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130: Jessica Hottle

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Today on the podcast Jessica Hottle!!

#1 Lie women believe:

What if someone doesn’t like what I am doing?
What if someone makes fun of me or ridicules me?
What if?

So, what’s the truth—God’s truth to this lie? First, to discover it’s a lie, we have to know what God’s Word says about our feelings of inadequacy and fear.

For example, John 14:27 says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

God’s Word is where you and I can unravel all of our emotions and feelings and begin to make sense of them.

Reading through the Book of Psalms will remind you that being real with God and expressing your emotions, while continually going to Him and searching Him out, only increases your faith and dependence on Him.

Does your past disqualify you from the future you have with Christ? Absolutely not.

Do your works or your mistakes qualify you or disqualify you from living out the call that God has placed on your life? No, they don’t.

We can strengthen our skills and our gifts, but they are not what qualify us or disqualify us.

When we have made it about us, we have missed that it’s about Him.

You do not qualify yourself; He qualifies you. And, guess what? You are called and equipped for this moment, this day, and the rest of your life.

Lie #1: I’m Not Qualified

The enemy tends to whisper this lie in our ears, and it goes straight to our hearts. “I’m not qualified.” Those words tend to form into other words, such as “Why am I doing this? I don’t feel like I can do this.” Or, you may find yourself not doing something God has called you to because those words have kept you hiding in fear.

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129: Beth Jones

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On the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast this week: Beth Jones

Reinvent: start fresh and love life!

Reach your God-given potential and live a joyful life by finding your purpose in Christ with this inspiring guide from Beth Jones, host of Hillsong Channel’s The Basics With Beth.

The world around us is in a constant state of reinvention, from technology, to careers, to family. It’s easy to struggle in the midst of change, and each season brings new challenges. But we need reinvention: the kind that leads us to new fulfillment and our calling in Christ. To REINVENT ourselves in Christ means a transformation in our hearts, souls, bodies, and minds. And we can achieve this by biblically exploring and answering the questions:
What do you want? What do you have? What will you do? and Why will you do it?

Let the baggage of the past become history today. Let God renew your hope, and you will experience the joy of living like never before. No matter what has happened, and no matter where you are on this journey, REINVENT will help you start fresh and love life!


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128: Laura Smith

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On the podcast this week: Laura Smith!

From Laura:

“I’ve been searching my whole life for beauty. Not in the world—there’s plenty of that—in the crimson of a cardinal’s feather, in the sound of waves crashing along a shore, in the melody of a Beatles’ ballad, or in a Chagall stained glass window. The world is filled with beauty, but me, well that was another story. It took me years to discover my true beauty, to fully grasp I am made in the image of my Creator, and therefore, I am beautiful. The incredible thing is…so are you. You were marvelously made by God to inspire awe. No matter what the world tries to tell you, no matter what you try to tell yourself. No one can rob you of the incredible true identity God instilled in you. I tell stories (through books, blogs, and speaking) in hopes of helping you discover what took me so long to see: your beautiful, true reflection in Christ.”



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127: Paul David Tripp on Marriage

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This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast, Paul David Tripp!

Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, event speaker, and a best-selling and award-winning author. With more than 30 books and video series on Christian living, Paul’s driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.

Experience The Marriage Of Your Dreams

Paul Tripp will encourage you with what the Bible has to say about marriage:

No matter how long you have been married, you must continually realign your expectations so you aren’t discouraged and disappointed by the reality of your relationship.

Learn how to treat your husband or wife with integrity and faithfulness so they fully entrust themselves to your care.

Why do couples fail to experience the marriage of their dreams? They point the finger of blame and hold grudges. Instead, discover how to fight for your relationship by practicing confession and forgiveness each day.

There are many definitions of love out there, but you only need to follow one example: the cross of Christ.



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126: Caitlin Crosby

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This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast: Caitlin Crosby

Former Hollywood talent who didn’t finish college, never got an MBA, and wasn’t supposed to become a CEO, yet that’s exactly what she did. Caitlin’s passion for people led her to launch The Giving Keys, a give-back jewelry brand with the mission of helping its employees transition out of homelessness. Each of their one million plus keys sold represents a person who wore it, then shared it with someone else, in a unique pay-it-forward model.



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Insta: @caitlincrosby


Twitter: @caitlincrosby


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The Giving Keys:

Giving Keys Insta: @thegivingkeys

125: Paula Faris, ABC News Correspondent and host of the top-rated ABC News Journeys of Faith podcast

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This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast: Paula Faris, ABC News Correspondent and host of the top-rated ABC News Journeys of Faith podcast!

Paula reveals why she left two dream jobs on network television to pursue God’s calling for her life in the new book, Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling.

in the book, Faris opens up about her time as co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend” and details her experiences as a co-host on the daytime talk show “The View.” She left both jobs in 2018 because she wanted to spend more time with her husband and three children, but soon entered a season of “hell” in which she dealt with health issues and was uncertain about her purpose in life.

While she initially felt lost after leaving those to jobs, Faris  came to the revelation that it was time to follow what God was calling her to do. She now hosts ABC’s “Journeys of Faith” podcast and works as a senior national correspondent for the network.

Topics include:

  • Why I traded two dream jobs for a life of God’s calling and purpose
  • How to move past the fear that’s holding you back
  • 3 ways to determine if you’re in the right vocation
  • The importance between distinguishing between your faith calling and our vocational calling
  • How to determine if God is calling you to do something different than what you’re doing now
  • How do we know when God is trying to get our attention?
  • Who we are outside of our jobs
  • The incremental changes that will lead you to a healthier approach to your job and career

“It’s my belief that everything we do serves as a vehicle to share who we are—people loved by God and called to love God and share his love with the people of this world. And if we’re going to live a life of meaning and purpose, we have to make our faith calling our priority.”

In Called Out, readers will discover the difference between their faith and vocational callings, how to move past the fear that holds them back, and be encouraged by others’ stories of overcoming obstacles to walk a path of purpose.

Paula Faris is a senior national correspondent at ABC News and host of the popular podcast Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris, which gives an intimate look at how some of the world’s most influential people lean on faith and spirituality in the best and worst of times. An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Paula previously was co-anchor of the Good Morning America weekend edition, as well as a co-host of The View. She attends Hillsong Church and lives in NYC.

Instagram: @paulafaris

Twitter: @paulafaris


New book, Called Out:

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124: Alison Cook, PhD

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This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast: Alison Cook, PhD

Alison Cook, MA, PhD is a counselor, speaker, and writer who helps people become comfortable in their own skin and fully live out their God-given potential. She is the co-author of Boundaries for Your Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2018). Alison is uniquely gifted at helping people learn how to:

  • Develop confidence from the inside out
  • Transform anxiety and loneliness into peace and connection with others
  • Turn off the internal negative voice and experience the true loving God who isn’t trying to beat you up
  • Heal lingering trauma from childhood wounds or abuse
  • Forge healthy relationships with safe individuals

For over 20 years, Alison has helped create transformative results for women, ministry leaders, couples, and families. Alison’s Christian adaptation of the fast growing, evidence-based Internal Family System (IFS) model of therapy provides a step-by-step approach to managing emotions in partnership with God. Prior to her work in counseling, Alison was a congressional aid on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and taught at Phillips Exeter Academy, Denver Seminary, and the Wyoming State Girls’ School for adjudicated teens. Some of Alison’s most valuable life lessons were discovered while stage acting as a hobby.

Originally from Wyoming, Alison obtained a degree in history from Dartmouth College. She then earned her M.A. in counseling from Denver Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion and psychology from the University of Denver. Alison’s doctoral dissertation centered on the relationship between religion and prejudice. She is certified in Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Alison maintains a counseling practice in the greater Boston area that specializes in the integration of faith and psychology. She and her husband, Joe, have two teenage children and enjoy spending time with extended family in New England and Wyoming where they ski, hike, and fly-fish as often as they can.

So can I really turn my emotions into allies?

  1. Do we all have overwhelming thoughts and feelings?
  2. How do I deal with negative emotions?
  3. How do I know an emotion has gotten extreme? How do emotions affect my actions and behaviors and the people I love?
  4. What does it mean to set boundaries with thoughts and feelings?
  5. In your book, you walk through 5 steps to turning your overwhelming thoughts and feelings into your greatest allies. Briefly, what are they?
  6. You mention turning anger into an ally. How can this be? What does that look like? Sound like?
  7. What about anxiety?  fear? envy? etc?
  8. How can I communicate with my loved one (spouse, child, friend) about what I’m feeling without blowing up the relationship?



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123: Amy Wright, Founder & CEO Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop

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This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast: Amy Wright, Founder and CEO of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop in Wilmington, NC!

A Fresh Idea

Amy married “Mr. Wright” 26 years ago. They’re the proud parents of four children – the two youngest, Bitty & Beau, having Down syndrome – which makes them feel like the luckiest people on the planet. As advocates for the value, inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Wrights have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for their children and others living with disabilities. The Wrights opened the original Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, January 2016 in Wilmington, NC.

Beans And Beyond

The original Beau’s Coffee opened January 2016 in a 500 square foot space in Wilmington, NC. The original shop was run by 19 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With over 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities unemployed nationwide, Beau’s Coffee created a path for people with disabilities to become more valued, accepted and included in every community. In July 2016, Beau’s Coffee was renamed Bitty & Beau’s Coffee (Beau’s 12th birthday wish was to have his little sister’s name put up in lights, too) and moved to a 5,000 sq/ft building that now serves as both a local coffee house and national headquarters. In February 2018, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee opened a second shop in Charleston, SC and in January 2019, a third shop opened in Savannah, GA. A fourth shop is slated to open in Annapolis, MD fall 2019. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee currently employs 80 people with disabilities and has been featured on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, CNN, Harry, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, HLN, People Magazine and Southern Living Magazine. Founder, Amy Wright, was named 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.

Join in for a wonderful life-giving story!



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122: Amy Olrick

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The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast this week featuring: Amy Olrick!

From Amy & her hubby,
“Fifteen years ago, when our first son was born, we were living in a close community of friends who were also transitioning into the world of parenting. All of us were deeply yearning for a trustworthy roadmap for that joyful but sometimes harrowing journey. It soon became clear that, for a person of faith earnestly looking for sound advice on raising children, our options were limited. As a child clinical psychologist, Jeffrey began compiling helpful tools to share with us and his clients, and also to create resources that integrated sound knowledge of child development with Christian faith. For years he’s been pouring over parenting books, scientific research and scripture with equal passion.

Now further along in our journey as parents to three children, we can say that living at the intersection of science and faith has brought life and hope not only to our family, but to the many other parents and children Jeffrey has worked with over the past two decades. We’ve seen scripture illuminate and underscore scientific discovery, and we’ve found that understanding our kids wiring has revolutionized our relationship with them.

That said, we haven’t found parenting to be easy or clean-cut. In fact, it’s been quite a bumpy, messy ride. But that’s life. That’s humanness. And knowing the needs our kids were designed to have and how we can speak to those needs helps. It really does.

We hope the resources we’re sharing and creating will serve you well. We offer them to you humbly, as we have nothing mastered. Neither will you. And that’s ok. That may even be the point. It’s a process, not an outcome we’re aiming for.

And so let the intersection of science and faith lead you to this place first: choose to have a vision of parenting that is committed to seeing your child as a person in their own right, equal before God and unfolding alongside of you and with you. Allow yourself to breathe and release the idea that there is a wrong or a right way to parent. Instead, let’s offer our hopes and dreams and worries for our kids up to the God who holds them. The God of the wild and the wilderness, a God who is constantly calling us back to each other and on to love — a love that will not let any one of us go.”

Amy Olrick is an author and a techie who has spent her professional life working with organizations to build social movements grounded in the ethic of love. Her work and writing has been featured in The Guardian and USA Today, and she is an advocate for the global life-saving work of Help Refugees.

Jeffrey Olrick, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and families. After earning his M.Ed. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, Dr. Olrick completed a two-year Fellowship at the Mary Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic and now has over twenty years of experience in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, the public school system, community mental health and private practice.



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121: Courtney DeFeo

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The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast this week featuring: Courtney DeFeo!

The “tween” years are a critical transition period in the life of a young girl. Girls this age are changing in profound ways. Loaded with fun activities and engaging content, Treasured will initiate meaningful conversation between moms and daughters during these critical preteen years.


Whether you lead a group of moms and daughters or complete this study one-on-one with your daughter, we equip you digitally with everything you need:

This 6-session faith-based study is designed to connect moms and daughters with engaging content around topics critical to the preteen years: Identity, Body, Emotions, Friendships, Technology, and Faith. It contains a flash drive of digital files that includes everything you need for a small group study with moms and daughters: teaching videos (DVD option included), discussion questions, leader guides, participant guides, and connection ideas and more. This can also be used as a one-on-one study with a mom and her daughter.

To be used on its own, or in conjunction with the Treasured Study, the Treasured Journal is designed to help girls think about the questions they are already asking, and creates opportunities to interact with their moms. There are 6 weeks of topics (the same topics as the study) with 5 days of things for her to think about, doodle, and do. There are things for moms to do, too. Go through it together, and you’ll discover a deeper connection with each other, and in the process, she’ll discover just how Treasured she is. When used alongside the study, it allows moms and daughters to take what they’ve learned in the study one step further.


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