The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

My guest for The Happy Hour #215 is Dorena Williamson. Dorena is a bridge builder and author of ColorFull, ThoughtFull and GraceFull, children's books that celebrate God's diverse kingdom. This series is inspired from twenty-three years as first lady of Nashville's Strong Tower Bible Church, a multiracial faith community Dorena and her husband Dr. Chris planted in 1995. Dorena and her husband have four wonderful children.

Dorena and I start off the show talking about how a move to Nashville to further her husband Chris' rap career, ended up leading them to found a multi-racial church in a civil war rich town! Dorena  shares how she had no idea that God would use all her years raising kids and leading worship to combine her passions and experiences into something bigger down the road. When we're itching to jump to the finish line because we want to know where God is leading us, Dorena encourages cultivating faithfulness, and describes how this can bring renewal of faith.

Dorena and I then discuss the importance and value of having honest conversations about race, and recognizing the diversity of colors God created vs. being "colorblind".  We also talk about how we as parents should be the first voices to talk about race with our kids, and the different ways we can make this happen.

Friends, my hope is that through the show today you feel encouraged and empowered to have conversations about racial equality and bridge building. Check out the resources below, including Dorena's fantastic books, and connect with Dorena and me as well!

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Links from the Show

Dorena's Website

Dorena's Books: ColorFull, ThoughtFull, Pre-order: GraceFull

Strong Tower Bible Church

Be The Bridge

What Dorena is reading: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray HintonProphetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah

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My guest for The Happy Hour #214 is Alex Seeley. Alex is a passionate communicator who speaks the truth in love. Alex is the Lead Pastor of The Belonging Co Church, and author of Tailor Made.  Alex and her husband Henry have two children, Holly and Taylor, and reside in Tennessee.

Alex and I start off the show talking about her across the globe move from Australia to Tennessee knowing that God was leading them, but not knowing what would come next. Alex describes how she was convinced she was done pastoring churches, but God had other plans. What started out as simply inviting 5 friends to their home on Tuesday nights, became an "accidental" church plant and has grown into the church Alex and her husband lead today. I loved hearing Alex share the way God reminded and encouraged her of how we can be the bride He's coming back for.

In the second half of the show, Alex and I talk about the lies we encounter in our daily lives that distract from the truth of what God says. Alex reminds us that it's a choice we must make every day to "pick up His word and actually believe it." We also talk about those times we are in the wilderness. Alex provides so much encouragement when she speaks of the wilderness as an opportunity for more: in the wilderness God shows us what we truly believe about Him when there is nothing else, and this true presence of God can change everything.

Friends, my hope is that every one of us will go to God and ask Him to show us the lies we are believing, and be reminded of the truth of what He says. Seek out a trusted friend, share what you learned in your time with God, and together we can help point each other to Jesus.

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Links from the Show

Alex's website

Alex's book: Tailor Made

The Belonging Co Church

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My guest for The Happy Hour #213 is Jessica Turner. Jessica is the author of the newly released Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive and The Wall Street Journal bestselling book The Fringe Hours. She is also an award-winning marketing professional and speaker, and the founder of the lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their three children in Nashville, Tennessee.

I am so happy to welcome my friend Jessica back to the show! Jessica and I start out talking about books, which if you love books you need to follow her Instagram profile where she shares about what she's reading! We then dive in and talk about the concept of mental load.  Friends, I know we all suffer from the stress of mental load - coordinating, managing, analyzing, and juggling in our minds ALL THE THINGS, am I right? Jessica shares practical tips for managing mental load and reminds us that self-care is not selfish, it's necessary. We also discuss how we need to stop separating ourselves based on where/what/when we work. I love how Jessica says whether you're a stay at home mom or a working mom, "we are all moms who love our kids"!

In the second half of the show, Jessica shares the story of when her husband Matthew (a  published author) wrote his first children's book, he was turned down a dozen times. Instead of letting that stop them, Jessica and Matthew self-published the book, it sold out, and now it's sold 100,000 copies!

You guys, I loved talking with Jessica today and I know that through our conversation I was reminded of the grace God gives us every single day, and how we can extend grace and care to each other and to ourselves.

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Links from the Show

Jessica's website: The Mom Creative

Jessica's Books: The Fringe Hours, Stretched Too Thin

Questions for Stretched Too Thin

Jessica's Other Happy Hour Episodes: The Happy Hour #30, The Happy Half Hour #5

When God Made You, When God Made Light

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

HARO (Help A Reporter Out)

A Quiet Place (movie)

Jessica's Instagram focused on books

What Jessica is loving: Pumpkin chocolate chip banana bread, Draper James, Fall TV (especially The Walking Dead, Outlander, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

What Jessica is reading: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith, The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase

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My guest for The Happy Hour #212 is Nicole Zasowski. Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Connecticut where she lives with her husband, Jimmy and her son, James. As an old soul who wears her heart proudly on her sleeve, Nicole also enjoys writing about her story and the way she sees God moving and molding her through it. Her first book is due to come out in January 2020!

Alright friends, get your hearts ready because on today's show Nicole and I talk about feelings. Whether you're cringing or leaping with joy at this news, I promise this show is for you and you will be encouraged by her words. As Nicole shares at the start of the show, we can't believe the lie that no one can understand our pain because we all at some point experience pain ... and, we all have strategies we use to try protect ourselves from pain.

Nicole shares her own story of how she realized her self-protection strategies were no longer working. It started with a cross-country move 7 years ago, and since then she has also had to walk through 5 miscarriages in just 4 years. She admits that it was hard to face that her strategies weren't the answer, but when she was truly honest with herself and others, she started to "find a way through, not a way out" of the pain. Nicole also offers specific advice on how to walk along side a friend going through hard times.

In the second half of the show, Nicole explains more about the Restoration Therapy model she uses that focuses on how we each have encountered love and trust. She also fills us in on what those protection strategies we use can look like.

You guys, I think we can all identify ways we stuff our feelings or protect ourselves from pain. But, as Nicole said, our short term solution is just creating long-term pain. God does not love us any less when we grieve or hurt. He loves us through ALL of it, and He already knows our hearts. I loved talking with Nicole today, and I hope that you feel encouraged in the freedom you can experience when we are honest with God, ourselves, and each other!

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Links from the Show

Nicole's website

The Hideaway Experience | Marriage Intensives

Therapists trained in Restoration Therapy

What Nicole is loving: The seven year ballpoint pen, University of Washington Husky Football Team

What Nicole is reading: She Reads Truth BibleThe Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, Forgiving God by Hilary Yancey

Educated by Tara Westover

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My guest for The Happy Hour #211 is Sanya Richards-Ross. Sanya is a 4-Time Olympic Gold medalist in track and field, NBC Sports Analyst, Nike brand ambassador, entrepreneur, speaker, and author. Sanya still holds the fastest American record in the 400!

If you've listened to the show for a while, you guys know my love of sports. But, you may not know that I was in the Olympics for track and field... ok, ok, so it was the Junior Olympics in 9th grade, but still! You can imagine my excitement to have Sanya on the show today - I was so giddy I even showed her my Junior Olympics medals!

Sanya tells us about what it was like to be a professional athlete and compete in 3 Olympic Games. Sanya also tells us how she made the decision to retire at the Olympic Trials before Rio due to injuries. Sanya speaks of God's faithfulness in how she was still able to be a part of the Rio games as a sports analyst, and became the first woman in the commentator booth in 20 years.

