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May 20, 2020
If you listened to episode 91, you might remember Gabrielle Nedzi. On that episode, she shared a small part of her story of leaving her husband and daughter to come to the U.S. from Venezuela as an asylee. Gabrielle’s faith touched me so much. I reached out to her and asked her to come on the podcast for a full interview. In episode 93, you will hear more of Gabrielle’s story including her conversion to the gospel, meeting her husband and making the difficult decision to immigrate. Gabrielle shares how she keeps her faith being far away from her family and the miracles she has seen in her life. She also discusses how she continues to count her blessings and express gratitude. Over and over, Gabrielle declares her trust in God no matter what. Episode Links + Quotes “…they were the same principles and values that my parents taught, but now with a foundation in the scriptures.” “I clean my tears and keep moving.” “Every single person has their own story, and I’m thankful for mine.” “If it’s going to turn out good, thank you. If it’s not turning out, that’s good, thank you too because it’s always learning, always learning from the good and bad. And we need the bad too, to learn and not make the same mistake.” Hymn 241 – Count Your Blessings Related Episodes SMM 091: How We #HearHim || Listener Discussion Show SMM 019: Connection Through Trials + The Power of Vulnerability to Bring Women Together || Danelle Beckstrand Follow Gabrielle Instagram: @gabipache6389 Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
May 13, 2020
My guest for episode 92 is Laura Roberts, a mom who shares how she has learned to connect with her kids by being her authentic self and true to who she is. In the interview, Laura talks about how she has found purpose in the struggles she has faced, including losing a sister to cancer. She addresses how asking questions about why she is doing something in motherhood helps her get to the deeper why. Ultimately, Laura shares how she looks to Heavenly Father as the ultimate example of how to parent. Episode Links + Quotes “Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we experience.” – Brene Brown “I just think that there is purpose in our struggle. Going back to the butterfly analogy, … when a butterfly’s in a cocoon, it like literally liquefies itself. Everything that it used to be disintegrates…. It falls apart and it’s for a purpose. It’s so that it can become something even better than it was before. And I think when I look back on going through my sister’s death and all the things that happened afterwards, any other challenges that I have faced, when I choose to see them as an opportunity to become something new and to grow, that it is a process of becoming. I find treasures there that the Lord has helped me to discover and to make my own.” –Episode quote from Laura Roberts “Do I want her [daughter] to be someone who chooses the right, or do I want her to be someone who chooses what I want for her right now?”–Episode quote from Laura Roberts Related Episodes SMM 029: Triumphs + Struggles Mothering a Special Needs Child || Kay West SMM 083: How to Give Up Overwhelm + Value Connection in Motherhood || Kristen Goodman SMM 078: Why a Deep Relationship With God is the Best Way to Be a Better Mother||Melissa Buckley Follow Laura Instagram: @essaieblog Facebook: EssaieBlog Website: essaieblog.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
May 6, 2020
Episode 91 is a listener call-in show with a twist. I wanted to give listeners the opportunity to share about how they #HearHim in their lives, but I also felt prompted to have the sharing be live and more like a discussion. This episode is a recording of a live Zoom call with 13 women. You may want to hop over to YouTube to see the discussion in addition to hearing it on the podcast. I had no idea if recording live was going to work and I actually had several behind the scenes blunders, like messing up the time and audio issues on my end, but God was in the details. The spirit was present and He made up for all of my deficiencies. Recording this episode was a beautiful, spirit-filled experience. I was reminded again that when I follow a prompting, Heavenly Father will fill in the gaps and work something that is so much more than I could ever do on my own. Near the end, one of the guests remarked about how unique each woman’s experiences were with hearing the Savior. She said if there had been 100 women in the call, we would have heard 100 different ways to hear Him. I believe she is right. I hope this episode reminds you that you can discover for yourself how you hear Him. God is a personal God. He will come to you in a way that makes sense for you. You are entitled to His help and you can figure out how He speaks to you in a personal way. As Elder Bednar said recently in an email sent by the church, “My experiences may be helpful to some, but yours will be helpful to many more.” I invite you will find ways in your own life to share with others how you #HearHim. Your experiences may be just what someone else needs to hear and sharing will bless you and them together. Thank you to these women who showed up and shared their experiences, thoughts and insights: Cheryl Cardall, Lizzy Jensen, Jodi Nicholes, Kim Rowley, Sally Dupaix, Lauren Madsen, Denita Bremer, Gabrielle Nedzi, Chelsea Bretzke, Amanda Johnson, Amber Pearce, Rhonda Steed and Kristen Smith. Related Episodes SMM 031: How Have YOU Seen + Felt God as Your Partner in Motherhood? SMM 036: End of Season 1 + Share How Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast Has Helped You || Darla Trendler SMM 040: How Simple + Consistent Gospel Teaching Can Unleash The Power of Families SMM 84: A Resource to Help You Learn How You Hear Jesus || Darla Trendler SMM 086: Blessings of the Prophet’s Invitations || Listener Call-in Show Sign Up for the Purpose Project Summit The Purpose Project is bringing together 29 inspiring presenters for an engaging 3-day summit. You will be able to listen and learn about their stories and life experiences on how they have found their own purpose or have overcome struggles in their own life.  I will also be presenting and look forward to listening to the other presenters who have a great story to tell as well.  The Summit will start May 14th and end May 16th, and there will be 10 presenters each day. During the summit you can watch the presenters for free.  Please follow this link to reserve your spot for The Purpose Project Summit.  I’m looking forward to having you join us!  Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
April 29, 2020
My guest, Chelsea Bretzke, is a mother to seven, including an autistic teenaged son and a three month old baby. She discusses how she learned to let go and discover who she really is in motherhood. Chelsea also shares how personal revelation, drawing on God’s power and identifying spiritually defining moments help her let God support her. Episode Links + Quotes Chelsea attributed this quote to Emily Watts “The product of our parenting isn’t our kids, it’s us.”  “What if a thousand sleepless nights is what it takes to know you’re near?” Hear the song Chelsea mentioned, Blessings by Laura Story. “Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart Company.” Read more about this story Chelsea mentioned HERE. Go HERE to read the talk Chelsea mentioned by Sister Linda Reeves. Quote by President Nelson: “Sisters, you have the right to draw liberally on the Savior’s power to help your family and others you love.” Scripture Darla mentioned (not in 2 Corinthians) Acts 19:15: “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” Podcast episode Darla mentioned – How to Raise Grown Ups, episode 53 Related Episodes SMM 015: Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis SMM 041: Only You Can Receive Revelation for Your Motherhood || Michelle Gifford SMM 066: The Privilege of Personal Revelation|| JoEllen Woods Follow Chelsea Instagram: @chelseabelleb Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
April 22, 2020
Do you feel disengaged in motherhood and wish you could be “anywhere but here?” Hear how Brittney Smart, a mom of five, went from being apathetic and dispassionate about motherhood to a re-engaged mother her kids actually wanted to confide in and be around. Brittney shares how she changed her motherhood story with charity and five intentional minutes a day. Episode Links Read Brittney’s book The Five-Minute Time In Scripture Brittney shared about charity – 1 Corinthians 13:1 Related Episodes SMM 047: Finding Beauty in the Hard of Motherhood || Melinda Peterson SMM 049: How to Pursue What Will Really Make You Happy in Motherhood|| Richard and Linda Eyre Follow Brittney Facebook: Brittney Smart, Mother-Author Ordinaire Book: The Five-Minute Time In: Effectively Re-Engaging with Your Child(ren) in Just Five Minutes a Day Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
April 15, 2020
Listen to an interview with Kary Ann Hoopes, a wife, mom, convert, temple lover and photographer. Kary Ann shares her conversion story and the one simple thing she discovered that connects her to God. Kary Ann also discusses her early motherhood experiences as well as life-changing lessons her children have taught her as they have become teenagers and adults. Related Episodes SMM 080: Why Your Weaknesses are Blessing Your Children|| Kristen Walker Smith SMM 083: How to Give Up Overwhelm + Value Connection in Motherhood || Kristen Goodman SMM 026: Parenting a Strong Willed Child + Showing Children Their Worth || Lynnette Sheppard Follow Kary Ann Instagram: @karyannhoopes Instagram: @hi5live Instagram: @latterdaysaintstemples Facebook: Kary Ann Hoopes Facebook Hi Five Live Facebook: Latter Day Saint Temples Website: hoopesphotography.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
April 8, 2020
The past three episodes have been centered around the invitations President Nelson gave in preparation for April 2020 General Conference. Episode 87 is my personal story about how I came to know President Nelson is a prophet. Spoiler alert: My testimony didn't come instantly and it took a lot of time and work. Episode Summary In today's episode I am sharing my experiences of getting to the point where I could say, "I know President Nelson is a prophet of God." I did not feel an instant connection with President Nelson.  I didn’t immediately jump on board the minute he was called as the prophet. Yes, I raised my hand to sustain him and that is what I tried to do with all my heart, but I also had to “wrestle” with the Lord like Enos in Enos 1:2 or  Alma in Alma 8:10 describe in the Book of Mormon. My testimony that Russell M. Nelson is a living prophet came slowly and “line upon line” as we read in Isaiah 28. I had experienced seeing a prophet die and a new one be called several times in my life and had never struggled with knowing the new prophet was called of God.  In the episode you'll hear the different experiences I had and the answers to prayers I received in gaining my testimony of President Nelson as the prophet. If you wrestle with something spiritual, please know that other people do too. You may not see it in the little squares of Instagram or just by looking at them in the pew in front of you at church, but everyone struggles. It’s OK to struggle, to question and even to wrestle with God. There is no harm in that. The harm comes when we give up and think we aren’t worthy or will never know for ourselves. My hope in sharing my story is it will  illustrate to you it’s not always a cut and dried process and if you keep trying, you really can know for yourself. Thank you for listening. I hope you will feel through the Spirit the message God has for you at this time in your life. Episode Links President Nelson's first press conference after becoming the prophet President Nelson's October 2018 talk, Sisters Participation in the Gathering of Israel Hope of Israel Worldwide Devotional for Youth: Messages from President and Sister Nelson President Nelson's October 2019 talks, Spiritual Treasures and Closing Remarks President Nelson's biography by Sheri Dew, Insights from a Prophet's Life Related Episodes SMM 084: A Resource to Help You Learn How You Hear Jesus || Darla Trendler SMM 085: Acting on the Prophet’s Invitations at a Hinge Point in Church History || Darla Trendler SMM 086: Blessings of the Prophet’s Invitations || Listener Call-in Show Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
April 1, 2020
Listen to hear the responses of 11 women who share their answer to the question, “What blessings have you seen in your life from following the invitations given by President Nelson since the last general conference?” This week is the 2 year anniversary of the podcast. In March 2018, I hit publish on my first episode. I am so grateful to you for listening, whether this is the first episode you have heard, the 86th or somewhere in between. I do this podcast because of YOU and am so grateful for the ways you have enriched my life. Today you get to hear from 11 women who called in and shared the blessings they have seen from following President Nelson’s invitations since the last general conference. I am so grateful to Kristen, Shannon, Michelle, Emma, April, Erin, Sally, Rhonda, Melissa, Antonia and Kati for taking the time to think about their answer and call in to share. I want you to remember as you hear the stories of these women who called in to share that you have a story to share too. You may not have the opportunity to share it on a podcast or a stage, but your story is still important. Think about your own answer to the question: What blessings have you seen in your life from following the invitations given by President Nelson since the last general conference? Find your answer and then act. Write your answer in your journal, share it with a friend through a phone call or a text, write a letter to someone you love and share it, share it on social media. It doesn’t matter how you share it, just do it. If you don’t feel you have had an experience acting on President Nelson’s invitations, it’s not too late. Do it now. If you need a reminder of the invitations, listen to my last episode, number 85 or go to spirituallymindedmom.com to see the invitations in the show notes. Thanks for listening and I hope you have an “unforgettable” experience watching and listening to the April 2020 general conference.  Episode Links Book Kristen mentioned – Women and the Priesthood by Sheri Dew Watch the April 2020 General Conference Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
March 25, 2020
Listen to insights about acting on invitations from the prophet as well as thoughts on what a “hinge point in church history” means. Be Part of the Next Listener Call-in Episode I start the episode with a reminder about how to be on the next listener call-in episode next week. Here are the instructions about how to call in. Call ‪(480) 525-7145‬. Call anytime. It doesn’t ring to my phone so you won’t be waking me up or anything. Leave a message sharing the blessings you have received from following President Nelson’s invitations at the last general conference. Keep your answer to less than 3 minutes. Call and record your answer by Friday, March 27, 2020. President Nelson’s Invitations at October 2019 General Conference Invitations: “Study prayerfully section 25 of the Doctrine and Covenants and discover what the Holy Ghost will teach you.” “Study prayerfully all the truths you can find about priesthood power. You might begin with the Doctrine and Covenants 84 and 107.” Prepare for April 2020 general conference by “reading afresh Joseph Smith’s account of the First Vision as recorded in the Pearl of Great Price.” “You may wish to ponder important questions such as, ‘How would my life be different if my knowledge gained from the Book of Mormon were suddenly taken away?’ or ‘How have the events that followed the First Vision made a difference for me and my loved ones?” Incorporate the recent Book of Mormon videos into our study. “Select your own questions. Design your own plan. Immerse yourself in the glorious light of the Restoration.” Promise: “As you do, general conference next April will be not only memorable; it will be unforgettable.” President Nelson’s Invitations via Social Media November 17, 2019 – Invitation: “Always ask yourself–and prayerfully ask your Father in Heaven–’What can I do to become more like Jesus Christ?’” Promise: Miracles will happen. November 18, 2019 – Invitation: He had invited young adults in Vietnam to study about the Savior and His atonement in the scriptures. He invited us to do the same. Promise: Enduring joy regardless of present circumstances. November 20, 2019 – Invitation: “If I had one request to make of you, it would be that you would read the scriptures aloud to your children on a daily basis.  Let them take turns when they can when they are able to read. Promise: “It will help them to have the doctrine of Christ embedded in their minds and in their memory banks at an early age.” November 21, 2019 – Invitation: “I plead with you to draw near to the Lord and follow His teachings. Emulate His example. Love as He loved.” Promise: “He is our Savior, Redeemer and our Advocate with the Father.” December 24, 2019 – Invitation: “Draw closer to the Savior.” Promise: “The ability to receive and feel the infinite love that our Savior and our Heavenly Father have for you.” January 1, 2020 – Invitation: “Be a major part of sharing the message of the ongoing restoration of the Savior’s gospel.” He said to start with the invitations he gave at general conference and reminded us of these invitations to read Joseph Smith’s account of the First Vision in the Pearl of Great Price and to ponder important questions. He repeated again to “Select your own questions. Design your own plan” to share the important messages of the ongoing restoration. Promise: Personal preparation will make conference “not only memorable but also unforgettable.” February 2, 2020 – Invitation: “Pray to the Father in the name of His Son.” Promise: That you and your families may be blessed.” February 26, 2020 – Invitation: “I invite you to think deeply and often about this key question: How do you hear Him?” Promise: He didn’t list a specific promise but he did say in a later post on March 14th, “I promise that you will receive comfort and peace as you continue to hear Him.” March 14, 2020 – Invitation: Be comforted by the Savior’s invitation “I the Lord am bound when you do what I say.” Promise: “Joy is always within the reach of everyone who will hear Him and obey His laws.” A Hinge Point in Church History I shared what I learned from researching what a “hinge point” is. I talk about a teaching website that shares about hinge-point questions in teaching and how they help a teacher ask questions to students to check if they are ready to move on and in what direction. I share my thoughts that in the context of President Nelson’s invitations he may be asking us if we are ready to move on and if so, in what direction. An “Unforgettable” General Conference I talk about how the conditions we are living in currently and the changes already announced about conference will make it unforgettable. But I also share my belief that another element may be the bigger reason why conference will be unforgettable. Perhaps it is the condition of our heart from our own spiritual preparation that will make it unforgettable. I illustrate this by sharing the story of Amulek and Alma contending with Zeezrom. I share Alma 12:9-10 to show that God is offering to let us know his mysteries but we have to prepare our hearts. It is up to us to use our agency to pay heed and diligence to Him. Act Now + Your Part is Vital After giving his invitations, President Nelson said “the time to act is now.” He also said “your part is vital.” I give my thought that President Nelson doesn’t want to leave anyone behind. We can use our agency to be prepared to move on. I also share a quote from a talk given by Elder Jeffery R. Holland where he tells about the story of the brother of Jared found in Ether. I shared this quote from the talk: “And from that command given to the Lord, for it does seem to be something of a command, the brother of Jared and the reader of the Book of Mormon would never be the same again. Ordinary individuals with ordinary challenges could rend the veil of unbelief and enter the realms of eternity. And Christ, who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem His people, would be standing at the edge of that veil to usher the believer through.” Figure Out the Invitations for Yourself I share that I know everyone can find out for themselves how to act on the invitations of President Nelson for themselves. It’s never too late. You can ask the Holy Ghost to teach you what you need to know. Episode Links Spiritual Treasures talk from October 2019 by President Nelson Closing Remarks talk from October 2019 by President Nelson Invitation to #HearHim President Nelson’s Facebook Page Rending the Veil of Unbelief talk by Elder Jeffery R. Holland Alma 12:9-10 Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
March 18, 2020
Episode 84 is a solo episode with an announcement, thoughts about President Nelson’s invitation to ponder how you hear Jesus and a resource to help you act on the invitation. Announcement: Be Part of a Listener Call-in Show At the beginning of this episode I shared that I am doing another listener call-in show. I’m inviting YOU to call in and share your response to the question: How have you been blessed by following any of the invitations extended by President Nelson since the last general conference? You can listen to the episode for more details but here are the steps to follow to leave your response to be included on an upcoming episode: Call ‪(480) 525-7145‬. Call anytime. It doesn’t ring to my phone so you won’t be waking me up or anything. Leave a message sharing the blessings you have received from following President Nelson’s invitations at the last general conference. Keep your answer to less than 3 minutes. Call and record your answer by Friday, March 27, 2020. President Nelson’s Invitation This episode is my way of giving you a resource to help you act on the invitation from President Nelson to “…think deeply and often about this key question: How do you hear Him?” A Resource To Help You Understand How You Hear Jesus As part of this episode, I’m re-aring episode 44, which was the third part of a five part series I aired last year about how to be more spiritually minded. All of the episodes in the series are a great resource to help you think about how you #HearHim but the third part, which I am re-airing here, shares an exercise you can do to help you understand how you feel the spirit and hear the Savior in your life. The resource found in a free printable is adapted from an exercise I found in the Preach My Gospel manual for missionaries. The printable includes 28 different ways you might feel the spirit. Each way has scriptures you can look up. After reading the scriptures, you can ponder and write how you have felt God guiding you in this way. It’s OK if you leave some of the boxes blank. You are an individual and God communicates with you in your own unique way. You may not feel God in all 28 ways listed and that is totally OK.  In the episode, I share some of my experiences and how I have learned to use God as a guide in my life. I also share experiences of two previous podcast guests. You’ll hear a short clip of episode 10 with Ally Hayward and another clip of episode 14 with Michelle Garfield. I hope the exercise on the printable and hearing other people’s experiences will give you hope and help you realize you can figure out for yourself how you hear Jesus in your life. Episode Links Download the free printable HERE. President Nelson’s talk Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives President Nelson’s invitation to “Hear Him!“ Alma 7:7-8 Below are links to all five episodes that were part of the series “How to be More Spiritually Minded.” SMM 042: Seek a Relationship With God || Part 1 of 5 SMM 043: Build Spiritual Reserves || Part 2 of 5 SMM 044: Use God as a Guide || Part 3 of 5 SMM 045: Act on Promptings Felt from God || Part 4 of 5 SMM 046: Record Thoughts from God || Part 5 of 5 Listen to Related Episodes SMM 010: Being Open About Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don’t Know If God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward SMM 014: How to Recognize God in Simple Ways + Battle Loneliness and Negative Thoughts || Michelle Garfield Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom  
March 12, 2020
Episode 83 is an interview with Kristen Goodman, a mom to four daughters as well as a life coach. Kristen shares how to deal with overwhelm and perfectionism, value connection over control and seek intention to see God’s guidance in motherhood. Give Up Overwhelm + Perfectionism Kristen shares her early experiences in motherhood with everything she thought she “should” be doing. She talks about an epiphany where she realized the feelings of overwhelm weren’t from the Spirit. We discuss how overwhelm and perfectionism are tools Satan uses to target mothers. Kristen also shares how prayer, therapy and finding life coaching helped her to realize she wasn’t responsible for others’ thoughts and feelings. She reveals how she discovered she could only be responsible for her own thoughts and feelings and recognized that motherhood was a choice. Both of these things helped her let go of overwhelm and perfectionism. Connection over Control Kristen discusses how once she learned she wasn’t responsible for others’ feelings, she could also let go of trying to control her kids. She shares how the result of letting go of control also meant she was letting go of conflict. We talk about the balance of pushing your kids versus allowing them to make their own decisions. Ultimately, Kristen shared why you have to go with the Spirit and know your child. She shared the belief you are the mom to your kids for a reason and you have to trust yourself. Through her own journey, Kristen talks about how she has learned to truly connect with her daughters. She offers advice to any parenting wanting to connect and build a better relationship with their child. Using Intention to See God’s Guidance Kristen’s overall message is that you can see the hand of God in your life every single day. She shares how being intentional is key to seeing your heavenly parents as your partners in motherhood. Kristen’s Quotes “I knew my feelings I was having and being overwhelmed weren’t coming from the spirit, and that’s not the way Heavenly Father wanted me to feel.” And that ultimately led me to the thought that was creating all of my overwhelm, which was that I could control, and I was responsible for my kids and how they felt and how they succeeded. I felt like I could control and be responsible for them in that way, which wasn’t true. “You can’t control your kids, especially as they get older, which is why I love talking to parents of teenagers. I really feel like that is a hard stage of life where you have to let them figure things out. And I’m so glad that I don’t feel like I need to have that control over them anymore because it really creates such a conflict.” “Creating that space where I feel connected to them has just really changed the way I parent because I really want to keep that relationship.” “I really feel like I intentionally look at the things going on around me in my life and I can find things every single day where my heavenly parents are leading me in the direction that I need to go or helping me out with one thing or another every single day because I’m looking for it.” Episode Links Book Kristen Mentioned: How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids Will Talkby Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish Scripture about overcoming the natural man: Mosiah 3:19 Listen to Related Episodes SMM 015: Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis SMM 037: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk SMM 049: How to Pursue What Will Really Make You Happy in Motherhood|| Richard and Linda Eyre SMM 052: How to Really Define Success in Motherhood||Chantel Allen Follow Kristen Instagram: @kristengoodmancoaching Website: kristengoodmancoaching.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom
March 4, 2020
Hear how podcaster and mom, Jaime Wilkins, learned to use Christ’s example to be an advocate for her daughter after she was diagnosed with autism. Episode Summary In episode 82, Jaime Wilkins shares how she discovered at a young age that her life’s mission would be to help people. She talks about the details of how her daughter was diagnosed with Autism. Jaime shares an experience she had with the school district where she said no to what experts were telling her was best for her daughter. She followed the Spirit and through personal revelation knew what was best for her child. Jaime discusses how she hired an advocate to help her in the process of getting the best outcome for her daughter. She shares how she learned the importance of being the expert, advocate and voice for her child. You will also hear Jaime’s tips on what you can do when you feel the need to advocate for your child. Jaime said that she relied on prayer, following the Spirit, finding resources and information, documenting and asking others for help. Jaime and I also discuss the things this experience taught her about how Christ is our advocate with the Father. She shares a scripture found in D&C 45:3-5 and how these words helped her understand more fully the Savior’s role as an advocate. We also discuss what Jaime has learned about labeling her children. She shares how her daughter receiving the label of “autism” has helped her get resources but she also knows her child is much more than that label. She makes the connection that if you want to be an advocate for your child you have to look beyond the label. You can look to our Heavenly Father who never labels His children. In the end, Jaime shares how her heavenly parents have been the ultimate example of showing an increase of love to her children. Jaime’s Quotes “We’re entitled to revelation for her and what’s best for her.” And, I think even as women there is the kind of like people pleasing and I wanted to be easy and accommodating and yeah, go with the flow. But this was not right. “So yeah, just giving her a voice is so important because kids don’t get a voice at the table in the classroom at the planning meetings…. And so giving that kid a voice, is so important.” “And so what this means in this instance is that he is our Savior. The advocate means the same thing as our Savior. He is saying to Heavenly Father, look, I have suffered the atonement for these people. For Darla, for Jamie, for the Spiritually Minded Mom listener and please allow them back into our presence because I have suffered the atonement.” “She is who she is regardless of any label put upon her.” Episode Links Doctrine and Covenants 45:3-5 Listen to Related Episodes SMM 025: Mothering a Child with Mental Illness || Amanda Louder SMM 059: How to Be the Expert +Advocate for Your Child||Cheryl Cardall SMM 077: How To Be In Tune With The Spirit To Help Children with Mental Health Challenges||Audra Elkington Follow Jaime Instagram: @sincerelysatisfied Facebook: sincerelysatisfied Website: sincerelysatisfied.com Podcast: Sincerely Satisfied Podcast Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom  
February 26, 2020
Episode 81 is a follow-up from episode 80’s discussion on how a mother’s weakness can bless her children. Listen to hear my personal insights gathered from personal experiences, scriptures and talks about how to view your weaknesses in a positive light. Episode Summary In my last episode, I aired an interview with Kristen Walker Smith. Kristen shared how our weaknesses as mothers can actually bless our children. I loved Kristen’s thoughts on weakness, so much so, that I decided to do some personal study on the topic of weakness. In this episode, I share a few stories from my own life about seeing weaknesses in a positive light. You’ll hear what happened when I polled my own kids about what they thought my weaknesses are. My 18-year-old son’s comments totally surprised me! I talk about some weak spots in parenting when my kids were little and how my husband and I course corrected. I also share viewing weakness in a positive light from the perspective of being a daughter. The scriptures are full of examples of people who learned that weakness is a positive thing. I share scriptures that illustrate how God uses weakness for our benefit. I found a talk and an article that were very enlightening to me. You’ll hear about a talk I read by Neal A. Maxwell (link below) that helped to remind me that having weakness is totally normal. I also share an Ensign article that sheds light on how weakness is not a sin and actually draws us closer to God (link below). Through my interview with Kristen and my study of weakness I have learned that I can view weakness in a positive light. Weakness has a purpose and through the Savior’s grace our weaknesses become strengths. Episode Links Notwithstanding My Weakness talk by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, October 1976 General Conference It Isn’t a Sin to Be Weak article by Wendy Ulrich, Ensign, April 2015 Ether 12:27 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Listen to Related Episodes SMM 034: Why I Am Grateful For the Hardest Time in My Life || Darla Trendler SMM 080: Why Your Weaknesses are Blessing Your Children|| Kristen Walker Smith Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts YouTube: Spiritually Minded Mom  
February 19, 2020
Listen to episode 80 to hear how my guest, Kristen Walker Smith, has learned to think of weakness as a blessing as she has dealt with OCD and motherhood at the same time. Episode Summary Kristen experienced a sudden onset of OCD when she got pregnant with her first child. However, it wasn’t until two and a half years later, when her mom asked her about her excessive hand washing, that Kristen was officially diagnosed. In the episode, Kristen shares how she navigated OCD and motherhood at the same time. She talks about how she saw God showing up. In addition, she discusses how God didn’t fill in all the gaps but covered the most essential things. Kristen says she wasn’t very open with others about her struggles. She shares how others saw her needs and helped and supported her even though she wasn’t opening up. One of the biggest things Kristen has learned from her struggles is how to reframe her thoughts about weakness. Kristen shares how she came to understand that her weaknesses were giving her children exactly what they needed. Kristen also shares advice for anyone struggling with a weakness (hello, that’s all of us!) to let others in and to list the blessings that weakness is bringing into your life. Overall, Kristen shares her belief that you can’t have fear and faith at the same time. She chooses faith. Kristen shares her witness of how God helps us through our weaknesses. Kristen’s Quotes “I was so mad, but I took time to pray about it and I realized, you know what, God put me on the earth at this time when there is medication for what I’m dealing with. Why would I refuse that blessing that he’s put on this earth. And so the combination of a very good therapist and medication has made all the difference and that’s when things really switched.” “My weaknesses were blessing them to create strengths of their own through Christ. Christ’s strength was resting on them wherever my weaknesses were.” “It is impossible for gratitude and fear to live in the same space and I found that when times would get truly overwhelming, I just had to go back to that list and remember God is blessing me in this trial right now.” “And so even though so much of my motherhood fell to the wayside, God blessed me with the ability to do what was absolutely eternally vital.” Episode Links OCD Workbook 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Get Kristen’s FREE scripture study Come Follow Me kits Listen to Related Episodes SMM 021: Chasing Your Dreams + Turning to God in Post-Partum Depression || Amanda Anderson SMM 051: Hope in the Arms of the Savior in Mental Health Challenges || Jamie Hutchings SMM 037: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk Follow Kristen Instagram: @kristenwalkersmith Website: kristenwalkersmith.com YouTube: Kristen Smith Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts
February 12, 2020
I am so excited to share my interview with Heather Erickson. Heather is a wife, mom, Bible teacher, author and worship leader. Heather is also a co-founder of The Chara Project, a ministry to help women of all faiths learn to study the Bible. Heather shares her insights on how you can find joy in the Bible as well as lead your children to Christ. Find Joy in the Bible Heather starts off sharing how her parents’ love of the Bible made it easier for her to want to know the Bible and its teachings for herself. She candidly discusses how at one point she questioned everything. Eventually, Heather said she read a scripture about loving God with all your heart, soul and mind. She dug in deep and realized when she loved Jesus with everything, she couldn’t turn away. She said of this experience, “It took me being willing to walk away from what my parents believed, step into faith for myself, and say, ‘Do I believe what they have brought me up to believe?’ I see it embodied. I see it completely lived out. Am I willing to actually back it up? And when I backed it up with my heart, my soul and my mind, that’s when I realized, this is the real deal.” Lead Children to Jesus Her parents love of the Bible and their example of living its teachings set the foundation. As a result, Heather points out how her parents let her spread her wings and also find out for herself. From her experience with her own parents, Heather shares advice to parents. She says to never give up, do the foundational things and let children navigate for themselves. Towards the end of the episode, Heather shares what she has learned from teaching her children from the Bible. She agrees that many times the teaching happens in everyday moments. Heather also talks about how studying the Bible herself has helped the teachings to be anchored deep in her heart. Understanding the why of the Bible and not just a checklist of things to do has helped her go from mom fails to mom wins in teaching spiritual things. The Chara Project Heather has been involved doing Bible studies with women of varying faiths in Utah for many years. She and two of her friends wanted to create a safe place to ask questions and help women learn for themselves. The Chara Project was born The word “Chara” is a Greek word meaning “joy.” Since Heather and the other co-founders believe joy is what you get when you understand the Bible, the word fit perfectly. After choosing the word Chara, Heather and her co-founders discovered they could also use the word as an acronym to teach a simple method of studying the Bible. Listen the episode for all the details of the acronym but here is what each letter stands for: C – Context H – History A – Author R – Read A – Apply Using Different Bible Translations I really loved the discussion Heather and I had about using different translations of the Bible. Heather explained that reading different translations is like looking words up in a thesaurus. Varied translations open up your understanding and help paint a better picture of what God is teaching. Partner with God Heather believes that aligning her heart to God allows her to have a closer relationship with Him. This relationship with God is something she believes she can mirror to the people around her, including her kids. Above all, Heather wants her children to see Christ through her and that journey has started with finding joy in the Bible. Show Notes Find out more about The Chara Project by visiting their website or following along on Instagram. Listen to related episodes of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast: SMM 016: Practical Scripture Study for Moms + How to Go In Instead of Out to Find Peace || Courtney Casper SMM 040: How Simple + Consistent Gospel Teaching Can Unleash The Power of Families SMM 043: Build Spiritual Reserves || Part 2 of 5 Follow Heather Instagram: @thecharaproject Facebook: The Chara Project Website: thecharaproject.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on Apple Podcasts
February 5, 2020
Today I’m interviewing Melissa Buckley. We talk about her journey of learning that developing a deep relationship with God was the best way for her to learn to be a better mother. Surrendering Before the Miracle Melissa talks about infertility and a priesthood blessing from her dad that led her husband to declare to her, “Our God is a God of miracles.” In the blessing, Melissa was promised that her body would heal and she would have the children she desired. After the blessing, Melissa was able to move forward with faith and stop trying to control the situation. The next month Melissa took a pregnancy test and it was positive. Melissa and her husband were thrilled to be pregnant naturally with twins. She said of this time, “It was this miraculous moment where I had finally fully given over my will to Heavenly Father and that’s when He stepped in and gave me that miracle.” Navigating Depression: Anti-Depressants + the Book of Mormon Although Melissa had the long awaited children she had prayed for, she struggled with postpartum depression. In the interview she shares the shame and guilt she felt because of the depression. She discusses how getting medical help and studying her patriarchal blessing helped her start to come out of the depression. She also shares the power she felt from accepting President Nelson’s invitation in October 2018 to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. Melissa gives great advice on how a busy mom can fit in scripture study. She also shares the blessings she has received from reading the Book of Mormon consistently. Disciple of Jesus Christ First and Mother Second Melissa’s experiences have taught her that she should be a disciple of Jesus Christ first and a mother second. She shared, “The way for me to be the best mother for my children is to have a deep relationship with God.” Melissa also shares how her own relationship with Heavenly Father has helped her learn to be a better mother. “For me, I can have a relationship with my Heavenly Father and He can love me in a Godly way, so I can try to emulate that when I mother my children.” We discuss how motherhood is ever changing, so it makes sense that the most important thing in our life is a constant. Meekness Through Trials Melissa talks about how we are prepared to do the work God calls us to. She also discusses the things she has learned about meekness from her patriarchal blessing, reading conference talks (see links in show notes) and studying D&C 25. Melissa shares that she has learned to look back on her adversity with fondness because it has helped her to learn to be meek. Her trials have given her opportunities to be taught by the Spirit. Overall, Melissa shares her testimony that the answer to all questions and struggles is always Jesus Christ. Show Notes Related episodes of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast: SMM 010: Being Open About Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don’t Know If God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward SMM 016: Practical Scripture Study for Moms + How to Go In Instead of Out to Find Peace || Courtney Casper SMM 021: Chasing Your Dreams + Turning to God in Post-Partum Depression || Amanda Anderson SMM 037: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk SMM 047: Finding Beauty in the Hard of Motherhood || Melinda Peterson SMM 050: How Promptings From God Can Be Hard + Good At The Same Time||Rachel Nielson Other resources mentioned by Melissa: Book: You Are the Mother Your Children Need by Christie Gardiner Conference Talk: Sister’s Participation in the Gathering of Israel by President Russell M. Nelson Conference Talk: Covenant Women in Partnership with God by President Henry B. Eyring Conference Talk: Meek and Lowly of Heart by Elder David A. Bednar BYU Speech: Meek and Lowly by Elder Neal A. Maxwell Follow Melissa Instagram: @melissarosebuckley22 Website: imlearningtothrive.wordpress.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
January 29, 2020
Being a mother dealing with a child with mental health challenges can be lonely. That’s why I invited today’s guest, Audra Elkington, to share her experiences. In episode 77, Audra shares her journey helping her 9-year-old daughter navigate anxiety. Advice and Hope Woven throughout Audra’s journey to help her daughter, you’ll hear her advice on researching and reading as well as finding the right type of therapy for your child. Listen to hear other advice like recording small successes and finding a trusted friend who will listen. Audra cautions that the path isn’t easy. She also offers hope to not give up. She says to keep trying until you find something that works for your child. How to Advocate without Labeling In the interview, Audra also talks about being an advocate for your child. She shared about being prayerful in new situations and about how to advocate without labeling your child. Audra also believes in not being afraid to stop doing something that isn’t working for your child. Sometimes we don’t have all the answers for our children, she shared. We can just love them. Spiritual Help with Mental Health She has learned to rely on the Lord for help every step of the way. She shared how 1 Nephi 18:2 about doing things “after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me” helped her gain perspective. You’ll also hear how Audra’s journey mothering Lena has helped her be in tune with the Spirit and her own instincts. She said, “I think as mothers, we need to trust our gut. If we don’t feel like something is right for our child, we’re probably right.” We discuss how being in tune with the Spirit is work. But Audra also shared that she never regrets time spent with the Lord. Overall, Audra’s message to other moms helping children who are experiencing mental health challenges is simple–do everything you can to be in tune with the Spirit. Show Notes Listen to other episodes of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast about helping children with mental health challenges: SMM 001: Welcome to the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast ||Darla Trendler SMM 025: Mothering a Child with Mental Illness || Amanda Louder During the episode, Audra referenced a quote by President Russell M. Nelson. Read the whole talk by President Nelson called Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives. Follow Audra Instagram: @audraelkington Website: audraelkington.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
January 22, 2020
Listen to hear my interview with Beth Given. Beth is a wife and mom to four who believes that small and simple things bring great things in the end. In the interview we talk about feeling inadequate, why achieving goals doesn't determine your worth and how to change your perspective on temple attendance. If you are feeling stuck in the early days of motherhood, Beth will give you hope that the feelings of inadequacy subside and you will find your own style of mothering. Beth shares her philosophy on goal setting and how she learned to not let her self-worth be tied up in how well she accomplished the goals she set out to do. She also talks about how reframing her goal to attend the temple changed the experiences she had while inside and how it has rubbed off on her children. Through all of her experiences, Beth has learned that doing the little things makes a difference. She knows she is a daughter of Heavenly Parents who love her and has a strong testimony of the help she receives from them. Follow Beth Instagram: @the.small.and.the.simple Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Website: spirituallymindedmom.com
January 15, 2020
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. I wanted to help shed some light on this huge problem by interviewing a mom who is fighting human trafficking and give you ways to help too. Listen to hear my interview with Cammy Bowker, a wife, mom, teacher and cancer survivor who heard God tell her she needed to something with the second chance she had been given. During a beach vacation in Mexico she won on the Price is Right (seriously!), Cammy wrote down thoughts and impressions about how she could make a difference in the world. She noticed children on the beach selling gum. She felt a prompting to help these children and others like them around the world. Since she was a teacher, Cammy started with building schools and providing education in under developed areas in the world. Those efforts quickly morphed into Cammy being on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking both at home and abroad. Cammy shares the statistics and issues associated with trafficking. She is a huge proponent of prevention and gives practical ways parents can help protect their children. She also talks about how she acted immediately on the prompting she felt to do something. Cammy's story gives a great pattern for anyone who feels called to make a difference in any way. As Cammy said, "Just start." Below you will find a variety of ways you can help the organization Cammy founded, Global Education Philanthropists, in their mission to educate and fight human trafficking. Cammy's faith was inspiring to me. Her story illustrates well that you don't need to know how everything will turn out. You just have to follow the promptings you receive one at a time and watch the miracles unfold. Show Notes Help fight human trafficking: Join the 20 in 20 Campaign - Donate $20 in 2020 or contribute $3.99 a month to help Global EP fight human trafficking. Travel with Global EP and volunteer to teach self-reliance skills at after-care centers around the world. Get more information about The Cleaner Net filter to protect your family. A portion of The Cleaner Net's sales help support Global EP's efforts. Listen to related episodes of the podcast: SMM 035: From Sex Trafficking Victim To Survivor With Life Full of Love || Elizabeth Frazier SMM 071: How to Parent Fearlessly About the Use of Technology || Emily Jones Follow Cammy Instagram: @globaleducationphilanthropists Instagram: @expedition_global_ Facebook: Global Education Philanthropists Website: globalep.org Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
January 8, 2020
I’m starting off the new year with a solo episode. In this episode I’m spilling all the reasons for choosing “power” as my word of the year for 2020. I share my previous experiences with having a “word of the year.” I talk about the things I’ve learned from intentionally focusing on one thing all year, even though I haven’t always chosen a word. Listen to hear what focusing on power means to me. I also dive in to how I’m using President Nelson’s words from the talk Spiritual Treasures as my starting point. Show Notes Listen to other solo episodes of the podcast: SMM 020: What I’m Learning About Following the Spirit + Making Connections in Ministering SMM 034: Why I Am Grateful For the Hardest Time in My Life SMM 061: How to Eliminate Distractions + Always Have the Spirit SMM 064: Why You Might Not Know When You are Feeling the Spirit SMM 069: When You Pray in Faith and It Still Rains Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
December 18, 2019
Valerie Cuevas has maintained her focus on Jesus despite the many ups and downs she has experienced in her life. After being a pseudo-single mother with a husband going through medical residency, Valerie suddenly found herself facing her husband’s terminal illness and death. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, her second time battling the disease, just six months after her husband’s passing. Valerie is now remarried and blending a family of six children. She continues to see her role as a mother shifting and changing. Valerie tells how she has learned to embrace change and let go of expectations. She talks about how her focus on Jesus helped her as a single mother. Even though she couldn’t always pinpoint the ways He was helping her, she knew He was there. Valerie is real about the anger and frustration she felt towards God after her husband’s death. She is also candid about the way Christ continued to reach for her in her doubt and struggle. She discusses the many miracles she saw, especially after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Through all of the changes of motherhood, one thing has remained constant for Valerie–Jesus Christ has been there for her. As she shared, “He shows up even when we aren’t asking.” Show Notes Listen to other Spiritually Minded Mom episodes about the death of a spouse or cancer. SMM 008: Dealing with Cancer + Motherhood by Focusing on What is Most Important || Julie Monroe SMM 053: How to Use Agency + Love to Point Children to the Savior || Becky Proudfit SMM 060: Why You Can Have Joy in the Middle of Hard Things || Stephanie Piacitelli Follow Valerie Instagram: @_valeriecuevas Instagram: @seekinggraceandtruth Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
December 11, 2019
