Steadfast Love: An Interview with Kristen Gordon

If you have ever found it difficult to “feel” God’s presence, then today’s episode will minister to you. It was my privilege to interview Kristen Gordon about her journey of faith. Kristen is candid and authentic about how she has struggled to feel God’s love and have enthusiasm in her faith. We talk about how experiencing disappointment shook her ability to trust, and conversely how support from others in the church gave her the freedom to be honest about her struggles.

Kristen shares how over time she has experienced pendulum swings in her faith, but in this season she is experiencing spiritual growth by spending consistent time in God’s Word. Through allowing Scripture to change her day by day, she is encountering and meditating on God’s steadfast love.

We also discuss how the Enneagram has been a very helpful tool in her life for discovering and accepting her own personality and identity. She has found that it has helped her have more compassion for herself, in marriage, and as a teacher.

During the episode, Kristen mentioned a particular Scripture that has been meaningful in her walk with the Lord:

And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

Ezekiel 11:19 ESV

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Shine Like the Noonday: An Interview with Laura Leigh Moseley

It was my joy to kick off a new season of the PRN podcast with my friend and fellow Enneagram 2, Laura Leigh Moseley. She has many roles in life: saleswoman, wife, mom, teacher, and advocate, and we talk about all of these roles in this week’s podcast. Laura Leigh works as an ambassador for Noonday Collection, and in this episode she tells her story of becoming involved in issues of fair trade and social justice as well as the larger story of Noonday and its mission to fight global poverty.

My guest: Laura Leigh Moseley, Noonday Ambassador

During our conversation, Laura Leigh shares about a recent trip she took to Ecuador, in which she was able to meet some of the Noonday artisans. She talks about the impact of meeting the artisans face to face and highlights some of the stories behind the jewelry that she sells. We also take a deep dive into Enneagram territory, and Laura Leigh explains how learning more about the Enneagram and her own personality has given her a better understanding of herself, her marriage, and her calling.

In this episode, Laura Leigh mentions three books that have had an impact on her personally:

  • Radical by David Platt
  • Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider
  • Generous Justice by Tim Keller

Off the air, she also recommends a few other resources that have influenced her and given her a better understanding of poverty and social justice:

  • Imperfect Courage – Jessica Honegger
  • When Helping Hurts – Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
  • Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
  • Kisses from Katie – Katie Davis
This interview was so much fun! The Enneagram, social justice, Scripture – we talk about it all!

The name Noonday comes from Isaiah:

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:10 NIV

If you are interested in learning more about Noonday and want to peruse the jewelry and pieces they offer, you can check out their website at https://www.noondaycollection.com/ .

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Becoming a Doula: An Interview with Brenna Turner

In this podcast episode, my guest Brenna Turner shares all about the life experiences and faith journey that led to her becoming a doula. She explains that motherhood has always been her focus and dream and that through her work as a doula she has the opportunity to encourage other moms as well.

Brenna Turner, doula at The Birth Beacon

Brenna remembers that from a very early age her family was having conversations around birth, but it wasn’t until the birth of her own children that she began to look into doula work. She has a passion for equipping and encouraging women through pregnancy, birth, and through the postpartum period.

A Scripture Brenna has found applicable and encouraging in her own life is:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

To find out more about Brenna’s work and ministry as a doula, check out her website: thebirthbeacon.com. If you enjoy this podcast or know someone who would be encouraged by this episode, please subscribe and share! You can also join in the conversation about this episode at PRN’s facebook page.

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Heart Cries of Every Teen: An Interview with Jackie Perry, LPCS

In this podcast episode, Jackie Perry, LPCS, confides that her mission in her counseling practice, and also in her new book, Heart Cries of Every Teen: Eight Core Desires That Demand Attention, is to equip parents to better connect with the hearts of their teens.

This episode is the continuation of a two-part interview. In the first podcast episode, Jackie shared elements of her faith journey about authoring her first book. In this second podcast episode, Jackie dives into the content of her book, discussing elements of parenting, adolescent development, and soul care.

Heart Cries of Every Teen: Eight Core Desires That Demand Attention will be published in the fall of 2019 and will be available on Amazon. Jackie’s hope and prayer is that her book will help “put fresh wind in parent’s sails.”

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Open Invitation: An Interview with Jackie Perry, LPCS

In this podcast episode, Jackie Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor and author, delves into the story of how the Lord led her into the counseling ministry. She also shares about her journey into the writing world, describing the hardships and the encouragements along the journey.

Throughout her life, Jackie says that she has had a desire to tell stories and put things together for the benefit of others. After the birth of her third child, the Lord reawakened her dream of writing. However, in the last few years while writing her book, she has found the work to be much more challenging and life-changing than she envisioned. She describes feeling like she needed to write this book and feeling like the Lord had given her an open invitation to do so.

