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Jan 18, 2021

Welcome to the the Dear Daughters Podcast in 2021!

If there is one thing I learned over the last year, it is the importance of stepping back from the news and media to re-engage in a habit of reading spiritual classics. The authors who I’ll be featuring on the podcast have fought the good fight and remained faithful to the end. There’s just so much we can learn from them. I want to invite you to come along with me this season and dive into the wisdom of these faithful followers of Jesus.

One of the first books I picked up last year was A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie. Here’s a little history on John:

John Baillie was born on March 6, 1886, as the oldest of three boys. He was named after his father, who died when he was just four years old. John experienced more tragedy in life with the loss of his youngest brother in May 1914, and then two close friends in WW1 later that same year. He began to volunteer for the Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) with British armies in France, where he met his wife Jewel Fowler, and they married in April 1919. John Baillie was an esteemed theologian and pastor, served on the faculty at New College in Edinburgh, and Auburn Theological Seminary and Union Seminary in New York, and was named a Companion of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II. He died on September 29, 1960, at age 74, leaving a legacy of faithfulness that we can all learn from.

What really strikes me about John Baillie (among all of his amazing achievements) are the beautiful books he wrote, like A Diary of Private Prayer.

John Baillie lived his life to the end being faithful to God. My prayer for you and for me is that we will be inspired to be faithful to the end, too.

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Nov 17, 2020

There’s often a big difference in expectations and reality. To have happy holidays this year, we need something we can’t plan, orchestrate, or create … we need God’s Spirit and God’s grace.

Welcome to the Holiday Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. The 2020 holiday season is here and it’s going to be different from anything we’ve ever experienced. I want to see how you’re doing and make sure you are taking good care of you … and I want to help you have grace for a new way of doing things over the holidays this year.

If we hold on too tightly to expectations, it can steal our joy when reality doesn’t look like we hoped. We need to open up our hands, release those expectations, and accept what God has for us.

I pray that, especially in this holiday season, you open your hands to God and have the grace to see things with new eyes and a childlike heart.

SHOW NOTES

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Jesus wants to take our fear and give us, in its place, true peace. Get a copy of Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World.

Oct 20, 2020

Gathering at the table is good for your soul … a time when we are present with each other, connect with each other, and receive nourishment from the food, from each other, and from God above.

Welcome to the Fall Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I want to see how you’re doing and share some new ways for you to take good care of you.

I love how serving a simple meal at the table brings us together. It’s a passion of mine that started from this verse in Acts 2:46-47.

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

I pray that, especially in the upcoming holiday season, you find creative ways to be with the people you love.

SHOW NOTES

Jesus wants to take our fear and give us, in its place, true peace. Get a copy of Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World.

Order your copy of The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, a simple guide for extending God’s grace to yourself and others.

My book, Dear Daughtersis a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Oct 19, 2020

What if you made the choice to break away from your regular routine and change up the scenery?

Welcome to the Fall Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I want to see how you’re doing and share some new ways for you to take good care of you.

One way to take care of your soul is by changing your scenery. It can change your attitude, refresh your heart, renew your mind, and bend your will toward God.

SHOW NOTES

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Oct 12, 2020

Do you have a hobby? Do you ever take the time to just play? Having a hobby can be really good for your soul.

Welcome to the Fall Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I want to see how you’re doing and share some new ways for you to take good care of you.

Today I am encouraging you to build time for a hobby in your life. Because when you’re walking with God, a hobby can be a spiritual practice that brings you closer to God.

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Find a hobby:

  • Horseback riding
  • Writing or journaling
  • Cooking or baking
  • Gardening
  • Hiking or camping
  • Golf
  • Walking or running
  • Reading
  • Drawing or painting
  • Knitting or sewing
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking or paddle boarding
  • Cycling
  • Scrapbooking
  • Collecting

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Oct 8, 2020

Are you looking for ways to calm your soul? To find real rest inside and out?

Welcome to the Fall Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I want to see how you’re doing and share some new ways for you to take good care of you.

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Sep 23, 2020

What do you do when your heart is broken in two? What do you do when your mind is consumed with negative news? How do you soothe your weary self?

Welcome to the Fall Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I want to see how you’re doing, revisit some of the things we talked about during the Summer Soul Care Series, and share some new ways for you to take good care of you.

There is a difference between self-care practices and self-soothing practices. Self-soothing can be healthy or unhealthy … and it’s important to understand which you are choosing when you’re hurting. Healthy soul care is the thing that helps long term.

SHOW NOTES

Order your copy! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

My book, Dear Daughtersis a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Sep 16, 2020

How can you give yourself grace … the kind of grace that God has for you? It starts by learning to be kind and generous to yourself. 

Welcome to the Fall Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I want to see how you’re doing, revisit some of the things we talked about during the Summer Soul Care Series, and share some new ways for you to take good care of you.

So I have found one of the best ways to start being kind to yourself is by becoming a compassionate observer of your own life. Try to see yourself the way God sees you … as a beloved daughter … and live each day with that outlook and that grace.

SHOW NOTES

Order your copy! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

My book, Dear Daughtersis a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Sep 9, 2020

Welcome to the first episode of the Fall Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I’m going to take eight weeks (God willing) to see how you’re doing, revisit some of the things we talked about during the Summer Soul Care Series, and share some new ways for you to take good care of you.

I want to remind you of a few things. First, your soul is where God dwells. What a lovely thing that He chooses to live inside of us. Second, your body is the house of your soul. Your soul is made up of four components:

  • Mind … how you think and understand the Word of God.
  • Heart … the seat of your emotions and feelings.
  • Will … what enables you to make decisions and take action.
  • Personality … the unique and beautiful way God made you.

The really great news is that when you submit your soul to the Holy Spirit of God, something miraculous happens. You’re made new.

SHOW NOTES

Order your copy! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

My book, Dear Daughtersis a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Jun 30, 2020

Welcome to the Summer Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I’m going to take a few weeks on the podcast to spend some time making sure you’re taking good care of you.

There is so much going on in the world right now. There are so many questions. And there are no real answers … because we don’t have any. Only God holds all the answers. And he holds all our days, too. I pray that you take care of your soul and protect your spirit from getting sucked into a spiral of worry and despair trying to get all the answers. I’ll help you. Start with five minutes.

SHOW NOTES

Order your copy! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

My book, Dear Daughtersis a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Jun 24, 2020

Welcome to the Summer Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I’m going to take a few weeks on the podcast to spend some time making sure you’re taking good care of you.

“The smallest and gentlest acts keep us grounded as we husband our lives with care.” – Julia Cameron

Staying grounded in your life is a way to care for your soul. It gives us space to listen to God and listen to ourselves. Tending to small things in our everyday lives help us to feel grounded. How can you tend to your real life?

SHOW NOTES

Order your copy! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

My book, Dear Daughtersis a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Jun 16, 2020

Welcome to the Summer Soul Care Series on the Dear Daughters Podcast. I’m going to take a few weeks on the podcast to spend some time making sure you’re taking good care of you.

Have you read any good stories lately? Stories are good for your soul. They help you take care of you. So I want to encourage you to find a good book that leaves you believing that God is in charge of the world. You’re in the middle of your story, but God is writing your story.

SHOW NOTES

Order your copy! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

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Jun 10, 2020

I hope you’re taking good care of yourself. This summer, I want to encourage you to experience soul care in a very practical, everyday way.

Welcome to the Dear Daughters Summer Soul Care Series. I’m going to spend the next few weeks on the podcast helping you take good care of you.

One way you can take good care of yourself is to make sure you have wise teachers in place in your life, especially during times of crisis and chaos. Your number one teacher is God, and you can always count on him and his Word to help you walk in wisdom. But there are other teachers too. Listen in to discover more.

SHOW NOTES

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Apr 29, 2020

Well this is a first! It’s a Tiny Desk Style Concert via Zoom with Sara Davis Regan featuring her brand new album, Riverland.

