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Episode 43: How to Keep the Crazy Out of Christmas So You Can Celebrate from the Heart—with Tama Fortner

Episode 43: How to Keep the Crazy Out of Christmas So You Can Celebrate from the Heart—with Tama Fortner

In our dreams, we’d love our Christmas season to look and feel like a Hallmark movie. We imagine handmade stockings hung over a crackling fireplace, smiling children wearing matching pajamas, colorful gifts piled underneath a stunning Christmas tree, and a delicious feast to share with the ones we hold dear.

Yet so often, our reality is more frantic than festive. Our to-do list of shopping, cooking and cleaning, decorating and hosting leaves us rushed and exhausted. By Christmas Eve, we’re too worn out to worship. We wonder how to find the joy and peace we’re longing to experience with our family.

Today’s guest, Tama Fortner, brings a fresh perspective on how we can approach the holiday season this year.

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Episode 42: How a Mom Can Connect with Her Son and Build a Foundation of Faith in His Life–with Christie Thomas

Episode 42: How a Mom Can Connect with Her Son and Build a Foundation of Faith in His Life–with Christie Thomas

In our full days of homework and errands, after-school activities and to-do lists, it can feel like our boys’ childhoods are rushing by. Yet we crave meaningful moments of connection with our sons. We want to share laughter, make memories, and speak truth into their hearts and minds. As moms, we wonder how to draw close and help our sons to know the God who loves them even more than we do.

Today’s guest, Christie Thomas, shares a mom-to-mom conversation with Joanna about relating with our boys.

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Episode 41: How to Build Up Your Child’s Heart in a World That Tears Them Down–with Jamie Ivey

Episode 41: How to Build Up Your Child’s Heart in a World That Tears Them Down–with Jamie Ivey

A fun, snowy day of sledding ended in broken bones for our young daughter. The following weeks held an hours-long surgery, isolation at home, and painful bullying after her re-entry into her classroom. We watched our child lose her smile. Her confidence. Her assurance that she was strong, wanted, and truly loved.

Every child will face threats to their sense of worth. They’re pressed into a mold that says achievement equals acceptance and image earns inclusion. Without the truth of who God says they are, our kids will struggle to know they are purposed and precious to the One who made them.

Today’s guest, Jamie Ivey, is here with a powerful message of hope for moms and dads who want to build up their child’s heart.

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Episode 40: How Love Can Unlock the Door to Learning for Your Child–with Janet Newberry

Episode 40: How Love Can Unlock the Door to Learning for Your Child–with Janet Newberry

Before your son or daughter even started kindergarten, you dreamed of all they’d do. You imagined an excitement to learn, fun friendships, and positive teachers who cherished your child and brought out their best.

Yet perhaps you’re like many parents who grieve the gap between your hopes and expectations and the tough realities your child is facing at school. Pressure to perform is crushing your child emotionally. Learning or behavior struggles attach negative labels to your child’s identity. Maybe your child is so discouraged or frustrated that they want to give up and quit.

Today’s guest, Janet Newberry, brings a powerful hope and insight for your family today.

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Episode 39: How to End the Power Struggles and Connect with your Challenging Child–with Kirk Martin

Episode 39: How to End the Power Struggles and Connect with your Challenging Child–with Kirk Martin

I stood over my screaming child in her bedroom, making it as clear as possible that she was going to wear those pants OR ELSE! After a miserable two-hour tantrum, she was wearing those pants. But the victory in winning that battle was really a defeat of broken trust, hurt feelings, and distance between us.

Do you struggle to relate to your stubborn child? Does your son push your buttons and refuse to cooperate? Would your daughter rather argue that submit to the most simple request? Are your days together filled with stress, conflict, and resentment? In your heart, are you secretly afraid that your strong-willed child faces a future of failure or difficulty?

Today’s guest, Kirk Martin, is here with wisdom and proven strategies to transform your relationship with your challenging child.

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