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Do you ever feel like you can’t change no matter how hard you try? On the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. This is a practical, hands-on podcast that will help you break free from the things that control you: things like bad habits, idolatry, overeating, and negative emotions such as worry, insecurity, anger, and stress. We'll also talk about how to develop a close relationship with God as we develop the habit of going to Him for help with life.

The Christian Habits Podcast Barb Raveling

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 175 Ratings

Do you ever feel like you can’t change no matter how hard you try? On the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. This is a practical, hands-on podcast that will help you break free from the things that control you: things like bad habits, idolatry, overeating, and negative emotions such as worry, insecurity, anger, and stress. We'll also talk about how to develop a close relationship with God as we develop the habit of going to Him for help with life.

    Dana K. White: How to Declutter and Get Organized

    Dana K. White: How to Declutter and Get Organized

    Do you feel overwhelmed by the task of getting organized? Does a simple glance around your home or office tell you that clutter is taking over your life? If so, my podcast interview with Dana K. White from A Slob Comes Clean (links below) will offer helpful advice about how to tackle these projects without stress.



    What We Discussed on the Podcast



    * Coming to terms with our own unique clutter threshold

    * The Container Concept

    * Accepting the reality of the limited space we have

    * How decluttering and cleaning are not the same things

    * What the layers of a clean house are

    * How Dana’s method is different than minimalism

    * How to change our goals about our spaces

    * The Visibility Rule

    * How decluttering is a lifelong process



    Resources We Talked About on the Podcast



    * James Bible Study

    * Dana’s new book: Organizing for the Rest of Us

    * Another of Dana’s books: Decluttering at the Speed of Life

    * Dana’s website: aslobcomesclean.com



    About Dana K. White

    Dana K. White is a Wallstreet Journal bestselling author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) a decluttering expert. In an attempt to get her home under control, Dana started blogging as “Nony” (short for anonymous) at A Slob Comes Clean. Dana soon realized she was not alone in her housekeeping struggles and in her feelings of shame. Today, Dana shares realistic home management strategies with her signature humor and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy through her blog, weekly podcasts, and videos. Dana lives with her husband and three kids just outside of Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.aslobcomesclean.com.

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    • 43 min
    Asheritah CiuCiu: Growing a Prayer Habit

    Asheritah CiuCiu: Growing a Prayer Habit

    In this interview with Asheritah CiuCiu, we discuss how to grow a prayer habit using the REST method from her new book, Prayers of Rest: 365 Prompts to Hear God’s Voice. If you find yourself struggling to make prayer a daily habit, Asheritah offers many helpful ways to cultivate this powerful discipline in this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast (links below).



    What We Discussed on the Podcast



    * How to make a prayer habit stick by learning, fostering and practicing it

    * Praying through hard emotions

    * How distracting thoughts can actually become prompts in prayer

    * How developing intimacy with God takes time

    * How what we believe about God influences our prayers

    * Written prayers vs. spontaneous prayers

    * How to stop talking and begin listening in prayer

    * The REST prayer method: Recite God’s goodness, Express your neediness, Seek His Stillness, and Trusting God’s faithfulness

    * Praying through scripture



    Resources Mentioned on the Podcast



    * My previous interview with Asheritah: Overcoming Food Fixation

    * Asheritah’s newest book: Prayers of Rest: 365 Prompts to Hear God’s Voice

    * App that Barb referenced: Reimagining the Examen (free app available on both Google and Apple app stores)

    * Asheritah’s books: Full: Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction, and Bible and Breakfast



    About Asheritah CiuCiu

    Asheritah Ciuciu is a bestselling author, national speaker, and host of the Prayers of REST podcast. She is the founder of One Thing Alone Ministries, an online ministry that helps women all over the world find joy in Jesus through creative and consistent time in God’s word. Asheritah grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and studied English and Women’s Ministry at Cedarville University. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they raise their three spunky kids in NE Ohio. Asheritah is the author of several books, including the best-selling Advent devotional Unwrapping the Names of Jesus. Her writing and speaking has been featured on Focus on the Family, Revive Our Hearts, Moody Radio, Relevant Magazine, Proverbs 31, and MOPS International. For more information about Asheritah, her books, and writing/speaking ministry, visit www.asheritah.com.

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    • 45 min
    Joshua Becker: Overcoming Distractions to Live a More Meaningful Life

    Joshua Becker: Overcoming Distractions to Live a More Meaningful Life

    In Joshua Becker’s new book, Things that Matter, he talks about eight common distractions that keep us from living a meaningful life. Joshua Becker is a former pastor and the founder of the influential Becoming Minimalist blog, where he has been helping millions find more by owning less for the last 15 years. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast (links below), I visit with Joshua about two of those distractions—the pursuit of leisure and the pursuit of happiness.



