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My hope for my podcast is to ignite in you a love to read, deepen your longing to learn, and cultivate your desire to grow. Grow deeper in your faith and stronger in your relationships. Just like a tree, your deep roots will help you withstand life’s unexpected storms as well as propel you to reach new heights. I look forward to digging deeper because Depth Matters.
 
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How do you respond when life does not go as you planned? Maybe right now you are in the middle of grief. Or maybe there is a relationship in your life that is not going as you hoped it would. Maybe there are circumstances or a transition—something that is not how you hoped it would be. What if we looked at those circumstances as an invitation—an in…
 
Have you ever prayed for a miracle? Maybe for healing for a friend, a loved one, or even yourself? Maybe that miracle did not happen- I know a lot of times we can be frustrated. This is why I love the words that Elizabeth Leon shared this week on the podcast. She said, “The miracle you get is not always the miracle you prayed for.” I think there is…
 
Did you know that this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week? I know this subject is not talked about very much in the church, but today I want to give voice to it. I am so excited to have Carla Arges on the podcast this week. She is a mental health advocate, and I love that she honestly and vulnerably shares about her struggle with mental illness …
 
How do you view your struggles and difficulties in life? Do you view them like an annoyance or something you have to go through? Or do you view them as a way to grow deeper in your faith? Or can we take it one step further – do you view your difficulties and struggles as a way to reflect God’s glory? These are hard questions, but they are good ones…
 
Did you hear last week’s episode? It is so exciting! I celebrated 100 episodes on the Depth Podcast last week! In honor of that, I share some of my favorite highlights—some of the behind the scenes and some of the God moments over the last couple years. I realized really quickly that I needed another episode that I could not fit it all in one, so t…
 
Are you ready to celebrate with me today as we release the 100th episode on the Depth Podcast? I cannot believe we are already at number 100!! To celebrate 100 episodes, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share some of my favorite highlights over the last 100 episodes. Not only will you get to hear a little clip from the …
 
Do you struggle with depression? Do you have dark days or maybe someone in your family does and this is a reality that you live with? This week on the podcast, Sarah J. Robinson and I discuss her book, *I Love Jesus, But I Want To Die. I think sometimes we think that if we have faith, we will not struggle with depression. But that is not true. I am…
 
Would you classify yourself as a hustler? A Go Getter? A Hard Worker? Would you say you hustle for yourself or do you have a God centered hustle? I am so excited to have Erin Harrigan on the podcast this week as we discuss her book, *Pursuing Success God’s Way: A Practical Guide to Hustle With Heart. I love those words paired together, Hustle With …
 
Today is an exciting day! The Depth Podcast is Two Years Old! I am so excited for this special Birthday Celebration Episode! I cannot wait to share more of the backstory of my ministry. We will talk about what birthed the book giveaway ministry as well as the beginning years on the blog. I cannot wait for you to hear some of the God moments on gett…
 
Do you find it hard to slow down? Would you classify your life as busy? I think a lot of us would. I am excited to have Jodi Grubbs on the podcast this week. She is a fellow podcaster, and we talk about slow living. Jodi shares with us about her podcast, Our Island in the City, as well as why slow living is her life message. This revelation that sh…
 
Do you hear God speak to you? Does He speak to you through the Bible as you do your quiet time? Do you hear Him at church, and you feel like the Pastor is speaking directly to your heart? Are there ideas in your head that you know you could not have come up with by yourself? Maybe it is a conversation with a friend, and it confirms everything you f…
 
How do you connect with God? Is it early in the morning with a cup of coffee and your Bible? Do you love to go to worship nights at church and sing? Are you part of a Bible Study where you meet and regularly pray? Or do you love to be out in nature and feel close to God in His Creation. Maybe it is a mixture of all of these. I am so excited to have…
 
As a tribute to the great Jackie Mason - who passed away this weekend - we have a reprise of our episode on Caddyshack 2. Jackie starred in the movie - which has the notoriety of being the worst sequel OF ALL TIME! Jackie took on the Rodney Dangerfield role for the movie - in this classic battle of the snobs vs. the slobs, (Spoiler Alert: The slobs…
 
Are you easily distracted? Maybe it is by your to do list or you have a goal you are trying to reach. Or maybe your mind is preoccupied and while you are listening to a loved one, sometimes your mind goes off on a tangent. Can anyone relate to that? I know I struggle with this. Honestly, I think many of us do. I am so excited to have Julie Lefebure…
 
Would you call yourself a courageous person? Do you easily step out of your comfort zone? Would you say you are living in the purpose or calling God designed for you? I am so excited to have Melissa Dyer on the podcast this week and highlight her book, *Learning to Roar. I love that her book encourages us to Cultivate Courage; I love these two word…
 
Legendary comedian Rick Overton joins us to talk comedy. Rick's IMDB page is the size of a phone book; which includes Beverly Hills Cop, playing Matt Damon's boss in Steven Soderbergh's, The Informant! - to Showtime's: I'm Dying Up Here. Rick also has a new comedy special, out called: Rick Overton's Set List. We do a deep dive into Rick's comedy or…
 
Do you ever think about the legacy you want to leave behind? What do you want to be known for? What is important to you in this life? These are great questions to think about and ponder. I am so excited to have Nina Hundley on the podcast this week as she tells us about her legacy journal, *Dear Tomorrow: Journaling Your Story Today. She will also …
 
From the archives: Sasha Baron Cohen plays activist Abbie Hoffman in the Netflix film, The Trial of the Chicago 7. As seen in the film, by day, Hoffman was in the courtroom - fighting conspiracy charges. By night, he would regularly perform at The Second City. Hoffman's stage appearance marked a transition at the theater - from a bunch of squares d…
 
How was your 4th of July? One of my favorite things about this Holiday is that we come together and celebrate how we are proud to be an American! It is one of my favorite songs. I am so excited to have Susan Park on the podcast this week as she shares with us about being an American from an Asian perspective. This episode is called “Proud to be an …
 
Do you have a day to reflect and rest each week? A day to look back over your week and see where were your highs and lows? What were your blessings or bummers? Do you practice a Sabbath? I am so excited to have Rachel Fahrenbach on the podcast this week to talk about her book, *Rest & Reflect, a 12-week guided Sabbath journal. I know you are going …
 
How do you define success? Do you define it by how much money you make? Do you define it by how many followers you have on IG or Facebook? Maybe it is the impact you have on your family and friends. What if we changed the way we looked at success? Instead of how much we can get, we defined it by how much we can give. I love this idea from Kevin Whi…
 
Do you have a strong support group? Do you have a group of friends to encourage you along your parenting and faith journey? Are you a part of a small group at church? This week, I invited all the dads from my small group Bible Study to share their wisdom and parenting tips in honor of Father’s Day. Our small group at church is a mixture of both mar…
 
Our guest is Art Bell; the man who pitched the idea that became Comedy Central. Art was also the head of programming at the network. We do a deep dive into the origin of such iconic shows as Mystery Science Theater 3000, South Park, The Daily Show - and talk about the early careers of Jon Stewart, Marc Maron, and Bill Maher. Art also has a new book…
 
From the archives: I talk to David Litt- former head joke writer for President Obama. We dive into what made Obama funny in the Oval Office; and contrast that to Trump's vastly different sense of presidential humor. (Trump's humor wheelhouse: mocking a disabled reporter and making fun of a sexual assault victim.) You might also know David Litt from…
 
Have you ever walked through hard circumstances that redefined how you viewed everything? Maybe it redefined your purpose or how you view brokenness? I am so excited to talk with Katherine Wolf this week on the podcast about her book,*Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything. Katherine vulnerably shares about how her life too…
 
From the archives: In 1961, Dick Gregory was the first African American comedian to headline a white club. A pioneer in the world of stand-up comedy, Gregory's material mocked the bigotry and racism of the time. Gregory is equally known for his activism as well as his comedy. He's one of the most influential comedians in comedy history; inspiring t…
 
Would you call yourself an encourager? Do you come alongside and empower other women? I am so excited this week to have Amy and Blair Debrucque, a mother and daughter who together wrote a four-week encouragement journal called *Embolden. The word, embolden means to give someone the courage or confidence to do something or behave in a certain way. I…
 
Have you ever had to wrestle with God? Maybe you are walking through a difficult circumstance and you are asking God the tough questions: Why God? Why is this happening to me? I am so excited for you to hear Bethany Kimsey’s special mom story. She had to wrestle with God in her late teens when she got a doctor’s diagnosis that she was not going to …
 
Have you ever used the words: And Yet? Maybe you’ve said, “God, things are really hard, And Yet, I feel closer to you than ever before.” Katy Epling used these words “And Yet” on the podcast this week as she shared her special mom story, and it really touched my heart. I love that Katy honestly shares the ups and downs of parenting a child with spe…
 
Our special guest is Wayne Federman author of the new book: The History of Stand-Up: From Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle. Wayne's impressive creds include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show, Silicon Valley - as well as head monologue writer for The Tonight Show. We do some serious deep cuts into the history of stand-up comedy.…
 
Have you ever walked through difficult circumstances and found that it really grew your faith? Not only did it grow your faith, but it grew your trust and dependence on God? I am excited to introduce my second special mom story. Jennifer Perez shares her foster to adopt story and walking through the years of infertility. She also vulnerably tells h…
 
From Our Archives: Remember in Goodfellas when mobster Henry Hill took his date, Karen, to The Copacabana? That was pretty true to form. The mob actually owned the legendary club. We saw this recently in the movie The Irishman - when Don Rickles was on stage performing for Crazy Joe Gallo. We dive into the mob’s connection with The Copacabana - whe…
 
This week, I am excited to have Holley Gerth back on the Depth Podcast. She is going to share her infertility story as well as how she met her daughter. I promise you that you do not want to miss this special mom story; I love how God orchestrated all of it! I know Mother’s Day can be hard for those who desire to become a mom and this dream has not…
 
Do you feel pressure to grow? Grow fast? Grow quick? Do you look at your life and think I should be farther along by now? I should have accomplished more of my goals. I know I struggle with this- maybe you do too. I am so excited to have Jennifer Dukes Lee back on the podcast to discuss her new book, *Growing Slow: Lessons on Un-Hurrying Your Heart…
 
Are you a God Chaser? Are you teaching your kids to be God chasers? Like David in the Bible, do you want your children to be a man or woman after God’s own heart? This week, I talk with Christie Thomas about her new book,*The Mother and Son Prayer Journal. I love that she wrote this devotional for moms and sons to do together. Christie says, “As yo…
 
How do you view church? Do you go to church to check off a box or because it is something you have always done? Or do you go to church because you know the God of the Universe loves you dearly and has saved you? I am so excited to talk with Holly Christine Hayes this week about her book, *From Basement to Sanctuary. Holly has a powerful testimony a…
 
If God asked you to take a leap of faith, would you say yes? Would you open your hands and have a willing heart to whatever He is asking you to do? I am so excited to have Vivian Mabuni on the podcast and we are discussing her book, *Open Hands Willing Heart. I love that Vivian paired open hands with a willing heart. Both are needed to fully surren…
 
When you read your Bible, do you sometimes find it is hard to understand? What if someone could come along and help you understand it better? What if they could help you find JOY in reading the Bible? I am so excited to have Jenny Howell, Heather Erickson, and Sarah West, the founders of the Chara Project on the podcast this week. Chara means JOY i…
 
Has someone ever said a hurtful word to you that now you wear as a nametag? Maybe it has become your identity. Or maybe you walked through a hard season and now that defines you. This week, Cindy Bultema shares her powerful testimony of how God has freed her from these labels and helped her find her true identity! This inspired her to write this am…
 
Have you ever cried out to God and asked, “God, please no more hard things.” Nicki shares these words in her new book, *Flooded. Sadly, for the last two years, it has been one hard thing on top of another for Nicki and her family. This week on the Depth podcast, she vulnerably shares how doubt flooded her soul and began to impact her faith. Maybe y…
 
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