Loving Fully and Living Faithfully Real stories of women who are living out their faith in love to God, others, and even to themselves. Tune in to discover how you too can be a love offering to those around you and learn to believe that what you offer matters.
If you are a Christian fiction reader, you have probably read the work of Karen Kingsbury. She is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author and she on the show today sharing her own life story as a journalist, novelist, wife, mother, and philanthropist.
Hearing her story and having an inside peek into her career as a writer was so faith-building. If I admired her before, I admire her even more now after having this conversation.
Friend, you too have a beautiful story God is writing for your life. We pray you recognize His hand, trust His plan, and live on mission for Him. You don't want to miss being a part of His life-changing story.
“This week's love offering is to live your life on mission. What we do on earth matters for all of eternity. We love God and love people. Your life will intersect with someone’s today by a divine plan of God. Use that moment and don't lose it.”
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Do you worry that you're messing up your kids? Do you get stressed when you think about their futures? New York Times bestselling author Crystal Paine knows how you feel. A mom of four, Crystal has struggled with anxiety over parenting. She wanted to parent with grace, instead of a system of rules where kids are expected to do all the right things. She wanted to be a safe place for her children, and she definitely didn't want to be remembered as the sort of mom who yelled, wounded her kids with words, or worse, cared more about her reputation than her kids' hearts.
In this episode, Crystal shares the life-changing lessons that God has been teaching her about raising kids with love and grace.
In this episode we discuss:
▫️The root of why we often feel so frustrated and irritated with our kids
▫️How to keep going when you want to give up
▫️How to stop parenting for your own approval and reputation
▫️The four most important choices you can make as a parent
▫️Help you get your kids to talk to you
At a time when parenting is more complicated than ever, this is the message that will bring you freedom, hope, and healing.
This week’s love offering is to “let God’s love pour through us to other people. I don’t have anything to give unless I’m filling myself up with Him.”
“Cram so much truth in that there is no space for lies. Then when someone bumps into you, God’s love spills out.”
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Today’s conversation is about doubt and hopelessness based on Nicki Koziarz’s book Flooded: The 5 Best Decisions to Make When Life Is Hard and Doubt Is Rising. We pray through this episode you find biblical hope, quiet the fear, and discover peace in between the problem and the promise.
“This week’s love offering is to listen and don’t try to sugarcoat their doubt.”
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So much goes on inside our hearts, doesn’t it? Today’s conversation is all about transforming our inner lives to then change how we act outwardly. Today we are chatting about our identity, approval, affirmation, worth, and value. Alexandra Hoover is sharing about the insecurities she has battled, how she is learning to overcome, and how you can too.
Topics of conversation:
▫️Being not enough and too much
▫️Learning to be rather than do
▫️Living from love and not for it
▫️Moving from bondage to freedom
▫️How changing the world happens through the mundane
▫️Trusting that God will use our little as we willingly offer it to Him
▫️Reconciling the hard things of life with God’s love
▫️Creating a positive identity of the inherent Godly worth and value for our children
This week’s love offering is to ask God what He has asked you to steward. Ask Him to reveal how He is doing much with your little.”
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Many women live with anticipation—but also great anxiety—about what the future may bring. So they work hard to stay one step ahead of their worst-case scenarios. While they’re focused on arranging a secure tomorrow, their fear strangles the peace, joy, and purpose from today. With the Proverbs 31 woman as a guide, Katy McCown is on the show chatting about her Bible Study titled She Smiles without Fear. Join us to discover how to find security in God’s plans and confidence in His control.
This week’s love offering is to be more intentional about praying for others. “Even if we look like we all have it all together on the outside we are all struggling on the inside.”
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Katy McCown - Helping you live on purpose for God's purposes
What if a relationship with the Holy Spirit is the missing link to a fulfilling spiritual life? Jeannie Cunnion, a pastor’s kid and life-long Jesus follower who became a Christian at the age of eight found herself knee-deep in questions such as: Do I really rely on the power of God’s Spirit inside me, or am I trying to do life in my own strength? How can I experience more of His presence? Why do I keep struggling with things I’ve been set free from? These questions led her to discover more about the Holy Spirit and become fully reliant on Him for the answers.
In Don’t Miss Out: Daring to Believe Life Is Better with the Holy Spirit (Bethany House) Cunnion takes readers on her journey to re-discover God’s love through a better understanding of the Holy Spirit, unveiling 30 little-known benefits of being in relationship with God’s divine presence.
Topics of Conversation:
▫️5 things to know about the Holy Spirit
▫️Why the Holy Spirit can be a controversial topic
▫️Finding the fullness of God through the power of the Holy Spirit
▫️Christians and the Holy Spirit: why is there a disconnect?
▫️What it means to live a super-over-natural life
▫️The real key to “self-help” is found in the Holy Spirit
▫️10 truths about spiritual gifts
We pray through this episode you realize why Spirit-help is far superior to self-help, learn how to activate the Spirit’s power in your daily lives, develop a deeper intimacy with Jesus, and see how the Holy Spirit champions us.
We long to make a break from the fast pace of life, but if we're honest, we're afraid of what we'll miss if we do. Yet when going big and hustling hard leaves us stressed, empty, and out of sorts, perhaps this can be our cue to step into a far more satisfying, sustainable pace. Jennifer Dukes Lee is on the show today sharing a path to unhurried living by returning to the rhythm of the land and learning the ancient art of Growing Slow.
Topics of conversation:
▫️Finding the true relief that comes when you stop running and start resting in Jesus
▫️Learning practices for unhurrying your heart and mind every day
▫️Letting go of the pressure and embrace the small, good things already bearing fruit in your life
▫️Engaging and celebrating slow growth
Tune in to enter a simpler way of living by unhurrying your heart, embracing the relaxed rhythms of nature, and discovering the meaningful gift of growing slow.
