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Life Beyond the Picket Fence Podcast
19 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Journeying through the Teen Years S2E3
Are you in the trenches of parenting irritable adolescents? Do you ever wonder "Who is this and where is my kid?" In this episode, Brenda speaks about the psychological and physiological changes happening during the adolescent years. This and a few other factors can help parents navigate their child through these surly tween and teen years. On top of raging hormones and body changes, children are also experiencing independence and autonomy. This can be excruciatingly difficult years to parent. In her book, Fledge: Launching Your Kids without Losing Your Mind, Brenda talks more about this natural and God given desire for independence. Social pressures from peers, media, and culture are also bombarding teens these days with thousands of mixed messages about how they should act and what to believe. All of these factors (biological, autonomy, social pressures, media messages) can be overwhelming for a tween/teen and cause them to behave differently than they normally would have. They may make stupid choices, speak disrespectfully, suddenly withdraw from family, throw temper tantrums, etc. Difficult as it may be, parents must try to empathize with their teen whose world is upside down at the moment. Brenda urges parents to take an assessment of their child, themselves, and the situation. Is there something triggering the behavior? Does it seem to occur once a month?Sometimes even, our child's disrespectful attitude triggers our own insecurities which adds to an already stressful situation. For parents in these tough teen years, Brenda offers some practical, healthy responses that will help parents build up a positive relationship with their child. Every child/parent/situation is different so please seek professional guidance if behavior/situation is significantly worsening. We'd love to hear from you! Please leave a review wherever you listen to the Life Beyond the Picket Fence podcast. Reviews help us reach more people with sound wisdom, biblical truths, and parenting advice! Thanks so much, we appreciate you listening!
24 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
This Year is a Gift: Part 2 Interview with Christy Lynne Wood
"Brokenness is a gift. This year is a gift. I think God is waking us up. I think he's calling us. I think he is allowing us to recognize we cannot do it by ourselves. We need a Savior." - Christy Lynne Wood Hello friends, hope you are having a great week! Today, we are concluding our interview with Christy Lynne Wood, talking about her life after meeting Jesus and how her heart's desire now is to introduce Him to others who are lost, fed up, and frustrated with performing based religion. Growing up in a very rule based, legalistic homeschool/church environment, Christy strove to please God, her church leaders, and her family. And then, at 15, Christy met Jesus. Years of seeing him as angry, disappointed, and distant, Christy began seeing God in a new light as she continued to read her Bible and spend time in prayer. She found how Scripture beautifully reveals God's character and how his love is constantly pursuing us even when we fail. There is so much packed into this episode from Brenda and Christy discussing the disillusionment with the current Christianity culture to how to wrestle through your own faith questions and pursue God's presence. To find out more about Christy and her ministry, find her on Facebook, Instagram, and her new website! Also check out her podcast Finding the Real God. And check out the audiobook of Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind!
22 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Finding Freedom in the Real God: Interview with Christy Lynne Wood part 1
"You can find the real God in the real Bible, when you read it for yourself. Not what someone else has told you about it or not what you think might be there. You can find the real God." - Christy Lynne Wood Hello friends! We hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving last week and were able to find time to rest as well! Welcome back as we continue sitting On The Front Porch, this time talking to our friend Christy Lynne Wood about her story of faith. Christy chose the tagline Finding the Real God for her ministry (podcast, blog, etc) and in this episode, we'll find out why. Growing up in a very rule based, legalistic homeschool/church environment, Christy strove to please God, her church leaders, and her family. And then, at 15, Christy met Jesus. Years of seeing him as angry, disappointed, and distant, Christy began seeing God in a new light as she continued to read her Bible and spend time in prayer. She found how Scripture beautifully reveals God's character and how his love is constantly pursuing us even when we fail. Make sure to catch our next episode as Christy and Brenda talk more about how the gospel shakes up the current christian culture and so much more! To find out more about Christy and her ministry, find her on facebook, instagram, and her new website! Also check out her podcast Finding the Real God.
27 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Sustaining Faith Through Big Disappointment Interview Part 2
Learn how to sustain your faith through big disappointments from a great interview with Andrea Miller.
