Motherhood-Dealing with the Weight of Expectations (Podcast 122)

April 2nd, 2020

As moms, we are buckling under the weight of unmet expectations. We are bombarded with messages about what kind of mom, wife, and woman we are supposed to be.

In our heart of hearts, we know we are human and that we are weak and it’s that little bit of truth that the enemy uses to sell us a lie that has the potential to do great damage to ourselves and to our families.

The lie is that we will never be enough or do enough. We constantly feel like we fall short of the ideals that we believe would help us feel good about what we are doing and give us the assurance that our kids are going to be ok.

You see, the enemy KNOWS we care deeply about our children. We love them more than life itself and truly want the very best for them at all costs. So he takes that God-given desire and he effectively uses it against us.

Our deep love for our children often drives us to fear. We worry about all the things concerning them. When our head hits the pillow at night in hopes for some peace and rest, we instead find ourselves ruminating over all the ways we failed that day. The judge sits behind the desk, brings down the gavel and yells, “GUILTY!” Our hearts sink and tears stream down our cheeks.  As we drift off into an exhausted sleep, at best, we whisper a prayer for forgiveness and help to do better tomorrow. At worst we feel unworthy to even ask.

We are engaged in a war whether we want to be or not. If you are a Christian mom you have a target on your back. The enemy knows that you have a sphere of influence that has the potential to bring down the powers of darkness. There is power in a strong, cohesive godly family and he will stop at nothing to render you as ineffective as possible. He hurls accusations to discourage you so that you will buckle under the weight of condemnation. (To read the rest of the transcript to this podcast, go to

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Encouragement for Moms Doing School at Home (Podcast 121)

March 31st, 2020

I know there are countless moms now doing school at home for the rest of the school year due to COVID-19. They didn’t choose this, it was thrust upon them and that can be very, very stressful.
Today I’m having a conversation with a friend of mine who happens to be our pastor’s wife and also with our married daughter. They each have 3 kids. I have 8 (almost all grown). We talk about where our hearts are as moms and why that is crucial especially right now, but we also discuss practical tips and ideas on ways to make the most of this time with our kids!
Please share this with any moms you know who could use some encouragement!
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Homeschooling-Remaining Faithful to the Call (Podcast 120)

March 26th, 2020

For most of us, homeschooling is something we feel called to, but it doesn't change the fact that we sometimes feel weary. That weariness can come from a lot of things, but often unnecessary expectations are one of them.

When it comes to how we live our lives, are we seeking praise from people or from God?

It's worthwhile to take some time to ask ourselves this question.

How about homeschooling? Are we pouring our time and energy into what amounts to people-pleasing or have we really taken the time to seek the heart of God for us and for our kids? And if we have in the past, are we continuing to do that?

So here’s the thing: when we remain faithful to God’s calling on our lives we are proclaiming Christ. We are saying that HE is God and we are not and even though this journey is unconventional and misunderstood by the majority of the people in our lives, we WILL continue to be faithful to HIS calling.

Today's podcast is filled with encouragement to remain faithful to the call!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

The Unhurried Homeschooler

Places I will be speaking in 2020

The Unhurried Homeschooler Mentoring Course

I'm sharing a few recent bonus podcasts:

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Practicing Natural Family Health (Podcast 119)

March 24th, 2020

What If I told you that you could spend far less time at the doctor's office and prevent/treat many physical ailments at home? What if you could root out some chronic conditions safely, spending far less money on treatments that often have concerning long term effects?

Given the recent epidemic of Covid-19, more moms than ever are searching for ways to keep their families healthy. We already had this particular podcast scheduled long before the crisis hit and we know that can only be a God thing!

Today Melissa Crenshaw is here to share why she believes it's so important and beneficial to take charge of your family's health and ways we can do that! She will tell her personal story as well. and I believe her heart will resonate with yours!

Melissa is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and C-Hom (Certified Homeopath)

Melissa's website

Homeopathy Classes

Find Melissa on FB:

FB Page

FB Group

Instagram: @mmc_homeopathy

Some of my favorite recipe and wellness sites:

Wellness Mama

Paleo Running Mama

The Gracious Pantry

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Shielding Innocence: Empowering Parents to Protect Their Kids from Sexual Abuse (Podcast 118)

March 18th, 2020

I love to bring relevant, and sometimes difficult topics to the podcast, not because I think parents are unaware, but to help them look at them through the lens of the gospel and scripture.

We are inundated with information and much of it perpetuates fear which is NOT of God. He calls us to wisdom and discernment, but never to fear.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power of love and of a sound mind. 1 Timothy 1:7

The topic of sexual abuse can be a difficult one to process and discuss. If you've experienced sexual abuse you likely have very strong/deeply painful feelings about it. It can also be very emotional. If you've never experienced sexual abuse, you may not be sure how to best protect your kids. Either way, our experiences can cause us to overreact or under-react.

Today Kelly Winkler, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Christian mom shares from her many years of experience working with women who have been sexually abused. She gives timely and biblical counsel on how to protect our kids without coming from a place of fear. Even better, she guides us into ways to take what Satan means for evil and allow God to use it for good!

