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Intentionality Part IV

Best-selling author, speaker, and all-around hilarious human shares her thoughts on living intentionally in the small moments, for it is in these small moments that life is built.

Heart Lesson: 

Life is one long story of God’s love for us. He loves us and has a plan for all of us.

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


Heather Gauthier

Church of the Small Things (study guide)

Come As You Are, by David Crowder

Melanie’s other books:

Sparkly Green Earrings

The Antelope in the Living Room

Nobody’s Cuter Than You

Related Links:

Heart Lessons Episode #36: The Turquoise Table


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Intentionality Part III

Today on the podcast Erin Odom, aka the Humbled Homemaker, chats with us about being intentional with our finances. Today Erin shares with us the basic concepts for creating more space and margin in your budget as outlined in her newest book, You Can Stay Home with Your Kids, releasing on April 10th. We also talk about the importance of working within a budget and some really practical tips for setting up your own personal budget. If you have goals to maximize your cash dollars in 2018, this episode will be such a great resource.

Heart Lesson: Trust God

Connect with Erin: blog // book // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest

We Mention:

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler

Blog Post: Staying Home with Your Kids When You Can Barely Afford It

Budget Apps:



Every Dollar

Questions to Get You Started:

  1. Determine if you have an income problem or a spending problem
  2. Identify needs vs. wants
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Intentionality Part II


My guest today is Julie Rougeux, wife, mother, and executive director of the Pharoah’s Daughters Marketplace. Julie is also has a passion for fighting against injustice and standing in the gap for orphans and families who lack the resources to stand up for themselves. Our conversation today centers on her heart for adoption, her personal adoption stories, her involvement in the Pharoah’s Daughter’s Marketplace, and her passion for empowering women living in poverty to create a sustainable income. We also talk about the part you can play for standing in the gap for these people God loves.

Heart Lesson: Be open as to when to say yes and when to say no.

Connect with Julie: facebook // instagram // Pharoah’s Daughters Marketplace

We Mention:

We Didn’t Choose This (A Letter to My Children)

Arise and Shine Uganda

Romans 2:4

Become a vendor at Pharoah’s Daughters 

How we can support those in active service:

  1. Be the village and support in very practical ways (meals, childcare, etc.)
  2. Ask how to help
  3. Be nice on social media and communicate with kindness
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Intentionality Part I

Welcome to Part I of the Intentionality Series of the Heart Lessons Podcast! In this intro episode we talk about intentionality in Scripture, how God models intentionality for us, and share the resources you shared on social media about all the things that are helping you live with greater intention. This episode kicks off the series designed to help you stay on track with your New Year’s Resolutions.

We Mention:

Psalm 90:12

1 Peter 3:15

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Jesus Storybook Bible

That Sounds Fun Podcast Series on Sabbath

Helpful Apps:

Chronological Bible App

Our Daily Bread App

Run Keeper


Reminders App


Stronglifts 5×5

Couch to 5K


A Simplified Life, by Emily Ley

Thrive Moms Prayer Journal

Other Helpful Tools:

Keeping things in sight

Cleaning stations around the house

BeachBody on Demand

Grocery Pick Up

“Just Do It”






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As a mother, I want what is best for my children. I want what will keep them happy, safe, and comfortable. And while my heart breaks over the reality that two of my children are no longer here, isn’t that what they have in Heaven? Through Jesus, my babies have happy, safe, perfect life. Praise God that through the death of His Child, He made a way for mine.

Prayer to Receive Christ as Savior:

Dear Jesus, I believe in You.  I believe that you died on the cross for me and rose the third day and are now in Heaven preparing a place for me.  I want to accept Your gift of everlasting life and spend eternity with You.  Please come into my life and save me from my sin.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Evie’s Memorial Service

Glory, by Selah

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