In 2010, my guest, Erica Kiefer, and her husband experienced the death of their first child, Ty, who was only 4 1/2 months old, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In the interview, Erica shares how she found healing and hope and turned to God despite the grief. Personal + Unique Communication with God Erica discusses how she used her talent for writing to feel healing and hope as well as the Spirit after Ty’s death. Her experience illustrates well God is a personal God. He can use our gifts and abilities to communicate with us in a unique way. At one point, Erica felt abandoned by God. She shared the surprising way God helped her through a friend and a Disney movie. She expresses how Heavenly Father can use anything to help us, even an animated Tarzan movie! How to be an Intuitive Friend Throughout the interview, Erica mentions “intuitive friends” who were there for her. We discussed what it means to be a nurturing friend to someone who is grieving. Erica noted how helpful friends brought her into their spiritual life. Healing Miracles We discuss how Erica found the courage to have another baby and how becoming a mother again (four times) was both healing and fearful at the same time. Erica talks about how her perspective on miracles has changed since losing her son. She said, “The miracle is just seeing that God lets you go through that journey and helps you to grow but also doesn’t let you do it without giving you the sustenance and the help along the way and so much love.” Hope When You’re Grieving the Loss of a Child Erica offers hope to others who are grieving. She knows life can never be the same after losing a child, but she has learned things do get better and healing is possible. “Healing comes in pieces.” It doesn’t happen all at once. Ultimately, Erica knows God does His part to help her in motherhood. She knows she can turn to Him and He is there. Show Notes Listen to other episodes about grief and loss of a child: SMM 002: Navigating Loss, Special Needs and Fostering as a Young Mom || Alie Jones SMM 005: Choosing Happiness in Motherhood Despite Grief and Tragedy || Maralyn Nava SMM 007: Turning to God Through Infertility, Adoption and Miscarriage || Kay West SMM 013: Overcoming Anger + Showing Faith When Your Motherhood Plan is Not God’s Plan || Misty Trendler SMM 058: Why Gratitude for Little Things Will Make Your Life Better || Heather Herbert SMM 060: Why You Can Have Joy in the Middle of Hard Things || Stephanie Piacitelli Follow Erica Instagram: @ericakieferbooks Instagram: @borrowedangel09 Facebook: Borrowed Angel Website: ericakieferbooks.com Book: Borrowed Angel Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
December 4, 2019
Listen to my interview with Emily Jones, the co-founder of Family Tech University, a “drivers ed” workshop for wholesome tech use. Emily is also a Deseret Book author, wife, as well as a mother to 5. In addition, she is a passionate believer in the untapped potential of teenagers. Parent Fearlessly Emily and I start off discussing our love of teenagers. We both share why we shouldn’t be afraid of their questioning. Emily talks about how we can be heroic parents through parenting fearlessly instead of fearfully. She shares, “Parenting out of fear brings paralysis. It shuts off the Spirit.” Emily believes the key to heroic parenting is to have a plan to parent fearlessly. Understanding how to navigate greatly diminishes fear. Love or Fear? We both share the benefits of parenting with love instead of fear. Motivating through God’s love creates confidence. Children learn to shine their own light, spread the word of God and lift each other up. Helping Children Develop an Internal Filter Emily shares how one statement in an April 2014 General Conference talk shaped her perspective on teaching children about tech. The statement by Sister Linda Reeves helped her see the truth of having an internal filter. Emily discusses how she has studied kids who choose well with technology and the important truth she uncovered through this exercise. The Benefits of Children Making Mistakes “Don’t be afraid of our children’s errors. In fact, I would say to expect them. Think of the example of our Heavenly Father. He expected our errors. … He knew that they would come and he made a way through His son. … I think as parents we can take that same posture that we expect that they will make mistakes.” She compares how we treat a toddler learning to walk to the way we sometimes treat our children when they make a mistake. Emily gives her belief that we can partner with our children and remove the shame and fear. Helping Children See Their Potential Emily shares her thoughts on how parents can help children discover what they want for their own future. She believes parents can nurture the potential and vision in their children. Emily’s biggest message to mothers is this, “Knock, even pound, on the doors of heaven and ask Him, ‘Show me this child’s potential.'” Emily firmly believes with God’s help mothers can remind children of who they are. Show Notes Quote Emily referenced by Sister Linda Reeves: “Filters are useful tools, but the greatest filter in the world, the only one that will ultimately work, is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony of our Heavenly Father’s love and our Savior’s atoning sacrifice for each one of us.” View the CBS News video Brain Hacking. Find out more about having your family participate in Family Tech University. Get a free video series from Emily and her husband, David, about parenting and tech. Listen to other episodes about loving children: Episode 53: How to Use Agency + Love to Point Children to the Savior with Becky Proudfit Episode 37: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better with Lisa Funk   Follow Emily Instagram: @familytechuniversity Facebook: FamilyTechUniversity Website: familytechuniversity.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes  
November 27, 2019
From babies to teenagers, my guest for episode 70, Bonnie Wiscombe, is currently experiencing it all as a mother to nine children. Listen to hear how she has gained confidence in decisions as a mother. You’ll hear how mothering a large family has helped Bonnie learn to be flexible, let go of expectations and trust God. Bonnie expresses how she has learned to have confidence in her decisions as both a mother and a business owner. In regard to deciding to home school as well as start a business, she shared, “I think the biggest blessing to me is as the Lord inspires me to do things He really, really gives me a knowledge without any doubt that this is something He is guiding me in because without that, I would just give up. … You realize you are not going to reach your full potential without doing what He has inspired you to do.” Bonnie and I also discuss comparison in motherhood. In addition, she shares her number one tip for avoiding comparison and having confidence in motherhood. Overall, Bonnie’s testimony is God has gently guided her to make the hard decisions she has faced in life. She knows He has helped her learn to love her children unconditionally and see them as He sees them. Show Notes Listen to the Cultivate a Good Life podcast episode 23 we referenced in the interview about why doing B- work is OK. Listen to another episode of SMM featuring a mother of a large family. Episode 18: Divorce + Blending Families + Coming Back to God in Motherhood || Tarrin Pendergrass Follow Bonnie Instagram: @bonnieandblithe Business: @NovalieClothing Podcast: Outnumbered the Podcast Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
November 20, 2019
Have you ever prayed for something with so much faith and diligence, and then, the exact opposite of what you were praying for happens? I have. In episode 69, I’m sharing an experience from my life where I prayed for God to “temper the elements” and then it rained and not just a little drizzle but torrential downpour. You’ll hear the lessons I learned from this experience and how it increased my faith Heavenly Father does answer my prayers, even if it’s not always in the way I think He should. Show Notes D&C 90:24 – Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another. Other Solo Episodes Episode 20: What I’m Learning about Following the Spirit + Making Connections in Ministering Episode 61: How to Eliminate Distraction + Always Have the Spirit Episode 64: Why You Might Not Know When You are Feeling the Spirit Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
November 13, 2019
A few months ago, I discovered Miranda Anderson through an interview on another podcast. I loved her positive approach to life and immediately binged episodes from her own podcast, Live Free Creative, and read her book, More Than Enough. I was thrilled when she agreed to be a guest on my podcast. Living the Life you Want In the episode, you’ll hear Miranda discuss how she learned to live the life she wanted. She shares key elements she has learned of contentment and gratitude as well as setting aside the message we are lacking in some way. Miranda shared, “Today is the day that I want. The things that I have right now are the things that I want.” A Year of No Spending While attending a conference, Miranda heard these words, “You can do more of what you like and less of what you don’t like.” She went home with a new perspective that ultimately led her family to an experiment of no spending for a year. Miranda realized she was in control of her life and she didn’t have to do what she had always done. She talks about the lessons her family learned from the experiment and how their takeaways were external as well as internal. Overall, Miranda learned there is always something in your life that is good that you can be grateful for. Creating Space I loved discussing with Miranda how we can be responsible for our own spirituality. Miranda said, “It’s a lot more difficult to take full responsibility for our spirituality but it also makes it a lot more personal.” Miranda also discusses how she has learned to create space in her life to do as the song says–search, ponder and pray. She points to the example set by Christ when He took time to be away and “be.” Miranda believes “being” is as important as the “busy” things we do in the Gospel. No Checklists in Spirituality I was grateful to get to discuss a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately–there are no checklists with spirituality. Miranda pointed out that the shift in the church to a more home-centered approach is helping us to rely less on the structure and organization and be able to discover for ourselves what we need as spiritual beings. Partner with God in Motherhood Miranda talked about knowing who she is and how her divine identity translates to her role as a mother and in her relationship with God. She understands why she doesn’t have to be everything for her children. “My job is to get to know the divine beings that they already are and we learn together.”   Follow Miranda Instagram: @livefreemiranda Website: livefreecreative.co Podcast: Live Free Creative Book: More Than Enough Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
November 6, 2019
In episode 67, I am excited to be interviewing my husband, Tim Trendler. We discuss how we have navigated spiritual differences throughout our 22 year marriage. You will learn quickly in this episode that Tim is definitely the fun-loving, outgoing partner in our marriage. I am more intense and a deep thinker. We aren’t perfect, but we have learned to help each other develop spiritually and respect our different approaches to gospel living. Looking back, I can see how our differences actually make us a great team. In the episode, Tim and I both share the spiritual promptings we experienced that led us to marriage. You’ll even find out why Tim didn’t talk to me for 3 weeks after we got engaged! We also talk about our two very different perspectives on teaching a lesson at church and why both approaches work. Tim discusses the positive side of having differences. He shares how our children have benefited by seeing two different approaches to spirituality. In addition, Tim gives his take on the best thing you can do when you differ with your spouse spiritually. Tim offers his answer to the final question I ask every guest and shares his perspective on how God has been his partner in fatherhood. I will admit it was harder than I thought to interview my spouse. My goal was for this episode to be more of a conversation than an interview, which means we got off track a few times and I had to do a lot of editing. In the spirit of “keepin’ it real” I left a couple outtakes that you’ll hear if you listen to the end.   Show Notes Listen to other Spiritually Minded Mom episodes about spiritual differences: SMM 065: Hope When You Don’t Live in a Perfect Family Proclamation Home|| Norma Zaugg SMM 063: How to Embrace Agency + Increase Love as a Mother || Shelley Swapp SMM 062: How to Show Unconditional Love When Loved Ones Don’t Share Your Faith SMM 018: Divorce + Blending Families + Coming Back to God in Motherhood || Tarrin Pendergrass Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes  
October 30, 2019
My guest today is JoEllen Woods, a wife and mom to four who has spent the last few years following a prompting to move overseas and travel the world with her family. In the interview, you’ll hear how JoEllen and her husband decided to travel full time with their kids and how they felt guided by God in the process. Their prompting eventually led JoEllen’s family to New Zealand on a 30-month visa and then to full-time travel for 6 months. After traveling to 17 different countries, The Woods Family was at a crossroads about what was next. Listen to hear the way Heavenly Father guided them to take a leap and seek for dual citizenship in Italy. The stories JoEllen shares show over ond over you don’t have to have the full picture to follow God. She is a great example of following a prompting, acting and then asking what the next step is and continuing to move forward. Overall, JoEllen’s experiences have taught her personal revelation is a privilege. She knows He is by her side and that knowledge gives her the courage and confidence she needs in motherhood and in life.   Show Notes Listen to other Spiritually Minded Mom episodes about personal revelation SMM 041: Only You Can Receive Revelation for Your Motherhood || Michelle Gifford Follow JoEllen Instagram: @iamjoellen Website: iamjoellen.com YouTube: iamjoellen Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
October 23, 2019
Within 2 years of her 19 year marriage, my guest for episode 65, Norma Zaugg, realized her hopes and dreams for her home and family were not going according to plan. Her marriage was rocky and her husband stopped being involved with the Church. Norma was left wondering how to navigate it all. Guidance from God In my interview with Norma, she shares how she didn’t take the thought of bringing children into her dysfunctional marriage lightly. Through heartfelt prayer, she felt guided to know the timing and how to teach her children. She shares about the promise God made to her early on and how it was fulfilled as each of her boys have been baptized. She knows God is aware of her efforts and that He will keep His promises to her. Hope if You Don’t Feel Your Home is Perfect Norma’s story offers hope to anyone who feels they don’t live in the perfect “family proclamation” home. Both Norma and I discuss how there isn’t a model or one way to be a righteous, Latter-day Saint mother. We can each figure out what it means for us as individuals. Her own experiences with a spouse who was not supportive spiritually taught Norma to teach the Gospel to her children through small, everyday moments. She has literally whispered gospel truths in her children’s ears and helped them identify the Holy Ghost. Helping Others in Difficult Marriages How can you help someone you know who is in a hard marriage? Norma’s advice is simple–Don’t make assumptions. Ask questions. Follow the spirit. After her divorce, self care was the first step Norma took to start to heal. She shared, “In order for me to be able to help my boys, I have to be on top of my game. And if I’m not taking care of myself, I can’t be patient. I can’t be loving. I can’t do homework for hours on end unless I have taken care of me.” Norma says to start small and slowly add in things to do just for you. God is There Even in the Dark Times Overall, Norma’s story will remind you that change can happen for each of us. Starting fresh and doing something different is hard, but you will look back and be able to see God everywhere, even in dark times.   Show Notes Quotes from Norma: “I knew that if my boys were ever going to see something different, it would have to be because I put forth the effort.” “It’s fascinating that sometimes we almost have to be removed from [the situation] before we can fully see how He intricately was there the entire time planning and helping and putting the pieces together in a much more marvelous way than we could have ever imagined and the gifts He would give through those horrible hardships.” “If you are feeling lost and you’re feeling empty and you’re feeling hopeless, there is absolutely a way out but it is not magic and there is no quick solution. It is a lot of work and it is a lot of internal work.” Download Norma’s free guide “Living with a Spouse that No Longer Believes in the Church Listen to other Spiritually Minded Mom episodes about family members who leave the Church Episode 063: How to Embrace Agency + Increase Love as a Mother || Shelley Swapp Episode 062: How to Show Unconditional Love When Loved Ones Don’t Share Your Faith Follow Norma Instagram: @normazaugg Instagram: @sparkpodcast Website: normazaugg.com Podcast: SPARK – the light within Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
October 16, 2019
Welcome to Season 3! I am so excited to be back. In episode 64, I am sharing some new insights I gained about feeling the Spirit. Spoiler Alert: You might not know when you are feeling the Spirit and that is perfectly normal! If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, “How do I recognize the Holy Ghost when it comes?” you’ll want to listen. This is a solo episode where I dive into experiences I have had with the Holy Ghost but the bulk of the episode is a recap of a devotional I found from the MTC with Elder Bednar. Elder Bednar shared some amazing stuff in a way we don’t usually hear it. I hope you will listen and also download Elder Bednar’s MTC devotional to hear it for yourself.   Show Notes Go HERE to get the link to download the MTC devotional. (This is not a direct link but a place to download. Look for the MTC devotional from August 20, 2019 and download it to your device. It may take a while.) Listen to other episodes about the Holy Ghost: Episode 20: What I’m Learning About Following the Spirit + Making Connections in Ministering Episode 41: Only You Can Receive Revelation for Your Motherhood || Michelle Gifford Episode 044: Use God as a Guide || Part 3 of 5 Episode 045: Act on Promptings Felt from God || Part 4 of 5 Episode 61: How to Eliminate Distractions + Always Have the Spirit Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
July 17, 2019
Welcome to the final episode of season 2. I am taking a short break from the podcast and will be back in September with more faith-filled interviews for you. In episode 63, my guest is Shelley Swapp. Shelley shares what she hopes her children will remember about her as a mom. Motherhood Challenges She also gives insights into the challenges her family has faced in the past few years. As a mother, she has watched her children deal with moving, brain injury, physical special needs, mental health challenges and faith crisis. No Checklist to Perfect Kids Shelley shares how she always believed there was a “checklist” of things to do as a mom. If she could just check all of the things on the list off, like family home evening, scripture study, attending church and the temple, etc., all of our children would turn out exactly as she planned. But Shelley shares how she has learned that’s not what the Gospel is about. She gives her insights on agency, something we fought valiantly for before we came to earth. Instead of a “checklist,” Shelley discusses how “The true test of motherhood is who I become and the true test of fatherhood is who my husband becomes and not who my children become.” She openly admits she and her husband weren’t perfect parents but can honestly say they have always loved their children. Preserving Relationships Shelley shares how she has persevered her relationship with her children, especially as some have chosen to leave the church. She shares how realizing our Heavenly Parents don’t sit in heaven wringing their hands has helped her to avoid worrying as well. She knows her children are on their own journey and it’s not about her. The Power of Scripture Both the Book of Mormon and the Bible have been huge helps to Shelley in her life as a mother. She describes the Book of Mormon as an entire book about families who were fighting valiantly to keep their children in the Gospel. She attributes the stories of Jesus found in the Bible to helping her get to a place where she can love and accept her children where they are. Her Son’s Perspective In preparation for the interview, Shelley spoke with her son who has recently experienced a faith crisis. She shares the advice he would gives to family members who are struggling to understand why someone would leave. Why Heaven is Close Ultimately, Shelley shares her testimony that heaven is so close. We can recognize tender mercies and angels here on earth. She acknowledges God’s hand in her life and knows He is helping her and her children. Show Notes Light the Fight Podcast with Heidi Swapp and David Kozlowski. Talk by Elder Robert D. Hales, With all the Feeling of a Tender Parent, April 2004 General Conference Talk by President Henry B. Eyring, A Home Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells, April 2019 General Conference This is the quote by President Eyring Shelley referenced in the interview from the talk above. “Some have tried with full heart for that blessing, yet it has not been granted. My promise to you is one that a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once made to me. I had said to him that because of choices some in our extended family had made, I doubted that we could be together in the world to come. He said, as well as I can remember, ‘You are worrying about the wrong problem. You just live worthy of the celestial kingdom, and the family arrangements will be more wonderful than you can imagine.'” Listen to Shelley’s daughter share her story on episode 6 of the podcast, Still Tripin’ Read more about Shelley’s motherhood journey in an article she wrote on the Awaiting Rainbows website. Listen to a previous episode with similar stories: Episode 62, How to Show Unconditional Love When Loved Ones Don’t Share Your Faith Follow Shelley Instagram: @shelleyswapp Facebook: shelleyswappsvintageherbals Website: shelleyswapp.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
July 10, 2019
Episode 62 shares the perspectives of 6 different people who have experience with a loved one who doesn’t share their faith. I am so grateful for each of these people who called in to share their thoughts and perspectives on a topic that isn’t always easy to talk about. In addition to hearing from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have had families members who have struggled with their faith, you will also hear the perspective of someone who left the church. She shares her advice for loving unconditionally and preserving the relationship no matter what someone else believes. All the people who called in shared the overarching message that unconditional love, love like the Savior shared, is the most important thing we can give. If you are someone who struggles with similar situations I hope you this episode will show you that you are not alone. I also hope you will listen to each of these perspectives and gain what you need from their words. I am so grateful to the women who called in and were willing to be featured on this episode. Sharing our stories binds us together. I learned so much from each of them. Show Notes Read or listen to the entire talk by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf from October 2013 General Conference, Come, Join with Us. Full quote by Gretchen Rubin: “It’s a Secret of Adulthood: I can’t make people change, but when I change, others may change; and when others change, I may change.” John 11 – Story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
July 3, 2019
Today I am doing a solo episode talking about how to eliminate distractions and always have the Spirit. This content was originally a devotional I wrote and presented at a recent girls camp. Feel free to use this episode as a resource to help you teach your older children or other youth. Can You Hear the Music of the Spirit? I shared a story told by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf about a violinist dressed in jeans who plays in a busy subway. Elder Uchtdorf uses this story to illustrate how we might miss the spirit in our life. The story shows why it’s important to slow down, eliminate distractions and always have the spirit with us. What the Still Small Voice Sounds Like These three scriptures help paint the picture of what the still small voice sounds like: 1 Kings 19:11-12 – Elijah hears the voice of the Lord as he hiding because Jezebel wants to kill him. 3 Nephi 11:3 – The Nephites have just gone through great destruction. They hear God’s voice introducing the Savior. Helaman 5:30 – Nephi and Lehi are imprisoned and fire encircles them. The earth shakes and the people hear a voice. Ways You Might Feel the Spirit I shared 9 possible ways (and there are many more) you might feel the Spirit. You can read the accompanying scriptures and ponder on whether you feel the Spirit in this way. Feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faith, meekness (see Galatians 5:22–23) Thoughts that occupy the mind or press on your feelings (see D&C 128:1) A desire to do good and obey the commandments (see Mosiah 5:2) A feeling that something is right (see D&C 9:8) Feelings of comfort (see John 14:26) Feelings that “enlarge [your] soul” (Alma 32:28) Thoughts that “enlighten [your] understanding” (Alma 32:28) A hunger for more truth (see Alma 32:28) Feeling constrained (encouraged) to take an action or restrained (held back) from doing something (see 1 Nephi 7:15; 2 Nephi 32:7) (This article for youth on the church website that was the source for this list.) The Constant Influence of the Holy Ghost In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. President Russell M. Nelson I talked about a time in my life where I learned the importance of eliminating distractions that were keeping me from the influence of the Holy Ghost. How to hear the Holy Ghost and Eliminate Distractions Here are some questions you can ask yourself. What are the distractions that are keeping me from the still small voice in my life? How can I eliminate those distractions? The sacrament prayers give us clues of how we can eliminate distractions in our life. See the prayers in D&C 20 verses 77 and 79. “Always” Have His Spirit “Always” is a promise we are given. I looked up the definition in the dictionary and it said this: “at all times, forever, at any rate, in any event.”  Then the dictionary listed the synonyms to the word always: consistently, constantly, continually, ever, forever, incessantly, invariably, night and day, perpetually, unfailing. I shared another quote from President Nelson: “Does God really want to speak to you? Yes!” Show Notes Listen to the BYU Devotional by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Can You Hear the Music.   See the footage of Joshua Bell playing in the subway.   Go to Episode 44: Use God as a Guide to learn more about how to discover how you feel the spirit. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
June 26, 2019
Stephanie Piacitelli, my guest for episode 60, is someone who has learned to find joy in the middle of hard things. In October 2014, Stephanie and her husband, Bryant, were living a normal life with their four children. But near the end of that month, everything changed in an instant. Bryant was on his way to work as a police officer when he was struck on his motorcycle by a driver who ran a red light. Bryant was killed and Stephanie was left a widow with four young children. Losing Her Husband In the interview, Stephanie shares about her life before Bryant passed away and the details of the day he was killed. She talks about how she shared the heartbreaking news with her children that their father had been killed. One of her first thoughts was forgiveness for the person who hit her husband. Her second thought was that she and her family were loved. She knew they had so many people around them who loved them. Stephanie shares the tender mercies she received from God prior to her husband’s death that did not lessen the shock but did leave her with the knowledge she was loved. She didn’t know it at the time, but as she looks back, she can see how God was preparing her and giving her what she needed. Submitting Her Will to God During her grief, Stephanie had a pivotal moment when she was able to turn everything over to God. She said, “This was a test for me. Am I really willing to put my trust in my Heavenly Father, in an all-knowing, all-loving God? Am I able to do that?… These experiences that we go through, are for our own good. We may not see it in the moment, but if we will allow the refiner’s fire to allow Heavenly Father to mold us into the person that He needs us to become, we will be better off than what we may have thought.” Stephanie used the word “liberating” when talking about surrendering her will to God. We discussed the miracle of giving your will to the One who matters most and how surrendering will change your life. “God will not forsake me” was on repeat in Stephanie’s mind for months after her husband’s death and is how she ultimately got through the darkest days. Knowing Her Children’s Needs Stephanie also shares how prayer and relying on the spirit have helped her know the individual needs of her four children who lost their dad. She also talks about how she uses these same skills to help the four step children she is mothering since remarrying. Joy in the Middle of Hard Things Overall, Stephanie’s story illustrates well it is possible to have faith and trust, even during difficult challenges. Stephanie knows “Joy is possible, even in the midst of hard things.” God makes this possible.   Other Episodes Dealing with Grief Episode 2: Navigating Loss, Special Needs and Fostering as a Young Mom with Alie Jones Episode 5: Choosing Happiness in Motherhood Despite Grief and Tragedy with Maralyn Nava Episode 7: Turning to God Through Infertility, Adoption and Miscarriage with Kay West Episode 58: Why Gratitude for Little Things Will Make Your Life Better with Heather Herbert Follow Stephanie Instagram: @stephaniepiacitelli Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
June 19, 2019
I first interviewed Cheryl Cardall in episode 23 about overcoming weakness and using humor in motherhood. Cheryl is back and we are diving in to talk about what Cheryl has learned in 20 years of motherhood. You’ll also hear why Cheryl believes you should be the expert and advocate for your child. Cheryl talks about a recent moment when she realized she was doing better as a mom than she thought she was. She shares how motherhood refines us and makes us better. Cheryl believes you can do more than just survive in motherhood. You can thrive. We also have a discussion about why a mother’s worth isn’t determined by what her kids do. Cheryl has learned to be good with herself no matter what her kids do. “Their behavior has no reflection on me.” Cheryl also discusses her recent experiences learning how to be an expert and advocate for one of her children struggling with mental health issues. Recently, both Cheryl and her husband were prompted to get a dog for their family. She talks about how they trusted this prompting and how having a dog has been a huge blessing for their whole family. Her story illustrates so well that God cares about everything in our lives and why you can trust and act on the promptings you get. Cheryl has seen and felt God the most when she has felt she isn’t enough. She discusses how a common answer from God for her has been to “Love them through it.” “Motherhood is the perfect way to learn about the atonement. We are not enough on our own but when we use God and our Savior as our partner, somehow we are.”   Show Notes Here is the quote Cheryl shared by Dr. Christina Hibbert: “The fruit of motherhood isn’t how your kids turn out. It’s how you turn out.” See the Instagram post by @reflectionsofchrist about the parenting advice to repent fast and frequently I mentioned in the episode. (I think I said it was about forgiveness in the episode, but it’s about repentance.) This is the quote Cheryl shared by Janet Lansbury: “It can be really tough to remember how emotionally immature children are because they can be so impressively intelligent, capable, and aware. When they seem deliberately bratty or downright mean, we’ll need to remind ourselves: These are tiny people with incredibly low impulse control who are very easily overwhelmed. In the moment, it may feel like our kids are out to get us, but it is actually that their impulses have gotten the better of them.” Books Cheryl recommends: The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen Follow Cheryl Instagram: @supermamas4real Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
June 12, 2019
Heather Herbert is a wife and a mom to three children ages 19, 15 and 13. She has experienced the heartbreak of having a stillborn daughter. Heather has also had many other crises with her children. Through it all, Heather has learned life-changing lessons about how to get through difficult times. Listen to hear how Heather learned that practicing gratitude for little things can completely change your life. She also shares how prayer has helped her in moments of crisis to know the needs of her children. After using gratitude to help her heal from the loss of her daughter, Heather realized gratitude is a strategy that will work for anyone, no matter what loss, trial or struggle they are experiencing. As a result of her experience, Heather started The Sweet Me Project, a workbook to record gratitude, celebrate life and see the beauty, even in hard times. Heather and I also discuss the message I share over and over on this podcast. God can give us exactly what we need in the moment we need it. And He knows what our kids need too. He knows them better than we know them. Heather has learned to show her kids she isn’t perfect. As a result, she knows that humility has also enabled her to learn things from her children. Overall, Heather’s story offers hope that despite heartache, God is there. We can feel His promptings, peace and reassurance. We can have a beautiful partnership in motherhood with Him.   Show Notes Listen to other episodes dealing with the loss of a child: Episode 2: Navigating Loss, Special Needs and Fostering as a Young Mom with Alie Jones. Episode 5: Choosing Happiness in Motherhood Despite Grief and Tragedy with Maralyn Nava Episode 13: Overcoming Anger + Showing Faith When Your Motherhood Plan is Not God’s with Misty Trendler Follow Heather Instagram: @sweetmeproject Website: sweetmeproject.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
June 5, 2019
My guest today is Kristin Brown. After experiencing 5 years of infertility, Kristin and her husband were excited to welcome boy/girl twins to their home. Kristin and her best friend, Laura,  have a podcast called The Progress Project, a personal growth podcast with conversations on how to improve little by little, while giving ourselves plenty of grace. How Challenges Help Us In the interview, Kristin shares how she learned through the trial of infertility that challenges help us learn exactly what we need to learn. She talks about how she was able to find peace and contentment even before she became a mother. Purpose is More Than Roles Kristin discusses how she learned her purpose is not totally wrapped up in motherhood and that she has worth whether she is a mother or not. Writing, Visualization and Prayer You’ll hear why Kristin turned to writing as a form of prayer and a way to recognize themes in her life. Kristin talks about how writing has became personal scripture just for her and a conduit to God. Writing also led Kristin to visualization and she shares what she learned and how this practice has evolved for her. Finally, Kristin and I discussed how hearing how others communicate with God helps us to explore and find our own methods of communications. Confidence Through God Kristin knows God is her partner in motherhood. She has gained confidence to do what she needs to do as a mom because she knows He is walking beside her.   Show Notes For more about Kristin’s experiences with visualization, listen to episode 61 of Kristin’s podcast, The Progress Project. Listen to more episodes of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast about communication with God: Episode 6: Growing into Motherhood + Learning How God Speaks to You || Monica Packer Episode 14: How to Recognize God in Simple Ways + Battle Loneliness and Negative Thoughts || Michelle Garfield Episode 42: Seek a Relationship with God Episode 44: Use God as a Guide Follow Kristin Instagram: @kristinbrown Instagram: @jointheprogressproject Website: jointheprogressproject.com Podcast: The Progress Project Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 29, 2019
My guest in episode 56 is Heidi Tucker. Heidi is a wife, a mom to four adult children and a grandma to 9 grandchildren. She is the author of two books, Finding Hope in the Journey and Servie’s Song. Heidi is known as a great storyteller who believes every story not only teaches a gospel principle but can make you feel it. In the interview Heidi shares how she knew through a dream she needed to write a book even though she was going through one of the lowest times of her life. We discussed how you don’t have to be in an ideal time in your life to do His work. God can use you if you take a step and act. She shares how God answered a prayer through a total stranger she encountered on a hike who said just three words to her, “Go get ’em.” As a mom who has raised her children, Heidi discussed several perspectives and insights she has gained in motherhood. She talked why rescuing children at every turn erases the child’s growth, why lectures aren’t effective and how to pick your battles. Heidi also shared her perspective on how to deal with children who have struggles and questions about faith and God. She speaks to what she has personally done and learned in these situations and gives practical advice to other mothers struggling with children choosing a different path. At the end, Heidi shares how a swarm of butterflies taught her God is aware of her. Heidi has seen and felt Him as her partner as she has acted on the quiet thoughts He has given her.   Show Notes Follow Heidi Instagram: @heidi_tucker_ Facebook: Heidi Tucker Website: thepickledsunflower.com Heidi and I will both be speaking at the Moms Who Stick Together Conference coming up on August 16th and 17th in Mesa, Arizona. You can use the code “StickTogether” for $20 off your ticket. I would love to meet you there and I know Heidi would too! Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes  
May 22, 2019
I am happy to welcome Bergen Hyde to the podcast. Bergen is the co-founder and creative director of WOMB, which you’ll more about in the interview. Bergen is married and has 3 children. Her number one passion is women’s issues, especially within the context of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she loves helping other women claim their power. In the interview, Bergen shares three amazing lessons she has learned in motherhood. Lesson 1: I’m happier and more fulfilled when I am an agent in my own life. Bergen shares about how she came to know that motherhood was a choice she was making and how she realized she could choose something different. I loved her thoughts about how choosing from a whole place and with God’s guidance helps things work out. Lesson 2: I can engage the Lord in hard questions from a position of faith. If you are struggling or have ever struggled with questions about God, you will want to hear what Bergen has to say. She believes when we ask questions from a position of faith and find answers, we can help to make changes. She asks questions with the assumption she has heavenly parents who love her. Our discussion also addressed dealing with feelings of not receiving answers from God. Lesson 3: Christ is a champion of women. Bergen shared her own story of letting go of the darkness she felt inside. She talks about how she learned to feel the feelings and let them out but how she still did not feel whole. She shares her experience of filling the hole she felt inside by turning to Christ. No matter what wounds we have. No matter how dark. No matter how deep, Christ can heal them. … Christ is the only one who can fully heal those things for us. … His arms were always stretched out to me. Bergen Hyde Bergen’s story illustrates so well that learning to come to the Savior is a process. Her story gives hope to anyone who is struggling. This episode also emphasizes how sharing our stories helps us remember we are not alone and offers hope. Bergen encourages other women to create the conversations they wish were happening. Ultimately, Bergen shares how she knows the Savior “softens everything and sweetens everything and makes things holy.”   Show Notes Womb Sisters is holding a retreat on June 8th. You can go HERE to find the details. Bergen and I will both be speaking at the upcoming SALT Gathering in Salt Lake City on September 14th. You can get details and buy your ticket HERE. Use the code “Darla10” for $10 off. You can go HERE to listen to my interview with the creator of the SALT Gathering, Elise Curtis. Follow Bergen Instagram: @womb_sisters Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 15, 2019
Listen to episode 54 and hear about an experience I had recently in my life. I talk about how I learned more about the enabling power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. I also share how the Spirit taught me to give my burdens to the Savior. Thus the enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity. David A. Bednar   Show Notes Listen to the full talk by Elder David A. Bednar called, In the Strength of the Lord,a BYU Speech given October 23, 2001. You can go to Brooke Snow’s website for more info on her course, Christian Mediation, I mentioned in the episode. The scripture “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” can be found in Matthew 11:30. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 8, 2019
Today I’m welcoming Becky Proudfit to the podcast for episode 53. You may know her as one half of Becky squared where she cohosts the podcast Cultivate a Good Life with Becky Higgins. She is also a former Disney Princess, a wife and a mom to four, a lover of travel and a cancer survivor. In this episode you will hear Becky remind moms that motherhood is “not about you.” She shares why she thinks motherhood is not about her but about loving her children and giving them agency. Becky and I discuss not tying spiritual things to merely being obedient to parents. Rather, Becky believes in teaching children to obey out of love for Heavenly Father and the Savior. We also talk about teaching children spiritual self-sufficiency so they can rely on the Savior as a perfect friend. Becky frequently uses opposites, also a pattern found in the scriptures, to teach her children. She doesn’t shy away from talking about Satan and his counterfeits. She views times when Satan is working on you as evidence that you are doing something right. Becky gives advice to moms whose children have used their agency to choose different paths. She also shares an easy and practical way any mom can know how God feels about her and recognize how He is showing up in her life. Show Notes This is the quote by President Russell M. Nelson Becky referenced about spiritual survival. “In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.” Go HERE to read Elder Uctdorf’s talk, A Matter of a Few Degrees Follow Becky Instagram: @beckyproudfit Podcast: Cultivate a Good Life Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 1, 2019
My guest for episode 52 is Chantel Allen. Chantel is a mom, a wife and also a certified life coach. She is passionate about offering encouragement, to others through her coaching and podcast, Find Your Beautiful You. Through her training and personal experiences, Chantel has learned the true definition of success in motherhood. Listen to hear Chantel’s insights on how you can benefit from changing your thoughts. She gives a great exercise you can use to figure out what is going on inside your brain. Chantel talks about the lessons she learned from experiencing unexplained seizures as well as having a son dealing with anxiety. Her story illustrates so well how God is aware of us. Chantel’s experiences show how God weaves our experiences together for our good. Finally, you’ll hear how to really define success in motherhood. Guess what? Success has nothing to do with your kids. Chantel shares how she has learned to show up in motherhood as her best self as well as not tie her worth to her kids’ behavior.   Show Notes Find out more about Jody Moore. Get a free thought download worksheet to help you do a thought download, and then answer questions on the thought download to help you evaluate your thoughts.  Hear Chantel talk more about thought downloads and the “Marie Kondo Effect” on episode 11 of her podcast, Find Your Beautiful You. Here more Spiritually Minded Mom episodes that discuss thoughts. Episode 14: How to How to Recognize God in Simple Ways + Battle Loneliness and Negative Thoughts || Michelle Garfield Episode 37: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk Episode 47: Finding Beauty in the Hard of Motherhood || Melinda Peterson Follow Chantel Instagram: instagram.com/chantel_findyourbeautifulyou Podcast: Find Your Beautiful You Website: findyourbeautifulyou.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
April 24, 2019
My guest for episode 51 is Jamie Hutchings. Jamie is a wife and mom to three. She is a motivational speaker who frequently shares her story of beating childhood cancer, overcoming survivor’s guilt and dealing with mental health issues, including PTSD and multiple suicide attempts. In the interview, Jamie shares what she learned from her experiences going through cancer as a young child. She beat cancer but faced mental health struggles in the years following her cure. At age 17, Jamie nearly took her own life. She talks about that experience and what kept her from following through with her suicide intentions. We discuss how parents can stay close to their children and recognize warning signs of depression. The second half of the interview is focused on suicide. I didn’t plan for this topic to be a main focus of this episode. However, I felt the Spirit both during the interview and after as I edited the audio. I know the discussion Jamie and I have is a message that is supposed to be shared. I am not an expert or a professional. I have been touched by suicide in my extended family, but I am the first to admit that I don’t know or understand all that those affected feel. As I share in this episode, I only know and have faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ. He knows all and is the One who can heal. I hope you feel hope as you listen to Jamie’s story and our discussion about topics that are not always easy to discuss. Jamie’s honesty and faith are inspiring.   Show Notes Jamie mentioned a painting of the Savior reaching out called The Hand of God by Yongsung Kim. You can go HERE to see the painting. Follow Jamie Instagram: instagram.com/survivingthebubble/ Website: survivingthebubble.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
April 17, 2019
Episode 50! I can’t believe I am even typing that and I am so honored to share my interview with Rachel Nielson for this milestone episode. Rachel is married to Ryan and they have two children, Noah, who is adopted and Sally, who was conceived through IVF. If you’re not familiar with Rachel, you will immediately see she is both down to earth and relatable. She is also the host of  The 3in30 Podcast for moms. She interviews guests on a variety of motherhood topics and shares 3 doable takeaways every week. When I edit an interview, I generally jot down notes as I edit and look for themes of the interview. I looked at the notes I took for Rachel’s interview and realized I had found three main themes. As a nod to Rachel’s amazing podcast, here are three doable takeaways I found from this interview. Number 1: “Just because God prompts you to continue with something, does not mean it is going to work out the way you want it to.” Number 2: Whom the Lord calls, he qualifies. Number 3: All things work together for good to them that love God. (Romans 8:28) Rachel’s motherhood story illustrates beautifully both the joys and sorrows of motherhood. More importantly, Rachel’s journey teaches how trusting in God’s timing can bring us way more than we ever imagined. Show Notes Follow Rachel Instagram: instagram.com/3in30podcast/ Website: 3in30podcast.com Podcast: 3in30podcast.com/episodes/ Read more about the parable of the currant bush Rachel referenced. The scripture Rachel referenced about all things working together for good for those who love God can be found in Romans 8:28. Read Rachel’s own words about her experiences in adoption by going HEREand HERE. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
April 10, 2019
Today I’m sharing an interview with best-selling authors, Richard and Linda Eyre. The Eyre’s have been married for almost 50 years and have raised 9 children. They have authored numerous books and spoken around the world to very diverse groups about families and parenting as well as balancing work and family with personal needs. Although they are seen as parenting experts, the Eyre’s were quick to point out in the interview they do not have a perfect family. Both Richard and Linda shared how they work hard to make family and communication a top priority. You’ll hear the Eyre’s answer to my personal question about how they keep their large family connected. They shared many great ideas including having a monthly family testimony meeting. They talked about how spiritual things can bind families together. In preparation for this interview, I read Richard’s newest book, The Happiness Paradox. The paradox Richard writes about is pursuing things we think will make us happy but which are actually making us unhappy. Both Richard and Linda discuss three false concepts that are “joy thieves” and how they relate to parenting. Richard believes you can’t shun a bad habit. His philosophy is you have to find a replacement for a habit you want to change. So, the second half of his book shares three “joy rescuers” you can use in your life to replace the “joy thieves.” The interview is a great discussion of both the thieves and rescuers of joy. Both Linda and Richard share how all the concepts apply to motherhood, our relationship with God and the atonement of Jesus Christ. At the end, I asked the Eyre’s my usual final question about how they have seen and felt God as a partner in parenthood. They both gave answers that  gave me new insights on my relationship with both my children and my heavenly parents. You’ll will want to listen to the end to hear this. Show Notes Book Discount I loved the book, The Happiness Paradox, and found so many great truths to help me in motherhood and life. If you want to dive deeper into the concepts the Eyre’s discussed in this episode, I highly recommend reading the book. (And no one is paying me to say this!) And, you can purchase the book (plus others the Eyre’s have written) for 50% off plus free shipping by going HERE and entering “TrendlerFriend” as the access code.  Follow the Eyres Instagram: instagram.com/richardlindaeyre/ Website: valuesparenting.com Books: familius.com/eyre-special Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
April 3, 2019
My guest today is Brittany Frank. Brittany is a wife to her husband, Trevor, and mom to a cute one-year-old little boy. When Brittany was a junior in college and competing as a track and cross country athlete, she was involved in a rappelling accident that left her with a spinal cord injury. In the interview, Brittany shares about her accident and how she dealt with her recovery. She explains how she felt so much hope from God from the very beginning. She also shares how she dealt with the difficult periods when the reality of her injury and the lifelong consequences started to sink in. She shared a beautiful scripture found in John 14:18: I will not leave you comfortless. Brittany explains that although she felt alone at times, she knows that feeling was necessary for her to understand the atonement of Jesus Christ and begin to heal. Before having her son, Brittany didn’t know exactly how she would care for him but has learned through trial and error. Brittany talks about the practical ways she has had to modify everyday tasks in motherhood and how she makes it all work. She had a hard time finding resources on mothering with a spinal cord injury and now actively shares her experiences on her instagram account hoping to inspire and help others. “Being present is being productive” is Brittany’s motherhood philosophy and she shares what this means for her and how she implements it in her life as a mother. Brittany talks about a beautiful message she hopes to share with her son as he grows up. Overall, she has amazing faith and trust in following the promptings God gives her, even when they don’t make sense in a worldly view.   Show Notes Follow Brittany Instagram: @brittanyanne278 Website: brittanyannefisher.blogspot.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
March 27, 2019
My guest for episode 47 is Melinda Peterson. In the interview, Melinda shares how she has been able to find beauty in the hard parts of motherhood. We talk about how God gave her a “sixth sense” to help her child who struggled with speech and why that is a gift every mom can have. Melinda is candid about her recent experiences dealing with postpartum depression. She tells how in her darkest moments she was able to “follow the breadcrumbs” God placed before her. Listen to hear how Melinda relates “breadcrumbs” to action and relying on the Savior. We talk about hope and how to get through dark times when you aren’t sure where the light is. You’ll hear Melinda’s thoughts on accepting your whole self, even your imperfections. She gives a beautiful definition of the word “beloved” and how that relates to our relationship with the Savior and His atonement. Overall, I use three words to sum up this interview with Melinda–beauty, love and light. She shares her gift of faith in a hopeful way that will help you recognize God in your own life.   Show Notes Listen to other episodes about dealing with depression SMM 010: Being Open About Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don’t Know If God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward SMM 015: Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis SMM 021: Chasing Your Dreams + Turning to God in Post-Partum Depression || Amanda Anderson SMM 037: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk Follow Melinda Instagram: @melindajoywrites Instagram: @storyworldkids Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: @spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
March 20, 2019
  Episode 46 is the fifth and final episode in a 5-episode series on becoming more spiritually minded. The purpose of the series is to help you figure out how God speaks to you as well as learn how you receive personal revelation. Today’s topic is: Record Thoughts from God. If you listened to episodes 42, 43, 44, and 45 you know that each week of this series has a free printable. The episodes are focused on a portion of a quote from President Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference. The talk is called Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Here is the part of that talk we are focusing on this week: Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings. The printable for this week's episode will give you the chance to ponder on how you have seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood. The act section of the printable is an invitation to you to start recording spiritual thoughts, impressions, feelings and tender mercies from God. The printable also includes journal templates to help you get started. There are three different templates but they are basically all the same. You can pick the one you like the best. There is also a blog post I wrote that you can read about the benefits of journal writing for moms. The post also goes into detail about how to use the journal templates. The blog post is called "Want to be a Better Mom? Write in Your Journal." In this episode, I shared five blessings you can receive from recording thoughts from God: Preserve the integrity of the message. Preserve the feelings of the moment. Plant spiritual seeds. Facilitate future sharing. Enhance future revelation. I took these topics from an article written by Tad Callister from a Church News article from October 24, 2017 called Record Spiritual Insights to Receive More Revelation in Your Life. I hope you have enjoyed this five-part series. Hopefully, something you have heard or written onthe printables has helped you come closer to God.   Show Notes Download the printables for each episode HERE. Find part 1: Seek a Relationship with God HERE. Find part 2: Build Spiritual Reserves HERE. Find part 3: Use God as a Guide HERE. Find part 4: Act on Promptings Felt from God HERE. To read more about Alma's experiences writing instructions from God so he "might have them" read Mosiah 26. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
March 13, 2019
Episode 45 is the fourth episode in a 5-episode series on becoming more spiritually minded. The purpose of the series is to help you figure out how God speaks to you as well as learn how you receive personal revelation. Today’s topic is: Act on promptings felt from God. If you listened to episodes 42, 43, and 44 you know that each week of this series has a free printable. The episodes are focused on a portion of a quote from President Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference. The talk is called Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Here is the part of that talk we are focusing on this week: …follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. The printable for this week’s episode will give you the chance to ponder and think about situations and times when you have felt prompted and how you acted on the promptings. The “Act” section of the printable will help you review the ways you have acted on the topics from the previous three weeks: Seek a Relationship with God Build Spiritual Reserves Use God as a Guide In this episode, I share some examples about how acting has helped me spiritually throughout my life. You’ll hear how acting gives you power whereas not acting creates doubt. I shared this quote by Michelle Gifford of The Women With Fire Podcast Heavenly Father can’t move an object that is standing still. I also talked about how sometimes we know “what” God is prompting us to do but we don’t know “why.” Listen to hear why this is totally OK and how we can still act and receive blessings from God even if we don’t know the “why” of a prompting. Show Notes Download the printables for each episode HERE. You can find part 1: Seek a Relationship with God HERE. You can find part 2: Build Spiritual Reserves HERE. You can find part 3: Use God as a Guide HERE. Listen to the full episode about how acting helped my family change our financial situation in episode 34: Why I am Grateful for the Hardest Time in my Life. Listen to The Women With Fire episode 52: The Quester: Part 3 of the Quest Series, for more about the quote by Michelle Gifford mentioned above. Listen to The Women With Fire interview with Lizzy Jensen where she shares how to “Act on the ‘what,’ even if you don’t know the ‘why.'” The scripture I shared about Nephi acting on the “what” when he didn’t know the “why” can be found in 1 Nephi 9:5-6. Read the entire talk with the quote I read from Elder David A. Bednar called The Spirit of Revelation. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
March 6, 2019
Episode 44 continues the 5-episode series on becoming more spiritually minded. The purpose of the series is to help you figure out how God speaks to you as well as learn how you receive personal revelation. Today’s topic is: Use God as a Guide. If you listened to episodes 42 and 43, you know that each week of this series has a free printable. The episodes are focused on a portion of a quote from President Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference. The talk is called Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Here is the part of that talk we are focusing on this week: Does God really want to speak to you? Yes! The printable for this week’s episode is a worksheet that will help you recognize different ways God speaks to you. There are 28 different ways you might feel the spirit listed on the sheet. Each way has scriptures you can look up. After reading the scriptures, you can ponder and write how you have felt God guiding you in this way. It’s OK if you leave some of the boxes blank. You are an individual and God communicates with you in your own unique way. You may not feel God in all 28 ways listed and that is totally OK. In the episode, I share some of my experiences and how I have learned to use God as a guide in my life. I also share experiences of two previous podcast guests. You’ll hear a short clip of episode 10 with Ally Hayward and another clip of episode 14 with Michelle Garfield. I hope the exercise on the printable and hearing other people’s experiences on the podcast will give you hope and help you realize you can figure out for yourself how God speaks to you. This is the quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley that I included on the printable and also read at the end of the episode. That’s the test, when all is said and done. Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God. … If it invites to do good, it is of God. If it inviteth to do evil, it is of the devil. … And if you are doing the right thing and if you are living the right way, you will know in your heart what the Spirit is saying to you. You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit—that which enlighteneth, that which buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is of the Spirit of God.  If you ever feel enlightened, built up, positive, uplifted or led to do better, you are feeling the spirit. I hope this week’s episode and the printable will help you come to know that more fully in your life.   Show Notes Download the printables for each episode HERE. You can find part 1: Seek a Relationship with God HERE. You can find part 2: Build Spiritual Reserves HERE. Listen to the full episode of my interview with Ally Hayward, episode 10, HERE. Hear the full episode of my interview with Michelle Garfield, episode 14, HERE. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
February 27, 2019
Episode 43 continues the 5-episode series on becoming more spiritually minded. The purpose of the series is to help you figure out how God speaks to you as well as learn how you receive personal revelation. Today’s topic is: build spiritual reserves. If you listened to last week’s episode, you know that each week of this series has a free printable. The episodes are focused on a portion of a quote from President Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference. The talk is called Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Here is the part of that talk we are focusing on this week: As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will ‘grow into the principle of revelation.’   Examples from the Scriptures In the episode, you’ll hear two examples from the scriptures about building spiritual reserves. The first is from Matthew 25 where Christ tells the parable of the ten virgins. The second example comes from Alma 2. I share how the Nephites were able to build spiritual reserves and use them in times of crisis and hardship. Examples from Podcast Guests You’ll also hear how spiritual reserves helped a previous guest from episode 5, Maralyn Nava, cope with the deaths of two of her children. Another topic I dive into is finding time to build spiritual reserves into your life. You’ll hear a clip from episode 16 with Courtney Casper. She shares how she has been able to maintain the spiritual habit of scriptures study. Get the Free Printable As with all the episodes in this series, there’s a printable you can download. The printable will help you think about how you can personally build spiritual reserves. The printable includes a section with things to ponder as well as an invitation to act. I believe acting is an important part of spiritual growth. It’s great to hear these ideas on a podcast and to even think, “Yes, I am going to do it.” But if you don’t act, it probably won’t happen. This week’s printable also has a quote that I love from President Henry B. Eyring. He said: Decisions now to exercise faith and be steady in obedience will in time produce great faith and assurance. That is the spiritual preparedness we all will need. And it will qualify us in the moments of crisis to receive the Lord’s promise that ‘if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.  I hope this episode and the printable will help you think about how you can build spiritual reserves. Spiritual habits will help you have faith, a testimony and a relationship with God. Spiritual reserves will help you in a moment of crisis.   Show Notes Download the printables for each episode HERE. You can find part 1: Seek a Relationship with God HERE. Hear episode 6 with Maralyn Nava HERE. Listen to the entire episode 16 with Courtney Casper HERE. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
February 20, 2019
Today is the first in a five-week series of podcast episodes I will be doing. Each episode will be centered around a different way you can become more spiritually minded. Today’s episode gives you an introduction to the series. I also dive in to the first topic: seek a relationship with God. Have You Asked These Questions? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you will want to listen to this 5 episode series: How does God communicate with me? How do I build a closer relationship with God? How do I know when I’m being led by the spirit? What if I’m doing everything I can and I still don’t feel God in my life? Get the Free Printable Each episode has a printable to help you to ponder and act on the weekly topic. You can download the printable HERE. The download is one document that includes all the printables for the 5 weeks. Five Ways to Become More Spiritually Minded Here are the topics we will be covering along with the episode number and date: Episode 42: Seek a Relationship with God – 02/20/19 Episode 43: Build Spiritual Reserves – 02/27/19 Episode 44: Use God as a Guide – 03/06/19 Episode 45: Act on Promptings Felt from God – 03/13/19 Episode 46: Record Thoughts from God – 03/20/19 Each of the topics is based on a portion of this quote from President Russell M. Nelson’s talk in April 2018, Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will grow into the principle of revelation. Does God really want to speak to you? Yes! Seek a Relationship with God Today’s topic is seek a relationship with God and this is the part of the quote by President Nelson I am emphasizing today: Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! You’ll hear my experiences with learning to listen to God, a short clip from a previous guest, Brooke Snow, sharing how she has learned to reimagine prayer and my thoughts on writing prayers as a way to communicate more fully with God. I hope you will follow along for this five episode series. Overall, I hope you will learn how God speaks to you and how you can have a deeper relationship with Him.   Show Notes Download the printables for each episode by going HERE. Listen to the entire interview with Brooke Snow in episode 32 HERE. If you’ve been listening for awhile, you may remember I did a challenge similar to this five-week podcast series last summer. To hear an episode about the challenge, listen to episode 12 HERE. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
February 13, 2019
Welcome to episode 41 of the podcast. I am so excited to be sharing my interview with Michelle Gifford. You may know her as one half of the duo from the Women With Fire podcast. She is also an entrepreneur with many businesses. In addition, Michelle is a mom to 5 kids ages 3-12 and the wife to her handsome husband. We talk about her experiences with motherhood and she shares the process she has gone through to learn how God speaks to her. Michelle shares what a “quest” is and how to figure out what God is calling you to do. I love Michelle’s thoughts on personal revelation. She frequently says, “Only you can receive personal revelation for your motherhood.” It blew my mind the first time I heard her say this and it did again when she said it in this interview. We discussed how everyone must figure out for themselves how God guides and directs them personally. I also shared the overwhelming prompting I feel every time I pray and ask God what the listeners of this podcast need to hear. Listen to the end to hear what that is. Because of the prompting I mentioned in the episode, I am announcing a 5-week series about how to become more spiritually minded starting next week with episode 42. I will be sharing a link to download a printable for each episode topic that will help you to ponder and act on ways you can come to know how God speaks to you. Here are the topics and episode numbers: Episode 42: Seek a Relationship With God (2/20/19) Episode 43: Build Spiritual Reserves (2/27/19) Episode 44: Use God as a Guide (3/6/19) Episode 45: Act on Promptings Felt from God (3/13/19) Episode 46: Record Thoughts from God (3/20/19) If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember I did a 5-day challenge last summer called “Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom.” This new series is based on that challenge. I am expanding it to 5 weeks instead of 5 days, taking out the “mom” part so anyone (like the men in your life or older children) can do it and putting out an episode focused on each topic. I will go back to the interview style of this podcast after the 5-week series. I hope using the printable and listening will help you to know more fully how God is there for you in your life.   Show Notes Follow Michelle Instagram: instagram.com/iammichellegifford Website: iammichellegifford.com Instagram: instagram.com/thewomenwithfire Website: thewomenwithfire.com Facebook: facebook.com/thewomenwithfire Michelle mentioned a video called Wrong Roads about how God helps us make decisions. Go here to see it. To learn more about “questing” start by listening to episode 48 of The Women With Fire Podcast. Sarah and Michelle have over 20 episodes about “questing.” After you listen to episode 48, listen to additional episodes by looking for episodes with “quest” in the title. The interviews they do are also really great, so just listen to it all!!! Go here to read President Nelson’s talk: Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives from April 2018 Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
February 6, 2019
Episode 40 is an episode where listeners called in to share their insights about how they are using the Come Follow Me curriculum in their homes. The women who called in all share different approaches to using the new curriculum. Ultimately, they all emphasize how simple and consistent gospel teaching is blessing their families. Do What Works For Your Family I love how each person’s response was a little different but all had the same overarching theme of the blessings of teaching their families the gospel. They all are following the promptings they have received and are doing what works for their family. I hope hearing what others are doing and how they are implementing Come Follow Me will not cause you to compare. Hopefully, this episode will inspire you to listen to the Holy Ghost and then do what you feel prompted to do for your family. Seek The Holy Ghost as a Guide I love this quote found on the first page of the Come Follow Me manual for individuals and families: “…in our efforts to live, learn, and teach the gospel, we should first and foremost seek the companionship of the Spirit. This goal should govern our choices and guide our thoughts and actions. We should seek after whatever invites the influence of the Spirit and reject whatever drives that influence away–for we know that if we can be worthy of the presence of the Holy Ghost, we can also be worthy to live in the presence of Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ.” Conversion is our goal and the way to do that is to use the Holy Ghost as a guide. If you feel an impression to present a lesson or teach something a certain way, do it. Even if it’s not what someone else is doing. Simplicity The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. One person who commented on my post on Instagram about Come Follow Me pointed out the phrase in the hymn Come Follow Me: “Come follow me, a simple phrase.” I love that. Keep it simple and let the Spirit guide you. Consistency Consistency is a key element of teaching in the home. In the episode, I referenced a talk by Elder David A Bednar from October 2009 called More Diligent and Concerned at Home. In this talk Elder Bednar shared the struggles his own family faced to hold family prayer, family home evening and scripture study. I love what he said about consistency: Sister Bednar and I thought helping our sons understand the content of a particular lesson or a specific scripture was the ultimate outcome. But such a result does not occur each time we study or pray or learn together. The consistency of our intent and work was perhaps the greatest lesson—a lesson we did not fully appreciate at the time. Listener Insights Here’s a recap of what the four listeners said: Sophie Increased comprehension Repetition and repeating things Use Christian resources Use Bible videos and other lesson helps on lds.org Slow down and get to the heart Heather Find a time that works for your family Less actual scripture reading and more discussion about what was read Let children talk the most Come Follow Me is about connection Likening what we learn to ourselves Teenagers will open up Robin Uses a bookmark she makes to break up the weekly, personal study For older children: shares what she is learning during the week in her personal study by emailing talks and articles For younger children: uses the primary manual Not adding or supplementing except through church sources Ashley Keep it simple with coloring, walks, etc. Talk as a family Ask questions Have a conversation at children’s level of understanding Pray specifically for the blessings promised by President Russell M. Nelson in this quote: “The new home-centered, Church-supported integrated curriculum has the potential to unleash the power of families, as each family follows through conscientiously and carefully to transform their home into a sanctuary of faith. I promise that as you diligently work to remodel your home into a center of gospel learning, over time your Sabbath days will truly be a delight. Your children will be excited to learn and to live the Savior’s teachings, and the influence of the adversary in your life and in your home will decrease. Changes in your family will be dramatic and sustaining.”     Show Notes Conference talks about Simple + Consistent Gospel Teaching Elder David A. Bednar’s talk More Diligent and Concern at Home President Russel M. Nelson’s Talk Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints Elder Steven R. Bangerter’s Talk Laying the Foundation of a Great Work Elder Dieter F. Utchtdorf’s talk It Works Wonderfully! Spiritually Minded Mom Instagram post about Come Follow Me #keepcomefollowmesimple Other Episodes with Listener Insights SMM 031: How Have YOU Seen + Felt God as Your Partner in Motherhood? SMM 036: End of Season 1 + Share How Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast Has Helped You Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
January 30, 2019
On this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast, I interview a fellow podcaster. Her name is Chanelle Neilson and her podcast is Moms Who Know. We talk about how she has simplified motherhood. Chanelle’s story includes struggles with body image, and she share how God helped her see her body as a gift. Simplifying Motherhood Chanelle shares her parenting philosophy of letting her kids dictate their own play and creativity. In addition, she talks about her simplified approach to mothering. At one point, Chanelle felt overly stressed as a mom. She discusses how having a morning routine really changed her outlook. This small change helped Chanelle stay more calm throughout the day. Seeing Your Body as a Gift Chanelle shares her personal struggles with body image and unhealthy eating habits. After years of struggling, she tells about the eye opening moment that helped her put body image struggles behind her.  She gives some great advice for anyone who is currently struggling with any long-term issue. Show Notes Follow Chanelle Instagram: instagram.com/momswhoknowpodcast Facebook: facebook.com/momswhoknowpodcast Website: momswhoknowpodcast.com Podcast: Moms Who Know Podcast Go here to learn more about Chanelle’s courses for morning routines, body transformation and more. Chanelle mentioned the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne Hear another perspective on body image: Spiritually Minded Mom Episode 30: Choosing Happiness + Embracing that Your Best is Enough in Motherhood || Becca Jackson Follow Spiritually Minded Mom  Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes  
January 23, 2019
God's Plan for Motherhood Today I am sharing my interview with my friend, Ashley Williams. She has an inspiring motherhood story involving fertility issues and a rare medical condition. Ashley's interview also highlights her choices about balancing her talents and passions with motherhood. Through everything, Ashley has had faith and trust in God's plan for motherhood. Trusting God's Timing Ashley shares about the struggles and the years she and her husband spent trying to become parents. Though it was a difficult time, she looks back and sees how God was guiding them. She now sees how the timing was perfect, even if she didn't understand it all at the time. Receiving Guidance A big part of Ashley's story is her career as a professional oboist. She talks about how she got started on the path and how she got to the pinnacle of her professional life. After having her first daughter, Ashley continued to pursue her musical career. She started to wonder how she would balance it all. She gives her insights on how God guided her in an unexpected way through a rare medical condition she developed. Ashley knows God has directed her path. He guided her in treating her medical condition, making career decisions and ultimately, knowing how to focus on motherhood. As a result, Ashley knows she is never alone in motherhood. Show Notes Follow Ashley Ashley is a talented cake decorator and I can attest to the deliciousness of her cakes! Check out her Instagram account. Instagram: www.instagram.com/inlovewithdessert/ Other Episodes about Infertility SMM 007:Turning to God Through Infertility, Adoption and Miscarriage || Kay West SMM 017:Life as a Military Family + Appreciating Motherhood After Infertility + Trusting God’s Timing || Noralee Jones SMM 019:Connection Through Trials + The Power of Vulnerability to Bring Women Together || Danelle Beckstrand Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
January 16, 2019
