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Are you a strong woman or want to be? This Grit and Grace Life hosts, Darlene Brock and Julie Graham cross generational lines and draw from life experience to discuss all things life—from the boardroom to the bedroom, car-lines to college, being single, married or single again. Combining the two tra…

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    Can We Just Admit We Judge Other Women? – 203

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 28:22


    Humanity has a natural tendency to judge others—and often, it seems, women are the worst offenders. Why do we do it? How do we stop? These are the questions that Darlene and Julie unpack in this week's podcast episode on judgment. They discuss the different areas of life in which women are prone to judge others, the reasons we do it, and why we should think twice before casting off any opinions or unwarranted labels. It's easy to fall into the trap of pointing fingers at the way others fall short, but it ends up revealing a battle with our pride and insecurities. We hope this episode encourages you to extend grace before judgment. Remember, someone could do the same to you! Quote of the episode: “At the end of the day, judging someone else does not define them—it defines you.” —Darlene Brock Resources —Matthew 7:1 Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Are There Biblical Guidelines for Sex and Dating? with Kat Harris – 202

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 50:53


    In this episode, we're talking about sex! There's a lot of talk about sex in our culture today—in fact, nearly every part of our day-to-day experience is saturated with it. But are there biblical guidelines for sex? How can Christians, or women of faith, view or take part in sex, especially as it pertains to our relationships and dating? Author and blogger Kat Harris specializes in this conversation. She joins Darlene and Julie this week to address the long-held notion that sexuality is sinful. She shares what the Bible has to say about sex, intimacy, love and pleasure outside of just procreation. Kat will tell you that sex isn't bad; it's actually part of God's careful attention to detail and His desire for us to live abundantly. If your understanding of sex includes purity culture and the idea that our bodies are inherently bad for craving physical connection, we encourage you to take a listen to this different, insightful perspective. Kat Harris is the host of The Refined Collective Podcast, and co-founder of the online publication The Refined Woman. Her first book, Sexless in the City, came out last year. In addition to being a full-time photographer, she coaches and equips women all over the world in dating, relationships, singleness, sexuality, faith and how to build a renewed and healthy biblical sexual ethic rooted in freedom, truth and grace. Kat loves God, personal development, a good Beyoncé dance party, and is a ranch dressing connoisseur. You can find Kat on Instagram @therefinedwoman and on her website therefinedwoman.com. Quote of the episode: “What I think is so beautiful about sex is it has the capacity to be this physical manifestation of this mind-body-soul-spirit commitment, connection, and relationship." —Kat Harris Resources —Grab a copy of Kat's book, Sexless in the City Kat's recommended reads: —The Great Sex Rescue by Sheila Wray Gregoire —Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein —Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein —Redeeming Sex by Debra Hirsch Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How Do I Overcome Destructive Anger and Burnout in Motherhood? with Natalie Hixson – 201

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 31:48


    Nobody says motherhood is easy—sometimes it can be downright challenging. And when those moments pop-up, your first reaction may be anger, which is normal. But destructive anger and burnout in motherhood? Not normal, and not healthy. Certified professional life coach Natalie Hixson joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender this week to discuss how moms who are dealing with chronic anger and burnout can seek healthier means of expression and actually enjoy their motherhood journeys. Several years ago, when screaming and slamming doors didn't stop her toddler's tantrums, Natalie brought her daughter to a therapist. It was there she realized that the problem was with her, not her child. In this episode, Natalie identifies common triggers for moms; healthy emotions and how to process them; and practical steps to prevent an angry reaction, or reset if it happens. If you resort to patterns of destructive anger often while raising your kids, this episode will help you get back on track! Natalie Hixson is a wife, mother, auntie, and certified professional life coach who helps discouraged Christian moms overcome destructive anger and burnout. After learning to thrive in motherhood and process anger in a healthy way, Natalie became convicted to help other moms avoid those dark years by helping them to process their anger, identify their triggers, and ultimately control their reaction to triggering situations.  She enjoys her own motherhood journey by hanging with her husband Mike and their three daughters in Bozeman, Montana. She recharges with Jesus, coffee, and adventures with her family like skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer! You can find Natalie at her website, nataliehixson.com. Quote of the episode: “You're not a bad person for being angry." Natalie Hixson Resources —Find Natalie's Trigger Tracker here Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How to Make Decisions You Won’t Regret – 200

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 28:12


    Psychology Today estimates that we make 35,000 decisions per day. That means from the moment we wake up to the moment we crawl back into bed, we're constantly assessing and weighing out thousand of choices to see which ones are most beneficial. This week, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender review the steps you need to make decisions you won't regret, and how to abstain from judging others for the decisions they make in their own lives. Whether you're debating your options in a relationship, in appearances, in your career, or any other area of life, the decisions you make—big or small—hold weight. If you need a little push to get out of limbo and finally make that call, you'll want to tune into this episode. Quote of the episode: “At the end of the day, you do have to trust your gut over the opinion of somebody else.” —Julie Bender Resources —Revisit our podcast episode on judgment: Women and Judgment: Why We Do It and How to Stop – 057 Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How Can We Teach our Kids the True Meaning of Freedom? with Brooke Raybould – 199

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 30:22


    As this week's podcast guest, Brooke Raybould, says, freedom is "a loaded word." Especially with the recent rise in debate over constitutional rights in the U.S., the meaning of freedom can get muddy. So what exactly does it mean for us, and furthermore, how can we correctly relay what it means to our kids? Brooke, who is also the face behind the beloved The Southernish Mama blog, is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of government more than many of us: Her and her family live in D.C. and her husband worked in the U.S. Congress. She joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to talk about her new children's book, The American Dream of Braven Young, and what responsibilities we have where freedom is involved. Hint: It's bigger than you may think! Brooke Raybould is a social media influencer, entrepreneur, and leading voice amongst mothers. She is best known for her Instagram platform, “The Southernish Mama,” where she shares relatable, inspiring content that empowers millions of women to achieve their best self. She holds a degree in business from the University of Southern California and her master's in business from Georgetown University. Brooke currently resides outside of Washington, D.C. with her four boys and husband, Ryan, who has worked as a federal prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney and in the United States Congress. His involvement has inspired their family in many ways, including the pages of The American Dream of Braven Young. You can follow Brooke on Instagram @brookeraybould, and on her blog, The Southernish Mama. Quote of the episode: “Freedom is a responsibility to do what is right." —Brooke Raybould Resources —Grab your copy of Brooke's book here: The American Dream of Braven Young Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Infidelity Isn’t the End—You Can Save Your Marriage with Cindy Beall – 198

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 27:57


    Marriages aren't immune from hardships and tribulations. What makes them hard to work through is that these hurdles are usually unexpected. The news that her husband had been unfaithful to her for more than two years due to an inner battle with pornography addiction was enough to make author and speaker Cindy Beall want to walk away. What stopped her? Her husband's genuine regret, humility, and desire to make things right. On this week's podcast, Cindy sits down with Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share  the steps she took to rebuild trust with her husband. For women in similar situations, Cindy also offers insight on where to find support and how to discern what questions will help or hinder your healing. Cindy Beall is a speaker, mentor, and the author of Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken. Cindy and her husband, Chris, walked through infidelity and found healing through Christ. Today they minister at Life.Church in Oklahoma. Cindy also serves on the Leading and Loving It team that ministers to pastors' wives and women in ministry. You can follow Cindy on Facebook @cindybeall, on Instagram @cindybeall and on her website, cindybeall.com. Quote of the episode: “Where do you sense God's peace the most? Sometimes it's in walking away, whether forever or for a season.” —Cindy Beall Resources —Grab a copy of Cindy's book, Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken: Finding Forgiveness and Restoration Related articles —Finding Grit and Grace Through My Husband's Infidelity —How My Husband and I Survived My Affair Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Your World Just Turned Upside Down—What Now? with Marlys Johnson Lawry – 197

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 28:19


    Your world just turned upside down. What do you do? Marlys Johnson Lawry has been there. Her and her first husband, Gary, were not only partners in life but in servitude to their community. Gary's cancer diagnosis came on the heels of unemployment and financial strain—and for Marlys, an overwhelming sense of stress and uncertainty.  She joins Darlene and Julie on this week's podcast episode to share details of her rollercoaster ride through dating as a widow, and more importantly, the coping skills that helped her press on through the unexpected life changes and find hope and happiness again.  Marlys Johnson Lawry is a speaker, award-winning writer, and a big fan of Chai lattes. She loves getting outdoors, and would rather lace up hiking boots than go shopping. Marlys has a passion for encouraging people to live well in the hard and holy moments of life, with hearts wide open. You can follow Marlys on Facebook @marlys.johnson.10 and on her website, renewrepurpose.com. Quote of the episode: “How do you want your remaining days to unfold and make a difference?” —Marlys Johnson Resources —Read Marlys' article on dating red flags: Are You Settling for a Red Flag Guy? —Read Marlys' article on how she met her husband: This Is Why You Can't Rely on Looks in a Relationship Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How to Be the Mother Yours Wasn’t – 196

