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Choose 2 Think

By Victoria D. Walker
C2T is a weekly, faith-based podcast to inspire, motivate, and encourage listeners to choose their mindsets, attitudes, and thoughts with deliberation, wisdom, and consistency.

You'll learn tips and tricks to overcome toxic thinking and to walk successfully into your God-given purpose.

It's about real-life 21st century Christianity and the positive impact you can have on those around you. We explore what it means to renew your mind daily, to find joy, and to live your life with deep gratitude.

We'll also interview area shining stars about their story.

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062: Heart Roots and Fruits
This episode offers excerpts from Session 4 of the Fired Up Mind Challenge where we go deep to examine the spiritual and emotional roots that may be producing unhealthy behavior in our lives.  Isn't it time to start living your best thought life? :)  STEPS to get to the roots: 1) Examine the "fruit" you are bearing in your life so you can identify the root 2) Examine your thoughts and self talk to reverse engineer and find the roots NOTE:  Often, bad roots are created when we need comfort...where do you go for comfort? But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23, NASB Please visit my website for more information:  www.victoriadwalker.com I would love your prayer support as well!  To show listener support, please click the button below.   Thanks for tuning in!
41:36
March 4, 2021
061: Finding Joy after Losing Conjoined Twins at Birth with Janelle Banks [In Loving Memory of Josiah and Josias]
Janelle Banks and I chat about the loss of her con-joined twin sons, Josiah and Josias in 2015.  We start by talking about being moms, podcasting, and how it is to work with her husband. Then we move into the more intimate subject of her experience with her conjoined twin boys.  What gripped my heart during this interview was Janelle's awe-inspiring trust in God and her strong faith and acceptance of His ways, even when faced with losing her babies. Janelle Banks, a former Public School Special Education Teacher and now a Homeschool Mom/Teacher and Homemaker, is wife to Joseph Banks, Jr. and mother of 5 children. She and Joseph host A Love Worth Dying For Podcast, a marriage and family podcast supporting a Biblical worldview. Janelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends and serving in the children's and women's ministries at church. Free 1-1 60-minute Thought Strategy Session with Coach Victoria: https://www.victoriadwalker.com/coaching.html Join the Fired Up Mind and Choose 2 Think Podcast Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/choose2think _________________________________ Connect with Janelle: https://flow.page/aloveworthdyingfor A Love Worth Dying For Podcast email: aloveworthdyingfor@gmail.com   
46:19
February 25, 2021
060: Dealing with Our Emotions & Choosing Foods that Impact Our Moods Plus a BONUS segment from 3 Fired up Mind Challenge Participants
What a wonderful lesson about our emotions and mood foods. We start the session* defining what emotions really are and what causes them. We later dive into the brain / gut connection and those foods that affect our thinking, emotions and our moods. And if you listen til the end you’ll hear a few of the participants share their takeaways from this information packed session. Kelly mentions something so important about the fear of expressing our emotions or freezing especially when it is with folks we know and love.  Later April shares such a great life example of a pesky issue she was dealing with – you are sure to relate to her story of the battle between doing and saying what we want to do vs. doing and saying what we don’t want to say and do.   And Julie brings to the discussion an excellent point about how to handle those troubling but REAL life scenarios and events that happen in our lives that happen to be negatively charged.  *Session 3 of the Fired Up Mind Challenge, January 2020.  Stay connected: https://www.victoriadwalker.com/ FREEBIE:  GUT / BRAIN / MIND Connection (list of brain healthy foods to help your moods!) https://www.facebook.com/Choose2Think https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz8Z2B9TtXvWn0RKelVY5DQ https://www.facebook.com/groups/choose2think https://choose-2-think-merch-more.myteespring.co/?_ga=GA1.2.185741709.1603939669 https://mailchi.mp/edd7a8bd071c/c2t-merch choose2think@gmail.com
44:35
February 18, 2021
059: On Suicide with Mental Health Professional Stephen Johnson, LCSW
Discussing the sensitive topic of suicide can be quite sticky at times because it is emotionally charged.  Today's guest Stephen Johnson, a licensed social worker who has been in practice for decades, reduces the charge on this issue by addressing it in a loving and God-honoring fashion.   I basically had only 2 questions for him: 1) Why would someone choose to take their own life? 2) What can the survivors (family members, friends, the community) do to deal with their grief and any guilt they may be feeling? Stephen's counsel drips with wisdom and concern.  In only a few moments of listening, you will notice his sincere desire to help those who are struggling from their own loss of a loved one or who are currently feeling discouraged and hopeless in their lives.  The practical tips that he gives may be just what you or someone else needs to put into play today to turn the corner and walk in a new, life-giving and healthy direction. http://www.stephenjohnsonandassociates.com/ Call Stephen Johnson and Associates LLC at 859-219-9800  today to start your journey to healing and restoration. Stephen serves the Greater Lexington & Central Kentucky Areas. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Learn more 800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/
47:39
February 11, 2021
058: 10 Powerful Practical Actions You Can Start Today to Declutter Your Thoughts & Kitchen Cupboards!
Let's examine the gut/brain/mind connection! In today's episode, you'll hear snippets from the Fired Up Mind Challenge Session 2 "Detox" recorded live.  This session dealt with detoxing both the mind and brain and features guest speaker Adam Reid.  Adam shared his personal testimony on the podcast just a few weeks ago in episode 055 When Shame Grips Your Heart and Mind. You may also hear the voices of a few of the challenge participants, Julie and April.   Be sure to snag your free infographic: The 5 R's to Living Your Best Thought Life here.  Pin this printable on your fridge or at your desk to remind you of the 5 steps to demolishing those pesky self-defeating thoughts, lies, and doubts that keep nagging you.  I speak briefly about these steps today on the show. Then Adam picks up with the brain-gut connection.  He shares 5 practical action items to help you make healthy and wise food choices daily. Food is medicine.  What you consume probably makes more of a difference on your overall emotional health and wellbeing than you may have ever guessed.   Don't miss the 3-page Mind & Brain Smoothies cheat sheet with lists of healthy  brain foods and smoothie recipes as well as tips for detoxing your mind.  If you like what you are hearing, can you think of even one person who might also benefit from this episode?  Will you please share on social, text, or email the link to that person?  Or consider supporting by clicking the Listener's SUPPORT Tab below.  A one-time gift or $5 bucks a month makes a huge difference to me.  I truly appreciate your regular listening and prayer support as well!   Thank you so much! FREEBIE:  5 R's to Living Your Best Thought Life  (a 1-page infographic) FREEBIE:  Mind & Brain Smoothies (3 pages of healthy goodness for your brain and mind) Join the Fired Up Mind & Choose 2 Think Facebook Community Visit the Choose 2 Think website  Choose 2 Think Merch  TODAY I CHOOSE 2 PRACTICE THE PAUSE Instagram Set up your 1-1 FREE THOUGHT STRATEGY SESSION with Victoria and receive your complimentary personal thought blueprint! Contact Adam Reid LOVE IS REAL WELLNESS
32:10
February 4, 2021
057: The Journey to Launch a Non-profit Organization and Online Magazine with Grace Julius Ssembatya
"You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." — Amy Carmichael, missionary to India Today you'll hear from Grace Julius Ssembatya, Editor of UnWoke Magazine and Director and Evangelist with Grassroots Ministry in Mukono District of Uganda in Africa.   Grace will share the heartbeat of his mission:  to not only take the "Good News" to those who would be blessed by it....but to start by lending a helping hand with the practicals first, such as food and clothing.   A quote on the Grassroots Ministrywebsite is from Bono: "God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them." Grace will inspire you to love, to go, and to give. Please reach out to Grace, share this episode, and help us to get the Good News out to a world that desperately needs to hear the Truth.  ______________________ CHOOSE 2 THINK WEBSITE FIRED UP MIND & CHOOSE 2 THINK COMMUNITY ON FACEBOOK MERCH DESIGN FOR THIS SHOW inspired by Grace Julius's drive and persistence:  I CHOOSE 2 START TODAY Contact Grace Julius Ssembatya Tel / WhatsApp +2560393241663 Email: evangelistssembatya@gmail.com  Facebook: @GRASSROOTSMINIS Editor: Unwoke Magazine    Director/Evangelist:  Grassroots Ministry
45:29
January 28, 2021
056: Improve Brain Health and Renew Your Mind NOW Using These Practical Actions!
