243 episodes

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 • 155 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®.

    What Memorial Day Can Teach Us About Bravery - 241

    What Memorial Day Can Teach Us About Bravery - 241

    With Memorial Day upon us, co-hosts Darlene Brock and Julie Bender are honoring service members' sacrifices by encouraging us all to step into every area of life the same way those military men and women did—with bravery.



    But what does that look like to be brave at work? In our relationships? In motherhood? In this episode, Darlene and Julie identify instances that might give us pause and why it's critical to push through them. Our character and integrity are often at stake in these situations, so we must be willing to get comfortable with being uncomfortable—whether others think we're uncool or overprotective or too Christian—to protect them.



    Bravery isn't easy, but it's worth the things that matter.



    Quote of the episode:

    “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows." —Luke 12:7

    Resources

    Mentioned 



    * How to Handle a Hard Relationship with Your Mom - 089

    * Read about Ananias approaching Saul in Acts 9



    Related



    * Establishing Healthy Boundaries in the Grit and Grace Life

    * Find the Bravery to Live Our Your Purpose





    Follow Us on Social Media!

    Facebook

    Instagram  

    Twitter

    Pinterest

    • 32 min
    17 Summer Vacations Destinations the Whole Family Will Love - 240

    17 Summer Vacations Destinations the Whole Family Will Love - 240

    Are you itching for a vacation? Maybe the chilliness of winter has dragged on a hair too long and cabin fever has set in. If you're nodding along saying, "YES," then you'll want to tune into episode 240 of This Grit and Grace Life podcast.



    In this episode, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender share 17 summer vacation destinations around the United States that you may have never considered visiting before but will be glad to have experienced. They list recommendations for kids and adults alike that span every corner of the nation (Washington, Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Texas, Ohio) and every interest: music, cars, space, U.S. history (the good and the bad), faith, art and more.



    Let this episode be the final push you need to book that flight and make memories that will last a lifetime.



    Quote of the episode:

    “Wouldn't you rather like to have a lot of stories to tell, memories that were made, than a full bank account?" —Darlene Brock

    Resources

    Mentioned 



    * Making Music magazine



    Related



    * 9 Trips to Travel More and Spend Less

    * Simple Guidelines for Traveling with Kids and How to Enjoy It

    * 10 Packing Tips When You Need to Travel Light





    Follow Us on Social Media!

    Facebook

    Instagram  

    Twitter

    Pinterest

    • 22 min
    When Suicide Touches Your Life – 239

    When Suicide Touches Your Life – 239

    We tackle many difficult subjects here at Grit and Grace Life, and often, they’re ones that have impacted us directly. In this episode, co-host Darlene Brock shares one of her own—losing her father to suicide.



    As with any tragedy, Darlene found herself navigating unexpected emotions, working to reconcile the choice of suicide with the father she loved, asking questions that could be answered and accepting those that could not. In sharing her story now, she hopes to impart an important lesson to those dealing with this unbearable pain: God can bring healing. It won’t be overnight, and it won’t be easy. But there is hope to be found.



    If you’ve also lost someone dear to you to suicide, we hope this episode brings you some comfort in hearing from someone who has also been through the same journey. This idea is what inspired our next endeavor here at Grit and Grace Life: creating and publishing a series of subject-specific guidebooks—written by our team of writers with direct experience in those subjects—that you can use to walk (and work) through your own challenges, at your own pace. Keep an eye out for this book and others in the “Smart Living In Small Bites” series, coming later this year.



    Quote of the episode:

    “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” —Thomas Moore

    Resources

    Mentioned (in this episode and Darlene's book)



    * Suicide Prevention Hotline

    * Suicide Prevention for Family Members and Caregivers

    * Testimonies from suicide survivors

    * Focus on the Family suicide resources

    * Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers and Hope

    * Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide

    * Shattered: From Grief to Joy After My Son's Suicide

    * This Is How to Handle a Hard Relationship With Your Mom – 089



    Related



    * My Dad's Suicide and the Hole In My Heart

    * When Desperation Comes, Why Choose Suicide?

    * Suicide Isn't Easily Understood, But You Need to Know This





    Follow Us on Social Media!

    Facebook

    Instagram  

    Twitter

    Pinterest

    • 31 min
    Meet the Extraordinary Mom Behind the New Movie “Unsung Hero” – 238

    Meet the Extraordinary Mom Behind the New Movie “Unsung Hero” – 238

    Later this month, the film "Unsung Hero" premieres in theaters across the nation. The movie chronicles one Australian mom's radical decision to move her family across the world in faith that they can find reprieve from their struggles. We don't want to spoil it for you, but this mother's decision pays off. If you've ever jammed out to FOR KING & COUNTRY or Rebecca St. James, you can thank Helen Smallbone—the determined mum from Down Under.



    Her unorthodox decision to pack up her family's belongings and shuttle herself, her husband and their six kids (with a seventh on the way!) was met with as much doubt as you might imagine. As a mom, it’s hard to filter out the opinions and recommendations from other people on how to raise your kids.



    This week, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender throw it back to a previous episode with Helen, who shared the good news: It's OK to be a different kind of mom! You know your kids better than anyone, and raising them the way you feel is best—no matter how it looks to those on the outside—will undoubtedly be what they need. We hope you feel encouraged that the path you have established for your family is the right one. And if you’re still on the fence, take a listen to this episode and see for yourself!







