Simply Joyful Podcast with Kristi Clover | Encouragement for your Faith and Family

By Kristi Clover: Author, Speaker, Blogger, Podcaster, & Homeschool Mom of 5

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The podcast that encourages and inspires you to find simple ways to bring more joy into your day. Whether you are looking for a little encouragement in your faith, family, home, homeschooling (if you do) -- or just life -- then this is the podcast for you! Let's get real and talk about the challenges that we face as women in our day-to-day lives. My guests and I will discuss practical tips and "hacks" about how to find harmony in relationships, order in your home, and how to add a little good ol' fun to your week. My prayer is that this podcast will bless you and add a smile to your face (even if it causes a few new wrinkles) -- and to hopefully help you "Live Simply" and "Be Joyful.”

Episode Date
SJP #062 Elisa Pulliam: Trusting in God’s Goodness with Unblinded Faith
01:01:12

Episode #62 Elisa Pulliam

Trusting in God’s Goodness with Unblinded Faith

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/062 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* OUR SEASON 5 SPONSORS: Skill Trek!  & Prep Dish!

SKILL TREK: Teaching basic life skills to your kids and teens has never been easier! Get 15% off annual memberships when using coupon code CLOVER15 (Coupon expires on June 30).

PREP DISH: Simple meal planning that helps you be more efficient in the kitchen. Get a FREE 2 week trial by clicking HERE.

 

 

**CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! I also just released my interview with Pam Barnhill! Find them both at KristiClover.tv

 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH LISA…

Elisa Pulliam is passionate about inspiring this generation of women to experience a fresh encounter with God for the sake of impacting the next generation.

In spite of not growing up in a Christian home, and spending many years in rebellion, Lisa (which is what she prefers to be called and there’s a story about that) came to know Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in the fall of 1993. Ever since the Lord has been in the process of transforming her from the outside in and inside out. It’s this first-hand encounter with God that motivates her to inspire women to pursue God personally and join Him in work in their lives.

Soon after launching More to Be, however, Elisa discovered that there was an equally important need to reach women stuck in a rut of poor habits and unhealthy thinking, and began shining the ministry focus towards women seeking spiritual growth and life transformation. She became a certified life coach and later joined Life Breakthrough Academy as a life coach trainer, having no idea at the time that God would use this experience in the writing of Meet the New You: A 21-Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits for Real Life Change.

Elisa believes each moment of each day belongs to the Lord and strives to be emotionally present and eternally purpose, especially with her husband of 22 years, Stephen, and her four tween through college-age children.

You can check out Elisa's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.moretobe.com.

 

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Jun 15, 2018
SJP #061 James Barnett: Bringing Faith to Market
57:30

Episode #061 James Barnett

Bringing Faith to Market

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/061 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* THIS EPISODE’S SPONSOR: DAYSPRING!

I love working with DaySpring! Be sure to check out all their amazing products and gifts.

— Use coupon code CLOVER10
to get $10 OFF any purchase (valid through June 22nd).

 

**CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! I also just released my interview with Pam Barnhill! Find them both at KristiClover.tv

 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH JAMES…

James Barnett is president of DaySpring, headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He joined the company in 1981 and has been leading DaySpring since 1994. DaySpring, a subsidiary of Hallmark, is the world’s largest Christian social expression company which annually distributes more than 200 million products in the United States and 60 countries worldwide.

A native of Northwest Arkansas, Barnett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, and an MBA from the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has been very involved in community and area organizations for more than 35 years, serving on several athletic, charitable and scholastic boards. He is currently on the Walton School of Business Advisory Board, engaged with the CEO Forum, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce.  He also has served on boards with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Urban Ministries, the Winshape Marriage and Family Foundation, the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics at John Brown University, and Arkansas Athletes Outreach.

His business affiliations include membership in the Association for Christian Retail, the Greeting Card Association, and the local Chamber of Commerce.  He and his wife Marilyn have three grown children and five grandchildren and are active members of Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Be sure to check out all DaySpring has to offer, and Kristi's favorites at KristiClover.com/DaySpring. Use coupon code CLOVER10 to get $10 OFF any product (valid through June 22nd).

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

Jun 08, 2018
SJP #060 Jackie Green and Lauren Green McAfee: Leaving a Legacy of Faith for Generations to Come
52:08

Episode #060 Jackie Green and Lauren Green McAfee

Leaving a Legacy of Faith for Generations to Come

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/060 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* OUR SEASON 5 SPONSORS: Skill Trek!  & Prep Dish!

SKILL TREK: Teaching basic life skills to your kids and teens has never been easier! Get 15% off annual memberships when using coupon code CLOVER15 (Coupon expires on June 30).

PREP DISH: Simple meal planning that helps you be more efficient in the kitchen. Get a FREE 2 week trial by clicking HERE.

 

**CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! I also just released my interview with Pam Barnhill! Find them both at KristiClover.tv

 

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

 

CONNECT WITH JACKIE…

Jackie Green, co-founder of Museum of the Bible, is a full-time homemaker who relishes her roles of wife, mother to six children, mother-in-law, and “Gigi” to four grandchildren. Married to Steve for more than 30 years, Jackie actively supports him in his role as president of Hobby Lobby and chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible.

Be sure to visit her site as well at www.onlyonelifebook.com.

 

CONNECT WITH LAUREN…

Lauren Green McAfee is a speaker, writer, connector and coffee enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible. While pursuing her graduate degrees in pastoral counseling and theology, Lauren worked at Museum of the Bible from its founding days, until its opening in Washington DC. Today, she works at Hobby Lobby as Corporate Ambassador and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethics and Public Policy. Lauren and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

You can check out Lauren's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.laurenamcafee.com.

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

Jun 01, 2018
SJP #059 Jen Schmidt: How to Simplify Hospitality
49:12

Episode #059 Jen Schmidt

How to Simplify Hospitality

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/059 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* OUR SEASON 5 SPONSOR: Skill Trek! 

SKILL TREK: Teaching basic life skills to your kids and teens has never been easier! Get 15% off annual memberships when using coupon code CLOVER15 (Coupon expires on June 30).

 

**CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! I also just released my interview with Pam Barnhill! Find them both at KristiClover.tv

 

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH JEN…

For the last decade, Jen Schmidt has been encouraging, challenging, and cheering on women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives on her popular lifestyle blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. With a variety of topics—from easy dinner ideas and personal finance to leaving a legacy—Jen equips others to live life to its fullest, reminding them it’s the little things that really are the big things in life.

A popular speaker, worship leader and founder/host of the annual Becoming Conference, Jen shares with humor and authenticity as she invites others to join her on this bumpy, beautiful life journey. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, a few too many animals, and an available sofa for anyone who needs it.

You can check out Jen's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit his site as well at beautyandbedlam.com.

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

May 25, 2018
SJP #058 Dave Stotts: Making the Bible & History Come Alive
55:51

Episode #058 Dave Stotts

Making the Bible & History Come Alive

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/058 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* OUR SEASON 5 SPONSORS: Skill Trek!  & Prep Dish!

SKILL TREK: Teaching basic life skills to your kids and teens has never been easier! Get 15% off annual memberships when using coupon code CLOVER15 (Coupon expires on June 30).

PREP DISH: Simple meal planning that helps you be more efficient in the kitchen. Get a FREE 2-week trial by clicking HERE.

 

*CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! I also just released my interview with Pam Barnhill! Find them both at KristiClover.tv

 

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  • Check out more on Drive Thru History HERE!
  • Watch my first ever video interview with Dave HERE!

 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH DAVE STOTTS…

Dave Stotts has spent the last two decades in professional media production. His career in documentary films has taken him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and edit programs on a wide variety of topics. Dave is the host of Drive Thru History, a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history show that speeds through ancient civilizations, the Holy Land, and the founding of America, allowing students to experience the people, places, and events that shaped our world and the Christian faith. 

Find out more about Dave and Drive Thru History HERE.

 

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May 18, 2018
SJP #057 Wendy Speake and Amber Lia: Parenting Scripts: Words for When You Don't Know What to Say
56:23

Episode #057 Wendy Speake & Amber Lia

-- Parenting Scripts: Words for When You Don't Know What to Say

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/057 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* OUR SEASON 5 SPONSOR: Skill Trek! 

— A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this season!!

— Teaching basic life skills to your kids and teens has never been easier!

Get 15% off annual memberships when using coupon code CLOVER15 (Coupon expires on June 30).

 

 

* LAST FEW DAYS TO SIGN-UP FOR OUR GIVEAWAY!

— Be sure to sign-up for the Season 4 Giveaway we have going on until Sunday, May 13th at 8pm PST!! Lots of great books from our Season 4 guests!

— Sign up at KristiClover.com/giveaway

 

*CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! There are more video interviews coming soon!

…Just released: An interview with Pam Barnhill! Find it at KristiClover.tv

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH WENDY…

As a trained actress and heartfelt Bible teacher, Wendy Speake ministers to women’s hearts through storytelling, both on page and stage. She utilizes drama, comedy, poetry, and the study of God’s Word. During her career in Hollywood, on shows such as JAG, Melrose Place, Star Trek Voyager, and Roswell, Wendy found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women! She now writes stories that move readers closer to Jesus.

Wendy Speake blogs about faith and family, motherhood and marriage, at WendySpeake.com. She resides in sunny San Diego with her handsome husband and their three ruddy boys.

You can check out Wendy's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit his site as well at www.WendySpeake.com.

 

CONNECT WITH AMBER…

A former high school English teacher, Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom of four little boys under the age of ten. She and her husband, Guy, own Storehouse Media Group, a faith and family-friendly TV and Film production company in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not building sand castles with her boys on the beach, or searching for Nerf darts all over her house, you can find Amber writing to encourage families on her blog at Mother of Knights (www.motherofknights.com).

You can check out Amber's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit his site as well at www.motherofknights.com.

 

 

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May 11, 2018
SJP #056 Craig Johnson: How to be a Champion in the Lives of Special Needs Kids
53:10

Episode #056 Craig Johnson

How to be a Champion in the Lives of Special Needs Kids 

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/056 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR: SKILL TREK!

— Teaching basic life skills to your kids and teens has never been easier!

Get 15% off annual memberships when using coupon code CLOVER15 (Coupon expires on June 30).

 

*SIGN-UP FOR OUR SPECIAL GIVEAWAY!*

We are giving away books from our Season 4 guests! There are tons of ways to get extra entries! Be sure to check it out today! 

KristiClover.com/giveaway

 

*CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! There are more video interviews coming soon!

…Releasing next: An interview with Pam Barnhill! Find it at KristiClover.tv

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH CRAIG…

Pastor Craig Johnson is currently the Director of Ministries at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He oversees all pastoral ministries and staff and travels throughout the year, speaking to organizations about the reality of special needs families and the hope God has for them. In 2009, Craig launched the Champions Club, a state of the art facility for special needs kids that features a physical therapy room, spiritual therapy room, sensory room, and an educational room. He is the co-creator of Champions Curriculum for special needs families and is the author of the book Lead Vertically. As an enthusiastic advocate for special needs children, Craig firmly believes the best is yet to come. Craig is married to Samantha and they have three children: Cory, Courtney, and Connor.

You can check out Craig's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit his site as well at www.championsclub.org.

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

May 04, 2018
SJP #055 Shaunti Feldhahn: How to Find Rest in a Busy World
54:47

Episode #055 Shaunti Feldhahn: How to Find Rest in a Busy World

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/055 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

— Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

*CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! There are more video interviews coming soon!

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH SHAUNTI…

Shaunti Feldhahn received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher and best-selling author. Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. Her groundbreaking research-based books, such as For Women Only, have sold more than 2 million copies in 24 languages and are widely read in homes, counseling centers, and corporations worldwide.

Where the “Only” series revealed the often-unseen needs of men and women, her books The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages and The Good News About Marriage, investigate the process of what makes great relationships and debunk discouraging myths about marriage and divorce.  Her latest book The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship outlines three very simple steps that transform even the most challenging interactions – and is sparking a movement of kindness across the country.

Shaunti’s findings have been featured in media as diverse as The Today Show and Focus on the Family, The New York Times and iMom. Shaunti lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jeff, their two teenage children, and two cats who think they are dogs.

You can check out Shaunti's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.Shaunti.com.

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

Mar 30, 2018
SJP #054 Sarah Mackenzie: The Power of Being a Read Aloud Family
58:18

Episode #054 with Sarah Mackenzie : The Power of Being a Read Aloud Family

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/054 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

— Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

 

*CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! There are more video interviews coming soon!

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

 

CONNECT WITH SARAH…

Sarah Mackenzie is an author, speaker, and podcast host. On the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival podcast, she helps parents all over the world make meaningful connections with their kids through books. She lives in the Northwest with her husband, Andrew, homeschools their six kids, and loves making sure her family is well-stocked in the best books she can find.

You can check out Sarah's book HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.readaloudrevival.com.

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

Mar 23, 2018
SJP #053 Priscilla Shirer: A Story of Redemption and Forgiveness on the Silver Screen
39:37

Episode #053 with Priscilla Shirer : A Story of Redemption and Forgiveness on the Silver Screen

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/053 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

— Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

 

*CHECK OUT OUR NEW “SIMPLY JOYFUL TV!”

It’s the video edition of the podcast! I had the honor of interviewing Jon Erwin, the director of the new movie I Can Only Imagine and Moms Night Out. You can watch it HERE! There are more video interviews coming soon!

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH PRISCILLA…

Priscilla Shirer is a wife and mom first, but put a Bible in her hand and a message in her heart, and you’ll see why thousands meet God in powerful, personal ways at her conferences and through her books and Bible studies. She and her husband Jerry lead Going Beyond Ministries, through which they provide spiritual support and resources to the body of Christ. Between writing and studying, Priscilla can usually be found at home cleaning up after (and trying to satisfy the appetites of) her three rapidly growing boys. Priscilla played Elizabeth in the powerful movie War Room.

You can check out Priscilla's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.goingbeyond.com.

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

Mar 16, 2018
SJP #052 Dana White: Decluttering Advice that Will Work for Every Family
55:24

Episode #052 with Dana White

Decluttering Advice that Will Work for Every Family

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/052 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

— Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH DANA…

Dana K. White, creator of A Slob Comes Clean blog and author of How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, is a busy mom, successful blogger and flourishing author, so she is quite familiar with what feels like the impossible – a clean, simplified, highly functioning home.

You can check out Dana's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.aslobcomesclean.com.

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

Mar 09, 2018
SJP #051 Emily Ley: Amazing Tips to Help You Simplify Your Life
56:09

Episode #051 with Emily Ley

Amazing Tips to Help You Simplify Your Life

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/051 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

— Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

BOOKS & POSTS MENTIONED…

 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH EMILY…

Emily Ley is the creator of the Simplified Planner® – an agenda for what matters most. Raised in Pensacola, Florida, Emily graduated from the University of West Florida with degrees in English and Public Administration, then went on to become the Executive Director of the city ballet. From there, she worked in nonprofit management and public relations before launching her brand in 2008. Following the success found at its online home — EmilyLey.com, Emily Ley quickly grew to be carried in over 750 retail outlets across the United States and around the world. In late 2016, however, Emily’s team decided to simplify and get back to what they loved most: creating community around their online shop – decreasing their retail partners from 750 to 5. Emily has been featured in ForbesFamily Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and HGTV.com. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show as well as Top 10 Designers to Watch by Stationery Trends Magazine. Emily is the author of Grace, Not perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Chasing Joy, and released A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living, in November 2017. It appeared on USA Today and The Washington Post’s list of best-sellers. Now as an author, businesswoman, wife, and mama to three, Emily enjoys Friday pizza parties on the living room floor, searching for the world’s best queso with her husband, Bryan, and making memories to savor with her toddler twins (Caroline + Tyler) and first-grader (Brady).

You can check out Emily's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.emilyley.com.

 

 

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Feb 23, 2018
SJP #050: Kristi Clover: Productivity Hacks for Busy Moms
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Episode #050 with Kristi Clover

Productivity Hacks  for Busy Moms

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/050 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

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Feb 16, 2018
SJP #049: Renee Carlson: The Importance of Scripture Memorization
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Episode #049 with Renee Carlson

The Importance of Scripture Memorization

 

** Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/049 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

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CONNECT WITH RENEE…well, her kids!

Renee Carlson is joyfully married to Erik Carlson and blessed mother of three treasures from heaven. In 2011, she retired from fifteen years of hairstyling to be home full time and accept the call to homeschool. She loves growing in her relationship with God, spending time with her family, and encouraging other moms in their walk with the Lord..

You can check out Renee’s kids’ YouTube channels here:

Chris’s Creative Warehouse: HERE!!
Alinkaloo Crafts: HERE!!

 

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Feb 08, 2018
SJP #048: Jessica Kastner: The Good, the Bad, & the Crazy Side of Motherhood
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Episode #048 with Jessica Kastner: The Good, the Bad, & the Crazy Side of Motherhood

 

** Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/048 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY!

Don’t miss out on this fabulous giveaway from our wonderful sponsor: PeachDish!

** 4 Lucky Winners will receive a Valentine’s Day Date Kit! **

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Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

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CONNECT WITH JESSICA…

Jessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a contributor for Beliefnet.com, Huffington Post’s Christianity blog, and CBN.com. As Connecticut’s coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, she shares God’s message of hope by leading Bible studies in juvenile detention centers. When she’s not on the trampoline with her three boys in her hometown of Southington, Connecticut. She joins us on The Simply Joyful Podcast today to chat about her new book Hiding From the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter when Motherhood Gets Real.

You can check out Jessica's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.jessicakastner.com.

 

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Feb 02, 2018
SJP #047: Jamie Ivey: The Importance of Being Real & Sharing Our God Story
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Episode #047 with Jamie Ivey

The Importance of Being Real & Sharing Our God Story

 

 

 

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

*Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY!

Don’t miss out on this fabulous giveaway from our wonderful sponsor: PeachDish!

