The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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

Connect with Katie

 Katie's Instagram // Amazima's Instagram

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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

Connect with Liz

 Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

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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

Connect with Jessica

 Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

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The Happy Hour Summer Book Club's August Book: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson AND we're extending the club - join us for September!

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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

Connect with Suzanne

 Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

Connect with Jamie + The Happy Hour

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

The Happy Hour Summer Book Club's August Book: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson AND we're extending the club - join us for September!

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If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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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

Connect with Elyse

 Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

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