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#1 - How Empty is Your Nest? (Part 1) - Mixed Feelings Stirred Up by the Empty Nest

My dear friend Susan Yates and I wrote a book in 2008 about the experience of your last child leaving the nest. This transition from living at home to living in the big world is usually exciting for 18-year-olds but not always for their moms. The empty nest experience is as old as the earth. In this podcast Susan and I talk about the commonalities of launching kids and moms being left behind wondering “now what do I do?” For any mom of a senior in high school this is must listening!

#1 - How Empty is Your Nest? (Part 2) - Changing Relationships

My dear friend Susan Yates and I wrote a book in 2008 about the experience of your last child leaving the nest. This transition from living at home to living in the big world is usually exciting for 18-year-olds but not always for their moms. The empty nest experience is as old as the earth. In this podcast Susan and I talk about the commonalities of launching kids and moms being left behind wondering “now what do I do?” For any mom of a senior in high school this is must listening!

#2 - Three Essentials For Every Married Woman (Part 1) - Priorities of a Christian Woman

Over the years I’ve spoken to many groups of women of all ages. And over those years I began to see commonalities to all married women regardless of age, number of children or life stage. In this podcast series I share three essentials for every married woman.

#2 - Three Essentials For Every Married Woman (Part 2) - Being a World-Changer

Over the years I’ve spoken to many groups of women of all ages. And over those years I began to see commonalities to all married women regardless of age, number of children or life stage. In this podcast series I share three essentials for every married woman.

#3 - The Art of Being a Wife (Part 1)

One of the advantages of being married for over 40 years is learning the essence of what God designed in me as a woman who is also a wife. Being a married woman is not a science but an art. It’s always individualized. It’s always one of a kind. Give 100 people an 8x10 canvas, three tubes of oil paint, brushes and a palette knife and you will get 100 different results. Yet all marriages, all 100 of these painters, began with the same tools. In this series of podcasts I talk about the basic tools God gives every woman to create with in her marriage and how she can know the wonder of watching God work with her and her man.

#3 - The Art of Being a Wife (Part 2) - Building Up Your Man

One of the advantages of being married for over 40 years is learning the essence of what God designed in me as a woman who is also a wife. Being a married woman is not a science but an art. It’s always individualized. It’s always one of a kind. Give 100 people an 8x10 canvas, three tubes of oil paint, brushes and a palette knife and you will get 100 different results. Yet all marriages, all 100 of these painters, began with the same tools. In this series of podcasts I talk about the basic tools God gives every woman to create with in her marriage and how she can know the wonder of watching God work with her and her man.

#3 - The Art of Being a Wife (Part 3) - Praising the Positive

One of the advantages of being married for over 40 years is learning the essence of what God designed in me as a woman who is also a wife. Being a married woman is not a science but an art. It’s always individualized. It’s always one of a kind. Give 100 people an 8x10 canvas, three tubes of oil paint, brushes and a palette knife and you will get 100 different results. Yet all marriages, all 100 of these painters, began with the same tools. In this series of podcasts I talk about the basic tools God gives every woman to create with in her marriage and how she can know the wonder of watching God work with her and her man.

#3 - The Art of Being a Wife (Part 4) - Embracing the Differences

One of the advantages of being married for over 40 years is learning the essence of what God designed in me as a woman who is also a wife. Being a married woman is not a science but an art. It’s always individualized. It’s always one of a kind. Give 100 people an 8x10 canvas, three tubes of oil paint, brushes and a palette knife and you will get 100 different results. Yet all marriages, all 100 of these painters, began with the same tools. In this series of podcasts I talk about the basic tools God gives every woman to create with in her marriage and how she can know the wonder of watching God work with her and her man.

#3 - The Art of Being a Wife (Part 5) - Leaning on God

One of the advantages of being married for over 40 years is learning the essence of what God designed in me as a woman who is also a wife. Being a married woman is not a science but an art. It’s always individualized. It’s always one of a kind. Give 100 people an 8x10 canvas, three tubes of oil paint, brushes and a palette knife and you will get 100 different results. Yet all marriages, all 100 of these painters, began with the same tools. In this series of podcasts I talk about the basic tools God gives every woman to create with in her marriage and how she can know the wonder of watching God work with her and her man.

