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Mom Struggling Well

Motherhood is hard. And amazing. Join me each week as I dig deep with various guests to ask how they moved from just struggling to struggling WELL.
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Apr 23, 2018

Known by millions as a long-time Contributing Editor for Guideposts magazine, Kathryn “Kitty” Slattery has written hundreds of stories of hope and inspiration for a wide variety of publications, including Parent Life, Today’s Christian Woman, and Angels on Earth magazines.  Kathryn resides in beautiful New Hampshire with her husband Tom, and they are the parents of two grown children.  

What we chat about:

  • what appeals to Kitty about being a ghostwriter
  • how sharing other people's stories has strengthened her faith
  • God's awesome ability to redeem the worst things in life
  • how God used Kitty's interest in fortune telling to lead her to Him
  • what she learned from talking with Fred Rogers (and his puppets)
  • why we should all be asking questions
  • the strength that's built by going through pain and struggles

Links mentioned:

If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids
365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids: An If I Could Ask God Anything Devotional

Connect with Kitty:

website // facebook

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

Apr 19, 2018

This week we're reading John 3:31 -3:35.

Have you ever received a letter with one of those wax seals? It seems so fancy and official; it also authenticates who sent it. That's what we are to Christ - his wax seal. Each day we should be living in a way that authenticates Him, His nature, and His love for us. 

Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

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Apr 16, 2018

Amber Runyon is hospice nurse who became a social entrepreneur.  She founded Legacy and Eleventh Candle Co. out of the desire to bring hope to women both in the United States and in Ethiopia who’ve been vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction, focusing on providing a therapeutic work setting that allows all women a fair chance and opportunity to grow. The bottom line: Amber believes that if we teach little girls to dream, they will the force that changes this world. But more than that, if we can teach broken women to dream like little girls again, it will be a force that the world has yet to see.

Get 25% off your order from Eleventh Candle Co. using the coupon code strugglingwell!

What we chat about:

  • what lead Amber to start a candle company
  • how Eleventh Candle Co. is helping women who have been exploited, part of sex trafficking, or have struggled with addiction
  • identifying women who genuinely want help
  • EMDR therapy
  • how Amber has seen God change the lives of the women she employs
  • extending grace without enabling
  • why Amber celebrates failures
  • encouragement for women who feel overwhelmed by their calling

Links mentioned:

Ep. 32: You Are Loved and Worth Loving with Brandi Lea
Ep. 58: Journey Toward Healing with Brandi Lea

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence

 

Connect with Amber:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter

Episode Sponsors:

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Ways to support the show:

Patreon
Amazon

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

Apr 9, 2018

For the last decade, Jen Schmidt has been encouraging, challenging, and cheering on women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives on her popular lifestyle blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. With a variety of topics—from easy dinner ideas and personal finance to leaving a legacy—Jen equips others to live life to its fullest, reminding them it's the little things that really are the big things in life. A popular speaker, worship leader and founder/host of the annual Becoming Conference, Jen shares with humor and authenticity as she invites others to join her on this bumpy, beautiful life journey. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, a few too many animals, and an available sofa for anyone who needs it.

What we chat about:

  • giving her newly married son and daughter-in-law space
  • intentional decisions for building family relationships
  • making your home a safe place for your children's friends
  • the importance of preserving quality family time 
  • breaking generational parenting patterns
  • allowing insecurities prevent us from building community

Links mentioned:

Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation
Becoming Conference
Gather and Love Tour with Kristen Schell (Turquoise Table)

Connect with Jen:

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

Episode Sponsors:

Pursuit Community: get $325 off registration for the Mastermind Retreat in Nashville, TN using promo code MSW
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GLAM: GodLovesallOfMe.org/resources

Ways to support the show:

Patreon
Amazon

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

Apr 2, 2018

Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is a writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of HelloMornings.org. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children.

