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Biblical truth for any girl in any season.

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Biblical truth for any girl in any season.

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Encouraging words grounded in God’s truth! Thank you for your teachings!

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2458 Ratings
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2064
204
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49
58

Delightful woman!

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I love this podcast, great jobs ladies!

Awesome!

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Encouraging words grounded in God’s truth! Thank you for your teachings!
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Rank #1: Therapy & Theology: Narcissism ... What it is and what it isn't

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: The content in this podcast covers the topic of “narcissism.” 
Narcissism is a personality disorder that requires a medical diagnosis. Proverbs 31 Ministries does not condone labeling another person with a personality disorder. Please see the links below if you need help finding a Christian counselor.

“Narcissism.” 

It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? And, how does it affect your life? 

So … what do we do if we’re in a relationship with a narcissist? And how is narcissism different than a personal struggle with selfishness? And what does selfishness teach us about our own need for God, even if we don’t struggle with narcissism? 

In this episode of The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we'll unpack narcissism through a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst, her personal licensed counselor Jim Cress and Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. 

You will…

  • Understand the medically defined character traits of a narcissist as well as the difference between narcissism and selfishness.
  • Discover that the desire of a narcissist — to receive admiration and praise, and to control others — is a human need we all struggle with on some level, that only Jesus can truly fulfill.
  • Learn that compassion and healthy boundaries are necessary if you are in a marriage, family or working relationship with a narcissist.

Related Resources:

  • Lysa TerKeurst’s latest Bible study, Trustworthy, releases November 12, 2019. In this 6-session study on 1 & 2 Kings, you can join Lysa in Israel via video as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply personal, applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Grab your copy of the study through Proverbs 31 Ministries today!
  • If you need help processing tough trust issues, we recommend finding a Christian counselor you can trust. The American Association of Christian Counselors is a resource you can trust to find the right counselor for your specific circumstances.

Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Nov 05 2019

34mins

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Rank #2: Therapy & Theology: Dealing with Anxiety

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children, and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the Related Resources section at the bottom of this page if you need help finding a counselor. 

When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, “How will I ever get over this?”

Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she’s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

Over the next few weeks on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to introduce a 6-week series called Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This? Our goal is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers on how to move through it. 

In the fifth episode of the series, you’ll hear a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst and her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. Together they will unpack depression and anxiety, help you identify triggers and learn how to combat anxiety in a healthy way.

In this series, you’ll learn how to …

  • Overcome the feeling that you’ll never get over the hurt you’re facing by recognizing small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little.
  • Replace the negative stigma of “therapy” by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation.
  • Move toward healing today by discovering the two distinct and necessary parts of forgiveness and how to live them out.
  • Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

Related Resources:

To download the transcript for this episode, click here.

Apr 16 2019

31mins

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Rank #3: Therapy & Theology: Forgiveness, Redemption & Reconciliation

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children, and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the related resources section at the bottom of this page if you need help finding a counselor. 

When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, “How will I ever get over this?”

Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she’s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

Over the next few weeks on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to introduce a 6-week series called Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This? Our goal is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers on how to move through it. 

In the second episode of the series, you’ll hear a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst and her personal, licensed professional counselor Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology Joel Muddamalle. Together, they will unpack forgiveness and the difference between reconciliation and redemption.

In this series, you’ll learn how to…

  • Overcome the feeling that you’ll never get over the hurt you’re facing by recognizing small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little.
  • Replace the negative stigma of “therapy” by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation.
  • Move toward healing today by discovering the two distinct and necessary parts of forgiveness and how to live them out. 
  • Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

Related Resources:

To read the transcript for this episode click here.

*In this episode you'll hear an incorrect reference to Ephesians 4:13. The reference should've been Ephesians 4:31-32. 

Mar 26 2019

39mins

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Rank #4: Therapy & Theology: Why do I have trust issues?

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Reading a passage of Scripture about trusting God is so easy, but actually living out trust isn’t so easy, right?

Trust is an important factor in all of our relationships. So when our trust gets broken with people, it often affects our trust in God. Lysa TerKeurst has gone through her own struggles with this, and that’s why she invited her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, and Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle, back to the podcast for another round of “Therapy & Theology” conversations. 

