It’s coming. 2014. There’s something magical about starting a new year. The opportunity to start fresh with your ideals. To evaluate what is and isn’t working in your daily routine. To consider embracing a new adventure or challenge.

Maybe you are still decompressing from Christmas. Finding places for the new presents. Considering when (or if) you will take down those Christmas decorations. And you haven’t even spent a moment thinking about the new year.

I’m hopeful today’s podcast guest will stir your thoughts and help paint a picture of what a balanced, God-Centered life could look like.


My guest, Tricia Goyer ( “has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope.

She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts,Thriving FamilyProverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine.

Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. She collaborated with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges for Lead Your Family Like Jesus, published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale.”

When I met Tricia I was most impressed not by her resume, but by her heart. Tricia focuses first on God’s desires for her life. Then she (and her husband) narrow their family’s activities to match where God is leading.

During the podcast you will hear how her past challenges (abortion/teen pregnancy) drew her closer to God. How He used past pain to help her serve girls finding themselves in a similar situation.

She also shares some thoughts from her new self-published book, “Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom

” (click title to get a copy, affiliate link). I love her question:

“If you could do anything and know it could succeed what would you do?”. 

Show Notes:

Mount Herman Writer’s Conference

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Revised and Expanded

As we head into 2014, what’s one new thing you feel God leading you to do?

Here’s a little reminder on how to listen to the podcast (thanks Kat from for these steps!).

1. Listen on the blog. Click through to and click the play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one (that I mentioned) in the app store, there is also one called Downcast (that Kat uses). It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (Click here to access via iTunes). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.