Podcasts
Don't Play the Fool
July 29, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
How can you tell if the decision you’re making or the course you’re taking is going to work out well, or be a bust? Where can we turn for wise counsel? Rachel and Luann discuss some foolish decisions they have made and how we can make wiser choices.
Ditching Your Ego
July 22, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Let's face it, friends. We let our foolish pride get in the way sometimes. Honestly, the hardest thing to do is admit when we're wrong. Think about this for a moment. Can our pride stand in the way of our dear friends and family? How will our actions impact their lives? Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we learn to ditch our ego and come together at the table.
Wee Little Man
July 15, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
As a child, were you ever treated poorly by your classmates? Did they ever call you names? Such might have been the case with the wee little man, Zaccheus. As a tax collector, he was hated by many and scorned for his actions. Yet, in the eyes of Jesus, he was someone special. Hear the story of Zaccheus along with others shared by Luann and Rachel at the Encouragement Cafe.
Kiwi or Carrot
July 8, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Think about the analogy between kiwis and carrots. If you slice open a kiwi, you'll find that the color and texture is different from what might be on the outside. On the other hand, if you were to slice open a carrot, you find that it is the same on the inside as it is on the outside. This same analogy holds true with our own lives. How do people see us? Are we the same on the inside as we are on the outside? Which are you - a kiwi or a carrot?
You Are Not Your Backstory
July 1, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
When we look back in our life's past, what do we see? Are we necessarily proud of everything that we have done? For most of us, the answer would be no. In fact, some of us let our past decisions define who we are. This week, join Luann and Rachel at the table as we share life together. May we be reminded that our past does not define us. It is who we are today that makes the difference.
Not Our Job
June 24, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Within our own friend circles, there are a number of unique personalities. Some of us love to laugh at life, while others take a more serious, ponderous look at life. How do we react, however, during those stressful moments of struggle in life? Join Luann and Rachel as we share life together and try to better understand the weight of our words.
New and Improved
June 17, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
They say that the only constant in life is change. Let's face it, friends. Change is not always easy. It's sometimes hard to change, adapt, or adjust with the times. Yet, we often forget that change may be a blessing from God. This week, join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we share stories and experiences of how "new and improved" can be a good thing.
Speak to Yourself Like a Friend
June 10, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We often have a kind word to say to our friend, neighbor, or co-worker. We do our very best to take care of others, but how well do we take care of ourselves? Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as they share their thoughts on how we ought to speak positively to ourselves. Learn this week how to "Speak to Yourself Like a Friend."
The Honor Card
June 3, 2022
Luann Prater & Bill Mangum
It is always encouraging to hear stories of those special people making a positive difference in our communities. This week, join Luann Prater and special guest Bill Mangum as he talks about his work with "The Honor Card" - a special program giving a helping hand to those throughout our region.
The Best Way to Sleep
May 27, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Millions of Americans share a common issue - sleep deprivation. What is it that causes us to have trouble sleeping? While the cause may be different for some, there are a number of things that may help us to recover some of those lost hours of sleep. Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we discuss how simple acts of gratitude may help us get a better night's sleep.
Just Admit It
May 20, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
It's not the easiest thing to admit when we're wrong. Let's face it; as humans, we like to think that we are right and know what is best. The beauty of admitting our errors is that the admission often strengthens our relationships with our family, friends, and colleagues. Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we share life together and realize that sometimes we just need to admit we're wrong.
The Women of Easter
May 6, 2022
Luann Prater & Liz Curtis Higgs
Our sweet friend Liz Curtis Higgs is in the cafe with us talking about her new book "The Women of Easter" and sharing life with us. Grab a cup of your favorite drink and join us around the table.
Christian Goal Setting
April 29, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Whether you're in the corporate world, on a sports team... or maybe you're sitting by yourself with a journal in hand. When you're considering your life goals, how do you tune out the madness in this world, and keep your goals God-authored?
The Rehab Project
April 22, 2022
Luann Prater & Theresa Mills
Have you ever sat down to watch just one episode of a home makeover show on HGTV, but then 2 seasons later you are covered in crumbs and feel like you are ready to take on that DIY project. Well before you grab a hammer, pop into the café with Luann Prater and Theresa Mills for a special treat about how God works on us as His very own makeover. Rest easy, because He's a Carpenter, so He knows what He’s doing.
Second Chances
April 15, 2022
Luann Prater & Cheri Keaggy
Our friend Cheri Keaggy has stopped by today and we can’t wait for you to meet her. She is a talented singer and songwriter that has a beautiful story to share with us today. God has brought Cheri through so much over the years, the road has been bumpy, but beautiful. So, pull up a chair and join us for an amazing journey.
Troublemaker For The Kingdom
April 8, 2022
Luann Prater & Lauree Austin
Our friend Lauree Austin is at the table today. Are you ready to be a troublemaker for the Kingdom? The enemy tries to keep you in bondage to hold you back from what you were meant to be. It’s time to be troublemaker and stop believing the lies of the enemy and stand up knowing you are valued and matter to our King. Now let’s bring the fight to the enemy and make some trouble for the Kingdom!
Embrace Your Age
April 1, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Every age comes with challenges, but every age also comes with a lot of adventures. So, embrace your age, grow from the challenges and don’t miss the adventures!
Time Management
March 25, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Do you manage your time or does it manage you? Luann and Rachel share tips and real-world experiences on lessons they learned about how best to respond to the crunch of time and its demands.
Your Faith Foundation
March 18, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Was there someone that helped you build your foundation of faith. Someone that guided you, poured into, or lived out their faith in such a way that made your faith begin to take root. Now, are you doing that for someone younger than you? Whether you believe you are or not you are teaching someone and building a foundation of some kind…make it one of faith in Jesus Christ.
Silly Girl, Silly Faith
March 11, 2022
Theresa Mills & Holly Holton
What if God takes us to the uncomfortable, the scary, and the painful? Theresa and Holly talk about Holly's unique and powerful testimony of total life transformation and supernatural healing, with encouragement we can all take away.
Nurturing A Grudge
March 4, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Nurturing a grudge is like nurturing a child, because just like a child grows as it is nurtured and cared for, a grudge grows when you don't forgive. When you forgive someone the person that is truly freed is you. Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Take Hold of Faith
February 25, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen & Sharon Jaynes
You cannot move forward in your future until you let go of your past. Don’t get stuck in shame, unforgiveness, resentment, or the past. Let go so you can take hold of faith. Sharon Jaynes is back with us today sharing the stories behind her book, "Take Hold of the Faith You Long For".
Healthy Choices
February 18, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Making healthy choice are always easier with friends. We can do this together!! Healthy choices aren't just for your body, but also for your mind and soul. You are precious and have value...you matter to Jesus.
Rattled in the Right Ways
February 11, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Life can often throw us curve balls - events and experiences that we just don’t see coming. These things can often rattle us and rock our world. Suppose, however, that we became rattled in a positive way? What are the things that grab our attention and set us moving? Join Luann and Rachel as we share in these experiences together.
Where's Your Motive?
February 4, 2022
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
There is so much in life that can throw us off-kilter. From time to time, we have to self-evaluate and find our prime motivation. Join Luann and Rachel as they share stories around the table at the Cafe. Together, we'll answer the question, "Where's Your Motive?"
Make Your Move
January 28, 2022
Luann Prater & Lynn Cowell
One of the greatest struggles faced by many of us is fear. We are presented with a decision or opportunity, and we sometimes can't move forward because of fear. Luann is joined this week by speaker and author, Lynn Cowell. Together, they share their stories and those of women from the Bible. Through these stories, you, too, can learn how to press forward in light of your fears.