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Ep 139 A Legacy of God’s Idea of Your Dream Home

Ep 139 A Legacy of God’s Idea of Your Dream Home

June 19, 2022

Whatever the size and shape of my home, I want it to reflect Christ’s light and offer His peace. That can happen with dishes in the sink and laundry on the sofa.

If Jesus walked in my home today, I may caution, “Lord, mind Your step. I haven’t vacuumed recently.”  I hope I could add, “Jesus, come this way—see this treasure? You gave it to me. Peace, love, joy, contentment, all from and for You. All because you built my extraordinary home.”

Do you have a verse for your home? This one is a good one.

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches”

Proverbs 24:3 and 4.

I miss out on God’s rare treasures of joy and delight, peace and daily wonders because of my clutter of:

  • self-pity
  • over-indulgence
  • self-righteousness
  • entitlement
  • laziness
  • too many jobs and ministries,
  • and bouts of unhealthy introspection, better known as navel-gazing

I need time alone with my Master-Builder and Home-Designer on a daily basis—(so much better than Marie Kondo)—to help me clear the surfaces, repent again and again, and recover the joy and peace that comes with regular deep-cleaning.

 

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Ep 138 A Legacy of Deep and Practical Friendship with Annie Perdue-Olson

Ep 138 A Legacy of Deep and Practical Friendship with Annie Perdue-Olson

June 12, 2022

Teacher, coach, podcaster and founder of Leading Better Together, Annie Perdue-Olson's mission is to help leaders get along. Sound simple? I don't think so. In fact, I think anyone could benefit from coaching from Annie Perdue-Olson—moms and dads, included. A fancy explanation is this: to equip ministry leaders to confidently address teh complex people dynamics that trip them up. 

Face it: when we get tripped up, it's usually because of people. Not everyone will admit that they are part of the problem. Annie comes from a place of compassion, intelligence and grace as she moves a tangled web of disagreements and conflict out into a place of freedom where groups and individuals use their God-given strengths to enlarge rather than diminish.

Based on her own experiences, she's felt God's calling to be the best friend she can be—to those closest to her as well as anyone she meets.

She's offering a free 27 minute clarification-call to see if she can be of service to you and your ministry. Sign up here: https://www.leadingbettertogether.com/about

 

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Not everyone has close friends nor family but when we do get together with those we love or want to love better, I find it helps to ask questions.

Listening is a great part of hospitality. 

Summer is here and that means family reunions - sometimes with family you don't see often or know well.

A little gift for you this month:

Six questions you can ask to make your gathering the best ever!

 

 

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How to invest in what matters beyond ourselves. We have one life – let’s make the most of it for God, others, and eternity.

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Ep 137 A Legacy of Trust vs Fear with Amy Debrucque

Ep 137 A Legacy of Trust vs Fear with Amy Debrucque

June 5, 2022
Amy's been scared most her life. Her brother died suddenly, and she and her husband lost their firstborn at four months. She lived in the land of anxious "what-if's" even as a believer and didn't even realize it until one day she discovered she didn't have to live that way, trapped in fear and anxiety. Hear Amy's story and learn what it takes to live boldly, taking God at His word.
 
Amy and her daughter, Blair, co-authored the book Em.bol.den. 1. To give someone courage or confidence to do something or behave in a certain way And she's giving away a copy this week...
 
 
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Amy Debrucque is a wife, mom of four, cancer survivor, and co-author of Embolden. She is the founder of the Life On Purpose Movement and host of the Life On Purpose Podcast where she encourages women to live on purpose instead of fear. Amy loves entertaining with family and friends. A self-proclaimed "beach junkie", health nut, and chocolate lover, she loves cooking, baking, attending her kids sporting events and getting in weekly HIIT workouts with her friend Alice.
Ep 136 A Legacy of 70 Years: What I’ve Learned So Far

Ep 136 A Legacy of 70 Years: What I’ve Learned So Far

May 29, 2022

I haven't learned all there is to know. But I do know a few things. At least 70. Some are serious, some are funny, some are seriously funny. But what counts is that I've attempted to live a life that counts, and God promises favor, purpose, guidance, and tons of mercy and grace. And, wisdom, when we ask.

