Are YOU Arguing or Finding Common Ground - w/Amberly Neese and Patty Lynn Wyatt

These days it seems like people argue just for the sake of arguing rather than tryingto find common ground. 

Why does every topic seems to be so polarizing?

Honestly, with feelings of isolation and disconnection at an all-time high, I think people try (albeit unsuccessfully) to cling to anything that feels secure to them—at the expense of the feelings and perspectives of others.
 
Much like an injured animal that tries, in their pain, to bite their rescuer, when we are feeling depleted and injured, we have a tendency to hurt others and undermine community in the process.

Listen in for more great insight from Amberly Neese

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Healing From the Loss of A Friendship w/Amberly Neese and Patty Lynn Wyatt

We’ve all been there, right?

 

We’ve all had moments when a friend lets us down. 

When they say something that really hurts our feelings. 

When we aren’t sure whether we are overreacting to a problem or we need to let it go.

This is the messy part of friendship.

The “gathering of grudges." 

It’s invisible and oozes slowly until the resentment  begins to take root. 

Then one day, you wake up and realize the friendship has changed. 

You feel the void inside. 

You drift. 

Then you simply get tired of feeling this way.

What now?

Listen in as Amberly Neese author of Common Ground, The Belonging Project and The Friendship Initiative shares her insights on - "Next steps."

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Building Bridges: w/Julie Lowe and Patty Lynn Wyatt

“You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can

from a lifetimeof conversation” – Plato

 

Tips on creative ways to share practical and applicable ways to bridge the gap to hard topics with teens and children.

How do you deal with sexting, incest and other hard conversations?

 

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How Do I Turn My Clashing Idiosyncrasies and Mistakes into Healthy Solutions? w/ Patty Lynn Wyatt

Left unchecked, conflict bubbles and bursts.

But, when we are aware of our mistakes and issues, the bubbles burst, but the light can shine in!

This will strengthen our relationships and the pixie dust starts flowing!

(Ok. Too far, but the magic does take place when conflict is resolved.)

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Part 2 Table For Two w/David and Krista Dunham – and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Do you have a loved one with an Eating Disorder?

Do you need some advice or encouragement today on overcoming disordered eating?

How does an eating disorder impact the loved ones of a sufferer?

What are some of the interactive exercises to help a loved one? 

Listen in as David and Krista Dunham share their  refreshingly unique perspective.

One as a person reaching out for help, the other as a helper-in-training. 

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Table for Two part 1: Eating Disorders w/David and Krista Dunham – and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Eating disorders today have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Binge eating disorder is the most commonly occurring one in the United States.

Many struggling with this can often feel isolated and alone,

wondering why they can’t stop this horrific cycle.

Due to these emotions of feeling judged or ashamed, they don’t ask for help. 

How do we start an open conversation? 

What are some steps to help those struggling and suffering?

Listen in to David and Krista Dunham as they share their journey and transformation through this horrific 

disease.

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Crossroads: Boldly Responding to Your Call -w/ Jodie Niznik and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Everyone is uniquely equipped and called by God for a particular assignment in a specific time

and place. 

As each of us stands at a crossroads, the choice is ours. 

Will we choose to boldly respond like Esther, or will we fight our calling like Jonah? 

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Are you Hearing the Sacred Echo? W/Jodie Niznik and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Are you Hearing the Sacred Echo? 

Where are you making space so you can hear Him?

Listen in as we go from having a place to hang your theology, to seeing the #ExtravagantGrace that God offers.

Tip: Make space for the Lord  - He shows up!

Author Jodie Niznik of Crossroads: A Study of Esther and Jonah for Boldly Responding to Your Call

 

 

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What is Breaking Your Heart? w/Jessica Pierce & Patty Lynn Wyatt

Whoever devotes themselves to themselves will have nothing but themselves

to show for themselves. -  Andy Stanley

In other words:

All the self-help books are about YOU.

YOU -w/the perfect weight 

YOU – w/the perfect schedule 

YOU – w/the perfect children 

Is that really a life?

But what are you doing for others? What is your ‘Holy Discontent?’

Are you fulfilling the purpose God designed for you?

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Find Your Calling: Tips on How To Identify Your “it” w/Jessica Pierce and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Are you on a path where you are questioning your calling? 

Are you living in your authentic story? Listen in to learn how to create a version you can be excited about –

all the way to the end

 A few ideas to help you start uncovering your ‘it’

 

  1. Where is your heart breaking? Where is the pain point that you could help close the gap?
  2. As a child, what did you love to do? Where did you find yourself spending time?
  3. What feels good. ... Where do you soar in life?
  4. Turn down the noise. What are your distractions?
  5. Find adventure in the daily. (This helps you be creative and innovative in your discovery.)
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Girlfriendit Pandemic Parenting - STILL? w/ Jessica Pierce and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Parenting!!! It's supposed to be fun!

You have one child that excels academically, they love sports they have tons of friends and school is a breeze … 

You have another child who can’t stand anything that has the word ‘athletics’ in it. They struggle in school, only has one close friend- but they love all things creative!

Now add the pandemic on top of the different temperaments! 

Lean in and Breathe

This. Is. It:

 Key Tips: 

1.     Reframe your brain. Tell yourself how delightful is is to be their parent.

2.      Find ways to meet them through their Strengths and engage with them on their level.

3.     See them for who they are and adapt to their beautiful uniqueness.


 

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GirlfriendIT 04-12-2021 Who Am I and Who Did I Marry? -Episode 4 w/Jessica Pierce and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Struggling in Your Marriage?

4 Tips we hope you are walking away with:

1.Be aware and Realize you personal blind spots. 

2. Know your greatest weaknesses, sometimes-fears, that you might be operating from . . .  What are those communication pitfalls to avoid?

3. Create action plans to encourage growth - Write down your expectations for your marriage

4. Mutual respect- softness, forgiveness, empathy and lots of laughter.

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GirlfriendIT 04-22-2021 - "I DO" but then "I DON"T" w/Jessica Pierce and Patty Lynn Wyatt

Marrige! It's a beautiful thing!
I don’t know about you but love stories like the "Notebook" or "You’ve Got Mail"… They touch my heart in such a moving way.
I think it’s because it shows a lifelong commitment of where relationships are meant to be.
When we say our vows, do we really mean till death do us part? 
Listen in for some "IT" tips on Making your Marriage Strong.
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GirlfriendIT 04-22-2021 - "I DO" but then "I DON"T" w/Jessica Pierce and Patty Lynn Wyatt

I don’t know about you but love stories like the notebook or
you’ve got mail… They touch my heart in such a moving way.
I think it’s because it shows a lifelong commitment of where relationships
are meant to be.
When we say our vows, do we really mean till death do us part? 

Listen in for some great tips on being married and loving it!
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GirlfriendIT 04-12-2021 Are you Honoring or Manipulating? W/ Jessica Pierce and Patty Lynn Wyatt

If you are on a team or you are leading a team and you really do want to thrive and flourish either in your leadership or in how you show up daily. 

But there are definitely times when it can be overwhelming. Either outside pressures from your own to-do-list  . . . to  trying to be intentional about having an exceptional workplace culture. 

Yet, it’s easy to put yourself into auto pilot. We become apathetic, perhaps even burnt out.

In fact, there is one survey that says 46% of the workplace has employee burn out and leads to workforce turnover.

Which a huge percentage comes from poor communication, bad bosses or poor management.

Let's learn some tips together!

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Who Am I & Who Am I With? Jessica Pierce and Patty Lynn Wyatt Part 2

 How do you deal with all of the dysfunctional people around you at work? 

 

If we are not careful, skillful and understanding of others, there can be a real misinterpretation of another’s feelings, intentions and meaning. 

Which ultimately can lead to damaging a relationship.

Ugh! 

To get the fullest value from an understanding of personality styles, YOU have to first understand your own. Everyone has preferences, approaches and communication issues. This is why it is important to understand communication styles in order to be diplomatic and tactful.

 

 How do you get around all of the crazy?

 

4  types exist:

 

D - Dominance (short-tempered, fast, and irritable

 I – Influence (enthusiastic, active, and social) 

S - Steadiness (relaxed and peaceful) 

C - Conscientiousness(analytical, wise, and quiet) 

 

Let’s invest by learning how we can best understand and work with each other.

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Girlfriendit: 4-1-21 Who Am I? w/ Patty Lynn Wyatt and Jessica Pierce

How do you deal with all of the dysfunctional people around you at work?

When you’re dealing with dysfunction daily, how do you cope with it? How do you get around all of the crazy?

Tip 1: Learn your temperament. (It takes a short time to invest and this investment will last a life-time.)

Tip 2: Learn the temperaments of all those around you.

Four fundamental types exist:

D -  Dominance (short-tempered, fast, and irritable 

I – Influence (enthusiastic, active, and social) 

S - Steadiness  (relaxed and peaceful) 

C - Conscientiousness(analytical, wise, and quiet) 

It would be awesome if people came with instructions. Each individual with an owner – manual. Right?  

But since we don’t  -  let’s invest by learning how we can best understand and work with each other.

 

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GirlfriendIT 03-19-2021- Bad bosses part 2

 

 

 

They belittle, they are condescending, they manipulate they command and control. . . . basically they don’t spark joy and they make it difficult to get out of bed.

How do you get past a bad boss, unhealthy teams and a dysfunctional work place? 

Destructive leaders victimize 40 to 50% of the workforce. And in doing so  - this cost Corporations over $25 billion dollars
This is due to legal fees, high turnover, absenteeism and medical claims as employees are having extreme anxiety, dealing with stress , heart attacks- and depression because they work in a toxic work environment.

Let’s identify the pain points and climb out of the pit together!
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GirlfriendIT 03-19-2021 Bad Bosses - Now What? -w/Patty Lynn Wyatt

There are several styles of bad bosses, but we are going to identify  4 different styles in the next 2 podcasts.

1. Campaigner or Politician. 

2. Dictator or Authoritarian 

3. People Pleaser  

4. Rescuer

 

Tips to help you get out of the toxicity:


1. Identify the pain points. Share and process with a trusted individual. This will help you realize you are not as crazy as you feel. 


2. Purge the horrible feelings. Journal – Run – whatever it takes to rid yourself of these feeling of unworthiness and inadequacies to move forward in achieving your new goals in life.


3. Start an action plan to take baby steps in moving towards the bigger picture of your divine design. Which might mean resign. Get out!

 

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GirlfriendIT 03-04-2021 Echoing Hope - How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems our Pain w/ Kurt Willems & Patty Lynn Wyatt

Finding God in a world tattered by evil seems impossible

in many circumstances.

 

But we can be anchored in the Hope of Jesus.

 

Listen in as Kurt shares not

only his horrific pain but how joy and pain aren’t enemies.

They’re companions.

The highs and lows of life dance together more often

than we’d like to admit.

 

How are you dancing with these two?

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Girlfriends simply chatting about life and focus.

Are you keeping your New Year Resolutions?

Is this the year to focus and discover where God wants you?

We  are  in  it  together as we  discuss  the   funny things of doing  life  together.

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Thriller, historical conspiracy, and biblical prophecy – Oh My! w/ Terry Brennan – Patty Wyatt and the Girlfriends ~

US embassy - American ambassador disappears, a mysterious box . . .and his only weapon

against the powers of darkness???

Listen in as Terry Brennan shares his fiction thriller and inspires those who want to write.

 

How do you get what is in your head - onto paper?

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Walking on Eggshells : Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents ~ Jane Isay w/Debi, Cristette and Sheree!

Walking on Eggshells : Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents

Renowned author Jane Isay delivers real-life wisdom and advice on how adult children and their parents can stay together without falling apart. Warmth and wit shine through as she charts this often confusing, and at times painful, relationship.

Tune in for some wisdom and aha moments, and a mirror in which we can safely examine ourselves and our families.

We can make life with our adult children calmer, closer and more enjoyable. This is for every parent who has ever, in discussing their adult children, used the phrase 'walking on eggshells

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GirlfriendIT 02-04-2021 Turn YOUR frown upside down -w/Kim Wahl and Debi - Sheree and Cristette!

Our guest today is teacher, speaker, author Kim Wahl.  She is the author of "The Complaining Cure: How to Quit Grumbling, Stop Complaining, and Find Abundant Joy".  For the most part we all think that we aren't negative people.   We don't really grumble and complain... right?? But when Kim and her husband took on the challenge of "7 Days Without Complaining".. .she and her husband realized that complaining is a lot more common than we realize; it can look like criticism, unforgiveness, and just being negative.

It's impossible to count your blessings and problems at the same time! 

-- 

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GirlfriendIT 01-28-2021 Parenting and Screen-Free Activites w/Meghan Owenz, Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends!

Childhood Creativity in the U.S. Has Been Declining Since the 1990s. What can you do to help the next generation be innovative and foster that creativity?

Listen in with Psychologist, Author and Professor at Penn State University, Meghan Owenz, as she shares “Screen-Free activites” and Top Tips to help you thrive!

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GirlfriendIT 01-21-2021 What is Your "it" for this year? w/Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

Big thoughts this morning! Where are we focusing in Life?

What is The Great Commission? What is the Great Commandments?

  1. Go and make disciples.

  2. Love Jesus love others. 

Two most significant days: 

  1. The day you were born, 

  2. The day you discover why you were born. 

Two biggest choices:

   1. First choice - deciding to have a relationship with Christ.

  2.  Second choice  -who you’re going to marry.

Listen in!

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GirlfriendIT 01-21-2021 In Titus: Life-Changing Truth in a World of Lies - Dr. Jeff Dodge w/Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

How does the gospel teach Christians to live and thrive in a secular culture that feeds  

on  deception  and ignores  the  God  of  all  truth?  The  same  way it  did  for  the  first  

century Christians on the island of Crete. 

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Girlfriendit-Comedian Ken Kington - Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

Listen in to hear more about  . . .

Every Day is a Bonus: enjoying the 3 Greatest Gifts In Life!”    

Ken has appeared on Comedy Central, is one of the most played comics on XM Radio, and has a Brand New

Special coming out on Dry Bar Comedy in 2021.

He has six Comedy Specials that have aired on multiple cable networks nationally over the past couple of

decades. The Crown Award-winning "WOW Moments" is currently available on Amazon Prime.

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Girlfriendit- Revelation: Hope in the Darkness. w/Dr. Scotty Smith Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

The book of Revelation has suffered at the hands of its many interpreters though the years. Many simply want to treat the last book of the Bible as though it were a prophetic jigsaw puzzle, written to be solved for the final generation of Christians. Others dismiss it as being too veiled, complex, and culture-bound to be of any benefit to modern believers. Some so spiritualize the text as to render it little more than a book of parables and allegories. However, in Revelation: Hope in the Darkness, Scotty Smith shares with us how it is filled with hope and love. 

Listen in!

 

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How to stay Healthy during the Holidays! - Dr. Melody Rodarte, Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.  From celebrating the best gift ever - JESUS, festive music and Hallmark Movies to donning ugly Christmas sweaters, it's hard to find anything wrong with Christmas. Until we get on the scales . . . yikes! Listen in for some tips to maintain YOU!

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GirlfriendIT 12-10-2020 The Giving Manger w/Allison Hottinger and Lisa Kalberer -Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

Listen in and discover how to create a new mindset

for our children during Christmas. When our kids grow up, we want them to remember that we

made Christmas about Jesus. With many distractions and mixed messages around the holiday,

it’s easy to get swept up in getting the right tree or making sure the gifts are perfect.

Tag you are it - and Merry Christmas!

 

1. They won’t remember the gift

2. Santa fades… Jesus remains. 

3. Make service lists instead of wish lists

4. Switch “What can I get?” to “What can I give?”

5. Giving in small, simple ways makes huge waves

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Befriending Your Monsters w/Luke Norsworthy - Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

What spiritual monster rears its ugly head during this beautiful Season?

Monsters aren't real. As reasonable adults, we know this. But we also know that, while fake, the monsters of fairy tales, movies, and Netflix series embody our very real fears. Large, powerful beings that hunt us in the dark - make us feel small, weak, vulnerable.

Today we want to hit a conversation about our spiritual monsters. In other words, what monsters show up in this season?

 

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Girlfriendit - She’s Got the Wrong Guy w/Dr. Deepak Reju - Patty Lynn Wyatt and The Girlfriends

 

With more than 40 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, and less young people getting married than ever before, it’s not hard to believe a lot of women have got the wrong guys.

While the reasons why women choose men that only let them down are complicated and varied, there’s no doubt women are settling for less than what God intends for their romantic relationships. 

Listen in as Deepak Reju Explores ten types of men Christian women shouldn’t marry, rather than those they should. 

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GirlfriendIT 11-12-2020 Parenting-How to Go From Frazzled to Fun w/Brenna Stull and the Girlfriends

Are YOU struggling with Parenting?


4 Simple Steps to an Argue-Free Home by Week's End Get it here!

Do these simple steps and

immediately see arguing stop

immediately feel the peace

you will be keeping it FUN


We are in it Together!

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GirlfriendIT 11-05-2020 Pop-culture Parenting w/Dr. Jared Moore. - Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends!

If you are parenting or grand-parenting, you know how amazing it can be!  I’m sure every generation says this, but -21st-century parenting is different!!
It’s easy to question our judgment and our morality. Especially when we want to control our kids, and all they want is freedom. 
During this pandemic it’s fun and cozy and exciting being together - yet all it takes is one tiny conflict and it implodes. It is easy to let this create a barrier, so let's learn how to create a bridge.
We have tips for you as we are chatting with Jared Moore who wrote the book the Pop-Culture Parent: Helping kids engage their world for Christ.

 

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GirlfriendIT 10-29-2020 No Blood Holiday: How to Best Communicate with Your Dysfunctional Family.

WE all relate to this, with certain expectations and emotions that are evoked during the holidays, how do we change the cycle? IT starts with YOU. We have to change our narrative, our mindset, our expectations! That is where the magic begins!

So bring on the apple pie and all the warm fuzzies that come with IT! Make this your best holiday season ever!

Best Tip: We are the heartbeat in the home - What memory are you leaving there?

 

 

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GirlfriendIT 10-22-2020 -How Do We Turn Tragedies into Triumph w/ Chonda Ralston Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends!

“Why me, God? How can such tragedies be part of your plan?  Looking back on more than fifty years as a

quadriplegic in a wheelchair, having endured  chronic pain, as well as a battle with breast cancer, I can

assure you that God isn’t afraid of our questions, in fact, he wants us to cry  out—scream out to him if

we must—because when we turn to God and his Word for answers, we’ll find a loving Father who promises

to never let us out of his sight and who wants to turn  our tragedies into triumphs.”  - Joni Eareckson

Tada “

Listen in as author and friend of Joni, talks about her new book - The Gospel in Hard Times
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GirlfriendIT 10-22-2020 How to Deal with Change. w/ Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends!

The one thing life guarantees is change. Yet, we know this at times we fear it, but

would you say we ever fully embrace it though?

Here are 7 tips for coping with big changes in your life and coming out a better

person for it.

Listen in!

 

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GirlfriendIT 10-08-2020 - How To Celebrate w/Patty Lynn Wyatt and the Girlfriends

Are you celebrating enough?

Today as we are living in a place of division and cynicism - we decided to talk about celebrating it! 

Celebrations are great reminders in marriage, as parents and as girlfriends!

Great tips for Celebrating:

1. Finding Joy in those unexpected places! 

2. The surprise element!

3. When people are thinking “I want What She is Having” then you know you are celebrating well!    

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GirlfriendIT 10-01-2020 -Threadbare Prayer -w/Stacey Thacker and the Girlfriends Episode 502

The events of 2020 have left us struggling in ways we cannot articulate. These are the times we most desperately need prayer, but they can also be the times we simply don’t have the words to form a prayer. 

Maybe even at times, you ae thinking, “God are you listening?”

Listen in!

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Episode 501: How Do I Overcome FEAR?-Patty Wyatt and the Girlfriends

How do I overcome fear? – W/Patty Wyatt and Girlfriends

What are you afraid of? What do you fear? is it actually robbing you of opportunity for growth?

We have tips and tricks for YOU on how to conquer those fears! 

3      Tips to Fight Your Fears:

We have to learn how to face our fear like going to the dentist office or unplugging a drain in your sink. If we don’t face it and you keep avoiding it and ignoring it  - it can turn into anxiety and become debilitating. 

1.     Breathe 4-4-4 (prayer and gratitude)

2.     Change up your brain chatter.   (Use a scale for your anxiety. 1-10 How much fear or anxiety are you dealing with?) Your fear and anxiety arise out of a certain part of your brain, which allows emotion to overcome rational thought.

3.     Pink-Wonder-Woman-Power-Pose can help!

 

“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” 
― 
C. S. Lewis

 

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Doubt-Less w/Shelby Abbott, Patty LynnWyatt and the Girlfriends

Have you ever had a crisis of faith? 

Perhaps YOU are in a space right now feeling like doubt is  squeezing the faith out of you. 

You are feeling overwhelmed, struggling with doubt and wondering where God is - in the daily.

Maybe you are even doubting your Christian doctrine.

TIPS:

1. What we listen to affects what we believe

2. Spend as much time as you can with people who will speak truth into you. 

 Great books: 

The Reason For God, Making Sense of God by Timothy Keller.

The Case For Christ- Lee Strobels  

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Do YOU need to Reinvent Yourself? w/Patty Lynn Wyatt and Girlfriends

You are wired for amazingness!

You have a unique something - something that no one else has!                                                                                                                              

Not only were you wired for it . . .

You have to keep growing - refining and sometimes reinventing it all together!

 We hope you like story time, because that is what today is about. 

OUR stories of how 

God has grown, morphed and reinvented our "ITS." 

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Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story, w/Heather M. Dixon and Girlfriends

There are few things that can make us feel as helpless as living with a story we don’t like. Life is rarely fair, and things happen beyond our control that impact our lives in negative ways. Maybe our story involves the loss of a loved one, an unwanted transition, a difficult diagnosis, or a dream that fell through. At one time or another, we all deal with disappointments and feel that we are being punished. For women searching for a glimmer of hope . . .Listen in!

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Honest Answers: Exploring God Questions with Your Tween w/ Janelle Alberts and Ingrid Faro

“When I pray for God to take the darkness away, why doesn't He answer my prayers?” 

“How come my parents got divorced?”

“Why is God letting Covid kill people?”

“God are you in it?” 

So many questions . . .

These are the kinds of questions that you might hear - and they make you sweat. 

It’s so significant for not only children, but all of us to ask it -check it -and live it! 

How many times in our faith - we don’t question, we don't dig deeper? WE move forward and get caught up in man-made rules, rather than checking it out ourselves? 

Somewhere between “Jesus Loves Me” and high school cynicism, the childlike acceptance of pat answers about faith is lost— Listen in . . .

 

C.S.Lewis: I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

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What Are Your Core Values? w/Patty Wyatt and Girlfriends

Common statements from people:

I don’t have time for this

I push snooze in the morning constantly

I have lost my zest for life as I get older

My kids are overwhelming me

I feel stuck in this pandemic - I can’t plan anything.

The core of these comments, comes down to what we value. 

What you’re really saying is - I don’t value it enough to make time for this. We all have the same 24 hours. 

When we take the time to know our core values it helps us better understand what drives us. Where are compass is - so we don’t get so veered off the road.

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Surrender iT! w/Barb Roose - Patty Wyatt & Girlfriends

Are you facing a problem in life that you just can't fix, no matter what you do? 

Perhaps you've heard the phrase "Let go and let God." But it's easier said than done. 

Is it possible that giving up on what you can't change is God's path to peace for your life?

 

Rather than identify steps, identify 4 questions in the “Letting Go Loop” that equip control-lovers to not only identify their control-loving behaviors but also identify God-honoring and life-giving next steps toward letting go and living like Jesus:

                                                                                                

Awareness – Am I trying to control others or outcomes right now?

Arrest – What do I need to stop trying to protect, fix, or force to make happen?

Acceptance – Where do I need to acknowledge the reality that I do not have control, but God can handle it?

FaithFULL Action – How can I show love, kindness and wisdom without control-loving behaviors?

As the questions are answered, the Letting Go Loop reveals where we need to open our hands- and

                     LET IT GO! 

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What Are You Masking? - Girlfriend IT Episode 578 w/ Patty Wyatt and Girlfriends

We are living in a time where there is no stress. A stress – Free - Zone!  

No anxiety. We all feel like we’re in control of our lives. 

Total control!

No health stress 

No economic stress. 

No emotional stress.

No political stress.

We are all happily waiting for our vaccines - wearing our mask and excited to vote for our next president!

OK, maybe not so much. The majority of us are experiencing some form of extreme stress-

So, where does the stress come from?

From YOU. 

Today - we are inviting you to sit around the table with us as we unveil our mask and chat about “Masking it.”

What are you masking today? 

Let’s take off the mask.

Let’s get real!

 

TAG YOU ARE IT!

 

 

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Comparison Girl w/ Shannon Popkin - Patty Wyatt and the Girlfriends

Let’s be honest . . . Do you constantly glance sideways and compare yourself? Do you drive yourself to measure up, then feel ashamed when you don't? 

What about - - - -Thoughts in your head like . . .

I wish I were tall like her. 

If only my kids got along the way her kids do. 

Why does she always seem to have it all together?

Women compare themselves constantly. 

On social media, 

in their neighborhood, 

at church, at work, even in the school drop-off lane, 

they glance sideways and ask, 

“How do I measure up?” 

Behind all this comparison is an enemy gaining tactical advantage.

EEEK!! How do we stay in our own lane??

Comparison-fed pride takes many forms. For instance, envious pride says, “I wish I was great like her.” 

Jealous pride says, “I’m angry because she is great.” Haughty pride says, “I’m so happy that I’m great.” Insecure pride says, “I’m ashamed because I’m not great.” 

Wounded pride says, “I hate being overshadowed by the greatness of everyone else.”  Our pride is expressed in both longing to be first and in despising being last.

Listen in as we share how it has affected us:

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How To Be a Rejection Ninja! w/Patty Wyatt and the girlfriends

What would it look like if you actually pursued rejection?

People who really changed the world, Mandela, Gandhi  -  Jesus  . . . they did not let rejection define them, they embraced rejection.

"IT" TIPS:

  •  Who are you? What are your resources? (Don’t label yourself as a failure.)
  •  Don’t get seduced by destructive thoughts that potentially could lead to self-fulfilling prophecy. Don’t let your inner critic win. 
  • Share  those thoughts with an advocate. Take time to process emotions.  With a focus on re-wiring your story.

 What’s one thing I can learn from this? 

What’s one thing I can do differently next time?

 

 

 

 

 

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What Did You Just Say? w/Patty Wyatt and Girlfriends

Create a contingency plan: Bounce it! You have to bounce back after you are an idiot! 

