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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.

    Growing Our Faith Through Hard Times: Karen Ehman & Kristina Kotlus

    Growing Our Faith Through Hard Times: Karen Ehman & Kristina Kotlus

    Though times of pain and difficulty are hard to weather, they are often the seasons of life that bring the greatest spiritual reward, because it is often when we are desperate for healing and relief that we cry out to God, and those are the times that we can see great improvement by clinging to Him. Throughout her marriage, author and speaker Karen Ehman has been surprised by the difference in expectations and reality, and she’s learned that by looking for God in the little moments and continuing to show up in prayer, you can tackle any problem with your spouse. Kristina Kotlus had laid out a specific prayer to God: “Let me see you working.” She never imagined that her encounter with Him would come in the form of two cancer diagnoses, but she’s been amazed at how God took that opportunity to show her just what He was capable of. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Past interview: Dawn Barton
    Upcoming interview: Tim Storey
     
    Karen Ehman
    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    Make Their Day
    https://www.karenehman.com
    Keep Showing Up
     
    Kristina Kotlus
    I Quit: Facing Cancer with Faith, Family, & Friends
    College of the Holy Cross
    George Mason
    Philippians 4:7
    kristinakotlus.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “It brings this little level of excitement when you watch God work while you two are forming a team and working together.” - Karen Ehman
    “So often the way that we show love is not the way our spouse receives love.” - Karen Ehman
    “I think that's just a real crucial way that we can keep showing up is to use our words to speak to God about our marriages and to speak to God about our own behavior.” - Karen Ehman
    “I can look back in my life and see those exact difficulties, those problems, those pains, they were kind of the fertilizer for my faith. They’re when my faith grew the most.” - Karen Ehman
    “It really wasn't until I was diagnosed that I really understood an actual really scary thing, and I actually saw God's ability to step into that huge void where I couldn't carry the load and I couldn't change my circumstances—but He could.” - Kristina Kotlus, on her cancer diagnosis
    “I let myself have the emotions I was going to have, but I put a time limit on it. So I would literally set an egg timer or a timer on my cell phone and give myself fifteen minutes. I would have all of the negative thoughts. I would have all of the fears. I would just have them all and cry it out. And when my timer went off, I would literally out loud say, ‘Okay, you have been heard.’” - Kristina Kotlus
    “I don't think that God gave me cancer, I don't think that He shot down a lightning bolt from heaven and put the tumor inside of my head, but I do think that He used that experience as an answer to that prayer for me to see Him.” - Kristina Kotlus
    “I am choosing joy and I am deciding that I am going to go forward with confidence because I know my God has this.” - Kristina Kotlus
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    • 25 min
    Unfailing Grace and Sacred Rest: Julie Carrick and Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

    Unfailing Grace and Sacred Rest: Julie Carrick and Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

    A beautiful element of Christianity is that when we allow ourselves to relax into the peace and grace that God offers, we experience true rest and healing that restores every part of our soul. Catholic recording artist Julie Carrick has seen God touch her life in the moments she was suffering the most—through infidelity, miscarriage, and cancer—and it’s led her to appreciate His unfailing grace and perfect love, which meets her in all of her brokenness and boosts her with the strength to carry on. Physician and author Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an expert on rest in all of its forms, and knows how crucial it is that we give ourselves the type of rest our bodies, minds, and souls truly need. Because it is only when we are well-rested and energized that we can dedicate the best of ourselves to Christ—even the King rested on the 7th day. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Past interview: Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin
    Upcoming interview: Karen Ehman
     
    Julie Carrick
    Carrick Ministries Foundation
    Unfailing Grace
    Grotto
    JulieCarrick.com
     
    Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
    Good Housekeeping Doctors’ Secrets
    Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity
    John 10:10
    http://www.drdaltonsmith.com/
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “God's unfailing grace. No matter what we go through, that grace is there.” - Julie Carrick
    “The scripture—although it was written thousands of years ago—it wasn't written just for a thousand years ago. It was written timelessly. There is no beginning. There's no end. It was written for us today as much as it was back in the day.” - Julie Carrick
    “We're in a position where we are working out of our exhaustion rather than working out of the fullness of all that we have to give. We're not fully being able to use our gifts and our talents and all that God's placed inside of us because we are always working out of that place of depletion.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
    “To give of our best, we have to be able to take the time to intentionally rest well.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
    “I always like to meditate on a characteristic of God or even a word that brings you back to think about who God is in your life. Peace, love, joy. Pick a word, a phrase that you will focus on as a way of calming your mind and keeping it from being able to just jump to whatever thought that it decides it wants to.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
    “I believe every one of us needs to have those people in our lives, whether it's a counselor or a therapist or a trusted friend, a family member, someone who knows at the very core of what's going on with you.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
    “We need to see the value in spending time with those people who can pour back into us. We can't always be the ones pouring out into others.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
    “Spiritual rest is the rest we experience when we have intimacy with God, when we take time to break away just to be with Him where we're not coming with our agenda. We're not coming with our prayer list. We're coming simply to just spend time in His presence and to enjoy being with Him.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
    “God's best for us is where we actually go back to the very beginning and we do it as He has modeled even from the very beginning of creation.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 25 min
    From Stressful Living to Joyful Living: Ruth Chou Simons & Jess Connolly

