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Episode 55: Touched by God, Fully Restored
Today's episode of the Heart Lessons Podcast features author, speaker, podcaster, and radio show host, Autumn Miles. Passionate about bold truth and raw faith, she shares her testimony of abuse, and how the Lord has redeemed her story of domestic violence. Her story is full of God's love and His beautiful redemption.
Connect with Autumn: website // facebook // instagram // twitter // books // youtube
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Heart Lesson: God is for us even when we are not for ourselves.
|Aug 14, 2018|
Episode 54: Helping Children Through Grief, Part II
Today's episode of the Heart Lessons Podcast features my son, Micah, as he shares his heart and his experience in losing two infant siblings. He answers some of your questions and offers some sweet and encouraging words to other kids who may have lost siblings as well.
Find complete show notes at sarahrieke.com/podcast
|Aug 08, 2018|
Episode 53: Helping Children Through Grief
Such an honor to speak to Kathleen Fucci Ministries - Grief Resources for Kids and learn more about her wonderful ministry to help children process their grief.
There was so much truth in this episode about God, who He is despite our suffering, and the realities of Heaven. A great listen for anyone who has lost a loved one and needs the hope Jesus provides.
Heart Lesson: Look up, look up, look up.
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|Jul 31, 2018|
Episode 52: Keep Going in God's Grace
Today's guest on the Heart Lessons Podcast is children's author, Amy Parker. Today we chat about Amy's books and her heart in developing great resources for Christian parents. We also talk about the importance of grace in parenting and grace in life and how, if we serve well where we are, we are reaching the very souls God intends for us to reach with His truth.
Purchase Amy's latest book, Night Night Sleepytown
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|Jul 24, 2018|
Episode 51: Am I Enough
Today's episode of the Heart Lessons Podcast features Grace Valentine, a young woman with a heart for Jesus and a passion for helping other young women find their identity and sufficiency in Christ. Today we are celebrating the launch of Grace's first book, Am I Enough: Embracing the Truth About Who You Are.
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|Jul 17, 2018|
Episode 50: Unbridled Faith
In today's episode of the Heart Lessons Podcast, I chat with Cara Whitney, wife of Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy). Cara shares her testimony of coming to trust Christ as her personal Savior and how caring for her horses gave her a unique glimpse into the heart of God. We also talk about how Christians can better support those who are just beginning to pursue a relationship with Christ and the importance of loving and disciplining those new to the Christian faith.
Click here to learn more about beginning a personal relationship with Jesus
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Heart Lesson: Have I done enough to tell my kids about Jesus?
Go Tandem (discipleship app)
How Christians behave has no bearing on whether or not the resurrection happened.
We can cast our cares on the Lord because He is in control.
God gives us the choice to love Him by giving us a choice not to love Him.
Christians are quick to judge but not to give you the good news.
God designed my life this way and it is the best way.
You can not expect lonely and hurting people to walk into church, but Jesus made house calls. He rarely said, "I love you," but showed it in action.
Get to know a new believer and tailor your discipleship to their specific needs.
The group that needs to be louder is the group that loves.
Allow yourself time to get to know Jesus after coming to faith.
|Jul 10, 2018|
Episode 49: Out of the Blue
On today's episode, I chat with Tracey Murtha, wife of the late Greg Murtha. We chat about what Greg's cancer journey was like from her perspective and some of the challenges of living without her beloved husband, but mostly we talk about how Greg's cancer diagnosis opened the Murtha's eyes to the needs of the people around them, and how Tracey continues to live with this same love and compassion for reaching others.
Heart Lesson: There are only two things that will last into eternity - the word of God and the souls of men.
The Broken Way (book)
More is caught than taught.
Our greatest area of service often springs from our greatest pain.
Obey the Lord. We don't have to fix the other person, we just have to do the small thing and He will do the rest.
Choose joy in the moment because you won't get that moment back.
Cling to the hope of Jesus because He's got you. He didn't bring you this far to abandon you.
Live in the present and the Holy Spirit will prompt you to serve whoever is in front of you.
Only two things will last into eternity: the word of God and the souls of men. That is where we need to invest our time.
Greg was not fearful of taking his last breath. He was all about making the breath before that one count.
|Jul 03, 2018|
Episode 48: Kind is the New Classy
This episode of the Heart Lessons Podcast features actor, producer, and author Candace Cameron Bure. We chat about her newest book, Kind is the New Classy, and why kindness is so important. We also talk strategies for how to be kind when you don't feel like it, and why Christians sometimes have a hard time displaying kindness to those who hold viewpoints that are different from their own.
Purchase Kind is the New Classy
Heart Lesson: Push into the Lord even more.
Galatians 5:22-23 (fruits of the Spirit)
I believe we can bring kindness back and change the culture. But it all starts with you and it starts with me - it starts with one person at a time.
You have to work at kindness and build it like a muscle and form new habits for yourself.
Kindness can still be bold it's just staying respectful in your character and treating the other person with dignity.
What will people say about Jesus because of me?
I trust God and I know that He has my back. I trust that He will give me the words or disposition I need in that moment.
Jesus's kindness was never conditional. He recognized the image of God in everyone and treated everyone with that appropriate level of kindness.
Kindness is love in action. It is something you do. Love is also a verb, but it can have emotions attached. I don't have to have an emotional feeling toward someone to be kind to them.
Steps to Choosing Kindness:
|Jun 26, 2018|
The Father's Day Series: Fatherhood, Race, and Unity in the Gospel
On this final part of the Father's Day series here on the Heart Lessons Podcast, Nigel Anderson shares his perspective on fatherhood, approaching racial issues with grace, and how we can all be unified under the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a very sensitive but very important topic, and I am so thankful for Nigel's willingness to share his heart and his wisdom and speak into these issues with such a spirit of grace. May you receive it with just as much love and grace.
Heart Lesson: Never stop trusting.
Find complete show notes at sarahrieke.com/podcast
Philando Castile and Tamir Rice shootings
Come Thou Fount hymn (Prone to Wander)
Running from who you don't want to be isn't enough to keep you on the right path.
If we are not intentional about keeping Christ at the center of everything we will find something to put there.
If you're a Christian you should care about everything because of the Imago Dei and if not, you should fight to view all of it as important.
We need to get out of the identity of our camps and figure out what the meaning of a real Christian is.
The intentionality of the gospel is the restoration of a relationship that was eternally severed.
Everyone's perspective is valid and it is, by definition, incomplete.
The solution is knowing people.
A prayer before confronting another's perspective: In this moment, Lord, give me grace to listen and wisdom to know if I should say something and if so, what that something should be.
We are all different and that is fine. It is beautiful.
We should elevate the gospel above all else.
The Way (song)
My Role in Racial Reconciliation (blog post)
|Jun 12, 2018|
The Father's Day Series Part II: Fatherhood and Infant Loss
In this second part of the Father's Day series here on the Heart Lessons podcast, Chris Tate shares his heart and his journey with infant loss. He shares the story of his two beautiful baby girls, Ellie and Elsie, and speaks openly about what it is like to be a loss father, to support your wife in grief, and how to trust the Lord even in the midst of such tragedy.
