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What is the biggest challenge you face in maintaining your health? The pursuit to be healthy — whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually — can be a challenging journey. It’s even more challenging if your motive is to look healthy at the risk of actually being healthy.What if you changed the mindset you have about reaching your health goals? What if you stopped going to the gym to get “summer ready”, to develop that six-pack, to fit into those jeans  (you know, the ones that have been in the back of the closet for a few years), to impress the man you hope is attracted to you or win back the affection of your husband? What if your goal in taking care of you was simply to be healthy? I get it. We want to feel good. We want to be happy. We want to enjoy the skin we are in. And sometimes that causes us to seek external validation while still feeling internally depleted. If you’ve lived just a little bit of life, you know you can clean up well on the outside and still feel empty on the inside. My guest today knows all about looking healthy but not feeling healthy. Chalene Johnson is an author, motivational speaker, and health expert. In her most recent book, The 131 Method, Chalene helps readers discover what works for their bodies. She has learned what it takes to establish a personalized nutrition solution to boost metabolism, restore gut health and lose weight and is sharing helpful information on the podcast.We were each designed uniquely by God. We behave differently, we learn differently, and we develop differently.  So why would it be a surprise that we can’t all eat the same and expect that every person would have the same result?Freedom y’all. The word is F-R-E-E-D-O-M.Chalene wants to free you from the food rules. Learn your body. Do the work of discovering what does and doesn’t work for you.Highlights from Today’s Episode:Be an expert of your own body Look beyond the calories Maintain your healthy weight Improve your gut health Click to Tweet It is remarkable what your body will do for you when you stop fighting against it. – Chalene Johnson If you don’t know what it means to be healthy, you can figure it out. – Chalene Johnson Health is not just about weight, diet, and food. It’s different for each person. – Chalene Johnson Resources From Today’s Show Connect with Chalene on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or on her website Pick up a copy of Chalene’s latest book – The 131 MethodLearn more about The 131 Method Listen to Chalene’s podcast, Ask Chalene. Other Stuff to Check OutGrab one of my latest books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  28 Days of Prayer, or Kingdom Woman!Did you miss Episode 216 with Valorie Burton?! Click here to listen!Interested in supporting the content I create?  Learn about becoming a co-producer!Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERELet’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!What is the most important objective for you right now in regard to your health? What is the biggest challenge you have in maintaining your overall health? What have you learned that works well for you? 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!
Are you struggling to get going even though we are at the start of a brand new year? Has the hustle and bustle of the holiday season left you a tad exhausted or low on energy? Have you been feeling stuck because it’s yet another January and the goals you have this year are the same ones you had last year? I get that totally.So today I want to offer some practical help to get you going. Listen girl, we don’t have any time to lose and I want to give you something that’s very doable that can make all the difference in your day, your year, and your life.I want you to show up! And on today’s podcast, I’m gonna tell you how.Highlight from Today’s Episode:What it takes to get goingThe importance of your “one thing” Why it mattersResources From Today’s Show Join Chrystal’s email list Pre-Order Show Up for Your Life  ==> General Links If you haven’t already grabbed your free download, you can do so by clicking here!Did you miss episode 200?! Listen here. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HEREGrab my latest book, She’s Still There!Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony EvansLet’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!Is showing up for your 2019 hard? What makes it hard or not so hard?What’s your one thing?In what way do you need to show yourself grace this year?Who can you share what you’ve learn or are learning with? 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!
If you are looking for the link to the Ultimate Bundle CLICK HERE!   This week I’m talking with decorating extraordinaire, Carrie Langemeier! On today’s podcast, I talk with Carrie about decorating the home. She gives you a few ideas for how you might be able find decor that works for you!  I’m convinced that decorating is not by gift but my conversation with Carrie reminded me that it doesn’t have to be! Carrie gives tips on how to learn what you like. She shares how our personality and needs play a key role in our direction for decorating. Decorating should be intentional but it can also be fun! Whether your designing on a dime for the first time or looking to give an old space a fresh and new look, this podcast is for you! And even if  you have no desire to decorate and just reading about it makes you want to crawl into a ball, I truly believe this podcast will be both helpful and freeing for you. It may be much more simple than you think Highlight from Today’s Episode: Create a warm and comfortable environment Designing on a dime Repurpose what you already have Quick Links  ==> Resources from Today’s Show Houzz.com Some of Carrie’s go to places to shop for decor: Marshalls, Ross, Tuesday Morning People gravitate to cozy places. Carrie Langemeier (click to tweet)  ==> General Links  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Did you miss last week’s podcast?  Check it out here! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! What is your biggest challenge with decorating your space? What tips, tricks, or hacks do you have for designing on a dime? Do you consider yourself  to naturally have a good eye for decorating  or do you find it to be challenging? And no judgement here. It takes all types to make the world go round! Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
This week we tackle another #lifehack for living — mastering meal time. I’ve got to eat. You’ve got to eat. All God’s chillun’ need to eat. Food is a fact of life but many face making meals with a little bit of trepidation, frustration, or overwhelm. We are supposed to eat every stinkin’ day three to six times a day.  That’s a lot! So what can we do to make the preparation of our meals a little easier, simpler, faster, and “gooder”. I don’t know anyone who cares nothing about the food that we eat.  We may not all like everything or the same things but everyone I know likes something. But in order to nourish our bodies for this life we have to live, we must learn to master the making of these meals first. On today’s podcast, I’m joined by two long term friends who I’ve admired for their commitment to the kitchen. They both are busy but make time to ensure that they feed their people well. During a free flowing conversation between friends, we come up with a solid ten ways that you can master your own meal time. And you know what?  You and I should master our meal time.  We’ve got to eat everyday so we might as well make it easier, make it simpler, and make it “gooder“. S. Truett Cathy of Chick Fil A is quoted as saying, “Food is essential to life, therefore make it good.”  (Click to tweet). Well I agree. So on today’s podcast, I share both principles and practical tips for mastering your meal times so that you can have less stress in the kitchen while keeping good food rolling out of the kitchen as you cook.  Cook for yourself?  Cook for a spouse?  Cook for a houseful of people?  No matter.  We all have to eat. This show is for you. Highlight from Today’s Episode: Ten ways to make meal time easier. How you can keep meal planning and prep simple. One tool that you shouldn’t be without. Quick Links  ==> Links for Today’s Show Recipe Links CopyKat.com A Year of Slowcooking A Taste of Home Campbell’s Recipe Site AllRecipes.com Recipe Planning Helps Saving Dinner – Get dinner ideas mailed to you Plan to Eat – Save meals from the internet and have your grocery list make itself! Build-a-Menu – Get breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals based on your food preferences. Prep Dish – Get a menu plan and grocery list for  gluten-free & paleo dishes. Fix It and Forget It Cookbook – 700 Recipes for Crockpot cooking.  ==> Three weeks of menu plans courtesy of Jailynn Smiley~ Week 1 Sunday – Lasagna, Spinach Salad Monday – Breakfast for Dinner Tuesday – Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Crusty Bread Wednesday – Sausage/Peppers/Onions and Skillet Potatoes, Tomato/Cucumber Salad Thursday – Pork Chops, Spinach and Corn on Cob Friday – Salmon Patties, Skillet Potatoes, Green Salad Saturday – Pinto Beans w/ Sausage, w/ Cornbread Week 2 Sunday – Roast (Crockpot), Carrots, Green Beans Monday – Chicken Tenders, Home Fries, Green Salad Tuesday – Mac & Cheese with Ham & Sweet Peas Wednesday – Ham Steaks, Baked Beans, Green Salad Thursday – Pizza, Salad and Fruit Friday – Open Faced Hamburgers, Fruit Saturday – Corn Dogs, Fruit Week 3 Sunday – Pasta Bar Monday – Potato Bar Tuesday – Taco Bar Wednesday – Salad Bar Thursday – Potato Bar Friday – Breakfast Bar Saturday – Sub Sandwiches, Fruit  ==> General Links  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Did you miss last week’s podcast?  Check it out here! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! What is your biggest challenge with getting your meals made? What tools do you use to keep your recipes straight and to keep new meal time ideas coming? What habits have you developed that make mealtime easier in your house? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
Hey there!  If you are looking for the 21 Day #FATDEMON Challenge Printable CLICK HERE! For the next few weeks we’ll be talking about different lifehacks you can use to more effectively live your life. In fact, I think lifehacks are so much practical fun so I’ve included a BUNCH of links in these show notes to add some practical help to your life.  Don’t forget to scroll down! So what exactly is a “lifehack”? The dictionary defines it this way: ˈlīfˌhak/ a strategy or adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.  any trick, shortcut, skill, or method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. We all know that we should have goals — short term, mid-term, and long term goals — but sometimes getting to our goals gets lost in the middle of trying to get through our day! On today’s podcast while I acknowledge the important of having goals and S.M.A.R.T. goals to be exact (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and Time bound), I also discuss a simple way to view keeping what’s most important in front of you and getting things done everyday. However you go about setting goals or prioritize what’s most important, on today’s show I talk about the importance of writing your dreams, your “to-dos”, and your “have-tos” down. But writing things down doesn’t have to be had!  First you create a brain dump, then you organize your thoughts.  Most importantly, you consistently review what you’ve dumped and organized so that the urgent doesn’t eclipse the important in your life. Today we discuss resources that will help give you clarity on what’s truly important in your life and I share tools that will help you keep the important things in full view.  This practical podcast will give you an inside scoop on how I get things done in my life and what I’ve learned about moving through your life with purpose. Highlight from Today’s Episode: How to create a brain dump How to organize all of the things you want to do, need to do, or have to do, into areas of focus Practical tips for keeping the more important parts of your life and your day on your mind. Communicating priorities with your family or with your colleagues.   Quick Links  ==> Links for Today’s Show Resources for managing your life… The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst Getting Things Done by David Allen The One  Thing by Gary Keller The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren  ==> Quotes from today’s show {Click to tweet} Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal. -Elbert Hubbard Consistently show up to look at your life – Chrystal Hurst Space to think is a gift to your life each and every day. – Chrystal Hurst  If you are not careful to pay attention, the urgent will always eclipse the truly important. – Chrystal Hurst  Tools for managing your life… Productivity Apps – Wunderlist, Asana, and 1Password Digital Calendars: iCal,  Google Calendar, or Outlook My favorite notebook: Moleskin Weekly Planning Calendar Family wall calendar:  Amy Knapp’s Big Grid Family Wall Calendar Check out my brain dump from 2007 a.k.a.#abeautifulmind – Master Task List. You can keep your brain dump on paper, in any word processing program, or in Evernote. My favorite spiral notebook – Mead Five Star Personal Spiral Notebook. My favorite way to organize my notebooks – The Bullet Journal  (be sure and search for “bullet journal” or “bujo” on YouTube, Pinterest, or Instagram… the creative way people personalize their systems will blow your mind!) Want a simple head start on creating your own “Master Task List”, check out Glynnis Whitwer’s blog for a ten day simplicity challenge where she teaches you how! Check out the Coach Your Hands podcast from a few weeks ago if you missed it! Want to use your brain dump to plan your summer? Check out this podcast.  And don’t forget!  Even the Bible tells us to write things down!.  ==> General Links  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Did you miss last week’s podcast?  Check it out here! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans 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 made a brain dump? What are your favorite tips and tricks for getting things done? Is there an app that you love to use?  I’m an #appjunkie!  Share it with me… I’ll probably try it! How do you stay organized with your time and your plans? What tools do you use to corral your thoughts and bring them down to a manageable level? Do you have a favorite notebook, pen, or system? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
Episode 100 is here! Today, I was the guest on my show. It  was very uncomfortable but I had a great host and a lot of fun. My friend, Courtney DeFeo came up with some questions of her own and put me on the hot seat. We talked a little about my next book, which will release in August of this year. I clue listeners in to some of my “dream guest” for coming episodes and I share some of what God has been teaching me lately.   I can’t say I imagined recording episode 100 when I pushed my very first podcast episode into the world back in 2014 but we’re here! We’ve shared a lot of stories, tips and truths. We’ve had hard conversations and we’ve laughed…a lot. And I’m so thankful you’ve joined me on this journey. I believe that each of us have stories that are worth telling and I hope that the stories I’ve told or shared have been and continue to be helpful and inspiring to you. I hope you enjoy hearing from me today, as I sit in the chair as guest on today’s show! Let’s Talk! What has been your favorite podcast and why? What topic and/or guest would you like to hear from in the future? Have a question you’d like for me to answer on a future podcast? Share your question with me HERE. Highlights for Today’s Episode: A sneak peak into my next book Dream guest for future podcasts What God has been teaching me  ==> Quotes from today’s show {Click to tweet} Life is too short not to have fun.  – Chrystal Hurst  We all have stories that are worth telling. – Chrystal Hurst  Don’t get so busy checking off your own boxes that you forget that God has called you to help others check off theirs. – Chrystal Hurst   ==> Resources from today’s show Connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. Your Powerful Prayers podcast with Susie Larson Kingdom Woman by Tony Evans and Chrystal Hurst  => Want more? Did you miss my last podcast? Click Here to Listen  Want to receive my blog posts in your inbox? CLICK HERE Want to read my book? Check out Kingdom Woman! Connect with me…  Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram How to Listen to The Podcast If 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! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! 3. Share today’s show – I could use your help with getting the word out there about my new podcast.  Would you take a minute to share today’s post?  Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post. Thanks! Can I ask you a favor?  However you found me, will you 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!  Thanks in advance for your help!
