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No Matter What with Hanna Seymour
57 minutes | 3 days ago
24. When a no or a wait is God's kindest answer
If you need to be reminded that God is in the details of your life, that He is for you, and that He's always good, my friend Laura Cooksey is here to testify. We talk about career, family planning, infertility, adoption, you name it-- we covered it. And you are going to be so grateful for this woman's story and her heart. In this episode, we discuss: The process of learning to trust God when reality doesn't meet our expectations How to plan, prepare, and pivot when the Lord redirects your steps How even amidst loss and grief, we can have hope How practicing gratitude in all circumstances is life giving and transforming Scripture Mentioned: Prov 16:9 Isaiah 55:8-9 2 Cor 4:17 Lam 3:21-24 Ephesians 3:16-21 Resources Mentioned: The Thoughtful Table Follow @thethoughfultable on instagram Follow @laurabcooksey on instagram to learn about her new music! Episode Sponsors: 25 Days in Philippians The College Girl's Survival Guide My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
75 minutes | 10 days ago
23. When death leads to freedom
You are going to love my new friend and songstress, Hope Darst. This conversation of identity and finding freedom, quickly became a theological discussion and I am here for it. Hope's story is going to challenge you and move you, and you're definitely going to want to listen to her album, Peace Be Still, after it's over. In this episode, we discuss: How do we become aware of the lies we are believing? What does it practically look like to die to self? How do we transform our mind, feelings, and behavior to do what God wants us to do? How the goodness of God is often most experienced amidst things that do not feel good How the story of Joseph can reframe our expectations of the Christian life Scripture mentioned: Rom 12:2 Psalm 91 Resources mentioned: Hope's debut album- Peace Be Still Episode Sponsors: Faithful Counseling - Professional mental health counseling from a Biblical perspective 25 Days in Philippians The College Girl's Survival Guide
66 minutes | 17 days ago
22. When you have to choose faith or fear
Are you ready to have your faith built up? Because it's about to happen! I had the joy of sitting down with my friend, Rebecca Gray, to talk about 4 intense days that changed her life. She is here to testify of the Lord's goodness and you will only love Him more after listening to this. In this episode, we discuss: How we all have a choice of faith or fear How we can pray for miracles, we can pray for what we want, and also pray, "Thy Will Be Done" How surrounding yourself with God's Word, God's Spirit, and God's people is vital for walking through a hard season How fiery trials refine our faith Scripture mentioned: Joshua 1:9 Luke 22:42 Romans 8:28 Psalm 78:4 Resources mentioned: Beth Moore's Daniel 3 sermon The Blessing of a Skinned Knee Episode sponsors: Faithful Counseling 25 Days in Philippians
63 minutes | 24 days ago
21. When politics and religion pull us apart
How do we navigate the tension, the rage, the disunity all around us? It's discouraging, disheartening, and disappointing. But it doesn't have to stay that way. Sarah Bauer Anderson, author of The Space Between: How Jesus Teaches Us to Live Together When Politics and Religion Pull Us Apart, joins me today to discuss how to be the people God created us to be in this cultural "No Matter What" season. In this episode, we discuss: How it is vital to remember the humanity of politicians and the people behind certain positions, and how to do that How to respond to the friend or family member who says, "You cannot be a Christian and vote for X, and I denounce you if you do." How to personally decide what issues are essential or hills to die on, and what aren't How to not just survive election day and following, but actually lean into the tension and grow as people How the "peace walls" in Northern Ireland were ineffective and what we can learn from that How Jesus teaches us to live together when politics pull us apart Scripture mentioned: Romans 12:18 Luke 19:1-10 Resources mentioned: Sarah's book: The Space Between Us Episode sponsors: Faithful Counseling - Professional mental health counseling from a Biblical perspective Live True: 40 Days To Get Back to You by Christy Wright My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
