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The Vibrant Christian Living Podcast with Alicia Michelle
43 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
124: Trusting God As We Follow God-Sized Dreams with Rachel Swanson
Has God asked you to step out in faith to pursue God-sized dreams or a life calling that feels scary and overwhelming? Even if we have a strong relationship with God, all kinds of negative thoughts and fear can arise when we step into a new season of trusting God with our life calling and big dreams. Today my guest Rachel Swanson and I are talking about listening to God when He calls us to pursue a God-sized dream, specifically how to stay strong and have courage to follow your dreams as you walk by faith and manage the negative emotions and fear that comes when we step out in faith. If you’re needing encouragement that God will walk with you and give you courage as you trust Him with your dreams, then today’s episode will really speak to your heart! FREE RESOURCE: Get the Free "How to Manage Your Thoughts" 4-Part Training + Worksheets Need help overcoming negative thought patterns--from a biblical perspective?If you're tired of negative thoughts controlling your mind, then you need to download the FREE 4- Part Training called "How to Manage Your Thoughts".Plus you'll be on the interest list to join the next round of the Christian Mindset Makeover™--the 9-week boot camp for Christian women to overcome negative thoughts using proven scientific and biblical mindset tools for more joy, clarity and confidence!There is hope. You don't have to be stuck in a spiral of negative thinking! Grab this free training (which includes 4 next step worksheets to help you practice!) on how to manage your thoughts now.
35 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
123: Overcoming Body Image Issues + Finding Body Confidence with Rachael Gilbert
Struggle with body image issues + want more body confidence? Tired of being in the diet cycle? If you have a negative body image or feel unworthy or unhappy because of your body image, today’s podcast episode with Rachael Gilbert. offers great tips for renewing your thoughts about your body and encourages you that you’re not alone in these issues of body confidence.We address body image and body dysmorphia issues, including topics like: how to step into more awareness and acceptance about our bodieshow to stop the shame and blame cycles associated with unhappy body imagepractical ways to stop the lies we tell ourselves about our body imageWe all struggle with body image issues, no matter what body type we have! Get practical encouragement about how to renew your thoughts about your physical self in this great episode. FREE RESOURCE: Get the Free "How to Manage Your Thoughts" 4-Part Training + Worksheets Need help overcoming negative thought patterns--from a biblical perspective?If you're tired of negative thoughts controlling your mind, then you need to download the FREE 4- Part Training called "How to Manage Your Thoughts".Plus you'll be on the interest list to join the next round of the Christian Mindset Makeover™--the 9-week boot camp for Christian women to overcome negative thoughts using proven scientific and biblical mindset tools for more joy, clarity and confidence!There is hope. You don't have to be stuck in a spiral of negative thinking! Grab this free training (which includes 4 next step worksheets to help you practice!) on how to manage your thoughts now.
69 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
122: I Am an Addict with Amanda Anderson
What does it mean to be an addict or to be addicted to something? As Christians we’re called to not let anything get in the way of our relationship with God, and we don’t have to be ashamed to say “I am an addict” because Jesus offers forgiveness, healing and a way out of addiction. Do you find yourself falling into habits when you’re stressed as a way to escape life’s difficulties? Today in this powerful conversation on the Vibrant Christian Living Podcast with my guest Amanda Anderson we ask ourselves: “am I addicted to anything outside of God?” In other words, “Am I depending on anything outside of my relationship with Christ for worth, for handling difficulties, or for getting through the tough times?” Convicting, right?Amanda shares her story of recognizing her own alcohol addiction and the thoughts she’s had to battle in order to publicly share about her addiction and to speak to others about Christ-centered ways to overcome addiction. We talk about: ways to recognize addiction in your life how to be honest with yourself about your motivations and coping mechanisms how addiction can be red flag for deeper mindset and heart healing how being open about our addictions can help grow authentic friendships P.S. We talk about some very sensitive and potentially triggering topics here, and I wanted to let you know about Christian counseling resource if you need help determining if you have an additive behavior or if you need to process this further. There is a time and a place for deep healing with a Christian counselor, and if that’s something you’re considering, I recommend Faithful Counseling, an online Christian counseling service. They offer virtual Christian counseling sessions via video or via phone, and they are very reasonably priced. Faithful Counseling will match you up with a counselor that is a good fit for you and the healing you need. (In full disclosure, I am an affiliate for Faithful Counseling and I receive a small commission should you choose to work with one of their counselors.)If you'd like to find a Christian counselor and aren't sure where to start, check out getfaithful.com/vibrant
60 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
121: Finding Sacred Rest + Sabbath When You’re Stuck in Overfunction with Deanna Mason
What does spiritual rest or sabbath rest look like, and how can we give ourselves permission to embrace God’s gift of rest, set boundaries around our schedules, and seek sabbath rest without any guilt, shame, or fear?Today on the podcast my friend Deanna Mason and I are talking about how to create a lifestyle of soul rest—this is the deep kind of sabbath rest that we’re all desperate for but feels just out of reach. Deanna shares about the different types of rest and why understand each of these types of rest can help us practice sabbath rest as defined in the Bible. Listen, as overfunctioners and high achievers, Deanna and I of have struggled with what it means to work hard as part of our godly calling and also make sabbath rest a priority, so if you struggle in this area, our stories today will encourage you that you’re not alone! Discover Sabbath Rest at the Refreshed Moms Mini-Sabbatical October 15-18 Are you frustrated that spiritual rest seems to come last in your life as you prioritize the needs of your children and/or work? Do you long to take a deep exhale as you replenish your soul with Sabbath rest that restores your body, your emotions and your spirit? Then you’ve got to join us for the Refreshed Moms Mini-Sabbatical October 15-18. This is the #1 virtual experience designed to help mom leaders enjoy rest away from work and kids in order to reconnect with God and renew themselves spiritually. Since this is a virtual event, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to access the sessions. However, participants are encouraged to spend 3 nights away from home (whether that’s at a local hotel or one across the country) so that you can truly escape and return home refreshed. I (Alicia) will be one of the speakers at this one-of-a-kind event. Join us and let this amazing sabbath-rest-focused mini sabbatical experience refill your cup as you re-direct your heart towards God! Plus, now through July 13, you can take $100 off with the special promo code exclusively for Vibrant Christian Living Podcast listeners: VCL100 Sign up now for the Refreshed Moms Mini-Sabbatical HERE.
49 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
120: The Truth About Finding Contentment in God During Trials with Nicole Jacobsmeyer
We all wonder how to find contentment in Christ when we’re struggling through life challenges, don't we? That’s what my guest Nicole Jacobsmeyer and I talk about on today’s podcast. We share about finding contentment in the Lord when we’re going through difficult seasons. We talk about how joy isn’t a requirement for contentment, the gifts of waiting in the messy middle of a trial, and the power of God’s love that woos us to a deeper understanding of peace and contentment despite life’s circumstances. I love that this conversation is raw and honest, doesn’t cling to Christian “catch-phrases” and is willing to talk about the tough stuff (Nicole has gone through a few things, you guys!). Don’t miss this one!NEXT STEPS: Get the Free "How to Manage Your Thoughts" 4-Part Training + Worksheets to Help You Find Contentment in God in TrialsDo you want to find contentment in God, even in hard times? Contentment starts with managing our thoughts and getting to the root of negative thought patterns such as worry, anxiety and the inner critic. If you're tired of negative thoughts controlling your mind and you'd like help overcoming negative thought patterns using brain-based biblical tools, then you need to download this FREE 4- Part Training called "How to Manage Your Thoughts".This powerful resource is a wonderful way to take the first steps to control of your thoughts and renewing your mind according to the truths of the Bible.Plus you'll be on the interest list to join our next 9-Week Christian Mindset Makeover™ Boot Camp that uses proven mindset tools based on neuroscience and Scripture to help you renew your mind and create new healthy thought patterns for more confidence, joy and peace. GET THE FREE HOW TO MANAGE YOUR THOUGHTS 4-PART TRAINING HERE.
42 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
119: Finding Healing from Grief by Serving Others with Ashley from Bridget's Cradle
How can we process grief in a healthy way that honors our emotions and honors God? How can we find healing through grief by using our story as an encouragement to others who are suffering through deep grief? Grief is never easy, but how can grief be an opportunity to grow closer to God? Today on the podcast Ashley Opliger of Bridget’s Cradles shares how God to the loss of her daughter Bridget to create an incredible ministry to bereaved families who also have lost babies. Ashley shares practical tips on what to do with the grief pain you're experiencing, how to start "where you are at" to share God's hope despite the grief and pain. You'll be encouraged and inspired by Ashley's story and what God has done through her willingness to turn deep grief into ministry. I can’t wait for you to hear Ashley's story, and more than anything, to ask God, "How can you use my story of grief as a way to encourage others who are also struggling through grief?"P.S. Be sure to see the show notes here for additional resources on managing grief.
