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Lysa TerKeurst

067: Lysa TerKeurst

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I am thrilled to have Lysa Terkeurst with me on this episode of Thriving Beyond Belief!

And why am I thrilled…….let me count the ways:
1. We have a similar stories and the same Redemptive God
2. We both have had serious marriage struggles, but God still Reconciled
3. Both marriages have hurts, pains, resentments and anger, but God still Restored
4. Trust has to be rebuilt with time and consistency, and God never leaves us or forsakes us
5. Vulnerability happened for both of us, & God desires intimacy with all of us! He wants our heart!
Lysa just published a new book, “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” and it has resonated so deeply with me and I hope you each receive an opportunity to read it. One of Lysa’s goals with this book is to make sure others don’t feel alone in their journey, which so closely correlates with the ministry Jeff and I have given our life to.

The amazing thing is how Lysa has seen how the circumstances in her life have led to deep and painful times before the Lord, which leads further to deeper understanding of the Word of God and to be an even more reliable teacher of the Word.

We talk about the deep, difficult questions of who God is and how He could allow life-altering painful situations happen to His children. Lysa dives into her own journey of emotional healing through the church and Christian counseling and how that led so much to the content in her book.

We also discuss the redemption and restoration of the hard times, mainly with the Lord and then with others in our lives. From Lysa sharing her story, the Gospel is being shared and there has been so much healing for so many just by knowing that they are not alone, even in the valley. And what joins each of us in the valley is the truth of God’s Word and His character.

Lysa shares with vulnerability what she now has to work through because of what has happened in life, and beautifully clarifies the healthy difference between vulnerability in sharing and the importance of privacy. We even talk about no longer taking things for granted, but taking every situation to the Lord. We take our situation out of the center of our lives and replace that with the Lord. He is the only one that can bring peace and remove fear.

“God loves us too much to answer our prayer in any other time than the right time and in any other way than the right way.”

This is one episode you will not want to miss. I hope you join me!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @LysaTerkeurst

Website: www.Lysaterkeurst.com

Facebook: @OfficialLysa

 

 

 

065: Donna Pisani

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Thriving Beyond Belief! Today, I have Donna Pisani on and I can’t wait for you to hear all that she has to share!

Donna lives with her family in the heart of Washington D.C. and has written a book, The Power of Not Yet. She has an incredible story and shares it with us today of how the Lord radically met her in the middle of her life and fulfilled the love she was so desperately looking for.

Donna shares that she truly knows what thriving is because she knows what not thriving feels like. She talks about the difference between going to church and having a true and intimate relationship with Jesus. She is so encouraging when discussing that her passion is for young women to truly get who Christ can be in this life. There is so much to discover about who the Lord is and what He is doing, but we so often miss out on knowing His love and grace because we are so task oriented, fixated on behavior modification. That was never what the Lord intended our relationship with Him to be!

We talk about the power of vulnerability and how that it is directly linked with thriving. Donna discusses that perfection, for her, is somewhat having control over a situation. But as long as we as humans are involved in a situation, it will never be perfect! Perfection is a story of the Lord’s redemption in our lives. God does not long for perfection, but for sanctification.

Speaking on Donna’s book, The Power of Not Yet, is so fascinating about the fact that our lives with the Lord are ever changing. We are hit with circumstances in our lives that we couldn’t prepare for, but how we process and move forward means more than the end result sometimes. She writes on how the Lord is telling us “not yet” in different capacities, and what we can learn in the process of our waiting.

With her book, we also talk about identifying fear rather than running from it, how to begin digging into Scripture, and the power of the process.

“Whatever you are walking through is developing you for leadership and influence.” This podcast went by so fast and there is so much wisdom within it. I hope you take some time to listen today!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @donnapisani

Book Website: The Power of The Not Yet

Facebook: @donnapisani

 

 

 

Angela Paxton

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Today on Thriving Beyond Belief, we welcome Angela Paxton! What a joy it was to have Angela with me today on the podcast. From her being adopted to her many years in education to raising four children to now her run at Texas State Senate as her husband serves as the Attorney General, we discuss how the Lord has weaved together Angela’s story over the years to reveal His purpose for her life today.

We discuss what true ministry is and how to use your personal story to relate to others in order to share Jesus with them. Remember that whatever platform the Lord gives you, be present and obedient with His call for you. Angela talks about the fact that the Lord created her to be someone who truly resides in the moment and how she uses that gift for the Lord. She truly has a gift to make people feel seen and heard, and it is evident in the platform the Lord gives her and her husband.

We speak on the beauty of differences in others, especially in marriage. Angela encourages us that rather than getting frustrated with your spouse over your differences, we should anchor into those and celebrate how we balance each other out. She speaks on the healthy habits that her and her husband practice in their marriage, especially for them when most of their days are spent apart. We discuss the necessity to nourish the marriage by making time for one another.

