Many women feel overwhelmed with the chaos of life, struggle with the fact that life, relationships and marriage are hard, and lack what they need to truly thrive. The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast, with host, Cheryl Scruggs, and online community provide women with encouragement & support, to better manage their stress, create healthy relationships, and build a life that thrives beyond belief.
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Gary Thomas!
Gary’s publisher is updating three of his marriage and dating bestsellers – A Lifelong Love: Discovering How Intimacy with God Breathes Passion Into Your Marriage, Sacred Search: What if It’s Not about Who You Marry, but Why? and 9 Essential Conversations Before You Say I Do – all releasing April 1.
I’ve been quarantined in this house with my spouse for the past year and the spark is GONE. How do we get it back? How to have a marriage worthy of your calling in Christ (not just a “happy” marriage) Slow and steady – the key to making lasting change and have a lifelong love I’m sick of dating, but can’t find “the one.” What am I doing wrong? I’m not sure my son/daughter/cousin/mailman is marrying the right person. What should I do?
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Amy Downs!
Amy was a self-described lazy, college dropout. On April 19, 1995, she was working as a credit card loan officer at the Federal Employees Credit Union located in the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City when she found herself buried alive, upside down, in the basement of a nine-story building. With 168 people killed and more than half of her colleagues dying from the deadliest act of domestic violence in American history, Downs was one of the last people to be pulled out of the rubble alive.
Downs was pulled from the rubble six hours after the bombing took place. She is not a miracle because she survived the bombing. Rather, the transformation that took place in her life after the bombing is her miracle story. Twenty-five years later, Downs is anything but lazy – in fact, she’s the CEO of the exact same credit union that crumbled to the ground in 1995. She shares her story in her new book, Hope Is a Verb: My Journey of Impossible Transformation.
Downs became a mom, went back to college, obtained her MBA, lost 200 pounds, and became an Ironman at the age of 50. It was not an overnight transformation - it was the result of hard work, determination, and a near-death scenario that prompted massive change. In the book, she draws parallels between the mental and physical strategies she had to employ to compete in the Ironman Triathlon and the same hard work that she spent working on herself in the 20 years following the bombing, which preceded the competition.
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Hannah Brencher is a writer, TED Speaker, and mental health advocate with a heart for building leaders.
Today on Thriving Beyond Belief, we have Debra Fileta!
According to Fileta, people tend to assume they’re okay—until they’re not. Becoming healthy is an ongoing process that requires stopping, digging deep and asking the hard questions.
In her new book, Fileta challenges readers to get real with who they are and how they’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so they can recognize where they need growth and healing. Readers will learn to...
Understand and express emotions in healthy and helpful ways Get to the root of what they believe about themselves, others, and God Recognize the influences of past traumas and replace them with God’s truth Honestly assess their own mental health and pursue help when it’s needed Prioritize their physical well-being and see how it affects every other area of their life Combat commonly believed lies about mental illness such as “true believers don’t suffer from
depression” Say “no” and set up healthy boundaries Fileta knows firsthand that being a Christian doesn’t automatically make a person healthy. After 10+ years of marriage, 15 years of counseling clients, and four and a half books (she’s currently cowriting one with Gary Thomas), she not only possesses the knowledge and experience to coach readers on their journey to becoming more than okay––she has the heart for it. In Are You Really Okay? Fileta reveals some of her own traumas for the first time in print, including a miscarriage that nearly killed her and her deep struggles with both anxiety and depression––writing to her readers as if she were talking to a close friend and yet counseling them with the professional tools they need.
Today on Thriving Beyond Belief, we have Crystal Paine!
Crystal Paine had it all together—a happy marriage, three healthy children, national bestselling books, a wildly successful business, and a mortgage-free home—until suddenly, she didn’t. Her world turned upside down the day she learned her child was not only being expelled for bullying others, but was also depressed and suicidal. Sitting in an emergency room with her husband and child, her world crumbling around her, Crystal hit her all-time parenting low—but she also heard the voice of God say “I love you.”
“God allowed me to hit rock bottom so that He could help me relearn how to parent,”
“I realized that most of my parenting had been about me. I was parenting for my own approval and reputation, instead of for my relationship with my kids and for their well-being. I cared more about what others thought than I did about my kids’ hearts. I worried more about producing kids who made good decisions than about kids who knew they were wholeheartedly loved.”
Throughout the book, Paine shares her own parenting stories—the good, the bad, and the ugly—what she’s learned, and how she’s shifted into a love-centered model of raising her children. And because you can’t give what you don’t have, she first had to let God reparent her, relearning to parent from the inside out.
Today on Thriving Beyond Belief, we have Kelsey Chapman!
Let's talk mentoring and mentorship!
Meet Kelsey Chapman Kelsey Chapman is an author, podcaster and personal cheerleader to women building their dream life and business.
When she first launched her own brand in 2015, she felt all the overwhelming feelings, too. It was scary to take such a huge leap and commit to showing up for a dream she didn’t know would pan out.
People are CRAVING investment! Don’t we all just want someone to step in, help us walk the next few steps in front of us, and offer their wisdom so we can shortcut the distance?
Your mentor is probably not going to be Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, or Bobbie Houston…
How to find a mentor, that’s probably already in your inner circle, that will be *equally impactful* as one of those people you have on a pedestal in your mind! How to recognize mentors in your everyday life
Sometimes our mentors are friends that make us feel at home in our own skin, strong women in our faith circles, or the mother and wife that we look at and think, “I want the life I see you building.” Want to be a mentor? How to get past imposter syndrome…Stop disqualifying yourself! The average mentor is just 3 steps ahead of their mentee. Someone, just a few steps behind you, would be honored for you to step into whatever facet of life they need support in. Standing as a daughter of God in the midst of your fears, I had a lot of fear growing up and even into adulthood - one of my mentors helped me face these with confidence knowing I was safe, loved, and empowered in my identity. Your mentor isn’t going to be perfect… You can learn from anyone. And it will be important to realize that as you get up close and personal with your mentor, they aren’t going to be killing it in every area. While you may be looking for mentorship on how to be an incredible person, you might realize they may not be killing it in the family department - and that’s OKAY! You can learn what you need from them and seek mentorship for another facet of life elsewhere.
Learning so much through the many awesome topics discussed on this podcast!
I just listened to the episode with Marilyn Vancil discussing enneagram. It was so refreshing to listen to a discussion that married Christian faith and personal transformation. It is such an important and necessary point of view. Our image of God gets to point to life and growth not shrinking and dampening.
Thankful for this podcast
So thankful for Cheryl’s yes to offer us all a space where we can hear Godly voices pouring such wisdom into us all. Thank you Cheryl. You are very appreciated! Lisa in Atlanta