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What do you do when a child accuses you of letting his younger sibling get away with everything? How do you decide what to cook for dinner each night and actually cook it when you hate meal planning and cooking? What do you do when no one in your house will help you with household chores? These are YOUR questions and today I’m giving you MY answers…
 
Last week in EP119 I invited my friend Mary K Tiller to join me, and I played the first half of our conversation. Today in Part 2 we confess we are not "Fun Moms" and we discuss the creative ways we’ve learned to connect with our kids despite this shortcoming. We also talk about loneliness in motherhood and what we do to combat it. Mary K offers so…
 
Today, for the first time ever on the Balanced MomCast, I am inviting a friend to join me. This episode is for all the work-from-home moms. We chat about the perks and challenges of working from home, especially with small children in the mix. We discuss making difficult choices about how to divide our time between work and kids, what we prayerfull…
 
Today I’m addressing one listener’s struggle about establishing a Bible reading and prayer life. If you have never established a daily time to connect with God and the thought of starting one feels overwhelming, or if you just want to be more consistent with the practice you already have, I offer encouragement and practical tips for this mom and fo…
 
Mom, you are NOT the emotional thermostat of your home. You cannot control the moods and attitudes of your children or your spouse. But you CAN create an environment where peace thrives. Today we look at the book of Proverbs and discuss four practical things you can do to facilitate a peaceful home environment: 1. Be Patient: Prov 16:32 2. Be Proac…
 
My kids are just like your kids. If I give them the choice between cookies and fruit for dessert, they will choose the cookies. That's why I am deliberate and strategic to train them to choose healthy food when faced with a choice. Today, as part of my Summer Series Replay, I'm replaying an episode that originally aired in May 2019, where I offered…
 
Depression affects 300 million people worldwide, and I am one of them. The good news is, depression is entirely treatable and almost always, preventable. If you have mild depression and anxiety and want to explore some options outside of prescription medication, I'm giving you the exact things I do on a daily basis that keep depression and anxiety …
 
If you're a mom drowning in your responsibilities, I'm here to throw you a lifeline. As part of my Summer Series Replay, I'm going back to August 2019 (EP15) where I offered 7 things that will give you immediate relief from the pressure of "too much." 1. Do a brain dump 2. Cancel/quit something 3. Clean your kitchen 4. 10 minutes/10 things 5. Power…
 
Jesus said 8 times (!) in John 15 that He wants us to bear fruit. But what does that even mean? In EP112 we said that abiding is all the stuff that no one sees. Well, fruit is the stuff EVERYONE sees (and feels, and tastes, and smells) coming from you. Welcome to my Summer Replay Series! I'm rerunning a series that first aired in Feb-March 2020 on …
 
Welcome to a very frank yet loving discussion about what it really means to abide in Christ. At the risk of sounding completely over the top, studying, understanding, and then applying these truths has impacted every single area of my life. My heart is to encourage and equip you to live a fruitful life. So, if you’re ready for some tough love on ho…
 
What does it mean when Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing"? Who are these people? Are they really doing nothing? Am I one of these people? Are you one of these people? Welcome to my Summer Replay Series! I'm rerunning a series that first aired in Feb-March 2020 on Abiding in Christ (John 15). This replay series begins with EP108 and this…
 
Motherhood often feels like loss: Loss of your schedule, loss of control, loss of yourself. This can be very confusing because, as a Christian, you KNOW God has called you to live an abundant life! So, what's up with this? Are you doing something wrong? Or are you doing something right? (spoiler: you're doing something right!) Welcome to my Summer …
 
Welcome to my Summer Replay Series! I'm rerunning a series that first aired in Feb-March 2020 on Abiding in Christ (John 15). In EP108 I introduced you to the series If you haven't listened to that episode yet, do that first! Today I will introduce you to the Cast of Characters and the 5 Branches, but we will discuss in detail the branch in Christ …
 
It’s summer! And I’m stepping away from the podcast for a few weeks to rest and enjoy my family. But while I’m gone, I’m replaying some of my favorite episodes that you may have missed or you may want to hear again. This is the first episode of the series I did on Abiding in Christ based on John 15. This series originally aired in February and Marc…
 
Your family eats every day, several times a day, whether you like it or not. Today I share my philosophy on cooking and a simple 4-step process for easy meal-planning. This is the last episode in our series on organization. Listen in. The benefits of meal-planning: You will serve more nutritious meals--because when you’re cooking on the fly you are…
 
We are in a mini series about organization. So far we’ve talked about organizing our time, decluttering our unwanted items, and organizing our things in a way that makes sense to us and is also easy to maintain. Today, we are zeroing in on creating simple and sustainable systems to keep our homes running smoothly. Think laundry and housekeeping. Tr…
 
