Season 6 Episode 23 – What Scripture says about Self Care – Kevann leads the conversation in today’s Share Show about the balance between self-indulgence and self-care. She explains to Donna how a meme on Facebook inspired her to unpack this topic — they discuss how to manage the soul’s needs, and the guilt one often experiences when taking care of themselves.
Season 6 Episode 22 – No Regrets – We all have things we wish we’d done differently. This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann contemplate the idea of a “regret reset” so that one can build a legacy that pleases God.
Season 6 Episode 21 – The Blank Cheque – Why is it easier to give God our lives than our time? Why is it harder to give God our weaknesses than our strengths? This week, Donna and Kevann discuss what Jesus actually wants from us, and what full surrender looks like.
Season 6 Episode 20 – A Listening Life – This week welcomes Kevann back to the show! Donna and Kevann speculate on how often one can miss the voice of God by failing to create quiet in our lives. Expectancy can influence how often we hear from God — but He has intentionality in approaching us uniquely as individuals!
Season 6 Episode 19 – To Scratch or Soar – This week welcomes Donna’s other half, Randy Carter to the show! They discuss self-esteem and self-image. Who we listen to has a profound effect on the entire trajectory of our lives! There is objective truth about who we are, and how to heal from our wounds.
Season 6 Episode 18 – The Secret Antidote for Toxic Emotions – Do you ever feel trapped by your own anger, jealously, or some other toxic emotion? This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Randy re-introduce a previous episode discussing Andy Stanley’s book “Enemies of the Heart.” This book offers the one thing that can release jealousy’s hold on us! Learning what this book teaches can provide us with emotional freedom.
Season 6 Episode 17 – What is Church, and does Jesus Care if I Go? – This week features a conversation from a previous episode of Grow on the Go. Donna and Kevann talk about the spiritual practices that are in our power, so that one day we can do things beyond our current ability. Attending church includes many of these practices, but they aren’t the only ones. God uses things like inconvenience to make us into the best person we can be right now!
Season 6 Episode 16 – Don’t Go with the Flow – This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and her husband Randy talk about what salmon and Christians have in common and what it actually means to follow Jesus. They unpack Jesus’ description of followership which includes construction, seasoning, and manure. Looking at what it means for Christians in other times and places to follow Jesus helps us grasp what Jesus is asking of us here and now.
Season 6 Episode 15 – How Mothering Helps us Know God – This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and her eldest daughter Kendall talk about her motherhood journey. Kendall shares how being the mother of a two year old and a cleft palette baby has taught her about God’s sacrifice and delight rather than disappointment in parenting us. They also talk about how God’s consequences for our actions always come from a place of love and not punishment. We need to go out and find our village to help us raise our child but our best example of and resource for parenting is God.
Season 6 Episode 14 – Why Forgiveness is Fair – This week on Grow on the Go, we have this month’s share show, Donna’s husband Randy joins her in the blanket fort to talk about the how’s and why’s of forgiveness. Every time we receive an emotional wound we are presented with a choice. To experience healing, we have to choose it. Randy shares through a powerful story that the only way out of the cul-de-sac of our harmful emotions is forgiveness. They talk about how Jesus showed us as he was crucified that forgiving is actually a process and not a single event.
Season 6 Episode 13 – The Fellowship of Jesus’ Suffering – This week on Grow on the Go, Kevann and Donna discuss when pain avoidance is healthy and when it is not. If we insulate ourselves from the pain that sin creates in the world we can’t be Jesus’ hands and feet to help to heal it. Donna share’s some of her experiences of the psychological and physical suffering of members of the Underground Church in China. We may never experience that kind of suffering but we can’t align our lives with Jesus without accepting emotional heartache. They conclude by talking about the suffering of the Ukrainian people and how we can share their heartbreak.
Season 6 Episode 12 – Easter from a Skeptic’s Perspective – This week on Grow on the Go, Kevann and Donna revisit last year’s Share Show to talk about two of the major objections to the idea of Jesus being raised from the dead. They use Investigative reporter/lawyer Lee Stobel’s research to evaluate the evidence that Jesus actually died after being crucified, and if he was actually seen alive after. If the resurrection really happened, what does that mean for you? If God really was willing to die for us, and then live…Shouldn’t we at least investigate that?
Season 6 Episode 11 – A Temporary Triumph -This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann discuss how could Jesus be celebrated so beautifully one week and so hated only one week later? Kevann and Donna talk about the significance of how Jesus approached Jerusalem Palm Sunday and what it meant to those who watched it happen. They also unpack who the crowd was and why this triumph was temporary. They land on a conversation about how our expectations of Jesus affect our contentment in following him.
Season 6 Episode 10 – Who’s in Charge Here? -This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann discuss “big” emotions, and how they’ve learned to handle them. By the time we reach maturity, we have feelings about everything we encounter. We must teach our heads to talk to our hearts! Telling God the truth about our feelings brings us closer to Him, and helps us sense His care for us.
Season 6 Episode 9 – When You’re Safe Space Isn’t Safe -This week on Grow on the Go, Donna reintroduces a previous episode about where to go, and what to do when church hurts. She also shares her own story of profound hurt, her journey to healing, and the wisdom she picked up along the way.
Season 6 Episode 8 – Eyes Wide Open – How observant are you? There’s a difference between vision and sight — when we focus on what’s important to us, we often miss what’s important to Jesus. Sometimes we might see an inconvenience, when Jesus sees a human in distress. This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann talk about how easy it is to dismiss what we see, and how hard it is to make a decision to act.
Season 6 Episode 7 – Other Related Duties -The Great Commission is the natural outflow of the Great Command. But to share one’s faith without love as the motive may do more harm than good. This week, Donna and Kevann talk about the people who represent Jesus well, and how we can allow them to influence us.
Season 6 Episode 19 – Odd Magnetism of the Cross – In this weeks Share Show, Donna and Kevann explore the reasons they are attracted to and repelled by the cross. Grace and truth are two elements of the cross that make it possible for imperfect people to have a relationship with our perfect God. They explore Jesus’ interaction with a woman, who experienced Jesus’ gracious acceptance in the most humiliating exposure. The richest relationship we can experience is found at the intersection of grace and truth of the cross.
Season 6 Episode 18 – Every Christian’s job description – Followers of Jesus were given their job description in the form of a commission and a command. The command feels pretty overwhelming — it’s to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. Who is our neighbor? Literally everyone! The only thing more important to Jesus than loving everyone we encounter practically and unconditionally, is loving God with all we’ve got. Our love is supposed to be practical and excruciatingly inclusive and the only way we can do it is by depending on the Holy Spirit. This week, Donna and Kevann share about the people they struggle to love, and why.
Season 6 Episode 17 – Shedding shame – Shame can be a visceral experience — it’s an integral part of human emotion. This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann discuss how shame is triggered, and how men / women experience shame differently. They share psychologically recommended strategies to rid the feeling, and explain the similar outlook between mental health professionals and the Bible. Jesus never heaps shame on us; Jesus knew how to shed shame, and when we know him, we can learn how.
Season 6 Episode 16 – Why Christians should be nosy. Most of us are only three questions away from tears. This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann discuss the universal need to share our own personal stories with an empathetic listener. Sometimes representing Jesus means getting over ones own awkwardness and getting nosy enough to ask sensitive questions. Doing this often can access a vulnerable place in peoples’ hearts, and introduce them to the Healer of Hearts.
Season 6 Episode 16 – Share Show: Things that made Jesus mad.Jesus was completely counter-culture when it came to the treatment of children. In ancient Middle Eastern cultures, children were often considered unimportant because they had no ability to contribute economically. Jesus raised their profile and value by embracing them, blessing them and making an example of them. He went as far as to say that offering a small kindness like a cup of cold water to a child was an act of love displayed to Him. We can love Jesus by loving on children and this episode looks at practical ways we can do that.
Season 6 Episode 15 – Exploitation – Donna and Kevann talk about another weird event in Jesus life when he appeared to completely lose it in the temple. Was Jesus out of control or was there something else going on? Jesus was employing a technique his audience would recognize from the ancient Hebrew prophets to demonstrate how he hated that vulnerable people were being exploited. Jesus didn’t mind his own business and neither should we. What can we do to prevent the exploitation of others and what can we learn from what happened after Jesus chased the opportunists out of the temple?
Season 6 Episode 14 – All Leaf, No Fruit. Was Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree just a side effect of being “hangry”? This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann discuss why this living parable would have grabbed the attention of people who were there, and why Jesus suddenly pivoted to teaching about prayer in the shade of this withering tree. This leads into a greater conversation about what fruitfulness looks like, and the harm that we do when we’re all leaf and no fruit.
