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Karen Ehman: People Pleasing

Karen Ehman: People Pleasing

On this episode of the By His Grace podcast, I sit down with New York Times Best-selling author Karen Ehman to discuss people-pleasing. You ask yourself how can I stop pleasing others. Karen shares her life-long addiction and struggles with being a people pleaser. In her pursuit of wanting God, she struggled with pleasing other people. Which led to her summer of no. With honesty and practical wisdom, Karen explores why we fall into people-pleasing behaviors and offers advice for how we can break out into the freedom God has called us to. Because the truth is we cannot fulfill our divine purpose if we’re too busy living everyone else’s.

Karen is the author of When Making Others Happy is Making You Miserable: How to Break the Habit of People Pleasing and Confidently Live Your Life. Author and speaker Karen Ehman knows firsthand how people-pleasing locks us in a prison, traps us in unhealthy habits which distract us from our God-given purpose.

Key Takeaways

People-pleasing is a strength that is carried to an extreme

When we choose people over God, then we are putting people in the place of God, and let them call the shots instead of him

I underestimated my ability to take on a lot of things and I just kept saying yes to everything

The summer of necessary & no, doing only what was necessary for home and ministry

It was the hardest and best thing I’ve ever done

Put back on my plate only the things I knew God was calling me to, not the other things I was expected to do

Sometimes we feel like there’s so much to do, and we want to have our fingers in all of it

Write out everything you have to do, and what are the things that only you can do, what can I delegate or pay someone to do

Be firm in our no, and don’t over-explain

Scape your plate, and be prayerful about what you add back on


Karen’s website

When Making Others Happy is Making You Miserable: How to Break the Habit of People Pleasing and Confidently Live Your Life

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (ESV)

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Sarah Philpott: The Growing Season

Sarah Philpott: The Growing Season

On this episode, I sit down with award-winning author Sarah Philpott to discuss her new book, The Growing Season: A year of Down-on-the-Farm Devotions. In this devotion, Sarah walks through the seasons of farm life, sharing funny and heartwarming stories about life on a Tennessee cattle ranch. By reflecting on biblical principles, this seasonal devotional reminds you to be present and relish the splendor of God’s creation. Also included are farm tips for baking, grilling, planting, and more.

An award-winning author, Sarah Philpott, PhD, encourages people through the written word. She is the ECPA Award-nominated author of Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve and Cherish Your Child After Pregnancy Loss. Her newest release is The Growing Season: A Year of Down-on-the-Farm Devotions. She is a proud farm wife and farm mom of four.

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Key Takeaways

“To grow a little, you gotta cut a little”

“We have to prune to see Spiritual growth.”

“We have to decide in our lives the good things we have to let go.”

“Being rooted and grounded in love, to plant our roots deep.”

“When we are rooted in love, we are rooted in Him.”

“We have to stay rooted in God’s love to thrive.”

“Marvel More!”

“Understand the grandeur He’s created.”

“The earth declares the glory of God.”

“God’s sovereign hand is in control.”

“Be Present”

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Jordan Raynor: Redeeming Your Time

Jordan Raynor: Redeeming Your Time

On this episode the By His Grace podcast, I sit down with best-selling author Jordan Raynor to discuss his new book Redeeming Your Time: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive.This power-packed episode is filled with wisdom to not just to manage your time, or talk about productivity, but to redeem your time to partner with God to accomplish Kingdom work.

Jordan shares that the gospel biographies show Jesus facing many of the same challenges we face today as we seek to steward our limited time. And because he was infallible God, we can assume that Jesus managed his time perfectly, providing us with the ideal model to follow.

Key Takeaways

“The 7 Principles, they’re not just Biblical, I believe you can see them in the gospel modeled in the life of Jesus Christ”

“I’ve  never once read one, where accounted for the author time, God Himself of course, managed His time when He came to earth in the incarnation, in a human being named Jesus Christ”

“Jesus prioritized time with the Father above food, sleep, time with disciples above everything, we gotta do the same.”

“Before we set BIG goals for our life, we gotta be faithful with what’s in our hands right now”

“Jesus spent a phenomal amount of time in lonely places, sometimes the gospels translate that to solitary places, we have to do the same if we want to be creative, if we want to think clearly, if we want to listen to God’s voice”

“Jesus throughout the gospels was crazy busy, but remarkably unhurried.”

“We should be setting the biggest goals on the planet”

“God doesn’t need us to be productive, we can rest and the world is going to keep on spinning”

“My friends curate the news for me”

“We gotta recognize that quiet places are not places of weakness, there are places of great strength.”

7 Timeless Principles to Redeem our Time

  1. Start with The Word
  2. Jesus commanded our Yes, be Yes
  3. Dissent from the Kingdom of Noise
  4. Prioritize Your Yeses
  5. Accept Your Uni-presence
  6. Embrace Productive Rest
  7. Eliminate Hurry

3 Rhythms of Rest

  1. Bi-hourly breaks
  2. We need eight hours of Sleep
  3. Sabbath

Jordan’s favorite Practice – Taking control of when you check your messages

  1. Choice ahead of time, when you are going to check your messages
  2. Build a list of VIP’s that you want to have access to you at anytime
  3. Go to the VIP’s and set clear expectations of when you will check messages

“The days are evil, we are running out time, to do the work that God has created us to do”

Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and national bestselling author who helps Christians do their most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others. Through his books, podcast, and weekly devotionals, Jordan has helped millions of Christians in every single country connect the gospel to their work. 

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Jordan’s New Book: Redeeming Your Time: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive

Jordan’s Podcast: A Call to Mastery

Jordan’s website

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer

Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Job 42:2 ESV “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

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Dave Kubal: Intercessors for America

Dave Kubal: Intercessors for America

On this episode of By His Grace, I sit down with Dave Kubal, President and CEO of Intercessors for America. We discuss his response to the recent mandates, and his OpEd in The Stream. Intercessors for America President and CEO Dave Kubal explains why every Christian must stand against this right now. He asserts, regardless of our personal views, all Christians must stand together right now to protect religious freedom.The governments positioning itself to be the sole arbiter of deciding whether Americans’ personal religious beliefs are valid or not. This is a dangerous precedent that will only grow if not challenged.

Dave Kubal is CEO/President of Intercessors for America, a massive grassroots organization uniting over 300,000 citizens to pray, and then take action, on the issues confronting America. Equipping Christians to engage and speak truth into the important cultural debates of our day, Kubal is a nationally recognized faith leader. With over 35 years of national ministry experience, Kubal is a seminary-trained ordained pastor and former Vice President with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is author of Inspired Prayers and Fasting and has been a featured speaker at national conferences and events, including NFL Chapels. Kubal and his family reside in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Colossians 2:8  ESV “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ.”

Key Takeaways 

“News, Prayers, and Action”

“People are saying this is a time of great division in our nation, but I actually think it is a great time of isolation.”

“A very difficult time, driven by fear in America.”

“This is a battle of faith over fear.”

“People are choosing safety, over their freedoms”

“We have got to say enough.”

“Persecution is at an all-time high.”

“Jesus Christ called us to be salt and light.”

“Be impressed with what God’s doing.”


Intercessors for America

The Stream Op/Ed

Alliance Defending Freedom

First Liberty

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Kristin Bonin: Dream Defenders

Kristin Bonin: Dream Defenders

On this episode of By His Grace, I interview my friend Kristin Bonin. We discuss the importance of community, being a dream defender, finding community, mentoring, speaking affirmation into the lives of others, and being cheerleaders for others. Kristin Bonin is a speaker and author based in Houston, TX. She writes and speaks from her own personal challenges, struggles and lessons the Lord is teaching her along the way. She’s just a girl who has fallen in love with the idea of making God famous and has decided to chase hard after Him in hopes that others will too.

Key Takeaways 

  • “Be wise with your words.” 
  • “Not everybody needs to know your dreams.” 
  • “The Lord has shown me to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and some thick skin.”
  • “We need to have truth-tellers in our lives.” 
  • “My yes is a yes.” 
  • “We all need a Paul and we all need a Timothy.” 
  • “The enemy is going to try to snuff us out.” 


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