Heart Lesson: Love God with all your heart and love people.
Find complete show notes at sarahrieke.com/podcast
Myers Briggs Type Index (personality test)
Enneagram (personality test)
The story of Eli and Samuel (Did you call me ...?)
God is for us and not against us and that knowledge allowed me to trust Him completely.
Stay the course and be there for your wife even if you aren't receiving instant feedback in that moment.
Spend more time together even if that means embracing the pain.
There isn't one way to grieve correctly. It is an individual process for everyone.
Advice to another infant loss father: Spend time with your spouse and continue to love her in the best way you know how because it gives you strength to move through it all together.
|Jun 12, 2018|
The Father's Day Series Part I: Leading Your Family Well
In Part I of the Father's Day Series here on the Heart Lessons Podcast, Jerrad Lopes from Dad Tired shares what it means for a husband and father to lead his family well, and to look to the perfect Father as the prime example of leadership and service to his family.
Heart Lesson: Recognizing that God is a person with his own personality, thoughts, patterns, and preferences.
Click here for complete show notes
3 Ways to Improve Your Marriage and Parenting (podcast episode)
Love and Respect (book)
The Heart Lessons Podcast Episode 14 (on foster care)
Three steps to leading your family well:
Behavior is always a manifestation of what is going on in the heart.
You don't need a bunch of rules to follow, you need Jesus to change your heart.
We will have three titles that extend beyond the grave: disciple, husband, and father. What do you spend your time on that does not make sense for the kingdom of God?
Take initiative and stumble your way through spiritual leadership.
The good news of the gospel is that you don't have to be the perfect daddy because you can point your kids back to the perfect daddy.
How can a wife help her husband lead well:
I love you simply because you are my child just as God does not love me based on what I accomplish but simply his heart toward me.
|Jun 12, 2018|
Episode 47: Unexpected
Purchase Unexpected (Christine's latest book)
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Heart Lesson: He who promised is faithful. His mercies and grace are new every morning.
Jesus shamed shame on the cross.
To have been broken for so long and then to find healing in Christ, that is the message of the gospel.
We want to be delivered from our trouble but most often Jesus will take us through it.
What is abundant life in the midst of heartache and sorrow? That is the faith-filled life.
If I can have hope then maybe what I went through can help give someone else hope for one more day.
It is not sin to not want to go through something. The sin would be to stop there.
Allow your pain to make you better and not bitter.
Allow pain to make you better:
|May 29, 2018|
Even Broken Can Be Beautiful IV:
In this episode, I share the part of my story where I was most angry at God. You might be surprised to hear that it was not when my unborn babies were diagnosed or in the grieving months that followed my losses but rather, a time when I felt like God owed something to me.
Through Jesus, I, a sinner, am made righteous before the Father. He traded the death and eternal punishment I deserved for eternal life.
God owed me nothing but gave me everything.
I had forgotten that God owed nothing to me and that even the breath in my lungs belonged to Him.
I am to live my life in sacrificial surrender to the Lord because of what He has done for me. As soon as I forget that, I begin to feel entitled to certain things in life.
I had been clinging to the desire for a healthy baby so tightly, probably throwing a spiritual tantrum. But before the Lord could bless me in that way, I needed to calm my heart and remember my place as a living sacrifice and be at peace with God's good and pleasing and perfect will, even if that meant no more babies.
This is not a formula for getting what you want but rather, a reminder to surrender to the Lord's will because He owed us nothing and yet gave us everything, which is far beyond what any of us deserve.
|May 22, 2018|
IV: The Mother's Day Series: Motherhood and Teenagers
Sophie Hudson, aka Boo Mama, shares what it is like to mother a teenager. From what she tells me, it's actually pretty fantastic.
Heart Lesson: My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus's blood and righteousness.
The Lord is sweet in that just as He grows them up, He grows us too.
I want to enjoy the stage I'm in and not dread when it's going to end.
Where am I parenting out of fear? Because in the end, it's not healthy for either one of us.
Kids freak out about what we freak out about.
The sweetness of life is that it is a gift at every stage and these kids are a gift at every age and golly, it's so fun to get to be a part of it.
Conversations on sex and conversations on friendship need to be ongoing, not just one time.
Survival Kit for Parenting Teens:
|May 11, 2018|
III. The Mother's Day Series: Invisible Motherhood
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Find the Dear Loss Mama, It's Okay If ... series here
Caitlin Mathieu of Due to Joy talks about what it means to be an invisible mother, a mother with no living children. She is a wealth of wisdom for leaning on the Lord during dark times and how to navigate the road of invisible motherhood with grace.
Heart Lesson: The Lord wants to turn my mourning into dancing and return my joy even in the middle of my pain.
Jesus wants to bring purpose to our pain. He does not want to waste it.
The devil wants me to believe that God has left me or that my body has failed me. But those are all lies.
We need to extend grace to people who say things and don't know your story and people who say things and do know your story.
I've had to release my white-knuckle grip on my fear because it's too heavy for me to carry and it isn't mine to carry.
You are not alone.
My heart that is so ready to love another baby is the same heart that already loves a baby who is a citizen of heaven.
Three Ways to Fight the Darkness:
My Invisible Motherhood (blog post)
Through the Lens Podcast Episode 8: Mothering After Loss (podcast episode)
|May 11, 2018|
II. The Mother's Day Series: Mothering A Transracial Family
My dear friend, Lauren Casper, joins us for this episode of the Mother's Day series and shares what it means to mother a transracial family and embrace the diversity of skin colors and cultures within her own home.
visit sarahrieke.com/podcast for show notes
Heart Lesson: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
Matthew 22:36-40 (The Greatest Commandment)
I want to be intentional to put in the time so I can raise my children as children of color, because they are, and not try to make them fit into my white world.
I need to learn about cultural differences because I don't want to erase the heritage they came from, as much as I possibly can.
So much of adoption is about loss. As beautiful as the process of adoption is, it is impossible to ignore that there is an enormous component of loss there, particularly for the children.
I do everything I can to embrace and celebrate their culture because I want to show them it is not something they were rescued out of.
It is our responsibility not to look away because how can we love each other well when we do?
This is how we raise racially aware children; by putting diversity in their world from early on.
I have recognized my need to have a lifelong posture of student and continuously be asking and learning and listening.
Empathy means to treat someone how they want to be treated and that requires listening and learning.
Journal and Reflection Page:
|May 08, 2018|
I. The Mother's Day Series: Heavenly-Minded Motherhood
Katie Bennett, author of Heavenly-Minded Mom, shares what it means to mother in light of eternity and how that truth can transform our everyday lives.
Heart Lesson: God is holy and it is not ok for me to be unholy. He is holy so I must be holy.
