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Author: Amy J Brown, Carrie Holt and Sara Clime

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Take Heart is a podcast for special needs moms by special needs moms. It is a place for special needs moms to find authentic connection, fervent hope and inspiring stories.
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Limiting beliefs, care fatigue, creative ways to find connection, and connecting with others during a crisis are all topics on this week’s collaborative episode. Amy reminds us to lay aside our limiting beliefs about connection. You never know who God is going to bring into your life at just the right moment.February 23, 2021Timestamps & Key Topics:0:21-    Introduction1:08-    Kindred Spirits2:48-    Limiting Beliefs10:30-  Creative Connection17:53-  Connection surprises23:20-  Connecting in Crisis28:12-  Be Specific31:38-  Prayer32:46-  OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesAnne of Green GablesIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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 real or perceived obstacles do you need to overcome to connect with others as a special needs mom? Today, Sara Clime encourages us to list these on paper, find creative ways to overcome these barriers, and most importantly reminds us to be vulnerable. In vulnerability we find connection.February 16, 2021Timestamps & Key Topics:0:21-     Intro1:41-     Valid Feelings3:21-     Overcoming Obstacles6:58-     Vulnerability8:53-     Iron Sharpens Iron13:26-  Prayer14:27-  OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesScriptures mentioned: Proverbs 27:17If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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
Connection is crucial for thriving and having JOY in this special needs journey, first with God, then through relationships with others. Carrie shares some practical tips on these types of connections, their importance, and a lovely story of how God orchestrates our friendships.February 9, 2021Timestamps & Key Topics:0:19-   Intro1:09-   Created for Connection3:48 -  Connection to Jesus 7:59 -  Friendship10:42- God Provides15:18- Rest for You17:22- Psalm 3618:22- OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesSimply Tuesday by Emily P. FreemanInstitute for Patient & Family Centered CareScriptures Mentioned: Psalm 36:5-9If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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
Limiting beliefs make connection difficult for special needs moms. Today, Amy shares some of the common limiting beliefs we experience, a stirring personal story when she shut out a friend, and six practical tips for overcoming excuses, so we can take steps toward deep meaningful connection.February 2, 2021Timestamps & Key Topics:0:22- Intro1:09- Connection: Healthy Habit?4:07- Shutting Out a Friend9:14- An Armor of Limiting Beliefs10:35- Practical Connecting Tips12:55- A Prayer For Friendship13:47- OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesScriptures Mentioned: Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 (NIV)Brene Brown Quote in Psychology TodayA Blessing for Friendship by John O’Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us (Pg. 43).If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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 collaborative episode uses Psalm 23 as a reminder of the importance of crying out to God and grieving loss and change in our lives as special needs moms. Amy, Sara, and Carrie also discuss our constant companion, adjusting to the new normal of invisible disabilities, and the significance of giving yourself grace. You don’t want to miss this episode. January 16, 2021Timestamps & Key Topics:0:23:     Intro1:05:     Crying out3:37:     Honest with God  7:47:     Don’t Wait for Real Life10:53:  Constant Companion 14:00:  Wheelchair Ramp18:43:  Reminders23:40:  Pay Attention 27:38:  Give Yourself Grace30:00:  Psalm 23Episode Links & ResourcesScriptures mentioned in this podcast: Psalm 22 & 23Podcast Carrie mentioned Why Engaging Your Story Requires Anger at God by Adam young The Place We Find Ourselves PodcastTeaching From Rest by Sarah McKenzie. (Page 3).If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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 Sara shares her struggle with the term “new normal”, and the fighting posture special needs moms take on while caring for their kids. She encourages us in understanding what finding a new normal means. (I don’t want to give away the secret) and how to find joy in the waiting. You won’t want to miss her special needs mom pep talk that may bring you to  tears and her thoughtful prayer for you. Don't miss this one!Timestamps & Key Topics:0:23 -  Intro1:05 -  Nothing to Do With It3:22 -  Choices  5:00 -  Fighting Posture7:08 -  Purposeful Waiting8:06 -  Liturgy of the Ordinary11:27- Stay in the Moment12:22- Encouragement & Prayer14:30- OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesLiturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren (Chapter 8)If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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 Carrie discusses the emotions we often experience with adjusting to new normal, the importance of grieving, changing expectations, and worship. She also gives some practical tips on how they are helping their son walk through acceptance of his new normal, and what Jesus taught us about disability in John 9. January 12, 2021Timestamps & Key Topics:0:20 -  Intro1:03 -  New Normal2:06 -  Unexpected Diagnosis3:34 -  Dealing With Change5:06 -  Four Processes7:50 -  Son’s New Normal 8:34 -  Three Tips12:35- A Blessing13:14- OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesWelcome to HollandThe Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel WilsonBelieve Me Now by Steven Curtis ChapmanScriptures mentioned in this podcast: John 9, Numbers 6:24-26, I Peter 4:12, James 1:3If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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 Amy introduces our topic New Normal for this month and shares her thoughts about adjusting to new normals, both big and small. She inspires us with three practical tips for dealing with change in our lives. January 5, 2021Timestamps & Key Topics0:22:     Intro1:08:     New Normal1:57:     Big Shifts5:29:     Big & Small Changes6:17:     Small Shifts8:49:     Three Tips  12:00:   A Prayer13:36:   OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesEvery Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey, Rabbit Room PressScriptures mentioned in this podcast:  Ps 33:18, Ps 23, Ps 139:1-4If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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
Hope-Collaborative

Hope-Collaborative

2020-12-2230:52

Amy, Sara, and Carrie wrap up this month on hope discussing how Mary, the mother of Jesus, is an example of surrender. They will encourage you to allow others to help, focus on answered prayers, and hold onto hope by remembering who Jesus is.December 22, 2020Timestamps & Key Topics0:20:     Intro1:02:     How to Surrender7:53:     Holding on to Hope10:32:   Connection16:10:   Rest & Help17:40:   Answered Prayers23:00:   Asking for Help28:12:   Who Jesus Is29:58:   OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesJust Give Me Jesus by Anne Graham LotzIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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
Hope with Sara Clime

Hope with Sara Clime

2020-12-1511:29

Summary: Today Sara Clime shares how she has held on to hope knowing her son has a terminal condition. She encourages us that when we start to lose hope we simply need to look further ahead.With Jesus our hardships are never wasted.December 15, 2020Timestamps & Key Topics0:22:     Intro1:04:     Defining Hope3:21:     Lost Hope5:23:     Living Hope7:58:     Hope Looks Ahead9:36:     Hopes Value10:29:   OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesMere Christianity by C.S. LewisScriptures Mentioned: I Peter 1:3; Revelation 21:4If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Subscribe to our newsletter on the Take Heart WebsiteGet our free resource on finding Gratitude, Peace, and HopeReview 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 hope requires us to wrestle with our current circumstances and the expectation of desiring them to improve. Listen in today as Carrie shares her some practical tips on wrestling with hope. December 8, 2020Key Topics/Timestamps:0:22:     Intro1:04:     Defining Hope2:09:     Feeling like Mary5:36:     Wrestling with Hope6:38:     Honest7:31:     Offer9:20:     Peace & Trust11:45:   Expectant13:55:   God is For You14:54:   OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesEpisode 18: Why Your Story Makes it Hard to Hope by Adam Young The Place We Find Ourselves (Choose episode 18)Scripture mentioned: Phil 4:5-7; Isaiah 26:3; James 4:2: I Thessalonians 5:17Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann VoskampIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...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
Hope with Amy J Brown

