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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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Aug 8, 2016

Mission Possible with Steve & Christopher Duffley:

Welcome back JP Family! Today we have some very special guests with us, Steve and Christopher Duffley. They share with us some of the great things they are doing. Christopher is blind and autistic but he gives others hope and encouragement with his music, heart and passion. He has his own podcast titled Mission Possible that should definitely be checked out. 

In this podcast you will learn more about the following:

* Power of adoption

* Power of music therapy

* Value of Facebook sharing

* Stand tall and rise above it all.

* Do the best you can do in life.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy this podcast. Christopher has a special download for all the listeners. Visit his website at christopherduffley.com in order to download this free song. 

Please continue to like, share and comment on the show. That will help to encouraged and inspire others with Christopher's amazing journey! Follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and on twitter, @stephen_scoggin. We look forward to spending more time with you on the next Journey Principles. 

 

Aug 1, 2016

Perfectly Afflicted with Chris Hendricks & Jeff Lawson:

Hello JP Family! Today we have some close friends and special guests with us, Chris Hendricks and Jeff Lawson. Collectively they are entrepreneurs, musician, a motivational speaker, graphic designer and a life coach. They are going to talk with us more on their company called Perfectly Afflicted. Perfectly Afflicted lowers the teen suicide rate through motivational speaking, t-shirt sales and fundraising for schools. They are making a huge impact with teens today and you can truly see their heart through today’s podcast.

In today’s podcast you will learn more about the following:

* Belief of a teen

* The simplicity of their company

* “Give us one more day.”

* Join the movement, save a life.

* Art if nothing but self-expression.

* Destructive habit of labeling

We are happy to announce that Chris Hendricks will be performing at our upcoming event, Light Up The Darkness. It will be held in Clayton, NC on September 24. For more information contact us via email, feedback@journeyprinciples.com or on Facebook.

To get more information on Perfectly Afflicted, view their awesome t-shirt designs, or to get in contact with Chris or Jeff, visit their website at perfectlyafflicted.com.

As always we are here to help inspire your mind and motivate your heart. Please like, share and comment to help get this material into the hands of those who need it most. Follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and on twitter, @stephen_scoggin. We look forward to spending more time with you on the next Journey Principles.

Jul 25, 2016

Leading a Brotherhood with Sean Douglas:

Welcome back JP Family! Today Stephen is talking with an up and coming speaker and author, Sean Douglas. He comes from a broken childhood and into tough teenage years. Sean joined the Air Force after 9/11. That historic day was the reason he found his passion while serving in the military. In addition to becoming a great speaker and author, he is a resiliency trainer for the United States Air Force. He brings great insight into what makes a powerful leader. Tune in to hear more about Sean and his passion.

 

Today you will learn more about the following:

  • Board of Directors for your life
  • Brotherhood in the military
  • Importance of a great leader
  • 3 things great leaders do
  • Focus on people and the results will come
  • Harmonize your passion and family
  • Complete your spouse, don’t compete with your spouse
  • Attitude of gratitude
  • Don’t make a permanent solution to a temporary problem

 

We hope you were able to gain inspiration from today’s show. You can get more information on Sean through his Facebook page, Sean Douglas Speaks, as well as his website, sdsmotivates.wix.com/seandouglasspeaks.

 

If you liked today’s show, please like, share and comment. Our goal is to motivate and inspire others. You can follow us through Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and through twitter, @stephen_scoggin. We look forward to seeing you again on the next Journey Principles!

Jul 18, 2016

Next Level Life with Chris LoCurto:

Welcome back JP Family! Today we have a special guest with us, Chris LoCurto. Chris has been Stephen’s life and business mentor for about 6 years now. He specializes in life and business coaching and is the founder of The Poimen Group. He is an accomplished speaker as well as a personality style communication expert. Chris shares with us about his journey that took him to Tennessee. He talks about his struggle with low self-value and how we can learn to raise our own.

In today’s podcast you will learn more about the following:

* Authority boundaries

* Understanding self-worth

* Perspective

* Next Level Life

* Importance of influences

* 3 steps to a higher self-esteem and better boundaries

It is our hope that you are able to gain motivation from our podcast today. You can find more information on and get in contact with Chris LoCurto at chrislocurto.com. As always we look forward to seeing you on the next Journey Principles.

Jul 11, 2016

Gaining Momentum with Karen Gilliam:

Welcome back JP Family! So glad you are with us today. Stephen is talking with an amazing woman, Karen Gilliam. She is a military wife, mother of 3 and a grandmother to 7. Her life is centered on the mission given to her by God. She wants to encourage and inspire everyone to achieve excellence and to help them live their live on purpose, not by default. She uses her own testimony to help women overcome self-doubt, among many other things. She has such an incredible heart. Recently Karen has become one of our JP Life Coaches! Tune in to hear more about this wonderful lady’s heart and mission.

Today you will gain knowledge on the following:

  • Allow me to believe in you until you believe in yourself.
  • God often will whisper when evil always yells.
  • Pray to listen, not just talk.
  • God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.
  • Living in peace.
  • F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appearing Real

We truly hope that you enjoy today’s guest. Ladies, if you are looking for a solid life coach, you will not be disappointed with Karen Gilliam. Men, if you know of any females who are looking for a life coach, please recommend Karen. To get in contact with her, visit our website journeyprinciples.com and click on “Life Change”.

Help us get this content into the hands of those who need it most, please like, share and comment. You can follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and twitter, @stephen_scoggin. As always, we look forward to seeing you on the next Journey Principles!

Jul 4, 2016

Welcome back JP family! Today we have a special guest with us, Olympic Gold Medalist LaTasha Colander-Clark. She was a runner in the 2000 Olympics held in Australia. She is also the founder of Christ Studios and the TV show, The Gospel, both out of Raleigh, North Carolina. LaTasha brings her amazing spirit and personality to our show today! Tune in to hear more about her journey and experience as an Olympic Gold Medalist.

Today you will learn in this episode:
* Behind the scenes of Olympic training
* Your gift may not be in your current location.
* You take action in faith but sit still while in fear.
* Who do you allow to fight your fight?
* Importance of an accountability partner
* What you seek, you will find.
* Perspective matters.

We truly hope you enjoy today's show with LaTasha Colander-Clark. Please continue to like, share, and comment. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and Twitter, stephen_scoggin. We look forward to seeing you on the next Journey Principles!