                                             4 "ITS" that will bounce it!

1. Amend it.  Right! Get vulnerable. Write a small personal note — an email, a text — show the offended person how sorry you are.

2. Forgive it – Ask God what you can learn from this? Is it something you need to ask for forgiveness (go to the person or to your self?)

3. Label it: Pinpoint exactly what you said. Then you can say goodbye to IT and then you can forget it!

(UCLA study lead by Matthew Lieberman, PhD, found that by labeling our feelings — attaching certain words to them — we can better manage anxiety and depression. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows that when we verbalize our feelings, the activity in the amygdala part of the brain, our fear center, is reduced.) 

4. Get beyond it - At some point we have all messed up with our words. Yes, you feel terrible. Yes, regret it. But, regret is toxic - so bid IT farewell and let IT go!!

 

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-Taste Your Words w/Host Debi Riggs and Girlfriends

Have you ever experienced a time when you have said something and then think . . . "Oh my, How did that even come out of my mouth?? And WHY?? WAIT!! Do over . . . Do over!! I take it back, DELETE DELETE . . ABORT . . ABORT!"
We become so disappointed in ourselves, replaying the scene over and over in our heads. What if we "tasted" our words before they came out of our mouth??  

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The Rob Lowe Proposal! w/Patty Wyatt and Girlfriends

Don't Miss out On Something That God Wants For YOU.

Look Up, Don't Miss IT. He will never waste a trial -tribulation or experience!

 

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Don't Miss It w/ Patty Wyatt and Girlfriends

The greatest danger in life is not that our aim is to high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.  -

Michelangelo

This week our challenge for you:

1.Experience His wonder

2.Find white space in your day. (Put it on your calendar in advance.)

3.Maybe it’s time to do a busy boycott. 

 

 

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How Are You Reinventing IT? - w/Patty Wyatt and Girlfriends

Reinvention isn’t about just staying alive; it’s about making the extra years count. It's about waking up daily and representing Jesus well . . .

It’s about re-launching your life in a way that makes God smile.

                                    

Top tips for today . . . Words from Robin:

What to do with hurt feelings:

"You will be sinned against by others until the day they die - you need a way to deal with their sin."

1.Write them down-everything and bring it to God. He wants to hear about my hurt feelings. 

2. I may have but I didn't necessarily do something to deserve what the person did to me. 

3. Ask God to help me forgive them. 

Understand that God uses our hurt relationships for my spiritual growth and thank Him for it. Ask how I can obey God in this situation. It might not be about baking treats or bringing a meal, maybe for you . . . offer to clean the toilets (Or not.)

TAG . . .YOU are IT!

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Where are you God? w/Girlfriends

“What do you do when God Doesn’t show up the way you thought he would?”

Our plans fizzle, dreams shatter, expectations get crushed, people betray or let us down -

Maybe for you, it was information you received from a Dr. 

Perhaps your Plan B came through an email that caused you to doubt your husband, - 

Maybe, it’s, your children not fitting into the perfect mold you had for them.

Plan A comes to an abrupt stop . . . Plan B hijacks your life.

Our show today is stepping into this aspect of shattered dreams that may have you questioning and wondering, “Where are you God in all of this?”

 

 

 

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When Expectations Crumble - w/Cristette Cadriel, Sheree Campbell and Patty Wyatt

At times it can seem as though everyone else has it all together. 

Everyone is getting married . . . happily - for - ever- after. 

Everyone is fiercely successful in their career. 

Everyone is ecstatically joyful with being an empty- nester! 

Everyone is having a baby . . . a beautiful one on an exotic island! 

But . . . Everyone has shattered dreams. 

Fizzled plans. 

Crushed expectations. 

Wounded by friends.

We have all been disappointed, broken and need healing.

Listen in for . . . "Now what?"

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Parenting First Aid - Marty Machowski and Patty Wyatt

Could your parenting use a little first aid?

We all know that perfect parenting does not exist . . . YET - 

We want to know that if we follow certain rules or methodology our children will, be happy, have fabulous friends, achieve professional success, and love Jesus!

How do we make this happen?

 

 

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The Belonging Project - Amberly Neese and Patty Wyatt

Are you hungry for true community, deeper connection with God, and friendships that are greater than just “likes” on social media?

Listen in for Friendship - tips on “4 ONE ANOTHERS”

FRIENDSHIP

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Romans 12:10 

FAITH

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”

1 Peter 1:22

FORGIVENESS

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

Colossians 3:13

FERVOR

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Colossians 3:16

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How to be a better team player and communicator w/ Patty Wyatt

For the first time in U.S. history, we are working with 5 generations! EEK! How do we do it? What can we learn to make sure we are aware of our blindspots?

Traditionalist: 1925-1945

Baby boomers: 1946-1964, ages 55-73

Generation X: 1965-1983, ages 36-54

Generation Y / Millennials: 1984-1996, ages 23-35

Generation Z / Gen 2020: 1997-mid-2000s, ages mid-teens-22

Today, Baby boomers are being pushed aside as the Millennials are taking over in the workforce. (source: Harvard Business Review)

Each generation has their values and experiences that they bring to the table, from the peak of the Cold War to being a digital native. It’s important to be aware of these differences and how it affects you as you lead.

Listen in!!
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WITH THESE WORDS: FIVE COMMUNICATION TOOLS FOR MARRIAGE AND LIFE - W/ Rob Flood and Patty Wyatt

Every couple knows they need to talk with each other. Every couple knows they need to pay attention to how they can communicate better.

These practical marriage tips by pastor and author Rob Flood not only explores why couples should grow in communication, but it addresses the “how” of communication.

With These Words offers in-depth, theologically rich tools that will also help flourish relationships outside of your marriage—your relationship with your kids, your friendships, and your coworkers.

In the face of many emotions and obstacles, there is a clear purpose and a clear method for words.

 

 

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Quaranteening Teens: Boredom Boom w/Patty Wyatt

Ugh, the Bordom Boom! OK, it’s natural for teenagers to want their independence. They are dying to get out from underneath our roofs. They want to be with their friends and they want to be planning their future. We are trying to push them out of the nest and let them fly and instead we are here at home playing cards wearing masks. 

What are some strategies and tips for us to get through this challenging time? Stay tune and let’s dive in.

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Coronavirus: Parenting Through the Pandemic w/ Paris Wyatt

Gen Z and the Coronavirus Pandemic! 

Is this frightening or exhilarating? 

Gen Z is being bathed in antibacterial soap! 

Toilet paper is scarce! 

Masks are being worn! 

Schools are being canceled and moved to Zoom! 

Who knew? 

Yet ~ through all of the panic of the coronavirus and recession fears, Millennials and Gen Z are still in a “Peace-Out” mode.

Millennials and Gen Z are being practical amidst coronavirus and recession fears -  God is still in control.

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Where the Wild Things Are ~ Champ Thornton and Patty Wyatt

Where The Wild Things Are

It’s scaaarrrrry - Fear of the dark - monsters in the closet - anxiety about going to bed – these are all relatively common in young children at some point during their childhood. Going to bed and turning out the lights can be a hard time for many children.  . . . EEEK!

How do you address your child's fears? How do we help them fall asleep and stay asleep?

Awesome Tips:

1. Read Psalm 23

2. Check out this book, “Why Do We Say Good Night.” Where Champ Thorton host of “In the Word, On the Go“        shares, “as a parent, I know that especially with little children, bedtime can be a scary time. It’s dark, and they’re left in their room by themselves. Nightlights are helpful, but it’s the light of God’s Word that shines the brightest in these moments. When our kids were little, I wanted them to know that the Lord was with them; he is the good Shepherd who loves his sheep. And he’s the one who made the dark; nighttime was his very good idea. This book is something that parents can read to very young children at bedtime to gently acknowledge their fears and point their hearts to the Lord.”

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Mediating through Conflict ~ w/Patty Wyatt

How do I deal with difficult people?

 

Let's start with identifying and recognizing what is going on in our brain when conflict takes place.

 

Quick questions to ask yourself:

1. What is being triggered?

2. After I am triggered, what do I do?

3. Am I being solution focused or whining like a brat?

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The Anxious Heart ~ w/Dr. Edward T. Welch and Patty Wyatt

Are YOU my people? Why do I feel isolated? Why is my family so broken?

Let's chat about these questions and identify what we can do together, to help us with fear, anxiety, and stress. 

Dr. Edward T. Welch, a licensed psychologist will share his wisdom and experience as he gives us tips to climb out of the darkness. 

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Parenting Gen-Z ~ Patty Wyatt

You Want “Clout?” Don't be 
basic;” simply learn the Gen Z slang and you'll be “totes Gucci.”

They are living a new narrative. In today’s world they are growing up in a time that is both exhilarating and frightening for them.

They don’t want to imitate the millennials and they don’t want to be identified with the millennials – as lazy slackers, entitled co-workers or narcissistic people.

 

Gen-Z, or the I-Gen say they are gritty, money savers, frugal and thrifty and ready to stand up for a cause. (Or make a website for a non-profit)

They are significantly more stressed about:

·      mass shootings 

·      rising suicide rates 

·      climate change 

·      separation and deportation 

·      sexual harassment and assault 

 

How are we Parenting them? Let’s look at some best practices . . . or challenges:

 

Practice #1: 

Get them outside, so they won’t have 10 hours of screen time a day.

 

Practice #2:

 Be aware of your approach during significant conversations. Don’t freak out and panic. Be cool.

 

Practice #3: 

Listen. Especially as they express anxiety and the pressures they are feeling.

 

Practice #4:

Let them taste failure to understand success.

 

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Be Loved w/ Emma Mae Jenkins and Patty Wyatt

– Being a teen is hard. Pressures to fit in, be the best, and conform push in from every direction, even from within. Yet, each and every person was uniquely created by a God who loves them. Emma Mae Jenkins, a young writer and social media influencer, wants to reach teens with exactly that message. She has inspired thousands of girls online with the freedom she has to be herself—a dearly loved child of God.

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How Do We Learn People Skills w/ Patty Wyatt

Question: How many of you woke up this morning and said, “ I really want to be ordinary today? With my ordinary spouse and my ordinary kids. 

I want to push the snooze button at least 5 times and survive through this day as a hot mess!?”

Best tips:

Understand and recognize your emotions 

Understand how your emotions affect others

Manage your emotions not people. 

Reduce your negativity. Look at the bigger picture. 

 

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What's My iT? From fasting to feasting ~ What are we consuming physically and mentally?

“We have exchanged real light for artificial and we wonder why we are anxious. 

Why do we even like social media? Why are we drawn to this other two-dimensional filtered version of ourselves and other people? This online version of looking through the windows at our neighbors - what is so appealing about it?”

~ (Rachael Dymski. Anxiety Interrupted) 

 

Best Tips and Challenges:

Give yourself some white space

Shut down devices after 9 pm.

Remove social media apps.

Start sharing stories, learn how to laugh together!

Talk through life’s’ biggest questions. 

Be still and know that He is God.

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What's My iT? Platinum Faith ~w/Bethany Jett and Patty Wyatt

Do you every feel less than - less important or less valuable than others on social media, at work, or even in your own friend circles?

Would you like to know with confident assurance just how precious, loved, and valuable you are to God and believe that God has a purpose-filled plan for your life?

Bethany Jett, best-selling author, and inspirational speaker gives us great insight as she shares a peek into her new book Platinum Faith.

#BestTips:  Habits that are life changing:

- sleeping 

- working out w/weights 3x week

- daily walking 

- daily reading 

- drinking more water and less of everything else

- turn your phone off (ouch)

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WhatsMYiT? The Bathsheba Battle: Finding Hope When Life Takes an Unexpected Turn w/ Natalie Chambers Snapp and Patty Wyatt

Have you ever felt like your life has just been turned upside down? You wake up and realize . . . “this is not the way I envisioned my future?”

We all understand there are consequences to our decisions, but how do we deal with the after effects of the choices of others?

There are times when things happen beyond anyone’s control where we feel completely stuck.

Let’s get unstuck together. 

Listen in to Natalie Chambers Snapp, who will give us great tips and poignant thoughts that will inspire and help us through this journey.

Tips:

1.  You will indeed emerge with new eyes of strength, dignity and greater wisdom.

 

2.  Grief is hard. It is ok to not be ok.

 

3. Offer yourself grace.

 

4. Talk to someone. See a counselor. 

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The Good Name: The Power of Words to Hurt or Heal. w/ Dr. Logan and Patty Wyatt

                                                    
When we were taught about the Ninth Commandment as children, in the simplest terms, we learned that we weren’t supposed to lie. But is telling an intentional untruth all there is to bearing false witness?

Listen in as Dr. Samuel T. Logan, Jr. delves into the dangers of bearing false witness among Christians, especially when dealing with disagreements, which can cause damage to individuals, the church, and the good name of Jesus.

 

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Your iT 09-26-2019 Patty Wyatt with ~ Kerri Pomarolli

Kerri Pomarolli is an American stand up comedian, actress and author.

Her latest, Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman. Check it out . . .. 

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Your iT 09-19-2019 Maintaining and Motivating your Team ~ Patty Wyatt

How do we create Dream Teams? 

 

Get to know your team! 

Understand what motivates each person. 

 

4 THINGS LEADERS DO TO HINDER CREATING A DREAM TEAM:

 

 

1. No Consistency: 

a. Set clear expectations. 

b. Get their full involvement. 

c. Solicit their feedback

 

2. Favoritism:

a. Warning: It’s easy to have chemistry with specific individuals.

b. Be careful, personal preferences creates erratic responses.

c. If you share information with one, share it with all.

 

3. Micromanagement:

a. When you insist on controlling every detail of your employee’s work.

b. Let team members have choice and autonomy to achieve the end results.

 

4. Over-generalizations: 

a. Make feedback specific

b. Don’t group re-directive feedback.

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Blind Spots: What you don't See Can Hurt YOU ~ w/Tim Riddle and Patty Wyatt

To the outside world, examining and exposing your own blind spots can be viewed more as a weakness than a courageous step toward change in your life and relationships. 

However, true transformative change starts when we finally face our weaknesses—and we all have them. 

Uncovering our own unseen areas for spiritual growth is impossible without the help of God and trusted individuals. 

 Top 5 Blind Spot Tips:

1. Not asking for the “1 thing” 

2. Unaware of the hurt you are causing

3. Having to be right 

4. Avoiding conflict 

5. Blame Game

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Carter High with PK Williams Letter Man to a Better Man

Five days after winning state, three football players robbed a Jack in the Box at 2:30 a.m., pantyhose pulled over their heads. It would be the first of 21 robberies. Pointing a pistol, at the victims, they ordered them to lie on the floor with the other employees while they took over $700 dollars from the safe. 

The case went before Judge Kendall, who rejected pleas for leniency and ordered most of the defendants to prison for sentences that ranged from two to 25 years. As he issued each sentence, screams rang out from the courtroom.

"While you never shot or killed anyone, the defendants before this Court cumulatively committed in six months' time more armed robberies than Bonnie and Clyde did in their lifetime..."

Listen in as we hear from the personal vantage point of Patrick “PK” Williams.  Author of “A Letter Man to A Better Man” 

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What can I do TODAY to empower myself? ~ Sgt. Carlos Evans ~

What are things you can do, right now to empower yourself and step into your God-Given -Purpose? 

At times do you feel as though everyone else is moving towards their goals and dreams faster than you are? Do you ask God, “why me? Why do I get stuck in these situations?"

Sgt. Carl Evans is well aware of being stuck. Of facing the difficulties of life, and living in shattered dreams.In their new book, Standing Together: The Inspirational Story of a Wounded Warrior and Enduring Love, Carlos and his wife share their trials of facing severe injury, rehabilitation, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction. Theirs is a true story of hope and courage in the face of astonishing challenges. 

Is there a simple answer? Listen in for some tips . . . 

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It ~ Between Us Guys: Life-Changing Conversations for Dads and Sons with ~ Joel Fitzpatrick

Do you agree with this statement?

Boys are more likely to be violent and unable to express their emotions than girls?

Listen in to a great discussion going on about toxic masculinity leading to pent-up aggression, frustration, isolation, problematic relationships, violence, anger, and other devastating realities. 

It’s clear raising boys today requires a new definition of what it means to be a man. 

It’s more important than ever for fathers to be role models and have gospel- centered conversations with their sons about becoming a man.

Today we are chatting with Joel Fitzpatrick, author of Between Us Guys, as he shares how dads are given an incredible opportunity to be the primary influence in their children’s lives.  

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Best Tips for Relationships with Phil Lynn

When we face a difficult world each day, we can sometimes wonder if God even cares. We often start our day asking

these questions:

  • Where is God when I need Him?
  • How come I am stuck in this relationship?
  • Why don’t I feel Joy?

Today we are going to unpack some of these questions by discussing these topics relating to our relationships.

Step in with us as we discuss real issues and various successful styles to put into practice and improve who you are and how you show up in your relationships.

Let’s get to the core and eliminate the outside noise from being shallow and guarded to exposing your vulnerability. Yippee!!!

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More for Mom ~ Kristin Funston

Working Moms are on the RISE!

Awesome tips for:

Hard working moms ~ on how they can look at each day and each facet of their life to discover what happens when they believe God has more for them than what they think the world needs from them. And what He has available is a whole and holy life, just waiting to be claimed–The pieces of each mom’s life–the work life, mom life, social life, etc.–are mended together through Christ.

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GirlfriendIt Pressure Points~Navigating College Stress

“What are a few of the stressors students wrestle with in today’s culture?”

Our modern age is saturated with technology, constant cynicism, streamlined digital communication, heavy negativity, relationship status posts, and instant information access—has shaped the way many young people deal with the pressure points of life. 

How do we help the next generation with these pressure points?

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GirlfriendIT 04-11-2019~ Dare to Hope ~Living Intentionally in an Unstable World with Melissa Spoelstra

Finding the source of our hope means believing with confidence that God has good plans in store for us—even when life takes an unexpected or tragic turn. Together, let's explores six incredibly relevant themes that lift right off the pages of Jeremiah’s manuscript, providing practical guidelines for hope filled living:

 1. Surrender                                          

2. Reject Counterfeits

3. Listen

4. Check Your Heart

5. Take Personal Responsibility

6. Pursue Intimacy with God

 

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Best Tips For Collaboration (7 Ways to Play Nicely in the Sandbox!)
Preparing For Parenting ~ Patty Wyatt

Have you experienced difficulty in becoming parents (infertility, miscarriages, adoption issues, etc.)?

Issues of infertility, miscarriage, or an adoption that fell through are incredibly hard and often take people by surprise. Few people imagine those kinds of struggles before they have them.

Thankfully, the Lord has a lot to say about suffering. Many of His people struggled with the exact same thing. You can take comfort the Lord has a lot of say about your situation. We like to remind people to cry out to the Lord (Psalm 13), look for his grace in all its various forms (my grace is sufficient), and believe the Lord is for you, even when days are really hard.
 
Enjoy what the Lord has given. You do not know what the future will hold. Maybe issues of infertility will be gone … maybe not. Maybe you will have another miscarriage … maybe not. Maybe you will be able to adopt five more children … maybe not. Jesus encouraged us not to worry about tomorrow for today has enough trouble of its own.
 
In order to be encouraged, encourage others.

One of the things we like to remind ourselves is it is always possible to make things more complicated than what they are. Yes, parenting is war. Yes, we have to work at understanding our children. Yes, we want to be knowledgeable. However, we also need to remember that because we all live under the good and sovereign hand of the Lord, grace, obedience, purpose, priorities and dependence make up the core of life.

Tying Their Shoes by Rob and Stephanie Green, lays the foundation for expecting parents to welcome a new addition into their home in light of the gospel. 

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Who Am I Authentically ~ with Patty Wyatt

Are you stuck in dysfunction and unhealthiness. According to research, less than 20% ever feel like the reach their full potential.

How do we fix that problem? 

How are we showing up the way God intended us to shine . . . created in His image?

 A few tips:

·      We each need to understand our own DNA’s – temperaments, and stories.

·      Know your personality so you can effectively communicate with others

·      If I don’t know who I am, I’m going to be threatened by you!

·      Complete not Compete /No more of the Comparison Game

 You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside ~ Alan Cohen

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Alive~ Sparking conversation about sexuality.

How do we spark great conversations about sexuality with students and their pastors, youth workers, and parents?

Listen in as Nicholas Black shares the focus of a study called “Alive.”  This study is  not to enforce sexual morality or focus on shame. Rather, Alive meets students where they are and encourages them to live out of their identity as new creations of Christ and experience being truly alive because ‘Christ lives in me’

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GirlfriendIT 02-07-2019 ~Being a mom requires a little bit of “CRAZY” in the equation!

If you are a mom . . .

then you are very aware, motherhood has its share of challenges!

Physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences but usually a little crazy has to be a part of the ingredient.

Listen in to Suzanne Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy, authors of Grit & Grace, as they share that even if a woman has read all the parenting books and received amazing advice from other moms, until she becomes a mom she won’t truly understand the responsibility and challenges that come with the title. 

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GirlfriendIT 01-31-2019 ~ Is Your World of Work Changing? ~ Patty Wyatt

What do employees want? 

Are we taking the time to ensure happy work environments? 

As a leader, are you doing a self check to ensure you are creating an atmosphere of fairness and transparency, to make the workplace more flexible, humane, and honest?

 

Today ~ Listen in as  we are unpack  some Research from Josh Bersin ~ Global industry Analyst.

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Why do you think young adults are leaving the church?

This is what they are saying:

It’s not very entertaining. It’s hard for me to be engaged.

I have Sports on Sundays

It’s watered down and fake.

People in the church are bigots or hypocritical.

It’s Sooo big that I can’t find community.

No one is investing in me.

I don’t feel welcomed. 

It’s not relevant to my world. I don’t feel connected.

I don’t have time. I want to relax and chill on Sunday. 

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Goal Setting ~ Personal and Practical Tips

"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat." ~ Napoleon Hill, in his timeless book, "Think and Grow Rich."

So, what is your action steps? 

First . . . You have to really, really want to achieve this dream and turn it into a goal

Listen in as Lisa and Patty discuss using the SMART Goal steps in making life happen!

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God is Bigger Than a Juice Box ~ Rebecca Nevius

God Is Bigger Than A Juice Box . . 

When I first became a mom, my number one goal apart from keeping my child alive was SLEEP. It's all I could think about. It became more important than eating or pretty much anything else. SLEEP was the goal. Then when I popped out another child and started to manage two little hearts and minds and wild hands and bodies, my goal was to get some QUIET time. I just needed QUIET. Then came baby #3 and believe it or not, I started to get the hang of getting all the SLEEP and all the quiet. . . Listen in as Becca shares her "God is begged than a juice box story!"

 

 

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Real Change: Becoming More Like Jesus in Everyday Life

Do you ever experience those times or seasons in your life where you wrestle with the need for change?

Most of us know there are things in our lives that could helpfully change, But many of us don’t have a Jesus-centered model for working that change through. All too often, even as Christians, we simply try to work on our behavior without looking at what is going on in our hearts. Listen in as we unpack a biblical view of what that looks like.

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Into the Deep: Diving Into a Life of Courageous Faith, with Lauren Gaskill

Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee sunny skies and smooth sailing. In fact, the waters of life are often tumultuous, crashing over us. Sometimes we can feel we’re drowning in a sea of confusion, division, frustration, complacency, or disillusionment. We need more than a shallow faith to survive these deep waters.

Listen in as speaker and author Lauren Gaskill shares her personal experience when she began to feel lost in a sea of anxiety, depression and unexplained chronic pain that was ripping apart her faith. 

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Girlfirendit: Alongside~ Loving Teens

If you are around a teenager for longer than five minutes, it’s easy to discover they are trying to figure life out. 

“Who am I? Where do I fit in? Why do I feel lonely? 

I have 1,000 ‘Instagram’ friends yet . . . I feel isolated.

Listen in as Drew Hill share his insights to writing the book, Alongside.

 

It is a crazy-good practical tool if you are raising or working with teenagers. Drew addresses the needs real teenagers encounter in their daily lives and how to engage their hearts rather than just change their behavior.

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Art of Negotiation Randy Kutz and Patty Wyatt

Listen in to Randy Kutz a former U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, graduate of the highly acclaimed Harvard Executive Leadership Program on Negotiation, as he tackles these questions:

Is Negotiation a "Hard" or a "Soft" skill?

- How is Negotiation related to Conflict Resolution?

- What is one key takeaway for someone who wants to be a better negotiator?

Maybe we can even negotiate our way through a fabulous family holiday!!

 

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A Life Rescued: Girlfriendit ~ A story of Redemption, Adoption and Hope with Kim Mishler

Here’s a message from Kim:

 

Hi I’m Kim Mishler. I was Southern born and raised and transplanted to Northern Indiana’s Amish Country after meeting my husband. Life is good…and interesting! I’m convinced we are all afflicted with the “human condition” and because of that crazy things can happen! And as I approach my Vintage Years I have lots of “flare ups”! And the best medicine for these flare ups is laughter! If you can identify with life’s awkward moments and find the humor in them then you and I can be best of friends! That is, if I can remember you! Blessings!

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Girlfriendit ~ Julie Lowe Child Proof: Parenting by Faith not Formula

Best Tip for Recipe of Success in Parenting: Wisely Know Your Children Well. There is no formula. goo.gl/idCX1Z

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Girlfriendit ~ Erica of PAX Financial Group.

What is your FILTER for Decision Making by Darryl Lyons.

1. Based on my legacy is this the right thing to do?

2. Based on my past experience,is this wise thing to do?

3. Will this be distraction?

4. What is the down side and chances that the downside might happen?

5. What makes me think I can beat the odds?

6. Did I get advice from a child, a friend and a sage?

7. Did I take a breath and pray?

8. Did I wait?

9. Did I consider my future self and others?

10. Did I consider the indirect consequences?

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Girlfriendit ~ New Identity with author Darryl W. Lyons, CEO and cofounder of PAX Financial Group.

People with a purpose actually live 7 years longer! Listen in to hear how to be in the right space! 

~ author Darryl W. Lyons, CEO and cofounder of PAX Financial Group. 

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Girlfriendit ~ Hope After Betrayal with Meg Wilson and Singleness with Tatum Skogebo

Listen in with Meg Wilson as she provides reassuring counsel, compassionate insight, and wise direction to those who have found themselves in similar circumstances: Marriage with a Sex Addict (SA). 

 

By sharing her story, talking to other women who’ve walked the same road, and turning to Scripture, Meg Wilson has helped countless women through the steps to recovery—and shows how they can follow that same path out of the darkness.

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Girlfriendit ~ Rediscovering Humility

Leadership styles are like fingerprints. They leave an unmistakable mark of influence on whatever they touch.

