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The Struggle Well Project

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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

Connect with Hayley:

website | instagram | twitter

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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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

Connect with Sarah:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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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

Connect with Shannan:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter | pinterest

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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support the show:

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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

Ways to support the show:

Patreon
Amazon

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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

Connect with ELLIE:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter | youtube

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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support the show:

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Sep 17, 2018

Chantel Runnels is a wife to one and a mom to three. Her leadership path runs from the halls of hospitals, through offices of higher education and to the arenas of television networks and studios. She is currently a home educator, a consultant, and a doula.

What we chat about:

  • how and why Chantel lived on the road with her family of 5

  • challenging social and religious constructs

  • what keeps her grounded in her faith

  • how she responds to criticism of her out-of-the-box thinking

  • the value in listening to our elders

  • grieving the loss of your life before motherhood

  • letting go of perfection and letting God change us

Connect with Chantel:

instagram | twitter

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Sep 10, 2018

Teresa Swanstrom Anderson is living the life she thought she never wanted. With an art history degree and dreams of living in Europe as a curator, Teresa had big plans for herself. After a decision to lay her exciting plans at the feet of Christ, God began changing her heart little by little and began dating the man who eventually became her husband. Teresa’s life is a series of redirected dreams, stumbling, falling, getting up, and wondering if she is investing her time where it matters most. Through it all, she aims to see beauty everywhere and grasp joy tightly. And some days she actually manages to pull it off.

What we chat about:

  • Teresa's complicated and miraculous adoption story
  • making your home a sanctuary
  • finding your hygge
  • not letting your passion define your purpose
  • creating community
  • learning to wait well

Links mentioned:

Beautifully Interrupted

Connect with Teresa:

website | instagram | facebook | pinterest

Connect with Emily:

website I instagram I facebook I patreon

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Sep 3, 2018

Jamie Golden has been co-hosting The Popcast with Knox McCoy since August 2013. It is a nationally ranked, weekly pop culture podcast that’s part deep dive, mostly shallow end. Jamie and Knox also launched their newest podcast, The Bible Binge, in February of 2018. Season 1 wrapped in the top 3% of all podcasts. She makes her home in Birmingham, Alabama where she advocates for foster and adopted children serving as a volunteer for Heart Gallery Alabama and CASA. Jamie also helps people tell their own stories better by serving with Arc Stories, a local nonprofit.

What we chat about:

  • using humor as an evangelical tool
  • how enneagrams can help us better understand ourselves, others and our faith
  • managing ADD
  • Jamie's life as a full-time podcaster
  • skin care

Links mentioned:

Enneagram test
Asana
Cerave
The Road Back to You

The Path Between Us
Switch on Your Brain

Connect with Jamie:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter | pinterest

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Aug 30, 2018

This month we're tackling all the problems from picking out the perfect stroller to extreme wedding party expenses. Plus, Emily explains why you need to have a Newfie Poo and we've got an exciting update on Rebecky's book deal!

Links mentioned:

Common Sense Media
VidAngel

Ways to support the show:

Patreon
Amazon

Share the Struggle!

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Aug 27, 2018

Krystel Acevedo is a wife, mom, writer, and speaker.  She is an introvert who loves people and encourages them to take bold steps in their lives for Christ's sake.  She is, admittedly, still working out what that means in her life as well.

What we chat about:

  • dispelling stereotypes about immigrants
  • talking with your kids about difficult subjects
  • psychology and Christianity

Links mentioned:

How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects
Switch on Your Brain
Enneagram test
The Road Back to You
The Road Back to You Podcast
Typology Podcast
The Path Between Us

Connect with KRYSTEL:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

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Aug 20, 2018

Jess Connolly is a woman who wants to leave her generation more in awe of God than she found it. She is passionate about family, God's Word, and seeing women take their place in the Kingdom. She loves communicating, coffee, color, and the local church. She and her husband Nick live in Charleston, SC where they've planted Bright City Church. They have four wild and hilarious kids: Elias, Gloriana, Benjamin, and Cannon. They also have an unruly dog named Deacon.

What we chat about:

  • how her gift of being a prophet affects the way she teaches
  • why she and her husband felt called to start a church
  • Jess' struggle with being an intense person
  • the transition from your kids feeling like work to feeling like family
  • the benefits of allowing your kids to experience some of the darkness in the world
  • being available for your children without prying into their lives
  • the freedom of accepting that you are not enough to raise your children
  • a different perspective on the Kardashians

Links mentioned:

All Good Things Collective
Enneagram test
The Five-Fold Ministry Test

Connect with Jess:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter | pinterest

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Aug 13, 2018

Jessica Honegger is a pioneer. As founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, the world’s largest fair-trade jewelry company, she has created a new breed of social entrepreneurship that empowers women, connects cultures, and celebrates handmade beauty. Her path to award-winning business leader was anything but traditional: from serving as a midwife in Bolivia, to earning her Master’s degree in Education, to renovating and selling houses in Austin, Texas, Jessica has followed her heart down several paths, gaining once-in-a-lifetime experiences that all still guide her decisions today. A mom to three, she is also a passionate adoption advocate who initially launched Noonday Collection to help raise the needed funds to bring her and her husband’s third child home. Jessica shares her story, along with heartening encouragement, in her compelling new book, Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared, available August 14, 2018.

