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Author: Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler

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A weekly podcast for moms. A space to remember we are not alone in our experiences, be challenged to have joy among the chaos, remember grace covers guilt, and seek the truth of the gospel above all else. This is a podcast for the imperfect mother, still learning, still growing and still fully recognizing she doesn’t have it all together - but comes everyday, to the base of the cross, to seek the one who does.
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We make so many decisions in motherhood. Daily, we consider things like, what snack should I feed my child? How much screen time should they have? What discipline strategy should I use for this tantrum? And we also ask deeper, bigger questions like, how should we handle their schooling? What church should our family go to? How much time should we spend away from our kids? In today’s episode, Emily and Laura discuss how they each process decision-making and the many factors that influence the final outcome. God calls each of us to a dependent life that aligns with our deepest desire—to love and live like Christ in all we do, big and small. We’re grateful to Crossway for making this week’s show possible. Consider grabbing a copy of Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word to learn how to study God’s word with your heart and mind. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Have you ever frozen as your child loudly asks why another child is in a wheelchair? Wondered how to check in with your friend after her child receives a difficult diagnosis? Felt unsure of how to encourage a mom who feels their child’s needs might be “too much” for the church to handle? In this special round table, Emily and Laura are joined by Abigail Dodds and Katie Blackburn to discuss what it’s like to raise a child with special needs and how others can show support. Whether you’re impacted directly or indirectly by the joys and challenges of this reality, we hope this show encourages and equips you to love moms who have children with special needs. We’re grateful to Faithlife TV for making today’s show possible. This platform provides access to thousands of hours of shows, movies, and Bible teaching for the purpose of edification and entertainment. For a limited time, you can redeem a free 14-day-trial by visiting faithlifetv.com/motherhood. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
‘Tis the season of special Christmas parties at work and school. There are gift lists to check off and cookies to devour (we mean, deliver). There’s the Advent calendar and accompanying crafts, and someone needs to find the tree decorations. Is it just us or are you already tired? In this episode, Emily and Laura invite five women to share how they rest in Christ through this season of hustle and bustle. All of the good things we do—from present shopping to craft-making—can be an overflow of a heart that’s beholding God’s goodness in this season. Let’s pause to reflect on God’s greatest gift to us and the only One able to offer us true rest: Jesus Christ. We’re grateful to Lifeway Women for making this week’s show possible. Looking for an Advent Bible study? Grab a copy of Advent: The Weary World Rejoices to help you meditate on how Advent points to the glory to come. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE  
Navigating the waters of grandparent-parent relationships can be difficult. How how much candy is too much? How do you invite them into your kids’ lives? How do you talk about boundaries? In this episode, Emily and Laura welcome their parents to the show to discuss how they honor one another in their differing roles and to work together to cultivate a gracious relationship. Whether you’re navigating a new grandparent relationship with your parents and in-laws or you are the grandparent, this episode is full of laughter, wisdom, and encouragement. We’re grateful that the Hands-On Bible from Tyndale House Publishers made this week’s show possible. Looking for a new kids’ Bible? The Hands-On Bible, in the New Living Translation, is packed with activities, humor, and colorful graphics to help kids understand and live out important Bible truths. Use coupon code Risen to receive 35% OFF select Hands-On Bibles. Coupon is valid through December 13th, 2019. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE  
