Podcasts
There's No Time Like the Present
June 7, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow (or yesterday) but how hard is that?! Luann and Rachel talk about staying present in the moment
Making Smart Financial Decisions
May 31, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We've all done dumb things with our money. Remember that hot-dog maker/retro dress/page-boy hat/etc. you bought? We do, too. Luann and Rachel talk about spending, saving and sharing wisely.
Has It Been 10 Years?
May 24, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Luann and Rachel talk about starting new things, and lessons Luann learned from starting Encouragement Cafe. Happy 10th Birthday, Encouragement Cafe!
The Green-Eyed Monster
May 17, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Envy visits us all from time to time, making us feel short-changed or somehow less-than. Luann and Rachel talk about their struggles with the green-eyed monster, and how to kick him off your ladder to success.
Remembering Mama
May 10, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
This week around the table Luann and Rachel talk about their mothers, their Mother’s Day experiences, and the ways we can all honor those who have mothered us.
Easy Hospitality
May 3, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Does the idea of hosting a get-together send you into a stressed out cleaning frenzy? We get it, however hospitality doesn't have to be complicated. Today Luann and Rachel discuss ways to simplify, relax and enjoy opening our homes to others.
Prepare to be Called
April 26, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Have you ever wondered what your calling is? We believe everyone is called to ministry in some capacity! But maybe you don’t know what your gifts are. Listen as Luann and Rachel talk about their callings and how you can prepare for your call.
Can You Hear Me Now?
April 19, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Can You Hear Me Now? Adventures in Miscommunication - laugh with Luann and Rachel over some funny miscommunications and learn why listening carefully is so hard to do, yet such an important skill.
Working with Others
April 19, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
There are two competing sayings: "Many hands make light work," and "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Luann and Rachel realize both are sometimes true, as they discuss how God calls us to work together in community.
Special Guest Carol Turner
April 5, 2019
Theresa Mills & Carol Turner
What dream has God put in your heart? What if it ended up being more than you even imagined, even after delays in life? Carol Turner from e3Kids International shares how God worked in ways she could never imagine, even after taking years off to care for her family, to turn a dream into a reality. Join us today and be encouraged how God can use each one of us for amazing things for His glory!
Responding When God Speaks
March 29, 2019
Theresa Mills & Grace Mills
It'soften been said that God's first language is silence. Yet how often do we allow ourselves to listen for His voice in the silent moments of life? Join Theresa and Grace at the Cafe as they share their own stories of "Responding When God Speaks."
Living Hope
March 22, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen & Theresa Mills
Ever feel like life is terrible, and worry it will never change? Ever wrestle with depression? What about sleeplessness, anxiety or irritability? Us too. Luann, Rachel and Theresa explore how to move through these times of life with Hope as they talk about mental and emotional health.
Lopsided Relationships
March 15, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Are there people in your life that think differently than you? Ever wonder what’s wrong with them?! Rachel and Luann talk about “lopsided” relationships and working with opposite personalities.
Defining Moments
March 8, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen & Theresa Mills
Do you ever have those encounters in life that make you take a step back and ponder what happened? Join Luann, Rachel, and Theresa at the Cafe as they talk about those life-changing moments... or as some might call them "Defining Moments."
You Are Not Your Backstory
March 1, 2019
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.
Abigail's Choice
February 22, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Does it ever seem that the other person acts so selfishly that they don't deserve your kindness, or acts so foolishly that they don't deserve any grace? That would be Abigail's husband Nabal. Luann and Rachel talk about what we can learn from looking at how Abigail lived with a person like that.
When Good Trumps Great
February 15, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
It's easy to keep busy doing lots of good things. Like helping others. But what if that means you never help yourself, or get around to doing the projects God has called you to do? Rachel and Luann talk about the pitfalls of getting too distracted with good things, and share strategies for making time for the great things.
Travel with a Purpose
February 8, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen & Theresa Mills
Sometimes it's nice just to get a way - to escape from it all. Yet how often do we think of using our travels for spreading the love of God to others? Join Luann, Rachel, and Theresa this week as they share stories of how God used them to make a positive impact on someone else during their travels
Talking to Unbelievers
February 1, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
You probably know someone who doesn't know Christ. What if the things we're saying to them are unintentionally confusing or repelling them? Listen as Luann tells Rachel about a woman she recently met who wanted to know God, but found it to be "over her head."
Work to Rest or Rest to Work?
January 25, 2019
Luann Prater, Rachel Olsen & Theresa Mills
Do you think of rest as your reward for the work you've done? Luann, Rachel and Theresa talk about how hard it is to rest sometimes. However, there is hope, maybe we need to stop doing rest as a reward.
Who Will You Help
January 18, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
At the new year we're often introspective about our life and focused on our goals - which is great! But pause for a few minutes with Luann and Rachel as we turn our gaze outward and ask, who might we help this year?
My One Word 2019
January 11, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
As the new year unfolds, it is common to have many hopes for how this year will be different - how we will be different. Listen as Luann and Rachel talk about how to channel your hopes for change through the lens of a single word for your year. For more information, go to http://myoneword.org/
Risking Rejection
January 4, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We love to dream. We love to think about things we've always wanted to do, but we're often too afraid to venture toward that dream because someone might say 'no.' You're not alone in that struggle! Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we share stories of "Risking Rejection."