In this episode of The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, you’ll hear a conversation between Lysa, Jim and Joel where they unpack trust issues, what causes them and how we can learn to trust again.  

You will...

  • Gain confidence in God as you process your own trust issues by remembering that He remains faithful, even when we doubt.
  • Learn how to fight the temptation to isolate yourself in the midst of distrust, and instead invite others into your pain in order to start healing.
  • Discover that asking questions starting with, “Help me,” and “Show me,” are great tools to rebuilding trust with people and with God.

Related Resources:

  • Lysa TerKeurst’s latest Bible study, Trustworthy, releases November 12, 2019. In this 6-session study on 1 & 2 Kings, you can join Lysa in Israel via video as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply personal applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Preorder your copy of the study through Proverbs 31 Ministries today!
  • If you need help processing tough trust issues, we recommend finding a Christian counselor you can trust. The American Association of Christian Counselors is a resource you can trust to find the right counselor for your specific circumstances. 

To download the transcript for this episode, click here.

Oct 29 2019

32mins

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Rank #5: Therapy & Theology: Why Therapy & Theology

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children, and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the related resources section at the bottom of this page if you need help finding a counselor. 

When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, “How will I ever get over this?”

Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she’s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

Over the next few weeks on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to introduce a 6-week series called Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This? Our goal is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers on how to move through it. 

In this introductory episode, you’ll hear Lysa dive deep into conversation with her personal, licensed professional counselor Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. 

In this series, you’ll learn how to…

  • Overcome the feeling that you’ll never get over the hurt you’re facing by recognizing small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little.
  • Replace the negative stigma of “therapy” by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation.
  • Move toward healing today by discovering the two distinct and necessary parts of forgiveness and how to live them out. 
  • Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

To read the transcript for this episode click here.

Related Resources:

Mar 19 2019

41mins

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Rank #6: Therapy & Theology: Relational realities with a narcissist

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: The content in this podcast covers the topic of “narcissism.” 
Narcissism is a personality disorder that requires a medical diagnosis. Proverbs 31 Ministries does not condone labeling another person with a personality disorder. Please see the links below if you need help finding a Christian counselor.


In the last episode of The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, you heard Lysa TerKeurst, her personal licensed counselor Jim Cress, and Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology Joel Muddamalle unpack the topic of “narcissism.”

You might have finished the episode thinking, okay … so what do I do if I’m in a relationship with a narcissist? 

In this episode, Lysa, Jim and Joel discuss how to have a confrontational conversation with a narcissist — without being too confrontational. As a reminder, these episodes are not to victimize a person who struggles with narcissism, but rather to shed light on this very real and often overlooked topic in the Christian world.

You will...

  • Be reminded that God is the only One who can handle worship from man, and we cannot label or define Him based on what He does or doesn’t do on our behalf.
  • Learn that compassion and healthy boundaries are necessary if you are in a marriage, family or working relationship with a narcissist.
  • Understand how to have a constructive conversation with a person who has narcissistic tendencies, and when it’s time to set stronger boundaries or even end the relationship.

Related Resources:

  • Lysa TerKeurst’s latest Bible study, Trustworthy, releases November 12, 2019. In this 6-session study on 1 & 2 Kings, you can join Lysa in Israel via video as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply personal, applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Order your copy of the study through Proverbs 31 Ministries today!
  • For further reading on narcissism, Lysa and Jim recommend The Wizard of Oz and other Narcissists and The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection. Please note, these are not biblically-based books but would be helpful if you’re struggling to cope with a narcissist.
  • If you need help processing tough trust issues, we recommend finding a Christian counselor you can trust. The American Association of Christian Counselors is a resource you can trust to find the right counselor for your specific circumstances.

Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Nov 12 2019

40mins

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Rank #7: Therapy & Theology: Setting Healthy Boundaries

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children, and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the Related Resources section at the bottom of this page if you need help finding a counselor. 

When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, “How will I ever get over this?”

Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she’s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

Over the next few weeks on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to introduce a 6-week series called Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This? Our goal is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers on how to move through it. 

In the last episode of the series, you’ll hear Lysa dive deep into conversation with her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. Together, they will unpack the topic of boundaries and address specific instances where healthy boundaries are necessary, and what to do when a boundary line is crossed.

