Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, discouraged or anxious about life’s problems and challenges? Join me, Tamara K. Anderson, each Wednesday to hear real stories and lessons learned through adversity’s refining fire with God's help. 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, or disabilities.
My mission is to provide motivation, inspiration, and hope that with Christ's help we can overcome any challenge--eventually.
I also share stories learned in my own life as the mother of four children who struggle with autism, ADHD, anxiety and depression, as well as takeaways you can apply and use to conquer your challenges by drawing on divine power.
So, come laugh, cry, and feel hope as you hear these heartwarming stories and inspiration drawn from rock-bottom moments survived with God’s help. Pull up an imaginary chair at my kitchen table as you listen and feel inspired by Stories of Hope in Hard Times.
Find more information at: https://www.tamarakanderson.com/podcasts
3 Ways to Connect with God in Nature
How do you connect with God in nature? Today we will talk about three ideas on how you can do this and incorporate a little more peace into your life. This is the second in our series of connecting to God.
Episode Discussion PointsStory of my husband kayaking out on a lake in the early morning and feeling a peace and such a release of stress.
3 Ideas for Connecting with God Through Nature 1. Stand BarefootAn https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/could-walking-barefoot-on-the-grass-improve-your-health-the-science-behind-grounding/2018/07/05/12de5d64-7be2-11e8-aeee-4d04c8ac6158_story.html (article in the Washington Post) a few years ago showed research on how standing barefoot in the grass can “improve sleep, reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and lower stress.”
How I have felt such peace when I have stood on the beach.
A college health professor has encouraged his students to go and stand barefoot when they are feeling stressed (and it actually works).
2. Slow Down and CommuneExamples in the scriptures: Jesus going out into the wilderness to pray and commune with His Father, Moses going up into a mountain to talk to God
“Consider the lilies of the field.” Luke 12:27—take time to slow down and look at the details of the world around you.
See and notice God in the world around you.
3. Use All Your Senses and Give ThanksDisconnect from the busyness of the world and think about what you are seeing, feeling, hearing and experiencing in nature around you.
Give thanks to God for what you see, touch, smell, hear
Story of me enjoying a peaceful moment giving thanks to God as I sat under a tree at Bryce Canyon.
“There is beauty to be found in every part of God’s creations.”
Call to ActionSay a prayer in nature sometime this week, be thankful and feel of God’s love and peace.
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TranscriptionYou can find the transcription of today's episode here: https://www.tamarakanderson.com/podcasts/3-ways-to-connect-with-god-in-nature
Liz Kazandzhy: 3 Ways the Holy Ghost Helps In Trials
Liz joins us today to share 3 personal stories of how God’s Spirit helped her move forward , feel peace and helps us amidst life’s challenges.
Episode Discussion PointsTraining guide dogs
When God says, “no.” Being totally involved in music and wanting to major in it, to all of the sudden losing her passion for music and wondering what she was supposed to do with her life.
God led her toward Human Development
Journaling helped her process the change.
When she felt disappointment coming from other people, but she knew God knew what she needed to do.
Choosing an internship—and how God guided her to pick an internship which led her to go to Romania to a hospital and an orphanage.
Being able to listen when the Holy Ghost gives you direction
The Holy Ghost can help you discover your “Why!" God can lead to to find the best path which will bring you the most joy and learning.
Follow impressions to help and serve others (in big and little things).
When she experienced postpartum depression and felt like something was broken in her brain
When she finally opened up to her sisters about it, she found out several of them had experience it as well.
Her decision to begin taking medication
Learning to deal with anxiety after she got her depression under control
The Holy Ghost—can speak truth to you
A lot of the problems with depression and anxiety are thoughts entering your mind that aren’t true
The Spirit can teach you what inner voices aren’t truth and what is truth
The first step to recognize negative self-talk and then replace it with the positive and the truth
You can also ask God to help you to recognize it and pull out of it (because in the moment it is often very hard)
Prayer is powerful—both asking for God’s help and asking others to pray for you as well.
A sweet story of one of her little daughters praying for her.
How God wants us to turn to each other for help and comfort and how we aren’t meant to do it alone
The story of being able to marry her fiancé Vlad, from the Ukraine, and how hard it was to be able to married and get a fiancé visa.
How after pouring her heart out to God, she felt God’s love and empathy.
Favorite Bible VersesWhen you are weeping: “Jesus wept,” when He was comforting Mary and Martha after Lazarus died (even though He was going to bring him back to life). Remember Jesus waited to bring Lazarus back, and sometimes we have to be patient and wait for the miracle.
