How to Leave a Review for a Podcast in iTunes

One of the best ways you can support Slices of Life Podcast (in addition to subscribing and sharing with friends) is to write a review on iTunes. Your review helps people, not familiar with our show or Circles of Faith, to decide if they want to listen to the Slices of Life podcast. It also tells iTunes how to rank our podcast, higher rankings means higher visibility to those looking for new content.

Here are simple steps that walk you through leaving a review.

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Hospitality and My Sexy Bean Dip

Our mission as a family includes having a home in which others feel welcome. We enjoy having people over to break bread and share stories. We host small groups for our church, backyard movie nights, and even enjoy last minute guests. One of the best ways to head off anxiety about hospitality is to have simple, go to recipes, on hand. I haves a few but my favorite is Sexy Bean Dip.

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How to Help Calm Our Kids’ Back-to-School Anxiety

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for many, but it can also stir up apprehension and anxiety even in the most confident child. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how the fear of the unknown can steal the joy of going back to school. 

While the Word of God is the most powerful tool we have in combating fear and anxiety, we can do a few things to help our kids prepare for their first few days of school.

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This Month: Learning what the Bible Says About Unity

This month I am focusing on the topic of Unity with my children.

When I hear the news, my heart breaks over the endless number of things that divide us, such as culture, race, politics, and money. I may not fight on the front lines, or blog thought provoking words like a wise woman I know but I am teaching the next generation, namely my kids, what it means to let go of pride for the sake of unity.

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Harnessing the Power of Peer Reviews for Your Next Family Retreat

Knowing a peer review is such an incredible tool in the workplace, I wondered if it was something that would be useful in our home. I love team building activities and personal development so the thought of us discussing these things made me giddy. Conversations like this don't just happen organically so I knew we’d need to set a time and create an environment where our kids felt safe to share. It would require intention and focus from all of us. So I planned a family retreat.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Grown-up to Make a Difference

The Bible tells us that we are to serve others with the gifts we are given. Service to others is one of the primary ways we demonstrate God’s love. It also shows gratitude for the gifts, talents, and resources we have been given. Plus, it prevents entitlement from creeping into our lives. I am over at FaithGateway talking about working with our little ones to help make a difference in the world. Join me there... 

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Road Trip through America - Top 5 Reasons to Road Trip

My family loves a good road trip. Every summer we pack up the RV and head out on a multi-state vacation this includes sight seeing, amusement parks, museums, and trying new local foods at great restaurants. No matter how long or short the trip, it’s always fun-filled and educational.

I am over at Faith Gateway sharing the top 5 reasons road tripping might be a great vacation for you. If a road trip isn’t possible this year you can still take a tour of America right in your own backyard with the resource I mention. Click here to read more... 

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Encouraging Your Teen To Grow in their Faith

It took years for me to learn that getting to know God isn’t hard or boring at all and spending time with Him doesn’t look the same for everyone. There is no one-way to do it. In fact, the way I spend time with God looks different in every season of my life.

When talking to my daughter about getting to know God, I ask her to consider how she became so close with her BBFs. Then I explained to her that it’s not very different from getting to know God.

Join me over at More to Be as I talk about how to encourage your teen to grow their faith.

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This Month: Learning what the Bible Says about Patience

There has been a bit of bickering around here lately. I think it is because we have been cooped up in our house during a longer than expected renovation and a chilly spring. We could all use a reminder to be patient with one another. 

Because the Holy Spirit is on the inside of us we can walk in love, which is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). When we have patience we'll have great understanding, unlike the quick-tempered man who shows just how foolish he is (Proverbs 14:29).

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How Life Coaching Helped Me and My Blog

I bet you’ve noticed some changes around here. Back in April of 2015 I shared on the blog my identity crisis.  I wasn’t sure exactly what I was doing online, I was busy there but not really focused.

My attention was everywhere. As the managing editor at Circles of Faith I was curating content, editing copy, and planning events for our readers. I was occasionally writing around the web, and regularly at Faith Gateway. Plus I was working part time as an interior designer.

At the time, I labeled myself a Jack-of-All-Trades. I was discouraged because I wanted to do something, anything great, instead of being known as the person that could do many different things. Graphic design, writing, editing, interior design, organizing, Need something? I’d just learn how to do it? No money to spend on an expert? I’d figure it out.

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This Month: Learning What the Bible Says About Grace

Because of grace, my kids are able to live in and embrace the righteousness that they’ve already received because of their faith in Christ.

God’s grace has saved them. It doesn’t come from anything they do. But it is God’s gift. (Ephesians 2:8) And because of it, they can they approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so they can receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) How sweet is that?  

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On Motherhood and Expectations

Have you ever tried to live up to an expectation of motherhood you weren't meant to meet? I have, it's not fun!

As a young mom, I was constantly on edge. I lacked the kindness and compassion I knew was important in building healthy relationships with my children. I was easily angered and then I’d beat myself up for losing my temper. I set high expectations for myself, yet continually failed to meet them. I woke up each morning hoping this would be the day that things would fall into place and I would get this mothering thing right.

I learned motherhood looks different for all of us and there is no one way to do it. Join me at FaithGateway to read about how I got unstuck and found freedom in the mother God created me to be. 

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