I felt God leading me to make my faith my choice.
He called me to live the truth of an eternal reality and pursue the simple task of living for Him and obeying Him moment by moment.
All of our meaningless tasks are given lasting meaning because when we work hard and heartily as unto the Lord, we will receive an eternal inheritance as a reward.
It’s all passing away. Everything except how we loved, how we persevered, and how we faithfully accomplished the tasks that God laid out for us.
Determine what is best for the kingdom of God and put that above your own wants and desires.
What does it mean to throw off the things that hinder us so that we can pursue Christ with all we’ve got, running our race with perseverance?
Allow your sense of overwhelm and need drive you to the cross and ask for help.
Even if things don’t go how we expected, they went how God expected and knew it would happen. what is important is not the outcome, it is taking steps of obedience and trust in the midst of that situation.
It is important to let my children in on how I think.
Journal and Reflection Page:
|May 08, 2018|
Episode 46: Always Enough, Never Too Much
Hayley Morgan, co-author of Wild & Free and the just-released Always Enough, Never Too Much, comes to the podcast today to talk about walking big and wild in who God made us to be, walking free in what Jesus Christ bought for us on the cross, and then the truth that staying tethered to the Lord will allow us to live in being always enough and never, ever too much. We also talk fearing ourselves, the enneagram, and how to discern the voice of the Lord over the voice of the enemy.
Heart Lesson: Be needy of the Lord.
There is a difference between knowledge of something and understanding of something. Knowledge comes when you learn something for the first time, but the understanding comes when you work it out in the day to day and apply it to many different situations and continue to preach those truths to yourself.
It is not about not having goals or not being ambitious, it's about a right ordering of your heart toward the Lord.
There is nothing you can do to make the Lord love you less, and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more.
Our main job is to stay tethered to the Lord.
God's correction is kind and never feels like condemnation. It feels like a light has been shined onto something.
You've already been found out as a person who has a sinful nature and a person who lives in a fallen world. And also, you've already been redeemed.
[God's correction] is not indicting of our identity, it is God calling us His child who has done something wrong.
I want women to know they can't go too far one way or the other. Not that they lack the ability to, but that if they are intimately connected with the Lord, He is going to bring them right back to where they need to be.
God is secure in Himself and in His creation.
When we fear our own selves, it is almost clinging to what was instead of what could be.
My hope is that women would see this is a story more about God and not about them and they have a beautiful part to play in it, but they don't need to fear their capacity. God is not afraid of what they will do with how He has created them, especially when living a life that is yielded to Him.
Keys to A Successful Friendship:
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|Apr 24, 2018|
Episode 45: I Can't Believe You Just Said That!
Ginger Hubbard shares her insights, wisdom, and all-around awesome tips for reaching our children with heart-oriented training. She aims not to only change their behavior, but reach their hearts.
Visit sarahrieke.com/podcast for show notes
Heart Lesson: Trust that God is in control of my adult children and working in their lives.
Ginger's 3-Step Plan:
There is so much more to getting our children to act right; we need to get them to think right and be motivated out of a love for virtue rather than a fear of punishment.
Jesus himself asked heart-probing questions and in doing so, the people had to evaluate themselves.
It is never enough to train children what not to do; we need to tell them what to do. That's what it means to train them in righteousness, to walk in the wisdom of God's word.
We are administering grace and mercy when we take the time to diligently train our child up in the way they should go.
I love you too much to allow you to disobey and live foolishly.
There should be a clean slate and forgiveness after consequences.
We are responsible as parents to teach our kids the word of God, but it is God's word that actually convicts and brings about change. It is not about us, they still have a choice.
It is never too late to begin training a child in God's word.
How does God want you to obey? Right away, all the way, and with a happy heart.
Daily Prayer: Lord, help me to be wiser than my children.
|Apr 17, 2018|
Episode 44: I Will Love You Forever
Cori Salchert shares her heart behind fostering terminally ill babies and children. Her transparency as to the level of faith it takes to stay committed to this beautiful and yet heavy work God has called her to is such a perfect picture of God's strength working in our weakness.
Heart Lesson: I say I trust God and He gives me many opportunities to do so, many opportunities for me to look at God and judge my circumstances, and not judge God through my circumstances.
There is a heavy gravity to all of this. It is not light warfare and it is not all song and dance. Having a terminally ill child is not a walk in the park and I don't want to minimize the grief that goes along with that.
Courage is not the absence of fear, it is just determining that there is something greater at stake.
I want it to be so evident that I am doing all of this in God's power. I do not want to stand at the burning bush and say, "I stutter ..." I want God to use me.
You can't take this as all pain and you can't just take it as a gift; it's both.
|Apr 03, 2018|
Even Broken Can Be Beautiful III:
song credit: Nichole Nordeman, You Are Good
When our life circumstances are so hard and leave us brokenhearted, can we still say that God is good?
|Mar 27, 2018|
Episode 43: Believe Bigger
Marshawn Evans Daniels, reinvention strategist and faith and business coach, talks about her newly released book, Believe Bigger, and encourages women to walk confidently in the purpose God has placed in their lives. We talk about the coexistence of both humility and confidence, what it means to find purpose in painful circumstances, and what it was like for her to be on Miss America. You are going to come away from this episode with a soul on fire for being ok to own whatever it is that God has called you to do.
Heart Lesson: Having permission to go at a slower pace and find the door opening in a time of pause rather than a time of pursuit.
5 Steps to Finding Your Purpose (Purpose Map):
Grace is what you need in the middle of battle when you're under attack.
When we see a need we can feel free to meet that need in that moment.
Believing something that seems too big to understand but believing in it anyway, that is the start of a greater purpose.
Purpose is a process. God is more concerned with our character than He is our calling and He wants us to have the capacity to fulfill our calling, so He's going to take us through a process.
Sometimes we don't know our purpose and so we just have to walk. We can't always make sense of what God is doing.
Your story will take you into a greater purpose.
God loves impossible circumstances. He loves to part the Red Seas.
His yoke is easy but we want to make it hard.
We need permission not to hide because then we are hiding what God has given us. And what if the very thing you are hiding is the very bridge someone needs to enter eternity?
God speaks in cans and not in can'ts.
Are we warrior princesses or are we not?
Christ was humble because He knew where His power came from.
Humility is about reliance and operating on an extension of who God is. Confidence is all about who we are because of who God is in us.
Godfidence is believing in the unseen and not being afraid to shine, but relying on who God has called me to be.
Giving ourselves permission allows us to take the limits off for the unlimited Holy Spirit.
Journal and Reflection Page
|Mar 13, 2018|
Episode 42: Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot
**This conversation is recommended for mature audiences only**
Mo Isom speaks openly and candidly about her sexual testimony and what her life looked like when she neglected to ask the question of why God calls His children to live a life of purity.
