety of topics—from easy dinner ideas and personal finance to leaving a legacy—Jen equips others to live life to its fullest, reminding them it's the little things that really are the big things in life. A popular speaker, worship leader and founder/host of the annual Becoming Conference, Jen shares with humor and authenticity as she invites others to join her on this bumpy, beautiful life journey. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, a few too many animals, and an available sofa for anyone who needs it.

What we chat about:

  • giving her newly married son and daughter-in-law space
  • intentional decisions for building family relationships
  • making your home a safe place for your children's friends
  • the importance of preserving quality family time 
  • breaking generational parenting patterns
  • allowing insecurities prevent us from building community

Links mentioned:

Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation
Becoming Conference
Gather and Love Tour with Kristen Schell (Turquoise Table)

Connect with Jen:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest

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Apr 09, 2018
#133: Living a Purposeful Life with Kat Lee
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Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is a writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of HelloMornings.org. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children.

What we chat about:

  • the joy of having older kids (that you can watch Hallmark movies with)
  • why Kat has chosen to use homeschool, provate school and public school to educate her kids
  • Kat's yearly family road trip adventures
  • tactics for limiting your children's screen time
  • how narrowing your focus will help you accomplish more
  • the importance of starting your day with healthy choices

Links mentioned:

Episode 7: On Building an Impressive Eulogy with Kat Lee
Circle Go
Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better

Connect with Kat:

podcast // website // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest

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Apr 02, 2018
Just Em #9: I Must Decrease
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This week we're reading John 3:22 -3:30.

When was the last time you saw someone create a Pinterest board with ideas to be the perfect bridesmaid? Maybe it's time to change our perspective. 

Mar 29, 2018
#132: Conflict 101 with Rob Barry
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Rob Barry is my pastor and a friend.  His main job is helping build community and walk people through conflict resolution as it comes up.  And it does come up! I asked him to share his knowledge with us about what we should do and why resolving conflict matters.  You're really going to get a lot of practical tips from this chat.  I know I did.

What we chat about:

  • conflict as part of a healthy relationship
  • striving for oneness with your spouse
  • four different ways we handle conflict
  • the importance of being heard
  • when and how to confront a friend
  • teaching your kids to take responsibility

Links mentioned:

Ep. 99: Fired Up About 40 with Leslie Barry
The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes
Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs
Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage

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Mar 26, 2018
Problem Solved: Baby Edition
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Listen. Rebecky (as she likes to be called) has some big news and she decided to reveal it on this nationally-beloved segment of the podcast.  She has some excitement and ambivalence that she works through.  As always, I am a source of wisdom for her. 

Besides her amazing news, we talked about my obsessive signing-up of my children for summer camps, how to keep kids from being naked in public, and how to prepare yourself for special "grown up" time with your husband. 

Buuuut then that got awkward for me so I got off that topic real quick.  I don't remember what happened after that. I blacked out from embarrassment. 

 

Mar 21, 2018
#131 Watching Your Dream Grow with Carissa Bleeker
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Carissa is wife to Phillip and mother to Eleanor. She's an adoptive mama, painter, Bible teacher, gardener and avid learner. She is the co-founder and co-director of McKinney Roots, a non-profit 100% food donation garden that supplies organic, fresh picked fruits, veggies, herbs and eggs to the food insecure in McKinney, TX. 

If you would like to volunteer with McKinney Roots or help support them financially, visit mckinneyroots.org and click donate. For $30 a month, you can sponsor a raised bed in the garden. The funds cover the cost of planting and harvesting that bed and their general operating budget.

What we chat about:

  • trusting God and finding contentment during a season of waiting
  • learning to grieve with your spouse 
  • the joys of being a mother
  • the amazing story of how God lead Carissa to start McKinney Roots
  • advice for women who are called to do something big, but feel overwhelmed

Links mentioned:

BraveLove

Connect with Carissa:

website // instagram // facebook

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Mar 19, 2018
Just Em #8: So Loved
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This week we're reading through John 3:16 - 21. Now, we all know John 3:16, but when was the last time you really sat down and thought about what it says? We are so loved. We'll also see what this passage says about the power of talking about things that we really wish we didn't have to... like eating too much guacamole. Seriously. It's a problem.

 

 

Mar 15, 2018
#130: When You Don't Fit the Mold with Jessica Kastner
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Jessica Kastner is a journalist and author who serves as CT Coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, a non-profit working to see Jesus Christ transform the lives of juvenile offenders. She's also a single boy mom who has chosen to share her difficulty fitting the motherhood mold and everyday struggles.

What we chat about:

  • Owning the things about motherhood that make you happy
  • The importance of pretend play and what to do when you hate it
  • The guilt that can come with being a working mom
  • Dealing with a teen that lacks motivation
  • How Jessica has seen her honesty help other women
  • Unrealistic expectations for Christian mothers
  • Walking the line between honesty and complaining
  • Misconceptions about single mothers
  • Avoiding comparison by embracing what makes you unique

Links mentioned:

Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real
Episode #86: Taco Tuesdays with Shontell Brewer

Connect with Jessica:

website // facebook // twitter

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Mar 12, 2018
#129: Both Sides of the Story with Jinger & Jessica
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Jinger and Jessica Lord are a mother and daughter pair whom I have watched and admired first hand. They share a closeness that is often not present between a mom and her 19-year-old daughter.  Jinger is on staff at my church in charge of our children’s and family ministries.  She is highly organized and administrative with a passion for excellence and the discipleship of children and parents. Jessica is her second-born (in between two boys) and, in contrast to her mother, is a creative, random-thinker who is more passionate about relationships than tasks. We chat about the ups and downs of their relationship and the fruit of intentional discipleship in their home.

What we chat about:

  • Expectation vs. reality of what  it's like to have a daughter
  • Letting your kids learn by suffering the consequences of their actions
  • Deciphering when to intervene in your children's lives
  • Making sure your children feel like they're being heard
  • Being intentional about spending time together and being quick to forgive
  • Advice for young moms
  • Fitting meaningful moments in everyday life
  • How Jinger modeled contentment and health to Jessica

Links mentioned:

Family Nights Tool Chest
(There are several books in this series. This link is for the introduction.)
At Home with Sally Clarkson & Friends podcast
God-Centered Mom podcast
Marriage Revolution

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Mar 05, 2018
Struggling Sisters Podcast Sneak Peak
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Hey ladies! Wanted to let you know there's a new podcast segment around the Mom Struggling Well Empire. It is coming out weekly exclusively for supporters of the show.  I think you're gonna LOVE my little sister as much as I do!

If the Mom Struggling Well podcast is a project you'd like to support and you'd like to hear this segment weekly, head to patreon.com/momstrugglingwell and join us!

 

Mar 02, 2018
New Names, School Choices, and Manatee Sightings
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Rebecca wants to ruin the show's theme song by changing her name to Becky.  Please send her messages on Instagram letting her know this is the wrong choice.

Rebecca went on vacation (again) to visit her parents who are not (but actually are) Snowbirds.

I stopped homeschooling this week and made some people mad. 

We also solved multiple listener problems. Listen and be changed forever.

Feb 28, 2018
#128: Striking a Balance with Wynter Pitts
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Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for tween girls and their parents. She is the author of several books, including You’re God’s Girl!: A Devotional for Tweens and She is Yours: Trusting God As You Raise The Girl He Gave You. The mother of four girls herself, Wynter's mission is to empower and equip women of all ages to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be and to provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers. 

What we chat about:

  • How God changed Wynter's perspective of motherhood
  • Getting your kids to spend time with God
  • Handling teenage hormones
  • Helping your children find the truth through their feelings
  • How her daughter, Alena, got a role in the movie War Room and how her siblings responded
  • Why Wynter decided to homeschool after being firmly set against it
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty in your childhood

Links mentioned:

Electric blanket

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Feb 26, 2018
#127: Remembering Everett with Laura Kelley
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Laura Kelley is a mom of five through birth, adoption, and fostering. She's also is no stranger to sorrow. Last year, Laura and her husband Josh accepted God's call to adopt a 3-year-old boy from China named Everett. Tragically, Everett was born with a congenital heart defect leaving his new parents with some very difficult decisions to make about his medical care. He passed away just days before his fourth birthday. Laura is now courageously navigating through her grief one day at a time and sharing her journey publically on social media.

