God Hears Her Podcast

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Peggy
 Aug 22, 2020
God is using Elisa and Eryn in powerful ways to encourage us and point us toward a loving God who truly sees, hears and loves us. I feel like I'm sitting down for coffee with these two lovely women- funny, kind, genuine, smart, relatable!

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God Hears Her explores the stunning truth that God sees you, He hears you, and He loves you because you are His. It's for women who are in the trenches of the beautiful and messy moments of relationships, work, ministry, and life. Join Elisa Morgan (author and speaker) and Eryn Eddy (founder of the lifestyle brand, "So Worth Loving”) as they explore relevant faith-topics and invite guests to share stories of how God has met them in the every-day.

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103. Truth in Leadership (with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson) | God Hears Her Podcast
31:29

Most of us want leaders who are dependable, trustworthy, and honest. What do you value in a leader? How do you view leadership? In this episode of God Hears Her, guest Natasha Sistrunk Robinson confronts the topic of leadership and how one’s journey can be influenced by good or bad leadership. Join Natasha as she talks through leadership and the value of truth with hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy.

 

About Our Guest:

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is the president of T3 Leadership Solutions, Inc, the author of A Sojourner’s Truth as well as other books, and the  host of A Sojourner’s Truth: Conversations for a Changing Culture podcast. Natasha is also a doctorate student at North Park Theological Seminary, a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Natasha has served her country as a Marine Corps officer and federal government employee at the Department of Homeland Security.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Truth telling requires discipline.—Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
  • I am so thankful that when people told me lies about myself, I didn’t believe them.—Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
  • In our world, lives are at stake. . . so I show up with an urgency because we have a mission!—Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
  • I think we use people for their skills and we don’t have a care for their humanity, their family or their health.—Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
  • We need to be humble to the global church. —Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
  • I’m trying to be attentive to where people are at, because while I can’t change lives, God can!—Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

 

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Oct 03, 2022
102. Loving Bravely (with the Teigens) | God Hears Her Podcast
32:55

Relationships take a lot of work to maintain and grow in. Differences come up whether we like it or not and points of conflict can make us feel like running as far away as possible. Finding points of connection can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but the relationship grows best when we love bravely. Married couple, Rob and Joanna Teigen, have worked through many ups and downs throughout their marriage. Join them and hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy as they reflect on marriage and the work it takes to build healthy relationships while loving each other bravely.

 

About Our Guests:

Rob and Joanna have celebrated over twenty-five years of marriage and are loving life with two sons, three daughters, and a beautiful daughter-in-law. They share an addiction to coffee, bookstores, and Christmas music. They debate whether two dogs are enough and who should win “The Voice” every season. Rob and Joanna are a neat-freak married to a mess, an explorer to a homebody, and an introvert to a ‘people person.’ But they do agree that their vows are for always, children are a gift, and prayer is powerful. Over the years, the Teigens have lived in five states as they made their way to West Michigan. Serving as foster parents, marriage mentors, small-group leaders, and authors, they are passionate to help couples and moms and dads experience the power of God in their families. They look forward to meeting you here, supporting your pursuit of God and the hearts of your loved ones. They can’t wait to grow together with you.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • In marriage you have your individual struggles and your individual passions, but you have to figure out how to bring those together.—Rob Teigen
  • When people ask, ‘how have you stayed married?’ Sometimes the response is just, “I stayed.”—Elisa Morgan
  • The marriage covenant may keep you together, but you can’t let yourself stay there. God wants so much more for marriage.—Rob Teigen
  • There are different seasons in marriage, but you can’t let your feelings convince you they’re true. —Eryn Eddy
  • Even after thirty years of marriage, it requires continuous work.—Rob Teigen
  • Marriage and parenting is like being in charge of someone’s soul.—Rob Teigen

 

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Sep 26, 2022
101. Life After Tragedies (with Julia Pinkster)
29:57

When tragedy strikes it might be tempting to run from God or start to doubt His goodness. Some of us may be caught up in wondering where He is when bad things happen. How have you reacted to tragedies in your own life? In this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy invite you to a conversation with guest Julia Pinkster as she reflects on multiple tragedies in her life and how God has been with her and her family through all of  them.

 

About Our Guest:

Julia Pinkster grew up in Kalamazoo, MI where she went to Loy Norrix High School. She attended Grand Valley State University for two and a half years but is now transferred to Kalamazoo Valley Community College to pursue a degree in Paramedicine. She has a service dog named Willow who is two years old and a yellow lab. Growing up, she had two younger brothers. One of them had severe cerebral palsy. She grew up as a caregiver for her brother and this has led her to have a passion for helping others. On top of hoping to become a paramedic, she hopes to become involved in raising and training dogs for police K-9 units. Her faith is so incredibly important to her and has been her biggest rock when she has gone through the darkest of times.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • The best way to help heal from traumatic situations is to help others in similar situations.—Julia Pinkster
  • It’s important to be selfless. If you focus on yourself too much, you will get down on yourself and constantly ask “why me?”—Julia Pinkster
  • It doesn’t matter the amount of time you have on earth, it’s about the number of people you impact.—Julia Pinkster
  • If you are struggling with any dark thoughts, be vulnerable, tell someone, and think about the people around you who love you and would miss you if you were gone.—Julia Pinkster
  • Humans are not meant to do life on our own.—Julia Pinkster

 

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Trigger Warning

Discussions on suicide and traumatic, descriptive scenarios of death.

 

Sep 19, 2022
100. Looking Back to Move Forward: Our 100th Episode!
43:21

God Hears Her has officially reached its 100th episode! Join hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy as they reflect back on the show with producers Daniel Ryan Day, Mary Jo Clark, and Jade Gustafson. You’ll hear lots of laughter as they share how the team came together, the behind the scenes of producing the podcast, and their reflections on favorite past episodes. Join God Hears Her for its special 100th episode!

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • In the very first recording, within three minutes, Eryn and Elisa had pulled each others’ chairs across the divider so they could sit right next to each other.—Daniel Ryan Day
  • I had to fight against the idea that I didn’t have purpose unless I was a wife and mother. But that’s something I appreciated about God Hears Her.—hosts from different generations and guests from all sorts of backgrounds.—Mary Jo Clark
  • Sometimes we have to be the community we want to find. – Daniel Ryan Dan
  • Sometimes the best way to create community is to ask people for help.—Elisa Morgan
  • More like creative followership than leading—the Lord has brought the team here to lead. It’s more asking God to help me to be open-minded and trusting that God is behind the scenes. It’s mutual respect for each other—coleading.—Daniel Ryan Day
  • I didn’t like podcasts before becoming a producer for a podcast.—Jade Gustafson
  • The day before Our Daily Bread Ministries contacted me about this podcast, I had a pastor tell me that I should not have a microphone due to me going through divorce. It devastated me. What I learned is that God always has the final say.—Eryn Eddy  
  • We’ve been on the other side of life change with about seventy people. Every story impacted me.—Eryn Eddy
  • What do you do in relationships that are difficult for you? Stay with the difficulty. Stay with the discomfort. Stay with the love.— Elisa Morgan
  • As producers, we do research about all these people and we prepare questions, and then we get into the conversion, and it’s always so unexpected. Like with Ellie Holcomb—so authentic and real about her story and her pain. None of that was planned.—Jade Gustafson
  • That underlines why it’s called God Hears Her. He just takes it. People probably don’t realize that it’s not planned. It’s just a conversation that unfolds. I hope that convinces you that God hears you.—Elisa Morgan
  • We think we want control. But then we find out God’s ways really are better than our ways. Even when life doesn’t seem to be looking like it’s better.—Daniel Ryan Day
  • It’s gorgeous how each one of us had been told something that the enemy wanted us to believe and then God Hears Her is the birthplace of God saying, “No, I hear you, I see you. You are loved. I have a different plan, and I’m going to transform you with the guests that I bring on the show.”—Eryn Eddy

 

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Sep 12, 2022
EP. 99: Conversations with God (with Lori Hatcher)
31:30

Does prayer feel hard to you? Do you struggle with knowing how to talk to God about your cares and concerns? Do you ever hide your prayer requests from God as if they’re not good enough? Does prayer feel like a chore rather than a conversation? Well, on this episode of God Hears Her, guest Lori Hatcher shares how prayer is just talking to a dear friend who wants to hear from you! Lori also shares with Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy about her own personal faith and how it has influenced her to change the way she prays through different seasons of waiting in her life.

 

About Our Guest:

Lori Hatcher is an author, blogger, pastor’s wife, and women’s ministry speaker. She’s written five devotionals, including Refresh Your Prayers: Uncommon Devotions to Restore Power and Praise, and Refresh Your Faith: Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible. Her articles and devotions have appeared in numerous print and online publications including Our Daily Bread, Guideposts, Revive Our Hearts, and Crosswalk.com. A contest-winning Toastmasters International speaker (ACG, ALB), Lori uses high-impact stories to impart transformational truth. Lori and her husband, a pastor, live delightfully close to their four grandchildren in Lexington, South Carolina.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Prayer was not meant to be a monologue. It was meant to be a two-way conversation.—Lori Hatcher
  • When we take everything into our hands, we leave Him out of the picture.—Elisa Morgan
  • I sat under sound Bible teaching for two years before the Word of God penetrated my heart.—Lori Hatcher
  • For prodigal mamas who wonder if all those years of raising their kids in faith was a waste, now they’re not living for God. Was that a waste? God’s Word never returns void.—Lori Hatcher
  • Sometimes our greatest step is to allow God to find us. If we just let ourselves be found and loved it’s, maybe, the hardest thing we’ll ever do.—Elisa Morgan
  • Listening to God is far more important than giving Him your ideas.—Lori Hatcher
  • Instead of getting things from God, you get God.—Lori Hatcher
  • The transformation happened when I learned to listen. The main way God speaks to us today is through His Word.—Lori Hatcher 
  • The main purpose of prayer is to build our relationship with God.—Lori Hatcher
  • Every time we read God’s Word, He’s speaking to us.—Lori Hatcher 

 

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Sep 05, 2022
EP. 98: With God in the Unknown (with Brianna DeWitt)
33:40

A lot of us make a plan for our lives or have expectations for the way we think that our life will turn out. How do we react when things don’t go according to our plan? How do we trust God with the unexpected? Join Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy on God Hears Her as they talk to Brianna DeWitt about the ways her life has not gone the way she planned.

 

About Our Guest:

Brianna DeWitt lives, bakes, and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can find her spending time with her friends or young nieces and nephews, reading a book, or making a new dessert involving peanut butter and chocolate.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • It’s difficult to desire something that God made, and said it’s a good thing, and to not have it. —Brianna DeWitt
  • Comparison is hard when other people have the things we want in our lives. —Brianna DeWitt
  • You can let yourself be sad, you just can’t stay in that sadness. —Brianna DeWitt
  • Do you truly believe that the life God has planned for you is better than anything you could try to do on your own? —Brianna DeWitt
  • The Lord can’t drive a ship with an anchor. —Erin Eddy
  • Sometimes it takes a long time to be able to see what God is doing. —Brianna DeWitt 
  • It’s hard to come up with answers to the questions that I, and others, have about my own life. —Brianna DeWitt
  • Be open to the ways life is going to look different from the way you thought it would. —Brianna DeWitt

 

Verses: 

  • (The story of Joseph) Genesis 37–50
  • “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” —Genesis 50:20

 

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Aug 29, 2022
EP. 97: Embracing Our Unique Gifts (with Denisse Copeland)
30:50

Have you ever thought about whether you are a Mary or a Martha from the Bible? Does your calling reflect parts of your personality? Do you like things clean and organized, like Martha? Or are you a Mary, focused on giving people time and attention? On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk with guest Denisse Copeland about what it means to be set apart as a daughter of the King, no matter if you’re a Mary or a Martha.

 

About Our Guest:

Denisse Copeland was born and raised by a single mother in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Her upbringing offered little stability, and Denisse soon found herself on a seemingly endless quest to find love and acceptance. It wasn’t until Jesus shook her world that she truly found what she was looking for. Now a mother of three living in Oklahoma City, Denisse works alongside her husband, Rashawn Copeland, as an online minister and evangelist. Their ministry reaches more than 6 million people every year.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • God gave me a gift that was difficult for me to accept as a child. —Denisse Copeland
  • I was confessing but I didn’t know it, and I felt tangible peace for the first time. —Denisse Copeland
  • I never felt peace growing up. I didn’t know what peace was or felt like. —Denisse Copeland
  • I said, “Yes, Lord!” It felt like somebody loved me. I accepted that proposal. —Denisse Copeland
  • Martha’s gift wasn’t wrong. She was just doing it from an anxious heart. —Denisse Copeland
  • The heart posture is what’s driving you to do what you’re doing. If you’re abiding in Him, there is rest. —Denisse Copeland
  • I am set apart. I am a daughter. I don’t have to prove anything. —Denisse Copeland
  • Sometimes what frustrates us most is what leads us to our giftedness. —Denisse Copeland
  • Jesus gives us permission to rest. —Denisse Copeland

 

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Aug 22, 2022
EP. 96: Growing Through Grief (with Karen Booker Schelhaas)
38:54

Have you ever lost someone? Maybe you’ve grown distant from a friend you enjoyed a great connection with. Or someone you loved dearly is no longer in your life. Karen Booker Schelhaas faces life without her husband every day, but in this episode of God Hears Her, she shares how God has shown up in the midst of her intangible grief. Hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk with Karen about life after becoming a widow, and how we can grow through grief. 

 

About Our Guest:

Karen Booker Schelhaas lives near Denver, CO, and is a full-time mother to her five children, two of whom were adopted from Ethiopia in 2008. Widowed in 2019 from the love of her life, but anchored in her faith, Karen has passion for serving the grieving at her church and in her community, traveling, writing, empowering younger women, cooking for others, and being active in the great Colorado outdoors. She is also a Wheaton College graduate and published author.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • The life I had really shattered. There weren’t pieces I could glue together. — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • I started screaming, and God whispered, “I can take it, keep it coming.” — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • Lament can become a form of worship because it speaks to a relationship. I don’t have to clean it up for God. — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • We cannot live outside of community, and that’s especially true of the grief process. — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • Defiant hope. I don’t get to choose where I’ve been planted, but I can choose whether or not to let God help me bloom. — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • I’ve been very honest about my grief which has given my children permission to be honest with their grief. — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • Grief is holy ground. There aren’t rules to grief. No timeline. — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • Even in the greatest pain and heartache, God shows up, and if we keep our eyes open, we can see Him at work. — Karen Booker Schelhaas
  • Be patient. Give lots of grace. Realize people are doing the best they can with what they’ve been handed. — Karen Booker Schelhaas

 

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Aug 15, 2022
EP. 95: God's Good Plans (with Teresa Swanstrom Anderson)
35:27

How do we follow God’s will for our lives? Some of us have dreams and goals that end up changing over time, or are completely changed by a God who then provides in unknown ways. Finding peace in these moments is hard! Teresa Swanstrom Anderson had a plan for her life when God stepped in and completely altered it! On this episode of God Hears Her, Teresa shares with hosts, Elisa Morgan and Eyn Eddy, how she embraced the unknown and the unexpected good plans of God.

 

About Our Guest:

An unlikely mom of six children (two biological and four from Ethiopia), Teresa is a community builder, party and beauty lover, author, speaker, and huge “Bible nerd.” Obsessed with helping overwhelmed women learn to slow down with Scripture, Teresa teaches how to say yes to God, lead wherever you are, and create a life you love. She currently has four books published, including three best-selling Bible studies (three more are set to release in the next several years).

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Just because you’re passionate about something, doesn’t mean that’s your calling. –Teresa 
  • There has to be a time of preparation in our lives. How scary would it be to walk into our calling unprepared? –Teresa
  • Sometimes we have to do the hard work in order to accomplish what God is calling us to. –Teresa 
  • Sometimes what God has in mind for us doesn’t make sense [to us]. –Elisa 
  • The enemy wants us to think that we missed God and His plan. –Eryn 
  • If you make time with God, He will make time for you to do everything else. –Teresa

 

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Aug 08, 2022
EP. 94: Q&A with Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy
36:50

Listen as God Hears Her Podcast hosts Eryn Eddy and Elisa Morgan answer your questions! We’re beginning Season 6 with a special episode moderated by God Hears Her producer Jade Gustafson. From life lessons to friendship advice, join the well-rounded conversation with different perspectives from a range of ages. 

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Talking with other women who are rooted in faith, and holding tight to a routine helps me get through the seasons of life. – Eryn 
  • Peace is a person, and His name is Jesus. – Elisa 
  • We have overexpectations for someone or a group of people to be our best friend who goes through life with us forever. – Elisa
  • A body is a container that carries God’s Holy Spirit, no matter what your body looks like. – Elisa
  • Grieve the expectations you had and didn’t receive, but then be grateful for the things you do have. – Eryn
  • God speaks to each one of His children in a different way. – Eryn
  • Our identity will always be in Christ, but how that works and looks changes as we get older and go through different seasons. – Elisa 

 

Verses: 

  • “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28
  • “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33

 

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Aug 01, 2022
Get Ready for More God Hears Her!
01:32

Join Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy for all new episodes of God Hears Her starting August 1, 2022.  You’ll laugh, cry, relate . . . but most of all feel understood and uplifted as you tune in to these witty and wise women and their stellar line up of guests.  Don’t miss a single episode starting August 1st!

 

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Jul 25, 2022
EP. 93: Supporting Fathers (with Dr. Meg Meeker)
47:16

In today’s culture, fathers get a bad wrap. Either they don’t show up for their kids at all, or if they do, they are heavily criticized. On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk to Dr. Meg Meeker about the significant role a father plays in our lives. Discover the qualities of a godly father, how to encourage the men in your life to be a strong father, and how to heal from a broken relationship with your own father.

 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatric doctor and the founder of Parenting Great Kids. She is also the author of multiple books, including bestseller Strong Fathers Strong Daughters. She currently lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan with her husband, Walter.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Assume your husband feels a little intimidated by your daughter.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “Fathers bring something to the home that mothers don’t.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “A mother’s love feels nonnegotiable, but a father’s love feels negotiable.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “Single mothers try to play the role of mom and dad, but they should focus on just being the best mom.” —Dr. Meg Meeker  
  • “God can fill any hole we have in our heart.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “Never talk poorly about your husband to your children.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “Dads, your child wants you. A dad doesn’t need a child, but a child needs a dad.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “The truth is we’re all grieving (men and women), because all of our fathers messed up in some way, and that’s why we need Jesus.” —Dr. Meg Meeker
  • “We all need perfect love, protection, and peace.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 

 

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Jun 13, 2022
Get Ready for More God Hears Her!
01:23

Join Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy for all new episodes of God Hears Her starting August 1, 2022.  You’ll laugh, cry, relate . . . but most of all feel understood and uplifted as you tune in to these witty and wise women and their stellar line up of guests.  Don’t miss a single episode starting August 1st!

 

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May 30, 2022
EP. 92: Called to Care (with Jennie Clevenger)
38:33

When you were a kid, how did you feel about your hometown? Did you stay in the same area? Or move around to different places? Growing up involved a lot of transitions and questions of identity for missionary kid Jennie Clevenger. Join Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy in a conversation with Jennie Clevenger as she shares about her past and how it has shaped her life now on this episode of God Hears Her.

 

About Our Guest:

Jennie Clevenger grew up in Guyana, South America as a missionary kid and is still involved in ministry there to this day. She currently works as a RN at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination center. Jennie’s hope is that her efforts there with her wonderful coworkers will encourage and support the community in any way possible. She is passionate about listening to —and sometimes even butting into—any discussion involving women in the church! She feels a sense of urgency to learn more, read more, and discuss more about the importance of lifting women up in their homes, communities, and the life of the church. She has been married to her husband, Ryan, for thirteen years and they have four beautiful girls. The three oldest are adopted from Guyana.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • When our souls get seared that carries with us. —Elisa Morgan
  • Adoption is not about saving the world, it’s about being a parent to a child who doesn’t have a parent to love them. —Jennie Clevenger
  • I am called to care for people. —Jennie Clevenger
  • You are in this world, not of it. —Jennie Clevenger
  • God gives us the gift of community. —Jennie Clevenger
  • It is strength to acknowledge you are struggling. —Jennie Clevenger

 

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May 23, 2022
EP. 91: Understanding Your Brain and Pain (with Dr. Jerome D. Lubbe)
37:07

Imagine if you dealt with a debilitating migraine every day of your life and doctors didn’t have the right answers to help you heal. What would you do? How would you cope? Dr. Jerome Lubbe experienced this firsthand before becoming a functional neurologist and working to improve people’s well-being. The brain is a complex system, and sometimes the answers to our suffering aren’t easy to come by. On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk to Dr. Jerome Lubbe about the brain and the pain a lot of us face.

 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Jerome is a functional neurologist who knows that healing is possible, even when it feels impossible, because of the brain’s ability to reorganize itself and create new connections. He specializes in complex and unresolved neurological cases because he knows what it’s like to have an undiagnosed issue as he suffered from migraines without any answers for years! His practice also explores how functional neurology, neuroplasticity, and tools like the Enneagram can improve our well-being. Dr. Jerome created and released the first-ever neuroscience based model of the Enneagram in his book, The Brain-Based Enneagram.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Is your pain more like Job’s, Paul’s, or Jesus’? —Dr. Jerome Lubbe
  • Sometimes you have to ask yourself if your pain is something you have to die to. —Dr. Jerome Lubbe
  • My body was made by a Creator who knows more than me. —Dr. Jerome Lubbe
  • Sometimes we think silence is God’s absence. —Dr. Jerome Lubbe
  • There is nothing more significant on earth than a deep breath. —Dr. Jerome Lubbe

 

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May 16, 2022
EP. 90: Losing a Pet
28:16

When you were growing up, did you have a childhood pet you adored? As an adult, have you faced the loss of pets throughout your life? No matter how old you get, losing a pet is always hard. Join Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy as they talk about their experiences with pets they have loved and have lost on this episode of God Hears Her

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • When your pet can’t do two of the three of their favorite things, you need to take notice of that. —Elisa
  • Do our pets connect us with our Creator? —Elisa
  • Pets witness our growth and change. —Eryn
  • When we prioritize avoiding pain, we pay a deep price. —Elisa’s friend Dorothy Littell Greco (taken from Dorothy’s blog)
  • It’s vulnerable to get attached to something you know will pass before you. —Eryn
  • God hears even your smallest prayers. —Eryn
  • Take the hole you feel in your heart as an opportunity to fast from it, and depend on God to fulfill it. —Elisa

 

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May 09, 2022
EP. 89: Parenting in a Toxic Culture (with Dr. Meg Meeker)
37:02

Parenting is hard, especially in our culture today where kids can learn everything from their smartphones and grow up to believe they don’t need their parents. As a parent, you love your kids deeply. But how do you keep showing your love through the ups and downs of parenting?


On this episode of God Hears Her, Dr. Meg Meeker joins hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy to share practical insights and tips about parenting while sharing her own experiences as a pediatrician and parent.

 

About Our Guest:

Meg Meeker, MD, is a pediatric physician and the founder of Parenting Great Kids, an online community filled with resources for parents and kids. She’s also the author of multiple books that have sold over 700,000 copies! She has spoken on television, podcasts, radio, and  many other speaking engagements. Her goal is to promote physical, emotional, and mental health to all kids. She currently lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan, with her husband, Walter.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “God equips you with everything you need when He puts you in a new, unknown situation.” —Dr. Meg Meeker
  • “Kids want to feel more than just loved, they want to know that you want their company.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “As women we so desperately want to do God’s will, but it’s a lot easier than we think.” —Dr. Meg Meeker
  • “Let your children know you are with them in the tough stuff.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “Kids are anxious and depressed because they are born into a world of screens and isolation.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “Single parents need to remember to take the high road.” —Dr. Meg Meeker
  • “A step parent’s job is not to discipline, it’s to win the child’s trust.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 
  • “Listen more and say less.” —Dr. Meg Meeker
  • “Anxiety and depression are treatable.” —Dr. Meg Meeker 

 

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Sensitivity Warning: Includes discussions about child anxiety, sexuality, and severe depression.

May 02, 2022
EP. 88: Living Devoted to God (with Dr. Alicia Britt Chole)
33:03

What comes to mind when you think about “Spiritual Disciplines”? Do you think about taking a Sabbath? Or participating in a fast? On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk with Dr. Alicia Britt Chole about how living devoted to God through practicing spiritual disciplines can change your life.

 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Alicia is a speaker, leadership mentor, and award-winning writer who uses realism and hope to focus on less-than-trendy topics like spiritual pain, decrease as a discipline, the leader’s soul, and the potential of anonymous years. She’s been married to her husband for 32 years, and together they have three amazing children all through the miracle of adoption!

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Pain became a companion rather than a season.” —Dr. Alicia Britt Chole
  • “The gifts God gives us are from the beginning.” —Dr. Alicia Britt Chole 
  • “There is more going on than our eyes can see.” —Dr. Alicia Britt Chole
  • “Fasting is a relational commitment.” —Dr. Alicia Britt Chole 
  • “Fasting is a voluntary abstinence for the love of God.” —Dr. Alicia Britt Chole 
  • “The more we lean [on Jesus] the more we love, and the more we learn.” —Dr. Alicia Britt Chole 
  • “Change is found in the small.” —Dr. Alicia Britt Chole 

 

Verses: 

 

Links: 

 

Apr 25, 2022
EP. 87: Deepening Friendships Through Hard Conversations (with KB Newton)
42:57

How do you have hard conversations with the people you love? Do you ever feel lost in your friendships because you’re not communicating well or you can’t overcome an issue? On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk with Kristen “KB” Newton about how to have the hard conversations that truly deepen friendships.

 

About Our Guest:

Kristen ‘KB’ Newton is the creator and founder of HEART convos, an organization that helps people build authentic relationships through having hard conversations. In addition to authoring #Friendtips Volume 1, a book with insights on how to create valuable connections, KB is a disc jockey for the Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Fever, and the Big Ten Women’s Tournament. She is married to Mike Newton, and they have a four-year-old daughter.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Heart conversations are necessary in all meaningful relationships. HEART stands for Honest, Elephant-sized, Authentic, Real, and Transparent conversations.” —KB
  • “Disruptions are opportunities.” —KB
  • “I was hiding in plain sight.” —KB
  • “You were made for deep meaningful connection.” —KB
  • “Connection is God’s design.” —KB 
  • “Every relationship is not created equal.” —KB
  • “Intimacy is when you allow someone to see into you.” —KB

 

Verses: 

 

Links: 

Apr 18, 2022
EP. 86: When We Pray Like Jesus
33:51

When Jesus was on Earth, He made the ultimate sacrifice for humankind. Before He made that sacrifice, He was constantly in prayer with God about what the Lord was willing for His life. How can we pray like Jesus did?

 

On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy share their Scripture-based knowledge and practical ideas about how we can pray like Jesus.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Do we experience intimacy with God through prayer?” —Elisa
  • Why am I afraid to pray?
  • “Have you ever tried to pray like Jesus?” —Elisa
  • “Sometimes I’m scared to pray. Sometimes I don’t know if I want to know what God wants.” —Elisa
  • “Sometimes I’m scared to pray because I’m scared to find out if God is really who He says He is.” —Eryn
  • “Jesus prayed two prayers in the same sentence.” —Elisa
  • “The prayer of Gethsemane is recorded three times in the gospels.” —Elisa
  • “Sometimes we feel bratty about being honest with God about what we want.” —Elisa
  • “We need to pray like Jesus, with honesty and abandonment.” —Elisa

 

Verses: 

 

Links: 

Apr 11, 2022
EP. 85: Taking Care of Your Future Self (with Kathi Lipp)
32:18

Are you the type who procrastinates things that need to get done? Do you find yourself living in stress because of the clutter around you? On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk with author Kathi Lipp about her home on the mountains, how to clear up your clutter, and how to take care of your future self.

 

About Our Guest:

Kathi Lipp is the author of 20 books and coauthor of An Abundant Place: Daily Retreats for the Woman Who Can’t Get Away. Kathi lives on her mini-homestead with her husband Roger, a dog, cat, and five chickens. She is the host of the Clutter Free Academy podcast, and a national speaker often featured on Woman’s World.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Thank you, God, how can I help?” —Kathi
  • “Depending on God can lead to a clutter-free life.” —Eryn
  • “There is more safety in the middle of God’s plan than any other place in life.” —Kathi
  • “We don’t get to be a part of each other’s lives, we need to be a part of each other's lives.” —Kathi
  • “When we’re talking about anything that’s supplemental to where God should be, it all comes down to fear, guilt and shame.” —Kathi
  • “Find more delight in the ordinary.” —Kathi
  • “Faith without works is nothing.” —Kathi
  • “The thing you despise most about yourself, God will use for His glory and your good.” —Kathi

 

Verses: 

  • “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” —James 2:14 (NLT)

 

Links: 

Apr 04, 2022
EP. 84: How to Live a Tech-Wise Life (Best of 2021 with Amy Crouch)
34:39

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend on technology? How often do you pick up your phone throughout the day? Do you find yourself using it as a constant escape? On this “best of” God Hears Her episode, Elisa and Eryn revisit a conversation with Amy Crouch where they talk about being wise with how much time we spend on technology. Listen for some great practical advice from Amy.

 

About Our Guest:

Amy Crouch is the author of My Tech-Wise Life and attends Cornell University studying linguistics, English, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. Her book is a follow-up to her father’s book, The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch, and she describes what it’s like to grow up in a family that takes a disciplined approach to technology as well as offers helpful hints for others. Amy loves to cook, climb mountains, and chat about books.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “We took a sabbath once a week from work, but also screens.”
  • “My parents were always really intentional in saying to me, ‘This is why we have made these shared commitments.’”
  • “Real life has to be difficult. If it is not difficult, it’s not real life.”
  • “Another question to ask ourselves is ‘What am I escaping, and why?’”
  • “Ask yourself, is social media making it harder for you to be content?”
  • “Every time I survive distraction, I am reminded that it doesn’t have power over me.”
  • “Technology is really good at shaping our habits.”
  • Baby steps: Don’t beat yourself up, start and end your days without screens, leave your phone out of the bedroom, find something to take the place of technology.

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Mar 28, 2022
EP. 83: Living with Depression (Best of 2021 with Sarah Robinson)
50:48

Disclaimer: This conversation is about intrusive thoughts, depression, and suicidal desires, and could be triggering for some listeners. No one in this conversation is a trained counselor, therapist, or medical professional. The show is not intended to offer medical advice. If you or someone you know struggles with anything discussed in this episode, please seek professional medical council and assistance.

 

In this Episode:

How many of us deal with depression, anxiety, or intrusive thoughts but don’t ever talk about it? In places where we should feel safe, we often fear judgment or feel anxiety while trying to diagnose where our thoughts may be coming from. Not to mention the stigma that comes when we begin discussing mental health with others. On this “best of” God Hears Her episode, Eryn and Elisa revisit a conversation with Sarah J. Robinson where they talk about mental health and Sarah’s journey of understanding her own depression.

 

About Our Guest:

Sarah J. Robinson once believed her lifelong battle with depression made her a bad Christian. And yet, through her years of shame, self-harm, and suicide attempts, Sarah learned that God is present in our deepest darkness. Sarah is now an author and speaker who helps others discover that mental illness doesn’t disqualify them from living rich, beautiful lives in Christ. Drawing from a decade of ministry experience and the mental health field, Sarah helps readers fight for wholeness and cultivate joy. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I didn’t know my thoughts were not what everyone else was thinking.”
  • “The common misconception is that depression is sadness.”
  • There is a difference between intrusive thoughts and suicidal thoughts/tendencies.
  • “We sort of overlooked passages in Scripture where God walked through suffering with people.”
  • “There is that honeymoon phase of faith where everything is new and awesome, but I quickly learned that I couldn’t just ‘choose joy.’”
  • “Nothing helped because I had an illness that needed to be treated, not a lack of prayer or a lack of faith.”
  • “I remember journaling and thinking, You deserve more than this, God. You are perfect and deserve more than this mess.”
  • “People mean well, but they are ill-informed or ill-equipped.” 
  • “People who really wanted to love me well are the people that said the most hurtful things.”
  • “God choosing to take the long road with me has revealed His kindness and His character in a way I would not trade for anything.”
  • Discovering joy versus choosing joy.
  • “You are worth everything it takes to get better.” 

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Remember, if you or someone you love is hurting due to suicidal thoughts or tendencies, you can dial the suicide hotline at 800-273-8255 or chat with someone on suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You can also visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org for more information.

Mar 21, 2022
EP. 82: Jesus, Justice and Women (Best of 2021 with Tiffany Bluhm)
40:41

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt convicted to stand up for someone being oppressed? Or maybe you’ve felt a strong desire to be an advocate for them but you couldn’t seem to find your voice? On this “best of” God Hears Her episode, we revisit a conversation we had with Tiffany Bluhm as she explores the path of finding our voice when we find ourselves in a place of injustice. She’ll also share her own journey of how she found her place in Jesus, justice, and women.

 

About Our Guest: 

Tiffany Bluhm is the author of She Dreams and Never Alone and their companion Bible studies, as well as her latest book, Prey Tell. She is cohost of the Why Tho podcast and leads an engaged audience of followers online. Tiffany is committed to encouraging people of faith to live with conviction, substance, and grace. As a minority, immigrant woman with an interracial family, Bluhm is passionate about inviting all to the table of faith, equality, justice, and dignity.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I always felt welcome in the kingdom. I always felt like I had found my place.”
  • “As my faith grew and as my grip on justice tightened, there was this intersection and I found my place. It’s Jesus and it’s justice and it’s women.”
  • “In my work, I critique how we have messaged Jesus, how we have weaponized Scripture against women. Because the honest truth is the imbalance of power we see in our world is one of the leading factors to derail a woman’s faith, career, financial standing, and her reputation.” 
  • “It came to understanding that loyalty to conviction had to override my loyalty to an institution.”
  • “If you see something that is inherently wrong, and you stay silent, you become complicit in that action.”
  • “Think of the opportunity, especially among women, to lock arms and to serve and listen and to lament with one another. And to bring change.”
  • “Change in gender inequality has only come when women have locked arms together.”
  • “How did we, from the first century to this modern day, twist Jesus’ words and weaponize Scripture to make women feel small? And how can we right that cultural wrong through a biblical lens?”
  • “This idea of ‘don’t touch the Lord’s anointed’ has been taken out of context to mean that ‘those who are anointed or appointed are immune from dissent.’”
  • “If Jesus held up one woman’s testimony, so must we.”
  • “Fear is a flashing red light of a lack of love.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Mar 14, 2022
EP. 81: The Importance of Your Origin Story (with Rasool Berry)
36:37

Where are you from? Have you ever thought about that question? Do you ever think about where you started and how it led to where you are now? On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk to Rasool Berry about where he is from and how that shapes where he is now.

 

About Our Guest:

Rasool Berry serves as teaching pastor at The Bridge Church in Brooklyn, New York. He also is the Director of Partnerships & Content Development with Our Daily Bread Ministries. He hosts the Where Ya From? podcast, which uses stories to connect us to people applying their faith for social change. He also was the host of In Pursuit of Jesus, a travel documentary series in which he journeys across five continents exploring what he can learn about Jesus through others. Rasool is passionate about traveling, music, cooking and eating, and inspiring people to live in light of eternity. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Tamica, and their daughter Ire’Ana.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “In the time that I need my sense of morality the most, that’s when I’m less likely to be moral because of my own sin nature.”
  • “The main barrier to me ever experiencing the grace and mercy of God was my own pride.”
  • “It’s only when I recognize that I don’t have all the answers is when I begin to ask the questions and listen to other people.”
  • “Always look out for those who are marginalized around you because those are the ones that you can learn the most from because they’re often not heard. And you maybe haven’t been exposed to really listening to their perspectives.”
  • “Throughout the Scriptures you see God intentionally investing Himself in the margins.”
  • “God’s the only one rightfully in the center. He invites people in the center with Him.”
  • “God will take and ordain and sanctify and bless whatever is in your hand in order for you to do the next thing to bring those in the margins into the center.”

 

Verses: 

  • Matthew 11:15: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
  • Genesis 16–21: The Story of Hagar
  • Exodus
  • Philippians 2
  • Matthew 22:34–40
  • Genesis 1:26–27
  • Romans 5

 

Links: 

Mar 07, 2022
EP. 80: When We Disagree
28:52

A part of being in relationships is coming into conflict with the people we love. What do we do when we have those disagreements? How do we handle conflict? Do we run away from it or fight through it? On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy talk about how they handle disagreements with the people they love. They also share their thoughts on unhealthy conflict, and how we can resolve it. 

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “When you have a disagreement with somebody, it does feel like that can take up the whole relationship instead of looking at the other pieces of the relationship.”
  • “The way disagreement first hits us is that we feel rejected. We feel wrong. We feel less than, out of control, not safe. But you can learn to receive disagreement in such a way that you can grow from it, and you can feel loved by it.”
  • “Create a safe space for the disagreement where you can let your emotions ‘thaw.’”
  • “Have mutual respect for the other person [while being in a disagreement] and believe the best of them.”
  • “Reflect on your posture. Is it a defensive posture? Or is it an open-handed posture?”
  • “When we are stuck in defensiveness we are building barriers.”
  • Paul’s recommendations for disagreements from Philippians:
    • Stand firm in your belief.
    • Begin the conversation with love.
    • Stay on mission: What are you trying to accomplish here?
    • Get help from an outsider when you can’t agree.
    • Put your faith in practice.
  • “How does the Lord see my viewpoint? What is there for me to learn? What does He want to teach me?”

 

Verses: 

  • Paul’s letters to the church in the Bible
  • Peter’s letters to the church in the Bible
  • Philippians 3 and 4

 

Links: 

 

Feb 28, 2022
EP. 79: Orphan Identity (with Lorilee Craker)
33:25

The word “orphan” may feel like a title that doesn’t fit for most of us, but have you ever felt alone? Left out? Like you don’t belong? On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy are joined by Lorilee Craker to talk about the orphan inside us all. Lorilee shares her own story of being adopted and how she learned that the orphan in us all truly belongs in the kingdom of God.

 

About Our Guest:

Lorilee Craker is the author of 15 books, including Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me. Lorilee was also an entertainment writer for The Grand Rapids Press for 17 years. She now writes for travel websites, blogs, and speaks at many events including writers conferences. She is the cofounder of the Breathe Christian Writers Conference and a writers day camp for children.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I’m very pro-adoption, but I’m clear that adoption is not all rainbows and sunshine. There’s a lot of pain. There are a lot of things to be reckoned with.”
  • “My spirit really responded to Anne [of Green Gables] and how she was always looking for belonging. She was always looking for her people.”
  • “The truth is we can all feel orphaned.”
  • “One of the dictionary definitions that I found for orphans was ‘bereft, left behind, and left.’ . . . In Christ we are orphans no more. And we’ve all felt bereft, left behind, and left.”
  • “Once you’re adopted, that doesn’t mean the orphan feelings go away.”
  • “God is not an adoptive Father, He’s an adopting Father. It’s ongoing. It’s part of His character to adopt children.”
  • “Any rejection, any abandonment is an opportunity to grow closer to the heart of the Father.”
  • “God wants to be there with us. He doesn’t want us to dress up like we’re going to church before talking to Him. He wants us when we’re lying on the floor with our face in the carpet so sad, so bereft, so left behind. That’s when He wants to come to us. And dry our tears. And move through the pain with us.” 

 

Links: 

 

Feb 21, 2022
EP. 78: Loving Your Neighbor Through Conflict (with Alexandra Kuykendall)
36:39

In our culture today, it’s normal to disagree with people and “cancel” them by refusing to talk to them or even trying to understand their viewpoints on various issues. But did you know that “cancel culture” contradicts what the Bible says? On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn interview Alexandra Kuykendall about what it means to actually love your neighbor the way Jesus did, even when you disagree.