What do you when you have had cancer not once, not twice, but three times?  What do you choose to believe about God?  What do you choose to believe about yourself when you are dealing with a disability or physical challenge of some kind? This honest conversation offers authentic answers to these questions as Michele Cushatt shares what she’s learned from the challenging road she’s traveled. Michele and I have talked before about what it meant to go through the difficult times.  Today we talk about what it has meant for her to move forward in a life that has changed because of the hardship she has faced in her life. We have an honest discussion about what it means, even now, to honor the girl in her. What does it mean to “come back to life”  after tragedy, loss, difficulty, or pain?  How do you take care of you without feeling guilty?  How do you embrace both the grief and the joy that are apart of your experience without becoming bitter or being numb? This podcast is packed full of wisdom from a woman who has been through so much and yet still believes that God has her right in the palm of His hand.  The wonderful thing is that we are all in the palm of His hand and can learn to rest and trust in Him even in the darkest of days. Highlight from Today’s Episode: How to make room for both grief and joy What meditation is and why you shouldn’t be afraid to dry it How to take care of you without feeling selfish Practical ways to be a good steward of your body. Quick Links  ==> Click to Tweet  Our scars make us. They build us. They give us our testimony. – Chrystal Hurst There is worship in grief as well as in gladness. – Michele Cushatt Without both grief and joy, we will not live fully aware and alive. – Michele Cushatt God is real.  He is good, he can be trusted. – Michele Cushatt Create safe spaces for honest conversations. – Michele Cushatt  ==> Resources from Today’s Show Pre-Order She’s Still There now! Goodies disappear on August 7th! Connect with Michele Cushatt on Facebook, Instagram,  or Twitter Listen to my first podcast episode with Michele Cushatt! Buy Michelle’s Book! – I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is  ==> General Links  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Did you miss last week’s podcast with Tammy Franklin?   Check it out here! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! How have you changed as a result of someone else’s struggle?  Who are you now? How are you different than you were a year ago? Five years ago?  How do you create healthy boundaries for yourself? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
What do you do when the feelings, emotions and hurts of your childhood refuse to go unaddressed for another minute? What do you do when the thoughts in your head about yourself do not agree with what God says about you? What do you do when you realize your childbearing years are behind you, but the desire to mother a child is still deep within you? We dig into these topics and so much more today with Lisa Harper. Lisa is an intentional single mother of 8-year-old Missy who she adopted from Haiti when Lisa was 50 and Missy was 5. She’s a writer and Bible teacher with a beautiful vocabulary, and she is hilarious! Listen in to hear how God walked with Lisa and held her close as she dealt with the pain she stuffed away for over 20 years. You’ll also hear Missy’s adoption story and how God has brought healing and hope to a village in Haiti through Missy’s testimony.  Lisa shares that God wants us to be happy and that there are steps we can take to make happiness a reality in our lives – even in the midst of struggles. If you need practical steps to get rid of shame and walking in happiness, this is the episode for you. Lisa is full of wisdom and wit and you’ll want to listen to more than once. Highlight from Today’s Episode: Lisa’s testimony of healing and restoration from years of abuse Three practical steps to get rid of shame and guilt in your life How to walk in gratitude and embrace biblical happiness Resources From Today’s Show  She’s Still There by Chrystal Hurst The Sacrament of Happy by Lisa Harper Find Lisa Harper on her website , Instagram, Twitter  or Facebook. Check out the C25K app.  ==> Click to Tweet  God wanted me to see that the key to my prison door was inside my cell the entire time. Lisa Harper  Pain is information. You have to choose whether or not you will pay attention to your pain. Chrystal Hurst  You will always run in the wrong direction when you don’t find joy and contentment in Christ. Lisa Harper  Don’t let the disappointment of unmet desires stop you from living your life for Christ. Chrystal Hurst  Frisk your thoughts. Get your butt out of the rut. Develop the sacrament of gratitude. Lisa Harper  God is always moving toward us with a smile. Lisa Harper  Happiness is not a personality type – happiness is available to everyone. Lisa Harper  Heal your trauma, don’t embrace drama. Lisa Harper  I want everything that God has for me. I don’t want to miss anything! Lisa Harper   ==> General Links  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Did you miss last week’s She’s Still There Story with Mandisa Hundley, Check it out here! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! What emotions have you allowed to go unaddressed? What feelings in your heart or thoughts in your head do you need to redirect? What is one practical way you could do that? What does walking in biblical happiness look like for you? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
What does it mean to grow in grace? It’s the worst when you have a cord to charge your phone and the phone won’t charge. Have you ever had that happen?  Then you start the hunt to figure out if there is something wrong with cord, something wrong with the port/plug or something wrong with your phone!  Recently this happened to me,  I was on a plane and settled in to my seat.  My phone was low on juice so I looked around for a USB port in which to pop my cord and was overjoyed to find this plane did indeed have one! Half an hour later, we were up in the air and I discovered my phone was still losing power.  It would die soon.  I was perplexed because my phone had been plugged in the whole time. I then discovered that while the cord had been inserted into the USB port, it wasn’t actually connecting to the power.  The port was too loose and wasn’t making contact with the appropriate spots on my cord to provide power to my phone. The cord wasn’t intimately connected with the USB. It was close. It was touching… some. But it was not maintaining a tight connection that would transmit power. I have to honestly tell you that even after recording today’s podcast, I’m more deeply convicted about what I’ve shared, that I do indeed know, but need to do a better job of putting into practice.  Maybe you, like me, get close to making a connection.  You go to church.  You are involved.  You listen to the Christian music or listen to Christian radio stations. You crack open your Bible, your Jesus Calling, Daily Bread, or whatever devotional(s) are perched on your nightstand. But you don’t have power. Or you only experience it intermittently. How do you move from accepting the grace of God to experiencing it in a way that it produces growth and change in you?  How do you receive the power of God’s grace operating in your life. On today’s podcast, I talk about what I understand but am personally continuing to work on.  Connection… but more than connection… intimate connection because of my choice to abide, consistently and intentionally, in my relationship with Jesus Christ. What does growing in grace mean?  What does it require?  Why does it matter? If you desire to have the grace of God change you, today I talk about the mechanics of how that happens. How do you stay intimately connected to God?   Simply put, you hear what He says, believe what He says, and do what He says. Today I talk about three areas in which we can be partakers of the grace God offers and also one major problem we all face that may keep us from fully experiencing the grace of God and growing to spiritual maturity in it. Because if there is power and abundant life available, don’t you want to plug intimately into it and be changed?  I know I do. 1 Peter 3:18 says, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ“.  Join me in the second part of this month’s series as I discuss what growing in grace means, how we can experience it, and how we can address stalled growth in our Christian life.   Highlight from Today’s Episode: How to grow in grace What gets in the way of our growth The solution to experiencing grace Resources From Today’s Show  She’s Still There by Chrystal Hurst Read 1 Peter 1:1-10 in the NASB or The Message Check out the devotional, Growing by Grace from my church’s series on grace. Want to discover more ways to study the Bible?  Check out this post:  20 Ways to Read the Bible  ==> Thoughts to Tweet  You grow in grace through the power of God’s Word, prayer, and being in community with people. In order to fully experience the grace of God, you must intentionally create space for intimacy and consistent connection. Faith is acting like God is telling the truth – Dr. Tony Evans    ==> General Links  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Did you miss Part 1 of The Magnificent Grace of God. Check it out here! Also, last week was a “double header”!  Listen to my interview with Tricia Goyer! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! Do you feel as if you are consistently and intimately connected to God?  Why or why not? How do you see God’s power at work in your life? What was your main takeaway today as you listened to today’s podcast? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
What do you do when the unexpected pops up and changes your daily routine?  A lot of us may complain and give the unplanned the power to ruin the rest of our day, maybe even the rest of our week!  You actually have the power to choose! Unexpected surprises — big or small — don’t have to throw you completely off course. There is still hope that God can work everything together for the good in your life. The deciding factor is what you choose to feed — fear or faith. Today, I’m chatting with Chris and Emily Norton who have both walked through massive curveballs of their own and found the ability to persevere by focusing on the power of faith and positivity. Chris was injured permanently while playing college football in 2010. He never let that stop him from walking across the stage at graduation or even finding the love of his life. Emily and Chris’ most recent book The Seven Longest Yards chronicles their journey together down the aisle and beyond.  As they parent 5 adopted girls and foster many other children, their focus is: “Living our life and following what God’s calling us to do.” They’ve learned that there is beauty in surrender.So when the unexpected hits you out of left field, know that you have a choice. You don’t have to fear, worry, or be stressed out with the change. You can choose to surrender. Then, you can experience what it means to grow from your difficulty instead of simply staying stuck in the aftermath of the difficult, challenging, or surprising twists and turns of life.  No one has the power to choose surrender for you but you. And once you switch your attitude to what could be instead of simply what you see in front of you, anything is possible, my friend.Highlights from Today’s Episode:Persevering through pain Finding purpose through painLetting go of what you can’t controlSurrendering to God Focusing on what you CAN do.Highlighting the positiveClick to Tweet “Do what you have to do, and let the rest go” -Emily Norton“Living our life and following what God’s calling  us to do is impacting people around us and opening their eyes to something they weren’t aware of previously.” -Emily Norton“When I’m able to surrender what’s out of my control and surrender the outcomes to God, it gets me to work and really focus on what I can do and know that that’s enough. -Emily NortonIf you always focus on what’s wrong, you’ll never see what’s right -Chris NortonYou have to do your own part while giving it to God- Chris NortonResources From Today’s Show Connect with Chris and Emily on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or on her website.  Pick up a copy of The Seven Longest YardsListen to Chris Norton Motivational SpeakingWatch some of Chris and Emily’s Viral videos: Chris Walking Across the Stage and Chris and Emily’s Wedding WalkOther Stuff to Check OutGrab my latest books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  28 Days of Prayer, or Kingdom Woman!If you missed Episode 229 with Whitney Capps, Click here to listen!Get a chance to read my post about My Summer Hair Situation?Interested in supporting the content I create?  Learn about becoming a co-producer!Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERELet’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!Can you think about the current situation in your life where highlighting the positive might actually help you move forward?Think about your own story of perseverance. Have you shared that with someone else in hopes that it may inspire them? What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by life? Do you surrender to God and focus on what you can do? Or do you feel stuck?Do you live your life in a way that is impactful? What are you doing to make sure that you are positively influencing those 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!
