SMM 041: Only You Can Receive Revelation for Your Motherhood || Michelle Gifford

Welcome to episode 41 of the podcast. I am so excited to be sharing my interview with Michelle Gifford. You may know her as one half of the duo from the Women With Fire podcast. She is also an entrepreneur with many businesses. In addition, Michelle is a mom to 5 kids ages 3-12 and the wife to her handsome husband.

We talk about her experiences with motherhood and she shares the process she has gone through to learn how God speaks to her. Michelle shares what a “quest” is and how to figure out what God is calling you to do.

I love Michelle’s thoughts on personal revelation. She frequently says, “Only you can receive personal revelation for your motherhood.” It blew my mind the first time I heard her say this and it did again when she said it in this interview.

We discussed how everyone must figure out for themselves how God guides and directs them personally. I also shared the overwhelming prompting I feel every time I pray and ask God what the listeners of this podcast need to hear. Listen to the end to hear what that is.

Because of the prompting I mentioned in the episode, I am announcing a 5-week series about how to become more spiritually minded starting next week with episode 42.

I will be sharing a link to download a printable for each episode topic that will help you to ponder and act on ways you can come to know how God speaks to you.

Here are the topics and episode numbers:

  • Episode 42: Seek a Relationship With God (2/20/19)
  • Episode 43: Build Spiritual Reserves (2/27/19)
  • Episode 44: Use God as a Guide (3/6/19)
  • Episode 45: Act on Promptings Felt from God (3/13/19)
  • Episode 46: Record Thoughts from God (3/20/19)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember I did a 5-day challenge last summer called “Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom.” This new series is based on that challenge. I am expanding it to 5 weeks instead of 5 days, taking out the “mom” part so anyone (like the men in your life or older children) can do it and putting out an episode focused on each topic.

I will go back to the interview style of this podcast after the 5-week series. I hope using the printable and listening will help you to know more fully how God is there for you in your life.

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Show Notes

Follow Michelle

Instagram: instagram.com/iammichellegifford
Website: iammichellegifford.com
Instagram: instagram.com/thewomenwithfire
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Facebook: facebook.com/thewomenwithfire

Michelle mentioned a video called Wrong Roads about how God helps us make decisions. Go here to see it.

To learn more about “questing” start by listening to episode 48 of The Women With Fire Podcast. Sarah and Michelle have over 20 episodes about “questing.” After you listen to episode 48, listen to additional episodes by looking for episodes with “quest” in the title. The interviews they do are also really great, so just listen to it all!!!

Go here to read President Nelson’s talk: Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives from April 2018

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SMM 040: How Simple + Consistent Gospel Teaching Can Unleash The Power of Families

Episode 40 is an episode where listeners called in to share their insights about how they are using the Come Follow Me curriculum in their homes. The women who called in all share different approaches to using the new curriculum. Ultimately, they all emphasize how simple and consistent gospel teaching is blessing their families.

Do What Works For Your Family

I love how each person’s response was a little different but all had the same overarching theme of the blessings of teaching their families the gospel. They all are following the promptings they have received and are doing what works for their family.

I hope hearing what others are doing and how they are implementing Come Follow Me will not cause you to compare. Hopefully, this episode will inspire you to listen to the Holy Ghost and then do what you feel prompted to do for your family.

Seek The Holy Ghost as a Guide

I love this quote found on the first page of the Come Follow Me manual for individuals and families:

…in our efforts to live, learn, and teach the gospel, we should first and foremost seek the companionship of the Spirit. This goal should govern our choices and guide our thoughts and actions. We should seek after whatever invites the influence of the Spirit and reject whatever drives that influence away–for we know that if we can be worthy of the presence of the Holy Ghost, we can also be worthy to live in the presence of Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ.

Conversion is our goal and the way to do that is to use the Holy Ghost as a guide. If you feel an impression to present a lesson or teach something a certain way, do it. Even if it’s not what someone else is doing.

Simplicity

The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. One person who commented on my post on Instagram about Come Follow Me pointed out the phrase in the hymn Come Follow Me: “Come follow me, a simple phrase.” I love that. Keep it simple and let the Spirit guide you.

Consistency

Consistency is a key element of teaching in the home. In the episode, I referenced a talk by Elder David A Bednar from October 2009 called More Diligent and Concerned at Home. In this talk Elder Bednar shared the struggles his own family faced to hold family prayer, family home evening and scripture study. I love what he said about consistency:

Sister Bednar and I thought helping our sons understand the content of a particular lesson or a specific scripture was the ultimate outcome. But such a result does not occur each time we study or pray or learn together. The consistency of our intent and work was perhaps the greatest lesson—a lesson we did not fully appreciate at the time.

Listener Insights

Here’s a recap of what the four listeners said:

Sophie

  • Increased comprehension
  • Repetition and repeating things
  • Use Christian resources
  • Use Bible videos and other lesson helps on lds.org
  • Slow down and get to the heart

Heather

  • Find a time that works for your family
  • Less actual scripture reading and more discussion about what was read
  • Let children talk the most
  • Come Follow Me is about connection
  • Likening what we learn to ourselves
  • Teenagers will open up

Robin

  • Uses a bookmark she makes to break up the weekly, personal study
  • For older children: shares what she is learning during the week in her personal study by emailing talks and articles
  • For younger children: uses the primary manual
  • Not adding or supplementing except through church sources

Ashley

  • Keep it simple with coloring, walks, etc.
  • Talk as a family
  • Ask questions
  • Have a conversation at children’s level of understanding
  • Pray specifically for the blessings promised by President Russell M. Nelson in this quote:

The new home-centered, Church-supported integrated curriculum has the potential to unleash the power of families, as each family follows through conscientiously and carefully to transform their home into a sanctuary of faith. I promise that as you diligently work to remodel your home into a center of gospel learning, over time your Sabbath days will truly be a delight. Your children will be excited to learn and to live the Savior’s teachings, and the influence of the adversary in your life and in your home will decrease. Changes in your family will be dramatic and sustaining.

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Show Notes

Conference talks about Simple + Consistent Gospel Teaching

Elder David A. Bednar’s talk More Diligent and Concern at Home

President Russel M. Nelson’s Talk Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints

Elder Steven R. Bangerter’s Talk Laying the Foundation of a Great Work

Elder Dieter F. Utchtdorf’s talk It Works Wonderfully!

Spiritually Minded Mom Instagram post about Come Follow Me

#keepcomefollowmesimple

Other Episodes with Listener Insights

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

SMM 036: End of Season 1 + Share How Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast Has Helped You

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SMM 039: Simplifying Motherhood + Seeing Your Body as a Gift || Chanelle Neilson

On this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast, I interview a fellow podcaster. Her name is Chanelle Neilson and her podcast is Moms Who Know. We talk about how she has simplified motherhood. Chanelle’s story includes struggles with body image, and she share how God helped her see her body as a gift.

Simplifying Motherhood

Chanelle shares her parenting philosophy of letting her kids dictate their own play and creativity. In addition, she talks about her simplified approach to mothering.

At one point, Chanelle felt overly stressed as a mom. She discusses how having a morning routine really changed her outlook. This small change helped Chanelle stay more calm throughout the day.

Seeing Your Body as a Gift

Chanelle shares her personal struggles with body image and unhealthy eating habits. After years of struggling, she tells about the eye opening moment that helped her put body image struggles behind her.  She gives some great advice for anyone who is currently struggling with any long-term issue.

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Show Notes

Follow Chanelle

Instagram: instagram.com/momswhoknowpodcast
Facebook: facebook.com/momswhoknowpodcast
Website: momswhoknowpodcast.com
Podcast: Moms Who Know Podcast

Go here to learn more about Chanelle’s courses for morning routines, body transformation and more.

Chanelle mentioned the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

Hear another perspective on body image:
Spiritually Minded Mom Episode 30: Choosing Happiness + Embracing that Your Best is Enough in Motherhood || Becca Jackson

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SMM 038: Faith and Trust in God’s Plan for Motherhood || Ashley Williams

God’s Plan for Motherhood

Today I am sharing my interview with my friend, Ashley Williams. She has an inspiring motherhood story involving fertility issues and a rare medical condition. Ashley’s interview also highlights her choices about balancing her talents and passions with motherhood. Through everything, Ashley has had faith and trust in God’s plan for motherhood.

Trusting God’s Timing

Ashley shares about the struggles and the years she and her husband spent trying to become parents. Though it was a difficult time, she looks back and sees how God was guiding them. She now sees how the timing was perfect, even if she didn’t understand it all at the time.

Receiving Guidance

A big part of Ashley’s story is her career as a professional oboist. She talks about how she got started on the path and how she got to the pinnacle of her professional life.

After having her first daughter, Ashley continued to pursue her musical career. She started to wonder how she would balance it all. She gives her insights on how God guided her in an unexpected way through a rare medical condition she developed.

Ashley knows God has directed her path. He guided her in treating her medical condition, making career decisions and ultimately, knowing how to focus on motherhood. As a result, Ashley knows she is never alone in motherhood.

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Show Notes

Follow Ashley

Ashley is a talented cake decorator and I can attest to the deliciousness of her cakes! Check out her Instagram account.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/inlovewithdessert/

Other Episodes about Infertility

  • SMM 007: Turning to God Through Infertility, Adoption and Miscarriage || Kay West
  • SMM 017: Life as a Military Family + Appreciating Motherhood After Infertility + Trusting God’s Timing || Noralee Jones
  • SMM 019: Connection Through Trials + The Power of Vulnerability to Bring Women Together || Danelle Beckstrand

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SMM 037: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better || Lisa Funk

Create Thoughts

In this episode of the Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast I interview Lisa Funk.  You may know Lisa from her business and Instagram account, Hand Lettered Design.  Lisa’s business focuses on hand lettering as well as creativity. She also shares about mindfulness.  Lisa has learned to change her expectations and create thoughts to love herself and her children better.

Loving and Teaching

In the interview, you’ll hear Lisa talk about steering away from trying to control your child and instead, loving and teaching them.  She compares this to God and how he does not control us and instead loves and teaches us, and then gives us agency. (See the show notes below for a video of Lisa discussing loving and teaching.)

Sharing About Mental Health

Lisa also talks about her struggles with depression and anxiety.  She discusses how changing her thoughts and expectations has not only helped her overcome these things but also helped her in her journey through motherhood.

She goes into detail about her hand-lettering business which came at a time when she needed hope while going through challenges. Lisa also shares why she’s so open about her mental health struggles.

Lisa is a light.  I know you will love her positivity and faith as you listen to her motherhood story.

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Show Notes

Follow Lisa

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

Go HERE to watch a short video of Lisa sharing about loving and teaching your children. It’s short and you will love it!

Other Episodes about Mental Health

Episode 10: Being Open about Mental Illness in Motherhood + When You Don’t Know if God is Your Partner || Ally Hayward

Episode 21: Chasing Your Dreams + Turning to God in Post-Partum Depression || Amanda Anderson

Other Episodes about Creating Thoughts

Episode 14: How to Recognize God in Simple Ways + Battle Loneliness and Negative Thoughts || Michelle Garfield

Episode 15: Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis

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