Each topic can be adapted to fit different audiences, both in-person and virtual. Small group discussion questions provided, if applicable.
Lightening the Mother Load Is being a mom really the hardest job in the world? Becky thinks a better question to ask is: “What are we doing as moms that makes our job harder than God intended it to be?” Weary moms will hear Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 11:28 to lay down their heavy burdens of:
Trying to do motherhood alone
Trying to measure up to certain standards (unrealistic expectations and comparison)
Trying to control what we cannot
Enjoy Every Minute and Other Ridiculous Things We Say to Moms Based on Becky’s brand new book by the same title, Becky tackles common cliché’s and platitudes offered up to moms. With humor and candor, she helps women laugh at the ridiculous and digs a little deeper to find the truth. She encourages moms to “set their hearts on pilgrimage” as they:
Rely on God’s strength in the hard moments
Adjust expectations to accommodate the ups and downs of life
Walk with others along the way
Develop and maintain an eternal perspective
Joyful: Five Things that Steal our Joy and How We Can Reclaim It God desires that we live joy-filled lives, but too often we are robbed of joy by the burdens and pressures of life. Becky believes we can cultivate joy in every season, and she will help women identify five thieves of joy and how to reclaim it:
Anxiety (Live loved)
Busyness (Learn the art of “tidying up” and decluttering our calendar)
Trying to do life on our own (Live authentically in community)
Carrying burdens we were not meant to carry (Learn to travel light)
Comparing ourselves to others (Choose gratitude and contentment)
More Love, Less Fear Becky has struggled with anxiety most of her life. She shares her story of finding freedom from her fears (of failure, rejection, and shame) as she has opened herself up to God’s perfect, unconditional love. When love is the driving force in our lives, fear is displaced (1 John 4:18). Becky will help women answer these questions so they can experience life to the full:
What do I say “no” to because of fear? What might I say “yes” to if I weren’t so afraid?
What keeps me from knowing, accepting, and living securely in God’s love?
How do I define myself? How should I define myself?
Building Strong Marriages that Go the Distance Becky believes one of the best things we can do for our kids is build strong marriages that will go the distance. Married for 25 years, Becky vulnerably shares parts of her own story and draws from more than 15 years of marriage ministry experience. She’ll help each woman:
Identify ways her marriage is impacted by both her and her husband’s families of origin
Understand how stress – both minor and catastrophic – is affecting her marriage and family
Explore how our culture influences her views of marriage
Discover the difference Christ can make in her marriage
What’s for Dinner? Becky loves to cook and works part-time as a personal prep chef. In this interactive talk, she’ll share some of her favorite recipes along with practical, time-saving tips designed to help busy moms get dinner on the table. She’ll help moms:
Appreciate the value in family dinner
Lose the guilt if the kitchen is not their favorite place to be
Figure out what works with her family’s unique schedule and challenges
Make mealtime meaningful – because it’s not just about the food!
Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy Becky would love to speak to your cancer support or grief support group and share insights from her book, Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy (Kregel, 2017). In this book, Becky shares lessons her mother, Carol Stephens, taught her as she walked alongside Carol on her cancer journey, as well as Becky's grief journey after her mom passed away. Faith, hope, and love are at the center of this uplifting story.
Here’s what people are saying…
“From the moment Becky opens her mouth to speak, you can tell she is the real deal. Her genuineness, humility, and honesty kept our audience - women, men, and children of all ages - riveted to her message. Hands down she is the best Mother’s Day speaker we have ever had!” – Matthew Rogers, Pastor, Christian Church of Clarendon Hills
“Becky and her story are amazing. I knew the topic of anxiety would be great for our moms, but I didn’t realize just how much her story was needed. So many moms shared how anxiety crushes and exhausts them daily. Becky’s story and message are so important and need to be heard.” – Tara, MOPS Coordinator, Algonquin, IL
“Becky's authenticity, scripture connections, and practical applications were excellent! And we had valuable, honest table-time afterwards.” – Peg, Mentor Mom, West Dundee
“Becky weaves in the most beautiful and vivid stories and leaves you with so much hope and inspiration. She is a wonderful speaker to have at your gathering.” – Carolyn, Palos Heights, IL