"It's about so much more than doing what's right and avoiding what's wrong. It's a reflection of preserving our bodies and our hearts for a God who gave His life for us first. " - Mo Isom
Heart Lesson: The realization and awe of the power of the Holy Spirit's operation within us.
Steps to overcoming addiction to porn:
We are creatures made to worship but quickly worship what we want.
We must begin by knowing what God calls us to and why He calls us to it so that we don't even give the enemy a foothold from the start.
The purity God calls us to is really a heart purity.
We can get lost in serving ourselves.
We need to get uncomfortable for the sake of our own lives. Eternity is at stake and yet we are often worried for a five-minute conversation.
Sin will win out every single time if we are not careful.
Sex (in marriage) is not just to serve ourselves, it is laying our lives down in service of another.
Sex (in marriage) is a powerful weapon against the enemy.
Journal and Reflection Page
|Mar 06, 2018|
Intentionality Part IV:
|Feb 13, 2018|
Intentionality Part III:
Today on the podcast Erin Odom, aka the Humbled Homemaker, chats with us about being intentional with our finances. Today Erin shares with us the basic concepts for creating more space and margin in your budget as outlined in her newest book, You Can Stay Home with Your Kids, releasing on April 10th. We also talk about the importance of working within a budget and some really practical tips for setting up your own personal budget. If you have goals to maximize your cash dollars in 2018, this episode will be such a great resource.
Pre-order Erin's book at: youcanstayhomewithyourkids.com
View show notes at sarahrieke.com
|Feb 13, 2018|
Intentionality Part II:
My guest today is Julie Rougeux, wife, mother, and executive director of the Pharoah's Daughters Marketplace. Julie also has a passion for fighting against injustice and standing in the gap for orphans and families who lack the resources to stand up for themselves. Our conversation today centers on her heart for adoption, her personal adoption stories, her involvement in the Pharoah's Daughter's Marketplace, and her passion for empowering women living in poverty to create a sustainable income. We also talk about the part you can play for standing in the gap for these people God loves.
Visit sarahrieke.com for show notes
|Feb 13, 2018|
Intentionality Part I:
Welcome to Part I of the Intentionality Series of the Heart Lessons Podcast! In this intro episode we talk about intentionality in Scripture, how God models intentionality for us, and share the resources you shared on social media about all the things that are helping you live with greater intention. This episode kicks off the series designed to help you stay on track with your New Year's Resolutions.
Visit sarahrieke.com for show notes on this episode and the other episodes in this series.
|Feb 13, 2018|
Even Broken Can Be Beautiful II:
As a mother, I want what is best for my children. I want what will keep them happy, safe, and comfortable. And while my heart breaks over the reality that two of my children are no longer here, isn't that what they have in Heaven? Through Jesus, my babies have happy, safe, perfect life. Praise God that through the death of His Child, He made a way for mine.
Prayer to Receive Christ as Savior:
Dear Jesus, I believe in You. I believe that you died on the cross for me and rose the third day and are now in Heaven preparing a place for me. I want to accept Your gift of everlasting life and spend eternity with You. Please come into my life and save me from my sin. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Visit sarahrieke.com for show notes
|Jan 30, 2018|
Even Broken Can Be Beautiful:
As the world turns to a new year, it is so common to enter into that newness with a handful of resolutions and a renewed sense of energy and intention for how to keep those resolutions. It's a new year, new page, fresh start. But what about those times when the difficulty, sadness, and grief from the previous year follow you into the next? This episode is dedicated to those listeners who are still feeling burdened by whatever hard things 2017 held for them and offers hopeful encouragement for how to move forward in that brokenness, keeping in mind that even broken can be beautiful.
Visit sarahrieke.com for show notes on this episode
Song: "Beautiful Things" by Gungor
|Jan 02, 2018|
Holiday Heart Lessons Part III:
In this episode my friend Brittany joins me as we chat Christmas traditions of all shapes and sizes, read about some of your favorite traditions, and add in a few Christmas traditions that we can't even.
Make the whole month a simple, special celebration and focus on the truth of the holiday and God's word.
|Dec 05, 2017|
Holiday Heart Lessons Part I:
Merry Christmas friends! I'm so glad you're joining me for this Christmas podcast series. Today I will be sharing my two favorite Holiday Heart Lessons to meditate on during the Christmas season, the ones that continue to ground me in the reality of the baby who came to save us all from our sins.
|Dec 05, 2017|
Holiday Heart Lessons Part II:
In this episode my friend Justina joins me as we chat about Christmas stress, how to best handle it, and how to keep our hearts and minds focused on the true meaning of the holiday.
Keep Jesus at the center where He needs to be.
When you feel Christmas stress overshadowing your joy, take a second to recalibrate and remember what is actually important - family, love, peace, thankfulness - and try to rest in that perspective.
|Dec 05, 2017|
Episode 41: Slow Down (Every Mile Mattered)
Hi friends! So glad you're joining me for episode 41 of Heart Lessons. My guest for today's episode is Nichole Nordeman. I can't even tell you how honored I was to interview someone whose music has been very present, almost theme-like, in some very pivotal seasons of my life. Her musical talent has earned her some very prestigious awards in the Christian music industry but today, our conversation was centered on motherhood and taking the time to slow down and enjoy the moments happening right in front of us, as inspired by her new book, Slow Down. Also, talking about the title track on Nichole's latest album, Every Mile Mattered, allowed us to explore the idea that no part of our story is wasted in God's hands.
I wish I could have talked to Nichole so much more about so many things, but I think I'll let those unexplored conversations point you over to her blog and her social media places so that you can get to know her story for yourself. She is an inspiration and a delight and a very talented writer, both musically and otherwise. Thank you again, Nichole, for connecting with me.
Heart Lesson: Lean on the Lord. Dependence on Jesus is a sign of strength, not weakness.
|Oct 16, 2017|
Episode 40: JellyTelly (And other great resources for Christian families)
Hi friend! Welcome to episode 40 of the Heart Lessons Podcast. My special guest today is Melanie Rainer, director and editor of content for JellyTelly. In today's conversation Melanie and I talk about her personal experiences with graduating from seminary, the joys of parenting a toddler, and what her go-to resources are for teaching her own daughter about Jesus. We also talk all things JellyTelly - from the video devotionals, show streaming availability, to the ways to incorporate all of these great resources into your everyday conversation with your kids. If you are a parent or if you have little people in your life and you desire to influence them positively with the message of the gospel, I think this episode will really help introduce you to some wonderful tools to really make this sort of influence accessible and attainable.
Heart Lesson: The Lord goes before you.
|Sep 18, 2017|
Episode 39: My Fit Finish
Welcome to episode 39 of the Heart Lessons podcast. My guest today is Kelli Tobin from My Fit Finish. I have to say I am really thrilled that Kelli agreed to be a guest on the podcast because I had been praying for a guest that could speak to health and fitness. I try to think of the wide variety of subject matter that might interest Heart Lessons listeners and wanted to delve into the topic of health/fitness from a Christian perspective. I am so thankful Kelli said yes and that she is here today to speak truth into our lives when it comes to pursuing exercise and eating well. Her overarching theme is grace, which I love, so you will not feel condemned as you listen. Instead, I think you will come away feeling that taking steps toward health/fitness is important and also, attainable.
