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Do you ever feel like you can’t change no matter how hard you try? On the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. This is a practical, hands-on podcast that will help you break free from the things that control you: things like bad habits, idolatry, overeating, and negative emotions such as worry, insecurity, anger, and stress. We'll also talk about how to develop a close relationship with God as we develop the habit of going to Him for help with life.

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Do you ever feel like you can’t change no matter how hard you try? On the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. This is a practical, hands-on podcast that will help you break free from the things that control you: things like bad habits, idolatry, overeating, and negative emotions such as worry, insecurity, anger, and stress. We'll also talk about how to develop a close relationship with God as we develop the habit of going to Him for help with life.

    Breaking Free from Strongholds with Neil Anderson

    Breaking Free from Strongholds with Neil Anderson

    On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I interview Neil Anderson about gaining freedom in Christ. Neil Anderson is the author of many best-selling books including The Bondage Breaker and Victory Over the Darkness. He writes and speaks worldwide, helping people resolve personal and spiritual conflicts.



     

    Here are just a few of the things we’ll be discussing on today’s podcast:



    * What a stronghold is and how to break free from strongholds.

    * The steps to freedom in Christ.

    * Why it’s important to know who we are in Christ

    * The difference between identifying ourselves as sinners saved by grace or saints who sin

    * How unforgiveness affects us and why we need to forgive

    * The importance of replacing lies with truth

    * The importance of letting go of rebellion and submitting to God

    * How the things we learn in childhood affect us.



    Tips from Neil Anderson Podcast

    Here are two tips I got from Neil’s podcast that I thought were super helpful:



    * Go through the Steps to Freedom in Christ that are in his books. Neil said that if you want information, you should read the book. If you want transformation, do the Steps to Freedom in Christ with God because we need an encounter with God if we want transformation.

    * Try reading through the “Who Am I in Christ” once a day for 30 days. Neil gave a great example on the podcast of a person who was transformed by doing this. Click here for a downloadable PDF: Who I Am in Christ



    Resources We Talked About on the Podcast



    * Victory Over the Darkness

    * Freedom from Fear

    * The Bondage Breaker

    * Freedom from Addiction

    * A Way of Escape: Freedom from Sexual Strongholds

    * Managing Your Anger

    * How to Truth Journal



    Other Helpful Resources from Neil Anderson



    * Great free resources from Neil’s website

    * Steps to Freedom in Christ



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    • 56 min
    How to Overcome Fear of Failure – 7 Steps

    How to Overcome Fear of Failure – 7 Steps

    A few weeks ago, I asked members of my Facebook page if they were afraid of failure. I was overwhelmed by the responses. It seems that I’m not the only one out there who fears failure! In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about seven steps you can take to overcome fear of failure. But first let’s look at some of the things we’re afraid of.



    Examples of Fear of Failure

    Here are just a few of the examples Facebook readers gave of the areas where they were afraid of failure.



    * Trying weight loss again after so many defeats.

    * Messing up at work.

    * Trying to be social and being or feeling rejected.

    * Starting your own company and having it not work.

    * Making decisions because you might make the wrong one.

    * Deciding to resign and stay at home with the kids.

    * Losing weight and then gaining it back.

    * Raising kids.



    There’s no end to the things we could come up with in the fear of failure arena. Let’s take a look at how to overcome fear of failure.

    If you’d rather listen to this as an expanded podcast episode on the Christian Habits Podcast, click on the links below. Keep reading for the blog post version.



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    How to Overcome Fear of Failure

    1. Find out what you’re afraid of and why you’re afraid of it.

    We can’t fight something until we know what we’re fighting. Thus the first step in overcoming fear of failure is to ask yourself, “What am I most afraid of?” and “Why am I afraid of that?”

    Naming your fear will help you take the next step which is to evaluate your fear.

    Here’s an example: I’m afraid whenever I publish a new book. When I ask the question, “What am I most afraid of?” my answer is that I’m afraid someone will write a horrible review on Amazon berating me up and down for how terrible my book is.

    When I ask the next question, “Why am I afraid of that,” I answer with “then no one else will buy my book” and “all of my friends and family will read the negative review and think I’m a loser.”

    I’m not the only author with these fears, but there are many who don’t feel this way. I was talking to one very successful artist a few months ago and he told me that every time he finishes a painting he thinks its great and that everyone will love it. By the time I finish a book, I usually think it’s terrible and that everyone will hate it. This is probably the main reason I’m so bad at doing book launches – I’m afraid to put the new book out there.

    Often our fears are shaped by our childhood. When I was young, I had two different experiences where I did something in a public...

    • 18 min
    How to Hold Onto Your Faith When Life Is Hard with Michele Cushatt

    How to Hold Onto Your Faith When Life Is Hard with Michele Cushatt

    How do you hold onto your faith when it seems like God has disappeared? Whether in struggle, illness, death, or failure, the presence of pain is often so overwhelming it can drown out God’s voice. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with Michele Cushatt who offers hope and faith for times when life is so hard we can’t always feel God’s presence.









    A three-time head and neck cancer survivor, Michele is a (reluctant) expert of trauma, pain and the deep human need for authentic connection. Michele shares her story on the podcast and also helps us with the following questions:











    * Why doesn’t God take away the pain?

    * What do you do on the days when the emotional and/or physical pain feels devastating?

    * How do you deal with the doubts about your faith that often accompany relentless pain?

    * How do you deal with the fairness issue–when it seems like everyone else has great lives and you’re stuck with this hard life?

