Shirley Mears: About Seeing God in the Hard

Shirley Mears has been married to her high school sweetheart for 47 years, she has five grandchildren, has been a radio host, tv personality, and is a savvy businesswoman. 
On this episode, Shirley talks about being diagnosed with breast cancer, and the anger she felt with God. She talks about changing her diet and her thinking, as she walked the hard road of battling cancer. 

Shirley encourages us to battle against negative thinking and self pity, by digging into God’s word and using his scripture to change our thinking. She talks about choosing to serve and love others during her hard season, rather than focusing on her own pain. This episode is a POWERFUL testimony of what it looks like when we choose to focus on Jesus and use His Word rather than the pain of our circumstances. Shirley reminds us that in this world we will have sorrow and pain, but we can choose to look for Jesus in the hard places. He is the hope in the hard. Don’t miss this encouraging episode! 

Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at http://www.aboutthegirls.com. 

Mentioned:
North Church: north.church
Facebook: Shirley Mears
Website: shirleyemmears@wearelegalshield.com 
Healing Secrets from the Bible: https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Secrets-Bible-Patrick-Quillin/dp/0963837214

Thanks to Shirley for joining About the Girls today. 
Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 
Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Heather Poe: About Redeeming Love

  • Heather Poe is a mother of two, is celebrating 21 years of marriage with her love, and is a business owner.
  • On this episode, Heather is getting REAL about things we rarely talk openly about. Heather talks honestly about a time when she and her husband were looking outside of their marriage and how Jesus saved them from what felt like a hopeless situation. She shares about losing her mother, how the grief felt overwhelming, and believing the lie that her “stuff” was too much. Heather talks about how her desire to not burden anyone led to feeling like suicide was the only option.
  • Heather’s story is packed with hard things, BUT JESUS. Because of Jesus, Heather is here today talking about a redeemed marriage that is thriving because of Jesus. Heather shares how God used her best friend to save her from ending her life and how she and that same friend carry each other’s burdens. The honesty and authenticity in the way Heather shares her story is refreshing and she credits it all to the goodness of Jesus. Heather reminds us that the truth in God’s word is what combats the lies we believe, that there is freedom in letting go of the shame we carry, and that even in hard things, God is still good. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Heather for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Raegan Alvarez: About Leaving a Legacy

  • Raegan Alvarez continues in the family business of investing in the next generation as a teacher. 
  • On this episode, Raegan shares the heartbreaking story of finding out her dad was terminally ill. She details the journey she walked with her family in the short time between finding out their new reality and saying goodbye to her best friend. 
  • This conversation with Raegan is a tough one, but it is a necessary one. Raegan talks about feeling like her prayers were not answered and wondering how God could give them such a heavy burden, which is a feeling most can relate to whether through the loss of a family member or some other devastating situation. But, Raegan reminds us of the goodness of God even in hard times and how He is so sweet to give us reminders that he sees us. This episode is an encouragement for those grieving, that you are not alone and for those walking through hard things that you can make it through. Raegan’s story is also a gentle nudge to love your people well and to lead a life filled with joy, just like her daddy. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Raegan for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Lena Malone – About Owning Your Season

  • Lena Malone is a JOY. She is an enneagram 7, she’s all about fun and her smile is so contagious. She is a teacher and very active at her church, NorthChurch. 
  • On this episode, Lena is talking about her struggle with identity growing up as one of the only minorities in her area. The conversation on identity continues as we talk about what it looks like to be single, and the expectations of others. We talk about how society defines success for women and the way we base our identities on things other than Jesus. 
  • This conversation with Lena is a great one for everyone, single or not. She talks about being in any season of waiting, and choosing to really LIVE rather than waiting for that “thing” to make life worthwhile or make you worthy. She talks about the choice to base her identity on who Jesus says she is rather than her marital status.

Mentioned:

Thanks to Lena for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Kandi Jones; About the Myth of Being Unlovable

  • Kandi Jones is a mom to two girls  and wife to Todd. Kandi also serves as the NorthKids Director at NorthChurch and leads a thriving bible study group for moms called, Where Moms Connect. 
  • On this episode, Kandi talks about growing up with challenges that started early on. Kandi talks about the realities of being born with a cleft lip and palate, seeing alcoholism up close, the loss of her brother and more. She also shares the pain of miscarriage and walking through hard changes and challenges in her life. 
  • Kandi’s honesty is refreshing as she shares the lies she believed about herself, the difficulty in dealing with complex family relationships and words left unsaid after the death of her dad. Kandi addresses the lies and speaks of the truth of Jesus. She reminds us that our identity is based on him, and not the choices of family members, physical attributes, or accomplishments. This is such an encouraging episode for any girl (or guy) who has ever believed she is unlovable. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Kandi for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Heidi Oppegard: About the Lies We Believe

  • Heidi Oppegard is known for her big laugh and her ability to make everyone feel like family. She is a wife to Scott, mom to three, and district manager for a well known childcare facility. 
  • On this episode, Heidi shares about a time in her life where she minimized who she was and struggled to find her voice in a toxic relationship. She discusses the effects of damaging words spoken over her and how she started to believe the lies about who she was. 
  • There is so much hope in Heidi’s story as she shares what life looks like now. Heidi talks about being a new believer and the joy of a relationship with Jesus in her life. Heidi is guaranteed to make you laugh and make you feel like a friend on this episode, while encouraging those of us who may be in a season where we feel stuck in a toxic situation, or those of us who are supporting a friend in a toxic situation. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church
  • Welcome Ave Designs (find them on Facebook or Instagram) 

Thanks to Heidi for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 22: About a Southern Girl

  • Lisa Woodson is a Project Manager, has been married to her “Snooky” for 38 years, a mother of three and grandmother to 9! 
  • On this episode, Lisa and Kayla talk about Lisa’s childhood and the extremely hard things that became a part of her story at a young age. They talk about identity issues in the complexities of not knowing her dad was her dad and his subsequent death, sexual abuse, her southern accent, and more. 
  • Lisa’s story is one that is full of unimaginable pain and hurdles, but she tells her story through the lens of Gods grace. She reminds us all that our identity is found in Jesus. In the absence of a father, she has found peace in knowing we have a Father who loves us and calls us his own. 

Thanks to Lisa for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire