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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 #62: waving the banner of love, hope & faith // dannette’s accidental kitchen reno

Today we share a few of our sentiments as we discuss some of the hard and ugly things happening in the world these days. We chat about God’s desire for us to be one in Christ, the beauty of creation in all it’s diversity, and we share a few ideas on how to stand in this broken world and wave the banner of love and hope and faith. +++ We also talk about Dannette’s accidental kitchen reno that involved four microwaves and eventually domino-ed into new countertops, a soon to be installed backsplash and…

by design episode #61: embracing your season & homework station ideas

Today we talk about embracing your season of life and living fully right where you are. We encourage you to press into where God has you in this season, because we believe he wants to do a work in you and through you, right where he has you. We also chat a bit about the new school year and set you up to win with some great ideas for homework stations. Because if you’re anything like us, the school year snuck up on us a bit, and we are totally not ready for the homework battle. Can we…

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 #58: Being Faithful in the Small Things

Have you guys ever been a little scared to do something new and out of your comfort zone? On today’s episode we talk about some new and exciting steps of faith for us. Lyn has her first speaking engagement this fall, and she’s still kinda shocked! Dannette is embracing her calling as a writer, and God’s been opening up new places for her to share her gift. So, if you’re feeling called to step out and do something new, or if God’s really been tugging at your heart — be…

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 #56: Eyes on Him // Dannette Gora

Keep your eyes on God. I’ve had someone ask me before what that really means. Because apparently, I say it often. So what does that really mean? And what does that look like? EYES ON HIM. It’s sort of become my life mantra after the rolling seas of 2014. It’s when I learned to keep my eyes above the waves; to keep my eyes on God and not my circumstances. And I say it often, yes, because I tearfully lived it and know how it can change the depths of the really hard from bitter to bearable…

by design episode #55: a modest heart & tile backsplashes // kitchen reno series

Today we finish up our series on Kitchen Reno’s with some advice on tile backsplashes. We chat about the best tile sizes to use, whether or not to run your countertop up the wall, and all our favorite options as far as tile style goes. We also talk a little about modesty and not just in the sense of how we dress. We’re talking about a modest heart posture, one that doesn’t seek to bring glory and attention to itself, but rather to God. We focus on asking ourselves some questions to help get to the…

by design episode #51: pursuit

Today we talk about the topic of PURSUIT and what that looks like in terms of our faith. We discuss how God is after our hearts, how he pursues us, follows after us, and how he is forever longing to heal and restore the broken within us all. We chat about the things we find ourselves chasing, the longing in our hearts to be found, and the beauty of the pursuit of God. Lyn also shares a bit about her passion for this idea of pursuit and how it led her to start a women’s gathering here in…

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 #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 #38: Pastor Josh Reasoner // What About Repentance?

This week on { by design } we chat with the brilliant Josh Reasoner about repentance and what that looks like in the life of a believer. Josh is the Pastor of Family and Children’s Ministries at Calvary Church in Valparaiso, IN where he lives with his wife Christy and their three sweet kiddos. Josh also holds a BS in civil engineering and is currently completing his MA in Christian Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. As we’ve been learning about the freedom we have Christ, we’ve also been asking ourselves some hard but needed questions…

by design episode #37: Having Faith & Living Like We Believe It

Dannette and I are so humbled to be in your ears every week! This episode we talk about some burning questions we’ve both had on our heart. God’s been showing and growing us in what it means to truly believe and have faith that God will provide, no matter the circumstance or need. We chat about how it looks to really LIVE your faith, even when the impossible is knocking at your door. We look at Exodus, Joshua and 2 Chronicles and discuss our need for faith and repentance, and the incredible freedom and healing that…

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 #34: home from kenya & kids alive

Hey friends!! Today’s podcast is super exciting for us as Lyn is finally back and telling us all about her family’s trip to Kenya!!! You won’t want to miss it… especially if you’ve ever wanted to do something that has forever impact. She shares all about Kids Alive International {kidsalive.org} and how they’re doing an incredible job of saving kids that are vulnerable and at risk around the world. Stories of real life kids who now have hope because of people like you and me. People who feel…

by design episode #33: Being in Community

Today we talk about what it means to be in community with others. We’ve touched on this subject before, but today we dig a little deeper and talk about how important this idea of community is for us to grow and mature in our faith. And it’s hard, right? To invest in relationships for the long haul and allow people to see the real you is just not that easy. But it’s SO worth it, and we don’t want any of you to miss out on it. So if you have a…

by design episode #32: Resource Global

On this week’s episode we hear from Mary & Sandy at Resource Global. They share the heart and vision of this unique nonprofit and how they are working to equip and charge young leaders all over the world to live more fully for the Lord. They currently have groups in Chicago and Jakarta, Indonesia and are exploring cohorts in other countries like Nairobi, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Lima. We absolutely LOVE what this organization is about and what they’re doing to “ready” people of faith in the workplace. We also chat about the dynamic of…