 

About Our Guest:

Alexandra Kuykendall encourages the church to engage God’s world in the tension and intersection of heartache and hope. Her most recent book, Seeking Out Goodness: Finding the True and Beautiful All around You offers a roadmap for how to look for and find echoes of God’s goodness. Alex is the cofounder of The Open Door Sisterhood, a community of women working to be world changers for good right where they are. She cohosts a podcast and retreat under the same name. A trusted voice for Christian women, Alex has been a guest on Good Morning America, Focus on the Family’s Daily Broadcast, and Moody Radio. She lives in downtown Denver, Colorado, with her husband Derek and their four daughters.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “The gospel is still true. And God is still good. And we are not the first people to say ‘Where are we?’ and ‘What is happening in the world?’ This has been true throughout history. Before Jesus came, people were wondering that. After Jesus came, people have been wondering about that.”
  • “We’re in a unique time, which allows us to have creativity in how we live out our faith but also in how we encourage each other.”
  • “Jesus didn’t say, ‘Love your neighbors that agree with you, love your neighbors that make you feel comfortable, love your neighbors who give you strokes for what you’re doing with your life or that are happy that you go to church.’ He just said, ‘Love your neighbors like you would like to be loved.’”
  • “Who are the people within our circles that we could love better?”
  • “If there is awkward silence, it sometimes just gives someone the permission to keep talking.”
  • “If I don’t bail, I am telling them, ‘You are more important to me than my own comfort.’ That to me, speaks of the gospel in a way that nothing else can. Because that’s essentially what Jesus said, ‘You are more important to me than my own comfort.’”
  • Alex’s definition of cancel culture: “We decide that somebody is not worthy of listening to or valuing at all because of one small part of who they are or what they believe.”
  • “We believe that being ‘in a conversation’ means we must endorse the conversation. And we don’t. That’s not a conversation, that’s a dictatorship.”
  • “That is part of seeking out His [God’s] goodness. To say, ‘I’m going to stand in awe and wonder that you are the God of all things. You are the God of everything and you know and I don’t know.’”

 

Verses: 

  • “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37–39 (NIV) 
  • “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

 

Links: 

 

Feb 14, 2022
EP. 77: Caregiving, Caretaking, and Careserving
35:09

In a season or a lifetime of caring for someone else, it can be hard to care for yourself or know exactly what you need to do to take care of others. In this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy share their own experiences with caregiving, and how they learned to care for themselves while also caring for others.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “So much of caregiving is about helping restore. And a lot of the way we keep giving it is through the reality that we hold hope.”
  • “Caregiving is about sustaining life as much as you can.”
  • “Let grief be your partner in it because there are real things to grieve.”
  • Self-care Ideas and Tips:
    • Building Community: Developing a team for caretaking
    • Treating Yourself: Doing things you love
    • Developing boundaries
    • Viewing tasks as accomplishments
    • Relationships: Communicating your own needs too
  • “When we find ourselves in the caregiving role, I think it’s also important to draw from the reality that we don’t do it alone and we don’t do it in and of ourselves.”
  • “We are really to be a kind of conduit in our caregiving between God and those we love. But the only way we can do it is when we ourselves receive His care. When we let God be our caregiver.”

 

Verses: 

  • “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (NIV)

 

Links: 

 

Feb 07, 2022
EP. 76: Abuse in the Church (with Amanda Benckhuysen)
29:24

Church is meant to be a safe place for all people to gather and heal within the community. However, the world is filled with sin that hurts us, even in places that are meant to be safe. Dr. Amanda Benckhuysen joins Elisa Morgan on this episode of God Hears Her to talk about abuse within the church and ways that people can be helped.


This episode may be triggering for some listeners. If you or someone you know is being abused please visit https://www.thehotline.org/ or call 1-800-799-7233.

 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Amanda Benckhuysen is the author of The Gospel According to Eve and Immigrants, the Bible, and You. She is also a scholar, speaker, teacher, wife, mother, and follower of Jesus. She currently serves as the director of Safe Church Ministry for the Christian Reformed Church in North America after having taught the Old Testament while mentoring seminary students for more than 15 years.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “There are things in the Christian tradition, practice, and cultures that have been such huge stumbling blocks to the gospel, and they shouldn’t be because they’re not actually of God. Abuse is one of them.”
  • “A lot of them were coming to seminary in some ways to find healing, but also to channel their brokenness in a way that would redeem it, to allow God to redeem their brokenness so that God could use it to bring healing to others.”
  • “Women who were clearly so gifted, so made in God’s image. People of dignity and value and worth.”
  • “When trust and loyalty run high, but accountability runs low, it’s like the perfect situation for abuse.”
  • “The Department of Justice says one in three women experience sexual abuse at some point in their life. And one in six men. This is a human issue. It affects both women and men.”
  • If a child is being abused, most states legally require it to be reported to Child Protective Services. In the case of ministry leaders, it depends on the denomination. Even with confidentiality, some ministry leaders are required to report after letting minors know up front.”
  • “If someone reports abuse and it’s responded to with the same sense of rejection or the same sense of being made to feel dismissed, small, or less than [the same response as the abuse], then it’s a trigger. And all the emotions associated with that initial abuse come to the surface again.”
  • “Part of what God longs for in Christian community is that it would be a safe place for people to find healing.”
  • “If you’ve slipped into abusing, there is hope for you too.”

 

Links: 

 

Jan 31, 2022
EP. 75: Space for Everyone (with Vivian Mabuni)
36:09

When we look at our friend groups, do we see people that look and act just like us or is there a diverse group of people around us? Are we challenged by the conversations we have with them? Or are we always within our own comfort zones? On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk to Vivian Mabuni, who encourages us to learn from other cultures and situations that we may not have experience with. Vivian believes in diverse communities where we can have open conversations with people who aren’t just like us, even if it’s uncomfortable.

 

About Our Guest:

Vivian Mabuni is a national speaker, author, Bible teacher, and the founder and host of Someday Is Here, a podcast for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, She Reads Truth, and Our Daily Bread. She is also the author of Open Hands, Willing Heart and Warrior in Pink. Vivian has been on staff with Cru for more than 30 years. She loves drinking coffee with her husband of 30 years, Darrin, and marveling at their three adult kids.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “In a corporate setting or a church leadership setting, it’s easy to overlook an Asian and think, ‘Oh they’re not assertive’ or ‘they don’t really have an opinion’ or ‘they’re not expressive or aggressive’ or the kinds of things that we think of as a leader. But in other cultures we’re absolutely acting with integrity to who we are and the greater body of Christ, or our company actually is enhanced with the contribution of people that come from different backgrounds.”
  • “We can all gift each other with so many different perspectives of how God has made and wired us.”
  • “The issues of the world hit differently because we have real relationships with real people.”
  • “The recognition of not feeling seen or heard or known is an indicator maybe to do something.”
  • “Unity is not uniformity. It really is being able to be different . . . but together.”

 

Links: 

 

Verses: 

  • Hannah and Elizabeth infertility stories in the Bible
Jan 24, 2022
EP. 74: Purpose in Waiting (with Heather Thompson Day)
30:42

What is something you’re waiting for? A career? A significant other? A good friend? In every season of life, we feel like we’re waiting for something. On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn Eddy and Elisa Morgan talk to Dr. Heather Thompson Day about what we can do while we’re waiting. They also learn more about Heather and her experiences with waiting.

 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an associate professor of communication at Andrews University, and an interdenominational speaker and contributor for Religion News Service, Newsweek, and the Barna Group. She runs an online community called I’m That Wife and is the author of seven books, including It’s Not Your Turn. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and their three children.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I think we’ve lost the beauty of resting in our purpose.”
  • “We are the answer to other people’s prayers.”
  • “I think we miss out because we’re waiting for some big sign and sometimes, I think almost all the time, it’s these little stirrings from the Holy Spirit saying, ‘Go talk to them. Go sit down. Go see how you can be helpful.’”
  • “I think I thought faith was something I built, but it’s really something God gives us, because our faith is actually us acknowledging the answers to the prayers and the experiences that He gives us. So I say all the time, ‘God, build my faith.’”
  • “When you feel like you have nothing, that’s actually the perfect place to start.”
  • “God says that the way to the kingdom of heaven is to realize that this relationship was never about what you will give Him. It has always been about what He will give you.”
  • “Any Christian worth his [or her] salt will read their Bible cover to cover every single year.” —J. I. Packer
  • “God answers a bitter woman’s prayer. You can show up however you feel.”

 

Links: 

 

Verses: 

  • Matthew 5–7: Sermon on the Mount by Jesus 
  • Matthew 28:18: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”
  • 1 Samuel 2: Hannah’s Prayer
  • Ruth 1:20: Naomi changing her name to Mara

 

Jan 17, 2022
EP. 73: Women Who Are Often Overlooked (with Dr. Amanda Benckhuysen)
30:28

Sometimes women are treated as second-class citizens within the church. If they aren’t encouraged to study Scripture, teach about it, or go to seminary, they often feel overlooked in comparison to the men. On this episode of God Hears Her, Dr. Amanda Benckhysen shares about her journey from feeling like an overlooked woman to becoming a woman who learned she was seen and valued by a God who loves us all.

 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Amanda Benckhuysen is the author of The Gospel According to Eve and Immigrants, the Bible, and You. She is also a scholar, speaker, teacher, wife, mother, and follower of Jesus. She currently serves as the director of Safe Church Ministry for the Christian Reformed Church in North America after having taught the Old Testament while mentoring seminary students for more than 15 years.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “All of who I was and what I had to bring to the table was pleasing and acceptable to God.”
  • “I thought going to seminary would help me represent the gospel well, it will help me represent Jesus well.”
  • “I wanted to share with those that didn’t know Jesus that Jesus loves them.”
  • “It expanded my understanding of texts to read what others thought.”
  • “It set her on a trajectory of recovering women’s voices in history in terms of how they interpreted Scripture.”
  • “Women did not have access to education. So by and large, we don’t tend to think of women when we think of interpretation of Scripture.”
  • Women interpreters mentioned: Anna Maria Venturemen and Christine de Pizan
  • “They [women] are reading the texts differently because they are reading it through their lived experiences.”
  • “There is a complete devaluation of their [women] personhood.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Jan 10, 2022
EP. 72: Connecting Faith and Real Life (with Daniel Ryan Day)
37:13

Do you feel a disconnect between your faith and your everyday life? Does it sometimes feel like there is no purpose in the mundane things we do over and over again like folding clothes or washing dishes? On this episode of God Hears Her, Daniel Ryan Day shares how to connect our faith with our everyday real life, including the mundane activities we may sometimes feel are purposeless. 

 

About Our Guest:

Daniel Ryan Day is the author of What’s Next: Your Dream Job, God’s Call, and a Life That Sets You Free. He’s also a content producer and writer for Reclaim Today, a cohost for Our Daily Bread Ministries’ Discover the Word podcast, and a producer for the Where Ya From? and God Hears Her podcasts. Daniel holds a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church in North America. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has three kiddos.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “My story can be boiled down to growing up in a very tight Christian bubble but then having experiences that made me realize that a tight Christian bubble was not relating to the world in a way that made sense for the world that we live in.”
  • “This faith in Jesus, if it’s real, has gotta impact how we interact with orphans, it’s got to make a difference in these bigger issues.”
  • “How does this faith impact real life?”
  • “So many things I learned in that experience [of giving up things], so hence the ten days without speech to represent those who don’t have a voice, or who have a voice but that it’s not listened to. Ten days without legs for those affected by disabilities that live in our world and who are often overlooked. Ten days without furniture for those who live in homeless settings and don’t have a home or don’t have furniture.”
  • “I was still struggling with those questions of how does faith work in real life? Where do they meet? And specifically, as it relates to my calling and my job in the world.”
  • “The use of the word ‘calling’ in the Scriptures, most often refers to callings like seeking justice, love mercy, walking humbly with God. So humility or giving thanks in all circumstances.”
  • “The decade of the 20s and 30s are the real transformational decades for us really being shaped from how we grew up, what we thought we were going to be, who we thought we were going to be, into discovering the reality of us.”
  • [On the topic of a Rwandan Pastor who walked the hills of his village to meet with people] “He’s just visiting with people. So meeting needs, his sermons, all of that comes from real relationships with people.”
  • “It’s with people that real ministry happens.”
  • “In the biblical story we get a picture of being colaborers with God. We’re not His servants, we’re not His slaves, we’re in relationship with Him. Invited into everything that we do being a part of this relationship with Him. And so, I think first and foremost above anything else, that is our purpose, that’s our identity, that’s our calling.”
  • “God is at work. And God is going to accomplish His work, regardless of what role we play in it. So for us, where it actually begins is in quiet solitude time.”
  • “Even in those mundane moments we can realize that God has us where He wants us to be.”
  • Prayer for Today: “Creator God, who took what was formless and void and gave it shape and meaning, the One who filled emptiness with beauty and gave all creatures their purpose [including us]. Reclaim today in these small, seemingly insignificant moments. Help me discover meaning in the mundane. Ordain the very ordinariness of these tasks or my current lack of them for your glory, the good of the world, and my good. Amen.”

 

Links: 

 

Verses: 

  • The Lord’s callings to everyday people and people like Moses, Paul/Saul
  • Genesis 1
  • Acts 17:28: “For in Him we live and move and have our being.”
Jan 03, 2022
EP. 71: Christ as a Baby
33:55

At Christmastime, we bring out the nativity sets to decorate our homes and we talk about Jesus as a baby . . . but do we really grasp the idea of what that looked like in that time and culture? Not to mention the fact that God humbled Himself to become human. On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn talk about the story of Jesus, focusing on the reality of His conception, birth, and being a baby. They also focus on what it meant for His mother Mary and how this birth changed everything then, just like it does today. Join us.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “The God of the universe scrunched Himself into the womb of a woman and began to grow.”
  • “He’s my protector. He’s my guide, my guardian . . . and so for me to imagine Him in a fragile state is just kind of a weird concept in my mind.”
  • The purpose of women during the New Testament period was to have babies.
  • “30–35% of newborns didn’t survive their first month [in New Testament times].” 
  • “Why are we so uncomfortable imagining God to be weak, or being fragile as a child?”
  • “We are so black and white that we only see God as a baby, or as the resurrected Christ.”
  • Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 NIV
  • “We have the tendency to be so self-aware, but not Christ-aware.”
  • “His expression of vulnerability begins in the womb and at birth and as baby Jesus. And then we watch His public ministry when truly He is God and He could speak a word and blow fire over all of the naysayers. But He instead humbles Himself to death on a cross.”

 

Scripture: 

John 1:14

Matthew 1:23

Luke 1:39-45

Philippians 2:5

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Dec 13, 2021
EP. 70: Awkward Joy (with Mary Jo Clark)
37:39

We often talk about the topic of joy with an emphasis that we “choose joy” or “find joy.” But what does that actually mean? Are those phrases true? Or do phrases like “choose joy” put pressure on people to somehow become happy in the midst of rather unjoyful circumstances? On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn talk with Mary Jo Clark about what life looks like when “choosing joy” feels impossible.

 

About Our Guest:

After years of working in bakeries, coffee shops, and food trucks, Mary Jo Clark returned to her love of audio production and sharing stories. She is now a podcast producer and engineer for Our Daily Bread Ministries. Outside of her passion for creating podcasts to encourage women, she is a talented baker. Her cookies and cupcakes are described by many as “legendary.” She and her husband, Russ, are expecting their first child.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “As someone that struggles with depression and anxiety, I am not someone who is an innately happy person.”
  • “What if I struggle with depression . . . am I supposed to suppress those feelings down and pretend I am happy?”
  • “It wasn’t a pity party. You were grieving very real things.”
  • “I couldn’t find a way out of it until I was broken enough to find the point of being done. It’s time to be okay.
  • “Our job or status are not our identity.”
  • “I can’t feel it [joy] because it’s down in my heart and I’ve buried it because I’m not content and I’m not focusing on the gifts I know God has given me, but I know it’s there.”
  • “I was discovering this feeling of joy while I was crying.”
  • “Through every single one of those trials, God grew me and He developed the joy that was growing already.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Dec 06, 2021
EP. 69: Finding Inner Peace (with Kay Wills Wyma)
33:52

How often do you feel stressed? Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Do you feel those ways more often than you feel at peace? This world is filled with events and people that can make us feel far from peaceful. On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk to Kay Wills Wyma about feeling the real, full peace that God grants us when we lean into Him.

 

About Our Guest:

Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, speaker, video podcaster, and mother of five. Kay writes on cultural and societal issues that impact family and friends. She is an author of four books, including The Peace Project: A 30-Day Experiment Practicing Thankfulness, Kindness, and Mercy where she leads readers through 30-days of finding and feeling peace. She’s also a former White House aide, International Capital Markets banker, and entrepreneur.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “To just slow down for a second and really enjoy the people that walk beside you is such a gift.”
  • “Friendships are giving relationships also.”
  • “I grew up in the South, so there became this strange relationship with Jesus because I had to ‘do and be’ to be okay.”
  • “It’s easier in the hard times than the good times. In the hard times you’ve got nothing.”
  • Soul30: Practice finding moments of peace every day for 30 days.
  • “Why does being thankful feel good? Because it is literally firing parts of your brain that deliver dopamine and endorphins.”
  • “You have neural pathways in your brain that are highly traveled pathways, and they tend to go along the lines of fear, anxiety, worry. What if you can change the routes?”
  • “You can actually change the pathways in your brain so that peace is where you are going instead of anxiety.”
  • “He says: ‘I keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on me.’”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Nov 29, 2021
EP. 68: Hope that Overcomes (with Joyce Dinkins)
38:03

How do you experience hope? Maybe you’re hopeful for something? Or you have a strong hope in who God says He is? Or maybe you feel hopeless and are starting to wonder what hope even is! On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk to Joyce Dinkins, a woman that comes from a generation of people hoping for better circumstances. Joyce exemplifies this godly attribute of hope and talks about it with a wisdom that comes from God’s Spirit.

 

About Our Guest:

Joyce Dinkins is the executive editor for the Our Daily Bread Voices Collection. She has an incredible passion for inclusion and equity. Her career emphasis is amplifying the voices of diverse authors, African American and others, in the literary world. She has invested several decades as an editor serving at several Christian publishers across the United States.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “My dad’s dad was born a slave, and that affected everything.”
  • “I had access to freedom in my home; but I never forgot, and I still don’t forget where my parents came from, where my grandparents came from.”
  • “People seeing me weren’t necessarily seeing what they were looking at.”
  • “Hope to me is the truth.”
  • “My parents taught me at an early age to not take abuse from anyone.”
  • “They were capable, after all they had been through, to love their enemies.”
  • “Love will allow us to overcome.”
  • “Literacy is the right to vote, fair housing, the right to pursue education, etcetera.”
  • “See us, hear us, express our stories.”
  • “Go open that book [the Bible].”
  • “Cry out to God.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

 

Nov 22, 2021
EP. 67: Pursuing a Courageous Faith (Best of 2021 with Dr. Debbye Turner Bell)
32:23

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you needed to give something fully to God? The word surrender may feel a little overwhelming, but Dr. Debbye Turner Bell is a great example of what can happen when we fully submit ourselves to God’s best and accomplish something we didn’t feel we were capable of doing. Join Eryn and Elisa on this episode of God Hears Her as they revisit their conversation with Debbye Turner Bell and her journey of pursuing a courageous faith.

 

About Our Guest:

Dr. Debbye Turner Bell is a veterinarian, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, corporate trainer, and Miss America 1990. For more than two decades, she has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. In addition to her speaking and media work, she is also the Founder and CEO of Debbye Turner Bell Consulting, a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies, and an Affiliate Trainer for the TransPorter Group Inc. Dr. Debbye Turner Bell lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, Gerald, and daughter Lynlee.

 

Notes and Quotes: All Quotes by Debbye

  • “That [prayer of surrender] is when my goals became subservient to God’s goals, will, and His purpose for my life.”
  • “It is a matter of deciding, ‘God, I believe you no matter what the circumstances look like.’”
  • “That is what I seek to get to: that if God Himself smite me, it won’t shake my faith in Him.”
  • “God proves Himself to us every day. And if we will just take the time to notice His faithfulness in our lives, then it creates in us a reservoir of His work in our life.”
  • “Every time that God performed a miracle in the Old Testament, an altar was built. The whole purpose of the altar was to remember what God had done.”
  • “What I know about God and what I feel in the moment can be such a disconnect with me.”
  • “When we don’t know what God’s Word says about who we are and our identity and our authority, then we live below our privileges.” 
  • “Faith is a decision, not a feeling.”
  • “Surrender is a choice, not a default.”
  • “Surrender takes strength.”
  • “Our identity is not what happened to us. Our identity is who we were created to be.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Nov 15, 2021
EP. 66: Dreams and Fears (with Jade Gustafson)
34:12

When we look back on our lives, do we see the times that our dreams evolved into something we never thought they would be? What are the dreams that never worked out? What are the dreams that changed when we learned more about what we loved? On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn talk to a young woman named Jade Gustafson about the dreams and fears that she has in her own life. Jade talks about how her dreams are in the process of changing and how surrendering her fears to God has led to some unexpected life changes.