Sanya and I then talk about her walk with Jesus including the day she crossed a line she never thought she would and had an abortion. Sanya shares how she felt unredeemable and completely broken. She then describes a bus ride where she ended up lost and alone in China at the Beijing Games, and Jesus met her exactly where she was and helped her know He still loved her and that He forgave her.

I enjoyed talking with Sanya today so much, and I hope that through our conversation you see how God loves His children, and through the giftings He gives as well as in our brokenness, He is always faithful and always good.

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Links from the Show

Sanya's book: Chasing Grace

Sanya's website

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My guest for The Happy Hour #210 is Taylor Nichols. Taylor is one of the kindest friends I know, and I'm so honored to have her on the show today. Taylor is momma to two boys and a girl, with another sweet baby girl on the way! Taylor will soon be launching a podcast called Speak Life with Taylor Nichols so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

You guys, I have been wanting to bring my friend Taylor on the show for a while now. She has an incredible story and speaks such hope and encouragement - I just know you're going to love our conversation.

Taylor and I start off the show talking about her beautiful family, and how their daughter through adoption and her baby girl will be just 11 months apart! Taylor then shares her story of her childhood church experience that resulted in a great deal of hurt for her and her family. Taylor speaks of the challenges she dealt with regarding faith and the church once she was able to leave. Taylor admits that her walk with God has been hard, but she is so thankful for the gift of faith in Him that has remained throughout.

In the second half of the show Taylor opens up about losing her father. Taylor talks about learning to have grace in grief and the importance of walking through every part of it. I loved hearing her describe how her dad never missed a chance to "love big" and share his heart, and how that has impacted how she lives her life today. Taylor offers such wise encouragement when she says, with grief, "you don't get over it, you learn to walk through it.".

I am so proud of my friend and am so thankful to her for sharing her story. Life is messy and it's hard, but what stands out to me in all of the stories is that when we look closely, amidst the mess, God is always there, with us and for us.

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Links from the Show

Taylor's website

Speak Life with Taylor Nichols Podcast // coming soon, sign up for updates through her website

Alena Pitts' Instagram post

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 209 is Jenna Kutcher. Jenna walked away from her corporate office job with nothing more than a camera from Craigslist, and turned that investment into a 7-figure photography and education business. Jenna also runs and hosts the Goal Digger Podcast, an authentic, business-focused show that caters towards women entrepreneurs. Her biggest passion is to invest in entrepreneurs so that they have the tools to authentically grow their businesses.

On today's show Jenna shares with us how she bought a camera, claimed her new title of "wedding photographer", and pursued her dream to spend her time doing what her heart valued. Jenna dispels the myth that work and passions can't align, and encourages us to find what inspires and energizes us and go after it!

If you don't follow Jenna on Instagram, you should. Jenna has beautiful pictures that aren't just a highlight reel, but walks through the ups, downs, and everything in between! Jenna tells us why she decided to post pictures that show her in real life and how she hopes to encourage women to embrace and love who they are, just as they are.

In the last part of the show, Jenna opens up about her walk through infertility, miscarriages, and her current pregnancy. Jenna describes the anger she felt after the miscarriages and how she realized her need to surrender and trust God. I think we can all think of a situation where you "knew there was a bigger plan, but it's sometimes hard to believe" amidst the circumstances.

I loved my conversation today with Jenna and her encouragement to pursue what we value, embrace who we are, and to surrender and trust God!

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Links from the Show

Jenna's Website

The Goal Digger Podcast

Aerie // #AerieREAL (interview with Jenna)

What is Jenna is reading: books by Kristin Hannah, Ann Voskamp, Jodi Picoult

What Jenna is loving: being at home and making her new house a home

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 208 is Katie Davis Majors. Katie is an author, speaker, blogger, and founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda. Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mama to her fourteen favorite people.

Katie and I start out the show talking about Katie's journey to Uganda and adoption of her 13 girls. When Katie was 18, she made her first trip to Uganda and knew she'd be back. Katie tells us how 80% of East African children are in orphanages not because of lack of family, but due to poverty. Katie learned that in some cases simply paying for school would allow those children to stay with their families. Katie kept sponsoring more kids, and more and more people joined in to support these kids and Amazima Ministries was born!

Katie then shares how she came to know and foster 3 girls. When it became clear that there was no family for these children to be reunited with, they became Katie's daughters through adoption. The stories continued and by age 23, Katie was now mom to her 13 beautiful girls.

We then talk about the difficult season she walked through facing multiple losses. Katie speaks about the loneliness, pain, and questions she had and describes how near God was to her in that time. She reminds us, "we can bring our hearts to God, He sees them anyway, and He loves us regardless." I also appreciated her honesty in talking about challenges that can happen in adoption with connecting with your children.

In the last part of our conversation, we get to hear the story of Katie and her husband Benji and their family of 13 daughters and a son. You guys - it is the sweetest and includes both of them declining dates with each other at one point!

I loved my conversation with Katie so much. I was encouraged, inspired, and reminded of how when we say yes, whether it's moving overseas or sponsoring a child's education, God does amazing, incredible things!

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Links from the Show

Katie's website

Amazima Ministries

Katie's Books: Daring to Hope and Kisses from Katie

What is Katie is reading: The Way of Abundance by Ann Voskamp

What Katie is loving: this season of having teenagers all the way down to her 2 year old - so much fun!, taking a break from social media

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 207 is Liz Vice. Liz began her career in film and video, only to accidentally find herself behind the mic. Liz' signature soulful sound is deeply rooted in spirituality and she released her sophomore album Save Me in June. A Portland native, Liz now resides in Brooklyn.

Liz and I start off the show talking about how she never intended to be a musician. Liz' background was in film and video and she even had a full ride to film school. Due to a variety of factors, she declined the scholarship and continued work in tv/film. But, she kept feeling nudges toward music. Liz describes how she was certain that becoming a musician was not for her, but that God pursued her and how she said yes to her new path.

In the second half of the show Liz and I talk about how her new album Save Me, and what it's like to share her music with the world. She describes her shows and music as the story of her testimony, and that it is a sacred time for her when she's on stage. I loved hearing her share stories of people she's met and how Jesus has guided her and the songs she creates.

You guys isn't it so amazing - so many times on the show we've heard women tell us how God has nudged them into things they would have never expected or originally said yes to! Then, we get to hear how He continually pursues us and does such incredible things like in Liz' story today - I love it!

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Links from the Show

Liz' Website

Liz' albums: There's A Light and Save Me

What Liz is loving: having more things revealed to her about empowering women, getting to create  music her way, meeting people that are excited to be a part of the empowering women movement

What is Liz is reading: Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 206 is Jessica Honegger. Jessica is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for catalyzing others to step outside their comfort zones and live lives of purpose. Jessica is the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a social impact fashion brand dedicated to designing and selling an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by Artisans in vulnerable communities. Noonday Collection was featured in Inc. magazine’s 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America at number 45. Jessica won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for central Texas in 2017.

You guys know I am a fan of all things Noonday, and I'm so happy to welcome Jessica back to The Happy Hour as we discuss leadership, showing up for each other, being more present, and celebrate the launch of her first book!

Jessica and I start off the show talking about leadership. Jessica talks about how leadership can happen in the everyday. Friends, this means each one of us has the capacity to lead. Leadership is about recognizing what we see in others and helping each other feel seen. This is such an encouragement -  every single one of us has the power to lead, every day. Whether it's a note to a friend recognizing what they're doing or telling your neighbor or co-worker what you appreciate about them, we can all do this for each other!

We talk about the struggle in our culture to be present, and the need for time to rest. Jessica shares her own challenges with finding balance. I think we can all relate to feeling like it's impossible to take a break, and it seems like the answer should be to work harder to get it all done, right? But, as Jessica describes, what we actually need, and what can help us truly be more productive is if we take time to rest.

Jessica and I also talk about her hopes and desires for her book Imperfect Courage. We talk about handling criticism, and I appreciate Jessica's strength in creating spaces to have meaningful dialogues where it's okay to disagree. In the last part of the show, we have a ton of fun doing Q&A from you!

As always, I loved having Jessica on the show and know you'll be encouraged by our conversation. And I'm putting forth a challenge: let's ask ourselves, how can we show up for someone this week? We all can do it - so let's make it happen!

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Links from the Show

Jessica's website

Jessica's Book: Imperfect Courage

Jessica's Podcast: Going Scared

Noonday Collection - Shop, Host a Trunk Show, Learn how to be an Ambassador!

Listen to Jessica on other episodes of The Happy Hour: Episode #5, Episode #55, The Happy Half Hour #20, and Episode #08 of the If You Only Knew Mini-Series

Books by Brene Brown

The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle by Aaron Edelheit

What Jessica is loving from the Noonday Collection Fall Line: the Rosario necklace, all the fun hoops earrings

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 205 is Suzanne Stabile. Suzanne is an internationally recognized Enneagram Master, author, and speaker. As an Enneagram Master, she has conducted over 500 Enneagram workshops over the last 25 years to many audiences including churches, colleges, and hospitals. Suzanne is mom to four, and grandmother to seven, and when she's not on the road teaching, she resides in Dallas with her husband Rev. Joseph Stabile.

Friends, I am so excited and honored to share today's show with you. Suzanne is so gracious and full of wisdom - I know you're going to love our conversation as much as I did!

Suzanne starts off the show sharing some history about the Enneagram including how it can be most helpful and ways to utilize it most effectively. She shares her thoughts on the prevalence of the Enneagram lately and reminds us that the Enneagram is a tool to help understand the motivations of our own and others' behaviors and "offers us nine ways of seeing the world."

Suzanne and I then talk about the Enneagram with children, parenting, and adoption. She is often asked about using the Enneagram in parenting. Suzanne tells us that a person's number can be well determined by just 5 years old, but she urges caution and believes it should not be taught until 16. But don't worry if you're wondering, but what can I do now? She gives us wise advice and encouragement for a place to start: "If you want to use the Enneagram for parenting, then be the healthiest person in your number."

Suzanne also shares that she was adopted, and how that has influenced her work. Suzanne speaks truth when we talk about adoption, trauma, and how wounds can heal, but we must recognize they are always part of the person.

You guys, there are so many great things in this show that I want to include it all! So go back and listen again or better yet, learn more by checking out the links below. But one last thing - it came up a few times during the show - Suzanne stresses the importance of doing the work to figure out your Enneagram number, and don't rely on simply taking a test. As Suzanne states, "There’s no reason to take a shortcut with something that is so valuable."

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Links from the Show

Suzanne's website

The Enneagram Journey Website // The Enneagram Journey Podcast

The Road Back to You // The Path Between Us

Study Guides: The Road Back to You // The Path Between Us

What Suzanne is reading: Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman, The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson, Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 204 is Elyse Fitzpatrick. Elyse is an author of nearly 2 dozen books on the gospel and Christian living, renowned speaker, and hosts a podcast with her family. Elyse is passionate about delivering the gospel to women and helping women see Jesus' love everywhere in the Bible. Elyse is mom to 3 marrieds, and mimi to 6 grands, and she and her husband Phil reside in Southern California.

I am so happy to welcome Elyse back to The Happy Hour! Elyse is always a joy to have on the show and I know you will be so encouraged to dive into the Word after our conversation today.

Elyse and I start off the show talking about her motivation to write her most recent book: Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Elyse describes how she wants women to see how every part of the Bible is pointing to Jesus and His love for us. Elyse gives us several great examples of how we can see God interacting with women right from the beginning in redemptive ways - you guys, there were definitely parts of our conversation where I just had to take a moment because of the awesomeness and love God shows us through His word!

In the second part of the show Elyse and I talk about how women may have felt dismissed or that theology was just "for the guys". Elyse explains how Jesus not only tells us the Word is absolutely for all of us - women and men-, but she also points out specific ways Jesus calls us to know and love the Scripture as He did. We also talk about seeing women leaders rise up in the church and that no matter if you're in a full-time vocational ministry or not, that we can know and love the Scripture - and as we do, we will understand more and more of Jesus' love for us!

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Links from the Show

Elyse's Website

Elyse's latest book: Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation

More of Elyse's books

Check out Elyse on previous episodes:  The Happy Hour #89 and The Happy "Half" Hour: #16

Elyse's daughter, Jessica Thompson has been on the show too! Check out The Happy Hour #25 and The Happy Hour #38

Front Porch with the Fitzes Podcast

What Elyse is reading: Old Testament with various commentaries, i.e. Daniel commentary by Iain Duguid, Isaiah commentary by Ray Ortlund, Jeremiah and Lamentations commentary by Philip Ryken. Publishers to check out for commentaries: P&R Publishing, Crossway Publishing

What Elyse is loving: The Complete NIV Bible read by David Suchet, Earl grey decaf tea, Home Chef

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 203 is Jamie Grace. Jamie is a 2-time GRAMMY nominated  singer-songwriter who started out sharing a mixture of improv comedy, cover songs and sharing her life story on YouTube at just 14 years old. At the time, Jamie was newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, ADHD and Anxiety. Twelve years later, Jamie is a touring artist as well as podcaster, and author. But Jamie says at the core of it all she's still an awkward kid on YouTube hoping to inspire others -- and make friends :)

You guys have been asking and asking and it's here!!!  On this week's show I get to talk with the amazing Jamie Grace and I know you are going to love this Happy Hour.

Jamie and I jump in and start talking about how it all started - she tells us about when she was 14 years old, she posted a video on YouTube as a way to channel her energy and creativity. Between the ages of 9 -13 years old, Jamie struggled with her emotions, friendships, and the diagnoses of Tourette Syndrome OCD, ADHD, and Anxiety. She realized creative outlets were a path to freedom and discovery about God's purpose for her, and how she could rebuild her life. Of course, I had to ask her what her parents thought of her posting videos on YouTube when she was just 14! Jamie tells us how they immediately shut it down, but that when they rebooted it, and to this day, her parents are her managers!

In the last part of the show, we get to hear the love story of Jamie and her husband Aaron. You're going to love hearing her describe how she knew she was going to marry him the night she met him (even though she didn't even get his name!), and how they didn't reconnect for a year!  As many of you know, Jamie has shared so much on being single and living in a season of waiting, such as on her podcast Wait It Out, and she talks openly about what was challenging.  Jamie reminds us that no matter what your season of waiting is for, and no matter what the outcome, we can remind ourselves and each other of the joy, peace, and promises that God has for us.

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Links from the Show

Jamie's website

Wait It Out podcast

Jamie's new album: '91

Jamie's single (and video from her wedding!): Wait It Out // Download Wait It Out

What Jamie's reading: Loveology by John Mark Comer

What Jamie's loving: marriage and the grace Aaron gives her, and black beans!

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 202 is Brittany Price Brooker. Brittany is mom, widow and remarried, singer, and speaker passionate about making Jesus known! Together with her husband Daniel, they are raising five children and they've come to be known as the Brooker Bunch!

Brittany starts out sharing with us how when she was 25, she lost her husband Patrick and was left a widow with three young children under the age of 3. It was unimaginable, but Brittany describes how even starting with the night before Patrick died, she can see how God was preparing the way for her to be able to walk through her worst nightmare.

Brittany tells us about the pain of not only losing her husband, but having to see her children grieve. She so honestly shares her cries out to God. You guys - it will give you chills as you hear how God answered prayer after prayer, and people kept showing up. It is such an encouragement to all of us that we can show up for one another -- even what may seem too small or too crazy can actually make a huge impact in someone's life.

In the second half of the show, Brittany describes how God brought her to meet her husband Daniel, who is also a widow. After about a hundred emails they finally had their first phone conversation -- which of course lasted 5 hours! Brittany talks about the tender navigation of bringing two grieving families together. She stresses the importance of grace, therapy, community and allowing everyone to process their feelings and know it's okay to feel sorrow and joy at the same time.

Brittany has gone through much suffering in her short life, but in her story you can so clearly hear how Jesus continually brings hope and provision, and that we all have opportunities to show up for each other!

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Links from the Show

Brittany's website

Brooker Bunch

What Brittany's reading: Choosing Marriage by Debra Fileta

What Brittany's loving: concealer & mascara, Daily Audio Bible App

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 201 is Priscilla Shirer. Priscilla is a wife, mom, and Bible teacher. She and her husband, Jerry, lead Going Beyond Ministries through which they provide spiritual support and resources to the body of Christ. They count it as their greatest privilege to serve every denomination and culture across the spectrum of the church.

Friends, Priscilla is a joy to talk to and you are going to love hearing her speak about her ministry, her family, and how God has led her down paths she never would have imagined (such as how she flat out said No! the first time she was asked to be in a movie!)

We start out the show talking about family and ministry - you guys have heard Chrystal and Wynter on the Happy Hour before, and it's awesome hearing how they do life together and support each other. Priscilla and I talk about trying to teach our kids the importance of those daily tasks we all need to do (i.e. cleaning, cooking!) and being ok when maybe it's not quite how we would have done it - the struggle is real!

Priscilla then shares how she started writing The Prince Warriors series - can you imagine if your 4 year old came up to you and asked, "Mom, will I be in a battle one day?" This is what happened to Priscilla and you are going to love hearing what happened from that question.

In the last part of the show Priscilla shares how she came to act in movies. I think we can all relate to feeling afraid, intimidated, and unequipped to succeed. But, I know you will feel encouraged as you hear Priscilla describe how God led her and made what felt impossible, possible, and expanded the reach of the ministry greater than she could have imagined.

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Links from the Show

Going Beyond Ministries

The Prince Warriors Series

*Giveaway!* Find me on Instagram to enter to win The Prince Warrior Trilogy!

War Room

I Can Only Imagine

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 200 is my all-time favorite guest on The Happy Hour, my husband Aaron Ivey. Friends, I cannot believe that The Happy Hour is celebrating its 200th episode!!! I want to thank each and every one of you for listening, sharing the show, joining us in Book Club or Happy Hour Live, and supporting If You Only Knew. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm honored and humbled to be able to share so many women's stories. These stories made us laugh and cry -- sometimes at the same time! -- and have encouraged, inspired, and most importantly pointed us to the Gospel.

On today's show Aaron and I share some favorite moments from The Happy Hour. We hear a little bit from twelve different episodes and we get to talk about everything from the single life, married life, kids, how men and women look at approval, diversity, creativity, and more. I would have loved to share clips from every single episode, but if you want to catch up on any shows you missed, maybe a Happy Hour podcast binge is in order!

Thank you again to each and everyone of you for listening, sharing your stories, giving feedback, and building this community. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart and here's to the next 200 shows!

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Links from the Show

The Happy Hour #39: Aaron Ivey

The Happy Hour #58: Jalessa McCreary

The Happy Hour #112: Tara-Leigh Cobble

The Happy Hour #5: Jessica Honegger

The Happy Hour #194: Ruth Chou Simons 

The Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison

The Happy Hour #154: LaToria Wilson

The Happy Hour #108: Beth Moore 

The Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd-Jones 

The Happy Hour #185: Holly Christine Hayes

The Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato #68 

The Happy Hour #162: Ellie Holcomb 

 

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 199 is Liz Curtis Higgs. Liz is an author, speaker, and has three abiding passions: encouraging her sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. Liz has written 37 books and travels around the world speaking and encouraging women. Liz is mom to Matthew and Lillian (recent college grads!) and when she's not traveling she loves being home with her husband Bill and her twin tabby cats Boaz and Samson.

Friends, I am so excited to share today's episode with you and I know you are going to love hearing from Liz about her story, how she came to write about the "Bad Girls" in the Bible, and her current fight with cancer. No matter what the circumstance, Liz brings hope and encouragement for us all.

Liz starts off the show sharing how she came to know Jesus and how He saved her from a life she knew was leading her towards a dead end. She tells us how a couple who had newly come to know Jesus "loved her into the Kingdom" by simply sharing what they had so recently learned. I love that so much because it affirms that we can't know it all, but that doesn't mean God can't use us in ways that impact others.

We also talk about shame and how it can stop us from telling our stories or truly experiencing freedom. Liz tells us how she never intended to write "Bad Girls of the Bible" and how God led her down a path that opened more doors than she ever could have imagined.

In the last half of the episode, Liz talks about her current fight with cancer - her "annoyance" she calls it. She candidly talks about what it's like to face less than promising news and how even amidst this suffering she sees God's faithfulness each day. She says "no matter what tomorrow brings, God will not be shaken."

{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

Liz' website // Monthly Bible Study Posts

Bad Girls of the Bible \\ Really Bad Girls of the Bible \\ Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible

Liz' podcast: Word by Word

More of Liz' books!

What Liz is reading: Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us by Steve Leder

If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 198 is Michelle McKinney. Michelle defines herself as a Dream Architect and she brings her 20-years experience working alongside senior executives at companies such as Starbucks, American Express, Fannie Mae and Zion, to help women design, construct and bring their God-given dreams to life. Michelle and her husband, Tony, reside in Maryland with their 4 children - Caleb, Mekhi, Anthony and Selah.

I knew Michelle and I would get along when I saw her dance onto the stage at Shine, and she brings her joy and energy to the show today - I know you're going to love it.

Michelle believes that every woman can fulfill her God-given purpose, and on today's show we talk about how women can discover those dreams and move through the restlessness, yearning, and transition of when God is transplanting us to something new. We discuss the struggle of finding contentment in a season instead of only focusing on what's next. I love her idea of keeping a journal to write down your wins each day - it's such a great way to celebrate and look back and see how God has been working in your life.

In the second half of the show we discuss one of my favorite topics - marriage. Michelle speaks about marrying for love and purpose. She says, "marriage is about partnership and being able to build something to advance God’s kingdom even more than what you could do alone." Lastly, Michelle tells us about what is now my new favorite idea for a party - a bridal shower reboot for her 20th wedding anniversary!

{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

Michelle's Website: Dreams Unleashed

What Michelle is loving: painting her nails

What Michelle is reading: If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey, Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connally and Hayley Morgan

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 197 is Amena Brown. Amena is a poet, speaker, author, and event hostNamed one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation, and she and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta.

On the show today, Amena and I talk about everything from grief, infertility, ministry, and the creative process she goes through to bring a poem to life on stage. One thing's for sure - I could never do her job!

