I don’t need to remind you of how COVID19 invaded our world, shook our foundations, fractured our normalcy, and muddied our waters. For some, its impact resulted in an overwhelming loss; for others, isolation and anxiety. It impacted all our lives in one way or another. Some of us continue to be in the thick of it. Many of us are still trying to find our footing in a relatively new unwanted normal. There are days when it can feel like a heavy blanket of snow, making it difficult for us to move.
Today’s episode is all about why we love and what hinders us from loving well. Somer Colbert’s Ahavah In Our Hearts ministry focuses on showing love through an intentional mindset and choices each and every day, to serve rather than be served, and to love even when it’s hard. We chat about love in our marriages, as mothers, in our churches, and in our workplaces. Join us to be encouraged and equipped to keep loving right where you are.
When I received my diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy—a disorder that causes damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord—my mom shared that she understood if I chose to keep it private. It was, as she put it, “a personal matter.” But, after two years of shouldering the burden of undiagnosed pain, I couldn’t carry it myself any longer.
Olive Us ministry leader Rachael Wade is on the show today encouraging us to lean into our in-process stories. We chat about the value of remembering the goodness & faithfulness of God, practicing presence, and growing in the midst of tough seasons. Join us in the place of already and not there yet. We pray through this conversation we realize that when we are connected to one another and connected to the Source, we can survive and flourish no matter what comes our way.
Offerings are something more. They are something special. Sometimes we might find an offering to God in an unexpected place. Yes, God has prompted my heart to bless a family in need financially or offer dinner deliveries to a struggling friend. God has called me to give extra to support missions at various times. However, I never expected my body to be an offering to God. My actions, yes. My money, yes. My body? No.
Parenting is hard. It’s not just the routines, schedules, discipline, and heartaches. It’s also about hard conversations. As parents, we are scared of getting it wrong and don’t know where to begin.
I have always been a homebody. I love the feeling of home—the smells, the coziness, the space to be my full self and exhale deep. In college my sorority sisters would lovingly tease me about my corner of our shared room—every square inch of the walls were covered with pictures, quotes, and magazine covers. I enjoyed creating spaces that were warm, inviting, and inspired others, even on a non-existent budget. I wanted to bring beauty in and share it with those around me. And all of these years later, this is still my heart.
In the interest of keeping an orderly home, when I was growing up, my parents taught me to tidy throughout the day. Because there was always something in any given room that needed to be taken back to its original location, we would pick up things as we moved from one room to the next, transferring them to their rightful place.
Misty Phillip has lived through many difficult seasons of life where all she could do was look to God and His Word for hope. There she found biblical solutions and scriptural promises that helped her to overcome. In today’s episode, she shares her experience encouraging us to seek Jesus, study His Word, and grow in grace. We pray that after this episode you realize that though the struggle is real, so is God.
She was our mail lady, but most importantly, she was our friend. I don’t believe she had a single stranger along her daily route. And over the years, her deliveries went far beyond envelopes and packages to hugs, cheerful greetings, a handmade artisanal nativity, and one memorable day in late spring, wrinkled daffodil bulbs.