Amy Breitmann joins me today for the Finding Joy Podcast's 50th episode! Amy is a wife, mother, writer and lover of all things creative (and she will also be speaking at the Woodstock, Georgia Finding Joy Ladies Night Out event on Oct. 7!) Her life and faith were forever changed when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a 29-year-old mama-to-be.
As you’ll hear in our conversation today, God has taken Amy's broken road and weaved it into a beautiful ministry. Today The Lydia Project serves thousands of women and their families each year, providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support to women facing any kind of cancer. Amy firmly believes that while God doesn't cause suffering to happen in our lives, He uses every valley to help us learn how to minister to others in their time of need.
"When we find ourselves in a valley, we have a choice to make. We can be bitter or fearful ... or we can look around and say, 'How can I serve and be Jesus to the people who are in this same valley?'" Amy says.
In addition to talking about her experience with cancer and The Lydia Project, Amy and I talk about the importance of living our passions and staying true to who God made us to be — cracks, scars, flaws and all.
Join author and party planner Christen Price as she and I talk about embracing imperfect hospitality — biblical hospitality that focuses not on perfection but on on why we celebrate: to be with and love on people. We might not always plan the perfect party, but we can always choose to be God's hand and feet and love others well.
In addition to talking about how to be a "hallelujah hostess," Christen and I also talk about the importance of saying yes to community, especially when we'd rather stay at home in our PJs and watch Netflix. This doesn't mean we say yes to everything, but rather we keep an open heart and mind. In other words, while the cultural trend is to say no and create margin in our lives (which is good), we should be careful not to shut everyone and everything out.
Hanha Hobson joins me today for Finding Joy #48. Hanha is the founder of the Transparency Blog, which encourages women to be confident in who God made them to be and what He has called them to do. Her interactive 31-day devotional, Jesus Is Bae, just came out last week, and it’s a wonderful tool for anyone looking to learn more about what it means to be in a relationship with Christ.
As you’ll hear in our conversation today, Hanha struggled with shame for years before finding freedom in Jesus. The enemy tried to tell her she wasn’t loved, and for awhile, Hanha wondered if he was right. Everything changed when her mom challenged her to read the Bible with her from the start of Genesis to the end of Revelation.
The transformation didn’t happen overnight, but as she began practicing daily faith confessions, God’s truth began to replace the lies she’d grown to believe. Today on the podcast, Hanha shares practical tips for combating shame with daily faith confessions. She and I also talk about how to respond when other people try to shame us and drag us into the pit.
You can learn more about Hanha’s #TheConfessionsProject here (the faith confessions graphic above was inspired by our conversation, and you are free to print that out as well by clicking on the photo!).
YOUR HOMEWORK after listening to the blog >> http://www.cleartransparency.com/reflection/daily-confessions-changed-life/
If you've ever felt confused by the conflicting representations of Jesus you've encountered in the world, you're invited to join Jami Amerine and I as we talk about releasing all the wrong ideas and getting to know the Savior for who He really is — full of never-ending love and grace.
In this episode Lynn and I talk about:
Lynn encourages us to think about the inner dialogues we have with ourselves on a daily basis. Are we building ourselves up with the truth found in God's word, or are we tearing ourselves down with the enemy's lies?
When Jackie and Rick Drew met at Fish Camp prior to attending Texas A&M in 1998, they had no idea where the Lord would take them. Three children, six different homes, and many blessings later, they got a big nudge from God to establish their company, RAD JOY. The couple's mission is to further God’s kingdom by encouraging others to deepen their relationship with Christ through a life surrendered.
Today on the show, Jackie and I talk about the power of prayer and how surrendering our lives to Jesus can change our lives for the better. We also talk about learning to discern the will of God and what to do when He calls us to step out in faith.
You can stop by rad-joy.com to see all of Jackie and Rick's amazing products that will enrich your prayer life!
In this episode Micah and I talk about:
Micah encourages us to remember that darkness is just a distraction — it does not mean God has departed.
In this episode Amy and I talk about: