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Givercise™ Shorts |Inspired Storytelling|Christian Inspirational Fitness, Health, & Lifestyle Short Stories

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​Givercise™ Shorts is a Christian storytelling podcast about inspirational fitness, health, and lifestyle experiences. ​Our mission for this podcast is to share Christian inspirational words through storytelling in order to build a strong community of faithful people. We encourage our listeners to capture the message of each story to be remembered as a nugget of encouragement. Visit: www.giverciseshorts.com

Latest Episodes

Episode 21: Giving an Exercise of Faith-Julie Castro

In this episode, our storyteller is Julie Castro. Julie Castro resurrected Fiesta Publishing, the company her mother co-founded over 20 years ago in order to publish the book she wrote, On Earth as It Is in Heaven, a Personal Allegory. It was the catalyst for her call to ministry, a call she didn’t know existed until a few years ago. Obedience to God’s instruction to write the book opened the door for Julie to assist with the women's ministry at her local church where she was responsible for minor tasks; this led to her current position as the women’s ministry director. Her faithfulness with the small things then opened doors to minister at local churches, pray for the Body of Christ and serve other ministries. Being unconventional in her walk with Jesus, Julie does not limit how the Lord wants to use her and the messages she shares. She passionately pursues Jesus, and her relentless fire for the Holy Word of God is leading her toward her destiny. Website: www.fiestapublishing.co...

18 MIN2016 OCT 19
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Episode 21: Giving an Exercise of Faith-Julie Castro

Episode 20: How to Overcome the Labels of the Demonic Forces of Fear- John Di Lemme

In this episode, our storyteller is John Di Lemme. InSeptember2001,JohnDiLemmefoundedDiLemmeDevelopmentGroup,Inc.,acompanyknown worldwideforitsroleinexpandingthepersonaldevelopmentindustryandteachingbusinessowners howtobesuccessfulinanyeconomy.AsPresidentandCEO,Johnstrivesforexcellenceineveryarea ofhisbusinessandbelievesthatyoumustsurroundyourselfwithalike-mindedteaminordertostay ontopofyourgame. Inadditiontobuildingasuccessfulcompany,Johnhaschangedlivesaroundtheglobeasan international,elitespeakerthathasspokeninoverfivehundredvenues.Overthepastfourteenyears, hehassharedthestagewiththebestofthebestincludingLesBrown,ZigZiglar,JimRohn,Rich Devos,andDenisWaitleyonlytonameafew.JohnwasalsoafeaturedspeakerforDr.John Maxwell’sImpactLeadershipNetworkandhasspokenatothereventsathishomechurch,Christ FellowshipinPalmBeachGardens,FloridapastoredbyToddMullins.Thisistrulyanamazingfeat forsomeonethatwasclinicallydiagnosedasastuttererataveryyoungageandtoldthathewould neverspeakfluently.John’steach...

20 MIN2016 JUN 22
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Episode 20: How to Overcome the Labels of the Demonic Forces of Fear- John Di Lemme

Episode 19 - Making Music Work...Out! - Damien Horne

There’ssomethingveryspecialaboutDamien.Actually,“special”maynotbethebestword.Intimeslike these,intheworldthatwelivein,there’ssomethingrelevant, significantandnecessaryaboutDamien--- andpeoplelikehim. Youcangotoprettymuchanysearchengine,put“DamienHorne”inthesearchfieldandreadabouthis lifestoryandcredentials.Thecliffnotesisthat he’sfromHickory,NorthCarolina.He’soneof12children(a blendedfamily).He’samiddlechild,adoreshismother,isthe firstinhisfamilytoearnahighschool diplomaandnowdevotesalotofhistimeandresourcestryingtomakeabetterlifeforhislovedones andthosearoundhim.Althoughtheydin’tgrowupwithalotofmonetarywealth(barelyanytospeak of),Damien’smotherhadaloveforGodthatinspiredhimtodevelopapersonalrelationshipwithChrist attheageof7. It’stherewherehishopejourneybegan… Thelossofabrother,experiencingfamilymembersbeingincarceratedandfiguringouthowtomake endsmeetledDamientowantmoreforhimself.Asayoungadult,hefirstmovedtoLA.Afterbeing homelessacoupleofyears,hereturnedbacktoNorthCarol...