Have you forgiven yourself? What about the other people in your life that you need to forgive? Have you released them so that YOU are not in chains? Have you mastered the art of letting go so you can be free? Can I be honest and say that forgiveness is a big word, and that I’m often left wondering how it actually works? I know that forgiveness is important — not just for the person who has offended me, but for ME. My freedom. My full living. Forgiveness is something that I’ve learned, and am still learning how to do well. It is the lifelong practice of letting things, situations, and, people go (yes, I said people…) — even if one of those people happens to be me… I’m often asked about how I was able to forgive “the boy.” If you’ve read She’s Still There, you know what I’m talking about. At the age of nineteen, I was a single unwed mom and — well — I stayed single for a while. How did I move on? How did I change my thinking? What needed to change in my life so that I could keep going and also keep my sanity? While I will share some insight to answer those questions on this podcast, I also talk about another problem I’ve had with the “F” word; The issue of forgiving me. When we forgive, not only do we set the offender free, but we also set ourselves free. To be free is to enjoy liberty. It is to walk unhindered, unimpeded, and unconstrained. Listen. I want this freedom. Don’t you? And I already know what you might be thinking… You understand what forgiveness is… You know you should do it… You might even be able to quote some verses about it… But you are still struggling to actually DO IT. Maybe you know how and haven’t made the effort. Or maybe you simply don’t know how. My hope is that today’s podcast will help give you some practical tools for walking through forgiveness. And I want to tell you the truth! Forgiveness does not have the reputation of being a nice, neat, and tidy act. It’s messy. It takes time. There is a process. For most of us, it is NOT instantaneous. Forgiveness takes work. My hope is that you will be willing to do the work — to do what YOU can do to make forgiveness of yourself or others a reality — even if that process takes time. There is no shame in doing the work of forgiveness because there is no shame in being free. Yes, the girl in you is still “there.” But the acknowledgment of her presence is just the beginning. She should also be free.   Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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!
For Christians, talking about sex can be awkward, even when the subject is simply about what God intended it to be. So it’s not surprising that for most Christians, the idea of discussing sex addiction is downright terrifying. But these struggles do need to be discussed: With about 30% of the internet industry being pornography, access to pornography is arguably greater than ever. Currently, 17-18% of all men and women would say they struggle with an internet pornography addiction (and, of course, given the nature of such an addiction, it is likely that that percentage is much higher, with many others regularly visiting sites without claiming addiction). When someone struggles with an addiction to pornography or sex,  it causes immeasurable pain and brokenness not just to themselves, but to their family as well. On this episode, Lynn Marie Cherry shares her experience of being married to someone with an addiction to pornography–the feelings of betrayal, the battle to heal, and the joys of redemption.  She details how for years addiction and denial played a role in her marriage–that is, until she reached the point of desiring lasting change. In a candid and honest conversation, Lynn Marie provides insight into the world of internet pornography addiction and describes the impact it has on spouses and families. As a writer and speaker, she now uses her experiences to help others in similar predicaments to heal. Like all other addictions, pornography addiction is insidious and can impact any person, and by extension, any family, at any time. The questions, shame, guilt, and desperation for change can seem overwhelming. Although the consequences of an addiction to pornography are serious, and working through all the damage that it leaves behind is far from easy,  redemption is attainable. With great vulnerability, Lynn Marie describes the pain on the road to recovery, the highs and lows of therapy, and the freedom of no longer being a victim. Among other things, she highlights that while forgiveness is vital, it is not something to be taken lightly, and it takes time. Join me and Lynn Marie as we set aside the awkwardness of talking about sex and have a much-needed discussion about the nature of addiction and the healing that is available! Highlights from Today’s Episode: Internet porn addiction Recovering from betrayal Learning to forgive Celebrating the victory of redemption Quotes: When betrayal happens, do not make a life decision for at least six months. -Lynn Marie Cherry  Dont’s delay recovery by choosing denial. – Lynn Marie Cherry  Sometimes the only way out…is through. -Chrystal Evans Hurst  Choose the pain that leads to the path of redemption. – Lynn Marie Cherry  Forgiveness is not pretending the load doesn’t exist, it’s handing it to God and letting Him worry about the weight of it. -Chrystal Evans Hurst  Resources From Today’s Show  Keep up with Lynn Marie Cherry on her website, Twitter, and Facebook! Download Daily Affirmations: 40 Days to Hope and Freedom after Betrayal  Get your copy of Keep Walking here! Learn more about Affair Recovery.  ==> General Links  Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here. Did you catch last week’s episode on Healing from Abortion? Listen here. What about the bonus episode on Recovering from Alcohol Addiction? Listen here. Grab my latest book, She’s Still There! Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans 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 had difficulty forgiving yourself? What scares you about forgiving yourself? Have you ever felt disconnected from God because of past mistakes in life? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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!
