Jan 9, 2019
I have Christa Black Gifford with me on this episode of Thriving Beyond Belief, and I could not be more thrilled!
Christa is an author, wife, and mother who shows true vulnerability in all areas of her life.
On this episode, we talk through trauma, performance, loss, reconciliation, hope, and who God is in the midst of all of those things.
Going through trauma at an early age, Christa discusses constant coping from that as she grew up. She tried to find identity in what she could control, and how that manifested itself in her life.
We talk about pain and how our natural inclination is to avoid pain at all costs. We have confused God's peace with being comfortable. We discuss wounds and the roots of our pasts that affect our actions. But we talk about how God's goodness is not that we have an easy life, but rather it is that our lives are reconciled to Him.
Christa talks about walking through some difficult life issues and how she has shifted her thinking from "this is happening to me" to "this is happening for me". It is that shift to see every story can be used and redeemed by the Lord. We discuss what trauma even does to us physically and when you come face-to-face with the trials in your life, it leads to healing.
It was amazing to hear Christa speak of the hope of Jesus in her life. How He has revealed Himself to her in several ways. She discusses those methods of seeing Christ and restoring herself back to His purpose.
I hope you take a listen to this woman's amazing journey, and how God is redeeming all of us.