God is writing a great big story and you have a standing invitation to be a part of it. When you hear a story about God’s supernatural work in someone’s life, it builds your faith. Every week, host Meridith Foster sits down with a guest to share their chapter in God’s unfolding story – this is The Unfolding podcast.
Sparkle Sanders was driven to succeed in everything she did. One of her greatest fears was failure, and nothing made her feel more like a failure than when she entered motherhood. When Sparkle became a mom, it didn’t look anything like what she expected. Every day has hard, and the struggle with postpartum depression made her feel miles away from God.
When Tracy Hoth first met Jesus, her life changed almost overnight and it was fun and dynamic. As the years went by, her faith became more of a responsibility than a relationship with the Creator. To her, prayer and reading the Bible felt like a duty that didn’t bring life or joy. God continued to pursue Tracy, teaching her that she could trust him, even when her son was in a traumatic accident.
For so long there has been a stigma around issues of mental health, and this stigma exists among believers in Jesus too. For many of us, we assume depression and anxiety are issues we can fix if we read the Bible or pray more. Lydia Laird knew God was calling her to write and perform music about her faith, but she was struggling with depression, anxiety and panic attacks. For years she carried shame because she just couldn’t fix it.
Brant Hansen is from small-town Illinois, and is a self-professed nerd, diagnosed with Asperger’s as an adult. He’s a fan of C.S. Lewis and toast. “Producer Sherri,” also a radio veteran, is from Pittsburgh, has one of the world’s great laughs, and demonstrates incredible patience with Brant. Both are believers in Jesus, but have difficulty fitting in with modern American church culture. Together they have a daily radio show that is syndicated across the country, with segments ranging from the latest animal news, to interactions with listeners, to discussions about how messy life can be, and how good God is.
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Meet the Gamechangers, the Influencers, and those who are not afraid to show up with a shovel if that’s what it takes to move a mountain. Go inside the minds of true American trailblazers who are making a difference by sharing their stories of personal triumph, overcoming obstacles, defeating fear, fighting addiction, and rejecting failure. Hosted by nine-time Emmy winner David Sams with life coach to the stars, Tim Storey, and TV personality, Victoria Robinson.
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New York Times best-selling author (Love Does), speaker and “recovering lawyer” Bob Goff has an infectious way of helping people dream big no matter their rank and status and he’s been at it for decades. He tells nine-time Emmy winner David Sams that one of his favorite ways to do this is allowing others to be vulnerable by being their authentic self. He also shares about how to move on and embrace new opportunities, but monumental to that is figuring out your life’s purpose.