And while we don’t get to choose our fingerprints, we do get to choose how we lead those around us.

Some of us might need to push the pause button and step back, assess our leadership style and look for ways to improve. Is there room for more humility in how we are leading.

 

 In his new book, Rediscovering Humility Christopher Hutchinson urges the church to place humility—both individually and corporately—back as the central goal of Christian life and the best way we can grow and lead to be more like Jesus.

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Girlfriendit ~ Becoming the Talbot Sisters w/ Rachel Linden

Sometimes a story can be used as an escape from the troubles of the world, but other times a story acts as a beam of light, illuminating situations we are not as aware of otherwise. With Becoming the Talbot Sisters 

Rachel Linden hopes to shed light on issues important to women around the world and encourage them to live what she describes as “every day brave.

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Reaching Fro Wonder ~ Marlo Schalesky

When hardship strikes, life can hurt, right down to the soul. It can hurt to even hope things will get better when you’ve faced a spiritual crisis of doubt, disappointment, or a feeling of distance from God due to unanswered prayers and painful circumstances. What does God say to us when we have nothing left to say? How do we see HIM when pain has silenced our prayers and blinded our souls? It is in those times, we must reach out and encounter Christ.

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Girlfriendit ~ Embracing A Simpler Life

The lives of moms are all too often consumed with wearisome, empty striving. There is an expectation from the world to keep up appearances, meet certain standards, and find satisfaction in the offerings of this life such as success, admiration, and ease. However, God has set eternity in a mother’s heart, and deep inside, and it is impossible to not long for more.

Heavenly Minded Mom: A 90 Day Journey to Embrace What Matters Most, popular Mommy blogger Katie Bennett helps point her fellow moms to view their role through God’s vantage point.

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Making Room ~ Doing Less So God Can Do More ~

How do we make room for God? ~

Some days it’s hard to to move forward with a relentlessly positive attitude when you are stuck in crazy situations. If you are listening in today, we will be chatting with women who allowed God to work through them and become unstuck! 

How do we make room for God and get out of the way?

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Winning The Worry Battle!

For those who struggle with worry and anxiety, each day can feel as if you are fighting a losing battle. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Research also reveals that women are twice as likely to be affected by Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and specific phobias. From personal experience, author and Bible teacher Barb Roose understands what it means to battle with worry. She has written her new book Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua. Listen in as she shares the wisdom she’s garnered over the years to help other women gain victory over their anxieties. 
 

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Girlfriendit ~ Growing Kids with Character Hettie Brittz

In Growing Kids with Character: Nurturing Your Child's Potential, Purpose, and Passion, Hettie Brittz helps parents identify their child's natural bent and how that affects their parenting journey. Hettie's famous tree metaphors show ways to let kids excel at being who they naturally are. 

 

Author and speaker Hettie Brittz helps listeners identify their kids' natural bent and understand how that affects the parenting journey. Parents will learn how to: 

 

  • Cultivate each of their kids' unique way of encountering life, based on each child's blueprint. 
  • Recognize your child's strongest characteristics and apply that knowledge to everyday life. 
  • Speak your child's unique dialect (or "tree language") to foster effective communication. 
  • Help their children celebrate God's individualized design for others 

 

Hettie offers tools to parents for recognizing their kids' God-given personalities, guiding them on their spiritual journeys, and establishing their identity and purpose in Christ. 

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Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible and Being Brave!

Listen in to Dr. Sandra Glahn, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary as she shares some insight of  similarities the women in the bible have with the lastest news being reported of story after story ~ women coming forward, sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse from men in a position of power. 

From a cultural standpoint, as modern Christians what do we misunderstand about the term “prostitute” as it applied to Tamar and Rahab? Do we wrongly assume the same about Mary Magdalene?

Also, Kelly Johnson is the Author of Being Brave: A 40-Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You. What can we learn about courage, our faith and identity of being a Christian.

Choosing to speak up in times of conflict is brave, but these days, it seems like every topic has the potential to turn into a heated discussion, especially online. How do you choose when to be brave and speak up for what you believe is right and when to take the path of least resistance and remain silent?

Find out from these fascinating women! 

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Girlfriendit ~ The Gospel Fluency Handbook

Do we need to change our philosophy of youth ministry from being driven by fun to being driven by faith? The new Barna study, reported that 35 percent of Generation Z teens consider themselves atheist, agnostic or not affiliated with any religion! YIKES! Listen in as we chat with Ben Connelly co-author with Jeff Vanderstelt. Together they wrote Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide to Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life.

Jeff admits, “I’m an unbeliever. So are you. We slip in and out of believing God’s word about us and trusting in His work on our behalf. We forget who He is, what’s He’s done and, in light of that, who we are.” This book is for those who’ve realized they disbelieve God, His goodness and His gospel in areas of normal, everyday, busy life. It is also for those who are keenly aware and weighed down by a failure to connect the way gospel truths actually matter to everyday life. The Gospel Fluency Handbook is designed to help individuals and groups become fluent in the gospel. “To be fluent in the gospel is to know is so well it becomes like a mother tongue,” explains Vanderstelt. “When I am fluent, I am able to filter all of life through the truths of the gospel and am readily able to speak those truths into any situation or struggle we are facing at any time.” The discussions and exercises in this eight-week interactive handbook provide a step-by-step immersion of the reader’s mind, heart, soul and life in the gospel.

 

Be ready for the adventure! 

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Girlfriendit ~ Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage.

Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage.

Keep the good things in and the bad things out:

H=hearing

E= encouraging

D=dating

G=guarding

E= educating; studying your mate.

S= satisfying

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Girlfriendit: A Pair of Miracles with Karla Akins

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although a growing number of parents face similar circumstances, many still feel isolated and alone. Listen in to A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting as author Karla Akins shares what it is like to be the mother of twin sons with autism.

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Give Me Joy with Liz Curtis Higgins

Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs is sharing her newest book which examines scripture with care and adds a sprinkling of humor through her honest stories and personal examples. She takes each verse and adds a unique “One Minute, One Step” challenge—a do-it-now task that requires one minute or less. Which is so doable in our instant gratification realm that we all live in.

 

You’ll soon discover how practical and meaningful the book of Proverbs is as you apply its ancient wisdom to your thoroughly modern life.

    

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Girlfirendit: A Woman Overwhelmed; with Haley DiMarco

Women are often overwhelmed by the demands and circumstances of life, resulting in stress, fear, worry, impatience, fatigue, frustration and even depression. The emotional tolls are great but often result in physical symptoms, such as weight gain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety attacks and digestive problems.

"Women have a list of things to be overwhelmed with, but most of the time it comes down to their to-do list, which includes working, nurturing, loving, exercising, cleaning, cooking and more,"Hayley explains. "We also tend to use comparison as a way of determining our value and our success. With all that has to be done, it would be much easier if everyone would do what we want them to do, but alas, our lack of being able to control others ends up overwhelming us as well."

In A Woman Overwhelmed, Hayley shares biblical insights and personal stories to show we were created to be overwhelmed, not by life, but by God. She offers a glimpse at the comedy of an overwhelmed life while encouraging readers to discover the depths and heights of God's love and power.

We can all relate but we don't have to stay in that state of being overwhelmed. On this podcast we shared our stories (sometimes at our own expense) of real life and how we are navigating through - together! Join in.

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Girlfriendit: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and JOY: Sacred Mundane w/Kari Patterson

Many women feel trapped in everyday drudgery and disappointment, in dull domestic duties and jobs that don’t offer fulfillment. The mundane day-in, day-out life seems like a far cry from the abundant, purposeful life they envisioned as Christians. How do we Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy? (author and blogger Kari Patterson helps others find freedom, purpose and joy in the life they are living right now. When life seems ordinary and unexciting, it is easy to slip into the mindset of being stuck and in need of a change. Patterson shows women the key to change is already in her hands once she realizes what is holding her back. “In 2 Kings, we read, ‘Naaman was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.’ He had so much going for him, but his leprosy threatened to steal it all,” explains Patterson. “I ask women to consider their own lives and prayerfully simmer down their own life into a sentence. So often we’re vaguely aware of the areas we want to change, but we don’t take the time to narrow down and identify the one thing hindering us most. We feel overwhelmed or discouraged. Identifying the one thing helps us see more clearly how God wants to use our mundane to make us more like Him.” Patterson points listeners to the truth: In each unremarkable life lies an opportunity to see, know, love and be transformed by God, who meets everyone right where they are. Instead of stepping away from real life to find God, Patterson equips women with a six-step practice to move forward and meet Him in the humdrum moments of everyday existence. When inner change is achieved by the sacred, everything on the outside changes too. Once a decision is made to let Him in, it is time to: 1. Look: see the world through the word 2. Listen: discern His voice in daily life 3. Engage: enter in 4. Embrace: love the One 5. Trust: live the blank 6. Thank: find fulfillment “The secret to true transformation, to a life of freedom, purpose and joy, is found in the ordinary life we already live,” Patterson explains. “Our mundane, the daily frustrations and the tedious tasks are working for us, producing supernatural strength in us, if we will let them. As we learn to go through each of the steps, we will find our ordinary transformed to extraordinary and our lives forever changed for the better.”

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Girlfriendit: Learning Change with Trisha Taylor

What emotion does the word, "change" evoke within you? How do you approach change on a personal and professional level?

There is growing capacity to stay deeply and meaningfully engaged in an ongoing journey of joining God on God's mission in a rapidly changing world. As that journey unfolds, churches/organizations will have to reinvent themselves over and over. There is a lot of hope to be found when you have confidence you have the tools to change (reinvent yourself) as your context changes.

Learning Change: Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal, authors Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor share the stories of church leaders who were able to transform their congregations by first making changes in their own lives.

Our guest this week is Trisha Taylor and she shares insights, best practices and provides tools to learn about change for transformation.

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Girlfriendit: Questioning Evangelism with Randy Newman

What difference can 15 minutes a day make? Listen in to find out what and how.

Also, great dialogue with our guest, Randy Newman, author of Questioning Evangelism and a Senior Fellow for Evangelism and Apologetics at The C. S. Lewis Institute in the Washington, DC area. He is also an adjunct faculty at Talbot School of Theology

Questioning Evangelism offers sample conversations and suggested follow-up questions on a variety of topics that arise in evangelistic conversations, including:

 Why are Christians so intolerant (or homophobic)?

 Why does a good God allow evil and suffering such as terrorist attacks and AIDS?

 Why should we believe an ancient book written by dead Jewish males?

 If Jesus is so great, why are some of His followers such jerks?

Let us know what you think???

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Girlfriendit: 168 Film Project with John David Ware

We just learned and realized that we all have 168 hours in our week! What could you get done in that time? Our guest, JOHN DAVID WARE is an award-winning writer-director who created a film project for aspiring actors, writers, producers and directors and you'll hear the results.
 
His credits include the feature film "Unbridled," starring Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), TC Stallings (War Room), Dey Young (Pretty Woman) Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon) and Rachel Hendrix (October Baby) and "The Chronicles of Hernia: The Lion, The Ditch and The Studio."

John is currently producing an untitled feature film and an original TV series based on the short films of the 168 Film Project called "A Fresh Look at the Good Book."

He is the Founder and President of 168 Film, which includes writing and film production competitions. "168" has helped propel the lives and careers of thousands of artists all over the world by teaching them to focus on excellence of craft and on God's Word.

John has produced the 168 Film Festival for 15 years, featuring celebrities such as Candace Cameron Bure, (Full House), Zachary Levi (Tangled), and Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects).

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Girlfriendit: People of a Second Chance with Mike Foster

Our guest this week: Mike Foster is the author of "People of the Second Chance". Mike is a nationally recognized expert in helping people break free from hurts, dream new dreams, and find purpose in their pain. His tools show people how to crush shame, unhook from unhealthy habits and find freedom. Mike has appeared on Good Morning america, Fox News, and in the NY Times.

 

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Girlfriendit: Spring Cleaning

It's that time of year when we begin thinking about Spring Cleaning. To many this evokes an overwhelming feeling (like us!). To others, just the thought of it causes an adrenaline rush. The question for many is, "where do I begin"?

This show is filled with tips and strategies for tackling the piles and places where stuff has accumulated. It is amazing what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes with a strategy and plan. We share how! Join our conversation and in tackling spring cleaning.

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Girlfriendit: Control Girl with Shannon Popkin

Do you have control issues? That is not something we go around admitting to others, or even ourselves. Many women worry about life spinning out of control and want to be sure of a happy ending. They have a compulsion to make it all turn out just right and are willing to do almost anything to make it happen. When they realize control is slipping from their grasp, they lose control and react in anger or fear. This unbalanced pursuit of control makes those around them anxious and defensive. Author Shannon Popkin knows this struggle well and shares her insights with us on Girlfriendit Radio.

Shannon, is a writer, speaker, bible teacher and the author of Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible. She is a regular contributor for the Revive Our Hearts' True Woman blog and The Dove Foundation's parenting blog. Her articles have been published by Family Fun, Focus on the Family Magazine, MOMsense and others.

 

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Girlfriendit: Miscarried Joy with Tanika Fitzgerald

Our guest this week is Tanika Fitzgerald who works in consumer insights and strategy for a Fortune 100 company and holds an MBA in Strategic Marketing and Management from Arizona State University.

Tanika offers hope for those dealing with incredible pain of loss, providing help to conquer discouragement and discover new purpose. She is passionate about using her platform to connect with the Christian community to help others discover their purpose.
 
Tanika Recently authored, Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith.

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Girlfriendi: Waiting For Wonder with Debbie Jones and Marlo Schalesky

In a world of instant gratification where is your waiting meter?

In today's culture, waiting can seem like a constant nuisance. Whether it's waiting in line, at the doctor's office or in traffic, we are often presented with the struggle of not being in control of our own time.

In Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline, Marlo Schalesky encourages readers to think differently about our waiting periods of life.

Our guest, Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of 10 books, including both fiction and non-fiction. Her novels have garnered the high honors of the Christy Award and ACFW Book of the Year. Marlo's non-fiction releases include Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary (Zondervan) and the latest, Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timetable

Also joining our show this week: Debbie Jones, Director of Bloom, a ministry of Stadia. Stadia transforms lives and communities through Church Planting and plants churches that intentionally care for children.

Debbie understands the vital role that a spouse plays in starting a new church. She founded Stadia's ministry called Bloom! Bloom empowers women to maximize their role in starting churches.

It's a thought provoking conversation and will help you reframe how you experience the waiting seasons of life!

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Girlfriendit: Seeing the Invisibles with Linda Znachko

Who are the invisibles in your world?

It is not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau

Unfortunately, we live in a world high on sensory stimuli that can keep us distracted and overwhelmed. We may be looking around but not necessarily seeing what's right in front of us. Perhaps we do this with people, not intentionally of course.

Our special guest, Linda Znachko, is the founder of He Knows Your Name, a ministry that gives children a name in life and dignity and honor in death. She also partners with mothers who do not want their children's legacies to be the circumstances of their death. Her aim is to assist the grieving to find healing and purpose in knowing every life is sacred to God.

Linda is a sought-after speaker in churches, conferences and retreats, and has been involved with discipling women for more than 25 years. Regularly involved with local and regional media, Linda works to bring attention to the problem of abandoned, unwanted and marginalized children.

A couple of thoughts from the show:

  • The problem when you stop and take time to really "see" - it creates a responsibility to take action.
  • We all want to matter - we all want to have a voice and be heard.


Girlfriendit Challenge:

Ask God: Who do you want me to see this Christmas season?

 

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Girlfriendit: Intentional Friendships with Liz Curtis Higgs

Are you intentional with your time and your friendships? Great discussion with one of our favorites, Liz Curtis Higgs!

Women of Faith, Women of Joy, Extraordinary Women, Among Friends, Time Out for Women, Moody Women, Women of Virtue, Win-some Women, Women's Journey of Faith, Women Who Worship, Christian Women Communicating International-if it's a conference for and about women, Liz Curtis Higgs is honored to be there.

Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping both sisters and seekers embrace the truth of God's amazing, unchanging grace.

You are invited to join the conversation!

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Girlfriendit: Life Creative with Wendy Speake

Joining this show is our special guest, Wendy Speake, author of Life Creative is a trained actress and heartfelt teacher. She ministers to women's hearts through storytelling and life applications, utilizing drama, comedy, poetry and the study of God's Word.

Life Creative is a book written to encourage moms, but it is not your average parenting book on raising kids.

Wendy found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women. She is the author of Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

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Girlfriendit: Experiencing God Through His Names with Sheryl Giesbrecht

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." So says A.W. Tozer in his classic book on the attributes of God.

Joining this show was our special guest, Sheryl Giesbrecht. Sheryl's radio show, "Transformed Through Truth," is nationally syndicated and heard daily by more than 21 million listeners on networks around the world.

Sheryl also founded Transformed Through Truth, Inc., a nonprofit specializing in mentoring through transformation discipleship.

She is the author of three books, including Get Back Up: Trusting God When Life Knocks You Down and her newest release, Experiencing God Through His Names.

 

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Girlfriendit: #GuiltyNotGuilty with Hettie Brittz and Bloom

Is Parenting leaving you feeling guilty?

Hettie Brittz, author of (un)Natural Mom. Hettie shared with us the idea of a "natural mother" and explores four primary parenting styles, guiding us to discover the strengths we already possess.

Drawing from her years of experience working with children as a speech pathologist and adapting homeschooling to fit her own children, Hettie developed the Tall Trees Parenting Profile.

Take the free online test to discover your own unique Tree Types and begin to understand that YOU are already the mother you were meant to be.

Each type of mother is compared to a type of tree - a palm tree, rose bush, pine tree, or boxwood - based on qualities the mother and tree have in common. In fact, Hettie believes each mother's "imperfections" are exactly what makes her the perfect mother for her children.

Michelle Parker, leads and serves with other church planter's wives in the ministry of Bloom to Connect, Empower, and Lead. Bloom also empowers women to maximize their role in starting churches.

Michelle is a lover of change, newness, and fixing what ain't workin'! She's an author, speaker, and musician.

You will leave this show "lighter" in your spirit and ready to shed the guilt.

 

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Girlfriendit: No Regrets with Rhonda Stoppe

How can you live a life free of regrets? Impossible? Maybe not. We had a fascinating conversation with author, Rhonda Stoppe about this very subject.

Rhonda is the author of Moms Raising Sons to be Men, which mentors thousands of moms to guide sons toward a no-regrets life. Her latest book, If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy & Other Myths Wives Believe, is helping countless women build no-regrets marriages.

Rhonda provides resources that help you live life intentionally, without regrets! Stop by her website www.rhondastoppe.com

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Girlfriendit: You Are Not Alone with Dena Yohe

Inspiring and Practical, our guest, Dena Yohe is the mother of a formerly troubled daughter, Renee Yohe. Reneé was the suicidal, addicted, depressed, self-harming girl whose situation led friends to start the well-known nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). Reneé's life was also portrayed in the 2015 Sony Pictures release by the same name.

In a powerful new book, You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids, Dena comes alongside parents whose teenage or young adult children are making destructive choices. With compassion and wisdom, she shows parents healthy ways to cope with the challenges that affect their social relationships, physical and emotional health, and spiritual wellbeing. Dena provides hope that parents can find peace and support as they walk through their child's season of crisis.

Such a great dialogue for anyone - especially parents of troubled teens! You really are not alone!

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Girlfriendit: Saturate with Jeff Vanderstelt and Kimberly Bolden

What could it look like if we lived as  disciples of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life? How much would change in our world and worlds? We have many challenges facing us today. What we need is Jesus and those who profess to follow Him to actually step in and love and live as He would. Great conversation today about our true identity, racial reconciliation, living with diversity and choosing to love in ordinary ways.

Jeff Vanderstelt and Kimberly Bolden join our conversation.

Jeff is the author of Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life.

Kimberly leads and serves with other church planter's wives in the ministry of Bloom and leads in a multi-ethnic community in Atlanta.

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Girlfriendit: Adulting with Cynthia Rushti

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, speaking for women's events and retreats, writers' events, nonfiction books, and devotionals, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers' Choice, Selah Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, CR's BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Family Fiction Readers' Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others. She has a total of 15 books on the shelves, with more contracted.

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Girlfriendit: Life Interrupted with Carolyn Moor and Melissa Hoover with Bloom

Have you had a life situation that rocked your world and turned it upside down?

Carolyn Moor is a mom, an award winning interior designer and the founding director of Modern Widows Club, a nonprofit leading a movement to enable and empower widows to become extraordinary mentors, leaders, advocates and builders of local communities.

She's been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronicle and seen on NPR, PBS, HuffPostLIVE, TLC, as well as, The Oprah Winfrey Show as a model of ordinary courage, compassion, visionary action and resilience.

Melissa Hoover is a mom of 3 (2 girls (7 and 9) and very newly adopted 2 year old son from DR Congo in Africa) who's been home only 4 weeks!

She is a Registered Dietitian by profession and works part time teaching and counseling individuals and families about healthy eating. She also love all things fitness and helping athletes with their performance nutrition.
Melissa is a wife of a church planter and helped plant Momentum Christian Church in McDonough, GA almost 10 years ago. She is also a leader in the ministry of Bloom.
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Bloom is under the umbrella of Stadia which transforms Lives and Communities Through Church Planting and plants churches that intentionally care for children. And . . . They won’t stop…until every child has a church.”

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Girlfriendit: If I Run with Terri Blackstock

Joining us on Girlfriendit Radio is Terri Blackstock who is a New York Times best-selling author of titles such as Intervention, Vicious Cycle, Downfall and her new release, If I Run.

In her 30-year career as a novelist, she has sold seven million copies worldwide. She is the winner of three Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers' Choice Award and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others.

In 1994, Terri was writing secular romance novels under two pseudonyms when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her popular suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair.

Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. "I wanted to see if I could incorporate a suspenseful plot with faith-based elements that pointed people to Christ rather than giving them stumbling blocks," Terri explains. She has told her personal testimony on a number of national television programs as well as numerous radio programs across the country.

Terri was vulnerable and shared great insights into her life and her writing. Patty and Lisa also shared some effective leadership tips when leading small groups. 

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Girlfriendit: God's Not Dead 2 with actor Paul Kwo

It was an honor to have actor, PAUL KWO join this special edition of Girlfriendit Radio!

Not only is Paul one of the supporting lead actors of the feature film franchise "God's Not Dead" and "God's Not Dead 2" which released April 1, he is also a singer, musician, entrepreneur and beyond!

Paul is also known for his work on Thor: The Dark World and Pacific Rim and 2012 and other TV hit series.

Paul plays his signature role of Martin Yip in this sequel, to the 60 million dollar blockbuster hit God's Not Dead.

Here's just a few of the questions we asked Paul:

  • How did you get the role in God's Not Dead?
  • How has playing a role in these movies influenced or impacted your own personal faith?
  • Is there a particular scene that has resonated or stuck with you?
  • Why are you personally drawn to God's Not Dead 2 and what do you want our listeners to know about this film?


We encourage our listeners to step into your role as a voice not only for this movie but to help others realize God is Not Dead but fully alive and active and how that changes everything!!!

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Girlfriendit: If I Run with Terri Blackstock

We are joined on Girlfriendit Radio by Terri Blackstock who is a New York Times best-selling author of titles such as Intervention, Vicious Cycle, Downfall and her new release, If I Run.

In her 30-year career as a novelist, she has sold seven million copies worldwide. She is the winner of three Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers' Choice Award and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others.

In 1994, Terri was writing secular romance novels under two pseudonyms when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her popular suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair.

Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. "I wanted to see if I could incorporate a suspenseful plot with faith-based elements that pointed people to Christ rather than giving them stumbling blocks," Terri explains. She has told her personal testimony on a number of national television programs as well as numerous radio programs across the country.

Terri was vulnerable and shared great insights into her life and her writing. Patty and Lisa also shared some effective leadership tips when leading small groups.

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Girlfriendit: Critical Conversations with Tom Gilson

The stakes couldn't be higher today for parents who want (and need) to navigate effectively through critical conversations with their kids, especially teens. Just thinking about the words, critical and conversation can cause one to break out in a rash! So, how do we have those needed critical conversations? Dare we even put our big toe in the discussion pool on the topic of homosexuality? It is a landmine buried with pain ready to ignite? Does it have to be that way?

Is there a conversation you are avoiding? Is there a conversation you hesitate having with your child or teen? You are not alone.

We invite you to join in on our conversation on Girlfriendit Radio with author, Tom Gilson. Tom has written Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents' Guide to Discussing Homosexuality with Teens. You will gain a better understanding for having this critical conversation as well as a new set of tools for those difficult conversations you are facing with a spouse, friend, co-worker or neighbor. We all need to get better at how we communicate. It matters.

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Girlfriendit: Perspective on your Story with Sherri Burgess and Bloom

What challenges do you face in living your story?

We experience different seasons throughout our lives. When we find ourselves in the midst of a season of pain, how do we see beyond? Great conversation about putting your story in perspective and in light of God's larger narrative. There is hope and joy.

Sherri Burgess is the wife of nationally syndicated radio host Rick Burgess of "The Rick and Bubba Show." They are both sought-after ministry speakers and marriage conference hosts.
A former news anchor turned author, Sherri is also mother to two teenage sons at home and two adult children.

Her prayer is that the loss of her youngest son, Bronner, will continue to produce fruit for God for many years to come.

Stephanie Wilkerson is a leader with the ministry of Bloom is under the umbrella of Stadia which transforms lives and communities through church planting and plants churches that intentionally care for children.

She and her husband Michael moved from Atlanta to Memphis two years ago to plant a multi-ethnic church in Memphis, TN. They have three boys and have been married almost 19 years and says that church planting is probably the hardest thing they've ever done.

They are intentionally multi-ethnic in a city that still struggles with racial harmony.

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Girlfriendit: What makes a great story? Jennifer Myhre

“The best stories enlarge our understanding of the world, excite our imagination, and make us think of THE story sung by angels in heaven.” Jack Klumpenhower

What makes a great story for you?

We all know that stories stick and have the potential and power to change us.

Our special guest this week is Jennifer Myhre who serves as a doctor in East Africa where she has worked alongside her husband, Dr. Scott Myhre, for more than two decades.

She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric training at Northwestern University’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. She also received a Master’s in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

She has given a special focus in her work to HIV prevention and nutrition and has invested heavily in training emerging indigenous leaders.

She is the author of A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest which educates and creates awareness of life in East Africa through a compelling story.

It’s a story that will stick with you and if you allow it, possibly change you???

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Girlfriendit: Leading and Mentoring with Suzanne Burden and Natasha Robinson

Look around you, you are the sum of the 5 closest people in your life. How are they affecting you? Listen in to our conversation about intentional leadership and mentoring. What does effective mentoring look like?

Suzanne Burden coauthored the book Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God and the Reclaiming Eve Small Group DVD.

Natasha Robinson is the author of Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship. She is a gifted Bible teacher and writer, in addition to being an anti-human trafficking advocate, champion for education, and community organizer. With over 15 years of leadership and mentoring experience in the military, government, church, seminary, and nonprofit sectors, she is a sought after consultant and speaker.

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Girlfriendit: Living Your Dreams with James Rubart

What advice would you give to younger self?

Ever wish you could go back in time and change certain decisions?

What would you tell yourself in ten years?

We explore the realities of these and other questions in our conversation with author, James L. Rubart. James has a B.A. in broadcast journalism and for more than 20 years has also owned and operated his own marketing company.

Ever since he was a little boy, James dreamed of writing novels but didn't begin his journey as an author until 2002.

He just released his newest book, The Five Times I Met Myself. So, what would you tell your younger self?

Listen in . . .

 

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Girlfriendit: Pass It On with Dr Justin Holcomb, Dr Jim Burns, Jeremy Lee

Are the youth our leaders of tomorrow or today? Joining our show is an all star cast with authors and experts, Dr. Justin Holcomb, Dr Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee.

It's perhaps a parent's greatest fear - that at some point his or her child will become a victim of sexual abuse. The statistics are alarming: Approximately one in five children will become victims by his or her 18th birthday.

Justin Holcomb is a minister and a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has a PhD in theology, co-founded and serves on the boards of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments). He has authored, co-authored or edited more than 10 books.

Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have responded to parents' concerns by writing God Made All of Me a resource for moms and dads who want to protect and educate their children.

Why is it so important for parents to create a spiritual legacy for their children?

Jeremy Lee: Jeremy is the founder of ParentMinistry.net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers.

Dr Jim Burns: Jim is a renowned youth and family expert, acclaimed author and founder of the HomeWord radio program that reaches more than 1 million people across the country every day. He is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University, a research and training institute offering biblically based resources for parents and youth. Under Burns, the center has become the largest provider of Christian parenting and youth seminars in the United States.

From listening to this show on Girlfriendit Radio you will gain practical tools for communicating with your child and impacting your family legacy - starting now!

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Girlfriendit: I Have A Dream with Rachel Hauck and Darryl Lyons

Two dynamic leaders who took the risks, dared to dream and made the necessary sacrifices!

Rachel Hauck is USA Today best-selling and award-winning author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle and Once Upon A Prince.

She also wrote the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel Softly and Tenderly one of their 2011 "Top Ten Inspirationals."

Darryl Lyons is Co-Founder and CEO of PAX Financial Group, LLC where he leads a team of talented people who passionately helped others with their personal finances.

He is a successful small business entrepreneur and co-founder of the  Radio Show "Financial Mythbusters".

Darryl just released his newest book, Small Business Big Pressure which is a collision of wisdom and knowledge designed for the 20 year veteran or the soon-to-be entrepreneur. When the business owner aligns all facets of his company with God, something special happens.

Lots of golden nuggets of wisdom and for those who dare to step into their dreams!

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Girlfriendit: How do you define yourself? Mary Ellen Mann and Vanessa Pugh

Identity is a powerful thing. Knowing your true identity is even more power-filled and freeing. Too often we define ourselves by what we do rather than who we are.

On this show we talk about shedding the victim identity that often comes from the shame of sexual abuse and trauma. Healing is possible and attainable.

Our Guests:
Mary Ellen Mann: In From Pain to Power: Overcoming Sexual Trauma and Reclaiming Your True Identity Mary Ellen combines clinical expertise with profound Biblical truths. Her own personal experiences of having suffered through sexual violation, lends even more credibility and value to her fearless voice.

Mary Ellen is an outspoken opponent to the victim status many women bear in silence and shame. She seeks to not just encourage women, but to also equip them with the spiritual weapons they need to thrive as "Princess Warriors."

Vanessa Pugh:  Vanessa is the Assistant Director of Spouse and Family Support for Stadia and leads in the ministry of Bloom. She has presented at several Exponential workshops, various women's events and is on the preaching team at Velocity.

Vanessa and her husband Scott planted Velocity Church in Cleveland, OH in 2009.

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Girlfriendit: Loving is an Attitude with Sheila Wray Gregoire and Jill Buteyn

Loving is an Attitude!

What is your plan to love? What does loving your friend, your spouse, your family, even your enemy look like?

We had two very special authors join our show. We have to warn you, our first two segments were rated, PG-13, as we had a very candid conversation about expectations and attitudes on sex - especially from a woman's point of view. You will lean into what author, Sheila Wray Gregoire had to say. She recently published, Nine Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage.

Our second guest, Jill Buteyn, author of Just Show Up: the Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together talked on the sacredness of walking with a friend through terminal cancer. How do you love through the uncomfortableness?

Great insights from both of these guests.

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Girlfriendit: Tattered and Mended with Cynthia Ruchti and Emily Rose Massey

Don't you wish there was a formula or a pill for solutions and healing from the pains of life? We all have moments when we feel shattered, wounded and needing to piece together the broken pieces of our hearts and lives. It isn't easy but there is healing and hope.

Our guests this week:

Drawing from 33 years of experience in writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast . . . Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, nonfiction books, devotionals as well as speaking for women's events and retreats.

For anyone who has been battered and bruised by the storms of life, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti has penned her new book, Tattered and Mended: the Art of Healing the Wounded Soul

Our next guest is Author and Speaker, Emily Rose Massey. She is a contributing writer to iBelieve.com, Start Marriage Right, and Family Christian as an affiliate reviewer and blogger of new products. Her writing has also been featured in Lifeway Women's Journey Devotional Magazine and Shattered Magazine.

Her latest book is, Yielded in His Hands: Becoming a Vessel for God's Glory.

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Girlfriendit: Your Story Matters with Laurie Coombs and Joel Peabody

Are you aware of the story you live and do you see it's worth and value? In a day and age where truth is debated and experience reigns supreme, our stories speak volumes.

Our two guests today:

In 2010, Laurie Coombs was called to forgive the man who murdered her father. What happened as a result of that journey is now the subject of her new book, Letters from My Father's Murderer (Kregel, 2015). Her story has also been featured in Billy Graham's new film, Heaven, a part of the "My Hope with Billy Graham" national broadcast.

Laurie writes on her blog and is a regular writer for iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com.

Joel Peabody: Where your story and Gods story converge. The Awaken Movement began as a organization designed to integrate music, art and worship as a catalyst to ignite church-goers into action-oriented faith. It is aimed at serving the local communities through acts of justice.

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Girlfriendit: Crazy Little Thing Called Love with Beth Vogt and Sarah Cantu with Bloom

Has there been a time in your life when you uttered the words, "I will never" either out loud or to yourself? Many times these words can come back to haunt us! What could these words mean to you in various areas of your life, even in your marriage?

This week on Girlfriendit Radio we will be talking with author, Beth K. Vogt, who recently published her latest book, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, which is the first book in her new Destination Wedding Series. Following Beth we will be talking with ministry and community leader, Sarah Cantu, from our partner ministry of Bloom.

 

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Girlfriendit: Who's Your Hero? Melanie Dobson and Dr Natalie Eastman

What constitutes a hero?

We live is a culture quick to create heroes and heroines and there is no short supply of people desiring to claim that title either!? Maybe there is a better way to qualify a hero:

  • Who inspires and challenges you to be better?
  • Who do you admire?
  • Who do you know (not necessarily on a personal level) who makes the world a better place?


On Girlfriendit Radio This Week:

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of 14 historical romance, suspense and contemporary novels. We discussed the background and dynamics of her latest book, Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor (keeping family secrets, and a character with autism).

Dr. Natalie Eastman is the author of Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation. Such a great discussion about fears women face when it comes to exploring the Bible about the topic of women in church leadership roles.

 

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Girlfriendit: Redeeming Pleasure with Jeremy Jernigan and Anita Higman

How good is God really??? Do you ever think about this? Does this thought trip you up? We had such a great conversation with author, Jeremy Jernigan and his new book, Redeeming Pleasure. (Worthy Publishing, September 2015)

Pleasure offers many interpretations and often presents a struggle within today's culture. Craving it, seeking it and understanding its intent from God is the focus of his book.

Also on the show was author, Anita Higman who is a CBA bestselling and award-winning author with 40 books published, several of which she co-authored. Her latest, Summer's List will make you reflect on your own life and where you are going, while enjoying a captivating "fairy tale" story.

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Girlfriendit: Find Your Happy with Hillary Manton Lodge and Sarah Sundin

Great conversation about the realities of our culture where we lean in to living through other people stories and avoid our own. (Think reality TV) How does this affect us at our core? Does it lead to true happiness?

Join us for some happiness as we chat with Hillary Manton Lodge, the author of Reservations for Two, A Table by the Window, Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA Bestselling book.

We also have Sarah Sundin, the author of The Wings of the Nightingale series and Wings of Glory series. Sarah just launched her new World War II series, Waves of Freedom, with Through Waters Deep. Anchor in the Storm is expected to release in summer 2016. 

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Girlfriendit: Changing-the-World-One-Ruby-Shoe-at-a-Time! #Wicked

Have you ever had a paradox in your thought process, and if you stop to think about it long enough you might even be borderline embarrassed to admit what you were thinking?

You know, those thoughts that are so shallow and insignificant you wouldn’t want to repeat them out loud? OK  . . . so I won’t actually say them, but since I feel like being very transparent right now, I will write them.

It started with an email I received from Lisa who is in Jerusalem. She shared, “Going to walk the Old City this afternoon. Went to the Sea of Galilee yesterday and have spent two nights in Nazareth. Toured the places where Jesus grew up. Pretty amazing.”


I responded with, “Took my girls to go see the Broadway play Wicked last night. Walked in old town Tempe. Spent the last two nights making sure my fingernail polish matched my ruby red high-heels. Pretty amazing! Changing-the-world-one-ruby-high-heel at a time??!! #Wicked!

We had a good laugh over this, but there was a bit of reality in my heart. In the midst of feeling that I’m an idolater low-life, (Not really, but it helps with embellishing the story) decadently enjoying the insignificant frivolous things of existence, while Lisa is out praying having “Holy Land Moments!” Really? Who cares that my fingernails match my shoes? Is that going to make a difference to the kingdom?

With that thought, I paused to pray, “God I know I don’t need to be at the Sea of Galilee, I know you have me living my purpose right here, right now, experiencing you. Please help me to be bold in the adventures that you have me on in this season of life, even as I wear ruby shoes.

(This is where my day gets weird . . .) My doorbell rang and my neighbor was standing there. He said, “I don’t want to bother you, but tomorrow could you come over and be with my wife for a few hours so I can go to my doctor's appointment? (His wife has cancer and she was told last month that she only has a few months to live.)

I normally don’t have microwave prayers, but believe me it was exhilarating to have God respond so quickly. I have been praying for my neighbor and inviting her to church for the past year. What an honor do be able to be in her presence so we can sit together in ‘His presence’. Who knows, maybe God will arrange a place for her in heaven and she will be wearing the ruby shoes!

Join us as we learn together how to apply our faith with Dr. Michelle Anthony, the vice president and publisher of learning resources at David C Cook and a popular speaker in the area of family ministry. (She is the author
of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story and Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family.)
We also have Megan Marshman, the director of student resources and production forDavid C Cook and has led and challenged thousands of students in their faith at Christian Camps.


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Girlfriendit: What Do You Carry? with Dr. Michelle Bengtson and Suzanne Woods Fisher

A great conversation on Girlfriendit Radio about dealing with depression, finding hope and practicing forgiveness!

Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief-even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com. Dr. Bengtson's first solo project comes out in 2016 entitled "Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression."

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. We will be discussing her recent book, The Heart of the Amish. Suzanne says, you don't have to "go Amish" to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God. We will start out with, "What is the number-one lesson the Amish can teach us about forgiveness?"

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Girlfriendit: Safe Friendships with Pamela Havey Lau and Bob Smithhouser

With women longing for meaningful connections to help them grow in their faith and find emotional wholeness, now is the perfect time to interview our guest Pamela Havey Lau's. Her new book, A Friend in Me: How to be a Safe Haven for Other Women will help answer the question that so many of us have, "Why do we feel so isolated and alone?"

We also want to dig into a Christian perspective on popular entertainment via articles and blogs, by Bob Smithouser who has over 20 years of service at Focus on the Family and co-hosts The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast.

A few tips in pursuing relationships:

1.Love Jesus and Love others so much, that you can't help but see people through Gods lens.
2.Give Love instead of judging.
3.Fully Listen
4.Be aware of your self-talk (or what you are listening to the enemy say.)

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Girlfriendit: The Next Generation

So what do we do to help the next generation? How are we inspiring and challenging them to see beyond themselves and that they have something to offer that will make a difference? Are we giving them something to aspire towards?

We dive into this will effective tools and ideas on what it takes and what it can look like to live mission minded.
 
Joining us this week, we are excited to welcome back Ann Dunagan.  Ann is the author of The Mission-Minded Child, and has much to share with us about pointing our children and youth to Jesus. 
 
Also joining us is Anne Milam, a leader and a woman who inspires, from our ministry partner, Bloom.

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Girlfriendit: Unafraid with Susie Davis and Bloom

We are excited for our dialogue this week on Girlfriendit Radio with our two special guests, Susie Davis and Amber Ancarrow.
 
Author Susie Davis found herself stuck in a decades-long relationship with fear and anxiety after experiencing a profound tragedy when she was in the 8th grade. That day changed everything for Susie "I didn't realize it then, but that was the beginning of my breakup with God. I don't think I ever stopped loving him, but I definitely stopped trusting him," says Susie.   She is the author of the recent book, Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World.
 

Amber Ancarrow from the ministry of Bloom/Stadia lives and serves her community in Baltimore, which recently experienced racial tension and riots. Fear is not defining them or the community, and Amber will talk with us about what they are doing to love their city and promote unity.
 
This will be a show about hope and restoration!

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Girlfriendit: Living in Suspense with Colleen Coble

Joining us this week on Girlfriendit Radio is best selling author of romantic, suspense and mystery books, Colleen Coble. She has more than two million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers.

We share stories of times of tension in life and best practices for dealing with those moments.

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Do You Want To Change The World? Amanda Leaks

Joining us this week on Girlfriendit Radio: Amanda Leaks

Recently, Ryan Leaks made headlines for getting engaged and married on the same day to his now wife, Amanda Roman. Ryan secretly planned their entire wedding for two years without her knowing a thing. Ryan and his team captured the entire day to produce "The Surprise Wedding" which went viral a few short months after the two got hitched. They've been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, The Queen Latifah Show, and many other various media outlets.

Ryan and Amanda authored the book, The One: An Amazing Love Story Starts with You!

Great tips for a healthy relationship and marriage! Are you the ONE?

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Girlfriendit: Shine! with Sue Ann Cordell and Kristy Cambron

Join us this week as we look at the positive things in life with author Sue Ann Cordell. Her books, Simplify, A Life Anchored in Purpose; Social Graces, A Practical Guide to Surviving the Holidays; How To Be A Light In A Dark World; and Ready, Set, Start Over offer practical advice, and new ways of looking at life. Her thought provoking writing style keeps people coming back for more.

Sue Ann is the founder of SHINEWORTHY Lifestyles. Her passion is to train and equip men and women to take a positive approach to life. She influences the lives of people all over the world with her daily blog. Her motto is straightforward: "Stay positive, and live the life out of every day."

Also joining our show is author, Kristy Cambron. Kristy fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut historical novel, The Butterfly and the Violin (Thomas Nelson, 2014), was named to Library Journal Reviews' "Best Books of 2014,"

Kristy brings high energy and inspiring stories to our conversation.

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Girlfriendit: I Am More Than A Statistic! with Tricia Goyer

I am not a statistic. And you know why I'm not a statistic? Because God doesn't do them. -Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer joins our show. She is a writer, blogger, family advocate and host of Living Inspired Radio.  She has published 50 books to date with her recent book, Teen Mom: You're Stronger than You Think.

She understands the feelings of feeling like a statistic. Born to a single mom, Tricia found herself pregnant at 17, and she remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. You are gonna love her story and walk away inspired.

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Girlfriendit: What Are You Waiting For? Tez Brooks

Waiting is hard, we can be left feeling overlooked, even discarded by God. What do we do during those times? Stay the course, keep trusting in God that He sees the bigger picture and is in control, and don't rely and respond to our feelings of restlessness and doubt. It is a hard process but necessary if we truly want to embrace a significant life with Christ.

Our guest this week on Girlfriendit Radio is Tez Brooks, who is an international speaker, author of numerous articles and most recently, he authored the book, The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce. He understands the significance of the waiting game, and being a single divorced father. The Single Dad Detour was born out of the difficult and painful lessons Tez learned along the way.

 

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Girlfriendit: Happily Ever After with Terri Blackstock

Our special guest, Terri Blackstock is a  New York Times best-selling author who has sold six million copies worldwide. She is the winner of three Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others.

In 1994, Terri Blackstock was writing secular romance novels under two pseudonyms when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her popular suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair.

Some things we discuss:
 
Many people feel as though they’ve done things in their lives “out of order.” Do you think God holds those things against us?

After suffering the consequences of bad decisions, it’s tempting to try and piece together your life by yourself — to get your life on-track by being “good.” Why does this never completely work?

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Girlfriendit: Mission Minded Living with Suzi Lantz of Bloom

Have you ever made a decision that just doesn't make sense to others?

How do you find margin when you are living on mission?  We are called to pour out, but we need to find the balance to pour into our own kids, husband and ourselves. There are always NEEDS all around. How do we live with margin?

We often wait for BIG promptings from God to start living on mission.  What are small ways to start living intentionally with the people in the places God has placed us in right now?

Great conversation and insights with Suzi Lantz from the ministry of Bloom/Stadia

Hint:  When starting something new as in a ministry . . . take time to observe, ask good questions, and give yourself space before you plunge in and get too deep too fast!

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Girlfriendit: Finding Hope with Beth Kempshall and Hala Matzelle

Do you live with hope in your life and hope for the world?

Two significant voices of hope join our show this week:

Beth Kempshall
who has served as the Executive Director of the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) since January 2011.  The Arizona HIDTA coordinates and supports the efforts of more than 636 sworn law enforcement officials from 70 agencies to target the most significant drug trafficking and money laundering organizations impacting Arizona.

Law enforcement continues to do all it can from a criminal law standpoint, conducting investigations, making arrests and seizures. But what else, from your point of view, needs to be done to help decrease drug use, addiction, and crime that results from the opiate prescription/heroin use epidemic we are facing?

She shares great tips for parents in identifying suspected drug use and how to become more intentionally aware of trends and what's happening around us.

Also, joining our show is Halo Matzelle. Halo led a charmed life until receiving a shocking diagnosis in 2011 of a rare brain tumor sitting over the main artery in her brain. She details her painful diagnosis, risky surgery and miraculous recovery in her memoir, Halo Found Hope.
 
Halo's passion is helping those who face various challenges and afflictions discover where true hope is found.

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Girlfriendit: Get Your Joy Back with Laurie Wallin

How do you get your joy back? (Assuming you once had it?!)

Join us this week as we dig into joy with Laurie Wallin, author of Get Your Joy Back.

Laurie is a speaker and also wrote the book, Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful: Embrace Your Quirks & Live Your Strengths. A certified life coach, she has helped people for over ten years to get unstuck and live powerfully by discovering and developing their strengths, identifying and releasing resentment, and pursuing their God-inspired hopes and dreams.

A great listen on parenting special needs children.

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Girlfriendit: Do You Have Something To Say? Wendy Wolff and Lynne Gentry

It is easy to let words that need to be said go unspoken. Do you have something that needs to be said? You will be inspired in your communication with our two special guests:

Wendy Wolff: Author and advocate Wendy Wolff educates others through her own profound story of loss in The Letter Writing Project. The Letter Writing Project isn't just a book; it's an emotionally liberating experience that could change your life.

Lynne Gentry: Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications and is a professional acting coach, theater director and playwright with several full-length musicals and a Chicago children's theater curriculum to her credit. She has recently authored The Carthage Chronicles series.

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Girlfriendit: Hearing Your Voice with Sharon Ramsey and Dr. Natalie Eastman

Hearing Your Voice

We live in a very noisy world. On a recent trip to Cairo, I (Lisa) realized just how noisy a city could be with the unending sounds of car horns, people conversing in the streets and other aspects of daily life. On one hand, it made the city feel alive, on the other, it was almost deafening. One could easily feel lost in the crowd, silenced by the noise.

Amidst the noise and confusion of life, we each need to find our place in this world and listen and hear our own voice. In each season and stage, whether it is as a young adult, a young mother raising children, or entering mid-life, each stage ushers in unique challenges and various voices. Many times we allow the voices from the past to silence us, and voices around us in the present to over-ride the still small voice of God. Some voices need to be silenced; with others we need to lean in more for wisdom and insight. The challenge is to distinguish between the two!

Ask Yourself:

  • What voice dominates my air waves? Is this good?
  • Who's voice matters most?
  • How do I hear the still small voice of God?
  • What will it take to silence the static to hear God's voice?
  • Am I ready and how will I use my voice?
  • And finally, do you truly believe your voice matters??? (Many of us struggle with this one, if we are honest?)

Joining our show this week are two special women whose journey through life has led them to discover (and continue in the discovery) their unique role and voice.

Sharon Ramsey: Married to globally recognized Financial Expert and Radio/TV Host, Dave Ramsey, Sharon is a dynamic woman and leader whose voice impacts generations. She is also the coauthor of the best seller, Financial Peace.

Dr. Natalie Eastman: Natalie is the author of Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation.

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Get Involved! Crissy Haslam, Brad Dennis

You are in for a treat with our two dynamic, literally "world changers" who are heavily involved in serving communities - from two profound lenses.

Our first guest: First Lady of Tennessee, Mrs Crissy Haslam.

As First Lady of Tennessee, Crissy has introduced a three-part initiative that focuses on the interplay between family engagement and literacy improvement in Tennessee. She has been traveling the state to stress the importance of parents as first teachers, parents as education partners, and also to raise awareness for the exponential value of reading on grade level by the 3rd grade.

We appreciated her distinction of "politics" vs "public service". You'll love her!

Our next guest: Brad Dennis is the Search and Rescue Director for KlaasKids. Which oversees the search and rescue of missing and exploited children.

His rescue efforts have been chronicled on CNN, The Early Show, The Today Show, Dateline, MSNBC, and 48 Hours.

His tenacity is contagious.

Great Resource to get involved when you don't know where or how:  called2rescue.com

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Girlfriendit: The 1% Difference with Darryl Lyons and Bloom

So, what can you tweak by 1% to for amazing results?

What if your 1% was taking just 5 minutes of your evening to incorporate this simple discipline?

Each night, or at the end of your work day, write down the six most important things that need to be accomplished the next day.  Let go of tomorrow's worries by prioritizing the tasks the night before.  In the words of Elsa, Let It Go.  Knowing that you have taken the time to think about the next day, and put it on paper, you can relax and get the rest you need to tackle it... tomorrow.  

Let's learn more tips from Small Business Big Pressure: A Faith-Based Approach to Guide the Ambitious Entrepreneur author Darryl W. Lyons, CEO and CoFounder of PAX Financial Group.  We will also be talking to Krista Evans from Bloom, a ministry for church planters' spouses.

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Girlfriendit: Spiritually Healthy Families with Dr Michelle Anthony and Bryan Sands

What does a spiritually healthy family look like?

This week on Girlfriendit Radio we have two significant discussions from our two dynamic guests: Dr. Michelle Anthony and Pastor Bryan Sands.

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Learning Resources at David C Cook and the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, A Theology of Family Ministry and The Big God Story.

Pastor Bryan Sands a veteran of working with students for over fifteen years in the public school system, church and university worlds.

He has a passion for students and helping them make wise choices with their lives. Though he has made many poor decisions over the years, the decision he got right was to commit to sexual faithfulness when he was a teenager. He is currently writing the book Everybody Loves Sex: So Why Wait?

You will leave our conversation empowered, encouraged and challenged in your parenting style, understanding more clearly patterns of dysfuntional parenting. (BTW - we all can relate!?)

You will also walk away with a new appreciation of the significance of terminology when it comes to conversing with teens on the topic of sex. We even go into the danger zone of "casual sex" - is there such a thing????

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Girlfriendit: Fierce Convictions with Karen Swallow Prior

Are you standing (or sitting) at a fork in the road?

Joining us this week is our special guest, Karen Swallow Prior. She is a Professor of English at Liberty University. She is also the author of Fierce Convictions: and Literature in the Soul of Me. She contributes to Christianity Today, The Atlantic, and Relevant magazine, among other publications.

Her books include Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More - Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson 2014) and a literary and spiritual memoir, Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press 2012).

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Girlfriendit: The Main Thing with Bloom

We've probably all heard the saying by Stephen Covey: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

There's a lot of "main" stuff happening in this quote. The point? Keeping our focus on the main thing and not allowing the business, screams and interruptions of life to distract us from doing what really matters.

This week on Girlfriendit Radio we are excited to have our fun loving, people loving, and a dynamic leader of the ministry of Bloom (encouraging and equipping church planter's wives and other ministry leaders, Debbie Jones. We are going to get real with our struggles of keeping the main thing the main thing and share some tips on staying focused. This will be a great launching pad to running into a new year - highly focused on the main things!!!

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Girlfriendit: NLB Horton and Carla McDougal

Our guests this week on Girlfriendit Radio both contagiously approach life as an adventure and live to write about it all.

NLB Horton: An award-winning author, she's passionate about her faith, archaeology, women's issues, and the environment. She writes contemporary suspense with a thread of romance, from the crossroads of faith and espionage.

Carla McDougal: Award-winning author and speaker, Carla founded Reflective Life Ministries in 2008. Her latest book, My Prayer Chair, won multiple awards in 2013.

Get ready to be disrupted from the ordinary! It will be contagious!

 

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Girlfriendit: Eden with Chong Kim

What have you seen or experienced that just hurts your soul?

We just want to prepare you for our show today and the dark subject matter. It is an area of life that is disturbing and sometimes invisible.

Handcuffed to a doorknob for months by a man she originally thought was her boyfriend.

Then handed over to a middle-aged woman who transferred her to traffickers in Las Vegas.
 
Held there with other victims in an abandoned warehouse and forced to work as a teen prostitute.

Taken back and forth across the country for the same purposes.

This is Chong Kim's dramatic story from 1995 until the day she escaped in 1997. Chong provides chilling insight into how organized crime runs its sex trafficking operations in the US. Women and children are being enslaved to satisfy the twisted desires of clients.
 
Chong Kim, is the Woman Whose Story Served as the Basis for Megan Griffith's Film Eden.

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Girlfriendit: When Life Goes Flat with Debora M. Coty. Michelle Parker,

 Let's face it, life can get messy. But if life has no mess, it's just flat.  Have you ever reached in the fridge for a can of soda, only to have it slip from your hands and hit the floor with a thud?  Craving that soda, you very slowly and carefully lift the tab, trying to avoid the mess of it spewing all over the place.  But then NOTHING happens?  No mess, no spew, and certainly no fizz.  It's completely flat. Sigh. You drink it anyway.

 

There are times when life goes flat. It loses its vitality, zest and enthusiasm. We may feel as if we've lost our purpose, our path, and confidence in ourselves and even in others.

 

What to do?  "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you" (1 Peter 5:7).

We'll be talking about living a more "carbonated" life this week on GirlfriendIt Radio with author, speaker, orthopedic therapist, and tennis addict, Debora M. Coty. The subtitle of her latest book, Too Loved to Be Lost, is "discovering God's intentional, unconditional, without-limits love." 

We also will hear from our Bloom Partner Michelle Parker, church planter of SummitLIFE in Sedona, AZ, with her husband David.

 

Quick Strategies while you are waiting for the show:

  1. Recognize that it's truly darkest before the dawn.  You have to get lost to find your way.  Be thankful you are not in the desert. Well, Lisa and I are geographically, but you know what we mean.
  2. Put on your Faith-Cap.  Start praying for creativity and a miracle.  Unclog your brain-drain. 
  3. Make a Smile-List and force yourself to write down 25 things you CAN do to improve your situation.  They might not work. But they will definitely start leading to something that will work. Now you at least have a direction to go, which means you are no longer "LOST".
  4. Deadline: Give yourself a closing date.  Seriously.  Wallow away for an hour or two, muse and marinate on the "whatever", then acknowledge all that is ‘not-lost', recognize and read through your smile list. 

God gifted you with an incredible life and has a fabulous (not flat) path for you to follow! 

 Seeking an Effervescent God for an Effervescent Life,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Identity Crisis with Sarah Sundin and Rob Peabody

"Jesus did not just save us from something (hell and eternal separation from Him), but He saved us for something."

Do I really know what it means to follow Christ? It's a question Rob Peabody, author of Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom asked himself and it is a significant question that each of us should ask as well. Our answer can change the trajectory of our life!

Jesus saved us for a life set apart from other identities (Nationalities) to embrace and live a righteous life as citizens of the Kingdom - an Alternative Kingdom!

Let's all ask ourselves:  "Do I have an identity crisis?"

Joining Girlfriendit Radio this week are two authors with challenging insights for living a life intentionally for the Kingdom.

  • Sarah Sundin is the author of The Wings of the Nightingale series and Wings of Glory series.
  • Rob Peabody is now the co-founder and director of Awaken, a non-profit organization that exists to provide resources and creativity to the church and reach Londoners in their 20s and 30s with the Gospel. We will be discussing he new book, Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom.

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Vulnerability and Fear with Suzzane Gosselin and Robin Caroll

Have you ever been paralyzed by fear?

Fear consumes an enormous amount of our energy. It robs us from becoming who we were designed to be and become.

Life is filled with new adventures and experiences for those who dare to embrace them. Where in your life right now are you feeling vulnerable? Where is your core being rattled?

This week on Girlfriendit Radio we will be talking in depth with two authors who deal with these issues through their written stories. You'll walk away with some great tips on parenting and what to expect when you are expecting!

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin writes children's resources for David C Cook, Zondervan and Harvest House. She is also the author of Faithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through and is currently working on the God's Got an Answer for That children's devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015.

Suzanne encountered an "identity whiplash" when she went from single woman with a full time career to a married mother of three in less than five years! She is the author of her newest book, Expectant Parents.

Robin Caroll is the author of the Justice Seekers Series and writes southern stories of mysteries and suspense. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Her recent book, Hidden In The Stars is layered with wisdom and life lessons. The main character, Sophia, loses not only the person she loved the most in life, but also her dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast.  <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Arial; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073711037 9 0 511 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-520092929 1073786111 9 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} -->

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Girlfriendit: The Art of Redeeming with Elisabeth George and Bloom

This week on Girlfriendit Radio we will hear profound stories of transformation and redemption.

One as a personal story from a dynamic leader and co-church planter, Vanessa Pugh with Bloom, and the other from Elisabeth Gifford, author of the recently released novel, The Sea House. The characters in The Sea House discover much of their redemption comes from reconnecting with their personal pasts and their family history.
 
You will connect with these women and the stories they tell. Great tips for moving forward past your past and into a desired future.

The story you believe about yourself shapes who you are! -Elisabeth Gifford

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Girlfriendit: The Inside Story with Rozanne Frazee and Carol Cook

Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. -Madeleine L'Engle

On this show we are talking with two significant storytellers who are transforming lives through the art of storytelling - taking us inside the stories of 8 scandalous women of the Bible and walking us through The Story!

-Rozanne Frazee has co-authored with her husband, Randy, the book, Real Simplicity. The Frazees' practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. Randy is also the architect of The Story church engagement campaign (in which our church is currently engaged).

-Carol Cooke, is the author of Bathsheba: Bathed in Grace (How 8 Scandalous Women Changed the World.) Carol takes us on a journey back in time to walk in the footsteps of eight remarkable and exceptional women of the Bible. Faced with seemingly impossible situations, we watch them find courage, wisdom, and grace through prayer and faith.
 
I truly believe that people are looking for stories that really mean something-stories that are redemptive, inspiring, and bigger than an individual." -Scott Harrison

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Girlfriendit: Obstacles with Jason Mayfield

What happens when life's obstacles cause you to lose your zest for life?

Our guest,this week is You Tube personality, Jason Mayfield. No matter where you are going or what you are doing in life - you will have challenges and obstacles. What do you do?? Join our conversation and walk away understanding you are not alone. We share some tips you can incorporate to help send you to thriving!

What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? 

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Girlfriendit: Devoted! with Arron Chambers

What you feel in your heart, you give with your hands. -Tolstoy

How devoted are you to what you believe in?

Joining our show is our special guest, author, Arron Chambers. You'll enjoy high energy and great tips on simplifying your life . . .

Aaron is the Lead Minister of Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colorado.
 
He is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida Christian College, Editor and Blogger for The Christian Standard, President & Founder of Tri Life, Inc., a triathlete, and an inspirational speaker who speaks to thousands of people each year.

Arron is also the Executive Producer and on-air host of the prime-time TV program, Enjoy the Journey with Arron Chambers. 

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Girlfriendit: Press On with Laurie Beth Jones and Deborah Raney

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”                               ~ Philippians 3:14
 
Have you ever met someone and initially thought, “How does she come up with such amazing ideas? Wow, God has really gifted her with such wild talents and skills. She is so blessed.”   But then, the more you came to know her, you realized that despite being gifted and blessed, she worked really hard at being so talented?  Not only did she work hard to develop her talents, but she continues to work hard.  She presses on, day in and day out.
 
People like that don’t just dream about what could be; they DO. They keep moving forward, they seize opportunity, they show up, they persevere. They work and edit and retry and rewrite. They stay rejuvenated by pressing on like Paul tells us to do in scripture.
 
So if you are reading this right now in the “Dreamer Mode”, ask God how you can take your vision to the “Doer Mode”!   Listen in as we chat with two creative geniuses and discover the answer to the question, "How did they come up with such amazing ideas?"  They worked hard at it. They pressed on . . .

Our first guest, Laurie Beth Jones, is the nationally renowned author of the bestselling Jesus, CEO.  She's known for taking the complex and making it simple.  As a business consultant for major corporations, educational institutions, and NPOs, she is a master at identifying problems and quickly creating solutions.  She has a deep desire to help others find inspiration, joy, and a renewed sense of love for their work and lives.

Our next guest is author Deborah Raney, whose first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title.  Her latest book is another must-read, Home to Chicory Lane.

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Girlfriendit: Summer Reading

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. -George R.R. Martin

You're never alone when you're reading a book. -Susan Wiggs

Do you usually have a Summer Reading Plan? Summer is a great time to find yourself a relaxing, reclusive spot or basking in the sun sitting on a beach chair - all alone (too much of a dream?) with your favorite beverage, comfy attire and a good book! If you are a reader, summer is usually the time to find a good book, which allows you to get lost in your imagination and thoughts and take a journey with the characters to lands far away, or places of the heart where emotions run deep.

Here's how we usually categorize our book lists:

  • Books we want to read
  • Books we should read (recommended for our benefit)
  • Books we mean to read but there are others screaming louder for our attention
  • Books we want to reread
  • Books we have set aside for summer reading (for fun and adventure)

I (Lisa) started my summer reading with a favorite that has now become a summer tradition: Gift From The Sea by Anne Murrow Lindbergh. This has been a good reading summer as I have experienced a variety of books, including classics like Jane Eyre and inspirational ones such as, Love Does by Bob Goff.

I always walk away from a book with something new to ponder or a challenge. Sometimes I like my new pondering thought and sometimes it creates tension (shows me something I need to change within myself). Books are great mentors in my life. How about you?

We'd love to hear on our Girlfriendit Facebook page about a book that has captured your attention or inspired you recently - a book that you just couldn't put down and caused sleep deprivation!?

Joining us this week on Girlfriendit Radio is a friend and author, Robin Lee Hatcher who has penned many books. We'll be talking about her latest and the journey her characters take in their heart's pursuit. Here's a book you might want to add to your reading list?!

Robin Lee Hatcher: Author of the recent book, The Heart's Pursuit and winner of the Christy Award and ACFW's Carol Award, Hatcher delivers another thought-provoking historical novel, sending her hero and heroine on a life-changing trek. The characters remind readers that finding forgiveness and healing are often a journey - literally and spiritually. ~ CBA

 

 

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Selling Faith with Michael D Goodman and Bloom

Can we "Sell Faith"? What does this mean? What does this look like? How effective are you at selling?

When was the last time you got "that call", where the caller starts out very polite, usually greeting you using your last name (a little formal)? It's generally my (Lisa) heads up that this is probably going to be a sales call and that I am about ready to hear the "script". There is nothing personal about it and I have not asked for whatever they are trying to convince me I need. No one wants to be a project and we all know what it feels like to be manipulated and forced into making a decision.

Yet, as believers, if we truly believe with our whole heart, the message of the Gospel and that it changes everything for eternity, how do we appropriately share this good news in a way that is effective? Do you ever struggle with sharing this good news or sharing other messages you are passionate about?

This week we will learn from one of the best trainers in selling a message/selling faith. We will also be joined by someone who is in the trenches of church planting, who will share her journey and the struggles and victories of "selling faith".

  • Michael D. Goodman: Michael is the author of the Solomon Sales System a training methodology and sales training program, that makes sales normal, natural, dignified, integral and most of all, effective. Now, branching out into a very particular niche, Michael has created Selling Faith, a powerful, behavior changing, customized sales model providing sales experience to Christian evangelism.
  • Karrie Thomas: Karrie is a leader in Bloom, a dynamic ministry for Church Planting Wives. She also leads worship and is the Creative Director for Restore Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 

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Spoken For with Allysa Joy Bethke and Julia Roller

Spoken For 

Who are you? Who am I? Do you ever ask that question? Perhaps a better question might be, "Whose are You?"

In Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are, best-selling author Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke unwrap the ancient truths from God's Word about what it means to be loved, to be sought after and to be spoken for.  "Our goal is simple," they write. "We want you to see what happens when you respond to the invitation of the true Bridegroom and step in the center of an epic love story-yours."

Lean in as we discuss, "How different would our lives be if we actually believed that we are loved, wanted, pursued and cherished?" Bethke eloquently addresses the question in the YouTube video "What Every Girl Needs to Hear," which has more than 80,000 views.

It is a packed show as we unpack inspiration from another fabulous author of Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos. Julia Roller.

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Staying Connected with Gillian Marchenko

We all communicate, but very few people actually connect.     

Have you ever wondered why certain people flourish in their jobs, organizations or ministries while you might feel stagnant or stuck? Usually the problem is not that what you have to offer is inferior or of less value; the problem is how you connect. How are you connecting and communicating with others to get the results you desire?

In John C. Maxwell's book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John gives five principles and five practices for breaking the invisible barrier to leadership and personal success.

He believes that a person's ability to create change and get results in any organization - be it a company, church, nonprofit, or even a family - is directly tied to effective communication. In other words, do your words make a difference? Do you get through to others?

Our passion for Girlfriendit is fueled by rallying others to do the remarkable. One way to add value and make an impact on women is through connecting. Connecting can make you or break you. Sure you can do a great job, and yes, you can work hard. But to truly make an impact on others and the kingdom, you need to learn how to really communicate.

Listen in as we interview Gillian Marchenko. Gillian writes and speaks to connect with other women about real life motherhood, stumbling faith, Down's syndrome, adoption, grace and a whole lot more. Her writing has been featured in MomSense Magazine, EFCA Today, Gifted for Leadership, Connections Magazine, Today's Christian Woman, and more.

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*** This summer we will be featuring some of our favorite shows as reruns.  You can listen now here, or at the regular broadcast time.

 

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Girlfriendit: Wonder-Full

We all have a hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. Laurie Beth Jones

How full is your fulfillment and how wonderful is your wonder?

Here's a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Have I lost my sense of wonder?
  • What do I need to do to create times to wonder?
  • Do I have a rhythm to my life that allows for these times?
  • On a scale from Wonder-less to Wonder-full, where do I land?

Without wonder, life will cease to be a joyful adventure.

We have a great show this week!

Remember, you can listen at your convenience as a pod cast any time.

Laurie Beth Jones is an internationally recognized best-selling author, speaker, coach, and trainer. You may recognize a couple of her best sellers, Jesus, CEO and The Path. In her most recent release, Jesus, Career Counselor, Jones defines the big difference between a job, a career, and work.

Also joining our show: Sarah Burnett who leads on the leadership team with Bloom, a dynamic ministry for Church Planters Wives. Her husband Josh is the Lead Pastor with Revolution Annapolis Church.

 

 

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Girlfriendit: What's Cooking?

We are going to hear from two very special guests, one who will challenge us, ramble with us, and simplify our chaos with some simple dinner solutions.    

Trudy Maples  shares her secrets of how, despite having a thriving business as a Personal Chef, Caterer, and Teacher, she still manages to prepare simple to spectacular dinners for her own family. In her spare time she does cooking segments for NBC Channel 12 Arizona Midday!

Also, joining our show: John Schenkel who is the Chief Financial Officer of Configurations which is North America's leader in face-to-face marketing experiences providing innovative exhibit and environmental design and program management. John is also passionate about special needs children. John is the founder of Joy Prom Florida.

Great tips on organization in the Kitchen and in life! It will be better than an app!

P.S.  Do you know what's for dinner tonight??? (we have some ideas for you!)  

 

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Girlfriendit: The Voyage Of Discovery

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

When was the last time you discovered something new? When was the last time you gave yourself permission to dream?

Great conversation with Tammy Smith from our partner ministry of Bloom! You will walk away from this show with practical tips to help you walk down the path of discovery. Remarkable things are waiting!

 

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Girlfriendit: The Road Unknown

Are you standing at a crossroads in life right now? Are you staring, contemplating the unknown, and deciding whether to follow your heart or your head?

It all comes down to the choices we make. At times, I (Lisa) have a hard time making decisions, especially if they really aren't that significant. Where should we go for dinner? What shirt should I wear this day?  These kind of decisions don't have too many consequences if I choose at random.

But there are those life decisions that have major consequences if made without thought or wisdom. The Road Unknown can be filled with excitement and expectation. As you step onto this road, whether it be a new relationship, a new job, or making a move, are you entering with wisdom?

Ask Yourself:

  • Why do I want this?
  • Are my motives pure?
  • Are my expectations realistic?
  • How will this affect others?
  • Will I have regrets if I do or don't do whatever it is?
  • Will God be blessed?

Joining our show this week on Girlfriendit Radio is Barbara Cameron, author of more than 20 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. When a relative took her to visit the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she felt led to write about the spiritual values and simple joys she witnessed there.

Cameron advises, "Anyone feeling at a crossroads in life should stand back and ask God for guidance.  Jumping impulsively is almost always a problem although you can over-analyze things. Listen for divine guidance and always pay attention to the still small voice you have within."

 

 

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Girlfriendit: How To Ruin Your Children For Life

What it's like to be a parent: It's one of the hardest things you'll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love. Nicholas Sparks     

Do you ever feel like you are wearing the "Bad Parent" tee shirt, broadcasting your emotions when it comes to parenting your children? Parenting, even on the best of days, can leave one feeling isolated, frustrated and guilty. If you've never felt alone in your parenting, then you are alone! We've all been there, done that.

I (Lisa) remember distinctly questioning myself, wondering if I am ruining my kids by not . . . We can all fill in the gap.

Not enough: quality time, meals together, family devotions, family get-aways, reading time, homework time . . .

We can all do guilt really well! I was (still am) an expert in this field. Now living in the empty nest, I have perspective and hindsight. My son and daughter and their spouses are some of my best friends. Here's a few things I have learned in the journey of parenting.

  • No two families are alike. Quit comparing.
  • Offer grace - to yourself and to your kids.
  • Let it go . . . the guilt, the high expectations, the unnecessary pressure to do more.
  • There is no perfect parent, stop trying to be one. You will make mistakes - learn and move forward.
  • Be a friend (have fun) but don't forget to be the parent (draw the line).
  • Enjoy the journey and your kids . . . and lean on God (He fills in a lot of gaps).

Joining us this week on Girlfriendit Radio are two very special guests:

Tricia Goyer, author, speaker, radio host and family life/teen expert. Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. You will be inspired and walk away with some great insights and tips.

Suzi Lantz, a girlfriend from the Church Planting Ministry called Bloom. She is the Missional Community Resourcing Developer at LoveCanton, where she and her husband have been busy planting the church.

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Girlfriendit: Happiness!

How Do You Define Your Happiness???

Ease drop into our conversation where we define happiness . . . even through forgivenss.

Here's our Two inspiring Guests for this show:

Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife. This popular speaker and author wants you to experience more happiness in your home.  More closeness to God and others.  More purpose in your day-to-day life. She shares some great tips on bringing intimacy and fun into your marriage. You'll want to take notes.

Debbie Wilson, author of Sweet Scent of Justice. At the age of seventeen, Debbie Wilson's life forever changed. Her sister Kathy, a sophomore in college, was brutally killed. The murder of her sister brought Wilson's whole world crashing down around her. Twenty-two years later, as an adult, Wilson found God leading her down the road of her past to help put the pieces of Kathy's unsolved murder mystery together to help bring her killer to justice. This is a book that offers hope and encouragement for those experiencing trials and tribulations in their lives.

 

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Girlfriendit: I Have A Dream

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. Henry David Thoreau     

Stopping by and joining us today are two women who know what it is like to have dreams and then fearlessly pursue them. Both are accomplished authors that many of you might be familiar with.

You are going to walk away from today's show challenged to think or rethink about your own dreams and what it will take for you to personally pursue and make happen. Let the dreaming begin . . .

Sarah Ladd, author of numerous book series from the Regency Period  has recently published her latest, The Headmistress of Rosemere.

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 70 books with 5 million in print. Her latest is A Promise Kept.

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Girlfriendit: Victim or Victor?

Our special guest is Leigh Ann Bryant, the author of In My Defense: An Unlikely Romance, a Deadly Gunshot, and a Young Widow's Road to Redemption. 

Leigh Ann knows firsthand what it's like to be a victim; she was trapped in the cycle of domestic abuse which 1 in 4 women report experiencing in their lifetimes.  But she found freedom, she became a victor, and now she works to help others find that same freedom, to "live unshackled" as she puts it.  Through her website, blog, and book, she desires to bring awareness, hope, and victory to victims of abuse.

You won't want to miss this informative and very personal conversation. It just might save your life or the life of someone you know.

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Girlfriendit: Once Upon A Prince

It’s Valentine’s Day Week and Love is in the air and on the air! There is a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I once heard a comedian say, “Valentine's Day is terrible for two kinds of people -- those who are single and those who aren't.” For single people, the day can be a disappointing reminder they don't have that "special someone" in their life. For those people in a relationship, you cannot choose to just ignore Valentine’s day. That could really do some damage! LOL! I (Patty) love to decorate my house and pull out all things RED to create a different ambiance in my home, but I do tire of all the commercialized aspects of this ‘once-a-year-opportunity’ to express your love. Let’s face it . . . it is great for the florists, the greeting card companies, and jewelry stores, but it is a little annoying that one day sums up your romance. The pressure on this one day for couples and for singles is crazy. Many women put tremendous pressure on this one day to:
  • Put romance back into their marriage
  • Make up for all the time spent away at work
  • Make up for time not spent praying together
  • Make a last ditch effort for reconciliation
Join us as we have fun discussing this love/hate relationship with Anne & Dave Milam from Bloom, and who better to discuss romance with than the author of Once Upon a Prince, Rachel Hauck! - See more at: http://girlfriendit.org/#sthash.RUhBxIKZ.dpuf

It's Valentine's Day Week and Love is in the air and on the air!

There is a love/hate relationship with Valentine's Day. I once heard a comedian say, "Valentine's Day is terrible for two kinds of people - those who are single and those who aren't."

Join us as we have fun discussing this love/hate relationship with husband and wife team, Anne & Dave Milam from Bloom, and author of Once Upon a Prince, Rachel Hauck!

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale. Embrace a warm cup of caffeine and get your heart ready to join the conversation.

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Girlfriendit: Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World

As women, it is easy to get caught up in our to-do lists.  I (Patty) have a very "git-r-done", result-driven temperament; I like to know that my day was worth getting up for.  The problem with this personality is how are you measuring results?  What is your measuring stick?

When we get caught up in our "Martha World", our relationships, usually our most significant ones, can suffer.  So perhaps we could all take a little "Mary-check" and see where we are in this Martha world.

Our guest this week (January 30, 2014), Joanna Weaver, is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary  Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book, With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, In Touch, Guideposts, and HomeLife.

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As women, it is easy to get caught up in our to-do lists.  I (Patty) have a very “git-r-done”, result-driven temperament; I like to know that my day was worth getting up for.  The problem with this personality is how are you measuring results?  What is your measuring stick?

Not too long ago, Lisa and I were working when a couple of very good friends stopped by, surprising us with lunch. Rather than being grateful, I was a bit overt in my agitation, maybe even borderline rude, because this interruption was going to put us back a few hours on our deadline. Now, I’m not promoting a life without boundaries, but in hind-sight, there was plenty of time left for our project. I could and should have welcomed the fun of friendship and spirit of spontaneity, not to mention the yummy food!  I should have been eager to eat, drink, and be Mary!

When we get caught up in our “Martha World”, our relationships, usually our most significant ones, can suffer.  So perhaps we could all take a little “Mary-check” and see where we are in this Martha world.

Our guest this week, Joanna Weaver, is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary  Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book, With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, In Touch, Guideposts, and HomeLife.

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As women, it is easy to get caught up in our to-do lists.  I (Patty) have a very “git-r-done”, result-driven temperament; I like to know that my day was worth getting up for.  The problem with this personality is how are you measuring results?  What is your measuring stick?

Not too long ago, Lisa and I were working when a couple of very good friends stopped by, surprising us with lunch. Rather than being grateful, I was a bit overt in my agitation, maybe even borderline rude, because this interruption was going to put us back a few hours on our deadline. Now, I’m not promoting a life without boundaries, but in hind-sight, there was plenty of time left for our project. I could and should have welcomed the fun of friendship and spirit of spontaneity, not to mention the yummy food!  I should have been eager to eat, drink, and be Mary!

When we get caught up in our “Martha World”, our relationships, usually our most significant ones, can suffer.  So perhaps we could all take a little “Mary-check” and see where we are in this Martha world.

Our guest this week, Joanna Weaver, is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary  Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book, With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, In Touch, Guideposts, and HomeLife.

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Girlfriendit: Difficult Relationships

Do you have a difficult relationship in your life right now?

We all have or will have people who will enter our lives and challenge the peace making process. This week on Girlfriendit Radio, we are going to talk with two authors/speakers on this very topic: difficult relationships.

In Related by Chance, Family by Choice, author, Deb DeArmond addresses the special (or not so special) relationship between a daughter-in-law and a mother-in-law.

Julie Gorman is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker. She writes, produces, and hosts a weekly Broadcast with FYI and is the founder of For Your Inspiration and His Love Extended Ministries. She is the author of What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me about Men.

When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. -Donald Miller

The extent to which two people in a relationship can bring up and resolve issues is a critical marker of the soundness of a relationship. -Henry Cloud

 

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Girlfriendit: Best Books Ever!

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marks

Reading books is one of my (Patty) favorite pastimes. Reading people is also on my top 10 list, and I have found that you can learn tremendous things about an individual just by discovering what they like to read. When I go to someone's office or to their house, I often find myself sneaking a peek at their bookshelves.

The Mark of the Lion book series, by Francine Rivers, is one of the best book series I have ever read. If you have known me longer than a month, you probably know of my love for these books; I am a not-so-secret admirer of Francine Rivers (the idea of interviewing her makes me salivate, so if anyone out there has a connection, feel free to make that happen!!)

As leaders, we are all a product of what we read or don't read, who we hang out with, what ministry we feel called to, and what programs we watch.

This week we'd love to hear about the top three books that have impacted you and why they had that influence. Were they books that you remember from your childhood? Do you prefer books that create a rich, magical world that captivates your attention or ones that mentor and grow you?

Join us as we turn the pages of the chapters in our lives with Bloom ministry leader Debbie Jones and award winning author, Dorothy Love.

Time to curl up with a good book!

 

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Girlfriendit: Setting Boundaries with Allison Bottke

Allison Bottke

Do you have a situation with an adult child that is breaking your heart? A challenging relationship with a difficult person? A co-worker making you hate your job? An aging parent with a really bad attitude who is taking up your

whole life? A problem with weight and a tendency to use food as comfort? 

If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, tune in to Girlfriendit Radio, Thursday, January 9 at 12 EST. You can also listen later as a podcast.

Learn how you can find SANITY and take back your life. Our guest is, Allison Bottke, author of the popular Setting Boundaries series.

The Setting Boundaries mission is to bring hope, healing, freedom, and SANITY support to anyone struggling with relationship issues concerning weak or non-existent personal boundaries. You can start now to make choices that will change your life forever. www.allisonbottke.com

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Casting The Vision . . . Again! With Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson

Is it time to Cast the Vision . . . again?

Can you articulate your vision enough to cast a compelling, captivating vision? Join our show and our special guests and girlfriends, Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson, Co Leaders of Leading and Loving It.

Great practical tips on leadership and how we can actually love it (the journey).

