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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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013: Mona Corwin

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Today I am so excited to talk to my good friend Mona Corwin.  She is married to her highschool sweetheart Warren, they have five children and 2 grandbabies.    

Mona has an amazing ministry called Balanced MomLife where she invests in mentoring young moms and passionately teaches them that if you embrace the framework God uniquely created for you, you will thrive and be unrivaled! Most moms struggle with the “overwhelmed and never enough syndrome,” wishing there were some clear cut answers. America’s Mom Mentor Mona Corwin coaches moms with real life solutions. Because motherhood and marriage can be hard, she has developed a three part framework that works to help moms; Own their roles, Find their balance, and Live their dreams.

Mona and I talk about what it means to have a soft strength in your marriage. As we are called as women to be wives, parents, and moms, we must first nourish our soul so that we can richly fulfill these unique roles.

I hope you will be as blessed by this interview as I was.

Here’s my interview with Mona Corwin.

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Book: The Unstoppable Generation: Are We the Ones We Have Been Waiting For?

Book: Table for Two: Doing Life and Savoring Scripture Together

And don’t forget to go grab Mona’s beautiful FREE GIFT to our listeners!

The Authentic Womanhood “Who I Am” print at Authentic Womanhood.

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012: Amy Simmons Crafton

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Today on the TBB podcast my guest is Amy Simmons Crafton.  Amy and I have become friends over the last several years and one of the things I love about her is that she “does life with intentionality.” I feel so blessed to have a chance to sit down and talk with this amazing woman.

Amy literally travels the world placing God’s Word directly in people’s hands. I invite you to visit AmazingGrace.Life which is all about bringing you a step closer to God, no matter where you are in your religious journey.  The hope at AmazingGrace.Life is to inspire you through stories of people whose lives have been touched by God, but most of all, offer you the next step in getting closer to Him.

In our interview, we talk about some incredible life experiences Amy has faced, delve into issues like vulnerability, personal insecurities, and how to nurture a healthy marriage.

Here’s my interview with Amy Simmons Crafton.

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011: Jamie Ivey

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My interview this week is with Jamie Ivey. Jamie hosts a podcast called The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, she lives in Austin, TX, is a wife to Aaron, and together they have four kids under the age of 13.

On the podcast this week I want to focus on an incredible book Jamie just finished writing entitled If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free.  Her book is scheduled to be released January 2018.  

In this book, she is honest, vulnerable, and raw with personal stories about her walk from failure to freedom.  Jamie travels and speaks to so many women and has learned that our stories, when seen through the eyes of the gospel, are not the obstacles to our freedom, they are the key to unlocking our freedom!

We talk about the enormous fear she faced being afraid people would know the real “Jamie:” could she step into a marriage, be a pastor’s wife, lead youth, but inside be completely unsure if God even loved her?  

As her story unfolds, she shares how God kept pursuing her and only through the grace of God, she began to change and learn to truly have an intimate relationship with Him.

Jamie challenges women to ask themselves; are you fearful others will only see you for things you’ve done, not what Jesus has done in you?

Here’s my interview with Jamie Ivey.

 

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Book: If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free

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010: Linda Paulk

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Today on the TBB podcast is my very dear friend Linda Paulk.

Linda is married to Bob, a captain in the Naval Reserves, and are blessed with two children.  

Linda defines the word thrive this way, “you know you are following God’s will for your life when you know you are in touch with who He created you to be, and you are using the gifts that He gave you, all for His glory.”

For years, Linda felt her identity was defined by corporate success.  But twelve years ago, she left a position as CEO of a large corporation and began to walk a new journey, a spiritual revival, where God began to help her define who He made her to be.  As God began revealing His plan for her life, she realized He had a much bigger plan than she had realized.  

God used multiple people to show Linda she was putting Him in a box.  She began a slow journey of letting go of fear, knowing fear is not of God. After much prayer, Linda moved forward into full time ministry as the CEO of Sky Ranch.

