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The Christian Habits Podcast

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The Christian Habits Podcast

The Christian Habits Podcast

Barb Raveling

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Do you ever feel like you can’t change no matter how hard you try? On the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. This is a practical, hands-on podcast that will help you break free from the things that control you: things like bad habits, idolatry, overeating, and negative emotions such as worry, insecurity, anger, and stress. We’ll also talk about how to develop a close relationship with God as we develop the habit of going to Him for help with life.

Latest Episodes

How to Stop Being Depressed During the Pandemic (or in Regular Life)

If I were to ask the question, “Have you been depressed at all during the pandemic?” my guess is that every single one of you would answer that question with a yes. I know I have. Many days are great, but there are also those days when I feel like I’m going to go stark raving mad crazy if this doesn’t end soon! That’s why I thought I’d do a blog post and podcast on how to stop being depressed during the pandemic. If you’re reading this after the pandemic, the tips will help for regular life as well! The first thing I want to show you is how I came up with the tips. I find that if I renew my mind first, it’s easier to see how to handle life. The following is an option chart I made to renew my mind about this issue. This isn’t a chart to brainstorm options–it’s a chart to analyze the options we’re currently taking to see how they’re working out for us. The left column shows the options we often take during a crisis. I always put the healthy option choice at the bottom of ...

21 min2 d ago
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How to Stop Being Depressed During the Pandemic (or in Regular Life)

10 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating

Do you ever find yourself putting off a dreaded task for weeks or even months or years? I have been known to procrastinate a 10-minute job for ten years. Thankfully, God is slowly changing me in this area. Here are ten tips I’ve been using to help me stop procrastinating. Hope they help you as well! 10 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating * Find out why you’re procrastinating. When you feel like procrastinating, ask, “Why am I procrastinating?” Sometimes just hearing the answer to that question will help you stop procrastinating. For example, if the answer is “I don’t know how to do it,” then the first step is to ask someone how to do it or watch a YouTube video. When the reason for procrastination is hazy, we can’t find a solution to the problem because we don’t know what the problem is. * Ask, “What’s the first step?” Often, we procrastinate because we see that huge project all at once the minute we think of it. It seems so overwhelming we don’t want to begin. When w...

10 min3 w ago
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10 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating

Secrets to Self-Control with Drew Dyck

Do you wonder if there really are secrets to self-control? Do you feel like you’re stuck and just need to live with it? In today’s episode of theChristian Habits Podcast, Secrets to Self-Control with Drew Dyck, I visit with Drew about his book,Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science. Drew gives us some great tips on how to preserve willpower and strengthen self-control even after failing at it over and over again. You’ll find hope for the battle and practical help for the day. Drew Dyck is an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing editor at CTPastors.com, a Christianity Today publication for church leaders. He is the author of three books:Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Church…and how to Bring Them Back,Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying,andYour Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science. His work has appeared in numerous p...

23 minOCT 7
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Secrets to Self-Control with Drew Dyck

How to Mend a Broken Relationship with Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh

Are you struggling in one of your relationships? It could be a friend, an adult child, a sibling or parent, or even a spouse. In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with Blythe Daniel and Dr. Helen McIntosh about how to mend a broken relationship. Helen and Blythe are a mother-daughter team who coauthored the book, Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters. Although the book is directed toward mother and daughter relationships, they offer all kinds of tips to mend any strained or broken relationship. Here are a few of the things we’ll be discussing on the podcast. Things We Talked About on the Podcast: * How to initiate a conversation about your relationship * Sample questions you can use to start a conversation * Where to go to have conversations * The importance of showing respect and how to show respect in a conversation * What to do if it doesn’t seem like the other person wants to talk * What to do if you’re trying to mend a relationship wit...

31 minSEP 9
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How to Mend a Broken Relationship with Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh

Spiritual Attack: 10 Tips for Spiritual Warfare

When I first started writing, I noticed that I’d often get attacked at different stages of the process–especially when I was beginning something new. I’ve since studied spiritual attack and discovered there are many things we can do to be successful in spiritual warfare. We’ll discuss those things on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, but I’ll also include the information below in case you don’t have time to listen to the podcast. Examples of Spiritual Attack in the Bible There are four different stories in the Bible about Satan influencing or interacting with people.We’ll go into these more in depth on the podcast, but I’ve listed the Scripture passages below so you can read these on your own. * Eve – Genesis 3:1-8 * Job – Job 1:6-12 * Jesus – Matthew 4:1-11 * Peter – Luke 22:31-32 Types of Spiritual Attack There are two different types of spiritual attack shown in the Bible–a physical attack and an attack of the mind. Here are examples of each: * Physic...

