In November of 2015, Davey Blackburn’s wife Amanda was killed in a home invasion, along with their unborn child. As the lead pastor of Resonate Church in Indianapolis and the father of his young son Weston, Davey was forced to not only live through this tragedy, but learn to lead through the pain as well. Our own pain may or may not look like Davey’s, but we all go through pain nonetheless. However, we believe that God works all things together for good, and in Christ, Nothing Is Wasted. This podcast seeks to help you in your pain by bringing you conversations between Davey and special guests designed to help you live, learn, and lead through pain.
Episode 173 - Ron Deal
PARENTING SERIES PART THREE
As we heard on our last episode, Ron and Nan Deal have walked through incredible pain in their lives, and gleaned wisdom and a deep understanding of God from that journey. But apart from their story of loss, Ron also shares his wisdom with others in his job as a marriage and family therapist, specifically focusing on blending families. Ron’s own story isn’t one of a blended family, but his work with these families throughout the years combined with his own experiences of walking with God through struggles have made him one of the foremost experts on this topic in the Christian world. Ron sits down with Davey to share some practical wisdom about blending families in this installment of our Parenting Series.
Episode 172 - Ron and Nan Deal
PARENTING SERIES PART TWO
Ron Deal is a bestselling author, therapist, and speaker who specializes in family ministries and especially in blending families. But before Ron was as successful as he is today, he and his wife Nan walked through an unimaginably painful season. Twelve years ago, Ron and Nan took their son Connor to the doctor after he’d been complaining of a headache. What seemed like a minor illness turned out to be much more serious, and not long later, Connor was gone. Through incredible pain, Ron and Nan learned firsthand what grieving as a family looks like. To continue our Parenting Series, Ron and Nan sit down with Davey to share the story of losing their son and what they’ve learned through the long, hard healing journey they’ve walked through in the years since.
Episode 171 - Motherhood with Kristi Blackburn and Aubrey Sampson
PARENTING SERIES PART ONE
There are few, if any, challenges as difficult and important as being a mother. From conception to adulthood, moms are tasked with raising their children, taking care of them, and making sure they grow up in a loving, safe home where they can become the best people they can be. This task is simultaneously incredibly rewarding and unimaginably challenging. Every mom knows that being a mother comes with pains and trials that none of us would ask for.
To kick off our Parenting Series, Aubrey Sampson and Kristi Blackburn sit down for a special conversation about the joys and pains of motherhood. Aubrey and Kristi’s motherhood stories are very different, but they are both intimately familiar with the challenges and pains that come with this responsibility. And more importantly, they both know how God has met them in the midst of these challenges. Aubrey and Kristi share some of their mothering stories and the wisdom they’ve learned along the way in this special conversation.
Episode 170 - Nothing Is Wasted's Fourth Birthday
This week marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Nothing Is Wasted Podcast! In the last four years, we’ve seen God move in incredible ways through this ministry and this podcast in particular. To celebrate the occasion, Kristi joins Davey and Aubrey to answer some of your questions, and we update you on some big events in Kristi and Aubrey’s lives as well as in Nothing Is Wasted Ministries as a whole.
Thank you for listening to and supporting the Nothing Is Wasted Podcast over these last four years. Whether you’re a brand new listener or you’ve been listening since episode 1, we couldn’t do this without you. Your listenership and support are what makes the healing that so many people have experienced in the last four years possible, and we really believe that this is only the beginning!
Episode 169 - Liuan Huska
For many of us, our pain is a one-time event. We experience something truly terrible, and then we begin the process of healing. While we may carry the scars of that experience forever, we won’t spend the rest of our lives in the same valley where we've found ourselves in our worst moments. But what if that’s not the case? This is the questions that Liuan Huska faced when she discovered that she was dealing with chronic pain. Forced to come to terms with the realization that she would never be without this pain, Liuan had to wrestle with what meant to trust that God was good in the middle of a trial that no one would have asked for or imagined. Liuan sits down with Davey to share some of her story and what she’s learned about who God really is by walking through a painful season with no clear end in sight.
Episode 168 - Lysa Terkeurst
For most of us, forgiveness is a tricky subject. We know in our minds that it’s the right thing to do, and we probably try to forgive minor offenses as best we can. But when we are wronged in a much larger sense, forgiveness feels like the last thing we want to do. Lysa Terkeurst is all too familiar with that feeling. Not only is she a hugely successful ministry leader and bestselling author, but Lysa has walked through incredible amounts of hurt in her own life. Through this journey, Lysa has learned what forgiveness really is and how it unlocks the door for us to heal from our own wounds regardless of whether or not we are reconciled with those that wounded us. Lysa sits down with Davey to share some of what she’s learned about forgiveness and reconciliation, and the ways they factor into bringing healing in each of our stories.
Into the Storm
We have all heard it said you are either going into the storm, walking through it, or coming out the other side. I began listening to NIW in 2018 while being on ‘the other side’ of storms. We were at a good place in our marriage, had 9 lovely children, and a good life. I listened with ears to help and encourage someone in a storm...and then ours hit!
In the summer our precious 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with stage 4, cancer. She fought through the treatments bravely for a year. We prayed fervently as long as there was breath...just as King David. Our prayer was “Lord let her tell her story of you goodness with her own mouth, but if you do not, we will!”
Now, I not only listen as someone who walks with others in pain, now I walk in the pain myself. Your podcasts have blessed me in so many areas. Especially a phrase I gleaned from Davey about not absorbing others pain, rather deflecting it back to Jesus That is my hearts desire—walk with the hurting and deflect them to Jesus.
Thank you NIW for sharing the stories no one wants to have to benefit those who desperately need HOPE.
Good for the soul
I am a widow that has walked a journey and seen God’s hand and mercy throughout my life. When I met my late husband I had no idea what Cystic Fibrosis was. Despite him having Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and diabetes he lived life to the fullest. He achieved getting his law enforcement degree and Paramedic Science degree. He first and foremost wanted to help people and share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world. He even got the opportunity to pray over people in the ambulance. He saw people at their worst and wanted to help. When he was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer I wrestled with the why’s. Why him, why not me, why this? He already had CF and diabetes. Lord he is working in this world for the good of You? Why!? After he passed away I have seen my life change and seen God’s mercies new each day. This podcast touches my heart and soul and provides words to thoughts and feelings I have. Thank you for this enriching podcast Davey!
Great for walking through grief and pain.
Great podcast for walking through grief and pain. After my brother died suddenly, I’ve been searching for stories of others who have found purpose in their pain. Very encouraging!