When life turns upside down, we can see the world from a new perspective.
No matter who you are, you have either walked through deep hardship, you are in a hard season as we speak, or you will be soon enough. Sorrow and suffering can feel deeply isolating, and it would be easy to believe that no one could possibly understand. But trust us, you are not alone. We believe every person can experience hope and joy, even in the midst of sorrow.
Hosts, Daniel and Kelly Crawford, have the privilege of walking with men and women through the valley of the shadow of death on a weekly basis through their ministry, Abel Speaks. In their own story of suffering and countless others, the Crawfords have seen the redemptive truth that God never wastes an ounce of our pain. Join them each week for authentic conversations and gospel hope for the hurting.
12 - Top Moments from Season One
For the final episode of the year, we do a high-level recap of the six conversations that comprised this first season of Life Upside Down with Abel Speaks, sharing audio clips and highlight moments. If you’re been listening along, we hope you’ll enjoy revisiting some of the content that has encouraged and challenged in the first 11 episodes (and invite you to rate the podcast if you haven’t taken a moment to do so!). If you’re just jumping in, we hope this episode can give you a taste of what this podcast is all about and lead you to go back and soak up these testimonial interviews in full! Life Upside Down with Abel Speaks is powered by Christian Parenting, learn more at www.christianparenting.org/LifeUpsideDown
11 - Choosing “hard” with no regrets, with Matthew Lyle Mooney
“After so much hard, why did you choose more hard?” This is the honest question Matt & Ginny Mooney were asked as they adopted their daughter with disabilities after losing their firstborn son. We continue our conversation with Matt as he speaks to that very question, and how they have walked through a lot of pain with a lot of joy… and with no regrets. We also dive into the broader conversation around disability and the American Church and what 99 Balloons is doing to drive that conversation forward. To learn more, visit www.99balloons.org and visit www.theatypicallife.com for Matt’s online hub. This podcast is powered by Christian Parenting, and you can learn more at www.christianparenting.org/lifeupsidedown
10 -“Is God at work in my sufferings?” with Matthew Lyle Mooney
The reality of suffering in this life can lead us to question the reality of a good and loving God. But is it somehow possible to understand God less, and yet, come to know Him more? Is it possible that our greatest “good” is actually found in the hardest parts of life? This conversation is a special one for us, as we hear from a source that has shaped our journey of suffering. We know you will love Matt Mooney as much as we do and be encouraged by the work he and Ginny have set forth to accomplish through 99 Balloons. To learn more, visit www.99balloons.org and visit www.theatypicallife.com for Matt’s online hub. This podcast is powered by Christian Parenting, and you can learn more at www.christianparenting.org/lifeupsidedown
09 - Processing and praying as spouses with Ryan & Ally Wall
It’s no secret that men and women are very different. God designed it to be this way! And yet, as spouses and parents, these differences will present their fair share of relational challenges early and often. What do we do when we’re simply not on the same page? And how do we stay connected if our grief manifests itself in contrasting ways? Last episode, we heard Ryan and Ally Wall’s story and would highly recommend you give it a listen before. In this episode, we continue that conversation with a focus on pursuing and prioritizing one another in marriage through all of life’s ups and downs. This podcast is powered by Christian Parenting, and you can learn more at www.christianparenting.org/lifeupsidedown
08 - How long will we wait? with Ryan & Ally Wall
There are times where we feel left wanting and left waiting. Sometimes these stretches seem to last for an eternity and leave us wondering if our heart’s longings will ever come to fruition. When will God just finally throw us a bone? Has He forgotten us? Or are we being punished for something? We sit down with Ryan and Ally Wall to hear about their experiences with abortion, adoption, infertility, and all of the conflicting emotions along the way. This podcast is powered by Christian Parenting, and you can learn more at www.christianparenting.org/lifeupsidedown
07 - “When God doesn’t answer…” with Jonathan Pokluda
In this episode, we resume our conversation with Jonathan “JP” Pokluda about prayer. It’s one of the most foundational parts of walking with God, and yet, for many of us it’s also one of the most challenging parts. Last week we discussed three of the biggest barriers that keep us from a rich and consistent prayer life. This week, we lean fully and authentically into the tension when God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers, particularly in seasons of sorrow and suffering. Finally, we wrap up this two-part conversation with some highly practical advice for fostering a rich and consistent prayer life in any and every season. The Life Upside Down podcast is powered by Christian Parenting, and you can learn more at www.christianparenting.org/lifeupsidedown
Hope for a broken heart
We are so grateful for the Crawfords and Abel Speaks for walking with our family during the journey of carrying and honoring our son with a life limiting diagnosis. Their message of coexisting joy and sorrow resonates so much with us and our experience. Definitely worth a listen if you are in a season of suffering and in need of some encouragement!
They get it
I have walked through my own season of suffering and can tell you that Daniel and Kelly get it and are committed to helping you see Christ through it all!