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“You’ll only pass this way once.”   My guest today is Courtney DeFeo. Courtney is a popular blogger and the author of a book we LOVE so much, In This House, We Will Giggle. She’s a graduate of Auburn University with a background in marketing and public relations. In 2011, she started her company, Lil Light O’ Mine, and you can find her two products, ABC Scripture Cards and Conversation Cups, in stores all over the country. Courtney and her husband, Ron, are the parents of two young girls, Ella and Larson.    In today’s episode, Courtney talks seasons: binge watching episodes of Friday Night Lights (Best show ever) and her early days in PR before passing the CIA-style interview process to become part of the Chik-fil-A marketing team (Chicken sandwiches!). The company was beyond supportive when she told them she was leaving to stay home and raise her kids. She continued consulting for Chik-fil-A and also launched her own company, Lil Light O’ Mine, in 2011. She launched with two products and a blog and, as they say, the rest is history. Well, her story.  :) Don’t miss today’s episode, “Riggins Forever,” and be encouraged that you can experience joy, no matter what season of life you find yourself in.
“Life is messy.” Our guest for today’s podcast is Jenny Dean Schmidt. Jenny is a wife and mom and has served as Host of ChannelMom on Denver radio and national podcast for 6 years. She also serves as Executive Director of ChannelMom Media & Outreach. She met her husband Mike in nursery school and vowed she’d marry him one day. Jenny and Mike have two teen children, Otis and Georgia. Before ChannelMom, Jenny worked as a TV News reporter, writer and producer for both network TV and network affiliates. She covered high-profile news stories and even interviewed two presidents. Wow! On today’s episode, Jenny shares how she started and built ChannelMom when she was at home full time with her kids. Since those early years, it has grown and expanded to support moms through media and on the ground through ChannelMom Outreach. Check out episode 44, “Mom in the Mess,” and hear how one mom embraced the mess so she could reach moms by the masses.
Lovely and talented, my guest for today's episode is Tasha Layton. I can still remember watching Tasha’s audition for American Idol, well before I ever met her. There was something special about her. Her smile, her bubbly demeanor, the way she bounced around as she talked to the judges, the soul and fervor behind her powerful voice. It was the joy. Tasha is a pastor, worship leader, and professional singer who moved to Nashville from Los Angeles after 10 years of working simultaneously within the church and music industry. She has been a voice for various productions such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cirque de Soleil, and toured as a backing vocalist for Katy Perry for over 4 years. When she’s not teaching voice and theology at Trivecca University, she’s coaching others or recording her new album with her husband, fellow musician Keith Smith. Check out today's episode, "The Presence of Joy” and listen as Tasha shares how she found and grew her love of music, ministry, and more, and that “sometimes we just have to remind ourselves to live in the presence of joy.” 
If I’m being honest, a lot of the time raising a girl can seem like a blessing and a curse. That’s why I am thankful for people like Sissy Goff.     Sissy has over twenty years of experience counseling kids and families. She has worked as the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee since 1993. She spends most of her days talking with girls and their families, with the help of her counseling assistant/pet therapist, Lucy the Havanese.  She’s written seven books, 1 DVD curriculum, and is working currently on her newest book releasing in 2017.   Check out today's episode, "Bringing Up Belles", and listen as Sissy breaks down answers to questions like “How do you establish and maintain a rapport of trust and open communication with your daughter?” and  “What do you do when she inevitably starts to pull away?” This is one episode that you will not want to miss!
“You are worth more than many sparrows.”  -Matthew 10:31   My guest today is Rachel Joy. Rachel is a wife and mama to four beautiful children (Addison, Benjamin, Everett, and new baby Annie). Rachel has lead and taught Bible studies for over fifteen years, and it is her passion to see young women come to the powerful, saving grace and knowledge of Jesus. After hosting a college women’s Bible study in 2010, God began to stir in Rachel a desire to gather young women together on a larger scale hear and study the Bible and to help them develop a fixed identity in Christ. She prayed through and developed the idea and, with the help of an amazing support team, the first Sparrow Conference was held in Denton, Texas in the fall of 2012.   In today’s episode, you’ll hear Rachel’s heart and passion for the work she does, as well as all the details about this year’s conference. The theme is “Draw Near” and the lineup of speakers is nothing short of spectacular.   Enjoy today’s episode, “Drawing Near”, and listen to the incredible story of a woman following her heart, listening for God, and stepping into a calling that is blessing people across the miles.
