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The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey, and each week she brings a guest to the show. During the happy hour they will discuss anything and everything just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!

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The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey, and each week she brings a guest to the show. During the happy hour they will discuss anything and everything just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!

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Thank you Jamie

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This has been such a source of encouragement for me over the years. Keeping doing it Jamie!

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I love Mac and so happy I got to hear her story. Can‚Äôt wait to hear more ūüíě

iTunes Ratings

5798 Ratings
Average Ratings
5515
148
62
37
36

Thank you Jamie

By CamiCo13 - Nov 20 2019
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This has been such a source of encouragement for me over the years. Keeping doing it Jamie!

Thank you!

By mrskkerse - Nov 05 2019
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I love Mac and so happy I got to hear her story. Can‚Äôt wait to hear more ūüíě

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The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey, and each week she brings a guest to the show. During the happy hour they will discuss anything and everything just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!

Happy Hour #226: Lysa TerKeurst

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My guest for The Happy Hour #226 is Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, international speaker, and the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her passion is teaching the Bible in vulnerably realistic ways that help others personally engage with God by connecting His truth to their everyday lives. You can find her most days writing from her sticky farm table in Charlotte, NC and enjoying life with her husband Art and the families of her 5 grown children.

You guys, I cannot think of a better way to start off The Happy Hour in 2019 than this episode. Get your tissues and your pen and paper ready for this one. Lysa and I start off the show talking about how she began working with Proverbs 31 Ministries. Lysa tells us about writing her latest book in real-time as her world was turned upside down by a marital affair, and being diagnosed with significant medical issues. We talk about being in the "messy middle" place of life, and the importance of creating safe spaces and community to discuss disappointment in our lives.

Lysa speaks about how God helped her hear His truth so she could face her fears, leaning on friends' faith when we feel so shaken, and the struggle of when our feelings and faith come in conflict. Lysa tells us how it wasn't clear to her how this story would end, but she realized redemption is available now, whether there's reconciliation or not. She speaks such encouragement to us when she says, "Redemption is based on my choices - I can choose to have redemption with God today."

{You can listen to the show HERE, and make sure you never miss a Happy Hour by subscribing through your favorite podcast app (ie. iTunes, Stitcher).  And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends!}

Links from the Show

Lysa's Website

Proverbs 31 Ministries

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

Uninvited

Suzanne Stabile's The Enneagram Journey Podcast

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

What Lysa is loving: Having her book Uninvited on an episode of This Is Us, this season of life with new possibilities,

What Lysa is reading: The Cozy Minimalist by Myquillyn Smith

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If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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Jan 02 2019

1hr 5mins

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Happy Hour #50: Jen Hatmaker

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FIFTY episodes friends. I can't even believe it. I feel like I could just scream and cry and give all of you a hug! Isn't this so fun! Today's episode is with my friend Jen Hatmaker and it's of course so much fun! Jen is a mom to five, wife to Brandon, speaker, author, and HGTV star. Her newest book, FOR THE LOVE, just released yesterday and if you haven't ordered it yet you should! You will love it!

On this episode we chat about the shows Jen loves that I was trying to get on board with: So You Think You Can Dance & Gilmore Girls, and you will all be disappointed that since we recorded this I haven't watched one more episode of those. We talked about the book that my husband, Aaron, is writing, and some of her older books and how her writing has grown and changed over the years. We discussed racism and how to chat with our kids about this issues. Plus lots more fun stuff!  You will love this show.

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Giveaway:

I have lots of fun stuff for you guys today! Jen is graciously giving away FIVE copies of FOR THE LOVE which each also include the newest bracelet from Noonday that is made in Haiti.

Also our friend Tiffany Wade is graciously giving away 2 pair of her St Cecilia earrings which you have probably seen Jen wearing! Not only is she giving away two sets of earrings, she is giving you all a code for 15% off! How nice is that?!?!  Use the code: HAPPYHOUR when you check out

I'm gonna pick seven winners!  Five of you will get the book + bracelet and then two of you will get the earrings!!! I'll do this all over Instagram, so make sure you are following me over there!

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I would love to connect with you guys on facebook, twitter and/or instagram about this episode! Feel free to share with your friends about the show! As always I love feedback from you guys on iTunes if you can. When you leave a comment and/or rating, it helps others find the show, and isn't that what we want .... more ladies at the Happy Hour with us!

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Aug 19 2015

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Happy Hour #108: Beth Moore

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My guest¬†for Happy Hour #108 is the amazing Beth Moore. Beth is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible‚Äďstudy author whose public speaking engagements take her around the world to challenge tens of thousands. A¬†wife and mother of two adult daughters, Beth lives in Houston, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class. Her first book with Tyndale House, So Long, Insecurity, was a NYT bestseller. Her debut novel, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, released on September 20th.

It was my joy and honor to interview Beth. The Lord used her ministry in 1999 to draw me to Himself, and I was able to share that with her and thank her for being faithful to the call God had given her. She was so encouraging to me, and I hope to you too, to remind me that the call that God had on my life far exceeded my dreams and expectations.

