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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.

Thriving Beyond Belief with Cheryl Scruggs Cheryl Scruggs

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 114 Ratings

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.

    Laura Smith

    Laura Smith

    Laura L. Smith is a popular speaker and best-selling author, Smith speaks around the country sharing the love of Christ with women at conferences and events. She shares her own brokenness to write 'Restore My Soul: The Power and Promise of 30 Psalms', offering much-needed comfort and hope for others who are feeling broken and scared in a strife-torn world. She has selected 30 of the Bible’s best-known psalms, including
    Psalm 1 Psalm 23 Psalm 51 Psalm 119 Psalm 150 Through her transparent, thoughtful reflections and a careful study of Scripture, Laura shares how experiencing these psalms allows her to open up to God about everything and turn her troubles into a time of worship.
    With an interactive Restore segment at the end of each chapter and a Spotify playlist at the back of the book to go along with each psalm, she invites readers to let the Psalms have a similar effect in their lives. For Smith, Restore My Soul comes from a very personal and broken place. “I’ve been searching my whole life for beauty,” she says. “Not in the world—the world is filled with beauty. But beauty in me? Well, that was another story.”
    Growing up, Laura’s father repeatedly told her how ugly and awkward she was. How clumsy and gangly she was. How her voice was too high and too loud. He left her family numerous times over the years. Laura reflects now: “As a little girl I couldn’t understand that my dad was the one struggling. I felt when he left, he was leaving me—that I wasn’t good enough . . . and that I would never be good enough.” Through high school and college and beyond, Laura jumped on the performance treadmill in desperation to find approval, love, acceptance. She also gave her heart away over and over again to various guys, hoping they would love her. “Each time there was a breakup,” she says, “it just reminded me how unlovable I was. I felt even more ugly, more clumsy, and more desperate.” At an extremely low point after college, God bent down and picked her up, reminding Laura that she was beautiful because He’d made her. He showed her that not only was she lovable—but fully loved. Always had been. Always would be. Despite what she’d done. Despite what she’d believed. “He restored my soul,” she says. “And it was in this soul restoration, this discovering of my true beauty, that I realized my voice had been muffled for too long. And now I use my voice to share what I learned: That each of is marvelously made by the Creator of the universe to inspire awe.
    No matter what the world tells you, no matter what you tell yourself, no one can rob you of the incredible true identity God has instilled in you. No one can cancel His great love for you.” The Psalms help her remember these truths. “No matter what the psalmists experienced or felt,” she says, “God was with them. He was faithful. He hemmed them in, picked them up, reminded them that they were fearfully and wonderfully made, stood over them like a watchman, led them to green pastures, and yes, restored their souls. He does the same for you and me.” Restore My Soul: The Power and Promise of 30 Psalms is available July 5, 2022 everywhere books are sold.
    Guest Links: WEBSITE: LauraSmithAuthor.com INSTAGRAM: @laurasmithauthor AMAZON: Restore My Soul: The Power and Promise of 30 Psalms

    • 34 min
    Jodi Stuber & Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

    Jodi Stuber & Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

    “It’s hard to be lonely, isn’t it? To miss someone who should be here?”
    Jodi Stuber wasn't looking for another horse for her struggling therapy ranch—let alone one like Solomon. After losing his herd, he was solitary and sad, spending his days standing near the plastic deer in his yard for company. No stranger herself to loss and heartache, Jodi knew she had to give Solomon a home.
    The road to recovery wouldn’t be easy. As Solomon struggled to fit in with his new herd and Jodi continued to navigate her own grief, the two developed a deep bond. But just as Jodi and Solomon were both beginning to heal, an unthinkable tragedy struck the therapy ranch. And Solomon was about to teach Jodi the greatest lesson of all.
    Written by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley, author of Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See, Project Solomon is a powerful story of resilience, sacrifice, and love that reminds us all how much we matter—to each other and to God.
    Guest Links: AMAZON: Project Solomon: The True Story of a Lonely Horse Who Found a Home--and Became a Hero INSTAGRAM: @jenbleakley

    • 39 min
    Amanda Porter

    Amanda Porter

    Dr. Amanda Porter is an introvert and writer who is passionate about faith, hope, mental wellness, and recovery. As a nurse practitioner who specializes in Integrative Mental Health, Amanda diagnoses, treats, and prescribes medication to patients of all ages, of every diagnosis, and across all levels of care. She is board-certified in internal medicine, psychiatry/mental health, and addictions and practices at the nationally renowned Lindner Center of HOPE, a freestanding mental health center associated with the local academic medial center, the University of Cincinnati.
    Amanda earned her PhD in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where her dissertation studies examined the biological basis of depression. She lives in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, Joseph, who is a filmmaker and director at Whitewater Crossing Christian Church. Together, Amanda and Joseph have two kids, a boxer mix named Marley, and a COVID cat named Izzy.
    Follow Amanda on Instagram @AmandaPorterNP or on her website, AmandaPorterNP.com.
    Guest Links: WEBSITE: http://amandaporternp.com/