I’ve got a real treat for you on this episode! As you may know, recently I wrapped up the FIRED UP MIND CHALLENGE! Thank you to the lovely souls who joined the Zoom and who showed up commenting in the live stream on facebook in our community there!  I really appreciate your patience during this whole process as I was lovin' the learnin' on how to do all of this! I thought it would be so awesome to share with you clips from the sessions. You’re really gonna wanna listen carefully today because I’m gonna leave you with a whole list of practical fast action items that you may want to put into play in your own life.   The 10 action items today to improve brain health come from Jim Kwik from Kwik Brain!  He taught me to memorize this list of practices we can put into place to achieve optimal overall health! The FUM Challenge was divided into 2 options: And I would invite you to ponder if you’d like to take me up on the challenge as well: You may be interested in renewing your mind OR improving brain health OR both!  It's not too late to start doing what is right!  Choose 2 Think today! Let’s jump in to the Session 1 which was called REBOOT. ________ WEBSITE: https://www.victoriadwalker.com/ FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/choose2think SUBSCRIBE to bimonthly newsletters from Victoria (freebies and ministry updates): https://mailchi.mp/a6ec4cdf912d/subscribers-corner CHOOSE 2 THINK ACADEMY: https://choose2think.teachable.com/p/home MERCH DESIGNS: https://mailchi.mp/edd7a8bd071c/c2t-merch CONTACT: choose2think@gmail.com
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January 21, 2021
055: When Shame Grips Your Heart and Mind with Adam Reid
Today’s guest is Adam Reid who is currently  Amazon’s #1 best selling author for new releases in adult Christian ministry  with his book called LOVE IS REAL Let me read a few excerpts from the press release: “Love is Real” peels back the mask that allows depression and anxiety to silently grow beneath. Adam Reid has deep roots across Kentucky from his hometown, Clay County, to where he now lives in Midway. He has spent the last seventeen years studying biology while getting his Masters from the University of Kentucky and teaching at Madison Central High School for a decade. Adam battled mental health issues in silence for thirteen years. In Love is Real, he shares the scientifically supported methods to fight the real enemy: shame. You don’t willpower your way through cancer. Your work ethic doesn’t allow you to overcome a heart attack. You don’t refuse to take your diabetic insulin because your faith is enough for you to be healed. Similarly, your willpower and grit won’t overcome mental health struggles. Your mental health is not a sign of personal failure or a mark against your belief in God’s influence over your life. Just because you cannot see anxiety or depression doesn’t make their biological causes any less real. A few key words and phrases to give you a taste of what we discuss include the following:  wearing a "mask" earning salvation obsessed with productivity finding love self-punishment over achievement good deeds workaholism alcoholism depression anxiety shame worthiness avoidance negative thinking vulnerability _______________________________________________ Join the FIRED UP MIND CHALLENGE HERE Join the FIRED UP MIND & CHOOSE 2 THINK COMMUNITY ON FACEBOOK HERE Stay connected with Victoria and get exclusive access to her Subscribers' Corner HERE MERCH DESIGN:  I CHOOSE LOVE TODAY - SHOP HERE ____________________________________________ Find Adam and buy Love Is Real HERE
50:12
January 14, 2021
054: Setting the Proper Foundation for Your Life's Pursuits [food for thought for 2021!] (Psalm 127)
The new year for many folks marks new beginnings.  We set goals.  We dream.  We make resolutions. There is one thing, however, that all goals, dreams, and resolutions must have in order to succeed:  A solid foundation. Think of the foundation for your home or apartment building.  It's probably not visible to your naked eye, but you'd guess it's made of something sturdy like concrete or rock.  Foundations basically serve 3 overarching purposes that you probably already know (and I also think you will start seeing the spiritual analogies here!).  Foundations are designed to 1) bear a load 2) protect from external elements (water, wind, high and low temperatures, etc.) 3) resist movement of earth around it Any endeavor you approach, any goal or dream you're hoping to achieve needs the proper foundation to come to fruition.  Our life's pursuits are based on our purpose--and when we tap into our purpose as Bible-believing contributors to a world that needs to hear the Good News, well, we're off to a really good start!   Tune in today to remind yourself that God is all the energy you need, His Word is the Truth, and His Son the foundation to help you live out your wildest dreams!   
21:57
January 7, 2021
053 The Long Journey to "Becoming" Daughter of the King with Rhonda Dragomir
This conversation with renown and award winning Christian author Rhonda Dragomir cuts right to the heart of the matter.   Rhonda Dragomir is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, she is co-author of curriculum for the Women’s Impact Network, and if this isn’t enough, she was named the 2019 writer of the Year from Serious Writer, Inc. She and her husband live in Wilmore KY. With personal insight and humor, Rhonda invites her readers to consider a central truth: you are welcomed to the arms of a forgiving God who wants to shower you with His boundless love.  Today we take a deep dive into a concept Rhonda has coined as the ORPHAN HEART. She will walk us through fear, rejection, perfectionism, futility, unworthiness and ultimately how to live like an heir to the King, enjoying the inheritance of peace and joy as God promises His children. Now I know all of this sounds a bit fluffy. So keep listening as we unpack the Orphan Heart – ask yourself as we go if you have any of the symptoms Rhonda describes.  What’s more, Rhonda shares so many stories from her life that help all of this to make sense in practical applications. If 2020 gave you a run for your money in the spiritual and emotional departments, this episode may be just what you need to set things straight once and for all.  FIRED UP MIND CHALLENGE Fired Up Mind & Choose 2 Think Community on Facebook Choose 2 Think Merch & More Connect with Victoria on her website here ____________ CONTACT RHONDA www.rhondadragomir.com (author site – includes orphan heart blog and a media page with links to teaching videos) www.dragomirgroup.com (business site) www.writerslifehacks.com (blog for writers) www.facebook.com/rhonda.dragomir.author (Facebook author page) www.instagram.com/rhondadragomir (Instagram feed) www.twitter.com/rhondadragomir (Twitter): @rhondadragomir
48:06
December 31, 2020
052: FOUR Extraordinary Lessons for an Ordinary Gal (Psalm 40)
This episode is divided into 3 parts: 1) Four Lessons learned in 2020 2) Looking forward 3) Psalm 40 and what God "expects" from us Sign up for the FIRED UP MIND CHALLENGE Visit my website here Find your C2T Merch & More right here Visit our FIRED UP MIND & CHOOSE 2 THINK COMMUNITY HERE on Facebook
27:50
December 24, 2020
051: Tipping the Scales: The True Secret to Lasting Weight Loss with Wendy Parmley
On today's episode, Health & Wellness Accountability Coach Wendy Parmley shares her journey of  both physical and emotional "weight loss."  Physically she has lost around 100 pounds to date and has about that much more to go.  She came to realize that her journey had more to do with falling more in love with Christ than it did the numbers on the scales. Our topics include: food fixation, addiction & weight restriction hypocrisy and self-lying the dangers of justification and making excuses the importance of inner dialogue and the pitfalls from words such as "can't" and "only" the role of the church with these issues Wendy is a Health & Wellness Accountability Coach.  Connect with her on her Facebook group and YouTube.  She also has a ROPES CHALLENGE you might consider joining.  Be sure to share this link with a friend or family member who struggles with any type of food addiction. Wendy's Goal Mountain Journey on YouTube Goal Mountain Journey:  Health & Wellness group on FaceBook GOAL MOUNTAIN'S JOURNEY CHALLENGE Email Wendy:  goalmountainjourney@aol.com ____________________ If you haven't already, please take 2 minutes to subscribe to the CHOOSE 2 THINK PODCAST on Apple Podcasts (it's free), rate, and write a 1-2 sentence review here.  Stay connected!  Visit my ministry website to opt in and join the Fired Up Mind & Choose 2 Think Podcast Community on Facebook.   Check out all the unique merch designs based on podcast episode themes right here!  Make powerfully encouraging and affirming GIFTS! I really appreciate your prayers for my ministry. If you want to go a step further, some listeners enjoy supporting my ministry efforts through giving.  Just click the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
43:35
December 17, 2020
050 Thinking Hard to Win (Psalm 19)
In the "game" of 21st century life, we gotta be on guard to follow the rules that God has given us in His Word and by the example of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit whose job is to convict us and guide us into all truth.  But just how do we do that? It all starts with our thinking!  Tune in for practical tips on taking thoughts captive early in the game!  And the benefits of "winning" are off the charts!   JOIN THE FIRED UP MIND CHALLENGE HERE (FREE!) JOIN THE FIRED UP MIND and CHOOSE 2 THINK COMMUNITY ON FACEBOOK HERE SUBSCRIBE TO THIS SHOW (it's free to subscribe!) ON APPLE, RATE & WRITE A REVIEW HERE GET YOUR THEMED MERCH & GIFTS HERE!
24:03
December 10, 2020
049: Spotlight on 6 Leaders
I am so excited to bring you to this episode with 6 Christian leaders as they share exactly how they have overcome toxic thinking and self-limiting thoughts and lies in their life's journey.   God's Truth  Below I introduce them to you in the order in which they appear complete with all their contact information!  Be sure to let them know how much you enjoyed their vulnerability and authenticity on today's episode! REMINDERS: Click here to get your free tickets to the IDENTITY IN JESUS CHRIST SUMMIT that launches Dec. 7! Please SUBSCRIBE, RATE, & WRITE A REVIEW for the Choose 2 Think Podcast on APPLE PODCASTS HERE.  Come on over to the FIRED UP MIND & C2T PODCAST COMMUNITY on Facebook!  Join the tribe!  Merch design for this episode ON AMAZON:  CHOOSE 2 THINK:  REBOOT, REFRESH, RENEW Reserve your spot for the free FIRED UP MIND CHALLENGE coming January 4, hosted by me! :) Let's start 2021 with the right thought! SHERRY WHITE The Messy Christian Facebook Page The Messy Christian Website CHRISTINE FRANCOIS Tall Tails Podcast christine@talltailspodcast.com Website BRIAN MUTETE Facebook Website for Essential Oils JOANN WOLLOFF Facebook  Offer from Groove Funnels ADRIA SULLIVAN Coaching Facebook Page Sanity Savers for Mom-preneurs MAX ROOKE Website & Coaching   Life2TheMax Facebook Page FREE CHALLENGE IN DECEMBER!
