Chrystal's Chronicles https://chrystalevanshurst.com/blog/ Sharing the journey. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:25:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/favicon-01.png Chrystal's Chronicles https://chrystalevanshurst.com/blog/ 32 32 Sharing the journey. Chrystal Hurst clean Sharing the journey. Chrystal's Chronicles https://chrystalevanshurst.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/chrystalschroniclespodcast.jpg https://chrystalevanshurst.com/blog/ #233 – Living with Intentionality https://chrystalevanshurst.com/233-living-with-intentionality/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:33:47 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10887 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/233-living-with-intentionality/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/233-living-with-intentionality/feed/ 0 As women, we try to make it all happen and give everything on our plate enough time and attention. Sometimes it feels like other women have it all together, and if we only knew how they did it or had some secret, magic ingredient, we could get the same results. But what if I told [...] As women, we try to make it all happen and give everything on our plate enough time and attention. Sometimes it feels like other women have it all together, and if we only knew how they did it or had some secret, magic ingredient, we could get the same results.

But what if I told you that the key to making it all happen is to create rhythms and habits that work for your unique life? There isn’t a formula that will give every person the same results, but I believe there are tips we can apply in our own way to help us achieve success.

Katy McCown joins me to talk about embracing one’s own abilities and what really goes on behind closed doors as a mom of six, a wife, and a creator of a community for other women. You will get great insight from the steps we can all take whenever we start feeling overwhelmed and don’t have the slightest idea of where to begin. And I’m so glad that Katy was willing to get super practical with me! I mean, do you know what hotspots are? Katy and I discussed not only what they are but how addressing them can initiate gratifying success in getting everything else done.

Through our conversation, we both came to one realization: we often forget to check in with ourselves when we try to accomplish it all. Many of us think that if we keep going without pausing, we will be able to find our strength along the way. We are so consumed with getting the job done, we forget the importance of caring for ourselves. While we can’t run from our responsibilities, setting aside time to check in with ourselves is beneficial to our long-term ability to give our best. 

Katy shares the difference she witnessed in her life when she made room to do an inventory of her spiritual and mental life. It has been so beneficial for her to carve out time to be with Jesus — mainly because when she meets with Him first, it changes the rest of her day. It shouldn’t surprise us that we need time with God if even Jesus, in His prime, often withdrew Himself to be alone and pray (Luke 5:15-16).

I hope you feel encouraged when you listen to this podcast and decide to start with just one decision that will help you practice a new way of living. I also hope you are reminded of how important it is to find what works for you and acknowledge how rhythms and new habits can allow you to make room for other things in your life.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Knowing yourself
  • Discovering your rhythm
  • Community connection
  • Shifting your focus with gratefulness  

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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 intentional are you with the time you assign each task? Could mapping out your time make you more efficient? Yes or no? Explain.
  2. Have you discovered your own rhythms? If yes, what are the benefits you’ve seen? If you haven’t, how could applying unique rhythms and habits change your day?
  3. How do you make time to check in with yourself?
  4. How has gratefulness changed your focus about a current situation?

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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As women, we try to make it all happen and give everything on our plate enough time and attention. Sometimes it feels like other women have it all together, and if we only knew how they did it or had […] As women, we try to make it all happen and give everything on our plate enough time and attention. Sometimes it feels like other women have it all together, and if we only knew how they did it or had […] Chrystal Hurst clean 1:01:54
#232 – Getting to Know You https://chrystalevanshurst.com/232-getting-to-know-you/ Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:32:46 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10878 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/232-getting-to-know-you/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/232-getting-to-know-you/feed/ 0 Have you ever found yourself trying to be your most authentic self, only to find that you are over exhausted from tending to other people? When was the last time you took a minute to check-in with yourself, know who you really are, and discover what you really want? Do you ever ask yourself: Who [...] Have you ever found yourself trying to be your most authentic self, only to find that you are over exhausted from tending to other people? When was the last time you took a minute to check-in with yourself, know who you really are, and discover what you really want? Do you ever ask yourself: Who am I? What do I like? Who do I want to be today?

It’s okay if your answers are forever changing or if you don’t know what they are this very moment. It’s normal to experience seasons of life where you aren’t quite sure if you know you.

I get the struggle, my friend. It’s easy for my “must-dos” to get in the way of my “want-tos.” Many of my in-real-life friends share the same struggle. It’s a womanhood thing, I think. Some days we feel the internal struggle the minute we get out of bed. We are moving so fast — doing all the things that need to be done — and before we know it, a whole day (or week or month or year) has passed without asking ourselves who we want to be or what we want to accomplish. Some of us spend much of our time seeking out the opinions of others regarding who we are or what they think we should do, and we never take the time to ask ourselves.

Maybe it’s because we don’t believe that we have the answer?

Psychotherapist, author, and relationship expert, Stacy Kaiser, joins me on the show this week to talk about how we can discover the answers that are deeply embedded in the hearts of adult women. Stacy and I talk about what it looks like to be “grown-up” enough to have happiness, peace, and joy. 

When we were younger, it was the responsibility of loving adults to take care of us. As a grown-up, we’ve got to continue to receive the loving care of those around us, while learning to take care of ourselves at the same time. This often means setting boundaries and attending to our needs without needing the approval of others. Growing up also means learning to tell the truth–being honest about what haunts us from the past that we can’t shake in the present. 

Listen, I’m a grown woman, but I’m still learning how to listen to myself, trust my God-given intuition, and respect the thoughts of others without letting their convictions determine my path. I’m learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy emotions, like shame, and how the internalization of those feelings impacts how free I am to live my life. Living whole means paying attention to what is going on inside of me, and my chat with Stacy clarified that truth for me. I hope our talk will do the same for you. As Stacy says, “Doing the work isn’t always easy. True healing is exhausting, but the freedom is worth it.”

After you listen, consider sharing this episode. It’ll be good for you and good for your friend, too.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Getting to know yourself
  • Working things out in your life
  • Using a counselor to better yourself
  • Finding peace in your everyday
  • How to be emotionally healthy

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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. Many of us try to accommodate everyone’s individual needs and wants, often to our own detriment. In what ways have you been a “short-order cook” and tried to meet the needs of others in an unhealthy way?
  2. In what ways do you balance taking time for yourself and giving time to others?
  3. When was the last time you took a moment and checked-in with yourself?
  4. Where is there a need for boundaries in your life? What are the first steps you can take toward creating them?
  5. Do you have someone in your life that you feel comfortable talking to about everyday problems? Are they objective and willing to listen and help?
  6. Is there a source of shame in your life? Is it internal or external? How can you work on bringing that shame into the light and overcoming 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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Have you ever found yourself trying to be your most authentic self, only to find that you are over exhausted from tending to other people? When was the last time you took a minute to check-in with yourself, know who […] Have you ever found yourself trying to be your most authentic self, only to find that you are over exhausted from tending to other people? When was the last time you took a minute to check-in with yourself, know who […] Chrystal Hurst clean 1:00:45
#231 – Caring For Your Soul https://chrystalevanshurst.com/231-caring-for-your-soul/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 19:15:53 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10818 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/231-caring-for-your-soul/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/231-caring-for-your-soul/feed/ 2 I really want to live intentionally, but it’s such a STRUGGLE. Surely I’m not the only person who wants to live with purpose and focus, yet feels like some days I’m just “making it.” I want my life to count for what matters for eternity’ but my life is filled with a bunch of “right [...] I really want to live intentionally, but it’s such a STRUGGLE. Surely I’m not the only person who wants to live with purpose and focus, yet feels like some days I’m just “making it.” I want my life to count for what matters for eternity’ but my life is filled with a bunch of “right nows.” 

Today, I have to go to work.

Today, I have to cook dinner.

Today, I have to pay bills.

Today, I have to remember a birthday.

Today, I have to run errands.

Today, I have to spend time with the people I love.

Today, I need to S-L-E-E-P!

Sometimes I could use a little help from someone who has a wise perspective on life to help me know how to live with focus and intention while getting the important things done. Honestly, I need wise counsel from someone a little further along than I, to help me hear more clearly and recognize with more certainty how God is leading me. While I can hear from God myself, a little mentoring and spiritual wisdom and direction doesn’t hurt.

My friend, today I’m gifting my conversation with Denise Foxx to you. She might just be the perceptive, insightful mentor you’ve wished you had. Denise has lived enough of her own life to see what is seen and to perceive what is not. She knows the right questions to ask and what answers not to give so that you can discover them for yourself.

Do you need to more deeply understand the gift of saying no?  What about how to connect with your authentic self? Maybe it would help you to comprehend the beauty of the rhythm of worship, work, and rest so that you can balance the wonder of being productive while at the same time having room to breathe.

Denise teaches, through her own life, examples of how you can slow down and pay attention to your life in a culture that is constantly telling us to speed up.  She also offers rich wisdom in how to look for and find joy even as you seek to understand the wounds that are still in need of healing.

Let’s face it, my friend. We are all in constant need of soul care through life’s ups and downs. Denise Foxx, as a minister, trained life coach, and a certified spiritual director, not only leads us through the process of caring for ourselves but does so from a lifetime of learning to practice the strategies she teaches.

And what’s a spiritual director, you might ask? Well, we talk about that too.

If you need to learn how to slow down, get better acquainted with your wants and needs, and be intentional about living, this episode will help you learn to tend to your soul, enjoy your life, connect with God, and live at a sustainable pace that can get you exactly where you want to go and where God intends for you to be, too. 

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Paying attention to you
  • Healing your rejection wound
  • Opting for a “Year of No”
  • Slowing down and being present
  • Discovering what brings you joy
  • Learning the rhythms of worship, work, and 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. Who do you go to when you need to get something “heavy” off your chest?
  2. How is a spiritual director different from going to a counselor?   Do you have an informal spiritual director in your life — someone who can help you see what God is doing in your life?
  3. Why do you think people rush through their lives? Is it because they don’t want to stop to deal with the pain of their experiences?  Are you rushing through your life?
  4. Are you choosing to be present? Why or why not? What can you do to be more present in your life today? How can you slow down or even stop to smell the roses?

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 really want to live intentionally, but it’s such a STRUGGLE. Surely I’m not the only person who wants to live with purpose and focus, yet feels like some days I’m just “making it.” I want my life to count […] I really want to live intentionally, but it’s such a STRUGGLE. Surely I’m not the only person who wants to live with purpose and focus, yet feels like some days I’m just “making it.” I want my life to count […] Chrystal Hurst clean 1:04:28
#230- Pressing Through Pain https://chrystalevanshurst.com/230-pressing-through-pain/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 01:03:16 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10795 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/230-pressing-through-pain/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/230-pressing-through-pain/feed/ 4 What do you do when the unexpected pops up and changes your daily routine?  A lot of us may complain and give the unplanned the power to ruin the rest of our day, maybe even the rest of our week!  You actually have the power to choose! Unexpected surprises -- big or small -- don’t [...] What do you do when the unexpected pops up and changes your daily routine?  A lot of us may complain and give the unplanned the power to ruin the rest of our day, maybe even the rest of our week!  You actually have the power to choose! Unexpected surprises — big or small — don’t have to throw you completely off course. There is still hope that God can work everything together for the good in your life. The deciding factor is what you choose to feed — fear or faith. 

Today, I’m chatting with Chris and Emily Norton who have both walked through massive curveballs of their own and found the ability to persevere by focusing on the power of faith and positivity. 

Chris was injured permanently while playing college football in 2010. He never let that stop him from walking across the stage at graduation or even finding the love of his life. Emily and Chris’ most recent book The Seven Longest Yards chronicles their journey together down the aisle and beyond.  As they parent 5 adopted girls and foster many other children, their focus is: “Living our life and following what God’s calling us to do.” They’ve learned that there is beauty in surrender.

So when the unexpected hits you out of left field, know that you have a choice. You don’t have to fear, worry, or be stressed out with the change. You can choose to surrender. Then, you can experience what it means to grow from your difficulty instead of simply staying stuck in the aftermath of the difficult, challenging, or surprising twists and turns of life.  No one has the power to choose surrender for you but you. And once you switch your attitude to what could be instead of simply what you see in front of you, anything is possible, my friend.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Persevering through pain 
  • Finding purpose through pain
  • Letting go of what you can’t control
  • Surrendering to God 
  • Focusing on what you CAN do.
  • Highlighting the positive

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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. Can you think about the current situation in your life where highlighting the positive might actually help you move forward?
  2. Think about your own story of perseverance. Have you shared that with someone else in hopes that it may inspire them? 
  3. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by life? Do you surrender to God and focus on what you can do? Or do you feel stuck?
  4. Do you live your life in a way that is impactful? What are you doing to make sure that you are positively influencing those in your circle?

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 the unexpected pops up and changes your daily routine?  A lot of us may complain and give the unplanned the power to ruin the rest of our day, maybe even the rest of our week!  […] What do you do when the unexpected pops up and changes your daily routine?  A lot of us may complain and give the unplanned the power to ruin the rest of our day, maybe even the rest of our week!  […] Chrystal Hurst clean 49:43
#229- How to Grow Spiritually https://chrystalevanshurst.com/229-how-to-grow-spiritually/ Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:06:27 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10779 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/229-how-to-grow-spiritually/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/229-how-to-grow-spiritually/feed/ 3 As Christians, we all know that we need to commit to reading and understanding the Bible. But many of us find that, for whatever reason, we don’t read the Bible nearly as much as we’d like, let alone truly understand and take to heart what it has to say.  Maybe whenever you’ve tried to pick [...] As Christians, we all know that we need to commit to reading and understanding the Bible. But many of us find that, for whatever reason, we don’t read the Bible nearly as much as we’d like, let alone truly understand and take to heart what it has to say. 

Maybe whenever you’ve tried to pick up the Bible and start reading it, you’ve had no idea where to start. Maybe you’ve been able to commit to reading random passages, but feel completely overwhelmed when it comes to understanding the overall story or the theology behind it.  Maybe you’ve been wanting to dig deeper on Sundays or in a small group, but are holding back, unable to commit because you still have old wounds that are standing in the way of you walking towards healing.

Wherever you are in your study of God’s word, I know that Whitney Capps, my guest on today’s podcast, has wisdom and advice for you. She certainly shared a lot that I was blessed by, not to mention how much fun it was chatting with her! Because Whitney grew up as a pastor’s kid, she was shocked later in life to discover that many women didn’t have the same experience of spending time in God’s Word that she did. Seeing such a great need, Whitney sought to address it. Her life’s calling is to help women move past their insecurities and become confident about studying and sharing God’s Word.

Listen, you don’t need to feel overwhelmed or anxious when you try to read God’s word, because you can trust the Holy Spirit to help you get it right. I understand that you might feel you have little to offer. You may wonder if you are smart enough, wise enough, or insightful enough.  I wonder that sometimes too! But I believe that God can do a lot with even a little. I’ve seen him do it in the lives of others and in my life as well. In fact, it actually seems like God often prefers to use people who have little to offer, because it gives him greater glory (just read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31!). What matters is that we are willing to offer what we have. We don’t need the best commentaries or a seminary background. All of those things are very good, but they aren’t necessary.  All we really need is a desire to know God. 

While Whitney is grateful to have been able to grow under the pastoral leadership of her father, she also admits there were some challenges growing up as a pastor’s kid. I totally get that. It was good for me to chat with Whitney about our similar experiences and how we had to invest in our relationship with God individually to see fruit in our personal lives. In this episode, Whitney also shares thoughts on accountability and encouragement, walking through shame, and being productive.

Y’all, this conversation is so good! 

Enjoy the fun and laughs and prepare to be convicted by hard truths as Whitney and I  dive headfirst into a great conversation.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Learning God’s Word
  • Being more productive
  • Growing spiritually
  • Enjoying Biblical community

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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 holding you back from being productive, and how are you fighting against that? If you’re not fighting against it, in what ways could you begin?
  2. In recent decades, biblical illiteracy has become more and more common in the church. Many Christians feel insecure about their knowledge of the Bible. Is that you? If you were asked by a non-Christian why reading the Bible matters to you, how would you answer?
  3. What have you been doing to make time for spiritual community? In what ways can you become more transparent in your circle(s)?
  4. What has been holding you back from getting more involved in church? In what ways can you love on your local church more and, in doing so, better the community around 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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As Christians, we all know that we need to commit to reading and understanding the Bible. But many of us find that, for whatever reason, we don’t read the Bible nearly as much as we’d like, let alone truly understand […] As Christians, we all know that we need to commit to reading and understanding the Bible. But many of us find that, for whatever reason, we don’t read the Bible nearly as much as we’d like, let alone truly understand […] Chrystal Hurst clean 1:07:56
#228- Knowing Your Identity https://chrystalevanshurst.com/228-knowing-your-identity/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:06:44 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10760 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/228-knowing-your-identity/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/228-knowing-your-identity/feed/ 9 What is the story that you tell about yourself?  What lies are you believing? If you’re like most people, you define yourself based on your struggles, your shortcomings, and even your successes. But did you know that the story you tell about yourself—how you answer questions like “why do I matter?”—will actually determine how you [...] What is the story that you tell about yourself?  What lies are you believing? If you’re like most people, you define yourself based on your struggles, your shortcomings, and even your successes. But did you know that the story you tell about yourself—how you answer questions like “why do I matter?”—will actually determine how you live out your future as well? It is so tempting to evaluate ourselves by the standard most people use, but as followers of Christ, we are called to a very different way of thinking, and by extension, a very different way of living. Regardless of what life throws at us, whether successes or failures, we must remember that our true identity is not based on our distinct characteristics and personalities or our strengths and weaknesses, but instead on what God’s Word has to say about us—in other words, what God Himself knows to be true of us. 

On today’s show, I had a chat with my sister, Priscilla Shirer. Priscilla has a role in an upcoming film, Overcomer, produced by the Kendrick Brothers, which will debut on August 23, 2019. She has also just released a new book, Radiant, and a new Bible study, Defined. Overcomer, Radiant, and Defined all center on the theme of identity. Priscilla shared these words about identity in her new book:     

“The culture will try to DEFINE YOU, your past may try to LABEL YOU, the enemy will seek to DECEIVE YOU, but no one has the authority to GIVE YOU YOUR NAMEyour true identityexcept your Father.”

It’s important not to allow our value to be wrapped up in worldly, temporal things, but instead to have it firmly rooted in the unchanging Words God has spoken over our lives. When circumstances arise that make us question our true identity, we must renew our minds in the Word and boldly and courageously declare its truths. When we know who we truly are and walk in the light of it, it will give us confidence in Him and His ability to shape and mold us into the unique, gifted, and valuable individuals He has called us to be. In Christ, we never have any reason to feel defeated or afraid.

I hope you enjoy this chat with my sisterI know I did.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Priscilla’s role in the movie, Overcomers 
  • Knowing your Identity
  • Priscilla’s new book, Radiant 
  • Battling Comparison

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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 aspect about yourself do you struggle with accepting? Are you open to letting God use it? 
  2. Have you ever found that you’ve defined yourself by something fleeting or temporal?  How do you remind yourself of your true identity? 
  3. What can you do this week to ensure you are paying attention to the pings of the Holy Spirit in your heart?  Where can you carve out some time to sit with the Lord long enough to recognize the reason(s) for the pings?

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 is the story that you tell about yourself?  What lies are you believing? If you’re like most people, you define yourself based on your struggles, your shortcomings, and even your successes. But did you know that the story you […] What is the story that you tell about yourself?  What lies are you believing? If you’re like most people, you define yourself based on your struggles, your shortcomings, and even your successes. But did you know that the story you […] Chrystal Hurst clean 1:01:10
#227- Celebrating She’s Still There https://chrystalevanshurst.com/227-celebrating-shes-still-there/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:30:09 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10749 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/227-celebrating-shes-still-there/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/227-celebrating-shes-still-there/feed/ 3 How did I get here? This is a question we all have or will ask ourselves. In honor of the two year birthday of She’s Still There, I sat down and had a short conversation with my Sister Circle - my mom, sister, and oldest daughter. Each of them shared a bit about their more [...] How did I get here? This is a question we all have or will ask ourselves. In honor of the two year birthday of She’s Still There, I sat down and had a short conversation with my Sister Circle – my mom, sister, and oldest daughter. Each of them shared a bit about their more recent She’s Still There moment. 

No matter how grand life is, She’s Still There moments still come. And often, they come simply because becoming awake to the moment isn’t enough. After you’ve become awake to the fact that you’ve gotten off track, you still have to figure out what you need to do to get back to where you want to be. You have to ask yourself, what does the girl in you need now? 

