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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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I absolutely love this podcast. It’s fun, funny, encouraging, through provoking... my favorite podcast by far

I literally want to buy every book!!

By krista_luk - May 22 2020
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Jamie is so great!! I love listening to every episode! I can’t get through any episode without tears in my eyes. Jamie is so great at asking her guests questions and bringing out who they are. I literally want to buy or read every book after listening! Keep it up!! Thank you so much!

iTunes Ratings

6135 Ratings
Average Ratings
5828
159
65
41
42

Love this

By EE2140 - May 23 2020
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I absolutely love this podcast. It’s fun, funny, encouraging, through provoking... my favorite podcast by far

I literally want to buy every book!!

By krista_luk - May 22 2020
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Jamie is so great!! I love listening to every episode! I can’t get through any episode without tears in my eyes. Jamie is so great at asking her guests questions and bringing out who they are. I literally want to buy or read every book after listening! Keep it up!! Thank you so much!
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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!

Rank #1: 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

Connect with Lysa

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Connect with Jamie + The Happy Hour

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Join The Happy Hour party on Patreon

Want to stay connected to The Happy Hour? Subscribe to The Happy Hour Newsletter!

If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

The Happy Hour Store

Do you love The Happy Hour? If so, I'd love if you'd leave a review!

Jan 02 2019

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Rank #2: Happy Hour #278: Beth Moore

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 278 is Beth Moore. Beth is an author, speaker, and dynamic teacher whose conferences take her across the globe. She has written numerous bestselling books and Bible studies, and she is also the founder and visionary of Living Proof Ministries based in Houston, TX.

Friends, I can not think of a better way to start off 2020 than by having my friend Beth Moore on the show! Beth talks about how she looks at the new year as an opportunity to look at life in a fresh way, and to spend time reflecting with God sharing hopes for the coming year. Beth and I then talk about how she so intentionally speaks into the next generation and her passion to prepare others. You'll get to hear more about Beth's upcoming book, Chasing Vines, and that we are meant to be fruitful including when the fruit may come through suffering. One of my favorite parts of our conversation was Beth's reminder that the absolute number one thing we can pray for someone is that they love Jesus - it changes everything! In the last part of the show, Beth shares her heart and passion behind the issues she has raised concerns about, and why she believes it's so important that we talk about what it means to be Christ-like and not simply Pro-Christian.

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

GET ALL THE LINKS FROM THE SHOW HERE

Jan 01 2020

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Rank #3: 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!

Connect with Jen:

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I would love to connect with you guys on facebooktwitter 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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Rank #4: 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

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  Sponsor: JellyTelly

JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed specifically for kids where God is real and His Word is true. JellyTelly was co-developed by the creator of VeggieTales, Phil Visher. With the app, you can instantly stream hundred of hours of safe, affirming videos and movies for kids about God, the Bible and faith. It's a great way for parents and kids to spend time together watching and learning, and then talking together about Jesus and their faith. The app is currently available on iOS, Android and Kindle, and includes shows like VeggieTales, Hillsong Kids, the Jesus Storybook Bible and many more! It's entertainment you can trust, and shows that your kids will love! Make sure to check visit jellytelly.com today and use the special coupon code HAPPYHOUR to get $5 off - or your first month of JellyTelly free!

May 25 2016

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Rank #5: 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–study 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

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: JellyTelly

JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed just for kids - where God is real and his word is true! With more than 100 shows for Christian kids including VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, What’s In The Bible, and more - JellyTelly gives you safe screen time for your littles to help them grow in their faith! If you want to do devotionals with your kids but you’re not sure where to start, JellyTelly has a fun and easy way for your family to experience devotionals together - the 5 Minute Family devotional - 16 video devotionals that make it easy to talk to your kids about Jesus. You don’t have to subscribe to JellyTelly to get the devotionals - you can sign up for free at jellytelly.com/devotionals.

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Sep 28 2016

32mins

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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Connect with Jamie

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Apr 25 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #9: Happy Hour #88: Amy from The Bobby Bones Show

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My guest for Happy Hour #88 is Amy from The Bobby Bones Show. Amy and I met several years ago during my short-lived career in radio. Since then, she and her team have gained a ton of popularity and have millions of listeners today. Most of you, I imagine, are among those millions and are familiar with Amy and The Bobby Bones Show. If not, make sure to check them out and tune in for some hilarious morning show listening.

One of the best parts of my conversation with Amy was getting the chance to hear a story from her with so much detail, honesty and vulnerability...without her co-hosts adding their commentary. Don't get me wrong. I love me some Bobby and Lunchbox, but sometimes we girls need our time without the jokers. Am I right?