 

About Our Guest:

Jade Gustafson is currently a senior at Grand Valley State University studying English and writing. She is a blog post writer and small group leader for GVSU’s Delight Ministries. While she is figuring out her future she continues to work at Our Daily Bread Ministries in the podcast department.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “We can have so many standards and goals set, but it does not matter when it comes to the purpose that God has for your life.”
  • “If things don’t work out the way that I want them to, it’s not a reason to be anxious or upset because God has a better plan.” 
  • “I am not to find my self-worth and my identity in these narratives or dreams or stories that we tell ourselves, but in the truth of who God is and what He wants to do in me and through me.”
  • “All of a sudden I wasn’t unique. All of a sudden my dream wasn’t special.”
  • “Your life is your life, and the things that you do are what God wants you to do (most of the time).”
  • “Even doing something small is a reason to be celebrated.” 
  • “That’s when we know He sees us in those little godly moments, and He uses community to do that too. That’s when He uses people that push us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. He uses people to see us, to show us that He sees us.”
  • “We need to end something in order to begin something.” 

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Verses Mentioned in Show: 

  • “Cast all of your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” —1 Peter 5:7
Nov 08, 2021
EP. 65: Building a Co-Missional Relationship (with Beth and Todd Guckenberger)
36:45

Have you ever felt disconnected from your partner, spouse, or someone you love? Maybe your schedules are getting busier everyday? Or do your kids distract you from paying attention to the other person? On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk with Beth and Todd Guckenberger, a married couple who decided years ago to set aside two hours a night to work on growing their marriage.

 

About Our Guests:

Beth and Todd met at the age of seventeen in a Young Life Bible study.  They experienced several international short-term mission trips together, and in the mid-nineties they were deeply moved by orphaned children they met in Mexico. In 1997, with a dream, a savings account, and each other, they packed and drove to Monterrey, Mexico, where they lived for fifteen years. Beth and Todd are the parents of eleven children—a family they’ve formed through biological, foster, and adoptive children, and a family who reminds them everyday to stay in the fight until every child is known and loved.

They lead Back2Back Ministries, an international orphan care organization with nine locations around the world. The combined 350 staff work relentlessly to find new and creative solutions to the challenges facing vulnerable children and their families.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “Anyone can have a co-missional marriage.”
  • “Sometimes you can make your family life be your exclusive mission.”
  • “We are going to spend two hours a day only wearing that hat of spouse.”
  • “It [the two hours] became the deepest breath of our day.”
  • “The calling felt like a magnet, you could feel the resistance.”
  • “Expectations are like premeditated resentments.”
  • “Set aside time (any amount) where you are going to put away phones, don’t do the dishes, don’t help the kids, and spend time just the two of you.”
  • “When you go through hard things together, it creates an intimate connection.”
  • “Part of being co-missional is understanding that my agenda is not the most important.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show

 

Nov 01, 2021
EP. 64: What We Get Wrong About Modesty
30:56

Modesty is an important and tricky topic within our church today, and as women, we are told so many different things. Most importantly, we should all remember that we are made in the image of God and that He made us beautiful. In this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk through what we get wrong about modesty, while providing thoughtful insights on celebrating our femininity and positive ways to express ourselves. 

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Self-expression vs. being-accepted-expression.
  • “I can’t look a certain way because I am responsible for how people respond to how I look.”
  • “When we are immodest, shame creeps up.”
  • “What is the motivation in your heart for why you wear what you wear?”
  • “I don't need to worry about everyone else’s response. How am I responding to those less presentable parts of myself?”
  • “How am I seeing myself in God’s image?”
  • “Our femininity is something to celebrate.”
  • “That is what modesty is: both appreciation and care.”
  • “The desire to be seen and accepted is very normal.”
  • “We were made to be seen.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Oct 25, 2021
EP. 63: The Truth About Human Trafficking (with Heather McGannon)
31:40

(Warning: Sensitive and potentially triggering content) On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk about a topic that most people don’t want to believe exists, even if they know it does: human trafficking. While we don’t want to believe that it’s happening around us, we need to recognize that it is and do whatever we can to spread awareness and protect the most vulnerable. Heather McGannon, who is the West Michigan Program Coordinator at the Michigan Abolitionist Project, joins Eryn and Elisa to discuss the truth about human trafficking.

 

About Our Guest:

Heather McGannon is the West Michigan Program Coordinator at the Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP), an organization passionate about working to prevent and end human trafficking in Michigan and beyond through education and collaboration. Before her time at MAP, she mentored college students, helping them navigate big questions to prepare them for life. Heather’s never met a stranger, and her smile and laugh make anyone feel at home. She’s been married to Geoff for over a decade and has two boys.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “Human trafficking is essentially modern-day slavery: labor or sex trafficking.”
  • “1 in 4 women have been abused.” 
  • “Just believe them. Most abuse survivors are telling the truth.”
  • “It takes relationship for any of these stories. They are blinded. It is all they have ever known.”
  • “Trafficking happens through force, fraud, or coercion.”
  • “In the United States, we see it as women who are selling themselves. And many times they were being groomed and forced into it.”
  • “One of the biggest things we can do as human beings is to become aware.”
  • What to look for: an older boyfriend or father figure, brandings (tattoo of a barcode), evidence of someone being controlled, distancing/isolating themselves, notice a lot of absences/kids are gone for the weekends.
  • “Ask the question,  ‘Are you okay?’”
  • “It thrives in the darkness, so we need to bring it more into the light.”



Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Oct 18, 2021
EP. 62: Clinging to God (with Kim Cash Tate)
34:39

Have you ever read the phrase “cling to God” in the Bible? Did you ever pause on that verse and wonder what that would look like? In this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk to Kim Cash Tate, a woman who was deeply impacted by what the phrase “cling to God” means.

 

About Our Guest:

Kim Cash Tate is the founder of Cling Ministries and the author of Cling: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God. Kim has a YouTube channel where she shares her Bible teachings and YouTube series Cling. She’s also a singer/songwriter, wife, and mother of two children.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “God got me to a state of discontentment so I would cry out to Him.”
  • “We’re never too old to come to know God.”
  • “It’s funny how you can hope that you don't want to do something, and then God gives you the grace to do it.”
  • “He transformed me to view my identity as a ‘person in Christ.’”
  • “My name is not my job title, not my skin color, not who my relationships are; my name is ‘I belong to Jesus.’”
  • “God stirred up their (Ezra) spirit.” 
  • “You begin to see God working more in your life because you’re looking and you’re watching for Him.”
  • “Sometimes God says listen for me to move.’”
  • “The only way to become more like Him is to spend time in the Word.”
  • “There is strength in dependency on Christ.”



Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Oct 11, 2021
EP. 61: Loneliness
32:15

We’ve all felt lonely at one point or another in our lives. In many different situations or areas of our lives we may feel an overwhelming sense of loneliness. On this episode of God Hears Her, hosts Eryn Eddy and Elisa Morgan talk about different types of loneliness and even share their own stories of feeling lonely. 

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I think you can be surrounded by people and affirmation and celebration and all of that and still feel lonely.” 
  • “A recent survey found that almost half of Americans feel alone. Nearly 50% feel lonely, left-out, isolated, or lack companionship. The number of friends people report today is one or none, whereas 20 years ago people could name on average four close relationships.”
  • Six Types of Loneliness according to Elisa:
    • Emotional: feeling like nobody really loves you
    • Relational: feeling like nobody really knows the real you
    • Vocational: feeling like life has no meaning and no one really cares if you’re here or not
    • Spiritual: feeling literally alone and/or apart or cut off from God
    • Physical: no one to share the “alone” with; having to do things alone
    • Situational: experience of not being included
  • “God gives an affirmation towards each of those kinds of loneliness.”
  • Affirmations:
    • Emotional: God gives a promise that He loves us.
    • Relational: God gives His perception. He says, “I know you because I made you.”
    • Vocational: God gives a purpose. He says, “I know the plans I have for you.”
    • Spiritual: God gives His presence. He says, “I will be with you.”
    • Physical: God gives His provision. He says, “I will provide for you.”
    • Situational: God gives His perspective. He says, “I’ll use all things for your good and My purposes.”
  • “Lament your loneliness, feel it.”
  • “In feeling lonely, we have an opportunity to experience vulnerability in something we would not normally do.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Verses Mentioned in Show: 

  • Genesis 1, 2, and 3--Story of Hannah, Moses, Jeremiah, Elijah, Jesus, David, and Esther
Oct 04, 2021
EP. 60: Becoming a Woman with Moxie (with Julie Richardson)
39:38

Who do you think of when you hear the word moxie? Who do you know that is courageous and determined? A close friend? Your mom? A mentor? On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk with Julie Richardson, a woman who learned courage and determination from her mom and from facing unforeseen personal struggles.

 

About Our Guest:

Julie Richardson has experienced God’s faithfulness through many life challenges including divorce, infertility, and the loss of loved ones. She has led women’s ministries in a variety of churches and parachurch ministries over the last 25 years, and one of her greatest joys is to mentor women, helping them discover the vibrant life that Christ offers. Julie has been a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries for the last 20 years working in a variety of capacities and most recently as a visual media producer who tells stories of how God works in the lives of His people. She is passionate about prayer and leads the growing prayer ministry at Our Daily Bread Ministries.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I was seeking the world’s happiness, and as I was doing those things I started to not hear God’s voice as much; His voice got softer and softer.”
  • “I really got everything I was hoping for with the happiness factor. And I wasn’t happy. I didn’t feel fulfilled.”
  • “God placed a couple people in my path. And they were ‘Jesus’ to me.”
  • “You can look at your life as if it’s a home, and have you given God every room of your life?” (Anne Graham Lotz)
  • “You have 100% of the Holy Spirit in your life, but does the Holy Spirit have 100% of you?”
  • Moxie means determination and courage.
  • “Your grief and joy can coexist at the same time.”
  • “Following God, surrendering, doesn’t always mean we get what we want.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Sep 27, 2021
EP. 59: How to Live a Tech-Wise Life (with Amy Crouch)
34:32

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend on technology? How often do you pick up your phone throughout the day? Do you find yourself using it as a constant escape? On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn talk to Amy Crouch about being wise with how much time we spend on technology. Listen for some great practical advice from Amy.

About Our Guest:

Amy Crouch is the author of My Tech-Wise Life and attends Cornell University studying linguistics, English, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. Her book is a follow-up to her father’s book, The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch, and she describes what it’s like to grow up in a family that takes a disciplined approach to technology as well as offers helpful hints for others. Amy loves to cook, climb mountains, and chat about books.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “We took a sabbath once a week from work, but also screens.”
  • “My parents were always really intentional in saying to me, ‘This is why we have made these shared commitments.’”
  • “Real life has to be difficult. If it is not difficult, it’s not real life.”
  • “Another question to ask ourselves is ‘What am I escaping, and why?’”
  • “Ask yourself, Is social media making it harder for you to be content?”
  • “Every time I survive distraction, I am reminded that it doesn’t have power over me.”
  • “Technology is really good at shaping our habits.”
  • Baby steps: Don’t beat yourself up, start and end your days without screens, leave your phone out of the bedroom, find something to take the place of technology.

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Sep 20, 2021
EP. 58: Big, Bold and Beautiful (with Kierra Sheard)
29:23

How does our culture define the perfect woman? When you picture her, what does she look like? How does she act? And the question we all ask ourselves: how do we measure up? Today on God Hears Her, we’re talking with gospel singer, fashion designer, and author Kierra Sheard about what it means to embrace and love yourself as you are. Join Eryn and Elisa as they ask Kierra about the inspiration behind her book Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Created You to Be.

About Our Guest:

Kierra Sheard is an American gospel singer, songwriter, fashion designer, actress, entrepreneur, author, and creative director. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Kierra Sheard is no stranger to breaking new ground. This young dynamo grew up with two gospel music barrier-breakers as role models: mother Karen Clark Sheard,  a member of legendary group the Clark Sisters, and grandmother Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, a gospel music legend. Now the GRAMMY® and Stellar Award-winning artist is back with her first musical project in five years, Kierra.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I accept heaven’s way of beauty, because the world’s view of beauty keeps changing.”
  • “I was still chasing what the other woman had. She has that. That ain’t for you to have!”
  • “Not every seat or every ride is for you.”
  • “I may not be their cup of tea, but I am a cup of tea.”
  • “Self-care is you being selective with your squad/village.”
  • “God didn’t design us on the earth to do it all alone.”
  • “God doesn’t always make the old go away. He transforms who we have been into who we already are in Him.”
  • “If you see the truth, acknowledge and accept the truth. Don’t try to make [something else] work.”
  • “What the world sees as a negative, God turns into a positive.”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Sep 13, 2021
EP. 57: Living with Depression (with Sarah J. Robinson)
50:10

How many of us deal with depression, anxiety, or intrusive thoughts, but don’t ever talk about it? In places where we should feel safe, we often fear judgment or diagnosing where our thoughts may be coming from. Not to mention the stigma that comes when we begin discussing mental health. On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk with Sarah J. Robinson about mental health and her journey of understanding her own depression.

About Our Guest:

Sarah J. Robinson once believed her lifelong battle with depression made her a bad Christian. And yet, through her years of shame, self-harm, and suicide attempts, Sarah learned that God is present in our deepest darkness. Sarah is now an author and speaker who helps others discover that mental illness doesn’t disqualify them from living rich, beautiful lives in Christ. Drawing from a decade of ministry experience and the mental health field, Sarah helps readers fight for wholeness and cultivate joy. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I didn’t know my thoughts were not what everyone else was thinking.”
  • “The common misconception is that depression is sadness.”
  • There is a difference between intrusive thoughts and suicidal thoughts/tendencies.
  • “We sort of overlooked passages in Scripture where God walked through suffering with people.”
  • “There is that honeymoon phase of faith where everything is new and awesome, but I quickly learned that I couldn’t just ‘choose joy.’”
  • “Nothing helped because I had an illness that needed to be treated, not a lack of prayer or a lack of faith.”
  • “I remember journaling and thinking, You deserve more than this, God. You are perfect and deserve more than this mess.”
  • “People mean well, but they are ill-informed or ill-equipped.” 
  • “People who really wanted to love me well are the people that said the most hurtful things.”
  • “God choosing to take the long road with me has revealed His kindness and His character in a way I would not trade for anything.”
  • Discovering joy vs. choosing joy.
  • “You are worth everything it takes to get better.” 

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Sep 06, 2021
EP. 56: The Adventure of Faith (with Leslie Leyland Fields)
34:03

How adventurous is your spirit? Do you desire to move to a faraway land? Maybe you’d love to sail the seas and raise your family on an island? Or live off-the-grid like a pioneer in a remote part of a mountainous wilderness? Or maybe you prefer to live vicariously through other people’s adventures? This episode of God Hears Her is a blessing to all adventurous souls. Leslie Leyland Fields joins Elisa and Eryn to talk all about faith, the wonder years, and adventure.

About Our Guest:

In addition to being a fisherwoman in Alaska, Leslie Leyland Fields is also a teacher, speaker, and author. One of her passions is to teach the craft and art of spiritual memoir, and many of her students have gone on to publish their own manuscripts. She leads The Harvester Island Writers’ Workshop and Food and Faith workshops on her family’s island in Alaska. Leslie has also helped create The Wonder Years, gatherings that bring women together to equip them to make the second half of life the best half.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I can turn back and bless some of those moments, because I can look back and see how God used it for good.”
  • “Our value is not based on our physical capabilities or our mental capabilities. Our value is simply based on who we are: loved by God.”
  • “God has just made it so clear that He is always with us.”
  • “In these moments when we come face to face with death, Jesus is there.”
  • “I think God calls us to something bigger and so much more than that [the constant need to be safe].”
  • “Do hard things with your kids. Live a wild adventure with your kids and Jesus.”
  • “I think God has an incredible chapter for women who are at this point in their lives [40+].”
  • “God wants you to use this life experience. He doesn’t want you to retire it.”
  • “Letting go is letting go of what we think we should do next and living in that wonder.”
  • “It is the Word of God that has kept me alive.”

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Aug 30, 2021
EP. 55: Truth and Grit (Best of 2021 with Ellie Holcomb)
41:35

How many times do we feel ragged and burned out? Broken and basically just a hot mess? Yet we believe we need to suck it up and show up in front of God with a smile plastered on our faces like everything is hunky-dory? In this “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa revisit their conversation with Ellie Holcomb. Ellie walks us through her take on grit, grounding ourselves in God’s truth, and showing up as we are.

About our guest: 

Ellie Holcomb, a Nashville native, began her musical career by touring the country with her husband. After eight years, and with the birth of their daughter, Ellie opted to step out of the role of heavy touring. From that space came her debut solo album, As Sure As The Sun, which charted at no. 1 on the iTunes Christian chart and helped deem Holcomb the “Best New Artist” at the 2014 Dove Awards. She has released multiple albums since then and also a best-selling book. Ellie, her husband, and their three children live and make music in Nashville.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Even growing up in this amazing, vibrant community, I gathered that the gospel was all about me being good enough and loving God and loving people enough. And that is all good and well, but that’s not really the gospel.”
  • “The gospel is not about making bad people good people. It’s about making dead people alive people.”
  • “I didn’t know it was okay to not be okay.”
  • “The church isn’t meant to be a trophy room. It’s supposed to be a hospital and a table that everyone is welcome to.”
  • “I know that God is a healer . . . but I was too scared to give Him my broken heart.”
  • “God’s Word gave us solid ground to stand on when the shame storm starts to roll in.”
  • “He started changing us, and it didn’t change our circumstances, but it started changing us from the inside out.”
  • “I know God is real from the sorrow in my life.”
  • “God is with you. He can handle your anger, and He can handle your hurt. He can hold it all.”
  • “He walked out of a grave. And the suffering you are experiencing does not have the final word.”

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Aug 23, 2021
EP. 54: When We Feel We Aren't Enough (Best of 2020 with Laura Smith)
28:32

We all experience life-defining moments. Some of those moments can be good and life-changing while other moments are not so good. What happens when we allow those not-so-good moments to negatively define our identities? In this “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn revisit their conversation with speaker and best-selling author Laura Smith as she shares ways in which we can learn to overcome the lies that we’ve believed and focus on God’s life-changing and freeing truth.

About our guest: 

Laura Smith is an avid storyteller through her books, blog posts, and public speaking. Her recent book How Sweet the Sound focuses on the beauty and truth that come from Scripture-inspired hymns. Along with being a wife and mom, Laura’s hope is to use her writing and public speaking to help others discover the identity that God has instilled in each of us.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I think it’s so interesting how, you know, you can grow up thinking one way about your family life, and then you step into this awareness of what it really is.”
  • “He loves us for exactly who we are, because He created us in His image—because He created us!”          
  • “In college, I had my Bible. I would read it every day, then I would put it under my pillow and go do whatever the heck I wanted. I believed in God, and I loved him, but I didn’t live like it.”
  • “It was some sort of lie that I started to believe when I was younger, that if I do these things, then ‘this’ will make ‘this’ true.”
  • “I am trying to honor the fact that forgiveness and trust are not the same thing.”
  • “I can forgive [my dad] and be kind to him, but I don’t have to trust him and let him into my safe spaces.”
  • “We tend to think that when we come to know Jesus that everything is just ‘BING’ and resolved and wrapped up in this box with a pretty bow on it. And real life is often: God promises and does meet the desires of our hearts. Sometimes it’s now, sometimes it’s  later, sometimes it’s not really in this lifetime.”
  • Three resounding themes: God is almighty. He loves us unconditionally. He will never leave us.
  • “So many of us want to throw out the pain in our lives; the hardness of our lives; the embarrassing, depleting, revealing in our lives; and think, ‘Okay, now God can come in, and now He can do something with me.’”
  • “God planted good in the soil of your pain.”
  • “We have to really focus on who we are listening to for our identity.”
  • Three ways to stay in the truth that God created me as a masterpiece: Read the Bible every day; pray every day “Who do you see me as?”; hang out with core people you can trust and confide in.

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Aug 16, 2021
EP. 53: Pursuing a Courageous Faith (with Debbye Turner Bell)
32:03

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you needed to give something fully to God? The word surrender may feel a little overwhelming, but Dr. Debbye Turner Bell is a great example of what can happen when we fully submit ourselves to God’s best and accomplish something we didn’t feel we were capable of doing. Join Eryn and Elisa on this episode of God Hears Her as they speak with Debbye Turner Bell about her journey of pursuing a courageous faith.

