PODCAST

Your Biggest Breakthrough

Wendie Pett and Todd Isberner

People have learned from other people’s stories since the beginning of time. Stories stir the soul. Stories reveal. Stories heal. Why? Because hearing someone’s story allows the listener to see how that person overcame their challenge. Everyone loves to see the victorious outcome from an underdog position and how one elevated to their “next level” in life. In this podcast...Wendie and Todd will give you an inside look at someone who has had a personal or professional breakthrough that changed the course of their life, ultimately changing the course of those around them. Real people, real stories with real breakthroughs. Each episode will give you truth, tools, and tangible takeaways that will inspire, equip, and entertain you along your own life journey. Lean in. Listen well. This could be Your Biggest Breakthrough!
Episode 65: Circus Ring Master Turned Monk Shares Secrets to Answering Your True Calling, Reconciling Damaged Relationships, Finding Inner Peace and Much More.
Brother Paul-Vincent Niebauer was a terrible student. So terrible that life as a circus ring-master - a profession he had earlier professed a desire to pursue - was the clear choice over studying to be a pastor. Paul-Vincent "hosted" over 6500 circus shows in his career. The secret to keeping it fresh for him? Imagine you're in the audience watching it for the first time. Put yourself in the shoes of your audience, and it's impossible for any message you're delivering to be boring. After his circus career was over, Paul-Vincent chose to reside at St. John's Benedictine monastery in St. Cloud, MN - where he resides and serves the Lord to this day. Circus ring master. Benedictine monk. Sounds like they're worlds apart. But when your focus is on God, you realize how small and similar these worlds really are. In this episode, you'll discover: -The road to service to God and the circus...04:32 -Why the circus was the clear choice over the ministry...13:30 -The secret to sharing a message (or show) 6500 times as though it's the first time..18:16 -The contrast between life as a ring master and a Benedictine monk...25:07 -How life in a monastery promotes unity, conflict resolution among your brothers...28:45 -Why the monastery is NOT the only way to find God or inner peace...33:00 -The one thing about monastery life Brother Paul-Vincent wishes everyone could experience...35:57 -This life isn't the whole show; it's just the intermission...40:44 -And much more... Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Dec 28 2021
48 mins
Episode 64: Nate Burkhalter on Adversity, Overcoming Injury, Our Limitless God, American Ninja Warrior and More!
There is no limit to what God can do with a life when a person is not in it for their own credit, but fully committed to glorifying God. Nate Burkhalter has an incredible story of perseverance and resilience through adversity and learning to fully surrender his life to God. This episode will encourage you to dig deeper and press on in your own life. You may discover some of your own limiting beliefs where you can experience your very own big breakthrough! In this episode, you will discover: -"No Limit Nate" explains how we limit ourselves...04:45 -Nate's "Early Life Crisis": a heart cry to God, "There has to be more!"...09:20 -Giving everything to God might be the catalyst for real change...13:00 -Adversity through college prepares him for the future...16:50 -Stay faithful and God will put you in the place you need to be...19:00 -Severe burn injury threatens Nate's life and identity...21:30 -Finding gratitude even in the midst of hardship and trials...24:20 -How God used adversity to grow Nate's faith in him. "Don't be a victim."...25:25 -Spiritual boot camp with a pastor at a small church in Houston, TX...28:00 -Advice for those struggling with porn: break the cycle of shame...30:00 -How we are being programmed by our environment, pay attention!...34:15 -American Ninja Warrior finds Nate: a journey begins!...38:05 -Nate has a breakthrough about how to present himself to secure selection on the show...40:30 -Consecutive years of American Ninja Warrior, missing wins by one spot and enduring injuries...42:00 -Leaves his engineering job, God teaches him about being ALL IN...44:35 -Nate gets called to join a Survivor style show in Latin America...47:00 -"A Yes man for God," Nate's plans for 2022...49:45 Call to action: https://www.instagram.com/nolimitsnate_/?hl=en (No Limit Nate's Instagram) To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Dec 21 2021
55 mins
Episode 63: Remembering the Big Story with the Good Ending Even When Your Little Story is Hard and Painful with Richard S. Hipps
God is the great author writing the chapters of our lives. Richard and Patricia Hipps have an incredible life story full of chapters of love, adventure, missions, service, loss, grief, and finding purpose through their pain. Richard is a retired pastor, but you will still sense his pastoral care and deep love for God's sheep as he shares his personal story with honesty and vulnerability. He has a heart that remained tender and never hardened, despite great loss and suffering in his life and he shares his big breakthrough with suppressed grief that became depression and anxiety. Be encouraged by a man who not only survived tragedy, but thrived in life all because he zoomed out and remembered who was writing His story. The Good Story with a Good Ending. In this episode, you'll discover: -Richard's faith journey: a nebulous belief in God, boring sermons planting seeds, and a girl with rules...04:00 -A mother battling breast cancer and the modeling of pastoral care from her roommate's clergy...07:30 -God is good all the time, but there is no guarantee life will always be good...11:00 -Losing a young child, seasons of deep grief, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit...14:00 -Answered prayers that their pain not be wasted: Richard and Patricia offer good counsel for other grieving parents after child loss...18:50 -Man makes his plans, but God orders his steps: signing blank contracts with trust God will fill in what is needed...21:30 -A little girl's love for C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and Aslan's promise: There will be spring again...24:30 -Angels: "you're going to get better soon and this depression will leave you."...30:00 -God is very active in this world: small grace gifts in red birds and butterflies...33:00 -The meta-narrative of God's good story: all of our little stories are part of a bigger, and good, story...37:00 -Navigating God's call on their lives in this new season of retirement...40:45 -Life challenges our theology: Richard talks about the theology of election and his new book...43:20 Call to action: https://www.amazon.com/These-Words-Pastor%C2%92s-Guesses-About/dp/1664224831 (With These Words: A Pastor's Best Guesses About God's Good Story) https://www.richardhipps.com/ (Richard's Website) To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Dec 14 2021
47 mins
Episode 62: Mel and Cherie Jones: Corporate Superstars Turned Full Time College Athletic Campus Ministers, Stewardship of Talents, Kingdom Living, and much more!
What would you do if your heard the voice of the Lord say, "Your life is not your own. You are to leave your corporate job and enter full time ministry."? This is exactly the call Mel and Cherie Jones responded to in their lives. They upgraded their American dream for whole-hearted kingdom living. Mel and Cherie are full time staff with Athletes in Action campus ministries at the University of Minnesota. Listen in to their inspiring story of faith in action, walking in God's sovereignty, and stewarding their God-given talents and treasures. In this episode, you'll discover: -"Here I am Lord." Cherie's story of faith...03:10 -"The good guy." Mel's story of faith...05:30 -Living the American dream: marriage, kids, house, climbing the corporate ladder...08:50 -Mel and Cherie's call to full time ministry...11:00 -Holy burdened hearts for college students...13:30 -A full year of volunteering on campus...15:00 -"Your life is not your own." God's sovereign call on their lives...18:00 -Former salaried corporate superstars embark on a journey to raise support for full time missions...21:20 -Learning to trust the Lord on a whole new level...25:00 -Changed hearts: new desires, loss of old desires, new priorities, and higher levels of stewardship...27:00 -Learn about the current challenges college students face today and Mel and Cherie's process of discipleship...29:00 -The Invite Challenge: Come in. Come Prepared...32:30 -Mel and Cherie's perspective on what is preventing people from hearing and responding to God's call today...35:30 Call to action: https://athletesinaction.org/ (Athlete's in Action Website) To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit https://wendiepett.com/ (wendiepett.com) To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at https://www.toddisberner.com/ (toddisberner.com) All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Dec 7 2021
42 mins
Episode 61: Gordon and Cherise Selley Talk About Chronic Pain, Caregiver Strain, the importance of Attitude, the Suffering Savior and much more!
Pain is inherently uncomfortable, but what happens if you or someone you love has to deal with pain every single day? People say they will pray for you, and then they run for the hills. There is a grieving process over all that is lost under such circumstances. There is also a choice: what will my attitude be? Gordon and Cherise Selley choose to praise the Lord each and every day, in the midst of extreme pain. They have discovered that pain is an instrument which is used in sharing the sufferings of Christ. Listen in for a deeply honest conversation about the challenges of chronic pain for the one suffering and those supporting and loving them. Learn to stay out of judgement and remain in curiosity with people suffering with chronic pain. If you, or someone you love, is in pain, trust the Lord and surrender. He may have a plan for your pain to reach many others. In this episode, you'll discover: -how to walk out practical aspects of faith through pain...06:00 -the faith journey of a young man through multiple surgeries and losing everything...07:30 -learn how Gordon and Cherise met and fell in love...11:00 -identity crises through hardship as well as through merging lives together...16:00 -how to prevent bitterness, self-pity, and resentment when things don't go as planned...19:00 -what you should do with people who are uncomfortable with the pain and suffering of others...24:00 -what can you do to reach out to someone who is in great pain?...27:30 -How to practice practical positivity and hope with the wisdom of God...34:00 -Pain is a great teacher and God redeems those times...38:00 -Gordon's huge, courageous breakthrough regarding his body, the Holy Spirit's temple...42:00 -Discipline through pain: turn pain over to the Lord in exchange for His joy...46:00 -How growing up surrounded by a parent in chronic pain impacted their two sons...49:00 Resources mentioned in this episode: Pursue Real Hope Gordon and Cherise's book The Gordon and Cherise Show, their podcast. https://gordonandcherise.com/podcasts/ Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Nov 30 2021
53 mins
Episode 60: When Silence is Deafening: Todd Shares Lessons Learned in Solitude at a Monastery
Silence is deafening, until you attune to the Lord and listen for His voice. Todd traveled to a Benedictine monastery for 10 days recently to enter into some peace and quiet as he worked on his latest book. Embracing the rituals and spiritual disciplines of the monks during his stay, he struggled, surrendered, and gained meaningful life lessons he wants to share with you in this episode.  **Editor's note: For some inexplicable reason, we had a bit of a technical snafu about 21 minutes into the episode. You can still hear and understand us just fine, but you'll notice a slight change in our voices. As they say in the biz, "The show must go on..." In this episode, you will discover: -Todd spends 10 days at a monastery for silence and writing...03:00 -Sometimes the best use of your time is to sit in silence and listen...07:00 -At first, silence can be a deafening distraction...10:30 -Long walks in the woods thinking about what matters the most...12:00 -Talking with God vs. talking to God...14:00 -Communal prayers and chanting with the monks; the value of rituals...16:00 -The realization of dependency on technology; acknowledging addiction...19:00 -What do you do when there is absolutely nothing to do? ...20:00 -The spiritual discipline of solitude grows compassion for the lonely...23:00 -Circus Ringmaster turned Benedictine monk (future podcast guest!)...25:00 -Sacred space; how the architecture and structure is inspiring...29:00 -Being uncomfortable in unfamiliar circumstances is extraordinarily tough...30:30 -Monastic life is not for Todd, and that is OK!...32:00 -Think before you speak, in fact... talk less!...34:00 -Genuine humility and kindness; a culture worth duplicating at home...36:00 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Nov 23 2021