But before we dive into new music, a few things you might not know about Sara:

  1. “My family nickname is Aunt Sardie Pants.”
  2. “I love trail running.”
  3. “I do things I love until I break.”
  4. “I am deathly scared of roaches … and splinters.”

Need more, listen in to DD Episode ‘Questions to Deepen the Mother-Daughter Relationship’ with Sara. And here we are in Round Top, where we love to shop til we drop. Can’t wait til next Fall when we go back to the Round Top Antiques Fest.

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Apr 21, 2020

One of my favorite things over the last year on the Dear Daughters Podcast was listening to my guests read a letter to their younger selves.

In celebration of my new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, I am featuring four of my favorite letters in BONUS episodes. In this final episode, I am featuring Chrystal Evans Hurst.

In DD Episode 96, Chrystal offers so much truth about how to end the cycle of unhealthy thoughts and bring our thoughts into the light of God’s truth. Listen to Chrystal as she speaks tender words of wisdom to her younger self and encourages her to show up for her life starting now.

So a question for you: What would you like to say to your younger self?

  • That God loves you.
  • To love the woman you are becoming.
  • To not be so hard on yourself and others.

My new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, is a book designed to help to experience the grace upon grace God has for you by reflecting on your life and your memories. I hope you’ll pick up a copy.

SHOW NOTES

Apr 15, 2020

We are made to hold the presence of God … the God who holds all things together holds us.

K.J. has been reckoning with an autoimmune disease, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), for 11 years. It’s been an “unpredictable companion” in her life that not only propelled her into her counseling career but also propelled her to experience and hold the presence of God.

K.J. Ramsey (BA, Covenant College, MA, Denver Seminary) is a licensed professional counselor, writer, and recovering idealist who believes sorrow and joy coexist. Her writing on the integration of theology, psychology, and spiritual formation can be found in publications including Christianity Today, RELEVANT, and The Huffington Post. She and her husband live in Denver, Colorado. K.J.’s first book, This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers, invites us to the wonder that before God ever rescues us, he stands in solidarity with us. It’s the book that she wished she could’ve had as a 20-year-old who’s suffering never went away.

K.J. says these four things about herself:

  1. “I ended up at Denver Seminary where I got my Masters in Counseling…after seeing my own counselor and realizing A, we all need space to process the suffering in our lives but B, that it could be a career that was a lot more flexible for what my body needs. And then I also needed a better climate and the more dry climate of Colorado is a lot better for my body.”
  2. “One time we saw someone with a German Shorthaired Pointer at a restaurant sitting outside, and it was the most beautiful dog we had ever seen and it was so sweet. We caught the bug and about 5 weeks later, we got one. His name, Merton, is after Thomas Merton, who is one of my favorite authors.”
  3. “I was a figure skater growing up.”
  4. “I am a total nerd.”

Listen in to my timely conversation with K.J. In seasons like we’re all in right now sheltering-in-place, we have the invitation to pay special attention to the hurt in our lives in a way that we can’t when we’re so hurried. We all have pain that persists … K.J. reminds us that our present pain is always experienced in the presence of God and the more we learn how to be present to our pain and to our hard circumstances, the more we get to experience unity with Jesus and the grace God gives us. I think she will comfort you with her heart and wisdom.

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Apr 7, 2020

One of my favorite things over the last year on the Dear Daughters Podcast was listening to my guests read a letter to their younger selves.

In celebration of my new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, I am featuring five of my favorite letters in BONUS episodes, and this time I am featuring Rebekah Lyons.

In DD Episode 103, Rebekah revealed some of her own battles to overcome fear and anxiety, and talked about how her pain can become purpose … all of ours can. Listen to the kind and gentle words she speaks to her younger self, as well as the tender promises she believes God would speak to her now.

So a question for you: What would you like to say to your younger self?

  • That God loves you.
  • To love the woman you are becoming.
  • To not be so hard on yourself and others.

My new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, is a book designed to help to experience the grace upon grace God has for you by reflecting on your life and your memories. I hope you’ll pick up a copy.

