DOSPOD E48

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In Episode 48, Steph and I have an honest conversation about the difference between empathy and pity. Why do we feel sorry for people, and how do we communicate those feelings? How can we communicate empathy in a way that builds relationships instead of cutting off communication? Steph and I reflect on how it has felt to receive pity from …

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How a Tree Gave Me Hope In the Midst of Cancer

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. I am a survivor. I want you to survive, too. I want the women in your life to have a best-case scenario like I did. Here’s a piece of my story.  I had been going to the doctor every few weeks for months. There was a “situation” we were monitoring. At every visit, my …

Discovering Our Scars Podcast E47

DOSPOD E47

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In Episode 47, Steph and I were joined by special guest, Daniel Kuykendall. Steph and Daniel worked together at Apple about a decade ago and they’ve been friends ever since. Daniel is a commercial photographer and videographer, but he’s a guest on this episode to talk about something much more personal—his life as a Type 1 Diabetic. This is an …

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The Key to Being You

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Have you ever been given the keys to something? My husband and I recently gave our daughter the keys to her first car. The joy (and terror) of that moment will be with me for a long time! Maybe you remember getting the keys to your first car? Your first apartment? Or maybe you remember the first time you worked …

DOSPOD E46

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In Episode 46, Steph and I have an honest conversation about what it’s like to lose someone during a pandemic. There has been a lot of attention on COVID deaths—rightly so—but how has COVID changed our grieving process even when COVID is not the cause of death? Steph shares stories about her grandmother who passed away (not from COVID) on …

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Jesus Heals the “Other”

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You probably know the expression, “Mama Bear.” A Mama Bear is the kind of mom who is normally a sucker for hugs and cuddles, but who can become downright ferocious when her cub needs to be protected. In Matthew 15, Jesus meets a Mama Bear. She calls to Jesus saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter …

DOSPOD E45

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In Episode 45, Steph and I talk about the #MeToo movement and some of our #MeToo moments. We explore when the movement started and how we each became aware of it. We have a healthy discussion about what we each think the phrase “sexual harassment” means (or doesn’t). Steph shares about being at an industry event and being touched inappropriately …

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DOSPOD E44

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In Episode 44, Steph and I have an honest conversation about the pain of invisible emotional scars. If we break a bone, it gets set in a cast and no one doubts our pain. Even though no one can see our emotional scars, they manifest in a variety of ways. The cast tells the world we need to heal, but …

Psalm 105

Praise God For Yourself

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In Psalm 105, we read, “Give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make his deeds known to all people! Sing to God; sing praises to the Lord; dwell on all his wondrous works!” (Psalm 105:1-2, CEB) Why would the psalmist tell us to do such a thing? Why should we give thanks to God or make God’s deeds …

DOSPOD E43

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In Episode 43, Steph and I are joined by Jamie Kocur, author of My CCM Soundtracked Life: How I Became Disillusioned With the Music That Once Captivated Me. Jamie grew up a church-goer, but in her teens she became the kind of Christian who listened to only CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) and minimized her exposure to secular influences. She says she …