The next step may look different for each of us, but what we all must do is adjust to the lesson that God wants us to learn in this season. Life will change, but we cannot allow the change to keep us from moving forward. If we choose to show up for our lives, even in the midst of She’s Still There moments, the change will give us wisdom and strength to grow. 

Where you are today is not where you have to be forever. If you are currently in the midst of a She’s Still There moment, you may not want to embrace where you are, but it is so incredibly important for you to embrace who you are. You get to choose. While you can’t control everything in your life, you can do at least one thing: every day you can choose to honor you.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Living in a new norm 
  • Getting back on track 
  • Managing your health and sanity 
  • Releasing your children as they grow

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Resources From Today’s Show 

  • James 1:3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]
  • Grab a copy of She’s Still There 
  • Looking for a resource for a young woman in your life? Consider, Show up for Your Life, the teen version of She’s Still There 

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 lesson is God wanting to teach you in your She’s Still There moment? How are you responding? 
  2. What has your She’s Still There moments taught you? What wisdom do you now have to share? 
  3. Who in your life needs a reminder that she is still there? Call her up or send her a quick text. And share this episode with her!

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 did I get here? This is a question we all have or will ask ourselves. In honor of the two year birthday of She’s Still There, I sat down and had a short conversation with my Sister Circle – […] How did I get here? This is a question we all have or will ask ourselves. In honor of the two year birthday of She’s Still There, I sat down and had a short conversation with my Sister Circle – […] Chrystal Hurst clean 20:53
#226- A She’s Still There Story for Wynter Pitts https://chrystalevanshurst.com/226-a-shes-still-there-story-for-wynter-pitts/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 20:02:39 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10728 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/226-a-shes-still-there-story-for-wynter-pitts/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/226-a-shes-still-there-story-for-wynter-pitts/feed/ 2 My cousin Wynter, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a year ago. I can't believe that it's been a whole year. Time passes so quickly if we are not intentional about slowing it down. So when the anniversary of her death rolled around yesterday, I stopped time.  I spent the day listening to Wynter's voice from [...] My cousin Wynter, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a year ago. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year. Time passes so quickly if we are not intentional about slowing it down. So when the anniversary of her death rolled around yesterday, I stopped time.  I spent the day listening to Wynter’s voice from recorded podcasts and video interviews, stealing minutes here and there as time allowed to hear Wynter share bits and pieces of her life .  And then, I decided to share some of Wynter’s story with you.

This episode is a compilation of my many conversations with her, as Wynter was a guest on my podcast multiple times and also served as my “co-host” on some of The Sister Circle Shows on YouTube.

Wynter was a quiet person but when she did something, it mattered.  Her wisdom ran deep and she had a keen ability to pierce through to the heart of the matter and draw out what was important. I called Wynter often to ask her opinion because she had a way of taking my spiraling thought life and getting to the bottom line quickly. I miss her greatly.

We all do.

The good news is that I know, along with our entire family, where she is. We also know that Wynter lived her life well and accomplished the purposes God had for her.  Her husband and the girls are doing well and we all remember her with the stories we tell and the memories we will continue to intentionally keep alive in her honor.

Wynter is missed but she will be remembered always.

And it’s my privilege to remember her by sharing some of her story with you.

 

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Wynter’s story
  • Trusting God
  • Living with surrender
  • Wisdom for motherhood

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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. I’d love to hear how this podcast or Wynter’s ministry or life has impacted you.  Share your experience with Wynter’s life and message in the comments.
  2. How can you choose to trust God right now in your life?
  3. What She’s Still There Story do you have to tell?

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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My cousin Wynter, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a year ago. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year. Time passes so quickly if we are not intentional about slowing it down. So when the anniversary of her death […] My cousin Wynter, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a year ago. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year. Time passes so quickly if we are not intentional about slowing it down. So when the anniversary of her death […] Chrystal Hurst clean 50:18
#225- Bravely Embracing Change https://chrystalevanshurst.com/225-bravely-embracing-change/ Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:30:34 +0000 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/?p=10718 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/225-bravely-embracing-change/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/225-bravely-embracing-change/feed/ 0 Sometimes it’s not that you are lost, it’s just that you are finding a different angle in your life. Have you ever had a desire that God has placed within you? One that you haven’t acted on because you are afraid of what the outcome might actually be? Are you afraid of the adjustments you [...] Sometimes it’s not that you are lost, it’s just that you are finding a different angle in your life. Have you ever had a desire that God has placed within you? One that you haven’t acted on because you are afraid of what the outcome might actually be? Are you afraid of the adjustments you will have to make and wondering whether the girl within you will step out of her comfort zone and be brave enough to embrace change?

 

Clarise Cannings joins me this week to talk about her journey as a single foster parent. She decided to go after a desire God placed within her at a young age to ensure that no one ever feels unwanted. Clarise shares lessons she has learned along the way and discusses how fostering has allowed her to extend a loving hand to kids who need care for a little while. Clarise believes that if you are capable and willing to do something to help others, why not do it yourself instead of waiting for someone else to step up?  

Clarise speaks candidly about the decisions she has made to live the “foster-mom” life and the adjustments she has made to shift from being a single woman with her own schedule to being a foster parent and an advocating voice for someone else.

Listen, sometimes we tend to wait for all of our ducks to be in a row before we take the next step, while waiting for our dreams to fit in our life plan or fill a void we think will never be filled.  As you listen to Clarise’s story, I hope you discover the capacity within you to go after the dreams and desires God has placed in your heart and take steps to act on the aspirations or intentions that are deeply embedded in your soul. You might just discover that there is more to your story than you know.  

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • The journey to fostering
  • Discovering your changing role
  • Finding your voice in circumstances
  • Lessons learned through a new season  

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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 has God trusted you within your life? Why has he placed that in your heart?  
  2. What is something you want to see God do in you? In what ways do you hope to continue to grow?
  3. What opportunity in your life has pushed you to grow? What did you discover about yourself?

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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Sometimes it’s not that you are lost, it’s just that you are finding a different angle in your life. Have you ever had a desire that God has placed within you? One that you haven’t acted on because you are […] Sometimes it’s not that you are lost, it’s just that you are finding a different angle in your life. Have you ever had a desire that God has placed within you? One that you haven’t acted on because you are […] Chrystal Hurst clean 55:51
#224- Honoring Your Passions https://chrystalevanshurst.com/224-honoring-your-passions/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:40:25 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10702 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/224-honoring-your-passions/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/224-honoring-your-passions/feed/ 1 Every person has a story.  Some people have large platforms as speakers, writers or leaders and share their stories so others can be entertained, inspired, or encouraged. But too often, many individuals who may not reach the masses believe their stories are insignificant, inconsequential, and don’t really make a difference. This is simply not true.  [...] Every person has a story.  Some people have large platforms as speakers, writers or leaders and share their stories so others can be entertained, inspired, or encouraged. But too often, many individuals who may not reach the masses believe their stories are insignificant, inconsequential, and don’t really make a difference.

This is simply not true.  Every person has a story. And their story matters.

