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Oct 25, 2022

If you are in midlife, likely you've walked past the mirror, or tried on a pair of pants, and wondered what in the world? Sister, you're not alone! We are talking about what is going on and how we can faithfully and appropriately respond to how our bodies (ahem...tummies) are changing.

We are bringing Alisa Keeton, Founder of Revelation Wellness, to the conversation. She knows what it is to be fit and as a woman in midlife, she also knows how bodies can change quickly. We cover three areas of change unique to this stage of life: hormones, eating, and movement. (Spoiler: we tend to eat more indulgently and move less these years.)

But there is hope! God has created us to live ALL of our years fruitfully. We can use resistance training, walking, and mindfulness to strengthen our changing bodies while giving them what they need for today. You will both learn and be inspired by this episode (remember the part practical, part inspirational we're always talking about?)

Hear how you too can love your changing body during midlife.

Connect with Alisa

On her website or on Instagram

 

A few things mentioned

Revelation Wellness

Francie Winslow

From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
 planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” -Psalm 92:12-15

RevWell TV

Revelation Wellness podcast

Alisa's words

“To really be connected in your body means to be fully present without judgment.”

 "83% of women in midlife say that their body image in midlife has to do with their midsection."

"Stop working so hard."

“God has more for us, but it’s new and everyone hates new.”

“Midlife is the time to stop thinking about what you’re eating and ask yourself why you’re eating.”

 

Oct 18, 2022

Perhaps the number one stressor listeners have expressed about the season of midlife is parenting teens and young adults. How do we maneuver these new waters when the consequences to kids' decisions seem so serious? How do we know when to step in and when to back off? And even deeper, how do we deal with our own self image when our kids make decisions we wouldn't make for them?

We are bringing you the best in Evan and Elisa Morgan. With credentials from years in ministry, decades in marriage and parenting, and their share of stressful parenting decisions, they share their wisdom in what it means to parent in midlife. We talk about the differences between parenting teens and young adults, how to move away from parenting promises and center in on parenting principles, and what to do when you are faced with two bad options as a parent.


With honesty like you've never quite heard before, the Morgans speak from experience in walking with God through painful parenting years. If you think a Christian podcast episode on parenting couldn't possibly understand YOUR depth of pain, you might be surprised by what you hear. This isn't an episode about how to get it all right in parenting. Quite the opposite. This is about how to welcome God into our process as we grow in this phase of life.

Oct 11, 2022

We’re half way through the “Midlife is No Joke” series and we are pausing to hear from Krista and Alex about their personal experiences in midlife.

We cover stressors, opportunities, sleep issues, trusting God in hard times, the purpose of exercise, resources, and what is saving our mid-lives right now.

Our sister straight talks are always honest, and offer a layered look at our series topic. Join us!

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Kelly Flanagan Interview

Create vs Copy

Greenbluff Apple Farms

Vashon Island

Lauren Daigle

Spotify Family Plan

Maverick City Worship

Shane & Shane

Kelly Minter Joseph Study

Boundaries

Henry Cloud Videos & Courses

Oct 4, 2022

Friendships in midlife are sometimes complicated, but they don't have to be. On the podcast today we are diving into how to be a good friend, how to neighbor well, and how to cultivate diverse relationships that add richness and texture to life.

Popular author, Shannan Martin, joins us to share her wisdom on creating community - what worked, and what didn't. You will walk away more equipped for healthy, authentic, and strong relationships after listening.

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW:

Start with Hello – Shannan Martin’s new book

Loving My Actual Neighbor: Seven Practices to Treasure The People In Front Of You – Alexandra Kuykendall’s book

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Sep 27, 2022

When we asked you, our podcast listeners, what you'd like to hear about when it comes to midlife, one topic stood above the rest: menopause. Our bodies are changing, often in ways we never knew they could or would, and we don't know what to do. The sisterhood is the perfect place to come for questions you might not want to ask anywhere else. We bring you trusted experts and this conversation is no different.

For this widely requested topic, we couldn't ask just anyone to join us, we needed to find the best. And we did in OB-Gyn Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley. She has lived through menopause herself and has guided women over decades through "the change." She covers everything from weight gain to mood swings, hot flashes to hormone surges. You will not only learn a ton (we did!) you will be encouraged that what you are going through is a normal part of human development.

If you are experiencing the classic signs of menopause, are wondering what's ahead, or simply want to know what the fuss about estrogen supplements is, this episode is worth your time. We can't change aging, but we can have a better sense of what's actually happening in our bodies. Dr. Carol is a knowledgeable guide who anticipates our questions before we even ask them. Nothing says sisterhood like this.

Connect with Carol

Through her website

Listen to this episode

On iTunes or watch it here:

https://youtu.be/Ug5TwxN3jUw

A few things mentioned:

Estrace

Vagifem

The Menopause Manifesto by Jennifer Gunter

Gennev online clinic

The SWAN Study

Dr. Carol Ministries

Dr. Carol's course Navigating Midlife

Dr. Carol's book Dr. Carol's Guide to Women's Health

Dr. Carol's e-book Dr. Carol's Guide to Sex and Menopause

Dr. Carol's Hormone download

 

Thank you 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.

Sep 20, 2022

Do you find yourself navigating a marriage in midlife? There are unique challenges that couples face in this time of life.

Maybe you’ve been married a long time and are needing a fresh way to navigate old patterns. Or maybe you are struggling to stay married and wonder about your future as a couple. Or maybe you simply desire to bring life and joy back as a couple. Wherever you find yourself, this episode is for you.

Jimmy and Irene Rollins are no strangers to difficulty in marriage. As pastors of a large church, they seemed to have it all together from the outside. But on the inside they were crumbling. Irene was battling alcohol addiction, and Jimmy was struggling with overeating and pornography. They became comfortable with disfunction.

Now healed and whole, as individuals and as a couple, Jimmy and Irene lead a couples ministry to people all over the world. They honestly share about what turned their marriage around and how each one of us can do the same. There is wisdom sprinkled all throughout this episode. Don’t miss this one!

Find out more about Jimmy and Irene at Two=One or join their online community with your spouse! or follow them on Instagram.

Follow The Open Door Sisterhood on Instagram

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Imago Marriage Therapy – image of familiar love

Here is what I observed…. this is what I made up about that… here is how that impacted me… would you

Quotes from the interview:

“Without affirmation, everything feels like accusation”

“Practice doesn’t make things perfect, it makes things repetitive”

“You can’t be upset about the marriage you refuse to work on”

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Sep 13, 2022

We are kicking off a new series on the podcast this week! We are calling it Midlife is No Joke.

Because midlife brings responsibilities from many directions. It also brings lots of change. These combined can act as a pressure cooker of stress, or at least an uncharted path as we respond to changing roles, relationships, and responses (ours and others.)

Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a clinical psychologist turned fiction author who explores the big questions of life in both areas of work. His experience "sitting in the chair", as he calls it, along with his own midlife journey, offers the sisterhood insights about the common questions many of us face as we realize we are no longer young and we still have some years of life left.

Who am I as my roles change? Where am I headed? Is there pain involved in this new change? How do I discern God's path for me? These are not light questions and Dr. Kelly gives us some approaches on how to listen to our responses in our heads and bodies as we confront these bigger questions.

We've got a lot to cover about midlife over the next several weeks, and we are diving in headfirst with the big questions because we all have them.

Connect with Kelly

On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

A few things mentioned

The first time Kelly was on the podcast: Episode 58 on Shame, Worthiness, Belonging and Purpose

Kelly's first book, Loveable: Embracing What is Truest About You, So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life

His new book, The Unhiding of Elijah Campbell: A Novel

Marie Kondo

Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattie

Sep 6, 2022

The Busy Mom’s Guide is wrapping up today with a Sister Straight Talk with Krista & Alex. They open with discussing some important areas we didn’t get to yet – like time management and the strategies we’re using to plan our days.

