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Growing Women of Faith Podcast

Growing Women of Faith Podcast

By Bloom International
We are committed to encouraging, inspiring and empowering women across the globe to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. We are dedicated to strengthening women of faith. Together we can grow by sharing authentic testimonies and devotionals of women whose personal experiences in their everyday lives can encourage and equip women with confidence so that together we can grow the kingdom of God with glory.
"Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." Col.2-7
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EP-28: We are overcomers By: Portia Allen
How many times have you found yourself saying you cant do that?   How many times have you found yourself questioning what you feel called to be? Its time to turn away from what the world says you should be and become that warrior God has made you to be.   Here from Portia and her thoughts on just these questions and more!  Portia has been in ministry for 12 years and leads alongside her husband Clinton Allen at River Valley Church in Minnesota under their lead Pastors Rob & Becca Ketterling. She’s spoken to groups both nationally and internationally. She is a co-host of the podcast, “She Speaks Stories” and knows that stories change lives. She is also a certified Clifton Strengths Communicator and is passionate about uplifting and empowering people, especially women, in both secular and sacred spaces. She and her husband the love of her life have three amazing Boys 10, 9, & 4 yrs old. They live in Minneapolis, MN and there is way more to the state than cold weather. When you become friends with Portia, you’re a friend for life, and she loves you. It’s a phrase she often uses with her friends. She truly wants to be your friend, and if you’re listening to this, you are on your way. Her goal as your friend is to cheer you on into what God has created you to be and remind you of the truth, we so often forget...God is absolutely FOR YOU because he LOVES YOU. You can find Portia Allen at SHE SPEAKS STORIES Verse Reference: Luke 4
October 13, 2021
EP-27: A Mephibosheth Spirit! By: Casey Williams
We are all warriors but sometimes it can take time to see that through events to take place in our own lives to see it. What is stopping you from allowing God to use you?  Do you feel unworthily, unloved or unwanted?   Casey dives deep into how God showed her what person from the Bible she most relates to and it is simply beautiful. She shares about how her past made her feel like God could not use her.   Casey Williams is also Bloom's International's Prayer Leader over Bloom's Prayer team.  To learn more about that visit us at Bloom International prayer team - BLOOM INTERNATIONAL ( Verse references: 2 Samuel 9
September 29, 2021
EP-26: Sheroes of the Bible By: Lauren Nelson
Mom, I have a question: why are boys more important than girls? All we ever learn about in church are boys.” Lauren Nelson was saddened to hear her daughter ask that question and decided to do something about it and came up with “Sheroes of the Bible.” I am married to a pastor. He has been a pastor for several years, but two years ago we started a new church, The River Church, here in Tacoma, WA, and it has been quite the adventure! We have two beautiful children, a 9-year-old boy named Noah and a 13-year-old girl named Kyah. My book, SHEROES of the Bible, was recently published by Morgan James Publishing and will officially be released online and in bookstores on December 7th of this year, BUT you can get it 6 months early by purchasing directly through my website at You can purchase the book on Amazon in paperback or now Kindle!  SHEROES of the Bible - Kindle edition by Nelson, Lauren L.. Children Kindle eBooks @
September 15, 2021
EP-25: God's Calling By-Alexis Butterfield
There is a warrior in each of us but sometimes it just takes someone in our lives to show us what God has planned for us.  Alexis Butterfield came from the corporate world to work along side her husband as a volunteer.  In 2020 she felt God calling her to become the CEO of Heart N Hand Ministries.  She faced many trials along the way but has changed the face of who the ministry is and it is simply beautiful.  She is full of life and has such an amazing heart for the the community of Belton, MO.   Verse in reference Joshua 1:9 To get involved check our their website HEART-N-HAND MINISTRIES - Home ( or you can find them on Facebook! 
September 1, 2021
Ep-24 Rise up Mighty Women By- Diane Petrie
There is a warrior within each of us.  What is stopping you from being that person God made you to be? You have to lead from a voice that is stronger than your own.  The voice that comes from God. Be a woman warrior that encourages and celebrates other women in their lives.  Build them up! Just stand up and do it!  Verse References:  Judges 4 and 5 John 10:27 1 John 4:4 Are you listening to others or to God. Diane Petrie is passionate about the global church and philanthropic efforts to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and heal the sick. Diane's husband Sean Petrie is a pastor and together they founded Real Life Church KC in December 2016.   Sean has a passion for the local and global church, developing leaders, and for reaching those who are far from God. Together, they planted a church that exists to move cities through revival, restore communities through hope, and empower all generations to find life and purpose in Jesus. Sean and Diane have a passion to see people who are far from God discover real life and purpose in Jesus. To learn more about their church visit them at
August 4, 2021
EP-23: Trauma to Passion
At the young age of 7...I felt like free bait. Here from Co-founder Rachelle Morlok of Bloom International and Co-Host of Growing Women of Faith Podcast how God used her pain to bring passion into this world. Reference verse Isaiah 61:3
July 10, 2021
Ep-22 One year to Celebrate!
We did it! Growing Women of Faith Podcast is a year old.  We are blown away by all the love and support that we have received through this podcast.  Taking this on as a ministry under Bloom International has been amazing and the stories of how God has changed and impacted women is simply breathtaking! Happy One year guys!    
June 24, 2021
EP-21: What No One Ever Told ME By Author Karen Blankenship
What No One Ever Told ME- 8 Things I Discovered About Women and Leadership presents a look at two different views of women and leadership in the church from a Biblical and historical perspective. It is not a book just for women, but for those who desire to help the church grow and thrive beyond the current generation following God's direction in equipping and raising up spiritual leaders. Karen is an author, speaker and teacher. Karen currently serves as Program Director for The Sending Project, a mission organization in Kansas City.  You can purchase her book on Amazon: What No One Ever Told Me: 8 Incredible Things I Discovered About Women and Leadership - Kindle edition by Blankenship, Karen. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ You can also learn more about Karen Blankenship at her website Karen Blankenship Live – Live An Inspired Life
June 9, 2021
EP-20: Praying for That Man-Joanne Rozell
Leanne Rozell is the author of Praying for That Man and currently serves in the Pre-Marital Counseling ministry, with her husband, at the Village Church in Denton, Texas. Leanne believes that experiencing God in mighty ways has a lot to do with the power of prayer. Now her desire is to leave a legacy of trust in the Lord and to connect with young people who are struggling to understand the path set before them. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram. You can purchase "Praying for That Man" on Amazon  Praying for That Man: A Love Story from Above - Kindle edition by Rozell, Leanne, Hill, Malary, Georget, Genevieve, Byrd, Sarah. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ 
May 26, 2021
EP-19: You are the Light-Rachelle Morlok
What does it mean to be the light?   How do you show in action what it means to be the light for God? Be a beacon of truth-don't shut your light off from the rest of the world to see. Song- Be the Light By: Thomas Rhett Verses of Reference: John 8:12 Matthew 28:18-20 Matthew 5:14-16 Philippians 2:15
May 12, 2021
EP-18: Becoming your own best friend- Stephanie Snow
As a young girl, I saw a beautiful woman on TV with long, blond, curly locks. She told me if I used her shampoo, I would be just as happy and beautiful as she was. Turns out, she lied… "When you know who you truly are, why you are here and why you have a body it makes such a difference."  Stephanie Snow Is your body a temple or a prison to you?   How do you change your thoughts? ABC's concept Accept: appreciate your body Befriend: be a friend to yourself Care: nourish your body Reference verse:  Psalms 139:14 Visit Stephanie at Beauty Revolution – Discover and celebrate your authentic beauty – Join the Beauty Revolution!
April 28, 2021
EP-17: Resting in Seasons
What does it mean to rest in seasons? Here from Rachelle and Sherry about what it means to rest in seasons  God allows us to go through different kinds of seasons. Through each season we have an opportunity to grow closer to him. As we go into each new season we are called to rest in that season. Maybe you are in the season of rest but don’t know what that even entails.  What season did you just come out of and what season are you currently in? Verse References Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Ecclesiastes 1:2-4
April 17, 2021
EP-16: Rest In Ministry-Sherry
It does not matter what type of ministry you do, you can get burnt out if you are not listening and following what God wants of you. It is important to have the emotional and spiritual rest in the Lord.  When you have that you are resting in the Lord.  You are resting your spirt in what he has for you.  We need to rest to refresh our spirits. How do you rest in ministry? Verses: Genesis 2:2-3  Matthew 11:28 
March 17, 2021
EP-15: Rest In Today-Rachelle Morlok
What does it mean to rest?  Well that is a very good question.   We know that rest looks different for everyone and we also understand that life stops us from finding rest.   Verses: John 16:33, Mark 6:32, Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 55:6 and Genesis 2:2-3. We would love to hear how you are currently Resting In Today or how you plan to. Take away: Set a time limit for social media or just take it off all together. Set a timer at some point in the day to remind you to rest. Each day will look different, especially if you have kids. Just be willing to be flexible and I promise you that resting will become apart your day. Also if you ever want to chat just message us or email us. And a hashtag #restintoday #Growingwomenoffaith visit us
March 3, 2021
EP-14: What is your 20/20 Vision?