    From Stressful Living to Joyful Living: Ruth Chou Simons & Jess Connolly

    Think of a time when you were able to spread a little sunshine to others. What kind of happiness and fullness did that bring you? God calls us to be conduits of His joy, peace, and healing, but we can only do that once we develop our faith muscle enough to leave the stresses and pressures of the world and step into His calling for us. Artist and writer Ruth Chou Simons always had a love for art, but felt pushed into places the world deems more practical. Creativity and beauty continued to find its way into her life through cracks and crevices, and after Ruth became a mom, she started a blog, Grace Laced, as a way to muse on the way God’s faithfulness was showing up in the everyday, and it led to an artistic career that brought her fulfillment beyond her wildest dreams. Life coach and author Jess Connolly has made it her personal mission to help people discover what their God-given gifts are, because it’s not about what we can do with our lives, but who we can serve through our actions. Jess has learned over the years that on our own, we could never be enough, but by His grace, we are.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Calling
    Past interview: Jaci Velasquez
    Upcoming interview: Julie Carrick
     
    Ruth Chou Simons
    Grace Laced
    GraceLaced
    Beholding and Becoming:The Art of Everyday Worship
    Grace Laced Shop
     
    Jess Connolly
    You Are the Girl for the Job
    Bright City Church
    Go and Tell Gals
    1 Peter 2:9
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I thought my worth was so tied to what I could accomplish. And long story short, the Lord really did get a hold of me, and God in His kindness showed me that nothing I had to bring to the table, no matter how hard I tried, no matter what college I went, to what degree I graduated with, what job I landed, none of those things could earn me to favor with God.” - Ruth Chou Simons
    “Those are truly just seasons that come about where God really breaks you of things that you think can save yourself. And He shows you what true salvation is.” - Ruth Chou Simons
    “I was simply writing to faithfully document and see how God's faith, God's favor, and His grace intersects everyday life, even when life wasn't turning out the way I expected it to.” - Ruth Chou Simons
    “I think anything, any dream you have, anything you want to do successfully in a big way, you need to do faithfully in a small way.” - Ruth Chou Simons
    “There are lots of things we want to be in the presence of. And we forget that we were made to be in the presence of our Savior.” - Ruth Chou Simons
    “Fullness of joy comes through Christ and through our knowing Him.” - Ruth Chou Simons
    “We get to be rooted in the good news that though we are not enough, God is.” - Jess Connolly
    “One of the best ways we can fight fear is saying true things about God.” - Jess Connolly
    “I have learned that part of the beauty of prayer is that when I pray for certain things, for God to move in certain ways, I begin to look for and see the fruit of those things. And so I'm really praying to see His power and to see His presence and to see His peace manifested in people.” - Jess Connolly
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 21 min
    God Will Meet You in the Middle of Your Storm: Patrick & Ruth Schwenk and Harold & Rachel Earls

    God Will Meet You in the Middle of Your Storm: Patrick & Ruth Schwenk and Harold & Rachel Earls

    In each of our lives, there will come a time that we face a season of hardship, of difficulty, even true suffering. But no matter how awful things may seem to be, God is right there to help carry you when you can’t walk on your own. Ministry leaders and authors Ruth & Patrick Schwenk went through a ten-year period in which they had nine pregnancies—five of which sadly ended in miscarriage. After having four healthy children and relocating to Ann Arbor, Michigan to launch a new church, Patrick was suddenly diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, and it sent their family into a tailspin once again. Clinging to God, the Schwenks found a way to cope and survive, trusting in the strength of Jesus to get them through. Former Army Captain Harold Earls and his wife Rachel know all about sacrifice—from a national perspective to a personal one. Early in their marriage, Harold felt called to climb Mt. Everest in support of veteran PTSD and suicide awareness, and in doing so, it terrified Rachel that she’d lose her husband before they could ever start a life together. By turning to God as reassurance that everything would be okay, they made it through the tumultuous climb. Then, as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, Harold began a new mission each day of honoring the men and women who gave their all for their country and relied on his devotional ritual to help keep his mind on God’s purpose for his life. For each couple, looking to Jesus to help them through their toughest struggles helped them realize that God can bring forth good from pain and from sacrifice—and He can give you the strength to help you through the worst of it.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Past interview: Jonathan Pitts
    Upcoming interview: Ruth Chou Simons
     
