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Follow Amy on IGGet the book Better than I Should Be by Christina IveyWhen the chorus of "Jesus Loves Me" becomes more than a hymn—when it becomes a lifeline—we're reminded of the profound impact faith can have, especially when faced with life's harshest realities. Our guest, Tina Ivy, bears witness to this truth, opening up about the intersection of faith and trauma with a candidness that is both harrowing and hopeful. Her narrative, marked by childhood abuse and a complex journey towards healing, challenges us to consider the ways in which we cling to faith in moments when the world seems to forsake us.As we navigate through Tina's experiences, from the abusive shadows of her past to the sanctuary of her foster family's church, we are privy to an intimate exploration of the human spirit. Her story unfolds, revealing how deeply personal trauma can warp our self-perception and the paths we take to cope. Yet, the undercurrent of hope, embodied in her constant return to the belief in a loving God, offers a beacon of light for anyone who has felt lost in the darkness. Tina's testament is not just one of resilience, but also of the incredible capacity for faith to guide us toward redemption and self-discovery.Our conversation culminates in a poignant reflection on forgiveness, the embracing of faith by those we least expect, and the unwavering conviction that we are all unconditionally loved by God. Tina's reconciliation with her father and the transformative nature of her faith remind us that even in the depths of despair, there is potential for profound change. Her story, chronicled in "Better Than I Should Be," serves not only as an inspiration but as an invitation—to find solace in faith, to seek understanding, and to remember that no matter our past, we are seen, known, heard, and valued.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
CONTACT AMYFORGIVING AN ABUSER, Amy's PERSONAL STORYAs Valentine's Day approaches, our hearts and minds often turn to love—but what about when love intertwines with fear and trauma? In a deeply moving narrative, I open up about the complex emotions that came flooding back with the death of John, my ex-husband, alongside reflections on the divine, steadfast love detailed in 1 Corinthians 13. This isn't just a conversation about the sentimental; it's a profound exploration into how love can be transformative, casting out fear and shining light into the darkest corners of our experiences. You're invited into an intimate space where we grapple with the reality that we are perfectly loved by God, and how this perfect love can act as a beacon of hope, even as we navigate the aftermath of trauma.This episode is particularly resonant for anyone who has faced the deep pain of domestic abuse. I recount my personal journey of surviving and escaping a violent marriage, and the conflicting emotions of relief and sorrow that surfaced after my abuser's passing. Through this lens, we examine the challenge of unconditional love and forgiveness. How does one reconcile love for a person who has caused deep pain with the Christian commandment to love unconditionally? As we continue our series on faith and trauma, you'll find encouragement to lean into the sustaining power of faith and the importance of community support in our healing processes. This Valentine's Day, join us for a conversation that goes beyond the surface, offering a path towards peace and resilience through the perfect love of Jesus.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Contact Amy Contact Jennifer The raw emotion of heartbreak and the quest for healing takes center stage as Jennifer Eikenhorst joins me on 'Wednesdays with the Watson.' Jennifer's story is a tapestry of pain and faith, woven together on an ordinary day that escalated into a life-altering tragedy. As she recounts the accident that took the life of David, a beloved veteran, and father, we are reminded of the overwhelming weight of grief and the responsibility one carries after such an event. Through tears and courage, she shares how this experience became the fulcrum of her faith, testing its strength and resilience. Struggle and spirituality collide in our intimate conversation about the role of faith through life's most trying moments. As we navigate the tumultuous emotions that come with feeling forsaken, from anger to surrender, we acknowledge that faith is not immune to questions and doubts. Yet, it is also in these moments that we find the potential for profound growth as we learn to differentiate between our humanity and our purpose. This episode is more than just a recounting of sorrow; it's a journey toward understanding and compassion. Jennifer's creation of 'Accidental Hope' and the process behind her memoir is a testament to the redemptive power of sharing one's story. To all listeners bearing the heavy mantle of tragedy, know this is a space of support and love. As we close, I extend an invitation to embrace the greater narrative of your life, with faith as the guide, offering solace and transformation in the wake of life's storms                                                                                                     You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
