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The Struggle Well Project

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Feb 18, 2019

I feel overwhelmed by housework. My brain can’t seem to process monotonous tasks like de-cluttering. There is a HUGE difference between how I want my house to look and how it looks right now.

Dana K. White is an author, podcaster, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) a decluttering expert. In a desperate attempt to get her own home under control, Dana started blogging as "Nony" (short for anonymous) at A Slob Comes Clean in 2009. Today, Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy in her books: Decluttering at the Speed of Life and How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. Dana lives with her husband and three kids just outside of Dallas, Texas. Oh, and she's funny.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • our fascinating backstory

  • how Dana’s life changed when she came clean about her biggest shame

  • what has changed in Dana’s life and in her spirit since decluttering

  • the difference between a person with clutter and a hoarder

  • a practical solution to your Tupperware lid dilemma

LINKS MENTIONED:

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
Decluttering at the Speed of Life
A Slob Comes Clean podcast
Cascade dishwasher pods
Broken Harts podcast

CONNECT WITH Dana:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Feb 11, 2019

I don’t even have a place to BE in this house! What am I even going for design-wise?

These are valid and we are here to help! Struggling Sisters are at it again talking about how to make your house into a sanctuary with our organization tips plus ideas on how to make your very own most-favorite spot. Em shares how hard it is to wake up in the mornings and how she likes to live by lamp light most hours of the day. Katie makes fun of Emily accordingly and all is right in the land of the Struggling Sisters. Enjoy!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • clarification about the future of the podcast and an update on Emily’s job search

  • Katie’s plan to become both a Starbucks Grand Master Coffee Ninja AND a college graduate

  • cheap ways to improve your home

  • our favorite spots in our homes

  • the non-negotiables of house cleaning

  • our design styles according to HGTV

  • tips to keep clutter from piling up

LINKS MENTIONED:

Cozy Minimalist Home
HGTV Design Personality Quiz

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Feb 4, 2019

Sarah Bragg is a popular host and communicator. You can find her on iTunes hosting the podcasts Are My Kids On Track and Surviving SarahHer book titled Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves helps young women find their value in the One who made them. Sarah has a long career of working in ministry and has helped launch several ministry curriculums for Orange during that time. And while she seems to be a master at brewing coffee, cheering for others and surviving life, she has an actual masters degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Sarah and her husband, Scott, and their daughters, Sinclair and Rory, reside in Marietta, Georgia.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what it’s been like for Sarah to be the wife of an entrepreneur

  • “selective hearing” when it comes to your husband’s barrage of ideas

  • coping with the loss of a friendship

  • making your house a home, even if it’s temporary

  • not allowing our identity and self-worth to be tethered to people’s opinions

  • self-acceptance and the acceptance of others

LINKS MENTIONED:

Rising Strong
Oprah’s Master Class podcast
What About Bob?
Lion Coffee

CONNECT WITH SARAH:

website | instagram | facebook | youtube

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jan 28, 2019

Do you worry that you’re messing your kids up when it comes to body image? Maybe YOU feel a little messed up when it comes to body image. That’s where Rebecky and I come in. We are here to solve all of the body problems and let you know that we feel a little messed up too. These are the things we are sure of: nakedness can be used to repel children when you need a moment alone, “boring” meal preps are some peoples bag and finally, this is 100% the best episode we’ve recorded yet.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • when should you stop being naked in front of your children

  • ways to help instill a healthy body image for your daughter

  • tips on how to feel more confident in a bathing suit

  • the never-ending struggle to find time and motivation to work out

  • Rebecky’s solution to her Double Stuffed Oreo cravings

  • easy, portable healthy lunches

LINKS MENTIONED:

Lime Ricki
maddy_gutierrez_
ashley_dorough

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Jan 21, 2019

Have you been caught up comparing yourself to others? Are you finding LITTLE imperfections in yourself and feeling inadequate in a BIG way? Shoot girl, you forgot your worth AGAIN! Body image is tri-cky and you are not alone in this struggle.

Meet Kara. She is the mastermind behind Wellness Witness, a program that helps women on their journey towards better health: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She is a gifted champion for wellness who married her best friend and became a Mama to two. She’s also got a WILD golden doodle puppy named Boone and a 4-year old rescue dog named Bailey.

