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Wonders and Miracles podcast is a show dedicated to the miraculous moments in our everyday lives. Each episode features awe inspiring true stories from regular people that have had a Divine encounter. In a world full of seemingly endless struggle, this podcast helps us become aware of and recognize God's hand and love in our lives. Psalm 96:3-4 Declare his glory among the nations, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised... It's time to celebrate God!
 
Love Your Story is a podcast about the power of our personal story, how we can use our stories to empower us, take the prerogative to reframe the stories that hold us back, all while celebrating the unique heroic journey we each take. Learn techniques for changing the stories that keep us small, celebrate true life stories, learn about academic story research, and consider fairytale metaphor. Story is a powerful tool, and when you know how to use it on purpose you become powerful.
 
Talking through the day to day as adults and parents, managing our weight goals and daily life challenges with Lawrence and Guest. We will talk with other parents (mothers and fathers), and others going through weight loss or gain goals, while talking mental health and some meal prep ideas. Taking personal experience as a father of 2, losing 110 lbs in just over a year and keeping it off. Bringing on guests with similar stories, educational background and mental health check in. Let’s talk r ...
 
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Episode 225: Wonders and Miracles - Interview Liza Lawrence Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.” Miracles - what are they? I suggest that miracles are things that we don’t yet know how to explain. They are events or happenings that go beyond what we …
 
Episode 224: Practical Happiness - Interview with Pamela Gail Johnson Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. Let me start with a story: A Native American story tells about how god gathered his animal advisers together to help him decide where to hide the Secret to a Happy Life from humans. He first asked the Eagle, “Where shall I put it?” The Eagl…
 
Episode 223: Bitter or Better Rumi said, “The wound is the place the light enters you.” I love this gorgeous truth, the poetry of it, the truth in it, the hope of it. In our times of suffering and trial it is often hard to see the purpose. Instead it’s the “why me?’ It’s the visceral jerking away from pain, it’s the scream. But if we realize that t…
 
Episode 222: Hero On A Mission, Part 2 - With Jessica Burrell Donald Miller says, in his book, Hero On A Mission, “Life is a beautiful experience and we get to participate in making it so….the idea that fate writes our story is a lie. We do not suffer fate, we partner with fate to write a story generated from our own God-given creativity and agency…
 
Episode 221: Hero on a Mission, Part 1 - with Jessica Burrell Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast! Today’s episode is a double whammy of goodness because we are going to be discussing some really fun ideas for moving our lives forward, from Donald Miller’s book - Hero on a Mission, and we’re doing it with Jessica Burrell, the owner of Amplify Yo…
 
Episode 220: Death with a Little "d" - Interview Margaret Meloni When a marriage fails, a friendship terminates, we find new wrinkles and new sagging skin, we lose a job or lose a beloved pet, the facts of impermanence stare, unblinking, at us. While logically we can acknowledge that impermanence is a matter of fact, a fact of life, it is also some…
 
Where and when have you been on a healing journey? Have you seen miracles and God involved in your healing journey? Today is my last episode for Season 4. It’s been a great season. I just want to say thank you to all my guests for sharing your miracles with us and I want to thank all you listeners who also love God and love celebrating His presence…
 
Episode 219: Come Off Conqueror - Interview Bonnie Randall Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. "You can't go back and change the beginning of your story... but you can start where you are today and change your ending" On today’s show we are talking about coming of conqueror. What does that mean? To conquer something is to prevail over it; to ov…
 
Today, I have a husband wife team who have become involved in an organization called Dahlia’s hope. Unbeknownst to them at the time, they and their network of friends, were being prepared for this over twenty years ago. A few years ago, Dean and Kristin Coleman felt God moving them in powerful ways to leave the Washington DC area and relocate to th…
 
Today while I was meditating, I asked about what message I should share with you this week. The words Be Still and Know that I am God came into my mind. I’ve often meditated with this mantra and it’s certainly my favorite scripture on meditation but today it felt like a divine message to reflect on what that really means. What does it mean to be st…
 
Episode 218: Life Engineered- Interview Rusty Lindquist Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast! When we talk about living your life story with intention, we are essentially saying, let’s engineer our lives. Let’s look at what we want and purposefully create thought patterns and habits to be who we want to be. Rusty Lindquist was interviewed in the …
 
Today, we get to speak with two women who testify of an individual God. A God who reassured Betsey, my first guest, that she had no need to worry about an upcoming bungee jumping event. This experience with a divine message has helped Betsey know that God knows her needs. My next guest, Theresa, shares a touching Mother’s Day poem that was spiritua…
 
Can suffering be a miracle? What is the purpose in suffering? Is there value in suffering? “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” -Kahlil Gibran What have you learned about yourself through your moments of suffering and struggle? Comment below. I’ll go first. I’ve learned the process …
 
