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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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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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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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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Even If

After facing much opposition for His teaching, Jesus was betrayed by Judas, deserted by His disciples, crucified and died. Three days later He rose from the grave and appeared to the disciples, which confirmed that He is indeed the King of Kings.

Let us back up a moment and look at what happened in His last days and how He treated those around Him. Let us remember that He KNEW full well that Judas was going to betray him, yet He washed Judas’ feet:

“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

English Standard Version, 2016, John 13:1-5

Washing guests’ feet was a job for the household servant to carry out when guests arrived. Let’s put into context what it was like then as well … people’s feet were covered in dirt, feces and very unclean. Yet Jesus, the King of Kings, lowered himself and washed and dried each of His disciple’s feet … even Judas’ feet.

God in flesh completed a job the lowliest servant would do. Are you willing to follow Christ’s example of serving? Even if it is hard? Even if you know they are talking about you behind your back, disparaging your name? Even if you know you will be betrayed? 

I know I haven’t always done this and it is definitely not easy.

“When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

English Standard Version, 2016, John 12:12-16

Jesus’ display of servitude is one of humility, kindness and love. Let us be reminded this Easter season, not only of the Father’s extraordinary love for us by sending His Son to die on the cross for us sinners who don’t deserve it but let us be reminded to show servitude to others like Jesus did for Judas, who that very same evening betrayed Him. Even if it is hard. Even if you feel the other person “doesn’t deserve it.” Even if it is done in quiet and not seen by others.

Even if.

EVEN IF….

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