29 episodes

Life-giving conversations for Christian women. Fresh ideas and Biblical encouragement that will help you cultivate better spiritual health, mental health, and relational health. Live an intentional hope-filled life through soulful stories and thought provoking conversations that inspire you to greater hope.

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Made for Hope: Conversations for Christian Women Sara R. Ward

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Life-giving conversations for Christian women. Fresh ideas and Biblical encouragement that will help you cultivate better spiritual health, mental health, and relational health. Live an intentional hope-filled life through soulful stories and thought provoking conversations that inspire you to greater hope.

Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sara-r-ward/support

    28. Breaking Free from Shame and Perfection

    28. Breaking Free from Shame and Perfection

    Do you struggle to overcome shame or past failures? Is is hard for you to celebrate small wins?

    Today, we welcome life coach Taryn Nergaard who will help us to understand how to process shame and failure in a healthier way. She’ll teach us how to celebrate our progress, no matter how small.

    You’re going to find so much encouragement as we chat about the common pitfalls around failure and discouragement and how to break free from them.

    In this episode you’ll:

    -Learn to find freedom from perfection

    -Change your mindset so you focus on progress

    -Get practical tools to help you celebrate your wins

    Her strategies will empower you to make positive changes you can implement today.

    Episode links:

    Taryn’s Website

    https://www.tarynnergaard.com

    Taryn's Life Coaching:

    https://www.tarynnergaard.com/coaching

    Reflective Bible Journal for Adults

    https://www.amazon.com/Reflective-Bible-Journal-Voice-Follow/dp/1777033128/

    Teen Reflective Bible Journal

    https://www.amazon.com/Reflective-Bible-Journal-Teens-Follow/dp/1777033136/

    Kids Reflective Bible Journal

    https://www.amazon.com/Reflective-Bible-Journal-Taryn-Nergaard/dp/1777033144/

    Register for Taryn’s Free Soul Care Virtual Summit, free online event for people seeking simple practices for mind, body, and spirit. May 24-28

    Register here for the Soul Care Summit:

    https://tarynnergaard.com/soul-care-summit?aff=23

    Sara's Book, Made for Hope: Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Brokenness

    https://www.amazon.com/Made-Hope-Discovering-Unexpected-Brokenness/dp/1733411003/

    Katy's Book: Life on Purpose: Thirty Days of Listening to the One Who Calls You

    https://www.amazon.com/Life-Purpose-Days-Listening-Calls/dp/1736259202/


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    • 31 min
    27. How to Deal with the Grief of Infertility

    27. How to Deal with the Grief of Infertility

    For those who have gone through infertility, you know what a grief trigger Mother's Day can be. It can bring up disappointment, hurt, and messy, complex feelings. But here's the part we don't always talk about: there can also be joy.

    Thelma Nienhuis writes about grief, infertility, and extending permission and acceptance for those in the midst of the storm. In this episode we talk about:

    —why infertility is grief too (and why we’re reluctant to name it that way)

    —how to honor grief in your life and build traditions that allow you to grieve

    —why you should extend permission to yourself on Mother’s day and other triggering events

    —how we can best support those going through infertility

    —finding joy in the place where you’re at.



    Links mentioned in the show:

    Life as Two Resource

    https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5f43f7e6a25f1c0029564a11

    The Wide Spectrum of Mothering

    https://www.uua.org/worship/words/prayer/wide-spectrum-mothering

    Quiet Assurance: 30 day devotional walking you through the Psalms

    https://www.amazon.ca/Quiet-Assurance-Meditations-Peace-Grieving/dp/1777423104/

    Sara's book, Made for Hope: Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Brokenness, which also talks about her journey through infertility and adoption. Find it on Amazon.


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    • 41 min
    26. Self Care Practices for Better Mental Health

    26. Self Care Practices for Better Mental Health

    How can we care for our souls in the midst of difficulty? What tools can we use when we’re stuck in negativity, bitterness, grief, and more?

    On this episode, Kristin Vanderlip will show us how to use tools to help us become unstuck from our negative emotions. Kristin is a writer who experienced the loss of a child and learned the value of healing through journaling and practicing soul care.

    We chat about the proven benefits of journaling and what soul care practices help us to shift our mindsets, change our negative thinking and invite God into our experiences.

    Learn how:

    -Writing things down improves our health

    -Certain practices can shift your attitude and emotions

    -To invite God into your practices of writing things down

    -To assemble a toolkit for soul care

    EPISODE LINKS:

    Find Kristin's Life Worth Living Journal and Kids' Journals here:

    www.kristinvanderlip.com/journal

    Kristin's website

    www.kristinvanderlip.com

    Follow Kristin:

    Instagram: @kristinvanderlip 

    Facebook: @kristinvanderlipwrites 

    Get Sara's books, Made for Hope and the Made for Hope Bible Study here:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B08FXTQG61




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    • 35 min
    25. The Power of a Life-Changing Bible Study Group

    25. The Power of a Life-Changing Bible Study Group

    Do you ever wonder what makes a great Bible study group?

