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Somewhat anxious. Always authentic. Hosted by author and speaker Shelby Abbott, Real Life Loading… is a mashup of biblical truth, personal authenticity, cultural awareness, and straight-up humor.
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We got married because we thought we’d be better together rather than apart. So why is it so easy to feel isolated from your life-long partner? Host, author, and fellow married pilgrim, Brian Goins, tackles the relational pitfalls, from the trivial to the tragic, that move couples towards isolation rather than experiencing the real benefits that come from saying “I do.”
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You wonder if better days are just around the corner—but then, bam! Worries hit: Not having enough cash, kids struggling in school, feeling like we're falling short. Brant Hansen offers his solution for ditching those worries and trusting God in hard times. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Brant Hansen and catch more of their thoughts at brant…
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Worry: Is it just part of life? The thoughts of constantly regretting things you said, feeling frustrated at your boss, and even wishing the present was different can weigh heavy. But what if there's another way? Author Brant Hansen addresses worry—and whether finding joy in life is possible in a world filled with anxiety. Show Notes and Resources …
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How do you make the gospel the heart of your family? Jared C. Wilson and his wife Becky are all about deepening your family's love for Jesus and how it can inspire others along the way. Check out 5 sneak peeks from Jared's book, "Love Me Anyway" to see how grace fits in, even in the chaos! Show Notes and Resources Connect with Jared C. and Becky Wi…
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Ever been in that headspace where you're like, "Who am I?" You're lost and lonely, not knowing where to begin to find yourself. Will Clock sensed this as he was struggling dealing with health issues like multiple broken bones and concussions, with identity issues on the side. Tune in for how he kept his faith through the mess—and found out who he w…
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Ever feel like you're longing for someone to love you unconditionally? Does that kind of love even exist? Jared C. and Becky Wilson believe that despite our mess-ups and letdowns, we crave a love that's unconditional and overflowing, even when we don't feel worthy. They provide tips and advice to help you navigate challenges like struggles with por…
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Disappointed in how your love story is turning out now that you're married? You know—the silent treatment...stress of work... even toxic patterns imposed by your in-laws. Is it even possible to get that "Cinderella Story" feeling back? Jared C. and Becky Wilson go into the lessons they have learned along the way by digging into parts of their book,…
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Struggling to beat addiction? Author and magician Danny Ray, alongside his wife Kimberly Thompson, dive deep into whether overcoming addiction is achievable. Drawing parallels between magic tricks and the secrets to a solid marriage, they offer tips to escape what binds your marriage—and add a little magic to your relationship. Show Notes and Resou…
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Ever find yourself craving a little space from your partner? It's real--but making your spouse disappear isn't exactly an option. Author and magician Danny Ray and his wife Kimberly Thompson have experienced the intense fights and know the need for breathing room. They have learned how to resolve the repetitive conflicts--and provide "tricks" to he…
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Singer/songwriter Kim Walker-Smith grew up in a blended family with multiple stepparents, instability, abuse, and isolation. She shares her story with Ron Deal in this podcast episode, beginning with her mom’s first divorce when she was a young child. It didn’t take long for her mom to marry again, divorce, and marry again. Eventually, her mom marr…
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Ever get the feeling that waiting till marriage is a bit old-fashioned? Seems like everyone's just doing their thing with their significant other anyway, right? But have you ever thought there might be more to it than waking up feeling guilty about what went down the night before? Shelby Abbott gets real about what the Bible really says about sex, …
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Does God care about your darkest feelings? If you're wrestling with anger towards God—whether it's the loss of a loved one, feelings of betrayal, or a sense of abandonment—Vaneetha and Joel Risner help navigate through pain toward lasting meaning. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Vaneetha Risner and catch more of their thoughts at vaneetha.com…
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If you could ask God one question, what would it be? Maybe, 'Why do bad things happen?' or 'Why did my husband cheat?' or 'Why this diagnosis?' Vaneetha Risner met her husband Joel following a searing divorce and a life-altering diagnosis. She asked her own questions of God--and shares how to find hope in difficult times. Show Notes and Resources C…
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Instead of stressing out and working overtime, are there easier ways to handle things? Here is some helpful stepfamily advice from Ron Deal and author Gayla Grace about stepfamily dynamics. Maybe peace is closer than you think. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Ron Deal and catch more of their thoughts at rondeal.org, and on X @RonLdeal and Ins…
