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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.

Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder‪?‬ Molly Stillman | Speaker, Author, Loud Laugher

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.

    #396 FIGHTING FOR FAMILY WITH CHRIS AND JULIE BENNETT

    #396 FIGHTING FOR FAMILY WITH CHRIS AND JULIE BENNETT

    Julie and Chris Bennett have spent the majority of their 23 years of marriage working in vocational ministry. Through overwhelming challenges- a cancer diagnosis, a relapse, and a pandemic- they have learned how to fight for the things that matter and devote themselves to helping others do the same.
    Today, they are the founders of Welcome Home Lifestyle which exists to create and promote content that celebrates all things family. Their new book Fighting For Family: The Relentless Pursuit of Building Belonging, was just released in March and is all about embracing togetherness in a time when so many suffer from loneliness.
    I’m so excited to dive into the heart of their new book with you and talk about how vulnerability, intentionality, and grace play pivotal roles in nurturing healthy relationships, whether with family, chosen family, or friends.
    2:50 – Chris and Julie 101
    Met at 19 and married at 21 Working in ministry in Oklahoma A calling to move their family to LA Julie’s stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis Challenges after the move + writing a book 7:34 – Guided By Faith
     
    Life is not linear Trusting God's plan and remembering His track record Inviting children into the journey and allowing space for emotions Relying on His guidance 16:57 – Cultivating a Healthy Family Culture
    Chasing after a healthy family instead of a perfect family The greenhouse effect at home Modeling vulnerability and self-awareness as parents Remembering God’s faithfulness 28:37 – Building Belonging
    The 3 commitments for healthy relationships Creating space for understanding, vulnerability, and belonging Being intentional about building relationships Connecting with Chris and Julie FEATURED QUOTES
     
    “We find out what we really believe about God, not when we get answers- it's when we're tested.”
     
    “The idea of a greenhouse is that no matter what is happening externally- if it's scorching heat, if it's freezing cold, if it's raining- inside that greenhouse is a culture that things can grow year-round. And so we know that our kids are being exposed to all types of things. The world we're living in is very difficult for our kids… so we've tried to create this greenhouse effect at home.”
    “Remembering what God did yesterday is what gives us faith for tomorrow.”
    “Belonging is not something that you find, it’s something that you bring… people are able to do that and bring belonging when we give space for not having it all together and being messy.”
    Learn more about Chris and Julie:
    Fighting for Family
    https://www.fightingforfamily.org/
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    About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?
    Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be t

    • 40 min
    #395 Really Very Crunchy with Emily Morrow

    #395 Really Very Crunchy with Emily Morrow

    My guest this week is Emily Morrow who founded the social media channel Really Very Crunchy with her husband, Jason, in 2022. Since then, her platform has rapidly grown, amassing over 3 million followers and more than a billion views across various video platforms.
    Emily is passionate about living a natural and sustainable lifestyle, and she uses her platform, along with her incredible sense of humor, to educate and inspire others on their journey to a healthier, toxin-free life.
    Her new book, Really Very Crunchy: A Beginner's Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Life Without Adding Them to Your Personality, is now available wherever books are sold, with her upcoming children's book, Little Helper, Big Imagination, set to release in July 2024.
    Stay tuned as we chat about her journey into crunchy living, navigating the comparison trap, the power of small changes, and so much more. I absolutely loved getting to know Emily and hope this conversation leaves you smiling and feeling inspired!
    1:45 – Emily 101
    Emily’s new book release
    A mom of two boys
    Moving to South Korea
    Falling into content creation
    15:52 – The Crunchy Journey
    How Emily started making healthy lifestyle changes
    Finding what works for your family
    Creating relatable, non-judgemental content online
    Navigating feedback and perception along the way

    26:28 – Crunchy Living in Practice
     How family members have supported this lifestyle
    What crunchiness looks like on a day-to-day for Emily’s family
    Universal childhood experiences

    37:51 – Takeaways
    Focusing on what’s best for your family
    Making realistic lifestyle changes for you
    Connecting with Emily

    FEATURED QUOTES
    “If you can't make all the changes, choose one thing…It doesn't have to be this big, extreme, and scary thing. You can make little changes.”
    “I hope that people are able to resist falling into a comparison trap. Honestly, I hope that people realize the only person they have to convince that they're doing their best is themselves.”
     
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    About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?
     
    Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.
    Learn more about Emily:
    https://www.reallyverycrunchy.com/
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    • 45 min
    #394 Hurt and Healed by the Church with Ryan George

    #394 Hurt and Healed by the Church with Ryan George

    In today’s episode, I’m joined by the remarkable Ryan George. Ryan is the author of the book, Hurt and Healed by the Church: Redemption and Reconstruction After Spiritual Abuse. 
    He spent the first 20 years of his life in a cult, attending a series of independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) churches, including one where his dad was a pastor with ultimate authority. Later in life, Ryan was confronted with the devastating truth of his father's serial sexual abuse.
    Despite the trauma he experienced, Ryan didn't abandon his faith. After leaving the spiritually abusive IFB movement, he embarked on a 25-year journey of reevaluation and reconstruction. Today, through his blog, books, interviews, and spiritual adventure company, Dude Group, Ryan offers hope for those navigating their own paths of healing. 
    I do want to warn our listeners that this episode focuses on sensitive subjects like church hurt and sexual abuse. However, Ryan’s story is so powerful, and filled with hope, compassion, and healing. 

    2:48 – Ryan 101
    Oldest of six homeschooled children + a pastor’s son
    Husband and adoptive father
    Adventurer and blogger
    Author of 3 books

    6:51 – The Path To Healing 
    Discovering his father’s abuse
    Navigating the aftermath
    Sharing his story to help others

    18:16 – Jesus’ Model Of Justice
    Jesus as a model for handling anger and betrayal
    Pursuing justice with compassion
    Seeking Heaven on Earth

    33:31 – Finding The Real Jesus 
    What identifies a cult from a healthy church environment 
    Ryan’s experience with IFB churches
    Seeking out the authentic Jesus 
    Recognizing that churches have both moments of beauty and moments of failure

    54:54 – Takeaways
    Being the person that confesses first
    Podcast recording stories
    Connecting with Ryan

    FEATURED QUOTES
    "Wounds from relationships are only healed in relationships... And I think that wounds from the church can only be healed not necessarily in a church building, but by people who also love Jesus."
     
    “Give people the gift of going second... You have to start with yourself, or it can spin in some very horrible places. You become a bomb thrower…. I want to be the person that confesses first, so that people go, ‘Oh, that’s the real thing.’”
     
    Learn more about Ryan:
    Instagram:
    https://www.booksbyryan.com/
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/ryan.george
    Ryan’s Website
    https://www.booksbyryan.com/
    Check out Ryan’s books:
    https://www.booksbyryan.com/books/
    Explorience:
    https://explorience.org/about/
     
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    About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?
    Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #393 Raising Teens for Christ in a Secular Age with Melissa Kruger of The Gospel Coalition

    #393 Raising Teens for Christ in a Secular Age with Melissa Kruger of The Gospel Coalition

    Melissa Kruger serves as the Vice President of Discipleship Programming at The Gospel Coalition. As an author and Bible teacher, she regularly teaches women in her community and speaks at conferences around the country.
    I’m so excited to have her on the show today to talk about her latest book, Parenting with Hope: Raising Teens For Christ in a Secular Age, and dive into the ins and outs of raising teenagers. We talk about transitioning with your children as they grow, modeling a life of faith, creating a prayerful home, and so much more.
    In a culture that often implies that the teenage years are miserable and difficult, Melissa encourages parents to not overlook the beauty and joy in this chapter. Whether you're a parent, teacher, or simply someone who influences young lives, this conversation is SO important, and I can’t wait for you to hear it!
    2:00 – Melissa 101
    Vice President of the Gospel Coalition Mother of 3 and wife Former math teacher An unexpected path to writing 16 books 6:42 – Changing The Parenting Narrative
    The negative narrative surrounding parenting teenagers and tweens Understanding the development stages of this time period Being gracious and patient with teenagers + adapting your parenting style 14:21 – The Gracious Home Vs. The Permissive Home
    Setting boundaries and allowing for mistakes A lack of structure leading to negative outcomes Setting boundaries as a parent Allowing children to face consequences in a safe and supportive environment 21:25 – Parenting Through Different Stages
    Transitioning parenting styles from one stage to the next Recognizing children as independent human beings Walking alongside your children as they make their own decisions Avoiding placing your identity in your children’s actions or behaviors 33:03 – Modeling Faith
    Being gracious with failure as a parent Setting the example by walking with God Incorporating prayer into everyday life as a family Connecting with Melissa FEATURED QUOTES
    “I think growing up with our teen in some ways, is remaining curious about who they are and not making assumptions about why they're pushing back on something.”
    “I think it's really tempting as a parent sometimes to place a lot of our identity and in our teen…we start trying to control who they become, rather than walk alongside them as they're becoming who God made them to be.”
    “Learning how to make a mistake is actually a life lesson.”
    “I always say aim for patterns, not perfection.”
     
    Learn more about Melissa:
    https://melissabkruger.com/
    Get your copy of Parenting with Hope
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    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/
     
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    About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?
    Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.

    • 56 min
    #392 - House Rules with Myquillyn Smith

    #392 - House Rules with Myquillyn Smith

    My guest this week is the lovely Myquillyn Smith, also known as The Nester. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Welcome Home and Cozy Minimalist Home. For over a decade, she has been encouraging women to embrace imperfections and live boldly in their spaces through her blog.
    Myquillyn’s home in North Carolina has been featured in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, Cottages and Bungalows, and more. As a practicing imperfectionist, she believes in the power of small changes, putting nail holes in the wall, and taking the time to make a place feel like home – even if you’re renting.
    I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her, hearing her perspective on creating a space you’ll love, and learning more about her latest book, House Rules, which is set to release on April 23rd. I just know you’re going to love her too!
    3:07 – Myquillyn 101
    Starting “The Nester” in 2007 Learning to build a home by moving frequently Teaching universal decorating truths 9:55 – Making a Home
    The perfectly staged homes seen on social media Embracing imperfection in home decor Making your space feel like you 17:45 – Establishing Roots Where You Are
    Taking ownership of your space, even in rentals or temporary spaces The perfect circumstance will never come The power of simple changes in home design 29:06 – Design Insights
    The genesis of Myquillyn’s passion for decorating Understanding design principles like scale, contrast, and lighting The Inspiration behind Myquillyn’s book, House Rules 38:39 – Embracing Imperfection
    Being a practicing imperfectionist Learning to take risks in home decor and life You can’t ruin something you already hate Connecting with Myquillyn + pre-ordering House Rules FEATURED QUOTES
    “I’ve never met a home I haven’t loved. I believe every home has a silver lining.”
    “I 100% believe it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
    “Where else can we take a risk if not at home?”
    Learn more about Myquillyn:
    Pre-order House Rules:
    https://www.amazon.com/House-Rules-Decorate-Every-Budget/dp/0800744748
    The Nester
    https://thenester.com/
    The Nester podcast
    https://thenester.com/podcast/
    Myquillyn on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/thenester/?hl=en
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    About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?
    Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.

    • 51 min
    #391 Joy & Hope After Heartache with Mattie Jackson Smith

    #391 Joy & Hope After Heartache with Mattie Jackson Smith

    My guest this week is the incredible Mattie Jackson Smith. Mattie is an author, podcaster, and speaker whose life took an unexpected turn when she tragically lost her 28-year-old husband to a traumatic brain injury just weeks before their first anniversary.
    Her first book, Lemons on Friday, offers a raw and honest account of her journey through grief, providing solace and guidance to others navigating the lonely and difficult path of widowhood. Outside of her writing career, Mattie is the host of the podcast In Joy Life, where she encourages her listeners to choose joy in any season or circumstance.
    We dive deep into Mattie’s story today as she transparently shares what it looked like to wrestle with God in life’s darkest moments, ask hard questions, and bring her hurt and doubts to Jesus. She has so many powerful things to say about finding God in the questions and navigating life after loss. I absolutely loved getting to spend time with her in this episode and know you will too!
    2:21 – Mattie 101
    Born and raised in Nashville in a country music family A passion for creative writing Owning a wine bar in Nashville Losing her husband after a brain injury Mattie’s memoir, Lemons on Friday 14:04 – Honesty in Grief
    Sitting in anger with God Biblical examples of emotions and suffering Embracing your emotions instead of suppressing them 24:45 – Finding God in the Questions
    Lamentations 3 How writing helped Mattie begin to heal God's invitation to bring our questions, doubts, and struggles to Him 36:09 – Navigating New Beginnings
    The secondary losses that come with grief Redemption is not a replacement Navigating dating after experiencing loss Honoring the past while embracing the future Connecting with Mattie FEATURED QUOTES
    “I lived my life and the worst thing I could have imagined happened. And through that God not only has worked miracles in me through the grief and healing process, but he fulfilled this desire that he planted in my heart at 19.”
    “God not only can handle it but invites me to bring it to Him.”
    “What I hope people see from my life is you do have agency to choose joy, even in the worst of the worst of it.”
    Learn more about Mattie:
    Get your copy of Lemons on Friday
    https://www.amazon.com/Lemons-Friday-Trusting-Greatest-Heartbreak/dp/0785241272
    In Joy Life podcast
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/in-joy-life-with-mattie-jackson/id1667357187
    Mattie on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/mattiejackson/?hl=en
    Mattie on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/mattiejacksonofficial/

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Gretagirl4 ,

New listener, big fan!

I’m a brand new listener to Mollys podcast and 3 episodes in and I love it already! She’s a great interviewer with a wide variety of guests. I truly have laughed and cried while listening. I’ll be s loyal listener now.

AMspired ,

Jamie Winship Episode

Such a good episode! Thank you so much for having this man on your show. The conversation you had with him brought to light so many beautiful things for me, and was full of confirmation from the Lord.

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Excellently curated podcast

Highly recommend this excellent podcast for just about anyone!

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