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John 10:10 is a promise fulfilled.  Jesus came down to Earth so that we would have life – and have it abundantly!

We pray that every Church would have:

• Teenagers knowing and believing who they were created to be – because our identity changes everything!

• Youth groups that discuss issues such as sexuality and relationships with teens.

• Parents equipped to create safe spaces for teens to wrestle with the differences between our culture & our faith.

• Students who have been set free by the power of the Gospel and understand how the Good News equips us to fully live out our earthly relationships.

So, buckle up as we take this journey and  look at what God has to say about friendships, relationships, sexuality, dating, and ALL the things in between.

We are so glad you’re here!

Episode 35: An Inside Look at Depression (With Kristen Friday)

Today, we’re going to have a really important conversation - a conversation about depression, faith, coping, counseling, and so much more. I really believe that this conversation is for everyone, whether you have personally struggled with depression or not, I bet that you are close to somebody who has. I never really had real experience with depression until I was in my early 20’s - my first real exposure to it was when I was still dating my husband. He shared with me that he has struggled with depression for the majority of his life, and we spent the better half of our dating relationship and engagement navigating what that looked like for us. My second exposure to depression was more first-hand, when I struggled with depression as a result of birth control that I went on after we got married. It really seeped into every part of my life - especially my marriage. Thankfully for me, it was hormonally-based, so after I went off of the birth control, my mood and brain activity returned to normal - but, it did give me an inside look at the difficulty of dealing with depression.

I’ve become even more convinced since then that this conversation, whether you are a parent, teen, or youth leader, is so, so important. Nobody is immune to depression, anxiety, or loneliness, especially in these season of isolation that so many in our society are experiencing. I’m thankful that today, my friend Kristen is joining us to share her testimony and experience with depression and what her journey has looked like throughout that season and beyond. Kristen is a 2018 graduate of Waynesburg University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. She now lives in Waynesburg and is a homeowner in the town she has come to love. She also serves on the admissions team at Waynesburg University. Let’s jump into my convo with her!

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Episode 34: Repenting & Refreshment

Hey guys! I am so excited to be back with you for season 3 of the You Were Made for More podcast… this time with some exciting news to share & some big changes happening in the Gallo household over the past 6 weeks! My husband Juan and I welcomed out sweet baby girl, Ofelia Esther into the world on August 24, 2020 at 5:17 PM and she truly is the perfect addition to our family that we didn’t even know we needed. We're just in awe with her and so thankful that the Lord has allowed us to be her parents on this side of Heaven.

Throughout my postpartum season and adjusting to my new life and our new life as a family, the Lord has been teaching me a lot of lessons. In this episode, I wanted to share with you some of those lessons - we talk about repentance, refreshment, and humility over stubbornness through looking at the book of Judges. I really believe this is such a timely message not only for me personally, but also for our nation, our society, and the world.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19

Let's lean in together and trust that through everything, if we lean in and take a posture of repentance, we’ll come out of it with purity of heart - refreshed and aware that the Spirit is working wonders in our lives.

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Episode 33: Season 2 Wrap-Up, Life Updates, and Encouragement

We can't believe season 2 of the podcast has come to an end! To wrap up the season, we're talking about launching into the next season of life unafraid, learning (and relearning) what is looks like to follow and trust God, and we're updating you about Sammie's life and all the exciting things to come not only for her family, but also for the You Were Made for More Podcast! We hope you'll join us in trusting that the best is yet to come & we hope you know that we are so thankful to our listeners for all of the love, support, and prayers!

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Episode 32: The History of Feminism and Its Impact on Current Culture (With Frederica Mathewes-Green)

Today, we have the opportunity to hear from Frederica Mathewes-Green on the subject of feminism, its history, and how it has impacted our current culture, especially as we talk about the sexual revolution and women. Frederica Mathewes-Green is an American author and speaker in the national forum on topics related to Eastern Orthodox belief and practice. She holds a degree in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Johnson City, TN. Their three children are grown and married, and they have fourteen grandchildren.

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Episode 31: Relationships Matter (With Toni McFadden)

Disclaimer:
This episode contains an abortion testimony and description that may be triggering to some women or men who have not went through healing. For more information on abortion recovery and finding resources near you, please visit 
https://anglicansforlife.org/2018/05/10/anglicans-action-abortion-healing/, or reach out to Toni personally as she invites you to do in the episode.

Today, we’re going to have the opportunity to hear a conversation that I had with Toni McFadden. Toni is someone who believes in the power of relationships, and is passionate about sharing that with the next generation. She is vulnerable and real when sharing her own story of relationships, sex, and how God has redeemed her past - but something I love about her story is the fact that she doesn’t overlook the hard work of the healing that she needed to put in to set a new foundation for herself. Toni first and foremost wants to make sure that every person knows how to handle forgiveness, receive redemption, and look mistakes in the face without allowing them to hold us back. I’m excited for you to hear my conversation with Toni - give the episode a listen and let us know how her story has encouraged you!

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