Encouragement for You
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Encouragement for You

Don Hawkins
Encouragement for You is a weekly podcast designed to give you Christ-centered encouragement to help you face life’s most challenging problems. Each episode features Don Hawkins talking with individuals who can address the specific encouragement needed for relationship challenges, mental health issues like depression and anxiety, achieving financial stability, and much more.
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Overcoming Stress and Anxiety
February 22, 2024 - 21 min
For many people life recently has been hard. Financial challenges, health issues, busy schedules and uncertainty about the future all seem to complicate our day to day experience. Dan Cathy has a gift for encouraging people who are going through hard times and he shares encouragement as he talks with host Don Hawkins.   When we go through hard times one common product is anxiety.  We become worried to the point of distraction over finances, the future, and other factors. Dr. Frank Minirth Co-authored the book Worry Free Living and he provides insights into overcoming anxiety with host Don Hawkins. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Aging Biblically
February 14, 2024 - 22 min
We’ve all heard the phrase, “growing old gracefully” as something to be obtained, but Sat-7 president Dr. Rex Rogers suggests we consider the alternative: growing old Biblically. He joins Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins to discuss the subject of aging. Few people understand the needs of seniors like Don Sapaugh the founder and CEO of restoration senior living. In our next segment he and host Don Hawkins discuss the distinctive needs of seniors. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How to Beat Burnout
February 7, 2024 - 19 min
John Coleman is a pastor, life coach, and psychologist.  He joins host Don Hawkins to discuss dealing with depression. Have you found yourself exhausted recently? Todd Nevins is a christian life coach and pastor and he offers encouragement for those who feel exhausted. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How to get Unstuck
January 31, 2024 - 23 min
So how are you doing with you’re New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re like many of us, you haven’t been totally successful in keeping them. Mike Sonneveldt is the co-host of the Self Evident podcast and he joins host Don Hawkins to talk about how to get unstuck from New Years Resolutions. Christian Psychiatrist Dr. Frank Minirth was a frequent guest of Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins on his radio broadcasts over the years.  In this segment of Encouragement for You, Dr. Minirth talks about The Bible, behavior and brain chemistry.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Simplify your Life
January 24, 2024 - 23 min
Have you noticed how complicated life has become these days? All of our electronic gadgets were supposed to simplify things! But with schedules packed to the limit and more things to keep up with, our lives need simplifying. That’s what Dr. Greg Smalley, vice president of families at Focus on the Family and his wife Erin will discuss with Encouragement for you host Don Hawkins. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Medicare Moments with Toni King
January 17, 2024 - 16 min
Toni King is known as America's Medicare life coach and she has been a frequent guest on the live call in show Encouragement Live with Don Hawkins. In today’s episode Don was her guest in Toni’s new podcast Medicare moments Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Dealing with the Emotions of Cancer Diagnosis
January 11, 2024 - 21 min
 Despite recent medical advances in cancer treatment, many people still consider a cancer diagnosis to be a death sentence. Fear, Depression, anxiety and other emotions are common. Dr. Gary Oliver has been treated for a number of cancers, and he and host Don Hawkins discuss dealing with the emotions that accompany dealing with a cancer diagnosis.  For decades, Christian psychiatrist Dr. Frank Minirth and Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins answered listener questions on a variety of subjects over live call in radio. In our next segment they respond to callers on mental health issues.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Start Your Year off with Forgiveness
January 3, 2024 - 19 min
Steve Saint is the son of one of five men who were killed by the Waodani Natives of South America in 1956. Steve later adopted the man who killed his father as a member of his own family. In our opening segment, Steve and host Don Hawkins talk about forgiveness and reconciliation. Many of us are concerned with starting the year off with habits that contribute to good health. Best selling author and family physician Dr. Walt Larimore joins host Don Hawkins to talk about health issues on our next segment.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Encouragement and Insight into Overcoming Depression
December 27, 2023 - 19 min
According to Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins, longtime Chick-fil-a CEO Dan Cathy has a gift for encouraging people. During our first segment they discuss this important subject.  Have you or someone you know been struggling with depression? If so, according to the late Dr. Frank Minirth there’s help and hope available. Dr. Minirth and host Don Hawkins respond to callers who are asking about the subject of depression.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Preventing Holiday Burnout
December 20, 2023 - 22 min
The Christmas season is an incredibly busy time, and when you add in financial pressure and potential conflicts with relatives there’s a potential for holiday stress to lead to burnout.  John Coleman specializes in helping people as a pastor, certified life coach and therapist.  He joins host Don Hawkins with help for overcoming holiday stressing burnout.  The theme of holiday stress continues in part two of the episode as Don responds to listeners who have called in. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Meet Your Host
Meet Your Host
Don Hawkins, the host and executive producer of the live Saturday evening call-in program Encouragement Live, serves as President/CEO of Encouragement Communications.

Don is a veteran of Christian live call-in programs. He was the original Host and Executive Producer of the Minirth-Meier Clinic, a pioneering broadcast combining Christian counseling in a live call-in setting. He also served 8 years as co-host and producer of the Back to the Bible radio broadcast, and hosted his own live weekday call-in program Life Perspectives for over 20 years.

Don has authored or co-authored over 20 books, including Never Give Up, Master Discipleship Today, How to Beat Burnout, Leadership Under Fire and Friends in Deed.
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