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Sparkle Speak

with Kathryn Calibeo

Sparkle Speak Episodes
30: Deirde Eberly / Performance Mentality vs. Saved by Grace
October 3, 2022 - 22 min
Kathryn's good friend Deirdre comes on to share her story! Deirdre works for a Christian ministry organization on a college campus and lives with her family of 3 (plus a dog!) in Michigan. We talk about enjoying God’s presence through the good and the bad, wrestling with spiritual questions, working through depression, holding fast to truth, and how we can sometimes find ourselves in a place where we have everything we had ever hoped for...but really what we need most is Jesus... and only Jesus.

“My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon.

“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again, and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice, he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Performance – all the sacrifices in the world still can’t solve the problem of sin – only Jesus’s sacrifice is enough.” - Hebrews 10:11-14

“Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'” - John 6:68

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

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29: Kim Merrefield / Cancer diagnosis, healing after a WHIPPLE surgery, & viewing challenges as blessings
September 26, 2022 - 32 min
Kim shares her story of healing after a WHIPPLE surgery, and what God has taught her through that season of healing. Depending on what God is trying to achieve in us will determine the specifics of how and when he chooses to heal us (loved this insight!)

She talks about the process of persevering through a hard time using the metaphor of sowing and reaping, ultimately leading to a harvest and the subsequent seasons of pruning. Kim shares that she believes we are blessed when we are in difficult situations because the goal is to be sanctified and grow.

Scripture mentioned in this episode:

Psalm 126: 5-6:
"Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them."

Isaiah 28: 27-29

"Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,
nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin;
caraway is beaten out with a rod,
and cumin with a stick.
Grain must be ground to make bread;
so one does not go on threshing it forever.
The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it,
but one does not use horses to grind grain.
All this also comes from the Lord Almighty,
whose plan is wonderful,
whose wisdom is magnificent."

Kim's instagram handle: @cupcakes.and.carrots

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28: Shauna Garneau / "What we focus on amplifies"
September 19, 2022 - 30 min
Kathryn's friend, Shauna Garneau, comes on to share about all the things she has learned about choosing not to live in fear, what it looks like delighting in God, and a big tip for positive thinking: "what you focus on amplifies". Enjoy hearing from Shauna!

"If you walk in my statutes and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.” Leviticus 26 :3-5

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

"Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

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Find us on insta: @_sparklefaith_ & @shaunagarneau

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27: Emily Holland / Trusting God through relationship challenges, infertility, and expectations
September 12, 2022 - 33 min
Emily comes on the podcast to share her experience with relationship challenges, infertility before becoming pregnant, and walking through a serious health scare with her sister during labor. Through it all, Emily has seen how people often fall short of our expectations, but God does not fail us. She also has learned that peace often follows an act and heart of obedience. 
Scripture woven within her story:
"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." - Romans 8:28
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..." Ephesians 3:20

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26: Rachel and Lois / Mom & Daughter share their story!
July 11, 2022 - 29 min
Lois and Rachel join us to share their powerful story about a challenging prenatal diagnosis that led Lois to trust God even further with her daughter Rachel's life.

By trusting God, they both have seen his GREAT plans, and they share how he has shown them how to view our weaknesses as our ultimate strengths.

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10
25: Angie Pryor / Spiritual Warfare
June 27, 2022 - 31 min
Our guest Angie shares with us a powerful story of what she experienced during a near death experience when she was young (12 min). She had a dream during a battle with pnedmonia that changed her life! Her story reminds us that there are two forces at war for our souls, and one is by far the greatest.
24: Sadie Wilson / Power of prayer & holding dreams with an open hand
June 14, 2022 - 35 min
Sadie shares her story of how she stepped out in faith to pursue a career as an artist. She talks about the power of prayer, holding every opportunity and choice losely with an open hand, and what God has shown her through different moments in life. She also shares why she is drawn to drawing clouds in the sky! Check out her work at or @sadiewilsonart on Instagram!
23: Carol Ford / Maintaining Peace & Staying the Course
May 17, 2022 - 33 min
Kathryn talks to her very special guest... her own GRANDMA! They chat about finding peace in any circumstance. They also unwrap the idea of keeping our eyes on God, first and foremost, to keep on course.
"Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory." Romans 5: 1-2
22: Alli Tjernlund / Navigating Motherhood
May 9, 2022 - 29 min
Alli, Kathryn's old co-host for Watered Wednesdays, comes back on the pod! The two reunite to talk about Alli's faith story, and how in motherhood we often times "don't know where we are going, but we know where to turn".
21: Susan Sorensen/ God confidence and praying through cancer
April 25, 2022 - 25 min
Susan shares her story of how God helped her live out her truest personality, and how he has walked with her in her experience with cancer, infertility, adoption, and even publishing a book called "Praying Through Cancer: A 90-Day Devotional for Women".
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