Happy birthday to us . . . Bible Belles is turning ONE! Brent, Rooney, and I have been celebrating all week in Hawaii! We started this company one year ago, and today marks the 25th episode of our Heroes For Her podcast! For this special occasion, we're doing things a little bit differently. Today's guests are the other humans that make up Team Bible Belles: Brent Weidemann (our first male guest!) and our content manager Jess Delgado. Note: Jess' first appearance on the podcast was in Episode 1 - if you haven't listened to that one yet, be sure you do!  In this episode, you’ll hear stories from the past year and how we went from an idea on the way home from church to being months away from releasing our third book! We've had lots of challenges and awesome milestones along the way, and I loved getting a chance to sit down with my people and talk through this incredible year and all that God has done.  Don’t miss this week’s episode, "Happy Birthday, Bible Belles!", and feel free to run around cheering and throwing confetti in the air. That's what we're doing!
My guest for episode 23 is Lisa Bevere. She rocks. Lisa is an international speaker, best-selling author, and co-founder of Messenger International. She is a powerful advocate for women everywhere to "break free of comparison and competition, embrace God's purpose, and realize a life without rival." Chills! I could not love this woman more.   In this episode, you’ll hear Lisa's heart for the struggles that we face as women: comparison, confusion, and everything in between. She also digs deeper into how God does not love us equally: He loves us uniquely. There are so many truths revealed in this episode that I've already used, both in conversations with Rooney and with myself (Yes, I talk to myself. Judge away).  You’ll also hear what inspired her new book, "Without Rival," which just released on August 16! This is the book every woman needs to read. Find it here on Amazon! 
"Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?"  Proverbs 8:1 When I slow down and consider all of the people I've met since we began this ministry/company, there are a few special people whose voices ring with genuine wisdom and the incomparable truth found in God's Word. They are the voices that I was looking for as a mama. Above the roar of culture, they are the voices our girls need to hear. They are powerful weapons in the fight for our girls. My dear friend Wynter Pitts had a voice like that, and she used it to empower parents to lead their daughters to Christ and encourage girls to live with the gospel at the center of everything.  When she suddenly passed away less than two weeks ago, the girl ministry community, as well as my own home and family, were rocked. But what began in sadness and confusion ended with incredible peace and a rallying by the body of Christ unlike any that I have ever seen.  On behalf of the team at Bible Belles, it is my honor to re-release the interview I did with Wynter a few months ago. It's title, "She Is Yours," carries with it special meaning for me today, as I think about every girl who was and will be affected by Wynter's words and life, and as I think about my sweet friend who is now safe in the arms of Jesus, the One to whom she belongs. Lord, she is Yours. We celebrate her today, and we carry her legacy into tomorrow.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”   Today’s guest is Yewande O’Neal, a passionate advocate for people to discover who they were created to be. Yewande loves to see people walk in their God given purpose and do it with excellence. She lives to seek God’s kingdom first, and doing so has transformed her life in many ways, which you’ll hear about today.   Yewande started her career in the corporate world with the General Electric Company. She earned numerous awards and certifications in her 12 years with GE. She climbed the leadership ladder and became Executive General Manager, leading over 200 employees all over the world.   After working in the corporate world for several years, Yewande felt God tug her heart and she founded Women of Kairos in 2015 – Non-profit organization focused on helping women move into and in their purpose. I’m honored to be speaking at this year’s Women of Kairos conference on October 13th in Atlanta.  
“Lord, she is Yours and I trust You with her.” My guest for today’s episode is Wynter Pitts. Wynter is the founder of For Girls Like You Magazine and the author of several amazing resources that are very popular in the Weidemann household - For Girls Like You, You’re God’s Girl Devotionals For Tweens and She is Yours- Trusting God as You Raise the Girl He Gave You. She is the proud wife of Jonathan and mom of four girls. Wynter has made it her mission is to empower and equip girls to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be (sound familiar?) and to provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers. That’s the goal: to walk alongside our girls as they live out their God-breathed destinies. To do that, we’ve got to remember that everything we have belongs to God, even them. Check out today’s episode, “She Is Yours.”
