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Becky Herrick

061: Becky Herrick

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Becky Herrick joins me on this episode of Thriving Beyond Belief and I could not be more excited!

A wife, a mother of triplets, and a full-time recruiter are just a few roles Becky plays in her life. She balances all of these things as well as ministering, speaking, and writing when she can.

Becky’s story is one of choosing joy in the midst of tragedies that have happened in her story. She describes miracles that happened along the way as well, seeing the hand of God throughout the times of sorrow.

We talk about walking through tragedy, how to cope and lean on the Lord in those times, and how to do normal life in the midst of the struggle.

Becky talks about her and her husband’s fertility journey that led to triplets as well as walking through all that comes with the loss of a child.
She discusses in-depth walking in guilt and learning that guilt is not from the Lord. It was a long road of handing the burdens of her loss over to the Lord and investing in counseling and community for healing.

Through the suffering, you see God’s grace through it, showing you what life is truly about. Becky talks about the freedom that always comes with facing the struggle and tackling it rather than running from it.

In the moments of the desperation for the Lord, the beauty of the Lord truly shines in only a way that can be seen after loss or abuse or trials, etc. It is the choice of choosing to go through the process and knowing the situation in itself isn’t good, but what can come from it can be good.

Becky encourages us all to be better, not bitter. She is so honest with her story and I hope you all have tissues handy when you listen. It will be an episode you’ll forever be impacted by.

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @Choosing._.joy

You Tube: Becky Herrick

Facebook: @beckyherrick.live

 

 

 

060: Brittany Price Brooker

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On today’s episode of Thriving Beyond Belief, we welcome Brittany Price Booker!

Brittany’s story is one you will not want to miss. At 25 and with three little ones at home, she received a call that changed the trajectory of her life. She was told that her perfectly healthy husband unexpectedly died at work. With all she had dreamed and hoped in life, the Lord took her story and showed her that He is in full control and can take anything we walk through and use it for His greater story and plan. He assured her that she would know Him in ways she never would have without this part of her story.

During this episode, we speak on loss. Brittany explains that loss is not just related to death. Loss can (and will) show up in our lives in many ways, but what we can gain through our growth and faithfulness in the Lord and know of His love is what gets us through the loss. She talks about how God called her to be a widow and single mom.

She speaks on identity and how trials can refocus you on who Christ says you are. She reminds us that even in the midst of unbelievable pain, we have purpose. The Lord has purpose for us and He has light for us in the midst of the darkness. We have to remember that if the Lord allows us to go through trials, He has equipped us to do so and He will make the pain worth it. There is beauty that will bloom from the pain.

You are not in the season you are in by accident. So know that God wants you to thrive in this moment. In this season. In the now.

We even talk about focus and the balance of focusing on self and focusing on others. When we only look at ourselves, bitterness and resentment can shift our perspective. But the reality is that everyone has struggles, and we are to be Jesus to others. If we look out, we gain a perspective of gratitude because we remember that even in the midst of loss, we also see all that the Lord has given us.

Brittany even discusses the new challenges that come with remarriage. Success in any marriage, especially remarriage, requires humility, communication, and wise counsel in your life.

This episode is full of such amazing truths, that I need you to grab that coffee or hot tea and listen right now! You will not want to miss this one.

 

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Social Media Links

 

Instagram: @BrittanyPriceBrooker

Website: brittanyprice.com

Facebook: @BrittanyPriceBrooker

The Elm Music @theelmmusic

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Resources Brittany recommends

 

 

 

059: LIVE Thriving Beyond Belief Podcast Event with Cheryl Scruggs and her daughters Lauren Scruggs Kennedy & Brittany Scruggs Morgan

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I am extremely excited for this Thriving Beyond Belief episode because it is the taping of our Thriving Beyond Belief live podcast event from Oct 18th! It was such an amazing night and we are so thankful for everyone who was able to come out. For those who couldn’t make it, we wanted to bring the entire event to you in your living room, kitchen, car or wherever you listen to podcasts!

We had such a fun time the other night, and that was exactly what the night was for: to have fun and give some tidbits of wisdom about how to THRIVE in your life.

On this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking to the room about what THRIVING truly is. I break down my story and all that the Lord has taught me. We talk salvation, marriage, redemption, love, and healing. With five points spelling out Thrive, I use the word to speak on what is needed for a life that is chasing after Jesus and making him known in every area of your life.

Then I interviewed my two sweet daughters, Brittany Scruggs Morgan and Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, and then one of my dear friends, Brenda Bogart interviewed my daughters and me! We talked about so many things that I can’t count them all!

We experience so many different distractions and forces in our lives today, that we have to be disciplined and conscious of making the Lord a priority in our lives. We must take captive our lives and not let them get swept up in the current of this world. We must strive to daily make choices that lead us closer to the Lord.

