Headed Someplace is a bi-weekly podcast where strong, inspiring, enduring women share their stories with us.
EP 24: Justice and Mercy with Cece Jones-Davis
Today’s guest is Cece Jones-Davis. [The following is from Cece’s website] Cece is a worship leader, speaker, writer and social advocate from the beautiful town of Halifax, Virginia. She is a graduate of Howard University, Yale Dvinity School, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts. Cece is also blessed to be a member of the inaugural class of Princeton’s Black Thelogy Leadership Institute. Working at the intersections of faith, worship, and social justice, she is passionate about seeing God’s Kingdom come in the areas of racial healing, women and girls issues, and criminal justice reform.
Cece’s writing and advocacy work have been featured in Huffington Post, Essence.com, Self Magazine, Yahoo! Health, Teen Vogue and many more sources. Her music has been shared across the country and featured on Stephen Hurd’s "The Overflow” and “Times of Refreshing”, as well as Grace Covenant Worship albums. Her singles, “Dreams” and “Your Love is Deep” are on all digital outlets.
Ever hopeful, Cece believes in the power of God accessed through people, and feels grateful to be alive for such a time as this. She currently serves as the teaching pastor at The Table in Oklahoma City, and enjoys spending time with her hubby, Dr. Mike Davis, and and their sweet lil’ babies.
EP 23: It's Okay to Not Be Okay with Lauren Gilliam
Today’s guest is Lauren Gilliam.
Y’all, this girl’s got heart! She is a caregiver in every sense of the word. She’s mothered two precious souls through foster care and successfully advocated for their reunification. She’s poured years of energy and love into inner city ministries and OKC schools. She’s cared for family members battling disease and walked through trauma with abused & neglected students. Lauren is SO strong. But she’d also be the first to say “It’s okay to not be okay.”
In today’s episode, Lauren speaks on living in the tension between strength & sorrow. She talks about trusting in the goodness of God and how sweet it is to know that His heart breaks with ours over this world. It’s so good, guys.
Lauren’s love of literacy and Groundhog Day are a few things you’re going to want to hear more about! Can’t wait for you to listen in & meet Lauren.
EP 22: Peace in the Chaos with Kara Gates
Today’s guest is Kara Gates. She shares about life with her sweet boy with special needs (Cri-du-chat Syndrome). You’re going to be so inspired by her energy, motivation and determination to advocate for her kiddos and fight for the fullest lives for them.
She also shares about the miscarriage they experienced this last year, as well as what it’s been like to deal with her dad’s terminal cancer diagnosis.
Her perspective on life is unique and hopeful and the amount of energy she pours into her family is inspiring! Can’t wait for you to meet her!
EP 20: She Laughs at the Days to Come with Sarah Brooks
Today’s guest is Sarah Brooks. She’s HILARIOUS. And carries humor into all aspects of life, including raising her three boys (that she had all within a 4-year span - WUT?) She blogs about their crazy lives here.
We talk about how she became a public speaker overnight, the prank she played on her 4-year-old to make him think he grew a tattoo. We talk about social media and how to discern what’s really meaningful in life. We talk about loving on women in the sex industry…
We bounce all around, laugh a lot and talk about some of life’s most meaningful moments.
This describes Sarah to me:
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the days to come.She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” (Prov 31:25-26)
EP 19: Permission to Grieve with Jennifer Gerhardt
Today’s guest is my dear friend Jennifer Gerhardt. She’s a wife, mom of two girls, author, speaker, Storytelling Minister at her church and ex flag football quarterback (stud).
Jennifer just released her fifth book, A Grief Received: What to Do When Loss Leaves You Empty Handed, shortly after releasing one of MY FAV BOOKS OF ALL TIME this past November - Swallowed Up: A story about how my brother died. And I didn’t.
Y’all. This is a woman who is well-acquainted with grief, but who refuses to let death extinguish life. She also happened to be there for me through my journey of losing my sweet mama, so we talk a little bit about that too.
We talk chat about marriage, parenting, the enneagram…
I really hope all of you - men, women, young and old - will listen to this conversation with Jennifer and take heart :-)
EP 18: Life is For the Living with Karen Hill
Today’s guest is Karen Hill. Karen and I are related, but it’s actually the first conversation we’ve ever had! And you get to listen in on it :-) She’s an author of 30 children’s books, mom, grandmom and cancer survivor. She is also the executive editor and executive assistant to author/pastor Max Lucado, who may or may not make a guest appearance on the episode ;-)
Karen shares about losing her father, mother, brother and a sister and how God can use our grief and suffering. We talk about questions we have for God and how doubt is a part of faith. We also talk about Sabbath rest, mentorship, parenting and much more.
Karen is a woman of wisdom who trusts God in the midst of chaos and searches for him and his purposes in all the “random” circumstances of life. I’m so inspired by her attitude toward life; she knows that as long as she has life in her body, God has plans for her.
So, come join me as I learn about Karen and glean wisdom from her story.
Kara and her guests offer a word of encouragement and conviction, a laugh and/or a healthy cry, insight and hope for drawing closer to God and walking out my faith more each day. Thank you, Kara, for following God’s inspiration to launch this podcast out into the vast ‘inter- webs!’
The best hour of my day!
This podcast is refreshing, uplifting, convicting and an encouragement! Real woman walking with Jesus through the ups and downs of life.
Such an encouragement.
I love listening to this podcast to bring some eternal perspective into my everyday. Listening to stories of God working in people’s lives takes me out of my self-involved state and allows me to see God’s work in my own! I love it. Kara has such a soothing voice and asks great questions.