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Join me for inspiration and encouragement as I talk with women who are using their gifts to impact the world for Christ. Discover how you too can use your gifts to impact the world and further the Kingdom of God.



We are a community of women who are taking action where our passion, compassion, and conviction intersect.



Life can be crazy messy, but God loves you like crazy and He wants to use YOU for His glory. Woman of God, you have a Fierce Calling!



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Fierce Calling Doris Swift

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Join me for inspiration and encouragement as I talk with women who are using their gifts to impact the world for Christ. Discover how you too can use your gifts to impact the world and further the Kingdom of God.



We are a community of women who are taking action where our passion, compassion, and conviction intersect.



Life can be crazy messy, but God loves you like crazy and He wants to use YOU for His glory. Woman of God, you have a Fierce Calling!



Subscribe to this podcast and visit dorisswift.com.



Cover photo: https://www.sarajanephotography.com

    Katie Hornor: Leveraging Our Uniqueness to Do What We Were Created to Do

    Katie Hornor: Leveraging Our Uniqueness to Do What We Were Created to Do

    Did you know you have a unique voice? Unique quirks? Unique experiences that help shape your calling and purpose? Whether we're business owners, employees, ministry leaders, or volunteers, we can all leverage our uniqueness to do what we were created to do.







    My guest today is Katie Hornor. We're continuing the conversation we began a year ago, and this is better than a Part II--because although this episode builds on the first one--we gain a fresh perspective . We are called to shine our lights, not only in faith-based businesses and ministry work, but in the secular arena as well.







    Sharing Our Message in the Marketplace







    As Katie reminds us, "They will know we are Christians by our love." Katie also reminds us that we're unique. Rather than trying to forced into someone else's mold, we're free to be ourselves.







    I know what Katie has to share will encourage, inspire, and challenge you so listen in while I have another chat with Katie Hornor.







    Favorite Quotes from Leveraging Our Uniqueness to Do What We Were Created to Do ...









    "You have unique experiences, unique training, a unique background, unique beliefs--all of this makes you unique and that's going to speak to certain people ..."







    "The last thing any of us want is to be forced into somebody else's mold ..."

















    --Katie Hornor







    Connect with Katie! Learn more about leveraging our uniqueness to do what we were created to do ...







    You can connect with Katie at theflamingoadvantage.com. There you'll find all her social media links and books. There you will also find her The Flamingo Advantage Podcast!







    Check out her original podcast: For Your Success Podcast with Katie Hornor







    Grab her book Faith like Flamingos: The Christian Business Guide to Walking Out Your Faith in Bold Color and grab your FREE copy of The Flamingo Advantage: How to Leverage Unique, Stay Relevant and Change the World







    Instagram: @katiehornor







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    Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. Isaiah 45:11 KJV









    More about Katie...







    Katie Hornor







    International Speaker and Online Business Coach, KATIE HORNOR, has an eye for the unique and a heart to champion believers in business whose message will change the world.







    Katie and her husband of 19 years, Tap Hornor, are missionary advocates, expats of 15+ years, self-taught entrepreneurs and Christian business mentors since 2014.















    More about flamingos and Katie's mission ...







    Over nearly a decade of coaching, Katie's come to realize that most Christian business owners, like the flamingos, seem oblivious to how special, and fabulous they are which results in running their business governed by the fear of man, feelings of inadequacy, or sabotaged by comparison and indecision.







    Katie’s inspirational story of ex-missionary to six-figure expat business owner began over 12 years ago at her kitchen table while balancing a baby on her lap. In 2022 she was one of the top 10 entrepreneurs to watch by FOX, NBC and CBS.

    • 34 min
    To the Girl with Passion, Compassion, & Conviction–It’s Go Time

    To the Girl with Passion, Compassion, & Conviction–It’s Go Time

    Do you feel a call on your heart in this new year? To the girl with passion, compassion, & conviction--it's go time. It's time to walk in the fierce calling God sets before you.







    I’d love to have coffee with Martha & Mary. Besides hearing about their fascinating conversations with Jesus, there’s something I’d like to ask them …







    Concerned for their brother’s life, Martha & Mary sent word to Jesus, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill." because surely Jesus would come and Lazarus would be healed. Surely.







    But things don’t always happen as we believe they should–and God’s love is magnified in more extraordinary ways than we can fathom.







    Jesus purposefully delays His arrival–because sometimes what doesn’t make sense in temporal ways makes sense in eternal ways.







    When Jesus finally makes His way to the outskirts of Bethany, Martha hears He is near. She slips out of her home, where many had gathered to comfort the sisters, and went out to meet Him.







    Martha says, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21). How often do we tell the Lord what He already knows? But we should tell Him because although He knows our hearts, He wants to hear our hurts straight from our own lips.







    That Whole “Martha/Mary” Thing …







    It’s interesting to me that Martha was the one who left her guests to meet Jesus. We’ve met Martha & Mary before–in Luke 10. We learned Martha busied herself with hospitality while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. This time, it was Martha who drew near.







    In the Luke 10 account and in Martha’s defense, she was fulfilling the cultural expectations of Jewish customs. It was expected that women should tend to domestic responsibilities.







    Mary ignores this custom by sitting at Jesus’ feet, and Jesus throws out customs and expectations to teach us that sitting at His feet is better than meal prep--or anything else.







    Of course, I’d probably dash to the kitchen to prepare lasagne if He showed up at my house, and hospitality is a beautiful thing, but it’s just not the best thing. Spending time with Jesus is.







    Why bake bread when you have the Bread of Life sitting in your living room?







    Back to the Story–Jesus Calls for Mary







    Perhaps Mary was too bereaved to leave the house. Perhaps Mary was too hurt that Jesus did not arrive sooner. We don’t know her thoughts, but we do know one of the sisters had to stay behind. In Jewish custom, the bereaved were to stay at home for a week after a loved one’s passing.







    When Jesus calls for Mary, Martha journeys home to bring her sister back to Jesus.







    That warms my heart like melted chocolate on a S‘mores because Jesus calls for us too–by name. We are called to lay down what is customary to dwell in the midst of our Savior.







    The Exact Same Words







    Mary hurries to meet Jesus at that same spot and says the exact same words Martha said: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”







    The sisters knew…







    They knew Jesus could have healed Lazarus. It was no coincidence Martha and Mary said the exact same thing to Jesus and perhaps had the exact same thought…







    Jesus, you’re too late. Where were you?







    But Jesus is never too late.







    He calls for the stone to be taken away and then calls Lazarus forth–and out walks a guy who’s been dead in a tomb for four days.







    Martha & Mary may have known Jesus raised others from the dead,

    • 18 min
    Katie Hornor: God Plants Desires in Your Heart So He Can Fulfill Them in the Future

    Katie Hornor: God Plants Desires in Your Heart So He Can Fulfill Them in the Future

    Is there a dream in your heart that you're waiting on God to bring to fruition? Has God given you a vision of a calling but you're not quite sure what it means? God plants desires in your heart so He can fulfill them in the future. Maybe that future is tomorrow, next week, next year, or the next season of your life. And you know what? It's important to mention that it's biblical to be paid for what you do.







    My guest today is Katie Hornor, she talks about dreaming in the details and how God gives you dreams, equips you, and provides all you need for these dreams and visions He has given you. We can trust Him to bring those dreams and visions to life and we can trust in His timing. Hear how God walked Katie and her family through and out of a desert time in ministry and into a fruitful time of living out the vision He gave her as a child.







    Now God is using Katie to equip others in fulfilling their God-given dreams & visions







    Katie's ministry is flourishing and she is helping others see how making money in ministry is biblical. She teaches that in our ministries and businesses, God is the owner and He has chosen us as the CEO.







    Listen to the show and learn how God is the owner of your business and you are the CEO







    Your work is absolutely valuable and what you earn can be reinvested in Kingdom work. It is okay to be paid for the Kingdom work you do, those dreams and visions God has given you. Then you can give back to Him and reinvest the assets He entrusts to you back into His Kingdom work.







    I know what Katie has to share will encourage, inspire, and challenge you so listen in while I have a chat with Katie Hornor.







    Favorite Quotes from God Plants Desires in Your Heart So He Can Fulfill Them in the Future ...









    "God plants those desires in your heart so that He can fulfil them someday in the future."







    "Dream with the details..."







    "Waiting on the Lord means communing with the Lord, really."







    "God is the owner and He has chosen you on purpose to be the CEO of this business, of this company."

    --Katie Hornor







    Connect with Katie and find out more about how God plants desires in your heart so He can fulfill them in the future!