As a Cancer Survivor, Kara wants to do everything she can to take care of her body so that she never has to hear the words “You have Cancer” again. She plays the bass guitar, sings in a worship band at church and used to work as a school counselor. God has called Kara into leading ministry full-time at Wellness Witness and as a certified Revelation Wellness Instructor.

Kara is wise beyond her years in the wellness field and has a lot to offer us in this short chat. Let’s not chase after that perfect body every day. It’s a mirage creating exhausted and discontent. Let’s LOVE the body we have been given and have a little fun with wellness along the way!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the story behind Wellness Witness and how it’s evolved

  • measuring results by obedience

  • how God has used Kara’s “mess” to meet other women where they are

  • the truth that you don’t have to have it figured out, you just have to keep trying

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

CONNECT WITH KARA:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter | youtube

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jan 14, 2019

It’s body month (Have you downloaded the printable yet?) and in this episode, Katie and I are talking all things kitchen including our kitchen irritations and habits as well as tips and tricks for getting our kids involved in the kitchen. We also share a few of our favorite recipes and stories from our childhood.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • music we like to listen to while we’re in the kitchen

  • things we do to keep our kids involved in the kitchen

  • tips for hosting dinner parties

  • our favorite kitchen memories

  • what we dislike about being in the kitchen

LINKS MENTIONED:

Egg Slicer
Nom Nom Paleo Instant Pot Carnitas
Emily’s Party Punch
Sonoma Chicken Salad
Whole Foods Market Cookbook

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jan 7, 2019

It’s not called the “witching hour” for no reason. Dinnertime comes to the Thomas house daily and with it comes crying and drama (and sometimes my kids are upset too…). I got a lot out of this chat and I hope you do as well!

Polly is a wife, mother, blogger, foodie, money-saver, animal-lover, and freezer cooking evangelist. She has a heart for equipping and encouraging young moms and women to thrive in their homes. Her blogging journey began when she and Rachel Tiemeyer founded Thrivinghomeblog.com and found that blogging and writing has not only kept her mind sharp during these foggy-sleep-deprived years but has also served as a much-needed creative outlet. Polly is a go-getter, project manager, sometimes a bit too honest, hard-working mom who enjoys a challenge... and a strong mocha with extra whip on the hard days.

What we chat about:

  • the story behind Polly and Rachel’s freezer cookbook, From Freezer to Table

  • building community while meal prepping

  • letting go of the expectations you had for your kids and embracing who they are

  • how nurturing her child’s ADHD has affected their relationship

Links mentioned:

Thriving Home
From Freezer to Table
Loving the Little Years
Shoe Dog
Hellbound on His Trail
Libby
Thriving Home recipe tester team

Connect with Polly:

website | instagram | facebook | pinterest

Connect with Emily:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Dec 24, 2018

“It’s impossible to connect with my teenager!” “My child is only 9, we aren’t battling teen issues yet.” “My relationship with the Father doesn’t REALLY impact my relationship with my kids.”

In the words of the great Dwight Schrute: FALSE! In this chat, Drew helps us understand how to approach hurdles with the teens we love.

Drew Hill is the author of Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel. He is also a pastor in Greensboro, NC and serves on the mission-wide leadership team for Young Life. Drew received his BA in Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He is married to Natalie and they have three children: Honey, Hutch, and Macy Heart.

What we chat about:

  • Drew’s book Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel and his heart to connect teens and parents

  • what Drew learned through the book writing process

  • making sure our teens understand loving them is not contractual

  • extending grace and not projecting our fear of failure on our teens’ behavior

  • the myth that sharing with our mistakes with our teens will break their trust

  • care vs. cure mindset

  • practical ways to connect with your teens

Links mentioned:

It’s Not About the Nail
The Tech-Wise Family

Connect with Drew:

website | twitter

Connect with Emily:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Dec 17, 2018

Christmas is just a week away - are you feeling frazzled? Don’t worry, we are too. Fortunately, we’re here to solve your holiday problems from contentious in-laws to all those annoying toys your kids will get this year. We also weigh the pros and cons or real vs. artificial Christmas trees and tackle the age-old question - what do you do when your mom won’t let you stop delivering angel food cake to strangers? It’s a real conundrum.

