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Restory Show

Last summer God birthed the concept of restory in me. I prayed a lot about what would be next, moving from "living uncaged" to learning about and encouraging others to embrace a brand new story. This resonated through me as I considered a podcast. I dreamed of having people on the podcast who shared jaw-dropping stories, who exemplified faithfulness, sacrifice, humbleness, along with a big heart for Jesus. I wanted to see turnaround stories, where God had intersected a life, and that life was no longer the same. So I prayed. And God answered. He brought people to me. He reminded me of others. Instead of fretting about what to say or who to invite, this podcasting process has become something entirely different. God has made it sweet and nearly effortless. I cannot wait to share with you all these amazing interviews. And today's? It'll change your life.
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Oct 16, 2017

Today's podcast features Steve Reiter who used to work for Focus on the Family radio and now is freelancing and consulting with other podcasters. That's how I met him. He also spearheaded a company called Nuresh that provides excellent audio content (growth oriented) in a subscription service called Nuresh. He has a servant's heart and a desire to use his talents for the kingdom. He also shares an amazing story of his own life in this episode, one that involves surprises and difficulties unexpected.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

Request:

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!

Sponsor:

Click the image below to become a patron of the Restory Show! You'll get a free (not seen anywhere else) art piece from me every month as a thank you. Stay tuned for new perks!

Oct 9, 2017

Today I'm grateful to welcome Ellen Graf-Martin to the show. She has an amazing, crazy story--sometimes Job-like where God leads her in so many different places. I met her through her excellent Canadian PR firm, but you can also meet her personally here.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

Request:

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!

Sponsor:

Click the image below to become a patron of the Restory Show! You'll get a free (not seen anywhere else) art piece from me every month as a thank you. Stay tuned for new perks!

Oct 2, 2017

Today I'm welcoming Chuck Roberts to the Restory Show. He is a licensed counselor in the Dallas area, and he recently attended one of my Mentoring Intensives. He shares about his marriage, their walk through infertility, and how God brought about an adoption after many, many heartaches.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

Request:

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!

Sponsor:

Click the image below to become a patron of the Restory Show! You'll get a free (not seen anywhere else) art piece from me every month as a thank you. Stay tuned for new perks!

Sep 25, 2017

Today's guest is Ellen Harbin who is a Bible teacher, pastor's wife, and mom extraordinaire who has also survived cancer. She is articulate, kindhearted and biblically attuned. She is passionate about following Jesus.

Her most recent book will no doubt resonate with many:

 

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

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  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Sep 18, 2017

Today we hear from author, pray-er and speaker Judy Douglass. She shares a tough but redemptive story about loving a prodigal child, which not only helped her grow closer to Jesus, but also inaugurated an international ministry.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

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Sep 11, 2017

Today's episode features Brad Huebert, a Canadian pastor with a strong and compelling story. Here's the book he talked about:

In this episode, Brad honestly talks about a painful journey of porn addiction and how God's love and the love of his wife helped him to overcome that addiction. He is honest and refreshing, and I know you'll appreciate his candor as well as his fidelity to Jesus.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

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Sep 4, 2017

Today's post is me sharing about healing from the past. I was a guest on Juli Slattery's podcast Java with Juli, and she graciously gave me a copy to share with my listeners too.

Here's my best resource for those of you working through past healing, particularly sexual trauma.

 

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

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  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Aug 7, 2017

My daughter Sophie and I are trying to memorize Philippians together. I thought I'd broaden the experience and invite YOU to do this as well. So today's bonus podcast is simply the entire NIV text of Philippians read by me. To memorize, listen to it over and over again until you can recite it verbatim. I don't know how long this will take. I'm about 4 verses in.

My prayer is that memorizing a significant chunk of Scripture will help give all of us insight not only into the Word of God, but into our lives as we study joy, sacrifice, contentment, and perseverance. Let me know in the comments if you'd like to join along!

Jul 31, 2017

I'm excited to share this extra special Restory Show bonus episode, full of last year's Restory Conference stories and hints at what's to come at the next Restory Conference September 16th. Be sure to listen to receive a special Restory Podcast discount code so you can attend the conference for less!

Click here to register for the conference:

I am SO looking forward to seeing how God RESTORIES your relationships at this much-prayed-for conference. Side note: please be praying for me as I prepare the messages for this conference. I've been experiencing a profound amount of spiritual attack all this year. Thank you.

Jun 26, 2017

Allen Arnold is a writer, speaker, storyteller and executive at Ransomed Heart Ministries out of Colorado Springs. His latest book is The Story of With. He used to work at Thomas Nelson fiction (which is where we've intersected a time or two).

How Our Stories Intersected

Allen and I met through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers conference). He received a lifetime achievement award from them a few years back because of his longevity in the publishing industry and his profound love of story. It's that love of story that really enhanced today's interview.

