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Life-giving conversations for Christian women. Fresh ideas and Biblical encouragement that will help you cultivate better spiritual health, mental health, and relational health. Live an intentional hope-filled life through soulful stories and thought provoking conversations that inspire you to greater hope.

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Made for Hope: Conversations for Christian Wome‪n‬ Sara R. Ward

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Life-giving conversations for Christian women. Fresh ideas and Biblical encouragement that will help you cultivate better spiritual health, mental health, and relational health. Live an intentional hope-filled life through soulful stories and thought provoking conversations that inspire you to greater hope.

Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sara-r-ward/support

    23. Intentional Parenting: Habits for Healthier Families

    23. Intentional Parenting: Habits for Healthier Families

    Let’s face it, parenting is hard.

    When you’re in the trenches of parenting, you need all the help you can get. Sometimes we get stuck just trying to survive the day when we know we should be more intentional in our parenting.

    But how do we do that?

    In this episode you'll learn:


    what to teach your kids, how to do it, and what ultimately matters
    more about family mantras—crafting a list of values and statements for your family
    checking in with your spouse for family meetings
    making fun a priority

    Listen as Katy Epling and Sara R.Ward dive into a conversation on what intentional parenting is and how to take small steps toward being more intentional with your kids.

    We include books, resources and great conversation starters for you and your whole family.

    Episode Links:

    Grace-based Parenting Tim Kimmel

    Parenting: 14 Gospel principles Paul David Tripp

    Christ-centered Parenting: Russell Moore and Phillip Bethancourt

    Sara’s book: Made for Hope

    https://www.amazon.com/Made-Hope-Discovering-Unexpected-Brokenness/dp/1733411003/

    Katy’s book: Life on Purpose

    https://www.amazon.com/Life-Purpose-Days-Listening-Calls/dp/1736259202/

    Catch up on past episodes: https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast/




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    • 30 min
    22. Keys to Building a Strong Marriage

    22. Keys to Building a Strong Marriage

    Being intentional in your marriage is challenging no matter whether you’ve been married one year or fifty.

    Today's guest is Laura Thomas, who is an author of both romantic suspense novels and Christian nonfiction (and many more). She is passionate about working on her marriage and writing love stories in her romantic suspense novels.

    We want to help you build a marriage you can celebrate and rest in. Listen in as Laura shares:


    how to work on your marriage in all seasons
    her best marriage advice (which is spot on!)
    how to have date nights when you don’t have money or time
    how to honor and love your husband well
    who you should surround yourself with to encourage your marriage (hint: it might surprise you!)

    Bonus: She also shares her favorite love stories!

    Listen to this show and let us know what your favorite marriage advice is. 

    Find us on social media at @sararward and @katyepling

    Episode Links:

    Laura’s website: 

    laurathomasauthor.com.

    Laura’s Books: 

    https://laurathomasauthor.com/books/

    Free Novella from Sara (Pen name: Grace Worthington): 

    https://dl.bookfunnel.com/5g2pxlo1by

    Sara’s website: 

    SaraRWard.com

    Katy’s books:

     https://www.katyepling.com/shop

    Catch up on the previous episodes: 

    https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast/

    Episode page:

    https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast-episode-22-keys-to-building-a-strong-marriage/


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    • 31 min
    21. How to Begin and Maintain a Bible Reading Habit

    21. How to Begin and Maintain a Bible Reading Habit

    If you’ve struggled to stick with a Bible reading habit, or you want to know how to start, today we’re talking about practical tips for incorporating it into our schedules all year long.

    Our guest today is Eva Kubasiak. She is passionate about breaking down the barriers to Bible study so beginners can learn and love God's Word.

    We talk about:

    —how to find time for a new habit

    —the difference between Bible reading and study

    —what to do if you’ve fallen off the wagon with your reading goal

    —how to read through the Bible in a year.

    This episode is packed with good tips, great resources and sticking with a habit that's vital to our faith: reading God's Word.



    Episode Links

    Knowing God Through the Word Journal

    https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-God-Through-Word-Scripture/dp/1734350016

    Eva has created a page with Bible reading resources to help you including her free pdf: 7 Days to a Successful Bible Reading Habit: evakubasiak.com/madeforhope

    Sara’s FREE How to Study the Bible Guide:

    https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5f637fe2384d146a9ca131de

    Podcast Home: sararward.com


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    • 29 min
    20. How to Improve Your Mental Health

    20. How to Improve Your Mental Health

    We’re talking about managing your mental health in the new year and how you can take care of yourself and focus more on Jesus this year.

    BIG NEWS: I’ve got a new co-host who’s joining me on the Made for Hope Podcast. Katy Epling is a mom to three, including a son with down syndrome. You can hear her interview on Episode 12.

    In this episode about mental health, my co-host and I talk about common mental health struggles in the pandemic, the importance of community, how God's Word can help us, and discovering healthy rhythms in your life.

    Get some inspiration that will help you deal with your own personal mindset and mental health this year. 

    If you want to find more purpose in your life and fill your heart with encouragement, Katy has a new book out called  Life on Purpose: 30 days of reading and reflecting on God’s Word. 

    To order Life on Purpose:

    https://www.katyepling.com/a/40920/PWMLfzD9

    Relevant Magazine Article: Is Social Media Silencing Our Souls During The Pandemic? by Katy Epling

    https://www.relevantmagazine.com/life5/is-social-media-silencing-our-souls-during-the-pandemic/

    Catch all the episodes: madeforhopepodcast.com

    Episode Page: https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast-episode-20-how-to-improve-your-mental-health/


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    • 29 min
    19. A Fresh Approach to Your New Year’s Resolutions

    19. A Fresh Approach to Your New Year’s Resolutions

    How do you approach a new year without knowing what the year holds? Can you plan for the new year without having goals? You sure can!

    Today, I’ll be sharing some inspiring tips that I’ve found useful for the new year including:

    —How to set a spiritual focus for the year

    —What works better than goal-setting

    —The secret sauce for making progress

    —The one thing you really need this year

    These ideas will give you a fresh perspective on how to approach the new year and can help you to have hope in the midst of your everyday.

    Links:

    The planner I like:

    mybrilliantwritingplanner.com

    Catch up on the Made for Hope Podcast:

    madeforhopepodcast.com




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    • 7 min
    18. How to Create a Meaningful Christmas This Year

    18. How to Create a Meaningful Christmas This Year

    Are you looking for ways to create smaller, more memorable holiday traditions this year? Today, I have ten ways for you to create a meaningful Christmas in the midst of a different kind of holiday season.

    This is the year to discover new traditions or revitalize old ones. Instead of seeing what you can’t do, we can see the birth of Christ in a new way and make special memories with our families.

    These 10 ideas are meant to help you think about the why behind your own traditions and give you a new focus on hope this year.

    Here are 10 ideas to help you create a memorable Christmas including:


    How we can pivot our traditions or make new ones
    Managing expectations when things don’t go as expected
    How to keep your sense of humor over the holidays
    How to reframe the season
    Keeping your focus on Jesus and my favorite Advent resources.

    Episode links

    What is the Jesse tree?

    https://sararward.com/new-ideas-meaningful-holiday-traditions/

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

    https://www.amazon.com/Unwrapping-Greatest-Gift-Celebration-Christmas/dp/1414397542/

    Family Advent Guide: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5f5a18da36c9eadb831c1b50

    The book I’m reading for Advent: Remarkable Advent by Shauna Letellier

    https://www.amazon.com/Remarkable-Advent-Extraordinary-through-Ordinary/dp/1734137401/

    Episode Link

    https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast-episode-18/


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