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Heather MacFadyen

Heather MacFadyen hosts The God Centered Mom Podcast. In this podcast she interviews guests in order to connect you with people and resources that remind you, you’re not alone.
Recent episodes featuring Heather MacFadyen
Summer of Mentorship 2019 Week One :: Nancy Williams
Episode of
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
The first guest in our mentorship series is Nancy Williams**. She is known by her 9 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren to label each family gathering as "the best ever". Her phrase perfectly summarizes this podcast. The show first aired in February of 2014 (Episode 11) and was titled "Best Ever Life". Based on the title you may be surprised to discover Nancy's motherhood journey includes many trials and heartache. But she views each challenge as an "opportunity" (her word) to see the power of God at work. This interview is bursting with Truth and wisdom. Here's a brief summary of the topics we cover: How to keep your thoughts and perspective in check when your husband works long hours.Where to turn with your parenting questions.How to respond when the consequences of sin enter your children's livesHow to share a simple family tradition of gratitude and love (fabulous idea!)How to deal with mom guilt (a.k.a., the part of the podcast where I get emotional)How to help your children turn to God when you can't meet all their needs. SUCH good stuff. I was most encouraged to hear this message from Nancy: This can be the "best life ever", no matter the circumstances, if it includes eternal salvation for our children and unconditional love in our homes.  Show Notes: Nancy's "best ever" life verse-- Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. {Ephesians 3:20} If you are looking for encouragement with "that thing" you just can't defeat/restore/heal/change/overcome/undo on your own strength, then I would highly recommend, Priscilla Shirer's new book, God is Able*, which is based on Eph 3:20-21  (*Amazon Affiliate link, which means I receive a small portion of the purchase price at no additional cost to you.) Featured Sponsor: Cultivate What Matters Ever felt like you really want to plant the seeds of faith in your children's heart but you don't know how? You need something simple and easy that you can trust. You are not alone. Thousands of women all over the world have felt the same and are now cultivating the hearts of their little ones with Write the Word for Kids Bible journal from Cultivate What Matters. On July 17th, they are launching their brand new Write the Word for Kids: Fruit of the Spirit. It has everything you loved about the first Write the Word for Kids with a new theme, and including new fruit-theme stickers! Your kids will love it, too! The Cultivate team is offering Don't Mom Alone listeners an exclusive discount. Head to CultivateWhatMatters.com to order your Write the Word for Kids journal today and receive 10% off with the code DONTMOMALONE. Don't Mom Alone Live Hosted by MomComm Get your tickets now! Click Here **Don't you just adore Nancy's fabulous bun? I asked her the story, but didn't get it on the podcast. Apparently back in the 60's she had bought a gorgeous, off-the-shoulder long green dress for her husband's work event (put it on layaway...paying off $3 a month). The day of the event she put her hair up in comb rollers. Sadly, given the length of her hair (halfway down her back), the rollers got stuck. Once she got them out her hair stood up and out on all sides. She tried calming it down in a pony tail but it was still too poofy. So she kept all the hair in a ponytail, then section by section she hand rolled a curl, pinned it, until all the hair was pinned down. This hairstyle has been her signature ever since. According to a friend who sat behind her in church, there are exactly 10 curls (a regular accident...we counted again the day of the interview).
