What's holding you back? Weighing you down? Do you continue in a circle of defeat regarding things that have prevented you from living free? God is ALL ABOUT our freedom?and joy! But we can easily find ourselves distracted, discouraged, or feeling downright defeated. We know we're supposed to live a life that's free in Christ, [...]
Halfway through Keri Young's pregnancy, she and her husband, Royce, were blindsided with devastating news: their baby girl didn't have a brain. In the blink of a moment, joy-filled expectation turned excruciatingly terminal. What happened in the following months was tragic, heart-wrenching, and shockingly beautiful. To be honest, it feels ridiculously insufficient to try and [...]
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Y'all, I am especially thrilled about today's episode at The Messy Table! Craig Groeschel is not only my pastor and friend, but someone I deeply respect and one of the wisest leaders of our time. Craig is the senior pastor at Life.Church and host of the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. He's a family man, leadership expert, [...]
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New decade, new decisions. Who are you going to be? What are you going to value? "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" (Thanks for that, Mary Oliver.) Kicking off 2020 at The Messy Table Podcast is someone who's passionate about creating space for your soul. Someone who will [...]
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Until it isn't. Throw in some impossibly high expectations, plus a hefty dash of comparison, and we've got ourselves a bunch of stressed-out women who never feel like enough. Today at The Messy Table, Amy Groeschel is shedding light on the ridiculous (but real) pressure we face [...]
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Happy almost-Thanksgiving, friends! Time for some turkey, board games, and pumpkin spice everything. But as we head into the holidays, we're reminded that this season can be a MAGNIFIER. The good times are great and the hard times can be overwhelmingly hard?especially for those in untraditional settings. In today's episode at The Messy Table, Kim [...]
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You know those stories that leave you speechless? Stories so heartrending, so tender, so nearly impossible to comprehend. Stories that provoke you to punch somebody while simultaneously beckoning you to worship. Today at The Messy Table, Jessica Laure'l Hall holds nothing back as she chats with LaTonya Pratt and me?unveiling the shaky foundation on which [...]
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You know what we need? To hear from someone who's BEEN THERE. To learn from someone who understands. To glean from a boldly surrendered woman who's already gone through the fire?and lived to tell about it. Carol McLeod is a wife of 42 years, mom of 5 kids on earth (as well as 5 babies [...]
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Is it possible to have joy in the depths of suffering? To find peace in a pit of despair? To cling to faith during the thrashing of a storm? Y'all, today's episode at The Messy Table is a PERSPECTIVE SHIFTER. While serving her slowly deteriorating mother over the course of several years, Jennifer Cantrell uncovered [...]
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If you haven't noticed, our world is rapidly increasing in all things stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. Have you felt it? Frenzied and frantic have become the norm; overwhelmed and overextended are flaunted like crowns of honor. But we don't have to live like this. YOU don't have to live like this. Today, Rebekah Lyons [...]
Truth? It's hard to talk about anxiety and depression, especially that which knocks on even darker doors. But we need to talk about it. We MUST talk about it. A week ago, Cindy Beall and I sat down with Molly Allen as she shared her powerful story. A story of generational wounds, recently triggered by [...]
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What happens when your plans are shattered by reality? When your bright days turn overwhelmingly dark? When you're not sure HOW IN THE WORLD you can keep going, let alone breathe? Cheryl Lange was in the crux of raising a family?five kids ranging from 4 to 18?when she unexpectedly lost the love of her life [...]
Today is the day! The Messy Table is BACK from summer siesta?kicking off a stunning fall semester with the wise + darling gals over at Risen Motherhood. Emily Jensen + Laura Wifler are down-to-earth mamas (as well as sister-in-laws) who are following Jesus' lead through the peaks and valleys, wonders and trenches of motherhood. Through [...]
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Hello friend! You might notice we're posting this week's episode a tad early, because SUMMER. We also believe you need these words in your earbuds as quickly as possible! Today at The Messy Table, Cindy Beall and I are chatting with a real-life hero who's teaching us a thing or two about brokenness and belonging. [...]
Have you ever felt alone in a crowded room, just wishing you could scream at the top of your lungs? Dozens of people might surround you, but they have NO CLUE what you've actually lived through... Today at The Messy Table, we get the opportunity to hear April McCloskey's story. Not only did she nearly [...]
Who are you?really? A question that taunts us all. The truth is, we were created by God and for God. But too often we believe the lies and labels that are constantly screaming: Unworthy. Unqualified. A mess. A failure. Even ?good? labels that cause us to strive for our own righteousness and perfection. Today at [...]
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In a magical land far, far away, storybook fairytales are sprinkled with dreamy filters and cotton-candy perfection. But that's not always real life, is it? With great expectations for motherhood, Marlissa Sheffield strolled into the hospital to deliver her first baby, but?much to her surprise?she could not walk out. Due to a rare series of [...]