Heart Lesson: Be patient and let things take time.
|Aug 21, 2017|
Episode 38: Color and Kindness
Welcome to Episode 38 of the Heart Lessons Podcast. My special guest today is Nicole Jennings, the creative mind behind Color and Kindness, her online shop dedicated to providing resources to help introduce gospel concepts to kids. You can find scripture cards, coloring pages, and many other adorable and inspired resources.
We talk about the mix of motherhood and being a work-at-home mom, how she tries to expand her children's' worldview beyond their four walls. We also talk about Jesus meeting us where we are, not polished and presentable but right int he moment of temptation.
I know you are going to find this episode encouraging, especially if you have young children but really for anyone who has gospel influence on a little person.
Heart Lesson: Look for the ways that God has been good.
|Jul 31, 2017|
Episode 37: True Identity in a Selfie World
Hi friends! I'm so excited to welcome you to this episode of Heart Lessons with my special guest, Kristen Hatton. Kristen recently released a book entitled, Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World. It is a devotional book for teenage girls aimed at helping them realize they don't need to look to social media for security and affirmation because Christ already loves and accepts them, just as they are. We chat about her book and many of the life-giving concepts found there, she answers some of your listener questions, and we also hit on how this topic is relevant for young moms and laying the foundation now for your kids later. And of course, Kristen shares her heart lesson with us as she continues to dig deeper into this topic of true identity in Christ.
This episode is so good for anyone with a teenage daughter, anyone who mentors teen girls, anyone who will one day have a teenage daughter, but it is also really great for women in general and moms of teenage boys. There is a little something for everyone in this episode. I know you will find some great takeaways from my conversation with Kristen.
Heart Lesson: Keep a solid identity and satisfaction with Christ, especially with life changes.
Thank you for listening! I would love to connect on instagram and chat about your favorite part of today's episode!!
|Jul 03, 2017|
Episode 36: The Turquoise Table
Hi friends! I'm so excited to share this episode of Heart Lessons with you today. My special guest is Kristin Schell. Kristin started the Turquoise Table and #frontyardpeople movement, which is all about building community with those around you. Kristin just released her first book and so we chat about many of the ideas she shared there including how to make space in your heart for others, the difference between hospitality and entertaining, and how we should be ok inviting others into our lives and homes because it is less about perfection and so much more about just belonging and being together.
In this age of being so "connected" via social media I think learning to connect with others in a face to face way is deeply important and I'm so happy Kristin was able to share her heart and her vision with us here.
Heart Lesson: Stay in communion with God and listen to Him.
Thanks for listening! Find me over on instagram later this week to share your own heart lesson.
|Jun 12, 2017|
Lighthearted || Episode Five
Everyday Heart Lesson: Learning to trust in the Lord when you can't see him moving.
Find me on instagram this week and share your answers to some of the lighthearted questions!
Next time I'll be chatting with Kristin Schell, the woman behind the Turquoise Table. I hope you tune in to catch her vision for being "front yard people" and living in community with those around you.
|May 30, 2017|
Episode 35: What Do You Do, Dear?
Hi friends and thanks for joining me for episode 35 of the Heart Lessons podcast! Today my special guest is Mary Evelyn Smith who blogs over at What Do You Do, Dear?
I absolutely love what Mary Evelyn writes on her blog and although our stories are different, I feel like I identify with her very much and much of her writing has helped me along in my journey of processing the loss of my babies.
Today Mary Evelyn and I talk about what it looks like for her to be the parent of a child with a disability specifically, her son Simeon who has spina bifida. We talk about the diagnosis day and what that felt like, we talk about what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made when your body operates differently than the majority of those around you, and what Mary Evelyn hopes to communicate to the world about disability. We also talk about her awesome career as a school librarian and she makes some killer book recommendations. And of course, we chat about what God is doing in her heart as she continues to move forward in what God has for her.
I hope you enjoy this conversation and that you are able to come away with a heart lesson of your own, to help you draw closer to the Lord.
Heart Lesson: O Heavenly King, O Comforter, Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things.
|May 22, 2017|
Episode 34: Simple Farmhouse Company
Hi friends! I'm so glad to introduce you today to a dear, dear friend of mine, Justina Roberts. Justina and I met in college because our boyfriends, at the time (now husbands), were roommates and so we hung out often. She is one of those friends that I don't see very often but whenever we finally do catch up we can pick up right where we left off. I love that.
Today Justina shares about her business, Simple Farmhouse Company. She shares her favorite tips, tricks, and tools for refinishing furniture, her favorite places to find pieces, and five easy ways you can spruce up a room. And I love her heart behind the business and that even though she's all about making living spaces beautiful, she knows it's really all about knowing your people.
I think you'll love my conversation with Justina and maybe be inspired to experiment on some furniture of your own. And of course, I hope this episode helped you to come away with your own heart lesson to help you draw closer to the Lord.
Click here for show notes.
Come find me on instagram this Thursday and share your own heart lesson and what the Lord has been doing in your life this week.
|May 15, 2017|
Episode 33: Living Beyond Expectations
Hi friends! I'm so happy to be back doing this podcast with you! I took a break after my son was born in November and intended to come back in February but that did not happen. But I'm glad to be back now sharing stories with you of women doing amazing things.
My guest today in an old college friend, Brittany Meng. Brittany shares about being the mom of twins, mothering four boys, transitioning from working to being a SAHM, and the long process of uncovering her son's autism diagnosis. And, of course, she shares her heart lesson about realizing the importance of asking for help and living in community.
I hope you listen and enjoy and find yourself encouraged and inspired to listen to the Lord's voice in your own life and discover a heart lesson of your own.
|May 01, 2017|
Lighthearted || Episode Four
Hazelnut coffee, doctor dreams, and when bacon betrays you ...
**Friends, this is the last episode for me for a little while. I am taking a maternity leave until mid-February to enjoy the holidays and my new little family. If you want to stay in touch you can find me on instagram (sarah_rieke) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. I will see you back here again soon.
|Nov 21, 2016|
Episode 32: Broken Crayons Still Color
Welcome to Episode 32 of the Heart Lessons Podcast! My special guest today is author coach/writer/speaker Shelley Hitz. Today Shelley shares her story which includes some really painful elements including processing the tragic loss of her grandmother, past sexual abuse, and a pornography addiction that lasted for two years. Although there is great pain in her story, what ultimately shines through is the redemption and restoration that we can find in Christ. Shelley is using her painful past and what she has overcome to encourage others in similar places. I know you will find such hope in Shelley's story.