"It's okay to want to quit, as long as you don't quit."    My guest for today's episode is Pastor Caroline Barnett. Born in Sweden, Caroline Olsson came to the United States at the age of two and grew up in the inner city of Los Angeles. In 1996, she came to The Dream Center after hearing her family discuss the work going on there. After her visit, Caroline felt God calling her to volunteer at the Center. When she was just 18 years old, she and her best friend started the Food Truck Ministry which was a revolutionary concept at the time--taking food out to the people on a daily basis. It has since grown into a huge outreach that currently feeds over 50,000 people each month.    Caroline has an amazing heart for the lost. Programs such as the Family Floor, and Project Prevention, which is designed to keep children with their parents rather than allowing the state to separate them, and many more have all been birthed out of her desire to see no one ever be lost or any families torn apart. Caroline also leads the Center’s Women’s Ministry. She does so because she feels it is a God-given mandate to inspire the women of the church to find their God-given passion to change this world.    In 1999, Caroline married Dream Center Senior Pastor Matthew Barnett and in 2001, they became the senior pastors of the historic Angelus Temple, giving the Dream Center ministry a much-needed sanctuary. Together, the Angelus Temple and the Dream Center are reaching large numbers of people in Los Angeles and are truly effecting change in an impoverished area of a hurting city where many believe a large church could never exist at all.    Check out today’s episode, “Daring to Dream,” at www.HeroesForHer.com. 
"Take risks."  My guest today is Jordan Lee. Jordan blogs at Soulscripts and is the creator of The Sisterhood: the only exclusive, online community for SoulSisters who are looking to dig deeper into the Word and who want to learn more about Christian blogging and business. There you can find a ton of awesome resources including monthly Bible Study tutorials, lessons on Christian blogging/business, business tips, discounts on apparel, and tons more. Mainly, it’s a chance to connect with sisters around the globe AND in your city to grow, wrestle and learn together how to shine a light in the world.  I loved that Jordan’s list of favorite things is basically my list too: Jesus, sweatpants, flowy dresses (cuz it’s like pajamas), popcorn, confetti cupcakes, rainbow sprinkles, and messy hair. I mean, seriously, I could not love those things more.  Don’t miss today’s episode, “Of Souls and Sisterhood” and hear more about how stepping out in faith gives God the chance to do what He does best. 
Erin Weidemann is here to put the “her” in hero! It is her passion to help parents raise confident, capable daughters who are excited to live out their purpose. In today’s world, the girls who are the loudest are the ones who get noticed. Join us as we inspire you each week by interviewing real women, positive role models who are making a different kind of noise. Erin is the author of “The Adventures of Rooney Cruz” a series for girls to help them discover what it means to be truly beautiful through the female heroes of the Bible.
Erin Weidemann is here to put the “her” in hero! Founder and CEO of Bible Belles, it is her passion to help parents raise confident, capable daughters who are excited to live out their purpose.    In today’s world, the girls who are the loudest are the ones who get noticed. Join us as we inspire you each week by interviewing real women, positive role models who are making a different kind of noise.     Erin is the author of “The Adventures of Rooney Cruz” a series for girls to help them discover what it means to be truly beautiful through the Bible Belles, the heroic women of the Word. 
Erin Weidemann is here to put the “her” in hero! It is her passion to help parents raise confident, capable daughters who are excited to live out their purpose.  In today’s world, the girls who are the loudest are the ones who get noticed. Join us as we inspire you each week by interviewing real women, positive role models who are making a different kind of noise. Erin is the author of “The Adventures of Rooney Cruz” a series for girls to help them discover what it means to be truly beautiful through the female heroes of the Bible.  
Erin Weidemann is here to put the “her” in hero! It is her passion to help parents raise confident, capable daughters who are excited to live out their purpose.   In today’s world, the girls who are the loudest are the ones who get noticed. Join us as we inspire you each week by interviewing real women, positive role models who are making a different kind of noise.   Erin is the author of “The Adventures of Rooney Cruz” a series for girls to help them discover what it means to be truly beautiful through the female heroes of the Bible.  