Do you ever feel as if you are trying  to cram every piece of advice and wisdom into your children while they’re still at home with you, and at the same time, trying to protect them from everything that comes their way? Are you struggling to nurture your own gifts and talents while making sure you are present in the lives of your children? Well, in this podcast, Rachel Anne Ridge discusses all of these concepts as she takes us on a mother’s journey toward the empty nest. This season is dreaded by some and anticipated by others, but for each and every mom, this season will come one day..   My good friend Rachel is a talented writer, artist, mom to three, and Nana to four.  She speaks with grace and gentle wisdom. You will love her as she has the humor of a woman who has walked a beautiful journey with the Lord through life and motherhood. In this episode, Rachel discusses how she’s navigated the process of letting go as her children have grown up and left the nest. She shares how her eyes have been opened to her future as a mother of grown children.  She’s realized this truth… “I’m still their mom and I can still make memories…” Hindsight is often 20/20, but  Rachel shares wisdom that will give mothers today a sneak peak into that rear view mirror. Rachel will take you on a journey of grief, joy, sadness, identity, and may even surprise you by opening your eyes to the beauty of lightening up, letting go, and enjoying every stage of the journey. Check out this episode, and Rachel‘s blog homesanctuary.com, as well as her quirky book Flash the Donkey. You won’t be disappointed! Highlights from Today’s Episode: How to relax and lighten up as a mom Thriving in the empty nest Mothering grown children Nurturing your own gifts Quotes: Lighten up. Don’t work as if everything depends on you to make their lives perfect. – Rachel Anne Ridge God is at work in the lives of our children. We have to trust that God can do in their lives what we can’t. – Rachel Anne Ridge You’re not done parenting when they graduate. There’s still a whole lifetime relationship that you can cultivate. – Rachel Anne Ridge Resources From Today’s Show  Follow Rachel on Twitter,  Facebook,  Instagram or on her blog. Take a look at Rachel’s book, Flash the Donkey  ==> General Links  Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of May here. Did catch my chat with Ginger Hubbard on Keys to Raising Your Children?  Listen here. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Grab my latest book, She’s Still There! Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! Do you ever find yourself stressed out as a mom? What are some of your greatest fears? Do you see God writing a story for your children through their hard experiences? What is your prayer for them?  How can you begin to respect and encourage your children on their journey instead of trying to control it? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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!
What do you do when the vision you had for your life does not match your reality? How do you embrace and navigate the seemingly mundane routines of the hidden years? Is there a difference between selfishness and self-care? How do you discover the root cause of your fears and replace them with God’s truth? We dig into these topics and so much more today with Ruth Simons. Ruth is an immensely creative, Jesus-focused, gospel-centered artist, writer, and speaker. Her desire is to be a modern day John the Baptist and use her gifts, talents, and abilities to point the masses to Jesus Christ. You’ve probably seen her work on her beautifully inspiring Instagram account, @Gracelaced. Listen in to hear how Ruth, a self-proclaimed girly girl, learned to embrace her life as a mom of six boys. You’ll also hear how she found moments to nurture her soul and cultivate her gifts in the midst of a chaotic season in her life. Ruth even shares how cultural expectations developed a fear of failure in her heart that she had to learn overcome. Above all, you’ll hear Ruth’s heart to use every moment of her day as an opportunity to worship God. Highlight from Today’s Episode: Embracing the life God has designed for you Navigating the hidden years and enjoying guilt-free self care Overcoming the pressures of cultural expectations Maximizing opportunities with intentionality to spread the gospel Resources From Today’s Show  Take a look at Ruth’s book: Gracelaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart Find Ruth Simons on Instagram Check out She’s Still There by Chrystal Hurst    ==> Click to Tweet  God doesn’t want us to put on a glossy exterior to hide a messy interior. Ruth Simons What we believe about who God is will dictate how we respond to Him. Ruth Simons I don’t find my worth in my abilities, talents or actions – I find my worth in Christ. Ruth Simons We cannot trust what God says about us until we trust God. Ruth Simons  ==> General Links  Find Ruth Simons on her website , Instagram, Twitter  or Facebook. Order GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart by Ruth Simons Order She’s Still There Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! What expectation for your life do you need to surrender to God’s plan for your life? Do you need to schedule self-care into your life? What is one practical way you could do that in the next month? How can you worship God today in the middle of your normal routines? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
Who is my favorite Girl Boss/Mom Boss? My daughter, Kariss Farris.  Kariss and her husband, Joshua, own a photography business – while also boss-parenting two adorable little people! I think my daughter is a ridiculously great photographer and a ridiculously great mom too. Kariss is right in the middle of growing a business while she is raising children and in our chat she explains the ins and outs of making her boss-life possible.  We talk about the importance of sacrifice, systems, and assistance, as well as how she came to feel free to take the leap of working for herself!   Kariss specifically shares some of her favorite apps, as well as tips and tricks for getting things done.  How did she and her husband know when to hire help? How did they afford to hire help? With two children under the age of three, when exactly does she work? Nitty gritty people.  This episode is all about the nitty-gritty. And the discussion happens with baby-coos in the background. It doesn’t get any better than that. I’ve had so much fun interviewing women entrepreneurs for the series on Girl Bosses but my interview with my daughter is special for obvious reasons.  Not only is she is my daughter and I’m proud of how she’s killing it as a mom, wife, and business owner, but she’s young.  Whatever your age, “girl-bossing” is possible. Do you have entrepreneurial dreams? Well guess what? Those dreams are possible whenever you get ready to make them come true. Highlights from Today’s Episode: Girl Boss/Mom Boss resources galore! How to maximize your gifts. The importance of sacrifice. The cutest baby sounds. Quotes: “Maximize your strengths. Outsource the things you’re not good at.” – Kariss Farris “The woman in Proverbs 31 didn’t do it all by herself.”- Kariss Farris  “What are you bringing to the table that differentiates you from everyone else?” – Kariss Farris  “Want to create, grow, or own? Sacrifice will be necessary.” – Kariss Farris Resources From Today’s Show  Pharris Photos  Calendly – a scheduling resources Gmail & Google Calendar iPhone Notes app (built in phone app)  Teux Deux – – a simple, designy to-do app! Paper Calendars -Target! Lightroom & Photoshop A Color Story ==> General Links  Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of June here. Did you catch my chat with Nicole Walters, another Girl Boss? Listen here. Grab my latest book, She’s Still There! Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! Is it time for you to make the leap and work toward becoming a girl boss? What can you do to maximize your resources so you are free to maximize your gifts? How can you implement effective systems? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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!
Me. Comfortable in my own skin? Hmmm… well I can say that somewhere between the rocky road of adolescence and my fabulous forties, I’ve learned more about myself.  I’ve learned what it means to appreciate who I am and the unique soul I have in this world. I’ve learned to appreciate the gift of me. Does that mean I’m always 100% comfortable in my own skin?  Nah… I wish!  What it does mean is that along the journey I’ve learned the value of loving myself because the God of the universe loves me too and approves of me because I am His. He may not always approve of everything I do. But I have the choice everyday to walk worthy of His calling and purposes for my life. So what do you do when you want to be comfortable in your skin but are still struggling to do so? Beyond developing your life, how do you encourage yourself to “keep-on-keeping-on” when you really feel like hunkering down in the ditch you’ve fallen into? Here’s the answer. You have to learn to coach yourself. You have to learn how to be your own best friend and care for yourself — your head, your heart, and your hands — the same way you would care for someone you love. You must learn what it is to choose gratitude, honesty, and freedom to be you — even in the midst of the circle of people you find yourself in. You choose to believe that, despite how you feel, you are a unique unrepeatable miracle.  You learn how to coax your girl out of the shadows and gently bring her into the light.   You learn how to stop making excuses for who she is but revel in what makes her different and praise God for how she is fearfully and wonderfully made.  You honor you because God has honored the girl in you with life! You choose to steward that life well –the best way you know how — even while you learn to do better in the pursuit of self-stewardship. And you learn how to rock “you”. You learn how to make peace with your body even while you work on making it better. You learn how to give up trying to look like everyone else and enjoy looking more like you. You learn how to try new things instead of sticking with the same people, places, or things out of routine or even out of fear. You learn how to invite people along for the ride of life but don’t get derailed if they choose not to come. You learn to take chances because you trust that the God who loves you and created you is capable of catching you if you fall. And you learn how to kick it in Converse… Because if God has freed you up to be you, and the shoe fits? By all means… wear it.     Highlight from Today’s Episode: How to be your own best friend Practical steps for coaching yourself Important choices every woman should make to move forward. Quick Links  ==> Resources from Today’s Show Listen to my “Coach Your Life – Part 1“ Listen to my interview with Priscilla Shirer Order She’s Still There now! Connect with Chrystal on Facebook, Instagram,  or Twitter  ==> General Links  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Did you miss part 3 of my She’s Still There story?   Check it out here! Purchase Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! Are you comfortable in your own skin?  Why or why not? Do you practice self-coaching? What does it look like for you? Are you currently making choices to intentionally move you forward? Share what those choices are!  I’d love to know What makes you different?  What about the girl in you is unique and to be celebrated? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 do the same on the podcast!
