The Jill Monaco Show

Jill Monaco

Jill Monaco is a certified ACC life coach, speaker, and author. The Jill Monaco Show is a weekly podcast designed to challenge and inspire you to love well. Her message is simple - love God, love yourself and love others. Sometimes discussions are deep and sometimes funny because life is both. Find out more at www.jillmonaco.com.

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Have you’ve ever been stuck in cycles of behavior you don’t like or know how to change? Do you have trauma in your past? Maybe you’ve never heard about how that impacts how you think, believe, or feel … even now. Or do you know someone who feels like no one can ever forgive them for all the stuff they’ve done? That they are too far gone for Jesus to fix? Then this episode is for you. If you’ve been listening for a while you know that I love bringing you guests who have a heart for teaching freedom. Just when I think I can’t find someone more aligned with what I believe or coach, I’m proven wrong. My guest today is Jenna Winston. She is a speaker, upcoming author, and prophetic deliverance pastor who was radically saved from mental illness and extreme drug addiction, and suicide attempts. Through her radical transformation and inner healing from abuse and trauma, she has a burning passion to lead people into the same freedom, restored identity, and lasting breakthrough. She loves to use her gift as a seer to help people find the root of their issue, so they can turn to what God is doing and walk in complete joy and freedom. What We Talk About In This Episode How the enemy set an assignment against her before she was even born. Trigger warning - the kind of abuse she suffered as a child. How her addiction started and the things the enemy did to keep her bound. Her incredible testimony of deliverance and process of freedom. What role spiritual warfare plays in the addiction cycle. How we recognize lies and exchange them for God's truth. What a prophetic deliverance session looks like. Resources From Today's Podcast Episode Jenna's Social - Facebook | Instagram | Website Get a Freedom Coaching Session with Jill Get a Heartscaping Session with Jenna Connect With Jill ... Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Other Stuff To Check Out Grab my latest book Freedom Coach Model Schedule a complimentary call with Jill to discuss coaching. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie about freedom? CLICK HERE One last thing... Producing this show does take resources. So if you would like to hear more conversations about how to love well, please consider supporting this program of the ministry. Just click the button below and you'll be led to a donate page. All gifts are tax-deductible. Thanks so much!

Oct 2020

1 hr 28 min

It's a miracle we can hear God's voice. A supernatural walk of faith and connection built through fellowship with the Lord. Do you want to learn to hear God's voice? Have you compared yourself to others who seem to have a better relationship with God and wonder how to grow too?  I had the honor of being on Julie Hedenborg's podcast Everyday Miracles. She asked me to share more about 4 ways we hear God's voice. I give you suggestions on how to practice, help you identify what way God is already speaking to you, and stories of me getting it right (and wrong). Julie hosts The Everyday Miracles Podcast, where real-life stories of hope and inspiration are shared. Every day, miracles are happening all around us. Yet we rarely hear anything about them. Julie is committed to finding and sharing stories that bring hope to the world through miracles all around us. She is a wife, mom, and lives in North Carolina. I hope you enjoy this teaching and conversation!   My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

Jul 2020

53 min 16 sec

Are you one of the singles who need to feel understood? How do you process the hardships in your life alone? Do you wonder why there are so many singles who are looking for community but not a lot of places to find it? My podcast guest today with Kate Hurley will make you laugh at the silly things singles hear and be touched by her struggles with depression and chronic sickness. Kate Hurley was a touring musician for 14 years, playing everywhere from castles in Germany to villages in India to 15,000 people hippie gatherings. She has made 5 solo albums, including an upcoming live worship album. Her voice ushers you into the presence of God. I have her album on repeat. She had a popular blog on singleness for many years, and wrote a book called "Getting Naked Later: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life." (formerly Cupid is a Procrastinator.) Both titles just crack me up. And it reflects the witty person Kate is too. Today we talk about singleness but if you’re married don’t tune out because Kate is now dating and has more to say about being in a relationship.  What We Talk About In This Episode How do you long and let go at the same time? Being real about pain, disappointments, and struggles Her struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts How God takes hardship and makes it beautiful Struggling with chronic sickness while single What married people wish singles knew What she's learning from her current relationship The journey of wanting children and why she calls it the tragedy of her life Why it's okay to grieve the loss of things and what we can expect from God in that place The difference between closing a chapter and turning a page Some details about what is in her book, Getting Naked Later Resources From Today's Podcast Episode Kate's website Kate's Instagram Kate's Facebook Kate's Book - Getting Naked Later Connect With Jill ... Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Other Stuff To Check Out Grab my latest book Freedom Coach Model Schedule a complimentary call with Jill to discuss coaching. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE One last thing... Producing this show does take resources. So if you would like to hear more conversations about how to love well, please consider supporting this program of the ministry. Just click HERE and you'll be led to a donate page. All gifts are tax-deductible. Thanks so much!

May 2020

47 min 6 sec

Janet is a self-proclaimed love researcher, podcaster on the LOVE IS FEARLESS podcast, author of the book "Education by Design, Not Default--How Brave Love Creates Fearless Learning," and founder and visionary of John 15 Academy. Janet understands a life bound to fear. We talk about how she came to recognize her fear-based convictions and trade them for love based convictions. She shares what brave love looks and how her book creates fearless learning. I know you’ll be so inspired to show fear the door when you know love has a better invitation! She and her husband Doug packed it all up and now live in an Airstream named Freedom and they have launched a LOVE IS FEARLESS movement which is committed to building cultures of love around the world. Could she be any more aligned with what Jill Monaco Ministries stands for? The similarities of our passions don’t end there … but you’ll have to wait to hear all about it on today’s podcast. What We Talk About In This Episode Why the heck she would put everything in storage and live in an airstream.  Lessons from seeking freedom living on the road Why she calls herself a love researcher How to make decisions that are love driven and not fear-driven How her research of the neurology of fear and love combined with the gospel gave her a format for education  John 15 Academy helps educate parents to build a homeschool atmosphere without fear so their children can live life well and not just score well on their test Love is Fearless project focuses on building cultures of communities, homes, churches without fear What helps our brains develop, boosts our immune system and heal from trauma (and override the damage cortisol has done to our brains) Your convictions are set by either fear or love Resources From Today's Podcast Episode Janet's website Book: Education by Design, Not Default John 15 Academy Love is Fearless Movement Janet's Podcast - Love is Fearless Janet's Facebook Janet's Instagram Connect With Jill ... Website Instagram Facebook Twitter

May 2020

51 min 55 sec

Are you longing for a community that extends kindness, true friendship, mentorship, and generosity? How would your life change if that was more normal than not in your life?  My guests today created a community to fill that need. Kristin Demery, Julie Fisk, and Kendra Roehl are three friends whose lives are intertwined as writers, speakers, wives, moms, and world-changers. They believe in the immense power of authentic community and of intentionally living one’s faith out loud through simple acts of kindness. These powerful women invite others into the conversation through what they call the Ruth Experience - a growing online community of women looking for good friends. It’s where women go to share their real and raw stories, gain encouragement, and find belonging. have also written a series of books on kindness, generosity, failure, struggle, loss, a longing for true friendship and an unwavering desire to live intentionally through it all. I have a feeling so many of you are listening to this and saying amen. How can you get connected to a group of women that believe kindness is key to thriving in life? Take a listen to this week's podcast. 

