It was a joy to have an old friend of mine, Naomi DeBord Bivins, on the podcast! Naomi and I met quite a few years ago, and for a time she led a Mom’s life group that I was a part of. I always enjoy talking with Naomi. She is full of wisdom and insight, and I was excited to hear what the Lord is teaching her lately.
Naomi is a wife, mother of three, and co-founder and pastor of The Foundation Church in Wilkesboro, NC, where she serves with her husband, Andy. Naomi has a passion for studying and teaching the Word of God. She also has a gift for inviting others into community.
During our conversation, we chat about her experience of leading a church through a pandemic and what community in Christ looks like in the midst of social distancing. We also talk about a recent article that Naomi wrote for Christianity Today: When A Christian Admits to Opioid Addiction, and she shares how the Lord has changed her thoughts and heart about addiction and recovery. Currently, her church is studying Revelation, and Naomi discusses what the Lord is teaching her about how to “overcome.”
You will definitely come away from this conversation inspired and encouraged! If you enjoy this episode, please share it with a friend. If something from this podcast resonates with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment under today’s show notes, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.
May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.
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*During our conversation, a TedTalk about addiction was mentioned. You can find that TedTalk here.
If you need a dose of inspiration and encouragement, today’s podcast episode is just the ticket. It was a joy to talk with fellow podcaster, Alexis Newlin, about some of the ways the Lord is teaching her about releasing fear and stepping out in faith. Bravery is a major theme in Alexis’ life and faith, and in this conversation you’ll be blessed to hear some of her story. We talk about her road-trip adventures, her journey of fighting cancer, and how she came to launch her own podcast.
Alexis is a recreation therapist, a writer, and the podcast host of The Brave Podcast. If you love learning about courage and faith, go check out her podcast! You can find out more about Alexis at her website, apeachincali.com, or her learn about her new adventures at braveoneministries.com.
If something from today’s podcast episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment under today’s show notes, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.
For the month of January, I’m releasing short, soul-care episodes all about our relationships with our bodies. The last episode was about body acceptance and gratitude, and if you missed that episode, go back and check it out. Today, we’re going to continue our conversation about becoming friends with our bodies by discussing if and how we pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.
In today’s podcast episode, I referenced a great TedTalk about posture, body feedback, and power poses. I also referred back to two previous podcast interviews. If you want to hear those episodes, I’ll link to them here:
Taking care of, attuning to, and loving our bodies is an important part of soul-care. I hope that in today’s podcast episode you were encouraged with some new ideas about how you can become more intentional, even in small ways, of listening to and improving your relationship with your body.
For the month of January, I’m doing something different on the podcast. Because January is typically the time of year when people are focusing on goals and resolutions, I thought I would devote my January episodes to talking about soul-care and body image. These will be short and sweet episodes, and I hope in these podcasts to walk through shifting our thoughts and perspectives about our bodies, towards focusing more on gratitude, groundedness, and connection with our bodies. These will not be how to, goal-oriented podcast episodes but rather meditative and reflective.
If something from today’s podcast episode resonated with you, please comment below or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page. If you know someone who would be encouraged by this episode, please share it with them.
Join me in two weeks as we continue our January conversation about soul-care and our bodies. May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.
Did you know that some of the great heroes of the faith struggled with depression? If you’ve ever had bouts of depression, you can know that you’re in good company with such people as Mother Teresa, Martin Luther, and Charles Spurgeon. Today’s podcast guest, Diana Gruver, has herself experienced depression and knows firsthand how it can affect one’s faith life. In her new book, Companions in the Darkness, she writes about seven great saints who struggled with depression and other mental health issues.
During our conversation, Diana shares about her own experiences and how she found a sense of solidarity in knowing that other people of faith have walked the journey of depression too. We talk about finding hope in the midst of pain and about seeking delight in the midst of a difficult year. We also chat about music, soul-care, and her time living abroad.
If you enjoyed this conversation and want to know more about Diana’s work and writing, you can visit her website: dianagruver.com. If something from this podcast episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Write a comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.