This week’s love offering is to “encourage the slow growth in the people around us. Call out the goodness in them. God is growing something beautiful out of our successes and also those things that feel like failures.”
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We have an over-parenting epidemic in this country. We want to give our children “the best,” but without realizing it, we’re giving too much. Buying too much. Doing too much.
Yet we aren’t doing enough of the little things that are most important when it comes to equipping our kids to become capable, confident and compassionate adults. Amy Carney is on a mission to help moms and dads reclaim leadership, make the tough decisions, and parent today with tomorrow in mind. Tune in to glean wisdom on how to raise your kids without regret.
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Our love offering this week is to “start bringing the needs of the outside world into our home.”
Love can be hard. It doesn’t always look like the fairytales we are led to believe. And yet, here we are trying to navigate our relationships and love as God has commanded us. Meredith Carr is on the show opening up about the hard places to love in marriage and motherhood. We hope at the conclusion of this episode you discover the fairytale ending our hearts actually need and learn to lean on God’s power to love even on the hardest days. Connect with Meredith by visiting https://meredithhcarr.com
Our love offering this week is to do something kind for your spouse if you are married. If you are not married, think of a married couple and do some thing nice for them to encourage them to keep loving even on the hardest days.
Do you like your life story? Undoubtedly there are some good chapters and other chapters we wish we could tear out. Sharon Jaynes is familiar with both. On today’s podcast, she is sharing hard-fought wisdom on how God uses every story for good. Join us to discover how what we consider the worst chapters become some of our favorite chapters.
Topics of Conversation
The secret to living a better one story
How to view your story through a lens that makes it all worthwhile
How sharing your story of past pain and messy mistakes brings healing to the teller and the listener
Understand why bad things happen, and how to move forward when they do
How to stop picking at emotional scabs and allow the hurt to heal
Do you long to discover a slower, simpler, and more soulful way of life?
‘Sand Between Your Toes: Inspirations for a Slower, Simpler & More Soulful Life’ is an inspiring collection of inspiring daily devotions, hope-filled prayers, and practical tips that will encourage readers to slow down, simplify and find God’s peace each day amid life’s many complications.
When are feeling rushed and stressed our connection to God and others is the first to go. So this week our love offering is to rest. Connect with Anna:
There is a lot more to charity work than pure numbers. There are people who are living today who without our work would not be alive; there are surgeons practicing across Africa with the skills gained through our program; and families who’ve been given a second chance due to the support offered through our rehab and wheelchair services. Ultimately every one of these numbers is one of those stories. Stories of transformed lives.
BethanyKids is a compassionate Christian mission transforming the lives of African children with surgical conditions and disabilities through pediatric surgery, rehabilitation, public education, spiritual ministry and training health professionals. Our work transforms lives.
Angela Lawley is an ambassador for Bethany Kids and is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, OK. She is the founder of Giving Hope Ministries, a Women’s Bible group dedicated to teaching women the Word of God while equipping them to fight for themselves and their families. Angela is also the host of the Giving Hope Podcast, that highlights ministries from across the country. Her goal is to bring Hope and Healing to the world through the truth of God’s Word. Join Team Angela.
Joy can feel elusive when defined by how you feel in a given moment or what your circumstances are at the present. Sometimes joy feels like it can be taken away, even when things are good. During a long season, Suzanne (Suzie) Eller discovered six surprising biblical truths about joy. Those truths helped her see joy and God in a new light. Join us today on the podcast as she shares these same JoyKeeper truths!
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More than Small Talk podcast
Watch the Embolden Summit: https://www.amydebrucque.com/embolden-summit
Our stories are riddled with the sting of rejection. It's feeling like a failure or being heartbroken. It's being left out or misunderstood. It's the parent who neglected us or the person who betrayed our trust. It's even in the way we think or talk about ourselves and question our relationship with God.
Whether it happened in grade school or last week, rejection can leave deep scars that affect our relationships, our self-worth, and our identities for years to come. And while we can't control when rejection appears, we can control how we react when it does.
Kait Warman, author of Thank You for Rejecting Me, is on the show offering practical tools to help us heal from the past, walk in strength, and love in the future.
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Life sometimes brings difficult situations or circumstances that can leave us feeling run-down, drained, worn-out, and threadbare. These are the times we most desperately need prayer, but they can also be the times we simply don’t have the words to form a prayer. That is why Stacey Thacker wrote Threadbare Prayer. Join us as we chat about how the simplest prayers can have great power. Our love offering this week is to intercede in prayer on behalf of someone else.
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Have you ever felt unworthy of love? So Worth Loving clothing brand owner and author Eryn Eddy is on the show today encouraging us to look in, look up, and look out to love ourselves and love others. After today’s episode we hope you believe that no matter what, you are so worth loving! And knowing that truth will change everything.
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God Hears Her podcast with co-host Elisa Morgan
Have you ever wanted to do something kind for someone, but weren’t sure what to do? Karen Ehman is on the show sharing creative ways to make a difference in the lives of other people. She’s written a devotional titled “Make Their Day” with 101 simple and practical ideas to love others well.
Making people a priority
Developing daily habits of thoughtfulness
Sprinkling kindness in a culture of cruel
Overcoming busyness and excuses not to love others
We believe when you make someone else’s day, it will make your day too. I can’t wait for you to hear today’s conversation—101 love offering ideas?! Yes please!
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Are you tired? Tired of doubting, tired of comparing, tired of striving, tired of fear, and tired of being tired? You aren’t alone. The Founder of Exhale Women, Holly Newton is on the show today helping us to exhale, let go, and learn to live in the unforced rhythms of grace. Join us to find the true rest your heart and soul have been longing for.
Holly talked about unforced rhythms of grace. With this in mind, our love offering this week is to extend grace to yourself and to those around you.
