New Season of Hope: 3 Tips to Refresh Our Soul with Andy Clapp, His Wisdom

Okay, last week, I had no idea how perfect “New Beginnings” would bee! Are you also ready for a refresh? Aren’t we all! Today,...

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New Beginnings and Joy: Spring into Hope with Andy Clapp, His Story

Easter is the perfect time to spring into hope! New beginnings and joy are just what we need.We are all pretty sick of the dark cloud of COVID. Is it...

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Easter Ideas: Bringing Joy to Little Ones

Who doesn’t need some fresh ideas for Easter, especially if you’re hoping to inspire faith in the hearts of little ones? And have some fun...

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Dark Clouds Threaten: Keeping the Sunshine of Joy with Kristen Faith Evans, Her Wisdom

Kristin Faith Evans is the mother of two beloved children with unrelated, unpredicted rare genetic birth disorders. She’s learned the secret of...

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Dark Place or Mommy Care? Oxygen and Comfort for Mom with Kristen Faith Evans, Her Story

All parents get in a dark place sometimes. All. Yet, when there is anything complicated with our kids, our life can go to a dark place in a big...

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Battle Ready Marriage: 8 Tips for Preparing Your Family for Any Challenge with Tamara Clymer, Her Wisdom

They met and fell in love in high school, sweethearts married over 30 years now. When her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, glioblastoma,...

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Battle Ready Faith: For Battles You Don’t Expect to Fight with Tamara Clymer, Her Story

How do families look when they are battle ready, no matter what Life dishes out? Is your family battle ready to face a major crisis? CrossRiver Media...

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Control and Perfectionism: Surrendering For God To Do the Impossible with Michelle Lazurek, Her Wisdom

Women get to do a lot of things now and some of our adventures are overwhelming and scary. My theory is strong, successful women almost universally...

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Anxiety and Depression: I Surrender All (Sort Of) with Michelle Lazurek, Her Story

I know better than to ask an expert on anxiety and depression to be a guest on our show.Naturally, just days before my interview with Michelle...

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Common Ground: Identifying the REAL Political Spectrum

Early primary voting is open in Texas. Are you wondering how to talk about politics without starting WWIII at your house? Well, here’s a short...

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Your Wife Wishes You Knew This: Top 3 Things

What are the top 3 things your wife wishes you knew? In case you want to ask her, here’s a place to start.#1 Listen to the people you love. #2...

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Pinterest: An Interview Where I Least Expect It!

So, this week when I ran through my Pinterest notifications, I found this one! Yes, my book is on someone else’s Pinterest page. Wow! Silly I...

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Healthy Ambition: Sparking Self-motivation in Kids

People often think of ambition as a bad thing. Maybe it is when ambition seeks to collect fancy toys, like hotrod cars and mink coats. Hanging out...

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The Politics of Generosity: Reclaiming Our Nation’s Misspent Vocabulary

Women’s Fund Executive Director Zoe Lawhorn, let me write whatever I wanted to. Now, there’s an irresistible invitation for any writer! I...

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Mother-in-law, Daughter-in-law, Mentoring: Relationships Can Go Right

I couldn’t wait to interview family expert Deb DeArmond. But what to ask her first? We chose to focus on the mother-in-law, daughter-in-law...

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Family Fatigue: Building Back Better Families in 2022 with Deb DeArmond

Got “family fatigue”? With the holidays over, we all know family fatigue is real.I wish I’d coined the phrase, family fatigue. But I...

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New Year 2022: A Prayer for Us All

Hi. So, this year, I intend to make more head space for creativity. Right after I get my taxes figured out in January. Groan. Nothing like making...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022!

❤️ Merry Christmas from our family to yours! ❤️❤️ Happy Birthday, Jesus! ❤️With Our LOVEAre you looking for something fun to read or...

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7 Million+ Downloads: THANK YOU!

To celebrate 7 Million+ downloads in 2021, I created this quick THANK YOU–in my flannels! There’s no way I have 7 Million+ friends, so...

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Transitional Housing: Homelessness and PATH’s Ideas that Work

Just when the media fills our screens with pictures of people collapsed on the side walk surrounded by trash and wasted needles, PATH offers us hope....

