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The Mission Driven Mom empowers mothers to discover their unique gifts and find ways to use those in the service of humanity. Through focusing on The 7 Laws of Life Mission outlined in the book The Mission Driven Life (available for free at TheMissionDrivenMom.com) this weekly show explores the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to better love God, themselves, truth and humanity. As mothers bring themselves and their lives more in harmony with these true principles, they are able to create a family culture of service, community outreach and servant-leadership.



This podcast is hosted by Audrey Rindlisbacher, mother of 6, wife of 25 years, student of classics, popular speaker and writer, author of The Mission Driven Life and founder of The Mission Driven Mom.

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The Mission Driven Mom empowers mothers to discover their unique gifts and find ways to use those in the service of humanity. Through focusing on The 7 Laws of Life Mission outlined in the book The Mission Driven Life (available for free at TheMissionDrivenMom.com) this weekly show explores the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to better love God, themselves, truth and humanity. As mothers bring themselves and their lives more in harmony with these true principles, they are able to create a family culture of service, community outreach and servant-leadership.



This podcast is hosted by Audrey Rindlisbacher, mother of 6, wife of 25 years, student of classics, popular speaker and writer, author of The Mission Driven Life and founder of The Mission Driven Mom.

    Principles of Government Part 2: Rights of Life, Liberty, Property, and Conscience

    Principles of Government Part 2: Rights of Life, Liberty, Property, and Conscience

    “Whatever is at the center of a person's life forms the fabric of his conscience. The conscience must be educated from divine sources in order for it to be keen and sharp, responsive and sensitive to God. ” ~Stephen Covey



    The rights of life, liberty, and property seem pretty straight-forward and self-explanatory, but the right of conscience?! What does that mean? And more importantly, why does it matter? 



    In this podcast, Audrey and Lindsey explore the 2 Consciences taught by Stephen Covey and why understanding them is so critical. With so much confusion in the world around rights and entitlement, absolute or relative truth, and the nature of the conscience, this podcast is a MUST LISTEN for those who want to better understand the proper role of government in society. 







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    0:45            Summary - Principles of Government Part 1

    3:30v         Understanding the Significance of Basic Rights

    8:11            Conscience - What is It

    18:30         Understanding Conscience and How it Affects Us

    20:55         Shinichi Suzuki

    23:26         James Madison

    27:03         Albert Schweitzer

    27:40         Immaculée Ilibagiza

    28:05         Your Center is Your conscience

    29:50         Recognising the Difference in the Two Consciences

    38:40         Government and conscience









    Quotes from this episode:

    “The conscience is the internal voice, our sensitivity or awareness, our sense of right and wrong. This is why we can say we are all born with a conscience because on some level we have a sense that there is a right and there is a wrong and that we ought to choose the right.” ~Stephen Covey

    “We basically have two consciences. We have a divine conscience and a social conscience. The divine one is the true one. It is the light God has given every man who comes into the world. The second one is also given to us but this one comes from our human experiences - from our upbringing, the culture around us, the norms, the mores, the traditions, values, and beliefs, and from the level of our obedience to the divine conscience.” ~Stephen Covey

    “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” ~Holy Bible, Psalm 37:31

    “ We must educate our conscience. Once a person is true to the light he has received he is then capable of receiving more light and obeying it. Until he is true to the light already given additional light would only condemn him for he is capable neither of understanding it nor appreciating it. He would fall into the trap of being given a gift and being unable to receive it. The Lord gives to his children what they are able to receive and no more. If they are true to that he will give them more. ” ~Stephen Covey



    “The voice of your conscience is the voice of God.” ~Leo Tolstoy



    “Do the next right thing.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher



    “You can speed up your own personal growth by deciding to stay in obedience to your divine conscience.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher



    “In the former sense, a man’s land, or merchandise, or money is called his property. In the latter sense, a man has property in his opinions and the free communication of them. He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them.  He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person. He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them. In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights...conscience is the most sacred of all properties.” ~James Madison



    “Whatever is at the center of a person's life forms the fabr...

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    What Is A Mother of Principle?

    What Is A Mother of Principle?

    “MDM has quenched a thirst to really be consistent in applying principles. It has broken open the doors of empowerment, freedom, and joy by helping me apply principles daily.” ~Leanna Irving

    "Understanding principles fundamentally changes you." ~Lindsey Wright

    “Permanent change is hard but living principles is the road to permanent change.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

    “When you are a Mother of Principle you no longer are so easily deceived.” ~Kim Miner 





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    5:25           Audrey Rindlisbacher-My introduction to the Law of Nature and Principles

    13:18        LeeAnna Irving-My introduction to the Law of Nature and Principles

    17:00        Kim Miner-My introduction to the Law of Nature and Principles

    18:43        Lindsey Wright-My introduction to the Law of Nature and Principles

    20:50        The Impact of Understanding and Living Laws and Principles

    27:24         Understanding and Living Principles Isn't Easy

    36:09        Other Qualities of a Mother of Principle









    Quotes from this episode:

    “ The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions… ” ~John Locke



    “For he has so intimately connected, so inseparably interwoven the laws of eternal justice with the happiness of each individual, that the latter cannot be attained but by observing the former; and, if the former be punctually obeyed, it cannot but induce the latter. The truth is that right actions done for the wrong reason do not help to build the internal quality or character called a virtue.” ~William Blackstone



    “MDM has quenched a thirst to really be consistent in applying principles. It has broken open the doors of empowerment, freedom, and joy by helping me apply principles daily.” ~LeeAnna Irving



    “It is satisfying to understand principles and then see them in current articles and in the classics. Understanding principles fundamentally changes you.” ~Lindsey Wright



    “In the world of memes and self-help, there is a lot of the application of principles. Applications of principle are a dime a dozen but it is digging into the root, the core that empowers us to handle anything.” ~LeeAnna Irving



    “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive...” ~Holy Bible, Ephesians 4: 14



    “It is interesting the things I have had to unlearn, especially from graduate school, that aren't rooted in true principles but that sound good. ” ~Kim Miner

    “ ...truth seldom is sweet; it is almost invariably bitter.” ~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    “It's hard work to identify false beliefs and put principles into action because you must change who you are. ” ~Lindsey Wright



    “Permanent change is hard but [living principles] is the road to permanent change.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

    “When you are a mother of principle you no longer are so easily deceived.” ~Kim Miner

    “Mothers of Principle have paradigm shifts that make them permanently different.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher



    “When mom elevates herself everyone else is elevated.” ~LeeAnna Irving



    “Principles are concentrated truth.” ~LeeAnna Irving







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    The Virtues Series Pt. 1: Introduction to the 3 Types of Virtues

    The Virtues Series Pt. 1: Introduction to the 3 Types of Virtues

    “Moral philosophy is the science of virtue and vice and therefore the true doctrine of the Laws of Nature is the true moral philosophy.” ~Thomas Hobbes



    After sharing a difficult situation we are facing with a friend, and coming to the conclusion that there's nothing more we can do but wait, one of us will often finish the conversation with, "Well...patience is a virtue!" But what does it mean to say that patience is A virtue? Isn't virtue just "virtue"?



    Over the last few weeks, as Audrey was studying patience, she was intrigued by this idea that it is "a virtue." So, she did what she always does - she studied virtue in more depth. Guess what she uncovered? A wealth of knowledge about how human beings have been talking about good and bad and right and wrong since the beginning of written history, and what they have been saying about them. 



    It turns out that the greatest leaders and thinkers from all cultures, races and civilizations have universally agreed that not only are virtue and vice an integral part of the human experience, but we should all choose to be virtuous. In fact, Audrey learned that although being "virtuous" is a desired state of being, she also discovered that there are actually several different types of virtues that have been taught for centuries. 



    Join her this week as she introduces you to "The Virtues", helping you understand what the virtues are and how they are connected to finding happiness here on earth and in the life to come!

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    3:47           Introduction to the Series

    7:41           Why We Think The Way We Do

    20:23        The Natural Virtues or Cardinal Virtues

    22:47         Intellectual Virtues

    25:42         The Theological Virtues or Supernatural Virtues

    31:30         How Do We Become Virtuous

    33:37         What is the Good of Virtue

    45:13         The Culminating Point









    Quotes from this episode:

    “ The implication is simply that man may be good as a scientist or good as an artist by the acquisition of these virtues. But he is not made good as a man by these virtues, nor do they enable him to lead a good life and achieve happiness, as do the moral virtues accompanied by prudence.” ~Mortimer Adler



    “The truth is that right actions done for the wrong reason do not help to build the internal quality or character called a virtue.” ~CS Lewis



    “Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we should make ourselves happy, but how we should become worthy of happiness.” ~Immanuel Kant



    “We do not acquire or preserve virtue by the help of external goods but external goods by the help of virtue. ” ~Aristotle



