Spirituality

#203: Getting Loud with Rebekah Lyons

#203: Getting Loud with Rebekah Lyons

How do you know if you have depression or anxiety? At what point do you seek help?

Rebekah came on this week to share her story and we talk a lot about fear, lies, mental health and faith. When your identity is tied to your accomplishments it’s easy to start to feel like you’re drowning. So, what has to change? What does God say about rest, food, connection, creativity? Rebekah shares with us a lot of her ah-ha moments in her new book, Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose, Lyons pulls from her own journey with anxiety and depression to guide readers through four life-giving rhythms to overcome fear and live an abundant, vibrant life.

#201: On Outsiders and Idols with Rachel Jones

#201: On Outsiders and Idols with Rachel Jones

Do you ever feel like an outsider no matter where you are? Do you need motivation to be courageous and talk to the people that could be "your people”?

Rachel lives and writes in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa. Her family has learned (is still learning) how to struggle well, while living as cultural and spiritual outsiders in this Muslim country. She has published a book about raising kids abroad: Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World and has a book coming out in October. It’s a biography of "Somalia's Mother Teresa", a woman who also struggled well in Djibouti, fighting against terrorism, disease, and fundamentalism.

#197: The God Dare with Kate Battistelli

#197: The God Dare with Kate Battistelli

What is a God Dare? Will it be scary? How can I be sure that it’s actually God speaking to me?

I can’t WAIT for you to get to know Kate. She speaks to us today about letting Jesus pick your future and what that looks like. She’s down to earth and blows her own cover on some pretty personal things along her journey. Kate wrote her book, The God Dare, for anyone who feels they have lost their purpose. She hopes that readers will be reminded that all God ever needs are willing vessels.

#193: Watch for God with Vivian Mabuni

#193: Watch for God with Vivian Mabuni

We know that the center of God's will is the best place to be, but surrender is easier said than done. A host of hurdles, from busyness and bitterness to complacency and control, can prevent us from moving where He directs. I her latest book, Vivian Mabuni provides an authentic look at what it means to willingly risk saying yes to whatever God asks--and highlights a practical path to the deeper joy of a yielded life.

#192: Song of a Wounded Heart with Lora Jones

#192: Song of a Wounded Heart with Lora Jones

Are you losing hope? Working through trauma? Man. Lora shared with us her journey of finding the other side of a horrible situation, and I’m so thankful for her wisdom and perspective. Lora talks to us about why it’s OK to question God and shares the story that lead her to a crossroads in her faith.

Lora Jones graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Accounting and from Midwestern Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Religious Education. She married J.L. Jones during college and their family became complete with the birth of two children, Janessa and Jayden. J.L. and Lora served the Lord in full-time ministry for nearly 20 years until the family was involved in an automobile accident. Lora alone survived. Currently, Lora is an inspirational speaker sharing her story across the country since 2006. Speaking to audiences of all sizes, her storytelling style enables her to communicate with Christians of differing backgrounds and denominations. Lora is a rock and this one heck of a heavy conversation but it’s a great one!

#179: The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman

#179: The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman

How can you live your life more fully YOU? Do you need permission to take a hot minute to check in with yourself?

This week we meet Emily, a grad student and a mom in a busy season of life who has practical advice on how we can connect with ourselves and our Father. We talk about creativity and all of the different shapes it can come in. Did you know you can be creative and connect with God without buying the entire contents of aisle 10 at Michaels?

#159: Demystifying Counseling with Ann Taylor McNiece

#159: Demystifying Counseling with Ann Taylor McNiece

Ann Taylor McNiece is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a wife, a mom, a daughter, and a friend. Over the past few years she has worked in the schools with kids of all ages, in private practice with individuals and couples, and in a community mental health agency where she served low income clients and family reunifying after problems with child abuse.

#158: The Wondering Years with Knox McCoy

#158: The Wondering Years with Knox McCoy

Knox McCoy loves laughing and making people laugh. Really anything that’s laughter-adjacent, he’s into. He’s also super into the word “swashbuckling” and his dream is to one day use it in a bio. Knox began podcasting in 2011 as a way to talk more about popular culture, and to his extreme surprise, he’s still doing it every week on The Popcast with Knox and Jamie.

#156: Preaching to Yourself with Hayley Morgan

#156: Preaching to Yourself with Hayley Morgan

Hayley Morgan is a writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur who inspires women to know what is true about God and themselves. Her first book called Wild and Free, co-written with Jess Connolly, was published in May 2016 and quickly became a USA Today Bestseller. She currently runs the women's boutique Nellie Taft, named after an American First Lady and featuring all Made in the USA products.

#155: Raising Readers with Sarah Clarkson

#155: Raising Readers with Sarah Clarkson

Sarah Clarkson is an author, a blogger, and a student of theology. She's the author of several books on reading including her latest titled Book Girl (a Woman's Guide to the Reading Life). Through blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the theological significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty.