35 episodes

Welcome to your encore years! They can be your best years yet. Join Charlotte and listen and learn from encouraging guests who are helping others navigate the empty nest phase of life. Charlotte interviews guests (best-selling authors, speakers and leaders) who are blessing people mentally, physically & spiritually
Charlotte's mission and hope, through this podcast and her life, is to encourage others that they have great purpose here and now.

Click here https://charlotteguest.com/about/ for more about Charlotte and to reach her regarding this podcast.


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Welcome to your encore years! They can be your best years yet. Join Charlotte and listen and learn from encouraging guests who are helping others navigate the empty nest phase of life. Charlotte interviews guests (best-selling authors, speakers and leaders) who are blessing people mentally, physically & spiritually
Charlotte's mission and hope, through this podcast and her life, is to encourage others that they have great purpose here and now.

Click here https://charlotteguest.com/about/ for more about Charlotte and to reach her regarding this podcast.


    Episode #34: Goodbye for Now?

    Episode #34: Goodbye for Now?

    Let’s Stay Encouraged in These Encore Years

    & Please Stay In Touch

    Thank you listeners for joining Charlotte on her podcasting journey!

    In this episode, Charlotte recaps the key messages shared on her past 33 episodes.

    She has been so blessed with incredible guests who have shared wisdom and insight for living our best lives now.

    Charlotte is excited as she will be on a hiatus for a bit and plans to concentrate on some writing.

    (Please keep her in your prayers as she writes.)

    She’ll be working on a book that summarizes the podcasts thus far and offers encouragement for the encore years.

    She also loves children’s books and will work on those as well.

    Charlotte hopes you’ll enjoy this podcast that offers key tips from past episodes and suggests you re-listen to past episodes too!

    Here’s a note from Charlotte:

    “Thank you, thank you listeners for sharing your valuable time with me on Empty Nest Guests.

    We’ve had some great shows together and I have loved every minute and learned so much from my incredible guests.

    As I spend writing time outside of the recording studio, please reach out to me at https://charlotteguest.com for encore year topic suggestions.

    You all stay in my prayers and I thank you for your wonderful support of me, my guests and the podcast.

    Stay healthy and hopeful and keep shinin’! These can be your best years yet!”

    With love,


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    • 16 min
    Episode #33 (Guest: Carole Jeanne Runnels)

    Episode #33 (Guest: Carole Jeanne Runnels)

    Getting Beyond Burnout

    When You Are Barely Hanging On As a Caregiver

    Adult caregivers, you can avoid burnout as you care for your loved one.

    It’s sure not easy and, often, we forget to care for ourselves in the process.

    “Honor your father and mother,” in Exodus 20:12 is a commandment with a promise.

    The Lord shares that if we honor our parents, our days may be long in the land He gives us.

    Being a caregiver of your own parents or an aging adult is both a labor of love and a responsibility. The task comes with many stressors that affect your mental and emotional health, your ability to relax, sleep well and overall quality of life. Often, your own finances are affected as is your work/life balance and time with your immediate family, perhaps your own children.

    Join Charlotte and Carole Jeanne Runnels, R.N. as they talk about caring for yourself in the process of caregiving while ensuring your loved one receives the best possible care.

    Carole Jeanne is a committed Christ-follower, a dear friend of Charlotte’s, and lovingly cared for her mother, father, aunt and uncle for 12 years into their end-stages of life. Her nursing career of 38 years included serving as an oncology nurse, an educational programs coordinator and as a school nurse.

    Caregiving is hard. Yet it is priceless time to help your loved ones finish out their lives well. Keeping your spiritual tank full, involving Christian community and finding small things that bring you joy are helpful as is taking the scenic route and remembering the fullness of your aging adult’s life. Carole Jeanne suggests sharing the freedom that comes from the ability to discuss everything and to serve as your loved ones advocate. Tapping in to community resources and offering yourself a bit of grace will help you “do the next right thing” as you care for your loved one. Tune in to hear more from this insightful conversation.

    These scriptures helped Carole Jeanne and they can help you:

    “The Joy of the Lord is my strength,” Nehemiah 8:10

    “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13.

    A suggested book for help is Cruising Through Caregiving by Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP.

    You can purchase it here: Amazon.com : cruising through caregiving.

    To reach Charlotte: https://charlotteguest.com

    Empty Nest Guests is part of the Spark Media Collective.

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    • 42 min
    Episode #32 (Guest: Doris Swift)

    Episode #32 (Guest: Doris Swift)

    You Have a Fierce Calling Yes! 

    Even in the encore years you have a call on your life. God has great purposes for you. 

    Your life has meaning and, each day, He has a mission for you. Why do we forget that as empty nesters? 

    Listen in as Charlotte and Doris Swift, host of the Fierce Calling podcast, talk about: 

    · What having a “call” on your life means (and one that is “fierce”) 

    · Why some empty nesters have lost a calling 

    · How we need to surround ourselves with “dream defenders” 

    · Why we need to NOT compare our calling with others (and what Jesus says about that) 

    Before being called into something, we are called to some One. Jesus calls us to Him to carry out the very missions He created us to do. 

    Doris is a devoted follower of Jesus. She is passionate about discipleship and encouraging others to walk deeper in biblical truth and in their calling. 

    As a leader and lay counselor, Doris is blessed to assist people in discovering God’s solutions to their needs. 

    She loves unveiling how they can use their gifts to impact the world for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. Her Fierce Calling Podcast will encourage, equip, and engage you to walk deeper in God’s word, bloom in your fierce calling, and use your gifts to impact the world for Christ. 

    Learning through community is an amazing thing and our voices matter. 

    We all have a sphere of influence. God places us where we are for a reason. 

    In ministry for over 30 years, Doris is blessed to be on staff at her church and serves as a Christian lay counselor. She is an author, speaker, and podcast host who loves encouraging people to flourish in their calling and purpose. 

    Charlotte and Doris agree that God has plans for each one of us. God knows us personally and He is calling us to know Him more. He is also calling us to tell others about Him so they can know Him more. 

    It’s exciting to see those plans come to life in the encore years! We’d love to share some time with you. 

    Scriptures for our podcast: * Eph. 3: 16 - 19 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

    And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” * Romans 8:16 “For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” 

    * Romans 15:13 “I pray that God, the source of hope will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then, you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

    * John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me, you can do nothing.” To reach Doris: FIERCE CALLING PODCAST WITH DORIS SWIFT part of the Spark Network and Fierce Calling Ministries


    join Doris’s email list. To reach Charlotte: Charlotte Guest

    To join Charlotte’s e-mail list: Contact | Charlotte Guest

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    • 45 min
    Episode #31 (Guest : Jim Burns)

    Episode #31 (Guest : Jim Burns)

    Finding Joy in the Empty Nest Discover Purpose and Passion in the Next Phase of Life Join best-selling author and President of Home Word, Jim Burns, and Charlotte as they talk about JOY! 

    Sometimes, in the empty nesting years, you need to look for joy to find it, as well as purpose and passion. 

    Jim and Charlotte will discuss some treasures from his latest book: Finding Joy in the Empty Nest, Discover Purpose and Passion in the Next Phase of Life. Whether you've been looking forward to it, or dreading it, the experience of coming home to the empty nest brings with it a well of emotions, realizations and one gigantic, all-consuming thought: Now what? As an empty nester, the options before you are practically limitless -a fact that can be as exciting as it is terrifying. In his new book, Jim Burns combines his personal experiences with extensive research, interviews with other empty nesters and his professional work as a family educator to help you navigate your new life as an empty nester and find JOY in the opportunities for life-change before you. 

    In this conversation, Jim and Charlotte will encourage you to lean in to the source of all joy, Jesus Christ. 

    They will encourage you to pursue a few fresh starts, to get to know and re-invent yourself and life and thrive beyond this new stage.                                  Jim offers practical advice and timeless principles, including how to: 

    * change the relationship you once had with your children - for the better, 

    * face big issues (like aging parents, finances and kids returning home) with confidence, 

    * rekindle your fire and purpose to live with passion day by day. 

    Charlotte and Jim agree...these next years offer countless blessings and wonderful opportunities for you to seize and offer joy.                                          Thanks for listening and sharing time with us! Scriptures about JOY: James 1:2 - "When troubles come, of any kind, consider it an opportunity for great joy." Gal. 5:22 - "But the Holy Spirit produces joy." Phil. 4:4 - "Always be full of joy in the Lord..." Psalms 126:5 - "Those who plant in tears will harvest shouts of joy!" Romans 15:13 - "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. 

    Then, you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." To reach Jim Burns: HomeWord | Helping Families Succeed

    HomeWord seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches to build God-honoring families from generation to generation. 

    HomeWord is non-profit, donor supported ministry. If you would like to partner with HomeWord in our effort to help more parents and families you can

    make a donation. 

    Your investment will allow us to expand this ministry and is deeply appreciated. To reach Charlotte: Charlotte Guest

    Empty Nest Guests is on the Spark Network which can be found on the Edifi app. Edifi offers thousands of Christian podcasts; download that awesome app today. Visit Charlotte's Etsy shop

    purchase art cards that help fund Empty Nest Guests. Thank you for listening! Your time is valuable. Thanks for spending it with Empty Nest Guests. Charlotte Guest Podcaster & Writer

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    Check out my YouVersion Bible Plan "May the God of hope fill you with joy & peace." Rom. 15:13

    • 36 min
    Episode #30 (Guest: Kim and Mike Barnes)

    Episode #30 (Guest: Kim and Mike Barnes)

    Parenting Aging Parents

    Kim & Mike Barnes are former, award-winning TV journalists. 

