Refine and Restore Podcast with Rachel C. Swanson

39 EpisodesProduced by Rachel C. Swanson

The podcast that helps you Refine away the lies in your life that are holding you back and Restore your heart and mind back to what is true. From faith, relationships, purposeful living, personal and spiritual growth insights, Rachel C. Swanson (best-selling author, speaker and accredited coach) pro… read more

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38: Crystal Stine - Rest AND Hustle is Holy AND Doable

July 16th, 2019


I'm delighted to bring you Crystal Stine on my podcast today! Crystal is a true gem and knows the difficulties between hustling for Jesus and resting …

37: Everyone Starts at Zero

July 9th, 2019


Happy Post Fourth of July! I hope you had a good one. Our plans were pretty low key as we are still getting used to the sun that never sets here in …

36: 3 Life-Changing Perspectives You Need to Adopt

July 1st, 2019


What if I told you that if you took on three simple but radical perspectives and started to truly BELIEVE in this way and view of thinking, it would …

35: Scheduling Less for 3 Things You Want More

June 25th, 2019


 We live in one of the busiest cultures in the world. Fast paced, cram packed lives typically define our days. But what if we are missing out on what …

34: Michael and Morgan Leblanc - Sacrificing the American Dream to Reach the Unreached as Tribal Missionaries

June 17th, 2019


What would it be like preparing to go overseas for the next 20 years serving in the rural and dangerous parts of an island, learning a whole new …

33: What Does the Bible Say About Healthy Ways to Resolve Conflict in Relationships?

June 10th, 2019


There are healthy ways to resolve conflict with others and then there are unhealthy ways. Often we get caught up in what the world says is best to …

32: The #1 Issue That Every Other Issue Stems From

June 4th, 2019


Welcome to the Refine and Restore Podcast with Rachel C. Swanson! In today's episode, I'm diving headlong into another topic of spiritual growth with my guest and husband, Jeff Swanson. Together, we tackle this idea …

31: Helping Your Spouse Through Depression and Burnout

May 28th, 2019


We are going deep on this episode today (#31) and I say WE because for this episode (and the following two episodes) my husband Jeff Swanson joins me …

30: Erin Weidemann - Stop Pursuing Success and Pursue THIS Instead

May 20th, 2019


I have to start and say that my guest, Erin Weidemann is the real deal you guys. She is authentic and has her head on straight when it comes to a mindset of Kingdom impact rather than self-led rewards.  Erin is the …

29: What They Don't Tell You About How To Become an Author

May 13th, 2019


 It's Episode 29 in the Refine and Restore Podcast and today I'm revealing behind-the-scenes of what they don't tell you about how to become an author. I share the parts that make it worth it, but also the challenges I …

28: Three Daily Disciplines to Revive Your Heart

May 6th, 2019


What if incorporating 3 daily, simple disciplines in 5 minutes or less could revive your heart and revitalize your life?

It's Episode 28 in the …

26: Josh and Christi Straub - Stop Stuffing Down Your Emotions and Start Facing Them

May 1st, 2019



Welcome back!!!

It's the kick-off of Season 3 of the Refine and Restore Podcast and what an honor it's been to show up in this digital space with you as we discuss relevant topics about faith, family, relationships, …

27: To My Strong-Willed Daughter

May 1st, 2019



Welcome back to the Refine and Restore Podcast with me--Rachel Swanson!!!

Today's topic has been on my heart for a while. However, it finally felt relevant to share due to Mother's Day being just around the corner.

Do …

25: Emily P. Freeman - How To Discern The Next Right Thing

March 19th, 2019


I'm delighted to bring you my guest today, Emily P. Freeman. Emily is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. She also has a podcast called The Next Right Thing podcast, …

24: It's Okay to Wrestle

March 11th, 2019


So much of the time, we shove away the thoughts. We don't want to engage or wrestle with them. But friend, it's okay to fact, this may be exactly what you need to do in order to discover who you are and the …

23: Pivot Don't Quit

March 4th, 2019


Sometimes, I feel like giving up: on relationships, my kids, my career, and even my faith. But what if there's a pivot God is inviting you to see with Him? Maybe you just don't see it yet?

In this episode (#23) I share:

22: Ten Intentional Practices for a Less Overwhelmed Life

February 25th, 2019


 It’s episode 22 and I'm deep diving into 10 simple and intentional practices that I have put in place over my life in order to have less overwhelm and increase my productivity. This isn't so much of adding more to the …

21: Jenny Randle - Why Your Soul NEEDS To Tap Into Creativity

February 18th, 2019



I had an entertaining chat with my guest Jenny Randle on today's podcast. Jenny calls herself a creative ninja which is fitting since she’s an entrepreneur, speaker, Emmy-award winning editor, and wrote a book called …

20: When God Says Wait

February 11th, 2019


 Have you ever had to wait on something when all you want to do is press forward? Waiting on a job, for a check, on kids to put their dang shoes on (or maybe that's just me?) Waiting on God's promise for something He …

19: "I can't do that because____" Overcoming Excuses

February 5th, 2019


 It’s episode 19 and I want to hit this issue I see running rampant in your thoughts and minds of “I can’t do that because ____” You put in an excuse and it keeps you from taking that step of faith to change your life …

18: When will it be enough?

January 29th, 2019


In this episode, it’s episode 18, I’ve been wrestling with this concept of enough over the past several years and have gotten to a really freeing place of being content with where God has me now. I’ve stopped striving …

17: Jennifer Dukes Lee - How To Get Your Control Under Control

January 22nd, 2019


 I had an amazing conversation with Jennifer Dukes Lee in this episode. Jennifer is has actually become such a great friend that I met through social media a few years ago and she is the author of many books, but her …

16: What Was Good For A Season May Not Be Good For This Season

January 15th, 2019


But what was good for a season doesn’t mean it will be good for this season. Or even right for the next season. This is something I’ve been learning. It’s something you need to know too. 

But you need to know, you have …

15: "So...I think I may be struggling with anxiety."

January 8th, 2019


  This is season 2 and today I'm sharing about one of the issues I struggle with most: Anxiety. This has been the thorn in my flesh that I've struggled with most of my life. At times, I've found seasons of peace from …

14: Stasi Eldredge - Defiant Joy over Choosing Joy

January 1st, 2019



Stasi Eldredge is a best-selling author and co-creator of Ransomed Heart ministries. She and her husband love writing and speaking about the goodness of God despite challenges we face.

In this episode, Stasi discusses …

13: Grace-filled Goal Setting with a Word for the Year

January 1st, 2019


Welcome back to season two of the Refine and Restore Podcast!

Today I'm kicking off the New Year with a shift in perspective when it comes to goal-setting and how I do my goal-setting efficiently and effectively.  But …

12: Allie Casazza - Living A Simpler Life for Less Overwhelm

November 13th, 2018


I'm THRILLED to bring you into the conversation I had with my guest Allie Casazza. Allie is the host of The Purpose Show and is the creator of Your Uncluttered Home - an online decluttering course that earned her …

11: Taking Things One Day At A Time...(part 3)

November 6th, 2018


This is Episode 11 of the Refine and Restore Podcast titled "Taking Things One Day At A Time..." It's the last part of our recent faith adventure or ranch story which has taken us from the sprawling city suburbs of …

10: A Million Different Pivots... (Part

October 30th, 2018


Last week, I talked about the beginning and how this whole ranch adventure, my husband quitting his job, the RV and us moving from California to …

09: You Have Options (Part 1)

October 22nd, 2018


Have you ever felt stuck and didn't see any other options for another way out? My husband and I were there not too long ago and we wanted to invite you into our journey and story over the past 6 months of why he quit …

08: Rebekah Lyons - You Are Already Free: Anxiety, Achievement Trap and Altered Expectations

October 16th, 2018


Today's guest is Rebekah Lyons, a national speaker, bestselling author of You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are and Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking …

07: Lies Christians Believe About Money

October 8th, 2018


Let's talk about a few possible beliefs you may have about money (especially if you're a Christian) that are not fully true and is possibly …

06: When You're In Denial About Your Body Image Struggle

October 2nd, 2018


Welcome to Episode 06 of the Refine and Restore Podcast.

Today Rachel discusses the struggle with body image, especially when you don't really think you have a problem with it. Many women flirt on the tip of the line …

05: Navigating Rejection from Friends

September 25th, 2018


I think we've all experienced the pain of rejection from friends. The sticky and hard moments that come up when navigating this issue.

I candidly share in this podcast episode (#05) about a severed friendship but what …

04: Liz Griffin - Testimony of Gratitude Amidst Life-threatening Conditions

September 18th, 2018


Liz Griffin and her husband are pastors of a church in Texas, with four children, and the journey she’s been walking through over the past 6 months has been anything but easy. She had a stoke, two brain aneurysms, and a …

03: The Power of Sharing Your Testimony

September 11th, 2018


How do I share my personal testimony when it involves others? How much do I say? What if my testimony isn't really all that special, should I still …

02: When God Speaks But It Doesn't Go As Planned

September 4th, 2018


I'm sharing my very personal story of the journey my husband and I went on because of God's leading. However, it didn't go as planned in the end.

Often when this happens, we question whether or not it was true, or …

01: "I don't have what it takes..."

September 1st, 2018


Welcome to the Refine & Restore podcast with Rachel C. Swanson!

In this episode, Rachel addresses the negative voice in our head which often says, "You don't have what it takes." It's common for many of us to let …

Episode 00 - Why this podcast?

August 8th, 2018


Welcome to the Refine & Restore podcast! In this early pre-release episode where I (Rachel) discuss why there's a need for this podcast, what …

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