We really take some time to discuss how the circumstances of our lives lead us to what we dedicate our lives to. As Angela runs for Texas Senate, she realizes that although she never set out in life to be in the political arena, the Lord had been preparing her, with all she had experienced, for this moment her entire life.

We speak on fear and how the Lord wants us to lean on Him in those times of fear rather than let it shut us down. Fear is an absence of trust. He wants you to trust in Him in the darkest moments and not lean on your own understanding. We are not called to win the battles in our lives but we are called to simply be obedient and see the Lord be victorious.

I hope this episode blesses you today. Enjoy!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @angela.paxton.12

Twitter: @angelapaxtontx

Websitewww.angelapaxton.com 

Facebook: @angelapaxtontx

 

 

 

046: Branch Basics with Allison Evans & Marilee Nelson

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On this episode of Thriving Beyond Belief, I have Allison Evans and Marilee Nelson from Branch Basics with me! Branch Basics is a company that sells nontoxic cleaning products. They use this as a vehicle to start discussions of others thriving in their homes with clean living.

Marilee and Allison are an aunt and niece duo who have such interesting and extensive health pasts that brought them together to turn their passions into their careers. They talk to us about the importance of what we put in our bodies, on our bodies, and around our bodies.

Marilee talks about her health journey and how after several medical issues, she was referred to a food-as-medicine physician, which immediately changed her life. She speaks on the radical changes both her and her family experienced from the change to clean eating, clean air, and no chemicals in their everyday environment.

Allison speaks about her health journey, which so many of us can relate to. She tells us passionately that because of her own issues that she experienced that everyone can benefit from clean living, no matter if you struggle with physical issues or not. After a summer on Marilee’s farm mimicking her lifestyle, Allison’s life was changed forever. She watched all of her chronic symptoms fade away after eating and living in a healthy and organic way.

They speak to us about the common myths that come with healthy living: the ladies urge us to focus on simple, uncomplicated basics. Instead of seeing clean living as a hindrance, instead see it as an opportunity to thrive. At the heart of what these women decided was to listen to the Lord and follow His guidance on how to best steward the body He had given them.

We speak vulnerably about the lifestyle shifts that come with the new way of living, and the ladies speak about how this lifestyle reflects our life with Christ. There are special boundaries with clean living, and though they come with some sacrifice, boundaries (both physical and spiritual) are good for us! We must learn that just because we are allowed something, it does not mean it is wise to indulge in certain things. This lifestyle, for Marilee and Allison, has spurred their relationships with the Lord through this avenue of clean living.

Please take a listen to this podcast today, and then check out Branch Basics to get your starter kit to get to clean living today!

 

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Social Media Links

Instagram: @BranchBasics

WebsiteBranch Basics

Facebook: @BranchBasics

 

 

 

043: Siouxsan Robinson

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I am thrilled to have Siouxsan Robinson on Thriving Beyond Belief with me today! After meeting at a retreat last year, her story has continued to stay on my mind. She has such a powerful story to share.

Siouxsan is a Native American that grew up on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota. She has been married to her husband, Charles Robinson, for 14 years. In their time together, along with growing their family by 7, they have created a ministry called The Red Road that seeks to build relationships on Native American reservations. They provide “Baskets of Hope” for those on the reservation, carefully praying over each basket and who it will serve. Along with household goods in the baskets, the Robinsons provide a bible and a devotional as well. As they build these relationships, they share Christ and the hope He gives and the love He has for each of them.

The beautiful part of this story is that Siouxsan now gives to others graciously after experiencing an extremely broken past. Siouxsan was exposed to every kind of abuse that came from a broken family system. During this time, she was prone to seeing dark spirits. After a conversation with a cousin, Siouxsan was exposed to the Gospel. She realized the strength of the Lord was stronger than the fear of the enemy (can I get an amen on that?!)

One of my favorite moments in this podcast is when Siouxsan describes her salvation experience. Before knowing Jesus, there was a real and true battle in her spirit. She could feel the pull of the enemy to keep her in fear. But then she met the Lord and her description of her salvation will bring you to tears.

In her relationship with the Lord, she no longer felt alone. Jesus was not only there for her, but was for her. She saw the beauty of His pursuit of her and how He just wanted to spend time with her. All of her life, people had taken from Siouxsan. But the Lord gave to her. She learned and talks about forgiving others because of His forgiveness of her past. She is able to be compassionate because of His compassion towards her. She even shares with us what thriving is to her because of her own walk with the Lord.

Be prepared for an amazing episode full of truth. We discuss issues that are so important to remember about ourselves, about others, and about the Lord. I can’t wait for you to listen with us today!

 

Social Media Links

Instagram: @siouxsantheredroad

Website: http://www.theredroad.org/

Facebook: @siouxsanrobinson

 

 

 

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