HS #281 Homeschooling in the Middle of a Storm with Guest Ruth Schwenk
The Homeschool Solutions Show
Today we’re talking about suffering and hardship. How we can keep putting one-foot-in-front-of-the-other as we homeschool our kids when we’re going through a frightening diagnosis, financial struggles, relationship battles…? How do we keep the family together when our world is falling apart?
God Will Meet You in the Middle of Your Storm: Patrick & Ruth Schwenk and Harold & Rachel Earls
Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith
In each of our lives, there will come a time that we face a season of hardship, of difficulty, even true suffering. But no matter how awful things may seem to be, God is right there to help carry you when you can’t walk on your own. Ministry leaders and authors Ruth & Patrick Schwenk went through a ten-year period in which they had nine pregnancies—five of which sadly ended in miscarriage. After having four healthy children and relocating to Ann Arbor, Michigan to launch a new church, Patrick was suddenly diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, and it sent their family into a tailspin once again. Clinging to God, the Schwenks found a way to cope and survive, trusting in the strength of Jesus to get them through. Former Army Captain Harold Earls and his wife Rachel know all about sacrifice—from a national perspective to a personal one. Early in their marriage, Harold felt called to climb Mt. Everest in support of veteran PTSD and suicide awareness, and in doing so, it terrified Rachel that she’d lose her husband before they could ever start a life together. By turning to God as reassurance that everything would be okay, they made it through the tumultuous climb. Then, as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, Harold began a new mission each day of honoring the men and women who gave their all for their country and relied on his devotional ritual to help keep his mind on God’s purpose for his life. For each couple, looking to Jesus to help them through their toughest struggles helped them realize that God can bring forth good from pain and from sacrifice—and He can give you the strength to help you through the worst of it. Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned: Jesus Calling Podcast Jesus Calling devotional Past interview: Jonathan Pitts Upcoming interview: Ruth Chou Simons Ruth & Patrick Schwenk John 3:30 Moody Bible Institute Psalm 9:10 1 Peter, 1:3-4 In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake: Trusting the God Who Meets Us in Our Storm Harold & Rachel Earls Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Earls Family Vlogs Earls Fam Foundation Florida State University West Point Mount Everest Veteran suicide statistics Arlington National Cemetery A Higher Calling Interview Quotes: “I had to give up everything that I had been and I had to follow Him with my whole heart.” - Ruth Schwenk “I feel like God used that suffering and that uncertainty and that fear to really deepen my faith because I had a choice. I could either trust Him or I couldn't. And there was literally no earthly thing that I could do to change my situation.” - Ruth Schwenk “There are so many ways that chaos and pain and suffering and loss can be places of great anxiety, but they also can be places of great abundance where God is beginning to do something new and something powerful.” - Patrick Schwenk “We believe that God hears our prayers. He loves us. He desires to take care of us just as His child. He desires to take care of us just like we as a mom or a dad desire to take care of our own child.” - Ruth Schwenk “I am grateful and it helps me to see the good around me and all the blessings that God has just given me, which really carries me through those hard moments.” - Rachel Earls “Everything that makes me proud to be an American, I would see on a daily basis [at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier]. And so for me to have the opportunity to serve there with an extraordinary group of young men and women honestly has been a highlight of my life so far and something that I am thankful for.” - Harold Earls “This country, although we have our flaws, our flaws are still worth fighting for.” - Harold Earls “Men and women that were so brave, that we don't even know who they are, made those sacrifices for you and I, so that we could have the religious freedoms that we have so that we can worship the God that we worship, so we can go to church on Sunday and say Jesus in public.” - Harold Earls ___ Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel: Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ ___ Connect with Jesus Calling Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest YouTube Jesus Calling Website
Hi friends! We’ve been through a lot over the past year, as people, as communities, as a nation and world. And although there is comfort to be found in suffering through hardships together, what happens to our souls when we’re left suffering privately or by ourselves? My good friend Ruth Schwenk is joining me on the show today to help us figure that out. Ruth is an author of many wonderful books about parenting, the founder of TheBetterMom.com, and the co-founder of FortheFamily.org. But what I’m really excited about is her most recent book she co-wrote with her husband Patrick. It’s called In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake: Trusting the God Who Meets Us in Our Storm. She talks about this new book along with an update on her husband’s health, which inspired the idea of writing about God meeting you in the roughest waters and in the darkest storms. We also chat about some practical tips on how to take care of yourself right now, even if you’re sitting in the middle of one of those dark, stormy lakes. Stick around for the whole episode to hear: Ruth sharing some of the ways God has used suffering and trials to change and teach His people. How suffering can be a form of education and how God protects us through unanswered prayers. When it’s okay to take a step back from giving of your time and resources (and who you should surround yourself with and why!) Favorite quotes: 1. When we’re put in the middle of a storm our faith is tested. It exposes what we really believe about God. And honestly that’s where God really grows us and helps us learn because we have no other choice but to cling to him in that.2. The biggest thing he does in our suffering is helps us to turn to him and deeper and grow our faith. 3. It’s ok to sit in your pain. It’s not comfortable. Who wants to sit in their pain? But it’s the day after day, step after step looking towards him that he used to change us. 4. I think in dryness and in burnout, he’s using that to purify our faith and to deepen our faith. He wants us to keep seeking him. Eventually if we keep seeking him day after day we discover that he was there all along waiting for us. In this episode I answer this question: 1. How should I handle fasting as someone who has a tendency to have an eating disorder? (41:32) Great things we discussed: 1. Ruth Schwenk2. In A Boat InThe Middle Of The Lake 3. Hillsong Young and Free 4. When Calls The Heart 5. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter 6. Davines Minu Shampoo 7. Nakee Butter 8. Standing Strong Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) xo, Alli https://alliworthington.com/ruthschwenk2/
Motherhood on Purpose with Ruth Schwenk 1 Samuel 17: 39+40 (AMP) “Then David fastened his sword over his armor and tried to walk, [but he could not,] because he was not used to them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, because I am not used to them.” So David took them off. Then he took his [shepherd’s] staff in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones out of the stream bed, and put them in his shepherd’s bag which he had, that is, in his shepherd’s pouch. With his sling in his hand, he approached the Philistine.” Ruth Schwenk is co-founder of The Better Life Ministry, co-host of the Rootlike Faith podcast, and co-author with her husband, Pat, of In A Boat in the Middle of a Lake: Trusting the God Who Meets Us in Our Storm. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Ruth is also the author of The Better Mom book and Devotional, Pressing Pause, and Faith Forward Family Devotional. Ruth is a Michigan football superfan, a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and lover of all things HGTV. But her greatest joy is her family. She is a blessed wife to her Pastor/Author husband, Patrick, and mom to four beautiful children, and she eagerly awaits meeting her five others, lost through miscarriage, in heaven one day. Connect with Ruth on Instagram or Facebook Ruth Schwenk’s Free resources:Faith Forward Family Map (includes Family Mission Statement) Yearly Personal Inventory for Moms Scriptures for Hope During Hard TimesAt The Savvy Sauce, we will only recommend resources we believe in! We also want you to be aware: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Resources Authored and Co-Authored by Ruth Schwenk:In the Boat in the Middle of a Lake From Grouchy to Great The Better Mom Devotional Settle My Soul Pressing Pause The Better Mom Faith Forward Family For Better or for Kids Hoodwinked The Better Mom Prayer Journal Thank You to Our Sponsor: Peoria Christian School Connect with The Savvy Sauce on Facebook or Instagram or Our Website Please help us out by sharing this episode with a friend, leaving a 5-star rating and review, and subscribing to this podcast! Also, check out our Patreon Page to find out how to gain access to additional podcasts and goodies! Gospel Scripture: (all NIV) Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:24 “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:25 (a) “God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.” Hebrews 9:22 (b) “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:11 “Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Luke 15:10 says “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 1:13–14 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:15–23 “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 2:8–10 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God‘s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.“ Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.“ Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Jenn is welcoming Ruth Schwenk to the show today at her guest. Mentioned in this episode: The story of Jesus and the disciples on the lake can be read HERE John 3:30 Rootlike Faith Podcast with Pat and Ruth Schwenk Connect with Ruth: In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake by Pat and Ruth Schwenk Website ~ Instagram ~ Facebook
Episode #52 | Surviving to Thriving with Ruth Schwenk
Lessons From The Farm | Nicki Koziarz
Lessons from the Farm welcomes Ruth Schwenk to the show! You are going to love Ruth, her story and what she has to teach us about moving from surviving to thriving again. Ruth is the creator of the TheBetterMom.com , the author of multiple books, including her newest release, In The Boat In The Middle Of The Lake, which she co-authored with her husband Patrick. It's a must-read! Click here to grab your copy. Nicki also mentioned in today's episode our newest freebie we have just for kids! Click here to download it today.
When Ruth and her husband Pat heard the diagnosis of cancer, they made a choice to trust God instead of panicking. Where is God when your family is suffering? Ruth brings words of hope to help us through this pandemic from her latest book, In a Boat in the Middle of the Lake. Learn more about Ruth Schwenk and the book In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake.
Ep. 57. Facing Seasons of Anxiety, with Ruth Schwenk
The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends
Ruth Schwenk has walked through seasons of anxiety as she went through multiple miscarriages and her husband's cancer diagnoses. But she has also learned that sometimes anxiety comes through more daily battles -- including the unknowns we all face due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After all she has been through Ruth loves to encourage women to face their own anxious seasons with the loving help of our faithful God. I know this episode will be a great encourage to you if you feel a little (or a lot) anxious now. Check show notes for Ruth's free download of 30 verses to read when you're feeling fearful or anxious: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast today's episode; www.monicaswanson.com/episode-57
Ruth Schwenk is the founder of the popular blog, The Better Mom, where she inspires moms to become better by becoming more like Jesus. She is the trusted author of several books with Harper Collins and is a 2020 Christian Book Award Winner. Ruth is a Michigan football super fan, a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and lover of all things HGTV. But her greatest joy is her family. She lives with her husband, four children in the beautiful, college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here are some of the things Ruth and I chat about: How Her Blog Got Started and How We Shape Who We’re Becoming Ruth and I talk about her blog, The Better Mom, and how it’s not about doing, it’s about becoming. Ruth says, “We become better parents because we are becoming better ourselves by becoming more like Jesus.” Not a Message of Perfection I love Ruth’s approach to teach what you know, what has worked and what hasn’t. She says she doesn’t really struggle with impostor syndrome because she’s not trying to look like she has it all together. The Better Mom Devotional Ruth tells us about her devotional and how it’s a practical tool pointing women to the heart of her message of learning, growing and putting God at the center of our lives. Getting Things Done/Every Season is Different As a busy mama of four kids in full-time ministry, she’s got so much (good!) stuff going on. We talk about how she actually gets things done. She says focuses on the things she likes to do, the things she good at and delegates the rest. Ruth says it’s also about the season you’re in. Some season will allow for things that others won’t. Prayer During the Pandemic and Everyday Ruth shares her thoughts on knowing when to pray, especially during anxious times, but also everyday. Having a God-Centered Home/Parenting We talk a lot about parenting throughout our conversation, but Ruth’s overarching message is that it doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be grand, spiritual activities. She says, “it’s being faithful day in and day out and over the years, those things add up to a faithful life that I think has an impact on our kids that we don’t even realize.” MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE The Better Mom The Better Mom Devotional For the Family Weekend Reset Faith Forward Family Devotional RUTH’S FAVORITE 5 (6) Everything from Madewell Trader Joe’s Strawberry Lemonade Kombucha Growth Roots Journal Time for Organization Her New Pug Puppy! Live In Hoop Earrings CONNECT WITH RUTH Instagram | Facebook | Website CONNECT WITH GIRLS TALKING LIFE Show Notes for this Episode | Instagram | Facebook