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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.

    Starting Over After Our “Wake-Up Call” Moments: Darryl Strawberry & Amy Downs

    Starting Over After Our “Wake-Up Call” Moments: Darryl Strawberry & Amy Downs

    Outcomes in our lives are comprised of both decisions we make and things that happen to us. Some we can control and others we can’t, but what we do have a say in is how we respond to the events that take place. We can allow our experiences to pull us into darkness, or we can use them as a catalyst for good change—getting us closer to the lives God intended. 
    Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry had a difficult childhood full of abuse and violence at the hands of his alcoholic father. Those difficulties left him unable to handle the stardom that would come his way once he entered the professional sports world, and he found himself down a path paved with sin. Darryl’s mother prayed fervently that God would knock him from his throne, and God saved Darryl when he couldn’t save himself. Now, Darryl has been called to spread the message of God’s forgiveness and redemption all over the country through Strawberry Ministries. 
    Amy Downs was just an average girl who found herself in a tragic situation: she was a clerk at a bank that was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing, which claimed the lives of eighteen of her coworkers. Amy was one of the last survivors to be pulled from the rubble, and once she saw the sunlight, Amy told God that she wanted to live her life differently. That sparked a myriad of changes, including improvements to her health, her spiritual life, her education, and her career—and now Amy is the CEO of the very same bank where she was once a “math challenged” teller who saw no hope in her future. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling for Graduates
    Jesus Calling
    Past interview: Kurt Angle
    Upcoming interview: Holly Hayes
     
    Darryl Strawberry
    Strawberry Ministries
    MVP of the Texas League
    Findingyourway.com
    Turn Your Season Around
     
    Amy Downs
    Murrah Building
    https://amydowns.org
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I wore a baseball uniform for seventeen years and I identified myself as a baseball player. And it wasn't until I came to Christ that I was able to identify myself as a man.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “Everybody was praising me for this great baseball player I was about to become. But I always say it was my pain that started to lead me to my greatness and my greatness would lead me to my destructive behavior.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “God was doing for me what I couldn't do for myself because of my mother’s prayers to cover her children.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “God made me understand that the forgiveness was not for [my father]. It was for me.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “When God does His transformation, He does it for you, but He does it to get through to you so He can get somebody else to have the same revelation that you have had.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “I remember looking up at the gray sky and just taking that first breath of fresh air and promising God I will never live my life the same.” - Amy Downs
    “I thought, if I had an issue with drugs, I would go to rehab. I'm going to have to do what it takes for me to get free [from obesity] and just not worry about judgment from others. So I did.” - Amy Downs
    “Having that experience of facing death at twenty-eight and just sort of realizing, like, I want to live my life with intention, and whether that's doing things purely for my own selfish enjoyment, like a triathlon, you know, or whether that is wanting to serve people in a very difficult role and position, like being CEO of an organization.” - Amy Downs
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    • 36 min
    Owning The Person God Meant You To Be: Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Shannon Bream

    Owning The Person God Meant You To Be: Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Shannon Bream

    Finding our God-given purpose is just the first step—it’s truly owning who He meant us to be that makes a difference, because follow through and commitment mean everything. However, earthly obstacles can get in our way of fully believing in and accepting ourselves. That’s why we need Christ so desperately, to help us understand our own value. Gospel singer Kierra Sheard-Kelly has waded through her fair share of negativity and body-shaming, and pursuing a career in the spotlight meant that there were scores of mean comments thrown her way. Kierra decided that she’d fortify herself by rooting her heart and her feelings in the word of God, which centered her and helped her embrace how God shaped her. Now, she’s living her faith boldly and proudly, encouraging others to stand out. Fox News anchor Shannon Bream started out as a lawyer, but felt a deep pull to the world of journalism, and sacrificed endlessly to work her way in. After being told by one television exec that she wasn’t good for TV, and that she’d never make it in the business, Shannon took a good hard look at her skills and her purpose, dug her heels in, and trusted that God would open the doors needed, and eventually she was led to a series of opportunities that got her where she is today. Now, she’s sharing stories about women in the Bible who sat at God’s feet, and is highlighting how passionately Christ cared for His relationships with women—placing them in positions where they can maximize their influence. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Romans 8:38 and 39
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Past interview: Mike Weaver
    Upcoming interview: Darryl Strawberry
     
    Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    Clark Sisters
    Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be
    Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
    Proverbs 11:14
     
    Shannon Bream
    Fox News at Night
    Women of the Bible Speak
    Finding the Bright Side
    Liberty University
    Florida State
    Miss America pageant program
    Miss USA
    Brit Hume
    Fox News
    Queen Esther
    Deborah
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I literally have gotten so many answers from my advisors. And that can be my friends, my loved ones, my sibling, anybody that I feel like God has said yes to. And they've contributed so much to the path of my life.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “I live my faith, bold and proud, by owning who I am, owning what God is doing in my life.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “Because you know Jesus, it doesn't make you small, it doesn't make you weird, it doesn't make you abnormal, it actually puts you in a secure place, in a sure place,” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “There's a glory that rests on your life, and heaven is rejoicing when you live it out and when you own it.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “Even if you don't speak the same language, you can have the same heart and be a part of the body of Christ.” - Shannon Bream
    “Your job cannot be your God, it can't be what drives your life.” - Shannon Bream
    “Jesus treated women as equals. They were studying with Him at His feet, which was not common in those days.” - Shannon Bream
    “The God who intervened in all of these situations centuries ago is the same God today. I'm struck by the fact that these frustrations and troubles and challenges the women had, many of them are very common to today. Family troubles, sibling rivalries, chronic illness, financial trouble, widowhood, infertility, betrayal.” - Shannon Bream 
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    • 26 min
    We Are All Worth Rescuing: Paul Cardall & Charles Martin

    We Are All Worth Rescuing: Paul Cardall & Charles Martin

    Though it can be difficult to comprehend, God places equal weight on the lives of all His children. That’s the beauty of the cross—no matter what we’ve done, our sins are washed clean. And no matter what sort of trouble we may find ourselves in, He will rescue us over and over. Pianist Paul Cardall was born with only half a heart, which meant years of stress, surgery, and pain. When finally given the opportunity for a transplant, Paul faced the hardship of knowing that his survival meant someone else lost their own life. Paul battled PTSD and survivor’s guilt for years, finally coming to accept that God laid down His own life willingly for Paul, and that he was worth being rescued. Author Charles Martin spent years trying to uncover what his parents had always instilled in him: what was the thing God created you to do? After walking away from an amazing employment opportunity to pursue writing full force, Charles dove into Matthew 8 and the story of the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to save the one, which inspired his newest book, The Water Keeper.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Psalms 32:7
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Calling for Armed Forces edition
    JesusCalling.com
    Past interview: Lecrae Moore
    Upcoming interview: Kierra Sheard-Kelly
     
    Paul Cardall
    New Life
    The Broken Miracle album
    Trauma-related guilt
    The Broken Miracle book
    “Family”
    “For Better Or Worse”
     
    Charles Martin
    The Water Keeper
    Matthew 18
    www.charlesmartinbooks.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I was feeling God telling me, ‘Everything is okay. I've got you. This is a gift I'm giving you.’” - Paul Cardall 
    “The hardest thing in my world was I knew that for me to live, it meant somebody had died.” - Paul Cardall
    “It struck me as completely illogical that the shepherd would leave the flock and the safety of the flock to go get the one who's got himself lost. And yet He does it repeatedly, and of course, I know that's the story of the gospel and of course, I know that's what Jesus does for us.” - Charles Martin
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    • 21 min
    The Pursuit of Prayerfulness & Selflessness: Father James Martin and Richard Lui

    The Pursuit of Prayerfulness & Selflessness: Father James Martin and Richard Lui

    As we seek to determine God’s wishes for who we are to become, pursuing Him through prayer is one of our most trustworthy tools. If we seek to strengthen that bond with our Savior by staying in constant communication with Him, we’ll have clarity on where we are headed, and we will also begin to live from a more selfless perspective. Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large of America Magazine, has learned over the years that prayer requires honesty, trust, and acceptance—but the good news is that there isn’t a right or a wrong way to pray, because God will reveal Himself to each of us differently. A relationship with God requires the same elements and effort as any of our human relationships, and when we take that approach, our faith walk will begin to change. MSNBC and NBC news anchor Richard Lui is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program. As his career was soaring to new heights, he was presented with the greatest challenge yet: to care for his aging father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Taking this opportunity as a lesson in selflessness, Richard was prepared to walk away from his dream job, but luckily was given a chance to balance both his career and his family. Richard shares about his father’s faithfulness throughout the years, and what he’s learned by being a caregiver. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Philippians 2:3-4
    Jesus Calling®: The Story of Easter
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling
    Past interview: Greg Alan Williams
    Upcoming interview: Charles Martin
    Matthew 18
     
    Father James Martin
    Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone
    University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business
    Thomas Merton
    The Seven Storey Mountain
    Jesuits
    Karl Rahner
    Matthew 26:38-40
    John 11
     
    Richard Lui
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness
    Mrs. Fields cookies 
    City College of San Francisco 
    Berkeley
    Rodney King 
    Magic Johnson
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I was invited to think about having a personal relationship with Jesus and a real, open relationship with God.” - Father James Martin, S.J.
    “For the most part, I think that people can trust within reason the kinds of things that happen to them in their prayer and in their daily life. If they feel that it is God's presence, it usually is.” - Father James Martin, S.J.
    “All the things that make for a good personal relationship make for a good relationship with God.” - Father James Martin, S.J.
    “God loves us. And so once people are able to accept that love, it really is transformational. They know that they're valued and who they are and that they are enough.” - Father James Martin, S.J.
    “The idea is to trust that God is waiting to hear from you and that also there's no wrong way or right way to pray.” - Fames James Martin, S.J.
    “Sometimes you get up in the morning, and you walk outside and you take a deep breath and something hits your brain and hits you in a way that says, You know what? I think my calling just may have changed and what I want to do just changed.” - Richard Lui
    “[This memory of my dad] gave me a point of view that these little things I was doing, they were important.” - Richard Lui
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    • 33 min
    God Put the Song in Our Hearts: Kari Jobe & Mica Paris