22 MIN2016 JUN 15
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Episode 19 - Making Music Work...Out! - Damien Horne

Episode 18 - The True Story of Food Addiction: Your Own Will Power Won’t Move the Needle Here - Kathy Strahan

In this episode, our storyteller is Kathy Strahan. As a totally blind person (since age two), she naturally inspires people. Inspire them just by being her.She sees herself as a regular person who finds that blindness for her is the least of her life’s challenges. For most people, her attitude about her blindness is surprising and inspirational. Especially when they observe that she has a regular life. She is Married to a sighted guy. Running their household. Teaching others about preparing healthy meals, making healthy lifestyle choices, ditching the standard American diet and learning how to optimize their nutrition etc. One of her favorite scriptures is: Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Even as a small child she’s always been someone who encourages others to be the best they can. What she teaches her subscribers is that healthy living is a journey. There is no need to make massive changes all at once. Go one small step at a time. She encoura...

20 MIN2016 MAY 11
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Episode 18 - The True Story of Food Addiction: Your Own Will Power Won’t Move the Needle Here - Kathy Strahan

Episode 17 - Why women love strong men: Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants - Elliott Katz

In today’s episode, our storyteller is Elliott Katz. Elliott Katz is a professional speechwriterin Toronto and the author of seven nonfiction books. Audiences find him informative and lively. He teaches the principles in this book to men and women, and speaks at seminars and conferences.After the end of a relationship, Elliott Katz sought to learn about being a man in a relationship. He found books on marriage and relationships said little to him. He found powerful timeless insights in the lessons that fathers and other older male role models taught younger men. People started seeking his advice andfound these improved their relationships. They often asked, “Why didn’t someone tell me this before?Moving beyond the trendy ideas about a man’s role – that just don’t seem to work – Elliott Katz shares insights on being a man that have withstood the test of time. Interestingly, these insights are the traits that he heard many women complain were lacking in men today. To learn more...

12 MIN2016 MAY 4
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Episode 17 - Why women love strong men: Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants - Elliott Katz

Episode 16 - The Covering of God's Protection - Alexis Nicole White

In this episode, our storyteller is Alexis Nicole White. ALEXIS NICOLE WHITEwas born in Gary, Indiana, where she lived with her grandparents. Raised an only child, Alexis developed a passion for the arts; reading, writing and acting. As early as middle school, she began to expand upon her creative talents by writing books, plays and even publishing poetry. In college, her talents grew into professional journalism with blogging, radio and television. After moving to Atlanta to pursue her career in journalism, Alexis’ passion for writing became stagnant after not being able to secure a full-time paying position. Still, she has used her voice to empower the disenfranchised and promote awareness to various social problems. Currently, Alexis is raising awareness to emotional abuse disguised in forms of deceit, mischief and betrayal in her memoir,The Covered. Today, Alexis is a multi-faceted powerhouse. As an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and entertainment personality, Alexis is do...

16 MIN2016 APR 26
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Episode 16 - The Covering of God's Protection - Alexis Nicole White

Episode 15 - By Meeting My Needs, I Honor God- Nancy Virden

​In this episode, Nancy Virden will be sharing her story. She is a suicide attempt survivor who is passionate about sharing hope with those in emotional pain. She is also an author, a Mental Health and Recovery Advocate, and Founder of Always the Fight Ministries.Her books titled​, Called to Live: A Chronicle of Recovery After Attempted Suicide, and Always the Fight: A Living Testimony of What Only God Can Do, inspire readers to relate and find hope. You can learn more about these and her third book They Were Real: Short Story Gateways Into the Thoughts of Bible Characters, on her website, NancyVirden.com.If you'd like to discuss having her come to share with your group, email her atNancyVirden.hope@gmail.com. For more information on this episode, please visit: www.giverciseshorts.com

