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Heal, Equip, and Release Podcast: Women set free

Heal, Equip, and Release Podcast: Women set free

By Karen Cruess, MA, LPC
Podcast host, Karen Cruess, is a devoted wife, mom of 6 and licensed counselor who is passionate about seeing women set free, as they are healed, equipped and released in to their God-given identity and purpose. The truth is that we are in a war, and the battle plan of our enemy is to wound us in such a way that we miss out on the fullness of God’s vision for our lives. In this podcast, Karen will walk with you and lead you to an experience of God’s healing that will renew your mind, reignite your spirit and set you free to joyfully fulfill the unique mission God has placed on your life.
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3. The Healing Power of Forgiveness with Fr. Ignatius Mazanowski
Do you know that you need to forgive, but you don't know how and you don't even really want to? Many people are resistant to forgiveness because they have wrong ideas and understandings of what God is calling them to do when they forgive.  Listen to this interview with Father Ignatius Mazanowski from the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona and come to understand more deeply the whys and hows of this most important call of Jesus in the Gospels.  Check out more about Father Ignatius' ministry here. https://www.mercyforgivenesshealing.com
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January 17, 2022
Enter His Rest Day 27: The Fruit of Abiding with Christ
But I say walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such there is no law.  Gal 5:16, 22-23 As we wrap up this Enter His Rest Prayer Challenge I thought a reflection on the fruit of Spirit would be helpful. These fruits are truly what it looks like to abide with Christ.  As we learn to rest in the love of God regardless of the circumstances that are swirling around us, these fruits will grow.  We will become more loving and joyful, more patient and kind.  We will find it more natural to choose the good and be faithful.  God's gentlest will radiate from us and we will have strength to exercise self-control. This is our prayer and this is the work of the Holy Spirit in us.  As we discussed yesterday, we cannot makes these fruits come through self-effort...only through abiding.  With self-effort we may succeed for a while or under certain circumstances but the depth of transformation we seek is only possible through God's grace...through ever-deepening relationship with God. To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
13:33
December 24, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 26: Remain on the Vine
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples." John 15:1-8 Today’s meditation points to our ultimate goal on this earth: learning to “abide” in Christ and bear much fruit for the kingdom of God. This is what I found in the dictionary when I looked up the word: Abide (v) : 1. to remain; continue; stay 2. to have one's abode; dwell; reside This definition alone creates a good place to begin meditating on this passage today.  How can we remain with Jesus, continue and stay with him?  How can we make our abode with him and dwell with him? To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
15:07
December 23, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 25: Alive in Christ
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things there are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.  Colossians 3:1-3. To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
13:17
December 22, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 24: Make God Your Shelter
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, say to the Lord, "My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust."  Psalm 91:1-2 Over the last six months or so my family has felt called to memorize and recite together Psalm 91 every night before bed.  Today's verse comes from the very beginning of this beautiful and powerful declaration of the protection we have under God's care.  As we continue exploring how to allow ourselves to truly abide and rest in God's love and peace, this psalm also gives us some powerful points to ponder. To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
11:18
December 21, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 23: Obey His Commands to Abide in His Peace
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy maybe in you, and that your joy may be full."  John 15: 9-11 As we walk through this Enter His Rest challenge and continue contemplating how to remain  united with and abiding in God's love,  Jesus offers us another important ingredient in the "abiding" recipe through today's scripture: obedience. To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
13:02
December 20, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 22: Recipe for Abiding with Christ
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.  But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;  abstain from everyform of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 This weeks theme is our ultimate goal, the ultimate path to peace: abiding with Christ. To remain in perfect union with him is to be in perfect peace.  We will not experience this fully on this side of eternity, but all that we do on the path of holiness is meant to draw us into deeper union and thereby deeper peace in Christ. Today’s passage gives us a beautiful and simple path to this union: 1. rejoice always 2. pray without ceasing 3. in everything give thanks. To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
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December 19, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 21: Going on an Adventure With God
Lord, my allotted portion and my cup,you have made my destiny secure. Pleasant places were measured out for me; fair to me indeed is my inheritance. I bless the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart exhorts me. I keep the Lord always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure, for you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, nor let your devout one see the pit. You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. Ps 16:5-11 As we conclude this third week of Advent and our mini exploration with God of the desires of our heart, I am inviting us to take some time to mediate on where every desire of our heart ultimately finds fulfillment. The Lord is always calling us to a deeper place of surrender and abandonment to him and his love for us because He knows that ultimately this is where every desire is satisfied and lasting peace is found. As we allow God to lead us and take care of us, he provides a beautiful future for us. If we surrender in trust to him, we are able to receive the joy and delights he has planned for us, even when they don’t look like we expected. He is ALWAYS faithful to provide… To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
13:51
December 18, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 20: Recognizing the Spiritual Battle We Face
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come." Daniel 10:12-14 Today’s passage is from the book of Daniel, one of the prophets from the Old Testament. I encourage you to read the entire passage from chapter 10 in the book of Daniel.  There are so many things we could ponder from this book of the Bible, but today I want to encourage you to take some time to recognize the reality of the spiritual war that rages around you and your response in times of trial. To get full access to all the meditations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
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December 17, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 19: Seek First the Kingdom
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?  So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides."Matthew  6:25-33 Today’s passage was one of the first scriptures that I memorized when going through a season of emotional stress and anxiety during my graduate school years.  I found it so powerful to really deeply ponder the freedom of the birds who are perfectly provided for and the beauty of creation that delights the eye and brings such joy to our hearts.  When we stop and contemplate God provision and extravagance in nature, it truly does give us pause to consider how we are relating to God in our own lives... To get the full access to all the mediations and the ability to ask questions and interact with our community, be sure to sign up for FREE at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
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December 16, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 18: He Is Calling Out for YOU!
And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say,“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”  And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.”  He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.  Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”  Jesus told him,“Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52 To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
11:01
December 15, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 17: Trials, Testing, and Joy
Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways. James 1:2-4 As we continue this week’s topic of surrendering our desires to God, we must also come face to face with the reality of the heartache we experience in the trials of life. Times when it feels like God isn’t hearing or giving us the desires of our hearts. The space “in between” the promise and the fulfillment. The place where we are tempted to give up and bury our desires. Today I want to encourage you to take a different perspective to these times of life, one that St. James calls us to in today’s reading. There are honestly so many points to ponder in this short passage, but I want to point out two that I think will help you as you face the various trials in your own life... To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge (FOR FREE) at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
13:55
December 14, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 16: Giving God the Desires of Your Heart
Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart’s desire.  Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will act... Ps 37:4-5 What are the desires of your heart?  When is the last time you stopped to take look at and NAME those desires? What are you aching for? Are you afraid to look at your desire? Do you feel like you have asked so much for the fulfillment of this desire that you are hesitant to ask anymore?... This week we are going to explore these desires more deeply, and how surrendering them to the Lord can lead us to a profound depth of intimacy and personal encounter with the love of God who sees us in our desire and longs to satisfy us beyond what we can ask, think, or imagine.... To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
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December 13, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 15: Are You Desperate for God?
A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse—  after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak.  For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”  Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?”  And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”  And He looked around to see the woman who had done this.  But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.  And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:25-34. To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
09:25
December 12, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 14: Will You Let God Hold Your Hand?
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you," declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel."  Isaiah 41:13-14. Questions for journaling: 1.  When you read and/or listened to the meditation for today, did you allow yourself to close your eyes and picture the Lord speaking to you? What did you see in your mind's eye? Allow your imagination to take you into a personal conversation and interaction with the Lord.   2.  What did the Lord communicate to you today? What do you sense He wants you to know? 3.  Take some time to form a prayer of DECLARATION about what God communicated to you here.  Lord today you showed me that…. Lord today you revealed to me… 4.  What was the central truth God wanted to show you today? 5.     The Lord wants to engrave this truth on your heart not only through your interaction with him in prayer but also through your interactions with others. Be on the look out now for how the Lord wants to communicate this truth you in your daily life.... Make sure you take time to journal what you notice... To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
13:48
December 11, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 13: Prodigal Son or Elder Brother
In this parable the elder brother lived as a servant more than a son of his Father.  He was unable to receive the fullness of life that his dad wanted to give him because it seems that he had not cultivated his relationship with his father.  He didn't know his father's heart... To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
14:40
December 10, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 12: Perfectly Known & Perfectly Loved
“Lord you have probed me you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all. Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me….” Ps 139:1-6 Today’s scripture calls us to contemplate being known and loved in ALL THINGS. We all desire to be known and loved, but often there are places in our hearts and minds that we hope that no one will ever know, places of shame and embarrassment, thoughts and desires we wish we didn’t have. We keep these places locked up and hidden, and thus there is a place deep inside where many of us think, “If you really knew me, you wouldn’t love me…” To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
10:58
December 09, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 11: Allow Your Weakness to Become a Bridge to God's Love
He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,* in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. 2 Cor 12:9 Please do not allow your times of brokenness and weakness be an obstacles to you receiving my love. They aren’t an obstacle for me, so don’t allow them to be an obstacle for you… Consider times in your life where you have felt truly loved. Were they not times when you were weak or broken, and someone was there beside you... times when you failed but someone stood by your side saying they believed in you and wanted to stand with you? Do you not feel the most loved when you are weak or sick and someone comes to be with you, even though you are too weak to offer them anything in return? See that in these moments of weakness are opportunities to receive a depth of love this IS NOT POSSIBLE IN MOMENTS OF STRENGTH... To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
11:33
December 08, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 10: Contemplating the Kindness of God
Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Rom 2:4 Over these past 10 days we have been meditating on God’s kindness, his goodness, his unchanging and unfailing love because this is an ESSENTIAL foundation that will enable us to embrace vulnerability with God, receive his love and experience true and deep repentance.  Our hearts need that firm resting place in God’s love in order for the walls of defense to come down and for us to recognize where and how we need to repent.  As we realize God's kindness toward us, we are able to reach out to Him for help because we truly can't become holy without him. To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
10:52
December 07, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 9: You Are Precious and Protected
But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you... You are precious in my eyes and honored, and I love you. (Is 43:1-2, 4) Imagine for a moment these words being spoken to you. If you put them in more modern language maybe it would sound more like this: “I love you more than you can know. You are so precious to me. You don’t have to be afraid of anything because I am here with you, and I will protect you.” Are these not the words of a parent to his child? These are the words of your Father to you...  To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
12:35
December 06, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 8: You Are God's Beloved
Today’s meditation leads us into an encounter with the love of God, who speaks our identity over us in the same way he did over Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan River. Even before there was ever a recorded miracle, sign, or eloquent preaching from Jesus, God spoke His love and pleasure over Him. Jesus began His ministry FROM the place of security in His Father’s love. He didn’t go out trying to earn that love or pleasure. Jesus knew God loved Him and was pleased with Him and allowed this knowledge to propel Him forward. To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
12:05
December 05, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 7: God Wants to Lighten Your Load
Get into a quiet and comfortable place to listen to today's mediation via the links below. It will take about 15 minutes from beginning to end. It's a bit longer than usual, but I wanted to help you dive a little deeper as we wrap up week 1 of this challenge. I know that you will be blessed as you set aside this time to commune with the Lord.  In the meditation you will be guided into an encounter with the Lord in Matthew's Gospel Chapter 11, verses 28-30. Close your eyes and allow yourself to enter into the secret place with the Lord today.  Jesus wants to take your burdens and offer you his deep peace and rest. Won't you accept His invitation?... To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
18:02
December 04, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 6: Be Not Afraid. God is with You!
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 My child, I see the fear and hesitation that have been rising up in your heart lately. Do you not remember that I am with you? I see you moving toward hopes, dreams and goals in your life that you long for, and I watch you pause and hesitate instead of moving toward them with full confidence. I am with you and have also placed those dreams and desires in your heart. Do not be afraid. Do you not know that I am your loving Father who will walk with you and protect you? To get the full meditation, don't forget to sign up for the complete challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
08:57
December 03, 2021
2. The Power of Vulnerability with Erin Ingold of Metanoia Catholic
Tune in to explore with Karen and Erin why you should choose to PURSUE vulnerability (with the right people!) as a KEY PATH to transformation and healing.  We can't become the person God made us to be without allowing ourselves to be truly seen.  You can learn more about you can benefit from the amazing work Erin does with her husband Matt at Metanoia Catholic here.  And don't forget to check out their podcast The Catholic Coaching Podcast!!  You can sign up for the Enter His Rest Prayer Challenge here! 
39:44
December 02, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 5: Will You Give God Your Broken Heart?
When the just cry out, the Lord hears and rescues them from all distress. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed. Many are the troubles of the just, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Ps 34:18-20 As you read this scripture, close your eyes and envision yourself bringing those places of brokenness in your heart before the Lord. Name the places where you feel your spirit has been crushed. What are the troubles from which you are wanting the Lord to deliver you? Name them and picture them and bring them to the Lord today....  Don't forget to sign up for the full challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
11:06
December 02, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 4: What's in Your Bucket?
God is calling you to present your life to Him and receive the words of truth and freedom He speaks over you. He accepts you where you are, and it is His kindness that leads you to repentance (Rom 2:4). You don’t have to “fix yourself up” for God to come and meet you. Present yourself to Him AS YOU ARE… Don't forget to sign up for the full challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
11:15
December 01, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 3: What is the Cry of Your Heart?
