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ARDL 208: Fruits of the Spirit: Peace with guest Rachel McMillan

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Rachel McMillan joins Lindsey and Kristi to discuss how our definitions of peace have changed during the pandemic, how we’re learning to find it, and how Rachel’s travel book that didn’t do well and her WWII novel–that’s doing amazing–have given her a new understanding of finding peace in knowing herself and God. 

Meet Rachel McMillan

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. She is the author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries, the Herringford and Watts Mysteries and the Three Quarter Time series of Viennese contemporary romances. In 2020, she released her first work of non-fiction, Dream, Plan, Go: A Travel Guide and her latest historical fiction, The London Restoration. A Very Merry Holiday Movie Guide releases October 6, 2020 just in time for Christmas movie watching season!

Find Rachel hanging out and gushing about books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Show Links and References

  • Episodes in which Lindsey and Kristi discuss the pandemic can be found here and here.
  • Remember Psalty?? Yes, we’re dating ourselves.
  • Listen to Rachel offer wisdom and insight into publishing during the pandemic over at this bonus episode of Friends and Fiction.

Finding peace is not about finding balance–as Kristi referenced with this quote it’s more about knowing that you actually can’t always juggle everything.

Edit Your Life Challenge

You can use this graphic organizer or make your own, but take some time this week to really think about what you can and cannot control. Rather than letting the things you can’t control offer you anxiety, we encourage you to ponder on the fact that knowing you can’t control much is actually PEACE. Because it means that ultimately, life is not completely up to you.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Galatians 5:22

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

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ARDL 207: Fruits of the Spirit: Faithfulness

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Faithfulness. It’s something profoundly connected to God but much more difficult to see manifested in the fallible humans around us. How can we find faithfulness when it feels like there’s none to be had? How do we ensure that we ourselves are working towards faithfulness? 

How long will Kristi let Lindsey ramble? 

All these answers and more in this week’s episode. 

ARDL 206: Fruits of the Spirit: Patience

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Patience. We often think of it as the ability to wait but what if we considered it something active that we could do while we wait? Kristi and Lindsey discuss where they are finding patience difficult, where they are using impatience to their advantage, and Christmas. 

 

Yes. Christmas in September because it’s 2020 so why not? 

 

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ARDL 205: Fruits of the Spirit: Love with Toni Shiloh

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Kristi and Lindsey discuss the all important love with guest Toni Shiloh. Riveting moments include Toni’s method of declaring love to Joe Schmoe, Kristi’s ability to make up stories about total strangers, and Lindsey’s obsession with Wal-mart parking spaces. 

Meet Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.  

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at http://tonishiloh.com

Connect with Toni anywhere:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortonishiloh
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tonishilohwrite
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/tonishiloh
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tonishiloh

But most importantly, check out her latest release The Price of Dreams! Here’s a quick peek:

Ballet has always been my life, but one terrible moment may have destroyed everything I’ve worked so hard for—especially my title of Octavia Ricci, principal ballerina. I thought for sure my physical therapist, Dr. Noah Wright, could help me obtain my dream once more, but he wants more than I’m prepared to give.

I’ve seen firsthand the trials of interracial relationships. I’m a product of one myself and promised I’d never put my hopefully-someday kids through that drama. Everyone keeps telling me to let go of other people’s expectations, but I’m just not sure I can. Besides, if my dreams of returning to ballet are futile, what hope is there in seeking unconditional love?

The Price of Dreams is the third and final book in the Christian Chick Lit series: Faith & Fortune.

Edit Your Life

This week practice showing love and tell us about it!

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

If you enjoy A Rough Draft Life please share with a friend and/or leave a review.

ARDL 204: Fruits of the Spirit – Kindness

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

What is kindness? What do we need to be kind? Does being kind include how we treat ourselves? Is the Golden Rule found in the Bible? 

All of these important questions and more are addressed in this week’s episode. 

Did you know the Golden Rule is actually in the Bible?

Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.

Luke 6:31

There are lots of things we want others to do for us, so why do we not always do the same for them?

Sometimes we forget we have to love ourselves in order to love others. It’s just as important to be kind to yourself as it is to be kind to others.

How can you be kind to yourself? We discussed this in previous episodes about Self Care and Self Worth.

Edit Your Life Challenge

Is there an area of your life where you need to be kinder to someone? Kristi is declaring a KINDNESS-fest on our social media channels this week! Show us your kindness!

If you enjoy A Rough Draft Life please share with a friend and/or leave a review.

