Episode 67 - LeAnne Lavender

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When someone has walked through a painful circumstance, none of us would blame them for having a negative outlook. Life has been hard, so it’s easy to assume that life will continue to be hard. That’s only natural, right? But LeAnne Lavender defies that. She and her husband Derek have walked through some terrible circumstances. But instead of being grim and pessimistic, LeAnne has a different approach. She sits down with Davey to share Derek’s and her story, and how she continually chooses optimism in the face of unimaginable challenges.


My situation is not your situation, your situation isn’t my situation. Using all those things and all that pain to bring God glory is all he wants. Just put blinders on to everyone else and just focus on how to glorify God through that.
— LeAnne Lavender

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Episode 66 - Chris and Emily Norton Pt. 2

The first part of Chris and Emily Norton’s story is inspiring enough on its own, but it doesn’t stop there. They’ve walked through seasons of deep depression, they’ve become parents and foster parents, and much more. In the second part of their conversation with Davey, Chris and Emily share some more struggles they’ve walked through and how they’ve not only overcome them but turned around and used their season in life to change the lives of others.

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The biggest thing I’ve learned is just to love others. You have no idea what other people are going through.
— Chris and Emily Norton

Quadriplegics simply do not walk again - yet millions watched as Chris Norton defied incredible odds and took step by impossible step across his graduation stage. With his fiancée Emily by his side, those unbelievable steps became the start of an extraordinary journey for them both. Told from both of their unique perspectives, this moving story invites you to find, as Chris and Emily have, that God can transform our lowest points into life's greatest gifts.

In a moment, Chris went from a talented college football player with a promising future to a quadriplegic with a 3 percent chance of ever moving or feeling anything below his neck, much less walking again. Determined to prove the doctors wrong, he pushed himself through grueling, daily workouts to achieve his goal four years later: walking the stage to receive his college diploma with Emily's help, and to the world's astonished applause. 

Meanwhile, Emily faced her own challenges as she sunk into a deep battle against anxiety and depression, despite her life's outward blessings. Day by day, decision by decision, Chris and Emily committed themselves to taking the extra step, trusting God, and leaning on the help of others. In a story of courageous faith and grit, this extraordinary couple's journey ultimately led them to tackle the seven longest yards - down the wedding aisle and into a new life together.

And what a new life it is: Chris and Emily have adopted five beautiful girls and welcomed foster children - seventeen and counting! - into their home and hearts. Let this book be your inspiration for defying your own impossible, and finding joy on the other side.

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Episode 65 - Chris and Emily Norton Pt. 1

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Chris Norton’s life changed forever when he misjudged a tackle while playing football. A stadium full of fans and players watched as the young college player was wheeled out on a stretcher, completely unmoving, and Chris was left wondering if he’d ever walk again. But that wasn’t the end of the story. Chris went from laying paralyzed on a stretcher to walking across the stage at his college graduation. Chris and his wife Emily share how God brought them together, how they’ve overcome overwhelming challenges, and more in the first part of their incredible story.


No matter what you’re going through, just choose hope, hold onto your faith, take one step in front of the other because you don’t know what’s going to happen. The possibilities are endless when you just keep going.
— Chris and Emily Norton

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Quadriplegics simply do not walk again - yet millions watched as Chris Norton defied incredible odds and took step by impossible step across his graduation stage. With his fiancée Emily by his side, those unbelievable steps became the start of an extraordinary journey for them both. Told from both of their unique perspectives, this moving story invites you to find, as Chris and Emily have, that God can transform our lowest points into life's greatest gifts.

In a moment, Chris went from a talented college football player with a promising future to a quadriplegic with a 3 percent chance of ever moving or feeling anything below his neck, much less walking again. Determined to prove the doctors wrong, he pushed himself through grueling, daily workouts to achieve his goal four years later: walking the stage to receive his college diploma with Emily's help, and to the world's astonished applause. 

Meanwhile, Emily faced her own challenges as she sunk into a deep battle against anxiety and depression, despite her life's outward blessings. Day by day, decision by decision, Chris and Emily committed themselves to taking the extra step, trusting God, and leaning on the help of others. In a story of courageous faith and grit, this extraordinary couple's journey ultimately led them to tackle the seven longest yards - down the wedding aisle and into a new life together.

And what a new life it is: Chris and Emily have adopted five beautiful girls and welcomed foster children - seventeen and counting! - into their home and hearts. Let this book be your inspiration for defying your own impossible, and finding joy on the other side.