What we chat about:

  • feeling frazzled

  • Rebecky’s first real Christmas tree

  • what to do when your mom won’t let you stop delivering angel food cake to strangers

  • navigating holidays with your in-laws

  • when your kids get unnecessary/annoying toys

  • how to approach your family about changing tradition

  • confronting your family when sarcasm becomes hurtful

  • splitting time between families

Links mentioned:

Sleeping at Last Enneagram songs
The Road Back to You

Connect with Rebecky:

website | instagram

Connect with Emily:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Dec 10, 2018

Is your family weird/amazing/loud/embarrassing/picky? Or at least one of those things? Us too!

The Struggling Sisters talk about strange (and accidentally true crime) family traditions that Em found on the interwebs and we divulge the traditions we have started with our own families. We also did an extensive quiz to find out which Disney family we are. These are the facts: Katie’s family yells, Emily’s family can’t stand DiGiorno and hearing about serial killer families just plain makes us feel better about our own family situations.

What we chat about:

  • Katie’s Russian accent tips

  • unusual family traditions

  • Thomas family traditions including movie nights, Family Day and Emily making her daughter do math for Valentine’s Day

  • Katie’s Elf on the Shelf adventures

  • some things we’re starting, some we’re stopping and some things we’re going to keep doing

Links mentioned:

120-Year-Old Wedding Dress
Milestone Blessing Bowl
Mom and Dad are Fighting podcast
The Wondering Years
Bananagrams
Guess Who
Story Cubes
Jenga
Farkle
Uno Attack
Giant Uno
Playing Card Holder

Connect with Katie:

instagram

Connect with Emily:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Dec 3, 2018

Do you frequent the parenting shame cycle? Could you use tips on how to genuinely engage with teenagers? How can you help your children choose quality friendships?

Kimberly Stuart grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where she learned to be snobbish about corn on the cob and good storytelling. She earned degrees at St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa, both fine institutions that did very little to prepare her for the lethal cocktail of parenting and writing. Kim is the author of eight novels, including the Heidi Elliott series and her most recent book, Heart Land. She has a passion to write chemistry-driven, smart, romance that requires a reader neither to leave her brain at the door nor to visit a confessional after turning the last page. Kim has made her home in Minneapolis, Houston, Chicago, Costa Rica, Nebraska, and Iowa, where she now lives with her brave husband and three wily children.

What we chat about:

  • how to help your kids when they’re choosing friends

  • using empathy to help create a safe space for your kids

  • how to extend grace to yourself when you’ve said way too much

  • weird things we’ve done when we’ve met famous people

  • super niche documentaries

Links mentioned:

Pucker Up
Heart Land
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
Binnie’s Butter

Connect with Kim Stuart:

website | instagram | facebook

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Nov 26, 2018

Could you use practical tips on how to find your identity outside of motherhood? What can you do to not feel old or out of touch with your ideal style? Are there things you had to put down because of adulting but would like to rediscover?

Identity can be a complex and vast concept, but we actually managed to come up with some great tips!

What we chat about:

  • Rebecky’s birth story and an update on her ill-timed bathroom remodel

  • maintaining an identity separate from motherhood

  • Emily reveals she’s the Al Bundy of pianists

  • Tips to help us all feel less haggish

  • Making a “you” journal to help you figure out what you actually like

  • Purpose vs. identity

Connect with Rebecky:

website | instagram

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Nov 19, 2018

“Passionate Patience” and “Financial Foreplay” are coming up today, so buckle up! Have you ever considered how intertwined sex and money are in your marriage? This fascinating conversation Cherie Lowe outlines how to save money and improve your love life. This conversation is jam-packed with info you’re going to want to put in place!

What we chat about:

  • You’re bringing a covered dish to a party. Is it a potluck? A pitch-in? A “pot blessing”? (I may have made up that last one.)

  • Finding some wiggle room in your budget

  • Cherie’s journey to be debt-free

  • How paying off debt has affected her children

  • Forming a healthy relationship with money

  • How learning to manage money can lead to better intimacy in your marriage (a.k.a. “financial foreplay”)

  • Cheap and practical date nights

  • The VND (values, needs, dreams) approach to your social calendar

  • Attaching money to our identity

  • Embracing each other’s strengths when it comes to budgeting

  • Shopping strategies and couponing

Links mentioned:

Your Money, Your Marriage
YourMoneyYourMarriage.com
QueenOfFree.net
HotWire.com
BetterBidding.com
Ebates
Swagbucks
Cartwheel
Meijer Perks
Walmart Savings Catcher
Shopkick
Formula 10.0.06

Connect with Cherie:

website | instagram | facebook | pinterest | youtube

Connect with Emily:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Nov 12, 2018

Do you ever feel inadequate because you don’t know enough? Do you tell yourself you’re too behind to ever catch up? In this episode with Katie, we discuss her recent decision to follow Jesus and the identity questions she still wrestles with. We do official internet “research” (via online quizzes) to drill down to our true identities as well. What we discovered is: the concept of identity is a hard one to wrangle and we all wonder if we’re on the right track from time to time.