I am so excited and humbled to be able to share this wonderful night with you, and I pray this episode brings you joy, insight, and a new perspective of Jesus. I can’t wait for you to hear! Enjoy!

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Social Media Links

Instagram:

@cherylscruggs

@brittanymorgan

 @laurenscruggs

Website:

www.thrivingbeyondbelief.com

www.hopeformarriages.com

www.laurenscruggskennedy.com

Facebook:

@cherylscruggs

@brittanyscruggsmorgan

@laurenscruggskennedy

Books:

I Do Again by Jeff & Cheryl Scruggs

Still LoLo by The Scruggs Family

Your Beautiful Heart by Lauren Scruggs Kennedy

 

 

 

Melissa Ice

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I am so thrilled to have Melissa Ice with me on Thriving Beyond Belief!

Melissa and her husband Jamey, along with their two baby girls, are taking Ft. Worth by storm! Melissa runs her own nonprofit called The Net that serves refugees, the homeless, and trafficking survivors in the Ft. Worth area. The Net even launched their own business recently. Her husband has a renovation company that she helps with, and they both run a restaurant called Brewed. So to say she has a lot going on is an understatement!

Melissa talks about this life simply being her chasing joy and doing what God has created her to do, which is loving God and loving our neighbors.

We discuss thriving and the importance of taking the pressure off of ourselves to have it all together, and instead truly value growth in our lives. We need to tap into community and fight for those spaces of learning.

Recognizing and combating fear, letting go of comparison, and embracing vulnerability are some of the things we discuss in this episode.

Melissa also discusses an article she wrote about all that she is learning about marriage. She talks about that she and her husband are each other’s biggest fans. She discusses that marriage is imperfect, but that there is value in vulnerability and honesty in marriage. Those things lead to growth and greater intimacy with your spouse. She even encourages that the important thing is when we need to jump start things in our marriage again, that there is freedom to do that. Rather than focusing on the drifting that happens in marriage, focus on getting back to being intentional with your spouse.

One of the most refreshing topics we cover is protecting our time. “No one is going to value your time more than you.” We can’t rely on others to know what is healthy for us, and we learn our capacities and boundaries for ourselves. We want to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us, but that doesn’t mean God is calling us to run ragged. He does not glorify busy. He values being intentional. We talk about the importance of adopting the sacredness of the sabbath as much as we adopt taking care of others in our lives. We need to trust the Lord with our margins.

We end with breaking some myths we establish about life as women, what motherhood is “supposed” to look like, and comparison.

This is one of those episodes that will make you feel at peace and give you comfort that you are not alone in the fight. Melissa encourages and is an advocate for women, so this is an episode you won’t want to miss.

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @MelissaIce

 @brewedfw

@TheNetfw

@theworthyco

Twitter: @MelissaIce

 

 

 

057: Megan Michelson

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I am so thrilled to have Megan Michelson with me on Thriving Beyond Belief today!

Megan is involved in a ministry with Mary Flow Ridley called The Birds and the Bees. It began as a message geared towards parents having intentional conversations with their children about sexuality. It turned into a ministry that helps parents strategically talk with their children several times throughout childhood and adolescence about sex without a fearful approach.

I love that Megan discusses that having these conversations as loving authorities in our children’s lives is so important. The world is constantly shouting about these topics at children from a younger age, and rather than cowering away from it, parents should be the Godly truth resonating back.

We discuss finding the balance between seeing sex as something that is dirty and not discussed until marriage to the way the world works, which is that sexual intimacy is a consumerist activity. Mary goes into biblical truth that intimacy is a beautiful thing that God intentionally made, but is set with boundaries. We can find freedom in the boundaries, seeing that God is wanting the best for each of us, and that is why there are rules set in place for us.

Mary gives some practical tips to finding your voice about these conversations you want to have with your children, including some guidelines for ages for these talks. She also goes over how to handle hurdles that may come from being intentional about these discussions and some boundaries you can set with them.

Why Megan loves being a part of this ministry is because she feels passionately about equipping and empowering parents to help their children have a healthy understanding of sex. This is a continual part of our lives, and thus it needs to be an important topic in our homes. The Birds and the Bees ministry is set up to be something that helps these conversations not be so uncomfortable. These talks can no longer be taboo because the world is feeding children so many lies about sex. She also talks about the fact that these discussions will also help spouses communicate. Megan finally talks about that if sex is a hard topic because of your past or because your marriage is at a particular hard place, seek help. Reach out and see if there is someone who can professionally talk with you in a biblical way that will help mend this area of your life.