**Just a note that this might not be the most family friendly episode. If my five-year-old was in the car with me I might consider listening at a different time. This episode is so wonderful and definitely worth the listen, but considering some of the words and stories Shelley shares, you might not want little ears to hear.
|Nov 14, 2016|
Episode 31: Resting in God's Goodness
Today's episode of Heart Lessons features Lindsey Nobles, COO/Strategist for IF. Lindsey and I chat about IF and all the wonderful things she get to do through that ministry. She shares about her trips to Israel and how life-changing those have been. We also chat about her personal testimony and how she realized she needed to move from a cultural Christianity to one that really made a difference in how she lived her life. Lindsey is also a wonderful spokeswoman for singles in the church and we talk about what it's like to be single in the church and practical ways those of us who are married with kids can be intentional about inviting single people into our lives and our family relationships. My conversation with Lindsey was rich and eye-opening and I think you'll find that to be true for you as well.
|Nov 08, 2016|
Episode 30: Anchors, Calm, and Rest for the Soul
On today's episode of Heart Lessons (Episode 30 ... what?!) my special guest is Emily Chapman Richards, oldest daughter of singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman and bestselling author Mary Beth Chapman. We chat about what it was like growing up in her home with her father being who he was, the origins of her passion for adoption and orphan care. Emily also shares what it was like to lose her youngest sister just months before she got married. We talk about her time living in Ireland and how that impacted her in a big way for pursuing a more dialed down pace of life and embracing time for rest and relationships even in the middle of a busy day. Emily's heart lesson is just so perfect, she shares a verse that reflects how, when our anchor is firm and secure in the deep calm of Jesus, it doesn't really matter what the storm is like on the surface. I love that insight and I know you are going to love hearing from Emily.
|Oct 31, 2016|
Lighthearted || Episode Three
Granny panties, Costco, and keeping your eyes on your own fishbowl ...
|Oct 24, 2016|
Episode 29: She's Got Issues
Today's episode features author and speaker Nicole Unice. I had the opportunity to talk face to face with Nicole late this past summer and it was such an encouraging experience for me. Today we chat about Nicole's book, She's Got Issues, about the six core issues that seem to plague women from the time they are teenagers. I ask specific questions about comparison as it relates to social media, control and when to know if we've crossed the line, and what happens when our deepest fears become our realities. This episode is a bit shorter than the average Heart Lessons podcast but it is so dense with amazing truths. Listen and be encouraged and then let me know what part touched you the most, what Heart Lesson you were able to come away with. I know there are so, so many.
|Oct 17, 2016|
Episode 28: Embrace the Life You've Been Given
My guest for this episode of Heart Lessons is Katie Moormann. I was able to connect with Katie through a mutual friend and I'm so glad I did. Katie has three children and her middle daughter, June, has special needs - a combination of autism and cerebral palsy but no official genetic diagnosis yet. We talk about what it's like to have a seven year old with special needs and how Katie handles her emotions when life feels frustrating and overwhelming. We talk about self-care and being intentional about spending time with her other children and husband. She shares practical ways to support and show love to her and her family. Katie also gives us gracious words to say to those we might encounter at Target or the playground who have children with special needs. I feel so privileged to share Katie's story with you and I know you will be challenged to find contentment and embrace the life God has given you, no matter what it looks like.
|Oct 11, 2016|
Episode 27: Marydean Draws
Mary Hairston joins me for episode twenty-seven of the Heart Lessons Podcast. Mary is a wife, mama, and a gifted artist who uses her talents to illustrate the scriptures that encourage her everyday. We talk about the years before she became a mother - growing up as a pastor's kid, living overseas, and teaching ESL - we chat about her decision to stay at home with their first baby and how Marydean Draws was born. We also chat about her creative process, her goals to encourage others, and what it looks like to be a work at home mom. And of course she shares her heart lesson which is a challenge for us all to evaluate what we think we need in life. Mary has such a sweet spirit and her drawings are winsome and uplifting. I know you are going to fall in love with her just as I have.
|Sep 27, 2016|
Lighthearted || Episode Two
Carmex, chocolate cake, and the Little Blue Truck ...
|Sep 20, 2016|
Episode 26: Surviving the Issue of Body Image
I'm so excited to introduce you to my guest for today's show. Today you will be hearing from Sarah Bragg of the Surviving Sarah podcast, which I know I've mentioned a time or two before. Today Sarah is sharing her story of her struggle with body image which started when she was just nine years old with an offhand (albeit rude) remark from a girl she barely knew and turned into a ten year struggle over her appearance. I think this episode is going to be such a great resource for young women who might also be battling with body image and for parents of these young girls who are trying to help their daughters through the struggle. But it's also a great resource for any Christian woman who is struggling to be content with who God made her to be, whether it is appearance or personality or stage of life. The truths Sarah shares are sure to help you see that your worth is infinitely tied to the fact that the God of the universe created you and calls you by name for something special in His kingdom.
|Sep 12, 2016|
Episode 25: Looking for Lovely
In today's episode of Heart Lessons you will hear from author, speaker, and podcaster Annie F. Downs. We talk about the books she's written and about her latest book that just released this spring, Looking for Lovely. Annie shares her journey of how she got to be where she is now which included dozens of rejections from publishers, she talks about what it means to cultivate a gentle and quiet spirit and that it has little to do with decibels, and how we can wait well in our waiting seasons. I know you will love hearing from Annie.
|Sep 07, 2016|
Episode 24: Moms in Prayer International
For Episode 24 of Heart Lessons I'm so excited to introduce you to Bonnie Nichols of Moms in Prayer International. Moms in Prayer International has a goal that every school in the world would be covered in prayer and I am just so awestruck that the Lord would orchestrate this interview to air just as so many of us around the country are in back-to-school mode and presented with a new school year for our kiddos. I know that Bonnie's words will challenge you to be more intentional about praying for your children and your child's school. But even if you don't have children in school I think Bonnie's passion for prayer will challenge and encourage you to "step up your game" when it comes to your prayer life. She has so many practical tips for building a great habit of prayer and I know you will come away with something great after listening today.
|Aug 29, 2016|
Lighthearted || Episode One
Essential oils, Justin Timberlake, and a for real blast from the past ...
|Aug 22, 2016|
Episode 23: Her Story of Unfolding Grace
In today's episode of the Heart Lessons Podcast you'll hear from Becky McCoy. Becky is a blogger, writer, and fellow podcaster whose mission is to encourage people to live bravely and authentically in life, especially during life's trials. As you listen to her story you'll find that Becky is certainly qualified to speak to this as she has faced her share of adversity. Becky experienced the loss of her husband Keith to cancer when she was eight months pregnant with their daughter. She talks about what life has been like as she rebuilds her new normal after Keith's passing, what her grief journey has been like, and what is has meant for her to live bravely and authentically. If you are going through a difficult time right now I know Becky's words will be a great source of encouragement for you.