Moving is hard. One day, you’re packing a box faster than your toddler can unpack it, and the next, you need Google maps to find the kids’ new school. Your family can feel uprooted, discouraged, exhilarated, and adventurous all on the same day. In this episode, Emily and Laura discuss the challenges of moving with littles (which overlaps with any season of transition!). While moving is hard and full of unknowns, we can be sure God has a plan, and it’s a good one. These days, months, or even years aren’t throwaway seasons. By God’s grace, they’re times of pruning and growth in our hearts, leading us to joy in Christ—not our circumstances.  We’re grateful to Christian Standard Bible, a Bible translation for everyone, for making this week’s show possible. Whether reading to a child or teaching in your women’s ministry, the CSB will be accurate, readable, and shareable. Find out more at csbible.com.  View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Have you ever noticed your child light up as they greet others at church or offer drinks to guests in your home? Those moments could be the first glimpses into your child’s natural or spiritual gifts. In this episode, Emily and Laura interview Karen Hodge about nurturing our children’s gifts in the context of community. Karen is a pastor’s wife and mom of two adult children, who serves as the Coordinator for the PCA Women’s Ministry. She’s also the R|M Board Chair and has been a faithful encourager of the Risen Motherhood ministry. As parents, we disciple our children with eternity in mind, preparing them to meet Christ. What a privilege to teach them how to use their gifts for God’s glory. We’re grateful to Moody Publishers for making this week’s show possible. Grab your copy of Bible and Breakfast by Asheritah Ciuciu. This 31-day devotional combines rich devotions with easy breakfast recipes, so you can feed your body and soul—together. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Whenever we ask the R|M community for questions, they range from lighthearted and practical to thought-provoking and theological, which makes the AUA show something special. In this one-hour episode, Emily and Laura answer listeners’ questions about the R|M pop-up shop and upcoming conferences, to things like spiritual slumps, attraction in marriage, and finding the right church for your family. We hope as you listen, you’ll see how the gospel applies to everything and how we have freedom in Christ to serve others in unique ways. This episode is brought to you by our generous R|M donors! Consider joining them to help us produce more content like this episode. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Stretch marks, loose skin, and under-eye circles—oh my! Many moms stand a little awkwardly before the mirror, examining their postpartum bodies. We may know the world’s standard isn’t a true one, but how do we find peace with our new bodies? In this episode, Emily and Laura invite five women to share how the gospel changes their outlook on their postpartum bodies. While we’re tempted to focus on what we think our bodies should be today, the gospel reminds us that our hope isn’t in our flesh. Instead, these bodies reminds us that our hope is in Jesus alone—who willingly bore our sins, scarring his perfect body to give us life. This hope gives us grateful hearts, so we can care for and steward the body we have today as a vessel for good works. We’re grateful to Moody Publishers for making this week’s show possible. Grab your copy of Bible and Breakfast by Asheritah Ciuciu. This 31-day devotional combines rich devotions with easy breakfast recipes, so you can feed your body and soul—together. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE  
Moms are no strangers to worry. We daily consider the possibility of danger, hurt feelings, or stressful situations. We turn hypothetical situations around in our heads, trying to find solutions, but it feels like everything is just beyond our control. And so we worry. In this episode, Emily and Laura discuss how the gospel changes our worry. As moms in a broken world, we know we’re going to ask ourselves, “What if?” and, “What then?” But what do we do when we start to dwell on those questions? We train our minds with the promises of God found in Christ. As our trust in God’s care deepens, our worry can become worship. Oh and ps: We’re having our fall fundraiser through Friday! Instead of ordering pizza for dinner this week, consider giving $25 to help 19 women hear the gospel. We’re grateful to Harvest House for making this week’s show possible. Looking for a new resource for your kiddos? Check out the Baby Believer board books, Love Made, or Bible Infographics for Kids! View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
