Seasoned Mamas: God's Grace For Every Season of Motherhood

Michelle Diercks, Deb Burma, Faith Doerr, Lindsay Hausch

Seasoned Mamas is a place for all mamas in need of encouragement and the reminder of God’s grace for this moment. Here, you’ll find yourself at the table with four moms who are in different seasons of motherhood, but all lean on their faith and the wisdom from one another. Sit yourself down with your favorite drink, and join us for real talk, meaningful stories, and a sprinkle of humor as you feel seen, understood, and known. You don’t have to mom alone!

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Episodes

God Holds All Things Together Through the Changes in Motherhood—Michelle's Mini-episode
May 20 2024
God Holds All Things Together Through the Changes in Motherhood—Michelle's Mini-episode
In this heartfelt episode, Michelle delves into the profound emotional journey of navigating motherhood's later stages, particularly that transition period as children grow into adults and venture into college and beyond. With both of her sons currently in college and her oldest recently graduating, Michelle explores the multifaceted emotions that come with watching your children reach these new milestones. Reflecting on how swiftly time passes, she shares insightful lessons on embracing change, dealing with the mix of pride and nostalgia, and learning to let go with grace.Michelle introduces a touching story from her contribution to the book 'Encouragement for Motherhood,' prompting you to contemplate your current motherhood phase - from active parenting to that first taste of your child's independence. This narrative isn't just a recount of a memorable moment with her son but a metaphor for the broader motherhood experience. It's about recognizing beauty in the everyday and the challenge of relinquishing control as our children navigate their own paths.Through scripture and personal reflection, Michelle emphasizes the significance of turning to our faith given by God during this transition. We can seek comfort in God's promises of constant presence and protection over our children's lives. She brings forward the powerful role of prayer, scripture, and faithful surrender in finding peace amidst uncertainty, underscoring verses from Philippians 4 and Psalm 91 to illustrate the strength and peace found in God's Word.Whether you're grappling with the practical and emotional aspects of motherhood's changing seasons, dealing with empty nest syndrome, or finding new ways to support your child's independence, Michelle's message is one of hope, encouragement, and assurance. By sharing strategies for coping and embracing each stage with faith, this episode is a crucial listen for mothers seeking guidance and solidarity. It's about holding fast to the unchanging love and promises of God as we navigate the complexities of letting  go.The story Michelle shares in this episode is found in the book: Encouragement For Motherhood. If you click here you can find more information about the book.Connect with Michelle
Mama, Remember Who You Are
Jan 15 2024
Mama, Remember Who You Are
Do you ever feel regret about your past? Shame? Condemnation?Sometimes the most powerful words we can hear are: YOU ARE A GOOD MOM. You are a good wife, daughter, sister, and child of God.“You are holy, you are righteous, you are one of the redeemed…."This is the first episode of our Song Series, where each seasoned mama picks a favorite song and shares how it speaks to her season of life, her faith, and what God is currently teaching her.Lindsay’s selection is “Dear Younger Me” by Mercy Me, where she shares that Jesus is her redeemer, and how she is learning to fix her eyes on Him instead of the doubt, fear, regret, and other things that would distract her from showing up, being present, and being her best for her family, friends, and each new challenge ahead.When she asked the other mamas what they would tell their younger selves, the conversation grew so deep and wideFaith shares about how important it is to know that we are made uniquely in Christ and that we don’t have to compare who we are to the measuring stick of others.Deb talks about the power of Christ’s forgiveness to break the chains of condemnation, guilt, and shame.Michelle shares the thread of hope that ties us to our Savior. As we place our hope, our hearts, and our lives in Him, we can trust in His unfailing love for us in the everyday struggles and uncertainties of life in a fallen world.This isn’t a light conversation, but a real and honest look at how we can walk in freedom from our past, but also gratitude for all the ways God has used it to shape us into the imperfect, redeemed, messy, beautiful, and broken pots that shine His unfailing light and glory.
Preparing for Christmas: Stressing or Blessing?
Dec 4 2023
Preparing for Christmas: Stressing or Blessing?
