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A Mom's Mission Field

As a mom your first responsibility is to your family and you should take that calling seriously, but there is so much more out there. God has given you a unique set of gifts and talents to be used to lead others to Christ. That little place where your passions and God’s purpose collide-- that’s your mission field. And as you raise your children to love and serve the Lord, God will use your entire family, together, to further His kingdom. I’m a mom of 7 who is trying to figure all this stuff out right beside you. My prayer is that this podcast will help equip families to reach communities and impact the world.

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How to Be Real in a Culture of Comparison: Kelly Stamps (Episode 29)

Kelly is a staple in the blogging community where she shares her life with grace and transparency. In this episode, we talk about how to share your life on Social Media without getting tacky, how to make friends as a mom, and why Kelly looks for godly teenagers at church and then stalks their mommas. We also talk about how the Rachel was quite possibly the best haircut in all of history.

47mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #1

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Be a Missionary without Leaving your Neighborhood: Shontell Brewer (Episode 44)

If you’ve ever wondered how to be a missionary without leaving your neighborhood, today’s episode is for you! I’m talking to Shontell Brewer, who has a passion for encouraging families to be on mission together, in whatever form that may take. We talk about tacos! We also talk about why we should take our preschooler’s lead when it comes to ministry, and why we should occasionally kiss our husbands in front of our kids’ friends. Many thanks to today's sponsor: BinxyBaby.com

1hr 9mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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Sex in Marriage; A Biblical Perspective: Francie Winslow (Episode 30)

Today’s interview is with Francie Winslow. She is a wife and mom of 4. She is a blogger, writer, speaker, and regular contributor for various online magazines and ministries. Today’s topic can be a difficult one because the topic of sex in your marriage is so very personal.  I love Francie’s Biblical perspective, though, and I know you will be blessed by her words, no matter how your intimate life may be going at the moment. She has so much wisdom to share, so let’s get started.

45mins

19 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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Raising Gutsy Kids: Amy Sullivan (Episode 43)

How do you raise gutsy kids? It starts with you, momma. On today’s podcast we talk about sharing our authentic selves—our struggles, our prayers, and our triumphs—so our kids can see God move in our lives. When our kids see us taking risks and watch God come through, they will be encouraged to be brave for God too.

52mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #4

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Confessions of a Fresh Out of Amazing Mom: Stacey Thacker (Episode 39)

Ladies, do you ever feel weary, overwhelmed, unqualified, and just plain fresh out of amazing? Can I tell you you’re not alone. Not even close. I feel like today’s guest really opened the door for all of us moms to realize we aren’t the only ones who feel that way. Stacey Thacker is the author of an upcoming book called “Fresh Out of Amazing” and she’s here to share the moment that brought her flat to the feet of Jesus in the middle of her laundry pile and how her obedience not only helped her find her significance and strength in Jesus, but she has been able to encourage thousands of women through her words.

52mins

26 Jul 2016

Rank #5

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Rocking Ordinary: Lea Ann Garfias (Episode 40)

Would you consider your life ordinary? I think many of us would, but can you say you are rocking it anyway? That’s what today’s guest is here to help with. Lea Ann want you to know the impact we moms have in our ordinary lives, how to overcome when we feel like a failure, the significant influence we have in our intimate relationships, and the ways our past pain enables us to reach out in compassion. In this interview, we also talk about adoption, grace, and the difference between boredom and a burden. Let’s embrace our ordinary and change the world for Jesus!

56mins

9 Aug 2016

Rank #6

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Serving Mommas and Babies While Raising a Big Family: Tara Livesay (Episode 36)

Today I’m thrilled to be talking to Tara Livesay, a wife, mom, midwife, and full-time missionary in Haiti. On this podcast my goal is to encourage you to say yes to God, whatever that might look like, and see where it leads. When I first found Tara online I assumed she and her husband had always been missionaries, or had training, or whatever, but as you’ll see, none of that is true. Their story began by saying yes. And it wasn’t even a big yes. It was saying yes to explore the possibility of doing something for God, and He honored that and wove together this amazing life for them. I hope as you listen to Tara, you are inspired to say yes to the next step God is putting in front of you. It might not make a lick of sense, but it doesn’t have to. I can’t wait to hear what your next yes is!

