God is writing a great big story and you have a standing invitation to be a part of it. Every week, host Meridith Foster sits down with a guest to share their chapter in God’s Unfolding story.
From the Archive: Page 49: Mandisa
In a post-pandemic world, more and more people are dealing with issues related to mental health. Mandisa is a singer and songwriter who has authentically shared her journey with anxiety and depression. When her friend was diagnosed with cancer, Mandisa was confident God would heal her. When He didn’t, she struggled with sadness and deepening disappointment with God. In this interview, Mandisa shares how depression led to isolation and walking away from her singing career, but God used a community of friends to help lift her out of the dark.
From the Archive: Page 7: Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz had always felt a drive to succeed. As the only adopted child in his family, it seemed to be a way to guarantee his adoptive parents would know they had picked the right kid. If he was the starting quarterback, the pitcher on the state championship team, the singer and songwriter who got standing ovations – that surely meant he was special. He is known for songs like “He’s My Son,” “Remember Me,” “I Am,” and “Walking Her Home.” It wasn’t until Mark held his own adopted daughter that he had finally had a revelation about God’s love for him.
Page 130: Ben Fuller
Ben Fuller is a singer and songwriter who is just beginning his career in Christian music. His song “Who I Am” is being played on stations around the country. His story began growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont. He was a well-liked kid and on the outside, seemed like he had it all together. But he always struggled to earn his father’s approval. On the inside he felt an emptiness that left Ben searching for something to fill the hole. He tried relationships, alcohol, cocaine, even “making it” in country music. With each new thing, he was left asking himself, “Is this it? Is THIS what life is all about?”
Page 129: Katelyn James
When our story takes a tragic turn, it often feels like God is a million miles away. But Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Katelyn James’ heart was crushed with the news that the baby she was carrying would not survive. When she pictured the life God had for her, this was nothing like what she had imagined. But rather than guard her heart, God was asking her to lean in and trust that His plan was good. Katelyn and her husband Michael own Katelyn James Photography, where they have coached thousands on how to have their own successful photography business. Theirs is a story of joy, peace, loss, and hope.
Page 128: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
When life goes according to our plan, it’s a lot easier to believe in a good God. But when our prayers aren’t answered and we’re left with disappointment, it can be a struggle to trust Him. Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith not only didn’t understand God, she was angry with Him. Today Dr. Dalton-Smith uses her experience to help women live happier, healthier and more productive lives. She’s an author, speaker, and host of the “I Choose My Best Life” podcast, but before all of that, she was a young woman carrying a heavy load of resentment toward God.
Page 127: Melissa Mork
Melissa Mork was a college student when her mother tragically passed away. At the time Melissa’s father made a request. He asked her to study grief because it seemed few people really understood what it was like to walk through devastating loss. That charge turned out to be providential. As a professor of psychology at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Dr. Mork is a resource to thousands dealing with grief. Her insight and wisdom came not only from academic study, but from walking the hard road of loss over and over again. Dr. Mork is the author of Navigating Grief with Humor, and the host of the podcast Mental Health with Dr. Melissa Mork.
These inspirational stories sometimes make me cry, sometimes make me cringe, sometimes make me laugh, sometimes make me shudder and sometimes make me angry but they always teach me. Thank you Meredith.
Unfolding changed my life!
I am not an adult but I just wanted to let you know that you are not just effecting the life of adults, but also younger people. I sometimes feel far from God but when I listen to these impactful stories, it makes me want to be like the people who followed Jesus even through their hardships. So thank you for this podcast!
This show is very close to my heart my family always listens when on long trips and since we don’t get to church very much this show is usually what teaches me about god