It’s easy to think of things that are more fun than doing dishes or putting shoes back where they belong. But serving in motherhood often means sacrificing what we want in order to care for those around us in service to Christ. We know we’re called to be living sacrifices, but what are we supposed to do when the “sacrifice” part is uncomfortable? In this episode, Emily and Laura examine another angle of being a living sacrifice: service. Working hard to serve others isn’t an obstacle to fun or freedom. It’s the pathway to joy in Christ. We’re grateful to Dwell for making this week’s show possible. Visit https://dwellapp.io/risenmotherhood to learn how they keep scripture in your ears and on your heart. Risen Motherhood Listeners, get 50% off Dwell! View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Sometimes we serve ourselves into exhaustion, and sometimes we avoid serving to keep ourselves comfortable. Neither extreme is good. Many of us have heard that we’re called to be a living sacrifice, but what does that mean? In this episode, Emily and Laura examine one angle of being a living sacrifice: burnout. While not every mom experiences full burnout, many of us believe our work proves our worth or the world depends on us. If these lies motivate us, we’ll live as though we’re limitless until we’re unable to do anything well. But a heart abiding in Christ knows we can work faithfully and restfully within our limitations, which are for God’s glory and our good. We’re grateful to Crossway for making this week’s show possible. Consider grabbing a copy of Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word to learn how to study God’s word with your heart and mind. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
We see each other every week at church, but our relationships can grow into more than just a quick wave in the lobby while a toddler hangs from our knee. We’re supposed to the church body, supporting and caring for one another by God’s grace as we grow together in Christ. In this episode, the Risen Motherhood team shares how their local church communities have helped them in various seasons. The church plays a vital role in the Christian’s life, and while it’s not perfect, God uses the church to help us grow in wisdom and maturity. We’re grateful to Crossway for making this week’s show possible. Consider grabbing a copy of Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word to learn how to study God’s word with your heart and mind. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE  
Most of us have our favorite “experts” or “gurus”—the voices we turn to for tips, tricks, and how-tos. We love the ability to learn something quickly by scrolling through our social media feeds. But should Christians solely depend on the “experts” of our culture to learn how to live a faithful life? In this episode, Emily and Laura examine why we like our gurus so much. While they are often be helpful, we’re called to unconditionally follow only one expert: Jesus. In Christ, God gives us the Holy Spirit to teach and train us in wisdom according to God’s word. We can still enjoy the gurus, but we know the source of all wisdom is God alone. We’re grateful to Crossway for making this week’s show possible. Consider grabbing a copy of Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word to learn how to study God’s word with your heart and mind. View Transcript Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Why does marriage feel so hard in the little years? After pouring your energy and brain power out for your kiddos, it’s easy to offer your spouse the leftovers. In this episode, Emily and Laura invite some very special guests on the show to talk about marriage with little ones: their husbands, Brad Jensen and Mike Wifler! Dates may look different, conversations may constantly be interrupted, and serving one another may look mundane, but the gospel can breathe new life into marriage. The gospel story reminds  us of God’s faithfulness as he works in our hearts—and the joy of partnering with others in the process. We’re grateful to Crossway for making this week’s show possible. Consider grabbing a copy of Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word to learn how to study God’s word with your heart and mind. View Transcript Order the Risen Motherhood Book  Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Moms in Process | Ep. 134

