Unhurried Grace: Finding Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty Pt. 2 (Podcast 210)

May 13th, 2021

To say that we live in uncertain times feels like a massive understatement. What we are wanting, even more than that...what we are NEEDING... is hope. Not false hope. Not hope based on lies, but REAL hope. Hope that is eternal and unchanging, a place to firmly plant our feet in the midst of uncertainty.

Today we are going to visit Jeremiah who, in the midst of uncertainty and hopelessness poured his heart out to God. It's here that we have a point of entry into the suffering of God's people, Israel, that helps us face the darkest aspects of our own human experience and find hope.

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Mentoring Moments: Let’s Do This Together (Podcast 209)

May 9th, 2021

I've learned much in my 31 years of marriage and 30 years of parenting. I've transitioned into a new season and so many of the same questions I had when I started my journey as a wife and mom are needing to be asked again:

What does it look like to be a godly wife in this season? 

What does it look like to be a godly mom in this season?

How do I prioritize my days?

As I revisit these, I am reminded of God's unchanging heart for us as wives and moms! Listen in to this 20-minute podcast of encouragement as we walk this journey together!

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Unhurried Grace: Finding Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty Pt. 1 (Podcast 208)

May 6th, 2021

To say that we live in uncertain times feels like a massive understatement. What we are wanting, even more than that...what we are needing... is hope. Not false hope. Not hope based on lies, but real hope, hope that is eternal and unchanging, a place to firmly plant our feet in the midst of uncertainty.

Join me for this 15-minute episode as I share the hope we can find in the midst of uncertainty!

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Mentoring Moments: What in the World is God Doing? (Podcast 207)

May 2nd, 2021

I'm changing things up here on the podcast. I'm making the episodes shorter in length and digging deeply into God's calling on our lives as wives and moms because I think that in the midst of these challenging times, we need to be reminded of what our main focus should be.

Faith is acting on the revealed will and character of God.

What might He be doing and how should we respond? 

Listen in to this 25-minute podcast as I share my heart as a mentoring mom.

(Head over to my website, durendawilson.com to check out my new book, The Four Hour School Day, releasing June 29th!)

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The Burden of Better with Heather Creekmore (Podcast 206)

April 11th, 2021

I seriously doubt that any of us can say that we have not fallen prey to comparing ourselves to others. 

In an era of carefully curated social media images, nonstop selfies, and TV shows devoted to perfection, comparison can consume you. Chasing something better quickly becomes a burden, weighing down your soul and preventing you from experiencing the freedom, contentment, and rest that God generously offers.

Today Heather Creekmore joins us and she will be talking about her new book titled The Burden of Better. She is a homeschooling mom who offers women a journey into the depths of God's grace to find a way off the treadmill of constant comparison!

Ways to connect with Heather

https://www.facebook.com/heathercreekmoreblog

https://www.youtube.com/comparedtowho

https://www.instagram.com/comparedtowho/

https://www.pinterest.com/comparedtowho/

https://twitter.com/comparedtowho

Compared to Who? Podcast: www.comparedtowho.me/podcast

Books:

The Burden of Better: https://amzn.to/3csoSgf

 Compared to Who?: https://amzn.to/2QyLB1F

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Homeschooling - You’re Doing it Right with Ginny Yurich (Podcast 205)

April 8th, 2021

Today’s title may have gotten your attention and with good reason!

It’s what every homeschooling mom longs to hear! 

I’m excited to have Ginny Yurich from 1000 Hours Outside with me as she shares her heart, bringing a message of encouragement and hope.

We will be talking about 10 ways you are doing it right! (Hint: They are probably not what you are thinking!)

Podcasts mentioned in this episode:

The Value of Getting Your Kids Outside

Why Homeschooling Families Thrive

Durenda's new book: The Four Hour School Day

Ways to connect with Ginny:

Facebook.com/1000hoursoutside
@1000hoursoutside on Instagram
 
Books mentioned:
Israel Wayne-Education: Does God Have an Opinion?
 
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Guarding Our Hearts (Podcast 204)

April 4th, 2021

I was reading through my journal from 13 years ago and was reminded how, as we raise and homeschool our kids, it can be so easy to be swayed by circumstances and emotions. Don't get me wrong, emotions aren't necessarily wrong and our circumstances have a genuine effect on us. However, as believing moms, it's incredibly important for us to walk by faith in response to both of these, for our sake and the sake of our families!

What does it mean to walk by faith? It means that we act (and react) not based solely on our emotions, but on the revealed will and character of God

One of the ways we can do that is by asking God to help us: 

-Discern where He is working in our circumstances

-Understand and remember the role of emotions 

Both of these instances require us to be intentional in what the Bible calls “guarding our hearts”. 

Listen in to learn more about this biblical discipline that can help keep us from anxiety as we find solid biblical ground to plant our feet in the midst of uncertainty!

(Don't forget to check out my new book: The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life!)

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Unhurried Grace: Marriage Roles (Podcast 203)

April 1st, 2021

It's been a really tough couple of weeks. You'll likely hear that in my voice today, but it's ok. I'm grateful to God for the things He reveals to me and reminds me of when things are hard. 

Recently, that happened to be the blessing of our God-ordained roles as husband and wife. 

