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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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Now displaying: May, 2017
May 29, 2017

Today I'm so excited to welcome new friend Trieste Vaillancourt to the Restory Show. She's a writer, editorial director, and Louie Award winner (for greeting cards) who currently works at Dayspring.  She is a worship leader, and I've had the privilege of singing beside her! Recently married, she lives with her new husband in Colorado.

How Our Stories Intersected

Trieste and I met years ago at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and then reunited this year and had an instant connection. She basically just wooed me over with her own stories of how much she loves Jesus. It's so infectious, and I know you'll enjoy getting to know her. Side note is that she and I are going to run a marathon together next Spring. YES I AM AFRAID. YES I WELCOME YOUR PRAYERS!

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.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 22, 2017

Chrystal Hurst is a mother of five, and she has an incredible story. She's a speaker and writer who also happens to be the daughter of prolific pastor Tony Evans. She also has a podcast called Chrystal's Chronicles. Her latest book is releasing this summer, and it looks to be amazing:

How Our Stories Intersected

Chrystal and I met the first time when I interviewed her for today's episode. I can tell you this: we are sisters in the way we adore the Bible and long to see people walk closely with Jesus. We both had interesting intersections in our stories and similar passions.

In this episode, Chrystal shares her own story of a surprise pregnancy and single motherhood. She encourages us all that our stories aren't over, even when we may think they are. 

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.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 15, 2017

Candice Curry is an author and mom who has an extremely interesting and poignant story about her growing up years. Her father was a con man. And tomorrow, her book releases!

How Our Stories Intersected

Candice and I share a publisher (Baker), and we now share similar stories about our pasts--not that our fathers are the same, but that we both struggled beneath the weight of enigmatic fathers. In her case, her father was a con man.

In this episode, Candice talks about her growing up years, what life was like when the FBI knocked on your door, the kinds of boundaries she had to make with her con man father, and the great relationship she has today with her mom. She shares about meeting her heavenly Father for the first time. I know you'll be touched by her words!

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.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 8, 2017

Heather MacFadyen is a mommy of four boys, wife of one, who learned a difficult lesson about the difference between being a child-centered mom and a God-centered mom. She has a super helpful site called God-Centered Mom as well as a podcast of the same name.

How Our Stories Intersected

Heather and I met at a couple bloggers conferences a few years ago. I so appreciate her honesty and her heart. You'll see why when you listen to her touching, poignant (and oh so fresh) story today.

In this episode, Heather talks about a very recent loss (and the loss she's still working through). She has learned the power of letting go of control, and in that surrender is finding new peace and joy. That's my hope for you as you listen to today's episode.

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.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
May 1, 2017

Rob Fairbanks is a pastor on staff at Immanuel Church in Spokane. He is passionate about creating a diverse congregation, and he has a story of burnout, feeling uncentered, and ultimately finding his joy and passion in local church ministry.

How Our Stories Intersected

We met when we were on staff as missionaries with what was then called Christian Associates International (now Communitas). We met over a meal in Lisbon, Portugal, and began a long distance friendship then.

In this episode, Rob shares about his own stress and burnout, being in a job that left him ungrounded, and in the air 180+ days a year. He speaks of the importance of community, and how having others around him helped him make the leap to planting another church. He purposefully is pursuing racial reconciliation in the inner city of Spokane, WA.

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.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
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