** 4 Lucky Winners will receive a Valentine’s Day Date Kit! **

** Find out more details & Sign-up HERE!**

 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

 

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CONNECT WITH JAMIE…

“The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey believes we are all on this journey of life together and we need each other to get to the end. Through her blog and podcast,” she uses a raw and intimate approach to connect with her audience. Jamie's prayer and hope is for God to use her words to encourage and show others that they are not alone, while constantly pointing them to Jesus. She is the mother to four kids and wife to Aaron. Jamie loves reading, date nights, Mexican food, and traveling the world with her family.

You can check out Jamie's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.jamieivey.com.

 

 

 

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Jan 26, 2018
SJP #046: Kat Lee: How to Create a Better Morning Routine!
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Episode #046 with Kat Lee

-- How to Create a Better Morning Routine!

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/046 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

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CONNECT WITH KAT…

Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jumpstart each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is a writer, speaker, podcaster, and founder of HelloMornings.org. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas with their three children.

You can check out Kat's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.hellomornings.org.

 

 

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Jan 19, 2018
SJP #045: Michele Cushatt: Encouragement for When You Feel Like You're Not Enough
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Episode #045 with Michele Cushatt
Encouragement for When You Feel Like You’re Not Enough

 

* Head to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/045 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

*Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

Final Days of the “Simply Joyful Podcast Season 3 Giveaway!”
…it ends this Sunday, January 14th

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

I'd love to connect with you more online! Be sure to follow me on social media and see what we're up to. 

My Website | Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Twitter

 

 

CONNECT WITH THE MICHELE…

A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt inspires audiences with the warmth of her transparency and presence. Her unique style makes you feel like you just spent an afternoon with a good friend, sparking tears one moment and laughter the next. A three-time cancer survivor who experienced extreme suffering, she’s unafraid to disclose her struggles and questions, so you know you’re not alone in yours.

Michele and her husband, Troy, live in Colorado with their six children, ages 10 to 25. She enjoys a good novel, a long walk, and a kitchen table filled with people.

And donuts. Lots of donuts.

You can check out Michele's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.michelecushatt.com.

 

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Jan 12, 2018
SJP #044: Crystal Paine: Living with Intention in the New Year
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Episode #044 with Crystal Paine
Living with Intention in the New Year

* Head over to SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com or KristiClover.com/044 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

Happy New Year!

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this season: PeachDish 

*Be sure to check out all their amazingly delicious meals at PeachDish.com. You can get $15 OFF your first order by using the coupon code: SIMPLYJOYFUL

 

Welcome to Season 4 of the Simply Joyful Podcast…
…which means we’re doing a HUGE GIVEAWAY from Season 3!

We have 16 books and gifts that we're giving away this week!!

**Sign up for our amazing giveaway HERE!**

 

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Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

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CONNECT WITH THE CRYSTAL…

Crystal Paine is a child of God, wife, homeschool mom of three, businesswoman, author, and speaker. In 2007, she founded MoneySavingMom.com, a site that has grown to be one of the most popular blogs on the web, currently averaging close to two million readers per month. Her mission is to challenge women to manage their time and resources wisely and live life on purpose.

You can check out Crystal's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.moneysavingmom.com.

 

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Jan 05, 2018
SJP #043: Alexandra Kuykendall: Contentment at Christmas: Letting Go of Our Holiday Expectations
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Episode #043 with Alexandra Kuykendall
Contentment at Christmas: Letting Go of Our Holiday Expectations

 

 

Merry Christmas!

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

PeachDish is generously hosting a fun giveaway for us over the next two weeks:

4 Holiday Feast Kits with Brunch Casseroles!

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Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

Today is all things Christmas! Alexandra Kuykendall is my guest on the show today and we're going to be talking a lot about Christmas —  including an experiment that she did in her home last Christmas. It was really interesting! She wrote a book all about it called Loving My Actual Christmas. Can I hear a little”Amen” out there? Too many times we look on social media and we start thinking, "Oh I wish we did this or that," when we really need to slow down and just enjoy this season for what it is. Even if you don't get to all the traditions that you want to, take time to savor this Christmas! I want to help you to give yourself permission this season to slow down. To pick one or two things, with your family, and enjoy this Christmas fully!

I can't wait for you to hear this episode with Alexandra—and Merry Christmas! 

 

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Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

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CONNECT WITH THE ALEXANDRA…

Alexandra Kuykendall is the author of Loving My Actual Life and The Artist's Daughter, and the cohost The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast. A popular writer and speaker for moms around the country, she is a regular contributor to MOPS International's blog, conference, and curriculum. Alexandra has been featured on Good Morning America and Focus on the Family's daily broadcast. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Derek, and their four daughters.

You can check out Alex's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.alexandrakuykendall.com.

 

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Dec 11, 2017
SJP #042: Kim Fredrickson: Parenting with Compassion — & Leaving a Legacy
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Episode #042 with Kim Fredrickson
Parenting with Compassion — & Leaving a Legacy

 

 

Merry Christmas!...

...& a special thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: PeachDish 

PeachDish is generously hosting a fun giveaway for us over the next two weeks:

4 Holiday Feast Kits with Brunch Casseroles!

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Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

Today’s episode is extra special to me. I got to know Kim Fredrickson many years ago. Kim is one of the licensed therapists who taught a marriage class at our church in northern California. Steve and I were newly married at the time and learned so much from her. She was a real hero to me all those years ago. More recently, Kim and I reconnected through our literary agency on Facebook. 

Kim’s new bookGive Your Kids a Break, has an interesting backstory. Most people write books to share with an unknown audience. Kim began writing this intentionally for her children and for her future grandchildren. It is the outpouring of all her 30+ years as a marriage and family therapist and her own parenting experiences — all written to pass on her wisdom and passion for building family unity when she is no longer around to do so herself.

We all know our time on this earth is limited, however, Kim has an even greater sense of urgency after being diagnosed with a terminal lung disease. I’ll let her share more of that story on the show.

This is a powerful episode! We’re going to talk about parenting and leaving a legacy. We’re going to laugh and cry. Please don’t miss this one. In fact, I ask that you share this episode with as many other families as you can. I also want to ask you to pray for a miracle for Kim! There is power in prayer. God is a God who can heal…even the impossible.

So, what would you do if you were told you only had a few years to live? What kind of legacy would you try to leave behind for your family? Listen in and hear Kim’s perspective. I know that you are going to be so blessed by her words of wisdom.

 

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Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

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CONNECT WITH THE KIM…

Kim Fredrickson is a licensed marriage and family therapist of thirty-plus years. She loves to teach others about the power of self-compassion from a faith perspective. She is the author of Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend and Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children. She recently retired from her counseling practice when diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal lung disease that developed as a rare complication from the chemotherapy and radiation she received for breast cancer.

After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, she decided to write this book as a way to have a positive influence in the lives of her adult children and their future grandchildren. Kim wanted to help them with the challenges of parenting when the time came. She knew she wouldn’t be around to hold her grandbabies and help her children raise them in person. Originally it was only going to be for them. As Kim wrote, she thought others might benefit as well, so decided to self-publish it.

Kim has been married to her husband, Dave for thirty-nine years and they have two grown children. Learn more and read her blog at www.kimfredrickson.com She also writes a weekly patient column for Pulmonary Fibrosis News, Just Breathe…Compassionate Help for the PF Journey. Thousands of patients and their loved ones read her column all over the world.

You can check out Kim's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.kimfredrickson.com.

 

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Dec 04, 2017
SJP #041: Ainsley Earhardt: Experiencing Joy Through the Eyes of Our Children
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Episode #041 with Ainsley Earhardt
Experiencing Joy Through the Eyes of Our Children

 

 

Happy “A November to Remember” on the Simply Joyful Podcast!

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

This week: $50 Valued Gift Box from DaySpring, along with a special coupon code to use for your holiday shopping!

 

**Sign up for the LAST giveaway HERE!**

 

… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

Our guest today is none other than Ainsley Earhardt. I've been following Ainsley's career for a while now. She's a journalist and the co-host of Fox and Friends on the National Fox News Network. I remember watching Ainsley years ago when she was still very new to Fox News. One thing that I always remembered and that stood out to me was that she was so genuine. I am so thrilled to have her on the podcast today! She has quite a God-story that I cannot wait for you to hear.

Ainsley shares the story about her journey into motherhood. The majority of my listeners are moms and everyone will probably agree that motherhood is not always easy. But many of us tend to forget that the journey into motherhood can be equally as difficult.

I can't wait for you to listen in to my conversation with Ainsley and hear the story behind her new book Through Your Eyes

 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

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CONNECT WITH THE AINSLEY…

Ainsley Earhardt is a journalist who is the co-host of FOX and Friends. Earhardt is an anchor and correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Earhardt also reports for FOX’s The Sean Hannity Show with her own segment called “Ainsley Across America.” She was the former co-host for Fox & Friends First and has also co-hosted FOX and Friends Weekend, FOX’s All-American New Year’s Eve, America’s News Headquarters, been a panelist on The Live Desk and appeared on Greg Gutfeld’s Red Eye.

You can check out Ainsley Earhardt HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit the site as well at www.ainsleyearhardtbooks.com/.

 

 

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Dec 01, 2017
SJP #040: Nichole Nordeman: Enjoying the Everyday Moments of Motherhood
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Episode #040 with Nichole Nordeman
Enjoying the Everyday Moments of Motherhood

 

 

Happy “A November to Remember” on the Simply Joyful Podcast!

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

This week: $50 Valued Gift Box from DaySpring, along with a special coupon code to use for your holiday shopping!

 

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… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

I am ridiculously excited about today's guest, Nichole Nordeman! I have been a huge fan of Nichole for as long as she has been making music. She is a Christian recording artist, songwriter, has had several number one and top ten singles — and she's won nine Dove awards!

Nichole's talent at songwriting has long impressed me. Her lyrics always touch my heart in a special way. It makes sense that her new book, Slow Down, is so wonderfully written. Now, if only the audio version was of her singing it. Ha!

Her book is filled with real-life motherhood. I love the stories she shares within the pages and the perspective she has now that her kids are a bit older. One interesting thing she did was to have guests write sweet, little blurbs about motherhood. I think I’m going to make this book my new baby shower gift for new moms. It’s so great.

It was fun to chat about her background, how she got started, and what’s happening in her life today. Such a special episode to get to record! I had so much fun getting to know Nichole.

I'm really excited for you guys to listen in to my conversation with Nichole! 

 

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Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

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CONNECT WITH THE NICHOLE…

Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales over one million. A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including one recently as the lyricist on the best-selling album, Music Inspired by “The Story”. She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.

You can check out Nichole Nordeman HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit the site as well at www.nicholenordeman.com.

 

 

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Nov 30, 2017
SJP #039: Heidi St. John: The Importance on Leaning on God to Become MomStrong
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Episode #039 with Heidi St. John
The Importance of Leaning on God to Become MomStrong

 

 

Happy “A November to Remember” on the Simply Joyful Podcast!

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

This week: $50 Valued Gift Box from DaySpring, along with a special coupon code to use for your holiday shopping!

 

**Sign up for this week’s giveaway HERE!**

 

… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

I always love the opportunity to talk with Heidi St. John. She is so encouraging and inspirational...and downright funny! She has a knack for helping moms to see that the messiness of motherhood is NORMAL! We're not alone. Sometimes we forget to find the humor in the hard days.

I'm really excited about Heidi's new book, Becoming Mom Strong: How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your Faith! This book is not only laced with her humor and wit, but the stories she shares are so real. I laughed my way through this book—because it's real life. Mom life is often filled with so many hilarious moments. (If you can't laugh at it, you'll just end up crying in the corner).

It is crazy to think about what our kids are going up against these days in this culture. Heidi’s new book is a challenge to moms to rise up and be strong their faith — to be strong in their example to their kids and embrace motherhood.

I can't wait to have you listen in to my conversation with Heidi.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

CONNECT WITH THE HEIDI…

Heidi St John is a mother, a grandmother, and a wife of 25 years. She is a popular conference speaker, radio personality, author and blogger whose message of returning to God’s Word and embracing our ministry as mothers has resonated with several hundred thousand followers in social media, through books, and radio appearances. Her refreshingly transparent, vulnerable style allows her readers to identify with her and invites them to join as fellow pilgrims on a journey rather than idolizing the author as someone who has “arrived”. Her calendar regularly has her speaking across the United States over twenty times in front of audiences as large as 20,000. Heidi lives in Battle Ground, Washington with her husband and five of their seven children ranging from age kindergarten to adulthood. When she’s not writing, traveling or speaking she loves to spend time with her grandchildren.

You can check out Heidi St John HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit the site as well at www.thebusymom.com.

 

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Nov 29, 2017
SJP #038: Anne Bogel: How Understanding Personality Changes Everything
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Episode #038 with Anne Bogel
How Understanding Personality Changes Everything

 

 

Happy “A November to Remember” on the Simply Joyful Podcast!

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

This week: $50 Valued Gift Box from DaySpring, along with a special coupon code to use for your holiday shopping!

 

**Sign up for this week’s giveaway HERE!**

 

… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

Many of you probably know Anne Bogel from her very popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. She's also the host of the podcast What Should I Read Next?, but her new book, Reading People, literally changed everything for me. I love this book. I've read several sections of her book several times since doing this episode. It really helped me understand myself better — and my kids! It unlocked the mystery of why we are the way we are.

I was blown away by her book. All of the personality tests out there have always confused me. Anne's book really dumbed it down for me. Ha! It’s a very simplistic and straightforward way of looking at personality types. She does a great job of explaining all the types and why it's important for you to understand these aspects of yourself and other people. She also goes into detail on how to take this knowledge and interact with others.

I'm so excited for you to listen in with my conversation with Anne! She is amazing.

 

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LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

CONNECT WITH THE ANNE…

Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

You can check out Anne Bogel HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit the site as well at www.modernmrsdarcy.com.

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions.

Nov 28, 2017
SJP #037: Candace Payne: Embracing Life with Defiant Joy
48:56

Episode #037 with Candace Payne
Embracing Life with Defiant Joy

 

 

Happy “A November to Remember” on the Simply Joyful Podcast!

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

This week: $50 Valued Gift Box from DaySpring, along with a special coupon code to use for your holiday shopping!

 

**Sign up for this week’s giveaway HERE!**

 

… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

We are kicking off our week of awesomeness with a very special guest. Known to most people as the “Chewbacca mom,” I have Candace Payne on the show today! If you have been on any social media at any point, you've probably seen the viral video on Facebook Live of her trying on a Chewbacca mask. Her laughter was contagious, and it took the world by storm.

Candace's video is so great because it's a mom who was having a fun little moment and laughs hysterically. Have you ever had one of those moments where you just can't stop yourself from laughing? What's fun is she has a new book out called Laugh it Up. There is so much more to Candace than just a Chewbacca mask. She is the real deal and such a joy. Her book is all about embracing freedom and experiencing defiant joy.

I can't wait to have you listen in to my conversation with Candace. 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

CONNECT WITH CANDACE…

Candace Payne is a viral sensation whose Facebook Live video of trying on a Chewbacca Mask became the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date (165+ million views). She has been featured in more than 3,000 media outlets and has interviewed with major media such as “Good Morning America,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” The New York Times, PEOPLE and Cosmopolitan. Candace recently launched a video series with TLCme and her first book will release in the fall of 2017. Candace lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and ornery pug.

You can check out Candace Payne HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit the site as well at www.candacepayne.me.

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Nov 27, 2017
SJP #036: Josh & Lindsey Helms: A Christian Twist on a Fun Christmas Tradition
47:38

Episode #036 with Josh & Lindsey Helms
A Christian Twist on a Fun Christmas Tradition

**Head to KristiClover.com/036 or SimplyJoyfulPodcast.com to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!**

 

 

Happy “A November to Remember” on the Simply Joyful Podcast!

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

This week: $50 Valued Gift Box from DaySpring, along with a special coupon code to use for your holiday shopping!

 

**Sign up for this week’s giveaway HERE!**

 

… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

Today you’re in for a treat. We’re going to be chatting with the creators of Shepherd on the Search—Josh and Lindsey Helms! We talk all about changing up some Christmas traditions to bring in more of our faith.

Shepherd on the Search is an alternative to the Elf on the Shelf. It’s perfect for helping your child connect with the real meaning of Christmas. What’s super fun about this week’s episode is that we are chatting with the creators, and they get to share all the fun ways that they have used their cute little Shepherd over the years.

What I love about the Helms’ story is they were just two young parents that were looking for a way to teach their kids about Christ and Christmas and they developed this cool product.

It was so much fun to get to virtually meet Josh and Lindsey and I know that you are just going to love them and this episode! 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

LINKS TO OTHER THINGS MENTIONED…
(See more details on the SHOW NOTES!)

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

CONNECT WITH JOSH & LINDSEY HELMS…

Josh and Lindsey Helms live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their young son and daughter. They created the The Shepherd on the Search Advent Activity Set to help families, like their own, keep kids excited about the Christmas season while focusing on the birth of our Lord and Savior. You can check out more Shepherd on the Search products HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit their site as well at www.shepherdonthesearch.com.

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

 

Nov 20, 2017
SJP #035: Chelsea Crockett: Standing Firm in Your Faith Despite Opposition
49:06

Episode #035 with Chelsea Crockett
Standing Firm in Your Faith Despite Opposition

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/035 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

Don’t miss all the fun going on this November!

We have such a great line up for you this November! We are calling it:

“A November to Remember”

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

This week: $50 Valued Gift Box from DaySpring, along with a special coupon code to use for your holiday shopping!

**Sign up for this week’s giveaway HERE!**

 

… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

I’m super excited to introduce my special guest today—Chelsea Crockett. You may not be familiar with Chelsea Crockett, but your daughter may be! She is a YouTube superstar. She has over 1.5 million fans on YouTube. That is spectacular, and she is a big-time Christian influencer. I am so excited about her new book, Your Own Beautiful. In fact, Sadie Robertson, who has a line at Dayspring (our November to Remember sponsor), wrote the forward!

Chelsea was such a delight to talk to! Talk about a new generation of Christian women standing up for their faith! I don’t know if you are familiar with social media, but YouTube does not have great filters, and there are horrible comments that come up. Chelsea has done a remarkable job dealing with opposition as she shares her faith very publically on YouTube. We get into that more in the podcast.