Amena and I dive right in and start talking about the feelings of living a life you didn't think you'd live. Amena shares how she learned to grieve the loss of expectations, and how she realized, "to experience joy most fully, I had to also experience the grief." We also talk about the importance of finding those people who will walk beside you and be truly present with you amidst different seasons of life.

In the second half of the show Amena describes her creative process as a poet and you guys, it's incredible. We talk about performance as a craft and ministry, and she tells us how we can find spoken word in our own communities. Amena then discusses her involvement in international ministry. Amena reminds us how important it is to really know the organizations you're going with, what they represent, and most importantly who and how they're partnering and led by those in that country.

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Links from the Show

Amena's website

Amena's podcasts:  HER with Amena Brown, How to Fix a Broken Record (10 episode mini-series), Here For the Donuts

Amena's Books: How to Fix A Broken Record, Breaking Old Rhythms

What Amena is loving: Beyonce, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cardi B

What Amena is reading: Turner House by Angela Flournoy and When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 196 is Rachel Henry. Rachel is wife to her high school sweetheart, Simon, and they have six beautiful children whom she's home-schooled for the last two years. Rachel and her family reside in Florida where they like to live like they're on vacation every day!

Friends, I'm going to get straight to it - today's show is difficult to listen to. It's difficult, but incredibly powerful and full of hope and healing amidst tragedy. A few warnings: in the episode today Rachel talks about the night that her home was broken into and she was raped. I encourage younger ears to have an adult listen first. Also, if you struggle with fear around these topics, have a trusted friend listen first and guide you on if you should listen and/or any parts you should skip.

What Rachel has experienced is absolutely horrific. As you listen to her share her story, you will also hear loud and clear the hope she carries, and how God has been with her and her family through their journey. I was floored listening to her describe the trial and how she faced her attackers and told them she forgave them, and how she's prayed for them.

In the last part of the show, Rachel talks about her journey of healing and how crucial it was to find the right therapy. Rachel describes the effectiveness of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with traumatic experiences and how it could help others.

I am incredibly grateful to Rachel for her vulnerability and sharing her story so that others would be encouraged and have hope.

{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

Rachel's website: Broken2Brave

What Rachel is loving: Fabletics leggings, corkscrew hair spirals, naps!

What Rachel is reading: Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia & Wendy Speake

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 195 is Amy Hannon. Amy is the owner of Euna Mae's, a kitchen boutique that is not only is a special place to locals, but has also become a destination shop for many around the country. You can also find Amy on her cooking show on Northwest Arkansas' NBC affiliate, a food blog, and her recently published "Love Welcome Serve" cookbook.

I know many of you are familiar with Amy's super cute shop Euna Mae's - and don't worry if you thought her name was Euna Mae (she gets that a lot)! Amy and I begin today's show talking about the bittersweet emotions that come when your kids begin to leave the nest. Amy is momma to three and she shares about her youngest graduating just this past weekend!

We then talk about what hospitality means to her. Amy has never met a stranger and and that "hospitality is making people feel like they matter" - I love the way she describes that. Amy and I also discuss how in our culture we can get the meaning of hospitality wrong and shift the focus inward instead of serving others from the heart.

In the last part of the show, Amy shares how she never intended to be a shop owner, cooking show host, or write a cookbook. But, when she asked herself what her God dream was, God answered her prayer in big ways!

I had so much fun talking with Amy today. She shows that we all can show hospitality to anyone and everyone, and her story is an encouragement to ask ourselves what our dreams are and not be afraid to go to God with those 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!}

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Amy's Shop: Euna Mae's

Amy's books: Love Welcome Serve Cookbook

What Amy is loving: spending time with her husband, black and white mocha at Starbucks, and savoring the home stretch of having her kid at home

What Amy is reading: If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey, New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 194 is Ruth Chou Simons. Ruth is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. As author of the bestselling book GraceLaced and creator of the GraceLaced online shoppe, blog, and Instagram community, she shares scriptural truths daily through her hand-painted artwork and words. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in Colorado and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.

Today's show was one of those conversations where we could have kept talking for hours. Many of you may know Ruth from her beautiful art and from Instagram, and you're going to love her even more after listening to today's show.

Ruth and I start out the conversation talking about how she got her name when she immigrated to America - you may not believe this but, it came from a man who didn't even know her and he named her parents at the same time as well! We discuss the importance of teaching culture to our children, and making sure it doesn't get in the way of learning about God's grace.

Ruth then shares the amazing story of how her mom came to know Jesus and how a woman she barely knew invested in her mom. It's such an encouragement that our actions can make a bigger impact than we may ever realize!

In the last part of the show, we discuss the different strategies Ruth follows in how she runs her business and how she decides what gets posted on Instagram. We also talk about fighting for our marriages. No matter what the situation, we always need to remind ourselves of what is true and tell ourselves the Gospel.

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Links from the Show

Ruth's Website: Gracelaced

Ruth's books: Garden of Truth and Gracelaced

When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey

Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

What Ruth is loving: pork belly sliders, trying things that are out of her comfort zone, no cell service at her house

What Ruth is reading: The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch, You Are What You Love by James Smith

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 193 is Lynsey Kramer. Lynsey is a photographer turned farmer and lives in Fayetteville, TX a tiny town of 200 people. Lynsey and her husband Jason work together on their farm, Yonder Way Farm, with their four daughters.

You guys, I'm going to warn you now - after you listen today's show you're going to want to pack up your things and start a farm! Lynsey and I start out our conversation Lynsey giving me great advice on how I can be a better mama to my mama cat and her new kittens.  It turns out that I may have more kittens at my house than I thought!

Lynsey shares how she and her husband Jason went from firefighter and photographer to full-time farmers. For any of you thinking of starting something new or following a dream, you're going to be so encouraged as you hear her describe how they started from scratch, had many failures, and then mastered the ways of farming (You Tube may have been involved!).

At the end of the show Lynsey tells us about her amazing barn and the supper club events they will be hosting at the farm. You're going to want to take part in one of these events so be sure you follow Lynsey on Instagram!

{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

Yonder Way Farm

To find more information about supper clubs and farm days at Yonder Way Farm, follow them on Instagram!

What Lynsey is reading: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus for Kids by Jon Gordon, and The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Old World Antieks in La Grange

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 192 is Mo Isom. Mo is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, blogger, and former All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team. Mo has been featured in Sports Illustrated, appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays, Ellen, ESPN, CBS, The 700 Club, and countless other platforms. She, her husband, Jeremiah Aiken, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

When I received Mo's new book, Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot, I wasn't sure what to expect. But you guys, I loved this book and the message she brings. A little note about the show today - we discuss the issues of sex and pornography so mommas, you may first want to take a listen to the show on your own.

Mo and I dive right into the hard stuff and start talking about sexual sin. In Mo's book she discusses her past and struggle with sexual sin. At 19, she felt Jesus calling her to an intimacy fast. Mo describes how the fast reset her heart, but also when she started dating again (her future husband!), she saw how quickly the temptations could set back in and we must continually fight against our sins.

We then discuss the problems of pornography and the truth that so many women are silently struggling with this addiction. Mo describes the problem so well when she says, "it fulfills our instant urge, our instant want, but it never satisfies."  Mo and I both get fired up talking about having this conversation with our children. We both believe so strongly in the importance of heart transformation and relationship so we can be ready when the world throws out all its "false sexpectations".