Today's verse for meditation: I waited, waited for the Lord; who bent down and heard my cry, drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud of the swamp, set my feet upon rock, steadied my steps, and put a new song in my mouth, a hymn to our God. Many shall look on in awe and they shall trust in the Lord. Ps 40:1-4 Meditate on this verse. Repeat it softly to yourself over and over. Try to see if you can memorize it and say it to yourself with your eyes closed. Allow a picture of this verse to form in your mind. Sit and soak in this verse and whatever senses and pictures come over you as you meditate on it. Don't forget to sign up for the full challenge experience at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
08:23
November 30, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 2: Practicing the Presence of God
The first step in the healing journey is quite simply awareness. It is about paying attention to what we are paying attention to. The deepest reality that you can choose to turn your attention to is the very presence of God with you at every moment. Frequently we get so caught up in our day that the awareness of God’s presence is lost to us.  In this episode learn some tips for connecting with God throughout your day and meditate on Ps 139: 5.   Dont forget to register for the full Enter His Rest experience online at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest
12:02
November 29, 2021
Enter His Rest Day 1: Being Vulnerable with God
Tune in to day one of this 24 day Enter His Rest prayer challenge. This is being released during Advent of 2021 but you can go through this challenge at any time to help you grow in intimacy with God and develop a new habit of daily prayer and meditation.  To join the online community and have free access to all the materials for the challenge, go to https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest.  
16:34
November 28, 2021
1. Enter God's Rest through prayer this Advent!
Are you a woman looking for a plan to help you experience the transformative power of prayer this Advent season?  Do you long to feel closer to God and receive more of His joy and peace in your heart? In this episode Karen invites you to consider how you might journey into deeper intimacy and communion with God during this holy season. You can learn more about how to be a part of the FREE Advent Challenge called Enter His Rest at https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/enterhisrest.  You can also join the private Heal, Equip and Release podcast community at www.twoheartscounselingandhealing.com/community  You can check out our youtube channel where new live podcast videos will be posted and where currently meditations and other teaching videos are already available.  www.youtube.com/c/twoheartsforher 
15:20
November 24, 2021
5. Your inner child has a story to tell with Brya Hanan, LMFT
People often don't realize it, but so much of our healing comes when we allow our inner child to have a voice.  This may sound like strange language to you, but it's a powerful approach to healing that my guest today, Brya Hanan, uses regularly in her work as a licensed marriage and family therapist.  We all have a story, and even if that story isn't punctuated by any obvious trauma, we have all been wounded. And very often our deepest most misunderstood wounds come in our childhood.  As we give our inner child a voice, a deep level of healing can happen that can bring profound transformation to our lives.  You dont want to miss this episode!  You can reach Brya for a free consultation and follow all of her awesome social media posts via her website: https://www.bryahananlmft.com Also, registration is still open for the Lenten Rewriting Your Story with God journey that Jenny and I are hosting!  Register here! Or cut and paste this link to your browser: https://twoheartsforher.newzenler.com/courses/rewriting-your-story-with-god   Also be sure to follow Two Hearts for HER and the brand new True, Good, & Beautiful Project on Facebook and Instagram!!! 
33:11
February 14, 2021
4. Want to journey with us this Lent?? Let's Rewrite Our Stories with God TOGETHER...
In this episode Jenny and Karen give you some info about the Lenten experience they will be leading called Rewriting Your Story with God.  This Lent you can journey with us and many other sisters from all over the country and world through the process of rewriting your story by releasing the wounds and lies of your past to your loving Father, while being encouraged and supported by a group of sisters journeying along side you!  You don't want to miss it!!  Click the links above, or right here, for more info! Registration begins February 15th!! 
13:33
February 09, 2021
God Will Bless Your Rest with Karen and Jenny (Authentic Self-Care Episode 3)
In this episode Karen Cruess and Jenny Uebbing explore some of the reasons behind why so many women struggle with rest.  We discuss the cultures obsession with productivity and the struggle that so many people have with recognizing that their worth is separate from their productivity.  God wants you to rest! This is how Adam and Eve spent their first day in Eden.... Join us in a discussion about how you can begin to live your life from a place of rest and trust.
30:24
February 01, 2021
2. Authentic Self-Care: Thoughts and tips to begin cultivating your own intentional community - Episode 2 with Jenny Uebbing
In this episode Jenny and I continue to discuss the importance of authentic community within the realm of self-care.  We discuss some practical steps that we have taken to cultivate this in our own lives and the impact it has made.   We must not minimize the reality that we are made for relationship, REAL relationship, with God and with others.  We have entered into a time in our lives and the world where we need to take more active steps to fulfill this need in order to flourish in our lives and hearts again.  We are made for community and our mental health and joy crumbles in isolation.  We pray this episode inspires to you take action and begin to care for the deeper, often missed, corners of your heart!  God bless you! 