Interested in the Exhale Gathering? Use code RACHAEL10 when you check out. Registration opens Monday, March 1st. Find out more at exhalewomen.org
Connect with Holly: hollyanewton.com
Natalie’s Sisters is a ministry that exists to extend hope, support, and God's unconditional love to sexually exploited women through a first-touch approach providing respite, relationship, and referrals to community resources. The founder of the ministry, Jani Lewis, is sharing her own story of sexual exploitation and how God has turned her pain into purpose. Join us as we talk about the greatest needs, common threads, and how she has seen God work in the lives of the women she serves.
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We learn lessons in the good, the bad, and the in-between. Lisa Appelo shares about that journey of unexpected lessons on the show today. After losing her husband of 25 years and becoming a widow and single mom of seven, Lisa still finds God to be faithful and true. He has met her deepest needs and we believe He can meet yours too.
▫️How moments of joy can intersect affliction
▫️How prayer helped her through
▫️Parenting children through grief
▫️Giving thanks in bad circumstances
▫️Thriving in every chapter of life
▫️Scriptural keys to crush our fear, walk in joy and fan our faith
▫️Learning to not only live where we are but love where we are
▫️Learning to not only rest and trust, but smile at the future
▫️What it really means for a Christian to grieve with hope
▫️How to love widows, single moms, and those who are grieving
This week’s Love Offering prompt is to reach out to a widow, widower, single mom, or single dad to offer them tangible help.
Choosing Him Ministries founder Tecia Janes is on the show sharing her testimony that led to her choice to choose God. We talk about choices—the choice to love, forgive, obey, surrender, sacrifice, and trust. We pray after this episode that above all, you choose Him and live for Him no matter what life brings.
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This week’s Love Offering challenge is to choose to follow God’s leading and choose to meet the needs of someone else rather than your own.
Do you ever wonder why it’s so easy to compare ourselves to others? Or, why is it so difficult to stop? In an era of carefully curated social media images, non-stop selfies, and channels devoted to perfecting everything from your home to your dinner plate, comparison consumes us! And then always chasing better becomes a burden! It weighs down our souls and prevents us from experiencing satisfaction or rest. Heather Creekmore is on the show today sharing her personal battle with weight, appearance, and comparison. Tune in to lift the weight of your burden of better and comparison.
This week’s Love Offering Challenge is to celebrate someone the next time you are tempted to compare.
How do we love the unlovable? Miranda Jo Davis is sharing her testimony and tips on how to resist throwing away messy relationships, showing compassion, managing our expectations, and salvaging broken relationships.
Because of difficult relationships in her own life, Miranda Jo dealt with anxiety and fear. In this episode she shares daily practices that have helped her find healing and peace for her body, mind, and soul. We pray the same for you and your relationships.
Topics of conversation:
▫️How we practice yoga while not compromising our faith
▫️Learning to love, honor, and care for our mind, body, and soul
▫️Meditating in Scripture
▫️Replacing faith with fear
▫️A disclaimer for those who are in dangerous situations
▫️How Jesus loved the unlovable
▫️Pursuing marginalized people
▫️Accepting imperfections and flaws of people
The love offering challenge this week is to pray God gives you His agape love to extend forgiveness, grace, kindness, and love to the unlovable person in your life.
Women tend to over-think practically everything, so it can be quite scary for most of us to be left alone with our thoughts. We long for strong, intimate relationships with our Heavenly Father, daily striving to live for His glory and enjoy life in Christ. However, just when we discover the blessed assurance of standing firm in the Lord, we falter, once again, caught up in Satan’s vortex of doubt, fear and guilt. But we can live Beyond the Noise. Laura Bailey is on the show today exploring 10 lies Satan wants us to believe to deceive us and how to counteract them with God’s truth.
▫️Recognizing the voice of truth versus the voice of the enemy
▫️Falsley believing we can have it all
▫️Not allowing our past defines us
▫️A healthy body image
▫️The struggle with social media
▫️God’s design for marriage
▫️The lies we believe as mothers
▫️Obeying God’s commands rather than meeting the world’s demands
▫️Feeling like our contributions are too small and insignificant
▫️Escaping the comparison trap
▫️Living each day as if it could be your last
▫️Standing firm and fighting the perpetual daily battles against Satan
We pray after tuning in you can silence the lies of the deceiver and live beyond the noise.
🤍This week’s Love Offering challenge is for you. Write down the lie Satan is using to attack you and search Scripture to combat the lie with God’s truth.
Hannah Brencher knows that the clock striking midnight on December 31 isn’t going to magically reset any of our lives. 2021 isn’t the answer. Instead, we need to choose hope over the lies that we’re not good enough. We need to stay in the fight – the fight to show up, the fight to move forward, the fight to believe we can actually change this world for the better.
Fighting Forward: Your Nitty Gritty Guide to Beating the Lies that Hold You Back (Zondervan) is a reminder to stay in the fight, an anthem to give readers strength, and a playbook on how to keep going. Hope is alive, and there is still a reason to wake up, get up, and move forward into each new day.
In today’s episode we chat about:
▫️The World Needs More Love Letters global community
▫️Being women who do good
▫️Her struggle with depression
▫️Staying in the fight
▫️Fighting against the cultural norm
▫️Beating the lies that are holding us back
▫️Finding the strength to start
▫️The “Promise Me You’ll Fail” contract
▫️Prioritizing mental health
▫️Showing up for your life
▫️Changing the world for the better
🤍This week’s Love Offering challenge is to write a letter of encouragement to someone.
Can giving up what you think you want actually set you free? From Lost to Found (W Publishing, Thomas Nelson) author Nicole Zasowski is on the show today sharing about how through a great season of transition, loss, and pain, she discovered that only empty hands are truly open to receiving transformative grace, and that the beauty of being lost lies in the joy of being found.