Through the business of life, our vision (personally and professionally) can get blurred. We settle. We get comfortable. We start asking (or need to start asking) different questions than we did 5 - 10 - 15 years ago.

Walk away feeling validated through the authentic stories that were shared and practical tips. You will be better equipped in your leadership!

Here's a couple of questions to ask yourself as you go into the show:

  1. What is my vision? (personally/professionally)
  2. Why does my ministry/organization exist?
  3. What needs do I meet through what I do?

 

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Girlfriendit: What Do You See? Church Hoppers and Bloom

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.  Henry David Thoreau

Soooo . . . what do you see??

How do you "see" life, your family, friends, ministry, your church?

Did you know?

  • One-third of Americans attend church weekly . . .
  • Research show that Americans between the ages of 36 and 50 are more loyal to religion than Baby Boomers . . .
  • Pew reports a rapid increase in individuals who do not identify with any religion - - up nearly 5% in 5 years. . .
  • Forty percent of new churches fail within the first year and 80 percent go under in five years...
  • A 2010 study found that church attendance is associated with a decrease risk of Alzheimer's disease . . .

Wait . . . What??
 
Listen in to Girlfriendit Radio as we have a blast discussing these facts and more with the "Church Hoppers", three business-savvy ministers who travel the country helping faith-based organizations reestablish themselves in the marketplace so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers. And don't miss the premiere of their new t.v. show, Church Rescue, on  Monday, Nov. 11th on the National Geographic Channel!

Janet McMahon, Community Life Director at Restore Community Church in Kansas City, MO and ministry leader with Bloom, a dynamic leadership network for Church Planter's spouses.

Listen In!

 

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Girlfriendit: Experiencing God - Blackaby and Bloom

"Apart from Him we can do nothing of eternal importance." John 15:5
 
Have you ever had a moment where you realized you were a lot older than you felt you were? You know, when it dawns on you that the hours add up to days and then suddenly decades? It becomes crystal clear how each day truly does matter, and the only one who is going to have to answer for where you spent your time... is YOU.  Bummer, huh? You can't blame your brother, you can't blame your sister, you can't even blame your parents.
 
After one such "Mortal Moment", when I (Patty) recognized that I was indeed a grown-up, I decided to start reading Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, a bible study that had been collecting dust on my nightstand since my sister Cathy had given it to me six months before.
 
I'd been a follower of Christ since I was eight years old, so I was surprised and rattled by my inability to answer questions like, "Where do you see God moving in your life?" I kept thinking, "Is my relationship with God so inactive that I can't see where He is moving to join with Him?" Page after page, I left blanks where I should have been scribbling "God sightings".
 
When I finished (except for all those blanks), I was determined to see where God was moving. I began praying . . . begging to join Him. My prayer life changed drastically, and with that, I went on a roller coaster ride with God that was over and beyond what I ever thought, dreamt, or imagined. (I can't wait to share more about this on the show tomorrow!!)
 
God was piercing my heart and asking me to join Him, not for the work that I could perform, but for the adventure of doing it with HIM.

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Girlfriendit: Rising Up with Jim Tomberlin, Kristi Porter and Angie Ivey

The subject of this show is "Rising Up". Basically, how are your rising up to your maximum potential: personally and professionally.

Our first guest, Jim Tomberlin, strategically assists churches in multiplying their impact and helping them RISE to their potential!

Jim Tomberlin is founder and senior strategist of MultiSite Solutions, a company dedicated to assisting churches in multiplying their impact through multisiting and/or mergers.

Also joining the show: Kristi Porter and Angie Ivey from the Orange Conference.

  • Orange strives to connect the light of the church (yellow) with the love of the family (red).
  • The Orange Conference is an event for entire family ministry teams. OC offers innovation, networking, team-building and fun!
  • Orange Tour is a series of one-day events that are perfect for ministry teams. They are regional and affordable.

Orange is a division of The reThink Group, a nonprofit organization providing resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation. For more information on Orange, please visit ThinkOrange.com.

 

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Girlfriendit: Daring To Care

What is the most effective way to touch people with Jesus? Sometimes we categorize and file people based on what they do, ethnic group, situation, state of affairs, or job situation.  Every one of us has built-in identity on these things . . . but those external markers are not who we are. Homeless... Addict... Stripper...  we give them all a label.  And when we reduce a person to a label, we are denying that she is made in God's image, just like us.

Everyone wants to know that they matter. They want someone who dares to care enough to truly get to know them, to see each one as a person... a human being with unique gifts and talents; they need someone who will give them the only label that really matters.... Child of God.

What does living radically on the mission of Jesus look like? Join the conversation with special guests, singer/songwriter, Mia Koehne www.aboutmidnight.com and Janet McMahon from Bloom.

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Girlfriendit: What Do You Value? Glenna Salsbury

Rate these Questions on a scale from 1 to 5,
with 1 being "uhhh, No" and 5 being "That's Me!"
 
    1.  Do you have a dream that is ready to burst from your heart?
 
    2.  Do you feel isolated and lonely even in a crowded room?

    3.  Do you see everyone else's lives as highlight reels, but only see yours as boring?

    4.  Are your days way too "daily" and seemingly mundane?

    5.  Do you feel as though you are never getting ahead in life?
 
What's Your Score?
If you answered, "That's Me" to many of the questions, let's begin changing your thought patterns. How do you move forward to do the remarkable, to go for your God-sized dream, and to do it with excellence?  You need to clarify your values, unleash your God-given gifts, and then expand your vision on what adventure God has for you!

So what's your strategy for today?Let's assess your current life.
This is the day to do a heart check on your God-Sized-Dream! You can start knocking down the door God has for you. What a fabulous adventure to be on!!
 
Join us this week as we delve deeper in an encore presentation with transformational trainer and coach, Glenna Salsbury. Forbes magazine states that, "Salsbury is known as one of the preeminent, motivational speakers of our time!" 
 
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Girlfriendit: Celebrating Our Differences with Krista McGee and Janet Drez

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. -Leonard Cohen

I (Lisa) love this quote as I can relate to feelings of "crackness"! Not sure that was a word but it works! Sometimes it dominates my thinking, feelings and response to situations.

How many times do we focus on the "cracked" parts of our lives? We major in our flaws and differences and won't allow ourselves to move past them. As a result, we try to hide our perceived faults and blemishes and allow them to scream "inadequate" into our hearts and minds.

Perhaps there is another way of viewing the cracked parts of our lives?! Is there only one perspective or can every "flaw/fault/difference" be something God will use to let His light shine through in our lives?

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

It is easy for all of us to allow pride and arrogance to infiltrate our lives and we easily become self-sufficient. Maybe God wants to keep us humble and not comfortable? I truly believe God wants to accomplish significant things through us in our "cracked" state. This is when He can do His best work. It is not about us!

Speaking of perspective:

What about thanking God for the things in your life that make you feel weak and inadequate and different? Maybe those are the very things that allow God to demonstrate His power in your life and keep you dependent on Him?

Join us this week on Girlfriendit Radio with our special guest, Krista McGee, author of a new release, Anomaly, the first in a trilogy of books. Written with teens in mind, it speaks to all of us.

"My prayer is that, as my readers get to know Thalli, they see her differences as making her special, and through that, they see their differences make them special, as well." -Krista

Also joining our show is Janet Drez whose passion for teens has led she and her husband, Mark, to create the Ministry of Casa de Vida.

 

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Girlfriendit: Calling All Bad Girls with Liz Curtis Higgs

Two weeks ago, I (Patty) had the incredible opportunity to go to NYC with Craig Gross, pastor and founder of XXXChurch, and Brittni Ruiz, a former porn star who recently became a Christ follower. Because of her crazy story, The View wanted to interview her.  When asked by one of the hosts why she started in the pornography industry at age 18, Brittni explained that she was searching for acceptance and love.  

We are all longing to be loved, whether you would describe yourself as a "Bad Girl" or a "Good Girl". According to Dr. Brene Brown (a shame researcher whose TED Talks went viral), all people have three Irreducible Needs.
     

1. To be seen and loved.
    2. To belong.
    3. To be brave.

Years and years of research and there you have it.  So what do you do with this information?

How do you....
   Boldly get into the arena and start showing others that they are loved?
   Remember to call people by their names, so they feel like they belong?
   Encourage, empower, and inspire others so they can be brave?

Listen in as we dive into "how to . . . and how not to" with Liz Curtis Higgs as she enlightens us in fun, challenging, and life-changing ways.  Liz is the author of 30 books, with more than 4.5 million copies in print. In her best-selling Bad Girls of the Bible series, Liz breathes new life into the most infamous-and intriguing-women in history.

We also are excited to hear from our special guest, Bloom leader and church planter from Life Journey Church, Jan Limiero. 

Bad girls are dangerous, and that can be Good!

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GirlfriendIT: I'm Fine, Thank You with Sherrie McCready

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"I'm Fine, Thank You" - with Sherrie McCready of Highland Christian Church

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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July 24th, 2013

"I'm Fine, Thank You"

My friend from high school posted this the other day . . .

So many of us are having problems...could be financial problems or could be health problems. Everyone has problems, and I for one know that I am not alone.

  • Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive?
  • Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated?
  • Did you know the people who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need care the most?
  • Did you know the three hardest things to say are: I love you;

    I'm sorry; Help me.

Don't assume that just because a person looks happy that they are. Look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in.

What if we started an Intention Avalanche?

We all need positive intentions . . . Right Now.

This week's show is all about helping those around us who are "Just fine, thank you." Our guest, Sherrie McCready, has the insight on living intentionally and being a part of the avalanche as she is planting and leading a Church with her husband. Sherrie also leads the Retreat Team for Bloom. Learn more from her inspirational story and how she would not trade a day of it.

 

Let's reach up and reach out and help others!

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Discovering Joy

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Discovering Joy

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Are you discovering joy in your daily?

In your ordinary?

In your mundane?

This question is comical because of what happened last week to my  daughter Paris.

Fourth of July has been a huge 30-year tradition in my family. Six siblings come together at a resort for a blissful 4 days of Utopia. It's common for us to run from room to room borrowing anything from pots and pans to coffee creamers. So when I wanted to scramble some eggs for Paris one morning with out a pan, presto, there is a frying pan in my hand as if it were a baton. Minor instructions were stated: "we just had eggs and bacon, you might want to rinse it out."

I thought to myself, "a little bit of bacon grease adds some flavor, this will be just fine."

The fine fluffy eggs were placed on a plate and handed off to Paris. She took one bite and her face torqued into a facial expression as she attempted to spew out the eggs. It was easy to negate her expression as being, "dramatic" as she was spitting and spewing. My children have often gagged when they taste my cooking so this is a common form of exaggeration in my household. But then she was finally able to let out an

out burst of, "There is soap in these eggs!"

My sis and I looked at each other and burst out laughing as we unpacked the scenario of how that could have happened. We realized that in the process of the baton-pan hand-off there was a little "Joy" sprinkled into the pan. That is Joy dishwashing soap!

This JOY kept us laughing and chuckling throughout the day and it most certainly will be one of those stories that will continue in my ‘lavish-cooking-legacy'.  

We all have stories that are unique, and we all have issues that might leave a nasty taste in our mouth. But this story is not about the nasty taste in our mouth, this one is to challenge you to experience the JOY in your daily.


We have a God that is crazy about us mess and all.  He is so crazy that He came so we could have an abundant life!


The difference of having joy and not having joy is how we see and experience the little things that God has blessed us with. These little things add up to major ordinary moments of life and become extraordinary experiences!

A challenge this week: As you do the dishes, go to work, make up the bed, clean up the clutter, or scramble some eggs, all the little things that are so mundane and regular . . . do it with appreciation and joy! Don't just go through the motions, put you whole heart into it and appreciate that you are capable to do these small miracles of daily because they do matter. When we give the little things our attention and gratitude we experience the joy in that moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Captured by Eternity with Kyle Strobel

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Captured By Eternity-with Kyle Strobel

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Have you ever had one of the nights where you are attempting to drift off to sleep but you begin to think of eternity and your thoughts go on and on and on?

The thought of existing forever with no stopping point . . . to envision an eternal entity seems too hard to wrap your mind around.

When I (Patty) was younger, the sheer phenomenon of eternity was beyond my limited consciousness and it would literally keep me awake at night until I would finally give up and think about more amazing things like; what I was going to wear to school the next day. (Smile!)

Now, tomorrows outfit can be significant, but does it ever bother you that we don't let eternity capture our imagination the way an outfit does?

It states in scripture that what captures our imagination and affection will determine the direction of our lives. Therefore, we should not focus on things that pass away.

This week we will be discussing this topic as well as what are you doing to seek God with your whole being?

"Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs." - Jonathan Edwards

Our guest Kyle Strobel is the son of Lee Strobel, Atheist-turned-Christian and New York Times best-selling author known for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator. (My husband passes these books out like paper towels.)

Kyle Strobel (Ph.D.) is a professor of theology and previously published Jonathan Edwards' Theology: A Reinterpretation by T&T Clark and Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwardsby InterVarsity Press. You can read Kyle's blog at metamorpha.com.

 

 

 


 

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Girlfriendit: True Freedom with Jeff Bethke

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True Freedom - with Jeff Bethke

Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Tomorrow is Freedom Day!

Listen in to our show:

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus - with Jeff Bethke


It's always fun to celebrate the freedom we have in this country, but how much greater to celebrate the freedom we have in Jesus Christ!

Here are a few tips to celebrate and enjoy the 4th!


  • Host a party and serve festive treats such as blueberries in red Jell-O with cool whip on top!!
  • A Balloon Pass: liven it up with red white and blue balloons, go crazy and make all participants pass the balloon only using their legs! (Also try it with water balloons!)
  • Fourth of July Frisbee with red white and blue discs flying through the air!
  • After the fireworks, start a game of flashlight tag.
  • Ask a few family members or friends to share how they have experienced the freedom of Jesus!


Enjoy the FREEDOM in Him!


 

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Girlfriendit: WWYD - What Would You Do? with Tammy Smith and Amy Fenton Lee

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WWYD - What Would You Do? - with Tammy Smith and Amy Fenton Lee

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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"A servant's first interest is not in himself but others. Servanthood is a loving choice we make to minister to others." ~ Gayle Erwin

In the recent tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing, many heroic stories emerged of lives and limbs saved because of bystanders jumping in to help. While thousands fled the scene, there were many first responders (official and otherwise) who actually ran toward the chaos, looking to help however they could.

It reminds us of the Good Samaritan story Jesus told in Luke 10. In the story, two individuals ignored a wounded man lying on the side of the road, but a third traveler chose to help. Jesus asked, "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man...?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." Martin Luther King, Jr. got right to the point when he said: The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"

The challenge for each of us is to remember this question "If I do not stop to help this person, what will happen to him/her?" Jesus told us that loving our neighbor and loving God are the most important commandments. Will we choose to be a first responder or will we let an opportunity to serve pass us by?

Tammy Smith, our girlfriend from Bloom! , an incredible network for church planter's spouses, will be chatting with us this week. Tammy is also the Children's Director of Impact Community Church, and you will be encouraged and better equipped to serve by her story.

Also joining us is Amy Fenton Lee, author of, "Leading a Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families". Amy says, "And God gives us opportunities to serve Him in what seem to be mundane as well as surprising ways. Every woman can look around and ask herself ‘where is there a need?' In my case, I saw a need for church leaders to have more information that would empower and equip them for better Special Needs inclusion." Don't miss this show!

Desiring to serve and respond,

Galatians 5:13 . . . but through love serve one another


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Making a Difference with Nancy Alcorn

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Making a Difference - with Nancy Alcorn

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Making a Difference

 

There are few things that can stir our soul and get our adrenaline pumping more than a thought-provoking quote or the story of one who has dared greatly to make a difference in this world. Both challenge apathy and disturb complacency.

It is no secret that most people want to matter, to live with purpose, to live and give in ways that defy human explanation . . . we refer to this as "only God". Unfortunately, life is daily, challenges are inevitable, excuses are many, and the hours seem few. Have you ever found yourself asking the following questions:

What can I do?

What is the something I must do something about?

Where do I start?

How can I make a difference?

This week on Girlfriendit Radio you are going to meet an amazing woman, Nancy Alcorn, who dared greatly and personally answered the questions of: what, where, and how?
She is the Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, and author of many books, including the newly released,Mission of Mercy. We will learn from her story and be challenged to shake our corners of the world!

We want to leave you with a couple of quotes to ponder before the show:

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." - St. Catherine of Siena

"I said, 'Somebody should do something about that.' Then I realized I am somebody." - Lily Tomlin

"One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something." - Henry David Thoreau


Ready to make a difference!


 


 

 

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Are You Living a Life That Transforms? with Jedd Medefind

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Are You Living a Life That Transforms?- with Jedd Medefind

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Seth Godin defines marketing as: “The art of telling a story that resonates with your audience and then spreads.” Our lives speak every day: consciously or subconsciously, with our without words. Our lives spill over into others, and so do our values. Each day a new page begins and before you know it a chapter has been completed.

Sometimes we just have to stop and take inventory of where we are and what we're doing. We need to ask ourselves some tough questions:

 

· What is my life saying to others?
· Am I effective in the way I communicate?
· Am I telling a story that resonates and spreads the message I want to share?
· What kind of love is truly transformational?
· What kind of life loves in a transformational way?


We are super excited about our special guest this week on Girlfriendit Radio,
Jedd Medefind. He has worked with many of the world’s very best communicators - all the way from the White House to Madison Avenue! Yet, he says, “None hold a candle to Jesus.” Jedd now serves as President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. We'll have lots to talk about for sure!

Be sure to join us as we explore how following Jesus remakes our words and our world. You will walk away better resourced in your
communication skills and challenged in your purpose!

Let’s live transformed!

 

 

 

 

 

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What's Your Story? with Alan Chambers

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What's Your Story?- with Alan Chambers  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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 "Story is what defines us and sets us apart. It's what allows us to connect with each other - to truly know and be known." - Jeff Goins

Stories are powerful. They are real, messy and unpredictable, full of mystery and intrigue. Telling the story of your life means embracing vulnerability, something many of us shy away from, and for good reason. Your story may be misunderstood and critiqued; you quickly learn to put it to rest, never to be told again. But your story needs to be told. We are all looking for a place where our story is safe and understood.

I remember a vulnerable time in my life just after the death of my mom. I am the type of person who is "just fine, thank you" and I struggle to open up - even to close friends. On one particular day, I was not doing well with my grief; it was consuming my thoughts and my heart was aching. A good friend walked in to that moment and asked how I was doing. Well, I wasn't "just fine, thank you", and I proceeded to peel back and share my emotions, raw and unedited. My friend didn't know what to do with my story in that moment and promptly flipped the conversation to another subject. I stood drenched in confusion and embarrassment. I felt my story was not safe and so I shut down.

We all have a story to tell and our stories need to be told. This week on Girlfriendit Radio we will be talking with http://alanchambers.org/Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, whose mission statement is: Mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality.

What's the story your life is telling? Join our conversation and share your story with us.

All stories accepted!


 

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Girlfriendit: Out of the Darkness with Annie Donewald and Cassie Reid

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Out of the Darkness- Annie Donewald and  Cassie Reid.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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 This week as we sat with some girlfriends, one of them shared how the news has been so dark and depressing lately. Of course the conversation then led to a possible solution of tasting 80% of the smoothies and milk shakes offered on a Denny's menu. We don't recommend this as a solution, but we do recommend the lemon cheesecake shake! But seriously, how can we be a beacon of light in a world of darkness?

To shine, we need:

       · A desire for Truth in God's word

      · Integrity (in word and deed)

      · Passion

      · To serve others (even when it is not convenient)

      · Courage (leading by example)

      · Steadfastness (choosing not to be dragged into the darkness)

So, what's our wattage? How much light are we providing?

Don't miss this week's shining guests -- Annie Donewald, CEO and Founder of www.EvesAngels.org , and Cassie Reid, Founder of Cassie Reid Counseling. They are lighting up their darkened corners of the world through their ministries and passions

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: From Pain to Purpose with Andra Goode

 

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 From Pain to Purpose- Andra Goode

 Thursday, May 23, 2013

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 From Pain to Purpose

"I think that passion and love and pain are all bearable, and they go to make love beautiful." ~ Robert Plant


Have you ever found yourself asking, "Does God still love me? Is there a purpose for all this pain I'm enduring?" Is your faith left dazed and shaken after a collision between high hopes and harsh realities?

Many times pain abruptly interrupts our lives, physically and emotionally. We experience the sudden loss of a job or a relationship, or the loss of a loved one. The emotional pain can be devastating, even paralyzing, but it can also be catalyzing!

Our ministry, Girlfriendit, was actually birthed out of pain - the loss of our mothers. God transformed our pain into our purpose.

Our guest this week on Girlfriendit Radio, Andra Good, knows first hand the heartache of loss. When her lifelong friend Leigh Ann's life was tragically ended in an automobile accident, Andra chose to become better, not bitter. As a result, an amazing ministry, Leigh's Blankies was created, touching lives all over the world!

Are you looking for hope and purpose? Tune in . . . you will be inspired.

 

 

 

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Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate

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Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate - Debora Coty  and Lynn Roche

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Fear diminishes as understanding increases. What don't you understand? I don't know about you, but this question immediately takes me back to my childhood when I didn't understand and my parents had to help "remind" me!


Are you still scolding yourself with voices of fear rather than of faith? Unfettered fear leads to bigger problems such as worry, anxiety, and guilt, and that's a lot to carry.

We need to be intentional about deleting fear and following faith. It's time to be refreshed and renewed, and ready to conquer our worries. You are not alone in this journey. Let's help each other diminish our fears and get a better understanding of the role of faith. There is freedom!


Our first guest this week on Girlfriendit Radio is Debora Coty, author of "Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate", who addresses the heart needs of women worn down by everyday fears with her unique wit, wisdom, and humor. She likes to draw strength from the three G's: God, Godiva, and Girlfriends. Amen to that! Later in the show we will be joined by Lynn Roche, of Hope Fiji. Don't miss this show!

Diminishing Fear . . . with a fistful of chocolate!

 

 

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: The Path with Laurie Beth Jones

 

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 The Path – Laurie Beth Jones

 Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Are you on the right path? What do others say you are good at? Who is living the life you most desire? If you knew you could not fail, what would you be doing?

Here at Girlfriendit we want to help you Find It and Live It. Throughout the years we have been asked repeatedly what the "IT" on GirlfriendIt means. The "IT" reminds us to stay "In Truth". How does your mission in life measure up to God's word? Your "IT" is that divine sweet spot where you're using your God given gifts, experiences, passion, and personality to make a dent in this world!

When you read about it, it sounds easy, but discovering it and then living it can be frustrating and challenging.

That is why we need our Girlfriends:

to process it,

to try it,

to experience it with us!

This week we have an expert Girlfriend who has found it and is living it so she can share it with us!! Don't miss IT! 

Laurie Beth Jones, best-selling author and motivational speaker, will join us this week on Girlfriendit Radio. She transforms lives one mission at a time through her visionary leadership programs and training products. We gobbled up her books, The Path and Jesus CEO!

 

 

 

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 And the “Oscar” goes to…

 Thursday, May 2, 2013

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OscarAre you winning the "Oscar" for "Best Self Trash Talk"? Are you playing the role of “Best Unsupporting Actress”?

Who is fabricating illusions in your mind?

Who is stopping you from fully enjoying a life of purpose?

YOU!

It's time to kick that can, STOP the story, and retire all those negative thoughts you are telling yourself.

Tip #1 - You get to choose the thoughts you think!

Join us this week on Girlfriendit Radio as we share more tips on how to rewrite pages and even whole chapters in the ongoing story that is called your life!

Start working towards a new reality; Potential is waiting for you.

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Is Truth Absolute?

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Is Truth Absolute?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me."  -  John 14:6

                                             
This weekend a question was posed to me by Caleb, my son's friend. He asked me if I thought one needs to know evil to know good.
I guess the next question would be, "What is evil and what is good?"
Do you ever wonder if anything is absolute anymore?
Do truth and lies exist or is it all "grey" . . . up to each individual to ponder and interpret?
Many of us bend the truth and transform it to fit into our own little boxes.
Some people say if your intentions are good, then your actions are good.
Others say that things that seem perfectly good to one culture, might seem totally evil to another.
You can spin it and you can stretch it, but there is still right from wrong.
Our family was split on the answer to Caleb's question, but that is what makes great conversation. Join us in our dialogue of good and evil, truth and lies on this week's show.
 
By the way, Truth is absolute!

 

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Girlfriendit: God Crazy with Barb Pruitt

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God Crazy! - Barb Pruitt

Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Have you ever had one of those "God flashes" where you realize how incredible and intimate God really is?

After being in my house for 22 years, my family and I moved this week. I had been struggling with the move and uncertain of so many decisions.  I just wanted God to write on the wall to answer my prayers. Well, instead of writing on the wall, He did it through a song. 

There we were, my entire family sitting cross-legged on the carpet in the new house filled with nothing but echoes.  It was completely empty with the exception of an iPod I'd decided to bring last minute so we could listen to music while praying over the house.  Kevin, my hubby, began praying to ask God for a blessing over our new home and this great fresh adventure. In the middle of the prayer, Phillip Phillips' song "Home" began playing. To most this song might be just an ordinary song, but to me this was significant; it was as if God was whispering to all of us, "Thank you for honoring Me and asking Me to bless it . . .  I'm going to make this place your home!" 

Through my tears I prayed that night, and it was one of the neatest overwhelming feelings of Love from Him.

Listen in this week as we share more awesome God flashes with our guest Barb Pruitt.  She has a zeal for life, for friendships, for the Kingdom of God, and for having FUN.  She's God-Crazy and she's our kind of gal! 

 

 

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Girlriendit: Are You the BUZZ? - Erik Lokkesmoe

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Are You the BUZZ?  - Erik Lokkesmoe 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Wouldn't it be cool if everywhere you went you had your own marketing agent that would go before you to prep your "audience"?  You know, someone to sell others on your strengths and talent and create a buzz of anticipation?  It'd be kind of like what John the Baptist did for Jesus!

Imagine how great a first impression you'd make because you had an advocate that paved the way.  If this sounds like an exercise in narcissism, consider how being or having that agent could make voices heard that are trying to make a difference in this world.  Learn more this week as we hear from Erik Lokkesmoe, the founder and buzz creator of Different Drummer, an agency for global entertainment brands and content.

Different Drummer is aptly named; they've built an impressive list of clients through their dedication to "rethink everything" and "go different this time!"

They say, "Great art, entertainment, and media should leave the audience a little better off than when they first entered the theater, turned on the iPod, or opened the book. Art doesn't have to be happy or easy; it should, however, be a vehicle for recreation and re-creation, an echo of grace that reminds us what it means to be human and more than human."

Now that is creating a Buzz!!