27:50
January 15, 2021
1. AUTHENTIC SELF-CARE: Why you need to make intentional community and vulnerability a priority in 2021 (new season with Jenny Uebbing)
Hello friends!! After a way-too-long period away, I am back with a brand new series hosted alongside my dear friend Jenny Uebbing of the popular blog, Mama Needs Coffee.  We felt led to begin our first series on the topic of AUTHENTIC SELF-CARE to kick off the new year.  In episode one, we are encouraging you to make intentional community and vulnerability a priority in 2021.  We explore why this is so important and how you might begin to evaluate your own life and struggles in light of the presence or absence of these two necessities.  We are made for authentic relationship, and once we learn to embrace it, with both God and others, our lives and hearts open up to a whole new experience of joy, peace, and meaning in life.... 
33:35
January 05, 2021
4. First Steps to Winning the Spiritual Battle with Jenny Uebbing
Join Jenny and Karen in a discussion about how you can take the first steps to winning the spiritual battle that is waging all around you. You are not powerless. You do not have to be passive. God is calling you to pay attention and take action!  Dont miss it! You can check out Jenny's blog at www.mamaneedscoffee.com  Be sure to also check out the Two Hearts for HER website for more info on counseling and our new online course Rewriting Your Story with God, and follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =) You can also see this discussion recorded live on Two Hearts for HER youtube channel! 
38:52
October 20, 2020
3. A path to healing self-worth and identity with Jessie Mejias
In this episode I interview my dear friend and fellow counselor, Jessie Mejias, who played a major part in my own journey of healing.  It was through her that I first discovered the tools for integrating healing prayer into my counseling practice.  You don't want to miss this episode where we explore how to break free of some of the obstacles that block your ability to live in the freedom of the children of God.   You can check out all the amazing things Jessie is doing with her Sunodia Prayer Counseling practice here. Be sure to also check out the Two Hearts for HER website for more info on counseling and our new online course Rewriting Your Story with God, and follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =)
37:15
October 05, 2020
2. Healing Your Image of God
Are you someone who has felt like God is distant or uninterested in your life? Do you feel like your problems are too small for God to really notice?  Do you feel like God is often mad or annoyed with you? Do you imagine him up in heaven just waiting for you to mess up?  Do you sometimes feel like he's close and helping you and other times feel like he's distant and aloof?  Have  you witnessed other people's intimacy and friendship with God and wished that you could have a relationship with him like that?  If you've answered yes to any of these questions and have ever hoped for a deeper friendship and experience of God's love for you, in this episode I want to help you consider how your family dynamics and early relationship experiences might be unconsciously influencing how you relate to God.  Unhealed and unaddressed wounds from our formative relationships can have a major impact not only on how we relate to others but also on how we relate to God.  Tune in to this episode to see how addressing these relational wounds can open up a whole new level of intimacy and friendship between you and God!  Make sure to join the Heal, Equip, & Release Facebook Group to get the printable guide and questions for reflection and journaling based on this weeks episode!  Please reach out to me with any questions, comments or topics you want me to cover via the Facebook group or by emailing me at karen@twoheartsforher.com.  And don't forget to follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =)
23:50
September 21, 2020
1. Practicing Trust in the Midst of a Storm
In this episode I share with you my thoughts on how to stay strong and grow in trust and intimacy with the Lord during all the trials we are facing during this season.  You can get a free image to help you practice my CALM technique by joining my Heal, Equip, & Release Facebook Group.  Looking forward to continuing to journey with you into all that God has for you during season two! Please reach out to me with any questions, comments or topics you want me to cover via the Facebook group, Instagram, or by emailing me at karen@twoheartsforher.com.  
23:21
September 11, 2020
18. Healing Body Image & Disordered Eating with Katie Holder, RD
Are you a woman who has a difficult time loving her body?  Do you struggle with falling into obsessions about food, body image or diet?  Is this time of year a challenge for you as our bodies are more "on display" during the summer than any other time of year?  If any of these questions resonate with you, this episode with Katie Holder, registered dietitian and nutritionist, will be so helpful for you. Together we discuss what it means to "love" the body God gave you and help you redefine what healthy looks like.  So much of what our culture sells us as healthy or ideal is not attainable or rooted in truth.  Check out this episode and gain some real tools and insight to help you on your journey of healing and wholeness! If you would like to connect with Katie, you can find more information about her on her website: https://katieholderrd.com ===== If you want more info on my Rewriting Your Story with God online course, click here!  Also don't forget to join our Facebook group and follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =)
42:12
July 08, 2020
17. Finding Jesus in Hollywood with Nicole Abisinio
In this episode, listen to how Nicole Abisinio encountered the love of God in the middle of the darkness of Hollywood.  Her journey of faith has led her to a deep love of Jesus and her Catholic faith.  Nicole shares about her experience of the healing and transformative power of the Eucharist and how we, like Nicole, must learn to contend with the  powers of darkness that wish to pull us away from the love of God by using own woundedness to keep us in bondange.  You will surely be inspired to deeper faith and hunger for the Lord through this epsidode! Don't miss it!   You can follow Nicole on Facebook here!  Join our the Heal, Equip, & Release Facebook Community here! 
37:08
June 12, 2020
16. What are you paying attention to?
I believe that we are living in the midst of a time where God is calling us to shift our focus, and become a people of hope during a time of great fear.  This can be difficult when we ourselves perhaps struggle to trust God in the midst of uncertainty or suffering.  This is a human and normal struggle, but one of the biggest shields against begin taken out emotionally during a time like this, is to guard our minds and notice what we are focusing on.   The truth is that as Christians we are called to be a people of  peace and joy that surpasses understanding, and as such we have an unprecedented opportunity to be a light on a hill in the midst of dark season of fear.  Without our often realizing it, our attention is being pulled in so many directions and often times our attention is not on what will help nourish peace and joy in our souls.  So let's unite together in beginning to take an inventory of our attention and determine if its time to hit the reset button and begin to fix our eyes, hearts, and minds in a new direction - in the direction of the Prince of Peace who can make a way in the midst of the wilderness. Reach out to me with comments or equations at karen@twoheartsforher.com Check out my online course: Rewriting Your Story with God. 
21:09
May 30, 2020
15. You Are Enough with Danielle Bean
In this episode, Cathoic author, speaker, and podcaster Danielle Bean and I discuss how to help women step into their identity as beloved children of God. She shares powerful messages from her book You Are Enough that will surely help you on your journey to healing and wholeness! You dont want to miss it!    You can learn more about Danielle and her work at http://daniellebean.com ------ If you want more info on the Rewriting Your Story with God online course, click here!  Also don't forget to join our Facebook group and follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =)
28:49
May 22, 2020
14. Navigating the Challenges of Intimacy and NFP in Marriage: A real & honest conversation with Jenny Uebbing of Mama Needs Coffee
Let's be honest... While marriage is beautiful and holy, marriage can also be hard! Children are always a blessing, but sometimes being a mom in the trenches can feel really lonely and overwhelming.  In this episode Jenny and I discuss marriage, openness to life, and  the challenges women face as they navigate the issue of intimacy while using NFP.   If you are looking for some hope and help in this arena of your marriage, this is the episode for you!   You can connect with Jenny on Instagram, at www.mamaneedscoffee.com, and also on her Off The Charts online community  ===== If you want more info on the Rewriting Your Story with God online course, click here!  Also don't forget to join our Facebook group and follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =)
47:15
May 14, 2020
13. Why Surrender isn't Giving up Part 2
This is part 2 of my interview with Jacie Jimenez about the healing and restoration of her marriage.  Jacie bravely shares her own journey of self-acceptance, inner healing and how she began to find her true worth and identity in God.  I pray her story will give hope to women in hurting marriages, that the restoration of their marriage begins as the pursue the deep healing of their own hearts.  We can't fix our spouse or make things better on our own effort or power, but we can take responsibility for our own story and journey by deeply surrendering to God.  We all have wounds in our hearts that God wants to speak to and heal.  Listen to this two part series and be inspired to begin your own healing journey on the path to receive the fullness of life that God has for you too! You can follow Jacie @JoywithJacie on Instagram or here on Facebook. If you want more info on the Rewriting Your Story with God online course, click here!  Also don't forget to join our Facebook group and follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =) As always, thanks for listening and may you open your hearts more and more to receive all the blessings God has for you! 
38:38
May 06, 2020
12. Why Surrender isn't Giving Up: The story of a marriage healed & restored
This episode is part one the I interview I had with my dear friend Jacie Jimenez as she shares with us how God powerfully met her in the storm of a marriage on the brink of destruction.   Jacie vulnerably shares her heart-felt  journey back into agreement with her identity in Christ and how this journey of deepening intimacy with her Eternal Lover led her to witness the healing of a marriage that appeared to be beyond hope.  This is a story of the power of prayer, surrender and the unshakable love of God.  Nothing, absolutely NOTHING is beyond the reach of the healing mercy of God!  You don't want to miss it!  You can follow Jacie @JoywithJacie on Instagram or here on Facebook.  If you want more info on the Rewriting Your Story with God online course, click here!  Also don't forget to join our Facebook group and follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! =)  As always, MAY GOD BLESS YOU and you allow Him to continue to lead you deeper and deeper into the fullness of life that He has for you! 
