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  I had an entertaining chat with my guest Jenny Randle on today's podcast. Jenny calls herself a creative ninja which is fitting since she’s an entrepreneur, speaker, Emmy-award winning editor, and wrote a book called Courageous Creative to help unleash your inner creative. Some of you may not think you are creative, or think that being creative is a big deal. Perhaps you've even succumbed to the lie that God doesn't want you to dream or pursue those dreams with Him?  In this episode we cover: Alarming statistics about the drop in our creative energy as an adult, and why this is so important to get back. The lie you may be believing in about your lack of creativity. How being creative is biblical and a part of our origin. What tapping into our creative energies does for the soul (and why this is worth fighting for!) How to freestyle rap like a champ! (Or at least have fun with it!) You will laugh out loud with this episode as well as get a big tug in your heart as you listen to Jenny's personal story of pursuing her inner creative, and how you should do the same. Click here to listen to this episode:  Grab Jenny's book: Courageous Creative Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Last week, I talked about the beginning and how this whole ranch adventure, my husband quitting his job, the RV and us moving from California to Idaho first started. The decision for my husband to quit his job was the pivotal decision that created a wake of change and propelled us onto an adventure with God we never even saw coming. But if you think this transition was seamless, think again. No, it brought us on a million different pivots and a million different decisions to make, ultimately propelling us to one main purpose. A purpose and mission for which we are still discovering and unwrapping right now. Just so you don't think we're super human and super spiritual: - I made a few impulsive decisions that my husband wasn't too thrilled with. - This leap of faith hasn't been without some financial planning on our part, making this transition a lot easier than it would have been. - We still aren't quite making it each month without my husband working (even in a lower income area like the rural hills of Idaho) but I'm thankful for my business ministry, book contracts, and the coaching clients I get to serve. - I had a full-blown panic attack when we arrived at the ranch. So no, I'm not super human. - We've both been struggling with fear multiple times and the inconvenience this has brought to our lives has stretched us thin (me more than him). BUT, we've also been experiencing something incredible through this process. Something that feels almost like I imagine Peter feeling walking on water toward Jesus. An indescribable experience and connection to Him. Seeing how He is using us in ways we never anticipated which has swollen our hearts with such incredible purpose. Doing work too big for us to handle but totally possible with God. Our hearts feel more alive than we've ever felt before and God continues to give us affirmations that we are doing the right thing. Friend, I believe you can experience this too. Perhaps you just need to know someone else who has already taken this leap and can tell you, "It's worth it! Trust me!" Tune in to listen, today! Look up Refine and Restore Podcast on your podcast player! Find me on Facebook! Find me on Instagram! Join my Truthful Tuesday's email list and get your free gift, my e-book called Purpose Manifesto, today! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
 It's Episode 29 in the Refine and Restore Podcast and today I'm revealing behind-the-scenes of what they don't tell you about how to become an author. I share the parts that make it worth it, but also the challenges I faced and the honest questions I had to ask myself just before I started to take my writing more seriously. In this episode I cover: one of the hardest things I believe all authors face what writing really looks like behind-the-scenes, especially when you're first getting started to become an author multiple mindset shifts over the past few years as I've journeyed on this somewhat hush-hush industry Why you probably shouldn't quit your day job (although making money as an author is more important to me now that I'm the main income earner of the family, it is definitely NOT my primary goal...but this one thing is) When the best time is to start How to find a mentor/coach to help you through the process (and why this has been key to my success) It's important for me to mention that I offer my coaching programs for aspiring authors three times per year and if this is something you've had on your heart for a while to pursue, or perhaps you've been trying to make it as an author for a while now, I can't tell you how important it will be for you to hire a coach to help you get there. Check out my Aspiring Author coaching programs here to learn more! Listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
This is Episode 11 of the Refine and Restore Podcast titled "Taking Things One Day At A Time..." It's the last part of our recent faith adventure or ranch story which has taken us from the sprawling city suburbs of Southern California to the rural hills of Southern Idaho. It involves my husband quitting his job, selling our dream home, purchasing an RV to live in, investing in a 60-acre ranch with new friends and partners, and walking out a dream we never anticipated being on. But through it all, we've seen how God is directing us, guiding us, and has invited us into this journey with Him. Therefore, we feel the assurance of His presence and know that we are right where we should be. This journey has been anything but easy. And currently, it requires us taking things one day at a time. Which is something we want to invite you into our discussion about today as we navigated through this process. In this episode, we talk about: - When things don't go as planned. - My first experience