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069: Gerard and Jeannie Long

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Today I have two very special people with me on Thriving Beyond Belief, Gerard and Jeannie Long! The Longs have an incredible story of walking through the highest of mountain tops and the lowest of valleys. They speak so authentically about knowing the Lord in the good times and learning to lean into faithfulness during the hardest times.

We discuss suffering and what comes from the redemption of the most difficult situations. We learn to be heavenly-minded when walking through things that seem unbearable. Gerard speaks about how God’s plan for each of us is to redeem us, restore us, and have us triumph. We also speak about coming back from the darkness into the light in terms of our faith after incredible hardship.

One of the main themes of this episode is the power of God in a Christ-centered marriage. We see Gerard being a covering for Jeannie and truly leaning on the Lord so Jeannie could lean on Gerard. We talk about the supernatural strength of the Lord to help glorify the marriage to get through and THRIVE in every season.

The Longs could not emphasize more the power the prayer, the incredible presence of God in unusual places, and glimmers of hope that lead to rays of light in your life. We talk about how in the deepest sorrow, God embraced them and they felt that God was truly enough.

From hardship leads to true community. There is blessing in that we are never alone, and that what we walk through will one day comfort and encourage others. Also, the path He has set before us is what He has equipped us to handle. We may not ever understand the “why”, but that is when we look at the Lord and trust that He does understand the “why”.

This episode will have you clinging more to the Lord. It will challenge and embolden your faith. You will be blessed by these few moments today.

 

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016: Chrissie Dunham

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My guest on the TBB Podcast today is my very good friend Chrissie Dunham.

Chrissie was born in Oklahoma but has made her home in Plano, Texas with Charlie, her husband, and high school sweetheart.  They have two grown daughters, Katie and Abbie, who are both married and have given Chrissie and Charlie five grandchildren.

She is the Global Director of Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church, cherishes time with her family, is a terrific communicator, does speaking engagements, and has led countless women’s bible studies. Chrissie is passionate about her walk with the Lord and lives by her favorite slogan, “The Party Don’t Stop!” She hopes every believer knows that eternal life begins when you meet Jesus and there is a party in heaven in your honor, forever!

To define thrive Chrissie refers to 2Peter:1-2 “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him.” Bottomline, God wants us to prosper and succeed. But, the reality of life creates a struggle in our relationships, marriages, and parenting. In Chrissie’s daily walk she has found that women struggle in four common areas;  Am I loved, will I be respected, what is my significance, and do I feel secure in who I am?  To answer any of these questions Chrissie believes that every woman should start by asking herself the question, “How is my walk with the Lord today?”

Daily, Chrissie listens to women and understands that life is challenging but wants those struggling to know you must run your own race and fix your eyes on Jesus, regardless of the circumstances you face in life.  Through the years, Chrissie’s parents have given her practical advice and one of the things her mom told her about relationships is that you need to surround yourself with people who believe like you, pray, and be in God’s word daily. Chrissie strives to live this advice out in her daily walk.

In our interview, we talk about fear, marriage, and Christmas traditions!  As expected, I got exactly what I love so much about Chrissie, if you ask a question, she answers from her heart.  We had a great conversation and I can’t wait for you to listen in!

Here’s my interview with Chrissie Dunham.

 

 

 

012: Amy Simmons Crafton

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Today on the TBB podcast my guest is Amy Simmons Crafton.  Amy and I have become friends over the last several years and one of the things I love about her is that she “does life with intentionality.” I feel so blessed to have a chance to sit down and talk with this amazing woman.

Amy literally travels the world placing God’s Word directly in people’s hands. I invite you to visit AmazingGrace.Life which is all about bringing you a step closer to God, no matter where you are in your religious journey.  The hope at AmazingGrace.Life is to inspire you through stories of people whose lives have been touched by God, but most of all, offer you the next step in getting closer to Him.

In our interview, we talk about some incredible life experiences Amy has faced, delve into issues like vulnerability, personal insecurities, and how to nurture a healthy marriage.

Here’s my interview with Amy Simmons Crafton.

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