But the power in our stories is in our willingness to acknowledge them, own them, and then, when appropriate, share them. Occasionally, I stumble upon a person without a product or a platform who is simply willing to share their story with me, and I’m reminded of the truth and the power embedded in each unique life. I recently met a woman with a powerful story.

In my book She’s Still There, I mention going to a financial advisor’s office and feeling totally overwhelmed and defeated by my family’s financial situation.  It was there, on the fourth floor of this office building, where I had the opportunity to meet and get to know Nicole Denson.

 Before our meeting began, Nicole and I had time to strike up a conversation, and being who I am, I started asking questions. One thing led to another, and eventually, Nicole gave me the privilege of learning more about her story of challenges faced and obstacles overcome. As I listened to her,  I recall being overcome with a sense of pride by Nicole’s decision to stop being the victim in her story and find the strength to believe that what God put inside of her was worth fighting for.

Nicole was an actress and a stand-up comedian in New York City for 10 years and led the “starving artist” lifestyle. While Nicole worked to establish herself, her mother, a faithful Roman Catholic, became ill and passed away. The untimely passing of a devout, faith-filled woman like her mother caused Nicole to wonder for what about the point of prayer and church. She questioned the importance of faith and whether or not it mattered.

In the midst of uncertainty and change, Nicole never had the opportunity to mourn the loss of her mother. Within a short span of time she married,  experienced the tragedy of 9/11, and also became a new mother. In addition to all this, Nicole gave up her own dreams to follow her husband to Texas to support him in following his own. While working a temp job in Texas, she discovered a hidden talent for finance but lost her sense of self in the process. 

In this episode, I talk with Nicole about the steps she took to make room for her passions and her gifts, despite a difficult road. Nicole speaks frankly about how she lost herself and what motivated her to get back to actively living her life. Nicole’s story is a powerful one we can all relate to as women with burdens to bear, and it just might give you some ideas on how you can bring your own dreams back to life.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Honoring your life passions
  • Feeling God’s presence
  • Taking small steps to reconnect with you

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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 are your true passions in life?
  2. What are the small steps you can take to get back to those passions?
  3. Have you said yes to things when it would have been healthier for you to say no?

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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Every person has a story.  Some people have large platforms as speakers, writers or leaders and share their stories so others can be entertained, inspired, or encouraged. But too often, many individuals who may not reach the masses believe their […] Every person has a story.  Some people have large platforms as speakers, writers or leaders and share their stories so others can be entertained, inspired, or encouraged. But too often, many individuals who may not reach the masses believe their […] Chrystal Hurst clean 58:42
#223- Believing God after Tragedy https://chrystalevanshurst.com/223-believing-god-after-tragedy/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:07:59 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10681 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/223-believing-god-after-tragedy/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/223-believing-god-after-tragedy/feed/ 5 How do you continue to believe in the things God says--for example, that he loves you and has a plan for your life-- when you experience a pain so excruciating that you lose the will to keep living?  Today’s podcast is heavy, but I know you will be blessed by it, because the greatest acts [...] How do you continue to believe in the things God says–for example, that he loves you and has a plan for your life– when you experience a pain so excruciating that you lose the will to keep living? 

Today’s podcast is heavy, but I know you will be blessed by it, because the greatest acts of God’s grace are always accompanied by the greatest suffering. My guest is Lora Jones, who will be sharing the sort of experience we all pray we never have to go through. 

In 2004, Lora’s family was at the top of their game. She had been married to her husband, a pastor, for twenty years and been blessed with two children. Life had not been easy for them, but overall, things were good. Around Thanksgiving, they planned a trip to spend time with family. Lora fell asleep on the ride. When she woke up, her entire life had changed. Her family had been in a near head-on collision, and her husband and son had died on the scene. Her daughter would die hours later with her family gathered around her singing her into heaven. 

Lora still shakes every time she retells the story.

Her heart died that night. Losing her family brought her to the end of herself. She didn’t want to believe in God anymore, but she realized she had a simple decision to make: either walk away from God and live in a world without Him–a world without hope–or continue to believe in Him, even if it made no sense.

Lora had no idea how and why she lived and the family she loved did not. The only explanation available to her was a simple one: for some reason, God wanted her to live. However, holding on to the belief that God wanted her here didn’t make it any easier for her to show up to her life when all she wanted was for God to take her home. 

Lora longs for heaven. No amount of opportunities or accomplishments will ever make her feel as if losing her family was “worth it” or “made sense.” She knows she would not understand God’s ways even if He would somehow answer all of her questions. However, no matter what, her hope is in Him. Even though she has had to walk through incredible pain without understanding, fighting back anger and despair, her heart still chose to come back to Him. 

If anyone can say this, Lora can: You–your faith–can come back from anything. Do you believe that? Your life may be very different than you expected it to be, but as Lora shares in our chat: “Much of life is accepting the gifts that God has given you, even though you really wanted other ones.” 

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Experiencing God’s presence in pain 
  • Believing God when you don’t understand 
  • Healing your heart after a loss 
  • Sharing your story after a loss

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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. How do you remind yourself of the truth of God’s Word when you are experiencing unbearable pain?
  2. Has God asked you to share your story? What’s stopping you from sharing? 
  3. Who do you know that needs to hear Lora’s story? Be sure to share this episode with him or her.

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 continue to believe in the things God says–for example, that he loves you and has a plan for your life– when you experience a pain so excruciating that you lose the will to keep living?  Today’s podcast […] How do you continue to believe in the things God says–for example, that he loves you and has a plan for your life– when you experience a pain so excruciating that you lose the will to keep living?  Today’s podcast […] Chrystal Hurst clean 56:15
#222- Seeing God at Work in Trauma https://chrystalevanshurst.com/222-seeing-god-at-work-in-trauma/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:57:53 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10659 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/222-seeing-god-at-work-in-trauma/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/222-seeing-god-at-work-in-trauma/feed/ 3 How do you rescue the girl in you when she has been crippled by trauma? Webster’s dictionary defines trauma as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” When trauma occurs, it burrows its way deep into our heart and weighs it down. And life doesn’t wait [...] How do you rescue the girl in you when she has been crippled by trauma? Webster’s dictionary defines trauma as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” When trauma occurs, it burrows its way deep into our heart and weighs it down. And life doesn’t wait for us to recover; it continues to move forward mercilessly, whether or not we are ready to walk through the next moment. How do you cling to hope when you lack the strength to keep walking forward? 

My guest on today’s show shared these words in April on her Instagram page: 

“Last Easter, I was healing from my second breast cancer surgery. I was so tired and worn out from the journey through hard things I celebrated as best as I could and then took a nap. I cried when no one was around. I’d been cut deep… physically and emotionally.

And I wondered when and if healing would visit me. 

There was no pity party… I didn’t have the energy for that. There was just a frustrated plodding through a really hard uphill trek. Eventually, I had to make a decision. I could drown in my sorrow of all that wasn’t. Or, I could see the possibility that a redefined life can still be good. Really good. And worth celebrating. So here’s to the gift of another year. Here’s to seeing scars as beautiful reminders we survived. And here’s to patched up hearts that just keep on beating to the rhythm of life.”

