Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins - Messy moments worked for our good

Liz Curtis Higgs shares her personal mud story, how to find God amidst your mud and adversity, and she shares about her resources including stories about Ruth, Bathsheba, and The Women of Christmas--Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.


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Liz Curtis Higgs shares the beginning of her personal mud story, offers encouragement and hope as we mature in age and faith, shares insight about her writing process and Bible time routines, and encourages us to find time to be still amidst facing our own mud.

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Advent, Christmas, and the holidays in general are a time of busyness and stress. Elizabeth Foss shares tips and inspiration in navigating the grief and myriad of mud we often face in this season.

Elizabeth's ebook: Comfort & Joy: Living the Liturgy During the Advent Season


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Jacque Watkins, the host of The Mud Stories Podcast, talks with her four youngest kids about the hardship of facing our mud, the challenge it is to give thanks, and they even share some knock knock jokes too! It's a Thanksgiving gift to you!

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Courtney Westlake shares the unexpected adversity of her daughter's diagnosis of harlequin ichthyosis, insights into grieving "normal", how suffering drives us to God, and how we can learn to see beauty in our differences, allowing our faith to grow through hard circumstances. Courtney shares advice and encouragement for us and our kids when we encounter people who are different, and helps us see how there is beauty even in our differences.

Courtney's Blog: Blessed by Brenna


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For Seth Haines, doubt led to pain, and pain to addiction, and yet Seth's process of coming clean is really a journey for us all, as we learn to face our pain, find it's source, and forgive again and again--all in the company of Christ.

Coming Clean--A Story of Faith, by Seth Haines


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An argument free relationship doesn't have to be just a dream, but Fawn Weaver believes can be possible for us all. Fawn shares her personal mud story, as well as insight and wisdom to help us create argument-free relationships.

The Happy Wives Club

Fawn's TEDxPortland Talk--An Argument Free Marriage

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Shannon Ethridge helps us unpack the obstacles that keep us from sexual freedom and healing in marriage, and helps us move toward fulfillment and sexual confidence. Shannon shares how to move from "Good girls DON'T" to "Good girls DO", strategies to overcome our past sexual history, and the meaning behind our sexual fantasies.

Sexy Marriage Radio Podcast

Shannon's books

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Part 2 of a 2-part episode with Tray and Melody Lovvorn from the Undone Redone Podcast, talking about their discovery of real grace, humility that was cultivated in the years of they were divorce, their process of reconciliation, remarriage to each other, and the ministry in which they now serve, including a men's 4-day intensive and a 30-day online course for how to survive a life beyond betrayal.

The Undone Redone Podcast

Life Beyond Betrayal, 30-day Online Course for women

Embark, Men's 4-day Intensive for freedom from Pornography & Sexual Addiction

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Tray & Melody Lovvorn, from the Undone Redone podcast, share Part One of their Two-Part story, including porn addiction, performing, mask-wearing, betrayal, a 6-year divorce, and then remarrying one another in 2008.

Undone Redone Podcast

Life Beyond Betrayal-30 day course for women

Embark-4 day intensive for men

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Amy J. Bennet shares her mud of an emotional affair, the power of our thoughts, and her path out of the entanglement and how her grief led her to God. She also shares how the process happened, the steps she took along the way, and suggestions for how to be more aware and handle these kind of connections should you find yourself in a similar situation.

Amy's Book: Entangled, A Woman's Guide to Recognizing Your Emotional Affair and Restoring Your Marriage

Amy's Podcast: Feathers, Faith in Flight

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Jacque Watkins, host of this podcast, shares her personal mud story in the aftermath of an affair, divorce and remarriage, and introduces a 31-day series on her blog about what she learned and what you should know before an affair.

Jacque's Written Story

Jacque's Video Story

Where The Love Lasts Forever, by Hillsong United


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Through church hurt and church change, Lisa J. Allen shares hope for when disappointment comes and it feels like our dreams die, with help and tips for when we feel isolated, alone, and don't feel like showing up. Lisa helps us find hope for our hearts to remember that God is with us and working through even our greatest disappointments, always.

Proverbs 31 Ministries

First 5 App

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Change, loss, and transition can be traumatic and unexpected, and yet Kristen Strong shares from her life experience how God is using every thing for our good and how change could just be our next best thing.

Kristen's Website: Chasing Blue Skies

Kristen's Book: Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You Through Life's Transitions

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Lelia Chealey shares her struggle as a mom whose child is sentenced to prison, the pain and struggle of walking through that difficulty, and wisom and insight how to walk through the pain of parenting an adolescent or young adult, and letting God write your child's own story no matter what.