Linda and I talked about marriage and what she felt has been the most challenging time during their marriage.  She felt that, by far, becoming empty nesters has been the toughest.  She and Bob found a great resource, His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage: Willard F. Harley a study guide and book which has been life changing.

In our interview, Linda shared with me some valuable advice,  “Become aware of who you are and don’t be afraid to know who you are and who you are not.”  

I would encourage you to check out Sky Ranch, an incredible christian family camp.  They are in the business of making  Jesus famous and leading youth and families to know and follow Christ.  

Here’s my interview with Linda Paulk.

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009: Lauren Green McAfee

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Today on the TBB podcast today my guest is Lauren Green McAfee.

I met Lauren at a retreat called The Refuge! It was a relaxing time to connect and listen to the stories of women leaders from across the country.

Lauren is committed to Jesus, is married to her high school sweetheart Michael, and is originally from Oklahoma City, OK. She acquired a masters degree from Liberty University in pastoral counseling and is currently serving as the Director of Community Engagement for the soon to open Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. In addition, she is a Corporate Ambassador for Hobby Lobby and in her spare time, is working toward a PHD in ethics and policy.

In our interview, Lauren shares how she would define the word thrive. In her experience,  “Seasons change in our lives and we need to maximize our potential as we move through these times. Thriving in one season might look completely different as each season changes.”

We talk about ways to grow our faith, become accountable, develop discipline, and learn to create healthy boundaries in relationships.

Lauren is truly such an inspiration and has an interesting perspective on vulnerability.   She chooses to “lean in”  to others and has found courage and confidence in sharing her heart. We talk about significant events that have shaped who she is today and how they have helped her continue to live out her faith.

Here’s my interview with Lauren Green McAfee.

 

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Upcoming Event Grand Opening of the Museum of the Bible
                                                  3 Blocks South of the U.S. Capitol
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Ashlee Proffitt

008: Ashlee Proffitt

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Today on the TBB podcast my guest is Ashlee Proffitt.

Ashlee is married to a church planter and pastor, they have four beautiful children (one is in Jesus arms in heaven) and live in Florida.  

In our interview, Ashlee shares with me a very unique word for how she would define thrive. Freedom!  Ashlee believes she is thriving when she feels at peace, has a sense of  joy, and is not paralyzed by life’s circumstances.

We talk about an ongoing love/hate relationship she has had with social media for the past ten years. She has had a successful career working as a graphic designer & created brands for amazing companies, but admits that the social media world has been a tumultuous ride.

This past January, Ashlee transitioned from her full time career to serving a community she started called The Morning.  This is a community of hope for women to find joy after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.

In our interview, we talk about stereotypes of depression, fear, dealing with grief and finding the freedom to open up to God, and to understand that even if you are mad at Him, He is big enough for you to beat on His chest!

Here’s my interview with Ashlee Proffitt.

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Ashlee Proffitt: Inspiration, encouragement, & wisdom for christian women.

The Morning: A community of hope for women finding joy after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.

 

007: Marian Jordan Ellis

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On the podcast today my guest is Marian Jordan Ellis.  Marian lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family, but would describe herself as a Houstonian at heart.  She is a Bible teacher, author of several books for women, and the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries.

In our interview, we talk about the times you know you are thriving and also the real struggle when you are not thriving.  Marian talks about finding God’s peace and favor when you are doing what you are uniquely called to do. But, she understands the emptiness you can feel when you look at someone else’s life, or question whether you should be doing what they are doing.   Marian shares that it has been, at times, difficult to thrive having a baby at 43 years old and has struggled to find “normal” again.   

At the age of twenty five, Marian found her identity in searching for men, the corporate world, and things.  One night, as she looked into the bottom of an empty martini glass, she knew her life was just that, empty.  A friend invited her to attend a church service and it was there that she heard the beauty of the gospel for the first time.  She fell head over heals in love with Jesus.  God redeemed her and so many things from her past, she knew she had to share this with other women. As she began a more purposeful walk with the Lord, Marian was called to start Redeemed Girl Ministries for women.  

