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Engaging trending topics on life's journey... and the women who tell their stories of overcoming through the grace and help of God in their lives.
Dec 31, 2020
EP 56 How to Combat Wrong Thoughts - Richelle Voth
Our thoughts can lead us in to anxiety and a negative trail unless we find a strategy to overcome them. Richelle Voth, a Physcian's Asst in the ICU, working with COVID-19 patients, offers steps that get us on a healthy track with the help of the Break Through Thought Keeper she describes here!
Nov 23, 2020
EP 55 Discovering Your Purpose - Deana Spyres
There is a time in life where we question our purpose, wanting to know why we are here. Deana Spyres describes her journey of rediscovering her purpose after releasing and forgiving her past hurts. We highlight lessons learned from her book, "Infidelity - No One is Immune".
Aug 17, 2020
EP 54 Mental Health Strategies During Quarantine - Cindy Palen
Cindy Palen (NCC) walks through strategies to help our mental health during times of great stress and anxiety. She offers methods to help guide us through difficult times like the coronavirus and much more.
Aug 3, 2020
EP 53 Finding Confidence to Beat an Eating Disorder - Maggie Bond
Maggie Bond, pageant contestant, ambitions to be a lawyer, politians and an advacate for the voices quiet or silent. In the midst of great ambitions, learning to change unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs to correct the eating disorder that was quietly taking over her life. Her genuine faith, positivity, and passion for mentoring are inspiring!
Jul 27, 2020
EP 52 The Power of Daily Obedience to God's Voice - Stephanie Fuson
Stephanie Fuson describes her experiences of following the prompting of the Holy Spirit to reach out to others with the love and compassion of God. She challenges us to obey God and discover the blessings that follow.
Jul 14, 2020
EP 51 Life Saving Tips for Type 1 Diabetes - Amy Calvert
Amy Calvert shares her experiences and tips she's learned through her daughter's journey of Type 1 Diabetes with Hostesses Carrie Kittinger and Patty Gerstenberger. Hear her story in episode 43.
Jul 6, 2020
EP 50 Overcoming Thyroid Cancer - Ann Hatton
Ann Hatton shares with Carrie Kittinger her slow discovering of cancer. Once she heard "YOU HAVE CANCER", listen to what she did in the process of overcoming it.
Jun 29, 2020
EP 49 Discovering Joy - Staci McKee
Mistakes took Staci McKee down a destructive path that was destroying her family until she discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and God's word. Learn the tools that Carrie Kittinger and Patty Gerstenberger draw out in Staci's journey of realizing how God sees her... Joyful One!
Jun 18, 2020
EP 48 Importance of Mentorship in Community - Andrea Hood
Andrea Hood overcame shame of divorce to being a pastor in Alabama where she teaches mentorship and the importance of community through simplification because we are all Better Together!
May 29, 2020
EP 47 The Affects of Alcohol on a Family - Ann Hatton
Ann Hatton tells Carrie Kittinger how the settle ways in which alcohol had a huge impact on Ann's story and how God has been turning tragedy into a mission to help others.
May 26, 2020
EP 46 Friends Doing Life Together Well - Hannah, Elise & Grace
We were not meant to live alone... God gave us the gift of friendship. How can we be the friend that builds up and encourages? What happens if there's a conflict? Elise, Grace, and Hannah describe how they have developed meaningful friendships with our hostesses Carrie and Patty. Discover truths to improve your relationships as you learn to celebrate the good in each other's lives.
Apr 27, 2020
EP 45 Amplifying Her Voice to Tell Stories Others Cannot - Maggie Bond
Maggie Bond discovered her voice early in life as she tells Carrie Kittinger and Patty Gerstenberger how as a quadruplet, she found her purpose living with 2 brothers with autism. She's energetic, determined and focused to impact others to live a purposeful life!
Apr 20, 2020
EP 44 How to Balance Social Media with Friends
Carrie Kittinger and Patty Gerstenberger interview college students, Elise Skeie, Grace Matthews and Hannah Kunzie on how they balance friendships and social media. They offer ideas on time management and favorite apps to help navigate life.
Apr 13, 2020
EP 43 God's Faithfulness with Fertility Issues to Daughter's Type 1 Diabetes - Amy Calvert
Amy Calvert shares the journey of loss and challenges in her life. Fertility issues were just the beginning to the adventures of trusting God when discovering her daughter had Type 1 Diabetes.
Apr 1, 2020
EP 42 Harnessing Your Fears with Pamela Thomas
Pamela Thomas talks with Sheryl Kloehr on a strategy of how to tackle fear during a time of so much uncertainty. Learn methods she uses as a specialist to help people in crisis.
Mar 30, 2020
EP 41 How to Control our Thought Life - Kasey Price
Kasey Price talks with Sheryl Kloehr on what it means to ‘take your thoughts captive’. With the unknowns of this season, the Bible gives encouragement and hope. Kasey reminds us that (2 Corinthians 10:5) we have an active role to play in guarding our thoughts against lies that go against God's plans. Knowing your worth in Christ can shut down the lies. Give yourself grace and forgiveness. Hear more from Kasey in her podcast on how to Thrive in Times of Loneliness.
Mar 23, 2020
EP 40 Bold Faith in Uncertain Times - Carmen Qualls
Carmen Qualls talks to hostesses Veronica and Christy on how she made a bold move to get her nephew into a wholesome environment via Cali to Tulsa while still practicing law in LA. She is a licensed counselor as well as an attorney in order to help individuals and families gain wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Her journey of faith and perseverance is inspiring.
Mar 16, 2020
EP 39 Health Tips for the Stressed - Dr. Sherri Thomas
Dr. Sherri Thomas speaks to Sheryl and Christy about women’s health and how to get more out of life. Dr. Thomas describes practical things we can do to help with some of the common issues women deal with today. In a world where extremes are common, she offers tips on being balanced. Always seek professional help before changing your lifestyle drastically, or if you are in a place of depression and deep emotional difficulties.
Mar 9, 2020
EP 38 Fresh Perspective with God's Word - Nichole Wilkinson
Nichole Wilkinson shares practical tips of how to get started with reading the Bible. She also shares how God’s personality shines through His Word, even when challenged personally with cerebral palsy. Contact Nichole at Soul Purpose Ministries 918-298-7136
Mar 2, 2020
EP 37 Chronic Illness - Epilepsy as a Teenager - Isabell Bowling
Isabell Bowling talks about her life with a chronic illness and how it affected her physically and emotionally. After a diagnosis of nocturnal seizures, Isabell experienced medically induced depression. As a grandchild and child of ministers, her relationship with God and self-awareness offers ideas on how to help loved ones with health challenges.
Feb 24, 2020
EP 36 Fostering and Adoption as a Single Parent - Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin is a teacher and single parent of two adopted daughters as well foster parented a third. Kelly talks about what led her to be a foster parent and further, what made her consider adoption, as well as the triumphs and struggles of both.
Feb 17, 2020
EP 35 There are NO Unwanted Children - Pamela Thomas
Seeing so many children without homes led Pamela Thomas on a journey of fostering and into adoption. Just when she thought, "no, I can't do it", God transformed her view to His. She realized: "Adopting one child will not change the world, BUT one child’s world will change."
Feb 3, 2020
EP 34 How to Overcome Alcohol Addictions - Stephanie Wrightsman
Veronica Scott and Stephanie Wrightsman talk about overcoming addictions. It's possible when you fully submit to God and follow Him in obedience. Do you have a stronghold in your life? What are you doing about it? What you feed will grow. Stephanie and Veronica give practical tips and scriptures from the Word of God that will help you walk in freedom. We are the righteous through Christ Jesus. If you fail, don’t quit. God will always welcome you back!
Jan 27, 2020
EP 33 Surrender with Patty Gerstenberger
Patty Gerstenberger uses her real life experiences to share examples of what it looks like to surrender to God. She describes three positions of surrender. What is the benefit or cost to surrender? If we surrender to God, is there a great reward? Does He do a great exchange for us? Beauty for ashes, fears for promise, busyness for peace?. If something is holding you back, let this message encourage you.
Dec 16, 2019
Ep. 32 The Power of Forgiveness
Deana Spyres, Carrie Kittinger, Patty Gerstenberger cover what would happen if we choose to forgive? God models how, even in the most difficult situations. Hear practical points on how to experience the power in forgiveness.
Dec 9, 2019
Ep. 31 Fear of Man vs. Fear of God
Deana Spyres, Patty Gerstenberger, Carrie Kittinger discuss fear from a Biblical perspective. You can take steps to help have a healthy fear of the Lord and not a fear of man. They encourage us to choose trust in God and stay in community with people who build us up and help us with a right perspective on life's circumstances. This podcast will encourage anyone who feels isolated or paralyzed by fear.
Dec 2, 2019
Ep 30 Discover God's Power to Break Addictions - Stephanie Wrightsman
Stephanie Wrightsman discusses how God turned around her life with her battle of alcoholism. God restored her and her relationship with her children as well as gained a beautiful and godly marriage. Hear how God gave her beauty for her ashes as Isaiah 61:3, 7 describes.
Nov 25, 2019
EP 29 Losing over 150 Pounds with God's Help
Monette Matadi struggled with her relationship with food until her brother died from obesity. She realized her need for a new mindset with food and asked the Holy Spirit to help convict her of gluttony and receiving healing not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally. Monette calls her journey a process and a miracle.