What we chat about:

  • What prompted Laura to adopt a child with medical needs
  • The self-inflicted guilt that accompanies the loss of a child
  • The importance of finding moments of joy in times of deep pain
  • Why Laura has chosen to share her grief so transparently
  • Dealing with criticism on social media
  • What daily life looks life for Laura's family now
  • How losing Everett has affected her relationship with God
  • Suggestions on how to support the people around you who are grieving

Links mentioned:

Episode #61: Breaking the Rules We Made Up with Laura Kelley

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Feb 19, 2018
#126: Face Time with Kristen Hatton
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Kristen Hatton is the author of Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World for teen girls and the teen devotional Get Your Story StraightA third book, The Gospel-Centered Life in Exodus for Students, is coming this summer. Kristen is also a blogger, Bible study teacher and speaker for groups of parents, women, and teens. In addition to her own blog, she contributes frequently to the Rooted Ministry blog and enCourage women’s blog. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband, and they have three teenagers.

What we chat about:

  • Kristen's idea to start a Bible study with her daughter and her friends
  • Walking through the season of her daughter's eating disorder
  • How to have a friend and be a friend
  • Understanding teens and empathizing with them
  • Talking with teens about idolatry
  • Teens and technology
  • Laying a foundation for the teen years

Links mentioned:

Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World
DIY bath bombs

Connect with Kristen:

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Feb 12, 2018
Just Em #7: Devoted or FULLY Devoted?
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This week we look at John 3:1-15 and a guy named Nicodemus.  And then we ask some hard questions about our own lives.  Ouch.  That's the part we don't like.  Let's do it anyway!

Feb 08, 2018
#125: Closure is Complicated with Micah Maddox
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Micah Maddox is a women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, writer, blogger, and author of Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World. She is passionate about helping women find purpose, peace, and calm in our chaotic world. As a pastor’s wife and mother of three, she contributes her time to MOPS and her local church – including serving as a women’s ministry leader.

What we chat about:

  • The complicated journey of finding closure
  • Knowing when it's time to walk away from a relationship
  • Why Micah chose to become a foster parent
  • How having foster children has affected her biological children
  • Setting healthy boundaries

Connect with Micah:

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Feb 05, 2018
#124: Unfiltered Faith with Tabitha Panariso
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Tabitha Panariso is a devoted wife, mom of two (almost three) and a very wordy, typically unfiltered, writer of life and faith. She spends the majority of her days at home with her kids taking advantage of any other free time by pouring into her friendships and community. Over and over again, Tabitha is relearning that her worth has nothing to do with her doing and all to do with her being — His. 

What we chat about:

  • The grief process Tabitha walked through after leaving the workforce
  • How we misinterpret the way God handles us
  • Becoming passionate about finding your identity
  • Staying present with your kids
  • What is actually required to be healthy  

Links mentioned:

Letterboard

Connect with Tabitha:

website // instagram // facebook

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Jan 29, 2018
#123: The Purpose Right In Front of You with Stephanie Ackerman
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Stephanie Ackerman is an ordinary girl living an extraordinary life where she gets to do what she loves for a living. Her purpose is to create, inspire, teach, and encourage others through creative arts. At any given moment she might be praying, doodling, running, baking chocolate chip cookies, doing laundry, trying to match socks, doing more laundry, organizing piles, at the airport or coming home from the airport, stitching, taking a nap or all of the above.

What we chat about:

  • Divorce - knowing when to walk away
  • Hormonal changes
  • Confronting self-doubt
  • Embracing your own creativity
  • Pushing your children to overcome their fears
  • Fear of praying out loud

Links mentioned:

Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist
Marriage Health

Connect with Stephanie:

website // instagram // vimeo

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Jan 22, 2018
Just Em #6: How Dare You
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Join me as I look at the end of John 2 this week! Hope you learn as much as I did!

Jan 22, 2018
Problem Solved: Figure Skating and the Mysterious Bathtub
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Things got interesting this month, friends.  We changed up the format slightly and simplified it. Basically so Rebecca wouldn't quit.  Please feel free to send her mean messages about even considering it!  Thank you in advance. There's no theme this month which is fun because it left us open for even more shenanigans.  Enjoy.

Jan 17, 2018
#122: Finding Hope & Reason with Elise Hurd
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Elise Hurd is a faith coach, wife to her best friend, Jason, and mom of 5 wildly exuberant kids. Her passion is to help believers remember, record, and relay their personal experiences of Jesus. Her goal is to equip Jesus-followers to "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15). Elise and Jason are completing their RV renovation and plan to hit the road full time in their tiny home by the summer of 2018.

What we chat about:

Links mentioned:

Jesus, the One and Only
Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

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website // instagram // facebook

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Jan 15, 2018
Just Em #5: Making Whips and Cleaning House
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Today we look at John 2:13-17 where Jesus did some things that don't seem very Jesus-y.  We know though that he never makes a mistake and is always working for our good so it's worth taking a deeper look into this interesting scene.  

Jan 11, 2018
#121: Becoming Free with Jamie Ivey
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Jamie Ivey is a podcaster, writer, and speaker from Austin, Texas. She is the proud mama to four kids and the wife to Aaron, worship pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church. Jamie loves to encourage women to passionately follow Jesus through whatever stage of life. She does this through writing and her weekly podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. Jamie's debut book If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free, releases January 2018. 

What we chat about:

  • Identity and actually believing what you say you believe
  • How Jamie's life has changed as a result of sharing her story
  • Learning to take a backseat to the Holy Spirit
  • Watching God draw her children's heart closer to Him
  • Building relationships through service

Links mentioned:

If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
Orange Theory
Slow North candles

Where to find Jamie:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest

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Jan 08, 2018
#120: Hope After Betrayal with Stacey Parker
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What we chat about:

  • Defining your family's culture
  • How to respond to warranted criticism from your children
  • The story of Stacey's husband's financial betrayal 
  • Stacey's walk through the healing and grieving process  
  • How God has used her husband's mistakes to change her 

Links mentioned:

Stacey's husband's testimony
Ep. 92 - Sibling Conflict: From Bickering to Bonding with Jim and Lynne Jackson
Native deodorant
Ep. 70 - Rebuilding a Marriage after Betrayal with Lynn Cherry
Keep Walking: 40 Days To Hope And Freedom After Betrayal

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Jan 01, 2018
Just Em #4: Embarrassment into Blessing
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Jesus is an amazing wine maker.  He makes large batches in a flash.  That's not the point of this passage in John but it is definitely something we learn about Jesus in John 2. 

Dec 23, 2017
#119: Redefining Rest with Alex Hoover
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Alexandra Hoover is a wife, mother of three, daughter, friend, dreamer, reader & writer. She works as a full-time Ministry Assistant, and spends the rest of her time, loving her crew, her friends, and pouring her everything into being present. Her story is a story of redemption by Grace. Ransomed, Rescued and Redeemed. She loves to share Gods continuous faithfulness in her life, and how He has an abundant life waiting for us right now, in it all. She is for the women of this generation, and the next. Empowering and Encouraging them in Christ Jesus, and the truth of who they are, and who's they are.

What we chat about:

  • The difference between self-care and resting in Christ
  • Responding when God's answer to a prayer is "not now"
  • The blessing of walking in obedience, even when that means saying no to people
  • How changing her "heart posture" changed her life
  • The on-going restoration of Alex's relationship with her parents
  • The difference between needing space from a person vs. withdrawing from them
  • How extending love to others has helped her better understand God's unfailing love

Links mentioned:

GT's (Synergy) kombucha tea - Lavender Love

Where to find Alex:

website // instagram // facebook

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Dec 18, 2017
Just Em #3: Expectations and Invitations
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This passage messed me up in a good way this week.  We get caught up in lies about whether or not we are invited and start putting our expectations on the wrong people.  At least I do! I learned so much from this passage and I pray you do too!

Dec 13, 2017
#118: Getting Real with Alison Stooksbury
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Alison Stooksbury lives in Knoxville, TN and is a stay-at-home mom to two. Her husband Brandon builds houses and at the time of this interview, he was over a year into building their dream house - by himself. 

Find out more about my visit to Glamour Shots and see some of my favorite shots from our family photo session now at GlamourShots.com.

