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This is the portion of the podcast where we follow up with what YOU, our listeners, have given us to talk about. We are following up on our conversation with Emily Stimpson Chapman from episode 28. We continue to talk about the female body imange and how really all issues must lead us back to the wonderful counselor, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Though some struggle with a negative view of their bodies, others may see how they can manipulate others with their beauty. We talk about how we all just need to focus on how all beauty is of the Lord and is for the Lord and to share the Lord with the very hungry souls world around us. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Thriving in the Trenches!!

We are so THANKFUL for YOU!!

 

 

Show Notes:

As seen on EWTN, John Finch has launched into a ministry of bringing to light The Father Effect. The father wound is no small topic and we here in the trenches feel like it is such an important one.  This interview with John Finch is very powerful and we hope it reaches out to all who need to hear it, men and women. Many people are wounded and hurting dearly but not really sure what is at the root of that pain. We are all wounded on some level because of some one and there is only One that can provide complete healing, Jesus Christ. We are God’s children and He sent the Word Incarnate to bring about our healing and as He has promised over and over in Scripture that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Our Guest:

 

John Finch,  grew up the youngest of 3 boys in a suburb of Dallas where he lost his father to suicide at age 11. As a young man, John did anything he could to avoid confronting the wounds he suffered as a result of being fatherless. His craving for affirmation from a father who was not there to provide it, led him to seek that affirmation from the world in many unhealthy ways. In an attempt to find value as a man, he created a false persona that left him completely unfulfilled. His life was based on the pursuit of money in order to prove his success and he became a social alcoholic as he strived to be the life of every party and gain the attention of those around him.

It was only when John realized and dealt with the unresolved issues of his father wound that he was able to become truly fulfilled. On April 20th, 2009, he finally came face to face with the issues that drove him to seek approval from a father who was not there to give it to him. By forgiving his father and recognizing what it truly means to be a man by God’s standard, he became a new man, husband and father.

John seeks to break down the barriers that prevent men and women from addressing deep rooted anger and hurt from the wounds they have suffered in this life by candidly and openly sharing his story, his failings, and his path to a new way of life. John’s mission is to educate, encourage and equip men to become the fathers they were created to be, and to help men walk in daily awareness of their significant and lifelong influence as fathers. Through The Father Effect Movie, John shares stories and messages that will move viewers to a new awareness about the everlasting impact of fathers and the importance of forgiveness and openness in the relationships of this world.

John has been married for 23 years. has three daughters and lives in Denton, Texas. He is the founder of The Perfect Father Ministries Inc, a 501(c) non-profit and EncouragingDads.com, a community of people from all of the world who share short stories to encourage dads.

John’s new book, The Father EffectBased on the feature film of the same name, THE FATHER EFFECT is a must-read for the millions of men and women who have lost their fathers through divorce, death, or disinterest.

John Finch always struggled after his father committed suicide when he was eleven, but it wasn’t until he was raising his own three daughters that he truly understood their futures relied on his coming to terms with his difficult past. To move forward, he needed to forgive both his father for choosing to leave, and himself for not being the best father he could be.

This journey led to THE FATHER EFFECT, a book containing practical help for anyone, man or woman, with a deep father wound from losing a dad through divorce, death, or disinterest. Through positive lessons on forgiveness and approachable advice on how to change your legacy as a parent, partner, and person, THE FATHER EFFECT is the ultimate healing tool for anyone who has suffered the absence of a dad.

 

 

 

Show Notes:

 

Call to Action – 

How can we support our husbands and other men in our lives in their roles as a father and also in their role as a son. First, go watch the YouTube video of the short film.  Affirm our spouses, sons, or any other man in our life suffering through a father wound. 

Also for those not married or women who feel they are wounded, go watch the film and ask the Lord to reveal to them any father wound that they may be carrying themselves. We do this so that God may start a mighty work of healing and restoration in our lives.

Scripture – 

 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” Hence we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper,
I will not be afraid;
what can man do to me?”  Hebrews 13: 5-6

Saint Quote

“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.” –Archbishop Fulton Sheen

 

We sure have been mulling over this word, meekness.  Have you?  For the most part, that virtue has been a bit of a challenge for us women to fully and freely accept and practice. On Episode 22 Megan and Becky recap some of the high points and some of the listener comments from our interview with Dr. Carrie Gress.  We hope you join us as we pull out and work though some of these topics like meekness and sweetness and more. 

 

 

Show Notes:

  • If There is an AntiChrist what about an Antimary?
  • “What, then, would an antimary movement look like, exactly? Well, these women would not value children. They would be bawdy, vulgar, and angry. They would rage against the idea of anything resembling humble obedience or self-sacrifice for others. They would be petulant, shallow, catty, and overly sensuous. They would also be self-absorbed, manipulative, gossipy, anxious, and ambitious. In short, it would be everything that Mary is not.” –Carrie Gress
  • “The devil knows that all these marks of the antimary – rage, indignation, vulgarity, and pride – short circuit women’s greatest gifts: wisdom, prudence, patience, unflappable peace, intuition, and the capacity for a deep relationship with God. Instead he promises power, fame, fortune, respect, and sterile fleeting pleasures. And like Eve, women of the antimarian movement are still falling for his lies.” –Carrie Gress

Living in this post Christian culture, many have offered options for us to live out the Gospel and to fight this civilization of decay. This week’s guest, Dr. Carrie Gress, offers us an option with plenty of historical success. The Marian Option is rooted in the tradition of going to Our Blessed Mother who has fought and won plenty of wars in the past and brought about massive conversion through her intercession. We know we can’t all head to the hills and ignore what is going on in the world, but we can choose to live out our dynamic feminine gifts focusing on this virtue of meekness. We are not talking about becoming a doormat as the culture wrongfully imposes on this Christian idea of meekness – meekness is certainly not weakness. We hope you are encouraged and exhorted to go to Mary to see how she is asking you to become more like her son, Jesus. 

Our Guest:

Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and is a faculty member at Pontifex University.

Dr. Gress is a regular blogger at The National Catholic Register and has written for Aleteia, Catholic VoteCatholic World ReportThe Federalist, and The Stream, She is a frequent guest on Ave Maria Radio, EWTN Radio, and Relevant Radio, and has appeared on BBC, CBC, and EWTN television.

Dr. Gress has lived and worked professionally in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy and her work has been translated into seven languages.

She is the author of Nudging Conversions: A Practical Guide to Bringing Those You Love Back to the ChurchUltimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhoodand co-author with George Weigel of City of Saints; A Pilgrim’s Guide to John Paul II’s Krakow. Her latest book, The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, was released May, 2017.

A homeschooling mother of four, Dr. Gress and her family live in Virginia. You can find links to Carrie’s articles, books, and speaker information at CarrieGress.com

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

Let us all seek to readjust our mindset around this word meek.  Let’s think on the description of this virtue of womanhood with the words benevolent, kind, humble, and unassuming. And as St. Francis de Sales encourages us, let us start with those who are our closest comapanions. 

Scripture – 

He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.” – Psalm 25:9

Saint Quote

Let us strive to be kind, meek, and humble with everyone, but especially so with those whom God destined to be our companions. Let us not be one of those who are angels in public and devils at home” – St. Francis de Sales

 

LTC is when we take our listener comments and let them “lead the conversation”.  So, we thank you for all of your feedback this week and for giving us plenty to talk about.  Dwija and her husband’s sacrifices are a beautiful witness to all of us, regardless of our state in life.  God is calling us all to sacrifice during our everyday life and get out of our comfort zones so that we can grow in sanctity.  Be encouraged sweet ladies, we are all on a journey and we are on it together and by God’s Grace, we will thrive. Let us take every moment of desolation and ask the Lord, “where are you in this moment?”.

Show Notes:

  • “destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time, which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity or with the Present–either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.” –CS Lewis

Scripture – 

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:23-26

 

If you would like to hear how in the world a Hare Krishna grows up to be a Catholic homeschooling momma of 7 beautiful children on a farm in Michigan, then you need to check in this week for our summer series.  Dwija B0robia share with us about her life in a very real way giving all of us in the trenches the reminder that no one’s life is picture perfect nor even easy.  We all have our strengths and our weaknesses, but without Christ, none of it is even possible.  Moving from self reliance to God reliance is pivotal to our journey in happiness. We hope you enjoy this sweet conversation we were so privileged to have with @houseunseen

Our Guest:

 

 

Dwija B0robia lives on 13 acres in rural Southwest Michigan with 14 chickens, 7 kids, 2 dogs, 1 duck and 1 very patient husband. In her plentiful down time, she homeschools, gardens badly, and finds good deals on dansko clogs on the internet.  She likes her sacraments Catholic and her beer cold.  Blog: www.houseunseen.com  

But best place to actually follow is on Instagram @houseunseen

 

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

Let’s see if we can focus on and pray for awareness in areas where we tend to be self reliant rather than God reliant. And let us ask the Holy Spirit to give us a teachable spirit so that we can be reliant on God and being willing to let go of any spiritual pride.

Scripture – 

And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”       Colossians 1:9-12

Saint Quote

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, and may the Word of God direct us.” – St. Patrick

 

We had so much fun talking with Christy Brunk on Episode 16 and appreciate the points she brought up about persevering and being real.  On this week’s episode, Megan and Becky share some listener comments and explore more ways we can see the beauty in our days while keeping it real.  Especially with social media having such an influence in our lives, how might we be authentic yet not overly pessimistic or unrealistically positive.  Rather than celebrating failures, knowing that we need to practice seeing that we should celebrate the redemption of our failures by a loving Father who is molding us more into who He created us to be.

Show Notes:

  • “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.”  –C.S. Lewis
  • Teaching From Rest  by Sarah Mackenzie
  • Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.”  Phillipians 4:8-9

LItany of Humility:

  • O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
    From the desire of being esteemed,
    Deliver me, Jesus.

