Grab a cup of coffee or tea and come sit down for a conversation among friends. On today’s episode, my real-life friend, Amber Benge, joins me for a chat about life transitions, homesteading, and faith. You will come away from this conversation so encouraged.
Amber explains how the Lord, through health issues and an overload of stress, helped her pare down her life to the essentials. A couple of years ago, she and her husband bought some acreage and began a new family adventure called Grace Walk Farm. Amber has learned and grown so much through tending her garden, and in this episode she shares how much the Lord is teaching her in that sacred place.
To learn more about Amber, Grace Walk Farm, and her upcoming book, please visit her website. If something you heard on today’s podcast resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment under today’s show notes or join the conversation on Instagram or Facebook.
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!
Pause: My son sat on the sofa, working on his school assignments. We are homebound this month, due to social distancing and the coronavirus, yet his spirits were high this morning while doing his math homework. Suddenly, he turned to me and exclaimed: “Mom, do you know what I used to think about last year when I was working on school work?”
“No, what?,” I answered slightly distracted.
“I used to imagine my pencil and all of the drawings and ideas it had stored inside it. Then, I would draw a picture and imagine how happy the pencil was that one of its ideas was now on paper.”
I couldn’t stop myself from grinning as I exclaimed, “I love that so much. That’s a really fun idea.”
“Why do you like that so much Mom?,” he responded, confused as to why I would find his thoughts so inspiring.
“I just like the way you think. That’s a happy thought.”
Renew: My little out-of-the-box thinker teaches me a lot about the world. How to run full-speed ahead full of joy without the weight of worry dragging him down. How to look at a situation from a new angle. How to capitalize on imagination. How to include everyone, not just your favorite people. How to care for the least of these, especially animals.
I absolutely love his pencil idea and feel it has much to teach us.
What do you think your pencil holds?
Maybe it is full of all of the gifts and talents you have to share with the world. What if, like the pencil, when you use one of your gifts for God’s glory, He smiles, happy that you shared it with others.
Maybe your pencil is filled with all of the memories you are making with your loved ones. Each moment in our homes, even under social distancing restrictions, is an opportunity to cultivate family bonds and experiences together. Sure, not every moment of quarantined life among family is going to be ideal, but it will certainly be memorable!
Life really is like that pencil. Our lives are filled up with potential experiences and memories. Each time one is written down in the annals of time, more are just waiting to be released.