Love Your People Well - Christian Family Life, Marriage, Motherhood, and Mental Health

Love Your People Well - Christian Family Life, Marriage, Motherhood, and Mental Health

Friend, I know how much care, effort, time, and energy you put into loving your family. You pour out your heart for your kids, invest in your marriage, manage the house - and you’re making every effort to keep Jesus at the center of it all. But I also know how overwhelming family life can be! We live in such a distracting world. And even the best relationships eventually include some disappointment, discouragement, or a season of distance. We get stuck in a rut, we give in to some mom anger (or mom guilt), and we lose track of our own mental health or spiritual growth. How do we love our people well when we’re running on empty? When we’re running out of ideas, running out of energy, or running out of patience? When we’re spiritually dry and pouring from an empty cup? I’m Jess, and I believe that God not only can equip and encourage us in these hard moments of life family, but I also believe that He delights to do so. He uses every moment for growth and goodness. I believe that He creates us for relationship - with him and with each other. In my 10+ years as a marriage and family therapist, I’ve helped hundreds of women strengthen their family relationships. As a Christian, a wife, and a mom, I know that Christian family life is hard work. But, my friend, it is also holy work. Your marriage, motherhood, and family relationships are wildly important! And, let’s not forget, so is your own mental health, emotional wellness, and spiritual growth. On this podcast, you’ll not only find biblical encouragement for your family life, you’ll find practical tips and relationship strategies that I use in my own home and with hundreds of women in the counseling room. Twice a week, we’ll look together at how we can love God, love ourselves, love our family, and love others. Want to connect further? You’ll find a TON of great resources at www.LoveYourPeopleWell.com. Let me also invite you to join our free, private online community at www.facebook.com/groups/loveyourpeoplewell and to invite you to connect with me personally on social media @loveyourpeoplewell and by email at jessica@loveyourpeoplewell.com Hugs and blessings, friend! I’ll talk to you soon.

Episodes

January 20, 2023 34 min

Episode 113 // No one enjoys making difficult decisions. But they are a necessary part of Christian family life! And sometimes, the things we want and plan don’t wind up lining up with what God seems to be asking us to do. 

 

Those decisions are not easy. They typically aren’t fun. But when our deepest goal is to follow Jesus alongside our family and do what is truly best for them, it sometimes means making decisions that put a hol...

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Episode 112.5 // Friday Faith Followup

 

How often have you heard people say “I’ll pray for you”? Yes, there are prayer warriors who genuinely go home and put your situation on their prayer list and they take it before the Lord regularly. But is that the norm? 

 

Is that how we really pray for each other? Or is your experience more like mine… that “I’ll pray for you” is just a cliche way to end a conversation, at best followed up w...

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Episode 112 // Why is it that when we’re really busy, we’re less likely to pray? These times when we most need God’s help, when we are seeking wisdom and desperate for peace, we fill our schedules and often cut short our prayer time in the process. 

 

Eek. Well, one of my goals for this new year is to develop a lifestyle of more consistent and robust prayer. But why? Why does prayer really matter as a busy Christian mom? 

 

That’s ...

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Episode 111.5 // Friday Faith Followup

 

You’ve probably set some helpful goals for the new year. A few things that you want to change, or grow in, or experience. 

 

And yet, you know that the Bible tells us that God is ultimately the one in charge. So do your goals really matter? Do your action plans make a difference? How do your schedule, your habits, and your plans line up against the reality of God’s plans and purposes?

 

Spoi...

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Episode 111 // Happy New Year! Are you excited about the goals that you have for this new year? Maybe you’ve picked a word of the year, or you have a few resolutions - or maybe there are Big Crazy Goals that you want to see happen in your life. 

 

Well, my friend, let’s make that happen. Okay, okay - the Lord is the one who truly makes change happen. But as we come alongside him in the work He is doing, we want to know what practic...

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Episode 110.5 // Friday Faith Followup

 

We’ve been talking about how to set G.R.E.A.T. goals for yourself and your family, so today I want to encourage you (and maybe give a few ideas!) by sharing my 5 goals for the new year. 

 

Hop in, my friend, and let’s encourage one another!

 

hugs & blessings,

Jess

 

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    Episode 110 // It’s that time of year again. Do you just love new years resolutions? The chance to start a new year fresh, try some new things, and make every moment count with your favorite people?

     

    I love it. I love the fresh blank paper planner. I love the time to reflect on what’s happened and to pray for what is ahead. I love that feeling that anything could happen.

     

    But if we aren’t careful, we can linger in the feelings an...

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    Episode 109.5 // Friday Faith Followup

     

    This most magical time of year can be fun and meaningful, but sometimes it makes the rest of our “regular” lives feel unimportant. Mundane. Routine. 

     

    The thing is… that’s not true. And the story of Christmas proves it.

     

    Join me for a short devotional today, thinking through the incredible nature of the Christmas story and its connection to our everyday regular lives. It all matters, my fr...

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    Episode 109 // Anytime there is a special event going on, there is extra space for things to fall apart. Emotions are higher, schedules are disrupted, memories are being made… and sometimes that means hurt feelings, conflict, and disappointment. 

     

    Christmas does not always create the memories that we want. 

     

    So today, we’re looking at 4 practical tips to AVOID disaster in your family holiday, plus 4 tips for how to RESPOND in the...

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    Episode 108.5 // Friday Faith Followup

     

    My friend, emotions are tough. Raising little ones is tough. Living in this broken world is tough! And we talked this week already about how God’s Word, his Holy Spirit, and his wisdom can love our people well while managing hard emotions.

     

    We looked briefly at Colossians 3, but today I want to dive deeper. The verses we talked about can be a bit mysterious! Even if it’s clear enough what i...

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    Episode 108 // Christmas is full of joy and family memories… and stress! Sometimes, our schedules get so full and our expectations get so high that our emotions can take over. Anger. Guilt. Frustration. 

     

    Not this year, mama. Today we’re talking about why the holidays can trigger stress and hard emotions, what to do about it, and 1 biblical action step to help us ENJOY the Christmas season with our families.

     

    Let’s dive in.

     

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    Episode 107.5 // Friday Faith Followup

     

    Do you ever look around your home during the Christmas holidays and wonder what God really wants you to prioritize during this special time of year? Or maybe you glance down at your to-do list, review the family calendar, and find yourself wondering if this is really what the holidays are all about. 

     

    God does care about the holiday season, and He wants you to care about it in the right way...

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    Episode 107 // I know what you want for Christmas, mama. You want the same thing that I want - the same thing we ALL want. You want a peaceful, memory-making, joy-filled holiday with your family!

     

    That’s it. Is it really so much to ask? To have a peaceful home during the holidays? A meaningful time with your kids? It’s definitely do-able… but not if we follow the cultural program for busyness, gifts on top of gifts on top of gifts...

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    Episode 106.5 // Friday Faith Followup

     

    Hopefully, you are getting some extra family time during the Christmas holiday season! The kids are out of school, family travel is happening, and there are so many once-a-year events that allow us to make great memories together. 

     

    As you’re enjoying that extra family time, make sure that you’re not only using it to have fun, but also to disciple your children. The Christmas season is the ...

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    Episode 106 // The holidays are great… but they are often so busy! And it’s way too easy to get distracted from the important things that you want your family time to focus on for Christmas.

     

    Maybe you’re distracted by the presents, maybe it’s all the extra parties and gatherings, or maybe it’s simply a busier to-do list. Whatever it is, let me encourage you today to set it aside. Refocus. Be realistic, and make time for what is a...

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    The holiday season has a lot of focus on gratitude... but a lot of focus as well on wish lists, good sales, and all the stuff.

    Is there a gap there?

    Maybe culturally, sure. But what about in your own heart?

    I know there's a gap in my heart. I've been challenged this week by a passage in Luke 7, as I consider my own heart of gratitude and how I live out the love that I've received. 

    Join me, friend, for a look at this pa...

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    This short bonus episode is an encouragement, my friend. The holidays are upon us, and it can be easy to get lost in the travel, activities, and to-do list.

    So pause with me for a moment to consider the small things in life that fuel our relationships - and join me for a practical step into gratitude!

    Let’s dive in.

    hugs & blessings, 

    Jess

     

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    Episode 105.5 // Friday Faith Followup

     

    Family life can be rough when we have tension with our in-laws. But what if those difficult in-laws are your own parents? How can you best navigate those muddy waters and maintain a great relationship with ALL of your people? 

     

    Let’s consider today, my friend. Dive right in.

     

    hugs & blessings,

    Jess

     

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    Episode 105 // Relationships with the in-laws can be tricky. There is often a lot of baggage and emotion in these parts of the Christian family experience, and it can be really difficult to navigate these relationships well!

     

    Whether you love your in-laws or tolerate them, you have certainly had moments when you disagreed with them. When you just weren’t quite on the same page. And this often doesn’t just stay in that in-law relat...

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    Episode 104.5 // Friday Faith Followup

     

    It can sometimes be a lot easier to pour our love, energy, and effort into our kids rather than taking time to care for ourselves. Parenting is work! It calls us to step up and put our children’s needs above our own. 

     

    But parenting is hard. Life can be discouraging. And as we seek to be biblically grounded parents, teaching our children how to follow Jesus (along with everything else!) we ...

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