Episode 57 opens up the final month of our Healthy Mom series: Healthy Soul. This week, host Emily Sue Allen talks with team member Lindsey Cornett and writer in resident Rachel Blackston about ways we find peace as mamas. In the second segment, Emily talks with guest Lexie Stratman, a homeschooling mom and former childbirth educator about some disciplines to bring more peace and stillness into home life.
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Some things mentioned in this episode…
“Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God.” (Sheila Walsh)
“[Christ] himself is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:14)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Also, keep an eye out for Rachel Blackston’s essay mentioned in this episode, Every Mom is a Storyteller. It comes out later this month!
About 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 emilysueallen.com. Find Kindred Mom on Instagram and Facebook, and follow Emily on Instagram to see her most recent family adventures.
Guests on this Episode
Lindsey Cornett is a loud talker, iced coffee drinker, and lover of the written word who writes from the intersection of faith, family, and freedom. She’s married to Evan, and together they live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with three kiddos (four and under). Over time, she is learning to relinquish her perfectionism and embrace her life and creativity as-is. In the process, she’s become passionate about encouraging other women to embrace the freedom Jesus offers, which is rooted in the belief that we are enough just as we are. You can find more of Lindsey’s writing on her personal website, on Instagram, and over at the The Drafting Desk, a thoughtful monthly newsletter which she co-writes to inspire women toward freedom from perfectionism.
Rachel Blackston loves a good story, deep connection with others, a savory piece of dark chocolate and a steamy mug of high octane coffee. She resides in Orlando with her lanky, marathon running husband and her three precious daughters, priceless gifts after several years of infertility. Rachel and her husband Michael cofounded Redeemer Counseling (www.redeemercounselingcenter.com). As a therapist and coach for 15 years, Rachel considers it an honor to walk with women in their stories of harm, beauty, and redemption. She specializes in working with women with a history of trauma and abuse as well as those struggling with infertility and sexual betrayal. She writes regularly for the blog Red Tent Living and enjoys speaking in the community on topics such as the Knowing your Story, Calling, the Enneagram, Sexuality, and Attachment. To contact Rachel, check out www.rachelblackston.com or blackstonrachel on instagram.
Read some of Rachel’s writing on Kindred Mom:
Grief, Donuts & Resurrection
Lexie Stratman is a mama of five living in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught childbirth education classes for over a decade and loves encouraging others to embrace the transformation God wants to do in their lives. She works with youth at her church and loves a strong cup of coffee.
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