Jun 30, 2016

Capture Every Thought with Annie Chapman Part 2

Good to see you again JP Family! Today Stephen is talking with Annie Chapman for part 2. Annie gives us more insight on forgiveness, her battle to forgive and how she truly overcame it. Comforting others by her testimony is how Annie lives her life. Theoretically she writes her obituary every day. She wants people to remember her by these words, “She loved unconditionally, she served joyfully, and she forgave quickly.” How wonderful would it be if we all lived by that motto?

In today’s episode you will learn:

* Innocent Child vs Horrible Monster

* The meaning behind ‘Free Will’.

* Adversary and Advocate

* Viewing life through dark sunglasses.

* How to finish well.

* Are we reading to just read or reading to ask questions?

We truly enjoyed talking with Annie Chapman for two shows. It is our sincere hope that your mind was inspired and your heart was motivated. You can get more information on Annie Chapman through their website, steveandanniechapman.com.

You can find more information about The Journey Principles at journeyprinciples.com and through social media. Facebook: Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles. Twitter: Stephen_scoggin. We look forward to seeing you again on The Journey Principles!

Jun 27, 2016

Capture Every Thought with Annie Chapman Part 1:

Welcome back JP Family! Today Stephen will be talking with the amazing author, speaker and musician, Annie Chapman. She has been sharing the stage with her husband since 1975 when they married. Annie grew up on a dairy farm in West Virginia. She is a mom to two and a grandmother to six. Annie shares her testimony with us today in a hope to give life to others. Starting from the age of 5, she went from a stage of rage to a place of peace and then to a place of wholeness. Listen in today to hear Annie Chapman’s inspiring story and some ways she was able to move to that place of wholeness.

Today you will learn:

* How to stop an incident from becoming your identity.

* What forgiveness is and what forgiveness is not.

* Anger vs. Love : who wins?

* A story about a pastor’s wife of 30 years who has only known Jesus for 18 months.

* The pain of same or the pain of change? 

Make sure to tune in next week to hear part 2 with Annie Chapman. Until then be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and Twitter, Stephen_scoggin. We look forward to seeing you again on the next Journey Principles.

Jun 20, 2016

Direction, Discernment and Delivery from Divorce with Joel Weldon:

Have you ever wondered who the man is behind the introduction? Well today you will be able to hear from him. Joel Weldon is our voice-over. He is based out of California and does voice-over for many others such as NBC and Toyota. He is going to share with us his story and some things he has learned along the way.

Joel grew up in Northern Minnesota as a farm kid. His parents took him to church; he accepted it and went. But once he got into junior high, he decided he didn’t want to go anymore. He started dabbling in music. That led him to playing in a top 40s band and then on to writing songs. He started college at Bethel and was a bass player in a couple of different bands. Bethel College required every student to take a Bible class. He started taking New Testament Survey, a class that takes you through the New Testament. He felt it would be a breeze, he knows the New Testament. But he had a teacher that would change his life.

Dr. John Piper is a brilliant man. He was new to teaching that class but definitely resonated with Joel. Dr. Piper started talking about a Jesus that Joel had never known. He wanted to know more about this Jesus. It was a truth that Joel had never heard before. That is when he committed his life to Jesus. He then changed his major and moved to California.

Joel ended up in San Diego, living with his uncle and aunt. While there he got involved with some musicians and started traveling the world. He wrote songs and did thousands of concerts on his own.

Around this time his wife of seven years wanted a divorce. She decided that she didn’t want to be married anymore. Majority of that time his two little children were solely with him. He was in a different world; he had to learn many new things such as how to do his 4 year old daughter’s hair. He stepped out of touring completely. He then started working for a production company. The man he was working for sat him down and told him that God was going to take care of him.

Through that journey Joel learned a lot. There is this expectation of everything falling immediately into place once you commit yourself to Christ. But it isn’t like that. It takes time for Him to teach you the path he has for you. It’s a lot of falling on our face and God picking us back up. It takes time.

There was a wave of emotions that Joel experienced during his divorce. He went through a time of questioning God and wondering why He wasn’t there. He came to the realization that hurt must be taken one day at a time. Deep down he knew that God was there, it was just a process. He was battling guilt, pain, hurt, anger, betrayal and even thoughts of retribution. He had to ask himself “how does God want me to respond?” He looked at the fruits of the spirit, love, hope, etc, and knew that was how he was to respond. Looking at things with love and forgiveness allows us to have a better mindset. Once we improve our mindset, the actions will follow.  

One of the biggest things someone of divorce has to face is learning to trust again. There is a feeling that people are going to hurt us. Joel learned to trust anyway. There was a chance that someone could hurt him again but God walked him through it the first time and He would do it again. One way that Joel was able to battle his apprehension with trust was by having complete transparency. Trust isn’t built by word but by actions. He has now been happily married for 17 years.

We sincerely hope you enjoy today’s podcast with Joel Weldon and are able to implement some things into your life. You can learn more about him at his website, joelweldon.com. Until next time, keep sending us your comments and questions at feedback@journeyprinciples.com. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and on twitter @stephen_scoggin. We look forward to being with you on the next Journey Principles!

 

Jun 13, 2016

Chained No More with Robyn Besemann:

Welcome back Journey Principles Family! Today we have author, speaker and songwriter, Robyn Besemann, with us. She is the author of the book “Chained No More” and has her own radio show titled “Chained No More.” She also has a curriculum that helps people who are going through struggles. She is going to share with us about how God has moved in her life.

Robyn grew up in what she calls a “bubble”. She is from a pastor’s family where the environment was full of serving and helping others. She feels she has always been led towards ministry. There is one time, in particular, that she began thinking about how she could reach lots of people.

She became a camp mom one summer. She spent many nights up with children who were sobbing into her shirt and sharing their struggles at home. It made her start thinking that if children are suffering, adults are suffering also. What is the church doing about this? What is the body of Christ doing about this? That’s when she began researching and learning exactly that. She truly believes that God is the answer to all the hurt we have but she just didn’t know how to help. She started getting involved to find ways to help. There was a registration form and on this form there was a box you could check for more information regarding single parent ministry. 450 families checked that box. It became obvious that this was where she was going to start. That then led to the writing of her book titled “Chained No More”.

One of the things Robyn wants to accomplish with her course is that we are able to understand and recognize that we need and want help. Once we understand who or what is hurting us, we can begin the healing process. She doesn’t like to tell anyone what to do, she wants them to figure it out on their own with guidance and direction. She shares a couple of stories with us about 2 females’ lives that were changed. She watched the hand of God at work.

One of those stories is about a lady named Betty. She worked at DHS and came into Robyn’s class as a young professional. During the first class she just cried and cried because of all the hurt she had experienced. She shared about her childhood and growing up in a family of great neglect. Because of her experience, she didn’t want to have children of her own. She was afraid she would put her children through the same childhood she experienced. During her time in Robyn’s class, Betty found great healing. She grew so much. At the end of the class, she shared that she thought she wanted to have a child with her husband of 5 years. They now have a little boy and Betty is a very attentive mom.

Many people with hurt from their childhood, such as Betty, live in fear. The goal is to help us live in faith more than we live in fear. One of the first things that has to happen is that we must recognize that we are living in fear and then why. After that, the tools come into play. People have said that the best thing that has been learned from Robyn’s class is the “click point”. The very instance that a thought enters your mind, you must turn it around. That’s called the click point. Stephen refers to something very similar. It’s called the “challenge thought”. Once a thought comes into your mind, challenge it with a question. And not just any question but the right question. Our mind has the amazing ability to always answer a question that has been asked. But we must start asking the right questions. Instead of “why me?”, ask “what can I learn?”. Both the click point and the challenge thought helps to change the mindset and continue the process of healing.

Robyn also spends some time talking about how to handle confrontation. There is a saying she likes to teach, “put a permanent ridge in your tongue.” When you are f aced with a moment that you would normally fly off the handle at someone, put your tongue in that ridge first and think about it. Nothing good comes from getting overly mad at someone and yelling. You must learn to have healthy confrontation and move to resolution. It isn’t about proving who is right and wrong but about coming to a resolution with the conflict. If two people are facing each other, they can’t face the same direction. In other words, if two people are fighting and arguing with each other, they can’t achieve the same goals.

We truly hope that you enjoy today’s podcast with Robyn Besemann. You can stay in connection with her through her website robynbministries.com. You can also listen to her radio show at toginet.com/show/chainednomore.

If you enjoy today’s show, please like, comment, and share with others. Please continue to send in your questions and comments about the show. You can reach us via email, feedback@journeyprinciples.com. Until next time, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and on Twitter, @stephen_scoggin. We look forward to spending some more time with you on the next Journey Principles!

Jun 7, 2016

Maximizing Leadership and Culture with Jonathan Schober:

Hello JP Family! Welcome back. Today we have an amazing guest to share with you. Jonathan Schober is a preacher’s kid from Austin, TX. He can trace his heritage back to Davy Crockett. He is the founder of Maximize Others, a resource to help corporate businesses implement culture, leadership, and possibilities into their business. Today he is going to share an adversity that no parent wants to ever face.

Jon has been married for over 20 years and has 7 children. Within a span of 5 years, they had 4 kids. The process at the doctor’s office was relatively routine to them at the point of having their fourth child. They had already had a few basic sonograms and were going in for the comprehensive sonogram, the one that looks at all the organs. They already knew about how long this process was to take but it was taking longer this time around. The doctor kept making noises that you don’t want your doctor to make while looking at your unborn child, “hmm”. After the doctor spoke with the nurses and the sonogram was over, he called Jon and his wife into his office. He explained that the heart normally has four chambers; he was only seeing two chambers. He wanted them to immediately make an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist for another sonogram. It would take a few days until they were able to go in for their appointment.

As anyone can imagine, this was a scary few days for the family. Jon describes the feeling when he first heard the news as being helpless. He is trying to be the strong husband and support his wife all while feeling totally helpless. The first thing they did once they left the appointment was to call his parents. Jon and his family believe in the power of prayer. He told his mom and dad what was going on and they all began to pray. When the time came for the appointment, they went in hoping for the best and fearing the worse.

When it was time for the sonogram, again the doctor and nurses were making the same noises you don’t want a doctor to make while looking at your unborn child. One of the nurses looked at Jon and his wife and said “why are you here?” Jon explained what had happened and why they needed the sonogram. She said “well your daughter’s heart is fine. See here is chamber number one, chamber number two, chamber number three, and chamber number four.” Their daughter was born with a healthy heart and has had no trouble with it since.

Jon says he has no idea if the first doctor made a mistake in looking at the sonogram or if it was a miracle but that he doesn’t care. What he does know is that it was real. His faith was tested during those few days. He knows that God always brings you through the hard times, whether he is carrying you or walking with you. Sometimes God will take you over the mountain and you come out the other side very relieved. But there are times when God takes you through the mountain and it is much harder. But you always come out the other side when you trust in him. They were praying for God to take them over that mountain and He did.

Your dark times will come to an end. There is the light of Christ at the end of your dark tunnel. Jon’s story is proof of that. This is not the only adversity that he has faced in his life. He has been fired from a job and laid off. After being laid off from a particular job, he began to really ask “Lord, what do you want to do with my life?” That led him to what he is doing now. He is helping businesses bring their work life and their spiritual life into alignment. He helps them maximize their potential and their spiritual calling. He believes that most people are called to ministry. And that isn’t ministry inside of a church but outside of the church. Jon has very high hopes for the future of this country and world. Businesses are starting to focus more of the culture and realizing that there is more to a person than the uniform they wear or the cubicle they work in. Many people have families and adversities of their own. This is allowing people to be more open and vulnerable. They are being accountable and seeing progress. Once people become transparent, they are able to heal and bring hope to others.

Everyone has a story, whether you have overcome adversity or are going through a hard time now. If you have already overcome an adversity, share your story. You story can bring hope to others. It is very easy for people to feel “this is just how my life is going to be.” Your story can bring them out of that thinking and into a world of hope.

If you are going through a tough time right now, keep moving. You will come out the other end. God has a plan for you. Everything you are experiencing, God will use. He does not waste an experience. Jon uses the example of Joseph in the Bible. He talks about the many trials Joseph faces. But he continues to keep his vision and dream in front of him. Then God blesses him and uses everything Joseph has learned throughout his troubles. God will do the same for you, for everyone. We all just have to continue to have faith and continue moving.

Jon leaves us with three things he would tell his 14/15 year old self.

  1. Be a lot more intentional with life. God will give you glimpses of your passion, really focus on those.
  2. Focus more on relationships. Connecting with people is very important. Take time for the relationships that come into your life.
  3. Don’t give up!