23:01
December 3, 2020
048: Renew Your Mind Daily (Psalm 118)
This episode is based on the commitment to GIVE THANKS ALWAYS even during times of Covid.   Join me as I walk you through my personal transformation from the wash-rinse-repeat attitude to an energized and jazzed RISE-SHINE-GLORIFY mindset.  If it can work for me, it can certainly work for you!   FIND OUR C2T PODCAST AND FIRED UP MIND COMMUNITY on Facebook here GET YOUR FREE TICKET FOR THE IDENTITY IN JESUS CHRIST SUMMIT here FIND ALL 18 TARGET QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF DURING COVID HERE FIND THE MERCH DESIGN I CHOOSE TO REJOICE AND BE GLAD TODAY here I covet your prayers and support!  Please subscribe here, rate & write a review on APPLE PODCASTS.  Be sure to share the episode link with your friends on social media, tagging me when you do!   Thank you!  ¡Gracias!  x a billion.  Much appreciation! Aired on Thanksgiving 2020: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I'm so thankful for Y O U !!!  
25:28
November 26, 2020
047: Authenticity & Identity with Rob Lohman
If you’ve ever heard of Neil Anderson (author of  best selling books like Victory over the Darkness, Bondage Breaker, as well as the founder of Freedom in Christ Ministries) or Al and Lisa Robertson from Duck Dynasty, then you will love the offer that my guest Rob Lohman is bringing your way today.  It’s a free, yes 100% free online summit featuring not only Neil Anderson and the Robertsons but a slew of other amazing leaders in the Christian community who will all be discussing "How To Live From Your Identity in Christ While Experiencing Breakthroughs at Home, Work and in Your Community." The summit will be  live streamed through Facebook and runs from December 7-19.  You can find the link below as well as on the Choose 2 Think Podcast biz & community group on Facebook.  Registering for the summit is super easy! Just click the link below to get your free pass! And better yet, invite a friend or your small group to attend! And no worries if you have to miss a session or two. Rob will have the replays available at a nominal price for you! Not only do we discuss the summit on today's episode, but we take a deep dive into Rob's personal story and painful journey toward finding lasting freedom through His identity in Christ.   Identity in Jesus Christ Summit (Free Pass RIGHT HERE!) Lifted from the Rut Beyond the Bars Radio | Addiction, Freedom & Faith (Podcasts) NEIL ANDERSON - free downloads!
47:25
November 19, 2020
046: When God's Name Means Everything (Psalm 8)
In the OT, birth names not only obviously identified someone – but the names exposed character of individuals, represented their identity, and often pointed toward some special meaning. Have you ever researched what your name actually means? It’s fun!  And what about all the names of GOD? I had so much fun in this episode reviewing 16 most popular names of God and studying them again using the online Blue Letter Bible as my resource!  Why are these names so important to us as Christians?  They personalize our God.  We are in relationship with Him. We desire to know him better each and every day!  When we hallow or revere the name of God – we are showing Him such devotion, admiration, dedication, and love.  It is heart warming and mind grabbing to meditate on who God is, His character and His identity.  Join me today for a refresher on Who God Is. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast, rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts.  And if you are enjoying what you hear and are learning a few things and are encouraged in your faith, please share the link with a friend via email, text, a message, or with a post on social media (be sure to tag me!). Also, if you'd like to go a step further, I could use your support.  Please click the Listener's Support tab for more info.  Get your FREE WORKSHEET that accompanies this episode HERE! Visit my WEBSITE HERE--Let's stay in touch! Please join the FaceBook CHOOSE 2 THINK PODCAST COMMUNITY HERE! See the Merch design for this episode HERE!
26:15
November 12, 2020
045 On Adoption with Christine Gibson
Adoption. Join me to listen to Christine's journey through the long road of international adoption.  We talk process, the ups-and-downs, and the agonizing waiting.   Her story has a lot of wonderful twists and turns before we arrive to its miraculous ending. Christine Gibson is also a published author of two books. Saints on Call:  Everyday Devotions for Moms (2011)  Stay Mr. & Mrs. after You're Mom & Dad (Ligouri Press, 2013) Mission to Promote Adoption of Kids and the Baby Box  https://www.mpak.com/ https://adoptionnetwork.com/adoption-statistics Please stay connected with Start with a Grateful Heart and Choose 2 Think Ministries www.victoriadwalker.com Click to shop for themed merch: ONE HAPPY BABY Be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you listen.
51:13
November 5, 2020
044: Top Secrets to Help You Sleep Better (Psalm 3)
What keeps you up at night? Worries about your family members?  Your finances?  Your health?  Our country?  Fear too much caffeine or a big meal closer to bedtime blue light  haunted by past mistakes and regret and shame? Sleep is essential for optimal health and we spend about 1/3 of our lives doing it!  But these days anxiety levels are high and finding sufficient rest can be a bit of a challenge. This episode is mostly common knowledge (you know google-able)…you’ve heard most your life…but I wanted to pull all the info together, condense it, and to remind you that as Christians, sound sleep IS possible. So kick off your shoes and fluff up your pillow. Let’s take a deep dive into the notion of how to experience peaceful nightly sleep.  And all this with the backdrop of Psalm 3! KEY CATEGORIES DAILY HEALTH ROUTINE SLEEP ENVIRONMENT PRE-BEDTIME BEST PRACTICES BRAIN ACTIONS WHILE SLEEPING MORNING MUST DO'S KEY VERSES Psa 121: 6-7 Pro 3:24 Psa 116:7 Psa 4:8 Mat 6:34 Jhn 14:27 1 Pet 5:7 MERCH THEME I CHOOSE PEACE TODAY
28:30
October 29, 2020
043: #choosejoy with Renee Boss
As you may know October is breast cancer awareness month. According to breastcancer.org:  "As of January 2020, there are more than 3.5 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment." On today’s episode, we will hear from one of them. Renee Boss, a self-described reader, writer, thinker, runner and teacher, shares her journey through the diagnosis and recovery stages as well as the practical tools she used in order to cope, find health, and walk it all out in joy. She realized that although she could not control her breast cancer diagnosis, she could control her response to it. If you know someone who is struggling with breast cancer, please share this episode link. If you’re listening on apple podcasts, would you please subscribe to the show, rate and review as well? This would really help me to spread the Good News to others.  Or If you’re listening on YouTube, please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here, so I’ll know you’re there.  Please Visit victoriadwalker.com, and opt in so we can stay connected.  And finally, the themed merch for this episode: I CHOOSE JOY TODAY and THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH. Be sure to check out these designs as well as many others in the Choose 2 Think Merch and more store. CONTACT RENEE Renee’s blog site: http://reneeboss.blogspot.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/renee_boss Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/renee.boss/ The RUNNING WIFE CLUB:  https://www.facebook.com/therunningwife/  
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October 22, 2020
042 You got this! (Psalm 18)
Do you ever feel a bit battle weary from wrestling around with toxic or potentially toxic thinking?  Well, in today’s episode, I’ll offers you a 6-fold battle tactic plan especially if you are feeling a bit battle weary. We’re gonna see how King David kept his mind in the right place as he actually battled for his very life. His expectations and hope were in God alone. The 6 tactics include: examination - we enter the battle with clean hands and hearts identification - we declare God's characteristics and traits expectation - we shift to the expectancy mindset to claim each victory recognition - we acknowledge that we need God's help as we battle devastation - we utterly destroy the lies of the enemy of our souls adoration - we give thanks to God, our Battle King EXPECTANCY MINDSET DAILY DECLARATION PDF BONUS:  ARMOR FOR EVERY THOUGHT WORKSHEET WEBSITE:  www.victoriadwalker.com CHOOSE 2 THINK MERCH & MORE for episode themed tees and more : https://teespring.com/stores/choose-2-think-merch-more CHECK OUT THESE THEMED MERCH ITEMS:  "Today I choose to fight on God's Team"   and "Today I choose to wear the armor of God" CONTACT: choose2think@gmail.com Please rate, write a review on Apple Podcasts, leave 5 stars, send the link to a friend, share on social media.  You have no idea how much I appreciate your support!  Let's spread the Good News together! 
29:34
October 15, 2020
041 Love, Loss & Life in the Aftermath with Bryan C. Taylor
Today we take a deep dive into grief and coping after loss of a loved one.   You'll meet Bryan C. Taylor, the #1 best selling author on Amazon in the categories of love & loss and death & grief.  Bring your notebook and paper as you listen because this episode is chock full of practical life applications and inspirational takeaways that you will want to ponder and pray a bit more about especially if you are struggling to move beyond your grief.   Bryan also shares a glimpse of his wrestling with secondary losses, bitterness, purpose, and coming to grips with the fact that the popular adage "Love heals all wounds" is really a misnomer.     Click here to find Even If You Don't (2018)  and The Lazarus Within (2020) CONNECT WITH BRYAN WEBSITE:  http://bryanctaylor.com/ EMAIL: bctayl21@gmail.com CHOOSE 2 THINK MERCH & MORE theme for this episode:  Today I choose to GO GET IT!  Find this unique design on apparel, mugs, pillows, and totes.  Check us out!  Feel empowered today!   Visit my website for freebies, such as podcast worksheets, brain-changer downloadables.  Please opt in so we can stay in touch!   Or check this out the free, faith-based:  ULTIMATE GRATITUDE GUIDE  Inside you'll find practical tips, checklists, Scripture cards, bookmarks, templates and so much more that will help pivot your mind in a healthy, new direction!  Your thoughts matter!  Take those rogue, toxic thoughts captive today! *The Choose 2 Think Podcast show notes may contain affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission.   This is at no additional cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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October 8, 2020
040 Let's hit the path! (Psalm 25)
it’s just that time of year in Kentucky when we go hiking and camping! The nights are cooler and not so stuffy and the fireside is inviting to chase away the chill. We have a trip planned out to Red River Gorge within the next couple of weeks, and I cannot wait.  My favorite part is disconnecting from the world, reconnecting and being present with those I love the most in this life, putting my phone away, letting the dust from all my busy-ness settle down a bit, and slowing down to think and reorient a bit and relax. All the oxygen fills my lungs, God’s beautiful creation captivates my attention and the stress just rolls away. My heart fills up to full again – camping is right up there with a stroll on the ocean beach to me.  Camping has also been a way to bench mark a whole lot of memories, some really frightful like using a gallon of gasoline in a milk jug to attempt to ignite wet wood that was smoldering a bit – yeah, the flames leaped up onto the rim of the gallon jug—it is nothing short of a miracle that our camp site didn’t go up in flames taking with it the camper holding the jug – that is about my worst memory…but there are others to keep me in stitches years later—like the time a bear came sniffing around our tent that one night-- I just know it was a bear!  C'mon, camper!  I know you can totally relate! :) Journey with me today to connect the dots between the essentials we need hiking literally and spiritually(as inspired by David's Psalm 25)!  I found so many great practical applications for our faith: ESSENTIALS for our journey: GUIDE PROVISIONS PROTECTION TOOLS And hey, wanna stay connected? Click on my secure website link and opt in! https://www.startwithagratefulheart.com/ OR check out our themed merch for today's episode! 
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October 1, 2020
039 Donating the Gift of Life with Lisa Prather
You may need a box of tissues nearby as you listen to Lisa’s story about her dear sister Heather. Today Lisa will help us unpack and shed light on a topic that we tend to avoid or that we don’t know much about.  It make even make us feel uncomfortable.  The topic is organ donation.  Is this something you have considered? Why or why not?  Tune in to hear this true story of Lisa and her loved one's journey to becoming an organ donation family.  SHOW LINKS: Statistics from: https://www.organdonor.gov/ Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA):   https://donatelifeky.org/partners/koda/ Contact Lisa Prather (Century 21 realtor in Frankfort): https://www.century21.com/real-estate-agent/profile/lisa-prather-P80078079   Lisa on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lisa.prather.35 STAY IN TOUCH w/Victoria:  Website (opt in):  www.victoriadwalker.com Blog link:  https://www.startwithagratefulheart.com/ Choose 2 Think Merch & More - click here to find merch for today's episode:  "I choose to give the gift of life"
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September 24, 2020
038 Are you desperate to know you're not alone? (Psalm 24)
Our message for today is about experiencing the presence and glory of God.  From Psalm 24, I pulled  3 exercises we can do daily as examples to help us connect the dots between the philosophical and the practical when it comes to seeking God's presence.  How to enjoy God's presence: 1) we open 2) we learn 3) we grow Tune in for all the specifics, a few helpful ideas on how to practically become energized as you seek God, His presence, His face, His favor.   The t-shirt theme for this episode is I CHOOSE GOD'S PRESENCE.   You can find the link on my website by clicking the MERCH tab or below.  Be sure to get the PROMO CODE to save $5!  Please opt in to stay connected! WEBSITE:  https://www.startwithagratefulheart.com/ PROMO CODE:  https://mailchi.mp/18418cb9f7ce/c2t-merch-promo-code MERCH SHOP:  https://teespring.com/stores/choose-2-think-merch-more LIMITED MERCH on AMAZON:  https://www.startwithagratefulheart.com/amazon-merch.html
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September 17, 2020
037: Compassion First with Cheri Scott
Cheri Scott is the Executive Director for Avenues for Women -- a pregnancy center in Frankfort KY offering 100% free counseling and medical services for their clients.  Not only does Avenues for Women advocate for the sanctity of human life in the womb, they also advocate for the sanctity of the life of the woman, young or old, who walks through their doors, takes a seat in their office, and is carrying that tiny life within her.  One of my favorite lines from the show was when Cheri said – when folks ask her if the organization is pro life or pro choice, her response is we are pro woman. I liked this line because to me it puts compassion, care, and love first with the steadfast and prevailing prayer that this kind of love will in part be the catalyst that leads the woman or the couple to a god-honoring decision.  But if it doesn’t, the relationship between the woman and AFW remains and there is still opportunity for future change, God willing.  The heart of the ministry is to educate in a holistic supportive fashion in a nonjudgmental way and lend a helping hand practically and emotionally before, during, and after decisions are made. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (502) 695-0500 Visit our office Avenues for Women 73 C. Michael Davenport Blvd Suite 5 Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 695-0500 Open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. WEBSITE:  https://avenuesforwomen.com/ FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/AvenuesForWomen ___________________________________ MY WEBSITE:  https://www.startwithagratefulheart.com/ How I lowered my cholesterol blog post:  https://www.startwithagratefulheart.com/agh-blog Choose 2 Think Merch & More (find the Pro-Woman shirt and I choose Life items here): https://teespring.com/stores/choose-2-think-merch-more Save $5 
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September 10, 2020
036: From Complaint to Praise (Psalm 31)
The 15th most popular psalm is Psalm 31 – and in a nutshell it is a song of complaint and praise (as subtitled in the NASB).  As we examine the psalm we can study the way that David did this and then apply this technique to our lives. David historically was persecuted by Saul. He was treated wrongly, shamed by his enemies, was slandered – all of which had the potential to steal his joy and peace. But he had this unique expressive technique in his writing time and time again where he switched his complaint to praise.  He almost always ends all his psalms reaffirming God’s character and amazing goodness.  It sounds simple, but it requires persistence and endurance.  In this episode, I share a story or two of personal quote “victimization” from theft – and persecution, if you will, from the enemy of my soul. C2T PROMO CODE CLICK HERE VISIT C2T MERCH & MORE STORE HERE VISIT MY WEBSITE & START WITH A GRATEFUL HEART BLOG HERE (be sure to opt in)
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September 3, 2020
035: Where's Your Treasure? with Jordan T. Hall
Jordan T. Hall -- lawyer, realtor, dad, author, blogger, home improvement guy -- shares his top 3 tips on exactly HOW to graduate from college with zero debt. These are practical applications any college bound individual will want to consider and put into play as highlighted in his book Every Degree Debt Free. But this episode is not just for prospective college students. Jordan and I also chat about the mindset of DECIDING.  Or we might call it resolve and determination. As a believer we also discuss the concepts of Time, Talent, and Treasure and how everything we do, everything we put our hands and our minds to, we can do to the glory of God. And listen, Jordan shares a personal story toward the end of the show that will drop your jaw! It’s about a huge wad of cash and a riding lawn mower.  Tune in today! THEME VERSES: Mat. 6:24 (NASB): “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth...." Prov. 22:7 (NASB):  And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave. Luk. 12:34 (NASB): “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. CONNECT WITH JORDAN: Jordan T. Hall website and blog -- get his monthly $$$$ saving tips here:   http://jordanthall.com/ Every Degree Debt Free book on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Every-Degree-Debt-Free-Graduate-ebook/dp/B07BGW9TG1 Need a realtor in the Frankfort, KY area:  https://www.century21.com/real-estate-agent/profile/jordan-hall-P411921164 Need a bit of home improvement in the Frankfort, KY area (Facebook biz page): https://www.facebook.com/HallBrothersHomeImprovement/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jordan-T-Hall-246689722572755/ STAY CONNECTED WITH ME: Start with a Grateful Heart blog & website:  https://www.startwithagratefulheart.com/ Choose 2 Think Merch & More: https://teespring.com/stores/choose-2-think-merch-more Click Here to Save $5 with this  PROMO CODE
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August 27, 2020
034: Top 3 Action Items to help you THRIVE (Psalm 46)
I absolutely LOVE studying the psalms! And today’s episode highlights Psalm 46 coming in at the 14th most popular psalm. Our theme is God is with us. Let’s find out what this means together!   Want a musical rendition? Check this out: Shane & Shane Psalm 46 2 main players: 1) Sons of Korah 2) Jacob Historical backdrop: Jerusalem in the time of King Hezekiah 3 practical applications items: 1) slow 2) know 3) forego Come reason with me through this psalm and learn how to apply its truths in practical ways!  Be encouraged and find hope today! If you like this episode, please share the link with a friend on social media or perhaps through email or a text.  Stay connected with me by opting in on my website.  Please pray for me as I am trying to share God's love with the world.  Also, if you feel inclined, I would love to have your support in other ways - just click the Listener's Support tab here in Anchor. Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/
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August 20, 2020
033: From Cuba to Kentucky with Luis David Fuentes
Meet Luis David Fuentes. You’re gonna love his story from Cuba to Kentucky.   We talk chat about the immigrant "spirit", mindsets, attitudes, racism, socialism, human rights, and faith. One thing I noticed time and again was Luis’s deep appreciation and gratitude for our country. He is a champion, a fighter, and some might even say a hero!  Here are just a few of the hats Luis wears: Professional Environmental Engineer Editor & Director of El Kentubano. https://www.elkentubano.com/mission/ Mission: “El Kentubano” is a publication targeted to the Hispanic Community of Kentucky. We intend to help promoting and advertising the services and enterprises that these energetic entrepreneurs have started through articles and stories related to our background and heritage. (from website) One of 11 current Commissioners for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights   https://kchr.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx Board Member for Gilda's Club Kentuckiana: GILDA'S CLUB https://www.gck.org/about/ ___________________________________ Secured Website:  http://choose2think.co/ Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends!  Or copy the link and shoot them a text or email!  Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  I appreciate your prayers and encouragement more than you know!   Let's you and I continue to stand for Truth and Light.  Let's not grow weary!   Dios primero.  Que Dios te bendiga. :) 
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August 13, 2020
032 When Talking Back Is Everything! (Psalm 103)
Join me as we learn to talk back to and encourage our very souls to bless the Lord.   Through our suffering and trials, we have a unique opportunity to meditate on God’s Word, to speak out to our soul (not just listen to it), to fill our mind with God’s Truth using our thoughts and our memory to bring our faith to life. Please stay connected! Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends and tag me!   Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  And I always appreciate your prayers!  Thank you so much!
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August 6, 2020
031: When Love says, "What's the need?" with Kimberly Bynes
With over 20 years as a trainer for LEADERS in state government, Kimberly Bynes shares her expertise as she encourages us to apply Phil. 2:3-8 to our lives whether at work or in the home.  Among other topics, we chat about  humility  the mind of Christ   servant leadership  her journey to finding personal worth  fighting back against the comparison game from pain to her purpose  overcoming self-blame CONTACT INFO Kimberly Bynes mkbynes@hotmail.com Instagram: Kimberly Bynes Facebook: Kimberly Brooks Bynes _________________________________________________________________________________ Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends!  Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
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July 30, 2020
030: Our Souls Have No Color, Part 3: ENGAGE with these Sweet 16 Action Items
Part 3 ENGAGE!  Let's gooo. So this is where the rubber meets the road. Where our faith and our actions work side by side or at least they’re in the same ballpark! Given that we are examining our hearts often and attempting to become better informed about the issues surrounding racism, are there things we can actually DO? Yep…and in my journey, I’ve made a Sweet 16 list of can-do action items that I’m hoping to implement in my quest to engage. Remember to snag your PDF where you can follow along and take notes about these practical application items. Why do we engage? Because LOVE is a VERB! And because others might see our good deeds and glorify the Father! There are a whole lot of “other-isms” listed it the Bible. Let me give you a few paraphrased: We love one another because we were first loved. We’re to be kind and tenderhearted and forgiving because we have been forgiven. We treat others the way we would like to be treated. If we love God, we must certainly love our neighbors. We’re to look to the interest of our neighbors. We’re also to live peaceably with everyone. Everything we do should be done in love. So I asked myself: How can I engage myself, my family, my community, my culture for GOOD and for GOD?  Listen and be sure to get your free PDF study guide now. STUDY GUIDE to accompany this series Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends!  Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much! MENTIONED ORGANIZATION LINKS PRISON FELLOWSHIP KENTUCKY REFUGEE MINISTRIES Habitat for Humanity Restore STEP BY STEP DIVERBO and ANGLOVILLE (volunteer to teach English in Europe) Gospel Coalition article on Social Justice Jungle Jim's International Market in Cinci
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July 23, 2020
029 Overcoming Addiction with Helen Musick
In today’s episode, we’ll take a look behind the scenes of a fully recovered, former alcoholic. Pastor Helen Musick of LexCity Church opens her heart for us as she shares her candid experience with overcoming addiction. If you’ve ever been caught in the head winds of addiction…anything from pornography, alcohol, other drugs, food, gambling, approval, shopping, you name it …this encouraging message may offer you a fresh line of hope as you are in perhaps the battle of your lifetime.  And if this message is not for you directly, I’m quite certain you know someone in your circles who would really benefit from this word. Please, please share the episode link with your loved ones and friends.  Helen and I pull apart the mental anatomy of addiction – that is the impact of the thoughts and attitudes we may have regarding the addiction and the subsequent harmful or helpful behavior these thoughts and mindsets may provoke. This is a message of surrender and victory all in one.  It's about: The Power of "we" God's goodness a Grace Awakening the blessing of confessing walking in obedience one day at a time hitting the high bottom of addiction refusing to bow the knee to an idol the invaluable cost of choosing peace and obedience the pain and anguish of saying "no more" rewiring the brain developing stronger muscles choosing to be present For more information:  LexCity Church Freedom & Recovery Groups "The Mat": https://lexcity.church/freedom-recovery ____________________________________________________ Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends!  Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
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July 16, 2020
028 Our Souls Have No Color, Part 2: Educate [Revised]
C2T Podcast Series Our Souls Have No Color, Part 2: Educate  Join me today as I share how I have attempted to and continue to educate myself regarding racism and the challenges our country is currently facing.  In addition to sharing at the beginning of the episode 3 hurdles in my quest, we also delve in to 3 steps I'm taking in my journey: 1)  Develop empathy - use media and a wide variety of resources to help you 2) Lean on the heavies - those ministries and organizations that you respect  3) Commit to learning - choose one new resource each week Be sure to follow along using this download: Free PDF Study Guide for the Series Our Souls Have No Color Full length Martin Luther King, Jr "I Have a Dream" speech https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/more-than-mere-equality/  (2017 publ) Some of my fav ministries: Ravi Zacharias Tim Keller Truth for Life Family Life Today Focus on the Family  Priscilla Shirer (click for video clip of her talking about her blackness) List of Resources I Have Considered in my journey--sent to me by friend.  Please note:  I am not "endorsing" these resources, per se.  I am only sharing some with you in the event you might enjoy a starting point. https://www.theraineys.org/post/3waystohealracism Prison Fellowship "1776 Unites"  Organization:   "Be the Bridge"  * Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington * A Lot Like Me by Larry Elder (great book, but has a lot of language) * Discrimination and Disparities and other books by Thomas Sowell (with a great talk here) * Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy * Gifted Hands by Ben Carson * Please Stop Helping Us by Jason Riley * The Content of Our Character by Shelby Steele * On the Road to Economic Freedom by Robert Woodson * Race and Economics by Walter Williams
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July 9, 2020
027: Practical Tips to Overcome Toxic Thinking with Jason Duran
In this episode, you'll meet Pastor Jason Duran of MOTION CHURCH  (formerly Turning Point Church) in Lexington.  He will share his insights and concrete practical applications on how to take thoughts captive and walk with a renewed mind.   Our chat includes topics such as:  overcoming offenses beating bad habits fear and courage loneliness importance of community busting through the glass ceiling that prohibits growth facing insecurities avoiding the comparison trap My favorite part of the interview comes toward the end where Jason shares the affirmations he tries to read daily.  I'd like to encourage you to write your own and do the same.  If you need a little help to get started, check out this free PDF template designed to encourage you to speak truths over your life and your God-given purpose.  Trust me.  This is a powerful first step in getting your heart and mind on the same page each day! Contact Pastor Jason:  MOTION CHURCH (formerly Turning Point Church) 133 Trade Street Lexington, Kentucky 40511 info@turningpointcn.com Church Office:  (859) 379-9185 Call or text anytime for any question or concern:   1 (859) 600-0785 Service Times:  Sundays 9:30 am and 11:15 am ________________________________________________________________________________________ Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Courses and Coaching:  https://choose2think.teachable.com/p/home If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends!  Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
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July 2, 2020
026: Our Souls Have No Color, Part 1: EXAMINE - take a peek into your heart
Here on the C2T podcast we are going to take a look at racism using a 3-pronged approach: examine, educate, and engage. I’m inviting you to take a sneak peak into my own personal journey, to let you know how I’m attempting to find the meeting ground between my civic responsibility and my Christian worldview and duties. Please Know that I’m trying, I’m learning, and I’m willing to take the risk to invite you into this process. We will start with definitions to set the stage and then move into Step 1 Examine.  This step involves both internal reflection and the investigation of those external influences that likely shaped your thoughts and beliefs regarding race, etc. Remember to snag your free PDF of the word list and question list from today's Step 1: Examine: (copy/paste) https://mailchi.mp/693af796b6d2/our-souls-have-no-color-examine-educate-engage-worksheet A few references so far: merriam webster online dictionary cambridge online dictionary https://www.blueletterbible.org/ https://biblehub.com/ Tim Keller Gospel in Life Article: " The Bible and Race" RZIM article:  "The Scourge of Racism"  |  "Race Matters" RZIM Just a Thought Podcast Episode: "The Sacredness of Race and Ethnicity" RZIM article:  "Reformers and Reconciliation" (MLK, Jr.) FREE WORKSHEET TO ACCOMPANY THIS PODCAST SERIES - click here or copy/paste:  https://mailchi.mp/693af796b6d2/our-souls-have-no-color-examine-educate-engage-worksheet
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June 25, 2020
025: Lead by Serving with Mayor Grayson Vandegrift
What a delight it was to chat with the Mayor of Midway, Kentucky, Grayson Vandegrift. I especially love his passion for life-long learning, his can-do attitude, and his heart for service.   If you're like I am, you'll be pumped from his enthusiasm and his I'm gonna find a solution mindset.   If you think you can't, with a hard work and effort, you might just discover that you actually can!   More about Midway, Kentucky:  https://www.meetmeinmidway.com/ Mayor Grayson Vandegrift Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/graysonforky/community/ My website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ C2T private faith-based Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/629902020944545/ Start with a Grateful Heart public Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/?hl=en YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz8Z2B9TtXvWn0RKelVY5DQ?view_as=subscriber CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com
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June 18, 2020
024: Looking for Comfort? (Psalm 100)
Today we’re gonna take a deep dive into the whole notion of self-pity (the great pseudo-comforter).   Man, self-pity’s like an old friend to me. He comes knocking at my door fairly often. If I’m wise, I put in the earplugs and resist listening to him. Or better, I tell him to get the heck off my property. What does self-pity have in his arsenal? Well, for one, he’s got this uncanny way of comforting me. Stay tuned to hear 4 lessons learned after dipping down into self-pity.  There is a better way to confront this formidable foe that wreaks havoc on our emotional well being. ULTIMATE GRATITUDE GUIDE (Free PDF download):  https://mailchi.mp/212e3731644c/ultimategratitudeguide PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP for C2T Podcast Listeners: https://www.facebook.com/groups/629902020944545/ Start with a Grateful Heart BLOG:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/blog Find me on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/ Find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ Choose 2 Think Academy:  https://choose2think.teachable.com/p/home Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/
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June 11, 2020
023: On Becoming a Game Changer with Ruel Wodajo
Ruel Wodajo from School of Game Changers and Dajo Fix: Credit Repair Company shares his story from Ethiopia to the United States.  He talks about his road to becoming a successful entrepreneur, overcoming obstacles, and developing a mindset of gratitude.  Website: https://www.ruelwodajo.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rueldajo  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rulodajo/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5JhMYrsqFTVZPHTvFcQphA  Contact email:COO@ruelwodajo.com ULTIMATE GRATITUDE GUIDE (free PDF download): https://mailchi.mp/212e3731644c/ultimategratitudeguide WEBSITE:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP FOR C2T PODCAST LISTENERS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/629902020944545/
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June 4, 2020
022: The Power in Your Pen (Psalm 34)
Did you know that journaling has become big bucks lately? There are journals for just about everything nowadays! We have beautifully colored journals for faith, gratitude, joy, prayers, blessings, our list of to-do items, reflections, meditations, Scripture, food, memories, creative writing, poetry, music. You may even keep a visual journal with your artwork, sketches, paintings. Perhaps you keep an audio journal where you dictate and record your voice because the thought of picking up a pen smacks of drudgery to you. The good news is there is no language teacher looking over your shoulder, correcting your spelling or telling you to draw within the lines. Our journals can be authentic, raw, transparent. What’s the big hoorah? Well science is telling us that journaling has been proven to reduce stress, increase immune function, keep your memory sharp, boost your mood, and strengthen your overall emotional health. And how long should you write to enjoy these benefits? Research tells us only about 15-20 minutes a day will work wonders on our minds and bodies, but even one entry a week packs a significant punch on our emotional, spiritual, and physical health! Tune in for some heavy duty validation on why journaling will help you in your spiritual journey! TO JOIN:  Facebook CHOOSE 2 THINK PRIVATE COMMUNITY BRAIN SMOOTHIE 7 DAY DETOX DEVOTIONAL (free 12 page PDF you can download) WEBSITE:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ CHOOSE 2 THINK ACADEMY (faith-based, fully digital boot camp courses for your brain) RESEARCH NOTES: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nancyolson/2016/05/15/three-ways-that-writing-with-a-pen-positively-affects-your-brain/#4e8a091c5705
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May 28, 2020
021: From Boot Camp to Trail with Cory Cooley
In today’s episode, you will have the pleasure of meeting Cory Cooley of Cooltucky Creative, Woodford Charm, Woodford Trail, and Woodford to Go  (and by the way, this is just the start of Cory’s resume!). He wears many hats and aims to promote local business owners as well as many of the exciting adventures, destinations, local attractions, restaurants and so much more right here under our noses in beautiful Woodford County, Ky. What strikes me about all of these professions and endeavors is that serving others and helping people is the central aim. Cory doesn’t cower back from his creative pursuits and natural gifting.  He has what it takes to get things done – I really learned a lot from him, and I think you can, too.   Click the play button for a dose of Cory Cooley charm. Woodford To Go It is a list of all the restaurants in Woodford Co., plus menus, and specials to make it easier for people to find and place orders. https://woodfordtogo.com/ Woodford Charm:  a free, local magazine by local people https://issuu.com/woodfordcharm/docs/the_woodford_charm_fall_edition_201 Woodford Trail:  a show touring popular destinations in Woodford County  https://www.facebook.com/woodfordtrail/ Cooltucky Creative:  a marketing agency out of Versailles, KY   https://cooltuckycreative.com/ Casey & Sara Pictures   http://caseyandsarapictures.com/ Jeri Hartley https://jerihartley.rhr.com/ Woodford County Tourist Commission:  https://www.kentuckytourism.com/woodford-county-tourist-commission/ SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BIZ KENTUCKY Before you leave today, please take one moment to subscribe to this podcast. Podcasts come to you at no charge. I would really appreciate it if you would rate, share and write a review for me – Your words of encouragement are extremely valuable. I also have a listener’s support tab just in case you would consider investing to help others learn about God and His Word and find inspiration and hope on their journey to Choose 2 Think. Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends!  Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
31:12
May 21, 2020
020: Pivot your thoughts to increase resilience (Psalm 35)
For today’s episode, we’re going to look at one verse from Psalm 35, subtitled in the NASB “Prayer for Rescue from Enemies”  and written by David.   One verse about bones really caught  my attention.  In my research I discovered that bones mean strength in general. Spiritually speaking, it’s the kind of scaffolding strength that supports who we are at the deepest part of our being.  What are your “bones” telling you? What is it that you know at the deepest part of your soul? If you know that God is your deliverer, your refuge, your rescuer, how does that impact how you live each day? Please subscribe to this podcast wherever you listen.  Rate and write a review.  Or better yet, share the link with a friend on social media. Consider supporting these hope-filled messages by clicking the Listener's Support tab below. CHOOSE 2 THINK ACADEMY click here: https://choose2think.teachable.com/p/home CHOOSE 2 THINK WHEN YOUR SOUL IS HUNGRY INFO PAGE w/TESTIMONIALS click here to SAVE 20% for INDIVIDUALS: https://choose2think.teachable.com/p/choose-2-think/?product_id=1878331&coupon_code=BUY-NOW-SAVE-%2410&preview=logged_out  SAVE 33% FOR GROUPS, click here: https://choose2think.teachable.com/p/choose-2-think/?product_id=1883037&coupon_code=BUY-NOW-SAVE-%2450&preview=logged_out START WITH A GRATEFUL HEART WEBSITE (plus downloadable freebies):  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/
17:08
May 14, 2020
019 Got the blues? Feeling "blah"? with Mary Anna Rogers
Covid-19 has really shaken us up and caused us to come face-to-face with a reality that many of us are not fond of. Not only must we deal with the economic crisis  which directly affects so many of us personally, but we must also confront  the emotional fall out this pandemic has caused. We’ve all felt sad, depressed, distressed, and anxious. In a nutshell we are grieving. The type of grief we are experiencing may have little to do with loss of life. How do  we handle this type of grief?   It's oh so helpful to know...."It's just a moment." Mary Anna Rogers is the only certified grief recovery specialist  in Kentucky who organizes group sessions twice a year using the Grief Recovery Method. These face-to-face classes help participants process their grief in healthy ways. I had the privilege to chat with her recently about how to   deal with grief and guilt that many of us are undergoing as a result of the  Covid-19 pandemic. She and I go back a couple of decades when our paths crossed as home educators.  She taught drama to scores of homeschooled children and directed quite a few plays with our homeschooling co-ops. She’s fondly known as Miss Mimi. Mary Anna’s family owns Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort,   Ky. The funeral home is listed as the second oldest private business in Ky, and the oldest business that has remained owned and operated by the same family. Now in their 7th generation, they continue to serve families  with "dignity, compassion, and respect." It was nearly eight years ago that Mary Anna’s husband John passed away, which no doubt only kindled her desire to share what she  learned about grief with others who are hurting and also motivated her to pursue specialist certification with the Grief Recovery Institute. Mary Anna Rogers, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist Facebook Business Page Direct Line to Mary Anna for phone calls or texts:  (502) 330-9219 Rogers Funeral Home:  https://rogersfrankfort.com/ 507 W. 2nd St. Frankfort, KY 40601 Phone: (502) 223-3481 Email: rogersfrankfort@gmail.com Website:    http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course:   On Sale NOW:  INDIVIDUAL PRE-LAUNCH DISCOUNT Click Here  On Sale Now:  GROUP PRE-LAUNCH DISCOUNT Click Here Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ If you've enjoyed this episode, please share the link on social media with your friends!  Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
30:15
May 7, 2020
018: The Powerfully Sweet Impact of Generational Blessings with Elizabeth Jones
Recently I interviewed the shining star Elizabeth Jones from Sweet Paradise Baking Company in Nicholasville, KY. Two years ago, Elizabeth launched her biz and hasn’t looked back! What fascinated me most about this interview was Elizabeth’s poise, sincerity, humility, work ethic, family and parenting values and her attitudes of productivity and gratitude. She comes from a long line of entrepreneurs in her family, a tag line she considers to be a huge generational blessing. You need to know that her cookies are baked fresh the day she delivers and she uses only the finest ingredients. Her cookies are deliciously huge! Trust me! I’ve tasted Sweet Paradise Baking Company cookies and they are undeniably worth their weight in gold! Elizabeth ships out of state via Fed Ex, has a cookie of the month, and her clients range from new and repeat customers, friends and family to larger businesses and special event organizers. Placing an order couldn’t be easier! Click on the links below for more info. Our chat was oh so much more than cookies. I think you’ll walk away jazzed not only about how Elizabeth does business, but how she does life. And it couldn’t be sweeter! Sweet Paradise Baking Company direct phone line for orders (call/text)  859-221-9396 Facebook Biz Page: https://www.facebook.com/sweetparadise373/ Pithys Kitchen Food Blog:  http://pithyskitchen.blogspot.com/ For more info about the Kentucky Cottage Food Laws http://kentuckyhomebakers.com/ Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please share the podcast link with a friend!  Consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