    Ruth & Patrick Schwenk
    John 3:30
    Moody Bible Institute
    Psalm 9:10
    1 Peter, 1:3-4
    In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake: Trusting the God Who Meets Us in Our Storm
     
    Harold & Rachel Earls
    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    Earls Family Vlogs
    Earls Fam Foundation
    Florida State University
    West Point
    Mount Everest
    Veteran suicide statistics
    Arlington National Cemetery
    A Higher Calling
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I had to give up everything that I had been and I had to follow Him with my whole heart.” - Ruth Schwenk 
    “I feel like God used that suffering and that uncertainty and that fear to really deepen my faith because I had a choice. I could either trust Him or I couldn't. And there was literally no earthly thing that I could do to change my situation.” - Ruth Schwenk 
    “There are so many ways that chaos and pain and suffering and loss can be places of great anxiety, but they also can be places of great abundance where God is beginning to do something new and something powerful.” - Patrick Schwenk
    “We believe that God hears our prayers. He loves us. He desires to take care of us just as His child. He desires to take care of us just like we as a mom or a dad desire to take care of our own child.” - Ruth Schwenk
    “I am grateful and it helps me to see the good around me and all the blessings that God has just given me, which really carries me through those hard moments.” - Rachel Earls
    “Everything that makes me proud to be an American, I would see on a daily basis [at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier]. And so for me to have the opportunity to serve there with an extraordinary group of young men and women honestly has been a highlight of my life so far and something that I am thankful for.” - Harold Earls
    “This country, although we have our flaws, our flaws are still worth fighting for.” - Harold Earls
    “Men and women that were so brave, that we don't even know who they are, made those sacrifices for you and I, so that we could have the religious freedoms that we

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    Every Life Has God-Given Potential: Ben Higgins & John Bevere

    Every Life Has God-Given Potential: Ben Higgins & John Bevere

    God has blessed each of us with a special gift, a talent, a unique way that we can spread His Word in the world. Our gifts are given to us for a reason—no one else can do what we do. It is the way we were formed, and it’s why it’s so crucial that we learn to hone into God’s voice and what He’s calling us to do, lest the world suffer from the lack of our obedience. Former Bachelor star and founder of Generous Coffee, Ben Higgins, had a moment in his childhood that made him realize that people’s stories are more complex than he ever thought possible, and that pain and suffering are interwoven with joy. After Ben’s following boomed from the publicity that being on national television brought, he realized he had an opportunity to use his platform for good, for change in the lives of those who desperately need it. That’s when he founded Generous Coffee, seeking to fulfill a purpose greater than himself and connecting with stories that truly mean something to us as humans. Author and speaker John Bevere had an encounter with God in 1991, when God told him to write. John laughed at God, thinking he was surely mistaken and calling on the wrong follower. After several nudgings, John gave in, and now his books are being used to build Christ’s kingdom worldwide. These two men show that when we harness our God-given abilities and surrender to His callings, lives and hearts can be changed, and we can have an impact greater than we ever thought possible. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling for Armed Forces edition
    JesusCalling.com
    Past interview: Cynthia Garrett
    Upcoming interview: Patrick and Ruth Schwenk
     
    Ben Higgins
    ABC’s The Bachelor - 20th season
    Generous Coffee
    Alone in Plain Sight
    Humanity Hope United
    generousmovement.com
     