In our conversation, Beth also shares about the process of writing her first novel, keeping it a secret, and finally sharing the draft with her youngest daughter. We chat about what she's reading and how much she adores her daughters and husband.

This episode is a little shorter than the typical shows, but I promise you every minute is worth it. It was a dream come true to finally chat with Beth, and I hope you are as encouraged as I was.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Happy Hour #66: Amanda Jones

Living Proof Ministries

Passion Conferences

Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Beth

Facebook // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

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Sep 28 2016

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Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato

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Jamie talks with writer Jami Nato about marital infidelity and the spiritual journey God took her marriage on when confronted with that.

Dec 23 2015

1hr 21mins

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Happy Hour #190: Jackie Hill-Perry

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 190 is Jackie Hill Perry. Jackie is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on such publications as the Washington Times and The 700 Club. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexuality, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. At home, she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden.

For two years I've been working on getting Jackie on the show, and I am so excited to share our conversation with you today. On today's episode we cover some challenging topics: racial issues and homosexuality. I know these topics can bring us into uncomfortable or tense spaces, but I believe talking about hard issues is valuable and important, and my hope is that we can all be listeners and learners in these spaces.

Jackie and I begin the show talking about gospel diversity and the power of indifference. She describes how we can gain knowledge about the issues, but not take that knowledge and change how we live out our lives. The perspective she gives about the impact of indifference and inaction is powerful.

In the second half of the show, Jackie shares her story of how she was living a life of homosexuality and how God pursued her and saved her in a way only God could.  You are going to love hearing her talk about how her public ministry began just FIVE months after she decided to follow Jesus - her first public testimony was all because she wanted a free t-shirt! You guys, Jackie is bold and she speaks some powerful truths. When I asked her if she was afraid to fail, she said "Either I trust God or I don't... If I fall, then I fall and I get up and trust God some more".

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Jackie's Website

Pre-order Jackie's book: Gay Girl, Good God

Pre-order Jackie's album Crescendo + download a free song

Rosario Butterfield on Russell Moore's Signposts podcast

What Jackie is loving: oranges!

What Jackie is reading: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup and Beloved by Toni Morrison

Lifeway ABUNDANCE Events 

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

If You Only Knew

Connect with Jackie

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Apr 25 2018

1hr 2mins

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Happy Hour #269: Ashley McCrary

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 269 is Ashley McCrary. Ashley who goes by "Mac", is a teacher and recipe creator and developer of Healthy Little Peach, a health and lifestyle blog. Ashley and her husband Joel live in Missouri and have 2 beautiful little girls, Eloise and Eleanor.

Friends, I just loved talking with Mac today, and I hope you are as encouraged as I was by her story. Mac shares how childhood wounds from verbal abuse made her believe she was unworthy and unlovable. Mac describes how this led to a dysfunctional relationship with food and feeling like she had to achieve so that maybe then, she could be loved. Mac vulnerably shares the moment when the Lord met her, opened her eyes to His love for her, and set her free. Mac also tells us about the challenging road of navigating PCOS, including how hard it can be to get a diagnosis. You'll also hear how changing the way she saw food grew into not only improvements in her PCOS symptoms, but also to the creation of Healthy Little Peach! 

Connect with Jamie

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Oct 30 2019

58mins

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Happy Hour #157: Catherine Lowe

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My guest for The Happy Hour #157 is Catherine Lowe. You may recognize her from a little show called The Bachelor. Catherine met and fell in love with her now husband, Sean Lowe, on season 17. Millions (self included) tuned in to watch them tie the knot on national television in 2014. They now live in Dallas with their adorable son, Samuel. 

On today's show, Catherine and I visit in person and cover so very much. We cover all things related to The Bachelor - how she was casted, her journey of falling in love and getting engaged while the world watched. She gives some behind-the-scenes scoop - like how you might find some of the women doing Bible studies, instead of running around in their tiny bikinis. But, somehow, that kind of drama doesn't make the final cut. Catherine shares about how difficult it was transitioning from finally being publicly engaged to watching her fiancé dance on Dancing with the Stars. You'll love hearing her story of following Jesus, after Sean made an 11th hour visit to her hotel room the night before he proposed.

As a bonus, we also talk TV and movies, and what it's like to have an angel for a mother-in-law. You are not going to want to miss this show.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

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Lowe Co.

Shay Shull on The Happy Hour #82 and The Happy Half Hour #28

Fellowship Church

Connect with Catherine

Twitter // Instagram

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Sep 06 2017

1hr 15mins

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Happy Hour # 116 : Ann Voskamp

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My guest for today’s episode is Ann Voskamp. Ann is the wife of a down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than one million copies. Her latest book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life released in October 2016.  Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the top 10 most widely read Christian websites:  www.annvoskamp.com

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about chatting with Ann. She has a sophisticated and incredibly intelligent aura about her that intimidated me from afar. But, gracious, I loved talking with her and getting to know her a little bit. In our conversation, Ann shares about the heart behind her newest book, The Broken Way. We chat about the temptation to present a polished life, but how God uses our brokenness to bring healing to our own hearts and perseveres the hearts around us. 

