After taking several much needed weeks off this summer from podcasting and social media, I am coming into the Fall fresh and ready to dig in with some absolutely amazing women on the podcast, including THE Sandi Patty! This Fall we have some serious, “let’s talk about the hard, real stuff of life” episodes, but we also have some just plain fun episodes coming your way. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t yet!
Y’all, talking to Sandi Patty was such an honor! Who hasn’t been a fan of her music over the years? There is so much to Sandi’s story that I did not know, until getting my hands on an advance copy of her new book. She shared with me about sexual abuse she experienced as a child, what she would go back and tell the younger version of herself, and she just encouraged me personally so much as a young mom and wife. We both cried, so you know it was a good one!
This episode features such a sweetheart, her name is Jessica Satterfield. Jessica is a wife and momma to two young kiddos via adoption. Jessica thought her life would look a little differently than it does today. She has always felt called to motherhood, ever since she was a child. So obviously, she was in for a big surprise when she and her husband began trying to get pregnant and it just wasn’t happening. She talks about the miraculous stories of both of their adoptions, but also how she has not lost hope for complete healing for her body.
Through this journey she has started a ministry called “The Garden,” a local community of women walking deeper into the heart of the Father, through the journeys of infertility, miscarriage, and adoption. This is a place where women are finding is hope and celebrating God’s goodness as miracles are happening among these women. Jessica may look like an adorable southern belle, but she is also a powerhouse for the Lord, you’ll hear what I mean in this interview!
It was a joy to talk with Morgan Cheek. She is a wife, mom to twin girls with severe special needs, and an author. Morgan is walking through what many of us can’t imagine, taking care of her twin daughters who are 2 of only 20 people in the world with a rare genetic condition. In Morgan’s own words from her blog…
“We have so many things unanswered, yet we serve a God who is The Answer to EVERY mystery, and who holds each chapter of all of our lives in the palm of His hand. As my husband often reminds me, we are, “perplexed but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8) because we know a Greater Hope awaits us. Without a diagnosis, no prognosis or estimation of what the future will look like for the girls has been given. This has resulted in us living each and every day like the gift that it is.”
Our conversation was so rich and encouraging to me. Definitely one to listen to if you are walking through a really tough time, where the Sunday school answers aren’t cutting it. Morgan and her husband are also in process of adopting, which is a beautiful story as well!
I said this on the episode, but this interview was such a full circle moment for me! This week my guest is country music artist, Cyndi Thomson. I was huge fan of Cyndi’s back in my early teen years, I know every word to her number one song “I Always Liked that Best!” We happened to connect via Instagram recently, and I realized we had some mutual friends. I had no idea about Cyndi’s story, but I felt like God was nudging me to have her on the podcast. To my surprise, she said yes and I got to hear all about life since those days when I was singing along to her songs in the early 2000s.
So much has happened in Cyndi’s life, she has heard God speak in a way that you don’t hear about every day, and she has been obedient to Him when no one else understood her decisions. She walked away from her extremely successful music career, when she was literally the “it” girl of country music as a 25 year because God asked her to. This one will have you on pins and needles! Oh and her Georgia accent is so pleasant to listen to, that’s just a bonus!
Well, here it is folks, my conversation with New York Times Best Selling author, Mo Isom. Mo is a wife and mom of two little girls, and she is talking and writing about something that is hard but imperative. She’s basically walking into the darkness with a flashlight, shining light on a topic we just don’t talk about very much in the church, sexual sin.
Mo is coming at this as someone who gets it, she’s been there, she admits in her book that she was addicted to pornography form a young age and engaged in sexual sin before marriage. She is talking about this because the statistics are staggering, we are living in a world SATURATED with pornography and sexual sin, yes even in the church. We are all touched by this in some way, I even shared some of my own experiences in this area with Mo. We have to start talking about this and confessing it in order to be healed. The enemy loves for us to stay in secret, thinking we are totally alone in our struggles. Well, we aren’t, we are all in this fight, now let’s acknowledge it and go to war against it.
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