We sincerely hope you enjoy today’s podcast with Jon Schober. There are a couple of ways to get into contact with him. You can visit his website at maximizeothers.com or email him at jon@maximizeothers.com.

If you enjoy today’s show, please like, comment, and share with others. If you have a story to tell and don’t want to share on your own social media, share it with us. We can get your story out there to inspire and motivate others. Please continue to send in your questions and comments about the show. You can reach us via email, feedback@journeyprinciples.com. Until next time, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and on Twitter, @stephen_scoggin. We look forward to spending some more time with you on the next Journey Principles!

May 30, 2016

Hope Through Suffering The Loss of a Loved One with Pastor Ferrell Hardison:

Welcome back JP Family! Today we have someone with a genuine heart for helping others. Pastor Ferrell Hardison has 40 years of experience being a pastor. The church he leads is called The Bridge and it has about 2500 people in attendance. Most people feel that The Bridge is a large church with a small church feel. Pastor Ferrell and his church truly care about everyone and wanting to help them.

Pastor Ferrell grew up in a traditional church setting. His father was a minister. At the age of 17, Pastor Ferrell could really sense a pull to go into the field as well. He had always felt a little tug towards being a pastor. His home had Christ and the Word at the center. At age 19, he went for it.  

The Bridge has the ability to sincerely care for others. They have such a sincere heart. The church, as a whole, decided that they wanted to be Jesus in the community. Let others see Him through them. They realized that when you are constantly in someone’s face telling them all the wrong things they are doing, they don’t listen. But when you are able to show Jesus and demonstrate His love, people start to ask questions. People don’t want another explanation of the gospel, they want a demonstration.

Like many of our guests, Pastor Ferrell isn’t a stranger to his own adversity. March of 2014, he and his family lost their youngest boy, Mitch, to a drug overdose. Pastor Ferrell was in Atlanta, GA when he heard the news from his wife. He immediately got in his car and drove the 5 hours home. He said that was an incredible time with God. It was just him and God on that car ride home. He was able to come to a certain state of mind so he was able to minister to his wife when he got home.

One of the struggles Pastor Ferrell and his wife faced was guilt. They actually still struggle with it now; it hasn’t been too long ago. They keep asking themselves how they couldn’t see the signs of the addiction. But they are comforted with their walk with Jesus and knowing they will see their son again one day.

Many people feel that once you start your walk with Jesus and accept him as your savior, you will lead a life without struggles and obstacles; that you have to start living a sinless life. God did not promise a painless life. He just simply prepares you for your walk in those struggles. If you are able to walk with Jesus through your struggles, they become much more bearable and you are able to come out the other end of it.

Some people make the mistake of saying that suffering proves there is no God. But there is actually more proof there is a God when someone can walk through their struggles and come out with a smile and joy. You must trust in Him and ask for his guidance. You have to learn to suffer well. Suffering well defines a character. The world is usually looking to see how someone responds to bad things instead of good things. And what better way to help someone go through the same struggle that we already walked through.

No matter who you are, what you’ve done, where you’ve been, we love you. We have all been there one way or another. We have no right to judge anyone. Pastor Ferrell and The Bridge church doesn’t judge and welcomes everyone into their church. That is one of the many things that Pastor Ferrell and The Journey Principles have in common.

Pastor Ferrell leaves us with three steps or principles that we can live by that will help us become fruitful today and help others.

  1. Our top priority is our intimacy with Jesus. We need to have a personal relationship with him. Someone people might be wondering “but how can I find that?” You just have to ask. You don’t have to say anything specific; you just have to be real with Him.
  2. We must love people. Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was. His response was first to love Him. And then next was to love your neighbor as yourself. All the other commandments are based from those two.
  3. We have to be real with people. We must be transparent, vulnerable and honest. People appreciate that.

None of us are processed. We are IN the process. There is always a next step for us.

It is our hope to empower your mind and motivate your heart through today’s podcast with Pastor Ferrell Hardison. You can find out more about him and The Bridge at bridgechurch.cc. You can also follow him on Twitter @pastorferrell.

Make sure to like, share and comment on the show. As always, keep sending in your questions and comments to the team, feedback@journeyprinciples.com. Until next time be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles and on Twitter @stephen_scoggin. We look forward to spending some more time with you on the next Journey Principles.

May 23, 2016

Military Men and Women Matter with John Falkenbury:

Have you ever wondered how service men and women adapt and grow from service troubles? Or if there was some way you can help to do something that could benefit their lives? Well today we have the president of the North Carolina USO with us, Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel John Falkenbury. He is going to talk with us about what the USO does and how they help our military overcome struggles they are faced with.

John currently lives in the Charlotte area and travels at least once a week to their state office in Raleigh. He is a third generation career military with his grandfather, father and brother also serving. His family has a history of serving during times of peace and war. In 1999, John retired from the Army to take over a family business. Their family business was a nursing home. It was a change of pace for him but definitely the right thing to do. When 9-11 occurred, he felt an urge to volunteer and go back. He had several good friends telling him that he was doing exactly what he needed to be doing at that time. He was currently telling his army story and the military story on radios and television in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas. John heard about how the North Carolina USO was undergoing some changes and their need for a president. He applied and was offered the job in 2009.

The North Carolina USO is the oldest operating USO in the world because of their Camp Lejeune center. In 2003 that was their only remaining center in the state. Since then they have opened nine more centers and a mobile unit. They are one of the few, besides the National USO, that has a mobile unit. All of their funding comes from within the state from the generosity of Carolinians.

The USO, as a whole, has been serving wounded and hurting service members consistently for 75 years now. It is much bigger than entertainment and airport lounges. Many people associate the USO with those things. Their national mission is to connect service members with their family, home and nation. They fill the gap where the military services can’t fulfill. They have multiple programs that help a service member when they enter into the service, during their time of serving, exiting the service and after they have served. The USO works hand in hand with the military. They don’t replicate services because that isn’t a good use of their funds. They will continue to do the airport lounges, the home comings, the send offs, as well as reading bedtime stories to children but more importantly, they have to be there for the resiliency programs, the transition phases and the multitude of other programs they offer.

The USO has an amazing honor support team. If a service member is killed overseas, the team ensures they are treated with respect on their way back home. They make sure the plane is there waiting to receive the casket and the Honor Guard is there to escort the member to their final resting place. If someone is traveling throughout the country, the USO network activates. They communicate between each other to help with the travel making sure nobody is alone.

Among many other things, the North Carolina USO will focus on a service member and their spouse during the time of separation from the military. They will teach them how to build their resumes, dress for success and will do mock interviews. Their goal is to not only educate the service member on getting a job but to also educate the corporate world. One thing they do around the state is hold HR Summits for companies. They want these companies to know the military culture, the rank structure, awards, things that aren’t appropriate to say or ask a military member. They will also offer job fairs to help the member get connected with companies that are looking to hire. The North Carolina USO really goes above and beyond to help our service members transition into a civilian lifestyle.

The North Carolina USO has many programs such as the resiliency program and the reset program. The resiliency program teaches techniques of how to overcome negative self-talk. Negative self-talk can lead to much heavier internal conflicts.  The reset program has a resiliency part to it and adds in life skills to incorporate into the home life. Stephen has had the honor of speaking at both programs. When Stephen was at his first resiliency program, he spoke for about 30 minutes. He had a young man come up to him afterwards and said that he really connected with Stephen’s story. That young man also shared that he was planning on taking his own life that night but had changed his mind. The Journey Principles has a goal to help reduce military suicide by 10%. We have locked arms in multiple ways with the North Carolina USO. And each time our relationship gets stronger. In September we are partnering with them to host an event called Light Up the Darkness. The goal of this event is to raise awareness and funds to continue serving service members and their families.

John talks about the greatest struggle in the military with active service members. He says it is operational tempo and declining resources. One of the first things to get cut in the military is the family resources. That is where the USO fills the gap. They are here to help not only the service member but also their family.

As a nation we owe a debt of gratitude to these service members. We have been in a war for 13 plus years now and 98-99% of the American citizens have not been directly affected by it. There is currently 1%, or less, that is serving in the military. And they continue to do so freely and without reservation. We should be proud of our men and women serving for the country.

There are many ways that you can help this amazing organization! They are always accepting donations either online or via mail. 92 cents of every dollar goes towards these amazing programs John tells us about. But money is not the only way someone can help. Giving your time is also a great way to contribute towards their cause. The heart of their volunteers is what keeps this organization going. And one more way you can help the USO is by donating items. For example a company just came into the USO lounge at the Raleigh airport and redecorated. It helps make these service members feel more at home. You can get in contact with the North Carolina USO through their website, uso-nc.org or through Twitter and Facebook. All the centers across the state also have their own Facebook page.

We know that today’s podcast was a little different than most of our others. But we sincerely hope you enjoyed hearing about this great organization and how they help our military overcome their struggles. The USO is truly an amazing organization that has passion and dedication to helping and serving the ones who so selflessly serve us.

Please like, share and comment if you enjoyed the show. Also continue to send in your questions and comments to us, feedback@journeyprinciples.com. Until next time, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles, and on Twitter, Stephen_scoggin. We look forward to seeing you again on the next Journey Principles!

May 19, 2016

Working Through Sexual Abuse with Hope Part 2 with Dr. Jason Newsome:

On today’s show we have Dr. Jason Newsome with us again for Part 2! We are very excited to be able to share with you guys two shows with this amazing overcomer. He shares with us some great insight on what is going through someone’s mind after they have been abused. He starts with their belief system.

Our belief systems are based on our past experiences. Our brains do a wonderful job of cataloging how we react to situations. A person who has been abused usually has a different view on things. Dr. Newsome uses his sexual abuse as an example. He was sexual abused by 5 different people, starting at the age of 5. It gave him the idea that something was wrong with him since it had happened with 5 different people. At the same time he didn’t tell anyone that it was happening so that contributed to his dysfunctional thinking. He didn’t have someone to tell him that it wasn’t okay and that he wasn’t doing anything wrong; the abusers were doing wrong.  He thought this was part of experiencing life.

Dr. Newsome’s abusers were hurtful for the most part. When he would try to resist, he was forced to be abused. When he said no, they would harm him. Then there were times when his abusers were nice and that was very confusing for such a young boy. This led to the thinking that in order for people to be nice to him, he had to say yes. If he was to tell anyone no, he would get hurt. He became a people pleaser. He felt like everyone had to be happy with him all the time. But in reality that is impossible to do. This would then lead to anxiety when he felt like others weren’t happy with him or his decisions.

What is it about any type of abuse that makes people feel that they need to stay silent? Dr. Newsome answered by saying fear and shame. His abusers told him that if he was to tell anyone, he would get in trouble. He was then afraid to say anything. He also felt that two of the abusers might even kill him if he was to tell. That kept him quiet.

Shame also keeps many people silent when abuse is happening or happened. Most people believe they should be better than what’s happening and that they are good enough to avoid these situations. In cases of domestic violence, they feel they should have chosen better or somehow prevented the abuse from happening. When it has been going on for a while, they feel they should have done something before now. In reality the person who is being abused is not at fault and there is nothing they are doing wrong. But in their mind, they are filled with shame and therefore won’t say anything.

In most abuse cases, the abuse doesn’t start until after they have manipulated the victim. Abusers are very good at drawing someone into the situation and then taking advantage. We must forgive in order to live a life of enjoyment again. Un-forgiveness hurts us and our souls. But it starts with us. We have to forgive ourselves before we forgive others. We have to let go of the shame and guilt and understand that it wasn’t our fault.

Dr. Newsome makes a good point that many people talk about forgiveness without truly understanding what it means. The word Jesus used in the Bible for forgiveness means to discharge debt. So when we forgive someone we are releasing them of debt. When we don’t forgive, we are constantly seeking repayment and we seek it in different ways.

The truth about abuse is that we can never be repaid for what was taken. The things that were taken hold no monetary value. Dr. Newsome gives us three steps in how to effectively forgive someone.

  1. We have to acknowledge that we have been harmed. Someone has done us wrong.
  2. We have to truly understand that the abuser cannot repay us for what was taken. And we can’t seek repayment from any other source.
  3. We have to stop seeking repayment. This can be the hardest step in forgiveness.

Dr. Newsome wraps up the podcast with three things he would tell his 11 year old self. At that age he was still being abused and had already been abused by multiple people.

  1. Please tell someone that you trust what is happening. Don’t keep it inside. In order for the abuse to continue, the abuser needs you to stay quiet.
  2. What is happening is not okay and it’s not your fault. No matter how many times or how many people abuse you, you are doing nothing wrong.
  3. You can make it! This does not define your life. This does not have to be your identity. You will have an identity beyond this situation.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy today’s podcast with Dr. Jason Newsome for the second part. He is such an overcomer and has great knowledge to help others overcome abuse. For more information on Dr. Newsome or to get in contact with him, visit his website at drjasonnewsome.com as well as Twitter and Facebook under Dr. Jason Newsome.

