Do you know what I love? Podcasts. I’m a big fan of books and blogs, but it’s tough to read when I’m on the move—just as it is for you I assume. Podcasts, on the other hand, are something we cal all listen to while running. Running errands, running reports, running carpool, running the dishwasher, or literally running our feet on the hard pavement.

Do you know what else makes my heart beat fast? A messy table. The kind where I’m huddled over a plate of pastry crumbs with a friend at a local coffee shop. Or brainstorming with someone creative at a scattered desk. Or lost in conversation with my family over a non-fancy dinner. I’m a firm believer in the value and sacredness of a messy table. That unforced and imperfect space where we look each other in the eyes and laugh and create and eat and ask the hard questions and simply be.

Well guess what? Two of my favorites are colliding today and YOU are invited to join me.

Grab some coffee and pull up a chair because one of my best friends, LaTonya Pratt, is in the house (my house exactly). I realize that her adorable family looks like a Gap advertisement up there, but they are actually regular, down-to-earth people who happen to resemble supermodels. Don’t be scared.

In this first episode of The Messy Table podcast, LaTonya and I tackle topics like balancing work and family, choosing “Present Over Perfect,” coping with death and tragedy, and daring to live an intentional life. You might even hear something about our pet peeves, the surprising reason LaTonya quit her job, and what extracurricular activity she and her husband have been doing in bed these days (yep, you read that right). We’re talking real life, real issues, and the real God who’s at work in our mess.

LaTonya is a pastor’s wife, mom of three rowdy boys, certified #girlboss, and a fiery ball of wisdom and energy. Trust me, you do NOT want to miss her insight and wit! So pop in those ear buds and have a listen. I promise—you’ll be glad you did.


Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

 Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley

Divine Direction by Craig Groeschel

Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

Risen Motherhood Podcast

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