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Homelessness: A Compassionate PATH to Help

Can we help neighbors get to the other side of a crisis without living in their car or under overpasses? Or on vacant acreage? Can we help people stay...

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Civic-Minded Kids: PATH for the Next Generation with Andrea Wilson

Everything seems “upside down,” as my hubby describes the current state of our culture. Are you also concerned about the culture we hand...

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“Clean Up Your Room!” Curating Your Child’s Collections

Clean up your room! I begged, inspired, cajoled, rewarded, bribed. Nothing worked. Anna shares how curating your child’s collections can reward...

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The Drug Pandemic. Not in Vain: Real Addiction. Real Pain.

The drug pandemic took one of her children. But Bobbie Ziemer decided, “Not in vain!” Lord willing. Today’s blog is dedicated to...

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Drug Addiction and Your Child: You are NOT Alone.

I fell in love with Bobbie Ziemer’s beautiful heart. And with her great courage to pull together a book about Drug Addiction.Bobbie Ziemer with...

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Recipes to Teach Hospitality and Reading: Welcome to My Kitchen

Welcoming kids into the world of reading is as simple as sharing a favorite family recipe in your kitchen. Yes, women have passed along wisdom and...

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Bedtime Stories and Pajama Parties: Inspiring Your Kids to Love Reading

“All my pajama stories involve our cousins and the silly things we did,” reported Anna when I asked her to talk about how bedtime stories...

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Memoirs for Kids: Scrapbooking to Own Their Stories Like a True Liberal

He chomped down on the barbecued rib and snarled, tossing his head like a dinosaur. Instantly, he doused the next rib with sauce, devouring several...

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Field Guides: Reading In Spite of Learning Differences

She pedaled her bike through the wooded lane. Her sketch pad thumped her chest, tied by a string so her hands would be free to ride. Did she intend to...

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Comic Books and Magazines: Reading for the Adventurous Child

Are you having trouble getting your adventurous child to slow down long enough to read? Comic books and magazines might be a great solution, according...

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Classic Books: Inspiring Wisdom and Multi-Generational Readers

I suspect my son-in-law married Anna for her science fiction collection. He tells me it’s not so. Does your family count science fiction among...

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Strong Marriages Equals Healthy Communities: Tips for Encouraging Your Spouse

Dave and I are traveling (read: in a truck cab for extended hours together). On a Book Tour! Yep, it seemed like a great time to post some cool stuff...

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Self-Segregation: Breaking Man-Made Boundaries and Fear

Self-Segregation? How do we break man-made boundaries and fear? I want to share a conversation on that topic with you. It’s a little gift from...

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How a Life Mission Unites: Finding Harmony in Marriage

I always say I judge men by how they talk about their wives. I’m only kinda kidding. Really, it’s my way of encouraging husbands to think...

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Book Writing: People Who Can Help You With Your Dream

Book writing seems like a hurdle when you’ve never done it. But the secret is to get help. If, like me, you’ve got a dream of book writing...

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Inspiring Through Music: Winning the Heart of Your Child

Miles Pike in concert, sharing and inspiring through music.A strong man. A devoted wife. Together, they are inspiring through music. Plus, winning the...

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Healthy Marriage: Ready or Knot to Grow Strong Marriages

Imagine my delight when I opened Scott Kedersha’s book and found hilarious chapter titles like, Do I Have to Visit Your Parents? Yep, our...

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Wholehearted Marriages: A Gift for the Strong at Heart

Scott and Kristen cut up together.Our world sure needs more wholehearted marriages! Scott Kedersha and his family have experienced two different...

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Creative Conversations: Discipline to Change Everything in Family and Community

I grabbed a quick hug from dear friend Neita Fran Ward right before we went on air with the amazing Sandy Newton, too.I recently joined Neita Fran...

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Reboot a Marriage: Re/Engage with Humility to Melt Hearts of Stone

I needed to reboot a marriage. My own marriage. I was tripping David with the way I communicated. If only I could summon up more courage and humility....

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Broken Marriage: Re/Engage No Matter How Bad the Crisis with Susan Cox, Her Story

Nobody wants a broken marriage. Of course, we all want the happily ever after, fairy dust marriage. Where is the line for THAT marriage? Yet many of...