What we chat about:

  • defining true identity

  • what it really means to “find our identity in Christ”

  • how to believe the truth in what God says about us instead of the lies we tell ourselves

Links mentioned:

Which sandwich are you?
What should your name actually be?
Your personality in images
Bripe
Baked in Vermont
Bee onesie

Connect with Katie:

instagram

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website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Nov 7, 2018

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life. 

Subscribe today at wondery.fm/struggle

Nov 5, 2018

Do you think you might need counseling, but don’t know where to start or even if it’s okay to get help? Ann has got answers.

Ann Taylor McNiece is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a wife, a mom, a daughter, and a friend. Over the past few years, she has worked in the schools with kids of all ages, in private practice with individuals and couples, and in a community mental health agency where she served low-income clients and family reunifying after problems with child abuse. Her passion is to help women understand the truth about their hearts and souls and to help couples get to the heart of their marriages. 

What we chat about:

  • signs that it’s time to seek a professional counselor

  • dispelling the stigma that it’s not okay for Christians to get counseling and/or medication

  • how to find a counselor that is the right fit for you

  • identifying issues with food obsession and body issues

  • what to say to a friend who you believe would benefit from counseling

Links mentioned:

Postpartum network
Psychology Today
The Intentional Family

Connect with Ann:

website | facebook

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website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Nov 1, 2018

Excited to kick off our first-ever Struggle Well Project Focus! Interestingly, as I studied the concept of identity, I got very involved in the study of icebergs…I know. It’s odd. Just stay with me here. I promise it is interesting.

If you aren’t on the newsletter list yet and you don’t have the printable, head to strugglewellproject.com/identity and we will get that right out to you!

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Oct 29, 2018

I enjoy pop culture AND Christianity. Did you know this can be a thing?

Knox McCoy loves laughing and making people laugh. Really anything that’s laughter-adjacent, he’s into. He’s also super into the word “swashbuckling” and his dream is to one day use it in a bio. Knox began podcasting in 2011 as a way to talk more about popular culture, and to his extreme surprise, he’s still doing it every week on The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. As a resident of the South, Knox’s heritage is to enjoy football and barbecue, and he does so with great passion. He also enjoys zombie movies, police procedurals, and a good Netflix binge.

Knox lives with his wife and three kids in Birmingham, Alabama where he works as a screenwriter and as the swashbuckling co-founder of The Popcast Media Group. (Dreams really can come true.)

What we chat about:

  • learning from uncomfortable conversations

  • how pop culture informs Knox’s faith

  • teaching kids the gospel with care

  • questioning God

Links mentioned:

The Popcast with Knox & Jamie
The Bible Binge
The Wondering Years
Shoe Dog
Succession
Killing Eve

Connect with Knox:

website | instagram | twitter

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Oct 22, 2018

Amanda Bible Williams likes words and books more than just about anything. She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English, nearly a master’s in religion, and a deep love for a farmhouse east of Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their four children. Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth, Amanda spends her days happily rearranging sentences and explaining that her maiden name really is Bible. She is the co-author of She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away and a general editor of the newly released She Reads Truth Bible

What we chat about:

  • how Amanda is struggling well through a very difficult season

  • why you should read the Bible

  • how She Reads Truth is different than your typical Bible study

Links mentioned:

She Reads Truth
Lauren Daigle Look Up Child

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Oct 18, 2018

Fall is here are we’re solving all of your Halloween headaches like picking a couples costume, appropriate trick or treat age limits and handing out candy. We also determine when it’s appropriate to start watching Hallmark Christmas movies and tackle the challenge of getting your kids to wear winter clothes. And our friendship is tested when Rebecky reveals she doesn't like pumpkin spice flavored anything. WHAT?!

