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Millions have been encouraged and inspired by the words of the #1 best-selling 365-day devotional "Jesus Calling." Listen to real-life stories of faith as told by those who have experienced the power of living in His presence.

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith Sarah Young

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Millions have been encouraged and inspired by the words of the #1 best-selling 365-day devotional "Jesus Calling." Listen to real-life stories of faith as told by those who have experienced the power of living in His presence.

    When You Are Broken, God Can Make You Strong: Lisa Bevere & Kurt Angle

    When You Are Broken, God Can Make You Strong: Lisa Bevere & Kurt Angle

    In our weakest hour, when all hope is lost and we don’t feel like we can pick ourselves back up, God is there, waiting for us to release our burdens and ask for help. Writer and speaker Lisa Bevere had to overcome a hurt she didn’t even realize was holding her back: a difficult relationship with her mother. Lisa spent years trying to find a female mentor, only to discover God wanted Lisa to be the mentor to other young women she’d always wanted. Lisa had to learn that God had given her strength, and as she let go of the excuses she had made for herself, she stepped into the strength that was always there. Former WWE wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle had it all—he was in the spotlight on the world’s stage. But Kurt struggled as he followed a pattern of drugs and alcohol his dad set before him. He realized that he would never be strong enough to break the cycle on his own: he needed Jesus.
    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling for Easter
    Jesus Calling: The Story of Easter on special at Books-A-Million.com

    Jesus Calling episode, A Pilot & a POW Cling to Faith During Crisis: Tammie Jo Shults & Carlyle “Smitty” Harris



    Lisa Bevere
    Messenger International
    Strong: Devotions to Live a Powerful & Passionate Life book
    BibleGateway.com
     
    Kurt Angle
    Kurt Angle (Facebook)
    ESPN 
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I have such a heart to see women empowered, to be strong, and to understand they don't have to take their strength from somebody else—they get their strength from God.” - Lisa Bevere
    “God said to me, ‘I don't want a mentoring of pride. I want mentoring of brokenness. I want you to pour out of your longing, because this is what is going to actually bring healing.’” - Lisa Bevere
    “When we think in the back of our mind that being a woman is a weakness, being a woman is a problem, when we think, I could be more powerful if I was a man, then we're actually buying into the enemy's lie, and we're devaluing who God created us to be.” - Lisa Bevere 
    “I didn't know how to do the, "I'm upset. I'm going to step back so that we can sit down together." What I did is I attacked people instead of problems. I attacked character instead of the crisis.” -  Lisa Bevere, on her struggle with anger
    “There are a whole lot of reasons that people can give on why they're broken, why they are wounded, why they are hurt. And I have so much compassion for that, but I have good news: what Jesus did for you is more powerful than what anybody did to you.” - Lisa Bevere
    ”I think it's important for women to have friendships with women that are older than them, women that are their same age and in the same season, and then women who are younger.” - Lisa Bevere 
    “Too many people think that God has somehow gone mute, and yet Jesus still speaks. He speaks love. He speaks redemption. He says, “I do not condemn.” He says, “I am your light. You don't have to walk in the realm of shadow anymore.” - Lisa Bevere
    “One thing I did think about was, I don’t want to become that guy. And, you know, twenty-five years later, I was much of the same guy, my father in every aspect.” - Kurt Angle, on his father  
    “I had this love affair on the side with alcohol and drugs. And I also had my relationship with God, but I never mixed it. So I was like, “God, I'm going to turn off right now. I'm going to go to my drinking and my drugs and I'll get back to You in a few hours.’” - Kurt Angle
    “So every day in rehab, I kept praying, ‘God, please, I don't want to be a screw up. I don't want to come out of here and go back to where I was. I want to progress. I want to move forward.’” - Kurt Angle
    “I'm always changing and always asking, ‘What's the next step for me? Where do I go

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    God’s People, Made In His Image, Working Together: Miles McPherson & Derek Evans

