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This week I speak with Charlene Brisbane. She is currently a member of Dare to Imagine Church under the pastorship of Rev. Kevin Johnson. At Dare to Imagine, she is involved in community service and serves as an iGroup (small group) leader. In 2022, Charlene became vice president of the non-profit organization Clothed N Strength, whose mission is to help women overcome barriers to success who have recently returned to society after being incarcerated or who have suffered trauma. She is also the creator of a podcast with her daughter Shelby called Garage Conversations with Char, via which she hopes to engage, inform and inspire listeners. Charlene has a career in the biopharmaceutical industry that spans over 34 years which includes positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson and Johnson, GSK, and Teva Pharmaceuticals, where she currently is a Senior Director in Project Leadership and Strategy in R&D. Charlene believes that her foundation was laid spiritually, as well as, professionally at Trinity United Methodist Church where she accepted Christ in her life at an early age and was baptized. At Trinity, she was Chairperson of the Administrative Council, a Certified Lay Speaker, and a Sunday school teacher, as well as a member of United Methodist Women and The Inspirational Choir. Trinity was the place where she was given encouragement, responsibility, and the challenge always to strive to do her best. One of Charlene’s favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” She places her hope in God and acknowledges that all that she is is because of Him. We look at the life God has given Charlene, and even in the midst of the great loss of her husband, we see God working and providing for Char as a widow - The beautiful thread of God working is undeniable - You won’t want to miss this episode you will be greatly encouraged!Dare to Imagine Church: https://d2ic.org/Garage Conversations with Char: https://garageconversationwithchar.com/Clothed N Strength: https://clothednstrength.org/Books referenced: Christians Get Depressed Too by David MurrayBroken Minds: Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You're "Losing It" by Steve & Robyn Bloem*Theme Music “Blessed time” by Ketsa
This week I speak with Carol Bevil, a Christian author, and speaker. She is the founder of Fuel Your Body, Feed Your Soul, an Instagram ministry and blog dedicated to the truth found in Romans 12:2 and Matthew 6:33. Carol has authored three books. She is passionate about knowing Jesus better so that her life makes Him known. Carol surrendered her life to Christ at the age of forty, having been raised in a Jewish home. Her writing has been featured in several publications. She serves as an ambassador for Sadie Robertson Huff’s ministries LOsister and Live Original, where she gets to encourage women in their faith. Currently, Carol lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband of 24 years, Chris, and their four children. Our conversation takes us on a journey that allows us to see the beautiful thread of Jesus working in her life even while growing up in a Jewish household, even when she was focused on everything else but her faith, even when she was in the hospital enduring great loss, Jesus was with her through it all quietly waiting for her to turn to Him. You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode!www.fuelbodyfeedsoul.comhttps://instagram.com/fuelbodyfeedsoul?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y*Theme Music "Blessed Time" by Ketsa
This week I speak with Kate Berkey. She is a writer, speaker, and missionary living on the north side of Chicago, where she works with refugees and immigrants with Devon Oasis Ministry. Kate is passionate about helping people, especially women, discover the heart of the Father and live courageously because of who He is and who He says they are! She and her co-author recently published their first book, A Place Called Braverly: A dare to live courageously, dream boldly, and influence bravery. Kate is all about family and deeply desires to help others find belonging in the family of the Kingdom of God. More than anything else, she longs to walk women home to the heart of the Father—their creator and sustainer. Kate is a lover of being on the water, running on Lakefront Trail, and gathering dear friends around the table. We talk about her childhood and her eventual calling to go overseas and be a writer, you won’t want to miss this down-to-earth and inspiring episode!Www.Kateberkey.com *Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa
This week I speak with Liz Zulli. She is a visual storyteller who loves celebrating people’s transformations through her photography. Liz is a mother, visionary, and recently published author who has learned to turn pain into purpose with a mission to show her daughter and other women how cultivating a personal relationship with God and self-love creates a life of joy, connection, and freedom. Through release, recovery, and rebirth, she found herself with a gift of salvation. A gift that she feels everyone deserves. We look back at her life and see the thread of God so beautifully weaving through even the most tumultuous of times. Liz is vulnerable in her recounting the stories of both wounds and healing that she has received. You won’t want to miss this encouraging episode!Www.Instagram.com/liz.Zullihttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527488471https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BCM6K1WX*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa 
This week I speak with Annette Spurr. Annette is a freelance writer, speaker, and co-founder of Blue Box Marketing. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and two boys. We look back from her childhood to the present, and as we do, we see the thread of a loving and amazing God working and writing a beautiful story! You don’t want to miss this encouraging and inspiring episode!https://www.instagram.com/annetteajspurr/http://seeinggod.com.au/*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa 