“I felt very invited by the Lord. It’s never been a burden. I think I’ve felt like it’s been a burden, but I feel like He’s invited me all along on this journey to write this.”

-Jackie Perry, LPCS

When asked about a Scripture passage that she clings to, Jackie replied that there is a passage that has been a life verse for her:

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.

Psalm 73:25-28 NASB

If you enjoyed this episode, check back in two weeks to hear the second part of the interview, where Jackie dives into the content of her book about needs of the heart.

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Chosen and Cherished: An Adoption Story with Becky Collier

In this episode, Becky shares how the Lord led her family to adopt their twin girls from Ukraine. She eloquently speaks of the hurdles and rewards of adoption and special needs parenting. Throughout the interview, she shares powerfully how, through the adoption of her daughters, the Lord is producing the fruit of the Spirit in both her life and the lives of her children.

Becky, my guest on this podcast, shares about how the Lord led her into adoption and special needs parenting.

In this episode, Becky lists a few resources that she has found particularly helpful in parenting:

  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp
  • The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, Ph.D., David Cross, Ph.D., and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

Empowered to Connect, mentioned in today’s podcast, is a great ministry that helps equip adoptive and foster parents in how to raise children that “come from hard places.”

Also mentioned in this podcast is Reece’s Rainbow, which is a special needs adoption support ministry.

Becky shares that one of her favorite Scripture passages is Psalm 107. She particularly clings to the last verse in the chapter:

Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things
and consider the Lord’s acts of faithful love.

Psalm 107:43 HCSB

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An Advocate for the Exploited: The Josephine Butler Story

Josephine Butler worked against sex-trafficking at a time when the words were taboo to speak aloud. She was an advocate for women who were looked down on by society. Stubborn does not begin to define her character. I think “will of steel” might be closer to accurate.

Josephine Butler – an Advocate for Exploited Women

While most people turn inwards through grief, Josephine used her sorrow as a catalyst to help others hurting worse than herself. She ministered to women who were marginalized in society and advocated for change in her culture.

Bibliography Resource list:

  • DeRusha, Michelle. 50 Women Every Christian Should Know. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI, 2014.
  • Thompson, L. (2015, May 18). Heroes of the Faith: Josephine Butler. Evangelicals for Social Action. Retrieved from https://www.evangelicalsforsocialaction.org/heroes-of-the-faith/heroes-of-the-faith-josephine-butler/
  • (The Femcyclopedia). (2018, July 18). Josephine Butler and Nellie Bly [Audio podcast].
  • W. T. Stead. ( nd.). In Wikipedia.

Josephine Butler’s story certainly inspired me. I hope this podcast encourages your faith and inspires you to push forward to do the hard things God calls you to do, even in the face of adversity. Share what inspires you about Josephine Butler’s story on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Grief and Grace: An Interview with Sarah Jonas

For such a young person, Sarah has experienced more than her fair share of grief. In this podcast episode, she shares about her journey of both grief and faith through her mother’s illness and passing.

Sarah and her mother

This podcast will minister to anyone who is currently struggling with their own grief journey, or with those who’s lives, friendships, or families are affected by addiction.

In this episode, Sarah shares a verse that ministered to her throughout the care-giving process:

Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV

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Holding On To Each Other & Jesus

I have interviewed some incredible women on this podcast and look forward to interviewing more in future episodes. My guest on today’s podcast, however, is my favorite of all time: my husband, Derek.

In this episode, we talk about how faith has played a role in our marriage and how the Lord has been faithful to us throughout our journey together. We discuss how we met, the ups and downs of our married life, and outside supports that help to strengthen our marriage.

As we look back over our journey together, we can clearly see God’s hand moving through circumstances and trials. His goodness and mercy to us has been evident.

Scripture quoted in this podcast: Psalm 23:6

I mentioned a previous episode on today’s podcast: Renewed and Transformed: My Story of Recovery

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Refining Through Transition: An Interview with Becky Hurrie

It was such a privilege to interview Becky Hurrie for this podcast. A wife, mother of four, and soon-to-be missionary in South Africa, she offers a wise but humble understanding of what it means to find value in God’s Kingdom.

In this interview, Becky shares how through the transition of moving and preparing for the mission field, the Lord has revealed idols in her own heart. She has learned to love the Gospel more, and has felt deeply how very much she is loved by the Lord. She also shares about how others have come alongside her to encourage her in her calling as a missionary.

One resource that Becky quotes on today’s podcast is Rachel Jankovic’s book, You Who?

Excerpts from this book were read on today’s podcast.

Additionally, Becky says that Tim Keller’s book, Counterfeit Gods and Christina Fox’s book, Idols of a Mother’s Heart were influential in her understanding of the idols that were gripping her heart.

During the podcast, Becky also shared a few Bible verses that have brought her comfort and encouragement through this refining process:

  • Proverbs 18:10
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Psalm 28:7-8

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