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Hope Unyielding

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Katie Freitas-Elysee shares her powerful story of God's faithfulness as she journeys through Bipolar Depression. Katie is a singer, songwriter, and content creator and is releasing her first album soon. She makes her home in Atlanta, GA with he
Jonathan Walker shares his powerful testimony of how Jesus saved him from a life of isolation and despair and gave him a hope that isn't dependent on circumstances. We ask some hard questions about suffering, depression and living in a fallen w
Today my good friend Rachel Opare-Sem is sharing her story of God’s faithfulness to her and her family as her mother battled, and eventually passed away from breast cancer. Although her family didn’t receive the answer they had hoped for, God s
When Alyssa Marshall found a large lump on her five year old daughter Amelie's arm, she knew her life was about to change drastically. Soon after, Amelie was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer. Today, Alyssa tells
C.S. Lewis said it best: "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."Join me for Part 3 of this 3 part series on myths I've believed about sati
"A person can never satisfy you; only Jesus can do that!" I've received this response countless times over the years when I've expressed my desire for a spouse. This answer always left me frustrated. I knew that a person couldn’t meet my deepes
“If God put that desire in you for a spouse, He plans to fulfill it. And if it’s not in His will for you to marry, then He will change your desires,” my mentors told me.But as I approached my 30s with no husband in sight, it certainly didn’t se
Today, life coach Natalie Hixson shares vulnerably about her journey through destructive anger and how God transformed her relationship with her family. Natalie is a wife, mother, and certified professional life coach who helps discouraged Chri
My good friend Brittany Tyrrell shares about God's faithfulness in providing her with her Seeing Eye Dog, Valiant. Brittany has retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic condition that involves a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina, causing progres
In part 2 of our conversation on why you don't have to freak out about turning 30, Corinne DuBois, Greg Dubois, Samantha Vocarte and I talk about being single at age 30 and the unique struggles, joys, and unmet expectations we've had in our sin
Today I’m talking with Marie Matey, a missionary to refugees in the United States from closed countries where most live their entire lives without hearing the good news of Jesus Christ. God called Marie and her husband to be missionaries to Mus
My friends Corinne DuBois, Greg DuBois, and Samantha Vocarte join me to untangle some of the lies I've believed about turning 30. In this episode, we talk about where we expected we'd be at age 30, what informed those expectations, and whether
Laurie Fowler was content with her quiet life in rural Maine with three kids, twenty acres of land, and a garden. So when her husband returned from an unexpected trip to Ecuador with a strong calling to go back as a missionary, her heart resist
On today's episode, Shane O'Neill shares about how Jesus saved him out of drug addiction and transformed his life. Jesus showed Himself to Shane as the God who is not indifferent to our pain, but who feels with us when we hurt. His story is one
What is it like to have a near death experience? If we saw more miracles in the West, would more believe? Why is it so hard to love others, and what do we do about it? Does true freedom lie in self-actualization? My favorite author, Fyodor Mikh
I struggled with chronic depression for the better part of my twenties, and in that struggle, one of my most frequent emotions was shame. I especially experienced shame when I counted my blessings and still found myself unable to find joy in th
Writer and artist Veronica McDonald shares her journey from atheism to becoming a follower of Jesus. Her story is one of beautiful transformation, and whether you are a Christian, an atheist, or an agnostic, there’s something in here for you to
Peace is something that we all desire, yet often feels elusive in today’s world. Even before the pandemic hit, the fast pace of American culture combined with the ever-increasing usage of technology has many of us feeling frantic and frazzled.
On this episode, I share stories of God's miraculous intervention while I battled deep depression during my time teaching in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.  God had called me to Russia at age twelve, and since then, it had been a place of a
Alicia Purdy shares her story about God’s faithfulness in her life as an unwed mother who longed to be married. She grew up as a pastor’s kid in a very sheltered home. In college, she found that her sheltered childhood led to immaturity in rela
If you're a millennial or Gen-Z, you may feel like you are constantly in transition. My friend and roommate, Rebecca Loomis, knows this feeling well, having moved and changed jobs multiple times in the last year and a half. Rebecca shares her s
I love a good love story, especially when God's fingerprints are all over it! In this special Valentine's Day episode, my friends Dan and Fatin Chevrette share their beautiful, unexpected love story and offer hope, encouragement, and wisdom to
Author Taryn R. Hutchison shares the exciting stories behind her book One Degree of Freedom, a riveting Young Adult Novel set in Communist Romania. To me, a mark of an excellent novel is that you completely forget you are reading. One Degree of
On today's episode,  Bronwyn Lea, author of Beyond Awkward Side Hugs: Living as Christian Brothers and Sisters in a Sex-Crazed World, offers encouragement to singles in the church. If you are a single who has had awkward or disheartening experi
As a young teen with an alcoholic mother, Amanda developed many of the codependent tendencies common to those who love someone with an addiction. In college, she reached a breaking point, realizing how unhealthy she had become, and embarked on
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