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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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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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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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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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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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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
                                                            November 17, 2017
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004: Lauren Chandler

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Today on the podcast is Lauren Chandler….

Lauren is a wife and mother of three.  Her husband Matt serves as the lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, TX.

Lauren is passionate about writing, music, and leading worship.

As I began my interview with Lauren, she painted a visual picture of a rooted tree. She talks about how incredibly important it is to be rooted in who she is in Christ – living her life out of that sure relationship and knowing she is loved by Him!

She describes how roots are strong, even enough to break up concrete, and if we are rooted deeply we will not easily be taken out by scorching heat, wind, or unexpected storms.

Lauren and I talk about how she defines the word thrive and how she has felt vulnerable at times in her life.  She shares how sometimes “her life feels a little lop-sided in some areas” and describes the “staples and immovable rocks” she has in place in her life that are solid and real.

As we move through the conversation, Lauren shares a real struggle she faced for years, but was afraid to share because she is a pastor’s wife.   She wrestled with being truly vulnerable, but she wanted to overcome the voice in her head that kept telling her “I know I’ll be good enough if or when I’m perfect.” She had finally had enough of herself and went to Celebrate Recovery. It was there that she began her journey to true freedom in Christ.

Finally, we talk about parenting, being a wife, and learning to be gracious.  She describes how in Proverbs 27:17  “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.  In her marriage, she felt at times like a “damp rag” and it wasn’t until she began to face her fears, and admit she isn’t perfect, that she could become iron for her husband Matt.

Lauren has just released a new book & Bible Study calledSteadfast Love” which is a meditation on Psalm 107.  The book describes four groups of people in distress; some in a desert, some caught in chains, some who have made foolish decisions, and some caught in storms which suddenly overtakes them. In this study, she weaves in how God’s people overcame these life challenges and saved them all.

Here’s my interview with Lauren Chandler……

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Upcoming Event – IF:PRAY 2017
What:  The purpose of IF:PRAY is to gather women from around the world in prayer. We believe God hears and answers prayers, and we want our focus to be a time of seeking the Lord in this way in our communities. We live-stream this event so women around the world can join in at the same time from right where they are.
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 7:30-9:30pm CST

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