Freedom Series Podcast

052 // Freedom From Fear & Anxiety – Meredith McDaniel & Maria Furlough

January’s Kindred Mom theme is Freedom in Motherhood, and in Episode 52, host Emily Sue Allen talks with guest Meredith McDaniel, a mom and licensed counselor, about postpartum anxiety and how to recover well from birth. Author of Breaking the Fear Cycle, Maria Furlough joins Emily for a conversation about navigating fear during and after the loss of one of her sons, offering practical strategies for overcoming fear as a mother.

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Breaking the Fear Cycle by Maria Furlough (Amazon affiliate link)


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About Podcast Host Emily Sue Allen – 

Emily Sue Allen is the founder of Kindred Mom, and she hosts/produces the Kindred Mom podcast. Emily is also a member of several communities for writers (including Hope*Writers and Rise Up Writers, among others) and she is a regular devotional writer for Joyful Life Magazine. Soul care for moms and helping women find joy in the midst of their motherhood journey are among her greatest passions. Emily is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of a humble, handmade life and deeply values the power of encouragement. She lives with her husband and six kids in the Pacific Northwest, and personally blogs at Find Kindred Mom on Instagram and Facebook, and follow Emily on Instagram to see her most recent family adventures.

Guests on this Episode

Meredith McDaniel is an author and licensed counselor in North Carolina. She has been married to her husband Ben, who is on Young Life staff, for 12 years. She spends most days shifting roles from writing, counseling, to mothering her 3 elementary aged children. Meredith is passionate about helping women discover who they are & experience the full life they were intended to live. She strives to offer hope in somewhat dark places + help others taste of the land of milk+honey. You can hear from Meredith & receive her newsletter and a free gift: Manna for Mundane. 

Her first book is releasing with Revell early next year in January of 2020. You can find more of her writing on Instagram and on her website.

*Mentioned in this episode, an article Meredith wrote for Verity Veree: At the Table 



Maria Furlough is a proud Momma of 4 kiddos on earth and one living in the arms of Jesus. Her greatest joy includes loving on women with the comfort and the power that God has given to her. Maria has been writing Bible studies for over ten years and now enjoys shepherding women at her home church in Huntersville, North Carolina.

In her book, Breaking the Fear Cycle, Maria shares that there is a way to live free from fear. Using her own story as a catalyst she shows readers how to overcome fear for good. She shows readers how step out in bravery and name their fears out loud, choose to bring them to God first before acting on them, and to trust God to be the only planner of our future.  She shows what it looks like to finally give God full control over our lives and choose His sovereignty over our own ability.  We can break the cycle of feargrow through our suffering, and finally learn how to fully rely on God’s promises of protection and peace.  

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