What we chat about:

  • Jessica's calling and struggle to adopt her son from Rwanda
  • the beginnings of Noonday
  • how to let your calling spur you to action instead of causing shame
  • shifting your focus from what the world owes you to what you can offer to the world
  • how Jessica has seen lives changed at home and abroad through Noonday
  • tips on organizing jewelry 
  • the power of shared experiences with your family

Links mentioned:

Ep. 117: Unshakeable with Christine Caine
Going Scared Podcast
The Anatomy of the Soul
The Soul of Shame
The Giving Keys
Hotel Rwanda
MyFitnessPal
Noonday
Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

Connect with Jessica:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

Episode Sponsors:

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Ways to support the show:

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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!

Aug 6, 2018

Kelly Sites is a wife and mom to 19-year-old twins who she homeschooled all the way through high school. She has been a registered nurse for 20 years and has worked as an international disaster response nurse with Samaritan's Purse since 2010. She has deployed over 13 times to disasters around the world, including the Cholera outbreak in Haiti, tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes.  She deployed twice to Liberia to care for Ebola patients, Iraq twice to work in a mobile field hospital outside of Mosul where they cared for trauma patients including ISIS soldiers. Most recently she was in Bangladesh for a diphtheria outbreak in a refugee camp filled with close to a million Rohingya refugees.

What we chat about:

  • advice for moms of twins
  • how and why Kelly decided to become an international disaster response nurse
  • how her work schedule has taught her to be more intentional with her time
  • recognizing if the cost of your career on your family is too high
  • how being in disaster areas abroad has changed her perspective on "need" at home
  • how her experiences have helped shape her family
  • what it looks like to be a disaster response nurse
  • adjusting to everyday life after experiencing trauma
  • responding to criticism that she's away too often

Resources on suffering:

A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard by Kara Tippetts
Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller
A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada
How God Can Allow So Much Evil and Suffering from Focus on the Family
The Truth about Suffering and the Believer (video sermon)

Links mentioned:

Samaritan's Purse
The Happy Hour with Jamie  Ivey
The Popcast with Knox and Jamie
Serial
Dirty John

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Ways to support the show:

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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!

Jul 30, 2018

This girl is authentic. She is honest and not afraid to speak up about her struggles because she knows that's how others can know they are not alone. She's my kind of girl. You're going to love hearing her share her heart towards mothering in particular and life in general. I know I did!

What We Chat About:

  • the difference between willfulness, willlessness, and willingness
  • how sometimes going to the park is the very WORST
  • how she combats loneliness in motherhood
  • practical steps to make home a safe place

Connect with Anjuli:

instagram 

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Jul 23, 2018

Some of us are able to tell stories eloquently. Some of our stories have rough places that can seem too dark to overcome. My friend Amber's story is both; incredibly difficult AND beautifully told. She is a gifted storyteller with a story of forgiveness and grace that will knock your socks off. Or, since it's summer, maybe just knock your flip-flops across the room.

What We Chat About:

  • What it's like when no one believes your story
  • Grieving abortion
  • Practically taking thoughts captive
  • Amber's 5 minute "Hey Jesus" time-out sessions

Links Mentioned:

Save the Storks
Amber's Save the Storks Video
Scripture Doodle

Connect with Amber: 

shop // instagram // facebook // twitter

Episode Sponsors:

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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!

Jul 16, 2018

Jim and Lynne have worked in the trenches with parents of all kinds – single parents, adoptive parents, parents of teens, parents of kids with intense behavior challenges, parents in blended families, parents of wealth and parents in poverty, and any other kind of parent you can think of. In other words, they have a lot of experience!  You're going to get a lot out of this chat. Grab a pen and paper!

What We Chat About:

  • The result of believing half-truths
  • How to make a plan to deal with the problem behavior
  • The identity messages we accidentally communicate to our kids

Links Mentioned:

12 Misbehaviors and the God-given Gifts Beneath Them
Discipline that Connects Parenting Course 
Discipline that Connects Book

Connect with Jim and Lynne:

Connected Families // Instagram // Facebook

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Ways to support the show:

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Jul 9, 2018

Loss, disappointment, and fear of the unknown have marked Ellie's journey of wrestling through and coming to firmly believe in God’s faithfulness. Her new album Red Sea Road is clearly written as an act of obedience to sing in the middle of the heartbreak.  I loved the heart behind this album so much I wanted to share Ellie with you guys today!