If you enjoyed today’s show, please like, share and comment. Many people can relate to the subject of abuse. This might be the show they need to hear in order to give them the courage to tell someone. Please continue to send us your comments and questions at feedback@journeyprinciples.com; we enjoy hearing from all of our listeners! Until next time be sure to follow us on Facebook, The Journey Principles, and on Twitter, Stephen_scoggin.

May 16, 2016

Working Through Sexual Abuse with Hope Part 1 with Dr. Jason Newsome

Welcome back JP Family! Today you are in for a treat. We have Dr. Jason Newsome with us. Dr. Newsome and Stephen met by chance from a Tweet. Dr. Newsome had just read Stephen’s book and replied to a tweet Stephen had made. They started talking from there and we are honored to have him on the show.

Dr. Newsome grew up in southern West Virginia in a poor community.  As a child many don’t realize they are poor, especially when everyone in the community doesn’t have much. His parents taught him that hard work is the most important thing you can do a daily basis. He will never forget the days of working hard for what you have. It has given him the freedom to know that if he was to ever go broke, he would survive. That is not a fear of his and something that he holds close.

When Dr. Newsome was 22 years old, he lost his youngest brother. His brother had brain cancer and had a complication with the treatment. After the funeral service he was giving his last goodbyes to his brother while walking pass his casket. He turned around to walk away and came face to face, nose to nose, with the fifth man who had molested him when he was younger. This man was a family friend. He molested him multiple times between the age of 11 and 13. When Dr. Newsome saw him, he had no idea what to do. 5 seconds felt like 20 minutes. All emotions came to him in such a wave he can’t even recall all of them. His final action was one of maturity. He stuck out his own hand and shook that man’s hand. He simply walked away afterwards. That was the first step of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a process. Many Christians talk about forgiveness as something that is an instantaneous event. It’s not an easy process. The greater the trauma, the greater the process. Dr. Newsome began his process the day he came face to face with the man at his brother’s funeral. There was a point that the man represented all 5 abusers. He was able to forgive. He went on to study mental illness and understanding the world of abusers.

There is a cognitive change when abuse occurs to someone. There is a belief that the world is dangerous. It’s not a conscious thought but it’s the core of all assumptions. Once you have that belief, it is tough to trust people at that point. A person is always on guard and always trying to protect themselves.

 There is a model of mental illness development that Dr. Newsome likes to teach his students. It is called diathesis stress model. This model states that in order for anyone to develop a particular mental disorder they must have a genetic predisposition for the disorder and enough life stress. It doesn’t have to be a 50/50 split between the two. If someone has more points towards a genetic predisposition, they don’t have to experience as much life stress to trigger the mental illness and vice versa. It is a very interesting and complex model but one that Dr. Newsome feels explains the development.

While Dr. Newsome was working in the medical field he was a part time associate pastor. People would come to him for counseling but there were things that were beyond his expertise. He would refer them to a specialist but many times they would not go. It was that point that he went for his master degree in counseling. He had no intent on actually practicing until he fell in love with it. He could see how much it was helping people. Many people seek counsel when they are at the end of the road and feel there is no other option. He loves helping that person move from that place of hurt towards a healthy life. He now has his own practice called Dayspring Counseling Center in West Virginia.

Dr. Newsome was giving so much great information that we have split his podcast into two. We are very excited for you to hear the second part! So make sure you tune in next time to continue this amazing talk with Dr. Jason Newsome. Until next time be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Also keep sending in your questions. We are really enjoying hearing from you all! You can email us at feedback@journeyprinciples.com. See you next time!

May 12, 2016

Undone Part 2 with Michele Cushatt

Welcome back Journey Principles Family! As promised we have Michele Cushatt back on the show today. She is sharing with us what it is like for the family during a time of struggle. During her battle with cancer she was both the hurting and the supporting. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer during her time between two of her diagnosis. There is struggle to be had on both sides of the coin.

Anytime a major medical crisis, such as cancer, happens in a family it is disrupted. Our everyday life is turned upside down. The person hurting is battling physical pain, emotional turmoil as well as spiritual doubts. The supporting family members are also struggling with their emotions and possibly with spiritual doubts. It is tough during those times. But Michele shares three things that she learned during her time of struggle as the hurting and the supporting.

  1. Commit and get through. Try not to make any important decisions during this time. Marriage is hard, raising children is hard, everything is harder during this time. Don’t give up. Nobody needs to pack their bags and leave. Commit to your family and get through this tough time together.
  2. Have honest, open dialogue about what is needed; what is working and not working. There are people who have a tough time asking for help in general. When the entire family can see how each member is in their own struggle, it makes it more difficult to ask for help. We need to learn how to graciously receive help as well.
  3. We need to realize that people aren’t going to always get it right. That is okay. In reality everyone is doing the best they can and during this time, the best isn’t always great. It can be hard to know what a suffering person might need. We must give everyone grace during this difficult time.

In between Michele’s first and second diagnosis, she wrote a book titled “Undone”. Eight months following her first diagnosis with cancer, her family grew by three. They took in three children who could no longer be cared for by their mother. It was wonderful and terrible timing all at the same time. On one hand, Michele and her husband were about to be empty nesters. Michele had just gone through her first battle with cancer and it just seemed like terrible timing from that standpoint. But from a divine standpoint, it couldn’t have been more perfectly orchestrated. These three children woke up each morning in an unpredictable environment, not knowing if they were safe. Michele woke up each morning with a similar feeling after having battled cancer. Their cancer journey prepared them to love these children who came from such an unexpected journey themselves.

Her book was finished by the time she was diagnosed with cancer the second and third time. She had to rewrite the epilogue three times because her story kept changing. Her book is coupled with a journal. Journaling was something that Michele did throughout her life off and on. Especially while she was battling her cancer, she would journal every day. She feels that we need to catalog our struggles and doubts. But not only that, we need to also write down our good and beautiful sources of joy.  It is easy to lose sight of the gifts in life when we are in the middle of pain. We should take the time each day to write at least one reason we are thankful. Michele said that saved her in so many ways. It helped her get through that tough time as well as get through things now. It continues to build her faith. She can look back on that journal to see the proof and evidence in God’s faithfulness.