Amy shares her experience of being a military wife and how protecting the health of their marriage led them to make some difficult decisions. She and her husband have struggled with infertility and are now pursuing adoption. She shares what the journey has been like for them, how God led her husband to adoption through a book and now how they are in the final steps of adopting two children from Haiti. Lastly, Amy shares the story of her mom's brave fight against cancer. If you've listened to her show, no doubt, you've heard how close Amy and her mom were. As she shares her story, how her father was in and out of the picture for so long, how she and her sister took care of her in her final days, I am confident that you will be moved by the themes of strength, grace to forgive and selflessness - both from Amy and her mother.

I already knew I loved Amy, but this conversation...gracious. I've only cried a few times on my show and turns out, this is one of them. Amy has been so faithful to use her platform to share her stories and to point her listeners to her rock and her salvation. I know you will love hearing from her.

 

Links from the Show

Hospice Austin's Christopher House

Austin Ridge Bible Church

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Bare Bones by Bobby Bones + Adopted for Life by Russell Moore + Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts

Kimberly Snyder and her Hot Water and Lemon

What Amy is loving: Clue App, Glowing Green Smoothie and Shauna Niequist's Savor

Connect with Amy

Blog // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie Ivey

Blog // Twitter // Instagram

Subscribe to The Happy Hour Podcast

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May 11 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #10: 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!}

Links from the Show

Lowe Co.

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

Fellowship Church

Connect with Catherine

Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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Spice Islands // Winc // Away // Education a la Carte

Sep 06 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #11: 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!}

Links from the Show

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

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

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Jan 17 2018

45mins

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Rank #12: 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

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: Sacred Holidays

Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop.

Pine Cove

If you've been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren't sure if they're ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They'll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It's just like summer camp... only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Nov 23 2016

54mins

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Rank #13: Happy Hour #85: Shelley Giglio

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Apr 20 2016

46mins

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: Happy Hour #35 with Melanie Shankle {The Big Mama Blog}

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Happy Hour #35 is with my friend Melanie Shankle. You may know Melanie from her blog, The Big Mama Blog, where she's been cracking up all of us readers for years now.

Melanie lives in San Antonio with her husband and daughter. She is the author of three books, Sparkly Green EarringsThe Antelope in the Living Room, and her newest, Nobody's Cuter Than You, that just released this week on April 7th.

On the show today we talk about her book a lot, her friend Jen that she mentions in the book who is walking through cancer, how I started podcasting because of her and Sophie's podcast, talking with our kids about sex, the shows we watch, how much we both like baseball, college life, and how technology has ruined us all. I laughed so much in this podcast and loved every second of chatting with Melanie. I think that you will too.

Today's Happy Hour episode is exactly what I had in mind when I dreamed of my own podcast. One minute we're talking about the crazy things our kids say about sex, and the next minute we're talking about one of our friends struggling through cancer. It's the real talk that girlfriends have, and so this Happy Hour is one that you will love.

Apr 09 2015

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Rank #16: 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

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Rank #17: Happy Hour # 26 with Rebecca Smith

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Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Rebecca Smith. Rebecca is the creator and owner of Better Life Bags and lives in Detroit with her husband and three kids. Her business has a remarkable impact on women in Detroit, who are earning a living by working for Better Life Bags.

On today's podcast we talk about how her business started, things you should do before we turn 30 (we are both past it!!), and how she can't do it all without the help she has - good word for us mommas trying to do it all! We also chat about how we made the decision on where to send our kids to school, why we don't see the news often, and of course our thoughts on Serial.

Dec 17 2014

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Rank #18: Happy Hour #288: Jennie Allen

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 288 is Jennie Allen. Jennie is an award- winning and bestselling author of Bible studies, many books including her most recent Get Out of Your Head, and is the founder and visionary for the IF: Gathering. Jennie is a passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze a generation of women to live what they believe. Jennie has a master’s in Biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Zac and their four children.

It has been way too long since I’ve had my friend Jennie on the show, and I’m so happy to welcome her back. Today Jennie and I talk about the fight all of us are in to take every thought captive and remember who God is. Jennie shares her own story of some of her darkest months living with lies that produced fear, anxiety and doubt. Things started to change when Jennie began treating it like war and fighting the lies head on. Jennie and I also discuss how Biblical community isn’t optional, and we have to fight for it as well - it doesn’t just happen automatically. You guys, I think this may be one of those shows where you’ll want to go back and listen with pen and paper ready. I hope you will be as encouraged and fired up as I was!

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Mar 11 2020

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Rank #19: Happy Hour #27 with Kat Lee

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Kat and I met online and we have actually never met in person, but she's been such an encouragement for me in my podcasting journey. I was actually one of the first guests on her podcast for Inspired to Action. After being a guest on her show is when I felt as though podcasting is something I would want to do in life!

Kat is a momma, wife, blogger, encourager, podcaster and lots more in life. Her blog is something that you need to get your eyes on if you have not. Her whole gig is to inspire us mommas right where we are, and if you are like me, we need to hear encouragements daily. 

Jan 17 2015

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Rank #20: Happy Hour #297: Paula Faris

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My guest for The Happy Hour #297 is Paula Faris. Paula is an Emmy-nominated journalist and television correspondent for ABC News. She is known for her tenure as co-anchor of Good Morning America Weekend from 2014–2018 and as co-host of The View from 2015–2018.

Y’all, this conversation is the first time I met Paula and it did not take long to know that this lady is the real deal and someone I am so happy to call a friend. In this episode, Paula and I talk about how God asked her to walk away from what the world sees and, if we are honest, what we see as a wildly successful career.  We also chat about imposter syndrome, living in the space of faith and media, and how she’s navigated those waters. Paula is so full of wisdom and I just love when she says that you can’t control what people think of you, but what you can control is your attitude and how you respond to a situation. Because when you’re faced with something difficult, “it reveals your character, it doesn’t define it.” 

I adore stories like Paula’s because it is such an example of God's kingdom ways overriding those of the world we live in for now. Paula’s book, Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling is available now. And be sure you check out Paula’s podcast, Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris, to learn a bit more about the faith stories of the influencers in our world.

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May 13 2020

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Happy Hour #311: Sophie Hudson

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My guest for The Happy Hour #311 is Sophie Hudson. Sophie has been a long time guest on the podcast and we are so happy to have her back for the fourth time! She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and son. Sophie is the co-host of The Big Boo Cast and author of five books, including her most recent release Stand All The Way Up: Stories of Staying In It When You Want to Burn It All Down.

Friends, Sophie is truly such a joy to talk to and I am always so encouraged by her heart and honesty. In this episode, we talk about everything from our life-changing safari in Kenya to navigating trauma in the midst of the world’s unusual circumstances. Sophie also dives into finding encouragement in a world where you feel like you want to burn it all down. As the Enneagram 9 that she is, Sophie is a natural peacemaker. Like most of us, conflict feels very disruptive to her, and yet it has become our norm. She talks about the hope of knowing that Jesus operates in the middle of conflict and fear and reminds us that “When He is with us in the boat, He will get us to the other side.” When all we want to do is scream at the waves, Jesus has always been the calm that we need. I hope this conversation reminds you of the truth that Jesus is and always will be steady and sure.

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Aug 07 2020

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Happy Hour #310: Sam Collier

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My guest for The Happy Hour #310 is Sam Collier. Today’s episode is a special one because Sam is our very first official male guest on The Happy Hour and we are so excited to have him! Sam is a pastor, author, speaker, and host of the TV Show/Radio-Podcast A Greater Story with Sam Collier. He also released a book yesterday called A Greater Story: My Rescue, Your Purpose, and Our Place in God’s Plan. 

In today’s episode, Sam and I talk about meeting his biological family at the age of 25, trading music for ministry, and finding our purpose in the mess of life. Sam also dives into laying down our desires for God’s glory, and how he never planned to do ministry, write a book, or share about his adoption story. I love when he shares about the moment God said to him, “I need to strip you of your ‘desires’...would you be willing to trade your desires for mine, and your dreams for mine?” Y’all, what a great reminder that is! Laying down our desires in order to build a new identity and pursue God’s purpose for our lives. To read more of Sam’s encouraging words, be sure to check out his book, A Greater Story: My Rescue, Your Purpose, and Our Place in God’s Plan.

Want to connect more about Jamie’s book? Text YOUBEYOU to 33777.

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Aug 05 2020

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Happy Hour #309: Morgan Harper Nichols

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My guest for Happy Hour #309 is Morgan Harper Nichols. Morgan is a popular Instagram poet and artist who has created her life’s work around the stories of others. Each poem she shares is created in response to the personal stories submitted by her friends and followers. Her creativity and gifted artwork seems to express exactly what I am feeling, and I know so many of you have felt the same way. 

Friends, I have been a long time admirer of Morgan for so many reasons and I am so excited to share our conversation with you today. In this episode, we talk about her upbringing in a family of creatives, how she’s pursuing community in 2020, and how her love for music led her to poetry. We also dove into using art for a purpose, and how she has been learning to see her art as a gift to others rather than something she feels required to create. She says “What I love about gifts is that it’s not necessarily about the talent or perfection of it. It’s about the heart of the person that gave it to you wanting to share their heart with you.” As creatives, it’s easy for us to feel the pressure to constantly put out our best work. Morgan reminds us that sometimes we create art that resonates with people so much, even when we think it’s not our best. I hope you walk away feeling encouraged by her reminder that God can truly use what we think is unusable to meet people where they’re at. I’m so thankful for Morgan sharing her gift of words with us today! 

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Jul 31 2020

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Happy Hour #308: LIVE With the Iveys

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The Happy Hour #308 is a special one! You’ve probably heard me mention our Patreon Party by now, but you might not be so sure if you really want to join. That’s why we decided to share with you some of our favorite episodes from our Patreon Party for the past three weeks! We’ve shared from our marriage mini-series, After the Show, and now you’re getting a sneak peek at UNPlugged: LIVE with the Iveys!

This episode, like every other episode of UNPlugged, gets a little wild. You truly never know what you’re going to get with this crew! Aaron, Story, Lyndsey, and myself dive into a Q+A section of the show where we answer your questions from the chat like where we want to go as soon as quarantine is over -- spoiler alert: Story said MEXICO! A girl after my own heart. We chat about all of the silly things in quarantine like whether our kids our arguing more or less being home all the time, how I haven’t taken my Birkenstocks off in 15 weeks, what it will be like to eat at a restaurant someday, and how things actually get done around Ivey Media. More than anything, this episode is a BLAST! I hope you have even half as much fun listening as we have recording it for our Patreon Party!

To learn more about Patreon and how you can join check out jamieivey.com/patreon! When you sign up for our $6 month VIP party membership, you get weekly Patreon versions of The Happy Hour shows, a monthly After the Show with me and a guest answering your questions, and the monthly UNplugged: LIVE with the Iveys!

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Jul 29 2020

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Your Last Decade #30: Preston Perry

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

My guest for today’s episode is Preston Perry! Preston is a spoken word poet, father, apologist, and is married to a friend of the show, Jackie Hill-Perry.

In this episode, Preston and I dive into his last 10 years. We chat about meeting Jackie for the first time at a poetry event and their subsequent friendships, how Preston was exposed to the Gospel and led to Christ by the radical transformation in his friend Gary’s life, and how he is carrying on that legacy as a father to his girls. Preston also shares about how he and Jackie are trying to avoid the burnout with their kids that can happen growing up in a Christian home. He says, “We don’t want to hand our kids our religion, we want to display it for them, allow them the free-will that God gave them...and give them space to seek God.” Friends, Preston is wise beyond his years and I’m so grateful for the ways in which he defends the faith “with gentleness and respect” and continues to be vulnerable in his relationships and with us today.

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Jul 24 2020

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Happy Hour #307: ATS/ Dr. Andrea Holman

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Today’s episode is the second in a series of three episodes we’re sharing with you from our Patreon Party! It’s from a series called After the Show where we invite our Patreon listeners to submit their questions about one of the Happy Hour episodes and it is one of my very favorite parts of the Patreon Party.

Today’s episode is with my real life friend, Dr. Andrea Holman. Andrea serves as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Huston-Tillotson University where she teaches, conducts research, and gives talks and trainings around the city about race, racism and privilege and their impact on interpersonal relations. She also uses her expertise to assist foster/adoptive parents pursuing interracial adoption through the local foster agency through which she and her husband are currently licensed foster parents.

In this episode, Lyndsey and I get to talk with Andrea about some of the questions you guys had surrounding foster care, advocacy, and beauty standards in the church, just to name a few. We talk about the goal of fostering to always be reunification, how important it is to name our pride, and humanize the parents while allowing humility to be the bridge between birth-families and foster-families. Andrea shares with us so transparently about the weight of holding space for herself and other people of color in predominantly white spaces and the impact it can have if it’s not balanced with life-giving people and events. I love the advice Andrea communicates when we were talking about how white women can approach interpersonal relationships and advocacy. She says, “rather than making the interaction about you, because that’s what privilege allows you to do, make it about them. See them, ask them, be okay holding and maintaining your own emotional response, because that is work for the person of color to hold your emotional response.” Friends, I am so grateful for Andrea, her experience, expertise, and the time she shared with us today!

