The Mentor’s Table Podcast 004: “A Year of Wonder”

Podcast 004: A Year of WonderTis the season for choosing a focus word for the year. I’m sure you’ve been inundated with podcasts talking about setting goals, or not setting goals, or what is a goal and what it is not, goals that sticks, goals that don’t work, etc. So I’ll let everyone else unpack goals for you, and instead I’m just going to share a bit of what’s been on my heart and what’s challenging me.

My focus word for 2018 is WONDER. I know it is kind of trendy right now, especially with the movie recently being released. But I just couldn’t shake the word, so I decided to dig into the Bible and see what it has to say about WONDER.

In this month’s podcast, I cover a bunch of verses that mention the word WONDER or something to with WONDER or the lack of WONDER in a person’s life. This concept of allowing myself to be enraptured by WONDER is hard for this Type-A who doesn’t like to slow down enough to notice what’s right in front of my face because I’m always looking and thinking ahead to what’s coming up next and how to prepare for it.

But to be in the moment. To actually notice the WONDERS going on around me. To revel in the moment and allow hope to be stirred up and expectancy to grow for the great miracles that are ahead–that’s a challenge for me.

I hope you set aside a few minutes to pull up a chair and listen in. I believe we can all use more WONDER in our lives. And when we choose to focus on WONDER, then we truly are taking care of ourselves at a soul level–a level we must NOT neglect.

Here’s a list of the verses I mentioned in this podcast. All that I quote come from the Message translation:

Jacob waking from his divine dream and realizing that He almost missed the fact that God was there with him–Genesis 28:16-17

A cynic is the opposite of a person filled with wonder–Acts 13:41

Our God is described as a “wonder-working God”–Exodus 15:10-11

Misdirected wonder is something God hates–Deuteronomy 12:29-31

“Wonder can stimulate our faith and astonish and confuse the unbelief of the world.” Kenneth Hagin, Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The natural response to WONDER is to bow to God–Psalm 103


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The Mentor’s Table Podcast: 003 “Making Your Health a Priority”

When I say it’s time to make YOUR health a priority, the first things you think of are eating less and exercising more. But that’s NOT what we’re talking about on this podcast. This is about whole-body health–healthy practices specific to what works best for your body and your lifestyle.

And, for the first time on The Mentor’s Table, we’re bringing another voice to the table and starting a conversation about what health as a priority looks like on a practical day-to-day basis. My guest at the table this week is my good friend Lisa Ensor from Whether she’s producing a curated profile of beauty and health on Instagram as @lizzyloveshealth, or she’s blogging about real-life issues including emotional healing, style, or a fun house remodel her family has recently begun, you’re going to love hearing from this classy woman.


Here’s the little book that lists all the confessions Lisa refers to during her morning quiet time. I HIGHLY recommend it too!

Radical Remission is the book she refers to where people know how to be healthier based on what their bodies are telling them.

The Healthy Moms Podcast is one of my favorites for no-holds-barred deep insight into healthy living. The episode I mentioned about amino acid deficiency is #105.

Here’s that incredible Berkey water filter we both love. It even filters out fluoride! Remember, check out the Berkey website for scratch-and-dent discounted items.

And if you want to follow Lisa on Goodreads to get some excellent reading recommendations, you can find her listed as Elisabeth Ensor.

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The Mentor’s Table Podcast: 002 “Finding Time for What Matters Most”

You ladies have been so gracious on Instagram and Facebook with all your kind words about our introductory podcast. THANK YOU! I’m still working out the kinks, and your encouraging words keep me going.

So I know I promised you an interview this month, but based on the comments I’ve been getting so far, I decided it’s important that we spend some more time laying the foundation for why taking care of yourself should be a priority. As I mention in the podcast, I can load you up with all sorts of practical steps to taking better care of yourself, but if me-time isn’t an actual PRIORITY to you, the first time the winds of a storm blow through your life, taking care of yourself will be thrown off the priority list–and then your ability to help others will suffer.

So grab a warm mug of your favorite drink (it’s raining/snowing outside right now, so we’re already in cozy snuggle weather), and settle in for an in-depth talk about why taking care of yourself should be your priority, and how you can actually find the time to practice it.

