Micha Boyett is the author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, & Everyday Prayer. She's also a blogger, wife and mom with a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry. Oh - and she's a former youth pastor. I met Micha at the Festival of Faith and Writing last spring, and after talking with her just once, I knew I had to have her on the podcast. 

We talked about a lot of things, but what I found most fascinating was how she reframed motherhood as monastical - instead of just doing the daily grind of diapers, bottles, playdates, and losing yourself completely, she began to see it as a way of approaching God through prayer.

I loved our conversation so much that we didn't even get to the main thing I wanted to talk to her about in the first place, so we're trying to schedule a part 2 with Micha. I wanted to talk to her about her youngest son, Ace (which is the BEST name ever) because he has Down Syndrome. Micha is trying to change the cultural conversation about what it's like to have children with Down Syndrome, so she and two other moms who also have kids with Down Syndrome have a killer new podcast called The Lucky Few in which they talk all about it - so check it out! 

You can read Micha's writing on her blog, and you can also connect with her on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

Enjoy! 

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Karen Gonzalez is an advocate and an ally for immigrants and refugees. She works with World Relief, a nonprofit which helps immigrants and refugees navigate their way through the difficult waters of living in the United States.

We talked all about the challenges that immigrants and refugees face these days in the U.S., we talked about the recent family separation crisis facing immigrants, and we talked about ways that we can get involved to promote change. 

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. 

Karen's new book is coming out next spring, so make sure to keep an eye out for it. I can't wait to read it. 

Enjoy! 

 

Resources we talked about: 

Fact Sheet about Families Being Separated at the Border

Love Undocumented

Welcoming the Stranger

How to find out which Congressperson you should call 

World Relief

 

Get in touch with Karen:

Website

Twitter

Instagram

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Liz Ditty is a speaker and writer trained through Sustainable Faith as a spiritual director. She loves encouraging others who have heard the wrong story about God to take their questions and hurts straight to God. She's a regular teacher at Westgate Church in the Silicon Valley and lives with her husband and two children in San Jose. 

Liz's new book, God's Many Voices is available for pre-order, and you can get in touch with Liz on her website

Enjoy! 

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For this week's episode, I did something I have never done before (at least I can't remember doing it) - I am replaying a sermon that I recently preached. 

It's called Life on Trial, and in it, I imagine that the biblical concept of "eternal life" is on trial. What does it mean? Who gets to define it? What does Christianity say about it and what does Jesus say about it? And why are those two answers different? 

Hope you enjoy this, my friends. 

If you'd like to hear other sermons from our church, go here

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Sonder is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. 

Sonderlust is the realization that you are envious of those random passersby because you assume that they are living better lives than you are. 

It is also the name of one of my favorite podcasts, hosted by today's guest, my new best friend Sarah Heath. She's a pastor, a speaker who travels all over the United States, and she wrote a great book called What's Your StorySonderlust the Podcast explores the journey Sarah is taking after accepting a challenge from her best guy friend John: A year of figuring out exactly how it is she wants to live her life. John gave Sarah four unique challenges, all of which she explores episode-by-episode. 

  • You have to love your job.
  • You need to go on dates.
  • You have to love where you live.
  • You must find friends outside of your work circle. 

I loved my conversation with Sarah - she's funny, honest, and wise. Take a listen and then go check out her podcast, but it's a serial podcast, so you have to start with episode one.

You can follow Sarah on Instagram, Twitter, or by checking out her website

Enjoy! 

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Matt Bays is one of those author friends who I consider near and dear, although we've never met in real life. I consider his wisdom to be hard-won, a real gift for the rest of us. His journey has included so much pain, and yet he still finds a way to be hopeful. 

Enjoy, my friends. 

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In part 1, I wanted to help you keep perspective on the good work that you're doing - whatever it is - and to help you remember that all good work takes time. I hate that there aren't too many satisfying metrics in the "slog time" - those moments where you just have to keep going: whether it's writing, editing, teaching, hammering, cooking, driving, or tutoring. 

I also talked about drilling down and trying to name what it is that you're building - beyond just the book, movie, bakery, or curriculum. What bigger thing are you hoping will happen when that smaller thing -the book, movie, poem, recipe, building, business, or whatever - is done. 

In part 2, I talked about some examples of times that I've had to keep perspective when I've missed deadlines, when I get jealous of other authors, or when I'm tempted to do somebody else's thing rather than just keep working on building that thing that I'm building. I talked about the critical importance of having a "cutting room floor" file. And I talked about how to know if your idea is still fuzzy, and also how to know if it's ready to pitch to someone. 

Enjoy! 

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In this episode, I wanted to help you keep perspective on the good work that you're doing - whatever it is - and to help you remember that all good work takes time. I hate that there aren't too many satisfying metrics in the "slog time" - those moments where you just have to keep going: whether it's writing, editing, teaching, hammering, cooking, driving, or tutoring. 

I also talked about drilling down and trying to name what it is that you're building - beyond just the book, movie, bakery, or curriculum. What bigger thing are you hoping will happen when that smaller thing -the book, movie, poem, recipe, building, business, or whatever - is done. 

Enjoy!

Part two will come out in two days, in which I'll talk more about some examples of times that I've had to keep perspective when I've missed deadlines, when I get jealous of other authors, or when I'm tempted to do somebody else's thing rather than just keep working on building that thing that I'm building. 

 

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Adam Hamilton is the pastor of Church of the Ressurection in Kansas City, Missouri, and also the author of several books, including his newest, titled Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.  We had a really interesting, practical conversation about fear and how to deal with it in our lives in a way that is productive rather than paralyzing. 

You can find out more about Adam's work, including some of the resources he mentioned at the end of the show on his website

Enjoy!  

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No matter how big or small your creative effort is, if there comes a time when it gets out there into the world, there will inevitably be "the day after" the big event. What happens on the day after? How do you feel and what do you do? 

In this episode, I talked about the four stages of the creative process, from idea to preparation to actually doing it to the day after, and I covered the range of emotions you feel during each stage. I recorded this episode especially for my friend Aaron, who is planting a church this Sunday, and has been through stages one and two, and is about to go through stages three and four. 

I hope this is helpful for any of you who are doing anything creative! 

At the break in the podcast, I mentioned Author School, which is a course led by Rachelle Gardner, who has helped more than 150 authors bring their idea to published form. She's insightful, super helpful, and this course is great for anyone who is trying to get their manuscript in front of a publisher or is trying to put together a proposal, or a query letter, or is trying to decide whether to self-publish or go the traditional publishing route. For more information, check out Author School.

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