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People are good. You might not think that if you listen to traditional news, but that's a lie. Everyday heroes and saints live among us and my goal is to introduce them to you.We are inspired by the words of Mother Teresa, "Do something beautiful for God. Do it with your life. Do it every day. Do it in your own way. But do it!” Leah Darrow, former model and contestant on America's Next Top Model, draws on her experience in the beauty industry to expose the lies we are told about our worth being tied to our appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty in service to mankind.
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Leah is joined by Gia Chacon, the founder of the nonprofit advocacy group For the Martyrs. For the Martyrs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness about Christian Persecution, advocate for Religious Freedom, and provide aid to suffering Christians across the globe.Gia also organizes the March for the Martyrs, standing in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. Follow her on social media https://www.instagram.com/marchforthemartyrs/ to find out about the 2021 East Coast March for the Martyrs.Learn more about Gia's work at ForTheMartyrs.com. Challenge from Gia: Take a stand. Don't be afraid to share the testimony of Christ with the culture, knowing that Christ is on your side and you come from a place of victory.HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Leah joined JonMarc and Teresa Grodi on their podcast, Elevate Ordinary, to discuss the greatest tv show of all time: The Office! We couldn't have been more excited for this conversation to happen.We talk about how our shared love of obscure Office references creates community, how the Office can teach us about loving the people in our lives and the variety of the communion of saints, and what it means to go through the painful process of thinking you're Jim or Pam, and coming to realize... you're more than likely... Michael.If you haven't thought about the powerful role comedy can play... buckle up. We have things to say.HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
In this episode, Leah interviews iconographer Elizabeth Zelasko. They talk about the importance of religious art (no matter what style you're drawn to) and how exactly to pray with icons.Check out Elizabeth Zelasko's art at ElizabethZelasko.comChallenge from Elizabeth: 1 - Take an inventory of the images you're feeding yourself with. Be mindful of what you're looking at.2- If you don't have a prayer corner in your home, create one!Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs. The course with Elizabeth Zelasko on iconography is Coming Soon to Lux!Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
In this episode, Leah interviews iconographer Elizabeth Zelasko. Elizabeth shares her journey with art, conversion, and learning to walk away from the plans that she had for the (better!) plans God had for her. She also finally explains to us all WHY it's called "writing" an icon, not "painting" one!Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Time for a little refocus!Whose opinion matters in your life? Who are you letting have too much power?Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron (Want to be a Pam Beesly? Or maybe a Dwight Schrute...) to get your suggestion to the top of the list!Come join us on the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Summer is definitely, officially over, and we all need something to make us laugh, so I've brought you one of my personal favorites.Is anyone else REALLY missing in-person community? I'm remembering this one REALLY fondly right about now! I also just feel like maybe Fr. Nathan needs a reminder of how much I love him and want to be friends? This podcast episode is from the LIVE broadcast from SEEK 2019 conference in Indianapolis. I interview the wild and crazy Priest, Fr. Nathan Goebel, host from Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast.WHAT WE DISCUSSED:This convo is all over the place ... we talk about mullets, birthdays, friendship (I try to make him my BFF) and how we can use humor to connect or replace connections with people. We go deep and then we go back to poking fun at each other.WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT:Fr. Nathan is a brilliant man. His humor can disarm you and make you feel at ease...but he has a heart of gold, and is always concerned about how he can help the other know and experience the Father's love.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
