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

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 18: Jenny Daer Shields; About the One Who Comforts

  • Jenny Daer Shields is a mother to a sweet little boy named Noah and wife to Marcus, who she met in the high school marching band. Jenny attends LifeChurch where she and her husband serve in kids ministry.  She just graduated from Oklahoma State University with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and now works at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OU Health Sciences Center.
  • On this episode, Jenny talks about going from an ankle injury to being diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a very hard season, and just when things began to settle, Jenny’s dad passed away suddenly, a month after her wedding.
  • Jenny shares her heart on the difficulty of walking through a world that is full of sorrow and sadness, but she points to the goodness of Jesus and how He walks through hard seasons with us. Her story is one that is full of grief, sickness and sadness, but also one that is full of God’s goodness and His faithfulness. 

Thanks to Jenny for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 17: Tiffany Ramirez; About Resilience

  • Tiffany Ramirez is doing big things in the community through her job in foster care prevention. She also serves diligently at her church in several areas. 
  • On this episode, Tiffany shares about being a dual citizen of both the United States and Mexico, and some of the unique challenges she has faced. We talk about discrimination, hard conversations in the church, and we also talk about being single and thriving as she walks out God’s calling on her life. 
  • This episode covers some tough topics, but Tiffany is brave as she speaks openly and honestly about what how Christians can be better in the way we approach topics regarding immigration, race, and expectations of marriage. Tiffany’s episode is one that is so important, and through it all, she points back to Jesus! 

Mentioned:

  • Lilyfield

Thanks to Tiffany for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 16: Shannon Hurt; About Beginning Again

  • Shannon Hurt is a woman on fire for Jesus! She is enjoying an exciting season in her life, parenting a 16 yr old son, new baby girl, and loving being a newlywed. 
  • On this episode, Shannon gets real about mental health and the stigma associated with those who deal with it. She talks about waking up in a crisis center and crawling out from under the weight of shame because of grace. 
  • Shannon points back to Jesus as she talks about navigating bipolar disorder, and encourages us to “put on joy.” She has a heart to end the stigma associated with this conversation by being open about taking medication, seeing a counselor, and diving into God’s word. 

Resources:

  • Hope Community Services
  • NAMI Oklahoma
  • Goodtherapy.org

Mentioned:

  • North Church (north.church)

Thanks to Shannon for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire