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Dear Mom of the Mouthy Teen

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Release Date: 05/07/2020

What I Learned From Taking a Year Off Social Media show art What I Learned From Taking a Year Off Social Media

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Are you thinking about stepping away from social media over the holidays? Or maybe you're planning on kicking off 2021 with an extended sabbatical? You'll love today's episode! I tell you nine things I learned from taking one year off social media and offer you a few tips if you plan to take one yourself.

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Balance is all about expectations. And who among us has not been at least a little blindsided by what we expected in 2020 and what has actually transpired in 2020? Today I’m sharing a few things that have thrown me off balance this year and two ways I’m addressing them. And I also have a really big announcement, so be sure to stick with me to the end.

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4 Surprising Reasons You May Not Be Hearing God's Voice show art 4 Surprising Reasons You May Not Be Hearing God's Voice

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

In EP81 I gave you 5 questions to ask yourself when you can’t hear God. All those questions implied that you could position yourself to hear God better...and you can. In other words, sometimes you can’t hear God because you’re not listening well. But sometimes you can’t hear God and it has nothing to do with your ability to listen well. Today, I’m sharing with you four more reasons you can’t hear God--and some of them may surprise you. 

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

I’m taking a break from my series on hearing God’s voice to speak to young moms--young moms who are taking care of children while also trying to work. The tension a mom feels between taking care of her kids and doing all the other things she's good at and feels called by God to do is very real. Especially now when so many of our kids are attending virtual school and we are also working remotely. If this tension is a reality for you, I have a word of encouragement.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Can't Hear God show art 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Can't Hear God

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Throughout the Bible we see God speaking to His people: through prophets and disciples, through nature and circumstances, through His law and His spirit, and most profoundly through the living and breathing Word of God, Jesus Christ. Undeniably, God speaks. If we are not experiencing this beautiful and life-giving truth of Scripture in our own lives, then we should figure out why. So, today I’m giving you 5 questions to ask yourself when you can’t hear God.

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

One of the most common ways God will speak to you is through other people. When God spoke through people in the Old Testament it was almost exclusively through prophets. But in the New Testament, He uses the members of the church to speak to others for Him...that’s you and me! This is both exciting and terrifying, depending on who is talking and what they’re saying. But take heart, we can always look to the Bible for guidance, and that’s exactly what we are doing today.

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Like audio books? You'll love today's episode. Today I'm reading to you the Introduction to my new book Is the Voice in My Head God or Just Me?  Learn the story behind my 25-year study of Scripture to understand if and how God speaks to people, as well as what to expect and what not to expect in this new study. 

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3 Things You Can Do Today to Help You Hear God Speak show art 3 Things You Can Do Today to Help You Hear God Speak

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Last week I told you the most valuable thing I can teach you to achieve balance today and forevermore is how to hear the voice of God. And then I shared with you some of God’s motives and methods in speaking in the Bible and to you. But God speaking is only part of this transaction. We have to learn to become good listeners. So today I’m giving you 3 things you can do beginning today to help you hear God more clearly and more often.

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

You know I love me some tips and tricks and balance hacks. But the most beneficial thing I can teach you to help you achieve and maintain balance now and for the rest of your life is how to hear the voice of God. He alone can tell you what you should be focusing on and what you can lay down for a season or forever. He alone can give you the peace you are seeking. This is Part 1 of a new series based on my newest book, Is the Voice in My Head God or Just Me?

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

If you’re like the rest of the world, you are feeling out of sorts. This COVID situation is dragging on longer than any of us ever dreamed. And on top of that, your kids are probably starting back to school and everything is weird there, too. If you are struggling to feel settled in the midst of all this uncertainty, I’m offering 3 simple practices that are currently keeping me sane. 

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Five years ago, I had a conversation with a mom friend. She told me about an interaction she witnessed between another mom (whom she didn’t know) and a teen. My friend was appalled at how the other mom responded to her teen. After that conversation, I opened up my laptop and wrote a letter to this anonymous mom. I never intended to share it with that mom, necessarily, but knew I was supposed to share it someday with some mom. Well, today is the day and you are that mom.  

(Taking a break from our series on Balance Barriers for a special Mother's Day episode!)

God Defines You:

Before God formed you in the womb, He knew you and appointed you. (Jeremiah 1:5)

You are a new creation, chosen by God, and created in His image. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:11, Genesis 1:27)

You are a part of a royal priesthood, a holy nation, You are God’s special possession. (1 Peter 2:9)

You are God’s child, holy and dearly loved—actually lavished with love! And nothing can separate you from the love of God. (John 1:12, Colossians 3:12, Romans 8:39, Galatians 3:26, 1 John 3:1-2)

You are a useful member of the body of Christ with gifts, talents, and a calling--we need you! (Romans 12:5, I Corinthians 12:27)

You have been accepted by God. (Romans 15:7)

You have the forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7)

You are no longer a slave to sin. You are free to love. (Romans 6:6)

You are under no condemnation, no matter what you’ve done. (Romans 8:1)

You can approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)

You have wisdom from God. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

You have every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3)

You have everything you need. (Philippians 4:19)

Your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Your life is hidden in Christ. (Colossians 3:1-3)

You have been bought with a price and the Spirit of the Living God lives in you. (Colossians 2:9-10, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

You are light. (Ephesians 5:8)

If God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31)

 

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