Lelia's Website:

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Parenting teens and young adults through their own mud can be challenging, painful, and downright heartbreaking. Lelia Chealey helps us all by sharing what she's faced, not only in her own mud, but as she's helped her teen and young adult children through theirs, sharing the wisdom and insight she's learned along the way.

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Simply Tuesday is a life changing message of hope from Emily P. Freeman--for our souls to sit down on the inside, embrace smallness and be with Christ, trusting Him for the outcomes.

Emily's Book: Simply Tuesday

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Through fourteen years of addiction and alcoholism, Gary Morland, father of The Nester and Emily P. Freeman, shares his story--how God met him in his muddiest mess and how forgiveness from God and others changed everything for him. Gary also shares how forgiveness can be life changing for all of us and offers some tips for improving our relationships.

Gary's Kindle Books:

From Beer to Eternity: A little story of addiction and beyond

Scary Hope: Courage and a kick to hug hope, face fear, and get going

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Amber C. Haines shares her life story of desire, sin, sex, drugs, an abortion, an affair, and how she handled shame and found God in her most broken places.

Amber's book: Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home

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John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur On Fire shares his growing up in the state of Maine, his time in military service, his leadership deployment tour to Iraq in 2003-2004, his gratitude for how God blessed America, and his struggles with post traumatic stress disorder PTSD.

John's Website: Entrepreneur On Fire

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Michele Cushatt shares her Undone story and much of what she's learned about making peace with an unexpected life including perfectionism, divorce, remarriage, blended family, foster parenting, and cancer.

Michele's book: Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life 

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Delivering her baby prematurely at 25 weeks, Kayla Aimee shares how in her unexpected tragedy she struggled through 156 days in the NICU with her baby, and how the experience in the past four years helped her become anchored, find hope, and learn to suffer well.

Kayla's book: Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected 

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Annie Lobert shares her experience through the messy muddy world of sex trafficking, pimps, prostitution and pornography, and offers the hope of God's Great Love to each of us and to the women she rescues through her ministry Hookers for Jesus and their year-long program with The Destiny House.

Annie's Website: Hookers For Jesus

Annie's Book: Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and Into the Arms of the Savior

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Hard times can make us feel isolated and alone, wondering if God is still good and if He sees us at all, and yet Susie Larson has much encouragement and wisdom to offer to help us to feel as loved as we are, and learn to give God our sacred yes.

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Jenny Lee Sulpizio grew up with ritual and tradition, but without an understanding of God and His grace. In this episode she shares her journey toward finding faith, braving the scary thought of attending church, experiencing community at church, and learning to accept the free gift of grace God gives us all.

Website: Jenny Lee Sulpizio, Grace For the Journey

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Grief and pain make us feel broken, and yet it is our brokenness and sitting in our grief long enough that can become a gift, especially as we choose to say yes to being with God in it, no matter what, as He redeems our grief for our ultimate good. This is part two of my conversation with Colleen Mitchell.


Colleen's Blog: Blessed Are the Feet

St. Francis Emmaus Center

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Loss is inevitable, which often leads to many years of ongoing grief, sadness, and depression. Colleen Mitchell shares her story of losing her 3 month old son Bryce from SIDS in 2009, her subsequent 2nd trimester loss and three more miscarriages, and her husband's job loss, and offers wisdom and hope as we process any type of loss or ongoing grief.

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From her personal experience of domestic violence and divorce, Diane Bailey shares wisdom and insight about dating, remarriage and blended families, as well as tips and strategies for step-parenting.


Diane's eBook: 30 Days to a Better Step-Family

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Christy Beam shares about her daughter Annabel's chronic illness, her family's journey caring for her, the tragic event that changed everything, and the miracles from heaven that followed.  

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Kitty Hurdle shares her journey through unexplained infertility and adoption of a sibling pair. She explains her struggle to overcome workaholism and anxiety and to instead, trust God instead, bringing joy and hope even amidst hard things.


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Because of rape and sexual assault, Wendy Blight--author, speaker, and Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible Study Leader--lived imprisoned by fear, unforgiveness, and bitterness for years. But it was reading the Bible and understanding and praying God's promises that helped her heal and become free. And she longs for you to know it can do that for you too.

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Friendship can be complicated and challenging, and even the best friends can experience conflict. Natalie Snapp is the author of the new book, Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have, and helps us explore how to have better friendships.

