Motherhood Part.3 | Lori Plucker and An Unexpected Journey of Love and Motherhood

Motherhood Part.3 | Lori Plucker and An Unexpected Journey of Love and Motherhood

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Motherhood Part.2 | Lori Plucker and An Unexpected Journey of Love and Motherhood

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Lori’s unexpected love story | 1:53
  • What happened when Lori was ready to be a mom | 5:17
  • “I chose my marriage first” | 8:07
  • Doing the hard work | 10:05
  • A change of heart & a shocking turn of events | 12:07
  • A unique invitation & an instant connection | 18:48
  • Where God showed up in this love story | 23:00
  • Another wonderful surprise | 24:22

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | How to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit during life’s twists and turns

Lori’s incredible story reminds us why it’s essential to listen to the Holy Spirit, stay true to ourselves, and faithfully believe that with every winter season, the spring will eventually come.

2 | Every couple needs to write the story to their own marriage

It’s easy to compare our lives and marriages with friends and family. But at the end of the day, every couple needs to write their own story. Lori shares how refusing to listen to advice from others and staying committed to her marriage ensured her future happiness.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to our third episode in our Motherhood Series. We know that every mom has a story and we want to celebrate each and every one of them! Today, we have Mission Hills member Lori Plucker on the show.

Lori bravely shares her unexpected journey of love and motherhood. Her story reminds us why it’s essential to listen to the Holy Spirit, stay true to ourselves, and faithfully believe that with every winter season, the spring will eventually come. Tune in because you won’t want to miss this one.

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Motherhood Part.2 | Lisa Case, Kellie Stanton, and Jan Stanton and a Uniquely Woven Story of Adoption

Motherhood Part.2 | Lisa Case, Kellie Stanton, and Jan Stanton and a Uniquely Woven Story of Adoption

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Motherhood Part.2 | Lisa Case, Kellie Stanton, and Jan Stanton and a Uniquely Woven Story of Adoption

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • An introduction to a wonderful relationship(s), unplanned joys, and how God takes care of us | 1:53
  • Jan | Wrapping your arms around parenthood | 7:59
  • Kellie | The process through her eyes | 10:48
  • How did God’s grace entered into this wonderful relationship? | 13:31
  • Someone Else’s Arms | 19:31
  • God is willing to meet us exactly where we are, not where we hope to be, but where we are | 25:39
  • Practice rigorous authenticity, surrender the outcome, and do uncomfortable work | 32:58

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | God Places People in our lives

God knows exactly what we need in our lives, every second, of every day of our lives. In addition to that, He places us in situations to develop relationships that are healthy for us, and greatly beneficial, with the opportunity to develop deeply. Sometimes we don’t understand it and sometimes we don’t want it. But that doesn’t stop Him from caring about us! He wants the best for us, He doesn’t want us to be lonely, and He wants us to have a community and celebrate Him while we’re here.

2 | WHERE DO WE FIT IN?

Kellie has an incredible point of view on where she comes from. She realized that she isn’t, at her core, a child of adoption here on Earth. But rather, a child of God! She mentions struggling with her identity early on, wanting to know where she comes from and I think that is so easy. We often want to rest in who we are during this life, since it’s right in front of our faces. It’s easy to forget, and overlook the eternal. But, when we root ourselves in our Savior, when we establish our foundations in the fact that Jesus fought for us and we are indeed a child of God, we’re no longer lost. We don’t have anywhere else to search because we’ve found, who we are, in Him!

SHOW NOTES

We’re glad to have you back for the second episode in our Motherhood Series. Motherhood is a series that takes a look inside the nitty-gritty occurrences of motherhood. These episodes are taking a raw look at all kinds of family dynamics as well as highlight a bunch of different stages of being a mom.

We know that every mom has a story and we want to celebrate each and every one of them! Today we have an incredible episode with Lisa Case, Kellie Stanton, and Jan Stanton. We’re going to highlight a story of adoption and an incredible story that has been woven together by God over 22 years, you won’t want to miss this one.

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Welcome To Our Motherhood Series

Welcome To Our Motherhood Series

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Welcome To Our Motherhood Series

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • If you haven’t yet, head back over and listen to our Identity Series | 0:08
  • Every mom has a story, and we can’t wait to bring you some special ones | 0:22

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | EVERY MOM HAS A STORY

We’re going to talk about motherhood, adoption, waiting and the pain that comes with that, adult children, blended families, and so much more. We believe that every mom has a unique journey and she has a story. In our lives, our waves can be tumultuous or they can be calming, but we always have to make sure that we’re holding fast to our anchor in Jesus Christ. Throughout these stories, the common thread we find is their faith in Him. 

