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09.01.2019

  Do you ever wish life could be reduced and simplified, just like our teachers taught us to do with fractions? Take the numbers you see and reduce them until they can't be reduced any more -- 50/100 becomes 1/2, the large and complex becoming small and simple. It doesn't work that way. I often find myself wishing for simplicity, wishing that everything in life could be categorized into either/or segments. Either people are good or they're bad. Either decisions are right or they're wrong. But it doesn't work that way. Everything is not always black and white. We live in a world of both/and, not a world of either/or. People can have good motivations but choose wrong actions. Decisions can be right in some people's eyes and wrong in others'. Everything doesn't fall neatly into a category, and everything doesn't lend itself to being either one thing or another. I don't get to simplify everything, even though I wish that were the case. Walking with God is a both/and journey. We can be both scared and stepping forward into the unknown. We can be both unsure of what will happen and confident in God's goodness. Both remembering the pain of our past and anticipating the goodness yet to...

29.11.2018

  My guest for episode #9 is Christie Thomas, and you are going to love her! She's funny, wise, and has a great laugh! Christie has three sons, and she recently left her job in children's ministry to pursue other avenues, such as writing children's books. The goal of her ministry is to cultivate authentic faith in the home, and she has incredible ideas for how to do just that. You definitely want to check out her website if you still have children in the home! I have her children's book Wise for Salvation: Meaningful Devotions for Families with Little Ones, and it would make a great Christmas gift for the people you love! One part of our conversation you will not want to miss is Christie telling the story of donating a kidney to a perfect stranger. I was so inspired by her faith, her obedience, and her perspective through it all!...

21.11.2018

Episode 8 features my real-life friend, Amy Hickman. She is the mom of all daughters and the wife to a pastor, and I just love her heart for women. She leads the women's ministry at her church, and her passion is for helping people uncover their identity in Christ. We talked about it all in this episode, including why she never forces her daughters to go to church. She has great wisdom, and I can't wait to hear what you think of it!...

01.11.2018

My guest for Episode #5 is Rachel J. Mitchell, an incredible woman I met through Instagram. She is a health and fitness coach who shares her faith openly. I love following her because she is authentic. She shares the struggles she has with body image, fitness, and food, and she never pretends she has it all figured out! Rachel used to teach full time at the college level, and she recently cut back to pursue coaching full time. As a mom to two boys, she is always busy, but she really does make time to cultivate relationships with the people she's coaching and encouraging. You're going to love hearing her story! You can click the Soundcloud link above, or you can click here to listen! Connect with Rachel:  Rachel's Blog Facebook Instagram Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks...

25.10.2018

  My guest for Episode #4 is Adriel Booker. Because October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I wanted to make sure you heard this interview with Adriel. She writes openly about her own miscarriages and struggles with infertility, and her heartbreak has become her ministry. Her book, Grace Like Scarlett, is truly one of the best books on grief I have read. Even if you have never struggled with infertility, her book is one that can minister to you. It speaks to the universal experience of pain. I also recommend checking out her website, adrielbooker.com, where she has lots of resources for women who face infertility. Connect with Adriel: Adriel's Website Facebook Instagram (Personal Account) Instagram (Our Scarlett Stories) Twitter Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks  ...

18.10.2018

  My guest for Episode 3 is Shauna Letellier, author of Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marveled at the Faith of Unremarkable People. She never saw herself writing a book, but after recognizing in her own studies that Jesus consistently noticed the faith of people who were ordinary, she felt she had to share what she learned. In this episode, we discuss what it's like to raise children in a world where we're still struggling ourselves, what it takes to learn God doesn't want us to perform for His love, and how to learn who we really are. Connect with Shauna: Facebook Instagram Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks...

11.10.2018

Abby Banks is a wife, mom, author, and advocate. Her youngest son, Wyatt, became paralyzed at 7 months old, and Abby's world turned upside down. In the years since Wyatt's diagnosis, she and her family have lived by the words "love him anyway," which is also the title of her book about their journey. We talk about the journey she and her family took into a new normal, living with a child whose special needs impact daily life. Abby shares about her personal struggles and victories, learning to become comfortable with who she is in the life she leads. You'll want to grab a copy of her book Love Him Anyway: Finding Hope in the Hardest Places. Connect with Abby: Facebook Instagram Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks...

10.10.2018

  What does it really mean to follow Christ? In my 20 years as a Christian, I've seen how much confusion there is surrounding the lifestyle and choices Christians make. There are as many opinions as there are believers. It seems there are questions about everything -- what to drink, where to go, how to dress, how to worship. The role of women, the type of church to attend, whether salvation is forever, and whether Christians should watch R-rated movies. What it means to be a believer and follower can be really confusing, especially for brand new Christians. That's why I wrote Follow: A 28 Day Devotional for Understanding Your Faith. I wanted to help new believers navigate some of the questions they have, and I wanted to help them focus on four major areas of following Jesus -- Salvation, the Bible, Worship, and Prayer.   In this book, we spend one week on each of those topics, looking at what Scripture teaches and what confusion might arise. Each day's reading starts with Scripture and ends with reflection and prayer, and one of my greatest goals is to help people establish the daily habit of spending time focused on their relationship with Christ. If you have questions...

03.10.2018

    Niki is a Brit in the USA, a rectal (yes, rectal) cancer survivor, pastor’s wife, tea drinker and teller of bad jokes. She’s all about meeting you when life’s not fair so you can breathe again and offers encouragement, practical resources and a large dollop of reality on her website. She’d love to connect with you there if she can’t hug you in person. Her work has appeared in Christian Today, RELEVANT, Woman to Woman (Premier Radio), ForEveryMom, and Living By Design Ministries. When she’s not speaking, writing, running trails with her Doodles, or failing to keep up with her three teenagers, you can find her with a nice cup of tea trying to figure out which remote control actually turns the TV on. Grab her FREE Audio Download How to Handle Anything Life Throws at You, and discover three strategies to give you the trust and confidence to thrive, not just survive, right where you are. Connect with Niki: Website www.nikihardy.com Instagram @niki.hardy Facebook @NikiHardyauthor  Sponsors BeautyCounter - BeautycounterAngieE@gmail.com Three Twelve Market Kristy's Custom Designs ...

24.06.2018

  Scalding water beat on my back as I rested my forehead on the shower wall. The tears falling down my cheeks mixed with the water from the shower, and one was as hot as the other. I didn't want to cry -- I tried to resolve that I wouldn't -- but I'm one of those people who cries when she's angry, and this day, I was angry. I was angry at God. Sometimes my prayers are generalities, like "Lord, would you keep my kids safe today?" and some are more specific. The prayer I had been praying and keeping in the back of my mind for a couple of years was very specific. I had asked God to grant one very small request -- a request that, in my mind, He had no reason not to grant. It was small in the grand scheme of things, a minor blip on most people's radar, but one that mattered a whole lot to me. But He said no. He said no, and to be blunt and very non-spiritual sounding, I was royally ticked off. And this is why. He said no, and He didn't explain why. He said no, and then He was silent about it. He said no,...