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I'm stuck on this Christmas carol.
My mind has been stuck on one particular Christmas carol this year, and one particular stanza of that Christmas carol. I share it in episode 124 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast that dropped early this morning. It's all about joy. We each have it. Joy. We may not realize we do and we may not have felt it for awhile, but it's there. It's a good week to find it again and sound it on repeat to the world. Listen to the short snippet below and find the full 12-minute episode on your favorite listening app or in the comments.
When the Holidays Are Not Happy
What do we do when the holidays are not happy? Christmas 2006 was not happy holiday for our family. I share more details in episode 123 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast that dropped early this morning. If you're finding yourself walking through grief, sadness, heartache, worry, stress, loneliness, or anything else that's preventing you from happiness in this season, I am praying for you. May this episode encourage you and give you hope. God is with us in this season and beyond.
5 Ways to Stay Present This Holiday Season
Well, here we are! The holiday season is upon us, and Christmas will be here before we know it. We know how full this season can be, and we also know how we can miss the special moments in it if we're not intentional in staying present. In episode 122 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast that dropped early this morning, I share five ways to stay present this season. These five ways will truly make a difference in our holidays if we apply them.
Learn how to unbusy your life here:
Busyness is stealing life from many of us. We're feeling overwhelmed with our overloaded schedules, and we consistently feel behind because there's so much to do! If you can relate, join me in the movement to slow your go and unbusy your life... before the busiest season of the year is upon us. Listen to episode 119 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast for hope and answers this week.
Do you know if you're living distracted?
Someone asked me recently how to know if she was living distracted. She wasn't sure. So I shared with her the five indications I share in this week's episode 118 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast. Some of us have lived distracted for so long, we may not realize just how distracted we are living! If you're questioning the same, I invite you to listen to the short snippet below. The full 14-minute episode can be found wherever you listen to podcasts or in the comments.
Who is a Right-Now Woman?
Recently I sat down with my friend, Deb, and we had a conversation about all the things regarding my new book, Right Now Matters: Empowering Right Now Women in a Culture of Distraction. I shared Part 1 in last week's Encouragement for Real Life Podcast episode 115 and this week I'm sharing Part 2 in episode 116. This week we discuss the title, the subtitle, sunrises and sunsets, and who is a Right-Now Woman. Listen to the short snippet below.
The Heart Behind Right Now Matters
One week from today, October 17, my first book releases into the world! Right Now Matters: Empowering Right-Now Women in a Culture of Distraction is the book I wish I had years ago as one particular life-transforming moment woke me up to the reality of how I was living distracted. I was missing priceless moments happening right in front of me. In this week's Encouragement for Real Life Podcast episode 114, I share the heart behind this book, why I wrote it, and who it is written for.
What's Good That's Keeping You From Great?
Is there anything that's good in your life that could be the enemy of great? In other words, what's that good thing that's keeping you from God's great thing? For me it was doing everything else that was on my plate and not following God's lead in writing the book He placed on my heart. Until January. But it took me seven years to get there! I share the details of this story in episode 113 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast.
Live Above the Noise of This World
Could you use some encouragement today about living above the noise of this world and rising above the distractions in it? Terry Covey from Living Above The Noise again inspires us with truth in the conversation we had the other day. You can hear it in its entirety in episode 112 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast, but this short snippet will bless you today.
Are you living above the noise?
This world can be a noisy place. How are we doing living above the noise? Are we? In episode 112 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast, I share a conversation I had with friend and fellow podcaster, Terry Covey at Living Above The Noise. Terry encourages and inspires us with her real life experiences, prompting us to live above the noise and make a difference in this world. Don't miss this one!
Are we complainers?
Do you ever complain? Recently I heard and saw many complain when the weather here in Iowa turned to blazing hot again. It got me thinking, and we're discussing this on the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast this week. What are we really doing when we complain?
How to Succeed at Something Difficult
What's something difficult in life you'd like to try but you're scared to? Or what is something your comfort zone is keeping you away from? In Episode 109 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast that dropped early this morning, I share a story about my daughter and how she was inspired to run a 5k recently. Through it she taught me much, including the secret of How to Succeed at Something Difficult.
Clutter affects us in many ways
Have you listened to episode 108 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast yet? I sit down with the amazing owner of Spark Joy Cleaning & Organizing, Julie Lane. We discussed many helpful ways to bring joy and freedom back into our lives when it comes to decluttering and organizing. You'll be inspired and encouraged from our conversation. Listen here to a short snippet and find the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts or in the link.
In a season of starting over?
Here's some hope for any of us in a season of starting over or facing one. No matter how we feel about it, God can bring good in these seasons. Listen to episode 107 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast for more.
Is life about you and me?
Is life supposed to be about us? What do you think? This is the subject of this week's Encouragement for Real Life Podcast episode, number 106. I invite you to listen to find encouragement and maybe a reminder we could all use right now. Listen to this short snippet and find the full 13-minute episode in the link.