You may already know my guest, Lysa TerKeurst. She is a best-selling author and speaker. Today she joined me to share her story and how she was able to cling to hope even when she felt she was burdened beyond her strength.  As I listened to her discuss some of the traumatic events that have happened in her life — including the loss of her sister, major health issues, and her husband’s affair —  I was reminded of what different narratives we all get to tell. In telling the truth of our individual story, whatever that may be, we always also have the opportunity to share God’s faithfulness. Because no matter what happens to us, he is unchangingly faithful and good, and his love for us is constant.

Lysa does not shy away from being honest about the pain she has experienced or the long process of healing that has had to take place after the traumatic parts of her story. But in looking back on the suffering she endured, Lysa intentionally seeks to trace evidence of hope throughout her storyeven when God seemed to have removed His hand from her life.

What hardship in your life has pressed you beyond your ability to endure and tempted you to question God’s love for you? Have you been able to identify the good and life-giving parts of that hard circumstance? No matter who you are, life won’t always meet your expectations. And that will hurt. There is no denying that. However, you can choose to start tracing and trusting in God’s faithfulness rather than dwelling on past trauma and tragedies. 

How do you rescue the girl in you when she has been crippled by a trauma? You decide to start looking for hope. And today is a good day to start looking for hope. So even on the days when you’re saying to yourself, “It’s not supposed to be this way,” I challenge you to pray for the strength to muster up the words Lysa penned earlier this year: “Life can still be good. Really good. And worth celebrating.”

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Filtering your reality through hope 
  • Looking for God’s faithfulness 
  • Appreciating the value of counseling and community 
  • Handling emotional triggers

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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 good has happened to you, even in the darkest periods of your life? In what ways has God shown his faithfulness to you?
  2. Do you know your emotional triggers? What is the best way for you to handle them? 
  3. Are you in a community? How has that community and/or counseling been helpful to you in your journey of recovery?

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 rescue the girl in you when she has been crippled by trauma? Webster’s dictionary defines trauma as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” When trauma occurs, it […] How do you rescue the girl in you when she has been crippled by trauma? Webster’s dictionary defines trauma as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” When trauma occurs, it […] Chrystal Hurst clean 1:06:11
#221- A Fresh Point of View https://chrystalevanshurst.com/221-a-fresh-point-of-view/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:18:50 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10629 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/221-a-fresh-point-of-view/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/221-a-fresh-point-of-view/feed/ 0 Life is change but that doesn’t mean that change is easy. What do you do when the relationship, the job, or the thing you’ve been diligently building towards suddenly gets pulled right out from under your feet? It’s only natural that when we invest in people and places, we become emotionally attached to them. There’s [...] Life is change but that doesn’t mean that change is easy. What do you do when the relationship, the job, or the thing you’ve been diligently building towards suddenly gets pulled right out from under your feet? It’s only natural that when we invest in people and places, we become emotionally attached to them. There’s nothing wrong with that. The problem is, loss is an unavoidable part of life. So how do you move forward when a relationship is severed or when you are forced to accept and cope with a change you never wanted to occur?

My guest on this episode is Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Elisabeth is a mom and the wife of former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck. You may know Elisabeth from her role on the TV Show Survivor, FOX & Friends, or The View.

 

In 2013, after sharing a decade of her time with The View, Elizabeth was told that her contract would not be renewed. Forced to walk away from something she loved dearly, she struggled for years with feelings of betrayal and bitterness. But God never left her side, and over time, He helped her to develop the point of view that He wanted her to live with.

Shifting from a rigorous schedule on broadcast TV to sitting on bleachers at baseball games forced Elisabeth to slow down enough to hear God’s voice in a way she couldn’t before. In changing Elisabeth’s view, God placed words on her heart that He intended for her to share with others.  It was in the slowest, most difficult season of Elisabeth’s life that her newest book, Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom, would be written.

Change and transitions can be hard, particularly when they are unexpected and there’s no clear way for us to understand them. But if we are willing to give God our “yes,” even when He catches us off guard, He will use every bit of change for our good. While we may not understand the shift at the moment, if we’d just sit with Him for a while, He will not only comfort through the pain we are feeling, but He will also give us a fresh perspective so that we can begin to see things from His point of view. It is unbelievably powerful when we decide to trust in God instead of relying on our own understanding of things (Prov. 3:5).

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Navigating sudden, difficult transitions
  • Untangling yourself from your emotions
  • Adjusting your point of view
  • Saying “yes” to God

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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 going through a difficult change or transition right now? What’s helping you get through it? Please share in the comments below.
  2. What’s standing in the way of you saying “yes” to God? What adjustment do you need to make so that you can tell God “yes”?
  3. Write down all the negative lies you are believing about yourself, and then recite the truth of God’s Word to shoot down each lie one by one.

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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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Life is change but that doesn’t mean that change is easy. What do you do when the relationship, the job, or the thing you’ve been diligently building towards suddenly gets pulled right out from under your feet? It’s only natural […] Life is change but that doesn’t mean that change is easy. What do you do when the relationship, the job, or the thing you’ve been diligently building towards suddenly gets pulled right out from under your feet? It’s only natural […] Chrystal Hurst clean 45:42
#220- Fighting For Your Faith https://chrystalevanshurst.com/220-fighting-for-your-faith/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:08:44 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10619 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/220-fighting-for-your-faith/#respond https://chrystalevanshurst.com/220-fighting-for-your-faith/feed/ 0 When is the last time you felt like throwing in the towel? You’ve likely felt that way at least a few times in life, and you might even feel that way right now. If you are familiar with my guest, Christine Caine, you may be surprised to hear that she recently went through an extended [...] When is the last time you felt like throwing in the towel? You’ve likely felt that way at least a few times in life, and you might even feel that way right now.

If you are familiar with my guest, Christine Caine, you may be surprised to hear that she recently went through an extended period of struggling to stay in the fight.

None of us are immune to struggle. If we are honest, there have been times when we have questioned if this walk we’re on with Jesus is really worth it, because it didn’t seem to be doing us much good. I know there certainly have been days when I have just wanted to throw my hands up and call it quits. I’m sure there have been days like that for you toodays where you would rather run for cover than stand your ground because you’re tired of being hurt.

Christine is now a fiery author, speaker, wife, and mom, but early on in life, she had to overcome heartbreaking experiences that could have easily left her paralyzed. Unnamed and unwanted at birth, she was abandoned before her life even began. As a young girl, she was sexually abused. Feelings of shame and brokenness have plagued her entire life, but she has never let them defeat her. As someone who has fought through so much, Christine couldn’t have imagined that years later she would find herself wanting to wave the white flag. Being on the front lines with her ministry has made her experience feelings of frustration like never before, and it sent her into an ongoing wrestling match with God.

