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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Aug 18, 2022

Episode Summary:

So often as parents we focus on raising our children but give little attention to preparing for life when they are no longer in our home.   Today we’re going to be talking about reinventing yourself after the empty nest. Jill Savage is here to give us hope from her own experience.


Quotables from the episode:

  • Empty nesting is like experiencing grief upon grief…nothing prepares you for the tsunami of emotions.
  • Think of the empty nest as your encore season.
  • If we don’t let go of what was, we can’t hold on to the new.
  • You’ll always be a mother or father, but you are no longer parenting them.
  • Our expectations are preconceived resentments. The higher our expectations, the greater the risk of discontentment.
  • It’s time to keep our opinions to ourselves and join the “keep it shut club” and pray it, don’t say it.
  • When we let go of opinions, we become a safe place to be around.
  • Your kids’ new life is not a rejection of you, it’s a reflection of their growth and independence, learning how to navigate adulthood.
  • Sometimes we’ve made our kids’ successes/choices an idol in our heart.
  • Worry is a worship of our circumstances.
  • Motherhood is a ministry of availability.
  • “What do you have for me, Lord? Help me to see that more than less.”


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Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about relationships.
She has been called one of today’s most exciting female speakers.  Her honest, engaging communication is strengthened by her ability to make her audience laugh while they learn.

Jill is the host of the No More Perfect Podcast and the author of fourteen books including Empty Nest, Full Life, Real Moms ... Real Jesus, the best-selling No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, Better Together, and No More Perfect Marriages. Jill and her husband, Mark, live in Illinois and have five children and eight grandchildren. You can find Jill online at

Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson