Hey friends, and welcome to the Truth Speaks podcast! I started this podcast because I believe that one of the best and most powerful things we can do is share life and conversations with others about the big things, about the hard things, & about the important things, and from this belief is where Truth Speaks was born. My desire is to cultivate intentional conversations with people in all kinds of different spaces, and I’m incredibly grateful you’re here to join us!
Episode 14: Gina Hanna
Gina Hanna is a world-shaker and I couldn’t be more stoked to be chatting with her today!! Gina is the founder of Beauty for Ashes, a prison ministry that serves incarcerated women here in Missouri. I’ve been working with the Beauty for Ashes program for the last three years and it’s truly been one of the best things I’ve ever been apart of. Today we are talking about how the Lord has used Gina's life and story to impact hundreds of women, what it looks like when you say yes to Jesus, trusting God with unknowns, and I just loved every minute. I have no doubt you will be incredibly encouraged by this conversation and I’m SO excited for you to hear!
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Episode 13: Jenna Barbosa
Today's episode is FIRE!! I'm chatting with my friend, Jenna Barbosa, who is an incredible speaker, teacher, and newly published AUTHOR!! Her book Tenacious Grace releases this spring, and y'all are not going to want to miss it. Jenna and I chatted about emotional eating - the WHY behind it and asking ourselves hard questions, navigating singleness, and more than anything - wrestling with hope. If you've ever walked through seasons of disappointment - this one is for you. I have no doubt you will be encouraged & refreshed by this girl, and I am so grateful for this conversation!
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Episode 12: Charissa Wong
Y'all are in for a treat today, because my dear friend Charissa Wong is sharing so much of her heart and SO much wisdom!! Charissa dives deep into her and her husband's journey into foster care & adoption, and I can't even begin to tell you how much this girl inspires and encourages me. I'm so grateful that Charissa was willing to share such a personal journey. If you or someone you know is involved with foster care or adoption, I think this episode will be such an encouragement to you - and if you aren't, this will be so informative and inspirational. So without further ado, enjoy this incredible conversation with my sweet friend, Charissa!
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Episode 11: Lindsey Miller
Hey friends!! We are back with season TWO of the Truth Speaks podcast and I couldn't be more excited!! We are kicking things off with my sweet friend, Lindsey, and I can't wait for y'all to get to know her. Lindsey was so incredibly gracious & vulnerable to share her story, and I think it's going to push you to love Jesus and people so much more. We are covering topics like drug addiction, the sex industry, Celebrate Recovery, great friendships - and how she's a freaking amazing cook! I love this girl and her heart, and I know y'all will too.
Episode #10: Tracy Smith
Today’s episode is near and dear to my heart because I am chatting with none other than my sweet mom, Tracy Smith. She’s a wife, mom to four, owns a lavender farm (come on now!) and is all around one of the coolest people I know. Tracy has been a highly requested guest around here for good reason - because if you’ve met her, you’ll know she’s genuine to the core and loves her people so well. We’re talking about parenting, cultivating intentional relationships with your teenagers, navigating tough decisions like where to send your kids to school, and pretty much everything in between. My Mom is one of my best friends, so this really is us just hanging and chatting about life like we would on a random morning over coffee. I hope you’ll be so encouraged after today’s episode, because I know I sure was.
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Episode #9: Jena Miller
Today on the podcast is my sweet friend Jena Miller - and I can't wait to share the story of how we connected! Jena is such a light and we're chatting about her life in campus ministry, how college led her to God, what it looks like to pursue intentionality with people & rest, the enneagram, and just about everything in between! Jena has a heart of gold and I'm so grateful she took the time to make this happen! I hope you'll enjoy my conversation with Jena as much as I did!
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Truth and hope!
What a wonderful word for today, so much hope in the midst of brokenness!!! I love the heart of those who deeply believe God is still working and faithful! Such an encouragement!!
So much truth!
Thank you for this podcast! So much truth with Jenna!
This podcast today was just so powerful that we do tend to get into our own little world and not wanting to do gods will because we are going through trials and not wanting to share it with anyone.
I was in the similar nature to where I was going to church but also involved in sin and every time I will repent, I will go back and it wasn’t till Sunday night the sermon was on a new heart and that God wants us to have a new heart and now it is just a wonderful feeling that I am accepted and I know I still need to remember what god has bought me through and I can help other people out.
Thank you so much for this podcast.