Create Thoughts In this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast I interview Lisa Funk.  You may know Lisa from her business and Instagram account, Hand Lettered Design.  Lisa's business focuses on hand lettering as well as creativity. She also shares about mindfulness.  Lisa has learned to change her expectations and create thoughts to love herself and her children better. Loving and Teaching In the interview, you'll hear Lisa talk about steering away from trying to control your child and instead, loving and teaching them.  She compares this to God and how he does not control us and instead loves and teaches us, and then gives us agency. (See the show notes below for a video of Lisa discussing loving and teaching.) Sharing About Mental Health Lisa also talks about her struggles with depression and anxiety.  She discusses how changing her thoughts and expectations has not only helped her overcome these things but also helped her in her journey through motherhood. She goes into detail about her hand-lettering business which came at a time when she needed hope while going through challenges. Lisa also shares why she's so open about her mental health struggles. Lisa is a light.  I know you will love her positivity and faith as you listen to her motherhood story. Show Notes Follow Lisa Instagram: www.instagram.com/handlettereddesign/ Website: handlettereddesign.com Go HEREto watch a short video of Lisa sharing about loving and teaching your children. It's short and you will love it!   Other Episodes about Mental Health Episode 10:Being Open about Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don't Know if God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward Episode 21:Chasing Your Dreams + Turning to God in Post-Partum Depression || Amanda Anderson Other Episodes about Creating Thoughts Episode 14:How to Recognize God in Simple Ways + Battle Loneliness and Negative Thoughts || Michelle Garfield Episode 15:Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
December 20, 2018
When I nervously hit publish on episode 1 back in March, I had no idea how much sharing these interviews would bless my life. Producing this podcast has helped me improve as a mother and strengthen my relationship with God. I am so grateful for the connections I have gained with you, the listener. The new relationships have been a huge blessing to me. End of Season 1 Episode 36 is the end of season 1. Thank you so much for all of your support of the podcast. I will be back in January with season 2. I've already got episodes recorded that I am so excited to share with you. From the beginning, I have wanted to do this podcast in God's way. I have felt a prompting for many weeks to "be still." Taking a break from putting out new episodes is one way I feel I can heed this prompting. I am excited to take some time to regroup and figure out more fully what God wants for season 2 of the podcast. I'm looking forward to coming back refreshed with new perspectives. Hear How the Podcast Has Helped Listeners For this episode, I asked several listeners to share something they have learned listening to the podcast. I am so grateful for Alexis, Megan, Liz and Kimmy, who called in to share their insights. It filled me up to hear what the podcast has meant to them. I hope their words will also help you to reflect on what the guests on the show in season 1 have taught you. Fill Out the Listener Survey During the break, I would love to hear from you. Therefore, I created a listener surveyyou can fill out to give me your thoughts and insights on the podcast. You can find the survey here. It's a Google form that will only take you a few minutes to fill out. If you want to provide your email address at the end of the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to Amazon. What to do Before Season 2 Starts During the break between seasons, I hope you will go back and listen to episodes you missed or share episodes that resonated with you with a friend. If you listen on Apple Podcasts you can also leave a review, which helps more moms find the podcast and learn how God is a partner in motherhood. If you aren't sure how to leave a review, you can find directions in the highlights on my instagram account @spirituallymindedmom. Thank you so much for listening. See you soon for season 2!  Show Notes Take the listener survey. The episode Kimmy referenced with Alie Jones is Episode 2: Navigating Loss, Special Needs and Fostering as a Young Mom. Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
December 12, 2018
On today's episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast I interview Elizabeth Frazier, a wife, mother, sex trafficking victim and survivor and creator of Hero Bands. Sex Trafficking Victim to Mother and Advocate Elizabeth's story starts with an extremely difficult childhood where she was sexually trafficked by family members starting at the age of four. In the interview, we talk about Elizabeth's upbringing  that seemed "charmed" on the outside but was really anything but normal. Despite her traumatic childhood being a sex trafficking victim, Elizabeth became the mother of a beautiful family of 5 children. She is also an advocate for others who have been exploited and abused. Overcoming Trauma Elizabeth talks about the tipping point where she started to realize the disturbing truth about her childhood.  She shares some of the experiences with her trials, the self-harm she endured and how she started to deal with the trauma of her past.  Although she didn't see it at the time, Elizabeth knows God was aware of her. Looking back, she can see His had helping her during her difficult childhood. Ultimately, Elizabeth has created a much different life for her children than what she experienced. She readily admits that she still has hard times. Elizabeth shares how she acknowledges those feelings and then seeks to keep moving forward.  She also shares why she models kindness to herself to her children. Inspiration for Hero Bands She concludes with sharing how her healing led her to start her company, Hero Bands. Elizabeth makes and sells leather bracelets with an inspirational word stamped in metal. In the interview, you'll hear why starting Hero Bands was so important to her. Elizabeth donates $2 of every product sold at Hero Bands to Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that rescues children from sex trafficking. In addition, she also allows customers to purchase one of her bands for a rescued child. She hopes the bands let survivors know someone cares about them. Elizabeth's story is a beautiful example of God making "beauty for ashes." (Isaiah 61:3) How to Listen Listen to the podcast below or on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcheror Sound Cloud  If you like the show, please subscribe and leave a review.   Show Notes Follow Elizabeth Frazier Instagram: instagram.com/hero_bands/ Website: herobands.com To donate a Hero Band to a child rescued from sex trafficking, go HERE. To learn more about Operation Underground Railroad, go HERE. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
December 5, 2018
Over the past several weeks, I have felt prompted over and over to share more of my own story of growing closer to God and learning how to rely on Him. What I am sharing in this episode is the hardest time I have experienced in my life. It revolves around a lengthy trial that went on for years and hasn't totally ended. Share Your Story I always hesitate to share about hardships I have experienced. I know so many who have gone through so much more than I have. However, as I learned from Danelle Beckstrand in episode 19 of the podcast: "Pain is pain and hurt is hurt," and "Humanity is connected through trial." I am learning there is power in being vulnerable and sharing our story and ultimately, part of ourselves. My trials are not the same as yours, however sharing what we learned and how we were blessed during our hardest times allows us to help each other. Lessons Learned In the episode, I share some of the lessons I learned during this difficult time including: How God is aware of me and my family in big and little things. "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting." (Stephen R. Covey) Why I have to act for the Lord to help me. Turning my trials over to God and not relying solely on myself is possible. Trial Helps Us Grow After I recorded this episode, I found this quote by Orson F. Whitney, an early apostle of the church, that describes what I have experienced. “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.” I don't know completely why I have felt prompted to share this. It's probably more for me than anyone else. However, I hope you will find something from this episode that will help . If anything, I hope you will be able to reflect on the the lessons you have learned as well as the blessings you have received from the hardest time in your life.   Show Notes At the end of the episode I mentioned the workbook you can download called Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom. Get access to the workbook by clicking HERE. You can also listen to Episode 12to hear more about the challenge. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes    
November 28, 2018
Has motherhood been anything but natural for you? How do you mother multiple children who are all so different? Does God really speak to you as an individual? Why isn't your spiritual journey the same as someone else's? If these are questions you have asked yourself, you are not alone. Today I am airing a replay of an interview I did with Monica Packer of the podcast and website About Progress. In this interview we dive in to how Monica has sought to answer all of these questions and more for herself. When I decided to replay an episode, I instantly knew it should be this one with Monica. I originally aired this interview as my 6th episode. I was still new and not only learning how to podcast but also what the purpose of my podcast should be. Talking to Monica opened my eyes to a new perspective about how God communicates. Before, I thought I knew because I knew how he communicated with me, but after talking to Monica I realized I only knew my way of communicating with deity. I realized there are many ways God speaks to us because we are all individuals. This interview led me to think deeply about how a relationship with God is not "one size fits all." Talking to Monica helped me take a new approach. I didn't need to give mothers a "formula" or  "how to" on recognizing and developing a relationship with God. I only needed to encourage them to figure out for themselves how He communicates with them.   Show Notes Follow Monica Blog: aboutprogress.com Instagram: Instagram.com/aboutprogress Podcast: About Progress on iTunes The scripture Monica mentioned in the episodes is found in Doctrine and Covenants 121:1. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
November 21, 2018
Cami DeWitt, my guest for episode 33, has an interesting and powerful perspective on motherhood because she is not a mother herself. Cami has never been married and has no children of her own, however you will relate to the things she shares. "Hi, I'm Cami and I am light, love and happiness. I bring value everywhere I go." This is how Cami introduces herself. What is not to love about a person who believes these words?! When Cami was 16, she had her whole life planned out. Many of those goals and dreams haven't happened the way Cami hoped, but she is real and vulnerable about the disappointments she has experienced. Cami shares how she changed her perspective and has found peace with the path her life has taken. She knows being a "mother" can come in many different forms. As a life coach, Cami specializes in helping parents. Cami relates the things she has learned from the mothers she's coached. Cami's approach in coaching is to help mothers learn who they are truly meant to be. Ultimately, Cami knows that God loves her. Because she looks for Him, she sees Him in all the things she is doing to "mother."   Show Notes Follow Cami Instagram: instagram.com/coachingwithcamid/ Website: trueselfnow.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes    
November 14, 2018
If you've ever wanted to go deeper in your relationship with God, today's episode is for you. In this episode of The Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast, I interview Brooke Snow. Brooke teaches others how to apply spirituality to everyday life. Personally, Brooke views daily repentance and meditation as ways to know God more fully.  I have followed Brooke for several years and recently read her new book Living in Your True Identity (which I HIGHLY recommend). She has helped me so much, and I am excited to share this interview with you. Like most mothers, Brooke has struggled in the past with comparison in motherhood. She gives some practical things she has done to combat those feelings. Brooke talks a lot about "self-care," how her view on it has recently changed, and what it means for her.  She said, "Self care is being nurturing to you, and loving to you, and in a way that helps you to develop into who the Lord created you to be." She gives advice and shares some meaningful analogies to help you visualize how daily self-care is the best way to sustain constant growth.  Next, Brooke shares some questions she brings to the Lord every single day while praying. These questions help her repent and  know what the next step the Lord wants her to take is.  She shares how asking for the next "step" rather than the whole picture has helped her progress and feel the Lord's guidance. Finally, she concludes by sharing how she has seen God as her partner in motherhood and how she has come to know him on a deeper level through prayer. Show Notes Brooke mentioned her online class about prayer and meditation called Christian Meditation. You can go hereto learn more. She also has a new class that is free called How the Law of Attraction Fits in the Gospel. Go here to register for this class. Follow Brooke Podcast: Brooke Snow Podcast Website: BrookeSnow.com Book: Living in Your True Identity Instagram: www.instagram.com/br00kesn0w/ Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
November 7, 2018
How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood? A while back I asked you, the listeners of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast, to call in and share your answer to this question I ask in every episode.  Today, I'm sharing the answers I received. You'll hear six moms talk about their insights and inspiring experiences with this important question. How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood? Here's a snippet of what you'll hear: Stacy, California "Motherhood has allowed me to see the plan of salvation, how it works, and how it applies to me as a child of God, and then as their mother."   Chelsea, Nevada "I have really been guided in my journey to learn not just how to parent, but how to be a spiritual parent for my kids."   Elizabeth, New York "I'm so grateful that he's still there, whether I'm seeking him or not."   Megan, Utah "The times that I do my part of being a partner with God, are the times I have definitely seen and felt God as my partner because I know he's always there and always willing to help me."   Natalie, Utah "Even though it is hard. . . it is nice to know that the Lord is with me."   Cheryl, Utah "There are often times in parenting that I have no idea what to do or say, so often times I have dropped to my knees."   How have YOU seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood? At the end of the episode, I invite you to answer this question for yourself and give you a challenge to share your answer in a way that feels right for you. Show Notes Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
October 31, 2018
In this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast I interview Becca Jackson. Becca is on Instagramsharing tips on motherhood as well as health and fitness.  She shares how she fell into the trap of being the "Pinterest perfect mom."  Becca talks about how she is choosing happiness instead of perfection in motherhood. Choosing Happiness Becca shares some personal struggles she went through after giving birth to her third daughter. She decided to make the choice to look at things differently and change her perspective, despite some negative feelings she was having.  She talks about choosing to have a positive and optimistic outlook everyday. Whether things are going good or bad, Becca believes there is always the choice to be positive. Embracing Your Best Self You'll also hear about Becca's weight-loss story and what made her finally decide to never give up. The internal transformation for Becca has been just as important as the physical changes.  She talks about body image and how she teaches her daughters confidence and living a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, Becca tells how all of the physical changes she has made tie into her spiritual life. Becca describes how God has been her partner in motherhood and how she embraces the truth that doing her best is enough. Show Notes Follow Becca Instagram: www.instagram.com/ifthecookiefits/ Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes    
October 24, 2018
Episode 29 of the podcast is my first time having a guest back for a second interview. In episode 7 of the podcast I interviewed Kay West and shared her faith-filled motherhood story of infertility, adoption, and miscarriage. Today, I have Kay back as a guest to discuss both the triumphs and struggles she has faced with her daughter, Eden, who is a special needs child. Show Recap Triumphs Eden was adopted at birth and due to choices made by her birth mother has brain damage, asthma, autism and will someday need a cornea transplant. Kay shares how God revealed to her early in Eden's life that although her body is damaged, her spirit is perfect. Kay also discusses how Eden's condition has affected her other child, Isaac. Struggles When Eden entered middle school, Kay and her husband started to notice negative changes in Eden. As she started to regress, Kay discovered Eden was being bullied at school. She shares how their family handled this heartbreaking situation and what they did to help Eden. Kay gives a message of hope to mothers who discover their child is being bullied. She says to help your child feel validated and to know home is a safe place to come for support. Kay also recommends to other mothers to pray and listen to that intuition to know how best to help a child. She shares the process she and her husband go through to know how to help both Eden and Isaac in difficult situations. Sharing Kindness One of the good things that has come from Eden's experiences being bullied is Kay and her husband have helped their children start an online shop called Quietly Being Kind. The shop features postcards with Eden's artwork and kindness quote that can be purchased and sent to others as a reminder to be kind. Kay's children share a portion of the proceeds of the shop with an organization that helps children. They also hope to feature other children like Eden to help raise awareness of the importance of showing kindness. Kay's journey of raising a special needs child has not been easy. Although she doesn't always see it in the moment, Kay can look back and see God's hand guiding her in motherhood. She knows He didn't send any of us here to fail. As long as we keep trusting Him, he will open the path.   Show Notes Follow Kay Blog: threetoquesandatiara.com Instagram: Instagram.com/threetoquesandatiara Facebook: Facebook.com/threetoquesandatiara To purchase postcards and find out more about the mission behind Kay's kids' shop, go to Quietly Being Kind. Share Your Experience At the beginning of the episode I shared how YOU can be part of a future episode of the podcast. Each month I will be asking listeners to share their answer to a specific question about motherhood and spirituality. If you want to participate in the November episode, here's how to do it: At your convenience, call this number 480-525-7145. Leave a message starting with your name and where you are from. For example, "Hi, this is Darla from Arizona." Give your answer to the question: How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood?" Feel free to share a specific story or experience. Please keep your answer to under 3 minutes so I can share as many answers as possible. Submit your answer/message by Sunday, October 28th. If you're hearing or reading this after the deadline, call the number anyway to hear the current question and give your answer. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
October 17, 2018
Tessa Brown is my guest today on the podcast. She's a wife and a mom to two boys ages 2 and 4. She's also an artist and has a beautiful Instagram accountwhere she shows her incredible talent of artwork depicting motherhood and Jesus Christ. She has learned to embrace the spiritual gifts God has given her and has found a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ as she pleads for help in becoming the mother He wants her to be. Show Recap Tessa relates the story of Moana facing the lava monster and how this story helped her in motherhood to know who she is and who God wants her to be. Tessa tells how she found painting early in motherhood to give her a place to focus so she could go back to her family and give more. Growth Mindset Tessa has developed a growth mindset about motherhood and shares some doable ways she has developed that mindset in her life. Her advice to other moms is to figure out what makes you feel love for yourself, for God and for your kids and then to be aware of those things and seek them out. Tessa says to notice the times when you feel love and focus on those things. Love For Tessa, what always speaks the loudest in motherhood to her is to just love her children. She knows the only thing that lasts is love. What motivate is love. "Christ makes me feel that I am more than I am. ... I want my kids to feel that from me." Tessa shares beautifully how she developed a deeper relationship with the Savior. She used to picture Christ standing over her shaking his head as a disappointed coach. Now she views Him as a cheerleader and friend who encourages her throughout her day, no matter what has happened. Tessa feels it is important not to compare the way you show love to the way another mother shows love. "You have a divine way to love your kids." Own it. Artwork Through her artwork, Tessa hopes mothers will feel love and that they are enough. "I would love my art to bring mothers back to those moments when love was really all that matters because I feel that really is all that matters. If you do a lot of things wrong, but you get the love part right, I think you and your kids will have a great relationship. That's what we're striving for." Spiritual Gifts Throughout the interview, Tessa talked about spiritual gifts and how a mother can use the gifts she's been given in motherhood.  We had a great discussion about owning your gifts and not being afraid to claim them. Tessa shares a great insight on using what you've been given and why don't have to be "everything" to your kids. Show Notes At the beginning of the episode I shared how YOU can be part of a future episode of the podcast. Each month I will be asking listeners to share their answer to a specific question about motherhood and spirituality. If you want to participate in the November episode, here's how to do it: At your convenience, call this number 480-525-7145. Leave a message starting with your name and where you are from. For example, "Hi, this is Darla from Arizona." Give your answer to the question: How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood?" Feel free to share a specific story or experience. Please keep your answer to under 3 minutes so I can share as many answers as possible. Submit your answer/message by Sunday, October 28th. If you're hearing or reading this after the deadline, call the number anyway to hear the current question and give your answer. Follow Tessa: Instagram: www.instagram.com/tessaleeart/ Website: tessaleeart.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
October 10, 2018
A few months ago I posted on Instagramasking for ideas on keeping extended families close. Since I'm entering a new phase of motherhood, I wanted to know how I can keep my family close as children start leaving home. So many people responded. I gathered amazing ideas. One of the people who responded was my friend, Alisse Coil. She had great family traditions to share that resonated. I invited her on the podcast to talk about how she established her family traditions. Show Recap Lean Into Strengths Alisse is the mother of 5 and had her first four children in a five-year period. Her four oldest children are now grown and she also has 3 grandchildren. Alisse started her motherhood journey thinking she would be "supermom" but quickly learned that doing everything perfectly wasn't going to work. Over time, Alisse learned to lean into her own strengths as a mother and not focus on what she wasn't good at. She said, "I am the whole package, just as me." Let Children Have Agency We had a great discussion about how Alisse learned to let go of control. She learned to let her children use their own agency. She and her husband established "silver bullets" like honesty, open communication, modesty and being kind that they weren't going to budge on. They left pretty much everything else up to their children to decide for themselves with guidance. Alisse has seen that giving children the opportunity to use their agency helps build a lasting parent-child relationship. She also believes it's a big way a mother can show her child love. Build Lasting Family Traditions Many of the traditions her family now values started when her kids were very young. They didn't have much money but they always found ways to serve together. They started a Christmas tradition 20 years ago of hanging a stocking for Jesus at the beginning of December. Family members were invited to place slips of paper in the stocking with kindnesses they had seen during the season written down.  On Christmas Eve they read what everyone has written. This simple tradition has endured for over 20 years and is now being passed on to Alisse's 3 grandchildren. You'll want to listen to the end to hear what Alisse feels we can learn as mothers from Noah's wife. She said, "For God to truly be my partner, I have to trust in His process." Show Notes Follow Alisse: Instagram: www.instagram.com/alissecoil_essentialliving/ Go hereto see the Instagram post where Alisse and many others shared their ideas about keeping extended families close. Alisse shared this quote during the podcast: "God places a Goliath in our life so we can find our own David." To read more about the story of Noah and his wife go to the Bible to Genesischapters 6, 7,8 and 9. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
October 3, 2018