38 mins
Episode 59: Saved and Sober: A Transforming Journey out of the Stronghold of Addiction with Christian Edwards
When a young basketball player suffered a serious back injury, the medicine he was prescribed initially helped relieve physical pain from the injury, and graduated over years to numb the God size void in his heart. Listen to this stereotype shattering account of a long-term addiction; with the classic addiction markers of isolation, self-loathing, shame, projection, and denial; transformed by the steadfast love of a woman on a mission from the Holy Spirit. There is always hope and freedom available through surrender to the one true God. If you, or someone you know, is flirting with addiction or held captive in its grip, find hope and encouragement in Christian's testimony. In this episode, you'll learn: -Addiction is bondage and will hold a firm grip on your life...03:30 -A wholesome, secular youth upheld false gods of family and sports...05:30 -The big questions of life plague a young man without satisfying answers...08:30 -Euphoria. The feeling of the first painkiller initiates the grip of addiction...10:45 -Common stereotypes of an "addict" are deceptive and allow the enemy to wage war on anyone, because addiction does not discriminate...12:25 -Addiction makes many excuses...16:45 -Addiction likes to hide; isolation and alienation help keep shameful secrets safe...19:30 -I Love Lucy. There is something noticeably different about this God-fearing woman...23:30 -Encounters with a Christ-like love are perspective shifting...27:30 -The Holy Spirit speaks; a specific charge to Lucy to reach Christian...29:00 -"Do it again tomorrow" Amazing advice when God doesn't respond immediately...32:00 -Setting healthy boundaries when the addict you love causes fear; "I'll help you, but from a distance." -Lucy...35:00 -Discover the best advice for those living with and loving addicts...37:30 -The ripple effect of Christian's surrender brings many good things...41:00 -Don't allow 'good' to rob you from your best; discover, develop and deploy your God-given gifts...43:20 -Deliverance from addiction is available to all through surrender and transformation; there is hope!...47:30 Resources mentioned: 7 Days of Creation worksheet: Text "7 Days" to (727)-472-3860 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Nov 16 2021
52 mins
Episode 58: Unexpected Loss Gives Way to Forgiveness and Resultant Grief Used as a Tool to Comfort Others in Need with Pam Lundell
In today's episode, we welcome Pam Lundell, a popular personality among those who listen to KTIS radio, the local Christian radio station in the Twin Cities. Pam was devastated when her husband passed away after a drug overdose of prescription drugs in 2005. This loss left her angry, dejected. All the emotions one would expect a woman to experience - multiplied by 1,000 and you have what Pam felt. But to her surprise, her sharing her grief publicly on the radio allowed her to be something of an inspiration for other women in the area who were mourning the loss of their husbands, seemingly before their time to leave the earth had come. Pam's biggest takeaway from her loss? Forgiveness. Of the person whose actions resulted in loss of life. You can hate the drugs and still love the addict. That and much more will be shared in today's episode! In this episode, you'll discover: -Pam's faith breakthrough...04:05 -How God's Spirit brought comfort after the death of Pam's first husband...08:08 -How Pam's grief was used as a tool to comfort others...13:53 -Advice for those grieving a great loss...21:15 -The transition between two families blending together...25:00 -Resources Pam relies on to keep on keepin' on...29:26 -The one word that would sum up Pam's life...31:55 -And much more! Resources mentioned in this episode: Episode 16 https://myktis.com/programs/pam-lundell https://www.widowmight.org Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Nov 9 2021
37 mins
Episode 57: When You Realize that Attitude Really is The Only Thing Between Victory and Brokenness with Pastor Jerry D. Hobbs
Attitude. It's everything, right? It's easy to recite a platitude like that when things are going well, or perhaps when we experience the inevitable speed bump in life. How about when everything you've invested in a person's spiritual development goes awry as they make poor choice after poor choice? There's nothing you can do about it. After all, it's not like you can live someone's life for them. In a situation like that, "attitude is everything" is not a platitude. It's the only way one can persevere through the situation. Our guest today, Pastor Jerry Hobbs has experienced this firsthand, and will share how the only way to find peace through an otherwise hopeless situation with a loved one was to simply release the individual - and the situation - to God and allow Him to do his great work. In our conversation with Pastor Jerry Hobbs, you'll hear: -Pastor Jerry's spiritual journey and some personal breakthroughs he's experienced...05:06 -How to choose to not engage with a toxic situation in the home...12:30 -Taking authority over a situation that on the surface is desperate...22:12 -Moving forward without reflecting on what could have been done about a situation...27:30 -The best piece of advice Jerry has ever received...33:18 -Fun things about Jerry and a closing prayer...34:30 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Nov 2 2021
