Feathers #003 with Crystal Stine [Podcast]

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In this episode, I chat with Crystal Stine.

Crystal is passionate about living authentically, chasing joy, and encouraging women to savor the season God has them in. She works full-time as the Editorial & Marketing Manager at (in)courage and shares encouragement at her blog, crystalstine.me.

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In this episode Crystal and I open up the episode with a chat about high school sweethearts, getting out for exercise and surviving cold weather.

Crystal then shares her blogging story and how years into it, God asked her to say no to many great opportunities that would continue to grow her platform and share the gospel.  She had to obey and trust that His plan for her was best.

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BONUS!

If you’re at all interested in creating social media graphics, Crystal and I spent some extra time after the interview chatting graphic design and Crystal has agreed to share that as a bonus for you here.

Click play below for all Crystal’s graphic design secrets (ok, at least some of them)

 

If you loved that, be sure to check out Crystal’s new FREE 30 day graphic design course she’s offering in April.

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Scripture

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? Luke 9:23-25

 

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Launch Week Wrap-Up

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So we did it, guys! We launched Feathers!

Aside from iTunes being behind the ball a bit, there were ZERO issues. No major broken links, download problems or confusion.  I really thought I might be dealing with issues all week, but truthfully, it’s been one of the quietest weeks I’ve had in some time.

And here’s the best news: you guys are listening! I see the download numbers and I hear your feedback and you’re listening! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope it’s been a blessing for you as you’ve listened and I hope you’ve subscribed so you can keep listening.

Here are a few comments I’ve gotten:

“I so completely enjoyed the podcast!! I cannot wait until next week, it was excellent! Thank you for pursuing and sharing!!!!”

“Oh @bennettaj what a wonderful encouragement Episode 000 is. I can’t wait to listen to more and more.”

“It was awesome. I liked the conversational style.”

I’m not sharing to toot my horn, but to say, other people like it and I think you will too!

So I have a few more things to tell you because I want to be super clear.

The podcast IS in iTunes

Although it wasn’t there first thing Tuesday, you can now search iTunes either on your desktop or on the Podcast app on your Apple device for “Feathers” and you can subscribe.  You can also link directly over there.

Let me be really transparent for a minute and tell you iTunes is the preferred way. Why? If enough people start downloading it, rating, and reviewing it there, then it gets bumped up to this New & Noteworthy section where lots and lots more people might see it.

Please rate and review the podcast

If you’ve had a chance to listen to the podcast, please hop over to iTunes and leave a rating and a short review. This will really help!

There are THREE episodes available

Some people have seen episode 000, but didn’t realize there were two more episodes.  You can get my episode here, Jessie’s here and Kathy’s here.

I know that’s A LOT of time to spend. Don’t get too overwhelmed. Start with the quick 25 minutes intro episode and listen in spurts as you watch dishes, travel, do laundry, work out, garden.

I know it’s hard–even my sister and mom admit to not listening yet so if you haven’t, it’s OK! They’ll be there at the exact right time for you.

God has been so present with me this week

Earlier this week I started to go back down that path wanting everyone’s approval about this. I was in the shower and worrying about that pesky New & Noteworthy section in iTunes every podcaster tries to break into. I just felt the Lord whisper to me, “It doesn’t matter. I think you’re new and noteworthy. I am well-pleased.” It brings tears to my eyes thinking of it again. He is so gracious and loving to remind me that He is enough for me.

And then, last night my friend–the same one who brought me a feather from the Sea of Galilee–walked in our house for small group with a bouquet of hand-picked daffodils for me.  If you’ve listened to episode 002 with Kathy, you might remember a throw-away comment I made during the first of the podcast about spring beginning here and I thought daffodils were starting to bloom. It was a vulnerable moment for me because I felt, and maybe sounded like, I didn’t really know what I was talking about. I nearly cut it out of the episode completely, but felt like it was truthful–a lot of times I’m not sure of myself and don’t know what I’m talking about.

So, when I saw these flowers, I just really felt that through my friend’s kindness, the Lord was telling me that He’d listened and He’d heard and He’d seen me. Even in my weakest moments of this new venture, He still accepts me and loves me.

I mean, what are the chances she would know to do this this week with those exact flowers? She hasn’t even listened to the podcast yet, either.

Our pastor this week preached on John 3:16 and how God’s sacrifice of his son, and the Son’s sacrifice was a demonstration of His love.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

These flowers were another demonstration of His love for me–a wooing once again to Himself. Just like a man courting a woman would bring flowers, He presented them as an invitation to celebrate His work in me together with Him.

And so, as we finish out this launch week, I’m celebrating God’s faithfulness to help me bring this podcast to fruition, I’m celebrating your support to listen and I’m celebrating God’s love.

 

I’m so passionate for you all to experirence His love like this.  Chase after Him. Believe him. He’s waiting.

Feathers #002 with Kathy Schwanke [Podcast]

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In this episode, I chat with Kathy Schwanke.

Kathy is firstborn of a dozen; she has been married to her high school sweetheart for 31 years. They make their home in St. Croix Falls, WI. They have two married children and four grandsons.

Kathy is Woman’s Ministry director in her church where she serves Jesus with a team of eight women. Her passion is teaching a Woman’s Sunday Bible Study, leading community Bible studies, and serving as a mentor for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and for several teen girls.

While suffering in a season of severe anxiety and depression, the Lord spoke to her about leading women to experience the healing that comes from the love of God and how the truth of His word sets us free and empowers us to live a full and fruitful life.

She blogs at KathySchwanke.com

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In this episode Kathy and I open up the episode with a chat about her family and the many winter sports in her area that are not in mine here in the Carolinas!

Kathy then shares her story of how she and her husband found themselves without their farm of 12 years, no income and a load of debt during the financial crisis of 2008. She shares how God led them to flip a house and how even though it was difficult, time-consuming and at times discouraging, God used it not to just provide for her family but those around her.

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Links from the Episode

  • Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes
  • Head over to Kathy’s blog and she has posted photos of the flip house.

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Scripture

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

 

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Feathers #001 with Jessie Weaver [Podcast]

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In this episode, I chat with Jessie Weaver.

Jessie is a stay-at-home mom to three little ones: Libbie is 6, David is 4, and Joshua will be 2 in March. She is a freelance writer and editor, working for ParentLife and HomeLife magazines. She has been blogging since 2006, and last year made the move to JessieWeaver.net

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In this episode Jessie and I open up the episode with a chat about the terrible 2’s and essential oils.

Jessie then shares the story of how her and her husband had plans as a young married couple for her husband to become a college professor and for them to move close to their parents and raise a family.  God completely disrupted their plans, taking them down paths they never thought they’d go. At times it seemed that God had forgotten them and He wasn’t on their side and yet, by trusting Him through these twists and turns, God provided in ways they couldn’t have guessed and formed a life they love and is able to influence hudnreds of young men for the glory of God.

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Scripture

 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
    propose your plan, but it will not stand,
    for God is with us. Isaiah 8:10

Feathers #000 with Amy J. Bennett [Podcast]

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Eek! Welcome to Feathers!

If you need a catch up what all these feathers are about or what this podcast is about, this is the episode to check out.

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In this episode, I share some thoughts about faith, our feather story, which I’ve written about here and finally, describing the format of future episodes of Feathers, Feathers will be a weekly podcast where I will be interviewing one guest per week. The guest will be sharing their faith stories.  What are the times when God calls us to do something scary/crazy/beyond conventional wisdom or perhaps the times God dropped a difficult season in our lives and then asked us to remain faithful to Him? Hopefully these stories will encourage and inspire you to believe Him more.

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Scripture

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4