When Lydia Gardner joined us on the Wednesdays With Watson Podcast, she brought with her a story that interweaves suffering with an unwavering strength of spirit. Her journey—a testament to faith's power in the darkest times—is one she shared openly, navigating through personal trials, from the anguish of infertility and premature childbirth to the resilience required in facing unemployment and time in the NICU. Our emotional discussion took a heartfelt turn as Lydia recounted the communal outpouring of support during her son Ezekiel Cameron's health battle. By sharing their grief, Lydia and her family tapped into a universal need for connection, discovering solace within a global prayer network and the compassionate care of Christian medical staff. Lydia's moving tribute to Ezekiel, through the hymn "It Is Well," exemplified the healing power of music and faith, offering a poignant message of finding peace amidst profound loss.Concluding our time together, Lydia’s reflections on the legacy of her missionary parents, Garth and Lynette Piper, brought to light the urgency of living a life that contributes to the gospel's reach. She spoke of stewarding our time, talents, and even our pain, to support others navigating similar challenges. Her story, rich with hope and transformation, is an encouragement to listeners to embrace the transformative potential of faith, and to hold fast to the hope that can alter the course of lives.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Follow on IGShane and Shane ft. John PiperGrasping for hope and understanding amid a whirlwind of personal trauma, I've often found myself questioning the purpose behind life's most challenging moments. Through the Wednesdays with Watson Podcast, we journey together into the harmonious relationship between faith and healing, especially as we embrace the year 2024. Join me, Amy Watson, alongside the wisdom of John Piper, as we confront the realities of suffering and seek to uncover how our darkest trials might be sculpting us for a glory we've yet to comprehend fully.As we shoulder the weight of past sorrows and stride into the unknown of a new year, this series of intimate discussions promises to shed light on the transformative power of faith. We'll share stories drenched in hope, revealing that our scars are not our masters but markers of a battle being won. By rooting ourselves in the promises of Scripture, we stand to gain an eternal perspective on our pain, finding renewal and indomitable hope. Let's collectively affirm that, despite the trials, our faith can lead us to a place of purpose and healing that defies expectation.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Tammy's episode Pt 1Adopt a child whose parent was lost to domestic violence for Christmas 2023Wednesday With Watson Private Facebook GroupAmy's Written Piece on Brandi's storySome moments in life test the very fabric of our faith, where hope seems like a distant flicker in overwhelming darkness. This is the crucible Tammy bravely steps into as she recounts the life and tragic loss of her daughter Brandy, revealing the profound strength and resilience that can emerge from the deepest sorrow. Our conversation encompasses not only the painful reality of domestic violence but also the transformative power of hope and the relentless pursuit of a life that honors God.Tammy's story is a visceral reminder of how life can change in the blink of an eye, with Thanksgiving festivities giving way to an unspeakable tragedy. As we venture through her family's journey—an amalgamation of love, challenges, and healing—we witness the sustaining power of community and the steadfast presence of faith even when the path forward seems insurmountable. Her intimate reflections on finding solace in the church after Brandy's passing, and the subsequent battle with addiction, underscore the necessity of a support system in the midst of grief.Ending on a note of upliftment, the episode pivots to the inspiring work being done through the Legacy Family Retreat, a haven for those touched by the shadow of domestic violence. We delve into the ways in which Tammy's life, post-tragedy, has been realigned to reflect the teachings and love of Jesus. Her dedication and the unshakeable hope found in divine intervention serve as a beacon to anyone navigating the turbulent waters of loss and recovery, reminding us all of the redemptive power of unwavering faith.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Adopt a child affected by domestic violence for Christmas 2023How do you find hope and healing in the face of unimaginable tragedy? With us today is Tammy Willet, a domestic violence survivor, angel mom, and an example of unshakable faith amid adversity. Tammy fearlessly shares her journey, posing a challenge to listeners about maintaining faith even when life's plan seems unclear. As we explore her story, the resilience in faith will leave you questioning, how can one remain steadfast even when the path of life is shrouded in darkness?Imagine being in a relationship where faith and hope become your only solace. Tammy bravely recounts her struggles with her husband's escalating addiction and how it tested her self-esteem and faith. Her story serves as a stark reminder that in the darkest times, having faith sparks hope and initiates healing. You'll find yourself captivated by her account of faith, resilience, and survival, discovering the intertwined roles of belief and optimism in overcoming the most challenging life circumstances.Domestic violence leaves a profound impact on families and survivors. Through Tammy's gut-wrenching narrative of losing her daughter to domestic violence and finding solace in the work of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, listeners would comprehend the depth of this issue. Now serving as the Legacy Families Director, Tammy's experience is a testament to faith leading to action. While deeply emotional, her story is a beacon of hope, underlining the importance of support organizations and community in the healing journey. You are seen, you are known, and you are loved. Remember, every dark cloud has a silver lining. So join us and be inspired by Tammy's extraordinary journey of faith and resilience.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Pull up a chair, and let's reflect on a journey that has taken us from the depths of PTSD to the heights of resilience. As your host, Amy Watson, I've had the privilege of guiding you through six season's of conversations and counsel digging into the depths of pain that comes through trauma along with the highs and lows of this condition, debunking the misconceptions, and highlighting the importance of community, church, counseling, and faith in overcoming this challenge. But this retrospection isn't just about the past. We're also looking at an exciting future. Join me and Dr. Thomas Pettit, as we revisit our conversation on trauma, the practical exercises that can curb fear and panic, and a sneak peek into the riveting content lined up for our second season.This episode is a journey back to the end of season one and recaps some of the impactful moments in the season. You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Do you remember when, as a child, you couldn't grasp why adults admired the abstract patterns in a piece of art? It's through the eyes of maturity that we see the beauty in the pattern, much like the little girl in our story who finally understands the weaver's work. The journey of faith often mirrors this experience. We face trials and tribulations that make little sense to us in the moment, yet there is an unwavering joy and strength anchored deep within us, much like the Master Weaver who creates beauty from chaos. We discuss how this deep-seated joy, even amidst sorrow and pain, is an incredible testament to the power of spiritual maturity. Have you ever considered that you are seen, known, heard, loved, and valued? During those moments of despair and darkness when you feel invisible and unheard, remember that Jesus, the Master Weaver, is always at work. We delve into the power of His love and how it can bring healing and hope even in the most dire of circumstances. We end on the hopeful note of how our lives can glorify Jesus, if only we choose to view our life's tapestry from the right side of the loom. And remember, you are not alone. You are a part of the grand tapestry being woven by the Master Weaver.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
How much do you really know about domestic violence and intimate partner abuse? This enlightening conversation with Dr. Catherine Jackson is guaranteed to change your perspective. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we confront the harsh realities of abuse, debunk the stigma, and highlight the shocking statistics, particularly among young individuals. We underscore the urgency to dismantle the shame attached to such issues to ensure they are no longer swept under the rug.Our dialogue takes you beyond the physical aspect of abuse. We illuminate the less acknowledged forms of abuse - financial and emotional. We delve into the unique challenges of same-sex relationships and the impact of verbal abuse on an individual's psychology. The topic of rushed marriages within religious establishments, specifically churches, is broached, making the connection between the institution's high regard for marriage and the high prevalence of domestic violence among young adults. But it's not all grim. We provide hope through trauma-informed approaches, brain science, and a holistic lens towards recovery. You'll learn about cutting-edge therapies like EMDR, neural therapy, and brain spotting that can rewire an individual's mindset and behavior and instigate a fresh start. We emphasize the power of active listening and giving practical advice without attempting to control the situation. Our goal is to equip you with vital knowledge and tools to recognize, address, and prevent domestic violence and intimate partner abuse. Let's reshape the narrative together.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Let's embark on a profound journey together to explore the interconnection of faith and trauma framed within the context of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Inspired by Psalm 42 and the poignant song "Storm" by Lifehouse, we shed light on how faith can offer solace amidst the storm of abuse and violence. Our guest, the inspirational Crissy Loughride, joins us to share her insights and personal stories that resonate with strength, resiliency, and faith.As the conversation unfolds, we dive deeper into the concept of 'not yet', reflecting on how Crissy's mother's faith and fervor for shaped our perspectives. We invite you to find solace in the power of faith and music as we discuss the comforting influence of the song 'Storm'. With a raw and honest portrayal of our struggles and healing, we extend the hopeful message that our lives should glorify God despite challenging circumstances. Emphasizing the omnipresence of God, we navigate the inner and external taunts that life throws at us. So, prepare to draw strength and solace from our enlightening and heartfelt exchange.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Journey with us into the realm of childhood trauma as we take a hard look at its persistent shadows in our adult lives. Our insightful guest, therapist and EMDR consultant Jeremy Fox, aka The Trauma Tamer, is back on the show to guide us through this complex yet crucial terrain. Jeremy drops the powerful nugget, "Your trauma is not your fault, but your healing is your responsibility", setting the tone for this searing exploration into how the healing process begins with acknowledging our traumas, and the importance of seeking professional aid.Navigating our way forward, we delve into the intricacies of our nervous system with Dr. Fox. We dissect the integral role of emotions, busting the myth that they rule us, and explore how they could, in fact, be signaling a dysregulated nervous system. The episode is rich with discussions on tools to calm your nervous system, and we get into detail on why those grappling with complex post-traumatic stress need to be extra vigilant. We also unfold the connective threads between