We're continuing our Spotlight Series with this recurring guest!This episode with Dr. Greg Bottaro is one of our most popular episodes - if you haven't listened to it yet, you're in for a GOOD one! And even if you have heard it, it's probably a good time to revisit some of the amazing advice from Dr. Greg...Have you ever found yourself compulsively ruminating about the past? Or full of anxiety about the future? Sure you have. But the good news is, God desires freedom for you and there are real practical steps you can take towards that freedom!Leah talks with Dr. Greg Bottaro, PsyD, Executive Director and Founder of the Catholic Psych Institute, about what the Catholic faith has to offer us, particularly where it intersects with good mental, emotional, and psychological health. Fundamentally, we find out that it's all about connecting to a God who loves us as a good and caring Father.Challenge from Dr. Greg: Take 5 minutes to completely unplug and do something that you FEEL is a waste of your time. (A second step is to observe what kinds of thoughts and feelings arise.)You can learn more about Dr. Greg's work and the Catholic Psych Institute at CatholicPsych.com, and his 8-week Introduction to Catholic Mindfulness course at Catholicmindfulness.comYou can support the Do Something Beautiful Podcast NOW on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow. Help us create great content that you want to hear!Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
We're doing a little rewind! For the next few episodes, we're bringing you some of our most popular episodes ever. If you haven't heard them yet, get excited. Let's start off with our number one most-listened-to podcast ever!Amanda Vernon shares how God can wreck your romance and plans, but it all still turns out, not just "good", but even better than you could imagine.Amanda and Matt had BIG crushes on each other, and dare I say were "in love" and sincerely loved the Lord. ENTER IN: God's wrecking ball. Disaster strikes, and Amanda and Matt have to figure out what God is asking of them and their vocations (yes, that crazy V word).Follow Amanda here and connect with her here.Grab her book for yourself or someone you love, or someone whose romance God has wrecked (or you hope he will!) HERE. 😬👊🏻🤷🏻‍♀️👍🏻HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor or Jim Halpert?Don't know WTH I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron and Join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
It's part 2 of our talk with Fr. Gregory Maria Pine, OP!We pick back up with a conversation about finding beauty in our ordinary lives, and explore the demands of beauty and how knowing things helps us appreciate their beauty more.Challenge from Fr. Gregory: Take a "Snow Day" - a day where you don't worry about efficiency or maximizing your time.Find out what Fr. Gregory and the Dominicans are up to at the Thomistic Institute!Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.If you haven't bought a 90-day VIP Pass to the Lux Summit yet, what are you waiting for? There are over 30 talks from incredible women who want nothing more than to lead you closer to Jesus Christ. Come check it out.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
This conversation with Fr. Gregory Maria Pine, OP, was SO GOOD that we just had to make into a 2-parter.I figured that, since this whole podcast is about Do[ing] Something Beautiful, we should have a conversation about what Beauty is! Hopefully this enables you to find, create, and develop more beauty in your own life.Check out what Fr. Gregory and the Thomistic Institute are doing! (Especially those Quarantine Lectures...)Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.If you haven't bought a 90-day VIP Pass to the Lux Summit yet, what are you waiting for? There are over 30 talks from incredible women who want nothing more than to lead you closer to Jesus Christ. Come check it out.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Let's talk about your Wants.We need to acknowledge our Wants, and then find the barriers that are stopping us from Doing.Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Join us for daily prayer, devotionals, community, and so much more in the Lux app.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Leah was invited as a 2-part guest on the Transforming Discipleship podcast, which released April 27th through Christianity Today's smallgroups.com.In this episode, Oliver Hersey is joined by Leah Darrow, author of “The Other Side of Beauty” and Kelsey Collister, who produces his podcast. Leah walks through her conversion story which includes three key moments: moving to St. Louis as a fifteen year old, encountering Jesus during a fashion modeling photoshoot, and asking her family for help, when she was at a low point. All of these events lead her to a life of discipling women, so they can know who they really are, in light of God's mercy.She bought into the world’s definition of success, and self-fulfillment. Because of this, she put all of her stock into her outward appearance. Eventually, she was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model. Soon after, she found herself in state of spiritual despair. Listen to this podcast to find out how she left the modeling industry, to start her own women’s ministry.Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs. If you haven't bought a 90-day VIP Pass to the Lux Summit yet, what are you waiting for? There are over 30 talks from incredible women who want nothing more than to lead you closer to Jesus Christ. Come check it out.