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Change, Culture, and Calling: with Melissa Lewis

This is the last episode of Season 3, and PRN is ending this season with a fantastic guest, Melissa Lewis. In this episode, Melissa and I talk about her nine-year career working in Costa Rica. She shares about culture, food, missions, and life change. Recently, Melissa moved back to the U.S. and has begun a new adventure. She’s navigated finding a new job and got married last summer. Yes, I definitely asked her to share details of her love story with us! As always, we rounded out this conversation talking about Scripture and soul-care.

Since moving back to the Charlotte, N.C. area, Melissa has started her own photography business. If you’d like to see some of her work, please visit her website: melissalewisphoto.com. You can also find her on Instagram at @melissalewisphoto.

Friends, I will be taking the months of June and July off as I revamp aspects of Pause, Renew, Next, and you can look for new episodes starting in early August. Have a great summer!

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God’s Image Carved in Ebony: A Biography of Amanda Berry Smith

If you’ve listened to this podcast long, you know that I love a good biography. I am passionate about learning from saints who can teach us how to run and finish the race of faith well. Today’s biography episode is about just such a heroine of the faith: Amanda Berry Smith. Amanda played so many roles in her lifetime: mother, evangelist, preacher, missionary, and advocate. The newspapers of her day called her, “God’s Image Carved in Ebony.” If you have never heard her story, then I can’t wait to introduce you in this podcast episode.

This photo is courtesy of the New York Public Library’s GetArchive

Most of the information used in this podcast episode was taken directly from Amanda Smith’s biography: An Autobiography. The Story of the Lord’s Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith the Colored Evangelist.

However, I also gained information about her life from the following resources. If you’d like to learn more about her, I hope you’ll take the time to research her life for yourself! There are so many great resources out there; this is just a start.

If something about this podcast resonated with you, please comment below! You can also join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page. If you enjoyed this podcast episode, please like, share, and subscribe!

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Fighting Lyme Disease with Faith and Tenacity: with Denise Sultenfuss

Recovering from a life-altering illness is no easy task. Imagine doing so while managing a farm and raising six children. Today’s guest, holistic health and wellness coach, Denise Sultenfuss, shares about her battle with Lyme Disease. We talk about her illness and recovery journey in this week’s podcast episode.

After navigating her own healing and recovery journey, Denise became passionate about helping others on the path toward wellness. In this conversation, we chat about Denise’s farm, how how faith and tenacity served to help her hold on during her decade-long fight against Lyme Disease, and she shares some helpful thoughts about soulful self-care.

If you’re interested in learning more about Denise and want to read her writing, please visit her website. You can also find her on Facebook or Instagram.

If something from today’s podcast episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment under today’s show notes, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Our Family’s Technology Reality Check

In today’s podcast episode, my husband Derek and I continue our conversation about technology and parenting. In the last episode, we talked about what we learned after reading The Tech-Wise Family, and in this episode we discuss the reality of managing technology in our home. Raising children is not for the weak of heart, and it’s especially challenging in the era of the Internet!

I hope this conversation is helpful. If nothing else, I hope you come away from it knowing that you’re not alone in your struggle to parent well or in managing your own use of technology!

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Becoming a Tech-Wise Family: with Derek Detweiler

Today’s podcast is a listener request episode. After my husband, Derek, and I recorded a podcast episode last fall about technology and soul-care, it was requested that we do another episode on the same topic, but specifically related to technology use for kids and teens. So, we decided to base this conversation around a book on the topic by Andy Crouch, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place.

After reading the book together, we pulled out the themes that seemed most important and relevant to us and discussed them on today’s podcast episode. If you like this conversation, make sure to check back in two weeks as we talk about the reality of our family’s use of technology.

If something from this podcast episode resonated with you, please comment below today’s show notes or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook community.

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Valley Haven Camp and Retreat: with Nate and Joni Horne

Today’s podcast episode is double the fun, because I got to interview not one friend, but two: Nate and Joni Horne. Joni and Nate are full of energy, joy, and life. They are pranksters and a load of fun, but they are also deeply in love with Jesus. They are the parents of two boys and are camp directors at Valley Haven Camp and Retreat Center. It was a joy to interview them about their heart for Valley Haven, a camp in rural North Carolina serving underprivileged youth and children.

