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Welcome to The Messy Table! An imperfect space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who’s at work in our mess. And guess what? Today’s episode with my good friend, Tina LaTurno, is no different.

“Your past will never not be your past, but you can choose your future.” —Tina LaTurno

Tina and her sweet family have been in the face of suffering throughout the past several years, as her husband Charlie has weathered through severe health issues. BUT THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN UP. Tina is a mom, pastor’s wife, and follower of Christ. She’s a bundle of energy and incredibly ornery, as well as one of the most servant-hearted people I know. She reminds us that REGARDLESS of what we face, through Christ we can win the day. By His strength we can keep going.


Books: How to Have a New Kid by Friday | Weird | Daring Greatly | Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

Podcasts: The Messy Table Podcast | Craig Groeschel’s Leadership Podcast | Elevation Church Podcast

Websites: Charlie’s post: How I’m Winning at Life Despite Chronic IllnessTed Talks | Neuro-Acupunture InstituteLife.Church | Bible App

Study: Join us for The Messy Table: A 7-Day Bible Plan for Women

Connect: Find Jenn, Tina, and The Messy Table Podcast via Instagram

Welcome to The Messy Table—an ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who’s at work in our mess. Today, for Episode 25, Amy Groeschel and I are chatting with the absolutely charming Sandra Stanley—who is simply a breath of fresh air.

Sandra is the mom of three grown children, wife to Andy Stanley—founder of North Point Ministries, a foster mama + advocate for kids from hard places, and an author of two devotional books: Comparison Trap and Breathing Room (see GIVEAWAY details below). She is super down-to-earth and has the most soothing southern accent. Trust me, I could’ve chatted with her for DAYS.

“The shortcut to contentment is a heart of gratitude.” —Sandra Stanley


This conversation is packed with all of the topics mentioned above, as well as how to navigate various seasons of life/marriage/motherhood and the learned wisdom that comes with facing challenges. We also highlight two really important issues, especially among women, like (1) the never-ending trap of comparison, and (2) the temptation to constantly overextend ourselves—leaving little to zero breathing room.

I didn’t realize how much I needed this conversation until it happened! You’ll love it too, I promise. So grab your coffee, pull up a chair, and join us at The Messy Table.


GIVEAWAY! Simply share this episode on social media or tag three friends (six for double entry, nine for triple entry—you get the picture) to enter to win a copy of one of Sandra’s books: Comparison Trap or Breathing Room. Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 24th!

BOOKS: Delighting in the Trinity | The Pursuit of God | Everything Happens For a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved | The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating

BIBLE PLANS: The Messy Table: A 7-Day Bible Plan for Women | Comparison Trap | Breathing Room

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Life.Church | Life.Church Sisters | North Point Ministries

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Welcome to The Messy Table—an ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who’s at work in our mess. Today’s guest is my gorgeous friend, Ruth Russo, who is even more stunning on the inside. She’s a pastor’s wife, mama of three, and one of the most genuine, compassionate, and faith-filled women I know. But that doesn’t mean trusting God comes easily to her (or to any of us), especially when life gets scary and uncertain.

“Courage is doing it scared.” —Jill Briscoe

In this episode, Ruth divulges the traumatic way in which she discovered that her oldest daughter had type 1 diabetes, as well as what it’s like—as a mother—adapting to and journeying through such massive life-changes. Ruth also explains why she and her husband recently packed up their house, uprooted their family, and moved to a new state.

She’s daring to trust God with everything she has and invites us to do the same. So grab your coffee, pop in those earbuds, and join us at The Messy Table!


Books: Unreasonable Hope | Artisan Soul

Podcasts: Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast | Mosaic – Erwin McManus

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7


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The Messy Table is an ordinary and unforced space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who’s at work in our mess. For Episode #23, Amy Groeschel is joining me in the co-hosting chair as we chat with Shanna Crawford, an amazing woman from our Life.Church Sisters ministry who has a radical—even scandalous—story.

Shanna and her husband, Jerome, are the visionaries and cofounders of a ministry called Komeo, which is focused on caring for a specific group of orphans in Sierra Leone, Africa. She’s also the biological and adoptive mama to a slew of awesome kids, a seasonal missionary, and a lover + teacher of God’s word. That all sounds precious and sacrificial, doesn’t it? But as we know, there’s a messy story behind every pretty picture.

There’s a messy story behind every pretty picture.

If you met Shanna today and heard about her passionate love for the Lord, you would have NO IDEA she’s been freed from the chains of abuse, drugs, and her past life as a stripper. God—in his mercy—pursued Shanna, just as he pursues you, and brought her from a place of extreme darkness to illuminating light. Her story is loaded with the scandalous grace of the redeeming gospel and, trust me, you do not want to miss it!


“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

Books: One Thousand Gifts | 31 Days of Praise | Screwtape Letters | Trusting God | Lies Women Believe | God’s Guidance | Mere Christianity | Pursuit of God | Daring to Hope | Kisses From Katie | Women of the Word

Podcasts: Revive Our Hearts | Gateway to Joy with Elisabeth Elliot | Craig Groeschel’s Leadership Podcast | Elevation Church Podcast

Blogs: The Gospel Coalition | Revive Our Hearts | Desiring God


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