Season Two

Season 2 of Grow on the Go podcast for women finds Donna and Kevann talking through  10 Smart Things Women Can Build a Better Life, hearing from other women about letters they’d write to their younger selves, and interviewing difference makers to mention a few topics discussed this season.


Season 2 Episode 29Author to Author – Catherine Storing: Journalling Your Way Out of the Past.  Today’s guest author, Catherine Storing, is a writing coach among many other things. Her work caught my eye because she teaches on the practice of journaling. As a compulsive journaler myself, I was especially interested in her work in teaching people how to journal their way out destructive patterns and past baggage. Our discussion today meanders around our own personal journaling practices and how just getting our thoughts down on paper can help us process them in a healthy way, leading to healing and spiritual growth.

Season 2 Episode 28Author to Author – Ruth Chou Simons: Words, Art an Seasons of the Heart.  Meeting Ruth Chou Simons has me totally geeking out about art, words and seasons. It is kind of amazing how many things Ruth and I have in common: our love of art, writing, and even our publisher! But Ruth has accomplished something I’ve never figured out how to do: bring her passions of writing and painting together. In today’s podcast, we talk about her beautiful devotional book and explore the ebb and flow in our relationship with God and why dry spells aren’t necessarily a bad thing.

Season 2 Episode 27 – Author to Author – Lynn Cowell: What Sister Wives Teach Us About Confidence.  In today’s podcast, I meet fellow author Lynn Cowell to talk about her new Bible study on confidence. We chat about confidence and why that’s a topic she wanted to tackle. We look specifically at how making choices out of healthy confidence—not fear— can affect our relationships through the lives of Michal and Abagail who oddly, were both married to Israel’s King David.


Season 2 Episode 26 – Author to Author – John Van Sloten What Walmart Greeters, Nurse and Astronauts tell us about God.  In this podcast, I host pastor, professor, and writer John Van Sloten in the studio. Together we discuss his new book Every Job a Parable which, by the way, was a heart and mind-expanding read. God has given John a fascination with identifying something (and sometimes many things) about our work generally, and specific jobs, in particular, that helps us experience the presence of God and learn more about Him. Think your job is menial or meaningless? Have a listen and think again!

Season 2 Episode 25Resolve Relationships: It’s Not Okay – Choosing to forgive someone doesn’t mean that what happened to you is okay. It means you are evicting an unwelcome tenant (pain) from your life. Kevann and I get really practical about the actual process of forgiving someone. We talk about how long it takes, what to do when it seems it’s not working and what it feels like when you reach the end.


Season 2 Episode 24Resolve Relationships: The Shape of Justice – Forgiveness is so terribly hard because we have a strong sense of right and wrong. We want wrongs to be righted. Learning to let someone off our hook means we need to understand that God holds justice in His hands, and He is always just. In this podcast, Kevann shares a deep wound even I was unaware of and how she is claiming back her dignity by walking the path of forgiveness.


Season 2 Episode 33Resolve Relationships:Forgiveness and Alternative Therapies – If you are alive on this planet, you have been wronged. This podcast finds Kevann and me talking about painful wounds in our early lives. I share what an unfortunate confrontation with a duck taught me about alternative therapies to forgiveness. We all have choices to make when we get hurt and while forgiveness isn’t the most intuitive choice, it is the only when that helps us reclaim our power and dignity.


Season 2 Episode 32Living Generously – How to Get Rich Quick – Hanging on to money just isn’t good for us. Kevann and I look at the “curse of the lottery” and how giving, not getting is the recipe for joy. We also dig into the extravagance of God and how, when we really grasp it, it inspires joy and generosity in us.



Season 2 Episode 31Why Living Generously is Worth It – This Grow on the Go podcast finds Kevann and me discussing both the obvious and not so obvious upside and downside to giving. Our conversation finds us admitting our times of stinginess and what we’ve learned about the joy of giving when we took the risk to be generous. We also unpack what the Bible says about the profound link between joy and giving.


Season 2 Episode 30Ask the Right Questions: Not Why, but Who and What – When life takes a bad turn we often ask God, why? But if we know what kind of a God He is, that He is compassionate, committed and in control, we don’t really need to know why. Having acknowledged that, Kevann and I talk about who Jesus revealed God to be, and that he can handle all our questions.


Season 2 Episode 29How to Stop Trying to Control the Universe – This podcast finds Kevann and me discussing how we first learned we are natural control freaks and how learning to surrender that desire to God makes life so much easier. Our meandering conversation takes us from breastfeeding to atomic physics and lands on Colossians 1:16-17. We also unpack what Romans 8:28 really means when it says, “All things work together for good”


Season 2 Episode 28Lambasting God and Other Ways to Manage Your Emotions – There are really only three or four ways we can manage our emotions and most of them are destructive. Kevann and I look these and talk about their consequences. Then we talk about the outrageous way David dumped his overcharged on emotions on God and why that works.



Season 2 Episode 29How to Stop Trying to Control the Universe – This podcast finds Kevann and me discussing how we first learned we are natural control freaks and how learning to surrender that desire to God makes life so much easier. Our meandering conversation takes us from breastfeeding to atomic physics and lands on Colossians 1:16-17. We also unpack what Romans 8:28 really means when it says, “All things work together for good”


Season 2 Episode 28Lambasting God and Other Ways to Manage Your Emotions – There are really only three or four ways we can manage our emotions and most of them are destructive. Kevann and I look these and talk about their consequences. Then we talk about the outrageous way David dumped his overcharged on emotions on God and why that works.


Season 2 Episode 27Managing Your Emotions When Someone Pushes Your Buttons – Kevann is back with a new last name! Together we explore why certain people or experiences trigger disproportionately strong emotions in us. Our emotions are like an early warning system for our hearts but they don’t always tell us the truth. In this podcast, we talk about how we can teach our heads to talk to our hearts and the value of telling ourselves the truth.


Season 2 Episode 26Making Spaces : Watching Your Gauges – While Kevann honeymoons, Victoria and I talk about two more areas where we need to make space in our livesto live with freedom. The first is in our finances. We chat about how our values surrounding our use of money determines not only how much we spend but how we spend. If we fail to monitor our financial gauge, it can leak into every other area of our lives and if we don’t pay attention to our spiritual gauge we can miss the point of life entirely!


Season 2 Episode 25Making Space: Your Energy Account – Victoria and I continue our discussion on ways to make space in our lives in the areas of our emotional and physical energy. We talk about the consequences of no negative space in areas like resenting people close to us for having needs and even burn out or depression. We can’t “honour God with our bodies” unless we are aware of our emotional and physical energy levels and what we can do to refuel.

Season 2 Episode 24Making Space: It’s About Time – This week, we begin a new series all about making space in our lives. Filling in for Kevann is my niece Victoria Erhardt and we talk about how the design concept of negative space can apply to our schedules. We discuss the idea of Sabbath and how many Christians feel more guilty for not working on Sunday in violation of culture’s values than for working in violation of God’s. Listen to thoughts from both business and Bible that reveal how taking time to nurture our spirits and relationships actually makes us more productive.

Season 2 Episode 23Difference Makers: Kendall Delamont – For some people teaching is far more than a job, it is a calling and a divine assignment. My older daughter Kendall is someone who goes to school each day looking to heap love on kids that are sometimes not very lovable. I’m excited to have her share some stories with you about the way she’s seen stubborn love become a powerful change agent in the lives of kids.


Season 2 Episode 22Difference Makers: Becky Matchullis – My dear friend Becky is one of the wisest, most compassionate people I know. Having experienced her skilled coaching in a period of my life when I felt stuck, I wanted our listeners to hear about the difference she makes, especially in the lives of people in transition. Who knew that being asked the right question at the right time could make so many lights go on so that the world suddenly makes sense?


Christian women's speaker Donna CarterSeason 2 Episode 21Difference Makers:Randy Carter  – I have some difference-makers right in my own family. At long last, I introduce my husband Randy (and Kevann’s dad) to our Grow on the Go followers. Randy and I chat about his volunteer work in a local school and how through a simple breakfast program he has managed to smuggle Jesus into a place rife with social and economic problems.


Season 2 Episode 20Difference Makers: Kaura-lea Dueck – Donna reconnected with a childhood friend of Kevann’s who is definitely a difference maker! I remember Kaura-lea Dueck as a shy little ballerina from birthday parties, but now she has grown up to be a warrior who fights for the physical and spiritual freedom of sexual slaves in Thailand. She shares the process of God calling and preparing her for a mission she could never have envisioned for herself— and also the joy that she experiences in bringing the light of God’s love into some very dark places.

Season 2 Episode 19Fighting Back : How to Handle Satan and Sin in Your Daily Life – Kevann’s experience in the wrestling ring (of all places) acts as a springboard to discuss Paul’s teachings about how we handle our daily run-ins with Satan and his forces. We talk about practical ways to reduce his sway over our lives and how to recognize his involvement. We also recognize God’s hand in holding back evil and Paul’s teaching in Thessalonians about the day that restraint is removed.

Season 2 Episode 18Follow the Leader – Everybody is influenced by somebody. Parents, teachers, and celebrities can be a wonderful example or a terrible warning. Kevann and I talk about influence: those who’ve influenced us, the ways we discovered our influence over others, and Paul’s influence on the early Christians of Thessalonica. They were so impressed by his leadership that it changed them in ways that affect the way Christians are viewed to this day.


gotg - owners guideSeason 2 Episode 17An Owner’s Guide to Sexuality – Like the residents of first Century Thessalonica, we are living in a culture that is more than sexually permissive. It is sexually insistent! This is having an effect on today’s Christians just like it had on those addressed by the Apostle Paul in these letters. In this podcast, Kevann and I chat about how we can apply Paul’s teaching to those who want to maintain their purity today.


ian-schneider-108618Season 2 Episode 16Game plan for a New Year – We open 2018 by chatting with my friend, Life Coach, Becky Matchullis. What are the pros and cons of News Years Resolutions? Are they healthy or even effective? Becky gives us practical suggestions for making this year better than the last by giving us great questions to ask ourselves as we transition from one year to the next.



