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L.A.B.Chats with Krista Pettiford

Hello, Beloved! I'm Krista Pettiford, host of L.A.B. Chats - conversations with God's daughters about how His love, acceptance, and beauty shapes our identities and the way we live out our faith. Each week I'll share from my heart or I'll have a guest on the show. My guests will be women from diverse backgrounds that stand on the common ground of God's sacred unifying grace. These chats will make you laugh and cry but most importantly I hope they will help you see through the eyes of God’s grace that you are more alike than different from other women. And, hopefully, you will come away from these chats trusting more in His love, acceptance, and beauty bestowed on you when you became God daughter. I hope you will look forward to L.A.B. Chats each week to be encouraged and strengthen in your faith through stories of God’s unyielding goodness and grace. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the chat!
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Dec 8, 2017

Amena Brown is an author, spoken word poet, speaker and event host.Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas with a mix of poetry, humor, and storytelling. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amena invites readers into the lyrical and humorous journey of learning how to silence their negative thoughts on repeat in How to Fix a Broken Record: Thoughts on Vinyl Records, Awkward Relationships, and Learning to Be Myself. In her signature soulful style, Amena uses a collection of vulnerable stories from her early thirties to share how faith, vinyl records, and relationships can replace broken records with truth and healing.

In her new book, Amena chronicles her journey of feeling unworthy to be loved and how God’s healing power replaced the scratchy taunts of her past.

From discovering to appreciate her natural hair, surviving a series of bad dates and meeting her husband when all hope was lost, the disappointing journey to one day having children, mending a broken relationship with her father and more, readers are provided with thought-provoking actions to reflect on their own story and relationship with God.

Amena and I dug into her book chapter by chapter. Her stories are so real and so relatable. We laughed and nearly cried over coffee while chatting online in our pajamas,like old girlfriends. I'm sure that, as always, you'll do the same, and you'll see through the eyes of God's sacred unifying grace that you are more alike than you are different from other women.

I hope that as you hear Amena's stories, you'll be encouraged to share your stories and allow other women to share their stories and be themselves - the beautiful daughters of God and members of the body of Christ He created them us to be. 

 

Find Amena on Web

Website:www.AmenaBrown.com

Instagram:Instagram.com/amenabee

Twitter: Twitter.com/amenabee

Facebook: Facebook.com/amenabrown

Buy her book: How To Fix a Broken Record

 

 

Nov 28, 2017

In this episode, I'm sharing a message on hope the Lord gave me during one of our morning fellowships. I shared this message at a virtual event I was part a few of weeks ago.

Hope's power isn't known in its fullness until we are hopeless. The Bible defines this as against hope:

In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord.

Romans 4:18-24

When God makes us a promise, the power of hope kicks after we come to the end of ourselves and all hope is gone. I pray this message encourages you like ti did me and the other women I shared it with. 

Also, you're invited to join us for the Called Conference, Saturday, January 18, in San Diego. For more information go to calledconference.com

To out find out more about me go to kristapettiford.com

Oct 23, 2017

Kim is a wife, a mom, and a hard-working strong Chrisitan woman with a beautiful testimony.  Kim and I dared to share our me too stories on a Facebook live recording for the podcast. 

Kim is seasoned with the love of God and ready to minister to other women with the heart of the Father.

She will be apart of our panel of women at Called Women's Conference happening in San Diego, January 6th, 2018. We hope you join us for this special event! You can find out more about it here.
 
Kim has worked in the restaurant and events industry most of her working career. She also owned her own floral design business for almost 6 years, in which she mainly did weddings and special events. However, the Lord led her to lay that down for a far more important job - raising her boys. 
 
Looking back, Kim said her life’s work has really all been "wife-ing" her husband of 20 years and raising her 3 sons, ages 21, 19 and 14. Two of her own and one her godson.  
 
Kim has a heart for women and empowering people of all ages and walks of life to seek God and improve their lives. 

I hadn't planned on sharing my story but as Kim shared her story as part of her testimony I was compelled to share mine. Our interview just so happened to be scheduled around the time the #metoo hashtag became very popular last week.

It was so freeing to finally be able to talk about what happened to me and how it affected me openly after all these years with a different perspective and see that I am healed and has made it all work together for my good. He can do the same for you. 

Kim made me brave! Because she told her story I had the courage to tell mine too. But then, afterward, I wanted to delete my Facebook Live because I felt like maybe I shared too much in a public space. However, I decided to leave it to help others who need to hear that we can overcome the shame of rape, the scars, the unforgiveness, the hate that rape and other sexual assault creates.

Our conversation blessed me, and I hope it will bless you. God's love, acceptance, and beauty shapes us into who He called us to be not what the enemy planned. Our God gives beauty for ashes and replaces our pain with grace and glory!

Jul 17, 2017

Jazmin Steele is a mom, an artist, an entrepreneur, and an up and coming author. 

Jazmin's new book Love Incurrptible A Woman's Reflective Journey to Freedom is coming out soon. Though it is written as a fictional novel, Jazmin's testimony is just as powerful. Her own story is one of learning to walk in freedom and authenticity will inspire you to live a better more authentic and satisfying life. 

Jazmin and I chatted about the mindsets that keep us stuck in relationships and situations that damage us. We talked about the journey to freedom and how we each have to be ready take that trek for ourselves before we can step into lasting freedom and break through.

If you've ever or you are now living an unsatisfying life, if you're stuck in a relationship that is abusive in any way - mentally, emotionally, physically, or infidelity this chat will help you understand that you are not alone and how you can be free. It will help you see how God makes all things, even the hard seasons of life to work together for our good. 

Many God-fearing women who don't know how to get out of bad relationships and because interpreting God's word through wrong mindsets brought on by years of abuse they stay way too long, praying for a change in their spouses that may never come.

However, there is hope! Jazmin shares how everyone's process is different and we must not judge but love and pray for those who are in abusive relationships as God shows them worth and reveals their path to freedom.

Over time, as mindsets change to line up with what God says we can be, do, have the courage does come to break free and live a better more satisfying life that honors who God called you to be.

If you know someone who's in an abusive relationship or marriage please share this podcast with them.

Contact Jazmin

Facebook.com/authorjazminsteele

Be a part of Jazmin's Indiegogo campaign to finish her novel

Instagram @jazzysteele

Jazmin's mission

To Set Brooklen (the leading character of her novel) free and all who are like her.

Jazmin's motto

Just breathe. Live in the moment. Trust God.

Book she recommends

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

How Jazmin creates a deeper relationship with God

Self-care 

Connect with me on social media

Instagram @kristapettiford

Facebook kristapettiforpage

YouTube kristapettifordchan

Twitter @kristapettiford

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 27, 2017

Like you, Amanda Cave has a hunger for exploring Biblical truths while applying them in the natural aspects of everyday life.

 She is a proud wife and mother of six. She is privileged to homeschool all forms of curriculum but nothing excites her more than teaching the Word of God.

She speaks multiple times a month at Las Colinas Women’s Prison and is the founder of Furthermore Ministries which exists to help women discover Jesus further and enjoy Him more. Furthermore hosts an annual women’s conference that radically inspires women in their God-given identity and calling.

Amanda is a passionate speaker and is currently writing her second Bible study. She is committed to helping women become and remain rooted in the freedom, which Christ so lovingly died and rose to give them.

Amanda and I chatted about the need we all have for approval and acceptance and to belong. That need is met through a relationship with the Father in Christ, through His sacrifice and His resurrection power.

Amanda's favorite verse:

 "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24

Amanda's mission in life:

To know God and to follow what the implications of knowing Him is. Understanding who He is and living that out in my everyday life.

Amanda's book recommendation:

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Amanda's favorite way to spend time with the Lord:

Adoration and taking the time to gaze upon His beauty and reflect upon who He is.

 

To learn more about Furthermore Ministries:

www.furthermoreministries.com

https://www.facebook.com/furthermoreministries/

https://www.instagram.com/furthermoreministries/

 

Contact Amanda Cave at:

cave.amanda@gmail.com

May 12, 2017
Being a mother is a calling that carries with it the commitment to love as Jesus does, accept without pretense, and choose beauty over bitterness even when things look ugly.

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In this episode, I’m sharing the beauty and blessings of the different seasons of motherhood as well as how to get through the tough seasons of surprise, suffering, and sacrifice. I'm also sharing a bit about the season I'm still in - my oldest son being diagnosed with mental health issues in his second year of college and how that changed my story.

