Keeping It Centered

JaQuette Gilbert

This podcast is for women who want to keep God at the center of their marriage, their role as a mom, and while making a difference in the lives of others. read less
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I'm Not What I Do: The Truth About My Identity (season finale)
Jun 23 2021
I'm Not What I Do: The Truth About My Identity (season finale)
As a sophomore in high school, I decided to join the cross country team because I didn’t have to try out! Rejection was more than I could handle during the first year of being at a boarding school that was two states away from my family. I thought I was going to die during my first few practices but by God’s grace, I eventually improved and ended up thoroughly enjoying running long distance.Track, on the other hand, wasn’t in my wheelhouse. (You’ll have to listen to today’s episode to know why.) That’s why I tip my hat to amazing runners like Chanelle Price. This is a woman who began running in her childhood and never gave up on her dream of competing professionally.In fact, Chanelle is preparing to compete this week in the 2021 Olympic Trials so she can qualify to represent the United States in Japan. What I love about Chanelle is her honesty and transparency and I believe you will, too. Her authenticity is inspiring and gives hope to so many of us who struggle with remembering where our value lies as well as who we really are.In this week’s season finale, Chanelle shares with us:why she began running competitively,how she found God in one of her lowest moments,how God worked to debunk a myth about Christianity in her life,how God can use our gifts and story for His glory, and more!Scripture ReferencesI planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. - 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESVThen David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. - 1 Samuel 17:46 ESVBut they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:31 ESVWhatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. - Colossians 3:23 ESVQuotes“If you chase after Me like you chase after track, just watch what I do in your life.” - Chanelle Price"Track is what I do; it’s not who I am." - Chanelle PriceTips on how to be a better athleteEngage with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.Find a Christian mentor and church home.Participate in club sports. Articles About ChanelleSLUHN Fitness Ambassador Running June 24 to Qualify for TokyoChanelle Price finds peace in struggleChanelle Price: “I am tougher because of what I went through” Chanelle’s SponsorSt. Luke’s University Network CONNECT WITH CHANELLEInstagram | Twitter | Facebook LET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review on your favorite podcast platform. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the  Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker. While we will release a few bonus episodes, our next regular podcast season will be back this Fall. Be sure to catch up on missed episodes or listen to your favorite ones again for reminders of God’s love and presence as we continue to make Him proud every day!
How to Share Your Story with Others
Jun 16 2021
How to Share Your Story with Others
When I was a little girl, my love for words and stories began through trips to our local and school libraries. When my mom was at a hair salon, sometimes, I’d even hit the jackpot and find a book left behind that I could read. I also loved Sunday School and how my teachers shared Bible stories with my peers and me.Stories have the power to make you feel less lonely and more understood. They can take you to galaxies far away or give you hard truths from your favorite motivational figure.Editor and Writing Coach, Beth Crosby, knows how powerful storytelling is, too. That’s why she’s on a mission to help entrepreneurial women share their unique qualifications and expertise through sharing stories. Beth believes each of us has a story to tell and with the right support, we can share those stories well.In today’s episode, Beth shares with us:what a writing coach is and how to know if you need one,three common writing myths that can sabotage your writing success,the various types of editors + how to know which you need—and when,tips for improving your writing,why your story matters, and more!ScripturesFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9 ESVFor just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. - 1 Corinthians 12:12 ESVFor which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? - Luke 14:28 ESVWithout counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. - Proverbs 15:22 ESVMany are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. - Proverbs 19:21 ESVResourcesThe Writer's Circle - Facebook group by Beth CrosbyWhat does an editor do? - article by Beth CrosbySelf-publishing success requires qualified professionals - article by Beth CrosbyNANOWRIMO - National Novel Writing Month (annual competition in November for writers)Brene BrownLinda Dunn - helps writers with marketingBrian Jud - helps writers sell books to corporationsGrammarly - helps you with proofing your workFiverr - a database of freelancers that provide various services, including a quick book cover (use with caution)Bryan Collin’s site, becomeawritertoday.com CONNECT WITH BethWebsite | LinkedIn LET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review on your favorite podcast platform. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the  Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
