Episode 70: Brittany Price

Brittany Price joins me for Episode 70. This is one gorgeous girl both inside and out. Jesus just exudes out of her. We talk about surviving the death of her husband--how she found herself as a widow at age 25 with 3 boys under the age of 3. We talk about surrender and how to trust as you walk through the darkness.

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Brittany. I was so inspired and encouraged by her. @@God doesn't always call us to walk through the rose garden. Sometimes He leads us through the darkness@@. There are some things that we can't choose, but we can choose our response. We can choose how we see the circumstances around us. I will tell you that, I was challenged by that with some difficult circumstances surrounding me. And I want to kick and scream. And its okay to kick and scream, but @@when God tugs at your heart & asks you to obey even though its not comfortable or easy, the best response is surrender@@.

Links:

  • video of Brittany's story

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Connect with Brittany:  Instagram // Website  //  Music 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I loved how the Holy Spirit had prepared her heart for what she was about to walk through. God has gone before you. No matter what you walk through, God's peace will guard you

  • @@God does not call us to comfort. He calls us to obedience@@. Be obedient. This is what I'm calling you to.

  • We all walk through pain and loss. We need to yield to a God who is sovereign and knows best. This is for my good and God's glory. Its not a journey of seeing hope. @@We don't know what tomorrow holds, but we can know the One who hold tomorrow@@. Dare to dream new dreams. God can grow a new dream through this. She wants to widow well for God's glory. What can you do well for His glory?
  • Its okay to feel the weight of the sorrow. Its okay to sit in the tension of how you feel and also trust God. @@God can handle all the questions, fears and doubts@@. You have to feel in order to heal. You will walk through the valley, but the key is not standing in the valley. There are mountains ahead.

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Episode 69: Amanda White

Amanda White joins me for Episode 69. She is a wife, mom and former children’s pastor who is using her skills of a creative thinker in the lives of her own kids and yours. She is really great at unpacking scripture to little hearts. She is the author of The Truth In The Tinsel and A Sense of the Resurrection. She is a firm believer that no matter who you are, you don’t have to be afraid or intimidated to teach your kids Scripture. I invited her to be on the show to talk about how to anchor your kids heart to Jesus this Easter.

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I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Amanda. I could have talked for hours with her about our daughters or about age appropriate books for them, but my biggest takeaway was how we should ask God to reveal to us how to talk about Jesus’ death and resurrection to our kids. That may not be a novel idea to you, but it was to me. Ask Him for wisdom with your unique kid. 

Amanda is offering a coupon code for all Surviving Sarah listeners to receive 20% off the purchase of her ebook A Sense of the Resurrection. I highly recommend that you purchase it and use it with your kids or grandkids or nieces and nephews. She does such a great job of helping you anchor your kids hearts to Jesus this Easter. Go to SurvivingSarah.com/easter and then use the code SURVIVINGSARAH to receive your discount.

Links:

Survival Kit:

  • Overdrive app
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

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Connect with Amanda:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • Maybe someone needs to know that you haven’t peaked. God isn’t finished with you yet. I love how she used to travel and speak and do children’s ministry and then God is using those same gifts in a different way.

  • When talking to your child about why they aren't allowed to read or watch certain things, I loved the example of this is too heavy for you to carry right now.

  • Don’t be afraid to tell your kids about Jesus. Its okay if you don’t have all the answers. @@God has chosen you to guide your kids to Jesus@@. You don’t have to be intimidated to lead your kids.

  • How do you talk to a 2 year old about Easter? Talk about it words that they understand.
    Understand your own kid. Be conscience of your kid.

  • You can’t make your kids believe. Allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. Give your kids a sense of the power and glory and hugeness of the story. We are tempted to make sure our kids know all at the things. The Holy Spirit can speak to your kids even though they are little.

  • Reveal to me what the best way to teach this to my child. What would really speak to them about your death and resurrection? What may work for your kid may not work for your friend’s kids. With the unique make up of my kid, show me how to talk about this.

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 68: Leslie Klipsch

Leslie Klipsch joins me for Episode 68. She is a mom on a mission to help awaken the mama bear inside each one of us. It doesn't take long to realize that Leslie wants to make an impact not only in her community but also in the world around her.

We talk about being front yard people, how to push past perfectionism, how to find community and how your tribe can be a group for good.

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I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Leslie. I feel like the topic of moms doing something for good has been rising up around me. If you are a mom or any other kind of caregiver, I bet you know exactly that ferocious love that is inside. And I don't know about you, but I want my girls to have that in them, too. But I need to model it for them. I value belonging to a community or group of women and I know that I want that for my girls, then I need to model it. I need to model to my girls what it looks like to care for the world around us.

