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"I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery." Colossians 2:2 MSGThis podcast is an outpouring of our heart as women to connect the way God desires- to Him first and foremost, but also to one another. Woven in Truth is a platform in which we will hear from different women at different life stages teaching what God has put on their hearts to encourage, inspire, and empower our listeners with God's truth. There is so much in life that distracts and disheartens us as women, and we want to help every listener focus on Jesus and get to the place of confidence and peace that He desires for our lives, no matter how crazy they may be! Our desire is that the word of God and these lessons will meet you right where you are at: maybe as you break a sweat on the elliptical, maybe in your car as you drive to work, or maybe as you sit in your favorite spot and sip a cup of coffee over God's word. Feel free to listen here or on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or Spotify. Please join us as we learn, laugh, and grow together.
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Negativity Detox

Negativity Detox


Who is ready for a Negativity Detox? In this episode, Melissa Abello returns to unpack the wiring of our brains and the spiritual truths we can wield to build new neural pathways and fight toxic negativity. She discusses God’s intricate design, privileging the positive, interrupting negative inputs, and creating margin in our lives. Shirley MacLaine said, “Dwelling on the negative contributes to its power.” Let’s find a better way. About the Speaker: Melissa Abello has been serving for the last 10 years in the full time ministry.  She is married to Janus Abello and has two daughters: an angel in Heaven named Naomi and Ruth who is 1 year old.  Melissa is also a licensed mental health practitioner in the state of Missouri. Her and her husband serve currently as Evangelist and Women's ministry leader in Columbia, MO. Episode Notes: Contributing Factors this year: Doomscrolling, Toxic Rumination, Isolation, Pandemic, Divisions & Tensions, Personal/Individual Loss, Etc.Romans 15:13Why do we veer towards negativity? God designed the fight or flight part of our brain as built in protection, but Satan has tried to use this to his advantage since the fall.Brain does not differentiate physical from emotional pain.our brains are picking up that information about pain and storing it. Remembering it so that it can preserve and protect itself. When something poses a threat or we perceive potential pain it fires, sending us into negative spirals!It is the path of least resistance in our brains - we will automatically want to go the direction of negative and fear based on our previous broken experiences.The other side of this:If you travel down different pathways you weaken old ones.  If consciously do this more often then it will begin to go on autopilot.When we go the opposite direction we change hundreds of billions of neurons in the brain.Engage in positivity - increase activity in the left prefrontal cortex - continue to do this we can essentially rewire our brains.Feel the hard feelings and then also privilege the positive.God talks about our minds a lot in the bible, He wants to help us overcome…“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” -Col 3:2Metanoia= MIND CHANGE2 Corinthians 10:5Philippians  4:8Isaiah 26:3"Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Above all else, do this!” -Proverbs 4:23Jesus was so good at not absorbing the negativity of circumstance or the negativity of others. His mind was set on things above. How do we guard our hearts?STOP- We have to stop when we notice that we’re being negative. LOOK- Consider- “What puts me on the negative highways?”LISTEN- Acknowledge and process what you feelREFOCUS- Reframe. This takes trust in God.Be Mindful of Negative Inputs“Don't be deceived, bad company corrupts good character.” Company is what you’re reading, watching, listening to. Create space in your life- “What do I need to do to create margin in my life?”We can’t put ourselves on the back burner constantly. We can’t fight negativity if we don’t have any energy. Satan wants to rob us of the good God is doing. 1 Corinthians 10:13 Support the show (
Am I Enough?

Am I Enough?


“Am I Enough?” As we struggle with this fundamental question, we usually compensate or we hide- leaving our deep wounds untended. In this recording of Woven in Truth’s first ever live-podcast, Robin Weidner shares powerful perspective, personal experiences and her current understanding of her value in Jesus- our mediator. Don’t miss this healing episode as we learn how to dismantle self-judgements and bring our wounds into compassionate light with the scriptures. About the Speaker: Robin Weidner is the author of Secure in Heart—Overcoming Insecurity in a Woman’s Life; Eve’s Song; and her new book Grace Calls: spiritual recovery after abandonment, addiction or abuse. Robin ministers to women in the arenas of purity, codependency and security, while co-leading marriage seminars alongside her husband of 35 years, Dave, through their Purity Restored organization. Robin’s Bachelor’s degree included concentrations in Bible, Social Work and English. Their home is in Idaho where they enjoy riding bikes, paddleboarding, camping and spending time with their 3 adult children and one grandchild.Episode Notes: HandoutAm I Enough? - This question can be tied to so much in our past or present. We can strive for performance or strength based “enoughness.”Sometimes in our efforts to be enough, we can even start to feel like we are too much! Question: Do you remember an early or a recent moment when you felt like you were not enoughPerfectionism is striving for enoughness. It’s an effort to avoid rejection. We either compensate or we hide.There’s usually some wounds that lead to this question… then there’s the self-judgements we place around the initial wound. Hebrews 12:1 TPT “As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us (or “get rid of every arrow tip in us.”) and the sin we so easily fall into.”Bring wounds into the light. Let the wound speak. Cradle the wound with compassion. Jesus loves us in our woundedness.John 8:1-11- The Adulteress WomanCan you imagine if this was you? If YOU were caught? The humiliation, the shame, the pain, etc. Can you imagine the self-judgment? Jesus steps between you and your own self judgment, just like he did with the woman. Jesus allows us to let go of others condemnation, but also your own. We have to invite Jesus into the wounds. He’s the light of the world, and our wounds need light. This woman needed a mediator. We do too. Jesus stands in the middle. We can learn to love ourselves THROUGH Jesus. Not through our enoughness or striving. Psalm 16 TPT-Verse 2- “So I said to the Lord God, “You are my Maker, my Mediator, and my Master. Any good thing you find in me has come from you.”God has a pitcher FULL of goodness, and He’s pouring it into my life. Psalm 66:12 TPT- “We’ve passed through fire and flood, yet in the end you always bring us out better than we were before, saturated with your goodness.”Support the show (
Join Mallory and Chanelle as they unpack GRIT, rock collecting, and the power of approaching life with a growth mindset. In different capacities, we all navigate adversity and life-changing hardship. But how can we accept that, adapt, and then emerge even stronger than before? "A gemstone is so beautiful, not because it’s existed untouched, but because it HAS endured darkness and tumbling. The beauty was there all along, but the tumbling process revealed it."GRIT DEFINEDSmall loose particles of stone or sand. This is the grit that’s used in the refining process of precious gems. unyielding courage in hardship; fortitude, toughness, endurance, spunk, gumption… it’s passion fused with perseveranceRomans 5:22 Timothy 2:10 “Not a single ounce of your suffering is wasted in God’s economy. Our enemy works to grind us down with gritty circumstances, but God uses the same circumstances to forge endurance and character in us if we’re willing. Like those rocks, the grittiness doesn’t remove beauty in us — it reveals it.” - Meredith CarrA gem is so beautiful not because it’s existed untouched, but because it HAS endured darkness and tumbling. It’s striking not because something is glued on to make it shiny, but because the beauty was there all along, AND THE TUMBLING process revealed it. Isaiah 50:7 TPT- The Lord Yahweh empowers me, so I am not humiliated. For that reason, with holy determination,  I will do his will and not be ashamed.Question: What would it look like for you to face your current tumbling with HOLY DETERMINATION?Be TOUGH MINDED, but tender hearted. Life is tough but so are YOU.THIS is the heart of Jesus, who said “be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.’ In Matthew 10:16 “Mental toughness is like a muscle. It needs to be worked to grow and develop. Prove to yourself — in a thousand tiny ways — that you have enough guts to get in the ring and do battle with life… it’s about building HABITS. Mentally tough people don’t have to be more courageous, more talented, or more intelligent — just more consistent.” -James ClearMary Anne Radmacher — 'Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow. Grit and growth mindset- grit isn’t a personality trait that you either have or don’t have … any of us can grow our capacity to endure and even grow from hardship. GRIT GAINZ -loosely adapted from the APA’s recommendations to build resiliency in hardship:Recognize & Reclaim CONTROL over what you CAN CONTROLAcceptanceNegativity DetoxAcknowledge and celebrate growthProactive PURPOSE2 Corinthians 4:17 “We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison…”Psalm 46:1&5 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”“Take Courage, dear heart. Little by little, one walks far.” Support the show (
Tesia McBride joins the podsquad to talk through her 2020 journey as she’s navigated marriage/working from home, a new baby and postpartum depression. She shares how to practice humility amid the hardships and experience grace in the growth. We are all evolving this year as women; how can we lean into, value and maybe even find joy in the process? About the Speaker:Tesia is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Denver, CO in 2012 and absolutely loves living by the rocky mountains! She met her husband Kevin in the Denver Campus Ministry and was married in 2016. She also recently became a first time mommy to her baby girl Lyla and is learning to enjoy the incredible love, joy and stressful times that come with having a newborn! Tesia is passionate about coffee and chocolate and while Colorado provides a vast arrangement of outdoor activities, she likes to "dress the part" but stay cozied up by a fire with a good book (guess you can't totally take LA out of the girl).Episode Notes: Vulnerability may lead to humility, but they do not equate each other. Just because I've been vulnerable doesn't mean I've been humble: humility requires repentance, vulnerability does not.Humility requires repentance, and vulnerability doesn’t… need a plan to address and change the sinful or hurtful behaviors. “Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2 TLB  Scriptures that have helped:1 Corinthians 9:25-27 2 Timothy 1:7Ephesians 4:2- “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”Quote: “Fighting is not sinful. But being unwilling to compromise or unwilling to work with each other is.”Motivation matters- what is my goal in bringing up this feeling, emotion, or hurt? Goal isn’t to be right, it’s to righteous.Who do you want to be on the other side of this pandemic? We have to remember the bigger picture. The goal is growth, maturity, resolution and ultimately- unity. “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never.” – OshoI am not the same person and learning how to be a new person in a pandemic is super difficult! Even if you aren’t a new mom- you are not the same woman you were last year! Give yourself permission to evolve! Embrace and give yourself grace.  Scriptures that have brought me some peace in this journeyIsaiah 66:13Proverbs 31:25Number one thing that has helped: getting open and talking with friendsEveryone’s experience is different. You can ask “How can I help?”  or “What do you need?” During a Pandemic, mental health is harder than ever for a lot of people – grow deeper in understanding different triggers, roots of issues, etc. We can respect boundaries and still find ways to stay connected. Give yourself space to evolve. The goal isn’t to get back to the woman we were before. We can enjoy and adapt to the places God is taking us. We can VALUE process. Support the show (
Grace Based Identity

Grace Based Identity


