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Each episode I invite a girlfriend on the podcast to share not only the story that God is writing for her but the story God is redeeming in her life. I can’t wait for you to meet each and every one of these amazing women who I know will inspire you to also live out the story God is calling you to and to give you hope that He will be faithful to redeem your story as well!
22 Episodes
My guest this week is Ashra Liles. Her smile alone personifies His radiance! The Lord’s brilliance resonates deep from within her soul and His grace is displayed on the first “Hello”! Ashra is on staff at Hope Church as a worship leader, administrative assistant and also takes care of a portion of print media. A reoccurring theme throughout her life has been ministering in her gift of song and praise. Her voice is both healing and anointed. She carries a deep abiding passion to encourage others to join her in ushering in His presence. Ashra purposefully takes her position in Christ to serve others, and her trust in Jesus quickly becomes evident through her patient responses to all of life’s challenges. Ashra has two beautiful children and they make their home in Albany. She loves people, coffee and Jesus. Her laugh and her zest for life are contagious!  Ashra admits that even from a young age, she has struggled with food addiction. It became her way to cope when walking out difficult seasons of her story, but she is learning now how to fill that true hunger in the Lord and nothing has ever been so satisfying as Him. Connect with Ashra:
My guest and friend today is Alecia Gamble. Alecia is a wife and mom of  4 kids. Alecia is also the Children’s Director at Waypoint Community Church in Springfield, Oregon.  Growing up Aleica found herself trying to fill that dad shaped hole with any kind of male attention she could get.  She wanted to be liked and wanted to feel loved if only for a minute. What she truly longed for, but didn't know could satisfy, was her relationship with Jesus. A father that would never leave and was always there. Connect with Alecia: Facebook: Alecia Gamble, Waypoint Kids, Waypoint Community Church  Email: Instagram: aleciagamble
My guest today is Kathleen Darling. Kathleen is a wife and a mom who loves people, quiet mornings with coffee, cozy nights with cocoa, watching her kids explore and play pretend. Kathleen married her man young, excited for the all that the future held for them. They survived Basic Training, AIT, two long deployments with some distant training mixed in for the Army. About a month and a half after her husband safely returned home after his last deployment, they were in a terrible car accident. It was one of those gut wrenching-life changing-where's the rewind button moments. Friend, you will want to lean in close to this story! It is quite the rollercoaster! Connect with Kathleen: Instagram: @adarlingfour
My guest this week is Lindsey Cooper.  Lindsey is married to the love of her life, and has 3 beautiful children, who keep them on their toes! They love to travel and spend our time like any other typical family: shuttling kids to soccer and dance and balancing family time with life in general. Lindsey is the Director and Founder of Identity Dance Company, Identity Events, and Entertainment, and now One Eighty. She is also a spokesperson for Hope Ranch Ministries, Choreographer for the Miss Lane County Princess Program, as well as being involved in various other events and charities around the community. In college, Lindsey found herself in a different place than she ever thought she would be, a victim of human sex trafficking, but God rescued her out and has redeemed her beautiful story! Get ready for the adventure of your life with this episode and learn how it is NEVER too late to turn your life around. Connect with Lindsey: Instagram Handles: @cooperfam5 (personal) @IdentityDance_Co (dance company),  @identity_eande (party/events biz),  @one_eighty180 (ministry) Facebook Handles: Personal: Identity Dance: One Eighty: Identity Events and Entertainment:
My guest today is Kim Rettmann. Kim is a Pacific Northwest Native, currently living in Albany, Oregon, where her husband, Cyrus, is the Associate Pastor at Willamette Community Church. Kim and Cyrus have been married for 15 years and have five children ranging in age from 12 on down to 5. After earning a degree in English Humanities from Corban University, Kim taught High School English for a few years. Once God blessed Cyrus and Kim with children, she has been a stay at home mom ever since. Kim has been involved in ministry for nearly twenty years. She has served in a variety of capacities including children’s ministry, youth ministry, leading women’s Bibles Studies, speaking at retreats, playing the piano on worship teams, counseling and discipleship, and short-term mission trips. Kim also enjoys gardening, chai tea, exercise, music, and writing, and is on a quest to bake the perfect loaf of fermented sourdough bread! Although Kim's story doesn't include a chapter of tragedy or trauma, Kim does admit that she has grappled with fear, depression, and anger and is learning to lean into Jesus and push past the fear! Connect with Kim: Facebook: Kim Rettmann  Instagram: @Kim_Rettmann
My guest this week is Rachael Prescott. Rachael is a blogger at where her, her husband, and their four marvelous children, proclaim the beauty of Down syndrome, and the importance of choosing to live joyfully. They reside near Salem, Oregon in a home filled with laughter, LEGOS, and their fluffy dog Max.  Connect with Rachael: @doublingdownmom To purchase your tickets to the Hope Women's Conference:
Our guest for today’s episode is Kelsey Wallen. Kelsey is a lover of Jesus, a crazy-in-love wife, and a mama to three little ladies!  Kelsey has struggled in the past with not knowing who her identity was and often believed that her identity was defined by the labels she created for herself or that others gave her. Kelsey is now stepping bravely into the identity that God has defined for her!  Connect with Kelsey:
My guest this week is an author and speaker Stephanie Fast. Stephanie and her husband reside in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Abandoned at a young age, Stephanie wandered the war-torn countryside of Korea.  Due to her bi-racial ethnicity, she was abused and violated in every way. Finally, she was discarded and left to die in a garbage dump.  A World Vision nurse miraculously rescued Stephanie and placed her in an orphanage. Around the age of nine, a missionary couple came to her orphanage.  Overlooking her physical and emotional state, they listened to the voice that spoke to their hearts.  David & Judy Merwin, setting aside their desire to adopt a baby boy, obeyed that voice and adopted Stephanie. Despite the lavish healing love, her adoptive parents poured into her, Stephanie's past tormented her throughout her teens.  A profound personal encounter with Jesus Christ enabled her to exchange her pain with Him at the cross and see her identity and purpose in the light of God's love. Stephanie has had the privilege to share with anyone who will listen.  God has honored her with very diverse audiences.  Over the past 30 years, her story and teaching have been on TV, radio, in magazines and other people's books. She recently wrote her first book; She Is Mine.  She has been an Advocate for Orphans and Adoptees her whole Christian life, believing there is an orphan in each person without Jesus.; her childhood dream lived out in reality. How to connect with Stephanie: Website: Facebook: Twitter @StephanieFast Enter Here for a chance to win her book "She is mine". Contest runs from 10/30/19- 11/5/19
My guest this week is Alicia Marks. Alicia is a dynamic Bible teacher and author with an infectious love of Jesus, the scriptures and people. She and her husband raise four kids and a menagerie of livestock in rural Oregon where they are deeply involved in their local church. She is also the author of The Matriarchs: Four Women Who Birthed a Nation and Changed History and Elijah: Bold Obedience and a Still, Small Voice. After two devastating miscarriages, at eight weeks pregnant Alicia's baby was diagnosed "incompatible with life." Throughout those horrific months, she learned what it truly means to trust God in real life. The dramatic ending to this story is one that only God could write.  Connect with Alicia:   @aliciamarks1
Guest Introduction:  My guest this week is Soorin Backer. She is known for dynamic teachings that genuinely set people free to be who God created them to be. Soorin attended Fuller Theological Seminary and completed two graduate degrees in theology and clinical psychology.  SBM has been broadcast throughout the USA on radio, hosted a TV show focused on teaching the Bible and has an established conference ministry called Pearls of Hope that is held twice a year.   Just before Soorin turned 40, her brokenness and God’s love hit a major collision. And He began to heal me of religion, performance, and profound emotional damage. During the last ten plus years, God has wooed her into true love. He continues to heal her of her past, has set her free from shame and regret, and He continuously invites her to the future and hope He has for her! This girl has some wisdom on kicking the performance trap to the curb! So buckle up and lean in ladies! It’s going to be another great one! Connect with Soorin Backer:   www. How do I register for the Pearls of Hope Conference and receive an extra $30 off my registration? Send an email to and say that you listened to the Bringing Her Hope Podcast with Soorin Backer and then your Bringing Her Hope promo code is "Bethany ". Once you have sent that email the Pearls of Hope team, they will personally register you for the conference and make sure you get that special $30 off discount When is the Pearls of Hope conference? October 17-19 2019 in Portland, Oregon
My guest today is Julie Nowacki. Julie is passionate about God's Fierce Love and wants to penetrate the hearts of God's people to bring freedom. She had the privilege of working for a Christian Recording & Management Label for 15+ years helping develop, mentor and encourage Christian singer/songwriters. After going through a season of extreme fear, depression, and anxiety in 2014, she had a radical encounter with the love of God in 2015 that healed and changed her completely. Julie is a strong advocate for inner healing and bringing revelation and truth by teaching that our spiritual authority and identity is in Christ and not what we're doing. She is passionate about equipping, empowering and releasing people to fulfill their destiny. She started a Facebook group called Fierce Princess Warriors in 2015, founded Convergent Promotions in August of 2016 and most recently in April 2018, she partnered with a licensed child and family therapist to bring a faith-based creative arts and therapy center for youth called ElRod Center into her community. Julie lives in Junction City, OR with her husband Wayne of almost 15 years and her beautiful little girl Audrey Joy who is almost 10. Connect with Julie:
