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"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, NLT    I (Lisa) remember the day the nurse handed our son, Jeremy, into my arms, releasing us to go home.  My husband and I would now be responsible for caring for this newborn baby all on our own.  I can still see myself sitting on that hospital bed, already sleep-deprived, staring at Jeremy’s precious face while the nurse turned to leave. I cleared my throat, and sheepishly asked, “How will I know when to feed him and when do I put him down for naps and sleep, and, and, and....?” The nurse turned around with a devilish grin and said, “Oh, you’ll know!”, and walked away. I had never really been around babies; this was totally new territory.   I felt a wave of fear and vulnerability sweep over me, and it was only the beginning! As we approach the transitions of life: adulthood, new parent, new career, a move, a loss, etc., we often feel vulnerable.  The problem is, sometimes our response to feeling vulnerable is fear, and fear consumes an enormous amount of our energy. It robs us from becoming who we were designed to be and become.  Brene Brown, Ph.D., said, “Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment. It’s the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for: joy, creativity, faith, love, spirituality.”  Vulnerability is a good thing; fear is not.  The Lord tells us repeatedly, “Do not fear!”  Life is filled with new adventures and experiences for those who dare to embrace them. Where in your life right now are you feeling vulnerable? Where is your core being rattled? This week on Girlfriendit Radio we will be talking in depth with two authors who address these issues through their written stories. Suzanne Hadley Gosselin writes for several magazines as well as writing children’s resources for David C. Cook, Zondervan, and Harvest House. She is the author of Faithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through, Expectant Parents, and others. She is currently working on the God’s Got an Answer for That children's devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015.  Suzanne encountered an “identity whiplash” when she went from being a single woman with a full time career to a married mother of three in less than five years! Robin Caroll is the author of the Justice Seekers Series and writes southern stories of mysteries and suspense. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.  She has a deep love of family and pride of heritage that she likes to weave into her books. Living Fearlessly,
God creates out of nothing.  Wonderful, you say.  Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners. ~ Soren Kierkegaard I (Lisa) enjoy watching HGTV, and the show that intrigues me most is Flip or Flop, hosted by a husband-and-wife team who redeem damaged, distressed, and auctioned properties by transforming them into luxurious homes. Some of the projects they take on seem impossible and, like any reality show, there’s some tension and drama.  But what sucks me in and keeps me wanting more is the awe-inspiring transformation, and seeing it all come to life from start to finish. There is something very intriguing about transformation. We love a good Cinderella story.  We marvel at the “before and after”, but let’s be honest... we detest the process in real life.  Demolition often precedes transformation.  Like any home remodel, we may have walls that need to come down, floors that need to be ripped up, and circuits that need rewiring. It can be painful and expensive.  But yet, we crave the act of redemption. It is so easy to get stuck in negative patterns, destructive experiences from the past, or unsolicited negative voices (even our own). Transformation is continually needed, it’s necessary, and it’s available! This week on Girlfriendit Radio, we will hear profound stories of transformation and redemption from our guests, Vanessa Pugh and Elisabeth Gifford. Vanessa is a dynamic leader and co-church planter with Bloom, and Elisabeth is the author of the recently released novel, The Sea House. The characters in The Sea House discover much of their redemption comes from reconnecting with their personal pasts and their family history. Grab a friend and listen in live on Thursday morning, or later as a podcast. Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave I am redeemed, You set me free So I'll shake off these heavy chains Wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be I am redeemed, I'm redeemed After the "After",
Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. -Madeleine L’Engle        I (Lisa) recall the day my husband, Cal, and I attended our son’s kindergarten graduation. It was a big day, full of emotion as our first-born was transitioning into “manhood”, or so it seemed to us. I can vividly remember us sitting on those little people chairs, proudly watching the awards ceremony. We waited as names were called and awards announced, and then the moment came..... “Jeremy Jernigan, Best Storyteller”! Immediately Cal sat up a little straighter, and leaned over and whispered, "that's my boy!"  Cal, a Youth Pastor at the time, saw his legacy, and it was good. Twenty-five years later, Jeremy is now a father of four (and counting), a teaching pastor, and an incredible storyteller, not only verbally, but as a writer/blogger. This art is serving him well. Storytelling is an art, and as Peter Guber said about stories, “They are state-of-the-heart technology – they connect us to others.” Stories are significant and help us teach, engage, inspire, persuade, and change. We remember stories and we remember the people behind the stories.
  • Stories Stick
  • Stories make your message significant
  • Stories evoke and engage emotions
  • Stories make your message powerful
  • Stories build connections
On Girlfriendit Radio, we have the pleasure of chatting with two significant storytellers who are transforming lives through the art of storytelling!
  • Rozanne Frazee has co-authored with her husband, Randy, the book, Real Simplicity. The Frazees’ practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. Randy is also the architect of The Story church engagement campaign.  Our entire church body is currently reading The Story and loving it!
  • Carol Cook is the author of Bathsheba: Bathed in Grace (How 8 Scandalous Women Changed the World). Carol takes us on a journey back in time to walk in the footsteps of eight remarkable and exceptional women of the Bible. Faced with seemingly impossible situations, we watch them find courage, wisdom, and grace through prayer and faith.
“I truly believe that people are looking for stories that really mean something–stories that are redemptive, inspiring, and bigger than an individual.” -Scott Harrison Get the Story!

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