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Leah was invited as a guest on the Transforming Discipleship podcast, which released April 27th through Christianity Today's smallgroups.com.In this episode, Oliver Hersey is joined by Leah Darrow, author of “The Other Side of Beauty” and Kelsey Collister, who produces that podcast. Leah walks us through John 4, where Jesus encounters the Woman at the Well.Leah pointed out vs. 4 “And he had to pass through Samaria.”She said “What I love about this, is that this is the mission of God the Father. You are the mission of God the Father. Sometimes we can feel so forgotten in this world.”She drew attention to the fact that, in order for ministry leaders to disciple others, they have to have hard conversations with them. What can we learn from Jesus about how he questions the Woman at the Well? Leah said “Jesus poses questions to us, just like he does for the Samaritan woman, in which he is the answer.”Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app? The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.If you haven't bought a VIP Pass to the Lux Summit yet, what are you waiting for? There are over 30 talks from incredible women who want nothing more than to lead you closer to Jesus Christ. Come check it out.If you haven't bought a VIP Pass to the Lux Summit yet, what are you waiting for? There are over 30 talks from incredible women who want nothing more than to lead you closer to Jesus Christ. Come check it out.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Unhitch your wagon from other people's expectations.Especially strangers.Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Come join us on the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
This special motivational Monday is a reflection from Leah on her favorite saint - St. Photina, the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Leah gets excited to share some thoughts on what this story reveals to us about Jesus and the relationship he desires with each one of us. (She gets a little fired up, surprise surprise!) The takeaway? Jesus Christ is the answer to every question, longing, and fear in every human heart.She ends with a special invitation to come to meet Jesus in the Lux Summit happening LIVE online, June 19-21st! With LIVE keynotes from some of the most powerful lady evangelists in the Church, time for prayer, breakout sessions, and more, this is the biggest live online women's event you'll find. Get a Conference Pass so you can get your digital workbook, enter giveaways, and get some of that sweet Lux swag that you're definitely going to want.HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Come join us on the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Chris Padgett is back on the podcast - this time, with his daughter Sarah. They tell the story of Sarah's teenage pregnancy, the immense importance of the love of parents for their children, how welcoming little Audrey affected their whole family, and the sweetest surprise happy ending to the podcast we could have asked for. (Congratulations Sarah, Dean, and Audrey)!Linda's motto: Maintain the path back.Learn more about Chris and Linda's ministry, Happy Place Homestead and watch Sarah's Story (and more!) on their channel!Listen to our previous episode with Chris and Linda Padgett!Challenge from Sarah: Identify someone in your life you don't agree with, and love them a little harder. Pray for them a little harder.Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!HEY YOU! Yep. You. Are you Pam Beesly, Kelly Kapoor, or Jim Halpert? Could you possibly be Dwight?No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to check this out –> Join my team, Become a Patron, and join me in bringing and highlighting God's beauty in the world!Have you checked out the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Leah invites John O'Leary back on the podcast to talk about his new book!Leah and John talk about the freedom children have in approaching life, the idea that "all work is sacred", and what it means to put your name on your work.In his new book, IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning, and Joy, O’Leary shares his insights and inspiring message to help readers to live a fuller, happier, more engaged life by recapturing the sense of childlike wonder and curiosity we so often lose as adults—that sense that anything is possible, there are no set rules or expectations, and that we can be anyone we want to be. As we adjust to living life under quarantine and socially distanced, John (and Leah also!) invites readers to take the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge, inviting you to slow down, examine your life, and find hope.Listen to our previous episode with John O'Leary!Challenge from John: Your life is a miracle, so act like it! And remember that you and you alone make the decision about how you'll approach your life.Tell us what you want to hear about on Do Something Beautiful! Make a suggestion here, or become a Patreon patron to get your suggestion to the top of the list!You can support the Do Something Beautiful Podcast NOW on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow. Help us create great content that you want to hear!Come join us on the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Dr. Greg Bottaro, Executive Director of the CatholicPsych Institute, is back to talk to Leah about some timeless truths that the COVID-19 pandemic is unearthing for a lot of us. Dr. Greg and Leah start by asking "How will you be different after this time?", which is a great question for us all to be asking. Dr. Greg points out that nothing is more revealing about what's inside us than a shake-up in our worlds, and this is a moment where the whole