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Millions have been encouraged and inspired by the words of the #1 best-selling 365-day devotional "Jesus Calling." Listen to real-life stories of faith as told by those who have experienced the power of living in His presence.

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith Sarah Young

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Millions have been encouraged and inspired by the words of the #1 best-selling 365-day devotional "Jesus Calling." Listen to real-life stories of faith as told by those who have experienced the power of living in His presence.

    Depend on God and He Will Carry Your Burden: Jon Gordon & Andrew F. Carter

    Depend on God and He Will Carry Your Burden: Jon Gordon & Andrew F. Carter

    Life as a journey is almost cliche now, but there’s a reason why the metaphor persists. Journeys are difficult. We fight through injuries, claw our way to the tops of mountains, and endure the elements. We enjoy the completion of one segment only to find another looming ahead with its own set of obstacles. Journeys are visions of life’s failures and triumphs that emphasize the importance of keeping on. Our guests this week share how they’ve persisted and how Jesus has carried their burdens with them on their journeys. Jon Gordon overcame a negativity learned from childhood to become a highly sought after motivational speaker. But even with his success, he felt empty, and his search for meaning led him to an unlikely source who told him that Jesus could take his soul-pain from him. Andrew F. Carter grew up in a family plagued with drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. After being in and out of jail multiple times, Andrew turned to Jesus long enough to be called to the ministry, but then had what he calls “a Jonah moment” when he ran the other direction. Eventually, he found his way back to that calling as a social media influencer on platforms like TikTok and YouTube where he shares the gospel with millions. For both Jon and Andrew, life has been a journey that’s best done with Jesus.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
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    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Dave Pittman
    Upcoming interview: Dianne Derby
     
    Jon Gordon
    Erwin McManus
    The Energy Bus
    The Garden
    jongordon.com
     
    Andrew F. Carter
    TikTok
    YouTube
    Jonah
    www.andrewfcarterministries.org
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I started these thank you walks where while you're walking, you say what you're thankful for. And those walks of gratitude also turn into walks of prayer.” - Jon Gordon
    “I believe in a God that would actually want to take my burden, want to take my soul pain.” - Jon Gordon
    “I needed a Savior because I couldn't save myself. I wasn't strong enough. I wasn't good enough. It wasn't about my power. It was about transferring my power to the Creator of the universe.” - Jon Gordon
    “Jesus believes in people more than they believe in themselves.” - Jon Gordon
    “Jesus came to forgive. He came to love. He didn't come to condemn the world. And so once you understand that love, I think it makes you want to know more.” - Jon Gordon
    “People need more encouragement today. They need more hope. They need more light. It's what Jesus came to do.” - Jon Gordon
    “It was like the Holy Spirit coming over me, just like; This is what you were called to do. You have words of gold. You've been called to ministry, and you're going to speak to millions of people, all three of those things. And at that moment, I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing.” - Andrew F. Carter
    “All of the things that I thought would bring me happiness, the money, the travel, the girls, all of those things that I thought would bring me true happiness, they failed to fulfill….I was so fulfilled, I was so satisfied, so on fire and driven when I was actually serving God, when I was walking in the purpose that He had for me.” - Andrew F. Carter
    “I've tried to do things my way. I've taken the wheel. I thought I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and I clawed and fought my way to the top, only to lose it all. And I realized that in my weakness, God is my strength.” - Andrew F. Carter
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    • 29 min
    God Helps Us Find The Missing Peace: Sonya Curry & Sheila Walsh

    God Helps Us Find The Missing Peace: Sonya Curry & Sheila Walsh

    Does it ever feel like you’re searching for something in life beyond what your everyday existence is bringing? Maybe you’re a parent who is devoted to your family, but you wonder if there’s something you’re missing. Maybe you’re in the second half of your life and wondering if there’s more beyond the days of your youth. Perhaps you are just lonely, and wondering why you haven’t been able to connect with others who share your outlook on life. We all want the assurance that we’re doing it right—the peace that comes from knowing where you’re going. Our guests this week share that there is an answer to finding that missing peace—and His name is Jesus. Sonya Curry raised three amazing children who became successful in sports and in life, but she still kept thinking something was missing, and found what she was looking for in a closer relationship to God. Sheila Walsh is a spiritual leader to many, yet she battled depression at the height of her success and realized that she needed God’s love through other people to help her find herself again. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
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    Jesus Always
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Michael Guillen
    Upcoming interview: Jon Gordon
     
    Sonya Curry
    Stephen Curry
    Seth Curry
    Sydel Curry
    Type A personality
    @sacurry22
    Fierce Love
     
    Sheila Walsh
    Is God Still Awake?
    700 Club with Pat Robertson 
    Life Today with James and Betty Robertson
    Psalms 88 NIV
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I wanted for nothing materialistically, I just wasn't fulfilled. And so I was searching for some of that fulfillment in the world.“ - Sonya Curry
    “I went from just being religious and going to church to really having a personal relationship with God. And it saved my family, it saved me, and got me more focused on living out the potential that God had placed in me to get to the purpose that He had for my life.” Sonya Curry
    “I was already raising my children and taking them to church because that's how I was raised. But then they started seeing the transformation in me. They started seeing me praying more. I wanted to train them in how to put God first. You can fit God into your schedule, is what I wanted them to see.” - Sonya Curry
    “I felt how God's hand was always in every decision that was made regarding them...we need to be intentional and purposeful because we are the gatekeepers to their souls.” - Sonya Curry
    “Doing my daily devotions and prayer time grounds me, it really helps me to set the standard for the day. It reminds me who I am, where I came from, and who I'm here for.” Sonya Curry
    “I have tried so many things and ways to find fulfillment within myself to then have that pour into my role as a mom. And some things worked, some things didn't, but the things that were built on the foundation of God never failed.” - Sonya Curry
    “God's antidote to shame is grace.” - Sheila Walsh
    “Rather than viewing the Word of God through what I just heard on the news, I reverse everything now so that whatever I watch at some point to catch the headlines, I view them to what I've just read and the Word of God.” - Sheila Walsh
    “Don't isolate yourself from God when you're hurting. Bring everything that's true about you to Him, just as Christ did.” - Sheila Walsh
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    • 31 min
    Forgiveness Can Heal Our Deepest Wounds: Jeanne Lakin & Randy Hartley

    Forgiveness Can Heal Our Deepest Wounds: Jeanne Lakin & Randy Hartley

    Forgiveness can be a difficult concept—especially when we’ve been harmed in ways that have long-lasting effects. However, unforgiveness can end up doing even more damage. Our guests this week have stories of pain and harm done by people filled with hatred that was so traumatic, forgiveness seemed like an impossibility. Jeanne Lakin, a writer and speaker, endured the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide as part of an ethnic group who were targeted for massacre. Randy Hartley, a Tennessee businessman, traveled with his daughter to Rwanda and befriended a man whose own aunt was responsible for the death of his mother, sister, and nieces. Forgiveness didn’t seem like an option in their stories, yet through prayer and faith, it became the only choice that would bring wholeness and restoration to those involved.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Casey, CJ, and Tucker Beathard
    Upcoming interview: Sonya Curry
     
    Jeanne Lakin
    Rwandan genocide
    Tutsis 
    Hutus
    www.avoiceinthedarkness.org
     
    Randy Hartley
    Beautifully Broken
    Compassion International
    Amy Grant
    William and Ebralie Mwizerwa
    Legacy Mission Village
    Beautifully Broken movie
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “We went from being from this home, a beautiful home, to being in the bushes, hiding for our lives and watching our neighbors, our loved ones, our families being basically killed because of how God had created us.” - Jeanne Celestine Lakin
    “I knew I could access that peace with God through prayer. I know I had God, who was seeing me through this chaos.” - Jeanne Celestine Lakin
    “God created us with a choice, so people could choose to do good.” - Jeanne Celestine Lakin
    “He's a God who sees details that we might not see.” - Jeanne Celestine Lakin
    “When I was able to forgive, when I was able to say, ‘I forgive you for the rape, for raping me. I forgive you for killing my family. I forgive you for all the pain, all the nights I spent thinking about all the pain you caused in my life,’ that was God's gift.” - Jeanne Celestine Lakin
    “Once everything is taken away from you and all you have is God and prayer, He really puts you in a humbling place where nothing else matters. It's you and God, no matter what happens at the end of the day.” - Jeanne Celestine Lakin
    “When you have such hatred and bitterness and anger and resentment in your heart, there's just no way to enjoy the simplest thing that God has created for us when we're holding on to that kind of pain.” - Jeanne Celestine Lakin
    “If you've ever been a dad driving at 3:00 in the morning and trying to find out where your daughter is, it just doesn't get any darker than that.” - Randy Hartley
    “God could take a Rwandan refugee and a national financial planner and a Rwandan genocide perpetrator, and weave their lives together through this divine tapestry in a way that they were all saved.” - Randy Hartley
    “When you're broken and you're in a dark place, sometimes it feels like you can ever move forward. But I'm here to tell you, that's just a chapter in your life. That's not the end of your story. That's just a chapter.” - Randy Hartley
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    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 41 min
    [BONUS] Motherly Love

    [BONUS] Motherly Love

    This special bonus edition of the Jesus Calling Podcast features multiple guests who have appeared in their own episodes on the Jesus Calling Podcast sharing inspiring stories about mothers–either their own or others who have influenced their lives by showing them motherly love. It is a blessing and a responsibility to nurture others–whether it be those in our own family, or those outside our family who may not know the love of a mother. So many lives have been positively influenced by women–mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, or friends who took it upon themselves to love and care for someone–modeling God’s unconditional love for us all. We hope these stories will encourage you and remind you of that special person in your life that hoped for you, prayed for you, and believed in you when you needed it most. 
     
    Links To Full Episodes
    Jason Crabb
    Peggy Rowe
    Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    Gloria Gaither
    Toure Roberts
    Cheryl Karpen
    Candace Cameron Bure
    Jeff Hostetler
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    • 55 min
    God Uses Us Through Our Scars: Tim Tebow, Merry Clayton, & Dean Cain

    God Uses Us Through Our Scars: Tim Tebow, Merry Clayton, & Dean Cain

    This week we celebrate a special landmark—our 300th episode. Many thanks to you—our listeners—for coming back to our show week after week to hear the stories of real people, just like yourself, who have found hope and peace in the word of God and in Jesus Calling. For this very special episode, we have three guests who have all experienced their share of scars from the hard parts of life, but have found a way to see their scars as badges of honor, and they recognize how God has strengthened them through their pain so that they can reach others with His message of love and healing. We’re talking with NFL and MLB star Tim Tebow, singer Merry Clayton, and actor Dean Cain.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Michelle Wilbur-Christiansen
    Upcoming interview: Jeanne Lakin
     
    Tim Tebow
    Frank Thomas
    Psalm 139:14 NIV
    Mission Possible: Go Create a Life That Counts
     
    Merry Clayton
    Rolling Stones 
    Lynyrd Skynryd
    Beautiful Scars
    Billy Preston 
    Ray Charles
     www.merryclayton.com
     
