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New Podcast! Brooke Crowder of The Refuge

Hi Friends, this is the last podcast of the year! I will be taking December off from posting  podcasts but will return in January with many amazing stories to share! Please reach out to me if you have a story you would like to tell or you know someone who has said “YES!” to a greater calling on their lives!

I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to Brooke Crowder. Brooke is the founder of The Refuge.  The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) has a very specific mission: To provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration shelter and services to girls 11-17 years old, who have been exploited through sex trafficking.

I first met Brooke when I saw a video in our church of a survivor sharing her story and I couldn’t get her off my mind.  Brooke and I met for coffee and talked about the plans for The Refuge and the possibility of me teaching Holy Yoga there.  Listen in to the podcast to hear Brooke’s story of how God called her to create The Refuge!

Visit the website at: https://therefugeaustin.org There are many ways to donate and volunteer and support The Refuge.  Please join us in prayer as they are in the building stage now and eager to be able to have beds available for girls who need one. I’m so grateful to Brooke for her work and for sharing her story here!

Religion?

Honor the tradition but expand the understanding. That’s what religions must do right now if they hope to be helpful to humans in the years ahead.

Neale Donald Walsch
Tomorrow’s God

My kids are growing up. 

This means many things.  Based on our dinner conversation tonight, one of the things it means is that they are beginning to question.  They are questioning everything. 

I see this as a good thing.

I remember my childhood priest told me (when I was in a questioning phase) that it’s okay to ask questions.  It’s good.  He made a point of telling us that he does not want us to “check our brains at the door”.  That worked for me.  He told me I was okay for asking.  I was not only okay but on the right path. 

I want my kids to know they are okay for asking and that through the questions, we find ourselves and we find God. 

I found a video of a young man that is extremely intriguing to me.  I don’t agree with everything he says but he has a heart for Jesus.  It is called “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus”  If you have a minute, take a look at it, (click link below) it makes you think. 

Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus

I’ve also posted the Catholic response.  It too makes you think. 

Catholic response

I realize anyone with a camera can spout their beliefs on the internet.  I am not holding either of these videos up as the “end all, be all”.  I like the idea of the questioning.  I can relate. 

My daughter had some real questions about what she heard “Christians” think and stand for that didn’t sit well with her. 

Do not let others define what “Being a Christian” means to you. 

Seek Jesus. 

This isn’t about a church, a building, a philosophy, creeds, laws or big words you can’t pronounce.  This isn’t about politics.  This isn’t about shame or guilt or judgment or debt or death. 

This is about a relationship between you and Jesus.  This is about Love.  This is about Life.

Seek Jesus. 

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