I'm excited to share with you my interview with my Instagram turned real-life friend, Lynnette Sheppard.  She is mostly parenting young adults and teenagers these days, and she has some real life, in the trenches experience parenting a strong willed child. She's on the other side and has learned to rely on God. Her son has gone from a strong willed 6 year old who spit in her face to a capable, independent 20 year old who is thriving in life. Show Recap A key component of the guidance Lynnette felt from God in raising her strong willed son was learning how God viewed her son, how she needed to view him and ultimately, how she could help him see his own worth. She shares how this perspective changed everything for her and her son. Lynnette and her husband view their children as "adults in training."  She gives a really practical example of a kid throwing a tantrum for ice cream to illustrate how this long-term perspective guides her in the day-to-day decisions she makes as a mother. Lynnette believes motherhood is "a marathon and not a sprint." She gives advice to young mothers to view the hard, mundane years of motherhood with young children as laying a foundation. You won't see the fruit of your labors until many years down the road, but Lynnette offers hope that all of the effort is worth it. We also talked about doing what feels right to you in motherhood. "Do what feels right to you, regardless of what everybody else is doing." Over her 20+ years of motherhood, Lynnette has seen God at work in her life. She knows Heavenly Father is in the details of our lives. Lynette knows He cares about everything, even the simple things we face.   Show Notes Follow Lynnette: Instagram: www.instagram.com/lynnette_simplyforreal/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/simplyforreal/ Website: simplyforreal.com Sign up for Lynnette's free email course on raising independent kids by going here. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
September 26, 2018
Today's topic of raising a child with mental illness is one I have wanted to talk more about for a while. I have reached out to a few people to share their experiences, however it hasn't been right for them to tell their stories. Fortunately, Amanda Louderanswered my prayers by reaching out to me to share her experience raising a child with a mental illness. Show Recap Amanda is a wife of 6 years to her husband and together they are blending a family of five children ranging in age from 19-10. In her years as a mother, she has learned to let go of control and enjoys seeing her children learning who they truly are. Amanda and I dive in and talk about the challenges she has faced since her 16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Bipolar II at the age of 8. She explains what this diagnosis means and how it affects her daughter and her family in their day-to-day life. Mental illness and especially a child with mental illness can have a negative stigma in our society. Amanda talks about how the specific things she has done to educate people around her, advocate for her daughter and teach her daughter to advocate for herself. If you are struggling with a child with mental illness, Amanda gives practical first steps you can take to help your child. Amanda has been able to turn to God to help her with this mothering challenge. She has found that reading the Book of Mormon everyday has brought her peace. Amanda recognizes that reading the scriptures daily hasn't taken the challenges away but rather given her the tools she needs to deal with the trials. She also shares how she has used the atonement of Jesus Christto help her as a mother. Amanda recognizes the many ways God has guided her, put people in her path and answered her prayers. At the end of this episode, I have a bonus for you. Amanda talks about what she shares on her own podcast, Live from Love, about marriage, divorce and relationships. Her podcast has great content for anyone but especially for those struggling in marriage.  Show Notes Follow Amanda: Instagram: www.instagram.com/amandaloudercoaching/ Website: amandalouder.com Podcast: Live From Love Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes More Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast episodes that deal with mental illness: Episode 1:Welcome to the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast (My story of helping my son who was diagnosed with anxiety.) Episode 10:Being Open About Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don't Know if God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward
September 19, 2018
If I could use one word to sum up this week's podcast guest, Crystalee Beck's, approach to motherhood it would be "intentional."   From starting her day with what she calls her "3 Bs"--body, babies and business to regularly taking her kids on hikes to teach them about God and his creations, Crystalee strives to be intentional about everything she does in motherhood. Crystalee is happily married, and a mama to two cute kids (and one on the way!).  She and her husband just celebrated their 8th anniversary. Crystalee believes in embracing motherhood in her own way. She is passionate about helping moms balance entrepreneurship and motherhood through her business, The Mama Ladder. Show Recap Crystalee learned early in motherhood to let go of the expectations of others and instead figure out what motherhood looks like for her. The struggle has helped her learn to appreciate the sacred and special role of being a mother. She tells moms who feel weighed down with worrying about what others' think of their parenting  to remember God. She said, "He's got our back, so feel good about yourself." Crystalee has learned to be intentional and embrace motherhood in her own way by "living at the intersection of motherhood + entrepreneurship." One of the ways she accomplishes this is by creating "systems" not only for her business but also for her life as a mom. She takes anything she does more than once in any area of life and makes it into a documented process. I loved the simple but profound quote by Russell M. Nelsonthat Crystalee shared: "Love them, lead them and let them go." She is grateful for the relationship she has with God as a mother and appreciates the way He has both "guided and chided" her in being the mother He wants her to be.   Show Notes Follow Crystalee: Instagram: instagram.com/themamaladder/ Facebook: facebook.com/themamaladder/ Twitter: twitter.com/themamaladder/ Website: themamaladder.com To read the full talk the quote by Russell M. Nelson is taken from, go here. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
September 13, 2018
Cheryl Cardall is my guest for episode 23. She has been married to her husband for 22 years and is the mother of 4 boys and 1 girl ranging in age from 8-19. Cheryl dreamed of being a mom since she was a little girl, so she was a little surprised in the beginning by how hard motherhood can be. After 19 years Cheryl has learned to embrace the challenges, hold onto the joys and use humor in motherhood. She is passionate about strengthening homes and encouraging moms through her instagram account @supermamas4real. Tune into the episode to hear Cheryl's perspectives on letting go of trying to control her kids and utilizing motherhood as a refining process. You'll hear about Cheryl's "secret weapon" of motherhood.  Hint: it involves Cheryl in a bathing suit going down a waterslide! We also discuss how she parents each of her children as individuals. Cheryl talks about getting through hard days by sticking to simple, daily habits that fill her up, so she can better serve her family.  In addition, Cheryl shares the things she has learned from parenting a "spirited child" and also gives some practical resources. Ultimately, Cheryl views her children as being "on loan" from God. She relies on Him on a daily basis to help her know her childrens' needs as well as how to best love them.   Show Notes Follow Cheryl: Instagram: www.instagram.com/supermamas4real/ Cheryl talked about this quote by Marjorie Hinckley: “The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” Go hereto learn more about the book Cheryl referenced: Raising Your Spirited Childby Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes  
September 5, 2018
Episode 22 of The Spiritually Minded Mom podcast is my interview with Reagan Ogle. I came across Reagan's podcast, The Luckiest Mom, when I was doing research to start my podcast.  Reagan knows about accepting God's plan for her life. She believes one of the greatest challenges of motherhood is overcoming feeling unworthy before God because it keeps mothers from connecting with Him.  She is relatable, a full of light and a huge advocate for motherhood. I know you are going to love the things she shares in this interview. In the interview we dive in and talk about what a perfect mom day would look like for Reagan as well as how she gets through when the hard days hit. Reagan has a unique way of viewing her children as "scientists." We discuss what this means to her and how it affects the way she interacts with her children. When Reagan was young, she had her life all planned out, but God had plans that were different from hers. She shares how she learned to accept God's plan by saying, "My plan would have been harder in different ways but God's plan prepared me for what I need to be today." One of my favorite parts of this interview was when Reagan and I discussed guilt and feeling unworthy before God. Reagan has some great advice for overcoming both. Finally, we discuss how we can connect with each other, as women, and how we can connect with God by being vulnerable and sharing our lives and our stories. Show Notes Follow Reagan: Instagram: www.instagram.com/okreag/ Website: TheLuckiestMom.com I mentioned in the episode that I met Reagan at the SALT Retreat. You can learn more about SALT by going hereand listen to episode 15 of the podcastto hear my interview with SALT Retreat founder, Elise Curtis. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
August 29, 2018
My guest for episode 21 is Amanda Anderson. Amanda is an artist and has a business, Sketched and Sealed, painting personalized artwork. She is a wife and mom to three children ages 6, 3 and 10 months. She believes in chasing your dreams and is currently pursuing a degree in architecture. Amanda recently shared on her Instagram accountabout the extreme post-partum depression she experienced after her second child.  She has a beautiful story about how an involuntary admission to a mental hospital helped her turn to God as well as reach out to those around her who were also struggling. God helped her come out of the darkness she felt, and I am excited to share part of her motherhood story on the podcast.   Show Notes Follow Amanda: Instagram: www.instagram.com/sketchedandsealed/ Website: www.etsy.com/shop/SketchedandSealed Amanda mentioned the Personal Progress programas something that helped her during her stay in a mental health hospital. Personal Progress is an achievement program for young women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Go hereto learn more. We mentioned this quote by Thomas S. Monson, "“The present is here. Live in it.” You can read more by going here. Amanda highly recommends the book The Mother in Meby Kathryn Soper as a resource for all moms as it helped her greatly during her battle with post-partum depression. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
August 22, 2018
Welcome to the 20th episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast. Today's episode is not the usual interview format. Instead, I recorded a solo episode  sharing some of my thoughts about something “spiritually minded” that’s been on my mind a lot lately--ministering. In the first half of the episode, I share clips of three previous episodes with Alie Jones (episode 2), Julie Monroe (episode 8) and Noralee Jones (episode 17) that illustrate how these guests have received help from those around them. One of the best things all the guests I have interviewed have taught me is how to better serve others. And that brings us to ministering. The second half of this episode is my real thoughts about the call we received in my churchto step it up in how we serve others and to truly follow the example of Jesus Christ by ministering.  I don't sugar coat my feelings and experiences. Learning to minister has been hard for me, so you'll hear my struggles.  I have a long way to go, but I also share what I've learned so far. Ministering is not one-size-fits-all. We can each come to know what ministering looks like for us as individuals as we seek God's Spirit and ask Him for guidance. Show Notes I mentioned scripture cards I purchased to give away. The cards are from Courtney Casper and you can find them in her shop here. If you would like to listen to the full episodes of the clips played during this episode, here are the links: SMM 002: Navigating Loss, Special Needs and Fostering as a Young Mom|| Alie Jones SMM 008: Dealing with Cancer + Motherhood By Focusing on What is Most Important|| Julie Monroe SMM 017: Life as a Military Family + Appreciating Motherhood After Infertility + Trusting God's Timing || Noralee Jones To learn more about ministering and what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsare being asked to do, read the following talks: Ministeringby President Russell M. Nelson Be With and Strengthen Themby Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Ministering as the Savior Doesby Sister Jean B. Bingham Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
August 15, 2018
Today my guest is Danelle Beckstrand. Danelle is married to Tyler and they enjoy traveling and watching movies. Danelle loves connection with others and started a blog called We Call it a Journey as a way to find a support system and open up about her struggles with infertility.  She has learned we don't face the same trials, but we have so much in common with each other that connects us together.  Show Recap If I could use one word to describe what this episode is about, it would be "connection." Danelle shares about her and her husband's 5 1/2 year journey through infertility. Through her own experiences she has learned that "pain is pain and hurt is hurt." We don't all face the same challenges in life, but we are connected a lot more than we think.  We discuss how to avoid feeling like we have no control in a challenge and how we always have a choice. Danelle shares how her trials with infertility are similar to the trials of motherhood and how woman can unite and help each other. Infertility has brought heartache and loneliness to Danelle, but she knows isolation is not the answer. Danelle believes connection comes from vulnerability and sharing. "Humanity is connected through trial." I really loved our conversation about how to help someone who is struggling. Danelle said, "Compassion is about being observant." And Danelle completed shifted my perspective on the word "brokenness" and shares how she pictures God molding her and shaping her into the person He wants her to be.  Show Notes Follow Danelle: Instagram: www.instagram.com/wecallitajourney/ Website: www.wecallitajourney.com Check out Danelle's shop. All proceeds go to help Danelle and Tyler raise funds for IVF treatments. I have the gold Journey necklace and I love it! Quote by Sheri Dew: “Motherhood is more than bearing children. … It is the essence of who we are as women.” Listen to other episodes of the podcast and read interviews with discussions about infertility: Episode 007: Turning to God Through Infertility, Adoption and Miscarriage|| Kay West Episode 017: Life as a Military Family + Appreciating Motherhood After Infertility + Trusting God's Timing|| Noralee Jones Blog Post: Hope and an Unexpected Journey to Motherhood|| Melissa Kleiner Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
August 8, 2018
Tarrin Pendergrass and her husband were recently married and with her marriage, she went from being a mom to three to a mom of 10 as her husband has seven kids in addition to her three. Although the transition to blending families into one hasn’t always been easy, Tarrin feels God has equipped her with the skills, patience and love to be a mom to a large family. She knows what it’s like to not have God in her life and through that contrast has learned to recognize God's hand. Show Recap I really love interviewing guests for the podcast. We don't all have to have the same experiences in motherhood in order to learn and grow from each other. In my interview with Tarrin, she shares what it's like to be a stay-at-home mom to a large family and why she feels having 10 kids is easier than having three! We talk about how her divorce from her first husband affected her three daughters and how she and her ex-husband have worked together to help shield the children from the adult problems divorce brings. We also dive into her experiences in the past few months of blending two families together. Tarrin gives advice to others in a similar situation and shares how she has been able to find and prioritize the individual needs of all of her children. After being away for 16 years, Tarrin made the decision a year ago to come back to church and embrace the Gospel. She talks about how she made this decision. Tarrin also shares the challenges associated with this decision such as relationships with friends and dealing with what people would think of her tattoos. Tarrin sees a definite contrast in how her life was before and how it is now that she is working on her relationship with God. I loved what she told me during our interview prep, "Being without it for so long, it's incredibly obvious that God wants to be a part of our daily lives and to help us through each and every struggle we may have."  Show Notes Follow Tarrin: Instagram: www.instagram.com/tarrinpendergrass/ Website: www.howlovegrows.com Tarrin mentioned the book The Five Love Languages during the interview. Follow Al Caraway on Instagram @22alfox For instructions on how to leave a review for a podcast on iTunes, go here. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
August 1, 2018
My guest in episode 17 of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast is Noralee Jones. Her husband is a naval officer, they have three children under the age of 4 and they just moved to a new state. She goes by Mrs. Navy Mama on social media and writes on her blog about motherhood and life as a military family. Her motherhood story includes infertility, parenting on her own while her husband is away, moving frequently and trusting in God's timing. Show Recap In this episode, Noralee shares about the six year struggle she and her husband went through to have children and what she learned from that time in her life. She describes what it's like to be a military family, which means moving about every two years and having her husband away more than half of the time. Noralee gives her top three things for getting through the hard days of overwhelm and loneliness. (Hint: one of them is chocolate!) She also talks about her take on self-care and how it's not selfish for a mom to spend time away doing things she loves. To combat the loneliness and isolation of motherhood, Noralee recommends "finding your tribe" and "joining the group."  To other mothers who struggle and feel alone, Noralee's advice is to not judge what you think people are thinking about you because you don't know what they are thinking. At the end of this episode, Noralee talks about the "game changer in her testimony on faith" in motherhood.  I was surprised to find that it wasn't infertility. Initially, this trial made her feel selfish and terrible but ultimately led her to trust Heavenly Father and His timing. Noralee see God's hand in her motherhood in the ordinary, everyday things and knows her work as a mother is divine.  Show Notes Follow Noralee: Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrsnavymama/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrsnavymama/ Website: www.mrsnavymama.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
July 25, 2018
Courtney Casper is my guest on this week's podcast. Courtney is a mom to three girls, a wife and currently lives about 30 minutes from the nearest stop light, so she spends a lot of time in her car. She thinks of scripture study as a "magic wand" in motherhood and has found practical ways to make scripture study a daily habit in her busy mom life. I found Courtney's Instagram account last year after hearing her interview on the Women With Fire podcast. I listened to that episode multiple times and felt so inspired by everything Courtney shared. She is a bright spot on social media sharing her hand lettering and and her posts and stories have frequently been exactly what I needed to hear in my life at that moment. Show Recap Courtney is not afraid to share her spiritual side on social media. She keeps her focus on what is most important by asking herself, "What needs my hands now?" She is a huge advocate for daily scripture reading and in this episode she not only shares how daily scripture study became a part of her busy mom life but also gives some really practical tips that are totally doable for anyone wanting to incorporate daily scripture study in their life. In the interview we also talk about how social media affects moms and how to combat the negative effects.  Courtney shares her thoughts on how to go "in" instead of "out" to find peace in your life. I also really loved what Courtney had to say about what she has learned from her children about being who you are. Courtney is the real deal. I loved talking to her. In fact, we had a great conversation after we finished recording. She is genuine and honest and her faith shines through in everything she does. Her mantra about scripture study is "you just need 10 minutes" and her message in this episode offers hope and inspiration to all women who want to learn to walk in faith and trust God more fully. Show Notes Follow Courtney:Instagram: www.instagram.com/courtneycasper.letters/ Website: www.courtneycasper.com Read a blog post by Courtney, More or Less,  about her journey to daily scripture study The book I mentioned during the episode is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Lessby Greg McKeown (NOT an affiliate link) Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
July 18, 2018
Show Recap Elise Curtis is a wife, mom to three and an entrepreneur. In addition to a photography and a Maskcara business, Elise is also the founder of SALT, an LDS retreat that offers a place for women to come together to feel the Spirit and connect. During our conversation Elise and I have a discussion about what "balance" looks like for her as a mom who works from home. In addition to her insights on doing work outside of motherhood, Elise also shares her hopes for what her children will learn by seeing her work and achieve her goals and dreams. We talked about some of the tools Satan uses to distract mothers. Elise has struggled with the fear of failing and has noticed this fear creeps up when she feels overwhelmed. She shares both the practical and spiritual solutions she uses to combat this. Elise got the idea for the SALT retreat at a time when she was experiencing depression and majorly doubting her testimony. Her story of how SALT got off the ground is a beautiful reminder that God can use us as we are with all of our imperfections to be an instrument in His hands and accomplish His purposes. One of the overall messages of this episode is Elise's realization that you have to take care of yourself spiritually before you can help others. As a mother, when you take time to nurture and care for yourself, you can better serve and care for your family and those around you.   Show Notes Follow Elise: Instagram: www.instagram.com/saltldsretreat/ Facebook: Be the Light Facebook Group Website: www.saltldsretreat.com I personally attended a SALT event last Spring and had an amazing experience. The next one will be on September 7, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Go HEREif you are interested in learning more about this event. Elise mentioned an article she read about how Satan doesn't know our thoughts but only knows what we think by our actions. Here are some resources about this topic: What limitations are placed on Satan? Can he put thoughts into our minds? Can he perceive our thoughts?by Lawrence R. Peterson The Forces That Will Save Usby James E. Faust Doctrine & Covenants 6:16 The Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod (NOT an affiliate link) Your 10 Minute Meditation Podcasthosted by Adrian Cook (You can also search and find this on iTunes.) Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
July 11, 2018
Recognize God in Simple Ways "This challenge really was an answer to a prayer for me, which is why I jumped on it the second that I saw it. ... It's changed my life and it was so simple. That's what I loved about this challenge was that it wasn't like I had to be immersed spiritually for eight hours a day. It was just simple little things, recognizing what I need to do to feel the Spirit and feel God in my life more and more importantly to recognize it." --Michelle Garfield Show Recap Today I am interviewing Michelle Garfield. I met Michelle through Instagram when she participated in the challenge I did,Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom. She shared with me the things she learned from doing the challenge and how it helped her with her relationship with God. I invited her to come on the podcast so we could dive in more. Michelle loves being a mom and loves how motherhood has helped her to learn and grow and improve herself. She talks about how she deals with the hard days in motherhood and how God laughter her about resiliency. She has learned to recognize angels in her life, both seen and unseen, as communication with God. Loneliness has been a part of Michelle's motherhood experience, and she has an amazing perspective on how to overcome feeling left out. "If you're not invited to the party, then throw the party yourself."  Michelle has great ideas about how to reach out and create a community right where you are. Michelle is real and candid. She shares how her experience with the Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom challenge changed her perspective on how God communicates with her. Michelle knows her thoughts are directly connected to her relationship with God, so she is working to change her thinking.   Show Notes Follow Michelle: Instagram: www.instagram.com/realblissfullife Website: www.realblissfullife.com Here is the quote Michelle shared: “No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.” -Jeffrey R. Holland Get access to the Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom workbook by clicking HERE. Checkout the story highlights on @spirituallymindedmom on Instagramfor videos. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
June 27, 2018