Kathryn Peckman, a fellow recovering perfectionist, shares her journey to a biblical understanding of the encompassing identity of our gracious God. She also shares the powerful impact that has had on her Christian life as she embraces her own identity "soaked with grace." Kathryn shares, “Every individual who met with Jesus was changed; not just changed behavior but a changed identity. We see lepers become spotless, adulterers become blameless, and the weak become strong. God’s identity changes people’s identity”… do you let it define yours? About the Speaker:Kathryn Peckman is a wife, mom, and Campus Minister from Southern California. She and her husband Dustin have served in the full-time ministry for five years. She enjoys baking, cooking, reading with her three kids, and spending time in nature.  She is a recovering perfectionist who seeks God’s grace in every season & loves helping others do the same.Episode Notes:There’s no such thing as a happy perfectionistBook Rec: The Complete Guide to Grace, by Jim LeflerIsaiah 55:8-9 We can’t look to the world or pop-Christianity to understand grace, we need to look in the Word.Definitions- what do you THINK grace, mercy, and forgiveness mean? These are unique and not synonymous although they feed into each other. Grace: charis (Greek) chen (Hebrew): favor, charm, generosity, gift “charisma;” not in the definition: meritMercy: eleos (Greek) checed (Hebrew): goodness, kindness, compassion, especially toward the afflicted; not in the definition: judgment or pityForgiveness: aphesis (Greek): release from bondage or imprisonment, pardon of sins as though they never were committed, drop & leave behind (ex: when fishermen “leave their nets & father behind” to follow Jesus); not in the definition: keeping scoreGracious God: Grace is God’s identity. It’s the subtitle on his autobiography.Grace or gracious is used as a descriptor of God over 125 times in the Bible.One phrase is used by 5 different authors to describe God: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” Exodus 34:6, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 86:15, 103:8, 145:8, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2Isaiah 30:18-19 Interacting with the gracious God means changes for your own identity as well.Grace Identity- John 10:1-18  v.3 “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own* sheep by name and leads them out.”He doesn’t just want us to know His scripture or know the church but to KNOW HIS VOICE… Can I recognize it? *Idios (greek): pertaining to one’s self, one’s own, belonging to one’s self      v.10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have     life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd.”d)    diabolos (greek): prone to slander and accusing falsely. How does the thief steal, kill, and destroy? Through accusation, shame, & often, woundse)     You can’t follow the shepherd while you listen to the stranger’s voice f)      Grace, mercy, and forgiveness are the OPPOSITE. They are intended to heal the wounds, silence the accusations, and free us from shame. We didn’t become disciples to become slaves again to a set of rules or accusations or false labels. Support the show (
Where do our feelings fit into our faith? Elizabeth Laing Thompson, in all her sweet, spiritual brilliance, stops by to discuss her new book and help us make sense of this age-old question! Elizabeth drops some major truth bombs on the importance of acknowledging, appreciating, and processing our feelings in a way that honors our big-feeling God. As we switch off the "airplane mode" on our feelings, we can create healthy boundaries while simultaneously embracing the God-given depths of our emotional makeups. If you are in need of some soul-validation or direction, you DO NOT want to miss this episode! About the Speaker: Elizabeth Laing Thompson is the author of When God Says, "Wait" and When God Says, "Go." She writes at about clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life. As a speaker and novelist, she loves finding humor in holiness and hope in heartache. Elizabeth lives in North Carolina with her preacher husband and four spunky kids, and they make her feel humbled but happy, exhausted but exhilarated, sometimes stressed but often silly well, you know . . . all the feels. Episode Notes:Where do feelings/emotions fit into our faith?How does God feel about our emotions and why did he create us with them?How does the scripture help us to use our feelings as a way to honor God   Big Feelers:Feel it and feel it big.Gifts: Empathy, intuition, etc. Sometimes hard to make space for other's feelings and hard to pull out of the dark places.Steady Feelers:Can feel things deeply, but not as often. Don't LIVE in the big feels.Gifts: Can plan & feel simultaneously : Forward moving & can compartmentalize Can find it confusing when they are spinning from big feelings- Have a hard time processing their feelings. Reluctant Feelers: Can see feelings as being illogical, unproductive and distracting Gifts: Clear thinkers, logical, fair-minded, focused on facts & truth They DO have feelings, just usually don't LIKE it. Can shove things down and then it can explode in unhealthy ways. Can be invalidating or condescending of others' feelings. If it matters to you, it matters to God. That sets you free to feel what you feel and take that to God. The more we go to God with all of our emotions & pain, the more pressure it takes off of our human relationships.   Many Christians think we should put our feelings in airplane mode when it comes to our faith. Telling yourself you shouldn't feel it doesn't make the feeling go away.   Even if you don't want to feel a certain way, you can still work through it, instead of around it, through the scriptures and Godly processes.  What does God want us to do with our feelings? Even the ones that feel or seem "unacceptable"? He wants us to bring it Him and ask for His help, intervention, and direction.  Thoughts & feelings are extremely connected. We may need to reframe and inject more faith into our thoughts, but we can work through our thoughts in the presence of God.Psalm 139- God Himself is EmotionalHe made you the way you are- you are wired that way for a reason.Your feelings are a way to connect with God and reflect His heart.Buy the book by clicking here!Support the show (