How Adopting a Sibling Group Changed My Life
Jun 9 2021
How Adopting a Sibling Group Changed My Life
I didn't grow up hearing much about adoption. Honestly, I can only pinpoint one time I did as a young girl. That's when my dad (I never call him 'step dad') and mom brought it up briefly. As I got older, I saw the commercials about sending money monthly to help take care of children in parts of the globe I'd never heard of before. Then, about 5 years ago, my family started attending the church where we currently worship. There are so many families in our congregation who have chosen to adopt children. Being around these families has truly opened up my eyes to the necessity of finding stable and loving families for not only babies but older children who all too often get overlooked. In today's episode, Monique shares with us:why she and her husband wanted to adopt,what stops many of us from taking action,why creating margin is so necessary,where our value comes from,how you can honor God and still serve others outside your home,why mamas must prioritize self-care, and more!QUOTES (from Monique)"Adoption is truly a gift from God.""Find joy in the mundane.""If you are filled with confidence of who God says you are, it doesn't matter what everyone else says.""It's okay to say 'no'."BIBLE REFERENCESBut if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. - 1 Timothy 5:8 ESVBut if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. - 1 John 3:17-18 ESVAnd he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. - Mark 2:27 ESVFor I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” - Jeremiah 31:25 ESVRESOURCESProject Zero - an organization based in Arkansas that helps find forever homes for children in foster care homes.Fierce Identity Podcast - by Monique ScripMonique Scrip Coaching - helping mamas create home-based businesses so they can honor God by keeping their family a priority and still serve others.CONNECT WITH MONIQUEWebsite | InstagramLET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review on your favorite podcast platform. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the  Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
The Importance of Boundaries as an Entrepreneur
May 19 2021
The Importance of Boundaries as an Entrepreneur
Setting boundaries is so important. One reason is that it helps protect our mental health. When we allow ourselves to be slaves to the lack mentality or hustle culture, we open the doors for stress, fear, and a host of other issues to run amuck in our lives. God didn't call us to live overwhelmed, chaotic lives. In Him, we can find rest and peace--even as entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship may look glamourous but trust me, many entrepreneurs will let you know all that glitters ain't gold! Entrepreneurship takes a lot of intentional, strategic work--especially if you're a mom who is also working in corporate America. This week's guest, Loren Chestnut of Captivating Calligraphy, shares with us how she's able to use a skill that brings joy to others and herself without putting her family on the backburner. If you've had a desire to start a business or turn a hobby into one but you're afraid you can't do that while being a mom, then pull up a chair with your notebook in hand. You don't want to miss this episode!Loren shares with us:the importance of having time with your hubs but also for yourself,why trimming down your service offers is one of the best things you can do for your business,why balance shouldn't be our focus,how to know if entrepreneurship is for you, and more!QUOTES“Balance means all things are equal but that’s not true. You keep God in the center and everything else floats around in place.” - Loren Chestnut“You set the framework [of your business]. You have the freedom to do that.” - Loren Chestnut BIBLE REFERENCES“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. - Exodus 20:8-11 ESVRejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESVDo not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. - Philippians 4:6 ESV RESOURCESLearn more about when Loren will do another in-person beginner and intermediate calligraphy class by signing up for her newsletter. You'll also find out when her greeting card line will launch!Forget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo AcademyCONNECT WITH LOREN!Loren's Website | Instagram | FacebookLET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review on your favorite podcast platform. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the  Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
5 Practical Ways to Care for Your Kid's Mental Health
May 12 2021
5 Practical Ways to Care for Your Kid's Mental Health
Children oftentimes get a bad wrap. We tell them they've got ‘the easy life’ and how many of us adults would love to switch places with them. The problem, however, is that children go through tough times, too. However, many don't take their issues seriously.Last week, we shared how important it is to take care of yourself physically and mentally. It's also equally important that our kiddos learn to take care of their physical and mental health, too. In this episode, we chat about:why we should show concern for the things that bother our kiddos,why our words matter,helping our kiddos process their emotions,2 myths about why some people don't seek help for their mental health,5 tools to help your kiddo improve their mental health, and more! Quotes"When we show a lack of concern for the things that matter to them, it’s easier for them to believe the lies Satan whispers." - JaQuette Gilbert"If you're constantly hearing, "toughen up" but you're not told what "toughen up" means, a lot could get lost in translation. You can end up having a kid suffer by developing faulty beliefs." - JaQuette Gilbert Bible References"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6"but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Philippians 4:8 ResourcesParent CueSong - If It Had Not Been for the Lord on My SideSeason 1 Episode 1 - Calling Out Our Kiddos in LoveSeason 4 Episode 6 - 5 Life-Changing Prayer PrinciplesJoyce Meyer’s The Battlefield of the Mind Connect with JaQuetteInstagram Let's connect & share the love!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
Mental Health Matters, Mama
May 5 2021
Mental Health Matters, Mama
Mental health is still a touchy subject in many circles--even though it's 2021. No one wants to look as if they don't have it all together but the truth is, who does? What I can tell you is that God cares about you from the inside out, sis. You don't have to do anything to be loved or accepted by Him. He made you and you're good enough for Him. While you're keeping track of extracurricular activities, grocery runs, your job, and everything in between don't forget to take care of yourself. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. In this episode, we chat about:common issues moms face,why maintaining your mental health is vital,why sharing your story is important,help for when you're feeling low, and more!QuoteI wanted to give up on life a few times because I kept thinking my mom and Grandma made life look so easy. I wondered, what was wrong with me? - JaQuette GilbertSo many of us women are suffering silently and feel alone, ashamed, and as if no one understands us. - JaQuette GilbertBIBLE REFERENCESEsther1 Kings 19:3-9RESOURCESForget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo AcademySeason 5 Episode 2 - Dr. Quantrilla Ard: Being Black in AmericaSeason 4 Episode 10 - Dija Henry Enter the giveaway by completing our Mid-Year Survey here. One winner will receive a self-care package.  CONNECT WITH JAQUETTE!Website | Instagram  LET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
Hope for Suicidal Thoughts
Apr 28 2021
Hope for Suicidal Thoughts
Losing a loved one is never easy. However, when a loved one chooses to end their life, that can add to the sting of loss. Heather Palacios knows all too well what it’s like to struggle with suicidal thoughts. She’s been on this journey since she was 8 years old and God has allowed her to use her life experiences to help others through their mental afflictions, too. Oftentimes, many of us are afraid to share our struggles with others. We fear what they will think, say or do. But Heather’s testimony shows us there’s so much power in owning your story and trusting God to use it to draw others closer to Him. Sharing isn’t always easy and we’re thankful Heather took the opportunity to help spread some hope for those struggling with suicidal ideation. If you or a loved one has suicidal thoughts, please know you’re not alone. There are so many resources available to you. Here are a few:Call the suicide hotline at 1.800.273.TALKRegularly see a Christian therapistReach out to Heather for prayer and a carefully curated Life Box In this week’s episode, we chat about:Why remembering our past can help us be empathetic towards others,Finding God in our darkest moment, Myths regarding suicide in the Christian community, Importance of focus/anchor/life verses,How to help yourself when you’re struggling with mental afflictions,The importance of Christian counseling and the shame surrounding it, and much more!Please use your best judgment about listening to this week’s episode with the kiddos in tow. This could open the door to fruitful conversation if your kiddos are old enough. However, we pray you’re able to broach this conversation when the time is right. Your local church may have resources in place to assist you as you speak with them, too. BIBLE REFERENCESSo if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. - John 8:36 ESVAnd he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. - Luke 10:2 ESVThis Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. - Joshua 1:8 ESV“God may be silent but He’s never absent.”— HEATHER PALACIOS RESOURCESYou can find resources on Heather’s site here.If you’d like to support Heather’s ministry of creating and shipping Life Boxes to those struggling with mental afflictions, please donate your monetary gift here.CONNECT WITH HEATHER!Heather's WebsiteTwitterLET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review on your favorite podcast platform. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the  Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
