My mission is to provide motivation, inspiration, and hope to those who feel overwhelmed, exhausted, discouraged or anxious about their life’s problems and challenges. I am your host, Tamara K. Anderson. I am the mother of four children who struggle with autism, ADHD, anxiety, visions issues, and all bring me great joy.
I invite you to join me every other Wednesday beginning January 23, 2019 to hear real stories and lessons learned through adversity’s refining fire. You will hear interviews from normal people (just like you) who have had scrapes with death, been fired from jobs, survived the death of a loved one, experienced extreme health challenges, mental illness, and disability.
Come laugh, cry, and feel hope as you hear these heartwarming stories and the inspiration drawn from rock-bottom moments survived with God’s help. So, pull up an imaginary chair at my kitchen table as you listen and feel inspired by Stories of Hope in Hard Times.
6 Tips to Navigate Change with Success
Has change ever paralyzed you with anxiety? Today I share the story of my son with low-functioning autism aging out of public education and the 6 steps which helped me (and can help you) successfully navigate change.
6 Tips to Navigate Change with SuccessTurn to God
Focus on Today
Use Healthy Distractions
Talk or Journal about it
Be Kind to Yourself and Don't Compare
Take Baby Steps Toward Your Plan
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Danice Hope: Finding Peace & Hope with Chronic Illness
Danice wondered if God was punishing her when her health began to fail as a teen. Follow her journey to a correct diagnosis with SAD and ME/CFS with God’s help.
Discussion PointsHow Danice had undiagnosed exhaustion as a teenager, and why it took 6 years to be properly diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD
How she finally found someone who figured out what was wrong with her.
How Danice learned to bring joy and beauty into her life not only during her healthy summers, but during the winter as well.
What Danice did as she turned to God to help her endure when her illness got worse and going to 24 different doctors couldn’t help her get a diagnosis.
What Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is and what it looks like
How Danice learned to trust God— and that He will lead us to those who can help us.
How her trials helped her become closer to Jesus
The answer to, “Is God punishing me?”
The trait Danice values most in people
The critical decision “I can learn from this” which changed her perspective.
Tips for when you are feeling alone or discouragedturn off TV
listen to uplifting music
read uplifting books
Favorite TakeawayDanice said one of the greatest lessons she learned was that, “My life is of worth as it is.” This worth was there despite all of the health challenges and the unfulfilled expectations. I think it is a good reminder that our lives have such tremendous value just as we are.
ResourcesBook: https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Pooh-Benjamin-Hoff/dp/0140067477 (The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff)
the principle of “working with the waterfall”
“Instead of fighting against this superior force, I’ve learned to work with what I’ve got.”
Book: https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Blues-Fourth-Everything-Affective/dp/1609181859 (Winter Blues by Norm Rosenthal)—recommended book for those who have SAD
Danice’s Blog: https://danicehope.com/ (https://danicehope.com/)
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1 Word Changed my Perspective on Death
Tamara shares how she decided to dive deep on the the meaning of one word: repentance. This changed her entire perspective on death.
Episode Discussion PointsI have two words I have never liked: repentance and death. They have a negative connotation in my brain. But all of this changed one day when I deep dived into what the original Hebrew and Greek words for Repentance meant (surprise: they don't have a negative connotation at all).
Both the Hebrew (שׁוּב or shub) and the Greek (μετάνοια or metánoia) both really mean to turn or return to God.
It is the Latin root word for repentance where the negativity comes into play. Poenitere: This word is related to the words punish, penance, penitent, and repentance. But this root word means hurting, punishing, whipping, cutting, mutilating, disfiguring, starving, or even torturing! Yikes! No wonder I don't like this word very much!
As I studied this idea of returning my epiphany came. God sent His son, Jesus Christ, so we could give Him our sins and return to Him. Repentance is simply the process of removing anything that would keep us from returning--pure, clean and whole.
No unclean or unholy thing can dwell with God, so that means we also have to give up our current physical and imperfect bodies for a perfect one at the resurrection. I had never thought of my body, as wonderful but flawed as it is, as something keeping me from the presence of God. But because it is imperfect, I need a resurrected body before I can return to God. Death is a step in getting me closer to God.
How the seasons, universe, water cycle etc. all show us this process of returning or repeating over and over.
Bible verses that go along with this concept
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Shawn Rapier: Adoption & How I Learned Love is Unconditional
Shawn Rapier: Adoption and How I Learned Love is UnconditionalShawn never dreamed as a kid struggling with ADD that someday he would adopt 6 children. He humorously shares the struggles, joys and perspective he's learned from parenthood.