Feminism has attempted to strip away the blessings that God has for us by trying to convince us that when He set particular boundaries in marriage, He was somehow ripping us off. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Listen in for a refreshing, biblical perspective on marriage. 

Scriptures from the podcast:

Genesis 2:18-25

Genesis 3:1-19

Ephesians 5:22-33

(Please check out my devotional for moms: Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart on my website: durendawilson.com)

 

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What is the Role of Government: Part 2 (Podcast 202)

March 28th, 2021

Welcome to part 2 of What is the Role of Government?

I think most of us have realized in recent times how little we know about the Constitution and specifically the role of government. I’ve actually been a little embarrassed for myself, but I got over that really quickly and decided it was time to educate myself and as many other people who wanted to know as well.

Today I have Christen McMasters joining us for part 2 of "What is the Role of Government"! She is a millennial Constitutionalist from Charleston, SC, now residing in NC. She holds a Ph.D. in political science, but she is not your typical academic. She actually LOVES this country and LOVES liberty and will fight for it at all costs. 

She seeks to arm fellow lovers of liberty with knowledge, knowledge that is painfully lacking and desperately needed. Knowledge first and foremost of the Constitution. The Constitution is our government’s job description and we are the government’s employers. How can we hold our government accountable to their job if we don’t even know their job description?”

We encourage you to gather your family and listen in as we do two shorter podcasts on the role of government. We thought 2 shorter episodes would work best for kids. 

Here are some questions so you and your kids can review what you've learned!

Our focus last week was on:

Why do we have government?

Why do we have the Constitution?

Why does it matter if the government follows the Constitution?

This week we are covering:

What is the most important branch of government and why?

What does the Constitution say?

Why is it important to distinguish the Constitution from the Bill of Rights?

Ways to connect with Christen:
Website: www.thelibertybellenc.com 
Facebook: TheLibertyBelleNC 
Twitter: @LibertyBelleNC 
Instagram: @libertybellenc
Christen's YouTube channel 
 
Christen's book is available on Amazon:  Why Do We Need Government in the First Place?
Or order on Christen's website here: https://thelibertybellenc.com/shop/
 
And finally, the quotes come from this article: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/interpretation/amendment-x/interps/129
 
“IN SUM, THE CONSTITUTION’S FRAMERS THOUGHT THAT A BILL OF RIGHTS WAS APPROPRIATE FOR AN UNLIMITED GOVERNMENT, BUT NOT FOR A LIMITED ONE LIKE THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CREATED BY THE CONSTITUTION. THE CONSTITUTION ACCORDINGLY SOUGHT TO SECURE LIBERTY THROUGH ENUMERATIONS OF POWERS TO THE GOVERNMENT RATHER THAN THROUGH ENUMERATIONS OF RIGHTS TO THE PEOPLE…IT REMAINS A GOVERNMENT OF LIMITED AND ENUMERATED POWERS, SO THAT THE FIRST QUESTION INVOLVING AN EXERCISE OF FEDERAL POWER IS NOT WHETHER IT VIOLATES SOMEONE’S RIGHTS, BUT WHETHER IT EXCEEDS THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT’S ENUMERATED POWERS.” 
 
“IT [THE BILL OF RIGHTS] WAS CONSIDERED UNNECESSARY BECAUSE THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT WAS A LIMITED GOVERNMENT THAT COULD ONLY EXERCISE THOSE POWERS GRANTED TO IT BY THE CONSTITUTION, AND IT HAD BEEN GRANTED NO POWER TO VIOLATE THE MOST CHERISHED RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE.” 
 
THE BILL OF RIGHTS ”…MIGHT HAVE VALUE AS A KIND OF BACKSTOP IN CASE THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION’S MEANING GETS TOO DERANGED. IN MODERN TIMES, THE ENUMERATED POWERS OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN MISREAD BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION, TO THE POINT THAT THE ACTUAL CONSTITUTION IS NOT REALLY PART OF THE GOVERNING STRUCTURE AT ALL. WE LIVE WITH A SHADOW, OR ‘ZOMBIE,’ CONSTITUTION THAT HAS THE OUTER HUSK OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT BUT NONE OF ITS ACTUAL SUBSTANCE.”

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Feeling Inadequate (Podcast 201)

March 26th, 2021

Do you ever have that feeling like everything you do could have been done better?
It’s every woman’s battle, especially every mom’s:
“I’m not enough. I’ll never be enough.”
“I could have done that so much better”
“It would have been better if I would have ________.”
“That was lame.”
These words suck the life out of us and yet the enemy continues to effectively use them.  
Nothing makes me more angry, frustrated, and hurt than doing my best and still feeling like it’s not enough.
Cue in having 8 kids and there was potential for some serious feelings of inadequacy:
Could I pull off raising/homeschooling 8 kids and not miss something?  
Would some of my kids go off the rails because I failed to be enough?
Would they hate the way they were raised or homeschooled?
Would they see me as a failure?
Our thoughts of inadequacy come from many places including regrets of the past, concerns for the present, and worries about the future.
Listen in for a simple, beautiful truth.
(Check out my devotional, Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart at my website, durendawilson.com)
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