Our Time to Rise

Together we are rising to meet life's challenges, seasons, opportunities, and changes with strength, courage, optimism, and faith. From the heavy and hard to the light-hearted and fun, popular podcast hosts and leadership mentors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall bring you honest and hopeful conversations for this moment in your life. We are intentional here. We are hopeful. We are courageous. We are honest. We are realistic. We are for each other. We are God fearing and Holy Spirit welcoming. We are joyful. We are generous. We are capable. We are rising together. It is our time to meet the moment. It is OUR TIME TO RISE.
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May 2, 2023

Today is the day! We are announcing the new name of our podcast!

The Open Door Sisterhood is not going anywhere – our retreats will still be called The Open Door Sisterhood Retreats – but the podcast is going to have it’s own name.

On today’s episode we discuss the five reasons we decided to change the name, the names that didn’t make the cut, and we announce the name that was decided upon in two minutes.

We can’t wait to share this with you! Look at us embracing growth and change – let’s do this TOGETHER!

Apr 25, 2023

What is something we all need? We do every day? That God made us to do? Sleep!

And yet many of us struggle with getting consistent, quality sleep. Dr. Val is here to the rescue. An M.D. and a sleep specialist, she works with women on creating sleep habits that allow them to be more effective in the world ( changers for good right where they are.) She joins us in an informative conversation about our sleep challenges and how they change as we age.

Here's the good news: Dr. Val says it doesn't have to be hard! We talk through sleep apnea in women, wind down routines that train our minds and bodies to know it's time for bed, and ways to tell our thoughts they are not welcome at 3:00a.m. If good sleep feels impossible to attain, this practical conversation will explain some of the common challenges women face and small changes we can make to feel more rested tomorrow.

Connect with Dr. Val

On her website or Instagram

Her free checklist of questions to ask your doctor if you're exhausted


A few things mentioned on the show

Oura Ring



Trader Joe's lentil soup

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Sleep Is a Skill podcast

Sleep Apnea Stories

Next week

Our big announcement!!! The new name of the podcast will be released and we'll share all of our thinking behind it.

Apr 18, 2023

We make a million tiny decisions every day. When our home systems are not strong, those small decisions can become big ones. We can't find the keys. We don't know if we have any tuna. We wonder where that belt has gone. We did have a belt like that right?

When our home systems are strong, our home is working for us rather than us working for our homes and stuff. Professional organizer, Morgan Tyree, returns to the sisterhood to talk about her tips for the hot spots around the house. From the kitchen to the garage, she gives us common trip up points and how we can maximize those areas to work for us.

We can't change some things about our homes, but we can influence what comes into them on the front end and then how we organize what stays. No matter your space set up, Morgan covers how you can make your home work for you rather than you working for your home. That is leading your life in your home!

Connect with Morgan

On her website, Instagram, or Podcast

Listen to this episode

On itunes

A few things mentioned on the show

Erasable labels from the Container store

Morgan's books Take Back Your Time, Your Hospitality Personality

Apr 11, 2023

We hear about the idea of shame, it's a concept that has been talked about a lot the last few years. How do we define it? What is shame? And how should we address it?

Our guest on this episode, Jasmine Holmes, describes shame as the feeling or need to hide, much like humanity felt in the Garden of Eden when sin entered the world. As we leave our Easter celebrations behind us on the calendar, we can remember the victory we find in Christ. 

Jesus's resurrection makes a new way for us. This hope and renewal can be true in our shame journeys as well. When we remember the freedom we have in God's grace we can move forward without hiding from God. 

Jasmine Holmes is a mom to three young boys, teaches history, and writes from her home in Jackson, Mississippi. In this conversation, Jasmine walks us through some questions to ask ourselves when we feel the need to hide, and some proactive steps we can take as fallen people to be held accountable by a trusted community of people who love us.

Identifying and working through shame is not a one and done experience, but a process we work out throughout our lives. Jasmine's perspectivepoints us to move toward Christ, instead of hiding from him, when we get those feelings that we've done something wrong. He knows us and loves us already.

We hear about the idea of shame, it's a concept that has been talked about a lot the last few years. How do we define it? What is shame? And how should we address it?

A few things mentioned on the show

The Pilgrim's Progress (modern English version)

The Soul of Shame by Dr. Curt Thompson

Changes That Heal by Henry Cloud

Brene Brown: We Need to Talk About Shame

Jasmine's new book: Never Cast Out: How the Gospel Puts an End to the Story of Shame

Apr 4, 2023

Part two of our Lead Your Mindset episodes, today we discuss

+why failure and discomfort are catalysts for deep change and growth
+who we can learn from in the world of mindset
+three things we can start doing today to develop and grow our thinking.

Emily Love, life coach and thought leader, is back to help us sort all of this out.

And Krista Gilbert, also a life coach, weighs in on how to structure our morning routine and set our intentions and mindset for the day ahead.

Change your mindset, change your life.

Join us!

Find Emily on her website or Instagram.


Self Doubt Questions:
Can I?
Will I?
Do I?

We can turn those into statements:

I can (show up to this meeting professionally)
I am (willing to do hard things)
I will (show up confidently to this event / meeting)
I do (believe in the gifts God has given me and the abilities I have)

“Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.”
“Pain is the greatest motivator for growth.”

75 Day Hard


Dr. Caroline Leif

Martin Seligman

Dr. Anita Phillips

Man’s Search for Meaning


Matthew 10:29
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Love + Light

“Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.”

Essence Words: exuberance, wisdom, magic, radiance, love

Sasha Shillcut interview on Boundaries


  1. HUNT THE GOOD – Write 3 good things and WHY they happened.
  2. Write up a T chart – write up the lie and the truth (what we want to be true or what is true)
  3. Ask these five questions:
    what lights my heart on fire?
    what keeps me up at night?
    what makes me stand out in a crowed room?
    what have I dreamt about doing but I’ve never done?
    what do other people tell me that I’m good at?


  1. Get 7 hours of sleep
  2. Get up when your alarm goes off – don’t push snooze
  3. Practice visualization for 30 seconds
  4. Spend 10 min. to 1 hour setting intentions for the day and reflecting / spending time with yourself.
  5. Practice specific gratitude
  6. Move your body
  7. Harness the Progress Principle by choosing how you will move one step forward in something you care about
Mar 28, 2023

Our thoughts determine our lives. They are that important.

This is why mindset matters. We can’t talk about leading our lives without first talking about leading our mindset.

Emily Love, a certified life coach and thought leader, offers valuable thoughts around how we identify our mindset, how we call out lies we’re believing, what role feelings play, and how we can use a mindset shift to change how we are moving through the world.

Then Krista, also a life coach, chimes in afterwards about resetting the brain and how to use visualization to help set an upward spiral in motion in your thinking and life.

You cannot miss this episode. If you want your life to be better on any level, this episode will help you do that.

Find Emily on her website or Instagram.


Mindset – an established set of attitudes held by someone; Your mindset is what you believe to be true about yourself, others, and the world.

Susan David – feelings are a signpost

Mindset for kids:

Right before a test, what do you think?
When you head to that test, here is what you can believe about yourself: I can do this – I’ve prepared.

What would be the ideal thing you would want your coach to say? Now the parent can become the voice of what the child is really hoping to hear.

Mar 21, 2023

We are taking a unique look at adventure today as we continue in our Lead Your Life series.

You've probably heard of the hero's journey in literature. On this episode we discuss our own hero's journey and what change, adventure, risk, fear, other people, and God have to do with it.

Jessie Cruickshank holds a degree from Harvard in Mind, Brain, and Education.

She is also a nationally recognized expert in disciple making and the neuroscience of transformation. Added to that resume is mountaineering and a background in outdoor education.

If you want to be encouraged to live a better. more adventurous story - join us for this episode!


Stages of faith development - James Fowler

Starting with IDENTITY:

Fill in "I am" statements.....
Consider - what is the story God is inviting me into?

The hero's journey - Joseph Campbell : Universal narrative that humans repeat in the arc of storytelling

  1. A person who is called to an adventure
  2. Who turns down the adventure
  3. But then life compels her to reconsider and take the challenge
  4. She meets a guide and a goes on the path.
  5. On the way she transforms from ordinary to a hero.

Question: Where are you on the hero's journey?

Adventure is the invitation to move outside our comfort zone (physical, emotional, social, spiritual chanllenge)

Mar 14, 2023

We continue to talk on the podcast about leading our lives. Prayer brings us into continued relationship with God as we consider how he wants us to move forward. Not only that, when we pray with Scripture, we are being transformed in the process because God's word changes us!

On this episode of the Open Door Sisterhood podcast we sit down with Jodie Berndt who for decades has been helping women learn to pray using Scripture. Jodie shares her own story about how using Scripture as a building block for her prayers gave them extra power and made them more interesting. This new way of praying helped her see the Bible has something to say about EVERY aspect of our lives.

You don't want to miss this honest and tender interview as we talk through common roadblocks women face when praying. We remind each other that God wants to hear our prayers. No topic is off limits with him. Noone is disqualified from coming to God. He wants to hear from us. Jodie ends our time by praying with us. When you push play you will not only hear about prayer, you will experience it with the sisterhood.

Connect with Jodie

On her website or on Instagram

A few things mentioned on the show

Moms In Prayer

Jodie's books:

Praying the Scriptures for Your Children

Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children

Praying the Scriptures for Your Life

Praying the Scriptures for Your Marriage

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Mar 7, 2023

When we are looking at leading our lives, one of the first places to peek under the hood is time management. How we spend our minutes, hours, and days adds up to a life, and usually we aren’t spending them they way we’d really like to when we take an honest look.

Today Crystal Paine, the Money Saving Mom, joins us to discuss how she gets it all done in a week using her 6:2 system, how to use get enough sleep, drink enough water, and track our habits. Crystal is a woman who runs a full time business, has six children, volunteers at her church, and writes books - her latest on time management.

She is sharing her secrets today and we all get to benefit.

If you want to lead a more intentional life with your time, this episode will help!

Some things you heard on the show:

Crystal’s new book Time Saving Mom


Friendships / Relationships

Atomic Habits

Crystal’s Habit Tracker

Feb 28, 2023

Monica Swanson knows what it means to be intentional in relationships at home. She makes decisions with the end goal in mind. She wants kids who love God, like each other, and are helpful by default. Those end goals shape their daily rhythms, how they talk to each other, and even their vacations. We dive right into the Lead Your Life series talking about family relationships because if ever there was a place where we need some intention, it's with those right around us.

Monica comes to us from the Aloha state. A mom to four sons who are growing and leaving home, she is able to look back a bit and evaluate what helped their family get where it is today. There was intentional time together, both as a family, but also with siblings. Their family culture didn't just happen, she and her husband Dave made decisions on purpose. Whether you have mental roadblocks to making some changes at home or logistical ones, Monica gives us the pep talk we need to face what might be holding us back from leading our families in the way we want them to go. This is a part practical, part inspirational conversation that you don't want to miss.

Sometimes the things that matter most to us, get our leftover attention. By leftover we mean the time we have left after all of the pressing things are taken care of. The people in our homes deserve our intentional best. Monica gives us some practical next steps to lead our family relationships. And as we say on the episode, we KNOW she lives what she teaches. She gets us. She knows what it's like to lead a family with intention.

Connect with Monica

On her website, on Instagram, or on her podcast

A few things mentioned

Monica's new book Raising Amazing: Bringing Up Kids Who Love God, Like Their Family, And Do The Dishes Without Being Asked


Spicy Uno

The latest research on girls and anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation

Our 24 Family Ways: A Family Devotional Guide by Clay Clarkson

Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family by Ruth Chou Simons

Krista's coaching services


Feb 21, 2023

We are starting a new series today called LEAD YOUR LIFE! For this first episode, Alex and Krista are diving into WHY leading our lives is better than defaulting to life – which is so easy to do.

In this episode we explore why each day is a new opportunity to lead our lives better than yesterday, how different people respond to change, and some areas we are doing well, and some not so well.

Giving some of our best resources for growth, we focus on how to take next, small steps in our actual lives. We are excited to dive into this new series with you!


Steve Cuss

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

The Good Life

5 Different Kinds of Fear:

  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of trading security for the unknown
  • Fear of being overextended financially
  • Fear of what others will say or think
  • Fear that success will alienate peers


We announced last week and that Alex and Krista are available to bring the magic of the Sisterhood retreats to YOUR group!

They are taking their proven strategies and are available for hire to come run a group retreat for your:

  • leadership team
  • work team
  • donors
  • executive directors
  • ministry groups
  • friends

If you are interested, email for more information.

Feb 14, 2023

It only happens once a year. It’s not Christmas, but it might feel like it as Alex and Krista give you their best tips, reads, recipes, and fashion items they’ve collected over the last year.

It’s the annual Things We Love episode for the Open Door Sisterhood Podcast!

Yes, we are ready with our favorite lip gloss combo (aka “the triple threat”), our must reads, and the sneakers that make teenagers' heads turn (in a good way!) These are things we love and because we're sisters, we're sharing them with you.

We laugh at ourselves a lot in this one (because, hello, we can be ridiculous). We hope this love vibe shines through the airwaves as you push play this Valentine's Day!


Our favorite things you heard about on the show


Here’s the triple threat combo from Emily Love’s sister Ashley. 

-Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick Kim KW – Nude

-Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner – Iconic Nude

-Fenty Glass Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – Fussy

Style Edit root touch up

Cerave Vitamin C serum

Cetaphil daily oil-free facial moisturizer Spf 35

Cerave Skin renewing night cream

Heatless curling set for hair


30 oz. Stanley Cup in cream $30

Stoneware kitchen sink caddy $15 (can put spray or dish soap and wooden scrub brush )

Kate Spade stud earrings $38


Victoria Black Vase from CB2 

Smith & Hawken Outdoor black lanterns (I use them inside and outside)


Nextrend Garlic twister 

Over sink roll up dish drying rack 

Magnolia Clear Glass Mixing Bowls 

9 x 13 ruffled ceramic baking dish by Crate and Barrel


Gametime (ticket deals for events) (formally Scott’s Cheap Flights)


New balance sneakers

Patagonia Nano Puff Parka

Nuuly subscription – I’m trying it ($88 for 6 styles)

Costco bras – Bali


  • Put a dash of bleach in your water for flowers to kill bacteria and they’ll last longer
  • Make any drink fun with fresh berries, mint, and sparkling something
  • Paint and new light fixtures changes any room


Enola Holmes (Netflix)

The Swimmers (Netflix)

The Rings of Power (Prime)


hidingintheclosetwithcoffee Amy Betters-Midtvet





From Strength to Strength

The God Shot by Tara Leigh Cobble

The Culture Code: The Secrets of HIghly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

I Guess I Haven’t Learned that Yet by Shauna Niequist

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple


Italian Sausage White Bean Soup – The soup recipe I made up for my friend’s going away party that now everyone loves (Ariana’s Going Away Soup)

The Italian Meatball Soup

Rave Reviews Dip – one of my easiest apps

Almond cherry scones (Easter coming up)

Thank you to our sponsor for this episode

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Philippians 4:8

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Feb 7, 2023

What if we could really discover this year what it means to live a blessed, abundant life? And not only discover it, but live it?

Kelly Minter, beloved Bible teacher and speaker, joins us this week to share what she learned about living life to the full through studying Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. We talk about why we sometimes don’t recognize the counterfeit path to abundance the world offers, how to invest in the eternal, and what it looks like to let go of “fair” and grab on to grace.

Kelly is someone who inspires with her keen insights and deep faith. You will walk away inspired to live more abundantly in the year ahead.

The Blessed Life: A 90 Day Devotional Though The Teachings & Miracles of Jesus

Kelly Minter’s Joseph study – Finding God Faithful

Face to Face Prayer Book with Kenneth Boa


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Jan 31, 2023

Creativity can feel like something we'll get to someday. Like when the kids are grown or the kitchen is clean. If we let it, that someday can turn into delay and even never. Why are we talking about this as part of our series The Healthy Way? Because we believe actively practicing creativity helps us live out how God made us.

Founder of Coffee + Crumbs, Ashlee Gadd, talks with moms all around the world about motherhood and creativity. Our conversation focuses in on how to get started when it's been a while, why creating together is a reflection of doing life together, and how to incorporate some practices into our actual lives that will get the creative sparks going.

You don't have to consider yourself an artist to be creative. You simply need to be someone made in the image of God. You ARE creative, now let's get on with the work of recognizing when we are already practicing creativity, and intentionally adding some outlets into our everyday experiences that help to break up the monotony and see the world with new eyes.

Listen to the episode here

On iTunes or watch it here:

Connect with Ashlee

On her website, on Instagram, through Coffee + Crumbs.

A few things mentioned on the show

Ashely’s new book Create Anyway

Tricia Goyer

The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath

Julia Cameron

Rhythm 52 Writing Prompts by Katie Blackburn

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Jan 24, 2023

How healthy is your relationship with technology? Do you use your phone? Or does your phone use you? That is a question asked on this week’s podcast and it hits very close to home.

Too few of us ask how we are honestly doing when it comes to digital input. We see “other people’s” digital addiction, but don’t recognize it in ourselves.