In this series, you’ll learn how to …

  • Overcome the feeling that you’ll never get over the hurt you’re facing by recognizing small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little.
  • Replace the negative stigma of “therapy” by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation.
  • Move toward healing today by discovering the two distinct and necessary parts of forgiveness and how to live them out.
  • Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

Related Resources:

Click here to download the transcript for this episode. 

Apr 23 2019

38mins

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Rank #8: How to Keep Showing Up for Your Marriage

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Social media and television make it incredibly easy to compare our behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel… especially in our marriages. We turn on the TV, and then we’re turned off because it seems everyone else has a happier, more exciting and more romantic marriage than we do.

We all bring our brokenness into our marriage covenant and it doesn’t take long for that to surface. When conflict does arise, are we extending the grace Jesus extends to us or are we letting our broken selves break our relationship?

In today’s episode of the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, Karen Ehman gives a teaching based on her new book, Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy. You’ll discover…

  • The three threads that can tangle your marriage — emotional baggage, unmet expectations and untrue perceptions — and how to have healthy conversations around them.
  • You can honor your spouse by taking time to slow down, breathe and collect your thoughts before you enter into a hard conversation about unmet expectations.

Your marriage is a message, and people are watching you preach!

To read the transcript for this episode click here.

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Feb 26 2019

35mins

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Rank #9: BONUS: How should I handle disagreements as a Christian?

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You’re happily scrolling through social media to see what’s going on for the day, and then all of a sudden, you come across a post that has hundreds of comments where people (maybe even some of your friends) are having a “not-so-gracious” discussion. Should you join the conversation or unfollow that person?

Or maybe you’re about to head to a family dinner with people you love dearly, but there’s a sticky topic that’s bound to come up that makes you want to hide under the table. How do you approach that conversation while still honoring the relationships and loving those people?

Whatever or wherever your sticky situation is — online, at the table or with a co-worker — we pray this episode gives you a biblical foundation to help you navigate difficult conversations as an image-bearer of Christ. In this episode, you will…

  • Understand the value and freedom gained by starting your day with an attitude of forgiveness, before you’re ever offended. 
  • Be empowered to make a difference in your corner of the world by choosing to create an atmosphere of gentle responses wherever you go. 
  • Learn how getting involved on social media helps and hinders your relationships, and when to respond with grace or simply not react at all.

Is The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast helping you with whatever season of life you’re walking through? We want to hear your story! When you leave a review on iTunes, it helps more people discover our podcast content.

Related Resources:

  • Do you know someone who’s difficult to love? The lady at church who's always gossiping. The lazy co-worker. That sibling who knows how to push your buttons. We have a free printable just for you! Click here to access “Hugging a Porcupine and Squeezing a Skunk: How to love the difficult people in your life” for FREE today!
  • In her book, Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst said, “Am I trying to prove that I’m right, or improve this relationship?” She developed a free resource to help you called “3 Questions to Ask Before You Respond.” Access this downloadable guide for free today!
  • Get a free chapter of Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Uninvited, along with an assessment titled, “What’s it like to do life with me?” Simply download the chapter and complete the self-assessment, then prayerfully ask a trusted friend to complete the friend assessment. Click here to get started!

Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Dec 21 2019

42mins

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Rank #10: Your Mind, Your Mouth and Your Master

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Have you ever heard the Scripture, “In your anger, do not sin” (Psalm 4:4, Ephesians 4:26) and thought to yourself, This sounds really great ... but how do I actually live this out? 

The good news is, you’re not alone! We all struggle with this because we’re human. And as long as we’re human, we must choose to trust God with what makes us angry instead of fighting back in our flesh. Today on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, you’ll hear a helpful message by Lysa TerKeurst from our 2019 She Speaks Conference, where she shares what God has shown her about forgiveness. We pray that this message equips you, both spiritually and practically, to walk through whatever you’re facing today.

In this episode, you will…

  • Gain clarity on who or what you serve by looking at the key roles that forgiveness and humility play in the story of Cain and Abel.
  • Learn how to let go of the need to fix the person or situation you’re frustrated with by meditating on Scripture that aligns your heart with the goodness of God.
  • Discover how to forgive someone for an offense by asking the Lord to help you find compassion for the hurt they might’ve gone through.