 

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Girlfriendit: An Invisible Crown - Annie Lobert & Maraion Douglas

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An Invisible Crown - Annie Lobert & Maraion Douglas

Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Do you ever feel invisible?

If we are honest, most of us would say we have experienced invisibility in some fashion; such as feeling alone in a crowded room, being ignored and overlooked, sensing someone is looking through you not at you, or having your voice silenced because it wasn't loud enough or strong enough. Perhaps "invisible" hit you when a circumstance or status changed and you found yourself struggling for your identity. 

As women, we are wired for relationship. We need each other for encouragement, support, and community. It is easy to forget our worth, our value. We are caretakers and nurturers. Often we put our needs on hold and forget that we matter, too!

Sometimes feeling invisible is a result of our own self inflicted insecurities or self esteem issues, but for many women, it is the result of being in an abusive relationship. These women are treated as invisible. They are told they are invisible. As a result, many retreat and go into isolation mode to survive. 

Is there hope?

YES! 

On our show this week are two dynamic women, Annie Lobert of Hookers for Jesusand Maraion Douglas of MOMA's House. Their stories are powerful and the hope they offer is real and visible. 

Their stories will remind us all that we do indeed have something invisible; we wear an invisible crown of royalty . . . because of Christ!  And that, dear Girlfriends, is our identity!

Jeremiah 31:3  "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."

Here's a great poem to remind us that we are valued.


 

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Girlfriendit: Being a Relational Entrepreneur for Jesus - Wildenberg & Milam

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Being a Relational Entrepreneur for Jesus - Wildenberg & Milam

Thursday, March 28, 2013 

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What is the first thing you do in the morning? Honestly, our mornings look more like a mad dash than an intentional ease into the day. What if we began each day with a prayer of availability (God, how can you use me this day?)? What would be different about our day if only we took a few seconds to ask this significant question? 

We can always come up with excuses of "why" we don't have time to join God where He is working and why we don't have the time to share His story. Opportunities are all around us, if we just take the time to be aware.

At Church recently, we were all given an envelope that had various denominations of money placed inside. We were challenged to go and release what was in our hand into our community with no strings attached and be a blessing to someone. Immediately, wanting to be a good steward of this "blessing", prayers of availability were said and we were on high alert for God's leading. It was a great opportunity to be a Relational Entrepreneur for Jesus!

Here's a couple of questions we want you to ponder and consider:

  • Do you avoid having conversations about Jesus or do you lean into them?
  • Are you actively looking for opportunities to join God?

Listen in this this week to Girlfriendit Radio with our two Relational Entrepreneurs, Lori Wildenberg and Anne Milam - both authors - both intentional with relationships. 

Remember small can be beautiful! Small talk can lead to a relational revolution! 

Make a dent in your corner and let it BLOOM from there.

 

 

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Choosing a Mission of Mercy? - Nancy Alcorn

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Choosing a Mission of Mercy? - Nancy Alcorn

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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"The brave love mercy...."  ~ Poet John Gay 

Making good choices takes courage!  Do courage and mercy go together?  Are you helping others to be brave?

Young women all around us are struggling with life-controlling issues such as depression, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies...the list goes on. 

How do we handle these issues?

 Are we making choices to rise above our issues?

Are we helping raise others out of their circumstances? 

Sometimes we just need a good girlfriend to come along beside us with a fresh perspective or maybe a brand new pair of wedge shoes (get it...new heights to rise above?). 

This week Patty and Lisa welcome special guest, author and founder of Mercy Ministries of America, Nancy Alcorn.  They will be talking about the choices we make and how we can live with a mission of mercy.  Nancy actually has a book coming out in May titled, Mission of Mercy and she will share some of her experience and details behind the writing of this book. 

You don't want to miss this show!  Listen with us and let's help others and ourselves experience God's unconditional love, forgiveness and life-transforming power. Fueling our hearts to rise above our issues is just a choice away. 

Let's choose to be brave and extend mercy together girlfriend!


 

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Girlfriendit: What's Your Comfort Zone? - Robin Gerblick

 

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What's Your Comfort Zone? - Robin Gerblick

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."  ~ Neal Donald Walsch

When we think of comfort zones we think of ruts, routines, boredom, and predictability. Thinking outside the "zone" evokes an adrenaline rush or a sensation of being highly caffeinated! Excitement, adventure, and risk are the antithesis of comfort. 

It can be tempting to settle and snuggle into our comfort zones because of convenience, safety, and of course, comfort! But does life in those zones create memories and stories that you'll be talking about in 25 years??? (It's all about the story, girlfriends!)

Several years ago we were hosting a global trip for women in the jungles of Peru. We were asked if we wanted to take a walk into the jungle, complete with spiders and snakes. The adrenaline started to activate and we immediately said YES! Our guides led the way with machetes in hand as we followed with great anticipation. We were not disappointed. Along the way we met a boa constrictor that some of the natives said was friendly.  Is that even possible?  We were asked if we wanted to have them put it around our necks.  Of course we said yes...  our adrenaline was now off the charts!  It was a moment - out of our comfort zone - and a story we are still telling today. 

What is waiting at the end of your comfort zone? Join us Thursday as we explore and take you on an adventure with Robin Gerblick, founder of Exodus Retreats.

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Do My Choices Matter? - Dale & Jonalyn Fincher

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Do My Choices Matter? - Dale & Jonalyn Fincher

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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How do I help someone become more fully human??? 

How can I help others integrate all areas of the human experience (social, cultural, spiritual)?

How does my vocation fit into the mission of this world?

If these kind of questions keep you up at night, listen in this week as Dale and Jonalyn Fincher, founders of Soulation, show us how they not only help individuals tackle these uncertainties but they help rejuvenate others with biblical truths. Dale and Jonalyn are speakers and authors and their latest book, Long Live the King, is out this month on Amazon!

This month is a special time as we celebrate Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection. Listen to the show and let's be intentional together as we prepare and become more whole, free, and as the Finchers say, "more fully human!"


 

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Girlfriendit: Love and the Red Carpet with Bethany Jett

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Love and the Red Carpet with Bethany Jett

Thursday, February 28, 2013

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We are sitting in the Miami Airport waiting for our flight, staring at the overhead TV monitor watching the celebrities walk the red carpet - it's Oscar Night! Cameras are flashing, microphones are waving and the celebrities are poising for gawking onlookers and paparazzi. The world is watching . . . and so are we!

One part of us is intrigued, the other is sad. Yet, we want to watch . . . only because it is convenient. It raises questions about our culture and our fascination with celebrities. We want to know what they are wearing, who they are with, and are they likable? Is this idolatry and perhaps a little narcissistic? 

What do we love? What do we value? What do we display on our own "red carpet" in life? We all have a red carpet that we walk that symbolizes the things we love and value. 

Are you absorbing the world's values or Gods?

In 2012, Bethany Jett won the Florida Christian Writers Conference Writer of the Yearaward. Her debut book, The Cinderella Rule, hits bookstores in Aprilof 2013. She is represented by Amanda Luedeke of the MacGregor Literary Agency. Bethany speaks to parents and teens, mentors students in her youth group, coaches cheerleading, and is raising three boys with her husband.  Bethany will be chatting with Patty and Lisa - don't miss it!

Join us this week on Girlfriendit Radio for a value added show!


 

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Girlfriendit: Love - Better Together with Arron Chambers

 

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Love: Better Together – Arron Chambers

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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I just read Arron Chambers’ blog on “Top 10 Things That Can Drain a Preacher”, and had a smile on my face the entire time.  Whether you’ve been in ministry for a decade or a month, you can relate to some of these top 10 things, which were compiled from responses of his FB friends. They are hysterical and highly relatable.

Aaron is a Pastor, Author, Speaker, Leadership

Consultant, Marriage Coach, and Blogger! He will be

on Girlfriendit Radio this week, and you do not want to miss him!

{The following is excerpted from Arron Chambers’ blog.} 10 Drainers

1.  When, after a sermon, someone from the congregation asks, “May     I give you some constructive criticism?”

2.  When, at a board meeting, a deacon says, “Let me play the Devil’s advocate.”

3.  EGR’s: Extra Grace Required People.

4.  Having to see your salary posted on the wall outside your office when you know that every other Elder and Deacon makes twice as much as you do and thinks that you are overpaid.

5.  When someone approaches you and says, “The Lord told me to tell you…”

6.  When, after a speaking engagement, someone hands you a check and says, “I hope this is enough.” For the record: This is a no win situation because if the guest speaker looks at his $50 check for delivering 3 sermons, a lesson, and preparing a small group lesson for a weekend church retreat and says, “No, that’s not enough,” you’re liable to immediately judge him as a preacher who is only in it for the money, but if he looks at it and says, “Sure, it’s enough,” you’ve forced him into a situation where he may have to be dishonest to not appear to be greedy. Just pay your guest speaker enough to cover his expenses, to recognize the value of his time with you and the time away from his family, and the amount of work it took to prepare for the event and I’m sure it will be enough.

7.  When someone walks into your office without knocking or checking with your Administrative Assistant, sits down, and asks, “Preacher, you have a moment to talk?”

8.  Those people in the church who turn every conversation into a benevolence request.

9.  When you do a wedding for a young couple and they pay the DJ $1000, the photographer $1500, spend $500 for the cake, $5000 for the reception hall, $1000 on flowers, $2000 on a dress, but—a month after the wedding—send you a $25 gift card to Golden Corral as payment for doing their wedding.

10.  When someone uses the Prayer Request Card to deliver a harsh and anonymous criticism. 

Can you relate?  Listen in and let’s love better together!

 

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An Invisible Thread - Laura Schroff

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An Invisible Thread - Laura Schroff

Thursday, February 7, 2013

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This is one of the most touching and refreshing and inspiring stories I have read in a long time. If you had made this story up, I wouldn't have believed it, but it's true. We all need something to inspire us, and I promise you, this book will make you want to stand up and do something nice for people. What a wonderful and needed story for all of us. An Invisible Thread is fantastic." 

Mike Huckabee Former Governor of Arkansas,
Host of Fox News' "Huckabee Show"

Can "Love" truly change lives?

We have never heard a story of love that didn't lead to transformation. Stories are powerful and God uses them as His Stories. When we open our eyes and ears to them we see where we can fit into a story or make our own. Listen in to Girlfriendit Radio as we chat with Laura Schroff  and the impact that love has made on two people because she chose to stop and give time to an 11 year old that was begging on the streets of New York.

Now 25 years late, this meeting has turned into a friendship that has impacted not only their lives but so many around them. 

Laura has been featured on the Today show, Rachel Ray, Fox News Huckabee and several more top media news. But this week . . .  listen to her from girlfriend to girlfriend..

Just Love . . . period.

 

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Love Defined with Harmony Dust

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Love Defined - Harmony Dust 

Thursday, February 7, 2013 

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The following is an excerpt of an article by Harmony Dust:

So who am I?

Does what I've done in the past define who I am in the present?

What do I love? What are my dreams?

At their core these are questions of identity and purpose.

If we anchor ourselves in the truth, that what we have done is not who we are, then part of the process of picking up the pieces is determining what things that we are going to leave behind.  Some of the things that used to "work" for us just don't work anymore. Habits that don't serve us. Thoughts that tear us down. Beliefs about who we are that hinder us. Old defense mechanisms that helped us survive at one point, but are not needed or helpful in the new life we are building.

What circumstances cause you to retreat?  

What false beliefs are connected to these circumstances?

Join us this week on GirlfriendIt Radio as we unpack more of these vital questions and get closer to discovering our authentic selves with Harmony Dust of Treasures Ministries. Don't miss it!!


 

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Girlfriendit: Love Is All You Need - Ken Mansfield

 

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Love Is All You Need - Ken Mansfield

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Love!  Do we over-use and abuse this word - or - do we not use and demonstrate love enough in our lives?

Patty has been candid with us about the pain surrounding the tragic death of her mother in recent shows and a piece of that story surfaced for her publicly last week with the death of the man who murdered her mother almost 13 years ago. 

My heart, and I am sure many other hearts resonate with the struggles Patty and Lisa have talked about before: How do we love those that are hard to love???

It is our commandment to love; specifically to love God and love others.

What message are you communicating on a daily basis?  What about when pain hits your path in life, is it harder to love? 

This week, Patty will be chatting with special guest, former Beatles manager KenMansfield.  And the Beatles really wanted to give the world a message when they came out with the song, "All You Need is Love." 

You won't want to miss hearing former Beatles manager, Ken Mansfield's fascinating story!   His unique story touches a world of decadence and gives glimpse into a life of success that few people can fathom.  And most poignantly a life that collides with a path of pain and comes crashing to the ground...to the foot of the cross, where he discovered love!

Join us and listen in to this Thursday's show.  And connect with us via Facebook, Twitter or our website and share your stories of Love...we would love to hear them! 

Remember...Love is all we need!

 

 

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Girlfriendit: Holy Sexuality - Dale and Jonalyn Fincher

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Holy Sexuality - Dale and Jonalyn Fincher

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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*What do the words holy sexuality stir in you? 

*Do you believe that these words go together? 

*Do you have a distorted view of God and your sexuality?

*Perhaps sin or past pain in your life has infested your heart and blocks the truthful view.

*What do you long for God to help you with or redeem with regards to your sexuality?

*If everyone is doing it, why should one save sex for marriage?

*Is masturbation a sin?

Maybe this is a taboo topic for you...

If not, listen to this week's show with Patty and Lisa as they discuss holy sexuality with special guests Dale and Jonalyn Fincher founders of Soulation.

They will unpack how a husband and wife can truly share themselves beyond an encounter of just heat and passion, but to the physical and spiritual interchange that comes from the mysteries that lay inside us. 

God never intended sex to be boring or a dull act of reproduction . . . 


 

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Don't Forget This One Thing - Debbie Jones

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Don't Forget This One Thing - Debbie Jones

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.  Zig Ziglar

What's your plan . . .

·      Spiritually

·      Ministry wise

·      Financially

·      Healthy wise

·      Professionally

This is a question we seem to ask ourselves most often at the beginning of a new year when we are "planning" our year at a glance. Motivation is the highest at this time along with the desire to live a productive year and make it our best yet!

But . . .do you know where you are going? If not, it is almost impossible to create a plan . . . a plan that will inevitably go nowhere.

A few years ago, while sitting in a room full of people who were ready to learn how to create a Health Plan for a better life, a question was asked. We were asked to think of a number between 1 and 10 that best described our desire to live healthy. The facilitator then said, "If your number was not 9 or 10, you are not ready for ‘the plan'." Desire accompanied with a strong determination is the thing - maybe the one thing to get your started.

How determined are you to succeed at a goal and stay the course of the plan to see it through? We are all plagued by self-doubt, insecurities and setbacks. It is the determination to succeed and an unfaltering commitment to your goal that plays a huge part in success.

Take our test. On a scale of 1 to 10, how determined are you to succeed this year at something? What is that one thing you have in mind (we know there are others) and what is your number? Are you ready to plan? Let's talk more about this topic this week on Girlfriendit Radio with our special guest, Debbie Jones, Director of Spouse & Family Support | Stadia.



 

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Holy Resolutions - Glenna Salsbury

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Holy Resolutions - Glenna Salsbury

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Did you make any New Year's Resolutions for 2013? Are you still on track?

Resolutions are tough and according to author, Glenna Salsbury, "no matter how well-intended, are doomed to fail for one often overlooked reason; they are incongruent with our dreams and values". What are the values that guide you? May we suggest "holiness" as one?

Since "holiness" is our theme for the month, we want to continue our challenges and conversations to take "holy" out of the "holy" box. How do you define holy? Is it relegated to a set of guidelines of do's and don'ts?

Let's face it, as women we like to shop and shopping for bargains is even better! The bigger the bargain the better the feeling of elation and accomplishment! Is the beauty of the bargain just an emotion that is greater than the actual product?

Have you ever considered that you place your "holiness" in a box? Are we serving and giving ourselves to Christ to receive the feel good feelings and follow the rules? Is our "holiness" motivated by the love and grace we have received?

Join our conversation this week on Girlfriendit Radio with our special guest, Glenna Salsbury, author of The Art Of the Fresh Start: How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions for a Lifetime, and one of America's leading business coaches and influencers.

Holy UP!


 

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Holy Crossroads - William Paul Young

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Holy Crossroads - William Paul Young 

Thursday, January 3, 2012

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Happy 2013!

Girlfriendit is dedicating January to focus on holiness, so perhaps we should say,

"Happy Holiness!!!"

God says, "Be Holy for I am Holy."  But what does that mean?

In Romans 12:1, Paul urges us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices  . . . setting us apart for His purpose. So how do we do this?

We can begin by asking ourselves if and how we are allowing God's Spirit to change the way we think.  How are we renewing our minds for transformation?

Each New Year offers a great time of refreshing;  let's set goals and choose Holiness to be expressed in every aspect of our lives. 

Goodbye, 2012  . . . Every Happy ending is just a New Beginning . . .

P.S. Renew your mind this Thursday by listening to Girlfriendit Radio!  With our guest, author and #1 New York Times Bestseller, William Paul Young.

Let's go for Holiness . . .

Lisa and Patty



 

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Does Ex-gay mean "straight"? - Christopher Yuan

We recently read a blog from Christopher Yuan, author of Out of a Far Country, answering a question about his "Gay Gene".  Christopher has a way of providing insight into this very delicate subject matter. Here is a partial insert of his response:

The major misconception within the Church is that heterosexuality is what is normal and that this is what God has ordained. But when we look in Scripture, there are about seven times more references to adultery,fornication and lust - all sins associated with heterosexuality - when   compared to homosexuality.

Now I'm not trying to justify homosexuality but I'm just proving a point that neither homosexuality or heterosexuality should be the goal for any Christian. Heterosexuality is too broad encompassing adultery, fornication and lust (which are all sins).

The goal for all Christians should be HOLY SEXUALITY.

So I may still have same-sex attractions, but God has broken the chains of the bondage that I was in.

You see, CHANGE DOES NOT MEAN THE ABSENCE OF STRUGGLES, BUT CHANGE MEANS THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE HOLINESS IN    THE MIDST OF MY STRUGGLES.

My goal is holiness.

God says, "Be holy for I am holy." He has never said, "Be heterosexual as I am heterosexual."

Well, if this excerpt captured your thoughts, listen in as Christopher shares more with us on GirlfriendIt radio. . .  http://ow.ly/gaO3I

Wishing you a Happy New Year,

Patty & Lisa



 

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What Is The Perfect Gift? - Pastor Tullian

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What Is The Perfect Gift? - Pastor Tullian

Thursday, December 20, 2012 

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Determining the perfect gift for family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, etc. can be stressful to say the least. We ponder, plan and shop. We create budgets (or should) and make our list and check it twice. The deadline looms, the pressure of perfection accelerates and then the gift exchange happens. How will the gift be received?

Each year we both struggle with what to give each other as friends. We like to create memories so our gift exchange often includes a dining experience. We talk about the past year, our dreams for Girlfriendit and encouraging women and what the next year could hold. We each try to pick out something unique and personal. Patty is the giver of all things silly and Lisa tends to lean into something significant. Our gifts reflect our personalities. 

So, what is the perfect gift to give to your loved ones (a child, spouse, significant other, parent, sibling, friend . . .?). Is the perfect gift something tangible like gift cards, accessories, or home decor? We know the right answer - NO! 

The answer - GRACE: unexplainable, undeniable, and unmerited. This grace came wrapped in a baby, lying in a manger over 2,000 years ago. It reflects God's personality. 

How will you receive this perfect gift that was pondered, planned and freely given to you? It is a gift that keeps on giving and one to be shared. It takes a lifetime to continually unwrap. This week on Girlfriendit Radio, we will run an encore from our time with Pastor Tullian, grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham and pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Our conversation? Surprised by Grace!

What perfect gift will you be giving this Christmas?


 

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Girlfriendit: The Plan

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The Plan 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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How are you conveying to your team and to others the plan-the "IT" of what you do-the "Why" that keeps you going?   

Our ultimate goal in this life is to get closer to Christ, be an ambassador for Him, and to do His will. Basically, make a big deal about HIM!

Our focus as we are building our teams and putting our plans in place is to make certain that the major decisions are based on building the Kingdom, not on personal interests. 
 
Matthew 6:33-34:

"But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these 
things shall be added to you. And one great tip Patty and Lisa received from one of their prayer intercessors, Lynn, was to read and meditate on Psalm 90:12, 14-17. 

"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble.

May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands."

As women definitely want to matter; we want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

So what is the work He has for your hands?

What is your plan of action to live out His plan for your life?

Even in scripture it states where there is no vision/plan, the people will perish.

Jesus continuously shared His plan and the benefits of the mission with all who would listen.  Because He conveyed His plan and it contained truth and a bigger picture; people were willing to suffer and give their lives.

Are you ready to map out your plan and share your plan of action with your team?  God just might have something to grow in the palm of your hands.

Let's get our hands ready girlfriends!



 

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Who Are You Sitting Next To? - Gillian Marchenko

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Who Are You Sitting Next To? - Gillian Marchenko 

Thursday, December 6, 2012 

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"Hey, let's connect some time" . . .

How many times do we use that phrase without really thinking of how significant it is?

We all communicate, but very few people actually connect.

Have you ever wondered why certain people flourish in their jobs, organizations or ministries while you might feel stagnant or stuck?

This week, Patty and Lisa chat with Christian wife, mother, writer and speaker Gillian Marchenko.  Gillian writes and speaks to connect with other women about real life motherhood, stumbling faith, down syndrome, adoption, grace and a whole lot more.  Her writing has been featured in MomSense Magazine, EFCA Today, Four Cornered Universe, The Tri-City Record, Chicago Parent, Story Bleed, Chicago Special Parent, Gifted for Leadership, Charlottesville Family, Connections Magazine, and Today's Christian Woman. 

Also, hear who Patty and Lisa have sat next to recently.

Listen and connect with us!

 

 

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Nightmare Before Christmas - Michelle Renee Hogan

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Nightmare Before Christmas - Michelle Renee Hogan

Thursday, November 29, 2012 

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Christmas is supposed to be a magical time, a season of making memories and wonderful traditions.

But this season of "memory-making-magic" also brings expectations; we expect to provide all the essential elements to deliver our "Peace-On-Earth-Good-Will-To-Men and whatnot . . . ", and whopping case of anxiety is the result.

How can Girlfriendit help you from NOT getting caught up in the nightmare of sweaty masses of feisty, elbowing crowds?

Today Patty and Lisa chat with inspirational speaker, Michelle Renee Hogan who enjoysbringing women a relevant message in an unconventional way.  She is sure to encourage, empower and remind us all how to stay focused this season.

Don't miss this show and the great tips to take into this Christmas season!



 

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Top Three Thanksgiving Tips!

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Top Three Thanksgiving Tips!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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It's easy to get caught up in the holiday frenzy and forget to put first things first. We know the Puritans who arrived at Plymouth in 1620 carried a fabulous tradition of fasting and feasting in gratitude of God's provision.

Let's face it, we have more blessings and provisions than we need for which to be thankful, yet the world will try to tell us that:

         We're running on empty.

         We're messed up and depressed.

         Our economy is unstable.

It's tempting to believe the lies and get discouraged. If we keep looking to the world to fix the problems, then we won't find the best solutions. The best solutions always come from God!

So let's start this day with:

1.     Make a few plans: Read Ps 34:10 - "Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."

2.     Write a few lists: Flood the market and the world with gratitude!

3.     Delegate Responsibilities: Remind your circle of influence of how much they are blessed.  Gratitude is the only way to lift others and ourselves out of the despair.

It's Thanksgiving! Let's embrace God's Abundance!

 

 

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It’s Personal…or Not! – Amy Bloye

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It's Personal...or Not! - Amy Bloye

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Are you facing the challenges of launching something new or trying to thrive where you are? 

Difficult times are inevitable on the journey of leading people and your vision. It is easy to get thrown off course by critics and complainers and take their words and actions personally. 

Do you face the struggles of staying the course and not merely surving but actually thriving through it all? What about the challenges of raising a family, maintaining healthy friendships and squeezing in a personal life! In the midst of all of this, what is the thermometer of your spiritual vitality?

This week on Girlfriendit Radio our special guest is Amy Bloye, who co-authored, It's Personal: Surviving and Thriving on the Journey of Church Planting, with her husband, Brian. Our conversation will be very personal and will extend beyond the world of church planting into leadership planting. 

Listen as we lean into personal leadership challenges and offer practical tips for thriving where you are. 

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Do Something New!

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Do Something New!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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There were many general rules growing up that we have all become accustomed to, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." How about, "Live as if it is the last day of your life!" One adage or challenges was, "Do something New!" Why is it as we get older we tend to try fewer things and accept less challenges . . . especially those things that we already failed.

So what can be the "NEW" in you?

Go to college

Run in a 5k

Do something scary

Volunteer

You never know what adventure is waiting until you try something new. Let's stretch ourselves and take a risk!

Imagining the fabulous awards waiting!

L and P

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

P.S. Try something New?

Skip the pumpkin Latte (300 calories) and pumpkin muffin (600 calories)

Try: Toast a Thomas' Pumpkin Spice Bagel Thins, (125 calories) spread with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese. Top with a Tbsp. chopped walnuts and add a nonfat latte!

Go ahead . . . Spice It Up!

 

 

 

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Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus - Jeff Bethke

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Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus - Jeff Bethke

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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At the beginning of this year, Jeff Bethke became a household name when his YouTube video when viral.

Have you seen it? 

By simply sharing his heart in a creative, innovative way, he managed to captivate his audience with a fabulous message.  Some were appalled, some were fascinated...but all that listened had the opportunity to choose where their heart stood.

Jeff broke down the concepts of religion vs. relationship. In Jeff's poem, he highlights the difference between Jesus and false religion. Religion is man-centered; Jesus is God-centered.

Jeff shares his journey to discover this truth: With Jesus, though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don't represent yourself.  His sacrifice is perfect, putting us in perfect standing with God.

His video has had almost 23 MILLION views, and now we get the chance to hear more of his heart and his passion, straight from him in a live format.  It's a "Must Listen" show!

 

 

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Inspire and Lead - Russ Helwig

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Inspire and Lead - Russ Helwig 

Thursday, October 25, 2012 

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Today...Stop and encourage one person.  It only takes you and me to make a difference.  One by one we can change the world."  Russel H. Helwig

Do you believe you can change the world?

Do you see yourself as a world changer?

Already, you may be feeling overwhelmed with those questions, but change happens one decision, one step at a time.   And making a difference is a choice.

Let's step together in this direction of inspiration and change and listen to this week's guest, Author, Speaker, and Leadership Guru, Russ Helwig

Helwig's speaking engagements include Fortune 500 Companies and business groups, special interest groups, schools, students and churches.  He brings fresh energy, inspiring others to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.