#3 - The Art of Being a Wife (Part 6) - Being His Helper

One of the advantages of being married for over 40 years is learning the essence of what God designed in me as a woman who is also a wife. Being a married woman is not a science but an art. It’s always individualized. It’s always one of a kind. Give 100 people an 8x10 canvas, three tubes of oil paint, brushes and a palette knife and you will get 100 different results. Yet all marriages, all 100 of these painters, began with the same tools. In this series of podcasts I talk about the basic tools God gives every woman to create with in her marriage and how she can know the wonder of watching God work with her and her man.

#3 - The Art of Being a Wife (Part 7) - Facing the Storms

One of the advantages of being married for over 40 years is learning the essence of what God designed in me as a woman who is also a wife. Being a married woman is not a science but an art. It’s always individualized. It’s always one of a kind. Give 100 people an 8x10 canvas, three tubes of oil paint, brushes and a palette knife and you will get 100 different results. Yet all marriages, all 100 of these painters, began with the same tools. In this series of podcasts I talk about the basic tools God gives every woman to create with in her marriage and how she can know the wonder of watching God work with her and her man.

#4 - He is the Stability of Our Times (Part 1) - Keeping Your Focus

Stability is always a need in our souls. It seems though at times of crisis in our lives and in our world to rise to the level of urgency. The psalmist wrote of feeling the earth shake beneath, of needing the Rock of Christ for security. In this series I talk about some of what God has taught me about trusting Him in especially challenging times.

#4 - He is the Stability of Our Times (Part 2) - Teaching Your Kids to Handle Loss

Stability is always a need in our souls. It seems though at times of crisis in our lives and in our world to rise to the level of urgency. The psalmist wrote of feeling the earth shake beneath, of needing the Rock of Christ for security. In this series I talk about some of what God has taught me about trusting Him in especially challenging times.

#4 - He is the Stability of Our Times (Part 3) - The Unchanging Christ

Stability is always a need in our souls. It seems though at times of crisis in our lives and in our world to rise to the level of urgency. The psalmist wrote of feeling the earth shake beneath, of needing the Rock of Christ for security. In this series I talk about some of what God has taught me about trusting Him in especially challenging times.

#5 - Celebrating Advent with Laura Rainey Dries (Part 1) - A Call to Advent

In this podcast I had the privilege of talking with my daughter Laura about memories of Christmases in our home when she was growing up. We also talked about our failed attempts at Advent and a new way to celebrate advent today. We had a great time and I think you will enjoy this happy conversation.

#5 - Celebrating Advent with Laura Rainey Dries (Part 2) - Being Still

In this podcast I had the privilege of talking with my daughter Laura about memories of Christmases in our home when she was growing up. We also talked about our failed attempts at Advent and a new way to celebrate advent today. We had a great time and I think you will enjoy this happy conversation.

#5 - Celebrating Advent with Laura Rainey Dries (Part 3) - Introducing Your Kids to the Savior

In this podcast I had the privilege of talking with my daughter Laura about memories of Christmases in our home when she was growing up. We also talked about our failed attempts at Advent and a new way to celebrate advent today. We had a great time and I think you will enjoy this happy conversation.

#5 - Celebrating Advent with Laura Rainey Dries (Part 4) - His Savior Names

In this podcast I had the privilege of talking with my daughter Laura about memories of Christmases in our home when she was growing up. We also talked about our failed attempts at Advent and a new way to celebrate advent today. We had a great time and I think you will enjoy this happy conversation.

#5 - Celebrating Advent with Laura Rainey Dries (Part 5) - Remembering Christ at Christmas

In this podcast I had the privilege of talking with my daughter Laura about memories of Christmases in our home when she was growing up. We also talked about our failed attempts at Advent and a new way to celebrate advent today. We had a great time and I think you will enjoy this happy conversation.

#6 - Rebooting Christmas (Part 1) - A Christ-Focused Christmas

In this conversation I talk the dawning realization that the celebration of Christmas in the last few decades has become about everything other than Jesus. The majority of our decorating features snowmen, reindeer, stockings, toys and of course the ever present Santa, none of which have anything to do with the Incarnation. What if Christians made Jesus the central focus on this holiday? What would that look like? Listen to find out!

#6 - Rebooting Christmas (Part 2) - Jesus, The Reason We Celebrate

In this conversation I talk the dawning realization that the celebration of Christmas in the last few decades has become about everything other than Jesus. The majority of our decorating features snowmen, reindeer, stockings, toys and of course the ever present Santa, none of which have anything to do with the Incarnation. What if Christians made Jesus the central focus on this holiday? What would that look like? Listen to find out!

#7 - How Pinterest Stole Christmas (Part 1) - Putting Christ First

The celebration of Christmas has become for many women the most stressful season of the year. Pressure mounts to create a magical and memorable never-to-be-forgotten holiday long before Thanksgiving. Is this what you want? More lasting than any happiest-ever Christmas morning is a relationship with Jesus your Creator who came to us as Immanuel on that first Christmas morning. Enjoy this conversation on the challenges and the rewards for getting our focus on the right Person.

#7 - How Pinterest Stole Christmas (Part 2) - Making Jesus Our Focus

The celebration of Christmas has become for many women the most stressful season of the year. Pressure mounts to create a magical and memorable never-to-be-forgotten holiday long before Thanksgiving. Is this what you want? More lasting than any happiest-ever Christmas morning is a relationship with Jesus your Creator who came to us as Immanuel on that first Christmas morning. Enjoy this conversation on the challenges and the rewards for getting our focus on the right Person.

#8 - The Season of Gratitude (Part 1) - Forget Not His Benefits

It’s odd how we can be complacent about gratitude and thanksgiving as a way of life but when a chill is in the air and Thanksgiving is around the corner it suddenly is a popular word to decorate with, even if we don’t actually practice gratitude. Join us as we talk about the need to actually practice giving thanks year round.

#8 - The Season of Gratitude (Part 2) - Cultivating Gratitude in the Heart of a Child

It’s odd how we can be complacent about gratitude and thanksgiving as a way of life but when a chill is in the air and Thanksgiving is around the corner it suddenly is a popular word to decorate with, even if we don’t actually practice gratitude. Join us as we talk about the need to actually practice giving thanks year round.

#9 - Exalting Easter (Part 1) - Making the Most of Easter

Lent is to Easter what Advent is to Christmas. Listen in to this series to hear more about the meaning and importance of Lent and the supreme importance of Easter. And in this conversation we talk about how we as Christians have gotten our holiday priorities upside down and how we can begin to right them. Join us in making much about Easter!

#9 - Exalting Easter (Part 2) - Remembering the Resurrection

Lent is to Easter what Advent is to Christmas. Listen in to this series to hear more about the meaning and importance of Lent and the supreme importance of Easter. And in this conversation we talk about how we as Christians have gotten our holiday priorities upside down and how we can begin to right them. Join us in making much about Easter!

#10 - Reclaiming Easter (Part 1) - The Miracle of Easter

In the whole of human experience Easter towers above all other feasts, celebrations, holidays because the cross alone offers forgiveness, restoration and resurrection to us individually and to all our broken struggling relationships. Yet we humans spend comparatively greater amounts of time, money and energy in celebrating Christmas rather than Easter. We can correct the imbalance and this 3 part series talks about ways to do just that.

#10 - Reclaiming Easter (Part 2) - Regaining the High Ground

In the whole of human experience Easter towers above all other feasts, celebrations, holidays because the cross alone offers forgiveness, restoration and resurrection to us individually and to all our broken struggling relationships. Yet we humans spend comparatively greater amounts of time, money and energy in celebrating Christmas rather than Easter. We can correct the imbalance and this 3 part series talks about ways to do just that.

