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The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast

Longtime friends and authors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall share relatable, practical and fun conversations on faith, motherhood and leadership. Often inviting another friend into the conversation, listeners will be inspired to take that next step, do that hard thing, and encourage their family and friends to do the same as we walk through the doors God opens. Let's be world changers for good right where we are!
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May 17, 2022

Standing up for truth in this cultural moment can be challenging and vulnerable, just ask Dr. Christina Crenshaw, an associate of Cultural Engagement and Leadership with Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2021 she was thrust in the media spotlight after taking a stand on a current hot button issue (which we talk about in this episode).

From asking more questions, to finding studies and data around the topic at hand, to leaning into lived experience, we get a full picture of what it means to be equipped for hard conversations as Christians.

If you have ever found yourself discouraged by current cultural norms, this whole series is for you.

You can find Christina on her website or Instagram

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith

 

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May 10, 2022

How do we live a Christian faith in today's cultural context? What is required of us? What should be concerned about? If anything? How do we talk to our kids about changing cultural norms? And what doe the Bible say about all of this uncertainty we are feeling?

We are starting a new series on the podcast this week we are calling This Cultural Moment to talk about these very questions. In fact this series is something you all have requested. We start with an incredibly encouraging and thoughtful conversation with Dr. Jerry Sittser.

Dr. Sittser recently retired as a professor from Whitworth University and his newest book, Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian "Third Way" Changed the World gives us some historical reference for where we are today. We are not the first Christians to feel disoriented or overwhelmed by our cultural environment and we can be refined as we walk through spaces that are pushing us past (maybe way past) our comfort zones.

From questions to ask ourselves as we're parenting to spiritual practices we can employ Jerry offers practical and hopeful responses for today's Christians. He also gives us hope that living a life of faith often involves a "third way" that is unfamiliar, yet intriguing, to those living near us. We can have a resilient faith as we do the internal work God asks of us to grow into mature followers of Jesus living in today's world.

Things mentioned on the show

Whitworth University

The Atlantic

An article in the Atlantic, Why the Past Ten Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid

An article in the Atlantic, Why American Teens Are So Sad

Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone, The Upswing

Jesus and John Wayne by Kristen Dumez

Jerry's new book Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian "Third Way" Changed the World

The New Catechismal, contact Jerry for more

Notable quotes

“Politics is a really bad religion. We all need to be political, and involved to some degree, but we can’t expect from politics what we can only expect from God.

When we turn politics into God we’re in serious trouble. ”

“Jesus is not only the way to life, through his death and resurrection, Jesus is also the way of life.

Both are equally true and important.”

"Small is beautiful if it's faithful to God."

Our sponsor for this series

Simply Be Box

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Simply Be Box is a faith-based subscription box for teen & tween girls filled with fun, positive, on-trend items, and encouragement to Simply Be who God created her to be.

What’s Inside a Simply Be Box:

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Their goal at Simply Be Box, through the subscription box & community, is to help teen + tween girls grow in their relationship with Jesus, know & love how they are uniquely created and encourage them to live out their faith & be a light in this world.

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May 3, 2022

We are wrapping up The Brain Game series today with a Sister Straight Talk – which simply means we share our insights, a-ha moments, and chat as if we were sitting around a table with you over coffee.

In this episode we asked Dr. Lucretia Berry, founder of Brownicity to join us. We discuss the power of releasing lies, how neuroscience has helped us alter the way we manage thoughts, and how harnessing the brain can help us in conversations around race and healing.

We also talk about the three core lies: I am helpless, I am worthless, I am unloveable. If you have ever found yourself repeating one of these in your narrative, you aren’t alone. We share the one we are most likely to believe.

Join us as we reflect on neuroscience, faith, and life.

SHOW NOTES:

Lucretia’s website – brownicity.com

Hues of You – Lucretia’s book

We are wrapping up The Brain Game series today with a Sister Straight Talk – which simply means we share our insights, a-ha moments, and chat as if we were sitting around a table with you over coffee.

In this episode we asked Dr. Lucretia Berry, founder of Brownicity to join us. We discuss the power of releasing lies, how neuroscience has helped us alter the way we manage thoughts, and how harnessing the brain can help us in conversations around race and healing.

We also talk about the three core lies: I am helpless, I am worthless, I am unloveable. If you have ever found yourself repeating one of these in your narrative, you aren’t alone. We share the one we are most likely to believe.

Join us as we reflect on neuroscience, faith, and life!

THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Lucretia’s website – brownicity.com

Hues of You – Lucretia’s book

Switch On Your Brain By Dr. Caroline Leif

“We make our decisions and in the end our decisions make us.” – John Wooden

There are three core lies we believe:
I am helpless
I’m worthless
I am unloveable

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Phil.4:8

John A Powell “We have to be hard on systems and easy on people.”

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR

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We have also seen proven success in the affordability and convenience of online mental counseling. By bringing together a network of professional counselors who are practicing Christians online, we see unprecedented opportunity to help believers access the help they need, when and how they can best receive it.

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Apr 26, 2022

What if we could be present in all circumstances without judgment? What if we could step back from the moment, observe it, and ask God to reveal himself to us? What if we didn't let our emotions drive our thought processes, but gave them a comfortable spot in the passenger seat where they were buckled in, but not directing?

Dr. Regina Chow Trammel works with social work students at Azusa Pacific University and counselors in training and she has been studying the overlap between mindfulness and Christian practice. There is in fact space for a faithful Christian to pause and enter a mindful state in order to listen for God's voice. We promise this isn't wonky, in fact it echoes meditation and welcoming prayer that Christians have practiced for centuries. If you ever wondered if Christian faith and mindfulness go together, this is the episode for you.

The Brain Game is the series we're in. We hear a lot about neuroscience these days and want to know how all of the new research and findings connect to our faith. They aren't siloed topics, but helpful information that inform each other. In this conversation we talk about our trauma responses, the vagal nerve, and the parasympathetic nervous system. All of these physical responses impact our emotional responses and vice versa. As we practice mindfulness we are able to slow our racing thoughts down so our bodies can relax and we can more objectively observe our situations. It's a beautiful thing.

So don't wait. Take a deep breath, be mindful of where you are and how you're feeling, and push play on this episode.

Mentioned on the show

Regina's book A Counselor's Guide to Christian Mindfulness: Engaging the Mind, Body, and Soul in Biblical Practices and Theories written in partnership with John Trent

https://www.amazon.com/Counselors-Guide-Christian-Mindfulness-Practices/dp/031011473X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=D18TUIU4PDHU&keywords=regina+chow+trammel&qid=1650922868&sprefix=regina+chow%2Caps%2C113&sr=8-1

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Dr. Stephen Porges

Lectio 365 app

Pray As You Go app

John Trent Interview on The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast

Memorable quotes

“Mindfulness is a practice of joy, not happiness or toxic positivity, but joy.”

“A Christian definition of mindfulness: Paying attention to the current moment, inviting God into that, and abiding by his voice in that moment.”

Thank you to our sponsor

Faithful Counseling

Apr 19, 2022

In week two of our series, The Brain Game, we are exploring the neuroscience of thinking on the good and wonderful. For many of us this is not our natural state of mind. We prepare ourselves for the worst and wait for the proverbial “shoe to drop.”

But what if we did the exact opposite of that? What if we instead expect the good and hold the posture of positive anticipation? Nicole Zasowski, a marriage and family therapist, joins us to explore practices such as thankfulness, celebrating others, savoring, and honest communication.

This episode will help change your mindset and in doing so, may alter the way you live your life.

Connect with Nicole on her website or Instagram

Nicole’s Book What If It’s Wonderful?

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

The Hedonic Treadmill – what it is

Winning the War of Your Mind by Craig Groschel

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Brene Brown: Why joy is vulnerable – On Foreboding Joy

Join Our Newsletter - we want YOU in the Sisterhood!

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR

Faithful Counseling

Faithful Counseling small logo

We believe the goal of therapy is to increase both psychological and spiritual wholeness, and this can only be accomplished in an appropriate environment.

We have also seen proven success in the affordability and convenience of online mental counseling. By bringing together a network of professional counselors who are practicing Christians online, we see unprecedented opportunity to help believers access the help they need, when and how they can best receive it.

Sign up for Faithful Counseling HERE.

Apr 12, 2022
As we begin our new series on the intersection of Christian faith and neuroscience, Dr. Curt Thompson, joins us. The stories we tell ourselves are often incomplete, incorrect, or clouded by shame. He reminds us we need to retell the stories we believe about ourselves using the framework of the Gospel and the new heaven and earth. He emphasizes the importance of being together in community and how belonging is the antidote to shame.

Dr. Thompson is a practicing psychiatrist who writes and teaches about how neuroscience can better help us understand how we function in the world. He also is a practicing Christian and explains how spiritual practices are in fact tapping into the brain in a way that helps us tell these more complete stories.

With humor and insight Curt Thompson reminds us that God doesn't expect perfection from us, in our work, our relationships, and especially our parenting, but he does want us to be present and redemptive in our actions. Being together in life, fully known by others, allows us to experience a full life of love and hope.

Dr. Curt Thompson’s books:

The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves

The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community

Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections Between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships

Curt’s podcast Being Known

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR

Faithful Counseling

Faithful Counseling small logo

We believe the goal of therapy is to increase both psychological and spiritual wholeness, and this can only be accomplished in an appropriate environment.

We have also seen proven success in the affordability and convenience of online mental counseling. By bringing together a network of professional counselors who are practicing Christians online, we see unprecedented opportunity to help believers access the help they need, when and how they can best receive it.

Sign up for Faithful Counseling HERE.

Apr 5, 2022

We are wrapping up our Raise Boys, Change the World series today with a Sister Straight Talk with Krista and Alex. They discuss the most important lessons they learned from the guests on this series as well as their own insights about raising boys.

The topics range from fatherlessness to allowing boys to grow in independence to how to connect better with our sons. If you care about a young man in your home, your family, your church, on your team, or in your neighborhood, this episode is for you!

 

We are wrapping up our Raise Boys, Change the World series today with a Sister Straight Talk with Krista and Alex. They discuss the most important lessons they learned from the guests on this series as well as their own insights about raising boys.

The topics range from fatherlessness to allowing boys to grow in independence to how to connect better with our sons. If you care about a young man in your home, your family, your church, on your team, or in your neighborhood, this episode is for you!

 

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Dr. Anthony Bradley Heroic Masculinity

Raising Sons of Promise by Rolund C Warren

James Clear Atomic Habits

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR

Faithful Counseling

Faithful Counseling small logo

We believe the goal of therapy is to increase both psychological and spiritual wholeness, and this can only be accomplished in an appropriate environment.

We have also seen proven success in the affordability and convenience of online mental counseling. By bringing together a network of professional counselors who are practicing Christians online, we see unprecedented opportunity to help believers access the help they need, when and how they can best receive it.

Sign up for Faithful Counseling HERE.

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Mar 29, 2022
Host of the Boy Mom podcast and mom to four young men, Monica Swanson, gives us the mom to mom encouragement we all need today. Monica talks about instilling faith, identity, and healthy influences in boys' lives. She talks about good character qualities, how we help our boys identify them and grow into them. From fostering sibling relationships to redirecting unpleasant attitudes, Monica gives us both the how and the why of inspiring our boys toward good character.

Perfection is not the aim in our parenting. Hope and encouragement are. We are real people raising real people and things don't always go as we want them to. Monica understands this and encourages us to not give up as we parent and to continually point our growing boys and young men toward character qualities to aspire toward and actively develop.

If you are in the middle of raising a boy, or know someone who is, you will want to introduce them to Monica Swanson and all things Boy Mom.

Heard on the show

Monica's list of character developing resources

Monica's podcast Boy Mom

Monica's book Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You

Coach Carter

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Looking for help getting unstuck with your boys?

