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    In this spiritual growth episode of the podcast, Lara interviews Valerie of Val Marie Paper. Val designs wedding invitations and prayer journals.

    Show notes from this episode:

    – Where Val’s faith journey started.

    – Doubts and fears she’s had along the journey – pregnancy and having a newborn.

    – Advice for people new to faith and prayer.

    – Scriptures that have been meaningful for Val: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and the prayer of Jabez

    – What Val’s faith looks like on a daily basis.

    – Some of Val’s resources: The ESV Bible, the Give Me Jesus journal, her gratitude journal.

    – Val’s struggle to make community work while she’s the mom of a young child and runs her business from home. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist has been challenging her on this topic. Lara suggests prayer, taking a leap of faith, and acknowledges the fear that can come with opening yourself up to other people.

    – Journaling allows you to see your heart on paper, and looking back will allow you to see change and progress.

    We’ll be back with a new podcast episode on January 8th, 2015! We pray that you soak up the holidays and the miracle of Christmas over these next couple weeks.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please rate and review it on iTunes. It helps other friends find our show. Thanks for listening!

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    Marianne Tolosa

    In this episode, Rebecca talks with Marianne Tolosa of White Peach Pottery. They chat about how she got started in pottery, pricing of products, wholesale accounts, her story of being adopted and a tragic but instrumental story that happened while she was living abroad in Japan.

    Show notes from this episode:

    – “Being adopted cements in you the idea that you are chosen.”

    – “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27

    – $10 for each of these floral latte mugs sold goes directly to orphan care through UMFS.

    – Don’t take things personally on Instagram.

    – Marianne highly recommends going to the Influence Conference. Ticket prices go up next month so get yours now!

    – Marianne started having panic attacks daily as a missionary in Japan. She learned to rely on the Lord instead of her own strength through this wake up call.

    – The story behind the name White Peach Pottery.


    – Marianne recommends Nancy Leigh DeMoss’  Revive Our Hearts podcast.

    – Check out Marianne’s shop, or connect with her on Instagram or Twitter.

    Thanks for listening to the Influence Podcast! If you’re enjoying our show, please rate and review it on iTunes!

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    December 2014 Member Content

    Hooray!  Today our Monthly Member Download for December is released!

    The Influence Network is a starting place for women to find community and be equipped right where they are.  One tangible way we resource our members is by creating exclusive content that equips women to use their God-given influence for good.  Each month the content follows a theme word, and for December we chose CELEBRATE.

    Each month, along with your complimentary monthly class and access to private forums and groups, you also get access to this monthly packet, including things like a letter from the core team, encouraging videos, stock photos, case studies, printables, and more.  (See a little sneak peek above!)

    If you’d like to join The Influence Network as a member, click here!

    p.s.  Members, to access the Monthly Member Download, click on the “Downloads” page of your member dashboard.