How to Look & Feel Your Best
Apr 21 2021
How to Look & Feel Your Best
Blown out diapers, grass stains from soccer games, and hurled spaghetti. These are just a few things we ladies encounter along our motherhood journey. Who has time to put together outfits you’d see former First Lady, Michelle Obama rockin’ when you’re busy cleaning up and running to multiple extracurricular activities?Listen, I hear you and I see you, mama. That’s why I’m so glad I had the opportunity to chat with Personal Stylist, Melanie Kendall. She’s a wife, mom, and entrepreneur with practical tips to help us look and feel better about ourselves. This week, we’re chatting all about:how what we wear benefits our mental health,why you should care about what you wear while working remotely,how to resist attaching our worth to our clothing and external appearance,how we can use our everyday gifts to honor God and help others, and more!Quotes“Feel confident where you are right now.” - Melanie Kendall“Look good on the journey.” - Melanie KendallSCRIPTURES TO MEDITATE ONCharm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. - Proverbs 31:30And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? - Matthew 6:25Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control. - 1 Timothy 2:9aRESOURCESForget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo AcademyPinterestStyle Membership Group ($14/month and accessible via Facebook)Style Cheat Sheet for women who aren’t sure how to put an outfit together:Step One - Choose a neutral, solid top.Step Two - Choose a neutral bottom.Step Three - Choose an accessory such as a denim jacket, printed scarf, etc.Step Four - Pair a piece of jewelry (optional). CONNECT WITH MELANIE!Melanie’s Style Website | Melanie’s Online Boutique | Instagram | FacebookLET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review on your favorite podcast platform. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the  Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
Being Black and Christian in America
Apr 14 2021
Being Black and Christian in America
The United States has come a long way in terms of equality; however, we still have much more work to do, as evidenced by the recent shooting of Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man. So many men and women have fought and continue to do so to make life better for all people. For those individuals, including this week's guest, Dr. Quantrilla Ard, I'm deeply grateful.Over the past few years, I've come to realize there seems to be a divide within the Black community, in particular. Every ethnicity has certain cultural practices that are common to many in that community. The Black community is no different. While there isn't a problem with many of these shared experiences, I've grown to question some of them and whether or not they push me towards or away from God. I also often reflect on how we live in a world/country where everyone isn’t afforded the same access to healthcare. We’re also not afforded the same treatment when in comes to traffic stops, jogging in neighborhoods or walking home. Oftentimes, Black and Brown people experience less than stellar interactions with medical professionals and law enforcement (myself included) based on ill-founded judgments by the very people who are supposed to be helpers.For the record, I strongly believe I am a Christian who happens to have brown skin and naturally curly hair. My identity is in God alone. I also believe none of us are perfect and that there are some who make good choices while others don’t—in every industry. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to people. We are blessed to share many similarities but we also have beautiful differences, too.I wanted to process some of these thoughts with another Christian woman who happens to be Black, what life in America has looked like for her and how to find God in the middle of everything. I'm so glad my path crossed with Dr. Quantrilla Ard's. She's an AH-MAZING woman and this week, she shares with us:disparities in the American health care system, particularly as it pertains to maternal care for Black and Brown mamas,navigating the trauma associated with raising Black boys in America,unlearning things we learned regarding God and His character in our youth,the Christian response to injustices, and so much more! QUOTES"Am I sharing for shock value or from a place where I believe I’m helping someone?" - Dr. Quantrilla Ard"The work of activism begins in our homes." - Dr. Quantrilla Ard“Everyone’s not called to do everything but we all can do something.” - Dr. Quantrilla Ard Bible VersesBut let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. - Amos 5:24Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. - Isaiah 1:17He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8ResourcesKilling the Black Body by Dorothy RobertsMedical Apartheid by Harriet WashingtonThe Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der KolkExperiencing God by Henry BlackabyPersonal contributions to other organizations and blogs, including Proverbs 31Forget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo Academy CONNECT WITH DR. QUANTRILLA!Website | Instagram | Twitter LET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
