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Thoughtful Moments

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Thoughtful Moments Podcast was created to help inspire those who have had a rough road in life, those who have had dreams crushed, those whose lives have been imperfect, those who have had changes happen, those who can fil in the blank. This podcast is for anyone who needs a positive thought in business, entrepreneurship, and life. This podcast is brought to you by Audible. Audible is offering our listeners a free audiobook with a 30-day trial membership. just go to audibletrial.com/thoughtfulmomentspodcast.

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Episode 38 | To Dream Again
For nearly 20 years, I have had this dream. I mean a big, hairy, audacious dream. A dream that in the eyes of other people is impossible. For me, it was impossible. In 2016, we were getting closer and closer to getting this dream launched. Then the unthinkable happened. The rug was pulled out from under us. A new journey had begun in our lives that would erase all the hard work that we had made.When you have that happen to you, it is very hard to dream again. You start to wonder, "what's the point" or "why try when everything is against you?" It is easier to stop dreaming than to dream and have it taken away. The only problem is that you miss the destiny God has for you. You end up just surviving instead of thriving. Then, you become bitter.How do I know these things? I was there. When all of this happened, I had to learn to trust again and to dream again. I had to learn how to not be afraid of the unknown. I also had to learn that just because one person does you wrong does not mean that all people do you wrong.Now, I have to learn something new. I have to learn to dream again. I have to learn how to let go and draw strength from God in order to start dreaming again. The faith that God has given me has to help me to be able to see the unseen even through the hurt.Are you struggling with this? You are not alone. Comment below your thoughts, what are you dreaming about, and any other thoughts!
Episode 37 | In Awe
I paid our bills yesterday and one of them is a portion of our mortgage payment. I was looking at the balance was surprised. I usually check it once a month, but it slipped my mind in December.  When I checked it today, I was floored. So many things flooded my memory of what we have gone through. Here are just a few;We are a single-family income with 5 people that make well below the national household income.  Before the birth of our 2nd child, Sara and I made the decision for her to be a stay-at-home mom.  Sara was miserable at work and she was missing out on all of the milestones with our oldest. She had dreamt for most of her life of being a stay-at-home mom. One day, she came home and was just beside herself about her job. I told her to quit after her maternity leave. On October 6, 2009, Sara became a stay-at-home mom.  When you have three children, the cost never really goes down. There are doctor appointments, dentist appointments, clothes, school, sports, etc. There is no end to the expenses that you have!We are debt-free minus the house. On February 29, 2012, we paid our final debt off after one of many major events that happened in our lives. In July the previous year, I was involved in a car accident that totaled my vehicle. A few months later, our only means of transportation which was our van blew a head gasket. At this point, I wasn't making much more than $30,000 annually. Needless to say that we were broke. In the winter, we had someone bless us with a check and asked us to buy a car. It was a good amount for an older, used car. I searched for several weeks and just could not find one that I was at peace. In a last-ditch effort, I put on Facebook that I was looking for a car. I received a message from someone who was selling two and asked if I was interested. They sent me pictures and I was less than impressed. However, I felt that I needed to at least give it a try.I looked at one of the cars and immediately felt that I was supposed to buy it. I shot him a price and they took it. After writing the check, I drove the car home. Ugly as sin, the car drove like a dream. I got to the house and did our checkbook. I balanced the check that the person gave us with the check that I had just written for the car. The difference between the two left us with plenty left over. I had a thought; "I wonder how much is left over on the student loans?" Looking at the balance of the student loan, we knew exactly what to do. Pay off one of the student loans in full.I was unemployed for eight months and still kept up with our bills. In 2017, I was suddenly let go from my job after nearly 10 years of employment. At this time, we had put back our fully funded emergency fund suggested by Dave Ramsey. I looked for a job and was coming up empty. I decided to go to a job fair at a local college and came across a place that does IT boot camps to help you get certified in the IT field. It was here that I found my passion for IT. I was not working, however, the people sent me to a place where I could get assistance in paying for this boot camp. In the meantime, I sent my resume to a friend of mine who does government contracts with the DOD. It all began to fall into place.Though I did not work, our bills never fell behind. We depleted the emergency fund. More importantly, God made the money stretch by putting people in our path who helped us financially. It was a long wait, but it was all taken care of.  The fact is our emergency fund was depleted the week I started working. Even to the wire, we saw God's hand in it all.Why am I telling you this? No, I'm not selling you on MLM. I'm selling you on GOD. I am selling you on the fact that God is faithful. In Matthew 19:26, Jesus was speaking; "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man&
Episode 36 | Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
Some things in life are better left unsaid. We are so quick to say our own piece of what we believe yet we don't gather all of the facts before we throw them all up on other people. That has been the reason I haven't written in the last few days. I would go to type something and save it as a draft yet end up deleting it. Why? It is better left unsaid.What would happen if we did the same in our everyday life?  We type out our thoughts in our own mind, review, perform the spell check and grammatical errors before hitting publish. We read it again and decide to trash it instead of publishing it. Our world would be free from the issues that we have!I want to challenge both you and me to not publish unless it is appropriate to build those around us up instead of tearing them down. 
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Started
Apr 6th, 2019
Latest Episode
Aug 20th, 2019
Release Period
Daily
No. of Episodes
43
Avg. Episode Length
9 minutes
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