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Grace-filled Families: The Grace Impact on Family with Nancy Kay Grace, Her Wisdom

“Vows often say the words for better or worst. There’s a starry eyed bride and groom repeating the vows and when I see them I think they...

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Feel Overwhelmed? The Grace Impact Changes Everything

We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. When our lives overwhelm us, we need grace. But what is grace exactly? Happily, my friend Nancy Kay Grace showed up...

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Changing Lives: Conversational Adventure Worth Pondering

Last time Erin Kerry and I talked about sparking wholeness the downloads went crazy. Over a million downloads within a couple of weeks. Yep, Erin's...

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Triumphant in the Face of the Cross

Triumphant in the Face of the CrossThis is the week Christians around the globe consider Jesus’s ride into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey....

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Blaming God? The Tender Questions God Asks Us with Paula Quinn

Paul shares wisdom gleaned from years of pondering the tender questions God asks us.Happy Resurrection Day! I don’t know about you, but I...

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God’s Tender Questions: Ever Wonder What God Asks Us?

God asks us tender questions? Okay, for the girl that collects questions, you’d think I would have already noticed God’s tender...

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Our Uncut Conversation About Motherhood with Brooke Frick

As many of you know, one of my favorite people came through Tyler to see us. Since we were finally together, we wanted to invite you into our uncut...

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Searching Out the Glory in Each Other: Cherishing Your Marriage with Jack Sharpe

Jack Sharpe returned to the show to talk about kids books, one of my favorite subjects. But he veered off into territory I couldn’t resist;...

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Resurrecting Books: Values that Unite with Jack Sharpe

Jack Sharpe and his beautiful wife, Jean, spent Texas’s worst snowstorm in a hundred years in our cabin near our home in East Texas. I believe...

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Calm in a Crisis: The Beauty of Faith Tested By Fire With Robin Luftig

“A faith that is tried by fire is a faith that can be trusted.”~Robin LuftigHow do we stay calm in a crisis? Life throws lots of surprises...

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God’s Best During Your Worst with Robin Luftig

What would you do if you only had ten days left to live? Most of us will never know. But what if you did? How do you uncover God’s best during...

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Better Communication: Practical Help on Motherhood Talk Radio

It’s always a riot when Motherhood Talk Radio’s Sandra Beck and I talk. Mostly, I try not to say anything that would embarrass my kids....

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Balance: the Brain-Gut Connection and the Secret of Mental Health

How do we bring together our body, brain, and emotions in a healthy way? Personally, I always want more time and energy for my real priorities....

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Mental Illness and Sparking Wholeness: Erin Kerry’s Story

A childhood tragedy triggered a series of mental illness challenges for Sparking Wholeness’s Erin Kerry, including bipolar disorder and...

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Confronting Difficult Truth: Healing Toward Unity and Forgiveness

Stephen Tilmon is known for inviting people to search for the truth together without being judgmental or divisive. Just figuring it out together....

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Life This Year: Self-Forgiveness Fans Out to Others

Life last year was pretty crazy! Just when we think it can’t get any crazier, we see folks storming the Capitol! This coming year, what will...

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Curiosity: Teaching Your Child to Glory in Education

Happy New Year! 2020 was probably one of the weirdest years I’ve ever lived through. Still, I’m a silver lining kind of gal. One thing I...

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Best Christmas Ever: A Quick Story About the Way Fun Unites Families

I hope your family is enjoying your best Christmas ever this year. Families need fun like hearts need music. Yet we often underrate fun. Why? Because...

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Devotion and Bright Paper Packages Tied Up with Strings

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Yep, I’m singing about my favorite things as I tie up the last of the bright paper packages for our...

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Gratitude, the Search for Wisdom, and Personal Conversation with Ellen Krafve Trant

This week we’re celebrating blessings with heartfelt gratitude. Guess what? YOU are one of my blessings!Big news. In 2020, Fireside Talk Radio...

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Rebuilding Relationships After Sexual Abuse with Sarah Van Hook

When she gets the chance, Therapist Sarah Van Hook helps families in rebuilding relationships after the devastation of sexual abuse. How can families...

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Sexual Abuse: Claiming Victory Over Darkness with Sarah Van Hook

Once the victim of an abuser herself, Sarah Van Hook grew up to be a champion pediatric and geriatric therapist. Yep, Sarah has seen the full gamut of...

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Talking to Teenage Daughters: 5 Tips for Tuning In with DeeDee Lake

Conversation is the basis of all companionship, but how do we get our teenage daughters to talk to us? If only we could capture your daughter’s...

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Next Step: Creating the Right Conversations with Your Daughter

How do we keep our daughter’s hearts and souls safe in this crazy world? There’s hope for parents, according to Connections Expert DeeDee...

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“Porn-Proofing” Your Kids: Fighting for Love with Rosie MaKinney

For more from Rosie MaKinney, click here.I’m not waiting for Thanksgiving to thank God for champion warrior women, like Rosie MaKinney. She...

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The Big P, “Porn Addiction”: Fighting for Love and Intimacy with Rosie MaKinney October 16, 2020

Ironically, if I tell you today’s topic is “porn addiction,” without quotation marks, my website may end up in SEO jail. If I go...

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The Search for Intimacy: Elle Interviews Cathy About Her Story

This week, Ellen puts me in the hot seat and SHE asks ME the questions. How do conversations create the intimacy we all want? Sadly, I learned way too...

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Walk-in Education: No Homeschool Burn-Out Here!

One month of school done, eight more to go! Education burnout is real. Ouch! Cure the blues with some fun. Walk-in education is easy. Plus, it expands...

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What People are Saying: Endorsements for The Well

Here’s what people are saying about The Well, my first book which releases soon! I’m happier than a kid at a campfire about these dear...

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The Sisterhood of Warrior Women: Praying Friends with Angie Ruark

This week, Dr. Angie Ruark and I focused on how to build a life around women praying powerfully. Want your own sisterhood of warrior women who pray?...

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Spiritual Warrior Women: Devoted to Prayer with Angie Ruark, Her Story

Dr. Angie Ruark has a knack for attracting spiritual warrior women into her life. Whether it’s her friends, her fellow-writers, or her...

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Unbeaten by Pain: A Beautiful Life in the Midst of Miscarriage

If Lindsey Bell seems relaxed, it’s because she’s learned to focus on the important things in life in her quest to be Unbeaten by...

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DIY Curriculum: How Do You Inspire Self-Learning in Kids

My mom was a genius at making learning fun. I seem to remember here she’s teaching my baby brother how to be a superhero.With COVID knocking...

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Motherhood: Encouraging Yourself in a Hands Full Life with Brooke Frick

Brooke and her hubby take a break with their five active kiddos. JessicaBowersPhotography.com“I didn’t expect it would be so hard,”...

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Hands Full: Humor and Inspiration for Devoted Mommies with Brooke Frick

Author and mother of five, Brooke FrickHow did Brooke Frick ever get to the place where she’s about to be a published author–while raising...

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Architecture: Creating Cool Drive Through Education for Your Family

Enjoying ice cream in front of two of our favorite architectural history lessons, the People’s Petroleum Building and the Plaza...

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Carried by Grace: When Sexual Abuse Happens in Your Home with Deb Butterfield

Today, Deb Butterfield and her daughter are living examples of the beautiful way God restores lives and blesses us all.How in the world do you forgive...

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Mothers of Victims of Sexual Abuse: Carried by Grace with Deb L. Butterfield

Author of Carried by Grace, Deb Butterfield shares from her experience.It could happen to anyone anywhere and often does. For mothers of victims of...

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Music: Celebrating American Faith with Anna Krafve Pierce

We’re celebrating life and liberty this week. Plus, Anna and I are throwing in a little good ole patriotic music in honor of American faith....

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True Grit: Teaching Kids Fearlessness in the Face of Failure

We’re dedicating today’s blog to William Krafve, the biggest John Wayne and Davy Crockett fan ever!True Grit isn’t about being extra...

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When Burn-out Strikes: How to Refuel Our Hearts with Dr. Stan Ward

Dr. Stan Ward coaches other leaders with compassion born out of his own experience.Refuel our hearts when burn-out strikes? I might be too tired for...

