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Women encouraging women to uniquely and universally serve Christ in their domestic churches.

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Women encouraging women to uniquely and universally serve Christ in their domestic churches.




Episode 48: Summer Series with Noelle Mering - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

Please consider supporting our Podcast One thing we have come to love to do around here is get to know other women that have a postive online presence and/or are also giving of their time and talents for a Catholic ministry focused on encouraging women. This week we get to do just that with a lighthearted conversation with Noelle Mering. Noelle is a wife and mother, writer, and editor/social media manager for Helena Daily. Noelle shares her journey of faith to this point in her life. We...


Episode 47: Humanae Vitae with Mallory Smyth - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

"Humanae Vitae made me embrace the Church again". These words spoken by our guest, Mallory Smyth of ENDOW, are both gripping and also echo the hearts of many women whose hearts have been touched by the profound words of Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae. Fifty years ago, July 25, The Church and the world received this church document and the words are just as important today: "The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with...


Episode 46: Evangelization Through Geo-Location with Catholic Connect - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

Wanna be inspired by the younger generation of Catholics? Would you like to be encouraged in your own journey and how you can connect with other Catholics in your own neck of the woods? This type of evangelization is far beyond what social media platforms can do. Richy Orozco of Catholic Connect has embarked on this remarkable journey of taking online connections and making them happen in real life. His passion to build community within our local communities is a huge task but he is using...


Episode 45: Unbound Ministries – Matt Lozano - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

Happy Mother's Day to all those who have built up and nurtured others as either physical mothers or spiritual mothers. On the heels of our 2 episodes about the occult and New Age, we decided that it was a good idea to go ahead and release this episode a week early. (We may take the whole month of June off, haha :)) We heard from so many of you telling us how those previous episodes had helped you and are now looking for the next step. Of course, as we have said so many times, Confession is...


Episode 44: The Occult and New Age – Sue Brinkmann Part 2 - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

Have you started to feel this strange lack of desire for your faith or not really wanting to pray your rosary? Have you started to actually question and disagree with some of the Church's teachings? Have you noticed an inability to focus or an irritability while trying to pray or read the Scriptures? We finish the rest of the conversation with Sue Brinkmann where we share and unpack some more of the false notions and downright lies we have been sold about personality tests, enneagrams,...


Episode 43: New Age and the Occult – Sue Brinkmann Part 1 - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

Yoga, Enneagram, New Age, Mindfulness. Every time these topics came up as one to address, it always came with a huge hesitation. The New Age movement within Christendom is quickly becoming an undeniably divisive and dangerous issue. We knew that if we were to do this well, we needed someone to help us wade through these waters by giving solid statistics and years of experience. Sue Brinkmann was our first choice. Sue reminds us so beautifully that when people get caught up in the New Age...


Episode 42: Mentorship/Discipleship - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

We are created for relationships: parents and children, siblings, best friends, spousal relationships, work place friendships, and neighborhood communities. We are fed and encouraged and supported through others. Christians refer to this beauty as the mystical Body of Christ; we are His hands and feet. Have you ever been intentional with another woman in matters of spiritual growth or just day to day life? Has another woman ever poured this life giving energy into you? Megan and Becky have...


Episode 41: Our Inheritance as a Daughter of God with Megan Hjelmstad - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

HAPPY EASTER FRIENDS! "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." -1John 3:1a Listener: "Hi! I just started listening to your podcast and am so excited to listen thru them all! I was wondering if you could have an episode about what it means to be a "daughter of God" or "child of God" and how you know that and recognize that yourself. This topic of defining myself and my value with just being a "child of God" - not my work, my...


Episode 40: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

Thriving in the Trenches Podcast turns ONE!!! Megan and Becky end up spending the time laughing about the past year, the goof ups, the bloopers, and the behind the scenes unexpected fun. Looking back and also looking forward at all the growth and blessings that God has bestowed and will bestow upon us all; we are happy to share this journey with you in the trenches of life. Thank you so much for supporting and encouraging and listening this past year. Let us continue to pilgrimage together...


Episode 39: Sin - Thriving in the Trenches a Catholic Podcast

God loves us with a reckless love and He call us to be holy and to be perfect as the father in heaven is perfect. The commands are repeated in Scripture, old and new. How do we balance all these Truths? "Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation;[a] the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;" (2 Cor 5: 17-18a). Last week we shared about the Church's...


Episode 38: Confession and a Lenten Check In - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn 1:9) This week Megan and Becky explore the beauty and necessity of the Sacrament of Healing we call, Confession. With a heavy emphasis on the Catechism, the gals discuss many of the reasons why we need the Sacrament while also sharing personal experiences and reader questions and comments. Reconciliation seems be one of the most misunderstood and the least sought out...


Episode 37: Christopher West – Part 2 - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

This sin of objectification is truly hurting us all, men and women alike. Women have been taught they can use their body to manipulate others and men have been sold the lie that they are just naturally lustful and are hopeless to change. But, the Christ - centered, good news message St. John Paul II delivered during his Wednesday addresses tells us something very different. In Part 2 of our conversation with Christopher West, we go deeper into the meaning of Theology of the Body and how...


Episode 36: Christopher West – Part 1: The Cor of the Gospel - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

So we know that you have likely heard about Theology of the Body through many sources, including us. You are also likely familiar with world renowned speaker, Christopher West. In this episode of our podcast, Christopher really just preaches the Gospel of Grace, Mercy, and Love. The Gospel of God's love for each and everyone of us. Our goal in this interview was to speak life into the soul of anyone listening and share in the hope that comes from the love of Abba Father. Our world has been...


Episode 35: Lenten Fasting - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"Think about not just the virtues that you will get for yourselves, but also the graces from fasting that will go into your home and family, your domestic churches. These graces will be there for your spouse and children. We are ultimately that vessel overflowing with God's Graces and blessings onto others. While we may grow in virtue, our loved ones benefit also." -Megan Schrieber With Lent fast (get what I did there??) approaching, Becky gives Megan a shot in the arm and a kick in the...


Episode 34: Lenten Lectio Divina with Sarah Christmyer - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

Have you ever heard of this term, Lectio Divina, and wondered what in the world it meant? Have you ever thought you'd like to learn how to get into the Scriptures in a deeper way? God speaks to us through the Word of God and we are richly blessed in this country to have the freedom to have Bibles, read Bibles, live out our Catholic Christian faith, and to come together for times to worship and praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As a Catholic, we are steeped in the traditions of...


Episode 33: Graciously Defending Life - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"Compassion does not kill, compassion suffers alongside or along with." -Trent Horn On this installment of Thriving in the Trenches, we make some fun announcements to go along with a very informative and helpful conversation with Catholic Answers apologist, Trent Horn. Have you ever shied away from trying to defend your pro-life position because you were just not comfortable doing so? As important as this issue is in today's culture, we have an opportunity to grow in our knowledge and how...


Episode 32: Women Encouraging Others - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

In today's episode, Megan and Becky continue to have the conversation about what it looks like to encourage one another but also what it actually feels like to be encouraged. They both share with the listeners how the Lord used other women to encourage each of them individually this past week. The power of this message has been well received and many other women are signing on to this movement of #womenencouragingwomen. By nature of the word encouragement, Megan and Becky also wanted to...


Episode 31: Season 3 is Here! - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

In the Season 3 opener, Megan and Becky share about their Saints of the year and word of the year. They also share how the Lord is prompting them to switch up things and shift the focus of the podcast ever so slightly. Through plenty of laughter and Scripture, we are focusing on glorifying God, #womenencouragingwomen, and keeping in step with the Spirit. Happy New Year! Show Notes: Saints name generator by Jennifer Fulwiler Word of the year generator by...


Episode 30: Modesty, The Full Story – Damon Owens - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"Every virtue, every firm habit to do good is far more powerful than any vice that pulls us away from the true joy of God. Mercy is giving people more love than they deserve which is exactly what God does for us" -Damon Owens Episode 13 - Modesty As an Act of Charity with mom of 7 boys, Susan Husband, definitely stirred up some chatter on facebook when it released back in the Spring. Several comments really struck a chord with us in the way that stirred our hearts to keep the conversation...


Episode 29: LTC – Emily Stimpson Chapman - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

This is the portion of the podcast where we follow up with what YOU, our listeners, have given us to talk about. We are following up on our conversation with Emily Stimpson Chapman from episode 28. We continue to talk about the female body imange and how really all issues must lead us back to the wonderful counselor, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Though some struggle with a negative view of their bodies, others may see how they can manipulate others with their beauty. We talk about...