    God’s People, Made In His Image, Working Together: Miles McPherson & Derek Evans

    The more we work and serve alongside people who are different from us, the more readily we see the image of God in everyone. Former San Diego Chargers player Miles McPherson shares how he got mixed up in drugs and the wrong lifestyle in the NFL, but was saved by God when he called out to Him in his lowest moment. Today Miles pastors the Rock Church in San Diego shares that we all have one very important thing in common: God made us in His image, which means we’re all neighbors regardless of skin color. Since he was a little boy, Derek Evans knew he wanted to lend a helping hand to many. After a series of obstacles led him to question his purpose, God helped Derek discover how a small t-shirt company he’d started called Project 615 could change the lives of not only his neighbors at home, but across the world. 
    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling for Easter
    Jesus Calling episode, Heavenly Connections: Kristin Chenoweth, Joanne Rogers, & Montell Jordan



    Miles McPherson

    Rock Church in San Diego, CA
    The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation book
    Pop Warner football
    The Good Samaritan story
     
    Derek Evans

    Project 615
    The Bridge Ministry
    Made to Change the World book
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “Every NFL team has a Christian contingent. They all have chapels. They all have chapel before the game. They all have Bible study during the week. And so there was a group on our team, and I watched them and knew that what they had, I wanted.” - Miles McPherson 
    “The big difference for me was having people in my life to hold me accountable and just be there to be an example.” - Miles McPherson, on life after becoming a Christian
    ”Every race conversation is about us vs. them. And the third option is that we honor what we have in common.” - Miles McPherson
    “Every time you see someone, rename them neighbor. You know, the greatest commandment is to love God with your heart, mind, and soul. And the second is just like it, to love your neighbor as yourself . . . If we would just start there and talk about people through the lens of a neighbor or brother or sister, we wouldn't say a lot of the things we say.” - Miles McPherson
    “Anytime there's change in my life, I'm more excited than fearful because I know that God always uses those opportunities to really strengthen us.” - Derek Evans 
    “The beautiful thing about being at rock bottom is that God truly uses that time to mold you, to really speak to you, to really transform your life.” - Derek Evans
    "As we're praying over [this homeless man], for the first time in my life, I felt God say, 'You're no different than this man you're praying for.'" – Derek Evans
    “God calls us to different things, and not only does He call for different things, He plants different gifts and talents inside of us that He uses to further His kingdom.” - Derek Evans
    “We must be the light, as Jesus calls us to be.” - Derek Evans
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    God Is the Restorer of Our Hearts: John & Stasi Eldredge and Chris & Emily Norton

    God Is the Restorer of Our Hearts: John & Stasi Eldredge and Chris & Emily Norton

    In our darkest moments, when we’re searching for hope and healing, we can take comfort in this: we serve a God of restoration, and His greatest desire is to heal our hearts. And all around us, we can see God’s handiwork in the living testimonies of lives restored by Him. Husband-and-wife ministry team John and Stasi Eldredge share how they help others discover (and, for some, remember) the life-changing power of turning your focus back to God, which John outlines in his devotional Restoration Year. Chris Norton was a young college football player when he suffered a devastating injury that left him paralyzed below the neck. With grit and faith, he worked hard to overcome negative diagnoses and met the goal of walking across the stage at his college graduation. Chris and his wife Emily share how they’ve weathered some of their toughest times.

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    Life Is Hard, But God Is Good: Anne Belier and Nancy Hicks

    Life Is Hard, But God Is Good: Anne Belier and Nancy Hicks

    God works in mysterious ways. When we have the road mapped out, He can take us in an entirely different direction than where we thought we were headed. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels founder, Anne Beiler, shares how she was striving to keep up the pretense of a perfect life, but when her daughter was tragically killed and Anne was manipulated and abused by someone who should’ve been a counselor, Anne buried herself in secrets. Eventually Anne discovered the power of confession, and she decided to let go of guilt and live with transparency. And today God has taken Anne’s pain and used it to help her lead a life of compassion. Starting her entertainment career as a professional singer, Nancy Hicks felt God pulling her away from music to become a host at QVC, where she ministered to others on and off screen. As her life changed, Nancy felt God guiding her to a life in ministry, and today Nancy’s mission is to share God’s love with the world.
     
