The Crystal Paine Show is dedicated to helping you embrace life right where you are and take practical steps to get where you want to go.
Crystal says, "My hope is that this podcast will serve as an inspiration to your week, a pause in your day to slow down and reflect a little, a looked-forward-to part of your weekly routine, a place where we can connect on a deeper level… and ultimately, my desire is that you come away from listening to each episode feeling motivated to bloom where you are planted and take intentional steps to move in the direction you are longing to go."
Crystal is a wife, mom of 3, speaker, author, and online entrepreneur, best known for founding MoneySavingMom.com as well as YourBloggingMentor.com.
144. You Were Made for This Moment (with Max Lucado)
It was an honor to have Max Lucado in studio recently to talk about his new book, You Were Made For This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow.
We begin the conversation with me sharing about how his children's book, You Are Special, deeply impacted my life. And then Max shared the really amazing story behind the book which you don't want to miss!
He also shared how he got started writing, about his time in Brazil, how he first made writing a priority while being a missionary, and then we transitioned to talking about his latest book, You Were Made For This Moment.
Max shares the powerful story of Esther and the lessons we can learn for modern times from this story in the Bible. We talk about showing up and how God uses that moment of showing up, even when you don’t recognize it. That you never know how those decisions to show up and step out could make such a difference long-term.
This podcast episode is packed with encouragement and inspiration and I hope it blesses you as it did me!
In This Episode
[00:37] - Welcome to The Crystal Paine Show today we have in the studio is Max Lucado.
[01:01] - I have actually only read one book by Max Lucado and it was actually a children’s book.
[04:54] - Max shares the fascinating story behind that children's book -- which I loved hearing!
[05:10] - I ask Max to tell us more about his background.
[07:15] - He talked about becoming a Christian and signing up to be a missionary -- and I had to have him tell us more about that.
[09:24] - How did you start your writing career?
[12:19] - How can a good God be allowing all the things that have happened in the world in the last 18 months?
[15:14] - What is it about the Esther story that you see that is going to infuse people with hope?
[16:13] - Esther is one of the two books in the Bible where the name of God does not appear and yet the fingerprints of God are on every paragraph.
[19:03] - Max tells us the story of Esther -- and I learn some new facts I've never known before, even though I've read this book many times!
[22:20] - What does that look like practically, for people who they’re saying “I want to do something with my life, I feel like there’s more than just what I am living for right now but I don’t even know how to take the first step"?
[26:07] - What encouragement would you have for someone who is feeling scared about stepping out in faith?
Links & Resources
Books You Are Special (Punchinello) by Max Lucado
You Were Made For This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow by Max Lucado Links & Resources Max Lucado Max Lucado on Facebook Max Lucado on Instagram Max Lucado on Twitter The Max Lucado Encouraging Word Podcast Other Links Love-Centered Parenting 10 Days to Be a Happier Mom Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal @ moneysavingmom.com
143. A Love Languages Quiz
Do you know what your love languages are? Do you know what the love languages are of those close to you? Understanding how people give and receive love can make such a difference in our relationships.
In this podcast, Jesse and I talk about what we've learned about love languages over the almost 19 years of marriage + what we learned recently in revisiting this through a Love Languages quiz we took as part of doing a Date Night in a Box recently.
In this podcast, we also give you lots of updates -- including a very important broken toilet update (you can totally laugh with us about this!) And we talk about my trip to California, losing my voice before my first speaking in-person speaking event in two years, my birthday, axe throwing, what we've been reading, and how I've struggled to finish books recently.
In This Episode
[00:34] - Welcome to The Crystal Paine Show.
[03:26] - We have discovered the price tag of toilets.
[04:41] - I got a really special birthday gift.
[05:37] - I went to Chino, California and spoke at the Fresh Grounded Faith event.
[08:01] - It was my first night in over 18 months that I didn’t have a baby in the room.
[08:40] - I am speaking at the same type of conference, Fresh Grounded Faith with Jennifer Rothchild this week in IL.
[09:10] - Also, I got to do axe throwing. Which I had never done before.
[10:26] - Jesse do you have any updates for us, on anything, any books you are reading or listening too?
[13:30] - I do have something that is saving my life.
[14:27] - Okay so we are going to talk about love languages today.
[16:10] - This was a hard quiz because it wasn’t multiple choice, it was two options. And you chose which one you related to more.
[17:26] - I think it’s so easy for us to assume that other people feel loved in the same way we do.
[18:41] - Jesse's love languages are physical touch and gifts.
[19:18] - For me, it is acts of service and words of affirmation.
[21:59] - I think that for sure what has changed is your (Jesse) understanding of how to show me love.
[25:18] - Going out of your way to show someone they are loved is like igniting a little spark to keep the fire of your relationship burning.
Links & Resources
Books Brad Taylor, author Brad Thor, author Special Mentions Jennifer Rothchild Jack Carr, podcast Scribd, reading app Dove: Midnight Fudge Cookie 5 Love Languages Quiz Date Night in a Box Programs/Events Fresh Grounded Faith Libby, free public library app Other Links Love-Centered Parenting 10 Days to Be a Happier Mom Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal @ moneysavingmom.com How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show The podcast is available on iTunes, Android, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.) Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.
142. Worship Suffocates Worry (with Katie Reid)
"Worship suffocates worry.” This powerful quote by Katie Reid has been challenging me ever since I read it in her book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done.
When I’m feeling worry creeping in, when I’m starting to stress over the what if’s or unknowns, I want to choose worship instead.
This might mean turning on worship music and singing along (there’s something about singing about the goodness and faithfulness of God that just changes your perspective and outlook!)
Or, it might look like spending some time praising the Lord and calling out His attributes and character. (Growing up, my Mom would sometimes have us come up with something to praise God for with every letter of the alphabet. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop! There’s so much to praise!)
It could also look like reading Scripture about His promises and trustworthiness and reminding ourselves of these truths. However it looks for you, will you join me in choosing worship instead of worry today? “Worship suffocates worry.”
This week on the Crystal Paine Show, I invited Katie on to share more about this concept and how to live a life of worship instead of a life of worry. I believe this episode will really encourage you -- especially if you are someone who is a do-er, fixer, and problem-solver and you struggle to just rest and let go.
In This Episode
[00:37] - We're tackling the topic of worship versus worry today with Katie Reid.
[01:33] - Katie shares a little about her family -- I resonate with her having 5 kids and a large age range!
[03:22] - We talk about her book Made Like Martha and what it looks like to be a Martha and a Mary.
[07:51] - What it looks like to worship instead of worry, and why worship suffocates worry.
[10:55] - “We can starve worry when we feast on worship."
[12:49] - Do you feel like there are a lot of times when we’re worrying and we just don’t even realize that we are worrying?
[15:26] - What does it look like to choose worship over worry?
[17:33] - How have you let go of that burden and that weight of feeling like it's all on you, to carry everyone else and to make sure it all works out?
[20:05] - "Delegation is not weak, it's actually wise.”
[22:04] - How can you wisely decide what to say yes to and what to say no to?
Links & Resources
Books Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done by Katie Reid Follow Katie Online Katie Reid Katie Reid on Facebook Katie Reid on Instagram Special Mentions Nicole (Niki) Homan Jennifer Dukes Lee Jami Amerine Verses Luke 10:38-42, Bible.com Other Links Love-Centered Parenting 10 Days to Be a Happier Mom Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal @ moneysavingmom.com
141. Living a Grace-Filled Life in a Stress-Filled World (with Ruth Chou Simons)
Do you feel like your days are filled with stress? In this episode of the podcast, I talk with Ruth Chou Simons all about living a grace-filled life in a stress-filled world.
Ruth Chou Simons is a best-selling author and founder of GraceLaced. She has been married to her husband Troy for 23 years and they have been involved in the local ministry most of their lives. Ruth and Troy have 6 sons ages 19 to 8. Everything that Ruth does has this aroma of beauty and it's such an inspiration to me!
In this conversation, we begin by talking about dating ourselves by being bloggers and on the internet for years and years, and how Ruth’s blogging has evolved into more of a community effort and being more active on Instagram. Ruth shares why she named her blog and business GraceLaced, why that matters, and why it is the cornerstone of Ruth’s ministry, her life, her work, and everything she does on the internet.
Ruth and I discuss how what inspired her to write this book, her personal journey from stress to grace, and how she is currently walking out the message of her new book, When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace, as she's launching it. Ruth wants the readers to marinate with the message and to experience the journey with art.
