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Mom Struggling Well

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Rank #63 in Parenting category

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

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

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By K-Dub1234 - Jan 21 2020
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So refreshing. So relatable. I laugh out loud at the gym, as I listen through my headphones (super embarrassing, and I ALWAYS have valuable little nuggets to ponder for the day. I love this podcast and truly look forward to listening!

So much fun

By sarah flo - Jan 13 2020
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I really, really enjoy listening to this podcast! It’s so relatable and funny, and the interviews are pretty dang good. Jk. Jk that jk 😝

iTunes Ratings

828 Ratings
Average Ratings
794
22
6
3
3

Favorite!

By K-Dub1234 - Jan 21 2020
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So refreshing. So relatable. I laugh out loud at the gym, as I listen through my headphones (super embarrassing, and I ALWAYS have valuable little nuggets to ponder for the day. I love this podcast and truly look forward to listening!

So much fun

By sarah flo - Jan 13 2020
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I really, really enjoy listening to this podcast! It’s so relatable and funny, and the interviews are pretty dang good. Jk. Jk that jk 😝
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Mom Struggling Well

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

Rank #1: #137: Mom Anger and Knowing Our Triggers with Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together!

Apr 30 2018

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Rank #2: #150: Faith, Humor, and Personality with Jamie Golden

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

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

website | instagram | facebook | twitter | pinterest

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Sep 03 2018

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Rank #3: #129: Both Sides of the Story with Jinger & Jessica

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

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

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

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Mar 05 2018

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Rank #4: #117 Unshakeable with Christine Caine

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

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

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

Where to find Christine:

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

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Dec 04 2017

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Rank #5: #35: The "Real Mom's Club" and Haven Making with Wynne Elder

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Wynne is a mama and wife striving to live in deep and authentic
community in Bryan, Texas. She's passionate about connecting and
knowing people [and being known], and creating spaces of
belonging.  She's been married to her guy for 9+ years and
together they are living this wild + glorious life that Jesus gave
them with our kiddos Camp and Asher.

What we talk about:

  • Infertility and becoming a "real" mom
  • How to make friends when you're isolated
  • A simple yet meaningful
    tradition her mom started

Apr 26 2016

42mins

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Rank #6: #38: Starting Small and Saying "Hello" with Rebecca Smith

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Rebecca is a wife, mom, and (accidentally) a business owner!  She started Better Life Bags which is a company that, besides making adorable bags, provides employment for women who could not be successful in traditional employment.  You're gonna love this episode!

What we chat about:
  • the lovely mission of Better Life Bags
  • putting 'working-mom guilt' to rest
  • prioritizing travel as a family
  • lessons from Jonah

May 22 2016

38mins

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Rank #7: #79: Love Notes From God with Debbie Canfield

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Debbie is one of the most encouraging women I know.  She is a work at home mom who lives where I've always wanted to live: Washington. She makes girly crafts and sells them on Instagram to overcome all the manliness in a house with a husband and three boys!

What we chat about:

When your marriage is not what you expected

When homeschooling is NOT the best fit

How to navigate seasons that seem difficult from every direction

How Debbie ended her search for a satisfying deodorant

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Find Debbie:

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Mar 13 2017

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Rank #8: #127: Remembering Everett with Laura Kelley

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

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

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

Connect with Laura:

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

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Feb 19 2018

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Rank #9: #119: Redefining Rest with Alex Hoover

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

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

GT's (Synergy) kombucha tea - Lavender Love

Where to find Alex:

website // instagram // facebook

Episode Sponsors:

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Dec 18 2017

58mins

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Rank #10: Problem Solved: Baby Edition

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

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

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

Mar 21 2018

39mins

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Rank #11: #153: Cultivating What You're Given with Ellie Holcomb

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

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

What we chat about:
  • Ellie’s humble beginnings in music

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

  • avoiding comparisons tending the land that God has given you

  • setting boundaries to prevent over-extending yourself

  • the freedom that can only be found in truth

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

Links mentioned:

The Best Yes Sleeping at Last “One” Sleeping at Last Podcast Sing: Creation SongsWho Sang The First Song?UnkersEvery Moment Holy

Connect with ELLIE:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter | youtube

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Sep 24 2018

59mins

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Rank #12: #123: The Purpose Right In Front of You with Stephanie Ackerman

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

What we chat about:
  • Divorce - knowing when to walk away
  • Hormonal changes
  • Confronting self-doubt
  • Embracing your own creativity
  • Pushing your children to overcome their fears
  • Fear of praying out loud
Links mentioned:

Faith Journaling for the Inspired ArtistMarriage Health

Connect with Stephanie:

website // instagram // vimeo

Episode Sponsors:

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Jan 22 2018

52mins

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Rank #13: #29: Wishing For a Different Personality and 2 Vital Questions with Lauren Pinkston

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Lauren is a girl who is walking the delicate balance of absolute truth and overwhelming grace.  She is also a girl with a life so wildly interesting people wonder if it's true!  Lauren and her family currently live in South East Asia and she works tirelessly to create jobs for women seeking safe work.  Her perspective on motherhood is unique and I can't wait for you to hear it!

What we chat about:

  • the importance of loving people even when they continue to mess up
  • how to stop hating who you are
  • two amazing questions to decide what's most important
  • the importance of Sabbath

Mar 21 2016

45mins

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Rank #14: #120: Hope After Betrayal with Stacey Parker

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

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

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Jan 01 2018

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Rank #15: #128: Striking a Balance with Wynter Pitts

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

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

Electric blanket

Connect with Wynter:

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

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Feb 26 2018

49mins

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Rank #16: Episode 5: Joanna Ivey

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Please allow me to introduce you to my friend Joanna.  There are SO many reasons I needed you to meet this girl.  First, her "little skill of sewing" as she calls it, is not little.  It is actually making a huge impact in her town and around the world. Second, she has overcome some poor choices in her own life (we all make them!) and has witnessed first hand God's amazing promise to work all things out for good. You wouldn't believe the story if I told you so you might as well hear it from her.  

In our chat we cover how single parenting is hard and how waiting for your adoptive child is hard too!  We talk about her new job with Project Free 2 Fly and her work with No. 41.

Find me on your favorite social media channel so we can chat about YOUR thoughts on this episode! If you have a second, it would really help other struggling moms find us if you review the podcast on iTunes. The struggle is real.  We might as well do it together!

Oct 15 2015

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Rank #17: #100: The People In My Neighborhood

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About 5 years ago I moved into my neighborhood. We liked that the house was near family and that it had a courtyard.  What we did NOT know was that I was about to meet some of my closest friends- my new neighbors! Throughout the years we have had countless events ranging from very meaningful to remarkably silly;we have laughed, cried and everything in between.

Whenever I share about them I get so many questions from you. How did we meet? How do we plan all the parties? What makes our friendships work? There's clearly some interest around how 5 random ladies became such good friends so I wanted to bring them on and answer all your questions.  We put our hearts into this and we hope it helps you build your own neighborhood friendships!

What we chat about:
  • How first impressions aren't always accurate; sometimes it's worth taking a risk to get to know someone
  • Embracing the beauty in our differences and seeking out people who are different than you
  • Being the one to initiate communication with a potential group or supportive community
  • Tips on how to build drama-free relationships
  • Saying yes to creative get togethers, like a crepes and Zumba party. Why not?
  • How to be a blessing to your friends while still maintaining loose expectations

Links mentioned:

Episode #93: Hospitality Made Ridiculously Simple with Kristin Schell The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard 

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Do you feel overwhelmed with trying to "do it all" in your business while striving to be the best mom you can be? Are you unhappy with the results you are getting and are frustrated because you aren't reaching your goals? Do you wake up stressed and go to bed stressed? Are you considering throwing in the towel because you wonder if you have what it takes to be successful as both a business owner and a mom? Struggling with self doubt and fear?  And guilt? 

Rebecca's job is to help you get out of the rut you are in and move forward in your business, while thriving as a mom. You can do this. I can't wait to help you reach your goals, grow a business you are proud of, make more money, and LIVE YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE as a mom and an entrepreneur! Because you CAN do both...well! You can thrive as a business owner and as a mom, merging the two God given roles with grace and ease. Head to rebeccarenfrow.com to sign up for your coaching package!

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Aug 05 2017

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Rank #18: #26: Finishing your Race with Joy and Getting in People's Mess with Stephanie Holden

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Thanks to the thunderstorm we ended up with a part two to this conversation!  She had so many good things to say I just had to keep asking questions!

What we chat about:

  • her strategy to leave a tangible legacy for her daughters
  • her most important ministry
  • when you feel mad at God for messing up a good thing
  • getting with God before getting on the internet

Mar 07 2016

33mins

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Rank #19: #164: Struggling Sisters: Family

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Is your family weird/amazing/loud/embarrassing/picky? Or at least one of those things? Us too!

