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Sparkle Speak

with Kathryn Calibeo

Sparkle Speak Episodes
43: How to Trust God with your "Nineveh"
January 30, 2023 - 26 min
In this episode, we are joined by the former Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Gina Sheets (2013). Gina is a born Hoosier, and maintains a small farm in Clinton County Indiana. Gina and her husband, Travis, are a part of the founding team of Hope in the Harvest Missions International, where they spent five years living and volunteering in Liberia, West Africa.

We talk about how Gina knew she felt called to serve in Liberia, the beginnings of Hope in the Harvest Missions International, and the devastation she encountered in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak. Gina reveals she often feels like Jonah being called to Nineveh. Through her story, we can all find hope (and advice) for how to navigate the seasons of life where we are being called to challenging experiences.

Gina gives her take on how to:
1. Know we are being called, and
2. What to do about it.

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42: Battling Anxiety & The Daily Walk Bible
January 16, 2023 - 28 min
Rachel Cottrell joins us this week and shares about her faith journey; which includes a challenging event in college that sparked her desire to pursue obedience. She also shares about an intense struggle with anxiety, and how God showed her Scripture was the remedy.

We also discuss a great tool for personal bible study: The Daily Walk Bible

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41: Moving from Intimidation to Intimacy with God Through Prayer
January 9, 2023 - 28 min
Kathryn is joined by Donna Bur (wife, mom of three grown children, and hair stylist/ salon owner). Donna talks about her experience growing up Catholic and how God pursued her in small moments along the way, changing her intimidation of God to one of "crawling into his lap" and being loved by Him. Donna talks about a significant accident her husband experienced, and how that shook up her life. Donna also acknowledges a specific time where her prayer life was ignited, specifically from a book called, "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" by Jim Cymbala. She also speaks on finding her identity in Christ - which in her case, involvles Athena, protector! Please enjoy Donna's beautiful story and have a blessed week ahead!

The acronym ACTS has also helped to transform her prayer life.
A- Adoration : Praise Him
C- Confession - Turn from sins
T- Thankfulness - Thank Him
S- Supplication : Ask God for what we need!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Ephesians 1:17 "For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better."

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Zephaniah 3: 16-17
"In that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not be afraid, O Zion;
Do not let your hands fall limp.“The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."

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40: How Can We Be a Part of Transforming Dark to Light?
December 26, 2022 - 25 min
This episode features and interview with former field hockey player and current Athletes in Action staff member, Lauren Bonness.

We discuss her transformation into someone who called herself a believer, to someone who really saw the beauty in surrendering her desires over to Jesus to let him be in control of her heart and thoughts.

She shares a powerful insight from Scripture, which highlights how we can transform the dark parts of our hearts. We discuss how much of that is choosing our words wisely in how we speak; we get to bless through our words or we can bring death. We also have the opportunities in life to join God in speaking light, seeing what's good, serparating it from the darkness, and naming it. Enjoy hearing from Lauren!

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Faith Over Fear: Having The Courage to Process Past Traumas
December 21, 2022 - 37 min
We live in a broken world filled with broken people. Because of this, everyone experiences some level of trauma. Unfortunately, past trauma experiences can greatly impact our lives, perceptions, and interactions in the present. This special bonus episode (a preview of Faith Over Fear) sheds a light on this topic and offers valuable resources you can use in your life to gain courage.

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39: Finding Healing Through Listening Prayer
December 12, 2022 - 27 min
This episode features and interview with Jenna Wilson, where we chat about specific ways we can engage with God in Listening Prayer. Jenna grew up in the Metro Detroit area, played volleyball at Central Michigan University, is a mom to two young kiddos, and currently is helping to launch a church and disciple-making movement (Living Army) with her husband and another couple.

We beging the episode by talking about Jenna's personal faith journey, and then towards the end of the recording Jenna walks us through the basics of the Listening Prayer - a simple yet effective way of speaking to God; allowing him to heal broken and unexplored parts of ourselves. Please enjoy hearing from Jenna!

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38: How Do We Engage in the Fight for Equality?
December 6, 2022 - 35 min
Kathryn and Alli interview Christina Carter, a single black mother of two children who uses her voice to fight for diversity and inclusion for everyone in the room.

Christina shares with us the heart she has for dance and using movement to praise and worship as a ministry. She also talks about how she felt compelled to join a protest to protect the sanctity of black lives. Topics we address: How do we talk to our kids about diversity? Where do we start to engage in the fight for diversity?

Our favorite quote from Christina from this episode: "All of our blood is red, we are all children of God."

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37: Mel McIlrath / Spiritual Motherhood
November 28, 2022 - 34 min
Kathryn and her old co-host on "Watered Wednesdays," Alli, interview Mel, who shares how she came to identify herself as a Christian, what it means to "mother" spiritually, and how we can't lead where we have not yet been ourselves.

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36: Mikayla Scheibe / God's Hand is on Everything
November 14, 2022 - 22 min
Mikayla and Kathryn talk about how Mikayla inherited her mom's faith, and what that has meant to her since her mom has gone to be with Jesus. They also discuss relying on God rather than human relationships, and how taking personal responsibility to recognize sin leads to healing.

Instagram: @chebellaphotography  @barbiejoy11  @_sparklefaith_
35: Gabrielle Grenell/ Sensitive to the Spirit vs. Checking Boxes
November 7, 2022 - 18 min
Gabbi comes on to share with us her story of growing up in the church, learning what it meant to stop “checking boxes” in Christianity and instead learn to rely on the Holy Spirit, and what it’s been like moving across the country to find a “her place”.
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