world is being shaken up. This is a time to be challenged and learn about ourselves, and finding ways to grow in virtue. This is a time to look at how we approach the concept of death - in fear and anxiety, or to remember that we have a God who has defeated death!Challenge from Dr. Greg: Take 10 minutes to do absolutely nothing. Not prayer, not listening to music, not talking to anyone, (it's ok if you go for a walk)... but do nothing.To learn more about the CatholicPsych Institute or to find a therapist, visit CatholicPsych.com. Don't forget to order a copy of Dr. Greg's book, The Mindful Catholic for yourself, and one for someone else! It's that good.You can support the Do Something Beautiful Podcast NOW on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow. Help us create great content that you want to hear!Come join us on the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
It's not just a guy's problem!This week, Leah invites speaker and author Kelsey Skoch to share her insights on missionary discipleship and evangelization, but also to address some really hard topics. Kelsey's book Uncompromising Purity, co-authored with Everett Fritz, engages with the often taboo topic of personal purity. There are a lot of women who are affected by pornography, masturbation, and who want to overcome their challenges. Kelsey provides encouragement and practical strategies to overcome addictions and temptations that keep women from living in freedom: everything from getting rid of some devices or getting an accountability filter to having a community of women to talk to.Order a copy of Kelsey's book, and one to share!Catechism references: CCC 2331, 2352, 2354Kelsey's recommendations: Qustodio as a resource for filtering your digital content. They are doing a 10% off worldwide promotion during the month of April due to the quarantine and more people needing this resource. The code for 10% off is STAYATHOME!Integrity RestoredKelsey's Challenge: Continue praying every single day, even if it's just 5 minutes! Give the Lord an opportunity to remind you of his love for you.You can support the Do Something Beautiful Podcast NOW on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow. Help us create great content that you want to hear!Come join us on the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
Ricky: Husband, father, Green Beret Special Forces medic, firefighter. He knows a lot about a lot, so I got him to talk with me (to you!) about not only the current state of affairs with COVID-19 in the world, but also on a personal and spiritual level. How can you be preparing yourself as a whole person? What does it mean for our faith? How can we see God's hand in this circumstance? How can we grow in relationship with him?Disclaimer: Not experts on coronavirus! Definitely not experts! #ImNoExpertRicky's advice: 1) Pray. Think. Pray. Get up early in the morning and spend time with God, letting him speak to you.2) Get to confession (as soon as you can, and if it's available in your diocese).3) Now you're in a position to begin to discern what God's calling you to do.Don't just fill the void - take your uncomfortable emptiness to Christ, and let him work in your heart.There is hope!You can support the Do Something Beautiful Podcast NOW on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow. Help us create great content that you want to hear!Come join us on the Lux app! The Church and the world need you to be a light and to become who you were meant to be, and we believe in your ability to do it! Come join the community, be joined in prayer with a priest chaplain, get Catholic content and formation, and become the leader the world needs.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/leahdarrow)
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Christina Michel

Toward the end when you brought up advice for dating, I was excited that you were making sure to include people in a different life phase than you. Then everyone started talking about how all the worries you have just increase when you get married, then again when you have kids. Yes, worries don't go away when you get married or have kids. But that doesn't give anyone the right to discount the struggles of anyone else. Concerns change. But you cannot possibly know the strife in everyone else's hearts. Yes, you've been single at some point. That does not mean you understand all single people. You found your "person" but there are many people searching, and as time goes on their struggle only increases and hope decreases. I've often heard that parents forget how hard newborns are because if they didn't they'd never do it again. Is it possible you're discounting the pain of others simply because you've moved past that and are on to other challenges?

Nov 5th
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Abbey

Avera, you have a truly beautiful soul. God bless you!

Oct 11th
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Jacinta King

Excellent! Leah is fun and light but also discusses important topics. She is not afraid to share her personal testimony and interviews a wide range of inspiring people. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to grow in their faith, become more education or feel inspired.

Jul 18th
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