Maybe you’re in a season like that right nowa season where you just don’t know if you want to keep going. Or maybe you know someone who is, and you’re desperately praying that he or she chooses to stay in the fight. It is my earnest hope that Christine’s rawness and transparency will encourage you or your loved one to keep pressing forward. Because the hard truth is that even throwing in the towel won’t stop the fight. We live in a broken, sinful world where terrible things happen, even, if not especially, to those who love and follow God. And you don’t want to face it without Him by your side.

So regardless of how hard things are right now, keep going to God. Keep showing up, and keep crying out. Stay on the front lines and be willing to take the hits, knowing that “this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17, ESV). Don’t settle for less than God’s plan for you. The same God who named and called you will bring you from darkness into the light.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Sustaining your fire for God
  • Staying in the fight
  • Dealing with sin and shame
  • Living out your faith  

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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 sustain your fire for God? How do you rekindle it when it seems to have gone out?
  2. What is breaking you down, making you feel empty and defeated? Have you talked to God about it?
  3. Who do you know that is struggling to stay in the fight? How can you encourage them today?

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 like throwing in the towel? You’ve likely felt that way at least a few times in life, and you might even feel that way right now. If you are familiar with my guest, […] When is the last time you felt like throwing in the towel? You’ve likely felt that way at least a few times in life, and you might even feel that way right now. If you are familiar with my guest, […] Chrystal Hurst clean 43:12
#219 – Discovering Your Gifts https://chrystalevanshurst.com/219-discovering-your-gifts/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:56:47 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10581 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/219-discovering-your-gifts/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/219-discovering-your-gifts/feed/ 2 What gifts do you have to offer the world? So many women either tell me they aren’t sure what their unique giftings are, or they tell me that they know what they are, but they can’t seem to figure out how to put them to use. This podcast will spur you on to not only [...] What gifts do you have to offer the world? So many women either tell me they aren’t sure what their unique giftings are, or they tell me that they know what they are, but they can’t seem to figure out how to put them to use. This podcast will spur you on to not only explore the gifts you have but also to be intentional about looking for ways to use those gifts in service of others. A major part of God’s calling on your life is that you put your unique abilities, interests, and personality to good use. And this is no small matter, in part because there has never been, nor will there ever be, someone just like you. That’s one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty. It is your responsibility to nurture the gift that you are to this world (you may be tempted to laugh, but don’t: God sees you that way). If you fail to pursue your gifts, the world will have lost a unique light that it will never be able to see again.

Jennifer Fulwiler, the podcast guest for the show, is a woman who is constantly on the go. She lives an incredibly full life: not only is she married with six kids but she also authors books, does stand-up comedy and hosts her own Sirius XM show. Jennifer grew up in the middle of the Bible belt but was raised as an atheist. She was so adamant about her beliefs that she loved to argue against the existence of God with the Christians in her hometown. It was only later in life when she was blessed with her first child that she began to change her mind. She was overwhelmed with a love so intense that she knew it had to originate from a source. In this way,  Jennifer’s entry into motherhood marked the beginning of her journey in finding God and discovering the life-giving faith that she lives out today.

About a year ago, Jennifer stumbled into comedy. She noticed that her natural gift for making others laugh could help people who were struggling or suffering by taking them out of themselves and relieving the burden they carried, even if only for a moment. At the same time, Jennifer also noticed that there weren’t people like her in the world of professional comedy. When she watched comedy shows on Netflix, the comedians’ sense of humor wasn’t relatable to her as a Christ-follower. Sometimes these comedians were overtly insulting to people of faith, but more often the problem was that most of their jokes were crude, heavily focused on hookup culture or filled to the brim with F-bombs. In light of all that, Jennifer saw that there was a clear need for her gift. She decided to do a tour to help people reconnect with hope through laughter while enjoying a night out. In this unexpected way, a whole new career was born.

Using her life as an example, Jennifer and I talk about what it looks like to follow your passion and be creative in using your gifts to fulfill needs that aren’t being met by anyone else. Personally, Jennifer has seen how powerful this can be: in pursuing her unique gifts, she has learned what it is to bring joy to the lives of women across the world and, in doing so, help them carry their crosses.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Appreciating the spiritual power of comedy
  • Identifying your gifts
  • Praying for the right friends (your “sister circle”!)
  • Choosing to be fearless

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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 can you try today that will get you closer to discovering your gifts?
  2. Do you have a sister circle? If not, where is one place you already go that you can start looking for new friends? Watch this episode on friendship with Tammy Franklin and her sister circle.
  3. In what specific ways is God asking you to step out and be fearless?

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 gifts do you have to offer the world? So many women either tell me they aren’t sure what their unique giftings are, or they tell me that they know what they are, but they can’t seem to figure out […] What gifts do you have to offer the world? So many women either tell me they aren’t sure what their unique giftings are, or they tell me that they know what they are, but they can’t seem to figure out […] Chrystal Hurst clean 36:56
#218 – Calming Angry Kids https://chrystalevanshurst.com/218-calming-angry-kids/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 15:13:44 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10516 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/218-calming-angry-kids/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/218-calming-angry-kids/feed/ 1 How do you deal with anger from your child, especially when it’s aimed at you? Do you know how to diffuse the situation and get to the root of the problem while also keeping your cool? When our kids are having a rough day, it can be hard not to take their anger or moodiness [...] How do you deal with anger from your child, especially when it’s aimed at you? Do you know how to diffuse the situation and get to the root of the problem while also keeping your cool? When our kids are having a rough day, it can be hard not to take their anger or moodiness personally. In response to our children expressing anger or misbehaving, we often lose our temper and unnecessarily escalate the situation. And that response is only natural: After all, when anger is projected towards us, our bodies go into “fight or flight” mode and adrenaline rushes through us. But like in so many other areas of life, responding naturally isn’t best. There are healthy, Christlike ways we should respond to angry children (and adults!) which express not merely anger and disappointment but also love. A hallmark of a loving, Christlike interaction with your child is that it won’t leave you or your child feeling like a victim.

My friend Tricia Goyer has authored over seventy books and is a homeschooling mom of ten children (!), seven of whom are adopted. As those numbers would suggest, Tricia has much experience and insight to share on raising children. On this week’s podcast, she reminds us why it is essential to identify and address the heart of an issue when anger arises, and she also shares some specific techniques she has found to be helpful in teaching her kids how to be calm and respectful while expressing their feelings.

Tricia admits that she has not arrived or figured it all out (and I totally get that as a mother of five myself), but I admire her for sharing what she is learning as she is living through it. If you have children, work with children, or interact with children on any level, I strongly encourage you to listen in on our chat. The principles and practical tools that Tricia offers will change your relationships with the children in your life for the better.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Tips for calming an angry child
  • De-escalating arguments
  • Honoring your child’s feelings
  • Teaching your children to be respectful
  • Prioritizing self-care while raising children

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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. In the past, what tools have you used to combat anger directed at you, whether from children or adults? Are those tools healthy?
  2. In what ways do you demonstrate to those in your home or circle of friends that you “see” them?
  3. In what ways can you be proactive and deal with anger before it shows up in your children?