10 MIN2016 APR 19
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Episode 15 - By Meeting My Needs, I Honor God- Nancy Virden

Episode 14 - My Walk: Calling to Be A Healer - Braxton Cosby

In today’s episode, Braxton Cosby will be sharing his story. Braxton Cosby is a father of three girls and a husband of one amazing wife. He is a believer and has been called to share his experiences of his life as a Christian. Also, he is an award-winning author and currently has about ten books out in the marketplace.For more information, please visit: http://www.giverciseshorts.com/

21 MIN2016 APR 12
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Episode 14 - My Walk: Calling to Be A Healer - Braxton Cosby

Episode 13 - A Woman's Journey - Ms. Sonya McGirt

In this episode, our storyteller is Mrs. Sonya McGirt. She is married with five children (2 step-children). She obtained her masters in Social Work in 2007 and is currently in college to obtain her masters in Organizational Management. She and her husband have a Christian non-profit known as Crossroads Christian Counseling Center Inc. She has had the organization for 2yrs. The reason she started the organization was to counsel those who were seeking help, but using Christian concepts to help them. Also they assist with clothing, meals, and whatever else they can for the homeless. She has a longing in her heart to help others and also to speak to others about what God can do in their life. She recently had her first book published through Cosby Media Productions, A Woman's Journey: Living Through Christ Victoriously. She just finished her first kids book and have started a book in regards to marriage. She hopes to help people remain active in their relationship with God through her b...

12 MIN2016 APR 5
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Episode 13 - A Woman's Journey - Ms. Sonya McGirt

Episode 12 - The Caleb Years: When God Doesn't Make Sense - David Ingerson

In today’s episode, David Ingerson is our storyteller. He is a father of five children and served 24 years in the US Air Force as an officer and pilot. Now as a civilian corporate pilot, he frequently travels to Africa, South America, and Europe. He owns a dry clean laundry enterprise and invests in real estate. He also enjoys teaching and speaking about God, his relationship to Him, and his faith as well as the importance and benefit of having hope in the midst of heartache. For more information, please visit http://www.giverciseshorts.com/

21 MIN2016 MAR 29
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Episode 12 - The Caleb Years: When God Doesn't Make Sense - David Ingerson

Latest Episodes

Episode 21: Giving an Exercise of Faith-Julie Castro

In this episode, our storyteller is Julie Castro. Julie Castro resurrected Fiesta Publishing, the company her mother co-founded over 20 years ago in order to publish the book she wrote, On Earth as It Is in Heaven, a Personal Allegory. It was the catalyst for her call to ministry, a call she didn’t know existed until a few years ago. Obedience to God’s instruction to write the book opened the door for Julie to assist with the women's ministry at her local church where she was responsible for minor tasks; this led to her current position as the women’s ministry director. Her faithfulness with the small things then opened doors to minister at local churches, pray for the Body of Christ and serve other ministries. Being unconventional in her walk with Jesus, Julie does not limit how the Lord wants to use her and the messages she shares. She passionately pursues Jesus, and her relentless fire for the Holy Word of God is leading her toward her destiny. Website: www.fiestapublishing.co...

18 MIN2016 OCT 19
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Episode 21: Giving an Exercise of Faith-Julie Castro

Episode 20: How to Overcome the Labels of the Demonic Forces of Fear- John Di Lemme

In this episode, our storyteller is John Di Lemme. InSeptember2001,JohnDiLemmefoundedDiLemmeDevelopmentGroup,Inc.,acompanyknown worldwideforitsroleinexpandingthepersonaldevelopmentindustryandteachingbusinessowners howtobesuccessfulinanyeconomy.AsPresidentandCEO,Johnstrivesforexcellenceineveryarea ofhisbusinessandbelievesthatyoumustsurroundyourselfwithalike-mindedteaminordertostay ontopofyourgame. Inadditiontobuildingasuccessfulcompany,Johnhaschangedlivesaroundtheglobeasan international,elitespeakerthathasspokeninoverfivehundredvenues.Overthepastfourteenyears, hehassharedthestagewiththebestofthebestincludingLesBrown,ZigZiglar,JimRohn,Rich Devos,andDenisWaitleyonlytonameafew.JohnwasalsoafeaturedspeakerforDr.John Maxwell’sImpactLeadershipNetworkandhasspokenatothereventsathishomechurch,Christ FellowshipinPalmBeachGardens,FloridapastoredbyToddMullins.Thisistrulyanamazingfeat forsomeonethatwasclinicallydiagnosedasastuttererataveryyoungageandtoldthathewould neverspeakfluently.John’steach...