What we chat about:

  • How her husband working on their dream home affected their marriage and what they've done to stay connected
  • Struggling through the adjustment of becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom
  • Battling the lies that can pull her into depression
  • How God has worked in her life as she has become increasingly honest with Him
  • A practical way she's made reading the Bible a priority in her life

Links mentioned:

YouVersion Bible App
Yeti Rambler
None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

Where to find Alison:

instagram // twitter

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Dec 11, 2017
Just Em #2: John 1: 35-37
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More great examples from John the Baptist about what to do when we are not chosen.  Way to go, John!

Dec 06, 2017
#117 Unshakeable with Christine Caine
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Christine Caine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded lover of Jesus. She's an activist, author and international speaker with an incredible ability to speak hard truths in a disarming way. In a culture that is compromising in all directions, Christine stands firm and powerfully proclaims the Gospel in word and in deed.

What we chat about:

  • Her new devotional, Unshakeable
  • Her work with A21, an anti-human trafficking organization
  • Christine's intensely broken backstory
  • Strategies for opening doors to minister
  • The truth about the hard road to recovery
  • A practical solution for moms overwhelmed with their kid's sports schedules
  • Non-negotiable connecting points with her family
  • Being selective about the things we allow into our brains 

Links mentioned:

A21
Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word

Where to find Christine:

website // facebook // twitter // youtube // instagram // pinterest

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Dec 04, 2017
Just Em #1: John 1: 1-34
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In this short little segment I start going through the beginning of the book of John.  It would be great if you could read the short passage before you start.  Hope you love it!

Nov 29, 2017
#116 A Mom on Mission with Kate Moala
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Kate works with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the Cook Islands alongside her husband and 3 children. She is a mom on mission, training young adults to share the gospel as well as having her own unique mission field (her children). Kate is passionate about knowing God and pointing her children toward Him. She also encourages other moms to do the same on her blog missionmumma.com.

What we chat about:

  • Communicating your specific needs and concerns to your husband
  • Keeping expectations realistic when working with your spouse
  • How constant reassessment helps make sure your family remains your top priority
  • The value of consistently praying and reading the Bible with your children
  • Creating a prayer journal for your kids
  • The struggle of disciplining a child who is your mini-me
  • Staying present with a transition ahead

Links mentioned:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
Grammarly

Where to find Kate:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest

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Nov 27, 2017
Problem Solved: Top Ten Favorite Things
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In this riveting episode Rebecca and I start off by sharing what we've been up to lately.  I shared a little about my experience at Revelation Wellness Instructor Training and how I recently went to Glamour Shots with my family for family portraits.  

Rebecca shared that she's been struggling with being a homeschool mom and me and everyone else on the live Instagram video gave our hearty agreement that being a mom of any kind can be a stinking beating at points.

So here are our favorite things for this year:

Clothed in Victory: Promo Code MOMSTRUGGLINGWELL for 20% off your order of $50 or more!

Revelation Wellness Instructor Training

Glamour Shots

Write the Word Journals

Powersheets 

Lidded Jar Container Candle 

Trader Joes Cedar Balsam Candle

Mercy Candle Company 

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible Large Print 

A Gracious Space: Fall: Daily Reflections to Sustain Your Homeschooling Commitment (Volume 1)

New Morning Mercies

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Teleties

Rad Joy "Quiet Time" Box

Armed with Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos 

Qalo Men's Functional Silicone Wedding Rings, Athletics Collection

Montessori Toys

@thehomeedit instagram account 

Seinfeld Documentary

Long Story Short

Old Story New

Sticky Situations

Instant Pot

Macarons

Nov 22, 2017
#115 So Close to Amazing with KariAnne Wood
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KariAnne writes the decorating and lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her vintage farmhouse in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She followed God's call for her heart and jumped with her family from the busy Dallas metroplex to the middle of the country where she lives with her husband and four children.  If you turn down the winding country road to KariAnne's farmhouse you might find her painting mismatched chairs, listening to the music of the crickets singing in the pasture, singing scripture or walking hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining-armor husband as the sun sets over the river. She loves sweet tea with lime, thunderstorms, good books, milk glass, yard sales and she is an imperfect DIYer saved by grace.

