32 episodes

Hidden Jewels was created for the woman who desires to unlock her hidden potential and walk in her God-given purpose. 

Iris Bryant shares stories from her life along with spiritually uplifting anecdotes to encourage and empower the listeners.

Hidden Jewels Iris P. Bryant

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Hidden Jewels was created for the woman who desires to unlock her hidden potential and walk in her God-given purpose. 

Iris Bryant shares stories from her life along with spiritually uplifting anecdotes to encourage and empower the listeners.

    Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

    Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

    In this episode, I have the privilege of speaking with The Believing Wife, Debra Cheek, as she shares the importance of our mindsets. She challenges us to forsake limited mindsets and  embrace community as we walk into a changed life.
    Connect with Debra Cheek:
    IG: @thebelievingwife
    FB: Believing Wives
    Website: www.believingwives.com

    • 19 min
    Reflection 2021

    Reflection 2021

    In this episode, I share the importance of a year end reflection activity and highlighting the top 5 episodes of Hidden Jewels in 2021.
    I will share nuggets from these episodes and encouragement as we move into 2022.
    If you need to catch up on previous episodes or want to test or projections for the top 5, this episode is just for you!
     
    Show Links:
    Check out TL Henness' Guide to Year End Reflection End me an email: iris@irispbryant.com Join the Hidden Jewels Facebook Group  
     

    • 24 min
    This is My Adoption Story with Denise Defoe Part 2

    This is My Adoption Story with Denise Defoe Part 2

    Today we have Denise Defoe in the last episode of the "This is My Adoption Story" series. In the second part of her interview, Denise dives deep into the topic of forgiveness and what she learned as she connected with members of her biological family.
    Reach out
    Denise Defoe
    Email~~Website~~Instagram
    Purchase They Chose Me: An Adoption Story
    Hidden Jewels
    Email~~Instagram~~Facebook Group

    • 27 min
    This is My Adoption Story: They Chose Me with Denise Defoe Part 1

    This is My Adoption Story: They Chose Me with Denise Defoe Part 1

    Born in San Diego, Denise Defoe has lived in Maryland for most of her life. She is a licensed social worker who is currently working as a psychotherapist.
    Denise obtained her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Oakwood University in 2003. After college, Denise matriculated at the University of Alabama under the prestigious, full ride, Daniel Scholarship and earned her Masters Degree in Social Work in 2004.
    Her crowning achievement to date has been the completion and release of her memoir,  They Chose Me: An Adoption Story
    released in June 2019. This book chronicles her journey as an adoptee. The readers are taken on a decades-long odyssey filled with a variety of emotions stemming from her sense of abandonment. From grief, anger, and resentment, Denise was able to come to a place of acceptance, forgiveness, and peace. She is now able to speak about this journey and serve as a consultant and advocate for adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents. Sharing her story has empowered others to stand strong within their own story.
    Her greatest personal joy and fulfillment come from her life as a wife and mother. She is married to Dr. David I. Defoe and together they are the proud parents of their daughter Dayna Imara.
    Connect with Her Online: 
    Website // Email // Instragram // Purchase They Chose Me: An Adoption Story

    • 22 min
    This Is My Adoption Story: Everyone Will Know it Was God

    This Is My Adoption Story: Everyone Will Know it Was God

    Today we have Sana Cotten as our guest on the special series, “This is My Adoption Story.” 
    Sana Latrease Cotten is the Founder of Unashamed, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that fosters emotional health in disadvantaged families that have experienced incarceration, foster care, and teen pregnancy. Through various initiatives, Unashamed, Inc. is equipping families with the tools they need to dismantle unhealthy generational patterns and transition from surviving to thriving.

    At the tender age of 4, Sana and her twin brother were removed from the care of their drug-addicted mother and grandmother and put into the foster care system. Despite these early setbacks and emotional traumas in her life, Sana has emerged as a whole woman, unashamed of her past and boldly sharing her story. By the grace of God, Sana has impacted hundreds of women all over the United States by sharing her personal journey of denouncing shame and becoming healed and whole in Christ.
    In 2020, Sana published her debut book entitled, “Everyone Will Know It Was God,” a memoir which chronicles her life story of early childhood molestation and sexual abuse, and growing up in the foster care system, to who she is today—a powerful, anointed, healed and whole woman of God.
    Sana is the wife of Reverend Joshua E. Cotten and the mother of her two greatest gifts, Jamir and Janai. She currently resides in Middletown Connecticut.


    To book Sana as a guest speaker for your next event, conference or podcast, or for information on one-on-one coaching sessions with Sana, visit sanalatrease.com or reach out via email at sanalatrease@gmail.com or connect with her on social media.

    • 36 min
    This is My Adoption Story: Black Girl White Family

    This is My Adoption Story: Black Girl White Family

    Today we have Amanda McKinstry on the show! Amanda, a transracial adult adoptee is here to talk about how using her voice led her to find her purpose.
    As an adult Transracial adoptee, she indicates that sharing my story made a huge impact on her healing. She has used her voice to inspire other adoptees and also use to let white adoptive parents know the challenges they will face when adopting a black child.
    Connect with Amanda: 
    Website~~Instagram
    Coaching Sessions
    Connect with Iris:
    Email ~~Website~~Hidden Jewels Facebook Group~~Instagram
     

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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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