SHOW NOTES

Apr 2, 2020

YOU can do big, hard, and scary things.

Jennifer has found freedom in her business, her time, her finances, and most importantly, her faith, through years of releasing more and more over to God. What started as a desire to help pull her family out of financial desperation became a calling to help other women find the courage to do the same.

Jennifer Allwood is a business owner, business mentor and coach, speaker, author and podcast host for The Jennifer Allwood Show. Jennifer uses her self-started business to inspire women to believe that they are enough, motivate them, and give them permission to lean into their calling. Her new book, Fear Is Not the Boss of You, is all about getting unstuck, move past overwhelm, and taking action in spite of fear. Jennifer lives in Kansas City with her husband and three kiddos, and she stands firm in the idea of using her business as a way to serve God and her family.

Jennifer says these four things about herself:

  1. “My kryptonite is raw chocolate chip cookie dough, that is always always always my food of choice.”
  2. “I’m not a TV watcher, but I love movies and Netflix.”
  3. “Massage is my love language.”
  4. “I used to twirl batons in high school…I used to twirl two at a time and I used to twirl fire batons. My mom was a baton twirler as well. “

Jennifer is a firecracker! She talks about her new book and her passion for coaching women in business, how giving her life to God changed everything, and how “being stuck stinks.” Listen in … I think she’ll give you some confidence to take that next step you know you need to take as so many things around us are changing.

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Mar 31, 2020

One of my favorite things over the last year on the Dear Daughters Podcast was listening to my guests read a letter to their younger selves.

In celebration of my new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, I am featuring five of my favorite letters in BONUS episodes, and my next guest is Liz Carter.

In DD Episode 80, Liz and I talked about finding contentment in all of life’s messy, painful, joyous reality. Listen to Liz’s tender, compassionate, comforting words she speaks to her teenage self.

So a question for you: What would you like to say to your younger self?

  • That God loves you.
  • To love the woman you are becoming.
  • To not be so hard on yourself and others.

My new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, is a book designed to help to experience the grace upon grace God has for you by reflecting on your life and your memories. I hope you’ll pick up a copy.

SHOW NOTES

The Grace Guide will show you how to love yourself like your good Father has always loved you and how to live your one beautiful life.

Mar 26, 2020

Understanding that we don’t need as much stuff as we think we need is freeing. God has given us what we need and more than we know.

Kathi used to be buried in clutter. She wouldn’t let friends into her home, she wasn’t doing the things she needed to do … she was living half a life. But she began to live in a new way and found freedom in a clutter-free life. Through that journey, she also learned that God has given her everything she needs.

Kathi Lipp is a speaker, a podcast host, the coordinator of The Clutter-Free Academy on Facebook, and the author of 20 books including her most recent, The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life, and coming soon, Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small.

Kathi says these four things about herself:

  1. “I absolutely adore my husband, Roger, like I have a deep crush on him it’s not even funny.”
  2. "We have a knock-off Puggle. We think she’s actually a Boxer Chiweenie. But we also say she’s part Velociraptor.”
  3. “My dad was a hoarder so this clutter stuff comes very naturally.”
  4. “I hate our current situation, but I’m loving that I get T.V. time because I don’t get enough.”

Listen in to my conversation with Kathi. She knows all about organizing and decluttering the home, which is so timely since we’re all spending more time than ever in it. I want your home to be a place of peace and comfort! Kathi is truthful and encouraging and I hope this episode helps you take the next step to “dedicate, decide, declutter and do-your-thing” with your space.

SHOW NOTES

 

The Grace Guide will show you how to love yourself like your good Father has always loved you and how to live your one beautiful life.

Dear Daughters is a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Mar 24, 2020

One of my favorite things over the last year on the Dear Daughters Podcast was listening to my guests read a letter to their younger selves.

In celebration of my new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, I am featuring five of my favorite letters in BONUS episodes starting with the one and only, Pam Tebow.