Episode DiscussionWhat it was like Living with ADD in the 1970’s and 1980’s and how he wasn’t doing well in school.
How using technology has helped Shawn with his ADD (reminders, alarms, emails, EverNote, etc)
Why it is important to not use challenges as a crutch.
Why his home is “dysfunction junction.”
The amazing story of adopting six children and having two biological children
How his parenting perspective has changed, and how God has an eternal perspective.
To change perspectives and “let go” of expectations he had to break and realize he really has no control of his kids.
When Shawn “broke” and went through a super-rough period, he realize the answer was focusing more on Christ to help and heal.
The “he is mine” answer which changed Shawn’s perspective.
How two principles can exist at the same time: God is all knowing and things are out of control.
Why learning to respect agency is so important.
Love is the antidote to hate and anger and cannot be used as a weapon or tool.
Never say something you can’t take back.
Good question to ask: Did I make peace in my home?
My Favorite Shawn Quotes About Love“All we can do is show an increase of love and trust God to do the rest.”
“Love is not a temporary thing.”
“Love is to be given freely.”
“Forgiveness breeds love.”
“Decide to love and don’t give up.”
“If you want love, give it and give it unconditionally.”
“They can’t outrun our love!”
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Picture This & Pull Through Your Darkest Moments
A story Caroline Rose shared morphed into an powerful image in my mind which gives me hope in my darkest moments.
Episode Talking PointsCaroline's story of saying "no" to chemo and then changing her mind when nurse Jan told her what to focus on.
What did Jesus focus on when he suffered in Gethsemane and on Golgotha?
Did He look down through the ages to see you and me?
Did His love for us pull Him forward?
Bible Verses which teach and confirm God's love and understanding
3 lessons I can take from this and remember in my darkest times.
Picturing Jesus lovingly thinking of me or you in His moment of greatest trial helps me realize that I can focus back on Him and lean on Him in my personal Gethsemane.
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Caroline Rose: Why I Chose Hope and Kept Fighting
Caroline Rose went from running marathons to being a cancer patient with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. She shares her journey of faith, endurance and how a dog she rescued, saved her in return.
Episode Discussion PointsHow she reacted to the news of her sudden life detour of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
How her type A personality was able to learn (eventually) that she really doesn’t control anything. God is in control and we can trust Him.
The wise advice her doctor uncle gave her which gave her the courage to fight.
How rescuing a dog then helped her through subsequent treatments
Why she and her husband froze embryos after she went into remission.
How her son was a medical miracle
Sometimes we have to wait for miracles to happen
The angel who came to help Caroline when she relapsed a third time.
The four types of prayers: “help,” “thank you,” “whatever” and “oh well.”
There is an emotional component to healing, fighting and surviving.
The reason why Caroline kept fighting when she wanted to give up and quit chemo.
The shifting of hope that takes place after someone you love dies.
Hope isn’t always getting the outcome we want. It is getting to the point where we can accept the situation, be okay, and keep going.
Listen to your “God-voice” or intuition.
Everyone’s journey is unique.
How she emerged from the struggle with cancer different than she was before. This also affected her loved ones around her.
Favorite QuoteOne of my favorite things Caroline said is, “We can’t fully live unless we hope.” So, if you are struggling, keep your flicker of hope alive. Believe in God and that with His help you can get through anything. You then will live, and live fully.
Resourceshttps://brenebrown.com/ (Brenee Brown)
https://jenhatmaker.com/ (Jen Hatmaker)
https://kriscarr.com/ (Kris Carr)
Connect with Carolinehttps://dearrileyrose.com/ (https://dearrileyrose.com/)
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GoooooOOOOOD vibes spreadin’!!! =)
Hearing your interview on the ALSO SPECTACULAR Podcast Latter Day Lives was OUTSTANDING! When I found out about this podcast I was excited to try it out. (Seems to be SO DIFFICULT to find truly GOOD, uplifting & “All that Jazz” kinda podcasts to listen to!) THANKS for your stories AND your STRENGTH!! =)
I’ve been going through a particularly hard time as three of my kids have contracted Covid and our quarantine keeps starting over and over. When I’m feeling discouraged and drained I listen to an interview while I cook or clean and feel so much better after the episode. There is a wide variety of guests with interesting insights to share. These stories really have made me feel hopeful during a hard time!
Love the stories very powerful!