In this episode, Kaylee & Mallory have a dialogue regarding performance-based Christianity and our efforts to unlearn some misunderstandings in our faith all while continuing to pursue righteousness & spiritual growth. God desires authentic connection over curated perfection every time... so what would it look like for YOU to live KNOWN?The problem of Christian Perfectionism:It's living under the gospel of grit rather than the gospel of grace- implying striving, hard work, earning holiness, etc. It's a pressure to perform*some thoughts & definition credit to Rachel Moreland in "An Open Letter to Christian Perfectionists Everywhere* Please note: Pursuing holiness AND practicing obedience is RIGHT and biblical. But we can’t operate out of a performance trap or Christian perfectionism… Quote from John Mark Pantana- “Identity can’t birth from performance. But performance will birth from your identity....You can do everything in the Christian life for acceptance or from acceptance, and this distinction is the difference between life and death. "Veneer Definition: cover or disguise (someone or something's true nature) with an attractive appearance. *Oxford So why practice it?Some of this trained or learned - misunderstandingsQuote from Tauren Wells - “I’ve come to the unfortunate realization that there is a version of Christianity that many of us have bought into that has trained us to be professional pretenders. We must shatter the veneer of polished Christianity and to step into the vulnerability the Gospel requires before the great work of grace can transpire in our lives…After all, Jesus didn’t die for the image we project. Jesus died for who we really are.” There’s also costs to living known so that’s another reason we avoid it… A quote published in the New York Times  by Timothy Kreider… “… if we want the rewards of being loved, we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known.”Current Culture makes this harderChurch CultureLarger social spheres & exposure because of technology Social Media- curated imperfectionMotivation Matters “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is what it means to be loved by God.”–Timothy KellerI love God because he first loved me. I obey because he loves me not SO he will love me. (Parable in Luke 15)- Older son that performed had bad attitudeSo how do we get out of this performance Christianity? We look to the one who did all the proving FOR us… Romans 5:6 Jesus Himself rejected “performing” in order to be accepted…And we can as well. *Quoted long excerpt from Tauren Wells Study*“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIVThe Freedom of Living KnownGod wants connection, not perfectionSamaritan Woman at the well in John 4.Living known isn’t contingent upon how others respond to this kind of vulnerability.Known & Accepted- Romans 15:7Known & Significant- Psalm 62:7 the voiceKnown & ValuableKnown & Whole- Colossians 2:10What would it look like for you to live out your life and faith with nothing to prove?Support the show (
This special episode is a lesson and dialogue with our inspiring friend, Fadia- a resilient and faithful disciple from the Middle Eastern country of Jordan. Fadia has endured devastating trials, many on account of her faith in Jesus, including the imprisonment of her beloved husband. She shares with us the courage and convictions that have carried her through even the darkest of valleys, and the strength and purpose she finds in God. Episode Notes: Judges 4-5 -God appoints Deborah Deborah responds to God's call and plan- using her gifts, talents, and wisdom. Deborah was committed and obedient to God, even in hard times  When we are women that are committed to God's plan, we can find strength we never knew we could possess. We don't like the times when we endure trials- but these are when we grow closer to God and find strength and direction from Him. It takes courage to trust that God is in control. When I am Weak, Then I am Strong2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - "But {The Lord} said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."Are you obedient to God's commandment and voice, even in the hard times? When Deborah achieved victory, she didn't forget the victory belonged to God. She praised and celebrated God after He worked powerfully and gave the vicory. (Judges 5) When WE have victories in our life, we shouldn't give credit to ourselves and "our" strength, we should give Him all the glory! We can celebrate the victories WITH God.He is an Almighty, Holy, and Loving Lord- He has a purpose and a call for YOU. We can be women that are committed to God even in the hardest times. We can be courageous through trusting God and His word, and sharing God's love with others. We can be thankful to God for His work within and through us. Faith is built in the darkest of valleys. No man can fill the role that designed for women. Satan will try to tell us lies- that we are inferior or inadequate. We must denounce his lies as we fill ourselves with God's truth. Respond to God's call Be committed in any circumstance or situation.  Be courageous by trusting God to work- He will never forsake you. Let's pray for our sisters in the Middle East! Support the show (
Healing is not possible when hurts are neglected. This episode is for those who are intentionally seeking to listen, learn, and lament over the hurts of our sisters because of racism. In this dialogue, we seek to better understand their experiences in hopes of cultivating a spiritual space for humility and understanding- in our hearts, in our church family, and in society.“A new day is dawning: the sunrise from the heavens will break through in our darkness, And those who huddle in night, those who sit in the shadow of death, Will be able to rise and walk in the light, guided in the pathway of peace.” -Luke 1:78-79About the Speakers:DeShonda Roberts has been a Christian for more than 26 years in the San Diego Church of Christ.  She and her husband of 28 years, Raymond, are the parents of 3 amazing adult children and 3 grandchildren.  Morgan Roberts is a wife and working mom of a two year old, Capri, and one month old, Cairo - needless to say, her hands are full with loves, snuggles and messes! In her spare time you can find her in shavasana or sipping an extra hot latte at Peet’s. Shantae Watkins is from Arizona, attended college in California, and now lives in Virginia. She has a degree in Social Work and currently works for a non-profit organization as an Operations Coordinator. She is 28 years old, biracial, and has been a disciple for 11 years. Episode Notes: DeShonda, Shantae, and Morgan have provided resource recommendations that will be posted on our website's resource page at this link if you’re interested in learning more. The compiled guide is in Word Document format for easy access to the links. Scriptures Referenced in Episode:Luke 12:48b- "When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”Jeremiah 33:6- “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”Isaiah 40:29- “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”Galatians 6:9-  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”1 Samuel 16:7b- “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."Psalm 62:5-8- “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”Romans 12:14-16 "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.Romans 5:5 "hope doesn't disappoint us, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit….”Support the show (
In this episode, our friend Tabitha joins the pod squad to share her passion for a healthy relationship with food, body image issues, and a God-focused perspective on health overall. Tabi shares about the powerful spiritual and physical health freedom that she believes God offers us all on the other side of “diet-culture,” through the principles of Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size®, and the scriptures.About the Speaker:Tabitha is an anti-diet, weight inclusive, Registered Dietitian to be. She is currently completing a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Dietetic Internship at Virginia Tech. Her passions include: Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size®, and helping people leave dieting behind for good to cultivate a peaceful relationship to food and their body. Episode Notes:Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”Psalm 139:14 says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God delights in you guys, truly. No matter where you come from, God delights in you. 1 Samuel 16:7 says: “...The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”Hosea 7:9a says: “Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their strength, but they don’t even know it.” Our bodies are something amazing given to us by God. Our culture (at least in America) is obsessed with thinness. A disordered relationship to our bodies and food is normal in our culture. We moralize health, food choices, and body size. God does not want that to consume our brain.10 Principles of Intuitive Eating *Taken from their website*: Reject the Diet MentalityHonor Your HungerMake Peace with FoodChallenge the Food PoliceRespect Your FullnessDiscover the Satisfaction FactorHonor Your Feelings without Using FoodRespect Your BodyExercise—Feel the DifferenceHonor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition Health at Every Size®- 3 Principles: RespectCelebrate body diversityCritical AwarenessChallenges scientific and cultural assumptionsCompassionate Self-CareFinding the joy in moving one’s body and being physically active.Eating in a flexible and attuned manner.Questions to ask ourselves: How do we define health? Where do those beliefs come from?Has shaming your body ever helped with anything in your life?What if your body never ever changed, consider thinking about would you care for it?Have you ever considered that your body is meant to change? To evolve as you evolve? To change as your life goes on?If you let God define who you are to your absolute core, how would this change the way you see your body? Resource RecommendationsA Few Books mentioned (these all cite amazing studies!): Intuitive Eating BookIntuitive Eating WorkbookHealth At Every Size® BookBody Respect BookWebsites: Intuitive Eating WebsiteHealth At Every Size® WebsiteAssociation for Size Diversity and HealthPodcasts: RD Real Talk Podcast Food Psych Podcast Tabi's instagram: @tabithap_rd2beSupport the show (
Challenges make life difficult, but overcoming them makes life meaningful. In this episode, Ruth Kang joins the pod squad to talk about the refreshing empowerment we can find through God's spirit to overcome life's challenges. About the Speaker:Ruth Kang was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada when she was 15 years old.  She became a disciple of Jesus Christ in 1995 while attending the University of Toronto.  She began serving in the full time ministry in 1999 and was married to Mark Kang in 2000.  They have 3 wonderful boys with one about to go to college.  Together they have led ministries in Toronto, Indiana, Wisconsin; and, they  are currently leading the Detroit Church of Christ. Ruth loves going for nature walks, yoga, volleyball, card games and making things beautiful!Episode Notes:Everyone faces challenges — some more traumatic than others — but hardships none the less • Question: How do we respond when we are hit hard? Where do our hearts and minds go when challenges come? We can become prisoners to ourselves and the past. In the words of the apostle Paul in the book of Romans: “I’ve tried everything and nothing helped. I was at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?” Mind you this thinking is so pervasive - I have to constantly tether myself to what is true — about me and how God feels and thinks about me. John 11- Mary and Martha’s story when their brother Lazarus died. These two women lost their big brother who was their leader, protector and provider. What can we learn from them? Point #1 — Pour Out Your Heart to Jesus We often equate hardships with Hardships = Being Unloved (or other lies) But this is not true John 11:4 When we don’t take time to talk over our issues with God we tend to conclude that God somehow forgot about us or that we don’t matter to Him. But we see here that Jesus welcomes us as we are — even as we misinterpret him and our lives. It’s okay to wrestle with your thoughts Growth starts when we face what’s on our hearts and minds— And we must be careful to bring them to Jesus and not to false “gods” - Like food or Netflix. Q. What thoughts/feelings are simmering in your life that you think are too much to expose? Too difficult to dive into? Maybe it’s time to go to Jesus with whatever that is for you.Point #2 — Anchor Yourself in Christ - your perspective matters The waves and winds will come — especially in the next few months. You need to anticipate this — be aware of your thoughts and emotions We must beware of this — Trials can change the way we feel about God. So anchor yourself in what is true. Q. What truths can we hold on to during hard times? Point # 3 — Look for God in the challenges Psalm 27Friends, God is waiting to be with you in those hard places — but you must invite him and look for him. He wants to show you his love. The world may be going crazy - we don’t have to. God is our hope. God is Defining himself to you Practical — Journal, pray through your feelings and thoughts, confide in trusted and helpful friends; take time to listen to God There is a choice — we can overcome. The greater the hardships, the more we need to pour out ourselves to Jesus; The more we must anchor ourselves in Christ and his words, and lastly, we must look for God in these challenging places. Support the show (
In this episode, our inspiring friend Melissa Abello joins the podcast to shed some light and insight on managing anxiety. As both a licensed mental health practitioner and a full time minister, Melissa fuses the academic and spiritual perspectives. She not only helps us understand anxiety physiologically, but also provides tools to navigate it in the context of our daily Christian lives. About the Speaker:Melissa Abello has been serving for the last 10 years in the full time ministry.  She is married to an amazing man of God named Janus Abello.  She has two daughters: an angel in Heaven named Naomi and Ruth who is now 8 months old.  She also is a licensed mental health practitioner in the state of Missouri.  She predominately works doing marriage therapy specializing in marriage communication, affair recovery, sexual addiction, and sex therapy.  Furthermore, she works exclusively with women around anxiety and depression.  Her and her husband serve currently as Evangelist and Women's ministry leader in Columbia, MO.  She enjoys spending time with family and decorating!Episode Notes:We all handle anxiety differently and we all have anxiety! Some have it more chronically than others, but we all experience it!• Goal today is to share God’s heart for anxiety, share he wired our bodies so you can understand the complexity of how he designed us, then to share how to practically we can help our anxiety and how that connects and relates to exactly what God talks about in the Bible!• My hope is that this deeper understanding of how God designed us could equip each of us in how to handle and cope with our anxiety so we can really love God with our whole heart and mind! Philippains 4:4-8How is it that God commands us not to be anxious when it feels like a reaction that somehow is just happening to me!The greek word for anxious in the text here is: Merimnao: Properly drawn in opposite directions; divided into parts How We Develop Anxiety?Core emotions are fear, anger, disgust, joy, excitement, and sadness. Anxiety is an inhibitory emotion. The other two inhibitory emotions are guilt and shame. They inhibit emotion on purpose. They serve as a protective mechanism.  What happens when we get anxious?Anxiety is a physiological response of distress. What are the ways you think about anxiety? • Do you catasprophize it and give it to it?• Do you resist feeling it?• Do you shame yourself for experiencing?• Do you lean into it and attempt to follow it and understand it?Practicals to help us with our Anxiety: 1.) What is are you noticing in your body? 2.) Accept responsibility 3.) Accept feeling4.) Talk to your body  (Mindfulness, Breathing, Grounding)5.) Talk to yourself: explore what you are feeling more6.) Talk to God7.) Talk to someone elseEmotional Workout: This needs to be done consistently! Train yourself in this! Resources Melissa Recommends:1. Feeling Wheel 2. Worksheet & Other Resources Support the show (
Heather McKean, inspiring author of Mind Change, joins the podsquad to discuss the fascinating mind/body/bible connection. She shares her personal journey from crippling diseases to recovery and physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. About the Speaker:Heather McKean can usually be found at her home on the magical island of Maui hunting for sea glass with her husband, two girls, and a slobbery but lovable English Bulldog. Heather is the founder of and the creator of the Mind Change Method™ and the Metanoia Method™. It is her goal to "change the world, one mind at a time".Disclaimer: We live in a broken world, and everyone’s suffering and health battles are unique and valid. In this thirty minute episode, Heather shares her individual experience and journey and she obviously cannot draw out every explanation and qualifier. We encourage listeners that want to know more to check out her book or website.Episode Notes: Heather's Journey to find wellness and freedom- "Could something from my past have something to do with what is happening in my body physically?" this can become a rabbit hole, so use caution and discernment**"Our mind is so powerful, we can create scenarios in our minds and then our physical bodies will follow. "THE BIG QUESTION: Is this in the Bible? ANSWER: The mind/body connection is all throughout the Bible. Metanoia- Can change your mind and life physically, emotionally, and most definitely spiritually! Sometimes we think we have overcome things or found victory just because we can talk about trials or trauma. This isn't necessarily true. Sometimes our minds subconsciously try to have a "conversation" with us about things that haven't been fully dealt with through our physical bodies.We try to cope any way we can... through finding outlets or things that appear productive all while our bodies pay the price. How does the Bible deal with sickness? Study out the healings in the Bible.In the Bible, sickness is very rarely just dealt with as a physical ailment. When you see the way Jesus interacts with people- he helps them make connections between physical ailments which are deeply connected to their hearts and their spiritual ailments... Jesus is very tender with people and their sickness. He handles each of their sicknesses very individually. John 5:1-15- Healing of the man at the poolJesus asks this man if he WANTS to get well. There really is a choice- and it isn't necessarily always a "yes!" There is a cost to wellness- it requires change and discomfort. Secondary gains- We get something from our ailments or our sickness. We don't just do this for no reason- sometimes it feels safer for us to have our ailments. If this man gets well, his entire world is going to change. This is true for us as well. "We are conditioned to believe that following Jesus means suffering."Be careful and compassionate: Telling someone (or yourself) that they are responsible for their sickness, or that it is their own fault, is very triggering. Your body is not against you, it is for you. What if you listened to it? What if we got quiet enough so that we could hear? Starting this conversation: My ___________ hurts, what might this be? Where might this be coming from? Example: Could my hurting back be reminding me that I'm not feeling supported in life? ***(The Mind Change Workbook is very helpful)***Heather's Website & Book Link: https://www.mindchange.comSupport the show (
Drink It!

Drink It!