We chat about everything from their adoption journey to the refugee crisis to living modern day Esther lives. If you need a hug and a good kick in the pants, this is your episode. I think you'll feel so encouraged by Ann and also a push to use your influence to be a minister the oppressed around you. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Ann's Newest Book: The Broken Way

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson + Upstream by Mary Oliver

What Ann is loving: Hot Soup, Rend Collective, Eugene Peterson books, Jason Gray

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Ann

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Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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Nov 23 2016

54mins

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Happy Hour #176: Candace Cameron Bure

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My guest for The Happy Hour #176 is Candace Cameron Bure. Candace is an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and loved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, inspirational speaker and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist. Candace is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith.

Guys, if you thought you loved Candace before, you are going to love her even more after listening to our conversation. She is as warm and genuine as we all imagined her to be. In our conversation, we talk about growing up on screen, taking a 10 year break to focus on her family, and the challenges of living a life of faith in the TV and film world. You'll hear about how she makes decisions on roles she plays in an effort to stay true to herself and honoring to God.

We also talk about her book writing career and her newest book, Kind is the New Classy, releasing on April 24. Make sure to head over to Amazon to pre-order and reach out to Candace to let her know how much you loved hearing her on The Happy Hour!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

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Fuller House

Candace's Books

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

What Candace is loving: being home, microblading eyebrows and her Gucci slides

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

Connect with Candace

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Jan 17 2018

45mins

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Happy Hour #96: Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Hollis

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Jamie is joined by Friends of The Show, Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Hollis, to talk about their upcoming trip to Ethiopia, courtesy of Help One Now

Jul 06 2016

58mins

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Happy Hour #90: Lauren Chandler

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My guest for Happy Hour #90 is the very beautiful Lauren Chandler. Lauren is a momma of three kids and wife to Matt Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church and President of Acts 29 Network. She recently released her first book: Steadfast Love. I am nearly half way through reading it and loving it so much.

On the show, Lauren shares how she and Matt met while she was a camper at a camp at which Matt was speaking. She insists that it's a little less interesting than it sounds, but I will let you decide. Either way, it's fun to imagine how cute those two were back then.

Lauren shares her journey with Celebrate Recovery, a biblical program that aims to help people overcome their hurts, hang-ups and habits. She tells about how difficult it was to get over the fear of losing people's approval and admitting that she was a sinner in need of a savior to redeem every part of her story. Lauren is now a huge advocate and supporter of recovery ministries.

Lastly, Lauren and I talk about what it was like to learn that her husband was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Many of you, like me, may have heard bits and pieces of their story or have read their story, but I think you will love hearing Lauren's perspective and how the Lord used the events to confirm God as sustainer in their lives. They have a powerful story and I am so thankful that Lauren is being faithful to share.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Celebrate Recovery

The Village Church: Recovering Redemption

Brewed

The Net

Green River Ordinance

Lauren's Album: The Narrow Place

Lauren's Book: Steadfast Love

Believing God by Beth Moore +  You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith + Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine + Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls + Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

What Lauren is loving: Zum Products: Frankincense and Myrrh, Djinni Magic Bath Cream and YouWood Watches

Connect with Lauren

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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May 25 2016

1hr 4mins

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Happy Hour #13 with Annie Downs

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Today's guest on the Happy Hour is Annie Downs. Annie and I met this past Spring at the If Gathering and I knew when I met her that I would love her and she would be such a fun person! It was such a blast chatting with her on this podcast! We talked a lot about being BRAVE, especially since her newest book is called LET'S ALL BE BRAVE, we discussed college & fantasy football, she told me about when she was on the red carpet for the movie premier of The Fault In Our Stars, the Bachelorette, "hook-up culture" , the Civil Wars, and finally what we are watching and reading.

This podcast cracked me up because so many times we just would talk over each other and laugh so loud. She was a super fun guest! I'm giving away TWO signed copies of LET'S ALL BE BRAVE to one of you guys. Here's what I need you to do .... tell someone about the podcast. You can do that via your social media, or an email, or a phone call, or whatever you want. Also subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher if you haven't, and then leave me a comment telling me what you did and on Friday I'll pick a winner! So easy people!

Aug 13 2014

1hr 3mins

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Happy Hour #268: Lina Abujamra

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 268 is Dr. Lina AbuJamra. Lina is a Pediatric ER doctor, Bible teacher, author, podcaster, and founder of Living with Power Ministries. Her vision is to bring hope to the world by connecting biblical answers to everyday life. 

You guys, get ready because Lina‚Äôs excitement and energy are contagious, and I know you‚Äôre going to be so inspired by our conversation. Lina and I start off talking about the moment she knew she would be living her life for God. Lina shares stories of doors closing and doors opening as she said yes to God, and how He used all of it to lead her on the path of He's called her to. Lina tells us the amazing story of how she began working with Syrian refugees, and how God has grown this ministry in incredible ways. I appreciated Lina‚Äôs honesty about her prayers of heartache and questioning God‚Äôs plan, and was so encouraged hearing how she continues to say yes to God. Lina says, ‚Äúhope is my currency‚ÄĚ and when we tell God yes, He will lead and provide every time.