The most important thing I've learned goes back to early Sunday School: Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Paul thought that pretty important too, as he prayed that he and his friends could understand just how great God's love is. So I pray the same, for me and for those I love. You can never go wrong with the Word or one of Paul's prayers. That's not on my 70 Things list. I may need to begin a list for the next decade.

Pray along with Paul and me—we'll be pals in heaven—you too, I hope:

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:17-19)NIV.

 

If you need the whole list, to read or print, here's a pretty version.

Oh, dear. I think I forgot this one, too. Must be age. 

 

Ep 135 A Legacy of Meaningful Work with Michaela O‘Donnell

Ep 135 A Legacy of Meaningful Work with Michaela O‘Donnell

May 22, 2022

Michaela O'Donnell joins me today to talk about our work, our vocation, our calling - does it matter? And, do you feel like it doesn't and what to do about it?

She wrote a book about it and will be giving away two copies. Comment below to be entered in the giveaway.

Michaela tells her story of wanting to live seamlessly—integrating work, home and faith—and provides a guide of how to do so in her book, Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World. The Max Dupree Center for Leadership will be giving away two copies so be sure to comment here or on Instagram to be entered.

Michaela O'Donnell, PhD, is executive director of Fuller Seminary’s De Pree Center for Leadership. She is an entrepreneur, a teacher, and a sought-after speaker and consultant who regularly presents on the topics of vocation, career, and leadership to religious, secular, academic, and lay audiences.

Website: https://depree.org/

Twitter: @depreecenter

Instagram: @depreecenter

Facebook: @DePreeCenter

 

 

 

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When asked, "What's the greatest commandment?" Jesus replied simply: "Love God, love your neighbor." I imagine He was thinking,"It's not rocket science" or "What's not to like?" or  "It's not complicated."

He was right, it's not complicated.

I make it complicated. I need to pray daily to uncomplicate what He says is best for me and best for others. So I wrote 31 Days of Uncomplicated Prayers, and once I pray them through, I start over again. 

You can too.

Sign up HERE to receive 31 Days of Uncomplicated Prayers to take the "complicated" out of the simple commands of Jesus. Love God. Love your neighbor. It's not complicated.

 

 

Ep 134 A Legacy to Seek, Go, and Create with Tim Winders

Ep 134 A Legacy to Seek, Go, and Create with Tim Winders

May 15, 2022

Today Tim Winders, soft-spoken with a hint of his Georgia roots, shares his story of how God changed his heart, his vocation and his housing once he sat still long enough to listen to his Creator. He and his wife currently live in a 39 foot motor home on the edge of a river in Southern Utah. He runs a worldwide business coaching business and this week his book releases to the public: "COACH: A Story of Success Redefined" — a business novel with principles for life.

Tim is giving away a free chapter this week to our listeners. But if you order his book by Monday, May 16th, you can receive the Audible version FREE: click here to pre-order and receive the Audible version FREE.

Tim Winders is a strategic coach, author, and host of SeekGoCreate, a podcast and YouTube interview show. He has worked in the areas of leadership, business, and ministry for almost 40 years. Tim was the guy that looked like he had it all: the big house in a Country Club resort, two businesses valued at over a million dollars each, plus over $15 million in real estate. But, in 2008, the real estate markets crashed. After a slow and painful erosion of his companies, he and his wife were bankrupt and homeless living out of their Honda van by 2013. 
    
Fast forward to today. Tim and his wife are still homeless, but they consider themselves essential nomads. They live, travel, and work in their 39-foot motorhome while enjoying the best locations North America has to offer. Through this journey, he is convinced that we must redefine success in order to live our best life. This topic is what he has explored with his guests on the SeekGoCreate podcast since 2019

 

Tim's legacy is one that every Christ-follower needs to include in his and her arsenal. You will be blessed!

Topics:

What is the ONE thing Christians need to do?

Why did Tim choose to write fiction?

What's one way God prepares us to be used by Him for the Kingdom?

What's TIME got to do with anything?