My guest today is Lagea Mull. Lagea is a passionate woman of Christ. Her mission statement is to inspire and encourage women to connect with Jesus so He can transform their lives.  As a pastor’s daughter & former military spouse, she learned early there is a need for women to be connected. Since her early 20’s she has served & participated in Women’s Ministry at the various churches she has attended. In her 30’s and early 40’s while her husband served in the Air Force she continued to serve in churches but expanded her reach into the military spouse community. She was appointed by unit leadership to act as the liaison between the commander and the families. She was subsequently elected to positions in the local base spouses club. Even as God was granting her much success in the military spouse world with various awards & titles she knew this wasn’t where He ultimately wanted her. The time after her husband’s Air Force retirement she continued to actively seek His direction. The summer of 2016 He confirmed her calling to minister to women and also their family’s relocation to beautiful Sweet Home, Oregon. She is currently the part-time Office Manager for River of Life Fellowship in Sweet Home while attending & serving in Women’s Ministry at Hillside Fellowship in Sweet Home. In her free time, she loves introducing her husband to the wonders of Oregon, spending  time with their adorable grandson, tracking down their five young adult children (& their spouses) who are scattered throughout the US and baking." Lagea  admits that she created chaos in her own life in her 20's and 30's through choices that she had made and even though those years were difficult God has so graciously taught her how to get out of the chaos and embrace the story He is writing for her Guest Social Handles:
My guest this week is Natalie Schulz. Natalie is a single mom and the Outreach and Missions Director at Life Bible Church in Harrisburg, Oregon.  Her heart for reaching the broken began when she was a little girl and went on outreaches with her dad.  The hopes and dreams of that little girl were shattered when she began being abused at a young age.  It caused her to derail and live a masked life.  Throughout her teen and young adult years, she endured addiction, an act of violence, and the loss of a baby.  God had a plan and met Natalie in her brokenness.  She regained her relationship and passion for the lost while she healed from the trauma and addiction that had crippled her during her time at Teen Challenge.   After Teen Challenge she built a successful business in cosmetology, finished her Bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University, and matured in her relationship with God.  She’s seen God restore so much in her life.  A few years back she waited on the Lord as He began to give her vision to cultivate an Outreach and Missions program at the church.  Today, she leads and ministers to single moms, co-leads the Single Mom’s Conference, runs the Recovery Worship night as well as many other outreaches at Life Bible. Her heart for the broken has extended to the world as she has had the opportunity to minister all over the world.  Currently, she is preparing to go to Ethiopia in June with a team and will be ministering to women with HIV, children, and pastors.   Natalie’s story is a reflection of God’s unfailing, unwavering and reckless love of God.  The verse she has held onto that has given her hope is Isaiah 41:9-10, “I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’  For I have chosen you and will not throw you away.  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
My guest today is Laurie Smucker. Laurie is a gifted author, Bible teacher, and missionary.  She has authored a book, entitled "Shattered by Shame, Crowned in Glory."  This book tells her life story and the testimony of walking out of the shame from her past.  From the time of Laurie's salvation, she has touched the lives of countless people, young and old, male and female, through the heartfelt testimony of her life.  Laurie has seen the Holy Spirit move individuals to weep as she sheds light on the darkness of shame by sharing the promises in God's Word.   Laurie also serves on the board of Mid Valley Women of Christ as acting President and she serves as the prayer coordinator and works on the communication team.  This group of ladies reach around 3,000 women in the Mid-Valley yearly and help train up other women to lead Bible studies but also promote prayer and unity among churches.   Through Laurie's life story and experiences, she understands how the negative effects of shame can keep us isolated and stuck in our past.  Over the last thirty years, she has been in hot pursuit of God to remove the layers of shame from her life and has seen Him replace it with His glory.  Laurie Smucker's heart is to see others set free from the bondage of shame. Connect with Laurie: @mid-valleywomenofchrist Guest Website:
