169 episodes

An honest look at how gratitude can change absolutely everything. Interesting discussions and stories of finding gratitude even in the midst of life's difficulties. Everyday people sharing their extraordinary stories.

A Cup of Gratitude Amanda Schaefer

    • Christianity

An honest look at how gratitude can change absolutely everything. Interesting discussions and stories of finding gratitude even in the midst of life's difficulties. Everyday people sharing their extraordinary stories.

    Season 7 - Episode 15 - Finding Gratitude in Every Word of the Story

    Season 7 - Episode 15 - Finding Gratitude in Every Word of the Story

    This week, I speak with Becky Antkowiak, a writer, speaker, editor, Compassion International advocate, and enthusiastic Grammar Floozy. A lifelong serial extrovert, Becky believes every stranger is a friend she hasn’t met. Fair warning: if you make eye contact, you may be friends for life. 
    She’s the Chief Encouragement Officer of 540 Writers Community—a free group for writers focused on studying craft, sharpening skills, and sharing encouragement for the writing journey. 
    When she’s not writing or finding ways to connect people, you can find her demolishing, rebuilding, and creating alongside Patrick, her best friend and husband of 20 years. In her spare moments, she binge-listens to audiobooks while eating salted caramel anything.
    https://beckyantkowiak.com/join-the-540-writers-community/
    Conference Links:
    Carolina Christian Writers Conference   March 8-9, 2024 (Special Day for Pastors – March 7) https://www.fbs.org/christian-writers-conference/
    Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference   May 26–30, 2024  https://www.blueridgeconference.com/
    Write to Publish   June 11–14, 2024 https://writetopublish.com/
    ***This is a coupon code for Write to Publish It gives the user $25 off and supports 540 - Use BLUE2024.***
    540 Writers Community Link:  https://540writerscommunity.com/
    540 Writers Community Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/540writers
    *Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Season 7 - Episode 14 - Finding Gratitude Living Unhurried

    Season 7 - Episode 14 - Finding Gratitude Living Unhurried

    This week, I speak with Megan Evans. She and her family live in Tennessee, where she serves as the women’s ministry director at her church.  An author and blogger with a heart for discipleship, Megan writes, speaks, and teaches women about enjoying God in each busy day.  Her writing has been featured on Proverbs31.org, Crosswalk, and is the new author of the book Permission to Walk: A 4O Day Journey to Unhurried Peace.  We look at her childhood up to the present to find the beautiful thread of Jesus in her life. You won't want to miss this incredible episode!
    www.unhurrymyheart.com
    https://www.facebook.com/unhurrymyheart
    https://www.instagram.com/megan.m_evans
    *Theme Music "Blessed Time" by Ketsa

    • 52 min
    Season 7 - Episode 13 - Finding Gratitude in a Joyful Perspective

    Season 7 - Episode 13 - Finding Gratitude in a Joyful Perspective

    This week I speak with Yvette Walker, the host of the Positively Joy podcast and founder of Positively Joy Ministries at positivelyjoy.com. She published the life lesson-filled devotional “Whispering in His Ear” and its companion study and discussion guide in 2021. She can be found on social media at Positively Joy Podcast. Yvette is an Opinion journalist and a former Dean of Students at the University of Oklahoma. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. She has been a newspaper editor, a news ombudsman, a reporter, and a podcaster and has supervised online content management systems for two websites. She is a native of Chicago and now lives in Kansas City. We look at her childhood up to the present to see the beautiful thread of Jesus in her life. You won’t want to miss this encouraging episode.
    www.Positivelyjoy.com
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/positivelyjoypodcast
    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/positivelyjoypodcast/
    Blog: https://ywalker.substack.com/
    *Theme Music, Blessed Time” by Ketsa

    • 49 min
    Season 7 - Episode 12 - Finding Gratitude Counting up to Christmas

    Season 7 - Episode 12 - Finding Gratitude Counting up to Christmas

    This week, I speak with Jennifer Elwood, who hosts the Refuge Podcast and Bible Study Community, where women cultivate their faith in the shelter of God’s Word. This Yakima, WA resident is a lover of Jesus, wife of Tom, mom of three, and bonus mom and grandma. She’s a travel fanatic and coffee addict and enjoys nerding out on Biblical context when studying the Bible. Going to Israel for the first time in 2015 sparked her desire to write, and she has not stopped since. She’s the author of Counting Up to Christmas: Twenty-Four Gifts from the Gospel of Luke and Counting Up to Christmas: The Companion Cookbook.
    Link to Life Changing Stories
    https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Stories-Faithfulness-Transforming-ebook/dp/B0CGGGR3J7/ref=sr_1_2
    www.jenniferelwood.com
    *Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa 

    • 53 min
    Season 7 - Episode 11 - Finding Gratitude Cultivating a Deeper Walk with God

    Season 7 - Episode 11 - Finding Gratitude Cultivating a Deeper Walk with God

    This week I speak with Kari Minter, a pastor’s wife, an author, and a bible teacher who is passionate about helping people cultivate a deeper walk with God.  With over a decade of experience teaching in public schools and a Masters in Theological Studies, Kari is known for her deep theological insight delivered in a helpful and practical way. You can find her discipleship course as well as Bible studies and helpful resources on her website. Her latest Bible study will be released in January 2024 through Hosanna Revival. When she is not writing and teaching, you can find her supporting her three teenagers, planning outdoor adventures, or reading a good book. We look at her childhood up to the present to find the beautiful thread of Jesus in her life.
    Link to Life-Changing Stories:https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Stories-Faithfulness-Transforming-ebook/dp/B0CGGGR3J7/ref=sr_1_2
    Www.kariminter.com
    Instagram: @krminter
    Facebook: @cultivatingresources
    Threads: @krminter
    *Theme Music “Blessed Time”

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Season 7 - Episode 10 - Finding Gratitude Going From Guilt to Grace

    Season 7 - Episode 10 - Finding Gratitude Going From Guilt to Grace

    I speak with Dawn Ward, a speaker, writer, and biblical life coach. She founded The Faith to Flourish, a ministry that equips women to thrive by providing inspiring teaching, coaching and biblical resources to help them cultivate resilient faith, grow through adversity and live transformed lives.  As part of the mission of The Faith to Flourish, she also ministers to women with loved ones struggling with addiction, mental health issues, and life-destructive behaviors. Dawn is the co-author of the book “Still Standing After All the Tears Workbook: Faith in the Battle Edition, a contributing author for the devotional Shepherd on Duty, and is currently in the process of writing her first solo book, From Guilt to Grace: Freedom and Healing for Christian Moms of Addicted Children (ETA third quarter 2024). Dawn has been married to her husband, Steve, for over forty years and is mom to three adult children. Her passion is to help all women grow in their faith as they learn to understand better the Bible and how to apply it to their lives. Connect with Dawn at The Faith to Flourish on most social media platforms.
    Link to Life-Changing Stories:
    https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Stories-Faithfulness-Transforming-ebook/dp/B0CGGGR3J7/ref=sr_1_2
    Social Media links:
    HTTPS://www.thefaithtoflourish.com
    HTTPS://www.Facebook.com/thefaithtoflourish
    HTTPS://www.instagram.com/thefaithtoflourishblog
    HTTPS://www.instagram.com/dawnr.ward
    HTTPS://www.Twitter.com/faithtoflourish
    https://youtube.com/thefaithtoflourishwithdawnward

    • 1 hr 12 min

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