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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Creating Meaningful Holiday Traditions
December 14, 2023 - 20 min
Many people think of the Christmas season as the happiest time of the year, but for others this is a time when they struggle with depression.  The late Dr. Frank Minirth invested years into helping those who struggle with depression and he joins host Don Hawkins on our first segment  In this segment of encouragement for you, Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley tap into some of their own family holiday traditions to offer encouragement and help for developing yours. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The Value of Relationships
December 7, 2023 - 21 min
Dr. Greg Smalley is the vice president of families for Focus on the Family and he joins Host Don Hawkins to talk about true love. The book of proverbs is filled with verses about the benefits of authentic friendship, for example: as iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. In our next segment host Don Hawkins and Dr. Gary Oliver explore the friendships of men.   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Solutions for Stress and The Maze of Medicare
November 29, 2023 - 20 min
The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas may be one of the most stressful times of the year. If you’re feeling stressed out, stay tuned as faith based life coach Rodney Love joins host Don Hawkins to discuss solutions for stress. Medicare’s annual enrollment has about another week to go, and when it comes to medicare Toni King says, “What you don’t know will hurt you.” Toni and host Don Hawkins discuss a book they collaborated on called The Maze of Medicare.   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Surviving Parenting
November 22, 2023 - 24 min
Erin Smalley is a licensed Christian counselor and her husband, Greg is the vice president for families at Focus on the Family. In our first segment, Greg and Erin join host Don Hawkins to talk about parenting and marriage.  In virtually every relationship, there comes a time when the need for forgiveness is present. Sometimes forgiveness can be difficult, though.  From his years of experience in Christian counseling, therapist Brad Fairchild joins host Don Hawkins to talk about the importance of choosing forgiveness. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Living Through Hard Times
November 16, 2023 - 22 min
For some individuals, physical and emotional needs are so severe they demand hospitalization. For others, counseling or even encouragement through the local church can meet those needs. In our first segment, the late Dr. Frank Minirth and host Don Hawkins explore four levels of care. The late Robert Crummie became friends with Encouragement for you host Don Hawkins while Robert served as president of Carver Bible College and Don was president of Southeastern Bible College. In this segment Robert, who lost his wife to cancer, and Don talk about living with hard times. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The Maze of Medicare and Caring for the Needs of Seniors
November 9, 2023 - 21 min
Recently America’s Medicare life coach, Toni King and Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins released a book they co-authored titled The Maze of Medicare. In our first segment they talk about the medicare annual enrollment period. Don Sapaugh is the founder and CEO of Restoration Senior Living and the co-author of the book, The Search for Peace. In our second segment he and host Don Hawkins discuss how to meet the needs of seniors. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Prayers for Peace
November 1, 2023 - 23 min
In a recent episode of the Encouragement Live radio show, SAT-7 president Dr. Rex Rogers and host Don Hawkins discuss the Hamas attack on Israel and its implications for an expanded war in the middle east. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Stewarding your Resources Well
October 25, 2023 - 22 min
For many of us today, handling our personal finances constitutes a major challenge.  Charlie Germany has invested many years in the field of money management with Ronald Blue and Company.  In today’s first segment Charlie and host Don Hawkins explore how to handle your money. The late Dr. Frank Minirth was board certified in psychiatry and neurology, which means he was doubly experienced in issues relating to the human brain. During this segment Dr. Minirth and host Don Hawkins talk about ways to prevent damaging your brain. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Does God Speak to us Today?
October 18, 2023 - 23 min
Have you ever heard God’s voice speaking to you audibly? That’s a question many christians have asked. Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins talks with missions authority Steve Saint about that question on our first segment.  Life today is extremely stressful for many of us and the key is discovering how to balance our work and the rest of our lives. From his many years of experience as CEO of Chick-fil-a, Dan Cathy talks with host don Hawkins about how to achieve a work life balance.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Where to Turn in Mental Health Crisis
October 12, 2023 - 18 min
During these challenging times depression, anxiety, addictions, and other mental health issues often lead to a crisis and people wonder where to turn.  From his years of clinical experience, therapist Brad Fairchild joins host Don Hawkins to talk about where to turn when you encounter a crisis of this kind. Schizophrenia doesn’t affect everyone, but when it does it impacts not only the individual but the family as well. During our next segment of encouragement for you, the late Dr. Frank Minirth and host Don Hawkins provide insight and encouragement. 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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