42 mins
Episode 56: A Persian Queen and a Dirty American Reveal Secrets to Drawing Nigh Each Other While Physically Separated
Email addresses on scrap paper... Courier pigeons on wayward cargo ships... Mutual friends from the far corners of the earth... Must make for one heck of a love story, right? Well, it's interesting how our Father works things out in that way. Sometimes it's the way we would least expect it. Our guests today, James Newcomb and Sana Dorry, couldn't be more different when it comes to lifestyle, background and family history. But they'll tell you that circumstances aside, God "arranged" their meeting and through relying on Him, has molded their souls into one flesh. In this conversation with James and Sana, you'll learn: -How to keep love alive and thriving while miles apart (physically or politically)...04:55 -An unremarkable first meeting...10:45 -Where Americans often get it wrong when it comes to the priorities in finding a mate...18:08 -Bracing for a marriage knowing they'll be apart from the outset...26:45 -Two separate souls become one flesh by making God the center of the relationship...33:30 -Privacy is sacred in a marriage...38:15 -And much more! To learn more about James and Sana and their adventures, visit jamesandsana.com Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit https://my.captivate.fm/dashboard/podcast/wendiepett.com (wendiepett.com) To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at https://my.captivate.fm/dashboard/podcast/toddisberner.com (toddisberner.com). All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Oct 27 2021
45 mins
Episode 55: Accusing vs. Excusing, A Gospel for Victims, Knowing True Forgiveness to Heal Your Soul with Cheryl Witham
"Forgive and forget." That's the advice we're given as children, and as adults. But it's never quite that easy. We're offended by someone close to us, and we take on the mentality of the wronged victim in need of justice against the person who has wronged us. We take our case to God, the righteous judge, and tell Him to fix it, in the name of Jesus! But is that really the way we ought to think about such matters? Our guest today, Cheryl Witham will say the mentality just described is that of a victim. It is giving your perpetrator untoward power over your soul and is blocking your God-given right to true freedom and peace in your soul. Work out your own salvation, good Christian. Not that of the one who wronged you. For neglecting the need to forgive - even though you might never forget - will affect your own body, mind and soul for the worse. In this conversation with Cheryl, you'll discover: -How Cheryl realized that forgiveness is the true solution to our pain...05:00 -Excusing vs. accusing, and how the former blocks our ability to forgive...13:15 -The boots on the ground action steps of forgiveness...19:49 -Symptoms of unresolved and unforgiven offenses (spoiler alert, you might die)...23:05 -Forgiveness is not reconciliation; it precedes reconciliation...27:30 -What happens when you know in your heart you've forgiven the perpetrator...29:45 -The #1 thing people struggle to forgive...33:05 -How our own self-image (for better or worse) affects our ability to forgive and live a joyful life...37:45 Resources mentioned: Cheryl's book: Freedom, Forgiveness, How To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Oct 19 2021
41 mins
Episode 54: Dr. Gene Bailey Tells Us Why We Might Be At The Start of The Next Christian Revival And How We Can Do Our Part
Sometimes we find ourselves in a really good place in life. A charmed life where we are amazed by all the blessings we are receiving and what God's doing in our lives. But is it possible that we also sometimes fool ourselves into thinking that life will always be this way, that nothing can break the perfect happy bubble you're living in right this moment. It's easy to get so comfortable in the charmed life that we lose perspective. So what happens when your perfect happy bubble pops and the downfall quickly becomes out of your control? Our guest today has experienced just this. After losing everything, Dr. Gene Bailey found hope and restoration. Dr. Gene Bailey is currently serving as executive director for Kenneth Copeland Ministries, The Victory Channel and is the executive pastor at Eagle Mountain International Church in Fort Worth, Texas. With a long history in ministry, Gene has traveled the world and experienced the power of God first hand. Whether it was dining with Kings in the middle east to being thrown in jail in West Africa for spreading the gospel, Gene has seen God truly open doors for the gospel like never before. In 2016 Revival Radio TV was born out of Gene's hunger to see and experience true revival comparable to the great moves of God in the past. His long history in the media allows Gene to see the history of revival as it applies to outpourings today. In 2020, Gene launched Flashpoint, which is a television program highlighting current events, prophecy and politics from a biblical perspective. Currently, Flashpoint and Revival Radio TV are seen on broadcast outlets and cable systems around the world. In this conversation, you'll hear... -The super simple first step to rebuilding your life after losing everything...04:00 -The impact of prayer meetings on an 8 year old christian...06:15 -When