with a panic attack. - The right and wrong ways to do an investment. - What going from the city to the rural country is actually like. - How God is continuing to refine us and restore our hearts back to His. The ranch is officially named Seven Springs Ranch and you can find them on Facebook or Instagram! Don't forget to subscribe to my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where you can hear about ranch updates, my book progress, and more! rachelcswanson.com/join-the-inner-circle --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Many of us have phrases that we are repeating in our heads over and over again that are not only healthy, but lies that we are believing in about ourselves. We don’t think much of this because it feels normal. But I want to encourage you today to listen closely to the thoughts and phrases in your mind that you are saying about yourself and ask yourself, are these healthy thoughts and are they really true? In this episode, I'm sharing 5 main lies I’m removing from my vocabulary right now. And maybe this will encourage you to take an inventory of what your thinking about and telling yourself because maybe you have a few of your own that need removing or refining as well. Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven’t already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures! rachelcswanson.com/subscribe --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
What is up my R&R friends! Welcome to my interview BLITZ week because I’ve had SOOOO many people request to do interviews, but didn’t have enough room in my schedule to include them all. SOOOO we are having a fun week where I’m going to be releasing an episode per day over the next 5 days for you to listen to. I had a conversation with my friend, Alli Worthington. She’s a wife and mom of 5 boys living outside of Nashville, TN. She’s the author of Breaking Busy, The Year of Living Happy, and Fierce Faith. She’s also a business coach and started the conference Blissdom, geared for those interested in starting a business and gaining the right tools to succeed. I’m excited to be sharing a discount code with you at the end of this episode for this conference so stay tuned to the end so you can get some major savings if you’re wanting to attend! In this episode we chat about: How Alli became successful in multiple businesses without having a masters degree or any business schooling background (and how you can, too!) What God has been teaching her about fear. The #1 lie she is constantly bringing back to Jesus to restore the truth. Why she's become passionate about helping women get the right tools and information to pursue their own creative business dreams. NEED THE BLISSDOM CODE? Bliss50! You're welcome! Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial  Connect with me on Instagram!  https://www.instagram.com/rachelcswanson/  If you haven’t already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/subscribe/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Happy Post Fourth of July! I hope you had a good one. Our plans were pretty low key as we are still getting used to the sun that never sets here in Idaho. Honestly, it’s so weird that at 10 pm there’s still light in the sky and we had to wait until 10:30 pm for fireworks to start. What the heck? In California where we used to live (for the majority of my life) fireworks always started at 9 pm because by 8:30 pm it was dark friends! So, with a 5 year old and two 7 year olds, waiting until 10:30 pm wasn’t going to happen so it wasn’t much of a show this year. Oh well. I’m still celebrating the freedom we have in our country and am so thankful for those that sacrificed themselves to enable the freedom that we have today. It’s episode 37 and I share about something I’ve struggled with (been still struggling with to an extent). But through the realization of this one truth (and dwelling on this reminder), it has enabled me to keep going when it feels easier to not. In fact, it's helped create 5 transformational inner changes in me and therefore I want to unpack this truth with you so that you can experience it, too. So in this episode, I chat about: 5 transformational inner changes that occurred in me once I realized this one truth and let it soak in. How this one truth relates to God in the Bible. Apparently there are a few diaper innuendos (sorry!) What to do when you are feeling stuck with zero inspiration, zero clarity, zero hope, and zero confidence in something you're wrestling with. Ready to dig into this episode? Great! Let's go! If you want to read a blog post version of this episode, I decided to write out most of the episode for my readers on the blog! Click here to read it now. Click here to listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook!Connect with me on Instagram!  If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures!  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Welcome to Episode 06 of the Refine and Restore Podcast. Today Rachel discusses the struggle with body image, especially when you don't really think you have a problem with it. Many women flirt on the tip of the line with this struggle or maybe have even crossed it a time or two, but are in denial that it's still a problem in their life. Specifically when it comes to the mindset we may still have and the lies it keeps telling us about our bodies. Rachel currently shares how she is preaching to herself on this one and what the truths are when it comes to overcoming this issue. Check out her website: RachelCSwanson.com/podcast for more episodes! Sign-up for her Truthful Tuesday newsletters and get her free e-book called Purpose Manifesto today! rachelcswanson.com/join-the-inner-circle --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Welcome back to the R&R Podcast friends, I cannot believe that it’s been 1 full year since I launched this podcast and what an amazing year of growth it’s been for those of you who have been following along each episode. I hope