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 31:40


    No mother-daughter relationship is perfect, but some are more difficult than others. In this episode, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender sit down to share the distinct challenges they each had with their moms growing up. They open up about how the dysfunctional dynamic impacted their own motherhood duties and what they chose to do differently with their own children.  Through each of their stories, you'll glean advice on what to do (and not do) in your relationship with your child, how you can begin the process of mending a fractured mother-daughter relationship, and get the confidence you need to be the mother yours wasn't. Quote of the episode: “There's nothing better than a mom who's already traversed the road that you're on.” —Darlene Brock Resources: Podcasts —Watch Dr. Zoe's recent episode on not-so-happy Mother's Days (Darlene is a guest!): When Mother's Day Isn't So Happy—Navigating a Difficult Relationship With Your Mother —Revisit an earlier episode on mother-daughter relationships: Mama Drama Every Woman Has and How to Overcome – 008 —Darlene and Julie dish out more on the difficult relationships they had with their moms: This Is How to Handle a Hard Relationship With Your Mom – 089 Books —Get a copy of Darlene's book, Raising Great Girls Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    OB-GYN Questions You Might Be Embarrassed to Ask with Dr. Holly Miller- 195

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 34:29


    In this episode of This Grit and Grace Life, we revisit an important conversation with Dr. Holly Miller on women's health, including issues you need to know but are probably too embarrassed to ask about. Dr. Miller is a board certified OB-GYN, wife of 20+ years, mother of four, and dedicated to ensuring you know everything you need to know about your feminine health. This episode is filled with questions that women tend to run from… When do we see a gynecologist? Why do we see gynecologists? Do we have to see a gynecologist? And the biggest question, why are we terrified of seeing a gynecologist? It's our goal with this episode to emphasize that your feminine health is extremely important, and you need to stop putting it on the back burner. Whether you're busy or scared something is wrong and you don't want to face it, you need to go see a gynecologist. It's that simple! Neglecting your health is no way to handle potential issues you may be facing. We know after listening, you'll feel comfortable and confident scheduling your next appointment! What else you'll learn: When a teenager should see a gynecologist When you should have your first pap smear How regularly you should have a pap smear and pelvic exams How to feel comfortable when seeing your gynecologist Important information you need to share with your gynecologist What a “normal cycle” should look like Symptoms you need to look out for throughout our womanhood Common issues you need to know are not normal When you need to begin getting regular mammograms The top things Dr. Miller wants you to know about your feminine health Why you never need to feel embarrassed! Dr. Holly Miller completed medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She's currently an OB-GYN physician in Florida. Outside of the office, Dr. Miller enjoys reading, running and spending time with her husband and four children. Find more from Dr. Miller by visiting her practice website here. Quote of the episode: “It's extremely important that women of all ages have a relationship with a doctor, specifically a gynecologist." —Dr. Holly Miller Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Addiction Does Not Define You: A Recovery Story with Caroline Beidler – 194

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 35:47


    Most people are unaware of the statistic that 1 in 3 women globally have experienced sexual assault.¹ This week's guest, sadly, was one of those victims at the tender age of 14.  Caroline Beidler joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender this week to recount some of the early challenges she faced, including a diminished sense of self-worth, a lack of boundaries and a spiral into substance abuse. Now 11 years sober and a passionate recovery advocate, Caroline shares how we can extend grace to those struggling with addiction, and what signs moms should look out for that may indicate their teenager is struggling with a deeper issue. This topic is difficult, but one that is absolutely necessary to help those stuck in the cycle of addiction or substance abuse to feel understood and take the first steps toward recovery. Caroline Beidler, MSW is an author, recovery advocate and founder of the storytelling platform Bright Story Shine where she has released several eBooks including 10 Practical Ways to Make Your Recovery Shine.  With almost 20 years in leadership within social work and ministry, she leads Creative Consultation Services, LLC., a business focused on creating sustainable addiction recovery support services. She is also a Research Collaborator with the Lyda Hill Institute on Human Resilience at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and a team writer for Grit and Grace Life and blogger at the global recovery platform In the Rooms.  Caroline lives in Tennessee with her husband and twins where she enjoys hiking in the mountains and building up her community's local recovery ministry. You can follow Caroline on Instagram @carolinebeidler_official, on Facebook @carolinebeidlermsw, and on her websites, brightstoryshine.com and carolinebeidler.com. Quote of the episode: “When we open up and share our dark places and our secrets, something absolutely miraculous happens." —Caroline Beidler Resources: — Read Caroline's article, This Is What I Would Say to the Man Who Raped Me — Click here to read Caroline's other articles on Grit and Grace Life — For recovery resources and stories for women, visit Caroline's community platform, Bright Story Shine — If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, Google "recovery community organizations" in your area Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Do You Know Your Purpose? It May Surprise You! – 193

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 30:49


    Studies have proven that we're more productive, live longer, and laugh more when we spend time with others. It only makes sense, then, that our relationships are significant to our existence—and that the most important purpose we can have is pouring into the lives of others. On this week's podcast, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender discuss how to do just that. They lay out a framework for how to show unconditional love to friends and family that have made both small and serious mistakes; they share stories of the women who invested in them and changed the trajectory of their lives; and they encourage us step into the lives of others to show support, remind them of their worth, or even to have that hard conversation. Knowing that your purpose revolves around the investment you make in others' lives can feel like a heavy burden, but it's an opportunity rather than a responsibility. To know that we can be the person who believes the best in someone else—and to have someone be the same for us—is life changing. Quote of the episode: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." —Albert Schweitzer Resources: —Read Darlene's article about her aunt, who had a significant impact on her life: True Purpose Is Found in How We Care for Others —Listen to Julie's Praying for Your Husband Daily message, "Believing the Best in Him" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Do I Still Have Time to Rewrite My Life Story? with Mandisa – 192

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 33:49


    Childhood memories stick with us for a long time, especially life-altering ones. Grammy-winning artist Mandisa joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share how she recognized her worth after a traumatic experience at 16 shattered her self-image and darkened her outlook on life.  In this episode, Mandisa sheds light on issues that many Christians are hesitant to bring out into the open: things like depression, anxiety, and suicide. She unpacks the importance of therapy in her life, as well as how her faith and musical career strengthened her resolve and allowed her—and others—to find a path toward healing. If you're trying to reconcile with your own painful past, we encourage you to listen to this hopeful story that reaffirms God's ability to bring beauty from ashes. American Idol season-five alumna Mandisa is a Grammy Award–winning artist who got her start singing backup for Trisha Yearwood and Shania Twain.  Her 2013 GRAMMY® award-winning album “Overcomer” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album's title track proved to be a smash at radio and earned the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. With more than 1.6 million records sold, Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life's challenges all around the world. You can follow Mandisa on Facebook @mandisaofficial, on Instagram @mandisaofficial and on her website, mandisaofficial.com/home. Quote of the episode: “That's one of the practical things I can do to reframe my thoughts, to not just give into the negative self-talk, but to say what God says about me instead." —Mandisa Resources: —Read Mandisa's book, "Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God's Joy" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Don’t Be Afraid to Be a Different Kind of Mom! with Helen Smallbone – 191

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 35:16


    As a mom, it's hard to filter out the opinions and recommendations from other people on how to raise your kids. Perfect social media mom influencers, coworkers, church friends, and even your own mother might have a formula for you to follow, and you may feel that if you're not playing by the rules, well, then your kids won't be alright.  Guest Helen Smallbone (mom of Rebecca St. James and for KING & COUNTRY's Joel and Luke) joins Darlene and Julie this week to share the good news: It's okay to be a different kind of mom! Take it from Helen, who took an out-of-the-box approach to motherhood herself. She packed up her family's belongings and shuttled herself, her husband and their six kids (with another on the way!) from Australia to the United States to pursue the path she felt God was leading them. It led to a life on the road and an assembly of odd jobs to make ends meet, but her kids have grown up with a strong faith and successful careers. It was unorthodox, but it was right for them. You know your kids better than anyone, and raising them the way you feel is best—no matter how it looks to those on the outside—will undoubtedly be what they need. We hope you feel encouraged that the path you have established for your family is the right one. And if you're still on the fence, take a listen to this episode and see for yourself! Helen Smallbone is the co-founder of MUMlife Community and a podcast host with AccessMore. Her passion is encouraging mothers and families with the God-breathed wisdom she has gleaned over 32 years of being a mother.  Born and raised in Australia, Helen dedicated her life to Christ as a young teen at the Billy Graham Crusade in Sydney. Now a mother to seven―five boys and two girls―and grandmother to thirteen, she currently lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, David, and a small menagerie of animals. You can follow Helen on Facebook @helenjsmallbone and on Instagram @helensmallbone. Quote of the episode: “For me as a parent, it's my job to encourage [my] child on their journey to seek out who God has made them to be.” —Helen Smallbone Resources: —Read Helen's book, "Behind the Lights: The Extraordinary Adventure of a Mum and Her Family" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Finding Happiness with a Scary Future Ahead – 190

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 27:02


    If you don't already know, Julie is having a baby! (A girl!)  At her recent baby shower, amid all the laughter and gifts from friends and family, there was a conversation about the fears people are feeling as a result of the daily circumstances occurring around the world—there was a general consensus that we're heading into a scary future.  That juxtaposition prompted Darlene and Julie to sit down and talk about our collective uncertainty about the future. Between cultural tension and disagreements, economic hardships, lingering pandemic worries and more, it can be hard to look forward to the future with hope.  But Darlene and Julie remind us that it's important to celebrate the good things, find community, and rely more than ever on a kind God who knows all—so we can not just survive, but thrive in the days to come. Quote of the episode: “Even though I am fearful, I will choose to rely on the trust that I have in a good God who knows way more than me.” —Julie Bender Resources: Check out these related podcast episodes —Do Conversations about Race Have to Divide or Can They Unite? with Torrie Sorge – 185 —How to Find Peace and Purpose in an Out of Control World with Dr Zoe – 164 Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Need a Life Overhaul? Wellness Expert Rachel Hagstrom Tells You How – 189

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 31:10


    We hear a lot about wellness lately, which is an expanded view of our health from a holistic standpoint: emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental. Paying attention to each of these areas is vital for a healthy, invigorating life. Drawing from her own history of debilitating health issues, wellness coach Rachel Hagstrom joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to talk more about what holistic wellness is. She also explains how you can begin to address each component to be in alignment with one another and your long-term goals, so you can walk away from this episode in control of your wellbeing! Rachel is married to her favorite veteran (Go Army!) of 14 years, and is a mom to two spirited daughters and one kind goldendoodle. After years of struggling with health challenges, she decided to do her own research and make changes to take a more proactive approach toward her well-being. Now as a board-certified health and wellness coach, Rachel is passionate about walking alongside other women who seek opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation in their daily lives. When she's not coaching, you'll find her writing, reading, and spending time outdoors (most preferably next to the ocean, which only exists in her mind now that she lives in Dallas!) You can follow Rachel on Instagram @rachelhagstrom and on her website, rachelhagstrom.com Quote of the episode: “Learning how to be aware of my thoughts and what I'm thinking and ruminating on was a total game changer.” —Rachel Hagstrom Resources: —Develop your own wellness vision with Rachel's Wheel of Wellness model —Click here to read more of Rachel's articles on Grit and Grace Life —Book hereInterested in working with Rachel to improve your wellness? . Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    “Why, God?” Finding Hope when Faith Is Battered – 188

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 26:30


    As women of faith, it's not unusual or uncommon to have seasons where we question God. Whether we're experiencing disappointment or grief or we feel utterly broken, the first words to escape us are “Why God?” and “Why do bad things happen to good people?” In this podcast episode, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender talk about the times we live with battered faith and a diminishing loss of hope in the God we serve. They draw countless examples of men and women from the Bible who doubted God, struggled with their faith, and yet still came out on the other end with a restored heart.  During the times when you feel your faith wavering, don't forget that God cares enough to listen to our cries and frustrations. He doesn't love us less when we doubt Him—He'll be patient while we pound on His chest. If this describes how you're feeling, we encourage you to be honest with Him, pray for clarity, and remember all the good He has done and will continue to do. Finding hope is possible. Quote of the episode: “ God would draw me with him into eternity, into that time where question and answer would become one.” —Elie Wiesel Resources: —Read Clay Jones' book, Why Does God Allow Evil? Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Motherhood: Struggle Bus or Joy Ride? Or Is it Both? – 187

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 28:24


    Society is quick to point out the challenges of motherhood. We see it in the “Mommy needs wine” shirts at Target and read about the seemingly endless struggles from other moms on social media. We don't deny that motherhood comes with its share of hard times, but with the difficult seasons come the rewarding ones, too. Darlene Brock and Julie Bender sit down this week to talk about the beauty of being a mom—from the privilege of shaping a little one's views and raising them with the potential to positively impact the world, to enjoying life from a child's perspective and all of the other little gems that you'll discover in the journey.  There's so much more to motherhood than the external pressure and fear of failure. Those exist, but so do all the magical moments. Take some time today to recognize all the good and wonder that comes from living life as a mom. Quote of the episode: “Look for the joy that is a part of every single thing we do as moms.” —Julie Bender Resources: —Purchase Darlene's book, "Raising Great Girls" —Read managing editor Ashley Johnson's article, "If Kids Disrupt Our Lives So Much, Why Do We Do It?" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How Do I Begin to Heal from Past Emotional Hurt? with Elizabeth Bristol -186

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 29:53


    Part of growing older—and being human—is learning how to recognize and manage our emotions in a healthy way. Our emotions have the power to help us grow, but they can also hold us back, especially when we've been hurt by others in the past. Elizabeth Bristol joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender on this week's podcast episode to share how she overcame her past emotional hurt. Elizabeth dealt with heartache and traumatic situations, including rape and drug use. After years of feeling stagnant in her pain, God prompted her to write down her story. It was only after she faced the pain of her past head-on and sat with it that she was finally able to recognize the loss and believe God for hope and healing. If you've been struggling with the hurt, or shame, or guilt from things that have happened in your past, we want to encourage you today that it's not too late to heal. It won't be easy, but it will allow you to shed the hurt and embrace life moving forward. Elizabeth Bristol is a passionate author, speaker, and educator. She has spent her life learning how to overcome the pain of emotional abuse and neglect through Christ-centered care. Writing about her struggles with self-esteem and her experiences as a people-pleaser and victim of abuse, Elizabeth shares her journey into a relationship with God who helped her break free from the lies that were running rampant in her head—lies like “You're doing it wrong.” God met Elizabeth where she was and began to show her how He loves her unconditionally, no matter what she's done. Now she's on a mission to help others believe that God loves them unconditionally, too. You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram @authorelizabeth.b.bristol, on Facebook @ElizabethBristolAuthor, and on her website, elizabethbbristol.com Quote of the episode: "Now I aim to forgive on a regular basis, because I like the freedom that comes with it." —Elizabeth Bristol Resources: —Purchase Elizabeth's book, "Mary Me: One Woman's Incredible Adventure with God" —Visit Elizabeth's website, elizabethbbristol.com, and wait for the pop-up to receive her video series on overcoming pain —Check out David Allender's book, "Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Do Conversations about Race Have to Divide or Can They Unite? with Torrie Sorge – 185

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 39:48


    Is there a correct way to talk about race? Biracial speaker and writer Torrie Sorge helps unpack that question. The world is now striving more than ever to recognize the unique qualities and contributions of different ethnic groups and push uncomfortable conversations about race into the open. For many, this can be an unfamiliar subject, and one that leaves many questions as we work to come to a place of deeper understanding and respect for those who have led very different lives than us. But we certainly can't charge into these conversations blindly. Torrie joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to discuss how to talk about race. Drawing from challenges with her identity as a mixed-race woman in her own life, Torrie explains how to celebrate the beauty and richness others bring into our lives simply by being who they are, and truly learn who someone is rather than what category they fall under. Torrie is a wife, mom, executive assistant, speaker, writer, and so-to-be author of her first book! With their son in college and middle school daughter at home, Torrie and her husband are semi-empty nesters. She loves connecting with others and learning their stories. When she's not working or planning her next trip to Disney, Torrie enjoys good food with great friends, cheering on her Vegas Golden Knights, catching up on a true-crime podcast, or reading one of the 6-7 books she's started. You can follow Torrie on Instagram @torriesorge, on Facebook @torriesorgewords, or on her website, torriesorge.com.   Quote of the episode: “I think what people of color really are tired of is being invisible.” —Torrie Sorge Resources: Read some of Torrie's articles —"3 Ways to Correctly Ask Someone About their Ethnicity" —"The Valentine's Day Surprise I Never Expected" —"Why You Need to Let Go and Let Your Kids Spread Their Wings" Listen to these related podcast episodes –How We Can Stand With the Black Community With Dr. Zoe Shaw – 136 –Why Your Life and Community Matters Right Now – 142 Check out this book on how to have honest conversations about race —Read Latasha Morrison's book, Be the Bridge "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29, NIV) Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    What Does Optimism Bring to a Woman’s Life? – 184