27 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Overcoming Life’s Big Disappointments with Andrea Miller
In my interview with Andrew Miller, she shares practical tips for overcoming disappointments but also how to strengthen your faith when hope seems lost.
28 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
How to Draw Close to God S3E7
Ingrid and Brenda provide principles for how to draw close to God, both sharing from different faith perspectives.
20 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Best Tips for Family Life S3E6
Ingrid and Brenda talk today about their top three tips for family life. Join them On the Front Porch for this important episode!
18 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Why Women Need Other Women S3E5
Women are designed for relationships! Join Ingrid and Brenda as they talk about how to mentor other women in your season of life in this episode of On the Front Porch podcast series.
22 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
The Three Betty’s S3E4
Has there been a woman in your life who has invested in you or mentored you, “coming alongside” in a way that left a lasting impact? Brenda and Ingrid continue their summer conversations On the Front Porch by talking about women who have influenced them, both formally and casually. Ingrid has called them “Bettys” in honor of an early mentor of her. Both Brenda and Ingrid share about three women whose influence and example have guided and inspired them in their faith and in their roles as women. Qualities each of the Bettys brought to the relationships are similar to those desired in friendships: Honesty Transparency Sensitivity (or the ability to “see” them) Confidentiality Availability You might be surprised to hear who Brenda and Ingrid claim as their Three Bettys! This episode is the first in a two-part series on mentoring or discipling. Both of Brenda and Ingrid now choose to mentor other women. In part two, they will talk about what they’ve learned as they reach out to younger women in their church communities and beyond. Pull up a chair and join us for a friendly conversation about our Three Bettys. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher or Google podcasts so that you won’t miss an episode!
25 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Keys to Healthy Friendships S3E3
God created us for community and the smaller space of friendship. This week On The Front Porch, Brenda and Ingrid talk about friendship. Their own friendship began in their local community almost ten years ago! In this episode, Ingrid and Brenda talk about important qualities of friendship. These include: Healthy, nurturing friendships Honesty Trust The importance of reciprocity Boundaries in friendship And more! In addition, Ingrid and Brenda each share a unique friendship from a specific season of life. They also agree there is one key ingredient in sustaining a healthy, mutually satisfying friendship. Listen in to discover that ingredient! [Tweet ""The people who influence us the most are those who have the slightest notion that they did." Oswald Chambers, paraphrase""] Coming Up In the next episode, Brenda and Ingrid deepen the friendship conversation by sharing about women who have invested in them — even when they didn’t know they needed the investment. Pull up a chair and enjoy these front-porch conversations. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher or Google podcasts so that you won’t miss an episode!
24 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
The Power of Engaging in Your Community S3E2
Brenda has invited her good friend Ingrid to join her in a summer podcast series for conversations On the Front Porch. Between the two of them, they have over 100 years of lifetime wisdom of life, faith, and family, beyond the storybook image. Join Brenda and Ingrid for a front porch chat! In complying with the COVID 19 stay-at-home orders, Ingrid and Brenda realized how much they missed interacting with others outside of family. As local communities open us, they want to help you find ways to engage with your communities by serving the people around you. The importance of community God created us to live in community. The pandemic has highlighted the fact that grass roots efforts may be the best solution for real problems. By addressing needs in local communities, we make a difference right outside our back door. In this episode, Ingrid and Brenda talk about how they participate in their local community, the importance of engagement, and how you can learn to be hands-on in solving problems that are real and tangible. They leave you challenged with these questions: Where can you be involved in your local community? What resources, talents or time do you have to offer? What opportunities to serve and connect can you find right outside your own back door? Are there opportunities to serve that may not be something you would normally choose? Look with open hands and an open mind. What is your sphere of influence? How can you be a light in this dark time? Join us for even more front porch conversations. Subscribe the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher! In the weeks ahead, Brenda and Ingrid talk about: Gifts found in a nurtured and well-tended friendship. Stories of women who have impacted their lives Spiritual practices that have enriched their faith, drawing them into a deeper walk with God. They’ll compare notes on family, education and anything else that comes to mind, sharing what they’ve learned with you! Pull up a chair and enjoy these front-porch conversations! Our Sponsor You can find Ingrid's resources at www.ingridlochamire.com and on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IngridLochamireWriter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/IngridLochamire Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngridLochamire
22 minutes | May 26, 2020
