72 episodes

A podcast dedicated to sharing real life stories of hope from ordinary people, just like you.

Ordinary People Extraordinary Things Nancy Bruscher

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to sharing real life stories of hope from ordinary people, just like you.

    71. Laura Husband with an intimate story of the Columbia space shuttle

    71. Laura Husband with an intimate story of the Columbia space shuttle

    In a profoundly moving episode of the podcast "Ordinary People Extraordinary Things," we meet Laura Husband, whose life was irreversibly changed by the Columbia space shuttle disaster. Laura's narrative provides a candid and intimate examination of grief and the resilience that often goes unseen but is incredibly powerful. Her reflections on navigating this journey reveal a strong, unshakeable faith. 🧑‍🚀 


    As Laura recounts the tragic loss of her father, a NASA astronaut, when she was just 12 years old, listeners are drawn into the personal impact of a national heartbreak. This story transcends the public's shared sorrow, delving into the intimate struggles and the strength Laura harnessed through her faith. It challenges the listener to consider the deeper questions about existence that often trail in the wake of tragedy.🧑‍🚀 


    This episode goes beyond mere storytelling, providing an open discussion about the complex emotions of grief and the unanticipated intimacy with God that emerged. She shares the ways in which her father's legacy continues to shape lives and bring about unexpected connections and joy amidst the grief. 🧑‍🚀 


    The conversation then delves into the haunting "why" that accompanies tragedy and how faith can provide comfort in the absence of clear answers. It explores the Christian narrative of Jesus' sacrifice and how it offers a form of bewildering grace that parallels our own experiences of loss. 🧑‍🚀 


    In conclusion, the episode underscores the multiplying effect of gratitude and how it creates a positive feedback loop that enhances our lives. It's a powerful reminder that thankfulness can indeed touch every corner of our lives with light. For anyone navigating their own storms, this episode offers a celebration of resilience and the enduring strength found in faith and gratitude.🧑‍🚀

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    We all have a story, all of us, share your story. You don't have to have the perfect answer or the perfect life - share what Jesus is doing in your life. This is an easy, real way to witness & share your testimony.

    • 34 min
    70. From Shame to Encouraging Others with Nancy Stevenson

    70. From Shame to Encouraging Others with Nancy Stevenson

    Nancy's story starts with her parents' tumultuous past, carrying a weight of generational pain, which she has learned to transmute into a source of strength and empathy. Her early years were marred by loss and the struggle to fit in, which led her down a path fraught with poor choices and pain. However, it was through this darkness that Nancy's determination, once seen as stubbornness, emerged as an unshakeable faith.


    As Nancy recounts her journey of faith and redemption, it's evident that spiritual transformation can be profound and life-altering. Her spontaneous decision to join the Navy became a pivot point, leading her to cross paths with individuals who would influence her faith, and serve as a catalyst for her to embrace Christianity, forever changing the trajectory of her life.


    The narrative then transitions into the beautiful, albeit imperfect, love story between Nancy and Myron Stevenson. From a whirlwind romance to the struggles of marriage compounded by personal baggage, their commitment to each other and their faith is profoundly moving. It's a narrative that reinforces the belief that through faith, hope, and a willingness to face one's past, redemption and healing are possible. The power of vulnerability in relationships is a thread that runs throughout the episode, emphasizing the importance of openness and communication in building strong, resilient bonds.


    Lastly, Nancy's story is a call to embrace life's challenges with gratitude. The idea that we should continuously seek new learning experiences and growth opportunities, regardless of our age, is both inspiring and motivating. This chapter of the episode is a powerful reminder that life's lessons come in many forms and that recognizing and appreciating them is a form of wisdom.


    This episode is more than just a recounting of events; it's a celebration of life's trials and triumphs. It serves as an encouragement to anyone who might find themselves in the throes of hardship or despair. Nancy's story provides hope and serves as a beacon to guide others through their own darkness.


    Through Nancy's narrative, listeners are invited to reflect on their own lives, to find strength in their struggles, and to seek joy in serving others. It is a call to action to live a life that is kind and full of gratitude, one that honors the past while looking forward to a future filled with promise. This podcast episode is not just a story to be heard but an experience to be felt and a journey to be shared.




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    We all have a story, all of us, share your story. You don't have to have the perfect answer or the perfect life - share what Jesus is doing in your life. This is an easy, real way to witness & share your testimony.

    • 39 min
    69. Fighting for Healthy Relationships with Dawna Hetzler

    69. Fighting for Healthy Relationships with Dawna Hetzler

    Dawna Hetzler brings her unique blend of real estate savvy and ministry zeal to our latest heart-to-heart, delving into her inspiring tale and the wisdom nestled in the pages of her book "Free to Receive." Each chapter of our conversation unravels the complexities of human connection, with Dawna’s personal anecdotes offering a beacon of light for navigating marriage and the importance of allowing ourselves the gift of vulnerability.


    Delving deeper, we broach the topic of setting boundaries in our relationships. Dawna offers wisdom on the practice of what to receive, teaching us to set limits on what we allow into our lives, whether it's negative comments or burdensome tasks. She highlights how this practice not only safeguards our emotional well-being but also ensures we remain true to our values.


    In the end, this episode isn't just about sharing stories — it is about the golden threads of wonderment and divine purpose that run through our life. Whether discussing relationships or personal growth, Dawna’s insights offer a compass for those navigating the high seas of life. It's a reminder that by listening deeply, setting boundaries, and embracing the art of communication, we can all craft a life story that resonates with faith, hope, and potential.

