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Growing Home Together Podcast

with Rob & Joanna Teigen

Episode 17: How to Grow and Flourish as a Mom When Life is Hard -- with Bethany Howard

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The exhausting realities of the past year exposed our fears and limits like nothing we can remember. As moms, we have felt overwhelmed and tired. Lonely and restless. Sad and even helpless in the face of our families’ struggles. We’ve moved into survival mode, pushing our dreams, needs, and growth to the back burner. What happens to our hearts when life is hard? Do we grit our teeth and press on, trying to be all things to all people? Does our identity get buried under the needs of those around us? Where do our passions and feelings fit into the puzzle of our life? What are God’s thoughts toward us as his daughters?  Today’s guest, Bethany Howard, brings us a refreshing perspective on our identity, our emotions, and our purpose as women. She shares:   Her personal discovery of her passion and purpose, and how she wrote a book during a pandemic! How to become attentive to your inner thoughts, needs, and emotions How to embrace God’s transforming work in your life Why perfectionism is a barrier to moving forward Why emotions are our “superpower” as women and moms How embracing your calling becomes a gift to the ones you love How we can show up for each other on our unique journeys   Bethany Howard is a writer, speaker, and poet whose latest book, Permission Granted ( invites you into a journey of  embracing who you are, cultivating courage, and encouraging you to engage in the community that surrounds you. Bethany has been married for 20 years and is mom to three little people who are growing to be less little very day. The dog, the cat, and her four immediate family members all do their part to chisel her into the person she has the potential to be. She enjoys coffee, music, chocolate, shopping, laughing, reading, writing, and sometimes running but never cleaning. She and her family make their home in Atlanta, GA. Connect with Bethany at and This podcast is produced and edited by Angie Elkins Media, Inc. 
February 02, 2021
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Rob and Joanna have celebrated over 30 years of marriage and are the parents of two sons and three daughters. They share an addiction to coffee, bookstores, and Christmas music. They debate whether two dogs are enough and who should win “The Voice” every season. Rob and Joanna are a neat-freak married to a mess, an explorer to a homebody, and an introvert to a ‘people person.’ But they do agree that their vows are for always, children are a gift, and prayer is powerful.

Over the years, the Teigens have lived in five states as they made their way to West Michigan. Serving as foster parents, marriage mentors, small-group leaders, and authors, they are passionate about helping couples and moms and dads experience the power of God in their families. They look forward to meeting you here, supporting your pursuit of God and the hearts of your loved ones. They can’t wait to grow together with you.

You can find Rob and Joanna, and learn more about Growing Home Together, at
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