Marla Christian knows the pain of walking the tumultuous road alongside a loved one with an addiction. And she knows the deep love of God in the midst of that pain and uncertainty. In today's episode, you'll hear Marla share about parenting a son with the disease of alcoholism and the grief of losing him to that disease. Far from becoming bitter in her grief, Marla's shares her authentic faith in God in the depths of pain. She also shares how God showed up in the words and hands of people around her to be "God with skin on". With grace, humor, and genuine love, Marla's episode will be a gift to anyone on a similar journey.
Tears of Gold :: Stories of Hope is back! Thank you for your patience as I prepared for Season Two. I have a great line up of guests ready to share their stories with you and this season opener is an awesome kickstarter!
In this episode I get to interview a very dear woman to me, Mary McBrearty. I have known Mary since I was in high school and now we call her by Nanny Mary. My family is grateful to get to have a local, surrogate grandma in the form of Mary. She loves my children with overflowing joy, love, and patience. And as you'll hear in her sharing, she got to deepen those character traits while raising her own three children. In particular, with her daughter, Christie, who will be a forever child in Mary's life. Far from being bitter about a dependent adult, Mary's story reverberates with a message of God's faithful love, compassion, and provision in her life. Even though I have known Mary for twenty years and seen this story up close, I was moved to joyful tears by Mary's deep and abiding confidence in her heavenly Father.
I am positive you will walk away encouraged, uplifted, and joyful from Mary's story!
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As she raised her two children in Huntington Beach, Jill faced the typical challenges that any parent faces. It was not until her daughter, Jesse, was in high school that Jill faced the biggest challenge of her life as a parent. What do you do when your child is not making healthy choices for herself? As Jesse got deeper and deeper in the world of drug addiction, Jill surrounded herself with God's truths as her heart was breaking watching her daughter in that lifestyle. In this episode Jill shares how she walked through the grief of loving a child who was making painful choices. Today Jesse is sober, healthy, happy, and walking with the Lord. I was honored to have Jill share her story on Tears of Gold for this episode. Enjoy!
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