52 minutes | a month ago
20. When you wonder "who am I now?"
If you've ever found yourself in a season of transition, fog, or wondered "Who am I now, Lord?" this conversation with Barbara Rainey will speak to you. Barbara is wise, gentle, and real. I was so encouraged by our time talking together-- and I know you will be too. In this episode, we discuss: How can we know we are where God wants us and He is with us in it? How God doesn't do the same thing with everyone How can we learn and practice a rich and honest prayer life? What to do when you're disappointed with God What practical steps can we take to be who God created us to be when we don't really know who we are in a new season? How the fruit of spiritual maturity actually looks a lot different than we think it should Scripture Mentioned: Job 13:15 Hab 3:17-19 Resources Mentioned: More about Barbara: theraineys.org Barbara's book: My Heart, Ever His Barbara's Product line and blog: Ever Thine Home Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest Crossway's Devotional Psalter My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
55 minutes | a month ago
19. When you don't know who God is
Meet my newest soul sister, or perhaps you already know and love her, Tara-Leigh Cobble. She's on a mission to find all the joy and she'd love for you to come along with her. In this episode, Tara-Leigh and I discuss about 100 things I'm passionate about, but especially how we have been created to know who God is, have fellowship with Him, and how we have unlimited access to Him through His very Word. In this episode, we discuss: How knowing the character of God can carry you through the hardest of seasons How to hold steadfast to who God says He is, instead of letting your circumstances define Him and your theology How reading the Bible chronologically can change your life 3 mistakes we often make when studying God's Word How to start reading the Bible on your own, but not alone Scripture mentioned: Psalm 16:11 Psalm 145:17 Resources mentioned: Matthew Henry's Commentaries D-Group The Bible Recap Podcast The Bible Recap Book Dr. Tom Constable's Notes Talk Through The Bible
51 minutes | 3 months ago
18. When you don't want to obey God
This woman gets me fired up. My friend and fellow enneagram 8, Christy Wright, joins me in the studio to talk about obedience, confidence, humility, and so much more. You're going to want to hear every word of this. In this episode, we discuss: How God's invitation to obey Him is for your good How obedience is often more about our growth than our outcome How to not get stuck on the couch waiting for God How to not run ahead of God How God doesn't just put up with us, He delights in us Scripture mentioned: 2 Cor 12:9 1 Thess 5:24 Matt 5:16 Resources mentioned: The Christy Wright Show Christy's new 2021 planner Business Boutique My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
17. When your soul is exhausted
The way this guy can recall scripture always blows my mind. Curtis Zackery, or CZ as most know him, shares about a time he was utterly exhausted all in the name of doing work for God and the journey he went on to discover what true rest for our souls can actually look like. In this episode, we discuss: How exhaustion is a man-made problem, with a God-created solution How the message of rest is woven throughout the entire Bible How God cares more about your ability to connect with Him, than your ability to do good works for Him How to get to a place where our works is an overflow of our connection to God, not from our own strength How to discover and remove our personal barriers to intimacy with God And so much more Scripture mentioned: Genesis 2:2-3 Exodus 31:17 Exodus 20:8 Hebrews 12:1-2 Psalm 13 Matt 11:28-30 Resources mentioned: Soul Rest by Curtis Zackery The Pause App More about CZ My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
81 minutes | 4 months ago
16. When your greatest fear becomes your reality
No matter what hardship you may be experiencing, Jamie Heard's story is going to encourage you. It's also going to kick your booty, but she will challenge you, push you, and ultimately encourage you to fix your eyes on Jesus. In this episode, we discuss: How God's peace really can surpass all understanding when you fully submit to Him and His will How to love and serve a God who allows tragedy and pain How supporting and walking alongside others in grief can be part of your healing How learning to truly surrender to God's will and His Plan can save your life How an eternal perspective is vital in walking through hardship How to support a friend who is grieving the loss of a loved one Scripture mentioned: Philippians 4:6-7 Resources mentioned: Faithfully Restored Levi Lusko Through the Eyes of the Lion August 16 Stories From the Heart Live Stream My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
15. When you're in the desert
Kristi McLelland is one of my favorite Bible teachers and she's got a story for you about a time when she followed God's leading straight into a desert, and how even in our darkest days, the Living God is better than we will ever know. In this episode, we discuss: How to create space in our lives that allows God to fill it How to trust God in the desert How walking in the mystery of life with God is better than having certainty of what's to come How to help our friends who are in a dark place How the Psalms can help us pray when we're in pain How to take the leap of faith and obey God's leading when you're scared or too comfortable Scripture mentioned: Psalm 78:19 Romans 12:15 Resources mentioned: Kristi's Jesus & Women Study Henri Nouwen Wounded Healer More about Kristi and New Lens Biblical Studies My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
68 minutes | 4 months ago
14. When rejection feels personal and causes you to doubt God's plan
This is a guy who's opinion I'm always interested in. My friend, Dwan Hill, joins me in the studio to talk about a time when it felt like the door to his entire future was slammed in his face, but how God proved Himself to be bigger and better than he ever thought possible. In this episode, we discuss: How to stop seeing rejection as a reflection of your inner worth How to deal with disappointment when your life isn't turning out the way you think it should How to obey what you know God is calling you to do, even when you don't want to or are fearful How to reframe your identity and purpose from "I do so I am" to "I am so I do." And so much more Scripture Mentioned: John 12:24 Matt 6:26-34 Romans 8 1 Cor 2:9-10 Psalm 42:5 Psalm 37:23 Ephesians 1:17-19 Hebrews 12:2 Resources Mentioned: Dwan's Podcast: Hey Wise Guys More about Dwan Nashville Life Music My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
61 minutes | 4 months ago
13. When you're single and not happy about it
My friend, Lauren Lianne and I have a very raw conversation about the hardship of singleness, how to trust God with something you so desperately want, and what to do when the doubts creep in that maybe God isn't good or doesn't have your best in mind. In this episode, we discuss: How do we navigate the gap between our hopes and reality? How do we be honest about our feelings but also trust God when we're disappointed? When the gap gets too big between you and God, where do you go from there? How vital it is to invite other people into your loneliness, hurt, and most importantly the need to confess your secret sin to another person. How is the wait in our favor? How does pain serve a purpose? What does it look like to have faith in singleness or in any season of waiting? Scripture mentioned: Rom 8:22-25 Psalm 34:18 Hebrews 6:19 Hebrews 12:2 Jeremiah 29:11 Resources mentioned: Lauren's book: The Wait Will Not Be Wasted More about Lauren Follow Lauren on instagram Lysa TerKeurst: It's Not Supposed To Be This Way Hanna's Insta Highlight about The Message Translation (you have to click through maybe 18 stories to get to the part about The Message. ;)
45 minutes | 4 months ago
12. When you hate your body, skin, or just generally feel unworthy
Something that brought so much pain, has given her a platform to share Christ. If you've ever hated part of your body, skin, or had any kind of insecurity, my friend Madeline Roberts has hope to share. In this episode, we discuss: How when we hold onto insecurities, secrets and shame, we live a double life before God. How we can move from a posture of control to surrender How practicing gratitude is a weapon against our insecurities What scripture Maddie held onto during her transition from pain and insecurity to total surrender and trust in the Lord How we can be a good friend to someone struggling with major insecurities How thinking eternal changes everything Scripture mentioned: Romans 12:2 Prov 31:25 Resources mentioned: The gloves I sent Maddie Check out what Maddie's up to on: Instagram Youtube Her devotional beauty shift My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
43 minutes | 5 months ago
11. When you're in a toxic relationship
It's no secret I'm a fan girl of Gary Thomas. His books on dating and marriage have been instrumental in my life. So, when I heard him talk about how to be the person God created you to be in the face of toxic relationships, I knew we had to have him on the show! In our conversation, Gary talks about identify and side-stepping toxic people, but perhaps most importantly, how to identify your mission and stay focused on what God has called you to do. In this episode, we discuss: When to shift gears from playing spiritual offense to spiritual defense What is the difference between a difficult person and a toxic person? This person may be draining me of all my peace, joy, strength, and hope, but isn't that my problem or my sin? What if the toxic person in my life is someone I can't literally walk away from? How does the Apostle Paul's call to "be at peace with everyone" play into this? (Romans 12:18) As believers, what exactly is our mission? And how do we stay on mission? Why are fantasy arguments or facebook fights hurting our mission? Where does one start? How do I identify my mission and protect it? Scripture mentioned: Matt 6:33 Matt 7:6 Joshua 24:14-15 Nehemiah 8:10 Col 3:12 Romans 12:2 2 Cor 5:10 Learn more about Gary and his books here. (You need them in your life!)