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Ever feel like your spouse doesn't understand you, leaving you to face things alone? Mary DeMuth explores strong women in the Bible who felt misunderstood—and how they shouldered their need to feel heard. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Mary DeMuth and catch more of her thoughts at marydemuth.com, and on Instagram and Facebook @marydemuth. An…
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How do you deal with harsh comments? Asking for a friend... Author Mary DeMuth bravely shares her own story of facing criticism, reflecting on her decision to speak out about sexual abuse, despite encountering hurtful reactions. Is it truly worthwhile to share your story? Show Notes and Resources Connect with Mary DeMuth and catch more of her thoug…
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Can you keep real affection for your bf/gf without ghosting a friend? Balancing loyalty gets tricky. Bela Lemon and Reagon Fillinger share tips to keep your ride-or-die while still getting that date night! Show Notes and Resources You can find us here on our social channels.By Bela Lemon & Reagan Fillinger
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Waiting on God: When you're in it, it stinks. Professor and author Jeremiah Johnston, who believes in the power of the wait. Listen for a sneak peek of Johnston's Bible Study Book "Body of Proof" to really grasp how the story of Jesus can extends the wisdom you need when the waiting wrings you out. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Jeremiah Joh…
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Surprised by your kids struggling with faith so early? Frustrated to see them drift away? Or could your child be doubting without you even knowing? Professor, author, and parent Jeremiah Johnston urges tackling those doubts head-on, leaning into their curiosity about faith. He's got valuable advice for busy parents on teaching our kids the love tha…
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Ever felt lost--like your faith's been rock-solid, but now doubts are creeping in? Jeremiah Johnston digs into archaeology and texts to critically examine proofs that Jesus rose from the dead. And guess what? It's crucial for our hope, especially in tough times. Listen for a sneak peek of Jeremiah Johnston's Bible Study Book "Body of Proof" to real…
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Are there blessings in blended family life? Yes! But they might not show up in ways we expect or as quickly as we’d like. In this 2023 Blended and Blessed presentation, Cheryl Shumake talks about the many bonus blessings she has experienced and the strength God gave her during seasons of weariness to keep going when she wanted to quit. Cheryl says,…
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How do you know which dream to chase? Cody Wilson faced a crossroads when he left his dream of being a successful football player to pursue a career as a worship leader. His love for worship and his desire to share it with others led him to chase this new dream. If running after dreams is leaving you confused or unsatisfied, don't miss Cody's story…
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Ever feel like you're always holding on tight, afraid to let go? What if surrendering brought more than you expected - like freedom and strength? NFL player Cody Wilson uncovered remarkable freedom in unexpected decisions. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Cody Wilson and catch more of his thoughts an his instagram @livingarmymusic and his webs…
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Ever feel like you're constantly running on empty, struggling to find the energy to connect with your partner? Could be the feeling of being numb or snapping at them for no reason. Find out how to revive your marriage with Tim and Kathy Bush as they discuss the signs that a marriage needs recharging. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Tim and Ka…
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I need a friend....deeper than just small talk. Meet Bella Lemon and Regan Fillinger, the ultimate BFF duo. They've tackled everything together – from fights to being each other's rock in tough times. They've got experience with tough love, rooted faith, and loyalty. If you're looking for a ride-or-die friend or want to take your group of friends t…
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Let's face it, this past year has been tough. Finding peace in the storm can feel like an uphill battle. Author's Tim and Kathy Bush have been through a lot, they found hope in Psalm 23. Answering questions like, What does the Lord is my shepherd actually mean? and Can I found hope in God? They found a hidden gem that holds all the answers, all the…
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Can you really keep that deep, real connection with your spouse when life's throwing a million things at you? Between work, dinner, kids, and endless scrolling on our phones, it feels like there's never a moment to just breathe, let alone - connect. But don't worry, Tim and Kathy Bush are here to teach how to keep the emotional connection even when…
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Ever felt buried by grief? Andrew Peterson, artist of "The Resurrection Letters," shares hope in the face of suffering or loss. Every lyric guides parents in understanding the purpose of grief, while also explaining to children the significance of Jesus' death and resurrection. Learn about his path through suffering to resurrection. Show Notes and …
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Easter! Is there more than candy and egg hunts? Bob Lepine breaks it down in his book "Twelve Things You Probably Didn't Know about Easter," revealing the real deal behind this holiday. Let's dive in to find out what makes Easter more than just a day of celebration. Show Notes and Resources Connect with Bob Lepine and catch more of their thoughts a…
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