I could have talked with Mo for hours and I know you're going to love our conversation 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

Mo's Website

Mo's books: Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot and Wreck My Life

What Mo is loving: Quay sunglasses, Uber, Instagram stories

What Mo is reading: Exploring the Prophetic Devotional by Shawn Bolz

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 191 is Christine Caine. Christine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded activist, author and international speaker. Christine has a passion for justice, and together with her husband, Nick, founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign, which received The Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice in 2017. In 2015, they founded Propel Women, an organization designed to honor the calling of every woman, empower her to lead, equip her for success, and develop a sense of purpose. Christine and her family make their home in Southern California.

Christine has been one of the most requested guests for me to have on The Happy Hour, and I am so excited for you guys to hear the show today. Christine's passion is contagious, and I know you will be encouraged, energized, and inspired!

Christine and I start off talking about what it means to speak truth in love, and how proclaiming the truth with boldness should not be out of the ordinary. Christine shares her story including how, at 33, she found out she was adopted, and the impact of enduring 12 years of abuse. She vividly describes the moment when Jesus began the transformation of her life. She says, "Jesus saved my soul...the Word renewed my mind and changed my life."

Christine and I then talk about how our lives look when we live with an orphan spirit instead of truly believing our identity as daughters of a king. We talk about how we react to the unexpected shows truth about our faith. She reminds us as we all face hurt and troubles in our life that what Jesus did for us is bigger than what people have done to us - Jesus is better!

You guys, there is so much good stuff in this show that you'll want to jot down - so grab your pen and paper and get ready to hear some powerful truths!

{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

Christine's Website

Christine's book (releasing May 8): Unexpected

The A21 Campaign

Propel Women

What Christine is loving: parenting teenagers, her upcoming trip to Europe, and studying for her Masters in Evangelism and Leadership with her Propel cohort

What Christine is reading: Life Without Lack by Dallas Willard

It's my 40th birthday this weekend and my goal is to have 40 kids sponsored through Compassion International. To learn more about Compassion International, listen to The Happy Hour #146 with Sophie Hudson as we talk about our trip to Kenya seeing the amazing work that's happening with Compassion.

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 190 is Jackie Hill Perry. Jackie is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on such publications as the Washington Times and The 700 Club. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexuality, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. At home, she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden.

For two years I've been working on getting Jackie on the show, and I am so excited to share our conversation with you today. On today's episode we cover some challenging topics: racial issues and homosexuality. I know these topics can bring us into uncomfortable or tense spaces, but I believe talking about hard issues is valuable and important, and my hope is that we can all be listeners and learners in these spaces.

Jackie and I begin the show talking about gospel diversity and the power of indifference. She describes how we can gain knowledge about the issues, but not take that knowledge and change how we live out our lives. The perspective she gives about the impact of indifference and inaction is powerful.

In the second half of the show, Jackie shares her story of how she was living a life of homosexuality and how God pursued her and saved her in a way only God could.  You are going to love hearing her talk about how her public ministry began just FIVE months after she decided to follow Jesus - her first public testimony was all because she wanted a free t-shirt! You guys, Jackie is bold and she speaks some powerful truths. When I asked her if she was afraid to fail, she said "Either I trust God or I don't... If I fall, then I fall and I get up and trust God some more".

{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

Jackie's Website

Pre-order Jackie's book: Gay Girl, Good God

Pre-order Jackie's album Crescendo + download a free song

Rosario Butterfield on Russell Moore's Signposts podcast

What Jackie is loving: oranges!

What Jackie is reading: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup and Beloved by Toni Morrison

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The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 189 is Tova Sido. Tova is a Jesus lover, author, speaker, and mom who lives in Dallas. Tova is passionate about helping others see God's incredible healing power for their lives and encourage them to become the people God created them to be.

When asked what Tova wanted to be when she grew up, she always knew her answer: Mom. On today's show, Tova shares her story of becoming mom to six children - three children who are in heaven, and three children she adopted from Ghana. As you can imagine, Tova's story of becoming a mom did not unfold as she expected.

Tova talks about the births and losses of her three beautiful children and when it seemed the sadness would overwhelm her. Tova speaks honestly about how she felt isolated - she wasn't sure how to interact with the world, and the world didn't know how to interact with her. But, an unexpected job offer at the end of what she thought was simply a counseling session with her pastor, started her on a path to regaining her joy. At the end of our conversation, we hear how a mission trip to Ghana became the starting point for how Tova brought home three of her children.

You guys, listening to Tova's story today was such an encouragement when we feel like we just can't make it through. Tova tells us "If you allow it, the joy will always supersede the pain", and with the Lord it will truly be a peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.

{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

Tova's website

Tova's Book Borrowed Courage

What Tova is loving: green smoothies, collagen vitamins, and This Is Us

What Tova is reading: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 188 is Layla Palmer. Layla is a storyteller/photographer whose passion is sharing home and lifestyle inspiration. She is a contributor for HGTV.com, and her home and work have been featured in numerous publications including HGTV Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Good Housekeeping.

Layla starts out the show telling us how in efforts not to fall for her now husband Kevin while they were working together, she kept herself quietly busy in a corner painting pictures of cartoon cats (yes, you read that right). After they got married, Kevin started passionately seeking Jesus, and she talks about how watching him simply being a child of God made her take notice. I love her story of the moment she felt changed everything when in the darkest season of their marriage, she and Kevin encountered Jesus in the drive-thru of a Krystal Burger.

Layla and I both have adopted children from Haiti, and at the end of the show we talk about some of the challenges we've seen our children face - including wanting them to recognize their preciousness and the difficulty in establishing that feeling of permanence for them.

I loved my conversation with Layla and also love following her on Instagram - her intention of educating, entertaining, and encouraging comes through all of her stories and posts. And speaking of Instagram, come find me @JamieIvey!  I've partnered with Starfish Project to host a contest that will begin April 12 where five winners will receive a signed copy of If You Only Knew and $100 gift certificate to Starfish Project!

{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

Layla's Blog: The Lettered Cottage

Kevin's Testimony

What Layla is reading: Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 187 is Courtney Wetzel. Courtney is a senior at Texas A&M University and believes in empowering, equipping and encouraging individuals even in the mundane. Through her gift of storytelling, she is able to empathize and rally behind her generation.

Courtney is the youngest guest I've had so far on the Happy Hour, and I loved our conversation, her energy, and enthusiasm, and I know you will too.

Courtney and I talk about her current season of transitioning from college and how important it is for women to cheer each other on. Courtney is speaking my language when she talks about the importance of women saying to each other "I'm on your team".

Courtney then shares how she developed the habit of looking for "dimes", or unexpected joys in each day. It started with a writing assignment during a season where it seemed joys would be few. I love how she has committed to finding her "dimes" in each day and that you can always "fight to find what was good about today".

At the end of the show, Courtney will prove anyone who has preconceived notions about millenials wrong, because this gal is doing great things to develop community and creativity! But, we also talk about the danger in this age of hustle, and feeling like we need to keep pace with those we see around us instead of remaining grounded in where our true identity lies.

{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

Courtney's Blog

Passion City Church: Boost or Bury Sermon

Annie F. Downs Podcast "That Sounds Fun" - series on rhythms

What Courtney is loving: her ABLE wallet, Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective,
her home, "The Treehouse"

What Courtney is reading: If You Only Knew, Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

What Jamie is reading: No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 186 is Carrie Rozema. Carrie is co-author of 'The Least of These', a personal testimony of the redemptive power of Christ in the face of her husband's heroin addiction.  Carrie and her husband Neal share their personal testimonies in hopes of bringing insight and freedom to those held captive by drug abuse and incarceration.

In today's episode, Carrie says "God is in the business of redeeming broken people", and throughout our conversation today, I know you'll hear so many examples of how God will pursue us no matter what the circumstances.

