SMM 034: Why I Am Grateful For the Hardest Time in My Life || Darla Trendler

Over the past several weeks, I have felt prompted over and over to share more of my own story of growing closer to God and learning how to rely on Him. What I am sharing in this episode is the hardest time I have experienced in my life. It revolves around a lengthy trial that went on for years and hasn’t totally ended.

Share Your Story

I always hesitate to share about hardships I have experienced. I know so many who have gone through so much more than I have. However, as I learned from Danelle Beckstrand in episode 19 of the podcast: “Pain is pain and hurt is hurt,” and “Humanity is connected through trial.”

I am learning there is power in being vulnerable and sharing our story and ultimately, part of ourselves. My trials are not the same as yours, however sharing what we learned and how we were blessed during our hardest times allows us to help each other.

Lessons Learned

In the episode, I share some of the lessons I learned during this difficult time including:

  • How God is aware of me and my family in big and little things.
  • “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.” (Stephen R. Covey)
  • Why I have to act for the Lord to help me.
  • Turning my trials over to God and not relying solely on myself is possible.

Trial Helps Us Grow

After I recorded this episode, I found this quote by Orson F. Whitney, an early apostle of the church, that describes what I have experienced.

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.”

I don’t know completely why I have felt prompted to share this. It’s probably more for me than anyone else. However, I hope you will find something from this episode that will help . If anything, I hope you will be able to reflect on the the lessons you have learned as well as the blessings you have received from the hardest time in your life.

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Show Notes

At the end of the episode I mentioned the workbook you can download called Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom. Get access to the workbook by clicking HERE.

You can also listen to Episode 12 to hear more about the challenge.

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SMM 031: How Have YOU Seen + Felt God as Your Partner in Motherhood?

How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood? A while back I asked you, the listeners of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast, to call in and share your answer to this question I ask in every episode.  Today, I’m sharing the answers I received. You’ll hear six moms talk about their insights and inspiring experiences with this important question.

How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood?

Here’s a snippet of what you’ll hear:

Stacy, California

“Motherhood has allowed me to see the plan of salvation, how it works, and how it applies to me as a child of God, and then as their mother.”

Chelsea, Nevada

“I have really been guided in my journey to learn not just how to parent, but how to be a spiritual parent for my kids.”

Elizabeth, New York

“I’m so grateful that he’s still there, whether I’m seeking him or not.”

Megan, Utah

“The times that I do my part of being a partner with God, are the times I have definitely seen and felt God as my partner because I know he’s always there and always willing to help me.”

Natalie, Utah

“Even though it is hard. . . it is nice to know that the Lord is with me.”

Cheryl, Utah

“There are often times in parenting that I have no idea what to do or say, so often times I have dropped to my knees.”

How have YOU seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood?

At the end of the episode, I invite you to answer this question for yourself and give you a challenge to share your answer in a way that feels right for you.

How to Listen

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Show Notes

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SMM 030: Choosing Happiness + Embracing That Your Best is Enough in Motherhood || Becca Jackson

In this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast I interview Becca Jackson. Becca is on Instagram sharing tips on motherhood as well as health and fitness.  She shares how she fell into the trap of being the “Pinterest perfect mom.”  Becca talks about how she is choosing happiness instead of perfection in motherhood.

Choosing Happiness

Becca shares some personal struggles she went through after giving birth to her third daughter. She decided to make the choice to look at things differently and change her perspective, despite some negative feelings she was having.  She talks about choosing to have a positive and optimistic outlook everyday. Whether things are going good or bad, Becca believes there is always the choice to be positive.

Embracing Your Best Self

You’ll also hear about Becca’s weight-loss story and what made her finally decide to never give up. The internal transformation for Becca has been just as important as the physical changes.  She talks about body image and how she teaches her daughters confidence and living a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, Becca tells how all of the physical changes she has made tie into her spiritual life.

Becca describes how God has been her partner in motherhood and how she embraces the truth that doing her best is enough.

How to Listen

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Show Notes

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SMM 029: Triumphs + Struggles Mothering a Special Needs Child || Kay West

Episode 29 of the podcast is my first time having a guest back for a second interview. In episode 7 of the podcast I interviewed Kay West and shared her faith-filled motherhood story of infertility, adoption, and miscarriage. Today, I have Kay back as a guest to discuss both the triumphs and struggles she has faced with her daughter, Eden, who is a special needs child.

Show Recap

Triumphs

Eden was adopted at birth and due to choices made by her birth mother has brain damage, asthma, autism and will someday need a cornea transplant. Kay shares how God revealed to her early in Eden’s life that although her body is damaged, her spirit is perfect. Kay also discusses how Eden’s condition has affected her other child, Isaac.

Struggles

When Eden entered middle school, Kay and her husband started to notice negative changes in Eden. As she started to regress, Kay discovered Eden was being bullied at school. She shares how their family handled this heartbreaking situation and what they did to help Eden.

Kay gives a message of hope to mothers who discover their child is being bullied. She says to help your child feel validated and to know home is a safe place to come for support. Kay also recommends to other mothers to pray and listen to that intuition to know how best to help a child. She shares the process she and her husband go through to know how to help both Eden and Isaac in difficult situations.

Sharing Kindness

One of the good things that has come from Eden’s experiences being bullied is Kay and her husband have helped their children start an online shop called Quietly Being Kind. The shop features postcards with Eden’s artwork and kindness quote that can be purchased and sent to others as a reminder to be kind. Kay’s children share a portion of the proceeds of the shop with an organization that helps children. They also hope to feature other children like Eden to help raise awareness of the importance of showing kindness.

Kay’s journey of raising a special needs child has not been easy. Although she doesn’t always see it in the moment, Kay can look back and see God’s hand guiding her in motherhood. She knows He didn’t send any of us here to fail. As long as we keep trusting Him, he will open the path.

How to Listen

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Show Notes

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Blog: threetoquesandatiara.com
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To purchase postcards and find out more about the mission behind Kay’s kids’ shop, go to Quietly Being Kind.

Share Your Experience

At the beginning of the episode I shared how YOU can be part of a future episode of the podcast. Each month I will be asking listeners to share their answer to a specific question about motherhood and spirituality. If you want to participate in the November episode, here’s how to do it:

  1. At your convenience, call this number 480-525-7145.
  2. Leave a message starting with your name and where you are from. For example, “Hi, this is Darla from Arizona.”
  3. Give your answer to the question: How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood?”
  4. Feel free to share a specific story or experience. Please keep your answer to under 3 minutes so I can share as many answers as possible.
  5. Submit your answer/message by Sunday, October 28th.

If you’re hearing or reading this after the deadline, call the number anyway to hear the current question and give your answer.

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SMM 028: Not Comparing The Way You Love + Owning Your Spiritual Gifts || Tessa Brown

Tessa Brown is my guest today on the podcast. She’s a wife and a mom to two boys ages 2 and 4. She’s also an artist and has a beautiful Instagram account where she shows her incredible talent of artwork depicting motherhood and Jesus Christ. She has learned to embrace the spiritual gifts God has given her and has found a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ as she pleads for help in becoming the mother He wants her to be.

Show Recap

Tessa relates the story of Moana facing the lava monster and how this story helped her in motherhood to know who she is and who God wants her to be. Tessa tells how she found painting early in motherhood to give her a place to focus so she could go back to her family and give more.

Growth Mindset

Tessa has developed a growth mindset about motherhood and shares some doable ways she has developed that mindset in her life.

Her advice to other moms is to figure out what makes you feel love for yourself, for God and for your kids and then to be aware of those things and seek them out. Tessa says to notice the times when you feel love and focus on those things.

Love

For Tessa, what always speaks the loudest in motherhood to her is to just love her children. She knows the only thing that lasts is love. What motivate is love. “Christ makes me feel that I am more than I am. … I want my kids to feel that from me.”

Tessa shares beautifully how she developed a deeper relationship with the Savior. She used to picture Christ standing over her shaking his head as a disappointed coach. Now she views Him as a cheerleader and friend who encourages her throughout her day, no matter what has happened.

Tessa feels it is important not to compare the way you show love to the way another mother shows love. “You have a divine way to love your kids.” Own it.

Artwork

Through her artwork, Tessa hopes mothers will feel love and that they are enough.

“I would love my art to bring mothers back to those moments when love was really all that matters because I feel that really is all that matters. If you do a lot of things wrong, but you get the love part right, I think you and your kids will have a great relationship. That’s what we’re striving for.”

Spiritual Gifts

Throughout the interview, Tessa talked about spiritual gifts and how a mother can use the gifts she’s been given in motherhood.  We had a great discussion about owning your gifts and not being afraid to claim them. Tessa shares a great insight on using what you’ve been given and why don’t have to be “everything” to your kids.

How To Listen

Listen to the podcast below or on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or Sound Cloud.  If you like the show, please subscribe and leave a review.

Show Notes

At the beginning of the episode I shared how YOU can be part of a future episode of the podcast. Each month I will be asking listeners to share their answer to a specific question about motherhood and spirituality. If you want to participate in the November episode, here’s how to do it:

  1. At your convenience, call this number 480-525-7145.
  2. Leave a message starting with your name and where you are from. For example, “Hi, this is Darla from Arizona.”
  3. Give your answer to the question: How have you seen and felt God as your partner in motherhood?”
  4. Feel free to share a specific story or experience. Please keep your answer to under 3 minutes so I can share as many answers as possible.
  5. Submit your answer/message by Sunday, October 28th.

If you’re hearing or reading this after the deadline, call the number anyway to hear the current question and give your answer.

Follow Tessa:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tessaleeart/
Website: tessaleeart.com

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