20 MIN2016 JUN 22
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Episode 20: How to Overcome the Labels of the Demonic Forces of Fear- John Di Lemme

Episode 19 - Making Music Work...Out! - Damien Horne

There’ssomethingveryspecialaboutDamien.Actually,“special”maynotbethebestword.Intimeslike these,intheworldthatwelivein,there’ssomethingrelevant, significantandnecessaryaboutDamien--- andpeoplelikehim. Youcangotoprettymuchanysearchengine,put“DamienHorne”inthesearchfieldandreadabouthis lifestoryandcredentials.Thecliffnotesisthat he’sfromHickory,NorthCarolina.He’soneof12children(a blendedfamily).He’samiddlechild,adoreshismother,isthe firstinhisfamilytoearnahighschool diplomaandnowdevotesalotofhistimeandresourcestryingtomakeabetterlifeforhislovedones andthosearoundhim.Althoughtheydin’tgrowupwithalotofmonetarywealth(barelyanytospeak of),Damien’smotherhadaloveforGodthatinspiredhimtodevelopapersonalrelationshipwithChrist attheageof7. It’stherewherehishopejourneybegan… Thelossofabrother,experiencingfamilymembersbeingincarceratedandfiguringouthowtomake endsmeetledDamientowantmoreforhimself.Asayoungadult,hefirstmovedtoLA.Afterbeing homelessacoupleofyears,hereturnedbacktoNorthCarol...

22 MIN2016 JUN 15
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Episode 19 - Making Music Work...Out! - Damien Horne

Episode 18 - The True Story of Food Addiction: Your Own Will Power Won’t Move the Needle Here - Kathy Strahan

In this episode, our storyteller is Kathy Strahan. As a totally blind person (since age two), she naturally inspires people. Inspire them just by being her.She sees herself as a regular person who finds that blindness for her is the least of her life’s challenges. For most people, her attitude about her blindness is surprising and inspirational. Especially when they observe that she has a regular life. She is Married to a sighted guy. Running their household. Teaching others about preparing healthy meals, making healthy lifestyle choices, ditching the standard American diet and learning how to optimize their nutrition etc. One of her favorite scriptures is: Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Even as a small child she’s always been someone who encourages others to be the best they can. What she teaches her subscribers is that healthy living is a journey. There is no need to make massive changes all at once. Go one small step at a time. She encoura...

20 MIN2016 MAY 11
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Episode 18 - The True Story of Food Addiction: Your Own Will Power Won’t Move the Needle Here - Kathy Strahan

Episode 17 - Why women love strong men: Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants - Elliott Katz

In today’s episode, our storyteller is Elliott Katz. Elliott Katz is a professional speechwriterin Toronto and the author of seven nonfiction books. Audiences find him informative and lively. He teaches the principles in this book to men and women, and speaks at seminars and conferences.After the end of a relationship, Elliott Katz sought to learn about being a man in a relationship. He found books on marriage and relationships said little to him. He found powerful timeless insights in the lessons that fathers and other older male role models taught younger men. People started seeking his advice andfound these improved their relationships. They often asked, “Why didn’t someone tell me this before?Moving beyond the trendy ideas about a man’s role – that just don’t seem to work – Elliott Katz shares insights on being a man that have withstood the test of time. Interestingly, these insights are the traits that he heard many women complain were lacking in men today. To learn more...