We chat about:
▫️Her cross-country move
▫️Her multiple miscarriages
▫️The dangers of being comfortable.
▫️Learning to let go
▫️Holding on to hope
▫️Living a life of influence
Most of us are familiar with the struggle of wanting something to happen while waiting for God’s plan to unfold. This gap between what is and what will be is the focus of Jazmin Frank’s Bible study, “In the Waiting.” In this episode, Jazmin explores how we can be active in the present as we hope for the future by examining the examples of beloved Biblical characters. Through their lives, we are reminded of God’s providence and challenged to trust Him no matter the timetable or answer He gives. We hope through this episode you understand it is ok to want, but ultimately that you want God most of all.
Topics of conversation:
▫️How waiting is a good thing
▫️The source of our wait
▫️Trusting God with the details
▫️Working while we wait
▫️Remembering God is with us
▫️Remaining faithful while we wait
▫️When waiting is not our fault
▫️How waiting can be a time of preparation
▫️Keeping a pleasing attitude
▫️Praying while we wait
▫️How Jesus waited
▫️How we can love others in their seasons of waiting
Right in time for the holidays, I have two of the five Gingham Apron ladies on the show sharing about their book the Gathering Table. Join us as we chat about growing strong relationships through food, faith, and hospitality.
Topics of conversation:
▫️Showing hospitality even when it's difficult
▫️The importance of training children in hospitality
▫️Joyfully working together to accomplish a goal
▫️Simple ways to show hospitality
▫️How we nourish both body and soul in a weary season
▫️Commemorating the faithfulness of God
▫️Finding identity first in Christ
▫️How offering hospitality can be our love offering
What does hospitality look like for you in this season? We pray after tuning in you realize love should be the heartbeat of every gathering. 🤍
Human trafficking can feel far away, but it is very much a reality for so many. In fact, according to the International Labor Organization, there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, with thousands in the United States alone. My guest today knows this reality all too well.
Holly Christine Hayes was rescued out of a life of trauma nearly 20 years ago and knows the path to recovery can be long and rocky. She is now the Founder + CEO of Sanctuary Project, a survivor-run nonprofit social enterprise employing and empowering women who’ve survived lives of trafficking, violence and addiction in Austin, TX.
Her vision and leadership create a safe space for other survivors to grow in practical skills, unleash their creativity, embrace their femininity, and heal their hearts – all in community with other survivors.
Join us today for a conversation about God’s redemptive story and how God can use your pain to help others through theirs.
Jamie Grace was diagnosed with anxiety at 11 years old, as well as Tourette Syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In her new book, Finding Quiet: My Journey to Peace in an Anxious World (Bethany House, October 13, 2020) the Grammy-nominated recording artist opens up about her lifelong struggles with mental illness, and her dependence on Christ to help her discover moments of silence in an otherwise noisy world.
Over the years Jamie has turned to medication, counseling and prayer, and found that through a combination of purposeful habits and her faith in Jesus, she is able to manage her thoughts and find rest and quiet in order to hear the Lord’s voice louder than others.
In today’s episode we discuss:
● Living with mental illness – where is God in this diagnosis?
● How to find quiet even when it’s noisy
● God is always speaking, it’s up to us to be “quiet” enough to hear/listen
● How being thrust into fame at a young age complicated her mental health diagnosis
● Navigating friendships/relationships and the role of boundaries in mental health
● What do we do when we can’t pray away a diagnosis? Where and how does faith come into play?
● Asking for help – why is this so hard, and how can we overcome the stigma?
Join us for a conversation about practical life lessons that will help you learn to let go, release from comparison, navigate relationships, find purpose, and peace in an anxious world.
Are you happy? Katie Orr is in the show today sharing Secrets Of The Happy Soul. Join us to discover the deep delight your soul was made for.
In this episode we discuss:
How some people always seem to be happy
Contrasting happiness and joy
How a happy soul is already within us
Experiencing daily delights found in God’s presence
How to draw closer to God
Happiness in the midst of storms
Our purpose and staying rooted
Confidence in God's will
Seeking God in everyday moments
How do we find hope when we don’t like our story? Heather Dixon from The Rescued Letters is on the show today sharing about her incurable and terminal genetic disorder she inherited from her mother. Because of her diagnosis she is living more determined than ever before to live like Jesus in every moment and discovering hope despite the story she’s been given.
In this episode we discuss:
How we flourish as we live our hard stories.
Trading heartache for hope
Relying on God’s movement in the details of our story, even when it can’t be seen
Gaining confidence to act in the part of our stories that we can change while watching expectantly for God to redeem the parts we can’t
This conversation wrecked me in all the best ways. Such a perspective shift. Tune in to be encouraged and equipped to trust in God, face your greatest fears, and live with hope, especially amid difficult circumstances.
Have you ever thought that there is no way God could ever use you? If so, you are not alone. Wendy Pope is on the show today sharing how we are all qualified to be a part of God’s plan.
In this episode we chat about:
How God uses our weaknesses
Why our potential seems hidden
Embracing what we are tempted to get rid of
Friend, you are a worthwhile possibility regardless of your failures, flaws, and frailties. We pray as you tune in this week you discover your own hidden potential.
What dream has God given you and what is holding you back from realizing it? Fit In Faith podcast host, Tamra Andress is on the show today propelling us to make our own unique impact.
We chat about her story of entrepreneurship and her epiphany moment to make a change to stop pursuing the American Dream and pursue what the Lord had for her instead.
Join us to discover how to be ready to answer the call fully well and truly whole so others may encounter Him through you! It’s time to activate that dream and make the kingdom impact you were created for!
In this episode we chat about:
Clarifying our dreams
Obedience and submission
Combating excuses and fear
The disservice of not doing and the ripple effect of doing
Simplifying purpose and calling
Understanding your why
Today is not an easy conversation, but a necessary one. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the United States, one out of four women will experience severe intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime and nearly one in ten women in the United States will be raped by an intimate partner during her lifetime.
