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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.

    Tuning Out the Chaos, Listening to God: Ally Brooke & Jamie Ivey

    Tuning Out the Chaos, Listening to God: Ally Brooke & Jamie Ivey

    The world is a noisy, chaotic place. At any given moment, there are countless voices shouting at us, trying to command our attention. But we can find peace when we train ourselves to mute those voices and listen to the only One who matters: God. Pop singer Ally Brooke rode a rollercoaster of highs and lows during her stint in the iconic girl group Fifth Harmony, and over time she felt her voice was drowned out by the demands of the music industry on the group. After branching out as a solo artist, Ally began to uncover her authentic self, thanks in part to the strong foundation of faith her tight-knit Mexican American family helped her build, which she talks about in her brand-new book Finding Your Harmony. Podcaster and author Jamie Ivey knows all about comparison culture, and how it always seems the grass is greener on the other side. But she’s learned a new phrase that’s set her free: You Be You. Now she shares how to utilize the gifts God has given you, and that it’s how you use your influence—not how large it is—that really makes a difference. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show on Circle TV
    jesuscalling.com/TV
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Note-taking edition of Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Past guests: Morgan Harper Nichols, Kel Mitchell
    Upcoming guests: Casey Beathard, CJ Beathard, Tucker Beathard
    TV show host: Lauren Alaina
     
    Ally Brooke
    Fifth Harmony
    Finding Your Harmony
    The X Factor
     
    Jamie Ivey
    You Be You
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “Number one in our house is God and Jesus. And having that type of foundation in my life has completely changed everything for me.” - Ally Brooke
    “When I took a beating from the music industry, being in Fifth Harmony and the real challenges that came my way afterwards too, God was right there to say, ‘Trust me. I have a plan for you and I'm here with you. You're not alone. We're going to get through this together.’” - Ally Brooke
    “I'll have my days where maybe I'm going through something or I'm sad or I have a ton of anxiety or I have a ton of worry or doubt. And Jesus Calling, through that devotion, I'm able to silence those thoughts and those worries and to help put them at ease.” - Ally Brooke
    "It takes a lot of spiritual maturity to say, 'I'm very thankful for the people I'm having lunch with. And I'm going to spend my life doing whatever God wants for me right where I am, and not constantly look at the other table wondering what they're doing.'" - Jamie Ivey
    “I started recognizing so many moments of people wishing that they had a different life, a “better” life, her life. And I noticed that they were missing the moments that God had created for them.” - Jamie Ivey
    “There's this idea that you begin to matter and what you have to say begins to matter when a lot of people are listening. And I just want to encourage people that believing that lie keeps people paralyzed and not doing the things God's asked them to do.” - Jamie Ivey
    “Every one that God's put in front of you matters. And we don't need to put our eyes on what we hope to happen five, ten years down the road, because we will waste a lot of time wishing for something we don't have.” - Jamie Ivey
    “If the only thing I was looking at and noticing was other people's lives, then I would struggle to think that my life mattered and my voice was enough.” - Jamie Ivey
    "We can yearn for the day we don't have to wear a mask and we can go back to 'normal.' But we can also be in the moment and go, 'What do You have for me right here where I am?'" - Jamie Ivey
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    Mercy for Your Mistakes: Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin and Margaret Feinberg

    Mercy for Your Mistakes: Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin and Margaret Feinberg

    We are human, which means we will make mistakes and never reach a standard of perfection. But we live in a world that constantly whispers, You can never come back from this mistake, or, You’ll never be good enough—but God’s grace and mercy say otherwise. Actor and singer Jana Kramer and her husband, NFL alum Mike Caussin, faced their own share of uphill battles in their young marriage. Facing her husband’s infidelity and addiction publicly, Jana had a choice to make: walk away, or work through it together. Jana and Mike chose to fight for their marriage, and now they’ve filled their toolbox with skills that they put into practice every single day, reminding us in their new book The Good Fight that while relationships are hard work, they’re worth it. Author Margaret Feinberg felt herself begin to believe lies that whispered, You’re a has-been, and, You’re a failure. Her overthinking began a negative thought spiral, so she began a practice of declaring God’s truths over her life daily, leading her to see her worth through His eyes and writing a book to encourage others called More Power to You. We serve a God of mercy, love, and healing. And though we may not live the picture-perfect life we want, He can redeem any mistakes we make so we can show the power He gives broken people.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling app 
    Cyntoia Brown-Long
     