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 20:39


    We often hear about “the power of positivity,” and while it may sound like we're looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, we believe that an attitude of optimism can actually serve us well. Darlene Brock and Julie Bender sit down to chat about a woman's inherent optimistic spirit, and how it leads us to push beyond what we thought was possible. They discuss what healthy optimism looks like in each area of our lives, through motherhood, relationships, faith and our purpose; when to pair it with realism; and how it can benefit those around us.  Even now as the world looks a little murky, we know God has plans for our future, and that they are good. If there's any reason for hope and optimism, we hope that encourages you above all. Quote of the episode: “God ultimately has a purpose and has good for us, and that's where we can find our unending, unwavering positivity in this life.” —Julie Bender Resources: —Listen to Christy Wright's podcast on finding a life balance: How to Take Back Your Time with Christy Wright – 166 Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    What Are the 6 Characteristics of a Strong Woman? with Leadership Expert Jenni Catron – 183

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 37:57


    What does it mean to be a strong woman? Beyond the literal definition, a strong woman exemplifies leadership qualities in every area of her life—namely, in the way she influences those around her. Leadership expert and CEO Jenni Catron joined Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share the six characteristics you may not even know you have that make you strong. You'll be surprised to learn that often, the biggest obstacle standing in the way of our potential for growth and impact is ourselves. One of the most critical traits of a strong woman is self-awareness; only when we take a personal temperature check can we clearly see how to help ourselves make the best impact in every other facet of our lives. Jenni also discusses how to combat self-doubt and recognize your innate strengths. This is a must-listen episode for strong women, and those who want to be. Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She is also the founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, where she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health. She's written several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. Jenni loves a fabulous cup of tea, great books, learning the game of tennis, and hiking the West Coast with her husband. You can follow Jenni on Instagram @jennicatron, on Facebook @authorjennicatron, and on her website, jennicatron.com. Quote of the episode: “The more self-aware and comfortable we are with who we are, then we come with a confidence that's really compelling and not off-putting.” —Jenni Catron Resources: —Read Jenni's articles: –Stuck in a Bad Work Culture? 6 Ways to Make it Better –The 6 Qualities That Make a Female Leader Strong –How to Be a Leader You Can Be Proud Of —Grab a copy of Jenni's book: The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength —Click here to connect with Jenni for one-on-one coaching Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How Can I Connect and Communicate with My Teenager Better? with Jerusha Clark – 182

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 37:23


    Are your teenagers driving you crazy? Are there days when you wonder who replaced your sweet, small child with a taller, sarcastic stranger?  Handling the attitudes and emotions—and, sometimes, the whereabouts—of teens can be a daunting task, and one that a lot of first-time parents of teens aren't prepared for. While seeing your child blossom into a young adult can be insightful and rewarding, it can also be painful to witness the more difficult changes and crises that can often accompany this stage of life. Bestselling author and speaker Jerusha Clark sits down with Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to chat about how parents can navigate this tough time. Together, they unpack the neurological changes that occur during the teen years, as well as how you can invite dialogue, connect, and have those tough conversations.  We hope this podcast gives you the knowledge and encouragement you need to guide your child successfully through the teen years. Jerusha Clark is a bestselling author, speaker and minister to pastors and faith leaders through her and her husband Jeramy's ministry, Standing Stone Ministries. They have two young daughters, and when she's not working, you'll find Jerusha body-boarding, reading, or singing around a bonfire at the beach. You can follow Jerusha on her website, jandjclark.com. Quote of the episode: “Open lines of communication are so vital through teen years." —Darlene Brock Resources: —Click here to read Jerusha's book, "Your Teenager Is Not Crazy" Articles — Social Media Is Impacting My Child—What Can I Do About It? — Ask Dr. Zoe – Handling My Teen's Anger — A Letter to My Preteen Son, I See You Finding Your Way — All the Feels from This First-Time Mom of a Teenager — My Sons Communicated Better When I Used These 5 Techniques Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Living the Single Life: How to Love It – 181

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 28:59


    We live in a culture that puts a lot of emphasis on romantic relationships. If we're not dating or married, people assume that something must be wrong or we haven't found the right person yet. But the truth is, being single (or not) is just simply where one may be in life. It does not define you. And for those who like to arrange dates for their single friends: just because they're single doesn't mean they're available! Darlene Brock and Julie Bender sit down to unpack both the challenges and strengths of singlehood. They discuss the inherent value of being single, how to shed societal expectations, and how to live life well as a single woman, a single mom, a divorced single mom, or a co-parenting single mom.  We hope this episode encourages you in this stage of your life and helps you to recognize your own innate strengths. Quote of the episode: “At the end of the day, no man—even if he's the right man—will make you smarter or more capable than you already are." —Julie Bender Resources: —If you've recently separated, here's what you need to know about getting a lawyer: If You Can't Avoid Divorce, Can You Do It Honorably? With Attorney Leesha Newkirk Crouch – 059 For our favorite articles on being single: —To the Single Woman Searching for True Love —5 Ways to Love Your Single Life —How to Make a Happy Marriage, From a Divorced Single Mom —Learning to Love Your Single Self —9 Things I Miss About Being Single Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Why Hasn’t Your Boyfriend Proposed Or Set the Date? with Dr. Zoe Shaw – 180

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 48:50


    At Grit and Grace Life, we receive a ton of questions from women who are at a crossroads: They're in a relationship with a man who didn't propose, or seems to be dragging his feet when it comes to getting engaged or married. Because another holiday season and Valentine's Day has passed and there are some women who didn't get the proposal they were hoping for, we've decided to bring back a classic podcast episode. Dr. Zoe Shaw joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share her insight and provide some guidance for women who are wondering if it's time to walk away from their relationships. Dr. Zoe identifies six ways to determine if your man is really interested in the long term; signs that indicate marriage is no longer on his mind (if you're a forever fiance); and how to emotionally remove yourself enough to view the relationship with honesty and clarity. It's not an easy place to be, but we hope this episode encourages you to see your relationship for what it is and make the best decision for your grit and grace life. Dr. Zoe Shaw is a passionate practitioner in the field of Clinical Psychology. She is licensed as a psychotherapist and divides her time between her family life, clinical practice, virtual life, and relationship coaching, speaking, writing and hosting her podcast. You can follow Dr. Zoe by visiting her site, or finding her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as her podcast, STRONGER in the Difficult Places. Submit a question to our free Ask Dr. Zoe column. Quote of the episode: “Sometimes a guy will tell you, 'I'm not interested in marriage.' You gotta believe them when they say it." —Dr. Zoe Shaw Resources: —Listen to episode 123, "How to Embrace Love in Every Season with Debra Fileta" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Should I Keep Waiting For The Right Man? Rebecca St. James Shares Her Story – 179

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 35:25


    Every woman wants to find the right man, but finding your forever-after prince isn't always so clear cut. We wonder whether he's out there, how long it'll take to find him, and if we'll even recognize him when the moment arrives. We can even get so frustrated with the wait that we might be tempted to settle for a good man, but not the right man. But is it worth waiting for the right one? According to Christian singer and songwriter Rebecca St. James, it definitely is. She joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender on This Grit and Grace Life podcast to chat about her own dating journey and how she ultimately found her husband (and knew he was “the one” almost instantly). They also discuss what character traits to look for in the right man, how you can stay committed to the values you set for yourself without settling, and whether you're giving too many husband privileges to a boyfriend that won't commit. Rebecca St. James is a GRAMMY-winning Christian singer/songwriter, author and speaker. She is also the host of her own podcast, called Rebecca St. James Friends and Family, where she discusses marriage and parenting as a wife and mom of three. You can follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccast.james, on Facebook @RSJames or on her website at rebeccastjames.com.   Quote of the episode: “There was this soul connection where it's like he has the same spirit, same values, same heart, same true, core desires in life.” —Rebecca St. James on finding her husband Resources —Click here to check out Rebecca's podcast, Rebecca St. James Friends and Family   Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

    How Do I Build a Healthy Marriage? – 178

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 31:39


    For those who are single or dating, marriage might be seen as the answer, or the end-all be-all for wholeness and happiness. While marriage can certainly offer those things, it is so much more: it's the beginning of a lifelong relationship that requires commitment and a whole lot of work. Darlene Brock and Julie Bender get together to discuss the art of building a happy and healthy marriage through important principles like communication, open-mindedness, overcoming conflict and more. This episode isn't just meant for those who've already exchanged vows—if marriage is something you see on the horizon, you'll want to soak up this tried-and-true advice. Quote of the episode: “Marriage is the whole-meal deal." —Darlene Brock Resources: —Read the Marriage Box Myth —Tune in to Julie's marriage series, "Praying for Your Husband Daily" "Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How Do I Raise My Kids when the Culture and Bible Collide? with Dr. Jim Denison – 177

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 36:02


    Today's culture is experiencing a shift that often runs counter to biblical beliefs. As parents and women of faith, this can create challenges we weren't anticipating. When added to normal parenting duties, this shift can leave us feeling fearful or anxious toward the future our kids will grow up in. Dr. Jim Denison joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender on This Grit and Grace Life podcast to discuss how parents of faith can raise their kids confidently in an age where the culture deems biblical values oppressive and outdated. He also shares what parents can pray for, and how they can practically prepare their children to offer love and grace towards others that don't share the same values. We hope this conversation encourages you that your role as a parent in this time and season is not an accident. You are well equipped to handle the task before you. Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural scholar, pastor, speaker, podcaster and author who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens. He is also a cultural consultant for various organizations that seek a Christian worldview on current events. Prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, he pastored churches in Texas and Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jim and his wife, Janet, live in Dallas, Texas. They have two sons and four grandchildren. You can follow Dr. Denison on Instagram @dr.jimdenison and @denisonforum, or on his website at denisonforum.org Quote of the episode: "We're not cultural warriors…we're here to be grace-givers.” — Dr. Jim Denison Resources —Click here to get your copy of Dr. Denison's book, "The Coming Tsunami." —Read more about the book here. —As promised! Darlene and Julie mentioned that city dwellers in the early 20th-century used cages to expose their children to fresh air and sunlight. Here's historic evidence! Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

    Ready to Overcome Disappointment? Here’s How with Baylor Wilson – 176

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 32:14


    Disappointment hurts! Especially when what disappointed you was something you'd been working towards or anticipating for a long time. So how can we come to terms with being let down? Country artist Baylor Wilson joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender on This Grit and Grace Life podcast to share her own run-in with disappointment. After a door closed in her life, Baylor sat in the pain of rejection and grief before realizing her worth and the possibilities that awaited her after being redirected. A chance encounter following her disappointment led Baylor to a career she loves and opportunities she previously never would have expected.  When life hands us disappointments, it's easy to feel overcome with sorrow over what could have been. Instead, we hope Baylor's story encourages you to recognize your identity in Christ and embrace change as part of life—it could lead to you to prosper in ways you may never have thought possible before your disappointment. Baylor Wilson is a Christian artist whose first single, “Jesus Happened,” just debuted in 2021. She's been a country songwriter as well as a contestant on season 29 of the hit CBS show, Survivor. Baylor is newly married to her husband, James, and is a proud puppy mom to her Great Pyrenees, Willow. You can follow Baylor on Instagram @baylorwilson, or at her website: baylorwilson.com   Quote of the episode: "When you're walking through disappointment, it's not for nothing." —Baylor Wilson Resources For more on overcoming disappointment, check out: – "How to Find Strength In the Midst of Disappointment" – "How Brain Science Restored My Hope for Change" – "5 Steps for Remaining Hopeful in Seasons of Change" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    What Do I Need to Know to Begin My Weight Loss Journey? with Sharyn Saftler – 175

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 28:44


    One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to prioritize our health or lose weight. But diets and exercise can not only be frustrating—they can be ineffective if they're not right for our body. Registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor Sharyn Saftler joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender on this week's podcast episode to break down what true, healthy weight loss looks like. She discusses what the end goal might be for the individual; how to overcome shame from past failed diets; what foods and exercises are conducive to healthy weight loss; and how to cultivate respect for our bodies.  Sharyn also dives into an explanation of how the four main areas of our overall health—eating, moving, sleeping and stressing—are determined by the way we build a structure of predictability, stability, and boundaries in our weight loss plan, which ultimately help our bodies to thrive. If you're focusing on weight loss this year, we encourage you to give this episode a listen. It's full of expert tips that will help you pinpoint your body's optimal health, regardless of what the scale says. Quote of the episode: "You only get one body in this whole, wild life. So we might as well learn to work with it and befriend it, rather than constantly fight against it.” —Sharyn Saftler This episode is sponsored by "Your Good Body" by Jennifer Taylor Wagner, a great read for a healthier you.   Other Resources: —Read Sharyn's article: "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Healthy Body Image" —For helpful meal visuals, start at page 83 of The Full Plate Diet by Stuart A. Seale, M.D., Teresa Sherard, M.D., and Diana Fleming, PhD., LDN —It's Not About Broccoli  by Dina Rose, PhD —Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD —The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch Sharyn has a background in psychology and behavioral change, has her master's in Public Health, and is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Health At Every Size Practitioner. She has worked in the wellness industry for almost a decade empowering people to cultivate healthy relationships to food and their bodies so they can spend less time worrying about their health and more time enjoying it. She is a daughter/sister/wife/mom of two, book club and family bike enthusiast, and is powered by coffee, music, and playing outside in the Pacific Northwest. You can follow Sharyn on LinkedIn, or at her website: livingissimple.org Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

    This Is What We Want for You In 2022! – 174

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 26:02


    We finally made it to 2022! It seems like a feat, especially after the events of the last two years. So you might be a little apprehensive about what's in store for the next 12 months. In this podcast episode, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender chat about what they've learned since the start of 2021, as well as 5 ways that we can intentionally shape our thoughts and actions to pave the path for a more peaceful, satisfying year.  We hope you walk away from this episode with a feeling of control and anticipation for the experiences and interactions that await you—especially the good ones. Quote of the episode: “At the beginning of the year, it's a good time to refocus on where you want to put your energy.” —Julie Bender Resources: How to Find Peace and Purpose in an Out of Control World with Dr Zoe – 164 Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Does the Bible Need to Be Part of Our Lives? with Steve Wiggins 173

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 36:17


    Did you know that more than 100 million copies of the Bible are sold every year? In fact, it's the best selling book of all time, and most people are familiar with the popular Bible stories (does David and Goliath ring a bell?) even if they haven't read it. But how does the Bible actually fit into our everyday lives? Pastor Steve Wiggins joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender on This Grit and Grace Life podcast to unpack the importance of reading the Bible. They'll discuss how to find a like-minded community to study with, how to practically read the Bible on a consistent basis and find value in it. There is a transforming power in God's word, and a comfort in having a relationship, as Steve says, with the “one who holds the future.”  Steve Wiggins is a pastor and has previously served on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois; Greg Laurie's Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California; and Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He's the founder of Groundworks Ministries, a worldwide community of people committed to reading the Bible every day. Prior to his role as a pastor, Steve was the lead singer of Christian rock band, Big Tent Revival, which received 5 Grammy award nominations. Follow Steve on Instagram @wigbone or through his ministry: Groundworks Ministries Quote of the episode: "Even in the most difficult times, when I walk with the Lord and have the grounding of his Word in my life, my abundant life is richer, more doable, and more manageable.” —Darlene Brock Resources: —Start 2022 reading the Bible with Steve: Groundworks Ministries —If you're new to the Bible, click here to start with Steve's recommendation, the Gospel of John Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Do You Ever Feel Like You’re Not Enough? with Jodi Shultz 172

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 28:02


    Women have accomplished some pretty incredible things throughout history. It was women that patented windshield wipers, disposable diapers, non-reflective glass and a host of other products that benefit us to this day. And that's just a glimpse into the life changing achievements we've made. Yet, it's not uncommon for us to feel as though we're not enough. We question our value when we see other women who are prettier, doing it better, or seem to be winning at life.  Grit and Grace Life writer Jodi Shultz joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to discuss this epidemic. Jodi recalls a time in her life when she felt like she didn't measure up. Despite her efforts to hustle and rise to a prestigious position at work, those feelings never left, and she realized that our self-worth is about more than what we're doing—it's about our inherent value as determined by God. In this episode, Jodi, Darlene and Julie chat about why women feel like this, and practical ways we can settle the question of our worth once and for all.   Jodi Shultz is a wife and mom of two out of a little town in Kansas. She is a hairstylist who is extremely passionate about encouraging and inspiring her female clients, believing it to be her life's calling. The name and slogan for her business is "Thairapy—It's about more than just hair." Jodi loves providing a safe and relaxing atmosphere where women can open up about their lives and their struggles, while she prays for and speaks truth and encouragement to her clients. You can follow Jodi on Instagram @thairapist_jodi . Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.   Quote of the episode: “God didn't create us to hustle for our worth. It's something that he placed upon us.” —Jodi Shultz Resources: —Click here for Biblical affirmations of your worth —Grab a copy of The Help here —Read Jodi's article "What Happened When I Finally Heard God Whisper" —Listen to Jodi's message of encouragement: https://youtu.be/SRVoFko8inA Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Can You Embrace Your Femininity In a World That’s Against It? – 171