Hope with Amy J Brown

2020-12-0113:31

It can be difficult to experience hope when we are not rescued from our circumstances or protected from hardships. Amy gently reminds us today about Zechariah and Elizabeth, who experienced years of unanswered prayers. She encourages us to look to God for our hope in times of silence with three practical reminders. December 1, 2020Key Topics/Timestamps:0:22:     Intro1:00:     The February Gift2:30:     The Psalms3:38:     Prayer5:18:     Zachariah & Elizabeth7:12:     The Gift of Quiet9:13:     Stop10:08:  Look10:57:  Listen12:00:  A Prayer12:40:  OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesInvitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence by Ruth Haley Barton.Scriptures Mentioned: Psalm 54:7, 32:7, 33:22, 62:5, 46:10, Luke 1If you enjoyed our podcast, please...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
Join us today as Amy, Carrie, and Sara discuss how they work at the practice of gratitude through being still, reflective evaluation, and living small.Date: November 24, 2020Key Topics/Time Stamps:0:26:     Intro1:00:     The Gratitude Bucket3:28:     Lament the Hard6:45:     A Gracious Response7:27:     Be Still9:49:     A Practice13:24:  Live Small16:15:  Evaluate19:02:  His Plans20:49:  Daily Examine22:13:  Prayer of Blessing23:30:  OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesThe Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking up to God’s Goodness Around YouThe Daily ExamenIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Review and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcastsFollow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsTake Heart Podcast can be at our new website.Find 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
Gratitude can be difficult while living in the darkness of our hard situations. Listen in today as Sara encourages us to rejoice in today and how gratitude comes because of the darkness.November 17, 2020Key Topics/Time Stamps:0:21:    Intro1:04:    Struggles3:31:    Powerful Light5:11:    Listening in Darkness6:19:    Rejoice 8:02:    A List8:52:    A Blessing9:38:    OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesUnapologetically You: Reflections on LIfe and the Human ExperienceIf you enjoyed our podcast, please…Subscribe to our newsletter at our new website! Review 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
Carrie shares with us how she began to learn the practice of gratefulness during a difficult hospital stay and what that has taught her about God and how He provides.November 9, 2020Key Topics/Timestamps:0:21:    Intro1:00:    A Virtue2:14:    A Heavenly Perspective4:04:    God’s “ask”5:00:    A Practice & A Discipline9:02:    After Lament10:26:  The Why11:33:  The How12:52:  Psalms of Gratitude13:47:  OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesNichole Nordeman's  album Woven and SpunIn This Mountain by Jan KaronOne Line a Day: A Five Year Memory BookIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Visit our new 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, Amy introduces our topic for November, Gratitude. As we recognize some of the barriers we face to being grateful, Amy reminds us that deep gratitude occurs in our current life situation and shares some simple steps to moving forward in thankfulness.November 2, 2020Key Topics/Timestamps:0:21-      Intro1:00-      The Gratitude Journal3:31-      A Challenge5:09-      Deep Gratitude9:07-      Appreciation10:38-   Steps Forward12:35-   Closing13:00-   OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesOne Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann VoskampIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Take Heart Podcast can be found at our new 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 moms, we hold a heavy cup of our children’s diagnosis and special needs. The daily grind can be so difficult. How do we shift our mind-set about this cup? Listen in to find out.October 27, 2020Key Topics/Time Stamps:0:20-  Intro1:00-  Holding the Cup3:07-  Anticipatory Stress4:53-  The Balance6:42-  Our Podium9:17-  Grieving Cycle15:11- Healing Comfort16:42- Pour out the Cup21:07- Don’t Borrow Trouble23:54- Closing Prayer24:37- OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesGetting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs by Marc ChernoffIf you enjoyed our podcast, please...Leave a review and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcasts!Follow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsTake Heart Podcast can be found at: https://takeheart.buzzsprout.com/ Find 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
So often we sink into despair with our child’s diagnosis, but it doesn't have to be this way. Listen in today as Sara shares her story of shifting from complaining, to praise, to generosity. You won’t want to miss it.Time Stamps & Key Topics:0:20-  Intro1:00-  Retraining Our Thinking3:14-  Release Sadness4:20-  Complaints to Praise6:47-  Look for the Good8:39-  Generosity10:30- Prayer of Blessing10:56- OutroEpisode Links & ResourcesScriptures Mentioned: Proverbs 11:25, Ephesians 4:23If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Leave a review and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcasts!Follow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsTake Heart Podcast can be found at: https://takeheart.buzzsprout.com/ Find 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
Summary: Today Carrie M. Holt shares her struggles with changing her mind-set around control. She gives some practical tips for relinquishment and how she’s learned to trust God when life feels out of control.October 13, 2020Key Topics/Time Stamps:0:20-  Intro1:00-  Control3:33-  Living under God’s Mercy4:51-  Relinquishment7:30-  Feeling Out of Control9:57-  Closing Blessing10:41- OutroEpisode Links & Resources:Dean Fulks’s Message: Now Playing Decades: Back To The FutureA New Kind of Normal: Hope-Filled Choices When Life Turns Upside Down by Carol KentScriptures Mentioned: 2 Peter 1:3, Lamentations 3:23-24If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Leave a review and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcasts!Follow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsTake Heart Podcast can be found at: https://takeheart.buzzsprout.com/ Find 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
Summary: Today Amy J. Brown introduces our topic for October: Changing Your Mind-set. She shares with us some lovely words and practical tips on her struggles with fear and anxiety. You won’t want to miss it.October 6, 2020Key Topics/Time Stamps:0:21- Welcome1:02- A Confession2:20- Adult Fear4:36- Four Faith Practices:5:45- Practice Two6:25- Practice Three8:24- Practice Four8:51- A Prayer10:58- OutroLinks + Resources From This Episode:Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away With God by Ruth Haley Barton. The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom by Henri Nouwen If you enjoyed our podcast, please...Review and like us on Apple Podcasts Share us with others from wherever you listen to podcasts!Follow us on Instagram @takeheartspecialmomsTake Heart Podcast can be found at: https://takeheart.buzzsprout.com/ Find 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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