The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

Amanda Jones joins me for The Happy Hour #159. Amanda is a Jesus-loving gal from Texas, married to a preacher boy from Missouri. She's the daughter of Beth Moore, and mom to four kids. Amanda first joined me for episode #66. If you missed that, you can catch up here.

She's back today to catch up and talk about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it caused in Houston. Amanda and her husband help to lead Bayou City Fellowship, a church that has been hugely instrumental in the disaster relief in the areas affected. She shares the most pressing needs they have and how you can be a part.

Amanda also shares briefly about her struggle with depression - shedding light on a topic that can be so taboo, especially in the church.

My hope for today's show is that you feel encouraged to do what you can, wherever you are, to serve the people devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Whether that means getting on a plane to serve on a demolition crew or by sending money and supplies, please consider how you can help today.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Bayou City Fellowship: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Austin Stone Story Team: Overwhelming Grace

Go Getter's Getaway

Join my Launch Team

Connect with Amanda

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Sponsors

Spice Islands // Lola // HelloFresh

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Raechel Myers is my guest for The Happy Hour #158. Raechel is the co-founder and CEO of She Reads Truth, and leads the She Reads Truth community and staff out of her deep love of God’s Word and the firm conviction that all of Scripture is good news. She is the co-author of Open Your Bible: God’s Word Is for You and for Now and She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a Word That’s Passing Away. Raechel lives south of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their two children.

In our conversation today, Raechel and I chat about how she's leading a Bible study for the first time with the ladies in her neighborhood. We also talk all about She Reads Truth - about how quickly it's grown and how one of their employees is now Raechel's husband, making her his boss (which would never work in the Ivey household, but Raechel makes it sound like a dream). And finally, we talk about God's faithfulness through good times and hard times and how to be a friend to someone walking through the trenches. 

In the show, Raechel and I talk briefly about the She Reads Truth Bible. Y'all, I can't recommend this Bible enough. It's so beautifully put together. Because of it's crazy popularity, the Bible sold out very quickly, but the reprint has recently been released and you can grab your copy here. I promise, you will LOVE it. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

She Reads Truth

She Reads Truth Bible

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

What Raechel is loving: her new New Balance shoes, having a giant computer monitor, VitaMix

Go Getter's Getaway

Join my Launch Team

 

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Sponsors

HonestTea // ZipRecruiter

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My guest for The Happy Hour #157 is Catherine Lowe. You may recognize her from a little show called The Bachelor. Catherine met and fell in love with her now husband, Sean Lowe, on season 17. Millions (self included) tuned in to watch them tie the knot on national television in 2014. They now live in Dallas with their adorable son, Samuel. 

On today's show, Catherine and I visit in person and cover so very much. We cover all things related to The Bachelor - how she was casted, her journey of falling in love and getting engaged while the world watched. She gives some behind-the-scenes scoop - like how you might find some of the women doing Bible studies, instead of running around in their tiny bikinis. But, somehow, that kind of drama doesn't make the final cut. Catherine shares about how difficult it was transitioning from finally being publicly engaged to watching her fiancé dance on Dancing with the Stars. You'll love hearing her story of following Jesus, after Sean made an 11th hour visit to her hotel room the night before he proposed.

As a bonus, we also talk TV and movies, and what it's like to have an angel for a mother-in-law. You are not going to want to miss this show.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lowe Co.

Shay Shull on The Happy Hour #82 and The Happy Half Hour #28

Fellowship Church

Connect with Catherine

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Sponsors

Spice Islands // Winc // Away // Education a la Carte

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My guest for The Happy Hour #156 is Andrea Lucado. Andrea is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. As the daughter of bestselling author and pastor Max LucadoAndrea inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a master’s degree in English literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant magazine and SheReadsTruth.com. She recently released a book, English Lessons.

In our conversation, we chat about Andrea growing up as a preacher's kid. She shares about her journey in owning her faith - not because it was what was expected or what was culturally acceptable, but because she had a personal, authentic relationship with Jesus.

