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Welcome to This Grit & Grace Life Podcast, where co-hosts Darlene Brock and Julie Bender, along with other strong women (and a few men), bring real answers to the questions women are asking—the simple ones and the more challenging.

No matter where you are—whether that’s in the boardroom, the bedroom, carlines or college, single, married or single again—you can walk in your purpose amid a world that’s ever-changing. We’re here to offer wisdom and encouragement for every step of this grit and grace life. And in our community, perfection is not required.

Produced by This Grit and Grace Project®.

This Grit and Grace Life Darlene Brock & Julie Bender from GritandGraceLife.org

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 152 Ratings

Welcome to This Grit & Grace Life Podcast, where co-hosts Darlene Brock and Julie Bender, along with other strong women (and a few men), bring real answers to the questions women are asking—the simple ones and the more challenging.

No matter where you are—whether that’s in the boardroom, the bedroom, carlines or college, single, married or single again—you can walk in your purpose amid a world that’s ever-changing. We’re here to offer wisdom and encouragement for every step of this grit and grace life. And in our community, perfection is not required.

Produced by This Grit and Grace Project®.

    Can We Just Admit We Judge Other Women? – 203

    Can We Just Admit We Judge Other Women? – 203

    Humanity has a natural tendency to judge others—and often, it seems, women are the worst offenders.



    Why do we do it? How do we stop? These are the questions that Darlene and Julie unpack in this week’s podcast episode on judgment. They discuss the different areas of life in which women are prone to judge others, the reasons we do it, and why we should think twice before casting off any opinions or unwarranted labels.



    It’s easy to fall into the trap of pointing fingers at the way others fall short, but it ends up revealing a battle with our pride and insecurities. We hope this episode encourages you to extend grace before judgment. Remember, someone could do the same to you!

    Quote of the episode:

    “At the end of the day, judging someone else does not define them—it defines you.” —Darlene Brock

    Resources

    —Matthew 7:1



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    • 28 min
    Are There Biblical Guidelines for Sex and Dating? with Kat Harris – 202

    Are There Biblical Guidelines for Sex and Dating? with Kat Harris – 202

    In this episode, we're talking about sex!



    There's a lot of talk about sex in our culture today—in fact, nearly every part of our day-to-day experience is saturated with it. But are there biblical guidelines for sex? How can Christians, or women of faith, view or take part in sex, especially as it pertains to our relationships and dating?



    Author and blogger Kat Harris specializes in this conversation. She joins Darlene and Julie this week to address the long-held notion that sexuality is sinful. She shares what the Bible has to say about sex, intimacy, love and pleasure outside of just procreation.



    Kat will tell you that sex isn't bad; it's actually part of God's careful attention to detail and His desire for us to live abundantly. If your understanding of sex includes purity culture and the idea that our bodies are inherently bad for craving physical connection, we encourage you to take a listen to this different, insightful perspective.







    Kat Harris is the host of The Refined Collective Podcast, and co-founder of the online publication The Refined Woman. Her first book, Sexless in the City, came out last year.

    In addition to being a full-time photographer, she coaches and equips women all over the world in dating, relationships, singleness, sexuality, faith and how to build a renewed and healthy biblical sexual ethic rooted in freedom, truth and grace.





    Kat loves God, personal development, a good Beyoncé dance party, and is a ranch dressing connoisseur.



    You can find Kat on Instagram @therefinedwoman and on her website therefinedwoman.com.

    Quote of the episode:

    “What I think is so beautiful about sex is it has the capacity to be this physical manifestation of this mind-body-soul-spirit commitment, connection, and relationship." —Kat Harris

    Resources

    —Grab a copy of Kat's book, Sexless in the City



    Kat's recommended reads:



    —The Great Sex Rescue by Sheila Wray Gregoire

    —Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

    —Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

    —Redeeming Sex by Debra Hirsch



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    • 50 min
    How Do I Overcome Destructive Anger and Burnout in Motherhood? with Natalie Hixson – 201

    How Do I Overcome Destructive Anger and Burnout in Motherhood? with Natalie Hixson – 201

    Nobody says motherhood is easy—sometimes it can be downright challenging. And when those moments pop-up, your first reaction may be anger, which is normal. But destructive anger and burnout in motherhood? Not normal, and not healthy.



    Certified professional life coach Natalie Hixson joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender this week to discuss how moms who are dealing with chronic anger and burnout can seek healthier means of expression and actually enjoy their motherhood journeys.



    Several years ago, when screaming and slamming doors didn’t stop her toddler's tantrums, Natalie brought her daughter to a therapist. It was there she realized that the problem was with her, not her child.



    In this episode, Natalie identifies common triggers for moms; healthy emotions and how to process them; and practical steps to prevent an angry reaction, or reset if it happens. If you resort to patterns of destructive anger often while raising your kids, this episode will help you get back on track!