Episode 64 - Maria Hatch-Bowersock

It only takes an instant for our lives to change forever. For Maria Hatch-Bowersock, that instant came in the form of a phone call. The voice on the other end told her that the plane carrying her parents and brother had crashed. Her mother and father were both dead, and her brother had little chance of making it. Maria shares her story with Davey and talks about how she learned to see God’s goodness even when things are far from good.

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This can be bad and God can still be good. It’s not either/or.
— Maria Hatch-Bowersock

 
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If everything in our lives we knew to be good was gone, would we still say God is good? What if his goodness is grounded in something more than our experiences? What if that goodness actually runs so deep that it can never be erased from our souls…the very place we need to believe it most? Maybe God's goodness isn't about a set of events after all. Maybe his goodness is how he takes every event and molds us and changes us into something beautiful- even when the very thing we’ve experienced is anything but. Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably heard a part of Maria’s story. News articles and T.V. screens nationwide were plastered with, “Plane from Indiana crashes in Michigan, two killed.” In Oh, Goodness, Maria will take you with her as she reflects back on discovering the true goodness of God in a way that is authentic, honest, and raw.

Episode 63 - Callie and Kevin Colwick

Every pregnancy comes with its risks and worries. Along with the miracle of new life come fears of all the things that could go wrong. For Callie and Kevin Colwick, those fears were realized when complications with her pregnancy left her in a coma with little chance of survival. Kevin spent months in the hospital, unsure if he would ever see his wife awake again. Callie and Kevin sit down with Davey to talk about this season, its aftermath, and how it has shaped their relationship with God.

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Things of this world fade, and you’re going to feel pain and heartache and anger, but the only true thing in life ultimately is Him.
— Callie and Kevin Colwick

Episode 62 - Tim and Denise Harlow

There’s an old joke that pastors only work one hour a week. While anyone who’s ever been around a church can probably tell just how far from the truth that is, perhaps not many people know how hard ministry can be as well as Tim and Denise Harlow. Tim is the senior pastor of Parkview Christian Church, and he and wife Denise have walked through more than their share of the disappointments, discouragement, and pain that come with devoting your life to ministry. Tim and Denise sit down with Davey to talk about their story and the lessons they’ve learned in every season of ministry.

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Keep your eyes on Jesus. People will disappoint you, Jesus never will.
— Tim and Denise Harlow

 
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Christians love to focus on the gentle and tender heart of Jesus.

We often don’t know what to do with the Bible’s stories of his righteous rage. Yet the truth is, while the Son of God was loving and tender, his words could be equally sharp and biting. The same man who said, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44) also said, “You snakes, how will you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matthew 23:33). 

What if, by coming to understand God’s holy anger, we come to know a savior we never knew before? With compelling storytelling and enlightening examinations of Scripture, Tim Harlow journeys through the gospels and looks at what, and who, ignited Jesus’ anger. He asks, how can we respond like Jesus when good intentions, prejudices and judgments, traditions and rules, and selfish and joyless people conspire to keep others from God’s presence? 

Retelling Bible stories in a refreshing, eye-opening way, Harlow offers an unforgettable reintroduction to the true character of Jesus and invites us to get to know the savior who was gracious but also blunt, sometimes sarcastic, and wildly passionate about bringing people to the heart of God.


 
 

Episode 61 - Happy 2 Year Birthday Nothing is Wasted Podcast!

Episode 61 - Happy 2 Year Birthday Nothing is Wasted Podcast!

This week marks two years of The Nothing Is Wasted Podcast! Thanks to all of you who’s listened and supported us over these last couple of years! To celebrate, Mel joins us in the studio to ask Davey Kristi some of your questions, hear the powerful story how Davey and Kristi met, and talk about some exciting new things that are coming to Nothing Is Wasted Ministries if the future.

Episode 60 - Kate Battistelli

If our children are our legacy, then Kate Battistelli’s legacy speaks volumes. Her daughter, Francesca Battistelli, is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter who’s work has helped define Christian music for years. But Kate’s story starts before any of that. She shares her story of how God not only redeemed her story of abortion and infertility, but how he continues to call her into bigger and better things.

Episode 59 - Brent and Jana Seaman

Brent and Jana Seaman are a testimony of how God can redeem the messiest of stories. A few years ago, Brent had gone through a divorce and spent time in prison, and Jana was mourning the death of her husband. Neither of their lives were anything like what they would have wanted, but God wasn’t done. Now they’ve made it their mission to help people experience the same type of life change that they did, and they sit down with Davey to share the story of how they got there.