#10 - Reclaiming Easter (Part 3) - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Easter

In the whole of human experience Easter towers above all other feasts, celebrations, holidays because the cross alone offers forgiveness, restoration and resurrection to us individually and to all our broken struggling relationships. Yet we humans spend comparatively greater amounts of time, money and energy in celebrating Christmas rather than Easter. We can correct the imbalance and this 3 part series talks about ways to do just that.

Bonus: Storms of Life

One of the biggest surprises of my Christian life is the repeated storms that God has allowed to beat against us like the parable of the house built on the rock. Though I shouldn’t have been surprised, God has kindly taught me more about Himself in storms than in peace. This episode is about the season of storms.

Bonus: Relating to Your Adult Children (Part 1) - Relating to Adult Singles

Another surprise in my life was the unexpected bumps in the road of relating to our kids once they left home and began their own lives. Dennis and I talk in this series about some of those. I think you will find some comfort in knowing others have felt what you have felt!

Bonus: Relating to Your Adult Children (Part 2) - What Adult Children Need When They Get Married

Another surprise in my life was the unexpected bumps in the road of relating to our kids once they left home and began their own lives. Dennis and I talk in this series about some of those. I think you will find some comfort in knowing others have felt what you have felt!

Bonus: Relating to Your Adult Children (Part 3) - Walking Through Crisis With Your Adult Children

Another surprise in my life was the unexpected bumps in the road of relating to our kids once they left home and began their own lives. Dennis and I talk in this series about some of those. I think you will find some comfort in knowing others have felt what you have felt!

Bonus: Your Home is an Embassy (Part 1) - On Mission, Your Assignment as a Couple

One day I realized if I am an ambassador for Christ, and God’s word says I am in 2 Corinthians 5:20, then the place in which I live is His embassy. And that means my home is actually His home and He therefore has plans for this place I’ve called my home. Join us as we have a conversation about what this means for us and for you as His people in this foreign land of earth which is not our real home!

Bonus: Your Home is an Embassy (Part 2) - World Avoiders or World Changers?

One day I realized if I am an ambassador for Christ, and God’s word says I am in 2 Corinthians 5:20, then the place in which I live is His embassy. And that means my home is actually His home and He therefore has plans for this place I’ve called my home. Join us as we have a conversation about what this means for us and for you as His people in this foreign land of earth which is not our real home!

Bonus: Your Home is an Embassy (Part 3) - My Home, God's Embassy

One day I realized if I am an ambassador for Christ, and God’s word says I am in 2 Corinthians 5:20, then the place in which I live is His embassy. And that means my home is actually His home and He therefore has plans for this place I’ve called my home. Join us as we have a conversation about what this means for us and for you as His people in this foreign land of earth which is not our real home!

Bonus: Your Home is an Embassy (Part 4) - A Christian's Mission

One day I realized if I am an ambassador for Christ, and God’s word says I am in 2 Corinthians 5:20, then the place in which I live is His embassy. And that means my home is actually His home and He therefore has plans for this place I’ve called my home. Join us as we have a conversation about what this means for us and for you as His people in this foreign land of earth which is not our real home!

Bonus: Your Home is an Embassy (Part 5) - A Home For Hospitality

One day I realized if I am an ambassador for Christ, and God’s word says I am in 2 Corinthians 5:20, then the place in which I live is His embassy. And that means my home is actually His home and He therefore has plans for this place I’ve called my home. Join us as we have a conversation about what this means for us and for you as His people in this foreign land of earth which is not our real home!

Bonus: God is Enough (Part 1) - The Son is Enough For Your Past

Two years ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Cove in North Carolina on the subject of God is Enough. It was a great weekend with several hundred women who all wanted to be reminded that no matter what God is enough. He will give us what we need. Every day.

Bonus: God is Enough (Part 2) - The Father is Enough For Your Present

Two years ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Cove in North Carolina on the subject of God is Enough. It was a great weekend with several hundred women who all wanted to be reminded that no matter what God is enough. He will give us what we need. Every day.

Bonus: God is Enough (Part 3) - The Holy Spirit is Enough for Your Future

Two years ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Cove in North Carolina on the subject of God is Enough. It was a great weekend with several hundred women who all wanted to be reminded that no matter what God is enough. He will give us what we need. Every day.

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