In this episode, Jessy Tohme from Lebanon takes us back to the essentials of our faith. The majority of women are burnt out, worn out, & stressed out. Sometimes we open our eyes spiritually and realize we’ve drifted from the joy and zeal we once had in Christ. Jessy reminds us of the battle we are in and the mission we signed up for when we said “yes” to Jesus. About the Speaker:Jessy was born in Lebanon, the country that is worldwide famous for its years of wars. She spent most of her childhood hiding with my family in shelters…By God’s grace, she became a disciple of Christ in 1999, and married her husband Moufid in 2000. God has been generous and blessed them with two adorable kids, Abigail and Andrew. Her and her husband have led a church in Lebanon for many years and now they oversee the Middle East region of our churches. She currently has her own TV show has hosted a Radio Show for 10 years. As a marriage facilitator, her main goal is to prepare couples for their marital journey and council those who are already struggling with their marriages.Episode Notes: Sometimes we forget that we are in a war- a spiritual battle. We open our eyes and realize we’ve drifted spiritually. #1. Remember you are in a battle John 10:10- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.What has satan killed in your heart? Maybe your dreams. What has he destroyed? Maybe some of your relationships?We get off track when we forget that our battle is spiritual and we start battling people… we pick the wrong battle. Our enemy is not our sisters, our family, etc- it is against satan, against the forces of evilThe battle is tough, but it is so worth it. We must be united in order to win this battle- he will work so hard to divide us. We must put our pride, our rights, our position, our earthly treasures to death- just like Jesus did… what are we willing to lose in order to gain Jesus and gain influence? #2. Remember your enemy Majority of women are burnt out, worn out, stressed out.We can forget our mission. Our joy and zeal can be hard to find after “life gets in the way”.In what areas are we ignoring God’s voice in our lives?Mark 11:1-11: Jesus asks for a donkey… He needs a donkey to carry Him & message… Are we willing to be the donkey?We shift into just asking God for things instead of just be willing to do whatever He is asking of us… we need to remember our mission. Matthew 27:57-60 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.How well do you care for the body of Christ? Even when you aren’t “getting anything out of it” or it doesn’t seem appealing?#3. Keep your priorities rightWe need to delegate, but we also need to empower others around us. We need to prioritize loving God & Jesus, loving ourselves and caring for ourselves, & loving our families. This is how we avoid burn out… we can live and die happy & joyful. Support the show (
This episode is like a hug for your soul as Simara Blair stops by to refresh our minds and perspectives. Our hearts are deep waters, and Simara’s words help us articulate and validate what we might be experiencing. Coping with a global pandemic is no small feat; many of us are unpacking big emotions in unknown territories. Simara reminds us to give ourselves permission to feel what we feel, then we can cope and adapt out of that honest space. Your feelings matter and we need to be gracious with ourselves as we navigate this together. About the SpeakerSimara is a creative and compassionate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ft Lauderdale Florida. She is the owner of Strength & Serenity Counseling Services, a private practice that addresses Perinatal Mental Health and Couples Issues. Simara has been practicing therapy for over 10 years and has a history in Youth & Family Ministry. Simara has been a Christian for 12 years. She’s a wife, mama bear of 2, and a lover of DIY and essential oils. Episode NotesProverbs 20:5 “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.”-Anticipatory grief- Attempting to cope with current crisis as well as the anticipation of possible future implications or losses. People are experiencing loss of what they were hoping for or dreaming about. Many of us aren’t equipped for how to deal with loss.-We need to give ourselves and others a lot of grace right now. -We need to stop placing judgements on what we feel. Your hurt is valid. Someone else’s experience doesn’t negate your own. -Let whatever you feel “be”— healing happens when we operate out of an honest space. Acknowledge your experience. -It’s human nature to adapt. God created us for adaption. We will learn how to adapt- but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. -Give yourself permission to feel what you feel, then you can heal and adapt from that honest place.-Feeling lethargic or extra tired? You’re very normal! Stressors mess with sleeping patterns. Your body physically responds to the emotional weight you are carrying. We are experiencing so many changes. -Practice mindfulness - Create intentional transitional moments as you switch into different “gears” or “modes” -We need to create safe places where we can be honest about the hard or negative things. Take the time to name your feelings so you can process them and adapt. --Staying Connected is obviously important- We are women that are used to "doing" for others, including God - how can or should we adjust to this new normal? Create “space” for people Check in with no agendaListen, Affirm, and Resist the urge to “fix” what the other person shares Practice basic “Thoughtfulness”- thinking of othersAdapting socially- we can intentionally shift from thinking “I don’t have community anymore” TO “How can I create community now?” Feel empowered to create new experiences to cultivate social exchange. Simara’s mantras that are helping her cope:Anyone can suffer for a short period of time. This is temporary. God has given me everything I need. (Take the time to figure out what you need and how you can find and use the resources God gave you)For more of Simara’s content visit for website: or follow her on Instagram @simarablairSupport the show (
In this interview, Vania Salim from Jakarta joins the podcast to share about her life, her journey of faith, and her unshakeable conviction that God is Always God. About the Speaker: Vania has been a faithful follower of Jesus for over 25 years. She and her husband, Harliem, live in Indonesia and they have two adult daughters. Together, they oversee many Christian churches in predominantly Muslim & Buddhist nations and she also operates a private school to provide Christian-based, quality education for children in Jakarta. Episode Notes:There are many times in your life, when God becomes so real. When God is God, He is the Ultimate- no matter what happens in our life. We have some “moments of truth” in life when the quality of our faith is put to the test. Colossians 3: 1-2- “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Question to Consider: Do I only trust God when things are good? As long as we set our minds and hearts on God, we can handle anything that comes our way. Circumstances can’t change convictions based on truth. Support the show (
In this interview, we glean some wisdom from Michele Carrillo who shares the convictions that have carried her through many uncertain times in her life: 9/11, Dengue Fever, a broken back, Hurricane Andrew, and more. Listen as we learn where to steer our anxious hearts in these uncertain times.About the GuestMichele Carrillo has served 30 years in the full-time ministry planting and leading churches in Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and across the US including New York, Florida, and California. Along with her husband Robert, she has raised three kids and loves oil and glass painting. She and Robert currently serve the Los Angeles Church of Christ. Episode NotesThis time in life is so revealing of how easy it is to put our hope in things other than God… in infrastructure, in our plans, etc. Consider: What are you letting linger in your heart? Be informed and wise, but don’t let it dominate your heart and mind. Fill your mind with things above: Don’t forget to focus your mind on GodHave deep and intentional quiet timesHebrews 10:22- Draw near to God with a sincere heart and with full assurance of what faith brings…What we set our hearts on TAKES EFFORTClinging to God, Meditating on Specific scriptures that minister to your current feelings and circumstance. Hebrews 10: 22-23 “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful…”These are the times, these are the experiences, that really build our faith. Where do we start? Sit silently. Ask God to show you what you need. Try to figure out what is in your heart- if you feel anxious, take some time to really identify what it is that you’re most afraid of. Look up scriptures that address the fears or feelings you have and then meditate on those. Deuteronomy 4:7 & Matthew 1:23Jesus is Immanuel- God WITH us.We don’t need to “find God” right now— he IS with us! God is NEAR. He is already HERE for us in these times of uncertainty. An easy way to battle worry is with gratitude.“Worry refuses to share the heart with gratitude. One heartfelt “thank you” will suck the oxygen out of worry’s world.” - Max Lucado, Anxious For Nothing BookColossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”“We do not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future.” -Linda Brumley Isolation can magnify your fears, so please be intentional about staying connected with spiritual and encouraging influences. PLEASE CHECK ON YOUR FRIENDS- we need each other! MICHELE’S MESSAGE TO THE MAMAS- If you are okay, then your kids are going to be okay. Take care of yourselves emotionally. We’ve got to stay rooted in God in these times. When the winds come, we won’t fall if we have deep roots! The pod squad is going to keep providing content for you all in these times, let us know what’s been helping you! Link to Robert Carrillo’s Videos: the show (
Calming the Storms

Calming the Storms


In this episode, Yung Gore directs our hearts to God and the ultimate storm-calmer, Jesus. There is so much going on in our world, lives, and hearts right now with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the scriptures navigate us back to the calming truth of who Jesus is and the peace he offers our souls... so the question is, where do we go when we are afraid?*The audio quality is not our normal standard, our apologies- we're here for all of you! Episode Notes: Declutter Your Mind- Write down or share with a friend ONE THING YOU NEED TO empty out of your mind, put aside, or throw out so you can focusTake a big breathe in and big breathe out.PRAY TRUSTING GOD THAT IN THIS TIME, WE ARE SAFE, PROTECTED, CARED FOR AND ALL OF OUR NEEDS ARE MET.Perception is reality! How do you naturally respond to fear? Fight, Flight, Freeze or Face the fears.  Mark 4:35-41 John 16:33; Isaiah 55:8-9 ; Psalm 911 Peter 5:7 take care of our own heart by cast our anxieties onto God.Hebrews 13:16- share with those in needSupport the show (
The Best Years

The Best Years


In this episode, Kay McKean joins the podcast to chat about aging and identity in Christ. Kay shares that at every stage of life it’s so important to know what you have to give and how you can be used by God to impact this world. It’s all too easy to just let the years pass by staying distracted or even discouraged. So the question is, are you still living in expectation of all God can do with your life? About the Speaker: Kay Summers McKean was raised in Miami, Florida, and baptized into Christ while a student at University of Florida. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Kay married Randy McKean in 1977 and began serving in the ministry. Along with their two children, they have lived and worked in South Carolina, Tokyo, Munich, Paris, and Boston- and since 2007 have led their beloved church in Northern Virginia. Kay has written and co-written several books, the latest being "Radical Love" and has taught and spoken for conferences and workshops around the world. Kay and her husband plan to retire in 2020 and hope to spend much of their time with their children and grandchildren, who live on opposite ends of the globe: Saudi Arabia and Maui.Episode Notes:“The best times of your life have not yet been lived.”Our culture: obsessed with youth; staying young- As women get older, they can feel devaluedBible gives plentiful examples of men and women of a certain age who were definitely not sissies.SarahElizabethMosesCalebAnnaThey weren’t just waiting around to die. They teach us what old age is supposed to look like.“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.Therefore we do not lose heat. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (II Corinthians 4:7, 16)Truly our bodies are but jars of clay, and regardless of what we do, those jars will get a little older, becoming chipped and crackedIf we are being renewed by God daily, we will have the zest and zeal to live. If we are learning and growing and keeping a curious mind, we can continue to be used by him.At every stage of life, it’s important to know what you have to give.Identity = knowing who you are, your sense of selfIdentity = staying the same under varying conditions, being true to what you believe, regardless of the circumstances.“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)A mustard seed expects to become a mustard tree. If you were able to ask it what it wanted to be when it grew up, the answer would be simple: I’m going to be a huge tree! The mustard seed knows its purpose. Jesus used this example to help you and me know that we were made for something more. Question: Are you living in expectation of all God can do with your life?Here’s the test to find out if your mission on earth is complete: If you’re alive, it isn’t!Support the show (
In this episode, Patty Asaad joins the podcast to answer the question, “What do you do when life knocks you over?” Patty quotes that as Christians in times of fear, “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” She shares her recent journey of battling fears she never thought she’d face and how that suffering has led her to new levels of reliance on God. About the Speaker: Patty Asaad serves as Congregational Women’s Ministry Leader for the Dallas/Fort Worth Church. She has served in the full-time ministry for more than 30 years. Patty was baptized in Columbia, Missouri in 1980 while she was earning her degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Patty moved to Texas in 1996 along with her husband, Todd, and two sons.  Before coming to Texas, Todd and Patty served in several churches in the Midwest. They were married in 1988 and have two sons and a daughter-in-law in Austin, TX.Episode Notes:What do you do when life knocks you over and you’re dealing with issues you never thought in a million years you’d be dealing with?What can we learn in our times of suffering? Faith lessonsFight to trust God –don’t let yourself go down the “What If…?” Road. Times of fear are very overwhelming: Remember that God will give you what you need in the moment.“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”3. We can learn to be more compassionate and love unconditionallyHosea 11:3-4“It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.  I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.”We don’t need to be glad or happy about the suffering in our lives, but we can rejoice in the faith lessons learned and find joy in the things that we might not have ever realized without the trials. Support the show (
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