Special end of the year edition!!!   Has your year looked differently than you had planned?  I am guessing yes!  I am guessing everyone has experienced some change in some way, whether it is good or bad.  The same is true for us!  Sherry and I have seen God work in our own lives.  Plans have been changed but we have grown so much through it. Verses Referred:  Luke 15:4 and Matthew 6:34 want to become a monthly supporter? Visit us at
December 30, 2020
EP-13: Trusting in God-Rachelle Morlok
As a momma I think about what Mary faced in light of making the choice to trust in God. She faced so many trails that I cant even begin to imagine. But yet still trusted God through everything he did.  What if you allowed God to lead you in your life just as Mary allowed God to lead her?  What would your life look like right now?  Would you be where you are right now?   Verses for reference: Luke 1:28-55 and Proverbs 3:3-5 Want to become a monthly supporter visit us at
December 23, 2020
EP-12: My quiet time isn't cutting it...or the lack of it
What is keeping you from having quiet time?   Lets take a look at what could be stopping you from being silent in a world of demand.  "Quiet time" looks different for everyone because we are all different and its finding out what is best for you.   Verses: Psalms 46:10, Exodus 14:14, Job 33:33, Psalms 37:7, Romans 13:11-14 Quote by: David Jeremiah
December 9, 2020
EP-11: A Fight for Life
Inga Lizdenyte was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.  At the young age of 22 Inga was faced with the crossroads of her destiny, she decided to fight for her life. She firmly believed that with God’s help she could reclaim her independence and was ready to work relentlessly to achieve her vision. Going against the circumstances and opinions of others, she aimed for goals that seemed beyond her grasp. Local prosthetic specialists tried to convince her that she would never be able to walk with artificial legs because of her physical condition it would be impossible. But she told them that she WOULD walk and would even dance, and they would see it. In spite of much advice – to come to terms with a “disabled lifestyle” – she researched online about prosthetic legs worldwide, emailing prosthetic companies. This way, the Lord connects her with an American prosthetic specialist, who believed that her dream was possible and decided to help her. He invited her to come to California, USA and made artificial legs for her as a donation.   After hard and relentless work, Inga fulfilled her vow. I walked and danced, just as I said I would. Since 2005 Inga has been living independently in California. She is self-sufficient in spite of her physical limitations, work, travel, and build relationships, all the while helping others. For 13 years she worked as the Public Relations & Volunteer Coordinator at Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC).  Now her mission is to share a message of hope and help others. Today she is a Keynote Speaker on Inspiration, Empowerment, and Christian faith.  Certified Life Coach, and Author of the book “UNSTOPPABLE. It’s a Choice”.  Inga mission is to inspire others with her story, share the message of inspiration and faith,  and empower individuals to persevere, overcome, and achieve. Verse Refences: Hebrews 11:1 and Deuteronomy 8. Connect with Inga Lizdenyte Website: Facebook personal page: Facebook page for Becoming Unstoppable: Instagram: inga_becomingunstoppable & becoming_unstoppable YouTube:  find under Inga Lizdenyte Becoming Unstoppable
November 16, 2020
EP-10: You Deserve This Not That-Deborah Brunner
Deborah Brunner is a Confidence & Empowerment coach who believes women who have been in toxic relationships can use their painful past as fuel to heal and crush self-doubt so that they can stand confidently in their worth and start creating the dynamic life they desire. After a near death experience, she was deeply motivated to change her life. She traded in her life of domestic violence and substance abuse for an incredible fulfilling life. Deborah’s story, at least parts of it, is all too familiar in modern society. Where her story differs from most is not her will to live, which is remarkable, but beyond this point to a place where she picked up the pieces, reconnected with family, gained a degree, and continues to flourish, putting tough life lessons into meaningful action. It is a story of triumph. Deborah’s natural ability to engage and inspire will benefit anyone seeking to adapt, overcome, and excel over adversity. Her motivating story and impassioned plea is that you too can rewrite your own narrative. Deborah shares her insights and wisdom with women survivors to help them navigate the minefields of adversity into stepping stones of success. She believes we should assist and applaud the will to survive, take time to listen, and stand and cheer those who triumph in the face of insurmountable adversity. Deborah is the bestselling author of the book, “You Deserve This Not That: Living an Abundant Life after Near Death, Abuse and Addiction” She is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a wife, and the proud mother of two boys. Deborah received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Change at the University of Green Bay, WI. She has been involved in Toastmasters, a public speaking organization, for the past 9 years and during that time has held many positions at both the Area and District Level. She enjoys inspiring women to turn adversity into success through her coaching programs and speaking events. She firmly believes strongly all women are worthy: Worthy of being safe Worthy of being respected Worthy of being loved Worthy of living the dynamic life they desire. Proverbs 27:17- "As Iron Sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend."   National Domestic Violence Hotline @ 1-800-799-7233 or online @ Connect with Deborah at: To purchase Deborah's book: You Deserve This and Not That Free Guide Book. 7 simple steps to reclaiming your confidence!
