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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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Mar 28, 2016

Becky Smith Shaffer is one of my most favorite people in this world. She has a crazy story, but that craziness has translated into an amazing ministry called Saving Grace, where she and her staff walk alongside girls who have aged out of the foster system in northwest Arkansas.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Becky a few years ago when she asked if I would keynote at their annual Saving Grace fundraising banquet. I fell in love with the ministry she's doing. (Oh how she's passionate! Oh how much she and her husband have endured to see this ministry come to fruition!) Since then, she has been a faithful prayer warrior for me. She has been generous as I've prayed about and explored the possibility of starting my own ministry. (Not sure if that will ever happen, but her advice was golden.)

About Becky's Story

Becky has her own foster care story, fraught with a difficult childhood at home, and some incredible obstacles in her path. She learned a lot during that painful journey, and her faith grew even in the midst of confusion and deprivation. God was with her, even as a girl in the midst of chaos.

In Her Own Words

"Most of the time I would go to the neighbors or school for food."

"I was sexually abused. I felt somehow it was my fault. That was more difficult to overcome in my adulthood than in my childhood."

"I excused the abuse."

"It's a long, long process of grieving--like someone had died, grieving."

"We really need to remember this is God's ministry, not ours."

Restory Recap

  • The first time she got angry about her abuse, it was when she realized it would NOT have been okay for all that to happen to her daughters. That's when she first got mad about the abuse.
  • They fostered kids for several years, but began to see the problem of children aging out of the system. They didn't have the tools they needed to lead adult lives. This was the kernel of starting Saving Grace.
  • God did miraculous things to bring about this ministry.
  • Becky always says, "To God be the glory."

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: Becky doesn't speak graphically about her abuse, but there may be some triggers for those who have been sexually abused .}

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Mar 21, 2016

Today I welcome Dan King (AKA Bible Dude, AKA the fistbump guy) with us on today's Restory Show. He's a business owner, a family man, and a passionate advocate for people around the world.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Dan a few years ago when I traveled to Haiti with Help One Now. I learned he had a huge, gigantic heart for the hurting as we walked the streets and byways of Haiti. I didn't realize then that he was walking through his own struggles with vocation. And as my husband and I face this very same thing right now, I'm finding his story even more inspirational. I think you will too.

 

About Dan's Story

Dan worked for a major telecom company for many years, had a steady paycheck, and enjoyed the perks of that job. One day, out of the blue, he was let go. Thus began a long journey of trying to discern God's voice as he sought a new job to provide for his family. God answered, but not in the way you'd expect. And in the midst of that journey, another surprise came along.

In His Own Words

"I'm a family guy. I like to be home for my family."

"How am I going to buy groceries for my family next week?"

"We had a lot of tears and a lot of fears in that moment of not knowing."

"I prayed like it was all on God, but I worked like it was all on me."

"He's the God of Just On Time. Can't He be the God of big, fat comfortable check?"

Restory Recap

  • Dan learned the value of both prayer and work.
  • God provided for bread and peanut butter just in the nick of time.
  • Through job loss, you can learn how to trust God, increasing your trust muscle.
  • He learned more about the character of God through this trial.
  • He now sees the day of his job loss as his Independence Day.
  • God surprises you (in the form of a baby!) sometimes.

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: Dan has a huge heart for people: his family, the poor, the downtrodden. You'll hear it in his voice.}

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Mar 14, 2016

I'm grateful to have my friend "Emily" with us on today's Restory Show. For reasons you'll understand, Emily wants to keep this story anonymous.

How Our Stories Intersected

Emily and I share a mutual friend, and I met her through him. We immediately hit it off, went deep, and shared our hearts. She is one of the most encouraging people I know. My only regret is that we don't live in the same town because I am sure we would have many, many lunches together.

About Emily's Story

Emily's first marriage was abusive--physically, mentally, spiritually. And as she tried to get help, other Christian leaders dismissed her. "We will pray for you," they said. "Goodbye." It told her, "We don't talk about this." Another person stopped her before she could even elaborate. "Don't tell me. That's private."

In Her Own Words

"I remember thinking, 'Can only Catholics get annulments?'"

"He threatened to kill me in front of the counselor. It was too much for her, so she sent us home."

"It turns out I was the 8th woman this couple had helped in this situation."

"God is faithful."

"He sees us as so precious."

Restory Recap

  • The church has a responsibility to help people in domestic violent situations--to not only validate, but to act.
  • Read God's word to understand what it means to truly love someone. (Not merely forgiving, but also allowing for consequences).
  • God loves us so much, even those of us who are being abused.
  • You are worth saving.
  • God does not abandon us, even in horrific situations.

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: There's a little buzz in this episode, but wow, the story is worth making it through.}

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Mar 7, 2016

I'm grateful to have my friend Christy Tennant Krispin with us on today's Restory Show.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Christy at a pre-conference conference in Texas in preparation for Cape Town 2010. We immediately hit it off, then cemented our friendship in Cape Town. What an amazing, beautiful place (and an impacting conference) to make a lifelong friend!

About Christy's Story

Christy is amazing! She's an actress, writer, and artist (among other things) with a passion for missions. She shares her story of a first love gone awry, followed a long waiting period until she met her husband. They now live in the Pacific Northwest and have a passion to work within the foster care system.

In Her Own Words

"I had a youthful expectation of how God speaks."

"I never grew bitter at God through it. I was angry, but not bitter."

"What do you want to see when you look back on this [difficult situation]?"

"I don't want to be a fair-weather follower of Christ."

Restory Recap

  • Christy learned about prayer as she worked through her breakup. And she learned to forgive and move on. You can too.
  • Arts have a beautiful role to play in the body of Christ.
  • Christy told herself she envisioned herself as a foster parent. Her husband's words: "I love it." So they fostered several children, and ended up adopted some children after they'd been married two years.
  • God has restored her sense of mystery and wonder of God. He's not easy to understand.

[Tweet "'I don't want to be a fair weather Christian.' @ChristyKrispin. Hear more at the Restory 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.

{Aside: Christy has small children, so you may hear a few of their sweet interactions.}

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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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Soon, we'll be featuring your mini-story at the end of the Restory Show. If you'd like to be featured, record your voice below.

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