Refine and Restore Podcast with Rachel C. Swanson

Refine and Restore Podcast with Rachel C. Swanson

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The podcast that helps you Refine away the lies in your life that are holding you back and Restore your heart and mind back to what is true. From faith, relationships, purposeful living, personal and spiritual growth insights, Rachel C. Swanson (best-selling author, speaker and accredited coach) provides power-packed insights in 20 minutes or less, guaranteed to transform your life.


38: Crystal Stine - Rest AND Hustle is Holy AND Doable
Jul 15 • 23 min
I’m delighted to bring you Crystal Stine on my podcast today! Crystal is a true gem and knows the difficulties between hustling for Jesus and resting in His presence. Crystal’s passion is encouraging, equipping and inspiring women of all ages to embrace a…
37: Everyone Starts at Zero
Jul 8 • 14 min
Happy Post Fourth of July! I hope you had a good one. Our plans were pretty low key as we are still getting used to the sun that never sets here in Idaho. Honestly, it’s so weird that at 10 pm there’s still light in the sky and we had to wait until 10:30…
36: 3 Life-Changing Perspectives You Need to Adopt
Jul 1 • 9 min
What if I told you that if you took on three simple but radical perspectives and started to truly BELIEVE in this way and view of thinking, it would become life-changing? In episode 36 of the Refine and Restore Podcast I want to challenge to common…
35: Scheduling Less for 3 Things You Want More
Jun 24 • 10 min
We live in one of the busiest cultures in the world. Fast paced, cram packed lives typically define our days. But what if we are missing out on what we truly want more of? What if we need to schedule less to gain 3 things we want the most? It’s episode 35…
34: Michael and Morgan Leblanc - Sacrificing the American Dream to Reach the Unreached as Tribal Missionaries
Jun 17 • 25 min
What would it be like preparing to go overseas for the next 20 years serving in the rural and dangerous parts of an island, learning a whole new language and eventually sharing with them the gospel message? Could you do this if God called you to this…
33: What Does the Bible Say About Healthy Ways to Resolve Conflict in Relationships?
Jun 10 • 30 min
There are healthy ways to resolve conflict with others and then there are unhealthy ways. Often we get caught up in what the world says is best to resolve conflict, but is that really what’s best? In today’s podcast, Ep. 33, I’m excited to bring back my…
32: The #1 Issue That Every Other Issue Stems From
Jun 3 • 22 min
Welcome to the Refine and Restore Podcast with Rachel C. Swanson! In today’s episode, I’m diving headlong into another topic of spiritual growth with my guest and husband, Jeff Swanson. Together, we tackle this idea that every struggle we have, every…
31: Helping Your Spouse Through Depression and Burnout
May 27 • 27 min
We are going deep on this episode today (#31) and I say WE because for this episode (and the following two episodes) my husband Jeff Swanson joins me on the podcast! I’m excited to bring you some insight and wisdom we’ve learned together as a…
30: Erin Weidemann - Stop Pursuing Success and Pursue THIS Instead
May 20 • 30 min
I have to start and say that my guest, Erin Weidemann is the real deal you guys. She is authentic and has her head on straight when it comes to a mindset of Kingdom impact rather than self-led rewards. Erin is the founder and CEO of Bible Belles and…
29: What They Don’t Tell You About How To Become an Author
May 13 • 14 min
It’s Episode 29 in the Refine and Restore Podcast and today I’m revealing behind-the-scenes of what they don’t tell you about how to become an author. I share the parts that make it worth it, but also the challenges I faced and the honest questions I had…
28: Three Daily Disciplines to Revive Your Heart
May 6 • 9 min
What if incorporating 3 daily, simple disciplines in 5 minutes or less could revive your heart and revitalize your life? It’s Episode 28 in the Refine and Restore Podcast and in this short episode, I’m doing a mini-spiritual growth coaching session with…
26: Josh and Christi Straub - Stop Stuffing Down Your Emotions and Start Facing Them
May 1 • 34 min
Welcome back!!! It’s the kick-off of Season 3 of the Refine and Restore Podcast and what an honor it’s been to show up in this digital space with you as we discuss relevant topics about faith, family, relationships, personal and spiritual growth, and…
27: To My Strong-Willed Daughter
May 1 • 19 min
Welcome back to the Refine and Restore Podcast with me—Rachel Swanson!!! Today’s topic has been on my heart for a while. However, it finally felt relevant to share due to Mother’s Day being just around the corner. Do you have a strong-willed daughter or…
25: Emily P. Freeman - How To Discern The Next Right Thing
Mar 19 • 24 min
I’m delighted to bring you my guest today, Emily P. Freeman. Emily is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. She also has a podcast called The Next Right Thing podcast, creating space for the soul to…
24: It’s Okay to Wrestle
Mar 11 • 16 min
So much of the time, we shove away the thoughts. We don’t want to engage or wrestle with them. But friend, it’s okay to wrestle…in fact, this may be exactly what you need to do in order to discover who you are and the truth about God. In this episode…
23: Pivot Don’t Quit
Mar 4 • 11 min
Sometimes, I feel like giving up: on relationships, my kids, my career, and even my faith. But what if there’s a pivot God is inviting you to see with Him? Maybe you just don’t see it yet? In this episode (#23) I share: Areas of my life where I’ve…
22: Ten Intentional Practices for a Less Overwhelmed Life
Feb 25 • 20 min
It’s episode 22 and I’m deep diving into 10 simple and intentional practices that I have put in place over my life in order to have less overwhelm and increase my productivity. This isn’t so much of adding more to the weight of your schedule. It’s about…
21: Jenny Randle - Why Your Soul NEEDS To Tap Into Creativity
Feb 18 • 25 min
I had an entertaining chat with my guest Jenny Randle on today’s podcast. Jenny calls herself a creative ninja which is fitting since she’s an entrepreneur, speaker, Emmy-award winning editor, and wrote a book called Courageous Creative to help unleash…
20: When God Says Wait
Feb 11 • 17 min
Have you ever had to wait on something when all you want to do is press forward? Waiting on a job, for a check, on kids to put their dang shoes on (or maybe that’s just me?) Waiting on God’s promise for something He may have demonstrated to you? Waiting…
19: “I can’t do that because____” Overcoming Excuses
Feb 4 • 21 min
It’s episode 19 and I want to hit this issue I see running rampant in your thoughts and minds of “I can’t do that because ____” You put in an excuse and it keeps you from taking that step of faith to change your life for the better. I also want to tell…
18: When will it be enough?
Jan 28 • 10 min
In this episode, it’s episode 18, I’ve been wrestling with this concept of enough over the past several years and have gotten to a really freeing place of being content with where God has me now. I’ve stopped striving and starting living into this current…
17: Jennifer Dukes Lee - How To Get Your Control Under Control
Jan 21 • 33 min
I had an amazing conversation with Jennifer Dukes Lee in this episode. Jennifer is has actually become such a great friend that I met through social media a few years ago and she is the author of many books, but her recent one is titled It’s All Under…
16: What Was Good For A Season May Not Be Good For This Season
Jan 15 • 12 min
But what was good for a season doesn’t mean it will be good for this season. Or even right for the next season. This is something I’ve been learning. It’s something you need to know too. But you need to know, you have options. You don’t have to have it…
15: “So…I think I may be struggling with anxiety.”
