• About the Podcast

    As caregivers, self care isn’t optional. We have to take care of ourselves so we can care for those who depend on us! My view of self care isn’t about self-sufficiency, self-fulfillment, or self-righteousness—it’s about dependence on God. You weren’t created to live a life of exhaustion, excuses, or extreme mood swings. You were created to abide in Christ. Self Care and Soul Care for the Caregiver is purposeful and practical. It doesn’t add more to your to-do list—it transforms your to-do list for better fulfillment and efficiency. I hope you’ll listen, and that it will be a blessing to you!

  • 083: What We’re Saying No to In 2022

    In order to make room for all God has planned for us in 2022, we need to say no to some things we’ve been holding on to. Listen as Lauren and Sandra share what they won’t do in 2022 and pray about what God is leading you to say no to as well!  Listen in Your Favorite Podcast App! Quick Links: The Best Yes – Lysa TerKeurst One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Brush Abiding Caregiver Facebook Group You May Also Like: 054: How to Get Unstuck as You Work toward Your Goals 042: Let It Go: The Practice of Benevolent Detachment 012: Solutions for Stressful Seasons Quotes from this Episode: I can do…

  • 082: What I Talk about with My Therapist

    This week I (Sandra) had an appointment with my therapist. It was the first appointment I’ve had since November, so we had a lot to talk about. I thought it would be helpful to share the kinds of things I talk to her about to help take a little of the mystery out of it if you’ve been thinking about whether visiting a therapist would be helpful for you. Listen in your Favorite Podcast App! Quick Links: Abiding Caregiver Facebook Group You May Also Like: 059: Caring for Yourself As You Manage Other Peoples’ Emotions 049: Navigating Complicated Family Relationships with Diane Dokko Kim 038: Managing Your Mental Health with Gillian Marchenko 032: Caring…

  • 081: What We’ve Learned about Setting Goals from Our Kids’ Therapists

    As they are working with our kids, doctors and therapists often help us as parents as well! In today’s episode, Sandra and Lauren share lessons they have learned from their kids’ therapists that they are applying to their own goal setting in the new year. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about setting goals this year, listen in and be encouraged.  Listen in your favorite podcast app! Quick Links: 008: Establishing Habit Triggers Abiding Caregiver Facebook Group You May Also Like: 008: Establishing Habit Triggers 010: Setting a Feeling-Based Goal for Your Marriage 054: How to Get Unstuck as You Work toward Your Goals 058: 6 Ways to Increase Your Step Count Quotes from…

  • 080: How to Choose One Word for 2022

    As we wrap up 2021, it’s time to look ahead to 2022! One way we do this is picking “one word” for the new year. In this episode, Sandra and Lauren walk through their processes for picking one word, including reflecting on what God has done this year and talking about what we hope He will do in the new year. There’s also an invitation to join Sandra, Lauren, and their friends at the One Word for 2022 online conference! Listen to the episode to learn more and get a code for $5 off the conference ticket price!   Listen in your favorite podcast app & buy your ticket for…

  • 079: Why Advent is the Solution You Need

    Advent began last Sunday, November 28th. In today’s show, Lauren shares how Advent integrates into our special stewardship journey and why it is actually the solution we need for this season. Listen in as she shares what her son really wanted, but she could not give him and what happened next.  Listen on your favorite podcast app! Quick Links: One Word for 2022 Purchase Tickets Abiding Caregiver Facebook Group You May Also Like: 055: Celebrating the Sabbath as Abiding Caregivers 050: Reflection Questions for the End of the Year 046: An Invitation to Those Who Have Stopped Praying 038: Managing Your Mental Health with Gillian Marchenko Quotes from this episode: ” I cannot be what the…

  • One Word for 2022

    What words would you use to describe 2021? What words do you hope will describe next year? As we move into 2022, I’m asking God for one word to focus on—one word that He will use to help me grow in godliness and keep me abiding in Him. I want to share that one word with you, and I’ve invited friends of mine who are special-needs moms to share with you what their One Word for 2022 is in this virtual conference! We’ll hear how 2021 went for them and what they are praying for in 2022. They will share the Bible verses God has put on their hearts and how…

  • 078: Hosting the Holidays as a Caregiving Family

    This is episode 78, and today Lauren and Sandra are talking about hosting the holidays as a caregiving family. Together they share genuine challenges and tips for not only surviving the holidays but enjoying them.  Listen in your favorite podcast app! Quick Links: The Lazy Genius Abiding Caregiver Facebook Group Quotes from this Episode: Decide one time how you’re going to do it and don’t second guess yourself, just enjoy. Lauren D Crow We have a saying in our house, ‘Clear communication is kind.’ If I want to be kind to the people coming over, even the people in my house, the clearer I can communicate, the easier it is. …

  • 077: When You Need to Put Everything on Auto Pilot

    This is episode 77, and today we’re talking about putting everything on auto pilot. We talk a lot about decision fatigue on the podcast and in our Facebook group. So we know that eliminating the number of decisions we make is helpful in making life go smoother for our families. But there are seasons when you need to take that up a notch—when you need as many decisions and routines as possible to be on auto pilot. Maybe it’s a busy season at work. Maybe someone in the family is having an extended hospital stay. Maybe it’s an especially busy holiday season with the kids out of school. There are…

  • 076: Gift Guide for Abiding Caregivers

    In episode 76, Sandra and Lauren share gift ideas they think you will love as much as they do! Whether you’re making a list of ideas for someone else to buy for you or looking for gift ideas for others, they have you covered. In the episode you’ll hear ten gift ideas they love for abiding caregivers. And in the show notes at abidingcaregiver.com, they also share ideas for husbands and kids. Sandra and Lauren have you and your family members covered when it’s time to start making those gift lists! We are so excited to share these gift ideas with you! If you listened to the episode, you heard…

  • 075: A Safe Space for Spiritual Pain and the Holidays

    This is episode 75 and in today’s episode, Lauren holds space for those carrying spiritual pain with them throughout the holiday season. Caring for our souls includes acknowledging and processing the spiritual pain that accompanies the caregiving journey and is elevated during this time of year. Listen in as Lauren offers honesty, compassion, truth, and hope for your heart this holiday season.  Quick Links: Abiding Caregiver Facebook Group You May Also Like: 059: Caring for Yourself As You Manage Other Peoples’ Emotions 051: Caregiving Characters and Comforting Stories We Love, with Katie M. Reid // Ep. 51 050: Reflection Questions for the End of the Year 038: Managing Your Mental Health with Gillian Marchenko Quotes from…