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The Gems of Motherhood podcast features amazing gems of mothers from all walks of life. Each week you’ll hear interviews, stories, as well as resources and actionable tips that you can implement in your daily life to be the best gem God has called you to be. I look forward to walking this journey with you. Visit our website at https://gemsofmotherhood.com/ for more information.
 
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The concept of vaccine passports, which would entail providing proof of COVD-19 vaccination to gain access to normally accessible venues and services, has ignited a fierce debate in Canada. What are the benefits and trade offs associated with the policy? Would it successfully encourage vaccine uptake among those hesitant to get their jabs? What unf…
 
Certain conversations should be non-negotiable in your house. But when should you have them? And how? Tough conversations are just that—tough. Either way, we still need to have it. My guest Bev Berrus will be talking about how to have hard conversations with your children. “We have to prepare our kids for the world to live in the world and not bein…
 
A homemaker is defined as “one who manages a household, especially a wife and mother. This career is important enough to demand a woman’s diligent preparation, commitment, full energy, and great creativity. Today my guest Beverly Berrus talks about the high calling of a wife and mother. “As wives and mothers, we’re in the business of shaping and pr…
 
September 4th, 2021 marks a grim anniversary for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor; it is their 1000th day of arbitrary detention at the hands Chinese authorities, as part of the regime's retaliation for the lawful arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Canada's lack of action in response to Beijing's hostage-taking has signaled to the international co…
 
Now we all want well behaved children, but kids often misbehave. Having difficult conversations with children is hard. Yet, In today’s podcast, Stacy Bellward talks about The Power of Questions. She shares concerning the importance of asking questions. The opposite of asking is telling. And telling does not work. We often get into these patterns in…
 
In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a test of resilience for Canada's Parliamentary system. One illustrative example would be the case of the firing of two scientists from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. In order to prevent the release of documents related to these firings, the federal government took the extraordina…
 
Every child learns differently. While some children strengths are reading or writing, others learn more effectively through hands-on activities. There are three primary defined learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. This week’s podcast, my guest Melinda Ledman will talk about identifying your children’s learning style. Melinda is a full…
 
My guest Pastor Michelle Soto continues in Part 2 of “Mothers Arise.” Pastor Michelle shares how her ministry was birthed through prayer. Whatever your situation is, nothing is too small or too big for God. “Don’t ever think that your prayers are not heard by God. Your prayers are mercies stored up.” Michelle also shares practical ways to teach our…
 
Foreign regimes, particularly China, Russia, and Iran, are engaged in efforts to threaten and intimidate critics and activists around the world, including in Canada. However, despite this clear threat posed by foreign actors against Canadians, the federal government has failed to meaningfully act to address this coercion. To discuss this issue and …
 
Standard Christian parenting isn’t getting the job done. This is a call to all Christian mothers, we need RISE UP. Today my guest Pastor Michelle Soto will be speaking in Part 1 of 2 series entitled “Mothers Arise.” Michelle shares about the role of mothers and she uses Deborah from the Bible as an example of a Godly mother. Searching deeper into D…
 
A healthy identity comes from understanding how truth gives us insight into ourselves. Truth told, our deepest yearning is to understand where we came from, and what is our purpose in this World. Our significance comes from the Creator. In this week’s podcast, my guest Quina Aragon will talk about Helping Kids Recognize their Identity in Christ. Th…
 
The Bible is the most important book ever written in history. And what could be more important than teaching kids to read the Bible? Teaching kids the Bible is the single most important experience in guaranteeing your kids are successful. Today my guest Erin Davis will be talking about helping children fall in love with the Bible. Erin shares that …
 
Disability is a subject which is confounding and difficult to reconcile. If you live with a disability you often think why did God allow this in my life. If you have children with disabilities, it can be even more gut-wrenching trying to safeguard your child and at the same time trying to make sense of it all. Each circumstance comes with its disti…
 
There are great spiritual lessons from God’s Word about the concept of a lasting legacy. For many of us, we know that if we don't intentionally pass along our beliefs and values to our children, it will be filled by our culture’s beliefs and values instead. Today we’re going to be talking with mother-daughter duo, Teresa Conlon and Kate Hughes abou…
 
Happy Canada Day! While this greeting might seem like standard fare on July 1st, there are growing calls by a vocal minority to stop celebrating Canada Day (and indeed, Canada more generally). In this latest episode of Pod Bless Canada, MLI Domestic Policy Program Director Aaron Wudrick spoke with Professors Ken Coates and Christopher Dummitt to ma…
 
When people become parents planning for the future becomes a priority and requires a greater level of accountability, responsibility and wisdom. Today we’re going to be talking with mother-daughter Chrystal Evans Hurst and Kariss Farris about Leaving a Legacy that will Outlast You. Coming from a family with an incredible legacy, they both share exa…
 
Kids are very different, the world and culture are extremely different and normal Christian parenting isn’t getting the job done. As Christians parents, we need to start thinking outside the box about our parental role. My guest Denise Mira discusses Revolutionary Parenting and what it means. To be revolutionary means to take drastic and far reachi…
 
In the latest episode of MLI's Pod Bless Canada, MLI Senior Fellow Dr. Shawn Whatley speaks with Dr. Martha Fulford, associate professor of infectious diseases at McMaster University, about how Canadian policy makers have handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fulford describes a mindset that has taken hold and has not evolved since the early days of t…
 
In the latest episode of Pod Bless Canada, MLI Senior Fellows Balkan Devlen and Christian Leuprecht discuss Canada's presence in Eastern Europe and Canadian contributions to NATO missions in the region.Devlen and Leuprecht go on to discuss why a Canadian presence in Eastern Europe matters, and what can we learn from missions like the Enhanced Forwa…
 
Kids seem to be in constant transition so much these days. And parents are just trying their best to keep up. Sometimes it’s really difficult to tell how a child is doing, especially if we’re not being extra aware of what is happening in their lives. My guest Michelle Nietert talks to us today about the warning signs to look for to ensure our kids …
 
As blue-collar work is being devastated, Canada’s natural resource sector continues to be a pillar of stability and opportunity in the economy. On the latest episode of Pod Bless Canada, MLI Domestic Policy Program Director Aaron Wudrick and MLI Munk Senior Fellow Philip Cross discuss Cross' latest paper titled “A national project: How oil sands in…
 
This world has a completely different point of view about gender identity than the Christian worldview. This difference causes hesitancy in many when the subject is broached. To be honest, it is such a difficult topic to talk about with adults, now think about how difficult it is to talk about it with our children. My guest Denise Shick addresses t…
 
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has many valuable and vital elements. It outlines a range of rights and standards to provide measures of social, economic and cultural justice to Indigenous peoples. However, the federal government's proposed legislation to implement UNDRIP is unacceptably vague, noncommitt…
 
Motherhood is one of the most fulfilling journeys life offers, but it is exhausting. Add work outside the house to the mix, and you may find yourself stretched very thin. Today my guest Lila Rose shares her experience balancing her career with motherhood. Lila shares how intense a career can be routinely, yet when you add the wrinkles, like events,…
 
As mothers we all struggle one way or another because the juggle is real! Today my guest Jill Savage will be talking about no more being perfect. What we chat about The pressures of needing to be the perfect mom The comparison game How does the pressure affect children emotionally and mentally Expectations vs realistic hope…
 
In this week’s podcast, my guest Melissa Vande Kieft shares her story about eagerly waiting on God while coping with infertility. Infertility is not an easy situation; you feel social pressure to have kids and you feel judged by well-meaning friends, family members, or even strangers. It is a journey, even if it is lonely and grounded in fear. “Thi…
 
In this week’s podcast, my guest Mo Isom Aiken shares about the secret of having true intimacy with our first love based on her third book, Fully Known. A mom’s job is hard and important work. And the only way we can perform this work is through God’s spirit and His love. His spirit is already poured out for us to receive. And His love is a functio…
 
Beijing's sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system has further crushed democractic hopes in Hong Kong. The new measures, which by passed Hong Kong's legislature, aims to ensure the majority of the city's lawmakers will be selected by a reliably pro-Beijing committee. The Hong Kong government has also announced more electoral system changes…
 
In this week’s podcast, my guest Ruth Graham shares about the miracle of forgiveness. When we live with unresolved anger or hurt, the result is nearly always bitterness, broken relationships, and unhealthy behaviors. Unforgiveness if left unresolved can sabotage our entire life from the spiritual to the mental to the physical. Ruth Graham shares he…
 
Launched in 2020, DisinfoWatch is the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s new COVID-19 and foreign disinformation monitoring and debunking platform. During the COVID pandemic, it has become increasingly evident that western democratic societies are more exposed to malign foreign and domestic actors seeking to confuse and polarize our societies through co…
 
The Bible is the most important book in history. In this week’s episode, Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright talks about how to make the Bible come alive to our children. She shares how she presented her daughter with the Gospel from the moment she was born and talks about Bible stories with her children at all times. “I try to always tell them stories. I want…
 
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