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Thriving Beyond Belief with Cheryl Scruggs

Mar 18, 2020

The Thriving Beyond Belief podcast this week featuring: Betty Maxwell!

Betty Maxwell - Miss America 2016 and the author of Miss Unlikely: From Farm Girl to Miss America.  Betty can interview on the following:

  • Put the Lord First in Your Life: Betty grew up in a faith family on a modest farm in rural Georgia. She trained tirelessly on her God-given operatic talent. She encourages young girls on kindness, humility and seeking the Lord’s will.
  • You Need a Support Team: There will be times you experience loneliness, frustration, and feeling like you don’t fit in. Find a support team to encourage and pray for you. You may need to separate yourself from those who go against your beliefs.
  • Use Negativity to Motivate You: We all will face negativity and jealous people. Stay strong in your faith and let that motivate you to become a more loving person. Betty faced intense cyberbullying over her appearance.
  • Betty’s Mother in Law’s Suicide/Mental Illness: Betty and her husband, Spencer, are advocates for mental health and suicide awareness. Betty’s mother-in-law, was a loving woman who struggled with alcoholism and childhood trauma, but tragically took her own life in December 2019. They share their testimony:

 During her time as Miss America, Betty served as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and a partner with the USO. Her official website is  Here are a couple links of her performing: (“Soldier On” for the military and their families) (talent competition on Miss America)