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by design episode #69 : Sharing our Faith

Today we share a little of what we’ve been learning as our life group works their way thru Matt Chandler’s study on the book of Philippians. We discuss the account in Acts 16 where Paul witnessed to Lydia, the possessed girl, and the jailer and how he humbly met each person where they were as he shared his faith. We talk about how hard it can be at times to share our faith, the importance of doing in love, and how (like Jesus) we need to learn to ask the right questions. Thanks so much for…

by design episode #67: Holley Gerth // Fiercehearted

Today we chat with the lovely Holley Gerth about her new book “Fiercehearted”. Holley is a best selling author, speaker, life coach, counselor and she also co-founded the wonderful online community (in)courage. Whew, right? This sweet lady has leaned in and embraced her calling fully, and she shares a few of  the highs and lows along the way. We chat about infertility, adoption, and what it looks like to be an introvert and an all-in encourager of women at the same time. Holley shares her struggle with doing ALL the things (which we can relate…

by design episode #66: girls trips, heart checks & what it means to be IN Christ

On today’s episode we chat girls trips, heart checks, and what it means to be IN Christ. We dig in to the truth of who we are “in Christ”, how the Father sees us because of it, and ultimately how living from that truth can change not only the way we see ourselves, but also how we serve and love others. We also give you instructions involving making a list and lighting candles. So listen in, grab a pen and paper, and get those matches ready! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest…

by design episode #64: Home Staging Tips

On today’s episode Lyn gives some tips for staging your home, and we share a few guidelines to help get you moving in the right direction. We also chat books — what we’re reading and about to pick up. And don’t forget about our up and coming Gift Giving Guide! We’re in the process of preparing for our lists now (we’re ahead of the game, obviously!), so please send us some of your favorite artisans, etsy shops, small businesses, whatever. We’d love to feature you or one of…

by design episode #63: Finishing Your Race Well // Life Change Center Finishes

Today we chat about running our race, doing it well, and making our days count. Like REALLY count in light of eternity. Lyn shares about a friend who recently lost a loved one, and we discuss the mix of feelings and emotions and ultimately what that can point us to. We also talk about doing the next small thing, whatever it may be, to move forward in our faith when we feel stuck. Dannette also shares a bit about an interiors project we’ve been working on that’s almost finished. She shares the overall design concept, some…

by design episode #60: LIVING BELOVED & back yard party decor

Today on the podcast we chat about the hard to believe truth that we are the BELOVED of God. We discuss a little about the book that inspired this conversation, a few scriptures that Dannette is all excited about, and what it looks like to really take hold of this truth and live as the beloved. And on our design chat, Lyn shares some of the details behind the big pursuit event she coordinated. This girl has vision, friends! You’ll be all inspired to throw a party in your backyard after this one…and without spending a…

by design episode #59 // PURSUIT LIVE

Today is a really special episode! Many of you know Lyn hosted a women’s event in her backyard with a panel of women discussing what pursuing God looks like. WE RECORDED IT, and now you can listen along even if you weren’t there! It was such a magical evening, full of rich conversation, encouragement, and amazing worship! Make sure you listen all the way to the end where you can hear a couple of the songs led by Kurt Felsman and Sydney Perry. Thanks so much for listening! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by…

by design episode #57 Hope and Chalk Board Paint

On today’s episode we catch up on some things going on in our lives, {like PURSUIT in Lyn’s backyard THIS THURSDAY!! YOU should come!!} and what God’s been growing in us.  We share how hope, real lasting hope has helped us both in the darkest hours of our lives. We know all to well that sometimes in our right now, hope seems far off and unavailable. But, with reminding ourselves of truth, we can cling to the only promises that we can trust. We also talk about our deep love for chalk board paint…

by design episode #50: LINA ABUJAMRA // Living with Power

Alright guys… so today is episode 50 for us…and we’re probably more excited about our GUEST than we are about it being #50!!! Today we have LINA ABUJAMRA on the show, and if you haven’t heard of her yet, you need to listen in because she is doing some amazing things in the name of Jesus. Lina works as a Pediatric ER doctor in Chicago, and she also founded a non profit called LIVING WITH POWER. On top of that, Lina is a gifted speaker (we’re talking anointed!), has written multiple…