    Jana Kramer 
    Mike Caussin
    The Good Fight book
    Dancing with the Stars
    Whine Down podcast
     
    Margaret Feinberg
    More Power to You book
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I'm constantly praying for our family. I want us to stay together. I'm praying for his recovery. I'm praying for our recovery. I just hope that we always choose to stay in it. And so I just pray that we're always strong enough to continue to grow.” - Jana Kramer
    “When we finally started praying out loud together, I'm doing my stuff spiritually, she's doing her stuff spiritually, then we started to see where we allowed Him in and we could feel that vulnerability in the room.” - Mike Caussin 
    “Owning your side of the street, it's controlling what you can control. And as much as we find us trying to convince each other to see things our way, to convince each other to have our opinion or our outlook or believe our truth, we can't control someone else's thoughts or feelings. Control what you can control.” - Mike Caussin
    “Where we're at now is just remembering all the things that we've learned and how to continue to keep using our tools and to continue to grow. We have the tool box filled with stuff, we continue to go to therapy. We continue to learn. And so I just pray that we're always strong enough to continue to grow.” - Jana Kramer
    ”We have a lifetime full of tools in our tool box. And we just need to use them, because we've learned them for a reason. They have helped us. They've helped us get this far. And so for the next five years and so on, we need to continue to implement them because that'll help us avoid some of these moments of disconnect.” - Mike Caussin
    “God ultimately has control over the situation and we need to give Him more power.” - Mike Caussin
    “What's incredible is God has given us the ability to literally renew our mind through the power of the Holy Spirit and scripture, and we can begin doing it today.” - Margaret Feinberg
    “I began just carving out ninety seconds a day or so, just to begin declaring these and to declare them out loud. And they’re declarations like this: ‘Jesus is king of my life. I am who Christ says I am.’” - Margaret Feinberg
    “There is something that happens when we begin declaring the truth of who we are and who were called to be.” - Margaret Feinberg
    “When those lies start to enter in

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    Love Conquers Fear: Lauren Akins & Nik Wallenda

    Love Conquers Fear: Lauren Akins & Nik Wallenda

    Join us in celebrating 5 Million Downloads of the Jesus Calling Podcast! 
    Knowing that we have God on our side enables us to find the courage to overcome any fear. Lauren Akins—philanthropist, author, mom, and wife to country music superstar Thomas Rhett—longed to find her purpose. When she turned to God for help, He opened doors that led to a life of service and loving the ones in front of her, expanding her life to reach more than she ever hoped for. Now as a mom to three little girls, Lauren reflects back on her life, thankful for the many types of love she’s experienced, and recognizes “God-winks” woven into the fabric of who she is. Guinness World Record-holding tightrope walker Nik Wallenda comes from seven generations of performers. Through all the daring feats and dazzling challenges that he’s faced in his lifetime, he’s always kept his eye on the One who could get him through. But when one terrifying moment happened right in front of his eyes—when his family members fell off the wire—he faced a fear that almost crippled his career. After coming to terms with that fear and realizing God still needed to use him to inspire others, Nik found the courage to get back on the wire, and show the world the power of God. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Life in His Presence
    Bear Grylls and Rhonda Vincent
     
    Upcoming Guests
    One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer
    NFL player Mike Caussin
     
    Lauren Akins
    Live in Love book by Lauren Akins
    Thomas Rhett
    University of Tennessee
    Suzanne Mayernick
    Love One International
    www.laurenakins.com
     