 

About our Guest:

Dr. Debbye Turner Bell is a veterinarian, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, corporate trainer, and Miss America 1990. For more than two decades, she has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. In addition to her speaking and media work, she is also the Founder and CEO of Debbye Turner Bell Consulting, a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies, and an Affiliate Trainer for the TransPorter Group Inc. Dr. Turner Bell lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, Gerald, and daughter Lynlee.

 

Notes and Quotes: All Quotes by Debbye

  • “That [prayer of surrender] is when my goals became subservient to God’s goals, will, and His purpose for my life.”
  • “It is a matter of deciding, ‘God, I believe you no matter what the circumstances look like.’”
  • “That is what I seek to get to: that if God Himself smite me, it won’t shake my faith in Him.”
  • “God proves Himself to us every day. And if we will just take the time to notice His faithfulness in our lives, then it creates in us a reservoir of His work in our life.”
  • “Every time that God performed a miracle in the Old Testament, an altar was built. The whole purpose of the altar was to remember what God had done.”
  • “What I know about God and what I feel in the moment can be such a disconnect with me.”
  • “When we don’t know what God’s Word says about who we are and our identity and our authority, then we live below our privileges.” 
  • “Faith is a decision, not a feeling.”
  • “Surrender is a choice, not a default.”
  • “Surrender takes strength.”
  • “Our identity is not what happened to us. Our identity is who we were created to be.”

 

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Aug 09, 2021
EP. 52: No Longer Defined by My Past (Best of 2020 with Liz Curtis Higgs)
26:00

We’ve all made bad decisions. Some of those bad decisions come back to haunt us, and some decisions we thought were good at the time end up having nasty consequences. Oftentimes, those moments lead to regret, and many of us struggle to move past our big mistakes. In this “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa revisit a conversation with humorist Liz Curtis Higgs as she shares how we can find freedom from the past and hope for the future.

 

About our guest: 

Liz Curtis Higgs describes herself as a former “bad girl” who met Jesus and is no longer defined by her mistakes. She’s a best-selling author and well-known speaker, and she wrote the foreword for the best-selling devotional from Our Daily Bread Ministries titled God Sees Her. Liz currently lives with her husband, Bill, in their Kentucky home.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I have no comfort zone. I will tell anybody anything if it will point them to the grace of God.”
  • “They saw past all the ick and said, ‘At the heart, she is a woman that needs to know Jesus,’ and so they just loved me right into the kingdom.”
  • “God and His faithfulness waited.”
  • “We all found ways to numb the pain of not being part of the right crowd and created our own crowd.”
  • “For me, I am a girl who likes community, and I wanted that above all.”
  • “When it says in Scripture, ‘He gives you the desires of your heart,’ it doesn’t mean He gives you every little thing your heart desires; it means He places in your heart the desires He would have for you.”
  • “Some of it He dealt with honestly very quickly. . . . That is what I needed. Everybody is different. Some of us are weaned off the old life, and that doesn’t mean that you didn’t hear the Lord correctly or you’re disobedient.” 
  • “The path for each of us is so unique; the Savior, though, is one and the same.”
  • “We all share a kind of badness, and we all struggle with shame around badness. And my badness may not look like your badness, and yours may not look like mine. But we share it; and if we could just love each other in our badness and accept and not judge . . . wow, what a world that could be.”

 

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Aug 02, 2021
EP. 51: How God Redeems Brokenness (Best of 2020 with Toni Collier)
26:03

We all have moments in our past that lead to brokenness. For some, this is a recent past, and for others, childhood trauma continues to shape present reality. What brokennessor broken peoplehave you experienced in your life? On this “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa revisit a conversation with Toni Collier as she reminds all of us that our past doesn’t have to define us. Instead, even our brokenness can be redeemed by God and used for His glory and our good.

 

About our guest: 

Toni Collier is a communicator, host, and consultant. She’s also a voice of Our Daily Bread, and the creator of the blog “Broken Crayons Still Color”—a place for women to be reminded that our past doesn’t define us. Toni is “Texas proud” of her Houston, Texas roots, but currently resides with her family in Atlanta, Georgia where she and her husband Sam are lead pastors at Hillsong Atlanta.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “There is a balance between being imperfect and striving for perfection, and I think the middle is hard to sit in.”
  • “I went through a mindset shift that God wasn’t up there with His finger pointing down at me, but instead was like ‘put me in coach.’”
  • Counseling is not a weakness, it is needed. 
  • “Our lives are like bookshelves.”
  • “It is not the brokenness we are lifting up and celebrating, but it is God’s presence and redemption in the brokenness.”
  • “The world has lied to us, and told us we had to be perfect to be used.”
  • “The truth is, God wants to use us in the middle of our mess.”
  • This is the time to walk boldly in our brokenness.
  • “What people don’t know is what comes with exposing those traumas . . . anxiety.”
  • When we discover our brokenness, it takes time to heal. 
  • “You are more than enough.”



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Jul 26, 2021
EP. 50: Mentorship
35:55

Mentorship can show up in our lives in all sorts of ways. The truth is, we’re all being advised and led throughout our lives by many different people. But how do we know who our mentors should be? On this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn focus on the definition of mentorship, how to pursue someone worth following, and some red flags you may experience in unhealthy mentoring relationships.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “To be always a student, we’re always being mentored.”
  • Mentorship can be across generations, genders and industry. There are many ways we can be mentored in life. 
  • “There is a preparation in my heart to be mentored, and there is a preparation in your heart to be a mentor.”
  • “When we are the mentee, we need to be humble, we need to be vulnerable, and we may need to ask another person to mentor us.”
  • “When we are in the mentor role, we need to be careful that we‘re not abusing our authority toward the one who has yielded and is learning.”
  • “Mentors are the ones who are supposed to enact who God is in our lives, but they are not God.”
  • “God has never used a random stranger to correct my behavior. He’s used the people closest to me that walk life with me.”
  • “We can be mentored by a lot of people. It doesn't have to be just one person.”
  • “God uses the waiting to prepare your heart for the right person to pour into.”



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Jul 19, 2021
EP. 49: Finding Freedom from Toxic People (Best of 2020 with Gary Thomas)
30:16

When you read the term “toxic people,” who comes to mind? A coworker? A family member? Someone at church? Maybe it’s a group of people who feed off of one another in the worst of ways. What makes someone toxic? What’s the difference between a toxic person and someone who’s broken and needs extra love? How do you know when it’s time to walk away from a toxic person? In this “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn take us through a previous conversation with Gary Thomas who will be leading us in a discussion of how to recognize and when to walk away from toxic people.

 

About our guest: 

Gary Thomas is the best-selling author of over 20 books including the topic of today’s show: When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People. Gary serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 35 years. They have three adult children and a granddaughter.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Walking away isn’t always a statement of failure; it’s a statement of strategy.”
  • If we let toxic people control our thoughts and focus, then we lose sight of the purpose God has for us.
  • “Here’s my voice, here’s my mission” . . .  and don’t let a toxic person distract you from that mission.
  • Women in their fifties will look back at the toxic people from their twenties and laugh at how insignificant those people have become in their lives.
  • “Gaslighting is when somebody makes you feel like you’re crazy when you are speaking the truth.”
  • “When you question your own sanity, they are destroying your foundation.”
  • “All toxic people are difficult, but not all difficult people are toxic.”
  • “Toxic people love to act in a toxic manner. Healthy people will occasionally act in a toxic way.”
  • “Toxic people often use toxic language. . . . They don’t want you to act like a Christian to please God, they are using your desire to please God as a weapon to control you.”

 

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Jul 12, 2021
EP. 48: Navigating Difficult Relationships (Best of 2020 with Patricia Raybon)
23:10

How do you navigate difficult relationships? How do you handle deep disagreements with people you love? What does it look like to deal with conflict when the person you’re at odds with is a family member or a close friend? On this “best of”  episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa revisit a previous conversation with Patricia Raybon as she shares her story of navigating a complicated relationship and offers practical wisdom for those of us who may find ourselves in a similar situation.

 

About our guest: 

Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author and journalist and a writer for both Our Daily Bread Ministries and DaySpring’s (in)courage Blog. She guides people into conversations on faith, race, and grace, and lives out her practical wisdom through relationships with people from different ethnic and faith backgrounds. Her most recent book is titled Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace.  

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “[The topic of] race relations still confuses, worries, angers, and surprises people . . . But as I look at history, there has never been a time where people were not divided by race or ethnicity.”
  • “Our stories are not our own . . . What I discovered is that these personal stories are not mine. They give the people that read them permission to reflect on their own lives.”
  • “Every mother has a dream of what her family is going to look like, and when that dream is rejected, there is a grieving period.”
  • “The Lord encouraged me to love her [my daughter], and trust Him.”
  • “We are still able to be a family even though the details of our conflict have not been resolved.”
  • “We agreed to respect our differences, and I agreed to respect the choice she had made. Not to accept the choice, but to respect [her].”
  • “People love the stories when people find their way back to the faith, but that is not always the end of the story . . . Know that sometimes God is still writing.”
  • “When you model that respect, it invites it back.”
  • In the digital world today, we can almost always find people being hateful.
  • “Tolerance allows my family to keep going.”

 

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Jul 05, 2021
EP. 47: Jesus, Justice, and Women (with Tiffany Bluhm)
40:39

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt convicted to stand up for someone being oppressed? Or maybe you’ve felt a strong desire to be an advocate for them but you couldn’t seem to find your voice? On this episode of God Hears Her, Tiffany Bluhm joins us to explore the path of finding our voice when we find ourselves in a place of injustice. She’ll also share her own journey of how she found her place in Jesus, justice, and women.

 

About our guest: 

Tiffany Bluhm is the author of She Dreams and Never Alone and their companion Bible studies, as well as her latest book, Prey Tell. She is cohost of the Why Tho podcast and leads an engaged audience of followers online. Tiffany is committed to encouraging people of faith to live with conviction, substance, and grace. As a minority, immigrant woman with an interracial family, Bluhm is passionate about inviting all to the table of faith, equality, justice, and dignity.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I always felt welcome in the kingdom. I always felt like I had found my place.”
  • “As my faith grew and as my grip on justice tightened, there was this intersection and I found my place. It’s Jesus and it’s justice and it’s women.”
  • “In my work I critique how we have messaged Jesus, how we have weaponized Scripture against women. Because the honest truth is the imbalance of power we see in our world is one of the leading factors to derail a woman’s faith, career, financial standing, and her reputation.” 
  • “It came to understanding that loyalty to conviction had to override my loyalty to an institution.”
  • “If you see something that is inherently wrong, and you stay silent, you become complicit in that action.”
  • “Think of the opportunity, especially among women, to lock arms and to serve and listen and to lament with one another. And to bring change.”
  • “Change in gender inequality has only come when women have locked arms together.”
  • “How did we, from the first century to this modern day, twist Jesus’ words and weaponize Scripture to make women feel small? And how can we right that cultural wrong through a biblical lens?”
  • “This idea of ‘don’t touch the Lord’s anointed’ has been taken out of context to mean that ‘those who are anointed or appointed are immune from dissent.’”
  • “If Jesus held up one woman’s testimony, so must we.”
  • “Fear is a flashing red light of a lack of love.”

 

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Jun 28, 2021
EP. 46: Feeling Out of Place (Best of 2020 Amy Boucher Pye)
23:25

Whether it’s a big move, the end of an important relationship, or a child going off to school, we have all experienced transition. On this “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa share a previous conversation with author Amy Boucher Pye when Amy discusses how God led her through a major life transition of her own.

 

About our guest: 

Amy Boucher Pye is a writer and speaker and an American living in London. She writes devotional thoughts for several publications including Our Daily Bread and is the author of the award-winning Finding Myself in Britain and The Living Cross.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

 

  • We as Americans are so isolated about the reality of our global church.”
  •  
  • “I knew that my calling was not my work. But, oh boy, when you’re not working you’re like ‘who am I, and where is God?’”
  • “As women . . . we mistake roles for identity, and it gets really confusing. You have to remember who you are, and how God sees you. Realize that my identity is not the role, the role was a place I was invited to serve. ”
  • “During the tender times when stresses and insecurities are high, make sure your relationship with God is very solid.” 
  • “Pray and ask God for friends, but then also do your part in that. Sometimes it’s making a plan or joining a crafting group.”
  • “One of the best pieces of advice I have been given is to ‘invest by owing.’ Instead of being the answer woman, invite somebody else to help you. Then somebody else is going to feel valued and necessary; and you will have a beautiful, mutual exchange. ”
  • “Sometimes we have to relinquish something so God can give it back in another way.”
  • Note: Though I walk through _____, God is with me.
  • “All of us are in transition, where things we depend on are stripped away. So look for the green.”

 

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Verses Mentioned in Show: 

  • Psalm 23:4 NIV Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • Psalm 23:2 NIV  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.
Jun 21, 2021
EP. 45: When We Feel Invisible (Best of 2020 with Robert Gelinas)
26:06

Feeling unseen, unheard, and invisible is something many of us struggle with. In this week’s “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa revisit their conversation with Robert Gelinas as he describes overcoming feelings of being invisible and introduces us to Hagar and the God who sees and hears her and us.

 

About our guest: 

Robert Gelinas deeply desires to see the body of Christ united and empowered to serve the poor and the poor in spirit; the miserable and the marginalized; the disabled and those deemed unimportant. Robert is the pastor of Colorado Community Church and the author of several books including his most recent, Discipled by Jesus. He and his wife, Barbara, live with their six children in the Denver area.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I felt loved, but I did not feel seen or heard in my family. I felt invisible.”
  • “The pastor says, ‘I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,’ and when I went under water it was like time stopped because I didn’t know who my dad was, and this man said Father.”
  • Sometimes we don’t realize there is a big gap in our heart that desires to be known or noticed, until we are. 
  • “The people we interact with on this planet can mirror how He views us.”
  • “I don’t think the first woman wondered if she was seen and heard. I don’t think Eve ever woke up before the fall and said, ‘Does God see me, and does my husband see me?’” 
  • “Are you really there if nobody sees you?”
  • “We would rather be invisible than be exposed.”
  • Our fear of being vulnerable, or being exposed, gets in the way of us being seen or being known.
  • “Is it a right? It is more than a right, it’s what you were created for.” –Referring to a woman questioning if it is her right to be seen and heard.
  • When you feel invisible, you think it’s possibly your fault. But when you have that moment where God reveals to you that He sees you, then at least you know: I am not invisible. I am real. I exist.

 

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Jun 14, 2021
EP. 44: The Comparison Trap (with Bree Rostic)
34:25

You may have heard it said, “You become what you think.” So what happens when all of our thoughts are focused on comparing ourselves with others? Join Eryn and Elisa on this episode of God Hears Her as they talk to Bree Rostic about the dangers of comparison and how God uniquely created each one of us.

 

About our guest: 

Breonna Rostic is a writer, speaker, spoken word artist, and communication specialist with Our Daily Bread Ministries. Affectionately known as Bree, she is a ball of joy and love. Her passion is sharing God’s love for women to bring healing and restoration. She gained her admiration for the Word of God through serving as a teacher in her local ministry. Bree is married to Daryle and together they raise their three kids in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I wanted to tuck away that part of my life because it wasn’t clean, it wasn’t beautiful. But when you have time to reflect on a part of your life where you are running in an opposite direction, it is a beautiful testimony of His grace.”
  • “You can trace Him [God] when you can’t see Him.”
  • “The more time we spend with our Father and acknowledging Him, the more we can sense His presence.”
  • “Comparison has become so normal in our culture. It is what we do in every aspect of our lives.”
  • “When we think of the root of comparison, it comes down to thinking ‘what God gave me is not enough for me, and I need what He gave them.’”
  • “When comparison is unchecked, it becomes like a cancer to your soul.”
  • “We have to be our own doctors and say ‘how am I right now?’ and then not just pushing that thought off to the side.”
  • “There is this freedom we can feel when we extend compassion to the acknowledgment.”
  • “When we expose our shame, our insecurities, we are glorifying God. Because we know in our weakness, His strength is perfected.”
  • Bree’s advice: 1. Don’t feel guilty. 2. Spend some time with your Father.

 

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Jun 07, 2021
EP. 43: Faith and Feelings (Best of 2020)
24:50

Have you ever had one of those days? Or even one of those weeks? We’ve all been there. Join us this week on this “best of” episode of God Hears Her as Eryn and Elisa discuss emotions and a way to process hard feelings with God. 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Feelings are neither right or wrong, feelings inform us. —Ann Voskamp
  • “I can come to Him, or I can’t. I get to choose that, right? But grace is always there. It is always present. It is not forced upon us, but it is always there.”
  • “Jesus doesn’t do life alone. He is in relationship with the Father and Spirit.”
  • “Sometimes I struggle with feeling like I have to be put together in order to come to Him.”
  • “Write down those ugly, shameful feelings and look at them. Not as an Instagram caption, but as a sacred moment, alone. Then admit and accept where you are, and surrender that to God. Evaluate your life choices: Are they bringing you closer to or farther away from God? And then set reminders to live in God’s truth.”
  • “I think that’s the biggest thing with feelings and faith: Sometimes we think they can’t be in tandem. They can’t live together.”
  • “Breathe Prayer: Lord, guide me to the wise path that protects my heart for the purposes you have for me. Use me to honor what you want me to know: that I am loved, that I need work, that I am called to a greater purpose you have for me, and that I don’t need to be scared of my ‘messy.’ But help me to recognize the messy and give it over to you. I love you, Jesus. Amen.”
  • When our feelings are messy, it’s so important to tell someone, because we can lean in on their faith when our faith isn’t there.

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned In Show: 

Verses Mentioned In Show: 

  • Matthew 11:28–29 NIV Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  • Psalm 116:6 NIV The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.

 

May 31, 2021
EP. 42: True Beauty (Best of 2020 with Philip Yancey)
25:24

Do you sometimes find yourself overlooked or on the outside of society? Do you have a hard time believing that God sees you, He hears you, and He loves you? In this “best of” episode of God Hears Her, Philip Yancey takes us on a journey across the globe to show how God can use some of the most unlikely women to reflect His image.

About our guest: 

Philip Yancey grew up in a strict, fundamentalist church that radically shaped his view of God. Later in life, Philip began asking really difficult questions about God, Christianity, and the role of the church—questions that many people are scared to ask, but he did it out loud. Many of his bestselling books explore these deep questions of our faith. One of his most recent books, titled Fearfully and Wonderfully, explores the work Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey did together in regard to people affected by leprosy. His memoir, Where the Light Fell: A Memoir, comes out in the Fall of 2021.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “While I gave words to his faith, the transfer was he was giving faith to my words.”
  • If there is supposed to be a good, loving God, why do all these bad things happen?
  • “Dr. Brand’s perspective is: ‘Thank God for pain. If I had one gift I could give my leprosy patients, it would be the gift of pain.’”
  • We live in a very achievement-oriented culture, and we rank people. What counts is how beautiful you are or how much money you make. None of that is what matters to God.
  • “I went away first convicted about my snap judgment of [a woman I thought was a beggar], and also so impressed with the Lord of the universe, who looked on [this woman] and said, ‘Here is a woman who by the standards of the world is a real loser . . . I can make a comfortable home in [her], and the Holy Spirit lives in her.’”
  • A lot of people struggle with self-image and wonder, Am I worth it? Yet God is able to reflect His image in someone like that.
  • Sometimes we may look healthy and happy on the outside, but inside it can feel like we are deteriorating. So many women just need someone to just put their arm around them and tell them “I hear you, and I see so much beauty inside of you.”
  • Serving God while not growing envious of someone else receiving recognition exemplifies that you are serving humbly. 
  • Women particularly are very sensitive to how people are perceiving them. Understand that you are not going to get rid of all those voices, but make the primary voice say, “What does God think?”
  • “My audience is not, “How do I please those around me?” My primary audience is, “How am I bringing pleasure to God?”

Links:

 

May 24, 2021
EP. 41: Beauty in the Midst of Despair (with Ruth Naomi Floyd)
35:34

It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all experienced “the blues” at different times in our lives. But as Christians, how are we supposed to walk through those seasons of sadness, discouragement, or worse? Our guest for this episode, jazz singer Ruth Naomi Floyd, shares both the practical and the artistic ways we can find beauty in the midst of despair.