We are in a mini-series about organization. Last week I talked about the necessary act of decluttering. Today I’ll give you some tips about how to organize your things in your home. Listen in. As you organize, here are your goals: Goal 1: Can I find and access what I need when I need it? Goal 2: Can I easily maintain this system? The areas we are g…
 
The first rule of home organization: Do not organize your clutter! Before you can organize your home, you need to purge it of things you don't love, don't use, and don't have space to store. In this episode, I take you through a simple decluttering process and give you 10 questions to ask yourself as you're sorting to decide what to keep. 10 Questi…
 
If one thing can make us feel immediately frazzled, it’s chaos. Whether it be chaos on our calendar or chaos in our closets, chaos makes us feel completely out of control. One of the best ways to address the chaos in our lives is with some good old-fashioned organization. Simply knowing how the pieces of our lives fit together gives us clarity and …
 
In Scripture, life is depicted as a race. We are told to throw off everything that hinders our running. But how do you know if something you are carrying is hindering or helping? After all, what hinders me may be helping you. What helped you in the past may be weighing you down now. It can be tricky to decide what to set down. Today I’m offering fi…
 
In Scripture, life is depicted as a race. How we choose to run determines our quality of life, and whom or what we choose to run toward determines our peace and joy. ~Cynthian Heald Are you weary? Do you feel like life is harder than it’s supposed to be? Does it seem like everything is a constant uphill battle? Maybe it’s because you’re carrying ex…
 
Today we celebrate our 100th episode. And I couldn’t think of a better thing to do than turn the focus back on you--my listeners. I’ve asked a few of my mom friends to offer a word of encouragement to the overwhelmed moms who listen to the podcast. If you’re feeling a little frazzled today, I want you to sit back, put up your feet, and savor the li…
 
I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I have been eating mostly a whole foods plant-based diet. And some of you have had questions about that like, “Why are you doing that?” and “What do you mean, you only eat plants?" and "Is that the same thing as Vegan?” and “Where do you get your protein?” and “How do you do this with kids?” So, today I’m an…
 
One of the most challenging aspects of being a Christian mom is finding ways to be alone to pray or read or study the Bible (or just think or be quiet!) while you are surrounded by kids. If your quiet time with the Lord is limited or non-existent, I have three words of encouragement and four things to try. Words of Encouragement: 1. Don’t feel guil…
 
If you are a mom in the year 2021, you are probably on social media. And if you are a mom on social media, you have probably at some point considered taking a social media break, drawing better boundaries around your time there, or leaving social media altogether. Me too. Today I’m talking about my decision to leave social media and offering some q…
 
This is our 5th and final episode on the Barrier of Busyness. Today we are talking about the importance of weekly rest: what Sabbath means and how to do it. If you are a mom, you DO actually get a day off. Let me show you how. 1. Sabbath means literally "Stop, rest." God introduced a rhythm of life when He worked for 6 days and rested on the 7th. I…
 
Last week I led you through 4 steps to reorder your overly busy life and today I’m giving you 6 more. Grab a pen, grab some paper, grab your calendar, because we are ruthlessly eliminating hurry from our lives. 1. Understand the full extent of a commitment before you say yes 2. Get help 3. Simplify 4. Set goals 5. Mind Your own business 6. Make res…
 
We’ve spent the last 2 weeks unpacking the problem with your overly busy life. And now we are going to do something about it. Grab a pen, grab some paper, grab your calendar, and buckle in, because I am going to take you through a process to reorder your life, with action steps. 1. Go on a fast 2. Remember your priorities 3. Know your gifts and tal…
 
Last week we introduced the 4th and final Barrier to Balance known as Busyness. I shared with you 6 reasons busyness is a bad idea and I encouraged you to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Today I’m continuing the discussion by helping you get to the root of your busyness. As John Ortberg says, hurry isn’t just a disordered schedule, it’s …
 
Other than complete disconnection from God, nothing will hinder our ability to stay balanced more profoundly or more consistently than being overly busy. It’s one of the enemy’s most brilliant tactics. Over-commitment—even with good, Christian things—causes fatigue, resentment, bitterness, and ineffectiveness in all things. If you’ve been following…
 
Last week in EP90 I introduced the one balance barrier that trips up every woman I know: The Comparison Trap. I talked about the history of it (which literally begins with Cain and Abel, on page 3 of my Bible) and the problem with it. Today, I talk about what we can do about it. If you feel trapped by comparison to other women, I am giving you 5 th…
 
Way back in the spring of 2020 I started a series on the Barriers to Balance. We covered two of them: Perfectionism and People Pleasing (EP70-EP73). And then suddenly I found out we were moving and then I took a summer break and then I launched my new book. And now finally we are continuing with that series, nine months later. Today, we are introdu…
 
My biggest balance struggle, hands down, is the propensity to become easily overwhelmed. I would venture to say that it’s something I struggle with almost every day. And this is precisely why my passion is to help overwhelmed, frazzled moms find peace. Because I get you...I AM you! This morning as I was working through all the possible reasons I co…
 
