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In the wake of World War II, a young college graduate decided to answer God's call on her heart to share the Gospel in Japan. Today, 90 year old Betty Loudermilk joins Sunny and Karen in the studio to share stories from her 50+ years of ministry in Japan.
Over the years, Betty placed more than 250 children with their forever families and adopted 15 children as a single woman herself! Don't miss Betty sharing the word God spoke to her heart when she felt overwhelmed by His calling (skip to 20:00 if you are in a hurry). This is one powerful story of provision and encouragement mamas! Enjoy.
From team sports to bedroom boundaries, your questions in this episode concern the problems we face when our kids refuse to play nicely. Get ready for some practical tips as always and a little bit of tough love from Karen: remember that your children aren't Instant Pots and some of this stuff is going to take time!
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Parenting teenagers means late nights, empty pantry shelves and more than a few tricky situations. Today Karen and Sunny answer your questions about getting quality time with your teen…plus, Karen shares her secrets to having the “cool” hang out house.
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From absorbing bad behavior from TV and social media to making good friends - on today's episode Karen is answering your questions about dealing with character issues in your daughters and showing us simple ways to point our girls to Christ in every season.
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It's the first full week of 2021 and we are more than ready. Today Karen and Sunny are chatting about how they do (and don't do) goal setting, if they have any resolutions to kick off the new year right, and what's in store this year for Birds on a Wire. Whether you've already got your word of the year emblazoned across your annual planner, or you're tip toeing quietly into 2021 just hoping to catch a break, join us as we ring in the New Year at Wire Talk!
Wire Talk's producer, Katie @Leipprandt, joins Karen and Sunny in the studio for this episode to talk about all things Wire Talk. We discuss how the BOAW team decides on episode topics, which questions we answer, and what's coming up in 2021 for the show. Join us as we say, "Peace out!" to 2020 and welcome a fresh New Year in together.
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Karen is reading from her Moments with God devotional again today, reminding us to set our minds and our hearts rightly on God. As we celebrate Christmas with our family and hopefully get some much needed rest this week, let's take a moment out of each day to declare His praises and give Him honor.
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We know you're running hard toward Christmas this week and today's episode is intended to give you a minute of peace. Listen as Karen reads from her devotional and reminds us to place our weary souls into God's very capable hands. We love you mommas!
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We’re talking all things Santa Claus on today’s episode! From how to handle the conversation when your kids ask if Santa is real, to making a decision to not start the Santa tradition at all, Karen shares her thoughts on walking that line this Christmas. However your family chooses to celebrate, Karen reminds us to stand firm and be confident in our choices - something we can never hear enough!
As believers, how do we navigate the hustle and bustle of the holiday season while keeping our eyes focused on the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place? In part one of this series, Karen answers your questions about how to celebrate in a season when your church doors may be closed, how to prevent overwhelm as a single mom and of course, how to navigate gift giving.
Navigating the differences between our needs and desires and those of our family and friends is tricky. On today's episode Karen answers questions about vacationing with family, teen dating, excessive gift giving (hello grandparents!) and being married to an extrovert when you're 100% an introvert! You're sure to find a practical nugget in this conversation that will provide wisdom for your world.
Is there a recurring conflict in your home because your personality color is clashing with your child's? Tune in today to hear Karen's thoughts on the exhausting yellow kids, defiant red kids, and lethargic green kids who have their moms wondering how to cope.
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From toddlers flinging food off high chair trays to siblings bickering during the blessing, dinner time is rife with opportunities for stress isn't it? Listen in as Karen tackles questions from moms tired of the chaos on today's episode and helps us survive meal time with her tips!
Continue the conversation with us over in our private BOAW Moms Facebook group, where moms ask and answer questions with grace and humility all week long.
No matter the number of kids under your roof, managing the needs of your children isn’t easy! On today’s show we are answering questions from moms who are struggling with the revolving door of need that comes with having multiple children in the house.
This year the holidays might look a little different than years’ past. Managing all of the expectations (yours, your family’s, your in-laws…) can be overwhelming as a mom, so today Karen shares her thoughts on making traditions that work for you and your tribe, while letting go of all the things that truly don’t matter.
We are excited to release this much-anticipated conversation about race with friend of BOAW, Alexandra Bates. Last spring, when Alex discovered resources for talking to her daughters about race were lacking, she reached out to Karen and initiated a conversation. Their ensuing relationship has been enlightening for Karen, who wanted to share Alex's point of view and experience with the wider BOAW community. Alex shares her thoughts on racism and how we as moms can teach our children to love those from different races and backgrounds through the behavior we model.
Today’s conversation with author Wendi Nunnery drips with wisdom and grace as she shares her journey with mental health, the church, and motherhood. From growing up in a legalistic church culture to being diagnosed with OCD after becoming a mother, Wendi shares how her brokenness has driven her to Jesus and how she finds rest in His holiness. This is a good one mamas, be sure to share it with a friend who needs to be encouraged today. You can pre-order Wendi’s new book, Good Enough: Letting Go of Perfect for the Sake of Holy over on Amazon or enter our giveaway for a free copy over on Instagram.
Have you heard about the Soar Conference for years but never been able to attend? Listen in as Karen shares the story of God putting a vision for Soar in her heart almost a decade ago and how this conference has evolved since it began in 2015. We hope you're encouraged to set aside the time and financial resources to make attending a priority this year, because for the first time ever - location and time are not limiting factors! You can Soar Together from wherever you are, whenever you want to this fall.
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God did not create us to live this life alone, He created us for community! And if nothing else, 2020 has taught us just how important community really is. On today's episode Karen and Sunny share your ideas and chat about the simple ways we can love on our actual neighbors even during these pandemic times.
Don't forget about gathering a group to Soar Together this year! Gather 9 moms in addition to yourself and you can snag our group pricing. Check it out at boaw.mom/soar
Today Karen is answering questions from moms about military life. Whether it's a mom facing deployment, a child struggling with the frequent moves that are the norm in the military, or a mom fearful about her child's interest in joining the military, there's something you can relate to in this conversation. If you’re not a military family, listen and learn about the issues our military families face. And if you have mom friends in the military - share this episode with them so they can be encouraged!
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2020 has been a crazy season in and of itself! How well are you taking care of yourself, momma? From big things like feeling lonely and isolated to little things like how to manage chaos in the car - today Karen answers questions from moms who need a little TLC. Listen and be encouraged!
From how to sneak in time with God when your kids are home all the time to managing a move and a new baby with a spouse who has a demanding job, today’s questions are from moms struggling to manage their own needs alongside the needs of their household and their kids. Exhale deeply as you hear Karen and Sunny encourage these mamas to give themselves grace in these seasons and lower the imaginary bar you have set for yourself.
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These are the ‘no-man’s land’ years mommas, when our kids are caught in between childhood and adolescence. They are all insecure and they are all searching for their identity. Listen in today for some big picture thoughts about middle school in general as well as the practical answers you can always expect from Karen.
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Giving our kids a firm footing when it comes to financial habits is one the most helpful things we can teach as parents. Listen in to today’s show as Karen shares about her struggle with being on a budget early in her marriage and the lessons she and Greg have taught their kids over the years. Hear how they handled talking about finances in their family, what they taught their kids about money, and how they still budget to this day!
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