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 23:44


    It's not uncommon in our world today to hear mixed messages on the subject of gender. Suddenly, the distinctions between men and women are blurred, and our expressions of femininity and masculinity are dismissed as being outdated, social constructs.  But Grit and Grace Life believes differently. Darlene Brock and Julie Bender sit down for an expressive discussion about these gender wars, and instead urge women to celebrate the traits that make them uniquely female. We can thrive in the natural characteristics that make us who and what we are and embrace them. There's nothing wrong with being female—in fact, it's a superpower! Quote of the episode: “I think as women, one of our greatest tools is our ability to be empathetic and compassionate.” —Julie Bender Resources: For more articles on our unique feminine nature True Beauty is Found in a Woman's Strength The Bachelorette: A Romantic Culture in a Feminist World Anatomy of a Strong Woman Men and Women Are Equal, but Not Identical Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How Do I Deal with Grief During the Holidays? with Nancy Hicks – 170

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 38:33


    Maybe this is your first year—or one of several—trying to balance the joy of the holidays with grief over a loss. The conflicted feelings can make it difficult to celebrate or even consider being around others. Speaker and author Nancy Hicks joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to discuss how we can come to terms with our grief when the holidays are approaching. Nancy speaks from her grief journey after dealing with the loss of her son this year. She encourages us to give ourselves grace as we experience the vast set of emotions that accompany loss, and shares some ways we can cope with grief during the holidays. Nancy Hicks is a speaker, teacher, podcaster and author who works at the intersection of head, heart and soul to help women live fully alive in their faith. For more than a decade, Nancy engaged millions of viewers as an on-air spokesperson for QVC—she understands what it's like to try and balance work, marriage and motherhood. She has been featured on Hallmark's Home & Family, The Jesus Calling Podcast, as well as in Publishers Weekly, The Christian Post, For Every Mom and more. You can follow Nancy on Instagram @nancyhickslive, on Facebook at NancyHicksLive, or visit her website. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission. Quote of the episode: “The grief or sorrow will never go away, but it will soften." —Nancy Hicks Resources: "Grieving the Loss of a Loved One: What to Do and What Not to Do" Nancy's book, "Meant to Live" Phiilip Yancey's book, "Disappointment with God" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Who Is God Really? with Christian Bevere – 169

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 27:11


    For thousands of years, people have tried to answer the question, “Who is God?” It's a monumental question, and one that even people of faith still grapple with. We learn a lot about God by reading the Bible and through prayer, but how can we begin to really know Him? Darlene Brock and Julie Bender chat with Christian Bevere to discuss what it means to be a son or daughter of God and how to grasp who God is, according to who He says He is. Christian details the ways that God shows up in our lives and acts as our defender. If you've ever desired to have a bigger picture of what God looks like, we encourage you to give this episode a listen. Christian Bevere is one of the founding members of Sons & Daughters, a global movement geared toward helping young adults find adventure and purpose in their Creator. In addition to her work with Sons & Daughters, Christian is a wife, a designer and a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur. You can follow Christian on Instagram @mrschristianbevere, or at Sons & Daughters TV. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission. Quote of the episode: “God's not a genie in a bottle. But he provides for me the way a father does." —Christian Bevere Resources: Sons & Daughters' new book, "I AM" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How do We Handle the Messiness of Motherhood? with Laila Schell – 168

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 27:36


    Motherhood is messy—literally and figuratively! While moms work hard to raise healthy, happy and responsible kids, they're also dealing with the pressure to be perfect. The age of social media is unforgiving in this arena, and moms often struggle with feeling like they fall short. In this podcast episode, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender interview Laila Schell, a writer, wife and mom of four who's experienced her fair share of motherhood ups and downs. Laila expresses the importance of giving yourself grace when you feel like you don't measure up, and understanding that you don't have to be perfect to be a great mom. We encourage you to check out this episode if you need some support amid the messiness of motherhood. Laila Schell is a wife and mom of four who lives in a small farming community north of Toronto. She loves people and has always enjoyed talking to others and hearing their stories. Laila knows first hand how important it is to receive grace and of the power that God can use to transform a life. She has a passion for encouraging mothers and wives in the day to day tasks and helping them to see that even the most menial tasks are important and have a purpose! A firm believer that guacamole should never be extra and miracle whip is not mayonnaise, she uses worship music as the fuel to carry her through in life. You can read more from Laila at The Good Wives Blog, or follow her on Instagram @thegoodwife22. Quote of the episode: “Be you. You're exactly the mother God knew your kids would need." —Laila Schell Resources: Laila's beach article: Sure, It Was a Disaster… But Not a Failure   Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Can I Find Happiness without Neglecting the Needs of Others? – 167

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 25:19


    Society tells us that we should pursue what makes us happy and cut ties with those who don't agree with that or who get in our way. But does finding our happiness have to be selfish-or-self-destruct? What even defines happiness, anyway? Darlene Brock and Julie Bender offer their insights on this important topic and talk about what happiness looks like in three areas of our lives: relationships, motherhood and work. Rather than focusing purely on how to find happiness—or, to adopt Darlene's preferred term, "contentment"—they discuss how to work towards this idea in a way that balances our responsibilities and takes into consideration the impact our pursuit of happiness will have on those we really care about. Quote of the episode: “In a healthy relationship, compromise will make you better; it will help you grow." —Julie Bender Resources: Podcasts mentioned, in order How do I Connect with Friends when I Feel Alone? with Katie Cress – 165 How to Take Back Your Time with Christy Wright – 166 Real Advice Any Grit and Grace Mom Can Use Now – 134 If You Want to Grow in Faith, Try These Simple Things – 144 Faith articles mentioned Beginning Faith Battered Faith Building Faith  Articles on when to let a relationship go Dear Friend, He Doesn't See Your Worth But I Do Are You Settling for a Red Flag Guy? How to Avoid the Wrong Guy: A Checklist for Strong Women   Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How to Take Back Your Time with Christy Wright – 166

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 30:38


    "How do I find a work-life balance?" seems to be an eternal question, one we just keep circling back to as the to-do list grows longer. Whether it's our jobs, homes, family or friends, there's always something or someone who needs us. Life feels demanding and 24 hours in a day to get everything done just doesn't cut it anymore. Author and speaker Christy Wright joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to offer her take on this question—and it has nothing to do with balance at all. Taking cues from her new book, "Take Back Your Time," Christy discusses five ways that we can create time to get back to the things that are truly important to us. So whether you're feeling overwhelmed, tired or inspired to make a significant change in your schedule, you'll learn how to effectively prioritize what matters–and feel better in the process. Christy Wright is a wife, a mom, a bestselling author, personal growth expert and the founder of Business Boutique, an academy that equips women with the knowledge and resources they need to launch a successful business. She also worked on a farm, and has competed in a Latin ballroom competition. You can follow Christy on Instagram @christybwright, on Facebook @OfficialChristyWright , or check out her website.   Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission. Quote of the episode: “Life balance is not doing everything for an equal amount of time; it's about doing the right things at the right time." —Christy Wright Resources: Grab Christy's new book, "Take Back Your Time." Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How do I Connect with Friends when I Feel Alone? with Katie Cress – 165

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 25:28


    Friendships are incredibly valuable to our lives and our well-being, but they take work. Just like marriage, different seasons of life will require our attention and complicate these relationships. We might find that the dynamic has changed, or the frequency of communication has dwindled. In this episode, Grit and Grace Life writer and counselor Katie Cress joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share the steps she took to connect with friends after a cross-country move left her feeling lonely and withdrawn. In order to maintain healthy friendships—or restore frayed ones—we need to put in the time and effort to connect. If this sounds like where you're at, we encourage you to send off a simple, kind text to your friends today.  Katie Cress is a counselor and educator who moved across the country from Georgia to California after marrying her high school sweetheart at the age of 22. Because of this, she has a vested interest in Pittsburgh Steelers football, Atlanta Braves baseball and the California fashion scene. Katie makes a mean sweet tea in the summer and craves a strong Seattle brewed coffee everyday. She's also a mom of two and a writer for Grit and Grace Life. You can follow Katie on Instagram here.   Check out these articles written by Katie: This Is What Justin Timberlake Taught Me About Motherhood  How Brain Science Restored My Hope for Change Quote of the episode: “When you're patient and don't focus on the petty and actually reach out, you get to the place where you know those relationships will last through good times, bad times, absence, presence, and everything in-between." —Darlene Brock Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    How to Find Peace and Purpose in an Out of Control World with Dr Zoe – 164

