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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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Apr 25, 2016

Ocieanna Fleiss is one of the most tender, sweet people I know on this earth. And she has a very surprising story.

How Our Stories Intersected

Ocieanna was in my novel mentoring class at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference a few years ago. She writes fiction, and now she has a new book out about the story she'll be sharing with us. I'm so grateful God crossed our paths. This summer, we had breakfast together in Maple Valley, Washington, and spent our time sharing our stories. I left our time feeling lighter, as if I had a conversation with Jesus. She is just that sweet and amazing.

About Ocieanna's Story

Ocieanna is a wife and mom who loves Jesus.

In Her Own Words

"On a quiet Saturday night while I watched television with my husband, my heart stopped beating. It took my husband’s CPR as well as a roomful of paramedics to bring me back.

What a journey! Talk about having to slow down. Once home, I napped four and five hours during the day, as well as getting a full night’s sleep. I could only be up for short periods at a time, and soon had to rest. No driving kids around. No homeschool. No chores. No work. Just quiet. Stillness. Peace.

And you’ll never believe what happened…I liked my life that way! I really got into the peace, quiet, and slower pace. I think I’ll always remember that period as one of the happiest in my life. Why? Because the rushing was gone. The stress disappeared. And the only thing left were those blessings I didn’t have time to enjoy before. How I reveled in my family during those days.

And I also clung to the love of my heavenly Father. It seemed each day I’d learn a new way that He loved me. A fresh insight would hit me and I’d almost laugh, giddy over the Lord’s kindness to teach me." Excerpted from her website here.

Restory Recap

  • After her cardiac arrest, Ocieanna learned how to slow down and experience God in a less-stressed way.
  • God provided beautifully for her hospital stay.
  • They've learned a lot about provision through various job situations with her family. That has been a difficult lesson.
  • God opened the door for Love Like There's No Tomorrow to be published.
  • God used the act of writing her story to heal her.
  • She emphasizes the love of God over and over again in 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.

{Aside: Pick up a copy of Ocieanna's book here:}

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Apr 18, 2016

Chris Burkley and his wife Meagan have an amazing, hard, beautiful story of trusting God through tragedy. They are one of the first people God prompted me about to pursue for the Restory Show.

How Our Stories Intersected

Chris and I have been in the same circles in our church for a while now. My husband Patrick went to Montreal with him, but we really connected with him online when he and Meagan walked through a very difficult pregnancy. Their blog about their struggles, Adventures with Asher, was such a beautiful picture of how Christ followers can find hope in the midst of devastation. If you have a chance, read through the posts there.

Here's a current picture of Chris, Meagan, and their son Cedar Jude.

About Chris' Story

Chris is a campus pastor at Lake Pointe Church. Partway through their first pregnancy, they learned their son Asher had a fatal birth defect. The doctor said, “I do not have good news to tell you” he replies after finishing the test. “I am so sorry to say  your baby has three severe birth defects. The first and the most severe is Anencephaly. The skull and brain have not and will not fully form; I hate to tell you this, but this is a fatal defect. This will not be a viable baby.” Today's show chronicles Meagan and Chris' journey through that diagnosis, the loss of baby Asher, and what they learned in the aftermath.

In His Own Words

"It was one of those moments where you hear about the Body of Christ reaching out, but until you really experience it, you find it carries you through difficult times."

"Asher means blessed and fortunate. People asked, 'how is this baby blessed?' But God has used his story far more than we could imagine."

"We went to high school camp and took Asher down the alpine slide [while Meagan was pregnant.]

"You pray toward the miraculous, but you prepare for the reality."

"Have faith that God will either heal Asher, or give you grace to endure what happens." Pastor Steve Stroope

"Asher is going to have a great impact. I know God is using it and doing great things with it."

Restory Recap

  • They took baby Asher (in utero) to Colorado, Disneyland, and Hawaii, and shared their stories on Adventures With Asher.
  • Asher passed away at 31 weeks.
  • They delivered him on July 31.
  • What seems significant in this world is large and strong and big in the kingdom of God.
  • Meagan and Chris got pregnant again, delivering baby Cedar Jude.
  • They learned about the presence and faithfulness of God through the entire situation.
  • God fixed and renewed their story way before the birth of Cedar Jude. He was faithful to them throughout the life of Asher.