Marian is now on tour for her new book Stand.  Her message is “we must rise up against darkness, temptation, persecution, and stop listening to the voice of rejection, and the lies of the enemy saying you are unloveable. Until the love of God is your chief identity and source, no other love is sufficient enough.  Who Jesus says you are should be at the deepest core of your identity.  It doesn’t matter how many followers you have on Instagram or what size you wear, the question should be, do you have the love of Jesus in your heart? Until this is settled within you, and you can say, I am who Jesus says I am, I am loved, beloved, free, and forgiven you will live unsettled.”

Marian Jordan Ellis is currently on her book tour across the country.  You can find her at Redeemed Girl or download the Redeemed Girl app.

Here’s my interview with Marian Jordan Ellis.

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Brenda Bogart

006: Brenda Bogart

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Brenda is a native Texan, married to her wonderful husband Bill, have a blended family of six children, and she is a grandmother.

Brenda holds a degree in Interior Design from TCU and has studied painting and drawing at SMU.  She was successful as an Interior Designer in Dallas, TX but knew she wanted to follow her true passion and picked up her paint brush again, and is now painting full time in her home studio. Brenda​ ​is​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​human​ ​face and loves to ​listen​ to​ ​the​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​people​ ​she​ ​paints. You can see her work featured on her website Brenda Bogart Art or stop by the Blue Print Store, in Dallas, Texas, to see her latest work.

In our interview, I asked Brenda how she would define the word thrive. She was very candid in her answer and described how “in difficult times she learned to struggle well, but believes you need to show up for everything…..the run, the nap, the difficult circumstance and in all of these situations learn to be kind to yourself.”  Looking​ ​back​ ​on​ ​her​ ​life,​ ​the​ ​best​ ​advice​ ​she​ ​would​ ​give​ ​someone​ ​is​ ​”be​ ​who​ ​God created​ ​you​ ​to​ ​be,​ ​not​ ​who​ ​you​ ​think​ ​everyone​ ​else​ ​wants​ ​you​ ​to​ ​be.”

Brenda is very vulnerable in sharing her fight with depression and how it is difficult, even today, to get a few good days out of a week.  She boldly describes that loneliness is a choice and you need to choose to get outside of your own world.

Brenda has an upcoming art show at the Blue Print Store on October 19, 2017 (5:00-7:00pm) and will feature a series on women. I can’t wait to stop by the show!

Here’s my interview with Brenda Bogart!

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Art Show (Series on Women) – Blue Print Store – October 19, 2017 (5:00-7:00pm)

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005: Chelsea Smith

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Today on the podcast is Chelsea Smith. She is married to Judah, they have three kids, and together she and Judah are the Lead Pastors of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is down to earth, authentic and humorous!

In my interview, Chelsea and I talk about growing personally and spiritually. As we grow in these areas, it should be slow and steady, which is exactly what God intended.

I absolutely love the fun ministry Chelsea started earlier this year, Marriage Mondays. The idea dropped in her heart to start posting #MarriageMonday which came out of a wave of hearing stories about so many struggling marriages. Her thoughts are quirky, fun, and serious, as she talks about marriage and admits “marriage is hard,” but says having a foundation in Jesus helps make it work.

On a serious note, we talked about fear and how this powerful emotion wants to get inside your heart and become a recording that we play over and over. Chelsea humbly shares a season in her life where she became so fearful that it created a desire to escape life’s pressures and potentially could have led to unhealthy and destructive patterns in her life and marriage.

Switching gears, I asked Chelsea her thoughts about Social Media. Very candidly, she shares “that it is a fight to use this powerful tool correctly, and if we are not careful we can begin comparing ourselves to others instead of focusing on doing our life well.”

We talk about vulnerability and Chelsea shares how she and her husband Judah, choose to be vulnerable to others and to fight to show they aren’t perfect. They choose to “stay real”. Chelsea is open about their marriage, sex, and how to help the other person when “their love tank is empty.” Her advice about marriage is to be romantic with your spouse, be willing to gain understanding in different seasons of life, and read Proverbs for wisdom!

Here is my interview with Chelsea Smith.

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