Chrystal Evans Hurst https://chrystalevanshurst.com Sharing the journey. Mon, 20 May 2019 21:33:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sharing the journey. Chrystal Evans Hurst Sharing the journey. Chrystal Evans Hurst https://chrystalevanshurst.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg https://chrystalevanshurst.com 51577415 #216 – Using Your Time Well https://chrystalevanshurst.com/216-using-your-time-well/ Mon, 20 May 2019 20:20:18 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10323 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/216-using-your-time-well/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/216-using-your-time-well/feed/ 0 Many of us have a lot on our plates -- there's more on our plates than any other generation before us. With so much to do and a limited amount of time, how do we pay attention to the things that matter the most without become unnecessarily distressed and feeling as if there simply isn’t [...] Many of us have a lot on our plates — there’s more on our plates than any other generation before us. With so much to do and a limited amount of time, how do we pay attention to the things that matter the most without become unnecessarily distressed and feeling as if there simply isn’t enough time to get it all done?

I get asked all the time, how do you do it all? The answer: I don’t. And what I do get done, I don’t do all at the same time. My laundry is regularly washed and dried, but not folded. My meal plan is regularly made, but somehow I still end up driving through Chick-Fil-A in a pinch. I know exactly when the ideal time exists in my schedule for a workout and I still often choose to sleep in or tackle some other project that is more enticing than the elliptical machine. I mean… let’s keep it real people. And in total transparency, I don’t do it all by myself. My husband helps a lot. My kids have chores. There are also other people who help me out with the tasks that are on my plate. I’ve also gotten really good at saying no. Read the words below s-l-o-w-l-y. In essence, repeat after me.

I

Can’t

Do

It

All.

But we do try, don’t we? In this day and time, we are not short of distractions and opportunities either. There will always be something vying for our attention. The urgent will also seek to trump the important. If you don’t learn to separate the meaningful from the “oh-my-gosh-right-now,” you will run out of time and life to do the things that are most important to you.

I hear from many of you how strapped for time you are and of course I want to help by sharing what I know. You don’t have to live “time poor.” My friend, Valorie Burton, is a business mentor and coach who will help you use your time well and overcome “time poverty.” Valorie has been on the podcast before and I love chatting with her because she gives great insights, plus she always has practical tips and tools to help you get where you need to go. She recently released a book entitled It’s About Time: The Art of Choosing the Meaningful Over The Urgent where she helps you reimagine a life that is meaningful, at a pace that is natural, with a load that is doable. She never thought she would be writing a book on the subject of time because she struggled with it as well. She was in time debt and was time poor and she didn’t want to be either of those things! So she wrote the book she needed in order to move towards a more meaningful life.  

How do you want to spend your time? If you want to change the way you use and feel about your time, you have to give some honest answers to some hard questions. How are you spending your time? Do you treat your time like a budget? Are you in time debt? What do you need to say no to?

There is no better time than now to start setting realistic expectations for what you can and cannot get done. We have all spent our time in ways we wished we hadn’t – whether it was scrolling on social media way too long or waiting to move forward on something God called you to do. Whatever it is, know that God can make up for and even use the time we’ve wasted (Joel 2:25-32).

Listen girl, it’s not too late to focus on the important. You can still set non-negotiables. Your life has meaning and you can choose to live moments that matter. It’s about time for that. Don’t you think so?  

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Overcoming Time Poverty
  • Choosing the Meaningful over the Urgent
  • Setting Reasonable Expectations
  • Learning from Lost Time
  • Setting Digital Boundaries

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What is most meaningful for you in this season of you?
  2. What is getting in the way of the most meaningful things in your life?  
  3. What does getting quiet and listening to yourself and God look like for you?
  4. Looking back a month from now, what would you wish you would have done today?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Many of us have a lot on our plates — there’s more on our plates than any other generation before us. With so much to do and a limited amount of time, how do we pay attention to the things […] Many of us have a lot on our plates — there’s more on our plates than any other generation before us. With so much to do and a limited amount of time, how do we pay attention to the things […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:08:44 10323
#215 – A Love Letter Life https://chrystalevanshurst.com/215-a-love-letter-life/ Mon, 13 May 2019 20:48:09 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10047 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/215-a-love-letter-life/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/215-a-love-letter-life/feed/ 0 One of the places that we have the greatest influence is in our relationships, particularly marital relationships. Of course, having a positive influence in any area requires intentionality and hard work, and that is especially true of marriage. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Audrey Roloff (who starred on the show Little People, [...] One of the places that we have the greatest influence is in our relationships, particularly marital relationships. Of course, having a positive influence in any area requires intentionality and hard work, and that is especially true of marriage. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Audrey Roloff (who starred on the show Little People, Big World with her husband Jeremy Roloff) on the subject of marriage. I really enjoyed my conversation with her and was particularly impressed by the relational wisdom and insight she shared— only twenty-seven years of age and being married for only five, Audrey shared things that are typically only heard from women who have had twenty to thirty years of skin in the game.

Apart from previously starring on the show Little People, Big World, Audrey and her husband have been able to do a lot of things together, and one of the things they are most proud of is their new book, Love Letter Life. Love Letter Life chronicles the growth of Audrey and Jeremy’s love story over the years. Through a long distance relationship, a breakup, and relational challenges, Audrey and Jeremy persevered, eventually finding their way down the aisle and making a lifelong commitment to one another. They continue to battle for their relationship because as anyone who has been married for any length of time knows, the real battle starts after you say “I do.” Marriage is a wonderful gift, but the enemy and life circumstances will inevitably present many challenges over the years.

Audrey advises us to prepare for marriage like we would prepare to climb a summit, win a championship, or even pursue a career. We admire athletes who train years for one event and we ourselves relentlessly train and equip ourselves to climb the corporate ladder, but what are we doing to strengthen our marriages, or even simply keep them healthy and intact? And this applies to those of you who are single too:  what are you doing to prepare yourself for marriage?

Married or single, I hope that this episode challenges and encourages you to be intentional in documenting your story. And of course, your love story is a major part of that. We all have a story, whether we like it or not. The way to write a better story is to take an intentional look at your life and your relationships—especially a relationship with a spouse—and make strategic changes, both for your good and the good of those you love.

Hope you enjoy this episode!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Battling for your marriage
  • How to break off a relationship
  • Struggles with pornography
  • Having hard conversations
  • Carving out time for intimacy
  • The value of Sabbath rest

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. How are you cultivating your love story? What areas could you work on?
  2. Do you practice Sabbath rest? If so, how has it benefited from it? If not, how did Audrey’s perspective challenge you?
  3. Have you found personality assessments helpful in navigating relationships? Tell me about your Myers-Brigg type or enneagram number if you know it!

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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One of the places that we have the greatest influence is in our relationships, particularly marital relationships. Of course, having a positive influence in any area requires intentionality and hard work, and that is especially true of marriage. One of the places that we have the greatest influence is in our relationships, particularly marital relationships. Of course, having a positive influence in any area requires intentionality and hard work, and that is especially true of marriage. I recently […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:02:04 10047
#214 – The Power of Influence https://chrystalevanshurst.com/214-the-power-of-influence/ Mon, 06 May 2019 20:53:03 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9872 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/214-the-power-of-influence/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/214-the-power-of-influence/feed/ 0 Webster's dictionary defines influence as “the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.” Do you believe you have influence? You might think not, but as Pam Tebow, mother of former professional football player Tim Tebow, will be explaining today, we are all capable of having a powerful  influence on the [...] Webster’s dictionary defines influence as the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.” Do you believe you have influence? You might think not, but as Pam Tebow, mother of former professional football player Tim Tebow, will be explaining today, we are all capable of having a powerful  influence on the world; in fact, even the smallest decisions we make can matter far more than we realize. In her book Ripple Effects, Pam uncovers and explains the miraculous motivating power we can have on this generation and the next, regardless of where we have been planted in life.

Far from being a hindrance to you having influence, the place you have been planted is actually where God most wants you to have influence. You may feel like you have been planted in cement, but remember: God can grow things anywhere. He even prefers to use unexpected people and situations to accomplish his purposes, because he gets more glory that way (see 1 Corinthians 1:26-31)! Pam’s story is an excellent example of the amazing ways God works. She did not grow up in a Christian home, so the value of positive influence was not always front and center for her. But eventually, as she grew in her faith and went on to raise and homeschool five children, Pam learned that her influence was not only vital for her family but for everyone she came in contact with. She can now see how the seeds she had the privilege or planting have grown and produced fruit.

Pam believes that everyone has a purpose, and she is especially passionate about helping women to find their purpose and walk in it. Raising a family,  homeschooling her children, serving on the mission field, and confronting serious doctor’s diagnosis taught her the power of depending on a big God.

Never forget: You serve a big God. And because you serve a big God, you have the power and capacity to influence others in countless ways that you can’t even imagine. Whether you feel influential or not, I hope this podcast encourages you to explore the countless ways you can begin to positively influence  others, right where you are.

It’s never too late. Today is a good day to start.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • The power of a woman’s influence
  • Getting started with homeschooling
  • Raising children on the mission field
  • Having faith in a big God
  • Influencing your children

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What woman has influenced you most? Have you taken the time to thank her for the ripple effects she has had on your life?
  2. Where do you have the most influence in your current season of life? How are you influencing others for good?
  3. In what ways do you want to expand your influence?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Webster’s dictionary defines influence as “the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.” Do you believe you have influence? You might think not, but as Pam Tebow, mother of former professional football player Tim Tebow, […] Webster’s dictionary defines influence as “the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.” Do you believe you have influence? You might think not, but as Pam Tebow, mother of former professional football player Tim Tebow, […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:00:17 9872
#213 – Doing the Next Right Thing https://chrystalevanshurst.com/213-doing-the-next-right-thing/ Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:25:40 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9852 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/213-doing-the-next-right-thing/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/213-doing-the-next-right-thing/feed/ 2 What is it that you want more deeply than anything else? In my previous podcast, I had a conversation with my guest about learning to dream again, because we can become so disappointed by all the dreams we’ve had that didn’t become a reality that we just stop dreaming at all. A similar issue happens [...] What is it that you want more deeply than anything else? In my previous podcast, I had a conversation with my guest about learning to dream again, because we can become so disappointed by all the dreams we’ve had that didn’t become a reality that we just stop dreaming at all. A similar issue happens with decision-making: we can become so laser-focused on what we want an outcome to be (our future plans) that we find ourselves unable to be settled and content wherever it is that we currently find ourselves.  If we’re ever going to be at peace, we need to start simply, humbly aiming to do the next right thing.

Did you know there’s a book about that? Emily P. Freeman is the author of The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Right Decisions, and she’s joining me on this episode to talk about decision-making. Emily understands that when we have a big decision to make, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.

 

 

Emily offers some practical tips on how to bring clarity to your decision-making process. In doing so, she explains how decision-making is an individual process and how looking at the way we have been uniquely designed can help us determine how to best go about making decisions.

To me, my chat with Emily was a great reminder about the value of self-reflection and intentionally marking memories, not just for decision-making but also for remembering the all life-giving moments God’s given me.

 

Listen, you know I’m all about living moments that matter. That’s what I’m here to help you do. And if we can learn to make decisions that we feel good about, decisions that leave us feeling peaceful and not chaotic, then we will find ourselves creating moments that are marked with memories worth celebrating.

So make sure you listen closely to this episode. Emily’s desire, and mine as well, is to help you show up in the world as the deep, passionate person you are designed to be. But it’s up to you. You have to decidenot exactly what your future will be; no one knows that—but simply to do the next right thing.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Understanding how you personally  best make decisions
  • Strengthening your decision-making muscle
  • Battling decision fatigue
  • Using creativity to make decisions
  • Living a life of reflection

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Did you take Emily’s quiz? How do you make decisions? Do you lead with your head, heart, or intuition? How might this knowledge change how you think about the way you make decisions?
  2. Is there a decision you are struggling to make right now? Did this episode help? If so, please share below; I’d love to hear about it.
  3. What boundaries have you set or do you need to set around your decision-making in your home, job, or relationships?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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What is it that you want more deeply than anything else? In my previous podcast, I had a conversation with my guest about learning to dream again, because we can become so disappointed by all the dreams we’ve had that […] What is it that you want more deeply than anything else? In my previous podcast, I had a conversation with my guest about learning to dream again, because we can become so disappointed by all the dreams we’ve had that […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 56:55 9852
#212 – Redeeming Your Dreams https://chrystalevanshurst.com/212-redeeming-your-dreams/ Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:21:29 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9835 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/212-redeeming-your-dreams/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/212-redeeming-your-dreams/feed/ 3 How do you remain passionate and purposeful in life when you have to cope with the death of a dream? How do you keep living with joy when... The relationship you thought would lead to marriage suddenly ends? The adoption you’ve been working towards for months or years doesn’t go through? The book you thought [...] How do you remain passionate and purposeful in life when you have to cope with the death of a dream? How do you keep living with joy when…

  • The relationship you thought would lead to marriage suddenly ends?
  • The adoption you’ve been working towards for months or years doesn’t go through?
  • The book you thought would get picked up by a publisher is turned down?
  • The child you prayed would come back home never does?
  • The health challenges you are facing aren’t getting any better, or worse yet, are intensifying?

 

Life rarely goes the way we expect it to. If we are not careful, we will fall into the trap of looking to people or even things to fix the brokenness in our lives. On this episode of the podcast, Tiffany Bluhm and I discuss how to cope with lost dreams. Left on a doorstep at two days old without a mother to nurse her or a father to rock her to sleep, Tiffany was confronted with the pain of abandonment long before she had the ability to fight against it. Growing up, she was labeled as an abandoned child, and she learned to see herself that way.  

Life didn’t meet Tiffany’s expectations, and in many respects, there was nothing she could do about it. But in the middle of all those unmet expectations and broken dreamsin her darkest, most painful momentsTiffany found growth and goodness. She also discovered that some dreams she thought were lost forever could be found again, even if it wasn’t in the way she expected. As Tiffany shares in our conversation, dreams often have to sit on the shelf for a season. But they aren’t meant to rot there.

What dream have you left on the shelf for too long? It’s not too late to pick it up, dust it off, and put it in view again. I hope our conversation encourages you to do just that.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Picking your dreams back up
  • Working  through disappointment
  • Giving yourself grace
  • Cutting down your to-do list

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What are you passionate about? What would you be willing to do for free?
  2. As you were listening to this episode, what “death of a dream” came to mind?
  3. What can you take off your to-do list this week so that you can better focus on your passions?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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How do you remain passionate and purposeful in life when you have to cope with the death of a dream? How do you keep living with joy when… The relationship you thought would lead to marriage suddenly ends? The adoption […] How do you remain passionate and purposeful in life when you have to cope with the death of a dream? How do you keep living with joy when… The relationship you thought would lead to marriage suddenly ends? The adoption […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 55:01 9835
#211 – The Impact of Your Story https://chrystalevanshurst.com/211-the-impact-of-your-story/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:22:57 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9829 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/211-the-impact-of-your-story/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/211-the-impact-of-your-story/feed/ 0 We only have this one life to live. Too many of us go throughout life without paying attention to our stories. We are hesitant to uncover our stories because it's much easier to cover things up and accept how we are, as how things will always be. Have you made the time to take a [...] We only have this one life to live. Too many of us go throughout life without paying attention to our stories. We are hesitant to uncover our stories because it’s much easier to cover things up and accept how we are, as how things will always be.

Have you made the time to take a deep look at your life? There are reasons why you do the things you do. There are reasons why you think the way you think. There are reasons why you are the way you are.

This week my conversation is with Jo Saxton and we’re talking about the impact of her story.

Jo shares how she had to do the work to look at the layers of her life. Peeling back was not easy but she has seen the generational benefit of owning her story. I hope this episode encourages you to do the work to look at your life and understand the impact or your story.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Being healthy in your physical and spiritual body
  • Confronting the Layers of your Story
  • The Dream of Who You are Supposed to be

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  • Whoever of whatever has named you does not define you forever. – Jo Saxton
  • We all have holes in our heart that only God can fill. – Chrystal Hurst
  • This life is not a dress rehearsal. You get it one. – Chrystal Hurst

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Are you willing to admit that there is a hole in your life? What part of your healing can you control?
  2. Have you taken the challenge of letting people in? How can you open the door a little wider?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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We only have this one life to live. Too many of us go throughout life without paying attention to our stories. We are hesitant to uncover our stories because it’s much easier to cover things up and accept how we […] We only have this one life to live. Too many of us go throughout life without paying attention to our stories. We are hesitant to uncover our stories because it’s much easier to cover things up and accept how we […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 28:36 9829
#210 – Loving Your Life Again https://chrystalevanshurst.com/210-loving-your-life-again/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:26:18 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9698 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/210-loving-your-life-again/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/210-loving-your-life-again/feed/ 5 We all hit unexpected bumps in our life. They are difficult and unpleasant, but we can usually buckle down and get past them. Then there are “bumps” which would be more accurately called mountains; they are so overwhelming and intense that they leave you feeling completely alone and helpless, wondering if you will ever be [...] We all hit unexpected bumps in our life. They are difficult and unpleasant, but we can usually buckle down and get past them. Then there are “bumps” which would be more accurately called mountains; they are so overwhelming and intense that they leave you feeling completely alone and helpless, wondering if you will ever be able to recover.