    • 38 min
    Daniel Ritchie

    Daniel Ritchie

    Author and Speaker Daniel Ritchie Helps Christians Cultivate Patience in ‘Endure’
    Born Without Arms, Ritchie Combines His Personal Experience with Biblical Truth to Encourage Readers to Run the Race
    In a culture permeated by the “microwave mentality” and accustomed to getting what we want instantaneously, author and speaker Daniel Ritchie reminds Jesus followers of the importance of patience.
    Born without arms, Ritchie has spent his entire life living in a world meant for hands without having the benefit of them. Everything he learned to do in his formative years was an uphill battle of trial and error. While there were several victories, he notes he was marked by consistent failure.
    Ritchie’s life radically changed at the age of 15 when he accepted Christ. While he admits failure was still a very present part of his life, so was his strong God.
    “The circumstances that triggered my inner wounds were still the same, but I now had a way of navigating it all with hope,” said Ritchie. “There was no instantaneous fix to the issues of my life, but there was an instant Advocate and Lord with me through it all. My initial assumptions about the speed at which God was going to change my brokenness were totally wrong, but that did not mean He was distant from me. It only meant that He was at work in my life by His means and His timeline. And that is a good thing.”
    Using his own personal experiences interwoven with case studies of three biblical men whose patience was tried by God – Paul, Abraham and Joseph – Ritchie helps readers of “Endure” understand how patience is necessary for the Christian life.
    Guest Links: WEBSITE: DanielRitchie.com TWITTER: @danielritche

    • 37 min
    Lauren Scruggs Kennedy (200TH EPISODE SPECIAL)

    Lauren Scruggs Kennedy (200TH EPISODE SPECIAL)

    ABOUT LAUREN and laurenscruggskennedy.com i started the space LAURENSCRUGGSKENNEDY.COM in 2017 with the hope to cultivate a space where i could share my expertise on healthy living and my passion for vulnerability, style, clean beauty, and nutritious recipes. since then life has expanded in so many ways – i’ve learned so much, been connected with so many knowledgeable people, inspirational companies, and earth-conscious brands, and my passions have only taken DEEPER ROOTS.
    i have been lucky enough to pursue what I call a “LIFESTYLE ROOTED IN BALANCE” as this journey continues, my hope is to further share with you EASY and UNDERSTANDABLE ways to pursue a LIFESTYLE of clean, healthy, and achievable living.
    LAUREN'S LINKS: explore my clean living programs // THE CLEAN SWEEP available in limited edition coffee table books and EBOOK, a daily guide to clean living in a three month, three-volume program food, products, and practices. explore my books “still lolo” which shows how my family and i navigated, healed, and saw beauty through pain, and "your beautiful heart" geared towards teenage girls reflecting on love, faith, and friendship. learn more about the LSK FOUNDATION // a charity we started that exists to bring hope, restore confidence, and ignite faith in girls and women by providing beautiful cosmetic coverings for prostheses. for inquiries regarding events and partnerships, contact hello@laurenscruggskennedy.com

    • 1 hr
    Blythe Daniel & Helen McIntosh

    Blythe Daniel & Helen McIntosh

    How can you celebrate and thank the mom in your life for all she does? The one who has loved you as a mom or is the mom of your children deserves to know how valuable she is.
    In their new gift book/devotional, I Love You, Mom! Cherished Word Gifts from My Heart to Yours (Tyndale House, March 22), mother-daughter duo, Blythe Daniel and Dr. Helen McIntosh, join together to celebrate all things, mom. Perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or “just because,” this beautifully designed gift book/devotional helps moms to know how much they are loved and appreciated.
    This sweet collection of sentiments from mother-daughter duo Helen McIntosh and Blythe Daniel is a deeply sincere tribute to moms everywhere. Whether they are still on the parenting journey or enjoying the grandmothering phase of life, moms of all ages will be blessed and encouraged by these inspirational thoughts and special affirmations of love. Beautifully designed with cheerful full-color artwork in a unique layered hardcover package, this special all-occasion gift is a thoughtful, meaningful way to celebrate Mom and let her know how much you love, cherish, and appreciate all that she is and does!

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

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Feel like she’s a friend

I look forward to every podcast! Excellent guests and love her authenticity.

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So much wisdom!!!!

I stumbled upon this podcast recently and Cheryl has blown my mind. Even though I am a guy, so much value for everyone!!! Keep up the great work!!! -Yuri Doroshuk

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Solo episode was what I needed!

I really needed this reflective episode tonight. It really showed me areas of growth I need and really helped me reflect on my relationship with God and others. Thank you!

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