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Open Door Sisterhood Podcast Co-Host, Krista Gilbert, is a certified home coach who can help you get unstuck as you run up against some parenting challenges. As a mom of four, including three young men, she understands the challenges parents face today. Perhaps you need a fresh perspective or approach. Set up a consultation call with her here.

Mar 22, 2022
 
We can’t talk about raising today’s boys without putting them in context in the generation in which they are being raised: Generation Z (kids ages 13-18).

Generation Z is coming of age during a global pandemic and during a time when school shootings are not uncommon. They are the first generation in the history of the world that can claim the title “digital natives.” These markers are shaping who they becoming and what questions they are asking.

Joining us today is Tanita Maddox, Assistant Regional Director for Young Life and Adolescent Culture Expert. Tanita studied Generation Z in her doctoral program and has been working with youth for over twenty years. She has an up close look into the lives of kids living in this generation and helps us understand how we can better meet them where they stand.

Whether you are a parent, a boss, a youth leader, a teacher, or a coach, this episode will be helpful as you seek to understand Generation Z and the precious teens that fill our homes, schools, churches, workplaces, and teams.

Will you fill out our quick survey so we can hear from YOU, Sister?

Young Life

The top question kids are asking in this generation: Is it safe or am I safe? 

What they need to hear from us: they are courageous, they are strong, they are capable

Barna Research articles on Gen Z for further reading

Question to ask often to a Gen Z teen: On a scale of 1-10 how’s your mental health?

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR

Faithful Counseling

Mar 15, 2022

Host of the popular mothering podcast, Don't Mom Alone, Heather MacFadyen is right in the middle of parenting four boys. As we continue in our series on Raise Boys, Change the World we of course needed a few mom experts to join. Heather is one of those moms.

In this episode, we talk about noise levels, energy levels, and schooling choices. We cover how Heather approaches her relationships with educators, other moms, and her husband and how this web of support makes her a better mom as she faces life with four sons. We cover what it means to be "deregulated", how we can help our boys and ourselves get back to a place of healthy functioning when energies or feelings are high. And we cover the importance of boys witnessing a marriage where mom and dad choose each other.

Heather gives us her take on the state of boys right now (spoiler: she says they're "numbing out") and how we as the adults around them can help them build resilience in order to prepare them for lives of service as they leave home. If you are in the middle of raising kids, boys or girls, you will glean encouragement and wisdom from Heather's perspective.

Mar 8, 2022
Do you have sons? Or do you care about the young men in your life – nephews, friends, grandsons, church members? Then this series is for you! Today we are kicking off “Raise Boys, Change the World.”

Jon Tyson, lead pastor of Church of the City in New York and popular author, joins us to talk about how to be intentional with our boys. Jon discovered that other cultures all around the world had similar rituals around raising boys in their tribes and villages. He then took those ideas and implemented them with his own son, cultivating intentionality and significance.

We cover some ground in this episode talking about toxic masculinity, male passivity, intentionality, pornography, sowing and reaping, character, and relationships. There is much wisdom here – don’t miss it! And be sure to pass this along to anyone who wants to help raise young men of courage and character.

SHOW NOTES:

Follow Jon Tyson on Instagram

Church of the City NYC

Jon Tyson’s Podcast – Church of the City NYC – Podcast

The Intentional Father: a practical guide to raising sons of character and courage by Jon Tyson

YWAM

The Data Are Clear: The Boys Are Not Alright – The Washington Post

Masterclass

The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter

James Hollis

Many societies had this formula of six conscious steps for raising sons:

1. Separation of the environment of childhood (put in environment with older. men to be formed)

2. Death of childhood psychology

3. Process for formation – the story of their community, religion of their community, the skills needed to function in a healthy way

4. Sent out on “the ordeal” – masculine moment where they test and see. Focused on courage and skill aquisition.

5. Welcomed back by the community of men.

6. Integration back into society

Susanna Wesley

Great Quotes from the interview:

We don’t sow and reap in the same season.

