Summer is the perfect time to break out the fishing poles, pop the tent, and hit the trails. It's a chance to put the electronics away and open ourselves up to good conversation and creative thinking. For the first time in Open Door history, Krista's husband, Erik, an avid outdoorsman, joins her to talk about camping, backpacking, and mountain climbing.
If you are wanting more connection with your family, if you are tired of feeling pulled apart or distracted by the pace of modern life, or if you want to break through barriers in a relationship with someone close, this may be one way to do that.
Join in the conversation and be inspired to plan your next adventure in the outdoors!
Hannah Brencher didn't aim to create a global love letter writing campaign. A recent college graduate, she was living in New York City and feeling isolated. She realized writing letters to strangers helped her take her focus off of herself. In her struggle with depression, this focus switch helped her mental health. But when she started sharing about her letter writing, her services were requested and before she knew it people around the world were writing their own love letters.
In our conversation we hear Hannah's TED Talk story, what her parents said when she told them she was quitting her job to write letters, and how she met her now husband after ten days on a dating site. Hannah talks about her depression, how a major setback in her mental health prompted the writing of her second book, and how routines help her stay healthy. Hannah's story is almost unbelievable and yet it's real. One letter on a subway has turned into an international movement to encourage strangers through words.
Hannah tells a story about one letter campaign recipient who said the letters "restored his faith in humanity." If you are needing a little good news today, listen to this episode. It's about looking beyond ourselves to see the people right in front of us.
What if you could learn a tool that would change the way you communicate? What if you could speak in a way that inspires action and change? Would you be interested? Us too. That's why The Sisterhood invited Dr. John Trent to come on the show to talk about a time-tested communication tool: word pictures. Jesus used them, and as it turns out, so should we.
Word pictures help us convey our thoughts and feelings with clarity and honesty. They help cut through confusion and misunderstandings, and convey love in ways that our family and friends will never forget. It's absolutely true. Krista has tried this out already and it's working. She believes this will forever change the way she communicates with others both personally and professionally. Listen, learn, and then give it a try!
Shannon Polk is a modern day Renaissance woman. An attorney, a nonprofit consultant, and most recently an associate pastor, Shannon combines head work with heart work. We'll hear how Shannon lives an integrated life as pastor, wife, and mother, how her legal training impacts her ministry work, and how racial reconciliation plays out in her own church. From uncomfortable conversations about race to finding out from doctors that she would only have one child, Shannon's story is rich with pursuing God in every part of life.
At The Open Door Sisterhood we encourage women of faith to walk through the doors God is opening. Shannon has sometimes wondered about the timing, but has always trusted God's wisdom in making things happen when he has. Whether you are 40 and pregnant, a woman working with all men, a mom trying to maneuver work-home tensions, this interview has something for you.
We have a knack for spotting sisters from a distance. We're so glad we invited Shannon up to the mic, so we can learn from her story. Don't miss this interview. You'll be better for it.
We are committed to helping you with practical matters in your life here at The Sisterhood, so we like to offer suggestions and help on financial health, knowing that this is an important need. As summer approaches, many of us dream of vacations and memorable experiences with our friends, family, and children, but the question must be answered: how do we prepare for them financially? My guest, Emily G. Stroud, helps us answer this question. Offering helpful tips and ideas, Emily walks us through what it looks like in the budget to put a priority on special trips and experiences.
Along with vacation advice, Emily also offers tips on smart investing as we plan and prepare for the future. While some of these aren't new concepts, they bear repeating, over and over and over again, because we all could use reminders on what is the wise way to handle our money.
Listen in and plan to do those FUN things with your people!