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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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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.

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Highlights:

  • 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.

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Highlights:

  • 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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095: Amber & Jordan Massey

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So excited for Jeff and I to be interviewing one of our favorite couples, Jordan and Amber Massey this week on the podcast!

Amber is.. a 30-something year old wife to her firefighter hero and best friend in the whole wide world + a mama to their five littles.!

Amber says,
“I am his number one after The Lord and I have remained there throughout these last 10 years of marriage + 3 years before that.  I’m his favorite girl, and he makes me feel that way on a daily basis.

We had so much fun on this interview, but we also talk very seriously about marriage and parenting, and how Jesus needs to be the center of our lives to abundantly live out our roles and life as He planned!

We laughed, we cried, and the kids were crawling in their laps as we chatted!

One of the most real, vulnerable interviews we have done on marriage!

DON’T MISS IT!

 

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Highlights:

  • Marriage is the best when Jesus is at the center of it!
  • Jordan knows his leadership as the Godly man of his home is key!
  • They make time to nurture and work on their marriage!

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091: Lisa-Jo Baker

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Welcome Lisa-Jo Baker to the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast today!

Do you ever wonder how you woke up one day with all the responsibilities of a grown-up who secretly enjoys buying groceries in bulk, can no longer recognize the tween celebrities on the magazines at checkout, but is still surprised when a Starbucks barista calls you “ma’am”—because your inside self is frozen in time to about twenty years ago?

So does Lisa-Jo Baker.

In these intimate reflections on midlife, Lisa-Jo invites us to get a good look at our middles and gives us permission to embrace them—beyond what the media, the mirror, or the magazines say. Through gutsy, beautiful storytelling, she admits out loud what most of us are thinking about marriage, parenting, the bathroom scale, and how badly we all want to buy those matching Magnolia Market mugs.

Her delicious stories come from not being afraid of who she is, because Lisa-Jo knows that the middle might be the best part of the love story of life, kids, faith, doubt, marriage, failure, wonder, and the muffin top—and that these are all good things. She’s not asking you to seize the day, just to make sure you actually see it for all its wildly ordinary glory.

Welcome to the middle!

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Highlights:

  • What if the middle of your life is the part where it really starts to get good?
  • Lisa frees women from their perceptions of how things are supposed to be (perfect or easy) and is the first to admit how things actually are (hard, scary, stretching and wonderful).
  • Book: The Middle Matters

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090: Anne Neilson

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Today I am super excited to welcome Anne Neilson as my hand-picked guest!

PAINTING WITH A PURPOSE

A lifelong artist, Anne Neilson began painting with oils in 2003 and quickly became nationally renown for her ethereal Angel Series. A favorite among individuals and private art collectors, Neilson’s paintings are inspiring reflections of her faith and recognized for their flair and use of color.

In 2012, Neilson self-published Angels In Our Midst and has sold over 30,000 copies. This coffee table book follows her journey through the Angel Series, sharing inspirational and personal stories behind her paintings and the organizations she supports. Following its success and the demand for more access to her acclaimed Angels, Neilson released a follow up book, Strokes of Compassion, and launched Anne Neilson Home – a growing collection of luxury home products including candles, note cards, scripture cards, prints, and journals. Most recently, Neilson released Angels: The Collector’s Edition, her largest coffee table book to date, showcasing the most-loved content from Angels In Our Midst as well as brand new stories of faith from Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant and more.

A wife, a mother of four, and an artist, Neilson paints with both passion and purpose, giving back to those less fortunate through sales of her products and original paintings.

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Highlights:

  • Her riveting story
  • Her artwork is a reflection of her faith

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REPLAY: Louie Giglio

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As you know, I’ve been doing some replays these last couple weeks, and I couldn’t help but rerun my episode with Louie Giglio for this week. And so I’m super excited for you guys to either tune into this for the first time or maybe re-listen to everything he talked about in his recent episode. We spent some time discussing Louie’s new book, Not Forsaken, and we speak on the freedom that comes with finding our identity and being sons or daughters of the perfect father. The relationship of father and child is one that is vastly important in life, so I can’t wait for you to tune into this week’s replay!

Fatherhood. It’s an ever-growing issue of importance in our culture today. And who better to speak about that with than Louie Giglio? He is my guest on today’s episode of Thriving Beyond Belief!