We can all use some good news these days, so I was pleased and grateful to have one of my favorite people on the podcast, Cynthia Simpson, who, as an Enneagram 7, is chock full of fun and joy. Cynthia was my first guest ever on the podcast, and I invited her back to share a praise report about what the Lord has done in the life of her son, Nolan. If you missed the first part of her story, you can hear it in Episode 3, Pressing In During Hard Seasons.
We also chat about what we’re finding fun this Christmas season, favorite Christmas traditions, and how Cynthia is practicing soul-care in her day-to-day life as a mother of 3 boys. This is a fun and uplifting episode, and you are going to come away from listening with a smile on your face.
Merry Christmas everyone, and may you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus!
Do you love a good story? I know I do. Give me a good novel, and I can be lost for hours at a time. Today’s podcast guest, author Katie Powner, is a gifted storyteller, and it was an absolute joy to talk with her about her debut novel, The Sowing Season.
During our conversation, Katie shares about how she inherited her love of story-telling from her grandmother. We talk about the long and arduous road to publishing her first book and what the Lord taught her along the way. We also chat about how she is incorporating soul care into her daily life.
Katie lives in Montana with her husband and children. Her family is passionate about foster care, and we talk about her journey into fostering and adopting during the episode as well. Katie also shares a Scripture passage that is meaningful to her and that she incorporated into her book, The Sowing Season.
If you’d like to know more about Katie, read her blog, or find out more about her book, visit her website: katiepowner.com. This conversation is rich and encouraging, and I hope it inspires you to not grow weary in the good that you are doing in the world. If something about this podcast resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.
This is the 50th episode of the Pause, Renew, Next Podcast, and what better way to celebrate than with a listener request episode! Over a year ago, I received a comment from a listener who noticed that many of the people interviewed on the podcast listed their mothers and grandmothers as the people who most inspired them. It was requested that an episode be focused on cultivating good and healthy mother/daughter relationships.
Because of a pandemic, it has taken awhile to have this beautiful, generational conversation, but I’m so happy that it came to fruition. Sandy Hoffman, Julie Underhill, and Kaley Brown graciously agreed to be interviewed on today’s podcast episode about their relationship. It was a privilege to sit down with three generations of women and hear about the gifts and the legacy that has passed between them through the years.
Today’s episode is a sweet one. We talk about motherhood, family traditions, living out faith in front of our children, and how to cultivate healthy mother-daughter relationships. Even if you’re not a mother yourself, or you’re a boy-mom like yours truly, I guarantee you will still come away encouraged by this conversation. Enjoy!
You know the kind of friend, who, when you spend time with them, leaves you feeling closer to Jesus? Well, today’s guest, Kelly Hostetter, is definitely that kind of friend. After listening to today’s podcast episode, I’m sure you’ll agree. In this conversation, she talks about her life as a wife and mom of 8 children and her passion for hospitality. She also shares a faith story that will certainly leave you feeling encouraged about obeying the Lord. Additionally, we chat about Kelly’s favorite Scripture passages and how she practices soul care while caring for so many in her home.
This conversation was incredibly encouraging to me personally, and I hope it inspires you as well. If something you heard in today’s podcast resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page. Also, please subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!
I can’t wait to introduce you to today’s podcast biography subject: Katharina Luther. Her husband, Martin Luther, is one of the most famous men of church history. There are books and books written about his life, but his wife is written about much less often. However, she was incredibly important to the Reformation as well. So, in today’s episode you will hear plenty about Martin Luther (believe me, he is definitely a fascinating character), but we are really going to dive into the life of his nun-turned-wife, Katharina. Her faith and bravery are inspiring.
Katharina was important because the Reformation Movement may have looked very different were it not for Luther’s marriage to her. She and her husband are perhaps the most famous couple of Christian history. Katharina’s relationship with her husband helped him live out his theology and learn how to love. She was a bold woman who came from hard places and continued to have difficult circumstances her whole life: abandoned as a child, ostracized by the church and gossiped about, living through the death of two children, and then widowed as a young woman. She raised a family and held a property together at a time when women were not respected or left in charge. Still, through life’s adversity, Katharina’s bold faith sustained her.
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I am encouraged by Katharina’s story, and I hope you are too. What stands out to you about her life and her faith? I’d love to hear about it! Drop a comment under today’s show notes or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.