Do you ever feel like the weight of the world’s expectations of you are pulling you down? Do you have a hard time saying “no” to others? Do you often find yourself dwelling on your faults instead of giving yourself grace?Despite what other people may demand of you, it actually is possible to set realistic expectations for yourself and to rest in those. My friend Amy Carroll, author of Exhale,  joins me on the show to talk about what it means to “lose who you aren’t, love who you are, and live your one life well.” We all need to learn, at some level, to prioritize our daily lives and walk in God’s plan for us. This often requires giving ourselves a well-deserved break. A little grace never hurt nobody!Amy and I chat about our need to please others and our perfectionistic mentalities. I’m sure many of you can relate! So join us as we dive headfirst into discussing our insecurities and flaws and how, exactly, we identify and use the gifts that God has given us. You can learn to not only embrace who you are but allow yourself to actually say “no” to the expectations of others that are not yours to carry.Amy’s goal is for us to break up with perfect. God has something so much better for us than feeling disqualified. Once we release that spiritual clutter, we learn that there is no such thing as perfect, and we can finally embrace who He intended us to be.I am so excited for y’all to listen. This is definitely one you aren’t going to want to miss!Highlights from Today’s Episode:Setting realistic expectationsLosing who you aren’t Understanding God’s planWhat it means to exhaleClick to Tweet “Jesus never lived by the tyranny of the urgent.” – Amy Carroll“You can’t live your one life well with emotional clutter.” – Amy Carroll“Women need to exhale.” – Chrystal Evans HurstResources From Today’s Show Connect with Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or on her website  Grab a copy of, Exhale: Lose Who You’re Not, Love Who You Are, Live Your One Life WellInterested in Next Steps Coaching Services? Find out more here. Other Stuff to Check OutHave you grabbed this month’s freebie? Click here to grab it!Did you know that my dad, Dr. Tony Evans, has a Bible Commentary available? Click here to check it out! If you want to know more about my dad’s ministry and the multitude of resources he has available to help you in your walk with God, go to Tony Evans.orgIf you missed Episode #237 with Mary DeMuth, Click here to listen!Did you catch the latest video I uploaded to my YouTube channel? I shared a message I gave recently at my church on The Sword (The Word of God). Watch it by clicking HERE.My book, Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There,28 Days of Prayer, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Get a chance to read my post about Cultivating Rhythms with God?Interested in supporting the content I create and enjoying special benefits?  Learn about becoming a co-producer!Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!How can you prioritize your life to make your every day more enjoyable?How often do you stop and ask God what His business is for you and what matters to Him in the present?Where is your angst coming from when it comes to expectations in your daily life?Often times, we dwell on our faults instead of appreciating our gifts. What gifts has God given you and in what ways can you thank Him in return?Where do you need to give yourself grace in your current season of life? 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!
This is the last episode of the three podcast series on legacy. I’ve enjoyed recording these for you — and for me. I hope they’ve been helpful for you and encouraged you to think about how you can live with legacy in mind.Oxford dictionary defines focus as “the center of interest.”At age 15 my mom made a commitment to the Lord – to give her life to serving Him, regardless of what that meant. I’m sure she could have not imagined the many opportunities or people God would place in front of her. She simply decided to focus. She raised four children. She structured and managed a ministry. She acted as the visionary and leader for conference for pastors’ wives.Think about your life: Where do you want to focus your energy and time? How do you desire to flourish and grow? What will it look like for you to finish well?While what we focus on may change based on the season we’re in, at the end of our lives, we want to be able to convincingly say what my mom was able to say, “what a beautiful life.”Are you living out your beautiful life? Don’t dwell on what isn’t well or what isn’t right. Focus on the life you want to live, even if you are still working towards a life you love.As you listen to this episode, I want you to think about what you’ll be focusing on this year. There will be times where you have to break out of a rut and start over, but you can finish what you start. You can live a life you love. Highlights from Today’s Episode:Living with focusChoosing to flourish and growFinishing what you startResources from today’s show Listen to the full version of each podcast shared in this episode: Episode 9, Episode 24, Episode 49Click to Tweet Other Stuff to Check OutAre you registered for Thursday’s live Coffee with Chrystal? Register here. Did you catch my last episode, Living for Legacy Part 2? Click here to listen.Need to encourage your soul? Try listening to the playlist I put together for my mom, Lady Lois’ WorshipDid you know that my dad, Dr. Tony Evans, has a Bible Commentary available? Click here to check it out! If you want to know more about my dad’s ministry and the multitude of resources he has available to help you in your walk with God, go to Tony Evans.orgDid you catch the latest video I uploaded to my YouTube channel? I shared a message I gave recently at my church on The Sword (The Word of God). Watch it by clicking HERE.My book, Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There,28 Days of Prayer, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Interested in supporting the content I create and enjoying special benefits?  Learn about becoming a co-producer!Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!What thoughts in your mind are getting in the way of you living for legacy? How can you take those thoughts captive?What can you do this week to cultivate your talents?How do you want to leave your mark in 2020? 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!
If you’re gonna learn to live well, you’re gonna have to learn to let some things go. There is no way around it. To grab hold of the best of life, you have to learn how to let go so that there is room for you to grab hold to the good stuff.But what does it mean to let it go?On this podcast, that’s what I’ll be talking specifically about. Letting it go, is not just about letting things go, it’s about letting people go, and it’s about learning to let yourself go when you need to let yourself off the hook. Letting go means learning the rhythms of grace for your own life and for the life you live in connection with other people. It means choosing to move forward and choosing not to allow anything that is in your head, your heart or in your hands hold you back. If you want to live well, you will have to learn how to leave some things, some people, and some thoughts behind.I’m so behind on This Is Us. I’ve DVR’d all the shows, but I have yet to make the time to sit down and watch them all. If you watch This Is Us, you know how good of a show it is and you’ll remember that last year around this time, we were all waiting on that infamous show to air after the Super Bowl so that we could put an end to our wondering and be a part of that story in a new way. If you were like me, you watch that episode, seeing him go into that house that was obviously burning down and wonder why in the world he would go back in after their family dog. And you wished with all of your might that he would have just left the dog alone. When he came out, I like many of you, breathed a sigh of relief thinking yay he made it out of the house alive. But still wondering what happened that took Jack out. But then you realized, even though the fire did not immediately take him, the effects of the fire eventually did.This is what happens to you if you refuse to let some things go. It’s not that the things are terrible, it’s not that the thoughts are awful, it’s simply there is more at stake in your life than holding on to some things that are holding you back. You’ve heard me say it before, I’ll say it again, “this life is not a dress rehearsal” you get to go around one time. And I want to encourage you today, to leave nothing on the table. I want encourage you to choose to let go of the things that are keeping you from learning to live. Highlight from Today’s Episode:Live lightlyLearn the art of release Leave it behindResources From Today’s Show Find out more about PatreonPre-Order Show Up for Your Life Grab my latest book, She’s Still There! ==> General Links If you haven’t already grabbed your free download, you can do so by clicking here!Did you miss episode 201?! Listen here. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HEREGrab my latest book, She’s Still There!Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony EvansLet’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!What do you need to seriously consider letting go of in order to show up for your life? What do you need to stop doing so you can start doing something else in it’s place?Who in your life can hold you accountable to following through in making this change? Sometimes the missing link in real lasting change is simply accountability. 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!