When Your Motherhood Plan is Not God's Plan "I've had good days and bad days and I think that's okay. I think that I am definitely more aware of the good days because I have had the bad days of not believing and the anger, so when I have those good times and I feel that, that he's there,  I can build on that. ... I am so grateful for Heavenly Father and what He's blessed me with. And I'm so grateful that I have Him to lean on at times of hardship and good and know that He is there. Not always can you hear Him when you want Him but He will be there at a time that's maybe unexpected if you truly listen and you truly look back and think, 'He was there for me,' and you look at the positive."  --Misty Trendler Show Recap I have never personally known anyone who has faced as much adversity in motherhood as my sister-in-law, Misty Trendler. She has had numerous trials from her first child being stillborn, to being given a choice to abort a baby to enduring struggles in adoption. Misty is no stranger to adversity in motherhood. In this interview, you'll learn Misty's story of motherhood and her relationship with God has many layers. At times, she's been filled with faith and had the ability to totally turn things over to God and trust Him and yet, in other situations, she has experienced anger and frustration and has questioned God. Her story shows that we don't have a static relationship with our Heavenly Father. We go through ups and downs with Him and that's okay. It's all part of the process to help us grow and become closer to Him. You'll see how Misty has learned to see the miracles and the blessings through the difficult situations she has endured. Most of all, you'll learn how she has been able to keep her faith and come to know that God's plan for her and her family was not her plan but was exactly what she needed to become the person God wants her to be. Show Notes Get access to the Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom workbook by clicking HERE. Checkout the story highlights on @spirituallymindedmom on Instagram for videos. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes  
June 13, 2018
Show Recap In episode 12 I'm sharing why I started the podcast and some of the lessons I have personally learned since becoming a podcaster. Spoiler alert:the best part of podcasting for me has been all of the amazing moms like you whom I have met and connected with. In the episode I talk about a common topic that keeps coming up for me in social media interactions and in real life conversations I have had since I started Spiritually Minded Mom. The topic is that many moms don't feel like they know how God speaks to them and don't really feel him on a regular basis. I haven't been able to get these conversations out of my head and I have felt prompted to do something more than the podcast to reach my main goal of helping moms feel hope, joy and God's hand in motherhood. So, I've created a challenge for you called Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom. The Challenge Here’s how the challenge will work. Right now you can sign up to be a part of the challenge by going HERE.   If you sign up, I will email you a workbook over the weekend. The challenge will start this Monday, June 18th and will go every day until Friday, June 22nd. In the workbook, you will find pages for each day with things to ponder and action to take. Each day will focus on a different way you can be a more spiritually minded mom. Each day I will also be going on Instagram stories on the Spiritually Minded Mom Instagram accountto talk about the challenge. There will be a post as well where you can share what you are learning and connect with others who are doing the challenge. What if you are seeing this after the challenge is over but you still want to do it? No problem. The workbook will still be available HEREon the website and I will save the video stories on Instagram.  The challenge is not a checklist or a formula or a one size fits all approach to developing a relationship with God. The challenge is meant to help you learn more about how God speaks to YOU uniquely as an individual. I also hope the challenge will help you to see God's hand in your life in places you may not have recognized before. To get access to the workbook, you can go HEREto enter your email address. I will email you the workbook to download shortly before the challenge starts. The download will also be available after the challenge so you can click and request it anytime. Feel free to follow along on Instagram or just do it on your own. I hope the challenge helps you see and feel more fully God as your partner in motherhood. Show Notes Get access to the Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom workbook by clicking HERE. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
June 6, 2018
God's Love "I like to think of motherhood as a chance for me to understand a little more about how God feels about me.  ...So when I think about the way that I love my children, and then I pull it back to think, 'That's how God loves me,' and I just think, 'Wow!' What a privilege,' number 1 to have a father who loves me this much and second, that He gave me the opportunity to feel this kind of love. It's amazing and it's something that I am grateful for every single day." --Lisa Anderson Show Recap In this episode, I interview Lisa Anderson, a wife and mom to four who loves encouraging other mothers on Instagram. We discuss what "positive parenting" looks like for her, and especially, how she has made her home an environment that encourages good choices, building relationships, and giving mutual respect. We also talk about the experiences Lisa's family has had with moving and helping children overcome challenges. Lisa gives great insight into her own struggles with contentment in motherhood and feeling motherhood wasn't "enough" for her.  Lisa shares about a simple list that helped her develop herself and also feel fulfilled in different seasons of motherhood. Since Lisa uses her Instagram account, @thrivingmotherhood,to connect with, help and encourage other moms, I was excited to dive into how moms can use social media for good and to receive help in motherhood. Lisa gives an easy way you can know if you should keep following someone on social media.   We talk about the "mental game" and how thoughts dictate everything in motherhood. Lisa shares some great resources if you're stuck in negative thought patterns. My favorite part of interviewing Lisa was when she said, "I've been entrusted by God to help them become the humans they're supposed to become and it's amazing."  Lisa has an optimistic spirit that will lift you and help you want to be a better mother.  Show Notes Follow Lisa: Instagram: www.instagram.com/thrivingmotherhood Learn more about Jody Moore We talked quite a bit about Jody Moore and the principles she teaches. The model we mentioned is CTFAR: circumstances, thoughts, feelings, actions, results. To find out more about what Jody, listen to her podcast, Better Than Happy, follow her on Instagram at @jodymoorecoachingor visit her website. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 30, 2018
"... I don't know that I really feel like I have that partnership with God...but I think it's good for women to know and to realize and to be told that yes, you do have that partnership with God and He is there. Even though you're going through the motions some days, it does matter. You are making a difference, even though it's hard to see sometimes." --Ally Hayward Show Recap In this interview, I talk to Ally Hayward, of Silently Surviving Souls about her diagnosis with anxiety and depression and dealing with mental illness in motherhood. Ally was diagnosed while serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ended up coming home early to deal with her illness. Motherhood has lessened Ally's depression because her little girls give her a reason to get up and get going. Her anxiety has been harder to deal with as a mother because having children means there are a lot more things to worry about. Ally has realized that sharing and being open about her struggles helps her deal with them. She offers advice to those who know someone struggling and hope to anyone who has issues with mental illness. Ally's website and Instagram account @silentlysurvivingsouls are her way to be open and share about her illness and offer a place for others to share as well. This is the 10th episode of the podcast. I'm so grateful for all of the guests who have been willing to share their stories and their faith with me. Over the past few weeks, I have had more than one conversation about how some moms may not always feel like God is their partner in motherhood or may compare themselves to someone else. I have felt the need to share that we are all unique, and we don't need to compare with someone else our relationship and how we feel God. I was so grateful Ally was willing to share she doesn't always feel Him in the day to day. We had a great conversation about this and Ally expressed so much hope and faith I hope will inspire someone else and help someone else feel they aren't alone. We all have our own journey to find our partnership with God and that is okay. Show Notes Follow Ally: Instagram: www.instagram.com/silentlysurvivingsouls Facebook: www.facebook.com/silentlysurvivingsouls Website: silentlysurvivingsouls.com Ally's blog post about motherhood and mental illness: Motherhood with a Mental Illness Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes  
May 23, 2018
On Adoption and Motherhood "Adoption is about love. Birth mothers place their babies because they love them [and] because they are doing what they think is best for them." --Jori Reid "Motherhood is the highest calling we could have on earth. It is so sacred just to have these little spirits that we get to raise for a short time. ...And all the help we can get is huge. It really does take a village and that village starts with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ."  --Jori Reid Show Recap Adoption is a common theme in Jori Reid's motherhood story. She has not adopted a child, but Jori herself was adopted at the age of 6 months. Her adoption was closed, and she never knew anything about her birth mother, but because of her birth mother's decision to place her for adoption, Jori enjoyed an amazing childhood filled with love and support. Many questions about her birth parents were unanswered growing up, but Jori learned a lot about what her birth mother must have gone through when Jori herself was a 20-year-old college student with an unplanned pregnancy. Adoption is not for everyone, but Jori knew it was the right decision for her and her unborn baby. She tells how she came to this decision and gives advice to those considering placing a baby for adoption. Jori wholeheartedly believes that "adoption is about love." She shares both the grief and blessings, including finding her birth mother, she felt after placing her baby and how having an open adoption has helped her to heal. Although Jori is now married and she and her husband have four children of their own (including twins and one baby that came as an unplanned home birth!), Jori knows "being a mother doesn't mean you have to give birth." She is grateful to her own birth mother. Jori knows she has been blessed by her decision to be a birth mother and help someone else become a mother. Her story is a beautiful example of the love, sacrifice, and faith of motherhood. Show Notes Follow Jori:  Instagram: www.instagram.com/fromtheheart5 Blog: fromtheheart-jori.blogspot.com Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 16, 2018
Julie's thoughts on dealing with cancer + motherhood: "I've realized in times like this when you get some hard news or you're having a tough time, a really hard trial in your life, you can either choose to look toward God for help or you can turn away from God. I really made the choice to put all my faith in God and I realized that He has a plan for me and once I kind of submitted myself to Him and said, 'OK, I'm here. What am I supposed to do?' I felt his guidance along the way in everything." - Julie Monroe Show Recap Two years ago, Julie Monroe was a healthy 36-year-old wife and mom to three daughters. Then life threw her a curve ball when she was diagnosed with rectal cancer and everything changed in an instant. In the interview, Julie talks about her positive approach to parenting and how that perspective helped her tell her daughters about her diagnosis when they were only 10, 6 and 4 years old. She shares how motherhood has shifted from wanting to be the "perfect mom" to just focusing on what is truly important. If you've ever felt awkward around someone who was recently diagnosed with cancer or something similar, Julie's gives advice on how to offer help. She also shares how to let people help you if you are the one with a diagnosis. The impact of Julie's cancer has been felt by her entire family. Her family has pulled together to pick up the tasks Julie hasn't been able to perform. This experience has taught her daughters to show more compassion and kindness to others. As a life-saving measure, Julie underwent surgery and received a colostomy bag 2 months ago. Julie was candid and honest about what this means for her day-to-day life. For Julie, it was not her choice to have a colostomy bag for the rest of her life, but it was her choice to be secure about and to embrace it as something that has given her life and the chance to be here for her girls. Overall, Julie's positive approach to her diagnosis of cancer has taught her to say no, let go of what isn't important, and turn to God. She knows we aren't alone. God is always with us. Show Notes Follow Julie:  Blog: wifemomwarrior.com Instagram: instagram.com/wife_mom_warrior Julie's blog posts about topics discussed in the interview: Telling Your Kids That You Have Cancer Gifts for Someone Starting Chemo Life with a Colostomy - 2 Months Later Quote Julie mentioned in the podcast: "Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us and He has promised that this will never change."  --Thomas S. Monson Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 9, 2018
"When I  turned to Him, I found that I am a daughter of God and that is worth so much. Nothing about me is broken. He sent me to this earth at this time with the body that I have for a reason. He put me on my path in life for a reason and whatever that reason is, it's perfect because He wanted me to do something that only I could do." - Kay West Show Recap I haven't met many mothers who have been through as much as Kay West has on the journey of motherhood. Her story has a happy ending with the adoption of two long-awaited and beautiful children. However, Kay also knows the heartache of infertility, miscarriage and the grief of a third adoption that did not happen. Her story is so heavy and full of trials that I was completely caught off guard by how happy I felt during this interview. Even as she shares the most painful moments of her life, her hope and joy shine through and I walked away feeling so uplifted by her words.  We talk about her expectations of motherhood and the fun way she deals with strangers who ask why her children don't resemble her Asian background. Kay also emotionally shares her anger toward God and her ups and downs in her relationship with Him. During infertility, her husband told her one thing that changed her perspective. He said, "You can either turn away from Heavenly Father or you can turn toward Him." Kay knew she had a choice. It wasn't easy but she chose to turn toward God. Though her daughter has special needs that are easy to see, Kay has learned we all have something that makes us not whole. She knows her trials of motherhood are not a punishment and that she isn't broken. Kay shares a beautiful message of hope for any mother who feels she is less than another mother in the eyes of God. Show Notes Follow Kay: Blog: threetoquesandatiara.com Instagram: Instagram.com/threetoquesandatiara Facebook: Facebook.com/threetoquesandatiara Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
May 2, 2018
"We women need to remind ourselves a lot of us grow into motherhood. For a lot of us, it might not come so naturally. That was one thing I was probably the most surprised by is that it didn't feel natural for me for a long time, and I really had to cultivate that and build these relationships with my kids just like I would with any other person. For me, I feel like I've had to grow into this role." - Monica Packer Show Recap If you've ever felt that motherhood doesn't come naturally to you or you've struggled to understand how God speaks to you, you will want to hear this interview with Monica Packer. Monica is the blogger and podcaster behind About Progress where she talks about focusing on progress and overcoming perfection. I have been inspired by many of the topics Monica has shared on her podcast, and she's been a great mentor to me in starting my own podcast. Monica's motherhood experience has been about growing into the role of being a mother. During the interview, Monica shares how remembering that motherhood was a choice she made helps her on hard days. We dive into what a mom can do when she feels "lost" in motherhood. You'll hear many practical tips that have worked for Monica and other moms she has coached to figure out how to find yourself if you're feeling lost in motherhood. Monica and I discuss how she has dealt with children who have very different needs. She shares her insights on how to know what your child's needs are, how to meet those needs and the difference between experiencing anxiety and trusting your intuition. I loved Monica's perspective on not comparing your spiritual journey and relationship with God to someone else. She is very honest about her own struggles to understand and feel God's voice. Her thoughts helped me to gain a better understanding that we are all different and unique. The way God communicates with me may not be the same way He communicates with you and that's okay. Sometimes we don't see God's hand in the moment. Sometimes our relationship with God only becomes clear when we look back. Show Notes Follow Monica: Blog: aboutprogress.com Instagram: Instagram.com/aboutprogress Podcast: About Progress on iTunes The scripture Monica mentioned in the episodes is found in Doctrine and Covenants 121:1. Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom Podcast: Spiritually Minded Mom on iTunes
April 25, 2018
"I need to be here for my other children and my grandchildren. I need to be present and not stuck in the past. I need to be here now and that's a choice. I choose to be happy. I choose to look past all these horrible things that have happened and be OK." Show Recap I have always admired those who face unimaginable trials and yet can still be happy. At the top of this list of inspiring people is my friend, Maralyn Nava. Over the 12+ years I've known Maralyn, I've seen her go through the grief of losing 2 daughters--one in a very sudden and unexpected way and one who was murdered and missing for five years.  Maralyn is inspiring because she hasn't let the grief she feels on a daily basis overtake her. She believes that happiness is a choice, no matter what you have suffered. She has used the tragedy in her life to bring about good. Maralyn's is a remarkable story of hope and faith. If you have suffered from any kind of heartache in motherhood you'll want to listen and hear Maralyn's advice on how to deal with the challenges motherhood gives you. Overall, she feels blessed to have a loving Heavenly Father who has sustained her and lifted her through everything she has faced. Show Notes Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom
April 18, 2018
"As a mom, the only thing I can hope for any of my children is that they learn to love and they learn to love good because I can dream of them going to university or college, but if they don't have love to give to others I just feel like they don't have much to offer to the world. I'm a big believer in loving others." Show Recap In 2013, Jo-Anne Mazurat-Orlesky went on a 1-week mission trip to Haiti that changed her life. She openly admits that she went on the trip just to say she did it, but during her time in Haiti, her heart was changed, and she knew God was calling her and her family to return to Haiti as missionaries. Soon the Mazurat-Orlesky family landed in Haiti with 10 suitcases and no definite plan on when they would return to their comfortable home in Canada. In this interview, Jo-Anne discusses how she helped her children navigate the poverty, malnutrition, and abandonment they saw everywhere in Haiti. She also shares the way God led her to care for the children around her in Haiti and how she and her family became bonded with three siblings they eventually sought to adopt. Jo-Anne's story isn't a picture-perfect ending. She spent a lot of time questioning God and his timing and she openly admits her faith is tried on a daily basis. But Jo-Anne has learned to put aside what she thinks is best and do what God wants.  Jo-Anne's motherhood story is about love, connection, and a faith in God that has helped her to say, "He has provided so well for us."   Show Notes Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirituallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom For more inspiration from Jo-Anne follow her on social media: Instagram: @joannemazuratorlesky
April 5, 2018
  "We have our strengths and we have our weaknesses but we need to focus on our strengths and realize that Heavenly Father gave us those strengths to serve our kids because that's what they needed."  -Becky Squire   This episode is an interview with Becky Squire. Becky is a writer, wife, and mom to four kids, including a brand new teenager. We talk about her definition of what it means to be a "good mom" and if you've ever felt inadequate as a mother because of the choices your kids are making, you'll want to hear Becky's take on this. Becky shares what it means to her as a mother to "prepare more than punish" and how we are our children's teachers in learning to be adults. We can't make assumptions that our children already know what to do. We have to be specific in our teaching. A difficult time for Becky in motherhood occurred when one of her children was hospitalized. Becky talks about that experience and how she got through it with the help of God. You'll also hear how Becky teaches spiritual habits to her children and her sort of "fake" but actually "real" way for her children to see her reading scripture! (This will make you chuckle but the principle behind her reasons are so good.) We also talk about teaching children in the moment, using your spiritual gifts in motherhood and why YOU are the perfect mother for your children. Show Notes: Follow Spiritually Minded Mom: Blog: spirituallymindedmom.com Instagram: Instagram.com/spirityallymindedmom Facebook: facebook.com/spirituallymindedmom For more inspiration from Becky follow her in the following places: Blog: beckysquire.com  Instagram: @beckysquire Facebook: facebook.com/beckysquireblog Quote about catching moments of teaching: "Catch the teaching moments.  This can be done anytime during the day – at mealtime, in casual settings, or at special sit-down times together, at the foot of the bed at the end of the day, or during an early morning walk together.  Mothers, you are your children’s best teacher.  Don’t shift this precious responsibility to day-care centers or babysitters."  -Ezra Taft Benson Article about tucking teenagers into bed at night from Mormon Mom Planner. http://mormonmomplanner.blogspot.com/2018/01/five-reasons-to-tuck-your-teenager-in.html Becky's favorite quote about motherhood: "Make time to teach your children the gospel and principles of gospel living when they are young.  It may be that you too will need to “renounce the world” and devote above twenty years of the prime of life in hopes to save the souls of your children." -Ezra Taft Benson Mother Teresa quote: "If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family."  
April 2, 2018
Episode 2 of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast is an interview with Alie Jones. When Alie got married, she and her husband had their whole life planned out perfectly, but Alie's motherhood journey has not been easy and has been anything but her perfect plan. Through everything she has gone through, Alie has learned to rely on God. I felt so inspired by everything she shared, especially this quote. "God sent us the right children at the right time. The pattern that our family has taken with children has been perfect. He's in control and he's in charge. And if I just give that over to Him, it's going to turn out okay. It's going to turn out better than if I would have done it." Alie gives amazing advice on how to best help someone who is grieving. She shares how she overcame feeling angry at God and why this quote by Neal A. Maxwell is so important to her: "Faith in God includes faith in His timing." Despite their path not going as planned, Alie and her husband have opened their home to foster babies. Their philosophy is, "If you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence." You'll hear how Alie believes bringing foster children into their home is helping her own children learn to love and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ in action and how it helps her to gain new perspectives on motherhood. Alie has an amazing determination to thrive despite the trials she has been given in motherhood. If you are struggling, her story will give you practical and spiritual ways to find hope and support. Show Notes: Follow Spiritually Minded Mom on @SpirituallyMindedMom and on Facebook at Spiritually Minded Mom. For more inspiration from Alie, follow her on Instagram @delightedtobe.  
March 29, 2018
I've always thought of myself as a writer (not a speaker) and while I love listening to podcasts, I never thought I would actually be the host of one. But here I am. I won't bore you with all the details of how I got here, but I will say that God has led me every step of the way, and I have no doubt that this is what He wants me to be doing right now. So, here we go. Episode 1 of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast is an introduction to me and what this podcast will be about. In a nutshell, I will be interviewing a different mom each week to hear her motherhood story. All of the podcast guests will have a different story because each of us is unique, but they will also have one very important thing in common--they have all seen and felt God as a partner in motherhood. Episode 1 is also my very personal story about how I saw God partner with me to help one of my children. It's a story I never thought I would share, but I felt prompted to tell this part of my journey and I hope by sharing you will gain something you need in motherhood. Thanks for joining me! I hope the episodes each week will help you feel hope and joy in motherhood, think about your own motherhood story and recognize how God has been your partner in motherhood. Show Notes: Follow Spiritually Minded Mom on Instagram and Facebook. Go here to read the entire talk by Jeffery R. Holland quoted at the end of the episode.
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