On this podcast, we talk about our real life every day Faith and what it means to live out our beliefs in a consistent practical way. Each of us come from different backgrounds and denominations but one of the things we have common is our commitment to prayer.
On episode 32 of the podcast called making time for friends, Noelle shared with us how beneficial it is to get away with friends who love Jesus. In fact, she said it was one of the most spiritual things you can do. We used to think that friendships should form organically and would grow if they were meant to, but I was wrong. While a handle of relationships do form naturally, longevity and depth in a relationship are developed by intention.
One of my favorite things to do it read by the pool. You don’t have to have be by the pool to enjoy a good book but you do have to have… well, a good book. Join us as we talk about the books we have been reading, why we recommend them, and what’s next on our list.
We have asked our friends of the show to join us and let us know what they are reading and throughout the show, we’ll be hearing from them too.
As women, we spend a lot of our time nurturing others. Sometimes that can leave us worn out and run down. The answer? Self Care. It is not a selfish act but rather the way we steward the life we have been given. When we take care of ourselves we are ultimately better women, wives, and moms.
Both care and comfort are necessary. Today we are discussing the benefits and differences of both and how we incorporate them into our lives.
In today’s culture, when asked how we are doing, we often reply “busy”. It’s the excuse we use when we are late or to explain why we haven’t called, emailed, or stayed in touch. The thing is, we are legitimately busy. However, life there is one thing that is missing from our active schedule. And that’s margin. Today we are talking about why it is so important it is, what embracing it will change, and how we can incorporate it into our lives.
Speaking life and positive words over ourselves and others are one of the most powerful things we can do. However, it is not uncommon for us to speak our mind too quickly, make comments we regret, or even leave compliments unsaid.
Today we are talking about why words matter and how we can use them for good.
While we might not like to admit it, but prayer can sometimes feel like a chore. We’re tired, we’re busy and it’s just one more thing to add to our list. If are we are doing it with any kind of consistency it can become boring if we do it the same way, with the same words every day. Let me assure you, you don’t have to feel guilty about this every relationship needs intention and creativity to stay fresh… our prayer life and relationship with God is no different.
On the show today we’re talking with special guest Kristen Kill about selah—the pause, rest, or interlude between the notes in a song. More than merely an empty space, Selah is a holy shift, a pause, and a reorientation. It is a gift from God even in our busiest places. Join us as we dig a little deeper into what it really means to find rest.
When the Creator of the Universe made us in His image He gave us all of us the ability to create. No matter what it is you do with the gifts and talents you have been given creativity takes inspiration, as well as time and intention. Today Kimberly will share with us what she has learned about the art and discipline of writing, plus the five steps she takes to live more creatively.
Back in episode 40 we started the discussion on values. We talked about what they are and why they’re important. We also gave you a simple framework for discovering yours. However, values are meaningless unless they are translated into simple, practical behaviors or steps that you can take every day.
Many of us struggle with body image issues. It doesn't help that our society puts a lot of pressure on how we should look, how we should feel, what we should eat… We tend to concentrate more on what others think than on what really matters for us. Then, if life gets busy we go with the flow, forget ourselves, and disconnect from our bodies altogether.
We can break out of that cycle when we begin to explore what activities make us come alive and place value on them.
I absolutely love the summer. And as the days get warmer, I start to build lists and create expectations for what it will bring. In my mind, I have endless time and resources to do what I want to do. However, my reality is slightly different than what I have conjured up in my head. But that doesn't mean I have to let the next few months be a disappointment. Building on the conversation we have last June on the podcast we have gathered today to talk about what we have learned in summers past and how to make the most of the summer this year.
Join us and special guest, Elisa Pulliam, as we talk about social media, why it’s contributing to miscommunication and misunderstanding among generations. and how we can overcome it. She believes It’s time to be #socialFREE for our own emotional and spiritual sanity, and so we can model healthy usage in our families and relationships. Let’s use it a tool to manage life instead of it managing us.
Around this time last year, Kimberly Coyle wrote a post called One Small Way to Steward Your Life Well. In it, she talks about how easy it is to fall into the trap of now and encourages her readers to dream, plan, and read their ideas into being. All the while reminding us to live in the present... but also to plan well for the future. Her post challenged us to consider what it actually means to steward my ideas, desires, and talents and consider what it takes to start something well.
If you are anything like us, you’ve been a victim of comparison. As women, we have a tendency to size ourselves up, measure someone else by your own standards only to conclude after observation and the collection of just a few facts that we’re inferior or superior to them.
Whether we feel better or worse about ourselves after the comparison, it rarely leads to humility, which pleases God. Comparison robs us of joy and wastes precious energy focusing on ourselves rather than the people who have been put in our lives to serve.
We are tackling the ugly game of comparison and sharing some of the ways we have overcome it.
If you been around the podcast for a while you know we love to talk about relationships and how crucial it is to be intentional in them. For relationships to flourish it’s important to connect. We do that by listening and being heard, giving and receiving love, being concerned for one another, and coming alongside each other in the journey of life. In this episode we will be exploring the Connect Before You Correct concept and how it can be helpful in parenting our children. This applies to all relationships.
Back in episode 34 we talked about Why You Should Celebrate Your Friends. Noelle our friendship expert, Elise, our self professed party girl, and me talked about the benefits of celebrating those that matter in our life. Since each of us love a good celebration we thought it would be fun to get together and do a deep dive into what we think makes a good party. We’ll be talking our favorite parties and what we do to get ready for one.
Back in Episode 36, we talked about Non-negotiables and why there are important in your every day. Naming your non-negotiables is a great start to living an intentional life However in this week's episode we are going to take it a step further and talk about core values.
Many of life's decisions are determined by what we value most. Knowing your values and intentionally honoring them in your life will give you a sense of purpose. When you identify your values and intentionally make them a part of your life you will feel confident that your life is not a result of “going with the flow”.
You heard us say time and time again on the podcast that relationships thrive with intentionality. In previous episodes we’ve talked about making time for our friends, our spouse, now we're talking about how to make time for our kids. We're not talking about the kind of time where you drive your kids where have to be, or time spent watch their sporting events, or band concerts, or even volunteering at their school. We're talking about real relationship and connection.