    God Put the Song in Our Hearts: Kari Jobe & Mica Paris

    God finds great joy in us using our gifts to share His light in the world—there is no greater feeling than recognizing our purpose and fulfilling it to the best of our ability, giving voice to His faithfulness. Worship artist Kari Jobe began writing and singing songs of praise when she was only thirteen, paving the way for a lifetime of ministry. Now she pours blessings over her listeners and brings her family along for the journey, and feels honored that God has fulfilled her deepest desires to sing. British gospel singer Mica Paris was raised in the church, and got her start in music there. Over the years, Mica began to stray from her faith and got caught up in glittery fame. Looking back, she realizes that God was always there holding her steady, and her renewed hope in Him has changed her voice and her message.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Calling® for Easter
    Past interview: Lacey Buchanan
    Upcoming interview: Father James Martin
     
    Kari Jobe
    “The Blessing” 
    Numbers 6 
    www.karijobe.com
     
    Mica Paris 
    The Gospel According to Mica: The Story of Gospel Music in Six Songs
    Gospel
    Windrush generation
    Rupert the Bear
    https://gospel.micaparis.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I brought everybody [my listeners] along that journey with me, because I realized there are people who probably have been through that or a similar thing. And it's like, ‘I need your wisdom and maybe anything I'm learning could be ministry to you.’” - Kari Jobe
    “God is so faithful, we can look back and see similarities in our lives where we weren't sure what was going to happen. But God came through. God did a miracle. God changed our perspective. God brought healing. And so I just want to say, let's look to the future and realize that the same God that walked us through all those other things, is the same God that walks with us into our future.” - Kari Jobe
    “If you don't have a little time with Him on your own, you kind of feel a bit disconnected if you don't do it for a bit. So you literally have to keep checking in.” - Mica Paris
    “I feel like even the times when I did forget the faith, it was something that was always looking after me.” - Mica Paris
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    • 19 min
    Grace That Is Greater Than All We Do: Michael Jr. and Jordan Matthews

    Grace That Is Greater Than All We Do: Michael Jr. and Jordan Matthews

    There is no better feeling than the moment you discover you are a part of something bigger than yourself—when you know God is there with a plan for you, and you realize that you have been soaked in His grace since the beginning of time. Comedian Michael Jr. had that moment after using his last few dollars to get to New Jersey to perform a show with iconic comedians George Wallace and Jerry Seinfeld. After performing, the manager invited Michael to church with him. Dejected about being completely broke and unable to get back to New York, Michael was gifted $200 and a napkin with a church address on it. That was a turning point, pushing Michael to read the Bible and use his gift of creating laughter to help spread the gospel. NFL player Jordan Matthews was trying desperately to navigate a performance-based world, but he was getting caught up in the highs and lows. Longing for consistency, Jordan looked to other guys in the NFL who had built a foundation of faith that allowed them to be okay no matter their circumstances. That’s when Jordan found Jesus, and began to walk in true relationship with Christ. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Ephesians 2:8-9
    Jesus Calling®: The Story of Easter
    Sarah Young
    Past interview: Trevor Brazile

    Upcoming interview: Mica Paris
     
    Michael Jr.
    Jerry Seinfeld
    George Wallace
    Chris Rock
    Seinfeld
    A Red Blueprint
    michaeljr.com
     
    Jordan Matthews
    Trey Burton 
    Chris Maragos
    Nick Foles
    Galatians 5
    Psalm 34:4-6
    Psalm 105:4
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “All these people I never even knew before gave me all this love because I gave them a part of me.” - Michael Jr.
    “It's just super exciting to be able to see this and notice and feel it—that heaven is real, that God gave me this gift not to serve me, not so I can do a bunch of shows and get a bunch of people and just laugh. It's so much more to do than just laughter. Comedy is the vehicle. It is not a destination.“ - Michael Jr.
    “I know I'm called to help people understand their purpose.” - Michael Jr. 
    “I want to make laughter common in uncommon places.” - Michael Jr. 
    “Everything [humans make is], 100-percent, always going to be performance-based. If you don't meet this criteria, you're out, you're done.” - Jordan Matthews
    “I realized that those pages in the Word, they weren't just words on a page. Those things meant something.” - Jordan Matthews
    “And I was like, ‘Look, Lord, I know I haven’t been doing this thing right. I know that I'm probably still going to mess up at times, but I know this whole thing is about You. And I can't save myself, so it's up to You to do it, and I feel that happening right now.’” - Jordan Matthews
    “I know that I have a foundation that I can stand on and a relationship that can't be taken away, no matter my performance. And that's something that's very freeing.” - Jordan Matthews
    “I just felt like the gospel was able to give me perspective. I don't serve a God who sat on a throne and didn't know what suffering was. He came down, and He did the work, and He suffered. If He can go through that for me, I can go through this for somebody else.” - Jordan Matthews
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    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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