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023: Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs

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Happy Valentines today! I am so thrilled to interview my wonderful husband Jeff Scruggs, on the podcast today. I hope you enjoy this very special conversation and remember to do something special for the loved one in your life.

Jeff & Cheryl Scruggs are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit Christian non-denominational organization. Their ministry includes sharing God’s heart for marriage and relationships through Biblical marriage counseling, writing, and speaking. They passionately seek to help make marriages whole in God’s power. We train, teach, and disciple believers from the Word of God, to help them understand their true identity in Jesus Christ so that they can live out an abundant marriage. Jeff & Cheryl are intimately familiar with a marriage focused on the principles of the world, the sting, heartbreak, pain from a divorce, and the deep-rooted hope and joy of a fully restored marriage centered on Jesus Christ. It is this unique perspective and experience that they obediently share in a private couple to couple, individual appointments, and with audiences nationwide.

Their writings include the well-known book “I Do Again,” their 30-year story of marriage, betrayal, infidelity, divorce, emotional damage, forgiveness, restoration, trust, and re-marriage. They are co-authors of “Still LoLo” with their daughters Lauren and Brittany. This remarkable and life-changing story has been featured on The Today Show, I Am Second, Focus On The Family, The Village Church Interview with Matt Chandler, Good Morning America, and many more.

Here’s my interview with Jeff Scruggs.

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022: Curt Steinhorst

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I am beyond excited about today’s podcast. My guest, Curt Steinhorst, loves Jesus, is married, has two young boys, and has been our friend for almost 20 years.

Curt Steinhorst is the bestselling author of Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace. He is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves.  After years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly-connected workplace.

Diagnosed with ADD as a child, Curt knows intimately the challenges companies face to keep the attention of today’s distracted workforce and customer. He has coached executives, TV personalities, and well-known professional athletes on how to effectively communicate and create focus when they speak to audiences, lead their employees and engage their customers.

Curt’s unique insight and entertaining speaking style have captured the attention of audiences worldwide. He speaks more than seventy-five times a year to organizations that include everyone from global leadership associations and nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies.

During our interview, Curt gave me his definition of thriving from both a corporate and personal perspective. Both definitions point to becoming aware of living in the moment, rather than being frustrated about where we may be going. Honestly, my conversation with Curt was so eye-opening as we talked about the impact social media has in shaping our relationships, marriages, and communities. The digital world allows us an instant connection, but can also leave us feeling very lonely.

I know you will enjoy this fascinating interview with Curt Steinhorst.

 

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021: Lysa Terkeurst

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My guest today on the podcast is Lysa Terkeurst. Lysa is one of the founders of Proverbs 31 Ministries and for the past twenty years has touched thousands of women with this ministry.

In our interview, we talk about how women walk in victory over things from their past, but still struggle with feelings that linger deep within their heart. Lysa encourages women to be on guard because Satan loves to pick up the old scripts that say, ‘you’re not worthy, not good enough, not capable.’ It’s at these times we need to stand firm in our faith, affirm our identity is in Christ, and be confident that God is good at being God. These words are so powerful!

I asked Lysa how she guides women to walk in assurance every day? She paints a beautiful picture using Psalm 51 to give us a fresh perspective. Not everyone can identify with being in a season of success or celebration, but everyone can identify, in some way, with being broken. In Psalm 51, David cries out to God about the brokenness in his life, asks God to cleanse him, and to create a new heart in him. For each of us, doing these steps allows God to begin to change and create a new heart in us.

Lysa defined thriving this way,“Thriving is not how I feel each morning, but rather what choices I make for the day. Some days I don’t feel very good about life, but I can choose how I think about the day.”

As a mom of five children, Lysa is a wealth of knowledge about being a mom, wife, successful woman, and finding your way through parenting.

Proverbs 31 Ministries encourages women to choose a word for the year. Lysa’s word this year is beautiful. She describes an inspiring story about a set of antique doors that now hang in her bathroom, and why these doors inspired her to feel beautiful and put something beautiful in her line of sight every day.

I am so thankful to have this opportunity to talk to Lysa.

Here’s my interview with Lysa Terkeurst.

 

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First 5 | Proverbs 31 Ministries App: @First 5 | Proverbs 31 Ministries App

Books: Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

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020: Dana Crawford

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Dana and I have been friends for many years and I am so excited to have her on the podcast today.

She has spent over half of her life as a wife to her husband Chris, a dermatologist, and a mother to her two children, Chase and Candice!

She is a former teacher, but now loves to cook and entertain in her spare time when she’s not pouring into her three grandsons, age 5 to a newborn!

Her son-in-law is the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, and her son Chase is best known for his role on Gossip Girl.

We had a great conversation about being humble, vulnerable, and what it means to thrive as a woman, wife, and mom!

We talk about being a “good wife” and how to grow and balance your life.  She feels “you can’t ever pull these things off by yourself and each day must be completely covered by God’s grace.”

Keeping your house in order and spending a little extra to have some help with this can make a huge difference in being a parent and wife; it creates a balance for everyone.