Erin Weidemann is here to put the “her” in hero! It is her passion to help parents raise confident, capable daughters who are excited to live out their purpose.    In today’s world, the girls who are the loudest are the ones who get noticed. Join us as we inspire you each week by interviewing real women, positive role models who are making a different kind of noise.   Erin is the author of “The Adventures of Rooney Cruz” a series for girls to help them discover what it means to be truly beautiful through the female heroes of the Bible
Rooney and I stopped by HomeGoods a few days ago to get some Christmas placemats for our kitchen table. It took all but five seconds before she abandoned our hunt and went meandering down the toy aisles that were overflowing with 'stuff'.  She walked with purpose up and down each section, pointing out toys and games and figurines and dolls and cribs for the dolls and strollers for the dolls that were all going on her Christmas list. Hold on a second. In our house, we haven't really decided on the Santa thing in general. She asked me about it last year and I told her the truth. "The people who love you have purchased these gifts for you. Now, let's write our thank you notes."   We don't really have a clear-cut approach to this whole Santa business, but we definitely have not discussed writing out an entire list of things we want for ourselves. Moms, even though we battle cultural norms DAILY -- like selfishness over service-- can we still be intentional about flipping the focus this Christmas? You bet we can.  As a family, we've been having a blast doing the SANTA Switch this month to get ready for Christmas! I seriously can't tell you how uplifting it has been these last few weeks. A BIG thank you to every one of you who sent in stories of how your family is noticing the needs of others and taking action to meet those needs. It's so cool.  In my original podcast episode from a few weeks ago, I talked about our family's first entry in our SANTA Switch journal where we had to track down a homeless man outside of the grocery store down the street from my parents' house while we were there visiting. Check it out here. Need some inspiration? Here are a three stories from last week to get your creative juices flowing.  :) November 11, 2018 Today is Veteran's Day. While we were sitting in church we watched a video that paid tribute to the men and women of our military. Our pastor asked all of the veterans to raise their hands so we could honor them as a church family. My husband elbowed me. "I want to ask the people sitting in front of us who raised their hands if we can take them to lunch after church," he whispered. Once the service was over, he got their attention and asked if they wanted to go. They did! So we met them at In N Out down the street, chatting with them over hamburgers. Jim was from Indiana and lives with his wife just a little south of us. Tony had just moved here from Detroit and he'd only been in town for two days so far. It was great getting to know that they hadn't been attending our church for that long. They also showed us how to order Flying Dutchmans off of In N Out's secret menu. :) November 26, 2018 I was in New York City with my husband last week. We were walking down the street on the way to Times Square to decide where we should eat lunch. We noticed a mama, standing on the sidewalk in front of us. She was holding her infant son. It was cold and windy, and the baby had no hat. My husband was holding his new beanie in his hands when we saw her. He walked straight over to the woman and gave her the hat for her baby. November 28, 2018 We were driving to Home Depot to get our Christmas tree. On the opposite side of the street, going the other direction, an ambulance passed us with its lights flashing and its sirens going off. After a few moments, my daughter (totally on her own) said, "Hey, we need to pray for those people the ambulance is going to help." We prayed together in the car for wherever that ambulance was headed and for healing and safety for whoever was involved. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35 It's not too late for you to hop on board the SANTA Switch Express! Start this fun and intentional Christmas tradition with your family. All you need is a journal, something to write with, and a commitment to notice the needs you see out in the world...
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Does your daughter or the girl you lead have heroes in her life, other than you? For girls, positive role models are some of the best sources of inspiration and wisdom to help them understand how God wants to use them powerfully in His story. But where are they, and how do you get them in your girl’s life? In this episode Erin shares three quick tips on how to build a supportive network of positive women around your girl.