    “Moral philosophy is the science of virtue and vice and therefore the true doctrine of the Laws of Nature is the true moral philosophy.” ~Thomas Hobbes



    “Virtue is its own reward.” ~Marcus Aurelius



    “That virtue is good and vice evil seems to go undisputed in the tradition of the great books, even by Machiavelli.” ~Mortimer Adler

    “Virtue itself is a reference to a more ultimate good, happiness, for them the virtues are ordered to happiness as means to an end.” ~Mortimer Adler

    “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed. The golden rule is older than the Bible. The golden rule is as old as we are, that you should do as you would be done by.” ~C.S. Lewis



    “Faith, hope, and charity - They are indispensable to lift man's life to a plane and direct it to a goal which exceeds his nature. ” ~C.S. Lewis







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    Mission Driven Stories: Gene Stratton-Porter

    Mission Driven Stories: Gene Stratton-Porter

    “What is the difference between my books and those of other writers, is that I prefer to describe and perpetuate the best I have known in life." ~Gene Stratton-Porter 



    As a young girl growing up on a farm in Indiana, Gene had the idyllic life. The youngest of 12 children, Gene was given free-range of her large farm to fall in love with nature - her lifelong passion. Sadly, while she was still in her formative years, tragedy struck when the accidental deaths of her brother and sister were followed closely by the death of her mother. Yet, with the help of a loving, supportive father and siblings, she overcame her heartache and poured her heart into her self-education. 



    Eventually, as her calling became clear, she determined to use her gifts to glorify God and inspire what is most noble and elevated in human life. Amidst rejection from editors and resistance from publishers, she insisted that her nature books and stories would be accepted and become well-loved by individuals and families around the globe.



    She was right. Even in her own day she sold over 30 million books worldwide - a very rare accomplishment for any author. Of course today the legacy of her in-depth nature work and enriching, inspiring stories lives on, continuing to bless millions of lives. Join Audrey to hear the amazing true story of Gene Stratton-Porter's hard work and sacrifice to bring beauty and truth to the world. 







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    4:18           Laddie - an Autobiography

    6:12           Her Parents and Family

    17:24         Her Relationship to God

    20:53        List of Principles Taught in The Stratton-Porter Home

    21:25         Self-Care and Self-Discovery

    25:00        A Tribute to Her Father and Family Tragedies

    29:33        The Math Paper and an Affirmation of Talent

    34:16         Leaving School for Six Months

    36:24         A Father Assists in Learning

    39:49         Her Own Family and Developing Her Talents

    53:20         The Limberlost

    58:16          A Commitment to Excellence

    1:01:29       A Noble Purpose









    Quotes from this episode:

    “All [my father's] ideas were clear cut. No man could influence him against his better judgment. He believed in God, in courtesy, in honor, and cleanliness, in beauty, and in education. ” ~Gene Stratton-Porter

    “[My father] would often say, "I would rather see my child the author of a book of which I could be proud than on the throne of England," which was the strongest way he knew to express himself.” ~Gene Stratton-Porter

    “[My father's] very first earnings were spent for a book and when other men rested he read. All his life he was a student of extraordinary, tenacious memory.” ~Gene Stratton-Porter

    “ All his life, with no thought of fatigue or inconvenience to himself, Mark Stratton, traveled miles uncounted to share what he had learned with those less fortunately situated by delivering sermons, lectures, and talks on civic improvement and politics. ” ~Gene Stratton-Porter



    “The most that can be said of what education I have is that it is the very best kind in the world for me. I always had been too thankful for words that circumstances intervened which saved my brain from being run through a groove in company with dozens of others of widely different interests, tastes, and mentalities. What small measure of success I have had has come through preserving my individual point of view, method of expression, and...the spartan regulation of my girlhood home.” ~Gene Stratton-Porter



    “[My father] knew I was boiling and bubbling like a yeast jar in July over some literary work and if I timidly slipped to him with a composition or a faulty poem he saw good in it and he made suggestions for its be...

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    Principles of Government Part 1: Natural Law, Rights, and Duties

    Principles of Government Part 1: Natural Law, Rights, and Duties

    “It is the lack of knowledge of natural law and principles over the last century that has gotten us to where we are now.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher



    In this time of great civil unrest, do you know the principles of government that can save us? Do you have a clear understanding of the natural laws and fundamental ideas that shaped the first American documents? Do you know for yourself how these principles, ideas and documents led to the greatest amount of freedom for the largest number of people than ever before in history?



    Most importantly, do you know how important all of this is -- for you, for your family, for your community and for the world?