I'm also sharing a bit about the season I'm still in - my oldest son being diagnosed with mental health issues in his second year of college and how that changed my story. Through the journey of motherhood, our children, if we let them, can teach what it means to love like God does, as much as is humanly possible. They can teach us what it means to accept others without pretense and what it means to continually extend grace and forgiveness for no other reason than the love we have for them, as God does for us. They can teach us how to find the beauty and the blessing in every season of life. I pray you are strengthened and encouraged in your journey and calling as a mother through the Biblical insight from God's word and my story of motherhood. Your story may be different from mine, but I'm sure as always, you find that we are more alike than we are different when we stand on the sacred ground of God's unifying grace. As mothers, we have all been appointed to the same calling and commitment by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Books I recommend for Mental Health Awareness Month and Mother’s Day:

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God Paperback – Gloria Furman

Surrendered Balanced Daily Living for the Modern Christian Woman - Krista Pettiford

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir - Mark Lukach

May 1, 2017

Today I'm sharing from my heart about changing the garments of your heart from any forms pretense to the beautiful garments God provides for us when we become His daughters. 

Sometimes we cover up what's really going on inside with pretense on the outside but that's not God's plan!

Isaiah 52:1–2 says, "Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments… For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you.  Shake yourself from the dust, arise… Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!"

I love the book of Isaiah because it is a picture of Christ’s redemption of His Beloved Bride—the church. That’s us!

When Isaiah spoke these words to the children of Israel, though they were God’s chosen people, they had been lured away into a place of physical and spiritual bondage because of their desires to be more like the people around them who did not have a relationship with the one true God.

Even though God loved them, accepted them, and called them beautiful, they were still drawn away by their own lust.

Their once-beautiful garments had become the filthy garments of sin and captivity. God in His loving-kindness still offered them a way back to Him and new beautiful garments to change into.

This is what Christ does for us, His Beloved Bride. He takes our filthy rags and gives us a wardrobe full of new beautiful garments regardless of what we wore in the past.

The only catch is: before you put on your beautiful garments, you have to take off your old garments.

Jesus put it this way, “No man puts a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new makes a tear, and the piece that was taken out of the new match with the old” (Luke 5:36).

You will never be able to fit into your new clothes until you take off the old!

Changing into your beautiful garments means doing away with your old-self, your former conduct, and the hurts and offenses you've tried to cover up and putting on Christ. It’s washing clean from your past with the Word of God and clothing your heart with His promises. This lets the world know you have chosen to be known as God's daughter and no longer want to be identified as being “of the world.”

 

 

 

Changing our garments isn’t a one-time deal. This is obvious in the story of the children of Israel.

We have to continually return to God to be cleansed because we live in a fallen world with outside influences. The beautiful thing is, however, that we can always return, and God is always willing to take us back and wash us clean. He cleanses our hearts from sin, heals what is broken in us, and we actually become beautiful instead of settling for just being pretty.

 

Apr 14, 2017

This is a living recording of a workshop I recently did at a singles retreat in Southern California. it's based on my Mindset Measure Mission Motto Blueprint for God's Daughters Workbook. 

For this particular workshop, I adapted the material for singles but stayed true to the core message - whatever differences we have - we all have three things in common: a desire to experience genuine love, a desire to be accepted for who we really are, and a desire to feel beautiful. For men, beauty is the same as the desire to be desired or feel worthy or someone desiring them.  

At the core of these desires is the inborn image of God within us. He is Love, He is the Grantor of eternal acceptance, and He is the Beautiful One.

As women, what we believe about love, acceptance, and beauty affects every other area of our lives and frame our worlds.

Our mindsets – the attitudes and opinions that form our thought processes, our standards – the measure we use to apply our understanding, and our ability to fulfill our mission and our purpose are all affected by what we believe about love, acceptance, and beauty.  

This workshop was interactive. Toward the end, you will also be able to follow along with the exercise to replace wrong, negative, self-defeating mindsets with what God's says about you in any area of your life, and make those mindsets the new standards by which you measure yourself. 

