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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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Jan 28, 2016

I'm grateful to have my friend David Pothier (pronounced "pwaah-tee-ay") with us on today's Restory Show.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met David a few years ago when I was tasked with writing stories of church planters that our church had relationships with. I learned he was a French-Canandian planting a church in Montreal. We became friends over that brief interview--mainly because of his passion for church planting, and his easygoing sense of humor. In the years following my husband and I led teams to Montreal to visit the church David planted, La Chapelle.

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About David's Story

David Pothier has a passion for seeing the next generation of Canadians understand Jesus Christ. He loves his family deeply, and he pioneers an amazing work at La Chapelle alongside many other leaders. He didn't always have the fire to start something like this. In fact, he was bullied in high school, and that experience shaped the way he would see ministry in the future. In this episode, you'll uncover how David moved from bullied student to reluctant youth pastor to church planter.

In His Own Words

"If I had not followed Christ, I would be a selfish person--someone my wife wouldn't even have liked."

"In the greatest attack, you have the greatest victory."

"Jesus completely rewrote my story. He changed my dreams. He changed my purposes. He changed my interests. He changed the way I think, speak, act. He rewrote everything."

"His story will be better than the story you try to write yourself."

Restory Recap

  • David always prays with his staff before they do anything for the week. It's a great reminder for us to do the same.
  • Refuse to let discouragement get you down. Fight it. Praise God. Be thankful. Celebrate the fact you're forgiven. Embrace optimism because of what Christ has done.
  • God can use those who were bullied to become empathetic ministers.
  • Become a person with words of life for others.
  • Surround yourself with people who choose to be different, who love to encourage.

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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.

{Aside: David has a French Canadian accent. He's not hard to understand, but I wanted to give you a heads up.}

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The End

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Jan 17, 2016

I sat next to Bethany Kaczmarek at a fiction writers conference last fall. She shared the kind of story that caused the room and the commotion to melt away. I sat there, tears streaming down my cheeks, so grateful for her story, so humbled that she entrusted it to me.

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About restory

Last summer God birthed the concept of restory in me. You can read about that process here. Or click the short video below to get a better idea:

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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.

Today's Episode

Bethany Kaczmarek is a talented writer and editor. But her story came from several years before when she was a missionary, a mom of a newborn in a foreign land. And her baby son was dying.

If you'd like to read her entire story, click here for part one and here for part two. The following brings home some of the deeper lessons Bethany learned.

In a pile on the floor, I whispered, “Where are You, God? Why don’t You answer? Why don’t You offer any comfort? I’m cut off from everyone else, and now—even You are silent.”

Nothing.

In that moment, I had to figure out whether or not I believed He was genuinely there. I thumbed through Linda Dillow’s book Calm My Anxious Heart, and I read this: God’s Word is truer than anything we will ever feel or any circumstance we’ll ever face.

His Word. I made myself remember the things I’d read and memorized when things were trite and happy.

Matthew 28:20 “…and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 116:1-2 “I love the LORD because He hears my prayers and answers them. Because He bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe.”

Matthew 14:27 “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

None of those verses promised safety. None of them promised wish-granting and healing-the-way-I-wanted-healing.

All of them promised Him. I may not have felt Him there, but those verses were His grace to me in those dark moments.

His name is Immanuel. God with us. God with me. I knew—if nothing else—I believed that. I could take Him at His Word.

So that night, I knelt on the floor at the foot of the bed where my little man slept, and I offered God my son’s life. I knew He understood the pain of a parent letting go of their child. And I wrapped self up in that knowledge.

I asked for only one thing: the grace to handle what was ahead.

She was utterly alone. Have you ever felt that way? But consider Bethany's words from today's podcast:

"When personally I look back on it, I have a strange thankfulness. As much as I hated those moments of isolation and abandonment, I'm thankful for those the most. ... I needed that crisis, I needed that moment to say that no matter what comes at me, I'm going to believe."

Takeaways from today's episode:

  • You can trust God, even when He seems quiet or far, far away.
  • Sometimes God leads you away from what seems like your dream, and yet He brings joy in the journey.
  • God's Word can be trusted. It's bedrock.

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 and be changed and challenged.

[Aside: the audio is slightly garbled in the first few minutes. Please hang in there. It gets better.]

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