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Some topics are heavier than others?today's episode at The Messy Table includes one of them. But just because a conversation is hard, doesn't mean we shouldn't have it. Just because there is darkness or brokenness, doesn't mean radiant light can't come blazing through the cracks. For Episode 54, Divina Bruss and I are sitting down [...]
When life gets messy, overwhelming, and complicated, we're tempted to do one of three things: 1) Run. 2) Retreat. 3) RISE. Today, Holly Wagner is joining Amy Groeschel and me for Episode 53 at The Messy Table. Holly?s a fiery blonde hailing from Los Angeles, California, where she and her husband lead Oasis Church?right in the [...]
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Do you ever feel like you?re missing out on your one actual life? Your body is coasting through the motions, but distraction and disappointment have crept in, leaving your soul overwhelmed... Today?s guest at The Messy Table is shaking us conscious with an urgent wake-up call. Six years ago, Kate Merrick said goodbye for now to [...]
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Trust is the glue of life. The essential foundation beneath ANY relationship?whether that's with a spouse, a friend, a parent, or even God. But sometimes life hurts and trust gets shattered. Sometimes we're dealt unfair circumstances and the people we love most let us down. Sometimes we find ourselves wondering if we'll ever trust again... [...]
Mamas! (Biological! Adoptive! Foster!) Grandmothers! Aunts! Teachers! Pastors! Mentors! Babysitters! Basically, if you interact with kids, LISTEN UP. Julie Richard, the humble and hilarious mastermind behind the ministry Fearless Mom, is joining Cindy Beall and me for a chat at The Messy Table. In this episode (number 50, y'all!), Julie is sharing her perspective on [...]
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How does someone survive unspeakable loss? How does a marriage push through impossible pain? How can a person still find hope in the face of their worst nightmare? Levi + Jennie Lusko, founders and pastors of Fresh Life Church, are all too familiar with tragedy?losing their five-year-old daughter, Lenya, to a fatal asthma attack just [...]
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Who else could use a fresh dose of perspective on this chilly day in January?! I know I could. Today at The Messy Table, Kat Robinson and I are chatting with the wise and charming Germaine Mowery. Germaine is a homeschooling mama of five who, with her husband Monty, has been living and serving in [...]
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Have you found yourself overwhelmed by heavy disappointment, heartbreaking betrayal, or excruciating loss? Have you quietly wondered if God is still good? If so, you're not alone. Today's guest at The Messy Table is bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa TerKeurst. In this episode, Lysa is chatting with Amy Groeschel and I about [...]
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Haaaaaaappy New Year, friends! We're running into 2019 with guns a'blazing as we kickoff a brand new season and episode at The Messy Table?an ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. My guest today is Kara-Kae James?a sweet friend from those good ol' college days at [...]
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How do you respond to stress? Do you jump into "busy mode," retreat in isolation, scream at the top of your lungs, or keep calm and carry on? Today at The Messy Table, Cindy Beall and I are chatting with the lovely Tiffany Cooper. Tiffany is a pastor's wife, mama of four, and co-founder of [...]
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Well, Thanksgiving is officially over and the Christmas season is here! But as my wise friend, Andra Pinkston, points out on today's episode at The Messy Table: "We spend the next month overspending, overeating, and overcommitting ourselves?then we expect to fix it all in January." But, instead, what if we put ourselves on the offensive [...]
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No need for coffee today, friends?our favorite Aussie is in the house! When Christine Caine was recently in town pouring wisdom into our Life.Church staff + spouses, as well as speaking to our entire church, Amy Groeschel and I got to steal her away for a face-to-face chat at The Messy Table. Y'ALL. If you want [...]
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Some goodbyes are expected and necessary, while others are abrupt and excruciating. At one point or another, we've all faced goodbye?to a season, relationship, or dream. In this soul-piercing episode at The Messy Table Podcast, Rachel Leslie is sharing her perspective on embracing goodbye. Goodbye to a fabricated perfection and filtered dreams. Goodbye to striving [...]
There's just something about honest conversation and real-life stories that gets into our souls, exposes an inner courage, and spurs us on toward hope. And today's episode with Meryl George is no exception! Meryl is the wife of Alan George (our favorite Church Online pastor), a biological + adoptive mama of three, an intricate part [...]
Life can disappoint us. People can hurt us. Health can abandon us. The unknown can scare us. Waiting can annoy us. Striving can discourage us. Perfection can paralyze us. But there's an anchor for our souls that never fails. Lauren Chandler is a pastor's wife, mom of three, author, song writer, horse lover, and worship [...]
