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Risen Motherhood

A weekly podcast for moms. A space to remember we are not alone in our experiences, be challenged to have joy among the chaos, remember grace covers guilt, and seek the truth of the gospel above all else. This is a podcast for the imperfect mother, still learning, still growing and still fully recognizing she doesn’t have it all together - but comes everyday, to the base of the cross, to seek the one who does.
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Apr 17, 2019

Historians won’t record that we prayed with ours kids before school, dropped off meals to neighbors, or hosted Bible study. But God’s greater story uses the everyday work of women to spread the gospel around the world. In this episode, Emily and Laura interview Dr. Michael Kruger about women in the second century church. Michael is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and professor of New Testament and Early Christianity; and an author, husband, and father. Church history teaches us that God is faithful to his Church through his people. From the second century to now, God uses ordinary women serving in sacrificial ways to change the world with the gospel of Christ.

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Apr 10, 2019

Going to Bible study in the early years of motherhood can feel like an Olympic feat. In our minds, getting everyone ready requires some gymnastics, enough snacks to feed a sumo wrestler, and the ability to marathon your way across a parking lot. In this episode, Emily and Laura discuss common struggles that keep moms from being involved in women’s ministry and reasons to get yourself out the door. While podcasts, websites, and books are great gifts of encouragement, God specifically gives the local church to train, equip, and nourish his children. Getting there will be worth it.

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Apr 3, 2019

Sometimes it feels like we can’t finish a thought before a child needs us to grab more water, tie a shoe, or change a diaper. When mom’s brain power is consistently going to urgent things, adding scripture memory into the routine can seem too hard. Who really has time for flashcards? In this episode, Emily and Laura show how memorizing scripture gives us the wisdom we’re craving for the everyday. God’s word renews our minds and transform our lives, which helps us in the carpool line, the kitchen, and every moment of motherhood. God gave us his word as a gift; let’s enjoy it.   




R|M APPLY QUESTIONS:

  1. Scripture memory can be hard for moms, so let’s take a personal inventory on Bible memory and the challenges in our lives. Do you currently memorize scripture? Have you ever had a rhythm for scripture memory? What are 2-3 reasons why you don’t memorize scripture (ie. uninterested, too tired, overwhelmed—and seriously no need to get stuck in guilt here. This is just a starting point!)?

  2. We believe the Bible is in the infallible Word of God, and it holds the power to judge the intentions of our hearts and renew our minds. Why is it important for Christians to know what the Bible says?

  3. Look up Psalm 119. List some of the benefits of knowing God’s word. Do you think you can experience these gifts apart from knowing God’s word and how he desires for us to live?

  4. We mentioned a lot of helpful tips and resources to start Bible memory in your home. Choose one or two that sound like a good fit for your learning style and family rhythm. How can you incorporate them into your week? How can you include your kids in the fun?

  5. Remember, we don’t earn our right standing before God by reciting Bible verses. He doesn’t love, bless, or help us more because we’ve proven ourselves worthy. Instead, he gifts us his word so we can better know him and how to live in a way that leads to joy. Consider an area in your life where you struggle to remember God’s love for you. What verses can you memorize to help you trust in God’s faithfulness to you?


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  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Mar 27, 2019

Whenever we ask the R|M community for questions, they range from lighthearted and practical to thought-provoking and theological, which makes the AUA show something special. In this one-hour episode, Emily and Laura answer listeners’ questions from how they handle the work of the ministry and how they manage their personal screen time, to how they’ve changed as mothers and how they intentionally connect with their husbands. We hope as you listen, you’ll see how the gospel applies to everything and how we have freedom in Christ to serve our families in unique ways.

Questions (Time-Stamped):

[1:51] What podcasts do you listen to?

[4:28] How do you potty train little boys?

[6:39] Do you guys hang out a lot outside of podcast/book stuff?

[8:37] Do you consider yourselves stay-at-home moms?

[11:17] How do you do the ministry of R|M and motherhood?

[18:20] What advice would you give to those wanting to grow in their writing?

[22:34] Do you ever struggle with comparing yourselves to each other? How do you deal with this?

[29:14] Do you have limits or personal policies that you use to limit or guard yourself from too  much social media intake?

