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Stephanie Pletka: Living Your Best Life

Stephanie Pletka: Living Your Best Life

This week I welcome my dear friend Stephanie Pletka author Living Your Best Life: Letting Go of Self-Doubt, Fear, and Other’s Expectations to Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed. I introduce her as a “joy dispenser”, and you will understand why when you listen to this episode. She is the girl who has your back, will make you laugh, and doesn’t take herself so seriously.  She is a cheerleader and a dream defender, and I know this episode is going to bless you.

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By His Grace Podcast with guest Stephanie Pletka

Stephanie shares her journey from blogging to becoming a “Dear Abby” to moms. We have a fun conversation that covers a wide range of topics from:

  • Mom Guilt
  • Comparision
  • Identity
  • Perfection
  • God is in Control
  • Perspective
  • Maintenence
  • Friendships
  • Virtual Gold Stars
  • Failure
  • Giving Ourselves Grace
  • Mind Games
  • Finding Your Tribe
  • Change is Hard
  • Grace
  • Homeschooling
  • Adventure Traveling with Kids
  • Taking Risk
  • Value of a Skinned Knee
  • Giving God Glory
  • Putting God First

Resources: Grace is Greater: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story by Kyle Idelman.

Life verse: Philippians 4:13 ESV – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

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By His Grace Podcast with guest Author Stephanie Pletka

Stephanie Pletka is a speaker, entrepreneur, and author of Living Your Best Life. Her passion is to help women let go of self-doubt, fear, and other’s expectations, to chase their dreams, and write their story. She lives with her husband and four kids in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Ami McConnell: Faithful Daughter

Ami McConnell: Faithful Daughter

On this podcast, I sit down with my friend author and editor Ami McConnell to discuss her new book, Faithful Daughter: True, Inspiring Stories Celebrating a Mother’s Legacy and Love.

Ami expresses gratitude toward her own mom in laying the groundwork for her to be a mother, and how that has influenced her relationship with her daughters.

This is a collection of stories from across a full spectrum of daughterhood stories: Including one from a former prostitute, a woman who never wanted to be a mom, and another who survived alcoholism. There are 35 stories in all and the thread that weaves them all together is that each of these stories is hopeful and has faith in spite of or in response to her own mother.

Key Takeaways:

  • Women are resilient, and God uses all the things to form us.
  • The importance and gift of being a daughter.
  • We are earthly daughters and daughters of the Most High King.
  • Own your own daughterhood.
  • As women, we need to empower one another in our feminity.

Every faithful mother was first a daughter, and the complexities of that relationship influence a woman’s choices and behavior into adulthood, and even to future generations.

Faithful Daughters

By His Grace Podcast interview with Ami McConnell Author of Faithful Daughters

Faithful Daughter: True, Inspiring Stories Celebrating a Mother’s Legacy and Love is a beautiful tribute to motherhood.  An inspiring collection of 35 intimate stories by women, for women to celebrate God’s faithfulness and the powerful influence of a mother’s love.

These mothers and daughters reveal their heartfelt stories of joy, pride, and grief as they share about the deep bond, the unconditional love, the lifelong connection, as well as the pain, the trials, and the inevitable heartbreak. Through each testimony, you’ll be inspired to explore your own mother/daughter journey, and hopefully find that you are also God s daughter and He loves us just the way we are.

Ami McConnell

Ami McConnell

Ami McConnell is a Nashville-based writer & editor. She founded and directs WriterFest Nashville. McConnell formerly served as Editor-in-Chief and VP of Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. For over a decade she acquired fiction for HarperCollins and helped launch a fiction imprint there. Her editing credits include many New York Times bestsellers as well as numerous award winners. A prolific ghostwriter, McConnell co-authored the USA Today Bestseller Kind Is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure. She lives with her family in Franklin, Tennessee.


Belle and Sparrows: Lynde Griggs & Tiffany Savage

Belle and Sparrows: Lynde Griggs & Tiffany Savage

Belle and Sparrows: Lynde Griggs & Tiffany Savage


This is a by women for women non-profit that reaches women both locally and globally. They stand in the gap for marginalized women around the world. We talk about the blessings of stepping out in obedience answer God’s call and the blessings that follow. 

The Belle & Sparrows non-profit serves marginalized women. Those coming out of domestic violence, in emergency shelters, those who’ve been incarcerated, addiction recovery, and women coming out of sex trafficking, and the sex industry. Lynde and Tiffany take teams of women to go on mission trips to serve under-marginalized women. Most of the work they do do is at the table with women eating and doing crafts.

Serving women in Guatemala, Haiti, and New Mexico. They take a small business kit with them and teach them a trade as well as providing a women’s conference. Teaching the women how to o artisan handmade crafts including where the can buy and sell products.

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We discuss the various projects they do with the women. Lynde shares how life-changing this experience has been with the Lord, how her faith has increased as well as her love God and His people. Tiffany shares how much it has changed her in the process. 

Bible Verses that have inspired.

Tiffany – James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters when you face trials of many kinds whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

1 John 3:1 –  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Lynde Griggs and Tiffany Savage are the co-founders of Belle & Sparrows. they are both wives, mom, and lovers of Jesus. They are women changed by Jesus, on a mission to bring the message of the gospel, and instill worthiness to all women around the world.

