Simply Joyful Podcast: Don’t Settle for Safe! With Sarah Jakes Roberts

Don’t Settle for Safe! With Sarah Jakes Roberts Sarah Jakes Roberts is one of those people who has “been there and done that.” She has learned how to break destructive cycles to discover the best that life can offer someone who refuses to settle. Pregnant at 13, married at 19, divorced at 23, as well as being the daughter of T. D. Jakes, Sarah has amazing testimonials that are found in her two books, Lost and Found and Don’t Settle for Safe. In these books, she shares real stories about where li … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part One

Part One: The Suffering of this Present TimeNothing. Jake turned the engine over again. Nothing.Still covered in yesterday’s Austin City Limits Music Festival sweat and booze, he looked in the back of his car for an easy change of clothes. All his belongings were there, and as he turned back to the front, his eyes settled on the crumpled receipt from his 401K—he’d cashed it out two days ago and given it all to his wife.And in the middle of the passenger seat sat the directions to his … [Read more...]

Simply Joyful Podcast: Lea Ann Garfias : Being Real & “Rocking” Your Ordinary Life!

You have to love it when God lines things up just perfectly! Last week we talked with Wendy Speake about finding ways to use our creative gifts to bless our family — and the world. As women and moms we can easily allow the busyness of life to consume us and snuff out those passions and dreams that we once had. I hope you were encouraged to realize that God gave you your gifts and talents — and you can and should still use them — it might just look a little differently than you originally thought. … [Read more...]

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: Feeling Joy

“It is a very weird spot to be in—to know the truths of the gospel in your head, but feel nothing. How can you be expected to feel anything toward God, when you feel nothing toward anything?”As an adolescent, Lyndee began a journey through many deep and troubled episodes of depression. For years, she struggled to not only find joy, but to feel anything at all.Lyndee understood God’s joy in theory, but in her depression, she struggled to understand and grasp God’s joy personally. She strug … [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...]