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Episode 37

Hi friends! I’m so excited to welcome you to this episode of Heart Lessons with my special guest, Kristen Hatton. Kristen recently released a book entitled, Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World. It is a devotional book for teenage girls aimed at helping them realize they don’t need to look to social media for security and affirmation because Christ already loves and accepts them, just as they are. We chat about her book and many of the life-giving concepts found there, she answers some of your listener questions, and we also hit on how this topic is relevant for young moms and laying the foundation now for your kids later. And of course, Kristen shares her heart lesson with us as she continues to dig deeper into this topic of true identity in Christ.

This episode is so good for anyone with a teenage daughter, anyone who mentors teen girls, anyone who will one day have a teenage daughter, but it is also really great for women in general and moms of teenage boys. There is a little something for everyone in this episode. I know you will find some great takeaways from my conversation with Kristen.

Heart Lesson: Keep a solid identity and satisfaction with Christ, especially with life changes.

Connect with Kristen: blog // facebook // instagram // twitter // book

We Mention:

Get Your Story Straight


Paul Tripp: Age of Opportunity 

Shepherding a Child’s Heart 

1 Peter 2:9

Song of Solomon 4:7

Heart Lessons Episode 26: Surviving the Issue of Body Image with Sarah Bragg

Thank you for listening! I would love to connect on instagram and chat about your favorite part of today’s episode!!

Episode 37


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Episode 36


Hi friends! I’m so excited to share this episode of Heart Lessons with you today. My special guest is Kristin Schell. Kristin started the Turquoise Table and #frontyardpeople movement, which is all about building community with those around you. Kristin just released her first book and so we chat about many of the ideas she shared there including how to make space in your heart for others, the difference between hospitality and entertaining, and how we should be ok inviting others into our lives and homes because it is less about perfection and so much more about just belonging and being together.

In this age of being so “connected” via social media I think learning to connect with others in a face to face way is deeply important and I’m so happy Kristin was able to share her heart and her vision with us here.

Heart Lesson: Stay in communion with God and listen to Him.

Connect with Kristin: blog // facebook // instagram // twitter // book

We mention:

Romans 12:13

Lowe’s picnic table

Sherwin Williams Nifty Turquoise

Tuesday Morning

Thanks for listening! Find me over on instagram later this week to share your own heart lesson.

Room in the Heart

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Lighthearted #5 - Lexi


Connect with Lexi: blog // instagram // book // twitter

We Mention:


Angie Smith Conference

My Sister’s Closet

Nothing to Prove

Can’t Stop the Feeling

Trolls Movie

Call the Midwife

Downton Abbey

Altar’d State


Heart Lessons Episode #5: Strength in Weakness

Everyday Heart Lesson: Learning to trust in the Lord when you can’t see him moving.

Find me on instagram this week and share your answers to some of the lighthearted questions!

Next time I’ll be chatting with Kristin Schell, the woman behind the Turquoise Table. I hope you tune in to catch her vision for being “front yard people” and living in community with those around you.

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Guys, this is really different than my typical subject material and I’m not really even sure what to write. It’s heart-feelings and half-worded ideas that make this familiar keyboard feel clumsy and foreign. But sometimes being unsure of how to express certain thoughts means that’s precisely the thing that needs to be said. Maybe being in that vulnerable place is actually a place of strength.

I started trying to read through the Bible back in 2012. Just this morning I turned the last page of John and tomorrow (or whenever I can …) will start Acts. It’s been slow going but good and, surprisingly (not surprisingly), even my tortoise-speed reading has landed me in just the right places in just the right times.

In the last few months as I’ve been reading through the Gospels I have been overtaken by the words of Jesus. I just can’t get over how time and time again he turned the religious leaders of the day on their heads with the things he told them. The most primary thought in my head as I read Jesus’s groundbreaking words and their over-the-top offended reactions is this: the people who thought they had it all figured out were the ones Jesus continually threw for a loop. The ones who thought they had this God thing all figured out were repeatedly condemned for their ignorance and hypocrisy. It’s so interesting. And so very convicting.

My prayer as I’ve read through the Gospels is that the Lord would show me the places in my life where I think I have it all figured out – where I am certain no one can possibly think, speak, or act as rightly as I do – and allow me to reevaluate and hopefully eliminate those preconceptions. I think it would open up my life to exactly what Jesus taught as he walked the dusty ancient roads: more love, less judgement; more understanding, less rigidity; more Jesus, less me.

What would it look like if an entire generation of Christ-followers tossed out the mental checklists of what we had to do to be more like Jesus and embraced the things he did. What if?

When the woman was caught in adultery the pharisees wanted to stone her. Instead of condemn Jesus exposed the fact that we are all sinners.

When the pharisees wagged their fingers at Jesus for healing a man on the Sabbath he exposed that they loved the law more than they loved an actual person and loved the idea of keeping the law more than they loved the idea of giving a man his life back.

When the pharisees complained that the disciples did not wash their hands before entering the temple Jesus called them hypocrites, because it is way less about outer cleanliness and way more about pure hearts.

Where are our favorite areas to pick others apart as modern day pharisees and what would that actually reveal about our hearts?

The older I get and the more I learn about my faith the more I feel like it all just comes down to Jesus. The rules and regulations that many view as the crux of the Christian faith might actually be its Achilles heel.

The real crux of the Christian faith is a God-man who kept company with the down-and-out, preached world-changing truths, healed many and ultimately, died to heal us all. The real crux is a cross and the love that sent him there, kept him there, and gave him – and us – life again.

I’ve been burned by people who thought enforcing rules was what Jesus was all about. I’m going to guess that you have too. I’m also sure I’ve hurt others in the church by loving rules and behaviors more than caring about hearts. I’m going to assume you fall into that category with me as well.

The truth is we are all imperfect people. Rules are easier than grace because then we can have good and bad, black and white. But grace brings gray and we aren’t as comfortable wrestling with gray as we are enforcing hard lines.

The church represents Jesus and sometimes we do a lousy job. Sometimes we become like the pharisees and love the law more than we love people. But what if our prayer became a plea for Jesus to show us where our ways of thinking needed to be turned upside down? Who could be freed, healed, saved, befriended, welcomed, redeemed, encouraged – who could belong – if we embraced living and loving like Jesus and rejecting the notion that we had it all figured out? What might happen then?

Jesus, show us … 


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Episode 35


Hi friends and thanks for joining me for episode 35 of the Heart Lessons podcast! Today my special guest is Mary Evelyn Smith who blogs over at What Do You Do, Dear?

I absolutely love what Mary Evelyn writes on her blog and although our stories are different, I feel like I identify with her very much and much of her writing has helped me along in my journey of processing the loss of my babies.

Today Mary Evelyn and I talk about what it looks like for her to be the parent of a child with a disability specifically, her son Simeon who has spina bifida. We talk about the diagnosis day and what that felt like, we talk about what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made when your body operates differently than the majority of those around you, and what Mary Evelyn hopes to communicate to the world about disability. We also talk about her awesome career as a school librarian and she makes some killer book recommendations. And of course, we chat about what God is doing in her heart as she continues to move forward in what God has for her.

I hope you enjoy this conversation and that you are able to come away with a heart lesson of your own, to help you draw closer to the Lord.

Heart Lesson: O Heavenly King, O Comforter, Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things.

Connect with Mary Evelyn: blog // facebook // instagram // twitter

We Mention:

Spina Bifida

On Abortion: Learning Empathy and Changing My Heart

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Psalm 139:13-14 

Mo Willems 

Jon Klassen

The Book with No Pictures


Mac Barnett

O Heavenly King and Psalm 51 (Prayer of Repentance) 

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