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

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 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...

Duration: 01:04:51

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...

Duration: 00:33:36

Special Episode: In-Laws - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

In-law jokes and in-law bashing seems to be en vogue among the married population. When Megan and Becky were asked to do an interview by best-selling author and speaker, Carrie Gress, about the role of in-laws in our lives, we realized how much this topic is not covered in the media and decided to do an extra podcast on the topic. With the holidays coming and more time with family, the topic seems even more timely. You can read the original article here and then listen to us expound on the...

Duration: 00:32:08

Episode 28: The Feminine Body Image – Emily Stimpson Chapman - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

Many of us are likely very familiar with this week's guest, but you may not know all of her story. Emily Stimpson Chapman shares with us how she went from being terrified to eat at all to one who throws the best of parties with the best of foods and the best of beverages. Emily's view on the role and nature of woman, whether single or married, is so beautifully woven through the truths our Church teaches. If you have not checked out her new book, The Catholic Table, we suggest you do! So...

Duration: 00:47:07

Episode 27: LTC – The Church - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"The Lord says to Peter: ‘I say to you,’ He says, ‘that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church’…On him He builds the Church, and to him He gives the command to feed the sheep; and although He assigns a like power to all the Apostles, yet He founded a single chair, and He established by His own authority a source and an intrinsic reason for that unity. Indeed, the others were that also which Peter was; but a primacy is given to Peter, whereby it is made clear that there is...

Duration: 00:34:09

Episode 26: The Church – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

Why is the Catholic Church who She says She is? When Paul wrote to Timothy in Chapter 3 of 1 Timothy, why did he tell him that "the church" was the pillar and foundation of truth and it would tell how one ought to behave in the household of God? Who is this church? Who leads it? Who protects the teachings? How can we trust it? On the 500th anniversary of the protestant revolution, we knew Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers was the man for the job to answer these questions. As Catholic women...

Duration: 00:55:40

Episode 25: LTC – Healing the Father Wound with Candice Ruttner-Duryear - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

This is our final episode of peeling back the onion of the father wound. If you've listened to the previous episodes, a father wound can really relate to any wound from many different types of trauma. Since this is the Lead the Conversation piece of our podcast series, this is where we address questions and comments from our treasured listeners. And because neither Megan nor Becky are licensed professionals, they decided to bring in a little bit of back-up. Well, alot of back-up. Candice...

Duration: 00:52:40

Episode 24: Healing the Father Wound – Sonja Corbitt - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

Last week we introduced you all to the topic of what is called a father wound. John Finch talked about this father effect and shared how his absent father caused a wound that led to very unhealthy coping mechanisms. This week, we are so thankful to have Sonja Corbitt with us to start the journey of healing the father wound. Sonja is currently running a radio series (also available via podcast) about healing the father wound. Ladies, this part of the conversation is what will help us to...

Duration: 00:50:41

Episode 23: The Father Effect with John Finch - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

As seen on EWTN, John Finch has launched into a ministry of bringing to light The Father Effect. The father wound is no small topic and we here in the trenches feel like it is such an important one. This interview with John Finch is very powerful and we hope it reaches out to all who need to hear it, men and women. Many people are wounded and hurting dearly but not really sure what is at the root of that pain. We are all wounded on some level because of some one and there is only One that...

Duration: 00:55:24

Episode 22: LTC – The Marian Option - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

We sure have been mulling over this word, meekness. Have you? For the most part, that virtue has been a bit of a challenge for us women to fully and freely accept and practice. On Episode 22 Megan and Becky recap some of the high points and some of the listener comments from our interview with Dr. Carrie Gress. We hope you join us as we pull out and work though some of these topics like meekness and sweetness and more. Show Notes: If There is an AntiChrist what about an Antimary? "What,...

Duration: 00:33:46

Episode 21: Dr. Carrie Gress – The Marian Option - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

Living in this post Christian culture, many have offered options for us to live out the Gospel and to fight this civilization of decay. This week's guest, Dr. Carrie Gress, offers us an option with plenty of historical success. The Marian Option is rooted in the tradition of going to Our Blessed Mother who has fought and won plenty of wars in the past and brought about massive conversion through her intercession. We know we can't all head to the hills and ignore what is going on in the...