I absolutely loved having Megan on today, and hope you take away valuable insight from this episode. You won’t want to miss it!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @birds_bees

Website: www.birds-bees.com

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056: Courtney Pray Duke

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I am so excited to have Courtney Pray Duke with me today on this episode of Thriving Beyond Belief!

Courtney has such an incredible story of God working through incredible tragedy to show His faithfulness. With three young children at home, Courtney received a call that forever changed the trajectory of her life. Finding out that her husband was in an accident, she rushed to the hospital, only to find out on the way that he didn’t make it.

From this story of incredible loss and hurt, Courtney talks about how God was revealed to her through this loss and helped her treasure each day. From pain He brings so much purpose. She remarks that in the economy of God, nothing is wasted.

She discusses walking through widowhood and who she now can share in the loss with. She talks about the journey of healing and how time brings hope. This loss gave Courtney a new lens on life and she talks about the fact that we have an eternity to live for. It’s remarkable how God uses unbelievable circumstances to show us how to full trust Him.

Courtney talks about what has helped her walk through this journey. Some helpful tools are being able to speak out loud about the circumstances. She also emphasizes her need for Scripture day to day.

We really focus on the change from surviving to thriving. Courtney can talk about knowing what it is like to thrive because she has walked through that journey of being in the place where she didn’t know how to put one foot in front of the other, wondering if she would make it to the next day. When she leaned into the Lord through Scripture and church community, she has slowly been able to see the bright days begin to appear again.

From the darkest of days with loss to now being remarried and having a new baby, Courtney’s story is one of constant redemption and God’s grace and love. She talks about the phase of being content with the Lord and His plans and then felt she was finally able to open her heart to love another in this life. We discuss the trust of the Lord in the valley so that we see His plans and goodness fulfilled on the mountain top.

We end discussing how the call on God’s life and the roles we play in our lives aren’t mutually exclusive.
We should begin embracing our complexities and many facets the Lord created us as so that we can confidently go forward in the Lord’s purpose for our life.

I believe this episode will touch so many lives. It will bring hope to those hurting and encouragement that God is there with us in every single season. I hope this episode comforts you today.

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @cprayduke

 

 

 

Lisa Bevere

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I have Lisa Bevere with me today on Thriving Beyond Belief today, and I am so excited for this episode!

Lisa has been a long-time advocate for women, helping them to find freedom in their identity and purpose in the Lord. She is an author and just put out a new book, Adamant. We dive in to what Lisa discusses in her book today.

First, we talk about what thriving is to Lisa. Lisa explains that too many people in Christianity think that they just need to survive. Rather, Christianity is about serving the Lord in every area in our lives. And with that, we are living how God intended us to live, which leads to a thriving life.

When discussing Lisa’s newest book, Adamant, we focus on the topic of culture. The culture that is coming at us saying that everyone’s opinions are their truths. But she reminds us that God’s Word is THE truth, and that our stories are seen by God and are important, but to never replace that with truth. She defines how to live in Christ.

The world is so desperate to heal and find satisfaction through sinful means, which means the world is desperate for a Savior. Lisa discusses the danger of normalizing our behavior rather than imagining that God can discipline us in love to make us who He intended us to be. “Our truth should be like a rock, not a river.”

Any issues we have, whether it’s our marriage, our family, our work life, our friendships, stem from not having Jesus at the center. We even discuss the social media and how we are to take caution when being immersed with so many opinions around us that have no legitimate grounding. So we spend some time truly discussing our responsibility of being in the Word ourselves, daily, in order to decipher what truth really is.

Finally, Lisa and I talk about her marriage and family. We talk about how Lisa and her husband have learned over the years how to dream together. We talk about how to be good apologizers and repenters, and how your marriage is a daily model for your children. Our lives are walking testimonies to others, and so let us be advocates for our spouses.

May our lives be a testament to others that life with the Lord is one that is empowered, satisfying, and full of love. I hope you find some time today to listen to this amazing episode. You won’t want to miss it!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @lisabevere

Website: LisaBevere.com and MessengerInternational.org

Facebook: @LisaBevere.page

Twitter: @LisaBevere

Lisa’s Books: Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

054: Jessica Chow

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Today the lovely Jessica Chow joins me on Thriving Beyond Belief!

Jessica’s story is one that will resonate with so many women, and will have you praising the Lord by the end of this episode.

As a writer, Youtuber, and speaker, Jessica’s story is one that is filled with the world selling her lies of satisfaction. After growing up only seeing broken relationships, they led to diminishing self-worth and distrust in relationships. Jessica then experienced loss which spurred her even more to pursue what the world would describe as “having it all”. Years of worldly living left Jessica feeling unsatisfied and searching. She ended up finding the love of the Lord through the love of her other people who love the Lord.

Jessica speaks on the fact that once she began to share her story with a Godly community, she was never met with hostility after being vulnerable. After coming to know the Lord and being redeemed through His grace, she could almost physically feel the peace of the Lord breaking chains in her life. She was revealed God’s character. We discuss that the world promises that certain things will bring freedom in life but that aren’t true.

We discuss redemption and forgiveness in such real ways. Your sin is in your life to better understand Christ as our Savior. Your ability to sin is not greater that the Lord’s ability to save!

We discuss relationships and lessons learned through dating, breakups, and purity. Jessica emphasizes many lessons learned through ungodly and Godly dating. Dating should be an addition to what the Lord is doing in your heart and life already. It shouldn’t deter you. She truly learned about purity and saw the disconnect between what the world has to offer and what Jesus had to offer.

This episode will change you. It will make you remember who Jesus truly is and remind you why you follow Him. Take a listen today!

 

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Social Media Links

 

Instagram: @_jessicachow

Websitebit.ly/3130beloved

Facebook: 3130beloved

Twitter: @_jessicachow

 

 

 

053: Jennie Allen

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I am so excited to introduce Jennie Allen to the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast today!

From writing bible studies and books to the IF Gathering to talking about thriving, you can tell how passionate Jennie’s heart is about women truly knowing and growing daily with the Lord.

Jennie talks about truly knowing thriving by not knowing thriving. She talks about how she can further appreciate God’s goodness when going through seasons of feeling like she’s are not thriving. Thriving is not selfish, but actually helps others around us and is a promise for us from the Lord, that we would have life abundant.

We talk about in depth all that the IF Gathering entails. There is amazing community made and it’s an organization that focuses on women doing something with their faith.

One of the biggest breaths of fresh air was our discussion of letting go of striving for the sake of the world and looking to the Lord and resting in who GOD is and what HE can do. Our stories are not about what we achieve, but seeing how God moved in our lives and how we were obedient throughout life.

In a culture of achievement, success, and never being satisfied, we need to learn to stop, rest, and let God show up and show out in our lives.

Jennie’s role has become cheering women on and helping women would learn to live out of a sense of trust rather than fear.

We discuss the struggles of social media, the lessons to be learned from marriage, the importance of counseling, and the beauty of vulnerability.

We were created to be known and even God Himself is in community, being the Trinity. We are made to be with others, which inevitably leads to being open and honest with others. Speaking out what is in our hearts leads to healing and cementing truth in us. Keeping things shut in and not shared leads to loneliness, bitterness, and a skewed sense of who God is. Being authentic with others helps you realize that you don’t have to be strong on your own. Others will lean in and advocate for you, if you only learn to be brave and share.

After listening to this episode, let our love for the Lord, vulnerability with others, and the pursuit of Him being known drive our lives. I hope this episode today encourages you and fires you up!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @jennieallen

Website: www.jennieallen.com

Facebook: @jenniefaithallen

Twitter: @JennieAllen

IF Gathering: www.ifgathering.com

Jennie’s books: Restless, Nothing to Prove, Anything

Jennie’s Bible studies include: Stuck, Chase, Restless, and Proven

 

 

 

 

052: Julie Solomon

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I am thrilled to have Julie Solomon on Thriving Beyond Belief today!

Julie currently lives in LA with her husband and son. She blogs and has a podcast that focuses on helping others gratitude, grow their business as influencers in the blog/podcast market.

The theme of the blog today is simply finding balance in the multi-faceted roles women have today. From finding our personal purpose in life to marriage to motherhood, Julie emphasizes the importance of meeting all of these pressures in our lives with gratitude. Gratitude in who the Lord is in our lives gives us the ability to thrive. God daily gives us everything we need, so we need to be wonderful stewards of His gifts and utilize them to our highest potential.

Julie speaks on how living with the mindset of abundance lets us live without fear. We learn to lean into the abundance of the Lord in every aspect of our lives, so that we are to find balance in being working mothers and wives. One way does this is by learning to create before consuming, which leads to seeking gratitude first instead of seeing what’s lacking in life. We take some time to discuss having the perspective of abundance rather than scarcity.

In this episode, we speak specifically on intentional practices in your life that lead to balance. This includes ways to truly connect with your children, how to carve out intentional time with your spouse, how to deal with anxiety, the importance of community, and how to carve out time in your schedule for yourself.

We end with Julie talking through how to set good goals in your life and business. She speaks on truly knowing your “why”, which helps steer every other decision you need to make, in regards to your purpose.

I hope today’s episode encourages, uplifts, and challenges you today!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @juliesolomon

Website: The Influencer Podcast

Facebook: @JulsSolomon

Twitter: @JulsSolomon

You Tube:Julie Solomon

Pinterest:Brand & Blogger Consultant

Academy: The Influencer Academy

 Pitch It Perfect: PitchItPerfect.net

 

 

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