Episode 58 - Caleb Kaltenbach

Caleb Kaltenbach was given every reason to run as far away from Jesus and the Church as he could. Growing up with both of his parents in same-sex relationships, Caleb saw people hate his family in the name of God. But Caleb’s life would eventually be changed by an encounter with a Jesus who was different, and a group of Christians who modeled their faith by loving people no matter where they were. Caleb sits down with Davey to talk about this experience and his mission to reconcile the church and the LGBTQ community.

Episode 57 - Beth Marshall

Losing someone we love is one of the hardest things any of us will ever go through, and it’s nearly impossible to know how to handle it. There is no manual for grief. But the story doesn’t end in sorrow. We mourn, but we don’t mourn like those who have no hope. Beth Marshall experience this pain when her mother passed away very suddenly. Now she sits down with Davey to talk about walking with God through grief, and how how she’s made it her mission to help others do the same.

Episode 56 - Tara-Leigh Cobble

When we go through trials in life, it can be easy to isolate ourselves. Sometimes misery doesn’t love company, and our instinct can be to face our pain on our own. When Tara-Leigh Cobble walked through a season of pain, she could have chosen to do just that. Instead, she shared her life with a community of believers, and they helped her walk through the loss of a family member, medical crises, and more. Tara-Leigh talks with Davey about connecting believers by leading the D-Group ministry, helping people engage with God’s word through the Bible Recap podcast, and more.

Episodes 54 & 55 - Jeff and Mackenzie Rollins

Jeff and Mackenzie Rollins are not content to see their ministry confined to the mission fields they’ve worked on. While they’ve served as full-time missionaries overseas, they’ve taken their calling far beyond that. On and off the mission fields, they’ve made it their mission to intentionally spread the Gospel and build a strong community wherever they are. But that community would be put to the test when tragedy struck the Rollins’ young family. Jeff and Mackenzie sit down with Davey to share their powerful story.

Episode 53 - Erica Camacho

Erica Camacho’s story is one that’s almost hard to believe. It’s a story of success and heartbreak, exotic animals and sudden illness, hope and tragedy. But mostly, it’s a story of a family’s unwavering faith. Erica shares her story with Davey and Kristi about how her family kept their faith in God and their relationship with each other through unimaginable circumstances.

Episode 52 - Emily P. Freeman

What’s on your mind right now? For most of us, the answer is usually a lot of things. We live in a culture of always doing more, of constantly trying to cram as much as possible into every moment. Too often we find ourselves worrying more than we can handle, and it’s eating away at us. In her new book The Next Right Thing, Emily P. Freeman suggests that we can live fuller lives by simplifying what we’re thinking about. She sits down with Davey to talk about what would happen if we let go of many of the worries we hold onto and simply asked, “What is the next right thing for me to do now?”

Episodes 50 & 51 - Mollie Thorsen

Family relationships have always been incredibly important to Mollie Thorsen. She works full-time helping run a family business with her dad, and her siblings were her best friends. None of us is ever ready to lose someone close to us, and when a sudden illness took the life of Mollie’s sister, she was devastated. But Mollie knows that the pain she feels won’t have the final word. In this episode, she sits down with Davey to talk about healing alongside her family, how God worked to prepare her to walk through this trial, and how her pain is propelling her to a greater purpose.

Episode 49 - Joni Eareckson Tada

It only takes a single moment for everything to change forever. One split-second choice can send ripples through our entire lives. For Joni Eareckson Tada, that moment came when she misjudged the depth of the water as she was about to dive into, leaving her paralyzed from shoulders down at only seventeen years old. It’s hard to imagine that kind of suffering, but Joni’s trial was only beginning. She’s faced a lifetime of disability, cancer diagnoses, chronic pain, and more, and she’s come through all of it believing that God is good no matter what circumstances she may face. Joni shares with Davey about how she’s kept her faith through unimaginable suffering, as well as the incredible ministry that God has brought out of it to change countless lives.

Episode 48 - Will and Ranae Shepherd

We’ve all made choices we regret. Our stories never look like we wish they did, and Will and Ranae Shepherd know that all too well. Their story is one of incredible brokenness and pain, of momentary choices and lifelong consequences. But it’s also a story of hope, healing, and redemption. Will and Ranae sit down with Davey to share their story and talk about how God took their shame and turned it into restoration and a platform to bring change to countless lives around them.

Episode 47 - Nate Pyle

Nate is an author, blogger and ordained pastor in the Reformed Church of America. He serves as the pastor of Christ's Community Church in Fishers, Indiana where he lives with his wife and three children.

In this episode Nate shares candidly and vulnerably about he and his wife’s struggle with infertility, atopic pregnancy and adoption. Nate dives into the depths and emotions of grief and disappointment as well as shares openly about his journey in walking beside his wife during the highs and lows of trying to start a family.