Simply Joyful Podcast: Life Creative Starts at Home with Wendy Speake

When we become moms it often feels like we lose part of our creative selves. The things we used to enjoy doing become memories. It's easy to start viewing motherhood as a choice that voids all the other things we thought we'd do in life. However, God can use motherhood to refine our gifts and talents and use them right where we are — at home. Now, by “at home” I'm not just talking to stay-at-home moms. I'm talking to all moms. God did not make a mistake when He gave you all your incredible creat … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: And These Will Be Added to You

Bright-eyed and 23 years old, John paced across his condo balcony. Houston’s medical center towers loomed in his twilit view. He gripped the phone by his ear and smiled as he waited for the answer. “Dad, hey! You won’t believe it—I got a new offer! No, not with the agency—they’ll keep me at the bottom at least another year. This could be my calling. It’s here with my church in Houston, in the youth ministry.”His face fell as his dad’s voice cut through the wires, “Don’t even think about it. I … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: How Are They to Hear?

When Ben and Jessica Turner agreed to move overseas in hopes of sharing their faith in Jesus, they never imagined pizza would give them opportunities to connect with Muslim families on a gorgeous tropical island.“God told us, ‘I want you to go to a place where there is nothing but people who don’t know Me, and where you won’t have all the distractions of the States,’” Jessica remembers.The couple clung to Scripture as they prepared to leave their comfortable lives and become goers. “How t … [Read more...]

Simply Joyful Podcast: When God Uses Your Pain & Your Past for Good in Your Life with Tricia Goyer!

I could not be more excited to have my amazing friend Tricia Goyer be my first official guest on my new podcast. Tricia is one of the most inspiring people I know. I find myself sharing parts of her story (anonymously) with others all the time. You know those conversations like, “I have this friend who…” People are always so blown away by her story and how she and her husband have said, “Yes!” to God in some ways that not many would be up for. I can't wait for you to hear it!We all have “bagg … [Read more...]

Simply Joyful Podcast: Welcome!

I am so excited that this day is finally here! The Simply Joyful podcast is finally “live!”  The purpose of the Simply Joyful Podcast is to encourage and inspire you to find simple ways to bring more joy into your day. Whether you are looking for a little encouragement in your faith, family, home, homeschooling (if you do) — or just in life — then this is the podcast for you! Let’s get real and talk about the challenges that we face as women in our day-to-day lives. My guests and I will discuss … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 142: Ministering Spirits

[display_podcast]Many years ago I heard a message about how the angels of God are there to do our bidding.  God didn’t leave us powerless. Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation (Heirs of Salvation)? (Hebrews 1:14) So, I started to put some things together in my head.  If the angels are there to serve us, God’s own people, through salvation in Jesus, then what is stopping me from calling on their services when I need them? … [Read more...]