Women Encouraged

Women Encouraged

A Christian women's podcast connecting you with Scripture-based encouragement and gospel hope. Host Bethany Barendregt is often joined by guests for conversations about relatable topics. No matter what we're discussing, we'll always be encouraging you to get into God's word and believe what He says about Himself - and about you.... Show More

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October 22, 2020 29 min

Katie Westenberg joins the show to talk about her book I Choose Brave  and what it truly means to fear God and embrace holy courage. She and Bethany also discuss why it’s so dangerous for us to adopt a worldly definition of courage and why Christian women are often pulled toward wanting to fit in and be acceptable to the world. 

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Alisa Childers joins Bethany for a conversation on doubt and unbelief. Alisa shares about her book Another Gospel, which tells the story of her encounter with progressive Christianity, and how that led to the deconstruction and eventual reconstruction of her faith. She and Bethany discuss the difference between doubt and unbelief, as well as how progressive Christianity falls short of the true gospel. Alisa’s message offers encoura...

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Lauren Washer joins Bethany for a conversation about keeping our hearts diligently. They discuss what this looks like in the Christian’s daily life and how Christ has modeled diligence for us in the way he lived. Lauren shares encouragement from the Scriptures for the woman who is questioning whether her work is pleasing to God, and for the one who feels too busy and overwhelmed to be diligent. 

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Bethany is joined by Courtney Reissig for a conversation about the Psalms. Courtney gives us an overview of the structure of the book of Psalms and the types of different Psalms, as well how they offer us encouragement and hope for every season of life. Courtney shares from her own experience how God has used the Psalms to uphold her during trials. She and Bethany discuss what the Psalms teach us about our emotions.

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In this episode, Allie Beth Stuckey joins the show to talk about self love and her book You're Not Enough (And That's Okay). Allie shares why it's a liberating truth that we're not enough, and how to face our feelings biblically and determine whether they're valid. She shares vulnerably from her own story of trying to live in her own sufficiency and ultimately receiving the truth of God's grace and sufficien...

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In this episode of our Matters of the Heart series, Abbey Wedgeworth joins Bethany today to talk about grief and loss and the importance of processing both through Scripture and understanding God's character. Abbey is the author of Held: 31 Biblical Reflections on God's Comfort and Care in the Sorrow of Miscarriage. This excellent resource walks you through Psalm 139 and helps you to center your heart on the truth of who Go...

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We're kicking off this new season and our "Matters of the Heart" series with this conversation with Christine Hoover, talking about idolatry and allegiance to Christ. Christine shares about how idolatry is a heart issue and explains the wholehearted allegiance Jesus calls us to. Listen to hear her explain what it means to live for the kingdom of God versus the kingdom of self. 

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Today, author Betsy Childs Howard joins Bethany to talk about the value of forming our moral imagination through literature. Betsy explains what moral formation is and she has some wonderful insight that will help you consider your family's book and media choices (as well as your own). She also some encouragement to help you develop conversations with your children about what they're reading and how it's shaping them. 

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In this episode, Katie and Bethany finish up their "Asking for a Friend" conversation, discussing a couple of listeners' questions about the Enneagram and any concerns they have with this tool. They also answer a question from a listener about how to answer the issue of transgenderism from Scripture.  

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Awhile back, we invited listeners to participate in our "ask us anything" episode, which we’ve affectionately titled Asking for a Friend. We’ve decided to break up this episode into two shorter parts because one episode would have been too long.

This week, Katie Morin and Bethany are sitting down to chat about the first few questions related to what we’ve done during COVID and how the Lord has blessed us during this time. W...

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In this episode, Haley Williams joins Bethany to talk about discerning between truth and lies in online voices and understanding the messaging of progressive Christianity. Haley shares a bit about what progressive Christianity is and the false teachings associated with it. She and Bethany discuss how we can be rooted firmly in Scripture, and share some practical ways to discern what is true and godly.

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Christine Chappell, author of Help! My Teen is Depressed, joins Bethany for a conversation about how to give our kids true, biblical comfort when they’re hurting. This isn’t about empty platitudes or band-aid fixes, but rather acknowledging our children’s suffering while pointing them to the trustworthy and eternal promises of God. Christine and Bethany discuss how we should respond to our children in these situations, and take a l...

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Bethany is joined on the podcast this week by Lee Nienhuis, author of Countercultural Parenting: Building Character in a World of Compromise. Lee candidly recounts some of her own difficult experiences as a parent, and shares the wisdom she’s learned about raising children to walk in obedience to Christ. She and Bethany discuss the importance of modeling godliness to our children, how to respond when they fall into sin, and how we ...

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In this episode, Melissa Kruger comes on the podcast to share about her newest book, Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests. Melissa talks about the importance of mentoring, practical steps for getting started in a mentoring relationship, and some common pitfalls to guard against. She and Bethany discuss mentoring with an ultimate purpose in mind— the edification of the church and the glory of God.

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In this episode, Bethany is joined by Glenna Marshall, author of Everyday Faithfulness: The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World (Crossway, 2020). Glenna shares about what faithfulness looks like in our normal, daily lives, and how we can grow in spiritual maturity. She and Bethany discuss the importance of spiritual discipline, faithfulness in difficult times, and what some common barriers are to living a faithful ...

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In this episode, Bethany is joined by author Tilly Dillehay to talk about food and what the Christian’s attitude towards it should be. Tilly shares biblical truth that teaches us how we can bring glory to God in what we eat. She and Bethany discuss dealing with guilt and shame, glorifying God in what we eat, and how hospitality can build the kingdom of God.

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This week's episode is a powerful and moving testimony of God's unfailing goodness in the midst of an incredible trial. Bethany is joined by writer and speaker Kelly Streiff to talk about trusting in God’s goodness when life is hard. Kelly shares about how after the unexpected loss of her first child, she learned what it meant to trust God for who He is, rather than just what He can do for us. She and Bethany discuss having...

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Megan Hill, author and editor for TGC, joins Bethany to talk about her book A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local ChurchMegan shares the importance of growing as a believer in Jesus in the context of His church and how our identity is uniquely connected to the body of Christ.

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In this episode, Bethany and her husband Alex sit down with Jeff and Sarah Walton to talk about their new book, Together Through the Storms. Speaking from their own experience, the Waltons share biblical encouragement to help couples to strengthen their marriage during times of trial. The Waltons discuss the role of suffering in the Christian life, and how we ought to respond to it as believers. For both the married and the single,...

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Today, I’m talking with Summer Jaeger about the topic of feminism. We hit a variety of topics related to this worldview, including legalism, faithfulness, Bible reading, agreeing with God, and cultivating discussion about hard topics with our friends. Summer is a great encouragement to us to be living for God’s approval and to evaluate all things through Scripture. You can check out her show Sheologians wherever you listen to podca...

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