“Hunger drives desperation.” Michele wrote this in her book. She explains to us multiple meanings to that quote. From a physical standpoint, hunger drives desperation. She went 4 weeks without a single drop of water on her tongue. All her nutrition came from IVs and a feeding tube. It’s hard to imagine what that type of thirst is like. From an emotional standpoint, hunger drives desperation. When we have a hunger for something that we cannot fill, we become very desperate. We tend to fill that hunger with all the wrong things. When there is a need for love, approval, purpose, reassurance, etc., a person can be driven to become a very desperate person. There are so many things that are quick and easy fulfillments that we have access to. But the true fulfillment is having a relationship with God. Each time Michele tries to seek her own fulfillment in sometime besides God, he reels her back in.

Michele shares with us a very touching story about her son and one of his races. She learned two things that day her son ran in his first race.

  1. It doesn’t matter where we finish in a race, it only matters that we finish. Her son had a difficult time in his first race. But the fact that he actually finished, meant so much to him.
  2. Michele’s son asked her to stand two thirds of the way into the race. She was very puzzled by this request but did as he asked. When she saw him she could tell that he was on the brink of quitting. She started to cheer like she has never cheered before. That drove him to finish his race. We have been given key moments in other people’s race. Sometimes we aren’t meant to be at the finish line, we are meant to help during the struggle.

Journey Principles does this. We cheer people on wherever they need our help. If it is two thirds of the way into the race, we are there.

The most important thing to remember about suffering is the amazing teacher that it can be. Some people will turn bitter and angry when they are faced with struggles. Allow God to turn that bitterness and anger into growth, wisdom and maturity. If you are currently in a place of grief or struggle, it is worth the effort to become a student rather than a victim.

It is our sincere hope that today’s podcast will grow your mind and motivate your heart. Please comment and share with others. Michele’s story might be the exact testimony they need to hear in order to heal or at least begin that process. You can follow Michele through her blogs at michelecushatt.com as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Until next time, be sure to follow The Journey Principles on Facebook, Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles and on Twitter, @Stephen_scoggin. We look forward to spending more time with you on the next show!

 

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May 9, 2016

Undone Part 1 with Michele Cushatt -

Today we have one of the most courageous women that we know on the show. She has spent the last 5 years of her life battling cancer and fighting for her life. Michele Cushatt is a living example of faithful perseverance. On top of her struggles, she is a successful speaker and book writer, as well as an instructor and key team member of Dynamic Communicators International. Her first book, “Undone”, was just released and is quickly getting into the hearts and minds of many. Her book is full of grace and poetic truths.

Michele shares with us a cliff notes version of her life over the last 5 years. She starts her story on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2010. It was an ordinary day, her three boys had just left for school, her husband had already went to work, and she was about to leave to go grocery shopping for their big Thanksgiving meal when she got a phone call from her doctor. The conversation started with “Michele, it’s not good.” What her and her doctor thought was a simple ulcer on the side of her tongue due to too much acidic food actually ended up being tongue cancer. Over the weeks that followed she had many doctors’ appointments and had a small section of her tongue removed. They thought they had caught the cancer early enough and there was nothing to worry about. Little did she know that Tuesday morning was actually the start of a 5 year battle that she is still going through.

Three years after she was diagnosed with tongue cancer and when they felt that the cancer would not return, it did. This time it was more severe. In March of 2014 she a more extensive surgery where a third of her tongue was removed and reconstructed. 7 months later, it came back for a third time. This time, as we can imagine, it was much more aggressive and advanced. Within a couple of weeks, Michele has radical surgery. It was 9 hours long and two-thirds of her tongue was removed. They reconstructed her tongue with blood vessels and tissue from her arms, left leg and neck. The doctors gave her 3 weeks to recover and then she went through an extensive round of radiation and chemotherapy. 6 weeks after that she had another surgery with internal radiation on her mouth. Talk about an uphill battle!

A year ago from now, Michele had third degree burns from her face to mid-chest, her vocal cords did not work, she had a feeding tube for 5 months and a tracheotomy opening for almost 2 months. Her doctor said they took her body to the brink, when her body couldn’t take anymore without dying, they brought her back. For the last 12 months she had been trying to come back to life.

On top of all this, her and her family took in 3 more children from a traumatic background and she lost her father to terminal pancreatic cancer. One of the many things that she learned during this struggle was that our lives can be turned upside down in such a short period of time.

Not only did she face a physical struggle, she also faced emotional and spiritual struggles. Her emotional response is a PTSD response. She is still wrestling with this today. She had many questions regarding her faith. She grew up knowing Jesus. She has gone to church since she was 6 months old. But her view on Christianity was much like a math equation. She felt that if she always did good things and didn’t do wrong that she would have a good life. So when she was faced with such an adversity, she got angry. She wrestled with 3 questions that she feels that many people who are faced with adversity wrestle with.

  1. Is God real? Our suffering might indicate that God is not real.
  2. If God is real, is He good? How could a good God allow suffering?
  3. If God is real and He is good, then can I trust Him?

The way Michele came out of these questions was with lots of reading and research. She read the Bible often and books on suffering and the purpose of suffering. With this research she found 4 foundational truths.

4 Foundation Truths

  1. The unexpected is unavoidable. – Michele thought suffering was unique to her. That she was the only person in pain. Once she opened her eyes globally and began listening to other peoples’ stories, she realized suffering is universal. You can’t avoid it.
  2. Suffering is invaluable. – She first viewed suffering as simply an obstacle to the joy and happiness in life. She learned that suffering is the most valuable teacher that we can have. Many people resent suffering rather than learn from it. She was taught more about compassion and the value of the presence of God.
  3. The truth is unshakable. – Michele was in fear that her doubts would lead her to a place of no God. That if she was having doubts that meant there was no God. But in fact doubt didn’t mean she didn’t have faith. Doubt was actually a means to deepen her faith. We must be honest about our doubts, present them to God and allow him to walk us through. The truth stands regardless of us. Our doubts don’t diminish the truth; it leads us to a more understanding of the truth.
  4. The reward is incomparable. There is no comparison to the reward of understanding suffering and struggles. Many times we feel that what is at stake is our health, our career or our finances. But what is really at stake is our faith. Ultimately the only thing we can take with us is our faith or lack of it.

Michele is now much less apologetic of her faith. Before she was very cautious to not offend someone with her beliefs. But now she lives life every day with not knowing if she will be here the next. She feels that her faith is too important not to talk about it. She encourages everyone to live life as if every day is a gift, because it is.