Louie is a well known pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta and is the founder of Passion, a conference that is specifically geared toward 18-25 year olds who are setting up life for themselves for the first time. This conference is to help those in this season put Christ at the center of their lives and turn their focus on what is eternal rather than what is temporary. Louie is also a husband to his beautiful wife, Shelley, a speaker and an author.

We spend our time today talking specifically about the subject of Louie’s new book, Not Forsaken- fatherhood. We speak on the freedom that comes with finding our identity in being sons and daughters of the Perfect Father. This is a complicated subject, as we often project characteristics of our earthly fathers onto our Heavenly Father. That could be that He is absent, angry, distant, apathetic, and the list goes on. Louie talks about us beginning to see that those characteristics don’t exist in Heaven. He was Father first, which means He is perfect in fatherhood. The fall led to a broken view of what fatherhood needs to be.

We discuss the fact that the relationship of father and child is one that is vastly important to our life. It is one of the relationships on earth that effects us in such drastic ways. Our souls long for this relationship to feel whole.

Louie shares with us some amazing Scripture and wisdom on how to restore the relationship with our eternal Father, even when our earthly relationship may have  never been a positive one. Louie shares so vulnerably about his own father, the struggles in their own relationship, and how it led to remind him that nothing here is how it should be. Our souls are longing for the day when all will be restored.

We even speak some on mental health and how important it is to address any issues going on, the power of counseling, and the significance of authenticity.

What a blessing this episode is to me and I hope it is the same for you. May there be peace that comes to you after this episode!

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Highlights:

  • Fatherhood. It’s an ever-growing issue of importance in our culture today.
  • We even speak some on mental health and how important it is to address any issues going on, the power of counseling, and the significance of authenticity.
  • We discuss the fact that the relationship of father and child is one that is vastly important to our life.

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REPLAY: Courtney Pray Duke

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Hi everyone and welcome to the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast today! And as you know, if you’re a regular listener, I’ve taken a couple of weeks off and one of the main reasons is because we were welcoming our new baby granddaughter into the world. This week, we’re replaying an episode from Courtney Pray Duke. If you have not listened to her episode yet from about a year ago, you’ll definitely want to tune into this episode — she has some great stuff to say!

Courtney has such an incredible story of God working through incredible tragedy to show His faithfulness. With three young children at home, Courtney received a call that forever changed the trajectory of her life. Finding out that her husband was in an accident, she rushed to the hospital, only to find out on the way that he didn’t make it.

From this story of incredible loss and hurt, Courtney talks about how God was revealed to her through this loss and helped her treasure each day. From pain He brings so much purpose. She remarks that in the economy of God, nothing is wasted.

She discusses walking through widowhood and who she now can share in the loss with. She talks about the journey of healing and how time brings hope. This loss gave Courtney a new lens on life and she talks about the fact that we have an eternity to live for. It’s remarkable how God uses unbelievable circumstances to show us how to full trust Him.

Courtney talks about what has helped her walk through this journey. Some helpful tools are being able to speak out loud about the circumstances. She also emphasizes her need for Scripture day to day.

We really focus on the change from surviving to thriving. Courtney can talk about knowing what it is like to thrive because she has walked through that journey of being in the place where she didn’t know how to put one foot in front of the other, wondering if she would make it to the next day. When she leaned into the Lord through Scripture and church community, she has slowly been able to see the bright days begin to appear again.

From the darkest of days with loss to now being remarried and having a new baby, Courtney’s story is one of constant redemption and God’s grace and love. She talks about the phase of being content with the Lord and His plans and then felt she was finally able to open her heart to love another in this life. We discuss the trust of the Lord in the valley so that we see His plans and goodness fulfilled on the mountain top.

We end discussing how the call on God’s life and the roles we play in our lives aren’t mutually exclusive.

We should begin embracing our complexities and many facets the Lord created us as so that we can confidently go forward in the Lord’s purpose for our life.

I believe this episode will touch so many lives. It will bring hope to those hurting and encouragement that God is there with us in every single season. I hope this episode comforts you today.