In this episode, Allen shares a painful, yet good story of hearing he was making quotas in his job, but he'd lost his team. This one meeting became the impetus for Allen to reconnect with who he was and who he wanted to be. Most profoundly, Allen is learning what it means to be a follower of Christ, a son of a loving God--and that those things matter more than accomplishing endless to-do lists.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Jun 19, 2017

Anastasia Hansel is a new friend. She's got an amazing amount of verve and passion. She's deeply involved in Global Women in Leadership, and she loves to raise money for amazing causes via bike riding and touring. She was married to the late Tim Hansel who authored one of my all time favorite books:

How Our Stories Intersected

Anastasia and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this year. There, I learned she grew up in the DRC (Congo), learned French fluently in Belgium, and later moved to the US. She has an amazing story! Currently, she's raising money for solar powered phone chargers through bike riding. Find out more about that here.

In this episode, Anastasia reminds us all that retirement is an illusion, and that we can constantly be living on the edge of adventure if we dare to. God is never finished with us, no matter how old and wise!

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Jun 12, 2017

Tosca Lee is an author, new-to-her farmgirl, and nearly-native Nebraskan who is one of the most amazing people I know. I adore her! Her recent novel is a sequel to Progeny, and it recently released.

How Our Stories Intersected

Tosca and I started our novel writing careers at the same time. We met at Book Expo America when our first novels released with the same publishing house. Hers. Mine. (Mine is free on Kindle right now). We met after she walked through a painful divorce, and I've had the privilege of hearing her story as she worked through it. We've also retreated together and shared stages as writers.

In this episode, Tosca shares about how she truly learned about God's grace and love through her new family--a husband and four kids. They have tangibly been the hands and feet of Jesus to her. What a revelation! What a beautiful story of wrestling and God's restoration.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

Jun 5, 2017

Chris Morris is a CPA and a writer, as well as a father and husband who lives in Arizona. He's written a book for writers and creatives about how to deal with the finances of an artistic career.

How Our Stories Intersected

Chris and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this Spring. We immediately became friends as he shared a bit about his family (they have a special needs child). So I expected him to share that story when I interviewed him. But I was surprised to hear another story I didn't yet know about him. He's had to come to grips with chronic illness, and the acceptance of that has not been easy.

In this episode, Chris shares the nuances of what it's like to be diagnosed with something chronic, and the walking out of that diagnosis that has very real implications for his day to day life. His story is honest and fresh, and has zero Christian cliches in it.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 29, 2017

Today I'm so excited to welcome new friend Trieste Vaillancourt to the Restory Show. She's a writer, editorial director, and Louie Award winner (for greeting cards) who currently works at Dayspring.  She is a worship leader, and I've had the privilege of singing beside her! Recently married, she lives with her new husband in Colorado.

How Our Stories Intersected

Trieste and I met years ago at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and then reunited this year and had an instant connection. She basically just wooed me over with her own stories of how much she loves Jesus. It's so infectious, and I know you'll enjoy getting to know her. Side note is that she and I are going to run a marathon together next Spring. YES I AM AFRAID. YES I WELCOME YOUR PRAYERS!

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

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  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 22, 2017

Chrystal Hurst is a mother of five, and she has an incredible story. She's a speaker and writer who also happens to be the daughter of prolific pastor Tony Evans. She also has a podcast called Chrystal's Chronicles. Her latest book is releasing this summer, and it looks to be amazing:

How Our Stories Intersected

Chrystal and I met the first time when I interviewed her for today's episode. I can tell you this: we are sisters in the way we adore the Bible and long to see people walk closely with Jesus. We both had interesting intersections in our stories and similar passions.

In this episode, Chrystal shares her own story of a surprise pregnancy and single motherhood. She encourages us all that our stories aren't over, even when we may think they are. 

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

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  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 15, 2017

Candice Curry is an author and mom who has an extremely interesting and poignant story about her growing up years. Her father was a con man. And tomorrow, her book releases!

How Our Stories Intersected

Candice and I share a publisher (Baker), and we now share similar stories about our pasts--not that our fathers are the same, but that we both struggled beneath the weight of enigmatic fathers. In her case, her father was a con man.

In this episode, Candice talks about her growing up years, what life was like when the FBI knocked on your door, the kinds of boundaries she had to make with her con man father, and the great relationship she has today with her mom. She shares about meeting her heavenly Father for the first time. I know you'll be touched by her words!

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

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  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 8, 2017

Heather MacFadyen is a mommy of four boys, wife of one, who learned a difficult lesson about the difference between being a child-centered mom and a God-centered mom. She has a super helpful site called God-Centered Mom as well as a podcast of the same name.

How Our Stories Intersected

Heather and I met at a couple bloggers conferences a few years ago. I so appreciate her honesty and her heart. You'll see why when you listen to her touching, poignant (and oh so fresh) story today.

In this episode, Heather talks about a very recent loss (and the loss she's still working through). She has learned the power of letting go of control, and in that surrender is finding new peace and joy. That's my hope for you as you listen to today's episode.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 1, 2017

Rob Fairbanks is a pastor on staff at Immanuel Church in Spokane. He is passionate about creating a diverse congregation, and he has a story of burnout, feeling uncentered, and ultimately finding his joy and passion in local church ministry.

How Our Stories Intersected

We met when we were on staff as missionaries with what was then called Christian Associates International (now Communitas). We met over a meal in Lisbon, Portugal, and began a long distance friendship then.

