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My mission is to provide motivation, inspiration, and hope to those who feel overwhelmed, exhausted, discouraged or anxious about their life’s problems and challenges. I am your host, Tamara K. Anderson. I am the mother of four children who struggle with autism, ADHD, anxiety, visions issues, and all bring me great joy. I invite you to join me every Wednesday beginning January 23, 2019 to hear real stories and lessons learned through adversity’s refining fire. You will hear interviews from n ...
 
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Lynn Taylor tells about his recovery from a car accident (which nearly derailed him from becoming a fighter pilot) and a heartfelt experience God had with him as he helped one of his sons. Episode Discussion Points The incredible story of how he became a screenwriter and how his story is going to become a movie. The car accident that derailed his d…
 
Do you hate waiting? Today we talk about 9 action steps based in Bible stories that you can take while you wait for God to open a door. 9 Biblical Actions to Take While Waiting Keep Working Pray Be Patient in Suffering Keep the Faith Repent Trust in God’s Timetable Remember Vengeance is the Lord’s Love and Kindness Work on obtaining the characteris…
 
Reverend Christopher grew up being bullied which morphed into defending and loving all those who are bullied in life—no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation. He is on a mission to raise the love and kindness meter in the world today. Episode Discussion Points How he sees and photographs hearts everywhere in nature. Moving so many times…
 
How to Cling to Hope with Long-Lasting Trials Have you ever felt discouraged…like you wanted to give up? That whatever trial you have been facing has been long and hard and seems to never end? That you’ve been trying—so very hard to find the solution to your problem…but you can’t seem to figure it out? What can you do to keep going? Today I am goin…
 
Teinamarrie dreamed about competing in a Miss America pageant and making a difference in the world. She did both, and teaches us how to love all people—including those who have AIDS and are LGBTQ+. But love must always start within ourselves. Episode Discussion Points Her experience with the Miss America Program How she learned to be elegant (for a…
 
Have you ever wondered if you always have angels with you? Vinney shares what he has learned about angels, love and agency since his near death experience. Episode Discussion Points Where our spirit guides are beside us, and why we have more than one. Ancestra/Family guide (usually stands on your right) Spirit guides part of your spirit family (sta…
 
When Vinney had an incredible near-death experience, he learned just how much God loves him, and how much he should love himself. Listen as he shares his incredible journey to heaven and back again. Episode Discussion Points How Vinney died and what he saw. The miracle that saved him physically (even though he was dead) The smothering fear he felt …
 
What do you do when you feel you or someone you love is in a dark place? How do you turn up the light? Episode Discussion Points Story of my husband and I visiting Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio, Texas How dark and isolating true darkness feels We all pass through dark times Bible verse John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. He that foll…
 
Stephanie has battled bulimia, depression and the loss of loved ones in her life. Listen as she shares how leaning on God and family have helped her pull through with faith. Episode Discussion Points Stephanie’s struggle with bulimia as a teen which followed her into adulthood. How she finally talked to her husband about her struggle with bulimia a…
 
The other day people were sharing stories of miracles at church and I wanted to stand up and say, "And sometimes God says no." Sometimes the miracle doesn't happen. What then? When God Says No: 4 Lessons From the Book of Job 1. Hard Things Happen to Good People The very beginning of the book of Job opens with this verse: “There was a man in the lan…
 
As the mother of 3 adopted children (two with Down syndrome), Heather Avis has a passion to shout the God-Given worth of every person! She loves celebrating inclusivity and how we are each different and unique. Enter to win a FREE copy of Heather’s New York Times Bestselling Children’s book, Different - A Great Thing To Be! The contest ends August …
 
How do we battle a World full of crazy commotion? What do you do when you need answers, peace or stillness? This one secret will help. What is the secret? How do people do it? The Story of Elijah Well, I’m going to take us back to a story in the Old Testament about the prophet Elijah and see if we can learn an important principle. Do you remember E…
 
Julianne Donaldson never thought she would struggle with depression or go through a divorce. But, she clung to God to help her find her true self amidst her darkest moments and wrote a beautiful new book, "Come Sweet Day: Holding On to Hope in Dark Times.” Episode Discussion Points Favorite place she has ever lived was Germany and she has a huge bu…
 
Have you ever had an impression to do something that scares you? Today I share the ICAN steps to help you overcome fear and reach your goal. (Plus you get a sneak preview of my new song, Don't Give Up.) What do you do when an intriguing but scary idea pops into your head, and you're pretty sure God wants you to take some action? 4 Simple Steps to a…
 
Nina’s life was altered the day her teenage son came home from school with yellow eyes. She learned to courageously choose God and gratitude along her detoured path. Episode Discussion Points What growing up in her home looked like The car accident that changed everything Why she climbed out the window to escape her father How the things her mother…
 
Did you know that some meditations are proven to reduce stress? Today Christian Yoga Instructor, Katy Willis, teaches us the Kirtan Kriya. If you would prefer to watch today’s episode as see the techniques Katy teaches, watch the YouTube version here: Episode Discussion Points Katy tells us how she got into Yoga and Meditation and how it helps her …
 