    John Bevere
    Messenger International
    X: Multiply Your God Given Potential
    2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
    COVID
    Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
    1 Peter 4:10 NIV
    2 Timothy 1:6-7 NIV
    messengerinternational.org
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I think the scariest thing that we could have in our life is experiencing pain and feeling alone in that pain. I don't know a scarier feeling than feeling alone.” - Ben Higgins
    “What if pain is the connector? What if pain is the thing that we can look at each other and feel less alone? And what if pain is the place that we not only grasp for God, but that God enters into our pain?” - Ben Higgins
    “I want to share empathy. I want to hear your story. I don't want to argue with you. I want to understand more than be understood.” - Ben Higgins
    “The more I become vulnerable, the more I let people understand who I am, the more that I also believe that I want to understand who others are.” - Ben Higgins
    “The callings on our lives are beyond our natural abilities.” - John Bevere
    “Being faithful means multiply, even if you're working for somebody else. If you're a line worker at the factory, if you're a janitor, you multiply where God has placed you. Be faithful, believe for the supernatural gifting to multiply, to shine as a light in that arena.” - John Bevere
    “God has called us to take what is uniquely gifted in us and multiply it to impact many. If you look at God's first commandment, it was be fruitful and multiply.” - John Bevere
    “That gift on your life is not for you. It's for the people that in your world of influence that God is sending you to. So if you don't operate in your gift, then the people in your world of influence don't get what God intended them to get.” - John Bevere

    • 28 min
    Loving Our Neighbors Both Near & Far: Rick Steves and Thomas Morstead

    Loving Our Neighbors Both Near & Far: Rick Steves and Thomas Morstead

    God calls us to two highly important responsibilities: to love our Him with all of our being, and to treat our neighbors as we would want to be treated. By doing so, we can help turn our world into a better place, and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. Travel expert Rick Steves has seen, tasted, and experienced many different cultures, and of all the memories he’s made and souvenirs he’s collected, he believes none are as important as the broadened perspective his adventures have helped him gain. Rick’s faith has deepened after seeing how God works in various cultures of humanity, and worshipping with different people has helped him see the true value of different communities and faith traditions. Thomas Morstead, a punter for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, applied a mantra early on in life that no matter what, he would always give things his best shot, and leave the rest up to God. Following that principle has led Thomas to major success in the NFL, and has helped him use his influence to impact lives through his What You Give Will Grow Foundation. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Past interview: Joanne Rogers
    Upcoming interview: Ben Higgins
     
    Rick Steves
    Rick's public television program
    San Juan Islands
    Guatemala
    RickSteves.com
     
    Thomas Morstead
    What You Give Will Grow Foundation
    Super Bowl XLIV
    Coach Payton
    What You Give Will Grow
    American Cancer Society
    American Heart Association
    Good Friday
    The Middle School Rules of Thomas Morstead


    Interview Quotes:
    “I think it carbonates your whole world when you get out there and you realize, Wow, different people find different truths to be self-evident and God-given. It makes you less fearful. It's a beautiful thing. “ - Rick Steves
    “We're a great country, but we're four percent of this planet, and there's ninety-six percent of humanity out there. And it really makes sense to get to know the rest of the world.” - Rick Steves
    “I love to meet other people of faith. And I love to share my faith with people who have no faith. Very fundamentally, we are children trying to figure out our relationship with God and trying to get close to our Heavenly Father.” - Rick Steves
    “But once in a while, it's good for me to get out there and worship with people who don't have the same hymnal, who don't have the same accent, who don't have the same blonde hair. It's exciting. And it's a beautiful thing. It's a celebration. I would imagine God likes to see that, too.” - Rick Steves
    ”For me, the most beautiful souvenir is bringing home a broader perspective.” - Rick Steves 
    “Travel helps you appreciate how many people over how many centuries with how many styles of faith have praised God. We have a deep seated need to just to have quiet time to be with our creator, with our Heavenly Father.” - Rick Steves
    “I've always attacked things and tried to do the best I can at whatever I'm doing, and that's just opened up other opportunities that you didn't even know would be out there.” - Thomas Morstead
    “Accountability always, always rests on yourself and not on anybody else. And so I think when you start to live your life that way, it's a very quick way to get to some arbitrary thing called happiness when your life isn't dictated by others.” - Thomas Morstead
    “I just think if you're surrounded by negativity all the time, you're going to be negative. And if you're surrounded by positivity, you're going to be positive. And so I think everyone should guard their heart.” - Thomas Morstead
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
    ________________________ 
     
    Connect with Jesus Ca

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Customer Reviews

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Leno1010 ,

Inspirational

I found Chris Norton that had spinal cord injury and he shared his perspective with new people who had disability and shows how God created Chris Norton and used him to share God words and his injury awareness.

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So happy to find this Podcast!

I have been doing Sarah’s Jesus Calling devotionals for years and absolutely love them. I have gotten into the habit of listening to spiritual/motivational podcasts on my daily walks and was so happy to see this one. It never disappoints and I share the episodes most days!

TexasGirl529 ,

Content is ok...

Great guests, but the setup is so weird. How can it be an interview when it’s all one sided. Then every guest has to pitch the Jesus Calling book, which makes it weird.

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