    Nik Wallenda
    Facing Fear book by Nik Wallenda
    Guinness World record setting “King of the High Wire”
    Funambulist
    SeaWorld San Diego
    Niagara Falls
    Discovery Channel
    PTSD
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “It felt like I was just kind of tagging along wherever Thomas Rhett went. I love being his cheerleader and supporting him, and I love watching him do what he loves. But I felt like I had more of a purpose.” - Lauren Akins
    “I can see, looking back, where the Lord has shut doors and open doors, and I tried to have the motto of, ‘Where He opens the door, I'll walk through it, regardless of what I can see on the other side.’” - Lauren Akins
    “There were times where I felt like I just couldn't pray another prayer, or when I felt the weakest in those moments, that is where I could just feel Jesus was carrying me on the backs of my friends spiritually and on His back.” - Lauren Akins
    “Loving one at a time and doing what you can right just for the one, and then moving on to another one, and then another one—that's how Jesus works. Those are His hands and feet.” - Lauren Akins
    “The Lord puts people in front of us to love.” - Lauren Akins
    “That is the most important thing, inviting Him into your world so that you're able to see the world through His eyes and you're able to love the way that He loves.” - Lauren Akins
    “To think that we still can't grasp just quite how much He loves and how good His love is something that is so hard for my mind to try to wrap around.” - Lauren Akins
    “My great-grandfather said it best: ‘Life is on the wire, and everything else is just waiting.’"  - Nik Wallenda 
    “I know for a fact that God has opened doors for me to get to where I am in order to bring glory to His name” - Nik Wallenda
    “What I didn't realize was that was a seed of fear, of negativity, of doubt, implanted in my head right after that accident happened, and I just wouldn’t acknowledge it.” - Nik Wallenda
    “I think that's what so many people do as they continue to water that seed of doubt, seed of negativity, that seed of I'm not good enough and I'm not smart enough and I will not make it through this, I'm not healthy enough, and people continue to water them. I think

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    Pain Doesn’t Have to Be a Life Sentence: Beth Nimmo & TJ Stevens

    Pain Doesn’t Have to Be a Life Sentence: Beth Nimmo & TJ Stevens

    Sometimes before we know it, darkness can wrap itself around our hearts and minds. But when we feel ourselves lost and without hope, God is always there to lead us toward a new way of living, where we can find forgiveness for others—and ourselves. Beth Nimmo is the mother of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Beth didn’t know she’d ever see light again after the loss of her precious daughter, but God used Rachel’s strong faith and spirit of joy to guide Beth to help troubled teens. TJ Stevens was one such teen—after an abusive childhood and several suicide attempts, TJ walked into his Virginia high school with a gun, filled with a darkness driving him to do things he’d have never thought possible. But when TJ was on his knees in desperation, he felt God moving him toward a different outcome. As TJ says, “It’s never too late to turn around and do the right thing.” Beth and TJ’s paths crossed along parallel lines, and together, they share how God has met them in their lowest points, and how pain doesn’t have to be a life sentence. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Thomas Rhett
    Lauren Akins
    National Suicide Prevention line
     
    I Am Second
     
    Beth Nimmo
    Rachel Joy Scott
    Columbine School shootings in 1999
     
    TJ Stevens
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “What we give focus to, we give strength to--I gave focus to nothing but darkness, and darkness filled me to a point where there was an abyss of nowhere to turn.” - TJ Stevens
    “When the heart isn't changed, even if you have modified behavior and there's a certain amount of control there, eventually what's in the heart will manifest itself on the surface.” - Beth Nimmo
    “It's never too late to turn around and do the right thing.” - TJ Stevens
    “One of the things that we have a responsibility for to the next generation coming up is; we have to show them what you're in right now doesn't have to be your life sentence and it doesn't have to define the rest of your life.” - Beth Nimmo
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 18 min
    Born to Fly, Not to Fear: Sara Evans & Caitlin Crosby

    Born to Fly, Not to Fear: Sara Evans & Caitlin Crosby

    Fear and anxiety often worm their way into our lives, and it is easy to give into them. But we have a mighty God on our side, who replaces fear with a beautiful peace that reminds us everything will turn out exactly the way He intends it. Country music artist Sara Evans knew as a young girl that she was “Born to Fly,” because God had called her to a music career. And as Sara looks back on defining moments of her career and her journeys with family and faith, she can trace the moments when fear would try to take over but God gave her the resilience to push through. Growing up in Los Angeles with a passion for helping others, actor and singer Caitlin Crosby learned early on that real beauty and character are found in our flaws. As she prayed for God to show her how to give to others, Caitlin met a talented couple who helped turn her heart for helping into a real-life mission: a jewelry-for-good business called The Giving Keys, which helps people transition out of homelessness. Caitlin believes that embracing the things that scare us can help us uncover our purpose. And as she shares in her new book You are the Key, she’s seen that paying forward a word of encouragement, whether you sleep in a mansion or a cardboard box, can go a long way in helping others—and ourselves—keep reaching for faith and courage.