Strengthen Your Faith Through Bible Journaling
Apr 7 2021
Strengthen Your Faith Through Bible Journaling
I’ve got to admit that the initial Bible journaling craze threw me for a loop! I didn’t understand why anyone would want to draw and color in their Bible. Don’t get me wrong—I love a good doodle and I actually used to draw a bit back in the day. It’s just that I grew up in an environment where I was taught the Bible is sacred and highlighting was the most I’d seen anyone do in their Bible.That’s why I’m so glad my friend, Jen was able to chat with me about some myths and misconceptions regarding Bible journaling.In this episode, Jen and I chat about:What Bible journaling is + how it can help us in our faith walk,How to make Bible studying fun,What to do if you don’t want to draw or write in your Bible,How Bible journaling can help you disciple your kiddos, and more!Scriptures to meditate on“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2:15“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” - Psalm 119:105“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” - Joshua 1:8QuotesBible journaling is not art for art’s sake but about getting the Word of God in my heart. - Jen EvangelistaBible journaling is a visual form of our worship of God.  - Jen EvangelistaReferencesESV Study Bible - online study BibleBlue Letter Bible online - helps with cross-referencing and using various translationsSojo Academy - a community of Christian women learning more about God through monthly Bible studies, mentoring, workshops, etc. Your Pastor - your sermon notesGrace in Color - for Bible worksheets, prayer journals, Bible journaling resources, and more.Systematic Theology (book) - Wayne GrudemCharles Spurgeon BibleThe Story of Redemption BibleBible App for KidsForget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo Academy CONNECT WITH Jen!Grace in Color Website | Instagram | Pinterest | Sojo AcademyLET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review on your favorite podcast platform. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the  Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
Reflecting on 2020
Dec 30 2020
Reflecting on 2020
It's the end of the year and I'm sure you've seen your fair share of 2020 memes, many of which have a "good riddance" vibe. Rightfully so, there are undeniably several examples of things that sideswiped many of us. However, there's also a lot of good that came out of this year, too. In this year's final episode, we reflect on:highlights of some eye-opening events of 2020,what kind of character 2020 revealed about us,what happens when we don't pivot, adapt, or change with the times,my take of Disney's Soul,and what kind of legacy we plan to leave behind and pursue. Bible ReferencesFinally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Philippians 4:8 ESVBe still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10 ESVExodus 32 Episodes ReferencedSeason 2 Episode 1 - The Christian's Role in Bridging the Ethnic DivideSeason 3 Bonus Episode - Bridging the Ethnic DivideSeason 4 Episode 1 - The Truth About Time ManagementSeason 4 Episode 2 - Encouragement for the Weary MomSeason 4 Episode 7 - One Thing You Need to Lead Well (self-care days)Season 1 Episode 5 - Choosing Faith Over Fear (using what you have) Quotes"Who we are under pressure reveals who we really are." "So much good can be birthed from adapting and pivoting." Resources + People MentionedEmily P. Freeman, writer + podcast host of The Next Right ThingKevonstage - comedianDr. Olshine’s reflection questions:What’s my reason for living?What do I love passionately?What am I good at?What does the world need from me?What’s my sweet spot? LET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
Trusting God as a Film Maker with MS (season finale)
Nov 11 2020
Trusting God as a Film Maker with MS (season finale)
We are SO excited to have Dija Henry as our guest for this final episode of season four (don’t worry, we’ll be back in the Spring with fresh new testimonies from AH-MAZING women of faith)! Dija’s a wife, mama to three, an actress, filmmaker, and most importantly, a woman of God.Dija’s journey to becoming a filmmaker is unlike any we’ve ever heard but there are lots of similarities with which many of us can easily identify. Take marriage, motherhood, and life with MS for example. Many think these roles/conditions must put a stop to our dreams as women but this isn’t the case for Dija.In today’s episode we chat about:how MS (multiple sclerosis) can affect daily life,living as a multi-ethnic family,becoming a filmmaker without attending film school,social impact theater,waiting for God to answer prayers + give direction, and more! QUOTE - Don't worry. God can take it. - Dija Henry BIBLE VERSESYou yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? - Psalm 56:8Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.