When you find yourself trapped in a long, dark, cold tunnel, how do you continue to walk forward with the hope that one day you’ll emerge again in the light and warmth of the sun?  

Life will take you through unexpected places. Holding on to faith and hope when you are walking through those joyless, desolate places can be hard. I’m so grateful for author and speaker, Tracie Miles, and her message of encouragement. Tracie has been through one of these hard places and made it to the other side. After twenty-six years of marriage, Tracie’s life changed unexpectedly when the relationship with her husband ended in divorce. With no desire from her husband to reconcile, Tracie found herself terrified about her future and unsure how to navigate the new course her life had taken. A while later, worn down by the undesirable situation she was in, Tracie decided that she was tired of being unhappy. She knew that even though she couldn’t make her life look the way it did before, it was still within her power to love her life again.

Right now you might be feeling like you are drowning from a storm that is raging in your life. You may be thinking that unless God calms the waters, the waves of life are going swallow you up. It may be a divorce or some other great loss or difficult change. We all have been through or will go difficult circumstances.  Be encouraged — even though you may have to get in a new boat, you can choose to love life again. You may have to learn to enjoy new things, new people, and new places, but you’ll get through this. It will be hard, but you will be okay, and God will get the glory for every single part of your story–even, if not especially, the parts of it you would prefer to forget.

I’m so thankful to Tracie for her transparency about the painful yet transformative parts of her story. I hope that, as you listen, you are as encouraged as I was. Even if life isn’t hard for you right now, Tracie’s message will help you choose to love your life today a little more than you did yesterday and perhaps strengthen you for future trials.

 

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Moving forward after unexpected changes
  • Tips for loving your life again
  • Changing negative thought patterns
  • Cultivating relationships in hard times

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Resources From Today’s Show 

Other Stuff to Check Out

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. When you encounter difficult times, hat things do you do to get back to loving your life? Does Tracie mention any strategies that you would like to use in the future?
  2. Are you struggling with loving your life? What thought patterns do you need to change in order to have a better perspective on your situation?
  3. What unexpected change have you made it through recently or in the past? Share it down below, so we can celebrate with you!

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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We all hit unexpected bumps in our life. They are difficult and unpleasant, but we can usually buckle down and get past them. Then there are “bumps” which would be more accurately called mountains; they are so overwhelming and intense […] We all hit unexpected bumps in our life. They are difficult and unpleasant, but we can usually buckle down and get past them. Then there are “bumps” which would be more accurately called mountains; they are so overwhelming and intense […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 43:39 9698
#209 – Living as a Healthier You https://chrystalevanshurst.com/209-living-as-a-healthier-you-2/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 06:31:02 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9687 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/209-living-as-a-healthier-you-2/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/209-living-as-a-healthier-you-2/feed/ 3 Have you ever heard the saying, “When you know better, do better”? Even if you haven’t, you’ve no doubt heard something similar—particularly when it comes to food and dieting. Diet and nutrition (exercise too!) have been a major trend since the second half of the 1900s, but in the last decade or so, the focus [...] Have you ever heard the saying, “When you know better, do better”? Even if you haven’t, you’ve no doubt heard something similar—particularly when it comes to food and dieting. Diet and nutrition (exercise too!) have been a major trend since the second half of the 1900s, but in the last decade or so, the focus on fitness in the United States has become greater than ever.  At this point, we all know very well that the food we choose to eat can heal us or hurt us.

And yet, even with the extensive knowledge most of us have of the impact of our diet choices on our health and wellbeing, we can become so addicted to food that knowing better doesn’t translate to doing better.

On this episode, I’m talking about being good to your body and all things nutrition. My special guest is my cousin Clarise Cannings. Clarise has been a vegetarian for over sixteen years has a certification in nutrition. The conversation Clarise and I have on this podcast is not at all new for us;  like most women, we’ve been talking food forever. I’m not a vegetarian, but I did have a stint as a cold-turkey-vegan once for about six weeks, so I offer my limited expertise in this conversation as well—mostly concerning my perspective on healthy eating and its challenges. From how to live as a vegetarian or vegan to how to run a marathon (which Clarise has done multiple times!) my discussions with Clarise have always been marked by her willingness to show compassion to the health journey of others, even while she has a great deal of clarity about her own.

Listen ya’ll, we all have our struggles, and it’s no secret that maintaining a healthy weight is one of mine. Because I understand the struggle so well,  it occurred to me recently that the helpful and encouraging conversations I have with those in my “real-life” circles could also be helpful for you. Clarise and I will be sharing the sort of conversation we often have about knowing your body, developing a balanced diet, making good food choices, and eating healthy when you have little time or limited budget. And that’s just a sample of the things we talk about; you can look forward to much more!  

It’s so important that we learn to listen to our bodies, to honor them (1 Cor. 6:19), and to show gratitude for them by taking care of them. The quality of our lives is ultimately determined  by how well we live out moments that matter, but in order to make moments that matter, we have to be here in our bodies to live them! Being present and feeling good has a lot to do with what we put into our bodies. Want  to learn more or need a reminder about how to be good to the physical part of you? This podcast will help.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • How to listen to your body
  • Developing a balanced diet
  • How to make good food choices
  • Eating healthy on a budget

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Resources From Today’s Show 

Other Stuff to Check Out

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What is the biggest challenge you face in eating healthy? Have you considered that there might be an emotional or spiritual component that needs to be addressed?
  2. What do you have a habit of eating that you know is not healthy? How can you replace that food with something else or reduce your intake of it?
  3. What helpful tips do you have for eating healthy? Share them in the comments below!
  4. What change are you committing to make over the next seven days? I recommend journaling how you feel along the way!

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Have you ever heard the saying, “When you know better, do better”? Even if you haven’t, you’ve no doubt heard something similar—particularly when it comes to food and dieting. Diet and nutrition (exercise too!) have been a major trend since […] Have you ever heard the saying, “When you know better, do better”? Even if you haven’t, you’ve no doubt heard something similar—particularly when it comes to food and dieting. Diet and nutrition (exercise too!) have been a major trend since […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 56:46 9687
#208 – How to Stay Crazy in Love https://chrystalevanshurst.com/208-how-to-stay-crazy-in-love/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:49:26 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9558 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/208-how-to-stay-crazy-in-love/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/208-how-to-stay-crazy-in-love/feed/ 6 How do you stay crazy in love when your spouse is driving you crazy? It’s often said that opposites attract, and if you look at most marriages, you'll see that's true. But if you've been married for any amount of time, you also know that it’s not very long before the very characteristics that initially [...] How do you stay crazy in love when your spouse is driving you crazy?

It’s often said that opposites attract, and if you look at most marriages, you’ll see that’s true. But if you’ve been married for any amount of time, you also know that it’s not very long before the very characteristics that initially attracted you to your spouse start to drive you crazy. On this episode, I’m chatting with my Proverbs 31 buddy, Karen Ehman. Karen is the author of Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Spouse is Driving You Crazy.

Karen has been married thirty-two years to the same man, and while her marriage has stood the test of time, there definitely have been bumps in the road. She’s dealt with the friction caused by differences perhaps even more than most married women. In fact, during premarital counseling, Karen and her husband were told that they only had around a 5% chance of staying married because the differences between them were so great.

While her marriage hasn’t been easy, Karen and her husband have stuck it out and learned many things along the way. Karen hopes to use her experience to encourage women who are going through normal bumps in the road like the loss of excitement, the mundaneness that settles in, and the constant busyness of raising kids.

Your marriage may not be all that you thought it would be, but I hope this episode provides a fresh perspective that helps you to keep going and keep showing up. If you’re single, don’t overlook this episode! Not only will you likely have to face differences in marriage one day, but you also have to engage with people who are different from you right now in your day-to-day life y. You can put the principles Karen shares into practice long before you walk down the aisle.

Marriage is a beautiful journey, but it inevitably comes with challenges. No one’s marriage looks exactly how they thought it would. Everyone struggles in some way. What we must remember as followers of Christ is that marriage is a special, sacred relationship in which we choose to reflect Christ’s love over and over and over again – even, if not especially, when it is difficult and doesn’t bring us immediate happiness.

In her book, Karen not only shares pieces of wisdom and insight she has gained over the years, but also offers practical suggestions for things like date nights and conversations starters that will help you talk to your spouse about your marriage. Seriously, she’s got so much good stuff to share! So listen to our chat, and then head over and grab a copy of her book!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • How to reframe your feelings about your spouse
  • How to balance strengths and weaknesses in your marriage
  • What it means to be a faithful forgiver
  • Why comparing marriages is dangerous

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Resources From Today’s Show 

Other Stuff to Check Out

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Has your marriage lost its spark? In what practical, tangible ways can you rekindle it?
  2. Do you value the ways in which your husband is different from you? What’s one practical way you can show him that you do?
  3. Let’s help each other keep the fire going! Share your favorite date night idea in the comments below.

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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How do you stay crazy in love when your spouse is driving you crazy? It’s often said that opposites attract, and if you look at most marriages, you’ll see that’s true. But if you’ve been married for any amount of […] How do you stay crazy in love when your spouse is driving you crazy? It’s often said that opposites attract, and if you look at most marriages, you’ll see that’s true. But if you’ve been married for any amount of […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 49:34 9558
#207 – How to be Wife-Ready https://chrystalevanshurst.com/207-how-to-be-wife-ready/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:28:02 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9528 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/207-how-to-be-wife-ready/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/207-how-to-be-wife-ready/feed/ 12   For the past couple of episodes, we’ve been talking about working on you. After all, it is very important for you to spend time making room for what you love and  being intentional about reaching your goals. However,  I want to shift focus and talk to you about how much time and effort you [...]  

For the past couple of episodes, we’ve been talking about working on you. After all, it is very important for you to spend time making room for what you love and  being intentional about reaching your goals. However,  I want to shift focus and talk to you about how much time and effort you invest in relationship goals.

My friend Kim Mcquitty married at a young age and freely admits that she wasn’t ready for the complexities of being a wife to her late husband, Marvin McQuitty Jr. However, despite her misgivings, Kim desired to live out God’s will for her marriage, so she regularly and intentionally sought to understand what God had in mind for her relationship with her husband given their different personalities and passions.

Because Kim did the work of learning and living out marriage God’s way she is still passionate about marriage years after her husband passed away. Kim ministers to women who are currently married and mentors women who hope to married be one day.

Whether you are currently married or desire to be married one day, have you ever asked yourself, “Am I wife-ready?” In other words, do you understand what God has in mind for marriage–what it means to do it His way? I mean, let’s face it, relationships are complex in general, but marriage takes human connection and commitment to a whole ‘nuther level. Kim and I get into the nitty gritty as we candidly discuss what it means to be a wife and have the sort of marriage God desires you to have.

While none of us can be 100% ready for marriage, there are things you can do to be better prepared, and Kim shares some of those things with us. Listen… this episode isn’t just for single women, it’s for married women too. Whether you are trying to get wife-ready or you are currently a wife and want to strengthen your relationship with your husband, the practical tips that Kim shares on this episode will both challenge and encourage you.  

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • What it means to be “wife-ready”
  • The complex dynamics of marriage
  • Living single after marriage

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Resources From Today’s Show 

Other Stuff to Check Out

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What did you do to prepare for marriage? If you’re single, what did you do to prepare for marriage?
  2. Kim shared that we don’t determine our purpose, we discover it. If you don’t know your purpose, what work are you doing to discover it? If you know your purpose, how are you actively living it?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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  For the past couple of episodes, we’ve been talking about working on you. After all, it is very important for you to spend time making room for what you love and  being intentional about reaching your goals. However,  I […]   For the past couple of episodes, we’ve been talking about working on you. After all, it is very important for you to spend time making room for what you love and  being intentional about reaching your goals. However,  I […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 58:11 9528
#206 – The Balancing Act: God & Goals https://chrystalevanshurst.com/206-the-balancing-act-god-goals/ Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:40:20 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9496 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/206-the-balancing-act-god-goals/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/206-the-balancing-act-god-goals/feed/ 0 I’m sure you’ve often asked yourself, “What is God’s will for my life?” Well, guess what? I know the answer! God’s will is that you both surrender your life to Him AND live on purpose. Now, you may be asking,  “What the heck does that mean?” Well, take a deep breath and trust me when [...] I’m sure you’ve often asked yourself, “What is God’s will for my life?”

Well, guess what? I know the answer!

God’s will is that you both surrender your life to Him AND live on purpose.

Now, you may be asking,  “What the heck does that mean?” Well, take a deep breath and trust me when I say, you can let things go and pick things up at the same time. I know, I know… you are probably thinking, “But what does ‘letting go’ or surrendering even look like day to day? And besides, there are too many things in my life that won’t keep moving if I don’t push them! There are so many things I’m responsible for. There are so many people depending on me! How in the world can I surrender?!”

Trust me, I get it. I have often wondered those things myself. When overwhelmed, I have asked, “How am I  supposed to live with intention and meaning as a mother, wife, friend, and career woman and also let go and give God everything?”

Listen in, friends! You’re in for a treat. Jennifer Dukes Lee is an author, acquisitions editor, and fellow high-achiever. I felt so at home talking to her because I was grateful to know that I wasn’t the only girl trying to figure out the goals and God thing. I recorded a podcast with Jennifer and we had a very practical and helpful conversation about how to live a life of surrender while not apologizing for being a “go-getter”.  She has learned how to live with God as the CEO of her life and also be who He created her to be! Jennifer shares how we can be confident women of God who hustle hard and enjoy getting things done while also letting go of control and living the blessed and surrendered life God calls us to.

So if you are a “go-getter” who doesn’t know how to balance it all, you are in good company. After you listen to the episode, please let me know what practical takeaways you get from my conversation with Jennifer! And in the meantime, believe me when I tell you that it’s okay to do YOU!

So yes girl…

Go ahead. Hustle. Create. Shine.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • What the life of a woman who loves God look like (it may not be what you imagine!)
  • How to both actively pursue your calling and also surrender all to God
  • How to tell the difference between healthy control and unhealthy control of your life
  • How to discern what is God calling you to do and let go of the things He is not calling you to
  • How to recognize if you are partnering with God or playing God in your life

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  • “Sometimes surrender means marching forward like a warrior.” – Jennifer Dukes Lee
  • “We can be achievers and love Jesus at the same time.”  – Jennifer Dukes Lee
  • “We don’t win spiritual brownie points for diminishing our gifts.”  – Jennifer Dukes Lee
  • “As a woman, you aren’t called to shrink. You are called to shine.”  – Jennifer Dukes Lee
  • “We can partner with God instead of playing God in our lives.” – Jennifer Dukes Lee
  • “You are the direct aftermath of God breathing life into you.” – Jennifer Dukes Lee

Resources From Today’s Show 

Other Stuff to Check Out

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Are you energized or depleted by your calendar?
  2. Are you seeking to control your life in healthy or unhealthy ways?
  3. Are you playing God in your life, or partnering with Him? Based on your answer, what is God calling you to hang on to? What is God calling you to let go of?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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I’m sure you’ve often asked yourself, “What is God’s will for my life?” Well, guess what? I know the answer! God’s will is that you both surrender your life to Him AND live on purpose. Now, you may be asking, […] I’m sure you’ve often asked yourself, “What is God’s will for my life?” Well, guess what? I know the answer! God’s will is that you both surrender your life to Him AND live on purpose. Now, you may be asking, […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 47:32 9496
#205 – Making Time For What You Love https://chrystalevanshurst.com/205-making-time-for-what-you-love/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 13:24:20 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9478 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/205-making-time-for-what-you-love/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/205-making-time-for-what-you-love/feed/ 2 When is the last time you felt alive? When you look at your life, does it seem realistic that you can have the time and energy to do what you love? Many of you have told me that you have a constant feeling of exhaustion and overwhelm from all the competing demands you face. I [...] When is the last time you felt alive? When you look at your life, does it seem realistic that you can have the time and energy to do what you love? Many of you have told me that you have a constant feeling of exhaustion and overwhelm from all the competing demands you face. I get it. I do too.