50 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
118: Finding Answers to Our Questions About God with Brittany Ann
How can we find answers to our questions about God? Many of us go to church and read our Bibles but we still struggle with very real questions about God. What are some of the biggest questions about a relationship with God, and how can we get our questions about the Bible or God answered so that we can grow spiritually?Today's on the podcast author Brittany Ann and I discuss how to overcome common faith questions and spiritual growth obstacles., including 5 misconceptions about the Bible. If you are feeling stuck spiritually and need to know how to answer your spiritual growth questions then today's episode is for you!
28 minutes | May 24, 2021
117: Mindset Matters: Time for a Mindset Makeover to Renew Your Thoughts
Ready to renew your thoughts with a mindset makeover? We’ve been talking for several weeks now about why managing our thoughts matters, the power of renewing our minds, how to stop overthinking, mindfulness for Christians and so much more. I’ve given you bible verses and scientific evidence on how to renew your mind so you can battle toxic thought patterns, manage anxiety, and find more peace. Now it's time to TAKE ACTION.Listen--all that we've been talking about in this mindset series is meaningless if you don’t implement the 3 steps we’re going to talk about today to help you take action in managing negative thoughts and renewing your mind. These tools are the key to our success when it comes to managing our thoughts! Don’t miss this episode.NEXT STEPS: Get the Practical Tools You Need to Renew Your Thoughts with the Christian Mindset Makeover CourseDo you struggle with anxiety and worry? How about the inner critic? Need help with overthinking or perfectionism? Are you tired of being trapped by negative thoughts (that you know aren't true but you can't seem to get rid of)? If you're ready to learn proven foundational tools to renew your mind and overcome negative thought patterns (based on the Bible and the latest neuroscience research), then you need to join us for the Christian Mindset Makeover™!The Christian Mindset Makeover™ is a 9-week course for Christian women who have been stuck in negative thought spirals and want practical, applicable tools (based on science and scripture) to renew their mind and create new thought patterns that bring peace, confidence, joy and hope. Friend, you don't have to be held back by negative thought patterns like comparison, shame, condemnation, overthinking, anxiety, or fear any more!In this 9-week Christian mindset "boot camp" I'll teach you the life-changing, practical skills you need to notice your thoughts, capture any that don't line up with God's truth and rewire them using the latest brain science techniques (previously only taught in my coaching programs)!In the Christian Mindset Makeover™ we'll not only learn how to notice and rewire negative thoughts, but I'll help you build a rock-solid support system to nourish and strengthen the thoughts you want.You will walk away from this course confident, strong and feeling victorious over those old ways of thinking that kept you from feeling your best and living God's best plan for you.Imagine how your life (and your relationships) could dramatically change if you were able to take control of your thoughts!Imagine the powerful new decisions, actions and results (not to mention the incredible life-change) that will come when you'll be able to truly understand what it means to renew your mind and actively practice simple techniques to stop negative thinking in its tracks!Join us today in the Christian Mindset Makeover Course so you can get the tools you need to cultivate a renewed mind, more peaceful thoughts and a life lived from the power of God's promises.JOIN US THE CHRISTIAN MINDSET MAKEOVER COURSE.
33 minutes | May 14, 2021
Ep 116: Mindset Matters: What Is Mindfulness and Is Mindfulness Appropriate for Christians?
What is mindfulness? Is mindfulness appropriate for Christians? Are there benefits of mindfulness to help anxiety, depression, and to help manage negative thoughts? Today we’re giving a mindfulness definition (what mindfulness is and is not), talk about how to practice mindfulness and explore the topic of what it means to be mindful as a Christian. We’ll also look at the health benefits of mindfulness from a brain based and spiritual perspective. Lots of great truths here about mindfulness for Christians! If you wonder how mindfulness can help you guard your thoughts and regularly renew your mind then don’t miss today’s Vibrant Christian Living Podcast episode. Spoiler alert: we use Christian mindfulness and meditation tools in the Christian Mindset Makeover course! This Christian mindset course (at time of recording) is going to be open for enrollment from May 26-31, 2021. GO HERE to get on that list of people who are interested in the new christian mindset course that will give you the foundational truth you need to renew your mind. If it's after that date, you'll be on the interest list for when we open the Christian Mindset Makeover again.BONUS: When you sign up for the interest list for the Christian Mindset Makeover, you'll also get a free training on how to manage your thoughts.Again, sign up for the interest list and the free 4-part "How to Manage Your Thoughts" training here.
38 minutes | May 10, 2021
115: Mindset Matters: How to Stop Overthinking Everything
Do you struggle with worry and want to know how to stop overthinking (every. little. thing.)? Maybe you need help to manage negative thoughts and to stop worrying about the future or dwelling on things in the past. But I understand--when you're stuck in overthinking, you’re lost in our own negative thought patterns and it’s hard to manage these racing thoughts! If you’re wondering how to stop overthinking and just relax, today’s podcast episode is just what you need. We’ll talk about signs you’re an overthinker, overthinking causes, and effects of overthinking, plus I’m giving you proven scriptural and scientific mindset tools to help you stop overthinking, renew your mind and enjoy more peace. Spoiler alert: we use these mindset tools in the Christian Mindset Makeover course! This mindset course (at time of recording) is going to be open in a beta format in May 2021.GO HERE to get on that list of people who are interested in the new christian mindset course that will give you the foundational truth you need to renew your mind. BONUS: When you sign up for the interest list for the Christian Mindset Makeover, you'll also get a free training on how to manage your thoughts.Again, sign up for the interest list and the free 4-part "How to Manage Your Thoughts" training here.
33 minutes | May 3, 2021
114: Mindset Matters: 7 Weapons of Warfare to Renew Your Mind
When it comes to renewing your mind, friend, you and I are in a battle. The Bible tells us to guard our thoughts against anything that opposes God’s truth about us. Yet we continually struggle with negative thoughts that the enemy throws at us as part of the battlefield of the mind. What are some spiritual weapons of warfare you can use to renew your mind and manage your thoughts?In today's podcast episode, I’m teaching you 7 Christian mindset strategies (plus several renew your mind Bible verses) to help you be transformed by the renewing of your mind as it says in Romans 12:2. Spoiler alert: we use these 7 weapons in the Christian Mindset Makeover course! This mindset course (at time of recording) is going to be open in a beta format in May 2021. GO HERE to get on that list of people who are interested in the new christian mindset course that will give you the foundational truth you need to renew your mind. BONUS: When you sign up for the interest list for the Christian Mindset Makeover, you'll also get a free training on how to manage your thoughts!Again, sign up for the interest list for the Christian Mindset Makeover Course and the free 4-part "How to Manage Your Thoughts" training here.
36 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
113: Mindset Matters: Why Renewing Your Mind Matters
40 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
112: How to Find Your Beauty and Worth in God with Bethany Beal + my 13 year old daughter Susie
What does it mean to be beautiful in the eyes of God? As a Christian woman, how can you find your beauty and worth in God? How can we honor God with our bodies and confidently believe God's truth about us that we are beautiful? I have two special guests on the podcast today—Bethany Beal (a former model) from Girl Defined and my 13-year-old daughter Susie—who offer unique perspectives on related topics on beauty and worth such as comparison, being enough and finding worth in who God says we are. Here are some of the questions we tackle today in our conversation on finding our worth in God and believing His truth that we are beautiful: How do we live with these pressures to look a certain way in order to be beautiful? How can we honor God through our outward appearance and beauty, especially on social media? What does it mean to be feminine according to God’s word? How can we represent God well as women in all that we do and say? Bethany is passionate about God’s beautiful design for womanhood and love and shares this message through a ministry with her sister called Girl Defined. Learn more about her book, speaking and You Tube videos at GirlDefined.com. Check out this episode and let us know: What do you think about what it means to stand strong in the truth that we are beautiful to God?
43 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
111: What Is Christian Meditation? with Sarah Geringer
What is Christian meditation? How is Christian meditation different from eastern forms of meditation? And how can Christian meditation help us grow closer to God?Today my guest Sarah Geringer and I discuss the power of Christian meditation, including practical, everyday examples of how to use Christian meditation to work through negative thoughts and renew our minds with Bible verses. This podcast episode is a great info for Christian meditation for beginners as it talks about several Christian mediation techniques and shows you how to make Christian meditation a regular part of your spiritual practice.
27 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
110: Conviction vs Condemnation: What's the Difference?
What’s the difference between conviction vs condemnation? How can we let God convict us of areas that need to change without feeling guilt and shame known as condemnation? Today’s episode tackles this very important question about hearing God’s voice, being obedient to change and not living under the heaviness of guilt so we can grow closer to God. What does the voice of conviction and the voice of condemnation sound like, and how can we tell them apart? What is the difference between guilt and conviction? In order to have a vibrant, growing spiritual life we really do need to understand the difference between conviction and condemnation so that we can live life to the fullest, stay close to Christ and be released from fear, regret, past mistakes and shame. Today’s podcast gives great practical tips and Bible verses on how to tell the difference between conviction and condemnation so you can walk in freedom in Christ! Knowing the difference between condemnation vs conviction is a question I'm asked all the time, so I can't wait to share today! NOTE: Access the show notes (including additional resources, Bible verses and other helpful episodes here.