 

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Ep 133 A Legacy of Leaning Into God in the Midst of Pediatric Cancer with Lindsey Noland

Ep 133 A Legacy of Leaning Into God in the Midst of Pediatric Cancer with Lindsey Noland

May 8, 2022

Lindsey's world was turned upside-down when her dermatologist discovered her 7-year-old daughter, Claire, had cancer. After months of treatment, they rejoiced to learned she was cancer free and that life could resume normalcy. But then it didn't.

Hear a mother's heart today as Lindsey describes their family's story of pediatric cancer—what God continues to teach her about Himself and how she is leaning into Him in the midst of an unfinished journey.

 

Lindsey Noland is an experienced speaker, mother to a pediatric cancer patient, ambassador for Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and runs a private wedding venue in San Luis Obispo, CA.  With a background in Communication Studies (BA Westmont College), and an honorary degree in cancer fighting (school of life), Lindsey knows the power of owning and telling our stories.

Lindsey is passionate about sharing her experience of leaning into her struggle, not her strength. Her stories will make you laugh and cry and remind you that there is power in weakness and joy in leaning into your struggle. When she isn’t working or hiking the trails of the Central Coast, Lindsey spends her time writing and rewriting her first book, traveling with her husband of 19 years, and jumping on the trampoline with her three children (14, 13 & 9). 

If you know of someone you could use Lindsey's words today, please share this podcast.

 

 

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People love to know and be known. From experience, I know these questions work for a fabulous family gathering.
 
Subscribe to receive "6 Questions for a Meaningful Family Reunion" directly to your inbox.
 
Mark and I just got back from our Sibling Reunion #4 in Arkansas - we used these questions, spent time affirming each other and then praying over one another. A blast and blessing, as you can see. 
 
 
 
Kleenex and ping pong and eating and laughing were involved in equal measure.
 
 
 
Get your list of 6 Questions for a Meaningful Family Reunion HERE.

 

Ep 132 A Legacy of One Good Word with The Ruth Experience

Ep 132 A Legacy of One Good Word with The Ruth Experience

May 1, 2022

I interviewed the three great women that make up The Ruth Experience back in 2019, Ep 40 - "A Legacy of Kindness" and now today we have two back again, Kendra Emery and Julie Fisk, who, with Kristin have co-authored another powerhouse of a book (WHICH THEY ARE GIVING AWAY THIS WEEK!) entitled: One Good Word a Day: 365 Invitations to Encourage, Deepen and Refine Your Faith.

Wow! Such a great idea to focus on just one word for your day. 

Today we discuss how their idea for leaving a legacy for their families turned into a kindness movement for this generation and the next, and how one word, whether a hard one like "lament" or one more welcoming like "inclusive"— can guide our hearts and deepen our faith, one day at a time. 

Check out The Ruth Experience on their website and follow on Instagram. Leave a comment on my insta this week or on my blog to be entered to win your own copy of their latest offering.

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Ep 131 A Legacy of Truth Instead of the Lies We Tell Ourselves with Susan Vandenheuvel

Ep 131 A Legacy of Truth Instead of the Lies We Tell Ourselves with Susan Vandenheuvel

April 24, 2022

Susan Vandenheuvel joins us today on Living a Legacy Life where she talks about living free from lies and in the freedom of our identity in Christ. God does a workin  us and then a work through us. Love it!

Susan was a great "stuffer" —she discovered she had "stuffed" down her wounds and hurts and lying messages told to her for many years until she couldn't ignore them any longer. God met her during a healing retreat and provided someone to walk alongside of her as she explored why she felt about herself the way she did, and then allowed the truth of God's word to transform and heal her. 

She now uses her freedom and healing as a platform to teach women that we don't need to hide or stuff, but, instead, live from our true identity in Christ. You will be encouraged as you listen.

Leave a comment on instagram or blog to be entered to recieve her 31 day devotional that speaks to living in the truth of God's Word:

The Confident Woman Within: 30 Day Devotional

Comment on blog, share on FB or comment on Instagram to be entered into giveaway - closes Friday at midnight.