This week I speak with Anastasia Corbin. She loves to encourage women to live a life anchored in Jesus. She is also passionate about sharing God's Word. Anastasia manages the home while blogging and providing resources that encourage overwhelmed moms to prioritize faith, family, and themselves. The author of Becoming an Intentional Family and co-author of When the Bases are Loaded: Encouragement for Moms to Hit a Grand Slam in Life lives in northern Indiana with her husband Jonathan and their four children. When she is not writing, Anastasia enjoys digging into God’s Word, singing on the Worship Team, and reading while sipping coffee.  Anastasia shares authentically about her own childhood as well as the ways that she now allows Jesus to lead her family. You won't want to miss this down-to-earth and encouraging episode! Anastasia provides much-needed resources for families to live abundant healthy lives together!*Gift for your listeners go to: https://bit.ly/3N4pXMc, where your listeners can receive 5 FREE Phone Lockscreens & Desktop Wallpapers with encouraging Scriptures on them. www.AnastasiaCorbin.comFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/anastasiacorbinInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/anastasiacorbin/Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/anastasiacorbin/*Theme Music "Blessed Day" by Ketsa
This week I speak with Amy Hafner, who is a Child of God, Champion of Women, Wife, Mom of three boys, and co-founder of the Soar Study Journal, a non-profit company creating tools to help study the word to help spread the word.  She is a 1st-year seminary student with - Masters in Biblical Exposition and has been Saved since March 2014. Amy grew up in a Jewish household practicing traditions that would one day make her heart come alive with the knowledge and joy of the love that Jesus has for us! We speak about her childhood and the transformation her life went through to bring her to this place where she has created a fantastic resource for people to understand the Bible better, their identity, and the profoundly personal relationship we can have with God. You won’t want to miss this encouraging episode!✨ Once the episode releases, Amy is offering a discount of 15% off the Soar Journal to my listeners (for one entire month!! ) with the code: ACUPOFGRATITUDESoarjournal.org Soarstudyjournal.com*Theme Music “Blessed Day” by Ketsa
This week I speak with Jan L. Burt, who is an author, speaker, podcaster, a homeschooling veteran, a mother to five, and has been happily married to her husband Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats. Jan is the host of the podcast “The Burt (Not Ernie) Show” & author of “A 60-Day Prayer Journal for Parents”, “The Power of God’s Will – 40 Days of God’s Promises Devotional”, and “The Once-A-Year Homeschool Planner” (a multi-grade, multi-subject planning system). She has also been a regular contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. We delve into her life from childhood to the present. Jan is brave and vulnerable in this interview, discussing her upbringing, severe medical challenges, and life struggles, which have forged her deep and unwavering faith. You don’t want to miss this encouraging episode!Instagram: @JanLBurt JanLBurt.com YouTube channel, “God’s Promises for You with Jan L. Burt”  *Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa
This week I am speaking with Susan and Craig Taunton, the parents of recent guest Christian singer-songwriter Laurel Taylor (From Season 4-Episode 3). They wanted the opportunity to share their family’s story from the parent’s perspective as well as Laurel’s, and it was powerful to hear it from all sides! Susan grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. She married at age 19 to her high-school sweetheart. She has two children, a boy and a girl, and is a grandmother(Tutu) of 3 precious boys! Susan is a Believer who has been walking with Jesus for 25 years. She enjoys gospel music and loves reading the Word and Christian non-fiction, keeping her grand boys, and traveling to her daughter’s events to worship with her. Susan has a passion for the homeless community as well! Craig was Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. His Father passed away from cancer in 1973, when he was only eight years old. Craig’s brother and sister were graduating high school when He was born, so He grew up much like an only child. Craig was baptized at an early age but went a bit wayward during his teenage years. He married his high school sweetheart. Craig and Susan have been together since 1980. He is Retired from the State of Alabama in engineering, and now he is a self-employed contractor. Craig is proud of his family and, through the Lord’s help, what they have all been able to overcome. You won’t want to miss this special episode. We rarely get to hear other perspectives and pieces of our stories. This family has an amazing testimony of faith and trust in the Lord!Follow their Daughter Laurel Taylor at: https://instagram.com/laureltaylorofficial?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa 
This week  I speak with Lori Vober. She suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of twenty-nine, then developed epilepsy from the stroke. Lori is a walking miracle and felt called to share her journey of faith and perseverance to encourage others. Even with her difficulties, Lori and her husband were able to become adoptive parents to a sibling group of three. She published her first book and has been connecting with and encouraging others to choose to bloom in every circumstance. www.lorivober.comhttps://www.facebook.com/lori.vober/https://www.instagram.com/lorilonghorn99/*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa 