We’ve had guests on the show in the past who have talked about raising strong men, but I wanted to make sure we also talk about raising strong women. I know you are going to enjoy her fresh perspective.

Your Own Beautiful is a book that if you have a young woman in your life—daughter, niece, or even just a close friend's daughter—you’ll want to get it in their hands. It is such a great encouragement for them, and Chelsea is a great role model! I was even encouraged by the book! I hope you will check it out!

It was so much fun chatting with Chelsea—I hope you'll share this episode with your friends who are raising daughters! I hope you (and they) will be so encouraged!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Chelsea says she loves to make lists. She makes a list every day, and then she prioritizes her list. She also uses Siri on her iPhone for reminders. Be sure to listen in to hear more on this.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

**Please tell me about your Simply Joyful Podcast moment! I love to hear when and where you listen to the podcast!**

 

JOIN THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST MEMBERSHIP SITE!

So many amazing bonuses there -- & more coming!

I've been working on a really fun membership site! It will have exclusive content and videos. We’re going to have members-only discounts on courses — including my new course coming out in late November. There will be extra interviews, downloads, and behind-the-scenes of the podcast. We will also have bonus episodes! Episodes only available for the members! Plus, we will have a members-only forum.

* Head over to KristiClover.com/Membership to get more information!

I can't wait for you to join me there!

 

...& Don't Forget to Grab Your Mug!

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

CONNECT WITH CHELSEA CROCKETT…

Social media sensation Chelsea Crockett made her debut on YouTube as BeautyLiciousInsider in 2011, and has since gone on to become a role model for millions of teens around the globe. Her channel features makeup tutorials, life advice videos, and everything in between, including messages about Chelsea’s faith. Chelsea has appeared in SeventeenTeen Vogue, and Trend Magazine, among others, and her website, ChelseaCrockett.com, is home to thousands of beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and advice posts. Chelsea’s greatest passion is connecting with her fans and subscribers and using her voice to make a positive impact on viewers across the world.

You can check out Chelsea's book HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at ChelseaCrockett.com.

 

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

 

 

Nov 13, 2017
SJP #034: Jess Connolly: The Balance Between Pursuing Holiness and Resting in Grace
51:07

Episode #034 with Jess Connolly

The Balance Between Pursuing Holiness and Resting in Grace

 

 

Don’t miss all the fun going on this November!

We have such a great line up for you this November! We are calling it:

“A November to Remember”

We have 8 episodes coming up for you — and 8 amazing giveaways all from our wonderful sponsor for this month: DAYSPRING! 

 

This week: $50 Gift Certificate to shop at DaySpring!

**Sign up for this week’s giveaway HERE!**
-More details on that page.

 

… Okay! Now onto this week's encouraging episode!

I’m super excited to have Jess Connolly on the show this week! She has a new book out, Dance Stand Run, but you may know her from her last great book that she co-authored called Wild and Free. When I first heard the title of Jess's new book, I wasn’t sure what to expect — but, WOW! was I was blown away! She talks about the balance of pursuing holiness and resting in grace. It is such an important message for us today. It’s so easy to not give ourselves enough grace when we mess up. Yet, on the flip side, we can also almost abuse grace and not learn (and change) from our mistakes. Jess so beautifully encourages us on how to dance in the grace that we’ve been given, how to stand in our holiness, and how to run on the mission that God calls us too.

 

I was just so thrilled to talk to Jess about her new book, and I cannot wait for you to listen in. I hope you will be so encouraged!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Jess says she's a big believer in creating quiet in her life. Be sure to listen in to hear more on this.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Head over to the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

**Please tell me about your Simply Joyful Podcast moment! I love to hear when and where you listen to the podcast!**

 

JOIN THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST MEMBERSHIP SITE!

So many amazing bonuses there!

I've been working on a really fun membership site! It will have exclusive content and videos. We’re going to have members-only discounts on courses — including my new course coming out in late November. There will be extra interviews, downloads, and behind-the-scenes of the podcast. We will also have bonus episodes! Episodes only available for the members! Plus, we will have a members-only forum. Head over to KristiClover.com/Membership to get more information!

I can't wait for you to join me there!

 

...& Don't Forget to Grab Your Mug!

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH JESS CONNOLLY…

Jess Connolly is a gal who wants to leave her world more in awe of God than she found it. She’s the founder of All Good Things Collective, the co-founder of The Influence Network, and she is passionate about using her words to point women to Jesus through writing and speaking. She is the author of Dance, Stand, Run (October 2017) and the coauthor of the bestseller Wild and Free (May 2016). She and her husband planted Gospel Community, a church in Charleston, SC where they live with their four wild kids and their sweet dog.

You can check out Jess's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.JessConnolly.com.

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Nov 06, 2017
SJP #033: Tara McClary Reeves: Honoring the Heroes in Our Lives
01:02:56

Episode #033 with Tara McClary Reeves

Honoring the Heroes in Our Lives

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/033 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

I’m so excited to introduce you to my new friend Tara McClary Reeves. Many times an interview will get going and I’ll end up ditching my notes and just chatting with my guest—and that’s exactly what happened in this interview. And oh my goodness did we talk! We covered just about every topic! We started off chatting about her brand new book, Is Your Dad a Pirate?, a children’s story based on her life story. Her father is a Vietnam vet, and this is the story of her family’s journey after he came home with a patch and an artificial arm. This book made me so misty-eyed!

Tara is so sweet and so authentic you are really truly going to love her.

Just a quick warning If you have kids in the car, or around, while you are listening to this episode, we do chat a little about why it’s important to wait for sex before marriage. We don’t go into any nitty-gritty details, but we do talk about that.

 

**Please tell me about your Simply Joyful Podcast moment! I love to hear when and where you listen to the podcast!**

 

I cannot wait for you to hear this episode!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Tara says when she is asked to volunteer to do something she doesn't say yes or no, until she has the chance to pray about it with her husband.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

* JOIN THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST MEMBERSHIP SITE! *

So many amazing bonuses there!

I've been working on a really fun membership site! It will have exclusive content and videos. We’re going to have members-only discounts on courses — including my new course coming out in late November. There will be extra interviews, downloads, and behind-the-scenes of the podcast. We will also have bonus episodes! Episodes only available for the members! Plus, we will have a members-only forum. Head over to KristiClover.com/Membership to get more information!

 

I can't wait for you to join me there!

 

...& Don't Forget to Grab Your Mug!

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH TARA REEVES…

Tara McClary Reeves is a passionate teacher of the joys and challenges that come from being a committed follower of Jesus Christ. She is also a wife, mother, and children’s book author.

Tara’s book, Don’t Tell That to Beasley, was released by WaterBrook Press in 2005. Her 2014 collaboration with Amanda Jenkins and B&H Kids produced The Knight and the Firefly and The Pirate and the Firefly. In August 2016, Tara's devotional for families, Point Me to Jesus, hit bookstores. This August 2017, the highly anticipated Is Your Dad a Pirate? makes its literary debut.

You can check out Tara’s books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.isyourdadapirate.com.

 

 

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Oct 30, 2017
SJP #032: Tricia Goyer: What if You Actually Do What the Bible Says?
01:03:55

Episode #032 with Tricia Goyer
What if You Actually Do What the Bible Says?

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/032 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

I am double-y excited today to have my friend Tricia Goyer back on the podcast! As many of you know, Tricia and I wrote a book together—Homeschool Basics. It will officially be launching in January, but it is available now at kristiclover.com/homeschoolbasics and on Amazon.

Tricia and I have been getting to know each other over the two years that we wrote Homeschool Basics. It's been such a joy to get to know her and her sweet family. I had the opportunity to stay with Tricia back in March, and it was so much fun! I got to meet her family, her grandma who lives with them, her husband, and many of her church friends. Can I just tell you that this woman really walks it out—which is the name of her new book! I’m so excited for this book I can’t even tell you. You have probably seen a lot about Walk it Out either on social media or on other podcasts, but I tell you this is the book that when I met Tricia I wanted her to write. And if you’re new to the podcast, make sure that you check out episode number two where I ask Tricia so many questions about how she’s walking it out and keeping God’s word in her life.

Since I know this woman, we really get into the nitty-gritty in this interview. I just know you are going to love this episode. It's all about how God doesn’t want us to just be hearers of the Word, but He wants us to be doers of the Word.

I cannot wait for you to hear this episode!

 

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

You guys are in for a treat! Tricia gives so much good advice on simplifying your life. One thing she said that is really simplifying their life is, she and her husband don't allow their kids to do too many extracurricular activities. Another is that she simplifies her homeschool by using the crate system in my Ultimate Homeschool Organization course—what an honor!

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

JOIN THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST MEMBERSHIP SITE!

So many amazing bonuses there!

 

I've been working on a really fun membership site! It will have exclusive content and videos. We’re going to have members-only discounts on courses — including my new course coming out in late November. There will be extra interviews, downloads, and behind-the-scenes of the podcast. We will also have bonus episodes! Episodes only available for the members! Plus, we will have a members-only forum. Head over to KristiClover.com/Membership to get more information!

I can't wait for you to join me there!

 

...& Don't Forget to Grab Your Mug!

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

CONNECT WITH TRICIA GOYER…

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. Her most recent book is Walk It Out: The Radical Result Of Living God's Word One Step at a Time. In addition to her roles as mom, wife, and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.

You can check out Tricia's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.TriciaGoyer.com.

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Oct 23, 2017
SJP #031: Rachel Swanson: Faith Over Fear: Overcoming Anxiety
52:58

Episode #031 with Rachel Swanson

Faith Over Fear: Overcoming Anxiety

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/031 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

Today on the podcast, I am so excited to have my friend, Rachel Swanson, with me. We're chatting about overcoming anxiety and how understanding God's character can help you to overcome it. As moms I know that it's very common to struggle with fear. With all the bad things going on in the world, it’s too easy to let that fear creep in—I know it is for me. With shootings, hurricanes, and natural disasters going on, my first response after getting the tragic news is to put myself in their shoes and wonder what I would do to protect my kids in those situations. Then I worry and worry! Sometimes there is no good answer, but that's usually when the fear kicks in. The reality is that I know I have to trust God and really put my trust in Him. So, that’s what the heart of our talk about is today — you're going to love it!

Rachel’s new book is unique. It is a devotional coloring book called Big and Little Coloring Devotional. It’s really cool. My girls and I have really been enjoying it. Each page has a little devotional — one for mom (or dad) and one for your child. My only dilemma is that I’m trying to color with BOTH my girls.

I cannot wait for you to hear this episode!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

I'm so excited for you to listen to this episode and hear how God restored joy to Rachel's life after a really hard season. 

  

 

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 ***I have a NEW MEMBERSHIP SITE!! ***

Head over to KristiClover.com/membership to check out all the exciting things I have over there for you -- with lots more coming!

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH RACHEL SWANSON…

Rachel Swanson is a dental hygienist turned author, speaker, and accredited christian life coach helping women discover their unique purpose and pursue their dreams. She inspires others by sharing personal real life refining moments with relatable truths on her blog, social media pages, in-person speaking events, and through her high-level online coaching program.

Rachel is married to her husband Jeff of 10 years. They have three children: identical twin boys (Gavin and Rylan) and 19 months later a baby girl (Aria). They reside in a wannabe country town in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California.

You can check out Rachel's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.RachelCSwanson.com.

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Oct 16, 2017
SJP #030: Ruth Simons: Discovering God’s Grace Through the Seasons
01:04:28

Episode #030 with Ruth Simons

Discovering God’s Grace Through the Seasons

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/030 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

This episode is going to be so fun! Today on the episode we have Ruth Simons—the woman behind Gracelaced. She has a very large Instagram following and is best known for her artwork. I have been so blessed going through her new book Gracelaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart. When I first got it, I really didn’t want to use it because it was so stunning. But when I started going through the devotional, I was blown away. Not only is she an amazing artist, she’s a spectacular writer! What makes this devotional so special is the gorgeous artwork on the pages. There really is something about beauty that is so inspiring — and makes you want to get into the Word.

If you are not familiar with Gracelaced or Ruth, she is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. As the creator of the popular GraceLaced online shop, blog, and Instagram community, she shares scriptural truths daily through her hand-painted artwork and words. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in New Mexico and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.

If you are a fan of Gracelaced, you are going to go wild about this episode! We chat a lot about behind the scenes of Gracelaced, how she got started, and what God did that brought around this ministry and business.

Get ready for a really encouraging interview with Ruth Simons!

 

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Schedule nothing. Make time on your schedule where there is nothing planned—I promise that it will be filled with the right things.

 

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

 

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

CONNECT WITH RUTH SIMONS…

Be sure to connect with Ruth on her site, GraceLaced — & check out all her amazing artwork there, too! You’ll love it. Don’t miss her on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Oct 10, 2017
SJP #029: Katie Davis Major: Daring to Hope in the Face of Adversity
48:14

Episode #029 with Katie Davis Major

Daring to Hope in the Face of Adversity

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/029 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

I’m so excited to have this week’s special guest, Katie Davis Majors. Most of you are familiar with Katie by her maiden name, Katie Davis — the New York Times bestselling author of Kisses from Katie. Her new book, Daring to Hope, is amazing. Katie truly is a gifted writer. For those of you who are not familiar with Katie, she actually moved to Uganda over a decade ago, with no idea that it would be the place that God would call her to build her home and her family. Today, she is the wife of Benji and mom to her fourteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives pouring into the people of Uganda through education, medical care and spiritual discipleship. She is also the founded of Amazima Ministries—an organization that cares for the vulnerable children and families of Uganda. They have also recently just opened a new school (which she will talk about in today’s episode).

Her first book really inspired us to take a look at our lives and how we are living out the call that God is putting on our hearts. For her that calling was in Uganda. At a very young age she was fostering and adopting children—we’ll get to all of that in this amazing interview. What is interesting that is in the time span from book one to book two, God brought about quite a few tragedies in her life. Her new book really talks through, as it mentions in the title, daring to hope. She talks about how she really questioned God in these really hard times in her life. What I love is she doesn’t simply leave us with “there were hard times and God was there,” she talks about the beautiful intimacy and the character of God that she got to see through these hard times.

 

I cannot wait for you to hear this episode!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Katie says her favorite way to keep things simple is to get rid of unnecessary stuff. She also shares about how she believes it's important to make life more about relationships. Don’t worry about if your house is perfect before you have guests over or don’t worry about cooking elaborate meals. All those things can be beautiful and God-ordained, but it can also be a hindrance. God chose relationship every time.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH KATIE DAVIS MAJORS…

Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mama to her fourteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda and the author of the New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie.

 

You can check out Kaite's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.amazima.org.

 

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Oct 02, 2017
SJP #028: Heather MacFadyen: Learning How to Remain a God Centered Mom
55:04

Episode #028 with Heather MacFadyen

Learning How to Remain a God-Centered Mom

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/028 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

* Check out this week’s wonderful sponsor:

JELLY TELLY!

 

Head over to KristiClover.com/JellyTelly

Use the coupon code "SIMPLYJOYFUL"
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— & get a FREE 7-day trial + a Jesus coloring book download from Jelly Telly 

 

Have you heard of Heather MacFadyen from the God-Centered Mom Podcast? I hope you have! Today we’re going to be talking about how to remain a God-centered mom—which is the heart of Heather’s podcast. She is going to share her favorite tips that she’s received from guests on her podcast. She’s also going to rock your world with some of her morning tips—and lots of resources as well!

Let’s face it, the most important part of being a God-centered mom is getting yourself in the Word of God.But that’s often really challenging for moms! It's hard to get away. We have demands piling up on us, sometimes before we even plan to get up in the mornings.

Many of you have already received a copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms. {For those of you who haven't, it's a gift that I offer HERE.} One of my “sanity saver” tips in the book for finding time to get in the Word is to not feel guilty about putting a show on for your kids to watch, so you can sneak away with your Bible for a bit. There are so many really amazing Christian shows that you can put on for your kids, so you are both growing in the Lord at the same time.

I'm excited to share with you that our sponsor for this episode just so happens to be JellyTelly!  Their company is so amazing! I share some of my favorite shows below and on the podcast. JellyTelly has some amazing Christian programming to entertain your kids while you pull away to be with the Lord…or sit with them and watch, too. {Don’t forget to use the code SIMPLYJOYFUL to get some awesome freebies! — more below}

 You are going to be so blessed by this episode!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Do you have children who have school uniforms? Keep everything—socks, shoes, shirts, etc—together in one place. Heather says they keep theirs together downstairs. That way if it's time to walk out the door and someone needs to put shoes on but doesn’t have socks, they don’t have to run back to grab socks. Everything is all together.

Morning Habit: Have a spot where all your stuff is so you don’t have to think about finding it in the morning.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS AGAIN TO THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR:

JELLYTELLY!

 

Use "SIMPLYJOYFUL" (in all caps) to get a FREE WEEK of JellyTelly + 10 Page Jesus Coloring Book Download!!

Yay! I'm so thrilled to be able to introduce you to JellyTelly! I'm a HUGE fan of their programming! JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed specifically for kids where God is real and His Word is true. As a mom, I want my kids to enjoy shows and movies, but I also want those things to point them to Jesus!  Which is why I’m excited to tell you about JellyTelly.

What is JellyTelly? You may not have heard about JellyTelly, but you've probably heard about Veggie Tales and What's in the Bible. Well, Jelly Telly is co-developed with Phil Vischer, the creator of those popular programs. There are actually over 100 new and classic shows, movies, and video devotionals with your kids about God, the Bible, and faith -- all available to easily stream and watch on your TV, phone, or tablet. JellyTelly is available on the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store, Amazon Fire TV, and Kindle devices.

As I mentioned in the podcast and above, I love being able to use Christian programs to sneak some time in with the Lord -- but it's also fun to watch with the kids. A few of our favorite shows: VeggieTales, Owlegories, Friends and Heroes, and What’s in the Bible?.

I hope you'll take advantage of this free special. Just signing up to try it out helps to support the Simply Joyful Podcast. So, thank you on behalf of my team -- and my family (who loves that I have a team now)!

Visit KristiClover.com/JellyTelly today and use the coupon code SIMPLYJOYFUL -- just for The Simply Joyful Podcast listeners! -- to get a FREE 7-day trial and 10 page Jesus Coloring Pack download!

 

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH HEATHER MACFADYEN…

Heather MacFadyen has been married since the turn of the century (sounds more impressive than it is). She is the mother of four young boys (born exactly, to the day, within 6 1/2 years . . . just like she’d always planned). Heather hosts a weekly podcast (“The God-Centered Mom Podcast”)—interviewing fellow journeyers on the topic of motherhood. On social media, she chronicles the colorful chaos of “relentlessly replacing ‘me’ with ‘He’” — sharing the daily struggle of remaining God-centered while mothering four wild-at-heart, energetic, and often stubborn boys. Her heart is for moms to know God's great delight over them. How He sees the unseen eternal work they do every day. And to know they “Don’t Mom Alone”.

 

You can check out all of Heather's podcast episodes HERE! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.godcenteredmom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Sep 25, 2017
SJP #027: Kristin Schell: The Art of Practicing Hospitality
59:21

Episode #027 with Kristin Schell
The Art of Practicing Hospitality

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/027 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

If you are not already familiar with Kristin and her turquoise table, after today, you are going to want to run out and check out her amazing new book The Turquoise Table. It’s about finding community and connecting with those in your community in your own front yard.

You are in for a treat today. Romans 12 is one of my favorite passages—especially verses 12-13, which talk about the “practicing hospitality.” This is what we are talking about today—hospitality. We all have a lot of gifts from the Lord. As I’ve mentioned on other episodes, I love helping people. A passion of mine to help people simplify—to know when to say “no” to the things that we can, so we can say “yes” to the things that God wants us focused on. When we start simplifying, we start seeing the joy that comes from that.

One of the major themes that you will see woven into each of these podcasts is guests who have said “yes” to God in one way or another. Even when we say “yes” to the most simple of things, God can show up and use that in a big way—just like He used the little boy with his loaves of bread and fishes. That’s exactly what we’re going to hear in this episode. How one person said yes to God in the area of hospitality.

We all have different gifts, but God tells us to practice hospitality! Today we’re going to break down the difference between hospitality and entertaining. Hospitality is opening the door. And as you will hear in this episode, Kristin says you can say “yes” to God and “yes” to hospitality and you don’t even have to open your door! That’s just one of the many things that I love about this episode—we simplify hospitality! When you think of the story of Mary and Martha, you have Martha trying to do it all—trying to be hospitable, and Mary who sitting at the feet of Jesus. That’s what I want to encourage you guys today. Sometimes we get caught up in the busyness of hospitality, and sometimes we just need to sit with the people that Jesus is bringing to us.

 

I am ultra-excited for you to listen to this episode today! I know that you are just going to love it!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

This episode is full of so many great ideas for simplifying hospitality. You aren't going to want to miss it!

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

 

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

 

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH KRISTIN SCHELL…

Kristin Schell is an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. Passionate about community, she has served at every level, from grassroots-level work in church and local nonprofits as well our nation's capital. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children.

 

Kristin and the Turquoise Table have been featured in a wide variety of media outlets including the Austin-American Statesman, KEYE-TV/CBS Austin, and MOPS International.

 

You can check out Kristin's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.kristinschell.com.

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Sep 18, 2017
SJP #026: Erin Odom: Hope for the Financially Frustrated
01:00:16

Episode #026 with Erin Odom
Hope for the Financially Frustrated

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/026 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

Today we are going to be talking about a totally new topic—I don’t know why, but that makes me so excited! I’m really passionate about finances, and it’s not something I typically blog or podcast about. We’re going to be talking to Erin Odom about her new book, More than Just Making It. It is, as the tagline says, hope for the heart of the financially frustrated.

Erin actually has an amazing backstory because she grew up in the upper middle class, but was thrown into hard times with the economic crash. She’s a stay at home mom and even though she and her husband had no consumer debt, they were still struggling to make it. Erin soon found herself standing in line for food stamps and walking into bankruptcy court during the eighth month of her third pregnancy. This book is going to talk about her story, and how they got out of debt. She is the founder of The Humble Homemaker—a blog dedicated to grace-filled living and to encourage mothers in the trenches. You are going to love Erin’s southern charm and her practical content. You will feel like you have known her forever, and I know you are just going to be blessed by this episode!

I cannot wait for you to hear this episode!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Erin shares she's really bad about saying “no”, but she has learned that if she is always saying “yes” to everyone, she is saying “no” to her family. Learning how to say “no” has been huge for her.

She also shares about taking care of three daily “D’s”—Dirty clothes, unload Dishwasher, and Dinner—even if you have a meal, ask yourself “what’s for dinner” that way you can be prepared even if you are working off a meal plan.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH ERIN ODOM

Erin Odom is the founder of The Humbled Homemaker, a blog dedicated to grace-filled living designed to equip and encourage mothers in the trenches. Her Southern charm and wealth of inspirational, practical content has drawn an audience of millions over the years. Erin and her husband, Will, live in the South where they raise their four children.

 

You can check out Erin's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.thehumbledhomemaker.com.

 

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Sep 11, 2017
SJP #025: Amy Roberts: Finding Joy in Loss — and Homemaking Hacks
49:04

Episode #025 with Amy Roberts
Finding Joy in Loss — and Homemaking Hacks

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/025 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

I am going to be really honest with you…this interview is going to make you laugh and make you cry. Amy and I are real life friends, so we’ve talked together about her story before. She is a mom of ten kids and has some incredible tips on home management. So, I really want you to listen through to get to that segment. However, this interview has two parts. We talk about her experience losing her sweet, daughter Emily, as well as talk about her amazing advice for making.

Here on the Simply Joyful Podcast, I don’t want to ever pretend that life is always hunky-dory. It’s not. Life on this side of heaven is sometimes filled with tragedy and deep sadness. I’m pretty sure that every mother will agree that losing a child is her greatest fear. There may even be listeners who have walked this same road as Amy. To you, know I wish I could sit with you and hug you and hear your story.

I really don’t want you to miss all that God has done in Amy’s life since losing Emily. She has so much encouragement for us. We talk about fear, and about the joy that she still has.

I cannot wait for you to hear this episode–I know that you are going to be blessed!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Amy shares a simple way that she adds joy to her life, and I love her answer. It's such a great reminder to all us moms.

Slow down.

Take the time to smile at your children and look at them. Listen to what it is that they are telling you—even if it’s something that doesn’t really matter, it’s their thing. Drink that extra cup of coffee. Sit just a little bit longer with your kids.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED…

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

 

 

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT…

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

LET’S CONNECT!…

 

 

CONNECT WITH AMY ROBERTS…

Amy Roberts of RaisingArrows.net is a Christ-follower, devoted wife, homeschooling mother of 10, blogger, conference speaker, and author. Amy inspires the hearts of weary, overwhelmed mamas across the world as she offers practical and encouraging advice to help simplify the path and enjoy the journey of homemaking, homeschooling, marriage, and mothering.

 

Be sure to visit her site as well at RaisingArrows.net.

 

 

**This post may contain a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Sep 04, 2017
SJP #024: Denise Hughes: Digging Deep: How to Dive into God’s Life Giving Word
01:00:23

Episode #024 with Denise Hughes

Digging Deep: How to Dive into God's Life Giving Word

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/024 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

Everyone knows that the key to a fruitful life in Christ starts with getting into the Word. However, it's really easy to stare at that big Book and not know where to start. I'm a total Bible nerd, yet, I sometimes struggle to figure out what I want to study next.

Most of you know I'm a big fan of Denise Hughes's Word Writer Bible study series. It's so perfect for busy moms! Denise and I first met two years ago at a writer's luncheon. Today, I have the privilege of "introducing" you to her. We're going to be talking about her Bible study series and her new book Deeper Waters: Immersed in Life-Changing Truths of God. Denise has such a great story to tell about how God emptied her out and filled her up again. I know you will be encouraged in your own walk with the Lord.

 I cannot wait for you to hear this episode!

 

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Denise says instead of everyone rushing around on Sunday mornings looking for where they last left their Bibles, she has a basket on their fireplace hearth that she keeps everyone's Bible—perfect for after dinner when they gather for family Bible time.

Denise is also a believer of keeping everything simple. If they don't need something, or don't use it regularly, she's more than happy to donate it.

In This Episode…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

BOOKS MENTIONED

 

More great Simply Joyful Podcast episodes that were mentioned in this episode: 

And if you are wanting some great Bible study apps, here are a few of my favorites you can download!

 

 

…Help Support the Simply Joyful Podcast!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Let’s Connect:

 

CONNECT WITH DENISE HUGHES

As an English teacher, Denise loves the world of words, where life and literature connect, but she's most passionate about the one Book with living words—the Word of God. She's the host of the Deeper Waters Retreat, where women can gather and grow deeper in God’s Word, and she’s the author of the new Bible study series Word Writers, an inductive Bible study that guides you through individual books of the Bible, verse by verse, and then invites you to write out Scripture. Denise enjoys serving as the Editorial Coordinator at (in)courage, and she blogs at Embracing Grace and Truth, where she writes about the faith, motherhood, and writing. When she's not teaching in the classroom or at conferences, she's trying to find shade in sunny Southern California while sharing life with her husband and three kids.

 

You can check out Denise's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.DeniseJHughes.com.

 

 

 

 

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Aug 28, 2017
SJP #023: JJ Heller: The Power of Music & Storytelling: Stepping out in Faith & Trusting God!
56:24

Episode #023 with JJ Heller

The Power of Music & Storytelling: Stepping out in Faith & Trusting God!

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/023 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

Years ago the Hellers performed at my church, and when they told the stories behind their songs I just remember being memorized. It made the songs come to life! If you know me, you know one of my passions is worship music. I have been a worship leader since I was 15—that’s when I started singing. I used to be absolutely terrified. It was so hard for me to step out and sing in front of someone.

I have such a heart for worship, that I tend to think in terms of music. Music does something to us. It moves us and evokes incredible emotions. Music speaks to us. JJ and Dave’s music touch lives in ways, I know, they never expected. You are going to be blown away how God works in the lives of people who step forward in faith. If you are not familiar with her music, you are going to be addicted!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

One of the funniest things I learned in this episode was JJ's love for finding good food when she travels. Since I have had a busy year of traveling to homeschool conventions, I loved hearing how she took the time to enjoy the food from the area she was in. Now, who doesn't get a little joy from good food?

 

In This Episode…

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

SONGS Mentioned…

 

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Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Let’s Connect:

 

Connect with JJ Heller…

I’m JJ and I love Jesus, my husband, my two beautiful girls, dark chocolate and writing songs that remind you that YOU ARE LOVED. For over 14 years I’ve worked side-by-side with my husband and creative partner, Dave. This year we’re working together to create something beautiful and then release it into the world on the first Friday of each month.

 

Over the past several years my music made its way onto TV shows, international ads, and radio stations around the world, but more importantly, it’s kept listeners like you company in hospital rooms and war zones, in the middle of plane flights and sleepless nights, during weddings and car rides. I’m thrilled that the music I work so hard to create gets to be the soundtrack to major (and not-so-major) moments in your lives!

I never set out to be a career musician, but here I am with a heart full of gratitude and songs yet to be written. It’s my prayer that these songs will be a comforting, peaceful companion as you journey through this life. God is with you and He is for you.

You can check out JJ's music HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.jjheller.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 21, 2017
SJP #022: Nicole Johnson: Stepping Off the Crazy Train: Tips for Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy
56:06

Episode #022 with Nicole Johnson

Stepping Off the Crazy Train: Tips for Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

 

** Head to KristiClover.com/022 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you! **

 

Life can get a little crazy at times. Sometimes seasons of “crazy” seem to keep hitting over and over again.There may never seem to be a break from the chaos. Now, I say this as a homeschooling mom of five who currently has another family of six living under her roof. If anyone gets crazy, it’s me.

Creating balance and calm in the middle of craziness is a must. It’s an art. I’ve learned to step back and say no to a lot of different things when we have busy seasons. Yet, sometimes that’s not enough.

Today I have a very special guest, Nicole Johnson. We are going to be chatting about her new book, Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy. Like so many of us, Nicole found herself in a vicious cycle of “crazy.” She shares about her turning point in her crazy life that drove her to create more calm in her life. We can’t always control the circumstances in our lives that are causing a little “crazy” in our lives, but we can find ways to create more calm right in the center of our crazy.

 

A Few Exciting Little Announcements!

  • I wanted to that my BRAND NEW book (with Tricia Goyer) Homeschool Basics is finally here! I am so thrilled to finally be able to hold it in my hands! You can get your copy at TheHomeschoolBasics.com! You can also check out my new series on YouTube “How to Homeschool” — it's super fun. We kick the series off with art. So, whether you're a homeschooler or not, you can glean from these tips!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Guys! You are in for such a treat today, because this entire podcast with Nicole is about how to she creates calm and how she's learned to simplify her life!

 

 

In This Episode…

Today we’re going to talk about finding joy in the midst of crazy. Parenting. Life. You name it. It’s crazy. Sometimes there are just seasons of crazy–when everything seems to be hitting all at once—and that’s normal. It’s important to create margin.

You may know Nicole Johnson best because of her work with Women of Faith for years. Well, today we’re discussing her new book Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy. I’m excited about this book because the subtitle says it all—making room for your soul in an overcrowded life. Moms are often multitasking, and it’s so hard to get those margins in our life. We have to figure out how to create that calm and joy in the middle of it all.

Nicole Johnson is an accomplished entertainer. She has performed in churches all over the past 25 years. Also the creator of Seasons Weekend—a spiritual retreat for men and women. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two kids and is the author of Fresh Brewed LifeKeeping a Princess Heart, and The Invisible Woman.

 

Grab your favorite drink and settle in—you are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

Books Mentioned…

 

 

…Help Support the Simply Joyful Podcast!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

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Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Let’s Connect:

 

Connect with Nicole Johnson…

Nicole Johnson is the author of the new book Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy (Zondervan, June), Fresh Brewed LifeKeeping a Princess Heart (in a not-so-fairytale-world)The Invisible Woman and several other bestselling titles. As an accomplished entertainer, she has performed in thousands of churches and venues over the last twenty-five years, including more than a decade of touring with the national conference Women of Faith. She is also the creator of the popular Seasons Weekend, a spiritual retreat for men and women. Johnson lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two children. Keep up with Nicole at nicolejohnson.org.

You can check out Nicole's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.NicoleJohnson.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 14, 2017
SJP #021: Lisa Lloyd : Being Faithful with the Gifts & Talents God’s Given YOU!
59:02

Episode #021 with Lisa Lloyd

Being Faithful with the Gifts and Talents God's Given YOU!

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/021 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

The need to feel appreciated and needed is quite common for most of us, but especially for moms. We pour ourselves out to our families all day. We often joke that our job is a thankless job.

Today on the podcast, we are talking to Lisa Lloyd about her new book, Chasing Famous. She talks about how it’s in our “human nature to want to be loved, affirmed, and accepted.” In other words, it’s normal. Yet, we often look for all these things in all the wrong places. Ultimately, God is the one who we should be running to for our approval. He loves us and created us to shine for His glory. He equipped each one of us to tell a story with our lives using the gifts that He’s given us — making Him “famous” in all we do. (bold that!)

I know you are going to be so encouraged by this episode. We went totally off topic from what we had planned. I think you are going to be so blessed that we did, too! We had even prayed before hand that God would lead the conversation…and He did.

 

A Few Exciting Little Announcements!

 

  • I wanted to that my BRAND NEW book (with Tricia Goyer) Homeschool Basics is finally here! I am so thrilled to finally be able to hold it in my hands! You can get your copy at TheHomeschoolBasics.com! You can also check out my new series on YouTube “How to Homeschool” — it's super fun. We kick the series off with art. So, whether you're a homeschooler or not, you can glean from these tips!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

Boundaries with screen time. Lisa says that she gives her kids minutes of reading or exercise for matched minutes of screen time (max time being 3 hours)

 

In This Episode…

Again, Andrew is going to blow you away with his amazing insights. I know you will be so encouraged by this episode!

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

Books & MUSIC Mentioned…

 

…Help Support the Simply Joyful Podcast!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

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Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Let’s Connect:

 

 

Connect with Lisa Lloyd:

 

Lisa is a speaker, emcee, actor, and writer. Since receiving her bachelor of fine arts in theater from Southern Methodist University, Lisa has been featured in many major performance mediums. Her television credits include What Would You Do?Prison BreakThe Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. You may see her on television commercials, highway billboards, or TV screens at the local airport. She has performed with many theaters, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Montana Shakespeare, the Dallas Theater Center, and Casa Mañana Theater. She is a highly sought-after speaker at women s retreats, conferences, and events across the country. She and her husband Markus live in McKinney, Texas, and have two boys.

You can check out Lisa's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.lisalloyd.org.

 

 

 

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Jul 24, 2017
SJP #020: Andrew Pudewa: How to Motivate Your Kids: Secret Strategies Parents will Love
01:08:54

Episode #020 with Andrew Pudewa
How to Motivate Your Kids: Secret Strategies Parents Will Love

 

**Head to KristiClover.com/020 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!**

 

We all struggle with keeping our kids motivated. Whether it's trying to get them to finish their chores or get work done, we wrestle with how to get them to actually do what we expect them to do. Do we give them reward for completing things on time? Do we punish them or give them consequences when they don't do what we want them to do? It causes so much stress and frustration for us as parents.

Well, today's guest is going to bless you with some impactful and practical advice on how to best motivate our kids. If you are in the homeschooling world, you know that if you are at a convention where Andrew Pudewa is speaking, his sessions will be packed. Not only is he a language arts expert, he is also an expert in all kinds of things—like motivating your children. His insight and knowledge are going to blow your mind. His tips on parenting and learning are spectacular. You’ll want to make sure you listen to the very end as Andrew shares his “secret sauce” — and trust me — you don’t want to miss it!

 

A Few Exciting Little Announcements!

 

  • I wanted to that my BRAND NEW book (with Tricia Goyer) Homeschool Basics is finally here! I am so thrilled to finally be able to hold it in my hands! You can get your copy at TheHomeschoolBasics.com! You can also check out my new series on YouTube “How to Homeschool” — it's super fun. We kick the series off with art. So, whether you're a homeschooler or not, you can glean from these tips!

