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Friends of a Feather

The Friends of a Feather Podcast is encouragement for women on the go. This weekly podcast inspires women wherever they are: listening on their commute to work, folding the laundry, or providing a boost of encouragement after a full day. Wren Robbins, the host invites her friends on the podcast each week to share their unique God stories with listeners.
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Hey! Welcome to the Friends of a Feather podcast! I'm your host, Wren! As women, we need to build each other up, to encourage each other in our walks with Jesus. Each week, I get to chat with a friend who has a story to tell, a passion to share, or a dream she is pursuing. Be encouraged! We are all friends of a feather; let's stick together!  

Jul 10, 2020

Hey friends, It’s Wren and if this is the first time you’ve joined us on the podcast or if  you’ve been listening for a while, hey!

Last time we were together, you heard from writer, Catherine Parks. Catherine shared about why vulnerability really does matter in our relationships.  We talked on a practical level about how to point our hearts and our friends’ hearts to Jesus and it was like a balm to my soul.  If you haven’t listened yet, check it out on your podcast app or as always you can find it on my web site wrenrobbins.com if that is easier.

We only have 2 more guests in this series, ya’ll!  It’s FLOWN by!  I hope each conversation with experts in their field have given you excellent strategies and a shot in the arm for living healthy after our time of quarantine! Take a screen shot of an episode, post in instastories, and tag me!  I would love to see it and repost it in my stories as well!

Today’s guest is Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith.  Dr. Saundra is a board-certifed internal medicine physican and Christian author. She reached her breaking point of burnout a few years back when her two teenage children were toddlers.  At that point, she started doing loads of scientific and Biblical research on the subject of REST and how to integrate it as a daily lifestyle.  She is sharing that with us today and I can’t wait. 

For full list of Show Notes, click here

Thanks for joining me!

XO,

Wren

Jul 3, 2020

I’m Wren Robbins and I’m glad you’re here!  Happy Summer!

Last time we were together, you heard from family therapist, David Thomas.  Oh my goodness, it was like a mini counseling sesh for me, but I asked questions that would benefit all of us if you are a parent! 

Go to my web site wrenrobbins.com to listen to that episode number 137!

This Summer has been so needed in my heart and so I hope it’s been helpful for you, too!

Today’s guest is Catherine Parks.  Catherine is a wife and mom to two, and an incredible editor and writer!  After speaking with Catherine and reading her book, I’m so grateful for her words to us about relationships.

For complete Show Notes, go to wrenrobbins.com/podcast/138

Thank you for joining me for this conversation today! 

Would you help me out? I would love for you leave a 5 star rating for the Friends of a Feather Podcast.  And, if you want to realllly want to make my day, leave a two sentence review.  Thank you for doing that…I haven’t hugged a friend in months…so here I am sending you a virtual hug right now!!! 

I’ll see you next time when I chat with Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith. She is a medical doctor and will be sharing about her own burnout with being busy.  She shares 7 types of rest.  I’ll just tell you right now…I did not look at my notes the entire time until right at the end…that’s how well our conversation flowed! So, stick around for that next Friday!

XO,

Wren

Jun 26, 2020

Hi friend, it’s Wren Robbins.  Last time we were together, you heard from Bible teacher, Iva May.  In that episode, Iva shared with us an incredible way to read the Bible as a story!  We then talked about priorities and yes I teared up, ya’ll.  Good stuff.  You can listen to that episode, number 136 on my web site wrenrobbins.com Thanks for your feedback on this series so far! I’ve heard from some of you that are listening to each episode twice!  Wow.

This Summer has been a great way for me to do a reset in my own heart and life and I hope this podcast series has been helpful to you as well! 

Today’s guest is David Thomas.  David is the Director of family counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, TN. He is a husband, dad to three, a speaker, writer, author, family therapist and dad to his therapy dog, Owen.

Thanks for joining in our conversation today! 

I would love you to share this episode and tag @raisingboysandgirls and @friendsofafeatherpodcast on Instagram or on Facebook!  

 

Jun 19, 2020

Today’s guest is Iva May. She is wife to Stan, mom to three adult children, and grandmother to her 1st grandchild.  Iva is a speaker, author, and director of Chronological Bible Teaching.  

She is passionate about getting into God’s word and encouraging others to do the same!  I haven’t been a crier in years, but I get emotional when our conversation goes to setting strong priorities. 

For the rest of the Show Notes of quotes and books Iva mentions, go to www.wrenrobbins.com/podcast/136

Jun 12, 2020

Check out quotes and links for this episode in the Show Notes at www.wrenrobbins.com/podcast/135

A BIG THANK YOU to those of you who have left the podcast a review and a rating!  If you haven't and you are enjoying what you hear, I would love for you to leave a 5 star rating.  And, if you want to really want to make my day leave a review!  Sending you a virtual hug right now!  

Jun 5, 2020

This is the first episode in the Summer Podcast Series on Health & Wellness! 

Find Show Notes at wrenrobbins.com

May 29, 2020

I can't wait for this AMAZING series coming JUNE 5!!! 

 

Hear my heart behind it and a few of the guests I will feature!

 

May 22, 2020

Find all the links discussed in this episode here.  

 

May 15, 2020

Hi friend! Last time we were together, you heard from three of my friends about how they are doing in quarantine. I love how they have each transitioned into quarantine so beautifully and how they encourage me in my walk with Jesus. You can listen one episode back , number 130.

In these uncertain times, I find it so refreshing to hear from Godly women raised up to encourage other women in our faith. I so enjoyed my chat with my guest today.  

Today’s episode is with Richella Parham, She is a wife, mom to three adult sons, speaker, writer, and new crocheter! Richella’s book, Mythical Me, was the Inter Varsity Press Readers Choice Award winner. On this episode, Richella shares about an illness she was born with and how she overcame the comparison trap as a young adult woman. Richella beautifully speaks as she points us to Jesus through her words.

If you enjoyed this episode, I would love for you to leave a review for the Friends of a Feather Podcast here!

May 8, 2020

Visit my web site for Show Notes and more encouragement!

 

May 1, 2020

Hi friend! Last time we were together, you heard from Beth McCord when she encouraged us how the Gospel changes us. I LOVE that Beth shared about the core longings that we each have and it was so interesting to hear that. Be encouraged by listening to Beth’s story about how she has found the Enneagram personality system such a great tool when she was a wife and young mother starting her family. You can listen to ep. 128 here.

Today’s episode is with Lindsay Leiviska, She is a wife, mom of three, writer, and homeschool coach. I asked her to share her precious story of how 18 months after adopting her son, her family went from a calm home to one of chaos. But, in that, Lindsay shares how God took her brokenness, and mercifully showed her himself. I try not to ask questions that make my guests cry, but you know when us mommas talk about our kids, sometimes the tears just flow!

To find full show notes, head to www.wrenrobbins.com/podcast/129

Apr 24, 2020

Last time we were together, you heard from my friend, Lynn Lyle who encouraged us that God’s Got This. In these really interesting days we are living in, throughout the Covid-19 virus, it is encouraging to hear that we are not alone, that God is still on the throne, He is not wringing His hands and that HE is in control. 

To be encouraged by listening to Lynn’s story of walking through cancer as a five year old and because of that losing her arm a few years ago, you can listen by clicking here

Today’s episode is with Enneagram expert and coach, Beth McCord.  You may have seen her live, on Instagram, or read one of her and her husbands books from their online ministry and company, Your Enneagram Coach. I ask her to share how she started using the Enneagram in her own life and Beth shares each types core longings and she shares a word picture about a cistern  that I will not forget. 

Don't forget to check out the complete list of quotes and links in the Show Notes, here

Apr 10, 2020

Last week I was so excited to visit with Candace Joseph. It was such a great conversation hearing her walk through infertility and how she has honored the Lord through it.  To be encouraged, listen to her story, here.

Today’s episode is with my friend, Lynn Lyle.  Lynn has an incredible story of having Ewing Sarcoma as a child.  And, a few years ago, Lynn lost her arm after many weeks of not knowing what was wrong.  Lynn is humble, strong, and shares from her heart that God is the one who gives her peace.

For full list of Show Notes visit my web site

"When God told me that He was going to take care of it, I believed Him." 

Apr 3, 2020

Hi friend!  Last week was a Top 10 with Wren: Ways to THRIVE during quarantine with yours truly.  In case you missed it, check it out here.

Today’s episode is with my friend, Candace Joseph.  I first met Candace online after she posted the sweetest picture of a HOPE bird she had received from her friend, Dondra. 

Find all the Show Notes at wrenrobbins.com

Mar 20, 2020

Hi friend!  Last week was an episode with my friend, Dondra Fite as she shared her God story of how He is still in the business of God sized miracles! You can listen one episode back here.  

Today’s episode is with my friend, Jodi Sappe. Jodi shares her story of struggle as she saw her husband battle a drug addiction over the span of 10 years. You will hear the theme of how God has been enough in her life throughout our conversation.

Check out the show notes here for links and quotes from the episode. 

 

Mar 13, 2020

Hi friend!  Last week I re-aired an episode with Glenna Marshall as she shared her God story of how God has taught her how to study His word asking one specific question, how she dealt with adoptive momma guilt, her families recent church merge, and steps we can take toward racial unity in our communities and churches. You can listen one episode back here

Today’s episode is with my friend, Dondra Fite. You may remember Dondra from episodes 43 and 44 of her story of infertility and adoption. Now is Part 3 and you don’t wanna miss it!

We talk about how nothing is impossible with God, her modern day miracle, and prioritizing silence in our lives.  Yes, yes and yes.

After listening, you can find the Show Notes at wrenrobbins.com/podcast/123 for the Eat Read Love links and quotes Dondra shared on this episode. 

Mar 6, 2020

Hi friend!  Last week I re-aired an episode with Colby Crisler as she shared her God story of walking through Cystic Fibrosis, having a double lung transplant, and seeing God at work in her life.  You can listen to it one episode back, #121.

Today’s episode is with Glenna Marshall.  Glenna is a believer, Pastor’s wife, mother, speaker, author, and singer/songwriter. Glenna shares her God story with us and how Glenna overcame the imposter syndrome as an adoptive mama, how she expresses gratitude even when she has a meal that is noncompliant to her auto immune disease.  

We spent the last part of the episode talking about the recent exciting church merge Glenna and her husband walked through this past Fall.  God led them to merge with another church and create a Gospel Focused racially diverse church called Grace Bible Fellowship.  We talk about how we can have no racial reconciliation if it’s not based on Jesus.  A much needed conversation to air.

After listening, you can find the Show Notes at wrenrobbins.com/podcast for the Eat Read Love links and quotes Glenna shared on this episode. 

Feb 28, 2020

We have a few new people joining in the Friends of a Feather community over here, so I wanted to reair this special episode that was first brought to you in the Fall of 2019.  

Colby shares her dynamic God story of needing a double lung transplant and I actually recorded with her 5 weeks after her surgery.  I'm thrilled to bringing this conversation back because it's one of my favorites.  

You will be inspired, you may shed a couple of tears, and you will hear how gracious our God is in her story. 

Feb 21, 2020

Hi friend!  Last week I loved having my husband, Jim join me on the podcast talking about things we wished we knew before we got married. It’s fun, lighthearted and he had a little bit too much fun with the sound effects. #ohyeah You can listen to it,  here

Today’s episode is with Melanie Shankle. Melanie is wife to Perry, mom of her only child, Caroline, blogger, speaker, and author.  She loves fashion, reading, watching Netflix and spends her extra time watching Caroline play Soccer. 

You will hear Melanie share how she went from blogger to author on the New York Bestsellers list with her books about motherhood, marriage, and friendship.  We talk about what it looks like as a mom of an only child, what God taught her when she walked through a difficult time in her life losing one of her best friends, and about comparing ourselves to other women.  She also shares about her new book coming out called, “On the Bright Side” and her first children’s book called Piper and Mabel about her two super active yet fun dogs!