- Psalm 126:5Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. - 1 Peter 5:7Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it. - Psalm 37:5[W]e will receive from Him whatever we ask, because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight. - 1 John 3:22 RESOURCESThe Blue HouseFilm Production assistanceStory Development assistanceCreate(d) for Impact e-courseYouth Film CollectiveStage 32 - site for those wanting to connect with others in filmEla Thier has workshops + courses for those interested in filmmaking here“What Can I Do” by Tye Tribbett (song) QUOTE - The older you are, the richer your story. - Dija Henry CONNECT WITH DIJA!The Blue House Website | Instagram | LinkedInEmail -dija@thebluehouse.co LET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
Beating Stage 4 Cancer While Running a PR Firm
Nov 4 2020
Beating Stage 4 Cancer While Running a PR Firm
With the normal ins and outs of daily life, none of us would question why we feel tired or have a cough. Neither did Lindsey. She later found out the reason why she started feeling badly was because her body had been fighting against cancer. This twenty-something was also juggling the responsibilities that come along with full-time entrepreneurship. By God’s grace, she’s still here today to continue doing the work she feels called to do—helping brands leverage media exposure to meet the needs of more people within their target audience.In this episode, we chat about:why Lindsey chose to enter the Public Relations field,what it was like to receive a stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis,how her cancer diagnosis affected her relationship with God,tips for those who want to start their own PR firm or set up a marketing strategy, and more!QUOTE We want to get to our dream goal but we don't understand there's a process to go through to get it so we can make sure we're properly equipped to handle it. - Lindsey A. WalkerBible References to Meditate OnBless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. - Psalm 103:2-4 ESVIs anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. - James 5:14 ESVHe heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. - Psalm 147:3 ESV ResourcesPR Girls Do It Better website offers the resources below to help you market your brand. Register here by November 15th for the last cohort of 2020 if you want help with your brand’s marketing and check out other resources Lindsey and her team offer via the PR Girls Do It Better site:The Pitch Print PlannerBecoming a Publicist PR TemplatesBecoming a Publicist WebinarBecoming a Publicist e-bookThe Digital Pitch Print PlannerThe Pitch Print Planning PartyBecoming a Publicist Guide (FREEBIE)Thriving Through the Storm book by LindseyWalker & Associates website (to work with Lindsey + her team)Forget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo AcademyConnect with Lindsey!Website | Instagram Let’s connect & share the love!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
When Infertility and Adoption are Part of God's Plan
Oct 28 2020
When Infertility and Adoption are Part of God's Plan
As a little girl, I remember dreaming about what my wedding day would look like, who I’d marry, and how many kiddos I’d have. It never occurred to me that there’s a possibility some families may experience difficulty in conceiving children. In the past few years, I’ve been exposed to stories of multiple families in this situation. As a result, some families choose to adopt. However, there are many nuances to the adoption process. That’s why I’m so glad Amanda joins us this week to share her family’s experiences.In this episode, we chat about:a simple lifestyle change to consider,myths surrounding infertility,signs you should see a specialist,what the adoption process is like,why including the birth mother is so important,how her relationship changed with God and her husband throughout this journey, and more!Quote - When lies come, we have to replace it with the truth. - Amanda HogueBIBLE REFERENCESHe settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD. - Psalm 113:9He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. - Psalm 147:3[B]ut those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. - Galatians 4:4-5When he was put outside, Pharaoh's daughter adopted and raised him as her own son. - Acts 7:21QUOTE - Miracles don't look the  way we think. - Amanda HogueRESOURCESI am Fruitful - a website dedicated to helping families who are experiencing infertility and loss of childrenI am Fruitful InstagramSupporting Adopting Parents articleJoy & Infertility PodcastCreating a Family Podcast20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Kids Knew (book)The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment (book)The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family (book)Young Living Essential OilsForget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo Academy  CONNECT WITH AMANDAInstagramLET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference-maker.
One Thing You Need to Lead Well
Oct 21 2020
One Thing You Need to Lead Well
God has given each of us gifts, talents, and strengths. We also have limitations. Joy teaches women how to take this knowledge and apply it to their lives so they can lead well in ministry, business, and life. In our chat today, we explore:what it looks like to lead well at home + in the office,what every leader needs to lead effectively + reach her goals,the benefits of conducting a regular VIP day + how to set one up,why it’s easier to celebrate others, and more!“Leading well begins with leading ourselves well. ” - Joy CanuppBIBLE REFERENCESYet He often withdrew to deserted places and prayed. - Luke 5:16 HCSBImmediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after He had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. - Matthew 14:22-24 ESVI can do all things through him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13 ESV RESOURCES MENTIONEDFREE 30-minute consultation with JoyVIP Planning GuideLiving Forward by Michael HyattForget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo Academy CONNECT WITH JOYWebsite | Facebook LET’S CONNECT & SHARE THE LOVE!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
5 Life Changing Prayer Principles
Oct 14 2020
5 Life Changing Prayer Principles
There's a misconception that if you've been in church for a while, you should know how to pray. However, that isn't always the case. For one reason or another, there are some individuals who either don't know how to pray or who don't feel as if they know how to do it properly. This can cause many to forego praying altogether, unfortunately. In today's chat, Pamela D. Smith shares with us:why she became a minister and author,why she helps Christian writers with the publishing process,how to know if you're operating in God's will,5 principles of prayer that changed her life, and more!If you've struggled with praying or want to learn how, pull up a chair and get ready to take notes on how you can start praying (effectively and confidently). Bible Verses to Meditate OnThis is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him. - 1 John 5:14-15 CSBRejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 CSBBut when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. - Matthew 6:6 CSBAnd pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. - Ephesians 6:18ResourcesWhile At the Altar by Pamela D. SmithConnect with PamelaInstagram | Website Let's connect and share the love!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
Trusting God & Healing From a Miscarriage
Oct 7 2020
Trusting God & Healing From a Miscarriage
Forrest Gump tried to tell us years ago that life is like one of those mixed chocolate boxes where you’re not really sure which flavor you’ll end up consuming. The older I become, the more I realize how true this simple analogy is.Sometimes we have a plan of what we want our life to look like but God has a different vision in mind. Life then becomes a journey of unlearning lies and toxic thoughts and instead one of learning the lessons God knows we need the most. That’s what we explore today in our chat with Lady J.In this episode we chat about:the importance and difficulties of loving yourself,trusting God with our ministry,people-pleasing,the pain of enduring a miscarriage, and more! QUOTE- If I don’t know how to love myself, I’m incapable of loving others. - Lady J Scriptures to reflect on:He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.Matthew 22:37-39Elisha asked her, “What can I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?”She said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”2 Kings 4:1-7"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways." This is the LORD's declaration.Isaiah 55:8 QUOTE - God doesn’t fail us; our bodies fail us because we live in an imperfect world. - Lady J Resources5-Day Devotion About Miscarriage written by Lady JThe Loving Me AcademyForget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo Academy Connect with Lady JInstagram @iamladyjanelle (personal account) & @thelovingmeacademyEmail - info@myjanelle.org Let's connect and share the love!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
Practical Ways to Raise Prayerful Kids
Sep 30 2020
Practical Ways to Raise Prayerful Kids
