Monthly Archives :

October 2017

Ashlee Proffitt

008: Ashlee Proffitt

1024 683 Thriving Beyond Belief

Today on the TBB podcast my guest is Ashlee Proffitt.

Ashlee is married to a church planter and pastor, they have four beautiful children (one is in Jesus arms in heaven) and live in Florida.  

In our interview, Ashlee shares with me a very unique word for how she would define thrive. Freedom!  Ashlee believes she is thriving when she feels at peace, has a sense of  joy, and is not paralyzed by life’s circumstances.

We talk about an ongoing love/hate relationship she has had with social media for the past ten years. She has had a successful career working as a graphic designer & created brands for amazing companies, but admits that the social media world has been a tumultuous ride.

This past January, Ashlee transitioned from her full time career to serving a community she started called The Morning.  This is a community of hope for women to find joy after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.

In our interview, we talk about stereotypes of depression, fear, dealing with grief and finding the freedom to open up to God, and to understand that even if you are mad at Him, He is big enough for you to beat on His chest!

Here’s my interview with Ashlee Proffitt.

Resources

Social Media Links

Ashlee Proffitt: Inspiration, encouragement, & wisdom for christian women.

The Morning: A community of hope for women finding joy after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.

 

007: Marian Jordan Ellis

1024 683 Thriving Beyond Belief

On the podcast today my guest is Marian Jordan Ellis.  Marian lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family, but would describe herself as a Houstonian at heart.  She is a Bible teacher, author of several books for women, and the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries.

In our interview, we talk about the times you know you are thriving and also the real struggle when you are not thriving.  Marian talks about finding God’s peace and favor when you are doing what you are uniquely called to do. But, she understands the emptiness you can feel when you look at someone else’s life, or question whether you should be doing what they are doing.   Marian shares that it has been, at times, difficult to thrive having a baby at 43 years old and has struggled to find “normal” again.   

At the age of twenty five, Marian found her identity in searching for men, the corporate world, and things.  One night, as she looked into the bottom of an empty martini glass, she knew her life was just that, empty.  A friend invited her to attend a church service and it was there that she heard the beauty of the gospel for the first time.  She fell head over heals in love with Jesus.  God redeemed her and so many things from her past, she knew she had to share this with other women. As she began a more purposeful walk with the Lord, Marian was called to start Redeemed Girl Ministries for women.  

Marian is now on tour for her new book Stand.  Her message is “we must rise up against darkness, temptation, persecution, and stop listening to the voice of rejection, and the lies of the enemy saying you are unloveable. Until the love of God is your chief identity and source, no other love is sufficient enough.  Who Jesus says you are should be at the deepest core of your identity.  It doesn’t matter how many followers you have on Instagram or what size you wear, the question should be, do you have the love of Jesus in your heart? Until this is settled within you, and you can say, I am who Jesus says I am, I am loved, beloved, free, and forgiven you will live unsettled.”

Marian Jordan Ellis is currently on her book tour across the country.  You can find her at Redeemed Girl or download the Redeemed Girl app.

Here’s my interview with Marian Jordan Ellis.

CLICK HERE to tune into my interview with Marian Jordan Ellis.

Brenda Bogart

006: Brenda Bogart

1024 683 Thriving Beyond Belief

Brenda is a native Texan, married to her wonderful husband Bill, have a blended family of six children, and she is a grandmother.

Brenda holds a degree in Interior Design from TCU and has studied painting and drawing at SMU.  She was successful as an Interior Designer in Dallas, TX but knew she wanted to follow her true passion and picked up her paint brush again, and is now painting full time in her home studio. Brenda​ ​is​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​human​ ​face and loves to ​listen​ to​ ​the​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​people​ ​she​ ​paints. You can see her work featured on her website Brenda Bogart Art or stop by the Blue Print Store, in Dallas, Texas, to see her latest work.

In our interview, I asked Brenda how she would define the word thrive. She was very candid in her answer and described how “in difficult times she learned to struggle well, but believes you need to show up for everything…..the run, the nap, the difficult circumstance and in all of these situations learn to be kind to yourself.”  Looking​ ​back​ ​on​ ​her​ ​life,​ ​the​ ​best​ ​advice​ ​she​ ​would​ ​give​ ​someone​ ​is​ ​”be​ ​who​ ​God created​ ​you​ ​to​ ​be,​ ​not​ ​who​ ​you​ ​think​ ​everyone​ ​else​ ​wants​ ​you​ ​to​ ​be.”

Brenda is very vulnerable in sharing her fight with depression and how it is difficult, even today, to get a few good days out of a week.  She boldly describes that loneliness is a choice and you need to choose to get outside of your own world.

Brenda has an upcoming art show at the Blue Print Store on October 19, 2017 (5:00-7:00pm) and will feature a series on women. I can’t wait to stop by the show!

Here’s my interview with Brenda Bogart!

Resources

Art Show (Series on Women) – Blue Print Store – October 19, 2017 (5:00-7:00pm)

Social Media Links

005: Chelsea Smith

1024 683 Thriving Beyond Belief

Today on the podcast is Chelsea Smith. She is married to Judah, they have three kids, and together she and Judah are the Lead Pastors of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is down to earth, authentic and humorous!

In my interview, Chelsea and I talk about growing personally and spiritually. As we grow in these areas, it should be slow and steady, which is exactly what God intended.

I absolutely love the fun ministry Chelsea started earlier this year, Marriage Mondays. The idea dropped in her heart to start posting #MarriageMonday which came out of a wave of hearing stories about so many struggling marriages. Her thoughts are quirky, fun, and serious, as she talks about marriage and admits “marriage is hard,” but says having a foundation in Jesus helps make it work.

On a serious note, we talked about fear and how this powerful emotion wants to get inside your heart and become a recording that we play over and over. Chelsea humbly shares a season in her life where she became so fearful that it created a desire to escape life’s pressures and potentially could have led to unhealthy and destructive patterns in her life and marriage.

Switching gears, I asked Chelsea her thoughts about Social Media. Very candidly, she shares “that it is a fight to use this powerful tool correctly, and if we are not careful we can begin comparing ourselves to others instead of focusing on doing our life well.”

We talk about vulnerability and Chelsea shares how she and her husband Judah, choose to be vulnerable to others and to fight to show they aren’t perfect. They choose to “stay real”. Chelsea is open about their marriage, sex, and how to help the other person when “their love tank is empty.” Her advice about marriage is to be romantic with your spouse, be willing to gain understanding in different seasons of life, and read Proverbs for wisdom!

Here is my interview with Chelsea Smith.

Resources

Social Media Links

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!