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

What we chat about:
  • Katie’s Russian accent tips

  • unusual family traditions

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

  • Katie’s Elf on the Shelf adventures

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

Links mentioned:

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

Connect with Katie:

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Connect with Emily:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Dec 10 2018

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Rank #20: #161: Sex, Money and Your Marriage with Cherie Lowe

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

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

  • Finding some wiggle room in your budget

  • Cherie’s journey to be debt-free

  • How paying off debt has affected her children

  • Forming a healthy relationship with money

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

  • Cheap and practical date nights

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

  • Attaching money to our identity

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

  • Shopping strategies and couponing

Links mentioned:

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

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Nov 19 2018

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#221: Mom to Mom - Working Moms

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

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • learning to pivot when the thing you thought would work isn’t yielding the desired results

  • accepting help in order to better balance your life

  • learning and prioritizing self-care

  • why Emily stopped homeschooling and has no regrets

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

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

  • the power of in-person community

  • alleviating mom guilt

  • encouraging words for working moms

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Jan 20 2020

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#220: Struggling Sisters: Save Well

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • Katie the saver and Emily the spender

  • joint vs. separate bank accounts

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

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

  • the importance of stewarding money well

  • the connection between loving money and loving people

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

LINKS MENTIONED:

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

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Jan 13 2020

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#219: Try Softer with Aundi Kolber

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

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • recognizing trauma and its effects on the body

  • the trauma spectrum

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

  • the window of tolerance

  • the power of experiencing and working through pain

  • grounding yourself in the present while addressing the past

  • reparenting yourself

LINKS MENTIONED:

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

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Jan 06 2020

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#218: Finding Holy in the Suburbs with Ashley Hales

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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • what it’s like for Ashley as an only child now raising four kids

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

  • what helped Ashley embrace her life as a mom

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

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

  • letting your overwhelm spill onto your kids

  • learning to use your quiet time well

  • what inspired Ashley to write her book

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

  • four idols of the suburbs

  • the power of wanting and waiting

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Finding Holy in the SuburbsSara Groves “This Cup”

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Dec 30 2019

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#217: December Problem Solved

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • how much Emily is loving Rebecky’s upcoming book

  • Rebecky’s side of the #defamationproclamation prank call

  • problem-solving your homeschool vs. public school dilemma

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

  • allowing kids to choose their own clothes

  • an idea to help you finish the year well

LINKS MENTIONED:

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

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Dec 23 2019

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#216: It's Complicated with Sarah Mae

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I met Jesus. And meeting Him changed everything.

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • Sarah’s complicated family story

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

  • defining gaslighting

  • Sarah’s abortion story

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

  • replacing core lies with God’s truth

  • learning how to set boundaries

  • accepting reality and letting go of expectations

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

  • stopping generations of unhealthy patterns

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Annie F. Down’s EnneaSummer The Place We Find Ourselves Surrendering the SecretForgiven and Set FreeHer Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After AbortionWorthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After AbortionBetter Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/msw

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Dec 16 2019

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#215: Struggling Sisters: Finish Well

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What does it mean to finish well? This week I break it down real simple-like and give you 4 steps to help you reflect on 2019. But don’t worry! It’s not scary and at the end of this exercise, there will be plenty of encouragement. That’s just my style! There is even a printable so dive in with us in this last month of the year as we discuss finishing well.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • what’s new and noteworthy in our lives including Em’s therapy cat and Katie’s double A semester

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

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

  • 4 tips for finishing well

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

  • encouragement from 1 Peter about finishing well

LINKS MENTIONED:

Finish WELL printable

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Dec 09 2019

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#214: Untold Stories Don't Heal with Mary DeMuth

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How can I talk to my kids about sexual abuse? How do I know if what I encountered is abuse? Is my church a safe place for my kids? All of these are important questions and we talk about the hard stuff today with my guest Mary DeMuth. Her best advice for us? Speak up, and persevere anyway.

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

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

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • ​Mary’s history of sexual abuse and finding Christ

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

  • how Mary’s experiences have affected her parenting

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

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

  • the power of sharing your story

  • key factors of a safe church

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

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

  • confronting your abuser

  • educating your kids about sex and abuse

  • what Christians can do to help bring justice for victims

LINKS MENTIONED:

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

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Dec 02 2019

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#213: November Problem Solved

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WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • encouragement if you’re grieving this holiday season

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

  • dealing with dirty floors

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

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

  • how to enjoy hosting

  • holidays with divorced parents

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

  • politely shutting down unwanted questions about foster kids

  • Christmas tree alternatives

  • celebrating kids birthdays close to Christmas

LINKS MENTIONED:

Care.com Meg Duerksen

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Zola: build your free wedding website + $50 toward your registry at zola.com/struggling Canvas People: text MSW to 484848 and get a free 11x14 photo canvas (+ shipping & handling) Minno: get a free 7-day trial when you visit gominno.com and use promo code STRUGGLEWELL

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Nov 25 2019

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#212: Prospering in the Unplanned with Sheridan Voysey