50mins

14 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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Following Your God Dreams while Raising a Family: Tricia Goyer (Episode 37)

Mama, do you have big dreams and small children? Are you feeling like those two things can’t coexist? Sometimes we feel God calling us to do something—a ministry, a new job, a mission trip, whatever—but we think we need to wait for our kids to get bigger before we get started. If that sounds familiar, boy do I have a guest for you. Tricia Goyer knows what it’s like to raise a family alongside a flourishing career and ministry. In this interview she gives us practical tips on how she makes it happen, but she also alleviates the mom guilt. One of my favorite points she makes is that we tell our kids to grow up and fulfill their dreams, but then we never do. Our kids need to see us following God now, not waiting until we’re empty nesters.

47mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #8

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Gather Small, Love Deep: Kristin Schell (Episode 28)

Kristin is the heart behind the Turquoise Table, a movement to get people out in their front yard where they can connect with neighbors and build genuine community. Among other things, we talk about the difference between entertaining and hospitality, the importance of family traditions, and our mutual struggle to keep our kids at the table for more than five minutes.Kristin is one of those people who manage to make you feel like she’s your best friend, even if you just met. She is a delight. Enjoy!

48mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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God Still Works Miracles: Vanessa Clark (Episode 41)

Do you believe in miracles? As a follower of Jesus I believe in miracles. I know they exist. I know God still performs miracles. But I’ve never actually seen one. I don’t know why that is, to be honest, but I know that’s not the way we’re supposed to live. I know we Christians are supposed to see God work in miraculous ways all the time, but we are content to live average lives devoid of any power. I want to change that. That’s why I’m so glad to have Vanessa Clark on today’s show. Vanessa has an amazing story of watching a miracle unfold in her own home when God healed her infant son of blindness. If you struggle with your faith in God’s power or God’s goodness or God’s concern for our problems, I hope you’ll be encouraged today. I don’t have all the answers to who God heals and who He doesn’t or the whys behind all of that, but I do know God is good and God loves you more than you can ever imagine.

1hr 2mins

30 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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Healing and Redemption After Abortion: Amber Newberry (Episode 34)

Today’s episode is one that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. The subject of abortion is near and dear to my heart. I haven’t personally had an abortion, but throughout our adoption process I’ve come face to face with desperation, despair, and life situations that I previously had no concept of. Then I start to wonder, what if? What if I had been in a similar situation—what choices would I have made? I think the more I know Jesus and long to be more like Him, the more I truly try to understand people and what their lives look like. What leads to these decisions? What causes people to behave certain ways or believe certain things? How can we as Christians help our brothers and sisters break through Satan’s lies and find hope and healing in Jesus? When I met Amber, I knew I had to have her on the show. Her story embodies all the things I was just talking about. She speaks with such clarity and grace that I want everyone to hear her. I’m praying that whatever you are dealing with, this episode will point you toward healing in those deepest broken places.

51mins

23 May 2016

Rank #11

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Saving Babies, Loving Gang Members, and Trusting God for What's Next: Danielle Thomson (Episode 33)

I love God’s timing. Today’s guest is a friend of mine, and I interviewed her quite a while ago. The interview wasn’t time sensitive, so I’ve been saving it for a rainy day, so to speak. I decided to air it today and as I re-listened to it I was like, woah. I really needed to hear this right now. Danielle is a full-time missionary but she talks about how her job is secondary to her mission field at home with her family. I’ve been antsy, especially after my trip to Africa a few weeks ago. I want to do more of that. I’m praying for more opportunities to travel and minister. But I need to do the job God has in front of me right now. If He grants me more ministry opportunities, great! But the details and timing are up to Him. I know for me, personally, it’s easier to do the short-term stuff than to endure day after day of the same thing wondering if I’m making a lick of difference. I need to remember what my primary mission field is, which I find ironic considering the name of my podcast. I know you are going to be blessed by Danielle, so let’s get started.