 Most of this episode focuses on my new favorite book Essentialism. If you haven’t read it, buy it now by clicking this link. (I’m a big library-book borrower, but this book is so good that you’re going to need your own copy to mark up and be able to return to again and again when your focus starts to derail).

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Making Me-Time a Priority: Introductory Podcast Show Notes

“Too often I feel like the saying, “Too much month left at the end of the paycheck” applies to my capacity to invest in others. Do you, like me, feel like there’s too much month left at the end of your capacity to give of yourself and help and nurture others? This season we are going to unpack ways to make me-time a priority so that there’s more than enough of ourselves left to give away. We begin by discussing why me-time should be a priority, and we map out our format for this first season of The Mentor’s Table podcasts. Come join us at the table. There’s always a seat here for you.”

YOU GUYS! If you go to iTunes right now and search “The Mentor’s Table,” that’s the show description that’s going to pop up under our BRAND NEW PODCAST!

I’m a little giddy and a whole lot overwhelmed. This podcast thing is real. It’s approved and uploaded on iTunes, and soon I’ll be figuring out how to get it to the other places you get your podcasts. PLEASE comment where you get your podcasts so I can be sure to get the podcast listed there as well.

And then, please, SUBSCRIBE, SUBSCRIBE, SUBSCRIBE (click here to subscribe and join the table). In iTunes it’s as easy as clicking a button. And all that means is that each time a new podcast is released, it’ll automatically show up in your unplayed podcasts. That way you don’t miss a single episode.

Please join the conversation. Comment here or under the podcast announcement on Instagram @thementorstable. This is a discussion we ALL need to have. This is an area where EVERYONE craves improvement. And this is an issue that’s only going to change if you decide to go on the offense and MAKE IT A PRIORITY.

And, as all good podcasters will tell you, leaving a review and rating is SUPER HELPFUL to spreading the word. I really really appreciate it. Let’s get the word out and bring more great women to the table to join the conversation.


In this podcast, I mentioned one of my new favorite leadership podcast finds: The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. And just like Craig Groeschel’s, this is SOLID GOLD every time. Unlike Craig Groeschel’s podcast, this is an interview format, so Carey talks with heavy hitters every time. I mentioned the interview he did with Dr. Henry Cloud, episode 160, which you don’t want to miss. And then, just yesterday, I was listening to episode 163 with Erwin McManus, and I resolved to listen to this one again and again. It’s just crammed with insight and empowerment.


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Huge Announcement: A PODCAST Designed for You

What’s your biggest struggle as a woman?

Can I guess?

Is it finding time to take care of yourself? You know, that ever-elusive concept of me-time. That thing you reason you don’t actually need–it’s just a “luxury.”

You ladies are smart. You know that’s not true. You know you should take care of yourself. But knowing and doing are two different things. And when your schedule is full of hours at your job, hours taking care of your family, hours taking care of your home, hours hanging with friends, hours volunteering, etc., etc. Me-time just doesn’t make the cut.

I know this because I’m so so so guilty of this myself. But here’s the problem: I’m good . . . until I’m not. And when I’m not, it’s usually a huge mess. The definition of insanity is repeating the same action expecting to get different results. So if you, like me, keep pushing off me-time for “later” and then hitting a wall that keeps you off the playing field for more time than you can spare, then join with me to intentionally STOP doing the same thing.

Let’s make me-time a priority. Let’s take care of ourselves–body, soul, and spirit. Because when we make taking care of ourselves a priority, then there will be more than enough of us to give away to all the other wonderful people and important activities that fill our schedules.

And that’s what this first season of The Mentor’s Table’s podcast is going to be all about.

Cue the trumpets: da da da daaaaaaah! Yes, you read that right, The Mentor’s Table is starting a podcast! I loved our live mentoring sessions last year, but I hated how inaccessible they were to so many more people. And if you followed me for even a smidgen of time, you know that I love all things podcasts. So, I bought a microphone and a pop filter (see, I have been doing my research–I didn’t even know what that was a few weeks ago), and we’re going to make The Mentor’s Table more accessible than ever by broadcasting our Table Talks via podcasts.

