Contagious Courage is a monthly YouTube interview with people who have shown amazing courage to overcome unwanted circumstances in their personal lives and to inspire hope in ours. This is the audio version.
Going Farther is a non-profit organization endeavoring to ignite hearts with hope, empower the wounded and equip the willing in Canadian communities & schools.
In today’s post, I have a special guest, Danielle Macaulay. And I’d like to tell you a little bit about her book: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
This is a book for women about how they can learn to get along with almost anyone.
Yes, even her.
Have you ever wondered “Why does this girl hate me?” or even “Why do I hate her?” Danielle has answers and shares actionable solutions for you. Not because she’s perfect… In fact, you’re going to find out fast she has been both “the hater” and “the hated.” She’ll share real and very raw stories of girls hating her without knowing her, and at other times, how she, herself, was so jealous of another woman that she cheered for her to fail!
Danielle is not proud of this. But, it forced her to dig into the Bible and find some great help that she’s passing on to you. And she knows this will change your life because it has changed hers! That girl she used to hate with her whole heart? Is now her BEST FRIEND! There has been healing, forgiveness, and complete transformation.
This can be the case for you as well.
Get ready to get very real and laugh along the way, as Danielle exposes her heart and gives practical advice for conquering these relationship-busting problems we all know all too well.
Yes, she’s going there!
Have you ever asked yourself: ⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?”
Well so did David. Which he followed by, “I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again!” Psalms 42:11 NLT⠀
He was a man after God’s own heart.
He wrote SONGS OF REJOICING, yet he fought depression.
The man who took down the biggest giant in history, battled the giant of mental health.
Today you are going to meet a man after God’s own heart, Pastor Jeremey Nippard. He’s the Formission Director with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland. and is now speaking out about his own battle with mental health. He’s challenging us ALL to EMBRACE THE NEED, and help take down the biggest giant in our society!
How can we be confident in our faith and relationship with God, if we don’t understand the Bible?
Today you’ll meet Leann Woelk. She is devoted to helping kids and adults alike understand the importance of Biblical principles. As well, how it will deepen your relationship with God so that you CAN walk out your faith in confidence.
When talking with Leann, she shows us how we can better listen to God and what He has for us if we can just spare 5 minutes of our day with Him.
Leann Woelk is a passionate leader who enjoys using everyday items to teach Biblical truths through whimsical creativity and thrifty practicality. She is a speaker, writer, Certified INCM Coach and provides training, support and care to those on the front lines of ministry as the founder of Handle with Care Ministries.
She delights in the small things in life, finding fun in the ordinary and laughing through all life’s ups and downs. Her greatest joy is hanging out with her husband of 32 years, her two sons, her daughter-in-law and 3 puppies at their home in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.
In todays interview, I get to really go deep with Leann and learn about her walk with God, and how she learned to truly listen to what He’s saying to her. Not only that, but she takes us through her story of how she got into the Handle With Care Ministry, and how we can learn to listen better to what God is saying to us, and it can be as simple as taking 5 minutes.
It’s here 2021! Are you filled with hope for a better year ahead? Or are you struggling with the question, with so much uncertainty, how can we be certain about anything?
Well allow me to kick off this year with an amazing story of CONTAGIOUS COURAGE from Melanie Gibson. A pastor and dear friend who shares how the uncertainty in her life brought her to find the most security she’s ever known. Hoping that you too find certainty as you hear how Melanie was able to take back what fear and uncertain circumstances has stolen from her.
Over the holidays, I have had fun sharing with you the 12 days of Christmas. And ON THIS 8th DAY OF CHRISTMAS- I share with you – 8 STORIES OF COURAGE. I have featured 8 stories of courage in this short podcast, however if you wish to watch the full interview they are available on my youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3mNyBHs07xoridFGYusKeQ
#8 – Melanie Gibson – Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times.
#7 – Melissa Lotholz – Do You Have The heart of A Champion?
#6 – Sally J. King -In Search of Serenity
#5 – Hollie Taylor – Mirror Mirror
#4 – Ethan Nicolas – Big Giant BIGGER Victory
#3 – Matt Cline – Pornography & Sexual addictions – Let’s Be REAL!
#2 – Sheila Stauffer –Break The Chain of Stigma
#1 – James H. Brown – A Quest For Truth
How is your mental health? We have all fallen short of our own expectations, or the expectations of others. This internal struggle is something that unites us as human beings. Yet why do we feel the need to pretend? My next guest Sheila Stauffer, is a mental health advocate and the Executive Director at Cornerstone Counselling, She’s here today to help break the chain of stigmata and negative thought patterns that hold us back.
If you need help or are able to help break the chain of stigma, I pray that you make today, be the day that you take that first step.
It can be scary to do so, and I also know that God has your back! Be loved, blessed, and remember, It’s never too late to change your story!
I pray you feel empowered today to step out and ask for help or BE the help someone needs today.
Together we CAN break the chain of stigma!
Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. But what happens when all a child has known is abuse and trauma?