What we chat about:

  • the joy of having older kids (that you can watch Hallmark movies with)
  • why Kat has chosen to use homeschool, provate school and public school to educate her kids
  • Kat's yearly family road trip adventures
  • tactics for limiting your children's screen time
  • how narrowing your focus will help you accomplish more
  • the importance of starting your day with healthy choices

Links mentioned:

Episode 7: On Building an Impressive Eulogy with Kat Lee
Circle Go
Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better

Connect with Kat:

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

Episode Sponsors:

Pursuit Community: get $325 off registration for the Mastermind Retreat in Nashville, TN using promo code MSW
Care Of: 25% off your first month with promo code MSW
Daily Harvest: 3 free cups using promo code MSW

Ways to support the show:

Patreon
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Share the Struggle!

Find me on Instagram because I want to hear YOUR thoughts!  If you've been encouraged, share the episode with another mom.  

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

Mar 29, 2018

This week we're reading John 3:22 -3:30.

When was the last time you saw someone create a Pinterest board with ideas to be the perfect bridesmaid? Maybe it's time to change our perspective. 

Mar 26, 2018

Rob Barry is my pastor and a friend.  His main job is helping build community and walk people through conflict resolution as it comes up.  And it does come up! I asked him to share his knowledge with us about what we should do and why resolving conflict matters.  You're really going to get a lot of practical tips from this chat.  I know I did.

What we chat about:

  • conflict as part of a healthy relationship
  • striving for oneness with your spouse
  • four different ways we handle conflict
  • the importance of being heard
  • when and how to confront a friend
  • teaching your kids to take responsibility

Links mentioned:

Ep. 99: Fired Up About 40 with Leslie Barry
The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes
Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs
Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage

Episode Sponsors:

AdventuresWithArcher.com
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Ways to support the show:

Patreon
Amazon

Share the Struggle!

Find me on Instagram because I want to hear YOUR thoughts!  If you've been encouraged, share the episode with another mom.  

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

Mar 21, 2018

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 19, 2018

Carissa is wife to Phillip and mother to Eleanor. She's an adoptive mama, painter, Bible teacher, gardener and avid learner. She is the co-founder and co-director of McKinney Roots, a non-profit 100% food donation garden that supplies organic, fresh picked fruits, veggies, herbs and eggs to the food insecure in McKinney, TX. 

If you would like to volunteer with McKinney Roots or help support them financially, visit mckinneyroots.org and click donate. For $30 a month, you can sponsor a raised bed in the garden. The funds cover the cost of planting and harvesting that bed and their general operating budget.

What we chat about:

  • trusting God and finding contentment during a season of waiting
  • learning to grieve with your spouse 
  • the joys of being a mother
  • the amazing story of how God lead Carissa to start McKinney Roots
  • advice for women who are called to do something big, but feel overwhelmed

Links mentioned:

BraveLove

Connect with Carissa:

website // instagram // facebook

Episode Sponsors:

Daily Harvest: 3 free cups using promo code MSW
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Mar 15, 2018

This week we're reading through John 3:16 - 21. Now, we all know John 3:16, but when was the last time you really sat down and thought about what it says? We are so loved. We'll also see what this passage says about the power of talking about things that we really wish we didn't have to... like eating too much guacamole. Seriously. It's a problem.

 

 

Mar 12, 2018

Jessica Kastner is a journalist and author who serves as CT Coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, a non-profit working to see Jesus Christ transform the lives of juvenile offenders. She's also a single boy mom who has chosen to share her difficulty fitting the motherhood mold and everyday struggles.

What we chat about:

  • Owning the things about motherhood that make you happy
  • The importance of pretend play and what to do when you hate it
  • The guilt that can come with being a working mom
  • Dealing with a teen that lacks motivation
  • How Jessica has seen her honesty help other women
  • Unrealistic expectations for Christian mothers
  • Walking the line between honesty and complaining
  • Misconceptions about single mothers
  • Avoiding comparison by embracing what makes you unique

Links mentioned:

Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real
Episode #86: Taco Tuesdays with Shontell Brewer

Connect with Jessica:

website // facebook // twitter

Episode Sponsors:

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Mar 5, 2018

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

Episode Sponsors:

Pursuit Community: get $325 off registration for the Mastermind Retreat in Nashville, TN using promo code MSW at checkout

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Mar 2, 2018

Hey ladies! Wanted to let you know there's a new podcast segment around the Mom Struggling Well Empire. It is coming out weekly exclusively for supporters of the show.  I think you're gonna LOVE my little sister as much as I do!