17 minJUL 31
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Spiritual Attack: 10 Tips for Spiritual Warfare

Building Racial Unity – A Conversation between Friends with Ngina Otiende

Have you ever been hurt by prejudice? Or have you watched others dealing with prejudice and wondered how you can help? On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with my friend Ngina Otiende about how to heal and help. Ngina and her husband moved to the United States from Kenya nine years ago, so they’ve experienced life as both a majority and a minority. On the podcast, we’ll visit about some of the differences between living life as a majority and a minority, plus talk about some ideas for how to help build unity. Resources We Talked About on the Podcast * Ngina’s blog: IntentionalToday.com * Unashamed and Free Podcast How to Listen to the Podcast * To listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts:click here * To listen or subscribe on Android:click here * To listen or subscribe on Stitcher:click here * To listen or subscribe on Google Play:click here * To listen or subscribe on Spotify:click here Ngina Otiende is a Certified Marriage Breakthrough Coach, author, and b...

31 minJUN 30
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Building Racial Unity – A Conversation between Friends with Ngina Otiende

Allen Arnold: How to Do Life with God vs. Life for God

Do you ever find yourself going about your daily work and not remembering God is there? I do sometimes. It’s easy to do when we get busy. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Allen Arnold talks about how to do life with God–remembering Him throughout the day and visiting with Him about life and work. When we visit with God throughout the day, life goes much better. First, He helps us to do things we can’t do in our own strength. Second, we enjoy life more. And finally, we grow closer to God as we learn to rely on Him and look to Him for support. Here are a few of the topics we discussed on the podcast: Topics We Discussed on the Podcast * What it looks like do life with God on a practical level * How to pursue growth without feeling like you have to be perfect * Living each day with expectancy vs. expectations * A Christian definition of success * How to do life with God when you’re pursuing a goal you’ve failed at before. Resources We Talked About on the Podcas...

35 minMAY 19
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Allen Arnold: How to Do Life with God vs. Life for God

Breaking Free from Idolatry with Brad Bigney

I first came across Brad Bigney’s material at a biblical counseling conference in Bozeman, Montana. Brad had written a book on breaking free from idolatry and I found his material super helpful. Today, I’m excited to have him on the Christian Habits Podcast. Here are a few of the topics we’ll be discussing: Topics We Talked About on the Podcast * What is idolatry? * Do you have idols? * How do you know what your idols are? * What are three questions you can ask to determine whether or not something is an idol? * How does idolatry affect your relationships and marriage? * How do you break free from idolatry? * How do you get to the point where you’re willing to let things go? Brad is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary, with his Master of Divinity. He’s a certified biblical counselor withACBC (Assoc. of Certified Biblical Counselors), author of the bookGospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden I...

36 minAPR 21
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Breaking Free from Idolatry with Brad Bigney

How to Avoid Gaining Weight during Coronavirus

One of the things we tend to do during hard times is head to the refrigerator for comfort, excitement, or stress relief. The other night, the only thing that saved me from that was that I had no treats in the house–and didn’t want to go out to buy any with the coronavirus going around! To help with this, I thought I’d do a podcast episode on how to avoid gaining weight during the coronavirus. How to Listen to the Podcast: * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Apple podcasts * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Google Play * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Stitcher. * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Android. * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Spotify. Resources We Talked About on the Podcast: * How to Truth Journal * Routines vs. Schedules: How to Organize Your Time * Other Resources for Procrastination * My Interview on the Homeschool Sanity Podcast with Homeschooling Tips * Facebook Live Videos (You can also watch replays of these by clicking on the previous link. Ne...

19 minMAR 28
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How to Avoid Gaining Weight during Coronavirus

Coronavirus Anxiety, Stress, and Boredom: 6 Tips + Facebook Live

Earlier this week, I was sitting at a restaurant in the Denver airport having a cup of coffee and journaling. I’d already sanitized my hands, checked the news for Montana (6 cases), and was wondering if I should sanitize my hands again since I’d just picked up the cream pitcher to pour cream in my coffee. As I took all these unusual precautions, I thought of you guys and wondered, How are you doing with coronavirus anxiety? Are you in a frenzy? Taking precautions but not super anxious? Or are you blowing the whole thing off and living life as usual? No matter which camp you fall into, we’re all affected by Covid-19. Either we’re in immediate danger of the virus itself, someone we love is in danger, or we’re affected by all the closures. It’s no longer life as usual. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll be talking about six tips for letting go of coronavirus anxiety, stress, and boredom. These are the tips we’ll be discussing: 6 Tips to Ease Coronavirus ...

