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It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.
 
This podcast is for those who want to wholeheartedly pursue Christ. You’re a woman who wants to follow where God leads, to live and love well, to extend grace to yourself and others, but there’s a part of you that’s like how? You want your faith to intersect with your busy and full life, but you aren’t sure what that looks like in real-time. Here at the Grace In Real Life podcast, we talk about how to practically apply grace in real life. Listen in!
 
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Whether we like to admit it or not, we live with a chronic case of low-grade anxiety. We disguise our fear and call it stress, but we know what it really is. The great news is that we don’t have to live this way. We can break free from fear and live in the abundant peace, hope, and joy God promised us. So let's learn about fear through the lens of …
 
Have you ever found yourself in a leadership situation where you were leading a group to accomplish a task, but balls were being dropped, people were not completing their work in the way that you wanted, and it was driving you crazy? Maybe you started to feel like you needed to do it all yourself because this mission was too important for things to…
 
Maybe you don’t struggle with the desire to be a perfect mom, but you want to be a good mom, and you’re beating yourself up with negative thoughts every time you “fail.” Perhaps you feel like you could do better, that you’re not doing enough, that you’re failing in all the ways, or your previous mistakes are irredeemable. Mamas struggle with carryi…
 
How Christ-like is your communication? Are you able to patiently lead others to answers? Do you feel the need to speak up, or are you able to stay silent sometimes? In this episode, I'm discussing communicating as Christian leaders. Through the year, we’ve had a few episodes related to communication but today I want to look at our best example of c…
 
What’s the difference between being selfish and living into the Jesus-expression of who you are? How can you tell when you’re living under the weight of unhealthy expectations? How have we misinterpreted “dying to self”? Today we are talking about unhealthy expectations, and don’t we try-hard girls struggle with expectations? We think about them le…
 
Is there such a thing as ‘life balance’ and if so, how do you find it? And how do you discern when you need to stop doing something in your life? As ambitious, multi-passionate women leaders, many of us struggle to manage all the roles and responsibilities we hold. And when the issue of balance comes up, we often feel shame, guilt, or confusion abo…
 
Today’s episode covers how to choose email providers that will simplify your routine! In this special series we've been bringing you all month long in September, we've discussed best practices for email list building. We started out with episode 8, 7 Link in bio apps for driving traffic, because if you're on Instagram, you need to be building an em…
 
What’s the #1 way to get unstuck from shame? How are shame, conviction, and guilt different? And what are the two main default responses to shame, and how do you get unstuck? Today we are talking about shame, and y’all shame is a place so many of us have stayed stuck. We can feel shame about anything and everything. We can feel shame about: The cho…
 
How do you pursue a passion project while also working full time, running a business, or managing home & family life? Is this even possible or is it a pipe dream? As a multi-passionate leader, it’s likely that you have many ideas and dreams you’d like to pursue. In addition, you probably have plenty of natural gifts, skills, and experiences that yo…
 
One of my favorite business tasks is writing newsletters! However, figuring out how to get your audience to actually OPEN said newsletters is a whole other animal. Read on to see how what seems a daunting task is actually more achievable than you might think! Click below for show notes!https://ruthiegray.mom/ep-10-how-to-write-newsletters-they-actu…
 
How can you get unstuck from a negative thought life? What do you do when your thoughts seem to spiral? We’re in our second installment of the four-part Get Unstuck series. In this series, we’re tackling where try-hard girls struggle most: our identity in Christ in Episode 81 with Jen Babakhan our thought-life shame and expectations To help us get …
 
Do you ever run to food for comfort when you are feeling sad, angry, or upset? Do you ever have negative self-talk with body image? Or have you prayed and asked God to give you freedom in this area, only to feel like He’s not listening? If you’ve ever felt like food has a hold on you or you can’t break free from negative body image issues, you are …
 
Have you ever wondered what it would take for you to begin writing effective newsletter opt-ins? Today's interview is with Sarah Geringer, an author, speaker, podcaster, artist and coach for Christian creatives. She has two solo podcasts: one called Finding Peace in God's Word, and one for adult children of divorce called Heart in a Drawer. Sarah i…
 
In this bonus, special edition episode, we’re talking about 9/11 and how God meets us in the face of national trauma and personal loss. To help us walk through what it was like to work one of the 9/11 scenes and how she saw God’s provision in those hard days, former crime scene photographer for the FBI, Jen Combs joins the show. In today’s episode,…
 
The #1 struggle of try-hard girls is living out of our identity in Christ. When we don’t operate from this foundational truth, we are prone to: Being rushed and feeling frantic on the inside, Trying to do All The Things, Getting caught up in perfectionism + people-pleasing, And wondering if we’re doing enough. We’re kicking off a new series today c…
 
What happens when you are the leader, and someone brings a concern to you? How do you handle it? And how do you respond? This is a key skill that we need to develop, because we all will get feedback from others in our leadership. As leaders, it’s inevitable that we will receive feedback and criticism. And since we cannot control what other people s…
 