My guest today is Sarah Means. Sarah and her husband, Trevor, planted Praise Community Church in January of 2018. Sarah leads the online social media ministry, Women of Worth Ministries, where she shares consistent encouragement and inspiration to ladies around the world. She is a lover of Jesus, her husband, 17-year-old son Isaac, and great coffee! Trevor and Sarah planted their church in their home town of Eugene, OR, with a focus to seek Jesus, make disciples, and love recklessly until their community knows God! Sarah is known for the hashtag #iamlivingablessedlife.  She dreams of a future where she can spend all of her time speaking and writing. Sarah enjoys speaking at churches and conferences.  Sarah was born with a birth defect that has affected not only her life but her pregnancy and her son.   Connect with Sara: @sarahmichellemeans @womenofworthministriesorg - Women of Worth Ministries  @pcceugene - Praise Community Church 
  Our guest for today’s episodes is Rachel Profitt. Rachel is a mom who has literally lived out her worst nightmare. She experienced tragedy by miscarriage, a stillborn baby, as well as the loss of her four-year old daughter. God is using her story with Rachel's ministry called Hearts Desire Ministry. Hearts Desire Ministry was born out of the idea of investing into God's Kingdom by sharing gifts of comfort, hope, faith, and love. Her prayer is that the Lord would use her story to bring salvation, and to turn hearts back to the Father. During the end of the show Rachel mentions that her website isn't fully up yet, but it  is now and you can connect with Rachel at 
 Kristy McIntyre the director of One Hope Women in Eugene, Oregon. The mission of One Hope Women is to unite female leaders in ministry to build relationships, pray, and collaboratively bring the Good News to their community. In 2018, she led One Hope Women in their first united women’s evangelistic outreach in Eugene. She currently serves as the Eugene City Coordinator for July’s Living Proof Live with Beth Moore.  She had the same honor in 2014.  Kristy speaks for women's retreats, Christian events, and has served as a Bible teacher to youth and women for years.   Kristy and her husband Bill have been married for 28 years. Together they own two businesses.  They are blessed to have two sons married to two daughters-n-love, one daughter, and 5 grandchildren.   Kristy's story of redemption started by finding out at the age of 19 that she was conceived in a rape.  Through the pain that, that knowledge caused her, she began to dive deeper into who God says that she is in order to find her true identity!   Connect with Kristy on your platform of choice under the following handles: @kristymcintyre5 @onehopelanecounty
My guest today is Robin Larrabee. Robin is a wife, mom, and nurse. She loves bell bottoms, leopard print, and tie-dye. Growing up for Robin was rough. Her mother was mentally ill and incapable of caring for her. Her father was in the military and absent. She lived in quite a few homes eventually landing on the street and homeless at the age of 15. Chonda Pierce said it well, " You learn a lot from your past - what to weed through and throw out and what to hold onto forever”  and that is exactly what Robin has done! Connect with Robin on Facebook and Instagram: To request the "I am" template discussed in the show email Robin at :
Rachel Profitt is a mom who has literally lived out her worst nightmare. She experience tragedy by miscarriage, a still born baby, as well as the loss of her four-year old daughter. God is using her story with Rachel's ministry called Hearts Desire Ministry. Hearts Desire Ministry was born out of the  idea of  investing into God's Kingdom by sharing gifts of comfort, hope, faith, and love. Her prayer is that the Lord would use her testimony to bring salvation, and to turn hearts back to the Father, and be able to heal many broken hearts. 
My guest this week is Kerri Pomarolli is a writer, comedian, speaker, and the ultimate Proverbs 32 Woman. She tours nationwide with clean comedy at top Christian and secular venues. Pomarolli has been featured on The Tonight Show 29 times as well as made appearances on Comedy Central, ABC and more. Known as “Hollywood’s Favorite God Girl,” Pomarolli frequently shares about her faith while living in LA with her two daughters.  Kerri Pomarolli fearlessly shares the messiness of her own life with wit and humor In her new book Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman. Kerri has delved into the struggles of the modern woman tired of failing to live up to Pinterest-inspired, air-brushed, Insta-filtered “real life” role models telling her she’s not quite good enough. And discovered that while our lives might be a mess, together, we can be hot messes for Jesus.   Connect with Kerri: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube Website Enter to win a box set of the book: Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman as well as her new devotional, “She rises late and her kids make her breakfast”!  (Contest runs from 11/6/2019-11/12/2019)
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