Krista Isaacson had 30 hours from the time her two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor until she passed away. She shares her incredible journey of faith and learning to lean on God through this unbearable burden. Discussion Points The crazy shenanigans Krista’s daughter Elora got into as a young girl The day everything changed The bl…
 
Has change ever paralyzed you with anxiety? Today I share the story of my son with low-functioning autism aging out of public education and the 6 steps which helped me (and can help you) successfully navigate change. 6 Tips to Navigate Change with Success Turn to God Focus on Today Use Healthy Distractions Talk or Journal about it Be Kind to Yourse…
 
Danice wondered if God was punishing her when her health began to fail as a teen. Follow her journey to a correct diagnosis with SAD and ME/CFS with God’s help. Discussion Points How Danice had undiagnosed exhaustion as a teenager, and why it took 6 years to be properly diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD How she finally found someone…
 
Tamara shares how she decided to dive deep on the the meaning of one word: repentance. This changed her entire perspective on death. Episode Discussion Points I have two words I have never liked: repentance and death. They have a negative connotation in my brain. But all of this changed one day when I deep dived into what the original Hebrew and Gr…
 
Shawn Rapier: Adoption & How I Learned Love is Unconditional Shawn never dreamed as a kid struggling with ADD that someday he would adopt 6 children. He humorously shares the struggles, joys and perspective he's learned from parenthood. Episode Discussion What it was like Living with ADD in the 1970’s and 1980’s and how he wasn’t doing well in scho…
 
A story Caroline Rose shared morphed into an powerful image in my mind which gives me hope in my darkest moments. Episode Talking Points Caroline's story of saying "no" to chemo and then changing her mind when nurse Jan told her what to focus on. What did Jesus focus on when he suffered in Gethsemane and on Golgotha? Did He look down through the ag…
 
Caroline Rose went from running marathons to being a cancer patient with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. She shares her journey of faith, endurance and how a dog she rescued, saved her in return. Episode Discussion Points How she reacted to the news of her sudden life detour of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. How her type A personality was able to learn (eventually…
 
Today I share The Mother's MIte, the story of a modern woman blended with the Bible story of the Widow's Mite. Jesus can and will help in our darkest hour. The Mother's Mite The Mother’s Mite tells the short story of Sarah, a modern-day mother juggling a teething baby, sick children, laundry, dishes, work, and finances. Sarah feels spent, drained, …
 
Chani had several life detours including an accident and being unable to have children. She learned to trust God through adoption, foster care, and life. Episode Discussion Points How being hit by a car at 15 changed her life dreams of being an Olympic athlete How a photo of Jesus and a simple saying helped her to keep going How one phone call from…
 
Lisa Goich shares the story of being able to spend 14 days with her mother before she passed away and how she learned to process grief. Episode Discussion Points Loved ones and others come as death draws near to usher loved ones to the other side. Why it is important to keep talking about loved ones after they pass—especially their funny stories. P…
 
Sharla shares the story of her grandfather going from mobster to faithful follower of Christ and how telling true stories can help youth learn resilience. Lessons from Grandfather You don’t have to be perfect to fulfill your life mission and to follow God. When you know God loves you, you can follow Him with complete trust and faith. Episode Talkin…
 
Have you ever wondered why we hit rock bottom? Could good ever come from it? I share 4 questions which help rebound stronger after hitting rock bottom. My Most Recent Story of Hitting Rock Bottom In September I hit rock bottom. The combination of dealing with COVID restrictions, trying to help my children stay focused for online school after a LONG…
 
Kristen Jenson’s life changed one day when her 18 month old son almost died. As a full-time caregiver of a child with a disability, she leaned on God and angels to help her survive and then she was able bless others. Discussion Points Kristen enjoys baking. It is one of her creative outlets which brings her joy. She and her husband eat a mostly pla…
 
After a conversation with a friend dealing with a spouse who was diagnosed with depression, I decided to bring on Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kim Rippon to give tips on how to help loved ones who are struggling. Episode Discussion Points Talk to your loved one (ideally one on one). Some ideal phrases that help people open up are: How are you d…
 
Bill Bach never expected to face divorce or lymphoma in his life, but he found he could navigate any challenge with God’s help and by changing his perspective. Discussion Points The place he’d recommend visiting after traveling and living all over the world Navigating the shock of divorce and it’s ensuing grief with God’s help How asking God “What …
 
We all get lost sometimes, the question is: are we worth finding? I share what I learned losing a pair of gloves. Story Summary Today I share the story of losing a very needed and appreciated pair of gloves at hardware store. I was devastated and enlisted the help of store associates to help me find the gloves. I searched all over for about 10 minu…
 
After experiencing the death of her son and father to suicide, Lark Galley had to learn to heal herself and her family. Listen as she shares her story, wit and wisdom and learns to breathe again. Lark and I had some very frank and open conversations about mental health and how to help ourselves and others since the added stress of COVID has hit us.…
 
