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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.

    Faith on the Front Lines: Craig Morgan and Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards

    Faith on the Front Lines: Craig Morgan and Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards

    In observance of Memorial Day, veteran and country music artist Craig Morgan and the First Lady of Louisiana, Donna Edwards, join the Jesus Calling Podcast to share how their faith, families, and a dedication to public service have shaped their lives in incredible ways. Craig Morgan served in the Army for 17 years before pursuing a country music career, which now allows him to serve military members via USO shows and special tours. After losing his 19-year-old son Jerry in a tragic accident, Craig felt moved by God to share his pain through a song called “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost,” which has touched countless lives. First Lady Edwards shares why she and her husband, Governor John Bel Edwards, were inspired to dedicate their lives to serving the public. As part of that service and in devotion to God, First Lady Edwards felt led to share Jesus Calling with incarcerated women in her state, and visited them in person to deliver the books, which had an enormous impact on her and women in the facility.



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    Jesus Calling Podcast episode:  Becoming an Everyday Hero: Neal McCoy & Rodney D. Bullard
     
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    Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards
    See Donna at Work: Governor’s Mansion
     
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    Interview Quotes:
    “It was when I left home and joined the military, I think that's when I developed the aspirations for writing. Being away from home, creating a sense of appreciation for all the things that I had left and got away from.” - Craig Morgan
    “I thought I was exempt from something like that [when my son died], because our faith was so strong. We were a good Christian family, and I thought that something like this would never happen to us.” - Craig Morgan
    “When I lost Jerry, I felt like I didn't know enough about God because I needed to know more to understand what was going on.” - Craig Morgan
    “God wrote this song. I did not write this song.” - Craig Morgan, on his song "The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost"
    “I can't hug people that aren't standing before me, but I still very much feel their presence. Everybody talks about these God moments, you know, where you feel something and you feel the presence of God. That's what that is. I still feel that I have those moments with my son.” - Craig Morgan
    “We’ve always been firm in our direction and what we felt were our morals and values.” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards
     
    “We don’t necessarily have to agree — but I’m called to love you regardless.” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards
     
    “150 women who were imprisoned stood up and applauded the fact that I stepped into their life that day,” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards
     
    “Only with God’s help and praying and asking for God to help you, can one truly forgive.” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards
     
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    • 30 min
    God Can Handle Our Brokenness: Andrew & Shawn Johnson East and Lisa Leonard

    God Can Handle Our Brokenness: Andrew & Shawn Johnson East and Lisa Leonard

    We don’t have to be perfect to receive God’s love. He longs to meet us in our brokenness so that He can be a part of our healing. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East and her husband, NFL player Andrew East, share their love story that’s now blossomed into parenthood. And in their young marriage, Shawn and Andrew have weathered highs and lows, including a painful miscarriage, and they remember how sharing with their online community and hearing stories from thousands who had experienced the same pain helped them heal. Jewelry designer Lisa Leonard was juggling so much—a loving marriage, being a mom to two sons (one with special needs) and a passion for her burgeoning business—that she worked herself into a burnout, which took a toll especially on her marriage. As she began to work through these hard feelings, Lisa realized God didn’t require her to be perfect and put together all the time. Slowly but surely, Lisa’s zest for life returned, and she began to build a peaceful life that allowed her to keep creating new resources and loving others the way she always wanted.
     
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    London Olympics
    Dancing with the Stars 



    Lisa Leonard
    Be You book
    Brave Love book
    Your Spark book
     
    Gary Sinise
    IMDB - Gary Sinise as “Lieutenant Dan” in the film Forrest Gump,



    Interview Quotes:
    “I remember going to the Olympics, winning an Olympic gold medal, standing on the medal podium with a gold medal around my neck and feeling almost empty.” - Shawn Johnson East
    “Shawn's career was just kind of ending when we met, and my career was about to begin in the NFL. It's such a unique position, and I'm so thankful that Shawn is very uniquely qualified to be a part of the ups and downs of the NFL.” - Andrew East
    “[Sharing about my miscarriage with my online community] helped me heal so much, just seeing how many thousands of stories came back of people who had gone through the same thing.” - Shawn Johnson East
    “There's so much power in the community.” - Andrew East
    “I'm excited about the marriage aspect of parenting, but I'm also excited about the responsibility of what it means to be a thoughtful parent and how you do that well.” - Shawn Johnson East
    “I felt like I wanted to do something different and bring beauty into the world.” - Lisa Leonard
    “I felt like as a mom with two boys, one with special needs, and my husband and my friends and my extended family, the easiest way to simplify things was to take my needs and wants and put them way up high on a shelf.” - Lisa Leonard
    “God can handle our brokenness. He is not surprised by it. He's not scared of it. He's enough to fill that space.” - Lisa Leonard
    “This is a journey. We don't have it all figured out. And there's grace, so this is love, right? We don't do everything perfectly, but we're in it together.” - Lisa Leonard
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    • 31 min
    God Helps Us Rebuild Homes & Hearts: HGTV’s Leanne & Steve Ford and Dr. David Vanderpool

    God Helps Us Rebuild Homes & Hearts: HGTV’s Leanne & Steve Ford and Dr. David Vanderpool

    God is the restorer of all, and He often works through us to rebuild lives, to touch hearts, and to transform people here on earth. Stars of HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords” brother-and-sister-duo Leanne and Steve Ford share how their supportive parents paved the way for their creative careers, encouraging their kids to try new things, even if they made mistakes along the way. When they understood failure is a normal part of life, Leanne and Steve learned to push their creativity to new heights, and today they inspire others to create homes that help them feel safe and loved. Dr. David Vanderpool has also taken part in rebuilding, but in a different way: by living in Haiti and serving others through his relief organization Live Beyond, Dr. Vanderpool has discovered that living simply and focusing on connecting with others has brought his family closer to God and allowed him to share God’s love with those in need. 



