66 minutes | May 16, 2023
The Dream That Led to New Day Recovery with Heather Millsaps and Leslie Hawkins
Heather Millsaps and Leslie Hawkins are two of the co-founders of New Day Recovery in Fountain Inn, S.C. Both ladies and their husbands have incredible testimonies of how God delivered their husbands from drug and alcohol addiction and saved their marriages. Leslie's husband, Stephen, has epilepsy and suffered a seizure that resulted in him having brain surgery that exacerbated his existing drug and alcohol addiction. Heather's husband, Glenn, had a shoulder injury that resulted in him becoming dependent on painkillers. Both of these families walked a difficult road to recovery and, after the healing came, Leslie had a recurring dream about helping people recover from addiction. After having the dream several times, she finally shared it with her husband, who shared it with one of their church pastors, who in turn encouraged them to start a ministry. Heather, who wasn't aware of Leslie's dreams, responded in an act of obedience from a Sunday morning message saying she felt she needed to help people seeking recovery. Once these ladies and their husbands, along with two other couples, Nick and Wimberly Cox and John and Megan Phillips, got together they created New Day Recovery with the help of Capstone Church. Megan, by the way, was on episode #73 and Laura Barrineau, who is also mentioned in this episode, was my guest in episode #72. I hope you'll listen to their stories as well. You're going to love Leslie and Heather and their hearts for helping individuals and families in their recovery journey. When you're going through something hard, it's such a comfort to have someone come alongside you and say, "I understand, I've been there too. I can help." That's what this group is doing. If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, I pray this episode will give you practical ways to find hope and healing.
58 minutes | May 2, 2023
From Marine to Movie Maker: The Journey to Creating the Movie, His Only Son with David Helling
Today on the podcast I'm thrilled to introduce you to writer/director David Helling. David wrote and directed the recently released to theaters movie His Only Son. We had a great conversation about his journey into film making and I asked why he wanted to share this story of when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, David said when he lived in San Fransisco while attending film school that time and time again this story would be a point of contention. Not only did he see non-believers have an issue with this passage, but he also saw believers not knowing how to answer it. The movie beautifully shares Abraham and Sara's struggle through the years of longing for a son as Abraham and Isaac make the three-day journey to Mount Moriah. His only Son received a 72% rating from the Angel Guild-- the group of over 64,000 Angel Studio crowd funders who review and greenlight creator projects. This is one of the highest scores ever given. David is a U.S. Marine corp. veteran whose time in the deserts of Iraq was the impetus for the film. He shares in this interview how he'd have to spend nights in the desert near where the biblical story of Daniel took place and the effect that had on him and his relationship with God and His word. I found David to be a genuine person who loves the Lord and wants to lead others to read and study the scriptures for themselves, so they'll grow in their relationship with Christ too. I know you're going to enjoy getting to know the man behind the movie.
58 minutes | Apr 18, 2023
Impacting the Next Generation with Ruth McWhite
I'm so excited to introduce you to this week's guest, Ruth McWhite. You'll just love Ruth, as do many people in our community. She was recently honored by the South Carolina Baptist Convention last month during Women's History Month, as a woman who is making a difference, and I couldn't agree more. She has blessed so many in her life through her teaching, speaking and mentoring to women. She recently retired from North Greenville University as the Director of Womens Ministry and now serves as a Biblical counselor at Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. I asked Ruth to come on the podcast to share about her passion, mentoring younger women, and to share about those who mentored her and made a real difference in her life. She also tells how you can make a difference in the lives of others, too. It's not hard, and it shouldn't be scary, and Ruth shares practical ways we can pour into the lives of others. Once you hear our conversation, you'll feel like Ruth is your best friend. And if you don't already know her, you'll want to. Enjoy our conversation!
51 minutes | Apr 4, 2023
From News Reporter to Writing "Good News" Stories with Jennifer Dukes Lee
Jennifer Dukes Lee has been on my bucket list to interview since I started the podcast. I've followed her blog for years and have always been drawn to her authenticity and vulnerability and her writing has ministered to me, especially in my season of parenting. On this episode Jennifer and I discuss a little about her book, Growing Slow: Lessons on Unhurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl, and the section she most wanted to delete from it titled Winter. But y'all! It was the best part of all! She also talks about her new book, Stuff I'd Only Tell God: A Guided Journal of Courageous Honesty, Obsessive Truth-Telling and Beautifully Ruthless Self-Discovery. When I saw that Jennifer's latest book was a journal, I wasn't sure what to expect, but she's convinced me this is something we all need. She shares the benefits of journaling and how the practice can help us heal and give us confidence to face our future. She asks questions in this book that truly help us find the answers to why we struggle with certain things, kind of like a counseling session, and helps us find hope to overcome our strongholds. Jennnifer shares one of her favorite questions in the journal (I loved this one!) as well as one of the hardest questions for her to address. This episode will enlighten you in so many ways and I know you'll love Jennifer and want to get this journal for yourself!