Listen in this week and be inspired to act and let's change the world one step at a time.


 

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No Never Alone - Nancy Beach

 

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No Never Alone - Nancy Beach

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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The truth of the matter, one is the loneliest number . . . and success comes in twos and threes, it never comes alone.

According to research conducted by Dr. Phil, Psychologist and TV Host, there was a study of over 1,000 cases of thriving individuals in their chosen fields . . . none of them became successful alone.

Each person shared that they were surrounded with a great team in attaining such a high level of achievement.

This week Patty and Lisa chat with speaker, author and visionary leader, Nancy Beach.  For over 20 years, Beach served as the Programming Director for Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago.  Beach is driven to see herself and others flourish in ministry-in community-in their personal lives.

Listen with us and let's learn from Nancy Beach and be encouraged to seize moments in our everyday life and reach our full potential as children of God-of course never alone!


 

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First Things First - Barbara Willis

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First Things First - Barbara Willis 


Thursday, October 11, 2012


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What do you put first in your life?


God says to put first things first and in Matthew 6:33 it says to seek Him first! Sounds so simple doesn't it? Yet it's so easy to seek our closest Starbucks and our best girlfriend first.   Or maybe it's our "To-Do List", or maybe we even grab hold of our worries and anxieties first.  What do you tend to choose first?

This week Patty and Lisa are talking about First Things First and will be talking with special guest, Barbara Willis.  At the age of eighteen, Barbara Willis received a "call" upon her life to educate, encourage and empower others to be all God intended them to be when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  Currently Willis is serving the vision of the Treasure House, a new venture by Kurt and Brenda Warner. 


Treasure House is the vision of Kurt and Brenda Warner, who believe that all people, regardless of ability, have a purpose and call for their life, and are able to participate in meaningful and challenging activities, establish personal relationships, and contribute to society when provided with appropriate supports and opportunities. 


Hear more about this new venture and Willis's adventure to continually put FIRST THINGS FIRST!

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Is God Empowering You? - Cathi Herrod and Sheryl Cooper

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Is God Empowering You? - Cathi Herrod and Sheryl Cooper

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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God entered into this world using a woman to hold His secret (Luke 1:26-35), and left the world sharing first with a woman to behold His secret! (Matthew 28:9-10)

Yes, God empowers us women everyday!  Many times we are not even aware of this empowerment; we simply don't take the time to ask God where we can participate with Him. 

Do you recognize where God is empowering you girlfriend?

How do we parallel with the women in biblical times?

They were courageous . . .

           They lived on the edge . . .

                 They were risk takers . . .

                        They were world changers . . .

                               They did the unexpected . . .

                                        They were daredevils . . .

                                               They weren't always perfect . . .

                                                       and sometimes they failed . . .

This week Patty and Lisa chat with two women who are embracing God's empowerment and participating with God in their communities. 

First, hear from Cathi Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy.  The Center forArizona Policy promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family and religious liberty.  This passionate-empowered woman will inspire you!

Then hear from Sheryl Cooper, the wife of "shock-rocker" Alice Cooper. Together Alice and Sheryl have founded the Solid Rock Non-Profit Organization and they have partnered with Genesis Church to open The Rock at 32nd Street.  The grand opening of this full-service community center is coming up October 6, 2012.  Alice and Sheryl exclaim that, "Solid Rock's primary goal is to help meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of teenagers and children in our community." Sheryl's empowered heart will rock you girlfriend! 

Listen with us and let us be encouraged to embrace the areas of empowerment!  For God has empowered us!


 

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Upended - Arron Chambers and Erik Lokkesmoe

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Upended - Arron Chambers and Erik Lokkesmoe

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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How would you define your comfort zone?  Where do you live and love and influence in this world? 

Would you dare to take this zone below the surface this week and say that our comfort zones incorporate living in obedience to that which God has called us to be while using the gifts He has given us.  It's more than things we enjoy or find comfort in...it stirs our souls!

Patty and Lisa chat this week with two high capacity leaders who embody creativity and stretch the boundaries of comfort and tradition all in the name of Jesus. 

First hear from author, Arron Chambers.  Chambers will share his heart and snip-its from his book, titled Eats with Sinners where he encourages us to be intentional about building relationships with those God has brought within our sphere of influence. 

Then hear from the founder of Different Drummer,  Erik Lokkesmoe  and catch

the feverfrom his latest book, Upended.

Grab your coffee, listen with us and let these conversations stir up something within your soul this week. 


 

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Adoption: The Fears, The Loss, The Love - Michelle Thorne

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Adoption: The Fears, The Loss, The Love  - Michelle Thorne

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Adoption is a hot topic these days in our culture.  Are we willing to pay the price to help make a difference in the life of a child?

It really takes a village to raise our children...are you stirred to help and get involved?

The need is great and Patty and Lisa encourage you to get involved and learn more about Foster Care and Adoption in your area. 

Listen to this week's show and hear from Michelle Thorne, who has written a book about her story about her journey as a birth mother.  

Delivered, My Harrowing Journey as a Birthmother is a book for anyone who has been touched by adoption and this show is for you if you desire to learn more about the adoption process and be moved to act and celebrate adoption as a gift.


 

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Checkpoints – Ryan Russell, Brian Mills and Nathan Wagnon

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Checkpoints - Ryan Russell, Brian Mills and Nathan Wagnon

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Are you raising young boys? Do you desire for them to become all that God intended them to be?

Do you find it hard at times to navigate through this world encouraging the boys in your life to be more like Christ?

How do we help shape their character? What skills do we need to help them on their paths towards good moral character?

Today Patty and Lisa are chatting with three remarkable men who are making a difference in the lives of many by steering men towards godliness.

First, hear from the heart of Ryan Russell, current board member of XXXChurch, who is quoted in a recent article, "I want my boys to experience guilt free, addiction free, sexually monogamous and pleasing future with their wives. That future starts now by teaching them through how to make good choices. It's daily instruction in the world we live in.

And then Brian Mills and Nathan Wagnon will be sharing their passion and current ministry with details from their book titled, Checkpoints.

Listen with us and let's glean some new skills. Be challenged to equip and empower the young men in your life.

 

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What Is Your EQ?

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What Is Your EQ?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Do you know your EQ?  Have you taken an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Test? You can take these tests here:

Long quiz 45min:: http://goo.gl/Yppm6 

Short quiz: http://goo.gl/3WOIn 

 Are you aware what situations generally create tension and stress for you?  How do you handle these situations? 

 Are you aware what brings you great joy and meaning in your life?  Are you doing these things purposefully; or have you lost your purpose? And are negative thoughts often plaguing you?  Are these true pictures of reality? 

Research indicates that an individual’s success at work is 80 percent dependent on emotional quotient and only 20 percent dependent on (IQ)….Does this mean that IQ will get us through school and EQ will get us through life?

Test your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and then join Patty and Lisa this week as they unpack why this is so important in leading our life of influence. 

Let’s move together towards leading with greater effectiveness, happiness and fulfillment in our lives!

 

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Is There A Void In Your Life? - Nathan George

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Is There A Void In Your Life? - Nathan George

Thursday, August 30, 2012 

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Where is your circle of influence?  What is God currently doing in the circle you are in?  Are you seeing a need?  Could God have a plan to use you to fill that void?

Patty and Lisa are passionate about rallying women to do the remarkable within their own circles.  They currently rally women through relationships and resources and encourage women to:

Start small but move forward!

Create a plan - even if it is just for a day!

Bring others in with you! 

This week Patty and Lisa chat with Nathan George, founder of Trade As One, a Fair Trade company.  Nathan George responded to his conviction and seeing the need for practical action on behalf of the global poor. 

Trade As One seeks to transform the lives of poor producers in the developing world by enabling them to use their skills and resources to work their way out of poverty.  Hear how Nathan George and his team have set goals and achieved success in filling the void. 

Be encouraged to see and act on filling the void in your own life.  Listen to the show, fill your cup and fill the void with us!

 


 

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What does it take? - Col. Cammie Spence and Gina McDonough

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What does it take? - Col. Cammie Spence and Gina McDonough

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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We just got done watching Olympians conquer remarkable goals, are you one of those energized girlfriends jumping off of the couch to try your own Olympic remarkable?    

It is contagious isn’t it?

This week on Girlfriendit Radio, Patty and Lisa are asking the question, “What does it take?”

What does it take to accomplish the remarkable in a world of dysfunction, brokenness, unmet expectations and disappointments?  Are we busy looking at others going for the gold and believing the lie that they have something that we don’t have (okay, yes-our gifts look different.  I will not be taking to the Olympic stage for my gymnastic abilities—but I still have my own God-given gifts and you have yours.)  Are we staying energized to use them?

So, maybe it is not what we have but what we do with what we have? 

Patty and Lisa will be chatting with two energizing girlfriends who are doing theremarkable in their lives.  First, hear from Col. Cammie Spence who has led successfully in a male dominated culture.  Col. Spence has lived overseas and has a career in the US military. 

Then, hear from Gina McDonough, a fitness enthusiast with 30 years of experience in personal training and group fitness instructor.  Gina is a personal trainer certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and works with clients with special needs and those who have survived cancer.  

Don’t miss the energy beyond our sips of caffeine!

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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit - Debriefing

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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit - Debriefing

Thursday, August 16, 2012

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"People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed."  Patrick Lencioni shared these words with us and many other thousand of listeners last week who attended the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. 

Are you curious about other bits of energizing truth that were recorded?  Here are a few notes and quotes recorded:

Patty and Lisa love to de-brief after conferences like this and that is just what they are going to do again this week as they de-brief in their ‘virtual-radio-radius' and wonder and ponder aloud:

1.     Is the church the hope of the world?

2.     Is it possible to have two leaders?

3.     How do we energize others to participate in God's mission?

4.     How do we get healthy ministries or organizations?

Grab your coffee, and get ready to take some great notes-something is bound to inspire and energize you....and it will be more than your coffee.

 

 

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Surprised By Grace – Pastor Tullian

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Surprised By GracePastor Tullian

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Special Guests: Pastor Tullian

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This week Patty and Lisa chat with Pastor Tullian .  Tullian is the Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is also the grandson of world evangelist Billy Graham. 

Pastor Tullian has authored a number of books including Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway).  He speaks at conferences throughout the U.S., and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. 

Listen as Pastor Tullian shares with Patty and Lisa his passion of seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God’s grace.   The conversation may just answer some questions and surprise ya! 

 

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Fifty Shades of Gray? - Dale and Jonalyn Fincher

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Fifty Shades of Gray? - Dale and Jonalyn Fincher

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Special Guests: Dale and Jonalyn Fincher

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So why would this ‘Mommy Porn' Book full of softcore BDSM make the New York Times Best Selling list? 

From London to Arizona women are discussing this book that has already been banned in libraries in 3 states.

Patty and Lisa think it is important as women in leadership to be aware of the culture around us.  We want to be able to have conversations with our neighbors and co-workers, but does that mean we should read the book? 

Patty and Lisa  jump into a conversation about this with Jonalyn Fincher co-founder of Soulation.  Dale and Jonalyn Fincher are the co-founders of Soulation, and have worked seven years, side-by-side, as a national husband-wife speaking and writing team.  With three graduate degrees between them (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and Performing Arts), they wed Jesus' words to the thirsty souls of today.  

The Finchers' previous books include Living with Questions, Ruby Slippers and Coffee Shop Conversations.  Their work has been featured in Christianity Today, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.  

Listen to the show with us and lets get a fresh perspective!  Don't miss it but remember it is PG 13 if you have little ones in the room.   And for those who are naïve as us...BDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, and Submission. 


 

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In The Presence Of My Enemies – Gracia Burnham

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In The Presence Of My Enemies Gracia Burnham 

Thursday, July 26, 2012 

Special Guests:  Gracia Burnham 

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Can you imagine the kind of extreme adventure that would cause you to depend on Christ with every breath?  This week Patty and Lisa talk with Gracia Burnham. 

Gracia Burnham has authored two books, In The Presence Of My Enemies, and To Fly Again.  In her books, Burnham shares her real-life, God story.  It’s a story of faith, hope and struggle amidst the most gripping of extraordinary and difficult circumstances.  

 

Gracia shares her story of being kidnapped with her husband and held for over a year in the Philippine jungles by a terrorist group. Yet, in the midst of being surrounded with terror and hate, we continually see Christ’s love shining out from her and her husband. You don’t want to miss her story and her perspective!

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Take the High Road!– Chrystal Gellner and Carrie Severson

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Take the High Road!– Chrystal Gellner and Carrie Severson 

Thursday, July 19, 2012 

Special Guests: Chrystal Gellner and Carrie Severson

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Life is filled with the unexpected and even the unwanted. Death, injustice and free will impose and inflict pain and suffering and can easily get us off course. Navigating through the trials and disappointments is a challenge and a personal journey that sometimes requires us to take the high road even when everything inside screams against it. 

How do we take the “high road” in life when trials hit and life doesn’t seem fair? 

Our show this week gives us a glimpse with two dynamic women sharing the real and raw and the “unfair”.  Chrystal Gellner knows firsthand the devastation of loss, specifically the loss of children. Carrie Severson, Founder of Severson Sisters, will discuss the causes, effects and solutions concerning a relevant topic - bullying.

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How To Make A Sudden Impact– Sheryl Cooper and Allen McCray

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How To Make A Sudden Impact– Sheryl Cooper and Allen McCray 

Thursday, July 12, 2012 

Special Guests: Sheryl Cooper and Allen McCray 

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio 

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio. 

Listen this week as Patty and Lisa chat with Sheryl Cooper, wife of rock legend Alice Cooper.  Hear how Cooper serves and goes deeper in her sphere of influence. Her circle consists of many household names that have had an impact in our culture, including Aerosmith, The Bee Gees, and Peter Frampton, just to name a few. 

Then, discover tips to unlock the power of God in you when Patty and Lisa interview Allen McCray, founder of LifeImpact. Allen says that the "key to living a fulfilling life and going deeper is understanding how we think, why we feel certain things, why we react in different ways to different people and different situations."  

You don't want to miss this show! Let's learn together how to unlock our full potential and make an impact in our own circles.

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Y Generation– Ryan Bennett

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Y Generation– Ryan Bennett 

Thursday, July 5, 2012 

Special Guests: Ryan Bennett

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio 

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio. 

What is our role in understanding the Y Generation?  Do you even know who is the Y Generation? 

Patty and Lisa are going to chat with Ryan Bennett during this week’s show to answer some of these questions. 

Listen to this week’s show and hear about who makes up this generation and hear about some of the factors that makes up this distinct generation.  You also don’t want to miss out on knowing what some of the lies that society and those raising this Y Generation have been telling. 

Listen and find out the answers with us! 

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Living Under the Influence of Prayer– Kirsten Snarey and Tami Engram

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Living Under the Influence of Prayer– Kirsten Snarey and Tami Engram  

Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Special Guests: Kirsten Snarey and Tami Engram  

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio 

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio. 

Does prayer influence and impact your life?   Do you experience God doing unexplainable things in your life?

Patty and Lisa are going to chat it up about this topic of prayer with two special guests on today’s show. 

First hear from Kirsten Snary, the director of women’s ministry and children’s ministry (K-6) at North Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Kirsten’s passion is helping others know how incredibly loved they are by God.  Hear how prayer has radically affected Kirsten’s life.

And you don’t want to miss the conversation with Tami Engram either.  Tami is the Director of Women’s Ministry at Desert Springs Community Church in Goodyear, Arizona.  Her husband, Steve of 22 years is the pastor at Desert Springs Community Church and they have ministered there together for the past 18 years.  Tami is passionate about connecting women both with God and one another.  Hear how prayer has impacted this God-given passion.  

Listen to this week’s show and hear how women in leadership are unleashing the power of prayer in their lives and ministry.  Glean from these remarkable women and be encouraged to experience the power of God through prayer in your own life.  

Listen and pray with us! 

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The Devil In Pew Number 7– Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

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The Devil In Pew Number 7– Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Special Guests: Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.

Does evil exist in the most unlikely places? Do evil people recognize their actions are impacting others?  What is it that drives their evil actions? 

And before you start tuning out and thinking that evil exists somewhere else—think about it for a second.  Evil does exist.  Even what we perceive as not so overtly evil (is there really such a thing?) such as gossip, insults, and judgments against others all bring negative impact on the lives of others.  And we are all capable….

Evil people do walk among us and even sit in our pews.  And this week Patty and Lisa chat with Rebecca Nichols Alonzo.  You may have seen author, Rebecca Nichols Alonzo on the Dr. Phil Show, CNN or the 700 Club. 

Today she is joining Girlfriendit Radio - talking about her story and her book, The Devil in Pew Number Seven! Although her story is about betrayal, resentment and murder, it ends with radical forgiveness. 

Listen and prepare to be deeply moved and changed by this powerful and remarkable story.

 

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CrowdSourcing – Jeremy Jernigan

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CrowdSourcing – Jeremy Jernigan 

Thursday, June 14, 2012 

Special Guests: Jeremy Jernigan 

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio 

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio. 

Has the volume been turned up in your home this summer with kids out of school and home for the summer?  Or are you so focused on a current deadline that you cannot even hear your own thought?  How do you handle the volume?  There is definitely a time for quiet—but in all things we do, there is a time to turn up the volume and listen to those around us. God intends for us to listen and learn from others. 

This week Patty and Lisa chat with Jeremy Jernigan, Worship Arts Pastor at Central Christian Church.   Jernigan has written the book CrowdSourcing the Message: Engaging People in the Church for Powerful and Effective Teaching to the Church and he will be talking with Patty and Lisa about this relatively new concept of ‘crowdsourcing.’ 

Whether we are in pursuit of planning things at home, work, or at church it is beneficial to collaborate and learn from others. 

Join the crowd this week.  Listen to the conversation with Jernigan and learn to CrowdSource with us!

 

 

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Making Life Matter - Wm Paul Young

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Making Life Matter - Wm Paul Young

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Special Guests: Wm Paul Young

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.

What I thought was normal is really not normal after all?  Does this even matter? 

With the change of seasons and things heating up outside, am I the only girlfriend with questions like these mulling over in my head?

I didn’t think so…it is actually normal to assess our lives.  We may experience frustration if we seek perfection in our lives; yet, God has planted a longing for perfection in every human heart—a longing only God can fulfill. 

Join Patty and Lisa this week as they chat with their friend, and author of The Shack, Wm Paul Young.   Did you know Young never planned to publish a book?  Be inspired to focus on what matters most in your life—listen with us this week. 

Be ready to inhale what matters most about Jesus and the relationships we share in this life and exhale all that doesn’t matter.  Grab your coffee and glean from Young’s perspective to live one moment at a time and that everything that does matter in our lives is perfect!

 

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Surprised By Grace – Pastor Tullian

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Surprised By GracePastor Tullian 

Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Special Guests: Pastor Tullian 

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio 

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio. 

Maybe you’ve been asking yourself some questions lately.  Questions like: 

Am I missing something?

I’m not sure who I am or where I fit?

Is there more to my life, work or ministry? 

If you have…you are not alone!

 

Patty and Lisa chat with Pastor Tullian who understands questions like these. Tullian is the Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is also the grandson of world evangelist Billy Graham.  

Pastor Tullian has authored a number of books including Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway).  He speaks at conferences throughout the U.S., and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. 

Listen as Pastor Tullian shares with Patty and Lisa his passion of seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God’s grace.   The conversation may just answer some questions and surprise ya! 

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Leadership Below the Surface - Lisa Kneller, Sky Mellinger , and Caitlin Garcia

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Leadership Below the Surface - Lisa KnellerSky Mellinger, and Caitlin Garcia
 
Thursday, May 24, 2012
 
Special Guests:  Lisa Kneller, Sky Mellinger, and Caitlin Garcia
 
LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio
 
Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.

Are you ready to be motivated and inspired to lead below the surface?  Does your heart yearn to serve, give, and help build up those around you?  Yep…you are not alone!  Patty and Lisa share this heartbeat and are chatting with some remarkable leaders on this week’s show.  

Listen in as they zero in on Leadership Below the Surface, and chat with Yoga teacher and online magazine publisher, Lisa Kneller who is encouraging, motivating and inspiring others to live their potential – especially in the second half of life. 

 
And don't miss the young, exuberant best friend duo, Sky Mellinger and Caitlin Garcia who are the Owners and "Head Designers" of Chaemarique Hats!  They promote personal style and uniquely whimsical designs.  They love to not only express themselves through simplicity and design but as they call it - wearable art.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChaemariqueMILLINERY
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Men of Honor– Mark Moore


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Men of Honor- Mark Moore

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Special Guests:  Mark Moore

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.

Don't you just love to glean from other girlfriends?  God uses our interactions often to benefit us and propel us onward towards the goals He has for us.  

This week glean from the conversation Lisa and Patty have with Ozark Christian College professor Mark Moore!

Mark received his PhD from the University of Wales for his work on the politics of Jesus and in 2012 he accepted the role of Teaching Pastor of Christ's Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona.  He has authored a number of books and continues to live his life goal of making Jesus famous. 

Listen and be inspired to live the life God has for-man or woman, let us honor Jesus with our lives.  


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It Gets Better!– Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela Yuan

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It Gets Better!– Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela Yuan

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Special Guests: Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela Yuan

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.

This is a title of an anti-bullying campaign that has reached more than 40 million viewers with contributors ranging from President Obama to Hollywood stars, according to Fox News. It recently made headlines and caused a stir with finger pointing and Christian bashing. 

The problem is, when we begin pointing fingers and begin Christian bashing, gay bashing or freckle bashing . . . “it” will not get better! How do we stop the attacks? How do we have a paradigm shift to know that we are not the Holy Spirit, we aresimply humans in the flesh here on earth to love and follow the teachings of Jesus?

Join us as we welcome our guests, Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela Yuan who will be real and raw with their journey from HIV to HOPE positive! This is an interesting subject matter but the Yuan’s will share their heart – without pointing fingers!

It only gets better when we allow the Holy Spirit to work as we all seek holiness.

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Parenting - What Are You Passing On?- Angelique LaFon-Cox and Maile Weigele

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Parenting - What Are You Passing On?- Angelique LaFon-Cox and Maile Weigele

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Special Guests: Angelique LaFon-Cox and Maile Weigele

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.

Who are we listening to?
What are we assuming?
How are we parenting?
What are we passing on?
Do we allow our children to read Twilight, Harry Potter and Hunger Games? Do we let our society and the school system alone teach our kids values? 

Intrigued? Random questions perhaps, intentional dialogue in store on Girlfriendit Radio as Patty and Lisa chat with special guests, - Angelique LaFon-Cox and Maile Weigele. 

Angelique LaFon-Cox will be sharing news about theThe Huggabear Children's Project, and Maile Weigele with a son of her own and her experience working at Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be stirring up some great questions and dialogue. Listen in with us!

 

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Call To Relationship - Shelia Jones and Allen McCray

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Call To Relationship - Shelia Jones and Allen McCray
 
Thursday, April 26, 2012
 
Special Guests: Shelia Jones and Allen McCray
LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio
 
Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.
 
Is your phone near by?  How often have you used it today? 
 
What if that last call or text you received was from God himself?  How would you respond?
 
Listen to the show today and be challenged to pick up!  Take the call-answer the text; quit screening and fight the contagious complacency germs that linger and accept His call.  (Matt 4:19). 
 
Patty and Lisa chat with special guests Shelia Jones and Allen McCray today and each of these guests have received the call and are acting on their call! 
 
Shelia Jones is a pastor's wife, mother, teacher, and author.  She became a disciple of Jesus as a child but later experienced the Lord in a life-transforming encounter.  After this revival, God called her into a teaching and writing ministry where she passionately shares her testimony and the truths learned from daily hours in prayer.
 
Allen McCray is the founder of Life Impact, and holds graduate degrees in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling as well as many certifications for LIFE coaching through TTI in Scottsdale, AZ.  He is a husband, father, grandfather, Business owner, and former pastor who helps people hear and follow their own call.
 
Listen with us and let's take the call-the call to relationship and get involved in something bigger than ourselves.  

 

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What Do You Value?- Dale and Jonalyn Fincher

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What Do You Value?- Dale and Jonalyn Fincher
 
Thursday, April 19, 2012
 
Special Guests: Dale and Jonalyn Fincher
LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio
 
Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.
 
What do you value?  What is the motto for running your home...your life? 
 
We all have both declared and undeclared values of operation for our lives and homes.  As mothers...and quirky ones at that...we each have a "saying" or soul talk that we have felt led to share with our children and those in our circles. Listen and hear Patty and Lisa's quirky phrases or soul talk that they have passed down along the way.
 
Also, hear the soul talk that Patty and Lisa have with creative communicators and out of the box thinkers, Dale and Jonalyn FincherDale and Jonalyn Fincher are authors, speakers and founders of Soulation.  
 
Dale and Jonalyn Fincher travel the country talking with audiences about the God who loves broken, questioning men and women.  Listen and be challenged to see the truth in your everyday life and talk about the God who loves us, sharing Him with those around you.

 

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Live Loved- Wm. Paul Young, author of the Shack

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Live Loved- Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack
 
Thursday, April 12, 2012
 
Special Guests: Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack
LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio
 
Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.
 
Listen as Patty and Lisa sit down with Wm. Paul Young, author of the NY times best-seller, The Shack.
 
Young's two daughters join the conversation as well, providing listeners with a unique perspective as they tell their story of their dad and this life-changing book.

 

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In The Presence Of My Enemies -Gracia Burnham

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In The Presence Of My Enemies - Gracia Burnham
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Special Guests: - Gracia Burnham
LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio
Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.
Are you allowing God to use your story?  At what point do you let go of your story and let it be a "God story?" Join Patty and Lisa this week as they talk with Gracia Burnham and hear her story that is none other than a "God story."
Gracia Burnham has authored two books, In The Presence Of My Enemies, and To Fly Again.  In her books, Burnham shares her real-life, God story.  It's a story of faith, hope and struggle amidst the most gripping of extraordinary and difficult circumstances.   
You don't want to miss hearing this story-be inspired to let God's story be your story.  We can all see "His-story" in the making!

 

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Put Your Love Glasses On! – Beckah Shae and Kerri Pomarolli

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Put Your Love Glasses On! -  Beckah Shae and Kerri Pomarolli

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Special Guests: -  Beckah Shae and Kerri Pomarolli

LIVE at 12pm EST on Toginet Radio

Podcast will be available after show time on iTunes or check here at Girlfriendit Radio.
Join Patty and Lisa this week as they put on their love glasses with special guest, singer and songwriter, Beckah Shae, as well as comedian Kerri Pomarolli.  
Have you heard Beckah Shae's song titled, "Love Glasses?"