Episode 217: What's the Most Important Story in the World? Interview Mary Alice Arthur For all my Love Your Story listeners, you know the premise of the podcast is that we are living our story and while our backstories may be messy, coming to love and accept them is crucial to self-love and acceptance and to moving forward in a healthy way. We also…
 
This is part 2 of last week’s episode After the Victory with Alyssa Winslow. Today, we get to speak with DC Winslow, Alyssa’s husband, about the deadly car accident he experienced as a missionary. An accident that killed his companion and caused DC a traumatic brain injury. The same brain injury Alyssa’s daughter Kaya had from their accident. After…
 
Today, Alyssa shares the heart felt story of a car accident that killed both her husband, Ryan and her four-year-old daughter, Evee. After impact, Alyssa found herself in a beautifully peaceful bright serenity. She was content to say in this joyful space until she heard the desperate cry, “Mama, mama.” This cry of her six-year-old Kaya, pulled her …
 
Episode 216: Resiliency - What does it take to bounce back? Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. Today we are talking about Resilience - let’s define it: Resilence is “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Lynn G. Robbins, a leader in the LDS church shared, “During my visit to Brigham Young University–Idaho in the…
 
Many years ago, God asked me some questions. Question: “How often do you feed your body?” Answer: “At least three times a day.” Question: “How often do you feed your spiritual body?” Answer: “Yikes. Not often enough.” It was as though I saw an emaciated body that was starving for nourishment. My spiritual practice deepened at that time. How much sp…
 
Kausha knew she wanted more children but her unhealthy body image and practices were getting in the way of that righteous desire. Luckily, she had an inspired friend who helped her realized her unhealthy habits needed to end. As she talked to her husband about having another baby, he reminded her of the “Disneyland rule.” (They needed to have an ev…
 
Episode 215: Interview: Kimberly Hill - Men's Relationship Coach Healthy relationships are one of the most important parts, if not THE most important part of creating a life story that we love. When it comes down to it, on our death beds, it’s always about the relationships we’ve had, not about how many days we worked, or how many toys we bought. I…
 
Andi had been praying for her husband for years. On July 13, 2019 their little boy Harrison drowned. Miraculously he survived but after this event, Andi fell into the darkness of guilt and shame. As a mother, she felt she had failed her job of protecting her child from harm. She struggled with the thought of how could she have let this happen? Yet,…
 
Episode 214 - Walking on Water Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast! Today is about taking a walk on the water. In my living room I have one picture of Christ. It is a picture of his feet. A picture of him from the knees down, walking on the water. I chose this painting, because in my soul I sense the deep importance of this display to us. The de…
 
What is the balance between relying on your own strength and resources vs. relying on God? Do you only rely on God after all you can do? Or should you rely on God first to then strengthen you? Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path…
 
Today, Allison shares three miracles that occurred while she and Ben (her husband) traveled through Europe as newlyweds. This was before cell phones so prayer was their only resource for help. Listen to hear how asking for the righteous desires of their hearts helped Allison learn the lesson that miracles happen when we rely on God for everything. …
 
Episode 213: Got Trauma? Interview Trevor Lay Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. As we live our life stories, and strive to create our best life story, we have the opportunity to deal with challenges. One of these challenges can be trauma. There are many things that cause trauma for us - violence, abuse, we’ll get into this more in the intervi…
 
Today in the United States we are celebrating Presidents’ Day in honor of the great presidents who have helped with freedom in our country. Can we be free even if we have outside restrictions placed on us that are out of our control? What does freedom mean in our personal lives? Sometimes circumstances need to change, sometimes it’s the change in y…
 
Join me, as Amy and Ali take us on a love story journey of their chance meeting in India, talking for years over the phone, and long distant dating. While marriage didn’t seem likely for this Christian and Muslim, it turns out God had other plans for them. Listen to see what miracles took place and I think you’ll agree that love surely conquers all…
 
Episode 212: Domestic Violence: Interview Brielle Cotterman and Melissa Haenchen Brielle Cotterman is a TEDx Speaker, Publicity Expert, and Celebrity-Maker. She is a survivor of attempted murder and domestic violence and an advocate for a world where intimate partner abuse is not tolerated and survivors are met with empathy. She is a graduate of In…
 
As a girl growing up, I often heard my parents say, “The Lord will provide.” My parents would share stories and experiences of the Lord providing for our needs and we celebrated them with gratitude. This statement became a part of my belief system. That’s a pretty good belief to be conditioned with, if you ask me. For this, I am grateful! Last week…
 
Today, Heather was prompted to reach out to me and share three beautiful miracles that her family witnessed after the passing of her 8-month-old grandson Daron. As the clouds of grief hung heavy on their hearts, the comfort of seeing God’s hand was a light through the clouds. Heather’s stories testify that we can see God’s miracles in our time of g…
 
Episode 211: Healthy Co-Parenting: Interview with Jae Behrman and Amanda Louder Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. Today I have an interesting duo. A divorced couple who had 3 children together. After their divorce they needed to heal and grow individually, but they also had to immediately co-parent. This is an important topic, because for chi…
 
