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Episode #31 with Rachel Swanson
Faith Over Fear: Overcoming Anxiety
Today on the podcast, I am so excited to have my friend, Rachel Swanson, with me. We're chatting about overcoming anxiety and how understanding God's character can help you to overcome it. As moms I know that it's very common to struggle with fear. With all the bad things going on in the world, it’s too easy to let that fear creep in—I know it is for me. With shootings, hurricanes, and natural disasters going on, my first response after getting the tragic news is to put myself in their shoes and wonder what I would do to protect my kids in those situations. Then I worry and worry! Sometimes there is no good answer, but that's usually when the fear kicks in. The reality is that I know I have to trust God and really put my trust in Him. So, that’s what the heart of our talk about is today — you're going to love it!
Rachel’s new book is unique. It is a devotional coloring book called Big and Little Coloring Devotional. It’s really cool. My girls and I have really been enjoying it. Each page has a little devotional — one for mom (or dad) and one for your child. My only dilemma is that I’m trying to color with BOTH my girls.
I cannot wait for you to hear this episode!
On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…
I'm so excited for you to listen to this episode and hear how God restored joy to Rachel's life after a really hard season! Click To Tweet
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In This Episode
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Highlights from the Show . . .
- Rachel shares a bit about the season of having three babies in diapers (they are now 5 and 3 1/2—19 months apart!) and the “funness” of being sleep deprived.
- Rachel shares about her “bold butterfly approach” mentioned in her bio and why the butterfly is so important to her.
This is the person God has designed me to be. —Rachel Swanson
He did not design the butterfly to live a caterpillar life. — Kristi Clover
- I asked Rachel to tell her God story, and how God painted love and joy back into her life.
My relationship with God was “God-in-a-box”. —Rachel Swanson
- Rachel shares about her stress and anxiety.
Stress and anxiety is my thorn in my flesh that I have to give to God daily. —Rachel SwansonClick To Tweet
When we feel like something is off, that is when we need someone from the outside to help us see our blindspots. —Rachel Swanson
- Rachel digs a little deeper into her study of Psalms, and how the character of God helped her get through her anxiety.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
- Rachel reminds us of four truths to remember when going through stress and anxiety
God is in control. —Rachel Swanson
Life is a slow cooker. Not an instant pot. —Kristi Clover
Coloring as a stress-reliever! Rachel shares about her new coloring book and the God-story of how it came to be.Click To Tweet
Are you struggling with stress and anxiety in your life? Please know that you are not alone! Here are some great resources to get help with Stress and Anxiety:
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A Special Thanks to…
Rend Collective for allowing me to use their incredible song “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength.” This song has so much special meaning to me and it highlights the theme verse for my podcast — Nehemiah 8:10. Be sure to check out their music! They are such a fun band to listen to…and to see live.
Connect with Rachel Swanson…
Rachel Swanson is a dental hygienist turned author, speaker, and accredited christian life coach helping women discover their unique purpose and pursue their dreams. She inspires others by sharing personal real life refining moments with relatable truths on her blog, social media pages, in-person speaking events, and through her high-level online coaching program.
Rachel is married to her husband Jeff of 10 years. They have three children: identical twin boys (Gavin and Rylan) and 19 months later a baby girl (Aria). They reside in a wannabe country town in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California.
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Blessings and joy,