    Join Audrey and Lindsey this week as they begin a discussion about the natural laws, rights and duties that lay the foundation of proper thinking about ourselves, our communities and our government. As we learn these truths and put our own lives in line with them, and then share them with others, we can correct what's going wrong!







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    1:33          Begin at the Beginning - Aristotle

    3:46          The State of All Men - Locke

    12:01        The Beginning of Society

    14:23        Natural Rights

    23:50        Worldviews

    29:53        The Four Natural Rights vs. Entitlement

    32:32        Maintaining Natural Rights

    40:25        Duty/Responsibility

    46:19         Natural Law-Now and in the Future









    Quotes from this episode:

    “Of all the things that I know, what I know best is what goes on inside of me.” ~C.S. Lewis

    “The better you understand your home life, the interactions in your family, and the interactions in your neighborhood, and how these interactions work, the better you understand government.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

    “It all begins with the individual.” ~Aristotle

    “ ...it is impossible that the rulers now on earth should make any benefit, or derive the least shadow of authority from that, which is held to be the fountain of all power...” ~John Locke



    “To understand political power, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.” ~John Locke



    “A state also of equality, wherein all the power and jurisdiction is reciprocal, no one having more than another; there being nothing more evident, than that creatures of the same species and rank, promiscuously born to all the same advantages of nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or subjection, unless the lord and master of them all should, by any manifest declaration of his will, set one above another, and confer on him, by an evident and clear appointment, an undoubted right to dominion and sovereignty.” ~John Locke



    “This equality of men by nature, the judicious Hooker looks upon as so evident in itself, and beyond all question, that he makes it the foundation of that obligation to mutual love amongst men, on which he builds the duties they owe one another, and from whence he derives the great maxims of justice and charity.” ~John Locke



    “The family is the association established by nature for the supply of men's everyday wants...But when several families are united, and the association aims at something more than the supply of daily needs, the first society to be formed is the village. And the most natural form of the village appears to be that of a colony from the family, composed of the children and grandchildren, who are said to be suckled 'with the same milk......

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    Principles that Rescued Us in 2020

    Principles that Rescued Us in 2020

    “Telling myself the truth was my guiding light." ~Heidi Mathews



    At The Mission Driven Mom, we make a big deal about principles. We know that principles are timeless, absolute truths that can guide us through hard times, show us how to change for the better, and make our way in life a little bit smoother. We work hard to make the concepts of natural law, first principles, and principles as clear as possible. We know that one of the key reasons we are floundering as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a nation is precisely because we have lost touch with true principles and their enlightening and healing power. 



    In this podcast, Audrey and a few of the MDM Clapham Leadership Team members look back at the principles that came to their rescue in 2020. Join them as they share how truths they learned through The Mission Driven Mom programs and courses empowered them to overcome the trials they faced--bringing them the peace of mind and heart they so desperately needed. 



    As you listen, ponder the principles in your life own that aid you in times of trouble and consider what new truths you could learn and live in 2021 that would make it your best year yet!







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    2:15           Introduction of Ashley Mecham, member of the Leadership Team

    3:31          Introduction of Heidi Mathews, member of the Leadership Team

    7:16          What to Expect in the Facebook Group in 2021

    12:30       How Truth Statements Conquered Negativity and Lightened the Load - Audrey Rindlisbacher

    16:41       How Habit, Routine, and Structure Rescued the Family - Ashley Mecham

    18:26       How Telling Ourselves the Truth Set the Tone for the Year - Heidi Mathews

    22:06       The Power of Remembering Truth - Audrey Rindlisbacher

    24:1 1       Super Woman vs Values and What is Essential 







    Quotes from this episode:

    “... where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17 Holy Bible



    “The truth shall make you free.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher's Family Mission Statement 



    “I made it a priority to do truth statements every single day...What I didn't expect was that eventually, I didn't have to lean so heavily on them. Over time the burden [of negativity] got lighter and lighter and the truth became louder than the lies. It was liberating!" ~Audrey Rindlisbacher



    “The fact that we had routines already in place and that we could keep these routines and habits saved our sanity. The structure helped us not spiral down into negativity.” ~Ashley Mecham 



    “Telling myself the truth was my guiding light. We do need to help each other and I am worthy of help. Telling the truth rescued me." ~Heidi Mathews



    “I had to cut some big things out of my life to make room for myself because I had nothing left to give. Choosing between two really good things, those are the hardest choices. But I needed to get to the essential things I needed to be doing. ” ~Lindsey Wright







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