 

  • I also have a great birthday giveaway going on to celebrate my birthday (which was yesterday!) I was honored to be interviewed by the great folks at Costco, LIVE on their Facebook page, and it spurred on a giveaway! So I teamed up with DaySpring, and let me tell you—the bundles I created are amazing. You aren't going to want to miss this giveaway!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

 

Andrew says to make time for your family and what's important—as well as music, poetry, and literature.

 

In This Episode…

Again, Andrew is going to blow you away with his amazing insights. I know you will be so encouraged by this episode!

 

***Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!***

 

 

Books Mentioned…

 

…Help Support the Simply Joyful Podcast!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

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Audible

Amazon

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Let’s Connect:

 

CONNECT WITH ANDREW PUDEWA:

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

 

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of nine, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

You can check out Andrew's Excellent in Writing books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit Andrew's speaking schedule to see if he will be speaking close to you!

 

 

 

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Jul 17, 2017
SJP #019: Pam Farrel: Making Marriage Fun! Crazy, Awesome Advice to Make Your Marriage Last
49:03

Episode #019 with Pam Farrel
Making Marriage Fun! Crazy, Awesome Advice to Make Your Marriage Last!

 

Head to KristiClover.com/019 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

 

Ma-widge! Any Princess Bride fans out there? Ha! We love that movie. One of our favorite iconic moments is when the priest says “marriage” with a weird accent. Well, today, that's what we are talking about! Marriage! & boy, oh boy, have I got a fun episode for you. Pam and I get laughing so hard on this episode. Pam shares some crazy, awesome advice about building a marriage that will last. You are going to love it.  We also talk about hard things like divorce and the effect it has had on our lives as kids.

 

Be prepared for a really fun episode! The tips that Pam shares are going to bless your marriage!

 

ON A SIMPLY JOYFUL NOTE…

 

Pam says to make romantic rituals. Place some things in your life that are just habits that keep you in love. Look for time during the day that you can be alone with your spouse—even if it’s 10-15 minutes throughout the day.

 

IN THIS EPISODE…

In this episode, Mary and I talk about her new book Worth Living. Worth Living  debunks all the lies we tell ourself while bringing the “audacious truths.” Mary is a full time writer and speaker who talks about God’s restoring process. She has three older kids and her family lives in the Dallas area. I know you will be so encouraged by this episode!

 

(Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!)

 

BOOKS & MOVIES MENTIONED…

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!...

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

Covenant Eyes

Audible

Amazon

 

LET'S GET THE WORD OUT!...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET'S CONNECT!...

 

CONNECT WITH PAM FARREL:

Pam Farrel is the author of 45 books, founder and director Love-wise , and co-author with husband of over 25 years of bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women are Like SpaghettiPam and Bill are the parents of 3 active children, ages 20 to 26 and have been working with couples their entire adult life. To relax, they enjoy cheering for their sons at sporting events, reading, and exercising together…especially when it consists of kayaking or a long walk at the beach. 

 

You can check out Pam's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at Love-Wise.

 

 

 

 

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Jul 10, 2017
SJP #018: Mary Demuth: Defining Your Worth - Debunking Lies with God's Truth
42:28

Episode #018 with Mary DeMuth

Defining Your Worth: Debunking the Lies We Tell Ourselves with God's Truth

 

  • Head to KristiClover.com/018 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

This world is constantly bombarding us with lies. You aren't good enough, strong enough, smart enough, pretty enough — you are not enough. These lies come from the enemy…but also from ourselves. Defining our worth is difficult. It's our nature to want to fill our minds with lies like these, that we are not worthy.

In her new book, Living Worthy, Mary Demuth debunks the lies that we so often tell ourselves and replaces it with God's truth. She answers the question, “Am I enough?” There are so many standards we place on ourselves to live up to, yet, as her book reminds us, we are really only supposed to be living for God.

God loves us. Just as we are. It really is that simple. I can't wait for you to listen to this interview with Mary. This episode is going to be another fan favorite.

 

ON A “SIMPLY JOYFUL” NOTE

I love hearing from Titus 2 women about how they have learned to simplify. Their responses are so often just what my heart needs to hear. I think you'll enjoy hearing from Mary about how her secret to simplifying starts with contentment.

 

…Help Support the Simply Joyful Podcast!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

Covenant Eyes

Audible

Amazon

 

 

IN THIS EPISODE

In this episode, Mary and I talk about her new book Worth Living. Worth Living debunks all the lies we tell ourself while bringing the “audacious truths.” Mary is a full time writer and speaker who talks about God’s restoring process. She has three older kids and her family lives in the Dallas area. I know you will be so encouraged by this episode!

 

(Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!)

 

BOOKS MENTIONED

 

LET'S GET THE WORD OUT!

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET'S CONNECT!

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

CONNECT WITH MARY DEMUTH:

Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than thirty books, including The Day I Met Jesus. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus's healing) a difficult past to become an authentic example of what it means to live a brand new story. She lives in Texas with her family. Learn more at www.marydemuth.com.

You can check out Mary's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.marydemuth.com.

 *And don't miss her awesome podcast:
Re-Story Show

 

 

 

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Jul 03, 2017
SJP #017: Heather Haupt: A Return to Chivalry: Making Character Training Fun
45:28

Episode #017 with Heather Haupt

A Return to Chivalry: Making Character Training Fun

 

* Head to KristiClover.com/017 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

 

“Chivalry is dead.” That's a phrase I hear from time to time. The thing is that chivalry doesn't have to be dead. It needs to be trained. It does feel like many kids these days don't seem to have an understanding of basic manners. My mom actually used to teach customer service to corporate employees. So, I grew up with a very strong sense of the importance of good etiquette.

Every woman appreciates having a door held open for her or having a gentleman offer her his seat in a crowded waiting area. Good manners and etiquette seem to be missing from many in younger generation, but if we are intentional about how we are raising our kids we can bring it back.

Long live chivalry!

 

In her book, Knights in Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys, Heather Haupt lays out a fun and practical plan for how to teach our boys to valuable lessons in character, etiquette, and manners. I love finding books like this. It's filled with great parenting tips about how to combat entitlement and the messages our boys are getting from society about their worth. I know you are going to appreciate this episode.

 

ON A “SIMPLY JOYFUL” NOTE

Heather says she likes to streamline everything and plan in batches. For example, she has only one day that she does laundry because she can’t handle thinking about it any other day of the week. She can’t be bogged down with the details because otherwise, it will take the joy out of life for her. I also share a bit about how I have been meal planning for 13 people in my home!

 

 

…Help Support the Simply Joyful Podcast!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

Covenant Eyes

Audible

Amazon

 

 

IN THIS EPISODE

In this episode, Heather and I talk about her new book Knights in Training. We cover all kinds of ground in the realm of parenting. You are going to love the creativity that Heather uses with her kids. Yes, we are going to be talking a lot of parenting boys. However, all parents will find things to glean in this episode. You are going to LOVE this episode! 

 

(Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!)

 

BOOKS MENTIONED

You might also like…

 

 

LET'S GET THE WORD OUT!

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET'S CONNECT!

 

CONNECT WITH HEATHER HAUPT

Heather Haupt is the mother of three knights-in-training and a spunky little princess. She wants to be intentional during these years of parenting and raise children who will make a difference in this world. Heather is an educator, writer, and popular speaker. Recognizing the brevity of childhood and the power of a parent’s influence, she encourages and equips parents towards intentional parenting, pursuing God, and delighting in the adventure of learning. She is the author of Knights-in-Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys as well as The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks. She writes at www.heatherhaupt.com. 

 

You can check out Heather's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.heatherhaupt.com.

 

 

**This post may contains a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Jun 26, 2017
SJP #016: Lisa Whittle: How to Deal with Mommy Fear
53:36

How to Deal with Mommy Fear: Episode #016 with Lisa Whittle

 

* Head to KristiClover.com/016 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

Mommy fear is a real thing. I have struggled for years with fear and anxiety. I've learned how to combat it with God's Word and lots of prayer. In fact the timing of this podcast interview with Lisa was so amazing, since I had just written a guest post about mommy fear for The Better Mom. I had Lisa's book sitting on my desk waiting it's turn to be read for the podcast interview…and I had no idea it was about putting “your warrior boots on” to fight fear. See, amazing.

 

So, I just know this episode is for you if you have ever struggled with fear, anxiety, or worry. I hope you are so encouraged…and I hope you will learn to put your warrior boots on, too.

 

THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST GIVEAWAY!

Don't Miss This!

June 12th - 20th

Yay! It's officially here! To celebrate the start of "Season Two" of the podcast, we are having an AWESOME giveaway! ALL of my guests from "Season One" have contributed either a book or a course to the giveaway. I'm so excited! Be sure to check out all the various ways you can sign up to win. I'm even giving away my super adorable Simply Joyful Podcast Mugs! So, check out all the details HERE

 

**Click HERE to enter today!!**

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST!

Anytime you purchase things from my site and my store, it blesses the podcast. The Simply Joyful Podcast is put together not only by me, but my team of amazing and talented assistants! As I prayed about starting this podcast I knew I'd need help to maintain it in order to keep balance in my family life. So after episode #12, I hired three people to help me put all the elements together for this podcast. It's been a tremendous blessing.

 

When you get your Simply Joyful Podcast mug, be sure to take a picture of it and use #SimplyJoyfulPodcast or #SimplyJoyfulMug. I'd love to see them!

 

Check out these companies (through my affiliate links):

Covenant Eyes

Audible

Amazon

 

IN THIS EPISODE:

In this episode Lisa Whittle and I address “mommy fear.” Your know, that constant state of anxiety moms have when it comes to protecting our children. We share stories of spiritual warfare that have happened in our lives and other people's lives. We also talk about Lisa’s book, Put Your Warrior Boots On: Walking Jesus Strong, Once and For All, which is largely about the fear women wrestle with and the tools and techniques to combat these thoughts and fears.  I just know you will be so encouraged by this episode!

 

(Check out the SHOW NOTES to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!)

 

BOOKS MENTIONED:

 

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT!

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

LET'S CONNECT:

 

CONNECT WITH LISA WHITTLE:

Lisa Whittle is a leader, author and speaker with a heart and passion to communicate one thing: Jesus is everything. She is the author of six books, including her latest Put Your Warrior Boots On, and a sought out Bible teacher for her wit and bold, bottom line approach.  She is a wife and mother of three who currently resides in North Carolina.

 

You can check out Lisa Whittle's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.LisaWhittle.com.

 

**This post may contains a few affiliate links, both Amazon & others. Please see my disclosure page if you have any questions

Jun 19, 2017
SJP #015: Dr. Meg Meeker: Help Your Husband Be a Hero in the Home
59:22

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #015 with Dr. Meg Meeker

Helping Your Husband Be a Hero in the Home

 

* Head to KristiClover.com/015 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

WELCOME BACK!

We are officially kicking off Season Two of the podcast with a whopper of a show for you! –& A BIG GIVEAWAY! We have Dr. Meg Meeker, this country's leading authority on parenting, teens, and children's health, on today for a Father's Day special. Meg is a writer, speaker, and a mom of four. She is also a pediatrician who does counseling with her own patients and shares a medical practice with her husband, who is also a physician. I can't wait for you to listen in and be encouraged!

 

THE SIMPLY JOYFUL PODCAST GIVEAWAY!
Don't Miss This!

June 12th - 20th

Yay! It's officially here! To celebrate the start of "Season Two" of the podcast, we are having an AWESOME giveaway! ALL of my guests from "Season One" have contributed either a book or a course to the giveaway. I'm so excited! Be sure to check out all the various ways you can sign up to win. I'm even giving away my super adorable Simply Joyful Podcast Mugs! So, check out all the details HERE

 

**Click HERE to enter today!!**

 

 

ALSO MENTIONED ON THE SHOW...

Covenant Eyes

We discussed the destructive effect that porn has on families -- men, women, and children. My family is getting ready to install Covenant Eyes on all the devices in our home. Internet safety is extremely important to me. I hope you'll check out their program. The have both filtering and accountability functions. Find out more HERE.

 

 

IN THIS EPISODE...

In this episode, Meg shares about how she first started her writing career —and the fact that she was Dr. James Dobson's co-host for 4 years. Then we jump right into discussing the widespread problem that society is faced with the lack of good fathers and the importance for a child to have a “hero” dad. You are going to LOVE this episode!

 

(Check out the show notes to see all the great highlights, quotes, and links!)

 

BOOKS MENTIONED

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT!

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy.

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Let’s Connect:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

 

Connect with Dr. Meg:

Pediatrician, mother, and best-selling author of six books, Dr. Meg Meeker is the country’s leading authority on parenting, teens and children’s health. She served as co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s nationally-syndicated daily radio program Family Talk from 2012-2016, and has appeared on national programs including TODAY, FOX & Friends, Dateline, NPR, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Oprah Radio, and more. Dr. Meeker is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, certified by The American Board of Pediatrics and serves on the Advisory Board of The Medical Institute. She is an active part of the NFL’s Fatherhood Initiative, and is a regular speaker at Dave Ramsey’s Smart Conferences.

You can check out Dr. Meg's books HERE on Amazon! Be sure to visit her site as well at www.MegMeekerMD.com.

 

*Don't miss her awesome podcast: 

Parenting Great Kids! 

Jun 12, 2017
SJP #014: Rhonda Stoppe: Raising Kids with No Regrets
01:01:09

SJP #014: Rhonda Stoppe: Raising Kids with No Regrets

* Head to KristiClover.com/014 to see all the Show Notes & Awesome Quotes that we collected for you!

 

We all need mentor moms in our life! This episode with Rhonda is cram-packed with awesome-ness. If you are a mom, YOU NEED to hear the wisdom & perspective that Rhonda shares! Seriously, I could not have picked a better way to end Season One of the podcast than with this amazing episode.

 

Rhonda rocked my world in this conversation. She is the ultimate Titus 2 mentor mom. She not only brings perspective to motherhood, but shares practical advice that I know will help me in my parenting...especially my parenting of my boys. To top it all off, Rhonda is so inspiring with her knowledge and memorization of the Word. She was quoting Scripture all throughout. Man, I was convicted that I need to do a better job making memorization a bigger priority. Incredible.

 

You will laugh and cry in this episode (good tears). I hope you love this conversation with Rhonda as much as I did. And I want to make sure to wish you...

Happy Mother's Day!

 

Announcement!

So, as I mentioned on the podcast and eluded to above, this is officially the end of Season One of the Simply Joyful Podcast! Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss when we start back with Season Two! Also, make sure you have joined our Simply Joyful Community to get your free copy of my Sanity Savers for Moms book...and so you don't miss any of the details about the BIG GIVEAWAY that we will be doing for Season Two!!

 

Yes! We're having a Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce that I have a special gift from each of Season One's guests! Yep! I'm giving away books and courses!  It's going to be awesome! So, be sure to subscribe to my newsletters for more details soon...and subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss Episode #15! I start recording Season Two in another week.

 

 

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In This Episode

In this episode, Rhonda and I chat about raising our children to be Godly adult—specifically raising our boys to be Godly men.

Rhonda has some amazing God-stories and I'm excited for you to listen—I know you will come away refreshed and renewed!

 

(Check out the show notes to see all the great quotes and Scripture that Rhonda shared!)

 

 

Books Mentioned

 

 

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

 

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Let's Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

 

Connect with Rhonda

Rhonda Stoppe is the No Regrets Woman. She is an author and speaker dedicated to helping women live life with no regrets. With more than 20 years’ experience as a mom, mentor, and pastor’s wife, Rhonda’s wisdom and experience helps women discover significance in God and His specific purpose for their lives, connect biblical principles to everyday decisions, develop a loving marriage that others dream about, and influence the next generation by raising children with integrity.

 

You can check out Rhonda's books HERE on Amazon! You can find Rhonda on her website at www.NoRegretsWoman.com.

 

Thanks for listening! 

May 08, 2017
SJP #013: Sarah Jakes Roberts: Don’t Settle for Safe!
34:26

In this episode, Sarah and I talk about how to not settle for safe (and why). Sarah's story and testimony are amazing.

I just know you are going to be blown away by this episode with Sarah! 

 

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #013 with Sarah Jakes Roberts

 

Don’t Settle for Safe
Show Notes: KristiClover.com/013

 

Sarah Jakes Roberts is one of those people who has “been there and done that.” She has learned how to break destructive cycles to discover the best that life can offer someone who refuses to settle. Pregnant at 13, married at 19, divorced at 23, as well as being the daughter of T. D. Jakes, Sarah has amazing testimonials that are found in her two books, Lost and Found and Don’t Settle for Safe. In these books, she shares real stories about where life has taken her and the journey she’s gone through. In this podcast, Sarah and I will be discussing how God allows our past to create an amazing and abundant future for us. 

 

**Also know that everything we talk about can be found at KristiClover.com/013 or at simplyjoyfulpodcast.com. I have all the links and highlights mentioned in this show there!**

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note

I asked Sarah about what she does to simplify her life and she has a great response! She gives tips on creating a space where, as a mom, she doesn't feel guilty for taking a minute for herself—such great advice. I know you're going to love it!

 

** Go to: https://kristiclover.com/freedownload to get a 30 day free trial of Audible — complete with a credit for a free audiobook download. **

 

Books Mentioned

 

Scripture Mentioned

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:29

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

Connect with Sarah

Sarah Jakes Roberts is a take-charge business-woman, writer and media personality who expertly balances career, ministry and family. Wife to an epic king, mom to intelligent children, daughter of remarkable parents, & proud sis to talented siblings.

 

You can check out Sarah's books HERE on Amazon! You can find Sarah on her website at www.sarahjakesroberts.com.

Apr 17, 2017
SJP #012: Mystie Winkler : Practical Tips for Being More Productive!
41:38

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #012 with Mystie Winkler

Practical Tips for Being More Productive

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/012

 

I am a complete oxymoron! I know it! I admit it! I own it! I am one of the laziest perfectionists you’ll ever meet. I’m the messiest organized person, too! I’m also highly creative and highly analytical. My right brain and left brain are in constant competition. 