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Oct 15, 2018

Hayley Morgan is a writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur who inspires women to know what is true about God and themselves. Her first book called Wild and Free, co-written with Jess Connolly, was published in May 2016 and quickly became a USA Today Bestseller. She currently runs the women's boutique Nellie Taft, named after an American First Lady and featuring all Made in the USA products. You can often find her cross-legged on the floor of an art supply store debating between the merits of five different shades of green paint.

What we chat about:

  • how pivots are not failures

  • the story of Hayley’s two companies - Nellie Taft and Wildly Co.

  • creating a hospitable environment to get her adolescent boys to open up

  • identifying the bad news you tell yourself and silencing it

Links mentioned:

Nellie Taft
Wildly Co.
Cup of Jo
Preach to Yourself

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Oct 8, 2018

Sarah Clarkson is an author, a blogger, and a student of theology. She's the author of Read for the Heart, Caught Up in a Story, and Journeys of Faithfulness, as well as her latest titled, Book Girl (a Woman's Guide to the Reading Life). Through blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the theological significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty. She writes regularly about her adventures at sarahclarkson.com and is at slow work on a novel. She can often be found with a cup of good coffee in one of the many quaint corners amid Oxford's "dreaming spires," where she lives in a red-doored cottage with her husband, Thomas and their daughter, Lilian.

What we chat about:

  • how studying theology and theodicy has affected Sarah’s faith

  • believing that God is still good when circumstances are bad

  • battling to take every thought captive when dealing with OCD

  • the power of words and encouragement for new readers

  • God’s faithfulness in the valley of loneliness

Links mentioned:

The Great Divorce
J.R.R. Tolkien
Elizabeth Goudge
Pilgrim’s Inn
Wendell Barry
Hannah Coulter
Clark’s Shoes

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Oct 1, 2018

Wouldn’t it be amazing if life didn’t include loss? Sometimes we love things so much the idea of letting them go feels like it might be the end of us. If you are walking through a season of surrender (voluntary or forced) or if this season has been one of suffering for you, you’re going to find comfort in Shannan’s story. If you long for a community but don’t know how to get it, you are in for a treat with this episode as well! Shannan has a compelling story of how she has formed a ragtag group of family-turned-friends. I got so much out of this conversation and I know you will too!

What we chat about:

  • when struggles with infertility don’t result in the birth of a child

  • Shannan’s story of how God rescued her from the life she wanted

  • building community with people who are unlike you

  • why we should make being around people who make us uncomfortable a priority

  • maintaining hope when you see people in your community repeat harmful patterns

  • the power of simply showing up

Links mentioned:

The Ministry of Ordinary Places
Falling Free
Ugly Delicious

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Sep 29, 2018

Happy September! This month we’re solving everything from coping with your kids growing out of the baby phase to wishing your kids would grow up. Also binge eating, high school hazing, closet organization, and farting Birkenstocks. Trust us. We’re experts (basically).

Links mentioned:

Wellness Revelation
Alisa Keeton
Revelation Wellness Podcast
House Peace

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Sep 24, 2018

Ellie Holcomb has created a beautiful, scripture rooted, children’s musical project Sing: Creation Songs. She wanted to write songs that were directly inspired by both God’s word and His beautiful creation that is a perfect companion piece to her upcoming children’s book Who Sang The First Song?. Each song is tied to specific Scripture but is also full of rich imagery from the world around us. She wanted kids to be able to sing these songs and see evidence of what they were singing all around them. 

“Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to sing, so I got curious about who sang the first song. What did the world sound like as God created it? I loved these questions, so I set out to write a book so that we could explore not so much how God made the world, but why He created the world and each one of us. My sincere hope is that children (and the adults reading to them) would be reminded of who and whose we are, and that as we remember how God created us and loves us, our hearts and lives would sing for the joy of being loved!”

What we chat about:

  • Ellie’s humble beginnings in music

  • how letting go and being grateful changed the trajectory of Ellie’s life

  • avoiding comparisons tending the land that God has given you

  • setting boundaries to prevent over-extending yourself

  • the freedom that can only be found in truth

  • the inspiration behind Ellie’s new music and children’s book

Links mentioned:

The Best Yes
Sleeping at Last “One”
Sleeping at Last Podcast
Sing: Creation Songs
Who Sang The First Song?
Unkers
Every Moment Holy

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