    They created Parenting Aging Parents for those of us who are: stepping in more to help our parents as they get older. Whether you’re providing hands-on caregiving, helping manage doctor’s appointments, finances, or anything in between, it can be challenging and confusing. It’s easy to feel like you’re the only one going through this. Charlotte, Kim and Mike want adult children and other caregivers to know they’re not alone.

    Listen in as Charlotte visits with Kim and Mike about common topics those parenting aging parents share in common:

    * Practical questions everyone 40+ needs to have with their parents

    * How to have uncomfortable conversations with aging parents

    * 5 tips to prepare caregivers for the challenges ahead

    * How to protect your parents from scams

    * Elderly dating – what you need to know may shock you

    * & more

    There’s so much to know. Learn about the resources they’ve gathered and join their supportive community in the free private Facebook group.

    Kim and Mike, through Parenting Aging Parents, desire to be the bridge to help others make the connections they need.

    To Reach Kim and Mike:·  

    Email: info@parentingagingparents.com·  

    Website: https://parentingagingparents.com/Find them on:· 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentingagingparents·  

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMvOBPk9VRiHiGDLpvocHJQ

    For more about Charlotte: For more about Charlotte: Charlotte GuestFor Charlotte’s YouVersion Bible Plan about Amazing Grace and Loving Aging Adults, visit here: https://www.bible.com/en/reading-plans/26626

    Charlotte GuestPodcaster & WriterCharlotteGuest.com | chargordy@cox.netListen to Empty Nest Guests – The PodcastCheck out my YouVersion Bible Plan

    “May the God of hope fill you with joy & peace.”Rom. 15:13

    • 42 min
    Episode #29 (Guest: Misty Phillip)

    Episode #29 (Guest: Misty Phillip)

    The Struggle is Real, But So Is God.

    Struggles are real. Thankfully, so is God.

    Misty Philip knows this, wrote about it, a study that is an award-winning #1 Amazon new release bible study, and shares more on this podcast.

    Misty is a dreamer and a doer passionate about helping spark your soul message. She encourages people to use their story to give God glory.

    She is the host of the By His Grace Podcast ranked in the top 1.5 percent of all podcasts.

    She’s a Sought-after inspirational speaker and the author of the award-winning #1 Amazon New Release Bible Study, The Struggle is Real: But so is God, and the Spark Podcast Planner.

    Scripture promises that we will have tribulation. It also promises us that we can have hope in the very midst of what brings us down.

    Through a massive career upheaval, loss of loved ones, family health crises, her own two broken arms at the same time and a closed door on her calling, Misty has brought her desperation to the Lord over and over.

    Her story and strength will inspire you and so will her book.

    The Struggle Is Real, But So Is God is a 6-week journey through the Bible that will:

    ·  * Equip you with empowering wisdom.

    ·  * Help you grow spiritually by claiming God’s promises as your own.

    * Teach you how to declare scripture over yourself to strengthen your inner being.

    ·  * Show you how to conquer challenges by activating God’s Word in your life.

    * Experience just how real God is and know that He is right there with you in the middle of it all.

    The Founder of Spark Media, Misty equips Christian Communicators and podcasters through virtual and live events, podcast network, magazine, and a thriving membership community.

    Listen in as Charlotte and Misty encourage you about clinging to God in the midst of struggles.

    Scriptures shared today:

    “We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past and you know I am still in the midst of it.”

    Phil. 1:30

    “This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.”

    1 Tim. 4:10

    Sometimes you just can’t be an active participant in a struggle or struggling physically. That’s why I love this scripture” “The Lord himself will fight for you. You need only to be still.”

    Ex. 14:14

    For more about Misty: Book - By His Grace (mistyphillip.com)

    To order her book: click here

    For more about Charlotte: Charlotte Guest

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Taraleigho ,

Such a wonderful podcast!

I am so grateful to have found this amazing podcast. Such timely topics and lots of encouragement. Charlotte is such an uplifting host and interviewer.

K Grunst ,

Insightful Conversations

Charlotte is a gifted interviewer and I love the breadth and depth of the discussions she has with her guests. As a mom of two college students, I appreciate Charlotte tackling empty nest topics from a Christian perspective.

L. Swords ,

Every episode speaks to me!

I have so enjoyed the variety of guests that Charlotte has had on her podcast! I’ve gained new ideas, inspiration, and encouragement to help make these empty nest years a blessing. Charlotte’s heart to truly help others live well along the journey of empty nesting is easily felt and I look forward to future episodes!

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