This Grit and Grace Life
About the podcast This Grit and Grace Life
A podcast for strong women and those who want to be.
Who Is God Really? with Christian Bevere – 169
For thousands of years, people have tried to answer the question, “Who is God?” It’s a monumental question, and one that even people of faith still grapple with. We learn a lot about God by reading the Bible and through prayer, but how can we begin to really know Him? Darlene Brock and Julie Bender chat with Christian Bevere to discuss what it means to be a son or daughter of God and how to grasp who God is, according to who He says He is. Christian details the ways that God shows up in our lives and acts as our defender. If you’ve ever desired to have a bigger picture of what God looks like, we encourage you to give this episode a listen. Christian Bevere is one of the founding members of Sons & Daughters, a global movement geared toward helping young adults find adventure and purpose in their Creator. In addition to her work with Sons & Daughters, Christian is a wife, a designer and a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur. You can follow Christian on Instagram @mrschristianbevere, or at Sons & Daughters TV. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission. Quote of the episode: “God's not a genie in a bottle. But he provides for me the way a father does." —Christian Bevere Resources: Sons & Daughters' new book, "I AM" Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife
How do We Handle the Messiness of Motherhood? with Laila Schell – 168
Motherhood is messy—literally and figuratively! While moms work hard to raise healthy, happy and responsible kids, they’re also dealing with the pressure to be perfect. The age of social media is unforgiving in this arena, and moms often struggle with feeling like they fall short. In this podcast episode, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender interview Laila Schell, a writer, wife and mom of four who’s experienced her fair share of motherhood ups and downs. Laila expresses the importance of giving yourself grace when you feel like you don’t measure up, and understanding that you don’t have to be perfect to be a great mom. We encourage you to check out this episode if you need some support amid the messiness of motherhood. Laila Schell is a wife and mom of four who lives in a small farming community north of Toronto. She loves people and has always enjoyed talking to others and hearing their stories. Laila knows first hand how important it is to receive grace and of the power that God can use to transform a life. She has a passion for encouraging mothers and wives in the day to day tasks and helping them to see that even the most menial tasks are important and have a purpose! A firm believer that guacamole should never be extra and miracle whip is not mayonnaise, she uses worship music as the fuel to carry her through in life. You can read more from Laila at The Good Wives Blog, or follow her on Instagram @thegoodwife22. Quote of the episode: “Be you. You're exactly the mother God knew your kids would need." —Laila Schell Resources: Laila's beach article: Sure, It Was a Disaster… But Not a Failure Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife
Can I Find Happiness without Neglecting the Needs of Others? – 167
Society tells us that we should pursue what makes us happy and cut ties with those who don't agree with that or who get in our way. But does finding our happiness have to be selfish-or-self-destruct? What even defines happiness, anyway? Darlene Brock and Julie Bender offer their insights on this important topic and talk about what happiness looks like in three areas of our lives: relationships, motherhood and work. Rather than focusing purely on how to find happiness—or, to adopt Darlene's preferred term, "contentment"—they discuss how to work towards this idea in a way that balances our responsibilities and takes into consideration the impact our pursuit of happiness will have on those we really care about. Quote of the episode: “In a healthy relationship, compromise will make you better; it will help you grow." —Julie Bender Resources: Podcasts mentioned, in order How do I Connect with Friends when I Feel Alone? with Katie Cress – 165 How to Take Back Your Time with Christy Wright – 166 Real Advice Any Grit and Grace Mom Can Use Now – 134 If You Want to Grow in Faith, Try These Simple Things – 144 Faith articles mentioned Beginning Faith Battered Faith Building Faith Articles on when to let a relationship go Dear Friend, He Doesn’t See Your Worth But I Do Are You Settling for a Red Flag Guy? How to Avoid the Wrong Guy: A Checklist for Strong Women Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife
How to Take Back Your Time with Christy Wright – 166
"How do I find a work-life balance?" seems to be an eternal question, one we just keep circling back to as the to-do list grows longer. Whether it's our jobs, homes, family or friends, there's always something or someone who needs us. Life feels demanding and 24 hours in a day to get everything done just doesn't cut it anymore. Author and speaker Christy Wright joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to offer her take on this question—and it has nothing to do with balance at all. Taking cues from her new book, "Take Back Your Time," Christy discusses five ways that we can create time to get back to the things that are truly important to us. So whether you're feeling overwhelmed, tired or inspired to make a significant change in your schedule, you'll learn how to effectively prioritize what matters–and feel better in the process. Christy Wright is a wife, a mom, a bestselling author, personal growth expert and the founder of Business Boutique, an academy that equips women with the knowledge and resources they need to launch a successful business. She also worked on a farm, and has competed in a Latin ballroom competition. You can follow Christy on Instagram @christybwright, on Facebook @OfficialChristyWright , or check out her website. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission. Quote of the episode: “Life balance is not doing everything for an equal amount of time; it's about doing the right things at the right time." —Christy Wright Resources: Grab Christy's new book, "Take Back Your Time." Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife
How do I Connect with Friends when I Feel Alone? with Katie Cress – 165
Friendships are incredibly valuable to our lives and our well-being, but they take work. Just like marriage, different seasons of life will require our attention and complicate these relationships. We might find that the dynamic has changed, or the frequency of communication has dwindled. In this episode, Grit and Grace Life writer and counselor Katie Cress joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share the steps she took to connect with friends after a cross-country move left her feeling lonely and withdrawn. In order to maintain healthy friendships—or restore frayed ones—we need to put in the time and effort to connect. If this sounds like where you’re at, we encourage you to send off a simple, kind text to your friends today. Katie Cress is a counselor and educator who moved across the country from Georgia to California after marrying her high school sweetheart at the age of 22. Because of this, she has a vested interest in Pittsburgh Steelers football, Atlanta Braves baseball and the California fashion scene. Katie makes a mean sweet tea in the summer and craves a strong Seattle brewed coffee everyday. She’s also a mom of two and a writer for Grit and Grace Life. You can follow Katie on Instagram here. Check out these articles written by Katie: This Is What Justin Timberlake Taught Me About Motherhood How Brain Science Restored My Hope for Change Quote of the episode: “When you're patient and don't focus on the petty and actually reach out, you get to the place where you know those relationships will last through good times, bad times, absence, presence, and everything in-between." —Darlene Brock Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife
How to Find Peace and Purpose in an Out of Control World with Dr Zoe – 164
Darlene Brock and Julie Bender call on licensed psychotherapist and life coach Dr. Zoe Shaw to find out how we can begin to find peace and purpose in a world we can’t control. It’s no secret that the world feels a bit crazy right now. With everything going on in politics and the news, it’s easy to feel anxious and overwhelmed in your personal life. Rather than shrinking back, Dr. Zoe urges us to guard our minds and step into our strength and our convictions. She explains how we can better listen to others, refocus our energy out of the negative and combat the things that concern us. You can follow Dr. Zoe by visiting her site, or finding her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as her podcast, Redefining Your Superwoman. Submit a question to our free Ask Dr. Zoe column. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, Grit and Grace Life may earn a small commission. Quote of the episode: “That anxiety is there; we have to speak it, and then we have to walk through it." —Dr. Zoe Resources: Grab Dr. Zoe’s new book, “A Year of Self-Care: Daily Practices and Inspiration for Caring for Yourself." “Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad” by John Eldridge “It’s All Under Control” by Jennifer Dukes Lee Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife
We’re Back! – 163
We’re back! After what co-host Julie Bender calls “the shortest summer ever,” her and Darlene Brock catch up on life and give a preview of the great things in store as they return with new episodes of This Grit and Grace Life podcast. But the summer hiatus wasn’t all road-tripping and mountain-hiking. The team at Grit and Grace Life spruced up the website and revamped the podcast to better meet you where you are. We’ve realized that the world continues to spin out of control, but we know answers can be found. The podcast takes on a new format, where Darlene and Julie pose the questions you’re asking and answer them with practical steps to help you walk through your challenges and move forward in a world that’s ever changing. You’ll hear from some of This Grit and Grace Life’s beloved guests, like Dr. Zoe Shaw and Christy Wright, as well as a few new friends who come with experiences worth sharing. So mark your calendars and join us each Tuesday as we equip you with the tips and encouragement you need to tackle this life with—what else?—grit and grace. Brought to you by The Grit and Grace Project®. Quote of the episode: “We have seasons of life, and they’re ever changing—so we have to find new roads.” Darlene Brock Don't miss this worthwhile advice from some of your past questions: What do I do if my boyfriend didn't propose? Can I get past a betrayal in my marriage? What's the right way to discipline my toddler? https://youtu.be/FXAINPCQxfc Be sure to follow us on social media! Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest #gritandgracelife
Wise Words for Women in Our Grit and Grace Life – 162
With life traveling faster than we can keep up, many of us are facing storms that threaten to take our joy, sanity, and peace. What we all need right now is wise words for women to handle this grit and grace life. We don’t need a quippy cliché or a half-hearted platitude but real practical truths to apply as needed. To offer that, co-hosts Darlene Brock and Julie Bender take to the mic to share six insights on life that benefit every woman. Since they are taking a recording break for a few months, they wanted to leave you with these hard-won words of wisdom. After listening to this episode, remember that there are 161 other episodes, plus more than 1,500 articles at gritandgracelife.com to catch up on. We trust you’ll have plenty to encourage you to seize and savor each day of your summer, like we plan to. We'll be back in the fall with something new that we think you'll love as we all strive to successfully live This Grit and Grace Life! Viewing in an app? Full show notes here! We also encourage you to check out Julie's show, The Julie Bender Show, wherever you stream podcasts! Articles We Mentioned or Know You'll Love How to Feel Your Emotions in a Healthy Way With Dr. Zoe Shaw Would Jesus Unfriend You? 100 Things a Grit and Grace Woman Believes True Beauty is Found in a Woman's Strength Quote of the episode: "Tough times never last, but tough people do." Dr. Robert H. Schuller Check out this related episode: How to Feel Your Emotions in a Healthy Way With Dr. Zoe Shaw – 075 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, may earn Grit and Grace Life a small commission.
About the podcast This Grit and Grace Life
A podcast for strong women and those who want to be.