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Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, discouraged or anxious about life’s problems and challenges? Join me, Tamara K. Anderson, each Wednesday to hear real stories and lessons learned through adversity’s refining fire with God's help. You will hear interviews from normal people (just like you) who have had scrapes with death, been fired from jobs, survived the death of a loved one, experienced extreme health challenges, mental illness, or disabilities. My mission is to provide motivation, inspirat ...
 
The shortest novel by far of Charles Dickens', Hard Times is also one of his most idea based works. In it, he launches a scathing attack on the prevailing fashion of believing in Utilitarianism, a philosophy that proposed the goal of society should be “the greatest good for the greatest number of people.” Dickens felt that such a philosophy saw people as mere statistics and not as individuals. The novel was published in serial form in his magazine Household Words. It is also the only novel w ...
 
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Do you have true faith--meaning you are okay if you or your loved ones aren't healed? If not, listen as I share a personal story of how I worked toward that ideal. Episode Discussion Points The question of “Do I have the faith not to be healed?” A story in my life where I realized that I didn’t have that kind of faith yet when Nathan was diagnosed …
 
Becca didn’t let her paralysis keep her from living her life fully, but kidney disease tested her faith and led her to have a deeper connection with Christ she never had experienced before. Episode Discussion Points Winning a contest that took her to New York Being paralyzed from the waist down since she was a baby Having and ignoring the thought s…
 
Kenneth Earl may not have had the best start in life, but like the sun he learned the foundational principles he needed to rise—all due to his angel mother. Episode Discussion Points We discussed what being a naval cryptologist means How his mother influenced His life with a lot of love—even though she was a single mom What inspired him to write hi…
 
Chani has had many experiences in her life where she has felt completely worthless and like she isn’t enough. She shares several amazing tips to help combat our inner critic. Episode Discussion Points A story when Chani felt like she didn’t measure up and wasn’t enough “I’m a nobody,” feelings 6 Tips on how to combat those feelings Hack—at the top …
 
I share the story of an experience I had when I was completely overwhelmed thinking about the super-busy schedule I had the next day and how God taught me the exact steps to take to replace anxiety with peace. Episode Discussion Points Story of me feeling anxious when I looked at my busy, packed schedule. 3 steps I took during prayer which complete…
 
Daniel shares an epiphany which led him on a path to discover and experience God's abundance, which we can all tap into. Episode Discussion Points Sometimes God puts us in an environment where we are a bit uncomfortable and we can rely on Him as we enter new and different things. How he was raised and what his father taught him about seeing all peo…
 
I share a story from my childhood where playing in a rocking chair taught me an important lesson we can all apply today. Episode Discussion Points Story of my sisters and I giving each other “roller-coaster” rides on a rocking chair. It was all fun and games until someone (me) got hurt. Parallels to our day and our life with not trusting the arm of…
 
Andre Norman thought he'd spend the rest of his life in prison until God gave him an epiphany which changed everything! Episode Discussion Points He learned how important it was to follow instructions (the recipe) when he did a culinary class in prison, and since he has been released from prison he applies that same principle to life. The path that…
 
Are you feeling worn out—like you can’t go on? There are three principles in the Bible which teach us how to best solve this problem—and it revolves around learning to take care of ourselves. Episode Discussion Points I tell the story of Putt-Putt the car which I drove when I went to college when I was younger. I didn’t keep up on the maintenance a…
 
Liz Kazandzhy has been so worried about her family in the Ukraine. She shares some of God’s powerful lessons to her since the war began and how she’s been able to find moments of peace. Episode Discussion Points A funny story about making brownies Her personal connection to the Ukraine, serving a volunteer mission there How she ended up marrying a …
 
With the war starting between Russia and the Ukraine I have been pondering war and what we can do to help ourselves when we are faced with physical and spiritual battles. 3 Keys to Remember in Times of War God is Omniscient This means God knows everything and this war is not a surprise to Him We can find evidence of this when we read in Matthew 24 …
 
Jodi Reynosa's life didn't go as planned. She experienced multiple detours and struggles in her life—including finding a tumor in her brain. Episode Discussion Points Jodi compares her life to being in a car, ready to go and then then feeling like she is driving with the brakes on. Then, when she finally figures out how to go full speed a roadblock…
 
Why do we sometimes walk through muddy patches in life? It slows us down and it's no fun. Here are 2 lessons I learned after a muddy hike which apply so well to life. Episode Discussion Points The story of hiking the Canyon Overlook trail in Kolob Canyon (part of Zion National Park) with my family 5 years ago. We happened to do this hike in January…
 
Within a period of a few days Leisa’s husband was diagnosed with cancer, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their daughter went to the hospital. In today’s episode she shares tips on how you get through heavy times with your sanity and even with joy. Episode Discussion Points Leisa has had many points in her life where it has both rained…
 
Have you ever thought, “Something needs to change around here,” when looking at your family? I invited my friend Mike Richards on to share a insightful poem and we chat about how changing something in our families starts with one big step. Episode Discussion Points When Mike shared this poem at an author retreat a couple of years ago, it really imp…
 
On an all new Hard times Podcast, Matt and Bill sit down with Foo Fighters and Me First and The Gimme Gimme guitarist Chris Shiflett! They talk pro boxers eating habits, backing tracks and Hulk Hogan’s Metallica audition. Available wherever you get your podcasts!
 
As a homeless mother of six children, LaTarsha Holden began having dreams that she was speaking to people all over the world. On today’s episode she shares her journey from homeless to PhD and motivational speaker. Episode Discussion Points How she went from being homeless and being squatters living in an abandoned house to getting her PhD. What a …
 
A few weeks ago I had a listener reach out with a question about how she can learn to trust herself after being abused. Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife joins us again to answer this question. Question From a Listener "I was sitting here, going thru some rather rough moments the past few days with this journey of healing from abuse that I'm on, and came…
 
Can a person with a bipolar disorder live a normal life? Julie didn’t know she had a mental health issue until she was in her late twenties, and once she got help learned to thrive. Episode Discussion Points Changing the World One Story at a Time As a teen she started exhibiting symptoms of Bipolar disorder, but didn’t get diagnosed until her twent…
 
On the Hard Times Podcast, we have our first virtual band, Lauren Lavin and Karter Mycroft from Fluppies! They chat with Matt and Bill about World War 2, fisheries and Fluppies’ multimedia project, ‘Los Suelos, CA’, releasing February 15th
 
The story of my son getting stuck on a boulder has some amazing life lessons and parallels we can draw from it about leaning on God and trusting Him to help us get unstuck. Episode Discussion Points The story of my son Jacob getting stuck on top of a boulder outside of Yosemite National Park. How I saw him and sent my husband to help him down. What…
 
There was a day when the lights seemed to go out in Sara’s daughter, and the struggle for her life began as she battled depression and suicide. She shares the hard lessons learned as she struggled to find God in her extremity. Episode Discussion Points Why she loves to read more than watch movies Why life not turning out the way we expect can be a …
 
We're closing out the year with a whole new show entirely. Enjoy this special episode of Bill's other podcast Vert Button and have a happy New Year! What's the common thread between tight pants, dyed black hair, and disco punk? Foundation's 2004 classic "That's Life." Join the Vert Button crew as they talk about all the big rails, big slams, and ba…
 
Merry Christmas! As my gift to you this holiday season, I wanted to share with you the story of my newest story, A Broken Down Holiday: One Mother's Journey to Finding Christmas Again. Enjoy listening and have a joyful season. #tamarakanderson #storiesofhopeinhardtimes #podcast #hope #God #hardtimes #story #holiday #christmasstory #abrokendownholid…
 
What do you do when you have a family mystery in your family history? Is there any hope of resolving unsolvable adoptions? Listen to Wendy share the story behind how she became a genetic genealogist. Episode Discussion Points What she does as Vice Chair for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Art/Heritage contest each year. What got her into …
 
What lessons can we learn from Mary the Mother of Jesus? I have found several which we can apply to our lives today. 5 Lessons from Mary Mother of Jesus These lessons are taken from the Bible in Luke 1:28-44 When we feel troubled, continue trusting in the Lord. God calls ordinary men and women to do extraordinary things. It's okay to talk to God an…
 
An aneurysm left Jeff paralyzed, but with miraculous perseverance he pushed himself daily to not only walk, but live life to its fullest. Episode Discussion Points As a 5-year-old the aviation bug bit him as he watched planes take off and land You don’t get do-overs in life, so spend time with family and loved ones while you can. Live with no regre…
 
On an all new Hard Times Podcast, Harms Way frontman James Pligge chats with Matt and Bill about the perils of keeping up with fashion, the purpose of keeping edge and teaching kids when you look like the front man of a hardcore band. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.
 
Some of the amazing miracles that happened as I felt God guiding me to start a new project--writing a holiday booklet, A Broken Down Holiday. Episode Discussion Points The phone call and invitation to participate in a book signing with Richard Paul Evans which started the process. The idea that popped into my head at the airport of the story I shou…
 
Episode Discussion Points She was born during WWII in Czechoslovakia, and her family escaped to Denmark She immigrated to the United States alone as a 19-year-old A year after she came to California she married her husband and began to mother his two children. They eventually had 4 more children. The day that changed everything when her husband’s a…
 
Tired of being tempted and not knowing what to do? Today we look at a pattern Jesus used to battle temptation with the truth and see how we can apply it today. Episode Discussion Points Tired of all of the adversary’s increasing temptations Go through the story in Matthew 4:1-11 where Jesus is tempted How Satan says “if” to make us doubt Jesus knew…
 
Sheldon has battled depression, impulsivity and negative thoughts for many years, and in this episode he teaches tips and tactics to overcome these challenges and replace them with positivity. Episode Discussion Points Some of the fun things he has built with his kids Mythbusting the perfect person/family “Everybody is fighting a battle you know no…
 
Just what do baby chick hatching, a little boy under a blanket and feeling like God is forsaking us have in common? On today’s episode we talk about all three of these and how they teach of a merciful God who wants what is best for us. Episode Discussion Points Story of my son’s Kindergarten teacher having baby chicks hatch in her classroom How my …
 
On today’s all new Hard Times Podcast, drummer Josh Freese joins the pod to talk session drumming, playing gigs at Disneyland and possibly but probably not meeting Johnny Depp. Available wherever you get your podcasts and make sure to get Josh’s new album out on October 29th!
 
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