It’s officially November, which means the holiday season is upon us! It’s a joyous time for a lot of us as we gather to celebrate with family and friends. However, if you’re anything  like me, this season can also become a little stressful… There are so many things to do added onto the normal everyday pressures of life! Buying gifts, planning meals, buying food, decorating the house — it can become a little overwhelming!Well, no need to fret because my beautiful mom, Dr. Lois Evans, a.k.a. Mrs. Claus, is coming to the rescue! My mom has the holiday season mastered! From our family traditions to decorations, and from the delicious food to making space for fun, this interview it packed with practical tips on how to thrive during your holiday season, prioritize your Christmas planning, and remember loved ones you might be missing this season. I’m telling ya’ll, my mom really does know a thing or two about keeping your head above water during the holidays.If you know you struggle during the holidays to get all the gifts the kids want, all the decorations up, and prepare all of the food, then this conversation with my mom will definitely free you up and teach you how to enjoy the holidays as an “overflow of you.”Highlight from Today’s Episode:Thriving during the holidaysPrioritizing holiday planningEvans’ family traditionsRemembering your lost loved onesResources From Today’s Show Find my mom online on her website, Twitter, Facebook and InstagramWant to hear more from my mom?  Listen to our conversion from Episode #037! Looking for recipes? Try my mom’s Macaroni and Cheese, Pumpkin Bread,  Holiday Crescent Rolls or Spice Tea! You won’t be disappointed.You can also watch her YouTube video “Thriving in Every Season – Holiday Edition“.  ==> Click to Tweet “Create space to celebrate the people in your life.” – Lois Evans “Don’t skip the needs you hear of. If the Lord pricks your heart, that’s the need you meet.” – Lois Evans “Your Christmas decorations, food, and traditions can be different than those of your family and friends. What will make memories is what is done as an overflow of you.” – Chrystal ==> General Links If you haven’t already grabbed your free download, you can do so by clicking here!Did you miss my episode with Brittany Null? Make sure you listen!Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HEREGrab my latest book, She’s Still There!Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony EvansLet’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!Does planning for the holiday season overwhelm you?In what ways can you plan now for Thanksgiving/Christmas to prevent being overwhelmed?What are some of your family’s traditions? 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!
What memories and experiences are you creating around your table? When is the last time you invited family or friends to spend time with you in your home? For some, hosting guests in our home can be live-giving, for others, it can be intimidating. I remember wanting my first apartment to be in pristine condition before I had friends over, but I’m so glad I didn’t wait. There are so many memories I would have let slip by. I understand that who you want to be both in your life and in your living space may not always match with your current reality. However, it’s really important to me that you understand this — in whatever season you are in you can still create moments that matter. I had a delightful conversation with Victoria Duerstock about this very topic.  Victoria is an author and also a creator of beautiful things. You need to check out her Instagram feed. I absolutely love it!. It’s filled with beautiful photos that have been captured by her and friends. aI enjoyed chatting with  Victoria because she reminded me y of the importance of putting my heart into my home. In this season of my life, I need to remember that I don’t have to always pull out the fine china to create a meaningful moment within my home. While some live for the opportunity to be hospitable, I realize that everyone doesn’t feel good at creating a welcoming environment. Hopefully, this episode serves as a reminder to you that we don’t have to do things perfectly. Welcome others into our home and our hearts is a gift to them and a gift to us. People need our hearts and our homes are simply a good place to offer them. After all, it’s really what’s in the heart that counts.Highlights from Today’s Episode:Modeling biblical hospitalityPutting your heart into your home Tips for traveling foodies  Resources from today’s show Connect with Victoria on her Website, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. Try the Night Sky App that Victoria mentioned in this episode Purchase Victoria’s book, Heart and HomeClick to Tweet Being hospitable is really a matter of obedience. Doing what God has asked us to do. – Victoria Duerstock Make the space to hear the rhythm of your own heartbeat. – Chrystal HurstLeverage your home in such a way that you can use it for God’s service. – Victoria DuerstockOther Stuff to Check OutDid you catch my last episode with Michele Cushatt? Listen here.Need 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 becoming a co-producer!My book, Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There,28 Days of Prayer, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Did you catch the latest video I uploaded to my YouTube channel? I shared a message I gave recently at my church on The Sword (The Word of God). Watch it by clicking HERE.Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!In what ways are you using your home to serve God and others? Do you feel like you aren’t “ready” to welcome people into your home? What’s standing in the way of you welcoming others in your home. What are some things you can do to set your soul first thing in the morning?If I’m traveling to your city, what food do I need to try?! Do you enjoy making food for your friends and family? What is it you enjoy most?  The fellowship or the perfection of things? 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!
