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It is our hope that the Journey Principles Podcast will help you grow and lead you toward the life you want with amazing guests, easy to apply practical principles, and personal motivation. Stephen shares from his knowledge, his experiences, and most of all, his heart! He knows all about suffering and bears witness to how amazing life can be when we choose to take a stand and apply principles that matter. Many of these are the same principles that transcended him from being virtually homeless and ready to take his life to becoming a respected and successful business owner. In a very transparent way, Stephen and his guests will walk you through the principles they have adopted into their lives and use daily. They will teach you how to transform from who you think you are today to becoming who you’re meant to be! It does not matter what kind of setbacks you have experienced so far. Stephen and his guests share from their personal, real-life journeys in order to empower you, the listener.
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Apr 25, 2016

Welcome back JP Nation! You are in for a treat. We are truly honored to have an incredible guest with us today. We have Steve Noble on our show to share some wisdom with you. He is the host of Called2Action Radio as well as a teacher at a seminary school.

Steve shares with us a little of his journey in becoming a born again Christian. He has always viewed himself as a Christian, much like most of the population. The one difference between the Christian he was and the one he is now, is one simply word, grace. He had truth, but no grace. Jesus had grace. When he was being nailed to the cross, he could have brought wrath but instead he brought on grace. He says one simple thing that speaks a million words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34, ESV)

Have you ever gotten into a rut basing your self-worth on material things? Have you ever felt depressed about the way your life was going? Steve gives us three ways to overcome depression.

  1. We must get to know our Creator. We have to rely on His love and stability. We can’t put our weight into worldly things; we can only trust in Him.
  2. We have to acknowledge that we need help. Most of us were brought up being taught to hide our struggles, not letting other people know we are suffering through something. We were taught that to show weakness is weakness. That ultimately will lock us into unhealthy habits.
  3. We have to be teachable. We have to be open to receiving help. Many times we have to humble ourselves in order to get the help we need. Some people might have too much pride to reach out. We must put our pride to the side.

There are two different times that Steve had a struggle he overcame and he shares those with us today. But he wasn’t able to overcome these struggles on his own. God sent his wife to walk with him through these adversities. When he started his Called2Action radio ministry, it was a different path than everyone else in his family had taken. He and his wife were visiting family when he hit a wall. He felt so shameful that he wasn’t making as much money as the rest of his family. He was holding his self-worth and value in material things. He was condemning himself for not being as “successful” as the rest of the family. His wife then spoke to him and pulled him out of that depression. She explained to him how he was called to that type of work and how he must obey! His other struggle was very similar. But instead of his wife talking him through his depression, she just simply handed him a Bible and said that he needed to get back into God’s Word. Both times, he was able to have a quiet, calm reserve come over him. His wife was standing with him and gave him the courage he needed to move forward. He didn’t know what the future held, but he knew that God was holding that future for him.

There are so many people who endure the battlefield of the mind. They are having a hard time distinguishing true thoughts against the lies of the enemy. You have to obtain fuel from the outside and Jesus is that fuel. God will perform miracles; they just take time. Miracles happen through the perseverance of faith. Are you willing to continue to ask for something and have the faith that God will make it happen? God is for you and with you. He proved that on the cross.

You will not be disappointed by tuning in today. Steve keeps us all on the edge of our seats the entire time. He has great wisdom that he is sharing with us. To get more information on Steve Noble or to reach out to him, you can visit his website at c2atoday.com. You can also follow him on Facebook at c2a radio as well as Twitter @stevenobleradio.

Don’t forget about our new podcasts that we will be doing with your questions. Please send your feedback and questions to us at feedback@journeyprinciples.com. If you enjoyed our show today, please comment and share with others. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, as well as Twitter, @stephen_scoggins to get information on the bonus items we have for each show and any upcoming events.

Apr 18, 2016

Welcome back JP Nation! We have an amazing music artist to share with you today. He wrote his first song at the age of 5 and got his start as a street performer during the Olympics in Georgia. Tune in to listen to Michael Tolcher as he walks us through the reason he plays music.

Michael grew up in a home with five other siblings. He has two older brothers so playing sports was common in his home. We went on to get a running scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. But in 1996 he put down running and picked up music. Performing on the streets during the Olympics was the first time he had ever performed for a crowd and he fell in love. It was the first time he had felt what it was like to truly inspire people.

Throughout his 20s, Michael started to write some really powerful lyrics. He refers to this time as “squeezing his sponge” because he was sharing his heart with others. He felt like his lyrics were a musical journal entry. He was holding a lot of things inside his head and once he started to write them down, he was healing. He noticed when he would “squeeze his sponge” people were relating and hopefully healing in the process.

Music is medicine for Michael. He recalls a moment, during a dark time, when he heard a Dave Matthews Band’s song. The words that were sung echoed in his mind. He felt like he wasn’t alone. There was a glimmer of hope that happiness would return. That is when he decided that he would write songs to give people hope and let them know they aren’t alone.

It hasn’t always been about writing music from 1996 forward. There was a time when Michael was hit with many struggles all at once. There came a day when his label, agent, lawyer, and wife were no longer there or on his team. He also lost his 11 year dog companion during that time. He was alone. He knew he had to pick himself up off the ground. It was 95 degrees in Georgia and he went for a run. When questioned why he was doing so, his reply was “If I do tough things, I am going to be tough.” He knew that he needed to keep going with his life and felt like he needed to overcome physically tough challenges in order to be mentally tough.

Michael leaves us with three things he does to help overcome adversity.

  1. Connecting with people: He connects with people he loves and that love him. He always feels the most strength when doing this.
  2. Meditating: When he meditates he is preparing himself to be the best he can be. Nature plays a very important role in his life. Sitting in nature helps him feel more relaxed. He feels a calming energy.
  3. Maintaining perspective and thirst for what this life is truly about: Life is going to be tough. When adversity hits, he reminds himself that it’s only a page or a chapter of his life. He maintains a thirst for meaning and understanding of what his life holds.

When you maintain a spirit of wonderment, you can express joy to other people. Michael Tolcher does that through his music. He writes amazing words that are truly inspiring. Check him out at michaeltolcher.com.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy today’s podcast. We had a great time talking with Michael and can’t wait to see him perform at our Light Up the Darkness event in September. You don’t want to miss it! There will be more information coming out soon so make sure you are following us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and Twitter, @stephen_scoggin. Also starting soon we are going to have a show specifically with your questions and feedback. Please email us at feedback@journeyprinciples.com, we can’t wait to hear from you! Until next time please comment and share with your family friends.

Apr 14, 2016

Hey there Journey Principles Nation! As promised we have Amber Lehman with us again today. She has such an incredible story. She is a true inspiration to everyone out there who is struggling with anything!

Last time she let us travel with her as she took us through her journey. She has gone from a prostitute to a ministry leader. God wrapped her in righteousness when she felt like she deserved condemnation. I am sure there are many people who feel they should be condemned but this podcast is here to help.

Amber is the Executive Director of First Choice Pregnancy Solutions. Amber and her team are here to help any female who is pregnant get the help they need. Many times these females are thinking abortion. First Choice Pregnancy is here to encourage Life. They get to know each female and what each  heart’s desire actually is. Many times it is to have the baby. From there First Choice Pregnancy walks with them through the entire process.

Certain things can be done to help you or someone you know walk through a difficult time. Here are some steps that will help you.

  • Ask questions: There is a pivotal moment during the conversations with each female that three questions are asked. These questions could apply to ANY struggle someone is walking through.
  1. “What does your head say?”
  2. “What does your heart say?” And sometimes, “What does your gut say?”
  3. “If your circumstance was different, what is your heart’s desire?”             By answering these three questions you will find out where you are in conflict.
  • Change your circumstances: Sometimes certain circumstances are holding you back. What circumstances can be changed? Call someone to ask for counsel. No matter the type of help you may need, there is someone out there to call.
  • Write it down: Don’t keep your struggles inside of your head. Journal about it.
  • Tell others about your story: To take it one step further, share your story with others. Amber is able to share her life story to impact so many people. The power in your testimony is unbelievable.

Whether you are struggling with a certain conflict in your life or trying to make a tough decision, these steps can help you on during your way. Taking that initial step of seeking help can be difficult and scary. Often times it is the hardest step to take. If you have a deep conviction for something ,you are usually more willing to dig deeper to receive the results.

If you are seeking healing, Amber leaves us with three steps to heal, grow, and go.

  1. Acknowledge: Come to terms with what you did/are doing. Acknowledge that what you have done is wrong and hurtful, whether hurtful to yourself or others. This will help you become free quicker.
  2. Reach out: Seek help. Call someone that you trust and simply talk with them. If you don’t have anyone you can trust, you can reach out to The Journey Principles. We are a non-discriminating outreach. We do not judge where you came from; we only care about where you want to go.
  3. Push through: There will be times during your healing process that you will want to give up or simply stop going for help, don’t. Push through those times because the outcome is much more rewarding!

There are many resources available to you. Some ways to get in touch with Amber is through her email amber@firstchoicepregnancy.org, Facebook at Amber Lehman, or their website firstchoicenc.org. You can always reach out to The Journey Principles. We have helped many people receive the healing they seek.

Right now would be a great time to take advantage of our FREE Life Kit Offer going on now. It is a 6 step process to help you turn your life around. It is the exact 6 steps that Stephen, founder of The Journey Principles, took to change his life. You can gain access to that offer at journeyprinciples.com/lifekit.

Until next time be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, as well as Twitter, @stephen_scoggin. And of course you can always reach us through our website journeyprinciples.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast please comment and share with others. Make sure to tune in with us next time for another amazing podcast!

Apr 11, 2016

Welcome back JP Nation! Today we have a story that you will definitely want to tune into. We have the Executive Director of First Choice Pregnancy Solutions based out of Raleigh, NC joining us today. Her journey didn’t start out like most would think. She went from being a prostitute to a ministry director! Please join us in welcoming Amber Lehman!