Plus, I wanted to bring some more voices to the table. I know so many incredible women that I learn from, and I wanted them to add their experience and wisdom to the conversation. So each month I’ll try to have a new woman join me at the table as we unpack this concept of making me-time a priority. Plus, we will detail practical steps to actually find time to take care of yourself. 

Confession: This is an area that I struggle with. A. Lot. I don’t have this all figured out. I’ve been the poster child for insanity in this area. But I have resolved to get better, and it’s so important to me that I wanted to take this whole season and focus on every aspect of prioritizing taking care of self first. That’s one of the reasons why I’m incorporating more voices into our table talks. And since I know that progress without accountability is virtually impossible, I thought that adding some more voices to table will also add a level of accountability to my own life to make this goal attainable.

My introductory podcast will be live in the next few days! So if this conversation intrigues you or stirs your heart because you know this is something you really need to work on, be sure to check out my first podcast. I’ll post reminders on Instagram, and I’ll post show notes here on the site. Plus, if you’re signed up for my reminder emails, you’ll get a little nudge in your inbox. The bottom line is, don’t miss this conversation. It’s going to be healing and empowering and motivating to get your life headed in the right direction. And be assured, you are not alone. This is a common struggle among women, but we don’t have to keep ignoring the issue. Let’s go on the offense and make a change in all our lives.

After my introductory podcast, I’ll post a new conversation on the first Friday of every month. In it we will discuss a different aspect of taking care of ourselves as healthy beings, as wives, as mamas, as working women, as volunteers, as daughters of God, etc. This is a discussion we all need to have, so . . .

Pull up a chair.

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Table Talk 28: Summer Challenge

Welcome to and our weekly LIVE mentoring moment designed to encourage, empower, and connect with other women–YOU–who want to live life–spirit, soul, and body–more fully. If you’re just joining us for the first time, sign up (filling in the form on the right) for live mentoring moments so I can add you to my private FB group. There you can go through all the archived videos and fill up on encouragement and exhortation.

Table Talk

Let’s start with a BIG update! As you know, we feel called to move to Jackson. It’s where our community, our framily, lives and does life, and we need to do life with others. Growth happens in a group. You can’t win alone. As of the last update on Table Talk 25: “Announcement & Minimalism,” the only place we could find in our price range was a 2-bedroom, 750-square-foot apartment on the second floor with ZERO grassy play area. So I took our lemons and made lemonade! I started selling our stuff and endeavoring to embrace the principles of minimalism–using this as an opportunity to focus less on stuff and more on relationships. But my 6 year old middle child HATED that apartment, so she prayed daily that God would “give us a house so that we didn’t have to move into the apartment.” Well, we signed the contract and put down deposit money on that apartment, and she kept praying. And I tried to get her to understand that it was too late, and I needed her to start focusing on the good aspects of the apartment, but she kept praying.

THREE DAYS LATER, I got a call that changed everything. A friend told me a condo across the parking lot from her just opened up–1400

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Sugar-Free 1-Week Meal Plan

If you follow me on IG, you were able to get a glimpse of my family’s 1-week challenge to detox sugar. For those of you interested in the meal plan I used, I thought I’d post it here so you can refer back to it. My concluding thoughts and lessons are at the end of this article. Enjoy!

The Boundaries: 7 days. No sweeteners, processed or natural, of any kind. No white flour because flour turns into sugar in your body. Fruit, whole sprouted grains, and full-fat dairy were allowed. 

The Meal Plan: (links to recipes provided when possible)

Day 1

Breakfast: Chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie (plain whole yogurt, whole milk, cacao powder, frozen strawberries, frozen bananas, spinach, ice, etc.)

Snack 1: Green apple slices with sugar-free peanut butter (read the peanut butter labels!)

Lunch: Chopped chicken Cobb salad–chicken, avocado, tomato, carrot, boiled egg, red leaf lettuce, and homemade balsamic vinegar dressing (1 part EVOO, 2 parts balsamic vinegar, squeeze of dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to taste).

Snack 2: Veggies and hummus (read the hummus labels!)

Dinner: Shrimp ceviche–(I added avocado), organic corn tortilla chips, and homemade Mexican rice.