“Who defines our success?” Is it God or is it man? Social media offers us the shame “full” opportunity to compare our lives to others and wonder, “Did God really say I am fearfully and wonderfully and beautifully made?” Our culture provides minute-by-minute snapshots of the “best” of everyone around us — her blemish free faces, her super-trendy style, her clean and organized home, her five honor-roll AND star-athlete kids who all love Jesus and are making right choices. This is called comparison. Proverbs 31 author and speaker, Nicki Koziarz, gives listeners a chance to define their “comparison zone,”  and discover the heart of the question in her new book, Why Her?  She offers the paradox that comparison is a God-struggle, yet gives God-truths to realign our hearts and affirm our worth in Christ.  While Nicki and I explore the journey to satisfaction and contentment in becoming who God created us to be in this world, Nicki also tackles the story of Rachel and Leah and shares, with honesty and revelation, how she’s personally faced the battle of comparison herself. If you find yourself looking at her and wondering why you don’t…., can’t…, aren’t… like her, join me in this podcast and let’s reign in that comparison-struggle together.  Highlights from Today’s Episode: • Comparison isn’t a struggle that goes away • Moms and the comparison battle • What our culture says about success • “This Time” affirmations • How do you know when your soul is not well? Quotes: “I don’t have to believe that because you have a piece of the pie, there’s less for me.” “Find something that makes you happy.” “Comparison is the thief of joy.” “Her gain is not your loss.” Resources From Today’s Show  Purchase Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz Find Nicki on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  ==> General Links  Did you miss my episodes about Lessons Learned from my time in the hospital? Be sure and listen to Part 1 and Part 2! Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Grab my latest book, She’s Still There! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans Let’s Talk! After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment! 1. Why don’t we deal with the sin of comparison? 2. What is the truth we do not believe when battling comparison? 3. How do you take care of your soul to where you’re “good,” even if there are things that you would like to see change or shift in your life? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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 come to the end of a good HGTV episode in disbelief? It’s amazing how a team of people can take a home that looked completely useless and transform it to become better than new. It’s exactly what God does with our hearts. No matter how messy and broken the home of our hearts looks, He never stops working tirelessly on us. As He continues to change us, we become better than we could on our own. Our hearts are restored, and our true identity is revealed under the rubble and mess.Today, Kennesha Buycks, creative home designer and author of Restoration House, joins me to talk about her story. Kennesha is a woman whose life has been laced with the restorative pursuit of God. The realization of her identity in Christ has touched every part of her life. Through the demonstrative love of several people, God has revealed to Kennesha the essence of her truest self. “The more I see Him, the more I see me,” she states with conviction. This realization has positioned her to fight comparison, set boundaries, and hear the voice of God for herself.Journey with us to the home of Kennesha’s heart, and hopefully, you’ll settle in and feel your own sense of homecoming. Restoring homes is more than an outward expression of creativity for Kennesha. To her, it directly relates to how Christ restores us as His children. He sets us right, reveals who we truly are, and always directs us to our truest home. Highlights from Today’s Episode:Battling comparisonSetting boundariesHearing God speakFinding Identity How to ‘start’Click to Tweet “Our lives cannot be contained by four-sided squares.” – Kennesha Poe-Buycks“I know what I need, and I can’t surround myself with people who are only draining but never giving.”- Kennesha Poe-Buycks“He’s looking for people who say ‘yes.’” – Chrystal Hurst“You get better at hearing the voice of God when you respond.” – Chrystal Hurst“The more I see Him, the more I see me.” – Kennesha Poe-Buycks“There’s something that He’s doing in your life that represents His unwavering, unfailing love for you.” – Chrystal Hurst“Go in the direction of what your heart needs.” – Kennesha Poe-BuycksResources From Today’s Show Connect with Kennesha on Instagram, Facebook, or on her website. Check out Kennesha’s book Restoration HouseOther Stuff to Check OutHave you grabbed this month’s freebie? Click here to grab it!Did you know that my dad, Dr. Tony Evans, has a Bible Commentary available? Click here to check it out! If you want to know more about my dad’s ministry and the multitude of resources he has available to help you in your walk with God, go to Tony Evans.orgIf you missed Episode #235 with Susie Larson, Click here to listen!Did you catch the latest video I uploaded to my YouTube channel? I shared a message I gave recently at my church on the The Sword (The Word of God). Watch it by clicking HERE.My book, 28 Days of Prayer is on sale!  Grab a copy and take some time to intentionally invest in your communication with God. Be sure and also check out my other books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  Kingdom Woman!Get a chance to read my post about Cultivating Rhythms with God?Interested in supporting the content I create and enjoying special benefits?  Learn about becoming a co-producer!Let’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!In what ways have you felt the theme of God’s pursuit in your life? How has this realization shaped your identity?Do you constantly compare yourself to others, and if so why? How can you combat this bad habit?Are you going in the direction of what your heart needs? If not, why haven’t you been paying attention to what your heart needs?  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!
Do you feel lost in a sea of changing opinions? The world wants us to believe the lie that truth changes. We are encouraged to shift to fit whatever makes us feel good and whatever seems apropos. Not only does the world tell us the lie of shifting truths, we tell ourselves lies to cover our regrets. What would happen if we experienced the power of truth that is given to us in God’s Word? How would we be set free? Lisa Bevere and I talk about what happens when you anchor your soul into the power of the unchanging truth of the “inerrant, eternal, and invincible” Word of God. Lisa shares how the Holy Spirit and God’s Word have been anchors for her in her own life storms. We also talk about the difference between sharing truth without love, loving without truth, and what happens when you speak the truth in love.   Listen to this episode as Lisa and I tackle the lie that your opinion is truth. You don’t have to live in a sea of changing opinions. You can live anchored in the power of the truth of God’s unchanging Word. Be sure pick up a copy of Lisa’s book, Adamant. Highlights from Today’s Episode: Anchoring your soul in truth The freedom of owning our mistakes Hearing the voice of God Seeking “truth” and community on social media Speaking truth in love Quotes: When you own a mistake it no longer owns you. -Lisa Bevere The Holy Spirit came to teach us all things. How is He going to teach if He’s not talking? -Lisa Bevere Truth without love is harsh. Love without truth is a lie. – Lisa Bevere I can never know who I am if I don’t know the Word of God. -Lisa Bevere Resources From Today’s Show  Find Lisa on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Purchase Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions  ==> General Links  Did you miss my episode, Lies about Freedom with Jess Connolly?! Listen here. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE Grab my latest book, She’s Still There! Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans 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 believed the lie that truth shifts depending on our experience? In what ways have you sensed the Holy Spirit in your life recently? In what areas of your personal story do you sense God wants to unleash a greater power? Are you seeking the truth of community with others in your personal contact list? Connect with me…  Twitter   Facebook   Pinterest   Instagram   How to Listen to The Podcast If 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!
Sometimes it’s not that you are lost, it’s just that you are finding a different angle in your life. Have you ever had a desire that God has placed within you? One that you haven’t acted on because you are afraid of what the outcome might actually be? Are you afraid of the adjustments you will have to make and wondering whether the girl within you will step out of her comfort zone and be brave enough to embrace change? Clarise Cannings joins me this week to talk about her journey as a single foster parent. She decided to go after a desire God placed within her at a young age to ensure that no one ever feels unwanted. Clarise shares lessons she has learned along the way and discusses how fostering has allowed her to extend a loving hand to kids who need care for a little while. Clarise believes that if you are capable and willing to do something to help others, why not do it yourself instead of waiting for someone else to step up?  Clarise speaks candidly about the decisions she has made to live the “foster-mom” life and the adjustments she has made to shift from being a single woman with her own schedule to being a foster parent and an advocating voice for someone else.Listen, sometimes we tend to wait for all of our ducks to be in a row before we take the next step, while waiting for our dreams to fit in our life plan or fill a void we think will never be filled.  As you listen to Clarise’s story, I hope you discover the capacity within you to go after the dreams and desires God has placed in your heart and take steps to act on the aspirations or intentions that are deeply embedded in your soul. You might just discover that there is more to your story than you know.  Highlights from Today’s Episode:The journey to fosteringDiscovering your changing roleFinding your voice in circumstancesLessons learned through a new season  Click to Tweet Sometimes it’s not that you’re lost in your life, it’s just that you are finding a different angle.  – Chrystal HurstYou have to be willing to grow up. – Chrystal HurstEveryone should feel like they are wanted. – Clarise CanningsIt’s going to be hard, I’m going to have to change, but if I don’t do it who will? – Clarise CanningsResources From Today’s Show  Interested in Fostering? Go here. Call your local county Department of Social Services to get more information.  Check out my previous podcast with Clarise. Other Stuff to Check OutGrab my latest books She’s Still There, Show Up For Your Life,  28 Days of Prayer, or Kingdom Woman!If you missed Episode 224 with Nicole Denson?  Click here to listen!Get a chance to read my post about My Summer Hair Situation?Interested in supporting the content I create?  Learn about becoming a co-producer!Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERELet’s Talk!After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!What has God trusted you within your life? Why has he placed that in your heart?  What is something you want to see God do in you? In what ways do you hope to continue to grow?What opportunity in your life has pushed you to grow? What did you discover about yourself? 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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Started
Sep 2nd, 2015
Latest Episode
Jul 21st, 2020
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