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to Anchor + Waves! We hope you really enjoyed our Identity Series, and if you’re looking to catch up, we would highly recommend you head over to our feed, subscribe, and give that a listen to.

We are so excited to introduce to you our next series here on Anchor + Waves . . . Motherhood. We believe that behind every mom is a story, and we want to highlight those. Every step along the path, no matter how unglamorous they are. Throughout this series, we will be taking a look inside the nitty-gritty occurrences of motherhood. These episodes will take a raw look at all kinds of family dynamics as well as highlight a bunch of different stages of being a mom. We hope that you’re as excited as we are for this incredible 7 part series* we have coming up!

*We have actually run the first episode in the series, it launched on Mother’s Day 2019. If you haven’t listened to that yet, click the button below.  

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Life on Mission Ep.4 | Holding on to Faith on the Other Side of the World

Life on Mission Ep.4 | Holding on to Faith on the Other Side of the World

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Life on Mission Ep.4 | Holding on to Faith on the Other Side of the World

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Getting to know Danielle and a life of traveling | 1:32
  • Living, teaching, and adjusting to a different culture while pursuing relationships | 4:49
  • Holding on to your true Anchor and watching God “show-up” in scary places | 7:17
  • Leaning into our Great Healer and Protector | 12:51
  • He has a plan for you, even if we can’t see it | 19:12
  • Passing on the lessons you’ve learned to the next generation | Motherhood | 22:31
  • Look around to your circle of influence to see who you can impact, for Him | 26:03

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | LEAN INTO HIM IN FEAR

The Lord is our shepherd and our protector. He wants to meet us in those “hardest” and protect us in any way that we can. When you trust in His protection and lean into His arms when we are most fearful, time and time again he will come through for us. There is no situation too big, or too scary, for our God and Creator. Often times we can think about why this is happening, why are we in this scary place? But He holds us close, and holds our hearts in His hands! We need to trust Him, through our unshakable faith.

2 | There is No Pit So Deep, That He is Not Deeper Still

God doesn’t enjoy our pain, and He doesn’t force us to feel anguish or misery. He does, however, allow us situations where we need to rely fully on Him, lean 100% into our faith. And if we are able to trust, and come out the other side because of Him, and know that He is enough, we are rectified inHim. God is good, forever and always. There is a purpose and a plan to everything, and He knows that! When things seem dark, and times seem bleak, know that he is enough and that He loves you enough to bring you through what you’re going through.  

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to Anchor + Waves! We really hope you enjoyed our Identity Series, and before we really kick-off our Motherhood Series, we’re going to take a little break and revisit our Life on Mission Series. Today we sit down with Danielle Mayén and learn about what it was like to live in Central America.

Danielle revisits some of the trials and tribulations she faced, along with some of the momentous joys and peaks of her travels. Throughout her story, we can truly hear what it means to be on mission for Jesus, even when we’re not actively involved in ministry. His characteristics should be seen in every area of our lives and that’s exactly Danielle’s story. Listen in today, you won’t want to miss this one.

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Motherhood Part.1 | Mandy Henry and Raising a Blended Family

Motherhood Part.1 | Mandy Henry and Raising a Blended Family

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Motherhood Part.1 | Mandy Henry and Raising a Blended Family

by Sharon Sands, Mandy Henry | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • An introduction to Many Henry, her background, and life as a blended family | 1:26
  • Raising a daughter, and a look into a young mom’s journey | 5:09
  • Often times, when you’re close to Him, you can feel God moving in your life | 9:27
  • At the end of the day: 1) Did I honor God? 2) Did I honor my daughter? 3) Did i honor myself? | 13:41
  • What do the idols look like in your life? | 15:38
  • As mom’s, we can pull our identity from that role | 21:31
  • It’s ok to hurt, allow that time, and feel things that are hurtful | 25:52
  • Everyone needs a Sam in their life, and to be a Sam in someone else’s life (LOTR) | 28:27

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE

In this episode, Mandy talks a lot about asking for support from her friends and other family members in praying for her, listening to her, in the trying times of motherhood. The other amazing thing is that God promises we aren’t alone in our struggles and fights. Mandy talks about turning to prayer and her faith whenever things got rough (and thanking Him when times were easier), and He is always faithful to us

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. | Proverbs 3:5-6

2 | Idols can TAKE ANY FORM

Mandy does a really good job at breaking down modern idolatry. Often times, we think of Golden Calfs, or replica’s of gods in people’s homes as “idols”. But, idolatry can take a million different forms. When you define yourself by your job or your passion, that can be your idol. If you make trump decisions based on money if your life, you are idolizing money. If you are first concerned with a horizontal relationship, here on Earth, above that of the vertical relationship with your Heavenly Father, you are idolizing that person or that relationship. In this case, Mandy was idolizing her daughter, and her relationship with her daughter, as I’m sure many of us do without realizing. It’s easy to fall victim to this with a loved one, family member, friends, etc. Make sure, that above all else, you are pursuing Our Father. Make sure that you are chasing that relationship, that closeness, above all else. Your vertical relationship with Our Creator should be what defines everything else in your life. 