and pray you’ve been growing in your faith, learning tools to help you thrive in life, and that you’ve enjoyed some of the personal stories I’ve shared about the radical adventures of stepping out and walking on water with Jesus over the past several years of my life. The most amazing thing is I decided to start this podcast before I even knew that my book was going to be published with the same name, Refine and Restore. It’s been fun to see how God had this planned better than I could have planned it myself, even though I felt like He was taking too long because I had been pitching it, rather uncertainly for a year, this was 2017-2018 before it became officially contracted with FaithWords in October 2018 and is now going to be released into a book this October 2019. I can’t wait for October 8th when it becomes available for you to have in your hands, although I do have about 300 early readers in my launch team with books and can I just share with you a few things they’ve said about it so far? Vitali said As I read this book it’s like God wrote it for me and what I have been going through. I feel relief and joy for knowing that I can get out of this rut and that it’s all possible with His power and strength.” Renee said “I am a 73-year old grandmother and I feel that this book is applicable to all ages of women, from teens to old folks like me.” Re (a male reader) “she’s addressing women, but this could easily be written to either men or women.” Vickie said Thanks for putting words to feelings and validating what we are afraid others don't feel.” Kelli “I cannot thank you enough for putting words to what was going on in my head and in my heart. I am a writer. I love words. I can describe almost anything - except this - and you have done it for me!” Wow. Thank you! So friend, if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, sounds like this book is worth your time to read and you will thank me later for getting your copy. I also have something special for those that pre-order the book, it’s a 5-session course to help you revive your heart and release your purpose. Basically, it’s the practical application tools that I didn’t put in the book that I help coach you through with this course. And the videos are only 15 minutes or shorter which can either be completed in a 75 minute binge session because you will have access to all 5 of them immediately or you can go through it daily or weekly, applying the tools I share within it to help you grow in your relationship with God and walk out your unique purpose with Him. You can go to RefineAndRestore.com to order as well as claim your free pre-order gift—this course—before October 8th. I’m pretty sure Amazon has it on sale right now too so go grab it and tell your friends before the price goes up and while you can get your pre-order gift to go with it. There’s also a Mega giveaway going on for 5-nights in Hawaii or Florida plus a fun quiz you can check out to discover how happy you are, so go to RefineAndRestore.com and check it out! Today, I have a simple thought I want to share as we ease into fall with back to school, new schedules, extra activities that might be piling up or start feeling overwhelming... Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven’t already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures! rachelcswanson.com/subscribe --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
What would it be like preparing to go overseas for the next 20 years serving in the rural and dangerous parts of an island, learning a whole new language and eventually sharing with them the gospel message? Could you do this if God called you to this life? Today, I chatted with my good real-life friends and missionaries we support, Michael and Morgan Leblanc, about what it's been like preparing to go overseas and the stigmas people often think when they hear missionary. They are authentic and share their honest struggles, while also expressing their deepest hopes and passion as they enter this call into the wilderness with Jesus. In this episode, we chat about: How God birthed this desire to serve overseas. Why saying, "I could never do that" is false      thinking and how they've wrestled with this decision as well. Their biggest fears (a certain crawly creature might be      one of them). What they foresee raising a child overseas and as      missionaries may be like. What is Ethnos 360 (Tribal Missions) and what is their      overall plan. Why many people hold back from serving as missionaries,      and why you should start small if there's any interest in serving in this      way. If you'd like to support Michael and Morgan, please visit their website and consider supporting them! Or follow along with their newsletters so you can hear more about their exciting adventures moving forward! Click here to listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial  Connect with me on Instagram!  https://instagram.com/rachelcswanson  If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/subscribe/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
  Welcome back to the Refine and Restore Podcast with me--Rachel Swanson!!! Today's topic has been on my heart for a while. However, it finally felt relevant to share due to Mother's Day being just around the corner. Do you have a strong-willed daughter or two? I know how difficult this can be. But let me teach you a few things I’ve been learning as I raise a mighty warrior princess in my house which I hope will help soften your struggling spirit, and give you insight into what I've been learning raising my fiery spirited little one. In this episode I cover: my authentic thoughts and hurtful reactions about how I struggled with my strong-willed daughter the #1 thing I knew I couldn't do to her (and didn't) the ways God changed my perspective about her strong characteristics How similar I am to her and why we need each other as mother and daughter more than I initially believed My letter to my strong-willed daughter (it might make you cry!) I pray this is a heart-felt episode that you share with your other mommy friends and even your daughter as you learn, as I did, what a beautiful addition their strong-willed gifts and talents are to this world. Tune in to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial  Connect with me on Instagram!  https://www.instagram.com/rachelcswanson/  If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/join-the-inner-circle  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