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Oct 23 2019

1hr 6mins

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Happy Hour #258: Emily Maynard

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 258 is Emily Maynard Johnson. While many of you may know Emily from The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Emily is an author, mom and wife to Tyler. Emily and her husband Tyler are parents to four children, Ricki, Jennings, Gibson, and Gatlin. 

Emily and I start off talking about how her friend's nomination helped land her a spot as a contestant on The Bachelor. Emily also shares how she said no the first time they asked her to be The Bachelorette! We then get to hear Emily and her husband's Tyler love story and the different peace she felt about him that she hadn't experienced before. Emily and I chat about what it's like to be in the crazy season of life with three littles under the age of 4 and a teenager. I loved hearing her speak about how she's come to embrace the season of life she's in and have peace about how God uses us in different seasons and life experiences. And you guys, I didn't get a pregnancy announcement on the show, but Emily did share with us how she'd love to have more kids!

Connect with Jamie

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Aug 14 2019

52mins

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Happy Hour #137 : Lauren Scruggs Kennedy

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Apr 19 2017

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Happy Hour #162: Ellie Holcomb

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My guest for The Happy Hour #162 is singer-songwriter¬†Ellie Holcomb. Ellie is a Nashville native, and began her musical career by touring the country with her husband in¬†Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. After 8 years, and with the birth of their daughter, Emmylou,¬†she¬†opted to step out of the role of heavy touring. From that space came her debut solo album,¬†As Sure As The Sun, which charted at #1 on the iTunes Christian chart and helped deem¬†her¬†the ‚ÄúBest New Artist‚ÄĚ at the 2014 Dove Awards. Since her first album, Ellie has been walking an unexpected path, one of suffering and loss but also peace and joy. And it is from that place‚ÄĒof finding God in the dark and unexpected‚ÄĒthat¬†she¬†wrote and recorded¬†Red Sea Road¬†released¬†earlier this year.

In our conversation today, Ellie and I talked about going through tough seasons in marriage and seeking counseling. No matter where you are, I think you will be encouraged by our conversation. The context for us was marriage, but regardless of your marital status, I think you will be able to relate to our tendencies to avoid conflict and avoid a mess. 

Ellie and I have a very real and vulnerable conversation about depression, and what life is like in a family with two traveling musicians. Finally, you're probably going to need to grab a tissue when Ellie talks about such a sweet moment with her daughter wanting to call God on the phone.

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The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones + Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray + Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

What Ellie is loving: slower seasons with her family, her new salad recipe

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Oct 11 2017

57mins

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Happy Hour #40 with Shauna Niequist (author of Savor)

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Happy Hour #40 is with my friend Shauna Niequist. Shauna is the author of Savor, Bread & Wine, Cold Tangerines, and Bittersweet, and is an enthusiastic hostess, home cook and passionate gatherer of people. Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties, and books, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything.

On this show we talked about her books, cooking club & small group, how her family loves to travel, how she balances motherhood and work, her favorite items to have in the kitchen, and what she's working on right now.

May 13 2015

53mins

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Happy Hour #82: Shay Shull

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Jamie talks with Shay Shull about infertility, adoption, Disney cruises, Netflix passions, that time her brother was on The Bachelor and so much more!

Mar 30 2016

55mins

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Happy Hour #250: Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 250 is Elisabeth Hasselbeck.¬†Elisabeth is an Emmy Award‚Äďwinning talk show host, former broadcaster, and¬†New York Times¬†best-selling author of¬†The G-Free Diet¬†and Deliciously G-Free,¬†and her latest book¬†Point of View. Elisabeth is married to former NFL quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck, and they have three children‚ÄĒGrace, Taylor, and Isaiah.

You guys, I am so excited about today's show! We are celebrating the 250th episode of The Happy Hour, and I got to interview one of my dream guests. I'm just plain giddy about it! Elisabeth and I start off the show talking about how we can fall into the trap of attaching to jobs, things, and/or roles as our identity, instead of remembering who God says we are. Elisabeth shares stories from her twenty years in broadcasting including those hard topics that came up on her shows. I loved hearing her speak about how she learned that these hard topics are really heart topics, and God cares more about relationship than us proving ourselves right. In the last part of the show, Elisabeth lets us in on what God taught her through her transition from The View, to Fox, and then to stay home with her family.  I could have talked with Elisabeth for hours, and I know you're going to love our conversation. 

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Jun 19 2019

1hr 11mins

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Happy Hour #166: Kathie Lee Gifford and Aaron Ivey

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Nov 08 2017

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Happy Hour #274: Elisabeth Jordan

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 274 is Elisabeth Jordan. Elisabeth grew up in Dallas, TX where she now works on the streets with the homeless. It was never a future she imagined for herself, having grown up in an affluent community on the other side of town from the homeless. Starting as a volunteer, she observed a gap in the homeless care system and founded an organization called The Human Impact to bridge that gap: loving the homeless through friendship.