In DD Episode 93 , Pam Tebow and I talked about the value of looking back and writing a younger self letter. Listen in to this woman of wisdom and amazing spiritual mama as she shares her letter to her younger self.

So a question for you: What would you like to say to your younger self?

  • That God loves you.
  • To love the woman you are becoming.
  • To not be so hard on yourself and others.

My new book, The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life, is a book designed to help to experience the grace upon grace God has for you by reflecting on your life and your memories. I hope you’ll pick up a copy.

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The Grace Guide will show you how to love yourself like your good Father has always loved you and how to live your one beautiful life.

This book, ideal for a gift, is a casebound hardcover with ribbon.

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Mar 19, 2020

Where is God when things go terribly wrong?

John Ray has been my friend for a very long time. He is the pastor of Grace Church of Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville, a missionary and a spiritual director … and he knows firsthand about suffering.

John says these four things about himself:

  1. “I’m adopted, which has been one of the forming experiences of my life.”
  2. “I am married to a phenomenal introvert. Jane Ray is a fantastic woman.”
  3.  “I’m the dad of four daughters who are all radically different, one of whom we lost when she was 10 years old.”
  4.  “I feel like I won the lottery and didn’t buy a ticket by getting to do what I do.”

John was in the eighth-grade classroom with me when our classmate and friend walked in with a rifle and shot and killed our teacher. His mother attempted suicide not long after. He struggled with the reality of being adopted. And he lost his daughter, Olivia.

But John says this: “If I really find the courage and grace to go into the deepest wounds that I have … God is there. He has never forsaken me, he has never abandoned me, even when the world has been traumatic and evil.”

Listen in to my friend, John Ray. I hope our conversation is an encouragement to you.

SHOW NOTES

Coming soon! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

Dear Daughters is a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Mar 10, 2020

What happens when you take the time to take care of yourself? What happens when you give yourself grace?

This week, I interviewed five women to talk about what happens when you take time for soul care.

Are you ready for their stories?

Melissa Tate is a food writer who lives with her husband on their family horse and cattle ranch in Rockwall, TX. Her primary life roles include: mother, step-mom, daughter, sister, and friend. Melissa came to Soul Care Saturday because she longs for rest in her life…and she learned that she deserves and needs soul care.

Melissa says, “I can be confident in what I’m doing because I am where God wants me to be.

Cheyenne Kizer is a dental hygienist and women’s leader at her church, Coryell Community Church in Gatesville, TX. She is married to her high school sweetheart and mother to two children, and she is also helping to build a mentor program as a member of the school board. She made the time in her busy schedule to come to Austin for Soul Care Saturday, where she realized a little bit more of God’s grace for her and how she needs to give that grace to herself.

Cheyenne says, “I am probably becoming a better listener to how He feels about me and how He loves me and how He created me. Although in the big picture it’s not about me, He wants to use me for Kingdom purpose and I am thankful for that.”

Mollie Dreibrodt lives in New Braunfels, TX with her husband, Canaan, and 10-month old daughter, Charlie. Canaan gifted Mollie with a ticket to Soul Care Saturday after a hard and scary season. She has learned that a lot of good can come from being vulnerable and asking for help and that she needs to give herself permission to be emotionally vulnerable.

Mollie says, “Sometimes our perfect plan is not exactly His perfect plan and we need to nurture ourselves and nurture our relationship with God so that His plan is how we’re living our lives.”

Brooke Griffin is a certified child-life specialist and a pastor’s wife, and she lives with her husband in Oklahoma. Her mom encouraged her to listen to the Dear Daughters podcast and they gifted each other tickets to Soul Care Saturday for their birthdays (just one day apart). How fun! She ended up sharing things she never expected to share and learned how hard she can be on herself…and the importance of giving herself grace.

Brooke says, “Christ loves me and He loves so many things about me, and I want to learn to love those things too…and just guarding my heart in that way and my mind, and letting Christ have control of my mind.”