I have to start and say that my guest, Erin Weidemann is the real deal you guys. She is authentic and has her head on straight when it comes to a mindset of Kingdom impact rather than self-led rewards.  Erin is the founder and CEO of Bible Belles and award-winning author of The Adventures of Rooney Cruz series, She’s committed to changing the world’s current definition of beauty. As a certified teacher, coach, and nationally recognized speaker, she founded Truth Becomes Her, a community that equips women of all ages to let go of fear and step into the unique leadership roles for which they were designed. A five-time cancer survivor, Erin lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Brent and their daughter, Rooney.   In this episode we cover: behind-the-scenes difficulties Erin had with starting her own business why she decided to self-publish instead of pursue traditional publishing with her books why she decided to quit her beloved teaching job (that she had no interest in quitting) to pursue entrepreneurship which is more challenging, unsteady, and no guarantee of a successful outcome why success isn't the most important thing, and what IS more important instead what our ultimate "calling" truly is how this journey taught her to have more courage than she felt at the moment of decision Also, if you have any interest in becoming an author and publishing a book, I'd love nothing more than to help you out with this process. Check out my aspiring author programs here and I look forward to coaching you through this process! Click here to listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Let's talk about a few possible beliefs you may have about money (especially if you're a Christian) that are not fully true and is possibly sabotaging you from experiencing freedom from guilt, shame or greed surrounding this issue. By the end of this episode, you will walk in freedom and confidence about how to handle your heart and mind when it comes to money. Like this episode? Please leave a review! It really does help! Find me on Instagram: instagram.com/rachelcswanson Find me on Facebook: facebook.com/rachelswansonofficial Website: RachelCSwanson.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Sometimes, I feel like giving up: on relationships, my kids, my career, and even my faith. But what if there's a pivot God is inviting you to see with Him? Maybe you just don't see it yet? In this episode (#23) I share: Areas of my life where I've contemplated quitting. A story in the Bible that made me think that perhaps      God has a pivot in place, I just don't see it yet. Encouragement in your own season of when you feel like      quitting instead. I'm thankful for those seasons that I haven't quit, even though I felt like it. I'm thankful that I've stuck it out only to see the pivot that was just beyond the next corner, leading to an even greater path and plan than I anticipated. Click to listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Have you ever sat down with someone and felt like they are an automatic friend? This is the kind of guest I’m bringing to you today on the podcast. Ruth Chou Simons, also known for her company Gracelaced, first started as a water color artist sharing God’s beauty and grace through her art. She’s become a bestselling author of multiple, gorgeous books (I know because I own them), mama entrepreneur, and national speaker. She shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and paintbrush through an online shoppe at GraceLaced.com and her Instagram community of more than a hundred thousand. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure. Ruth is the author of Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, and GraceLaced, which won a 2018 Christian Book Award. She lives in Colorado with her husband Troy and her 6 boys whom she lovingly refers to as “mancubs.” Honestly, I love this woman so much. She contains so much wisdom which we get to experience today on the podcast as we discuss finding God’s glory and grace in the everyday, even sometimes mundane, of life. She mentions how her Instagram reel is mainly a feed of her preaching to herself as she adheres to the truth of God’s promises through His Word. You will definitely be refreshed through this episode by the end of it. Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven’t already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures! rachelcswanson.com/subscribe --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
In this episode, it’s episode 18, I’ve been wrestling with this concept of enough over the past several years and have gotten to a really freeing place of being content with where God has me now. I’ve stopped striving and starting living into this current season with new perspective, and I want to help you shift your thinking with this too—to overcome the lie that you don’t have enough—and step into the truth that enough is right in front of you.   In this episode I cover: How I've come into a season where we have less and yet I feel more content than ever. What God's Word says about contentment and having enough? What I have to do DAILY to restore my heart back to the truth about this matter. How you can become free from the glass-half-empty thoughts. What we really should be striving for and where our focus should be. We have more than enough friends. But sometimes we need to hear it from someone else who has not just talked the talk, but walked the walk. Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I provide coaching tips, encouragement, and share behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
