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Simply Stories Podcast

Oct 8, 2021

Today is our 100th episode!!!!! How in the world did that happen?!?! I can hardly believe it. My guest today feels like such a perfect person to celebrate the great things God has done with. I’m chatting today with speaker, author, and powerhouse Bible Study teacher, Marian Jordan Ellis. Marian’s ministry and podcast lives under the umbrella of This Redeemed Life. That’s the banner over her life, and today she shares with us how far God has brought her from a story story immersed in trauma, chasing after the darkness, trying to drown her emptiness in success, sex, money, and lifestyle that looked amazing to the world, but left her feeling empty al the time. After a desperate prayer one night in a bar, she was radically transformed and redeemed by Christ, and now is called to share that life changing gift with women around the world. 

I hope that today’s conversation leaves you hungry and thirsty for more of Jesus. I know that we feel surrounded by a lot of hard and confusing things right now, but God’s ability to transform lives has not changed.  The lies that we believe about our bodies, our pasts, our identities, our failures, whatever it is we have allowed to define us and declare our worth is not up for debate in Jesus’ eyes. You are His beloved one that He treasures. You are His masterpiece. There is no place you’ve gone too that’s too far gone for Him. 

Take it from a woman who used to believe her life meant nothing and could never be used by God, looked for love in toxic places, you matter to Him. This, wherever you are today, this is not how the story ends, friend. And if you are living in a place that testifies God’s redemption in your life, praise Him! Tell Him how grateful you are again today and then tell someone what God has done for you. You have no idea who may need to hear that because their hope is gone and the Holy Spirit may use your story to breathe life into their hope again. 

This is why we do this, friends. These are why the redeemed of the Lord are called to tell their story. It's an incredibly beautiful gift to share this space with y’all and raise Ebenezers with people like Marian, The truth is there are no simple stories. But God can and will use ANY story to simply make Himself known to His creation over and over and over again. Thank you for being here with me. Thank you for YOUR story. Thank you for sharing these stories here on the podcast. Thank you to everyone who has come and shared their story so far, and the many more to come. You matter, and your story matters. For His glory. 


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This Redeemed Life


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“Sex and the City”

“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”- U2
There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.”- Blaise Pascal

“Reckless Love”

C.S. Lewis quote about God making His home in us


Spiritual Gift Inventory

The Great Awakening

The London Bombings 

Her “For His Glory” Bible Study

Wilderness Skills for Women 

Acts of the Apostles

“Clean” by Natalie Grant

Scripture References:

Proverbs 14:12- There’s a way that seems right to man that, but it leads to death 

Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13, Zechariah 14:8-9, John 4:7-15, 7:3-8 , Revelation 21:6-8- Living water

2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 65:3, Isaiah 43:25, Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 8:12 , 1 John 2:2 He forgave me

Matthew 11: 28-30, Mark 2:17, John 13:34, Colossians 1:11-14- He healed me

John 4- The woman at the well 

Psalm 34:8- Taste and see that He is good 

Matthew 18:12- Leave the 99 

Gomer in Hosea

John 13

John 1:14- The Word became flesh

Matthew 9:35-38- The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few  

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 - Ambassadors of Christ 

Ruth 1 - Ruth was from Moab 

John 8:32- You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free 

Romans 12:2- Be transformed by the renewal of your mind

John 8:44, John 10:10,Luke 22:31,1 Peter 5:8 - The father of lies vs. the voice of Truth

The book of Ephesians

Ephesians 1:1-18

Ephesians 2:10- You’re God’s masterpiece

John 8:1-11- The adulterous woman

Matthew 4:1-11- Jesus in the wilderness 

Job 23:10, Proverbs 17:3, Psalm 66:10, Isaiah 48:10, Zechariah 13:9, 1 Peter 1:7,  The Refiner’s Fire 

Psalm 37

Psalm 34:18- God is close to the brokenhearted and near to those who are crushed in Spirit 

Philippians 1:6- This is not how the story ends

Psalm 107:2-The redeemed of the Lord tell their story 

Matthew 16:18-19, Revelation 19-22- The Church is not going anywhere 

Isaiah 14:27, Matthew 19:26-  Nothing and no one can stop the Lord 

Joel 2:25-32- He will restore the years the locusts have eaten 

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