Sue Parisher is on the show today courageously sharing her story of domestic abuse to create awareness as well as provide resources for those who might be in abusive situations currently or still trying to heal from one in the past.
Join us as we discuss:
Overcoming self-doubt and fear
Transforming from domestic violence victim to survivor
Identifying and defeating the abuser’s lies
The role of God’s Word in her healing
Holding onto hope
How can we best love domestic violence victims
Our life journeys can feel inconvenient at times and sometimes even painful, can’t they? Bethny Ricks is on the show sharing her own inconvenient journey to healing and wholeness today on the podcast.
In this episode we chat about:
Experiencing a myriad of emotions
Becoming confident in our imperfections
How our faith grows deeper in pain
How God met her in suffering
Trusting God through the inconvenience
The process of healing
Finding the strength to keep moving forward
God’s grace in the process
How to love someone well in their healing process
Tune in to discover purpose, healing, and wholeness in your own inconvenient journey.
Ashley Moore is one of the biggest motivators I have in my personal life. This lady lives out her faith and I’ve had the honor to bear witness to it. She is on the show sharing her redemption story and how she believes you are called to live out your own.
Join us as Ashley walks us through how abiding leads to obedience which leads to Kingdom impact no matter how inadequate and unworthy we may feel. Tune in today to be encouraged and equipped to live out your faith in a fresh new way!
“You are enough” is a well-intentioned, encouraging message preached to overwhelmed, burnt-out women. Bestselling author Alli Worthington used to be one of them, but when faced with adversity, found herself searching for more. Being enough was no longer enough.
In her new book Standing Strong: A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living with Confidence Alli gives women a no-nonsense guide to recognizing and eliminating the things that hold them back from being who God created them to be, to tackling the obstacles of self-doubt, fear, and insecurity, and to stepping into the dreams God has planted in their hearts. Tune into today’s episode to discover how to start living with the strength and confidence God intends for you.
My guest this week has a contagious passion for God and His people. Deeanna Wall is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Nashville. There she leads The Gathering weekly, the Prime Life department, and hospital care. Join us today as we talk about:
Ministering to the lost
Focusing on the one
Ministering to the elderly
The value of mentorship
The role of the church
Our role in the Kingdom
We pray after listening you are compelled to lay hold of the life God has for you and equipped to help others discover the same. It’s an exciting time to be a part of God’s work!
“I knew He wanted me to glorify Him, but I didn’t know in what way or how,” Pam recalled. So she began reading through her old journals in search of direction. The more she read the more she was reminded of God’s faithfulness in her life and the power of our stories. If she was encouraged reading stories of God’s faithfulness maybe other people would be too. This marked the beginning of A Million God Stories and paved the way for Ring & Robe prison ministry. I can’t wait for you to tune in as Pam VanArsdall shares about the importance of our stories and the common thread connecting them all. What’s your God story?
When prayers for healing haven't been answered, the fog of depression isn't lifting, when marriages end in divorce, or grief won't go away, it's easy to feel you've failed God or, worse, He’s failed you. Many of us have asked If God loves us, why does He allow us to hurt?
We often hear this too shall pass, but what if it doesn’t? KJ Ramsey author of This Too Shall Last is on the show today sharing about the pain God hasn’t taken away and how we can encounter grace in the middle, where living with suffering that lingers can mean receiving God's presence that lasts.
We are talking women's ministry with purpose today on the show. Gena McCown shares that whether we minister to one, 100, 1,000, or 1 million we are in women’s ministry and we have work to do until God calls us home. Get ready for a motivating and passion-filled conversation that will inspire you to use your gifts for Kingdom impact today!
How do I measure up?
This is a question most of us are subconsciously asking because as women we tend to compare constantly - on social media, in our neighborhood, at church, and at work.
Shannon Popkin addresses this tendency on the show today as she shares about her Bible study, Comparison Girl: Lessons From Jesus On Me-Free Living In A Measure-Up World.
Join us as we discuss how to leave measure up comparison behind and connect with those around us by choosing Jesus’s me-free way of living. It’s time to break free from the shackles of comparison to discover the freedom and joy of living me-free.
Not able to deny her entrepreneurial spirit, Heather joined a network marketing company, hustled her way to the top, only to realize that she gave up too much and did not like the person she had become. Led by her beliefs and convictions of what her true calling was, she took a 180 and began supporting women in business as a faith based mentor to empower them to ditch the doubt, escape the overwhelm and tap into their full potential. Today as you tune in, we pray the same for you.
Karen Gonzalez is on the show sharing her immigration story and stories of immigrants found in the Bible. Throughout Scripture there are many examples of people who fled their homelands - Hagar, Joseph, Ruth, and even Jesus. The courage, loss, joy, and pain has never gone unnoticed by “The God Who Sees” and they don’t go unnoticed now.
This episode will reinforce the innate desire to belong and be seen for all of us. Friend, God sees what you are going through today and you will always find belonging in Him. Through this conversation we pray your eyes are opened to see those around you and extend His loving invitation to belong.
What dream has God given you? Maybe it was a long time ago, maybe you feel like you’ve missed your chance, or you feel like you don’t have what it takes. But God has placed something in your heart and challenged you to live beyond yourself. You must only be willing to say yes. All throughout the Bible we see those who have gone before us accepting the challenge God has placed before them. These challenges are what author Kate Battistelli calls God Dares. On today’s episode, Kate shares her story full of mistakes and victories in her career, motherhood, and in her spiritual life. As she grew in courage and obedience she was able to overcome the excuses she was using not to pursue the dream God has given her and now she is challenging us to do the same. Tune in to discover how to live out your own God Dare. We dare you to accept the challenge and live the life God has always intended for you!