Find out more about Belle & Sparrows

Ronne Rock: One Woman Can Change the World

Ronne Rock: One Woman Can Change the World

This week on the By His Grace podcast, Misty Phillip welcomes Ronne Rock back to the show for a far-reaching conversation on the value, worth, and role of women.  Ronne recounts stories of women changing the world by living out their purpose and calling based on her new book One Woman Can Change the World: Reclaiming Your God-Designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are.

One Woman Can Change the World

The heartbeat behind her book is contained in the subtitle, “Reclaiming Your God-designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are”.This book is for any woman who wants to serve the Lord well as she searches to find purpose in her calling. Learn the story of women from around the globe like Ena from Honduras.She founded NICO to help tutor needy children. A story of a woman who did what she could with what she had. Ronne also shares her personal testimony of stepping into a children’s home in Guatemala, and how it shifted her perspective.

One Woman Can Change the World

Key Take-Aways:

  • In Genesis 1 God created humanity, and it was good. He beautifully designed and created woman.
  • We are the apple of his eye. He calls us beloved.
  • “His purpose is you! It has always been you!”
  • Rest in His love and walk with him.
  • Deep your toe in the water, and if you see the water part, then you did your toe again.
  • God created us to be leaders.
  • If you feel a burden or a passion begin to step in faith and continue to step.
  • Historically women have been strong leaders as judges, prophets, and priests.
  • Women are strong helpers Ezer Kenegdo in the Hebrew standing face to face, side by side our male counterparts to be an advocate for justice, a mouth-piece for redemption, and reflect God’s character in all we do.
  • Created in the image of God we are glorious.
  • Let God speak over you, and fuel the fire within you.
  • Changing the world doesn’t mean fixing it all. Impacting the world around us doesn’t mean we have to solve all the problems.
  • Just love Jesus. Just trust Jesus.

My favorites quotes for this episode:

  • “His purpose is you. It has always been you.”
  • “Serve with grace in a culture that teaches me to hoard it all for myself.”
  • “Not be afraid to use my voice.”
  • “The most powerful thing I have still to this day are the heartfelt on your face before God cries in prayer that, that shatters the principalities and that shatters darkness.”


Ronne Rock finds joy in telling stories that change stories. She weaves themes of transformative hope and grace-filled leadership into everything she shares on page and stage. An award-winning marketing and communications executive in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, she now shares her more than 30 years of expertise in creative leadership with faith-based organizations.

Ronne also travels around the world to gather words and images that inspire others to action with Orphan Outreach, a global nonprofit dedicated to serving the orphaned and vulnerable. She’s a writer, blogger, and speaker–sharing battle-tested wisdom about leadership, advocacy marketing, and finding God in the most beautiful and painful of circumstances.

You can make a difference:

Ronne Rock is the author of One Woman Can Change the World: Reclaiming Your God-Designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are. Your purchase of One Woman Can Change the World transforms the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children through the ministry of Orphan Outreach. Ronne is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books to Orphan Outreach. Dar-Ul-Fazl in India is the first recipient of this gift, thanks to you!

One Woman Can Change the World

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Daniel Grothe: Chasing Wisdom in a Chaotic World, and Kristen Welch: Faith in the Unknown.


Dr. Michelle Bengtson: Exchanging Our Anxiety for Peace

Dr. Michelle Bengtson: Exchanging Our Anxiety for Peace

This week on the By His Grace podcast Misty Phillip is joined by Dr. Michelle Bengston to discuss how we can have peace in these difficult days. Michelle shares that worry, fear, and anxiety are not are portion. Michelle addresses this from her clinical experience as well as her own struggle with anxiety.

This is a power-packed episode and Michelle shares some incredible wisdom and practical tips.

Key takeaways:

  • We have to be intentional about addressing anxiety.
  • Worry seeps and anxiety creeps, and we need to deal with our feelings and thoughts or when a crisis happens it explodes.
  • We can choose God’s peace over our anxious thoughts.
  • The misappropriation of our thoughts drive a physiological response.
  • We need to slow down and pay attention to our thoughts and then take them captive.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us identify where we are not believing God.
  • Aligning your thoughts with God’s truth, and preaching to ourselves.
  • We are either listening to the voice of the enemy or the voice of truth.
  • Rebuke the lies and replace them with the truth.
  • Our feelings are the outward manifestation of what we believe.
  • We don’t have a spirit of fear, and we can break the cycle of fear in our lives.
  • Breaking anxiety with the acronym T.R.U.S.T.

Dr. Michelle Bengston is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with more than 20 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and mental disorders in children, adults, and seniors. She has been in private practice for more than a decade of that time. Speaker, author, and doctor, Michelle is also a woman—a wife, mother, and friend. She has experienced her share of trouble and trials and knows the pain of losing someone she loves as well as the despair that can follow trauma or illness.

Combining her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith, Dr. Bengtson is on a mission to instill hope in the hearts of others. Everyone goes through hard times, but you are not alone. Michelle knows hope is the key to the survival of your soul. Dr. Michelle Bengtson provides sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. She instills hope to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm.

Books: Breaking Anxiety’s Grip
Hope Prevails: Hope Prevails
Blog: Michelle’s Blog
Facebook: Dr Michelle Bengtson Facebook

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