Ask: What is a question that gives me access to their hearts?

Consistency vs. intensity is the key to parenting

The goal is to convert childhood authority to adult friendship

With older kids, keep asking about the 3 big questions of life:

character is destiny – who are you becoming with the freedom that you have?
vocation – what are you thinking about your future?
relationships – how are viewing sex and dating

Keep conversations running around these three topics:
What are you learning about God?
What are you learning about yourself?
What are you learning about life?


Humanize the struggle, but don’t minimize the impact.

Mar 1, 2022

Lent, the forty days leading up to Easter, begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. In this episode of The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast we talk about the tradition of practicing Lent, how it fits into the Church's liturgical year, and how it reflects the natural world's rhythm of moving from winter to spring and the spiritual rhythm of waiting for the Resurrection.

 

Lent may feel unfamiliar to you or it may hold undertones of legalism. You may just know it as the time of year you give up something you like because you "should", a challenge of sorts. This conversation helps us frame the intention behind Lent. The practice includes three pillars: fasting from something, adding something, and giving during Lent. When these three things are done in tandem we get the rich experience of practicing Lent in a way that builds anticipation toward Easter.

Tsh covers how to use practices with our kids, how her new book, Bitter & Sweet can be a guide, and how to be realistic as we introduce new practices into our rhythms. It's not too late to decide to make Lent different this year. You can add some intention to your days so that you are turning toward God as you consider Holy Week and all we remember and celebrate. 

Feb 22, 2022
The dream team is back for Part 2 of our Marriage and Sex mini-series. Dr. Juli Slattery and Francie Winslow help us understand why healthy sexuality is a vital part of our marriages and how we can overcome lies and previous barriers or pain and move forward.

Whether you have been married twenty five years or three months, this episode will help offer a Godly perspective and encourage you to lean in to sex the way God intended.

If you are looking for wisdom in this area, you will find it here.

Java with Juli Podcast

Heaven in Your Home Podcast with Francie WInslow

Finding the Hero in Your Husband by Juli Slattery

Rethinking Sexuality by Juli Slattery and Gary Thomas

The Married Guy’s Guide To Great Sex by Cliff and Joyce Penner

A Celebration of Sex

Feb 15, 2022
We start at the top of this episode saying we've got the "dream team" on. We're not joking. Dr. Juli Slattery and our dear friend Francie Winslow are two of our favorite women. They bring wisdom and roots into any conversation having to do with marriage. And since we can't get enough of them, we're bringing them back next week for Part 2.

In this first half of our conversation we talk about why marriage matters, the power a wife holds in a marriage, and whose responsibility it is to change when things aren't going well. This isn't a conversation that pretends everything is easy or all of our marriages are conflict-free, it IS a conversation however that reminds us that marriage is about a bigger story and putting the effort in to work toward health is worth the work.

If you are struggling to remember when things were good, if you are needing a reminder about the purpose of marriage, if you simply don't know where to start in choosing hope, this conversation could be for you. Juli and Francie are a trusted pair. They have your best interest in mind and remind us all that God is for us and for marriage.

Feb 8, 2022

It’s that time again. This is our annual “Things We Love” episode for Valentine’s Day where we highlight our favorite things of the past year.

From beauty products, to books we are reading, to new food products we love, to home must haves, this episode gives you some fun ideas for yourself or for those you love. Of course we love people the most, but these are simply some great ideas to make life work better.

Enjoy listening in on this light hearted conversation.

Things You Heard On The Show

+This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are our own – these are products we use in our everyday real lives and love to use. Enjoy!

BEAUTY / FASHION PRODUCTS

Hot Tools Curling Iron 1 ½ in. barrel

Mac Powderkiss long stay lipstick – date maker color

NARS – behave blush

Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Oil free volumizer for hair

Tanologist face and body drops 

Free People platform boots

Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation


FOOD

Chomps grass fed beef sticks

Shamrock Farms Rockin Protein Builder Shake

Bobo Bites

Cucumber Mint sparkling water by Good & Gather from Target

Lagunita’s Hoppy Refresher, sparkling hop water

Lakanto Drinking Chocolate

Lakanto Maple Syrup

Nutpods pumpkin spice creamer

It’s that time again. This is our annual “Things We Love” episode for Valentine’s Day where we highlight our favorite things of the past year.

From beauty products, to books we are reading, to new food products we love, to home must haves, this episode gives you some fun ideas for yourself or for those you love. Of course we love people the most, but these are simply some great ideas to make life work better.

Enjoy listening in on this light hearted conversation.

Things You Heard On The Show

+This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are our own – these are products we use in our everyday real lives and love to use. Enjoy!

BEAUTY / FASHION PRODUCTS

Hot Tools Curling Iron 1 ½ in. barrel

Mac Powderkiss long stay lipstick – date maker color

NARS – behave blush

Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Oil free volumizer for hair

Tanologist face and body drops 


Free People platform boots

Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation


FOOD

Chomps grass fed beef sticks

Shamrock Farms Rockin Protein Builder Shake

Bobo Bites

Cucumber Mint sparkling water by Good & Gather from Target

Lagunita’s Hoppy Refresher, sparkling hop water

Lakanto Drinking Chocolate

Lakanto Maple Syrup


HOME PRODUCTS

Faster to Way to Fat Loss with Abby Miller (home workouts)

Signo Uniball Pens

Electric blanket throw

Target huge black lanterns

Chess set from Etsy

Shark vacuum

Portable Hand held vacuum 

Smart plugs

HP envy printer

Epson Printer

BOOKS WE LOVE

Strengthening The Soul Of Your Leadership

Every Moment Holy – Grief, Death, and Hope

100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know

The Art of Gathering

True Companions

Being Mortal

Bitter and Sweet – A book for Lent

Journey Towards Wholeness


INSTAGRAM FAVES

Good news movement for genuine fun

Monica Swanson for mom and surfing inspo.

SmartHerNews on headlines of the day

KJP

Upworthy

Dr. henry cloud official

On Site workshops

Host to perfection

Laus Healthy Life


MOVIES / TV / PODCASTS

Up First Sunday Rachel Martin interviews Dr. Francis Collins on Bridging the Divide Between Science and Faith  Bridging the Divide: A Scientist’s Search for Truth and Faith

Kelly Corrigan Wonders

The Veritas Forum

Maid

CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Apple TV (Last year said Ted Lasso, Morning Show, season 2 not as good)

Yellowstone

 

 

 

Feb 1, 2022
Change is inevitable. But that doesn't mean we always welcome it.

This conversation with Gem Fadling closes up our Healthy Way series for 2022. Why talk about change and health? Because we can resist change and cause all kinds of extra stressors. Or we can accept it and move forward in the Spirit.

Gem is an author, and coach, that helps women move through change. We talk about internal change and external change, the difference between them, and how they often go hand in hand. How does suffering enter into change? What about midlife? In other words, we cover it all.

Push play. Listen in. And hear what Gem has to say about moving forward. It has to do with three key letters: OAW. Spoiler alert, these refer to Open, Aware, Willing. We look forward to hearing how you are taking that next step, doing that hard thing, in new areas this year. Hint: we're talking about change.

Jan 25, 2022

Since COVID stormed the globe, mental health has been a main topic of conversation. But the reality is that this conversation has been building for many years due to increased digital use, social media, fractured families and communities, and our understanding of the definition of mental health. 1 in 5 adults experience mental health problems each year and depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents. On top of that, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds.

This is a topic we need to discuss openly and often. Joining us today is the founder of Wonderfully Made, Allie Marie Smith. Allie has walked her own difficult journey with mental illness and is now using her story and that experience to help teens and young women.

There is hope, and you will hear that all throughout this interview. God has not left us, but is with us in our trials, our struggles, and our realities. Join us in this important conversation.

 

Since COVID stormed the globe, mental health has been a main topic of conversation. But the reality is that this conversation has been building for many years due to increased digital use, social media, fractured families and communities, and our understanding of the definition of mental health.

