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Ep. 588 - Forgiving Mom’s Killer and Abusive Adoptive Parents Fostered Freedom - Joanna Lynne Torres

April 11, 2024 • Tina Griffin

At just two years old, Joanna Lynne Torres watched her mother get murdered at the hands of a stranger. She managed to escape while the killer was discarding her mother’s body in an alley. Sadly, this was not the end of Joanna’s painful journey. She experienced abuse during her time in the foster care system as well as within her adopted family, which wounded her further. However, Joanna was able to go to therapy at the age of 19 and find a path toward healing and forgiveness that eventually paved the way for her to become a pregnancy and adoption counselor. With such a horrendous childhood, Joanna can speak to the power of forgiveness better than most, and she credits her relationship with Jesus as being a major reason.



TAKEAWAYS


Forgiveness gives you compassion that you didn’t know you had and can facilitate unexpected and powerful healing and restoration


Cycles of abusive behavior can continue if a person doesn’t step into their journey of seeing why they need to heal or change


Joanna was able to forgive the man who murdered her mother in an incredible act of strength


Forgiving those who have done us wrong allows us to be free of that painful memory



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Ep. 611 - Your Kids Will Devour This New Whimsical and Intriguing Adventure Series - Chad Stewart

May 22, 2024 • Tina Griffin

What began as a simple idea has morphed into a series of bestselling books for Chad Stewart, the creator of the world of Britfield and the Lost Crown - and the many books that take place in its rich story universe. The book is currently in development to become a film, and Chad explains the spark of inspiration and international travel that grew into the adventurous series of kids books that have captured readers’ attention across the world. 55 percent of the books’ readers, in fact, are adults! The series follows the adventures of a young boy and his friend Sarah who escape from a harrowing orphanage in Yorkshire, England. Their journey takes them far past the horizon and beyond in this series that is sure to fascinate your kids this summer! TAKEAWAYS Creativity and communication are the most important and useful skills to have and are encouraged in this book series Kids can learn about different areas of the world and immerse themselves in British culture while reading The film adaptation of the world of Britfield is coming soon There is a stage adaptation of “Britfield and the Lost Crown” 🛠 TOOLS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE Donate to Counter Culture Ministries: https://bit.ly/3wganmo Britfield book trailer: https://bit.ly/4b78iyd Britfield books: https://www.britfield.com/store/http://www.britfield.com/store 🔗 CONNECT WITH CHAD STEWART LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-stewart-mba-ms-b7b36720/http://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-stewart-mba-ms-b7b36720 🔗 CONNECT WITH BRITFIELD Website: https://www.britfield.com/http://www.britfield.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialbritfieldhttp://www.facebook.com/officialbritfield Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialbritfield/http://www.instagram.com/officialbritfield X: https://twitter.com/britfieldworld 🔗 CONNECT WITH BRITFIELD INSTITUTE Website: https://www.britfieldinstitute.org/http://www.britfieldinstitute.org 📢 THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY TUVU (sign up for free 30-day trial): https://web.tuvu.com/sign-up?promocode=counterculturemom  Epic Will (get 20% off with code TINA): https://www.epicwill.com/tinahttp://www.epicwill.com/tina  Capstone Legacy Foundation: https://capstonelegacy.org/ 🔗 CONNECT WITH COUNTER CULTURE MOM https://linktr.ee/counterculturemom 📺 WATCH OUR PREVIOUS SHOWS https://bit.ly/fpmccmshow 📲 GET OUR APP & FREE PARENT MEDIA GUIDE http://bit.ly/landingpageccm 💵 SUPPORT THE MISSION 2023 Recap & 2024 Goals: https://bit.ly/ccm23impactreport Make a Tax-Deductible Donation: https://counterculturemom.com/partner

Ep. 610 - Streamline Family Road Trips With Fun Activities and Easy Packing Strategies - Erin Port

