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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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Feb 29, 2016

I'm grateful to have my friend Yanci McGregor with us on today's Restory Show.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Yanci through her husband Chris because our church has a relationship with City Church in Montreal, Canada. This last summer, we got to spend time together, sharing our hearts and our lives. That evening, I had the privilege of speaking to a small group from City Church where I shared my story, then prayed for the women there. I walked away from that intimate event overjoyed because God simply showed up.

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About Yanci's Story

Yanci is a Texas girl, through and through, now transplanted to chilly Montreal. She is a worship leader, a mom of two hockey-playing boys, and a church planters wife. She met her husband Chris while they both attended Dallas Theological Seminary right around the time my husband Patrick attended there. After she married, she eventually got pregnant, then came face to face with postpartum depression. She shares very honestly (and passionately) about how that story has affected her and her family. I know you will be deeply encouraged.

In Her Own Words

"But I'm the one who everyone says has a great smile. How can I be depressed?"

"I spent a lot of time crying out to God asking why, what do you want me to do?"

"It's just an amazing thing that God put in my heart. He gave me a heart for Canada, and I think it came through Chris's family."

"Why can't I just think myself out of this?"

"I've been really working on giving myself the freedom to say that I am depressed, I have depression. I have to be kind to myself. If I'm feeling tired, I'm going to give myself time to rest...and not make myself feel guilty over that."

"God is opening up doors to be able to talk with other people wrestling with depression."

Restory Recap

  • Depression is hard and scary and painful, and there's a lot of misinformation about it, especially in the church.
  • God is God and you are not.
  • It's okay to admit your sufferings. Give yourself permission to grieve, to rest, to mourn.
  • We don't necessarily have an answer to why we suffer, but God's greatest desire is for us to love and worship Him. God longs for our worship even during our suffering.
  • Jesus has empathy for us.
  • Depression can be a gateway to choose Jesus and His strength.

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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: Yanci used to be Miss Texas!}

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Feb 22, 2016

I'm grateful to have my friends Bob and Sue Meissner with us on today's Restory Show.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Sue years ago at a writers event. We both wrote for the same publishing house for awhile. She is an amazing (and I don't say that lightly) novelist. Her latest book is Stars over Sunset Boulevard.

We became friends, and then I met her husband Bob, who, I realized, should be best friends with my husband. And as life goes, Patrick now flies to their city on business, and they take him out to dinner. Recently we all got together on one of Patrick's business trips. Here we are. Please note the glory resting over their heads.

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About the Meissner's Story

Bob and Sue share a difficult story in this episode, from several years ago when Bob lost his job. He shares candidly how hard that was, and details the struggles he faced in the aftermath. Some of you reading this are walking through joblessness right now, so I pray this story will bring hope. It's not full of cliche or happy-clappy answers (If you just trust God, everything will be roses and ponies). But it is honest.

In Their Own Words

"What I thought would be a nine-month exercise in patience turned out to be 18 months of patience--and feelings of despair at times." Bob

"We call it the Dark Time now ... It was not dark; it just felt dark." Sue

"I felt like a loser, and I really got tired of telling the same story over and over and over again." Bob

"Bob is still able to tell a joke; I'm able to laugh at it. So we're going to be okay." Sue

"At times I felt like God was against me. I know that's not true according to Scripture, but that's how it felt." Bob

"This really did change my prayer life. It sent me to the Psalms. It revolutionized the way I approached God in prayer. I expressed my feelings." Bob

"We had to rely on the generosity of others. I always wanted to be the giver. . .  I learned it was a pride issue." Sue

Restory Recap

  • Joblessness is scary, and it eats at your confidence.
  • Our identity is tied to what we do, so it's very challenging when you walk through a season of joblessness.
  • We are not all sufficient; there are things we cannot provide for ourselves.
  • Having the experience of joblessness can help you become empathetic toward others. At the moment it's painful and full of anguish, but looking back, God uses that to prepare you to embrace others and walk alongside those who hurt.
  • We are resilient people, with God's help.
  • Humor plays a huge role in our ability to overcome difficult circumstances.
  • Cliche doesn't minister to people.

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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: As Bob said, he has a dry sense of humor, which is why he and Patrick are becoming friends.}

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Feb 15, 2016

I'm grateful to have my friend "Lauren" with us on today's Restory Show. For reasons you'll understand when you listen, Lauren has opted to use a pseudonym to mask her identity. Some stories are hard to tell publicly, particularly when they involve the reputations of others.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Lauren years ago when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. Our paths have crossed in interesting ways over the years, and in the past two, we've reconnected over the publication of my book, Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse.

About Lauren's Story

Lauren has an unusual marriage story, one not so easily fit into categories. In the midst of a difficult marriage, she learned to press into Jesus, even when things turned tragic. She's a single mom who has learned to trust Jesus for everything.

In Her Own Words

"How can you tell your interns to not look at porn, when you're doing the same thing?"

"I didn't want to mention the word divorce."

"Cancer shifted everything. I would love to say that it changed his addiction. I don't know from that point forward what he was involved in because we were just trying to keep it together."

"We could've had a great story together."

"I have a deeper understanding for what other women are struggling with ... I can have compassion for them and pray for them."

"When it's been ingrained in you for so long, that you you're not worth loving, that you're not worth taking care of and protecting, it's definitely a process [to work through it]. I'm still in that process."

Restory Recap

  • It's hard to endure a marriage where one person is addicted to something.
  • No matter where you find yourself, there are always people who need love and comfort and your listening ear.
  • Relationships are worth your effort and tenacity.
  • It's okay to voice what you need. It's okay to be confident in who you are, despite your circumstances.
  • God does provide, no matter what your situation is. He hasn't forgotten you.

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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: This is an anonymous story.}

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This episode is brought to you by Audible. Get your free audio book by going to http://www.audibletrial.com/restory.

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