Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 21 with Jamie Kelley

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 21 with Jamie Kelley

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 21 is Jamie Kelley. Jamie and I know each other from church and a few years ago she shared her incredible testimony about how God protected her through a terrible accident that left her in a coma for days. Once I started this podcast I knew I wanted her on to share her powerful story of redemption through God’s mercy and grace. I pray that you will leave this conversation feeling the love of God and know that when we trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God forgives all of our sins. Jesus nailed our sins to the cross, so friend, know that you, too, can feel the peace that Jamie shares in this episode.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt


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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 18 with Alexcia Griffin

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 18 is Alexcia Griffin. Alexcia recently moved to Texas, joined our Life Group at church, and we instantly connected!
Alexcia shares how she met her husband through a rehearsal for a play in NYC, how she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, and shares more about her walk with God.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 17: Hebrews 11: 1-3

The Go & Tell Podcast is all about sharing testimonies but this episode is a little different. Hebrews 11, otherwise known as the ‘Hall of Faith,’ has been weighing on my heart and mind and I just felt like I needed to share the testimonies of these ‘hall of faithers’ stories, confirming the fact that God chose seemingly unlikely people to further His Kingdom, who were called to obey and be faithful with what God commanded.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 20 with Christen Patin

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 20 with Christen Patin

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 20 is Christen Patin. Christen shares her walk with the Lord through the loss of her mother, depression, anxieties, and more. She is real and raw and I just love her vulnerability and openness. I KNOW that her story is one that you will be able to relate to and will find encouragement through her story.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes by Kristen Welch


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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 16 with Alisa Hauser

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 16 is Alisa Hauser. I found Alisa through a mom’s blog where she shared a very eye-opening article with four tips about finances from a widows perspective. Alisa’s husband tragically passed away when her babies were little and through her own experiences, she encourages other women to know where and how the finances are kept.

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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 18 with Alexcia Griffin

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 18 with Alexcia Griffin

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 18 is Alexcia Griffin. Alexcia recently moved to Texas, joined our Life Group at church, and we instantly connected!

Alexcia shares how she met her husband through a rehearsal for a play in NYC, how she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, and shares more about her walk with God.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer


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Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 16 with Alisa Hauser

Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 16 with Alisa Hauser

My guest for the Go & Tell Podcast with Lauren Greci: Episode 16 is Alisa Hauser. I found Alisa through a mom’s blog where she shared a very eye-opening article with four tips about finances from a widows perspective. Alisa’s husband tragically passed away when her babies were little and through her own experiences, she encourages other women to know where and how the finances are kept.

Her story is one that is so informative and inspiring. I pray that this episode blesses you and encourages everyone to have those difficult conversations and plan for the future.

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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC’s to Help You Grow by Kenneth N. Taylor

Alisa’s article: An Open Letter to My Late Husband for Showing Me How to be a Good Dad

Alisa’s article: Collin County Moms Financial Health Series :: 4 Pieces of Financial Advice from a Widow

Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren


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

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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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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© 2021 Lauren Greci

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

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

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

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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LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman


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I Am Not Alone

I Am Not Alone
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 
1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)

Searching and searching for something to watch on TV while my youngest napped, frantically trying to find reprieve from the day of giving and giving, just for the brief moment of quiet time…Netflix, nothing. E!…nothing. Bravo…nothing. Ok, ok, I hear you, Lord. I turned on Right Now Media and watched a Bible study led by Jennie Allen of If: Gathering. She, along with three other incredible Godly women, sat in the midst of the dramatic backdrop of Israel, right where Jesus taught, ministered, fed, and healed many. Bianca Olthoff led this video session about Jesus healing the demon-possessed man in Mark chapter 5, verses 1-20. I had heard this story many times, but today, it hit me different.

“They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him.Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea. The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened.And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs.And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. (Mark 5: 1-20 ESV)

No one had the strength to subdue him. This man, often bound and tied down, was so possessed, so consumed, that he would cut himself with stones, was crying out, living amongst the tombs, half naked, loud, and unclean. However, even though he was possessed and lost all control, he saw Jesus. He saw Jesus coming and he ran to him. He asked Jesus to help him, and Jesus, with just a few words, ordered the demons to come out of the man. The people of the city then saw the man that was possessed, sitting, calm, clothed, peaceful. What a difference! The man begged to go with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go and tell what the Lord has done. 

Go and tell.

Simple words, but hard to do sometimes. For me, going and telling means I need to set aside my shame, fear, doubts, insecurities.

But the great commission is just that, to go and tell.

God works in our lives and sometimes we do not even see it. Like when we are stuck in traffic and agitated that we were late. I believe that God is using moments like those to mold us. Or to save us. I remember taking my toddler to preschool one day and we were running a little behind. Sure enough, as we approached the only train tracks in the area, a train goes by and we are stuck at the blinking wooden blockades halting us in our tracks. As soon as the train went by and the arms went up allowing us to continue, I rushed on to our church to drop my oldest son off at preschool. After kissing him goodbye and giving hugs, I scooped up my baby and headed back to the car. I got our littlest strapped in and we headed back to the house. Less than a mile away from our church headed home, an accident happened just seconds before we got there. A car got severely rear-ended and the police weren’t even there yet. Immediately I was brought to tears. I thanked God over and over for protecting us and pausing us at that railroad tracks. If we hadn’t been held up, we would’ve left church and headed home a couple minutes earlier and that could have been us in the accident. I was humbled. I was thanking God for using that one moment to protect us. 

So why is it important to share our stories? Why is it important to point our lives to God and show what He has done in our lives? 

Everyone has a past. Everyone has a story. Everyone’s story is unique and God has shaped us and molded us and is guiding us to be more like Him. 

The devil doesn’t want us to share our testimonies. I remember being in a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting and we were given time to share our testimonies. After sharing mine, the ladies at my table were so sweet and told me that I had an incredible testimony and life story. To me, it doesn’t seem that great. Nothing special. But that is the devil working to keep us quiet. 

The pain I have endured losing my mother at a young age, or watching my child struggle to breath with RSV and pneumonia, or learning that I was a product of artificial insemination from a donor and one day finding blood siblings, to health battles, to guiding us to our home that ultimately led us to our church, where I was later baptized and accepted Christ into my heart…God has used it ALL to mold me and shape me and to use my voice and my story to lead others to Him.

I am NOT perfect. I do NOT know it all. I am constantly learning and struggling and lack confidence in sharing the Word. But I am learning that it doesn’t matter. I can share my story and point to God and He will do the rest. It is not up to me. It is up to Him. 

I pray that wherever you are today, that you know you are loved. You are redeemed. You are forgiven. You are perfect in God’s eyes and He created you for a purpose and a plan and you are loved.

So why share my story? I often asked myself this question. Then a sweet friend stated, “If it points just one person to Jesus, isn’t it worth it?” 

Yes. Jesus is worth it. Jesus is my Savior and my Redeemer and my Father. My journey to overcome the sting of death, the release of fear, and knowing that I am not alone in my story. I am a sinner. But I am loved and forgiven by a Father who unconditionally loves me. And loves you, too. I am brought to tears thinking how forgiving our Father is, one who gives us chance after chance to be faithful and yet everyday I fail and he still loves me. He still forgives me. His own son died on the cross for me. For you. I am so humbled and in awe. 

And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.”

So feel free to go and share! I will be sharing my testimony occasionally on Lifestyle with Lauren, but I am also writing it all down for future writing endeavors. I pray that though my sharing, you will feel safe to share as well.

If you don’t know Jesus and want to learn more, I am always here to talk. Feel free to message me anytime.

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