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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 #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 #48: shannon courtaney // intentional parenting

Today we get to talk with one of our favorite ladies! Shannon Courtaney has mentored Lyn in SO many ways over the years and has always pointed her to truth both in her words and by modeling it in her own life. She’s a mom to four sweet kids and is someone who many of us look to for wisdom and encouragement in our little community here in Valparaiso, Indiana. Shannon and her husband Brad are not the perfect parents by any means, but we believe they have been gifted with grace and wisdom, and we are excited…

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 #39: Christina Stembel // FARMGIRL FLOWERS

Today we have none other than Christina Stembel – founder, CEO and creative genius behind Farmgirl Flowers! We chat with Christina about her company and how they got started, her love for business, knack for creating beauty, and she even offers up some advice for would be entrepreneurs. And seriously, this gal is a GEM. Not only is she super hardworking, genuine, and crazy talented, but she’s built a successful, thriving business, and doesn’t even have a college degree. So listen in while we chat flowers, business, and giggle a little about Christina and Dannette&#8217…

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 #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 #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…

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 #28: Rooted Chicago

This week we chat with our friends at Rooted Chicago. This is a group that we have grown to love and appreciate so much! Their mission is to encourage & connect women to the movement of God in the city of Chicago and beyond. They truly are women who want fewer things, deeper roots & grounded lives. Today you’ll meet Mary Potter and Sandy Hamstra, two complete gems, who help lead and steward the efforts at Rooted Chicago. They share a bit with us about the heart of Rooted and its hardworking team and what that looks like…

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 #20: Joanna Ivey – Adoption Story (part 2)

This week we get to hear Part 2 of Joanna Ivey’s ah-mazing adoption story. Joanna shares all about the few unbelievable days she spent in the hospital with the birth mom and how God orchestrated the details in a crazy-beautiful way. She also shares her heart for adoption and specifically why they chose to adopt { and seriously, hearing her tell this part of the story left us in tears }. We also talk about Project Free 2 Fly, a non profit in Cleveland, TN, where Joanna works as the Creative Director. We get to hear all about…

by design episode #19: Joanna Ivey – Adoption Story (part 1)

In this episode we chat with Joanna Ivey about her awe-inspiring story of adoption. And yes, it’s awe-inspiring dear friends! Joanna shares her family’s over two year journey thru domestic adoption to bring home their sweet son Sutton Justus. {and isn’t that just the best name ever?!!!} We talk with Joanna about the long road they walked waiting, the “plans” they had for their adoption and ultimately what they learned about surrendering the comfortable places and laying down control. She also shares the most beautiful story about her son&#8217…

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…

by design episode #15: Pastor Lionel Young & Home Office Remodel

Today we chat with Pastor Lionel Young about God’s design for design… and how it’s grounded in beauty, just like God himself. Pastor Lionel unpacks the significance of that and what it means for us as image bearers, and in essence gives us permission to enjoy beauty as God intended. (Which I think some of us need to be encouraged in, don’t we?!) We talk beauty in creation, in our homes, in our work and even it’s purpose in the church. Pastor Lionel has such an inspiring perspective, and is a wealth of knowledge and…

by design episode #8: Kelly Lackey & Revelation Wellness

In this week’s episode we talk to our dear friend Kelly Lackey about the design of our bodies and why we need to take care of them. She is a Revelation Wellness instructor and truly has a great balance of wellness in her home and her life. She shares a bit of her inspiring energy with us and gives some encouraging tips to keep you moving your body! We’re friends who laugh {a lot!!!} together, encourage one another, and sometimes even cry big ol’ tears together. And honestly, it’s not always easy to let yourself be…