Balanced | Tricia Goyer

Who is Dr. Magdalena Battles

Dr. Magdalena Battles has a Ph.D. in psychology, a master’s degree in professional counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree in child psychology. Her post-graduate studies were completed at Harvard. She is a writer and conference speaker who specializes in parenting, child development, family relationships, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She shares her real-life experiences and professional insights on this website (Living Joy Daily) and on LifeHack.org, where she was named one of their top writers. She and her family enjoy camping in the RV and have visited 32 national parks so far. Magdalena is involved in her church and local community through Bible studies, book club, cheer coaching, and after-school programs. She and her husband reside in Texas where they are raising their three young children, a dog named Max, and a handful of silkie chickens. Hat obsessed, fascinator loving, and passionate about dressing nice without spending a fortune are some things you will find out about her on this blog. All of her blog postings are cross-posted in her very active Facebook group called Dr. Magdalena Battles; Living Joy Daily. Magdalena is the author of Let Them Play and 6 Hidden Behaviors that Destroy Families.

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Walk it Out #169: The Power of Writing It Down with Allison Fallon

WIO #169: The Power of Writing it Down with Allison Fallon. This episode will have you reaching for your pen to write! There is power in writing it down!

The Power of Writing It Down with Allison Fallon

Can good things come to those who write? Today’s guest Allison Fallon knows that most people think of writing as a chore, but she considers it self-care. And, after this interview, I agree!

WIO #169: The Power of Writing it Down with Allison Fallon. This episode will have you reaching for your pen to write! There is power in writing it down!

Writing has power. Writing helps us find our voice and pay attention to our lives. Writing can help us to get us unstuck in many areas of our lives.

WIO #169: The Power of Writing it Down with Allison Fallon. This episode will have you reaching for your pen to write! There is power in writing it down!

Writing down your story is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal to see your life with clarity and become the most empowered version of you. You have something totally unique and immensely valuable to offer the world—and writing can help you unlock it. In this episode, Allison and I unpack all that writing can offer you! I know you’re going to be inspired to pick up your pen after listening to this episode!

WIO #169: The Power of Writing it Down with Allison Fallon. This episode will have you reaching for your pen to write! There is power in writing it down!

Who is Allison Fallon?

Allison Fallon is an award-winning author, sought-after public speaker, and nationally recognized writing coach. She has worked with thousands of people to realize their writing potential and become published authors.

WIO #169: The Power of Writing it Down with Allison Fallon. This episode will have you reaching for your pen to write! There is power in writing it down!

You can order The Power of Writing it Down HERE.

About the Book:

Discover the power of (finally) getting unstuck, claiming your clarity, and becoming the person whose life you want to live—all through a simple self-care practice you can build into your daily routine. 

For anyone who’s trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the freedom you want is entirely within reach. This practice and pathway are free, it’s readily available every day of your life, it takes just minutes of your time, and anyone can do it.

Author, writing coach, and speaker Allison Fallon’s life transformed when she discovered the power of a daily writing practice. As it turns out, using your words is one of the most powerful means you have for unlocking your life. The Power of Writing It Down is your guide to this transformative tool available to us all. In as little as five to twenty minutes a day, scientific research shows this daily practice can help you:

Drawing from years of coaching hundreds through the writing process—from first-timers to New York Times bestselling authors—Allison shares tried and tested practices for getting started, staying inspired, and using this simple habit to shift how you feel and show up to your life. Pen and paper is simply the method, but the reward is the real magic: new depths of self-discovery, creativity, and intentionality for living.

WIO #169: The Power of Writing it Down with Allison Fallon. This episode will have you reaching for your pen to write! There is power in writing it down!

Walk It Out Scripture

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

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WIO #169: The Power of Writing it Down with Allison Fallon. This episode will have you reaching for your pen to write! There is power in writing it down!

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5 Keys to Making Space for Life-Giving Relationships

These 5 keys to making space for life-giving relationships can help you find balance when relationships seem off-center. There is a way to retain friendships but support the time constraints we need to foster our own inner peace and nurture those most important to us. This week we welcome Emily Grabatin to the blog to share how to build space for those life-giving relationships in your life and you can enter below for a chance to win a copy of Emily’s book Dare to Decide!

5 tips for making space for life-giving relationships

5 Keys to Making Space for Life-Giving Relationships

I felt worn out.

I had spent most of my life content as an introvert with a couple of close friends and plenty of solitude. Now I felt like Miss Popularity, whose schedule was packed with coffee dates, volunteer commitments, relationship drama, helping friends move, and Friday night invitations, plus wrangling the three-hour time zone difference to call my parents. Interactions that had once made me feel alive and purposeful now stirred an inner war between my needs and others’ expectations.

I knew I had to figure out how to reprioritize my time spent with people, but I felt stuck. The thought of disappointing or offending someone felt exhausting.

One night over dinner with a friend, I blurted, “I have too many people in my life. I don’t know what to do.”

It turned out she had a process for how she managed her relationships. Knowing this gave me permission to design my own framework for being intentional about the people in my life.

Several years later, as I was juggling motherhood, a full-time job, and getting serious about purpose coaching, I came across Tricia Goyer’s book, Balanced. I realized all over again how life-giving it is to create a filter for what gets your yeses or nos.

Here are five principles I have found useful in becoming more intentional about my relationships:

5 Keys to Making Space for Life-Giving Relationships

  1. Believe there’s a different way.

I could slip into a persevering mode, waiting for life to go back to “normal”, or I could use that sense of striving to remind me I need a fresh approach. Talking to my friend and reading the stories in Tricia’s Balanced helped me see other ways to live out the different facets of my calling.

