Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 15 with Johnna Hensley – Part Two

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode #15 is Johnna Hensley. This is part two of our conversation and I know that you are going to love this second half as much as/if not more than the first half!

In case you missed it – here is part one:

Johnna is a mom to six, wife, D-Group leader, yogi and full of wisdom, experience and insights. Her faith has carried her through many obstacles and her faithfulness is just beautiful. In this episode, Johnna shares more about her faith, adoption and fostering.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE

The Voice of the Martyrs

IF: Gathering

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

The Bible Recap: A One-Year Guide to Reading and Understanding the Entire Bible by Tara-Leigh Cobble

Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover Why You Handle Money the Way You Do, and What to Do About It! by Rachel Cruze

The Chosen

D Group


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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 14 with Johnna Hensley – Part One

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci Episode #14 is Johnna Hensley. Johnna is a mom to six, wife, D-Group leader, yogi and full of wisdom, experience and insights. Her faith has carried her through many obstacles and her faithfulness is just beautiful.

As she shares on her blog, she is a “wife to an energetic and giving man, Ryan. I was a lost sinner but I found hope and redemption in Jesus. My life is nothing as I expected it to be. It is much better than what I could have thought up on my own…I manage a special needs son and two “typically” developing sons, and an adopted biracial child while homeschooling them all in beautiful chaos we call our own.” In addition, Johnna has expanded her home and is fostering two siblings, which we talk about in Part Two of our chat.

In Part One of our two-part conversation, Johnna shares her faith walk, the birth of her son Hayden, and so much more! I know you are going to love Johnna and her sense of humor, wisdom and the joy she radiates.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 13 with Emily Honea

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci Episode #13 is Emily Honea. I found Emily while on a road trip and listened to her on another podcast – then came to find out that she lives not too far from me! We both have two young boys and I just knew we would become instant friends!

Emily is not only homeschooling her young boys, but she is also an online adjust professor of Communication Studies, podcast host of Good Things Podcast, a podcast dedicated to finding God’s goodness in life, no matter what the circumstances…which I just love!

Our conversation is one not to miss! Emily is raw and real and shares loss, grief and coping skills, and how no matter what she has encountered, God has been right there by her side, carrying her through.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot by Ellen Vaughn

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode–and into a Life of Connection and Joy by Aundi Kolber


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Here. We. Go!

I’m so excited for this new adventure!! And slightly terrified, to be completely transparent! 😉 I’m recording my very first podcast…

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 12 with Deidra McLaughlin

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci Episode #12 is Deidra McLaughlin, my beautiful cousin! I am thrilled to have her on the podcast to chat all the things! We talked about having twins within their first year of marriage, the tragic loss of her brother, marriage tips and so much more! I know you mommas are going to love this conversation with Deidra! We laugh A LOT and I know you will probably be able to relate to much of our conversation.

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The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman


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I Quit…

Over the last couple of months, I have been deep in prayer asking the Lord to guide me and help me (and ultimately my husband) make a tough decision – if I should walk away from my job at Frisco STYLE Magazine.

I was in the Word and praying for God to guide Stephen, as he is the head of the household and ultimately if he says yay or nay, I will follow his guidance.

I was reading a few verses that kept standing out to me (and these are just a couple of the MANY, like Romans 8, Hebrews 11, etc.)…

Ecclesiastes 1:1-8 states:

These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem.

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.

What King Solomon (remember he is super-wealthy) is saying is that only the pursuit of God brings real satisfaction and that we should honor God in what we say, think and do. Near the end of King Solomon’s life, looking back on everything he had done, he saw the most of it seemed meaningless. Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes after he had tried everything and achieved much, only to find that nothing apart from God made him happy.

If we try to find meaning in our accomplishments rather than God, we will never be satisfied.

Matthew 6:20 states:

“Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”

And Matthew 6:33 states:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

To “seek the Kingdom of God above all else” means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. I have to actively choose to give God first place in every area of my life.

While praying and reading the Bible, I just felt like it was time. It IS time. It is time to give my children my ALL again – in homeschooling, in parenting, in time, in energy.

It is time for me to grow my faith walk.

It is time for me to volunteer and be active in my church again.

It is time for me to minister to teens and young moms.

It is time for me to be the light for others and to point others to God.

It is time to STEP UP, get out of ‘Kiddie Pool Christianity,’ swim to the deep and anchor my trust in the Lord.

Ultimately, I want my work to be completely and only for the Lord – through my work at church, through my children, through the podcast and blog and through my neighborhood. I want to clear my head of things that are not pure and lovely and things that do not keep me in line with working for the Lord.

It was time and Stephen agreed.

After ten months as editor and then director of digital content, I put in my two-week notice a couple of weeks ago and my official last day at FSM was Thursday, May 13, 2021.

My time at FSM was short but sweet. I meet some incredible people, learned a lot, and God used that time to refine me as well. I will forever be grateful for the time I had and the relationships that were built through FSM and the Frisco community.

So here we are! On to the next chapter! I am excited to see what the Lord has planned for me and I will try my hardest to do His will and to really LISTEN to what He has to say.

<3


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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 11 with Nori-Lyn Alford

I am so excited to bring you the new name for the podcast!! No longer the ‘Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast’ … it is now

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci is more fitting to what I am bringing you each week – thus the name change and I am so excited!

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci Episode #11 is Nori-Lyn Alford, a dear friend of mine from church and she is such a fighter!!

She has battled many health struggles, from PCOS, tumors, her own battle with COVID, plus a pregnancy where she didn’t have “just morning sickness.” Nori-Lyn is one of the strongest people I know and her courage, strength and positivity can only be credited to God. I think you are going to be encouraged and inspired through my conversation with Nori-Lyn Alford.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Write the Word Journals

Be Amazed: Restoring an Attitude of Wonder and Worship by Warren W. Wiersbe

Heaven: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything the Bible Says About Our Eternal Home by Randy Alcorn


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Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 10 with Darlene Taylor

My guest for the Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #10 is Darlene Taylor, creator of Sweaty Mommy, a fitness and nutrition program designed to help moms get fit and healthy!

She and her husband recently moved from California to Hawaii with their 4-year old and pup and are living the HI life on the beautiful island of Oahu. Darlene shared how they accomplished this goal of living their dream life in Hawaii, how she launched Sweaty Mommy, plus all sorts of other health tips and tricks. I know you are going to love this conversation with Darlene!

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Dying To Be A Good Mother: How I Dropped the Guilt and Took Control of My Parenting and My Life by Heather Chauvin


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A Note on Mother’s Day

Today is a day we celebrate the mothers in our lives. For some, this day is filled with joy and laughter and love, and for others, its full of mixed emotions, sadness, grief, loss, and sorrow.

Today, I feel both.

I lost my mother when I was 13 years old. She stuggled with a lot of emotional scars and substance abuse. Ultimately it took her life and took her from me.

For years I struggled with her loss. It took ten years to finally release a lot of sorrow and emotions that were wrapped up in the loss of my mother. Now, I am able to think of her without crying and filled with pleasant memories, instead of the last moment I had with her, which was seeing her on life-support.

Losing my mother was incredibly difficult and no one can ever replace your mom. However, God has blessed me with so many amazing, caring, loving moms in my life since.

These two mommas have been instrumental in my life.

My grandmother has been there for me for so many difficult and challenging events and relationships throughout my life. She always points me to God. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or down, she is quick to give me scripture and guide me through life’s challenging times. She planted a seed in me when I was a teen that started to bloom, and later as an adult, I accepted Christ. She never gave up on me. She just continued to love me and pour the love of Christ over me. What a blessing she has been!

My mother-in-love is so incredible. She loves us so well and showers love on our boys so much! She goes out of her way to visit, send cards, gifts, and selflessley cares for others. My husband was so lucky to have such a marvelous Christian women to raise him. I am so blessed to have a mom in my life that loves me like her own and welcomed me with open arms. She is a mother-in-law that many could only wish for. Thank you, Mom, for being a remarkable mom and grandmother!

In addition to these two amazing women, my great-grandmother was also someone I admired and loved dearly. When my mom lost our apartment, my great-grandmother opened her doors to us and cared for me like I was her own daughter. Even when I got older, I would drive to her apartment and stay the weekend with her. She was so much fun and I loved her dearly.

Now as a mother, I think back to when my children were born and the immense never-ending love you immediately have for your child. I love my boys with everything I have and I am so grateful that God blessed us with these two crazy boys. They are full of life, love, and curiosity. I am blessed to be their mom.

This day bring a lot of joy. But again, a lot of sorrow. My heart aches for the women who desperately want to be a mother. For those that have lost children. To those who have miscarried. To those who have lost their own mothers.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

Wherever you are today, however you are feeling, be it happiness or sorrow, joy or grief, remember that you are loved. You are a daughter to the Most High. He loves you so much!

May this day be a blessing to you, may you notice the remarkable gift that the Lord has given us this day. Be inspired. Be grateful. Find the joy in the day. The sun, the warmth, flowers, all the little moments. Feel blessed and loved, because God made this day for you. May we rejoice and be glad in it!

Love you all! Happy Mother’s Day!

*This is an original post from May 2020:

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Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 9 with Kimberly Partain

My guest for the Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #9 is Kimberly Partain and boy did we have a great conversation!

She opens up and shares about her past abusive relationships (even how one pulled a gun on her), how she battled an eating disorder and has risen above all of the challenges she has faced through her relationship with God.

Kimberly shared so many words of truth, wisdom and through her courage, I know that you will leave feeling renewed and hopeful for what the Lord may have in store for you.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty

Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen

IF:Gathering


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