61 minutes | Mar 21, 2023
Discovering the Dad Who Raised Her Wasn't Her Biological Father with Megan Phillips
When Megan Phillips was 35 years old, she found out that her father was not her biological dad. This news left her reeling, thinking that her whole life had been a lie. But after the initial shock, she decided she wanted to find her biological father and set about looking for him with only two pieces of information: a fake name and a fake home state (neither of which she knew was fake). But God intervened and she miraculously found her biological dad and was amazed by the wonderful grace of God in her life. Megan's mom told her about her real father in a fit of anger before going to get help for her alcohol abuse. But Megan shares that "in the process of Mom breaking, she shattered me. But I don't know that I'd have it any other way." As I listened to Megan's story the verse from Genesis 50:20 kept coming to mind. What the enemy meant for evil God used for good. Listen how Megan not only found her biological father, but also two half-brothers and her dad's wife. Megan says that "my life would not be the same today if my (adoptive) dad had not stepped in and raised me as his own." Isn't that the story of the gospel? I know you'll enjoy hearing Megan's story of healing and hope.
67 minutes | Mar 7, 2023
Passing on an Inheritance of Faith with Laura Barrineau
As Laura Barrineau tells it, she hasn't suffered a lot of terrible things in her life and for years she felt like her testimony wasn't good enough. Many times, when we grow up in a good Christian home, accept Christ as a child and live mostly for Jesus, we don't think our stories are good enough to share. But Laura eventually realized that even though she didn't have a miraculous testimony, that didn't mean God didn't want her to share her story. Instead of feeling guilty, she began to express gratitude to God for the good things He's allowed her to experience and that's caused her to grow even closer to Him. Laura and her husband, Chris, have stepped out in faith and God has given them amazing testimonies about how they planted a church, adopted a sweet down-syndrome baby, Caleb, from China, and are now opening their hearts and homes to foster kids who need their love and encouragement. She and Chris understand that everybody's story is different, but God wants to use everybody's story for His glory. My conversation with Laura will bless your socks off!
51 minutes | Feb 21, 2023
The Secret to Fighting Anxiety and Fear with Amy Debrucque
After the death of her brother and son in the same month, Amy Debrucque understandably struggled privately with severe anxiety. It would take a cancer diagnosis 14 years later for her to finally lean into her faith and surrender the burden of fear. She learned that although fear is normal, courage gets the final say. Amy had to walk through her own journey of letting go of anxiety and fear before she could teach women like her how to stop being afraid and start living on purpose and has spent the last five years coaching and leading others to freedom. One thing Amy shares in this interview that I believe many of us can relate to is, "At night was my kryptonite. I could be great all day and then the silence at night was deafening to me... That's when my anxiety would really ramp up. It was in the evening when all of those negative thoughts and all those fears would pour in. It was debilitating." But now she has learned the secret to overcoming anxiety and fear: surrendering to God every day. I know my conversation with Amy will be an encouragement to you if you're facing fear, anxiety, perfectionism or having the confidence to step into the purpose God has for your life.