Internal Family Systems (IFS) and healing childhood trauma. Diving into our conscious self, we explore its different units and distinguish it from dissociative identity disorder. We decode the three parts of IFS - exiles, managers, and firefighters, along with the 8 C's of IFS - compassion, curiosity, calm, clarity, courage, connectedness, confidence, and creativity. To round off, we discuss acknowledging trauma, the role of EMDR, and how social media can bolster support for EMDR therapy. Remember, your healing journey starts when you are ready. It's never too late to start healing!You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Can you feel the weight of the world's weariness pressing down on you? Together with my dear friend and fellow podcast curator, Amber Coulomb, we unpack the ways in which this pervasive weariness is affecting us all and explore the profound yearning of the human heart for relief from pain and suffering. We delve into the concept of benevolent detachment, a tool for maintaining mental and emotional health amidst the overflow of information around us, and discuss how we can care for our world and those in it without losing ourselves in the process.The world's weariness isn't just a product of information overload - it's also due to the hardships and tragedies we face. During these times, it's easy to become overwhelmed by fear and uncertainty. But what if there was an anchor that could hold us steady? Amber and I traverse the comforting promises of God, as seen in the Bible verses and breath prayers we share, with Psalm 27 acting as a beacon of hope during times of distress. We discuss the strength we can find in God's promises, and the relief that comes from knowing we're not alone in our fear.But this journey doesn't end there. We also explore the powerful and transformative potential that comes from choosing hope and Jesus. The act of dwelling in God's shelter during moments of joy, sadness, or hurt is discussed, providing a roadmap to engage with Him and find peace. As we wrap up, we extend an invitation for you to join us in two weeks when we continue exploring the gift of freedom provided by Jesus. So, tune in with us - let's find our freedom together.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Contact Amy (Follow on IG, X, FB)Ever wonder how the kingdom of God is subtly yet profoundly impacting our world? Does the collision of theology and politics leave you grappling with questions? Join me this week as I converse with Eric Nevins, founder of the Christian Podcasts Association and his own podcast, Halfway There, as we traverse the journey of spiritual growth, discipleship, and the kingdom of God.Eric, a spiritual seeker from his early years, leads us through his life's journey, sharing his experiences in college, seminary, and beyond. We delve into the power dynamics of Jesus' interactions, the subtle omnipresence of the Kingdom of God and its contrast to earthly power structures. We also discuss the potential for discord in the convergence of theology and politics and how we can strive for unity in our Christian walk. Eric shares his insights on wielding our online platforms as tools for the Kingdom, reflecting the teachings of Jesus.As we wrap up our enlightening discussion, we journey back in time to the early church's example of caring for the vulnerable and promoting respect and unity. We share thoughts on the critical role of the Church in advancing the Kingdom of God and encouraging love and acceptance of those different from us. In these trying times, let's take Eric's reflections as a gentle reminder to love and respect people, even in their differences, as this is what truly advances the Kingdom of God. Join us on this journey as we learn, grow, and inspire each other in our walk with Christ.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Contact Amy/Follow on IG, FB, X, or TikTokSpecial message to WWW listeners from our guest, James EarlyAre you ready for a journey into the deep waters of faith and trauma? This week, we're privileged to host James, the profound voice behind the Bible Speaks to You podcast. Together, we navigate the turbulent emotional seas portrayed in David's Psalm 22, drawing intriguing parallels between the Psalmist's journey and the experiences of trauma survivors.Through the course of our conversation, we attempt to unpack the seismic shift from despair to trust in God as portrayed in the psalm. We grapple with deep questions about the nature of divine love and take comfort in the unwavering strength that comes from a relationship with God. We realize that, like the psalmist, trauma survivors too alternate between feelings of despair and moments of profound faith and gratitude. As we navigate these turbulent waters, we hope to shed light on the healing power of God's love and the profound hope found in the kingdom of heaven. We want to remind all our listeners that no matter how dark your situation may seem, you are never alone. We conclude the conversation with an invitation to explore the comfort and healing found in the presence of Jesus. So join us, in this exploration of faith, hope, and love, as we remind you that you are seen, known, heard, loved, and valued.