12 MIN2016 MAY 4
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Episode 17 - Why women love strong men: Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants - Elliott Katz

Episode 16 - The Covering of God's Protection - Alexis Nicole White

In this episode, our storyteller is Alexis Nicole White. ALEXIS NICOLE WHITEwas born in Gary, Indiana, where she lived with her grandparents. Raised an only child, Alexis developed a passion for the arts; reading, writing and acting. As early as middle school, she began to expand upon her creative talents by writing books, plays and even publishing poetry. In college, her talents grew into professional journalism with blogging, radio and television. After moving to Atlanta to pursue her career in journalism, Alexis’ passion for writing became stagnant after not being able to secure a full-time paying position. Still, she has used her voice to empower the disenfranchised and promote awareness to various social problems. Currently, Alexis is raising awareness to emotional abuse disguised in forms of deceit, mischief and betrayal in her memoir,The Covered. Today, Alexis is a multi-faceted powerhouse. As an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and entertainment personality, Alexis is do...

16 MIN2016 APR 26
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Episode 16 - The Covering of God's Protection - Alexis Nicole White

Episode 15 - By Meeting My Needs, I Honor God- Nancy Virden

​In this episode, Nancy Virden will be sharing her story. She is a suicide attempt survivor who is passionate about sharing hope with those in emotional pain. She is also an author, a Mental Health and Recovery Advocate, and Founder of Always the Fight Ministries.Her books titled​, Called to Live: A Chronicle of Recovery After Attempted Suicide, and Always the Fight: A Living Testimony of What Only God Can Do, inspire readers to relate and find hope. You can learn more about these and her third book They Were Real: Short Story Gateways Into the Thoughts of Bible Characters, on her website, NancyVirden.com.If you'd like to discuss having her come to share with your group, email her atNancyVirden.hope@gmail.com. For more information on this episode, please visit: www.giverciseshorts.com

10 MIN2016 APR 19
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Episode 15 - By Meeting My Needs, I Honor God- Nancy Virden

Episode 14 - My Walk: Calling to Be A Healer - Braxton Cosby

In today’s episode, Braxton Cosby will be sharing his story. Braxton Cosby is a father of three girls and a husband of one amazing wife. He is a believer and has been called to share his experiences of his life as a Christian. Also, he is an award-winning author and currently has about ten books out in the marketplace.For more information, please visit: http://www.giverciseshorts.com/

21 MIN2016 APR 12
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Episode 14 - My Walk: Calling to Be A Healer - Braxton Cosby

Episode 13 - A Woman's Journey - Ms. Sonya McGirt

In this episode, our storyteller is Mrs. Sonya McGirt. She is married with five children (2 step-children). She obtained her masters in Social Work in 2007 and is currently in college to obtain her masters in Organizational Management. She and her husband have a Christian non-profit known as Crossroads Christian Counseling Center Inc. She has had the organization for 2yrs. The reason she started the organization was to counsel those who were seeking help, but using Christian concepts to help them. Also they assist with clothing, meals, and whatever else they can for the homeless. She has a longing in her heart to help others and also to speak to others about what God can do in their life. She recently had her first book published through Cosby Media Productions, A Woman's Journey: Living Through Christ Victoriously. She just finished her first kids book and have started a book in regards to marriage. She hopes to help people remain active in their relationship with God through her b...

12 MIN2016 APR 5
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Episode 13 - A Woman's Journey - Ms. Sonya McGirt

Episode 12 - The Caleb Years: When God Doesn't Make Sense - David Ingerson

In today’s episode, David Ingerson is our storyteller. He is a father of five children and served 24 years in the US Air Force as an officer and pilot. Now as a civilian corporate pilot, he frequently travels to Africa, South America, and Europe. He owns a dry clean laundry enterprise and invests in real estate. He also enjoys teaching and speaking about God, his relationship to Him, and his faith as well as the importance and benefit of having hope in the midst of heartache. For more information, please visit http://www.giverciseshorts.com/

21 MIN2016 MAR 29
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Episode 12 - The Caleb Years: When God Doesn't Make Sense - David Ingerson