    Things We Discussed on the Podcast



    * How removing distractions from our lives enables us to realize our fullest potential

    * How the pursuit of money, possessions, accolades, leisure, fear, and past mistakes hold us back

    * Two types of distractions: internal and external

    * The specific distractions of leisure and the pursuit of personal happiness

    * How serving others helps to overcome the victim mentality

    * The idea of retirement is found nowhere in the Bible

    * How to transition from lives of self-centeredness to lives of service



    Resources Mentioned on the Podcast



    * Things that Matter: Overcoming Distractions to Pursue a More Meaningful Life by Joshua Becker





    About Joshua Becker

    Joshua Becker, author of Things That Matter: Overcoming Distractions to Pursue a More Meaningful Life, is also the bestselling author of The More of Less, The Minimalist Home, and founder of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. The website welcomes over 1.5 million readers each month and has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions. He is also the creator of Simplify magazine and founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans. He’s a contributing writer to Forbes and has appeared in dozens of media outlets, including Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CBS Evening News, and “The Drew Barrymore Show.” Joshua and his family live near Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit BecomingMinimalist.com.

    How to Listen to the Podcast



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    • 32 min
    When You Can’t Make Yourself Read Your Bible – 9 Tips

    When You Can’t Make Yourself Read Your Bible – 9 Tips

    Do you ever have a hard time making yourself read your Bible? Or do you start out reading, only to find yourself reading the same passage over and over again because you can’t make yourself concentrate?



    I spent twenty years of my Christian life struggling to have a daily quiet time. I’d do fine when I was in a church Bible study but when I was on my own, I just didn’t have the discipline to read my Bible. And even with church studies, you’d often find me rushing through all the lessons one hour before class!

    Back in those days, I would have loved to have someone take me by the hand and help me develop a daily quiet time habit. Following are some of the things that helped me develop a now 20+ year daily quiet time habit.

    Tips to Help You Become Consistent with Bible Reading



    Remember your why. Authors of books on goal setting tell us the first thing we need to do is know our “why.” In other words, why do we want to develop this habit? Take a minute and write down as many reasons as possible of why you want to develop a Bible reading habit, then refer back to that list each morning you don’t feel like reading! Here are some reasons I thought of: to grow closer to God, be conformed to His image, find insight for current life, see how Jesus lived life, learn from other believers’ stories, store up truth to combat the world’s lies, gain comfort and strength, find good verses to memorize and meditate on, gain counsel for everyday life. For more ideas, check out Psalm 119!

    Start small. Habit experts tell us our best chance of developing a habit is to start small. So instead of saying, “I’ll read my Bible for one hour a day,” set a smaller goal. 15 minutes a day, maybe. Or even 5 minutes a day. Whatever you think you can make yourself follow through on. You can always up the time after your habit is established.

    Don’t be a perfectionist. Because I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to quiet times, it surprised me when women told me they feel they need to spend at least an hour in quiet time for it to be legitimate. I often spend an hour in quiet time, but if I felt like I had to, it might make me procrastinate or skip my quiet time! Try to remember that your Bible reading time is relationship-with-God time. And all amounts of time are good!

    Find something that engages your mind. This was one of my problems back in my can’t-make-myself-read-my-Bible years. I read through the whole Bible after becoming a Christian in 7th grade, but then I wasn’t sure what to do next. I thought, I’ve already read the Bible. Now, what do I do? Well, obviously the answer was, “Read it again!” but at that time, I’d lost my motivation to read the Bible again. When that happens to you, look for a Bible study that will engage your mind. One that makes you think. I actually wrote the questions in my new Bible study on James during one of my own quiet times when I couldn’t make myself focus on the Bible. I love Bible studies that make me think, whether they are topical or a book-of-the-Bible study.

    Focus on fellowshipping with God rather than checking “read Bible” off the list. If you view your relationships with people as duties rather than fun times to be with them, you won’t want to get together with them. It’s the same with Bible reading. If you view it as a duty, rather than time to fellowship with God, you won’t want to do it. Take time when you’re reading to visit with God about anything that pops up in your reading. I like to read small portions of Scripture each day so I have plenty of time to think about it, see how it interacts with my life, and talk to God about it.

    * Don’t feel like your Bible reading has to be in t...

