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Do you struggle with finding strong, healthy friendships? We often desire loyal sisters, but we shy away from the work required for us to truly know and share ourselves with others. You are wired for connection! Until we truly understand how God wired us, we cannot have deep and intimate relationships. Without real intimacy, we will experience frus…
 
Do you give much thought to the words you speak over others and over yourself? Your words hold a lot of power. In fact, they hold the power of life and death, and today I want to challenge you and myself to think about your words before you share them. Thinking about your words is a simple yet important step that will keep you from saying things yo…
 
Do you really understand the importance of the written word? Writing has saved my life over and over again and I’m devoting this podcast to helping you understand how it can save yours too. If you stopped right now and considered how often you write in a day, what would come to your mind? Would your initial thought be, “I don’t write, I am not a wr…
 
Have you ever wondered what exactly it means to leave a legacy or thought about what you may leave behind for those you love? As hard as it may be to face, we are not designed to stay here forever, but we can make sure to leave a lasting legacy by living with intention and stewarding well the moments that we do have. Save for a rainy day Keep your …
 
What do you do when life as you know it has changed and there seems to be no going back? How do you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the world that surrounds you? This space has been an ever-present reality for many of us as we find ourselves stuck wondering what we should do in the current climate of the world we know today. Should we leave…
 
REFERENCE ORIGINAL POST – https://chrystalevanshurst.com/024-tips-for-conquering-your-comfort-zone/ Do you ever feel a little stuck in your comfort zone? Or maybe in the slowing down of the pandemic, you have found it hard to activate your life again and live with intentionality. It is a gift to have those places of comfort, but I want to ensure th…
 
When was the last time you addressed the elephant in the room? The topic that no one wants to talk about and even warms your cheeks with sheer embarrassment to discuss in the confines of your spiritual community. One conversation that is sure to make many people uncomfortable and is likely to disturb the peace is S-E-X. What would happen if you wer…
 
We all know that it is important to have good friends around us, but have you ever thought about how you need to be a good friend to yourself too? Taking the time to get to know ourselves is truly an act of self care. It’s getting beyond what we think is self care, to deeply knowing what sets our souls on fire. In today’s episode I share about the …
 
Could you say with assurance that you can adequately defend your Christian faith? As believers, it is our responsibility to develop our belief so that we are able to give an answer for the hope that lies within us for ourselves and all of humanity. However, when given the opportunity to stand up for what we believe, many are not confident in their …
 
Have you ever found yourself in a situation that was completely unexpected? One thing we know is that the unexpected will come our way. Life will throw us curve balls and try to “hack” our plans, but that doesn’t mean we have to be unprepared for those moments. You see, the things on this earth were not designed to last, but we can do the work now …
 
Is there such a thing as a perfect community? How do you find and surround yourself with the right people? How do you navigate the reality of humanity as you seek to do life with others? Here’s the truth – We weren’t meant to journey through life alone. Community is essential. This means that both you and I must be intentional about finding our peo…
 
Did you know that having a victim mentality can sabotage your efforts to live your life well? But what is a victim mentality and how do you know if you have one? A victim mentality is a mindset that affects how you live because we believe someone else has more power than you do. It says you have no control and there is nothing you can do to change …
 
Have you ever come to a tipping point because you’ve become who everyone else wants you to be, yet you’re still not who you want to be either? Have you people-pleased your way right into acceptance only to realize you’re living a double life that you don’t love? Do you ever feel like you are unsure of who you really are? If any of this describes yo…
 
God loves you and wants you to live about your mistakes, your experiences, your shame, and anything or anyone in your past that threatens to keep you from maximizing the best in you. If you need a little reminder to motivate you to move past the chains that keep you spiritually, soulfully, mentally or physical bound, I’d like to share some practica…
 
Did I tell you that I’m relaunching my podcast?!?!? After almost eight years, the Chrystal’s Chronicles podcast is getting a makeover! I still plan to encourage, motivate, and inspire you with great content, but I’ll be on the microphone and broadcasting that content from The Sister Circle Podcast, starting in 2022. I couldn’t think of any better w…
 
Hey ya’ll! Guess what?!?!?! The Chrystal’s Chronicles Podcast is under construction! Like I mentioned in my last podcast, I’ve been podcasting since 2014. First, I was a solo podcaster. Then I started hosting guests on the show. In 2020, I started going live on YouTube (almost against my better judgment) effectively getting back to my roots of host…
 
I’ve been podcasting for almost eight years and am gearing up to relaunch the podcast next week with some new features. In this episode, I’m showing up by myself to say hi, share some of the updates in store, and to encourage you, as always, to live well. If there is anything that I’ve learned (and am still learning, if I’m honest), it’s that you h…
 
Are you an overthinker? If I had to guess, I’d say you are, but you don’t want to admit it because it seems taboo. The reality is, everyone is challenged with overthinking, even myself. if there are categories of overthinkers, I am for sure ranking in the highest level of overthinkers. 2020 has done a number on many of us. Life as we once knew is n…
 
How do you adjust to a lifestyle of healing and wholeness after you’ve experienced traumatizing hurt and abuse? How can you have a renewed faith in God despite your challenging experiences? The truth is – God has power over the most difficult circumstances. Even when there is hurt and dismay, He can still heal lives. Toni Collier talks honestly abo…
 
I have found, especially in this last year, that grief can be defined with all types of feelings, emotions, and words. Sometimes grief leaves you feeling like you are drowning, and the circumstances of life only add to the weight of emotions you experience, which leaves you fighting for air. Grief is a lot to carry. I’ve often wondered if the weigh…
 
Let’s talk about your gut! It gets a bad rap and it’s certainly not glamorous, but the gut is the engine for the whole body. Your microbiome lives in your gut and is a collection of trillions of organisms that play a vital role in your body’s health and how you feel every day. There is a sense of privacy surrounding gut health and (whisper loudly) …
 
In a society where many are hyper focused on honoring themselves, how do you raise kids to love, honor, and fear the Lord? In what ways can parents instill faith while also creating room for kids to grow and build their own relationships with God? Let’s be honest, parenting, in general, is hard. It’s a winding journey filled with uncertainty, overw…
 
Are you in a position where you feel the need to achieve, but your season in life doesn’t allow for that right now? Maybe you’re the CEO of your home, nobly tasked with raising and discipling your kids, but you are getting a little stir-crazy from reading children’s books and playing on the floor day in and day out. Or maybe you’re a recent retiree…
 
This has been a year like no other, and with Christmas quickly approaching, that means it’s time to sit back and enjoy Chrystal’s Christmas Collection! Kariss and I continue our mother-daughter tradition of hosting the Christmas Collection and we had tons of fun, as always! Each year Kariss and I throw on super plush onesies, grab a steaming mug of…
 
Have you ever gotten that itch… you know, the desire to do more? The unsettled feeling that maybe, just maybe, what you are doing or where you are in life is not all there is to your story. Today, I am talking with author, entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three, Emily Ley, about daring to build a life you love by Growing Boldy, which happens to al…
 
Have you ever wondered why God allows you to endure certain trials in life? When the pain and pressure of your current circumstances threaten to overwhelm you, how can you remain faithful to Him and believe His word? How can you and I choose to trust God when we perceive His absence, or experience His “no”? In those instances, it’s natural to wonde…
 
Did you miss me? I’m soooooo glad to be back at it. I have a wonderful plan for new podcasts to share with you for the rest of 2021, but since I’ve been gone, I figured I’d personally kick things off. In this episode, I’m gonna share some encouragement with you (laced with a little foolery and fun) because I’ve learned a few lessons in this very lo…
 
Y’all!! Can you believe that my 49th birthday is here? I can’t believe it either! I’m in my LAST year of 40’s….I WILL BE FIFTY NEXT YEAR. So I’m celebrating. Not only am I celebrating another year of life, today also marks the release of my 300th podcast episode! Enjoy this fun birthday chat with me, a few friends, and tons of laughter. Connect wit…
 
What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Did the pandemic alter your perspective regarding the things you wanted to accomplish? 2020 was a very hectic year that changed the trajectory of how we do life and business. There were so many significant impacts that forced people to figure out something new or how to do what they were doing dif…
 
Do you ever look at other people’s lives and feel like you are falling behind? Maybe you don’t feel like you are as successful as you should be or you aren’t living in the house you want to live in. In this hurried world, you may wake up with an overwhelming feeling of wanting to be further along than you are right now. In this episode, I talk with…
 
Do you feel like you’re constantly going and never finishing your jam-packed to-do list? Are you pushing to be the most successful business-woman, the most involved parent, or the most hospitable host, and resting for an hour — let alone a full day — is an unrealistic goal that lives in a far-away land you’ll never reach? Maybe you’re chasing a God…
 
How do you cope when life seems to be unbearable? At some point in time, we either have or will experience suffering. Seasons of suffering can cause even the strongest of us to feel hopeless and as if God has abandoned us. What do you do in those moments? How do you hold on to the little glimpse of hope when life hits hard, and the challenges seem …
 
Does your life feel like a giant plate of spaghetti, where your work, home, kids, and hobbies have all been mixed into one plate together? Are you trying to savor both the responsibilities and joys of life but feel overwhelmed by what’s expected of you? Are you putting pressure on yourself to carry the same load now that you did a few years ago, ev…
 
