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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!
16 Episodes
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 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: 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)
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: @StephanieFastEnter 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  @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  www. 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 discountWhen is the Pearls of Hope conference?October 17-19 2019 in Portland, Oregon
Jenae is a 35-year-old single, (widowed, divorced, mother of 2 boys. Andrew who was her late husband adopted at birth is 13 years old and he just finished the 7th grade. Joshuah is her miracle baby. Born at 32 weeks via c-section he is now a handsome thriving 100lb 10 year -old. He just finished the 4th grade. Jenae has a rare connective tissue disorder called Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. There is a mutation in her collagen leaving the linings of her vessels, organs, and vascular system very thin and weak. At any moment an artery can rupture without cause. Her mother passed at the age of 39 because of this disease. In the medical world, I am a zebra. Zebras represent rare cases in medicine. She lives most days with chronic pain and fear often sneaks in and can leave her crippled by the what if's. But, greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world! 1 John 4:4Please note*One week after the recording of this episode on September 11th, 2019 Janae went home to be with Jesus. We are rejoicing that she is with Jesus now and is completely free of pain. The Bringing Her Hope podcast is all about inspiriting women to live out the story that God is calling you too, friend Jenae did just that. This episode is full of transparency, vulnerability, and wisdom of what it looks like to live a life of purpose to live a life of legacy. If you would like to donate to the living expenses for Jenae's sweet boys you can do that here:
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
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 herGuest Social Handles:
My guest this week is singer,  songwriter, and author- Laura Story. Laura is also a wife and mom to four children and is a recent graduate with her doctorate in Worship studies. Laura and her husband, Martin, faced a brain tumor, infertility, and a son’s birth defect. She realized that she’d been looking for a happiness that comes from circumstances, rather than a deeper joy that comes from God. Again and again, Laura had to surrender her vision for her life so she could embrace God’s vision. And again and again, she learned that even in the midst of shattered dreams, God’s plan brought greater joy than she could have imagined. Instagram: @laurastorymusicwww.laurastorymusic.comLaura's new book: I give up (the surrendered joy of a surrendered life)
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.”
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