Exchanging the Try-Hard Life for Creativity and Rest

Exchanging the Try-Hard Life for Creativity and Rest

Do you give yourself permission to be purposeless? Unproductive? Playful? Creative? Or do you feel the pressure to make sure everything you do, spend, create, and grow has some greater meaning? This has been one of the great struggles of my adult life. I grew up in a culture that was bent towards productivity, academic accolades, and financial success. Those values deeply shaped how I saw this world and myself. When I came to know Jesus as my Savior in college, I let go of the try-hard life but adopted a warped mindset that “dying-to-self” also meant, “dying to everything fufu.” If it doesn’t…

Making Time for God and His Word with Asheritah Cuicui

Making Time for God and His Word: Interview with Asheritah Ciucui {Podcast #410}

Do you struggle to meet with God each day, feeling like the tyranny of the urgent is ruling your life? Is getting into the Word something that you long for but can’t quite find a routine that works for you? Maybe you think that you’ll be just fine on your own without a personal study of Scripture? This episode of the More to Be Podcast is filled with simple tips and practical strategies to shift your thinking and habits toward pursuing time with God each day and studying the Word for yourself. I’m joined by friend and fellow Bible study…

Encounter God: 52 Week Scripture Memory Cards

Encounter God Afresh

How well do you know God? Do you see Him as an “out there” being who is gambling with your life?  Is He a cranky old judge, ready to dole out an indictment?  Or is He kind and gentle, gracious and forgiving?  Who we think God is, impacts everything about the way we live. Growing up in an abusive home made it nearly impossible for me to see God as a loving father. My faith upbringing didn’t help either, as I believed I had to earn God’s love and blessing. Can you see how that might play out in my life, even…

Resting in God's Arms Amidst of Loss and Anxiety with Christie Thomas

Resting in God’s Arms Amidst of Loss and Anxiety with Christie Thomas {Podcast 409}

Do you struggle to find comfort in God’s arms in the middle of trials and challenges, losses and disappointments? You’re not alone. Suffering is real, and anxiety is often a companion. In this episode of the More to Be Podcast, I’m joined by Christie Thomas for a quiet and thoughtful conversation about what it means to navigate loss and anxiety as an adult and also with young children. Christie is the mom of three boys who love stories and wife of an educator, and she is passionate about helping parents cultivate a vibrant faith life so that they can live…

Pursuing a Grumble-Free Heart and Home with Tricia Goyer

A Grumble-Free Heart and Home with Tricia Goyer {Podcast 408}

Is grumbling the tone of your heart and home? Maybe that’s a habit you’ve inherited. Maybe it’s one that has been triggered by life’s trials. No matter what has caused the grumbling, you can make strides toward a grumble-free life and cultivate a new culture in your home. On this episode of the More to Be Podcast, I’m joined by my friend, Tricia Goyer, who offers us such a fresh perspective on parenting through the grumbles with a new vision. You might have heard her on the podcast before as we chatted about anger. Tricia has plenty of real-life experience…

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