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

ARDL 202: Fruits of the Spirit: Self-Control

We often think of self control as something that happens in the moment but what if there’s something more we can do to set us up for a win?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Galatians 5:22

We think of self-control as being in the moment. But what if it’s actually something you plan for?

Lindsey and Kristi discuss self-control for everything from chocolate cake to Old Navy shopping–with a side chat about starting school, talking with boundaries teens, and

If you enjoy A Rough Draft Life please share with a friend and/or leave a review.

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Fruits of the Spirit Intro: Season 2!

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Welcome to Season 2! We’ve got goals like becoming more involved in our Facebook community and finding genuine connection as we all edit our lives together.

We’re kicking off Season 2 with a deep dive into a discussion about the Fruits of the Spirit. If you know the song, we’d love to hear you sing it! Be sure to tag us @aroughdraftlife on all the socials.

We’re starting off with a series looking at each individual fruit of the Spirit. In the introduction we talk about why we’re doing this series and establish where we are coming from as we enter this discussion. And because Kristi and Lindsey can’t seem to stay on track, we may also discuss hand sanitizer caddies, new books, and Hamilton. 

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 NASB

Hope you’ll join us for this discussion about each of these traits the Holy Spirit can help you exhibit in your daily life. We want this to be a practical discussion in terms of right now. So we won’t be going in order as we discuss these characteristics.

Next week we’re diving into self-control as our first discussion–in what we hope is a real life application as your own season shifts back into a school mode–no matter how school looks for your family this year.

We hope you’ll contribute to the conversation whether as part of our Facebook community or through social media comments. We know exhibiting these traits is hard, but that’s why they are considered fruits of the Spirit–you need the Spirit in order to practice these characteristics. Which takes off some of the pressure, right?

Don’t miss Kristi’s new book Vying for the Viscount out this week!

https://www.kristiannhunter.com/BookPage/VFTV

If you enjoy A Rough Draft Life please share with a friend and/or leave a review.

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Something New Summer: Kayaking

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For our last Something New Summer Experience, Lindsey and Kristi both went kayaking! Separately, in different places, so of course they had pretty different experiences. Listen to the episode here:

Takeaways from this experience:

  • Follow the water and just keep paddling.
  • Kayaks are more maneuverable, especially if you’re used to a canoe or a whitewater raft.
  • If you mess up, it’s all on you. There’s no collective group of opinions like when whitewater rafting—and we had no guide.  
  • We’re all in the same river right now, but we’re not all in the same boat. Maybe you’re in a canoe taking on water, a raft skimming along with plenty of friends, or a kayak that you can steer by yourself, but sometimes you get stuck.
  • Sometimes a guide doesn’t make the trip–especially if he leaves you behind. Life is really stressful when you’re trying to keep up with someone else’s pace. We don’t all interpret our trips the same way.
  • Your past experiences can help you make decisions.
  • We expect our experiences to be similar even when they are different trips. Too many expectations can set you up for failure.

Places/People Mentioned:

Wildwood Outfitters on the Chattahoochee (yes, it’s way down yonder)

Shakespeare’s List of Invented Words

Chassahowitzka River in Florida for Manatee Viewing

Recommended Whitewater Rafting

Sometimes people tell you something is no big deal and it turns out to be a really big deal for you.

Lindsey Brackett

Don’t miss our other Something New Summer episodes!

Upcoming excitement!

Don’t miss our new season focused on the Fruits of the Spirit, debuting August 10.

Kristi has a new book! Vying for the Viscount, the first book in Hearts on the Heath series, releases August 4. Join us that night for a fun Facebook Live with prizes, trivia, and plenty of Lindsey and Kristi talking over one another.

If you enjoy A Rough Draft Life please share with a friend and/or leave a review.

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

Something New Summer: Grill a Perfect Steak

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Plenty of guest grill masters featured in this episode.

If you’ve hung around at all, you know Lindsey loves to cook–but not follow recipes. Even if they’re from The Pioneer Woman.

Exception to this rule is pizza dough. It’s 100% Ree Drummond’s.

Lindsey has never grilled because–spoiler!–she’s scared to light the gas grill. But since that grill recently died, she’s feeling better about charcoal. Don’t worry she has an 8 year old grill master to help.

Links:

Grill a Perfect Steak recipe from Food Network

Instant Pot–Lindsey’s intuitive nemesis.

The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pizza Dough

You need a cast iron skillet.

The more often you use something, the more comfortable you are with it.

Lindsey P. Brackett

Join us this summer in trying something new! Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!