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Faith Over Fear

Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey, Ava Pennington, Kimi Miller, Carol Ogle McCracken, Tami Writtrock, Kelly Campbell and Michelle S. Lazurek
Life is too short and God has too much for us to do for any of us to live enslaved. Jesus promised His followers would experience filled to overflowing life, a life characterized by joy, peace, and spiritual and emotional vitality. And yet, we daily make decisions based on fear, not faith. In Faith Over Fear, author and speaker Jennifer Slattery helps us see different areas of life where fear has a foothold, and how our identity as children of God can help us move from fear to faithful, bold living.

Jesus has more planned for us than we could imagine and He’s fully committed to perfecting that which concerns us. Fear holds us back, but His perfect love has the power to cast out all fear!
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When Blessings Bring Uncertainty (Genesis 21)
March 28, 2023 - 17 min
Even blessings bring change, and change can bring difficulties and uncertainty. Facing the unknown, we may find ourselves slipping toward increased anxiety and fear. In those moments, will we turn to ourselves, feed our fears and doubts with what if scenarios, or hold tight to Christ and His promises?  (Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions.) Have you ever received a blessing from God that didn’t quite look like you thought it would?  What happened? How did you handle the situation? How can you comfort someone whose life is not going the way they thought it would? Can you think of a hard time in your life when, looking back, you can see how God moved?  How can you find blessings in the hard times of your life? When you have to make a hard decision like Abraham did with Ishmael, how can you make sure you’re following God’s will? How does God's grace provide a path for redemption in the face of our own mistakes? What are the consequences of choosing fear instead of faith when it comes to trusting in God's plan? Find Jodie Bailey: On her website On Facebook On Instagram Find Kelly Campbell: Find Wholly Loved: On their website Join the private Faith Over Fear Facebook Group  Join the Private Wholly Loved Community Facebook GroupSee for privacy information.
Break the Grip of Anxiety & Worry: What You Can Do to Stop Stress | Breathe
March 24, 2023 - 20 min
What type of mindset makes us vulnerable to chronic stress, anxiety & depression? When you are stressed, what automatic coping mechanisms have you adopted that don’t help, but diminish your wellness?  What holds you back from getting the rest that you need when you’re stressed?   In this episode from Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast (another free show from LifeAudio), soul care coach Bonnie shares how to ditch mindsets that keep you stuck in anxiety, worry, and stress and what you can do to stop the stress, when you need it most. This episode will help you let go of unhealthy thinking patterns and replace them with a healthy biblical mindset to create a new rhythm to stop the stress cycle.   DISCOVER MORE EPISODES OF BREATHE: THE STRESS LESS PODCAST FROM BONNIE GRAY: Is Self-Care or Soul-Care Selfish or Unspiritual? - /  How to Stop Numbing Your Emotions & Stop Negative Self-Talk with Jesus - /  Feeling Anxious? Cast Your Cares on God Because He Cares For You - /    LINKS & RESOURCES: Take the Soul Care Quiz at – your FREE personal wellness assessment – to learn which areas of wellness you’re missing most to flourish with God’s peace and joy in your life. Grab Bonnie’s new book to lower stress, Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm Join the FREE Breathe Wellness Book Club to tackle for areas of wellbeing: emotional, physical, spiritual, and social wellness at Get 4 LIVE sessions + community support! Want scientific articles mentioned in today’s show? Sign up for the FREE Breathe newsletter Get Bonnie’s FREE 7 Prayers & Scriptures to Calm Anxiety here!   FOLLOW BONNIE: Instagram: Facebook: Website: See for privacy information.