Apr 2020

39 min 52 sec

Do you want to be bold about your faith but not sure how it will be received? Are you in an industry that isn't very welcoming to Christians? How do you pursue what God's called you to and still represent Him well? My guest today is Amy Joob. We have worked together in the entertainment industry. Amy is a model, motivational speaker, and now published author. She has traveled around the United States and Canada as a team captain for Porsche Cars North America and as a fitness model and product specialist for MET-Rx. She shares her story in her new book, Model Behavior: Make Your Career Path Your Calling. Amy lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Eric, and their children, Arianna and Ashton. Amy and I talk about how to be bold in your faith in an area that may be uncomfortable….how to be a good steward of the talents God’s given you and live out your faith. I know you’ll be so encouraged by her sweet spirit and the deep well of love she has for God to be glorified through her.

Apr 2020

39 min 41 sec

Do our dreams really require endless hours of hustle in order to get them? Or do we pray and leave it up to God to open doors? Even if it’s a little of both – pray and work toward our dreams, how do we partner with God and not go off on our own? How can you discern the difference between godly obedience and selfish ambition? If you have a dream then I bet you get what I’m talking about …you want to have the courage to surrender to His plan and His timing—to choose obedience over hustle. I’m so glad there are people like Malinda Fuller who can help us navigate these kinds of questions. She challenges us to join the counter-cultural movement of choosing surrender over striving. Throughout scripture, we encounter individuals who had to face the hard reality that their dreams and timelines weren't God's best plan. By exploring these biblical narratives alongside her own personal stories of radical obedience, author Malinda Fuller encourages readers to respond to the questions God asks each of us: “Will you trust Me? . . . Will you do what I'm asking you to do?” In today’s podcast we will talk to Malinda about how she learned obedience over hustle and how we can too. Malinda is a bold communicator who is passionate about thriving families and helping people grow as disciples of Jesus. Her first traditionally published book, Obedience Over Hustle: The Surrender of the Striving Heart, released in September 2019.   What We Talk About In This Episode The question God asked her that put things in perspective about His provision How she gave up income in order to obey God Learning how to hear what God is asking us to do … and what He's not asking us to do How to wait on the timing of seeing our dreams fulfilled according to God's timeline Examples of people in the Bible who obeyed God even though they didn't understand Why God only tells us a little bit and asks us to walk in faith What conviction and peace have to do with obedience How she wrote her book without a big platform or influencer reach Resources From Today's Podcast Episode Malinda's book, Obedience Over Hustle Malinda's Website Malinda's Facebook Malinda's Instagram Connect With Me … Website Instagram Facebook Twitter

Apr 2020

45 min 18 sec

Learning to say “yes” to God is a muscle we can grow … especially in uncertain times. How much free will does God give us? Can we miss His plan if we choose to go a different route? Does God use our ideas and let us add on to His? Learn how the improv tool ‘yes-and' can be used as you grow in faith and open doors of opportunity!  I'm excited to introduce to you my guest, Andrea Coli. She has a Masters Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also is a pastor, speaker author and …wait for it … comedian. She has been described as having the ability to transform a room into a fun atmosphere while enriching it with the Truth of God’s word. She uses her background in improv comedy and her biblical knowledge to inspire others to discover God’s unique call for their lives. Andrea is enthusiastic, inspirational and relatable. Whether you are laughing, crying or a bit of both, her sense of humor will capture your attention and then lead you on a journey to the heart of the message. We had an awesome chat about how she is using improv as a way to say ‘Yes AND…”. She uses improv as a way to express the idea that God wants us to remain open and flexible to His plans. Knowing that you AND God can write your story – together. It creates a life of freedom as you explore all the possibilities God has for you. Andrea has tested and lived this out … in 2003, she moved to Las Vegas and had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the cast of The Second City’s “Scriptless” an all-improved show on the Vegas Strip.  Now she ministers at CrossWinds Church in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Teaching Pastor and as part of the Creative Arts Team. She partners with her husband Chris, who is the Senior Pastor.

Mar 2020

51 min 20 sec

Have you ever struggled to love yourself? Maybe you aren’t sure what makes you special or really understand what it means to see yourself as God sees you? Do you have trouble being authentically you? My guest today is Natasha Bure. Natasha is a 21-year-old actress, social media influencer, singer, YouTuber, and author. She has appeared in films such as Hallmark’s Switched for Christmas, Faith, Hope, Love, and her upcoming film, Home Sweet Home. She is the author of her book “Let’s Be Real,” giving tips and advice for young girls going through the teen years.  Natasha is going to share about living authentically and how to be the best version of yourself. We will talk about the pressure to be someone you’re not and what to do about it. Especially in a social media-saturated world. We also chat about how she learned from her parents (Candice Cameron Bure.) how to be herself and how she hopes to help teens embrace who they are in her book, Let's Be Real.  We also talk about her new movie Home Sweet Home .. which I’ve had a chance to preview. It's a sweet story of a young woman discovering who she is. The spring 2020 release is a faith-driven romantic film for all ages. The film also stars actor, model Ben Elliott (The Lying Game-ABC Family TV series). She plays the flirtatious barista Victoria who is bored with her social butterfly lifestyle and longs for real love. When handsome Jason walks into her coffee shop, she turns on the charm, but he doesn’t respond to her flirting like men usually do. When she discovers that he runs a ministry that builds affordable housing, she decides to volunteer. Victoria shows up to volunteer looking more like a model than a construction worker. She quickly realizes that it’s not going to be easy to fit in with this crew of experienced workers or to get Jason to ask her out on a date. When he proves to be immune to her tried-and-true techniques, Victoria is nonplussed. Since flirting is not going to work on this guy, she researches both “how to act like one of them, a Christian,” and “how to build a house,” so she can give the appearance of belonging. Her new approach gains her some ground until she meets the single mom who will own the house they’re building, her eyes are opened. Jason is there to serve others, while she has just been getting in the way. I hope you enjoy the chat with Natasha!   What We Talk About In This Episode Why she’s passionate about being authentic and real How she tries to be herself in the midst of the pressures of social media What you can expect when you watch her new movie, Home Sweet Home One of the main pitfalls for Christians searching for identity The comparison trap and what to do about it How the film’s message of being yourself transcends generations Resources From Today's Podcast Episode Movie – Home Sweet Home Natasha's book Let's Be Real Natasha's YouTube Natasha's Facebook Natasha's Instagram Connect With Me … Website Instagram Facebook Twitter

Mar 2020

32 min

Do you need to refine and restore your life? Feeling overwhelmed or distanced from intimacy with God? Or do you just need time away to refresh? One of the things I love about my guest Rachel Swanson is that she has a deep-rooted passion to help women refine the lies holding them back and restore their hearts back to God’s truth. She has a way of delivering what you need to hear in the most loving way. It’s like she shows up on your doorstep on a cold winters day with hot chocolate and wisdom. You know you’re not alone and have a friend who loves you … that’s Rachel. Rachel is a best-selling and multiple award-winning author, speaker, podcaster, and life coach. Her newest book, Refine and Restore: Revive Your Heart, Release Your Purpose, is out now. I’ve read it … it’s powerful. You may be familiar with Rachel because of her best-selling and award-winning book, Big and Little Coloring Devotional, which was birthed by her own struggle to keep it together as a busy mama of three children under two years old. She gets it y’all … she has been in that winter season and crying out for God to refine and restore her heart. When someone has walked through it .. lean in and learn. www.jillmonaco.com/episode54

Feb 2020

48 min 59 sec

What if Enneagram Coaching was all you needed to get a breakthrough? Have you ever wondered why you have certain preferences and gifts? God made you with a purpose, right? But what if you feel like you’re not living in your purpose? Do you sometimes feel you’re going about life because it’s what you’ve always done but deep inside your divinely creative side is dying? So how do you break through all that to live a life you love? Through a holistic approach, Certified life and business Coach, Sue Mohr assists and inspires people in developing effective, custom-fit plans that she says provide 'proven' personal and financial success.  She helps creatives and entrepreneurs … who has a difficult time sorted through the real demands of details which become barriers in life? This discovery process enables them to spend more time doing what they love to do the most, Create!  Sue is an award-winning scriptwriter, communicator, coach/consultant, licensed minister, and creative storyteller.  She founded The Inner Vizion in 2003, a consulting firm that assists in bringing about transformation in people’s lives and careers, through life/business/enneagram coaching and consulting. She shares her secrets to living a life out of your creative design. Enjoy the episode! www.jillmonaco.com/episode53

Feb 2020

41 min 3 sec

Welcome to 2020! If you’ve been following my podcast at all you know that we took a break for the second half of 2019 due to my speaking and travel schedule and this is our first one of the new season! I have so many new interviews already recorded so be sure to click that button on your phone or computer that says subscribe so you don’t miss a future episode! My guest today is Sula’s Skiles. She has a passion for ministry that comes from overcoming a very painful past. She has found freedom and healing from the multiple traumas of her life and has been radically transformed by becoming a fiery believer and a follower of Jesus Christ. As a survivor of sex trafficking, she works to spread awareness, teach prevention and help victims and survivors of trafficking. Sula uses her story to help others find the same freedom she has found. It is her joy to advance the Kingdom of God with the love & power of the Gospel. She ministers in faith to see Jesus miraculously heal people. Sula is also a Pastor and Author of two books, "Fighting for Your Purpose" and "His Beloved Bride - A Journey into Deeper Intimacy with Jesus."   In honor of national sex trafficking awareness day, you’ll hear Sula’s story on the podcast. (January marks National Human Trafficking Awareness month. Specifically, Jan. 11 is the national day of recognition by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security.) My prayer is that you’ll be so wrecked with the love of God and leave passionate to sit at the feet of Jesus. What We Talk About In This Episode How she was tricked into being sex trafficked and then escaped from the famous man who purchased her and abused her in a foreign country Different ways God speaks to us as His kids  What are some powerful questions we can ask God to deepen our intimacy with Him How God reveals Himself in our prayer time How to get a free gift that helps you walk through forgiveness Resources From Today's Show Connect with Sula on her website and find all her social media links there too. Book - His Beloved Bride Email me for FREE Chapter from book Freedom Coach Model on how to walk through forgiveness FREE audio course + workbook Living Free 

Jan 2020

1 hr

Julie Holmquist loves to see people awakened to their part in God’s story. She knows each one of us is called to uniquely express who God is to the world. She champions others who are bravely stepping out of their comfort zones to build their “portion of the wall” in the kingdom. Julie wants others to know that encountering difficulties in our callings is not a sign we are doing it wrong or that we’ve heard God incorrectly. But building God’s Kingdom requires courage. In studying the book of Nehemiah, Julie’s discovered a few ways the enemy attempts to thwart God’s plans in our lives as believers called to do great things for God. So how do we get more courage to do the things God has called us to do? How should we respond to the things the enemy throws at us in order to get us to quit? Get ready to be soooooo encouraged by Julie’s wisdom!   Julie Holmquist is a blogger and encourager of women. She’s been through her own trials and has seen God develop a depth in her that comes out in her writing. Julie has been married to her husband, Giff, for almost 21 years. Together they have four boys (yes, four)! Their induction into this parenting gig began with twins! Next, they have a son who has special needs (autism, mentally handicapped, seizures, and other health issues). And then they had their little caboose. She and her family live in the Charlotte, NC area. What We Talk About In This Episode Why it takes courage to walk in our calling. The importance of dependence on the Lord when we are in a battle. How Nehemiah got the courage to build the wall (it has to do with what he drank!) What ways the enemy comes against our calling and tries to intimidate us. What discouragement has to do with the chatter we hear in our minds … and how to shut it off. How the enemy uses slander as a tactic to stop your calling. Why we get resistance as we try to make a difference. How much of our mess do we really share? Why whatever we focus on we give power to. How our calling is usually something we can do and yet bigger than we think we can do. Our purpose is to love God and be loved. But our calling is to do things for Him which is an expression of our purpose. Resources From Today’s Show Connect with Julie on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or her website. Connect With Me … Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Other Stuff To Check Out Grab my latest book Freedom Coach Model Did you miss Episode #48 with Carla Pratico about discovering your true purpose and how calling is different? Click here to listen! Take a moment to read my post about Finding your inner brave? Click here to read.  Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE One last thing… Producing this show does take resources. So if you would like to hear more conversations about how to love well, please consider supporting this program of the ministry. Just click the button below and you’ll be led to a donate page. All gifts are tax-deductible. Thanks so much! YES! I WANT TO SUPPORT THIS PODCAST! How to Listen to The Podcast If you’re new to my podcast, welcome! You can listen on the go or as your putzing around the house. Here are a few ways to not miss an episode.  1. Listen from this blog. Click the play button at the beginning of this post. 2. Listen on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or Spotify! You can subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. Plus, if you leave a few stars, a rating or review it helps us organically reach others who are looking for encouragement too. 3. Share today’s podcast! Who do you know that needs to hear this message? You can grab the link and send to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post! Thanks for joining me today! Remember, love well, you were made for it!

Jul 2019

37 min 41 sec

When you hear the phrase “set apart” does it make you feel like you have to give up a bunch of stuff in order to be holy? What if it meant you get to be apart of things instead of losing something? What if God had special things waiting for you that could only be discovered in His presence? Too often we are inundated with responsibilities that draw us away from extended periods of time with God. In today’s podcast, Melissa shares how to encounter God in the normal, everyday pace of life. You will learn how to find rest in His presence while keeping up with what He’s called you to. Melissa has a heart for us to know the Lord … as you hear her share her heart today you will sense the sweet presence of God in her tone and anointed words. Her life has been one set apart for the Lord and she will share how she feels called to share a message of consecration … and how you can too so it's not a burden but a joy. Melissa Medina is known to be a friendly and fiery Puerto Rican wife to Anthony and mom to Caleb … who loves Jesus and passionately lives life abiding in God. Melissa’s heart is to help people align with truth, awaken to purpose, and advance the Kingdom in every sphere. She’s a vibrant communicator passionate about equipping and activating others in the areas of prayer and prophecy to transform hearts and the world around them. Melissa loves to call out the gold in people and inspire them toward destiny. Melissa has nearly two decades in Church leadership roles. Through these strategic assignments, she’s helped birth and steward apostolic mandates and prophetic intercessory initiatives alongside key national leaders such as Cindy Jacobs and Dutch Sheets. Under the apostolic covering of Lou Engle, Melissa recently became Executive Director for Rise Up, a woman’s movement birthed out of The Call for amplifying the female voice of virtue in every sphere. Melissa and her husband, Anthony travel and speak under the banner of HopeFires International, their itinerant ministry devoted to igniting hope, healing, and spiritual hunger. They also serve as lead pastors and instructors for the Trinity School of Supernatural Ministry where they disciple students to receive and release the Kingdom everywhere they go. She also holds a BA in Political Science and Law, and an MPA in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from New York University. She and her family live in the Dallas area.

Jun 2019

43 min 42 sec

re you leading ministry in your local church? I’ve been doing a series the last few months with women speakers and authors I respect and believe you will be blessed by. I’ve asked each of them to share something God has been showing them in this season. I’m excited for you to hear our conversation today with Kris Swiatocho about leading ministry. Because Kris brings not only her experience but a vast knowledge of what is going on in the body of Christ and what she’s learned by being a leader in ministry for nearly 30 years.  Kris is a speaker, Director of From His Hands Ministries and The Singles Network Ministries and author of 5 books. Kris has served in ministry in various capacities for the last 25 years. She’s well known for leading in singles ministries and helping churches learn how to lead young adults or older single adults. She also ministers to women and those in Europe.  We talk about all kinds of things in this podcast … so get ready for a random ride! We chat about what is going on with singles, how we need male friends, how we’ve learned about rest (and failed many times) and how all God really wants us to do is to love well. I know you’ll be encouraged by our conversation.

May 2019

54 min 52 sec

Do you read the Bible and wonder how some people lived with such determination, faith, and purpose … even in the midst of persecution? And beyond their faith, they saw miracles and had the fullness of joy living out their purpose to share the Kingdom of God and the glory in the risen King Jesus! What if living a supernatural purpose-filled life was supposed to be normal for us too?  My friend Carla Pratico shares some stories from her purpose-filled life that will inspire you. From how God saved her, to how He worked it out for her to meet her husband and what He has shown her about our purpose in this life. Now, she is a speaker and the Founder of She Roars Conference, as well as the owner of the branding & marketing firm, Polus Digital, Inc. In her 8 years of business, she has helped over 60 companies across the globe grow their revenue, increase their profits, and gain market share. She also has helped over 80 women start and grow their businesses through her She Roars Mastermind & private business coaching programs. She also serves the body of Christ as a New York City Chaplain, a minister to the homeless of NYC, & by providing Freedom Counseling to help others find healing & their identity in Christ. You know my love for anything freedom – and we are so like-minded in this way! (By the way, I say you are listening to episode #49 but this really is #48. Editing oopsie.)

May 2019

53 min 39 sec

Jenny Randle is an award-winning creative ninja, nationally sought after speaker, and author of Courageous Creative who believes deeply in the power of story. At the age of 18, Jenny encountered the greatest love story ever told, the Gospel. The prayer that followed was simple: “Use me to make an impact for you.” Since that prayer, Jenny has served in ministry and worked in the entertainment, publishing and creative industries. From a DJ on the radio to a career in the heart of Hollywood editing for billion-dollar franchises, God empowered her to craft stories that carried impact. In 2009, Jenny was recognized with one of the highest honors in the entertainment industry – an Emmy® Award. Currently, Jenny and her husband Matt lead a marketing agency that helps online influencers increase their global presence. In all of these influential places, Jenny discovered what it actually means to carry influence. Jenny’s uses her platform to reach people worldwide with God’s message of hope, healing and Holy Spirit revelation that champions people into their calling. In early 2018, Jenny and Matt formed Freedom Creatives, a 501(c)(3) ministry organization where they share Gospel-centered truth. She is passionate about championing leaders, creatives, procrastinating dreamers, and church communities into their calling through the transformational power of Christ. Wouldn’t you love to learn about how to be free to be who God made you to be? What does it look like to live that way? Is that just a pipe dream or can we really enjoy our lives? Are you ready to exchange fear for COURAGE? Karate chop through past pain for GOD’S PROMISES? Dismantle the lies that are weighing you down so you can SLAY TODAY… in a good way? We will talk with Jenny today so you are set up to be wildly creative and free.

May 2019

45 min 24 sec

Jen Tringale is an internationally known speaker, author, and strategist on awakening destiny. She has a passion to unlock the purpose and potential within individuals, organizations, cities, and nations. Her international influence includes meetings with Heads of State, Cabinet Members, U.S. Embassy and State Dept. Representatives. Jen has such an anointing to bring breakthrough to the lives of those who listen to her speak or read her books. Speaking of which …  She’s authored two books “Your Defining Moment” and “Calling.” If you want to understand your destiny and calling, there is no better person to hear from than Jen Tringale. She will ignite your passion for discovering your destiny and give you the ability to look above your current season of life or circumstances to pursue what God has uniquely designed for you. In her most recent book, Calling, she shares about how to understand the DNA of your destiny, the path of your calling, transitions, collaborations and what it takes to get there. I’m so excited you get to hear from Jen today – and soak up all God has for you to receive through her.

Apr 2019

53 min 43 sec

Tabitha Deller is a teacher and writer who is passionate about God’s Word and the life-changing truths found in it. Today on the podcast she shares for women who want more but are tired of dream chasing and fear facing only to discover herself still rat racing. She compares King Solomon in Ecclesiastes … where he mentions this chasing after the wind and John who reminds us that it is all about abiding. She teaches us purposeful living in Called … how simplifying our role is magnifying His role. Tabitha Deller will inspire you to deepen your walk with God and study God’s Word.

Apr 2019

44 min 55 sec

My guest today is Kristin Bonin. She is a speaker, author and has a passion to minister to women. Kristin is an author, speaker, ordained minister and blogger. If you talk to her you quickly learn of her love for Scripture and how she leans into for practically living a supernatural life. Kristin writes and speaks using her challenges, struggles and lessons the Lord is teaching her along the way. Unafraid to get messy, she considers herself a transparently flawed Bible teacher with a love of theology. Kristin is an on-the-go mom of girls. She and her husband, Chris are stationed just outside of Houston, Texas. Have you ever said something and wished you could take it back? Or saw how they unintentionally hurt someone? Or maybe you find you’re critical of yourself. We know we need to guard our hearts and minds in Christ … and we know we need to be careful of how we use our words. It’s easy to be convicted of harsh words, gossip or slander. But there is one thing that we don’t often talk about – flattery. Do you struggle with any of these things? How can we use our words for good? What does the Scripture say about the power of our words? Join us for a discussion where we laugh at ourselves, reveal our own struggles and find Jesus in the midst of repentance. For such a serious topic, we sure do have fun on this podcast. I pray you are encouraged by our conversation.

Mar 2019

41 min 26 sec

My guest today is Kerrie Oles. She is my soul sister who is passionate about freedom too. Kerrie has led thousands to be healed through her testimony and teachings. She is a speaker and author of several books including her latest Unlocked Now. For over 10 years, her message has enabled women to understand their value and identity only comes from God. Are you trying to discover how to receive inner healing from the scars of your past? Do you need to replace doubt, shame and regret with confidence and hope? This conversation will inspire you to go to higher levels of freedom in Christ.

Mar 2019

44 min 49 sec

There are a lot of options for ways you can make an impact and more technology and options to do it well than ever before. So how do you decide where to spend your time, money and influence? Do you know you were created to make a difference in the world and leave a mark? Do you know how to use your influence for the glory of God? My guest today is Rachael Gilbert. She is a business owner, coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker. She has been faithful to use the gifts God has given her. Based on the word God gave Rachael for 2019 … I thought you’d be inspired to make this year the best one ever. Her word is intentional. In fact, that is part of her new course the Intentional Influencers. I wanted to bring her on the podcast to share what God is showing her about intentionality so we can all learn to be more effective with what God has entrusted to us. 

