It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.
From Rules to Relationship: How to Fall in Love with God’s Word with Brittany Ann
Do you ever struggle to get into God’s word? Do you find that your full schedule, your work and family commitments, and the distractions of life sometimes make it difficult to spend time reading the Bible?
If we’re honest most of us would say yes, that at least at some point in our lives, we have struggled with being consistent about getting into God’s word.
Whether or not this is a current challenge for you, I believe you will get great value out of our conversation with Brittany Ann.
Brittany Ann provides us with insights on why it can be a challenge to get into God’s word, why we don’t have to follow a particular formula or someone else’s method, as well as some of the mistakes we sometimes make when approaching Scripture.
What I love about the entire conversation is that it’s really filled with grace. This is not about meeting a particular standard in order to please God. It’s about falling in love with God’s word so that we can experience a deeper relationship with Him and have our lives transformed by Him.
And as leaders, if we are not experiencing this real relationship with Jesus, we are going to struggle to lead others well. Find our more about how to truly fall in love with God’s word in this conversation.
For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode141
Key Points Discussed: Brittany’s life and leadership journey [4:00] Leadership lessons as Brittany has grown a large community [8:32] Why getting into God’s word is difficult for women in leadership [10:15] Busyness Tired Lack of motivation Distracted Forgetfulness Lack of biblical knowledge Lack of intimacy with God Do we have to follow a particular formula to get into God’s word? [20:45] What role does accountability play in getting into God’s word? [32:00] How do we approach God’s word in the right way? [38:59] Mistakes to watch out for [45:00] Encouragement for a woman who feels discouraged or ashamed about not getting into God’s word [51:00] Leaders are Learners [57:20]
Key Quotes from the Episode: “I did not ever set out to become a leader; it was a matter of me wanting this Christian life.” “We’re all on a journey; we all have room for improvement.” “See individuals as people, as humans.” “You will make time for the things that are important to you.” “We have to take the Bible beyond something that we’re ‘supposed’ to do.” “Getting in the Word of God is one of the main ways that God speaks to us and connects with us.” “Jesus did not go to Thursday night Bible study.” Resources and Links Mentioned: Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad by John Eldredge Fall in Love with God's Word: Practical Strategies for Busy Women by Brittany Ann
Connect with Brittany Ann: Equipping Godly Women website
Fall in Love with God’s Word website
Brittany Ann is an author, speaker, and founder of EquippingGodlyWomen.com, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping women be “all in” in faith and family. Brittany is the author of "Fall in Love with God's Word: Practical Strategies for Busy Women" and the creator of the 21-Day Bible Reading Challenge, a free challenge to help Christian women make regular Bible reading a priority.
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How to Focus When You are Multi-Passionate 
Do you have multiple businesses or lots of business ideas? Are you struggling with figuring out how to focus when you are multi-passionate and enjoy many different types of endeavors?
Have you ever gone on a trip and felt like there’s no way you could do all the activities you want to do in the time you’re there? This is similar to how we often feel as multi-passionate Christian women. We have so many ideas and so much we want to accomplish, and it can be really hard to narrow down and focus on one thing.
In this episode, I want to walk you through a process that I’ve used for myself to learn how to focus even when you have lots of ideas and passions you could pursue. This will be especially helpful if you are an entrepreneur or if you have business ideas, as I’ll be focusing on this from a business angle.
For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode140.
2 problems with trying to promote multiple businesses:
It’s very challenging to try and build or grow more than one business because it's hard for people to know who to refer to you. We can spread ourselves too thin and end up being ineffective leaders. How to Focus When You are Multi-Passionate: Step 1: List out all your ideas Step 2: Become self-aware Step 3: Put it all before God Step 4: Ask yourself: what would you really love to do?
Step 5: Get input from trusted mentors or advisors
Step 6: Run your options through the ‘ideal business’ filter
Step 7: Decide and take action
Join the free Communicate & Connect Challenge. This challenge will help you to communicate effectively about what you do - your business or your passion project AND connect with the types of people who need to hear what you have to offer.
We’ll work through this together so you feel confident when someone asks you what you do, have the words to create curiosity instead of confusion, and can keep the conversation going to lead people down the path of working with you!
Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page
This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode140.
Becoming a Trustworthy Leader by Developing Consistency [Leadership Traits Series]
Do you want to be a leader who others can rely on? Would you like to be trustworthy and dependable?
One of the best ways to become a trustworthy leader is to be a consistent leader. Consistency is not one of the most exciting traits to talk about, but we want to include it in our leadership traits series because it can have a massive impact on your leadership.
In this conversation, Holly and I will share what consistency looks like, why it’s so important and the Biblical perspective on this topic. We’ll also share how to develop this trait even if it doesn’t come naturally to you.
For the full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode139.
Key Points Discussed in this episode: What does consistency look like? Why is consistency important in leadership? A Biblical perspective on consistency How to develop consistency (even if it doesn’t come naturally): Action Step Fun question of the day
Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode139.
Overcoming Domestic Abuse in the Church with Charlene Quint - 138
The church is not immune to the problem of domestic abuse. But what can we do as women and as leaders to recognize and overcome it?