28:47
April 30, 2020
017: Life-changing Revival (Psalm 119)
Before I read the longest psalm and chapter in the entire Bible, you may find it interesting to know that this psalm is a bit odd. It’s divided into 22 stanzas representing the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the NASB it’s subtitled as "Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God." Almost every verse says something about God’s Word, common synonyms would be statutes, law, commandments, precepts, ordinances. Also used frequently are the words revive, heart, love, delight. You’ll hear me try to pronounce the Hebrew letter of the alphabet that preludes each stanza. The written Hebrew alphabet is fascinating to me!  I enjoy studying the connections between the ancient pictographic Hebrew and the paleo-Hebrew symbol.  It's a lot of fun, and I'll give you a mini-Hebrew lesson in this episode!!  Also, I would love to know how you might answer these questions: 1) How is God’s Word a lamp to your feet and a light to your path? Specifically, how do you apply God’s Word to your life in practical ways? 2) How is it good to be afflicted? 3) Is God your portion? In what ways? What does this mean? 4) How do we connect Jesus with this beautiful psalm? Email me your answers! :) I would LOVE to hear from you! Until next time, Brain Changer!  Let's choose 2 think!  CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Stay in the loop on the course; receive prelaunch discounts: https://mailchi.mp/342b3635cda8/whensoulishungrycourse Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much! SPOTLIGHT:  This episode is dedicated to the TEEN BIBLE QUIZ PROGRAM: https://www.teenbiblequiz.com/  
29:15
April 23, 2020
016: How I Recharge My Desire to Study God's Word (Psalm 1)
Do you ever wonder how to study the Bible? Do you often feel overwhelmed even at the thought of it? Do you believe the lie that somehow you are not qualified, or you don’t have the necessary credentials to read and study the Scriptures? In this episode, I will offer 3 quick tips and best practices that you can use to get started today. If it’s been a while since you’ve been in a study, say with a group, or since you’ve dedicated time to a devotional type routine, well, this just may be the message you need to jump start a new habit. Use my 3 I's approach to ignite your desire for God's Word today!  Put these simple steps into practice and find delight!   Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
31:39
April 16, 2020
015: Facing Shame (Psalm 51)
This episode is dedicated directly to the believer who has received God’s saving grace BUT who still struggles with the baggage and weight of shame.  Perhaps you’d call yourself a prodigal where you went off track, God helped you back, but the disgrace and dishonor of your actions still haunt you. Maybe even now you are trapped in the mire of addiction and the boat load of shame that creates a toxic cycle of goof ups. Hearing that word “shame” may conjure up an avalanche of memories, lies you’ve believed or still believe. Maybe you hear the enemy knocking at the door of your mind and heart accusing you for your missteps. Or maybe you’re your own worst enemy, saying things to your soul that do not come from God.  Maybe the world, especially other Christians, remind you of your failures. Ouch. This is the voice of shame. And we’re gonna face off with shame all right! Are you ready? In this episode, I’ll tell you a story about my friend Sally. A while back she and I met to catch up at an outdoor café in Lexington. As we were sipping on iced tea she shared with me this huge skeleton in her closet that put a lump in my throat the size of Jumbo the elephant. Man, I watched the tears just roll down her face. Her eyes were racked with such pain and turmoil. And in her voice I heard the hatred that she was feeling for herself. It broke my heart. I'll also share my 4-step process to kick shame out of your closet forever! Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
27:46
April 9, 2020
014: Are You on the Right Path? (Psalm 37)
Join me in this episode as we learn what it means to commit our way to the Lord, trust Him, and delight in Him.  I found inspiration for this teaching on a recent walk in the park with my 2-year-old granddaughter.  I hope you are encouraged as well! Website (lots of freebies here to help you detox your brain!):  https://startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ Please subscribe, rate, and write a review for me!  Share the link with others.  Consider supporting this podcast by clicking the Listener's Support tab.  Just $5 goes a long way in my book!  Thank you so much!  I am truly very appreciative! Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
21:18
April 2, 2020
013: The Best Medicine Doesn't Come in a Bottle with Ken Glass
UPDATE:  This interview was conducted weeks ago.  I contacted Ken Glass for any comment on COVID-19 and he said that RR Drug "is here to take care of people when they need us!"  RR Drug also delivers meds right to your doorstep.   _________________________ When you walk into RR Drug, it’s like walking into your grandma’s house. There are racks of candy, a fridge full of cold drinks, and ice cream! The atmosphere drips with nostalgia and warm vibes from the black and white checkered floor and red topped stools at the counter to the ancient and might I say giant apothecary records book on display in the back. Ken and his wife Amanda have created an ambiance that both welcomes and serves. It’s a delicious mix of past and present.  You may just walk out the door thinking you are the most important person in the world by the way you are treated. It is truly health CARE at its finest.  The interview was conducted live in the store during business hours, so occasionally you may hear Ken greet a customer or two. You might just hear the phone ringing, someone being served at the soda fountain up front or the faint whistle of the train as it chugs down Main Street.  I loved everything about this interview. It’s been both the hardest and easiest to conduct! Easy, well, because it’s Ken. Hard because he shared so much awesomeness I had no idea what to cut.  RR Drug website: https://www.railroaddrug.com/  RR Drug on Fb: https://www.facebook.com/railroaddrug/  Homeplace at Midway https://www.homeplaceatmidway.com/  SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BIZ IN KENTUCKY!  #inthistogether Please subscribe to this show, write a review, and rate.  Share with your friends on social media.  Consider supporting this podcast to help me keep it going and share the GOOD NEWS!! It would mean the world to me!  GRACIAS!!! Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
37:06
March 26, 2020
012a Choose 2 Think when Your Heart Is Anxious: BONUS EPISODE March 2020
Let’s talk corona-virus. As Christians, how should we respond? In 4 ways: 1) in obedience 2) by choosing to think 3) by serving others in gratitude 4) by prayer Tune in for a bit of encouragement and inspiration.  Onward, Christian Soldier.   Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
32:11
March 24, 2020
012: Breathtaking YOU (Psalm 139 - Part 3)
This is the concluding part 3 of our study on beauty. You’ll remember in part 1 we discovered just how intricately and intentionally we were formed in our mother’s womb as echoed in David’s beautiful song lyrics from Psalm 139. God is ever present and ever knowing and this offers us much comfort in our journey. In Part 2, we explored beauty in the physical sense and we learned that there are a few god-endorsed action items that we can do that can literally change our physical image and impression. Today we’re going deep to the very bones of who we are so to speak! We’ll discover what it means to outwardly display our inner beauty. This is an echo of last week, but a bit more focused. I offered 3 outer beauty tips and this week we’ll go for 3 inner beauty tips. And my lands! When you’ve got your outer beauty turned on and your inner beauty blaring, well, you will be sizzling! one hot mama or papa, I’d say! Stay connected: my website: https://startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com/ facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ If you like what you're hearing, please consider supporting this podcast.  Click the SUPPORT button here.  This would really encourage me to keep putting God's Word out there. :)  Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
26:08
March 19, 2020
011: 3 Dazzling Beauty Tips! (Psalm 139 - Part 2)
This episode is called Beauty and Her Beast because the quest for beauty and perfecting the outward appearance has generated quite the beast, if you will. Today we’re gonna face off with that beast. You might remember that our series on beauty started last week as we jumped into Psalm 139 and took a look at the time period in his life when David penned this lovely psalm.  We recognized God’s omniscience and omnipresence and were called to action to really examine our thoughts about God and about what He says about us. Let’s go a bit deeper and snapshot societal and trending views on beauty. Is it accurate to say that most folks have struggled or do struggle to some degree with their body image? And finally, is there anything we can do to become more physically attractive?  Tune in to get my 3 Beauty Tips to Become More Attractive! my website:  https://startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com/ Please subscribe to this show, rate and write a quick review.  Consider sponsoring this podcast to help others hear about the transformative power of God's Word.  Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
30:30
March 12, 2020
010: You Are Beautiful from Start to Finish (Psalm 139 - Part 1)
Few folks really  believe just how beautiful they are.  I think it's safe to say that we all may find ourselves chasing beauty from time to time.  In Part 1 of this series on beauty, we will explore the historical backdrop to Psalm 139 and zoom out to see how the magnificent words of this song impact us today.    I'll leave you with a charge to examine your thoughts and beliefs about yourself, how you were created, as well as your beliefs about God. You can opt in to receive ministry updates, read the Start with a Grateful Heart blog among other tidbits and contact info at   https://startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com/ Join my facebook group A Grateful Heart at https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/?modal=admin_todo_tour Please subscribe to this show, rate, and write a quick review for me!  I would truly appreciate it.  Also, if you would like to help me continue to encourage others with God's truths and practical application for 21st century Christian living, please consider supporting this podcast. Thank you! Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
20:02
March 5, 2020
009: The Key to Being a 5-Star Hostess with Annette Grahl