things started to go sideways for Gene and the key he discovered in moving on...11:20 -Then things got worse: What happened to Gene and how he made it through...15:50 -"Is there anything else?" A moment of breaking...18:45 -Why Gene gave up goal setting...21:30 -The birth and mission of Flashpoint...25:10 https://flashpoint.govictory.com/ (Flashpoint ) -The biggest lesson Gene's learned about Revival and where Flashpoint fits in to that...28:15 https://www.revivalradiotv.com/ (Revival TV) -3 things we can do now to help our nation through this current revival...30:35 -About Gene's new book...36:30 https://www.amazon.com/Flashpoint-Revival-Awakening-Transformation-Nation-ebook/dp/B0981588JP/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=flashpoint+revival+gene+bailey&qid=1631947725&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 (Flashpoint of Revival) -There's still hope! How we can help fix the nation by helping each other first...39:45 -Something interesting about Gene...42:40 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Oct 12 2021
46 mins
Episode 53: The Seasons Change and So Do We; How To Embrace Change and Enter A Better Season of You
The leaves are changing, the air feels different and the weather is getting cooler. Fall is upon us. With the crispy, colorful leaves everywhere in sight, it's hard not to think about how cool it is that the seasons change. Seasons change and so do we, so today, we talk about our different seasons. Change in our lives is inevitable. Sometimes we may feel like change has been imposed on us and other times there's an opportunity that jumps up in front of us and forces us to choose whether to change or not. Today, Wendie and Todd talk about how we can start embracing change so that it can usher in breakthroughs that we so desperately need, even if we don't know we need it. In this conversation, you'll hear... -Unwanted, blind-sided, imposed changes that shake up our lives...02:55 -Choosing to be bitter or better; How to breakthrough to the other side of unwanted change...05:55 Slow to speak, quick to listen -An imposed change that transformed Wendie's life...07:30 https://www.wendiepett.com/visibly-fit-program/ (Visibly Fit Program) -A recent tragic change that has rocked Todd's world...09:55 -What to do when opportunities come up that require us to make changes...14:05 -The upside of making the change; Wendie and Todd share examples of changes they are making...18:00 -How to embrace change and see it as an opportunity for growth...26:15 A quote by Jack Canfield -The most dependable constant of all...27:15 -Todd and Wendie share a review...28:30 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Oct 5 2021
30 mins
Episode 52: Breaking Through Unimaginable Trauma and Keeping A Beautiful Childlike Faith with Misty Phillip
Trauma and obstacles...we all have them, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a breakthrough to get beyond them. For some, we may get stuck on the 'why' of it all instead of wondering how God can use that trauma or obstacle for good. Our trauma does not have to define us and we don't have to go at it alone. We are over-comers in Christ. Our guest today can speak from many points of trauma. You'll hear how she was able to achieve breakthroughs in the obstacles that faced her. Misty Phillip is a dreamer and a doer who is passionate about helping people spark their soul message. Misty encourages people to use their story to give God glory. The founder of Spark Media, Misty equips Christian communicators and podcasters through virtual and live events, podcast network, magazine and a thriving membership community. She is the host of By His Grace Podcast which is ranked in the top 1.5% of all podcasts. She's a sought after international speaker and the author of the award winning, number one Amazon new release bible study, The Struggle is Real, But So is God and she's also got the Spark Podcast Planner. In this episode, you'll discover... -The first action step toward overcoming an obstacle that seems impossible to overcome...03:20 Misty's book: https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Real-But-So-God-ebook/dp/B07QNJ814Y/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=misty+phillip+the+struggle+is+real+but+so+is+god&qid=1631855977&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 (The Struggle Is Real, But So Is God) -From 'Christmas Christians' to the tragic loss of a family member, drugs, rape and more...05:10 -How Misty dealt with the emotions she had following her brother's passing...11:05 -The stranger that helped change Misty's life...12:10 -How Misty surrendered and allowed God to take control, even through endless struggles...14:00 "When I became a believer, the struggles in my life did not end" 2 Corinthians 12:9 -How Misty addresses the question, "How can a good God let these bad things happen?"...18:30 -Misty's advice to people who are struggling, alone and don't know how to experience God's grace...20:35 -How Misty learned to live a life of forgiveness...22:40 -About Misty and her traditionally catholic husband growing in their faith...24:30 -The importance of having and leaning on supportive community in overcoming obstacles...25:55 -How Misty helps people activate God's word in their lives...28:45 https://mistyphillip.com/declarations/ (Free printable declarations) https://mistyphillip.com/ (Misty's website) -Something fun that most people don't know about Misty...29:20 Proverbs 3:5-6 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Sep 28 2021
34 mins