Nov 18, 2019
EP 28 How to be a Friend to a Chronically Ill Friend
Ever wondered what to do or say when a loved one is faced with a chronic illness? Cari Lyons returns to offer suggestions and a deeper understanding on what their needs are and how we all can join in to create a sweet bond in even the toughest of times.
Nov 11, 2019
EP 27 Struggle with Comparing Ourselves
Struggle to compare oneself to others? We look at it from a few angles and what ideas we have drawn from to gain a healthy balance of viewing ourselves and one another with how God sees us.
Nov 4, 2019
EP 26 Transitions in Life as a Woman
Whatever chapter you are walking through, it's great to have a sisterhood to encourage and pray us through as we all trust God in it all!
Oct 21, 2019
EP 25 Parenting Children in all Stages
Parenting in each season and age of our children has its rewards and challenges. iRefresh women offer suggestions on how they have learned to be led by God in teaching their children in the phases of life.
Sep 16, 2019
EP 23 Hope... While Waiting - Carrie Kittinger Part 1
Carrie Kittinger spoke at an iRefresh Gathering on what it looks like to maintain hope when waiting for something. Sometimes it's hope deferred, other times there's excitement for what's ahead. Carrie will energize and encourage you to keep hoping!
Sep 16, 2019
EP 24 Hope... While Waiting - Carrie Kittinger Part 2
God not only sees us, He hears us and answers us. Ever spoke to someone and they didn't respond? Not the case with God! He responds to us. We can call on Him anytime for anything!
Aug 26, 2019
EP 22 Who is the Holy Spirit - Pt 2
How can you hear God and receive direction? Laura Watson, Christy Waters, Veronica Scott and Sheryl Kloehr discuss more the roles the Holy Spirit plays in our daily life. Gain a deeper understanding of how He comfort, convicts, encourages, leads and much more.
Aug 19, 2019
EP 21 Who is the Holy Spirit
Ever wandered who the Holy Spirit is and what vital role He has in our life? We are friends who come together to share our experiences and who the Holy Spirit is in our daily life. Join Christy Waters, Laura Watson, Veronica Scott and Sheryl Kloehr.
Aug 12, 2019
EP 20 Do we contend for peace? purpose? freedom? Does our past define us?
God wants to fight our battles alongside us but we must do our part to contend... in prayer, speaking God's truth to our circumstances and not grow weary in well doing. Laura Watson defines and describes what it takes to contend for ourselves and loved ones.
Aug 5, 2019
EP 19 What it Means to Contend
What is contending and what does it look like? Everyone goes through seasons of change and sometimes difficulties. There are things we can do as believers to get through the hard times or even see the manifestation of a breakthrough sooner. You are not alone. In the Bible we see Jacob and Hannah have to contend for their breakthroughs. Our posture in the hard times looks different than in seasons of rest and restoration. Join some of our iRefresh ladies who will encourage you to contend for your miracle, and give you some practical ways to contend for what you are believing.
Jul 29, 2019
EP 18 How to Live with Loneliness & Thrive - Kasey & Hannah
Kasey Price and Hannah Waters are in their 20s and express candidly their experiences of loneliness. They share ideas of how to go through the feelings in a healthy manner, recognizing that God can use this season to be fruitful in the midst.
Jul 22, 2019
EP 17 Tiffany Smiling Making a Lasting Difference in Haiti
Tiffany Smiling, founder of With All My Heart Foundation shares how God has given her creative ways to help the orphans of Haiti. She doesn't just take money and supplies in, but gives them tools to have long-term sustainable income. Her impact is not for her benefit, but to show the people of Haiti that God loves them. Be encouraged as you hear the story of a young woman stepping out in faith and changing the lives of many.
Jul 15, 2019
EP 16 Thriving as a Mother and Wife - Lisa Fenimore
Welcome back Lisa Fenimore to gain a glimpse beyond cancer to how she balances motherhood. She offers practical ideas as a mother and wife to maintain sanity by stopping to listen to God's leading in her family and more.
Jul 8, 2019
EP 15 Lyme Disease, Doubt... And the Journey Back to God with Cari Lyons
Cari Lyons discovers she has a debilitating illness after years of researching only to learn it's Lyme disease. It brings her to a lonely, isolated season where friends seem absent and God doesn't hear and shame has taken hold. How does she face suffering? Where is God in the midst? Cari describes the emotional and physical pain in her journey, only to go deeper in learning God's character in the darkest places. Cari learns she can trust God through the most difficult days. Hear how. Recommended books: "Room for Doubt: How Uncertainty Can Deepen Your Faith" by Ben Young and "Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering" by Tim Keller
Jul 1, 2019
EP 14 Tiffany Smiling Overcoming Cancer and Pain with God
Author and Founder of With All My Heart foundation, Tiffany Smiling, shares the incredible obstacles she walked through at a young age; creating a unique, sometimes lonely season that included pain. Tiffany describes how her inspiring father who fought behind the scenes for her while her mother did battle on her knees in prayer for Tiffany's survival. She helps us gain a fresh perspective in trusting God in the midst.
Jun 24, 2019
EP 13 Hope in the Midst of Loss - Carrie Kittinger
After experiencing incredible loss and friends facing difficult times along other major events, Carrie Kittinger describes her foundation is firm in the Lord through the storm. We feel the storm, its wind and effects, yet God's Word and prayer keeps us anchored in the hope that Jesus is present through it all. Learn ways to be strong in the midst of your storm!
Jun 17, 2019
EP 12 Dr. Wilbanks - How to Follow Your Passion
Dr. Kendra Wilbanks of Wilbanks Chiropractic shares her journey of following her passions and the challenges she and her husband faced with a new practice. http://www.wilbankschiropractic.com
Jun 10, 2019
EP 11 A Failing Heart and Muslim to Heart Surgery and Salvation
2 countries, 1 poorly functioning heart... hear how God orchestrates Michelle and Visa's lives to intersect between Kosovo and the U.S. for more than a much needed heart surgery. God transforms a young girl's muslim beliefs when she discovers a Scripture in Matthew.
Jun 3, 2019
EP 10 What is iRefresh?
iRefresh is a prayer ministry with a passion to pray, encourage and inspire the gifts within one another to flourish for Kingdom purposes. Hear several of the original prayer team members share their perspective of what iRefresh has meant to them after volunteering for over a decade.
May 27, 2019
EP 9 When Cancer Knocks - Lisa Fenimore
It's easy to get in our own head and derail everything you've learned about God. Lisa had seen God do miracles and while facing cancer, she choose to focus on that. Be inspired by the pathway of healing her journey took her.
May 20, 2019
EP 8 Overcoming Fear to Follow God - Kim Bakaev
Fear goes back to when Kim Bakaev was a child and felt like her voice didn't matter. Then God called her to step outside of her comfort zone. Hear how what first held her hostage has now caused her to dream again.
May 13, 2019
EP 7 Mother of 10, Roberta has learned what matters most.
76 years young with 10 children serving the Lord, Roberta Pepin shares wisdom learned through following the Lord's plan for her life. Walking the narrow path and experiencing the power of prayer, she explains how the enemy will try to divide, but the Lord's rewards always prevails
May 6, 2019
EP 6 Hope in the Hard Times - Laura Watson and Veronica Scott
We go through very difficult times, yet in the midst, we can place our hope in God helping us as well as fellow believers who can encourage our faith to keep pressing through. We learn from Laura and Veronica personal examples and from the Bible on how to trust God through it all.
Apr 29, 2019
EP 5 Where Tori Harper Draws from to Write Songs
Tori Harper gives a glimpse in to how she developed her song-writing career and where she draws from to write the lyrics. Out of the hard times, comes a greater realization of her need for God in her life. We get to hear her sing one of her special songs!
Apr 25, 2019
EP 4 Joy Will Come... just looks different with Unexpected Plans
When living in a perfect Christian home and thinking, "I'll never", turns in to 'never' and the shame that comes, but God redeems! Hear the story from 3 women's perspectives within a family as they process an unexpected teen pregnancy. The Pepin family rediscover laughter where heartache could have kept them. Connect with Scarlet Pepin: https://scarletpepin.com/
Apr 25, 2019
EP 3 Lori Voth's Ministry-Based Family Comes Together to Help Son Overcome Heroin Addiction
Coming from a solid, loving, Christian family, Lori Voth describes the heartache that comes from an unexpected heroin addiction with her son, Jacob. She exposes curiosity and rebellion that led to a long, destructive path. Hear how they overcame through their praying, loving family to press on and never giving up. Stay connected with Lori Voth at their church: https://church3434.org/
Apr 25, 2019
EP 2 Embrace Grace's Love Movement that's Changing and Saving Lives
Amy Ford, Founder of Embrace Grace, tells her story that birthed an organization that brings hope and purpose to women with unplanned pregnancies. Nicole Jones, Director of Mission Advancement, describes ways our community can help spread the LOVE MOVEMENT they've begun to support and encourage. They offer amazing tools as they celebrate their baby's life alongside them in their journey. Learn more and how to get involved. Connect with Embrace Grace: https://embracegrace.com/
Apr 24, 2019
EP 1 Life Coaching and the Value of Self Care
What is the difference between counseling and life coaching? What is one of the top issues people are needing in their lives today? Patty Gerstenberger of Crosspoint Coaching talks self care and the value it brings in one's life. To connect with Patty for life coaching in person or via technology: www.crosspointcoaching.com