    From the desire of being loved…
    From the desire of being extolled …
    From the desire of being honored …
    From the desire of being praised …
    From the desire of being preferred to others…
    From the desire of being consulted …
    From the desire of being approved …
    From the fear of being humiliated …
    From the fear of being despised…
    From the fear of suffering rebukes …
    From the fear of being calumniated …
    From the fear of being forgotten …
    From the fear of being ridiculed …
    From the fear of being wronged …
    From the fear of being suspected …

    That others may be loved more than I,
    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

    That others may be esteemed more than I …
    That, in the opinion of the world,
    others may increase and I may decrease …
    That others may be chosen and I set aside …
    That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
    That others may be preferred to me in everything…
    That others may become holier than I, 
    provided that I may become as holy as I should…

This humidity dwelling, sponge roller wearing, cute kid birthing, wisdom preaching, video making, beauty seeking, southern instagram gem, Christy Brunk, spends some time sharing with us about being a mom to six kids, her conversion to the Catholic faith, and what it looks like in her feminine vocation to surrender her life and her family’s lives to the Lord through Our Blessed Mother. You will love getting to know our sweet southern belle in all of her Georgian twang.

Our Guest:

 

Christy Brunk  is a Catholic convert, wife and mother of six.   She enjoys staging photos, writing novel-length IG captions, and making videos with her children.  She spent her pre-nuptial life teaching elementary Spanish & French.  She stinks at chemistry, meal planning, and making friends with cats.  She comes from a long line of farmers: some saints, some sinners.  All of them with a healthy fear of the Almighty and Georgia red clay stains on their hands.  She believes that living authentically means frequent Confession.  And she will never stop being grateful to her husband for his guidance, and to the Lord for grafting her on to this Vine.

Show Notes:

Call to Action – 

Rather than allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed with anxiety overy our children’s future, let us give them to the Lord, through Our Lady, and joyfully soak in the Grace God has for us in today.

Scripture

 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” –Matthew 6:34

Saint Quote

“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” St. Augustine

 

 

“Therefore it is said, ‘Awake , O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.’  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”  -Ephesians 5:14-20

This week we get to follow up with listener comments from our beautiful conversation on Episode 14 where Teresa Peterson shared her struggles and the ongoing redemption of her journey. Megan and Becky will dig deeper into the Scriptures and reflect further into the beauty of fully surrendering our lives to our Loving Father in heaven.  All the while, encouraging their listeners to remember salvation is a process and that God wants to save us every day.

 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Come, Lord Jesus – Meditations on the Art of Waiting Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.
  • “Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin.  God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.”St. Francis de Sales
  • Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 
  • “I will bless the Lord at all times;  his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Psalm 34:1

When singer and songwriter, Teresa Peterson, realized that the sure calling of God on her life to sing and to share her songs had died, she had no idea that the Lord was preparing her to be resurrected.  Teresa sought after a secular career in the music industry for years and one day found herself exhausted and done.  Teresa shares with us the journey that she has been on with the Lord and how when His ways are not our ways this can feel like a real death. A death not to be left in the grave.  It was such treat to have Teresa share with us the inspiration for her new songs on her new album.

Our Guest:

Teresa Peterson is a worship leader, speaker and singer/songwriter based out of Philadelphia, PA.  She recently opened for Dove Award winning group, Sidewalk Prophets and Stars Go Dim at the music festival, AbbeyFest.  Teresa has been featured on Relevant RadioThe Catholic PlaylistImmaculate Heart MusicAleteia: Cecilia and more.  She has led worship at events in association with the World Meeting of Families, Heart of the Father Ministries (Unbound), The Culture Project, and numerous Catholic conferences and youth rallies.  She has opened for speaker and author, Fr. Michael Gaitley (33 Days to Morning Glory), Archbishop Chaput, and Relevant Radio’s Fr. Richard Simon.  Locally, Teresa is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania’s Newman Center in helping build a culture of worship in adoration for their First Friday’s Mass and Adoration of the Sacred Heart.  She is currently back in the studio recording her 2nd Christian album.

Teresa’s first piano/pop EP, Say Something, was played on over 120 college and independent radio stations with the single, Atlanta.  Teresa has played at SXSW (Austin,TX), The Bitter End (NYC), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC), 3rd and Lindsley (Nashville) and sang the National Anthem for the St. Paul Saints and the Versus Network.

You can follow Teresa on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube channel, Purchase her album titled Freely Fully on Itunes, and check out her performance schedule at TheresaPetersonMusic.com

 

Show Notes:

  • Check out her YouTube video for Calling Me Higher and He Makes All Things New.
  • What is Lectio Divina – this beautiful ancient practice of meditating on Scripture?
  • 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord.Ezekial 37

Call to Action – 

Trust enough to allow your heart to dream again and allow the Lord to accompany you as you dream.

Ask Jesus for His joy in each day.

Scripture – 

11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Saint Quote – 

God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful” – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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