Tracy Ammann Waight is a recent empty nester and divorcee (and just a really cool human) living right here in Austin. Her ex-husband gifted her a ticket to Soul Care Saturday, and she says it was the best gift he’s ever given her. Hearing the other women’s stories has given her strength in her day to day and she learned more than anything that God has her back.

Tracy says, “My stuff is just stuff. And it’s all stuff I can handle with God and with peace and grace.”

I just love these women. And I am so grateful they came on the show to share their stories and their wisdom. I am crying and laughing, feeling inspired and learning so much from each of them. I hope that you are too!

SHOW NOTES

Coming soon! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

Dear Daughters is a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Mar 4, 2020

Have you given all your dreams and desires to God? He wants to do more than you can imagine. 

In December of 2010, Whitney Runyon felt a stirring in her spirit that began an amazing journey for her and her husband … and for so many orphans and adoptive families.

Whitney Runyon was a wedding photographer. And her husband, Nick, was an airline pilot. But after seeing the impact of photos she took of an adoption in 2011, they formed a orphan care advocacy 501c-3 and named it after the little Bulgarian boy who’s adoption started it all, Archibald. In 2014 they quit their jobs to run The Archibald Project full time. The Archibald Project produces stories that are helping to bring an end to the orphan crisis by inspiring new people to get involved in orphan care. 

Whitney says these four things about herself:

  1. “I am obsessed with history…like kings and queens.”
  2. “Nick and I only watch TV together. We don’t really ever separate.”
  3.  “I love the color black. Way before it got popular these days. I used to want to be Wednesday Adams.”
  4.  “I grew up in theater my whole life.”

Whitney joined me with a few friends in my living room at Dear Daughters Coffee & Conversation where she shared her story, the impact of orphan care through TAP and wisdom about truly submitting your dreams and desires to the Lord and letting Him lead … and what can happen when you do. I hope her story nudges you to give your dreams to God. 

SHOW NOTES

Coming soon! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

Dear Daughters is a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

Dear Daughters is meant to be a bridge between two groups of women–dear daughters and spiritual mamas. Dear daughters are young women in search of spiritual guidance and spiritual mamas are women just a little further down the road with age-old wisdom to share. Each group has valuable insight for the other and the hope is that the reader will invite someone to come alongside them, pore over the included letters together, and pass along wisdom and advice that will make both lives more beautiful, wherever they are in their God story.

 

 

Feb 26, 2020

There is so much more good in the world than there is bad. Let’s find the bright side. 

Melanie Shankle thought she was too far gone. She wasn’t shown the grace and mercy aspect of being a Christian, so by the time she got to college she felt like there was no hope and no going back. Then God met her in a bar in a bathroom, and he pursued her patiently and faithfully and showed her that no daughter of his has ever too far gone…and how to look on the bright side.

Melanie is a speaker, the author of four New York Times bestselling books, and the creator of The Big Mama Blog. She lives in San Antonio with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline. In 2006, she felt God’s call on her to be a full-time writer after pouring over parenting blogs and starting her own while on maternity leave. Her newest book, On the Bright Side: Stories About Friendship, Love, and Being True To Yourself, is described as “the ultimate guide to help you discover the power of relationships, the unchanging truths of life, and importance of giving up comparisons.” 

Melanie is an open book and tells us these four things about herself:

  1. “I don’t like Chinese food. So there’s that. In particular, I don’t like water chestnuts. I think they’re a really weird texture.”
  2. “I sleep with like seven pillows at night. I’m a very high-maintenance sleeper.”
  3.  “I was a Judy Blume nut.”
  4.  “As a fourth-grader, I would get up, and eat my cereal and read Erma Bombeck. I thought she was so funny.”

Melanie and I had a blast sitting in my living room, laughing and talking about all sorts of things: how the world seems to have forgotten about love and mercy and grace and that we all need to be reminded that there is light; how God meets us right where we are; the precious role of a mother and how to stay sane while raising kids; our mutual obsession with Cheer on Netflix … I hope she encourages you and helps you look for the bright side!

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Coming soon! The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life

Dear Daughters is a template for those multi-generational conversations and relationships you’re craving.

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