Related Resources:

  • Do you feel led to share what the Lord is teaching you through writing or speaking? We’d love to come alongside you and equip you in your calling through She Speaks! Right now, you can access She Speaks on-demand and get the practical and spiritual tools you need to take the next steps on your journey to speak or write. Click here to find out more!
  •  Want more access to content from Lysa TerKeurst? Be sure to follow Lysa on Instagram and subscribe to her blog for her latest posts, life updates and the occasional giveaway. 

Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Jan 14 2020

40mins

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Rank #11: Is It Really Well With Your Soul?

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The hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” was first published almost 150 years ago. Those words are often sung in church or hung on the walls in our homes ... but if we were really honest with ourselves, could we say they’re absolutely true? 

Every day we get to decide what we let in our minds and what we keep out, how we spend our time, and what we give our attention to. In today’s episode of the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, author and First 5 writer Nicki Koziarz tackles the topic of dealing with comparison and what we can do to be able to respond, “Yes ... my soul is well.”

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • When you’re trying to please someone, the end goal will always be hard to reach.  
  • Your human heart ultimately desires a relationship with God, and to fill that desire with lesser things will make your soul unwell. 
  • The temptation to compare yourself to someone else on this side of eternity may never go away, but you can take practical steps to avoid falling into the temptation today!

To read the transcript for this episode click here.

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Dec 11 2018

38mins

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Rank #12: A Confidence Built on Christ

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Do you ever find it hard to let God work on your behalf? Are you tempted to trust in your own strength rather than let God work things out for you? 

As believers, we have the most incredible opportunity to put our full trust and confidence in our heavenly Father. But, so often, we get caught in the trap of thinking “Surely I’m not the right person to do this” or “There’s too much against me for this to actually work out.”

Today on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, Lynn Cowell will help us understand what it means to develop unshakable confidence built on Christ. 

With today’s episode, you will…

  • Grow your confidence in God as you hear references to stories in Scripture that show how He moved through others who trusted Him to do the impossible.
  • Identify and address the fears that keep you stuck, and learn what practical steps to take to walk in your calling with confidence.
  • Renew your passion to do what only you’ve been called to do, knowing it’s more important to please God than others.

Related Resources:

  • Discover more about unshakable confidence with Lynn’s Bible study, Make Your Move. Purchase the Bible study and DVD set today from Proverbs 31 Ministries’ online store.
  • Is there a tween in your life who needs a little encouragement as she makes the transition from being a little girl to becoming a teenager? Check out Lynn’s book, Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You, available on the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ online store.
  • Plan your next church women’s event with the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ speaker team in mind! Click here to inquire about having speakers like Lynn Cowell, Chrysal Evans Hurst, Nicki Koziarz and more at your next event.

Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Sep 10 2019

32mins

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Rank #13: Holding On to Hope in Dark Times

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“Can God be good even when life is not?” It’s a question we’ve been wrestling through together as a ministry since Lysa TerKeurst released her book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way. 

Today on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re continuing the conversation on what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would by giving you a sneak peek of the It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way Online Bible Study Teaching Series recorded earlier this year. You’ll hear a conversation between our Online Bible Studies team and Pastor Craig Groeschel from Life.Church. Pastor Craig has also been through his own season of hardship and wrote about it in his latest book, Hope in the Dark.

When you listen to this episode, you will...

  • Find comfort in a season or moment of doubt by realizing that God won’t look down on you when you doubt, but will give you what you need to continue pressing on.
  • Discover that breakthrough happens when you invite someone you trust into your struggle, even though opening up is often scary or hard.
  • Stop comparing your dark moment or season to someone else’s, and gain compassion for others regardless of the level of their struggle.

Related Resources:

  • Purchase the It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way Teaching Series from Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies to hear more in-depth teaching and biblical wisdom from Lysa TerKeurst, Annie F. Downs and Angie Smith, plus two bonus episodes!
  • Learn how to believe God is good even when life is not when you read Craig Groeschel’s latest book, Hope in the Dark. Click here to shop!
  • Not sure what episodes of The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast to listen to next? Click here to easily see episodes categorized by topics! 

 Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Aug 13 2019

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Rank #14: Therapy & Theology: Restoring a Broken Marriage

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children, and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the Related Resources section at the bottom of this page if you need help finding a counselor. 

When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, “How will I ever get over this?”

Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she’s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

Over the next few weeks on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to introduce a 6-week series called Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This? Our goal is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers for how to move through it. 

In the fourth episode of the series, you’ll hear a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst and her personal, licensed professional counselor Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. Together, they will unpack what it looked like for Lysa to restore her broken marriage. They’ll also talk about how tough times and hard relationship situations — not just marriage — bring about brokenness, and how to seek God for personal restoration.

In this series, you’ll learn how to ...

  • Overcome the feeling that you’ll never get over the hurt you’re facing by recognizing small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little.
  • Replace the negative stigma of “therapy” by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation.
  • Move toward healing today by discovering the two distinct and necessary parts of forgiveness and how to live them out.
  • Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

Related Resources:

To download the transcript for this episode, click here. 

Apr 09 2019

38mins

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Rank #15: What Do We Do With Expectations?

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Have you had a recent disagreement in a relationship, which you can’t quite find the cause of? It might be because of your expectations! One of the quickest ways to frustrate and fracture a relationship is to try and hold someone accountable for expectations that are either unrealistic or uncommunicated. 

In today’s episode of the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, Lysa TerKeurst shares practical ways to navigate the conversation on expectations that will help you and your spouse, friend, or even co-worker, have a better relationship. You’re going to want to take notes for this one as Lysa helps you...

  • Determine the difference between realistic and unrealistic expectations, and how to make peace with those that aren’t realistic.
  • Understand that putting off the conversation about any kind of unmet expectation will create a wedge between you and the other person. 
  • Make the choice to choose the relationship over the uncertainty of uncommunicated expectations today.

Download the transcript for this episode here. 

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Sep 10 2018

47mins

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Rank #16: Therapy & Theology: The 6 broken promises of pornography

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that is not suitable for young children. Please see the Related Resources section at the bottom of this page if you need help finding a counselor. 

What if the real struggle behind pornography was actually a deep longing for fullness in Christ? 

You asked … and we listened. We’re continuing our Therapy & Theology series with two brand new episodes of The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast. This week we’ve invited Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries President and New York Times’ best-selling author of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way to talk with us on the show alongside Michael Cusick, her licensed professional counselor, founder and CEO of Restoring the Soul Ministry in Denver, Colorado. Michael is the author of Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle. 

In these episodes, Lysa and Michael introduce us to a new perspective on pornography, a subject that’s often avoided in the Christian world but is affecting us all. No matter your stage of life, we recommend listening with an open mind and open heart to gain a better understanding on how to support a spouse, friend or loved one who may be facing this challenge. 

By listening to these episodes, you will…

  • Replace the stigma associated with pornography with a new understanding that the addiction to pornography comes from a genuine desire to be seen, known and loved.
  • Let go of your own fear and guilt because of a spouse or loved one’s pornography addiction and discover the role spiritual fullness and emptiness play in the battle with pornography.
  • Overcome your hesitation to have “the talk” with a loved one about pornography by learning healthy, biblically based conversation starters.

Related Resources:

Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Sep 24 2019

37mins

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Rank #17: Exchanging Our Will for God's Will

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When things don’t go the way we want and life doesn’t turn out the way we thought it should, it’s easy to wonder why. In Mark 14, Jesus prays “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Those words read well, but they’re hard to live out. 

In this episode, Lysa TerKeurst will teach us what it really means to exchange our will for God’s will and builds off her last episode titled, “The Birthplace of Disappointment.” We already learned that the human heart was created in the context of the perfection of the Garden of Eden. Today, we’ll discover that there’s a physical reality we see, and at the same time, there’s the miraculous God is working. 

You’ll learn…

  • Because God is working in the midst of your hurt, you can trust that your hurt will someday be made right. 
  • When God leads you to something hard, He will also lead you through something hard because He won’t leave you.
  • Trading your will for God’s will isn’t a one-time decision; it’s a daily surrender.