    Dean Cain
    No Vacancy trailer
    No Vacancy website
    No Vacancy Facebook
    No Vacancy Twitter
    Lois & Clark
    Sean Penn
    Chris Penn
    Rob Lowe
    Charlie Sheen
    Emilio Estevez
    Princeton University
    Young Guns
    Beverly Hills 90210
    God's Not Dead
    Cecil Johnson
    It’s a Wonderful Life
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “If I didn't know what God says about me, then it would be so easy to get caught up with the highs and the lows.” - Tim Tebow
    “We are here to love God and love people. And He has made it possible through the blood of the cross to have a mission possible life, one that truly counts. Not one that is about one day, but one that is about this day. This day, it is a chance to make our life count.” - Tim Tebow
    “It's so easy to get caught up in those emotions because they speak really loud. Ask for truth to speak louder.” - Tim Tebow
    “We can choose courage, because even in the midst of the trials and the midst of a tribulation, the midst of the negativity, in the midst of the criticism, we know all we have to do is keep fighting because He wins the game for us.” - Tim Tebow
    “We wanted His will to be done. Not me, not my will, but His will, because that's the way we live.” - Merry Clayton
    “God is still here. He hasn't left us. He's still here. We're still in the palm of His hands.” - Merry Clayton
    “I think being a parent changes you because you're no longer the most important thing. And then you start to sort of understand the whole idea behind faith and behind God.” - Dean Cain
    “I humble myself before God every single day because life itself is humbling.” - Dean Cain
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    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 30 min
    When Life Gets Stressful, Look For the Blessings: Mark Wahlberg, Roma Downey, & Shauna Niequist

    When Life Gets Stressful, Look For the Blessings: Mark Wahlberg, Roma Downey, & Shauna Niequist

    In the busyness of life, job, family, and activities, we can easily become caught up in the day to day routine of putting one foot in front of another. And sometimes, that very routine, instead of being comforting, can be something we feel dragging us down, making us feel like we’re just living life in an endless loop, with no real deliberation or purpose. Our guests this week have learned an important truth about taking deliberate steps to carve out moments for reflection and connection with God—even when their day-to-day existence is overwhelming. Actor Mark Wahlberg takes time each day to pray because he knows it will equip him to take on what’s next in a positive way. Actress and writer Roma Downey takes a moment at the beginning and end of each day to remember what she is grateful for and to identify that day’s unique blessings. Writer and speaker Shauna Niequist enjoys a “breath” prayer practice where she thinks consciously about breathing in God’s peace, and breathing out her own anxiety. No matter which way you choose to deliberately connect with God’s presence in your life, you will likely find peace, strength and courage to take on stressful days that only He can give. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Ruth Chou Simons
    Upcoming interview: Tim Tebow
     
    Mark Wahlberg
    Father Stu
     
    Roma Downey 
    Lightworkers
    The Bible Series
    Son of God
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    Messiah
    Touched by an Angel
    Psalm 46:10 NIV
    www.lightworkers.com
    Unexpected Blessings
     
    Shauna Niequist
    I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “As a person of faith, I'm just trying to grow and be better every day, be an example to my wife and to my children and to the people that look to me as an example.” - Mark Wahlberg
    “When I started focusing on my faith, good things started to happen.” - Mark Wahlberg
    “No person is beyond redemption. As long as they are willing to repent and want to make real change. We cannot turn our backs on anybody. This is not about excluding people. This is about including people and opening our arms and our hearts and our homes and everything else to love people and care for them.” - Mark Wahlberg
    “I think in life you reach a point where you think, If I only have forty summers left, what do I want to be doing with my life? And I thought, I really want to live a life of purpose.” - Roma Downey
    “If you have a gratitude attitude, you can really change your life.” - Roma Downey
    “I've almost trained myself to look for the blessings. And the great thing is, when you train yourself to look for the blessings, you find them, and then you start finding that they're everywhere. It's like the more you're grateful for, the more you have to be grateful for.” - Roma Downey
    “I loved having a sense at a very young age that the world was big and beautiful, and people all over the world were kind and interesting.” - Shauna Niequist
    “We felt like there was a lot of energy and direction, like God's graciousness was very apparent and it felt like the path was emerging before every step.” - Shauna Niequist
    “There were so many new things to learn, and so we tried to build into our family language this idea that being new is good and starting again is good, and it's okay to be a rookie and it's okay to ask questions and it's okay to need help.” - Shauna Niequist
    “My worth is not on the line. There's nothing I have to prove. My worth is given to me by the Creator. And then also, it's not something I can destroy. It's not in my power to do that. The love and worth that God bestows upon every person He creates is not ours to destroy or manage in any way.” - Shauna Niequist
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    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ

    • 30 min

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