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Beating Burn Out: Conquering In Community with Dr. Stan Ward

Beating Burn Out: Conquering In Community with Dr. Stan WardCaregiver? Parent? Spouse? Leader? Boss? Student? Yes, all of the above!Dr. Stan Ward...

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Audacious Faith, Living Out Faith in the Real World

We’ve all had a chance to rethink priorities with our COVID-enforced sabbatical. Ever wonder if God is gonna answer your special prayer...

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Podcast Invites: Top 3 Tips for Nailing Your Next Podcast

To listen in on our conversations with our amazing, heroic, creative guests, click here!Today, I’m pulling back the curtain and inviting you...

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Domestic Violence: Anchoring Sisters in Christ

When it comes to domestic violence, anchoring sisters in Christ is the goal, according to national expert Paula Silva.Paula and two of her kids in the...

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Domestic Violence In the Church: Her Story with Paula Silva

Domestic violence in the church? How can that be! Fortunately for the rest of us, Paula Silva knows exactly how domestic violence can sneak up on...

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Hospitable Hearts: The Bounce Back of Welcoming Others

David and I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!(Thanks to Meg Strout Loomin for one of our favorite pix together! She caught David about to say...

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Domestic Violence In the Church: Her Story with Paula Silva

Domestic violence in the church? How can that be! Fortunately for the rest of us, Paula Silva knows exactly how domestic violence can sneak up on...

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Perfect Ain’t Pretty with Tammy Whitehurst, Her Wisdom

Perfectionism is one quick short-circuit to a friendship, according to Tammy Whitehurst.Petticoats showing? Spinach in your teeth? Truly, all women...

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Joy for Life’s Journey with Tammy Whitehurst, Her Story

Her heart’s desire was to be an undercover FBI agent. People giggle every time she mentions it. Now Tammy Whitehurst focuses on joy for...

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Blind Spots and Leadership in the Age of Corona with Ashley Kutach

East Texans got to see Ashley Kutach and co-author, Brain Brandt on local newsstands.In this age of Corona, leaders need great communication skills....

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Positive Change: Simple Steps are a Small Leap of Faith with Toie Martin, Part 1

Toie Martin, Positive Change Expert and yep, native Texan.For ten years, tenderly serving patients matched her deep passion. Going to work each day...

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Five Steps to Change: Time to Reflect with Toie Martin, Part 2

The silver lining in self-quarantine has to be time to reflect. Right now it the perfect time to reflect on what you bright future might look like...

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Camping, Glamping, and the Glories of the Great Outdoors with Anna Krafve Pierce

Confession time: last time we went camping, I rented a room at a nearby lodge.“That was so nice of you to let the baby spend the night with...

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Anorexia and Freedom: No Exceptions, No Exclusions, No Exemptions to God’s Power, Part 2

Anorexia can be daunting, especially if you are watching someone you love suffer. But Beauty Beyond Bones blogger, Caralyn, says sufferers can get...

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Redefining Romance to Fit Your Family’s Lifestyle with Anna Krafve Pierce

Redefining romance? If you’ve got small children, a new way to spark romance is a necessity.I confess, I love dessert on Valentine's Day. But...

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Anorexia: Blessed and Beautiful Beyond Bones with Caralyn, Part 1

Caralyn grew up as a child actor from age five. Blessed and beautiful go together for her now, but not always. She hasn’t always felt worthy of...

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Our Children’s Reading List: To Censor or Not to Censor

Our children’s reading list: when should we censor? When should we NOT censor our children’s reading list? As an educator, an avid reader,...

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Flashlight Readers: Inspiring Your Kids to Love Books With Anna Krafve Pierce

I confess. My family loves flashlight readers. We sneak flashlights to bed often. Maybe, like us, stories excite your imagination even more than...

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Don’t Give Up! Encouragement for Leaders with Pastor James Dill

Pastor James Dill with his beloved wife and champion, Linda. Yep,we really love these two!!Don’t give up! That’s the advice James Dill...

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Holiday Romance: Sparking Commitment with Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Was Catherine destined to write romance? Maybe. Just check out her love story!Snuggled in front of the fire. Sipping hot chocolate. Is it just me or...

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Sassy Faith: Walking in Platinum Faith with Michelle Medlock Adams

Platinum Faith Co-Author, Michelle Medlock Adams wowed me with her sassy attitude about faith!Who ever heard of sassy faith?! Yet, talking with...

