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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 9 - A Love Story of Dating, Engagement, & Marriage with Rachel & Thomas Awetry

In this episode, Sammie has a conversation with Rachel and Thomas Awetry; two people who love Jesus, are chasing after Him, and just happen to have met in their high school youth group. Now, after years of dating and pursuing one another, they've been married for three years and share what they've learned through the love story that God has given them.

Rachel and Thomas live in Birmingham, Alabama, where they attend Church of the Highlands; Rachel spends her days sharing tips, tricks, and truth on social media through her blog and her podcast, Behind the Bliss. Thomas spends his days as a member of the Alabama Air National Guard, along with travelling and adventuring since he has his pilot's license! They also have a precious pup named Remi! They're full of energy, wisdom, and their love for one another shines through in my conversation with them.

We talk about so many things, ranging from how to keep Christ at the center of your relationship, how to trust Him even when things don't seem to be going your way, sexual purity + repentance, tips for engagement, all the way to how to champion one another in marriage and cultivate a friendship along with romance.

Here's some things we mentioned in this episode:

Rachel's Website
Behind the Bliss Podcast

To check out everything happening in their work, family, and life, head on over and follow @rachel.awetry or @thomasawetry on Instagram!

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Episode 8 - "The Body Keeps The Score:" An Inside Look at Trauma (With Dana Henry)

In this episode, Sammie interviews Dana Henry, a counselor and pastor's wife from Sewickley, PA, who has dedicated her Kingdom calling to helping people find freedom from their traumas, so that they may live abundantly in their relationships. Dana has experience professionally handling traumas, as well as experience in doing the hard work of personal healing herself. If you want a run-down on what trauma is, and how the body scientifically responds to trauma, this is for YOU! We're so thankful for Dana's testimony and her willingness to share her story.

Here's some things we mentioned in this episode: 

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Episode 7 - Choosing Revival

"While the mess I experienced, both the things that happened to me & the broken path I chose, was not His heart for my life, He has yet to waste a drop of it. Healing is mine for the taking, victory is mine for the taking, freedom is mine for the taking. And the same is true for you, wherever you are - no matter how heavy the mess you carry. He sees you, He holds you, and He loves you, so much. Do not let the lies you hear make you believe that you are too far from grace." -Nadine Mitchell, The Revival Folk Blog

In this episode, Sammie interviews Nadine Mitchell, a momma of four girls, blogger, wife, and owner of the brand, the Revival Folk, which creates and offers prints, posters, cards and a variety of events to help you uncover community. Through this episode, we hear a snapshot of Nadine's story from childhood to adulthood as she exemplifies who Jesus is through the redemptive work He has done in her life.

We cover topics like trauma, abuse, counseling, freedom, marriage, mental health, the importance of community and identity. This is one of our favorite episodes yet, and you do not want to miss it - so much wisdom and goodness!

Here are some of Nadine's Favorite things: 

To check out everything happening in her work, family, and life, head on over to her Instagram page for some daily encouragement!

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Episode 6 - Relationship FAQs Part 2

In this episode, Sammie continues our relationship "crash course" series and covers more questions that students (and adults!) frequently ask.

We talk about these four questions:

  1. What role should my parents play in my dating life?
  2. What happens if I'm rejected?
  3. What happens If I've already messed up?
  4. How do you even start building a healthy relationship?

Things we mentioned in this episode:

Be sure to stay up to date with Abundant Life: You Were Made for More by visiting our blog.

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Episode 5 - Consistency is Key with Lexi Moles

In this episode, Sammie interviews her friend, Lexi Moles, and they talk about Lexi’s calling – Lexi serves as the Director of Middle School Outreach at Ciudad Nueva, a non-profit that serves the community of El Paso, Texas.

Lexi is one of the most relational humans you’ll ever meet in your life, and thankfully, that energy plays into her role as she is learning what it means to do life with middle schoolers. Lexi has chosen to take the head-on approach and has shown an admirable initiative in educating her students and equipping her youth leaders to have healthy conversations about relationships and sexuality, all based on her experience in youth group growing up.

If you’ve ever wondered why it’s important to be consistent in teens' lives, how in the world someone can actually enjoy hanging out with middle schoolers, and why it’s important to stay and fight for the hearts of our kids, this episode will really speak to your heart.

Things we mentioned in this episode:

Ciudad Nueva
Abundant Life Curriculum

You can stay up to date with Lexi and her middle schoolers by following her on IG. That’s where all the good stuff goes!

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