"Joyful and free." My guest for today's episode is an incomparable woman and my dear friend, Manna Ko. Manna is a Visionary, CEO and FOUNDER of several companies, and Strategic Partner to many others. She's been speaking internationally for decades, sharing her passion to teach, stretch, and equip others to live-out their gifts in a world hungry for authentic, honorable, and meaningful leadership and relationships. Now with almost thirty years of entrepreneurial experience, she's worked with hundreds of different businesses and organizations, and guided even more individuals seeking personal excellence. Her passion is to help people thrive their calling, live extraordinary lives, prosper through chaos, be a forerunner with unseen opportunities, lead under pressure, and deliver results.  Manna's experiences have taken her many places, and he faith has grown tremendously her life's journey. She shares how she has seen God at work throughout her life and through writing down her own story, an autobiographical novel. Don't miss today's episode, "Made For More." 
Our guest today is Melissa Hinnant, co-founder and president of Grace and Lace. Melissa lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Rick and their three children - Sienna, Jett, and Livia. In 2010, five months pregnant with a little girl, Melissa and Rick received devastating news that without surgical intervention, Melissa would give birth to their daughter within 24 hours and she would not survive.  Melissa was rushed into emergency surgery, and she spent the remainder of her pregnancy on strict horizontal bed rest. The days were long, she couldn't sit up, and she needed something to do with her hands. She began crocheting a tiny baby blanket, spurring in her a desire to sew, sew, sew! For two weeks Melissa lived in the hospital until doctors could no longer stop the labor. Her very tiny, but oh-so-perfect, baby girl was born. With lungs not yet developed enough to survive on her own, the Lord took her straight to Heaven. Though heart-wrenching and devastating, Melissa believes that out of this great tragedy has come her greatest victory.? Melissa's love for sewing and all things knit continued to grow. Late in the fall of 2011, she made her first pair of lacey leg warmers. Everywhere she went, people would stop and ask her where she got them. She put them up for sale online and in a matter of days was overwhelmed with orders she could not possibly fulfill on her own!  Now, just a few years later, Grace and Lace has become a full-blown women's apparel company with trademarked designs, a full studio and warehouse, and friends and family as staff. A portion of every sale goes toward building orphanages in India! Check out today's episode, "Grace, Lace, and Creative Space", and hear the story of an incredible mama who knows that beautiful things come together one stitch at a time.
"Lord, she is Yours and I trust You with her." My guest for today's episode is Wynter Pitts. Wynter is the founder of For Girls Like You Magazine and the author of several amazing resources that are very popular in the Weidemann household - For Girls Like You, You're God's Girl Devotionals For Tweens and She is Yours- Trusting God as You Raise the Girl He Gave You. She is the proud wife of Jonathan and mom of four girls. Wynter has made it her mission is to empower and equip girls to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be (sound familiar?) and to provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers. That's the goal: to walk alongside our girls as they live out their God-breathed destinies. To do that, we've got to remember that everything we have belongs to God, even them. Check out today's episode, "She Is Yours."
"To thine own self be true."    You know I love a good Shakespeare reference! We switched things up a bit for today's show. Since we started the Heroes For Her podcast last year, we've had only two male guests: Joel Smallbone from for KING & Country and the amazing other half of the Bible Belles founder team, Brent Weidemann. Our #3 is Pastor Van Moody!   As a pastor, speaker, and leadership trainer, Van Moody's voice has been heard around the world at the 30th Anniversary of the March on Washington, with Pope John Paul II and his Pontifical Council in Rome, Italy,  and in Tokyo, Japan as an Associate Trainer for Dr. John Maxwell's leadership organization, EQUIP. Most recently, he became a member of Dr. Oz's Core Team and is featured on the Dr. Oz Show on ABC. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Dr. Ty, and their two children, Eden Sydney and Ethan Isaiah.    Van Moody has a passion for healthy transformation in individuals, organizations and the world. In today's episode, he breaks down The I Factor: the three dynamics that are essential to understanding ourselves and discovering what God has for all of us. He talks about how identity significance, and perspective are the keys to managing yourself - your whole life - well. We talked about how these ideas apply to parenting and helping our children live healthy, purpose-filled lives from the inside out.    Don't miss today's episode, "Intentional Parenting: The I Factor", and find out more about how to help our kids know who they are, see purpose and greatness in what they were created for, and view the problems they face as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks.
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Started
Jan 30th, 2016
Latest Episode
Jan 29th, 2019
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No. of Episodes
83
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31 minutes
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