 It’s episode 22 and I'm deep diving into 10 simple and intentional practices that I have put in place over my life in order to have less overwhelm and increase my productivity. This isn't so much of adding more to the weight of your schedule. It's about intentionally designing your life to be more balanced and intentional with the things we put in it. When I implement these 10 things, I feel the weight of stress and worry fall off my shoulders. I feel more aligned to my callings. I have less guilt and less distraction. All in all, it makes for a more healthy and happy life. In this episode I cover: 10 things that I strive to do each day in order to bring less overwhelm to my schedule. A specific Proverb that has helped me let go of control to a certain extent. My favorite quote by Martin Luther. What things you can and cannot multi-task well with. How to make sure your spouse is on the same page as you. And more! I don't do this perfectly, but I do feel the state of my life is more intentional and less overwhelming than most. Listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
These days, it feels like there's pressure to jump into everything we see or are asked to pursue. But what if this is hurting you more than helping you? In this podcast episode, I want to identify 3 things that I've found that are negative effects to jumping into everything you lay eyes on. What are you sacrificing at the expense of this next greatest or latest thing? Tune in today to find out! Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven’t already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures! rachelcswanson.com/subscribe P.S. Grab a copy of my latest book, Refine and Restore: Revive Your Heart, Release Your Purpose! THEN, go to RefineAndRestore.com to claim your preorder gifts today! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Hey guys! I need to share with you something important and very sudden that I didn’t have planned before we get into today’s episode. You will understand this more as you listen to this episode with Jordan Raynor, but I’ve decided to make this the last running episode for the Refine and Restore podcast. It’s definitely bittersweet. I’ve SO enjoyed the process of sharing podcast episodes, guests and content with you all. It was definitely good for a season. But recently, I had been feeling the pull to complete this podcast earlier than I had planned and it’s all because of the recent early copy of a book I read by Jordan Raynor called Master of One, along with confirmation in prayer with God. You know when you have a good thing you can do but it doesn’t give room to the one thing that God is asking you to do that is going to be that much better? Yeah, that’s me right now in this season. So, keep listening to this episode with Jordan because maybe it will make you think hard about where you’re at in life and whether or not you are where God wants you in this season of life. But let me tell you a bit about Jordan Raynor before we go into today’s podcast episode. Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and national bestselling author who helps Christians do their most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others. His book, Called to Create, became an instant bestseller when it was released in November 2017. His next book, Master of One, will be released in January 2020. In addition to his writing, Jordan serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup that has built the world's largest library of 360° experiences of hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Jordan previously served as CEO of the company, following a string of successful ventures of his own. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in The White House under President George W. Bush. A highly sought-after public speaker on the topic of faith and work, Jordan has spoken at Harvard University, SXSW, TEDx, and many other high-profile events around the world. A sixth-generation Floridian, Jordan lives in Tampa with his wife and their two young daughters. This is one of my favorite episodes where we dig into the topic of calling and purpose and how your ministry can be at home with the kids, at church, or creating products as a serial entrepreneur. As long as you are doing it for the glory of God and loving others in the process, that’s all that really matters. Get the book Master of One! Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven’t already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures! rachelcswanson.com/subscribe --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
But what was good for a season doesn’t mean it will be good for this season. Or even right for the next season. This is something I’ve been learning. It’s something you need to know too.  But you need to know, you have options. You don’t have to have it all figured out. You don’t have to explain the shift to anyone else, just like you don’t have to explain why you have to start wearing scarves, mittens and warm boots. Just make the shift you know you need to make. Take the next step with God to pursue whatever it is He is beckoning you to pursue with Him. There’s a reason you’re feeling the way you’re feeling. There is something else for you in this next season you may miss out on if you don’t take the initiative.  Follow along on FB or IG: RachelCSwanson Grab my FREE e-book Purpose Manifesto: rachelcswanson.com/purposemanifesto --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
