In a conversation after the show, Joy and I laugh over our brain's not remembering words, my tie to Joy's home country South Africa, and Joy shares more about her story and the roots of why her journey went the direction it did.
In this episode, I share what God has been doing in my life this year. He gave me the word "focus" for the year, called me to step away from writing and asked me to speak. We see how God first taught me to abide with him and then how to share his goodness wherever he led me.
Elizabeth Maxon shares the story of God calling her to the quiet to hear his direction. In the quiet, He asked her to leave her job, although it was in the church and she had no next steps or reasons to leave. She shares how God immediately began to increase her influence and move her family.
Wendy Blight shares the story of the fear she battled for years after a rape by a masked, knife-wielding man and how with Scripture, God freed her from her fears.
Joy McMillan grew up in a Christian home, yet had no concept of grace. Sexual perversion drove her into hiding where shame held her hostage for several years. After 7 years of secrets, just 2 months before her wedding, God asked Joy if she trusted Him with her heart - and my gaping wounds - and she stepped out of hiding.
In Part II of her story, Elise Hurd shares the ways in which God began bringing about positive change in her heart as she obeyed His word and leading. She talks about rage episodes, panic attacks, wanting to quit, and forgiving her daughter's abuser.
TRIGGER WARNING: sexual abuse. In Part I of her story, Elise Hurd shares the story of finding out her young daughter had been sexually abused. She shares her response and the ways in which God began bringing about positive change in her heart as she obeyed His word and leading.
Shannan Martin, author of the blog Flower Path Farmgirl, shares her story of moving her family from a comfortable life on a farm into the city on the wrong side of the tracks. She shares the struggles and joys of learning to obey the command to love your neighbor as yourself.
Amy's sister, Heather Tollison shares the story of her obedience in prayer and fasting nearly five years ago which resulted in a miraculous healing from a sleep disorder and became a turning point of healing spiritually, emotionally and relationally.
Lisa shares the story of how God moved in her life over several years, teaching her balance and priorities with her role as a mom and ministry leader. Through steps of obedience, she was able to submit to God's lessons, let go of good things for better things and say yes even when the sacrifice felt like too much.
Bethany Haley Williams shares her journey from a battle of shame to starting Exile International to provide rehabilitation to war-affected children.
Becky Keife shares how through steps of obedience God led her from being lonely and desperate with a desire for authentic community with women to leading a community of women and helping others connect.
Kate Battistelli, recording artist Francesca Battistelli's mom, shares the story of a failed adoption and how God worked it for good.
LaToya Edwards share her journey of obedience in forgiveness and prayer for her ex-husband.
Logan Wolfram and I open up the episode talking about the story behind the feather painting I won at Allume 2013 and adventures with her dog Titan. She then shares her journey from one of pain into one of what she's coined curious faith.
Chrystal shares her journey to co-authoring Kingdom Woman with her dad Dr. Tony Evans. With fears of lack of time and life experience, she challenged the call and yet God helped her through each obstacle, providing just what she needed to be able to share with women the call to be a Kingdom Woman.
Emily and I open up the episode chatting about summer plans and our kids starting middle school.
Emily shares the story of how God led her husband to leave his job as youth pastor after 12 years, diving into a year and a half of the unknown. He has since led him to a career that God was preparing him for. Along the way, God has taught Emily about the small moments of life which she has written about in her new book Simply Tuesday.
Announcing Season 2 of Feathers coming August 11th with future guests Logan Wolfram, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Kate Batistelli, Emily Freeman and more.
In this episode, I take a look back at our first 15 episodes and see what "flying lessons" we can gather about living a life of faith.
Six flying lessons:
Melanie Dorsey shares how she first began painting in 2013 on a whim to stage a piece of furniture that she had given a makeover. She listed the piece for sale and knew staging would push the sale. It did but also had several inquiries over her simple bird painting.
Thus began her "career" in art! She painted; she prayed. As she prayed and listened, the Lord began speaking here and there to her heart about something new He was leading her to and through.
What few people know is that her son, Andrew, was (IS) the artist in her family. Many of the supplies I began with were from his stash. Often tears flowed as she picked up a marker, a can of paint, a colored pencil or a waterproof pen - they were little reminders of her son and hints of a new promise from God.
Wendy Hogan is a nurse, homeschooling mom and Noonday Ambassador. She, her husband and her 3 boys reside in Mobile, Alabama. Their lives are full of legos, laughter, endless jokes, sports, & a whole lotta love.
Michelle shares how God moved her from being a elemetary school teacher to being trained in and practicing art therapy.
Lizzie shares how God led her to step out in faith and open up an art studio and incorporating her lifelong passion for creativity with her established life coaching career.
Karina shares how God has called her to be faithful in community. She shares how her background gives her every reason to shy away from community and not trust, and yet she continues to pursue and thrive in covenant relationships.