In November of 2015, Davey Blackburn’s wife Amanda was killed in a home invasion, along with their unborn child. As the lead pastor of Resonate Church in Indianapolis and the father of his young son Weston, Davey was forced to not only live through this tragedy, but learn to lead through the pain as well. Our own pain may or may not look like Davey’s, but we all go through pain nonetheless. However, we believe that God works all things together for good, and in Christ, Nothing Is Wasted. This podcast seeks to help you in your pain by bringing you conversations between Davey and special guests designed to help you live, learn, and lead through pain.
Episode 221 - Finding Beauty in the Valley of Miscarriage with Abbey Wedgeworth
What do you do when loss reveals more questions than answers? How do you navigate the doubts and anger that come when God doesn't answer a prayer or longing? For Abbey Wedgeworth, finding beauty in the valley of miscarriage was no easy feat. It was through her wrestling in her pain, that she began to see the lessons her heart needed to learn, even though her mind knew the truth of God's Word. While Abbey was well-versed in her knowledge of God's truth, the loss of a pregnancy brought a deeper understanding of the goodness of God in moments where she may not have fully felt it. And it was in one of her greatest pains that God brought forth an important and needed ministry for other women walking through a similar loss. In this raw and honest episode, Davey and Abbey talk about what it looks like bring our honest questions to God, the ways suffering can teach us to depend on the Lord in a new way, and the humility pain and lament offer us. You don't have to have experienced a miscarriage to glean from this rich conversation and find beauty in your own valley, whatever it may be.
Podcast: Held https://www.abbeywedgeworth.com/podcast
Book: Held: 31 Biblical Reflections on God’s Comfort and Care in the Sorrow of Miscarriage
Episode 220 - Life Is a Vapor with Micah McElveen
After a near-death experience, how do you return to life? For Micah McElveen, it took almost losing his life to begin to live fully alive. After diving head first into a wave as a teen, Micah found his story taking an unexpected turn due to a near fatal injury. In what can only be explained as a miracle, God gave Micah a second-chance at life and the realization that life was truly a vapor. It was from the difficult journey through the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that God showed Micah the purpose He had for him. Years later, Micah began a world-changing ministry called Vapor that serves the most marginalized and in need people around the globe through clean water, medical care and meeting other physical needs while sharing the gospel. It is through that work and his own story of suffering that Micah has been given a unique perspective on what it means to live fully alive, how to find purpose when life threatens to take it away, and the importance of caring for the least of these in the world. Davey sits down with Micah for an important conversation that will help you look at your own story and know that you are alive to make a difference.
Website: www.micahmcelveen.com ; www.vaporministries.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicahMcElveen/ ; https://www.facebook.com/VprMinistries
Book: Dying for Purpose: Light for the Lost, Directions for the Found
Episode 219 - Wrestling through the Emotions of Job Loss with Dale Kreienkamp
"We're letting you go." It's the words no employee wants to hear and yet, job loss is at a staggering high. What do you do when the company you've given your time and talents to tells you they no longer have a place for you? Job loss and unemployment is more than just a financial loss, it can lead to a spectrum of emotional, spiritual and mental pain points as well. Dale Kreienkamp knows all too well about the feelings that can come after being let go, having experienced it not once, but twice in his career as an executive. In this episode, Davey sits down with Dale to talk about how to wrestle through the emotions of losing a job, practical steps to take in the waiting, and how to help those we love who may be going through unemployment. Whether or not you personally are walking through this, you'll want to listen to this episode to gain insight on what to do when life takes an unexpected turn.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DaleKreienkamp/
Book: How Long, O Lord, How Long? Devotions for the Unemployed and Those Who Love Them
Episode 218 - Learning to Depend on God after Loss with Lisa Appelo
Have you ever asked yourself how life can be good again after a devastating loss? Have you found yourself having to learn to depend on God in your deepest pain? Author and speaker Lisa Appelo knows all too well what it looks like to search for meaning and joy in life when your world falls apart. In the summer of 2011, she found herself a widow and single mom of seven children after the sudden, tragic loss of her husband, Dan. Davey chats with Lisa about how she walked her children through their own painful grief, how death revealed her idol of self-sufficiency and how she learned to lean on God for everything in her journey towards healing. Whether or not you have lost a spouse, Lisa's wisdom on how pain can shape us and wake us up to eternity is for you. Her story is a reminder, no matter what your pain, that life can be good again.
Book: Life Can Be Good Again: Putting Your World Back Together After it All Falls Apart
Episode 217 - Holding onto Hope in the Midst of War with Yuriy and Madison Perekotiy
For many Americans, the recent headlines about the war in Ukraine came as a shock, but for the people living in the reality of the conflict, life has felt unstable for quite some time. Ukrainian missionaries Yuriy and Madison Perekotiy know firsthand what it is like to live in a place where wars and rumors of wars exist as part of daily life. But when the most recent invasion happened while they were in the United States for a visit, the helplessness of being so far from home and the people they know, love and serve became a difficult reality to bear. In this episode, Davey and Kristi have a candid conversation with the Perekotiy's about what is happening across the globe in Ukraine, the trauma that war can unleash on so many and how others can step in and help, no matter where they are. If you've been watching the news and feeling at a loss as to what to do, you won't want to miss the insight and honesty the Perekotiy's share about how we as believers can help the most vulnerable in the world right now.
Episode 216 - How to Heal Our Racial Divide with Derwin Gray
In a world so broken, it is no wonder that division can be seen everywhere, even within the walls of the Church. The past few years especially have shone a light on how pervasive the sin of racism still exists to this day within our communities and within the body of Christ. Through his own personal experiences and his study of God's word, former NFL player turned pastor, Derwin Gray, has a vision for how healing can come where there is so much pain when it comes to the topic of race. The early Church proves that God's desire for His people is diversity and healing our divides is possible through the power of Christ's resurrection. Davey talks with Pastor Derwin Gray about what it looks like to heal our racial divide, encouragement for those who have experienced racial trauma, how to deal with the sin of racism in our hearts and a hope for a future in which we all see the beauty in God's design. Let this conversation embolden you to become an agent of change in your church, your community, and your home.
Book: How to Heal Our Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, And What the First Christians knew, about Racial Reconciliation
Episode 215 ..a path out of loneliness was so beautiful and powerful, as well as educational (for those who like to learn about the brain!). I will be re-listening to this one.
Thanks to both Davey & Dr. Mark for sharing so authentically.
Davey, I appreciate these race conversations that you enter into and I hope to continue to hear more. There is a pain that our Black and brown brothers and sisters walk through that we only can experience as white folks through the telling of their stories. Keep amplifying their voices! They know all too well that God doesn’t waste their pain. Derwin said that preachers lose funding sometimes when they start talking about race. I’m making a donation to your ministry because you chose to talk about it. Thank you brother.
Brought to tears
I’ve been struggling with several things lately and finally pulled the plug to reach out to a counseling center to see a therapist at…Mayfield Counseling. To my surprise, I turn on Nothing is Wasted today…and who are they interviewing? Dr. Mark Mayfield. Definitely felt this as a God wink!