You guys, one of the best parts of my job is that I get to listen in on how God is moving in women's lives, and I can't wait for you to hear the incredible ways God is working in Elisabeth's life. Elisabeth shares how she went from working at her dream job in entertainment, to unemployed and at a point where she felt her marriage was dead. Feeling aimless and lost, Elisabeth prayed a prayer of surrender, and God answered. Elisabeth explains that God called her to pray for the poorest in Dallas, and those prayers took her to the homeless. I loved hearing how the relationships she made changed her faith "from head knowledge to experience", as well as challenged her view on how she defined success. Friends, Elisabeth reminds us that relationships matter and that when we recognize the humanity in someone and take time to hear their story, walls break down and doors can open up.

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Dec 04 2019

1hr 14mins

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Happy Hour #273: Susie Davis

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 273 is Susie Davis. Susie is an author, speaker, podcaster, and in all things she is an encourager and mentor. Susie has a passion for writing and her hope is to encourage you to love God more and live your one beautiful life. Susie is often called a spiritual mama because of her God-given desire to reach out to the 'dear daughters' around her. Susie and her husband and high school sweetheart Will have been married and in ministry for over thirty years.

Friends, I am so thankful to have Susie back on The Happy Hour! Susie has a gift for making you feel seen, celebrated, and encouraged and I know you will hear that throughout our conversation today. Susie and I talk about how our roles change over time, the losses we may feel in these transitions, and the importance of healing so that we can embrace our next role. I hope you will be inspired to find a mentor and be a mentor as you hear Susie demystify what mentoring looks like. It's not about a special curriculum or meeting spot, but instead it's about being present and "asking questions and listening for God."  I could sit and talk with Susie all day and I know you'll feel like you just had a virtual hug from this spiritual mama after listening to the show!

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 1min

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The Happy Hour 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide is here! This is seriously the most fun episode to record each year! I can't wait for you to hear my friend Ruth Chou Simons and I fill you in on some amazing gift ideas from great companies. I'll just say it now - I'm pretty sure you'll be able to knock out a few gifts of your list from this show!  On the show today we feature thirteen companies that offer gifts from beautiful handcrafted jewelry, delicious snacks (including snack-tivities!), brilliant products based on Scripture, inspired art, and so much more! So go grab your favorite fall beverage, and cozy up to listen to this special episode! Also, be sure to go follow me on Instagram where I'll be showing you these products plus, we will have 12 days of giveaways! I know, Christmas is coming early and I am here for it. I can't wait for you to know more about these incredible businesses! Click here for all the links and discount codes included on the gift guide.

Nov 22 2019

53mins

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Happy Hour #272: Whitney Capps

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 272 is Whitney Capps. Whitney is a speaker, author, wife, Mom and friend. Her favorite assignment is wife to Chad, and mom to Cooper, Dylan, Ryder and Tate. Her book, Sick of Me, and her bible study curriculum, We Over Me were released in early 2019. Additionally, Whitney is the founder of Simple Seminary and speaks with Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Alright you guys, get ready to be fired up and excited after the show today, and maybe grab a pen and notebook too because Whitney shares so many words of wisdom! Whitney and I dive right in and talk about finding and using your spiritual gifts, whether that's for 4 people or 4,000. We discuss the often overlooked spiritual discipline of silence and solitude and listening for the Holy Spirit. I loved our discussion on what biblical community is supposed to be. "The end game is to help me live and look and love like Jesus" - yes, friend, yes! We also chat about how self-help can leave us feeling frustrated instead of sanctified and bearing fruit. At the end of the show we get to hear more about Simple Seminary, which I am so excited about! Go check it out and The Happy Hour Listeners get early access to the Winter 2020 class, plus a bonus teaching, and Christmas lock screen for your phone!

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Nov 20 2019

1hr 8mins

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Happy Hour #271: Laurie Crouch

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 271 is Laurie Crouch. Laurie is the host of TBN’s Better Together and leads Trinity Broadcasting Network alongside her husband, Matt. She is the mother of two sons and patiently waiting for her next title of Grandmother. 

You guys, during my conversaton with Laurie today, I felt like I was watching a movie as Laurie described different milestones in her life and the ways only God could orchestrate it. Laurie and I start off talking about how she and Matt met and got married, and I'm telling you now, it's incredible - I was pretty much on the edge of my seat while listening. Laurie shares how she and Matt began working at TBN after they were married, created their own production company, and then returned to TBN to carry on the legacy and start the next chapter of the network. You'll also hear how Laurie's show Better Together came to be, and friends, once again, the story is just amazing. I loved talking with Laurie today and be sure to check out Better Together - you will be inspired and encouraged by these women's conversations!

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Nov 13 2019

1hr 3mins

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Happy Hour #270: Rachel Proctor

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 270 is Rachel Proctor. Rachel is a Texas-bred entrepreneur who has a goal to revolutionize the way women lead in business, ministry and public service. Rachel previously served as the Mayor Pro Tem for the City of DeSoto, Texas. Rachel is also the co-owner of an Early Childhood Learning Center, an author, and the creator of the eMErge Online Devotional App.