On The Front Porch: New Podcast Series S3E1
We have exciting news! The Life Beyond the Picket Fence podcast is starting a new series titled "On the Front Porch" for season three. Brenda is excited to bring Ingrid Lochamire on the podcast with her where they''ll share insights, wisdom, and authentic conversation. You last heard them together on the Valuing Motherhood series at the end of season two. Between the two of them, they have over 100 years of lifetime wisdom of life, faith, and family, beyond the storybook image. Join us! The First Episode As we embrace summer, we find ourselves in the middle of what Brenda calls “The Great Pause.” Covid-19 has altered our lives, perhaps not just in the present, but also for the future. In this episode, Brenda and Ingrid share how front porch sitting might be one of the greatest take-aways from this life on pause! Brenda and Ingrid have been friends for a decade. Many of their best conversations have taken place on one of their front porches. In the first episode, they'll talk about what makes front porch conversations so meaningful, inviting you to listen! You'll also learn The significant of a front porch How they met What they have in common as friends What they’ve been doing while staying at home. This episode is the first in a summer-long series. Join us for even more front porch conversations! Subscribe the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher! What's coming up In the weeks ahead, Brenda and Ingrid talk about: Gifts found in a nurtured and well-tended friendship. Stories of women who have impacted their lives Ways to serve others right in our local communities. Spiritual practices that have enriched their faith, drawing them into a deeper walk with God. They’ll compare notes on family, education and anything else that comes to mind, sharing what they've learned with you! Pull up a chair and enjoy these front-porch conversations! Join Ingrid, and subscribe to her blog at: www.ingridlochamire.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IngridLochamireWriter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/IngridLochamire Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngridLochamire Sponsor Info: Today, we want to share two resources from our own Brenda Yoder for parents in the trenches of raising kids. Her first book, Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All is a practical guide to organizing and prioritizing the most important things in life while in the busiest time of life. Brenda's most recent book, Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind, is a helpful resource for parents in all stages, particularly those with teens or young adults. Fledge is available online and in most Christian bookstores.
25 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Series: Valuing Motherhood Interview with Ingrid Lochamire (S2E14)
In this episode and the last, Brenda shares Part Two of her interview with Ingrid Lochamire, a woman whose journey has powerful lessons from which to learn. Today's episode is powerful for parents helping their kids through crisis. You won't want to miss it!
29 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Series: Valuing Motherhood Interview with Ingrid Lochamire (S2 E13)
For the next two episodes, Brenda interviews Ingrid Lochamire, a woman whose journey has powerful lessons of hope and wisdom in adverse circumstances!
19 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Series: Valuing Motherhood Part 2 (S2 E12)
The world says you can be good enough as a mom. But God sees motherhood much differently. This podcast will transform your view of your daily routine.
18 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Series: Valuing Motherhood Pt. 1 (S2 E11)
Do you struggle seeing your value as a mom? In this 6 part series, Brenda Yoder shares how we can see the role the way God does, valuing motherhood.
22 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Simply Love Your Spouse S2 E10
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we get to talk about love! Not the fairy tale kind where all your dreams come true, but the kind that takes hard work, intentionality, and selflessness. If you are single or dating, please don't let the title of the message deter you. Brenda is going to share five principles of loving others that you can implement into any relationship. There is a lot out there about relationships, but we're going to take a look at what the Bible has to say. "A new command I give you: Love one another." John 13:34 This beautifully simple command is easier said than lived out, right?! How do two sinful, selfish people pursue love when life gets busy, stressful, and you are barely keeping your head above water with the kids, schedules, work, etc. You may have read books, attended retreats, and equipped yourself for a "loving" marriage, only to find you and your spouse arguing and discontent. Theoretically you should have the perfect marriage, but it really comes down to simply loving your spouse and here's how: Be FOR your spouse - Be on the same team as your spouse/Be "TEAM YOUR FAMILY" Grow your relationship with Jesus Christ Establish Healthy Boundaries Give Grace rather than Criticizing If you are in a abusive relationship or if there are serious issues within your relationship, please seek help from a trusted friend, pastor, or counselor. These five principles are to help you become a healthier person for a healthier marriage/relationship. For deeper growth on this topic, check out Brenda's book Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All; the marriage ministry of Mark and Jill Savage; Wives, Stop Parenting Your Husband on FortheFamily.org; Townsend and Cloud's book Boundaries and Boundaries in Marriage or their other resources online at Boundaries.me If you are encouraged by this podcast, please leave a review! Or email Brenda at Brenda@brendayoder.com! We love to hear from you!!