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 32:36


    Darlene Brock and Julie Bender call on licensed psychotherapist and life coach Dr. Zoe Shaw to find out how we can begin to find peace and purpose in a world we can't control. It's no secret that the world feels a bit crazy right now. With everything going on in politics and the news, it's easy to feel anxious and overwhelmed in your personal life.  Rather than shrinking back, Dr. Zoe urges us to guard our minds and step into our strength and our convictions. She explains how we can better listen to others, refocus our energy out of the negative and combat the things that concern us. You can follow Dr. Zoe by visiting her site, or finding her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as her podcast, STRONGER in the Difficult Places. Submit a question to our free Ask Dr. Zoe column. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission. Quote of the episode: “That anxiety is there; we have to speak it, and then we have to walk through it." —Dr. Zoe Resources: Grab Dr. Zoe's new book, “A Year of Self-Care: Daily Practices and Inspiration for Caring for Yourself." “Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad” by John Eldridge “It's All Under Control” by Jennifer Dukes Lee  Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    We’re Back! – 163

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 14:38


    We're back! After what co-host Julie Bender calls “the shortest summer ever,” her and Darlene Brock catch up on life and give a preview of the great things in store as they return with new episodes of This Grit and Grace Life podcast. But the summer hiatus wasn't all road-tripping and mountain-hiking. The team at Grit and Grace Life spruced up the website and revamped the podcast to better meet you where you are. We've realized that the world continues to spin out of control, but we know answers can be found. The podcast takes on a new format, where Darlene and Julie pose the questions you're asking and answer them with practical steps to help you walk through your challenges and move forward in a world that's ever changing. You'll hear from some of This Grit and Grace Life's beloved guests, like Dr. Zoe Shaw and Christy Wright, as well as a few new friends who come with experiences worth sharing. So mark your calendars and join us each Tuesday as we equip you with the tips and encouragement you need to tackle this life with—what else?—grit and grace. Brought to you by The Grit and Grace Project®.   Quote of the episode: “We have seasons of life, and they're ever changing—so we have to find new roads.”  Darlene Brock Don't miss this worthwhile advice from some of your past questions: What do I do if my boyfriend didn't propose? Can I get past a betrayal in my marriage? What's the right way to discipline my toddler? https://youtu.be/FXAINPCQxfc   Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife

    Wise Words for Women in Our Grit and Grace Life – 162

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 28:03


    With life traveling faster than we can keep up, many of us are facing storms that threaten to take our joy, sanity, and peace. What we all need right now is wise words for women to handle this grit and grace life. We don’t need a quippy cliché or a half-hearted platitude but real practical truths to apply as needed. To offer that, co-hosts Darlene Brock and Julie Bender take to the mic to share six insights on life that benefit every woman. Since they are taking a recording break for a few months, they wanted to leave you with these hard-won words of wisdom. After listening to this episode, remember that there are 161 other episodes, plus more than 1,500 articles at gritandgracelife.com to catch up on. We trust you’ll have plenty to encourage you to seize and savor each day of your summer, like we plan to. We'll be back in the fall with something new that we think you'll love as we all strive to successfully live This Grit and Grace Life! Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! We also encourage you to check out Julie's show, The Julie Bender Show, wherever you stream podcasts!   Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love How to Feel Your Emotions in a Healthy Way With Dr. Zoe Shaw Would Jesus Unfriend You? 100 Things a Grit and Grace Woman Believes True Beauty is Found in a Woman's Strength Quote of the episode: "Tough times never last, but tough people do." Dr. Robert H. Schuller Check out this related episode:  How to Feel Your Emotions in a Healthy Way With Dr. Zoe Shaw – 075 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, may earn Grit and Grace Life a small commission.

    Behind Her Struggle With Alcohol With Lindsey Encinias – 161

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 33:50


    Is social drinking just a glass of wine at dinner (the answer is yes), or can it become something else (the answer is also yes)? Current statistics show that many women find themselves in a struggle with alcohol, experiencing a significant upswing after the stress of 2020. With this knowledge in hand, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender interview Lindsey Encinias, writer for Grit and Grace, who bravely shares her battle overcoming alcoholism. In this personal story, she recounts contributing factors- her family history, the tragic loss of her father while she was a teenager, and wrestling with her identity after leaving an exciting corporate role after becoming a mom. Even though it appeared her other mom friends seemed to be day-drinking on play dates as much as she was, she found she had hit rock bottom. With no place to turn, she sought help to overcome the desire that had consumed her thoughts and plans. Lindsey’s story sheds light on a growing problem that you might be facing or know someone who is. She shares the freedom she has found on the other side of this fight. We hope that telling her story will encourage women with the same struggle; they can break free, too. Lindsey is a bracelet obsessed, cheese-loving woman, passionate about sharing her wild journey in hopes of helping other women. She is a fourth-generation Texan who cheers the loudest for Oklahoma Football. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she got back to Texas as fast as she could. She now lives in the suburbs of Dallas with her two precious children and adoring husband. Lindsey is a former corporate meeting and event planner who traveled the world with bright eyes in her twenties. She will never turn down a plane ticket or the chance to plan a party! Today, her happy place is curled up watching cooking shows or reading a good book with her little family by her side. Read more of Lindsey's story here. Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love My Dad’s Suicide and the Hole in My Heart 5 Slogans From AA That Will Make Every Woman Wise Change Happens When God is in Your Addiction Recovery Raising Great Girls: How to Do the Job with Darlene Brock   Quote of the episode: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

    Behind Her Struggle With Alcohol With Lindsey Encinias – 161

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 33:50


    Is social drinking just a glass of wine at dinner (the answer is yes), or can it become something else (the answer is also yes)? Current statistics show that many women find themselves in a struggle with alcohol, experiencing a significant upswing after the stress of 2020. With this knowledge in hand, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender interview Lindsey Encinias, writer for Grit and Grace, who bravely shares her battle overcoming alcoholism. In this personal story, she recounts contributing factors- her family history, the tragic loss of her father while she was a teenager, and wrestling with her identity after leaving an exciting corporate role after becoming a mom. Even though it appeared her other mom friends seemed to be day-drinking on play dates as much as she was, she found she had hit rock bottom. With no place to turn, she sought help to overcome the desire that had consumed her thoughts and plans. Lindsey’s story sheds light on a growing problem that you might be facing or know someone who is. She shares the freedom she has found on the other side of this fight. We hope that telling her story will encourage women with the same struggle; they can break free, too. Lindsey is a bracelet obsessed, cheese-loving woman, passionate about sharing her wild journey in hopes of helping other women. She is a fourth-generation Texan who cheers the loudest for Oklahoma Football. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she got back to Texas as fast as she could. She now lives in the suburbs of Dallas with her two precious children and adoring husband. Lindsey is a former corporate meeting and event planner who traveled the world with bright eyes in her twenties. She will never turn down a plane ticket or the chance to plan a party! Today, her happy place is curled up watching cooking shows or reading a good book with her little family by her side. Read more of Lindsey's story here. Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love My Dad’s Suicide and the Hole in My Heart 5 Slogans From AA That Will Make Every Woman Wise Change Happens When God is in Your Addiction Recovery Raising Great Girls: How to Do the Job with Darlene Brock   Quote of the episode: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

    You Don’t Have to Stay Stuck Anymore – 160

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 25:25


    Life ebbs and flows. Some days are filled with excitement and hope. Then there are others where you feel just plain “meh.” When the mundane feeling lingers beyond a few days, it’s time to ask yourself if you’ve become stagnant. Since we all face these emotional roadblocks, we wanted to tackle them. The first thing Darlene Brock and Julie Bender share is a simple way to determine if you’re in an actual rut. Then, if so, how to begin the battle forward, reminding you to give yourself much-needed grace as you determine why you’re feeling this way. Next, they suggest an exercise you can use today to help you get back on track. This episode is the perfect balance of “you got this” and a reminder that sometimes it’s okay to “just be” —basically, the unique blend of grit and grace for your current place. Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love This Is How to Avoid Stagnation and Get More out of Life Stuck In a Rut? Here’s How to Get Some Perspective 7 Tips for Taking Life One Bite at a Time Quote of the episode: "Be bold and just be you and tap into your grit and grace" - Julie Bender Check out these related episodes:  Now Is the Time for a Reset – 152 and Don’t Start the New Year Stuck in a Rut – 021