What we chat about:

  • The benefits and most of working in the music industry
  • When you SWEAR you won't do something but God has other plans
  • Sorting out your first identity in Christ
  • Offering repentance to your kids

Links mentioned:

Connect with Ellie:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter

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Jul 2, 2018

Brandi is a single mom who was just sure God wouldn't use her after she was divorced. She wanted to help people but kept being told her usefulness had ended. She believed it until she sold some cows on Facebook. You'll just have to listen to the rest to believe this amazing story!

What We Chat About:

  • How she ended up starting a nonprofit despite her best efforts NOT to
  • How she healed from a broken marriage and the loss of other significant relationships
  • How she walks traumatized women through healing prayer

Links Mentioned:

Turn My Mourning into Dancing
Half the Sky

Connect with Brandi:

blog | instagram | facebook

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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!

Jun 28, 2018

In this life-changing episode we chat about vegetables, small-group struggles, and Rebecca's dirty fingernails.  There's also a moment where we thought she might be getting mugged but (spoiler alert) it was just a misunderstanding.  

Then in the end we busted out with some news that we hadn't shared before which was fun and also nerve-wracking!  Hope you enjoy it!

Jun 28, 2018

This week we're reading John 5:1-9.
Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

How can we learn to struggle well based on this passage?

  • Ask yourself if you truly want God to change you.
  • Ask God why you're alone. Is this for just a season or are you not making an effort?

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Jun 25, 2018

Originally an East Coast native, Heather Creekmore is a church planter/pastor’s wife living in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Through her ministry, Compared to Who?, Heather speaks and writes to encourage Christian women who struggle with body image and comparison. Heather’s passion is seeing women set free from all that holds them back from finding their true purpose in Christ.

In her free time, Heather homeschools their four children—ages 6 to 11, drives the soccer practice shuttle, competes on Netflix reality baking shows, and breaks grammar rules.

What we chat about:

  • why Heather changed her mind about homeschooling
  • her appearance on the Netflix series Nailed It
  • mom hacks for family road trips
  • what lead Heather to write a book about comparisons, body image, and self-esteem
  • how our innate need for acceptance can become an unhealthy addiction
  • what most people miss about the story of Rachel and Leah
  • understanding that God designed our appearance to suit our calling
  • reconciling the adages of being beautiful because we're beautiful in God's eyes and that it's what on the inside that counts
  • the power in identifying and acknowledging sin as sin

Links mentioned:

Nailed It
Dr. Axe Multi Collagen Protein
Dang Coconut Chips
The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

Connect with Heather:

website | instagram | facebook | pinterest | youtube

Episode Sponsors:

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Share the Struggle!

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Jun 18, 2018

Meet Nika Spaulding, a dynamic force with boundless energy. As the Director of Women’s Equipping and Curriculum at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Nika produces the curriculum for her Bible studies for women of all ages. She successfully balances her love of shepherding women with her love of theology. Her classes of more than 500 women are centered around God’s Word, which is sure to transform and inspire those in her care.

What we chat about:

  • why diversity is so important to Nika and to God
  • starting hard conversations with people of color
  • awareness of the racial injustices in the system
  • how white people can advocate for minorities
  • why is knowing Theology important
  • the definition of "apologetics"

Links mentioned:

Divided by Faith
Be the Bridge
Whiteness 101
Truth's Table Podcast
Sandra Glahn's  Coffee Cup series
New Morning Mercies
The Village Church podcast
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)
Black Panther

Connect with Nika:

instagram | twitter 

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Jun 14, 2018

This week we're reading John 4:46-54.
Read along at Bible.com or download the free YouVersion Bible app.

How can we learn to struggle well based on this passage?

  • Reading Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
  • Taking God at His word, without asking for proof
  • Examing what  you truly believe about God's capabilities and His heart attitude towards you
  • Speaking out loud the things that you're believing God to provide
Jun 11, 2018

Kevin Madsen and his wife Trisha are the team behind HeyDad, a new subscription box for Dads and kids. Kevin attended UCLA and has spent most of his career in the tech world. He is married to his best friend Trisha, and they have three wonderful psychotic children, Gideon (6), Julien (4), and Josie (almost 2). Kevin also hosts a podcast about Dad life (The HeyDad Podcast) with his two brothers and their best friend.

Get $10 off your first HeyDad box using the promo code MSW

What we chat about:

  • what lead Kevin to start HeyDad 
  • orienting activities with your kids that keep you engaged
  • how HeyDad boxes help create quality time with your kids without having to do a lot of planning
  • creating a healthy work/life balance by publically setting work boundaries
  • debunking the myth that there's a certain "formula" for dealing with our kids' struggles
  • the inspiration behind the HeyDad podcast

Links mentioned:

Sara Groves "Setting Up the Pins"
Google Duplex Demo
Ugly Delicious
The Greatest Showman
Red Rising

Connect with Kevin:

website // podcast // instagram // twitter

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Tommy John: use the link and get 20% off your first order
BioClarity: get your first month half off + free shipping with code MSW
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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!

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