I actually look at organization as a puzzle. It’s a fun challenge for me to solve. Just how simply can I make things to get it totally efficient? I tweak and tweak and tweak again until I can get it to work just right. 

Yes, I love organizing things! I love figuring out new systems and new ways to simplify…which is why I’m so excited about having none other than Mystie Winkler on the podcast today! Mystie speaks my love language — organization!

Now, if you are unfamiliar with Mystie, we’ll then you are in for a treat! Mystie runs a blog called Simplified Organization. I mean, how much more of a perfect fit for the Simply Joyful Podcast can you get? Mystie is a self-proclaimed “slob by nature and has been actively combatting that tendency for 8 years now.” 

Mystie has not always been a naturally clean and tidy person. She’s had to learn to  change her attitude about how she cares for her home — and her family. Formerly she felt like “housecleaning was a waste of time.” However, things changed when she learned her “why” behind keeping her house in order. It became more about changing her perspective than finding new ways to clean. Her problem wasn't not knowing what to do. Her problem was not caring. Well, she’s learned to care and she shares more about that today.

You are going to love this episode if you are looking for a real conversation from two women who have had to overcome their non-tidy ways to become organized. 

 

A Special Offer...

Before we jump in I wanted to remind you that we have a special Simply Joyful Podcast deal with Audible! You get a FREE audiobook and a FREE 30 day trial! Just go to https://kristiclover.com/freedownload.  By going through my link, it helps to support the podcast. My goal is to get more help to free up my time, so I can keep bringing you more encouragement. 

 

Check out the Show Notes...

Also know that everything we talk about can be found at KristiClover.com/012 or at simplyjoyfulpodcast.com. I have all the links mentioned in this show there!

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…

Mystie’s family sings and memorizes poetry together in the morning, and this puts them all in a good frame of mind to begin other work.

 

In This Episode…

In this episode, Mystie and I talk through practical tips and advice about how to be more productive. Mystie explains what “brain dumping” is and the best way to do it. She seriously rocked my “love for organization” world with her tips and advice. I stopped asking the questions I had on my paper and just started asking questions I knew I needed answered to help me with some of my problem areas.

 

I just know you are going to be so inspired in this episode with Mystie!

 

Highlights from This Show...

  • Mystie admits she was a natural list-making organizer and thought she had everything together until she had kids. She tried doing things as efficiently as possible, but she’s learned that dealing with the big picture and the vision were more important than the details.
  • Mystie said that she used to ask herself “Why do the dishes need to be done?” or “Why should I mop the floor in the first place?”
  • Finding her “why was the answer!

“If it doesn’t matter at all, I’m not going to waste my time doing it.”
— MystieWinkler

  • I mentioned that when it comes to homeschooling AND housekeeping, you do need to lower your standards and expectations a little bit. {Here's a post about more on this: Help! I Homeschool & My House is a Mess!}
  • Mystie states that her eyes were opened to the “why” from reading two novels: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and Bleak House by Charles Dickens.


“[In the novel] Bleak House, [the main] character is wrapped up in how she keeps her house. The fact that she has the ‘household keys’ and that the house runs smoothly because of her was a huge part of the beauty that she brings.”
— Mystie Winkler

  • Mystie said that reading about this character from the Dickens classic helped open her eyes to the fact that details do matter and that the way one keep her house reflects on the character of the housekeeper.

 

“[Paying attention to details is a] way that we love people. It’s not meaningless, because it’s a gift that we’re giving to others.”
— Mystie Winkler

 

“The way we keep our house does speak to our character.”
— Mystie Winkler

 

  • I brought up the book Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot and explained how the author brought up the fact that if you want to see if someone is disciplined, look at their house. I was convicted!
  • Mystie said that part of coming to know the meaning and value of cleaning up is doing it for others. Not just people you invite over, but the people that live in your house.

 

“You need to bless your family as well as you would bless others with your house and the standard you keep your house in…and what also prepares you for hospitality is when you make it a priority to actually take time to get a little bit organized here and there.”  
— Kristi Clover

 

  • Mystie talked about her blogs:
  1. Simplified Organization: where she keeps home and life management thoughts
  2. Simply Convivial: her homeschooling blog.

 

  • Mystie shared her thoughts on productivity and about how we only have “so much time” in our day. We need to be investing it in areas that are not self-focused. We need to ask ourselves,

— “What are the roles or responsibilities that God has given to me?”

— “Who am I supposed to be serving?”

— “Am I using my time to build and grow my family?”

 

  • Mystie discussed that serving the important people in her life comes before productivity and that feeling of accomplishment in herself.

 

  • I asked Mystie to talk about one of her key habits for productivity: Decluttering your brain! She said it’s good to write down all the thoughts and worries that are occupying your mind on a piece of paper. On paper, it’s much more obvious that we have too many commitments or emotional ties to unimportant duties.

 

  • Mystie talked about brain dumping on paper vs. brain dumping on the computer. She explained how mental space and different brain connections comes into play. Once the brain dump is out, you: 1) Go through and delete as much as possible, 2) Set up a reliable calendar, a place to keep to-do lists, and a place to keep reference notes, & 3) Look at the lists regularly! Because it’ll only work if you review them.

 

  • Mystie teaches in her Habits of Productivity course about how to use Evernote and paper for such organization. Evernote has a good search function for finding notes efficiently and can recognize scanned-in notes.

 

“Your brain is for thinking and not for remembering.”
— Mystie Winkler (from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen)

 

 

Books Mentioned…

 

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

Connect with Mystie…

Mystie is a homeschooled homeschooler, married to her high school sweetheart, educating her five children ages thirteen to four. She loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. She blogs at Simplified Organization,  Simply Convivial, and Schole Sisters. You can check out all her awesome organizations courses and books HERE!!

Apr 10, 2017
SJP #011: Lisa-Jo Baker : The Power of Friendship
47:10

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #011 with Lisa-Jo Baker

The Power of Friendship
Show Notes: KristiClover.com/011

 

Have you ever felt FOMO? That’s the Fear Of Missing Out. And in this day and age of social media, it not only makes friendships between women difficult...it can make them feel downright impossible. Even if you’re not on social media you can experience FOMO when you hear about friends getting together for playdates or coffee without you. That fear of being left can easily set in. FOMO is real! 

Friendships can be difficult for a variety of reasons. We as women compare ourselves to each other and feel like we fall short. Many of us carry baggage and hurts from friendships that went wrong. I share in this episode about a little “friendship PTSD” I experienced when I was hurt deeply by a friend. It made me want to pull back from friendships entirely, rather than put myself at risk of experiencing that pain again. I still second guess myself constantly years after this happened. I’m always worried that something I’ve said might be taken the wrong way. 

 

Well, my guest today, Lisa-Jo Baker, knows a thing or two about friendships between women. For the past 7 years, she has served as community manager for Incourage, a website devoted to encouraging women in their everyday stories of faith. Lisa-Jo shares with us from her brand new book, Never Unfriended: ///. She made me giggle when she described her stage of life as the “wonder years” since the kids can now get up, get dressed, and go to the bathroom by themselves…oh what a wonder that is!

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…

Lisa-Jo’s shares her biggest tip for keeping things simple, and what she requires of her kids to keep their evenings both simple and joyful.

 

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In This Episode

I so thoroughly enjoyed talking with Lisa-Jo in this episode!! We discussed how we as women thwart friendships, how we can look to Jesus for the true example of how to be a friend, and how to speak the truth to ourselves when our heart wants so badly to deceive us. 

We also talk about the difficulty of developing and maintaining friendships between women, how the internet has affected that, and what we can do about it.

Well, you are in for such a treat!! I just know you will be so blessed by my conversation with Lisa-Jo! I hope this episode inspires you to develop friendships with women, to encourage them through Christ, and to reach out even when it is difficult.

 

Highlights from This Show…

 

*Lisa-Jo talks about friendship PTSD and how it affects our ability to make and maintain friendships. 

*Is it possible to invest in friendships in a culture where you can be unfriend someone with a swipe of your finger?

“Eve is the original FOMO girl; she’s basically like, ‘Oh my goodness, God has left me out of something.’”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

* I reference the first time that I heard the term “FOMO” being here on the podcast with Jill Savage. (Now I hear the term everywhere.) :)

*Lisa-Jo talks about how coveting what our neighbors have has exploded with the invention of the internet, when the whole world is now our neighbor. We can be perfectly content with our life, then open Instagram and start scrolling and we aren’t content anymore. 

*Lisa-Jo and I laugh about how moms will actually dress up when getting together with other women, yet don’t usually put as much thought into how we dress for the men in our lives. We feel such pressure to maintain appearances for other women. 

*Lisa-Jo gives the world’s definition of friendship, “What’s in it for me?”, as opposed to Jesus’ definition of friendship, “What’s in it for you?” Lisa-Jo and I also discuss how Jesus came to be our friend and how He pursues relationships with us.

 

“It’s about saying to your friend, ‘How could I show up and be a friend to you?’”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

*Lisa-Jo talks about why it’s important to pursue friendships with others. She also points out how we are hard-wired for relationships by God Himself. Relationships are actually beneficial for us, even if it is hard or we’ve struggled with friendship “failures” in the past. 

 

*I shared with Lisa-Jo about how her story about her mom passing away when she was just a teenager really touched me as I read her book…especially since we had just lost my father-in-law over the summer. The power of friendships during crisis moments like these really touched both of us in our time of grieving.

 

“It’s okay if it feels awkward...it is better to say the wrong thing than to say nothing.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*”Friendship is Jesus with skin on. It’s how we bring Him to sit on the sofa next to our friend who’s grieving.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Jesus is our Emmanuel and He demonstrates the gift of “presence” in our lives and how we need to show up and be present in the lives of others…especially when friends are going through hard times. 

*Lisa-Jo talks about the story of the good Samaritan in Scripture and how Jesus was asked, “WHO is my neighbor?” He taught how to go and BE a good neighbor. He shifts the burden from “What’s in it for me?” to “What’s in it for you?”

*Lisa-Jo got very practical in the episode and shared some great tips for women who are ready to reach out and be a friend. She shared an acronym with us from the book: S.T.A.Y.S. {S= Shows up! T= Takes time! A= Assumes the best! Y= Asks “Why?” Friends ask good questions of each other & aren’t afraid of the answers. S= Stops comparing & Starts encouraging}

*I mention how I’ve struggled as a people pleaser for most of my life and how I have to fight the lie of the enemy that others don’t like me and may have possibly taken something I’ve said out of context. I share how I try to mediate on Philippians 4 and believe “what is true” of others and not what I “think” they might be thinking. The importance of prayer over situations like these is so important.

 

“The heart is deceitful above all else…”
— Jeremiah 17:9

 

 “Nobody lies to me quite like I do.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Lisa-Jo shares a second acronym about the L.I.E.S. we tell ourselves. {L= “Left out” on purpose I = That we’re “invisible” E = That “everything” is about me  S = Skinny jeans friendships! Ha!}

 

“Friendship is not like skinny jeans; it’s more like sweat pants. It gives everybody room to breathe just the way they are.” 
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Lisa-Jo and I talk about how being a good friend to others starts with being a good friend to yourself. Lisa-Jo confesses how she realized that she was constantly speaking negatively to herself and how she’s had to learn to turn off the “devil static.” 

*Lisa-Jo discusses how to handle a “friendship break-up.” She also reminds us that even Jesus Himself suffered from failed friendships; think about His relationship with Judas. 

 

“At the end of the day, it is not our job to fix other people; it’s our job to love them.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

“It’s better to have a scar that hurts than an open wound.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Lisa-Jo discusses how as moms we have daily opportunities to die to ourselves. 

“What I love about Jesus is that He’s never going to get tired of you coming to Him, or asking for validation, or asking Him how you look or how that project went...like NEVER. He’s never tired of that. You can come to Him as much as you want, about everything under the sun...and He will love you. He is fascinated by your life, and He wants to share it with you.” 
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

Books Mentioned…

 

 

Another Great "Tool" to Mention...

Temper Tool Kit by Lisa-Jo Baker is incredible. This is a video course that has “a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it.” Sounds great, right. Check it our HERE.

 

Scripture Mentioned...

 

"The heart is deceitful above all things..."
-- Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)

 

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
--Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
--Luke 10:25-37

 

Another Great "Tool" to Mention...

Temper Tool Kit by Lisa-Jo Baker is incredible. This is a video course that has “a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it.” Sounds great, right. Check it our HERE.

 

 

Please Note…

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

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Connect with Lisa-Jo…

Lisa-Jo has three kids, a well-traveled passport, and a very patient husband who has never run through an airport for me. She  sincerely believes motherhood should come with its own super hero cape. She's the community manager for the beautiful, come-just-as-you-are, bring-your-girlfriends, let’s talk faith while we sit with feet up on the coffee table website (in)courage. She's also the author of Surprised by Motherhood and Never Unfriended. You can check out Lisa-Jo's books HERE on Amazon! You can find Lisa-Jo on her website at lisajobaker.com and at neverunfriended.com.

Apr 03, 2017
SJP #010: Amber Lia : Biblical Solutions for Mommy Anger
37:10

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #010 with Amber

 

Biblical Solutions for Mommy Anger
Show Notes: KristiClover.com/010

 

Let’s be honest. Mommy anger is a real struggle for so many of us. I didn’t know I was capable of being so frustrated and angry until I had kids. My buttons get pushed, I’m sleep deprived, and exhausted…and the angry comes. 

 

There have been times when I can feel it coming and try to fight it, but I end up snapping at my kids anyway. Other times it sneaks up on me and comes out when I’m not expecting it. 

 

I’m a firm believer in the fact that God uses our kids to refine us. I may not have known that I’d struggle with anger, but God did. He’s not surprised by my sin…not one bit. I will be a work-in-progress until the day He calls me home. He just keeps offering me His grace, forgiveness, and His self control. 

 

I actually wrote about my struggle with anger in my post called Finding Joy When You’re Angry. I hope you’ll check it out. I think you’ll really like the five tips I have in there for finding joy when you feel like getting angry. I’m not a perfect mom, but I am trying to be the best mom I can be. And I’m really trying to learn how to respond in more loving ways when my kids trigger my anger.

 

Speaking of “triggers,” my guest today is none other than my sweet friend, Amber Lia. Amber is the co-author of the book Triggers: Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses. She wrote Triggers along side Wendy Speake as Wendy and I mentioned in Episode #008. Amber is married to her husband Guy, who by the way went to Steve and my alma mater. They’ve been married for ten years and have four boys. She and Guy Guy work as a team in both their work as co-producers (they own a production company called Storehouse Media Group) and in their family life!

 

Amber and I first met at Bloggers Night Out at the CHEA homeschool convention a couple of years ago. We were both on the panel for the event. (Now I actually organize the event…so come if you are CA in July come on out!)

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note

 

I asked Amber about what she does to simplify her life and she has a great response! She gives several quick ideas to truly save time. I know you are going to like them!

 

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In This Episode

In this episode, Amber and I are going to get real and share about how mommy anger has affect our lives. Amber has some incredible tips for how to manage mommy anger and where it comes from. 

I just know you are going to be so incredibly encouraged in this episode with Amber!

 

Highlights from This Show

  • Amber and I talk about her new book, Triggers: Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses, which she co-authored with Wendy Speake. This incredible book about mommy anger was compiled from their time working with their online ministry called No More Angry MOB (Moms of Boys).

 

  • Mommy anger is a real thing! Amber thought that is was only her "real thing." Then she learned that she wasn't alone.

 

  • Triggers chronicles her journey through learning how to turn to God with her anger. It has given hope and has transformed thousands of families.

 

  • Many moms get trapped in the cycle of anger and aren't sure what to do.

 

  • The book goes over 31 common triggers that parents have. They divide it into external triggers and internal triggers. Amber Lia shares overarching tips and advice for moms who are struggling with anger.

 

“It takes a childhood to train a child.”
-- Amber Lia

 

“In a practical sense, do not set your expectations too high for yourself or for your kids. Give them a long, long leash to learn whatever it is you’re trying to teach and train them.”
-- Amber Lia

 

  • It's easy to feel alone in your struggles with anger...because we don't typically broadcast it when we lose it. It doesn't really look good on our Facebook highlight reel. Ha! However, when Wendy and Amber started this No More Angry MOB Facebook group...they had over 1,000 moms join in the first week.

 

"There's a lot of people out there who have nowhere to turn, because they are embarrassed and don't want to let people know that they get angry -- and that they don't know what to do about it."
-- Amber Lia

"If we're not letting people know our weaknesses, then we're missing out on a community that can help us grow toward change."
-- Amber Lia

 

“Guilt defeats, but conviction catapults you toward spiritual growth."
-- Amber Lia

 

  • Amber and I both talk about the importance of helping your child come up with a solution to the whatever problem they are repeatedly having.

 

“I want to know my kids. I want to know how they think. I want to know what matters to them, what’s important to them. Each of their personalities is different. Getting their input and getting them to take some ownership for these issues is a loving thing to do.”
-- Amber Lia

 

  • I ask Amber what it’s like working in the entertainment industry as a Christian. She responds by asking for prayer. So, I wanted to ask you to partner with me in praying for the Lia family. Amber and Guy are in the "thick of it" being that they are in the film industry. Having a Christian, conservation company in Hollywood definitely stirs up spiritual attack. So, please be praying for them as they seek to bless others with great quality content. Thanks!

 

Books Mentioned…(& movie)

 

Another Great "Tool" to Mention...

Temper Tool Kit by Lisa-Jo Baker is incredible. This is a video course that has “a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it.” Sounds great, right. Check it our HERE.

 

Scripture Mentioned...

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
— Proverbs 15:1

 

Another Great "Tool" to Mention...

Temper Tool Kit by Lisa-Jo Baker is incredible. This is a video course that has “a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it.” Sounds great, right. Check it our HERE.

 

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

Connect with Amber...

Girly-girl to the core, Amber finds a lot of humor in the fact that she has a “TESTOSTER-HOME” of four active males…and one new little one! She and her husband Guy work as a team in both their work as co-producers (they own a production company called Storehouse Media Group) and in their family life!  They’ve been married ten years and have four great gifts in their four great sons who they are raising to be knights. Amber blogs at Mother of Knights. She also has her Master’s Degree in Leadership and Educational Administration and used to work as a high school English teacher.