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

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

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

  • our character being our legacy

  • breaking the fear of wrong decision making

  • closing the door on your dreams and grieving the loss

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

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Nov 18 2019

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#211: Struggling Sisters: Celebrate Well

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It just seems like when we are celebrating we should actually be having FUN! This week, we talk about how to celebrate WELL. This one is packed full of laughs and some tears as we read some hilarious and heartbreaking listener emails and share nothing but love for the Pioneer Woman. We did a stash it or trash it and tried pumpkin spice spam and zombie skittles.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • Celebrating the holidays using the WELL framework - Wait, Expect, Listen, Lean In

  • 7 steps to help you enjoy holiday parties

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

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

  • Katie’s favorite Christmas memory

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

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

LINKS MENTIONED:

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

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Nov 11 2019

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#210: Going Grumble-Free with Tricia Goyer

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • why Tricia became passionate about getting her family to try being grumble-free

  • controlling your anger when your kids get angry

  • making Bible learning a priority

  • letting kids learn responsibility by earning privileges

  • choosing when to let your kids wear makeup

  • helping kids with trauma become vulnerable by drawing close

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

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

LINKS MENTIONED

Calming Angry Kids The Grumble-Free YearVanstek erasable gel pens

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Prep Dish: get 2 weeks free when you visit prepdish.com/msw Blume: get 25% off your first stick + free shipping when you visit blume.com/swp Everlywell: 15% off any at-home lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW at checkout

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Nov 04 2019

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#209: October Problem Solved

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

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • an update on Rebecky’s bigfoot party

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

  • family budgeting and saving for college

  • affordable gift ideas for co-workers

  • an alternative to small business loans

  • the value and price of hand-made products

  • how to establish a mastermind group

  • offering family discounts

  • how to quit your job

LINKS MENTIONED:

Mint PayPal Working Capital Loan Shopify Capital Loan

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Oct 28 2019

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#208: Exit Letter to a Cult (Part 2) with Sarabeth Kapusta

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • what happened after Sarabeth left the cult

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

  • holding on to pain to validate our trauma

  • depression, anxiety and mental health

  • attempting to visit her sister in the cult

  • finding a church she trusts

  • how God is slowly reuniting and healing her family

  • how you can help reach someone in a cult

LINKS MENTIONED

The Next Right Thing podcast 9 Marks Acts 29

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Oct 21 2019

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#207: October Struggling Sisters

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • Mosquito Minute: Katie fills us in on the latest terrifying mosquito virus

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Massage Minute: a tale of two masseuses

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

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

LINKS MENTIONED:

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

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Oct 14 2019

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#206: Exit Letter to a Cult (Part 1) with Sarabeth Kapusta

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • why Sarabeth made the decision to live in a camper full-time

  • what she has learned from going minimalist

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

  • the events that finally lead to Sarabeth leaving the cult

LINKS MENTIONED

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

CONNECT WITH SARABETH:

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Oct 07 2019

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#205: September Problem Solved

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Do you know that you're already enough? I 100% know that about you. Sometimes I forget that's true for me too! September seems to have been another tricky month over here, but Rebecky helped me laugh my way through solving all of your problems. We covered sleep training possums, breast feeding toys and what special things Tim McGraw does for Rebecky's marriage.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • Gavin’s successful sleep training

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

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

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

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

  • solving your sex problems… very awkwardly

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

  • meal prep for busy moms

LINKS MENTIONED:

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

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Sep 30 2019

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#204: Hostess with the Mostess with Meg Duerksen

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • how and why Meg opened the Whatever Craft House

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

  • Meg’s experience with and heart for foster care

  • Upcoming Creative Soul Camp Retreats
CONNECT WITH MEG:

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Sep 23 2019

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#203: Getting Loud with Rebekah Lyons

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How do you know if you have depression or anxiety? At what point do you seek help?

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

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • how stress can lead to anxiety and build into depression

  • knowing when it’s time to get outside help

  • battling the lies of depression with the truth of Christ

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

  • the power of speaking the truth about your friends

  • never allowing our label or diagnosis to be our identity

  • a few practical ways to guard our rest

CONNECT WITH REBEKAH:

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

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Sep 16 2019

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#202: September Struggling Sisters

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
  • Katie’s “the kids are at school” body glow

  • Emily’s teacher’s anxiety producing email requirements

  • all things September

  • Emily’s secret guacamole ingredient

  • Starbucks fall drink ordering pro tips

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

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

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

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

LINKS MENTIONED:

Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect Mascara Origins GenZing mascara

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Sep 10 2019

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By K-Dub1234 - Jan 21 2020
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