We talk about vulnerability and insecurity; “life is hard and getting older isn’t for sissies.  As we become more vulnerable, we realize this isn’t a personality issue, it’s a trust issue.”

Dana and I had such a meaningful conversation and I am so excited to share that with you.

Here’s my interview with Dana Crawford.

 

019: Katie Bryant

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As we continue into the new year,  I am so excited about the inspiring story my guest shared with me today.  My guest today, Katie Bryant, is married, has three kids, and lives in Rochester, New York. She is a Fitness and Lifestyle Coach, but honestly, listening to her story and how she got to where she is today is so riveting, it brought me to tears.

Katie shares that she had a vision of what her marriage would look like, but didn’t realize God had a very different plan.  After her third child was born, she began to fight depression, anxiety and struggled to understand her purpose. To most people, her life looked perfect, but inside Katie was spiraling down and lived in such a low place, she decided she was going to end her life.

Miraculously, her beautiful children would be part of God’s healing journey.  Katie ended up in the hospital, heavily medicated, and began a six-year journey to discover a new life God had planned.  The road was difficult and not very clear after coming home from the hospital.  Katie shared how she started overeating, drinking alcohol, and gained 50 pounds.  She tried every gimmick and diet, but two words kept coming in front of her, CLEAN EATING. She began reaching out to this community and over the next months found support from others who wanted to cheer each other on.

Katie admits her walk has been a difficult road, but today as a Fitness and Lifestyle Coach one of the questions she asks women is,  “Why do we work so hard to cover our shame and vulnerability?”  Katie’s definition of thrive is “living my best life, not what society thinks, and helping others do the same.” She used to end her day with the thought, “I’m still not good enough,” but today, she ends her day knowing she has tried in every area to the best of her ability.

Katie made a decision to change her mindset and today her mantra is “I NEVER QUIT.” She focuses on her journey, and to be the best person she can be. I hope Katie’s story will be a blessing to you today.

Here’s my interview with Katie Bryant.

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018: Angela Lanter

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I am so excited to talk with Angela Lanter on TBB today. Angela was born in Akron, Ohio, is married to Matt Lanter, an actor, and a BIG congratulation on the arrival of their baby girl just a few weeks ago!

Angela and I talked about her love of fashion from a very young age, and shortly after moving to Los Angeles, CA she and Matt started a wildly popular fashion blog Hello Gorgeous. Creating this blog has truly fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams, being able to pour into other women.  Hello Gorgeous is a place she can be “real” with the stuff nobody is talking about or topics women feel too embarrassed to share.   

Admittedly, being an actors wife has its challenges, one of the biggest was moving from Los Angeles, CA to Vancouver, British Columbia where Matt worked on filming Timeless.  The tough part for Angela was the long hours of being alone in a city where she didn’t know anyone and finding projects to fill her time.  Angela learned to take advantage of the long days by diving into Proverbs 31, spending her time meditating, and reciting these verses.  The encouragement from Proverbs 31 inspired her to create a refuge in their home for her husband, giving him a place to breathe and retreat after working ridiculously long days. Realistically, this was a tough time, but learning to surrender to self, and creating a comfortable safe place for your spouse, was worth all the lessons learned during this season. God really does know what He is doing.

In the interview we chat about relationships, building a community, reading books about marriage, dads, dating, hurt feelings, and learning to respect one another. I enjoyed our conversation so much. 

Here’s my interview with Angela Lanter.

 

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017: Corie Clark

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As we close out the year and begin a new year, I am so excited to have as my guest Corie Clark, the founder of Corie Clark – Your Life. On Purpose. Corie has been married to her husband Ryan for 21 years, they have three kids (one starts college this year) and she is a homeschool mom.

Corie gave me a beautiful definition of what it means to her to thrive, “she believes someone is living out and walking in their purpose, not just a job or what they do, but who God has called them to be and to ultimately point people to Jesus.”

As Corie and her family navigated some pretty difficult years together, she realized that she was addicted to chaos.  Through many tears, fears and a lot of unknown, they began to simplify and create margin in their lives.  As a result, The Simplicity Project was born, a book to help you win your battle with chaos and clutter so you can live a life of peace and purpose. Would you be ready to take the 6-week Declutter Challenge, to take your LIFE back, sweat a little, and maybe even cry a few times?  Corie promises, if you make a step forward and take this challenge, you will feel so good at the end, it all starts with a small step.

The more we talked, Corrie shared how she used to be afraid and worried as she was raising her kids that she would end up not knowing who she was when the kids left home?  But God answered her worries with a simple “you need to create margin, and give me some room.”  She began to realize that as she carved out space in several areas of her life, God could work miracles in these margins. We talked about simplifying your health, your home, your finances, and your time, and asks each person to apply 15 minutes to these areas and watch your life begin to feel free.

I truly enjoyed my time with Corie. My hope is that each of you has a great start to the New Year in 2018 and will make a step toward decluttering your life.

Here’s my interview with Corie Clark.

