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Simply Stories Podcast

May 5, 2023

Sopha Rush is an author, online influencer and encourager, and professional promise proclaimer. Her book 100 Days of Living Deeply Rooted is such an encouraging word for life in the trenches of trying to unpack past narratives about yourself, believing what God says is true about you, and learning to trust Him more wherever you are walking in life.

In our conversation today, Sopha shares a little bit of her family’s powerful story of fleeing the Cambodian genocide and starting their family in Chicago. Her Mom became a single parent after a tragedy at a very young age, and she and her siblings grew up under the umbrella of incredible strength, and resilience, but also so much grief. There is much to unpack growing up as the helper when you become a parent, isn’t there? Learning to find value in yourself and just being who you are, not what you have to offer, seeing the value in taking care of and holding space for yourself to just be but also to heal. Sopha shares about how God has met her in all of these places, showing her what a good and trustworthy Father He truly is, and how He heals and redeems, and when we are deeply rooted in Him, we can come to know Him and find life.

I felt like this was a message for those who need to know the heart of God is for them. The wrestling of standards of the world, and feeling like you are never enough, and those who struggle to understand who God is and who He is not. Our deep fears that came from how we grow up, and how we misunderstood Him, can hold us back from seeing who He has always been. Take the risk, friends. There is so much life, goodness, and hope for you in Him. If that’s you today, I hope you know that you matter, and your story matters.


Connecting with Sopha:

Book: 100 Days of Living Deeply Rooted


Instagram (Living Deeply Rooted) Instagram 2 (Sopha’s!)






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-Cambodian genocide and the killing fields (also super interesting

-Cambodian refugees in Thailand

-”First They Killed My Father” - film on Cambodian genocide

-”Magic School Bus” -the OG

-”Magic School Bus Rides Again” - the new one, the tree episode I mentioned

-bi-polar disorder

-The refiner's fire

-”Moms’ Actually” podcast episode I mentioned 

-How trauma sits in the brain 

-Trauma in the body 

-Ancestoral (or intergenerational) trauma

-The Body Keeps the Score Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

-If Our Bodies Could Talk - James Hamblin

-Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself - Nedra Glover Tawwab 

-Articles by Sopha for (in)courage


Scripture References:

1 Corinthians 1-3-We have a heavenly Father

Job 38-41, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Matthew 6:25-34God provides for you

Psalm 36 , John 3:16,John 15:13 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Ephesians 3:17-19, Romans 8:35-39-God loves you

Proverbs 9:10, 1 John 4:17-19-Yes, we’re called to fear God but not from shame 

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

2 Corinthians 10:5-Take every thought captive

John 1:12-13, 1 John 3:1We are children of God

Acts 1:8,1 Corinthians 3:16 -We have the power of the holy spirit in us

2 Timothy 1:7-We are not given a spirit of fear 

Psalm 23:4-He walks with us through the valley of suffering  

Romans 11:11-24, John 15:1-6-Without Him we can do nothing, the need for being grafted into the Vine

Jeremiah 17:8 -Being deeply rooted 

1 Corinthians 12:12-27-The Body of Christ 

Colossians 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:11-Encourage one another, lifting one another up

John 14:3, Revelation 22:12-13-Jesus is coming back for us

Matthew 25:6, Revelation 19:7-The Bridegroom is coming back for the Bride (the church!)

Titus 2:1-5- older women share with the younger women 

Jeremiah 29:11-There is hope for you

Psalm 27:13-There is good for you in the land of the living 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Matthew 22:37-We’re called to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength


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