For comfort: John 14:16
Connect with LizWebsite: http://lizkazandzhy.com/ (LizKazandzhy.com)
LDS Book Nook—her podcast
Buy her book: The Holy Ghost from A to Z
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TranscriptionYou can find the transcription of today's episode here: https://www.tamarakanderson.com/podcasts/liz-kazandzhy-3-ways-the-holy-ghost-helps-in-trials
4 Devotional Ideas to Connect to God Daily
I am going to be doing a series on connection over the next few Tamara’s Takeaway episodes, and we are first going to talk about how we can connect to God through a daily devotional.
Episode Discussion PointsIt is important to connect to God because the closer we feel to Him, the stronger and more courageous we feel.
Religious leader Jeffrey Holland said about our connection with God that it is the “most important connection of all.” He continued, “As you forge a bond your Father in Heaven, He will forge a bond with you.” (Deseret News, March 6, 2021 page 24.)
James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”
John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
4 Daily Devotion IdeasThere are 7 categories I am going to be talking about over the next few weeks, but we will only discuss 1 today: Connecting to God through daily devotionals and what that can look like.
PrayerKneeling (formal) or informal—mid-day, while driving, conversations, pleas for help, evening prayer, in moments of crisis, help to know how to handle a situation, to deal with strong emotions, etc.
Colossians 4:2, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with Thanksgiving.”
Examples of Jesus praying through the Lord’s prayer
Scripture StudyReading the word of God chapter by chapter
Following a daily devotion prepared by someone else coupled with quotes/insights
Memorizing Bible Verses
Posting Bible verses around home, car, on phone
Listening to scripture
Open to a random verse/chapter and read
MeditationMeditation can be prayer
It can be repeating a word over and over like peace, heaven, God, connect, hope, love etc.
If you lose focus, just come back and keep going (everyone tends to get distracted while meditating—especially when they are first starting).
Meditation can also be saying Bible phrases while breathing deeply like, “Be still and know that I am God,” or “Peace be still.”
Story of Elijah and how after all the distractions he found connection with God through the “still, small voice.” (1 Kings 19:12)
If you need help meditating, check out this podcast episode:
Gospel Talks/SpeechesI love either reading or listening to people talk about the gospel
This often helps bring be closer to God.
Call to ActionIncorporate a daily devotional in your life starting today! If you already do one, did God inspire to to add something or tweak your routine a little bit. Listen to and follow those promptings.
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TranscriptionYou can find the transcription of today's episode here: https://www.tamarakanderson.com/podcasts/devotional-ideas-to-connect-to-god-daily
Jeff & Sheldon: How to Make Habits that Actually Stick
Jeff Corrigan and Sheldon Mills of the Idea Gym podcast are no strangers to setting and reaching goals. Today we talk about some of the key ingredients to making good habits stick which will change your life for the better.
Episode Discussion PointsThe great white tiger Mohini’s story and how that applies to limiting beliefs that seem to hold us captive and stuck.
Jeff shares a story in his life where life got really hard and very busy, and he had to evaluate what habits were most important to keep him going.
power in habits in keeping your momentum moving forward when we’re trying to push passed limiting beliefs
Jeff’s daily habits included: daily scripture study, journaling, listening to personal development books,
Jeff noticed the things being taught in the scriptures were the same things being taught in personal development books and he started wondering how he could apply these things in his life.
Jeff’s and his wife pushed forward searching for answers to her health challenges until wife was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease.
In order to help his wife manage her health, they have had a complete lifestyle change, especially with diet. These changes happened a little at a time, but their overall impact has helped them both become healthier.
How God helps us work through life line upon line, one baby step at a time.
If not seeing progress, remember to be patient, then identify the end result/identity shift you are trying to make (instead of saying you want to lose 30 pounds realize the real goal is you want to live a healthier lifestyle).
“if you want to change your life, you have to change something you do daily.”—Sheldon
The power of having an accountability partner
We know we can get stuck in bad habits, now let’s shift that and get stuck in good habits.
One of the core fundamentals to developing a habit is a concept called
Decide who you want to be and prove it to yourself by small daily wins.
Don’t quit when you miss a day. Just keep going.
Core Fundamental Upper and Lower Limits.
This means establishing a maximum and a minimum you are going to do for a goal each day/week—not an all or nothing (because we inevitably don’t fulfill those).
Ex: Lower limit writing one sentence in my journal; Upper Limit—writing a 1-2 pages (but don’t overdo it—set a max).
"It’s not about getting there tomorrow, it is about progress each day.”—Jeff
The best routine is something you will actually do.
If you want to change the shape of your hour, change 10 minutes of that hour. If you want to change the shape of your day, change what you do this hour.
