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37 minutes | 12 days ago
Freedom from Codependency with Amanda Tewksbury
As a young teen with an alcoholic mother, Amanda developed many of the codependent tendencies common to those who love someone with an addiction. In college, she reached a breaking point, realizing how unhealthy she had become, and embarked on a journey of learning healthier ways to be in relationship as a Christ-follower. In just a short 30-minute interview, Amanda shares so much hard-fought wisdom, and by the end of it, I felt as though I’d gotten a free therapy session. I’m so excited to share Amanda with you all, and I pray that the wisdom she shares will be an encouragement on your own journey towards relational wholeness. Amanda spent eight years working in a sports ministry prior to her current roles as a kindergarten literacy teacher and ELL teacher. She played Division 1 college basketball and has coached basketball at the high school and youth levels. Amanda is passionate about her own journey of growing and healing as a follower of Jesus Christ and using coaching, teaching, and writing to motivate, connect with and encourage others. Connect with Amanda on Instagram at amandajean118.
43 minutes | 23 days ago
Tales from the Tundra with Jackie Murch
Jackie Murch shares about God's faithfulness when she became a missionary where she thought she would never go—the Siberian tundra! Jackie spent just under 2 exciting years in Russia as a grant writer for Agape, a Christian organization that sends medical teams to areas of need, including the remote parts of Siberia. Tune in to hear how God brought good out of a medical emergency, how He led her to those whose hearts He had prepared...and how she became "The Box Lady."
35 minutes | a month ago
Sitting at the Feet of Jesus with Sarah Pearl McTiernan
Sarah Pearl McTiernan is serving as a full-time intercessory missionary with Finish the Task Frontier missions in the Atlanta International House of Prayer. She serves as a worship leader in the 24 hour prayer room and mobilization coordinator for Finish the Task, calling young adults to pray, seek the face of Jesus, and be missionaries wherever He places them - from their neighborhoods to the unreached nations of the earth. She worked as an RN for 6 years prior to being in full-time ministry. She is part of a team that will be planting a new missions base in West Africa next spring or summer to establish a house of prayer and care for orphans. They believe that God’s kingdom is always established in prayer first - living a Mary of Bethany lifestyle of intimacy with God at the feet of Jesus unto raising up disciples and seeing His kingdom established in the nations of the earth.
54 minutes | a month ago
From Criminal to Christ-Follower with Ken Stokes
At age 18, Ken Stokes stood before a judge who proclaimed him a menace to society and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. Within 2 years, Ken was 3rd in command of a notorious prison gang. Then...he met Jesus.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Stop Auditioning for Love!
Have you spent years trying to prove that you're worthy of love?Have you been heartbroken by rejection?Have you wondered if anyone will ever truly desire to know you and love you?If so, you're in good company! Today, I share a very personal story about the many years I've "auditioned" for love and how God has powerfully uprooted the lies that have controlled me for so long.I’m going to talk a little C.S. Lewis, a little neuroscience, and a bit about a 3-month dating fast I just finished. But most of all, I’m going to talk about the love of Jesus Christ and how it has given me the freedom to stop auditioning for love.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
God's Faithful Love with Erica Renaud
Erica Renaud shares stories about God’s faithful love in the many seasons of her life. From an unexpected pregnancy at age 17 to meeting her husband, from being called to speaking to living with her family of 7 in her parents’ home much longer than she expected, she has a story for everyone. Erica has a fiery love for the Lord and for Scripture that comes through in each story she shares. I came away from the conversation inspired, and I pray you will too!Erica Renaud is a mom and wife to her worship leader husband. The majority of the time Erica is a stay at home mom, homeschooling 4 or her 5 kids and managing chaos. She speaks regularly throughout the Northeast for various events and is the host of At Home and Abroad, a weekly radio program on ALIVE Radio Network. Find out how you can book Erica to speak in the Capital Region of New York at https://www.ericarenaud.org/
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Companions in the Darkness with Diana Gruver
One of the greatest lies that depression tells you is that you are utterly alone, that no one has ever felt the way you feel and that no one could ever hope to understand. For the Christian, this feeling of being alone is often mixed with shame.This shame whispers thoughts like, “If I were a faithful Christian, I would have unfailing joy.” “If I were stronger in my faith, I would have overcome this.” But what if these thoughts were lies? What if there were faithful believers throughout the centuries who inhabited the same darkness as you? Diana Gruver reveals that there have been many such Christians throughout the ages in her new book Companions in the Darkness, and the believers who struggled with depression may surprise you. It is easy to idealize those we laud as “heroes in the faith” as being impervious to depression and as exuding joy in all circumstances. But Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, and Mother Teresa—just to name a few—had intense struggles with depression. In Companions in the Darkness, Diana Gruver weaves church history, narrative, and memoir as she tells the story of 7 believers who walked the dark path that many of us now tread. In looking back on Christians of centuries past, she assures those struggling that they are not alone, and she paves a hopeful way forward with the valuable lessons and wise encouragement she draws from each person’s story. Diana Gruver holds an M.A. in Spiritual Formation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She writes about discipleship and spiritual formation in the every day. Her passion is encouraging and nurturing disciples of Jesus, giving them a vision for how He speaks to every aspect of the story of their lives. I’m thrilled to be able to speak with Diana about Companions in the Darkness, and I will be giving away a copy of her book on November 26, 2020. Have a listen for instructions on how to enter the drawing. Check out Diana's book here: https://www.ivpress.com/companions-in-the-darknessLearn more about Diana at: https://www.dianagruver.com/
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Q&A with Hope
You asked, Hope answers! Hope answers your questions about Russia, miracles, depression across cultures, and creativity through telling lots of stories (including a pretty embarrassing one involving a granola bar).
52 minutes | 3 months ago
From Cynicism to Wonder with Corinne DuBois
Do you struggle with believing that God has good motives for what he's doing in your life? Whether you're wrestling with singleness or a difficult marriage, chronic illness or chronic loneliness, it can be easy to become cynical toward God when suffering continues to layer. Although we both know at our core that God is good, Corinne DuBois and I both struggle with cynicism toward him. Join us in this honest, unfiltered conversation about the cynicism that has taken root in our hearts and the truths that are setting us free. The Battle for God's Motives: https://yearningheartsjourney.blogspot.com/2018/06/battle-for-gods-motives-why-bad-things-happen.htmlWhen You're Struggling to Believe God's Promises: https://hopeunyielding.com/2019/05/01/when-youre-struggling-to-believe-gods-promises/My Terrible Lunar New Year Party: https://hopeunyielding.com/2020/09/21/on-turning-30-and-unfulfilled-desires/ NOTE: I didn't mention it in the episode, but I am not superstitious in the least, and affirm that Christians are not to seek out psychics. But the bizarre timing of the seemingly innocent "game" certainly wasn't the encouragement I needed at the time.
27 minutes | 4 months ago
Juggling, Melancholy, and the Power of Story
In our very first episode, Samantha Vocarte and I talk about our passion for proclaiming God's love, faithfulness, and the hope we have in Him through personal story. Oh, and we learn a little about my short-lived juggling career and how I fell in love with the written word in...COW class.Read more of my story here: https://hopeunyielding.com/2020/04/05/saying-yes-and-to-a-life-i-didnt-expect/
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