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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May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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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.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus!

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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

If something you heard on today’s podcast resonated with you, feel free to comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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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

If something you heard on this podcast resonated with you, please comment below, or join in the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Soul Care and Scripture

What comes to your mind when you think of meditating on God’s Word? In today’s soul care episode, we explore some of the many ways that we can incorporate meditating on Scripture into our everyday lives.

Over the course of this podcast episode we define meditation, practice a short exercise in Scriptural meditation, and explore the use of multi-sensory processing to enrich our time with Scripture.

Sources referenced in this podcast:

Richard Foster’s presentation on meditative prayer and Scripture reading: The Sanctuary of the Soul

Article on hand movements: Cracking a Secret Code to Learning: Hand Gestures

Scripture discussed or quoted in today’s podcast:

Romans 12:2, Psalm 27, and Deuteronomy 6:4-9

If you have a creative idea to add to this list of ways to meditate on Scripture, please comment below or join in the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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We Could Have Missed This: An Interview with Leeann Setliff

It was my pleasure to interview Leeann Setliff about her journey into becoming a foster parent. Leeann has a heart and passion for children that come from hard places, and that really comes through in this interview. She discusses her own experience as a foster parent and offers encouragement for others who are currently fostering or are considering becoming foster parents.

PRN: Pause, Renew, Next, the Podcast, Episode #11 – A heart for fostering

During this episode, Leeann shared two book resources that inspired her own journey and ministry in foster care. I have provided links to both books below.

In each podcast, I ask my guest to share a Scripture that has inspired them in their faith journey. In this episode, Leeann said that she finds encouragement in Lamentations:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV
It was such a joy to get to talk to Leeann!

If you are considering becoming a foster parent, I would encourage you to contact your county to find out about informational meetings and the process for becoming a foster/adoptive parent in your state. There are also many other ways that you can becoming involved in supporting foster care such as providing respite care or supporting foster/adoptive families that you know in your church or community.

Did anything that you heard in today’s podcast resonate with you? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus!

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Steps of a New Believer: An Interview with Liz Bergstrom


How did your journey of faith begin? In this episode my guest, Liz Bergstrom, shares about her own road to a relationship with Jesus. She shares honestly about the struggles and hangups she faced as a new believer.

It was a joy to interview Liz. She has a lot of wisdom to offer!


“I think as a new believer you underestimate the situations you put yourself in. I think you underestimate that you’re always going to choose sin. The situations you put yourself in can make that easier or harder to do.”

In this episode, Liz offers words of encouragement for those who are mentoring new believers, as well as for those who are young in the faith themselves. She shares that vulnerability, accountability, grace, and patience were key elements to her own early faith journey.

Scripture mentioned in today’s podcast: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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