We also talk about add on chores, the benefit of coaching, how to make time for relationships, apps that come in handy, and how God can meet us right in the middle of our stress.

Come join this discussion and let us know your thoughts!

Message us your comments on The Open Door Sisterhood Instagram page!

Follow Krista on her website or Instagram

Follow Alex on her website or Instagram

THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Morgan Tyree’s 10 Minute Organizing Challenge

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Focus Keeper App

Pomodoro Method App

Tanya Dalton

Voxer App

Kelly Minter’s Joseph Study

The Open Door Sisterhood gets two weeks free of Prep Dish.  Just go over to prepdish.com/sisterhood to sign up.

Aug 30, 2022

She was making deodorant in her kitchen sink because she loved using natural ingredients. Seven years ago Bethany McDaniel had a dream to get natural deodorant and soaps into the hands of others. She had no idea she would soon have a warehouse, a headquarters, and a staff to help her get those products into the world.

We talk with Primally Pure natural products brand owner and founder, Bethany McDaniel, about how she started her company, how she manages motherhood and boss lady roles at the same time, and how she schedules almost everything. She remind us that hard is kind of normal when you're in charge and that instead of seeing obstacles as problems to avoid, they are opportunities to try something new.

Join us for this conversation about how motherhood and an entrepreneurial spirit can work together as we are women who are world changers for good right where we are. Being a mom can mean limitations on our time, resources, energy, and attention. It can also force us to be laser focused as we pursue the dream God has given us. And who are we kidding? He knows that dream, he can help us creatively make it happen.

Connect with Primally Pure

Find their products here and follow them on Instagram

Listen to the show

Always available on iTunes or watch on YouTube.

A few things mentioned

Primally Pure deodorant

Primally Pure dry shampoo

Primally Pure spa

Janessa Leone hats

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Aug 23, 2022

Are you the kind who has thousands of photos on your phone with little to no organization? Do you get overwhelmed when you look at your camera roll and wonder if these precious memories are safe and backed up? If your answer is yes, you are in good company.

In this episode we break down how to best organize our digital photos, how to delete duplicates, how to safely backup our camera roll, when to use an external hard drive, how to do a better job of printing photos, and how to get those precious vintage photos into a digital form.

This episode is practical and incredibly helpful. Let’s clean up our digital clutter and get organized!

Check out Casey's website for tips, services, and help!

Apple Photo App – Photos Take Out

Amazon Prime Photos – install on phone and it will back up entire icloud

External Hard Drives:
Seagate
Western Digital
Tobisha

Getting Photos from Print to Digital:

Epson Fast Photo – can scan at 300, 600, or 1200 DPI

PhotoMyn

Sharing Photos We Have:

Chat Books – Monthly Minis

Aura Digital Photo Frame

imovie

Songs for Videos

Music Bed

“I often have to tell myself, done is better than perfect.” – Casey Von Stein

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: PREP DISH

The Open Door Sisterhood gets two weeks free. Just go over to prepdish.com/sisterhood to sign up.

Aug 16, 2022

Bunmi Laditan hasn't always prayed like she does now. Her faith in recent years has grown and with it she finds herself praying all day long in a constant conversation with God. This episode in The Busy Mom's Guide series is about prayer. Not holy, big word prayer, but gritty, honest prayer that says exactly how we're feeling and what we're thinking.


We are always striving for part practical and part inspirational in our podcast episodes and this conversation hits the perfect balance of both. Bunmi reminds us of the good news of the Gospel. As a relatively returner to faith, her excitement about God's care for us IS inspiring. She also tells us why as a mom she prays for her kids (as her parents prayed for her for many years.) If you are a mom of older kids you will be inspired to pray for them.


Bunmi also shares about HOW she prays. She gets practical. She reads Scripture, journals, anoints her children with oil, and whispers and screams. She goes to God as her father and believes in his gentleness as he receives her. This sense of safety gives her the freedom to be completely honest in her prayers. She knows God won't reject her but will welcome her words.