Some of you have reached out to me to tell me how you are struggling because you feel overwhelmed with all the responsibilities in your life. Career, children, family, social media, church, volunteer work—it can all really pile up.
And I’m familiar with the struggle.

My good friend Amy Lynn Andrews has listened to me talk about all of the things on my own plate and has strategically and intentionally challenged me to live with focus. I decided to have her on my podcast to share our conversation with you so you can receive some practical help too!. In addition to homeschooling four children, Amy runs a successful online business which is in part focused on teaching time management. She is extremely passionate about teaching people how to streamline their schedules and do the most important things—the things that God made them to do.

If you struggle with making room for the most important things in your life, Amy is here to help you stop, slow down, pare down, and think big picture. She’s here to make you consider life-changing questions like “Why am I doing everything that I’m doing?” “What is that God made me to do?” “What do I need to cut out of my life?”

These are hard questions, I know. But these are the questions that lead to living a life that you love.

Listen in as Amy and I discuss how to create margin, how to dream again, and how to make the best use of the time you’ve been given. I’ve benefited so much from listening to what she has to share, and I know you will too!

 

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Practical advice for managing your time
  • Tips for focusing on the most important
  • Encouragement for learning to dream again

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Resources From Today’s Show 

  • Magnetic Lashes – Find my current fav lashes in my Amazon Store! I’m not a makeup artist by a long stretch but this is what is currently working for me!
  • AmyLynnAndrews.com—Amy’s main website which includes an easy-to-follow guide on how to start a blog
  • TellYourTime.com—a PDF booklet which outlines Amy’s straightforward, step-by-step approach to controlling your schedule and making sure the important things don’t fall through the cracks. Includes simple yet comprehensive time management tools.
  • Useletter.com—free weekly email containing handy tips and tools for bloggers, authors, freelancers, and online business owners
  • KnowtbookAmy’s personal digital notebook which includes everything she has learned (for the past 13+ years) and is continuing to learn about owning an online business, social media, marketing, and blogging. See a preview of what the Knowtbook is all about in this video

Other Stuff to Check Out

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. How long has it been since you’ve taken a step back and assessed all the roles and responsibilities you have in your life? Could you benefit from cutting some things out and saying “no” more often?
  2. Have you forgotten how to dream? Consider setting aside some time to prayerfully consider what it is that you are passionate about—what it is that God made you to do—and how you might begin to pursue that.

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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When is the last time you felt alive? When you look at your life, does it seem realistic that you can have the time and energy to do what you love? Many of you have told me that you have […] When is the last time you felt alive? When you look at your life, does it seem realistic that you can have the time and energy to do what you love? Many of you have told me that you have […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 55:48 9478
#204 – Fight for Your Life https://chrystalevanshurst.com/204-fight-for-your-life/ Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:40:05 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9452 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/204-fight-for-your-life/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/204-fight-for-your-life/feed/ 1 What do you do when you feel lost in your life? Well, the answer is simple.  Notice I didn't say easy. You have to fight. If the life you hope for or dream of seems to be out of your reach or even if the life you have seems to be slipping through your fingers, [...] What do you do when you feel lost in your life?

Well, the answer is simple.  Notice I didn’t say easy.

You have to fight.

If the life you hope for or dream of seems to be out of your reach or even if the life you have seems to be slipping through your fingers, the only antidote is for you to fight to keep or get the life you desire.

Fighting comes in all forms.  Sometimes it’s in what you do.  Sometimes it’s in what you don’t do. Sometimes it means you work harder, move forward faster, or grin and bear it.  Sometimes fighting means you slow down, calm down, and stand still.  No matter the challenge you face in living an intentional purpose-filled life, getting to the good stuff doesn’t come easy.  That’s why so many people don’t get it.  They aren’t willing to do what it takes over the long haul.

I want to encourage you to get back to your fight or to start the fight if you haven’t already.  Your life is worth the effort.

What do you do when you feel lost in your life?  You decide to find what you’ve lost and be intentional about taking your life back. It will take work.  It will take intentionality. It will take time.  But — hear me loud and clear on this — THIS. IS. YOUR. LIFE. It’s up to you to make something of it and doing so might require a fight every now and again.  

 

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • The problem with defeat
  • The importance of focus
  • The pursuit of priority

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Resources From Today’s Show 

Other Stuff to Check Out

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Have you stopped fighting for your life? Why or why not?
  2. Can you see a connection between your thoughts and your reality? What can you do to actively engage in productive vs. negative or destructive thoughts?
  3. What is most important for you to focus on right now?  In the sea of ALL THE THINGS you could focus on, what should be getting more of your attention?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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What do you do when you feel lost in your life? Well, the answer is simple.  Notice I didn’t say easy. You have to fight. If the life you hope for or dream of seems to be out of your […] What do you do when you feel lost in your life? Well, the answer is simple.  Notice I didn’t say easy. You have to fight. If the life you hope for or dream of seems to be out of your […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 44:45 9452
#203 – Choose Joy https://chrystalevanshurst.com/203-choose-joy/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:51:12 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9425 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/203-choose-joy/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/203-choose-joy/feed/ 1 Sadness, depression, or a funk. We use a variety of words to describe how we feel when we don’t feel good, when we feel blah, or when we are experiencing a season of being “out of character”. But whatever we call it, the remedy is the same. We can choose joy.     What practically [...] Sadness, depression, or a funk.

We use a variety of words to describe how we feel when we don’t feel good, when we feel blah, or when we are experiencing a season of being “out of character”. But whatever we call it, the remedy is the same. We can choose joy.

 

 

What practically works best for you to deal with your funk may be different than what works best for me but there is always something that works.  The options run the range of sunshine to a medical prescription.  You just need to know what works for you and be intentional about opting-in to joy!  

The time is up for people who accept their funk as some permanent part of their existence. You may have heard me say it before but this life we have? It’s not a dress rehearsal! You will only pass this way once and every moment matters.

It’s time for you to be a part of the solution and choose joy, even it if seems to allude you. And on today’s podcast, I want to give you some practical tips for how to do just that. In order to show up for your life there are a few key things you need to know.  Choosing joy is one of those keys that can unlock your potential on earth for the purposes God has for you.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • How to get out of a funk
  • Practical ways to find joy
  • The stories we live to tell

 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. How do you know when you’re in a funk?
  2. What can you do today to choose joy?
  3. Have you ever struggled with depression? If so, what would you say to encourage someone who is struggling in the same way?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Sadness, depression, or a funk. We use a variety of words to describe how we feel when we don’t feel good, when we feel blah, or when we are experiencing a season of being “out of character”. But whatever we […] Sadness, depression, or a funk. We use a variety of words to describe how we feel when we don’t feel good, when we feel blah, or when we are experiencing a season of being “out of character”. But whatever we […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 34:01 9425
#202 – Let it Go! https://chrystalevanshurst.com/202-let-it-go/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:36:15 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9343 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/202-let-it-go/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/202-let-it-go/feed/ 0 If you're gonna learn to live well, you're gonna have to learn to let some things go. There is no way around it. To grab hold of the best of life, you have to learn how to let go so that there is room for you to grab hold to the good stuff. But what [...] If you’re gonna learn to live well, you’re gonna have to learn to let some things go. There is no way around it. To grab hold of the best of life, you have to learn how to let go so that there is room for you to grab hold to the good stuff.

But what does it mean to let it go?

On this podcast, that’s what I’ll be talking specifically about. Letting it go, is not just about letting things go, it’s about letting people go, and it’s about learning to let yourself go when you need to let yourself off the hook. Letting go means learning the rhythms of grace for your own life and for the life you live in connection with other people. It means choosing to move forward and choosing not to allow anything that is in your head, your heart or in your hands hold you back. If you want to live well, you will have to learn how to leave some things, some people, and some thoughts behind.

I’m so behind on This Is Us. I’ve DVR’d all the shows, but I have yet to make the time to sit down and watch them all. If you watch This Is Us, you know how good of a show it is and you’ll remember that last year around this time, we were all waiting on that infamous show to air after the Super Bowl so that we could put an end to our wondering and be a part of that story in a new way. If you were like me, you watch that episode, seeing him go into that house that was obviously burning down and wonder why in the world he would go back in after their family dog. And you wished with all of your might that he would have just left the dog alone. When he came out, I like many of you, breathed a sigh of relief thinking yay he made it out of the house alive. But still wondering what happened that took Jack out. But then you realized, even though the fire did not immediately take him, the effects of the fire eventually did.

This is what happens to you if you refuse to let some things go. It’s not that the things are terrible, it’s not that the thoughts are awful, it’s simply there is more at stake in your life than holding on to some things that are holding you back. You’ve heard me say it before, I’ll say it again, “this life is not a dress rehearsal” you get to go around one time. And I want to encourage you today, to leave nothing on the table. I want encourage you to choose to let go of the things that are keeping you from learning to live.

 

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Live lightly
  • Learn the art of release
  • Leave it behind

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What do you need to seriously consider letting go of in order to show up for your life? What do you need to stop doing so you can start doing something else in it’s place?
  2. Who in your life can hold you accountable to following through in making this change? Sometimes the missing link in real lasting change is simply accountability.

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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If you’re gonna learn to live well, you’re gonna have to learn to let some things go. There is no way around it. To grab hold of the best of life, you have to learn how to let go so […] If you’re gonna learn to live well, you’re gonna have to learn to let some things go. There is no way around it. To grab hold of the best of life, you have to learn how to let go so […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 32:31 9343
#201 – Show Up for Your Life https://chrystalevanshurst.com/201-show-up-for-your-life/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 21:22:40 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9301 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/201-show-up-for-your-life/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/201-show-up-for-your-life/feed/ 4 Are you struggling to get going even though we are at the start of a brand new year? Has the hustle and bustle of the holiday season left you a tad exhausted or low on energy? Have you been feeling stuck because it’s yet another January and the goals you have this year are the [...] Are you struggling to get going even though we are at the start of a brand new year? Has the hustle and bustle of the holiday season left you a tad exhausted or low on energy? Have you been feeling stuck because it’s yet another January and the goals you have this year are the same ones you had last year?

 

I get that totally.

So today I want to offer some practical help to get you going. Listen girl, we don’t have any time to lose and I want to give you something that’s very doable that can make all the difference in your day, your year, and your life.

I want you to show up! And on today’s podcast, I’m gonna tell you how.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • What it takes to get going
  • The importance of your “one thing”
  • Why it matters

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Is showing up for your 2019 hard? What makes it hard or not so hard?
  2. What’s your one thing?
  3. In what way do you need to show yourself grace this year?
  4. Who can you share what you’ve learn or are learning with?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Are you struggling to get going even though we are at the start of a brand new year? Has the hustle and bustle of the holiday season left you a tad exhausted or low on energy? Have you been feeling […] Are you struggling to get going even though we are at the start of a brand new year? Has the hustle and bustle of the holiday season left you a tad exhausted or low on energy? Have you been feeling […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 40:10 9301
#200 Chrystal’s Christmas Collection https://chrystalevanshurst.com/200-chrystals-christmas-collection/ Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:34:22 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9172 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/200-chrystals-christmas-collection/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/200-chrystals-christmas-collection/feed/ 1 Episode 200 is here!! They say time flies when you’re having fun and I must agree -- the past 199 episodes (yes!  ONE NINETY NINE) have been a blast! Thank you for listening. It doesn’t matter if you started listening at episode one or if this is your first time listening today -- thank you! [...] Episode 200 is here!!

They say time flies when you’re having fun and I must agree — the past 199 episodes (yes!  ONE NINETY NINE) have been a blast! Thank you for listening. It doesn’t matter if you started listening at episode one or if this is your first time listening today — thank you!

Here’s to 200 more!

To celebrate such a special episode, it’s only right that I have a very special guest. My oldest daughter, Kariss, joins me for via podcast and video! Since the holidays are approaching, we decided to sit comfortably in our Christmas pajamas and chat about some of our favorites things. Kariss loves the holidays so she is the perfect person to join me!

Kariss and I spend this episode sharing some of our tried-and-true favorites in addition to some new items we’ve recently discovered. There are quite a few ideas for others and a few things for you too. So snuggle up with a warm blanket, some hot chocolate, and enjoy the 200th episode!

Keep in mind that there will be more than a few giveaways from this episode starting Monday, November 26th and you will need the clues from this episode in order to win.  So watch this episode all the way to the end, make note of the clues, and be sure and check your email and/or keep watch on Instagram for more details.

And don’t forget this episode is on YouTube.  It’s fun to listen to but it’s even more fun to watch!

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Gifts for others
  • Taking care of you
  • Unique Gifts
  • Items you need to know about

Resources From Today’s Show 

Grab the entire list of great gift ideas by going to: chrystalevanshurst.com/myfavs 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What are some of your favorites gifts to give?
  2. How do you take care of yourself during the holidays?
  3. What’s one unique gift that you’ve given or received?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Episode 200 is here!! They say time flies when you’re having fun and I must agree — the past 199 episodes (yes!  ONE NINETY NINE) have been a blast! Thank you for listening. It doesn’t matter if you started listening […] Episode 200 is here!! They say time flies when you’re having fun and I must agree — the past 199 episodes (yes!  ONE NINETY NINE) have been a blast! Thank you for listening. It doesn’t matter if you started listening […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 40:10 9172
#199 Singled Out – Celebrating the Holidays Well https://chrystalevanshurst.com/199-singled-out-celebrating-holidays-well/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:58:18 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9115 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/199-singled-out-celebrating-holidays-well/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/199-singled-out-celebrating-holidays-well/feed/ 5 The holiday season is upon us! I can feel the shift; the weather is changing, the smell of fresh pine and peppermint is on the rise and ya’ll, I have already seen Christmas trees. Fully decorated Christmas trees! I’m not there yet. I’m not a grinch. I love this season - I love making special [...] The holiday season is upon us! I can feel the shift; the weather is changing, the smell of fresh pine and peppermint is on the rise and ya’ll, I have already seen Christmas trees. Fully decorated Christmas trees! I’m not there yet. I’m not a grinch. I love this season – I love making special memories and celebrating with family and friends. But Mrs. Claus (link to last podcast), I am not. A holiday survival guide may be in order…

Let’s be honest, we’ve all had years when we were just hoping to survive the holidays, and this is true whether you are married, single, preparing for your family, or getting geared up for friends.


On this episode I’m talking with two of my in-real-life single girlfriends, Talisha and Tresa, for a holiday “Chick Chat.”

And ya’ll know how I like to cut up with friends!

We talk openly and honestly about being a single woman during the holidays and everything is on the table for this holiday discussion – feeling dismissed, holiday plans, family expectations, gifts, and the importance of valuing yourself during the season.

Single or not, are you valuing yourself, as well as others, during the holiday season? Are YOU celebrating the holidays well? It’s time to do more than survive the holidays. It’s time to live fully and do what you are designed to do – THRIVE.

I hope this episode encourages you to pick up something you’ve been putting off, follow through on ideas that have been laying dormant, and pass through the upcoming season with no regrets. Single or married, survive my friend! Make meaningful memories. Start a new tradition. Bless others with who you are.

Celebrate well!

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Celebrate the holidays as a single
  • Create meaningful holiday memories
  • Cultivate community as an introvert

Resources From Today’s Show 

  • Create Magnets on Shutterfly
  • Grab a Forever Onesie from Amazon
  • Read Matthew 22:14

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What do you love most about the holidays?
  2. Do you celebrate the holidays well?
  3. What new holiday traditions can you start this year?
  4. How can you be intentional and make holiday memories that value the girl in you?
  5. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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The holiday season is upon us! I can feel the shift; the weather is changing, the smell of fresh pine and peppermint is on the rise and ya’ll, I have already seen Christmas trees. Fully decorated Christmas trees! I’m not […] The holiday season is upon us! I can feel the shift; the weather is changing, the smell of fresh pine and peppermint is on the rise and ya’ll, I have already seen Christmas trees. Fully decorated Christmas trees! I’m not […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 59:34 9115
198 – Thriving During the Holidays https://chrystalevanshurst.com/198-thriving-during-the-holidays/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:28:49 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9095 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/198-thriving-during-the-holidays/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/198-thriving-during-the-holidays/feed/ 1 It’s officially November, which means the holiday season is upon us! It’s a joyous time for a lot of us as we gather to celebrate with family and friends. However, if you’re anything  like me, this season can also become a little stressful... There are so many things to do added onto the normal everyday [...] It’s officially November, which means the holiday season is upon us! It’s a joyous time for a lot of us as we gather to celebrate with family and friends. However, if you’re anything  like me, this season can also become a little stressful… There are so many things to do added onto the normal everyday pressures of life! Buying gifts, planning meals, buying food, decorating the house — it can become a little overwhelming!