    You can connect with Katie at katiehornor.com "because no matter what you do you're making a mark on this generation and the ones to come." -- Katie Hornor







    Check out her podcasts: For Your Success Podcast with Katie Hornor and The Flamingo Advantage Podcast







    Grab her book Faith like Flamingos: The Christian Business Guide to Walking Out Your Faith in Bold Color and grab your FREE copy of The Flamingo Advantage: How to Leverage Unique, Stay Relevant and Change the World







    Instagram: @katiehornor







    FREE COURSE: Business with God that Katie mentioned the Show...







    Business with God









    Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. Isaiah 45:11 KJV









    More about Katie...







    Katie Hornor







    International Speaker and Online Business Coach, KATIE HORNOR, has an eye for the unique and a heart to champion believers in business whose message will change the world.







    Katie and her husband of 19 years, Tap Hornor, are missionary advocates, expats of 15+ years,

    • 40 min
    Lori Vober: In Our Highs and Lows God is Still the Same God on the Throne

    Lori Vober: In Our Highs and Lows God is Still the Same God on the Throne

    My guest this week is Lori Vober and you'll be blessed by her inspiring story! Her journey includes a massive stroke at age 29, epilepsy due to the stroke, and later becoming a Mom to three older internationally adopted children. We talk about her health challenges, faith, and how parenting an adopted sibling group of children was not what she and her husband expected. Lori Encourages us that in our highs and our lows of life, God is still the same God on the throne.







    We're also talking about her book, Choices: When You Are Faced with a Challenge What Choice Will You Make?







    Doesn't that title grab you?







    We we make choices every day--some we may not even be aware of or intentional about. Here why Lori wrote the book and how it can help and encourage you.







    I know what Lori shares will encourage, inspire, and challenge you, so listen in while I have a chat with Lori Vober.







    Fierce Calling is on the Spark Network, which can be found on the Edifi App!







    Fierce Calling is one of many Christian podcasts available on the Edifi app. To listen to this podcast and other amazing Christian podcasts, go to the Apple or Google Play stores and download the app today!







    You can also find amazing Christian podcasts on Access More!







    Favorite Quotes from In Our Highs and Lows, God is Still the Same God on the Throne ...







    "God had placed me in a very safe environment."







    "I've learned never tell God what your purpose is going to be cause he has a totally different plan."







    "You can be at your highest or your lowest, and God's still the same God on the throne and he's waiting for you."







    --Lori Vober







    Connect with Lori and learn more about her book and the importance of knowing that in our highs and lows God is still the same God on the throne!







    Connect with Lori at lorivober.com! There you'll find her books, speaking info, resources, books she recommends, and social media links!







    More About Lori!







    Lori Vober







    Lori Vober suffered an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke at age 29. She then developed epilepsy due to the stroke. Lori is a walking miracle! God called her to share her journey of faith and perseverance to encourage others.







    Lori believes God has a plan for each of us, but life is about your choices! Even with her difficulties, she was able to become an adoptive Mom of a sibling group of three.































    Connect with Doris!







    I'd love to hear how Fierce Calling has blessed you! Leave me a message on my contact page at dorisswift.com.







    Scroll down and grab my free resources, and when you do, you will also receive my free monthly newsletter with more encouragement!







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    I love speaking God's truth into the lives of women!







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    Happy New Year, friend! May this year bring blessings upon blessings as you walk in y...

    • 34 min
    Are You Ready for Christmas? A Special Christmas Episode with a Christmas Poem & Prayer

    Are You Ready for Christmas? A Special Christmas Episode with a Christmas Poem & Prayer

    How often have you heard the question, "Are you ready for Christmas?" How do you respond? Do you base your readiness on whether your Christmas shopping is done? Cookies made? I must admit, in past years, I tended to gauge my readiness for Christmas on my shopping list--but not this year.







    This year feels a little different. Our entire home flooded in September, and we're still not back in it. I usually have a tree dressed to the nines by now and lighted garland adorning the entryways. Gifts wrapped, bagged, and tagged and cookies baking in the oven (well, the Pillsbury Dough Boy ones, and you can read about that here in my post, Confessions of a Faker Baker).







    This year? Not so much.