Does Fear have a purpose? Have you ever had an experience in your life that created intense fear and pain—so much fear and pain that you weren’t sure you could move past it? How did you get through this? Maybe you are still existing in the fear and struggling to move past it. Do you think it’s possible that God could help you overcome your fear and…
 
Today, Kari shares a beautiful testimony of an answered prayer— a prayer to become closer to the Lord. However, she never imagined this prayer would be answered with her first-born baby Kailsie’s fatal diagnosis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Kari and her husband Brent always wanted six children but after Kailsie’s death, she was terrified to have ano…
 
Episode 210: 3 Tips for Being Exceptional with Co-Host Jessica Burrell Let's start off 2022 with 3 Tips for Being Exceptional. Join us in the audio program to hear the discussion about being exceptional and what these tips mean in much more detail: 3-Tips: #1 - It's How We Do What We Do. #2 - Be the Miracle #3 - Get off the Bench To contact Jessica…
 
Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth's superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind — Emily Dickenson How do we get to know God? How does God help us discover Him and experience Him— dazzling us gra…
 
Today, Julie Schindler shares her beautiful world of color with us. As a child and teenager, she carefully tucked away all her childhood trauma in a trash can of darkness and moved forward into family and career. But after a work accident left her permanently disabled (she lives her life horizontally from her pillow and only has 4 standing hours a …
 
Episode 209: Best of 2021 Best of 2021 Welcome to the LYS Podcast! Today’s episode is one of my favorite of the year because it celebrates the listener favorites from the past year. Today we’ll hear little clips from the top five episodes of 2021. What did you guys love best? Which episodes lifted your spirits and gave you a dash of inspiration to …
 
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. As the new year approaches, I’ve been thinking about new beginnings. What areas of your life need a new beginning? What would you like your new life to look like? What do you want instead of your current reality…
 
Today, journey along with 24-year-old Abby, as she shares her life of accidents, broken bones, cancer, traumatic brain injury and near-death experience (NDE). While on the “other side” she was given the choice to stay or come back to earth. She chose to come back and though her recovery has been challenging, she now testifies of the many miracles a…
 
Episode 208: What Do I Magnify? Whatever I see through the magnifying glass grows bigger. It is up to me where I focus that lense. At the beginning of the year I mentioned that my focus for the year was “What I focus on Expands.” We talked about that earlier, so today’s discussion is a little different - we’re talking about magnifying. It’s a space…
 
How often do you suppose God uses us as a gift in someone else’s life? Do you suppose He shares his Divine gifts with us in needed moments? “It is wonderful how God works by our hands, and yet His own hand does it all”- Charles Spurgeon. Where have you seen Divine gifts offered to you in your life when you needed them? Resources: Wonders and Miracl…
 
Today, Heidi shares two different miracles that have meant a lot to her over the years. Both these miracles occurred while she was serving as a missionary in Belgium in 2003 & 2004. The first story involves divine protection while the second is a miraculous gift of tongues as she was asked to be a translator during a baptismal service for a languag…
 
Episode 207 It's All About the Love: Interview Sterling Jaquith Brene Brown said, “If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging.” We are going to build on this idea. Step 1 is to believe we are worthy of love and belonging. Step 2 is to develop self-love I am currently reading a book ca…
 
President Ezra Taft Benson said "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives." What does it look like to put God first? Honestly this might look different for everyone but I believe it is a matter of the heart. God knows your heart and what comes first. How might your life change if you truly put Go…
 
For years, Cytel’s husband struggled with addiction to pain medication. Today, Cytel takes us on her journey of struggle, fear, loss, PTSD, and miracles. She shares the amazing tools that helped her during this time and how putting God first in her life saved her marriage. So many nuggets of wisdom, guidance, and practical application to healing yo…
 
Episode 206: A Doable, Enjoyable Guide to Living the Life You Want - Interview Danielle Dinkelman If Diets don’t work, What does? - A doable, enjoyable guide to living the life you want. Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. Today’s episode is about how to create real change when we want to. It’s about our health and lifestyle. Now before you tun…
 
I’ve spent a lifetime believing that love was conditional; that it depended on my behavior. Love was available to me only if I had earned it or I deserved it by being a good/worthy person. However, this belief feels outdated to me and frankly, too heavy. Our beliefs are powerful things. What if believing that love is conditional, makes it condition…
 
Today my guest Angel takes us on her journey back to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Having grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, her whole life, she decided, when she got to college, that she wasn’t sure if she was a believer in the church or even God anymore. She decided science was a better fit for her and became an atheist. F…
 
Episode 205: You Do You - Live Your Own Colorful Story The other day I was emailing with a woman who said she was really concerned about her granddaughter. She was trying to teach her granddaughter - or encourage her - to do her own life. You Do You! She said infatically. I wondered which podcast episode might be a support to her granddaughter, and…
 
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