What we chat about:

  • Technology and teens
  • The relationship with teens and their siblings
  • The challenge of setting rules for kids at different ages
  • Giving consequences that fit the crime
  • Learning to speak "teenager"
  • Modeling the behavior you want to see in your kids
  • The story behind KariAnne's new book

Links mentioned:

So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong . . . and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection

Parenting with Love and Logic

Where to find KariAnne:

website // facebook // instagram // twitter // pinterest

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Nov 20, 2017
#114 Anchored and Devoted with Deana Uhrig
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Deana is a wife and mama with a heart for helping women stay anchored in God's Word. She is the founder of Anchored Press and the creator of the Anchored Press Devotional Planner. Her heart's mission is to help you make time for God daily so you reap all He has planned for you. When she's not pouring into her family, friends or Anchored Press, you will likely find her at the beach soaking in God's creation.

Anchored Press gave me a special code to share with you that gives you a free Quiet Time Journal when you order your 2018 Devotional Planner before December 1st.

Enter code STRUGGLINGWELL at checkout and be sure to put a Quiet Time Journal AND a 2018 Planner in your cart to redeem the offer.
 

What we chat about:

  • Deep things Deana has learned in seasons of waiting
  • The story behind Anchored Press
  • A time Deana prayed a huge prayer and watched God do the impossible
  • How Deana quiets herself enough to hear from God
  • The importance of finding a group that can support and encourage you

Links mentioned:

Inspired Retreat
Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence
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Revelation Wellness Podcast

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Nov 13, 2017
#113 Believing Forward with Sally Clarkson
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Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books including Own Your Life,The Lifegiving Home and Desperate with her daughter Sarah, and most recently, Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through conferences, resources, and books with Whole Heart Ministries. She has also advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences, speaking to audiences on several continents.

What we chat about:

  • How to build a Biblical family culture
  • Simple ways to encourage others 
  • Understanding the different seasons of motherhood
  • How to best love your difficult child
  • The ways your children benefit when you find grace for yourself
  • Starting conversations around the table
  • Making your home the "it" place to be for your kid's friends
  • Thrifty ways to make your house feel like a home

 

Links mentioned:

The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming
Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him

Where to find Sally:

website // podcast // facebook // instagram // twitter // youtube // pinterest

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Nov 06, 2017
#112 Catch and Release with September McCarthy
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September McCarthy is the Founder and Hostess of the non-profit, Raising Generations Today; an author; wife to her "builder" and the mother of ten children.  Although as a parent she considers her primary responsibility to raise kingdom builders and world changers, as an individual God has called her "to encourage all women to be brave and to embrace the gifts that God has placed upon them to hand the torch of the Gospel to their family and those around them."

What we chat about:

  • What sparked her to start Raising Generations Today
  • The crux of motherhood - catch and release
  • Championing other mothers
  • The importance of filling your cup before it's empty
  • Recognizing your focus and determining if it matches your vision for motherhood
  • Understanding your children's love languages
  • Exposing your kids to your weaknesses
  • The differences in being purposeful and being consumed
  • Rules for communication during family meetings
  • How to struggle well with your kids when they refuse to listen

Links mentioned:

Why Motherhood Matters: An Invitation to Purposeful Parenting
{Why} Motherhood Matters Journal: Taking The Steps

Where to find September:

website // facebook // twitter // instagram // pinterest

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Oct 30, 2017
Problem Solved: Halloween Plus Some Other Things
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In this episode I discovered something I liked on Instagram and Rebecca let me know it's been around for ages.  We talked about whether or not we feel like devil raves are good events for our children to attend.  I insulted dresses she likes on accident and she took a firm stand against people trying to bully her into taking an oily journey. 

Oct 27, 2017
#111 Setting Goals with Lara Casey
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Lara Casey is a believer in the “impossible,” helping women to live on purpose through the many hats she wears in her parent company, Lara Casey Media. She founded Southern Weddings magazine a decade ago and is the CEO of Cultivate What Matters. Lara is also the founder of the Making Things Happen movement, a nationally-acclaimed workshop that has been sold out for the last eight years and has toured over 40 cities. Lara frequently speaks on goal-setting, faith, mission-centered business, and is the creator of the PowerSheets Goal Planner. As if all that wasn't enough, Lara is also an author, wife, and mother of three.

What we chat about:

  • Finding worth, not in accomplishments, but in your identity in Christ
  • Practical ways to slow down and take a step back
  • Setting goals that truly matter
  • How tending an orchid became a symbol of revival in Lara's life
  • Cultivated dreaming and what you can do today to start accomplishing your goals
  • Setting goals seasonally and celebrating progress
  • Getting unstuck by acknowledging where you are
  • Using your love languages to stay connected with your spouse 

Links mentioned:

Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.
Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life
What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

Where to find Lara:

website //  facebook // instagram //  pinterest // twitter

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Oct 23, 2017
#110 Thinking Outside the Box with Elizabeth Quintal
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Elizabeth Quintal spent over a decade working with homeless children before making the decision to stay at home full time with her "cheeky" son, to keep writing and styling on her blog Cheeky Days, and to start a subscription box business called Outside The Box.  Outside The Box is a subscription box by a family for families inspiring connection, creativity and community. Elizabeth's goal is to provide families a simple and meaningful way to give back to the community by delivering a curated box every month with a new theme always focused on sharing the value of dreaming big and giving back.

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What we chat about:

  • Elizabeth's (then) upcoming move to Madrid and the motivation behind her life-altering decision
  • How working with homeless families taught her to love, show compassion, and stop judging others
  • The life-changing power of treating all people with love and understanding,regardless of status
  • Balancing truth and grace
  • Avoiding being overwhelmed through hope and faith
  • How Elizabeth's passion for teaching kids kindness, empathy, diversity and building community inspired her business
  • The importance of having hard, honest conversations with our children
  • Putting an emphasis on teaching empathy and community rather than allowing society to fill in the blanks

Links mentioned:

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Where to find Elizabeth:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest // twitter

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Oct 16, 2017
#109 Slowing Down with Nichole Nordeman
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Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter with numerous #1 and top 10 singles to her credit and cumulative album sales of over one million. A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist Of The Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards. Nichole is also a single mother who recently publish the book Slow Down that encourages moms to celebrate the every day moments of motherhood. 

What we chat about:

  • How Nichole tackles being an extreme introvert who lives in the spotlight
  • The story behind her song "Slow Down" and its very personal music video
  • Coping with life when you find yourself somewhere you never planned on being
  • The perception of working moms vs. stay at home moms
  • The shame of divorce, especially within the church
  • The importance of connecting with women in different phases of their journey
  • Struggling to let go of people pleasing
  • How restoration often doesn't look the way we think it should
  • Becoming comfortable with not having all the answers
  • Tips on how to make awkward conversations with your teens less intimidating
  • Equating exhaustion with being a good parent and self care

Links mentioned:

Slow Down (book)
Slow Down (song)
What the Health?

Where to find Nichole:

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Oct 09, 2017
#108: Small Things with Melanie Shankle
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Melanie Shankle is a public speaker and the author of three New York Times bestselling books - Sparkly Green EarringsThe Antelope in the Living Room, and Nobody’s Cuter Than You. Her new book, Church of the Small Things, released on October 3, 2017. Formerly a pharmaceutical sales rep, Melanie started The Big Mama Blog in July 2006 and is the co-host of The Big Boo Cast with fellow author/speaker Sophie Hudson.

What we chat about:

  • Dealing with the perception of having one child
  • Finding contentment in small moments
  • Being consistent with who we are in front of our kids and with our outside lives
  • How spreading ourselves too thin affects our family
  •  Navigating the emotions of a teenage daughter
  • Trusting your teen
  • Thoughts on when to give your child a cell phone
  • The basics of football - clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose

Where to find Melanie:

website // facebook // twitter // instagram // podcast

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Oct 02, 2017
Problem Solved: Friendship
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We may have accidentally solved real friendship problems this month! We also cover the history of friendship, Rebecca talked about a public naked experience she had yesterday and we even talked about conflict we have had. AND we sang several times.

Sep 26, 2017
#107: Am I Actually Loveable? with Kelly Flanagan
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Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a licensed clinical psychologist and prolific writer. He began writing in 2012 via his blog, UnTangled and recently published his first full-length book, Loveable. Kelly is often known for a blog posts he wrote as letters to his daughters about their true worth. He currently works at Artisan Clinical Associates with a wide range of individuals in various treatment contexts.

What we chat about:

  • The definition of loveable
  • The shame cycle
  • Two necessary steps to finding your purpose
  • Seeking worth through relationships and accomplishments
  • How to respond to our children's bad choices that will help them grow
  • The beauty of being ordinary
  • Preparing for your inciting incident
  • The importance of setting boundries

Links mentioned:

Loveable: Embracing What Is Truest About You, So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life

Where to find Kelly:

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Sep 25, 2017
#106: Waiting on a Redemption Story with Dana Jones
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Dana Jones is a wife and mother of two who is living her dream by using her talent as an artist to create encouraging hand-painted signs. Over the past fourteen years, Dana's signs have evolved, using different kinds of materials and color palettes, as well as layouts and design concepts. She paints what's going on inside her heart, which she says is often inspired by music, encouragement, and God's grace story in her own life. 

What we chat about:

  • How she's encouraging women to embrace their "okayness"
  • Two things that can heal your marriage - trust in God and willingness to grow
  • The realization that God can make a redemption story for you, regardless of your spouse
  • Creating a space that allows failure and forgiveness
  • The power of helping your child find their passion and the importance of finding your own passion outside of your family
  • Advice about encouraging a positive self-image to our daughters

Where to find Dana:

website // instagram // facebook // pinterest

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Sep 18, 2017
#105: Beauty in the Unseen Moments with Sara Hagerty
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Sara Hagerty is a wife, mother and writer - in that order. Like many of us, she grew up dreaming of being a mom. But after having her heart broken again and again by negative pregnancy tests, she accepted that God's path for her life didn't look much like what she had envisioned. Sara and her husband are now the adoptive parents of four African children, as well as two biological children. Her journey has lead her not only to the family God has designed for her, but into a closer relationship with Him and a search to see herself through His eyes.

What we chat about:

  • How social media feeds into our innate need to be seen and validated
  • Finding value in the mundane moments of your life
  • The importance of being vulnerable with God
  • What God truly thinks about us and why we have such a hard time believing it
  • Using brokenness as an antidote to shame
  • Practical ways to create margin time with your family

Links mentioned:

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed
Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things
Baron Fig - Confidant
Book Darts

Where to find Sara:

website // twitter // facebook // instagram // pinterest

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Sep 11, 2017
#104: More than Just Making It with Erin Odom
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Meet Erin:

You may know Erin Odom as The Humbled Homemaker; an author, wife and mother of four who runs a blog sharing the moniker. And while it may look like she has it all together, she openly admits that she too struggles to find time to effectively care for her family, spend time with the Lord and run a full-time business. In the episode, she shares her story of how God used her writing talents to help pull her family out of a very challenging time and what she learned about herself in the process.

What we chat about:

  • Keeping faith in your calling, even if you're told it's impossible
  • How being bombarded with trials lead Erin to a closer relationship with and deeper trust in Christ
  • The importance of identifying an income problem verses a spending problem
  • Three ways to help you identify your passion and better understand yourself
  • How living with less can provide you with better contentment
  • Steps on maintaining a thankful mindset, regardless of your status

Links mentioned:

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated
16Personalities.com
StrenghtsFinder.com
Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day
Better Life Bag

Where to find Erin:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest

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Sep 04, 2017
#103: Strong and Broken All at Once with Lee Blum
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Lee Blum is an author and Mental Health Practitioner whose story has become a testimony of how God can use the ugliest parts of your life and turn them into something beautiful. For much of her youth, Lee lived with deep depression and a life-threatening eating disorder. After being hospitalized, and by God’s grace, she made the decision to begin the brave journey to choose a different life - not a perfect life, but one defined by bravery, strength and brokenness. 

What we chat about:

  • Accepting that God's plan for our lives is likely different than our own
  • Understanding the factors that can lead to eating disorders
  • A healthier way of speaking about food to our children
  • Building community through transparency
  • The struggle to see ourselves through God's eyes 

Links mentioned:

Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder
Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be t