    At first, I feared the dreaded FOMO (fear of missing out) when I'd see all the beautiful Christmas tree photos plastered all over social media. Not being judgy, I usually plaster mine there too. But I realized what I feared most were my feelings. How would I feel about not putting up a real tree and not having a living room ready to put it up in? How would I feel about not decking the halls with boughs of holly?







    Then it hit me. I don't need a tree or boughs of holly--I have Jesus, and He is all I need. We hear the phrase "the reason for the season," and Jesus truly is our everything. God didn't give us a spirit of fear, and He makes it clear in 2 Timothy 1:7:







    "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."







    Self-control--hmmm ...







    That's a fruit of the Spirit, and we've already received it when we are in Christ. So we can focus on what is really important this Christmas--the birth of our Savior, and because of His birth--we can accept Him and become children of God. We can celebrate because not only did Jesus put on flesh to dwell among us--He's coming back to get us.







    We'll be back in our home soon enough, and all will be good again. But even so, God is still good and hope is still ours because we have Jesus.







    Speaking of hope, I hope you enjoy this special episode where I read a Christmas poem and offer a Christmas prayer.







    If this season is a hard one--know that Jesus placed His joy in you that your joy may be complete.







    Merry Christmas and Much Love,







    Doris







    Featured image: Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash







    Christmas music featured on this episode: Silent Night by Daddy's Music - Royalty Free on Pixabay







    'Twas the Night Before Christmas a Long Time Ago found on https://www.christmasmagazine.com/twas-the-night-before-christmas-a-long-time-ago/







    A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

    • 8 min
    Kristen Hogrefe Parnell: The Importance of Controlling How We Respond to Our Circumstances

    Kristen Hogrefe Parnell: The Importance of Controlling How We Respond to Our Circumstances

    My guest this week is Kristen Hogrefe Parnell. We're talking about the importance of controlling how we respond to our circumstances, even though we cannot control the circumstances themselves. We also talk about waiting on God for what we're longing for and keeping our eyes focused on who Jesus is and what he's already done in our lives.







    Kristen writes suspenseful fiction from a faith perspective for women and young adults. She also shares her own suspense story involving her now husband. I enjoyed our conversation so much, and I know you will love Kristen's perspective on faith and how she applies it in her stories.







    I know what Kristen shares will encourage, inspire, and challenge you, so listen in while I have a chat with Kristen Hogrefe Parnell.







    Fierce Calling is on the Spark Network, which can be found on the Edifi App!







    Fierce Calling is one of many Christian podcasts available on the Edifi app. To listen to this podcast and other amazing Christian podcasts, go to the Apple or Google Play stores and download the app today!







    You can also find amazing Christian podcasts on Access More!







    Favorite Quotes from The Importance of Controlling How We Respond to Our Circumstances ...

















    "One of the themes I really explore in the book is the idea that although we can't control our circumstances, we can control how we respond to them."







    "...Keeping our eyes focused on who Jesus is and what he's already done for us--I think that's where I kept running back to."







    "I have learned that God takes those hard times in our life and uses them to encourage other people."

















    --Kristen Hogrefe Parnell







    Connect with Kristen and learn more about her books and the importance of controlling how we respond to our circumstances!







    Kristen's newest release!







    Connect with Kristen at kristenhogrefeparnell.com and find links to her books, speaking info, courses, and social media links!







    More About Kristen!







    Kristen Hogrefe Parnell







    Kristen Hogrefe Parnell writes suspenseful fiction from a faith perspective for women and young adults. Her own suspense story involved waiting on God into her thirties to meet her husband, and she desires to keep embracing God’s plan for her life when it’s not what she expects. Kristen also teaches English online and welcomes inspirational speaking opportunities with schools, churches, conferences, and podcasts.







    Her young adult dystopian novels, The Revisionary and The Reactionary, both won the Selah for speculative fiction, and her first romantic suspense novel with Mountain Brook Ink releases December 2022. She also enjoys guest blogging opportunities and shares encouragement for writers at The Write Conversation where she is a monthly contributor. Kristen lives in Florida with her husband and baby boy.







    Connect with Doris!







    I'd love to hear how Fierce Calling has blessed you! Leave me a message on my contact page at dorisswift.com.







    Scroll down and grab my free resources, and when you do, you will also receive my free monthly newsletter with more encouragement!







    Love Fierce Calling?







    By following, rating, and leaving a review over at Podchaser, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts you can help others discover the show too!

    • 32 min

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