On this episode, I got to chat with one of the most popular Christian music artists on the scene, Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture. It was amazing to learn more about her personal story and the journey God has had her on. She shared about her broken childhood and how her step father was instrumental in her following Jesus. Would you believe she was furious at her mom in middle school for making her listen to Christian music in the car or that she didn’t make her college choir? Pretty amazing considering the renowned worship leader that she is today. That’s how God works, always using the unlikely.
She also talked with me about being a woman in this industry and some of the challenges that have come with that. She was super vulnerable about her experience with postpartum depression and figuring out her new identity once she became a wife and mom of 3 as well as a career woman.
You might have heard of Jami Nato, and hopefully you are following her over on Instagram! Her stories are hilarious, but she also goes to the deeper, real places in her feed. She is seriously one of my favorite people to follow! So, of course I was thrilled when she agreed to come on 20,000 words and talk with me about her story.
This is real, hard stuff, but as Jami says God had to bring her super low to bring her super close. The story of her marriage is actually secondary to the story of Jesus redeeming and loving her through something as devastating as a marital affair. I’m amazed at her bravery and willingness to share this story. Even though this is raw and vulnerable stuff, we also laugh and talk about her eyelashes. Balance!
You probably recognize my guest this week from the wildy popular show “Duck Dynasty.” Missy is the wife of Jase and momma to 3. Missy and her daughter Mia, have just written a book series for tween girls that teaches really valuable lessons for kids that are at a tough age, called Princess in Camo.
Missy and I got to talk about Mia’s diagnosis with cleft lip and palate, which Missy learned about very late in her pregnancy with Mia. She shared with me about that experience and how she has learned to deal with trauma as she watched her daughter undergo major surgeries from birth. I also got to ask Missy about what life has been like for her family and how the show changed their lives so dramatically. I can tell you this, Missy is the real deal. She loves Jesus and she knows without a doubt the reason they were put in the spotlight is to spread the good news about Him. I loved hearing from her, and I was so pleasantly surprised with her authenticity. I hope you enjoy this episode and be sure to share it with a friend!
This week I had such an amazing conversation with my friend in real life, Lindsay McCaul! Lindsay is a singer, songwriter, and worship leader, who has toured with some of the biggest names in Christian music including Casting Crowns and Brandon Heath. Lindsay shared her story with me about walking away from touring right before the birth of her son, even though she was having lots of success in her music career. Sometimes God asks us to lay things down, even if we don’t fully understand why in the moment, and we talked about that tension. We also talked about our struggles with eating disorders in our younger years and freedom from that, Praise God!
Lindsay is so warm and encouraging, and I am so blessed to call her a friend. She is also amazingly talented, go check out out some of her music linked below!
On this episode my guest is Emily Chapman Richards, you might recognize her name maiden name, because she is the daughter of the one and only Steven Curtis Chapman! However, Emily is doing her own thing these days as the Assistant Executive Director and Vice President at Show Hope, a nationally recognized voice for adoption advocacy and orphan care support work. She shared with me how the dream of Show Hope began in her family and what it has grown into today.
We also talked about being a full time working wife and momma to 3 littles girls, it ain’t easy! And, of course, we had to chat a little about what it was like growing up as Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter. Emily was so down to earth and relatable, I just loved getting to know her through our conversation.
Side note: Check out my conversation with Katelyn Fuson about her adoption story that was sparked by Show Hope in Episode 17.
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