[31:56] How are you a different mom now than in the first year or two of mothering?

[37:23] How do you practically handle being real about your emotions with your kids (anger, sadness, crying) while still giving them the stability they need from their mom?

[44:41] What are some of your go-to questions to ask your husband to help connect?

[45:36] What are some of your most common prayers throughout any given day?

[46:45] Are there rules for prayer?

[49:47] Do you have any friends whom you disagree with theologically? How do you navigate this?


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Marriage questions:

  • How can I love you better this week?

  • How can I love you in intimacy this week?

  • What’s coming in the week ahead?

  • What’s one way I can serve you this week?


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R|M APPLY QUESTIONS:

  1. All moms are ministers of the gospel of Christ. Some may serve in official capacities like in a church or nonprofit, but all serve in their homes and local communities. How is motherhood a ministry? How does God instruct believers to serve others out of their love for Christ? How do you share the gospel in your words and actions in everyday life?

  2. By God’s grace, we’re able to grow in our ability to mother. We may learn a new trick like prepping lunch before heading out to church or learn a spiritual discipline like being patient amidst the demands for snacks every afternoon. How have you grown as a mother? How are those examples—practical or spiritual—signposts of God’s faithfulness to you?

  3. There’s a form of godly comparison that encourages you towards godliness and thankfulness. What would this look like? Can you think of a friend whose love of God and others causes you to praise God and press into the work before you? Consider sharing with your friend how her joy in the Lord shines for others.

  4. Connecting with your husband in the little years can take a little creativity and a lot of intentionality. (That’s probably why every AUA has a question about marriage!) What makes your husband feel known, respected, and cared for? How can you build some of those things into your weekly rhythm?

  5. God’s word offers what we need for godly living and encouragement. Podcasts, articles, and books are extra gifts but not the source of wisdom. Are you searching the scriptures for wisdom or looking around for second-hand information? How can you become a better student of God’s word?   


FOR MORE:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Mar 20, 2019

“Mommy, what happens when someone dies?” When our kids ask us about death, answering can feel intimidating and even sad. How much should we share? What can they understand? Will we scare them? In this episode, Emily and Laura interview Tim Challies about how to talk to our kids about death. Tim is a husband, father of teenagers, pastor, and writer who encourages us to bring the conversation about death back to our children’s hearts and the hope they have in Jesus. We don’t need to worry so much about what to say to our kids. God gave us what we need in his word to teach our kids the victory of the gospel in the face of death.


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R|M APPLY QUESTIONS:

  1. Our kids will ask big theological questions. How do you feel when one is lobbed your way? Have your kids asked about death? After listening to the interview, how would you describe a theology of death to your kids?

  2. Any conversation around death will eventually end with God’s judgment or grace, which makes it a launchpad for talking about your child’s heart. How can you explain the need for Jesus? What specific examples in your child’s life can you use to show their need for a Savior?

  3. When children press to know if pets (or neighbors or friends) will be in heaven, it’s often because they equate “forever happiness” with being with the things and people they love. What are some specific people, pets, or things your child may expect to be in heaven? How can you point them to the true joy that will be waiting for believers in heaven? What examples can you give them to make them most excited to be with Christ?

  4. We all feel pressure to have perfect theological answers, because we fear misleading our children or misrepresenting God. But it rests on God to change our children’s hearts. How can we be faithful in sharing scripture’s truths with our children without fear of “messing up”?

  5. There are hundreds of resources for how to teach your children, which is a gift from God. But the even greater gift is the gift of his own words in the Bible to train us in godliness and biblical knowledge. We have what we need for gospel-centered motherhood through his word and his Church. How can you invest more time in Bible study? Is there an older woman in your church you could reach out to for counsel?


FOR MORE:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Mar 13, 2019

It’s vacation time! We can see ourselves sleeping in, sipping hot coffee, and diving into a good book. But it’s more likely someone will get sick, the traffic will be terrible, and the diaper bag will be left at the house. In this episode, Emily and Laura offer a “Mom Heart Check” to help find the root of difficulty in family trips. When we travel, it’s not about being served but about serving others. We can prep our hearts before, during, and after a trip by rethinking our expectations and remembering the servant love of Christ.