    Natalie Hixson is a wife, mother, auntie, and certified professional life coach who helps discouraged Christian moms overcome destructive anger and burnout. After learning to thrive in motherhood and process anger in a healthy way, Natalie became convicted to help other moms avoid those dark years by helping them to process their anger, identify their triggers, and ultimately control their reaction to triggering situations. 



    She enjoys her own motherhood journey by hanging with her husband Mike and their three daughters in Bozeman, Montana. She recharges with Jesus, coffee, and adventures with her family like skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer!



    You can find Natalie at her website, nataliehixson.com.

    Quote of the episode:

    “You're not a bad person for being angry." Natalie Hixson

    Resources

    —Find Natalie's Trigger Tracker here



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    • 31 min
    How to Make Decisions You Won’t Regret – 200

    How to Make Decisions You Won’t Regret – 200

    Psychology Today estimates that we make 35,000 decisions per day. That means from the moment we wake up to the moment we crawl back into bed, we're constantly assessing and weighing out thousand of choices to see which ones are most beneficial.



    This week, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender review the steps you need to make decisions you won't regret, and how to abstain from judging others for the decisions they make in their own lives.



    Whether you're debating your options in a relationship, in appearances, in your career, or any other area of life, the decisions you make—big or small—hold weight. If you need a little push to get out of limbo and finally make that call, you'll want to tune into this episode.

    Quote of the episode:

    “At the end of the day, you do have to trust your gut over the opinion of somebody else.” —Julie Bender

    Resources

    —Revisit our podcast episode on judgment: Women and Judgment: Why We Do It and How to Stop – 057



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    • 28 min
    How Can We Teach our Kids the True Meaning of Freedom? with Brooke Raybould – 199

    How Can We Teach our Kids the True Meaning of Freedom? with Brooke Raybould – 199

    As this week's podcast guest, Brooke Raybould, says, freedom is "a loaded word." Especially with the recent rise in debate over constitutional rights in the U.S., the meaning of freedom can get muddy. So what exactly does it mean for us, and furthermore, how can we correctly relay what it means to our kids?



    Brooke, who is also the face behind the beloved The Southernish Mama blog, is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of government more than many of us: Her and her family live in D.C. and her husband worked in the U.S. Congress. She joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to talk about her new children's book, The American Dream of Braven Young, and what responsibilities we have where freedom is involved. Hint: It’s bigger than you may think!







    Brooke Raybould is a social media influencer, entrepreneur, and leading voice amongst mothers. She is best known for her Instagram platform, “The Southernish Mama,” where she shares relatable, inspiring content that empowers millions of women to achieve their best self. She holds a degree in business from the University of Southern California and her master's in business from Georgetown University.





    Brooke currently resides outside of Washington, D.C. with her four boys and husband, Ryan, who has worked as a federal prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney and in the United States Congress. His involvement has inspired their family in many ways, including the pages of The American Dream of Braven Young.



    You can follow Brooke on Instagram @brookeraybould, and on her blog, The Southernish Mama.

    Quote of the episode:

    “Freedom is a responsibility to do what is right." —Brooke Raybould

    Resources

    —Grab your copy of Brooke's book here: The American Dream of Braven Young



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    • 30 min
    Infidelity Isn’t the End—You Can Save Your Marriage with Cindy Beall – 198

    Infidelity Isn’t the End—You Can Save Your Marriage with Cindy Beall – 198

    Marriages aren’t immune from hardships and tribulations. What makes them hard to work through is that these hurdles are usually unexpected.



    The news that her husband had been unfaithful to her for more than two years due to an inner battle with pornography addiction was enough to make author and speaker Cindy Beall want to walk away. What stopped her? Her husband’s genuine regret, humility, and desire to make things right.



    On this week’s podcast, Cindy sits down with Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share  the steps she took to rebuild trust with her husband. For women in similar situations, Cindy also offers insight on where to find support and how to discern what questions will help or hinder your healing.







    Cindy Beall is a speaker, mentor, and the author of Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken. Cindy and her husband, Chris, walked through infidelity and found healing through Christ. Today they minister at Life.Church in Oklahoma. Cindy also serves on the Leading and Loving It team that ministers to pastors’ wives and women in ministry.



    You can follow Cindy on Facebook @cindybeall, on Instagram @cindybeall and on her website, cindybeall.com.

    Quote of the episode:

    “Where do you sense God’s peace the most? Sometimes it’s in walking away, whether forever or for a season.” —Cindy Beall

    Resources

    —Grab a copy of Cindy's book, Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken: Finding Forgiveness and Restoration



    Related articles



    —Finding Grit and Grace Through My Husband’s Infidelity

    —How My Husband and I Survived My Affair



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    • 27 min

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