When you’re setting up your IG profile, you’ll notice a place for a link in bio. You can use this link for several options - your website, your podcast, your newsletter, etc. But, there’s only space for one link, so what do I do then? That’s what we’re covering today as my son & podcast audio engineer and daughter who is my personal virtual assista…
 
Whether your husband travels a lot, works late or unpredictable hours, or is deployed, this episode was designed just for you. We’re breaking down what’s it like for the dad who’s away a lot and practical systems for the mom keeping things afloat. To help us navigate this topic, my husband Ryan McCormick joins the show. In this interview, Ryan and …
 
Have you ever had a part of your life that you haven’t wanted to give God control over? If we’re honest, most of us would have to admit that there’s at least one area of our lives where we struggle with trusting God. In this episode, you’ll hear from Angie Tonini-Rogers and how she had to learn how to trust God with her career and her finances. In …
 
Welcome to Episode 7 of Authentic Online Marketing Season 2, discussing how you can build follower trust! Boy, are you in for a treat today. We have Christian author, speaker, and podcaster Sophie Hudson here. At the end of this episode, you'll have learned some simple yet powerful tips on connecting to your audience organically.Click below for sho…
 
We’re talking about how to be kind to you when you start anything new. This could be a new season, a new job, a physical move… anything that’s new. If you’re ready for a deep exhale as you feel the panic, grief, and overwhelm of a new season, listen in. In this episode, we’re breaking down: What you’re feeling What’s changing And what’s true. So no…
 
Have you found yourself frustrated, discouraged, or even disillusioned by the state of the western church today? Are you longing for a church that reflects God’s intentions for Christians rather than the flawed leadership of humans and harmful effects of sin? In this conversation, Holly and I are digging into the idea of searching for the perfect c…
 
Friends, let me give you some encouragement today: there are ways to get your content seen without just using Reels! I know the focus is all about Reels on Instagram and I've talked a lot about Reels. You have probable seen that I even have a Reels crash course that shows you shooting my Reels and behind the scenes! Of course, I believe you should …
 
How can you offer empathy to those who see masks + vaccines differently than you do as well as how to teach your kids empathy in this craziness? If you’ve ever felt judged, defensive, or misunderstood because of your COVID choices, OR if you’ve ever wondered why we’re all so hateful to each other online and in-person about masks and vaccines and wo…
 
What is the key to successfully leading an organization or team? And how should you respond to opposition or doubt from others about the dream God has given you? In this episode, I’m talking with Sonya Battle, founder of the Teacher’s Resource. Sonya shares about her own leadership journey as well as some of the hurdles she’s had to overcome in fou…
 
Today we're talking about idea generation for business growth with special guest Esther Littlefield! If you've ever wondered how you can gain ideas to grow your small business and enhance your relationship with your target audience, this is the episode for you. We will discuss just how to do that by pulling ideas from the resources already at your …
 
Whether your kids are going back to school in-person for the first time in over a year, struggle with the pressure of testing and giving presentations, or feel the weight of the social side of school, you’ll learn 18 practical ways to help your child navigate back-to-school stress. In this episode, you’ll learn: How real their stress is, What to do…
 
What do you do if a leader you follow or serve under says or does something that you don’t agree with? How can you bring a concern to a leader without damaging the relationship or causing unnecessary conflict? Lately I’ve seen and heard a lot of talk about problems that are happening in the church, and there may be issues in your specific setting, …
 
Welcome to episode 3 of Authentic Online Marketing, 3 Reasons why you should use Reels! Now, this training is not how to do Reels. It's just kind of getting you acclimated to why you might want to use them and what is behind that. Now many have been resistant to Reels, especially people in my Insider Membership. But, over time, they've realized the…
 
Have you ever experienced church hurt? Have you had moments that made you question whether you’d ever step foot into church again? Or have you ever walked through unexplainable loss that made you wonder if God is truly there or cares about you? In today’s conversation, Holly and I talk with Nicki Koziarz to hear about her leadership journey and her…
 
Welcome back to the second part of our two-part series of the Follower Growth podcast with my podcast coach, Wren Robbins! Wren also happens to be a client of mine and is in my Instagram Membership. She is sharing the last two steps for how to experience follower growth from 0 to 100 in 15 days. Be sure to check out her IG account, @wrenrobbinscoac…
 
Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast? Today you’ll get a glimpse of our thoughts about the podcast, our lives, and some deep thoughts we’re wrestling with right now. We’re wrapping up our celebration of 3 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast today by sharing a fun conversation …
 
Growing 100 followers in 15 days may seem like an unattainable feat, but today we’re going to talk about how to do just that. My guest is Wren Robbins, is a veteran podcaster of five years, a podcast coach, and she was given the honor of being on the top 50 Moms in Podcasting from Podcast Magazine in both 2020 and 2021. She has curated over 175 pod…
 
