Life is hard! But it's possible to survive even the toughest trials. The Encourageous Podcast is where people who've emerged victoriously from difficult circumstances share their stories with vulnerability. Each guest is living proof that it's possible to overcome. Tune in on biweekly Thursday's for a new episode. Get ready to be encouraged & inspired! 


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Ep. 28 All I Want for Christmas is... Me: Tips for Being Content in Singleness with Kelly Chaname

Kelly Chaname is a vibrant thirty-something who CHOOSES to be single. Unlike most singles, she has such a positive outlook on her position & is full great tips for other singles. If you're single & need encouragement, Kelly is full of hope & is sure to inspire you! Check out her story for a dose of cheer to help you get through the holiday season! 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:28:45 12/16/2020

Past Episodes

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In 2003 Author/Non-Profit Founder Shane Claiborne experienced the devastating effects of war firsthand on his journey to Iraq. It was an unforgettable month & it prompted him to become an activist for non-violence. Hearing Shane's story will encourage you to lay your weapons down too. 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:56:58 12/2/2020
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In 2014 Matt Manzari was electrocuted with the equivalence of 6 being hooked up to 6 electric chairs at once. Suffering from 4th & 5th degree burns, there was not even a survivor rate for the type of injury he sustained. Not only did he live, but uses his scars & pain for good. As Matt & his wife Bobbye Jean share their testimonies, you will be blessed beyond measure! 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
01:09:14 11/18/2020
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Charlene Burgos is a courageous, strong, fighter who has been battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over a decade. She uses her superpower of a positive mindset to overcome all of her setbacks. She truly embodies the meaning of the word grit & after hearing her testimony, you'll be astounded by her! 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:31:10 10/21/2020
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As a child trafficking victim, Savannah Parvu suffered things NO ONE should ever have to. She decided to use her horrific past to save countless others. She is now an anti-trafficking advocate & has even helped get bills passed. This amazingly brave woman joined me to share her story. Despite the awful things she's endured, she still has such a kind heart & a humble spirit. I am simply in awe of her strength & I'm sure that after you hear her powerful testimony, will be too! Visit if you'd like to book Savannah for your next event. 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:33:23 10/7/2020
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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. So, I wanted to honor a beautiful organization that brings joy into the lives of children fighting cancer. Check out Ep. 23 "Kids Can't Fight Cancer Alone: Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation" with Terri Jones & Cindy Whitaker to hear about this amazing non-profit. For more information or to make a donation to BASE Camp, please visit 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:33:54 9/23/2020
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Chief Broadway is a devoted husband, father & has been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. As an NYC Detective, he was called to help at Ground Zero. In remembrance of 9/11, he shares the story of what it was like to be there when the world stopped turning. If you'd like to get in touch with Chief Broadway, you can email him at or call his office at (352) 536- 8400. 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:18:36 9/9/2020
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Sara Meyer-Oswalt was sexually abused as teenager. Join us for this amazing conversation on empowering victims to realize they have rights, what to look out for if an adult is doting on your child & how enduring a terrible event can ultimately become your calling in life. In addition to being a happy wife & mom, she is certified as a family & addiction recovery coach with Hope Family Coaching. For more information visit 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:32:09 8/26/2020
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Two years ago Ashlee Eiland started writing a book called Human(Kind) about embracing radical kindness. Little did she know that the release date would fall in the middle of a pandemic & period of social unrest caused by racial injustice. In today's interview she shares what prompted her to write the book, inviting police officers into her home & how a trip to Rwanda changed her life. Her experiences give me a sense of hope & I pray it does the same for you! Visit to see all of Ashlee's resources or order a copy of her book. 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( 3. License: CC BY (
00:26:54 8/12/2020
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Kim Patton is an author, a Pastor's wife & mother to a beautiful daughter she recently adopted. But she has had an ongoing struggle with infertility. The wounds she has are deep & emotional, but she courageously welcomed us into her journey. Check out this episode for a raw & real interview! You can visit Kim's website at 1. Music from 2. "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod( 3. License: CC BY (
00:53:52 7/29/2020
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Samantha Virella suffered trauma as a child that led to a cycle of unhealthiness & unhappiness. Through exercise, eating whole foods & the power of the Holy Spirit, she's now healthy & happy now. Check out today's episode to hear her testimony. To check out Samantha's ministry SaludFit, visit or find Saludfit on social! Music from "Life of Riley" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
00:25:10 7/15/2020

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