Soul Care for the New Mom show

Soul Care for the New Mom

Summary: A devotional podcast designed with new moms in mind. Each episode features Gospel truths and reminders of God's abundant love and grace in the beautiful, brutal season of caring for little ones — because our souls need care, too. Perfect for every moment of early motherhood — from the late-night feedings, stroller walks in the park, sweet snuggles, screaming struggles, and everything in between — this podcast invites you to meet with the Lord and seek refuge from the chaos while making prayer a vital part of your motherhood journey.

Podcasts:

 Season Four Finale: When You Feel Like a Failure | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:13:09

“Wouldn’t I have rather gotten the outcomes that I wanted? Yes. Of course. I WANT to live in this fantasy world where things happen the way I want them to when I want them to. A part of me still wants God to answer prayers in my timing. I want him to bend his will to my desires. But am I thankful that I didn’t get the outcomes I wanted? Also yes. Because through this journey I was once again awakened to the sovereignty and power of God and was able to watch him orchestrate things that I wouldn’t have chosen, but needed nonetheless. And at the same time, I was able to learn more and more what it means to bend my will to HIS desires — and there in that surrender lies all the answers I need. Why didn’t my business succeed? It doesn’t matter. Why did I lose so much money in the process? God will provide. Why did we get hit with these unexpected expenses? The King is on the Throne. Why did I have to lay this dream down? My Father has good plans for me. What do I do now? Where do I go next? He’s already gone before me.” Press play to hear more. Thank you for listening to another season of the podcast, my friends! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website Join the Soul Care Community! If you are a mom of littles and are looking for Christ-centered community, check out our Facebook Group! This group is a safe, genuine, and fun space to build authentic relationships and find support, wisdom, accountability, and prayer for your motherhood journey! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too!

 When You Have a Baby: An Interview on Prenatal and Postpartum Support with Alise Marsh | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:46:46

If you’ve been following me on my motherhood journey for some time, then you probably know that I am a HUGE fan of all things birth, which is why the conversation you’re about to listen to with my new friend Alise Marsh was such a special treat for me! Alise is a wife, mama, childbirth educator, doula, and fellow podcaster, and she has so much wisdom and experience when it comes to childbirth, educating and advocating for yourself in birth, and taking care of yourself postpartum. I love hearing how she’s using her passion and knowledge to equip and empower women, and I just know you will, too! In today’s episode, Alise and I chat about: her journey through the world of birth as a mom, childbirth educator, and doula the importance of educating yourself on your labor and birth choices the role of a doula and why women may want one during their labor the struggle and importance of finding a community of support as a new mom her best wisdom for how new moms can take care of themselves after birth resources for women who need physical or emotional support in the postpartum period Meet Alise: Alise Marsh is an ICEA certified childbirth educator and doula (ICCE, ICBD), who has been equipping and empowering women through birth work for the last 6 years. She is the host of the Perfectly, Wonderfully Made Podcast, creator of the Your Best Birth online childbirth course, and currently resides in Washington with her husband Jeff and her two little ones, Monroe (5) & Indiana (3). You can find her on Facebook and Instagram. Resources Mentioned: Your Best Birth Course Free 6 Day Childbirth Course Perfectly, Wonderfully Made Podcast Alise Marsh’s Website  Postpartum Support International

 When You’re Fighting for a Fierce Marriage: An Interview on Pursuing God’s Purpose for Marriage with Selena Frederick | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:38:28

Marriage in these early days of parenthood can be… tricky. There’s beauty and excitement in growing a family together, but also plenty of challenges and trials that are encountered along the way. This is why I am just SO excited about today’s guest — Selena Frederick, the co-founder of Fierce Marriage and an amazing wife and mom who is passionate about encouraging and equipping wives in cultivating a Christ-centered marriage. There is no doubt in my mind that you will feel absolutely refreshed and encouraged as you listen to all that Selena has to say in this episode about married life after kids and how the Gospel changes everything! In today’s episode, Selena and I chat about: the backstory behind Fierce Marriage some of the challenges that are encountered in marriage after having children the importance of preserving friendship and connection with your spouse wisdom for wives who struggle with intimacy in their marriage God’s design for marriage and how marriage is able to make you look more like Jesus helpful Fierce Marriage resources for husbands and wives Meet Selena: Selena Frederick is a wife, mom of two girls, and the the co-founder of Fierce Marriage. She and her husband Ryan have been married for over fifteen years and love pouring into married couples through their ministry. They are the voices behind the Fierce Marriage blog and the Fierce Marriage Podcast, as well as the authors of four devotionals designed to empower couples and point them toward Christ. Resources Mentioned: Fierce Marriage Website Fierce Marriage Devotionals Fierce Marriage Podcast Fierce Marriage on Instagram Fierce Marriage on Facebook Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When God Writes Your Family Story: An Interview on Foster Care and Adoption with Katrina Hilliard | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:33:53

I love getting to know and support families who are involved in foster care, and today I want to introduce you to an amazing friend, Katrina Hilliard, who has so much wisdom to share when it comes to fostering. Katrina and her husband have been navigating the world of foster care for the past three years and have definitely learned a thing or two about trusting God along the way! I just love the honesty with which Katrina describes the rollercoaster ride of emotions that oftentimes comes with fostering and how her faith was stretched as a result. If you’ve ever considered becoming a foster parent, know somebody who is a foster parent, or just want to learn more about the foster care process, this episode is sure to be an encouragement to you! In today’s episode, Katrina and I chat about: * how God led them to foster care three years ago and what the process of becoming certified as a foster parent was like * the day they met their first foster child for the first time and the months that followed * meeting birth parents and the heart change she personally experienced regarding this * the challenging journey leading up to their first son’s adoption and how her faith was stretched along the way * the blessings of support and community for foster parents * advice for women considering foster care Resources Mentioned: FaithBridge Foster Care Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When You're More Than Just Surviving: An Interview on Thriving in Motherhood with Kara-Kae James | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:43:23

The Lord’s desire for us is not just to survive motherhood, but rather to THRIVE in motherhood and to experience the abundant life he has for us! This is a message that Kara-Kae James is so passionate about and has created an entire ministry on. If you’re at all familiar with her work through Thrive Moms, then I know you are just going to LOVE her new book, Mom Up: Thriving with Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood, which I had the pleasure of chatting to her about for today’s episode. Grab your earbuds and join in on our conversation on what it looks like to thrive with grace as we lean into the Lord’s desires for us in this season of motherhood! In today’s episode, Kara-Kae and I chat about: - the heart and message behind her book Mom Up - what intentional motherhood looks like through the lens of our identity in God - the importance of finding genuine community - protecting your marriage for the long haul - the difference between the world’s definition of rest and true rest in the Lord - embracing chaos and choosing joy in everyday motherhood - the vision behind Thrive Moms and the resources it offers moms today Meet Kara-Kae: Kara-Kae James is a writer and encourager passionate about seeing women’s lives changed and impacted through the gospel. She is the founder and Executive Director of Thrive Moms, a ministry dedicated to seeing moms step out of survival mode and into the thriving, abundant life that God calls them to. She is also the author of the book “Mom Up: Thriving with Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood”. Kara-Kae is married to her husband, Brook, and mom to four. She works daily to encourage women to reach their potential as moms and as daughters of Christ. She is passionate about pouring into moms because she knows first-hand that many moms are struggling and in desperate need of a reminder that God loves us, and we are doing His holy work. Resources Mentioned: Mom Up: Thriving with Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood Thrive Moms Kara-Kae James’ Website Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When You Just Got to Do the Next Hard and Holy Thing | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:09:13

“It stinks to need so much help. It stinks to know that our marriage is not where it could be. But if I’m thinking for even one second that the Lord is not holding us and protecting us, then I am so dead wrong. And I’m speaking these things over myself and over you, as well. Because I know some of you who are listening are in this exact same place. You’re hurting and questioning and you need somebody to say to you, “Hey, you’re okay. God’s going to keep you. And right now it’s time for you to do the next hard and holy thing even when nothing feels like it’s changing anything…” Scripture Referenced: Hebrews 12: 1-14 Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When You’re Living the Bright Life: An Interview on Unforced Rhythms of Grace with Jen Wise | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:46:29

Jen Wise has been a journey of discovering what it means to live the bright life. In today’s episode she shares this journey with us, as well as her new book, the Bright Life, which is packed full of wisdom, truth, and encouragement on what it looks like to lean into the unforced rhythms of grace and find refreshment in the Lord. I just know you’re going to love our conversation about what all of this means for us in this season of motherhood!
 In today’s episode, Jen and I chat about: * the journey that led her to write The Bright Life and the Biblical, grace-filled wisdom we are all able to gleam from it
 * the intertwining of self care and faith
 * practical ways the overwhelmed mama is able to lean into the unforced rhythms of grace
 * pursuing friendships and community in this season of motherhood
 * how leaning into grace yourself leads you into extending grace to others
 * engaging with God as a busy mom
 Meet Jen: Jen is happy to spend most days rotating between friends, family, writing, cooking, and her neighborhood yoga studio. She enjoys nights out, creative projects, hosting dinners and parties, laughing with friends and family, exploring new ideas, serving her neighborhood, and being an active part of her home church. Jen's first book, The Bright Life: 40 Invitations to Reclaim Your Energy for the Full Life, released with Zondervan in January '19. Jen holds an MA in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and serves as a child advocate with Compassion International as a part of their Artist and Speaker Team. She lives in Philadelphia’s Main Line neighborhood with her family. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook. Resources Mentioned: The Bright Life: 40 Invitations to Reclaim Your Energy for the Full Life Jen Wise’s website Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When You’re a Grumpy Mom: An Interview on Renewed Joy in Motherhood with Valerie Woerner | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:30:53

You may already be familiar with Valerie Woerner through her beautiful prayer journals and amazing resources at Val Marie Paper, but did you know that Val has also just released a new book? Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday is a book of truth and hope that we could ALL use in our lives. By examining common lies that we believe as moms, Val not only points us back to the truth of the Gospel, but also invites us into freedom, rest, intentionality, and renewed joy in motherhood. If you are interested in hearing more about Grumpy Mom, I just know you are going to love today’s episode in which I share my recent conversation with Val about her heart and message behind the book, as well as her best wisdom and encouragement for moms! In today’s episode, Val and I chat about: the heart and backstory behind Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday some of the subtle lies pertaining to motherhood that we believe and how these relate to our grumpiness as moms how God has been renewing joy in her everyday motherhood creating a habit of taking your thoughts captive overcoming challenges and confusion revolving around prayer Val Marie Paper resources designed to help women with prayer Meet Val: Valerie Woerner is the owner of Val Marie Paper and author of Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday and Fresh Start for Moms. Her mission is to create practical tools, including her original 6-month prompted prayer journal, and content that equips women to cut through the noise of everyday life and find fullness in the presence of the Lord. She lives in South Louisiana with her husband Tyler and two girls, Vivi and Vana. Resources Mentioned: Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday Val Marie Paper Prayer Journal Shop Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When it’s Time to Seek Help: An Interview on Postpartum Depression with Rachel Rennie | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:58:32

Postpartum depression has a way of making this confusing, challenging season of navigating life with a newborn feel even heavier, and my friend Rachel Rennie knows this firsthand. After watching Rachel share on social media how she dealt with postpartum depression and anxiety after the births of her two children, I knew right away that I had to have her on the podcast. I just love the vulnerability, wisdom, and truth with which she addresses this important topic, and I know you will, too! In today’s episode, Rachel and I chat about: * her experiences with postpartum depression and anxiety after the births of her two children * why this topic is so important and needs to be talked about * getting help for postpartum depression through the form of counseling and medication * her struggles with intrusive thoughts and methods she’s used to cope with them * how faith and science can actually go together when it comes to finding help and healing * hope for the mom who’s struggling to cling to God in this season Resources Mentioned: Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When You’re Parenting Out of Fear: An Interview on Parenting Out of Truth with Laura Hunter | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:42:30

As moms who are navigating this season of caring for little ones, I believe it is so important for us to have a source of support and voice of wisdom in our lives — and this is one of the reasons I love Moms on Call. I first discovered Moms on Call, an amazing ministry designed to encourage and equip moms of littles with helpful parenting resources, shortly after I had my firstborn, and I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Laura Hunter, one of its co-founders! I am not exaggerating when I say that she is FILLED with encouragement and wisdom for the mom who is in the thick of this season of motherhood. I am so excited for you to have a listen! In today’s episode, Laura and I chat about: * the backstory and mission behind Moms on Call
 * encouragement for the anxious mama and what it looks like to parent out of truth instead of fear
 * laying down the “foreverness” of the decisions and challenges we are facing in this season
 * prioritizing and the myth of balance
 * how she is being filled by God’s Word these days
 * intentionally speaking truth into our children’s lives
 Meet Laura: Laura Hunter is a true testament of grace in the chaos! She is the mother of five, a pediatric nurse, a bestselling author, entrepreneur, international infant care specialist, and co-founder of Moms on Call. There is one common area for all of Laura’s life, and that is her desire to inspire and speak into the hearts of parents. Resources Mentioned: Moms on Call | Helping Moms with Kids from Birth to 4 Years Old Moms on Call Resources Moms on Call on Instagram Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When You’re Dealing with Feelings: An Interview on Emotional Awareness with Christi Straub | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:53:18

Christi Straub is a mom of two and knows the challenges of these years of early parenting well. As a marriage and family coach, she also knows just how vital it is for wives and moms to pursue emotional awareness and safety — and how this has the power to completely transform a home! I just know you’re going to love Christi’s transparency and the wisdom she has to share as we go deep into some common, but painful struggles for moms and what it looks like to come out on the other side so that we are able to live, love, and lead well. In today’s episode, Christi and I chat about: * how the challenges of the postpartum years led her to the coaching ministry she does today
 * finding yourself again after having kids
 * how one 15-minute practice changed her marriage
 * the heart behind their new children’s book, What Am I Feeling?
 * practical ways to cultivate emotional awareness and safety in our homes
 * the 2/5 rule that can set moms free from fear and guilt
 Meet Christi: Christi Straub, M.A., M.B.A. is a native Canadian, wife to an American, and momma to two feisty kiddos. She is a marriage and family coach and leads The Straub Co., an organization where she and her husband Josh coach families to live, love, and lead well. Christi is a Fellow of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling. She is also co-host of the In This Together podcast and is coauthor of the children’s book, What Am I Feeling? (2019), as well as a Bible study for families called Homegrown: Cultivating Kids in the Fruit of the Spirit (B&H, 2019). When she and Josh aren’t working together, they spend time on the lake in their 1974 Crestliner, train their disobedient puppy, and watch their kids crush karaoke on a stage built in their dining room. Resources Mentioned: What Am I Feeling? Children’s Book Homegrown Bible Study The Straub Co. Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 When You're Angry with God | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:11:39

Season four is finally here, and I am so excited for what is in store for you all! Starting next week, the podcast will be taking on a new format. Instead of every episode just being me, episodes will now be featuring special guests who I know you are just going to LOVE and be especially encouraged by! I do, however, want to catch you up on what’s been going on in the Ereddia household and how the Lord has been growing and stretching me lately, so today I am starting out the new season by sharing a little bit of my heart. If you’ve ever experienced anger over unanswered prayers or difficult situations, I pray this episode is a comfort and encouragement to you. Scripture Referenced: John 18 Mark 8 John 20-21 Wondering how you can encounter more of God’s presence in your everyday motherhood? I’d love for you to check out Moms in Pursuit, my online course designed for mamas of little ones just like you! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too! Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website

 Season Three Finale: When You're Fighting an Invisible Battle | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:12:23

“I have fought battles this year. And I have a feeling that you have too. You may be in the middle of fighting one right now. Maybe it looks like some of what I’ve already described. Or maybe it looks like something different altogether. Unexpected news. Sickness. A job lay-off. Sexual temptation. Resentment. Shame and guilt. Apathy. Intrusive thoughts.  Whatever the case, there is one thing I am certain of: the enemy may think he’s winning, but the truth is that Jesus has already won. There is only one person who has the final say over our lives and it is Jesus Christ, who covers us with grace and has given us all that we need to be victorious. We are overcomers because HE has overcome…” Press play to hear more. Lyrics to “This is How I Fight My Battles + Surrounded”: This is how I fight my battles This is how I fight my battles This is how I fight my battles It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you Song: “This is How I Fight My Battles + Surrounded (Spontaneous)” by UPPERROOM https://youtu.be/NoAqymNcBTk Scripture Referenced: Romans 8:31-32 Romans 8:37-39 Romans 8:26 2 Kings 6 Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website Join the Soul Care Community! If you are a mom of littles and are looking for Christ-centered community, check out our Facebook Group! This group is a safe, genuine, and fun space to build authentic relationships and find support, wisdom, accountability, and prayer for your motherhood journey! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too!

 Encore Episode: When You Dread the Day Ahead | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:06:38

"Have you ever had a morning where every fiber of your being begged you to stay in bed? No matter how much you knew you needed to start your day, you just couldn't bear the thought of putting your feet on the ground. If you're in the thick of motherhood, then odds are you haven't just had one morning like this, but have had many. Because sometimes being a mom feels like signing up to be in a war zone day after day, and there are just some days where you don't want to fight..." Press play to hear more. Scripture Referenced: Matthew 11:28-30 Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website Join the Soul Care Community! If you are a mom of littles and are looking for Christ-centered community, check out our Facebook Group! This group is a safe, genuine, and fun space to build authentic relationships and find support, wisdom, accountability, and prayer for your motherhood journey! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too!

 Encore Episode: When the Baby Won't Stop Crying | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:06:11

"We somehow get it in our heads that we should be able to do this on our own, that we should be able to get through the day without needing God. We want things to go smoothly, to be perfect. We want to be the best possible mom or wife. And when we are faced with our humanity and all the weaknesses and flaws that come with it, we crumble apart rather than see it for the humbling reminder of our need for God that it truly is. Which is in his design for our relationship with him. It is good that we need him. And so it turns out that the days of frustration and desperation are perfect training ground for us to learn how to lean into him as he calls us to do, running to the Lord with our needs to receive his love and peace and help..." Press play to hear more. Scripture Referenced: Hebrews 12:1-3, 11-12 Find More Soul Care for the New Mom Content: instagram // facebook // blog // website Join the Soul Care Community! If you are a mom of littles and are looking for Christ-centered community, check out our Facebook Group! This group is a safe, genuine, and fun space to build authentic relationships and find support, wisdom, accountability, and prayer for your motherhood journey! I want to hear from you! Don’t forget to leave a review and share how Soul Care for the New Mom has been an encouragement to you! Pssst… this also helps more moms discover the podcast so they can be encouraged, too!

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