Episode 51: Crushing Insecurities and Trusting in The Word of God To Find Your Voice With Connor Mead
Insecurities breed inadequacy. Inadequacy breeds insecurity. It's a vicious cycle, isn't it? Just about every single one of us has some kind of insecurity that creeps up and tries to hold us back from accomplishing our goals. But the truth is, if you don't feel adequate because you're insecure, you can't have confidence to go forward toward something that might be a little scary. It stops you cold and you end up walking away from opportunities. Has this happened to you? It's generally known that public speaking is the number one fear of people in America. That's what makes this the perfect topic for today's guest, who has overcome his own insecurities countless times to get where he is today. Connor Mead is a young 24 year old man of honor, faithfulness, discipline and servant-heartedness. In addition to being a public speaker and a coach for King's Council, Connor is a pastor at Awaken Church in San Diego. Connor speaks with us today about the many challenges he faced with public speaking and how he has now beat that fear through God's word. In this conversation, you'll hear... -Where to find the root to our insecurities and fears...03:45 -How divorce helped Connor become the responsible man he is today...06:50 Romans 8:28 -The fear that propelled Connor into public speaking...10:30 "God places the best things in life on the other side of fear" -How Connor transformed from a silent team captain to a fearless heart-spoken 24 year old...13:20 -What the enemy tried to steal in Connor's life...17:00 -What happened at church camp that changed Connor's life forever...19:45 -The power of mentorship in building confidence...28:25 Steve Weatherford https://kingscouncilcoaching.com/ (King's Counsil Coaching) -Connor's advise for young people who feel undervalued...32:50 -Something most people don't know about Connor...35:35 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Sep 21 2021
41 mins
Episode 50: Truth Never Fears Investigation: How A Media and Technology Entrepreneur, Michael Boerner, Has Learned to Scale Grace to The World
People say, "The truth shall set you free." But what about the quality of that truth? What if the truth you're hearing is actually just leverage used for someone else's gain? In today's world of media, the truth can be hard to come by. Today's guest has learned some things about the real truth that he's been able to apply in his personal and business life. Michael Boerner is an innovative thinker, leader and founder of many media and technology companies. He is TedMed scholar as well as a National award winning film and video producer and technologist. Michael is a truth-telling christian who is passionate about spreading trustworthy information to others for the simple purpose of serving. He has taken the time today to talk to us about how he has utilized media and technology to unify communities, spread the Word of God and serve exponentially. In this conversation, you'll hear... -Michael's background and how he became a TedMed Scholar...03:40 -Why Michael began to question his childhood faith and how transformed faith changed his life...05:35 "I don't want you to believe anything that I've told you. Truth never fears investigation." John 17 John 8:32 "How do we scale grace to the world?" -The simplicity of understanding faith and who God is...14:15 -What motivated Michael to becoming the "Media missionary" that he is now...15:30 "Truth isn't just about a faith-based or spiritual truth. In God's world, there's truth about leadership, marriage, parenting, the way God made our digestive system, health and vitality." https://www.missionmedia.com/ (Mission Media) -How Mission Media united 80 christian churches to come together for a bigger mission...20:05 Christian Churches of the Treasure Valley Association -What 11 christian pastors did for an entire city to demonstrate grace...24:55 -How to keep unity within christian communities during such isolated times...27:15 -What very innovative technology Michael is working on now...30:45 https://engagemedia.org/about/ (Engage Media) -How to feel more confident about serving...36:10 -The new technology Michael is working on to help serve people even greater...39:10 https://gomissionmedia.org/ (Mission Media: Real Life Engagement ) About Michael: Michael Boerner is the founder and CEO of Engaged Technologies Group. Michael has over 25 year of experience founding and leading technology and media companies. He's an entrepreneur, responsible for innovating several short form video based technologies, enabling data driven video personalization and mobile engagement. Michael is TedMed front line scholar as well as a National award winning film and video producer and technologist. Some of the companies he's worked for include: Johnson & Johnson, CVS, Ford, Samsung, United Healthcare and many more. He's appeared nationally on CNN, Fox News, ABC Radio Network as well as numerous press articles covering his media and technology innovations. He spent many years on Gary Smalley's Board of Directors as well as on the Board of the National Institute of Marriage. Michael is married to his amazing wife, Natalie of 32 years. Together, they have four beautiful adult daughters and two son-in-laws and reside in Boise, Idaho. Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Sep 14 2021
45 mins
Episode 49: Practical Tips For Coping With Grief and What To Do When You're Overwhelmed With Grieving Emotions
