Alissa Holmes is the Executive Pastor and Development Director for Twin Cities Justice House of Prayer. In addition she’s an admin and worship leader for a night and day house of prayer as well as works for a powerful inner healing ministry called Door of Hope. Alissa is also a writer, musician, filmmaker and artist who is passionate about creation in all of its forms. She loves seeing people transformed with the power of Christ after being delivered from severe depression and suicidal tendencies.
Alissa is a pastor’s kid who came to know the Lord at the young age of 3. She struggled with nightmares and her mom led her through a salvation prayer and asked the Lord to take away the nightmares and he did. Then at the age of 9 she started with depression and suicidal tendencies due to some trauma in her childhood. At the age of 13 Alissa tried to run away from home and when she came back home her dad started crying and saying his baby was back. Those words from her father broke through a lie she had in her head that nobody loved her. That began a 6 year journey of healing. But in her twenties some other hardships caused her to doubt her relationship with God. God used a mother in the Lord to help Alissa walk through deliverance and ultimately began a 6 month healing process.
Walking Out Inner Healing (9:09)
Alissa shares how when she was first walking out her healing it was like she had lived her whole life in a prison cell and all of sudden she was experiencing life in a new way. It took the Spirit of God to set her free and give her a holy imagination of how he actually created her to be. She wants people to know is that God’s healing isn’t dependent upon our background.
Alissa shares how because God transforms us from the inside out we ought to see others how God sees them even when it’s difficult. So rather than saying someone is the way they are and they’ll never change is not gospel. We have a divine responsibility to reach out and help others grow in the areas where they’re weak.
Conflict Resolutions (20:24)
Alissa talks about how when we have an inner conflict with someone, rather than thinking it’s someone else shortcoming and to roll past it, saying something immediately rather than dramatizing it or making a big deal out of it is powerful to deal to call others up to a higher way of living.
“Not For Me” Mantra (26:00)
Over the past 6 months Alissa has been working out with the Lord renouncing the inner lies or vows she’s made with the enemy over the years that good things are not for her. A mentor encouraged her to keep proclaiming the truth over herself so Alissa chose to speak God’s truth, “I am chosen and I am wanted” and she experienced breakthrough in a profound way.
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Julie Hamilton is a wife, a homeschool mom, an author, encourager and runs an incredibly successful photography business with her husband Damion in Napa, California. She joins the podcast today to share her faith story and share about what God put on her heart about using social media to impact 1 million women with simple tips on how to build a strong and healthy life in the Lord.
Julie is a Texas native shares how she’s thankful to have been raised in the church her whole life, but it wasn’t until she attended a youth event in California during her teen years that she went “all in” for authentically walking out her faith. That experience has laid the foundation for which the rest of her life was built upon; including staying in California to build a life there.
Life Builders (6:15)
Life Builders is a goal Julie has to encourage 1 Million people by the time she turns 50! It’s all about equipping other to find the sweet spot of using the gifts and abilities they’ve been given by God and use them for a purpose that honors him.
Using Your Talents (12:00)
Julie talks about how so often women get caught in the trap of thinking that using their talents means they have to change the world or make a difference in thousands of lives or it’s not valid or valuable. This is simply not the case.
Being Authentically You (16:30)
Authenticity frees others up to be themselves. When we share our struggles and let down our barriers it encourages others to say, “I’m struggling with this too.” And then reach out for support.
Conversations With Other Women (20:03)
A lot of conversations Julie is having with others these days is about community and not being isolated. Connection and supporting one another seems to be at the top of the list. We can’t do life alone. In fact, we’re never the only one going through something.
Conversations With Other Women (25:03)
Julie talks about an amazing concept of “Mom’s Adventure Day” where one day a month she puts a day on the family calendar where she gets out of the home by herself to go on an adventure whether it’s in nature, to a movie or to do something she’s been wanting to do.
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Want to get in touch with Julie? You can connect with Julie and all of her social channels via her website at www.lifebuilderswithjuliehamilton.com.
Kami Deboer is a pilot’s wife, a teacher by trade and a mom of three boys she and her husband adopted internationally. On today’s show she shares her story, some very real struggles surrounding infertility and losing a domestic adoption and how the Lord has helped her overcome.
Kami shares how she’s always known the Lord. After going through a miscarriage, losing 3 to embryo adoption and losing a domestic adoption she didn’t want to live anymore and had plans to end her life. Eventually the Lord helped pull her out of the darkness.
Out of the Pit (6:00)
Kami talks about how finding someone else who understood what she was going through helped her through the struggle. She encourages other women to know that God isn’t done with your story. Kami also talks about how friends who saw a need and came to her with a meal or to pray really aided her in crawling out of the pit and the loneliness.
The Blessing of Adoption (10:50)
Kami talks about how adopting her three boys is like seeing the gospel lived out loud in her living room every single day. She also gives tips on how to get support as you explore adoption.
Conversations With Other Women (16:30)
God has a plan for all of our lives; even for our children. Kami says the conversations she’s having with women these days revolve around supporting one another through parenting.
Military Family Life (21:43)
Kami shares how being a military family is hard yet it’s taught her to do things herself and not be afraid to reach out to others for help. She says she’s had learn to rely on the Lord a lot and he helps her survive.
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If you’d like to get in touch with Kami, you can reach her on Facebook.
Emily Massey began writing short stories and poetry as a little girl, entered the blogging world in her early 20’s, and published her first book, Yielded in His Hands (eLectio Publishing) in 2015. After tirelessly trying to pursue a career as an actress, God intervened, changed her heart, and redirected her steps back to her passion for writing. She now enjoys freelance writing, while being a stay-at-home momma. She and her husband have served in many areas of ministry leadership over the years, including worship ministry, prayer ministry, drama ministry, children’s ministry, and student ministry. She loves to encourage others in their walk of faith through her writing ministry, as well as through leading women’s Bible studies. Believing she has been forgiven of much, Emily loves much, and desires to point others to Jesus and His redemptive and transforming power!
Emily shares how her testimony has been a work in progress. As a child she knew of God but didn’t have a personal relationship with him. During high school she attended a youth conference which was the first time she ever heard the gospel message. As her heart began racing she knew she needed to respond and found herself running up to the altar. Emily says she struggled with perfectionism her whole life which shaped her wrong view of God. She wasn’t discipled and eventually the shame and guilt of promiscuity kept her from relationship with the Lord. Then one day after college graduation she and her mom decided to visit a church when she felt God welcoming her back home; changing the trajectory of her life.
Washed Clean (16:10)
Emily shares how if you feel unclean by current or past sin it’s actually a good thing because that means Holy Spirit is bringing conviction. At that moment you have the opportunity to turn it over to God or stay trapped. That’s why the Bible is so important, to remind ourselves of who we are in God.
Boldness In Christ (22:27)
Boldness is a work of God. We are called to be vessels for his glory. When we are yielded to him we can incline our ear to Holy Spirit. The results of stepping out and sharing about God is only a work of the Lord. It’s not up to us what the result of stepping out in faith is.
A Year of Restoration (28:07)
Emily talks about her perspective of God was initially shaped by her broken relationship with her dad who struggled with alcoholism and sexual sin. Since she didn’t have a strong relationship with him she sort of watched from the sidelines. Her father eventually got in with the wrong crowd and was shot, his body dragged across an abandoned building which was eventually set on fire. The only reason he was identified was because of metal plates he had in his body from a previous drunk driving accident. She had a choice to either stand on the rock of Jesus or let it ruin her. Thankfully she had people in her life who could help walk her through it. Since then she’s seen beautiful restoration with her father’s family.
Yielded In His Hands (38:34)
In Emily’s book, Yielded In His Hands, she talks in great details about anxiety, fear and postpartum depression and getting to the root cause of some strange health symptoms.
Get In Touch
If you’d like to get in touch with Emily Massey you can reach her on Facebook or on her website.
Jessica Watt is a homeschooling mom to 4 kids who also owns a creative business. She loves to encourage women to chase their dreams while fulfilling God’s call on their lives!
Jessica grew up in the church. It wasn’t until high school though while at a retreat that a light bulb went on that she was made totally new and clean in Christ. She realized she could have a real relationship with Christ. Jessica found comfort in know the Lord as Abba Father!
Seasons of Transition (6:10)
Jessica shares how in the past year the Lord has been tugging at her to use her God-given creative gifts to serve him and to encourage women to grow closer with God.
Putting Family First (10:56)
Jessica gives insight on how she’s learned to put family first. She says to seek the Lord first and then listen to him and the consequences of not obeying.
Homeschool Adventure (16:32)
Jessica talks about the dynamics of being a homeschool mom and a business owner. She believes it’s so important for our kids to see that it’s okay for their parents to dream.
The Importance of Community (24:00)
Having a community of others to speak truth into her life has helped Jessica stay afloat.
Listening To God’s Voice (28:34)
Jessica shares some parting wisdom on using our God-given gifts to serve the Lord and bring him glory. She is willing to use any tool she can to talk about Jesus..
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If you’d like to get in touch with Jessica Watt you can reach her at www.facebook.com/asweetlifenc!