    In this podcast episode, I’m joined by Cyndee Ownbey, the author of Rethinking Women's Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community. Cyndee serves as a mentor to thousands of women’s ministry leaders through her website, podcast and Facebook community, Women’s Ministry Toolbox.

    In this episode we discuss:

    -the benefits of a group study

    -how groups make an impact on women personally

    -why they’re necessary for accountability and community

    -what makes a great Bible study group (helpful tips for those leading or looking for a study!)



    Resources to check out

    Bible Study Facilitator Training Course: An online course to learn how to best lead your small group and Bible study

    https://womensministrytoolbox.teachable.com/p/bible-study-facilitator-training/?affcode=78758_jchh62cn



    3 Keys to Increasing Bible Study Participation Freebie:

    https://womensministrytoolbox.com/freebies/



    Learn how to Read and Study the Bible (book or PDF)

    https://womensministrytoolbox.com/read-bible-study/



    Books by Cyndee Ownbey: https://womensministrytoolbox.com/books/



    Sara’s Made for Hope Bible Study

    https://www.amazon.com/Made-Hope-Bible-Study-Discovering/dp/1733411038/



    Sara’s Bible study teaching videos

    https://sararward.com/biblestudy/



    Women’s Ministry Toolbox https://womensministrytoolbox.com



    Episode Link: https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast-episode-25life-changing-bible-study-groups/


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    • 36 min
    24. How to Wait Well: Practical ways to embrace seasons of waiting and how to draw near to God in them

    24. How to Wait Well: Practical ways to embrace seasons of waiting and how to draw near to God in them

    Waiting is something we all have painfully endured. Whether it’s waiting on a decision, waiting for a baby, or waiting for an answer to prayer. Seasons of waiting will happen for all of us.

    But how do we wait well?

    Jazmin Frank has spent much of her life waiting for the desire for marriage to be fulfilled. She’s journeyed through trusting God wholeheartedly, to doubting his abilities, to trying to get out of the waiting, avoid it, or resolve it.

    The one thing she has found consistently helpful in waiting seasons is to keep taking steps toward God and meeting Him in the waiting.

    What that looks like practically has been surprisingly simple, and we talk about how to endure your own season of waiting.

    Grab your favorite drink and listen as we chat about:

    —leaning into the tension of waiting

    —taking steps toward God

    —finding supportive community while waiting

    —supporting someone else as they endure their own waiting season.

    Such an important episode that will challenge you to ask the question: Are you waiting well?

    Episode Links:

    Find Jazmin’s Bible Studies:

    jazminnfrank.com/books/

    Jazmin's Website: jazminnfrank.com

    Sara’s book, Made for Hope: Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Brokenness

    Katy's Book: Life on Purpose

    Episode Link: https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast-episode-24-how-to-wait-well/


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    • 37 min
    23. Intentional Parenting: Habits for Healthier Families

    23. Intentional Parenting: Habits for Healthier Families

    Let’s face it, parenting is hard.

    When you’re in the trenches of parenting, you need all the help you can get. Sometimes we get stuck just trying to survive the day when we know we should be more intentional in our parenting.

    But how do we do that?

    In this episode you'll learn:


    what to teach your kids, how to do it, and what ultimately matters
    more about family mantras—crafting a list of values and statements for your family
    checking in with your spouse for family meetings
    making fun a priority

    Listen as Katy Epling and Sara R.Ward dive into a conversation on what intentional parenting is and how to take small steps toward being more intentional with your kids.

    We include books, resources and great conversation starters for you and your whole family.

    Episode Links:

    Grace-based Parenting Tim Kimmel

    Parenting: 14 Gospel principles Paul David Tripp

    Christ-centered Parenting: Russell Moore and Phillip Bethancourt

    Sara’s book: Made for Hope

    https://www.amazon.com/Made-Hope-Discovering-Unexpected-Brokenness/dp/1733411003/

    Katy’s book: Life on Purpose

    https://www.amazon.com/Life-Purpose-Days-Listening-Calls/dp/1736259202/

    Catch up on past episodes: https://sararward.com/made-for-hope-podcast/




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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Jodi Rosser ,

Love listening to this podcast!

Sara does an amazing job hosting the Made For Hope Podcast! I enjoy listening to the three acts of the story, especially the gifts at the end. Honestly, that is my favorite part!

Michelle Diercks ,

A wonderful podcast!

I love the encouragement I received from listening to this podcast. Grateful for the message of hope.

Big Dyer ,

Melissa D.

Sara’s message is like a light at the end of a long dark tunnel for those who need it. Braving the hard road of facing our pain, allowing it to grow a purpose over time, and sharing with those the way forward. What a gift.

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