R|M Apply:

  1. Consider your heart motivations when planning and prepping for a trip. How do you view vacations for your family? A chance to get away? The highlight of the year? A time for you to clock out?

  2. No matter how well we plan, we’ll be met with interruptions, surprises, and challenges when we travel. What difficulties have you experienced on trips? Were your responses honoring to God and your family? If not, what would have been a godly response in that situation?

  3. When things are difficult we often blame everyone around us. While it may not be anyone’s fault, our responses reveal our trust in things other than God. Do you believe God is in control of your trip? How does this truth stop blame-shifting and enable us to extend grace in all things?

  4. After kids, “vacation” doesn’t mean the same thing it once did. There are needs to meet for our families no matter where we are, so we need a right understanding of service. How does God serve you as you serve your family—even on vacation? Are you ever without his help or grace?

  5. It helps to set your mind and heart on the right things before a trip begins. Consider the sin issues that pop up when you travel. Think of past examples of common challenges that may happen again. How can you respond kindly and graciously? How can you help your kids understand how to love God and others while traveling? How can you communicate the gospel to your family before, during, and after vacation?


FOR MORE:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Mar 6, 2019

Changing dirty diapers. Providing nourishing meals. Having conversations about patience and self-control. It doesn’t look like an official outreach or job position, but ministering to our kiddos is one way we serve God. In this episode, Emily and Laura share how moms can see and serve their kids. Our individual circumstances are different, but we can all look to Jesus as our perfect example for ministry in everyday life. He worked, traveled, taught, and ate with his disciples to show them what it looks like to obey and love God in all things. Mamas, let’s live a life of ministry too.


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Faithful Motherhood Series

Discipleship and Teaching “Gospel Thinking”

Encouragement in the Ministry of Motherhood

Intentional Motherhood

Bible Literacy

Husbands as Ministry Partners

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RM APPLY QUESTIONS


Now that we see our work in motherhood as a ministry to our children, let’s talk about how to see and serve them well. You’ll find there are a million ways to do this with a scroll on social media, a simple Google search, or even a look at the R|M website. But ministry isn’t a thing of guilt, it’s a thing of grace. God graciously invites us into his work to spread his gospel and make disciples, even in our homes. Our ministry will look different than the mom next to us, but our goal is the same: to raise children up in the ways of the Lord.

  1. When you hear the word “ministry,” what comes to mind? Who ministers? What does ministry look like? Ministry simply means serving God by serving others in our spheres of influence—which for a mom includes her family. How would you describe your ministry in motherhood?

  2. The first thing we need to do ministry is a relationship with God. This is how we’re equipped to serve our kiddos and how we learn to obey God. How do you grow in your relationship with God? How do you grow in godliness and gospel thinking?

  3. We have hundreds of moments in a day in motherhood to decide to submit in obedience to God or to chase our own selfish desires. Can you think of an example of a moment like this in your home? What would it look to serve God in that moment?

  4. We minister in two main ways: in the physical and in the spiritual. What are some practical needs you meet for your children? How does that work communicate the gospel to them? What are some specific hearts needs in your children right now? How can you communicate the gospel to them for those issues?

  5. Resources are everywhere, which is a wonderful thing. But it can also leave us feeling overwhelmed by the options or guilty for not doing all of them. How does the gospel free us from “mom guilt” and allow us to use resources with joy?


FOR MORE:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Feb 27, 2019

Sometimes it feels like “mom world” is another planet. A nursing shield? An all-terrain stroller? Funny-shaped food? It seems easier to build friendships with women in our season of life, but the gospel gives us a bigger picture of community. In this episode, Emily and Laura interview Elizabeth Woodson about building flourishing friendships with women in other seasons of life—particularly singles. Elizabeth is a Bible teacher who writes, teaches, and helps to develop leaders at The Village Church and serves as the Director of Resources for the Sparrow Conference. Christian moms and singles can have the most important thing in common: our faith in Christ. So press in a little deeper with a woman in a different season and enjoy God’s gift of community.

 


RM APPLY QUESTIONS

It’s great to have a close group of mom friends, but God also designed Christian community to include a variety of ages, experiences, and gifts. Women in different seasons of life can have flourishing friendships if we’re willing to find common interests, have honest conversations, and build on our shared love of Christ. We’re made to be in community and to encourage our sisters-in-Christ, and that happens across every season of life.