    Join us

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    Stories shared by guests may not always be shared views of OPET.
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    We all have a story, all of us, share your story. You don't have to have the perfect answer or the perfect life - share what Jesus is doing in your life. This is an easy, real way to witness & share your testimony.

    • 49 min
    68. ?Questioning Faith - Is it Real? with Cartier Cole

    68. ?Questioning Faith - Is it Real? with Cartier Cole

    -Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads between the familiar faith of your upbringing and the uncharted waters of your personal beliefs? As a pastor's daughter, Cartier grew up in church. Her story is a testament to the courage it takes to step back, question, and seek a faith that is not just inherited but earnestly owned.


    ❓“My parents gave me the space to ask questions - no matter what they were.”
    ❓“I would encourage you to figure out what questions you have. That helps you process & decide some things.”


     -We also touch on the beauty of discipleship through unexpected friendships —a profound reminder that the journey of faith can be a shared one, full of kindness and mutual growth. 
     
     —Join us as we navigate the complexities of faith, self-discovery, and the importance of asking the hard questions that refine our beliefs and relationship with Jesus.




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    We all have a story, all of us, share your story. You don't have to have the perfect answer or the perfect life - share what Jesus is doing in your life. This is an easy, real way to witness & share your testimony.

    • 28 min
    67. Defying Odds in Life and Health: A Tale of Miracles & Hope with Kelly Asbell

    67. Defying Odds in Life and Health: A Tale of Miracles & Hope with Kelly Asbell

    When life throws an insurmountable challenge in your path, how do you respond? 
    Kelly, our extraordinary guest, is a beacon of resilience, sharing her journey through cystic fibrosis and motherhood all while under the ticking clock of a terminal diagnosis. Her account, filled with hope and faith, will not just move you; it will offer a glimpse into the incredible milestones she's achieved – including a high-risk pregnancy with twins and her motivation to raise awareness for organ donation and life of the unborn. 

    You'll feel the emotional tug of Kelly's life-or-death experiences, especially during the gripping tale of her lung transplant. As her health rapidly declined, and only 24 hours to live, a second chance carried with it not only a new lease on life but also a deep connection to her organ donor. Through the solace of faith, her story is a profound testament to the power of hope and the strength of family, even in the bleakest of times. 

    Finally, we venture into the complexities of life post-transplant, where Kelly articulates the bittersweet reality of survival. While navigating the new challenges that come with a new lung, she speaks candidly about the personal transformations that accompany her journey.
     
    Kelly's story is not just hers to tell; it's a guiding light for all who seek the courage to face their own battles.

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    Stories shared by guests may not always be shared views of OPET.
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    We all have a story, all of us, share your story. You don't have to have the perfect answer or the perfect life - share what Jesus is doing in your life. This is an easy, real way to witness & share your testimony.

    • 36 min
    66. Awakening to Faith A Personal Tale of Discovery with Lauren Friedauer

    66. Awakening to Faith A Personal Tale of Discovery with Lauren Friedauer

    Navigating the complexities of faith and identity can be a solitary journey, but Lauren's story is a testament to the transformative power of community and personal conviction. As our guest on Ordinary People Extraordinary Things, she opens up about her path from a non-religious upbringing to a profound embrace of Christianity, highlighting the moments of tranquility and truth that marked her spiritual awakening. With her insights as a Christian and a creative soul, Lauren's narrative challenges us to consider the impact of authenticity and honesty on our own lives, and the way they forge deeper connections and resolve conflicts.

    Throughout our profound conversation, Lauren illustrates the evolution of her relationship with faith—a passage that began within the communal warmth of a youth group and blossomed into a deeply rooted personal belief system. Her experiences, from playing guitar at church events to being baptized, showcase the shift from shared rituals to intimate spiritual practice. She also shares the delicate dance of intertwining her creative passions with ministry, revealing how she uses her talents in filmmaking and photography to serve her church community. Her personal journey, including the challenges faced within family dynamics and the powerful growth of faith on a mission trip, offers an inspiring blueprint for managing faith in a complex world.

    Our episode culminates with discussions on the relatable imperfections of the early church, the life-altering stories within the Bible, and the profound acts of compassion that unite us in our humanness. Lauren's reflection on the Book of Acts and the role of scripture during times of doubt encourages us to find solace in God's unwavering presence. The episode wraps up with an exploration of gratitude amidst adversity, urging our listeners to find and share the light of hope within their communities. Join us for this heartfelt exploration of friendship, creativity, and the enduring quest for spiritual fulfillment.

    You can find “Ordinary People Extraordinary Things” anywhere you listen to podcasts or Check out the links below....⬇️
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    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-ordinary-people-extraordin-89553427/
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    All rights reserved: Ordinary People Extraordinary Things

    Stories shared by guests may not always be shared views of OPET.
    Being a guest does not mean OPET approves of every decision or action in the guests' life.

    We all have a story, all of us, share your story. You don't have to have the perfect answer or the perfect life - share what Jesus is doing in your life. This is an easy, real way to witness & share your testimony.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

lmr 1933 ,

Great information.

Great information. Thanksgiving for sharing. Lots to think about! Hopefully we can all help others.

jgthbf ,

Wonderful podcast

When we think of extraordinary things we often feel like we are not adequate to have those things happen to us ordinary people. It’s great to hear Nancy talk to ordinary people and point out that there are extraordinary things happening in all of our lives. Cannot wait to hear more.

fjdndhsjdn ,

Great message

I love listening to these stories! It give me hope and makes me feel good!

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