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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.

    The Faith Between Sisters: Reba McEntire, Susie McEntire-Eaton, & Alice Foran

    The Faith Between Sisters: Reba McEntire, Susie McEntire-Eaton, & Alice Foran

    This week we get to hear from three very special guests—they are sisters who have stuck together through the good times and the bad: Country and Gospel music singing sisters Reba McEntire, Susie McEntire-Eaton (host of the second season of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith), and Alice Foran. These sisters look back on what it was like growing up on an 8000 acre ranch, traveling to rodeos with their cowboy dad and their school teacher mother and They reflect on lessons of faith learned from their grandmother, Reba Smith, plus share family in a special way that only sisters can.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling 
    Jesus Listens
    Peace In Uncertain Times video with Ellie Holcomb 
    Upcoming interview: Christi Paul
     
    Reba McEntire
    Susie McEntire-Eaton
    Atoka Lake
    Opry
    Revised, Remixed and Revisited
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “People say, ‘How long have you known the Lord?’ I can't remember not knowing the Lord.” - Reba McEntire
    “Every one of our kids have been influenced by [Grandma] and into our grandchildren because of her. So one little seed can go so far into eternity.” - Susie McEntire-Eaton
    “I remember one time [Daddy] said, ‘Well, you get insurance for your house, you ought to get insurance for your soul.’” - Susie McEntire-Eaton
    “Sisters are good for lots of things, and I really feel sorry for women who don't have a sister, but God will always provide a very good friend to be with each other. It's a sisterhood. It's something that's blood. And it goes farther than blood.” - Susie McEntire-Eaton
    "It's God that gives us what we need." -Susie McEntire-Eaton
    “When I don't have anything else to pray about, I just stop and I say, ‘Thank you, God, thank you. I don't know what's coming next. I don't know how I'm going to do this, but I just want to say thank you.’” - Susie McEntire-Eaton
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    • 24 min
    Jesus Listens When We Pray: Sarah Young

    Jesus Listens When We Pray: Sarah Young

    Many of us struggle with the concept of prayer. What should a good prayer look like? Am I doing it wrong? How can I make sure I know that God is hearing me? The good news from God is that every single one of your prayers—even the silent ones—are heard and cared about by Him. There is no right or wrong way to pray, all that matters is that you talk to God consistently, and you will find the joys of a relationship with Him. This week we’re honored to speak with Sarah Young, the author of Jesus Calling, Jesus Always, and a new book of daily prayers called Jesus Listens. Sarah takes us all the way back to her early years and shares how she began writing in her prayer journals. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Listens
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis
    Philippians 4 NIV
    Matthew 27:51 NIV
    Romans 8:26–27 NIV
    Psalm 62:8 NIV
    Luke 18 NIV
    First Thessalonians 5:17–18 NIV
    www.jesuscalling.com
    Past interview: Bishop T.D. Jakes
    Upcoming interview: Reba McEntire, Susie McEntire-Eaton
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “Our unrestricted access to God in prayer is a glorious, blood-bought privilege.: - Sarah Young
    “Since He understands us completely and loves us eternally, we can safely unburden ourselves to Him.” - Sarah Young
    “I'm thankful that God uses our prayers not only to change circumstances, but to change us.” - Sarah Young
    “Remember that Jesus is always with you, listening to every one of your prayers.” - Sarah Young
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    • 17 min
    God’s Path To Wholeness and Joy: Anne Lamott and Tabitha Brown

    God’s Path To Wholeness and Joy: Anne Lamott and Tabitha Brown

    Often, when we are in our most desperate, vulnerable state, looking for answers and help, God is our last resort, our final plea when nothing else is working. Psalm 30:2 says, “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me,” which reminds us that no matter where we’ve turned, how we might’ve fumbled our plans, He will always help us pursue His path to wholeness and joy, because it is never too late for us in His eyes. This week’s guests, author Anne Lamott and actress Tabitha Brown, share their come-to-Jesus moments that guided them away from sickness and put them on a path to healing and wholeness that can only be found in pursuit of the Creator. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Psalm 30:2 NIV
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Ruth Chou Simons
    Upcoming interview: Sarah Young
     
    Anne Lamott
    alcoholism 
    bulimia 
    Dusk Night Dawn: On Revival and Courage
    Help Thanks Wow
    Operating Instructions
    Bird by Bird
    Kierkegaard
    Genesis 22:12 NIV
    C.S. Lewis
     
    Tabitha Brown
    Feeding the Soul
    North Carolina School of the Arts
    Columbia College in Chicago 
    What the Health
    ALS
    www.iamtabithabrown.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I remember making that leap of faith, of thinking, If I don't decide for God, I'm so doomed anyway, the world is harsh and ugly and isolating and shaming and competitive, and and I did and I didn't know what that meant, I didn't have a clue what it meant. But I made the leap of faith and I thought, Well, I'll figure it out as we go. And that's what I did. But that was the day my healing began.” - Anne Lamott
    “From this crummy rundown church with this Charlie Brown Christmas tree out in front, I walked in, I got that Holy Spirit nudge, and I could hear gospel music, which I've always loved, and I could hear the spiritual anthems I'd grown up on.” - Anne Lamott
    “I had no self-love. I believed in God, but I believed in a God who is as disappointed as I was in me.” Anne Lamott
    “I can walk around with these glasses, these bad glasses of judgment and seeing everything that really is not working for me, everything that is either annoying or infuriating, or I can put on the good glasses and I can see God's hand everywhere I look.” - Anne Lamott
    “I'm like, You know what? God said he had a plan for me. And I know it's not just working a regular nine to five. I know it's not, you know, just living in North Carolina and being content with that life. And so I've been on a pursuit ever since of that voice and of my passion.” - Tabitha Brown
    “I thought, Oh my God, what is wrong with me? You know, I was falling apart inside and out and really thought I was going to die. And when doctors can't tell you what's wrong with you, it gets frustrating. My faith wavered. I was scared. I fell into depression, had major anxiety.” - Tabitha Brown
    “We should all strive to share without judgment, live our life authentically us and know that we are enough in the process of doing so.” - Tabitha Brown
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    [BONUS] Coping With Grief

    [BONUS] Coping With Grief

    This special bonus episode of the Jesus Calling Podcast features multiple guests speaking to the topic of grief. We hope you find encouragement, comfort and healing as you listen to mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sisters and children who have lost someone close to them, how they leaned on God as they coped with the loss and how, with His help, they were able to move forward.  
     
    Links To Full Episodes
    Mattie Jackson Selecman
    Rosie Rivera
    Casey, C.J, & Tucker Beathard
    Beth Nimmo
    Bo Stern
    Jonathan Pitts
    Kay Warren
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    Facing Fear & Following Your Heart: Joni Harms & Jennifer Allwood

    Facing Fear & Following Your Heart: Joni Harms & Jennifer Allwood

    Being raised in a faith-steeped environment can provide rich soil in which we can plant ourselves, allowing us to grow tall and firm and confident in the good news of the gospel. But remaining steadfast in faith comes with a heaven-sent assignment: to share it with others. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should push ourselves to the brink of burnout—it’s a careful balance of stewarding our mission well and caring for our loved ones, and ourselves. Our guests this week, rodeo queen and music artist Joni Harms and entrepreneur coach Jennifer Allwood share how their roots of faith have given them the ability to face their fears and follow their hearts. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
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    Past interview: Mica Paris
    Upcoming interview: Anne Lamott
     
    Joni Harms
    Oregon Trail
    Chester A. Arthur
    Molalla Buckaroo
    Women's World Magazine
    https://www.joniharms.com/
     
    Jennifer Allwood
    The Magic Brush 
    Fear Is Not The Boss of You
    https://jenniferallwood.com/
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “We could sing gospel songs together as a family and other people, if we had folks over that maybe didn't sing or play, they still seemed to love to listen and enjoy the music.” - Joni Harms
    “What I was saying through my music wasn't just a message that made me happy to sing about. It was really reaching and touching other people. And I thought, what a rewarding feeling this is.” - Joni Harms
    “With all the different things that you're faced with out there in this world today, especially having faith and being able to stay grounded and just talk to the Lord every day about the different things that you have to deal with is so important.” - Joni Harms
    “I feel like God has called me to be more of a person that gets out there and helps take some of that pressure off of some of these other people just by being calm, wearing a smile, maybe having a special song to share with them that might take a little of the load off and make them realize things are not so bad.” - Joni Harms
    “Even though I knew I was doing what God asked me to do, it didn't necessarily mean that I liked it or that it was very comfortable….if the worst thing that I'm imagining was to happen, would I still be okay? What would I still have left? And so if I kind of go through those exercises, it really, really helps me to determine if what I'm actually most fearful about is actually valid or if it's me just making it worse than what it actually really is.” - Jennifer Allwood
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    • 19 min
    God Can Transform Us In Our Darkest Moments: Edward Grinnan & Damon West

    God Can Transform Us In Our Darkest Moments: Edward Grinnan & Damon West

    Romans 8:28 reminds us that God will work all things together for good—not just the rosy parts of life, but also the ugly, twisted parts. This week’s guests have both overcome addictions that could have wiped them out completely, but instead they chose to call on God in hopes of finding something better—and were amazed to see Him show up in their darkest moments. Editor-in-chief of Guideposts Magazine, Edward Grinnan, grew up in a family bound together in faith—a faith they had to lean on heavily after the tragic loss of his special needs brother, Bobby. In trying to cope with his brother’s death and navigating life as a young adult, Edward turned to alcohol as a source of comfort, and battled that addiction for years. After starting at Guideposts Magazine in what he thought would be a temporary position, Edward ended up climbing the ranks and staying there until this day, where he continues to inspire and be inspired by the stories of faith of everyday people. Motivational speaker Damon West has faced countless obstacles in his young life, including drug addiction and prison time. Although Damon believed he developed negative patterns of behavior at an early age, he used his time in jail to learn about the Bible and to get insight from his fellow inmates about how life circumstances can transform you for better or worse. Damon ultimately chose—with God’s help―to become his best self. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Romans 8:28
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Karen Ehman
    Peace In Uncertain Times Series: Jennie Finch
    Upcoming interview: Joni Harms
     
    Edward Grinnan
    Guideposts Magazine 
    The New York Times 
    Conde Nast 
    Vanity Fair
    Esquire
    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
    Edward Grinnan’s books
    https://www.guideposts.org/
    Get a FREE issue of Guideposts at: shopguideposts.org/friends
     
    Damon West
    University of Houston Downtown
    University of North Texas
    Serenity Prayer
    https://damonwest.org/
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I came from a family of very, very strong faith, and when you lose a child, that tends to tear apart marriages. And looking back all these years later, I didn't really see it as a child, but my parents stayed together. Their marriage was as strong as ever, and that's because they turned to their faith every single minute of that crisis and every single hour after that crisis.” - Edward Grinnan
    “The alcoholism slowly but surely ate me alive so that by the time I was out of graduate school, my late twenties/early thirties, I was basically a homeless wreck. I was just living on the streets on and off, begging for money just so I could continue drinking. There's lots of things that happened in between, college, jobs, travel, vagabond travel, graduate school, but at the end, life spit me out onto the streets.” - Edward Grinnan
    “God had brought me to the place where I needed to be.” - Edward Grinnan
    “I began to feel that my own spiritual anchor was being strengthened by these stories and this audience. And I suddenly realized as I was going through a story with a narrator that my own faith was being strengthened. And eventually I realized that the bargain that God was offering me was, ‘I brought you to Guideposts and I want you here. In exchange, I will help you with your sobriety and you will help me with Guideposts.’ And that was the bargain I struck in 1986 or so, and it's the bargain I’m keeping to even today.” - Edward Grinnan
    “My sponsors in AA said you should have prayer time every day whether you think it does any good or not. And, you know, prayer for me was something I had to practice. I had to get good at it. I have to believe in it. And it was a part of my spiritual evolution. As I began to believe that God cared about me, He cared about my life, the more I believed I could reach God through prayer.” - Edward Grinnan
    “Without hope, we don't get up in the morning. We don't love without h

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