The Road Home to You

Real conversations about mental health and faith

A New Rhythm

March 31, 2020
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The rhythms of life that we’ve all grown so accustomed to have found themselves turned upside-down. What does it look like to find a new rhythm? Join me for a quick look at what it means for us, so far as well as what to expect in the near future.

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Scripture Read:

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

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Stomping Out Anxiety: Interview with Caris Snider

March 24, 2020
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In a time when everything feels a little less than certain, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by anxiety. Today, I sit down and talk with Caris Snider, author of “Anxiety Elephants: A 31-Day Devotional to Help Stomp Out Your Anxiety.”

As a business owner, speaker, worship leader, wife, and mom, Caris looked like she had it all together. But like so many, she found herself at the end of the road, realizing she had two options: Give up or look up. Fortunately, Caris bravely faced the unknown with the help of her doctors, family, and friends and learned how to contend with her anxiety.

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It was an honor to have a conversation with Caris about her own journey through anxiety, especially as the entire world is facing with these topsy-turvy times in the midst of a global pandemic. Caris’ story offers hope and encouragement as she learned what it means to carry one another’s burdens and rest in God.

More About Caris:

https://carissnider.com/

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This Week’s Joys:

“The Blessing” by Elevation Worship

“Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel

“Psalm 23 – Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy” by Shane and Shane

 

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This episode was recorded remotely, edited and produced at 4G’s Studios in Sandy, Oregon. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

Rest Stop: Psalm 33 & 34

March 19, 2020
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In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to rest in God’s word. This week, we find ourselves in Psalm 33 and 34 with verses such as these:

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.” (Ps. 33:20-22)

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Ps. 34:18)

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Friends, our God is bigger than any virus. This did not take him by surprise. We can be assured that God is still God and He is still good, even as we face these weird days of uncertainty. One thing remains: God is faithful to accomplish all that He’s established.

 

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Quarantivities for the Soul

March 17, 2020
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Anxiety, fear, grief, anger…these and so many more are the emotions that so many are feeling during these uncertain Corona Virus times.

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Today, Matt and I have a long-distance conversation about some of the ways we can not only take comfort in the promises of God during this time, but also very specific activities (or, as our daughter has dubbed them “quarantivities”) to fill our time wisely and with fun!

It must be said that in the less than 24 hours since recording this, things have changed here in the US and also with me, Brandy. While much of our conversation is focused on dealing with anxiety, I rather ironically, have been feeling my fair share of it. That being said, I remembered this conversation and took a dose of my own advice (“listen to music” and “turn off the news for a minute”) and am feeling markedly better.

This isn’t just lip service. This advice is practical and beneficial. I hope you take it and share it with people you love.

Self-Care and Activities During Quarantine:

1. Pray
2. Read the Bible: Psalms are great – try Psalm 23
3. Journal
4. Write letters and send them to loved ones
5. Listen to music you love
6. Spend time with your kids: Conversations, shooting hoops, video games, reading books, crafts, etc…
7. Go for a walk: fresh air + Vitamin D = good for ya!
8. Jigsaw puzzles
9. Complete your To-Do List: or at least knock it down – all those projects that you’re saving for “someday”
10. Work on a dream project: write the book, learn the instrument, read the series…

Things to Avoid:

1. Steady stream of news: Stay informed, but don’t only feed on a media diet of the news
2. Hours of Social Media: See above…
3. Binging on Netflix for the entire time: Give yourself limits and keep your body and brain active

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health during this time, so don’t neglect it!

If you’re struggling with depression or thoughts of self-harm, please contact the

Suicide Hotline:

1-800-273-8255

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This episode was recorded remotely and edited and produced at 4G’s Studios in Sandy, Oregon. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

A Message to My Daughter

March 12, 2020
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At a time when there is so much to say about women’s empowerment and what it means, all I can think of is the message I want my own daughter to take into the world with her when she leaves the safety of this nest. I hope it resonates with you, too. Feel free to share it if it does.

 

Dear Sweet Girl,

I wanted to take a moment to tell you something: You are valuable.

I know, I say that a lot. But here’s the thing: you’re soon going to be out in the world on your own and I won’t be there to buffer you from the messages that it will send to you, which will likely be very different.

The world will tell you that sex sells, that in order to climb the ladder, get ahead, reach your pinnacle of success, you must compromise your standards and use your sexuality to help you advance. 

I say to you, you have been created with a brain that is beautiful and bright and full of curiosity and good thinking skills. You are creative and smart. You are able to problem-solve and research ideas and work with others to bring together something that is good and beneficial. You have deep and profound thoughts that sometimes blow my socks off because, at 17, you are so much smarter than I was.

The world will tell you that sex is the most important aspect of a relationship, that if you want to know your compatibility with a person you must give up the one thing that you can only give away once, your virginity.

I say to you that sex…is amazing. And scary. And sometimes, heartbreaking. The act of sex is about so much more than two naked bodies. Sex is intimacy at it’s deepest. It is giving your whole self to another person – your mind, your heart, and your body. It is a connection that will leave you inextricably connected with whoever you partner with for as long as you live. You don’t need to have great sex in order to have a good relationship. You need to have a great relationship that can withstand even the difficult times in your sex life, because those times will come, no matter who you are or who you’re with. 