  1. Do you have friendships with women who are in different seasons of life than you? If so, how can you further invest in these friendships? If not, can you think of any women who share similar interests with you in other areas? Consider inviting one of them to join you for coffee, bread baking, running, etc.

  2. There are common threads in all our lives. We all experience pain, loss, and difficulty; and we all experience joy, thankfulness, and hope. The gospel meets us where we are in our different situations and enables us to mourn and rejoice with one another. How is a shared love of Christ the foundation for friendship? How does it connect you to other sisters-in-Christ who may be experiencing different life events than you?

  3. Moms and singles can be tempted to run away from hard relationships, but God calls us to consider one another as more important than ourselves. What would it look like to approach a difficult friend with grace? How can you find out how to love that person well?

  4. If we want to be true friends, we have to open up our lives to others—which means opening our homes too. What are your expectations for the “right conditions” to be hospitable? Are these biblical requirements or heart idols? How can you open up space this week to invite a single woman over?

  5. All women are told to have spiritual children in the faith regardless of our life seasons. We’re to steward the information God gives us by pouring into a younger sister-in-Christ. Is discipleship a regular part of your life? How can you make time for it and who might you “do life” with?


FOR MORE:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Feb 20, 2019

Want to start a business? Wondering if you should start traveling for your job or pick up an extra shift? Trying to bend and stretch your schedule to make all your opportunities work? Being able to consider new work responsibilities, ministry roles, or creative endeavors isn’t the norm for everyone, but when we have a choice, it’s a huge privilege to steward. In this episode, Emily and Laura discuss how to evaluate new or changing career or ministry opportunities. We’re made to work and use our gifts to pass on the legacy of faith in all we do. By tuning our thoughts to God’s word, we can pursue holiness, count the cost of each decision, and lay down our lives for others.

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FOR MORE:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

 

 

Feb 13, 2019

Regular date nights are a joy. We love getting out of the house and away from the kids!  But does a flourishing God-honoring marriage require this regular habit? If you and your husband are in an overwhelming season and you’re not “succeeding” at date night, this one’s for you. In this episode, Emily and Laura dig into a different perspective on the “modern date night.” Instead of putting our hope in a single night out with our husbands, God teaches us to cherish and serve one another daily. Date nights aren’t a guarantee, but God’s covenant-keeping grace is, and he can sustain our marriage, even when we don’t get a date night.

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FOR MORE:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Feb 6, 2019

Am I an Enneagram 3? A Princess Belle? An INFP? Wait, what are you?!

It doesn’t matter if it takes 10 minutes and 100 pop-ups, we’ll click through to learn something new about our personalities. In this episode, Emily and Laura talk about why we love learning about ourselves and what role personality profiles should play in our mothering. Digging into who we are can be useful, but our personalities aren’t the full definition of who we are in Christ. God is making all things new, changing and transforming every part of us—personalities included—into the image of Jesus.

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For More:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

Jan 30, 2019

It’s our first episode of 2019, and we’re talking about the little voice in your head. The one that pipes up when you feel guilt over letting your kids eat too many cookies or sets off an alarm bell when you watch something questionable. All of us have one, but it’s not the Holy Spirit. What is it exactly? In this episode, Emily and Laura start the conversation on personal conscience. God gave each of us a conscience to help discern what’s right and wrong in the everyday “gray” areas of life. While it can be dulled by sin, God recalibrates our consciences through the study of his word and fellowship with believers, so we can do all things in faith with love.


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For More:

  • To subscribe: on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe. On Android, click this podcast RSS feed link and select your podcast app. You may need to copy the link into your favorite podcast app (like Overcast or Stitcher).

  • Leave an iTunes review. These are huge for us! The more reviews, the greater chance another mother will find us.

  • Like Risen Motherhood on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and related information.

  • Let us know your thoughts! We'd love to hear more about the conversations you're having. Shoot us an email, or find us on social media.

  • Tell others. We truly hope this podcast fosters conversations and deeper discussions between mothers to seek the gospel in their daily activities - we'd be honored if you shared and encouraged others to listen in.

*Affiliate links used where appropriate. Thanks for supporting this ministry!

 
 
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