Susan is a pastor, author, mentor, and founder of She Rises MN. She Rises exists to help women set aside anything keeping them from walking in the truth of who they are in Christ and discover their God-given potential. Susan also ministers within the federal and state prison settings, where she shares her story and the redeeming love of Jesus. Susan is also the host of the She Connects Podcast. I had the privilege of guesting on Susan's Podcast - take a listen here.

 

 

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One simple way to spread God's message of love and forgiveness is to welcome others like He welcomed you. Join my series of doing simple hospitality, one task a day for 4 weeks:

Hospitality By the Day

What to do Today to Host Guests in a Month.

It's fun.

It's simple.

I promise. 

Sign up here and it will begin next Monday.

Can't wait to hear all about it!

 

 

Ep 130 A Legacy of A Place of Abundance with Cheri Gregory and Kathi Lipp

Ep 130 A Legacy of A Place of Abundance with Cheri Gregory and Kathi Lipp

April 17, 2022

What a great duo we have today on Living a Legacy Life—so much wisdom, practical truth and joy. Cheri Gregory and Kathi Lipp come together to talk about their latest writing collaboration, An Abundant Place: Daily Retreats for the Woman Who Can't Get Away. A great Mother's Day gift for the women in your life, and you will also want this book for your quiet time basket.

Cheri and Kathi created a devotional that invites us to create a space to reconnect with our Saviour, feeding our soul and mind with truth, love in “small bites”, helping us glance at God's creation, while redirecting us to take the next step when we need redirecting (which I do need on a daily basis!)

Leave a comment on my blog show notes or on instagram to be entered to win a free copy of An Abundant Place.

Through Scripture and storytelling, Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus, the strength of every tender heart. She is the founder of Sensitive and Strong: the place for the HSP Christian woman to find connection; and the coauthor, with Kathi Lipp, of You Don’t Have to Try So Hard,Overwhelmed, and An Abundant Place. She and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for more than three decades. They’ve spent the last 15 years living and serving on the campus of Monterey Bay Academy on the central California coast.

Check out Cheri's free HSP quiz - link below:

 

Kathi Lipp is the host of the Clutter Free Academy podcast, and the bestselling author of The Husband Project, Clutter Free, Ready for Anything and An Abundant Place. She and her husband, Roger, live in the mountains of northern California (near Placerville) where they run the Red House Writing Retreats. Using humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to women looking to live with meaning.

 

Kathi Lipp loves soup and loves sharing soup. Here's one of her favorites. I made a double batch last week (and shared it!)

TOMATO GIN SOUP

READY IN 50mins

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS:

1 28 oz can peeled tomatoes

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1⁄8 teaspoon thyme

1⁄2 teaspoon paprika

1⁄8 teaspoon sugar

6 slices bacon, chopped

1⁄4 cup salted butter

4 ounces brown mushrooms, sliced

1⁄3 cup gin

1⁄2 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper

2 t chives, diced

DIRECTIONS:

Combine tomato, garlic, thyme, paprika, sugar in a blender and puree into a liquid.

In a soup pot, sauté bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels, but leave the drippings in the pot.

Add butter to pan with bacon drippings, melt butter, add mushrooms and sauté until golden.

Add gin and bacon, stir; add tomato sauce and simmer 15 minutes.

Add cream, season with salt and pepper, top with chives.

Serve as appetizer or alongside a hearty salad.

 

 

 

 

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Jesus said, "Love God and love your neighbor." You might love God but wonder about Part B.
 
You don't remember your neighbor's name or even which house they live in when you walk by with your puppy or they walk by with their puppy. You say "Hello" but you don't really know them. I can relate! We have 90 homes in our neighborhood, we've lived here over 30 years and I certainly don't know them all.
 
It sounds too hard to obey Christ's command to "go into all the world starting with Jerusalem." But I like to think my neighborhood is my Jerusalem. You, too?
 
You want to show your neighborhood God's love but you're not sure how to go about it. Click here today for 12 simple tips to help you invite your neighbors over for coffee. I include two delicious and easy recipes. Try them out and I'll come over! (I won't bring my puppy.)
 
 
 

 

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