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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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May 30, 2016

Andy Traub is an entrepreneur, a former Young Life leader, a husband and a father who lives in Tennessee.

How Our Stories Intersected

Andy and I met online as he helped me create my first podcast (the uncaged podcast). We met in person with his dear, dear family when I was last in Tennessee.

About Andy's Story

In His Own Words

"All the pretense and plans were stripped away. You find out who your real friends are. God is always there to catch you."

"I am a wandering generality, and I'm okay with that."

"Maybe it didn't end well for the disciples because that wasn't the end."

"It's amazing how we make God American."

"No one yells at you for trying to live an American story."

"One of the worst things I've dealt with is success because it makes me lazy."

"Why do we listen to the soundtrack of fear? As a Christian, I let fear be my soundtrack."

"When you really love someone, you're not afraid."

"The goal is not to get back to that (who you were in the past), it's to move to somewhere else, to change."

Restory Recap

  • He broke off his first wedding a month before the wedding day.
  • He quit his job, lived with his mentors in their basement, and worked at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
  • He moved to Sioux Falls, SD working for Young Life.
  • He met his (future) wife the second day he was there.
  • They lived in Sioux Falls for ten years.
  • They moved to the Nashville area two years ago.
  • It's been a time of transition for them. And God has helped them.

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: I pray this episode speaks to those of you in transition.}

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May 23, 2016

Sarah Bessey flat out loves Jesus. And it's that infectiousness that permeates today's interview. She's a mom, a wife, an author and a speaker. Her latest book, Out of Sorts, is on my to be read pile.

How Our Stories Intersected

Sarah and I first met online, but then we REALLY met on the soil of Haiti a few years ago during a blogger trip with Help One Now. There, our team mutually decided to help fund the building of a school. And it worked. I'm still really humbled by the whole experience.

About Sarah's Story

Sarah met Jesus after her parents were radically saved (during her childhood). She grew up in the charismatic tradition, then moved to the South (She is from British Columbia) for college where she met her husband. At first she was dazzled by the churches in the US, but eventually her questions about how church worked caused her to question. Our interview is about her journey toward Jesus through the questions.

In Her Own Words

"Bless your heart, you were such a hot mess." Sarah, referring back to her twenties.

"I had so many people who were giving me water in the desert."

"We are always changing in response to that Unchanging Christ. If we ever stagnate, we are missing the point."

"One of the things that surprises me the most is how I've come full circle--things like church community."

"We have a profound sense of belovedness."

Restory Recap

  • One day, in the midst of her struggling, she read the Gospels. She slammed the Bible shut, then said, "I could follow a Man like that," referring to Jesus.
  • Her husband were in two different places in life in their faith journeys, but he didn't pressure her.
  • She spent six years away from the church.
  • She is at home in her church, discovering how she belongs with Jesus.
  • Surround yourself with people who choose to be different, who love to encourage.

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: To further explore our conversation, pick up Sarah's latest book, Out of Sorts.}

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May 16, 2016

What a beautiful, surprising, sacrificial, and supernatural story Craig and Medine Keener have. You are in for a beautiful surprise!

How Our Stories Intersected

I actually "met" the Keeners face to face during this interview. However, I learned about Craig through Frank Viola because, as a New Testament scholar, Craig read over our book The Day I Met Jesus to check it for accuracy. (What a blessing that was, and humbling too!) Then Craig asked if I would be willing to read Impossible Love for possible endorsement. I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed. WOW. Friends, you NEED to get this book. Truly.

At this time, I also discovered that my daughter Sophie was a huge fan of Dr. Keener's work. He graciously sent an autographed commentary!

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About the Keeners' Story

They met in the United States after Craig walked through a devastating divorce. Their friendship developed and evolved when she moved to France, then halted when she returned to her country the Republic of Congo. Because of the unrest, they had little contact. But eventually, God began to do something extraordinary.

In Their Own Words

"Papa Jacques, I heard a voice that called to me and said, 'Wake up and pray for Medine.'"

"I couldn't remember exactly what she looked like." Craig

"'I'm alive,' were her first words in her letter. I was dancing right there. I'd been praying for Medine for a long time. And also I was praying for a future wife." Craig

"I had strong feelings, but obeying the Lord comes first." Craig

"All those letters were from Craig. He would say he loved me as his sister, and I was so upset." Medine

Restory Recap

  • Craig felt his divorce disqualified him from ministry and another marriage, but God brought amazing healing, and opened him up to a new life.
  • Medine experienced healing from Malaria while she was fleeing rebels in her country.
  • Their story was interrupted by a misunderstanding about the word "ministry."
  • They both sought Jesus for direction about their relationship.

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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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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May 3, 2016

Emilie Quisenberry and I have known each other a few years because we go to the same church, and we both have hearts to help women uncover their worth. She's a member of the Worth Living launch team.

Today's episode is different

Although we do get to hear Emilie's story and her heart, the conversation is framed by the release of my latest book, Worth Living: How God's Wild Love for you Makes You Worthy. Get more information AND a free chapter by clicking the book image below:

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What we talked about

  • Emilie shared how the book has impacted her.
  • We both discussed how Satan wants to steal, kill, and destroy (and de-story) us, and that believing our worth is spiritual warfare.
  • Emilie shared how she's struggled with body image and worth.
  • We both agreed that the purpose of our Christian walk is joy. Jesus talks about it beautifully in John 15:11 "I have told you these thingsso that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!"
  • We talked about the treadmill of achievement, that even when we achieve our goals, we can't celebrate. Instead, we look for the next thing to accomplish.
  • If you base your worth on your relationships, you will be let down. Base your worth on Jesus who will never leave or forsake you.
  • Real change happens from the inside out, not trying to decorate the outside.
  • We can only really abide right now, in this moment.
  • As promised, here is where Emilie will be leading an online study of Worth Living.

And here's the offer I told you about:

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

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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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  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 2, 2016

Emily Wierenga and I have known each other a few years because of our relationship to writing. I've long admired her brave honesty as she's written books about eating disorders, growing up, and finding her place in this world.

About Emily's Story

God has re-storied Emily from a girl desperately skinny, battling an eating disorder, to a confident wife and mom who pens stories about truth and authenticity--all of which reflect her great passion for the world. She founded The Lulu Tree to help mothers on the other side of the world find economic independence.

In Her Own Words

"I grew up not knowing how loved I was."

"I felt like I was a project to take care of versus a person to love."

"A neighbor lady said, 'What a big girl you are.'"

"I was a skeleton but I could not see it."

"You can believe lies so long, you'll believe they're true."

"I saw a woman running. She was muscular, strong, and beautiful--and so confident. I wanted to live."

"I began forgiving my own father."

"I stopped praying--only for a night and a morning."

"I wanted to give this mom her dignity back."

"I knew I couldn't be the same."

"When people become your family, you have to help them."

Restory Recap

  • Emily battled anorexia from a very early age. She went into the hospital a few times, but finally "managed" it in her teen years.
  • When she went overseas during her engagement, someone commented that she gained weight. This caused another bout of anorexia during her marriage.
  • She said she couldn't do this anymore. She grabbed the steering wheel and turned into oncoming traffic. Her husband corrected the car then said:
  • "Emily, you need to choose between me and food. If you choose food, I'm out."
  • She learned to explore all her issues, the things that started her battle with anorexia.
  • Her mom contacted brain cancer during her marriage.
  • Her moving home truly began her deeper healer journey. It grew a mother heart in her to care for her mom.
  • Later, she was able to have children, and also found The Lulu Tree.

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 or have battled anorexia, this may trigger some difficult emotions.}

They Help us Bring You More Stories

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