Day 2

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Table Talk #27: The Value of the Table


Thank you so much for joining us at The Mentor’s Table. Mother’s Day is just a few days away, and since this site is designed to encourage, empower, and connect with women who want to do life better–spirit, soul, and body– is a great “gift” to share with a special mama in your life. Take them to the site to get signed up for these LIVE mentoring moments, and then give them the numbers of your favorite Table Talks, so they can go through and listen and be encouraged right away.

It’s official! Thursday is our new Table Talk day. Mark your calendars, and be sure to join us LIVE.

If you’re following me on Instagram, you know that I have a big weekend ahead with my eldest daughter. I’ve been gearing up for this transition into adolesence and doing as much research as possible. Two of my main sources that helped me prepare for this weekend are:

  1. Gail Anderson on Periscope/YouTube. Her Mentoring Moments for Moms are always solid gold. She was so gracious to personally respond to my email questions and give me a list of lots of resources to help prepare me for this transition of parenting adolescents.
  2. Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl by Dannah Gresh (author of the Secret Keeper Girl series). This book had everything I needed to get me prepared for this weekend. It’s light and upbeat, concise and practical. I highly recommend it! And for all the boy moms, she’s got Six Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy. I haven’t read it, but if it’s along the lines of the girl equivalent, I’m sure it’s going to be helpful.


Today’s Table Talk is about, well, tables. A table is a staple in any home. It’s an instant people magnet (my community group gathers at the table without any prompting, but they wait for an invitation to sit in the living room).

I chose the name The Mentor’s Table, because the word table naturally evokes a sense of security and fellowship. And it’s no wonder, considering the statistics of families who eat together at the table at least five times a week. On (and many other sites), for your children, the benefits of eating together are hard to ignore:

*Less stress 

*Better grades 

*Less likely to smoke, drink, do drugs, develop an eating disorder or struggle with obesity



I recently listened to The Splendid Table podcast #629 with Pableaux Johnson. Pableaux is a photographer in New Orleans who has taken the tradition of red beans on Monday to a whole new level. Every Monday night he opens his home to family and friends and serves a simple meal of red beans and rice (He even shares his recipe). Friends and family show up with a bottle of wine or their favorite beverage,

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Table Talk #26: You Are Enough (Mother’s Day episode)


A little bio for those who may be new to our Table Talks: I am esposa to my Superman, married 11 years now. Mama to three girls. I homeschool the two older girls. I’m the elementary children’s minister at my church. And I’m in the midst of an originally involuntary shift toward minimalism because in the next few weeks, we are moving from 1900 square feet and a 2-car garage to 750 square feet, no garage (Check out Table Talk 25 for all the details). I love adventure in the outdoors, writing (I will be a published children’s author one day), and campfires. Did you sense a theme? Kids. Being a mom is a big part of who I am right now.

A minimalism side note, I just listened to a great episode of one of my recent favorite podcasts (The Simple Show), and the host Tsh Oxenreider (a kindred spirit) was discussing capsule wardrobes–basically applying minimalism principles to your clothing. Her co-host gave a great tip when trying to figure out what your core clothes are to pull out first–she said to start with what you would pack for a vacation. Genius! Take a listen here.


As I prayed about this week’s talk, I felt that it was time for a little shot of affirmation and confidence for all the mamas out there. Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I felt it’s timely to speak some life into the mamas watching. But, even though this talk is directed toward the mamas, there’s encouragement for every woman no matter your season of life because the struggle for mamas is often rooted in COMPARISON. And isn’t comparison a universal struggle for women?

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Table Talk #25 A Big Announcement & Minimalism

Welcome & Introduction: I’m Joy from Right now you can go on the site and purchase the book, Love and Respect, that is rocking my 2017. Even if you’ve read it, you need to read it again.

Announcement: I’ve talked about my journey facing my fears and the weakness of my faith, especially in Table Talk 20. Go back and watch. One of our big decisions was moving—we felt an overwhelming sense that we were supposed to move to Jackson, even though we love our little town about 40 minutes away.

At first, all we could see were the reasons why NOT to move—we have to rent again (we want to buy), it’s more expensive, it’s farther away from our home school community, it’s way more expensive, we’ve gotten to know the families in the valley, MO MONEY!

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