Links:

  • Leslie's book: Mama Bear Manifesto
  • Families For Families My favorite way to start the conversations with your kids about this is the new Families For Families resource from Care For AIDS. My friends Courtney DeFeo and Natalie Stanfield whom you've heard on the show are leading the charge with this. Its a free resource to help start those conversations with your kids. I'll be sure to link to it in the show notes along with everything that Leslie mentioned today.

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Connect with Leslie:  Instagram // Website  //  Twitter // Facebook // Podcast

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • Moms have so much power. They hold the keys by the position they've been put in. @@Moms have a ferocious love inside that can be used for good@@.

  • Some of the loneliest days are when your kids are little. Mama bears need each other. We need to be brave and step into a circle of women who can support us and who are willing to tell the truth and where we are able to be our true selves. @@Women need other women in their lives@@. We can draw strength from one another. We can practice taking care of each other. Then take what you learned and share it with other people. Be brave to take the step. 

  • @@Hurdles to cultivating community with women: gossip, perfectionism, need to show up with your true self@@. And then push past those hurdles.

  • @@Your tribe can be used for good@@. Learn to serve each other first. Be engaged in the world around you. That's how you model it for your kids. Then, push past your circle and serve others.

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 67: Kay Warren

Kay Warren joins me for Episode 67. If you don't know her already, she is the co-founder of Saddleback Church, a pastor's wife and an advocate for people living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS and for orphaned and vulnerable children. You quickly can tell that she wants to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

I wanted to chat with her about surviving the death of her son and also surviving as a pastor's wife. We talk about signs of mental illness in your kids, what its like being a parent of a child who suffers, practical ways the church can do to change the conversation about mental illness and suicide and her advice that every pastor's wife needs to know.

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Kay. This was one of the easiest conversations to have and listen to even though the topic is not an easy topic. And I think that says something about Kay's nature. I am truly thankful for the role that she and her husband played in my life and ministry. And it was an honor to have her on the show.

Links:

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Connect with Kay:  Instagram // Website  //  Twitter 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I hope that we all can play a role in changing the language and conversation around mental illness and suicide. It's easy to be dismissive of mental illness, but let's come alongside those who suffer and be a place of safety and hope and encouragement. @@We can be a personal sanctuary to people who suffer from mental illness@@.

  • Her advice about self-care is very helpful. Control the controlables. Let's look at the areas of our lives that we can control and make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. Our family and ministry will benefit.

  • I had no idea that children as young as three could suffer from mental illnesses. Be a student of your child. Be attentive. Be their advocate. If something seems off to you, then contact your pediatrician. 

  • If you or someone you love suffers from mental illness or suicide thoughts, please take comfort in knowing that as a Christian, @@nothing can separate you from the the love of God@@. Nothing can snatch you out of the hand of God.

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 66: Ted Lowe

Ted Lowe joins me for Episode 66. Surviving Sarah male guest #2. I’ve known Ted and his wife Nancie for so many years so when I decided it was time to do another episode about marriage, I knew that he would be perfect for the show. We talk about some common myths of what make a marriage work and then some core habits that we can develop to get marriages into a healthy rhythm. So, pull up a chair to my kitchen table and join the conversation.

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Ted. He is so easy to talk to and I hope you felt like what we talked about was doable. I think the biggest takeaway for me was the first core habit of having serious fun. I think its easy to let fun go to the bottom of the todem pole. Think about what you enjoy doing with your spouse? Think back to when you were first together. What did you enjoy doing together? What did you enjoy about each other? Sometimes, you just have to work a little harder to create those fun moments. I loved the statement that he suggested we tell our spouse: The thing about you that makes me say “wow” is ____. 

Links:

Survival Kit:

  • Sitting down in the morning typing out his prayers
  • Enjoy the silence

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

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • What are some common opinions about what it takes to make marriage work? 1. Its hard work. But what does that even mean? You didn’t get together in the first place in order to work. 2. Compatibility. Its not solid enough to base your marriage on. 3. Chemistry 4. Communication. @@We’ve been told that words lead to connection but really, connection leads to words@@.

  • How can we become our best us? 

    • Have serious fun. How do you protect your marriage from adultery? Be intoxicated, captivated by the wife of your youth. (Solomon) Basically, the answer is to enjoy your marriage. Its not an issue of feeling, but an issue of focus. Think about what you like to do together? Build up a reserve in your relationship bank. Affirm each other. Laugh together. Don’t forget that you are the boss of yourself so don’t buy into the myths.
    • Love God First
    • Respect and Love. There’s a cycle of love and respect. When he gives unconditional love to her, it makes her respect more. Try something little. Thank him for going to work everyday. Compliment him. Catch him being a great dad. Andy Stanley said, “@@What’s rewarded is repeated@@.” It could be as easy as a text. What is one thing you could say? Men stay longer at work because they feel useful and respected at work.
    • Practice Your Promise. "@@Marriage is not an event it is a process@@."

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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