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Equipping Christian Moms to embrace their season, live life on mission and share Jesus right where they are!

Like a weekly coffee date with the girls, Somer and her guests come together to ask the hard questions, have honest conversations and dive deep into God’s Word. Her heart is to equip and encourage Moms who are seeking to model an authentic Christian walk for their families while also making an impact for the kingdom through love in action wherever God has them in their current season of life. Following the Deuteronomy 6 model, Somer encourages listeners to identify their gifts, talents and current season of life as opportunities to impact the lives of others and bring their children along in the journey reminding us there are opportunities everywhere and every day to love right where you are!

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Equipping Christian Moms to embrace their season, live life on mission and share Jesus right where they are!

Like a weekly coffee date with the girls, Somer and her guests come together to ask the hard questions, have honest conversations and dive deep into God’s Word. Her heart is to equip and encourage Moms who are seeking to model an authentic Christian walk for their families while also making an impact for the kingdom through love in action wherever God has them in their current season of life. Following the Deuteronomy 6 model, Somer encourages listeners to identify their gifts, talents and current season of life as opportunities to impact the lives of others and bring their children along in the journey reminding us there are opportunities everywhere and every day to love right where you are!

    Teaching Our Kids to Praise with Lauren Chandler

    Teaching Our Kids to Praise with Lauren Chandler

    Welcome to the Love Where You Are podcast! 
    In today’s episode I am joined with Lauren Chandler.
    Lauren Chandler is passionate about writing, music, and leading worship at her home congregation, The Village Church, and across the country. She is the author of two Bible studies, including With Us in the Wilderness, and two other books including one for children: Goodbye to Goodbyes. Lauren and her husband, pastor Matt Chandler, live with their three children in Flower Mound, Texas.
    In this episode, Lauren Chandler and I dive deep into praise. Praising God can seem easy during the pleasant pastures of life's journey, but even then we can get distracted and not do it enough, and through the storms of life it can be difficult to praise Him. Lauren and I discuss the ways we can praise God through all seasons of life, the sunny days and the dark nights, and how to foster homes of praise and demonstrate it to our kids--it makes an impact! 
    Thank you for being here today. Now, let's dive into the conversation! 
    You can connect with Lauren Chandler  through Instagram and her website
    Plus you can order her new book! 
     
    FAVORITE TAKE-AWAYS:
    *Praise isn't just for singing in church. Praise can be walking out the door with all the kids trying to get to school, and realizing the sunrise is stunning. Nature is full of God's beauty and wonderous handiwork and can bring us back to Him. Praise can also be lived out as a life-long expression of obedience to Him. Rethinking "praise" can help us do it on a daily basis. 
    *Praise changes our focus. Lauren shares the example of being in a bad mood one morning, rushing to get kids to school, and then after stopping to see God's sunrise and turned to praise, she found her mood completely change. With her heart pointed to praise and thanksgiving, her mood shifted and was able to extend love and grace to her kids that morning and begin her day brighter. 
    *Kids pick up more from us as parents based on our actions as opposed to our words. We can say a million good things, but it's our actions that kids notice and take after. Demonstrating a posture of praise even in dark seasons can help our kids as they go through their own dark seasons, remembering how mom and dad got through it. 
     
    REMEMBER:
    *Don't discrdit your child's prayer or praise. Praying for a puppy's hurt toe can be a prayer which leads to praying more with God, especially in darker seasons, like witnessing a friend's parents get divorced. 
    *Every child has his or her own journey to Christ. All we can do is model Christ's love and show them He is real through our life as an example, and through bringing them up on the solid foundation of scripture. We have to trust God that He will handle the rest. 
     
    Connect with me! Here's my Facebook & Instagram! Now, go love where you are and live on mission for Jesus today. 

    • 40 min
    Answering the Big and Little Questions with Our Kids with Gabe and Andrea Olson

    Answering the Big and Little Questions with Our Kids with Gabe and Andrea Olson

    Welcome to the Love Where You Are podcast! 
    In today’s episode I am joined by Gabe and Andrea Olson.
    Andrea and Gabe Olson are believers, parents, entrepreneurs and authors. A worship leader and songwriter, Andrea founded and runs Overflow Worship, a ministry that equips worship leaders at churches across the country. Gabe owns and operates a real estate investment company. Creators of 'The Big God Books' series and authors of two previous books, including 'The Little Church'—which debuted on the Amazon bestseller list in Children’s Christian Ministry in 2021— they ventured into publishing in order to not only capture some of the miracles they've seen in their own home and lives, but to help point their kids and others to the miraculous work God is doing that they may otherwise miss. 
    In this episode, Somer, Gabe and Andrea discuss ways of pointing our kids to Christ through answering their big and little questions about God. A recent survey revealed only 1 out of 5 Christian-raised teens or young adults will stay in the Church, many leaving because they found the faith to be inauthentic and religion to be irrelevant. Our kids need to see real and authentic faith lived out and to see God isn't a religion, He is real and desires a relationship. Gabe and Andrea offer suggestions for engaging with our kids, answering their questions, talking about miracles, and not being afraid to admit we don't have all the answers. 
    Thank you for being here today. Now, let's dive into the conversation! 
    You can connect with Gabe and Andrea through Instagram.
    Their books The Big God series make an excellent Christmas present! You can order them here on their website.  
     