It’s hard to wait well, isn’t it? Sarah Johnson the author of Now Waiting is on the show today helping us navigate the tension between where we want to be and where we are currently. Tune in to discover how to remain confident in the goodness of God even when our season of waiting leaves us feeling discouraged, frustrated, and left out of God's plan. So join us as we learn how to wait well.
Toni Rose is on the show today sharing about ministering to families with disabilities through the Barren Heights retreat center. After many years in this ministry, God broadened her vision to include marriage ministry. Join us today to hear Toni’s story of obedience and service. We hope through this episode you are inspired to obey whatever God is calling you to and equipped to refresh and revitalize your marriage.
We yearn for deeper relationships, however they often end up as shallow social interactions. Through her writing and speaking, Jessica Herberger inspires women to seek community, to walk in obedience, and to love others well. After years of studying The Last Supper while also working through what friendship looks like in her own life she has merged the two into her book Break Bread Together. Join us today to discover how you can navigate and nurture friendships in your own life.
Sarah Butterfield is on the show today sharing her experience growing up as a missionary kid in France. She used to believe she had to go big for God, but over the years she has learned that we can pursue missional moments right where we are. Tune in to find out how to make a difference and change the world around you as you put your faith into action.
Divorce is considered the second most traumatic life event, after the death of a spouse or child. Paige Harley is on the show today sharing her story of divorce and what she has learned along the way. If you have been a child of divorce, experienced divorce yourself, or have friends you want to love and support through their divorce this episode is for you. Join us for the dos and don’ts of divorce according to Paige.
Kassandra Baker is on the show today sharing her story of disordered eating. She talks about her struggles with perfectionism, people pleasing, and legalism. Join us to discover how she found freedom and victory from the bondage of these dysfunctional behaviors. We pray if you struggle in any or in all of these areas you will learn to live free with authenticity and grace.
Are you exhausted from trying to keep up with what the world is telling you to do? Malinda Fuller, author of Obedience Over Hustle is on the show today helping us to surrender our striving hearts. This episode brought me to tears for my own tendency to hustle. We pray as you tune in this week, you realize while God wants your obedience, He loves you simply for who you are. I don’t know about you, but that truth gives rest to my hurried heart.
Can one woman change the world? Ronne Rock thinks so and after chatting with her I agree and we think you will too. Join us to reclaim your God-designed influence and impact right where you are. We can change the world one woman and one love offering at a time.
Brooke Tabor from the Gorgeous Grace is on the show today chatting about fruitful faith, obedience, embracing trials, and overcoming self-love. Her humility and passion are endearing and contagious! Tune in to discover His gorgeous grace for yourself.
When you talk to God, do you ever wonder if He hears? Do your prayers feel uninspired or routine? Do you sometimes feel like you don’t even know how to pray? Kelly O’Dell Stanley is answering these common questions and more on today’s episode. You were designed to pray. Join us to discover how.
I have followed Alicia Bruxvoort from afar for many years as a writer for Proverbs 31 ministries and through the She Speaks organization, but getting the chance to chat with her one-on-one made me admire and appreciate her even more. She is the mentor you wish you had in your life because of her warmth, humility, and perspective. In this episode we chat about dreams, motherhood, and marriage with the overarching themes of obedience and stewarding the seemingly small. I can’t wait for you to hear the overflow of her heart as she encourages us to live out of the overflow of our own.
Emily P. Freeman is on the show today chatting about a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. Adults make 35,000 decisions every day. It’s time we clear the decision making clutter, quiet the fears of choosing wrong, and get the courage to finally decide. In this episode, Emily also shares her writing journey and lessons she has learned along the way. Her message is hope-filled and I believe after listening you will be better equipped to determine your next right thing.
Parenting can be hard. It is possibly the most important task we are entrusted to in our lifetimes and we want to do it well. Parents Rising author Arlene Pellicane is on the show today sharing wisdom on how to parent with intention. There is no better time than now. Let us not waste our moments with these incredible gifts of our children.
We’ve had a lot more time to think lately, haven’t we? But sometimes we can start to believe lies that are not from God. Kaitlin Chappell Rogers has experienced this first hand. She is the author of Not From God and is on the show today sharing how we can take back the narrative of our lives and give our story to the rightful Author -- Jesus. Join us as we discuss thoughts and feelings that are not from God and how we can replace them with the Truth that is from Him. We hope that through this episode you realize you don’t have to stay in darkness. God has light for you on the other side.
Need a shift in perspective? Abby McDonald is the author of Shift: Changing Our Perspective To See The Presence Of God. Join us today as we chat about seeing God in our lives right here and right now no matter what situation you are going through.
Are you longing for a connection with God and His people but you can't seem to escape the haunting feelings of guilt, shame, loneliness, and fear? Anjuli Paschall is on the show today teaching us to heed the whisper to stay. Could it be that true power and transformation are found in the very places we resist the most?
Karen Ehman is encouraging us to love others with our lives through our words and actions in every relationship. How can you scatter love today?
Discovering contentment and joy in the midst of it all our worldly trials, disappointments, temptations, fractured friendships, and financial hardships by prioritizing what matters most—Christ
Keeping Christ our number one priority
Shifting from self-obsessed to selfless
Embracing backwards living
Noticing those who least expect to be seen
Reaching out to the lonely, the marginalized, the outcast, and the odd duck
Listening for heart drops
How to genuinely love the hard-to-love
Showing up in marriage
How God’s Word alters our words
When it is better to just stay silent
Are you struggling to find the holy in your current situation? In the unprecedented season we are all experiencing, is it possible to see God in it? Kara is on the show today talking about her book Everywhere Holy. We are chatting about depression and anxiety and how to feel more grateful and at peace. In this episode, Kara helps us realize life doesn’t have to be lived on grand mountain tops for it to be meaningful. God is at work right now wherever you are. In the midst of your ordinary routine, in the faces of your family and friends, and especially in nature. Where are you seeing holy today?
We all long for deep meaningful relationships. But the reality is forming and maintaining strong relationships can be difficult. Kim shares tips from her newest book the Art of Friendship on how to create and keep relationships that matter.
Tracey Martin and her husband Rick are directors at international Rhema Bible training college in Egypt and missionaries. Join us for today’s episode on life as a missionary family, faith in action, facing opposition in ministry, being obedient, and having the courage to persist in what God is calling you to.
Are you in need of joy today? Look no further than my guest Season Bowers who is a joy bringer! Season is a radio host, author, speaker, wife, and mom. Her life has not been easy, but she has maintained joy through it all and is sharing how we can too on today’s episode.
Amanda’s toddler was taken from her arms in her local grocery store. With her daughter recovered, Amanda began researching. She realized this was more than an abduction attempt when the pattern resembled child sex trafficking in America; something she knew little about. And, it was terrifying. We pray in this episode you find freedom from your own mom-fears, therefore, allowing you to fight this injustice fiercely by applying Biblical truths and practical exercises that will forever change the way you mother.
Melissa Lancaster and I met through a mutual friend Brenda Russell who was on the podcast in season 1 episode 6. Brenda nominated Melissa as one of the most extraordinary givers she has known. Melissa has a Masters of Divinity and a background in counseling. She is currently the Director of Ministry and Volunteer Services at our local hospital. Join us as we discuss motherhood, inadequacy, God’s provision, the power of prayer, and how to love those who are ill and grieving.
Chelsey had me on as a guest on her Living With Less podcast several months ago and after getting to know her, I couldn’t wait to have her as my guest on the Love Offering podcast. We chat about her testimony and how we can live with less of the things that are holding us back from being who God has called us to be.
Trudy Lonesky is one of my dearest friends on the planet. She has a heart of gold and I cannot wait to share her story with you. We are chatting about identity on today’s episode. Identity in our childhoods, in parenting, in health, in career, and in ministry. We hope and pray that as you tune in that you too will discover who Christ made you to be and rest in your identity in Him. Regardless of your past or present reality, know you are loved as you are by Him.
Holley Gerth has personally struggled with anxiety, depression, perfectionism and more, but in this episode she explains these struggles are not her God-given identity or destiny. Many of us carry our false feelings of inadequacy around like a too-heavy tote bag. We aren’t even sure where it came from or how to let it go. We pray as you listen to today’s episode you’ll discover why we are stronger than we know, braver than we feel, and more loved than we can even imagine.
Niki Hardy lost her mom and sister to cancer and then she was also diagnosed with cancer. She has written the book she wishes she would have had for her journey titled Breathe Again. In it she explores how to live well when life falls apart by offering practical tips to stop merely surviving and start thriving right where you are.
Many people today feel lonely, isolated, and disconnected from God and others. We crave authentic community, but we have no idea where to start. Leslie Verner shows us how to practice hospitality on today’s episode from her book, Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness. Who is on your Jericho road that you can extend an invitation to today? We don’t have to go far to find strangers God wants us to love.
Erin authentically shares her story about insecurity, body image, disordered eating, control issues, perfectionism and a lifelong hustle for worthiness. But her story doesn’t end there. God is teaching her she can simultaneously be a masterpiece and a work in progress. She is on a mission to help women who are sick of dieting, tired of hating the way they look, and longing for peace. We hope you find inspiration and encouragement today that will help you on your own health journey and faith journey and discover, as Erin has, the fundamental connection between the two.
Andrea Bourgeois is a teacher and writer who understands pain and grief. Because of her experiences, she is passionate about helping others realize they are not alone and that there is hope in processing their pain. Dear friend, if you are in a season of suffering, hold on to Jesus. In Him there is hope. Andrea and I pray our conversation restores your heart and leads you to discover the peace and purpose found in God’s promises.
Stephanie Roberts is on the show today sharing her testimony of international and domestic missions. Her story is not what she planned or even what she thought God had initially called her to, but she shares the value of trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense. Her courage and obedience to follow God no matter the cost are inspiring. She now leads a foster care community called Be the Village. While not everyone is called to foster or adopt, she believes everyone can do something. Stephanie believes that the Church is the answer, that Jesus is the answer, and that Jesus wants to use us to be the answer. Let’s “be the village” and be more than enough for others to honor God who is always more than enough.
The world is not slowing down. The number of shiny things stealing our attention and distracting us from the mission of motherhood continues to increase. As women we know the magnetic pull to steer away from what’s important and choose what feels irresistible in the moment. Honoring God and loving our families are our highest priority, but sometimes we need help keeping them there. Anne-Renee and Amanda have co-authored Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions. Join us to learn practical tips to resist the pull to be interrupted by non-essentials and focus on God and our priority people.
Stephanie Broersma has been in this dark place of despair. After seven years of a happy marriage, she stumbled on her husband’s deleted email and a history of infidelity and pornography was uncovered. Join us today as we tackle a difficult subject matter about affairs in marriage, but also helping women to heal from this betrayal. If your husband has had an affair… if pornography or sexual addiction has hurt your marriage… if you have discovered an emotional affair… then this message is for you. Stephanie is a living example of how God brings beauty from ashes and how other women can experience this same beauty. How has God made beauty from your ashes?
Mattie Wells shares her story of pregnancy and infant loss on today’s episode. Mattie is one of the most genuine and kind women I have ever had the privilege to meet. She continues to give through her pain and now is an adoption advocate. I can’t wait for you to hear her testimony and wisdom. How have you been able to give through your pain?
To love the unlovable begins with a choice and then it is followed by an action. Once we act on it, our hearts truly change. Auburn Hensley knows this firsthand. She is on the show today talking about keeping faith and hope despite our circumstances. We pray this episode gives you hope in whatever circumstance you find yourself in today.
