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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A Basic List: Favorite Podcasts

When I find someone that I really connect with or look up to, I love love love digging into the same places that person is learning from. I want to know the books they’re reading, the shows they’re watching, and the podcasts they’re listening to. So often if they’re being challenged by someone, that same person is going to challenge me too.

And I especially love podcasts because they are automatically downloaded on my phone when a new one comes out, and I can plug my earbuds in and listen while I’m doing other things around the house: getting ready in the morning, working in the kitchen, folding laundry, etc. 

Confession: so much of what we talk about on Table Talks With Joy is an overflow of what I’m learning and being challenged by from my own personal development. In other words, many times it’s ripped straight off some of my favorite podcasts.

So if you need are looking for some similar sources to be challenged by, here’s a peek on my iPhone and what I’m listening to:

For Spiritual Development:

My awesome church, TRIBE, meets on Sunday evenings. So that leaves Sunday mornings wide open for pancakes and watching as many of my favorite churches online as possible. And if I can’t catch them live, then I make sure to listen to the podcasts.

Church on the Move: This was my home church for almost two decades while I lived in Oklahoma. It’s a consistent source of great, meaty content. Their current series LOVE WELL is packed with challenging content. Parts 3 and 4 explain forgiveness and how the Bible tells Christians to handle truly evil people. I guarantee, it’ll make you squirm at times, but it will challenge you to approach these topics with a completely different view. ALSO, Earl McClellan was recently a guest speaker on the First Wednesday service (March 2017), and this message had me in tears–powerful word of encouragement. Go listen!

Life.Church: Craig Groeschel is quickly becoming one of my favorite pastors to listen to. His messages are always concise and challenging. He doesn’t mince words. I have been especially challenged by his recent series Divine Direction (based on his new book that I must get a copy of!).

North Point Community Church: When Andy Stanley starts a series, I challenge you to just try to write fast enough to keep up with the information pours out. I just finished “Your Church” which tells all about their mission and how they do things. It’s the perfect intro to decide if this is your kind of teaching. Next week he begins a series on David, and I can’t wait. I guarantee this will be well-researched and challenge you to your core.

For Personal Development:

Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast: This is specifically geared to leaders (and if you work with people, you’re a leader), and it is SOLID GOLD every time. I can’t say enough good about this podcast. My only complaint is that a new one only comes out once a month. I. Need. More.

The Kidmin Podcast: So for those of you who don’t know, I’m heavily involved in my church’s children’s ministry, and a lot of the vision and direction the kidmin takes is on my shoulders, so I’m looking for any quality source I can. The Kidmin Podcast is a newer one, but it’s been a wealth of inspiration and practical tips. If you’re in kidmin, check it out.

For Fun:

Read-Aloud Revival: I love all things children’s books, and this podcast is everything I can stand behind. Lead by a homeschool mama who’s in the trenches with me, this podcast talks to authors and other professionals in the children’s lit industry, and it just has fun. I learn about new books I want to read all the time. And the final few minutes are THE HIGHLIGHT of the show. Kids of all ages call in from across the country and give their personal favorite book recommendations and a short synopsis of why they like the books. I dare you to not smile while listening to some of these toddlers give their book recommendations.
What Should I Read Next? As if your to-read list needs MORE items added, right? Anne Bogel brings on an avid reader, spends some time getting to know him/her, and then the guest gives a list of 3 books he/she loves, 1 he/she hates, and what he/she is currently reading. Then Anne recommends 3 books the guest should read next. So fun.

I’ve got a few more fun ones on my list, but I want to thoroughly vet them a little better before I give a solid recommendation.



And if you need a tutorial for how to subscribe to podcasts on iTunes, check out my most recent Table Talk.


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