 

  1. Clarify your values.

I made a list of the people in my life, as well as what I received from and gave to that relationship. Considering where I felt conflicted, I identified my values behind these interactions, such as responsibility and servant-heartedness. While identifying my values was helpful, it wasn’t enough. I had to define what living them out looked like to me. For example, for years I agreed to help anyone who asked. Once I had more demands on my time, I planned to stay at the end of events to help clean up, and chose to help certain people in ways that freed them up to do what they were called to do.

 

  1. Recognize the types of relationships you need.

Living a purpose-filled life means ebbs and flows of giving and receiving, nurturing and learning, solitude and interacting. When I felt overburdened, I made a second list to understand why—a list of the kinds of life-giving relationships I needed. Starting with my relationship with God and myself, I added others such as come-as-you-are friends, family, collaborators, new connections, mentors, and those I mentored. Making this list helped me realize I was giving more than receiving, and clarified the dynamics I needed.

 

  1. Create a framework.

To help instill these boundaries in my life, I created an ideal schedule of time-blocks designated for each relationship type.  When peers would ask to invite me to coffee their product party, I now had the language to decline or defer without feeling guilty or rude. This framework also gave me a way to check how “balanced” I was each week.

 

  1. Invite God to lead.

While a framework is a helpful tool, it’s meaningless without aligning it to God’s purposes. To avoid falling into people-pleasing or rule-following ruts, I continually have to ask Him, is this someone You want me to make room for? Or is this someone You want to guide elsewhere? It would also be easy to use it as an excuse to exclude the people who annoyed or drained me. Living a purpose-filled life means welcoming opportunities to strengthen my character or show God’s hope and love — and asking him God to help mature me.

 

5 Keys to Making Space for Life-Giving Relationships

People are the treasure of heaven. When circumstances shift, it’s time to get intentional about who we give our time and attention and to explore fresh approaches to doing so. Thankfully, we have a God who guides us beyond our understandingbeco. He becomes our strength even when we have little to give.

5 Keys to Making Space for Life-Giving Relationships

If you’re ready to move forward in your calling join Emily as she shares stories of when she needed peace, clarity and courage at life’s crossroads. If you have felt paralyzed from the fear of the unknown, being misunderstood and making the wrong decisions, you’ll find gentle grace and encouragement within the pages of this book. Through thought-provoking questions and practical strategies, you can design your meaningful life one small dare at a time.

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Emily Grabatin infuses hope into dormant and God-called dreams. Through coaching, writing and leadership development, she helps individuals recognize who they are, uncover what makes them feel alive, and streamline their focus so they can flourish.

The greatest gifts Emily has received have been from individuals who saw her potential even through seasons of restlessness, burnout and wandering.  She appreciates people holding a space for her to discover her own answers and step out into her calling. Now she’s passionate about offering that gift to others.

 

For more information on Emily, visit the Dare to Decide website where you can receive a free chapter.

 

Walk It Out #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea


WIO #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea Apologetics doesn't have to be a scary word. If you have kids, you're going to love this episode!

Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea

Does the word “apologetics” scare you? I shouldn’t. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which refers to a speech of defense, typically for one’s own self. When we study apologetics we are learning why we believe what we believe. This is important for everyone, especially kids.

WIO #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea Apologetics doesn't have to be a scary word. If you have kids, you're going to love this episode!

“Apologetics is an amazing evangelistic tool,” says today’s guest Jesse Florea. “It’s the Holy Spirit who softens people’s hearts to the truth of the gospel, but by studying the evidence and facts for Christianity, a person seeking the truth can gain even more confidence in his or her decision to follow Christ. Becoming a Christian takes faith and belief. Apologetics makes that belief much stronger because it’s built on facts.”

WIO #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea Apologetics doesn't have to be a scary word. If you have kids, you're going to love this episode!

Establishing a foundation in apologetics early on may also help guard against the church drift many young adults who grow up in church experience as they get older. Today Jesse talks about an amazing resource for kids. I know you’re going to love it!

WIO #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea Apologetics doesn't have to be a scary word. If you have kids, you're going to love this episode!

Who is Jesse Florea?

Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for nearly 20 years. For more than 15, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from Wheaton College in Illinois.
Jesse served as the general editor for the CSB Defend Your Faith Bible, an apologetics Bible for kids. He is co-author of The Case for Christ for Kids and The Case for Christ for Kids 90-Day Devo with Lee Strobel. Jesse has been a contributor to LifeWay’s Stand Firm magazine for more than a decade.
WIO #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea Apologetics doesn't have to be a scary word. If you have kids, you're going to love this episode!

You can order Defend Your Faith HERE.

About the Book:

Why do you believe in God?

Answering that question might seem hard, but it’s important. And this book can help. This introduction to apologetics offers one hundred devotions that will give you real tools and real answers for why you believe in God and why you trust the Bible.

You’ll dig in the dirt to uncover archaeological evidence. You’ll be inspired by stories of real-life defenders of the faith, and you’ll see God’s fingerprints all over creation.

So ask the hard questions. Find the answers. And be empowered to defend your faith.

 

 

Walk It Out Scripture

WIO #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea Apologetics doesn't have to be a scary word. If you have kids, you're going to love this episode!

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 2:4

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WIO #146: Defend Your Faith with Jesse Florea Apologetics doesn't have to be a scary word. If you have kids, you're going to love this episode!

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