Episode 81: Amy Bennett

Amy Bennett joins me for Episode 81. If you are a podcast junkie, then you may recognize her name. She has her own podcast called Feathers: Faith In Flight where she has conversations with different people about their steps of faith. I think that Amy has a story that is probably similar to many people—a story of growing up Christian and doing all the right things yet at the end of the day left in a spiritually dry place. She talks about what happened to her when life ended up less than she dreamed. She contrasts what happened when she wasn’t abiding in Jesus and to what her life looks like when she was abiding in Jesus. So pull a chair up to the kitchen table and join the conversation.

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Connect with Amy:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook // Abiding Ministries Instagram // Podcast

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • First of all, can we start a petition for her to post her Friday Night Lights podcast? But in all seriousness, I think that my biggest takeaway was her quote that her biggest failure led to her greatest sense of acceptance. In Episode 80, I talked about failure in the recap. Sounds like God is definitely trying to speak to me about this. We can allow God to use failure to draw something beautiful on our lives. @@Failure allows us to see our need for Jesus@@.

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Episode 80: Julie Barnhill

Julie Barnhill joins me for episode 80. She is a well accomplished author and communicator. I heard about Julie probably 7 years ago. Someone that I viewed as a mentor—she was a few steps ahead of me—recommended that I read Julie’s book, She’s Gonna Blow after I confided in her about feeling so angry as a mom. And if I’m really honest, I nearly resented becoming a mother. I just didn’t feel cut out for it. It seemed to bring out the worst in me. Yet, I was stuck. There was no take backs. No trading my people in for cats. I was so thankful for Julie’s book landed in my hands at that time.

Julie is one of the most vulnerable, honest and real people that I’ve met. Her vulnerability is contagious. So that is why I asked Julie to join me around the table. I want you to hear @@an honest conversation about surviving our anger issues when it comes to parenting@@. And I hope that if you are single or you don’t have kids that you won’t disregard this episode. I hope that it helps you see other women with a new lense—that it would build more compassion and empathy towards understanding what some women feel. So pull up a chair to the kitchen table and join the conversation.

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  • Relationships with her adult kids

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Connect with Julie:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook // Twitter 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I think that my biggest takeaway was the application step of asking God to reveal to you one thing that you can change. I feel like God is saying to me, “If you want your kids to come to you when they fail, then you need to change the way you respond. You need to be a sanctuary to them.” Yes. I’m thankful that God redeems all of those eye rolls and ughs and yells and disappointed looks. He can tear those down and build up something new. So that is where I am. That is what I am asking God to work on in me. Choose ONE thing that resonates with you and concentrate on that

  • "Take back your brain.”

  • @@Parenting is not a sprint---it's a marathon@@. 

  • Do unto your children, as you would have them do to your grandchildren.

  • @@Small incremental changes in the right direction will change the course@@. Speak truth. Whether you feel it or not. Even if you don’t believe it. Speak it because its truth. Truth changes your heart and when you heart changes, your thinking changes and when your thinking changes, what you speak and do changes. Its incremental. It's connected.

  • Underground issues that can cause an eruption of anger:

    • Think about your past. That’s a bedrock that contributes to this. Who we are, where we come from, what kind of home were you raised in. You have to go through your past. 

    • Reality of what your life is like now. 

    • The child themselves. Know how they are wired. Know your child, know her temperament. Know how your temperaments operate together.

  • Her final advice to a mom who is struggling with anger: God is in you, with you and for you and your child. He gave you the child that He wanted to give you. Speak the truth. Say it out loud. The enemy condemns. Condemnation is shaming. The holy spirit is conviction. Conviction says that was wrong but then He shows us what to do.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

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Episode 79: Dopesquad

Here we are at Episode 79 and this is a special and fun episode! I have had several people ask me for more episodes on the subject of friendship. And I think that its because its difficult to find and keep real, authentic friends in the session of adulthood. In fact, for many of you that are listening, this season of life may be quite lonely.

So, I invited my best friends to sit around the kitchen table with me to have a discussion about friendship. You will get to hear from Lesley Graham, Kristy Masterson and Emily Gross. These women are top notch in my book. We have affectionately referred to ourselves as the Dopesquad.

And we talk about how to find friends, what makes a lasting friendship and what advice we give to our own kids about finding friends.

