#124 – A She’s Still There Story with Chrystal

Unaware of the changes that were taking place in how I saw my world and how I valued the gift of me, I went from being the girl who pretty much got everything right to the girl who got a lot of it wrong. I lost sight of my value and replaced intentional living according to my worth with intentional living trying to earn and keep acceptance.

The girl, once bold and daring learned to carry shame.  She exchanged her gift of empathy for tough skin.  She went from believing that God would use her greatly to wondering if he could use her at all. 

Today I share a bit of my own story as a backdrop for why I wrote She’s Still There and why the message matters so personally to me. My hope is that every person would know and believe that they are a uniquely created soul and be willing to join in the rescue effort for the girl that they once knew, never had the opportunity to get acquainted with, or the girl they hope God can unearth.

Each and every day we get to choose. We can live, accepting the status quo and settling for life with a deep ache for something more. Or we can choose to trust God to bring out the best in us and to help us discover or rediscover the best of the girl inside.

Today I invite you to choose.


 

 

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • The problem with drift
  • How drift begins and continues
  • How and why you should stop the drift

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After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Have you ever experienced a drift in your life? Tell me about it.
  2. What dream from childhood is yet unfulfilled?
  3. What childhood hurt has helped make you a better person? 
  4. Pain is information.  What pain are you experiencing in your life right now and what is that pain telling you?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

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#123 – A She’s Still There Story with Jackie Hill Perry

What do you do when you struggle with a particular sin that seems to have you bound? How do you walk in the truth of who God says you are when you wrestle with a self-identity that says you are different than who He has designed you to be?

On today’s show, Jackie Hill Perry shares her testimony as a woman who renounced a lifestyle of homosexuality when she decided to give her live to Christ. Jackie shares real, unfiltered practical encouragement for anyone who desires to see themselves as God sees them and walk out the light of that truth.

Jackie Hill Perry is a spoken word artist, writer, speaker, and poet.  A wordsmith who shares both the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as her own story and perspective on culture, Jackie is also a wife to Preston Perry and mom to Eden. 

Growing up in a single parent household, Jackie found herself absent of a framework for family. Molestation in her early years, gender confusion and the introduction of pornography at a tender age led her on a search for comfort and identity. Lesbianism felt natural to her. She simply felt affirmed, validated  and more comfortable with women.

Jackie can clearly identify the moment when God, in His grace, led her to make a decision. She says that she needed to “choose Him or choose death by her sin”. Jackie was moved to change both because she believed her sin would carry consequences and she believed that she could experience the grace and love of God.

Jackie admits that her change has not been absent of temptation. She shares how she handles that temptation now as a believer, what influence molestation and fatherless has had on her marriage, her thoughts on the impact of gender defining put in place by our culture and much more.

 

This was an eye opening podcast — real talk about a redeeming story that I am glad I have the privilege of sharing with you. Jackie is encouraged, as am I,  to know that others can learn about God through her story. It is refreshing to know that God used, what she would call years of “ratchetness”, to draw not only herself but others to Him, but is still using Jackie’s life to help others through the sharing of her testimony.

Today is beautiful because it reminds us that God chases us.  He loves us. And He changes us from the inside out.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Culture’s impact on the defining masculinity and femininity
  • Living with same sex attraction
  • Loving the LGBTQ community
  • Discipleship in the local church
  • Unlearning the damage of molestation and fatherlessness

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Let’s Talk!

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  1. What was the most impactful for you from today’s episode? 
  2. How has God helped you with a struggle with sin? Has knowing Him made a difference? 
  3. What does it look like for you to engage with people who need to know the Lord or who know Him but are struggling to live for Him?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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#122 – A She’s Still There Story with Michele Cushatt

What do you when you have had cancer not once, not twice, but three times?  What do you choose to believe about God?  What do you choose to believe about yourself when you are dealing with a disability or physical challenge of some kind?