Don’t worry about grabbing a pen and a piece of paper, you can  check out the full list of links including what Melanie is eating, reading, and loving in the Show Notes at wrenrobbins.com/podcast/120 

Feb 14, 2020

My husband, Jim joins me for a special “What we wished we knew before we got married” episode!

You will hear:
•what we do for Date Nights In 🎬
•something surprising about me growing up 💙(maybe not surprising😆)
•some of what we have learned in 16 years of marriage💘
•Jim open his Valentines gift on air!📆

It’s super fun, I giggle a lot and Jim brings some sound effects from an app on his phone😍)

Listen and subscribe in your podcast app📲!

Find more info at wrenrobbins.com/podcast

Feb 7, 2020

Hi friend!  Last week it was great hearing Sarah Tucker share her story with us when she walked through getting a disease called Endocarditis which caused her to have open heart surgery 10 years ago.  She shares about God’s Faithfulness as her friends and family rallied around her during a really difficult time in her life.  You can go one episode back to hear it on episode 117

Today’s episode is with my friend, Stacy Myers from the Humorous Homemaking blog. I’ve followed Stacy for years on Instagram and we had we had the best time chatting!  We talk about failures and what to do with them, Stacy encourages us how to stop walking in fear of missing God’s will, and I love how packed full this episode is with resources and the truth we can point our heart toward God’s word. Stacy shares about her recent journey of walking in food freedom.  I love how open Stacy is and so let’s get to it!  Here is my conversation with Stacy!

Be sure to check out the full list of Show Notes at wrenrobbins.com/podcast

Jan 31, 2020

Hi friend!  I enjoyed having Katie from Dear Mushka on the podcast last week to hear her story of losing her mother, praying and waiting in her adoptiions,  and sharing about discipling her children.  You can go one episode back to hear that episode.  It was 116

Today’s episode is with my friend, Sarah Tucker.  After an infection going to her heart, Sarah had open heart surgery at the age of 23. We talk about how God was faithful to her through other people ministering to her, what her mom prayed for Sarah during that difficult time, and why Sarah is grateful for the hard things she has walked through.

Sarah also gives encouragement to us as  she shares how we are all influencers regardless if its 10 followers on social media or loving our families well. 

Jan 24, 2020

Hi friend!  I enjoyed having Polly and Rachel on the podcast last week to hear their stories of how they met and how Thriving Home began.  We talk about their views of food and how that has changed.  You can also find their yummy recipes that they mention. That is one episode back, number 115 if you want to check it out!

And, if you are liking what you hear I would love for you to do one of these three things that have to do with you podcast app on your phone….1)leave a star rating..you can even do that one right now if you are on your podcast app! Click the stars right under the title Friends of a Feather.  A 5 star rating would be great!  2) Leave a fun quick review….it could be as simple as: I love the guests on the podcast!  OR I am encouraged by the podcast!  Simple is great!  OK one more thing you could pick…3)tap the three little buttons on your podcast app to send this episode to a friend. I love getting a text from a friend with a podcast attached to it! Thanks ya’ll.

Today’s episode is with my friend, Katie Lewis.  You may know Katie from her online company, Dear Mushka.  Katie shares with us her story of walking through grief when she lost her mother a few years ago.  She hasn’t ever really talked about it publicly until now.  We also talk about how Katie disciples her children and how it’s messy, not perfect, but that we as moms are in this together!  

We chat about when Katie and her husband, Robert followed God’s calling for them to adopt. They have three precious boys and it’s neat to see that they began their company to fund their first adoption.  We chat about how God led Katie and Robert to be on the same page but it did take some time.  There is a part of the conversation when I literally GASP when Katie shared with me an AMAZING story of them naming their first son. Be listening for that..not that you could miss it. ha 

Katie also gives encouragement to other mom small business owners and it was so good.  If you are ready to be encouraged, let’s jump in!  

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