As always, I'm sure you will enjoy it and find common ground with not only me but the participants who share their breakthroughs and takeaways!

 

You can purchase a copy of my workbook here: Mindset Measure Mission Motto Blueprint for God's Daughters

Mar 30, 2017
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Kia Stephens is a wife, a homeschooling mom of two children, a former school teacher, the found of Father Swap, a blog she started to be a source of encouragement, healing, and practical wisdom for women dealing with the effects of a physically or emotionally absent father. As a child of divorced parents, she knows the damaging impact growing up without a father can have on a woman.

 

Kia is passionate about helping fatherless women.

Kia and I chatted about fatherlessness in its many forms. Kia shared from her research and conversations with women from different socioeconomic backgrounds that father issues are not just something that happens to women who grew up fatherless. Many women who had their fathers have issues as adults because of the relationships they had with their fathers. While some fathers are absent physically while others are physically there but not emotionally there. Kia shared how we must forgive our earthly fathers for what they couldn’t or wouldn’t do and build a relationship with our heavenly Father as well as mend our relationships with our earthly fathers when possible. She shared how to set boundaries and put our hope in God when it comes to our expectations of our fathers. We both laughed and cried, as I’m sure you will too. As always, I’m sure you will see a little bit of yourself in Kia’s story, and find common ground with her. You may not need to hear this chat but if you know anyone suffering from father issues please share it with him or her and share Kia’s blog. It is a resource for healing and encouragement for women going through these issues.  

Kia motto: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Kia mission: To motive people to commit every area of their lives to Jesus Christ.

 

Kia’s favorite book and a few she recommended for our listeners:

Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyers

So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore

Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson

Kia’s favorite thing to do to stay rooted in Jesus:

Intercessory prayer and gut-honest conversations with God.

Connect with Kia:

Blog: http://fatherswap.com

Facebook: FatherSwap

YouTube: Father Swap

Instagram: FatherSwap

Twitter: FatherSwap

Mar 1, 2017
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Joy Williams is an author, blogger, and speaker.

For over fifteen years she’s led small group bible studies and spoken at Women’s retreats and conferences.  Her passion is sharing life-changing truths about the grace of God in Christ.  She is the author of Friendship MAPS: A Journey through Maturity, Aspirations, Perspectives and Struggles. Through her weekly blog, she encourages sincere or side-tracked truth seekers with “hope for the heart and joy to the soul.”

Joy and I chatted about what it means to have an intimate relationship with God, and what that looks like as we walk it out in real life. We also talked about her book Friendship MAPS. In Friendship MAPS she shares why it's so important to have the right friends in each season of life and selecting our friends based on God's purposes, as well as knowing when to let go of toxic friendships. You don't want to miss out of the conversation! I'm sure as always that you will see a little bit of yourself in Joy's story and be encouraged knowing you're not alone and we all have things in common.    

Joy’s book recommendation

Anonymous Jesus hidden years...and yours by Alicia Britt Chole

Joy’s favorite worship song

Forever by Kari Job greater by

Greater by Jekalyn Carr

Joy’s motto

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Joy’s mission

To encourage sincere or side-tracked truth seekers with hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

Connect with Joy

Joy's book: Friendship Maps

Website: joyawilliams.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/joytothesoul/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/joytothesoul

Feb 16, 2017

Theresa Warren Johnson is a mom, a family counselor, a Bible teacher, the leader of Rock Solid Women's Ministry at Rock Church San Diego, and founder of GIRL Talk (God in Real Life) Ministries.

Theresa and I met volunteering to serve at another woman's conference about three years ago.  During our chat, Theresa and I talked about learning to lead by walking in faith and serving others. When you trust God and allow Him to lead you, you may very well end up leading others. Serving in God's kingdom can be likened to sowing seeds in one season that will spring up as flowers in due season to create a beautiful garden. This is a picture of Theresa's life and it reminds me a lot of my own life as well as many others. Theresa and I also talked about trusting the Lord by faith for His direction when He doesn't show you His full plan. Maybe you've been serving the Lord faithfully in your church or trusting Him in a certain area of your life for a while but have yet to see the results you thought you would, and you don't know what to do next. If you don't grow weary while doing good you will reap if you faint not, (Galatians 6:9). Your path will become clearer as you continue to trust Him and do good! Beloved, I'm sure that as always, you will see a little bit of yourself in Theresa's story, and be encouraged by er story of uncompromised faith.  