Well, no need to fret because my beautiful mom, Dr. Lois Evans, a.k.a. Mrs. Claus, is coming to the rescue! My mom has the holiday season mastered! From our family traditions to decorations, and from the delicious food to making space for fun, this interview it packed with practical tips on how to thrive during your holiday season, prioritize your Christmas planning, and remember loved ones you might be missing this season.

I’m telling ya’ll, my mom really does know a thing or two about keeping your head above water during the holidays.

If you know you struggle during the holidays to get all the gifts the kids want, all the decorations up, and prepare all of the food, then this conversation with my mom will definitely free you up and teach you how to enjoy the holidays as an “overflow of you.”

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Thriving during the holidays
  • Prioritizing holiday planning
  • Evans’ family traditions
  • Remembering your lost loved ones

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Does planning for the holiday season overwhelm you?
  2. In what ways can you plan now for Thanksgiving/Christmas to prevent being overwhelmed?
  3. What are some of your family’s traditions?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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It’s officially November, which means the holiday season is upon us! It’s a joyous time for a lot of us as we gather to celebrate with family and friends. However, if you’re anything  like me, this season can also become […] It’s officially November, which means the holiday season is upon us! It’s a joyous time for a lot of us as we gather to celebrate with family and friends. However, if you’re anything  like me, this season can also become […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 2:23:14 9095
197 – A Chat with Brittany Null https://chrystalevanshurst.com/197-a-chat-with-brittany-null/ Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:26:49 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=9035 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/197-a-chat-with-brittany-null/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/197-a-chat-with-brittany-null/feed/ 0 Listen ya’ll,  sometimes, life just happens. Eventually, we all find ourselves in unexpected, painful moments — whether it is being laid off of work, experiencing sudden health issues, losing of a loved one, or getting a divorce. None of these things can be anticipated, and they always come as a terrible shock.  But when they [...] Listen ya’ll,  sometimes, life just happens. Eventually, we all find ourselves in unexpected, painful moments whether it is being laid off of work, experiencing sudden health issues, losing of a loved one, or getting a divorce. None of these things can be anticipated, and they always come as a terrible shock.  But when they happen, we can still make the choice to embrace the moment we find ourselves in and push through it.

Brittany Null,  a full-time YouTuber and single mom of three,  has chosen to do just that. After going through an unexpected divorce, Brittany rebranded her Youtube Channel the very same channel she had built with her ex-husband. She chose to name  it Britt’s Space, and now uses it to document her journey as a single mom, showing the world what it looks like to embrace lifeeven, if not especially, when that means finding beauty in the struggle. On this podcast, Brittany and I discuss how she keep it real with her subscribers, the reality of being a single mom of three, and what self-care looks like for her.

Brittany is clear:  her life right now isn’t  at all what she and imagined it would be., But even so, she has decided to make it the life she wants to live. And wherever she struggles or falls short, she looks to  God to make up the difference. Brittany encourages single mothers to take a deep breath, give themselves grace, and let go off the shame.

 

If you’ve found yourself in an unexpected season of life, listen to this episode and be encouraged by Brittany Null and her decision to embrace the struggle.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Embracing your struggle
  • The realities of single motherhood
  • Allowing yourself to feel
  • Choosing to move forward

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. How have you chosen to embrace the unexpected moments in your life?
  2. Have you been intentional about seeking community? If not, why?
  3. If that unexpected moment resulted in hurt or pain, have you made space for healing?
  4. Where in your life do you need God to make up the difference?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Listen ya’ll,  sometimes, life just happens. Eventually, we all find ourselves in unexpected, painful moments — whether it is being laid off of work, experiencing sudden health issues, losing of a loved one, or getting a divorce. None of these […] Listen ya’ll,  sometimes, life just happens. Eventually, we all find ourselves in unexpected, painful moments — whether it is being laid off of work, experiencing sudden health issues, losing of a loved one, or getting a divorce. None of these […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 55:21 9035
196 +++ – A Chat with Jackie Hill Perry https://chrystalevanshurst.com/196-a-chat-jackie-hill-perry/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 03:06:56 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8954 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/196-a-chat-jackie-hill-perry/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/196-a-chat-jackie-hill-perry/feed/ 4 In our rapidly-changing Western culture, all women at some point find themselves asking: What is my role? What does it mean to be a “woman”? Christian women in particular struggle to reconcile what culture says they should be (whether that is the broader secular culture, or the particular Christian culture they grew up in) with [...] In our rapidly-changing Western culture, all women at some point find themselves asking: What is my role? What does it mean to be a “woman”? Christian women in particular struggle to reconcile what culture says they should be (whether that is the broader secular culture, or the particular Christian culture they grew up in) with what God truly created them to be.

From the creation account in Genesis, we know that when God created Eve from the rib of Adam, He took His time. He created her holistically, delicately, and intentionally. Sometimes, when we see ourselves through the spectacles of self-doubt and sinfulness, that can be hard to believe. But it’s true. the Bible even tells us that weboth man and womanwere made in God’s image, in the likeness of God himself, and that, my friend, speaks volumes. Think about everything that God is: He is beautiful, strong, gracious, assertive, divine, thoughtful… his praiseworthy attributes are endless. Do you see what that means for you? The possibilities for who you are, how you live, and what the expression of you as a follower of Christ looks like in this world are endless.

We are living in a time when issues related to gender, race, and religious beliefs are more openly discussed than they ever have been… and more explosive than they ever have been. This supercharged atmosphere makes it challenging, even intimidating, to live out loud, unapologetic for who you are and what you believe It takes immense courage. I admire Jackie Hill Perry, author of Gay Girl, Good God for just that: her courage, her convictions, her willingness to call it like she sees it. She’s as real as they come, and there seems to be no end to the wisdom and spiritual insight she has to share. Recently, I had the chance to sit down and catch up with Jackie on a live YouTube recording of The Sister Circle Show. We discussed important topics including   what it looks like to walk in the truth about who God says you are, how womanhood should be defined (and that doesn’t include clothing or stereotypes), and, of course, her new book, Gay Girl, Good God.

This bonus episode is a great resource for anyone who is struggling with gaining victory over unforgiveness or looking for real-talk about same-sex attraction. In either case, the ultimate goal should be to come to God for Him to change their heart, and not merely to take away a particular struggle.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Responding through the lens of love
  • Becoming secure in who God made you to be
  • Understanding the impact of fatherlessness
  • Examining your thoughts about sexual identity

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Are you struggling to find victory over a stronghold in your life?
  2. What would you say is holding you back from claiming victory?
  3. Did this episode help you to see your stronghold in a different way? How can you claim victory even in the difficult struggles of your life?
  4. Do you find it difficult to define your womanhood as God defines it (versus the cultures you live in)? How so?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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In our rapidly-changing Western culture, all women at some point find themselves asking: What is my role? What does it mean to be a “woman”? Christian women in particular struggle to reconcile what culture says they should be (whether that […] In our rapidly-changing Western culture, all women at some point find themselves asking: What is my role? What does it mean to be a “woman”? Christian women in particular struggle to reconcile what culture says they should be (whether that […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:02:58 8954
195- The Skin I’m in – Arielle Estoria https://chrystalevanshurst.com/195-the-skin-im-in-arielle-estoria/ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:54:44 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8940 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/195-the-skin-im-in-arielle-estoria/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/195-the-skin-im-in-arielle-estoria/feed/ 4 What does it really mean to feel good in your body? We are all different shapes and sizes, and what works for one woman might not necessarily work for the other. You and I  are responsible for taking care of our God-given vessel, but more than care, we should also celebrate the beauty of the [...] What does it really mean to feel good in your body? We are all different shapes and sizes, and what works for one woman might not necessarily work for the other. You and I  are responsible for taking care of our God-given vessel, but more than care, we should also celebrate the beauty of the skin we’re in! Whatever the specifics  of your physical design, at the end of the day, you’ve got to learn to love ALL of you. Even the parts you aren’t so fond of.

I loved laughing and chatting with Arielle Estoria! As a writer, speaker and creative, Arielle is learning to love herself—mind, body & soul. Together we talk about how your environment affects your mood and body, and Arielle shares how “modesty-culture” distorted her self confidence during her growing-up years. She explains her journey to embracing the fullness of who she is while giving a fresh perspective about what it means to love every inch of you.

Listen y’all, it’s encouraging to those around you when you are walking in the truth God has spoken over you. What’s that truth you ask? That you are fearfully AND wonderfully made.

Whatever modesty looks like for you, there is a common thread for us all—we present and treat our bodies as temples of a Holy God, confident that He will be pleased! As you listen, I hope you gain a tip or two on how to love and embrace every curve of you!

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Knowing what is healthy and unhealthy for you
  • Coming to terms with your body
  • Owning the power to change how you feel

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Is it hard for you to believe in the compliments you receive?
  2. Do you feel like you’re hiding behind your interpretation of modesty? If yes, how so?
  3. What is one thing you took away from today’s episode that has encouraged you?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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What does it really mean to feel good in your body? We are all different shapes and sizes, and what works for one woman might not necessarily work for the other. You and I  are responsible for taking care of […] What does it really mean to feel good in your body? We are all different shapes and sizes, and what works for one woman might not necessarily work for the other. You and I  are responsible for taking care of […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 56:52 8940
+++193 – Ekemini Uwan – Bonus Episode https://chrystalevanshurst.com/193-ekemini-uwan-bonus-episode/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 03:14:32 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8910 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/193-ekemini-uwan-bonus-episode/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/193-ekemini-uwan-bonus-episode/feed/ 12 Many of us, in one way or another, have fallen asleep to the reality of the culture we live in. It’s almost unavoidable. After all, the beliefs and assumptions of our culture (whatever culture that may be) are like the air we breathe—we take them for granted, and may not even realize we have them. [...] Many of us, in one way or another, have fallen asleep to the reality of the culture we live in. It’s almost unavoidable. After all, the beliefs and assumptions of our culture (whatever culture that may be) are like the air we breathewe take them for granted, and may not even realize we have them. Especially as Christians, who should actively seek to question culture and change it for the better, we must be alert and pay attention. We must stay awake to realities around us.

One of the most important (and perennial) realities we need to recognize is how we as a society view racial identity? In my conversation with Ekemini Uwan, public theologian and co-host of the Truth’s Table Podcast, we discuss current racial issues of our time, (such as racism and white privilege) and how these issues affect the Church and our faith.

 

Ekemini Uwan explains  how staying awake culturally enables us to better love one another and shoulder each other’s burdens. Believe me, I know: there are so many issues that it is easy to get overwhelmed and want to bow out of the conversation. But as I often remind myself, it is so important that we not neglect our call to justice-making.  In this podcast, Ekemini offers us some ways that we can begin this work in our day to day lives.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • The powerful effects of being culturally awake
  • The negative consequences of being culturally asleep
  • Defining “woke,” white supremacy, and white privilege
  • The importance of the journey in cultural learning

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Starting where you are and taking your own passions and personality into consideration, how can you begin to become culturally awake?
  2. Have you disengaged with the issue of racism today? Could it be your own privilege that has caused you to disengage?
  3. How can you depersonalize your narrative so that you can better see the “bigger picture” of systemic racism?
  4. Have you ever thought about how white supremacy affects people’s place in eternity? How does that motivate you to become more engaged?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Many of us, in one way or another, have fallen asleep to the reality of the culture we live in. It’s almost unavoidable. After all, the beliefs and assumptions of our culture (whatever culture that may be) are like the […] Many of us, in one way or another, have fallen asleep to the reality of the culture we live in. It’s almost unavoidable. After all, the beliefs and assumptions of our culture (whatever culture that may be) are like the […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:01:52 8910
194- The Skin I’m in – Michelle Lewings https://chrystalevanshurst.com/194-the-skin-im-in-michelle-lewings/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 02:20:57 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8923 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/194-the-skin-im-in-michelle-lewings/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/194-the-skin-im-in-michelle-lewings/feed/ 0   Have you ever found yourself wondering: What is it that makes you, you? Psalm 139:19 states that it is God who makes you who you are: he made all the delicate, inner parts of your body and knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13, NLT).  But even though most of us know [...]  

Have you ever found yourself wondering: What is it that makes you, you? Psalm 139:19 states that it is God who makes you who you are: he made all the delicate, inner parts of your body and knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13, NLT).  But even though most of us know that truth,  we still find ourselves trying to fill a holean emptiness, an insecurityin ourselves. And that hole only widens as we continue to reject the skin we are in.

Today, I’m talking with my very good friend, Michelle. You may remember her from episodes 18 and 118 of the podcast. I even talked about “Shelly” in She’s Still There). Michelle and I have been friends a long time and I’ve had the privilege of watching the love she has for herself evolve over the years. I’ve even witnessed her learn to love parts of herself, that in the past, she didn’t love so much.

It may seem counterintuitive, but what if the part of us that we dislike the most, that we are the most insecure about is the very part of us that God wants to use? After all, God makes clear that his “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV), and that he “chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…what is low and despised…to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:17-29, ESV). And remember, it was Moses who God chose to speak for him, even though Moses insisted: “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and of tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Time and time again, God has used the most unexpected and “unsuitable” people to fulfill his purposes.

We have a tendency to focus on what we think is “wrong” with us, and. We constantly seek out and celebrate in other people what we wish was true of ourselves. But how powerful would it be if we changed our perspective and decided to celebrate who God has made us and to recognize what is good?  

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • How to love the skin you’re in
  • The beauty of shifting your perspective
  • Tips for overcoming insecurities

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What part of you do you struggle to love?
  2. In what way did today’s episode challenge you?
  3. How can you celebrate you this week?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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  Have you ever found yourself wondering: What is it that makes you, you? Psalm 139:19 states that it is God who makes you who you are: he made all the delicate, inner parts of your body and knit you […]   Have you ever found yourself wondering: What is it that makes you, you? Psalm 139:19 states that it is God who makes you who you are: he made all the delicate, inner parts of your body and knit you […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 51:49 8923
#192- The Skin I’m In – Morgan Harper Nichols https://chrystalevanshurst.com/192-the-skin-im-in-morgan-harper-nichols/ Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:54:43 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8897 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/192-the-skin-im-in-morgan-harper-nichols/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/192-the-skin-im-in-morgan-harper-nichols/feed/ 1 When we look around at the world we live in, it’s evident how intentional and detailed God was when he designed it—the colors, the temperatures, the incredible variety of living beings, the seasons, and even the rhythm of time; if earth were just slightly out of place, we wouldn’t be able to live on it. [...] When we look around at the world we live in, it’s evident how intentional and detailed God was when he designed itthe colors, the temperatures, the incredible variety of living beings, the seasons, and even the rhythm of time; if earth were just slightly out of place, we wouldn’t be able to live on it. When you stop and think about the intricacy of the created world, it’s breathtaking. But consider this: Do you believe that you, whom God has set above all creation and made in his image (Gen 1) are equally as plannedequally as intricate and breathtaking, if not more so? God was intentional when he created you. He made you just the way you are for a reason. God, who chose to give you life, has set you apart for a specific purpose by giving you  your unique personality and passions!

He sees you as a precious gift.

Let’s be honest, though: we often don’t feel like gifts. We often wish we had been made differently. And even if we see things about ourselves that are useful, admirable, or even beautiful, we might not know what to do with them.

I firmly believe that while it’s okay not to have all the answers, we should also take responsibility for discovering our unique set of gifts and using those gifts to make  our unique, God-ordained contributions to this world. You and I owe it to the God who gave us life to understand our gifts, grow in our abilities, pay attention to our interests, and honor our unique natures or personalities.

Morgan Harper Nichols is an acquaintance of mine who understands the importance of accepting and honoring the skin God has placed you in. She also knows that appreciating who God made you to be can be difficult, and might take time. Morgan has walked this road herselfdiscovering how beautiful she is in the scope of God’s creating beings and then deploying her beauty into the world. In today’s podcast, Morgan and I talk about how she learned to appreciate what makes her different and acknowledge how she could bless others. In our conversation we touch on everything from personality and talents, to self-doubt and insecurities. Morgan has been through it all, and now knows what it means to see what makes her different and instead of questioning it, agree with how God chose to craft her life.

Our conversation will help you closely examine your own life and see it differently. I believe that when you do, you will see that the reason God made you different is that he wants you to make a difference in this world!

But don’t forget: you have to do the work of digging to find the gold gold that God strategically placed in you. As Morgan has embraced her life and giftings, not only has she herself grown, but the overflow of her embracing what God sees in her has impacted countless others.

But do you know the good news? God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t pick and choose based on what humans see as “merit.” In fact, he finds the greatest glory in using unexpected people (1 Corinthians 1:26-31), and what he has done for others, he will do for you. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Finding peace on bad days
  • Turning weakness into strength
  • Battling comparison
  • Practical ways to write creatively
  • Putting language to who you are

Resources From Today’s Show 

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  • If you haven’t already grabbed your free download, you can do so by clicking here!
  • Did you miss my last podcast with my writing coach, Margot Starbuck? Make sure you listen!
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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What insecurity are you feeding that is preventing you from enjoying your life in this season? How are you choosing to deal with that insecurity?
  2. Is there a gift brewing in you, or maybe even lying dormant, that you have discounted? What is holding you back from sharing it with the world around you?
  3. How might talking with your close community help you understand your gift? Are willing to do the work of self-reflection by examining the dynamics of the relationships you have with the people in your life?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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When we look around at the world we live in, it’s evident how intentional and detailed God was when he designed it—the colors, the temperatures, the incredible variety of living beings, the seasons, and even the rhythm of time; if […] When we look around at the world we live in, it’s evident how intentional and detailed God was when he designed it—the colors, the temperatures, the incredible variety of living beings, the seasons, and even the rhythm of time; if […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:03:38 8897
#191 – A Chat with Margot Starbuck https://chrystalevanshurst.com/191-a-chat-with-margot-starbuck/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:46:31 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8875 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/191-a-chat-with-margot-starbuck/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/191-a-chat-with-margot-starbuck/feed/ 0 Are you comfortable in your own skin? What does it mean to be comfortable in your own skin anyway?  Does it mean you love your physical body?  Does it mean to be at ease with the core of who you are? How do you know if you are actually at home with yourself? Ultimately, we [...] Are you comfortable in your own skin? What does it mean to be comfortable in your own skin anyway?  Does it mean you love your physical body?  Does it mean to be at ease with the core of who you are? How do you know if you are actually at home with yourself?

Ultimately, we cannot honor the girl on the inside of us if we don’t learn to accept her.  That doesn’t mean that we won’t want to work at making her the best that she can be, but it does mean that at some level we must learn to be at ease with the girl we are today even while we work at the girl we want her to be tomorrow.

A key takeaway for each reader of my book, She’s Still There is to appreciate who you are and who you have the potential to become.  Every woman has to learn the art of being herself. Leaders, learners, moms, wives, millennials and empty nesters all grapple with standing out, being authentic, and owning our lives in full.  So it’s okay if you struggle with loving the skin you’re in — we just can’t get comfortable in the struggle.

My friend, Margot, has been an amazing resource to me both personally and professionally, and she was especially instrumental in the writing process of She’s Still There. Because she understands this topic, my heart for this topic, and the importance of self-acceptance and self-love, Margot has been a cheerleader for me and my heart for the women I encourage.  She is also one of few women I know that is unapologetically comfortable in her own skin. Her unique and eclectic personality is infectious and I’m so excited to share this podcast with you!

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Modeling confidence for your children
  • Coping with comparison
  • Dealing with criticism
  • Developing an internal dialogue
  • Battling inadequacy

Resources From Today’s Show 

  • Find Margot on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and online at margotstarbuck.com.
  • C.S Lewis “Mere Christianity”
  • C.S. Lewis Quote – “Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call ‘humble’ nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”
  • Grab Margot’s questions for Readers of Unsqueezed

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. In what ways are you hiding parts of you that God uniquely created?
  2. How is your self-awareness restricting areas in your life that you know you should embrace?
  3. What steps can you take today to focus on OTHERS instead of you, daily?
  4. What gifts did God put in you that are unique?
  5. What boundaries can you set with critical people in your life?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Are you comfortable in your own skin? What does it mean to be comfortable in your own skin anyway?  Does it mean you love your physical body?  Does it mean to be at ease with the core of who you […] Are you comfortable in your own skin? What does it mean to be comfortable in your own skin anyway?  Does it mean you love your physical body?  Does it mean to be at ease with the core of who you […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 55:57 8875
#190+++ – When Your Kid is Hurting with Kevin Leman https://chrystalevanshurst.com/190-when-your-kid-is-hurting-with-kevin-leman/ Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:04:32 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8859 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/190-when-your-kid-is-hurting-with-kevin-leman/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/190-when-your-kid-is-hurting-with-kevin-leman/feed/ 0 What to do when your kid is hurting? Sometimes as parents we don’t know the right words to say to our kids when they experience rough times. I’m here to tell you, I’ve been there - we’ve all been there. However, today we’ve got some help!   In today’s episode, I spoke with New York [...] What to do when your kid is hurting? Sometimes as parents we don’t know the right words to say to our kids when they experience rough times. I’m here to tell you, I’ve been there – we’ve all been there. However, today we’ve got some help!

 

In today’s episode, I spoke with New York Times bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman about his new book, When Your Kid Is Hurting: Helping Your Child through the Tough Days. Having written over 60+ books and having raised five children of his own, Dr. Leman knows a thing or two about children and parenting. Our conversation was filled with Dr. Leman’s wisdom on how our weaknesses can work for us, ways we can give ourselves grace as parents, and practical tips for helping our children when they’re experiencing difficulty.

While Dr. Leman certainly has plenty of practical experience with other people’s children, he is able to help parents because of his perspective being the kid his parents worried about. His own personal journey of graduating at the bottom of his class to becoming a well-educated, successful individual, both personally and professionally, compels me to have faith in the process of parenting. Dr. Leman is a true testament to the fact that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Even though he’ll tell you that he doesn’t have all the answers, I definitely think our conversation will equip you with a few tools to navigate the tough times with your children and to help you parent them better over all.

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Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • What to do when your child is hurting
  • What motivates your kids
  • Enjoying your children
  • Learning to give yourself grace

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Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch the last bonus episode with Dana Bowman? Listen here.

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. How do you approach your child(ren) when they are hurting?
  2. Do you feel that you effectively help your child(ren) through the tough times? Why or why not?
  3. After listening to today’s show, what are some ways you can improve your approach to parenting?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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What to do when your kid is hurting? Sometimes as parents we don’t know the right words to say to our kids when they experience rough times. I’m here to tell you, I’ve been there – we’ve all been there. […] What to do when your kid is hurting? Sometimes as parents we don’t know the right words to say to our kids when they experience rough times. I’m here to tell you, I’ve been there – we’ve all been there. […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 59:33 8859
#189 – A Chat on Discipline with Mahisha Dellinger https://chrystalevanshurst.com/189-a-chat-on-discipline-with-mahisha-dellinger/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:59:07 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8840 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/189-a-chat-on-discipline-with-mahisha-dellinger/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/189-a-chat-on-discipline-with-mahisha-dellinger/feed/ 1 Have you ever felt as if your life experiences disqualified you from achieving your goals?  Well, you aren’t alone in that. I hear from women all the time who wonder if it is still possible to reach their dreams based on where they’ve come from or what they’ve been through.  They question if they can [...] Have you ever felt as if your life experiences disqualified you from achieving your goals?  Well, you aren’t alone in that. I hear from women all the time who wonder if it is still possible to reach their dreams based on where they’ve come from or what they’ve been through.  They question if they can muster up the faith, gather up their strength, or choose to exercise the discipline necessary to move things forward in their lives. The answer to that question is yes!  

Mahisha Dellinger is a woman who would agree with my yes.  Mahisha is the founder of CURLS, a natural hair care brand, and on this episode of the podcast she and I talk about how you can overcome setbacks and begin to lead your life with discipline.

Mahisha shares with us her journey from working in corporate America to following her passion and launching a multi-million dollar natural hair care line.  Her path as an entrepreneur has required her to have not only discipline, but grit, determination, persistence, and perseverance to be successful. One of my favorite things about my chat with Mahisha is her willingness to admit that along the way she has needed help — and that she has been willing to seek out the help she needed.

I often need to be reminded that it’s okay not to know everything and to ask for the help I need.  When we don’t ask for help, we are choosing to stay stuck where we are. Mahisha’s strong commitment to leading her life and not letting her life circumstances lead her offers encouragement to every woman to use what she has while choosing to fight forward.

If you don’t think you are the disciplined type of person who can make your dreams a reality, Mahisha offered encouragement to women who may say they aren’t as naturally disciplined as she is.

I have loved learning about Mahisha Dellinger’s story because she reminds me that anything is possible with prayer, help from others, and discipline.  And anything is possible for you too. We can accomplish all that we set our minds to if we will simply take the first step and never look back. Set your goals, step out on faith, and work hard until you get where you want to go.

Highlights from Today’s  Episode:

  • What it means to lead your life
  • The importance of discipline
  • How to discover what you don’t know
  • Teaching financial responsibility to children

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

==> General Links 

Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch last week’s episode on contentment with “the Nester” Listen here

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. In what areas of your life are you lacking discipline?
  2. What is preventing you from being more disciplined?
  3. After listening, what is your first step to get back on track?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Have you ever felt as if your life experiences disqualified you from achieving your goals?  Well, you aren’t alone in that. I hear from women all the time who wonder if it is still possible to reach their dreams based […] Have you ever felt as if your life experiences disqualified you from achieving your goals?  Well, you aren’t alone in that. I hear from women all the time who wonder if it is still possible to reach their dreams based […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 35:10 8840
#188 – A Chat on Contentment with “The Nester” https://chrystalevanshurst.com/188-a-chat-on-contentment-with-the-nester/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:51:05 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8814 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/188-a-chat-on-contentment-with-the-nester/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/188-a-chat-on-contentment-with-the-nester/feed/ 4 When it comes to decorating their homes, most people I know tend to think of it at best as something fun but low on their list of priorities, and at worst, as something inessential—and maybe even shallow. Personally, I know I’ve put off investing time and effort into decorating or really settling into my home [...] When it comes to decorating their homes, most people I know tend to think of it at best as something fun but low on their list of priorities, and at worst, as something inessential—and maybe even shallow. Personally, I know I’ve put off investing time and effort into decorating or really settling into my home because I felt like I didn’t have the time or resources, let alone a “decorator’s eye.”

That’s why I’m so excited to share my conversation today with Myquillyn Smith (a.k.a. “The Nester”). Myquillyn, who has written two books on decorating, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful and Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff, has given me such confidence about making my home a home without feeling like it has to look like someone else’s, or like some magazine-ready, designer home.

Really, the titles of her books say it all: Myquillyn looks beyond the surface of just making your home look pretty or impressive, and considers the deeper importance of making your home feel like a home. She emphasizes that the beauty of “home” is about so much more than things being perfectly placed or having the perfect color scheme; it’s about how people feel when they enter, an atmosphere of hospitality, and you being happy with what you have—even if it’s hodge-podge, mismatched, or handed down.

Join Myquillyn and me on this podcast to hear more about her philosophy on decorating as well as some quick, practical tips!

Highlights from Today’s  Episode:

  • How your home influences your emotions

  • Tips for creatively decorating your home

  • Learning to be content with your home

  • Making a home as a single

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

==> General Links 

Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch last week’s episode on balance?  Listen here or watch here. 

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Are you allowing the way you feel about your home (that it is too messy or doesn’t look nice enough) to get in the way of far more important things like fellowship and hospitality?
  2. Are you allowing excuses—”I’ll decorate my home when I’m married,” “I’ll do it when we finally move out of this apartment and get a ‘real’ home”—to keep you from decorating and getting settled into your home?
  3. On the podcast, Myquillyn admits: “shopping secondhand and finding deals became a habit—no, a lifestyle for me. I didn’t know when to stop. My thinking went something like this: ‘I can always work in an extra lamp. It’s only thirty-nine dollars. What a deal. Look at all the money I’m saving. But was I really saving? I wasted time I didn’t have thrifting, [spending] money on things we didn’t need.” Does this sound like you? Would you and your loved ones benefit from the minimalist approach Myquillyn suggests?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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When it comes to decorating their homes, most people I know tend to think of it at best as something fun but low on their list of priorities, and at worst, as something inessential—and maybe even shallow. Personally, I know […] When it comes to decorating their homes, most people I know tend to think of it at best as something fun but low on their list of priorities, and at worst, as something inessential—and maybe even shallow. Personally, I know […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:01:48 8814
#187 – A Chat on Balance https://chrystalevanshurst.com/187-a-chat-on-balance/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:53:20 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8795 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/187-a-chat-on-balance/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/187-a-chat-on-balance/feed/ 6 "I'm overwhelmed." "There's too much going on in my life right now." "I'm trying to find balance." Have you ever found yourself saying any of those phrases or something like it?  I have.  I talk about being overwhelmed and struggling to balance it all too. Life has a way of feeling like too much sometimes. And [...] “I’m overwhelmed.”

“There’s too much going on in my life right now.”

“I’m trying to find balance.”

Have you ever found yourself saying any of those phrases or something like it?  I have.  I talk about being overwhelmed and struggling to balance it all too. Life has a way of feeling like too much sometimes. And when it does, we just feel out of whack, burdened down, and full to overflowing — but not in a good way.

What is balance?  Why does it elude us?  What are we supposed to do to find it, keep it, and maintain it?

One of the basics of getting back to your life is understanding balance and what your responsibility is in honoring its role in your life. This podcast is about both of those things and some.  In both principled and practical ways, I want to teach you what I know about balance, and what you need to know in order to find balance and maintain it.

And what to do about the overwhelm? You might be surprised to find that I actually encourage you to embrace the overwhelm as a clue that can lead you towards living a balanced life. Feeling uncomfortable isn’t all bad. Discomfort can lead to positive change and a new way of seeing your life.

Balance is possible but it takes work! However, the work of finding and maintaining balance is rewarding.  The beautiful thing about putting forth the effort to understand balance and work towards it?  It can lead to you living a well-intended life for which you have little regret.

Highlights from Today’s  Episode:

  • The truth about balance
  • Why overwhelm can be good
  • Knowing your ground zero
  • The importance of “no”

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

==> General Links 

Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch my YouTube live with my brother, Anthony Evans?  Listen here or watch here. 

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What is causing you to feel out of balance in life?
  2. What did you learn from today’s podcast that is helpful?
  3. Do you see God causing or allowing disruption in your life?  How does that change the way you see the interruptions or difficulties you face?
  4. What things do you need to say “no” in order to say “yes” to balance?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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“I’m overwhelmed.” “There’s too much going on in my life right now.” “I’m trying to find balance.” Have you ever found yourself saying any of those phrases or something like it?  I have.  I talk about being overwhelmed and struggling […] “I’m overwhelmed.” “There’s too much going on in my life right now.” “I’m trying to find balance.” Have you ever found yourself saying any of those phrases or something like it?  I have.  I talk about being overwhelmed and struggling […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 34:26 8795
#185+++ – Unexpected Places with Anthony Evans https://chrystalevanshurst.com/185-unexpected-places-with-anthony-evans/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 22:48:32 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8747 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/185-unexpected-places-with-anthony-evans/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/185-unexpected-places-with-anthony-evans/feed/ 0 I had the opportunity to talk with my brother on YouTube Live about his new book, Unexpected places. This is a fun,  honest, transparent and vulnerable conversation that only scratches the surface of what the book entails. Authenticity is the word Anthony describes his book. We chat about struggling with self-doubt, depression and bringing your [...] I had the opportunity to talk with my brother on YouTube Live about his new book, Unexpected places. This is a fun,  honest, transparent and vulnerable conversation that only scratches the surface of what the book entails.

Authenticity is the word Anthony describes his book. We chat about struggling with self-doubt, depression and bringing your soul back to life. He uses his dark places to offer a safe place of hope for those who need to get back up.

You can listen to the replay on my podcast or watch the replay on YouTube.

 

 

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Dealing with depression
  • Having influence in outside the church walls.
  • Tips for first time writers
  • Defining success

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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I had the opportunity to talk with my brother on YouTube Live about his new book, Unexpected places. This is a fun,  honest, transparent and vulnerable conversation that only scratches the surface of what the book entails. Authenticity is the […] I had the opportunity to talk with my brother on YouTube Live about his new book, Unexpected places. This is a fun,  honest, transparent and vulnerable conversation that only scratches the surface of what the book entails. Authenticity is the […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:04:22 8747
#186 – Authority with Priscilla Shirer https://chrystalevanshurst.com/186-authority-with-priscilla-shirer/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 22:29:33 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8749 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/186-authority-with-priscilla-shirer/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/186-authority-with-priscilla-shirer/feed/ 3 Five years from now, what will you wish you had done with what you have now? You have power and God has given you the authority to use it, but are you using it? Has the authority you have access to cultivated change within your workplace, neighborhood or relationships? In this episode, I’m talking with [...] Five years from now, what will you wish you had done with what you have now? You have power and God has given you the authority to use it, but are you using it? Has the authority you have access to cultivated change within your workplace, neighborhood or relationships?

In this episode, I’m talking with my sister, Priscilla Shirer about accessing and exercising the authority that has been given to us as believers. We miss out on experiencing the fullness of what God has for us when we live as if there is no significance in the seemingly the mundane. But God is there too. He does not need spotlights or stages to declare His glory. He wants our obedience.  

Can I remind you of something? You have what you need to obey. Priscilla stresses in our conversations that fears and feelings of self-doubt stand no chance stacked up against an obedient and equipped woman of God. Your eyes will be opened wide by God’s power when you choose to believe there is significance right where you are.

It’s time for us to step away from what’s comfortable. We must choose to use the power that has been given to us and accept the responsibility that comes with it.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Accessing and exercising the authority that has been given to you
  • Pushing past fear and insecurities
  • Making time to find pockets of joy

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

  • Find Priscilla online at her website, goingbeyond.com, Instagram, Twitteror Facebook
  • Listen to my previous episode with Priscilla at chrystalevanshurst.com/055
  • Purchase the movie War Room, starring Priscilla.

 

==> General Links 

Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch my YouTube live with my brother, Anthony Evans?  Listen here or watch here. 

What about the bonus episode on Recovering from Alcohol Addiction? Listen here.

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Have you ever had difficulty forgiving yourself?
  2. What scares you about forgiving yourself?
  3. Have you ever felt disconnected from God because of past mistakes in life?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Five years from now, what will you wish you had done with what you have now? You have power and God has given you the authority to use it, but are you using it? Has the authority you have access […] Five years from now, what will you wish you had done with what you have now? You have power and God has given you the authority to use it, but are you using it? Has the authority you have access […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 47:36 8749
#184 – Forgiving Others – His Porn Addiction https://chrystalevanshurst.com/184-forgiving-others-his-porn-addiction/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 20:51:57 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8682 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/184-forgiving-others-his-porn-addiction/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/184-forgiving-others-his-porn-addiction/feed/ 2 For Christians, talking about sex can be awkward, even when the subject is simply about what God intended it to be. So it’s not surprising that for most Christians, the idea of discussing sex addiction is downright terrifying. But these struggles do need to be discussed: With about 30% of the internet industry being pornography, [...] For Christians, talking about sex can be awkward, even when the subject is simply about what God intended it to be. So it’s not surprising that for most Christians, the idea of discussing sex addiction is downright terrifying. But these struggles do need to be discussed: With about 30% of the internet industry being pornography, access to pornography is arguably greater than ever. Currently, 17-18% of all men and women would say they struggle with an internet pornography addiction (and, of course, given the nature of such an addiction, it is likely that that percentage is much higher, with many others regularly visiting sites without claiming addiction). When someone struggles with an addiction to pornography or sex,  it causes immeasurable pain and brokenness not just to themselves, but to their family as well.

On this episode, Lynn Marie Cherry shares her experience of being married to someone with an addiction to pornography–the feelings of betrayal, the battle to heal, and the joys of redemption.  She details how for years addiction and denial played a role in her marriage–that is, until she reached the point of desiring lasting change. In a candid and honest conversation, Lynn Marie provides insight into the world of internet pornography addiction and describes the impact it has on spouses and families. As a writer and speaker, she now uses her experiences to help others in similar predicaments to heal.

Like all other addictions, pornography addiction is insidious and can impact any person, and by extension, any family, at any time. The questions, shame, guilt, and desperation for change can seem overwhelming. Although the consequences of an addiction to pornography are serious, and working through all the damage that it leaves behind is far from easy,  redemption is attainable. With great vulnerability, Lynn Marie describes the pain on the road to recovery, the highs and lows of therapy, and the freedom of no longer being a victim. Among other things, she highlights that while forgiveness is vital, it is not something to be taken lightly, and it takes time.

Join me and Lynn Marie as we set aside the awkwardness of talking about sex and have a much-needed discussion about the nature of addiction and the healing that is available!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Internet porn addiction
  • Recovering from betrayal
  • Learning to forgive
  • Celebrating the victory of redemption

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch last week’s episode on Healing from Abortion? Listen here.

What about the bonus episode on Recovering from Alcohol Addiction? Listen here.

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Have you ever had difficulty forgiving yourself?
  2. What scares you about forgiving yourself?
  3. Have you ever felt disconnected from God because of past mistakes in life?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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For Christians, talking about sex can be awkward, even when the subject is simply about what God intended it to be. So it’s not surprising that for most Christians, the idea of discussing sex addiction is downright terrifying. But these […] For Christians, talking about sex can be awkward, even when the subject is simply about what God intended it to be. So it’s not surprising that for most Christians, the idea of discussing sex addiction is downright terrifying. But these […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 49:51 8682
#183+++ – Forgiving Yourself: Recovering Alcohol Addiction https://chrystalevanshurst.com/183-forgiving-yourself-alcohol-addiction/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 20:34:13 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8675 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/183-forgiving-yourself-alcohol-addiction/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/183-forgiving-yourself-alcohol-addiction/feed/ 4 Addiction—whether it be alcohol addiction or addiction to drugs, porn, food, the internet—is something that countless Christians struggle with, yet it isn’t something that gets talked about in church. It’s ugly, it’s messy, and we just aren’t comfortable with it. That’s why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with Dana Bowman, author [...] Addiction—whether it be alcohol addiction or addiction to drugs, porn, food, the internet—is something that countless Christians struggle with, yet it isn’t something that gets talked about in church. It’s ugly, it’s messy, and we just aren’t comfortable with it. That’s why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with Dana Bowman, author of Bottled and more recently, How to Be Perfect Like Me, about her struggles with an addiction to alcohol and the way that Jesus ultimately helped her, and continues to help her, have victory over it. Dana shares her story of recovery with authenticity, humor, and joy, giving a fresh perspective on the seemingly taboo subject of faithful Christians struggling with addictions.

Whether you are struggling with addiction yourself or simply want to better understand those who do, please join Dana and I as we have a much-needed discussion about overcoming addiction and finding victory in Christ.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • What a Christian’s struggle with and recovery from alcohol can look like (and it’s not what we might imagine)
  • Practical advice on recovering from addiction and keeping it at bay
  • Why repenting and seeking Jesus is essential to recovery
  • Talking about addiction with your kids
  • A perspective on whether it is permissible—or wise—for Christians to drink alcohol 

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

  • Read Dana’s newest book How to Be Perfect Like Me, a humorous memoir about her journey of recovery from alcohol addiction. Check out her book Bottled as well!

 ==> General Links 

Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch last week’s episode, She’s Still Free? Listen here.

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Is there anything in your life—alcohol, food, the internet, movies—that, if you are honest, you find yourself needing and turning to more that you should? Are there certain “triggers,” like stress or loneliness, that make you desperately want that thing?
  2. Often it is feelings of discouragement and emptiness that lead people to addiction. Are you doing simple things that feed your soul and make your heart sing (coloring, reading books, getting outside, knitting) on a regular basis? Above all, are you seeking comfort and joy in Christ—letting him fill the holes your heart—daily?
  3. In the podcast Dana explains, “I drank alone. It wasn’t something that looked out of control on the outside at all…you can still be a Christian and drink and be an alcoholic.” Do you have an inaccurate, harmful image of what addiction looks like, particularly in Christ-followers? Are you willing to support and listen to those struggling without judging them?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Addiction—whether it be alcohol addiction or addiction to drugs, porn, food, the internet—is something that countless Christians struggle with, yet it isn’t something that gets talked about in church. It’s ugly, it’s messy, Addiction—whether it be alcohol addiction or addiction to drugs, porn, food, the internet—is something that countless Christians struggle with, yet it isn’t something that gets talked about in church. It’s ugly, it’s messy, and we just aren’t comfortable with it. […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 48:37 8675
#182 – Forgiving Yourself – Healing From Abortion https://chrystalevanshurst.com/182-shes-still-free-forgiving-yourself-abortion/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 01:25:09 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8656 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/182-shes-still-free-forgiving-yourself-abortion/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/182-shes-still-free-forgiving-yourself-abortion/feed/ 1 Unforgiveness can be a strong force in our lives. If we choose to hold on to it, over time it will gradually harden our hearts, affecting everything from our actions to our beliefs. We may even begin to see what someone did as who they are. As Christians, we are often reminded--as we should be--of [...] Unforgiveness can be a strong force in our lives. If we choose to hold on to it, over time it will gradually harden our hearts, affecting everything from our actions to our beliefs. We may even begin to see what someone did as who they are. As Christians, we are often reminded–as we should be–of the importance of forgiving others. But what happens when the person we cannot forgive is ourselves? What happens when we come to see ourselves as nothing more than the mistakes we’ve made?

Kontessa Kiel shares how unforgiveness towards herself created a “disconnect” with God, and how reconnecting with him enabled her to love herself again.  She shares the journey of healing she took after going through the pain of abortion, and how that journey enabled her to empower others to heal as well. Processing the overwhelming feelings of shame, guilt, and unforgiveness completely changed how she saw herself, and she now she seeks to bless others with her testimony. In fact, Kontessa is now the Director of Operations for Thrive Women’s Clinic, which serves women who want to explore their options for an unexpected pregnancy and are in need of counseling and medical consultations.

Forgiving others is often a difficult task, but forgiving ourselves can feel nearly impossible. The intense anxiety we experience from facing past decisions and the repercussions we know we deserve are very real, but in Christ, there is relief available. There is forgiveness. There is a path from a hurting heart to a healed one. Kontessa offers a deeply personal perspective on how healing can begin with acceptance.

Join Kontessa and I as we have an intimate conversation about faith, self-love, and redemption.  

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • What it means to forgive yourself
  • Nothing disconnects you from God permanently
  • Healing so that you can love yourself again

Quotes:

  • “Are you ready to forgive yourself?” – Kontessa
  • “God loves all of me.” – Chrystal
  • “What scares you about forgiving yourself?” – Kontessa

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

Have you taken the staying awake assessment? Find it here.

Did you catch last week’s episode, She’s Still Free? Listen here.

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Have you ever had difficulty forgiving yourself?
  2. What scares you about forgiving yourself?
  3. Have you ever felt disconnected from God because of past mistakes in life?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Unforgiveness can be a strong force in our lives. If we choose to hold on to it, over time it will gradually harden our hearts, affecting everything from our actions to our beliefs. We may even begin to see what […] Unforgiveness can be a strong force in our lives. If we choose to hold on to it, over time it will gradually harden our hearts, affecting everything from our actions to our beliefs. We may even begin to see what […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 49:28 8656
#181 – She’s Still Free – Forgiveness https://chrystalevanshurst.com/181-shes-still-free-forgiveness/ Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:50:01 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8634 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/181-shes-still-free-forgiveness/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/181-shes-still-free-forgiveness/feed/ 11 Have you forgiven yourself? What about the other people in your life that you need to forgive? Have you released them so that YOU are not in chains? Have you mastered the art of letting go so you can be free? Can I be honest and say that forgiveness is a big word, and that I'm [...] Have you forgiven yourself? What about the other people in your life that you need to forgive? Have you released them so that YOU are not in chains? Have you mastered the art of letting go so you can be free?

Can I be honest and say that forgiveness is a big word, and that I’m often left wondering how it actually works? I know that forgiveness is important — not just for the person who has offended me, but for ME.

My freedom.

My full living.

Forgiveness is something that I’ve learned, and am still learning how to do well. It is the lifelong practice of letting things, situations, and, people go (yes, I said people…) — even if one of those people happens to be me…

I’m often asked about how I was able to forgive “the boy.” If you’ve read She’s Still There, you know what I’m talking about. At the age of nineteen, I was a single unwed mom and — well — I stayed single for a while. How did I move on? How did I change my thinking? What needed to change in my life so that I could keep going and also keep my sanity?

While I will share some insight to answer those questions on this podcast, I also talk about another problem I’ve had with the “F” word; The issue of forgiving me.

When we forgive, not only do we set the offender free, but we also set ourselves free. To be free is to enjoy liberty. It is to walk unhindered, unimpeded, and unconstrained. Listen. I want this freedom. Don’t you?

And I already know what you might be thinking… You understand what forgiveness is… You know you should do it… You might even be able to quote some verses about it… But you are still struggling to actually DO IT. Maybe you know how and haven’t made the effort. Or maybe you simply don’t know how.

My hope is that today’s podcast will help give you some practical tools for walking through forgiveness. And I want to tell you the truth! Forgiveness does not have the reputation of being a nice, neat, and tidy act. It’s messy. It takes time. There is a process. For most of us, it is NOT instantaneous. Forgiveness takes work. My hope is that you will be willing to do the work — to do what YOU can do to make forgiveness of yourself or others a reality — even if that process takes time.

There is no shame in doing the work of forgiveness because there is no shame in being free.

Yes, the girl in you is still “there.” But the acknowledgment of her presence is just the beginning. She should also be free.

 

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Have you forgiven yourself? What about the other people in your life that you need to forgive? Have you released them so that YOU are not in chains? Have you mastered the art of letting go so you can be free? […] Have you forgiven yourself? What about the other people in your life that you need to forgive? Have you released them so that YOU are not in chains? Have you mastered the art of letting go so you can be free? […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 46:04 8634
#180 – Staying Awake When Life Hurts https://chrystalevanshurst.com/180-staying-awake-when-life-hurts-heather-macfadyen/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 21:26:00 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8621 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/180-staying-awake-when-life-hurts-heather-macfadyen/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/180-staying-awake-when-life-hurts-heather-macfadyen/feed/ 3 I've spent the month of July sharing on YouTube about what it means stay awake to your life.  Don't worry. The podcast is not being shut down or neglected.  I just wanted to try something new.  Right at the end of the month, my plans for discussion were derailed because my last YouTube Live was [...] I’ve spent the month of July sharing on YouTube about what it means stay awake to your life.  Don’t worry. The podcast is not being shut down or neglected.  I just wanted to try something new.  Right at the end of the month, my plans for discussion were derailed because my last YouTube Live was scheduled with my cousin Wynter, a week to the day of her sudden and unexpected passing.

I planned to skip the episode but instead, I decided to talk about grieving and hurting and how to handle life when it’s hard with my good friend Heather MacFadyen.  That topic has seemed to resonate strongly with those that watched. Because last week’s YouTube Live seemed to be helpful for so many, I wanted to make the audio available via podcast as well for those of you who prefer to listen to this conversation instead of watching it. I also put together a 3 page PDF with practical tips on what to do you or someone you love is hurting. You can find it at chrystalevanshurst.com/whenlifehurts.

 

Honestly, I was hesitant to do last week’s Youtube Live. If you watched it you know why. But I’ve been so encouraged by the responses I’ve received. So many of you are working through your own hurt and found my conversation with Heather MacFadyen to be helpful. I encourage you to listen to the audio of the YouTube Live or even watch the replay if you can — especially if you or someone you love is grieving. I think you’ll find it to be real, practical, and encouraging.

By the way… because I’ve received such a positive response to sharing on Youtube, I’ll be continuing to provide video content there! It may not be weekly but be sure and subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any of them!

In the meantime, let me know how this conversation resonates with you, helps you, or encourages you.  I pray that it does. And don’t forget to grab the PDF! You can find it here. 

 

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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I’ve spent the month of July sharing on YouTube about what it means stay awake to your life.  Don’t worry. The podcast is not being shut down or neglected.  I just wanted to try something new.  Right at the end […] I’ve spent the month of July sharing on YouTube about what it means stay awake to your life.  Don’t worry. The podcast is not being shut down or neglected.  I just wanted to try something new.  Right at the end […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:16:44 8621
#179 – A She’s Still There Story with Sarah Jakes Roberts https://chrystalevanshurst.com/179-a-shes-still-there-story-with-sarah-jakes-roberts/ Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:47:47 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8485 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/179-a-shes-still-there-story-with-sarah-jakes-roberts/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/179-a-shes-still-there-story-with-sarah-jakes-roberts/feed/ 2 I find it refreshing to hear stories of women who have not only progressed through life but have made the decision to evolve. One particular woman I know, Sarah Jakes Roberts, embodies what it means to do just that. She has journeyed from being a single teen-mom to an influential pastor, author, and wife. We [...] I find it refreshing to hear stories of women who have not only progressed through life but have made the decision to evolve. One particular woman I know, Sarah Jakes Roberts, embodies what it means to do just that. She has journeyed from being a single teen-mom to an influential pastor, author, and wife. We discuss her process of finding her voice and uniquely defining her role in both areas of culture and ministry.