    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling Bible study
    Jesus Calling, from July 27th
    interview with heroic Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults and Vietnam POW Carlyle “Smitty” Harris
    TJ Stevens 
    Beth Nimmo
    Rachel Scott
     
    Sara Evans
    Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music
    ABC’s Dancing with the Stars
    Gideon's Bible
    Grand Ole Opry
    Born to Fly memoir
     
    Caitlin Crosby
    The Giving Keys
    You are the Key book
    LoveYourFlawz
    Lifehouse
    Flawz album
    Invisible Children documentary
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “We just have so many people to love and so many people to take care of. That is such a blessing.” - Sara Evans, on her blended family
    “I really, really, really believe in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I believe that God understands our hearts and He knows where we are.” - Sara Evans
    “God is the potter and I'm the clay, so I just need to trust Him every day, and really just have no fear.” - Sara Evans
    “There's nothing more comforting than having a relationship with Jesus.” - Sara Evans
    “The whole premise [of The Giving Keys] is you get a word that you need in your life, you embrace it, you own it, but then you're supposed to pass it on to somebody you feel needs it more than you.” - Caitlin Crosby
    “Our model [at The Giving Keys] is the more products we sell, the more jobs we can create, and the more people we can try and get off the streets.” - Caitlin Crosby
    “Everyone needs help. Everyone needs love. Everyone needs strength.” - Caitlin Crosby
    “The things that they feel kind of secretive or shameful about, those are the things that really can bring your purpose alive and bring it to another level.” - Caitlin Crosby
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 24 min
    Embracing God-Given Second Chances: Lori Allen & Raleigh Keegan

    Embracing God-Given Second Chances: Lori Allen & Raleigh Keegan

    With each new day, God is blessing us with another chance—a chance to say yes to the things we might’ve said no to before, and a chance to embrace the people we love. Lori Allen, star of the TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and owner of Bridals by Lori, is adamant that the best days of her life are still ahead of her. From conquering challenges to keep her store open, to battling breast cancer and being the best working mom and grandma she can be, Lori has consistently said yes to savoring every moment, and grounding her life in her faith. Country music artist Raleigh Keegan was given a poignant second chance—a chance at life itself—when his mom gave birth to him while she was in prison, and then allowing him to be adopted into a loving family. Now, Raleigh seeks to demonstrate the love of God daily, thanking Him for the life he was given then, and the one he has now—which included eventually meeting and thanking his birth mom, too.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling website
    Life in His Presence: A Jesus Calling Guided Journal
    Jesus Calling book
    Jesus Calling Podcast episode with author and activist Cyntoia Brown-Long and designer Liz Marie Galvan
    Sara Evans



    Lori Allen
    TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta 
    Bridals by Lori
    Say Yes to What's Next book
    COVID-19



    Raleigh Keegan
    Boy Scouts
    Eagle Scout
    Psalms
    Romans 8:1
    University of Cincinnati
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I've always had my faith, and I've always had a very strong will and conviction that I would succeed.” - Lori Allen
    “What for women after age forty-five motivates us? We are very smart women that have a lot of life ahead of us . . . I plan to savor every last crumb, and I want to motivate other women to do the same.“ - Lori Allen
    “I think that God wants us to live ‘till our very last day with meaning and hope.” - Lori Allen
    “Life's never easy, but with your attitude and showing your faith and your fortitude, you can make it a wonderful life.” - Lori Allen
    “I don't think the fact that I was adopted and came from a really hard start ever made me question God's love for me, that specific thing, because I always viewed it as, I had a chance.” - Raleigh Keegan
    “On my worst day and on my best day, because of what Jesus did for me, I'm viewed the same. That just changed me.” - Raleigh Keegan
    “My life's mission is just to be a Christian in whatever I'm doing.” - Raleigh Keegan
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 19 min

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