May 21, 2024 • Tina Griffin

Planning a fun and fulfilling road trip for your family this summer doesn’t have to be a drag! Just ask Erin Port, the founder of Simple Purposeful Living. Erin is also an author and podcast host, and she is an expert at simplifying life so that it’s more enjoyable for everyone. She shares her top tips for organizing an effective road trip when there is a car full of kids to think about. She suggests everything from road trip games to efficient packing techniques that involve ditching the traditional suitcase and embracing organizational containers. Use your time with your family in the car to build relationships, have fun, and explore the world together - stress free! TAKEAWAYS Maximize space when you travel and try to stay somewhere along the way with a washer and dryer to minimize the need for extra clothing Packing cubes are really effective when it comes to utilizing space in the trunk of your car Your job as a parent is to “set the tone” for the road trip, so have fun with it and keep it stress-free Don’t forget to have a TRAVEL CHECKLIST when you’re planning a trip 🛠 TOOLS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE TBN K-LOVE Fan Awards: https://www.tbn.org/specials/klove-fan-awards K-LOVE Fan Awards: https://www.klovefanawards.com/http://www.klovefanawards.com Travel Planner Printable: https://bit.ly/44exan2 Road Trip Blogs: https://bit.ly/3qaqqui 🔗 CONNECT WITH ERIN PORT Website: https://simplepurposefulliving.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplepurposefullivinghttp://www.facebook.com/simplepurposefulliving Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplepurposefullivinghttp://www.instagram.com/simplepurposefulliving YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@simplepurposefullivinghttp://www.youtube.com/@simplepurposefulliving Podcast: https://erinqe.podbean.com/http://podbean.com Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/simplepurposefulliving/http://www.pinterest.com/simplepurposefulliving 📢 THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY Capstone Legacy Foundation: https://capstonelegacy.org/ Ascent Nutrition (get 10% off with code TINA): https://goascentnutrition.com/tina Jase Medical (get a discount with code TINA): https://bit.ly/jaseccm Epic Will (get 20% off with code TINA): https://www.epicwill.com/tinahttp://www.epicwill.com/tina  🔗 CONNECT WITH COUNTER CULTURE MOM https://linktr.ee/counterculturemom 📺 WATCH OUR PREVIOUS SHOWS https://bit.ly/fpmccmshow 📲 GET OUR APP & FREE PARENT MEDIA GUIDE http://bit.ly/landingpageccm 💵 SUPPORT THE MISSION 2023 Recap & 2024 Goals: https://bit.ly/ccm23impactreport Make a Tax-Deductible Donation: https://counterculturemom.com/partner

Ep. 609 - Achieving a Dream Summer Vacation Without Breaking the Bank - Kirsten Maxwell

May 20, 2024 • Tina Griffin

Have you always dreamed of traveling? Are you ready to take that leap with your family this summer, but unsure where you should go? If that sounds like you, you’ll love Kirsten Maxwell’s helpful websites, “Kids Are a Trip” and “Groups Are a Trip,” where she offers travel advice for domestic and international adventures, travel guides, and incredible ideas on how to save money and pack light. Kirsten narrows down her top three travel locations that may surprise you! She also dives into how you can travel wisely and earn travel points to spend on hotels or earn airline flier miles. If summertime travel is stressing you out, you won’t want to miss Kirsten’s key pointers on how to travel with young kids or teens and make life-long lasting memories! TAKEAWAYS Make sure you have travel insurance so you are covered no matter what happens during your vacation Use a credit card that will help you build points and establish brand loyalty with your favorite hotels or airlines  Keep track of your kids by dressing them in bright colored clothing, getting them trackable watches, and having them wear a lanyard Italy, U.S. National Parks, and Prince Edward Island in Canada are some of Kirsten’s favorite family-friendly tourist destinations 🛠 TOOLS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE GABB wireless (get $25 off with code TINA): http://gabbwireless.com/promo/tina  Kids Are a Trip Travel Guides (get 20% off with code TINA): https://bit.ly/3uh2sth Allianz Travel Insurance: https://bit.ly/3uzwhfs 🔗 CONNECT WITH KIDS ARE A TRIP Website: https://kidsareatrip.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kidsareatriphttp://www.facebook.com/kidsareatrip Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidsareatriphttp://www.instagram.com/kidsareatrip X: https://twitter.com/kidsareatrip YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/kirstenmaxwellhttp://www.youtube.com/c/kirstenmaxwell Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kidsareatrip/http://www.pinterest.com/kidsareatrip 🔗 CONNECT WITH GROUPS ARE A TRIP Website: https://groupsareatrip.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/groupsareatrip/http://www.facebook.com/groups/groupsareatrip Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/groupsareatrip/http://www.pinterest.com/groupsareatrip 📢 THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY Jase Medical (get a discount with code TINA): https://bit.ly/jaseccm Epic Will (get 20% off with code TINA): https://www.epicwill.com/tinahttp://www.epicwill.com/tina  TUVU (sign up for free 30-day trial): https://web.tuvu.com/sign-up?promocode=counterculturemom  🔗 CONNECT WITH COUNTER CULTURE MOM https://linktr.ee/counterculturemom 📺 WATCH OUR PREVIOUS SHOWS https://bit.ly/fpmccmshow 📲 GET OUR APP & FREE PARENT MEDIA GUIDE http://bit.ly/landingpageccm 💵 SUPPORT THE MISSION 2023 Recap & 2024 Goals: https://bit.ly/ccm23impactreport Make a Tax-Deductible Donation: https://counterculturemom.com/partner/