The world will tell you that you are too young, too small, too insignificant to listen to. Or that you are too much – too loud, too bossy, too emotional.

I say you are just right. You have been created by God for a purpose and He has given you talents and gifts and passions to fulfill that purpose. There will be roadblocks along the way, but you can overcome. Because your youth has fire in its belly. Your size gives you swiftness and grace to adapt. Your words carry compassion and empathy and wisdom. Your volume is needed in a world that wants to close its ears to the plight of so many who have no voice. Your ability to lead and point others toward their gifts is a strength, not bossiness. And those feelings…those deep, deep feelings, when you hurt for those who hurt and you celebrate the victories of others, those are a reflection of Jesus.

The world will do it’s best to box you in. To say that as a woman, your value is found between your legs and in your willingness to compromise what you believe and know to be true about who you are and Whose you are. 

I say, don’t ever forget, my sweet child that you are a masterpiece, created by God. You are the apple of His eye. He rejoices over you with singing and dancing because His love for you knows no depths. There is no end to His affection for you. 

I wish that I could protect you from all that life will throw at you. There will be great loss and sadness in your life. There will be days you think you can’t breathe, much less get out of bed. There will be times when it feels like everything and everyone is doing it’s best to crush you. Know this, my girl, in the words of author Kathryn Stockett, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” And none of that is to be taken lightly.

Go bravely into the world. Be the empowered woman that you are.

Rest Stop: Psalm 31 & 32

March 12, 2020
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How often does it feel like the whole world is not only against you but reveling in your defeat? The psalmist, David, understood those feelings but also knew and declared the truth of who God is and who God says we are meant to be.

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Listen to this week’s Psalms and find encouragement, all you who hope in the Lord.

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Special thanks to the 126er’s for the use of their song, “Rainy Sundays” as our intro and outro.

The New American Standard Bible is used by permission from The Lockman Foundation.

The episode was recorded, edited and produced at 4G’s Studios in Sandy, Oregon. 2020. All rights reserved.

Sexuality and Women’s Empowerment: An Interview with Brandi Voth

March 10, 2020
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This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was nothing if not controversial! People from all walks of life, backgrounds in faith, genders and sexual identities fell on both sides of the fence when it came to answering the question: was this performance empowering or degrading to women?

Enter Brandi Voth, the woman behind The Power Project who is working to bring empowerment to women and men alike. She is a podcaster, author, and volunteer working with people in after-care who have been sexually exploited and trafficked.

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In this episode, Brandi and I sit down and talk about what the commercial sex trade industry looks like, who is targeted for sex trafficking, how the church can better come alongside those who’ve been exploited, and what women’s empowerment looks like.

Brandi dropped some hard truths about what drives the sex industry and opened my eyes to the prevalence it has not only in our nation but even in our small towns.

Table of Contents:

:05  The Road Home to You website
2:55 Welcome Brandi Voth; The Power Project – empowering people to live purposeful lives
5:00 Awareness to sex trafficking industry in Melbourne, Australia
9:10 A21 “Walk for Freedom”
10:40 What sex trafficking really looks like and where it is
13:54 The grooming process happens in social media apps and chat rooms
15:15 bark.us app and Tik Tok
17:10 Be where your kids and their friends are spending time online
18:20 Predators in public places
20:00 Red flags that someone is endangered
23:59 The Church’s response to help the exploited
28:10 Testimony from after-care client
31:59 Seeing the hurting and being the hands and feet of Jesus
32:57 Super Bowl halftime show re-cap and conflict
36:07 Female empowerment and the messages sent to boys/men
37:40 Empowerment vs. Sexual Objectification
39:15 Strip club and pornography – exploitation and consumption
40:39 Super Bowl is the single largest event for sex trafficking
41:35 Take a stand against the demand
43:00 The message sent to girls/women
45:28 Early exposure to pornography and the cycle of addiction
48:00 Defining empowerment
48:43 Finding your voice and using it
52:05 Signs you’re not in a safe relationship
53:19 Resources and Hotlines
53:52 Bottom line – You’re worth it
54:37 Thank you, Brandy
55:15 Brandi’s information: The Power Project and Power Hat Co.


Brandi Voth:

http://www.the-powerproject.com/
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National Trafficking Hotline

http://www.refugeforwomen.org/

A21

https://www.bark.us/


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The Road Home to You:

“Offering hope and faith in Jesus to those wounded by others, stuck in addiction or afflicted by the storms of life.”


Upcoming Episodes:

Join Brandy next week for a discussion with guest, Mischelle Saunders-Gottsch and the impact of growing up in a cult.

Future topics will also include infidelity, Biblical meditation, alcohol recovery, and so much more!


Special Thanks:

Thanks to the Jingle Punks for the use of their song, “Dusty Road” as our intro and outro.

This episode was recorded, edited and produced at 4G’s Studios in Sandy, Oregon. 2020. All rights reserved.

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