Is it possible to hear the voice of God? And how can you make tough decisions when you don’t get a clear answer directly from God? We’re continuing our celebration of 3 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast with our next episode in our “Best of” series. Today’s episode is the best of our third year of the podcast: Episode 117: Discerning …
 
If you've grappled with how to pivot your online business, today's show is for you! How many times have you pivoted? I've done it a bunch. In fact, I just did it again. Not really pivoted my business per se, but renamed the podcast, just to give you a broader view of the inner workings and outer workings of Instagram.Click below for show noteshttps…
 
There is no doubt in my mind that you love your kids with your whole heart, but they are driving you crazy. After being together 24/7 in the summer, you really need a break, am I right? So what’s going on: why are we so irritated? In Episode 76, we’re talking about how to show yourself compassion when you’re with your kids All The Time. In this epi…
 
How can leaders identify when they are nearing burnout or experiencing compassion fatigue? And how can churches more effectively support those leaders so that they can serve their congregations from a place of health and wholeness? We’re continuing our celebration of 3 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast with our next episode in our “Be…
 
Instagram™ Insider hacks pivots to Authentic Online Marketing! Over the course of my first year in podcasting, I became increasingly aware of a disconnect between Instagram and the bigger picture of online marketing. As my coaching clients and membership community developed Instagram platforms, I quickly noticed a need for direction in additional m…
 
How can you give yourself grace during that “time of the month”? We can’t get around it: having a period is something we live with so let’s bring it into the light and talk about how you can be kind to you when your hormones -- and emotions -- feel all over the place. In this episode, we’ll: Commiserate about what’s going on during that week-- all …
 
How can you develop healthy relationships with those you lead? And how does knowing your own wiring impact how you do this? To celebrate 3 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast, we are sharing a “Best of” series. Today’s episode is the best of our first year of the podcast: Episode 17: How the Enneagram Can Help You Nurture Healthy Relati…
 
This is an unusual episode because this is not about how you can give yourself grace during the summer, but it’s about how you can take off the heavy burden summer carries for you. You want to enjoy your summer, but can you do it with all the expectations if you’ve laid on the sun-kissed shoulder of the season of summer? In this episode, we’ll dive…
 
Have you ever considered whether your thoughts and feelings about money are lined up with God’s word? How can you shift any inaccurate thoughts or unhealthy money habits to ones that reflect the heart of God? In this conversation, Holly and I talk with faith-based money coach Katie Jones. We discover how Katie’s leadership journey and her passion f…
 
Ever feel like you’re not a good mom? That somebody -- anybody -- could raise your kids better than you are doing right now? Do you sometimes feel like you’re The Worst because you angry, frustrated, and easily annoyed? Those feelings are so familiar to every mom who has ever lived. So let’s tune in to what is true. Let’s remind ourselves of these …
 
Would you consider yourself an idol worshiper? Most people would say no. However when asked if you have ever struggled in the area of comparison, you may be able to better identify. In this conversation, Holly and I speak with Heather Creekmore and she provides some real talk about the issue of comparison. Heather shares her story of struggling wit…
 
Let’s talk about how to build relationships with your kids using open + honest communication as you parent in the digital age. In this Grace In Real Life podcast interview, digital parenting expert Mandy Majors shares with us: What it looks like to have healthy conversations in your home, How to offer yourself grace when a new app or platform or al…
 
Have you ever considered how much power your thoughts have over your emotions and your actions? It may be more than you think, but the good news is that we have the ability to change our thoughts and thus change how we experience our lives. In this conversation, Holly and I speak with Emily Vermillion about the power of our thoughts. Emily shares h…
 
Your family has a culture. Do you know what your’s is? Do you even like it? How can you shape it so your faith and values are woven into it? I’m so glad you asked! You want to create a warm, welcoming, gospel-centered family, and today’s guest will help you! In this interview, Kimberly Amici shares with us: How to shape your family culture one day …
 
Do you ever feel ashamed or guilty for needing help when it comes to your parenting? And how can you get the support you need in all areas of your life? In this episode, I’m bringing you a special conversation that I had with Abby Turner as part of my Faith & Business Series I’ve been sharing on the Christian Woman Business Podcast. I chose to shar…
 
Today, we're celebrating one year of the Instagram Insider Hacks podcast by revisiting our top 5 downloads of the year. Can you believe it? To help me celebrate, I've invited my audio engineer and virtual assistant to join me today. We're going to review the top five downloads of the podcast as they surprise me one by one, because I don't know the …
 
How can you raise kids who will grow up to love Jesus, you, and each other? What can we do to help our kids love Jesus, not just follow the rules or go to church? How can we balance going to church with extracurriculars? These are big questions, right? I’m so thankful experienced and empty-nester parents Kirk and Debbie Freeman are on the show. The…
 
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