Author Kendra Smiley joins Arlene to give real encouragement to moms from her new book, "Mother of the Year: 365 Days of Encouragement for Devoted Moms."  

Kendra is a mother of 3 grown sons, and grandmother of 11.  With humor and wisdom, Kendra shares heartwarming stories that teach valuable lessons about making the most of motherhood.  

Learn more at 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:33am PDT

Do you struggle with food?  Arlene interviews Asheritah Ciuciu about her new book, "Full: Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction."  Learn how you can finally put food in its proper place and break the hold it may have on your heart and health.  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58am PDT

Author Sharon Jaynes joins Arlene to talk about her new book "A 14 Day Romance Challenge: Reigniting Passion in Your Marriage."  You'll be encouraged to captivate your husband all over again.  Find out why romance isn't just for Hollywood movies and how you can experience romance with your spouse more and more in everyday life.  

Direct download: Romance_Challenge_with_Sharon_Jaynes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:11pm PDT

Does raising children in this current culture scare you sometimes? 

Wife and mom of four Cindy Bultema joins me to talk about raising godly kids in a godless society.  Based on her new Bible study on 1 Corinthians, Live Full Walk Free, you'll learn how to: 

-Have tough conversations about pop culture 

-Share your past mistakes and sins in a redemptive way 

-Engage with the culture instead of running away from it 

-Embrace "shame off you" instead of "shame on you" 

-Make the Bible more a part of your everyday life as a busy woman 

Learn more about Cindy at 

Direct download: Live_Full_Walk_Free_with_Cindy_Bultema.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:32am PDT

My friend author Angie Mosteller is here to help us recognize the godly symbols of the season (and how to pass on these treasures to our kids).   Angie has a wonderful book titled, Christmas: Celebrating the Christian History of Classic Symbols, Songs and Stories.

On the podcast, you'll learn:

Why we decorate with Christmas trees 

A surprising story about the carol "O Holy Night" 

What to say to your kids about Santa 

What are two important criteria for whether or not you should put something on your Christmas activity list?  

Visit Angie's website at Celebrating Holidays to learn more about her book and find a ton of Christmas resources like Christmas playlists of Advent songs, stories, the meaning of symbols, and recipes.  

Direct download: Creating_Christmas_Traditions_with_Angie_Mosteller.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:14pm PDT

Joanne Miller, author of Creating a Haven of Peace, joins Arlene to talk about making your home a place of refuge and joy.  In this busy, crazy world, wouldn't it be nice for your family members to come home and sigh with relief.  This is where I'm safe.  This is where I'm loved. 

On this podcast, you'll learn how to: 

- Create a strong marriage even with the busyness of being parents

- How to use the five senses to make your home special

-Start a new branch of your family tree, even if you were raised in a less-than-peaceful home

-Benefit from the power of mentoring

- Put more fun and less business in your family life

- Practice family traditions that your kids will always remember


Learn more about Joanne and Creating a Haven of Peace at 

And learn more about Joanne's husband Dan Miller at 

Direct download: Joanne_Miller_on_Creating_a_Haven_of_Peace.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55pm PDT

Whether you need help as a single mom or encouragement with your prodigal children, this interview with author Janet Thompson will touch your heart and help you prioritize what is really important. 

You'll learn: 

-How to better journey through divorce and single parenting

-How to pray for your prodigal child

-The importance of woman-to-woman mentoring

-What to do if you feel alienated by the church because you are divorced or a single parent

-How to win the spiritual battles in your home  

Direct download: Hope_for_the_Single_Mom_and_Prodigals_with_Janet_Thompson_.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23pm PDT

Many children today struggle with ADHD.  Dr. Jennifer Degler joins Arlene to talk about her son Jake who was diagnosed at a young age.  You'll learn important coping and helping strategies.  Even though he was told he wouldn't ever be able to read well, Jake went on to take AP classes, go to college and win awards.  Behind him was a mom who wouldn't take no for an answer.  

Direct download: Jennifer_Degler_on_Hope_for_ADHD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30am PDT

Ruth Schwenk is a pastor's wife, mom of 4, author and blogger extraordinaire. Her new book is titled, "For Better or For Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House." On today's podcast, you'll learn:

-How to regain proper perspective as a mom
-The mission of being a mom
-How to have a calmer, saner home
- How to make decisions about kids' sports and activities

You'll be encouraged to remember that the moments matter. What you do with your kids is not forgotten or unimportant.

Learn more about Ruth at or


Direct download: Ruth_Schwenk_on_Becoming_a_Happy_Mom.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:14am PDT

Mother of 7 Hannah Keeley joins Arlene in part 2 of this conversation about becoming a happy mom.  You'll learn how to: 

- Manage stress better 

- Have more fun as a mom 

- Limit screen time for your kids (including high schoolers) 

- Trust God more and worry less 

- Make peace with a less-than-perfect Pinterest life 

Hannah is the founder of Mom Mastery University, and the host of "Hannah Help Me!"  She has been featured on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, the Rachael Ray Show, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Learn more about Hannah at 

Direct download: Hannah_Keeley_on_Becoming_a_Happy_Mom_Part_2.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36am PDT