    • 19 min
    How to Navigate Life Change (Even if You’re Not Crazy about the New Life)

    How to Navigate Life Change (Even if You’re Not Crazy about the New Life)

    Are you in the middle of a big life change? Or still adjusting to an old life change? Change can be difficult, even when it’s positive. Yet so many life changes don’t feel one bit positive. Here are  just a few of the life changes we go through:



    * A move

    * Change of occupation: new job, loss of old job, career change, beginning college, etc.

    * Engagement or marriage

    * Divorce or separation

    * Natural disasters and pandemics such as Covid

    * Death of a loved one

    * Serious illness, disease, or injury

    * Children leaving home

    * Retirement of yourself or a spouse





    Since I’m experiencing my own life change at the moment (my husband just became a travel physical therapist and we’ve left our home of 30 years to travel around the country doing physical therapy and writing), I thought it might be helpful to do a podcast/blog post on how to navigate major life change. Following are a few things I’m trying as I enter this new season of life.

    10 Tips to Navigate Life Change Well



    Recognize that it’s hard. So often we say things like, “I shouldn’t be feeling this way,” or “Buck up, Buttercup!” And while I’m a big fan of that latter phrase, it’s helpful to realize that it’s not surprising that we’re struggling. Even a happy occasion like marriage can cause adjustment problems. We’ll do better if we admit to ourselves that yes, this is an adjustment, and yes, it’s hard.

    Have realistic expectations for the process and give yourself grace. If you recognize it’s hard, you’ll be more likely to give yourself grace. Beating yourself up for not adjusting quickly enough isn’t helpful. I’ve found that if I have realistic expectations for how long something takes—whether it’s a task on my to-do list or an adjustment to a new situation—I’ll be less likely to get worried, depressed, or beat myself up.

    Work on making this new life the best life possible—put time and effort into it. Often, we complain about how hard life is, but we do nothing to change it. Instead, we expect it to get better over time. While this does sometimes happen, we’ll have much more success if we put some effort into making it better. The rest of these tips will give you ideas of how to make the best possible life.

    Brainstorm ideas to make life better. When you’re in a new situation, you’re not an expert at that situation. Instead, you need to learn how to be joyful in this new life. Take a list and brainstorm different ways to make it better. Talk to a friend, mentor, or loved one. Visit with someone who’s been in this situation to see how they handled it. Then circle a few things from the list to try.



    Join a support group or get involved in a community ASAP. When we moved to our first travel assignment in Santa Fe, the first thing we did was to find a church. We tried two churches in one day and found one we loved. We visited with people in the church, and I mentioned that it was hard to leave our community in Hamilton, Montana. This led to one couple inviting us to a home group and now we have instant community–a group of wonderful people to fellowship with. If your life change is traumatic, look for a support group in your area of others who are going through a similar trial.

    Dwell on the good. My tendency is to dwell on the good of the old life and the bad of the new life! This is not helpful! It’s easier to dwell on the good if you have a positive life change, but it can be incredibly difficult with a traumatic life change. That said, God can bring good from any situation. A bad situation is a perfect “opportunity” to develop a thankfulness habit, grow closer to God, and practice dwelling on the good...

    • 25 min
    How to Avoid (or End) an Emotional Affair

    How to Avoid (or End) an Emotional Affair

    If you’ve been married a long time, chances are good you’ve been attracted to someone at some time or another. In today’s podcast, I’ll be visiting with my friend Trish about how to keep that initial attraction from morphing into something that could potentially hurt your marriage, your family, your community, and yourself! We’ll be discussing how to avoid (or end) an emotional affair.



    What We Discussed on the Podcast



    * What exactly is an emotional affair?

    * How an innocent friendship can morph into something more

    * Questions to ask ourselves about interactions with the opposite sex

    * Tips for setting boundaries about your relationships with others

    * Tips for how to avoid getting into an emotional affair

    * Helpful ideas about how to end an emotional affair



    Resources We Talked About on the Podcast



    * Barb’s upcoming James Bible study



    How to Listen to the Podcast



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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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175 Ratings

tydlb ,

Helpful tool for Spiritual Growth

Barbara’s podcasts and books have been so helpful in my weight loss journey and study of God’s Word. This provides real hope for lasting changes that I have needed to address. I am very thankful for her efforts.

DavisAli1 ,

Practical and Godly

If Barb were a book of the Bible, she would be Proverbs: full of practical wisdom for everyday life, and encouragement to seek God first. I’m always so happy to see a notification in my Inbox when a new episode comes out!

tsbisme ,

Excellent Podcast!

I love this podcast. Such real help in these times. Everyone on this podcast has been very helpful and interesting and Barb Raveling is my favorite author. I actually am able to read her books in their entirety; in fact, I read them over and over. Highly recommended!

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