Kelly is generously offering a coupon code to give you her online course for $20 instead of the regular price of $50! The code is DURENDA20

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

The Unhurried Homeschooler(*aff link)

The Wounded Heart (*aff link)

Ways to connect with Kelly:

Website: Shielding Innocence

Additionally, Kelly would love to bring Shielding Innocence to churches and schools or co-ops. Her live conferences bring intimacy and a feeling of community to the material that can be so encouraging to parents!
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You can Homeschool and Keep Your Sanity (Podcast 117)

March 9th, 2020

Children are a blessing. God wants us to enjoy them. Homeschooling is a gift. I believe He wants us to enjoy that as well.

Does it take some discipline and fortitude to parent well and to homeschool? Absolutely. However, I don't believe for one minute that God ever meant it to be what many of us are trying to make it. In His goodness, God often allows it to be frustrating and overwhelming because He really does have something better for us.

Today I'm sharing my 24 years of experience as a homeschooling mom. I believe that children are a blessing. I was also determined to keep our kids home, but that meant I had to let God direct us and not chain myself to something that wasn't a good fit for us or I would have given up a long time ago. I am here to tell you that if God leads you to homeschool, He WILL make a way for it to work for your family.

I am sharing three things that will help make homeschooling doable. It's what worked for our family.  I'm hoping that these are ideas you can work with, use as inspiration to find your own way or, at the very least, be encouraged!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Article on the benefits of an unhurried approach in the early years

Podcast on Why Our Kids Need to Spend Time Outside

Where I will be speaking in 2020

The Unhurried Homeschooler (*aff link)


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A Fresh Perspective on Motherhood (Podcast 116)

March 4th, 2020

Our perspective on motherhood deeply affects how we approach it and ultimately how we walk the journey over the long haul. It also deeply affects how our children view themselves. If we mother them as though they are a blessing (like God says they are), they grow up feeling valued and become confident in who they are.

It's essential that we understand the mission God has given us in motherhood and place the value on it that it deserves.

We have the opportunity of a lifetime to invest wisely and intentionally.

Today Marisa, from Called to Mothering, is sharing her heart in this very encouraging conversation that will inspire and motivate you to enjoy motherhood and enjoy your kids!

Places I will be speaking in 2020

Ways to connect with Marisa:

Called to Mothering Website

Marisa's book: Bucking the System

FB page: Called to Mothering

Raising Kids You Enjoy Parenting Course

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GRAHM-Does God Really Provide (Podcast 115)

February 27th, 2020

Twice a month I publish a podcast devotional that centers around reading God’s word out loud. I choose one particular topic and share verses and passages of scripture related to that. Sometimes I share my thoughts on the application of that scripture to our lives as moms.

In this week’s Grace for a Mom’s Heart Devotional, we are digging up truths in God’s word about His provision.

Fear and doubt can keep us from enjoying the assurance that God can and does take care of us. The enemy loves to use difficult circumstances or simply not knowing the truths of God’s word to discourage us and make us feel distanced from God. 

God CAN and DOES take care of us, but it’s our job to meditate on what is true about Him and to continually bring our cares before Him, praying for eyes to see where He is, in fact, working because I guarantee you, moms, He IS moving and working all the time. Keeping the truths of His word in the forefront of our minds is what helps us continue to believe what’s true and to be able to rest and be at peace with trusting Him.

Scriptures read in the podcast (all are read from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted:

Isaiah 55:10,11

Hebrews 4:12,13

Romans 8:31-34

Matthew 6:24-34

Romans 8:34

Romans 8:26-27

Hebrews 12:5,6 (NIV)

Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

1 Peter 1:3,4

John 10:7-10

Luke 12:22-32,33

Philippians 4:6,7

1 Corinthians 10:13 (read both NLT and NIV)

John 14:27

He is Jehovah Jireh, God Provides!

Places I will be speaking in 2020

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Growing a Thriving Family on a Budget With The Humbled Homemaker (Podcast 114)

February 24th, 2020

Difficult finances can be such a drain mentally and emotionally, but they can also take their toll on our marriages and families. Many couples feel alone in their struggles, but please know that you are not alone and there is hope!

Today I’m having an incredibly encouraging conversation with Erin Odom (The Humbled Homemaker)  author of More Than Just Making It and You Can Stay Home with Your Kids! Erin shares her journey of how God led her and her husband out of financial ruin along with some of the most important principles they learned along the way.

We will be talking about three of her favorite, most effective ways to curb spending, eating well on a budget, clothes shopping and more! (Giveaway ends March 12, 2020)

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

The Unhurried Homeschooler(aff link)

Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart (aff link)

Ways to connect with Erin:  

Blog: The Humbled Homemaker

FB: The Humbled Homemaker

IG: @thehumbledhomemaker

Erin's Books (*aff links):

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated

You Can Stay Home with Your Kids

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The Unhurried Family (Podcast 113)

February 18th, 2020

Hurry can be one of our greatest temptations but also one of the fiercest enemies of family life and homeschooling, but what if we chose to slow down? What might we discover?What might we recover?

Pastor Mark Buchanan shared in his book The Rest of God: 

Someone asked me recently what was my biggest regret in life. I thought a moment, surveying the vast and cluttered landscape of my blunders and losses, the evil I have done and the evil that’s been done against me.

“Being in a hurry,” I said.


Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all that rushing.

Through all that haste, I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away

Scriptures mentioned in the podcast:

Luke 16:24-31

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 9:10

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Proverbs 3:5,6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 

Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.

Places I will be speaking in 2020

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