If the Mom Struggling Well podcast is a project you'd like to support and you'd like to hear this segment weekly, head to patreon.com/momstrugglingwell and join us!

 

Feb 28, 2018

Rebecca wants to ruin the show's theme song by changing her name to Becky.  Please send her messages on Instagram letting her know this is the wrong choice.

Rebecca went on vacation (again) to visit her parents who are not (but actually are) Snowbirds.

I stopped homeschooling this week and made some people mad. 

We also solved multiple listener problems. Listen and be changed forever.

Feb 26, 2018

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 19, 2018

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

Episode Sponsors:

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Feb 12, 2018

Kristen Hatton is the author of Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World for teen girls and the teen devotional Get Your Story StraightA third book, The Gospel-Centered Life in Exodus for Students, is coming this summer. Kristen is also a blogger, Bible study teacher and speaker for groups of parents, women, and teens. In addition to her own blog, she contributes frequently to the Rooted Ministry blog and enCourage women’s blog. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband, and they have three teenagers.

What we chat about:

  • Kristen's idea to start a Bible study with her daughter and her friends
  • Walking through the season of her daughter's eating disorder
  • How to have a friend and be a friend
  • Understanding teens and empathizing with them
  • Talking with teens about idolatry
  • Teens and technology
  • Laying a foundation for the teen years

Links mentioned:

Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World
DIY bath bombs

Connect with Kristen:

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

Episode Sponsors:

RX Bar: get 25% off your first order using the promo code MSW

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Feb 8, 2018

This week we look at John 3:1-15 and a guy named Nicodemus.  And then we ask some hard questions about our own lives.  Ouch.  That's the part we don't like.  Let's do it anyway!

Feb 5, 2018

Micah Maddox is a women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, writer, blogger, and author of Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World. She is passionate about helping women find purpose, peace, and calm in our chaotic world. As a pastor’s wife and mother of three, she contributes her time to MOPS and her local church – including serving as a women’s ministry leader.

What we chat about:

  • The complicated journey of finding closure
  • Knowing when it's time to walk away from a relationship
  • Why Micah chose to become a foster parent
  • How having foster children has affected her biological children
  • Setting healthy boundaries

Connect with Micah:

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

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Jan 29, 2018

Tabitha Panariso is a devoted wife, mom of two (almost three) and a very wordy, typically unfiltered, writer of life and faith. She spends the majority of her days at home with her kids taking advantage of any other free time by pouring into her friendships and community. Over and over again, Tabitha is relearning that her worth has nothing to do with her doing and all to do with her being — His. 

What we chat about:

  • The grief process Tabitha walked through after leaving the workforce
  • How we misinterpret the way God handles us
  • Becoming passionate about finding your identity
  • Staying present with your kids
  • What is actually required to be healthy  

Links mentioned:

Letterboard

Connect with Tabitha:

website // instagram // facebook

Episode Sponsors:

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Jan 22, 2018

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 Artist
Marriage Health

Connect with Stephanie:

website // instagram // vimeo

Episode Sponsors:

Prep Dish - free two-week trial
Tula - 20% off + free shipping

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Jan 22, 2018

Join me as I look at the end of John 2 this week! Hope you learn as much as I did!

Jan 17, 2018

Things got interesting this month, friends.  We changed up the format slightly and simplified it. Basically so Rebecca wouldn't quit.  Please feel free to send her mean messages about even considering it!  Thank you in advance. There's no theme this month which is fun because it left us open for even more shenanigans.  Enjoy.

Jan 15, 2018

Elise Hurd is a faith coach, wife to her best friend, Jason, and mom of 5 wildly exuberant kids. Her passion is to help believers remember, record, and relay their personal experiences of Jesus. Her goal is to equip Jesus-followers to "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15). Elise and Jason are completing their RV renovation and plan to hit the road full time in their tiny home by the summer of 2018.

What we chat about:

Links mentioned:

Jesus, the One and Only
Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

Where to find Elise:

website // instagram // facebook

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Jan 11, 2018

Today we look at John 2:13-17 where Jesus did some things that don't seem very Jesus-y.  We know though that he never makes a mistake and is always working for our good so it's worth taking a deeper look into this interesting scene.  

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