Podcast

104 || How Your Dreams Draw You Closer to God || Merritt Onsa

In this episode, you’ll learn some real-life tips to find time for your dream, even as a busy mom/entrepreneur/wife, etc. You will be inspired to believe in the value of your dream not only for the dream itself but also for the ways it will draw you closer to the Father as you take risks, leave your comfort zone and do scary things to pursue it. We talk about letting go of mom-guilt and discovering the benefits to your kids as you take time for the dream God has placed on your heart.

103 || How God Uses the Things We Least Expect to Bless Us || Amy Wright

In this episode, Amy Wright, creator of The Big Family Home blog, talks about the shame she has battled in her dream to write and encourage other moms. Our conversation is a reminder that God doesn’t want us to live in shame or guilt. She and I commiserate on how easily we fall into the belief that everyone else is “doing this better than me.” This episode is a reminder that you are not the only one struggling and that whatever the struggle, whether in motherhood or your dream, it doesn’t define you.

102 || When Everything Falls Apart || Merritt Onsa

In this week’s episode, I confess my most recent blunder related to the podcast – in real time – and use my mistake to share some reflections on the journey God has used in my life to uncover my God-shaped dream. It isn’t a formula; our dreams don’t really work like that. My hope in sharing these steps is that you’ll find yourself somewhere on this continuum and gain some insight about what you might need next in the journey toward your God-shaped dream.

101 || Finding Your Dream Among Too Many Options || Jane Springer

In this episode, wellness and style coach Jane Springer reminds us that God often uses the difficulties He allows in our lives to serve as inspiration for our dreams. In Jane’s case, it was her own health struggles that inspired her to help other women with theirs. In hearing her story, you’ll discover the value of paying attention to your own instincts, trusting God’s timing and waiting on Him to show you what’s next instead of stepping out because you’ve grown impatient with the wait.

100 || Maybe Your Dream Feels Too Superficial || Rebekah Twinem

In this episode, Rebekah Twinem shares what she’s learned in starting an online clothing resale shop near Boulder, Colorado—that our dreams are not too frivolous. She teaches us the impact of our shopping dollars on other people and the environment, and in her gentle, soft-spoken way, she shares the calling to consider and not just consume. We’re also reminded of God’s great love for us and how He will use our dreams to deepen our connection with Him, regardless of our failure or success. 

099 || Because Building Community Matters to Your Dream || Jessica Reinhart

In this episode, Jessica Reinhart shares her journey to encourage others toward authentic community. She talks about her favorite personality profile tool, The Elements Assessment, and reminds us of the value in knowing ourselves and others. You’ll be inspired to uncover new ways to build community whether in pursuit of your dream or among your neighbors. She also teaches us how to search out people to work alongside us in our dreams and what to look for as we seek the right fit in these relationships.

098 || Because Fear Wants You to Stay Stuck || Jenni Eastin

In this episode, Jenni Eastin assures us that God is in control and that we can trust and surrender our dreams to Him. She shares two intimate, real-life stories that are constant reminders of these truths and motivation to share the hope she’s found with others. Along this journey, she’s discovered tools that help her fight back against the voices that urge her to quit. If you’ve ever tried to run away from your dream, may this interview provide perspective and even help you get started.

097 || How to Let Yourself Be Who God Created You to Be || Julie Landreth

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Julie Landreth has a passion for healthy and thriving relationships–especially marriages. She is a speaker and wife coach who loves sharing her passion for prayer and how to cultivate a thriving marriage. She leads a growing number of women in San Jose, CA through her weekly WifeLab curriculum: Loving Well, The Art of Praying for Your Husband.  Julie and her husband are celebrating 15 years of cultivating a marriage filled with intentional love. Their secret? A date night every Friday. In addition to speaking, writing, and teaching, Julie is also a freelance photographer and designer.

IF YOU HAVE EVER STRUGGLED JUST TO BE BRAVE, THIS WAS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.

This conversation with Julie resulted from her reaching out to encourage me last week. I was struggling to feel courageous as I worked on my fear of failure episode, and God used her to speak truth to me. At the same time, she volunteered to just “jump in” the next time I needed a last-minute interview.

Julie also blesses us with a few lessons she’s learned by praying for her husband and seeking his good even when she was struggling with negative feelings about their relationship. I first interviewed Julie back in April 2017, shortly after she created her WifeLab curriculum. Now, 18 months later, she relates some of the struggles regarding public speaking opportunities, the fears that still linger, and how she turns them back to the Lord and continues to step forward.

We also talk about what confession and repentance has to do with pursuing your dream in the face of fear.

If you’re still trying to find your way to being brave (or if your marriage is struggling), I pray you’ll find some hope and encouragement in this interview.

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MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:

Episode 40 || How to Just Take the Next Step || Julie Landreth
Episode 96 || When Fear Tries to Tell You You’re Not Enough || Merritt Onsa
Cari Jenkins, who teaches us about confession and repentance when it comes to misplacing our identity
Sara Bareilles - Brave video

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096 || When Fear Tries to Tell You You're Not Enough || Merritt Onsa

In this week’s episode we’re talking about fear of failure, which feels ironic because even as I’m speaking on this topic, I’m wrestling with this fear. Sure, I wanted to do this solo episode. In fact, the first 10 minutes or so felt inspired. I was on a roll. But then life happened, I had to hit pause, and a few days passed. When I sat down to wrap it up, anxiety crept in, and I wrestled over and over in my mind with what I wanted to say and whether I could provide any value to this topic.

095 || Because You'll Never Be Fully Ready to Start || Megan Sjuts

In this episode, graphic designer Megan Sjuts of Building 07 teaches us her favorite strategy for combating the ugly feelings that come with comparing yourself to others. You’ll hear how she discovered graphic design (and it wasn’t because she went looking for it as a career) and why not knowing the path in advance doesn’t make it wrong. She also shares the lessons learned from a difficult conversation she had early on with one of her first clients. These will be vital to anyone who is starting a business or dealing with client communications.

Season 5 Bonus Episode || What’s Coming in Season Five

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Welcome back! I’m thrilled you’re joining me for Season Five of The Devoted Dreamers Podcast. I’m just back from maternity leave and wanted to take a few minutes to catch you up following my absence, including details on what’s to come on the podcast (like some local, Denver area, meet-up opportunities) and a preview our first episode back.

The podcast will return on October 10th. The first interview of the season is with Megan Sjuts of Building 07. I can’t wait for you to hear her story about what she’s learned in pursuing her dream of a graphic and web design business, including lessons from the first client she disappointed.  

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MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:
Cynthia Culver, of Un+Stuck Coaching
Devoted Dreamers Episode #37

Bonus Mini-Episode on June 22, 2018 with Heather Conkin
Do You Need to Let Go of Your Dream for a Season?

On-Air Coaching Episodes with Cynthia Culver & listener Lois Martin
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3

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On-Air Coaching: Session III with Cynthia Culver & Lois Martin || Bonus Episode #3

This bonus episode is the final of three coaching sessions with listener Lois Martin talking to me and life coach Cynthia Culver. The focus of this call is the Development stage of coaching, in which Lois works through a plan that will produce results aligned with her new direction and mindset. As you listen, consider what actions have (or could) help you trigger the mindset of truth in you, instead of the broken mindset.

On-Air Coaching: Session II with Cynthia Culver & Lois Martin || Bonus Episode

This bonus episode is the second of three coaching sessions with listener Lois Martin talking to me and life coach Cynthia Culver. The focus is on the Direction -- where Lois is right now and how she might establish a new, clear direction for the future. As you listen, keep an ear toward your own story, passions, and the specific dream God has put on your heart for His Kingdom.

On-Air Coaching: Session I with Cynthia Culver & Lois Martin || Bonus Episode

This bonus episode is the first of three sessions you’ll hear with listener Lois Martin talking to me and life-coach Cynthia Culver. In these episodes, Cynthia walks us (via Lois) through the Discovery, Direction and Development phases of coaching. Lois’s goal? To get over what is holding her back from pursuing her God-shaped dream. As you hear Lois processing her experiences in these three conversations, listen with an ear toward your own story and whatever might be keeping you stuck and/or resisting what God has put on your heart to contribute to His Kingdom.

Do You Need to Let Go of Your Dream for a Season? || Bonus Mini-sode || with Heather Conkin

In this mini-sode with Heather Conkin of The Practical Minimalist Podcast, you’ll learn why taking a no-expectations, hands-off break from your dream is a good idea (based on the wisdom of farmers). Heather shares the reasons she’s taking a break from her podcast, what her break looks like, and what might happen when it’s over. If you’ve been searching for a little creative boost, this 15-minute conversation about letting your dream lie fallow may be just what you need.

Every Baby Step Moves You Closer to Your Dream || Bonus Mini-sode

God created you with a purpose. I’m not just saying that. He says it in His word. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10) I’m sharing this short “mini-sode” to tell the story about the baby steps that led me to step into my God-shaped dream of podcasting. My hope in these 15 minutes is to encourage you in taking your own baby steps toward your dream. Listen for a list of baby step suggestions at the end for your consideration.

094 || Solo show: Lessons Learned in Two Years of Podcasting || Merritt Onsa

In this episode, I share what God’s been teaching me in the last two years of podcasting. However, these lessons aren’t about starting a podcast. Whatever your dream, you can apply them to your journey. I’ve broken it down into simple takeaways so you can think about how you might start or proceed in following your dream. You’ll learn why you don’t have to be perfect to move forward, how to consider the costs of your dream before you get started, and why fear must not get the best of you in the process.

093 || Because God is Sovereign Even in Your Suffering || Crystal Miller

In this episode, you’ll hear Columbine survivor, Crystal Woodman Miller, talk about how God uses our stories –- no matter how dark and hopeless -- to make an impact for His Kingdom. You’ll learn how the enemy of our souls feeds us lies that trick us into insecurity, comparison, and fear to keep us from making that Kingdom impact.  If you’re suffering or grieving or struggling to find hope in a broken world, I pray this interview gives you hope that God is with you in the midst of it all.

092 || How to Believe God's Sovereignty Over Your Dream || Hunter Beless

In this episode, you’re going to be bathed in scripture! Hunter Beless knows her bible and shares the value of being in His word daily. She reminds us of God's power to fulfill dreams regardless of circumstances. You’ll learn about re-orienting your fear of the things of this world to the God of the universe and how that gives us courage to keep taking the next step. She also teaches us about embracing our limitedness with the grace and freedom to do what is within your capacity and let go of the rest!

091 || On Remembering to Include God in Your Plans || Teresa Swanstrom Anderson

In this episode, blogger/author Teresa Swanstom Anderson shares how she went from not wanting children in her 20s to having a house full of kids today. She reminds us that God put each one of us here, in this time and place, for a purpose. You’ll learn about her struggle through a season of waiting for God to reveal His plan for her life and how she figured out the direction she was going wasn’t it. She also teaches us what happens when we forget that closed doors can be an answer to prayer for doors to be opened.