Chrystal is a writer, speaker, and worship leader. She has recently co-authored a book, Kingdom Woman. She is the COO of the Hurst household.
Have you ever felt a small tug inside of you that perhaps God intended far more for you? Are there passions you have set aside over the years to deal with the countless day-to-day demands that you never seem to reach the end of? You may have only felt that small tug, or you may even have had God share with you His direction for your life. In either case, you are certainly seeking clarity and practical ways to move forward with what God wants from you.Sometimes one of the greatest sources of strength in stepping forward into using your passions for ministry is simply seeing how others have done the same. Jamila Jackson, who has created a business based on encouraging others, joins me today to share her journey. Jamila is the creator of Loved and Blessed, a business centered on sending encouragement to others in boxes. Jamila’s journey to Loved and Blessed began with infertility and loss but transformed into a story of hope for herself and others. A lot of time passed between the idea God revealed to her (for boxes of encouragement) and actually bringing that idea to fruition. Almost a decade later, Jamila is now being given an opportunity to share her ministry and personal business which offers encouragement packages as well as online courses, memberships, and events.Based on her own experience, Jamila encourages others to bless their communities by being transparent and following God’s lead even when logic might tell them to give up or never even begin.I hope that our  conversation will stir up passions God has placed in you and challenge you to listen closely as God speaks to your heart. Join us to begin the journey towards turning your passions into a ministry.Highlights from Today’s Episode:Battling bareness Surrendering your dreams  Hearing from God Building a business Resources from today’s show Want to connect with Jamila? Find her on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , and on Youtube. Join Jamila’s membership and get a loved+blessed box delivered to your door every month. Use the code CHRYSTAL and get 20% off your first month!Not ready for a membership but want to shop Jamila’s boxes and products? Click here. Use the code CHRYSTAL and get 20% off your orderTake Jamila’s free course, Encourage Yourself.  It’s a mix of videos and downloadable worksheets that will give you tips on how to keep yourself encouraged.Click to Tweet You have to believe and be faithful to do what God has called you to do. – Jamila Jackson Even when the answers to your prayers are “no”, there is still hope. God still has a plan. – Jamila Jackson God has ideas for us that we do not have for ourselves – things we would never dream up. – Chrystal Hurst Other Stuff to Check OutDid you catch my last episode with Dawn Barton? Listen here.Did you tune into my live onDownload my summer activities idea guideCheck out my new book! The 28-Day Prayer JourneyNeed to encourage your soul? Try listening to the playlist I put together for my mom, Lady Lois’ WorshipInterested in supporting the content I create and enjoying bonus content?  Learn about joining my Inner Circle!My book, Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!What skills, experience, or gifts do you have that you could be sharing with another woman in your sister circle or community? When you listen intently to God, what dreams is He stirring in your heart?Who can you encourage today by reminding them they are loved and blessed?Challenge yourself to reach out and be an encouragement today with a loved and blessed box or a simple message of hope to a woman in your circle. Connect with me… Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram  How to Listen to The PodcastIf you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!
Joy. What is it exactly? Many view joy as just another word for “happiness,” but any Christian who has suffered significant losses in their life would know that a Christian’s joy runs much deeper than mere happiness. Rick Warren defines joy as “the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.” Choosing joy happens in two ways. First, you must be willing to live joyfully despite circumstances, and second, you must choose to live joyfully.My guest, Dawn Barton, knows what it’s like to have to make a conscious decision to choose joy. Dawn has a story that would have caused many to lose all hope and give up on joy. From losing a child to being raped to battling cancer, Dawn could have quickly fallen into a deep depression and never climbed out again. But that’s not what happened. Her story didn’t stop there. Dawn worked hard to climb her way to the #7 top salesperson in Mary Kay. Then, unexpectedly, she felt God calling her to take a step back from the career she had poured so much into to write a book. That choice wasn’t easy. Dawn learned that sometimes the thing you think you would be doing for the rest of your life is only what God intended you to do for a season, to prepare you for the next season.The word “joy” tends to conjure up images of everything in your life being perfect, and all your plans and dreams being fulfilled. But that’s not where joy is most readily found. It is far more often hardships that lead you to find true, abiding joy. Finding joy will take effort and energy, but when you gear up for it, it never fails to bless you. Dawn’s remarkable story of overcoming pain and loss is an inspiration to us to shift our attention away from our problems and difficulties and redirect them to a loving God who is the essence of joy. Choosing joy means letting go of things you can’t control. Holding on to those things will only bring misery, sadness, resentment, and anger–and God never intended us to live that way. You must get to a place where you choose joy. You must make a habit of looking past your current circumstances and focusing on the bigger picture. As you listen to today’s episode, I want to encourage you not to wait for things to get clearer, more comfortable, or convenient but to make the decision every day to choose joy so that you can live a life that you love. Highlights from