    Helen Smallbone is the co-founder of MUMlife Community and a podcast host with AccessMore. Her passion is encouraging mothers and families with the God-breathed wisdom she has gleaned over 32 years of being a mother. 



    Born and raised in Australia, Helen dedicated her life to Christ as a young teen at the Billy Graham Crusade in Sydney. Now a mother to seven―five boys and two girls―and grandmother to thirteen, she currently lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, David, and a small menagerie of animals.



    You can follow Helen on Facebook @helenjsmallbone and on Instagram @helensmallbone.



    Quote of the episode:

    “For me as a parent, it's my job to encourage [my] child on their journey to seek out who God has made them to be.” —Helen Smallbone

    Resources

    Mentioned



    * Check out information about "Unsung Hero" here

    * Buy Helen's book, Behind the Lights here

    * Read Peter's account of denying Jesus here

    * Easter, the Best Love Story Ever Told

    * 7 Lessons from Easter You Need All Year Long - 128 



    Related



    * Forgiveness Is the Key to Living a Bitter-Free Life

    * The Hope of Easter Restores All Things





    Follow Us on Social Media!

    Facebook

    Instagram  

    Twitter

    Pinterest

    • 34 min
    Is Easter the Ultimate Call to Action? – 237

    Is Easter the Ultimate Call to Action? – 237

    Easter isn't all about Peeps and Cadbury eggs, although co-host Julie Bender wouldn't mind one or two! But is Easter the ultimate call to action?



    In this heartfelt podcast episode, Julie and Darlene Brock discuss the significance of Easter, which they recognize as the pinnacle of their faith. But what does it mean to truly observe the holiday? Here, they unpack the meaning of Jesus Christ's brutal death on the cross more than 2,000 years ago and why His suffering, while difficult to think on, is crucial to understanding the scope of His love for us and how we're supposed to live today. You'll see how Jesus' forgiveness even as he was dying models the way we should approach our relationship with others through sacrificial love and grace.



    The message of Easter is one of hope, today and for a lifetime.



    Want to chat with us about Easter or your faith? Send us a note here!



    Quote of the episode:

    “My relationship with Christ is secure because of what he did and [because] I've accepted it. And because of that, I have hope today. I have hope tomorrow. I have hope everyday of this life and for all of eternity." —Darlene Brock

    Resources

    Mentioned



    * Read Peter's account of denying Jesus here

    * Easter, the Best Love Story Ever Told

    * 7 Lessons from Easter You Need All Year Long - 128 



    Related



    * Forgiveness Is the Key to Living a Bitter-Free Life

    * The Hope of Easter Restores All Things





    Follow Us on Social Media!

    Facebook

    Instagram  

    Twitter

    Pinterest

    • 29 min
    Making the Most of Life – 236

    Making the Most of Life – 236

    Life feeling mundane? It doesn't have to! In fact, it's easier to see the adventure and joys in the everyday than you might think.



    In this episode of This Grit and Grace Life, Darlene Brock and Julie Bender emphasize the importance of making the most of life. They talk through ways to shift your mindset when it comes to your purpose, your relationships, your motherhood and your work so you can more clearly see the value each facet brings. When viewed through this new perspective, the things you may think are annoying and trivial might actually be part of a larger blessing. And when each day seems full of small blessings, it'll be impossible to deny just how special your everyday life really is.



    Quote of the episode:

    “If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side." —Unknown

    Resources

    Mentioned



    * Check out Julie's husband's business here



    Related



    * The Joy Series: Feel Stuck In the Mundane? Unlock Joy In the Everyday

    * A Strong Woman Has These 7 Things On Her Bucket List

    * The Joy Series: Parenting a Teen Is Hard, But I've Found Gratitude Among the Grumbles

    * Where Can I Find the Purpose of Life?

    * Can You Really Enjoy the Little Things In Life?

    * 17 Quotes to Create the Happy Moments Mindset Every Day – 130





    Follow Us on Social Media!

    Facebook

    Instagram  

    Twitter

    Pinterest

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Llllmmmmhhhhh ,

I love this podcast!

First off, it is my HONOR to write this review. I absolutely LOVE this podcast. I first “met” Julie on Instagram. I immediately knew that I liked her! Then, I found out about this podcast, and the rest is history! If you have not listened to it yet, listen to it right now!

SeekingHOPE&FAITH ,

Just what I needed to hear

I stumbled across this podcast and I KNOW it was literally GOD sent🙌🏼🙏...He knew I needed to hear this and hear more of what grit & grace has to share, THANK you so much for this, my morning started out dark, but I feel so much better after hearing this podcast, can’t wait for more ❤️

Sunshine lady 14 ,

I am proud of this podcast!

I love this podcast! I’ve been listening to day one! Both ladies are a blessing to listen to weekly and I also listen to the recap of what the show is about or what an upcoming show might be about to make sure I tune in to listen to them. The generational perspectives are spot on in this podcast.I truly appreciate it!

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Ascension
The Bible Recap
Tara-Leigh Cobble
Girls Gone Bible
Girls Gone Bible
BibleProject
BibleProject Podcast
WHOA That's Good Podcast
Sadie Robertson Huff
Joel Osteen Podcast
Joel Osteen, SiriusXM

You Might Also Like

The Julie Bender Show
Julie Bender
The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast
The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast
Focus on Marriage Podcast
Focus on the Family
Hey! It's The Luskos
AccessMore
The Candace Cameron Bure Podcast
AccessMore & Candy Rock
That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs
That Sounds Fun Network