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Letters From Home Meg Glesener

    • Religion & Spirituality
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    "Living and Loving Out Loud" Raven Hartwell

    "Living and Loving Out Loud" Raven Hartwell

    Have you made a mistake, a really big one, early on in marriage?  Did you think your marriage was over? Our society is so prone to cancel for the smallest of transgressions. But not God. God wants to not only completely heal us, but to have our healing be a story that can be lived and shared out loud, to help others heal.   

    Raven Hartwell has a beautiful love story of redemption, that she so lovingly and vulnerably shares.  She has a wonderful childlike faith, and you can hear that 100% trust in her God as she shares. You will be so encouraged.  Raven and her husband Keith love and serve the Lord with their precious sons, influencing this world for good.

    Rev. 12:11- "And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. "

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    Topics Shared:
    Happy childhood
    Struggles with rejection
    Cutting to deal with the pain
    72 hours in psych ward
    Forgiveness and letting go
    Favored by God
    High school diploma struggle and gift
    Married at 20 without parents approval
    In laws cause major stress
    Marital infidelity early in marriage
    It took years to forgive herself
    Learning to love each other again
    Starting their family
    A third pregnancy
    Unexpected stillbirth in 2020
    Pandemic hospital protocol
    Precious Kyler
    Freedom from the grip of grief
     Isaiah 54
    Time to tell their story
    Helping thousands on social media
    Starting a marriage podcast

    Raven  Quotes: 
     
    "He has always favored me, and He has always seen me when I thought my parents didn't."
     "I was experiencing rejection from a family that I really wanted to marry into forever."
    "I think people don't understand. They underestimate how much of an impact family has on your marriage. It is really vital to be of one accord as a couple." 
    "There is power in forgiveness. You feel free when you are forgiven."
    "I have never been one to enjoy grief. I don't believe it is a beautiful thing. It is not something that you can sit in. It really can put pressure on you, into questioning your life and holding you back from life, that God has given you to move forward."


    References:
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ravenhartwell6?lang=en
    Raven Hartwell's podcast, "Beyond The Altar", YouTube Channel and Shopping Store: https://linktr.ee/Raventhomashartwell


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    • 55 min
    "Finding Your Life's Great Message" Bonus Episode

    "Finding Your Life's Great Message" Bonus Episode

    What is the great message and theme of your life?  Would finding the answer to this question make a difference? In my last several podcast episodes I asked this question of my guests, and have put together an audio montage of their answers.  The answers might inspire you to find the great message and theme of your own life,  as well as discover this beauty in others.

    You will hear from Markus Watson, Lee Ann Mancini, Renod Bejjani, Ami Shroyer, Joe Delagrave, Sue Donaldson and Rodney Olsen. Last year, I discovered the great theme and message of my own life.  You will hear my answer, as well as several other of my family members.  Here is a peek:

    John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also."

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    Related Episodes:
    1. Ep. 44- “Falsely Accused Pastor” (God’s Beloved, Markus Watson) https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/falsely-accused-pastor-gods-beloved-markus-watson-ep-44/
    2. Ep. 45- “Family Honor” (The Story of The Real Jerry Dugan)https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/family-honor-the-story-of-the-real-jerry-dugan-ep-45/
    3. Ep. 46- “Raising Lee Ann” (A Tale of Italy, Alzheimers and Strong Foundations)https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/raising-lee-ann-a-tale-of-italy-alzheimers-and-strong-foundations-ep-46/
    4. Ep. 47’-“Kidnapped and Tortured” Renod Bejjani’s Story of Hopehttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/kidnapped-and-tortured-renod-bejjanis-story-of-hope-ep-47/
    5. Ep. 48 “Loved for 100 Years in 20” Ami Shroyerhttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/loved-for-100-years-in-20-ami-shroyer/
    6. Ep. 49 “Quadriplegic Paralympian for Team Jesus” Joe Delagrave https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/quadriplegic-paralympian-for-team-jesus-joe-delagrave-ep-49/


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    • 27 min
    "Quadriplegic Paralympian for Team Jesus" Joe Delagrave

    "Quadriplegic Paralympian for Team Jesus" Joe Delagrave

    Can you imagine at age 19, after a boating accident, waking up from surgery to the doctors telling you that you will never walk again? This is the beginning of Joe Delagrave's deep transformation.   His journey to forgiveness and faith is one you will never forget. He brings us into his happy but imperfect childhood, his WSU football days, his boating accident,  a life-changing prison visit, and ultimately his inner heart working,  that gave him the drive of an Olympian. He is a keynote speaker, Team USA Paralympic Wheelchair Rigby Player, and well loved child of God.

    Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."

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    Topics Shared:
    Soaking up affirmation from coaches
    His goal in high school was being a college athlete
    Supportive parents
    Birth father in prison, missed Joe's entire childhood
    It wasn't 15 years for some crazy offense, it was choices over and over
    Drugs, check fraud, not paying his rent
    At 13 God spoke to him about being a speaker
    His battle between pleasing people or pleasing God
    Football Scholarship to Winona State in Mn.
    Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin and the back sloughs of Mississippi
    Boating accident
    Spinal cord injury levels
    Joe's neck snaps at the C6 and C7, and he blacks out
    Rescue boat, ambulance, then med flighted  to the local hospital
    The Asia Test proves his spinal injury
    Airlifted to  LaCrosse Hospital for surgery to fuse his C6 and 7
    Complete quadriplegic or incomplete quadriplegic?
    Don Beebee House of Speed shirt cut off
    Opening his eyes to Prov. 3:5-6, and a newly-abled world
    Surrounded by loving family
    The God of 2nd chances
    Functioning as an incomplete  C6 and C7 quadriplegic
    God softens his heart toward his dad
    Visiting his birth father in prison
    Reconciliation and forgiveness in one life-changing encounter
    Marriage, babies and adaptive sports
    Discovering wheelchair rugby
    An athlete again
    Preparing, making and medaling in the Paralympics
    A plan of 3's

    Resources:
    Website- https://www.joedelagrave.com/
    IG- @jdelagrave14

    Joe's Quotes:
    "Are we on fire for God, or on fire for what people think? A lot of times those two don't coexist very well."
    "As my athletic career was taking off, my relationship with Jesus was completely going the opposite way."
    "Going through sports and you see the dads coaching their kids, I was so jealous of the relationship."
    "We never know what kind of impact we make by simply being kind."

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    "Loved for 100 Years in 20" Ami Shroyer

    "Loved for 100 Years in 20" Ami Shroyer

    Loved for 100 years in 20.  Not everyone gets to experience a love like this. Ami did. As a traveling teen musician, she met the love of her life.  They start their marriage in love and soon after they start their family. While serving the Lord as a family, preparing land for a new ministry, her husband Mike inhales some debris.  Through a series of misdiagnosis and careless medical practice, Mike passes away.  Ami brings us into that season of her life, the love, the pain and the beyond.  Her name means 'beloved little follower of the Lord, and as her story unfolds, you will see her uncommon faith, from just a little girl, to this present day.  She is resilient, and has an affinity for daisies, which reminds her of the love of her husband, Mike Shroyer, who loved her for 100 years in 20.

    Heb. 12:1-"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."
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    Topics Shared:
    Beloved little follower of the Lord
    Uncommon faith
    Creative child whose wings were clipped 
    Lived in 21 different houses before 21
    Jesus clubs and writing music
    Friend-zoned Bill Gaither's nephew
    Skipped graduation to travel around the country singing
    Severed parental relationship made right
    Meeting the love of her life
    "Miracle of Mercy" Mike's life song
    Quick & happy marriage
    Working at Andy Stanley's church, their Atlanta years
    Starting a family wholeness center
    The 5/11 Wholeness Journey
    Mike gets suddenly ill
    The Doctors fumble his care
    Medicinal toxicity and dehydration sets in
    One last visit
    Horrible passing
    Superman
    Loved for 100 years in 20
    Fields of daisies
    Name on the front of the building
    A voice for strong homes 

    Ami Quotes:
     "I always want purpose, not closure. You can't close off a love like this. We are not meant to. We need to continue to live wide open with purpose."
    "It literally feels like he is on a trip before we get there, but he just got there first."
    "The night that he passed away my daughter said 'Mom, now it's even. And I said, 'what do you mean?'  And she said, 'Well the two babies that are in heaven have Dad, and you  have us. It's even."
    My son said, "I've been thinking, I could be really angry with God that I am 12 and Sadie is 8, and that this would happen, but I got to thinking, if this were going to happen some day anyway, I would rather that it happen when I'm 12 and Sadie is 8, because if it were later in life, you would be all alone, and right now you have us."

    Resources:
    Elizabeth Elliot "Path of Suffering"

    Ami's Website:
    https://amishroyer.com/

    Podcast:
    Journey Through Fields of Daisies (on her website)

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    "Kidnapped and Tortured" Renod Bejjani's Story of Hope

    "Kidnapped and Tortured" Renod Bejjani's Story of Hope

    "Can you imagine  a child being tortured for being a Christian, in several Islamic ruled nations over many years? And that child growing up at age 13, fighting in a war, for survival, because of being a Christian? Renod's story is profound, and moving.  His traumatic upbringing, led to a hatred of Muslims, and turning his back on God for 25 years. 9/11 changed everything. Today, he and his wife Karen serve the people he once despised. You will be enthralled with his story and the needed transformation God brought about in his heart. Their ministry is called "I Hope Ministries".  They have a heart to help bring Muslims to Christ and help equip others to do the same. 

    IICor. 5:20-"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

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    Points Shared:
    Born in Bagdad, Iraq in a Christian Lebanese family 
    Raised in an Islamic ruled nation
    Non-Muslims had less rights  and freedoms 
    Unorthodox home schooling
    At 5 he spoke about Jesus to friends on the street
    Kidnapped and tortured by an Islamic extremist 
    His narrow escape
    This pattern continued for 7 years, spanning many countries
    He discovers the meaning of the word kafir, 'infidel', someone who does not believe in the God of Islam.
    Anger and hate grew in his 10 yr. old heart
    At age 13, he fought in the Lebanese war between Christians and Muslims for survival, for 6 months, and was also in hiding.
    Flying across the world from Tripoli Libya and finding his way around Los Angeles, at 13, alone.
    Culture shock and bullying in the U.S. 
    Walking away from the Lord for 25 years
    9/11 changes everything 
    Mission trip back to a Muslim country
    I Hope Ministries is born.

    Renod Bejjani Quotes:
    "I packed my bags . I would line them up in the closet. I would sleep in the closet with my arm around my bags saying 'Lord I want to wake up with my parents."

    "Today Islam is the 2nd largest religion in the world, and out in the West including  in America, Islam has been doubling every 10 years, while Christianity is declining fast."
     
    Links:
    Website-https://ihopeministries.org/about-ihope/

    Books-"Muslims: 5 Biblical Essentials Every Christian Must Know and Do"
    "The Way to Paradise"

    Related Episode:
    Letters From Home Ep. 37-"Finding His Father" Michael McDonald


    https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/finding-his-father-michael-mcdonald-bible-project-director-of-global-focus-and-strategic-relationships/

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    • 55 min
    "Raising Lee Ann" (A Tale of Italy, Alzheimer's and Strong Foundations) Ep. 46

    "Raising Lee Ann" (A Tale of Italy, Alzheimer's and Strong Foundations) Ep. 46

    Living with Alzheimer's. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a parent with Alzheimer's living with you?  How about as a young woman?  Lee Ann shares her story of faith from a little Italian girl, who never knew her father. She was raised by her single mom who though she  only had the opportunity to complete a 6th grade education gave Lee Ann the love and strong faith foundation she would need for life. Today  Lee Ann is an adjunct professor at the South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary and the author of many books, including The Brightest Minds in Children's Spirituality. She has created many videos and children's books to help parents in raising Christian kids. Her desire to give back is palpable, and in her story you will see what made her the joyful Christian woman she is today.

    IThes. 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

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    Sharing Points:
    Italian upbringing
    Raised by a single mom
    Saved from her mother's abusive boyfriend
    Fatherless upbringing
    Saved from abuse
    Not able to go to college
    A young adult caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer's
    Mother with Alzheimer's gets lost for days
    Transition to a care facility
    Marriage and family
    SeaKids Ministry
    Raising Christian Kids Podcast
    The Brightest Minds in Children's Spirituality
    Her producer  Cliff McDowell 23 Entertainment
    Books turned into an animation series called SeaKids
    South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Adjunct Professor


    Resources:
    Lee Ann Mancini's Website:
    https://leeannmancini.com/
    Ken Hamm "Answers in Genesis"
    FB Group Raising Christian Kids
    SeaKids TV- https://seakidstv.com/

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    • 48 min

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