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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: October, 2019
Oct 29, 2019

We’re beating the Christmas stress this year. Do you want to join us? Bring on the joy, peace, and merry! One of the primary ways we plan to do this is by employing a concept called “third way thinking.”

The third way is about getting creative, opening up possibilities, and planning. We like this concept here at The Sisterhood, and we really like it as we discuss how to do the Christmas season better.

In this episode we cover expectations vs. expectancy, how to navigate difficult dynamics around scheduling Christmas, planning for traditions, and what it might look like to rethink gift giving.

It may seem early to be talking about and planning for Christmas, but come December you’ll be so glad you did. A peek into what we’ll be covering in The Christmas Remake, this conversation will get you ready for “less stress and more memories” this season.

Oct 22, 2019

You may be familiar with Auntie Anne's Pretzels, the soft warm pretzels served around the world. What you likely don't know is the story of Auntie Anne herself. The most we've ever cried during an Open Door Sisterhood interview, Anne Bieler's humility and gratitude for God's redemptive love is moving.

Having grown up in the Amish community of Pennsylvania, Anne learned to value family, faith, and hard work. However, she did not learn how to talk about her feelings. So when tragedy hit when she was a young mother, Anne didn’t know how to express her grief. The pain she experienced from the loss of a child changed her story.

Anne tells of the darkness she encountered during the years that followed and the redemption she experienced through confessing her secrets to her husband and receiving his love and acceptance. Her message of confession and the power of sharing our stories will leave you changed.

Oct 15, 2019

If 70% of success in sports is mental training, then the most critical area of any sport is the six inch playing field between our ears. Turns out, the same principles that are used for mental discipline training for athletes are also secret weapons for everyday people like us who regularly face difficult scenarios, dilemmas, and problems.

Trisha Kroll joins us to talk about her experience playing Division 1 volleyball at the University of Kansas, and what she learned about the mental part of the game. She and her husband own and run a non-profit organization called The Difference Maker whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of athletes by training, equipping, and inspiring them in sports and in life.

Whether you are listening to this to be able to help your child, to educate your athletes, or to simply become stronger mentally, you will walk away with nuggets of gold to start applying today!

Oct 8, 2019

For more than two decades Sissy Goff has been counseling girls and their families. In recent years she has noticed an increased number of girls struggling with worry and anxiety in her counseling practice. This is backed up by national trends. In this episode we explore why that is and what parents can do to help girls of all ages recognize their worry and manage it so that it doesn’t manage them.

From naming your worry to running around the block to calm down to intentional breathing exercises (for girls and parents), Sissy gives the sisterhood practical approaches to parents as we help guide our daughters through the waters of worry.

For any woman and anyone who loves girls and wants to know more about how to care for them, this conversation with Sissy Goff isn't to be missed.

Oct 1, 2019

Our fall kitchen series is designed to help inspire and equip you to get dinner on the table. Meal time matters. Studies show that families who set aside time for family dinners reduce their children’s risk of destructive behaviors and foster belonging, safety, and confidence.

But let’s be honest. We also want our food to taste good when we gather around the table! Today Melissa D’Arabian joins us for Part 2 of this two part special series with tasty recipes and helpful ideas. Winner of Season 5 of The Food Network Star, Melissa is no stranger to the kitchen or to creating delicious meals for the masses and also for her family of six.

Whether you are cooking for a crowd, or cooking for a small few, this episode will underscore the value of the table in your life.

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