1 in 5 adults experience mental health problems each year and depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents. On top of that, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds.

This is a topic we need to discuss openly and often. Joining us today is the founder of Wonderfully Made, Allie Marie Smith. Allie has walked her own difficult journey with mental illness and is now using her story and that experience to help teens and young women.

There is hope, and you will hear that all throughout this interview. God has not left us, but is with us in our trials, our struggles, and our realities. Join us in this important conversation.

Learn more about Allie and her ministry on her website.

 

Links:

Wonderfully Made by Allie Marie Smith

Kate Merrick

Solvang, California

Kintsugi Pottery

Wonderfully Made – resources

Sheila Walsh

It’s OK Not To Be OK – book by Sheila Walsh

On Anxiety and Depression - our podcast episode with Kay Warren

 

 

Since COVID stormed the globe, mental health has been a main topic of conversation. But the reality is that this conversation has been building for many years due to increased digital use, social media, fractured families and communities, and our understanding of the definition of mental health.

1 in 5 adults experience mental health problems each year and depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents. On top of that, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds.

This is a topic we need to discuss openly and often. Joining us today is the founder of Wonderfully Made, Allie Marie Smith. Allie has walked her own difficult journey with mental illness and is now using her story and that experience to help teens and young women.

There is hope, and you will hear that all throughout this interview. God has not left us, but is with us in our trials, our struggles, and our realities. Join us in this important conversation.

Learn more about Allie and her ministry on her website.

 

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Wonderfully Made by Allie Marie Smith

Kate Merrick

Solvang, California

Kintsugi Pottery

Wonderfully Made – resources

Sheila Walsh

It’s OK Not To Be OK – book by Sheila Walsh

On Anxiety and Depression - our podcast episode with Kay Warren

Kay Warren’s website – resources for mental wellness / for churches approaching mental health

Jan 18, 2022

What if this new year we resolved to have better limits? What if more quiet is what we really need? How about if we build a "spacious life" so that we can experience more of God in 2022?

As part of our Healthy Way series, we talk about our spiritual lives and how we must create space for that part of ourselves to commune with the Holy Spirit. Ashly Hales talks the practical of what that looks like. As a fellow mom of four, she joins Alex and Krista in the chaos lots of kids (and their activities) can bring. And yet Ashley has committed to some limits so that their family rhythms bring peace more often than frenzy.

Do you feel like 2022 is calling for more energy than you have to give? Are you wanting to know how to best set limits while still pursuing things you love? Do you want to trust there is enough if you aren't always producing, but are sometimes simply delighting in the good gifts God has given you? If so, this conversation is for you.

Jan 11, 2022

Female friendships can be… complicated. Today in the Healthy Way Series we are looking at how to be healthier in our friendships in 2022. If you’ve ever struggled in friendship, or if you need some encouragement on how to cultivate deeper and more meaningful relationships, this is for you!

This is one of our favorite topics as a Sisterhood. We are big fans of authentic female relationships that build up rather than tear down. We are also fans of Andi Andrew, author, speaker, and pastor. Andi shares her wisdom and experience in a way that helps us see our part in creating healthy sisterhood.

If you are ready to strengthen and nurture your friendships this year, dive in to this episode!

Female friendships can be… complicated. Today in the Healthy Way Series we are looking at how to be healthier in our friendships in 2022. If you’ve ever struggled in friendship, or if you need some encouragement on how to cultivate deeper and more meaningful relationships, this is for you!

This is one of our favorite topics as a Sisterhood. We are big fans of authentic female relationships that build up rather than tear down. We are also fans of Andi Andrew, author, speaker, and pastor. Andi shares her wisdom and experience in a way that helps us see our part in creating healthy sisterhood.

If you are ready to strengthen and nurture your friendships this year, dive in to this episode!

You can find out more about Andi on her website or about their church on their website as well.

 

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Friendship: It’s Complicated by Andi Andrew

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend

FASTer Way to Fat Loss with Abby Miller

 Resolved: The 5 Most Important Decisions You’ll Make This Year a 10 day group coaching experience with Krista Gilbert

Jan 4, 2022

As we head into 2022 we want to be intentional about how we use our time and talents. We invited productivity expert Tanya Dalton to kick off the Healthy Way series and the year. Because we don't want to be frantic women running from task to task, responding to the crisis of the minute, but women working out of our priorities with a plan on where we're going and how we'll get there.

Tanya shares the Five Ps with us: Purge, Process, Prioritize, Protect, and Propel. These Five Ps set up a weekly and daily framework for deciding what needs to get done and when. It is simple and effective as we consider where we should focus our energies and attention. Tanya also talks to us about "stacking habits", an approach to intentionally build healthy habits into our routines so they become automatic parts of our days.

We know productivity and habits can both be unhealthy. Certain mindsets can push us toward the hamster wheel life. That's why we want to focus on them in our Healthy Way series. We want to use our time in a "healthy way".

If you are wanting to add some structure to your time, if you would like to be productive, but not frazzled, if you would like to know HOW to decide what you should work on, this episode on healthy productivity and habits is for you.

Dec 22, 2021

Wrapping up this year's Christmas is Coming Series, Krista and Alex talk about what God is teaching them, what they are letting go of, the power of "Oh Well," and their ritual for reflection as they contemplate the past year and look forward to the one ahead.

Christmas is a time of joy, but it also highlights the pain some are experiencing. Krista and Alex offer a helpful prayer and perspective as people navigate both.

Listen in as you are driving around shopping for last minute gifts, whipping up something special in the kitchen, or taking a much needed walk. Let's finish out 2021 together!

Dec 14, 2021
If you listen to anything this Christmas season, listen to this conversation with Nancy Hicks. She lost her son to cancer this year and she shares with us what this Christmas season means to her. It is raw. It is powerful. And it approaches grief with such honesty you won't know what hit you.
 
God didn't come as a savior over two thousand years ago to save us from our comfortable lives, he came to rescue us from our real pain. That's not a free pass from experiencing loss, it's an invitation to sit with him in authentic tenderness. And anger? Oh she covers that too.
 
Nancy covers how to approach grief this Christmas. If you are wondering how you're going to face the holiday because of disappointment, loss, anger, please push play and then let us know what you think.
Dec 7, 2021

Tama Fortner is a mom to college aged kids. She can look back with clarity on the ways she managed (and mismanaged) the Christmas years throughout her mothering career. This episode is full of Tama, Krista, and Alex’s insights on helping moms manage Christmas, keeping the special without keeping the crazy.

 

Tama shares some easy recipes, how she divides and conquers on food responsibilities, and how she creates gifts themed around what someone loves. We talk through how to manage a child’s gift request that parents aren’t willing or able to fulfill and how to approach the child about the why behind the decision.


Whether you are wanting to simplify food or gifts, you are wanting to ensure you keep the holiday season meaningful, or you simply want some fresh encouragement as you step into a busy few weeks, this episode will break down how a few moms consider food and gift choices this time of year. Tama’s new devotional book is titled Simply Christmas, and it’s about keeping the simple in Christmas.

Nov 30, 2021

In this last episode of our Legacy Series, Alex and Krista share about how we can harness traditions and rituals to help build family legacy.  

The holiday season is the perfect time to be having this conversation, as Thanksgiving and Christmas provide opportunities to pause, reflect, and order our lives.

 

 

Nov 23, 2021

Legacy is what is left behind after we are gone. Each one of us leaves a mark, either intentionally or unintentionally. Our actions, repeated over and over again, create an invisible thread between us and others.

Today Daniel and Kendra Tillman, co-founders of Living Well Today Marriage Ministry, join us to talk about the impact marriage has on legacy, how a blended family can make a positive impact, and how kindness and humility change a family.

The Tillmans also encourage parents to take their role seriously, while simultaneously offering their children freedom to have their own relationship and journey with God.

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