Ruth closes our conversation with some personal stories about her own struggles. Her heart is to help women know that they are not alone what it looks like to look to Jesus, rely upon Him, and find the fullness of life in Him.
In This Episode [00:42] - Welcome to The Crystal Paine Show! Today I'm interviewing Ruth Chou Simons.
[01:23] - We talk about beauty and how that infuses everything Ruth does.
[03:21] - Ruth and I are like "grandma bloggers", as we have been on the internet for a long time -- even before social media.
[06:03] - When Strivings Cease is Ruth's new book and it's different than what she's written before.
[06:19] - The artwork that Ruth includes isn't clipart on the corners, it is art that is symbolic of what you are reading.
[08:20] - We were created to be image bearers.
[11:39] - I feel like the “worn out, fearful, and anxiously striving” those are words that describe so many women. And I know I have been there, so many times.
[12:42] - Ruth tells us that we are not alone. We think we have to carry everything on our own. We’re wired to think that we’re the saviors of our own lives.
[13:21] - What is the gospel of self-improvement?
[15:48] - What would you say to the woman who says, "I'm just so tired and I’ve been just trying so hard”.
[22:14] - Ruth's heart for her book: that it drives you to the truth that’s in the word of God and that you see and feel how he’s provided you in Christ.
[25:20] - How are you practically walking this out in your life?
Links & Resources Books GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart by Ruth Chou Simons Beyonding and Beloving: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons Garden of Truth by Ruth Chou Simons Field of Joy by Ruth Chou Simons Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family by Ruth Chou Simons & Troy Simonns When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace by Ruth Chou Simons Follow Ruth Online Ruth Chou Simons GraceLaced Co. Ruth Chou Simmons in Facebook Ruth Chou Simmons on Instagram GraceLaced on Instagram Other Links Love-Centered Parenting 10 Days to Be a Happier Mom Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal @ moneysavingmom.com How to Listen to The Crystal Pa
140. When Your Prayers Aren't Answered Like You Hoped
Do you feel like your prayers are being ignored? This is something that has been on our hearts to share and a story that God is currently writing for us... of a decade of having a dream and a hope and not seeing prayers answers. But in hindsight, God was answering those prayers -- just not in the way we ever could have thought or dreamed! And His story is so much better!
In those 10 years, God taught us so many lessons on faith, and resting in Him, and contentment, and just opening our hearts to stepping into things that were scary and hard and took us way outside our comfort zone.
In this week's episode of The Crystal Paine Show, we talk more more about this + we give you a little glimpse of what has been happening in our lives recently. Jesse had a birthday. We talk about our difference in age and how we celebrated Jesse’s birthday. We discuss some of the books we have recently been reading and what we look for in good books. Jesse talks about the books he has finished, one non-fiction and one fiction. I talk about a fiction author that was recommended to me and the last book I just finished.
Word to the wise: don’t do things one-handed if you are trying to fix a toilet. I share why on the podcast -- and I'm sure you can imagine a little where that story went.
We chat about everyday items that are positively affecting our family. The Flex Seal Glue that Jesse is trying to use to fix the toilet mishap. How the invention of the two way zipper onesie is helping keep baby D’s g-tube safe.
At the end of the podcast, we reflect on our last ten years and how God was at work behind the scenes when it seemed like our hopes and dreams were going nowhere. I close out the podcast, giving words to encourage others who may be struggling, who may not fully recognize that God is answering you, it just might not be in the way you ever pictured... and it might end up being so much better than you could have ever imagined!
In This Episode
[00:37] - Welcome to The Crystal Paine Show. Today’s topic is about when your prayers aren’t answered.
[01:13] - Jesse just talked a little bit, um, can anyone tell a difference in his voice? Does he sound a little bit more mature? A little bit older?
[02:44] - I just discovered, in the last month, that teens love cake.
[04:10] - Jesse is older, that is the big news to report & also, he also finished more than one book.
[06:01] - He tells us about The President’s Daughter book.
[07:08] - I finished a book by Charles Martin. I have been listening to a lot of his books recently. At the beginning of the year, I asked on my blog, Money Saving Mom.com, for book recommendations especially for fiction.