This honest conversation offers authentic answers to these questions as Michele Cushatt shares what she’s learned from the challenging road she’s traveled. Michele and I have talked before about what it meant to go through the difficult times.  Today we talk about what it has meant for her to move forward in a life that has changed because of the hardship she has faced in her life. We have an honest discussion about what it means, even now, to honor the girl in her.

What does it mean to “come back to life”  after tragedy, loss, difficulty, or pain?  How do you take care of you without feeling guilty?  How do you embrace both the grief and the joy that are apart of your experience without becoming bitter or being numb?

This podcast is packed full of wisdom from a woman who has been through so much and yet still believes that God has her right in the palm of His hand.  The wonderful thing is that we are all in the palm of His hand and can learn to rest and trust in Him even in the darkest of days.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • How to make room for both grief and joy
  • What meditation is and why you shouldn’t be afraid to dry it
  • How to take care of you without feeling selfish
  • Practical ways to be a good steward of your body.

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. How have you changed as a result of someone else’s struggle? 
  2. Who are you now? How are you different than you were a year ago? Five years ago? 
  3. How do you create healthy boundaries for yourself?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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#121 – A She’s Still There Story with Tammy Franklin

What do you when are nearing an empty nest and you realize you may have lost touch with the girl in you? What do you do when your husband tells you he’s struggling with pornography? What do you do when it takes more than a positive personality to move forward?


We dig into these topics and so much more today with my friend, Tammy Franklin. Tammy and I have known each other for years. In fact her husband, gospel music legend Kirk Franklin, introduced me to my husband Jessie.

Listen in to hear how the same God who helped Tammy successfully journey through a difficult season in her marriage,  is now helping her to navigate through the challenges of her current season – preparing to be an empty nester.  You will be encouraged as you hear what it means for Tammy to answer the question she finds herself asking in this season of her life… “who am I now?”

Truth be told, we all ask that questions at least once or twice in our lives.  The good news, while the journey is not always comfortable in getting to the answer, ultimately the journey is good.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Benefits and challenges of being optimistic
  • Preparing for an empty nest
  • Gaining a new perspective
  • Surviving marital challenges

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. How have you changed as a result of someone else’s struggle? 
  2. Who are you now? How are you different than you were a year ago? Five years ago? 
  3. How do you create healthy boundaries for yourself?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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#120 – A She’s Still There Story with Kay Warren

How do you believe that you can still be the woman you intended to be after burying your child? Today I’m talking with author and speaker, Kay Warren. Kay Warren is the wife of Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and Pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest California.

In April of 2013, Rick and Kay Warren were forever changed when their youngest child, Matthew, committed suicide.  For over a year they shed tears daily. Kay shares how devastating and traumatic it was to not only grieve the loss of her son but to also see him suffering with mental illness for the majority of his life.

At the tender age of 7, Matthew was diagnosed with depression and over the years he received other diagnosis such as OCD, personality disorder, ADHD, panic disorder and more. His entire life was consumed with illness, struggle, and suffering.

Through her experience, Kay shares with us some of the warning signs of mental illness, how she learned to work through her grief and shares what her journey to finding her “new self” has looked like.

In this heart gripping conversation, Kay challenges us to choose joy when happiness isn’t enough. Allowing herself to feel joy is a decision she has had to make and still has to make, over and over again. Kay has learned that choosing joy has not only helped her to honor who she is now, it is also honoring to her late son, Matthew.

Jerry Sittser, in his book A Grace Disguised, says, “Life will never be the same but it will be good again.” Regardless of who or what you’ve lost,  even if you feel you’ve lost yourself, what Kay has shared will help you to believe that life can be good again. Joy is available but you must choose to receive it.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Working through grief
  • Warning signs of mental illness
  • Grieving as a couple
  • Grieving in leadership

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Do have a story of grief or tragic loss?  Share your story here.  I’m listening.
  2. How have you changed as a result of heartache or pain?
  3. How is the “new you” different than the “past you”?
  4. While life will be different, it can be good again.  How has your life become “good again”?

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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