|Aug 15, 2016|
Episode 22: The One with My Kids
My very special guest on today's episode of Heart Lessons is my son, Micah. A few weeks ago I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts in the car and he piped up from the back, "Mom, can I be a guest on your podcast sometime?" How could I say no to such a sweet request? So today I'm chatting with Micah. We answer the questions you all submitted including what he loves about being a big brother, what he's looking forward to about Kindergarten, and what animal he would like to be. True to podcast form, Micah even shares a heart lesson of his own. I hope you enjoy my conversation with my sweet guy and the additional little sound bytes from my other little cutie.
|Aug 08, 2016|
My guest on episode twenty-one of the Heart Lessons podcast is Kami Lingren who blogs at Living Grace: Finding Life in the Desert, where she shares her experience battling chronic illness. On today's podcast Kami shares about her journey with Lyme Disease, from diagnosis, to treatment plans, to what it looks like to live with this disease, and the hardest part of living with Lyme. She also shares practical tips on how to support a loved one struggling with chronic illness. Her heart lesson is taken straight from the life of Jesus when He walked this earth and I know the reality of it will touch your heart just like it did for me. Kami exudes sweetness and grace and I can't wait for you to hear all she has to share.
|Jul 26, 2016|
Mini Episode II
In this Mini Episode of Heart Lessons I just wanted to share some thoughts on recent events.
|Jul 22, 2016|
My guest on today's episode of Heart Lessons is Kelly Gerken from Sufficient Grace ministries. Kelly shares about her own experience with infant loss – losing two baby daughters to twin to twin transfusion syndrome and a baby son to Potter’s Syndrome. She also talks about the birth of Sufficient Grace Ministries – how it started with her trying to minister to a friend after losing her baby and asking herself the question, “What would I have wanted someone to give to me?” Since then Sufficient Grace has grown to offer not only these “Dreams of You” memory books, but also Comfort Bears, perinatal hospice services, doula services, and even trainings for medical staff to better equip them to support a family walking through infant loss. Kelly’s story personifies the character and hope that develops from persevering through a hard time and has so much truth to speak about God’s daily sufficient grace.
|Jul 06, 2016|
Episode Nineteen | Risen Motherhood
Joining me for Episode 19 of Heart lessons are Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler from the Risen Motherhood Podcast. We talk about this ministry they’ve started where their focus is all about how the gospel message intersects with every aspect of a mom’s life. Their podcast touches on all sorts of topics: breastfeeding, self-care, the struggle with comparison, and much more. If you’ve never listened you totally should – you will not be sad that you did. We also chat a bit about their personal motherhood challenges and how they are still able to find joy even when circumstances might present challenges. And of course they share their heart lesson – how God is leading them in motherhood and in their ministry. I know the truths shared in this episode will give purpose to your everyday, whether you're mothering in the trenches or in the mundanity of a 9-5, we all have purpose in light of eternity.
|Jun 27, 2016|
The Reluctant Missionary
Joining me for Episode 18 of Heart Lessons is photographer, author, former missionary, and recovering perfectionist, Miah Oren. In her new book, The Reluctant Missionary, Miah talks about her experience teaching English oversees and the struggles and challenges she faced there. She talks about how she felt like God set her up to fail because she was placed in the worst school with a very distrustful staff and hundreds of students she felt she was unable to reach effectively. She returned home two years later depressed and angry with God. It wasn’t until she reconnected with a fellow English teacher back home in Dallas that she learned that she really had been used by God in the very best way. You won’t want to miss that redeeming part of her story. For any of you out there struggling with feeling like you've failed God and there is no way He can pick up the pieces you've left behind, Miah's story will move your heart to see otherwise.
|Jun 22, 2016|
The Father's Day Episode
Thanks for joining me for the special Father's Day episode of Heart Lessons. Today you'll be hearing from three of my favorite dads - my dad Pete, my father-in-law Dave, and my husband Josh. These men are all wonderful and deeply in tune with the Lord's leading in their lives and in their fatherhood journeys. I'm so grateful to have them in my life, influencing me and influencing my kids. They speak much truth about fatherhood - how it changed them and motivated them to be better men. They offer great advice to new dads and of course, share the heart lessons that carry them through their own stage of being a dad. Happy Father's Day to these wonderful guys ... I love you all <3
|Jun 15, 2016|
Joining me today on Heart Lessons is my friend, Pami Clark. She goes to the same church as some of my family in Pennsylvania and reached out to me a few years ago to let me know she was praying for me during my journey with Evie.
Since then I have been blessed with the details of her story and her faith through the difficult road the Lord has her on.
About five years ago, Pami suffered a massive stroke that severely impacted her physical and cognitive abilities. Since then she has had about 12 strokes (maybe more), and doctors predict this will continue for the rest of her life.
But Pami's testimony remains strong. She has such a tender heart and talks about all the good that has happened as a result of her strokes. She also shares a unique and challenging perspective of what it means to live every day knowing it might be your last.
I'm so grateful Pami was willing to share her heart with me and I know you will be too.
|Jun 07, 2016|
For Such a Time as This
Joining me today on Heart Lessons is Lauren Casper. She is an amazing wife, mom, and writer but to me personally, she is an amazing friend. In the few years Lauren and I lived near each other, we both walked through some really hard things - life-changing diagnoses (like autism), losses, and other big life transitions. While we never would have wished to know the pain like we did, we were glad to have each other. I love Lauren so much and her friendship means so much to me. I know you'll love her too and be challenged to be an even better friend.
|Jun 01, 2016|
It's Not About Me
Today on the Heart Lessons podcast you will hear from my friend, Molly Timan. Molly and her husband faithfully serve in the children's ministry at their church, but they also have a huge heart for foster care. Molly talks about her experiences as a foster mom and all the ways she has grown from these experiences. She also shares openly about the hardest parts of this journey, including what it was like to give back the first foster child they cared for and how she worked through the pain of realizing they couldn't adequately meet the needs of another child they were caring for. And Molly's heart lesson is one I'm sure we all need to hear - less of me, more of Christ. Listen and be encouraged and maybe, if the Lord leads, be brave enough to start your own journey in foster care.
*Just a note, there were some moments while we were recording that the recorder and microphone picked up random radio signals that were unable to be fixed in the editing process. If you would, please overlook that technical error. Thank you!
|May 23, 2016|
"Submission" from Holding onto Hope
Because of Holly's challenging words on surrender, I thought it might be appropriate to read the entire chapter of "Submission" from Nancy Guthrie's book, "Holding Onto Hope". This excerpt from her book is sure to give you a different perspective on submission (surrender) to God's will, despite hardship. Even when life circumstances are difficult, we can trust God, that He has a great purpose in mind, and rest there. I hope you enjoy this midweek mini episode of Heart Lessons.