  Welcome back!!! It's the kick-off of Season 3 of the Refine and Restore Podcast and what an honor it's been to show up in this digital space with you as we discuss relevant topics about faith, family, relationships, personal and spiritual growth, and other important topics. It's all about refining away the lies, false perspectives, negative cycles, and restoring your heart and mind back to what is true, healthy, and positive. For today's episode #26 I brought on two very special guest and friends that I’ve grown to know over the past few years on the online space and their names are Josh and Christi Straub. Josh and Christi Straub lead the Straub Co. and Famous at Home, organizations that use emotional intelligence to equip families and leaders to live, love, and lead well in their marriages, with their kids, and with those they lead. Both Fellows of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, together they host the weekly In This Together podcast and lead TwentyTwoSix Parenting. Josh and Christi have two fun and feisty kids, Landon and Kennedy. They JUST launched their first children’s book, What Am I Feeling? which I'm LOVING so much! In this episode we cover: why understanding AND expressing our emotions is important how to do that well with our kids (and others) what to do when you end up exploding onto others in frustration and messing up big time in front of your kids, spouse or others close to you. This is definitely an episode you don't want to miss!   Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial  Connect with me on Instagram!  https://www.instagram.com/rachelcswanson/  If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/join-the-inner-circle  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
I'm sharing my very personal story of the journey my husband and I went on because of God's leading. However, it didn't go as planned in the end. Often when this happens, we question whether or not it was true, or wonder if we heard God correctly. We wonder if God is really good when He clearly told us to do something but it's as if He changed His mind during the process and we are left empty handed. We wonder if He is trustworthy or if He is loving when the refining process hurts or makes us confused, especially when He invites us to do something risky with Him. I invite you into my wrestling journey with Him and what actually happened in our fost-adoption journey that came to a heart-breaking end. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
Welcome to the Refine & Restore podcast with Rachel C. Swanson! In this episode, Rachel addresses the negative voice in our head which often says, "You don't have what it takes." It's common for many of us to let this thought run rampant in our minds. But what does God's Word have to say about this? What does God think about you? Listen in today to find out! Read my free 18-page e-book "Purpose Manifesto" to discover your unique purpose and understand how God purposed you and I to work together utilizing our gifts and talents in a way that fills our hearts and glorifies Him: rachelcswanson.com/purposemanifesto Find me on Instagram: instagram.com/rachelcswanson Find me on Facebook: facebook.com/rachelswansonofficial --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
 We live in one of the busiest cultures in the world. Fast paced, cram packed lives typically define our days. But what if we are missing out on what we truly want more of? What if we need to schedule less to gain 3 things we want the most? It's episode 35 on the Refine and Restore podcast, and today I'm unpacking how Scheduling Less for 3 Things You Want More of will radically change your life. What are those 3 things? You will need to tune in to find out!  In this episode, I chat about: What 3 things you are missing out on that are crucial to living well. Why scheduling less into our jam-packed schedule will open our lives to more of what we truly want. How to stop the cycle of "well, everyone else is doing it!" which isn't a healthy perspective to have. When this realization hit me and how I've worked to lessen over-scheduling by saying "no" to a lot of good things. What you can do, today, to lessen the stress, overwhelm, and busy in your life to gain what you are missing out on most. You truly are missing out when you pack your schedule to the brim. There really are other ways you can cultivate these 3 things (which you want MORE of, trust me!) no matter what situation or type of life you are living right now. Listen to this episode, today! Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial  Connect with me on Instagram!  https://www.instagram.com/rachelcswanson/  If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/subscribe/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
 It’s episode 19 and I want to hit this issue I see running rampant in your thoughts and minds of “I can’t do that because ____” You put in an excuse and it keeps you from taking that step of faith to change your life for the better. I also want to tell you about some practical tools and a key spiritual truth that will help you overcome this barrier in your life. Because friend, there’s never going to be the perfect time to make that radical shift. Your life won’t change until you decide it’s important enough to make that change.   In this episode I cover: What excuses are you holding onto that are simply excuses and nothing else? How I actually do it all? Three things that enable me to overcome these excuses and the barriers I face? A key biblical truth you may be failing to apply to your life? How I was able to work part-time, care for three kids in diapers, lead in my church, and still pursue my writing dreams! Don't limit yourself, friend. Let's overcome the barriers you're facing and wrestle with the truth that you fail to see. Connect with me on Facebook! Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle peeps with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I provide spiritual growth tips, encouragement, and share behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! www.rachelcswanson.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachelcswanson/support
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Started
Aug 8th, 2018
Latest Episode
Oct 23rd, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
51
Avg. Episode Length
21 minutes
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