    * What final advice do you have for the person who is suffering?



    Relentless, by Michele Cushatt

    Michele also discusses these questions and more in her new book, Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves. Like the Old Testament story of Joshua’s altar of twelve stones, Relentless delivers twelve key biblical stories that demonstrate God’s unfailing presence.

    Each chapter offers an invitation to identify a “stone” in your own life as tangible evidence of God’s nearness. With the turn of the last page, you will have discovered twelve markers of your own, an altar of memory to carry you through questions and losses, even ones yet to come.

    Where to Find Michele Cushatt Online

















    WEBSITE: michelecushatt.com

    SPEAKING: http://www.michelecushatt.com/speaking/

    FACEBOOK: facebook.com/michelecushatt/

    TWITTER: twitter.com/michelecushatt

    INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/michelecushatt



















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    • 24 min
    How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed – 5 Steps

    How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed – 5 Steps

    Do you ever feel like you have a million things to do, but you only have time and energy for about three things? Do you often ignore the important things in life because you’re too busy doing the million things in life? If so, you’re in the same boat as most of us. We’ve all experienced this at some point. The question is, “How do you stop feeling overwhelmed when you have a million things to do?”

    We’ll be talking about that today in the Christian Habits Podcast (but I’ve also included a summary below if you don’t have time to listen to the podcast).

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    How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

    1. Do the important things first.

    In Dr. Stephen Covey’s book First Things First, he gives an example of how to put a few big rocks and lots of little rocks and pebbles into a jar. If you start with the big rocks and fill in with the little rocks and pebbles, it works. But if you start with the pebbles and fill in with the big rocks, they don’t all fit.

    In like manner, when we focus our lives on all the little details, we ignore the important things we need to do (the big rocks) and that completely stresses us out. We can avoid that by starting the day with this question: What are the three most important things I need to do today?

    2. Don’t let others choose your important things.

    Often we let other people answer that question for us. We’ll open an email and all of a sudden that email item is first on our list. We spend an hour working on it, ignoring our other to-dos, even though the email to-do wasn’t all that important.

    Or we’ll get involved in projects and goals that aren’t important to us–all because someone else wants us to do them or we feel like we should do them.

    Sometimes when we feel like we should do something, it’s legitimate. God wants us to do that thing too. But other times it’s not legitimate. It’s on our list only because others want it on our list or because experts tell us we should do that thing.

    This happens on a daily basis, but it also happens on a monthly and yearly basis. If you look at your life, you may find all kinds of things in it that don’t belong there. Not because they’re bad things, but because we don’t have time to do them.

    3. Eliminate the things that don’t belong on your list.

    Sometimes we’re overwhelmed because we’re procrastinating or not managing our time well, but other times we’re overwhelmed because we really do have too much on our plate. We’re trying to fit too many huge rocks into that quart-sized jar.

    When that happens we need to take a close look at our lives and visit with God about what to keep and what to eliminate. If you need help with this, I have a chapter on reducing overwhelm in my Freedom from Procrastination Bible study.

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    • 12 min
    Productivity and Parenting with Tricia Goyer

    Productivity and Parenting with Tricia Goyer

    On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Tricia Goyer with us. This will be the last podcast for the next few months as I’ll be taking a break from both the Christian Habits Podcast and Taste for Truth Weight Loss Podcast over the summer.



    Tricia Goyer is a woman I could sit down and visit for hours with because I feel like she has so much wise advice. We talked about both productivity and parenting in this podcast and I’ve been thinking over one of her tips on productivity (the 80/20 rule) ever since I recorded the interview a week ago.

    We talk about productivity first on the podcast and then parenting. Here are a few of the things we’ll be talking about:



    * How the 80-20 principle can help you get more done.

    * How to be productive in a house full of kids (Tricia has ten kids and has published 70+ books. I can’t even begin to imagine that!)

    * How to calm angry kids.

    * Why angry kids want to see you get mad as well.

    * How the 80-20 rule can help you in parenting as well.

    * What it’s like to live in a house full of kids.

    * Why God wants us to get out of our comfort zone.

    * Some of the things we struggle with when we get out of our comfort zone.

    * How God can help us grow when we get out of our comfort zone.



    Resources we Talked About on This Podcast:



    * Tricia Goyer’s book Calming Angry Kids

    * Tricia’s website

    * Tricia’s Podcast: Walk It Out Podcast

    * Tricia’s Facebook Page





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    • 26 min
    How To Do a Renewing of the Mind Project

    How To Do a Renewing of the Mind Project

    Do you ever feel like you’d like a little help with some area of your life? If so, consider starting a “renewing of the mind project.” We’ll talk about what that looks like and how to get started on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast. This podcast will be a little different than my normal as I’ll be the interviewee rather than the interviewer. I’ll be sharing a recent interview I did with Jodi Aiken on her podcast, Pennies from Heaven.



    Jodi Aiken is a writer, podcaster, and speaker. Raised in a small South Carolina town, Jodi grew up in a non-Christian religion, the youngest of five children. She understands and desires for others to know that trusting God with the past, present, and future is essential to living free in Christ. She is a “mom” to two adult sons. Thirty years of marriage to her husband Chris have provided countless adventures, including life as a military spouse, a police officer’s wife, and now the wife of a pastor.

    Resources Mentioned on the Podcast



    * Jodi’s podcast: Pennies from Heaven

    * Jodi’s website

    * Jodi’s Instagram

    * The Renewing of the Mind Project





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    • 26 min

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