Duration: 00:56:20

Episode 20:Food, Family, and Friends with Katie Curtis - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

In the last episode of our summer series, we had the most delightful conversation with writer, blogger, and foodie, Katie Curtis. We definitely talk about more than food, but Katie shares with us how food has become a source of memories. Both from her childhood and also as a way to make memories with her own family, food is at the root of these memories. Living in a liturgical paradigm also helps us eat with the seasons in a way that connects us to God's beautiful and plentiful bounty....

Duration: 00:53:59

Episode 19: LTC – Dwija - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

LTC is when we take our listener comments and let them "lead the conversation". So, we thank you for all of your feedback this week and for giving us plenty to talk about. Dwija and her husband's sacrifices are a beautiful witness to all of us, regardless of our state in life. God is calling us all to sacrifice during our everyday life and get out of our comfort zones so that we can grow in sanctity. Be encouraged sweet ladies, we are all on a journey and we are on it together and by God's...

Duration: 00:30:33

Episode 18: Dwija Barobia of houseunseen - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

If you would like to hear how in the world a Hare Krishna grows up to be a Catholic homeschooling momma of 7 beautiful children on a farm in Michigan, then you need to check in this week for our summer series. Dwija Barobia share with us about her life in a very real way giving all of us in the trenches the reminder that no one's life is picture perfect nor even easy. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses, but without Christ, none of it is even possible. Moving from self reliance to...

Duration: 00:50:38

Episode 17: Lead the Conversation – Brunk - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

We had so much fun talking with Christy Brunk on Episode 16 and appreciate the points she brought up about persevering and being real. On this week's episode, Megan and Becky share some listener comments and explore more ways we can see the beauty in our days while keeping it real. Especially with social media having such an influence in our lives, how might we be authentic yet not overly pessimistic or unrealistically positive. Rather than celebrating failures, knowing that we need to...

Duration: 00:35:21

Episode 16_ When Your Zipper Won’t Zip- Christy Brunk - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

This humidity dwelling, sponge roller wearing, cute kid birthing, wisdom preaching, video making, beauty seeking, southern instagram gem, Christy Brunk, spends some time sharing with us about being a mom to six kids, her conversion to the Catholic faith, and what it looks like in her feminine vocation to surrender her life and her family's lives to the Lord through Our Blessed Mother. You will love getting to know our sweet southern belle in all of her Georgian twang. Our Guest: Christy...

Duration: 00:45:03

Episode 15: Lead the Conversation – God’s Ways - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"Therefore it is said, 'Awake , O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.' Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your...

Duration: 00:26:13

Episode 14: When God’s Ways are Not Our Ways - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

When singer and songwriter, Teresa Peterson, realized that the sure calling of God on her life to sing and to share her songs had died, she had no idea that the Lord was preparing her to be resurrected. Teresa sought after a secular career in the music industry for years and one day found herself exhausted and done. Teresa shares with us the journey that she has been on with the Lord and how when His ways are not our ways this can feel like a real death. A death not to be left in the...

Duration: 00:42:00

Episode 13: Modesty as an Act of Charity - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

We had such a beautiful conversation with blogger, Susan Husband. Raising seven boys can't be an easy task, but forming boys to have dignity and respect for women in today's hyper sexualized culture brings another set of opportunities. Let's use the word opportunities instead of challenges cause we gotta start seeing the positive beauty of who we are again. Susan speaks to the beauty to which women are drawn to and their role to share that beauty to the world. Rightly ordered beauty and...

Duration: 00:39:27

Episode 12: Lead the Conversation – The Mass - Thriving in the Trenches Podcast

"Let no one come here, who with his lips can say, 'We lift up our hearts to our Lord', but in his mind employs his thoughts on worldly business. God indeed should be in our memory at all times, but if this is impossible because of human infirmity, at least in this hour this should be our earnest endeavour." -St. Cyril of Jerusalem (c.315 - 387) Last week we heard from professor and author, Timothy O'Malley of Notre Dame. He shared from his book, Bored Again Catholic, and those words really...

Duration: 00:35:23

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