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to Anchor + Waves and a very special Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s, in any walk of life, out there. Today we have a very special episode for you. We are kicking off a new series today, that’s still being developed, celebrating Moms.

Motherhood is going to be a series that takes a look inside the nitty-gritty occurrences of motherhood. These episodes will take a raw look at all kinds of family dynamics as well as highlight the different stages of being a mom. A mom is so much more than a mother of children. She can be a professional, a wife, an athlete, a woman with stories, an entire person with the intricacies of life woven into her, daily, and we want to highlight that. Today we have Mandy Henry, who takes us inside her blended family. You don’t want to miss this series.

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Identity Ep.8 | Heather Hippensteel and Confidence in Your Savior

Identity Ep.8 | Heather Hippensteel and Confidence in Your Savior

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IDENTITY EP.8 | Heather Hippensteel and Confidence in Your Savior

by Colin McFarland | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • An athletic career that began on the balance beam and was nurtured in an athletic family | 1:44
  • Settling in to your identity heading from high school to college | 7:01
  • A family oriented, faith-based upbringing | 8:41
  • What role does your faith play in developing new relationships? | 11:31
  • Transitioning from being a collegiate athlete to a working professional | An intro into CrossFit | 15:33
  • As you pick your friends and community, stay true to who you are in Christ | 21:36
  • The ability to pursue what you’re passionate about with family | 23:39
  • There’s times when we feel close to Him, and times when we feel further away | Stay Strong | 26:25

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES

Heather is a wonderful example of prayerfully establishing balance in her life and leaning into where Christ is leading her when she makes decisions. Throughout this interview, she talks about choosing a school to make sure her academics don’t come second and when she’s choosing relationships she works her faith into it where appropriate. She is conscious of the fact that she is designed by a Loving God who has her best intentions in mind as well as a plan for her future, and she wants to fully embrace that and lean into it. When you are making decisions in your life, make sure the first place you turn is to the Father. Ask to join Him on His mission for you in your life, He’s in charge!

2 | PURSUE YOUR PASSIONS

An amazing thing about your life in Christ, and your Father as a wonderful Creator, is that He has designed us each, uniquely. Each and every one of us is designed with a special skill set, a different set of passions, and He wants us to pursue and embrace those. When we use those talents, skills and, abilities to honor Him, it is bringing Him glory. So make sure that you run after your passions, wholeheartedly, and honor Him in the process. Our Father loves us and wants to bring us joy. And, in return, we can honor Him with worship and praise through our unique pursuits. 

3 | IT’S ABOUT THE YES’S

Sometimes, as Christians, and also as people looking from in from the outside, can perceive Christianity as a set of rules that we have to follow. But our Father in heaven isn’t satisfied with us following a bunch of rules, and it’s not about giving things up for Him to love us. A personal relationship with our Creator is all about saying YES! Often times we think we have to say no to a bunch of stuff in order to adhere to a “Christian Lifestyle”. But that is completely the wrong emphasis. What we should be focusing on is, when we say yes to a personal relationship with our Father, it brings complete truth and fulfillment into our lives. Life with God is so much better than life without God. As long as we are true in our walk with Him, He will stay faithful to us. 

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to Anchor + Waves for our final episode in our Identity Series. We’ve had basketball players, volleyball players, outdoors-women, coaches and everything in between. Today, we have a true athlete in every sense of the word joining us, Heather Hippensteel. Heather is a former collegiate diver turned Cross Fit Games champion.

Heather has an amazing perspective on being a Christian-Athlete in a multitude of sports and disciplines. She is unabashedly someone who embraces her faith, and her likeness to Christ comes out in all areas of her life. Listen in today as Colin and Heather talk about what it looks like to be raised in a Christian household and how to firmly grasp your relationship with our Father.

*And if you’re looking for another fun episode, her dad (Dave Hippensteel) is on our Men’s Podcast, Uncharted, this week.

You can also listen in to our newly launched Men’s Podcast Channel: Uncharted, as we’re currently running a sister-program on that channel for male athletes also called Identity.

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