66 minutes | Feb 7, 2023
Losing the Weight That Matters with Jenn Mair and Julie Bagwell
For years Jenn Mair struggled with body image issues. She believed the lies that had been spoken to her by others and our culture, "you are too much" or "you are not enough." This kicked in an eating disorder and addiction to working out. For years, she felt like she could never measure up to what the world defined as beautiful. One day, while running on a treadmill, she felt hopeless and thought, "there has to be more to life than this." She knew she wasn't alone because others around her either felt hopeless or wanted control of their health and wellness. Shortly after this moment, God led her to become a certified group fitness instructor but use it as a tool for the Gospel. Her passion is to let others know they have been set free from the lies and bondage of our fitness culture. In 2016, Jenn founded Whole Fitness, a program dedicated to building a healthy and whole community: mind, body, and soul. Julie Bagwell began her own health journey when she realized she had been living her life in overdrive to care for her family and others, without spending much time taking care of herself. Learning the value of rest, tending to her soul and changing her mindset that working out is a form of worship, helped her heal and become stronger in mind, body and soul! She became certified to lead faith-based fitness classes where she met Jenn Mair. Julie will soon be launching a Whole Fitness branch in the Fountain Inn area where she hopes to encourage others with this new mindset. CarolRoper.org/podcast
64 minutes | Jan 24, 2023
Finding Love After Long Seasons of Singleness with Elise and Wes Younts and Frieda Younts
Singleness can be a long a lonely journey, leaving you wondering if God really does see you in your struggle. Today I have three very special guests, my daughter, Elise Roper Younts, along with her husband, Wes, and his mom, Frieda (who's also one of my best friends!). Elise and Wes walked their own lonely journeys through singleness before finally finding each other and marrying last March. Even though for most of their lives they lived exactly 7.3 miles apart, and Wes's mom and I have been best friends for 28 years, they'd never met except in their preschool Sunday School class. You may remember Elise's story from episode 19 about how her fiancé broke off their engagement and left her heartbroken. Wes has his own testimony of 10 years of singleness and not dating after he realized he had allowed dating to become an idol for him. I introduced Frieda to you, along with Julie, in episode one. Frieda and I walked with our children through their lonely seasons of singleness and prayed for them through the difficult times. We had no way of knowing at the time, but God was working behind the scenes to draw Elise and Wes closer to Him so that He could bring them together in marriage. In this episode Frieda and I discuss the struggles of parenting single adult children and I share the prayer I wrote asking God to bring Elise a husband. Elise and Wes share their wedding vows that they wrote to one another. If you're a single adult, or the parent of a single adult, and have grown discouraged in your loneliness and feeling left out, I pray this episode will encourage you and bring hope to your journey.
65 minutes | Dec 13, 2022
Finding Joy Again After Trauma with Kim Haar
Have you or someone close to you experienced trauma? Most of us have at one point in our lives to various degrees. Kim Haar had an extreme trauma when her usually calm ex-husband broke into her home one night, beat her for three-and-a-half hours, shot holes in her walls, kidnapped her and took her to her boyfriend's house where he shot him ten times. This horrific story plays out like something from a movie, but unfortunately Kim knows all too well how real it was. But thankfully she's still alive to share her story and give others hope that there is healing on the other side. Kim is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist who knows how to lead people to victory over their past trauma rather than living life as a victim. her testimony is a living example that demonstrates what the enemy meant for evil, God redeemed for good. Find show notes at CarolRoper.org
67 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Finding Freedom from a Poverty Mindset with Kimberly Long
Kimberly Long thought she was destined to be poor. It was a sweet surprise to find out she could control her financial future. Unknowingly, she had allowed fear to reign, keeping her in constant stress--until she discovered seven basic principles. Too many people give in to their hopeless situation, not knowing they hold the keys to abundant living. If you have given in to financial hopelessness--STOP. No one is destined to continue under the burden of financial stress or remain in the pit of debt. We are financially destroyed for lack of knowledge. But through God's promises there is hope. I pray this episode will help you step out of any poverty mentality mindset you may have to attain financial freedom.