Natalie's Heart Sisters Book Page

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Shauna Niequist shares thoughts and insights about times of adversity and pain, and offers suggestions to savor life, get through suffering, and ultimately be transformed for our good.

Shauna's Books:

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are

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Kara Tippetts, author of The Hardest Peace--wife, mother, and friend to so many--taught us about loving big in kindness and living with grace, looking to Jesus in all things with mundane faithfulness. We remember, reminisce, and give thanks for the gift of Kara today, and for all the valuable lessons she taught us and will continue to teach us through her writing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a fund benefitting the Tippetts children: Jason Tippetts, P.O. Box 49727, Colorado Springs, CO 80949


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Emily Thomas shares about her abusive relationship in her first marriage, how she fled, and her struggle in choosing to get a divorce. Emily describes the guilt and shame she faced because of the abuse and failure, and how God healed her, showed her He loved her no matter what, and how He wanted to use her life despite her past brokenness and pain--especially to bless others with her art.

Emily's Etsy Shop-mixed media art canvas or prints with scripture. Custom orders available.

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Wynter Pitts shares how she struggled to let go of selfishness, learned how to face her trust issues, opened herself to vulnerability, and in the end, how she relinquished control to God.

Wynter has a ministry to tween girls called For Girls Like You, and has just released her first book entitled, For Girls Like You: A Devotional For Tweens.

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Part two--of a two part episode--with Elizabeth Foss, who shares about how our suffering is a gift that shapes and grows us, how to help our adult children through hard things, our struggle with perfectionism, navigating social media for good, burnout, depression, and burnout recovery through The Restore Workshop.

Elizabeth is the founder of The Restore Workshop, a six-week online community designed to identify and cultivate burnout recovery in women's lives. Registration is open through April 12, 2015.

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Part one--of a two part episode--with Elizabeth Foss, who shares her suffering, her journey through cancer, and her struggle with fear and unexpected loss through pregnancy complications, and the loss of her son's friend to cancer. We discuss relinquishing control in the midst of hard things, our need to surrender, and how control really is an illusion.

Elizabeth is the founder of The Restore Workshop, and in part two we will discuss how to help our children through suffering, our struggle with perfectionism, how to manage social media, and how to wrestle down burnout and depression.

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Are you feeling busy, overwhelmed, and exhausted? Unsure of how to find time for yourself? In this podcast, Jessica Turner shares how to learn to say no, find time for rest and sleep, and how to find our fringe hours to carve out time for self-care.

The Mom Creative

Jessica's Book-The Fringe Hours

Book Website

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Shame, Failure, and Perfectionism can be so paralyzing, and in this episode, Jeannie Cunnion shares how she allowed God to shatter them all through the power of accepting God's great grace. Jeannie shares the importance of receiving God's grace and in turn giving that grace to others, not only in our relationships in general, but more specifically in our parenting too.

Parenting the Wholehearted Child, by Jeannie Cunnion

FREE Study Guide for Parenting the Wholehearted Child, by Jeannie Cunnion

FREE Resources for Finding Freedom From Failure, by Jacque Watkins

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Tara Storch shares about the tragic death of her thirteen year old daughter, how to survive and live with ongoing grief, and how organ donation was the good that helped her family live through such a tragic loss.

Tara and her husband Todd have written a book entitled Taylor's Gift, sharing their story, and have founded an organization called Taylor's Gift Foundation, where they raise awareness for organ donation around the nation and fund scholarships and gifts for families impacted by organ donation.

Taylor's Gift, a book by Todd and Tara Storch

REGISTER today to become an organ donor

CLICK HERE to confirm you are already registered!

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Life is full of unexpected turns, crisis, and sometimes many mundane moments. And Rachel Anne Ridge shares how to handle change and crazy circumstances, and not only survive, but thrive by doing just the next step. Rachel also shares about a stray donkey named Flash, who has become one of the family and taught her many lessons along the way.

Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances, by Rachel Anne Ridge (releasing May 1, 2015)

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Dale Partridge, entrepreneur and founder of, shares his journey through the mud of stress, worry, fear, insomnia, and anxiety, and offers ways he's learned to manage, heal from, and overcome these traps that plague so many leaders.

The Daily Positive

Startup Camp


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As we juggle our roles, figure out where to find our identity, and struggle with comparison, Courtney DeFeo shares how to cultivate virtues in our lives through experiences together in laughter and much giggling along the way through her book, In This House We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life.

ABC Scripture Cards

My Little Money Jars

Conversation Cups

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