As a recovering perfectionist, I’ve wondered at times if I’m qualified enough to be a mother to my three incredible daughters. Sarah and Steph remind us that perfectionism isn’t a requirement for parenting. Instead, we need a heart that puts God first. Modeling this behaviour and mindset shift is so critical to helping our kiddos adopt beliefs that are aligned with God’s truth.Sarah and Steph also drop many more gems to help you disciple your kiddos. They share:myths about what prayer is and how to do it properly,discipling our kiddos,the beauty in mistakes,how to broach tough convos,how to teach your child to be kind and compassionate,what to do when it seems as if your efforts are in vain, and more!“One of the best lessons we can teach our kids is the humility of not knowing everything.”— STEPH THURLING BIBLE VERSESWe know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9RESOURCESQuestions Box for God explanationKindness Chart resourceCelebrating Spiritual Birthdays activitySalvation Prayer Guide BundleYear of Praying Over Your Children resourcePrayer Journal (for various ages)Don’t Mom Alone podcastForget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo Academy“Sometimes God seems to work more through our mistakes and failures than when we get it right.”— SARAH HOLMSTROM CONNECT WITH SARAH + STEPH!Website/Newsletter | Instagram | Pinterest | FacebookTo learn more about Sarah and Steph’s upcoming book + awesome resources to help you disciple your kiddos, be sure to join their newsletter! Let's connect and share the love!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
When Pain Leads to Purpose
Sep 24 2020
When Pain Leads to Purpose
2020 has been quite an eventful year. We've lost so many people we love and admire. Many have lost jobs, businesses, and homes, too. There's been so much pain and loss. Chadwick Boseman reminded us, however, that our struggles and pains are meant to shape us for our purpose. It's never fun going through tough times but these moments help prune us. To become the women God's called us to be will require us to die to our flesh daily and to take up our cross and follow Him wholeheartedly. In today's episode, we chat about how Joseph stayed faithful to God despite the pain and rejection he endured from his family + how we can, too.  If he could endure one painful season after another, we can hang in there, too, sis! God's got us!Scriptures Referenced:Genesis 4:1-16* (I mistakenly said Genesis 3 in the audio. My apologies!)Genesis 37, 39-41Romans 8:31bIsaiah 26:3Quote"Your struggles are only meant to shape you for your purpose." - Chadwick BosemanResources Forget Not His Benefits (FREE 1-hour Bible Study!) by Jen Evangelista and Arabah Joy of Sojo AcademyLet's connect and share the love!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.
Encouragement for the Weary Mom
Sep 16 2020
Encouragement for the Weary Mom
Motherhood is a gift from God and a life-long ministry. Each stage has its own set of wonders and growing pains. And if we're honest, moms need someone to encourage them, too. This episode is for you if:you want to see more fruit of God in your life,you want to trust God more,you wish you could fully pursue your dreams and goals,you're stuck in the comparison trap, andyou want a better relationship with God.You're gonna need to take notes on this episode for sure so grab a pen and paper. Let God speak life into you today as Brandy shares words of hope and encouragement for the weary mom.  “We cannot make our faith a checkbox.” - Brandy McDonald Scripture to meditate on:Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be established. - Proverbs 16:3 CBI am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power. -Psalm 69:29 NLTFrom the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. - Psalm 130:1 NLT “You can’t have trust and faith in someone you don’t know.” - Brandy McDonald ResourcesChristine Caine & Propel WomenPriscilla Shirer Beth MooreLisa Bevere(Book) David - Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore  Connect with Brandy!Instagram | Facebook  | Website Let's connect and share the love!Be sure to share and subscribe to the Keeping It Centered Podcast. Listen each week on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many other podcast platforms. Help us spread the word about the podcast by rating and/or writing a review. We also encourage you to follow the podcast on Instagram and sign up for the bi-weekly Centered Notes newsletter for devotions and practical tips on how to live a biblically-aligned life as a wife, mom, and difference maker.