12 minMAR 22
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Coronavirus Anxiety, Stress, and Boredom: 6 Tips + Facebook Live

Latest Episodes

How to Stop Being Depressed During the Pandemic (or in Regular Life)

If I were to ask the question, “Have you been depressed at all during the pandemic?” my guess is that every single one of you would answer that question with a yes. I know I have. Many days are great, but there are also those days when I feel like I’m going to go stark raving mad crazy if this doesn’t end soon! That’s why I thought I’d do a blog post and podcast on how to stop being depressed during the pandemic. If you’re reading this after the pandemic, the tips will help for regular life as well! The first thing I want to show you is how I came up with the tips. I find that if I renew my mind first, it’s easier to see how to handle life. The following is an option chart I made to renew my mind about this issue. This isn’t a chart to brainstorm options–it’s a chart to analyze the options we’re currently taking to see how they’re working out for us. The left column shows the options we often take during a crisis. I always put the healthy option choice at the bottom of ...

21 min2 d ago
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How to Stop Being Depressed During the Pandemic (or in Regular Life)

10 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating

Do you ever find yourself putting off a dreaded task for weeks or even months or years? I have been known to procrastinate a 10-minute job for ten years. Thankfully, God is slowly changing me in this area. Here are ten tips I’ve been using to help me stop procrastinating. Hope they help you as well! 10 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating * Find out why you’re procrastinating. When you feel like procrastinating, ask, “Why am I procrastinating?” Sometimes just hearing the answer to that question will help you stop procrastinating. For example, if the answer is “I don’t know how to do it,” then the first step is to ask someone how to do it or watch a YouTube video. When the reason for procrastination is hazy, we can’t find a solution to the problem because we don’t know what the problem is. * Ask, “What’s the first step?” Often, we procrastinate because we see that huge project all at once the minute we think of it. It seems so overwhelming we don’t want to begin. When w...

10 min3 w ago
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10 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating

Secrets to Self-Control with Drew Dyck

Do you wonder if there really are secrets to self-control? Do you feel like you’re stuck and just need to live with it? In today’s episode of theChristian Habits Podcast, Secrets to Self-Control with Drew Dyck, I visit with Drew about his book,Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science. Drew gives us some great tips on how to preserve willpower and strengthen self-control even after failing at it over and over again. You’ll find hope for the battle and practical help for the day. Drew Dyck is an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing editor at CTPastors.com, a Christianity Today publication for church leaders. He is the author of three books:Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Church…and how to Bring Them Back,Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying,andYour Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science. His work has appeared in numerous p...

23 minOCT 7
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Secrets to Self-Control with Drew Dyck

How to Mend a Broken Relationship with Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh

Are you struggling in one of your relationships? It could be a friend, an adult child, a sibling or parent, or even a spouse. In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with Blythe Daniel and Dr. Helen McIntosh about how to mend a broken relationship. Helen and Blythe are a mother-daughter team who coauthored the book, Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters. Although the book is directed toward mother and daughter relationships, they offer all kinds of tips to mend any strained or broken relationship. Here are a few of the things we’ll be discussing on the podcast. Things We Talked About on the Podcast: * How to initiate a conversation about your relationship * Sample questions you can use to start a conversation * Where to go to have conversations * The importance of showing respect and how to show respect in a conversation * What to do if it doesn’t seem like the other person wants to talk * What to do if you’re trying to mend a relationship wit...

31 minSEP 9
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How to Mend a Broken Relationship with Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh

Spiritual Attack: 10 Tips for Spiritual Warfare

When I first started writing, I noticed that I’d often get attacked at different stages of the process–especially when I was beginning something new. I’ve since studied spiritual attack and discovered there are many things we can do to be successful in spiritual warfare. We’ll discuss those things on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, but I’ll also include the information below in case you don’t have time to listen to the podcast. Examples of Spiritual Attack in the Bible There are four different stories in the Bible about Satan influencing or interacting with people.We’ll go into these more in depth on the podcast, but I’ve listed the Scripture passages below so you can read these on your own. * Eve – Genesis 3:1-8 * Job – Job 1:6-12 * Jesus – Matthew 4:1-11 * Peter – Luke 22:31-32 Types of Spiritual Attack There are two different types of spiritual attack shown in the Bible–a physical attack and an attack of the mind. Here are examples of each: * Physic...

17 minJUL 31
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Spiritual Attack: 10 Tips for Spiritual Warfare

Building Racial Unity – A Conversation between Friends with Ngina Otiende

Have you ever been hurt by prejudice? Or have you watched others dealing with prejudice and wondered how you can help? On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with my friend Ngina Otiende about how to heal and help. Ngina and her husband moved to the United States from Kenya nine years ago, so they’ve experienced life as both a majority and a minority. On the podcast, we’ll visit about some of the differences between living life as a majority and a minority, plus talk about some ideas for how to help build unity. Resources We Talked About on the Podcast * Ngina’s blog: IntentionalToday.com * Unashamed and Free Podcast How to Listen to the Podcast * To listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts:click here * To listen or subscribe on Android:click here * To listen or subscribe on Stitcher:click here * To listen or subscribe on Google Play:click here * To listen or subscribe on Spotify:click here Ngina Otiende is a Certified Marriage Breakthrough Coach, author, and b...

31 minJUN 30
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Building Racial Unity – A Conversation between Friends with Ngina Otiende

Allen Arnold: How to Do Life with God vs. Life for God

Do you ever find yourself going about your daily work and not remembering God is there? I do sometimes. It’s easy to do when we get busy. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Allen Arnold talks about how to do life with God–remembering Him throughout the day and visiting with Him about life and work. When we visit with God throughout the day, life goes much better. First, He helps us to do things we can’t do in our own strength. Second, we enjoy life more. And finally, we grow closer to God as we learn to rely on Him and look to Him for support. Here are a few of the topics we discussed on the podcast: Topics We Discussed on the Podcast * What it looks like do life with God on a practical level * How to pursue growth without feeling like you have to be perfect * Living each day with expectancy vs. expectations * A Christian definition of success * How to do life with God when you’re pursuing a goal you’ve failed at before. Resources We Talked About on the Podcas...

35 minMAY 19
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Allen Arnold: How to Do Life with God vs. Life for God

Breaking Free from Idolatry with Brad Bigney

I first came across Brad Bigney’s material at a biblical counseling conference in Bozeman, Montana. Brad had written a book on breaking free from idolatry and I found his material super helpful. Today, I’m excited to have him on the Christian Habits Podcast. Here are a few of the topics we’ll be discussing: Topics We Talked About on the Podcast * What is idolatry? * Do you have idols? * How do you know what your idols are? * What are three questions you can ask to determine whether or not something is an idol? * How does idolatry affect your relationships and marriage? * How do you break free from idolatry? * How do you get to the point where you’re willing to let things go? Brad is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary, with his Master of Divinity. He’s a certified biblical counselor withACBC (Assoc. of Certified Biblical Counselors), author of the bookGospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden I...

36 minAPR 21
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Breaking Free from Idolatry with Brad Bigney

How to Avoid Gaining Weight during Coronavirus

One of the things we tend to do during hard times is head to the refrigerator for comfort, excitement, or stress relief. The other night, the only thing that saved me from that was that I had no treats in the house–and didn’t want to go out to buy any with the coronavirus going around! To help with this, I thought I’d do a podcast episode on how to avoid gaining weight during the coronavirus. How to Listen to the Podcast: * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Apple podcasts * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Google Play * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Stitcher. * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Android. * Click hereto subscribe or listen on Spotify. Resources We Talked About on the Podcast: * How to Truth Journal * Routines vs. Schedules: How to Organize Your Time * Other Resources for Procrastination * My Interview on the Homeschool Sanity Podcast with Homeschooling Tips * Facebook Live Videos (You can also watch replays of these by clicking on the previous link. Ne...

19 minMAR 28
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How to Avoid Gaining Weight during Coronavirus

Coronavirus Anxiety, Stress, and Boredom: 6 Tips + Facebook Live

Earlier this week, I was sitting at a restaurant in the Denver airport having a cup of coffee and journaling. I’d already sanitized my hands, checked the news for Montana (6 cases), and was wondering if I should sanitize my hands again since I’d just picked up the cream pitcher to pour cream in my coffee. As I took all these unusual precautions, I thought of you guys and wondered, How are you doing with coronavirus anxiety? Are you in a frenzy? Taking precautions but not super anxious? Or are you blowing the whole thing off and living life as usual? No matter which camp you fall into, we’re all affected by Covid-19. Either we’re in immediate danger of the virus itself, someone we love is in danger, or we’re affected by all the closures. It’s no longer life as usual. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll be talking about six tips for letting go of coronavirus anxiety, stress, and boredom. These are the tips we’ll be discussing: 6 Tips to Ease Coronavirus ...

12 minMAR 22
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Coronavirus Anxiety, Stress, and Boredom: 6 Tips + Facebook Live
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