October 28, 2020
EP-9: Find that Confidence and Energy you have always wanted
Periods of productivity: How understanding and managing the energetics of your menstrual cycle will help to increase your productivity and profits while decreasing how much you work. Dorit’s Bio: Dorit Palvanov is a registered holistic nutritionist and thought leader in the female-centric approach to healing. Her mission is empowering women to recover from burnout so they can live, love, parent and work with confidence, energy and passion. Dorit is the founder and voice behind the popular podcast for women Confident, Energized and Sexy Mama where she explores the life-long relationship women have with burnout and the stumbling blocks that hold women back from confidence, energy and passion in how they live, love, parent and work. When Dorit isn’t being a typical mom by taking her kids to and from, you’ll find her curled up on the couch with her husband talking long hours about life or singing to her guitar. To learn more about Dorit check her out in her hangout places. website: Podcast: Media Kit:
October 14, 2020
EP-8: The Goodness of our Abba Father-Karen Klongtruadroke
Karen Klongtruadroke Nitirojsakul is former Thai/Italian teen star, Karen Klongtruadroke Nitirojsakul, left the spotlight and moved from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to start working in full time ministry as host and producer of various children shows with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) Thailand since 2009 until 2018. In 2015, her precious bundle of joy, Naomi, was born and she has been doing freelance work as well as being a full-time mother since. With her love for the creative arts, Karen and her husband, Paic, co-founded Forward Love Ministry, with another family in 2018. The ministry focuses on empowering the youth in the creative arts in order for them to discover and use their God-given potential, reassuring them that they are able to serve God with their creative gifts and talents. Today, she is also hosting a devotional-type of show, Happy Day with Karen K., with the heart to share about God’s wonderful love to believers of any age, and letting them discover more about their identity in Christ through Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Her heart is to one day see the women of Thailand become confident precious daughters of God, continually growing in the knowledge of Christ, and who they are in Him.  Karen is also a worship leader at Abundant Grace Church, Chiang Mai, Thailand, which she has been attending since 2009.
October 1, 2020
EP-7: Living your best Life-Karla Dennis
Summary: We make the choice in how we are going to live every day. We don’t have control in the things that are going on around us, but we do have a say in our emotions and how we respond to those things. I choose joy, I choose positivity, I choose to live my best life despite the troubles and trails that come my way. In this podcast I hope to encourage you to live joyously, to have fun, to live your best life right now. This is not easily done you have to constantly choose joy, choose positivity, and most importantly choose God. With God’s help I do believe that you can do this, that you can have the life He intends for you to have. Bio: Hi! I’m Karla Dennis and I am the Connections Coordinator for our Jonesboro campus with Turning Point Church. I am from the great state of South Dakota. I graduated from North Central University, a bible college in Minneapolis Minnesota. My Mission in life is to help people live their best life, the Life that God has planned for them. One of my goals, is to be a Staff Coach at a church helping the team reach and accomplish the goals that God has set for them. Previously I served as a youth and children’s pastor for 15 years, which I loved. For fun I love to bake, play tennis, read, or play a board game (monopoly is the best).
September 16, 2020
EP-6: Uniquely Fashioned-Sherry Konzcak
Sherry shares about being Uniquely Fashioned in the season(s) where God has you.   God has purposed your past journey, your present for right now, right where you are, and the right time. He always has your future purposed for you. Through your journey(s) that God has you on he is developing the women of God you are and giving you the tools so that you can glorify him in all that you do.  Bible References:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 & Ephesians 2:10   If you were able to go back in your past, would you do it all over again? Is there anything you would change? What are some regrets? What are your victories you have been through? Sherry's Bio: Sherry was born in Thailand and is half Thai/American. She spent most of her life in America but was given the opportunity in 2001 to serve under a ministry in India that helped women successfully walk away from a life of being a trafficked victim. In 2015 she took the call to return to Southeast Asia to work with displaced peoples and women.  Her desire is to see the women of Asia come to know their Identity in Christ, to live in the freedom and Grace of a God who sees them as beautiful daughters. Sherry heads up the international contacts, programming and planning for Bloom International.
September 5, 2020
EP-5: Obeying by Staying-Laura Smith
Episode Summary Learning to have faith like Abraham to obey and go even when not knowing where you are going. (Hebrews 11:8) And to continue to trust when where you end up is not where you thought it would be. Also having the faith to understand that sometimes obeying and going actually means to be still and stay where you are. Laura's Bio. I am the youngest of 3 girls. I have the blessing of bring raised in a Godly home. When I was 5, my family and I moved to Kenya, Africa to serve there with the IMB. We retuned to Texas during middle school. I graduated high school and went off to Texas Tech for my Bachelor degree in Animal Science. After graduation I served with the IMB's Hands On program in Lesotho Africa. After returning to the States and working for a couple of years, God gave me the opportunity to go with Pioneers to East Asia to serve there for 2 years and then to serve a year in New York City. Currently I am back in Texas, working and am part way through my Masters degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics.
August 19, 2020
EP-4: Spiritual Sight-Amy Rhodes
Summary from episode: Have you ever thought about the song lyrics "I was blind but now I see" and what they mean? What does it mean to see ourselves, others, and the world the way Jesus does?  What does it mean to see past the "now" and live seeing the "eternal"? Biblical References:  Matthew 9:36-10:1 and 2 Corinthians 4 Amy Rhodes just moved back to Memphis, TN after 8 years of missionary service in Asia. Her passion is to love Jesus more each day and to teach and inspire others to do the same. Her ministry focus is on women's discipleship around the world, where she continues to invest in women's lives online  and in person. She is currently studying to receive her Master's in Biblical Counseling for further equipping for women's ministry.
August 5, 2020
EP-3: The unseen Oak-Rachael
In this episode Rachael shares her testimony of how God allowed misunderstanding to take everything she loved, every dream she had, so He could spend beautiful time with her and tend to those desperate and decaying roots. She explains what has happened in her life when she chose to be unseen. If you have ever been to Florida you might have seen some of the beautiful giant Oak Trees with branches that touch the ground and reach for the sky. Just like these trees we can look beautiful on the outside while hiding the fact that our roots are rotting in despair. But what we keep hidden from the world God sees. He wants to heal this part of us before the next major hurricane comes and blows is over, exposing our roots for all to see. Rachael's word for 2020 is-IMAGINE and God has shown her in so many ways how imagine has been such a big part of this season.   References:  Ephesians 3:14-21 Psalm 107 Isaiah 55:2
July 22, 2020
EP-2: Trusting in the Promises of God-Vada Scott
Summary from episode with Vada Scott- In these uncertain times we need to know that we can turn to someone who will never change...God doesn't change and His Word is full of promises we can stand on. I have seen His faithfulness over the years. I encourage others to seek His promises and then believe them. He is faithful. Vada Scott is Co-founder, together with her husband Galen, of Hearts Ablaze Ministries and WEGO. Hearts Ablaze Ministries began over 35 years ago when the Scotts first went to Mexico. Since then, they have traveled to over 15 countries preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Scotts now reside in Florida where they not only go for short term mission trips but encourage others to go with them for one to two weeks. WEGO was developed for just that reason; a way to get people on the foreign field for a short time so that they can experience first-hand what it is like. Vada’s husband has also written two books: “The Revelation of the New Covenant” and “Jesus, Our High Priest” If you would like to purchase any of their books you can visit their website or purchase on Amazon.
July 8, 2020
EP-1: Welcome to Growing Women of Faith Podcast
We want to welcome you to Growing Women of Faith Podcast.  Our mission is to be a platform for women to share how God is growing them in their life.  We encourage, inspire and empower women across the globe to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. We are dedicated to strengthening women of faith. Together we can grow by sharing authentic testimonies and devotionals of women whose personal experiences in their everyday lives can encourage and equip women with confidence so that together we can grow the kingdom of God with glory. We share about our start; which is through Bloom International. Co-Host Rachelle Morlok shares on her lack of faith, to putting her trust in God and how she found faith in the midst of her trails.  She shares on how God called her to the mission field and through that experience it has grown her into the person she is today.   "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."  Hebrews 11:1 She references Hebrews 11:11 and Matthew 17:20-21.   
June 24, 2020