    FAVORITE TAKE-AWAYS:
    There is a weight as a Christian parent. The weight to make sure your kids follow Christ. While we are stewards of our children and responsible for them as kids, in the end they will have to find Christ on their own and choose Him for themselves. That means building a solid foundation for them to stand on is so important. 
    When our kids ask questions, especially at random or inconvenient times, it is easy to brush it off. Pausing to listen to them and walk in discussion can be a small action which a big impact. 
    Prayer is crucial to building a relationship with God, and modeling that for our children builds that solid foundation. Prayer isn't just folding hands, bowing heads, it can also look like having a conversation with God throughout the day. As a family, you can also find meaningful ways to incorporate prayer into your routine. Example from Gabe and Andrea: expressing gratitude at the dinner table every night, "I'm grateful for...." and a prayer huddle in the mornings before Dad or Mom goes to work. 
    While prayer is crucial, we don't want our kids to think God is "Holy Santa Claus" and will grant all we ask and desire. We have to teach our kids what prayer really is, and how to surrender, and that God answers our prayers or gives us what we need sometimes in unexpected ways. 
     
    REMEMBER:
    God is the perfect parent. We are not perfect, and it's okay that our kids know that. We don't have all the answers, but we know God is good. 
    Our kids world is different from ours. When they experience something like losing a friend or moving, it may not seem like a big deal to us, but it is shattering for them. We can't impose our worldview onto them and diminish their feelings and experiences. We have to get on their level. Asking questions about how they're feeling can open doors to connection and seeing God in their circumstances. 
    We may feel a pressure to craft perfect responses to our kids' questions but remember it’s not just your words but it’s the things that you are doing–your actions. Your actions may be more impactful than anything you say. Being present with your kids is more than enough.
    The little things add up and become big.


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    • 40 min
    Helping Our Teens Conquer Anxiety with Caris Snider

    Helping Our Teens Conquer Anxiety with Caris Snider

    Welcome to the Love Where You Are podcast! 
    In today’s episode I am joined by Caris Snider.
    Caris is a Christian Communicator who shares the hope of God through speaking, and leading worship. She is the recent author of Anxiety Elephants 31 Day Devotional.  Her passion for the Lord comes through as she shares from her experiences of overcoming depression and anxiety. Her desire is to help women of all ages with their faith and mental health journey.
    In this episode, Somer and Caris discuss anxiety and the toll it is taking on our kids. Children even in fifth grade are confessing to struggle with anxiety, and as parents we have to face it with them. Our children live in a world after a life-changing pandemic, being forced into isolation and fear of an invisisble virus, now growing fears of "World War III" with the Ukrainian war, and prevelant social media exposure. Not to mention the other life struggles teens may face like "Should I go to college?"  "Can I afford college" and "What am I going to do with my life, what major or job should I get?" On top of it all, new life changes like dating, learning how to drive, the list goes on... our teens and tweens are dealing with plenty of stress and uncertain futures. How do we help them through it? 
    Caris walks us through Scripture, the practical advice God gives us in the Bible for dealing with anxiety, the scientific explanations for what anxiety is and what it does with our brain chemistry, and the best thing you can do as a parent to help prepare your child for this world. 
    Thank you for being here today. Now, let's dive into the conversation! 
    You can connect with Caris Snider through Instagram, and her webste. 
    You can also order her new book! 
     
    FAVORITE TAKE-AWAYS
    Our tweens and teens are experiencing a lot of uncertainty in their lives, witnessing the pandemic, now the Ukrainian war, people talking about "World War III", inflation, election season, etc. On top of it all, they're experiencing interpersonal drama with friends, romantic interests, teachers, coaches, and having new learning experiences like driving and wondering about college. There is a lot of stress. 
     
    Symptoms of Anxiety to look out for in your child:
    -Stomach aches
    -Raised heart rate 
    -Heavy chest, chest aches
    -Difficulty verbalizing 
    -Unregulated emotions, i.e. crying easily, anger 
     
    Things which can trigger anxiety:
    -Lack of sleep
    -Caffiene (energy drinks, coffee, etc) 
    -Upcoming tests
     
    It is important to create safe spaces for our kids, places where they can talk about their struggles and not feel judged or condemned. Conversation is critical. 
     
    "Need to know basis" what a fourteen year old knows doesn't necessarily need to be what a ten year old child knows. Have appropriate conversations with age levels, but also not be afraid of going into tough topics, like body changes. We have to talk with our kids before the World does. 
     
    There is a difference between boys and girls, but boys still need our attention and conversations--maybe just in a different way. 
     
    REMEMBER
    The Bible is full of coping mechanisms--God knows we deal with anxiety. 


    Scripture talks about breathing, a tool to calm our bodies. Scripture talks about grateful hearts, and science has shown gratitude repels anxiety. Scripture talks about a peace beyond understanding when we come to Jesus. 
     
    You're doing a better job than you think. 
     
    There is nothing wrong with seeking help: counseling and therapy for your child, and if necessary, medication--there is no shame in it. Taking medicine for a broken arm is no different than taking medicine to balance brain chemistry. 
     
    Have a support system, have people to lift you up and pray for you; and pray for your child. 
     
    SCRIPTURE 
    Psalms 94:19
    Philipians 4:6-8
    Galatians 6:9
     
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    • 48 min
    Finding Eternal Purpose in Your Daily Work with Jordan Raynor

    Finding Eternal Purpose in Your Daily Work with Jordan Raynor

    Welcome to the Love Where You Are podcast! 
    In today’s episode, Somer is joined with Jordan Raynor. 
    Bestselling author Jordan Raynor helps Christians respond to the radical, biblical truth that their work matters for eternity. He does this through his books including the forthcoming The Word Before Work: A Monday-Through-Friday Devotional to Help You Find Eternal Purpose in Your Daily Work  (WaterBrook; on sale 11/15/22), The Creator in You, and Redeeming Your Time), podcast (Mere Christians), and weekly devotional (“The Word Before Work”)—content that has served millions of Christ-followers in every country on earth. In addition to his writing, Jordan serves as the executive chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup which he previously ran as CEO following a string of successful ventures of his own. Jordan served in the White House under George W. Bush and has twice been selected as a Google Fellow. 
    Jordan and Somer talk about the connection between our work and ministry and how to balance our careers while loving God. Thank you for being here today. Now, let's dive into the conversation! 
    Connect with Jordan Raynor:
    Instagram
    Website
    Buy his new book! 
     
    FAVORITE TAKE-AWAYS:
    God Himself works as a Creator, gardener and builder before He showed up as a pastor.
    God calls people into secular work as much as He calls them out of it.
    Work was the very first gift God gave humankind.
    God could have chosen to reveal any aspect of His character but the very first thing He reveals is that He is a God who creates.
    The God of the Bible doesn’t define work as the thing one gets paid to do. 
    Some of the most mundane work in the Bible is some of the most celebrated.
    Even when we work in obscurity, the God of the universe will not forget your work.
    Work is a means to be a faithful servant of the King.
    Your work is not the only work that is the work of the Lord.
    An occupational hazard for anyone in ministry is that we have a tendency to be so preoccupied to do our work FOR God that we forget to do it WITH Him…we place God’s mission over God Himself.
    When you look at the word ministry, it just means service.
    We’re called to work hard, we’re called to hustle, but we’re also called to trust God that God alone is producing the results. 
    Lord, I know that I can’t produce an ounce of results without you. Everything I have is from you and through you and for you. Now in response to that, I’m gonna work hard as a means of making you famous throughout the earth. 
    Jesus is calling us to the pursuit of excellence but He never calls us to the attainment of excellence.
    God is calling us to do our best with what He has called us to steward.
    I encourage all Christian parents to speak truth into their kids at an early age that the God of the universe loves them equally on their most successful and least successful day. 
     
    SCRIPTURE REFERNCES: 
    1 Corinthians 15:58
    Psalm 37:23
     
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    • 34 min
    What Teens Are Saying Behind Closed Doors with Dr. Jessica Peck

    What Teens Are Saying Behind Closed Doors with Dr. Jessica Peck

    Welcome to the Love Where You Are podcast! 
    In today’s episode, Somer is joined with Dr. Jessica Peck, also known as Dr Nurse Momma. 
    Jessica has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for twenty years. A native Texan, she is a clinical professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing as well as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She especially loves encouraging parents in her clinical practice and equipping them to build healthy relationships with their children. 
    Jessica and I became fast friends as we sat down to discuss her new release, Behind Closed Doors: A Guide to Help Parents and Teens Navigate Through Life’s Toughest Issues which provides an eye opening perspective to what teens and their families are facing in today’s world.
    Jessica shares the main struggles her patients experience, tackles common misconceptions about the teen years and share the secret sauce to getting your teen to communicate.
    Thank you for being here today. Now, let's dive into the conversation! 
    Connect with Dr. Jessica Peck:
    Instagram
    Website
    Buy her new book!
     
    FAVORITE TAKE-AWAYS:
    Stigma is a coping mechanism we have to separate ourselves from the unthinkable.
    Biggest issues Dr. Jessica sees behind closed doors:
    Vaping
    Substance abuse
    Gender identity
    Self harm
    Suicide
    Sexting 
    Disordered eating
     
    It’s a popular misconception that teens don’t want to talk to you - that’s not true!
    You can’t parent based on instant gratification - you have to plant that seed that can be harvested in a future season.
    When we react in fear we hinder connection with our teens.
    When we react in fear, even when it is well meaning, our teens interpret our reaction as anger against them.
    Train yourself to say, “You know I really don’t know what to say, but I want you to know I love you and we will get through this together."
    We don’t always have to have the right answer but our teens need to know we are present.
    More teenagers die from disordered eating than any other mental health disorder.
    We are imperfect children with a perfect Father and we have imperfect children being raised by imperfect parents.
    The first key to good conversation with your teen is to listen before you talk.
    You have old school experience but they have fresh world perspective - see what they already know and then share your perspective.
    Choose a battle, not every battle.
    Release your teen from the pressure of having to give you an immediate response.
    My job is to be my kid’s mom and not expect them to validate my role as their mom.
    The secret sauce is motivational interviewing - 
    Listen Offer open ended questions Validate their emotions Give them decision making autonomy It is important that we become a safe space for our kids to come and be vulnerable.
    We have to stand in our kids shoes and give them the tools they need to function in their world.
    Having developmentally appropriate conversations upfront will prepare them.
    Red flags to watch out for:
    Distance
    Isolation
    Irritability
    Emotional
    It is never too late to try and build a healthy relationship with your teen.
    Pray and surrender control Serve your way back in without expecting validation God is in the business of restoration.
    These are the longest days and the shortest years of your life.
    Embrace every stage of parenting.
    Celebrate who they are and who they are going to become.
    Younger children need a gatekeeper, teenagers need a coach.
    Let your kids fail if it’s safe - your home is a practice environment for life.
    Make sure your kids know their struggle does not define who they are.
    Teens do not need your money, the latest gadgets, a dream vacation or for you to be the perfect mom - they need your time and your attention.
    Teens care deeply about what you have to say about them.
    If they won’t talk to you, talk to them and speak words of life.
     
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    • 46 min
    The Transformative Power of Community with Jo Swinney

    The Transformative Power of Community with Jo Swinney

    Welcome to the Love Where You Are podcast! 
    In today’s episode, Somer is joined with Jo Swinney. 
    Jo Swinney is a prolific writer, speaker and editor. She’s written a few books and has contributed to LICC Connecting with Culture. She has also written for Stewardship, Bible Society, Scripture Union, and BRF. Jo was the Director of Church Communications at CPO, a charity existing to help churches and other charities with their communication. Currently, she is the Director of Communications for A Rocha International. 
    Jo has a recent book titled “A Place at the Table: Faith, Hope and Hospitality” which is  about encouraging one another to foster communities and how universally human it is to share food and share life. 
    In this episode, Somer and Jo Swinney talk about the upcoming Holiday season--this is typically the time we gather together for dinner and hospitality. Jo reminds us that our lives, not just the holidays, should reflect Jesus' hospitality. It doesn't need to be big, extravagent dinners with immaculate houses. It should be doing life together, simple and practical. 
    Thank you for being here today. Now, let's dive into the conversation! 
    Connect with Jo Swinney:
    Instagram
    Website
    Buy her new book!
    And check out the book's website.  
     
    FAVORITE TAKE-AWAYS:
    “Sharing food is at the heart of a shared life” 
    Community is reflective of God’s character.
    You can build hospitality into your regular rhythms of life.
    Hospitality doesn’t have to be as disruptive or complicated as we think.
    People feel safer when you welcome them into your comfortable spaces.
    Hospitality is bringing people into a family like situation.
    It’s okay to create space for yourself and your family; healthy boundaries.
    Hospitality has to be about the other person and not ourselves.
    Questions are powerful - people love talking about themselves if you are willing to listen.
    People around us are lonelier than they look.
    We are walking past broken people every day.
    The Christian life happens when we are not looking. The Holy Spirit is working in and through us as we are looking outward, serving other people and worshiping Him. 
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

DrNurseMama ,

Heartwarming

Love Where You Are is an invitation to coffee with a friend. You talk over life’s troubles feeling refreshed and encouraged. Most importantly, you are reminded that you have a friend, as like-minded kindred spirit who shares your heart desire to find hope and joy in a broken world.

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Wonderful Content from an Amazing Host!

It is rare to come across someone like Somer who is so inviting and engaging! This podcast truly feels like long time friends having a genuine conversation about life, family and Jesus. Save this one, and keep coming back! It’s filled with amazing topics relevant to our lives today!

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Fantastic podcast!

Love Somer’s podcast and the encouragement she makes sure her listeners have every week!

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