Jan 7 • 17 min
This is season 2 and today I’m sharing about one of the issues I struggle with most: Anxiety. This has been the thorn in my flesh that I’ve struggled with most of my life. At times, I’ve found seasons of peace from this issue. But at other times, I’ve…
14: Stasi Eldredge - Defiant Joy over Choosing Joy
Jan 1 • 29 min
Stasi Eldredge is a best-selling author and co-creator of Ransomed Heart ministries. She and her husband love writing and speaking about the goodness of God despite challenges we face. In this episode, Stasi discusses how you can still claim defiant joy…
13: Grace-filled Goal Setting with a Word for the Year
Jan 1 • 10 min
Welcome back to season two of the Refine and Restore Podcast! Today I’m kicking off the New Year with a shift in perspective when it comes to goal-setting and how I do my goal-setting efficiently and effectively. But first I paint a picture of what goal…
12: Allie Casazza - Living A Simpler Life for Less Overwhelm
Nov 13, 2018 • 31 min
I’m THRILLED to bring you into the conversation I had with my guest Allie Casazza. Allie is the host of The Purpose Show and is the creator of Your Uncluttered Home - an online decluttering course that earned her national attention for her philosophy of…
11: Taking Things One Day At A Time…(part 3)
Nov 5, 2018 • 23 min
This is Episode 11 of the Refine and Restore Podcast titled “Taking Things One Day At A Time…” It’s the last part of our recent faith adventure or ranch story which has taken us from the sprawling city suburbs of Southern California to the rural hills of…
10: A Million Different Pivots… (Part
Oct 29, 2018 • 28 min
Last week, I talked about the beginning and how this whole ranch adventure, my husband quitting his job, the RV and us moving from California to Idaho first started. The decision for my husband to quit his job was the pivotal decision that created a wake…
09: You Have Options (Part 1)
Oct 22, 2018 • 21 min
Have you ever felt stuck and didn’t see any other options for another way out? My husband and I were there not too long ago and we wanted to invite you into our journey and story over the past 6 months of why he quit his job without another one in sight…
08: Rebekah Lyons - You Are Already Free: Anxiety, Achievement Trap and Altered Expectations
Oct 15, 2018 • 34 min
Today’s guest is Rebekah Lyons, a national speaker, bestselling author of You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are and Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own…
07: Lies Christians Believe About Money
Oct 8, 2018 • 15 min
Let’s talk about a few possible beliefs you may have about money (especially if you’re a Christian) that are not fully true and is possibly sabotaging you from experiencing freedom from guilt, shame or greed surrounding this issue. By the end of this…
06: When You’re In Denial About Your Body Image Struggle
Oct 1, 2018 • 12 min
Welcome to Episode 06 of the Refine and Restore Podcast. Today Rachel discusses the struggle with body image, especially when you don’t really think you have a problem with it. Many women flirt on the tip of the line with this struggle or maybe have even…
05: Navigating Rejection from Friends
Sep 24, 2018 • 17 min
I think we’ve all experienced the pain of rejection from friends. The sticky and hard moments that come up when navigating this issue. I candidly share in this podcast episode (#05) about a severed friendship but what God taught me and is continuing to…
04: Liz Griffin - Testimony of Gratitude Amidst Life-threatening Conditions
Sep 17, 2018 • 33 min
Liz Griffin and her husband are pastors of a church in Texas, with four children, and the journey she’s been walking through over the past 6 months has been anything but easy. She had a stoke, two brain aneurysms, and a tumor on her thyroid (some are…
03: The Power of Sharing Your Testimony
Sep 10, 2018 • 18 min
How do I share my personal testimony when it involves others? How much do I say? What if my testimony isn’t really all that special, should I still share it? I’m afraid to share because of alienation from friends and family! In this episode, Rachel…
02: When God Speaks But It Doesn’t Go As Planned
Sep 4, 2018 • 24 min
I’m sharing my very personal story of the journey my husband and I went on because of God’s leading. However, it didn’t go as planned in the end. Often when this happens, we question whether or not it was true, or wonder if we heard God correctly. We…
01: “I don’t have what it takes…”
Sep 1, 2018 • 12 min
Welcome to the Refine & Restore podcast with Rachel C. Swanson! In this episode, Rachel addresses the negative voice in our head which often says, “You don’t have what it takes.” It’s common for many of us to let this thought run rampant in our minds. But…
Episode 00 - Why this podcast?
Aug 7, 2018 • 14 min
Welcome to the Refine & Restore podcast! In this early pre-release episode where I (Rachel) discuss why there’s a need for this podcast, what it’s all about, and one powerful life-changing insight God shared with me a few years ago that will change your…