From friendships to marriage, all relationships require intentional work, clear communication, and a whole lot of grace. But let’s face it: mother-daughter relationships are notoriously difficult. Why do mother-daughter relationships have a bad reputation, and what can we do to ease the tension, get along, and love each other in a life-giving way? …
 
Do you need more of God’s presence? Most of us can identify a time in our lives when God has felt far away. Be it busyness or the mundane, the expected or unexpected, life enjoyment or life responsibilities, we have all found ourselves lost in the very things we feel we cannot escape. Lisa Harper is one of my favorite people in the world. Not only …
 
Morgan Harper Nichols is simply a force to be reckoned with. Like a quiet storm, she consistently creates content out of the overflow of her artistic gifting and her soul’s desire to serve others well. She is an original for sure and I believe there is a lot that we all can learn from her in our individual pursuits to live out our God-given unique …
 
Do you find it hard to be happy? Do you struggle to consistently feel joy? In your journey towards happiness, waves of grief and feelings may arise and cause you to fall into a deep, dark place. However, if you can cling to the truth of God’s Word before the hurricanes of life hit, you will be able to walk through them with a peace and joy that pas…
 
How do you acclimate to a lifestyle of being loved after you’ve been deeply hurt? How can you feel the hope and presence of God during the darkest experiences in your life? Is it possible for you, as a survivor, to overcome fear, guilt, and shame as you navigate life? I believe that even after circumstances of hurt and situations of dismay, healing…
 
What is the story you are telling with the life you are living? Is it a story you feel good about telling? Sam Collier, my guest on this episode, tells his story of abandonment, sacrifice, gratitude, and rescue. Sam is Pastor, podcast host, and author of A Greater Story. He and his twin sister were introduced to their birth mother and siblings on t…
 
Have you ever felt like you’re staggering helplessly as you try to navigate through all the turns and curves that life has thrown your way? Or maybe, you’ve found yourself alone and secluded in dim seasons when you’re seeking growth and wisdom to press forward? How can you learn to be the woman that God has called you to be and share your knowledge…
 
Part of knowing you is knowing when the God who created you is speaking to you. Is God telling you it’s time to leave that job? Has He put a friend on your mind that you haven’t made time to call? Have you done all you’re supposed to do where you are, and now you are wondering what’s next? Over time, if you are intentional in developing your relati…
 
Do you feel like you’re wearing a mask? Are you hiding who you really are from everyone around you? Have you been living in a pit of shame because of choices you have made? Are you aching to experience freedom but don’t know where to begin? It’s so easy to feel like we have to present a perfect version of ourselves to God and to our community. We h…
 
Where do you place your value and worth? Is it rooted in your career, life-long goals, stellar accomplishments, personal appearance, or community status? In so many ways, the world offers opportunities to find personal success in things that hold no lasting value. I mean, after you’ve attained some of your aspirations and occupational goals, what h…
 
If you’ve lived long enough, you know that life can change in an instant – without warning and with no consideration for the plans you’ve made. Kayla Stoecklein’s life changed forever when her husband, Andrew, died by suicide in August of 2018 following a difficult struggle with depression, panic attacks, and mental illness. Andrew’s death threw Ka…
 
What does it mean to be a truly genuine person who is comfortable in your own skin? What does it take to be confident in being exactly who God designed you to be? It can be tempting to hide behind a smile, work, responsibilities, or even social media. You might feel society’s pressure to be perfect. You may even try to hide portions of your persona…
 
Have you ever found yourself journeying down the path of life, when suddenly you’re unexpectedly halted as a roadblock appears out of nowhere? Most of us can relate and are familiar with encountering obstacles, but often, those unexpected issues tend to stop us in our tracks, when God has called us to move forward. How do we muster up the strength …
 
Are you ever overwhelmed by your growing list of commitments and the general busyness of life? Many of us lead lives that are bustling and incredibly full, yet in the Scriptures, God has clearly modeled the act of resting. God wants us to be reminded that rest is equally important. How do we learn to carefully choose our commitments and avoid being…
 
We’re back at it again! I can’t believe another year is in the books. It seems like it was just yesterday that Kariss and I were sitting on this same couch recording my second Christmas Collection episode. It’s been fun making this an annual thing. I’m always up for a new tradition. This year we decided to do it live! Since the holidays are approac…
 
Do you ever wonder how you got to that place you feel stuck in? We’ve all felt trapped at some point in our lives, and are left wondering why? While many of us are tempted to pull away from our relationship with Christ in these moments, this is actually an opportunity for us to lean in, hit our knees, and ask God for answers to the tough questions.…
 
How does stress show up in your life? We’ve all learned various ways to cope with the many changes of 2020, current events, and the uncertain future. But coping doesn’t always take away the ill-effects of the stress you carry. Our body is designed to respond to the journey you take mentally. Election week was heavy for many of us. And whether you w…
 
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