Welcome to Season 6! If you are one of the many women I know who are crossing over into unchartered territory--a new job, a new baby, a new opportunity--or maybe you are beginning a new life after the death of a spouse, a child, or a marriage...I have a special word of encouragement for you. Be sure to listen to the end for a special message and pr…
 
It’s the countdown to 2021 and chances are you are looking forward to a new and probably better year. I’d encourage you to approach these next few weeks with great intention. This will require some reflection and planning on your part, but it will be well worth it. Today on the show I’ll take you through a simple three-step process that I go throug…
 
We live in a noisy world. If we ever hope to hear God’s voice, we must learn to make room for God in our thoughts. If you live in a house full of children, you may feel like you have no control over this.I’m here to convince you otherwise. Today I’m talking about solitude and silence, what they are, how they are related to one another, and why they…
 
Are you thinking about stepping away from social media over the holidays? Or maybe you're planning on kicking off 2021 with an extended sabbatical? You'll love today's episode! I tell you nine things I learned from taking one year off social media and offer you a few tips if you plan to take one yourself. What I Learned: People have big feelings ab…
 
Balance is all about expectations. And who among us has not been at least a little blindsided by what we expected in 2020 and what has actually transpired in 2020? Today I’m sharing a few things that have thrown me off balance this year and two ways I’m addressing them. And I also have a really big announcement, so be sure to stick with me to the e…
 
In EP81 I gave you 5 questions to ask yourself when you can’t hear God. All those questions implied that you could position yourself to hear God better...and you can. In other words, sometimes you can’t hear God because you’re not listening well. But sometimes you can’t hear God and it has nothing to do with your ability to listen well. Today, I’m …
 
I’m taking a break from my series on hearing God’s voice to speak to young moms. Especially young moms who are taking care of children while also trying to work. The tension a mom feels between taking care of her kids and doing all the other things she’s capable of doing--all the other things she's good at and feels called by God to do--is very rea…
 
Throughout the Bible we see God speaking to His people: through prophets and disciples, through nature and circumstances, through His law and His spirit, and most profoundly through the living and breathing Word of God, Jesus Christ. Undeniably, God speaks. If we are not experiencing this beautiful and life-giving truth of Scripture in our own live…
 
One of the most common ways God will speak to you is through other people. When God spoke through people in the Old Testament it was almost exclusively through prophets. But in the New Testament, He uses the members of the church to speak to others for Him...that’s you and me! This is both exciting and terrifying, depending on who is talking and wh…
 
Like audio books? You'll love today's episode. Today I'm reading to you the Introduction to my new book Is the Voice in My Head God or Just Me? Learn the story behind my 25-year study of Scripture to understand if and how God speaks to people, as well as what to expect and what not to expect in this new study. In this 8-lesson in-depth Bible study …
 
Last week I told you the most valuable thing I can teach you to achieve balance today and forevermore is how to hear the voice of God. And then I shared with you some of God’s motives and methods in speaking in the Bible and to you. But God speaking is only part of this transaction. We have to learn to become good listeners. So today I’m giving you…
 
You know I love me some tips and tricks and balance hacks. But the most beneficial thing I can teach you to help you achieve and maintain balance now and for the rest of your life is how to hear the voice of God. He alone can tell you what you should be focusing on and what you can lay down for a season...or forever. He alone can give you the peace…
 
Welcome to Season 5 of the podcast and Month 6 of the global pandemic. If you’re like the rest of the world, you are feeling out of sorts. This COVID situation is dragging on longer than any of us ever dreamed. And on top of that, your kids are probably starting back to school and everything is weird there, too. If you are struggling to feel settle…
 
I have so much to tell you. The short version is this: we are moving our family from Louisville KY back to Jacksonville FL and I’ll be taking a break from the podcast while we are making that transition. For the more detailed version—complete with lists and humor and Bible verses—which you’ve come to expect from The Balanced MomCast--listen in. LIN…
 
Five years ago, I had a conversation with a mom friend. She told me about an interaction she witnessed between another mom (whom she didn’t know) and a teen. My friend was appalled at how the other mom responded to her teen. After that conversation, I opened up my laptop and wrote a letter to this anonymous mom. I never intended to share it with th…
 
With balance, what we THINK about what we do is way more important than what we actually do. We could technically be doing the right things in life—living out or priorities—but if we are full of fear and pride, if we are always angry and resentful, if we’re always stressed and frustrated because we are afraid of what people think of us? This is NOT…
 
Most women begin down the road of people-pleasing with pure motives. We don’t start by saying, “I’m going to choose the will of other people over God’s will for me.” In fact, it’s usually just the opposite. We start out thinking we are obeying God. We are trying to be nice, trying to serve, trying to keep the peace. Like any addiction, it grows lit…
 
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