59 minutes | 5 months ago
10. When a special needs diagnosis changes everything
I called up my friend, Marcie Kindred, to share her story about journeying through anger, resentment, and exhaustion and how she found gratitude and joy on the other side. In this episode, we discuss: Grieving the loss of expectations and hopes that will never be fulfilled Knowing God can handle it but doubting whether you can Being angry with God Learning to see every day as a gift How to practice gratitude and find joy amidst the unknown How to trust God with an overwhelming diagnosis How to support a friend with a special needs child Scripture mentioned: Luke 12:22-31 Romans 8:26-28 Proverbs 31:25 My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
63 minutes | 5 months ago
9. When your identity is defined by your career
Y'all are not ready for the force that is Melinda Doolittle. She is wise, funny, and can testify of God's goodness all day long. In this episode, Hanna and Melinda talk about how God authored Melinda's story and career, and what happened when covid-19 hit and suddenly Melinda's career was put on hold. In this episode, we discuss: How different God's plans were than what Melinda thought her life would be How you go from being tone deaf to... well... Melinda Doolittle How President George and First Lady Laura Bush, not to mention Simon Cowell, are huge fans of Melinda How you shift your identity to being about who God has made you to be rather than what you do How God really is so much better than we could ever ask, hope, dream or imagine Scripture Mentioned: Ephesians 3:20-21 *Melinda read the amplified version, Hanna read the NLT version. Deut 31:6 Psalm 56:8 Resources: Healthy Cookies Three Nice Things Podcast Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life's Next Level Learn more about Melinda here My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out
60 minutes | 7 months ago
8. When God asks you to wait, and wait, and wait some more
Kailey Dickerson is so much more than a country artist's wife. She is a creative, a preacher (in the very nontraditional sense), a faith builder, and a WOMAN OF GOD. I am obsessed with her, which could be scary except she's my sister-in-law so it's allowed. No one builds up my faith like Kailey, and you are going to be so encouraged by her story of waiting on God's timing and trusting Him throughout the process. In this episode, we discuss: At 16 years old, what was your grand plan for your life? God gave you a vision for your life, at an early age, but then things didn't exactly unfold as you thought they would. What did you do with that? Did you think you misunderstood God's plan for your life? How did you stay a champion of your husband's dream when y'all spent years hearing countless "no's"? You thought God confirmed for you that Russell was your future husband, and then he broke up with you. What were you tempted to believe about God at that time? Practically speaking, what fueled y'all to trust God no matter what, when we're talking about believing the calling God has on your life and yet seeing no earthly progress towards that calling? Was there a certain verse or passage that y'all really clung to during your long season of waiting? Y'all have experienced extreme high's (that were public) and horrible news (that was private) on the same day multiple times, so much of the Christian life is learning to navigate joy and sorrow simultaneously, so what have you learned through those experiences? For those who are in a season of waiting, what do you say to them? Scripture Mentioned: Matthew 6:33 Psalm 84:11 Luke 1:45 Resources Mentioned: Paige Brown's article Russell Dickerson's music My theme song and ad music is by my amazing friend, Shaylee Simeone. Check her out.
67 minutes | 7 months ago
7. When you're discontent and lonely
Are you intentionally, purposefully living? Or does life just kind of happen to you? How do you deal with feelings of discontentment or, worse, loneliness? Hanna chats with her bestie, Ellen Boker about all of these things and more. In this episode, we discuss: What does it mean to have agency in your life and where do you start? What questions were you asking yourself as you took inventory of your life? How do you decipher the difference between what you want for your life and what God wants for your life? What does it mean to be putting yourself in the "means of grace"? How do I decipher if I am experiencing a holy discontent or just boredom? What did your conversations with God look like when you realized you may have made a wrong decision? How do you thrive in seasons of loneliness? Where do you find encouragement? What scripture did you hang onto during those times? How do you encourage others who are experiencing something similar? Scripture Mentioned: Hebrews 4:15 Psalm 62 Resources Mentioned: The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot
55 minutes | 8 months ago
6. When your circumstances drive your attitude
Hanna chats with her long-time mentor, Annie Hutton. Y'all are going to love this woman. Annie has a way of delivering truth in a way that you just remember. In this episode, we discuss: What do you say to the person who knows they're not "all in" or they're hanging onto something that they know is not what the Lord wants for them? As a woman, how did you decipher what God's priorities are for you-- to be a career woman, a wife, a mom, a homeschool mom?! How do I actually obey Jesus and live out God's will for my life? And then we talked about something Annie said to me the last time she was visiting me in Nashville that made me mad. ;) What scripture do you find yourself constantly reminding the women you disciple? Scripture Mentioned: 2 Corinthians 10:5 Proverbs 31:28 Phil 2 Romans 12 Colossians 3 1 Corinthians 13 Zephaniah 3:17 Isaiah 46:9-10 Hebrews 12:1-3 Resources Mentioned: Josh McDowell Lee Strobel
51 minutes | 8 months ago
5. When "in sickness and in health" turns out to mostly be "in sickness"
Last week, we heard from my friend, Ashley Traficant, and this week we're talking to her mama, Gwen. At 28 years old, while pregnant with her first child, Gwen Traficant received news about her husband's health that would change her life--and her plans--forever. In this episode, we discuss: If you could have written liver disease out of your family's story, would you have What if God, through experiences He's given you, is shaping you for a different calling than you had ever anticipated (or even wanted)? How do you battle fear-- specifically the overwhelming, crippling fear that your husband or children might die? What lies were you tempted to believe based on your circumstances? What did your conversations with God look like at the bleakest times? When you can't share your did you turn to for encouragement? How can a person be a good friend to someone in a similar situation of hardship or caregiving? What scripture have you really clung to over the years? How do you encourage folks going through something similar? How do you choose to see your circumstances as your calling? Scripture Mentioned: John 16:33 Genesis 22 Psalm 118:24 Psalm 54:4 Psalm 119 Psalm 56:3 Isaiah 26:3-4 Romans 15:13
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