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Our guest, Jillian Benfield shares with us how we can find beauty in the midst of the hard, her tips for advocating, and encouragement for moms starting out on this journey.June 21, 2022; Ep. 91Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:23-    Meet Jillian Benfield3:37-    Doing This Again6:43-    Hold Two Together13:20-  Advocating17:57-  IEP Tips24:53-  Not The Only Life28:31-  What It Means to Trust30:27-  Resources33:06-  Outro    Episode Links & Resources:Jillian’s website, Facebook, and InstagramJillian’s Free E-book: Disability Advocacy 101The Spirituality of the Psalms Walter Brueggmann The Holy Longing Ronald Rolheiser A Day In Our Shoes  Wrightslaw CoursesPaula Kluth CoursesIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Today’s guest is special needs ministry leader from Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee, Tiffany McCullough. She discusses the joys and challenges of special needs ministry, the importance of eduating, equipping, and allowing all friends to find community, serve, and be a visible part of the body of Christ.June 14, 2022; Ep. 90Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro2:04-    About Tiffany McCullough5:47-    Get Out of God’s Way10:31-  Caring Beyond The Individual17:20-  Educating & Equipping24:22-  Start With The Need30:56-  Closing Prayer33:30-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Brentwood Church Special Needs MinistryIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Today we kick off our summer interview series with Barb Stanley from Wonderful Works Ministry. She shares her perspective on growing up with a brother with autism and the kingdom impact when churches meet the needs of special needs families.May 31, 2022; Ep. 88Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:32-    Introducing Barb Stanley 4:51-    Growing Up as a Sibling13:29-  An Inclusive Church15:58-  Compassion Fatigue22:50-  Taking Care of Yourself24:02-  It’s About the Kingdom of God29:12-  Starting Special Needs Ministry30:32-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Wonderful Works Ministry4 Ways to Help With Compassion Fatigue ResourceLearn More About Compassion FatigueKey MinistrySOAR Special Needs MinistryIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
 Discouragement is a powerful tool the devil uses to block the light of hope from God. In today’s collaborative, Sara, Amy, and Carrie talk about how the devil uses this sneaky tool in our lives, how to recognize it, the pitfalls, and some ways to turn toward encouragement.May 24, 2022; Ep. 87Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:25-    Spiritual Warfare7:42-    Reoccuring Discouragement16:36-  Addressing Discouragement25:57-  Nourishing the Soul30:12-  Encouraging Others32:05-  Encouragement Challenge33:36-  Poem & ClosingEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: John 8:12, Romans 8:28Disarm Discouragement! By Worthy DevotionsDon’t Quit by Edgar A. GuestIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
When you feel discouraged, it’s easy to believe that God doesn’t care. In this episode, Sara encourages us to invite God into our spaces of discouragement, and how to adjust our posture to receive God’s care. You don’t have to look at the world as though your glass is half-full or half-empty because God restores our glasses when they shatter and refills them when they’re empty.May 17, 2022; Ep. 86Timestamps & Key Topics:0:01-    Intro1:28-    God in the Spaces4:06-    Facing Discouragement8:30-    Turning Your Face11:47-  A Refillable Glass13:17-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:No Wonder We Need by Deborah AnnIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
As special needs mothers, we fight the battle of discouragement on a daily basis. In today’s episode, Carrie discusses several tools we can use to safeguard our hearts from losing hope: rest, remembering, and filling. Most importantly, she reminds us that God cares and his desire is for us to cast our cares on him.May 10, 2022; Ep. 85Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:31-    Fighting Daily Battles3:28-    Rest4:30-    Remember God’s Care6:42-    Focus Your Mind9:16-    Casting Cares on Him13:04- Prayer14:33- OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: Matthew 6; I Peter 5:6-9End of the Spear by Steve SaintIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Daily Discouragement can make us feel like we are walking in the dark. In this episode, Amy shares four ways she is learning to walk towards the light of God’s love and provision and how this moves us away from discouragement.May 3, 2022; Ep. 84Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:25-    Blinding Discouragement4:03-    Holding On To The Rope6:47-    Step Into the Light of Home9:20-    Reach Out To Others10:04-  Look Up11:10-  Choose Joy13:30-  Questions to Consider14:31-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: 1 Kings 19:5-9 NIVEp. 29 Self Care with AmyEp. 30 Self Care with Carrie Ep. 31 Self Care with Sara Ep. 32 Self Care Collaborative- Part 1Ep. 32 Self Care Collaborative-Part 2 Ann Voskamp Instagram The Slow Way Podcast: Micha Boyett Ep. 16The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story Of Homecoming by Henri NouwenIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