On this episode of She Walks In Truth Carrie shares what the Lord showed her during a recent health scare that left her wondering if she’d ever podcast again. Hear how even in the midst of the trial the Lord showed her that death and life are in the tongue as Proverbs 18:21 tells us. There is no middle ground.
What words are you coming into agreement with? The promises of God or the lies of the enemy?
Listen and share this episode with someone who is in the midst of trial or tribulation who could also use some encouragement. And “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
The book Carrie references in this episode is Living God’s Best by Andrew Wommack.
Malaina Kirschner is a missionary currently serving in Marseille, France as she finishes her degree is in Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology. She works alongside Christian churches and ministries and building relationships there. I’ve brought Malaina on the show as a friend to share her testimony and how God has further opened her heart while living abroad. </span
Malaina grew up in a Christian home – her father being Catholic and her mother Lutheran. She was taught that truth comes from an ultimate creator, and through witnessing her brother’s testimony, started to move closer to God. She watched as her brother turned away from friends and activities that took him further away from God, and saw how he viewed God as our Father; a God that wants to walk beside us every day and have a personal relationship with us. The Holy Spirit infiltrated their entire family and they began to attend an interdenominational church with a vibrant group of teenagers and children all passionately following God and going on mission trips. </span
Missionary Work (17:49)
Malaina helps with ministries in Marseille and its surrounding towns, but she doesn’t do it alone. She is a part of a “Dream Team” composed of David, Nathan, Mandy, Cally and herself. They help form bonds with these churches and their communities while also teaching English to groups and one on one. Malaina has also started a snack time on Wednesday for anyone to come and visit the church, hoping it helps the community see the space as more than just a cathedral and the religion it houses – but more of a place to build relationships. To help develop a community that can come together to know each other and God more fully. </span
Malaina went into the internship with the mentality that she wasn’t going to try and make France the United States. Everyone on her team was called by God individually to go there, but now she sees His strategic planning on bringing this group together. She has had to rely more on others and become more vulnerable herself in the process. It’s shown her that a lot of her identity was wrapped up in the things she was doing for the Lord, instead of seeking that pure acceptance God offers all of us. She’s learned to accept that invitation and be okay with being in a season of growth, vulnerability, and learning.
Cross-Cultural Conversations (33:51)
One of the biggest conversations Malaina has had in France circles around the value of relationships – of how deep relationship is vital for us to grow with the Lord and stay connected through community. The Enemy finds it easier to attack us when we go it alone, and bonding to others seeking God’s word forms a barrier that’s much more difficult to penetrate.
God created Melissa Crossland to create. She is the owner of The Farmhosue Native, a homeschooling mother, and a voice of wisdom and encouragement to women and girls on their journey of seeking an identity with Christ. Let’s hear her story.
Melissa’s Testimony (2:33)
Melissa grew up in a house that didn’t go to church, but even so, her faith journey began at the age of eight. Even that young she was intrigued be feeling God’s presence. As Melissa puts it, she could feel God “wooing” her. She would catch rides with neighbors to go to church or even hop on the elderly bus that would come by. These people were crucial in helping her get to church and further her relationship with God so that at the age of 11 she could be baptized. Her testimony goes to show that while she didn’t have the “head knowledge” of God Melissa certainly had the “heart knowledge” to understand that God wanted to be in the forefront of her life, that God would never abandon her, and that all God wanted was to live in her heart.
On Experiencing the Father’s Love (6:07)
Melissa had to overcome many circumstances that were beyond her control on her faith journey, one of those being an abusive father. She has a message for anyone who is stuck in the same place trying to experience a father’s love. That message is that who you are dealing with or what your circumstances and surroundings do not have to define you. They do not have to break you. She has found that often God uses us most when we are at our most broken, weakest, and vulnerable states. It’s through this that his love and compassion and mercy can truly shine if you accept His love into your heart.
Encouraging Women & Girls (12:47)
Helping young women establish their identity with Christ and come to know God better is a major calling in Melissa’s life. She recalls one moment of quiet time where the Lord clearly spoke to her, “I need you to be who you needed when you were younger for other women and girls.” She works to help open the eyes of women and girls to see themselves as God sees them – His word and His scripture is for absolutely everyone.
From One Extreme to Another (16:41)
In my own journey, I’ve found myself pushing back at times against the outward notions of health and earning certain things that businesses like mine promote. I noticed I began to change and try to fit into a mold, not because anyone else was putting pressure on me, but because of my own perception of myself and an unsure identity. So I swung to the other side of the spectrum saying things like, “Well I’m not going to do my hair!” Still, this isn’t what I needed either – but the swing between extremes is something Melissa sees young women struggling with as well. She tells women and girls that when you focus on your inner parts first your outer parts will start to benefit greatly as well. They are not separate.
