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Holiday Heart Lessons Part I

Merry Christmas friends! I’m so glad you’re joining me for this Christmas podcast series. Today I will be sharing my two favorite Holiday Heart Lessons to meditate on during the Christmas season, the ones that continue to ground me in the reality of the baby who came to save us all from our sins.

Mentions:

Luke 2

Matthew 21

Isaiah 53

Pharaoh’s Daughters

Christy Nockels

The Thrill of Hope

The Glorious in the Mundane Podcast

Wrap this One Up (podcast episode)

Wrap This One Up (song)

Wrap This One Up (song story)

The Greatest Gift

The Wonder of the Greatest Gift

Treasuring God in Our Traditions

She Reads Truth

She Reads Truth (advent studies)

Meredith Andrews

Receive Our King

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Holiday Heart Lessons Part II

In this episode my friend Justina joins me as we chat about Christmas stress, how to best handle it, and how to keep our hearts and minds focused on the true meaning of the holiday.

We Mention:

Heart Lessons Episode 34

Green Egg Grill

In the Manger, by Max Lucado

The Christ of Christmas, by Calvin Miller

Philippians 1:6

Romans 12:18

James 3

Matthew 11:30

Heart Lessons:

Keep Jesus at the center where He needs to be.

When you feel Christmas stress overshadowing your joy, take a second to recalibrate and remember what is actually important – family, love, peace, thankfulness – and try to rest in that perspective.

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Holiday Heart Lessons Part III

 

In this episode my friend Brittany joins me as we chat Christmas traditions of all shapes and sizes, read about some of your favorite traditions, and add in a few Christmas traditions that we can’t even.

We Mention:

Heart Lessons Episode 33

Pagan traditions converted to Christmas traditions

Christmas Countdown Garland

Bake at 350 cookie recipe

Jesse Tree

Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

DrawNames.com

Heart Lesson:

Make the whole month a simple, special celebration and focus on the truth of the holiday and God’s word.

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Episode 41

 

Hi friends! So glad you’re joining me for episode 41 of Heart Lessons. My guest for today’s episode is Nichole Nordeman. I can’t even tell you how honored I was to interview someone whose music has been very present, almost theme-like, in some very pivotal seasons of my life. Her musical talent has earned her some very prestigious awards in the Christian music industry but today, our conversation was centered on motherhood and taking the time to slow down and enjoy the moments happening right in front of us, as inspired by her new book, Slow Down. Also, talking about the title track on Nichole’s latest album, Every Mile Mattered, allowed us to explore the idea that no part of our story is wasted in God’s hands.

I wish I could have talked to Nichole so much more about so many things, but I think I’ll let those unexplored conversations point you over to her blog and her social media places so that you can get to know her story for yourself. She is an inspiration and a delight and a very talented writer, both musically and otherwise. Thank you again, Nichole, for connecting with me.

Heart Lesson: Lean on the Lord. Dependence on Jesus is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Connect with Nichole: blog // facebook // instagram // twitter // youtube

We Mention:

Slow Down (book)

Slow Down (music video)

Beautiful for Me

SweetPea Beauty

Every Mile Mattered

Nothing is Wasted (Jason Gray)

Moxie Matters Tour

Jen Hatmaker

You Are Good

You Are Good (from Evie’s memorial service)

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Episode 40 - Melanie

Hi friend! Welcome to episode 40 of the Heart Lessons Podcast. My special guest today is Melanie Rainer, director and editor of content for JellyTelly. In today’s conversation Melanie and I talk about her personal experiences with graduating from seminary, the joys of parenting a toddler, and what her go-to resources are for teaching her own daughter about Jesus. We also talk all things JellyTelly – from the video devotionals, show streaming availability, to the ways to incorporate all of these great resources into your everyday conversation with your kids. If you are a parent or if you have little people in your life and you desire to influence them positively with the message of the gospel, I think this episode will really help introduce you to some wonderful tools to really make this sort of influence accessible and attainable.

Heart Lesson: The Lord goes before you.

Connect with Melanie: blog // instagram // twitter

Connect with JellyTelly: website // blog // facebook // twitter // instagram

We Mention:

Covenant Theological Seminary

What’s in the Bible?

Phil Vischer

5 Minute Family Devotional

Raising Boys and Girls 

Are My Kids on Track? (book)

Are My Kids on Track? (podcast from Surviving Sarah)

Praise the Lord Everyday

Owlegories

Jesus Storybook Bible

My First Message

Movie Reviews via JellyTelly Parents blog

Sally Lloyd Jones

The Good Book Company

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

New City Catechisms

God of Angel Armies, song by Chris Tomlin

Chathum Fish Market

Episode 40

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