Don't Mom Alone Podcast

Born four days apart in 1977, Travis (aka “Thi’sl”) and I didn’t choose where or to whom we were born. But God did. And He placed us in very different homes and stories. Yet the gospel intersected both of our lives, pulled us forward and continues to pull us.

Granted, Travis’ transformation is a lil more interesting and dramatic than mine. But we both were sinners in need of a Savior. And around our 40th birthdays, our paths crossed with an invitation for a trip to Israel.

After hearing bits & pieces of Travis’ story while on our trip and then hearing him perform and share his testimony at a concert. . .I knew I had to share “Thi’sl” with y’all.

In this episode you’ll gain hope for any loved one or situation you think is “too far gone” for God to redeem. You’ll be reminded that God is in the business of rescuing and making things right. And that God fights for you (which ironically my pastor reminded us of yesterday). You can drop your weapons of control. You can surrender your way and follow God’s way. And believe God is for you and He CAN free you (spoiler alert: just like how He actually freed Travis from prison!!).

(Here’s a little pic with some of my fam and me visiting Thi’sl before his concert)

At the end of the interview Travis shares 3 questions he answers in his book, “Against All Odds”:

What is my identity. What am I living for? Am I too far gone for God to use me?

Here are his answers:

You’re not too far gone. God created you for a purpose. God made you in His image.

Boom.

Connect with Thi’sl:

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Direct download: GCMTravisTylerEp183.mp3
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What we chat about:

  • How friends can support and love a family whose child has autism.
  • What to do when your child doesn’t get invited to birthday parties.
  • Facilitating friendships for your child with autism.
  • How to help them get through puberty.
  • How to talk to your child about their diagnosis.
  • How do you know the difference between a symptom of autism and behavior needing discipline.
  • What can your expectations be in teaching your child with autism about Jesus?

Biblical Counseling Resources:

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Direct download: GCMTerriConlinEp182PartTwo.mp3
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Don’t you wish you could chat with an older mom who’s been there? Who knows what its like to care for and deal with the needs of a child with autism? Well, today I’m bringing that person to you!

Terri Conlin is the mom to four grown children. One of her sons (now 23 years old) was diagnosed as a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She’s here to provide her story. The challenges and the triumphs. The places of help and of heartache.

Y’all shared wonderful questions with me via Instagram. Thank you for letting me know what’s been hard for you. Thank you for wanting to help your friends who have children on the spectrum. Once again, my hope is to learn you’re not alone.

(Stay tuned for part two of our conversation, which will go live on Wednesday, Oct 25th).

What we chat about:

  • Getting the diagnosis of autism.
  • How Terri meditated on the Psalms to put faith back in God when spit at/punched/kicked.
  • Recognizing the grief therapy she and her husband needed.
  • The impact of autism on the entire family.
  • Learning to slow their pace down.
  • Helping siblings cope.
  • How a mentor encouraged her and eased her loneliness.

Biblical Counseling Resources:

 

Direct download: GCMTerriConlinEp182.mp3
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You may know you “should” keep the Sabbath. And perhaps you then get stuck on “how”. Hopefully this episode will remove the shameful burden of “should” and shift the question from “how” to “who”. Shelly Miller, author of Rhythms of Rest, joins me in helping you develop a rhythm to cease from work and celebrate true rest in Jesus.

But what does sabbath rest look like specifically for young moms and those in ministry? Listen in as Shelly talks through the difference between routines and rhythms, and Jesus’ call to embrace what is easy and light.

What we chat about:

  • What does it mean to practice sabbath in 2017?
  • Separating the sabbath from rules and regulations, and embracing what is “easy and light.”
  • The way we rest is unique to who we are, and may be different from how even our family members find rest.
  • Prioritizing rest as a family and coming up with a plan for how each family member can practice sabbath.
  • The main goal isn’t a set amount of time or even a day, but setting apart time time to rest
  • Discovering the difference between routines and rhythms.
  • How planning and preparation impact our ability to rest.
  • Advice for the mom whose family is uninterested in implementing the sabbath.
  • Finding like-minded community in Shelly’s Sabbath Society.

Links Mentioned:

Direct download: GCMShellyMillerEp181.mp3
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Scripture tells us to ‘cast our cares upon the Lord’. But how do we practically obey that command while gripped by the stronghold of anxiety? Today I’m talking with Ashley Willis about battling anxiety, a topic she’s experienced first hand.

Whether you’ve experienced anxiety personally or not, chances are someone in your life will. Listen as Ashley discusses practical ways to get to the root of anxiety, and how to fight fear with the truth of God’s Word.

We’re answering the questions you shared with me over on Instagram. Questions about whether anxiety is a sin, when/if medication should be used, how to help a spouse who is anxious and several other questions. Thank you for being brave in sharing your stories with me. You are not alone.

What we chat about:

  • Is a Christian’s struggle with anxiety a form of sin?
  • Coping with anxiety by understanding the lies the mind believes and replacing those lies with the truth of God’s Word.
  • When to address anxiety with Christian counseling and medication, if necessary.
  • How do we practically obey the command of casting our cares upon the Lord?
  • Wrestling with the decision to take medication for anxiety and depression.
  • The importance of addressing the root of anxiety and not just the symptoms.
  • Fighting anxiety by reciting Scripture and praying out loud.
  • How to come alongside family members battling anxiety.
  • The importance of talking openly about anxiety in safe contexts, especially as moms.
  • Keeping the fear of “what-if’s” from overrunning our lives.
  • Jesus’ example of spending time alone to commune with His Father.

Biblical Counseling Resources:

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Direct download: GCMAshleyWillisEp180.mp3
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You clearly heard God’s call. But why is obeying Him sometimes so difficult? In today’s interview my longtime friend and renowned author, Tricia Goyer, discusses obeying the Lord even when it isn’t easy, and how He blesses the faithfulness of His children.

Listen as Tricia discusses the unique way the Lord grew her family through unplanned pregnancies, biological children, foster care, and adoption. You’ll love her honesty and transparency as she shares the hard moments that had her questioning decisions, and the way the Lord has blessed her family along the way.

What we chat about:

  • Obeying the Lord’s call to adopt (again and again and again) even after feeling “finished”
  • Taking a break from speaking and writing to shepherd her daughters as they healed from past trauma.
  • The sacrifice of stepping away from public ministry to focus on personal ministry at home.
  • Understanding God’s heart and direction for our lives by spending time in His Word and in prayer
  • Being called to multiple ministries and projects
  • Seeing a need that coincides with God’s commands from His Word
  • Trusting God while navigating His direction for our lives
  • Obeying God even when it’s hard and you find yourself asking, “why did I do this?”
  • Reaching out to our support systems when walking through hard providence
  • Finding beauty in the chaos and being thankful for the hard times
  • Moses communed with God face to face despite being called to a seemingly impossible
  • The importance of steadfast obedience even though we want a quick fix
  • The legacy we pass to our children when they see us obey the Lord despite difficulty

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Direct download: GCMTriciaGoyerEp179.mp3
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