42mins

10 May 2016

Rank #12

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Crafting a Family Purpose Statement: Erica Layne (Episode 31)

If you had to sum up your family in one phrase, what would itbe? How would someone on the outside describe your family? Is thatthe way you want people to describe you? Today I’m talking to EricaLayne about crafting a family purpose statement. We talk about howto distill your unique family values down into a statement that youcan teach to you kids. But it’s so much more than a cute saying ora family catch phrase. A family purpose statement can help you makedecisions about what activities you will participate in, what jobopportunities to explore, and how you’ll spend your money. Justlike in a corporation, when everyone knows your purpose and whatdirection you are headed in, everything that falls outside of thatcan be eliminated without guilt. Enjoy the show!

45mins

26 Apr 2016

Rank #13

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A Sweaty Conversation about Racial Reconciliation: Retha Nichole and Emily Thomas (Episode 38)

54mins

11 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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When You Say "Yes" to Big Things and God Says "Not Now": Tiffany Castleberry (Episode 47)

This episode is a bit different because it's not any interview. It's just me, sharing my heart about what I've learned about God's timing and His tendency to answer my prayers at the most inconvenient time, long after I thought that opportunity had passed, in the most amazing ways. If you are in a confusing place with the Lord, where you thought you were doing the right thing only to have God put the brakes on it, this episode is for you. Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or on the Blog.

19mins

19 Sep 2017

Rank #15

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Who is Jesus to You? Back to Basics in Your Relationship with Christ: Rebecca Pierce (Episode 42)

Do you know Jesus? No really. Do you know that you know that you know Jesus? Who is He to you? Who is God to you? Can you honestly say you love Him? In today’s episode we go beyond the textbook Sunday School answers to look at how to evaluate your relationship with Christ. This is fundamental, my friends. Nothing else on earth or beyond matters more than loving Jesus. What does that mean? Where do you start? What do you do about your doubts? If you are ready to move past surface-level Christianity, I can’t wait to introduce you to Rebecca Pierce. Rebecca is a wife, a mom, and a podcaster who loves teaching women the basics of walking with Jesus.

58mins

27 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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Stop Struggling and Start Fighting: Christine Chappell (Episode 46)

Are you struggling with the same issues over and over? Do you feel like Satan's lies are so loud you can't hear the voice of God? In this episode, I'm talking with Christine Chappell, author of Clean Home, Messy Heart.

47mins

20 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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Life is Unpredicatable, But We Serve A God Of All Seasons: Amy Breitmann and Tammy Hendricksmeyer (Episode 48)

Are you facing a Winter season in your soul? Maybe everything in your life is fresh and new like Springtime. On today's episode Amy and Tammy talk about times in their life--a cancer diagnosis while pregnant, a time of estrangement from loved ones--when God used the dry times to build them up and make them stronger. They also talk about times when God asked them to step out in faith to make radical changes that didn't make sense. Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or on the Blog.

47mins

26 Sep 2017

Rank #18

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Living Like Jesus in the Everyday: Lindsy Wallace (Episode 27)

Often times we try to make ministry complicated. We have programs and strategies and big plans, but is that how Jesus operated? In today’s podcast Lindsy Wallace talks about being a missionary in Miami where the main strategy is to live like Jesus, amongst the people, listening to their needs and developing relationships that lead to spiritual connections. With this in mind, every one of us is a missionary to our own neighbors, placed there by God to encourage, uplift, and share the gospel while living our normal everyday lives.

45mins

15 Mar 2016

Rank #19

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Ethical Shopping; How a Regular Gal can Make a Real Impact in a Global Economy: Bethany Tran (Episode 32)

Today I’m talking to Bethany Tran, Founder and CEO of The RootCollective, about ethical fashion. That phrase has been popping upmore and more lately, so Bethany breaks it down for us. Changingall of our purchasing habits can be overwhelming, so Bethany sharesways we can all make little changes that add up to big improvementsto the lives of factory workers around the world. We can’t doeverything, but we can all do something. If we can make the world alittle better, and then teach our children to do the same, imaginehow different the world will look for our grandchildren and thosewho follow.

47mins

3 May 2016

Rank #20