In this episode, Rob shares about his own stress and burnout, being in a job that left him ungrounded, and in the air 180+ days a year. He speaks of the importance of community, and how having others around him helped him make the leap to planting another church. He purposefully is pursuing racial reconciliation in the inner city of Spokane, WA.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Apr 24, 2017

Jeanette Hanscome is an author and friend who has an amazing story. She's legally blind, and she's walked through some rough things the past few years. One of those trials is reflected in her book, Suddenly Single Mom:

How Our Stories Intersected

Jeanette and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference a few years ago when I took her picture. (It's a side hobby of mine, photography). Since then, we've built upon our friendship. I really love Jeanette's heart, particularly as she's gone through some difficult and stressful situations.

In this episode, Jeanette shares about her surprise-to-her divorce, moving back home, and all the incredible lessons God taught her along the way. Saying goodby to the old you in order to anticipate the new you is a strong theme.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Apr 17, 2017

Hope Harris is someone I met years ago at a conference. She was speaking (sharing her testimony) right before I went on stage to speak. My daughter Sophie was with me, and we both had the privilege of talking more and becoming friends. Hope and I are both from the Northwest, and we both currently live in the Dallas area, which allows us to continue our friendship. She also spoke at the Restory Conference last September.

How Our Stories Intersected

We met at a conference and have remained friends since then.

In this episode, Hope shares her story of trauma--watching her mom be murdered, walking through trauma in the foster system, becoming a gay activist, and eventually meeting Jesus. The first part of the recording is what she shared from the stage at the Restory Conference, and then we talk together about the ins and outs of her story.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Apr 10, 2017

Lea Ann Garfias is someone I met at my favorite restaurant in town. (We share how it all came about in the episode). She's written a memoir/self help book that I had the privilege of reading. She is honest, and she has a good story (a hard story with healing infused).

How Our Stories Intersected

As I mentioned, we met at a restaurant, quite unexpectedly. And we've become friends. I've so enjoyed getting to know her, watching her publish her first book, and seeing her family navigate the beginning of the foster-to-adopt journey.

In this episode, Lea Ann shares about her upbringing (strict, legalistic, abusive) and how she made her way toward health and back to Jesus. There's a lot in this episode that I know will minister to many of you.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Apr 3, 2017

Dr. Sandra Glahn is a dear friend who is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, an author, and a mom and a wife. She writes killer fiction (there are killers involved AND doctors), infertility resources, and Bible studies. In fact, my favorite Bible study of all time is this one:

How Our Stories Intersected

We met in the best possible way: at a church potluck. She's been a dear friend and a mentor who has walked alongside me through this crazy publishing world, but more than that, she's been a real friend. When we lived in France, she, Gary and their daughter Alexandra came to visit us. It was certainly a highlight. One of the things I love about her is her deep, constant empathy. Another thing I appreciate about her is her humility.

In this episode, Dr. Glahn shares about her own journey of infertility, seminary, and walking into the calling God had for her. She helps us understand the plight of women around the world, and she challenges us to think broader about the church. I so appreciate her scholarship and kindness.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Mar 27, 2017

Jed Ostoich is an editor (his twitter handle is @thejeditor!) and writer who lives in the Dallas area. He's a husband and father, and he attended Dallas Theological Seminary.

How Our Stories Intersected

Jed and I met through my daughter Sophie. They are coworkers at Right Now Media.

In this episode, Jed talks openly about growing up poor, yet strong in faith. But eventually a time came when the overwhelming bills he had to pay (with no money) threatened to shake him to his core. For anyone who's battled provision and fear, you'll be blessed by this story.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Mar 20, 2017

Anna LeBaron is a woman with an amazing story. We met at a writers conference a few years ago before she started writing this book, The Polygamist's Daughter. I've had the privilege of reading and endorsing this book, and I'm also thankful for my friend Leslie Wilson's wordcrafting in this page-turning book.

How Our Stories Intersected

Since that meeting at the writer's conference, Anna has become a friend. She recently started a new business helping authors launch their books and was invaluable on my launch team for Worth Living. She's a firecracker with a stunning, crazy story!

In this episode, Anna shares about her upbringing in a polygamist cult. Her father was Ervil LeBaron, and you can read about his criminal history here. Her story is full of anguish, poverty, and crazy middle-of-the-night moves and brushes with the law. But ultimately, her story is one of hope and redemption, which is why I knew I wanted her on this show!

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Mar 13, 2017

Laura McClellan is a lawyer and an amazing podcaster at The Productive Woman. (Be sure to check it out). She's also a novelist, a mom and a wife who has an amazing story of survival.

How Our Stories Intersected

Laura and I met at our writers group (I think? Or maybe our paths crossed in a different way? But I know it had to do with writing). She's a novelist in addition to being a lawyer and a successful podcaster. She's the one who helped me believe I could podcast with guests, walking me through Call Recorder for SKYPE. Beyond that, though, Laura is smart and thoughtful. I had no idea she had such a stressful/amazing story!

In this episode, Laura talks openly about her upbringing, what propelled her into the foster care system, and how gratitude marks her life today.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
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