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History Loving Kids: Tips from a History Nerd with Dr. Danny Sessums

History nerd to Ph.D and Civil war scholar, Danny lights up true stories with humor and a down home attitude!Growing up a history nerd wasn’t...

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Veterans Day: The Busy Mom’s Guide with Anna Krafve Pierce

Creating a teaching moment about sacrifice is as easy as turning kids lose with a few art supplies and some good ideas.If you’re wondering what...

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Cheap and Easy Homemade Costumes with Anna Krafve Pierce

Thinking about cheap and easy homemade costumes for your kids this year? Anna Krafve Pierce brainstorms some fun, cheap and easy homemade costumes for...

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Liberty Loving Kids, Plus Lathan Watt’s Top Books for Fostering Religious Liberty, Part 1

Defending religious liberty all the way to the Supreme Court takes up a ton of Lathan Watts’s mental energy. An attorney with First Liberty, one...

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Suddenly Single Mom Jeanette Hanscome Shares Tips

I waited two years to interview Jeanette Hanscome, author of Suddenly Single Mom. Believe me, it was worth the wait! Experiencing divorce? Or, someone...

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Tea Time Anytime: Raising Confident Girls with Anna Krafve Pierce

Could raising confident girls be as easy as planning a tea time anytime? Yes! According to Anna enjoying a hot cup of tea with your daughter is one of...

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Back to School: A Plan for Success with Anna Krafve Pierce

Ah, the relief of back to school! A plan for success each day! Suddenly, weekdays fall into place and weekends gain savored freedom. Kids groan. Moms...

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How to Launch a Book or Business? Entrepreneurship with Mike Sahno 

Mike Sahno with some of his favorite people: readers!Author, Speaker, and Publisher, Mike Sahno, joined me to chat about entrepreneurship and...

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Forgive Relentlessly, Praying in the Face of Injustice with Prayerwalking Janet McHenry

Forgive relentlessly. That was not a phrase that comes to my mind when I think about prayer. What about you? Yet, according to Janet McHenry forgiving...

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The Not-So-Normal Life of Prayerwalking Janet McHenry

When Janet McHenry’s agent suggested she write about “that prayerwalking thing you do,” Janet said no.“That’s only five...

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Birthday Myth Busting: Create a Terrific Birthday Party without Breaking the Bank!

The best birthday party creates birthday blessings for everyone, including Mom. (Especially Mom!) Plus, they don’t have to break the family...

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A Natural Sanctuary in Your Outdoor Space: Backyard Summer Adventures

Quick as a wink, a little fairy friend moved into our garden with furniture from our toy box.Every child deserves a chance to explore and learn from...

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The Not-So-Normal Life of Prayerwalking Janet McHenry

When Janet McHenry's agent suggested she write about "that prayerwalking thing you do," Janet said no."That's only five words: you walk and you pray,"...

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Independence Day: How to Foster Independence in Kids and Country

How do we foster healthy independence in our own kids and in our nation? The two seem inseparably linked to me. So, I brought in my expert on...

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Delightful Dad’s Day and Father’s Day Fabulous with Anna Krafve Pierce

My young hubby with two of our sweetie-pies way back when….How can we possibly balance life with ear infections, crazy schedules, nonstop...

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A Natural Sanctuary in Your Outdoor Space: Backyard Summer Adventures

Quick as a wink, a little fairy friend moved into our garden with furniture from our toy box.Every child deserves a chance to explore and learn from...

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Strong Women Working Together Without Intimidation with Cynthia Tobias

Remembering Marsha Yarberry HarrisonOur family dedicates today’s blog and podcasts to the life and legacy of our dear friend, Marsha Harrison....

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What We Really Want: Mother’s Day Marvelous with Anna Krafve Pierce

Mothers all over the world: We know how powerful you are! What we want is Mother’s Day marvelous every day of the year, right?Every day, we pray...

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How to be a Friend Maker with SharRon Jamison

Business woman, author, speaker, blogger, minister, and a Friend Maker. Of course, that last one reveals my personal title for SharRon Jamison, not...

