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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!
31 Episodes
My guest today this week is author,  Nicole Deese. Nicole is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and INSPY Award finalist. When she's not working on her next contemporary Christian romance novel, she can usually be found reading by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior. Nicole takes us on the journey of the adoption of their daughter Lucy.  This was a journey that required one of surrender (of her own will and plans and allowing God to work in an area she had closed off to Him.  Adoption was not easy, and Nicole admits it's not for everybody, but the relatable message is really one of trusting God with the "hard" things we feel He's calling us to.  Guest Social Handles: Website: Facebook: Instagram: nicoledeeseauthor Grab Nicole's book: Enter to win Nicole's book:
My guest today is Heather Norlander. Heather is a wife and mother to 4 wonderful children and 2 German Shepherds.  She is an advocate for children in the Foster care system and is the director of Teen Reach Adventure Camp, in Jefferson, OR.  She loves to cook, spending time in the outdoors, and snowboarding. Heather was given up for adoption at the age of 2. But by age 11, her adopted parents revoked their parental rights and she became an orphan and a ward of the state. She lived in 6 different foster homes before the age of 13. With God's faithfulness and years of healing, Heather now loves on foster care teens by bringing hope back into their life! Guest Social Handles: Revelation 21:4 New International Version (NIV) 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Guest Introduction:  My guest this week is Kim-Maree Janzen who serves as a Worship Pastor at Mannahouse in Portland, Oregon. She came from Australia to study at Portland Bible College in 2006. She has been involved in worship ministry with her husband Marcus for over ten years, leading worship, songwriting & teaching. Together they are dedicated to training and equipping people to strengthen the local church. They reside with their son, Zenith, in Vancouver, Washington. Kim shares her story of redemption and reminds us that God can use anyone from anywhere to do anything Connect with Kim:  Instagram @kimmareejanzen Facebook: Come see Kim-Maree speak:  Not only is Kim a guest on this week’s podcast, but for our local Oregon listeners, she is speaking at the Community-Wide Praise and Worship Night at Life Community Church in Corvallis, Oregon, on Thursday, March 19th at 6 PM. This event is free to all women! We hope to see you there!
My guest this week is Bo Stern-Brady. Bo is the Co-Founder of SHEOLOGY, an Author, Pastor, and the speaker of our Hope Women's Conference coming up on May 1st-2nd in Corvallis Oregon. Bo realizes life is full of fierce and unexpected battles. When her now, late husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she knew she had found her Goliath. With winsome sincerity, Bo points to the battle plans available to us in Scripture and to our God who brings beauty from the struggles we face. Connect with Bo:
My guest this week, Sam Kelly! Sam is the Radio Host from the Scott and Sam Show heard every afternoon on HOPE 1079 FM as well as one of our speakers at our Hope Women's Conference in Corvallis Oregon at Life Community Church May 1st-2nd. When the doctor told Sam and her husband that their daughter Zoe had Down Syndrome, they felt robbed, scared, and hopeless. But now eight years later after navigating through some difficult chapters with depression and addiction, they know the truth... God gave them the greatest gift in this little girl and to be honest… we all have “special needs”! To grab your tickets to the Hope Women's Conference: To Connect with Sam Kelly:
My guests this week are the husband-and-wife duo Out of the Dust is comprised of Chris and Stephanie Teague who have a story of downfall, heartbreak, and miraculous redemption that is woven deep into the fabric of their music. After growing up in church and marrying young, Chris slowly and quietly lost all faith in God during college. Slipping into the grips of alcohol, drugs and every other whim of his heart, he secretly managed an alter ego for years around church friends, family, and even Stephanie. Finally, everything surfaced one Thursday night in January 2010 as Stephanie’s life unraveled before her eyes. Their young marriage quickly collapsed in divorce as Chris walked away from everything he knew. What happened next can’t be called anything other than a miracle. His independence very rapidly found him in the darkest and most desperate place of his life, and it was there that he was shown the depth of his selfishness and pride. Incredibly, in just over a year, God mended their hearts, restored their marriage, and still continues to breathe new life into their story today.  God not only redeemed and resurrected their marriage, but He also gave them a new direction which they had never even dreamed about- music together with a purpose. The release of their debut album led them to perform and share their story all over the country, and they received extensive media coverage including Fox News, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today. They released their sophomore album, Now More Than Ever, on September 13th. The new project spans multiple genres and features guest appearances by Dove Award-winning artist Plumb and Christian Hip-Hop favorite, Tony Tillman. The album's sweeping orchestral arrangements sit side-by-side with imaginative pop production and showcase Chris and Stephanie's most personal and important work yet.  Connect with Chris and Stephanie:  Facebook: Instagram: -Website: Enter Here to win a digital download of Chris and Stephanie's newest cd: Now more than ever 
My guest today is my friend, Jennifer Eikenhorst, host of Accidental Hope podcast, a teacher by trade and blogger/host by calling. She is a wife, mom, math teacher, and a CADI (Causing Accidental Death or Injury) from Waco, TX. She and her husband, Chris, have four amazing children, ages 7-16. She loves expressing herself through art and long walks with their Doodle, Coda. Jennifer and her husband Chris, have faced and overcome many trials, some involving life-altering experiences, even death, but God has remained faithful. With each season of difficulty, she sees the work of the Lord and her faith refined by the fire. Jennifer’s life turned upside down in 2016 after having an accident involving a fatality. She is now passionate about finding hope after tragic circumstances. Her hope is in and comes from her relationship with Jesus!  Connect with Jennifer: Facebook Accidental Hope Podcast: Blog: IG: accidental_hope
My guest this week is Stephanie Koontz. Stephanie is a wife and mom to three amazing boys.  At the age of 14,  Stephanie became bulimic just to please a boyfriend. From there, it was an intense downward spiral to an eating disorder that controlled her life, along with severe alcohol abuse to the point of having seizures. This story is full of twists and turns and I can't wait to take you on this journey with us! Connect with Stephanie: To purchase Stephanie's book: To Enter to win her book.(book giveaway runs 1/29/2020-2/4/2020:
My guest this week is BreAnne Brown. BreAnne currently is a stay at home mom with a 19-year-old, 16 years old and 1-year-old twins.  She spends as much time as possible outdoors, hiking, biking, kayaking, and gardening. She is also an avid reader. Instilling a love of nature and reading to her children is a major goal that she hopes to accomplish in parenting. BreAnne and her husband try to live an adventurous life and their years together have been a roller coaster of traveling, foster parenting, changing careers, adoption and twin parenting.  After years of infertility and loss, BreAnne and her husband have learned how to not only build their family but redefine it. Connect with BreAnne: Instagram @Bresallebrown
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:
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