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We create a safe space where women can be transparent about life's hard truths. Some of the conversations are difficult ones, but they are all real and relevant and so we sit down to have these transparent, heart-to-heart discussions which provide women with practical nuggets on how to navigate the real life issues they encounter on their journey of faith. Whilst there are several channels through which women can engage in dialogue, many still long for the opportunity to go beyond the surfac ...
 
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"Your Truth" vs "God's Truth" "My Truth" , "Your Truth" popular terminology that encourages that we embrace, accept, live, our own persuasion. As popular as this teaching is, however, it's major flaw lies in the fact that our persuasions are fueled by our experiences, individual preferences, emotions, and circumstance. None of these are final autho…
 
It's common for people to attach labels and titles to each other. These are often a reflection of how we see each other or the significance and social/ relational status we have ascribed to each other. These days, it seems as if the introduction of new labels is increasing. Whether positive or negative, these labels have the potential to shape how …
 
Even When We Feel Invisible Or Forgotten...God Sees Us She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, “You’re the God who sees me! [El Roi] “Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him!” (Genesis 16:13) It's the only time we see God referred to by this name in the Bible, which speaks to how profoundly intimate and personal the encounter was.…
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, Ms. Shavonne Strachan joins our host, Kareem O J Lee, to share what's on her heart about embracing God's Definition of who we are. Shavonne is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who is making waves in the nonprofit sector and business community, but more importantly she is a woman of faith who is …
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, Mrs. Charmaine Wright Orr joins our host, Kareem O J Lee, to give insights into what it takes to live a LIFE OF FREEDOM AND FULLNESS. Charmaine helps us understand why discovering your true identity is a critical step in the journey to freedom and fullness. She also shares how an individual's true…
 
The Conversation: Gaining More Control of Your Money In our last episode, we talked about different ways to gain control of your money, from stocks to forex and more. In this episode, we’re going to add another tool to your money freedom toolkit, Bitcoin. Whether you love Bitcoin, are confused by it, or hate it, this digital money has changed lives…
 
The Conversation: Tapping into Your Financial Power...No Matter How Much You Have Money is one of the most essential things we need to survive, but is one of the things most of us know so little about. Most of us don’t know what’s in our 401(k), yet it’s OUR 401(k). Many of us believe the stock market is only for certain folks, yet place our bets o…
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, Reverend Denise Hinkson Lawrence joins our host, Kareem Lee, to speak about the power of being naked and unashamed before God. Reverend Denise shares how women can tap into new dimensions of liberty and power by unmasking. What is unmasking? It's removing pretense and excuses and standing before G…
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, our host, Kareem Lee speaks about how important it is for women to acknowledge and address the issues caused by absent fathers or unpleasant experiences with fathers. Using her own experience as a reference point, Kareem shares how a daughter's relationship with her father sets the tone for every …
 
The Conversation: Building Bigger Dreams with No Limits In our first episode with Reggie Calhoun, Jr, we talked about his dream of creating his own college. Reggie shared how he was able to ignore the critics and naysayers who tried to get in his way. Reggie is back. This time, his dream has grown even bigger. Reggie’s dream of starting a college p…
 
The Conversation: COV1D-19….One Year Later In this follow-up episode, Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos (“Dr. G”) is back to talk about COVID-19. This time around, he is sharing what the medical community has learned about the disease that completely changed the world. Dr. G will be sharing how to handle the huge amount of information (and misinformation) th…
 
Bianca is a phenomenal woman with a huge heart for helping others. She is a motivational speaker, author, business owner, travel agent, social worker, Air Force veteran and wife. Bianca obtained her Associate of Arts (2012), Bachelor of Social Work (2015), where she graduated with honors and as a member of Phi Alpha, her Master of Business Administ…
 
“We need to do things that are uncomfortable or you will never grow.” - Alienor Salmon, Former UN researcher, Dance Ambassador, Author The Conversation: Learning to Flow With Life For most of us, a “comfort zone” might be speaking on stage or doing a Zoom call on a bad hair day….but what about leaving a high-profile job to go dancing around the wor…
 
"Ultimately good can come from bad….” - - Rachel Engstrom, Widow, Author, Cancer Advocate The Conversation: Navigating Towards Your Hope We are used to stories of a widow after a couple reaches their advanced years, but imagine if that couple was in their 20’s and 30’s? Imagine if the husband in that scenario went through the up and down journey of…
 
It is often thought that being strong means not needing help and that, if a person does reach out for help, they may be considered weak. This notion is also present amongst Believers who consider that seeking help, especially when it relates to matters of a mental or emotional challenge, could mean that the person is weak in their faith or is lacki…
 
"You are the CEO of your health and life...” - - Keyonna Renea, Photographer, Patient/Wellness Advocate on a Mission The Conversation: Fighting for Your Health….Despite the System Keyonna Renea knew something wasn’t right with her body, yet physician after physician ignored her. They assumed she was too young or just ignored her. Years later, Keyon…
 
"I don’t think educators, as a collective, realize how much power we have….” - - Evalaurene Jean-Charles, Educator, Activist, Researcher, and Change Maker The Conversation: Is Our Society Learning to Fail….or Failing to Learn? As teacher and educational activist Evalaurene Jean-Charles. points out, teachers have to navigate a very complex and trick…
 
Reshaping the narrative about mental and emotional health in our faith communities The topic of mental and emotional health is generally an uncomfortable one to address. Within our faith communities, the conversation does not become less challenging. The topic is however an unavoidable and highly critical one, especially in the season that we are i…
 
"All my life I’ve been trying to figure out….when there’s no blueprint” - - Dr.Nino Rodriguez, Social Justice Educator, Activist, Community Organizer, Transformational Coach The Conversation: How Do I Heal Myself When I Don’t Know Where to Start? When we get a scar, there’s usually something we can get to fix it: Band-Aid, cast, or a call to the do…
 
Are you really ready for marriage? Relationship experts say that all problems in relationships, marriages included, stem from unmet expectations. Sadly, even within our Christian circles, such expectations are often unrealistic or have origins outside of the Word of God. The question, "are you really ready for marriage?" is treated lightly by some.…
 
Single, Saved, Satisfied? Most times we focus on how the single woman is preparing herself for marriage, giving little focus, if any, to what her male counterpart is doing to prepare. How deep are we really willing to go when speaking about singleness in Christian circles? Can we be honest about what our hearts desire, the unspoken urges, and the i…
 
Managing Life's Transitions Change happens, it's inevitable. Whether we like it or not, whether we've planned for it or not, at some point we are required to face the uncertainty of what it means to move from one state of reality to another. What better reference is there to draw upon than the current season in which we live where every aspect of l…
 
Here, at The Adverse Effect, “Adversity made me” is one of our mantras. Time and time again we have listened to the stories of guests who have been deeply affected by adversity, and yet have gone on to do extraordinary things. Our guest on today’s episode is proof that how you begin your life is not how you have to end it. Born the youngest of 3 so…
 
Are you stuck in the following cycle? You can see where you want to be in life, but you just can’t figure out how to get there. If this is you, then you’re in for a treat. On this week’s episode of The Adverse Effect, we are delighted to welcome transformational author and speaker, Rachel S. Heslin. For 35 years, Rachel has immersed herself in the …
 
Loving vs Being In Love -- About Our Guest Oghenovo (Tsola) Uwhuba is a Beloved Daughter of Yahweh God and an avid believer in, and follower of, His Son Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). She is a prolific writer of Christian content, authoring over 300 articles that expose God’s Father Heart of Stupendous Love for all and passionately urges others …
 
How do you know when to trust your gut? Well, on today's The Adverse Effect we talk to Emily Britton-Arnold who listened to her gut feeling, a feeling that may have saved her from a life-threatening event. Listen in as Emily shares insights into what it was like growing up with a drug-addicted mother. How she lived through her baby's fight with a r…
 
Trigger warning: Discussions of drugs, sexual abuse, and suicide. What does courage mean to you? On today’s The Adverse Effect, we talk to Nate Gladdin as we explore manhood and courage through our guest’s extraordinary life. Nate’s teenage years could have taken a tragic turn, had it not been for the tenacious determination of his mother to set hi…
 
Owning Your God-given identity Crystal Daye joins our host, Kareem Lee, for this week's conversation. Together, they examine the concept of God-given identity vs. identity derived from other sources. Highlighting how past experiences and wrong teachings can cause women to hold on to an identity that is contrary to what God intended, the conversatio…
 
What do you do when you have a passion to help your community but don’t know where to start? On today’s The Adverse Effect, we talk to Shiv'on Monique who, with partner Anneka Maquay, created the Show Me Shoes Foundation, helping young black women reach their full potential. What started off as a small community prom dress and shoe drive has turned…
 
Are you trying to become the perfect woman? Is there an image in your mind of what the perfect woman should be? The quest for perfection is a burden and a form of bondage for many women. But, true perfection is as God defines, not as we might have been conditioned to perceive perfection to be. During this week's conversation we candidly discuss iss…
 
The global pandemic has touched us all; in these times of uncertainty, it is easy to feel out of control. On today’s The Adverse Effect, we talk to Dallas, Texas-based chiropractor Dr Alison Ezell and discuss how you can proactively take steps to maintain your health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the importance of healthy eating and tips …
 
True Worship Unlocks Heaven True worship has little to do with outward demonstrations and everything to do with the posture of a person's heart. It goes far beyond the songs that we sing when we gather corporately. True worship is a lifestyle which is shaped by our personal commune with God. When a woman understands this, and understands that she w…
 
As a youngster, John Walsh encountered a good deal of adversity. During high school, he became homeless; his immediate family had moved away and the family that had offered to take him in ended up stealing his savings. So, how did a homeless high school senior end up becoming a Director for Disney and then CEO of a movement that positively impacts …
 
How is your prayer life? The place of prayer is a place of power. In the place of prayer, destinies are shaped, battles are won, visions are birthed, lives are transformed. In the place of prayer, in those intimate moments with God, we are refreshed, strengthened, and rejuvenated. In the place of prayer, we see our lives from God’s perspective and …
 
Decades-old housing policies, which included redlining, have had a detrimental and lasting effect on American society. As with housing, did you know that all communities do not receive the same benefits from transportation advancements and investments in the USA? On today’s The Adverse Effects, Henry L Greenidge talks to us about the often-forgotte…
 
Are you authentic? are you living an authentic life? Our guest this week, Mrs. Tasha Glover, asked us some tough questions when she sat with us for a couch conversation. We spoke about identity and authenticity and how to live a life that remains true to both of these. Tasha highlighted that we need to have a revelation of Who God is, for us to tru…
 
Have you ever just wanted to pack up and travel the world? Did you immediately think about all the reasons why you couldn’t? Finances, family, work? Well, in today’s episode of The Adverse Effect we meet Nubia Younge who did just that and found a way to address all those reasons not to go. As a single mother of two, turning forty and recently laid …
 
"We have a problem with us that we can’t be honest with each other.” - G. Michael,Police Sergeant in South Side of Chicago The Conversation: Creating Solutions in a Complicated World If you watch the news, you hear from the protestors, from the press conferences, from the reporters, the commentators, and the “experts” ….but how often do we hear fro…
 
"People can lead you in any direction they want to...” - G. Michael,Police Sergeant in South Side of Chicago The Conversation: Where is the Justice? In this time of increased media attention about the use of deadly (and sometimes fatal) force, many Black people are asking: “What is going on?” Many Black people have turned to expressing their outrag…
 
On today’s The Adverse Effect, we delve into the adventurous life of ordained doula and Reiki master, Callie Chamberlain, whose commitment to healthcare and well-being for all has taken her across the globe. From a young age, Callie knew that she wanted to help people but wasn’t quite sure how. When she realised that her corporate life and core val…
 
The details of a person’s addiction journey may vary from another’s, however, the path to recovery will often follow the same trajectory – they hit “rock bottom” followed by a pivotal moment of action. On today’s The Adverse Effect, we meet 26-year-old recovered heroin addict turned entrepreneur, photographer, and filmmaker, Conor Miller. With brut…
 
Our world has contracted. The COVID 19 pandemic has launched us into an unimaginable new era where social distancing and isolation have become our new normal. Extensive research is underway, but, with no cure in sight, just how do we negotiate our surreal world into the foreseeable future? In today’s episode of The Adverse Effect, we talk to Dr. Pa…
 
Don Carter is a visionary leader, speaker, teacher, and transformational coach. As a trauma and grief expert, Don has lived through some of the most devastating experiences one could imagine, only to affirm the goodness of life and the greatness within himself.  On today’s episode of The Adverse Effect, Don shares how his one act of kindness caused…
 
How often do we take our health for granted? On today’s episode of The Adverse Effect, we talk to writer, public speaker and soon to be self-published author Kawan Glover. Kawan was at a great place in life — he had the girl, the grades, sports acumen, and a drive to succeed. It was on his usual drive to the office in the Spring of 2014, that Kawan…
 
Welcome to Season 4 Adverse Effect family! In this episode Ken gives the update on where the show has been, and where it is going. Ken also shares about the personal journey he is on and his goals for the future. Thanks for tuning in! Thank you for joining us on today’s episode of The Adverse Effect! If you like what you hear, remember to rate us h…
 
Suddenly, God changed my story - from barren to a mother of two What do you do when the doctors have said that it is medically impossible? When friends and family have given up hope, where do you turn? When men and women of God begin to suggest that your situation is dead and it's time to let it go, where do you find the encouragement to go on? Pas…
 
Healing After Heartbreak When women love, we love hard. Understandable, because we were created to nurture and care. We give all of our self into the relationships we engage, and when these relationships break, it hurts us to the very core. In this episode we speak about the effect failed relationships have on women. We examine the emotional trauma…
 
There are many voices which seek to define us as women. The pressure to live up to the standards imposed on us can be overwhelming and, for some, can lead to feelings of inadequacy and insecurity which in turn give way to a negative self- image and low self-esteem. In this episode, we treat the issue of low self-esteem. Our guests, a panel of women…
 
"Wisdom Is The Principal Thing" A Godly woman is mandated by God to build and to give life. To do this she requires wisdom and insight that can only come from God himself. A woman of wisdom understands why King Solomon said, wisdom is the principal thing. Our featured guest on this episode of Couch Conversations, Fainorah Bosibori, speaks to us abo…
 
"The Word of God is a Woman's Sword and Shield" A woman of the word does not trust in her own intelligence or abilities. She understands that the Word of God is the final authority on all matters and she finds comfort, security and strength in this Word. By filling her bosom with the Word, she is always ready to bless or to strike, as the Lord lead…
 
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