Are you over it? The 'it's' in your life that have caused grief. Maybe your 'it' was trauma or obstacles you've had to overcome, a past relationship or a friend that has departed your life. Are you over it? Generally it's about loss, the loss of a job, a marriage, a loved one. Would you say that you have been able to recover from the grief of a loss in your life? What happens if you think you're over that loss but then a trigger pops up and quickly reminds you of that grief? Todd and Wendie recently experienced that little trigger with the loss of their sweet family dog, Kodie. Kodie was 14 and a half years old and lived such a great life but finally, it was her time to go. The loss of Kodie triggered a different level of grief for the family and on previous losses. It was an opportunity to go deeper on that grief healing. Today, we talk about loss, grief and the feeling of continued loss that many of us experience throughout our lives. In this conversation, you'll discover... -How grief has recently struck Wendie and Todd and what's come up from that grief...02:30 -What the bible says about grief...04:30 John 11 -What Kodie's death triggered for Todd and Wendie...08:35 -The good that comes from our grief...10:00 -How to breakthrough to a new level of healing from your grief...12:00 -Why it's okay to express righteous anger...15:10 -The importance of crying it out and NOT self medicating...16:00 -The best way to support someone who's experiencing grief...17:00 -Best things to do to help relieve your grief...17:45 -Previous Your Biggest Breakthrough Episodes that might help you heal...19:30 Your Biggest Breakthrough, Episode 16 -What we can learn about Jesus's grief and how to turn outward...20:15 2 Corinthians Psalm 34:18 In Loving Memory of Kodie Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Sep 7 2021
27 mins
Episode 48: How Valerie Bracchi Found True Love from Her True Father, and Serves Him Through a Real Estate "Ministry"
We've all heard the statement, "Make lemonade out of lemons," right? Well today's guest is responsible for most of the lemons in her own life. After a lifetime of poor choices and pain, Valerie Bracchi finally chose the Lord and learned to make lemonade so that she could experience a refreshing breakthrough. Despite a troubled past, Valerie is a super successful, God loving woman. She has over 15 years of real estate experience and is deeply passionate about relationships, negotiation and getting the job done. She received her bachelors degree in psychology and business, which have all equipped her to be a sought after agent and negotiator in the north Dallas markets. Valerie has such a big heart that she gives a percentage of her own commission from every closing to local ministries and charities. She likes to say her business is "https://www.simplygracehouse.com/dt_team/valerie-bracchi/ (real estate on a mission)." In this discussion, you'll learn... -About Valerie's high school alcohol addiction...04:00 "I started as a way of surviving" -The spiral that finally led to Valerie's sobriety...07:35 -What rock bottom actually looked like for Valerie...08:50 -How Valerie changed her environment and community to support her goals...10:00 -Valerie's advice on getting to know the Heavenly Father after being raised by an abusive father...12:10 "I had to go deeper with God and do a lot of work in that father/daughter relationship" 12 step plus (12 step program PLUS the power of the Holy Spirit) -How Valerie learned to surrender to God's word, even though she didn't know how...16:15 "We're transformed by the renewing of our minds" Joyce Meyer AA and Next Step Jeremiah 21:11 -Valerie's 'why' and how connecting to this helped her break through...23:45 https://www.ugm.ca/ (Union Gospel Mission) -How Valerie uses her real estate business as a platform for 'market place ministry'...26:45 https://cwima.org/ (Christian Women in Media) https://www.wendiepett.com/ (Visibly Fit) https://www.simplygracehouse.com/dt_team/valerie-bracchi/ (Simply Grace House) -Valerie's #1 resource for when she's feeling overwhelmed...31:45 "The gifts and the call are irrevocable" -Something most people don't know about Valerie...34:30 -Best advice for taking that first step toward healing...36:45 Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Aug 31 2021
41 mins
Episode 47: "God Ordained It"...How the Rewiring of a Child's Brain Rewired a Family's Spiritual Schema with Jason and Michelle Fraser
"Still the seat encroaches into your daughters headspace and cracks her skull open, it kills people worldwide, it maims people worldwide." - Jason Fraser On Thanksgiving day, 2016, Jayden Faith Fraser was in the backseat of her fathers Sudan, heading home from feeding the homeless on thanksgiving 2016 when another car rear ended them on the highway. The drivers seat collapsed backward, slamming into Jay-Fay's head. Her mother, Michelle recounted, "it was a 360 degree fracture around her skull." Jay-Fay, who was only 12 at the time, had been a state champion gymnast and a nationally performing dancer. These days, she is wheel chair bound, unable to speak and fed through a tube in her stomach. Her parents are on a mission to make sure this doesn't happen to any other family. Today, we talk to the Fraser's about their journey, their faith and their effort to make a difference. Let's dive in In this conversation, you'll hear... -The event that changed the Fraser family's lives forever...02:35 "Whoa, there's something wrong with vehicles" -What happened just after impact...06:40 -How the family embodies such positive attitudes after such trauma...11:30 "This was ordained by God" https://www.facebook.com/prayforjayfay/ (Miracle Monday) #pray4jayfay Facebook, Instagram & Twitter -Why Jason says this accident was something that God ordained...14:00 -How the Fraser family's faith has held up throughout Jay-Fay's healing journey...15:50 -Michelle's advise on how to choose faith over fear...19:55 "I think that if anyone in the world could do this, we can do this" -How to handle anger, sorrow or regret after a tragedy...25:10 Romans 8 "The reason why anger feels bad is because it's not the truth, it's not what God promises" "Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out" - Abe Lincoln -The profound simplicity involved in making difficult decisions...28:30 -Jay-Fay's healing and rewiring journey from the accident until now...29:30 "Every new little miracle is just so beautiful and so fun" https://www.facebook.com/prayforjayfay/ (Pray for Jay-Fay facebook page) -How the Fraser's are trying to make a difference and how you can get involved...32:30 Modernizing Seat Back Safety Act Invest America Act through the House of Representatives Contact senators directly and push for quicker response to the Modernizing Seat Back Safety Act -How to trust that God has a plan, even in the darkest of times...37:30 "Believing is seeing" Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com To find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com. All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people. And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast! Support this podcast
Aug 24 2021
42 mins
Episode 46: "Even My Pimp Rejected Me"...Trafficked Woman, Holly Christine Hayes, Finds Jesus and Redemption After Hitting Rock Bottom
According to the International Labor Organization, there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. Human trafficking is an issue that's taken center stage as numerous celebrities, businesses, organizations increase awareness to combat this modern day slavery. Our guest today, Holly Christine Hayes, knows all about this all too well. As a survivor of addiction and abuse herself, Holly is now the founder and CEO of the https://sanctuaryproject.com/ (Sanctuary Project), a survivor run non-profit jewelry enterprise employing and empowering women who have survived lives of trafficking, violence and addiction. She is an award winning author of the book, From Basement to Sanctuary. She speaks in jails, churches, recovery communities and conferences all over the globe about transformation from trauma and the redeemer who can lift any life from the pit. Holly is passionate about spreading the message, especially to young girls, that "worth is not dependent on what you look like or what anyone thinks of you, except what God thinks of you." - Holly Christine Hayes In this conversation, you'll hear... -Facts about human trafficking and what that really looks like here in America...04:00 -How Holly found herself being sex trafficked...05:35 "I was 19 when I met my trafficker" "Men will pay for you, you're valuable" -Why Holly chose to hit rock bottom...09:15 -Holly's advice to the young girl with the hard heart and no hope...11:40 -How Holly got so low, even her trafficker didn't want her anymore...13:15 -What factors make young children vulnerable to trafficking and who traffickers really look for...16:30 -What Holly would say to her younger self...21:00 -What inspired Holly to create the Sanctuary Project...23:25 New partnership with Target -How Holly meets, gains trust and mentors survivors at the local jail...26:40 -What the Sanctuary Project jewelry designs represent...30:15 https://shop.sanctuaryproject.com/collections/jewelry (Shop Sanctuary Project jewelry) https://shop.sanctuaryproject.com/collections/jewelry (New Wild Collection) Mens jewelry available -How to help in your local community...33:30 Find local trafficking organization Help educate community Donations or volunteering -The message Holly hopes to inspire through her new book...35:05 https://www.amazon.com/Basement-Sanctuary-Finding-Transformation-Surrender/dp/1512798878 (From Basement to Sanctuary): Finding Healing & Transformation Through Surrender -How to connect with Holly...37:00 https://shop.sanctuaryproject.com/collections/jewelry (Special Jewelry Promo): Breakthrough20 (20% off all jewelry) https://www.hollychristinehayes.com/ (Holly's) https://www.hollychristinehayes.com/ (Website) https://www.hollychristinehayes.com/white-dreams-collection (About Holly & Podcast) About Holly 20 years after finding herself in a run down bathroom stall in Austin praying, "God, help me," Holly is now the founder and CEO of the Sanctuary Project, a survivor run non-profit jewelry enterprise employing and empowering women who have survived lives of trafficking, violence and addiction. She is an award winning author of the book, From Basement to Sanctuary. Holly is passionate about sharing her vulnerable journey of healing. She speaks in jails, churches, recovery communities and conferences all over the globe about transformation from trauma and the redeemer who can lift any life from the pit. Holly and her husband, Jeff enjoy life on a hobby farm and vineyard outside of Austin with their many animals and sweet 1 year old daughter, Havana. About the Sanctuary Project The Sanctuary Project, started only 2 and a half years ago has provided more than 10,000 hours of employment to 26 women coming out of trafficking, violence and addiction. 100% of their sales go directly to providing employment and job training for women. More Call to action: To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.com Support this podcast
Aug 17 2021
40 mins

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