If you are a mom who has never prayed you will find a friend in Bunmi. If you are a mom who wonders if your prayers matter, you will be reassured they do. If you are a mom who is tired of the fluff, we've got you. This conversation is for you.

Connect to Bunmi

You can find Bunmi on her website and on Instagram and Facebook

Listen to this episode

on iTunes or watch it here:

 

A few things mentioned in the interview

Bunmi's new book: Help Me God, I'm a Parent: Honest Prayers for Hectic Days and Endless Nights

https://www.amazon.com/Help-Me-God-Im-Parent/dp/0310365074/ref=sr_1_1?crid=EWYQD0C8YIS7&keywords=bunmi+laditan&qid=1660621133&sprefix=bunmi%2Caps%2C105&sr=8-1&asin=0310365074&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." -John 1:5 (NIV)

Stormie O'Martian

 

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Aug 9, 2022

Do you struggle finding time to declutter, pick up the house, or keep systems going? Some women are organized and structured in most everything they do – others, not so much.

Dana White, aka The Slob Comes Clean, joins us to talk about the 5 minute pick up, how to return items to the place that makes the most sense, and what freedom in finding our cleaning style looks like.

If you are desiring to start off your fall on a clean note, tune in!

 

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Aug 2, 2022

If we know one thing about moms it's that we're busy. And if we know anything about this time of year it's that the busy ramps up. So we are kicking off our back to school series we are calling The Busy Mom's Guide. We're starting by talking about how to engage with Scripture in the middle of parenting chaos. As our guest Hunter Beless says, there is no quiet these days for the "quiet time."

Hunter is the author of the children's book Read It, See It, Say It, Sing It: Knowing and Loving the Bible. Those approaches work for moms too. We can place Scripture where we'll read it. On the steering wheel of our car, next to the kitchen sink, in our pocket. If we can see it, we can read it. We can also listen to it. Often the best approach to engaging Scripture when we never sit down is to have it playing over us and around us. Hunter understands that this is a unique time in a woman's life and it requires unique approaches.

From Scripture memorization to dinner time readings to habit stacking (you'll want to hear this one), we talk about what it means for busy moms to eat from the bread of life. We need to nourish our souls on God's good word and the busier we are, the more we need it. So how are you going to engage with Scripture today?

 

A Few Things Mentioned:

Hunter’s podcast The Journeywomen Podcast

Hunter’s children’s book, Read It, See It, Say It, Sing It: Knowing and Loving the Bible

"They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” -Deuteronomy 32:47

"Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:4

"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6

"How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Psalm 119:103

SEEDs Family Worship

The Dwell Bible app

Scripture Typer app

Atomic Habits by James Clearr

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever."
Psalm 23

“Let us consider if we’re not spending time with God, why we’re not.” –Dallas Willard

Things Hunter Said:
“If I really want to know that God is who he says he is, I’m going to open up this book and ask him to show me…to show me who he is.”

“We need the Gospel. And we don’t just need it one time, we need it every day.”

 

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Their weekly meal plans offer you meals that are

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-delivered straight to your inbox

-adaptable to your family's needs (gluten free and dairy free options available)

-answer the question "What's for dinner?"

 

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Jul 5, 2022
Victoria Deurstock was learning principles of design and immediately recognized how they transfer to our spiritual lives. The flow of a room or a space can easily reflect peace. Or not. The same can be true of our hearts. What is allowing or preventing God's peace from flowing through us?
 
If you are looking for peace, Victoria has some ideas about how you can find it and make it. A writer, speaker, and coach who lives in the intersection of heart and home, she knows how peaceful settings can be created and peaceful hearts can be centered.
 
Krista has a quick, thoughtful conversation with Victoria where they consider what it means to live peace out in our schedules, pace, and physical spaces. From de-cluttering to focal points, design principles also speak to spiritual principles. Victoria also tells why she thinks we should stay away from Pinterest and even Instagram when considering our spaces (that's worth hearing!)
 