40 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
How to Live a Life of Significance with Rachael Adams
A significant life is simpler than you think. In a culture where bigger is seen as better, it's easy to wonder if your quick prayer between errands or the short note you text a friend means anything in God's kingdom. Today's guest, Rachael Adams, reminds us that every little thing we do can go a long way in God's hands. Rachael has just released her devotional book, A Little Goes a Long Way: 52 Days to a Significant Life, where she shares personal and biblical stories of how God took something small and made it something significant. She Says, "The reality is everybody [God] used was ordinary and He used mundane moments for everybody. And I think we sometimes read scripture in these big highlight moments and forget the daily, ordinary, mundane ways that they lived, too, and I realized a significant life is simpler than we think." Rachael also shares how little invitations that were given to her caused her to grow in her relationship with God. And I share a personal story of how one devotion in particular spoke to me in such a meaningful way. Rachael is truly a genuine and godly woman who wants to encourage others to watch how God can take our everyday actions and transform them for His eternal purpose. I promise this episode will inspire you to keep doing small things in great faith. Quotes From Rachael "The reality is everybody He used was ordinary, and He used the mundane moments for everybody. And I think we sometimes read scripture in these big highlight moments and forget the daily, ordinary, mundane ways that they lived, too, and I realized a significant life is simpler than we think." "I believe if you could see yourself through God's eyes it would change your world. If we really believed that it would change the way we lived our life... every single moment." "If nothing is too insignificant for the Savior of the world, nothing is too insignificant for me." "That's what the enemy wants us to do, to be so discouraged and not believe that it matters and to stay stuck in feeling insignificant because then we don't do anything at all, and we bury our talents... There's so much at stake if we don't [do anything]." Scripture and Resources Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin... - Zechariah 4:10 Rachael Adams podcast, The Love Offering and her new devotional book A Little Goes a Long Way: 52 Days to a Significant Life. You can find out more about Rachael at RachaelKAdams.com Mentioned in this episode: Fun and Meaningful Christmas traditions with Jennifer Deese
73 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
Saved for a Purpose with Scott and Noelle Lawson
Twelve years ago, Noelle Lawson died from alcohol poisoning. Her husband, Scott, had just been trained to do CPR and was able to revive her before the ambulance arrived. Their lives have never been the same since. Scott and Noelle join me for this episode and share their story of alcoholism and how a deadly accident Scott was involved in while in high school delayed his obedience to follow God into the ministry for over 30 years. Both Scott and Noelle share how God helped them break their addiction to alcohol and move on to become counselors. Today, Scott is the pastor of Happy Trails Cowboy Church in Pelzer, S.C. and Noelle is his number one supporter. They share their hard story of how God brought them into an amazing relationship with Him through His faithfulness and healing. If you are walking your own hard road through addiction, running from God or trying to see your way through a difficult time, I know Scott and Noelle will bring you encouragement today. And at the end of this episode, they generously share how you can reach out to them if you need help. This special couple truly has a heart for bringing healing and hope to those who've lost hope.
56 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
The Mulligan Movie with Tanya Christiansen
I'm pretty excited to tell you about today's guest, Tanya Christiansen, because she's an actress who recently played in the movie, The Mulligan with Eric Close and Pat Boone. I've never interviewed an actress and it was so fun to go behind the scenes with her and hear how movies come together and the comradery that's shared between the cast and crew. Now, you may be wondering how a movie relates to building strong homes. Well, entertainment is a big part of Christian families' lives and it's really hard to find good quality movies that are clean, have a good moral and story and can be watched by children. This movie is one of those rarities. So, listen to my conversation with Tanya and find out why The Mulligan is a great movie to see. It's the story of second chances through the power of Jesus Christ. Tanya also shares about being in the movie, I Still Believe, based on Jeremy Camp losing his first wife to cancer. That's another great movie recommendation. I hope this episode will encourage you to support Christian entertainment so more good quality movies and TV shows will be made.
47 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
Lessons From the Farm with Nicki Koziarz
Y'all are gonna love todays' guest, Nicki Koziarz. Nicki is a wife, mama, best-selling author, Bible teacher, podcast host and a farmer all rolled into one bubbly package. She has an incredible testimony of getting pregnant at 19 and was given an ultimatum to either get married or move out. She and her husband, Kris, decided to get married and are still together 22 years later. As a young wife and mom Nicki was asked by a friend to lead a Bible study in her home and ended up having around 50 ladies attend for about two years. That was the start of her journey into womens ministry which eventually led to her becoming a part of the Proverbs 31 Ministry team. She and her husband and three daughters are now first-generation farmers (which she says is a fancy way of saying they have no idea what they're doing) and live on what they call the Fixer Upper Farm, because they've had to put so much work into it. But now God is pivoting them a bit and she shares how they've chosen a new name for their farm and are pursuing another big farm dream. It's so fun listening to Nicki's farm adventures! And she has a new book releasing in March that she talks about. In this episode she also shares about losing her mom after a six-month battle with a brain tumor and soon after she lost her brother to suicide. She's had a hard last few years, but she still radiates with the joy God has given her.
53 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
How to Pray Powerful and Effective Prayers for Your Children with Jodie Berndt
Today's guest is someone I'm so glad to have share her story and her ministry on the podcast. Jodie Berndt is the author of the Praying the Scriptures for Your Children series and has impacted so many parents' prayer lives--including mine! Her book, Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children, was so impactful for me that I bought one for every close friend and family member with adult children. Jodie shares how she first learned about praying the scriptures for her children at Moms in Prayer and how those prayers were instrumental in changing the mood in her home and changing her children's lives. She has some creative ways she's developed to pray for your own kids and I'm planning on implementing a few for my children and even my grandson. I share a little during this episode about how her book influenced me to write a prayer for my daughter's future husband and how God answered that prayer in an amazing way. Jodie has so much great wisdom and practical tips that I know you'll be better equipped to pray for your children no matter how old they are.