All of us have people in our lives who are experiencing abuse of some kind, whether we recognize it or not. In this episode, I’m talking with Charlene Quint about domestic abuse and how it is happening within the Christian church. Charlene shares her own personal experience of living in an abusive marriage and finally escaping after 20 years.
Charlene provides incredibly valuable insights into what the church can do to more effectively address domestic abuse, including warning signs and practical action steps leaders should take in these situations. One of the most important steps we can take is to educate ourselves on domestic abuse, and this conversation is an excellent way to deepen your understanding of this important issue.
For the full show notes, go to https://estherlittlefield.com/episode138.
Resources and Links Mentioned: Overcoming the Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, and Other Domestic Abusers: The Comprehensive Handbook to Recognize, Remove, and Recover from Abuse by Charlene Quint National Domestic Violence Hotline
Connect with Charlene Quint, J.D.: Website
Charlene Quint is a family law attorney in Lake County, Illinois, who focuses her practice on helping women overcome domestic abuse. She wrote Overcoming the Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, and Other Domestic Abusers to help victims of domestic abuse become the fearless victors that God designed them to be.
She is the founder of AbuseCare.org, a nondenominational faith-based organization designed to educate and equip churches in caring for victims of domestic abuse and to provide hope and healing to women on their journey from victim to victorious. Quint is co-chair of the Partnership for a Safer Lake County—a network of organizations combating all forms of abuse. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional, an advocate for victims of abuse, a facilitator of multiple support groups, and a domestic abuse survivor. She speaks publicly to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Her professional and personal interests are devoted to helping women overcome domestic abuse.
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This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode138.
How to Give (and Receive) Encouragement as a Leader with Kari Bartkus
Encouragement is a powerful thing, and it’s not really an optional part of life and leadership as a Christian. Scripture shows us that we should be encouraging one another, but what does this look like practically and how can we find our unique ways of offering encouragement?
In this episode, Holly and I speak with Kari Bartkus of Love Does That. Kari shares her leadership journey and how this has shifted from being in ministry to now running her own business.
Kari is passionate about being present and showing up for others who are hurting around her, and this is how her business began. In our conversation, Kari is sharing all about why encouragement is so important, how to go about encouraging others, and even how we as leaders sometimes need to become better at asking for or receiving encouragement.
For full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode137.
Connect with Kari Bartkus: Website Facebook Instagram Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode137.
Where Can You Use Your Gifts and Make the Biggest Impact? [Plus a Personal Update] - 136
What does it really mean to embrace your gifts? Are we making it harder than it has to be?
The mission of this podcast is to help you embrace your gifts and lead with confidence. But do you know what it looks like to do this?
In this episode, I’m sharing a personal update along with some thoughts on how you can start to truly embrace your own gifts. Often, we overcomplicate this because we think that maybe using our gifts has to be difficult. But many times, embracing our gifts means doing what comes easiest to us.
Key Points on Embracing Your Gifts: Where the phrase “embrace your gifts and lead with confidence” came from [1:00] How my journey and study of God’s word lead to podcast episodes and the Confident Leader Catalyst [3:25] My current journey of learning about using my gifts [4:46] The key question that my friend asked me [9:15] What it meant for me to truly lean into my gifts [11:00] My personal business update [16:55] How to consider whether you are fully using your gifts - ask yourself these questions [22:00] Do I know what my gifts are? Do I have clarity around my purpose? Do I know who God has called me to serve with my gifts? Am I walking in confidence and taking courageous action towards these things? Am I being pulled in too many different directions? Am I trying to do too much and therefore not having the impact I could have if I focused more? Am I ignoring the signs from God because I am concerned about what others might think if I stop, shift, or change something?
Other Episodes & Resources Mentioned: Episode 10: Finding Your Purpose Confident Leader Catalyst (self-study) Christian Woman Business Podcast Podcast in a Weekend Mini-course Reflection Series Episode 19: The Value of Mentoring with Elisa Pulliam Christian Woman Business Community (Facebook Group) Business Coaching & Mentoring - email esther if you are interested: business (at) estherlittlefield.com. Listen to episode 27 to hear more about this. Confident Conversations Mini-course Episode 82: Three Shifts You Need to Make as a Christian Leader
“If I did all the things I had outlined, I was never going to be able to sleep.” “My friend challenged me to think about where I was most gifted and where I could have the most impact.” “I needed to lean into these gifts. I needed to truly embrace them and focus on serving my people.” “Often using your gifts is going to be the thing that comes the easiest to you.” “When you are fully using the gifts that God has given you and the natural wiring that He has created you with, you are going to be most fully alive and most fully able to make an impact.” “I cannot continue to do all of these things and do them well.” “When you operate in your gifts, when your heart is to bring glory to God, and when you focus on serving those God has called you to… you will start to become an incredible leader.” “There’s nothing more painful than being stuck in a season or in a place that you no longer belong.” - Jennifer Allwood Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode136.
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Thank you Esther and Jill for sharing your thoughts and encouragement for the Type A leaders. Too often those of us who lead tend to everyone except ourselves and it is easy to forget that Gods grace extends to us as well. I also appreciated the encouragement to make changes slowly and not set ourselves up for just another achievement.
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