This conversation will inspire you to rethink how you set up your space, and maybe even how you set up your life.
 

Connect with Victoria

On Instagram or her website

A Few Things Mentioned

The Farm Chicks Vintage Fair

Victoria's devotional books

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Jun 28, 2022

Summer opens up some time to get creative and do those projects in our homes we’ve been meaning to get to during the year. Liz Marie Galvan, queen of cozy + cottage, joins the Sisterhood today to talk about how we can tap into our the designer in each of us.

Liz, the owner of The Found Cottage, has a knack for putting a warm, inviting, and highly styled touch on everything she does. In this episode she offers tips on how to overcome paralysis, how to style collections, and how to express our individual personality without fear.

You will walk away inspired to make a fresh mark in your own home.

Connect with Krista Gilbert or The Open Door Sisterhood on Instagram.  

You can connect with Liz Marie on her websitePinterest, or Instagram

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

Liz Marie’s Library Room

The great pumpkin shelves we talked about

The Farm Chicks Antique Show

Marburger Antique Show

Elkhorn Antique Show in Wisconsin

Springfield Antique Show in Ohio

Jun 21, 2022

Today is the first day of summer! The season often means putting on a swimming suit and facing the fun. Humor writer and comedian Anna Lind Thomas joins the sisterhood to talk about how she is never ready for summer and swimming suits. With a funny and practical twist Anna covers swimsuit shopping (make it an event), finding a suit that flatters (skirts are cute and functional), and harnessing all of the confidence of our good bodies as we enjoy the summer with our people.

Naturally this conversation takes us into deeper topics like how we speak to our bodies, how we honor them, what confidence looks like, and how our mindset about our bodies and aging impacts how we are able to enjoy our reality. There is no turning back the clock, we will never look like we did decades ago, so acceptance is part of the process of loving the bodies we have today.

Whether you're needing a little inspiration to embrace your 2022 body, or you want a reminder that God gives us bodies and we get to use them to do his good work in the world, this episode will be a good start to the summer months. Now get outside and enjoy the world God has made! Happy Summer!

Connect with Anna

On her website or Instagram

A few things mentioned on the show

Anna's new book I'm Not Ready For This: Everybody Just Calm Down and Give Me a Minute

I'm Not Ready for This: Everybody Just Calm Down and Give Me a Minute

Anna's first book We'll Laugh About This Someday: Essays on Taking Life a Smidge Too Seriously

Catherine O'Hara

Oreo Mega Stuf

Whole Foods Chantilly Cake

Episode 38 of The Open Door Sisterhood Fashion: Tips for Telling Your Fasion Story with Megan Cobble

 

Jun 14, 2022

Today we are wrapping up the “This Cultural Moment” series with a sister straight talk with Krista and Alex.

We discuss why it is so hard to honor people with different ideas, how Ephesians 6 holds a secret to living well in this period of time, what grid we can use to filter our decisions, and what it looks like to lean into hope.

Join us for this honest conversation, and let’s “get our joy back” as we lean in to this moment of time in which we get to live.

 

Arthur Brooks in Conversation with Simon Sinek – a podcast episode about honoring people and differing with their ideas

 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. --Ephesians 6:10-16

The Chart we referenced from Authentic Church by Vaughn Roberts

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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Jun 7, 2022

We've been talking about what it means to live in "this cultural moment" as a follower of Jesus. No wonder the topic of parenting has popped up in this series a number of times. This episode is dedicated to how we as parents navigate decisions and conversations when cultural norms conflict with our own values. Can anybody relate?

We are thrilled to bring you Deborah Porter, the Ultimate Mom Coach, as we talk through social media, expectations of perfection, family non-negotiables, and difficult conversations. Deborah's wisdom soaks through in every word. She reminds us to approach our own views and our kids' opinions with humility, encourages us to ask for forgiveness when we've made mistakes, and to keep offering our children love as they navigate this world.

Our faith is about reconciliation with our heavenly father. Our parenting posture can mirror that spirit of welcoming home over and over. We know you'll find this conversation to be helpful and hopeful as you guide the young people in your life to think through cultural norms, hot topics, and headlines. Deborah reminds us that we can't control what our kids think, but we can teach them how to think as they face the world.

Connect with Deborah

On her website or Instagram

Listen to this episode

On iTunes or watch it here:

https://youtu.be/mhdZScWoXUA

A few things mentioned on the show

Curt Thompson interview

Jerry Sittser interview

The five love languages

Maverick City Worship, Wait on you

Deborah's freebies

Things said

“Perfection was never the goal, love is the goal”

“We can’t tell them what to think, but we can teach them how to think.”

“God makes up the difference.”

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Each box is focused around one of what they call the “Be Attitudes”. (Be You, Be Strong, Be Kind, Be a Friend…) These are reminders of who God created each girl to be and how He wants her to live.

Each box has both a seasonal & inspirational theme and includes something to…

· Read – Faith-based devotional, book, or bible study

· Do – Craft, game, puzzle, or activity

· Wear – Clothing, jewelry, or accessory

· Eat – Healthy snack or sweet treat

· Display – Candle, cross, sticker, sign, or magnet

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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 31, 2022

As people of faith, doubt scares us. We ask questions such as: Does doubt mean our children will never return to faith? Will I ever experience God again? Is God angry or punishing me for my doubt? How does doubt differ from unbelief? What should I say to those who are doubting?

Joining us for this important episode is A.J. Swoboda, award winning author, theology professor, and speaker. A.J. walks us through doubt vs. unbelief, how to respond to doubt, the definition of deconstruction, why this generation may be struggling with questions about faith, and why talking through doubts with trusted people matters.

We are sure the wisdom shared in this episode will speak to you and offer a fresh and helpful perspective.

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE EPISODE

After Doubt: how to question your faith without losing it

Deconstruction is the idea of undoing something. It comes out of the German post modern tradition.

Skye Jethani  – The Holy Post Podcast

Preston Sprinkle: The Center for Faith, Sexuality, & Gender

The Bible Project

In Faith & Doubt Podcast with AJ Swoboda & NiJay Gupta

John 20 – Jesus never rushes. He waits 7 days to show Thomas his scars. It is abundantly clear that Thomas’ faith crisis was not Jesus’ faith crisis.

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May 25, 2022
This is a special episode we wish we didn’t have to release: On School Shootings with Columbine High School survivor Crystal Woodman Miller.

As we all reel from the senseless tragedy of the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde, Texas, once again this subject comes to forefront of our minds and hearts.

We are asking the questions: What if this happens to my child? How do I talk to my kids about this? How do survivors of school shootings ever learn to live life again? How do we stop this? These are some of the questions we attempt to address in this interview.

Beginning with Crystal’s personal story, she helps us understand what it really means to be a “survivor,” to trust God in the hardest of circumstances, and to find life again after tragedy.

When hard things happen, here at The Sisterhood we circle up. This is what we are doing today.

This is not a part of our regular series, but a special episode released in light of recent events. May God build our faith and may we trust God over our fears.

Resources:

Triumph Over Tragedy - a healing retreat for survivors of mass shootings

To my Fellow Survivors - an open letter to survivors of mass shootings

You can reach Crystal Woodman Miller through her website

May 24, 2022

What is the opposite of something that is real? A counterfeit. It's even more than that, it tries to come off as authentic and real, but it is fake. Our guest in this week's episode has a new book titled Cultural Counterfeits: Confronting 5 Empty Promises of Our Age and How We Were Made For So Much More. In this conversation we talk with Jen Oshman about five promises the world offers women today that don't follow through.

Jen is a faithful follower of Jesus that wants to face the reality of cultural norms without necessarily buying into them. She talks with us about being informed, having winsome conversations, and coming to terms with the losses we might face when we challenge cultural counterfeits. She reminds us that Jesus is worth the price of our discomfort and he always wants us to be looking for what is true and real. He asks us to face reality with full confidence that in the end grace and hope in him are what we'll find.

If you are feeling frustrated by the common narrative that you must either embrace the cultural tides or hide from them, Jen offers a third way. She encourages us to look at our closest places of influence, where we will impact the world with the most depth and begin there. As we take seemingly small steps of faith we will find ourselves on a bigger journey with God that is made up of small step after small step. This episode is certainly centered on what we charge each other with here at the sisterhood, "Be a world changer for good right where you are." Jen gives both the why and the how of this call.

Connect with Jen

You can find Jen on her website, podcast, or Instagram

Listen to this episode

Listen on iTunes or watch it here:

 

Things you heard mentioned

Jen's books Cultural Counterfeits and Enough About Me

Jen's podcast All Things

"Human wellbeing requires harmony with reality."

"We are called to be a porch light in a dark night."

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Simply Be Box

Are you looking for a gift for the teen or tween girl in your life that she will LOVE & you can TRUST? Simply Be Box is the perfect gift for her!

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.

Use Code ODSSummer10 to receive $10 Off Your Subscription Purchase.

What’s Inside a Simply Be Box:

Each box is focused around one of what they call the “Be Attitudes”. (Be You, Be Strong, Be Kind, Be a Friend…) These are reminders of who God created each girl to be and how He wants her to live.

Each box has both a seasonal & inspirational theme and includes something to…

· Read – Faith-based devotional, book, or bible study

· Do – Craft, game, puzzle, or activity

· Wear – Clothing, jewelry, or accessory

· Eat – Healthy snack or sweet treat

· Display – Candle, cross, sticker, sign, or magnet

· Use – Health & beauty product, accessory, or gadget

Boxes ship Quarterly – Fall Box in September, Winter Box in December, Spring Box in March, Summer Box in June

2 Ways to Subscribe…

1. Annual Subscription – Pre-pay for 4 boxes & save! [Total of $250 for 4 Boxes, includes shipping. Auto renews annually until paused or cancelled]

2. Seasonal Subscription – Auto renews each quarter until paused or cancelled [$67.50 per season, includes shipping]

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.

Simply Be Box has provided a discount code for our The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast listeners! Use Code ODSSummer10 to receive $10 Off Your Subscription Purchase. Head over to their website SimplyBeBox.com and Subscribe Today! You can also follow them on Instagram @SimplyBeBox.


 

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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Are you looking for a gift for the teen or tween girl in your life that she will LOVE & you can TRUST? Simply Be Box is the perfect gift for her!

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.

Use Code ODSSummer10 to receive $10 Off Your Subscription Purchase.

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."

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Are you looking for a gift for the teen or tween girl in your life that she will LOVE & you can TRUST? Simply Be Box is the perfect gift for her!

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:

Each box is focused around one of what they call the “Be Attitudes”. (Be You, Be Strong, Be Kind, Be a Friend…) These are reminders of who God created each girl to be and how He wants her to live.

Each box has both a seasonal & inspirational theme and includes something to…

· Read – Faith-based devotional, book, or bible study

· Do – Craft, game, puzzle, or activity

· Wear – Clothing, jewelry, or accessory

· Eat – Healthy snack or sweet treat

· Display – Candle, cross, sticker, sign, or magnet

· Use – Health & beauty product, accessory, or gadget

Boxes ship Quarterly - Fall Box in September, Winter Box in December, Spring Box in March, Summer Box in June

2 Ways to Subscribe…

1. Annual Subscription – Pre-pay for 4 boxes & save! [Total of $250 for 4 Boxes, includes shipping. Auto renews annually until paused or cancelled]

2. Seasonal Subscription – Auto renews each quarter until paused or cancelled [$67.50 per season, includes shipping]

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.

Simply Be Box has provided a discount code for our The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast listeners! Use Code ODSSummer10 to receive $10 Off Your Subscription Purchase. Head over to their website SimplyBeBox.com and Subscribe Today! You can also follow them on Instagram @SimplyBeBox.

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

 

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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.”

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