*I misspoke early in the episode and said "die at death" instead of "die at birth". Please forgive me.
|May 19, 2016|
The Discipline of Surrender
In episode thirteen of the Heart Lessons podcast, you will hear from my friend, Holly Colonna. Even though I went to youth group with her husband and attend the same church as her sweet in-laws, I didn't actually connect with Holly until a little over a year ago, when she and her husband received some worrisome news about their first baby in their twenty week ultrasound. At the time, it wasn't 100% certain that baby Benjamin's condition was fatal, but Holly and I were still able to connect over just having to get through those months of uncertainty.
Sadly, baby Benjamin did pass away at two-and-a-half months. As you can imagine, losing her sweet baby boy has been so incredibly heartbreaking for Holly. She speaks so candidly about her journey with him, and shares all the parts - the sweet moments as well as the deeply painful ones. She also shares her heart lesson about the discipline - the choice - to surrender to the Lord's will. She speaks so much perspective-changing truth in those few moments, you definitely won't want to miss it.
|May 16, 2016|
Triumph with Truth
In today's episode of Heart Lessons, you'll hear from Sarah Ann Rogers. Sarah is a wife, mama, blogger, and now podcaster! Her podcast, Tell Her Story, launched last Thursday so definitely head over to itunes and check it out. In this episode, Sarah shares about her experience with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. Sarah talks about the fact that, what really surprised her most is that she was even walking in darkness at all. She shares how the Lord brought her out of that darkness, through meditating on Scripture, taking every thought captive, purposely pulling back and giving herself time and space to heal, and taking the medications that were recommended and prescribed by her midwives. Sarah can speak from a place of experience and a place of feeling victory over this struggle. I hope you will listen and find encouragement and, as always, your own heart lesson to help you draw closer to the Lord.
|May 09, 2016|
Episode Eleven | It is Well
Today's episode of Heart Lessons features my special guest, my husband Josh. Our intention in recording this episode was to be a resource to moms, dads, and couples walking the difficult road of infant loss. We want to contribute to the resources out there that can help, specifically dads, in that journey. In this episode, we talk about the events of our losses - from diagnosis day, to delivery story, to our time with each baby, and life afterwards. Josh shares what his thought processes and feelings were during those times. He also answers some questions submitted by blog followers and podcast listeners, including his bonding process, his strategy for supporting me through it all, and what his advice would be to a dad facing infant loss. Toward the end, we share what brought us through as a couple and what kept us connected to each other instead of growing apart. Josh also shares his prayer - his "heart lesson" through it all - that it is well with his soul.
I realize this episode is almost double what most other Heart Lessons podcasts have been. Honestly, we just started talking and the clock kept going. You might need to listen to this episode in sections but, I think, it's certainly worth the taking the time to do so.
Thank you for supporting Heart Lessons. If you know someone who could use this resource, this episode or any other Heart Lessons podcast episode, please feel free to share it. Nothing encourages me more than to know that people are listening and being encouraged themselves. Thank you all so much.
|May 02, 2016|
Journey to a Son
In this episode of the Heart Lessons podcast, you'll hear from Rory Cookman. Rory is a devoted wife and mother with a heart for adoption. Today she shares the journey that led to bringing her sweet son home, a journey that took well over a decade. She talks about her faith through it all and how the Lord sustained her through the waiting process. She encourages those in a waiting period to just hang on and be confident that God is still working. Her uplifting words are sincere and sure to strengthen your faith with the heart lessons that carried her through her journey.
|Apr 25, 2016|
In today's episode I will be sharing my heart on stories. You'll hear about why I've come to believe stories are so valuable, why your story is so valuable, encourage you to share your story with others, and finally, introduce you to a way to share stories via instagram with the hashtag, #BrokenBeautiful. I hope you feel encouraged to share your own story. Looking forward to it.
|Apr 20, 2016|
Episode Eight: Dream Big, Live Bigger
In today's episode of the Heart Lessons podcast, you'll hear from Krista Sartin. Krista and her husband, Landon, are partnered in their band, Landers Road. Krista talks about their journey in pursuing a ministry in music and trying to find her fit as her husband pursued this dream, and how the Lord led her to open an Etsy shop that makes fun, modern baby wraps and slings, and finally, her most recent project on instagram, #thedoorposts. Tune in as Krista shares her story and inspires us all to dream big and live bigger for the Lord and His kingdom.
|Apr 12, 2016|
Episode Seven: If You Let It
In today's episode of the Heart Lessons Podcast, you'll hear from Jordan Tate, wife, mama, and two-time infant loss survivor. Jordan shares how the Lord sustained her through carrying to term a baby with a fatal diagnosis not once, but twice. She also shares the beautiful redemption brought by her adopted son, Shepherd. Jordan's story is certainly one of heartbreak and pain, but also of hope in God's goodness despite that pain. And she is a walking testament to her heart lesson that, if you let it, hope and faith can transcend current circumstances, and bring glory to God.
|Apr 05, 2016|
Breaking Through Darkness
In this episode you'll hear from Sarah Ritchie - a lovely young woman who has always loved the Lord very much, but recently walked through a very dark time spiritually. During this time, God seemed to be silent to her honest questions and seekings. Sarah talks about her deep, hard questions, the conclusions God revealed to her heart, and how these conclusions have transformed her sadness into joy.
|Mar 28, 2016|
Episode Five: Strength in Weakness
In this episode you will hear from Alexis Judy. At age 16 Alexis was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. But, instead of letting fear overtake her, Alexis used that experience to draw closer to the Lord and positively influence others. Looking back, she can see God's faithful hand through the entire process and can now rejoice in being cancer free. As Alexis speaks, you will be greatly challenged to see God in the hard things, and trust in His good plan for your life, even when it seems the hardest.
|Mar 21, 2016|
Heart Lessons Podcast Episode 4: More Than a Song
In today's podcast, you'll hear from Lauren, a Jesus-loving girl with the gift of music. She will share how music touches a deep part of her soul and allows her to draw close to the Lord in a special way. She will also share some songs that helped get her through some really hard times in her life. And, most importantly, she will challenge us to humble ourselves in awe before the God who can deeply connect with us when we worship and meet our smallness with His greatness.
|Mar 14, 2016|
Episode Three: The Heart of a Missionary
In this episode of the Heart Lessons podcast, you will hear from Mel, a missionary to Papua New Guinea. Mel will share what she and her family do over in PNG, what it was like transitioning to a new culture, and how the Lord has been working in her heart to drive deeper the realization of how much we are all in desperate need of redemption from Christ.
|Mar 07, 2016|
Episode Two: Anxiety and Fear
On this episode of the Heart Lessons podcast, Sarah will be talking with her friend Amy who struggled with fear and anxiety and panic attacks. Amy will share her heart and how the Lord brought her through that time and gave her victory over those struggles.
|Mar 07, 2016|
Episode One: Sarah's Heart
In this first episode of the Heart Lessons podcast, you'll hear from Sarah - her story, her motivation for starting this podcast, and what you can expect to find here each week.
*Correction* At one point I said I carried Evie for four months. I meant that I carried her for four more months from her diagnosis. She was born at 37 weeks.
|Mar 07, 2016|