If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to head over to our Patreon Party and check out more of what we have going on there, including a brand new show I’m launching with Aaron called On the Other Side. It’s going to be a good time!

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Jul 22 2020

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Your Last Decade #29: Dr. Russell Moore

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

My guest for today’s episode is Dr. Russel Moore! Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Dr. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel and The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.

At the beginning of today’s episode, Dr. Moore and I chat about his past 10 years and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I needed a nap after hearing all of the things he has walked through and accomplished. In 2010 alone, he and Maria had four boys and a fifth on the way. He was the Chief Academic Officer at a theological seminary, a full-time pastor, and was teaching a full load of classes! That’s a lot. We then got to chat about how he managed stress through those seasons and how hindsight really is 20/20. We also talk about the ERLC and their commission to equip churches and families making ethical and moral decisions, which can be anything from adoption and foster care to end of life hospitalization issues and everything in between. Dr. Moore shares with us how relevant and important this is right now as the world is wrestling with racial injustice, especially within the church. I loved his response when I asked him where the hope is in this season. He says, “the hope in it is that you have more people across the board...seeing that this is a problem and that this has a set of biblical answers and a way that the bible forms our consciences and intuitions to be able to bear one another's burdens.” 

Friends, I am so grateful for Dr. Moore’s leadership -- especially right now as we’re all wading through rough waters. I hope today’s episode was as enlightening and encouraging for you as it was for me!

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Jul 17 2020

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Happy Hour #306: Patreon Special Release/ The Stabiles (marriage mini-series)

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The Happy Hour #306 is a special one! You’ve probably heard me mention our Patreon Party by now, but you might not be so sure if you really want to join. That’s why we decided to share with you some of our favorite episodes from our Patreon Party for the next three weeks!

In this episode, you will hear a conversation that my boo, Aaron and I had with the enneagram fairy godmother, Susanne Stabile, and her “arm candy” husband, Joe Stabile. Suzanne is a highly sought after speaker and teacher, known for her engaging laugh, personal vulnerability and creative approach to Enneagram instruction. She is the co-author The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self Discovery with Ian Cron and she followed that with her second best seller, The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships. Reverend Joe Stabile is a United Methodist Church pastor as well as Co-Founder in the Trinity Ministry, in Dallas, Texas.

In our time together, the four of us talk about everything from family night and the enneagram to building marriages and navigating the world of church leadership. Joe shares about how he entered seminary at 14 years old and his following decades as a celibate Catholic priest. He and Suzanne tell us about how their stories came together and the hard work and spiritual practices that have lent to the beauty of their marriage. We talk a lot about marriage -- the good, the bad, the ugly and how one way or another, sitting face-to-face with your knees touching your partner’s leaves almost no space for conflict. Suzanne and Joe explain how marriage, much like our relationship with God, is “one long obedience in the same direction” and a matter of making the next right decision. I especially love when Suzanne, speaking on the hard work of marriage said, “[chemistry] is lovely, but chemistry won’t get you through sick kids and drama and recovery and tragedy...sometimes being in love is a decision.”

Friends, this conversation from 2019 (which feels like 100 years ago!) is so rich! I promise you could listen to it five different times and hear something new each round -- and I’m absolutely speaking from experience!

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Jul 15 2020

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Your Last Decade #28: Barnabas Piper

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

My guest today is Barnabas Piper. Barnabas is an author, a podcaster, and serves on staff at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN. He currently lives in the Nashville suburbs with his two daughters and their dog, and is getting married this month!

Friends, today’s conversation was so refreshing. In this episode, Barnabas and I talk all about life growing up in the church, what faith has looked like for him over the past decade, and some really exciting things for him on the horizon. Barnabas talks about starting this past decade by losing his job and the eventual collapse of his first marriage. He shares openly about what it was like to navigate divorce in the context of the church and the ways in which God has been working through his story. We chat about the tendency to be both judge and jury when dealing with painful things because, like Barnabas says, “It’s much easier to be emotionally and relationally disengaged, dealing only with the facts of the matter rather than sitting in the pain [of the other person].” You guys, I love the way he talks about the friends who wouldn’t let him go over the past decade -- the way God holds on to us is so dear. I am also so grateful for the vulnerability Barnabas offers us in this conversation and I think you’ll really be blessed by this conversation.

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Jul 10 2020

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Happy Hour #305: Megan Lively

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My guest for The Happy Hour #305 is Megan Lively. Megan has worked in social media marketing and management since 2008. In 2019, she transitioned away from that and is now using her experience, education, and love for the church to equip the church in the area of social media through Relevant Reach.

I first met Megan at an ERLC (Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission) Conference in Dallas where we were both invited to speak. While I was there to talk about how to care for friends as they heal from abuse, Megan was there to share boldly and for the first time about her own story of being raped while in Seminary and the subsequent trauma and retraumatization she has endured and begun to heal from.

In today’s episode, Megan shares her story with us much like she did that day in Dallas. We discuss how we process trauma and PTSD, the effects shame has on victims of abuse, and how these events have shaped her relationship with God and with the church. Megan tells us about the healing ways people have responded to her story, like her husband and her pastor and, unfortunately, how she encountered times where “Instead of people viewing [her] as an image-bearer, they viewed [her] as someone who was there to make life messy for the church -- and the church needs to be protected.”

Friends, today’s episode is important for so many reasons. I’m incredibly grateful for Megan’s vulnerability, bravery, and willingness to share with all of us today!

My prayer is that if you or someone you know has experienced or is experiencing abuse, you will be encouraged to reach out to a loved one and a counselor. This should not happen to you and it’s not okay. If you are someone who has been told of abuse, I pray that you can be an empathetic listener and take action to support them.

Jul 08 2020

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Your Last Decade #27: Sharon Miller

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

My guest today is Sharon Miller. Sharon leads Bright City Church in Durham, NC with her husband Ike. She is the author of 2 books--Free of Me, and Nice--and has a PhD on women and calling. She is also a mother of three!

In 2010, Sharon’s life looked very different. She and her husband, Ike, were newly married and about to move to Chicago where they would begin their PhD program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Since then, she has had 3 babies, published 2 books and a bible study, planted a church, AND become a pastor! Quite the decade if you ask me. In this episode, Sharon and I talk about life as women in ministry, navigating what it means to be a “nice Christian woman” and what we are really called to in this life. She poignantly shares about the personal reckoning she had when she was hesitant to speak about race during the Ferguson protests and how she felt convicted about something Jesus would not have hesitated on. Ultimately, she realized that she had discipled herself into a false discipleship and had “to grapple with what we’re called to. Are we called to this nice chrisiaity that looks a lot like the real thing...or are we called to be like Jesus?”

If you enjoy our conversation today, I would highly suggest checking out Sharon’s book, Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked and How God Calls Us to More!

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Jul 03 2020

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Happy Hour #304: Jill Dobrowansky

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 304 is Jill Dobrowansky. Jill uses her gift of conversation to host the Feed Your Spirit Podcast -- a space where she talks to friends about how God has brought them through difficult seasons and what they learned about God during and after this time. She and her husband Eric eside in New Jersey – where during the summer months, you can find her on the beach with a book in her hands or out for a nice long run.

You guys, getting to talk with Jill was SO encouraging! In today’s episode, Jill and I talk about her experience with the Your Story Matters study and how she created the Facebook page, Our Story Matters, to further connect women in the YSM study. Jill shares so vulnerably with us about her own story of her years of running from God and finding herself pregnant at 19. Then, how God showed His love and grace to her by placing steadfast people in her life to care for her deeply. We also got to talk about leading a study like Your Story Matters and how important it is to care for people’s stories well by being an active listener and stepping into difficult or emotional places with them. Jill reminds us that while the enemy might be good at making us feel shameful, God does not judge us. What a gift that reminder is! Friends, I hope today’s episode is as refreshing for you as it is for me! If you’re interested in learning more about Your Story Matters, be sure to go to Jamieivey.com/YourStoryMatters.

Jul 01 2020

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Your Last Decade #26: Grad Edition

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

In today’s episode, we’re going off the beaten path to celebrate. That’s right, it’s Your Last Decade: Graduate Edition!! 

My first guest today is Caitlin Smith. Caitlin is a native Austinite (aka a unicorn!) and a recent Texas Ex. She just graduated with her Masters of Science in Marketing and has been a sports photographer for UT Women’s Basketball. In this episode, Caitlin and I talk about what it’s been like living in a missional community, how “vulnerability breeds vulnerability,” and how we need to learn how to love mercy not just for ourselves, but for others as well! You guys, Caitlin is so wise and I loved our conversation today. She has navigated graduation in such a tricky season and done so with grace and understanding. I love her advice to college-aged women, to “be confident in who you are and who God created you to be uniquely.”

In the second half of the episode, I chat with Holly Norris. Holly lives in Georgia with her husband and just graduated from nursing school. She was nominated to be on the show by her friend Amber -- thanks Amber! In our time together, we got to talk about her time in high school and the ways she believed that nursing was out of her reach and how she trusted in God’s faithfulness and that He would fulfill her dreams and purposes. She tells us about how her passion for nursing is driven by connecting with other people and how she loves that she gets to show Jesus to the people she treats and works with. Her advice is to “never feel like you’re less-than...because God’s going to be there with [you]!” so good! I love how clearly God’s steadfastness shines through Holly’s story and how deeply she has embraced it -- it’s so encouraging.

Happy graduation to all of the 2020 grads this year! I’m so excited to see your next 10 years!

Jun 26 2020

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Happy Hour #303: Anjuli Paschall

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 303 is Anjuli Paschall. After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University, Anjuli earned her master’s degree in spiritual formation and soul care from Talbot Seminary. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their five children. Anjuli is the founder of The Moms We Love Club and writes regularly for (in)Courage. Her first book, Stay: Discovering Grace, Freedom, and Wholeness, Where You Never Imagined Looking released in March 2020.

Friends, getting to talk with Anjuli was such a treat! In this episode, we chat about everything from homeschooling kids and the surprising effects of COVID-19 on our family dynamics to navigating friendship as adults and sitting with difficult emotions, whether that is how we see ourselves in motherhood or the fear of allowing ourselves to truly be seen by those around us. Anjuli also dives into the difficulty and beauty of slowing down and getting to know yourself in place without producing anything. I love when she says, “We’ll never be able to know the love of God in our heart until we’re able to go into our heart. We wonder about that disconnect -- ‘Why do I know God loves me, but I don’t feel God loves me?’ -- it’s because you have to know your heart...so pay attention to the [difficult emotions] you’re resistant to.” Y’all, so good!! To read more of Anjuli’s words, be sure to check out her book, Stay.

Jun 24 2020

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Your Last Decade #25: Grad Edition

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

In today’s episode, we’re going off the beaten path to celebrate. That’s right, it’s Your Last Decade: Graduate Edition!! Not only do I have two separate guests, but I also have two different kinds of graduates.

My first guest today is EJ Priest. EJ is a recent high school grad from Indiana who was nominated to be a guest by her Aunt Lori! In this episode, We talk about her past 10 years, the challenges she has faced, including her type 1 diabetes diagnosis, and how she has navigated celebrating her senior year in such an unprecedented season. She shares with us how she’s been able to maintain her passion for serving others during quarantine and what it looks like to love others well who might receive a similar diagnosis. I love when she says, “questions don’t offend me, questions show me that you care...and you want to listen.” Sometimes the best way we can love people is by asking questions and listening well.

In the second half of the episode, I chat with Christian Huff. Christian is a recent college grad from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and the husband of my dear friend, Sadie Robertson! In our time together, we got to chat about his time in college, how God spoke to Christian in meaningful ways and the effects that has had on his life since. From winning the little league state championship at 12 years old to moving to Louisiana during quarantine, and recently transitioning into marriage, Christian’s past 10 years have been nothing short of eventful.

While EJ and Christian might have different experiences and different backgrounds, one thing that is constant between the two is the ways in which God has made himself evident in their lives and is continuing to write their stories.

Happy graduation to all of the 2020 grads this year! We at the Happy Hour are so grateful for you!

Jun 19 2020

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Happy Hour #302: Gena Thomas

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 302 is Gena Thomas. Gena is a writer, a faith wrestler, a wife, and a mom. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 11 years and they have two children, an 8-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl. Gena has published two books, A Smoldering Wick: Igniting Missions Work with Sustainable Practices and Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000-Mile Journey.

You guys, I have been eager for Gena to be a guest on The Happy Hour since I read her book, Separated by the Border. I originally read the book before my trip to the border last year with Tess Clark and the women of Welcome and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Today’s conversation with Gena is so rich and I’m really grateful for her time. In this episode, we talk about lament as a spiritual discipline, her time as a missionary in Mexico, and her unique path to fostering her daughter from Honduras. Gena also shares about the policies that directly affect families at the border and the action she and other women are taking to influence legislative change. I hope this conversation was as encouraging and enlightening for you as it was for me. We can learn so much through proximity and listening to others' stories. 

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Jun 17 2020

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Your Last Decade #24: Jimmy McNeal

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

Today, I’m talking with Jimmy McNeal. Jimmy’s energy and passion for God is contagious, and he leads worship out of an overflow of his love for Jesus. Serving as one of the Worship Pastors within Austin Stone Worship, God continues to challenge Jimmy to live out his life with purpose, while loving and serving others in the process. 

10 years ago, Jimmy was living his best single life and serving on the worship team at Austin Stone. Then in 2013, he and his wife, Staci, started dating, got engaged, married and then got pregnant! Y’all -- what a year! In this episode, we talk about Jimmy’s new album and the creativity behind it. Jimmy also shares so vulnerably about the pain of grieving 2 miscarriages in the past decade and what it’s been like walking through the loss of 3 family members due to COVID-19 and the real impact the global pandemic has had on his family. Friends, I have so much respect for Jimmy and I know this episode is going to be a gift for you.

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Jun 12 2020

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Happy Hour #301: Danielle Coke (OhHappyDani)

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 301 is Danielle Coke. Danielle is the incredibly talented artist behind @OhHappyDani on Instagram where she makes doodles designed to encourage faith, inspire justice, and guide us as we love our neighbors well.

You guys, Dani is one of a kind! In our conversation today, we talk about her recent thrust into the social media limelight with her illustrations that have gone viral in light of recent events. She shares about her upbringing in a Jamaican family in New York, navigating spiritual abuse in the church, and how God redeemed her relationship with Him and showed Dani His true character through scripture. We talk about how to handle the hateful comments on social media and doing the inner work necessary to address bias in all of us. I love when Dani says, “Often surrounding the conversation surrounding race, we encourage people to pull up a seat to the table, to sit with us and join the conversation...but I don’t see this as a table discussion anymore. I see it as a moving train...so please get on board, but know the train is moving...it’s not slowing down.” Friends, I’m so grateful for my conversation with Dani today and I hope you are as blessed by it as I am.

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Jun 10 2020

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Your Last Decade #23: Derek Minor

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As we enter this new decade, I thought it would be fun to talk to a few friends and reflect back on what life was like 10 years ago. In these conversations, you’ll hear guests speak about what God has done in their life, their dreams and goals, things they would have done differently, and things they’re most proud of. And, looking back always causes me to look forward, so we’ll also chat about dreams for the next ten years!

My guest today is Derek Minor. Derek has earned the title of veteran in the game not only as a rapper but also as a producer and businessman. After a decade of making music, the award-winning artist has established himself as a leading voice of hope in the midst of darkness. Friends, Derek is a light and I so enjoyed our conversation today. In this episode, we chat about his last 10 years, starting his own record label, Reflection Music Group, his introduction to the white Evangelical church, and navigating the tightrope of being Black, Christian, and a Hip-Hop artist. He also shares transparently about his struggles in a predominantly white church during the shootings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, and other Black men lost to police violence. I found it especially moving (or convicting?) when Derek says, “The version of unity that [the church] is asking for always involves the Black people being quiet about their pain and the white people getting to move on.” I am so grateful for Derek’s voice and the way he uses his platform so honestly; the world is better for it. To see some of Derek’s other ventures, check out Ownership is the New Black --  a movement promoting and supporting black ownership, shifting our consumer power to ownership power.

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Jun 05 2020

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Happy Hour #300: Jamie and Kids

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Hello friends and welcome to The Happy Hour’s 300th episode! Between this milestone and celebrating our 6th birthday in May, it feels like it’s been a big month around here. I am so grateful for my past guests and each of my listeners, I truly couldn’t do this without you.

My guests for today’s episode are 4 of my favorite people on the planet -- my kids! Last year, in an episode over on our Patreon Party, my son Deacon predicted that they would be back for the 300th episode, and it has turned out to be more than a little prophetic. In today’s episode, my kids, Cayden, Amos, Deacon, and Story join me to answer the questions that you all submitted last week. We touch on a range of topics including race, adoption, transracial adoption, sex, porn, social media, and faith. My kids share their thoughts about living in a biracial family, tips for how parents can best cultivate open relationships with their kids, and where they each see themselves in 10 years; I’m crossing my fingers for grandkids! You guys, this was such a joy for me to do and I hope this conversation encourages you to talk with your kids, relatives, and friends about topics that can feel awkward or uncomfortable and normalize topics that have traditionally been off-limits.

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Jun 03 2020

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By EE2140 - May 23 2020
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I absolutely love this podcast. It’s fun, funny, encouraging, through provoking... my favorite podcast by far

I literally want to buy every book!!

By krista_luk - May 22 2020
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Jamie is so great!! I love listening to every episode! I can’t get through any episode without tears in my eyes. Jamie is so great at asking her guests questions and bringing out who they are. I literally want to buy or read every book after listening! Keep it up!! Thank you so much!