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Wildflower Stories Podcast

Wildflower Stories is all about connecting women through their personal stories. Host Jessica Raj sits down with various women who have seen pain and mess in different ways, but have all faced it with a loving God who cares for our pain and mess. Every story is different, but every story is important. Let this podcast empower you to realise that your story matters too.

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Ep. 19 Stories of Baby Loss (Part II with Alex Vakatini and Michelle)

This is part II of stories of baby loss. I have the honour of chatting with two friends of mine who have experienced miscarriage. Michelle is a wife and mum to her miracle babe, Christopher. Michelle experienced multiple miscarriages before Chris came along. She shares how God sustained her during those times of grieving and waiting. Alex is a wife and mum of two, Ava and Willow. Alex shares about her loss of Willow’s twin at 15 weeks due to a silent miscarriage. She shares about how she walked through anxiety leading up to Willow’s birth and in the post natal season. Alex also highlights how important for us to acknowledge that dads also walk through the grieving of their baby loss, and to get better at supporting them. I hope that these conversations bring comfort and hope to those who have experienced baby loss of any kind and a sense of enlightenment to those of us who can provide support to the grieving.

51mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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Ep. 18 Stories of Baby Loss (Part I with Heather Boyes)

This is a two-part episode where I chat with a few women about their stories of miscarriage and stillbirth.  This episode, I chat with Heather Boyes. Heather is a Primary School Teacher, a wife, mum of three and serves passionately in the church. She and her husband, Adam, have been through their fair share of losing babies. Heather shares honestly about her journey of miscarriage and then in 2014, losing her son, Andrew, to stillbirth.  We also chat about when Heather lost her mum to cancer only a few months later and how she navigated that dark season, but not without hope and trust in our Redeemer, who turns our mourning into dancing.

51mins

12 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Ep. 17 The Cross and Our Stories (An Easter Special)

With all the uncertainty of a broken world, we can rest assured in the security and peace that the cross of Jesus Christ brings. The more I wrestle with the questions of my faith, the more I am drawn back to the power of the cross. In this episode, I explore some deeper questions about the state of this world and how our Saviour's blood and redemption are still as relevant today as it was over 2000 years ago. May this episode challenge you with some questions you may have and compel you to draw near to God's love that was displayed on that rugged cross. Happy Easter, friends! HE IS RISEN!

10mins

29 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Ep.16 Alice McInnes (Living from a place of rest and gratitude)

In a world where we are compelled to run for success and achievement, we are encouraged by our Heavenly Father to rest in Him, where we find all we need. Alice McInnes is a wife, mum of two and a Pastor at Influencer’s Church in Adelaide, Australia. She is someone who is a runner- someone who runs for God with all she has. But she doesn’t run on empty, because she has learnt to rest well in her Heavenly Father. Alice talks about what rest looks like in her life, her ministry calling from a young age and her struggle with infertility. But her story is incomplete without God’s faithfulness upon her life. I learn so much from this woman, on and off the platform. She’s wise, she’s full of passion and confidence and she loves big. I know you’ll learn something from her too, in this first episode of 2021. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast and share it with those who need to hear stories of redemption and hope!

47mins

1 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Ep. 15 Season Finale with Aashish Raj (a conversation with my husband about our story)

The season finale is here! And I got to interview my favourite person ever- my husband. I thought it might be nice to hear a male speak on the podcast. Aash and I sit down in our living room (kid-free) and we chat about our story, from our dating years, to our marriage, to becoming parents and some things in between. We’re not here to give expert advice, just shedding light on what we’ve learnt as a couple along the years.  We hope you enjoy our light-hearted conversation. It was a treat for us too! Thank you for your support of the podcast this year. For all the listens and downloads. For all the kind messages and words of encouragement. It means the world to me. Looking forward to beginning a fresh season of the podcast next year (with better quality sound by the way- yes, I’m still an amateur, but still want to improve sound quality for your ears). But for now, make sure to catch up on any missed episodes if you get the chance to!

1hr 4mins

9 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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Ep. 14 Jessica Boyce (Empowering women to be comfortable in their own skin)

Jess Boyce is a skin therapist and sees it as her calling to make people feel beautiful, which I think is just so sweet. Jess is a Kiwi gal who moved to Sydney, Australia just last year, only six months before the pandemic hit (imagine that?!). She talks about stepping out of her comfort zone by staying put and fulfilling the call of God on her life here in Sydney.  We also chat about the beauty industry and how society's view on what is recognised as 'beauty' is slowly shifting toward celebrating all types of beauty. Jess opens up about her personal insecurities she's battled with and how she has used that as a part of her story to empower other women to feel beautiful, both on social media and off. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast and follow Wildflower Stories on social media: _wildflowerstories_

37mins

17 Nov 2020

Rank #6

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Ep. 13 Roma Christian (Rhythms of Rest in Today's Hustle Culture)

Roma is an ambitious career woman in the Journalism Industry. She holds three vocational titles, from "Strategic Communications Specialist," to "Tech Journalist," to the Founder of her new business Aestologyy & Authorshipp.  Even though she's achieved many accomplishments, from News Reporting to launching her brand new business next month, Roma has a steadfast faith in God that keeps her grounded when her kind of industry is all about hustling and getting to the top. As Roma is one of the only females in her industry, she shares about the insecurities she has faced along the way and encourages us to "get out of our own way" when dreaming big. Roma also shares about her new business venture, combining her love of home aesthetics and technology. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed chatting with Roma. I would love you to subscribe to the podcast and share it with those you know. Every story matters and I won't keep from saying it. Follow me on Social Media: IG: _wildflowerstories_ Facebook: Wildflower Stories

32mins

26 Oct 2020

Rank #7

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Ep. 12 Rebekah Ferro (Singleness/Relationships and Contentment in Every Season)

I get to chat with Rebekah (more commonly known as Bek), who is one of my best friends and favourite people in the world. Bek is an anointed singer, worship leader and songwriter, who is pursuing God's call in her life in the music industry. We chat about trusting God's timing with our own timelines, being single while everyone else seems to be getting hitched and starting a family and learning to be content in the season you're in. Bek bravely shares the insecurities she is on the journey of overcoming and encourages young women to submit their own insecurities and fears to God. I would love for you to subscribe to the podcast if you haven't already and share this story with others. You can find me on Instagram: _wildflowerstories_ and on Facebook: Wildflower Stories

31mins

29 Sep 2020

Rank #8

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Ep. 11 Amy Hood (Finding Joy in Life's Unknowns)

Amy is a wife, a homeschooling mama to three kiddos, loves Jesus and is a joy carrier. Amy shares about her son, Roman, who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. She shares about the challenges and joys that have come with raising a son with special needs. But what I love about this conversation, is the contagious joy Amy exudes. Amy has reminded me to find sparks of joy in everything - the good, the bad and the in betweens. Amy also shares about some challenges she has faced as a mother, homeschooling her two daughters and about learning to cultivate a healthy marriage. This episode is not one to miss and will leave you feeling a sense of joy and hope. If you haven't already, I'd love for you to subscribe to the podcast for new episodes to automatically download to your device. And share the podcast with people who need the hope of Jesus through these stories!

54mins

1 Sep 2020

Rank #9

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Ep. 10 Ashley Dawes, Renee Watego + Ruth Aneke (stories about identity and racism)

This episode is dedicated to all the people who have been victims of racism and discrimination. I chat with Ashley, Renee and Ruth about their experiences with racism as women who represent the black community.  Ashley grew up in New Jersey, USA with a Jamaican dad and Chilean mum. She opens up about her perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement and her experience with racism. Renee is an Aboriginal woman who talks about the misconceptions that people may have about the Indigenous community and how Indigenous Australian beliefs and values amazingly mirror those belonging to Christian beliefs and values. Ruth grew up in Perth, WA, as a Nigerian woman. She talks about her experience with racism in high school. Ruth also talks about the fearful thoughts a black person may have when out in public. This episode is longer than usual, but I encourage you to listen to the entirety of it, even if in parts. The hype of Black Lives Matter has died down, but the truth will forever remain constant - BLACK LIVES MATTER EVERY DAY. Subscribe to the podcast for episodes to automatically download to your device. And follow me on Facebook @wildflower stories and on Instagram @_wildflowerstories_.

1hr 28mins

11 Aug 2020

Rank #10