PODCAST

Hope Unyielding

Hope Johnson

On Hope Unyielding, people from all walks of life share personal stories of God’s faithfulness. It’s one thing to read about God’s faithfulness in Scripture; it’s another to look into the eyes of someone who has been in the depths of darkness you now inhabit but who has come through them with praise on their lips. Whatever you are facing, I pray that the stories shared on this podcast will encourage you with the truth that God is always faithful, and whatever your circumstances, you always have hope. Read more at https://hopeunyielding.com/

God's Faithfulness in Bipolar Depression with Katie Freitas-ElyseeHope in Suffering with Jonathan WalkerNo Fear in Death with Rachel Opare-SemGod's Faithfulness in the Unexpected: One Family's Journey Through Cancer with Alyssa MarshallUnfulfilled Desires and Longing for HeavenWhen You Don't Feel God's LoveDo I Have to Get Over My Desire for Marriage to Be Fully Devoted to Jesus?
“If God put that desire in you for a spouse, He plans to fulfill it. And if it’s not in His will for you to marry, then He will change your desires,” my mentors told me.But as I approached my 30s with no husband in sight, it certainly didn’t seem like God planned to fulfill this desire. So why wasn’t He changing my desires like they told me He would? If Jesus was enough to satisfy, then why did this yearning for human love still persist? I felt ashamed that after years of following Jesus, I hadn't achieved what I considered pure devotion to Him. But this shame, I realized, stemmed not from God, but from the myth that true satisfaction in Christ meant I would no longer desire marriage.If you're in a similar place, I hope you'll join me on this journey from shame to freedom as I wrestle with being satisfied in and devoted to Jesus while still longing for an earthly romance.  This is part 1 in a 3-part series on myths I’ve believed about what it means to be satisfied in Christ when earthly desires go unfulfilled. This series is an adaptation of my free eBook, Unsatisfied, which you can download for free here or find on my website.Sources:McDowell, J. (2014). Prophecies of Jesus Fulfilled. https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=V8iyjJo2PPU Love Letter from God. https://www.arielleford.com/love-letter-from-god/ MacLaren, A. Expositions of Holy Scripture. https://biblehub.com/commentaries/maclaren/psalms/37.htm The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/beliefs/fournobletruths_1.shtml Keller, T. (2009). Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters. New York: Dutton.
Jul 22 2021
27 mins
Overcoming Destructive Anger with Natalie HixsonGod's Guided Vision with Brittany TyrrellTurning 30 & Being Single
In part 2 of our conversation on why you don't have to freak out about turning 30, Corinne DuBois, Greg Dubois, Samantha Vocarte and I talk about being single at age 30 and the unique struggles, joys, and unmet expectations we've had in our singleness.  We also talk about the joys of being single, singleness in the American church, and most importantly, what it means to follow Jesus in our singleness. If you haven’t listened to part 1, "Turning 30 & True Success," make sure to check it out both since it’s a great conversation and so you have the context for some of our running jokes. Because we talk about Corinne’s love of horses. A lot. About my outstanding guests:Corinne DuBois is a redheaded piano tuner with a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Mountains, lakes and forests are, to her, God’s cathedrals. When she is not tuning pianos or spending time with friends and family, she’s usually hatching plans for adventure. She attended college in NYC and earned a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics. Two years later, she stepped past her first white blaze on the Appalachian trail, knowing only the weight of her pack, hardly dreaming of the invaluable and sometimes difficult truths she would learn about herself, her fellow wanderers, and God. Listen to her story of the Appalachian Trail here!Greg DuBois grew up with his triplet brother and sister Ethan and Corinne in Upstate New York. After graduating from The King's College , he moved to China and has lived there ever since. After spending one year working in Ningxia Huizu Autonomous Region in Northwest China, he moved to Shanghai to study for a Master's degree in Intercultural Communication at Shanghai International Studies University. After graduating in 2017 he continued on at SISU as a Lecturer, focusing on English language classes, as well as intercultural training and education. Greg spends most of his time teaching, coaching debate, playing frisbee, or otherwise spending time on campus with students, as that is where his primary passion lies--to serve and develop the SISU student community. Having spent almost all of his 20s living abroad (and most of it single), one topic which often occupies his mind is how to live well as a single person in a country and culture which is not his own.Samantha Vocarte is a writer, artist, and small business owner living in Upstate NY. She has worked in Communications for over eight years, and shares her intimate (and often comical) journey with God through the written word…we love each other a lot so it’s messy and fun. She is an avid traveler, songwriter, language learner, and fitness junkie. Listen here for another episode with Samantha and me.For more on this topic, check out my article, "Why You Don't Need to Freak Out About Turning 30."
May 13 2021
50 mins
Reaching Muslim Refugees in the United States with Marie MateyTurning 30 & True Success
My friends Corinne DuBois, Greg DuBois, and Samantha Vocarte join me to untangle some of the lies I've believed about turning 30. In this episode, we talk about where we expected we'd be at age 30, what informed those expectations, and whether we've felt internal or external pressures to be "successful" by the big 3-0. Most importantly, we talk about the concept of success in light of the Gospel and whether our ideas of success align with our call as followers of Jesus. Corinne DuBois is a thirty-year-old, redheaded piano tuner with a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Mountains, lakes and forests are, to her, God’s cathedrals. When she is not tuning pianos or spending time with friends and family, she’s usually hatching plans for adventure. She attended college in NYC and earned a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics. Two years later, she stepped past her first white blaze on the Appalachian trail, knowing only the weight of her pack, hardly dreaming of the invaluable and sometimes difficult truths she would learn about herself, her fellow wanderers, and God. Listen to her story of the Appalachian Trail here!Greg DuBois grew up with his triplet brother and sister Ethan and Corinne in Upstate New York. After graduating from The King's College , he moved to China and has lived there ever since. After spending one year working in Ningxia Huizu Autonomous Region in Northwest China, he moved to Shanghai to study for a Master's degree in Intercultural Communication at Shanghai International Studies University. After graduating in 2017 he continued on at SISU as a Lecturer, focusing on English language classes, as well as intercultural training and education. Greg spends most of his time teaching, coaching debate, playing frisbee, or otherwise spending time on campus with students, as that is where his primary passion lies--to serve and develop the SISU student community. Having spent almost all of his 20s living abroad (and most of it single), one topic which often occupies his mind is how to live well as a single person in a country and culture which is not his own.Samantha Vocarte is a writer, artist, and small business owner living in Upstate NY. She has worked in Communications for over eight years, and shares her intimate (and often comical) journey with God through the written word…we love each other a lot so it’s messy and fun. She is an avid traveler, songwriter, language learner, and fitness junkie. Listen here for another episode with Samantha and me. For more on this topic, check out my article, "Why You Don't Need to Freak Out About Turning 30."
Apr 29 2021
43 mins
Discerning God's Voice with Laurie FowlerThe God Who Feels with Us: Freedom from Addiction and New Life in Christ with Shane O'NeillHow I Survived the Firing Squad and Other Stories with Fyodor Dostoevsky3 Ways to Fight Depression When Counting Your Gifts Doesn't HelpAn Atheist's Journey to Christ with Veronica McDonaldFinding Peace in a Chaotic World with Cheryl Elton
Peace is something that we all desire, yet often feels elusive in today’s world. Even before the pandemic hit, the fast pace of American culture combined with the ever-increasing usage of technology has many of us feeling frantic and frazzled. Cheryl Elton has made it a life goal to pursue Christ’s perfect peace, and today she shares what she has learned through Scripture and experience about finding peace in a chaotic world. Cheryl is an award-winning author, an accomplished freelance writer, a speaker, and a blogger. Active in Christian ministry since high school, she’s gained much experience teaching, counseling, and sharing God’s truth with people of all ages and walks of life.Cheryl served as a home fellowship leader for 25 years, and spent several years on the mission field in a leadership role.Today, her efforts as a communicator focus on encouraging Christians toward a deeper, richer relationship with God.An avid figure skater, Cheryl also has produced instructional DVDs for ice dancing. Off the ice she enjoys music, reading, playing the piano, bike riding, stage shows, caramel lattes, and spending time with her family.I’m excited to be giving away one copy of Cheryl’s book Pathway of Peace. If you’d like to enter, shoot me an email at hopeunyielding@gmail.com with “peace” in the subject line. Make sure to enter by midnight on March 25, 2021, and I’ll put you in the drawing. Learn more about Cheryl at www.cherylelton.com   Her book, Pathway of Peace: Living in a Growing Relationship with Christ, is available on her website, and can be ordered through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Cheryl is available to speak at churches, women’s conferences, small groups, or book clubs in the Albany/Upstate New York area.
Mar 18 2021
34 mins
I Have Seen the One Who Sees MeThe God Who Hears with Alicia Purdy