Jay Kim, pastor and author, lives in the heart of the Silicon Valley and writes about how we are being formed by the input we receive. He challenges us to be formed in the ways of God rather than Tik Tok or Instagram.

If you are anything like us, you will walk away with important insights about how to better use technology in 2023.

Some Things You Heard On The Show:

Analog Christian – Cultivating Resilience and Wisdom in the Digital Age by Jay Kim

Analog Church by Jay Kim

Unoffendable by Brant Hansen

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken

Michigander Band

Abby Holiday Music


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They are American made and each page has a quote of wisdom and truth at the bottom. You can order a journal here and tell them you are a part of the Sisterhood!

Jan 17, 2023

As we look at the new year, we can set health goals for ourselves. That's good! We can also set goals for our families. But how does one do that? And what happens when kids grow (read live into their free will and have opinions of their own) and make decisions we as moms find "unhealthy"?

Jodi Mockabee has a home full of teenagers and joins the sisterhood to discuss creating an environment that values health within our homes. We talk the basics of nutrition and exercise, but we also talk about modeling healthy behaviors, how to set realistic habit goals for ourselves, and when to allow our kids to experience natural consequences. Everything from pornography to food choices, we consider both the how and the why of leading our families toward health.

Mom, if you are wondering where to start in your own life, if you feel like your kids are harder to convince to move their bodies these days as you drag them out of bed, if you have ever wondered how you should handle a repeat unhealthy choice, this episode is for you. Jodi offers practical tips to move toward health in mind, body, and soul in the new year.

Connect with Jodi

You can find Jodi through her website or on Instagram!

Listen to this episode

You can find it on iTunes or watch it here.


A few things mentioned on the show

Jodi’s new book The Whole & Healthy Family

Episode 274 of The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast with Bethany McDaniel, Primally Pure founder

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures by Kristen A. Jensen

Pure Desire Ministries

Francie Winslow

Dr. Juli Slattery

Fight The New Drug



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The company’s Founder, Bethany, is a mom of two and farmer’s wife who truly cares about the integrity of the ingredients they use and the products they create. Primally Pure’s products are made at their headquarters in Southern California (not in a third party lab) by their team of skincare chefs for maximum freshness and purity.

Primally Pure offers a happiness guarantee and they will give you your money back if you aren’t satisfied, but I know you will be – their products are truly tr

Jan 10, 2023

Statistics tell us that church attendance is down, and many are leaving the traditional church. COVID also led to decreased church attendance as people got comfortable sitting in front of televised services in their pajamas. Today on The Healthy Way Series we are exploring the role of in-person church and its value in our lives.

Author and church expert, Ericka Anderson Sylvester, offers insight into how to find the right church for you or your family, what to do if your spouse or children don’t want to go with you, and why it’s never too late to return to a church body after being absent.

If you have been considering going back to church, or attending church for the first time, this episode will be encouraging. If you are a regular church attendee, this episode will help remind you why it is important to continue investing in the local church body.

We’ve never covered this topic on the podcast before and we’d love to hear your thoughts!


Ericka’s new book: Reason to Return: Why Women Need The Church and The Church Needs Women

Fresh Expressions

How to find a new church 101


Primally Pure values your health and gets you results with their line of non-toxic skincare products made with ingredients you don’t have to google. In addition to offering an incredible line of products (my favorites are the deodorant and dry shampoo ), Primally Pure takes the guesswork out of creating a skincare routine with their easy-to-use skin quiz found on their website.

Jan 3, 2023

Happy New Year sisters!

We are starting 2023 with our annual Healthy Way series. All things new are impacted by expectations, sometimes expectations set us up for success, and sometimes they don't. How do we move toward growth as we change the calendar page without striving? Do we put our faith in God or in ourselves to make changes? If we peel back the layers of our intentions, what do we find?

We cover all of these questions with Scarlet Hiltibidal. We also hear about how she grew up in the green room of SNL (true story) and how her early adventures impacted her view of the world. A great way to start the new year, a sister-to-sister chat that swings between childhood memories, the impact of strangers, hiding under the bed covers in China, and seeing a relationship with God as a gift.

We'd love to know what you are hoping for as you move into 2023? What are you hoping for? How do you balance the agency God's given you with knowing you don't need to do anything to earn God's love? Join the conversation!

Connect with Scarlet

On Instagram, or her website.


A few things mentioned


Victoria Jackson

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." - Colossians 3:2

Scarlet's first book Afraid of All The Things

Scarlet's new book You're The Worst Person in the World

"Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
    but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy."
- Proverbs 28:13

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Hoping for Happiness by Barnabas Piper


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Dec 13, 2022

Do you feel a little bit frazzled this Christmas season? Are you wondering if you can get it all done? Maybe you don’t have to… or maybe there are options beyond those swirling in your head.

Join us as we talk to Hannah Anderson, author of the Advent book Heaven and Nature Sing. Hannah reminds us to slow down and savor the season. She also offers permission to work by our own rhythm and calendar as opposed to those around us.

If you are needing your soul to breathe a little bit today, this episode is for you.

This will be our last episode in 2022. We’ll see you for the Healthy Way Series in 2023!


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Dec 6, 2022

Boundaries give us the protection we need to live out our priorities. They protect our energy for the things that are truly most important to us. If we can remember the benefit of boundaries, we are better able to establish and maintain them. Sounds easy, right? We know it's not. This is why we've invited Dr. Sasha Shillcutt to our series on what we really want for Christmas.

From what freaks us out about setting boundaries (psst... it's our fears of others' responses), to the ways we can even know what we want (this involves consistent alone time), we talk through why it's so hard for us to say "no" even when that is clearly our best response.

Boundaries are not selfish. They are in fact a way to ensure that we are best able to serve where and how God has called us. Jesus himself had some serious boundaries and we talk about those too on this episode.

Don't hesitate, get going on deciding what you really want the next month, and what boundaries might be needed to make those happen, and then rip off the band-aid and have a brief (maybe hard) conversation so that you can be intentional about getting what you actually want this Christmas.

Connect with Sasha

On her website or Instagram

Listen to this episode

On iTunes or watch it here:

A few things mentioned

Sasha's new book: Brave Boundaries: Strategies to Say No, Stand Strong, and Take Control of Your Life: The Key to Living Empowered


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Start 2023 with a Scriptural foundation to each day. This beautifully illustrated 5x7 Scripture calendar features original paintings from the "Fabric and Soul" series by ThouArtExalted Ministries founder, Annie Pajcic.

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Nov 29, 2022

Do you have anyone in your life who is hard to buy for at Christmastime? Do you find yourself saying “I have no idea what to get him / her- they don’t need anything!” If so, this episode is for you.

Krista and Alex begin by talking about why gift giving matters and the spirit that fuels the tradition. We then give you TONS of ideas. From low cost ideas to experiences to subscriptions to tech – we’ve got you covered.

There is no question that the longer we wait to decide what we are giving, the more stress builds, adding to our holiday frenzy. Listen today – decide on your gift – then ENJOY the holiday season!


Priya Parker – The Art of Gathering


  • housecleaning
  • babysitting
  • pet sitting
  • dinner delivered
  • tech support
  • personal trainer


  • Trader Joe’s basket
  • golf simulator time
  • tickets to a show
  • fly fishing guided trip
  • basketball game tickets
  • dinner cooked by a local chef (or you!)
  • tea party for 8
  • pop up picnic in the park
  • red party – everything is red
  • a standing date once a month
  • classes
  • overnight or weekend away
  • dueling piano bar
  • summer concert


  • art work
  • poem
  • macrame
  • family travel maps
  • recipe book
  • homemade limoncello or kahlua
  • bench made from railroad ties
  • advent wreaths
  • video of parents or grandparents talking about their lives




Adventures in Odyssey Club for kids

The Olive Press

Olympia Postal Previsions Club

Murray’s Cheese

Jenny’s Pint Club


Portable speaker: Wonderboom 2

Portable car battery charger (for anyone who has a car)

Smart Frame: Skylight

Air tags (to find things) – this one is a car keyring


Nov 22, 2022

Alex and Krista offer inspiration for prayer and conversation around your Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering. Sprinkled with prayers, and even a historic Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, is a sister-to-sister conversation meant to give you the part practical, part inspirational you need to set your table and event.</p>

Whether you're trying to figure out how to get conversation flowing or you don't know how to do a prayer given the guests in attendance, we offer some ideas that might help get the creative ideas churning. We want you to be able to honor your guests and honor God by setting a spot where people feel comfortable expr essing gratitude.

This is one you might refer to again and again as you consider what it means to gather those you love. We hope you listen as you cook, clean, or drive as part of your Thanksgiving holiday prep. But most of all we hope you know we believe you are world changers for good right where you are, wherever that might be.