Seasons of Rest (20:49)
Many of us like to go 90 miles an hour whether it building businesses, relationships, health or family. So when something like an injury, financial hurdle, or death comes along it can be jarring to all of a sudden seems like you’re not moving. But rest is one of God’s gifts to us – there are times where we need to have a quiet and still spirit to fully receive His truth. Melissa wants you to accept these periods in your life and listen. God has a plan for you, and you’ll miss it if you stay so focused on just doing you.
On today’s episode of She Walks In Truth I have a meaningful conversation with author and speaker Melanie Redd. She is a woman who loves to encourage, equip, train and motivate women in all areas of their lives. Melanie also has great skills in helping others with their businesses. She’s been trekking up the social media mountain and lifting up the name of Jesus as high as she can while doing it.
Melanie was blessed to be brought up in a Christian home and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t in church. Of course, she had heard the name of God and went to Sunday School, but she didn’t yet have a personal relationship with Jesus. After hearing someone else’s testimony at the age of 11, she talked with her parents to solidify her relationship with Christ – wanting to ensure she could spend eternity in Heaven with Him. So, she let Jesus into her heart that night and started a complete change in her life.
How to Win Your Child’s Heart For Life
Melanie that many of her daughter’s friends, at the age of 18, really cut off their relationship with their parents. So Melanie asked some ladies that mentored her about this and they said, “You have to win the hearts of your children.” Specifically from an early age, so that they want to come and see you once they’re out of the nest. There are some guiding principles on how to do this especially during middle school and high school when these relationships can get strained. Melanie wrote the book to help parents not lose this connection.
If you haven’t set out to do this, don’t panic. Melanie believes you’re never too old to work on regaining trust with your children. You need to build a bridge with love and relating to them, not lectures and complaints. Meet them where they’re at and find a commonality with them. Melanie sees some parents focus on winning the battle, not the war. They may get their child to stop from getting a tattoo or going to one party, but there is so much anger and hurt caused that they start to lose their child’s heart. Take the helicopter view and see how you can form your relationship for life without worrying too much about how long their hair is or how late they are staying up.
Stepping Closer to the Savior
This is a guide Melanie wrote for new believers or those who have been in church but never sought to grow their faith. It’s written to not be “churchy” so anyone 12 and up could pick it up and use it. It’s a self-teaching book that can be used to help your own discipleship in sharing God’s word with others – whether it’s on the street, in your church, or at home with your spouse and children.
Stop and Rest
Another point Melanie highlights is how easy it is to get burned out in ministry. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you expect to help others? A big message we would like to share with you is to make sure you stop and rest. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you exercising at all? Are you getting away from your kids for a bit and having date nights? Make sure you have a full cup, as it’s a surefire way to help share what blessings God has given you with others.
In the final part of the Better Together series with Carrie Robaina, Celina Baginski and Teresa Ann we are going out with fireworks!!! That’s right, we’re talking about marriage. All three of us open up about the things the Lord has taught us about our marriages and relationships at large. Whether you’re married or not, you’ll be able to glean some truth from our conversation so don’t miss out.
Teresa Ann will be the first to admit that she has a huge crush on her husband. I love what she said about love not being this onetime thing; it’s an emotion you should be feeling over and over again, just like God’s love is always there. How we live our marriage on earth is usually a reflection of our intimacy with God. And, of course, things aren’t always easy. Teresa Ann has heard wives say they don’t want to be “cheerleaders” for their husbands if they don’t feel like it 100%, that they’re afraid of faking it. But the parallel here is our relationship with Christ – there are days when we’re strained and hurting but choose to believe anyway. Does that mean we’re faking it then? No! Aligning your heart with God is the same for your relationships. Seeing your significant other as a fellow brother and sister of Christ totally changes the paradigm and can set the course for you to breathe life into your partner every day.
Celina and her husband started off as friends, dating other people. Over time they grew closer and one day Celina realized he had all the qualities she was looking for in a spouse—something she only noticed because she had written down these qualities in her journal. Looking back on their wedding video, Celina noticed the pastor (who they had only met just before the ceremony) talked about forgiveness. While that seemed like a joy-killer at first, a few years in now she has realized that it makes more sense. As you grow with someone, sharing a life, sharing stresses, there’s going to be conflict. What Celina finds herself going back to time and time again is forgiveness, 70 times 7. Focusing on that forgiveness and what is true and noble is her key to maintaining the health of her marriage.
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