To read the transcript for this episode click here.

Related resources:

  • Click here to listen to Lysa’s teaching titled, “The Birthplace of Disappointment.” 
  • Purchase your copy of Lysa’s latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way and learn what it means to find unexpected strength when life’s disappointments leave you shattered.
  • Make a donation to Proverbs 31 Ministries today to help us continue to provide free resources (just like this podcast) for women around the world to connect with God’s Truth on a daily basis. 

Dec 17 2018

25mins

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Rank #18: The Cost of Choosing Lesser Things

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Why is it so enticing to choose lesser things over lasting things? 

Do you ever pick up your phone or watch a mindless show without thinking anything of it, but end up wondering where the day went when you lay down at night? Sometimes even the things that are entertaining and good can leave us feeling empty, lesser and lacking. So, how do we set healthy boundaries and train our minds to choose what’s best over what seems right in the moment?

Today on The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re tackling distractions head-on with our friends Amanda Bacon and Anne-Renee Gumley of The Masterpiece Mom. Amanda and Anne-Renee will give a teaching based on their latest book, Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions (and we promise it isn’t just for moms). 

In this episode of the podcast, you will…

  • Identify the areas where you’re most distracted by “shiny things” and create a priority list that you’re determined to live out, not just write out. 
  • Stop being distracted by comparing your life to someone else’s as you start focusing on the assignment that only you can do.
  • Grow your desire to have a strong relationship with the Lord in order to develop the persistence you need to stick to your “lasting” list instead of the “lesser” things in life. 

Related Resources:

  • Learn more about how to choose lasting things over lesser things with Amanda and Anne-Renee’s book, Shiny Things. Purchase yours today from Proverbs 31 Ministries! 
  • Fill your social media feed with encouragement and uplifting content by following Proverbs 31 Ministries on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
  • Help us get The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast to even more listeners by leaving a review on iTunes!

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Aug 27 2019

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Rank #19: The Secret to True Rest

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What’s keeping you from really resting?

Are you afraid of losing control or fear the job won’t get done without you? Or maybe you think you’re resting, but you fill your time with TV, reading or shopping and at the end of the day, you’re still tired? Take a second and think of your own reasons.

Whatever your answer, it’s easy to look at the word “rest” in our culture and think it’s never possible because we’re too busy, or that we don’t know how to truly unplug. In this week’s episode, Kristen White, Proverbs 31 staff member and wife of Pastor Kaleb White, will tackle the true reason why we should rest, and what God’s Word says about it. 

In this episode, you will...

  • Evaluate your priority of working versus resting by looking at the story of creation in Genesis and how it teaches us about how God prioritized rest.
  • Understand the difference of working from rest instead of resting from work, and get a few ideas for how to creatively or mentally recharge when you need a break.
  • Remember that the Sabbath isn’t a rule that keeps us from getting more work done, but a day set aside by God for us to rest and grow in our relationship with Him. 

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  • Ready to start studying the Bible in a fresh way? Download our FREE First 5 mobile app and join us each weekday for a relevant, but challenging teaching on one chapter of the Bible at a time.
  • Get biblical encouragement sent straight to your inbox every day AND stay up-to-date with all things happening at Proverbs 31 Ministries when you sign up for our free Encouragement for Today weekday devotions.

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Dec 18 2019

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Rank #20: Therapy & Theology: Finding Redemption When Reconciliation Isn't Possible

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A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children, and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the Related Resources section at the bottom of this page if you need help finding a counselor. 

When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, “How will I ever get over this?”

Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her latest book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she’s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

Over the next few weeks on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to introduce a 6-week series called Therapy & Theology: How Do I Get Through This?Our goal is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers on how to move through it. 

In the third episode of the series, you’ll hear a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst and her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. Together, they will unpack when reconciliation is not possible because of death, divorce or when the other person in the relationship refuses to reconcile. This series will help you to:

  • Overcome the feeling that you’ll never get over the hurt you’re facing by recognizing small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little.
  • Replace the negative stigma of “therapy” by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation.
  • Move toward healing today by discovering the two distinct and necessary parts of forgiveness and how to live them out. 
  • Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

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Apr 02 2019

42mins

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