Today’s Episode:Choosing joy in painful circumstancesTrusting in God’s direction Navigating change Responding to God’s calling Resources from today’s show Connect with Dawn Barton on Instagram, Facebook, or on her websitePurchase Dawn’s book Laughing Through The Ugly CryPre-Order my book, The 28-Day Prayer Journey Struggling with Identity? Consider Candice Payne’s session, You Belong. Click here to watch the Desperate for Jesus Conference replay.On Monday 7/27, I talked about running your race. You can watch the replay here.Click to Tweet “God can move mountains, but don’t be surprised when he throws you a shovel.” – Dawn Barton“There is joy in a tsunami of pain; you just have to look for it.” – Dawn Barton“Foster the gifts you have inside of you” – Chrystal Evans Hurst Other Stuff to Check OutDid you catch my last episode with Sheila Walsh? Listen here.Download my summer activities idea guideCheck out my new book! The 28-Day Prayer JourneyNeed to encourage your soul? Try listening to the playlist I put together for my mom, Lady Lois’ WorshipInterested in supporting the content I create and enjoying bonus content?  Learn about joining my Inner Circle!My book, Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!Have you ever experienced pain so deep you weren’t convinced joy was possible? If so, how did you overcome that situation?What are some ways you choose joy daily? What do you do when you don’t feel like choosing joy?How can you encourage others to choose joy? Connect with me… Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram  How to Listen to The PodcastIf you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!
Have you ever found yourself wondering where your battles with depression and anxiety fit into a world that says it will all go away if you believe enough? Those who face mental health battles of any kind, as well as accept Christ, sadly have been met repeatedly with a lack of understanding. Today I am talking with author and speaker, Sheila Walsh, who knows this struggle herself. After finding herself at a breaking point, despite speaking with confidants and standing firm in her belief, she entered a mental health hospital where she faced the question, “Who are you?”As Sheila discusses, although she was able to leave the mental health hospital through recovery and medication, the ability to answer that question took quite a while to understand. When asked ‘who are you now,’ she will tell you, “I am Sheila Walsh, daughter of the one true King. Her mental health journey taught her to embrace her brokenness as a gift to encourage others and let Christ’s light shine. Sheila encourages others to walk a similar path by creating and being accountable to a community of friends with which you can confide and be transparent with Christ as you come before Him in prayer, even when you don’t feel like it.Fear and anger are an immediate reaction to pain, namely depression and anxiety, in our lives; however, it can be a conduit for God’s glory. When we embrace all of our imperfections and come before the Lord with open hearts, we understand He simply wants us, not perfection. He made us and wants us to meet with Him in a bond close enough to place our arms in the air and ask to be held, as a young child would reach for his mother.   The hurt you carry, the knowledge that reaching out to a friend hasn’t been enough, the shame you fear for seeing a therapist or needing to discuss depression or anxiety with a doctor is not the life intended for you. You are a child of the one true King. He wants to meet you in your pain and walk with you as you receive the help that a therapist or doctor can provide. Are you willing to reach out for help? Are you ready to come before Christ and let Him shine through your scars? You can start right where you are. Join Sheila and I as we openly share how Christ can mend our brokenness, creating beauty. Highlights from Today’s Episode:Understanding Biblical Perspective on Mental HealthFinding  Community for Your FightPraying with a Sincere Heart  Using Prayer as a Weapon Beginning Where You AreResources from today’s show Connect with Sheila Walsh on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or on her website. Purchase a copy of Sheila’s book, Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know How to PrayLearn more about Sheila’s friend, music artist, Darlene Zschech, at  www.darlenezschech.comListen to my conversation on prayer with my dad,  Dr. Tony Evans or my conversation with Susie Larson on Powerful Prayers. Check out Kasey Van Norman’s session on Depression and AnxietyView other sessions available of The Online Sister Circle Event Check out Sara Hagerty’s session on Refreshing Your Prayer Life Click to Tweet I believe, where your scars are, there is your authority. -Sheila WalshWhen we offer our weakness and brokenness to God, somehow, in a way that only He can do, it becomes a place where He shines His light to others. -Sheila WalshOur brokenness is a far greater bridge to other people than artificial wholeness ever will ever be. -Sheila WalshBetter to have a heart with no words, than words with no heart. -John BunyanGod is not looking for perfection; he is looking for our presence. – Sheila Walsh Other Stuff to Check OutDid you catch my last episode with Art Markman? Listen here.Download my summer activities idea guideCheck out my new book! The 28-Day Prayer JourneyNeed to encourage your soul? Try listening to the playlist I put together for my mom, Lady Lois’ WorshipInterested in supporting the content I create and enjoying bonus content?  Learn about joining my Inner Circle!My book, Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!How are you currently connecting with community? What can you do to find or cultivate a community in your area? As you pray, how can you shift your words to be more transparent before God?What will it take for you to come to God, right where you are? Challenge yourself today. When your heart feels lacking, will you sit in the quiet with God and allow yourself to hear, “She came!”? Connect with me… Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram  How to Listen to The PodcastIf you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!