Tamara K. Anderson tells a story in her life about a time when she felt completely overwhelmed, the answer she received, and the 4 steps to problem solve any situation with God's help. My Story of Feeling Overwhelmed In this episode I take you to a time in my life as a young mother when life was very overwhelming. I had 4 children ages: 7 years, 6 …
 
After several surgeries and losing part of her skull, Christine Jacobson-Ware shares how feeling God's love helped her through the darkest part of her life. We also discuss: Why hugging is important How she moved from "I don't want to die," to feeling peace and thinking, "I'm not afraid. The reality of miracles How God can carry us and be with us i…
 
Tamara K. Anderson shares 7 lessons learned on the 20 year anniversary of what should have been a fatal car accident. On February 11, 2001, my husband and I were in what should have been a fatal car accident. I am so thankful I survived and have been blessed with 20 more years of life. Life Lessons From the Past 20 Years The Cycle of Love and Servi…
 
Sue Lamoree didn’t know why she was having a hard time walking until she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. She shares how she learned to navigate life with hope and faith from a wheelchair. On this episode Sue shares: The importance of "remembering" How God opens doors to our dreams in ways we didn't expect The benefits of Equine Therapy Get …
 
I share a story and journal entry about how I felt shortly after my son was diagnosed with autism, and what one thing got me through. Updates on the Podcast But first, big news: On January 23, 2021, we hit the beginning of the third year of my podcast, Stories of Hope in Hard Times. Thank you for supporting me in this. Cool statistics about my podc…
 
Mike Frazier was shocked when his wife told him she'd been a victim of sex trafficking. With God's help he found 3 tips to help his and others marriages. Dr. Mike's Story In this podcast Dr. Mike shares his story of coming to know God better when he felt so overwhelmed and broken. He shares: How God helps us with mercy when times get too hard for u…
 
How often to we set an exciting goal only to be stopped by an insurmountable obstacle? On today’s podcast, Tamara K. Anderson shares 3 ways we can overcome these obstacles that prevent us from reaching our goals. 3 Ways to Overcome Obstacles Brainstorm about your biggest obstacles and visualize how you can overcome them successfully. Pray for help …
 
Daren Falter is no stranger to failure, and talks about setting goals and priorities in the right order. He shows us how to succeed despite the challenges of dealing with Parkinson’s disease. In this episode, Daren talks about: An event early in his marriage which changed his perspective and goals Prioritizing the most important things in life and …
 
Tamara K. Anderson shares an audio chapter from her book, Normal for Me, which addresses the question: Does God give us more than we can handle? In today's episode Tamara shares: How she felt God has given her more than she could handle and how that phrase should be changed. What it felt like to be a "Zombie Mom" A powerful lesson about angels An h…
 
Mark Willis struggled through anxiety, depression, job loss and a pornography addiction before finding hope and healing in Jesus Christ. I had the opportunity to interview Mark’s wife Katy about her side of the story on my podcast earlier this year. You can listen to her episode here. In this episode we talk about: The importance of reaching out fo…
 
Tamara K. Anderson shares her experience being quarantined for COVID and three things which helped her, along with the story of a Christmas miracle from WWI. Today I share three things which have helped me get through the COVID quarantine sanely: Gratitude Goals God I also tell the story of a the Christmas miracle of the truce which took place in 1…
 
Teri Benson died for 26 minutes during the surgery for her aortic dissection. Listen as she shares the secrets to finding joy in life. In Teri’s podcast we discuss: How to deal with hard times Why it is important to have a purpose to pull you forward The reality of angels—both the heavenly kind and the earthly kind What heaven is like How God and p…
 
On today’s episode Tamara tells about the gift of a friend in high school, sings the chorus of a song she wrote over 20 years ago, explains 3 reasons we need each other. Here are the 3 Reasons We Need Each other We need deep friendships which help us feel seen and heard. We have strengths and weaknesses to complement each other to make us “whole” a…
 
Abby Stephen's life changed when she was paralyzed in a car accident. But she beat the odds and is now a walking quadriplegic. Listen as she shares her wit and wisdom through her amazing journey of faith. Some of the topics we discuss are: Why she believes in miracles The importance of finding humor in hard situations Growing into a feeling of grat…
 
Tamara K. Anderson shares a personal story of a car accident and the lesson of gratitude she learned from reading her journal almost 20 years later. I also share 3 lessons we can apply during this time of year and a family tradition. Here is the transcription of today's episode: 0:01 Today I'm going to share with you a story of a car accident I was…
 
Wendi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and MS. She didn't think she could get out of bed, but discovered baby steps which helped her move forward. Listen as Wendi shares: Pray--even if you don't feel like it Building a storehouse of remembering It's not "all or nothing." Do "small or something." How walking saved her Love people where they are a…
 
Do you need tips to help manage stress, anxiety or depression? Listen as Trina shares ideas to help physically, emotionally and in everyday situations. Tamara K. Anderson interview Dr. Trina Boice on coping techniques to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. This is especially needed during this time of the Coronavirus or COVID-19. We specific…
 
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