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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.  

Jan 8, 2018

Jamie Ivey is a podcaster, writer, and speaker from Austin, Texas. She is the proud mama to four kids and the wife to Aaron, worship pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church. Jamie loves to encourage women to passionately follow Jesus through whatever stage of life. She does this through writing and her weekly podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. Jamie's debut book If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free, releases January 2018. 

What we chat about:

  • Identity and actually believing what you say you believe
  • How Jamie's life has changed as a result of sharing her story
  • Learning to take a backseat to the Holy Spirit
  • Watching God draw her children's heart closer to Him
  • Building relationships through service

Links mentioned:

If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
Orange Theory
Slow North candles

Where to find Jamie:

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

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Jan 1, 2018

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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Dec 23, 2017

Jesus is an amazing wine maker.  He makes large batches in a flash.  That's not the point of this passage in John but it is definitely something we learn about Jesus in John 2. 

Dec 18, 2017

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

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Dec 13, 2017

This passage messed me up in a good way this week.  We get caught up in lies about whether or not we are invited and start putting our expectations on the wrong people.  At least I do! I learned so much from this passage and I pray you do too!

Dec 11, 2017

Alison Stooksbury lives in Knoxville, TN and is a stay-at-home mom to two. Her husband Brandon builds houses and at the time of this interview, he was over a year into building their dream house - by himself. 

Find out more about my visit to Glamour Shots and see some of my favorite shots from our family photo session now at GlamourShots.com.

What we chat about:

  • How her husband working on their dream home affected their marriage and what they've done to stay connected
  • Struggling through the adjustment of becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom
  • Battling the lies that can pull her into depression
  • How God has worked in her life as she has become increasingly honest with Him
  • A practical way she's made reading the Bible a priority in her life

Links mentioned:

YouVersion Bible App
Yeti Rambler
None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

Where to find Alison:

instagram // twitter

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Dec 6, 2017

More great examples from John the Baptist about what to do when we are not chosen.  Way to go, John!

Dec 4, 2017

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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Nov 29, 2017

In this short little segment I start going through the beginning of the book of John.  It would be great if you could read the short passage before you start.  Hope you love it!

Nov 27, 2017

Kate works with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the Cook Islands alongside her husband and 3 children. She is a mom on mission, training young adults to share the gospel as well as having her own unique mission field (her children). Kate is passionate about knowing God and pointing her children toward Him. She also encourages other moms to do the same on her blog missionmumma.com.

What we chat about:

  • Communicating your specific needs and concerns to your husband
  • Keeping expectations realistic when working with your spouse
  • How constant reassessment helps make sure your family remains your top priority
  • The value of consistently praying and reading the Bible with your children
  • Creating a prayer journal for your kids
  • The struggle of disciplining a child who is your mini-me
  • Staying present with a transition ahead

Links mentioned:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
Grammarly

Where to find Kate:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest

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Nov 22, 2017

In this riveting episode Rebecca and I start off by sharing what we've been up to lately.  I shared a little about my experience at Revelation Wellness Instructor Training and how I recently went to Glamour Shots with my family for family portraits.  

Rebecca shared that she's been struggling with being a homeschool mom and me and everyone else on the live Instagram video gave our hearty agreement that being a mom of any kind can be a stinking beating at points.

So here are our favorite things for this year:

Clothed in Victory: Promo Code MOMSTRUGGLINGWELL for 20% off your order of $50 or more!

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Glamour Shots

Write the Word Journals

Powersheets 

Lidded Jar Container Candle 

Trader Joes Cedar Balsam Candle

Mercy Candle Company 

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible Large Print 

A Gracious Space: Fall: Daily Reflections to Sustain Your Homeschooling Commitment (Volume 1)

New Morning Mercies

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Teleties

Rad Joy "Quiet Time" Box

Armed with Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos 

Qalo Men's Functional Silicone Wedding Rings, Athletics Collection

Montessori Toys

@thehomeedit instagram account 

Seinfeld Documentary

Long Story Short

Old Story New

Sticky Situations

Instant Pot

Macarons

Nov 20, 2017

KariAnne writes the decorating and lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her vintage farmhouse in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She followed God's call for her heart and jumped with her family from the busy Dallas metroplex to the middle of the country where she lives with her husband and four children.  If you turn down the winding country road to KariAnne's farmhouse you might find her painting mismatched chairs, listening to the music of the crickets singing in the pasture, singing scripture or walking hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining-armor husband as the sun sets over the river. She loves sweet tea with lime, thunderstorms, good books, milk glass, yard sales and she is an imperfect DIYer saved by grace.

What we chat about:

  • Technology and teens
  • The relationship with teens and their siblings
  • The challenge of setting rules for kids at different ages
  • Giving consequences that fit the crime
  • Learning to speak "teenager"
  • Modeling the behavior you want to see in your kids
  • The story behind KariAnne's new book

Links mentioned:

So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong . . . and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection

Parenting with Love and Logic

Where to find KariAnne:

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

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Nov 13, 2017

Deana is a wife and mama with a heart for helping women stay anchored in God's Word. She is the founder of Anchored Press and the creator of the Anchored Press Devotional Planner. Her heart's mission is to help you make time for God daily so you reap all He has planned for you. When she's not pouring into her family, friends or Anchored Press, you will likely find her at the beach soaking in God's creation.

Anchored Press gave me a special code to share with you that gives you a free Quiet Time Journal when you order your 2018 Devotional Planner before December 1st.

Enter code STRUGGLINGWELL at checkout and be sure to put a Quiet Time Journal AND a 2018 Planner in your cart to redeem the offer.
 

What we chat about:

  • Deep things Deana has learned in seasons of waiting
  • The story behind Anchored Press
  • A time Deana prayed a huge prayer and watched God do the impossible
  • How Deana quiets herself enough to hear from God
  • The importance of finding a group that can support and encourage you

Links mentioned:

Inspired Retreat
Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence
Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer
Revelation Wellness Podcast

Where to find Deana:

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

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Nov 6, 2017

Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books including Own Your Life,The Lifegiving Home and Desperate with her daughter Sarah, and most recently, Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through conferences, resources, and books with Whole Heart Ministries. She has also advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences, speaking to audiences on several continents.

What we chat about:

  • How to build a Biblical family culture
  • Simple ways to encourage others 
  • Understanding the different seasons of motherhood
  • How to best love your difficult child
  • The ways your children benefit when you find grace for yourself
  • Starting conversations around the table
  • Making your home the "it" place to be for your kid's friends
  • Thrifty ways to make your house feel like a home

 

Links mentioned:

The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming
Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him

Where to find Sally:

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

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Oct 30, 2017

September McCarthy is the Founder and Hostess of the non-profit, Raising Generations Today; an author; wife to her "builder" and the mother of ten children.  Although as a parent she considers her primary responsibility to raise kingdom builders and world changers, as an individual God has called her "to encourage all women to be brave and to embrace the gifts that God has placed upon them to hand the torch of the Gospel to their family and those around them."

What we chat about:

  • What sparked her to start Raising Generations Today
  • The crux of motherhood - catch and release
  • Championing other mothers
  • The importance of filling your cup before it's empty
  • Recognizing your focus and determining if it matches your vision for motherhood
  • Understanding your children's love languages
  • Exposing your kids to your weaknesses
  • The differences in being purposeful and being consumed
  • Rules for communication during family meetings
  • How to struggle well with your kids when they refuse to listen

Links mentioned:

Why Motherhood Matters: An Invitation to Purposeful Parenting
{Why} Motherhood Matters Journal: Taking The Steps

Where to find September:

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

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