As special needs parents, we have a deep-seated fear that we are messing up our kids. It’s important to remember to trust God to give us what we need., to nurture the soil of our children’s hearts, and love each one in their own unique way. In this episode, Sara, Amy, and Carrie discuss how to help your children feel heard, things they might have changed in their parenting journey, and how to celebrate the uniqueness of your family. April 26, 2022; Ep. 83Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:36-    Fear of Messing Up5:04-    Nurture the Soil10:02-  Life’s Not Fair14:05-  What Would You Change26:30-  Younger Self34:33-  Closing PrayerEpisode Links & Resources:The Big Six by Adam Young (Scroll down to choose title; will need to put in e-mail)Episode 47: Interview With Sandra PeoplesSharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The Five Love Languages For Parents Raising Children with DisabilitiesIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Growing up in a special needs family can sometimes cause siblings to feel invisible, but there are ways parents can take the time to help all their children have the attention they need. In this episode, Sara interviews her oldest son, Connor, discussing both the positive and negative of growing up in a special needs family and the importance of the foundation of faith.April 19, 2022; Ep. 82Timestamps & Key Topics:0:21-    Intro1:38-    Breaking the News6:10-    Being TJ’s Brother12:10-  Feeling Invisible17:09-  Feeling Special24:05-  Care & Compassion29:12-  Faith Foundation31:28-  Closing PrayerIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
There are blessings and difficulties when growing up with a sibling who has special needs. In today’s episode, Carrie’s oldest boys talk about some struggles, the benefits, and most importantly the spiritual impact it’s had on their lives with some practical tips for how others can support families of children with special needs.April 12, 2022; Ep. 81Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-     Intro1:47-     Meet Conor & Garrett3:31-     Growing Pains6:51-     Benefits10:09-   Spiritual Impact14:52-   Perspective17:27-   Advice21:48-   Family SupportEpisode Links & Resources:A Kid AgainScriptures mentioned: Galatians 6:9; I Corinthians I:18-31If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Special needs moms often worry that they are not doing enough. This is especially true when it comes to our other kids.  We make assumptions about how our other kids are doing. In this episode, Anna Brown shares her perspective of being a sibling to a child with RAD and FASD and the blessings and challenges that brings. April 5, 2022: Ep. #80Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:22-    Meet Anna Brown4:41-    Biggest Challenge8:37-    Giving Siblings a Voice12:19-  Compassion18:01-  Advice23:23-  Closing ThoughtsIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Special needs families have heard all types of fixes, remedies, and advice throughout their parenting journey. How do we react to these phrases with love and grace, and figure out the false beliefs behind these statements? Listen to today’s collaborative episode to find out. March 29, 2022; Ep. #79Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:26-    Things People Say2:48-    You’re An Inspiration5:54-    Intentional Hospitality12:08-  Where Strength Originates15:18-  Deserve An Answer23:22-  Have You Tried?24:42-  With God’s Strength28:35-  Fight Like A Mother31:50-  Comparative Suffering35:45-  Closing PrayerIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
All moms struggle with believing lies about their motherhood: who they should and shouldn’t be, what they should or shouldn’t feel or do. In this episode, Amy, Carrie and Sara dive into some of the lies special needs moms believe, ways to recognize them, and how to replace them with the truth.March 22, 2022; Ep. 78Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:24-    The “Perfect” Mom6:25-    Good Moms Wouldn’t…11:03-  Connection Lies16:05-  Self-Care Lies23:08-  Self-Sufficiency Lies30:01-  Recognizing Lies35:18-  Closing PrayerEpisode Links & Resources:Episodes 38-41 on GuiltScripture mentioned: Psalm 25:4-5The Great Dance by Baxter, Kruger If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
We often believe the lies that we should do this, we should be this. In today’s episode, Sara helps us deconstruct the lies of “should”, and helps us recognize our true worth in Jesus Christ. March 15, 2022; Ep. 77Timestamps & Key Topics:0:01-    Intro1:19-    The Should Statements3:07-    Learning to Cope8:09-    You’re Worthy10:14-  Closing Prayer11:18-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: John 3:16; Zephaniah 3:17; John 15:15; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 15:7; I Corinthians 1:30Episode 41If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