Have you ever made plans in your head, but they didn't play out as you hoped? Have you ever been defined by the world's labels or even your own mistakes?instead of by God? Y'all, Jillian Zavacky has BEEN THERE and is vulnerably sharing her story with us today at The Messy Table! Jillian is the [...]
Anyone else like being in control? I know I do! But what happens when life spirals out of your grasp and you're left with more questions than answers? What happens when the rubber meets the road?when your faith smashes into your reality? Today, Cindy Beall and I are chatting with our friend, Nicole Knox, who's [...]
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I have been anxiously awaiting this episode, y'all! Not only are we kicking off the fall semester at The Messy Table Podcast, but this conversation is particularly special to me because Robin Wall was MY mentor growing up, as well as an example + resource for me still today. Robin is the wife of Chris Wall, [...]
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Welcome to The Messy Table! An ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. Today's guest for Episode 36 is the brave and beautiful Anita Wyatt?wife to one, mom of 6, lover of the outdoors, and a woman who's not afraid to join God in the greatest [...]
What would it take to actually renew your mind? What kind of mind shift has the power to yield massive results?even restore a marriage? If you're facing the impossible or ready to throw in the towel, my friend Mary Kuti has BEEN THERE. Mary is wife to her worship-pastor husband, Chris, and mama to two [...]
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You guys! Today's episode at The Messy Table is straight FIRE. Lisa Bevere is chatting with Amy Groeschel and I about how God is using her past and present messes for His glory, plus her latest book, Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions. "When I have an encounter with Jesus, I have an [...]
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In honor of Father's Day (and for the first time ever), we're getting a MAN'S PERSPECTIVE at The Messy Table! Derek Jewell is a husband, dad, pastor, friend, outdoorsman... and he just happens to be mine. We're talking all things Marriage + Parenting, plus the daring adventure of following Christ. I might be biased, but this [...]
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That's right, friends. A new episode is LIVE at The Messy Table Podcast! Today's guest is powerhouse Sharon Hester?a mama of three, pastor's wife, math teacher, and an advocate for others, especially those being overlooked or outcast because of racial injustice. "He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD [...]
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If you haven't heard, The Messy Table Bible Plan (Part 2) is LIVE and hot off the press on the YouVersion Bible App! We'd love for you to join us as we read the Bible together. We're also continuing the Mother's Day Week party by virtually high-fiving all of you AMAZING MAMAS out there?bio moms, adoptive [...]
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Y'all. It's officially May, finally feeling like spring, AND Podcast Day! TRIPLE JACKPOT. Today, my friend Jess Penick is bringing down the house over at The Messy Table Podcast as she shares what's even better than time management, tips for conquering the addictive habits that keep us from thriving, and a life-changing secret for unlocking [...]
Welcome to The Messy Table! An ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. Today, Amy Groeschel and I are chatting with my friend and her daughter, the amazing Mandy Meehan. Mandy was a youth pastor at Life.Church and nearing her wedding day when she suddenly became [...]
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Welcome to The Messy Table! An ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. Today's guest is my sweet friend?the beautiful, the wise, the contagiously joyful?Trish Helsel. Trish is the Executive Women?s Director for Kanakuk Kamps, as well as a mama of three adults, mentor to countless [...]
Have you ever felt like you're JUST NOT ENOUGH? Not enough of a wife, mom, friend, leader, girlboss, homemaker, Christ-follower, fill-in-the-blank... Today at The Messy Table, Cindy Beall (from Episode 11!) is co-hosting with me as we chat with the amazing Lori Wilhite. In this episode, Lori vulnerably shares her own journey from insecurity to [...]
Welcome to The Messy Table! An imperfect space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. And guess what? Today's episode with my good friend, Tina LaTurno, is no different. "Your past will never not be your past, but you can choose your future." ?Tina LaTurno Tina and her [...]
Welcome to The Messy Table?an ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. Today, for Episode 25, Amy Groeschel and I are chatting with the absolutely charming Sandra Stanley?who is simply a breath of fresh air. Sandra is the mom of three grown children, wife to Andy Stanley?founder [...]
Welcome to The Messy Table?an ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. Today's guest is my gorgeous friend, Ruth Russo, who is even more stunning on the inside. She's a pastor's wife, mama of three, and one of the most genuine, compassionate, and faith-filled women I [...]
The Messy Table is an ordinary and unforced space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. For Episode #23, Amy Groeschel is joining me in the co-hosting chair as we chat with Shanna Crawford, an amazing woman from our Life.Church Sisters ministry who has a radical?even scandalous?story. Shanna and [...]
Happy New Year, friends! Welcome back to The Messy Table?where life isn't perfect, but God is at work in the mess. Well, the table has finally turned. Some of my lovely (yet stubborn) friends have been hounding me to take a turn in the hot seat since the launch of this podcast, nearly ten months [...]