This week I speak with Jill Page; she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and has worked with non-profit organizations since 1991. As Director of Education at Urban Family Council, Jill wrote curriculum, trained and supervised a team of educators, and taught programs in public and private schools, churches, and community agencies for children in pre-K through high school. The work was primarily in Philadelphia public schools and included a small group program for teen mothers. At Bethany Christian Services, Jill recruited and supported volunteers who provided housing for the children of families in crisis.  She also developed and implemented a long-term program for pregnant and parenting young women. Jill volunteered on the hotline and served on the board of an urban pregnancy resource center. These experiences have demonstrated the value of mentoring in a small group setting, shown the challenges young mothers face, even with government assistance, and inspired the desire to start Every Good Gift. Jill serves as its Executive Director.  Jill has one child, her daughter Shanita, who was adopted at age fifteen. You won’t want to miss this interview where we see God overflowing from one of His children into the lives of generations. You will be inspired! Www.eveygoodgift.orghttps://www.facebook.com/EveryGoodGiftOrghttps://www.instagram.com/eggministry*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa 
This week I speak with Tricia Zody. In 2017, after the tragic death of her husband of 30 years, Tricia found herself in a place of despair, overwhelm, and vulnerability. Leaning on her faith in God, she used journaling as a means of processing the deep grief. Those journal entries became the foundation of her podcast, Another Beautiful Life. Tricia believed that the podcast would be a cathartic way for her to heal personally but found that people from all walks of life were benefiting from the very real, very raw accounts of her healing journey. People from across the United States began reaching out to her for counsel and advice, which birthed her Life Coaching business, Another Beautiful Life Coaching for Christian women. Tricia is a certified Life Coach through The Life Coach School and finds it a privilege to help others create Another Beautiful Life after loss, transition, or life change, just as she did. We delve deeply into Tricia’s life from the very beginning to see the ever-present thread of God weaving through it - You don’t want to miss this episode. It will both inspire and encourage you!Www.TriciaZody.com *Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa
This week I speak with Theresa Rowe, a nationally certified fitness professional, author, radio and television host, motivational speaker, and daughter of the most-high God. She has impacted the lives of thousands of students over the past thirty years, offering hope through whole-person wellness. Guideposts published her book, Shaped by Faith, and she directs a ministry of the same name where she shares her testimony of physical and spiritual transformation. Ten TV networks air her Shaped by Faith with Theresa Rowe television program. Her column appears in the Owensboro, KY newspaper, she has produced several faith-based fitness DVDs, and her radio show and podcast are heard worldwide. Theresa has been a guest on the 700 Club and several other national and international TV shows and has been endorsed by the Dove Foundation and Rob Barnett, a former director with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Her heart-centered workouts inspire, encourage, and captivate audiences throughout the world. In our interview, we look back through her life to see how God was working and setting the stage for all she is doing for Him now! You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode!You can connect with Theresa Rowe at www.shapedbyfaith.com and on:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/shapedbyfaith YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/trshapedbyfaith Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/shapedbyfaith Twitter - https://twitter.com/theresalrowe*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa
This week I speak with Michele Bowman, who is an empty nest wife, mom, and grandma that lives full-time in an RV. She loves encouraging women to put their confidence in Christ and not things of this world. She helps women break free from the lies they have believed and find freedom in the Truth of God’s Word. Michele speaks candidly about her past and how God faithfully restored her family and life. Confidence truly comes from the identity we are given in Christ!! You Don’t want to miss this episode. You will be encouraged!https://youtube.com/channel/UC9hdE561H8ne_PNgpXvfxHAhttps://www.instagram.com/Michele_bowman07https://www.confidentinchrist.org/podcast*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa 
Melissa is a military spouse of over 20 years and has two sons. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves nature photography and gardening. You can find encouragement for your faith journey on her blog, www.myhillsandvalleys.com, where she writes about all things faith, family, and travel, always with the intent to lead you to Christ through God's Word This week’s interview looks at how God met Melissa where she was and surrounded her with hope and love changing the trajectory of her life! www.myhillsandvalleys.com*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa
This week I speak with Laurel Taylor, a singer-songwriter and producer whose roots and influences of rock, country, and gospel blend together to give her a unique and edgy sound. She has toured around the world, from small town music festivals to the bars of Nashville to European tours. She has worked with and performed with a variety of artists, including Lauren Daigle, Jason Crabb, Micah Tyler, Kutless, Sanctus Real, Rhett Walker, Diamond Rio, and CCR. She has a heart full of joy and a desire to share the love of Jesus with everyone through her music. Her new single, “Sound of Freedom”, is out now! Laurel’s personal story is nothing short of miraculous, she shares freely in this powerful episode about her transformation from death to life!! You don't want to miss this extraordinary faith journey that gives amazing glory to God!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvrNAjITmf4.  MUSIC VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyauShn-K4w&t=195s MY STORY Email to contact for help: pouredinto@gmail.com*Theme Music “Blessed Time” by Ketsa
This week I speak with Betsy Pendergrass. Betsy, her husband Taylor, and their four kids are gatherers. Their favorite place to gather is around the table-and there have seen their sweetest relationships cultivated there. She is a writer and has a website gatheringaround.com. Betsy is also a teacher/speaker who has taught for decades at churches, retreats, schools, and at home. She co-hosts a podcast called “Not All Heroes Wear Capes”: A Mom Podcast. Betsy is a lover of God, and her greatest privilege is sharing the heart of our Good Dad. In this episode, we look at her life from childhood to the present to see the thread of God working purposefully and powerfully in her life - You won’t want to miss this encouraging and inspiring episode!!! www.gatheringaround.comwww.instagram.com/betsypendergrass*Theme Music "Blessed Time" by Ketsa 
I speak with Pamela, an enthusiastic encourager passionate about speaking, writing, and coaching.  She believes all of life flows from our loving union with God. She helps Christian moms navigate their changing roles with their adult children through intimacy with God. Pamela lives in the midwest and is married to her Pastor. They have five adult children and two grandsons and celebrated 34 years of marriage in October. Pamela is a blogger and podcast host as well. In this episode, she shares her personal story from a childhood wrought with brokenness to a life full of purpose, miracles, and peace. You won’t want to miss this heartfelt and encouraging episode! www.pamelahenkelman.com*Theme Music "Blessed Time" by Ketsa
This is the last episode of our special series, Next week, Season 4 begins! We hear from Heather Jeffery, who is a Christian writer, speaker, and also physical therapist. Heather’s goal is to share hope and encouragement with others who are walking through difficulties and defeat by redirecting focus from our circumstances onto God’s promises - Heather has learned how to thrive after narcissistic abuse and desires to help other women in their recovery journey as a narcissistic abuse recovery coach to empower women with Biblical truth - She is very passionate about empowering women with truth and inspiring others to share their story. Heather lives in Maryland with her two daughters and loves spending time outdoors, preferably by the water - Heather was on the show on Season 2, Episode 15 if you haven’t heard it, you should listen to her amazing story!! And we have the pleasure of featuring Laurel Taylor, who is a singer-songwriter and producer whose roots and influences of rock, country, and gospel blend together to give her a unique and edgy sound. She has toured worldwide, from small-town music festivals to the bars of Nashville to European tours. She has worked with and performed with a variety of artists, including Lauren Daigle, Jason Crabb, Micah Tyler, Kutless, Sanctus Real, Rhett Walker, Diamond Rio, and CCR. She has a heart full of joy and a desire to share the love of Jesus with everyone through her music - Laurel has a miraculous life story and will be on Season 4 of “A Cup of Gratitude” - You won’t want to miss this encouraging episode!Heather:https://instagram.com/straightenyourcrown.1?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=https://www.facebook.com/StraightenYourCrown1Heatherjeffery.comLaurel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvrNAjITmf4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyauShn-K4w&t=195s
This episode features teaching from Sara B. Anderson who is a Christian writer and speaker with her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics. She is the founder of Fruits of Faith Ministries and author of The Best Is Yet to Come: Facing the Fears of Today with God’s Hope for Tomorrow. Sara lives with her husband and five children in Austin, Texas - With music by Christian Music Artist, Jenn Bostic who is a soulful singer/songwriter with a hint of pop, blues, and gospel. Her emotive songwriting and powerful vocals have been touching hearts around the world. Bostic has performed sold-out tours across the United States and Europe, including performances on the stages of The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and Lincoln Center, as well as BBC Breakfast Television, BBC Songs of Praise, Daystar, and TBN US and UK.  As an independent, Jenn was the first international artist to have her first three singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2. She was twice named “International Touring Artist of the Year,” by the British Country Music Association (2017/2018). In 2012 Jenn Bostic received 5 Independent Country Music Association Awards including, “Best Songwriter,” “Best Musician,” and “Overall Winner.” Her newest album, "You Find a Way," created with Grammy-nominated producer and hit songwriter, Lauren Christy, was released on July 15, 2022. you won’t want to miss this encouraging episode!You can reach Sara at: SarabAnderson.com or email her at admin@sarabroyhillanderson.com. You can follow Sara’s ministry at https://facebook.com/fruitsoffaithministriesFollow Jenn Bostic here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0TK1H3VeQnZEczCCdzAvap?si=dgv-BE1nSlCXB59HlhDLZwWww.Instagram.com/jennbostic 
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