In this episode, Nate and Joni tell their story, explaining how they met and how the Lord moved them to become directors of Valley Haven. They share some of the challenges of camp leadership, what the Lord is teaching them, and the rewards of camp ministry as well. Oh, and definitely stick around to hear their fun facts! You will certainly come away from this episode encouraged and inspired.

If you’d like to know more about Valley Haven, or reach out to volunteer or donate, please check out their website: valleyhavencamp.com. You can also follow Valley Haven on Facebook or Instagram. I am excited about what the Lord is doing at Valley Haven, and I know Nate and Joni would love your support.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and share! If something from this podcast episode resonated with you, comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Christian Girl in the Yoga World: with Miranda Jo Davis

Practicing yoga brings a host of physical and mental benefits, including slowing down, breathing deeply, becoming more grounded, increasing flexibility, and developing muscle tone, to name a few. It can also be helpful for stress management. So, in this episode, it was a pleasure to sit down with yoga instructor and author Miranda Jo Davis to talk about her journey into the yoga world.

Miranda Jo has practiced yoga for over twenty years and has traveled around the world in her training and education. In our conversation, we talk about some of the spiritual pitfalls that can be found in yoga and how she has learned to navigate the yoga world from a Christian perspective. Miranda Jo now incorporates Scripture and Biblical meditation into her practice and instruction. She also shares about some of the ways that practicing yoga has benefited her and why she loves to teach and instruct others.

If you enjoyed today’s podcast, and you’d like to hear more of Miranda Jo’s story, you can read her book: Christian Girl in the Yoga World. You can also learn more about her at her website: mirandajodavis.com.

If something from today’s podcast resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment under today’s show notes, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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To the One Who Overcomes: with Naomi DeBord Bivins

It was a joy to have an old friend of mine, Naomi DeBord Bivins, on the podcast! Naomi and I met quite a few years ago, and for a time she led a Mom’s life group that I was a part of. I always enjoy talking with Naomi. She is full of wisdom and insight, and I was excited to hear what the Lord is teaching her lately.

Naomi is a wife, mother of three, and co-founder and pastor of The Foundation Church in Wilkesboro, NC, where she serves with her husband, Andy. Naomi has a passion for studying and teaching the Word of God. She also has a gift for inviting others into community.

During our conversation, we chat about her experience of leading a church through a pandemic and what community in Christ looks like in the midst of social distancing. We also talk about a recent article that Naomi wrote for Christianity Today: When A Christian Admits to Opioid Addiction, and she shares how the Lord has changed her thoughts and heart about addiction and recovery. Currently, her church is studying Revelation, and Naomi discusses what the Lord is teaching her about how to “overcome.”

You will definitely come away from this conversation inspired and encouraged! If you enjoy this episode, please share it with a friend. If something from this podcast resonates with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment under today’s show notes, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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*During our conversation, a TedTalk about addiction was mentioned. You can find that TedTalk here.

Living Brave: with Alexis Newlin

If you need a dose of inspiration and encouragement, today’s podcast episode is just the ticket. It was a joy to talk with fellow podcaster, Alexis Newlin, about some of the ways the Lord is teaching her about releasing fear and stepping out in faith. Bravery is a major theme in Alexis’ life and faith, and in this conversation you’ll be blessed to hear some of her story. We talk about her road-trip adventures, her journey of fighting cancer, and how she came to launch her own podcast.

Alexis is a recreation therapist, a writer, and the podcast host of The Brave Podcast. If you love learning about courage and faith, go check out her podcast! You can find out more about Alexis at her website, apeachincali.com, or her learn about her new adventures at braveoneministries.com.

If something from today’s podcast episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment under today’s show notes, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Soul-Care Series: Body Care and Attunement

For the month of January, I’m releasing short, soul-care episodes all about our relationships with our bodies. The last episode was about body acceptance and gratitude, and if you missed that episode, go back and check it out. Today, we’re going to continue our conversation about becoming friends with our bodies by discussing if and how we pay attention to what our bodies are telling us. 

In today’s podcast episode, I referenced a great TedTalk about posture, body feedback, and power poses. I also referred back to two previous podcast interviews. If you want to hear those episodes, I’ll link to them here:

Taking care of, attuning to, and loving our bodies is an important part of soul-care.  I hope that in today’s podcast episode you were encouraged with some new ideas about how you can become more intentional, even in small ways, of listening to and improving your relationship with your body.

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