Theresa's life verse/motto:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Theresa's mission:

Using her story to bring Him glory.

Theresa's book recommendation:

Knowing God by Name by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland

Theresa's favorite way to worship:

Give Me Jesus by Danny Gokey

First by Laura Daigle

 

Connect with Theresa:

Website: http://girltalkministries.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/girl.talk.ministries3/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/girltalkministries/

Connect with me:

Blog: http://kristapettiford.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/kristapettiford

YouTube: http://youtube.com/kristapettifordchan

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kristapettiford

Facebook: http://facebook.com/kristapettifordpage

Jan 26, 2017

Rebecca is a coach, a consultant, a speaker, and the founder Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network.

She motivates those she works with to break through past hindrances and embark on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Her proven leadership skills, coupled with her heart and her passion to inspire others, aid those she serves in maximizing their unique abilities, and talents allowing them to fulfill their highest potential. Rebecca has been a featured speaker for companies, churches and faith-based organizations nationwide. Rebecca engages people with her authenticity and her compassionate, heartfelt approach. Her desire to pave the path for others to embrace fulfillment is evident from the moment you hear her speak. To reach even more women and to follow God’s promptings, Rebecca established the Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network (CWEN). CWEN empowers and equips Christian woman entrepreneurs and business owners to serve purposefully and effectively in the marketplace. It is a vibrant entrepreneurial community that is unlike any other networking group; one that approaches business and networking from a distinctly biblical perspective. I’ve personally worked with Rebecca and I continue to call on her. She helped me and many other women to get laser focused in business and ministry. Last year Rebecca invited me to speak at her annual Breakthrough Retreat for CWEN. It was my honor. During our chat, Rebecca and I talked about changing your mindset from one who is a survivor to one who is an overcomer through deepening your relationship with Jesus. Rebecca shared how she grew up with a real feeling of love and acceptance and had to learn to survive to get through life. However, when she met Jesus and committed her life to Him, He changed her outlook and her outcome. Now she helps women in life and business learn to be overcomers not just survivors. We talked about how she turned off the noise of the world, got quiet enough to hear from God, and how in those times with God she stopped believing the lies of the devil and started believing what God said about her until she became an overcomer! As always, I'm sure that you will see a little bit of yourself in Rebecca's story. If you are going through a season so surviving I pray this chat will encourage you to keep moving forward until you overcome.

Rebecca's Motto:

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes."

(Isaiah 54:2)

Rebecca's Mission:

To equip women to serve purposefully in the marketplace and be who God called them to be.

Favorite Books:

The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson

Jesus Life Coach by Laurie Beth Jones

Rebecca's favorite way to stay rooted in Jesus:

Daily quiet time with husband, reading a devotion, and Google with God using penBible.info.

 

Connect with Rebecca Garcia:

Website

Coaching: https://www.rebeccagarcia.com

Network Group: https://www.CWENnetwork.com

Facebook:

Coaching: https://www.facebook.com/CoachRebeccaGarcia

CWENnetwork Group: https://www.facebook.com/CWENnetwork

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachrebeccagarcia

 

Jan 10, 2017


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My guest for episode #8 is Sharon Pearce, the founder and executive director of Silent Voices Pregnancy Care Center. 

I reached out to Sharon when I shared my story of having had an abortion at our annual women's conference several years ago and then had several women come to me silently via texts and email to thank me for sharing my story and to share their stories with me. I reached out to her to be able to refer some for follow-up who need more counseling. Then a few months ago a saw Sharon at a ministry event and asked her to be on the podcast. During our chat, Sharon shared her story of working in the abortion industry and how that affected her to the point of a mental breakdown, and how God in His mercy healed her and lead her to start Silent Voices to help women make the decision to keep their babies. Sharon's mission is to help women make the decision to keep their babies and to support them through motherhood, and bring healing to those women who have had abortions. Maybe you've never had an abortion but you've experienced God's grace giving you beauty for the ashes of something you've been through. Maybe you know someone who's had an abortion. If so, would you please share this podcast with them. Either way, I'm sure as always that you will see a little of yourself in Sharon story of God's love, acceptance, and beauty shaping her identity and the way she lives out her faith.

