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Ellie Holcombe

071: Ellie Holcombe

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Today I have a lovely friend of mine on Thriving Beyond Belief: Ellie Holcomb! Living in sweet Nashville, Tennessee, Ellie is a musician, wife of a musician, mother, author, and devoted follower of Jesus.

Ellie brings such a fresh perspective of thriving, and how she learned to thrive by experiencing years of practicing the opposite. After seeking to be what others thought she should be and coming up lost, Ellie finally gave up that mentality to truly just be who the Lord created her to be. She talks about becoming “unburied” from the expectations of the world. As a woman in her mid-thirties, she speaks to fighting those whispers from the world more than ever, and feeling more free than ever from the lies.

We discuss what is truly the Gospel versus what we have set it up to be in our minds. She discusses her journey to discovering the beauty of counseling in her life and the healing it brought to her life. We are truly kindred spirits with similarities in our stories and seasons, and it was wonderful to dive in to how the Lord has used our journeys.

We speak on some fun things, like how Ellie became a musician and how she has been able to use music to connect people and their stories. We also talked about the children’s book, Who Sang The First Song, Ellie published last year, and how the idea of the book came to be. It was so fun to discuss the beauty of having intentional conversations with our children, seeing where our children are truly gifted by the Lord, and guidance we can have with our little ones. We are made stewards over our children, and we discuss what the full potential of that can be. So many of us parents get caught in the mundane tasks of everyday and forget to see the eternal purpose in what we are doing in parenting.

Celebrating others to foster community, learning to dream at any age, self care, and our roles as women are some topics we get to discuss together. Ellie and I also tackle what some of the difficult aspects of who we are can be. We learn to turn to Scripture and cling to His promises to then lay down what isn’t ours to carry.

Tune in to hear more about Ellie’s heart, what brings her joy, and her reason for doing yoga. 🙂 I hope you are inspired and encouraged by this sweet time with Ellie Holcomb!

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068: Alex Seeley

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Thriving Beyond Belief! With me today is Alex Seeley, author of the book Taylor Made, wife and mother, minister, and native Australian who calls Nashville her home!

Being in full time ministry since she was 22 was a calling Alex had on her life ever since she called Jesus her Savior at age 11.

Thriving is God’s promise to us if we know Him personally. Alex talks about the difference between being saved and being freed. Salvation is our justification, but our walk with the Lord is our sanctification. Alex shares such wisdom on the expectation we have of our Christian life without working out our faith. There is such negativity, gossip, hatred, judgement, comparison, and anxiety in our minds, yet we do nothing to transform our minds. It is one thing to know in your mind that Jesus loves you, but it is a whole other thing to let that fact resonate who you are.

Alex shares her amazing story, which begins with her life being considered an “accident”, continues through broken parents raising broken children, and led to thoughts of rejection and a sense that she would never measure up. These thoughts and the need for some control in her life led Alex to developing an eating disorder. Even though she knew the Lord at the time of her disorder, she didn’t believe the Lord could handle this aspect of her life and heart, which is something so many believers deal with now. We believe that the deep, dark hard places of our lives are something God cannot handle, which is precisely what the enemy wants us to think. But Alex talks about the journey from that and the wrestles she had with the Lord about speaking the truth out loud and receiving help.

Alex speaks on becoming free of so many burdens, such as insecurity. There is a difference between having insecurity about something and being bound by insecurity. She speaks so beautifully about the struggle and some steps to take to overcome the self-doubt you have about yourself. Once you focus on your Creator and what He did so that you could be His, the fears and doubts and insecurities will dissipate. We change our focus from ourselves to the Lord.

There are so many pressures on women today, so many expectations we put on ourselves of what we have to be all the time. We discuss the shift from that mindset to simply being obedient. We should cancel the noise from other people telling us we are and focus on the voice of God telling us who we are.

 

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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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Book Website: The Power of The Not Yet

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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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050: Ed Tandy McGlasson

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I am so excited to have Ed Tandy McGlasson on Thriving Beyond Belief today!

We talk about Ed’s namesake and about what he placed his identity in as a male in western culture. After a football injury, Ed questioned his identity. When Ed experienced a spiritual healing after a spiritual conversation, his journey with the Lord began. He was overwhelmed with the Gospel and how it radically changes lives. What occurred then was a journey with the Lord that leads to his ministry today. Ed wrote the book that we focus mainly on today, “The Difference A Father Makes”, and has spent his life talking with others about what the lack of a Godly father can do in your life, but how the Lord coming into your life can give you a holy identity and an eternal purpose. He also leads Blessing of the Father Ministries.

He broke the cycle of the lack of fatherly wisdom after he accepted the Lord by blessing his daughter’s lives through pointing them back to Jesus.

Ed describes that the words spoken over young men by their fathers shape how those young men see themselves. Those young men grow up and have children and try to find their identity in fatherhood, which drives their sons to performance because of that pressure put on them. This then leads into a unhealthy cycle of hurt boys becoming hurt men.

We talk about how at the root of each of us is the question if we are seen and loved, and how parents can show that love and how the Lord also sees and loves each of us unconditionally.

Ed speaks to those that have never had a Godly example in their lives, are divorced, or have a hard relationship with their father and gives wisdom and hope through scripture for who these people are in Christ. “The Lord chooses us so that He can adopt us as sons and daughters.”

We also speak on the importance of fathers in the lives of their daughters. Ed encourages us women to not let our identity lie in who our father or husband is. We were created to thrive! But too often we seek our identity in other things when we don’t have an example of a Godly father. We must fully put who we are in our Heavenly Father. When we see Jesus as “enough”, we will then teach our children that Jesus is enough for them as well.

This is an episode for everyone, and a topic I know is important in our society today. Please listen and be refreshed and encouraged.

 

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047: Heather MacFayden

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What an exciting day it is today on Thriving Beyond Belief! We have Heather Macfayden on the podcast today, and you will absolutely want to make time to hear this today!

Heather has her own podcast, the God-Centered Mom. Having four sons of her own, Heather speaks with us today about thriving in motherhood, in marriage, and in our many roles as women.

Parenting is a role we all struggle to perfect, but Heather speaks some amazing truth over the real goal of parenting. We often see the actions of our children as a reflection of who we are as parents. We put this pressure on ourselves that what we teach our children today will carry on through their lives. Heather reminds us that we must remember that we are important, but we are not essential to the larger picture of what the Lord is doing. We cannot project our child’s successes and/or failures directly on us. We steward well the roles the Lord has given us, but we must remember that we are each running our own race with the Lord, and as parents all we can do is be amazing encouragers of our children to run their race with the Lord well. Heather shares that the Lord has given us each a purpose and to celebrate the fact that each person’s role, including our spouse and children’s, is unique!

We discuss how our role as parents is a greater reflection of how Christ is with us. We talk about our responses as parents to our children, and using those moments as opportunities rather than see them as problems or inconveniences. We can daily have our own time with the Lord, even in the midst of a busy household and Heather shares some resources that have helped her carve out that time each day. Rather than waste our time comparing ourselves to others via social media, different blogs, etc., we need to steward our time well and be intentional with Christ.

Not only do we get to discuss parenthood, but we talk about some unique challenges Heather and her husband face in marriage while being parents to four children. She reminds us that a healthy partnership with our spouse better equips us to parent well. We are individuals, and we need to continue to steward our gifts outside the home to better serve those inside our home.

Please take some time and listen today- it will be a blessing to you!

 

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Website: www.godcenteredmom.com

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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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045: Katherine Wolf

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Welcome to today’s episode of Thriving Beyond Belief! With me today is Katherine Wolf, who is the cofounder, along with her husband, of the ministry Hope Heals. Katherine and her husband wrote the book “Hope Heals” and the two of them travel around the country speaking about their own journey.

10 years ago, Katherine’s life was completely interrupted when she experienced AVM rupture in her brain from a rare birth defect. Miraculously surviving the trauma, she now is confined to a wheelchair and endures many physical limitations. Katherine speaks with us today about how the Lord has allowed so much healing to take place in her life. She talks about her journey and the miracles she has seen from the Lord despite her severe sufferings.

We take a lot of time on this episode to talk honestly and biblically about going through tremendous trial and suffering and how it brings it such immense growth and hope in the Lord. Katherine even defines thriving as flourishing through constraints. We in this world will experience trial and suffering, but the times we live in feed us the lie that we deserve a lie without constraints or suffering. If we look at our lives through the lens of the Lord, we see that we endure constraints because Christ has proven to be the constraint overcomer! He is the overcomer in each of our stories! We are to take hold of the sufferings and to use those to bring glory to God on earth.

As we talk, we discuss vulnerability and the lack of conversation about suffering in our culture. But Scripture reminds us that the most beautiful things have come out of the hardest moments in our lives.

In this episode, Katherine discusses her own experiences of walking through immense trauma, and how that has affected her marriage. She reminds us beautifully that the battles we face are not against our spouse. The battle is against the outside circumstances that that have come at the marriage. Katherine stresses that there must also be an intense hold on Jesus. The Lord is never surprised by the trials that hit a marriage, and therefore He knows that that marriage can not only survive, but thrive through difficult times.

Katherine discusses fears she faces now because of her disabilities and how she often looks back on her life to see how the Lord has been faithful every step of the way to spur her ahead. She encourages each of us to dwell on and process our own stories so that they can be used for His glory as well as bring healing to our own lives.

The world will tell you that darkness is the end of your story. But Katherine reminds us that Scripture says the opposite- the Lord bestows a treasure specifically for those who suffer. The light is sweeter because we have walked through darkness. He will uphold us!

Please take some time to listen to this incredible story– you won’t want to miss it!

 

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Instagram: @hopeheals

Website: www.hopeheals.com

Facebook: @hopeheals

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044: Lisa Clark

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Lisa Clark joins me today on Thriving Beyond Belief! Lisa and I go way back, and I am so excited for her to join me today!

Lisa and her husband, Brad, reside in Dallas and have been married for 32 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters (with a grandson and one on the way!). Lisa first began her ministry with teaching on the book “Age of Opportunity” at her church. This propelled her into developing a platform for parent ministry. She recently put out a book called “Raising Sinners”, that is a culmination of her talks that Biblically align with passing the baton of faith to the next generation.

We discuss how Lisa defines thriving. Knowing what her purpose and mission in life led to the channel in which Lisa is able to glorify the Lord.

In this episode, we talk about the strengths and struggles of marriage, and how in marriage, we can be better together than we are apart. We must not forget that God is still at work in marriages that exceed 30 years just like He is in marriages that have just begun. One beautiful part of marriage is that marriage is the one place we can be vulnerable. We, as husbands and wives, should embrace that in each other and feel the safety the Lord gives us in our marriage.

From talking about the balance of the order of the home to how to let children become beautifully independent to confidence in who God created each person to be, Lisa shares such wisdom in what the Lord has taught her through His Word and time walking intimately with Him. Lisa shares some of her own struggles she has had- as a woman, as mom, and as a wife- and how to greet each day with appreciation and trust in the Lord.

There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this podcast. We emphasize that the world is going to try and convince us that being a daughter of the King isn’t enough. But we must cling to the truth of the hope of the Lord and not believe the lies of the enemy. Remember that He has equipped us for the relationships and situations we are in. Walk confidently in parenting, in marriage, and in sharing the Gospel!

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did and that it brings peace to your day!

 

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