Podcast 25: The Gathering Table

 

This was such a fun podcast to record! We are literally gathered around a table! The voices you hear are the founders of The Gathering Table, Melissa and Mark Aguillard and Jeff and Cheryl Moehling.  They build beautiful tables that you will absolutely want for your home AND for every table ordered, they give a table to one of their local outreach partner organizations here in Austin.  I was so excited to hear about their business and how they are giving back.  Their tag line is, “Buy One. Unite Many” which I LOVE.  It’s fun to get the inside scoop on how a new venture begins…to get the “why” and meet the people who say, “YES!” to putting their dreams in motion.

God gives us ideas and then we have to actually do the work.  Amen? These couples have been friends for many years and “finally live in the same town”.  They are excited to have the opportunity to live out this greater calling on their lives together.  How great is that??? Listen in and see what they are all about! Then head over to their website and order a table!

Click here to check out their website: http://www.gatheringtableco.com

 

 

Podcast 24/ Brandy Lidbeck – The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide

This is such an important conversation.  I’m so grateful to Brandy for her willingness to share her story and to help others in their healing. Brandy is a marriage and family therapist.  She is also a two time survivor of suicide loss.  She is the author of “The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide”.

“After a suicide, loved ones painfully struggle to make sense of the unexplainable tragedy. The Gift of Second comes alongside loss survivors and helps navigate the common pitfalls for those left behind. This book offers hope and encouragement to guide survivors through this desperate time.”

Brandy is also the founder of the website, thegiftofsecond.com – a community for survivors of suicide loss. Whether you have lost a loved one to suicide or you know someone who has, you will be blessed by Brandy and her story.  Please share with others who may benefit from this conversation, the website and/or her book.  Brandy wants to help others experience healing in spite of the sorrow.

Brandy’s website is thegiftofsecond.com

You can order Brandy’s book on Amazon here:   The Gift of Second Book

Podcast 23: Greg Hoyte-Immigration, Violence and Grace: An American Story

I am so honored to post this podcast! Listen in as Greg Hoyte shares his story with us.  (Greg is next to his sister in the above picture.)

You will be fascinated by Greg’s story. He shares his journey from his childhood in Guyana, South America to Brooklyn, New York. He moved to New York when he was 14 years old after his parents worked in the US for years to earn enough money for the kids to join them. Initially excited and feeling like a dream came true, he found himself caught up in the violence of the Brooklyn streets as a teenager, filled with fear and rage and thinking there was no way out. But God showed up and provided a way. Looking back Greg can see that God never left him. This is a story of family, immigration, violence, fear, grace and hope. This is an American story.

As he talked, I just sat listening, fascinated.  He “puts skin on” so many things we talk about today – immigration, violence, public education in American cities, gangs, family, friendship, God, faith, race, respect, discipline, the American dream, fear, hope.

Greg lives in Wisconsin now with his beautiful wife Amy and their three amazing kids.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.  -Psalm 23:4