Welcome to this special Seasoned Mamas Podcast episode, where we navigate the busy season of Advent. In the midst of our many preparations and traditions, it’s easy to feel more stressed than blessed.  As Christians and as moms, we strive to focus on the true meaning of Christmas – for ourselves and for our families – but in our pursuit of the “perfect” celebration, do we unintentionally create a busied Season of stress…and even guilt?In today’s episode, “Preparing for Christmas: Stressing or Blessing?” we’ll also share stories and traditions from our homes. Deb talks about a cookie-cutter Christmas tradition as a meaningful way to share the story of our Savior’s birth, along with a grace-filled reminder that the “shape” of Christmas isn’t defined by traditions or completed to-do lists, but by the One Who came, Who comes to us today, and Who will come again. Lindsay shares the beauty of the simple, special ways we can curl up with our families, sharing the heart of the message of Christmas through tradition-forming activities like story time, reading favorite storybooks that retell the account of Christ’s birth. Faith talks about new traditions formed through playtime with her toddlers, using this together-time to “walk” nativity characters around the house and talk organically about the Christmas narrative, sharing fun, making memories, and enjoying stress-free activity! Michelle reminds us that some meaningful traditions begun when children are young may continue for years…like a special felt advent nativity calendar and more. This mama has found a way to honor her family’s shared memories and continue these traditions with her now-young-adult children.Mamas, we encourage you to begin or continue special advent traditions that bless you and your families, whether you have littles, teens, young adults, even grandchildren! No matter what, the Savior comes! He comes to you in the stress AND the messes. And yes, He blesses…beyond measure. A blessed Advent Season of Preparation to you and yours.Join the Seasoned Mamas Podcast CommunityFacebook Community.Connect with Michelle DiercksConnect with Deb BurmaConnect with Faith DoerrConnect with Lindsay Hausch
God Hears Your Messy Mama Prayers
Nov 20 2023
God Hears Your Messy Mama Prayers
Hey there, Mamas. Have you ever felt unseen? Unnoticed? Wondered if anyone is truly listening? If you've pondered these questions, you are not alone. Welcome to another heart-to-heart episode of Messy Mama Prayers, where we dive into life's ups and downs with faith, laughter, and a little mess.In this episode, we will talk to you about how we can use the names of God and His characteristics to find solace during our prayer times. These names serve as a powerful reminder that even when we feel invisible, there's a God who sees us, hears us, and cares about every moment of our lives.Let's start with a name you may not have heard often but holds profound meaning—El Roi, which means "You are the God who sees me." This name is found in the story of Hagar, a fellow mama from the pages of the Bible, and her life was, well, let's say, quite messy. But here's where the beauty unfolds: Jesus comes to her. And when we talk about the "Angel of the Lord," it's more than an angel; it's believed to be Jesus pre-incarnate. Imagine, Jesus meets a lowly slave girl out in the desert. She's in despair, and He listens as she pours her heart out to Him.Just like Hagar, Jesus sees you, dear Mama. He hears you. He cares about every single detail of your life. Your worries, your joys, your messy moments—he's right there with Deb, Lindsay, and Faith. They'll share some of the characteristics and names of God they like to focus on during their prayers. You'll be surprised how much comfort and strength you can find in these simple yet profound reminders of God's presence.We’ll also share how you can use Psalm 139 in your prayer time. This psalm beautifully illustrates how God knows you inside and out, even before you speak your thoughts. He was there when you were being formed in your mother's womb. He knows you, Mama. He loves you, and He calls you by name.So whether you find solace in Psalm 139 or explore other Psalms that speak to your heart, remember this: God is with you, especially during those moments when you wonder if you're being seen or heard. You are cherished, Mamas, and you are not alone in this beautiful, messy, and extraordinary journey of motherhood.If you would like to learn more about some of the different names of God, you can learn more about Michelle's book, Promised Rest, here.Join the Seasoned Mamas Podcast CommunityFacebook Community.Connect with Deb BurmaConnect with Faith DoerrConnect with Lindsay Hausch
God’s Grace for Failures & Frustrations – He Meets You in the Messes!
Sep 18 2023
God’s Grace for Failures & Frustrations – He Meets You in the Messes!
In this episode, Seasoned Mamas discuss failures and frustrations they’ve faced…and navigated, by the Grace of God, who meets us in every messy moment.  Only God knew that a seemingly-routine grocery trip with toddlers would turn into a learning curve for one messy mama, who received a reminder of the best kind (from her toddler, no less!) when she was flustered, frustrated, and feeling like a failure. What truth do you most need to hear on those difficult days? Do you know that Jesus still loves you on your worst days, as well as, on your best?! How have you seen God use times of your own frustration or failure to remind you of His love; to help you grow through them? Listen as Deb shares her story. Then lean in as other mamas respond: Receive Lindsay’s grace-filled words of God’s presence and sustenance for those times when our bodies fail us. Hear Faith as she talks about perceived failure through the lens of perfectionism and what she now calls “oopsie-daisy moments.” And listen in as Michelle humbly shares about her Shepherd, the One who is enough– who has made you “enough” in Him. These relatable stories and “a-ha” moments will resonate with you, fellow mamas. Receive God’s grace in Jesus; He meets you in the mess!Join the Seasoned Mamas Podcast CommunityFacebook Community.Connect with Michelle DiercksConnect with Deb BurmaConnect with Faith DoerrConnect with Lindsay Hausch