    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling for Easter 
    Lifeway’s $5 Promotion on Jesus Always

    Jesus Calling episode, “Women Leading through Forgiveness and Grace: Nona Jones & Alex Seeley”
     
    Anne Beiler

    Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
    Anne Beiler’s new book, “The Secret Lies Within: An Inside Out at Overcoming Trauma and Finding Purpose in the Pain
    Bible Gateway
    Bobcat Equipment
     
    Nancy Hicks

    QVC Broadcast Programming
    Nancy Hicks’s new book, “Meant to Live: Living in Light of the Good News”
    Parsons Institute (Fashion)
    FIT in New York (Fashion)
    Wheaton College (Chicago, IL)
    Mayo Clinic (Colon Cancer)
    John and Stasi Eldredge
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “Secrets leave you powerless, they keep you in a place of darkness, keep you defeated. These secrets that talk to us inside do not allow us to live in freedom.” - Anne Beiler 
    “Confession can change the trajectory of your entire life and your family.” - Anne Beiler
    “I had to experience all this pain so that I could be compassionate with those who are suffering in our world today. “ - Anne Beiler
    “Guilt says, ‘I did something wrong.’ Shame says, ‘I am something wrong.’ So in our pain, we believe lies.” - Anne Beiler
    “When I feel decisions are tough, and things don’t always turn out the way I prayed for or believed that they should turn out, that's my go to: Life is hard, God is good. ” - Anne Beiler
    “I was like, Where am I going here? At the end of this one event that I was singing at, I sensed the Lord saying, “Continue to use the gift to honor me.” - Nancy Hicks
    “If you call yourself a follower of Christ, you don't get to pick whether or not you get to be a minister of the gospel, or whether you're in ministry. Everything is ministry.” - Nancy Hicks
    “It didn't matter what time, I was in my car, I'd be praying and saying, “Abba, use me today. Use me in the green room. Use me in the makeup chair. God, use me as light and salt.“ - Nancy Hicks, on ministering while she was at QVC
    “I remember holding my arms wide out, tears streaming down my face, and just saying, ‘God, what are we gonna do with the next chapter of this one life? I am all in for the kingdom, and I don't have anything holding me back.’ I just begged God, ‘Spend me. Just spend me.’” - Nancy Hicks

    “I think there is no substitute for an authentic relationship which takes time with God.” - Nancy Hicks
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    Audio podcast: https://bit.ly/2uCnNM0 
    Original Series video podcast: https://bit.ly/2WzFY0O 
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    Keeping Hope Alive Through Unexpected Losses: Lauren Alaina and Kreis Beall

    Keeping Hope Alive Through Unexpected Losses: Lauren Alaina and Kreis Beall

    God will always be with you, supporting you in times of joy and carrying you through times of despair. This week’s guests tell how, after weathering success and loss, sharing their artistic talents with others have brought hope and healing: country music artist Lauren Alaina and hospitality pioneer Kreis Beall. Lauren traces her path as a young singer from the American Idol stage to Dancing with the Stars and beyond. After American Idol, Lauren remembers how, as a 15-year-old, the sudden pressure in the spotlight alongside horrific social media comments about her appearance spawned an eating disorder, and how her faith and family helped her through that dark time. And Lauren shares why she knows God is real, after her beloved stepfather described heaven as he slipped away from the earth. In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Kreis Beall and her husband Sandy slowly built a luxury destination resort called Blackberry Farm, where Kreis’s talents soared as she shared her gifts for design and hospitality. Though she’s won considerable success, it wasn’t until she developed a relationship with God later in life that she truly felt successful—and she recalls how her new-found faith helped her through the devastating loss of her son, Sam, which she shares in her memoir called The Great Blue Hills of God.
     
    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling for Easter 
    Lifeway’s $5 Promotion on Jesus Always
     
    Lauren Alaina

    American Idol (Season 10)
    Dancing with th Stars (Season 28)
    Mayo Clinic (Melanoma Cancer)
    “The Other Side” lyric video
     
    Kreis Beall

    Blackberry Farm
    The Great Blue Hills of God: A Story of Facing Loss, Finding Peace, and Learning The True Meaning of Home book
    Bible Gateway (Matthew 10:25)
     
    Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “There are always going to be people who are going to have something to say that is not nice. But if I feel good about myself, and I have people around me that lift me up, that takes the power away from them.” - Lauren Alaina
    “We turn our back on Him, but He never turns his back on us. And [if] we're willing to go back to Him, He's always there.” - Lauren Alaina
    “I don't want some young girl out there looking at me and thinking that I'm just the most confident person in the world, because I choose to be confident. . . . I was very insecure for a long time, and I've had to work really hard on learning to love myself.” - Lauren Alaina 
    ”I think the most important thing we can do is lift people up and love others and and know that someday we're all going to be reunited in the kingdom of heaven.” - Lauren Alaina
    “I'm constantly thinking about the next step, where we're going, what we're going to do. I love to set goals, but I think it's also really important to count your blessings where you are right now.” - Lauren Alaina
    “It's super important to find what God means to you. He means something different to everyone. He is my best friend and my Father and all of these things, but for me, He is just a source of strength, and someone that I can talk to when I'm weak.” - Lauren Alaina
    “I think having someone who totally believed in me fueled the fire. And it kept pushing me to dream and create.” - Kreis Beall
    “Sometimes the role of success can put a blinder on the things that are really important in life.” - Kreis Beall
    ”As I slowed down, I could experience more than in all the busyness and success that ruled my life.” - Kreis Beall
    “Once you uncover the joy that God provides for you, joy is always deep within. And it remains, whether happenings are good or bad.” - Kreis Beall
    “I don't know what I would have done without my faith if Sam had died five years earlier, if ei

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    When We Can’t See God’s Plan, Trust His Heart: Dave Pittman & Rachel Van Kluyve

    When We Can’t See God’s Plan, Trust His Heart: Dave Pittman & Rachel Van Kluyve

    “Why me, God?” Sound familiar? We’ve all questioned why God has allowed bad things to happen in our lives, but this week’s guests, musician Dave Pittman and home designer Rachel Van Kluyve, have faced serious trials that caused them to question their purpose and how to move forward. Growing up, Dave faced bullies because of his Tourette’s Syndrome. After a deep, dark battle, Dave learned to embrace what made him different. As he’s built his music career post-American Idol, today Dave uses his music and experiences to help others find their reason to live. After Rachel had her first child, she grappled with postpartum depression that isolated her. As she began to post online about her decorating hobby, she began to build a supportive, close-knit online community that now helps women and girls around the world. Today Rachel shares her book She Built Herself a Home and how people can easily create spaces to build closer connections to God and to each other.



    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling book
    Jesus Calling for Easter 
    Jesus Calling ‘What’s Good’ YouTube series featuring Dave Pittman
    Jesus Calling podcast episode with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Jeremy Cowart
     
    Davd Pittman
    “Crazy Brave’ song
    “Different Kind of Love” album
    Tourette Syndrome
    ABC’s American Idol
    Neil Patrick Harris
    Bible Gateway
     
    Rachel Van Kluyve
    CrateandCottage.com
    She Made Herself a Home: A Practical Guide to Design, Organize, and Give Purpose to Your Space book
    Facebook Marketplace
     
    Lauren Alaina
    Interview Quotes:
    “I was more afraid of living through that again than I was of dying.” - Dave Pittman, on being bullied as a child with Tourette Syndrome
    ”My mom—both my parents—just drilled into my head and my heart the importance of accepting yourself for who you are, and not just who you are, but who you are in Christ, your identity, who you've become in your walk with Christ.” - Dave Pittman
    “I think it's okay to ask why, even now, because Job did. We look at Job in the Bible, he asked God, ‘Why? Why is this happening to me?’” - Dave Pittman
    “Anyone can accept something they have to do, but when you can embrace something that you get to do, it’s different. It changes things.” - Dave Pittman
    ”After I had my first baby, it just kind of all fell apart. I got postpartum [depression]. I lost myself. You know, I was a smart magna cum laude graduate, and I just didn't know what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be, and it spiraled quickly out of control.” - Rachel Van Kluyve
    “When I started my Instagram journey, I felt the Lord specifically saying, ‘Everyone knocks social media for not being a good thing for this generation. But I want to use it for good.’” - Rachel Van Kluyve
    “We have the power to do so much as moms, as women. [We can] sit at home with a touch of a button and some ingenuity, and we can put together this great thing for people around the world.” - Rachel Van Kluyve
    “When we built this house, I prayed specifically that we'd always be hospitable. And it's really the home that's never closed. So because of that, our why has become hospitality, and letting people see Christ at all times, and that they're welcome here.” - Rachel Van Kluyve 
    “It's all about creating that space that gives security and peace so that you can give it to others.” - Rachel Van Kluyve
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    Enjoy these videos on Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio podcast: https://bit.ly/2uCnNM0 
    Original Series video podcast: https://bit.ly/2WzFY0O 
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