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Many women feel overwhelmed with the chaos of life, struggle with the fact that life, relationships and marriage are hard, and lack what they need to truly thrive. The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast, with host, Cheryl Scruggs, and online community provide women with encouragement & support, to better manage their stress, create healthy relationships, and build a life that thrives beyond belief.
 
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As a marriage and family therapist, one of Nicole Zasowski’s greatest joys is helping her clients grow in emotional freedom. What she couldn’t see for many years is that she was living her own life outside of that freedom, clinging to behaviors like shame, performance, and control in order to feel valued and safe. It was only when she was confronte…
 
Lisa Appelo writes stories of hope and encouragement when walking through the hard places. She's a former attorney who pushed pause on career to home educate and raise her seven children. Happily married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years and in the throes of a busy household, life as she knew it collapsed around her. Her world shattered in…
 
About Amber: Born and raised in California, I love the combination of city life and outdoor living that is ideal for a Boy-Mom who is raising men. Raised in a home that taught the Bible, table manners, and a love for the beach, I find myself passing those ideals on to the next generation. (Though with four sons, table manners are always a work in p…
 
Excerpt from Thriving Beyond Belief: Courageous, Rooted, Thriving Women Quote from Chapter 1: "LIFE, MARRIAGE, SINGLENESS, WORK, PARENTING, and relationships can be hard and the struggle is real. But I know women who are learning to thrive in the midst of it all. This book you’re holding is an outlier. It frames thriving in a new way. And it paints…
 
Billie Jauss is an author, speaker, and podcaster. She encourages women to live with purpose while navigating life’s obstacles. She provides biblical guidance helping women find peace and purpose. Billie and Dave, a Major League Baseball coach, spend the baseball season on the road and the off-season in southwest Florida. Guest Links: WEBSITE: http…
 
Dr. Daniel Emina is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director of Amen Clinics—a chain of nationally recognized outpatient healthcare clinics that has pioneered innovative techniques in mental health diagnosis and treatment. He’s experienced in treatment for anxiety, suicidal ideation, mood disorders, addiction, ADD/AD…
 
Laura L. Smith is a popular speaker and best-selling author, Smith speaks around the country sharing the love of Christ with women at conferences and events. She shares her own brokenness to write 'Restore My Soul: The Power and Promise of 30 Psalms', offering much-needed comfort and hope for others who are feeling broken and scared in a strife-tor…
 
“It’s hard to be lonely, isn’t it? To miss someone who should be here?” Jodi Stuber wasn't looking for another horse for her struggling therapy ranch—let alone one like Solomon. After losing his herd, he was solitary and sad, spending his days standing near the plastic deer in his yard for company. No stranger herself to loss and heartache, Jodi kn…
 
Dr. Amanda Porter is an introvert and writer who is passionate about faith, hope, mental wellness, and recovery. As a nurse practitioner who specializes in Integrative Mental Health, Amanda diagnoses, treats, and prescribes medication to patients of all ages, of every diagnosis, and across all levels of care. She is board-certified in internal medi…
 
Author and Speaker Daniel Ritchie Helps Christians Cultivate Patience in ‘Endure’ Born Without Arms, Ritchie Combines His Personal Experience with Biblical Truth to Encourage Readers to Run the Race In a culture permeated by the “microwave mentality” and accustomed to getting what we want instantaneously, author and speaker Daniel Ritchie reminds J…
 
ABOUT LAUREN and laurenscruggskennedy.com i started the space LAURENSCRUGGSKENNEDY.COM in 2017 with the hope to cultivate a space where i could share my expertise on healthy living and my passion for vulnerability, style, clean beauty, and nutritious recipes. since then life has expanded in so many ways – i’ve learned so much, been connected with s…
 
How can you celebrate and thank the mom in your life for all she does? The one who has loved you as a mom or is the mom of your children deserves to know how valuable she is. In their new gift book/devotional, I Love You, Mom! Cherished Word Gifts from My Heart to Yours (Tyndale House, March 22), mother-daughter duo, Blythe Daniel and Dr. Helen McI…
 
Using Scripture and personal narrative, Courageously Expecting empathizes with and empowers women to face a pregnancy after loss with faith and courage, despite inevitable feelings of grief and fear that accompany life after losing a baby. Pregnancy is widely regarded as the most joyful time in a woman’s life, but for the mother who has experienced…
 
What If It’s Wonderful? Author and marriage and family therapist Nicole Zasowski knows that it’s difficult to trust joy and find the courage to celebrate when you have endured seasons of disappointment and despair. When God has been your faithful anchor in the storm, does joy then leave you unmoored? Nicole reminds us that we can stay tethered to t…
 
"Imperfect follower of Jesus and really imperfect mother to two amazing human beings! Grateful to be able to do what I love!" - KLG New York Times bestselling author Kathie Lee Gifford reveals heartwarming, entertaining conversations between people and personalities who both agree and disagree about who Jesus is, his role throughout history, and hi…
 
All of us are products of our upbringing and experiences, and whether we realize it or not, have come to believe things that aren’t actually true. Those false beliefs hold us back. They are like recordings that constantly play in our minds, condemning us, accusing us, shaming us, and blaming us. Is it possible to silence these thoughts in our heads…
 
My interview this week is a solo episode with myself, host, Cheryl Scruggs. Join me as I talk about thriving along with physical abundance. Resources Social Media Links TWITTER: @tbb_podcast FACEBOOK: /thrivingbeyondbelief INSTAGRAM: @cherylscruggsBy Cheryl Scruggs
 
My interview this week is with Jamie Ivey. Jamie hosts a podcast called The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, she lives in Austin, TX, is a wife to Aaron, and together they have four kids under the age of 13. On the podcast this week I want to focus on an incredible book Jamie just finished writing entitled If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Stor…
 
Stacey Morgan is always ready with a funny or thoughtful story from her own life; whether it be holding down the home front during her husband’s Special Forces military deployments, carpooling, working for the Smithsonian, skydiving, teaching her teens to drive, taking roller-skating lessons, or watching as her husband blasts into outer space. A wo…
 
THE Francine Rivers! New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers has published numerous novels—all bestsellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her novels have been awarded or nominated for many honors, and in 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine wa…
 
Sandi Brown, the founder and president of the largest Christian radio ministry in St. Louis, JOY FM, bravely reached out to a local therapist in 2019 as she loved God but did not like herself. Brown vulnerably opened-up to Dr. Michelle Caulk and for the first time spoke out loud about her past trauma, abuse, and struggle with self-love. The new boo…
 
Psychiatrist and Ministry Leader Combine Their Clinical and Jesus-Centered Practices to Help End Suicide Epidemic Associate Medical Director of Amen Clinics and Bestselling Christian Author Collaborate to Offer Strategies to Improve Brain Health in New Book, The Suicide Solution. “There has never been a more important time in history for The Suicid…
 
Emotional Abundance (Vulnerability) “My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about …
 
Do you ever wonder why you’re here, contemplate the purpose of your life or find it hard to push back the darkness? Allie knows how hard it is to be a girl or woman in our world today. She was the good girl and scholar athlete hiding behind a smile as she worked overtime to keep it all together. But at the age of eighteen, she came undone. Two week…
 
I love (in no particular order), date nights, being a momma, Taco Tuesday, going to the movies with the fam (popcorn with extra butter and peanut M&Ms – always), good reports at our Staff Meeting, dancing at weddings until they kick me off the dance floor, a good historical fiction novel that makes me think and cry, worship, baking, long deep chats…
 
Becky Keife is a beloved speaker and is the Community Manager for DaySpring’s (in)courage, a widely followed online community where authentic women link arms to build community, celebrate diversity, and live courageously for Jesus. Becky’s debut book, No Better Mom for the Job: Parenting with Confidence (Even When You Don’t Feel Cut Out for It) ref…
 
Dr. Matt Chalmers is a health and wellness expert, author and speaker who specializes in the areas of long-term wellness, nutrition, women’s health, weight loss, athlete wellness and holistic healing. With a client list that includes professional athletes, business executives, politicians and celebrities, Dr. Chalmers takes a holistic-based approac…
 
The holidays can be tough when it comes to family dynamics and lots of other things we are dealing with in life! But today, I want to encourage and challenge as we move in to this wonderful time of year! Let's go there and talk about where you are; emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally during the holidays. Related Links: Facebook: @Che…
 
Julie is a wife, mother, author, teacher, and blogger. Before she married, she taught speech, drama, and English for three years in the Richardson Independent School District. After she married, she stayed home with her two children and spent time volunteering locally and at the South Texas border. Now that her kids are grown, she works intermitten…
 
Kyle DiRoberts (PhD) is department chair and associate professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Arizona Christian University in Glendale, Arizona, adjunct professor at Phoenix Seminary, and director of the minister in residence and internship programs at Scottsdale Bible Church. He is married to Lolly and the father of Kaden, Oliver, and Ca…
 
Sarah's Story: Finding my voice. My twenties were categorized as driven and successful. My resume boasted of working for influential organizations. I was a popular communicator traveling across the globe to speak to students. And I became an author at the young age of 27. But then, I turned 30, had kids, faced some rejection and was felt like I had…
 
Born prematurely, Johnny has cerebral palsy and is mostly confined to a wheelchair. He has participated for several years in numerous myTeamTriumph (mTT) 5Ks, Marathons and Triathlons being pushed by able-bodied athletes. Inspired by mTT, Johnny and his Dad began doing 5Ks, marathons and triathlons on their own. This ultimately led to Johnny settin…
 
Do Less So God Can Do More Popular speaker, Billie Jauss, shares how to make room for God in her latest book. Every believer experiences dry seasons in their lifetimes when you're doing all the right things but feel painfully disconnected from God. Bible study? Check. Volunteer ministry? Check. Daily quiet time? Check. But nothing seems to be worki…
 
Erica is an award-winning author and the founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing you the truths of Scripture to transform your life. By digging deeply into God’s Word, Every Life Ministries encourages you to discover your unique purpose, accept God’s promises, and live by His power. Erica is the author of three Bible studies released by Moody Pu…
 
I am so excited to have Nancy Houston with me today on Thriving Beyond Belief! We talk about a topic that is necessary in our culture today and one that is good for our hearts. We discuss intimacy within marriage! Nancy shares her story with us and how she has gotten to where she is today. Nancy’s book Love and Sex was released in February, which i…
 
Join me this week on Thriving Beyond Belief with my guest Rachel Macy Stafford. In LIVE LOVE NOW Stafford shows readers how to become a truth-teller, encourager and guide to help young adults through the top stressors they face today—academic pressure, parental expectations, technoference, lack of purpose, isolation and the absence of effective cop…
 
This week on Thriving Beyond Belief, we have a special episode with Jeff and myself with Aaron and Jamie Ivey, co-authors of Complement: The Surprising Beauty of Choosing Together Over Separate in Marriage. Related Links: WEBSITE: AaronandJamieIvey.com INSTAGRAM: @jamieivey AMAZON: Complement: The Surprising Beauty of Choosing Together Over Separat…
 
In 2009, Lara Casey—PowerSheets® creator, best-selling author, and mom to three—wrote a blog post ("How to Make Things Happen") in an attempt to answer the many emails she received asking, "how do you do it all?" The blog post received a flurry of responses, resonating with hundreds of people. It sparked a movement that turned into the Making Thing…
 
This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast, Paul David Tripp! Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, event speaker, and a best-selling and award-winning author. With more than 30 books and video series on Christian living, Paul’s driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Experience The Marriage Of Your D…
 
Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast, Tod Jacobs and Peter Lynn from Not a Partnership! About the Authors: Tod Jacobs Tod Jacobs is Director of the David Robinson Institute for Jewish Heritage in Jerusalem, which he co-founded in 2005. Prior to his current role teaching and counseling his students and alumni, he enjoyed a distinguished caree…
 
Darryl Strawberry is described as a baseball legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game. His many accomplishments in the major leagues include four World Series titles, eight All-Star Game appearances, and a nomination to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of th…
 
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Kat Harris! In Sexless in the City: A Sometimes Sassy, Sometimes Painful, Always Honest Look at Dating, Desire, and Sex The popular podcast host and founder of The Refined Woman shares how she researched, wrestled, and discovered a God who wasn’t afraid or ashamed of s…
 
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Jarrett Stephens! A message of hope for an anxious day: God never changes. He is still here and ready to transform our lives. What we must ask is if we are ready to respond to him. In these turbulent times, many wonder where God is…and why he doesn’t seem to be interve…
 
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Todd & Brooke Tilghman! So often we hear “Just keep your eye on the prize!” and “focus on the ‘big picture!’" Todd and Brooke Tilghman offer this counter-cultural advice: look for the small things, not the big things––relish each and every small step/moment. When Todd …
 
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Abby Turner! Before the pandemic led to social gatherings being literally outlawed, the deck was already stacked against the everyday hostess who wanted to practice the discipline of hospitality in her home. A five-course meal? A beautifully curated tablescape? A hand-…
 
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Gary Thomas! Gary’s publisher is updating three of his marriage and dating bestsellers – A Lifelong Love: Discovering How Intimacy with God Breathes Passion Into Your Marriage, Sacred Search: What if It’s Not about Who You Marry, but Why? and 9 Essential Conversations …
 
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Amy Downs! Amy was a self-described lazy, college dropout. On April 19, 1995, she was working as a credit card loan officer at the Federal Employees Credit Union located in the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City when she found herself buried alive, upsid…
 
Welcome back everyone! Today on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast is our guest, Hannah Brencher! Hannah Brencher is a writer, TED Speaker, and mental health advocate with a heart for building leaders. She is the author of two best-selling books- “If You Find This Letter” and her latest book, “Come Matter Here.” Her forthcoming book "Fighting Forwa…
 
Today on Thriving Beyond Belief, we have Debra Fileta! According to Fileta, people tend to assume they’re okay—until they’re not. Becoming healthy is an ongoing process that requires stopping, digging deep and asking the hard questions. In her new book, Fileta challenges readers to get real with who they are and how they’re doing spiritually, emoti…
 
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