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 deal with anger from your child, especially when it’s aimed at you? Do you know how to diffuse the situation and get to the root of the problem while also keeping your cool? When our kids are […] How do you deal with anger from your child, especially when it’s aimed at you? Do you know how to diffuse the situation and get to the root of the problem while also keeping your cool? When our kids are […] Chrystal Hurst clean 47:41
#217 – Pursuing a Healthy Life https://chrystalevanshurst.com/217-pursuing-a-healthy-life/ Wed, 29 May 2019 12:03:25 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?p=10503 https://chrystalevanshurst.com/217-pursuing-a-healthy-life/#comments https://chrystalevanshurst.com/217-pursuing-a-healthy-life/feed/ 1 What is the biggest challenge you face in maintaining your health? The pursuit to be healthy -- whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually -- can be a challenging journey. It’s even more challenging if your motive is to look healthy at the risk of actually being healthy. What if you changed the mindset you [...] What is the biggest challenge you face in maintaining your health? The pursuit to be healthy — whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually — can be a challenging journey. It’s even more challenging if your motive is to look healthy at the risk of actually being healthy.

What if you changed the mindset you have about reaching your health goals? What if you stopped going to the gym to get “summer ready”, to develop that six-pack, to fit into those jeans  (you know, the ones that have been in the back of the closet for a few years), to impress the man you hope is attracted to you or win back the affection of your husband? What if your goal in taking care of you was simply to be healthy?

I get it. We want to feel good. We want to be happy. We want to enjoy the skin we are in. And sometimes that causes us to seek external validation while still feeling internally depleted. If you’ve lived just a little bit of life, you know you can clean up well on the outside and still feel empty on the inside.

My guest today knows all about looking healthy but not feeling healthy. Chalene Johnson is an author, motivational speaker, and health expert. In her most recent book, The 131 Method, Chalene helps readers discover what works for their bodies. She has learned what it takes to establish a personalized nutrition solution to boost metabolism, restore gut health and lose weight and is sharing helpful information on the podcast.

We were each designed uniquely by God. We behave differently, we learn differently, and we develop differently.  So why would it be a surprise that we can’t all eat the same and expect that every person would have the same result?

Freedom y’all. The word is F-R-E-E-D-O-M.

Chalene wants to free you from the food rules. Learn your body. Do the work of discovering what does and doesn’t work for you.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Be an expert of your own body
  • Look beyond the calories
  • Maintain your healthy weight
  • Improve your gut health

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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 is the most important objective for you right now in regard to your health?
  2. What is the biggest challenge you have in maintaining your overall health?
  3. What have you learned that works well for 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 is the biggest challenge you face in maintaining your health? The pursuit to be healthy — whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually — can be a challenging journey. It’s even more challenging if your motive is to look […] What is the biggest challenge you face in maintaining your health? The pursuit to be healthy — whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually — can be a challenging journey. It’s even more challenging if your motive is to look […] Chrystal Hurst clean 1:02:00
#216 – Using Your Time Well https://chrystalevanshurst.com/216-using-your-time-well/ Mon, 20 May 2019 20:20:18 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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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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 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?

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 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 Hurst clean 1:08:44
#215 – A Love Letter Life https://chrystalevanshurst.com/215-a-love-letter-life/ Mon, 13 May 2019 20:48:09 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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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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. 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 Hurst clean 1:02:04
#214 – The Power of Influence https://chrystalevanshurst.com/214-the-power-of-influence/ Mon, 06 May 2019 20:53:03 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 1:00:17
#213 – Doing the Next Right Thing https://chrystalevanshurst.com/213-doing-the-next-right-thing/ Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:25:40 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 56:55
#212 – Redeeming Your Dreams https://chrystalevanshurst.com/212-redeeming-your-dreams/ Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:21:29 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 55:01
#211 – The Impact of Your Story https://chrystalevanshurst.com/211-the-impact-of-your-story/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:22:57 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 28:36
#210 – Loving Your Life Again https://chrystalevanshurst.com/210-loving-your-life-again/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:26:18 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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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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 Hurst clean 43:39
#209 – Living as a Healthier You https://chrystalevanshurst.com/209-living-as-a-healthier-you-2/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 06:31:02 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 

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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 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!

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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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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 Hurst clean 56:46
#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 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 49:34
#207 – How to be Wife-Ready https://chrystalevanshurst.com/207-how-to-be-wife-ready/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:28:02 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 58:11
#206 – The Balancing Act: God & Goals https://chrystalevanshurst.com/206-the-balancing-act-god-goals/ Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:40:20 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 47:32
#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 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 55:48
#204 – Fight for Your Life https://chrystalevanshurst.com/204-fight-for-your-life/ Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:40:05 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 44:45
#203 – Choose Joy https://chrystalevanshurst.com/203-choose-joy/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:51:12 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 34:01
#202 – Let it Go! https://chrystalevanshurst.com/202-let-it-go/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:36:15 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 32:31
#201 – Show Up for Your Life https://chrystalevanshurst.com/201-show-up-for-your-life/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 21:22:40 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 40:10
#200 Chrystal’s Christmas Collection https://chrystalevanshurst.com/200-chrystals-christmas-collection/ Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:34:22 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 40:10
#199 Singled Out – Celebrating the Holidays Well https://chrystalevanshurst.com/199-singled-out-celebrating-holidays-well/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:58:18 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 59:34
198 – Thriving During the Holidays https://chrystalevanshurst.com/198-thriving-during-the-holidays/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:28:49 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 2:23:14
197 – A Chat with Brittany Null https://chrystalevanshurst.com/197-a-chat-with-brittany-null/ Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:26:49 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 55:21
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://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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?

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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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 Hurst clean 1:02:58
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://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 56:52
+++193 – Ekemini Uwan – Bonus Episode https://chrystalevanshurst.com/193-ekemini-uwan-bonus-episode/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 03:14:32 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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?

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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, 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 Hurst clean 1:01:52
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://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 51:49
#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://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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!
  • Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  • Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
  • 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 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 Hurst clean 1:03:38
#191 – A Chat with Margot Starbuck https://chrystalevanshurst.com/191-a-chat-with-margot-starbuck/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:46:31 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 55:57
#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://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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

Quotes:

Resources From Today’s Show 

 ==> General Links 

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 Hurst clean 59:33
#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://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 35:10
#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://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 1:01:48
#187 – A Chat on Balance https://chrystalevanshurst.com/187-a-chat-on-balance/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:53:20 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 34:26
#185+++ – Unexpected Places with Anthony Evans https://chrystalevanshurst.com/185-unexpected-places-with-anthony-evans/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 22:48:32 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 1:04:22
#186 – Authority with Priscilla Shirer https://chrystalevanshurst.com/186-authority-with-priscilla-shirer/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 22:29:33 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 47:36
#184 – Forgiving Others – His Porn Addiction https://chrystalevanshurst.com/184-forgiving-others-his-porn-addiction/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 20:51:57 +0000 http://chrystalhurst.squidix.net/?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 Hurst clean 49:51