Links:

  • Tina Fey's Dopesquad video

Survival Kits:

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Connect with Kristy:  Instagram 

Connect with Emily:  Instagram 

Connect with Lesley:  Instagram // Website  //  Golden Drop Society 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I just love these women so much and I’m thankful that you got to hear from them. Here are some things I wanted to highlight. When it comes to finding friends, you are enough as you are. You can be free to be 100% yourself. Find someone who you feel like you can be 100% yourself. It takes risk, but its worth it. And realize that someone may be waiting on you to make the first move. @@We all want to be pursued, but sometimes you need to be the one to reach out and initiate@@. 

  • @@Motherhood is the ultimate unifier@@. That is so true. Motherhood is a great common thread to connect you with other women.

  • @@There is a beauty in thinking, believing and processing differently@@. You don't have to be exactly alike to be friends. Let your differences and uniqueness add value to your relationship.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

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Episode 78: Shaunti Feldhahn

Best selling author and researcher, Shaunti Feldhahn joins me for Episode 78. I was honored to have her join me at my kitchen table. She’s written many books including For Women Only and For Men Only. And for today’s topic, we talked about the research she did for her book, “Through A Man’s Eyes: Helping Women Understand The Visual Nature of Men.” We took a deep dive into understanding how men are wired. We talk about why they are wired visually, how to help support the men in your life and how to help your son live with the brain they were given.

Links:

Survival Kit:

  • Being Home

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Connect with Shaunti:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook // Twitter // YouTube // Pinterest

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Shaunti. I love people who can take research and make it relatable and conversational. My biggest takeaway was the idea of empathy—putting myself in their shoes. Because when we can put ourselves in their shoes, we can learn how to better support them when it comes to this topic. She said, “We are never going to get further intimacy with a man if we don’t try to talk about this.” Now, I bet the idea of talking about this subject with your husband or son makes you cringe or makes you want to crawl under the kitchen table. But what if you decided to talk about it. What if you decided to ask them what they think or feel? What if you decided to extend empathy and compassion towards them? Maybe a deeper intimacy is on the other side.

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Episode 77: Jody Noland

Jody Noland joins me for Episode 77. She is a Jesus follower, mom, author, speaker, and fiance at the young age of 60. But mostly she is an encourager. She loves to encourage people to encourage people. And because of that, she has a ministry called Leave Nothing Unsaid. It’s a ministry that encourages people to express their thoughts and feelings and affirmations about someone through a written letter. She has become a sort of letter evangelist.

Most people don’t know how to be encourager and how to pour their life into the people they love. And something powerful happens on someone’s heart when we put pen to paper. We talk about her story of why she started this ministry and practical ways to write a letter to the people you love.

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Connect with Jody:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Jody. And I hope you were inspired and challenged to write letters. I know I was. Maybe you are like me and you have a million reasons to put off writing letters to the people you love. You don’t have time. You don’t know exactly what to say. But like Jody said, it doesn’t have to perfect. Don’t let perfection keep you from writing a letter. Don’t put off doing this because only God knows the number of our days. We should do this because our written words give life to the people we love. So, my first step is going to be writing a list of the people I need to write. Then, I’m going to look at a calendar for specific milestones is someone’s life and use that as a deadline. And if you need some help and direction, Jody’s workbook would be a great resource for you. It is a step by step guide to writing meaningful letters. 

  • Three things a letter contains: gratitude, appreciation, affirmation. Gratitude is the key to unlocking joy. Appreciation is about something you are glad they did for you. Affirmation is hard for people because its looking under the covers of someone.and saying these are some of the things about you that are so special. 

  • Do’s and Don’ts of letter writing:

    • just do it.

    • don’t get hung up in perfectionism

    • don’t use it as a platform for apologizing or criticizing.

    • don’t feel like your letter has to measure up to anyone else’s

    • don’t tell someone something that is not true

    • always sign it by hand even if you type it. seeing handwriting brings has memories & emotions

    • use memories as a way to support your affirmations

  • I was also challenged to pray big prayers. She was a widow for 9 years almost expecting that she wouldn't remarry, but at the age of 60 she is getting married. We run the risk of disappointment when we pray big prayers, but it is worth it.

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What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

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