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: For those of you who have lost a pregnancy, this may trigger some difficult emotions.}

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Apr 11, 2016

What I appreciate about Amy Young: She is real. So real. And she loves Jesus in the midst of that authenticity. Plus, she's an amazing writer.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Amy at ReWrite, a writers conference in Austin.

There we shared a great breakfast and talked about missions. She had been in east Asia, teaching English, and many of you know I have been to France as a church planter. I loved Amy's heart in that moment, and I so enjoyed hearing her story of re-entry back to the United States. As I prayed about the Restory Show, I knew I wanted to talk to her.

About Amy's Story

Amy worked overseas for several years. She expected to stay there for a long time, but a job shift brought her back to the United States where she had to re-learn where her identity lied, walk through her father's death, and find equilibrium as a single woman in Colorado. God has taught her so much through this journey, which is why I'm so excited for you to meet her.

In Her Own Words

"I really felt God said, 'Go to China.' It was a natural fit. I moved to China in the mid-90s. I was there for twenty years."

"I thought China would be my life, but here I am [in America.]"

"I knew at that point, things had to change."

"Looking back I can see God's hand weaving through it, but at the time it just felt like a lot of small nos."

"The life of faith is not a math formula."

God to Amy: "Are you willing to live an untitled life?"

Restory Recap

  • Amy obeyed by going overseas, stayed there twenty years, then returned to the US.
  • At home, she walked her father through kidney and liver failure (and cancer).
  • Her life looked 100% different stateside.
  • She pioneered this amazing ministry: Velvet Ashes--an outreach and online community for women on the mission field. And let me tell you, IT IS AMAZING. I have referred it to many, many women on the field, and I read it religiously. Share it!
  • God spoke to her during Zumba class.
  • Just when you think you had a plan in place, the bottom falls out, and yet God sustains us.

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 episode is about transition, change, and vocational worry. If you're in that messy place, you'll resonate.}

Amy's latest book, Looming Transitions, is now LIVE! Nab it here (click the image):

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Apr 4, 2016

Heidi VanDyken loves Jesus. Of all the things I can say about her, this one stands out. She also follows Him to rough places, placing obedience higher than comfort. She is one of my heroes.

How Our Stories Intersected

I first met Heidi in college. She was on my wing, and we soon became friends, thus making her one of my longest standing friends on this earth. We are not alike, different in many ways, but one thing truly binds us together, and that's our mutual love of Jesus. She is one of my favorite people, serving faithfully in Mexico at Casa Blanca Retreat Center alongside her husband Mike.

About Heidi's Story

Heidi shares about her journey to Mexico from Idaho, and how she and Mike have learned hard lessons in being faithful and trusting God for provision, stamina, and joy. They have both learned the art and stress of serving others. They run a retreat center for teams coming to the Baja who minister and build things for the citizens of that area. They have a ministry of hospitality, but God has seen fit to add to their ministry in a surprising way.

This, along with the Meissners in week three, is one of my face-t0-face interviews.

In Her Own Words

"My job had brought me to the end of myself. God had placed believers in my life who showed me my need for a redeeming savior."

"I did a 180. It was about making Jesus the Lord of my life."

"God had put an unrest in our spirit about missions. We laid it all at His feet, and said OK God, we will go wherever You will send us."

"When I get to the end of myself, God appears."

Restory Recap

  • Heidi and Mike have left everything familiar to them in beautiful northern Idaho, to serve teams in Mexico.
  • Heidi met Jesus in a profound, deep way, and her life has never been the same.
  • The retreat center in Mexico needed someone to facilitate it. They prayed. They met with their church. And then they decided to do it.
  • It took a year and a half before their home sold.
  • "Come get me:" three words that changed their lives.

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 a beautiful, amazing story. Please be praying for Mike and Heidi.}

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