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Are you an adult adoptee who has struggled to find purpose on the other side of pain? Do you long to walk free from the bondage of shame, abandonment, and rejection? Do you desire a closer relationship with God? If so, Adoptees in Arms was created with you in mind.

Join Iris Peterson Bryant, an adult adoptee, as she shares stories from her life along with spiritually uplifting interviews to encourage and empower the listeners. This bi-monthly podcast is designed to elevate and amplify the voices of adult adoptees and help them find hope and peace in God's word.

Adoptees in Arms Iris Peterson Bryant

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Are you an adult adoptee who has struggled to find purpose on the other side of pain? Do you long to walk free from the bondage of shame, abandonment, and rejection? Do you desire a closer relationship with God? If so, Adoptees in Arms was created with you in mind.

Join Iris Peterson Bryant, an adult adoptee, as she shares stories from her life along with spiritually uplifting interviews to encourage and empower the listeners. This bi-monthly podcast is designed to elevate and amplify the voices of adult adoptees and help them find hope and peace in God's word.

    Episode 5: My Perspective on the Kirk Franklin Documentary - Part 1

    Episode 5: My Perspective on the Kirk Franklin Documentary - Part 1

    The adoption reunion experience is complicated and brings with it its own set of challenges. Join me as I unpack key moments from the Kirk Franklin documentary, “Father’s Day.” If you need help understanding the complexities of this journey and finding peace when you’re missing pieces, this episode is for you.
     
    Connect with Iris:
    Join our online community, Adoptees in Arms
    Instagram
    Facebook
     

    • 20 min
    Episode 4: Don't Take it Personally

    Episode 4: Don't Take it Personally

     What happens when you get too dependent or too attached to the opinions, the feedback, or expectations of others? I've often spoken of people pleasing, but what about when we take things personally?
    Welcome to this new season of Adoptees in Arms where we help adult adoptees find hope and peace in God's word.
    Join me in this episode where I simply encourage you to not take it personally.
     
    Scripture Mentioned in This Episode:
    Jeremiah 17:5 NKJV
     
    Other Resources:
    Our Website: AdopteesinArms.com
    Known and Loved - YouVersion Bible Reading Plan

    • 13 min
    Trailer Episode: Fall 2023 Season

    Trailer Episode: Fall 2023 Season

    How do we handle setbacks, disappointments, and unexpected losses?
    Let me tell you, I have had my share of all of the above.
    This journey is not easy, but I want to walk alongside you as you find the strength you need to trust God for whatever is next.
    The new season of Adoptees in Arms will provide you with the insight and biblical wisdom that you need to navigate any difficult season you may face.
    Episode 1 releases on Thursday, September 7th. Make sure to follow so you don't miss a single  episode.
    I am excited about finding hope and healing in God's word.

    • 2 min
    Episode 3: Love Restores

    Episode 3: Love Restores

    As we conclude the month of February, National Heart Health Month, I desire to encourage you with a message straight from my heart. If you have been hurt or wounded on this journey, don’t expect your healing to come at the hands of those who wounded you. I want to invite you to lay your cares down at the feet of Jesus–all of your cares, those spoken and those tucked away in the crevices of your mind.
    Allow HIs perfect love to restore you and heal you everywhere you hurt.
    Trust me, He is well able to do that.
     Scripture Resources:
    "O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off." - Psalm 139:1-2 NKJV
    "The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV
    "Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.'" Matthew 13: 45-46 NKJV
    Let's Connect:
    Website | Instagram | Join our private Facebook Community
    Download this free resource: 10 Scriptures to Pray in the Face of Rejection

    • 11 min
    Episode 2: Adoptees and the Importance of Community

    Episode 2: Adoptees and the Importance of Community

    When I was prompted by Holy Spirit to shift the podcast from Hidden Jewels to Adoptees in Arms, one of the first people I talked to was my best friend since 4th grade, Debra Cheek. She made a statement that was also recently shared by a faithful listener, “Iris, we need to hear your story!”
    I pondered her statement for several weeks before I asked her if she would interview me as a way of kicking off the conversation through the Adoptees in Arms podcast. Without hesitation, she agreed. 
    In this episode with the Believing Wife, Debra Cheek, we share a candid conversation about my adoption story. 
     
    Connect with Iris:
    NEW Online Community, Adoptees in Arms
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Free Resource: Known and Loved, a 4-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Adult Adoptees
     

    • 30 min
    Episode 1: Why We Shifted - The ReLaunch Episode

    Episode 1: Why We Shifted - The ReLaunch Episode

    https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/34124-known-and-loved-a-4-day-devotional-for-adult"So, you're called to podcast, huh?"

    "Who's going to want to hear what you have to say?"
    "You're gonna talk about what?"
    These are the internal questions that I have battled for over a year and the answers to these questions have led me to this moment--
    Welcome to the first episode of the newly relaunched Adoptees in Arms podcast.
    I am so excited that you are here!
    In this episode, I will share why we pivoted and made the change from Hidden Jewels to Adoptees in Arms. 
    Connect with Iris:
    NEW Online Community, Adoptees in Arms Instagram Facebook Finding Hope & Peace:
    Here are some of the things I talked about in this episode:
    The power of using our voice The importance of community Why advocacy is so important to me Here are some of the things I talked about in this episode:
    Quotes:
    "I was not given up for adoption because I did something wrong, but because there was a greater purpose God desired to fulfill in my life." - Iris P. Bryant
    "I finally know where my voice belongs, and that has made all the difference." - Iris P. Bryant
    Links and Resources:
    Sheryl Lee Ralph's Acceptance Speech
    Want to listen to my podcast episodes on people-pleasing? Check out Confessions of a Recovering People Pleaser and More Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser.
    Be sure to also check out my book How I Got Over:An Overcomer's Anthology
    Known and Loved: A 4-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Adult Adoptees

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Patrice Burrell ,

Affirming for Women

I love how Iris always offers affirmation to women that they are not defined by their past or present life circumstances. She points us back to God and reminds us there is a hidden jewel within. Thank you Iris for your inspiration and encouragement through this podcast ministry.

holkyo ,

I love this podcast

To often we are looking to be entertained. This show deals with hurt and pain and gives suggestions from authors and books to help listeners see purpose in pain. The podcaster's testimony from season one has inspired me personally. I've received healing in many areas of my life. Thank you, Iris!

StormingtheGates ,

Be Encouraged

God gave Iris a kind and caring heart that shines through this wonderful podcast! She shows us the deep love of God and after you hear her you will know that He is real and there for You!

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