Today my guest is a parent, who was once that child. Raised in foster care, and suffered great trauma, yet despite her own upbringing, her life is the evidence, that you can overcome a traumatic past and create an amazing new future.
Sally J. King is an amazing woman, mother, and wife. She is an adult adoptee from the foster system and has a passion for foster and adoptive kids. Her goal is to change the trajectory of foster kids lives by raising awareness.
Sally states, “Foster and adoptive parents are not provided with the right tools to truly facilitate change and resilience in these kids.”
Being being a foster kid herself and knowing her own struggles, Sally has left no stone unturned in order to help her adopted foster child “Serenity” truly thrive. And in the process, was able to heal herself and understand that your start in life does not define your future.
Two important lessons sally has discovered in her journey to healing is this;
“Lead with love” & “Forgiveness is giving up the hope of a better past.” – Sally J. King
Have you ever had a diagnosis that completely turned your world upside down? What about a family crisis? With more questions than answers, these situations can leave you struggling to find hope.
After receiving a diagnosed of Multiple Sclerosis, my next guest set out on a journey to find the best treatment to manage his own health, and as a result became a strong advocate for change in the world of treatment for MS patients.
Joining me today is Matt Embry, a documentary filmmaker, and trailblazer, who is LIVING PROOF that even after a bleak diagnosis there IS HOPE.
In his effort to spread the message of hope, Matt documented his own journey in this film “Living Proof.”
For more information about Matt and his treatments go to mshope.com
Have you ever had to battle depression, or anxiety? Or have had to battle the trauma of being emotionally, or physically abused? Do you know what it is to be treated less just because of the color of your skin? Whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual. These battles are exhausting, and require your ALL!
My next guest has faced giants in battles that no one person ever should, but is here today to declare that the BIGGER THE GIANT THE BIGGER THE VICTORY!
Do you ever wonder – If where you are, is where your meant to be? Maybe you’ve said, I have passion but no platform?
I am SO thrilled to share THIS platform with my dear friend Jennilee Drisner. A woman of many passions who loves Disney, her husband and loves to laugh, but her love for Jesus is what I love about her the most! Whether she’s behind a camera or microphone, Jennilee will challenge you to see, that your passion is your platform.
Today you’ll meet Connie Jakab, someone who knows what it’s like to experience the agony of a mental health crisis her family. But, she’s here to share about the miracle of her family’s story being rewritten.
In and world where people hide their struggles and only show “filtered” truths, I believe that it’s time to be raw and real. Today I’m going to be talking with Matt Cline, from Restored Ministries, which is an organization that walks along side men and women who struggle with pornography and sexual addictions.
My next guest is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and has encountered PTSD, and as a result, she’s battled anxiety, depression, and was diagnosed with cancer. She’s experienced incalculable loss, and if that wasn’t enough, when her story went public her family sided with the abuser.
Meet Joanne Goodwin, who is here today to smash the stigma of mental illness, traveling around Canada telling her story, to help people understand the reality of living with depression, and provide hope.
For my next guest, “I have cancer” came like you would expect, out of nowhere and completely catching them off guard. Not knowing what the future would hold, the one thing they knew for sure was they were GOING to be OK!
We know that depression and mental illness is no respecter of persons, and today you will hear from woman who went from having it all, to losing it all and spending 20 years battling depression and mental illness.
Tanya Rust’s journey with chronic illness has been a challenging one, but today you will hear not only how she’s learned to cope, but she’ll answer the question…Does chronic illness add value to our lives?
Stepping outside your comforts zone or STEPPING OUT in general is a scary thing, but seeing how facing your fears to show love can inspire someone to hope, is exactly what what my next guests, Cammie & Kaden Fraser have experienced.
Being raised by a single mom, and becoming a single mom at age 16, my next guest knows what it is to face fear and CHOOSE COURAGE! Layna Haley… She’s Blogger, Speaker, Founder and President of a charity called Kaleo – which is a Christian organization that is designed to help single mothers find community and support.
Over this last year I have had the privilege of highlighting some amazing people with incredible stories of courage. And today, I would like to just stop and reflect on this year and recap all of the inspiration that has come to from the set of Contagious Courage.
Meet Hollie Taylor, she is a radio host and has a passion for the music industry. She has her own entertainment promotions company called Ten16 Entertainment, and is the Founder and President of WIMM Canada. Today, Hollie will talk about her struggle with identity from the perspective of Snow White, in hopes that it will inspire and empower you to choose courage!
Shirley and her husband Carey experienced a parent’s worst nightmare: the death of a child. Only 12 days after celebrating her son’s wedding, Shirley had the devastating task of planning her son Jordan’s funeral.
Having two children with profound intellectual disabilities has been challenging, rewarding and heart breaking for Andrea and Kirk, and at times they have felt unequipped to handle all that is required of them.
Tammy acknowledges that while things in her life didn’t always go as she had hoped or planned, God has taken all her pain and brokenness and turned it into something beautiful. She labeled her story as “The Gift of Disruption”
John's personal motto: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -WOW -What a Ride!!!”