What Silent Voices Offers:

Silent Voices offers a host of confidential services including free pregnancy tests, counseling and loving support to women facing unplanned or crisis pregnancies who often feel pressured to have an abortion throughout their pregnancies. Silent Voices has two support groups - Bridges to Motherhood for any woman who is either pregnant or has recently had a baby, who is looking for support, friendship and assistance and Post Abortion Healing & Recovery Group which is done as a weekend experience, plus Bible Studies. They also offer sex, pregnancy, and abortion education, natural family planning, as well as help and counseling for those women who choose to have abortions.  

  Sharon's Motto/Verse:

"Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord." (Isaiah 54:1)

You can donate to help with the mobile unit here: 

http://www.silentvoices.org/donate-now.html

Going mobile will allow Silent Voices/Real Choices to meet women where they are, and to help them in their most vulnerable moments by providing a Free Ultrasound on the Mobile!

Volunteer with Silent Voices:

http://www.silentvoices.org/volunteer.html

Silent Voices on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Silent-Voices-International

Sow A Bible into Silent Voices Bible Studies through Gardeness Ministries 

http://www.gardenessministries.com/sow

Connect with me:

www.kristapettiford.com

Dec 29, 2016

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My guest for episode #7 is Cynthia Harbor.

She's a proud wife and mom, a writer and a blogger, a social change agent, mentor, IT professional, special needs advocate, daughter of the King, and a champion for women and girls. Cynthia is the founder of the Faith.Hope.Love. Mom Conference based in Atlanta that promotes self-care for mom. She is also the founder of Rethinking My Story Book Club which focuses on books that remind us of who we are as God's daughters. I met Cynthia online and I'm so glad. She's awesome and I look forward to connecting with in person one day. I had the honor of being one of her first guest authors. Since that time the book club has taken off!     Cynthia and I chatted about taking off the superwoman cape, not having to be perfect, and creating a work/life balance through making time for self-care. As much as she does, she's found a way to balance it all out by making time to care for herself and using her gifts and abilities to help the people and the causes that are most important to her. We are very similar in this way. If you've ever come to a place of burnout and had to rethink your story and get clear about what's important and for that matter what not, you will find common ground with Cynthia. And, I'm sure as always you see yourself in her story if you look through the eyes of God's sacred unifying grace.    

Recommended books:

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Big Magic Creative Living audio book by  Liz Gilbert

Motto: “God is within her. She will not fail.” Psalm 46:5

Mission: To be a walking talking demonstration of God’s love.

Spending time with God: Listening to gospel music while walking

Connect with Cynthia:

Faith.Hope.Love. Mom Conference www.mom-conference.com
 
Blog: www.rethinkingmystory.com
 
Instagram: ceceharbor
 
 
Connect with me:
Blog: http://kristapettiford.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kristapettiford
YouTube: http://youtube.com/kristapettifordchan
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kristapettiford
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kristapettifordpage
Dec 22, 2016

 

 

My guest for episode #6 is Terrie Bearden, founder Project Penny Leaving a Legacy of Trust. 

Terrie started the Penny Project in 2004 after hearing a story about a man who was reminded to trust in God every time he saw a penny lying around. It was the beginning of a walk of faith and a true adventure that she wants to share with younger women. “In God We Trust” is now her anthem! Her longtime prayer partner Pam encouraged her to write her journey of trusting God, so she is also creating the “penny journal!” Terrie and I chatted about building a legacy through prayer and trusting in God even when it gets heard and you want to give up. Terrie shared how she created fun and unique family traditions for Christmas! She shared tips to help you create your own family traditions to bring your family closer together and make Christmas and as well as other holidays special. Even if you're in a season of transition - missing a loved one, or feeling the pain or loss of a break-up, you can create new traditions and make new memories with the people God has given you in this season. Studying and teaching God’s Word is her passion! Terrie’s desire is to bring good news, sprinkled with laughter and love, and to encourage women to take their broken hearts and put them in God’s capable hands for safe-keeping.  She knows first-hand that as we do this, we allow Him to heal, restore, and renew us.She has experienced a lifetime of answered prayer, with experiences of redemption and reconciliation.  Her story is one of hope that is so desperately needed today. Terrie was born and raised in San Diego, California, she married her husband in 1978. They have two children and five grandchildren. Terrie’s been at her church for over 30 years and was also the school administrator for the Christian school run by her church at one time. Terrie was born and raised in San Diego, California. She married her husband in 1978. They have two children and five grandchildren. Terrie’s been at her church for over 30 years and was also the school administrator for the Christian school run by her church at one time.  

