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Ever feel like you're the one whose life isn't what you thought it'd be, even though you do the right things? Do you need to know how to walk through the tough things of life and parenting with your faith still in tact? Join me and a lot of other women whose life isn't the picture perfect image, but whose faith in Jesus Christ is real, even in the mess. I'm a parent, speaker, author, coach, and counselor who will be real about life beyond the storybook image.

Life Beyond the Picket Fence Podcast Brenda Yoder

    • Christianity
    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

Ever feel like you're the one whose life isn't what you thought it'd be, even though you do the right things? Do you need to know how to walk through the tough things of life and parenting with your faith still in tact? Join me and a lot of other women whose life isn't the picture perfect image, but whose faith in Jesus Christ is real, even in the mess. I'm a parent, speaker, author, coach, and counselor who will be real about life beyond the storybook image.

    Best Tips for Family Life S3E6

    Best Tips for Family Life S3E6

    Ingrid and Brenda talk today about their top three tips for family life. Join them On the Front Porch for this important episode!

    • 20 min
    Why Women Need Other Women S3E5

    Why Women Need Other Women S3E5

    Women are designed for relationships! Join Ingrid and Brenda as they talk about how to mentor other women in your season of life in this episode of On the Front Porch podcast series.

    • 17 min
    The Three Bettys

    The Three Bettys

    Has there been a woman in your life who has invested in you or mentored you, “coming alongside” in a way that left a lasting impact?



    Brenda and Ingrid continue their summer conversations On the Front Porch by talking about women who have influenced them, both formally and casually. Ingrid has called them “Bettys” in honor of an early mentor of her. Both Brenda and Ingrid share about three women whose influence and example have guided and inspired them in their faith and in their roles as women.



    Qualities each of the Bettys brought to the relationships are similar to those desired in friendships:





    Honesty

    Transparency

    Sensitivity (or the ability to “see” them)

    Confidentiality

    Availability





    You might be surprised to hear who Brenda and Ingrid claim as their Three Bettys!



    This episode is the first in a two-part series on mentoring or discipling. Both of Brenda and Ingrid now choose to mentor other women. In part two, they will talk about what they’ve learned as they reach out to younger women in their church communities and beyond.



    Pull up a chair and join us for a friendly conversation about our Three Bettys. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher or Google podcasts so that you won’t miss an episode!

    • 21 min
    Keys to Healthy Friendships S3E3

    Keys to Healthy Friendships S3E3

    God created us for community and the smaller space of friendship. This week On The Front Porch, Brenda and Ingrid talk about friendship. Their own friendship began in their local community almost ten years ago!



    In this episode, Ingrid and Brenda talk about important qualities of friendship. These include:



    Healthy, nurturing friendships

    Honesty

    Trust 

    The importance of reciprocity

    Boundaries in friendship

    And more!



    In addition, Ingrid and Brenda each share a unique friendship from a specific season of life. They also agree there is one key ingredient in sustaining a healthy, mutually satisfying friendship.



    Listen in to discover that ingredient!



    [Tweet ""The people who influence us the most are those who have the slightest notion that they did." Oswald Chambers, paraphrase""]



    Coming Up

    In the next episode, Brenda and Ingrid deepen the friendship conversation by sharing about women who have invested in them — even when they didn’t know they needed the investment. 



    Pull up a chair and enjoy these front-porch conversations. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher or Google podcasts so that you won’t miss an episode!

    • 24 min
    The Power of Engaging in Your Community S3E2

    The Power of Engaging in Your Community S3E2

    Brenda has invited her good friend Ingrid to join her in a summer podcast series for conversations On the Front Porch. Between the two of them, they have over 100 years of lifetime wisdom of life, faith, and family, beyond the storybook image. Join Brenda and Ingrid for a front porch chat!



    In complying with the COVID 19 stay-at-home orders, Ingrid and Brenda realized how much they missed interacting with others outside of family. As local communities open us, they want to help you find ways to engage with your communities by serving the people around you.