gotg - hope of emmanuelSeason 2 Episode 15The Hope of Emmanuel – As Christmas approaches, Donna and Kevann talk about the name given Jesus: Emmanuel. Understanding what that really means, even in our worst-case scenarios, can change everything. Knowing that God is with us is the beginning of all hope whether the season of life we are in is beautiful or excruciatingly painful.


gotg female friendly gospelSeason 2 Episode 14The Female Friendly Gospel – In this podcast, Kevann and I talked about why Luke is estrogen compatible. Luke’s perspective on Jesus interactions with women was different from the other gospel writers because he was not Jewish. Kevann was very excited to learn that Jesus really was a feminist. Listen and learn why we come to that conclusion.



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Season 2 Episode 13The Humanity of Jesus – Why He Never Dipped into His Divinity. – In this first of two episodes on the Gospel of Luke. Kevann and I talk about the humanity of Jesus and how it is truly amazing that in his 33-year lifespan, Jesus never once played the God-card. He disguised his divinity so that he would be “in every way like us except without sin.” Listen to find out why it’s so important that Jesus never dipped into his divinity while he lived on earth.


gotg social media and authenticitySeason 2 Episode 12Is Social Media Taking Away from Authenticity and Intimacy? – How authentic are you online? For a lot of people, it’s more fiction than biography. Kevann and I chat about the relationship between authenticity and intimacy. We look at ways overuse of Facebook can cause envy, disengagement with real friends and even depression. I introduce some ways to reflect on our use of social media and realize we are so much more valuable than the total of our “likes” we get each day.


gotg - okay to break up via text imageSeason 2 Episode 11Is it Okay to Break Up with Someone via Text Message? – Unpack some recent research about technology’s effect on our Emotional Intelligence and learn ways we can grow our empathy muscles.



toxic tech part 1Season 2 Episode 10Is Technology Making Life Better or Worse? – Can tech turn toxic? On this episode of Grow on the Go, Kevann and I debate whether technology is making life better or worse in a new multi-part series.



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Season 2 Episode 9Christians and the Occult (Part 2) – Can Satan read our minds? In this continued discussion, we address that question and also ways we can unknowingly invite Satan’s influence in our lives.



Christians and the OccultSeason 2 Episode 8Christians and the Occult – Some areas like engaging in witchcraft and refusing to forgive others are directly approached in the Bible and others could be considered grey areas.


Dear Younger MeSeason 2 Episode 7Dear Younger Me – Recognizing God’s Love – Joyce Rempel shares how God used everything from books to awe-inspiring natural phenomena to bring her closer to Him and create a spirit of gratitude.



Terry-Schmidt-768x432Season 2 Episode 6Dear Younger Me – Holding Plans Loosely – In the latest episode of Grow on the Go, long time friend Terry Schmidt discusses how she learned to give control to God and trust in His promise.



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Season 2 Episode 5Dear Younger Me – Lead with Love – This week’s episode of Grow on the Go continues our Dear Younger Me series, only this time, the tables have turned! I (Kevann) ask my Mom (Donna) about some of the big changes she’s gone through in the past few years. We discuss how childhood fibs, the love of performing, and the desire to “sparkle” (her word, not mine) were all symptoms of the fear of not being enough. We also chat about how God used some seriously disheartening experiences to show Donna how to lead with love.


Donna-and-Kevann-Carter-e1506439130389-768x432Season 2 Episode 4Dear Younger Me – Look Inward, Love Outward – Kev’s openness about the competition she engaged in and the resulting hatred she felt for other girls and women is something that I believe will resonate with all kinds and ages of women. The two of us chat about the paradigm shift that enabled her to drop out of the competition, appreciate the art and accomplishments of others, and enjoy being your unique self. She leaves us with a profound passage from The Message, Galatians 6:1-5.


christian-gertenbach-141756-768x432Season 2 Episode 3Dear Younger Me – In Spite of Myself

Donna’s new friend Hilarie shares what she has learned and wishes she knew long ago. Having only become a Christian in her forties, she had a lot of unhealthy choices to overcome and patterns to conquer.




Season 2 Episode 2Dear Younger Me – Finding Your Voice – Donna talks to her 70 something friend Helene about recently learning to freely express her true self. Helene long feared losing love if she ever honestly voices her opinion. In speaking to her younger self, she describes how she overcame that fear and what it’s like to find your voice after so many decades of leaving her thoughts unexpressed.


Dear Younger Me - Shirley ThiessenSeason 2 Episode 1Dear Younger Me – From Entitlement to Gratitude – Grow on the Go listeners will hear from women with a variety of life experiences with letters to share. This week, I’m chatting with my friend Shirley Theissen about how a traumatic loss in her forties taught her to live in surrender to God, rather than expecting God to reward her “good behavior” and obedience with blessings. As Shirley tells her younger self what she wishes she knew much earlier in her life, other younger women can lean in and learn from Shirley’s experience.