Mar 20, 2017
SJP #009: Lea Ann Garfias : Being Real & “Rocking” Your Ordinary Life!
42:17

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #009 with Lea Ann Garfias

 

Being Real & “Rocking” Your Ordinary Life!

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/009

 

 

You have to love it when God lines things up just perfectly! Last week we talked with Wendy Speake about finding ways to use our creative gifts to bless our family — and the world. As women and moms we can easily allow the busyness of life to consume us and snuff out those passions and dreams that we once had. I hope you were encouraged to realize that God gave you your gifts and talents — and you can and should still use them — it might just look a little differently than you originally thought. However, we also talked about how it starts at home.

Well, today God worked it out that this new interview with Lea Ann comes on the heels of Wendy's podcast. That wasn't what I had planned. I had these two ladies scheduled weeks apart. However, due to several different factors, they are back-to-back. And get this…today we a going to look at how to “rock your ordinary” life. So, we're talking about starting at home and pouring your heart into living out an extraordinary life…right in the middle of your “ordinary” day! Yep! God is good!

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…

 

This is always one of my favorite parts of the podcast. I ask my guests to either share about how they are finding joy or how they are adding simplicity to their lives. Well, Lea Ann has a tip for you that made me laugh out loud! It's great! I hadn't thought of it!

 

In This Episode

 

In this episode Lea Ann and I talk about how to “rock” life even in the ordinary moments. We aren't called to make our lives look like other people's. Our callings are all different. Our gifting is all different, too. This really is such an amazing conversation to have right after Wendy's episode! They fit so perfectly together! I love how God ended up working out the details for these two episodes to be back-to-back.

I can't wait for you to listen in on my encouraging conversation with Lea Ann!

 

Highlights from This Show

 

  • Lea Ann and I talk about how our lives can have an impact in other people's lives. When we stop striving for perfection and just “open the door” and be real with each other, we have the ability to bless others in a great way.
  • Lea Ann gives the encouragement that we need to be happy and and thankful for our own unique calling in life and not to be envious of others’ callings. God is calling us to rock the ordinary!

 

“God not only didn’t call me to that life, He didn’t even give me a desire for that life…my burden, my calling, isn’t to have the cutest house on the block and my calling isn’t to be even a podcaster.”
— Lea Ann Garfias

 

“I think we as women allow Satan to...discourage us and make us feel like we’re less than or not as effective in the ministry because we’re not ministering the same way as the lady across the aisle from us. And that is a terrible lie.”
--Lea Ann Garfias

 

 

  • Lea Ann shares the story of a trial in her life when her marriage was at stake and gives advice to listeners who have or are going through similar issues.

 

“We need to be honest, and that is a huge part of our commitment to one another. [We also need to be] able to share…the truth with our close friends who are supporting us. Finally, we each have to be willing to be honest with the Lord and tell God what is the real issue.”
–Lea Ann Garfias

 

“…when we’re brave and when we’re honest, that’s when God can heal us and sanctify us and grow us more to be like Him; not only individually but together as a couple.”
–Lea Ann Garfias

 

  • Lea Ann also talks about the importance of vulnerability and asking our friends for prayer and advice and gives examples from her life.

 

“I don’t have to pretend in front of her, I can ask her for prayer and she will pray for me. I can tell her that I have a sin that I’m wrestling with and she won’t judge me, because she’s a sinner too.”
–Lea Ann Garfias

 

“When we are being real with people and they see what God can do through that–that is the ‘testimony.'”
–Kristi Clover

 

“If we can have the courage to be honest and open with our friends, we’ll find out that some of the stuff we’re hiding might just be normal behavior or just the regular way the world works, and we don’t have to spend so much time trying to hide things or brush stuff under the rug that really isn’t important.”
–Lea Ann Garfias

 

“These little ordinary moments in our lives can have a tremendous impact on someone around us…just saying a nice word and [being] honest and encouraging…we don’t even realize how much that can relieve the burden from someone around us.”
–Lea Ann Garfias

 

  • Lea Ann shares an overview of her past and what advice she has for women who have hard pasts and shattered dreams.

“If there are listeners who grew up in a dysfunctional family or from a background of abuse, they recognize it’s hard when you come out of a situation like that to untangle what the difference is between your Heavenly Father and your earthly father…”
–Lea Ann Garfias

 

“My prayer is that maybe starting with this book and then leading through healing relationships and biblical counseling, that women will be able to find hope because God does love you.”
--Lea Ann Garfias

 

“I have every human reason not to believe, but I can tell you, that it is my faith in God that has restored me to health. Not just physical health, but emotional and spiritual health. God has allowed me to see redemption and healing in relationships that, humanly speaking, you would never expect.”
–Lea Ann Garfias

 

“There is nothing more beautiful than to honestly look at the broken pieces of our past and see how God can recreate our hearts and our souls for His own glory.”
--Lea Ann Garfias

 

Books Mentioned…

 

Dangerous Journey is an easy to read story version of Pilgrim's Progress.

 

Scripture Mentioned...

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' that would not make it any less a part of the body…If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body…Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

 

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

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Connect with Lea Ann...

Author Lea Ann Garfias helps women recognize the extraordinary impact they make with their seemingly ordinary lives. A homeschool grad and homeschooling mom of four, Lea Ann fuels her roles as author, professional violinist, choir director, and soccer mom with a whole lotta coffee.

You can check out Lea Ann's books HERE on Amazon! You can find Lea Ann on her website at lagarfias.com.

Mar 13, 2017
SJP #008: Wendy Speake : Life Creative Starts at Home
50:41

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #008 with Wendy Speake

 

Life Creative Starts at Home!

 

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/008

 

When we become moms it often feels like we lose part of our creative selves. The things we used to enjoy doing become memories. It's easy to start viewing motherhood as a choice that voids all the other things we thought we'd do in life. However, God can use motherhood to refine our gifts and talents and use them right where we are -- at home. Now, by "at home" I'm not just talking to stay-at-home moms. I'm talking to all moms.

 

God did not make a mistake when He gave you all your incredible creativity and unique gifting. You can still use them. Sometimes it just looks a bit different than we first thought it would look.

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note

This whole podcast talks about how to find joy using the creativity that God gives us. Our conversation was so rich and filled with goodness, tips for finding more joy, and how to simplify our big dreams and use our gifting right where God has us -- that we never got to an "official" Simply Joyful moment at the end. So, don't miss this whole episode! It's all in there!

 

In This Episode

In this episode Wendy and I talk about the dreams moms have and how we often feel hindered and burdened with motherhood. We hope you will be encouraged to explore the dreams, talents, and gifts that God has given you -- even while being a mom!

I know you are going to be blown away by this encouraging episode with Wendy!

 

Highlights from This Show

...(I know I mentioned cake pictures. I'm looking for them. I'll get them on here in a few hours. Sorry for the delay.)

 

“I write about about parenting, and I find that it’s still tapping into the same skills of storytelling, but it’s all with the purpose of pointing women to Jesus.”

-- Wendy Speake

 

“God did a good job when He gave you all those other passions and all those other abilities. And so I’m encouraging you to find a way, find a time, find a tribe, find a group of women that can cheer you on in those things that you used to love before you became a mom.”

-- Wendy Speake

 

  • Wendy shares about her friend, Kristen Schell who used a turquoise table to begin practicing hospitality when she was a mom.

 

  • Wendy talks about how the Great Commision starts at home with your kids and that you can use your talents and dreams during your season of motherhood to share God’s love with not only your kids, but with others...even when feeling "Confined, yet unhindered.”

 

“The dream come true of motherhood intersects every other dream.”
— Wendy Speake

 

“This is the way God planned it, whether it’s jotting down the dreams in your notebook, or pulling out your sewing machine again, or working to invent new recipes, taking pictures, or pulling out the pottery wheel -- or whatever it is, when you’re a mom, all the other dreams start at home, too. It starts here. But it can start."
— Wendy Speake

 

“God made us in His creative image for a reason. And one of those main reasons is because there’s gospel power in creativity. There are so many ways to get creative while 'confined' at home.”
— Wendy Speake

 

“That Great Commission call actually starts at home. The Scripture says first in Jerusalem, and then in Judea and Samaria, and from there, out into the world (Acts 1:8). And Jerusalem is the home for the early church, and then Judea and Samaria are the neighborhoods … and then from there, out into the world.”
Wendy Speake

 

“It is God’s power that can flow out of our homes.”

— Wendy Speake 

 

“I might not want to be auditioning for movies, I might not be throwing extravagant dinner parties, but this is creative me, doing something to show someone they’re loved by God.”

— Wendy Speake

 

“God sometimes uses motherhood to refine us and to show us how else we can be using those gifts to bless others and I think that is something we can get so shortsighted on when we start focusing on what we 'think' God’s plan is.”
— Kristi Clover

 

  • Wendy answers Kristi’s question on what encouragement she has for moms who don’t know how to guard against the feelings and emotions that make them feel hindered and burdened: talk to your husband, let him know how you’re feeling during a time when communication is devoid of conflict and have some husband-and-wife teamwork for the next project you plan on doing.

 

  • Kristi talks about how she was inspired hearing about Joanna Gaines's story in her new book The Magnolia Story.

 

  • Wendy’s advice for moms who want to find balance is to redefine “balance.” She uses a life guard analogy to illustrate we need to surround our selves with people who encourage us to go out a little deeper...and sometimes remind us that we need to swim a little closer to shore.

 

“Balance is looking at the broad picture. If you can take a broader look at your life … then you won’t be so tempted to feel like you’re failing at balance.”

— Wendy Speake

 

“Abundant life is yours for the taking and I really do believe that it starts with embracing where we are today and then inviting God to just inspire us how to live that joyful, abundant life -- and it doesn’t have to be complicated!”
— Wendy Speake

 

 

Books Mentioned

 

 

Scripture Mentioned...

 

"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

-- Acts 1:8 (ESV)

"He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance."

-- Acts 28:30-31

 

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

 

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect Online:

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Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

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Connect with Wendy...

As a trained actress and heartfelt Bible teacher, Wendy ministers to women’s hearts through storytelling and Biblical life applications. She utilizes drama, comedy, poetry, and the study of God’s Word. During her career in Hollywood, Wendy longed to tell stories that would edify and encourage women. Today, she does just that — writing books and performing dramatic Bible studies that move audiences closer to Jesus! Wendy is co-author of the popular parenting book Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom. Wendy residing in Southern California with her husband and their 3 ruddy boys.

You can check out Wendy's books HERE on Amazon! You can find Wendy on her website at www.wendyspeake.com.

Mar 06, 2017
SJP #007 : Heidi St. John -Part 2 : Counter-Cultural Parenting
37:05

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #007 with Heidi St. John

 

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/007

Counter-Cultural Parenting

 

We live in a hurting and broken world. The influences of our culture try to seep their way into our homes any way they can. The hearts and minds of our children are under attack daily. However, often this battle begins with us -- parents. Often we are the ones who are battling the pressures of this culture and allowing ourselves to get stuck in the "ditches" that the enemy seems determined to put us in.

Heidi and I  discussed these "ditches" in the first episode of this interview. These are the places we get stuck and off-track from the path that the Lord wants us walking on. In this episode we jump back in where we left off and discuss how parenting and womanhood are under attack today. We need to strive to live counter-culturally for our family's sake.

 

Now, if you are unfamiliar with Heidi St. John, she is a dynamic speaker and has a very popular blog called The Busy Mom. Equally as popular is her podcast, The Busy Mom Podcast

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…

 

Heidi has some great advice on how she simplifies…she shares it right after she laughs at me for asking the “busy mom” how she lives more “simply.” Ha! Hey, even busy moms can find ways to simplify their lives…and she has some great advice. Wait until you hear what she did with her husband's power tools!

 

In This Episode

 

In this episode Heidi and I get borderline controversial. If you follow Heidi anywhere online you know she is known for speaking truth on current events and how they relate to the Word of God. We dive into the recent Women's March in D.C. and how we should respond as women and mothers. I typically don't get into topics like this on my blog or on the podcast, but Heidi's wisdom is so good in how she relates everything back to the Lord.

This podcast interview was so awesome…and long…that I split it into two episodes. Don't miss Part One of this interview where Heidi shares some incredible encouragement for busy moms.

I hope you will be encouraged with every episode of this podcast…starting with this one!

 

Highlights from This Show…

 

  • Heidi shares about how weak women are in the culture today as mothers, and how we don't even know what being a woman means anymore.

 

"We take our worth and our role from the Lord"

—Heidi St. John

 

"Women need to be strong in who they are and strong in the Lord, so that they can train their children.” 

—Heidi St. John

 

  • With over 28 years of being married, having children, and now having grandchildren, Heidi talks about the fact that she has "the gift of perspective" which she shares in her new book, Becoming Mom Strong.
  • Heidi and Kristi talk a bit about the Feminist Movement. Heidi shares about the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger.

 

"I feel like womanhood is under attack."

— Kristi Clover

 

"I want to embrace my femininity." 
— Heidi St. John

 

  • Heidi talks about the recent Women’s March in Washington D.C. -- and her Facebook post that got millions of views!

 

“These women want to be heard, but they won't listen. They want to be respected, but they won't give respect.”
— Heidi St. John

 

"Unfortunately, we have allowed culture to get to the point where our kids think that's how it's done!" 
— Heidi St. John

 

  • Kristi shares about how she sees one of the biggest problem we have in society right now is our view of  “parenting."

 

“I think right now it's not parenting, it's friending.
— Kristi Clover

 

  • Heidi talks about how she's seen a lot of people taking things that are happening in our culture out of the context of the Bible, because they don't know the Bible.
  • Heidi discusses the Johnson Amendment and how this affects our pastors ability to speak the truth of the Bible.

 

“We have a lot of problems in this country, but we have a big God!
— Heidi St. John

 

 

"I don't think there's anything that can touch a heart more than Scripture." 
— Kristi Clover

 

“If we would just spend 10 minutes before the Lord with our hearts open. It really will change your life.”
— Heidi St. John

 

  • Heidi shares some incredible tips on how she simplifies her "busy" home. She's a big fan of to-do lists, order, and having a plan for dinner.
  • Heidi is getting ready to release a Busy Mom Planner that will be filled with her tips and the routines she incorporates into her day.
  • Praying and asking the Lord to help order the day is the best way to start your day off right.
  • Heidi is a big believer in getting rid of stuff -- clutter!

 

“Clutter messes up our lives...and creates stress!”
-- Heidi St. John

 

  • Lesson learned: Ask your husband before donating his power tools.
  • We talked about how as wives we all know what our husband's "primary" love language is. {wink. wink.}
  • Heidi's love language is acts of service. She joked that her husband is "bringing sexy back starting with the dishes.”
  • We talked about how we feel like our love languages root from our family upbringing.

 

DON'T MISS PART ONE OF THIS INTERVIEW!

 

Books Mentioned…

 

 

 

Scripture Mentioned...

 

"He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom and gently lead those that are with young."

-- Isaiah 40:11 (ESV)

 

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

-- 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

 

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

-- 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

 

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

-- Romans 8:28

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

 

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

Connect with Heidi...

Heidi St John has delighted tens of thousands of readers through her blog, podcast, Facebook page, and her books. Her transparent style and her rich sense of humor combine to draw her readers into what feels like a very personal conversation over a cup of coffee. It's like sitting and talking with a friend.

Heidi’s ability to bypass our prejudices and preconceptions allows her to speak directly to the heart of every reader and listener as she offers wisdom, inspiration, and grace to those who are all-too-often feeling overwhelmed by all that’s on their plate.

Check out more of Heidi's books HERE on Amazon -- and be sure to listen in to her incredible podcast HERE! You can find all of Heidi's posts and podcast episodes on her website at www.heidistjohn.com.

Feb 27, 2017
SJP #006 : Heidi St. John {Part 1} : Biblical Encouragement for Busy Moms
31:44

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #006 with Heidi St. John

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/006

 

Biblical Encouragement for Busy Moms

 

Motherhood is not easy. We all can use encouragement along the way. Well, Heidi St. John is a master encourager! What I love about Heidi is that she’s not afraid to be very real and vulnerable about her “busy” life as a wife, mom of seven, and ministry leader. Heidi’s passion is sharing biblical encouragement — and boy, does she share a lot with us today. 

 

Heidi is a dynamic speaker and has a very popular blog called The Busy Mom. Equally as popular is her podcast, The Busy Mom. You’ll hear more about how Heidi inspired me when I first heard her speak over seven years ago.

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” Note…

Heidi has some great advice on how she simplifies…she shares it right after she laughs at me for asking the “busy mom” how she lives more “simply.” Ha! Hey, even busy moms can find ways to simplify their lives…and she has some great advice.

 

(Warning: This interview was so long that this part is shared in part two. So, make sure you listen in to that episode, too! It will release Monday, February 27th!)

 

In This Episode:

In this episode Heidi and I chat about the struggles facing moms today. We discuss joy stealers like busyness and playing the comparison game. This podcast interview was so awesome…and long…that I split it into two episodes. That’s what happens when you put two chatty people together. What’s really funny is that we chatted for about 15 minutes before we started recording. Just think how long it would have been if I’d started recording that, too.

I know you are going to just love this incredibly encouraging episode with Heidi!

 

Highlights from This Show & Words to Remember:

  • Heidi’s passion is biblical encouragement and turning the hearts of parents back to the Word of God for the direction of their families and for raising their children.
  • I share about my backstory on how Heidi inspired me to start writing and blogging on homeschooling.
  • I mention my insomnia story in this episode. I share all about my 20+ year insomnia story HERE.
  • We talk about busyness — of course! — and the importance of spending time in the Word and our need to consult the Lord!