Listen to this episode:

You can listen on iTunes or watch it here:

A few things mentioned:

The Lord's Prayer

(Matthew 6:9-13) from The New Living Translation:

Our Father in heaven,
    may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
    as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
    but rescue us from the evil one.


The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker


Grace After Meals

From To Bless The Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue

"We end this meal with grace

For the joy and nourishment of food,

The slowed time away from the world

To come into presence with each other

And sense the subtle lives behind our faces,

The different colors of our voices,

The edges of hungers we keep private,

The circle of love that unites us.

We pray the wise spirit who keeps us

To change the structures that make others hunger

And that after such grace we might now go forth

And impart dignity wherever we partake."


Questions for the table:

1. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving or holiday memory?

2. If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

3. What’s the best gift you have ever received? 

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

5. What’s the best book you’ve read and what made it so special?

6. Share about a time when you had a need. How was it met?

7. If you could meet your great great grandchildren what wisdom would you pass on

to them? What would you want them to know? 

8. If you could spend one day doing a job that you are not currently doing, what would you do? 

9. What’s one thing that you would love to do in your lifetime that no one knows?

10. What’s your biggest fear?

11. If you were going to open a restaurant, what would the concept be?

12. What’s the strangest thing you believed as a child?

13. If a movie was made of your life, who would play you?

14. What was your biggest fashion faux pas ever?

15. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

16. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?


Prayer cards for the dinner table


Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."


Psalm 100:

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

    Worship the Lord with gladness;

    come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];

    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving

    and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

    his faithfulness continues through all generations."



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Nov 15, 2022

Hygge is trending, but what exactly is it? And why are we putting it in our Holiday series? Yes, today is the start of our Holiday series where we are looking at what we REALLY want for Christmas. And Hygge is one of the things we really want.

Hygge is a Danish practice that centers on slow living, shared moments, and fostered friendships. It nurtures beauty, contentment, and well being. When we cozy up to a fire with a warm drink in a mug, that is hygge. When we light candles, bake fresh bread, or gather around a wooden table for a hearty meal, that is hygge as well. Hygge is cozy. It’s home.

In this episode Jamie Erickson, author of the new book Holy Hygge, unpacks some of the tenets of this Danish practice and marries them with deep theological truths. We hear how Hygge can increase our sense of fulfillment and joy around the holidays and how we can bring this inviting concept into our daily lives.

Join us for this very interesting episode!


Holy Hygge: Creating a Place to Gather and the Gospel to Grow by Jamie Erickson

Joshua 4 Rememberance Stones

Timothy Keller Christmas Advent book Hidden Christmas

Unwrapping The Names of Jesus (for kids)- Asherita Ciuciu

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus (for adults)

Tsh Oxenreider Shadow and Light – A Journey Into Advent


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Nov 8, 2022

Midlife comes with additional financial challenges. We are often paying bigger bills (think education for our kids, care for our parents, and paying of mortgages) and we are considering our financial future.

Questions like: Do we have enough coming in every month to cover what we need? Will we have enough in the future to last our lifetime? Can we give our kids a four-year college education? Can we address needs we have now while not taking away from retirement?

We bring you financial planner Kate Redden to consult us on all of the stressful questions that money and midlife bring up. She works with clients every day helping them to identify those stress points, understand where they are currently and where they want to head in coming years.

We often don't talk about money stress, but no topic is off limits for the sisterhood. This is a part practical, part inspirational conversation in that we give you both the why and the how of making a financial plan in order to relieve the stress of the unknown.

Connect with Kate

Through her website, Linkedin, or email:

Listen to this episode

On iTunes or watch it here:


A few things mentioned on the show


“Hot water heaters tend to blow up in mid-life for some reason.”

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Nov 1, 2022

Some call midlife the “sandwich season” because people in this age group are parenting young adult children while caring for aging parents.

Today we are discussing how to care well for our parents as they age, and the opportunity we have to become more Christ-like in the process.

Jane Daly, author of The Caregiving Season, is joining us to talk about her own experience caring for both of her parents. We explore the difference between “parenting” and “coaching” our parents.

We also discuss how to take away car keys, what happens if their mind fails before their body, what information we need to have on file in case of a death or injury, and how to divide up caregiving duties between siblings.

If you are nearing a caregiving season, or are in one right now, this episode will be a source of encouragement, help, and inspiration.

You can find Jane at her website


The Caregiving Season by Jane Daly

Faithful Counseling


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