Women Can Be All-In for Jesus :: Kat Armstrong [Ep 253]
Episode of
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
Kat Armstrong, the guest from one of my most popular episodes is back on the podcast to share the message of her new book, No More Holding Back. The first question we talk about is, “Can a woman learn too much about Jesus?” A light topic, right? The greatest commandment says we have to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength — all of it. And it's the priority. It's the priority over anyone's role in our home. We have to be all-in for Jesus. We can't let our fears, our insecurities, our roles, our titles, or anything to do with our spouses impede our progress to learn about Jesus. Kat shares powerfully about our role as an image bearer of God, the importance of elevating women’s voices in our communities of faith and living completely into the assignments God gives us. We also talk about giving what we have to offer even if feels imperfect or broken in the same way that the widow in Mark 12 gave out of her need. If you have a broken heart, it counts. I have a broken heart right now about my dad. I still want to love God with it all and I don't have to have it all together or healed yet to apply it to the Great Commission. And if you have a weary soul and you're questioning your faith, you can give that to God and he counts it as worthy. If you have a confused mind. If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, decision making, and things don't make sense in your world, you can give that to God. What we chat about: Kat walking through the grief of losing her dad and how her family dynamic has changedThe refining process of book writing and about her new book, No More Holding Back.The false idea that a woman can learn too much about JesusMen and women are not in competition when it comes to serving GodLiving completely into our calling or our assignment and what God's given us to doFully embracing the way God made us and how we can purposely live into our callingsWomen can be strong and submissive at the same time because Jesus was tooThe story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12 reminds us that what we have to offer Jesus is enough even if it’s a broken heartJesus runs his economy on love. When we give, even out of our need, it’s more than enough through JesusBarriers Christian women face and how to deal with competing assignmentsInviting family and friends to be on your team when God assigns you something new and hearing God for the timing of an assignmentAsk: Who are my neighbors? Am I loving them well? How can I be equipped to love them better? Connect with Kat: Website: https://www.katarmstrong.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/katarmstrongauthorTwitter: @katarmstrong1Polished Ministries: https://www.polishedonline.org Links Mentioned: Previous episode with Kat Armstrong: Motherhood, Career, and Identity [Ep 171] BOOK: No More Holding Back by Kat Armstrong** BOOK: Wonder Women: Navigating the Challenges of Motherhood, Career, and Identity by Kate Harris**BOOK: Are Women Human? By Dorothy Sayers** **Amazon affiliate link Featured Sponsor: Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids Written by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, this family Bible is more than a children’s Bible storybook . . . it’s a deep, engaging, laugh-out-loud gospel experience. The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids will guide readers from Genesis to Revelation, retelling beloved Bible stories AND tackling tricky questions like “What is sin?” and “What is the Trinity?” Each story is vividly illustrated, takes just five minutes to read, and includes a family connection to encourage family Bible study and help readers learn, talk, and pray together! PLUS, bonus content connects the dots of each Bible story, making the Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids a family devotional Bible that provides a big picture, applicational view of the Biblical narrative. Featured Sponsor: FabFitFun Who else has tried FABFITFUN? If you don’t already know about it, it’s a seasonal box, with full-­size beauty,
The Ministry of Presence in a Broken World :: Tess Clarke [Ep. 252]
Episode of
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
After my recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, I’m so excited to introduce you to Tess Clarke. We process some of what we learned on the trip to visit refugees from Central and South America and hear about the work Tess and her husband are doing with their non-profit, Seek the Peace. Tess feels called to a ministry of presence in the same way that Jesus enters into our lives. It doesn’t mean that the circumstances are changed, but He takes away our aloneness, our guilt, our shame and our fear by being present with us in those hard circumstances. The numbers are staggering and everyone knows that this is an overwhelming issue. Which is why I think we can't become jaded and paralyzed, but we have to keep looking at it from a human point of view. When we were in Oaxaca, a lot of it was really about learning why people were fleeing and what their lives looked like and what they were hoping for when they came to the United States. Every person I had an opportunity to talk to said, 'I want to be safe.' No matter where you may fall politically on the issues of immigration and the current refugee crisis, I think Tess’ perspective on entering into the broken places and loving the marginalized and lonely around us can bring us together as believers. It has made a big difference in my own parenting when I invite my kids into loving others. Something my kids and I talk a lot about is the line in the Lord's prayer, ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ And we asked Jesus, show us where heaven is not. Show us where heaven is lacking. Lead us there because we want to join you in that space and we want to do what we can to bring heaven there. What we chat about: Tess, her family, their non-profit Seek the Peace and her role at We Welcome RefugeesThe work Tess and her organization have done at the border. Seeking to understand the plight of refugees and the work and role of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)Family separation of refugees at the border and the humanitarian crises happening in Central and South America that are causing an increase in the number of refugeesStories from refugee centers at the border of South TexasTess feels called to a ministry of presence in the same way that Jesus enters into our lives. The trip Heather and Tess made to Oaxaca, Mexico to visit refugees there A poem by Warsan Shire about why people leave their homes as refugeesThe legal ways to enter America are being shut down by the current administrationOur experience visiting the unaccompanied minors shelterFemicide, being killed because you are a woman, is a big cause of death in MexicoPartnering with Jesus to love the marginalized and bring Heaven to EarthThe call of God to love the oppressed and care for the broken in Isaiah 58 Connect with Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees: Seek the PeaceWebsite: https://seekingpeace.org/Facebook: www.facebook.com/SeekThePeaceInstagram: @seekthepeaceWe Welcome RefugeesWebsite: https://wewelcomerefugees.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeWelcomeRefugeesInstagram: @wewelcomerefugees Links Mentioned: Seek the Peace ShopGlobal Immersion Project: https://globalimmerse.orgJoin the Welcome Private FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/welcome.womengroupJustice Curriculum for Kids: Text “WeWelcome” (one word) to 44222 Featured Sponsor: FabFitFun Who else has tried FABFITFUN? If you don't already know about it, it’s a seasonal box, with full-­size beauty, fitness and lifestyle products. The box I received is epic. Each season’s box features a variety of amazing, quality brands like Tarte, Kate Somerville, Anthropologie, Free People, Dr. Brandt and that’s just the beginning of it. Don't miss out, because they sell out fast. Check out www.FABFITFUN.com and use the code mentioned in the middle of this episode so you can save $10 off your first box, making it only $39.99. You deserve to treat yourself!
Gospel-Focused Conversations :: Joel Fitzpatrick [Ep. 251]
Episode of
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
Just in time for Father’s Day we have a great conversation with Joel Fitzpatrick, a pastor and author, who encourages dads (and moms) to have gospel-focused conversations with their sons. There’s power in having conversations with your kids that opens up your relationship. It’s a freedom that gives your kids a safe place to talk to someone. But then it also gives you the ability to speak God's truth into their lives. We talk about the barriers that keep us from going deep with our kids and how to fight back against the fear and complacency that can become commonplace. Joel also shares how Jesus is the ultimate picture of biblical masculinity and how to be an emotionally safe parent for your son or daughter. We need to be very careful with our emotions when our kids come and they confess their sins to us. When your son comes to you and he's been angry, you need to be careful not to respond in anger, but to respond with love and with kindness and with using your strength to provide a place of safety. This is an episode that would be perfect to share with your spouse and the dads in your life. Joel shares a lot of truth for both moms and dads about how we can stay actively engaged with our kids and keep the gospel message at the forefront. For more on this topic, Joel has a new book out called Between Us Guys. Also, my recent podcast with Vicki Courtney [Ep 239] has some more great information on having deep conversations. As Joel shares, it comes down to setting aside intentional time to go deep with our kids. What step can you make this summer to have a gospel-centered conversation with your son or daughter? What we chat about: Joel’s background as a construction worker and as a ministerWhat are gospel conversations and how do we have them with our kidsHow to fight against fear and complacency to continually engage with our kidsBiblical masculinity vs worldly masculinityWorking with a son who is displaying aggression and violenceKeeping our emotions in check when we’re having tough discipline conversationsLook at your kids’ lives as a timeline and not a snapshotLearning to process emotions in a healthy way with our kidsBeing aware of your sons’ emotions and actively engaged with how he is processing themTeaching sons how to think about and interact with women in light of the gospel Connect with Joel Fitzpatrick: Website: https://www.joelfitzpatrick.coTwitter: @joeldfitzInstagram: @joeldfitzPodcast: Front Porch with the Fitzes Links Mentioned: Book: Between Us Guys: Life-Changing Conversations for Dads and Sons**Book: Emotionally Healthy Relationships**Podcast: [Ep 219] Idols of Motherhood :: Elyse Fitzpatrick **As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Featured Sponsor: Val Marie Paper It doesn’t matter how much we want to pray more, making it actually happen is hard because it’s noisy out there. Even behind closed doors of our prayer closet, our mind can still keep us distracted. Maybe these are your goals for your prayer life too: PRAY MORE / ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS / FIND FOCUS AND ULTIMATELY EXPERIENCE A DEEPER CONNECTION WITH GOD You might think the term “prayer warrior” is reserved for that girl on Instagram who’s daily gleaning wisdom from the Bible over a delicious cup of coffee. Or maybe “prayer warrior” makes you think of the friend you always know will pray for you.  Here’s the truth and some good news: Being a prayer warrior is a learned skill and I want to set you up with an amazing tool to learn it! Yep. Even in this noisy world full of all it’s distractions.  Our undated prayer journal can be started at any time throughout the year and makes a great gift for birthdays or just to have on hand for that unexpected gift needed. The size is perfect to tuck in your Bible or purse!  Check out the Compose Prayer Journal and other products. Get 10% off using the code mentioned in this episode.
Setting Healthy Boundaries with Family :: Dr. John Townsend [Ep. 250]
Episode of
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
As moms, we are like a life support system for our kids. To keep our families healthy, we need to be healthy. A key part of our overall well being is setting healthy boundaries. But boundaries are hard. They require uncomfortable, direct conversations. We may need to put a limit on really good things or draw a line in the sand with our in-laws or parents. My guest, Dr. John Townsend literally wrote the book on boundaries and he shares some deep wisdom on how to set healthy boundaries while honoring our family members and others. You've got to take care of your energy, your heart and your emotions. You've got to take care of yourself and your health. If you don't guard that heart, then the wellsprings of life won't come out from it. Boundaries are basically about how to set healthy, loving limits in our life. So we have something to offer to our children. Townsend answers your tough questions about set limits with in-laws, making healthy boundaries for the holidays and even models having a tough conversation with a parent about a boundary. This is an episode packed with great information and Townsend has several books and resources available if you want to go deeper. Let’s make setting healthy boundaries a priority and guard our hearts and our time to bring life to our family! What we chat about: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23Setting boundaries is guarding our wellspring of life so we can love our kidsHis book, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your LifeIs setting boundaries biblical? YES!The difference between hurting and harming someone when it comes to setting boundariesHonoring vs obeying your parents as an adultWhat it looks like to have a boundary setting conversationConveying love in hard conversations and not getting hijacked with emotions or blameGiving three chances when you set new boundaries and how to have consequences when they aren’t respectedTurning to spiritual family when biological family isn’t what your kids needKeeping the lines of communication open with grandparents and communicating boundaries in love Looking for mild, moderate and severe reactions to suggestions and boundary settingSuggestions for setting healthy boundaries for the holidaysThe idea of people fuel and relational nutrients that help us fuel up Connect with Dr. John Townsend: Website: https://drtownsend.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/DrTownsendsPageInstagram: www.instagram.com/townsendnow Links Mentioned: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life**Relational Nutrients: http://relationalnutrients.comPeople Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love and Leadership ** Pre-order now **As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Featured Sponsor: FabFitFun Who else has tried FabFitFun? If you don't already know about it, it’s a seasonal box, with full-­size beauty, fitness and lifestyle products. The box I received is epic. Each season’s box features a variety of amazing, quality brands like Tarte, Kate Somerville, Anthropologie, Free People, Dr. Brandt and that’s just the beginning of it. Don't miss out, because they sell out fast. Check out www.FABFITFUN.com and use the special code mentioned in this week's episode to save $10 off your first box, making it only $39.99. You deserve to treat yourself! Featured Sponsor: Val Marie Paper It doesn’t matter how much we want to pray more, making it actually happen is hard because it’s noisy out there. Even behind closed doors of our prayer closet, our mind can still keep us distracted. Maybe these are your goals for your prayer life too: PRAY MORE / ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS / FIND FOCUS AND ULTIMATELY EXPERIENCE A DEEPER CONNECTION WITH GOD You might think the term "prayer warrior" is reserved for that girl on Instagram who's daily gleaning wisdom from the Bible over a delicious cup of coffee.
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Dallas, TX, USA
Episode Count
317
Podcast Count
6
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6 days, 21 hours