Feb 2019

40 min 33 sec

Are you tired of not living the life you’ve dreamed of? Ready to be inspired to make some shifts in your mindset and faith? My guest today is Lisa Bishop. She is the Director of Women’s Ministry at Park Community Church in Chicago. Before joining Park’s leadership team, she worked in corporate America for 20 years in consulting, training, and coaching. Lisa’s passion and life’s mission is to be a catalyst and cheerleader for women as they grow in biblical literacy, spiritual maturity, and in experiencing and reflecting the heart of God. She is committed to pursuing a life that is unhindered and unleashed, using her God-given talents for the glory of God and leading others to do the same.  I’m excited for you to learn from Lisa Bishop as she shares how to live an unhindered life and go after all God has for you! It’s time to live a life unleashed! 

Feb 2019

55 min 16 sec

My guest today is Jen Baker. She is a speaker, author of 6 books and a good friend of mine. She was born and raised in the U.S. and now lives in the U.K. Her ministry reaches all over the globe as she helps those in modern-day slavery and orphans. Jen carries a breakthrough anointing to shift atmospheres and release faith.  Are you waiting on some promises from God? If you’re like me … you go back and forth between trusting God and questioning Him. Between having faith and doubt. Between hope and discouragement. Today Jen’s stories and teaching are going to give you an impartation of faith that will change the way you believe for your promises.

Jan 2019

51 min 30 sec

Today my guest Krissy Nelson and I are going to be talking about encountering the presence of God. I don’t know many people that can talk about this as well as Krissy. Her stories of encountering God’s presence are going to knock you off your seat! Krissy Nelson is a mom, wife, author, speaker, and TV host. She hosts her own show, Created for the Impossible, which airs on multiple television networks. She has a vision to help people see themselves the way God sees them. Her passion is to speak hope to hearts and life to dry bones! She regularly hosts women’s conferences and ministers at outreaches around the nation. Her first book, Created for the Impossible, is available everywhere books are sold. Krissy is based in Pensacola, FL, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Jan 2019

43 min 58 sec

Spiritual abuse is rampant among churches. It has become so normal that we have been groomed under the guise of “submission to authority.” But it is actually control, manipulation, and bullying. If you’ve ever been in this kind of situation you most likely felt crazy or powerless. Sometimes the relationship generates fear and an inability to get away without dire consequences. In this podcast, I will highlight 25 signs of spiritual abuse so you can identify these unhealthy relationships. I pray it encourages you to break free of them and live a life full of freedom from spiritual abuse! I also hope it helps those of you that have been through it and give you the affirmation that you are not alone. And after this list, I will share some brief tips on how to get through it all in a way that honors God, yourself and others.

Nov 2018

16 min 43 sec

Are you a bystander of #metoo? I wrote a blog post to those who are watching and hurting because of someone going through the #MeToo experience. You the bystander, can help them or actually hurt them. Unintentionally of course. I made it into a podcast. I start by helping you understand what I was going through so you have an idea of what the woman you know is going through too. Then I share things you can do and not do to help her during this process. Next week I’ll share a message about the 25 signs of spiritual abuse so you can detect it sooner. You may want to check out last week’s post about my #MeToo story.

Nov 2018

20 min 8 sec

I wrote a blog post My Untold Story of #MeToo #ChurchToo in April 2018 in response to the accusations of abuse by Bill Hybels at Willow Creek. I never intended to share my story – in fact, many of my friends and those at the church I had attended at the time have never heard it. Beyond the story, there are facts of what happened, how I felt during that time, why I made the decision to remain quiet … and then what God taught me during and after it. I shared the blog post because I felt like people needed to know why women stay quiet so they can be more sensitive to them. And what is going on behind the scenes so if you find out about it later, you can understand that it may be because people are trying to figure out what to do. I planned on leaving this story in blog form. But in the last few weeks and months, I’ve heard more stories of more hurting people. Some of these stories aren’t public yet. One of the preditors even complimented me on my blog post all those months ago – as he was abusing the women on his staff. What will it take to see a change? I felt like the Lord wanted me to release this blog post in audio form – through my podcast. I hope it ministers to people in a different way. It feels really vulnerable to share it out loud. But I’m finding my voice in a whole new way. No fancy studio this time. Just me in my room talking into my phone. I’m aware there is power in releasing a testimony from a powerful overcomer mindset in a raw way. Next week I’ll share a message to the bystanders who are trying to process what they just learned about someone they love (episode 37). And the week after (episode 38), I’ll share a blog post in an audio form about the 25 signs of spiritual abuse so you can detect it sooner.

Nov 2018

26 min 8 sec

I invited speaker and author Mary DeMuth to join us on the podcast today to talk about identifying and healing from toxic friendships. Her new book, The Seven Deadly Friendships identifies relationships you may be having in your life. Have you ever had a toxic friendship? Or lets be honest .. have you been that toxic friend? Mary is going to help us identify what is wrong in some of our friendships, help us face the reality of a broken friendship and discover why you attract toxic people. I hope you will learn how to figure out when it’s time to let it go, learn how to handle a friendship breakup and heal from the pain that comes with broken relationship patterns so you can choose safer friends.

Nov 2018

41 min 14 sec

In the final episode in the overcoming series, I will share what I’ve learned about overcoming fear.  Be sure to check out past episodes in the series: overcoming rejection, jealousy or self-doubt.) Have you struggled to overcome fear in your life? Maybe you haven’t had anxiety but you are familiar with fear of man, fear of rejection or fear of failure. Has it stopped you from going after your dreams? Have you felt like it’s something you’ll never be free of? What if I told you there were keys to walking free from fear? (Ok, I just did …) You must listen to this podcast. I dig deep into what I’ve learned from counselors about overcoming fear and share key scriptures that will set you free. Life is too short to not live it with the fullness of joy!

Oct 2018

24 min 7 sec

In the third part of my overcoming series, I’m going to share about something else that has come from personal experience – overcoming self-doubt. (Listen to overcoming rejection or jealousy.) I remember when I was in my early 20’s my best friend said I was the most insecure person she knew. She was right but I didn’t know why. As I got older and found freedom in Christ, I realized the reason was that I had a rough time with friends in high school and college. Their words and actions came from their own insecurity but were projected onto me. See, I succeeded as a singer and actress at a young age. I had a lot of favor and when it made me lose friends I would make less of myself so they would like me more.  Enter self-doubt. I couldn’t make decisions. I doubted every choice I made. I wanted what other people thought was best. If I had to choose between what I wanted and what someone else wanted, I choose their way. I avoided conflict at all costs. Maintaining peace and being liked was more important than my own opinion. It’s normal to want everyone to like you. But I tried harder than I should have and what others thought of me was more important than what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be.  I can’t say there was a moment of revelation on this. It’s more like I learned by trial and error how to overcome self-doubt and insecurity. In the beginning, I lost more battles than I won. I still struggle and yet I don’t mind. If I was insensitive to others then I’d have another problem on my hands. The point is to not let self-doubt hold you back. Today I’ll share what I’ve learned about overcoming self-doubt. I hope you find the freedom to be who God created you to be too.

Oct 2018

9 min 12 sec

In the second of my overcoming series, I’m going to share about overcoming jealousy — healing from those consequences from someone else’s jealousy or helping you identify and get free from a jealous spirit. I believe that if we can see it for what it is … we will find unity in the body of Christ. We will support each other’s dreams without worrying if it will diminish our own desires. If you see something great in someone else it may be because you were called to support them until they achieve it. How different would our world be if we overcame this demonic attack on our greatness? 

Oct 2018

13 min 12 sec

I’m starting a new series this week on the things we need to overcome to live a life we love. This week I’m going to share about overcoming rejection — it’s inevitable. Sooner or later, every one of us will experience it. Some of us, more than once. And every time it happens, we can’t help but ask ourselves some questions. Usually, the first question is why? Then come the thoughts we rehearse over and over, replaying that moment of rejection … wishing we’d asked more questions or said less in response. Sometimes we wonder for weeks, What did I do wrong? Often we think, What can I do to fix this? How can I get him or her to accept me again? In today’s episode, I will share 4 things you need to know and do to overcome rejection. There is freedom from those destructive thoughts that cause fear of rejection. There is freedom from having it hurt you when it happens again. And maybe … just maybe … these tips will help you not even notice it. I’m living proof that there is a wonderful life on the other side. Join me for this quick teaching on overcoming rejection.

Oct 2018

11 min 22 sec

Rachel Elizabeth Murray is a celebrity fitness personality, trainer and nutrition coach, determined to cause a positive effect on the lives of people worldwide. She strives to help people live a holistically fit lifestyle and recognize you God-given value and potential. She has been on the cover of serval fitness magazines, appeared in multiple fitness videos and commercials. She also leads a prayer ministry called She Kneels. She founded Cause Fitness, an organization committed to giving back to causes through her coaching business. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is here with us today! In this podcast, you’ll get to hear her testimony of how she was chasing the fitness god until GOD showed up in an audible voice! With His help, she overcame the trauma of rape and now speaks to people about His love. You will be inspired by her love for God and people.

Sep 2018

40 min 36 sec

Continuing the series with friends who are in business and use that to share the gospel … My guest today is Lina AbuJamra. Lina is a Pediatric ER doctor and founder of Living with Power Ministries. Her vision is to bring hope to the world by connecting Biblical answers to everyday life. Lina has authored several books including Thrive, Stripped, and Resolved. Lina is the host of Todays Single Christian on Moody Radio and the host of Morning Minutes, a daily audio devotional available on her website. Lina’s most recent adventure has taken her back to the Middle East and her birth country, Lebanon, where she is providing regular medical care for Syrian refugees. (In fact, as we release the podcast today that is where she is!) Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Lina now calls Chicago home. I want you to get to know this powerful lady … she will inspire you to live life to the fullest! What I did when I felt like I wasn’t measuring up to Lina. The truth about our ministry growth compared to what you see online. How her family came to the U.S. as refugees. Why God put her in the wilderness and how she got through it How God moved her from being in the ER to telemedicine so she could do more ministry. The new work God is doing in Lina in this season. The “God-story” that encouraged her to stand on the promises of God. Why HOPE is the key thing she teaches in her ministry. How God called her to singles ministry and why she wrote her book Thrive. How she got started supporting Christian Syrian refugees who are persecuted for their faith in Lebanon. How you can partner with Lina and support her global ministry by adopting a family. Stories of how powerfully God is moving with the refugees in their faith to witness to their unsaved families.

Sep 2018

46 min 55 sec

Bridgette Reed is best known for her self-published book Bold, Fierce and Transformed, which has been featured on FOX Good Day, ABC Good Morning Texas and a host of other radio, television and print media. Bridgette is also the host of her own show on IGTV “But First Coffee with Bridgette Reed” where she highlights amazing women and shares on various topics through a segment called “Cream & Sugar.” Less well known is the fact that over the past ten years she has successfully created six businesses and has guided the growth of a million dollar corporation. She has also taught at major corporations about business fundamentals and is now a serial entrepreneur, including her online retail store Olivia Sophia Stationery. In the first year of opening the store, she won Best Of The Knot Weddings 2017, and her Exclusive Marriage & Grace Family Planner was featured on ABC WFAA Good Morning Texas. In addition, Bridgette Reed received the 40 under 40 awards in the Gifts & Stationery industry present by Stationery Trend Magazine in partnership with Gift & Home Association and Young Gift Executives. But even with all of that she has a story that grounded in overcoming the many obstacles that life has thrown her way including overcoming low self-worth. If you’ve ever felt insignificant or afraid to be authentic with your struggles, you’ll be encouraged by Bridgette today.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN What prophesy has to do with Bridgette and I becoming friends Why we are to declare who others are even if they are not yet About her course on how to build a business How her business Olivia Sophia Stationary got started The story of how she wasn’t supposed to be able to get pregnant and the miracle that followed Advice for those who want their own online store What story do you want to tell behind your brand? Why giving back to others is key to success Resting in God’s good and perfect will What she sees as her greatest impact Why authentic is greater than perfect Why what she thought what disqualified her was what people connected to the most Being teachable and humble Why failure will be your greatest teacher What she’s learning right now about how to believe what God says is true

Sep 2018

34 min 27 sec

On today’s podcast I chat with my friend, Eric Welch, director of the new movie, Beautifully Broken. Eric has directed over 200 music videos and live concert music films for multiple genre artists such as: Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, Jimmy Buffet, TobyMac, Mandisa, Kenny Chesney, Steve Miller Band, Hank Williams Jr., Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, and MercyMe. Eric’s commitment to creative excellence has garnered acclaim through multiple nominations for both the ACM and CMA awards, as well as, Addy, Telly, Billboard and Dove award wins. Now, he’s added the title of director. His film, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN will be released on August 24th in over 600 theaters in the US. A refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise, and a daughter’s painful secret converge in this inspiring true story of hope. It is based on a true story of three families whose lives are forever changed and healed by the power of child sponsorship through Compassion International. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation. Eric and I talk about some personal stories of brokenness, the beauty of standing in the midst of trials and of course … the movie. Join us and learn first hand about what makes this movie special. Check out the show notes below to learn more about what we talk about in this week's episode. I hope you enjoy our conversation! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN Some stories of how music videos Eric’s produced have impacted people beyond what he could have imagined How being real and sharing our stories helps heal others How sometimes my clients save me from my own junk (and Eric too) That people who lead are in their process too and the work sometimes brings healing How the film Beautifully Broken challenges our assumptions of others The overall plot of the film Beautifully Broken How you’ll relate to the different themes in the film How Eric was invited to direct this film How to deal with the broken parts of your life The strength of a woman in the family unit The main challenge of of our lives and what God wants us to do about it A major trial in Eric’s life that threatened his career and how he handled the fear that surrounded it A major trial in my life … that also threatened my career and what I learned through it The new devotional on YouVersion that goes with the film