Friends, through my conversation today with Rachel, I hope you hear that you do have a voice, and God can show you how to use it. Rachel and I start off the show talking about her time in public service as Mayor Pro Tem as well as what it was like running for Mayor. Rachel describes how each step and transition in her life has served as ways God helped her discover her own voice, and uncover the gifts and passions that were always in her. Listen in as Rachel speaks truth that ministry is not confined to the traditional roles we may think about. If you have a dream or passion but feel too overwhelmed to start, Rachel has practical advice for you! In the last part of the show, Rachel shares her perspective on being single, and how she's learning to live out her calling while also making room and preparing for what she hopes to see.

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Nov 06 2019

51mins

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Happy Hour #269: Ashley McCrary

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 269 is Ashley McCrary. Ashley who goes by "Mac", is a teacher and recipe creator and developer of Healthy Little Peach, a health and lifestyle blog. Ashley and her husband Joel live in Missouri and have 2 beautiful little girls, Eloise and Eleanor.

Friends, I just loved talking with Mac today, and I hope you are as encouraged as I was by her story. Mac shares how childhood wounds from verbal abuse made her believe she was unworthy and unlovable. Mac describes how this led to a dysfunctional relationship with food and feeling like she had to achieve so that maybe then, she could be loved. Mac vulnerably shares the moment when the Lord met her, opened her eyes to His love for her, and set her free. Mac also tells us about the challenging road of navigating PCOS, including how hard it can be to get a diagnosis. You'll also hear how changing the way she saw food grew into not only improvements in her PCOS symptoms, but also to the creation of Healthy Little Peach! 

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Oct 30 2019

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Happy Hour #268: Lina Abujamra

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 268 is Dr. Lina AbuJamra. Lina is a Pediatric ER doctor, Bible teacher, author, podcaster, and founder of Living with Power Ministries. Her vision is to bring hope to the world by connecting biblical answers to everyday life. 

You guys, get ready because Lina‚Äôs excitement and energy are contagious, and I know you‚Äôre going to be so inspired by our conversation. Lina and I start off talking about the moment she knew she would be living her life for God. Lina shares stories of doors closing and doors opening as she said yes to God, and how He used all of it to lead her on the path of He's called her to. Lina tells us the amazing story of how she began working with Syrian refugees, and how God has grown this ministry in incredible ways. I appreciated Lina‚Äôs honesty about her prayers of heartache and questioning God‚Äôs plan, and was so encouraged hearing how she continues to say yes to God. Lina says, ‚Äúhope is my currency‚ÄĚ and when we tell God yes, He will lead and provide every time.

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Oct 23 2019

1hr 6mins

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Happy Hour #267: Mercedes Cotchery

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 267 is Mercedes Cotchery. Mercedes is wife to Jerricho, momma to 5, home stylist and furniture shop owner, and loves sharing about adoption, homeschooling, and marriage. Mercedes is passionate about encouraging women to discover and celebrate the gifts God's given them and families growing phenomenally in Christ. 

Mercedes and I start off the show talking about rejecting the pressure to achieve perfection and becoming comfortable recognizing we are flawed people pursuing God. Mercedes shares with us how she was born without a uterus, and how she's come to view her being born barren as God saving her. In seeking to grow her family, she paused and thought, "maybe God made me this way for a purpose." Mercedes says that pause changed her life in how she seeks God and her relationship with Him - and she now has 5 kids through adoption! Mercedes also opens up about her faith journey and how God revealed to her that she must make a paradigm shift from idolizing her husband above all else to putting Jesus above all else. I loved so many things about my conversation with Mercedes and I hope you're as encouraged as I was!

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Oct 16 2019

59mins

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Happy Hour #266: Jaci Velasquez

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 266 is Jaci Velasquez. Jaci released her first album at just 16 years old and is a multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated artist as well as author, actress, wife, and momma to two boys, Zealand and Soren. Her newest book When God Rescripts Your life: Seeing Value, Beauty, and Purpose When Life is Interrupted releases this week!

Jaci and I start off the show talking about what makes us nervous, and Jaci shares how she has learned to pause, let go of control, and ask the Holy Spirit to do the work. You'll also hear how much Jaci loves being involved at her boys' schools because you guys, she was always on the road and never got to experience it! Jaci opens up about what it was like to start recording so young, and reaching her darkest place where she felt the only option was to run away. I think we can all relate when Jaci speaks about God rescripting life in ways we hadn't planned or expected such as learning what were God dreams vs. "me" dreams. In the last part of the show we talk about trust, and I know you will love and be so, so encouraged that God cares about the big things and the small things when you hear her story of the bus driver Mr. Fred.

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Oct 09 2019

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Happy Hour #265: Latasha Morrison

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 265 is Latasha Morrison. Latasha is a bridge-builder, reconciler, and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. She is the founder of Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization equipping people to serve as ambassadors of racial reconciliation. LaTasha has been recognized as a leading social justice advocate by organizations such as Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, Forbes, and EBONY magazine. 

You guys, Latasha is my real life friend and she challenges, encourages, and inspires me. Our topics of conversation today are ones that are important to me and should matter to us all. As Latasha says, "if we are followers of Jesus Christ, then we have skin in the game." Latasha and I start off the show talking about how she started Be the Bridge with just 8 people and her Latasha vision. She talks about the need to create "brave spaces" for conversation and how humility, listening, and leveraging privilege are critical.  We also discuss how racial reconciliation is about having a Kingdom perspective on dignity and humanity. I loved how Latasha said, "we all have to be teachable", and that means opening our hearts, learning the historical context, and taking this on as all of our responsibility. In the last part of the show, Latasha and I discuss feeling marginalized as a single in church. She speaks of the need to create "brave spaces" in churches as well to have real, non-traditional conversations about singleness.  Friends, I could talk with Latasha for hours, and I hope you'll check out the links from the show to learn more about how to continue this conversation. 

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Oct 02 2019

1hr 14mins

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Happy Hour #264: Rebekah Lyons

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 264 is Rebekah Lyons. Rebekah is a national speaker, bestselling author, and podcaster. Rebekah is as an old soul with an honest, contemporary voice, and she invites others to discover and boldly pursue their God-given purpose. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah finds joy in raising four children, two of whom have Down syndrome. 

Friends, I'm so happy to welcome back my friend Rebekah to the show. She is wise, funny, and always points me to Jesus, and I know you're going to love our conversation. We start off the show talking about the amazing story of how God brought their youngest daughter, Joy, to their family through adoption. Rebekah then shares openly about her struggle with anxiety and depression. I appreciated her honesty so much when she tells us how after years of no panic attacks, she had her worst one yet and then felt such shame from it. Rebekah offers wisdom and encouragement as she speaks of God's reminder that when fear comes knocking, He will always be with us and He will always provide a way out. Rebekah also shares how from this experience she realized areas of her life that needed renewal and you'll hear how she's changed rhythms in her life to prioritize time to rest and restore.

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Sep 25 2019

54mins

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Happy Hour #263: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 263 is Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith. Saundra is an author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician with an active medical practice near Birmingham, AL. Saundra has been featured in many media outlets including Redbook, Daystar, Women's Day, Prevention, and MSNBC. Her newest release is Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.

A little note for the show today: at the end of our conversation we talk about how rest impacts marriage and sex. It's all appropriate (and encouraging!), but just a heads up in case little ears are listening. Saundra starts off stating the importance of being aware of our mental health. Saundra shares the story of laying on her kitchen floor when she hit complete burn out. Saundra tells us how she realized her perspective on rest needed to change, and we must fight against what our culture promotes. You guys, we don't need to earn rest, we need to work from rest. I'm still thinking about the different ways Saundra finds rest now, including social rest. Saundra also explains how much sensory overload impacts us (including becoming a barrier in the bedroom!), and offers suggestions for how to manage it. Friends, I'm pretty sure we all need to learn how to rest better and I'm thankful for Saundra's perspective and encouragement!

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Sep 18 2019

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Happy Hour #262: Sarah Mae

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 262 is Sarah Mae. Sarah is the author of The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When it Hurts, the story of how Sarah learned to love and forgive her alcoholic mother. She also hosts The Complicated Heart podcast, and speaks all over the country encouraging women to walk in freedom. Sarah lives in Lancaster, PA with her woodworker husband, Jesse, three kids, and two new puppies. 

On today's show you'll get to hear the incredible story of what God has done in the lives of Sarah and her mother. Sarah shares when she learned her mom was an alcoholic, and how the wounds of their relationship left her searching for love, affection, and security. Sarah tells us about her pregnancy and abortion at 16, and the moment she knew she had to get out of that destructive environment. You'll hear Sarah speak of how she came to know Jesus at 19, and I loved hearing how she saw God pursuing her throughout her life. We then discuss what it looked like for Sarah to confront her pain and grief, uncover the lies she believed, and learn to love and forgive her mother.  You guys, Sarah so graciously and openly lets us into her story, and she speaks such encouragement and hope that God is always there waiting, even in the pit. 

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Sep 11 2019

1hr 3mins

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Happy Hour #261: Kat Armstrong

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 261 is Kat Armstrong. Kat is a ministry leader, speaker, and author of No More Holding Back.  She has a Master's from Dallas Seminary, and is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Polished Ministries. She and her husband Aaron live in Dallas, TX with their son Caleb.

Friends, one note about the beginning of our conversation. Kat and I talk about losing her dad to suicide and her walk through grief. If this topic could be a trigger for you, we only mention it in the early part of our conversation so feel free to skip over or wait another day to listen. I appreciate Kat's honesty in sharing how this loss has changed her and how she also has become an advocate to encourage women to "get all the helps" when we need them. 

Kat and I then dive into talking about what I love, which is encouraging women in their faith and giftings, and running with it! Kat tells us how she kept hearing women struggle with finding their place in the world, and friends, you are going to be so encouraged as you hear Kat remind us of who God says we are and what we are called to do. Kat also shares important messages of how we speak about a woman's value, and how she’s heard women say they feel left out of the Scriptures. In the last part of the show we talk about the enormous impact that you, me, all of us can have on someone's life. As you hear her story of being discipled at 18 by a friend who was 20 and how it literally changed her life, I hope you are encouraged and inspired to go anywhere in your influence. As Kat says, "we can have such a radical impact on someone's life."