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Subscribe/FollowContact AmySherrie's episode on Psalm 23What happens when the path you were walking suddenly disappears, and you find yourself in a freefall of sorrow and pain? In response to unexpected loss, Sherrie Pilkington, founder of the podcast 'Finding God in Our Pain,' embarked on a journey to discover God's message in her darkness. Sherrie shares her story of loss and subsequent healing, the inspiration behind her podcast, and the experiences of others who've walked a similar path. Throughout her journey, Sherrie discovered the tenderness with which God shepherds us in our darkest hours, providing comfort, guidance, and peace. Using the metaphor of a shepherd and their sheep, she sheds light on how God gently guides us through the valley of the shadow of death. We examine Psalm 23 with her, reflecting on God's unending faithfulness and His enduring goodness and mercy. In the midst of our suffering, God's presence serves as a beacon of hope that can transform our lives. Sherrie discusses her ongoing journey as a widow and how the awareness of God's presence has helped her face the future fearlessly. Her experience offers a testament to the healing power of God, rewriting lies and dismantling fears even in our darkest moments. Sherrie's story, filled with wisdom and insight, promises comfort and inspiration to all navigating the choppy waters of loss and pain.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Ever felt so exhausted that it seems like your faith is slipping through your fingers? Ever questioned if anyone has been more faithful and a steadier help in times of trouble than God? Join me as we walk through the darkness together, reminding ourselves of God's unwavering love and faithfulness. Inspired by David Crowder's 'My Everything', we'll reflect upon relevant passages from Psalms that serve as a beacon of hope in our darkest hours and reassure us of God's constant presence.Have you experienced the profound power of prayer? When hope appears to be fading, God's love and faithfulness remain our steady compass. This episode encourages us to embrace our struggles, cease our battles, and instead let our lives glorify God. It's time to challenge ourselves, to strive to adopt His grace and love into our everyday lives. Let's explore the depths of His faithfulness together and emerge with renewed strength and resolve. Brace yourselves for an invigorating journey of faith and resilience.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Facebook Fundraiser for Counseling ScholarshipsContact AmyCue the confetti and the cheers - we've reached a monumental milestone with our 100th episode of Wednesdays with Watson! To mark the occasion, I am joined by the ever-inspiring Chrissy Loughridge, my memory keeper, as we journey through the powerful verses of Psalm 100. We embark on this exploration to shed light on faith, gratitude, and the bond of community and shed light on the value of church, counseling, and a steadfast focus on Jesus, the star of the story.Taking refuge in worship, Crissy and I find solace in the rich imagery of Psalm 100, unfurling the potent message behind serving the Lord with gladness. We discuss the comforting notion of the Lord as a nurturing shepherd, caring for us, his sheep, and a vigilant eagle safeguarding its eaglets. This analogy becomes a beacon of comfort and security to those grappling with hurt, heartache, and hardship. It prompts us to reflect on how we can honor the Lord through our worship, harmonious songs, and joyous cries.As we raise a toast to gratitude and celebration, we reminisce about our journey, encapsulated with moments of humility and profound transformations. This journey has revealed that gratitude can thrive even amidst adversity, leading to a deep-seated sense of joy and fulfillment. Together, we recount stories of trials and triumphs, underlining the pivotal role of faith and gratitude in our lives. So, join us as we celebrate this journey, our supportive community, and the wisdom we've gleaned from scripture. As we set our sights on the next hundred episodes, let's remember the comforting words of Jesus: We are known, we are loved, and we are so valued. Tune in to share in the celebration and to find comfort, hope, and strength from the messages in Psalm 100.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
Can you imagine living a life that so beautifully mirrors the message of Psalm 23? That's precisely how Dad McGowan lived, a man who profoundly impacted many lives through his generous spirit, unfailing work ethic, and unwavering love for Jesus. Join me as I share touching stories from family and friends about his remarkable life that was marked with faith and service. As we journey through the comfort of the good shepherd, we explore how this Psalm aligns with the faithfulness of God and how Dad McGowan's life and love continue to light our way.Fasten your seatbelts, folks, as we gear up for our 100th podcast episode! But, before that, we'll dive into Dad McGowan's  story, a compelling testament to his love for Jesus and mankind. Expect to hear how his life has been an embodiment of Psalm 23, and how his legacy continues to influence us. On a more personal note, I'll share how God's faithfulness has been a constant source of strength during my darkest hours, and how Dad McGowan's life served as an awe-inspiring example. Stay tuned for the upcoming special episode, as we host a special guest to reflect on Psalm 100 and continue to honor the legacy of love and faith left by Dad McGowan.You ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
We honor PTSD Awareness Month and its warriors with this special episode featuring two generations of PTSD patients. Join Amy as she and Rachel Marhefka talk about loving Jesus and living with PTSD.  Generation X meets Generation Z in this rich conversation about how each generation deals with PTSD and trauma. #ptsd #mentalhealth #anxiety #depression #trauma #mentalhealthawareness #cptsd #healing #mentalhealthmatters #recovery #mentalillness #ptsdawareness #selfcare #love #bipolar #therapy #selflove #ptsdrecovery #survivor #bpd #suicideprevention #abuse #emotionalabuse #domesticviolence #narcissist #traumarecovery #psychology #stress #veterans #narcissisticabuseYou ARE:SEEN KNOWN HEARD LOVED VALUED
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Patricia Freudenberg

awesome series 👏

Mar 24th
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