Season 6 Episode 13 – Good Things Come in Strange Packages – This week, Donna tells a great story of re-gifting and very inventive gift-wrapping. The most original gift wrapping ever though, was wrapping God in the womb of a virgin. Donna and Kevann discuss the second-most famous Christmas gifts; the gifts of the Magi. Why were their specific gifts mentioned in the Bible and what was their significance?
Season 6 Episode 12 – How Wise Were They? – Who were the wise men? Where did they come from? Why did they visit the baby Jesus? This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann dig into what the Bible (and other historical sources) tell us about the wise men.
Season 6 Episode 11 – Words: Your Master or Slave – It’s far too easy to make a distinction between “everyday” language, and the words we should be using / avoiding as Christians. This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann talk about speech, and the kinds of speech that are acceptable. The Bible tells us our words are important — God may not be shocked by profanity, but He’s not necessarily a fan of it.
Season 6 Episode 10 – Your Spiritual Personality – Many people struggle to establish a regular time with God that feels life-giving. God has made each of us unique, and He wants us to relate to Him in a way that makes sense to how He wired us. Once you begin to embrace the practices that fill you with life and joy, you’ll never dread “doing devotions” again!
Season 6 Episode 9 – Why Christians Should be Environmentalists– It’s often difficult to comprehend things that don’t yield immediate, observable results. God gave us dominion over the planet– we were instructed to take care of it, and to protect it. This week on Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann discuss the special type of leadership required to lovingly manage His creation.
Season 6 Episode 8 – Watch Your Gauges – In this weeks Share Show, Donna and Kevann apply the design concept of “negative space” to five areas of life. It’s important to monitor how we’re doing emotionally, financially, physically, spiritually, and punctually — it can make a huge difference in the quality of our lives!
Season 6 Episode 7 – In the Bottom of the Boat with Jesus. – Most people like to be in control. But when storms roll into our lives, we quickly realize that we’re not. This week, Donna and Kevann discuss the three choices available to us when things get rocky, and the one question you need to ask before walking away from faith.
Season 6 Episode 6 – Becoming Yourself– On this week’s episode of Grow on the Go, Donna and Kevann discuss what makes us unique. Kevann is offended when someone calls her “bubbly”, but appreciated when someone told her she loves “like an avalanche.” This leads into a discussion about how early identity wounds can cause us to lose a part of ourselves, because we believed a lie that caused shame. Managing our memories in a productive way can free us to love ourselves and love others authentically! Our destiny is to become like Jesus but also to become like nobody else who has ever lived. Each of us worships God in a way no one else can. Our uniqueness isn’t just God’s gift to us– it’s also our gift to Him!
Season 6 Episode 5 – Be a Guerilla Lover – Why do people outside the faith like Jesus but reject his church? It has to do with the way we’ve represented Jesus to the world. To represent him well we have to learn to love the way Jesus loved. This week, Donna and Kevann talk about the need to experience Jesus’ love personally before we can give it away effectively, sharing practical and proactive ways to do so.
Season 6 Episode 4 – The Three R’s of Relationship – On this month’s Share Show, Donna and Kevann discuss the consequences of broken relationships, and how to resolve them. We can’t always restore a broken relationship — sometimes we have to release it. When we are hurt, we often feel the need to punish the person who wounded us. The problem with this strategy is that it tethers us to the perpetrator. It’s important to understand what forgiveness is, and what it is not.
Season 6 Episode 3 – Race and the Bible – It’s easy to assume that our western filters give us the intended meaning of scripture. This week welcomes Rose Hennig to the show for a discussion about what the Bible can teach us about ethnicity. When we view everyone as “the same,” we miss the richness that other cultures can bring to the body of Christ.
Season 6 Episode 2 – Tools to Tune Up Your Mindset – It’s too easy to fall into the trap of being negative, complaining people. This week, Donna is joined by her daughter Kendall to discuss the importance of maintaining a positive mindset. Kendall shares how she made the shift from being susceptible to the negativity of a room, to being the one who sets the mood. They examine the science of mirror neurons and ways to rewire our brains, as well as what scripture says about maintaining a positive mindset. Kendall provides three tools we can implement to learn to live the joyful life God intends for us.
Season 6 Episode 1 – The Blue Ribbon Path – What can we do when the future seems scary? When we feel anxious? We know that everything doesn’t always work out– it’s not always “going to be okay”. We can let go of our desire to know what lies ahead by focusing on what God is showing us right now. We can learn to talk ourselves down in those moments of anxiety by intentionally consulting with God. In this first episode of the new season, Donna and Kevann discuss some strategies for prayerfully talking yourself out of anxiety.