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CPS Worker to Judge, Trauma Informed Care with Carole Clark

Judge Carole Clark learned early in her life to appreciate what the courts could do. Her first job out of college? Child Protective Services. From CPS...

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Creativity and Redemption: the Art of Messing Up with Anna Krafve Pierce

Easter, Creativity and Redemption are three words that go together well. With a few uncharted moments, we can give our kids memories to treasure,...

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Staycations on the Cheap: Family Holidays with Anna Krafve Pierce

FTR Co-host Anna Krafve Pierce and her brother still having fun in costume. (Can you guess who Anna is?)Spring Break and Easter are two family moments...

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Innovation and Impact with James Kemp, Legacy Building for Creatives

He likes to joke that when they were dating, he told his future wife that he helped his dad paint some portraits. But, she didn’t believe him at...

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Bullying in School with Tina Meier, How to Help Your Child

Tina Meier did not start out to be a nationally known expert on bullying, cyber-bullying, and suicide. Instead, she was a normal mom with the kind of...

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Care Giver Stress: Laugh to Keep from Crying with Charlotte Canion

Alzheimers? Parkinson’s? Dementia? Oh, how these words that strike fear in our hearts! With many people caring for aging parents or a spouse,...

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Open with Your Broken with Dana Goodrum

Is the younger generation avoiding church? If you’re wondering why, you’re going to love the insight Dana Goodrum shared recently on...

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Musically-Challenged Mommy? Inspiration for Music Loving Kids with Anna Krafve Pierce

If, like me, you’re a musically-challenged mommy, there’s no need to give up in hopeless disharmony. Even the most musically-challenged...

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Passion and Purpose with Alise Cortez, 5 Tips, 3 Questions

Finding a path to passion and purpose can be challenging. Alise Cortez found her path to passion and purpose in the most unexpected way.Unexpected...

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Hide the Squirrel, Find the Nuts, and TWO Million: Family Thanksgiving with Anna Krafve Pierce

One million Fireside Talk Radio downloads this year? Nope...drum roll please...we just passed TWO MILLION!! No one is more surprised than me!Speaking...

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Dense Breast Tissue and Henda’s Law with Henda Salmeron

Ten years makes a big difference in the life of children, especially when their mom has cancer. Ten years ago, Henda Salmeron was diagnosed with...

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Mom, Daughters, and Breast Cancer, with Sasha Vukelja, Care Giving

Her original plan was to treat lepers. Mom, daughters, and breast cancer were not words she ever thought to hear in the same sentence.“When I...

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Generosity as an Inheritance with Dawn Franks

If money is the hardest thing to talk about in families, like me, you may jump for joy when you hear of resources that take the sting out of that...

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5 Tips for More Energy and the Mindfulness Triathlon with Colleen Long

Colleen Long (shown left with her husband at the recent Bethesda Bash) didn’t set out to change the stigma around mental illness. A mindfulness...

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Family Values and Peace at Home with Benjamin A. Simpson

Ben and Molly were the most unlikely pair to fall in love. Whoever heard of a Baptist preacher married to a Methodist minister? To establish peace at...

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Unity in Community. The Spiritual Side of Public Service, with Neil Katz

In what role can peacemaker, trendsetter, community servant, religious thought leader, scholar, musician, and elected official all combine? Why,...

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Raising Creative Kids: Giving Them a Childhood Filled with Wonder, with Whitney Patterson

A Childhood Filled with WonderWe often think we’re not gifted in science, but Discovery Science Place’s Whitney Patterson says nothing...

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Sustainability, Gardening, the Bible, and, What Weeds? with James Van Dyke

When James Van Dyke (shown with his adorable wife) came on Fireside Talk Radio lately to talk about entrepreneurship, I was giddy with excitement. I...

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Relationship Superheroes: Beyond Brokenness with Suzy Shepherd

I drove 450 miles to meet Suzy Shepherd; two of us Texas gals in Missouri brought together by a love of communicating good news. She shared of being...

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Raising Creative Kids: The Written Word Sparks Imagination with Sandra Merville Hart

To understand how excited I was to have Sandra Merville Hart as a guest on Fireside Talk Radio, you have to know how much I love educating about...

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Cell 121: How to Respond When Your Child Goes to Jail with Lori Boruff

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