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Abundant Life: You Were Made for More Podcast

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 16: For All The Ladies - Embracing Biblical Femininity (with Chaney Mullins)

In this episode, Sammie talks with Chaney Mullins about lots of topics: sexuality and marriage, femininity, women’s healthcare, and the value, or sanctity, of human life. Chaney serves as Development Coordinator for Divine Mercy Care, an educational and fundraising organization advancing pro-life health care. There, she works to promote the next frontier in the pro-life movement: inspiring pro-life OB/GYNs and building full medical centers that serve all women with good Christian health care – those with insurance and those without. She is a champion for deeper partnerships between local churches and women in need. Chaney also serves on the board of the Healing Center International, which is dedicated to helping people find more joy in their relationships with God and others. Additionally, Chaney is the co-founder of The Amore Project, which empowers deeper communities through viewing Christ as the intimate lover of our whole selves – body and soul. She’s also a special projects writer at Concerned Women of America.

Grab your coffee, turn up the volume, and hang out with us! I hope this episode inspires you to think... "Am I truly pursuing the woman God made me to be?"

Things we mention in this episode:

ChaneyMullins.Com
• Chaney's Instagram
Theology of the Body
• Chaney's Email: chaney.mullins@gmail.com
Biblical Femininity eBook (FREE!)

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Episode 15: What It's Like To Look For "More" + The Power of Identity (With Meesh Franks)

My twin sister Meesh is joining me today on the You Were Made for More Podcast, so we can talk a little bit more about who we are and our struggle with identity growing up! I’m so thankful that I’m a twin - and it’s also cool to have someone who grew up in the same environment as you, during the same time as you, but with a totally different personality and different perspective. Meesh and I are so similar, but we’re also so different - I hope that this conversation with Meesh enlightens your hearts about who I am and where I came from, and that you also learn from her struggle with trauma, identity, and how she’s leaned into God to make her a person capable of loving and being loved. If you know anything about my story, you know that Meesh and I didn’t speak English until we were 5, due to a disorder with our speech development. This affected both of us similarly, but also very differently, as you’ll hear us talk about throughout our conversation.

Meesh currently lives in Sewickley, PA where she serves as the Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries at St. Stephen’s Church. Meesh is engaged to her fiance Caleb, and together, they love the kiddos of their community really well. I’m excited for you to hear this conversation because I think it’s really important - like I’ve said before, your struggle with identity may not look the same as mine, but I believe in some way, shape, or form, we all struggle with believing and living into who we were created to be. When we open up conversation about it, we’re inviting the light to come into dark places in our hearts where fear, insecurity, and trauma live and Satan thrives.

I hope this episode feels like you're just sitting across the table from us at a coffee shop!

Things we mention in this episode:

Jess Connolly
• Meesh's Instagram and Facebook

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Episode 14: Friendship That Refreshes The Soul (With Ally Carter)

In this episode, Sammie talks with her best friend, Ally Carter. If you know Ally, you love her, and you're better for knowing her.

Ally Carter is a fierce woman who loves Jesus and loves people equally as well. I met Ally a few years ago through my twin sister, but we formed a relationship when I would go visit Meesh at college. Ally was on staff with Young Life, and we automatically hit it off. Ally’s passionate about loving people - she is one of the best humans I know at striking up conversation, being intentional, and asking good questions. She believes in the power of community and lives that out every day as she engages people in a secular workspace, cares for families in her community, and makes sure that each of her friends feels loved. I have been so blessed by Ally and I’ve learned a lot about how she does friendship - and I think it’s important for you guys to hear some of that reasoning. If you ever get the chance to meet Ally, she’ll probably take you out for a cup of coffee and spend hours getting to know your story. I hope this conversation with her gives you a snap shot at just how powerful it is to be thoughtful in conversation and to open your heart to friendships, and how they really do have the power to change your life.

Some things we mentioned on the episode:

• Ally's Instagram and Facebook
Young Life
PULSE
• Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages

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Episode 13: Using Your Voice for Good: Voices for the Voiceless (With Josiah Friedman)

“Abortion is a breakdown in community. In our moment of greatest need for real, compassionate, empowering human relationship, there is a void of connection.”

— Josiah Friedman, CEO & Founder of Voices for the Voiceless

In this episode, you’re going to meet a legend - Josiah Friedman is the CEO of Voices for the Voiceless, an organization that spends every day advocating for the worth and dignity of human beings. Not only that, he spends each and everyday equipping others to do just that, through storytelling and real, raw conversations with real people.

Josiah is the visionary mastermind behind the #standbyher movement. A graduate of Arizona Christian University, he founded Voices for the Voiceless as a nonprofit in 2013 while pursuing double majors in Journalism and Political Science. He is widely known for his creative approach and compassionate cultural voice that reaches people from all sides of the issue. Josiah's lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Andrea, who partners with him as the Marketing Director of Voices for the Voiceless.

I’m really excited for you to hear my conversation with Josiah, as we talk about his faith journey and how God has ignited his heart on fire for this movement. Josiah is a gifted communicator, has a heart for loving every single person that God has created, and I really admire the work he’s doing.

Here's some of the things we mention in the episode:

Voices for the Voiceless
• Josiah's TED Talk
VOX Study
The Voices Docuseries

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Episode 12: Adoption and Loving the Orphan (With Ebie Hepworth)

In this episode, Sammie sits down and talks to Ebie Hepworth; Ebie has a vulnerable and relatable heart that has allowed her to encourage countless women across the globe. You may know her from serving with an organization called Wipe Every Tear for five year, where she has the opportunity to be a part of bringing freedom and restoration to women trafficked in the sex trade. She's the author of a 30-day devotional, Fearless Girl, and is in the process of writing her second book!

Ebie is a woman passionate about cultivating healthy family, adoption, speaking identity and truth into women, and throwing away our masks so we can be honest about where we are at. She's the CEO and "Chief Dreamer" at Fearless Co, an organization that cultivates a movement of women unhindered by fear. She's a wife to her husband, Zac, and a mother to their two beautiful children, Birdie and Asa.

In this episode, we talk about her love story with her husband, her journey with infertility, and the international adoption story that God has authored for her family and how she is really all about loving the orphans like we are called to do in Scripture (even though she's in her mid-20's!). I love Ebie's heart, and I really think her family is a beautiful testament to how God writes more beautiful stories than we could even imagine, even in the hard moments! If you're curious about adoption, why it's important, or maybe you're thinking about adopting one day yourself, this conversation is something you don't want to miss.

Here are some things we mention in the episode:
• Ebie's book, Fearless Girl
Fearless Co.
Ebie's Website and Instagram
If Ebie's story touched you, please join me in praying for favor and healing over her family!

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