theOppermom S216: Navigating Young Love with Megan Schwartz

theOppermom Show S2:16 Navigating Young Love with Megan Schwartz

In a world of overcharged, under matured teenage angst, teenagers have a very small margin for success when it comes to relationships. If you have or are on your way to having a teenager who can’t wait to “date” then you need to tune into this episode.

As two parents who had a lot to figure out when it came to allowing our young ones to start a relationship. Megan and I talk about what our journey looked like when our “children” came desiring to date.

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theOppermom S215: Healing Hearts with Camille Cates

theOppermom Show S2:15 Healing Hearts with Camille Cates

Today we get to hear from a friend and inspiration of mine, Camille Cates. I was first introduced to Camille’s story several years ago at a woman’s conference where she spoke on the topic of abortion.

In this current cultural and political climate there are few topics as volatile as this, but Camille’s spirit and personal testimony are a shining example of the love and grace of God in the midst of a messy life.

At a young age, Camille was self-proclaimed, “boy crazy.” And even though she had a foundation in the gospel, this led to several poor decisions in her teenage years, which ultimately took her to the place of getting an abortion.

Camille now works with a ministry to help counsel woman by taking them to the Scriptures as their source of truth and guidance.

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theOppermom Bonus Episode: Mommy Wars Women’s Round Table

theOppermom show bonus: Mommy Wars

While there truly are battles to be fought in this life, too often we make mountains out of molehills. Homebirth vs. Hospital Birth, Homeschool vs. Public School, eating habits, clothing choices, the list goes on and on.

Have you ever looked at that other mother and thought, “If she only knew what I knew she’d be doing that differently?”

Maybe you have been on the other side and have the friend who, while well meaning, always has an unsolicited opinion about how you should be raising your family.

Let’s face it you have enough pressures being a mom that you certainly don’t need to borrow any more.

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theOppermom S214: Beginning and Ending Your Days Well

theOppermom Show S2:14 Beginning and Ending Your Days Well

Let’s face it not every day can be a beautiful day, even if we do all of the right things.

Mom’s each day is a gift, but it is not always easy to keep in perspective. We all get up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes, we all snap in the middle of the day, we all waste those precious final moments of the day vegging out in front of the TV.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. We need to remind ourselves daily of the blessings that even the bad days can be. We need to carve out that time in the morning to set our minds and hearts on Jesus.

We need to reflect at the end of the day on whether or not our actions of the day our forwarding our walk in Christ or detracting from it.

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theOppermom S213: S.C.U.L.P.T. Finding Power in the Word of God

theOppermom Show S2:13 SCULPT Finding Power in the Word of God

Today on theOppermom I discuss the idea of S.C.U.P.L.T. with my father, Frank Zitzman. In case you haven’t heard the previous interview I did with him, talking about the loss of my brother Troy, I would encourage you to do so first to give context to this powerful acrostic.

In that interview, he briefly touched on the S.C.U.L.P.T. idea and went home afterward burdened that he didn’t get to expound on the verses that lead him to remember this easy yet powerful acrostic. He asked me if it would be possible for him to return and share more on this subject with my listeners, to which I quickly agreed.

While I pray you never have to experience the loss of a child the way my parents did, this idea of S.C.U.L.P.T. is still for you. At the root, it is a way to combat the moments in this life where we lose sight of who is in charge and why circumstances are not on what we should base our joy and hope.

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theOppermom S212: Living After the Loss with Frank and Sue Zitzman

theOppermom Show S2:12 Living After the Loss with Frank and Sue Zitzman

On a fateful day in the summer of 2004, my parents faced the hardest thing any parent could imagine, the death of their child.

In a world where there are few answers, especially to life’s toughest questions, when this life-changing event happened it was to God and His Word that my parents looked to for strength.

If you have ever asked the question, “Why me God?”, then I highly encourage you to listen to today’s show as my mother and father talk about that day and how they were able to focus what comes next, not what might have been.

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theOppermom S211: Finding Love in the Midst of Sorrow—The Story of the Dukes

theOppermom Show S2:11 Finding Love in the Midst of Sorrow the Story of the Dukes

When I decided to spend this season bringing to you stories of hope and encouragement few stuck in my mind the way Hannah Dukes’ story had.

For every little girl who dreamed of one day walking the aisle to stand beside her prince charming this story is God’s answer to that dream in Hannah’s life.

At the same time, it is a reminder that it isn’t about the end of the story it is about the journey that it takes to get there and how God is more interested in changing and shaping us as we go, not delivering us to the alter.

Please join me and be touched by a woman who waited on the Lord, albeit not always patiently, and as our God always does, proved Himself faithful.

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theOppermom S210: Pastor’s Kid Meets Ex-Convict—A Love Story

theOppermom Show S2:10 theOppermom Show S2:09 Pastor's Kid Meets Ex-Convict A Love Story

This week on theOppermom show we get to hear the

rest of the story. Once again theOppermanian joins us to help me tell my story about how the Lord used the seeds that my father had sown, in James, to bring me to salvation in Christ.

My husband and I talk about how the Lord used an ex-con to convert this honorary pastor’s kid. But the story doesn’t end there. Sadly, just as the Jews of old often forgot the Lord’s face, we talk about how even after a miraculous meeting and conversion sin reared its ugly head. And how this fairy tale had anything but a happily ever after.

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theOppermom S209: To Hell and Back the Testimony of theOppermanian

theOppermom Show S2:09 To Hell and Back the Testimony of theOppermanian

Today I am delighted to have the fearless leader of Oppermania, my husband, James Opperman on the show. His testimony is a powerful one of how the can Lord completely transform a person’s life.

James lived a life of crime, drugs, and alcohol that eventually landed him in the penitentiary. Thankfully the story didn’t end there. The Lord used these circumstances and placed the perfect people in his path to eventually humble him and lead him to the cross where there is lasting change.

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theOppermom S208: Suffering From the Desire to Self-harm Talking with Kathleen DeWitt

theOppermom Show S2:08 Suffering From the Desire to Self-harm Talking with Kathleen DeWitt

Today we are talking about the very sensitive topic of self-injury. We have a special guest, Kathleen DeWitt who is joining us to discuss her struggle and victory over self-injury. We hope to gain some insight as to the why’s behind the struggle, some things that you can look for if you have or think you have a child who is self-injuring.

While there haven’t been extensive studies published on this topic because it is a behavior that is private a 2008 publication by the US National Library of Medicine reports the following nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) statistics:

  • 1/3 to 1/2 of US adolescents have engaged in self-injury.
  • Cutting and burning are the most common types of non-suicidal self-injury.
  • 70% of teens engaging in self-injury behavior have made at least one suicide attempt.
  • 55% had made multiple suicide attempts.
  • 70% of self-injurers are cutters.

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