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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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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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