32:45
April 29, 2020
11. Letting God Write Your Love Story
In this episode Melissa and I share with you a few tips , ideas, and stories to help you open your heart to God's plan for your future spouse and marriage.  Even if you are already married, in this episdode, the tips we share can help you deepen your intimacy with God which will surely strengthen your marriage relationship.  Truly your love story is never fully complete on this side of eternity, but if you are called to the vocation of  marriage, there are certain things to be aware of that will help prepare your heart to receive this beautiful gift that is meant to help us grow and lead us to heaven.   To connect with Melissa and learn more about her counseling, coaching, SoulCore, and fertility care services, check out her website at https://www.melissagracetablada.com.   To learn more about the online course Rewriting Your Story with God, watch the free informational webinar here.  To take advantage of the low introductory offer for this course, click here.   To join our growing Facebook podcast community online, click here. 
42:29
April 22, 2020
10. Rewriting Your Story and Walking Out God's Plan for Your Life
We are all thinking, feeling and making choices based on the stories we are telling ourselves, which are based on the experiences we have had and the way we have interpreted those experiences.  In today's episode we explore why its important to begin paying attention to these stories and partnering with God in the process of healing and renewing of the mind.  We likely have wounds that need healing, and in those places of wounding we need to receive God's healing TRUTH, so we can start to live out the true and life-giving story he has for us...   To access the webinar recording and get more info about what this course is all about click here.  To directly sign up, click here.  To join the podcast Facebook Discussion group, click here. For more information about Two Hearts for HER, follow me on facebook or instagram or check out my website. 
32:24
April 15, 2020
9. The Most Powerful Form of Prayer: Holy Mass (an interview with my brother Father Bryan Stitt!!)
Do we truly recognize the power of having a Mass offered for a special intention?  If so, why do we typically only take advantage of this incredible gift when someone is seriously ill or has passed away?  Today we chat about the power of this most Holy Sacrament and why we might want to have Masses offered on a more regular basis, as well as other topics around prayer and worship.  Come join us! To access the webinar (and webinar recording) on my upcoming online course Rewriting Your Story with God, click here.  To join the podcast Facebook Discussion group, click here.  For more information about Two Hearts for HER, follow me on facebook or instagram or check out my website. 
33:21
April 08, 2020
8. An Integrated Approach to Healing with Maria Spears
In this episode Maria Spears and I explore the importance of integrating body, mind, and spirit as we embark on our journeys of healing and wholeness. Maria is a Catholic singer, speaker, mindset coach, Woman School Strategist and health & fitness expert. Check out her band and music ministry at His Own at www.behisown.com. To set up a personal strategy and/or coaching session with Maria, email her at mariaspears2@gmail.com. Sign up for more information about my upcoming online healing course entitled Healing Foundations: Rewriting Your Story with God here. And join Maria, me and many other inspiring speakers at this weekends Virtual Catholic Conference at www.virtualcatholicconference.com As always please follow me at Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook! 
40:48
April 01, 2020
7. Trials Become the Path to Transformation
During this episode I explore with you how we have an opportunity, in the midst of all the struggles we are facing with COVID-19, to receive a deeper level of healing and transformation than would have been possible had this pandemic never occurred.  All of our "stuff" is exposed when we are under pressure, and this is not meant to shame us, but to show us all that God wants to heal that has been hidden in the depths of our hearts.  If you choose to allow it, this time of trial can become a time of deep transformation...   Click here to register for the FREE Men's and Women's Virtual Catholic Conference happening on April 3-5 from the comfort of your own home.  https://www.virtualcatholicconference.com.  If you are interested in learning more about the online study I will be launching in the next couple weeks entitled "Foundations of Healing: Rewriting Your Story with God" email me at twoheartsforher@gmail.com, and I can send you more information...  Litany of Trust by Sisters of Life 
27:46
March 25, 2020
6. Peace in the Midst of Panic
In this episode, Erin Ingold (of Metanoia Catholic) and I explore tips for how you can access a "peace that surpasses understanding" during this trying time with the coronavirus pandemic.  The Lord draws near to you in your time of trial so that you can personally experience what St. James is referring to when he calls us to "REJOICE when we encounter various trials".  God has a gift for us on the other side of all of this difficulty! Jesus I trust in you!  If you are wanting to practice some of your own meditation on scripture, the two passages referenced in this episode are Psalm 91 and Isaiah 30:15.  If you would like to check out some free guided Scripture meditations, Click here to check out the most popular one on my youtube channel.  If you would like to download the meditation to your own computer for free, check out my storefront https://twoheartsforher.podia.com/   Stay tuned for a brand new 8 week "Healing Foundations: Walking through your story with Jesus" online course coming up VERY SOON! =)  Subscribe to my newsletter and stay in the know =) 