Through her social media, lifestyle, and fashion, Sarah Jakes Roberts is redefining what it means to be a modern woman of faith. Her bold preaching style exudes confidence and reaches many.

Still, Sarah shares that she hasn’t always been confident in her calling nor in her capabilities, and even admits to sometimes battling with her own insecurities. However, she believes that Jesus Christ has freed her, and everyone else, to walk in the divinity of purpose should we choose to believe what He says about us. Through her own evolution, Sarah feels at liberty to express all aspects of her personhood in fashion, health, and ministry, and she hopes to help other women to do the same. On this talk, she gives us her personal key to unleashing our freedom for the kingdom of God.  

Listen, girls, while it’s true that there is a fierce intentionality behind the evolution of self, for each of us, that evolution starts with a simple decision. So whether you’ve made mistakes in the past that presently hold you captive or if you harbor a deep seated fear that you don’t have what it takes to live out your calling, hear me loud and clear — you too can overcome and evolve through freedom in Christ.

Join Sarah and I for a conversation that will leave you empowered and encouraged on your own journey of evolution.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • What a ratchet and righteous Christian woman looks like
  • Sarah’s story of teenage pregnancy, toxic relationships, ministry, and family
  • How Sarah discovered her voice
  • The difference between risk taking and taking purposeful risks
  • What it means to be a modern woman of faith

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of June here.

Did you catch my chat with my daughter Karris, another Girl Boss? Listen here.

Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!

Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Who am I?
  2. How have my mistakes, trials, and experiences shaped me into the woman that I am?
  3. How am I uniquely wired to serve in God’s kingdom?
  4. What aspects of my heritage, personality, and character will help me accomplish this?
  5. How can my story provide hope to other women like me?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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I find it refreshing to hear stories of women who have not only progressed through life but have made the decision to evolve. One particular woman I know, Sarah Jakes Roberts, embodies what it means to do just that. She […] I find it refreshing to hear stories of women who have not only progressed through life but have made the decision to evolve. One particular woman I know, Sarah Jakes Roberts, embodies what it means to do just that. She […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 34:30 8485
#178 – Girl Boss Chat with Kariss Farris https://chrystalevanshurst.com/178-girl-boss-chat-with-kariss-farris/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:22:08 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8473 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/178-girl-boss-chat-with-kariss-farris/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/178-girl-boss-chat-with-kariss-farris/feed/ 1 Who is my favorite Girl Boss/Mom Boss? My daughter, Kariss Farris.  Kariss and her husband, Joshua, own a photography business - while also boss-parenting two adorable little people! I think my daughter is a ridiculously great photographer and a ridiculously great mom too. Kariss is right in the middle of growing a business while she [...] Who is my favorite Girl Boss/Mom Boss? My daughter, Kariss Farris.  Kariss and her husband, Joshua, own a photography business – while also boss-parenting two adorable little people! I think my daughter is a ridiculously great photographer and a ridiculously great mom too. Kariss is right in the middle of growing a business while she is raising children and in our chat she explains the ins and outs of making her boss-life possible.  We talk about the importance of sacrifice, systems, and assistance, as well as how she came to feel free to take the leap of working for herself!

 

Kariss specifically shares some of her favorite apps, as well as tips and tricks for getting things done.  How did she and her husband know when to hire help? How did they afford to hire help? With two children under the age of three, when exactly does she work? Nitty gritty people.  This episode is all about the nitty-gritty. And the discussion happens with baby-coos in the background. It doesn’t get any better than that.

I’ve had so much fun interviewing women entrepreneurs for the series on Girl Bosses but my interview with my daughter is special for obvious reasons.  Not only is she is my daughter and I’m proud of how she’s killing it as a mom, wife, and business owner, but she’s young.  Whatever your age, “girl-bossing” is possible.

Do you have entrepreneurial dreams? Well guess what? Those dreams are possible whenever you get ready to make them come true.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Girl Boss/Mom Boss resources galore!
  • How to maximize your gifts.
  • The importance of sacrifice.
  • The cutest baby sounds.

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Is it time for you to make the leap and work toward becoming a girl boss?
  2. What can you do to maximize your resources so you are free to maximize your gifts?
  3. How can you implement effective systems?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Who is my favorite Girl Boss/Mom Boss? My daughter, Kariss Farris.  Kariss and her husband, Joshua, own a photography business – while also boss-parenting two adorable little people! I think my daughter is a ridiculously great photographer and a ridicu... Who is my favorite Girl Boss/Mom Boss? My daughter, Kariss Farris.  Kariss and her husband, Joshua, own a photography business – while also boss-parenting two adorable little people! I think my daughter is a ridiculously great photographer and a ridiculously […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 55:54 8473
#177 – Girl Boss Chat with Nicole Walters https://chrystalevanshurst.com/177-girl-boss-chat-with-nicole-walters/ Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:46:24 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8461 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/177-girl-boss-chat-with-nicole-walters/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/177-girl-boss-chat-with-nicole-walters/feed/ 5 Starting your own business can be a scary! There are so many questions and the number of answers you might find on a Google search of “how to start my own business” is overwhelming. But if you still have that dream in your heart, than that desire deserves a chance to flourish. Do you have [...] Starting your own business can be a scary! There are so many questions and the number of answers you might find on a Google search of “how to start my own business” is overwhelming. But if you still have that dream in your heart, than that desire deserves a chance to flourish. Do you have questions on how to start creating or building your business? Well, this week’s episode is going to give you some serious practical help!

The ever-energetic and refreshingly-real Nicole Walters joins the show to share her expertise in entrepreneurship. She puts a unique spin on the term “Girl Boss.”  After quitting her corporate job, with 10,000 Periscope viewers watching, Nicole launched her own business empowering others to pursue their dreams. As a wife, mother of three, and wildly successful business woman, Nicole has a full plate, but she passionately shares her knowledge with others to help them break through mental barriers that hinder their progress!

Launching into entrepreneurship means knowing your product’s and your personal worth. But it’s hard to believe in that worth. We allow fear, anxiety, or our imposter syndrome to get in the way of fully embracing the gifts we have been given to bless and benefit others. If a passion burns inside of you, then it should do more than keep you up at night.  Nicole offers a transparent, candid and hilarious view of what it takes to make our dreams come to life and to make the seemingly impossible happen!

Join Nicole and I as we have a lively conversation about life, business, weight loss and everything in between!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • What the life of a Girl Boss really looks like
  • Balancing business and family
  • How to take the risks

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What passions are you not pursuing in life?
  2. What stops you from following those passions?
  3. What is the worst case scenario if you pursue your dreams? What is the best case scenario?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Starting your own business can be a scary! There are so many questions and the number of answers you might find on a Google search of “how to start my own business” is overwhelming. But if you still have that […] Starting your own business can be a scary! There are so many questions and the number of answers you might find on a Google search of “how to start my own business” is overwhelming. But if you still have that […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 1:23:18 8461
#176 – The Holy Hustle with Crystal Stine https://chrystalevanshurst.com/176-holy-hustle-with-crystal-stine/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:39:02 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8445 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/176-holy-hustle-with-crystal-stine/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/176-holy-hustle-with-crystal-stine/feed/ 0 Does it seem contradictory to hustle and live a holy life? Can a Girl Boss climb the ladder and also care for her body and soul? In this episode with Crystal Stine, we talk about rest, the working woman, celebration, success, and so much more. Crystal Stine authentically shares about a time in her life [...] Does it seem contradictory to hustle and live a holy life? Can a Girl Boss climb the ladder and also care for her body and soul? In this episode with Crystal Stine, we talk about rest, the working woman, celebration, success, and so much more.

Crystal Stine authentically shares about a time in her life where she worked on building a career-focused life, but did not have her priorities in order. She talks about how she struggled as a young mom to balance her personal life and her career, only to have it ripped away in an instant. Crystal has learned and is still learning what it means to properly prioritize her dreams and callings, and lets the rest of us in on truth we can learn from. She is bravely walking out what it means to lay down her desire for approval and to fight against unhealthy addictions to success.

Isn’t this a lesson many of us need to learn too?

If you’re exhausted, feeling like you’re spinning, balancing too many plates, hoping none of them drop, wanting off the hamster wheel to find a place of rest with the Lord? Then this podcast will be life giving for you! Truth? None of has “arrived” but we get better together when we share what we learn along the way.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Moving forward after failure
  • Setting boundaries personally and professionally
  • How to rest and recharge
  • The truth about addictions to success

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Do you find yourself striving and stressed in certain areas?
  2. Is there an area in your life where you need to focus on the people God has placed in your life instead of the circumstances?
  3. What kind of rest energizes you to get back to work?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Does it seem contradictory to hustle and live a holy life? Can a Girl Boss climb the ladder and also care for her body and soul? In this episode with Crystal Stine, we talk about rest, the working woman, celebration, […] Does it seem contradictory to hustle and live a holy life? Can a Girl Boss climb the ladder and also care for her body and soul? In this episode with Crystal Stine, we talk about rest, the working woman, celebration, […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 38:25 8445
#175 – Girl Boss Chat with Christy Wright https://chrystalevanshurst.com/175-girl-boss-chat-with-christy-wright/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:03:07 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8426 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/175-girl-boss-chat-with-christy-wright/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/175-girl-boss-chat-with-christy-wright/feed/ 17 Christy Wright is a Certified Business Coach, a Ramsey Personality and a straight-up girl boss. She is also a best selling author, wife and mom of two boys. Christy’s energy is infectious.  She educates and gives hope to audiences nationwide, and in this episode we get an intimate one-on-one with this power house! We talk [...] Christy Wright is a Certified Business Coach, a Ramsey Personality and a straight-up girl boss. She is also a best selling author, wife and mom of two boys. Christy’s energy is infectious.  She educates and gives hope to audiences nationwide, and in this episode we get an intimate one-on-one with this power house!

We talk about the business of coming up with a good business idea, what women should or should not start a business, the importance of believing in your product, and how to market your business around resolving a problem. And my favorite part?  We talk about the importance of using your story to encourage others and offer support to you and your family.

Christy is passionate about helping women. You’ll agree as you hear Christy’s desire to empower women to step into their God-given gifts and create a movement of women who are making money doing what they love.

Even more fun?  Listening to Christy talk about how she lives the girl boss life while managing the chaos at home. Christy acknowledges her laundry mountain but humbly declares it to be a place her boys will not remember. Christy reminds us to focus on where we are, to keep the main thing the main thing, and to take advantage of opportunities to be fully present.

My conversation with Christy is about what it means and what it takes to be a woman in business. If you need encouragement, practical business or life advice, you will learn something from this girl.  Christy Wright is on fire! Listen up friend. You have the ability to run a business and be the girl boss you’ve always wanted to be!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Chasing your dreams and making an income
  • The importance of solving the problem
  • Having a heart for business
  • Common obstacles to starting your dream business
  • Being present

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. As a woman in the workplace or in business for yourself, what struggles do you face?
  2. What are the unique strengths you bring to the marketplace?
  3. How can you work to be fully present?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Christy Wright is a Certified Business Coach, a Ramsey Personality and a straight-up girl boss. She is also a best selling author, wife and mom of two boys. Christy’s energy is infectious.  She educates and gives hope to audiences nationwide, […] Christy Wright is a Certified Business Coach, a Ramsey Personality and a straight-up girl boss. She is also a best selling author, wife and mom of two boys. Christy’s energy is infectious.  She educates and gives hope to audiences nationwide, […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 43:21 8426
#174 -Girl Boss Chat with Lara Casey https://chrystalevanshurst.com/174-girl-boss-chat-with-lara-casey/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 03:32:41 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8388 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/174-girl-boss-chat-with-lara-casey/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/174-girl-boss-chat-with-lara-casey/feed/ 39 Let’s take a look at what it means to be a girl boss! I’m talking to some of my favorite girl bosses to find out how they got started, what their everyday lives actually look like, how they make money, and how they stay healthy in the hustle. I’m kicking off this series with a [...] Let’s take a look at what it means to be a girl boss! I’m talking to some of my favorite girl bosses to find out how they got started, what their everyday lives actually look like, how they make money, and how they stay healthy in the hustle.

I’m kicking off this series with a girl boss I’ve admired for awhile – Lara Casey. Lara has honestly done it all. She is the CEO of Cultivate What Matters, runs her business out of her home, employs 9 women, homeschools her oldest child, and lives full-time mom and wife life. Lara draws intentional boundaries around her time and priorities so that she can consistently grow her business AND be available to her family. I learned a lot from Lara about what it means to enjoy  life because she genuinely enjoys hers, even though she has multiple irons in the fire.

 

Lara and I chat about her journey from musical theater in NYC to personal training to producing a wedding magazine to teaching business classes to publishing her own books. From the outside, it may look like Lara has a superpower for “getting things done” that the rest of us don’t. But Lara has done what any of us can do – determined what is most important to her and chased after it.

I learned so much from our conversation, and I know you will too!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Integrating faith and business
  • Working from home
  • Determining how much to charge
  • Knowing when to grow your business
  • Tending to yourself first so you can tend to your business

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

  • Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of June here.
  • Did catch my chat with Michelle Carter about her She’s Still There Story? Listen here.
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Are you a Girl Boss or want to be a Girl Boss? What’s your big dream or goal? What’s one step you can take this week to get closer to that goal?
  2. How long have had this dream? What’s holding you back from just going for it? Is that a valid reason?
  3. Who is a Girl Boss that you know and look up to? Shoot her a text and take her to lunch this week! Bring specific questions and pick her brain.
  4. Share a song that makes you feel like a girl boss!

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Let’s take a look at what it means to be a girl boss! I’m talking to some of my favorite girl bosses to find out how they got started, what their everyday lives actually look like, how they make money, […] Let’s take a look at what it means to be a girl boss! I’m talking to some of my favorite girl bosses to find out how they got started, what their everyday lives actually look like, how they make money, […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 51:01 8388
#173- A She’s Still There Story with Michelle Carter https://chrystalevanshurst.com/173-a-shes-still-there-story-with-michelle-carter/ Fri, 25 May 2018 13:13:59 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=7078 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/173-a-shes-still-there-story-with-michelle-carter/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/173-a-shes-still-there-story-with-michelle-carter/feed/ 3 Today on the podcast I had the pleasure of  chatting with Olympic Gold Medalist, Michelle Carter. With disappointment behind her and obstacles in front of her, Michelle knew 2016 would be the year she would have to activate and walk in her faith.  She shares what it looked like to act like a gold medalist [...] Today on the podcast I had the pleasure of  chatting with Olympic Gold Medalist, Michelle Carter. With disappointment behind her and obstacles in front of her, Michelle knew 2016 would be the year she would have to activate and walk in her faith. 

She shares what it looked like to act like a gold medalist before she was ever deemed a gold medal.

 

I appreciate her candor, confidence, and commitment to the goal at hand.  Even though it looked like things weren’t stacked in her favor, she still stepped up and showed up. And that is exactly what she is encouraging us to do today.  

 

Whether it be maintaining focus, being comfortable in the skin you are in, taking thoughts captive, or simply getting out of the bed and getting dressed in the morning, you have to be intentional in what you do and say. You may not get to choose the outcome of your situations, but you do get to choose your attitude and the effort you put forth to get closer to your goal.

As Michelle shares in the podcast–the words that come out your mouth and the words that you allow to go into your ears matter. So I’m encouraging you to listen as we laugh a little, chat about being honest with ourselves, forgiving ourselves, being comfortable with who we are, and focusing on who we know we need to be.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Gaining and maintaining Focus
  • Activating and walking in Faith
  • Moving past disappointment
  • Body image and being comfortable with you

Resources From Today’s Show 

 

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  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What thoughts do you need to take captive? 
  2. What are some ways in which you practically renew your mind? 
  3. How do you maintain focus? What do you need to focus on this week?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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Today on the podcast I had the pleasure of  chatting with Olympic Gold Medalist, Michelle Carter. With disappointment behind her and obstacles in front of her, Michelle knew 2016 would be the year she would have to activate and walk […] Today on the podcast I had the pleasure of  chatting with Olympic Gold Medalist, Michelle Carter. With disappointment behind her and obstacles in front of her, Michelle knew 2016 would be the year she would have to activate and walk […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 48:42 7078
#172 -The Single Woman & Spiritual Motherhood – Johanna Fisher https://chrystalevanshurst.com/172-the-single-woman-spiritual-motherhood-johanna-fisher/ Mon, 21 May 2018 15:46:24 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8342 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/172-the-single-woman-spiritual-motherhood-johanna-fisher/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/172-the-single-woman-spiritual-motherhood-johanna-fisher/feed/ 12 She wrote out all her wedding plans and hoped to have a big ceremony. Her high school friends said she would be the first among them married. She longed to birth her own children. She is now in her 70s. What she expected in her life hasn’t happened the way she thought it would, but [...] She wrote out all her wedding plans and hoped to have a big ceremony. Her high school friends said she would be the first among them married. She longed to birth her own children. She is now in her 70s. What she expected in her life hasn’t happened the way she thought it would, but God has gifted her with the joy of relationship, motherhood, and fulfillment in a way that only He could. Today, I’m talking with Johanna Fisher, who I affectionately call “Aunt Jo”. She is a long time member of my home church and has been around cheering me on since I was little girl.

When Aunt Jo as a single woman and a desire to mother without  prospects for marriage, she considered adoption. She dreamed of being the mother to one little girl.  But God had other plans. Over the years, the Lord has sent Aunt Jo not one, but EIGHT spiritual daughters and she has intentionally poured into these women and mothered them over the past thirty plus years.

In this episode, Aunt Jo shares the joy she’s experienced watching her wonderful daughters grow up, develop, and bless her life in ways she never could have imagined. But she also shares the real struggles and disappointments that singleness can bring and the wrestling that happens with God when you’re wondering why not me.

Do you have plans penned down that aren’t playing out as you would have hoped?  If so, it’s understandable that you might be struggling with disappointment or frustration. Aunt Jo says, we get to choose if we change for better or for bitter and today’s podcast might help you see your circumstances in a new light.  Bitterness can cause us to miss the blessings God has in His plans for us. Is surrendering our plans easy? No. Will feelings of disappointment still arise? Absolutely. But the desires of your heart will be met, even if those desires come packaged vastly different from what you would have expected.

Don’t miss the wisdom, encouragement and honest truth that Aunt Jo offers on this episode.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Spiritual mothering as a single
  • Cultivating mentorship in your circles
  • What spiritual motherhood looks like in different seasons of life
  • Ideas for planning gatherings with spiritual daughters
  • Dealing with feelings of disappointment

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

  • Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of May here.
  • Did catch my chat with Susie Davis on Finding and Being a Spiritual Mom?  Listen here.
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Where in your life can you cultivate mentorship? Do you know someone who needs a spiritual mother?
  2. Do you need a spiritual mother/mentor?  Who in your life can you connect with in a natural way? Where are you engaged or involved in your spiritual community to foster connections?
  3. What plans have you penned down that haven’t panned out as you expected? How can you ensure that you respond in a way that will change you for the better and not make you bitter?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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She wrote out all her wedding plans and hoped to have a big ceremony. Her high school friends said she would be the first among them married. She longed to birth her own children. She is now in her 70s. […] She wrote out all her wedding plans and hoped to have a big ceremony. Her high school friends said she would be the first among them married. She longed to birth her own children. She is now in her 70s. […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 56:19 8342
#171 – The Read Aloud Family with Sarah Mackenzie https://chrystalevanshurst.com/171-the-read-aloud-family-with-sarah-mackenzie/ Tue, 15 May 2018 14:44:58 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8321 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/171-the-read-aloud-family-with-sarah-mackenzie/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/171-the-read-aloud-family-with-sarah-mackenzie/feed/ 7 Most parents battle this fear: that one day they will look back and regret how they raised their kids. “Did I spend enough time with them? Did I do the things that matter most? Did my children feel valued?” In this podcast, Sarah Mackenzie shares how fear of regret led her to read aloud to [...] Most parents battle this fear: that one day they will look back and regret how they raised their kids.

“Did I spend enough time with them? Did I do the things that matter most? Did my children feel valued?”

In this podcast, Sarah Mackenzie shares how fear of regret led her to read aloud to her children and she discovered a passion for helping other families benefit from this simple, but powerful practice.

Whether you’re a single parent or a stay-at-home mom, have your kids in public school or are homeschooling, I believe anyone with kids in their life will find Sarah’s insight to be both practical and inspiring. In our conversation, we explore how regularly reading with children of all ages can cultivate meaningful connections with them, create lifelong memories, and bolster their academic and social development. Sarah offers easy strategies we can use right now to develop stronger bonds with kids through reading aloud.

Grab a pen and paper as you listen to this episode because you’ll want to capture Sarah’s nuggets of doable advice. Be sure to pre-order Sarah’s upcoming book, The Read Aloud Family, and check out her podcast, Read-Aloud Revival, too. Links are below under resources!

Highlights from Today’s Episode

  • Practical ways to keep kids engaged during read-alouds
  • How to ask your kids good questions about what they’re reading
  • Why reading aloud to kids may be more beneficial than having them read themselves
  • Using story to embellish your child’s education

Quotes

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

  • Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of May here.
  • Did catch my chat with Susie Davis on finding and being a Spiritual Mom?  Listen here.
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What are some good open-ended questions that you use to start conversations with kids?
  2. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to creating space for intentional connection with your children? What small action can you make today to create more space to connect with your kids?
  3. How might you be able to incorporate read-alouds in your family’s weekly routine?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Most parents battle this fear: that one day they will look back and regret how they raised their kids. “Did I spend enough time with them? Did I do the things that matter most? Did my children feel valued?” In […] Most parents battle this fear: that one day they will look back and regret how they raised their kids. “Did I spend enough time with them? Did I do the things that matter most? Did my children feel valued?” In […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 31:35 8321
#170 – Being and Finding a Spiritual Mom with Susie Davis https://chrystalevanshurst.com/170-being-and-finding-a-spiritual-mom-with-susie-davis/ Tue, 15 May 2018 13:23:19 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8308 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/170-being-and-finding-a-spiritual-mom-with-susie-davis/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/170-being-and-finding-a-spiritual-mom-with-susie-davis/feed/ 1 We’ve talked a LOT about motherhood this month. But for the remainder of May, I want to zoom out, gain a wider perspective, and talk about why motherhood is so important. It’s important for us to understand that motherhood is just one form of discipleship. And Jesus clearly calls us to celebrate and display His [...] We’ve talked a LOT about motherhood this month. But for the remainder of May, I want to zoom out, gain a wider perspective, and talk about why motherhood is so important.

It’s important for us to understand that motherhood is just one form of discipleship. And Jesus clearly calls us to celebrate and display His love through making disciples!

Discipleship is the ministry of every believer, whether that’s taking care of young kids, guiding adult children, teaching a class, intentionally hanging out with friends, or having encouraging conversations. As believers who have been saved by grace, it is our JOY to show others the same love we’ve been shown and to live a life that looks like Christ’s. His life was marked by encouraging others, listening, challenging, asking questions, and coming alongside broken people. We get to do the same!

Whether you are a mom or not, you are a disciple first.

Today, I chat with Susie Davis about the concept of spiritual mothering & discipleship. We talk about what a mentor is, what it looks like to mentor others, how to seek out a mentor, and why it’s actually simpler than we may think.

Susie knows she has the spiritual gift of encouragement, and she intentionally finds way to use her gift as a way to make disciples. She has discovered that the biggest part to being a mentor is simply being available. She invites us to identify our own gifts, or things that come naturally to us, and creatively turn those gifts into tools for discipleship. Susie simply said yes to God’s call and allowed the gifts God had given her to unfold organically.

Whether you have a heart for hospitality or encouragement or something completely different — you can make disciples and be a spiritual mama. All you have to do is be available. Say yes. It may be a little out of your comfort zone at first, but the joy that follows is so worth it.

Listen to my conversation with Susie for encouragement, practical advice, and Truth!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • How to be available to be a mentor
  • How to pursue a mentor
  • How to be a mentor when you don’t have the gift of hospitality
  • How motherhood is a form of discipleship
  • How to simply be available

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

  • Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of May here.
  • Did catch my chat with Rachel Ann Ridge on the Empty Nester Mom?  Listen here.
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What holds you back from diving into discipleship?
  2. Are you interested in finding or being a spiritual mama? How can you take one step toward that today?
  3. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? Take a quiz online or ask your pastor how to find out!
  4. Are you experiencing the joy that comes from living like Christ? If not, ask yourself why. Ask a wise friend why.

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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We’ve talked a LOT about motherhood this month. But for the remainder of May, I want to zoom out, gain a wider perspective, and talk about why motherhood is so important. It’s important for us to understand that motherhood is […] We’ve talked a LOT about motherhood this month. But for the remainder of May, I want to zoom out, gain a wider perspective, and talk about why motherhood is so important. It’s important for us to understand that motherhood is […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 51:06 8308
#169 – The Empty Nester Mom with Rachel Ridge https://chrystalevanshurst.com/169-the-empty-nester-mom-with-rachel-ridge/ Fri, 11 May 2018 13:27:41 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8297 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/169-the-empty-nester-mom-with-rachel-ridge/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/169-the-empty-nester-mom-with-rachel-ridge/feed/ 1 Do you ever feel as if you are trying  to cram every piece of advice and wisdom into your children while they’re still at home with you, and at the same time, trying to protect them from everything that comes their way? Are you struggling to nurture your own gifts and talents while making sure [...] Do you ever feel as if you are trying  to cram every piece of advice and wisdom into your children while they’re still at home with you, and at the same time, trying to protect them from everything that comes their way? Are you struggling to nurture your own gifts and talents while making sure you are present in the lives of your children? Well, in this podcast, Rachel Anne Ridge discusses all of these concepts as she takes us on a mother’s journey toward the empty nest. This season is dreaded by some and anticipated by others, but for each and every mom, this season will come one day..  

My good friend Rachel is a talented writer, artist, mom to three, and Nana to four.  She speaks with grace and gentle wisdom. You will love her as she has the humor of a woman who has walked a beautiful journey with the Lord through life and motherhood. In this episode, Rachel discusses how she’s navigated the process of letting go as her children have grown up and left the nest. She shares how her eyes have been opened to her future as a mother of grown children.  She’s realized this truth… “I’m still their mom and I can still make memories…”



Hindsight is often 20/20, but  Rachel shares wisdom that will give mothers today a sneak peak into that rear view mirror. Rachel will take you on a journey of grief, joy, sadness, identity, and may even surprise you by opening your eyes to the beauty of lightening up, letting go, and enjoying every stage of the journey.

Check out this episode, and Rachel‘s blog homesanctuary.com, as well as her quirky book Flash the Donkey. You won’t be disappointed!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • How to relax and lighten up as a mom
  • Thriving in the empty nest
  • Mothering grown children
  • Nurturing your own gifts

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

  • Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of May here.
  • Did catch my chat with Ginger Hubbard on Keys to Raising Your Children?  Listen here.
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Do you ever find yourself stressed out as a mom? What are some of your greatest fears?
  2. Do you see God writing a story for your children through their hard experiences? What is your prayer for them? 
  3. How can you begin to respect and encourage your children on their journey instead of trying to control it?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Do you ever feel as if you are trying  to cram every piece of advice and wisdom into your children while they’re still at home with you, and at the same time, trying to protect them from everything that comes […] Do you ever feel as if you are trying  to cram every piece of advice and wisdom into your children while they’re still at home with you, and at the same time, trying to protect them from everything that comes […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 40:22 8297
#168 – Keys to Raising Your Children with Ginger Hubbard https://chrystalevanshurst.com/168-keys-to-raising-your-children-with-ginger-hubbard/ Wed, 09 May 2018 13:29:25 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8284 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/168-keys-to-raising-your-children-with-ginger-hubbard/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/168-keys-to-raising-your-children-with-ginger-hubbard/feed/ 6 Have you ever found yourself reflecting on your parenting and wondering if your kids will turn out okay? Do you wonder if you’re doing a good job being a mom? Parenting is an adventure--that’s for sure. This adventure can be crazy, difficult, or exhilarating, and oftentimes it can be all three in one day (or [...] Have you ever found yourself reflecting on your parenting and wondering if your kids will turn out okay? Do you wonder if you’re doing a good job being a mom?

Parenting is an adventure–that’s for sure. This adventure can be crazy, difficult, or exhilarating, and oftentimes it can be all three in one day (or one hour depending on how everyone is feeling).  But one thing is for sure, it takes skill to parent, and from time to time all of us will question whether or not we have what it takes.

Ginger Hubbard joins me on today’s podcast to chat about what intentional parenting looks like in today’s culture. Ginger, the author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, shares wisdom about addressing the heart of a child and not merely their behavior. Ginger also gives honest and practical steps for the days we just “blow it” as parents! On the journey of raising children, some days we just “miss the boat.”  Parents are humans too — humans in need of the same grace we extend to our children.

 

Ginger also compares being a parent to getting a new appliance.  We think we know how everything works, but when we need help, there’s a manual.  Even though children may not come with literal instructions, we have access to God at all times. Family was God’s idea, which means that we can trust Him to show us how to care for our own.  

Listen to this episode and learn more about Ginger in the resource links below!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Wise words for moms
  • Practical parenting tips for all ages
  • Training the hearts of children

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

  • Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of May here.
  • Did catch my chat with Arlene Pellicane on Mentoring as a Mama?  Listen here.
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What is the difference between training hearts of children and training their behavior?
  2. How could you focus more on training hearts and not actions?
  3. In what ways could you extend more grace to yourself as a parent?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Have you ever found yourself reflecting on your parenting and wondering if your kids will turn out okay? Do you wonder if you’re doing a good job being a mom? Parenting is an adventure–that’s for sure. This adventure can be […] Have you ever found yourself reflecting on your parenting and wondering if your kids will turn out okay? Do you wonder if you’re doing a good job being a mom? Parenting is an adventure–that’s for sure. This adventure can be […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 55:11 8284
#167 – Mentoring as a Mama with Arlene Pellicane https://chrystalevanshurst.com/167-mentoring-as-a-mama-with-arlene-pellicane/ Tue, 08 May 2018 13:56:15 +0000 http://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=8267 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/167-mentoring-as-a-mama-with-arlene-pellicane/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/167-mentoring-as-a-mama-with-arlene-pellicane/feed/ 2 Are you struggling to effectively love and lead your children? Do you desire to consistently and appropriately discipline and disciple your babies? Do you wonder if you can be both your child’s parent and pal? What do God and the Bible have to say about parenting? In this show, we are talking parenting. Arlene Pellicane [...] Are you struggling to effectively love and lead your children? Do you desire to consistently and appropriately discipline and disciple your babies? Do you wonder if you can be both your child’s parent and pal? What do God and the Bible have to say about parenting?

In this show, we are talking parenting. Arlene Pellicane shares her experience of  marriage and motherhood, spanning 20 years, and gives a little advice from her parenting journey. Arlene and her husband, James, strategically raise their three children, ages 8 to 13,  with unapologetic boundaries and structure. Her practical parenting strategies are refreshingly simple and effective. Not only does Arlene deeply desire to value her children as gifts from God, she is also passionate about helping others find enjoyment in their own journeys of marriage and motherhood.

We define what “BFF” parents and “pushover moms” are  and talk about how to be a parent that is less concerned with the temporary, maybe volatile, feelings of their children and more concerned with lasting life lessons. Want to know how to differentiate between unhealthy and unwarranted accommodations for your children versus giving merited and loving rewards? We talk about that too!

Arlene provides practical examples of what it looks like to exercise your role as a leader and director of your children. She highlights the importance of training children in hospitality, basic respect, interest in others, Scripture memorization, and the discipline of daily Bible study. We even chat about technology — it’s use, overuse, and its effect on family life.

She also stresses the importance of prayer with and for your children as she believes prayer is an invaluable tool that brings God’s provision and blessing, along with increased confidence in children.

If you need encouragement in your mothering as well as practical tips for intentionally developing and disciplining your kids — then this is the podcast for you.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Parenting strategically and effectively
  • Teaching children to be Christ followers
  • Teaching children etiquette and respect
  • Enjoying and cultivating a heart for parenting

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

  • Have you grabbed this month’s freebie? It’s available for the month of May here.
  • Did you miss my episode, Lies about Truth with Lisa Bevere?! Listen here.
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • Take a look at Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What specific strategies have you or will you implement to be intentional about raising your children to be Christ followers?
  2. What habits would be effective in your home to protect against over usage of electronics?
  3. Do you have a past parenting experience that you would “re-do” after listening to the principles in this podcast? If so, how?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

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Are you struggling to effectively love and lead your children? Do you desire to consistently and appropriately discipline and disciple your babies? Do you wonder if you can be both your child’s parent and pal? What do God and the […] Are you struggling to effectively love and lead your children? Do you desire to consistently and appropriately discipline and disciple your babies? Do you wonder if you can be both your child’s parent and pal? What do God and the […] Chrystal Evans Hurst 50:33 8267