 

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016: Chrissie Dunham

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My guest on the TBB Podcast today is my very good friend Chrissie Dunham.

Chrissie was born in Oklahoma but has made her home in Plano, Texas with Charlie, her husband, and high school sweetheart.  They have two grown daughters, Katie and Abbie, who are both married and have given Chrissie and Charlie five grandchildren.

She is the Global Director of Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church, cherishes time with her family, is a terrific communicator, does speaking engagements, and has led countless women’s bible studies. Chrissie is passionate about her walk with the Lord and lives by her favorite slogan, “The Party Don’t Stop!” She hopes every believer knows that eternal life begins when you meet Jesus and there is a party in heaven in your honor, forever!

To define thrive Chrissie refers to 2Peter:1-2 “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him.” Bottomline, God wants us to prosper and succeed. But, the reality of life creates a struggle in our relationships, marriages, and parenting. In Chrissie’s daily walk she has found that women struggle in four common areas;  Am I loved, will I be respected, what is my significance, and do I feel secure in who I am?  To answer any of these questions Chrissie believes that every woman should start by asking herself the question, “How is my walk with the Lord today?”

Daily, Chrissie listens to women and understands that life is challenging but wants those struggling to know you must run your own race and fix your eyes on Jesus, regardless of the circumstances you face in life.  Through the years, Chrissie’s parents have given her practical advice and one of the things her mom told her about relationships is that you need to surround yourself with people who believe like you, pray, and be in God’s word daily. Chrissie strives to live this advice out in her daily walk.

In our interview, we talk about fear, marriage, and Christmas traditions!  As expected, I got exactly what I love so much about Chrissie, if you ask a question, she answers from her heart.  We had a great conversation and I can’t wait for you to listen in!

Here’s my interview with Chrissie Dunham.

 

 

 

015: Shelley Giglio

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I am so honored to have Shelley Giglio on the podcast today.

Shelley Giglio is the chief strategist, director of label operations and artist management for Sixstepsrecords, an Atlanta-based record label. She and her husband Louie, pastor of Passion City Church, lead the Passion movement committed to spreading the fame of Jesus Christ to college students around the globe. In addition, the Giglio’s planted Passion City Church in 2009 and reside in Atlanta, Georgia along with their beloved Goldendoodle London.

Shelley has traveled the world and has witnessed God at work everywhere, but always comes back to where she is rooted, her everyday life, and serves there. Thriving to Shelley is being rooted in a place, in a person named Jesus, and in His Word. As we stay planted, our branches will grow and expand which will allow us to provide shade, a refuge, for others who come across our path.

Shelley very eloquently paints a picture of how reading God’s word, the Bible, provides “the roadmap” for each of us. She tells us, “God has carved a path for you, and if you align your life with His plan, you will flourish.”  We talk about marriage, trust, dark times, renewing your mind with God’s truth, and that you shouldn’t ever waste time comparing yourself to others, it will steal your joy.

If you are in the Atlanta area I encourage you to attend The GROVE!  The GROVE is a monthly gathering of the women of Atlanta and is hosted by Shelley Giglio and The GROVE Team.  No matter your age, your status, your style, or whether you think you have it all together or not, you are welcome at The GROVE. You are invited to come, rest, worship, learn, and be, as we celebrate the power and greatness of Jesus.  Check out The GROVE!

Here’s my interview with Shelley Giglio.

 

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Passion City Church – Women’s Monthly Gathering The GROVE

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014: Amber Massey

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Today on the TBB podcast my guest is Amber Massey.  I have known Amber for about seven years and met she and her husband before they had any of their darling kids! Amber has a strong walk with the Lord, is married to Jordan, and together they have 4 kids (all under the age of 4 years old). I am so inspired by her story.

Amber started a blog called PB&J Babes soon after she got married.  Over the years her blog has grown and inspired so many. She shares personal stories about marriage, infertility, miscarriage, and thru her blog has become transparent and vulnerable to her readers about real life!  

In our interview, Amber shares with me how she has learned to open up, be vulnerable, and stop being fearful of having to be perfect. We talk about thriving and that when she feels overwhelmed with her everyday life, she is encouraged and uplifted by the comments readers leave on her blog. Some advice Amber gives her readers is that finding an outlet to talk to others is one of the best ways to stay encouraged, and also to become an encourager to those around you.

On The Massey Spot check out the amazing gift guides for Christmas she just posted on her blog!  Her guides include one for women, one for your guy, and several for the kids; I’ve included the links here at The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide. Pop on over to check them out!

Actually, there are so many 2017 Christmas Gifts Guides out there,  I’ve included a few from some of our previous guests, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy and Jamie Ivey. You can find Lauren’s at Lauren Scruggs Kennedy and Jamie Ivey Gift Guide 2017  for Jaime’s!

Don’t forget to listen to last week’s episode with Mona Corwin at Balanced MomLife for some guidance and wisdom for moms. We also talk about marriage! Don’t miss it!

Here’s my interview with Amber Massey.

 

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