The Made for Hope Podcast is designed for Christian women and offers practical tips about faith, parenting, mental health and relationships. Learn how to have a Christ-centered family where you can foster hope and grow in your faith. 

Episode 28: Breaking Free from Shame and Perfection

Taryn Nergaard offers us strategies and practical tools to overcome shame and perfection and instead, focus on progress and small wins.

Episode 27: How to deal with the grief of infertility (a special Mother’s Day episode)

 Thelma Nienhuis writes about grief and infertility. She’ll show us how to deal with our grief surrounding infertility and how to help others who are in the midst of it.

Episode 26: Self Care Practices for Better Mental Health

On this episode, Kristin Vanderlip will show us how to use tools to help us become unstuck from our negative emotions.

Episode 25: The Power of a Life-Changing Bible Study Group

Find out how you can create a life changing Bible study group and what benefits there are to Bible study groups.


Episode 24:How to Wait Well: Practical ways to embrace seasons of waiting and how to draw near to God in them with Jazmin Frank

Learn how waiting draws us near to God and how we can thrive in these seasons of waiting.

Episode 23: Intentional Parenting & Habits for Healthy Families 

Learn what intentional parenting is and how to take small steps toward being more intentional with your kids.

Episode 22: Keys to Building a Strong Marriage

Listen to Laura Thomas and I discuss key ways to build your marriage and make it stronger.

Episode 21: How Begin and Maintain a Bible Reading Habit

If you’ve struggled to start or maintain a Bible reading habit, we’re talking about practical tips for incorporating it into our schedules all year long with guest, Eva Kubasiak.

Episode 20: How to Improve Your Mental Health

Season 2 Opener! Learn how to manage your mental health in the new year and how you can take care of yourself and focus more on Jesus this year. Also, we’re welcoming a new co-host this year!

Episode 19: A Fresh Approach to your New Year’s Resolutions

Whether it’s planning for spiritual growth or personal growth, I’m sharing some tips and tools that I’ve found useful for organizing my year and getting focused.

Episode 18: How to Create a Meaningful Christmas This Year

Here are 10 ideas to help you create a memorable Christmas with your family.

Episode 17:Creating Simple and Stress-Free Christmas Traditions

With home design enthusiast, Victoria Duerstock. Learn how you can simplify the holidays, start stress-free family traditions, and have a meaningful Christmas, keeping Jesus at the forefront.

Episode 16: Finding Hope Through Infertility

Rebekah Fox, talks openly about the journey of infertility and how she found healing through her walk with God.

Episode 15: Learning about Adoption and Foster Parenting

What is it like to be an adoptive or foster family? Today, we hear from adoptive and foster parent, Jillana Goble, and give you an insider’s look, highlighting both the beauty and challenges that come with the foster parenting journey. You’ll gain an appreciation for what every foster family goes through and how you can help a friend who is a foster parent.

Episode 14: How to Help a Friend After Losing a Baby

Writer Jenny Albers talks openly about what it’s like to go through the loss of a child and says if loss was the hardest thing, then the second hardest thing is pregnancy after loss, when you’re afraid of losing your next child and you go through a roller coaster of emotions: grief, joy, doubt, fear. Find out how you can support a friend through pregnancy loss in this special conversation for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month.

Episode 13: The Silent Grief of Miscarriage

For National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month, Anna Kettle shares her story of going through three miscarriage losses. If you’re unsure how to help a friend in loss, or if you’ve experienced miscarriage, Anna’s story is a powerful reminder of hope in the midst of ongoing loss and how to press in to Jesus when you’re in grief.

Episode 12: Mothering a Child with Down Syndrome with Katy Epling

Do you know someone who has a child with special needs? Today’s guest, writer Katy Epling, shares the story of her son’s diagnosis of Down Syndrome. It’s an episode that not only touches on the shock and grief she experienced, but also how she found hope and purpose in realizing God had a plan for her son.

Episode 11: How to Have HopeAfter Divorce with Jodi Rosser 

Today we’re talking about divorce and broken relationships, which is one of the most painful experiences that we can go through. For writer and podcast host, Jodi Rosser, her divorce felt like the death of her dreams. Find out how she learned to have hope again and discovered new dreams in the process.


Episode 10: Helping Someone with Anxiety and Depression: A Conversation with Lakeshia Poole

Lakeshia gives practical wisdom when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. She talks about ways we can reach out to someone who might be struggling with the same issues, and how we need to respond when we feel that nudge to help a friend.

Episode 9: From Career Woman to Homeschooling Mom

If you’re dealing with big changes or have decided to homeschool, take a listen to JJ’s story. We talk about dealing with our changing identities, and the rewards and surprises in the journey of motherhood.


Episode 8: Eight Ideas for Remembering a Loved One Who Has Passed Away

A list of memorable ways to remember a loved one who has died. Things you can do with family and friends on the anniversary of a loved one’s death.


Episode 7: Books to Read When You’re Hurting

My book recommendations for those who are going through grief and loss.


Episode 6: 10 Things Your Grieving Friend Wishes You Knew

Ten things your grieving friend won’t tell you but wants you to know.


Episode 5: Dealing with the Loss of a Child with guest Bekah Bowman

Join me as Bekah Bowman shares the story of her children’s diagnosis and how she has found joy in unexpected places. This is not just a story of loss, but a story of redemption and hope.


Episode 4: A Chapter from Sara’s Book: Made for Hope

Listen to chapter one from my book, Made for Hope: Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Brokenness.


Made for Hope Podcast Episode 3: Savoring Life Through Heartache and Joy with guest Christy Cabe

Author Christy Cabe shares the impact of losing a mom as a child, dealing with her own child’s cancer diagnosis, and facing recurrent miscarriages. Christy’s vulnerable stories show us how to have joy even in the midst of hard circumstances.

Made for Hope Podcast Episode 2: When Life Turns Upside Down with guest Becky McCoy

Becky McCoy and Sara Ward discuss how to have resilience in the midst of losing a spouse and the difficulty of single parenting.

Made for Hope Podcast Episode 1: Facing Cancer and Overcoming Fear with Niki Hardy

Author Niki Hardy and Sara Ward talk about facing a cancer diagnosis, keeping fear in check, and how to thrive and not just survive.

Made for Hope Podcast Trailer with Sara Ward

Vulnerable conversations with women. Stories of hope.