What we do within our seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years will determine our ability to accomplish our goals, realize our dreams, and live out our purpose. Professional organizer Morgan Tyree is on the show today sharing her time management system to help us all find more harmony and less hustle in our overwhelmed lives. What is your best time management tip?
Our minds are under attack. Thousands of thoughts fly through our minds every day, many of them negative. And Satan knows how susceptible we are to these negative thoughts that leave us frustrated and feeling defeated, but there is hope. We can transform our thought lives. Sarah Geringer is on the show today giving us guidance to stay grounded in God’s Word and find a greater sense of peace. We pray as you listen to this episode and as you hide God’s Word in your heart and mind, you will move closer to the heart and mind of God.
We are talking about motherhood today. For those of you out there who have children of your own, you know being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences a woman can have but motherhood also has its share of challenges physically, mentally emotionally, and even spiritually. Suzanne and Gretta have teamed up to encourage and assure women that we are not alone through their devotional book called Grit and Grace. What do you love most about being a mother?
Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory are on the show today chatting about how women are suffocating under the pressure of being all things to all people; of filling every unfilled spot at church, work, and home; of trying to do it all right, make decisions that benefit everyone else, and keep everyone happy. Join the conversation as we learn to “Exhale” by discovering how to lose who you’re not, love who you are, and live your one life well.
I have Michelle Rabon from the Displaying Grace ministry on the show today. We are chatting about her new book, “Holy Mess” and what it means to be a woman radically changed by the Gospel. We discuss our everyday messes, the messes we make, the messes we cannot control, and the beautiful mess God creates in us through Christ so that we will display His grace. How has your life been radically changed?
Becky Beresford is on the show today talking about caring for those with special needs. She is humble, wise, and brave. I can’t wait for you to hear her story and glean wisdom to apply to your own. How is God calling you to be brave today?
In Rachel Bruno’s life everything seemed to be going according to plan, until the unimaginable happened and her world was turned upside down. Tune in to today’s episode as Rachel shares her testimony and how to keep faith through trials. I pray you will be encouraged to never lose hope no matter what situation you are currently facing.
Christie Adams exemplifies what it means to be an extraordinary giver on a daily basis. Her involvement in her community spans the spectrum. What is your favorite service project you have been a part of?
Robin Robbs is on the show today sharing about her family's journey with childhood cancer. Through the struggle, Robin and her family say the Lord has shown them a new meaning of faithfulness and unbelievable love that can only be experienced from the Heavenly Father. He has given them such an amazing testimony and now they feel it is their mission and duty to show everyone His mercy, grace, love, and ultimate healing power. This episode will bring you to tears of sorrow and of joy. I can’t wait for you to listen. How has God shown up in the midst of your struggle?
*While we are thrilled Wyatt has been healed, we are also cognizant that someone listening today has a very different story. If that is you, please accept our deepest condolences and know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bobbie Schaeperkoetter is building us up by encouraging us to create lasting and intentional community. Join us as we discuss honoring God amidst the craziness of life. How can you encourage someone today?
Amanda Davison is on the show today and we are talking about marriage. Of all the love offerings we give, loving our husbands is of the utmost importance. I can’t wait for you to hear Amanda’s authentic and wise advice. Join us to experience the fullness and the abundance Christ has for us in marriage and in all relationships.
Taylor Robinson is on the show today sharing her testimony and ministry to be an agent of change through fitness and through youth impacted by parental incarceration. Her authenticity is refreshing and her passion inspiring. How can you be an agent of change?
I have The Ruth Experience on today’s episode. Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl, Kristin Demery share about authentic faith, intentional community, and generous living. Join the conversation to discover what it means to live a life of generosity. How can you be more intentional to share God’s kindness with the world around you?
I have mother and daughter Jennifer and Sydnee Floyd on today’s episode sharing about their ministry Jumbled Dreams. What dream has God laid on your heart? What dream can you help make happen in the life of someone else? Join the conversation as we chat about making dreams come true and changing lives through giving and serving.
Lynn Cowell is on today’s episode helping us to overcome insecurity and walk into our callings with confidence. With grace filled wisdom, Lynn encourages us to make the difference only we can make. It’s time to make your move.
I have mother and daughter, Helen McIntosh and Blythe Daniel on today’s episode. Their collective wisdom is unparalleled. Together we talk about rebuilding, restoring, and repairing mother and daughter relationships. No matter where you find yourself in your own relationship, today’s episode will give you practical steps to make this special relationship stronger and healthier than ever before.
I have the Truth Becomes Her and Bible Belles co-founder Erin Weidemann on today’s episode. She is passionate about equipping women and the young girls in their lives to follow God’s call. If you have a young woman in your life that you are influencing, this podcast is for you.
Leslie both brings me to tears and makes me laugh all in one episode. She was a divine appointment once for me at a time I needed it most and I pray our conversation is a divine appointment for you too.
I am with the genuine Jo Ellen Whitaker on today’s episode. Join us as we discuss working in the school system with young people, miracles and the power of prayer, the peace that passes all understanding, and stepping up to serve. I have no doubt you’ll love her heart as much as I do.
I have genuine and gutsy Jennifer Renee Watson on this week’s episode. Together we chat about how to stop feeling stuck and experience lasting freedom. Join us as we go deeper than just small talk. Tune in to discover a breakthrough of your own.
I have my sister-in-law Kelly Adams Lester on today’s episode. I adore her and am constantly inspired by her authenticity and zeal for the Lord. Grab a cup of coffee, take a seat at the family table, and join in as we discuss being a pastor’s wife, dreaming big, and blooming where you are planted.
I am with the compassionate Brenda Russell discussing filling people’s stomachs and hearts. You will be encouraged to give right where you are with the gifts you have been given. As Brenda shares in today’s episode, any act of love can make a difference.