What do you do when God doesn’t answer your prayers the way you desire? Sometimes these situations cause us to believe lies about God. In today’s episode, through Carrie’s personal story you will learn how to recognize the lies and what to do about them.March 8, 2922; Ep. 76Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:30-    Spiritual Battle2:40-    Is God Good?6:38-    Recognizing Lies8:51-    Resources10:15-  Combatting The Lies13:28-  Meet You In Your Grief16:42-  Reflection   Episode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: Ephesians 6:12; Romans 8:31-33The Place We Find Ourselves: Warfare Part 3: AgreementsThe Allender Center PodcastTo Be Told by Dan B. Allender, PhDRedeeming Heartache: How Past Suffering Reveals Our True CallingPracticing Affirmation by Sam CrabtreeRun to the Father by Cody CarnesIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Lies bind us and cause us to live in bondage, but we do not always recognize the lies we believe. In this episode, Amy helps us to recognize the lies, reconnect to the truth, and relinquish our false narratives to God.March 1, 2022; Ep. 75Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:21-    False Narratives3:03-    Scarcity Mindset6:15-    Prodigal Son9:14-    Recognize10:40-  Reconnect & Relinquish11:51-  Reflection13:01-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: Luke 15:11-32Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away from God, by Ruth Hailey BartonIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Sometimes we equate surrender with quitting or giving up, yet we forget that surrender means wrestling, trusting, and asking questions. It means letting go of our need to know the future in God’s capable hands. This week’s podcast dives into what surrender looks like, its cost, and unexpected gifts. February 22, 2022; Ep. 74Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:15-    Times Of Surrender8:19-    A Fine Line11:49-  What Surrender Looks Like18:31-  Waiting On God22:59-  Seen & Loved By God24:01-  Cost Of Not Surrendering30:00-  Surrender’s Blessings36:28-  Closing Prayer37:58-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: Philippians 4:6-7If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Sometimes we have a preconceived notion that surrender means quitting. In this episode, Sara dives into what it means to surrender to God as an active daily choice the benefits that come as a result.February 15, 2022; Ep. 73Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:33-    Deliberate Choice5:01-    Letting Go6:44-    Live In Today8:39-    Defining Our Lives11:11-  Closing Poem12:04-  OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: Matthew 6:34: 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)Surrender To God’s Control by Bob GottiIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
*Note: Scripture mentioned is Hebrews 12, not Romans 12. To give up control over one’s life and plans is difficult because we want to protect ourselves from pain. In this episode, Carrie reminds us that surrender is an invitation to three things and how to know when you’re struggling with giving up control.February 8, 2022; Ep. 72Timestamps & Key Topics:0:00-    Intro1:30-    Holding On5:53-    Why Is Surrender Difficult6:56-    An Invitation11:38-  Watch Reactions12:16-  Closing ReflectionsEpisode Links & Resources:Scripture mentioned: Hebrews 12:1-2I Surrender All LyricsIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
Finding connection as a special needs parent can be a challenge. This week, Sara, Amy, and Carrie share about authentic connection, what to do with conflict, and ideas on finding the support and friendship you need.January 25, 2022; Ep. 70Timestamps & Key Topics:0:18-     Intro1:24-     Isolation3:24-     Lies We Believe8:22-     Authenticity9:35-     All Things To All People14:14-   When People Walk Away22:00-   Communication Goes Both Ways25:20-   Creating Community31:30-   Finding Common Ground35:46-  Prayer37:01-   OutroEpisode Links & Resources:The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Confict by Ken SandeEvery Moment Holy, Vol. 1Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Death, Grief, and HopeIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Get our free resource 7 Advocacy Practices & PitfallsGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeSubscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteReview and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsFind Amy at www.amyjbrown.com/  or on Instagram @amyjbrown_writerFind Carrie at www.carriemholt.com or on Instagram @carriemholtFind Sara at www.saraclime.com or on Instagram @saraclime
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Carly Laabs

Great episode!! I felt so much of what you shared as part of my own journey. Lots of good insight and suggestions.

Mar 1st
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