[08:37] - This one that I just finished, it was A Life Intercepted.
[11:00] - Jesse you have something that’s saving your life? Actually, our whole family's life.
[13:09] - Growing up, I often fixed the toilets. But apparently, I lost that skill recently!
[16:36] - Well what is saving my life this week, it has actually been saving my life for a very long time.
[19:21] - I read an email to Jesse that I know he's going to find funny. :)
[21:15] - Let's talk about when your prayers aren’t answered.
[23:14] - We wanted to have more kids and God wasn’t answering that prayer with yes.
[24:28] - We can both look back over those ten years of waiting and just really see how God changed our hearts in big ways.
[25:55] - I wrote this on Instagram and I just wanna close with reading this and I just hope that it encourages someone today who needs this reminder.
Links & Resources Books
Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan by Mike Waltz The President's Daughter by James Patterson & Bill Clinton The President is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton A Life Intercepted: A Novel by Charles Martin Definitions Allegory (allegorical), Literary Terms G-tube (gastrostomy tube), Kids Health Programs/Events Libby, free public library ap
139. Do This One Thing Every Morning (with Alison Lumbatis)
I am thrilled to have Alison Lumbatis on the podcast today to talk about one of the most important things you can do every morning to change your day -- and your life!
What's that? Get dressed. I know it sounds simple and you might even be rolling your eyes right now, but I can guarantee you that it makes a huge difference.
Don't just take my word for it, though! Listen to this week's episode where Alison and I talk about how what you wear sets the tone for your day and your mood and your productivity. It just might convince you to try it! :)
Alison is the author of The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas: A Stylish Solution to What Should I Wear? and her Outfit Formulas have made such a huge impact in my life.
In this episode, Alison shares about her own personal journey to getting out the yoga pants rut, how to simplify your closet so that it's easy to get dressed in things you love and that look great on you, how to shop your closet first instead of feeling like you need to buy new clothes, and how to create outfit formulas that work for your style and body type.
In This Episode
[00:39] - Welcome Alison Lumbatis to The Crystal Paine Show
[02:14] - I had never really worked hard to put together outfits because I had always told myself I am not a fashionista.
[03:35] - Sometimes I feel like people might think clothes aren’t that big of a deal but it makes a big difference.
[04:10] - I have Alison tell us about herself and explain what she does.
[04:33] - Alison says, "My goal is really to empower women to be able to shop on their own and to be able to see their closets in a different light."
[05:03] - "I didn’t have accountability for getting dressed in the morning anymore."
[07:22] - Alison shares more of her blogging journey and how helping people turned into a full-time business.
[08:09] - What is a capsule wardrobe?
[10:05] - Stepping outside your comfort zone when it comes to style.
[11:28] - “You don’t have to feel like doing something, in order to do it.”
[11:48] - What could happen if you did put a little effort into it?
[12:04] - I like to say, “get dressed for the day you want to have.”
[13:58] - We take the action and the feeling comes after.
[15:33] - For the woman who is feeling like this is daunting and she doesn't even know where to start, here's the first step.
[17:40] - When you find that outfit formula, that uniform that works for your life, take a picture of it.
[24:40] - I ask Alison to tell us more about her program and how you can get signed up.
[27:45] - We talk about how this is more than just clothes; it's encouraging and building up other women.
Links & Resources Alison Lumbatis The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas: A Stylish Solution to What Should I Wear? By Alison Lumbatis
The Crystal Paine Show Episode 16 Alison Lumbatis on Instagram Alison Lumbatis on LinkedIn Alison Lumbatis on Twitter Outfit Formulas Get Your Pretty On
GetYourPrettyOn on Instagram Love-Centered Parenting 10 Days to Be a Happier Mom Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: email@example.com How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show The podcast is available on iTunes, Android, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.) Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.
Crystal does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
Consistency and Practicality
I have been following Crystal via her blog since my daughter was born in 2008. Two words that continually come to mind when speaking of her blog and podcast are consistency and practicality. This is the ONLY podcast that I truly miss when they (Crystal and Jesse) take a week off. My favorite segments are “what’s saving our life” and what books they are reading. Thank you for always being consistent and practical…oh and quite funny at times too!
Just great practical advice
I love all the different things that are discussed and the husband wife combo. Really enjoy this podcast.