Favorite Bible Verse and Quotes“Ships turned about with a very small helm.”—from James chapter 3
“The minutes and hours well-spent are the building blocks of a good life.” —Sheldon
Check out the Habit Master’s CourseHelp you identify and clarify the person you want to become
Identify a very clear daily action step to get you there
6 Fundamentals checklist to help you build successful habits
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Check it out at: http://ideagym.info/ (IdeaGym.info)
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TranscriptionYou can find the transcription of today's episode here: https://www.tamarakanderson.com/podcasts/jeff-and-sheldon-how-to-make-habits-that-actually-stick
Navigating Seasons of Change with Hope
My youngest child just graduated from high school. How do we navigate seasons of change successfully? I share 3 tips which will help us get through with God's help.
Episode Discussion PointsMy daughter just graduated from high school and she is the youngest. So, I am experiencing a range of emotions.
An artistic Bible Verse a friend gave me as a senior in high school that applies to our situation today.
Story of lesson I learned from a friend who recently had back surgery.
A story of a friend whose husband suddenly passed away, and what I would tell her.
Three Tips to Help Navigate Change with HopeRemember God and trust Him.
Slow Down and Notice Simple Joys
Remember Life Has Season and be patient
Bible Verses Shared“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own undestanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” —Proverbs 3:5-6Ecclesiastes 31 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to arend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love.
InvitationsTalk to God during your time of change and share with Him all of your emotions.
Slow down and be patient.
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TranscriptionYou can find the transcription of today's episode here: https://www.tamarakanderson.com/podcasts/navigating-seasons-of-change-with-hope
Jen Geigle Johnson: What to do When God is Silent
After being hospitalized for COVID Jen found she had a hard time thinking clearly and even discerning God’s presence. She pressed forward in faith despite difficult challenges and found a powerful answer.
Episode Discussion PointsHow she spent a few summers kayaking along the Thames.
How her author job and keeping up with her six children keeps her busy.
How her really bad case of COVID changed her body and triggered an abnormally high cortisol/high stress response in her body.
An experience in the hospital while she had the fuzzy brain COVID stuff and she felt alone and far from God.
“it takes mental concentration to receive revelation that’s like truth or thought.”
She couldn’t pray long prayers when she was brain fuzzy at the hospital, so she leaned on her husband (via text) to help her pray and discern what she should be doing.
Even when she couldn’t feel God at that point, she knew He was there.
How she had people praying for her during her daughter’s weddings to have a “bubble of the Spirit” around her when she wasn’t functioning 100%
Her answer from God—“Just focus on the Joy”
Sometimes God places you in situations where you can’t do it on your own, so He will reach you in the way you need to be reached. God keep trying.
"When you’re perfectly healthy, you can handle a lot, but when your not, you need to become more aware of how these things are effecting your whole body makeup.”
She has now experienced social anxiety and has a lot more empathy
How sometimes prayer, scriptures study don’t work the way we want—we need to tack on “keep going even when you don’t feel the help or answers” with the hope that God will answer/help eventually.
“God will reach you but it may be in the way you aren’t expecting.
Look for the joy and see the miracles that might not be super-obvious.
Look for the little whisper of inspiration from God which may change your perspective when things aren’t getting fixed.
You can’t really measure the value of someone’s love…empathy…hard times.”
We accumulate knowledge and experiences which help us become more.
How Jesus Christ has perfect empathy for each of us. “Christ’s empathy is emboldened because He knows all of our stories.”
Take time to hear people and their stories.
We all want to know we are making a difference—even when you can’t feel Him.
Tips for Reducing StressSupport network--Ask for help—people to be your “pray-ers”
Talk to you family and friends about the emotions you are processing so that they can help how they can.
Name emotions and process them with God’s help
Positive Mantras--Focus on the Joy
Be okay slowing down during crisis
Meditation/Prayer/Scripture Study—way to receive revelation (because you are quieting distractions).
Calm body, focus on breathing
Watch what thoughts enter a quiet mind—push out the pointless worries and instead focus on positive things.
“Nope. I’m only thinking about breathing right now.”
“Think about a joyful time.”—these are often the things that mean the most too us—the personal interactions (children, friends)
Favorite Bible VerseGenesis 39 “And the Lord was with Joseph.” (even though Joseph was sold into slavery, and plus in prison.)
God is with us in the details of our lives—throughout the hard times.
Sometimes God’s purposes can’t be seen for a long time.
Connect with Jenhttp://jengeiglejohnson.com/ (JenGeigleJohnson.com)
Buy physical copies of her books at Deseret Book or Seagull Book
Social Media @JenGeigleJohnson
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TranscriptionYou can find the transcription of today's episode here: https://www.tamarakanderson.com/podcasts/jen-geigle-johnson-what-to-do-when-god-is-silent
So touching and from the heart!
This is a beautiful, uplifting podcast series filled with personal stories and challenging experiences that reach deep into your heart. The healing help and inspiration from each podcast always comes from God and is inspiring. I love Tamara’s podcasts!
I am always so inspired and encouraged when I listen to this podcast. Tamara delivers messages that go straight to my heart.
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!! =)