When You Fear You've Blown Your Calling (Genesis 20)
March 21, 2023 - 16 min
Have your sins and failures ever seemed greater than God's grace? Have you ever feared that you've done something to forfeit your calling? In this episode, Carol shares a story about a Christ-follower who, in fear, killed someone. But God's grace reached deep into that prison and revealed a calling greater than a murder conviction.  (Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions.)  Find Carol McCracken: On her website  On Facebook On Instagram Find Jennifer Slattery: On her website Instagram Facebook Find Wholly Loved: On their website Join the private Faith Over Fear Facebook Group  Join the Private Wholly Loved Community Facebook Group Discussion/Reflection Questions: What resonated with you most in this episode? Have you ever feared you did something to forfeit God's call on your life? If so, how?  What did Jason Kent's story reveal regarding God's heart? What did Jason's story reveal regarding God's power? What thoughts or emotions arose when Jennifer said that God uses us for His perfect purposes despite our imperfections? What did God's response to Abraham's sin reveal regarding His heart? What is the significance of God referring to Abraham as a prophet? Why might God have had Abraham pray for Abimelech?  What is one step God might be asking you to take after having listened to this episode? See for privacy information.
Faith and Fear (Genesis 18)
March 14, 2023 - 15 min
Have you ever been afraid to ask God for something because you’re afraid of messing up or displeasing God? Or that if you ask, it means you’re not submitted to Him? Or even that asking Him for something may alter His plans? God wants us to develop a holy reverential fear where we are unafraid to approach Him with our deepest concerns and questions. Join us as we walk through how to apply this truth to our everyday life, as we continue to journey through the Scriptures with Abraham. (Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions) Find Kimi Miller: On her website On Facebook On Instagram Find Tami Wittrock: On her website Find Wholly Loved: On their website Join the private Faith Over Fear Facebook Group  Join the Private Wholly Loved Community Facebook Group Find out about Wholly Loved's upcoming Radiant Event Discussion/Reflective Questions:  How would you describe your understanding of the reverential fear of the Lord?  Have you ever been hesitant to approach God with your “asks?” Why or why not? Why do you think Abraham stopped asking God at 10? If you could ask God for anything right now, what would it be? Step 1 - What is your heart motive behind this ask? Step 2 - How are you approaching the Father (as a child)?  Step 3 - Pray and ask God what your step is (be still, wait, bold, step, etc.) Step 4 - Don’t stop asking, but continue to submit to the Father’s will 5. What action can you take to grow your reverence (awe, wonder, honor) for God this week?  See for privacy information.
Trusting God to be All-Sufficient (Genesis 17)
March 7, 2023 - 17 min
Have you or someone you love been waiting a long time for God to act in a difficult situation? It’s easy to fall for the lie that God needs our suggestions and help to fulfill His promises to us. But God wants us to know He is El Shaddai, God Almighty, the One who is all-sufficient to fulfill the promises He makes. (Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions) Resource mentioned: Reflections on the Names of God: 180 Devotions to Know God More Fully, by Ava Pennington Find Ava Pennington: On her website On Facebook On Instagram Find Carol McCracken: On her website  On Facebook On Instagram Find Wholly Loved: On their website Join the private Faith Over Fear Facebook Group  Join the Private Wholly Loved Community Facebook Group (Discussion/reflective questions) What resonated with you most in today’s episode? In what situation have you been offering God suggestions for how resolve a particular problem? How can you stay encouraged to rest in God’s sufficiency to fulfill His promises to you? How has God been growing you to be ready to receive His promises in His perfect time? What might God be asking you to do as a result of today’s podcast episode? Who might God be prompting you to encourage with the assurance His sufficiency to fulfill His promises in their life?  See for privacy information.
Courage to Wait on God (Genesis 16)
February 28, 2023 - 16 min
Many of us find it challenging to wait, especially when we're waiting for something we greatly desire or feel greatly affect our lives. But God will often use our waiting seasons to reveal cracks in our faith so that He can lead us to greater freedom and truth; so that He can lead us to increased trust and relational intimacy with Him. Our courage grows when we turn to Him, hold tight to His promises, and remind ourselves, often, of His heart for us. And when we mess up, like Abram did in Genesis 16, God offers us inconceivable grace and the opportunity to begin again. (Scroll down for discussion/reflection questions.) Resource mentioned: Reflections on the Names of God: 180 Devotions to Know God More Fully Find Ava Pennington: On her website On Facebook On Instagram Find Jennifer Slattery: On her website Instagram Facebook Discussion/Reflection Questions: What resonated with you most in today's episode? Is there a situation in your life that you are tempted to believe is too big for God to work transform or intervene? What doubts tend to pop into your mind during prolonged waiting seasons? When have you worsened a situation through your attempts to help God? Think back on a time during which you had to wait on God and He responded in a powerful, loving, provisional, or protective way. How did that experience impact your faith? What are some truths you can hold tight to during your next waiting season? What is one action step God might be asking you take upon hearing this podcast episode? See for privacy information.
Trusting in Our Good God (Genesis 15:2-21)
February 21, 2023 - 15 min
During peaceful seasons, do you ever find yourself fearing something will soon go wrong and your reprieve or pleasant circumstances won’t last? Does your fear of what could go wrong keep you from remaining fully present in the moment? Thankfully, our God holds us through our doubts, speaks to our anxieties, and remains faithful to every promise He’s given us in Scripture.  (Scroll down for the discussion/reflective questions.) Find Jodie Bailey: On her website On Facebook On Instagram Find Kelly Campbell: Find Wholly Loved: On their website Join the private Faith Over Fear Facebook Group  Join the Private Wholly Loved Community Facebook Group What resonated with you most in this episode? Abraham doesn’t “complain” ABOUT God, but he does “complain” TO God. What is the difference in your mind? Bible scholar Matthew Henry once said, “God never promises more than He can perform.” Do you believe this is true? How have you seen this in your life?  When was a time when the only prayer you could think of was, as Kelly said, “Ugh”? What did you do in that moment? What was an answer to prayer that wasn’t what you expected it to be, yet you realized it was exactly what you needed? Based on Genesis 15, what would you say to a friend who is walking through their own difficult season of waiting?God often provided a waiting season between the giving of a promise and the fulfilling of that promise.  What are some reasons that God might do that?  How have you seen that working in your own life? See for privacy information.
Facing Problems Bigger Than Us (Genesis 14:17-Genesis 15:1)
February 14, 2023 - 17 min
In the face of life’s uncertainties, even Christians can fall prey to fears that dangers and needs beyond our resources will leave us exposed. But God wants us to know He is El Elyon, the Most High God, greater than any physical or spiritual fears and needs we may have. (Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions) Find Ava Pennington: On her website On Facebook On Instagram Find Kelly Campbell: Join Wholly Loved's private "Faith Over Fear" Facebook Group  Join Wholly Loved's private "Wholly Loved Community" Facebook Group 1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode?2. When have you needed to trust that the Most High God is bigger than the problem you faced?3. How did you respond in that situation?4. In what ways have you tried to solve a problem apart from depending on God?5. What did you learn about your own limitations?6. How did God respond to your need?7. Abram trusted God both for the battle and for the provision of his material needs. How might you be trusting God in certain areas but not in others?8. What did this situation teach you about your relationship with the Most High God?9. What might your life look like if you committed to immediately bringing your fears about your situation to the Most High God?10. What might God be asking you to do as a result of today’s podcast episode?See for privacy information.
Will My Faith Cause My Family Pain?
February 7, 2023 - 27 min
We've probably all witnessed arguments and hostility between two individuals who hold vastly different views. Perhaps you grew up in a home where this often occurred. If so, this may have impacted how you view faith and your confidence to share that faith with others. In this episode, popular biblical novelist Mesu Andrews shares how God brought her from a place where she wanted nothing to do with religion to discovering, for herself, Jesus Christ.  Connect with Mesu Andrews: On her website Sign up for her newsletter On Facebook  On Instagram On Twitter  Find Jennifer Slattery: On her website Instagram Find Wholly Loved: On their website Join the private Faith Over Fear Facebook Group  Join the Private Wholly Loved Community Facebook Group Group Discussion Questions: !. What resonated with you most in today's message? 2. Growing up, what was your view of religion? 3. Have you ever feared your faith would harm your relationships? 4. Have you ever feared your faith would harm those you love? 5. Have you witnessed hostility due to religion? If so, how did this make you feel? 6. Why do you think people can become so hostile or argumentative when it comes to their personal beliefs? 7. How can one's close connection with Christ help to keep them from becoming argumentative and hurtful regarding their beliefs?See for privacy information.
The Miracle in the Mail: Michigan Mom of 3 Recalls Heartwarming Blessing Her Family Received | Sparkle Speak
February 3, 2023 - 8 min
Do you believe in miracles?Special host Kathryn Calibeo of the Sparkle Speak podcast stops by to share an exclusive preview of her podcast and one of the interview moments that left her with chills.   DISCOVER MORE EPISODES OF SPARKLE SPEAK: Missionary & Former Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Gina Sheets:  Cancer Survivor Kim Merrefield:  Artist Sadie Wilson:  Beauty Concierge & Blogger Shauna Garneau:  Widow Ruth Anderson:  Host Kathryn Calibeo:    CONTINUE LISTENING TO SPARKLE SPEAK WITH MARILENA RUVOLO:Apple Podcasts: SUPPORT SPARKLE SPEAK:Website: https://www.sparklefaith.comInstagram: for privacy information.
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Jennifer Slattery, founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, is a multi-published author, national speaker, and speaking coach passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. She’s also one of the hosts of the Your Daily Bible Verse podcast. Find her online at
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Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at
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Ava Pennington is an author, speaker, freelance editor, and a certified writing and speaking coach. She teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. Ava also received an Adult Bible Studies certificate from Moody Bible Institute and is trained as a Precepts Ministries instructor. She is the author of Reflections on the Names of God: 180 Devotions to Know God More Fully, and has contributed to numerous magazines and anthologies. Visit to learn more.
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Kimi Miller is a California native who grew up in the Midwest. She is a United States Air Force veteran and former pastor of women’s ministry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Theology. She’s a wife, mom, step-mom and grandma. Her laughter is contagious, as is her passion for the Word of God. You can connect with Kimi through her blog
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Carol Ogle McCracken is a fun-loving wedding planner, speaker, Bible teacher, and author who brings to Scripture to inspire a personal, vibrant relationship with Him. Her authentic challenges faced while journeying through alcoholism, raising a child with special needs, and divorce, equip her to teach, entertain and encourage you. Carol currently serves as the Minister of Discipleship at her home church and is a Christian communicator in many different forums, large and small, and especially enjoys teaching at women’s retreats. Her book Wisdom, Where to Find It if You've Lost, Forgotten, or Never Had It was released in November 2020.
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Tami Wittrock is a devoted wife and friend to her amazing husband John and mom to four energetic and full-of-life kiddos. But above all, she’s a passionate and fiery follower of Jesus! It’s her passion to share her story with transparency to bring glory to God and support, encourage, and draw others into a deeper relationship with Him. Life with Him makes for some great stories, which she shares from noon-3 weekdays on 100.7 KGBI radio. In her free time, she loves Good-willing (alone), deep conversations (with friends), and laughing (with anyone).
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Kelly Campbell survived a massive stroke at 40 that left her physically disabled but with a passion for prayer and other survivors. She holds a Masters of Divinity in Healthcare Chaplaincy and serves on the Board of Directors for Wholly Loved Ministries and for the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG). She is a single mother of adult sons and has two beautiful daughters-in-law. She leads a number of serve teams at her church and loves to use her testimony to help others.
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Michelle S. Lazurek is a multi-genre award-winning author, international speaker, pastor’s wife, and mother. She is a regular contributor for iBelieve and Crosswalk, a member of the Wholly Loved Ministries team, and is a literary agent for Wordwise Media Services and is a certified writing coach.

When not working, she enjoys sipping a Starbucks latte, collecting 80s memorabilia, and spending time with her family and her crazy dog. For more info, please visit her website
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