About our guest: 

As a vocalist and composer, Ruth Naomi Floyd has been at the forefront of creating vocal jazz settings that express theology and justice for over 25 years. Also a committed music educator, Ms. Floyd is Director of Jazz Studies at Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and an Adjunct and Artist in Residence at Temple University. Before that, Ms. Floyd taught music for 20 years at The City School.


In addition to her musical talent, Ruth Naomi is also an award-winning fine art photographer specializing in black and white portrait images. She continues to make the city of Philadelphia her home, where for over 25 years she has been devoted and active in providing compassionate care and spiritual support  to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “We don’t get where we are without those before us and surrounding us pushing us onward.”
  • “There is beauty in the midst of darkness. There is light.”
  • “In the beginning of Genesis 1:1, God presents Himself as an artist: ‘God created.’”
  • “Jesus is the greatest blues singer.”
  • “What kind of God can I not believe in? For me, I cannot believe in a God that hasn’t suffered.”
  • “Sometimes continually showing up is activism.”
  • “Each generation has a responsibility to take what’s best from the generations that preceded them and to build on it.”
  • “On her way back to her cabin [after being dehumanized], she would search for beauty.”
  • “Lean on our biblical sisters, and in each example we can find a way to reflect light.”
  • “Sometimes, really, a radical act is committing to pray, committing to lament . . . remembering your sisters.”
  • “It starts inward. So if we as sisters would value each other, if we would see beauty, if we would empower the kind words, if the world could see Christian women come together and be united and speaking over them with truth and love, they [the world] would be knocking our church doors down.”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show:

 

May 17, 2021
EP. 40: Out of the Dust (with Chris and Stephanie Teague)
42:08

On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa speak with Chris and Stephanie Teague about their personal experience with God’s restoration. They walk us through their entire journey of marrying young, the downfall of their marriage, and then its unexpected restoration. They also speak directly to the woman who is in the midst of the unknown and searching for hope and restoration in her own story.

About our guests: 

The husband-and-wife duo “Out of the Dust” is comprised of Chris and Stephanie Teague whose story of downfall, heartbreak, and miraculous redemption is woven deep into the fabric of their music. After growing up in church and marrying young, Chris slowly and quietly lost all faith in God during college. Slipping into the grips of alcohol, drugs, and every other whim of his heart, he secretly managed an alter ego for years around church friends, family, and even Stephanie. Their young marriage quickly collapsed in divorce as Chris walked away from everything he knew. What happened next can’t be called anything other than a miracle. His independence very rapidly found him in the darkest and most desperate place of his life, and it was there that he was shown the depth of his selfishness and pride. Incredibly, in just over a year, God mended their hearts, restored their marriage, and still continues to breathe new life into their story today.  

Chris and Stephanie have what they consider a “dream life” opportunity to travel the country as full-time “musicianaries,” telling the story of God’s grace in their lives that saved and transformed them individually as well as their marriage.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “You don’t know what you don’t know when you’re young.”
  • “It is okay to struggle; it is okay to fail.”
  • “I didn’t know there were other Christians that asked the same questions I did.”
  • “I had to accept the reality and believe that ‘Lord, I do believe you restore in different ways, maybe just not in the way that I want restoration.’”
  • “I felt security in controlling my life, and I just got thrown into something where I could not control anything around me.”
  • “I found my identity in being that good Christan girl and being that wife. That is where I found my worth. But my worth is in being a daughter of the King.”
  • “We live in a broken world, sin breaks things, and we don’t always get the redemption we want. That grieves the Lord as much as it does us.”
  • “I think we play a part in our own transformation simply by being willing to be transformed.”
  • “We are all called to forgive, but trust takes time.”
  • Principles: Do your own work, participate in your own transformation, respect boundaries, trust takes time, involve your community, confess that you don’t know what you don’t know.

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show:

 

May 10, 2021
EP. 39: How to Share Your Story
30:19

We all have a story to share—whether you’re writing a book, sharing with a friend, or being vulnerable in front of a large group of people. On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa talk about the importance of sharing your story with others. Plus, fresh off her recent book release, Eryn gives us insight into her personal experience of telling her story.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “When we share our story, we give away a piece of ourselves that we can never get back.” (Elisa quoting Jackie Kennedy.)
  • “When we put our story out, we have to let go of it and let God use it.”
  • “This is Your [God’s] story, this is not mine to manufacture. You know my story better than I know my story.”
  • “It is easy to hijack someone who is sharing. They start to open up and you are like, ‘Yes, let me share my entire journey!’”
  • “Unless there is a prompting to do it, don’t feel like you always have to share your story.”
  • “Scripture is an example of how to make someone else feel less alone in their story.”
  • “There is a place to tell your story, where it’s all you and centered around you. It’s before God!”
  • Imposter syndrome: Feeling unqualified or like an imposter. Afraid of being exposed.
  • “Is this comment reflective of what God would say?”
  • “Ego wants to only hear positive things, but we can grow from constructive criticism.”
  • “Lord, when I look in, you speak up.” (Eryn’s prayer.)

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show:

 

May 03, 2021
EP. 38: Practicing Courage (with Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty)
32:38

Eryn and Elisa discuss  a variety of topics with Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty including imposter syndrome, how to cope with failure, and how to deal with the pressure of expectations. Plus, Dr. Alma hones in on ways in which we can practice courage so that we’re better prepared for those unexpected moments in life when bravery is needed.

 

About our guest: 

Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty was born in Los Angeles but was raised in Acapulco, Mexico, for most of her early childhood. She’s the daughter of immigrant parents and a first-generation high school and college graduate, and she also completed a Master’s in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Social Context. She is led by her desire to inspire others in her community to move past their own fears and barriers and to achieve their own life goals. 

Alma is the cofounder of Prickly Pear Collective, a faith-based, trauma-informed collective at the intersections of community, church, and therapy, bringing people together to move toward healing. She’s also the cohost of The Red Couch Podcast with her husband who most people know as the rapper Propaganda.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “The higher I go [in education] the less like ‘me’ there are. Less Latina, less people that are low-income, first-gen background.”
  • “As I have stepped into these spaces, it has always been with some sort of fear and trembling.”
  • “As professional and accomplished as we become, there is always this idea of ‘Am I really this worthy?’”
  • Imposter Syndrome is this feeling of “I’m pretending and someone is going to find out.”
  • “If I fall flat on my face, let that be a learning lesson for others, not a recoiling that needs to happen of myself that I have for the rest of my life because I failed that one time.”
  • “Courage is practiced. It’s like I am courageous or I’m not.”
  • “There is always room for forgiving ourselves but still doing better and holding ourselves accountable.”
  • “The more you face it [past trauma] the less scary it becomes and the less power it holds over you.”
  • An exercise to try: Look back at a situation that may have been painful and look for God in it.

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

Apr 26, 2021
EP. 37: Truth and Grit (with Ellie Holcomb)
43:30

How many times do we feel ragged and burned out? Broken and basically just a hot mess? Yet we believe we need to suck it up and show up in front of God with a smile plastered on our faces like everything is hunky-dory? Our next guest, Ellie Holcomb, has a conversation with us about taking on grit, grounding ourselves in God’s truth, and showing up as we are.

 

About our guest: 

Ellie Holcomb, a Nashville native, began her musical career by touring the country with her husband. After eight years, and with the birth of their daughter, Ellie opted to step out of the role of heavy touring. From that space came her debut solo album, As Sure As The Sun, which charted at no. 1 on the iTunes Christian chart and helped deem Holcomb the “Best New Artist” at the 2014 Dove Awards. She has released multiple albums since then and also a best-selling book. Ellie, her husband, and their three children live and make music in Nashville.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “Even growing up in this amazing, vibrant community, I gathered that the gospel was all about me being good enough and loving God and loving people enough. And that is all good and well, but that’s not really the gospel.”
  • “The gospel is not about making bad people good people. It’s about making dead people alive people.”
  • “I didn’t know it was okay to not be okay.”
  • “The church isn’t meant to be a trophy room. It’s supposed to be a hospital and a table that everyone is welcome to.”
  • “I know that God is a healer . . . but I was too scared to give Him my broken heart.”
  • “God’s Word gave us solid ground to stand on when the shame storm starts to roll in.”
  • “He started changing us, and it didn’t change our circumstances, but it started changing us from the inside out.”
  • “I know God is real from the sorrow in my life.”
  • “God is with you. He can handle your anger, and He can handle your hurt. He can hold it all.”
  • “He walked out of a grave. And the suffering you are experiencing does not have the final word.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show:

 

Apr 19, 2021
EP. 36: Becoming a Trailblazer (with Ambassador Sujay Cook)
40:01

What do you think of when you hear the word trailblazer? Maybe a pioneer or innovator? A person who takes risks in order to brave a new path? In this episode of God Hears Her, Ambassador Sujay shares her story about following God’s lead. Much of her story involves trailblazing, and she will help us understand ways to open the door to new things and how to hold that door open for the next woman to walk through.

 

About our guest: 

Rev. Dr. Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, or Ambassador Sujay, is a lady of many firsts. A national and international influencer, Ambassador Sujay was the first female and African-American to hold the position of US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. She was the first female chaplain for the NYC Police Department, has been the faith advisor to two presidents, and is an author of 15 books. Additionally, she’s often in demand as a preacher, motivator, and keynote speaker.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “Every road leads to the next road that God would want you to have, but it’s about ‘What have you done that I have given you?’”
  • When going into a profession that is male-dominated, deal with men as if they are friends rather than foes, as colleagues rather than competition.
  • “Trailblazing can have its tolls, but it can also have its triumphs.”
  • “When you compile the blessings, and you look at the time where you felt not blessed, the list [of blessings] is so long.”
  • The P’s to know: politics, policies, pumps (shoes), purse, protectors, principles, positioning, polish.
  • A lot of women self-reject: “I haven’t been invited like she has been invited.” God has already invited you.
  • “COVID is a selah moment. He has given the whole world a pause”
  • “Pivot to prepare.”
  • “Not every invitation is for you. That is called discernment.”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show:

 

Apr 12, 2021
EP. 35: Are You There God? (with Sally Lloyd Jones)
28:14

All of us know what it feels like to be alone. Even when surrounded by people, we can experience loneliness, isolation, and disconnection. In those moments, our aloneness can make us wonder if God is truly near. In this episode of God Hears Her, Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, joins us to share how God is near, even when we don’t feel His presence or recognize His nearness. The show then takes a surprising turn when she helps us see how God’s nearness opens the door to experiencing childlike wonder.

About our guest: 

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a New York Times bestselling children’s author, blogger, and child-at-heart. Her book The Jesus Storybook Bible is beloved by both children and adults and has sold over three million copies and been translated into 46 languages.

Notes and Quotes: All quotes by Sally

  • “Wherever you are, you can’t ever go anywhere that God isn’t with you.”
  • “In a time when we are all isolated and socially distant, we have a God that is not socially distant.”
  • “When you’re in a storm in life, God is just as close as He would be on a sunny day in a meadow.”
  • “Love is at the center of creation. God is a loving Creator.”
  • How to find the wonder: Go outside and take a beauty walk. List three things you are grateful for. Start to choose your thoughts.
  • “We have to decide if we are going to listen to ourselves or talk to ourselves.”
  • “Get out of the courtroom. God isn’t about punishing, because if that was the case we would be making nonsense of the fact that we needed a rescuer (Jesus).”
  • “Why would I doubt that my heavenly Father is not even as good as a human parent?”
  • Amy Carmichael: Our feelings are not God’s facts.

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Verses Mentioned in Show: 

  • Psalm 139 - The Lord knows us
Apr 05, 2021
EP. 34: The Women of Easter
33:17

Join Eryn and Elisa for a special episode of God Hears Her where they focus on the women of Easter, such as Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, as well as others who experienced Jesus’ compassion. They look back in time and consider what the female disciples who walked with Jesus would have felt when He was killed on a cross.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “He turns around and calls her out in the crowd—and she would have been seen as unclean and rejected—but Jesus sees her, and He heals her.”
  • “Women didn’t count in New Testament culture or Old Testament culture either. The only thing that gave women value in biblical times was if they were married and if they had children.”
  • “Jesus comes against that cultural standard and sees and hears and values women for who they are: humans.”
  • “The Lord sees and loves you. Your value is not found in what society or what Christianity sees in you that way.”
  • The women of Easter: Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them.
  • “Jesus goes from calling her woman to calling her Mary. He sees her, He knows her. He knows her name.”
  • “We do it so quickly. We can have so many experiences and yet still wonder if that [God experience] was real.”
  • “On the Monday after Easter, we’re pretty much back to looking for the living among the dead. If Jesus is alive, let’s not go back to our past crazy patterns and look for Him as if He’s in a tomb. Let’s act like He’s alive.”
  • “What would it mean for all of us to live like Jesus is alive?”
  • “How many times have I not been expectant that He would show up; instead I have been doubtful of who He is.”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Verses Mentioned in Show: 

  • John 8 - The adulterous woman
  • John 4 - The woman at the well
  • Mark 5 - The women bleeding for 12 years
  • Luke 8:1–3 - Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna
  • John 20 - The empty tomb
Mar 29, 2021
EP. 33: Adventurous Obedience (with Kari Jobe)
35:38

We’ve all heard it said that adventure is out there and that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. But how do we know the difference between recklessness and adventure? And how do we recognize when it’s God who is calling us out of the comfortable into something new He has for us? Kari Jobe has been there, and on this episode of God Hears Her, Kari joins Eryn and Elisa and discusses what she describes as the adventure of following God. Plus, Kari also shares the inspiration behind three of her hit songs.

About our guest: 

For more than two decades, Kari Jobe has been using her gifts to lead people into the presence of God as a well-respected worship leader. When she began leading worship at 13 years old, she never imagined she would be nominated for a GRAMMY®, win multiple Dove Awards, have a RIAA Gold Certified single, or be praised by the New York Times. She has sold more than 1.3 million albums (TEA) in her career and has more than one billion career streams. Originally from Texas and now residing in Nashville, TN, she tours the country with her husband, Cody Carnes, and their two boys, Canyon and Kingston, and they both serve at their home church.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I thought everything I prayed would happen just like that. Just give it time.”
  • “I have always just wanted to live radically for the Lord and obey what He’s asking. When you walk that out, you realize God is faithful.”
  • “There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors.”
  • “It’s okay to fail Him too. I have ‘missed’ Him plenty of times, and there is grace for that.”
  • “With God nothing is ever a loss. It may have been a really expensive lesson that you learned, but most often the important things we learn are an investment of our time and money.”
  • “If the heart is right, and you’re submitted to the Lord . . . it’s not a miss; it just might be a different way of looking at it.”
  • “I unleashed on the enemy and I said, ‘How dare you! You will not attack my family. You better back off.’”
  • “I take authority over my mind, I take authority over my family, and I take authority over you [the enemy].”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show:

Verses Mentioned in Show:

Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

 

Mar 22, 2021
EP. 32: Mental Health and Faith (with Dr. Christina Edmondson)
44:11

All of us struggle with emotional, psychological, and physical circumstances that impact the way we experience our lives, others, and the world around us. And even though our society has come a long way, the conversation of mental health is oftentimes still stigmatized. But we believe that an important way to disprove that stigma is to talk about it. Just as we need to take care of our physical health, our guest Dr. Christina Edmondson encourages us to take care of our brain health.

Bio of guest: 

Christina Edmondson holds a PhD in counseling psychology from Tennessee State University, an MS degree from the University of Rochester in family systems, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hampton University with an emphasis in race, class, and gender. For over a decade, Christina has served in a variety of roles including most recently as the Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin University. A certified cultural intelligence facilitator, public speaker, and former mental health therapist, Christina is often contacted by churches to consult about leadership development, antiracism, and mental health issues. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Truth’s Table podcast.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “God has given us emotions, feelings, thoughts, and experiences and invited us to process those things. And so, I do think there is a lot of stigma and shame attached to, obviously, issues of mental illness in our culture and in our society. But the truth is, our brains are just as fallen as everything else, and so, to the extent that we would have physical issues like high blood pressure and heart disease and a bad back, we also have nagging, anxious thoughts. We are also kind of wired in ways that make us more susceptible and prone to depression, for example. And not to mention the painful experiences that we have and the way that trauma shapes us. And so I just think that we need to give ourselves and other people a lot more grace.”
  • “On this side of glory, we’ve got real problems and real issues. And you know, Jesus is not insecure. We don’t have to pretend to have it all together as if we are somehow disparaging the name of Christ because we have struggles.”
  • “And so, even our traumas, our fears, our issues . . . even those things must bow down to Christ’s agenda for us, which is ultimately for our good and for His glory.”
  • “As a part of our humanity, we do have a range of emotions, and we can see Jesus in the text express a variety of emotions—from grief and lament to anger to joy and delight in friendships and connections.”
  • “We don’t have to be afraid of the sadness or the frustration or even the anger that we have. It’s what then we do next with it, right?”
  • “As women, we can demonstrate love for each other by not binding people to these caricatures of what other women are supposed to be, giving them the grace to teach us something about the fullness and beauty of womanhood.”
  • “Intimacy takes vulnerability, and vulnerability is almost like a muscle that we have to continually train and work out.”
  • “You take your car in to get looked over; we should take our brains and our bodies in to get looked over.”
  • “I would invite people to think about how, if they’re doing great, how they could be a listening ear, a supportive friend . . .”
  • “I’m so grateful that Jesus did that in the Scriptures and Jesus does that now. Jesus sees us even now.”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

 

 

Mar 15, 2021
EP. 31: Embracing Your Gifts (with Sally Lloyd-Jones)
35:17

We’ve all compared ourselves to others. “Why aren’t I more like her?” “Why can’t I be good at that?” On this episode of God Hears Her, Sally Lloyd-Jones challenges that way of thinking. She shares with Eryn and Elisa the way that God changed her own view of herself and used the talents He specifically made in her for His glory. 

 

Bio of guest: 

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a New York Times bestselling children’s author, blogger, and child-at-heart. Her book Jesus Storybook Bible is beloved by both children and adults and has sold over three million copies and been translated into 46 languages.

 

Notes and Quotes:

  • “I knew Jesus loved me, but I thought God really wasn’t pleased with me.”
  • “The Bible is not about what we are supposed to do so God loves us, it is about how God loves us and what He did because He loves us.”
  • “When we compare ourselves, we are kind of missing the point that God has a specific thing that only we can do!”
  • “The beautiful thing about Christianity is that it is the most inclusive of all faiths.”
  • “It is so poignant when you realize the God of the Old Testament is doing everything He can to rescue us.”
  • “Abraham didn’t have to sacrifice his only son, but God did. God’s heart is beautiful for us.”
  • “He somehow works suffering to make it all the more beautiful for having been so sad.”
  • “I look back now, and that [failure] was my promotion.”
  • “I would love to get to the point that when things go wrong my first thought isn’t panic, but it’s ‘Oh, I wonder what God is up to?’”

 

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show: 

Mar 08, 2021
EP. 30: Money Mistakes and How to Cope
31:02

Talking about finances can be so awkward! But the truth is that many adults, and often even children, face the stress and anxiety that comes along with financial instability. And although there are many speakers and influencers who strive to guide and teach us how to avoid debt, what happens when we have to learn the hard way? 

Join hosts Elisa and Eryn as they discuss their own personal struggles with finances at different times in their lives. They also chat about the steps they’ve taken to overcome the shame financial struggles cause and how they learned to hear God amidst their own financial messes.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I remember the anxiety of seeing an unknown number on my phone knowing it was a debt collector calling to ask me to make payments on something I had zero money for.”
  • “So in a way someone paying for your egg sandwich and coffee . . . in that moment you sensed God seeing you, hearing you, being with you, noticing your situation.”
  • “Looking back now I can see [how] I saw my relationship with the Lord in how much money He provided, and I put the value on myself in how much money I made.”
  • “Is God going to get me out of this if I got myself into this?”
  • “I feel that shame, and it wasn’t my fault. I was just a kid. I felt embarrassed when friends came over.”
  • “We carry around this incredible shame about our financial trauma, whether it has been our choice or it happened to us.”
  • “Money can be a power thing in marriage. Whoever is the main breadwinner can control everything.”
  • “The reality is that marriage is a partnership and we have to learn to ask for what we need.”
  • “It was me leaning into the discomfort that led to me leaning into God, who was the only comfort that brought me out of it and also sharpened my character in the process.”
  • “What is the story I am telling myself as I am getting out of this? And what is the story I am telling myself of God being in it?”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned in Show:

Mar 01, 2021
EP. 29: When We Don't Fit In (with Vivian Mabuni)
32:11

As we revisit this episode of God Hears Her, Vivian Mabuni admits that as an American of Asian descent, she’s struggled to fit in, and this reality leads to a conversation on diversity, inclusion, and healing. From understanding terms like “microaggression” to walking us through how to be a good friend to someone who’s hurting, this is a conversation about how God intended us to love others, even those who are different from us.