Aug 2018

49 min 18 sec

Today on the podcast we have Manny Torres. You may remember him from American Idol a few years ago. He made it to the top 14! I met through a common friend and I’ve enjoyed hearing him perform live in downtown Chicago. I asked him to be a part of the podcast today to share his story. I know you will be inspired by his faith as he went from a lot of success and a total high to a low point in his life because of a difficult diagnosis. ​Manny Torres is a Chicago based singer-songwriter that lives for the passion-filled experience of his live shows! His music brings the secular and the sacred into conversation with each other, as he writes and covers songs that demonstrate the beauty, pain, and hope that comprise the human experience as a whole. His voice is warm; even as he sings about heartbreak, such as in “Real Lies,” his ineffable joy resides underneath his sorrow. The effect of this is that Manny enables his listeners to bring their own hurting hearts into song with his—he creates space for them to fully feel their pain, release it, and partake in the musical healing offered by his voice. In this way, Manny’s music is an invitation to his listeners to embrace their hopes and fears, their joys and sadness and find peace and calm within the messiness of life. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN Life before American Idol How auditioning for The Voice helped him land American Idol How Manny handled the stress between show tapings Why God allows challenges and how it strengthens you How Manny’s faith supported him through the process Why it didn’t help Manny to NOT have a “crisis story” on American Idol How Manny was challenged at the age of 22 and diagnosed with testicular cancer What Manny learned about faith during this scary season How Manny radically shrunk his cancer by over 50% in a month (before treatment)! Why a Keto diet and what you eat can heal your body to health The power of prayer Why fasting is good for your physical and spiritual health The new music that has come out of the difficult season

Aug 2018

46 min 42 sec

Christian recording artist, Meredith Andrews, has been a friend of mine for over a decade. We had so much fun connecting we kinda forgot you were listening. Meredith is one of the most down to earth people I know. She openly shares her relationship with God and all she is learning. Today we talk about the beauty in the hidden seasons. We’ve both been there. You may not think someone with such a public ministry would feel hidden. I’m so glad she shares what she is learning. One thing is … even though it doesn’t seem productive or fruitful, God has a purpose for the wilderness. We also talk about how she met her husband, how she is inspired to write new songs and how she balances her busy career and family.  A little more about Meredith – In 2011, she won two Dove Awards, “Worship Song of the Year” for “How Great Is the Love” and “Praise and Worship album of the Year” for As Long As It Takes. She has 5 studio albums. On a regular basis, Andrews leads worship at major women’s and worship leader conferences across the U.S., and has toured with Matt Maher, Natalie Grant, Big Daddy Weave, Vertical Church, Phil Wickham, and Michael W. Smith, among others. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN How she met her husband Jacob Sooter The background on her storybook wedding How she balances a busy career and 3 kids How she gets inspired to write songs – and why she likes co-writing with other artists Our thoughts on how to be still and know that He is God How to rest and let God breathe into the new thing He is doing Why we shouldn’t skip over the hidden season and the beauty in it The secret to doing something in partnership with God What Meredith is learning about what God thinks about the meditations of her heart

Aug 2018

38 min 24 sec

My guest today is Jason Davis. Jason is an entertainment industry executive with a broad range of titles including award winning songwriter, award winning author, independent record label president, executive TV producer, entertainment consultant, former Senior VP of A&R for Dolly Parton’s management company and a serial entrepreneur. I met Jason and his wife Heather back in 2008 when I was the director of artist relations for an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators. We met at Gospel Music Association, GMA in the Rocky’s. I’m so thrilled for you to hear his story of how he wrote a hit christian song before he knew Jesus. Plus you’ll hear his story of coming to faith and overcoming the enemy’s displeasure. It will make you think it’s right out of a movie. Don’t miss the end when talk about some challenging experiences with other Christians that have taught us to love well anyway.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN What was going on with Jason before he wrote a hit Christian song (as an unbeliever) How he rose to success in the music business in LA Why Jason thinks stars end up killing themselves His own story about contemplating suicide How he came to faith in Jesus Christ Hear how he saw Jesus in a vision What spiritual warfare was waiting for Jason after salvation How Jason has handled Christians who have betrayed or stolen from him What he has learned about how to love people well in business Why he thinks making your yes a yes is key to succeeding in business How I got my first pair of cowboy boots and why it matters

Aug 2018

48 min 2 sec

You may have noticed at the end of each episode, I end with, love well, you were made for it. So I thought I’d close out this four part series with some of my tips for loving well. Because this is my favorite subject …. LOVE! Learning to love well is one of the greatest personal rewards in life. When you really love well, you are able to give and receive love from God. You can freely give and receive it from others … and love yourself. But sometimes circumstances makes that really, really hard. We feel disappointed by God or by others … or are disappointed in ourselves. But when we get it … like really get the freedom in loving without judgment or restrictions, we can have a life that is so joyful, we can’t help but give it away. Have you ever wanted to really know God loves you in a way that is more than head knowledge? Or get rid of self doubt or even self hatred? Have you had trouble having compassion for those in need or those that irritate you? I’ll give you some encouragement and keys to love well in this week’s episode.

Feb 2018

11 min 24 sec

I love freedom coaching because I get to help people process their own responses to outside stressors and learn to be the person God created them to be. I find this topic … learning to reconcile well, is key to having healthy relationships. We aren’t taught how to do this in school and we often learn bad habits from our family of origin. Unknowingly, we develop patterns of communication that keep us from having the relationships we desire. If you were to look at your relationships, would you say you are pretty good at working through difficult things? Do people feel safe talking to you when they are upset with you? Are you quick to say you’re sorry and ask for forgiveness? Or do you feel like you need some help learning how to work through conflict? Are you thinking of what you want to say next to defend yourself instead of having the focus on what the other person is saying? Do you wish you’d be better at taking things to God before anyone else? One day I heard God speak to my heart, He said, “You have the gift of reconciliation.”When that came to my mind, I’ll be honest, I didn’t understand it. I knew that Jesus died to reconcile us to God, but how did that translate to a gift that I had? It got me thinking … That’s what Jesus did. He resolved a conflict between God and us. Jesus came so we would no longer be separated from God because of sin. He made a way to bring us back into friendly relations with God. In this podcast episode, I share personal stories of frustration, failure and success. I also give very specific tips on how to reconcile any situation well. And how to deal with the aftermath of things not going as you hoped. I’d love to hear what part of the teaching helped you … so be sure to leave a comment on this post or tag me on social media with @jillmonaco.

Feb 2018

19 min 27 sec

I love freedom coaching because I get to help people process their own responses to outside stressors and learn to be the person God created them to be. I find this topic … learning to reconcile well, is key to having healthy relationships. We aren’t taught how to do this in school and we often learn bad habits from our family of origin. Unknowingly, we develop patterns of communication that keep us from having the relationships we desire. If you were to look at your relationships, would you say you are pretty good at working through difficult things? Do people feel safe talking to you when they are upset with you? Are you quick to say you’re sorry and ask for forgiveness? Or do you feel like you need some help learning how to work through conflict? Are you thinking of what you want to say next to defend yourself instead of having the focus on what the other person is saying? Do you wish you’d be better at taking things to God before anyone else? One day I heard God speak to my heart, He said, “You have the gift of reconciliation.”When that came to my mind, I’ll be honest, I didn’t understand it. I knew that Jesus died to reconcile us to God, but how did that translate to a gift that I had? It got me thinking … That’s what Jesus did. He resolved a conflict between God and us. Jesus came so we would no longer be separated from God because of sin. He made a way to bring us back into friendly relations with God. In this podcast episode, I share personal stories of frustration, failure and success. I also give very specific tips on how to reconcile any situation well. And how to deal with the aftermath of things not going as you hoped. I’d love to hear what part of the teaching helped you … so be sure to leave a comment on this post or tag me on social media with @jillmonaco.

Feb 2018

11 min 55 sec

Communication is a challenge to most of us at one point or another. Have you ever struggled to figure out how to say something and even with your best efforts you just mess it up? Or have you taken the path of least resistance, and stay quiet about your own feelings because the other person doesn’t communicate well either … and the blow up just isn’t worth it? Or have you noticed the person who is better with words steamrolls the more quiet person? But what if I told you there are keys to learning how to communicate so well, that you could keep that connection with someone no matter what the other person did or how badly you are at communicating? In today’s episode, I’ll share the keys to communicate well. And in the next few weeks, I’ll continue the series on keys to other areas of your life too. So be sure to subscribe to my podcast on iTunes or GooglePlay to hear more. Better yet, sign up for my mailing list and get the newest podcasts send to your inbox.

Feb 2018

10 min 36 sec

We’ve been doing a series on singleness … and this is the last in the series with … finally .. a dude! I just have more women friends but Nate Stevens, our guest today, is one of my best guy friends. We met a few years ago through another friend and he’s been writing for the magazine I publish, Single Matters ever since. He’s also a published author and speaker. Have you ever wondered if God had a plan for picking a mate or a set of guidelines to choose well? What makes the best couples compatible for life? What if I told you Nate has discovered what the Scriptures says about four key aspects to a great relationship? It’s the topic he speaks on the most and even published a book about these awesome truths. Now I knew Nate when he was single … so we’ve had a ton of conversations about singleness: the struggles, the state of singleness in the church today, the hope for marriage. Nate, met his beautiful wife, Karen, and still leads singles in the Charlotte NC area in a group called Fusion. He really has a passion to help singles prepare for marriage and choose well. On the podcast today, you’ll learn why Nate has a passion for teaching compatibility … from his own struggles and failures. He is super vulnerable about his failures and gives hope to those who have also made mistakes. He will share the 4 relational aspects of life and why the order of finding these 4 things out are important to determine compatibility. You don’t want to miss the wisdom that comes from my friend Nate.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN Nate’s story from adultery to redemption According to Scripture, what are the four aspects to a great relationship? Why the aspects are to be discovered in relationships in a certain order What the soul has to do with attachment How feelings can be deceptive but can’t be ignored either What makes up an intellectually compatible couple? Why passion is totally ok! What wisdom he would say to his younger self about choosing a mate

Feb 2018

39 min 7 sec

My guest today is like a soul sister with a passion for emotional health, freedom in Christ and pro-relationship! We are passionate about helping you be the best you and find a mate! Today we are talking to the CEO of OnDaySix, Wendee Mannon. OneDaySix is a Christian dating website that really cares about helping you find someone that is right for you. She filters every new member herself! You can even choose what kind of church you attend to really narrow down the right kind of person for you. And in case you’re like….easy for her to talk to singles because she’s married … she met her husband on the site before she was CEO! She’s also an author. Her book Love Unstuck: Be the Leading Lady. In this book, Wendee describes her unique journey of finding her husband through the perils of the Christian generation that kissed dating goodbye and into a time where God spoke to her about ‘partnering with Him’ to move towards meeting her husband. The journey included both dating and diving into her beliefs about herself, God and men all combined with an action plan to move towards that desire. So do you hate dating websites? Never had any luck with them? Not sure how to wait on God … but also put yourself out there? Well, this episode is for you! We even pray for a release of the breakthrough of marriages to those that listen to this episode! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN Wendee’s story of prolonged singleness and how God has given her vision to help others Details of how she met her husband on the site she now runs What God does with our desire to be married Why she believes being married is a choice and how to partner with God for your mate Why flirting is a necessary part of the process even for Christians What causes way too much pressure before a first date and how to get out of that habit What the church-y culture does to discourage dating and what to do about it Understand what she calls a “man-plan” or “wo-man-plan” and how it’s effective to find a date Her best tips for where to meet people and how to practice communicating with the opposite gender Pros and cons of instant attraction Is there such a thing as a soul mate? Why coaching is one of our passions for singles and why it’s effective

Jan 2018

1 hr 2 min

I hope you will be encouraged by this episode as I have a conversation with my friend Deb Fileta. Debra K. Fileta is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Relationship and Marital issues. She is also an author and speaker who is passionate about spreading the message that healthy people make healthy relationships.  I asked her to come on the show and talk about what she sees God doing in this generation about dating toward marriage and how to be intentional toward dating. Not waiting. But actually dating! Are you confused about why there are so many singles today, people getting married later (if at all) or why YOU can’t seem to find someone? Or maybe you are married and have singles friends and wonder the same thing? Deb’s book, True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life (Zondervan, 2013), is available online and in stores now. Her newest book, Choosing Marriage, is set to be released May 2018. She is a regular contributor at Relevant Magazine and Crosswalk.com, with over 200 articles around the web about love, marriage, dating, sex, and relationships. She’s the creator of relationship blog TrueLoveDates, reaching millions of readers with her candid yet compassionate style, combining psychology and spirituality.

Jan 2018

1 hr 2 min

Happy New Year everyone! I’m super excited about the new year and all God has planned for us! I realize not everyone walks into a new year with excitement … especially if last year was difficult. Maybe you had dreams that fell short or didn’t seem to manifest. Maybe you didn’t reach your goals or saw an end to a relationship. Or maybe you have some new ideas for next year and just need a little boost in getting started. In this podcast I will encourage you with a vision God gave me. I share how you can expect His provision even before you ask. I’ll share how you can make a plan to reach your goals for next year with just one step. And why asking God about what He sees for you in 2018 will bring you incredible answers to prayer.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN What to expect in the next few weeks on the podcast What scenario I play in my mind when God gives me what I pray for Why knowing your identity in Christ is a key to answered prayer Why who you are supposed to BE is more important than what you DO What verses I pray when I’m believing for the desires of my heart How to tell the difference between my desires and God’s desires How to find your unique purpose and design

Jan 2018

12 min 16 sec

I think this episode with speaker and author, Wendy Pope, has foundational wisdom to living in the peace of God and contentment for where He has you now. Wendy writes devotions for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ “Encouragement for Today” and is a content provider for the free online devotion app First 5 as well as a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team. Wendy is the author of Wait and See.  She shares biblical wisdom on how to prepare for the future even as you participate in God’s work in the present. Drawing on the story of David, Wendy helps you exchange weariness and discouragement for hope and action. Instead of getting distracted with the object of your wait, you can grow closer to the Person of your faith—transforming your wait-and-see season into one of the sweetest seasons of all. And I just so happened to be able to do the narration for her audio book. Have you ever had to wait so long for a desire .. or a promise from God that you felt like you wanted it more than God Himself? Or that you lost hope? Don’t miss this conversation with Wendy. She has such wisdom and insight … because she’s walked it out. No matter where you are in the process, Wendy will encourage you in your process and impart hope to your heart.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN How we got connected and why it’s cool Who Wendy would fan girl over if she met them Her waiting process – good, bad and ugly How to process your hurt or anger with God for making you wait How she responded to God when she didn’t have to wait anymore The keys she’s learned to waiting well What does faith as a mustard seed look like? The lies of being busy that tell us we aren’t trying and how that messes us up More about her new Bible study

Jan 2018

58 min 5 sec