45:01
March 19, 2020
5. Tips for bringing deeper connection, understanding, and healing in your marriage
In today’s show you will hear an interview I had with my friend Stephanie from the 500 Seconds to Joy Podcast. We discuss how important it is for us to take a look at our own stories in order to begin to understand the hows and whys of our interactions with our spouse, which can lead to pain and conflict. The more we can understand and communicate our stories and what triggers our responses, the more we can grow in compassion and understanding with our spouse. As we reconnect with each other, a new path of transformation opens up, our marriage begins to heal, and love can grow. You can connect with other listeners and ask Karen questions about the podcast episodes by joining the the Heal, Equip, and Release Podcast Facebook group. This podcast is an initiative of the Two Hearts for HER women's healing ministry. Follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook to learn all about the different counseling, coaching and healing services offered or check out our website at www.twoheartsforher.com
47:15
March 11, 2020
4. Sin & Suffering Along the Path to Healing & Holiness
In this episode we explore the reality that at the core, the journey of holiness is a journey of healing, not one of will power or a list of dos and don’ts that we have to figure out how to follow. Transformative holiness requires that we consent to deep vulnerability with Christ, where we allow him into the deepest places of our hearts, so he can restore and renew us… As we unpack our story with Christ we gain insights and begin to recognize the lies that hold us back from receiving the fullness of life Christ died to give us.  If we can embrace vulnerability with the Lord, we can begin to move along the path where our crosses, sin, and suffering lead us to resurrection and new life. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to this podcast and leave a review! =)  And if you would like to connect with other listeners or ask Karen questions about the podcast episodes,  join the the Heal, Equip, and Release Podcast Facebook group. This podcast is an initiative of the Two Hearts for HER women's healing ministry. Follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook to learn all about the different counseling, coaching and healing services offered or check out our website at www.twoheartsforher.com
26:32
March 05, 2020
3. Stop the self-destructive thinking, and get your life back!
Join me as I interview Erin Ingold, professional life coach and founder of Metanoia Catholic.  Together we explore the connection between our thoughts and emotions and how changing out thoughts can lead you to deep transformation in our lives.  Learn practical everyday tips for how can you begin to pay attention to your patterns of thinking and “be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:2) Check out the Daily Seven Journal on Metanoia Catholic's website. Follow Metanoia Catholic on Instagram or Facebook. -------- You can connect with other listeners and ask Karen questions about the podcast episodes by joining the the Heal, Equip, and Release Podcast Facebook group. This podcast is an initiative of the Two Hearts for HER women's healing ministry. Follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook to learn all about the different counseling, coaching and healing services offered or check out our website at www.twoheartsforher.com 
41:53
February 27, 2020
2. Finding courage to embrace healing with Mary Bielski
God is asking for you to give him you sin, your lies, your defense patterns, and all the other things you carry that are not from him, so he can give you the freedom and abundance you were made to live in!  Will you trust him and begin the journey of healing that will lead you the life you were meant to live!? To invite Mary to speak at your event or to schedule individual coaching with her,  check out her website at www.marybielski.com or shoot her an email at booking@marybielski.com.  You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.  You can connect with other listeners and ask Karen questions about the podcast episodes by joining the the Heal, Equip, and Release Podcast Facebook group. This podcast is an initiative of the Two Hearts for HER women's healing ministry. Follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook to learn all about the different counseling, coaching and healing services offered, or check out our website at www.twoheartsforher.com 
34:47
February 27, 2020
1. Setting women free to live lives of passion and purpose!
In this episode I will share with you my vision for this podcast and the passion in my heart for bringing healing to the hearts of women.  Women are meant to be a powerhouse in this world, which is in desperate need of transformation and renewal.  Learn about how you can get back in touch with your heart and begin to live from a place of passion and purpose...   You can connect with other listeners and ask Karen questions about the podcast episodes by joining the the Heal, Equip, and Release Podcast Facebook group. This podcast is an initiative of the Two Hearts for HER women's healing ministry. Follow Two Hearts for HER on Instagram and Facebook to learn all about the different counseling, coaching and healing services offered or check out our website at www.twoheartsforher.com
22:37
February 25, 2020