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Brenda L. Yoder, LMHC, Writer, Speaker, Educator, Consultant, Coach, Advocate

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Brenda blogs weekly on life, faith, and parenting beyond the storybook image. She also writes for 10 to 20 Parenting, Choose Now Ministries, and Whatever Girls. Join her and the not-so-perfect community by subscribing at Life Beyond the Picket Fence blog or reading

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Meet Brenda

Brenda loves people, God’s Word, and her Savior. Her passion is communicating hope, truth, and encouragement when life doesn’t fit the storybook image. She’s a national speaker, author, counselor, parenting coach, teacher, wife, and mom. Join her on the picket fence journey.

Meet Brenda



Brenda speaks throughout the country on life, faith, and parenting. Weather it’s a keynote, retreat, conference seminar, professional development, or a MOPS group, she tailors material for the needs of the group. Learn more about her topics. 


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Releasing Boys to Be Men

It’s been a full week. To the naked eye it seems like things are normal but as I...

4 Steps for Life Transitions

My family has experienced a lot of change lately. Kids moving home, kids moving away,...

5 Lessons When Your Child Answers God’s Call

In a few days, my husband and I will be driving to Monterrey, Mexico, with my daughter....

Pokemon Go: Things Christian Parents Should Consider

If you’ve been on social media or watched the news at all this week, you know...

5 Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler – Parenting by Brenda Yoder

School is coming up soon, whether you are ready or not. If you have an upcoming middle...

5 Tips When You Feel Miserably Insecure

I walked across the shore of Lake Michigan. It was beautiful. As I approached a curve in...

4 Ways to Deal With Hurt

Hurt is something we’ve all experienced. My first memory of being physically hurt was...


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