Have you ever felt like you have done something so wrong that you could never be forgiven? Or maybe you felt like your life’s path wasn’t one that depicted a “Christian lifestyle” and therefore you would be turned away from a church? Well Amber’s story glorifies God’s amazing grace and shows that God forgives everything as long as you follow a path of serving Him.

Amber started her teens unlike most. She became pregnant at the age of 15. Started using drugs and alcohol following her choice of abortion in order to hide the pain and keep it a secret. That day she consciously hardened her heart and stopped herself from having feelings. Not much long after, she decided she wanted to turn the tables on men and became a high dollar call girl in her own town.

In September of 1998 she lost two friends in a boating accident and this opened her eyes. She went to two funerals on a Saturday and got up Sunday morning to attend church. Every week she would go back to church but nothing really changed in her life. She would party on Saturday night and go to church on Sunday. December 12 of that same year everything changed for Amber.  It was the first time she had seen a play depicting Jesus Christ’s life.

Every single time a nail was hammered in Jesus on the cross, Amber heard “I did this for you. I did this for you. I did this for you.” She surrendered her life to Jesus Christ that night.

About a month later her hometown held their annual Sanctity of Life Sunday. This time it had a much deeper meaning to her. She realized for the first time that she had taken a human life when she made a tough choice of abortion. She was unglued. She showed up at her pastor’s office unannounced and he made time to see her and speak with her about her faith. Her eyes were finally opened that day.

Amongst the crying she caught her pastor smiling at her. He then said “I am watching Christ make a new creation in front of my eyes.”

Amber’s sins were paid for at that cross. Everyone’s sins were paid for at that cross.

Are you terrified of coming to terms with your past or current situation? Are you worried that you might be judged if you were to share your story? Amber’s story is a great example of how you will be blessed once you place your faith in Christ. You will be forgiven. And then your story can help someone else release the chains of guilt.

We encourage you to reach out to someone you trust. If you don’t have anyone to reach out to, reach out to us. The Journey Principles is a place of non-judgmental love. There is no discrimination within JP. Don’t wait. Begin that healing process and experience God’s amazing grace.

“I don’t care where they’ve been, it’s where they are going.” – Stephen Scoggins

You do not want to miss this podcast today. Amber’s story is absolutely amazing and gives hope to those struggling right now. This is just Part 1, make sure to tune in for Part 2 in just a couple of days. If you enjoy today’s episode, please comment and share with others. And until next time follow us on Facebook at Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, as well as on Twitter at stephen_scoggins.

Apr 4, 2016

Hello JP Nation! Today we have a Master Coach joining us. He went from real estate to world changer. Marc Mawhinney is a coaches’ coach. He is a native Canadian but his show and education systems are all over the globe. We agree with Marc when he says “You are put here to make an impact on the community and all around the world.” Marc is doing just that!

The best coaches seek their own coach. You have to be ahead of your clients in order to help them. There are a few things Marc looks for in a coach to decide if they have what it takes to be a coach. He has to be selective when it comes to his own clients.

  • The craft of coaching – Many people can learn how to be a coach but few have the heart for it. Is this coach in it for the right reason?
  • Entrepreneurship – You are an entrepreneur. You are running a business. There will be long hours on many occasions and lots of time devoted to finding clients. Are you willing to put in that time and effort?
  • Learning – Are you willing to learn? If you aren’t willing to read a book, coaching probably isn’t for you.

Marc is no stranger to adversity. Marc has a background in real estate. Throughout his 20s he had a successful real estate business. Unfortunately when he hit his 30s he suffered not one but two business closures as well as a divorce. Marc decided to not dwell on those times but to make a comeback. It wasn’t a matter of IF he was going to make a comeback but of WHEN. During this tough time he had help from many coaches. Marc is an entrepreneur and he knew he wanted to continue down that path. He would much rather work seven days a week if it meant that he was able to do what he loves. That brought him into the world of coaching. He started out by wanting to help any entrepreneur. He had many clients ranging from brick and mortar business owners to coaches. It was night and day for him. He really enjoyed coaching the coaches. He made a commitment to do what he enjoys this time around. He decided to follow his gut and become a coaches’ coach.

When asked “what are the top 3 things a coach needs to know in order to serve people well?’, Marc jokes that he could give us 30. But he does narrow it down to 3 for us.

  1. You have to be clear that you are in coaching for the right reason. Do you have the passion for this field? You are becoming an entrepreneur, are you willing to put in the long hours?
  2. Know who you are serving and how you serve them. Many coaches that have come to him don’t know their fees or their own programs. Those are important things to know.
  3. Be patient. Huge success doesn't come overnight. Marc talks about how his first year was a blur. He is now in year three and is happy with where things are going.

“Everything happens for a reason.”

That is a very cliché statement but holds to be very true. If it wasn’t for Marc’s adversities in his early 30s, he wouldn’t be able to reach people all over the globe. Adversity either overcomes you or you overcome it. They help to shape us. Marc decided to overcome his adversities and join the group of people who do what they love.

We have no doubt that you will enjoy listening to Marc Mawhinney today. If you do, please comment below and share with your friends and family. Until next time check us out online at www.journeyprinciples.com and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles.

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