35 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
109: Cultivating Authentic Friendships with Amanda Anderson
How can we cultivate authentic friendships with other women? What does it look like to be a good friend, to find good friends and to build strong friendships? We’re all looking for close friendships but what are some guidelines for building strong relationships?Author and speaker Amanda Anderson and I talk about how to be vulnerable in relationships without over-sharing, toxic relationships, boundaries in friendships, what keeps us from being real in friendships, and other often-not-talked-about issues. We were made to live in community and to share together. Join us for this insightful conversation on some helpful advice on how to grow friendships with other women in a God-honoring way. Amanda Anderson is the author of the book “All My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People Like Me”. Amanda is an author and speaker living in Southern California with her husband of twenty years and her two daughters. Her ministry, Heart in Training, reaches women's ministries, conferences, mothers groups and Twelve Step Recovery ministries throughout the country. You can find out more about her work at HeartInTraining.com.Other Related Resources Mentioned in Today's Podcast EpisodeAll My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People Like Me” by Amanda AndersonWhen to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic Relationships by Gary Thomas Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by Dr. Henry CloudNecessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses and Relationships That Have to End In Order to Move Forward by Dr. Henry Cloud
40 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
108: Praying the Promises of God with Arabah Joy
Today we’re talking about prayer, but specifically praying the promises of God, which means praying in faith that God’s promises are true for you. I love this conversation with my guest today Arabah Joy about the life-changing transformation that comes when we decide to, a little at a time, believe God’s promises for ourselves and act on them. Arabah Joy is a bible teacher who creates biblical, practical resources to help women grow in intimacy with God and live with purpose and passion. Arabah also has a free Praying the Promises of the Cross prayer challenge! This is a powerful 40-day prayer challenge to prepare your heart to grow closer to God but to also enjoy a fresh touch of God’s spirit this Easter. This challenge has been running since 2015 and has been enjoyed by over 173,000 participants all over the world! Join the free Praying the Promises of the Cross 40-Day prayer challenge here.
17 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
107: Easter Resources to Grow Closer to God This Year
What are some great Christian Easter resources for growing closer to God? Easter is a wonderful way to renew your hope, and understand more about the power of the gift of salvation that Jesus gave us at the cross. Whether you want Easter Bible studies and devotionals to grow your faith during Lent, or you're looking for ways to honor Jesus' sacrifice on Easter Sunday itself, here are some of my favorite Christ-centered Easter activities for families or individual study to strengthen your faith.NOTE: Here are the 4 main Easter resources links I share in the episode. You can go here to the show notes to see all the links:Christ-Centered Easter Resources: VibrantChristianLiving.com/EasterChrist-Centered Holidays site: ChristCenteredHolidays.comPraying the Promises of the Cross: VibrantChristianLiving.com/Praying"I Am Loved" 4-Week Bible Study: VibrantChristianLiving.com/I-Am-Loved-Bible-Study*In full disclosure, these are links to sites/resources I own, or they are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission should you choose to utilize these resources.
34 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
106: How to Hear God's Voice (5 Tips)
Ever wondered “How can I hear God’s voice and confidently make decisions?” As Christian women who know the blessings and consequences of following God, we want to know God's voice so we can make confident decisions and experience God's peace.Hearing God’s voice isn't a simple formula but a beautiful discovery process that happens a bit at a time. I have noticed, however, that there are at least five factors that make it easier to hear God’s voice and step into His plans with confidence.Join me in today’s podcast episode as we look at these 5 factors that make it easier to hear God’s voice in your life, plus additional resources to help you hear God’s voice.
49 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
105: How to Let Go of Bitterness for a Healthier You with Clare Davy
As Christian women, how can we let go of bitterness and release anger? How can we learn to forgive others and let go of bitter feelings about past hurts? Today’s guest Clare Davy and I have a powerful conversation with our own stories of letting go of resentment, releasing bitterness and finding forgiveness for challenging situations. Clare Davy is a Motivational Speaker, Christian Life and Marriage Coach, and Counselor located in Maryland. She is the founder of The Reconstructed Woman Coaching Company where she empowers women to break free from messy mindsets from the pain of their past through her speaking engagements, online workshops, and group coaching programs. You can connect with Clare at claredavy.com.NEXT STEPS:Go here to the show notes for additional resources (including links to a helpful Bible study and counseling recommendations) and other related podcast episodes.
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