Carrie begins by sharing how God rescued her from an unsafe marriage, and how she came to know God through His Word. As Carrie was healing and growing more in her faith, in walks Neal - the exact opposite "type" of man Carrie thought God would pick for her. You guys, she even told him on the first date that she wasn't the girl he was looking for.

Carries describes how a few months into the relationship, he admitted he was on parole. She tells us how she finally learned the truth about his heroin addiction when he was sent to prison. She first told Neal to lose her number, but instead throughout Neal's years in prison, God continually pursued both of them, and they ended up married just ten days after Neal was released.

At the end of our conversation, Carrie gives a convicting challenge to the church: she encourages us to step out and welcome people who come from hard situations such as abuse, addiction, or prison.  I loved how she said even if it seems messy or hard, we should "roll out the red carpet".

{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

Carrie and Neal's Testimony: The Least of These

Carrie and Neal on The 700 Club

What Carrie is loving: her 100 year old farmhouse,
dark chocolate, and the Beachwaver curling iron

What Carrie is reading: If You Only Knew, Dressed to Kill by Rick Renner, Killing Kryptonite by John Bevere

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 185 is Holly Christine Hayes. Holly is an author, world-renowned recovery ministry expert, and founder/CEO of Sanctuary Project, a social enterprise bringing hope and healing to survivors of trafficking, violence and addiction. Holly was recently chosen as a new Voice for Women of Faith and is passionate about sharing her radical salvation story in safe houses, churches, conferences and recovery communities all over the world.

I know that after listening to my conversation with Holly, you are going to love God more and be affirmed in how much God can redeem in our lives. Holly and I start out the conversation talking about what it means to hit rock bottom, and no matter what your story is, pain is pain. Holly shares her story of abuse, addiction, abortion, and trafficking that led her to the moment when she prayed the words, "God help me."

Holly shares her journey of becoming sober and getting to know the God that saved her. I cannot stop thinking about when she told me the amazing story of how God met her in the Word when she sought to know Him better by opening up her Bible.

At the end of show, we talk about her passion for helping women gain freedom from shame and her new nonprofit, Sanctuary Project. Be sure to come find me on Instagram tomorrow (3/22) because we will be giving away a necklace from Sanctuary Project!

A note about our conversation today: we discuss several mature topics including abortion, abuse, trafficking, and addiction which may not be appropriate for young ears.

{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

Holly's Book: From Basement to Sanctuary

Sanctuary Project // Follow Sanctuary Project on Instagram and Facebook

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

What Holly is loving: LeTote, the Passion translation of the Bible, marble jewelry

What Holly is reading: If You Only Knew

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 184 is Marshawn Evans Daniels. A former sports attorney, Miss America finalist, and competitor on The Apprentice, she left a high-powered law firm and turned her passion for people into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Marshawn is a reinvention strategist and life coach mentoring women to live bolder in the areas of faith and business and turn ideas into income and faith into action.

On today's show, Marshawn shares the story of how living out faith in her daily life led her to where she is today, coaching and empowering women. Marshawn tells us about how she competed in Miss America, The Apprentice, and discovered her talent for business. After launching her own book on business and creating a successful sports agency, Marshawn faced crisis: the week she was set to be married, she called off her wedding. Marshawn describes this as her "split rock" moment and that God used this crisis to move her through what she calls divine reinvention.

I know that Marshawn inspired me when she said that we should all believe bigger and be awakened in boldness to use the gifts that God has given us, and I hope that you are inspired too!

A note about our conversation today: you may want to be aware of little ears that are listening when Marshawn and I discuss the topic of infidelity.

{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

Marshawn's Book: Believe Bigger

Marshawn's website

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 183 is Andi Andrew. Andi is the author of She Is Free, and cofounder and copastor with her husband, Paul, of Liberty Church. In 2015 she launched the She Is Free Conference in order to equip and activate women to walk in freedom, spirit, soul, and body, and see others set free in their sphere of influence. A frequent speaker all over the world, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul, and their four children.

You guys, I am so excited to share with you my conversation with Andi. Her message of freedom and replacing lies with truth aligns so much with what I am passionate about. We cover so many topics from the lessons learned from sharing rooms with your siblings, to how the lies we believe will alter our perspective on the world.

Andi also shares her story of moving to Australia where she unexpectedly met and married her husband, and the amazing story of how God led her and Paul to start Liberty Church in NYC. We then dive into the lies we cling to that disconnect us from God and each other. Shame, anger, control - do those sound as familiar to you as they did for me? Andi and I talk honestly about how these can manifest in our own lives and how we can work to dismantle the lies and live in the truth.

One note about our conversation today: Andi and I do talk about some mature topics related to marriage, so you may want to be aware of little ears that are listening.

{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

Andi's Website

She Is Free Conference

Liberty Church

Andi's Books: She Is Free and Fake or Follower (available for pre-order)

What Andi is loving: Fixer Upper, the Passion translation of the Bible, full-fat cream (for coffee, tea, anything!)

What Andi is reading: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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 If You Only Knew

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 182 is Emily Thomas. Emily is the host of the Mom Struggling Well podcast where she employs humor and candor to share the encouragement from God’s word and her personal motherhood misadventures in an effort to build up worn-down moms everywhere.

On today's show, Emily and I start off talking about parenting challenges and Emily shares her story of infertility that led her to adoption. I appreciated Emily's honesty so much as she tells us about the difficulties she faced in connecting with her daughter and how they are fostering a healthy relationship together.

Emily then shares the incredible story of her first marriage that began with an engagement after the first date, moving overseas, and ended with Emily fleeing for her safety.

I loved the end of our conversation when Emily and I talk about the importance of recognizing when how we feel about God doesn't line up with what is actually true about God. This is such a great encouragement for all of us that no matter how unusable by God we may feel, the truth about who God is and how He loves us is greater!

{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

MomStrugglingWell.com

Emily's Podcast: Mom Struggling Well

What Emily is loving: Madewell jeans, Anything with thumb holes (i.e sweaters), Better Life Bags

What Emily is reading: Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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 If You Only Knew

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 181 is Jennifer Allwood. Jennifer is a wife, a mother and a creative turned business coach. She is “Facebook famous” according to her teenage boys with over 300K followers on that platform and she teaches women how to create a beautiful home and build a creative business.

If you have been feeling God nudge you to do something new but you've felt afraid or uncertain, then this show is for you. No matter what stage of life you're in, I know you're going to be encouraged by our conversation today to get out there and use your giftings.

Jennifer and I begin the show by discussing the joys and challenges of raising teenage boys including the new freedom she's loving with having a teenager in the house that can drive.

Jennifer then shares how she transformed her painting business to a successful online platform. Through this shift, Jennifer has been able to reach an even broader audience than before, and she now also coaches thousands of women on how to maximize their talents through social media. She shares some of her tips with us and I know that I learned some things today that I'll be implementing ASAP!

What I loved most about our conversation today was her encouragement for all of us. She reminds us that we all share the feeling of being afraid, but that doesn't release us from our calling. God has given us giftings and He has equipped us to use them, so don't let fear stop you when you feel him giving you a nudge!

{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

JenniferAllwood.com

The Magic Brush

Jennifer's Podcast: The Jennifer Allwood Show

Passion City Church: Boost or Bury

What Jennifer is loving: the color cobalt blue, Netflix (Stranger Things!), and Instagram stories

What Jennifer is reading: If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and Beth Moore daily devotionals (Beth Moore Airport Story Video)

Jessica Honegger's Going Scared Podcast

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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 If You Only Knew

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 180 is Sonja Overhiser. Sonja is an author, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate. She and her husband Alex have created the A Couple Cooks website and the A Couple Cooks podcast that together provide recipes, conversation, and inspiration for healthy and sustainable eating.