by design episode #49: The Verb with Dr. Holleman {CHOSEN}

Dr. Heather Holleman is back in this episode to discuss the verb CHOSEN. As we’ve mentioned before, Heather has a PhD in English Literature and has been teaching writing at Penn State for 10+ years. She also writes books (like life changing ones!) and we’re excited to share her passion for verbs and knowledge of God’s word with you all! Today we chat about what it means to be CHOSEN from Ephesians 1. Heather shares 7 reasons WHY God chose us, and the way she breaks it down for us is super encouraging. Oftentimes…

by design episode #47: lisa-jo baker // never unfriended { bonus episode! }

Since this weekend is Mother’s Day, we thought we’d treat you all with a BONUS episode!  We’re chatting with the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker in this one, and seriously, who better to encourage us all for Mother’s Day than this gem?! Lisa tells us all about her new book Never Unfriended and unpacks the beautiful and sometimes painful concept of friendship. She shares some really great insight about how to build friendships that last, and we’re so inspired by her take on this that we wanted to share a quote…

by design episode #45: Kay Warren // Sacred Privilege

Today’s episode was such an honor to record. We chat with the radiant Kay Warren about her new book Sacred Privilege, which releases TODAY! Kay shares a bit of her journey as a pastor’s wife with us (Kay and her husband Rick Warren co-founded Saddleback Church in California) and she even shares a few of the very real road bumps and valleys along the way. We chat about her heart for those in the midst of ministry and she gives some great words of encouragement and wisdom for those struggling thru the hard places. We…

by design episode #43: Kristen Welch // We are THAT family

On today’s episode we chat with one of our favorite writers and humans, Kristen Welch! Kristen blogs at www.weareTHATfamily.com, she’s written a couple of books {two of which are on Lyn’s list of the BEST books eva!} Rhinestone Jesus and How to Raise Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, AND she founded a non profit in Kenya called Mercy House. She’s a gal who started writing to encourage young momma’s thru the journey of motherhood, and she’s found a way to share her story of faith…

by design episode #40: The Verb with Dr. Holleman {GUARDED}

This week we’re talking with one of our favorite people, Dr. Heather Holleman! We’re starting a new segment on By Design called The Verb with Dr. Holleman where we’ll chat with Heather about a specific “verb” used in the Bible and how that one word can change both the way we live and how we see ourselves in light of God’s word. Heather has a PhD in English Literature and has been teaching writing at Penn State for 10+ years. We have been so blessed by this gal, and we…

by design episode #36: rebekah lyons // you are free

On today’s episode we chat with the lovely Rebekah Lyons about her new book You Are Free…which releases TODAY! This is such a great book, friends!!! We devoured it, giving air high fives and crying tears of conviction. Yep, it’s THAT good. We chat truth and get to hear about a few of Rebekah’s design loves. You don’t want to miss this one! Rebekah is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning and now You are Free: Be Who You Already Are. She…

by design episode #30: the new year

On today’s episode we chat about the new year. We toss around a few resolutions, chat about setting goals, and share some of what God has put on our hearts for 2017. We also talk books and share a few up coming releases that we’re excited to get our hands on! There are lots of great little nuggets in this one. Be sure to give it a listen! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/bydesignpodcast MOVIES: The Crown on Netflix Call the Midwife on Netflix The Young…

by design episode #29: Sarah Bragg

On today’s episode we chat with Sarah Bragg. This wife and momma of two writes, works in ministry, has her own podcast, and also has a little decorating business on the side! ? {Yep, she’s awesome.} She’s also a wealth of knowledge, has a heart to encourage, and we just love her to bits. We chat about contentment, body image, parenting, and of course, decorating and design. Sarah has worked with students in ministry for more than 15 years. Her book titled Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves helps…

by design episode #27: Heather Holleman

In this week’s episode we chat with the amazing Heather Holleman. This woman is brilliant, beautiful and brave — and we know you’ll be SO DANG BLESSED by her! She’s a wife, a mom to two girls, an accomplished professor, has a PhD in English literature, AND has penned some pretty incredible books. She has this way of painting pictures with words that speak to the soul. Seriously. She’s a gift. Not to mention she’s written one of our favorite books Seated With Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of…

by design episode #17: Shannan Martin

On today’s episode we talk with Shannan Martin, author of the new release, Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted. Shannan is a blogger, speaker, and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. She and her jail-chaplain husband have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. Having sold their dream farmhouse, they now enjoy neighborhood life in Goshen, Indiana. She blogs at www.ShannanMartinWrites.com Shannan shares some of the back story behind her new book Falling Free and her still-unfolding story of…