    The importance of community

    God created us to live in community. The pandemic has highlighted the fact that grass roots efforts may be the best solution for real problems. By addressing needs in local communities, we make a difference right outside our back door.



    In this episode, Ingrid and Brenda talk about how they participate in their local community, the importance of engagement, and how you can learn to be hands-on in solving problems that are real and tangible.



    They leave you challenged with these questions: 



    Where can you be involved in your local community? What resources, talents or time do you have to offer?

    What opportunities to serve and connect can you find right outside your own back door?

    Are there opportunities to serve that may not be something you would normally choose? Look with open hands and an open mind.

    What is your sphere of influence? How can you be a light in this dark time?



    Join us for even more front porch conversations. Subscribe the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher!



    In the weeks ahead, Brenda and Ingrid talk about:



    Gifts found in a nurtured and well-tended friendship.

    Stories of women who have impacted their lives

    Spiritual practices that have enriched their faith, drawing them into a deeper walk with God.

    They’ll compare notes on family, education and anything else that comes to mind, sharing what they’ve learned with you!



    Pull up a chair and enjoy these front-porch conversations!

    Our Sponsor

    You can find Ingrid's resources at www.ingridlochamire.com and on social media:



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IngridLochamireWriter

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngridLochamire

    • 23 min
    On The Front Porch: New Podcast Series S3E1

    On The Front Porch: New Podcast Series S3E1

    We have exciting news! The Life Beyond the Picket Fence podcast is starting a new series titled "On the Front Porch" for season three. Brenda is excited to bring Ingrid Lochamire on the podcast with her where they''ll share insights, wisdom, and authentic conversation. You last heard them together on the Valuing Motherhood series at the end of season two. Between the two of them, they have over 100 years of lifetime wisdom of life, faith, and family, beyond the storybook image. Join us!

    The First Episode

    As we embrace summer, we find ourselves in the middle of what Brenda calls “The Great Pause.” Covid-19 has altered our lives, perhaps not just in the present, but also for the future. In this episode, Brenda and Ingrid share how front porch sitting might be one of the greatest take-aways from this life on pause!



    Brenda and Ingrid have been friends for a decade. Many of their best conversations have taken place on one of their front porches. In the first episode, they'll talk about what makes front porch conversations so meaningful, inviting you to listen! You'll also learn



    The significant of a front porch

    How they met

    What they have in common as friends

    What they’ve been doing while staying at home.



    This episode is the first in a summer-long series. Join us for even more front porch conversations! Subscribe the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher!

    What's coming up

    In the weeks ahead, Brenda and Ingrid talk about:



    Gifts found in a nurtured and well-tended friendship.

    Stories of women who have impacted their lives

    Ways to serve others right in our local communities.

    Spiritual practices that have enriched their faith, drawing them into a deeper walk with God.

    They’ll compare notes on family, education and anything else that comes to mind, sharing what they've learned with you!



    Pull up a chair and enjoy these front-porch conversations!



    Join Ingrid, and subscribe to her blog at: www.ingridlochamire.com



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IngridLochamireWriter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/IngridLochamire

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngridLochamire



     

    Sponsor Info:

    Today, we want to share two resources from our own Brenda Yoder for parents in the trenches of raising kids. Her first book, Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All is a practical guide to organizing and prioritizing the most important things in life while in the busiest time of life. Brenda's most recent book, Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind, is a helpful resource for parents in all stages, particularly those with teens or young adults. Fledge is available online and in most Christian bookstores.

    • 22 min

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So encouraging!

Thank you so much for all your honesty and encouragement!! So thankful we can walk the road of motherhood together!

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Loving, to the point, Biblical

Mrs. Yoder is not afraid to speak truthfully (which is so refreshing). Each podcast is filled with practical guidance, scripture, and years of experience. Each episode convicts me. Listen!

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Full of practical wisdom and insight

Brenda is knowledgeable and wise, and uses her professional and family experience to bring a wealth of wisdom through this podcast.

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