Sonja and I start off talking about how she discovered her passion for cooking through trying out recipes from cookbooks with her husband. We talk about the power of sharing a meal with others, and the walls that come down and community built up by breaking bread together.

You'll be moved by Sonja's journey to becoming a momma as she takes us through her cancer diagnosis, infertility, and the road to bringing home her son. She shares about the difficulty of being in a "liminal space" where you're in transition, waiting and uncertain what God is leading you to next.

Sonja and I got to chat about so many things on the show today from how what we eat connects to our faith, to the amazing and bittersweet moments that can happen in adoption. I'm so excited to share our conversation with you and know you're going to 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!}

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A Couple Cooks

A Couple Cooks Podcast

Sonja's Cookbook: Pretty Simple Cooking

What Sonja is loving: Monstera plants, Asana for managing to-do's, Google Home Mini

What Sonja is reading: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Sourdough by Robin Sloan

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My guest for The Happy Hour # 179 is Candace Payne. On the show today, you'll get to know the woman behind the Chewbacca Mask whose video became a viral sensation and the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date. Candace is a speaker and author of Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy, and the small-group curriculum, Defiant Joy: What Happens When You’re Full Of It.

Candace and I start the show discussing all things movies by playing "Skip It or Ticket" and you'll learn how much I know about Star Wars (hint: I may have fallen asleep during one of the movies!).

Candace shares how posting her Chewbacca Mask video changed her life literally overnight, and what it has been like to experience fame so quickly. Candace opens up about struggles her family has endured, including a time when they were homeless. Candace reminds us that through God we always have access to joy and freedom no matter the circumstances, and it's up to us to choose to fight for it.

Candace will make you laugh and encourage you to embrace and experience joy, and I know you'll love my conversation with her.

{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

Candace's Books: Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy, Defiant Joy: What Happens When You're Full of it

Trying on the Chewbacca Mask Video

Candace's single: Heal the World

Candace's Website

What Candace is loving: her pugs, breakfast tacos (egg whites, pico de gallo, avocado and lots of cheese!), and her iPad Pro

What Candace is reading: The Gift of Being Yourself by David G. Benner

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

 If You Only Knew

Connect with Candace

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors

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We're switching things up a little bit today on The Happy Hour. My husband and best friend, Aaron, is guest hosting and interviewing ME. My very first book, If You Only Knew, released yesterday and I am feeling every possible emotion about the whole thing. On today's show, we talk about the book writing process and my heart behind the message of the book. Aaron also asks me about the most vulnerable chapter in the book, where I share a recent struggle. I'll be the first and last to say vulnerability is hardly ever easy, but always worth it. 

Guys, I really can't believe this book is finally out into the world. I cannot thank you enough for your support and you cheering me on. This has been such a labor, and such a joy, and such a rollercoaster and you guys have been amazing through it all. I am so so grateful. And if you haven't already, I would love for you to pick up a copy of the book today for you and a friend. You can do that right now right here!

{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

If You Only Knew

Connect with Aaron

Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Sponsors

Life on the Fast Track Podcast
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Kat Harris joins me today for The Happy Hour #177. Kat is a Brooklyn-based photographer, educator, and Co-Founder of the online magazine The Refined Woman.  Her mission is to empower women to embrace their beauty, identity, and value through the art of story telling. 

As you'll hear in our conversation today, Kat believes life happens in the in-between, and that there is no such thing as having 'arrived'.  We talk about the idea of sustainable transformation and how she believes every opportunity is an opportunity for growth if we choose it to be. 

Kat shares all about being single and a virgin In New York City and how she fights to trust God in her singleness. She talks about her conviction to abstain from sex until marriage, what the Bible says, and how she plans to endure in a culture and city where it's not celebrated.

I loved my conversation with Kat so much, and I just know you will 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

The Refined Woman

Kat's Blog Series: Sexless in the City

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling + A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle + A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle

What Kat is loving: Justin Baldoni Ted TalkRumble Boxing and her plants

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

Connect with Kat

Facebook // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Sponsors

Life on the Fast Track Podcast
Winc
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My guest for The Happy Hour #176 is Candace Cameron Bure. Candace is an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and loved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, inspirational speaker and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist. Candace is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith.

Guys, if you thought you loved Candace before, you are going to love her even more after listening to our conversation. She is as warm and genuine as we all imagined her to be. In our conversation, we talk about growing up on screen, taking a 10 year break to focus on her family, and the challenges of living a life of faith in the TV and film world. You'll hear about how she makes decisions on roles she plays in an effort to stay true to herself and honoring to God.

We also talk about her book writing career and her newest book, Kind is the New Classy, releasing on April 24. Make sure to head over to Amazon to pre-order and reach out to Candace to let her know how much you loved hearing her on The Happy Hour!

{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

Fuller House

Candace's Books

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

What Candace is loving: being home, microblading eyebrows and her Gucci slides

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

Connect with Candace

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Sponsors

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My guest for The Happy Hour #175 is Alisa Keeton. Alisa is a leading certified wellness professional with more than 20 years of experience.  She is passionately dedicated to serving the Lord and is the founder of Revelation Wellness, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to educating and inspiring people to live healthy and whole lives in Christ.

I just know you guys are going to love my conversation with Alisa. We talk about how her relationship with Jesus began and took a serious toll on her marriage. Alisa shares how God redeemed her marriage and how she and her husband are both living lives surrendered to Jesus. You'll also hear about Alisa's decision to have her breast implants removed. If you want to read more about that story, you can do so here. We talk all about holistic health and what motivates us and what drags us down.

In her new book, The Wellness Revelation: Lose What Weighs You Down So You Can Love, God, Yourself, and Others, Alisa takes an in depth look at what it means to be transformed by God’s love, from the inside-out. After our conversation, I know you'll want to go check that out.

 

{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

Revelation Wellness

Alisa's Book: The Wellness Revelation

Alisa's Podcast: Revelation Wellness - Healthy & Whole

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

What Alisa is loving: Apple Watch, scarves and kombucha

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

Connect with Alisa

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Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors

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My guest for The Happy Hour #174 is Mica May. Mica is the Founder and CEO of lifestyle brand, May Designs. She believes every day life should be lovely, and is on a mission to make all of life’s normal activities just a little bit more magical - from paper goods to her new apparel line. Her notebooks just launched in Target stores nationwide, were named one of Oprah’s favorite things and have been featured on The Today Show and Good Morning America. Mica lives in Austin with her best friend and husband, Jonathan and their three kids.

On today's show she tells us exactly how her love for pretty paper transformed into the company that we know and love today! Mica shares candidly about the moment she had to make the decision to keep moving through the hardships of starting a business, or deciding to throw in the towel and quit. On behalf of all of us that love our May Designs books, we're glad she continued moving forward with her business.

The final part of our show was powerful as Mica and I discussed the moments when she was told that her son had Down's Syndrome. Her thoughts on borrowing grief and guilt were moving to me, and I'll never forget our conversation. I know that you'll love the 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

Jennie Allen's 2018 Dream Guide

StrengthsFinder

The Happy Hour #132: Heather Avis

Essentialism by Greg McKeown + High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard + Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro

What Mica is loving: Spanx leggings, calendar planning and Unite Texturiza Spray

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

Connect with Mica

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Sponsors

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