Andrea also shares about her routine to abstain from social media on the weekends - taking apps off her devices on Friday and re-d0wnloading on Monday. You'll hear about how social media can trigger some major sin struggles in both of us. And if you can relate, maybe you'll consider joining us in creating some boundaries around time spent on social media.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Harvey: Disaster Relief

Andrea's Book: English Lessons

Andrea's Preaching at Oak Hills Church

Broken Spoke

Night Driving by Addie Zierman + Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng + The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

What Andrea is loving: outdoor grilling, Camp Gladiator and voice lessons

Connect with Andrea

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Sponsors

ThirdLove // Honest Tea

Direct download: Ep_156_FINAL.mp3
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Today, Sara Hagerty joins me for The Happy Hour #155. Sara is wife to her best friend Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and two through natural childbirth. Her first published book, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, found her a worldwide audience, drawn to the authentic voice heard in her emotive and Scripturally-based writing style, as she searches to find God in the midst of questions and brokenness. Her second book, Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed, comes out next week.

In today's show, Sara and I chat about how God built their family after a long journey of infertility. She shares how that and other pieces of her story left her feeling alone and how that became the impetus for her new book, Unseen. Sara talks about her fight to believe that God sees her, understands her, knows her, hasn't forgotten her - and how that truth is better than being seen by anyone else.

Sara's newest book is available to pre-order today. Make sure you grab a copy here. You will not regret it.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sara's Book: Unseen

Allume Conference

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge + Steal Away Home by Matt Carter & Aaron Ivey + Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. 

What Sara is loving: Aspire Ankle PantHashtag Wall Art and Pilates

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Sponsors

PrepDish // Noonday Collection // ThirdLove // Spice Islands

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My friend, LaToria Wilson, joins me today for episode #154 for of The Happy Hour. Let me tell you - her amazing hair and big personality aren't all she has to offer. LaToria has an energy that's all her own and brings an eclectic feel to the hip hop music she makes. Through her music, LaToria aims to offer hope, light, and truth while providing an unforgettable experience. She was nominated for Christian Female Hip Hop minister of the year in 2016. Her latest single Pushin Light is now available, and she's set to release her next project, volume 2 of her The Long Walk series, later this year.

In our chat today, we talk about how she started pursuing the music industry. We chat about strong female influences and what it was like for her to grow up without her father present. I teetered on the line of talking politics on The Happy Hour as we discussed what this year has been like for her - living in America as a woman of color. And she gives me some great advice, that I think any parent could benefit from, for raising a strong daughter. 

This interview was recorded several months ago, and the timing couldn't be better in light of this weekend's events in Virginia. I hope you're able to listen and soak in LaToria's story, her experiences and her perspectives. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

LaToria Music

Sparrow Conference

The Red Couch Podcast

Be The Bridge

How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind by Thomas C. Oden + Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler + Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans + The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison

The Happy Half Hour #29: Tasha Morrison

What LaToria is loving: Truth's Table Podcast, head wraps and King Spa

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

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Sponsors

ZipRecruiter // HelloFresh

Direct download: Ep_154_LaToria_FINAL.mp3
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Shauna Shanks joins me for a special live edition of The Happy Hour - recorded in my backyard in the sweltering July heat for our Summer Book Club. Shauna is the author of our second book, A Fierce Love. She's also a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Shauna and her husband, Micah, have been married for more than a decade, and they're currently building a house out of shipping containers with their three boys on an Ohio farm.

A Fierce Love is Shauna's story of fighting for her marriage through her husband's infidelity. In our conversation, we chat about how her journal entries became the framework for her book and the processes through which she went to get her story published. Shauna also graciously answers some of the questions our book club members and I had about her story. She shares about how she and her husband are fighting for their marriage today and the sacrifices they're making to connect with each other.

And finally, we chat all about their latest venture and what Shauna describes as marriage bootcamp - building a house out of shipping containers. She describes their house, but I thought a picture was the best way to go. Check out their awesome new digs.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Shauna's Book: A Fierce Love

She Speaks Conference

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively + The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato

What Shauna is loving: leather leggings, 31 Day Create by Jenny Randle

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Connect with Shauna

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Sponsors

Noonday Collection // Rover // Third Love

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My friend Chrystal Hurst joins me today for episode #152 of The Happy Hour. Chrystal is a writer, speaker, and worship leader in addition to serving as the chief executive operating officer in her home as a wife, mother of five and grandmother to one. Chrystal is co-author of, Kingdom Woman and her second book, She’s Still There coming out next week. She also blogs and podcasts regularly at Chrystal’s Chronicles where she poignantly reflects her thoughts about her faith and day-to- day experiences.

In our conversation today, Chrystal and I talk about her new role as a grandmother and how she still doesn't have a grandmother name (!!!). We chat about the sacrifices she has made to pursue her calling and gifts. She shares such valuable nuggets of wisdom about being present in the season you are in and not chasing after someone else's story. We talk about her new book, She's Still There - a book about rescuing the girl that is still inside of you. I have read every page and I can't wait for you to get a hold of it. And Chrystal does a fabulous job explaining why pre-ordering a book is important. 

This conversation was so good for my soul, and I hope it is for you too. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Chrystal's New Book: She's Still There

Building a Story Brand #51: Molly Fletcher

What Chrystal is loving: Black Woman Oil, her heating blanket and a newly detailed car

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Chrystal

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Sponsors

Casper Mattress // Rent The Runway

Direct download: Ep_152_Final.mp3
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Angela Lanter is my guest for The Happy Hour #151. As one of the hot new trendsetters in the beauty and fashion blogging community, Angela has established a credible reputation and sizable social media following in a short period of time. The founder of Hello Gorgeous blog and Youtube channel, she was named a finalist for the Allure magazine’s Beauty Blogger of the Year Award and was honored with the “Spotlight Award” for Blogger of the Year by PopSugar. She has served as brand ambassadors for brands such as Paul Mitchell, Laneige and Garnier. Angela enjoys DIY crafts, cooking and spending time with her husband, 90210 and NBC’s Timeless actor Matt Lanter, at their home in Los Angeles, CA.

In today's conversation, Angela and I chat about her life being married to a Hollywood actor, walking the red carpet, moving all over the country for acting jobs and their recent surprise cancellation-turned-noncancellation of her husband's hit show, Timeless. Angela shares about Hello Gorgeous, how she got started, how she and Matt work together and how she incorporates her faith into the work she does.

And finally, we Angela shares a little of her story and struggle with endometriosis - a disease that affects countless women, but one that is rarely talked about. 

If this is your first introduction to Angela, be prepared to get sucked into hours of her YouTube channel and feel like you have a new best friend and makeup artist. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Angela's Blog: Hello Gorgeous

Timeless

90210

Pitch Perfect 3

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines + The Proper Care & Feeding of Marriage by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

What Angela is loving: Apple Watchbeautyblender and Wayfair

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Angela

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Sponsors

Third Love // ZipRecruiter

Direct download: Ep_151_Final.mp3
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My guest for The Happy Hour #150 is Christy Wright. Christy is both entertaining and inspiring, and presents messages that educate and give hope to audiences all over the country. As the creator of Business Boutique and through her podcast and sellout live events, Christy has equipped thousands of women to successfully run and grow a business so they can make money doing what they love. Since joining Ramsey Solutions in 2009, she has spoken to audiences across the country at women’s conferences, national business conferences and Fortune 500 companies. Her new book, Business Boutique, released April 2017.

Y'all, I so loved my conversation with Christy. I get so many emails from women all over the country with dreams - some of them new and exciting ideas, and some of them have been growing and evolving for years. If that's you, I just feel so confident that this conversation is going to help you to feel more confident making the next step towards that dream. Christy is so inspiring and such a cheerleader for women following their passions and working within their gift sets. She does such a great job of helping to reframe moments of failure to being an event, rather than an identity. And she helps to combat some of the most common fears and lies that keep women from taking steps towards their dreams.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Christy's Book: Business Boutique

Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson + Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg + The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

How I Built This

What Christy is loving: L'Oréal High Lift Creation Spray, Revlon Pango Peach Lipgloss, Kate Spade Licorice Shoes

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Christy

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Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors

Rent The Runway // HelloFresh // Third Love

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