 

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089: Eryn Eddy

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There are fewer things that bring me more joy than seeing people share their story with authenticity and vulnerability. That is why this week’s episode of Thriving Beyond Belief has brought me so much joy- and I hope it does the same for you. I am so excited for you to hear Eryn Eddy’s story. It is one of overcoming, being true to what God has called you to be, and finding passions in unexpected places.

Eryn shares with us her story of how she has come to where she is. Eryn talks with us about being raised in a Christian home, finding herself working for a ministry, deciding not to go to college, and marrying young. She walks us through this relationship she had with her husband and what ultimately led to their divorce. Eryn is so vulnerable in her story-telling, sharing with us such wise words on truly coming to terms with the fact that nothing can fill the void in our lives other than Jesus. She talks about what voids she was trying to fill through her marriage and how her husband was trying to do the same in different capacities. Trying to fill the void of the Lord in your life with a person, a hobby, a career, children will only leave those voids being manifested in unhealthy ways in your relationships with others and with Jesus.

Eryn shares some life-giving wisdom on her journey and how the Lord taught her to only be satisfied with Him. What came from this broken relationship actually led her to the ministry she runs today- So Worth Loving. It is an apparel brand that prints life-giving and encouraging messages on apparel. She emphasizes that nothing will fulfill like Jesus and no one will champion who you were created to be like Jesus.

Eryn closes with some amazing and practical steps to healing. She shares some amazing ways you can begin to climb out of the pit that you are in and how to lean into the Lord in real ways during that time of heartache, loss, or emptiness.

I want to close with So Worth Loving’s manifesto, in that I hope it beings encouragement to your story and that the Lord wastes nothing. He uses each of our stories to glorify Him and help others in healing.

No matter my history, past mistakes, relationship status, or career choice, I am worthy of love. I am not defined by my past. I am prepared because of it. While my own voice and others may tell me different, I will lean into the safe people that affirm this way of thinking. When I encourage others to love themselves I am encouraging them to treat themselves with kindness, patience, respect, and all that embodies love. We live our life knowing we have worth.  So Worth Loving. It’s a lifestyle.”

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088: Mary Demuth

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Welcome to today’s episode of Thriving Beyond Belief! I have a feeling that all of you reading this are going to absolutely love this episode. I am talking with Mary Demuth today. Mary and I have known each other for a while now and I am so thrilled that she now gets to share her incredible story with us.

Mary’s life is a testament of the Lord using broken things and creating something absolutely beautiful out of them. From a young age, Mary grew up in an environment of brokenness, chaos, instability, and darkness. From a place of distrust and abuse, Mary was exposed to the Gospel. She met Jesus and never turned back.

From this place of healing, the Lord gave her the gift of writing. Mary was able to write and work out her past in a way that would bless others through her gift. An author of 41 books, Mary shares what she is learning through both nonfiction and fiction.

We focus today on one of her books entitled The Seven Deadly Friendships. I love this topic because I feel like there are not many books on healthy relationships with friends, how to set boundaries, and how to handle a toxic friendship in a Godly way.

We take time to discuss each of these bad “friends”, all cleverly named in her book. She walks us through what each kind of toxic trait may look like in a friend, and finding the place of whether or not you need to step away from that relationship. Mary vulnerably discusses her past and talks about the fact that there are certain people she is naturally drawn to that are toxic, simply based on what she knew growing up.

Mary and I focus on recognizing those key negative traits that we are drawn to and how to avoid those moving forward. We even talk about the fact that each of us may be exhibiting one of these seven traits with others and how to recognize, repent, and change our actions with others from negative to positive.

This episode today is so important, life-giving, and practical for us not only for how we can be better friends and surround ourselves with healthy relationships, but also that the Lord doesn’t want us to stay in our circumstances.

No matter what your past is, what you have been through, he wants to lead you into a place of healing and a place of redemption. We are not meant to sit in our struggle forever. We are meant to strive to be all that the Lord created us to be.

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Highlights:

  • We focus today on one of her books entitled The Seven Deadly Friendships. I love this topic because I feel like there are not many books on healthy relationships with friends, how to set boundaries, and how to handle a toxic friendship in a Godly way.
  • She walks us through what each kind of toxic trait may look like in a friend, and finding the place of whether or not you need to step away from that relationship.
  • This episode today is so important, life-giving, and practical for us not only for how we can be better friends and surround ourselves with healthy relationships.

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