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Sep 04 2019

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Happy Hour #260: Tess Clarke

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 260 is Tess Clarke. Tess is the co-founder of Seek the Peace and the Director of We Welcome Refugees. She has a passion to see refugee and immigrant women protected and empowered along with helping the American church recognize and revere the image of God in these women. 

Friends, if you hear the topic of this show and think this episode might be a political one, let me just tell you it isn't. Through our conversation I know you will see Jesus in the stories Tess shares, and the ways she encourages us to find the humanity in one another. Tess starts off telling us how she and her husband began working with refugees. We get to hear some of their stories, what they've been through, and how "refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances."  We also learn about Tess' ministry Project Shine that equips pre-teen and teen refugee girls to understand their own worth, strength, and purpose. I know that these stories of suffering can be hard to listen to, but Tess describes how every single one of us can participate in the ministry of presence. She encourages us to go and find those who look, live, and sound different than you and to challenge our own bias. Tess says, God is calling us is step in and listen, and we are all invited to "come and be."

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Aug 28 2019

1hr 15mins

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Happy Hour #259: Bianca Olthoff

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 259 is Bianca Olthoff. Bianca describes herself as a passionate Jesus-loving, Bible-teaching, book-writing MexiRican who loves to help people navigate life, connect in community, and live significantly. Bianca's new book, How to Have Your Life Not Suck: Becoming Today Who You Want to be Tomorrowcomes out August 27.

I always love a chance to talk with my friend Bianca, and I know you're going to love this show. Bianca starts off telling us some crazy stories about being a twin - including a time she pretended to be her sister! Bianca and I discuss some of the amazing women out there who we'd love to be taken under their wing, and about building up the future generation of leaders. We then talk about one of Bianca's passions: prison ministry. You guys, Bianca shares that the next campus of their church will be at a prison!  As you hear her speak about all that they're doing, I know you're going to get goosebumps just like I did. In the last part of the show, we talk about the current dating culture, and how many people are living with sexually transmitted demons (yes, you read that right!). I could talk to Bianca for hours and I hope you were as fired up and encouraged as I was by our conversation!

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Aug 21 2019

1hr 9mins

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Happy Hour #258: Emily Maynard

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 258 is Emily Maynard Johnson. While many of you may know Emily from The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Emily is an author, mom and wife to Tyler. Emily and her husband Tyler are parents to four children, Ricki, Jennings, Gibson, and Gatlin. 

Emily and I start off talking about how her friend's nomination helped land her a spot as a contestant on The Bachelor. Emily also shares how she said no the first time they asked her to be The Bachelorette! We then get to hear Emily and her husband's Tyler love story and the different peace she felt about him that she hadn't experienced before. Emily and I chat about what it's like to be in the crazy season of life with three littles under the age of 4 and a teenager. I loved hearing her speak about how she's come to embrace the season of life she's in and have peace about how God uses us in different seasons and life experiences. And you guys, I didn't get a pregnancy announcement on the show, but Emily did share with us how she'd love to have more kids!

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Aug 14 2019

52mins

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Happy Hour #257: Becca Matimba

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 257 is Becca Matimba. Becca is a visual storyteller and captures and creates honest, compelling narrative through her work in production, photography and acting. Becca describes herself as a lover of film, people, and culture and currently resides in Austin. 

You guys, I loved having my friend Becca on the show today! Becca and I talk about what it was like to grow up in Texas as a first generation daughter to parents from Zimbabwe. Becca then shares about the years of pain and sadness she experienced after her parents divorced when she was 13. Becca tells us how she didn't realize that depression was even part of her story, nor that she had so much unforgiveness inside. I loved hearing her speak of how the Lord showed how much He saw her and loves her as she navigated finding healing and the ability to forgive. In the last part of the show, Becca opens up about her experience being black in predominately white churches and culture. I appreciate so much Becca's willingness to honestly share her journey and the encouragement she brings when she reminds us that we all are first a child of God.

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Aug 07 2019

1hr 2mins

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Happy Hour #256: Kim Lewis

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 256 is Kim Lewis. Kim is a "Little lady with Big ideas!" and is best known for her work as the Lead Designer behind ABC‚Äôs ‚ÄúExtreme Makeover: Home Edition‚ÄĚ and Founder of Kim Lewis Designs. Kim's work has been featured on ABC, HGTV, TLC, National Geographic, Spike TV and FYI's "Tiny House Nation."¬†Most recently she designs restaurants, boutiques, and hotels around the world, but Kim's passion is in building therapeutic art centers for rescued children in Ghana, Cambodia,Thailand and Honduras.

Kim and I start off talking about how the job offer call she received on her wedding day led her to design over 120 homes in 43 states on the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kim shares some of the hard places she's walked through, including the loss of her mom and the end of her first marriage. Friends, Kim has gone through difficult suffering throughout her life, but you'll hear tell story after story that will give you the chills of how God showed up, and when Kim leaned in and listened, He answered. I was so inspired hearing her talk about how in the midst of hardships she would ask "how can God be glorified in this valley?" At the end of the show we get to hear about Kim's design business, her growing family, and the creative and fun ways she and her husband Joey are sharing their stories on their YouTube channel.

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Jul 31 2019

1hr 4mins

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