48 episodes

How do you forgive when the wound is still open? How do you leave a legacy of redemption instead of dysfunction? How do you trust God when your deepest fears are realized? Join Sarah Mae (and wise mentors along the way) as she explores these and other messy heart topics and the strategies we can use to seek healing in the pain and restoration in the ruins. | New episodes every Tuesday!

The Complicated Heart Podcast with Sarah Mae Sarah Mae

    • Christianity
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

How do you forgive when the wound is still open? How do you leave a legacy of redemption instead of dysfunction? How do you trust God when your deepest fears are realized? Join Sarah Mae (and wise mentors along the way) as she explores these and other messy heart topics and the strategies we can use to seek healing in the pain and restoration in the ruins. | New episodes every Tuesday!

    The Sex Series: Singleness and Sex

    The Sex Series: Singleness and Sex

    Today on the show I have Lore Ferguson Wilber, author of the beautiful new book, Handle with Care. In this episode, we talk about sex and singleness, the power of touch, masturbation, and how to love the single person well.
    LINKS:
    Resources from Lore:
    Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry
    Sayable.net
    Fidelity Print (In our home: Fidelity to the Word of God and not to an outcome)
    Lore's Writing Mentorship
    Connect with Lore Online:
    Instagram @LoreWilbert
    Twitter @LoreWilbert
    Other Resources:
    The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When It Hurts
    The Body Keeps the Score
     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Sex Series: Infidelity and Trauma (Part 2 with Therapist Angie Durham)

    The Sex Series: Infidelity and Trauma (Part 2 with Therapist Angie Durham)

    Today on the show I'm back with therapist Angie Durham talking about infidelity and trauma. 
    LINKS:
    You can find Angie at https://www.ntchristiancounseling.com/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Sex Series: Sex Drive, Gender Stereotypes, & Pornography

    The Sex Series: Sex Drive, Gender Stereotypes, & Pornography

    Today on the show I have a conversation with a dear in-real-life friend of mine, Amanda Vargas. You may remember Amanda from Season 1, Episode 6 on discovering your husband is having an emotional affair. In today's episode, Amanda and I talk about what's been happening since that show and what she's been learning. 
    LINKS:
    Episode 6: When You Catch Your Husband in an Emotional Affair
    Amanda on Instagram at @mrsvargascrew
    Website Amanda recommends: Pure Desire Ministries
    Other Helpful Resources:
    https://jay-stringer.com/
    https://www.authenticintimacy.com/
    Questions or comments?
    Email podcast@sarahmae.com
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    • 51 min
    The Sex Series: Our Sexual Fantasies Are Roadmaps (Interview with Therapist Jay Stringer)

    The Sex Series: Our Sexual Fantasies Are Roadmaps (Interview with Therapist Jay Stringer)

    On today's show, I have Jay Stringer joining me to talk about our unwanted sexual behavior and thoughts. Jay is a therapist who is particularly interested in helping people find healing from sexual brokenness, and even more specifically, by helping people to listen to their lust. He says that Sexual fantasies are roadmaps and they pinpoint the location of your past harm and highlight the current roadblocks that keep you from freedom. If we pay attention, our sexual brokenness will reveal the way to healing.
    I'd love YOUR Feedback on this series!
    As we’re going through this series, The Sex Series, I would love to hear from you! Are you enjoying the series, is it helpful, is it raising more questions about topics you’d like me to expand on? If so, you can reach me on Instagram at sarahmaewrites, just DM me, or you can email me at podcast@sarahmae.com.
    LINKS:
    Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing
    Jay-Stringer.com
    Jay on Instagram
    The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When it Hurts
    Sarah Mae on Instagram

    • 56 min
    The Sex Series: Interview with an EMDR Therapist (What is EMDR and who is it for?)

    The Sex Series: Interview with an EMDR Therapist (What is EMDR and who is it for?)

    Today on the show I bring you something you have been asking for, and that is an interview with an EMDR therapist! Not only do I interview her, but she is answering YOUR questions, the ones you submitted to me a while ago!
    Who am I interviewing? None other than the passionate Aundi Kolber, author of the new book, Try Softer. You all are going to love her and this interview!
    LINKS:
    Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode--and into a Life of Connection and Joy.
    The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When It Hurts 
    Psychology Today (to find a Christian Trauma-informed, EMDR Therapist)
     
    Questions to Ask an EMDR Therapist Before Working with Them:
    How often do you use EMDR? (Aundi doesn't recommend someone who doesn't use it often)
    Have you worked with people who have a similar issue as mine? 
    What does faith-integration look like for you?
    Questions to Ask Yourself Before Working with a Therapist:
    How do I feel talking to that therapist? (Is there chemistry?)
    Can I see myself being comfortable with this therapist?
    QUOTE:
    "Our bodies heal at the pace they're ready to heal." -Aundi Kolber

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Sex Series: Trauma and Its Impact on The Body (and how it's affecting you today)

    The Sex Series: Trauma and Its Impact on The Body (and how it's affecting you today)

    Today on the show I have therapist Angie Durham, who is a licensed professional counselor, licensed Marriage and family therapist, and a certified Biblical counselor. We are talking about trauma and the body.
    You can find Angie at North Texas Christian Counseling.
     

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

BriDempsey ,

Powerful episodes on Gaslighting

I was introduced to Sarah’s podcast via Sharon Hodde Miller. I followed her on IG and then looked into her podcast. I was vaguely familiar with gaslighting but listening to Sarah’s podcast series brought me to tears. So gentle and full of wisdom, she speaks powerfully and gently from experience.

Highly recommend.

Delicatefade ,

So Refreshing!

I’ve been loving Sarah Mae’s podcast. I particularly enjoyed the episode with Dannah Gresh, as I also grew up in purity culture and I’ve been wrestling with how to raise my own children.

Mrs VanderChicken ,

Boundaries Between Mothers and Daughters-in-Law

What a fabulous podcast episode! The advice and recommendations were full of grace and wisdom. I feel hopeful about the relationship with my future daughter-in-law; this episode gave me a lot of peace in the thought of letting things develop naturally and leaving it in God's hands through prayer. What a gentle and gracious path to loving relationships in families. Thank you!!

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