    You Don’t Have to Stay Stuck Anymore – 160

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 25:25


    Life ebbs and flows. Some days are filled with excitement and hope. Then there are others where you feel just plain “meh.” When the mundane feeling lingers beyond a few days, it’s time to ask yourself if you’ve become stagnant. Since we all face these emotional roadblocks, we wanted to tackle them. The first thing Darlene Brock and Julie Bender share is a simple way to determine if you’re in an actual rut. Then, if so, how to begin the battle forward, reminding you to give yourself much-needed grace as you determine why you’re feeling this way. Next, they suggest an exercise you can use today to help you get back on track. This episode is the perfect balance of “you got this” and a reminder that sometimes it’s okay to “just be” —basically, the unique blend of grit and grace for your current place. Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love This Is How to Avoid Stagnation and Get More out of Life Stuck In a Rut? Here’s How to Get Some Perspective 7 Tips for Taking Life One Bite at a Time Quote of the episode: "Be bold and just be you and tap into your grit and grace" - Julie Bender Check out these related episodes:  Now Is the Time for a Reset – 152 and Don’t Start the New Year Stuck in a Rut – 021

    Stop People-Pleasing Now With Cherlyn Decker – 159

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 32:49


    Do other people’s opinions affect how you feel about yourself? Often find yourself trying to please others, hoping they will see you as you want to be seen? If so, you’ll appreciate this episode. Darlene Brock and Julie Bender interview Cherlyn Decker—a speaker, writer, and coach who has helped hundreds of women turn their struggles into a source of strength. They discuss everyday battles many women face: people-pleasing, mom guilt, and obsessing over what others think of them. Cheryln shares practical tools that can help you turn from these harmful habits, encouraging you to look back on past life experiences for how they “stack” on each other to help you build your confidence. Cherlyn Decker is a speaker, writer, and coach who has helped hundreds of women turn their struggles into a source of strength. Cherlyn believes that it’s only when we face our challenges that we can take back control and triumph over them. When Cherlyn isn’t busy helping women, she loves spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters at their home near Denver. Most weekends she can be found loudly cheering at her daughter’s volleyball game or curled up on the couch with a blanket, a book, and a cup of tea. Learn more about her on her site, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter! You can get her book ROAR Back: Transforming Struggle Into Strength here. Cherlyn suggested the app/tool "AnyList." Check it out here! Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love Now Is the Time to Ignite Your Confidence Ask Dr. Zoe – How Do I Stop Being a People-Pleaser To the Working Mom Struggling With Guilt Quote of the Episode: "A strong woman won't be held back by people-pleasing.” - Cheryln Decker Check out these episodes we mentioned: Stop the Mommy Wars: Every Mom is Doing Something Right – 017 and To the Working Mom: Stop Feeling Guilty – 034 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

    Stop People Pleasing Now With Cherlyn Decker – 159

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 32:49


    Do other people’s opinions affect how you feel about yourself? Often find yourself trying to please others, hoping they will see you as you want to be seen? If so, you’ll appreciate this episode. Darlene Brock and Julie Bender interview Cherlyn Decker—a speaker, writer, and coach who has helped hundreds of women turn their struggles into a source of strength. They discuss everyday battles many women face: people pleasing, mom guilt, and obsessing over what others think of them. Cheryln shares practical tools that can help you turn from these harmful habits, encouraging you to look back on past life experiences for how they “stack” on each other to help you build your confidence. Cherlyn Decker is a speaker, writer, and coach who has helped hundreds of women turn their struggles into a source of strength. Cherlyn believes that it’s only when we face our challenges that we can take back control and triumph over them. When Cherlyn isn’t busy helping women, she loves spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters at their home near Denver. Most weekends she can be found loudly cheering at her daughter’s volleyball game or curled up on the couch with a blanket, a book, and a cup of tea. Learn more about her on her site, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter! You can get her book ROAR Back: Transforming Struggle Into Strength here. Cherlyn suggested the app/tool "AnyList." Check it out here! Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love Now Is the Time to Ignite Your Confidence Ask Dr. Zoe – How Do I Stop Being a People-Pleaser To the Working Mom Struggling With Guilt Quote of the Episode: "A strong woman won't be held back by people-pleasing.” - Cheryln Decker Check out these episodes we mentioned: Stop the Mommy Wars: Every Mom is Doing Something Right – 017 and To the Working Mom: Stop Feeling Guilty – 034 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

    5 Ways to Build a Strong Relationship with Your Kids – 158

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 30:28


    The job of "mom" can be tough! A mother nurtures, disciplines, clothes, feeds and does her very best to protect, all while balancing many more jobs both in and out of the house. With each day abundantly filled, do you find it challenging to invest enough time in building the strong relationship with your kids that you desire? Mom, you are not alone! In this episode, we give five ways every mom can build that relationship at any stage of their kids' lives. We share things you can do to develop their character while making treasured and lasting memories. Darlene (mom of adult daughters, Nonie to two, with a published parenting book) and Julie Bender (former single boymom, now considering another child with her new husband) talk through what it takes. You can achieve this sometimes overwhelming but not impossible goal: creating strong relationships as you raise great kids. Viewing in an app? Full show notes here!   Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love 8 Things Moms Should Say to Raise Strong Kids To the Mom Who Feels Like It Never Ends Stepmother: The Most Difficult Job in a Family 10 Simple Things You Can Do to Raise Quality Kids Mom, You Know When Your Kid Needs a Win Ask Dr. Zoe – How Can I Parent Positively When My Kids Drive Me Crazy? Raising Great Girls: How to Do the Job with Darlene Brock     Quote of the episode: "It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” - Ann Landers Check out these episodes we mentioned: Real Advice Any Grit and Grace Mom Can Use Now – 134 and These Strategies Will Help You Raise Great Kids – 063 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

    5 Ways to Build a Strong Relationship with Your Kids – 158

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 30:28


    The job of "mom" can be tough! A mother nurtures, disciplines, clothes, feeds and does her very best to protect, all while balancing many more jobs both in and out of the house. With each day abundantly filled, do you find it challenging to invest enough time in building the strong relationship with your kids that you desire? Mom, you are not alone! In this episode, we give five ways every mom can build that relationship at any stage of their kids' lives. We share things you can do to develop their character while making treasured and lasting memories. Darlene (mom of adult daughters, Nonie to two, with a published parenting book) and Julie Bender (former single boymom, now considering another child with her new husband) talk through what it takes. You can achieve this sometimes overwhelming but not impossible goal: creating strong relationships as you raise great kids. Viewing in an app? Full show notes here!   Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love 8 Things Moms Should Say to Raise Strong Kids To the Mom Who Feels Like It Never Ends Stepmother: The Most Difficult Job in a Family 10 Simple Things You Can Do to Raise Quality Kids Mom, You Know When Your Kid Needs a Win Ask Dr. Zoe – How Can I Parent Positively When My Kids Drive Me Crazy? Raising Great Girls: How to Do the Job with Darlene Brock     Quote of the episode: "It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” - Ann Landers Check out these episodes we mentioned: Real Advice Any Grit and Grace Mom Can Use Now – 134 and These Strategies Will Help You Raise Great Kids – 063 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

    Find Healing and Freedom From Sexual Abuse With Jill Monaco – 157

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 35:03


    It can be tough to heal from trauma and pain from abuse in your past. It becomes even more challenging when you've kept it to yourself for years, hiding it from others. Author, speaker, and coach, Jill Monaco, has lived this life story and joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share her experience with sexual abuse at the hands of church leaders. She offers hope as she walks us through her road to healing. This honest discussion will help you know how to spot signs of abuse (some are clear, others more subtle) and what to say (and not say) to someone in this heartbreaking scenario. Abuse may be a part of your life story, or maybe you're listening to better understand those around you so that you can provide them with grace. No matter what your past looks like, this episode will bring more compassion and empathy and offer hope. This is a hope-filled must-listen for so many reasons. Jill Monaco is the founder and CEO of Jill Monaco Ministries. She is a speaker, podcast host, and best-selling author who developed Freedom Coaching®, a model that blends hearing God, prayer, and coaching tools. Her first book The Freedom Coach Model® went to #1 on the Amazon best seller list. She also serves singles by publishing the online magazine, SingleMatters.com and the program From Looking To Loving: Find the Breakthrough You Need So You Can Have The Relationship You Want. Purchase her book Freedom Coach Model Get the Overcoming Audio Series and Workbook Listen to her podcast In the episode, Jill mentioned two books for healing from past abuse and trauma: Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Viewing in an app? Full show notes here!   Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love Overcoming Shame from Abuse in a Grit and Grace Life A Fake Smile Will Not Cure Depression, So Do This Instead Ask Dr. Zoe – How To Interact With a Narcissist Quote of the episode: "Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.” -Linda Hogan Check out these episodes we mentioned: What Are the Unexpected Gifts of Depression? With Melissa Maimone – 095 and The Complicated Heart – Loving When It Hurts With Sarah Mae – 149 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission.

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