 Terrie's favorite books:

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur

Motto/Scripture verse:

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Favorite worship song:

Make Me Glad by Hillsong

Connect with Terrie:

Blog: http://terriebearden.com

Facebook: The Penny Place

Instagram: terriebearden

Twitter @cclcdirector @cclcdirector

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Dec 13, 2016

My guest for episode #5 is Trista Laborn a military wife, a mom, an entrepreneur, and a blogger at A Purpose Driven Wife. Trista and I had a heartfelt chat about what it's like to become Christians later in life. Neither of us grew up in a Christ-centered home, and both of us gave our lives to the Lord as married adults with children.  Shifting from a worldly mindset to a godly, Biblical mindset changed the way we live our lives and care for our families. And, God in His faithfulness is working in our lives to fulfill His plan.

Her experiences with Jesus is of him grouped in with all the other gods and my experience was one based religion and not a personal relationship. We both had to shift from a worldly mindset to a godly, Biblical mindset and re-establish the way we live our lives and care for our families. 

During our chat, we discussed what it means to be a purpose driven wife and mom, and how knowing your "why" you do what you do is the key to not being distracted by other things. Trista shared how she learned to do what's best for her and her family in each season without comparing herself to other women so she can live a life without regrets. She shared how to find an outlet for your creativity as a woman, apart from her important roles as a wife and mom through finding community and investing time in yourself. 

Even if you're not a stay-at-home mom and a military wife or you've know God all your life I'm confident you will find that you have many things in common with Trista. You will see a little bit of yourself in her story of coming to know her purpose and learning to be a good steward of her life and satisfied in her season. 

 

Trista's motto:

Build. Focus. Rest. (Proverbs 14:1, Matthew 7:13-14, Mark 6:31 Message Bible)

How Trista stays rooted in Jesus:

Worship, singing songs, listening to godly podcasts, reading the Bible and good books.

Books Trista's reading:

The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God

 

Connect with Trista:

Website: http://adrivenwife.com/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/adrivenwife/

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/tlaborn

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TLaborn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adrivenwife

 

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Dec 9, 2016



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My guest for episode #4 is Sarah Lopez

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A wife and mom of five young children and owner of Freshly Prepped that she started by prepping meals in her kitchen with one of best friends.

I met Sarah at a retreat I spoke at this year. We hit it off immediately. She sponsored some of our meals, and they were amazing!

She and her husband opened Freshly Prepped Commercial Grade Meal Prep Kitchen to meet the needs of modern women that want to eat healthier and make healthy meals for their families but don't always have time to cook healthy meals. What started out as a way to change her eating habits and take better care of herself has grown into a full-time business in the San Diego area.

We chatted about how God restores and gives us back even more than we ask for when we give our lives fully to Him. 

During our chat, Sarah shared how almost losing her marriage brought her back to Jesus, an intimate relationship with Him, not just religion, and how her husband came to know the Lord during that time. God healed her marriage and knit them together again in Christ before giving them the huge blessing of their thriving business.

We also talked about being a good steward of what God gives us season by season and how she balances a life with family, motherhood, and running her business with her husband by making time for God each day. Her story may make you cry but it will also inspire you to be all that God has called you to be in His time and in His way!

Whatever your story, I'm sure you will see a little bit of yourself in Sarah's story and find common ground in God's sacred unifying grace.

Sarah's motto/ life verse:

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden... let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14, 16)

Book recommendations:

Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby

Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit by Beth Moore

Favorite way to worship and nurture her relationship with God: His Word, spending time in her Bible

Connect with Sarah and start your freshly prepared journey:

Website: http://freshlyprepped.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freshlyprepped/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freshlyprepped/

Connect with me:

Instagram: http://instragram.com/kristapettiford

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kristapettiford

Facebook: http://facebook.com/kristapettifordpage

YouTube: http://youtube.com/kristapettifordchan

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Nov 21, 2016

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My guest for episode #2 is Teresa Wells.