Moms in Process | Ep. 134

2019-08-2800:30:124

The show is back! After a summer break, we’re kicking off the season by flipping the microphone and putting Emily and Laura in the interviewee seats to discuss being women in process. In Christ we’re growing, but we’re not perfect yet. So while we truly want to obey God, we still put our hope in other things. But even in the tension, Christ offers all we need as we learn to live lives of faithful obedience. No matter where we are in the process, the gospel meets us there. We’re grateful to Crossway for making this week’s show possible. Expecting a baby? Grab a copy of Gloria Furman’s Labor with Hope to remember our only boast and hope in childbirth is Christ. View Transcript Pre-order the Risen Motherhood Book    Get the Bonus Chapters Pre-order the book before 9/3 and receive TWO bonus chapters. Submit your information by pressing the link above. Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
At the beginning of June, you reveal your summer bucket list, which makes your children cheer with anticipation. By July, you can’t find your list and by August, you’re tempted to check out until a new season starts. It’s no surprise we need the gospel to shape every expectation we have as we think about our summer plans. In this episode, Emily and Laura look towards the next three months and offer challenges to help us keep the right perspective as we plan, hope, and dream for summertime. We’re living for something much bigger than our summer plans, and God’s grace will sustain us as we persevere in motherhood—and to September.   VIEW TRANSCRIPT Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Everything seems pressing in the early years of motherhood. The baby’s diaper, the promised game of tag, and the dirty upstairs bathroom repeatedly demand our attention. It can be easy to feel bogged down by the everyday and lose sight of the bigger picture. In this episode, Emily and Laura interview Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth about building habits of faithfulness in every season of life. Nancy has impacted millions of women worldwide through her ministries, Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement. She’s a prolific writer, speaker, radio host; and she’s wife to Robert. It may be hard to see past the early years of motherhood in the moment, but when we’re 40, 50, or 60 years old, we’ll see the spiritual impact of the daily choices we make right now. If we want to breathe the gospel in and out, we need a steady habit of seeking God through his word. VIEW TRANSCRIPT Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
We all wonder if we meet the “good mom” standard. Do I feed them enough vegetables? Should I be the one reading the bedtime story? Do my kids behave? In this special episode, Emily and Laura ask the mother of all motherhood questions in front of a live audience: How do I know if I’m a good mom? Deep down, we all know we’re not good enough on our own. But the good news of the gospel is that we have Christ’s perfect record as our own, and God sees us as good in Jesus. So instead of looking at ourselves, let’s look at Christ and ask the better question: Do I know and love the One who makes me good? VIEW TRANSCRIPT Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Motherhood is a gift from God. We never want to forget that. But while we’re down here in the trenches, we can’t ignore real annoyances—like who left this sock behind and why are there crumbs everywhere? In this episode, Emily and Laura discuss why moms get annoyed and how the gospel shapes our responses. They even discuss some practical tips. Every mom is going to face annoying things, so we can sigh and roll our eyes or turn back in dependence to God who supplies for our every need. Christ came to save us—annoyances and all—so we could learn to love others even when we’re annoyed. VIEW TRANSCRIPT Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE
Historians won’t record that we prayed with ours kids before school, dropped off meals to neighbors, or hosted Bible study. But God’s greater story uses the everyday work of women to spread the gospel around the world. In this episode, Emily and Laura interview Dr. Michael Kruger about women in the second century church. Michael is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and professor of New Testament and Early Christianity; and an author, husband, and father. Church history teaches us that God is faithful to his Church through his people. From the second century to now, God uses ordinary women serving in sacrificial ways to change the world with the gospel of Christ. VIEW TRANSCRIPT Risen Motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Find all of the links & related resources from the show HERE  
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Jennifer Humphries

I love it!!! THANK YOU💕 I'm a mama of 3 and thinking about baby number 4😂💗💙💗

Dec 11th
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Jennifer Humphries

This was timely. Thank you for sharing.

Dec 11th
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Nicolea Neubauer

I just found this podcast yesterday. 4 episodes in and love it so far. Love the topics so far, what you ladies stand for and what you are doing for the world of motherhood!

Sep 25th
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Jennifer Humphries

I love this podcast

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Brookeneil Tate

I would love to know what book she read

Jul 5th
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M.C

oneway is a christian based social media site. amazing podcast! I have actually deleted the main social sites amd replaced them with podcasts like this and its amazing the feeling I have during the day. keep up the hard work and keeping us mommys focused on the goal.

Mar 11th
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Trin Matthews

I found this episode so amazing and helpful, thank you so much!

Dec 15th
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Tatyana Shimko

I love this podcast. Gospel saturated, very applicable to new moms and moms of toddlers. The amount of time each episode is is perfect! I love how these ladies always point to God's word in every aspect of a mothers life. Thank you ladies for the time you invest to make this podcast happen!

Apr 15th
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Morgan Wilder

love this podcast! as a new mom who also just moved, I'm struggling to find women to commune with and be friends with. this podcast has met my need to have gospel encouragement and weekly reminders to read God's Word. I have shared a lot of these episodes with my husband and SIL as they are so encouraging and uplifting.

Apr 12th
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Jackie Piedra

This was such a great podcast.. definitely needed this today. A great reminder of grace -- God already knows and isn't mad!

Jan 9th
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Leah Engskov

thank you do much for this post. I'm on the other side of my PPD now but they are excellent reminders to me that my hope and my identity is not found in how I felt as a new mom and how my struggle with PPD..my hope is found in Jesus the author and Perfecter of faith.

Dec 19th
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