The Importance of Strong Friendships with Julie Bagwell and Frieda Younts

Frieda, Carol and Julie

My guests for this first podcast episode are my two very best friends, Julie Bagwell and Frieda Younts. We’ve been friends for 26 years! Over time we’ve experienced lots of ups and downs but have remained close through it all. How did we do it? By being honest and real with each other, for one thing, but mostly by building our friendship on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
In this episode we talk about how hurts and jealousy, especially in a group with three friends, can be easy to fall into. But instead of letting them fester we bring it out in the open and talk about these things in the spirit of love. A friendship is work, but it’s so worth the reward.

Blueprints for Building Your Spiritual Dream Home: Gathering Around the Table

Gathering around the table

  My mother has always had a thing about sitting around the table at supper. When the food was set out, she’d have one of us turn off the TV and we had to focus on each other and talk—or sit and chew in silence. Most nights we talked. And talked. And talked. Because my … Read more

Blueprints for Building Your Spiritual Dream Home: The Essential Element Needed for Integrity of a Home


    Home. The word can be meaningful and lovely. Or painful and ugly. One’s perspective of home is usually formed by a mother. Even if a situation is frightening or unpleasant, a family commonly looks to the mother to inspire hope. To let them know everything is going to be alright. God created women … Read more

Blueprints for Building Your Spiritual Dream Home: Envision Your Dream Home

Nothing gives a peek into a family’s lifestyle better than designing their dream home. I know because I’ve been drawing house plans for over thirty years. There are the typical questions—how many bedrooms, how many baths, how much square footage. But beyond that, I need to know what quirks the family has, what desires top … Read more

Blueprints for Building Your Spiritual Dream Home: Where Do I Start?

proverbs 14:1, wise woman, blueprints

  I’ve always had a passion for houses. From cozy little cottages to grandiose estates, houses have intrigued and inspired me. As a nine-year-old I remember trying to put the puzzle pieces of a home’s floor plan together in my head. “Why does that wall jut out in that particular spot? What’s behind there?” I’d … Read more