For Teresa being a child of God, a daughter of the King is her number one role. She is also a wife, mom, grandma, mother-in-law, women’s ministry leader, writer, daughter, friend, niece, cousin, neighbor, good listener, avid reader, and a special needs mom.

Teresa had always been a “good church girl” but she came to know Jesus in a real and more personal way when her special needs daughter was born. Teresa and I talked about how God’s love and His strength are made perfect and complete in our suffering. And, how God uses the sudden things and the surprises in life to draw us closer to Him. If life has every hit you with a surprise that made you rethink your faith and have to dig deeper with God and readjust your theology about deals with His children then you will be encouraged by this podcast.

Even if you’ve never faced anything as life changing as raising a special needs child, I’m certain that you will see a little bit of yourself in Teresa's story through God’s sacred unifying grace.

(You can listen to the show here. I would love if you would rate, subscribe, and share the show with your friends. To share click the three little dots next to the episode title and then click “share episode” to share on FB & Twitter. ) To subscribe go to iTunes/ podcast and search for "Krista Pettiford." Click on subscribe.

Teresa’s motto/ path verse: “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)

Teresa’s mission: To love her family and to be a mentor and teacher to younger women

What Teresa is reading: Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, by Jen Wilkin

 

Connect with Teresa:

Website: https://teresawells.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/teresawells

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@teresa1109

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teresawellswriter

Connect with me:

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/kristapettiford

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To purchase a copy of my book: http://kristapettiford.com/shop

Nov 21, 2016

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My guest for episode #3 is Tonia Howard.

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Tonia is a single mom, a career woman and what I like to call a digital evangelist. She ministers to singles online through Ruth and Boaz In the Meantime Ministries. You will be encouraged by the love, acceptance, and beauty God showed her through the people He sent and the events that transpired when she decided to have her beautiful daughter. God’s grace showed up big time through everyday people.

You may not be a single mom and you may have never had to face the things Tonia faced but I’m certain that you will see a little bit of yourself in Tonia story through God’s sacred unifying grace.

(You can listen to the show HERE. I would love if you would rate, subscribe, and share the show with your friends. To share click the three little dots next to the episode title and then click “share episode” to share on FB & Twitter. )

 Tonia’s motto/ path verse: “ For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Tonia’s mission – To use every single gift God has given her to bring Jesus glory and help others.

Tonia’s book recommendations: A Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren and Purpose Awakening by Toure Roberts.

Favorite way to worship: While distraction-free, in her car commuting to and fro work.

Connect with Tonia:

Website: http://www.toniashalel.com/ministry.html

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruthandboazmeantimeministries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruthandboazinthemeantimeministry/

Periscope: https://www.periscope.tv/ToniaShalel/1vAxRXWQMLjGl

Connect with me:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/kristapettiford

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kristapettiford

Facebook: http://facebook.com/kristapettifordpage

To purchase a copy of my book: http://kristapettiford.com/shop

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Nov 15, 2016

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My guest for episode one is Janice.

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Janice was the guest speaker a Christian women's brunch I attended this past summer. I did not attend with intentions to ask her to be on my show, I went to enjoy a Saturday afternoon among Christian women. I was invited by a "Facebook friend" in my local community who's an awesome woman of God and a pastor's wife. I actually decided to go at the last-minute. It just so happened that she was sharing from the book of Ruth on finding acceptance through building godly friendship/relationships and resting in our identity in Christ.

We had an awesome time chatting about God's love, acceptance, and beauty. I'm sure you will enjoy our chat and take away a few nuggets of wisdom. Even if you've never had to question your identity I'm certain that you will see a little bit of yourself in Janice's story through God’s sacred unifying grace.

(You can listen to the show HERE. I would love if you would rate, subscribe, and share the show with your friends. To share click the three little dots next to the episode title and then click “share episode” to share on FB & Twitter. )

 Connect with Janice :via email @ jpeytoncarothers@gmail.com You can follow her on Facebook: Janice Carothers

Via email @ jpeytoncarothers@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/janice.carothers

 

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