In today’s episode, we’ll shine a little light on the local entrepreneur Annette Grahl of the lovely, historical Scottwood Bed and Breakfast in Woodford County, Kentucky. I loved chatting with her. Grab a tall glass of sweet tea and meander alongside us as we chat about what it’s like to own a B&B, the importance of community, and how to foster gratitude despite life’s setbacks such as loss of job and difficult physical hindrances such as a stroke. Please support our local Kentucky artisans and small business owners.  They're an integral part of what makes Kentucky a great place to live and visit! Scottwood Bed & Breakfast website:  https://www.scottwoodbedandbreakfast.com/ Scottwood on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/innkeeperatscottwood/ Reach Victoria at choose2think@gmail.com www.startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
28:31
February 27, 2020
008: Beholding Beauty when Rejected (Psalm 27 - Part 3)
This is the last episode in our series on rejection where we discover that the only thing we must do to overcome the toxicity that rejection leaves in its wake is to CHOOSE TO THINK. In Part 1, we were challenged to identify those times that we have been hurt, shunned, rejected and to double check to see if we were harboring a bitter root of rejection. In Part 2, we learned how the life of Christ, His example, can melt our hearts and give us a really good reason to desire to forgive those who have wronged us.  We looked at the issue of exactly where we go to find comfort and where we ought to go if we want lasting healing. Here in Part 3, we unpack a few toxic thoughts and learn how to replace them with Truth Leads instead.   Answer the question, friend:  Do you want to be healed? Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
25:01
February 20, 2020
007: Finding Comfort when Rejected (Psalm 27 - Part 2)
Let's dig a bit deeper into the topic of rejection and that root of bitterness that make be lodged in our hearts.   In Part 1, we were challenged to identify those times that we have been hurt, shunned, rejected and to double check to see if we were harboring a bitter root of rejection. Here in Part 2, we will learn how the life of Christ, His example, can melt our hearts and give us a really good reason to desire to forgive those who have wronged us.  We will also look at the issue of exactly where we go to find comfort and where we ought to go if we want lasting healing. Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
26:15
February 13, 2020
006: The Sting of Rejection (Psalm 27-Part 1)
Ever felt rejected?  Less than?  Marginalized?  During those dark days as you process the difficult event, you have the option to choose forgive and move on instead of fostering a bitter root of rejection and bitterness in your heart.   Tune in today to Part 1 to find out how you're not the only one who has dealt with rejection!   Stay connected!  Visit www.startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com. @startwithagratefulheart on Facebook and search for victoriadwalker on Instagram. Also, please rate, review, and share this podcast.   I need your help in getting the word out.  And if you're feeling inclined, you are able to support this work to help others learn to take thoughts captive and operate daily out of a renewed mind.  Just click the listeners' support tab from the main page. Thank you so much, dear friend! Website:  http://www.victoriadwalker.com/ Info for Choose 2 Think when Your Soul Is Hungry digital course: http://www.victoriadwalker.com/courses.html Downloadable freebies, cheatsheets, PDFs http://www.victoriadwalker.com/freebies.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startwithagratefulheart/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriadwalker/ CONTACT:  choose2think@gmail.com Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Choose2Think/pins/ Please consider supporting this show by clicking the Listeners Support tab below.  Thank you so much!
18:23
February 6, 2020
005: When Doing Business is Your Life, not a Lifestyle with Tony Davis
*This interview was my first guest interview ever.   I was ever so sad to learn of Tony's passing in August of 2020 after a tragic accident.  May he rest in peace.    _____________________________________________________ Bend your ear to hear a bit from Tony Davis--entrepreneur, handcrafter, proud US marine veteran, and the owner of Kentucky Knows Bourbon Barrel Coffee and Handcrafted Gifts Shop in Frankfort, Ky.   In this episode, he shares a bit of advice on being an entrepreneur and the importance of gratitude.  You can sign up to receive a newsletter from Tony at https://www.kentuckyknows.com/  On his website you can view several videos about the history of his business, purchase coffee as well as a myriad of handmade barrel crafts. What was Tony's first craft?  He writes:  "Food represents family, home cooked meals, and community. That's when I came up with my first craft; the cutting board. And that's where it all started."  Don't you love that?!  Tony's website is absolutely fascinating!  I found myself lost in time, lost in thought, and really educated in the meantime. Please drop by to see Tony in downtown Frankfort.  Order a cup of coffee and tell him Victoria sent you!   Support our local Kentucky artisans and small business owners.  They're an integral part of what makes Kentucky a great place to live and visit!  Please stay connected! Www.startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com victoriadwalker on instagram and @startwithagratefulheart on Facebook. Email me privately if you'd like.  I'm right here waiting for you!  choose2think@gmail.com  Finally, if you would rate this episode, write a review, share on social media, I would be forever GRATEFUL!  Also, if you like the work I'm doing, please consider supporting the C2T show by clicking the listeners support tab.
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January 30, 2020
004: When a loving God lets bad things happen (Psalm 121-Part 2)
Yeah.  We've all wondered why from time to time.  Tune in to Part 2 of the Psalm 121 reflection to hear a personal story and application of how to trust God no matter our earthly plight. Life is hard, but we are not alone in the journey.  Please stay connected! Www.startwithagratefulheart.weebly.com victoriadwalker on instagram and @startwithagratefulheart on Facebook. Email me privately if you'd like.  I'm right here waiting for you!  choose2think@gmail.com  Finally, if you would rate this episode, write a review, share on social media, I would be forever GRATEFUL!  Also, if you like the work I'm doing, please consider supporting the C2T show by clicking the listeners support tab. Blessings on your week ahead!
25:02
January 23, 2020
003: There's No Plan B (Psalm 121-Part 1)
In this episode (part 1 of our study of Psalm 121 -- the 4th most popular psalm according to google), I set the historical context to the psalm and share something equally delightful and curious about how this song has been and is still being used around the world today.    Want a huge audio treat?  Listen to Psalm 121 PUT TO SONG in Hebrew - it is BEAUTIFUL!!! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBJsK-_RRt8 Some of my references include: www.jewishencyclopedia.com, Easton’s Bible Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, BlueLetterBible and Bible Hub (online references).  If you have found this podcast inspiring and encouraging, please consider joining me on this journey.  Click the Listener's Support tab on the show site in Anchor.  I would be so grateful for your support and prayers!   Please stay connected.    Start with a Grateful Heart website (so many freebies and worksheets to help you CHOOSE 2 THINK by turning toxic thinking into Truth Leads)  A Grateful Heart facebook group - c'mon in!  (a comfy place to count your blessings and pass on the encouragement)  Instagram (lots of pics of beautiful Midway, Kentucky, horses, our spectacular green "oceans," my lovely granddaughter Ella, and of course, Rico the MorKY - my blog mascot!)  Send private messages to choose2think@gmail.com (I will respond personally to each one!) Thanks again for stopping by!  I'm so grateful for Y O U !!! 
24:41
January 16, 2020
002: Make Your Own Birthday Cake (Psalm 91)
One of the secrets to lasting happiness and joy is harvesting the ability you have to CHOOSE.  You can choose what to think about which in turn will affect your emotions and your actions.  Listen to the story of Linda and how when she turned 89, she decided to bake her own birthday cake--just a small example of how she lived her tragic-ridden life with peace, joy, and determination to show the world her love for her Creator.  Also, here's a little gift for you to say THANK YOU!!!!  After you rate this podcast, write a review, and share the link on social media, skip on over to my website.  There you will find that scrumptious black walnut cake recipe that Linda made.  It would mean the world to me to share this with you!   The black walnut cake has become the symbol for perseverance and God's faithfulness in my family.  And you MUST use black walnuts - don't compromise! :)   You might even consider making this cake as a gift of encouragement to someone you know who has lost a loved one or who is struggling with breast cancer.  The day that my grandmother died, two of my dear friends came knocking on my door with this cake in hand.  Needless to say, I was overcome with gratitude and love.  If you have found this podcast inspiring and encouraging, please consider joining me on this journey.  Click the Listener's Support tab on the show site in Anchor.  I would be so grateful for your support and prayers! Please stay connected.   Start with a Grateful Heart website (so many freebies and worksheets to help you CHOOSE 2 THINK by turning toxic thinking into Truth Leads) A Grateful Heart facebook group - c'mon in!  (a comfy place to count your blessings and pass on the encouragement) Instagram (lots of pics of beautiful Midway, Kentucky, horses, our spectacular green "oceans," my lovely granddaughter Ella, and of course, Rico the MorKY - my blog mascot!)  Send private messages to choose2think@gmail.com (I will respond personally to each one!) Thanks again for stopping by!  I'm so grateful for Y O U !!!
25:58
January 9, 2020
001: Lie Down (Psalm 23)
This is the launch episode of the podcast CHOOSE 2 THINK!  Come on in and learn to put feet to your faith as we examine Psalm 23.  You'll walk away with 3 action items to start the new year on the right foot. Please stay connected!  Visit Start with a Grateful Heart to opt in to my monthly newsletter and to download worksheets and guides to help you find joy in this life!  We're in this together!  Find me on Facebook and Instagram.   It would also mean so much to me if you would rate, write a review, and share this podcast on social media.  I really need  your help to get the word out.   And if you've found this show helpful and would like to become a supporter, I would deeply appreciate this!  Just click on the Listener Support tab below.  Spread some love and light today!  Thank you so much and Happy New Year!
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January 1, 2020