About Our Guest: 

Vivian Mabuni is a teacher and uses the platforms of writing, speaking, and podcasting to encourage women to find the abundant life Christ offers within the good and bad of life. Her battle with cancer led her to see God as present and faithful, even when life is not working out the way she expected. She wants people to know that following Jesus is not a pain-free and smooth journey, but it is still rich and good! Her newest book is titled Open Hands Willing Heart: Discover the Joy of Saying Yes to God.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Microaggression: An othering; it separates us. According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, a microaggression is “a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group.”
  • “I have been on a journey, really, and some of it has been learning to actually embrace and celebrate my ethnic heritage because most of my life I spent trying to fit in.”
  • Here’s a kind way to ask a person of a different ethnic background about themselves:  “Will you share with me your ethnic heritage?” Also, learn your own ethnic heritage so you can contribute to the conversation.
  • “American does not mean ‘white,’ and we tend to start to think that is the normal; and that is not necessarily normal. It’s its own experience.”
  • There is a strong rooting that takes place when we understand who we are and where we are from.
  • God intends for us to live in unity, but unity is not uniformity. 
  • “I am not going to let what would be injustice, impact my character.”
  • “Instead of segregating our offerings into little cliques, which is so difficult, can we be more intentional of being inclusive?”
  • How to help a friend who is healing: “To be a good friend, don’t offer advice. The present of presence just goes so much further.”
  • We all heal differently, and learning to be a gracious receiver is hard. We need to be respectful that each of us handles suffering differently.

 

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Feb 15, 2021
EP. 28: How We Hear From God
30:40

Show Summary: 

Do you find that God speaks to you in a powerful, audible voice? Or do you have a hard time discerning if God is speaking to you at all? In this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn discuss a number of ways we can hear God.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “The title of this podcast is God Hears Her, and to be honest it has always thrown me. God hears her . . . wait, how do we hear God?”
  • God speaks to us during our Scripture reading.
  • Some of us may hear God audibly, whether it be loud and known or as a soft whisper.
  • We can hear from God through other people: our mentors, friends, family. Be sure to discern appropriately whether the person speaking into you is doing it from the heart of God. Review their words against Scripture and allow God to confirm. 
  • God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, the living Word of God. This can sometimes bring out unexplainable emotion in you, even tears.
  • Eryn’s unplugged morning routine: 1. What am I feeling? 2. Recap yesterday. 3. Talk to God. What is on your heart and mind? 4. Confess. 5. Invite Him in: “God, what do you want to tell me?” 6. Open up Scripture.
  • Journaling can allow us to hear and connect with God.
  • Listen for God while you enjoy art, nature, music, books, conversation, or even a Bible study.
  • Pick a word. Each year focus on a word that God has given to you and really lean into His wisdom and focus on that word. 
  • “How do I hear God? Sometimes it’s in the silence of just sitting and knowing that He hears me.”

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Feb 01, 2021
EP. 27: Taste And See (with Margaret Feinberg)
32:02

Show Summary: 

God could have designed humans to eat rocks, but instead He created food and gave men and women thousands of taste buds to enjoy it. On this episode of “God Hears Her,” Margaret Feinberg joins the show to talk food, which is really a discussion into the deepest longings of a woman’s heart, and God’s invitation to taste and see that He is good. 

About Our Guest:

Margaret Feinberg is a podcaster on The Joycast, a speaker, and an author of several books that have sold over a million copies. She was recently named one of Christianity Today’s top 50 women shaping culture and the church. She lives in Utah with her husband, Leif, and their super-pup Hershey. Her recent book is Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers and Fresh Food Markets.

Notes and Quotes:  

  • "Food is God’s love made edible." 
  • "God creates the garden with a plethora of food and then gives us thousands of taste buds to enjoy it." 
  • "What we really ache for is to know and be known, to love and be loved, and to enter a place where we can be vulnerable and any sense of shame scurries away." 
  • "Communities are little mirrors that reflect ourselves back to us." 
  • "There are times when I need, through prayer and Scripture, to hear God’s love for me.  And there are other times, for that to really take root, I need to hear it through other humans who are reflecting His glory and His presence." 
  • "Social media is a dangerous game because it begins to feel like 'life.' But when words come from a person, in person, they are more meaningful and life-changing." 
  • "If you want to have community, you have to build it, often out of nothing." 
  • "If we want to be seen, we may have to open our eyes and see first. If we want to be heard, we have to become people who are really great listeners." 
  • "The deepest hungers of your heart are uniquely designed to be met first and foremost by God. Jesus really is the One who can speak the syllables you most need to hear." 
  • "Reach out to meet others’ needs; and as you love them and bring joy to them, you’ll find some of your needs met too." 
  • "Choose good people: life-giving, Jesus-loving, makes-you-laugh-until-tears-run-down- your-cheeks-and-other-places kind of people."

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Verses: 

Hebrews 13:21 NIV “We are called, equipped, and chosen.” 

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “Plan and a future”

Ephesians 2:10 NIV “Appointed good works for me to do”

Romans 8:38 NIV “I am loved by God.”

2 Corinthians 10 NIV “Take every thought captive.”

Jan 18, 2021
EP. 26: Big Decisions and Crossroads
30:21

It’s estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions each day. But what happens when one of those decisions is life changing? Decisions like where to go to college or whether to move across the country for a job. What are some of the decisions you’re facing right now? In this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa chat about ways in which they have learned to hear God’s voice and follow where He leads. 

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “There are times when we come to a crossroads moment to make a decision and we get wrapped up in the thought that our desires and God’s desires could never align.”
  • “It really boils down to ‘Is my heart aligned with God’s? And am I seeking Him? Am I listening to Him?’’’
  • “God does grow us through the really difficult times in life.”
  • “When we are at that crossroads; we can choose for God and with God. It’s a ‘we’ experience at that crossroads.”
  • “When we’re in a ‘we’ with God, His spirit directs us. His being woos us onto the right choice with Him.”
  • “We do our best and we yield the results to Him for what might happen.”
  • “It is so important to have a really small group of close friends that you can let in to the choices you are making and that can speak in, like mentors.”
  • “Crossroads are really a place of living. They’re a continual place  of being, of dwelling.”

 

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Jan 04, 2021
EP. 25: The Practical Benefits of Gratitude
30:13

What does the Christmas season mean to you? Do you still get filled with childlike nostalgia? Do you find it easy to think about the birth of our Savior? Or maybe Christmas often feels like a time of difficulty and struggle for you? The layers and emotions associated with the holidays can sometimes be overwhelming for us. Elisa and Eryn pinpoint some of their own lessons from past Christmas celebrations while also highlighting ways in which we can focus on turning this often stressful season into a season all of us can once again enjoy.

 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Give thanks in all circumstances. It’s not for all circumstances, but in all circumstances.” 
  • “So in that moment, look at that one item and [say], ‘Okay I don’t want this in my life, but I am going to give thanks in it, trusting your character, God, in it.’”
  • “When we say that, I think we are a little afraid it sounds like whining to God, but maybe it sounds like honesty to God.”
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Fingers: Trace your hand on a piece of paper and write down what you are thankful for on each finger. 
  • “Gratitude changes us.”
  • “It doesn't diminish the bad, it’s still there; but it puts it into a perspective that helps us in that circumstance to find gratitude.”
  • “Comparison is in the holidays. We compare a lot. I compare a lot . . . what that family looks like, what their holiday card looks like.”
  • “No one is really living a Hallmark life, we are all living real life.”
  • Ideas to get our grateful going: gratitude journal, sticky note reminders, focus on an ornament, correct self-talk, gratitude partner, think about other people.

 

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Dec 14, 2020
EP. 24: When We Feel We Aren’t Enough (with Laura Smith)
31:31

We all experience life-defining moments. Some of those moments can be good and life-changing while other moments are not so good. What happens when we allow those not-so-good moments to negatively define our identities? Speaker and best-selling author Laura Smith joins Elisa and Eryn to share ways in which we can learn to overcome the lies that we’ve believed and focus on God’s life-changing and freeing truth. 

Bio of guest: 

Laura Smith is an avid storyteller through her books, blog posts, and public speaking. Her recent book How Sweet the Sound focuses on the beauty and truth that come from Scripture-inspired hymns. Along with being a wife and mom, Laura’s hope is to use her writing and public speaking to help others discover the identity that God has instilled in each of us.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I think it’s so interesting how, you know, you can grow up thinking one way about your family life, and then you step into this awareness of what it really is.”
  • “He loves us for exactly who we are, because He created us in His image—because He created us!”          
  • “In college, I had my Bible. I would read it every day, then I would put it under my pillow and go do whatever the heck I wanted. I believed in God, and I loved him, but I didn’t live like it.”
  • “It was some sort of lie that I started to believe when I was younger, that if I do these things, then ‘this’ will make ‘this’ true.”
  • “I am trying to honor the fact that forgiveness and trust are not the same thing.”
  • “I can forgive [my dad] and be kind to him, but I don’t have to trust him and let him into my safe spaces.”
  • “We tend to think that when we come to know Jesus that everything is just ‘BING’ and resolved and wrapped up in this box with a pretty bow on it. And real life is often: God promises and does meet the desires of our hearts. Sometimes it’s now, sometimes it’s  later, sometimes it’s not really in this lifetime.”
  • Three resounding themes: God is almighty. He loves us unconditionally. He will never leave us.
  • “So many of us want to throw out the pain in our lives; the hardness of our lives; the embarrassing, depleting, revealing in our lives; and think, ‘Okay, now God can come in, and now He can do something with me.’”
  • “God planted good in the soil of your pain.”
  • “We have to really focus on who we are listening to for our identity.”
  • Three ways to stay in the truth that God created me as a masterpiece: Read the Bible every day; pray every day “Who do you see me as?”; hang out with core people you can trust and confide in.

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Nov 30, 2020
EP. 23: Freedom to Have Fun
23:01

“Adulting” can often make us feel bogged down by jobs, parenting, and other community responsibilities, and it can be difficult finding time to “play.” Elisa and Eryn look at the importance of loosening up and having fun, and why that needs to be a priority for all of us. It’s not a waste of time! In fact, we need to be intentional about it.    

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Why is it that when we get older we quit playing?”
  • “I can think of all the other priorities in my life, but play is not one of them. It feels selfish.”
  • “Maybe another reason we don’t play is because we need to give up a little control.”
  • “The hardest time of my life to play was when I was mothering young children. Because they are always playing, and you want them to, but you don’t have any time to play.”
  • “Try to enjoy play with [your kids], and then try to ask for a break. Ask for a sitter for the kids and go out for girl time or date night. And do something silly!”
  • “I think sometimes we think it’s reckless, and really it’s being faithful to play.”
  • Popcorn ideas of how we can begin to play: Do something you have never done! Take a pottery class. Learn to knit. Try oil painting. Be present. Play with your kids. Try to say, “Yes.” Get out in nature. Car karaoke. 
  • “Play is for the very young. And when we are young, we aren’t scared to play. To play as an adult is to become yielded and vulnerable and open and exposed, and that is dangerous. We have learned we can be hurt in that condition.”
  • “Doesn’t God delight in that vulnerability when we expose ourselves to His love?”

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Nov 23, 2020
EP. 22: Dealing with Anger
28:54

We live in a culture that tends to avoid negative emotions. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say to another person who’s angry, frustrated, or sad, “Just buck up! Look on the bright side!” But negative emotions are important. Elisa and Eryn talk about one of the most important emotions—anger—and they explore ways to follow the signs to discover what’s really going on in our hearts and minds. 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Anger is like a signal, it may not be the top emotion.”
  •  “There is this aftermath of anger that just kind of lays before us. Sometimes there’s broken pieces of relationships, and sometimes there’s broken pieces of our own hearts.”
  • “When we’re angry, could it be an expectation that’s not met?”
  • “Anger can also come from blocked goals.”
  • “Once I realized there are other layers under anger, I kind of felt a little more compassion for myself instead of all this self-condemnation and lostness.”
  • Questions to ask yourself to get to the place of self-compassion: What’s this about? Why am I surprised? What has hurt me? Why am I hurting?
  • “One thing I have learned in my relationship with the Lord is that He is so confident and so secure that my insecurity and my lack of confidence in the heat of the moment doesn’t impact Him or the way that He loves and sees me.”
  • “He [God] probably is hurt that we self-condemn. I think He is probably disappointed that we self-separate from Him and accuse Him of being unloving when He is anything but [unloving].”
  • When the anger switch flips, it’s easy to sin.
  • “Anger can actually serve us and serve God’s purposes when we do our work with it.”

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Nov 16, 2020
EP. 21: No Longer Defined by My Past (with Liz Curtis Higgs)
30:18

We’ve all made bad decisions. Some of those bad decisions come back to haunt us, and some decisions we thought were good at the time end up having nasty consequences. Oftentimes, those moments lead to regret, and many of us struggle to move past our big mistakes. Humorist Liz Curtis Higgs joins Elisa and Eryn to share how we can find freedom from the past and hope for the future. 

Bio of guest: 

Liz Curtis Higgs describes herself as a former “bad girl” who met Jesus and is no longer defined by her mistakes. She’s a best-selling author and well-known speaker, and she wrote the foreword for the best-selling devotional from Our Daily Bread Ministries titled God Sees Her. Liz currently lives with her husband, Bill, in their Kentucky home.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I have no comfort zone. I will tell anybody anything if it will point them to the grace of God.”
  • “They saw past all the ick and said, ‘At the heart, she is a woman that needs to know Jesus,’ and so they just loved me right into the kingdom.”
  • “God and His faithfulness waited.”
  • “We all found ways to numb the pain of not being part of the right crowd and created our own crowd.”
  • “For me, I am a girl who likes community, and I wanted that above all.”
  • “When it says in Scripture, ‘He gives you the desires of your heart,’ it doesn’t mean He gives you every little thing your heart desires; it means He places in your heart the desires He would have for you.”
  • “Some of it He dealt with honestly very quickly. . . . That is what I needed. Everybody is different. Some of us are weaned off the old life, and that doesn’t mean that you didn’t hear the Lord correctly or you’re disobedient.” 
  • “The path for each of us is so unique; the Savior, though, is one and the same.”
  • “We all share a kind of badness, and we all struggle with shame around badness. And my badness may not look like your badness, and yours may not look like mine. But we share it; and if we could just love each other in our badness and accept and not judge . . . wow, what a world that could be.”

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Nov 09, 2020
EP. 20: Dealing with Loss
24:00

We all experience loss. The loss of dreams. The loss of relationships. The loss of people we love. But we serve a God who can use loss for our good, and that’s what today’s episode is all about. Join Elisa and Eryn as they discuss not only what they’ve lost, but also what they’ve found. 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I went through a divorce; and before the divorce I was grieving what I thought I had [as a future]. Divorce is a death; it is like a death.”
  • Treat your marriage, or other relationship, like its own breathing entity. Is it healthy?
  • “Loss is like a bucking bronco. It throws us up in the air, and sometimes we come down and land on the back of the horse and sometimes we . . . land in the dirt.”
  • “You can experience so many kinds of different losses, but you can still have the same emotion towards it.”
  • “Loss changes you. You are not the same when you lose something. Like for me, I am not the same with marriage. It changed me.”
  • “Loss does shape us, and I think sometimes we are scared of what the shaping is going to be.”
  • “What if loss actually grows us as we do the grief work.”
  • How have you seen loss benefit your life?
  • “God will use pain to transform us.”
  • “Loss is inevitable, and there are certain lessons and gifts it provides as God redeems it.”
  • “Loss becomes a gift because from that we are able to minister to others.”
  • “Sometimes we are missing out on how He is redeeming because we are trying to take over and make Him redeem it how we would want it.”

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Nov 02, 2020
EP. 19: Does God Have Someone for Me?
24:19

Does God have someone for me? It’s a question everyone wonders at some point or another, especially in a culture that suggests romantic relationships are the norm. Join Elisa and Eryn as they dive deep into their struggles with loneliness and healing after relationship loss, as well as discuss a unique and important twist on this popular question.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I don’t see myself the way God sees me. I was seeing myself through the lens of the person I was dating.” 
  • We are made for relationships and connection.
  • “I think what I am learning in this whole journey of being single after being married is that I just desire to become the person I am meant to be.”
  • “I was seeking relationships to fill voids that only God could fill.”
  • “When you are single, there is so much work to be done because our identities have been formed in relationship to others.”
  • “Relationships define so much around us.”
  • “I think God has a lot of people for us. I think marriage is one thing, and it is an important thing. But I also think the reality is we are humans, and our relationships that can be fully satisfying can function a little bit like an island of intimacy.” 
  • “Until we let God love us, we can’t love ourselves. And until we love ourselves, we can not love another.”
  • We ask the question if God has anyone for us. Well, He has Himself for us. And yes, He invites us into relationships.
  • In seasons of singleness, we have time to show up and be present for the loved ones we have around us. Be careful not to overlook that. 
  • “Flip the question and instead of asking if God has anyone for us, ask ‘Can I be someone for God?’”

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Oct 26, 2020
EP. 18: How God Redeems Brokenness (with Toni Collier)
28:03

We all have moments in our past that lead to brokenness. For some, this is a recent past, and for others, childhood trauma continues to shape present reality. What brokennessor broken peoplehave you experienced in your life? Today, Toni Collier joins God Hears Her to remind all of us that our past doesn’t have to define us. Instead, even our brokenness can be redeemed by God and used for His glory and our good. 

Bio of guest: 

Toni Collier is a communicator, host, and consultant at North Point Ministries. She’s also a voice of Our Daily Bread, and the creator of the blog “Broken Crayons Still Color”—a place for women to be reminded that our past doesn’t define us. Toni is “Texas proud” of her Houston, Texas, roots, but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and family.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “There is a balance between being imperfect and striving for perfection, and I think the middle is hard to sit in.”
  • “I went through a mindset shift that there was a God that wasn’t up there with His finger pointing down at me, but instead was like ‘put me in coach.’”
  • Counseling is not a weakness, it is needed. 
  • “Our lives are like bookshelves.”
  • “It is not the brokenness we are lifting up and celebrating, but it is God’s presence and redemption in the brokenness.”
  • “The world has lied to us, and told us we had to be perfect to be used.”
  • “The truth is, God wants to use us in the middle of our mess.”
  • This is the time to walk boldly in our brokenness.
  • “What people don’t know is what comes with exposing those traumas . . . anxiety.”
  • When we discover our brokenness, it takes time to heal. 
  • “You are more than enough.”

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Oct 19, 2020
EP. 17: Finding Freedom From Toxic People (with Gary Thomas)
32:44

When you read the term “toxic people,” who comes to mind? A coworker? A family member? Someone at church? Maybe it’s a group of people who feed off of one another in the worst of ways. What makes someone toxic? What’s the difference between a toxic person and someone who’s broken and needs extra love? How do you know when it’s time to walk away from a toxic person? In this episode, our guest Gary Thomas will be leading us through a discussion of how to recognize and when to walk away from toxic people.

Bio of guest: 

Gary Thomas is the best-selling author of over 20 books including the topic of today’s show: When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People. Gary serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 25 years. They have three adult children and a granddaughter. 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “Walking away isn’t always a statement of failure; it’s a statement of strategy.”
  • If we let toxic people control our thoughts and focus, then we lose sight of the purpose God has for us.
  • “Here’s my voice, here’s my mission” . . .  and don’t let a toxic person distract you from that mission.
  • Women in their fifties will look back at the toxic people from their twenties and laugh at how insignificant those people have become in their lives.
  • “Gaslighting is when somebody makes you feel like you’re crazy when you are speaking the truth.”
  • “When you question your own sanity, they are destroying your foundation.”
  • “All toxic people are difficult, but not all difficult people are toxic.”
  • “Toxic people love to act in a toxic manner. Healthy people will occasionally act in a toxic way.”
  • “Walking away is actually an act of worship.”
  • “Toxic people often use toxic language. . . . They don’t want you to act like a Christian to please God, they are using your desire to please God as a weapon to control you.”

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Oct 12, 2020
EP. 16: Handling the Uncertainty of COVID
29:33

COVID-19 has exposed a unique set of challenges for everyone, especially women. Join hosts Elisa and Eryn as they discuss their own personal struggles of being worn down during this global pandemic and share some practical tips on how to reground yourself with God.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “This uncertainty is magnifying and pointing out the truth that we truly are not in control of our lives, but He is.”
  • “This time right now has revealed to me how important and precious a quiet time is.”
  • “In the suffering, we can develop endurance and character.”
  • Practical things you can do to ground yourself: journaling; quiet time; a breath prayer; squeeze your hands before Jesus to illustrate your desire for control, and then physically open your hands and lift up your concerns to Him.
  • “When we hold our lives so tightly and love them so hard the way they are, we can end up almost destroying them.”
  • “In this season of uncertainty, I think the [lesson] is to hold things more loosely.”
  • Uncertainty creates anxiety or worry.
  • “Be a ‘we’ team with God.”
  • “Be kind to yourself and to each other. Everybody is stressed.”

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Oct 05, 2020
EP. 15: Navigating Difficult Relationships (with Patricia Raybon)
24:27

How do you navigate difficult relationships? How do you handle deep disagreements with people you love? What does it look like to deal with conflict when the person you’re at odds with is a family member or a close friend? Today on God Hears Her, Patricia Raybon joins Eryn and Elisa to share her story of navigating a complicated relationship and offers practical wisdom for those of us who may find ourselves in a similar situation.

Bio of guest: 

Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author and journalist and a writer for both Our Daily Bread Ministries and DaySpring’s (in)courage Blog. She guides people into conversations on faith, race, and grace, and lives out her practical wisdom through relationships with people from different ethnic and faith backgrounds. Her most recent book is titled Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace.

Notes and Quotes: 

  1. “[The topic of] race relations still confuses, worries, angers, and surprises people . . . But as I look at history, there has never been a time where people were not divided by race or ethnicity.”
  2. “Our stories are not our own . . . What I discovered is that these personal stories are not mine. They give the people that read them permission to reflect on their own lives.”
  3. “Every mother has a dream of what her family is going to look like, and when that dream is rejected, there is a grieving period.”
  4. “The Lord encouraged me to love her [my daughter], and trust Him.”
  5. “We are still able to be a family even though the details of our conflict have not been resolved.”
  6. “We agreed to respect our differences, and I agreed to respect the choice she had made. Not to accept the choice, but to respect [her].”
  7. “People love the stories when people find their way back to the faith, but that is not always the end of the story . . . Know that sometimes God is still writing.”
  8. “When you model that respect, it invites it back.”
  9. In the digital world today, we can almost always find people being hateful.
  10. “Tolerance allows my family to keep going.”

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Sep 28, 2020
EP. 14: Finding Peace
23:40

We’ve all been there. We’ve made what we think are perfect plans just to have them seemingly dismantled. Or something unexpected happens, and it feels like life is turned upside down. Often in those times we have big questions and open answers. Today, let’s talk about finding peace in the midst of uncertainty.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Sometimes we get very transactional with God “‘If I do it right, then I will be rewarded with this.’ But does God work that way? No.” 
  • When we get into tidal wave situations, no matter what they are, God helps us and comforts us. 
  • When you feel overwhelmed or let down, try this: stop, look back at the things God has done for you, recount them all, write them down. Sit with God and reflect on how faithful He has been to you. 
  • Find a tangible reminder to go and pray and express your trust in God to provide. He is faithful.
  • “When we have no control over anything, He has control.”
  • Spiritual amnesia: we forget that God is faithful.
  • “Remove and move any distractions that would distract me from Him.”
  • “Instead of worrying, I was anticipating . . . okay God, where are you going to land me?”

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Sep 21, 2020
EP. 13: Enjoying & Exploring Scripture (with Meghan Good)
31:32

Have you ever felt like diving into Scripture was either too intimidating or boring because “been there, done that”? Well, our guest Meghan Larissa Good has been there too, and she joins Elisa and Eryn to offer tangible ways to explore the big story Scripture tells. 

Bio of guest: 

Meghan Larissa Good teaches at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona, and has degrees from Gordon College, Duke Divinity School, and Portland Seminary. She is also an author; and her most recent book, The Bible Unwrapped, helps make sense of the big story Scripture tells and how that story impacts us today. 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Jesus as a companion means always having a friend with you. He is real and accessible.
  • Meghan’s Scripture practice: Sitting with Scripture and writing down questions, observations, and even prayer. Think about the purpose each story represents.
  • If you find yourself in a prayer rut, introduce Scripture to help you pray with a new outlook.
  • “The Bible is not mechanical. What we are hearing is a narrative of God’s engagement with people.”
  • The Bible is not meant to be intimidating. It’s meant to be dug into; and it’s an invitation to be romanced by what Jesus wants to teach you.
  • “I think people have a lot of fear of getting it (the Bible) wrong, and this feels like a high- stakes thing to get wrong. Like, ‘What if I get God wrong? What if I get God’s desire wrong?’”
  • The plotline of the entire Bible is summed up in this: “God is remaking the world and bringing all broken things back together.”
  • The Bible is a window, not a mirror. “It’s a means, not an end.” We look through Scripture, not at it. If we treat it like a mirror, we are doomed. If we look at it like a painting, we are missing the point.
  • “Sometimes we feel like we have to be a certain way, look a certain way, or act a certain way to be used by God. But His continual pursuit for our heart shows us that we don’t have to be anything other than exactly what we are.”
  • “The Christian life is not about being right, it is about being love.”

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Sep 14, 2020
EP. 12: Feeling Out of Place (with Amy Boucher Pye)
26:47

Whether it’s a big move, the end of an important relationship, or a child going off to school, we have all experienced transition. On this episode of God Hears Her, Eryn and Elisa host author Amy Boucher Pye and discuss how God led her through a major life transition of her own. And through Amy’s experience, there may be some helpful ideas for the rest of us for the next time we enter a season of transition.

Bio of guest: 

Amy Boucher Pye is a writer and speaker and an American living in London. She writes devotional thoughts for several publications including Our Daily Bread and is the author of the award-winning Finding Myself in Britain and The Living Cross.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • We as Americans are so isolated about the reality of our global church.”
  • “I knew that my calling was not my work. But, oh boy, when you’re not working you’re like ‘who am I, and where is God?’”
  • “As women . . . we mistake roles for identity, and it gets really confusing. You have to remember who you are, and how God sees you. Realize that my identity is not the role, the role was a place I was invited to serve. ”
  • “During the tender times when stresses and insecurities are high, make sure your relationship with God is very solid.” 
  • “Pray and ask God for friends, but then also do your part in that. Sometimes it’s making a plan or joining a crafting group.”
  • “One of the best pieces of advice I have been given is to ‘invest by owing.’ Instead of being the answer woman, invite somebody else to help you. Then somebody else is going to feel valued and necessary; and you will have a beautiful, mutual exchange. ”
  • “Sometimes we have to relinquish something so God can give it back in another way.”
  • Note: Though I walk through _____, God is with me.
  • “All of us are in transition, where things we depend on are stripped away. So look for the green.”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned In Show: 

Verses Mentioned in Show: 

  • Psalm 23:4 NIV Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • Psalm 23:2 NIV  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.
Jul 13, 2020
EP. 11: Faith and Feelings
26:21

Have you ever had one of those days? Or even one of those weeks? We’ve all been there. Join us this week on God Hears Her as Eryn and Elisa discuss emotions and a way to process hard feelings with God. 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Feelings are neither right or wrong, feelings inform us. —Ann Voskamp
  • “I can come to Him, or I can’t. I get to choose that, right? But grace is always there. It is always present. It is not forced upon us, but it is always there.”
  • “Jesus doesn’t do life alone. He is in relationship with the Father and Spirit.”
  • “Sometimes I struggle with feeling like I have to be put together in order to come to Him.”
  • “Write down those ugly, shameful feelings and look at them. Not as an Instagram caption, but as a sacred moment, alone. Then admit and accept where you are, and surrender that to God. Evaluate your life choices: Are they bringing you closer to or farther away from God? And then set reminders to live in God’s truth.”
  • “I think that’s the biggest thing with feelings and faith: Sometimes we think they can’t be in tandem. They can’t live together.”
  • “Breathe Prayer: Lord, guide me to the wise path that protects my heart for the purposes you have for me. Use me to honor what you want me to know: that I am loved, that I need work, that I am called to a greater purpose you have for me, and that I don’t need to be scared of my ‘messy.’ But help me to recognize the messy and give it over to you. I love you, Jesus. Amen.”
  • When our feelings are messy, it’s so important to tell someone, because we can lean in on their faith when our faith isn’t there.

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned In Show: 

Verses Mentioned In Show: 

  • Matthew 11:28–29 NIV Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  • Psalm 116:6 NIV The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Jul 06, 2020
EP. 10: A Contagious Faith
28:15

Everyone has someone in their life that they hope comes to know our loving God. Who is that for you? In today’s episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn compile a list of faith-sharing tips that can guide us through conversations with those on our “Most Wanted List”—those we most want to know Jesus. Join along and hear how God can use us as a voice for Him.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Make a “Most Wanted List”: A list of people you most want to come to know the God you love.
  • “There is somebody in everybody’s mind that they wish would come to know the God they love.”
  • People who don’t know Jesus think of people who do know Jesus as hypocritical, judgmental, or too political.
  • “A really big reason I don’t talk about Jesus that much is because I’m afraid I am going to get it wrong.”
  • “You really can’t argue with a story. So if we can be as confident in our story (that involves our faith and God) as someone is with their story, then we don’t need to apologize for who God is. We can simply share who He has been to us.”
  • Faith Sharing Tips: Know what your story is, know how to tell your story, know how to ask other people about their story, know how to explain beyond the jargon of our faith, share through your actions, pray.
  • Understand that Jesus “has” the person you love. The timing and end result may not be the same as you want, but He has them.
  • Trust and believe that God will provide the words when you are trying to share about Him.
  • “In the end we do our own work by trusting that God has this.”

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned In Show: 

 

Jun 29, 2020
EP. 9: When We Don't Fit In (with Vivian Mabuni)
32:51

During this week’s episode of God Hears Her, Vivian Mabuni admits that as an American of Asian descent, she’s struggled to fit in, and this reality leads to a conversation on diversity, inclusion, and healing. From understanding terms like “microaggression” to walking us through how to be a good friend to someone who’s hurting, this is a conversation about how God intended us to love others, even those who are different from us.

Guest Bio: 

Vivian Mabuni is a teacher and uses the platforms of writing, speaking, and podcasting to encourage women to find the abundant life Christ offers within the good and bad of life. Her battle with cancer led her to see God as present and faithful, even when life is not working out the way she expected. She wants people to know that following Jesus is not a pain-free and smooth journey, but it is still rich and good! Her newest book is titled Open Hands Willing Heart: Discover the Joy of Saying Yes to God.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Microaggression: An othering; it separates us. According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, a microaggression is “a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group.”
  • “I have been on a journey, really, and some of it has been learning to actually embrace and celebrate my ethnic heritage because most of my life I spent trying to fit in.”
  • Here’s a kind way to ask a person of a different ethnic background about themselves:  “Will you share with me your ethnic heritage?” Also, learn your own ethnic heritage so you can contribute to the conversation.
  • “American does not mean ‘white,’ and we tend to start to think that is the normal; and that is not necessarily normal. It’s its own experience.”
  • There is a strong rooting that takes place when we understand who we are and where we are from.
  • God intends for us to live in unity, but unity is not uniformity. 
  • “I am not going to let what would be injustice, impact my character.”
  • “Instead of segregating our offerings into little cliques, which is so difficult, can we be more intentional of being inclusive?”
  • How to help a friend who is healing: “To be a good friend, don’t offer advice. The present of presence just goes so much further.”
  • We all heal differently, and learning to be a gracious receiver is hard. We need to be respectful that each of us handles suffering differently.

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Jun 22, 2020
EP. 8: When We Feel Invisible (with Robert Gelinas)
28:15

Show Summary:

Feeling unseen, unheard, and invisible is something many of us struggle with. In this week’s episode of God Hears Her, Robert Gelinas describes overcoming feelings of being invisible and introduces us to Hagar and the God who sees and hears her and us. 

Guest Bio: 

Robert Gelinas deeply desires to see the body of Christ united and empowered to serve the poor and the poor in spirit; the miserable and the marginalized; the disabled and those deemed unimportant. Robert is the pastor of Colorado Community Church and the author of several books including his most recent, Discipled by Jesus. He and his wife, Barbara, live with their six children in the Denver area.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I felt loved, but I did not feel seen or heard in my family. I felt invisible.”
  • “The pastor says, ‘I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,’ and when I went under water it was like time stopped because I didn’t know who my dad was, and this man said Father.”
  • Sometimes we don’t realize there is a big gap in our heart that desires to be known or noticed, until we are. 
  • “The people we interact with on this planet can mirror how He views us.”
  • “I don’t think the first woman wondered if she was seen and heard. I don’t think Eve ever woke up before the fall and said, ‘Does God see me, and does my husband see me?’” 
  • “Are you really there if nobody sees you?”
  • “We would rather be invisible than be exposed.”
  • Our fear of being vulnerable, or being exposed, gets in the way of us being seen or being known.
  • “Is it a right? It is more than a right, it’s what you were created for.” Referring to a woman questioning if it is her right to be seen and heard.
  • When you feel invisible, you think it’s possibly your fault. But when you have that moment where God reveals to you that He sees you, then at least you know: I am not invisible. I am real. I exist.

Links/Books/Resources Mentioned In Show: 

Verses Mentioned In Show: 

The Book of Lamentations NIV

Jun 15, 2020
EP. 7: Friendable
23:21

Show Summary:

How would you describe the perfect friend? Have you ever thought to ask yourself, “Am I friendable?” In this week’s episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn share tips and experiences that can help us find, and become, better friends. 

Notes and Quotes: 

  • Regarding friendship: “I think instead of looking for that 24-7, I think we need to learn to be it. I call that being friendable—that I am open to a friend by being a friend to others.”
  • Friend tip: You have to know your own story.
  • Asking other people their story. Use the elevator analogy when asking someone their story. Get in the elevator, but allow them to choose what floor they are going to. Instead of pushing and probing, let it be open-ended and allow the person you asked to decide what floor, or level, they would like to get off at.
  • Let the vulnerability lay in the lap of the person you are trying to befriend.
  • Kill the competition. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you can be happy and confident in what God is doing in your life instead of comparing your life to what He’s doing in the lives of others. 
  • Be open to finding friends in unexpected places. 
  • “We are wired for connection and friendship; and I think that God listens, and He wants to provide us friends that can meet us there.”
  • Don’t be afraid to ask God, “Hey, will you bring me a friend?” or “Hey, will you make me more friendable?”
  • “I think there is something different that God has provided for us by providing Jesus. It is a kind of a friendship—it’s a spiritual friendship—but it’s a companion.”
  • Leaning into God (in the areas we look for fulfillment from a friend) can protect our friendships and in turn make us closer friends with God.

Links: 

Verses: 

Jun 08, 2020
EP. 6: How We Hear From God
31:04

Show Summary: 

Do you find that God speaks to you in a powerful, audible voice? Or do you have a hard time discerning if God is speaking to you at all? In this episode of God Hears Her, Elisa and Eryn discuss a number of ways we can hear God.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “The title of this podcast is God Hears Her, and to be honest it has always thrown me. God hears her . . . wait, how do we hear God?”
  • God speaks to us during our Scripture reading.
  • Some of us may hear God audibly, whether it be loud and known or as a soft whisper.
  • We can hear from God through other people: our mentors, friends, family. Be sure to discern appropriately whether the person speaking into you is doing it from the heart of God. Review their words against Scripture and allow God to confirm. 
  • God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, the living Word of God. This can sometimes bring out unexplainable emotion in you, even tears.
  • Eryn’s unplugged morning routine: 1. What am I feeling? 2. Recap yesterday. 3. Talk to God. What is on your heart and mind? 4. Confess. 5. Invite Him in: “God, what do you want to tell me?” 6. Open up Scripture.
  • Journaling can allow us to hear and connect with God.
  • Listen for God while you enjoy art, nature, music, books, conversation, or even a Bible study.
  • Pick a word. Each year focus on a word that God has given to you and really lean into His wisdom and focus on that word. 
  • “How do I hear God? Sometimes it’s in the silence of just sitting and knowing that He hears me.”

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Jun 01, 2020
EP. 5: True Beauty (with Philip Yancey)
28:03

Do you sometimes find yourself overlooked or on the outside of society? Do you have a hard time believing that God sees you, He hears you, and He loves you? In this episode of God Hears Her, Philip Yancey takes us on a journey across the globe to show how God can use some of the most unlikely women to reflect His image.

Links: 

May 25, 2020
EP. 4: Taste and See (with Margaret Feinberg)
30:58

Show Summary: 

God could have designed humans to eat rocks, but instead He created food and gave men and women thousands of taste buds to enjoy it. On this episode of “God Hears Her,” Margaret Feinberg joins the show to talk food, which is really a discussion into the deepest longings of a woman’s heart, and God’s invitation to taste and see that He is good. 

About Our Guest:

Margaret Feinberg is a podcaster on The Joycast, a speaker, and an author of several books that have sold over a million copies. She was recently named one of Christianity Today’s top 50 women shaping culture and the church. She lives in Utah with her husband, Leif, and their super-pup Hershey. Her recent book is Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers and Fresh Food Markets.

Notes and Quotes:  

  • "Food is God’s love made edible." 
  • "God creates the garden with a plethora of food and then gives us thousands of taste buds to enjoy it." 
  • "What we really ache for is to know and be known, to love and be loved, and to enter a place where we can be vulnerable and any sense of shame scurries away." 
  • "Communities are little mirrors that reflect ourselves back to us." 
  • "There are times when I need, through prayer and Scripture, to hear God’s love for me.  And there are other times, for that to really take root, I need to hear it through other humans who are reflecting His glory and His presence." 
  • "Social media is a dangerous game because it begins to feel like 'life.' But when words come from a person, in person, they are more meaningful and life-changing." 
  • "If you want to have community, you have to build it, often out of nothing." 
  • "If we want to be seen, we may have to open our eyes and see first. If we want to be heard, we have to become people who are really great listeners." 
  • "The deepest hungers of your heart are uniquely designed to be met first and foremost by God. Jesus really is the One who can speak the syllables you most need to hear." 
  • "Reach out to meet others’ needs; and as you love them and bring joy to them, you’ll find some of your needs met too." 
  • "Choose good people: life-giving, Jesus-loving, makes-you-laugh-until-tears-run-down- your-cheeks-and-other-places kind of people."

Links:

Verses: 

Hebrews 13:21 NIV “We are called, equipped, and chosen.” 

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “Plan and a future”

Ephesians 2:10 NIV “Appointed good works for me to do”

Romans 8:38 NIV “I am loved by God.”

2 Corinthians 10 NIV “Take every thought captive.”

 

May 18, 2020
EP. 3: When I'm in Pain (with Xochitl Dixon)
27:21

Where is God when we’re in pain? What does it look like to trust God’s plan and pace in the midst of suffering? On this episode of God Hears Her, Xochitl Dixon and her service dog Callie join Eryn and Elisa to share how God can use even the tough stuff of life to draw us to Himself. 

Click here for Show Notes on godhearsher.org.

Mar 23, 2020
EP. 2: The Beauty of Broken (Elisa Morgan's Story)
31:53

Brokenness is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to define our lives. Like gooey unfinished brownies, God isn’t finished with us yet. Our undoneness can point us to our need for God and point others to their need for him as well. In today’s episode of God Hears Her, Elisa Morgan shares her story of how God created beauty out of her broken childhood and broken family-life. 

Click here for Show Notes on godhearsher.org.

Mar 21, 2020
EP. 1: So Worth Loving (Eryn Eddy's Story)
24:22

What’s blocking you from believing the truth that God sees you, hears you, and loves you? In this first episode of “God Hears Her,” Eryn shares her story of creating an organization called “So Worth Loving.” Both Elisa and Eryn share some practical ways to recognize and remove the lies that keep us from experiencing the love of God.

Click here for Show Notes on godhearsher.org.



Mar 20, 2020