 

“If you want to get something done, ask a busy person.” 
—Heidi St. John

 

“My version of sane is someone else's version of crazy. It all comes down to what God's called us and equipped us to do."
—Heidi St. John

 

“We get messed up when we get busy doing things that God has not called us to do.” 
—Heidi St. John

 

"Women need more time than we give ourselves…to hear the Lord and be still.”
—Heidi St. John

 

  • The comparison trap is a joy stealer. We also talk about some of the common lies that women listen to — even women in the Bible! (The story of Sarai & Hagar)

 

“One of the lies that moms fall for is the lie that our kids have to be doing everything.”
—Heidi St. John

 

"It's a game changer when we begin to pray and bring things to the Lord. It makes a total difference in my day when I don't take my stuff before the Lord.”
—Heidi St. John

 

  • Busyness can interfere with our time with God and can affect generations to come.

 

"Everyone is working backwards with priorities. (Moms) fill their schedules, which makes their whole lives busy, then they focus on their kids…and maybe on their husbands next. Then God is absolutely last."
— Kristi Clover

 

"Those are the priorities that God lays down in His word. People say, “Where did you come up with that?” I didn't. God came up with it. Don't shoot the messenger!"
—Heidi St. John

 

  • We also talked about how legalism can push the younger generation away from the Lord.

 

"Due to legalism, kids are walking away from the Lord, rejecting the faith of their parents because they were raised with rules and not relationships which is a departure from the word of God.”
—Heidi St. John

 

  • Satan can make himself look small and insignificant so we don’t notice him.
    (1 Peter 5:8)

 

“The devil doesn't care what ditch he knocks you into, as long as you are in the ditch.” 
—Heidi St. John

 

  • We referenced my podcast episode with Jill Savage podcast and how “slow fades” in marriage start small and become big.
  • We laughed about Heidi’s recent podcast series on sex that she recorded with her husband, Jay.
  • Heidi references her book "The Busy Mom's Guide to Romance" and God's design for sex.
  • I shared my embarrassing story about when I misread the cover of Bill & Pam Farrell’s Red-Hot Monogamy book.
  • Heidi just did an episode entitled Hot Monogamy on her podcast HERE.

 

"Marriages couples who are walking with God should have the best sex on the planet.” 
—Heidi St. John

 

"God gave sex to you. It wasn't just for procreation. God could have made it as boring as He wanted to. He didn't. He made it amazing. We're the ones who screw it up.”
—Heidi St. John

 

  • Heidi has a new book coming this fall called Becoming Mom Strong. She shares her inspiration behind the book.

 

“Motherhood is a refining process. God is trying to teach us something through the process of raising children.” 
—Heidi St. John

 

  • Heidi shares a bit about the physical abuse in her childhood and anxiety that she dealt with. (2 Corinthians 12:9 & Romans 8:28)

 

“God wants to use those things that were hard in your life.”
—Heidi St. John

 

* We start to talk about how womanhood is under attack…

STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO OF THE INTERVIEW TO HEAR MORE!

 

Books Mentioned:

 

Scripture Mentioned:

-- Genesis 16: The story of Sarai & Hagar

-- Judges 6: Gideon did not beseech the Lord

 

"He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom and gently lead those that are with young."
-- Isaiah 40:11 (ESV)

 

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
-- 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

 

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
-- 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

 

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
-- Romans 8:28 (ESV)

 

Please Note:

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

 

Help Get the Word Out:

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

 

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect Online:

 

Connect with Heidi:

Heidi St John has delighted tens of thousands of readers through her blog, podcast, Facebook page, and her books. Her transparent style and her rich sense of humor combine to draw her readers into what feels like a very personal conversation over a cup of coffee. It's like sitting and talking with a friend.

Heidi’s ability to bypass our prejudices and preconceptions allows her to speak directly to the heart of every reader and listener as she offers wisdom, inspiration, and grace to those who are all-too-often feeling overwhelmed by all that’s on their plate.

Check out more of Heidi's books HERE on Amazon -- and be sure to listen in to her incredible podcast HERE! You can find all of Heidi's posts and podcast episodes on her website at www.heidistjohn.com.

Feb 20, 2017
SJP #005 : Jill Savage : No More Perfect Marriages! A Candid Conversation on Marriage!
45:41

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #005 with Jill Savage

 

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/005

 

Marriage! We’re talking about marriage today! It’s perfect timing with Valentine’s Day here. I know this episode is going to be such an incredible blessing to you! My lovely guest Jill Savage is sharing from her new book, No More Perfect Marriages. She gets very vulnerable and talks about her husband’s infidelity and how that impacted their family. I know you will be encouraged as she shares very practical advice about how you can work to affair proof your own marriage by being more aware of the “slow fades” that you may have.

 

I can’t wait for you to listen in...and if you are listening on our release day….

 

Special Valentine’s Day “Eve” Giveaway!

 

Mark and Jill have a very special giveaway that is ends TONIGHT at midnight! If you buy there new book, No More Perfect Marriages, today, you can enter to win a Marriage Enrichment Weekend with Mark & Jill — including dinner at their home! How fun is that?! Be sure to purchase your book HERE — then head over to the giveaway page HERE to get signed up!

 

 

In This Episode

 

In this episode Jill is sharing some amazing insight on marriage. She and her husband Mark wrote a blog series called “No More Perfect Marriages,” which tells of the story of their marriage going through a horrendous crisis. God asked them to share their story which is where their book No More Perfect Marriages was designed. Their story is ultimately a story written for every marriage, in any stage.

 

I hope you will be encouraged with every episode of this podcast…starting with this one!

 

 

Highlights from This Show

 

— Why we often enter into marriage with an unrealistic expectations of the “perfect marriage” and how we often handle it.

— How society influences us and we play the comparison game to our life.

— The new book is based on the insides of the Savage’s very real marriage.

— The meaning of the “Perfection Infection” 

— Jill talks about how despite doing everything right, infidelity still became apart of their story.

— Jill shares her biggest affair proofing tip for marriage and the slow fade of minimizing.

— What is the “Naked Email Challenge?” and what it has been renamed to.

— Jill will be speaking at Hearts at Home this year!

 

 

Books Mentioned

 

 

 

Please Note

 

-- Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.

-- Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!

 

-- Make sure you head over to listen to my first podcast introducing the Simply Joyful Podcast & myself (HERE). Also don't miss my first few interviews with Tricia Goyer (HERE), Chrystal Hurst (HERE), and Pam Barnhill (HERE)!!!! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect with Kristi:

 

Connect with Jill:

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author of eleven books including Professionalizing Motherhood, My Hearts At Home, Real Moms…!Real Jesus, Living With Less So Your Family Has More, No More Perfect Kids, the bestselling release No More Perfect Moms, Better Together, and No More Perfect Marriages. Featured on Focus on the Family, Crosswalk.com, Huffington Post, and Family Life Today, Jill is the founder of Hearts at Home, an organization that encourages women. Jill and her husband, Mark, have five children, two who are married, two granddaughters and one grandson. They make their home in Normal, Illinois. You can find Jill online at www.jillsavage.org. Check out more of Jill’s books HERE on Amazon.

Feb 13, 2017
SJP #004 : Pam Barnhill : Taking Back Your Mornings! Tips for a Better Start to Your Day!
42:15

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #004 with Pam Barnhill

 

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/004

 

This is an exciting episode for me. I have no idea how I missed the whole podcasting revolution when it was starting. Somehow I did. Yet, when my friend was talking about all the encouragement she received from listening to Pam Barnhill’s podcast, my eyes were officially opened to the world of podcasting. I’m so thrilled to have Pam on the show today. I’m a big believer in gleaning from others and tweaking what they do to work in your own family. Well, that is not only the advice that Pam is going to give today, but she’s just the person to glean from.

 

I’ve pretty much decided that I need to move next door to Pam, so I can check books out from her library. I hate to say it but I was ignorant to so many of the books that she mentioned. Upon looking them up, they all look so adorable. I think my younger kids would love them. Don’t get me wrong. We do a ton of reading…and have read several of the Hank the Cowdog books. However, I’m realizing that I haven’t been checking out some of the great books I used to get for my older boys.

 

I just know you are going to love this podcast and will learn so much from Pam and her incredible tips about how to create more structure and order to your morning time.

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…

 

Pam shares about when her husband was deployed and how that changed how she approached things in her home. She also shares about the importance of asking for help.

 

In This Episode…

 

In this episode you are going to be inspired to take back your mornings. Whether you are a homeschool family or not, mornings set the tone for your entire day. Pam shares some incredible insight into how to add more structure to your mornings.

I hope you will be encouraged by this episode!

 

 

Highlights from This Show…

 

— My podcast episode with MacKenzie Monroe

— Yes, you heard me right. Pam has three podcasts: Your Morning Basket, Homeschool Snapshots, and  The Homeschool Solutions Show.

— Pam’s podcast episode with Carol Joy Seid

— Carol’s DVD series that Pam mentions: Homeschool Made Simple

— I love all Pam had to say about remembering to have fun with her kids.

— Pam shares a fun tip from Mystie Winkler: Make a note to smile at your kids.

— I have a related post about having fun with your kids filled with tons of ideas HERE.

— Pam’s Your Morning Basket kit

Minimum Viable Morning: How to find a few little things to work on and create habits that help your mornings run smoother. For moms who need extra help in the mornings.

My Sanity Saver for Mom’s tips: Start your mornings off right.

Morning Time is starting the day off at the table doing some school work together.

— Pam shares her best tips for creating routines and rituals in your day.

— Don’t forget to add music and praise into your morning time if it’s something your family enjoys.

— You can follow some of the rituals that your church uses in your home, too.

….Side note: I’m totally confessing that I didn’t know what “liturgical” was when Pam mentioned it. Just in case you might be unfamiliar with it, here’s what I found. Yes, I’m probably admitting my ignorance and may be the only person who wasn’t familiar with this term. (I’d heard it before, but couldn’t define it.)

Ha! Flashback!! The Mandrel Sisters! Do you remember them?

 — I loved hearing how she had a party for Shakespeare’s birthday. Ha! That’s so fun.

My post about how I manage my home and homeschool while my husband travels.

 

 

Pam’s Simple Ways to Add Joy to Her “Week”

1) Bubble Bath (whenever possible) — Little treats for yourself.

2) Learning — Continuing to learn by reading or taking classes.

3) Worship –Finding regular time to worship.

 

Books Pam Loves…

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Resources for Making Your Morning Smoother…

 

Please Note…

 

-- Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.

-- Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!

-- Make sure you head over to listen to my first podcast introducing the Simply Joyful Podcast & myself (HERE). Also don't miss my first two interviews with Tricia Goyer (HERE) and Chrystal Hurst (HERE)!!!! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

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Feb 06, 2017
SJP #003 : Chrystal Hurst : Encouragement for the Weary Mom! A podcast you don't want to miss!
35:08

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #003 with Chrystal Hurst

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/003

Have you ever met someone and thought, "Wow! Did she get hit with the talent stick!" Ha! That is pretty much what ran through my head as I sat in the audience listening to Chrystal for the first time last year at a Sally Clarkson event. I hadn't heard of Chrystal or her podcast before that weekend. We ended up connecting over conversations of podcasting and Periscope. Funny how when you find someone who speaks your same crazy "tech" language you become instant friends.

Well, I'm all too familiar with Chrystal and her ministry now! I have listened to numerous podcasts, watched videos of her speaking, and read her articles on her blog. She is an incredibly talented and gifted orator just like her dad...well, like everyone in her family. That saying the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" is very true for her!

When I listen to Chrystal's podcast I'm completely drawn in. You feel like you are practically sitting across the table from her enjoying a nice cup of coffee. I can't wait for you to glean from her in this podcast! You are about to see exactly what I mean.

 

On a "Simply" & "Joyful" side note...

Chrystal is going to blow your mind when you hear her talk about how she simplifies her busy life. She has some incredible systems in place to create balance for her ministry and for her family. You are going to love it!

 

In This Episode...

In this episode, Chrystal shares about her life and her book Kingdom Women. She also gives us a little "sneak peek" into her new book She's Still There. Chrystal is so inspirational. I know you will just love this episode.

 

Highlights from This Show...

-- Here's a link to Chrystal's book Kingdom Women. This book is so encouraging. I hope you'll check it out. There is also a Bible study for it.

 

-- Chrystal reminds us of the importance of asking for help. This is actually one of my "sanity saver" tips in my Sanity Savers for Moms book.

-- She refers to the story of Jessica McClure.

-- We talked about Chrystal's new book, She's Still There. It won't be available until summer. Be sure to connect with Chrystal so you will know when the book releases. It sounds incredible.

-- Chrystal shared about her awesome podcast on how she organizes her life and creates balance. Here's a LINK to that podcast.

-- Block scheduling is Chrystal's time management hack.

-- We all do things differently. We need to simplify for the season we are in.

-- Chrystal's favorite worship music: Travis Greene! (not "Green"...wrong guy)

 

-- Kristi's favorite "whole album" worship purchase: Phil Wickham's Sing Along albums!

 

Please Note...

-- Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.

-- Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!

-- My first 3 episodes of the podcast are available NOW!!! Make sure you head over to listen to my first podcast introducing the Simply Joyful Podcast & myself (HERE) and don't miss my first interview with Tricia Goyer (HERE)!! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Jan 30, 2017
SJP #002 : Tricia Goyer : When God Uses Your Pain & Your Past for Good in Your Life!
42:50

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #002 with Tricia Goyer

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/002

 

I could not be more excited to have my amazing friend Tricia Goyer be my first official guest on my new podcast. Tricia is one of the most inspiring people I know. I find myself sharing parts of her story (anonymously) with others all the time. You know those conversations like, "I have this friend who..." People are always so blown away by her story and how she and her husband have said, "Yes!" to God in some ways that not many would be up for. I can't wait for you to hear it!

We all have "baggage." You know, those things in our past that we wish hadn’t happened. Past pain and hurt that left a scar on our heart or a wedge in a relationship. There we are all the same. However, how we deal with that pain is often dramatically different.

Some ignore it and try to stuff it down deep inside where they hope it won't bother them again. Some hide it and pray that no one will ever find out about it. Some choose to forgive and find peace with their past.

Then there's Tricia...

This is where Tricia's story is so amazing. I can't wait for you to hear all about how Tricia allowed God to weave together her story in such an impactful way -- both for others and within her own family.

 

On a "Simply" & "Joyful" side note...

I love talking to my guests about ways they add simplicity and joy to their lives. Well, Tricia is also one of those people you stand back and think, "How does she do it all?" She is a mom to ten...did you catch that...10 kids! Yep! Plus, she's a very accomplished author!! She's written over 60 books! I can't wait for you to hear that segment of the podcast.

 

In This Episode...

In this episode, you are going to be blown away by Tricia's story. She will encourage you to "press forward" toward what God is doing in your life.

"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,." -- Philippians 3:13 (ESV)

 

She also shares some of the advice that she received from her life coach that has helped her to find more balance and joy.

 

Highlights from This Show...

-- We talked about the importance of taking every thought captive.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." -- Philippians 4:8

"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take everythought captive to obey Christ." -- 2 Corinthians 10:5

-- Tricia is involved with Teen M.O.P.S. and Project Zero (in Arkansas)

-- I just love the photos that Tricia shares on Instagram and Facebook. You'll want to be sure to follow her there. (I wish I was able to find that picture for you to see...that was a lot of shoes.)

-- Books we discussed: Prayers That Changed History (my favorite) and Praying for Your Future Husband.

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Please Note...

-- Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.

-- Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!

-- My first 3 episodes of the podcast are available NOW!!! Make sure you head over to listen to my first podcast introducing the Simply Joyful Podcast & myself (HERE) and don't miss my next interview with Chrystal Hurst (HERE)!! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Jan 30, 2017
SJP #001 : Kristi Clover : Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast!
33:40

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast

Episode #001 with Kristi Clover

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/001

 

The purpose of the Simply Joyful Podcast is to encourage and inspire you to find simple ways to bring more joy into your day. Whether you are looking for a little encouragement in your faith, family, home, homeschooling (if you do) -- or just in life -- then this is the podcast for you! Let's get real and talk about the challenges that we face as women in our day-to-day lives. My guests and I will discuss practical tips and "hacks" about how to find harmony in relationships, order in your home, and how to add a little good ol' fun to your week. My prayer is that this podcast will bless you and add a smile to your face (even if it causes a few new wrinkles) -- and to hopefully help you "Live Simply" and "Be Joyful.”

This podcast has been a long time in the making. I've spent so much time researching and praying about this podcast. The last couple of months I've been busy recording interviews with some extraordinary guests -- yes, in my closet. I'm a closet podcaster. As silly as it sounds though, the sound quality is great in there. Plus, I can lock the door of my bedroom so I don't have little visitors pop in while I'm recording.

In This Episode...

In this episode I share about my vision for the Simply Joyful podcast and a little behind the scenes on why it took so long for the podcast to get off the ground. (It was originally going to launch in spring of 2016). I want to take this opportunity on my very first episode to let you know what to expect in each episode, as well as let you get to know me and my family a bit better. I actually share the story about how my husband and I met and a little bit about each of my kids. I also talked about how God uses topics that I speak about as opportunities to refine me. Speaking on family unity years ago and now on joy have come with some crazy struggles.

I hope you will be encouraged with every episode of this podcast...starting with this one! 

 

Highlights from This Show...

-- My God story about how Steve and I couldn't see eye-to-eye about having more kids. I wrote a post all about it HERE.

-- Our family's favorite comedian: Tim Hawkins (this is Wade's favorite DVD of his comedy acts).

-- Speaking: I love to speak. You can see the topics I speak on HERE.

-- The first workshop I did for our church was on organization for moms. I wrote a series on it! The introduction to the series can be found HERE. (It's called the "M.O.M. = Master Organizers of Mayhem")

-- My crazy trip to Spain was definitely not a typical DITL for me. I share about that story HERE.

-- The death of my father-in-law was very hard on our family and definitely tested the source of our joy. I talk about how we learned to find balance through this time HERE. I share a few extra details about what we had going on this past summer in this post.

-- "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength" by Rend Collective has been such an encouragement to me and I feel so honored that I was given permission to use this song in my podcast.

Please Note...

-- Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes. https://kristiclover.com/001

-- Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!

-- My first 3 episodes of the podcast are available NOW!!! Make sure you head over to listen to my interview with Tricia Goyer (HERE) & Chrystal Hurst (HERE)!! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you my new Sanity Savers for Moms Coloring Book for FREE! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Jan 30, 2017