21 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Crossing Barriers Season 2 Episode 9
In the last episode, Brenda talked about what she has gleaned from her travels to India and other parts of the world. She shared that experiencing other cultures and meeting different people teaches us that though we are different, we all crave to be loved and accepted. The Menno Clinic in India, where Brenda is visiting currently, seeks to showcase this love and acceptance no matter a person's status, background, or beliefs. They are being like Jesus. Aren't we as Christians called to do that in our everyday lives? In our communities? In our families? These days, it's easier to be divided than to cross that divide. We stay with those who believe what we do, act the way we do, or like what we like. We tend to avoid those who are younger or older, those who don't have our knowledge or education, or those who vote opposite of us. Racial, gender, political, and many other "differences" can become barriers between us. Even in Christian culture, these barriers can go up if we're not careful. Jesus did not see barriers when he ministered to tax collectors, prostitutes, and thieves. He treated every person with value and respect, whether they reciprocated that or not. Begin the "barrier breaking" process by listening to others with the intent to know them, not to defend yourself or prove your point. Recognize that you can learn from other people and their experiences. Yes, even children can teach us. Practice eye to eye contact and give genuine smiles. Become a refreshing and hospitable person for others. You may find it surprisingly challenging to do these things with some people, but remember that it can take time. Just continue to listen, learn, and value the people around you and you will see God work!
20 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Lessons from India Season 2 Episode 8
Breaking down barriers. That is what is happening in Chiluvuru, India inside and outside the walls of the Menno Clinic. There, they provide medical, vision, and dental care to the surrounding community with a very specific goal in mind: to meet people of all faiths and all castes with the love of Jesus. Brenda serves on the Board of Directors for the Menno Clinic India, and is currently in India visiting their facility. Her experiences there have led her to glean some very important life lessons that she wants to share in this episode of the Life Beyond the Picket Fence podcast. When exposed to other cultures and/or people who believe differently or look different than we do, we begin to humbly understand a few things. We learn that we are all just people, created in the image of God, who crave to be seen, known, and accepted. The barriers that keep people apart vary from social, economical, racial, religious, and beliefs. As Christians, we are called to be a barrier breakers. To engage with a hurting and hostile world in a real and tangible way regardless of their beliefs or background. Are we doing that?! Be challenged, in this episode, to be a barrier breaker despite any fear, comfort loss, or hesitancy you may encounter.
19 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
Living BEYOND the Storybook Image Season 2 Episode 7
Welcome, friends, to a brand new year! To some, a new year means setting resolutions to better oneself in hopes of attaining some form of perfection. Even in the Christian community, we have lists and ideas of what we could be doing better or more of in order to achieve the "storybook image". It doesn't take long to realize that the pursuit is futile, and yet many of us still insist everything is smooth sailing even though we're falling apart. That's how the title Life Beyond the Picket Fence came about. In this episode, Brenda talks about her own struggle to appear put together while at the same time facing some truly challenging life situations. We all do it, especially in the Christian culture and especially as women. When Brenda opened up about her struggles with Christian friends, she was met with judgement and blank stares. She ached for someone to just listen and be there. That's what we all crave, isn't it? A good friend who walks beside us during life's journey with love, grace, and transparency. That's why Brenda began blogging, writing, speaking, and podcasting in order to reach other women who craved this type of authentic community too. Life is messy and we need to know we are not alone or we're not the only ones messing up. We desire steadfast friendships we can lean on when life doesn't go as planned. We hope for mature, godly friends who can advise us or guide us through dark times. We crave a safe space to let our guard down. We hope this podcast can be that safe space for you. Whether we're talking about tough topics, practical tips, or biblical truths, we commit to doing so with love, grace, and transparency. Whatever it is you're going through, know you're not alone and you are loved. Book Recommendations: A Redesigned Life by Tracy Steel Suffering is Never for Nothing by Elizabeth Elliot
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