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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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119: Betty Maxwell

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The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast this week featuring: Betty Maxwell!

Betty MaxwellMiss America 2016 and the author of Miss Unlikely: From Farm Girl to Miss America.  Betty can interview on the following:

  • Put the Lord First in Your Life: Betty grew up in a faith family on a modest farm in rural Georgia. She trained tirelessly on her God-given operatic talent. She encourages young girls on kindness, humility and seeking the Lord’s will.
  • You Need a Support Team: There will be times you experience loneliness, frustration, and feeling like you don’t fit in. Find a support team to encourage and pray for you. You may need to separate yourself from those who go against your beliefs.
  • Use Negativity to Motivate You: We all will face negativity and jealous people. Stay strong in your faith and let that motivate you to become a more loving person. Betty faced intense cyberbullying over her appearance.
  • Betty’s Mother in Law’s Suicide/Mental Illness: Betty and her husband, Spencer, are advocates for mental health and suicide awareness. Betty’s mother-in-law, was a loving woman who struggled with alcoholism and childhood trauma, but tragically took her own life in December 2019. They share their testimony:

 During her time as Miss America, Betty served as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and a partner with the USO. Her official website is  Here are a couple links of her performing: (“Soldier On” for the military and their families) (talent competition on Miss America)



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118: Tara Foley

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The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast this week featuring:@tcofoley

Tara’s Clean Beginnings

I started my clean beauty journey over 10 years ago after realizing that my “healthy” lifestyle had a huge blind spot: I was exercising and eating clean, but I had no idea what I was putting on my body. That’s when I discovered all the toxins hiding inside my beauty products. I started a blog to share information and received an inspiring response from so many women with the same concerns. We deserved answers—and products that worked without putting our health (or the planet) at risk.

Soon I left my corporate job and immersed myself in the world of clean beauty. I hunted down the best products, continued researching and writing about everything from ingredients to regulation, began building relationships with brands and activists, and even moved to France to work on an organic lavender farm. But clean beauty still felt like a secret, and I wanted to help share it. That’s when I started dreaming up the idea of a store where I could educate and introduce people to the safest, most effective, and luxurious non-toxic products.

Follain opened in 2013 as the first of our kind: the first retailer to sell clean beauty exclusively. Years later, I’m no less amazed by the power of clean ingredients, and I love that I get to share them with you!


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117: Jason Thacker

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The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast this week featuring: Jason Thacker.  Jason is an expert on current trends in AI. He is one of the authors of the Evangelical Statement of Principles on Artificial Intelligence and is the creative director and associate research fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

In The Age of AI, Thacker thoughtfully explores the social, moral, and ethical challenges of our interactions with AI, which most of us now interact with constantly, often without even realizing it.

Thacker explains how AI affects our:

  • Medicine
  • Parenting
  • Privacy
  • Relationships
  • Economy
  • Warfare
  • And more


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116: Kreis Beall

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Kreis Beall is the co-founder of Blackberry Farm, an award-winning Relais & Chateaux resort in East Tennessee and one of the nation’s premier destinations. Entrepreneurial and artistic, Kreis expresses her passion for life in a wide range of pursuits, from running an inn to designing beautiful spaces–many of which have been featured in leading home magazines for decades. Born in Tennessee, Kreis is the mother of two sons and a grandmother of seven, and a long-term survivor of traumatic brain injury. When she isn’t writing or speaking about her book, Kreis is working on design projects, traveling with friends, spending time with her grandchildren, or dancing in the kitchen as she cooks.


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110: Paul David Tripp

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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.

Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio, and his parents had recently come to faith in Christ and were very excited about parenting as believers. Even though the Tripp’s were committed to having daily family worship and attending church whenever the doors were open, Paul’s family was not without significant struggle. God used these experiences to build in Paul a desire to see the Gospel applied to the realities of life in a fallen world.

Paul attended Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and majored in Bible and Christian Education. He went on to receive his M.Div from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary and his D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Throughout his life, Paul has planted a church, founded a Christian school, wrote worship songs and toured with a Christian band. He was a faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) for many years, a lecturer in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, a Visiting Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a pastor at Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Paul launched his own ministry in 2006. He lives in Philadelphia and is hopelessly in love with his wife, Luella. They have four grown children.



  • We are eternity amnesiacs!
  • God has a plan for us and remember all of us will face suffering!
  • God’s mercies are new ever morning!
  • Suffering is always about you and what i bring to the suffering!
  • We bring expectations that we think about God and ourselves into suffering.

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109: Melanie Shankle

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This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast, Melanie Shankle!

Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Big Mama blog, pens up with humor and great stories about friendship, love and what it takes to be true to yourself, you’ll be encouraged to find your way again in a world that can make you feel a little bit crazy.

In On the Bright Side, Melanie reminds us of the unchanging principles we can count on in a changing world. These are lessons that Melanie has learned along the way about how to find all the joy that life has to offer – and why encouragement is never something to keep to ourselves. Exploring topics such as dealing with comparisons, when life doesn’t turn out like we expected, and how to find your people, Melanie invites us to lead with love in all areas of our lives.

This delightful memoir, with a foreword by Jen Hatmaker, highlights the joys of life told in Melanie’s down to earth, relatable and totally enjoyable style. On the Bright Side is a how-to guide to knowing – and living – what matters most.

Melanie Shankle writes regularly at The Big Mama blog and is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous books. Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what’s on sale at Anthropologie and trying to find the lighter side in every situation. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, the wife of Perry and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. The five of them live in San Antonio, Texas.



  • Important for us to look on the brighter side!
  • God has a plan for us and for our kids and it’s important to remember that!
  • We want to grow old gracefully!

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085: Justine Froelker

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Today I have Justine Froelker with me on Thriving Beyond Belief! There is so much truth, wisdom, and amazing insight in this episode that one hour just does not seem like enough time!

Justine shares her compelling story of the journey of overcoming heartbreaking and crushing trials and what the Lord has taught her through loss. She is a certified counselor that is spending her time now focusing on speaking and writing about truly seeking the Lord and finding joy in the midst of life’s hardest moments.

She is an advocate for speaking unspoken shame and choosing to thrive when life doesn’t turn out how you hoped, dreamed, or planned. Her spirit helps others to feel seen and empowered to change their own lives, no matter what hand they’ve been dealt and to ultimately do the work of happy.

Justine shares intimately about her and her husband’s walk through infertility, which ultimately led to a life with no children. She speaks about the roles that the Lord has opened up in her life in spite of having children. One woman even spoke wonderful truth over Justine in saying she is a “mother to mothers”. She reminds us that there is more to what the Lord has called us to than the roles we play in other’s lives. The Lord has a specific calling for our individual selves, not just to the “wife” or the “mom” or the “full time employee” aspect of ourselves, but rather specifically to our being and who He created us to be.

We speak on the process of grief, and I think everyone needs to listen to this episode simply for Justine’s insight on the journey of grief. Grief is a part of life and it is something that “does not necessarily go away, but it changes”. She gently tells us to have purposeful grace in our losses. Justine speaks on being able to sit in our grief to begin to heal, but not to dwell in grief forever. She so beautifully says that “grief is like a wound we have incurred. We must treat it in order to not leave it a gaping wound”. The scar will always be there as a reminder of what has been, but the Lord did not create us to go through trials to sit in them and never move again. She reminds us that our calling is the great commission and that we cannot encourage others to intimately know our Heavenly Father if we are not believing and trusting in our Heavenly Father and setting that example for the lost. We are the ones letting the world know that there is hope in loss. How can we be the example if we first do not believe that for our own lives? There is a beautiful balance with trials and the hope for tomorrow.

We talk on the importance of embracing these conversations of infertility and loss, because the number of women that are experiencing issues with infertility are staggering. We have hurting husbands and wives in our communities and they need to feel there is someone they can talk to about it when it seems to difficult to bear. We also discuss the difference between sympathy, empathy, and how to combat victimization with trust in who the Lord tells us He is.

Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Daring Way™, Dare to Lead™ & BOLD-A Courage Building Program for Adolescents Facilitator (based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown) with 19 years of experience in mental health. She is the author of her best-selling books, Ever Upward and The Mother of Second Chances. Justine’s newest book, The Complicated Gray, released Fall 2018.

Justine’s work can be found at The Huffington Post, the YouVersion Bible appReflective PrayerGreat Day St. Louis, Justine’s YouTube channel, and podcast, Authentic Enoughness!

During the Summer and Fall of 2017 she was blessed with her Rising Ever Upward tour where she offered workshops and intensives in eight cities across the country. In 2017 she spoke at both TEDxUMDearborn and TEDxLaSierraUniversity.

Justine currently lives in Saint Louis with her husband, Chad, and their three dogs. She enjoys her childfull life by spending time with friends and family, practicing creative self-care, laughing (many times at herself) and building butterfly gardens on her acre of land, which has made her an accidental butterfly farmer.

I pray this episode truly encourages you, as everyone has walked through a loss of some kind. I am so thankful for Justine and the story the Lord has given her to share.



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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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