62 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Her Family's Amazing Jump Story with KariAnne Wood
I can't wait to introduce to this week's guest! She's one of the cutest, most inspiring and fun people on the internet who always leaves you with a smile. KariAnne Wood is the creator of Thistlewood Farms blog where she gives lots of fun, practical and economical tips about home decor and she also shares parts of her story. KariAnne and her husband took their four kids and jumped from everything they knew and loved in the Dallas, TX, area over a decade ago, to a place where they didn't even have one stoplight in the whole county! They wanted to raise their kids away from materialism and in the country. This led to her creating the blog and she shares the hilarious story of her first blog post that will help you understand why she's so loved. She shares in this episode that she believes Jesus takes our brokenness and He writes the chapters of our stories better than we could ever imagine or even think and shows just how God keeps doing that in her life. She also teaches us some of her favorite tips on finding the best thrift decor and tops it all off with the best advice she was ever given (it was from her dad). There's so much good stuff and we laugh a lot in this episode. I know you'll have a brighter day after listening!
70 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
Finding Freedom from the Father Wound with Juli Sellers
When Juli Sellers agreed to care for her father, the decision wasn’t easy. She had to reconcile years of abuse with the growing need to help him as his memory diminished. After a lifetime of hurt, she searched for the forgiveness that would heal their relationship before it was too late. In Juli’s book, Yes, Father: A Daughter’s Journey to Forgiveness, she shares the hopeful story of her journey into caring for her father with Alzheimer’s while learning to forgive him for his past. If you’ve longed to restore a broken family relationship or have cared for a parent with Alzheimer’s, you’ll relate to the struggle of hanging on to hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. I hope you’ll be encouraged by Juli’s testimony of her healing from her own personal father wound.
77 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
From Murderer to Messenger with Henry Mitchell
One Wednesday night after church I struck up a conversation with another church member, Henry Mitchell, and he shared all of the great things God had been doing in his life. Now I knew Henry had been released from prison over two years prior and that he'd served a long time in prison, but I didn't know how long he'd served or why he'd been arrested in the first place. Henry shared that three weeks after his 24th birthday he killed two people in a drug sale gone bad. he spent four-and-a-half months in solitary confinement after his arrest and was sentenced to life with a possibility of parole in 20 years. While he was in solitary confinement, he began reading a New Testament a chaplain had given him and Henry gave his life to Christ. He cried for three days because he didn't believe a person could be cleansed like that. Henry served almost 34 years in prison before he was finally granted parole on his 15th try. After his release he started praying for God to bring him a good job, a nice home and a dependable, affordable car. God took care of him by providing each one in some of the most incredible ways. As a result of Henry's relationship with Jesus he's become one of the most faith-filled evangelists I've ever encountered, always saying, "Praise the Lord" and sincerely meaning it. If you're struggling with something you've done in the past and don't believe God could ever forgive you, I hope knowing Henry's story will help you understand that God will forgive you, no matter what you've done, as long as you repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You're going to be blessed by Henry's testimony of God's grace and mercy and I hope it will cause you to pray bolder prayers and build a bolder faith in your own life.
65 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
How God Transformed an Alcoholic into a Missionary with Alex and Candace Cooke
In today's episode I have the pleasure of interviewing Alex and Candace Cooke, whom I've known for a long time but have recently connected since we've joined Infinity Church where we learned they were embarking on a journey to become missionaries to Mexico. When I invited Alex to come on the podcast, I didn't know much of his story at all. But when they came to record and Alex said he was going to talk about alcoholism too, I asked, "who's alcoholism?" and he said his own. I was completely surprised. Alex and Candace share how his alcohol problem had gotten so bad that she left him and was determined they were going to be divorced. But when Alex finally surrendered his life to Jesus and stopped drinking, she said, "I know that only God could have done that work in this man." They share how God started drawing Alex to missions in Mexico and why they don't feel both of them have to be called to surrender to the mission field. They also talk a little about their coffee business, Confidence Coffee Supply (which is a sponsor of this podcast) helps to support them in their ministry. I can't wait for you to hear Alex and Candace's story of redemption and grace.