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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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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 30, 2018

This fifth and final episode of The Healthy Way series is with our sister of heart, Kristen Kill. A homeschooling mom to five Kristen knows the distractions of a busy life. Finding moments to care for her soul can feel like an impossible task. Kristen shares how she finds those pauses and how we can to, no matter our schedules or number of little people at home.

Spiritual health is an important part of who we are as people. It's not a luxury, but a necessity if we are to flourish. Because God made us more than physical beings, He gave us each a soul. It doesn't cost us anything but time to come to Him in our daily routines, and we can be confident God meets us in these moments. Kristen's new book, Finding Selah, helps us to meet Jesus in the midst of the mundane and marvelous. Our souls can be rejuvenated by the one who made them.

Whether you are needing a little inspiration in your spiritual life or overcome with with grief and desperation, God will meet you. We pray this episode offers some practical help as you take that next step and do that hard thing to get healthy in your spiritual life.

Jan 23, 2018

You won't want to miss this inspiring and practical conversation about getting healthy in relationships with one of today's leading voices on marriage and relationships. Gary Thomas offers the sisterhood some ways in which we can assess the health of our relationships and how we can move forward with people who are difficult for us to love. We hear how humility (thinking less about yourself) and righteousness (living according to God's agenda) impact the overall health of all relationships.

As we delve into getting healthy in relationships, we naturally uncover some difficult topics.  From pornography to domestic violence Gary offers next steps a listener can take in her family life. From responding to unhealthy people in a healthy way to pursuing holiness over happiness we hear how relationships are often uncomfortable. From parenting kids through hard moments to recognizing the abundant life is the obedient life we are reminded that we often must take the long view when thinking about relationships. There is much wisdom packed into a single hour.

This interview goes down as one of our favorites to date. Part practical, part inspirational, it reminds us of the need for healthy relationships and how God directs us toward them. You will find, as so many have, that Gary's voice is one of gentle and unwavering truth. 

Jan 16, 2018

Rachel Cruze has a plan for financial health. That's no surprise given she's the daughter of financial counselor to many, Dave Ramsey. Rachel is now grown, with her own family, talking to her peers about all things money and budget. Like her dad, she has lots of principles to guide money decisions and practical tips to make them a reality. We are sure you will find Rachel approachable and fun as we talk through a topic that can carry lots of dread.

From setting financial goals with your spouse to teaching kids about money, this episode is full of ideas you can implement today. We talk how expectations and comparison can impact our spending, why we need an emergency fund, and how to start paying off debt. No matter your financial position or current tax bracket, Rachel's strategies and advice ring true.

The third portion of our new year series The Healthy Way, Rachel is the perfect voice to be speaking to the sisterhood about getting healthy with money in 2018. A topic that can often feel dry or intimidating, Rachel makes us feel empowered to make small changes that will have big impact in years to come. Whether making a monthly budget or having a conversation with your spouse about debt, this episode of the podcast cheers you on. You can move toward financial health this year. We are here to help you take that next step and do this hard thing!

Jan 9, 2018

Kara Hicks is passionate about feeding her family well. And she's just as passionate about helping you do the same. Known on Instagram by the handle @kara_thewholemomma, she offers other moms tips on making meals and snacks approachable and healthy through a whole food diet.

If Whole 30 sounds intimidating to you, don't worry Kara talks through doable steps and how it can be modified with families in mind. She's realistic about the challenges of a full Whole 30 diet, but offers ways to implement small steps if the idea of eating better sounds appealing. As with all of our guests on The Healthy Way series, Kara gives three easy next steps women can do if they are wanting to have a healthier diet but are overwhelmed at the prospect of changing everything.

From sugar content in yogurt, to a whole foods alternative to flavored coffee creamers, we cover it all. We even talk Diet Coke and deoderant. Whether looking for a food revamp in your new year, or simply wanting some encouragement to make a few small yet significant changes, this episode is perfect. It is a sister-to-sister, we can take this next step together, kind of conversation and we don't want you to miss it.

Jan 2, 2018

We are heading into a five-part series as we begin 2018. We are calling this January series The Healthy Way because we will be discussing healthy approaches in various areas of our lives. From fitness to finances to relationships, you won't want to miss the sisterhood walking through the doors the new year has for us in health.

We kick off our series with our friend and fitness coach, Tammy Strait. We begin our conversation, and series, talking goal setting. Why do we set goals? What do we get out of the process? And what happens when we don't achieve what we originally set out to do?

We move into more specifics around fitness. As Founder of COR44, Tammy understands the building blocks of fitness. We talk through efficiency, motivation and weight and cardio training. An approachable discussion at a time of year when many of us are evaluating our fitness and making a plan (or setting goals!) in this area.

Tammy is a trusted sister. As we talk through topics that can feel intimidating to many, you'll be encouraged to hear how she approaches goal setting in general, and around fitness specifically. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or simply wanting to move your body with more intention, you'll find this first episode of The Healthy Way series part part practical and part inspirational. Just as we like it in the sisterhood.

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