Your habits can either make or break you. Habits, of course, are all the things you do so routinely every day that you don’t even have to think about them—they just happen. At their worst, bad or unproductive habits (e.g., mindlessly surfing social media) can lead to days, months, and even years of wasted time. Our bad or unproductive habits cause us to fail to do what we wish to accomplish consistently. Good practices (e.g. spending half an hour reading the Bible and praying every morning) can gradually change the trajectory of our lives for the better and ensure that we accomplish far more of what we plan.I learned about Dr. Art Markman while taking a class that he taught about habits on the platform CreativeLive. You might have heard him on NPR or seen him on Dr. Phil. Dr. Art Markman is a psychologist, professor, and author whose work focuses on helping people understand how their brain works so that they can remember and create the changes they want to see in their lives. When we are trying to accomplish a goal (like writing a book or losing weight), Dr. Markman encourages us to look at two things: Our motivations and habits. Motivations can, of course, be positive or negative. You want to start going to the gym, and you want to stop eating so much unhealthy food. Accordingly, our brains’ motivation centers are made up of a “go” system and a “stop” system. The “go” system (“do x”) has a lot of energy behind it and is effective at driving your brain to action. Unfortunately, the “stop” system (“don’t do x”) is much more fallible. It takes a lot more effort for this system to come to work, and something as simple as stress can quickly shut it down. When you get stressed, you will do the most natural thing: continuing the bad habit. It’s clear that when you’re trying to change your behavior, your goal cannot be to lean on your “stop” system. That means that the key to stop doing the wrong thing is not to try to will yourself to stop, but to instead focus on starting to do the right thing. What about habits? What are they? Dr. Markman defines habits as a set of memories. To form sets of memories, you have to repeat what you’re doing again and again. Consistency is the only way to create a habit. So if you are trying to write a book or exercise, the way to accomplish it is by doing. And then doing it again. And again. That’s common knowledge. The secret that Dr. Markman shares that to create good habits, you have to enjoy them. If you do not find enjoyment in what you’re doing, you won’t keep doing it. It’s as simple as that. Dr. Markman also focuses on the dangers of perfectionism, which destroys progress. He reminds us that when we see successful people, we are rarely aware of how often they failed. So don’t lose heart, and don’t lose sight of what you’re trying to achieve. Keep track of your progress, and watch yourself growing and getting closer and closer to your goals.Highlights from Today’s Episode:Why habits are  importantStopping systematic failureHow motivation worksWhy we focus on the negativeDeveloping a  habit of continual learningResources from today’s show Connect with Art Markman on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or on his website. Purchase Art’s most recent book, Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do it Well, and Advance Your Career Consider reading other books Art has written: Brain Briefs – with Dr. Bob Duke. Answers all your questions about how the brain works and why we behave the way we doSmart Change – explores the psychological mechanisms that form and maintain habits in individuals and groups. Offers real, accessible, and actionable advice for changing habitsSmart Thinking – shows how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge when you need to get things doneIf  you want to get better at changing their behavior, you can click here to download a free copy of Dr. Art’s Smart Change journal. Click to Tweet “If you’re trying to accomplish some big goal and you’re not sure what the first thing to do is, find someone who knows how to do it and ask.” ~Art Markman“Make sure you treat yourself at least as well as you treat your friends.” ~Art Markman“It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress.” ~Art Markman“If you don’t keep track of what you’re doing, you won’t notice your improvement.” ~Art MarkmanOther Stuff to Check OutDid you catch my last episode with  Shaunti? Listen here.Download my summer activities idea guideCheck out my new book! The 28-Day Prayer JourneyNeed to encourage your soul? Try listening to the playlist I put together for my mom, Lady Lois’ WorshipInterested in supporting the content I create and enjoying bonus content?  Learn about joining my Inner Circle!My book, Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!What healthy habits do you plan on beginning? Do you have a positive motivation to begin them?In what areas of your life can you offer yourself more grace?In what concrete way will you track your progress toward a specific goal?Who are some people that are already doing some of the things that you desire to do? What can you learn from them?What is something that, later in life, you will regret not learning? How can you start learning it today? Connect with me… Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram  How to Listen to The PodcastIf you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!
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