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    Jesus Calling podcast episode:  God Lifts Us Up to Our Full Potential: Philanthropist Melinda Gates & Pastor Tony Evans
     
     
    HGTV Show Restored by the Fords (Leanne & Steve Ford)
    Work in Progress book
    Country Living Magazine
     
    Dr. David Vanderpool
    Live Beyond relief organization 
    Britannica, 2010 Haiti Earthquake


    Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I realized that it was our family and our faith that created this life where we didn't care what anyone else thought.” - Leanne Ford, remembering her childhood
    “We are in a society where if you mess up, it's looked down upon. And the problem with that is that the fear of failure kills creativity.” - Leanne Ford
    “I really believe that when you love your home, it really translates into the rest of your life.” - Leanne Ford
    “The ability to bring joy and happiness to people, whether it be a giggle or a laugh or a house they're proud of or an idea that gets them inspired, what an awesome gift that we’re able to do that.” - Leanne Ford 
    “Jesus came to fill the gap between this disparity.” - Dr. David Vanderpool
    “When you divest yourself of material things and Plan B starts to fade away a little bit, I think what happens is the Lord becomes nearer and He becomes a whole lot more apparent.” - Dr. David Vanderpool
    “There's nothing that is more gratifying or supporting than knowing that you're walking exactly where God wants you to walk.” - Dr. David Vanderpool
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    • 23 min
    4 Ways To Weather The Storm Well with Pastor Jonathan Pitts

    4 Ways To Weather The Storm Well with Pastor Jonathan Pitts

    [Special Series] Dad, pastor, author, and president of For Girls Like You Jonathan Pitts shares 4 Ways to Weather the Storm Well as we search for Peace In Uncertain Times. Jonathan shares how we need to give ourselves a little grace in this season, how saying yes to family time can bring us joy, and how being transparent about our struggles can help us lead effectively and grow our relationship with God. 
     
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    Interview Quotes:
    “This life in the kingdom is just a crazy adventure where we can't expect anything, but we can trust that God is in control regardless.” - Jonathan Pitts
    “Family has been a thing for me that God has reminded me is really where most of my joy comes from.” - Jonathan Pitts
     
    “Living in the presence of Jesus is really critical to our relationship with God.” - Jonathan Pitts
    :I really just try to practice being in God's presence because it's not necessarily easy. It's like any other relationship. Sometimes they can be difficult to be with people, to relate to people. And so I just practice showing up to him and I ask that when I show up to him, he shows up to me and he never fails me.” - Jonathan Pitts

    • 7 min
    Helping People On the Front Lines: The Cookery’s Brett Swayn

    Helping People On the Front Lines: The Cookery’s Brett Swayn

    [Special Series] Brett Swayn, Executive Chef of the Cookery in Nashville, TN is one of the people on the front lines, helping others during times of crisis. He shows us what can happen when we invest in each other, invest in our world, and invest in prayer; using this time to strengthen our hearts and come closer together as God’s people. 
     
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    Lambscroft Ministries
    Bible Gateway (Psalm 46)
     
    See more videos around finding Peace for Uncertain Times on YouTube.com/JesusCalling Book
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “The spirit in the Cookery cafe has blossomed because [the team] know that they are doing God’s work, and they can feel His Spirit encouraging them.” - Brett Swayn speaking on behalf of his team members working without pay to serve others during the pandemic. 
     
    “I’ve encouraged the men here to look for places to invest; and from the beginning, they have. They’ve invested in each other, they’ve invested in time in the Word, they’ve invested in time in prayer, they’ve invested time in those that needed help, and they’ve become richer.” - Brett Swayn speaking on behalf of his team serving each other and those in need during the pandemic.
     
    “People can help right now with prayer and pursuing the things that matter on a deeper level.” - Brett Swayn
     
    “Some of us are being taken care of with salary, so now is the time for us to look to those who may be in need and help them with your gift, with your acknowledgement, by your compassion, by your love.” - Brett Swayn

    • 9 min
    Family Connections Through Story & Song with Ellie Holcomb

    Family Connections Through Story & Song with Ellie Holcomb

    [Special Series] Children’s book author and musician Ellie Holcomb (and her kiddos!) join our Peace in Uncertain Times series to share some ways they are connecting as a family while staying at home, including reading stories, making music together, and having family devotional time. Ellie reminds what we might be able to take away in this season, sharing that, “there's so much that we always have to be grateful for, because God is always faithful and He's always near.”
     
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    Interview Quotes:
    “God is in the business of making all things new. And so I am so grateful for those tangible reminders of God's faithfulness.” - Ellie Holcomb
     
    “Something that's really helpful during this season [of quarantine] is to name our losses rather than spending the energy, just burying them or trying to just stuff them down.” - Ellie Holcomb
     
    “It helps us anytime we think about other people, it helps us get out of just our own selves and our own story.” - Ellie Holcomb
     
    “[I am] so grateful for God's truth that can ground us and anchor our hearts down during a very uncertain and crazy storm that we are riding through.” - Ellie Holcomb speaking in reference to living life during COV-19 pandemic

    • 15 min

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