In western civilization we are so buffered by our own desire for comfort and the fact that we can get any need met in a span of seconds. Because of that, we don’t have much of a grasp of the urgency of our circumstance. We don’t spend enough time on the fact that we are mortal. We shouldn’t take a day of our lives for granted. Every single one of us should operate with the foundational awareness of life and death. Always value every moment and the peace within that moment.  Everything can change in a matter of seconds.

Michele has such a fantastic and inspiring story that we have broken it up into 2 segments.  It simply could not fit into 1. So please listen again in a couple of days for part 2 of Michele Cushatt.

We sincerely hope you enjoy today’s podcast. Please comment and share with others. This might be the one testimony that a friend or family member needs to hear. Until next time, continue to follow us on Facebook, The Journey Principles , and on Twitter, @stephen_scoggin. Also keep the questions coming! We enjoy hearing from you all. We will be starting our podcast episode with your questions very soon!

 

May 2, 2016

Mastering Mentorship through Adversity with Doug Stewart: Can you think of something you can do today that will make your life worse? What about something that will make your life better?  Now, are you willing to do what it will take to make your life better? Or will you be a victim?

Our guest today, Doug Stewart, is no stranger to living a life as a victim. It wasn’t until he was in college that his whole mindset changed. During his school years he was told that he had a speech impediment, ADHD, and narcolepsy. He couldn’t write his alphabet until the age of 11. He had one person believe in him and that changed everything.

Doug’s college experience was different than his grade school experience; they actually expected him to perform in school in order to play sports. When he was in grade school, many teachers allowed him to get by because of all his disabilities that were listed in his folder. His 1.4 GPA in college landed him in the office of his academic advisor, Sarah. Sarah is that one person who believed in him.

When Doug went into her office that day, the words she spoke to him changed his life completely. She knew he wasn’t living up to his potential. She said to him “you know what your problem is? Your problem is that you’re a victim of your own thinking.” Sarah made him come into her office every day so she could help him in his classes. Sarah would read his homework out loud to him and he was to draw picture of what it reminded him of. After a couple of weeks, he became more comfortable in his classes. He was remembering the things she read to him and the pictures he drew. He started making higher grades on his tests. At the end of the semester he went to look at his grades and he had an “alarm clock moment”.

An “alarm clock moment” is that feeling you get when your alarm didn’t go off and you are going to be late to something important. He felt that he was behind and he was going to miss out on LIFE. He had missed so much in his life already and he couldn’t wait any longer. He now knew that he could learn and his disabilities were not going to hold him back. Doug started to find ways to develop himself and he needed a mentor to do that. He actually needed many mentors because he was behind in all areas of his life.

Think for a moment if you had a boardroom inside of your mind. Who would you have sitting at your round table? Who would you want to pour into your life? Stephen talks about his board members and they are all people who want to help him succeed and people who he wants to help succeed. Doug talks about all his board members and all the mentors he has in his life. He gives us 5 and a half types of mentors that we should look for. And yes, that is half of a mentor that we should look for in life.

  • The first mentor we should have at our table is a “street view mentor”. This mentor is someone who is wearing the same jersey as us, similar perspective and same mission. Doug gave an example of his wife for this mentor. She has the same perspective as he does and she is on the same mission.
  • The next mentor to look for at our table is a “world view mentor”. This mentor is someone who has a different perspective as us but still the same mission. Doug’s example of his world view mentor is a couple from his hometown, Raleigh, NC, by the names of Tom and Molly. They are a couple that sit above his perspective and can help him miss the road blocks of life.
  • Another mentor to have sitting with us would be the “categorical mentor”. Think of this mentor as a filing cabinet. There are things in this mentor that we would like to replicate but then there are also things in this mentor that we would like to keep closed. We can pull the areas of influence out from this mentor but we don’t have to follow everything about them.
  • The fourth mentor to look for is called the “stealth mentor”. Think of this mentor as a ninja. They go unnoticed. They are people who are mentoring us but have no idea. We are able to have a conversation with them and an impromptu mentor session.
  • The “time machine mentor” is the next one on the list. These are people that we can no longer sit down with to have a cup of coffee but have left us resources. They have come before us and have given us a legacy to follow through with. Doug gave the example of his grandfather, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus. They are no longer here on earth with us but have left us many resources that we can gain wisdom from.
  • This mentor is the five and a half mentor. The half is very important because this person needs to be part of our mentors but shouldn’t take up as much time as the other five. This mentor is called the “anti-mentor”. More than likely we have already thought of a person that would be an anti-mentor of ours. It’s someone that we want nothing to do with and wouldn’t follow anything in their life. There are as many lessons in people we don’t want to be like as there are in people we want to be like. We need to know what we don’t want as much as we need to know what we want.

Having mentors in our lives are important. Something that is just as important, if not more, is menteeship. Menteeship is the capacity and willingness to learn from things around us. In order to be a good mentee, we must recognize that we don’t know everything and we must be willing to learn, not just for ourselves, but for other people’s benefit.

Doug intentionally learns something new each day. He went from not wanting to learn at all, to wanting to learn everything. He lives a life of enthusiastic discovery. He is always willing and wanting to learn.

Everyone has more potential that we all know. Our effect on the world isn’t our responsibility. Our responsibility is to take action and plant seeds. God will harvest those seeds. Our adversities never feel good but the result when we overcome is amazing! Once we start sharing our story, we are planting those seeds.

How many lives would you change if you were to face your main obstacle head on? How many seeds could you plant? If you are willing to change your own life, you can change others. You too can live a life of enthusiastic discovery! To get more information on Doug Stewart, visit his website at dougstewart919.com.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy today’s podcast. We had a great time getting to hear Doug’s story and how he views mentorship. Please take the time to comment and share this with others. As you come across questions for us and comments about Journey Principles, email us at feedback@journeyprinciples.com. We will be having a whole show featuring your questions, so please keep them coming! We look forward to seeing our Journey Principles Family next time!

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.

Mar 28, 2016

As promised, we have Chris Hannibal back for another week! Master magician and headliner for our Journey Principles Light Up the Darkness event coming up on Saturday, September 24th.

Last week we talked about the importance of finding your passions and dreams. This week, Hannibal talks about the difference between passion and ability. You can be passionate about something but have no ability with that passion. It is when your passion and ability meet that you will find your God-given purpose.

Pull out a piece of paper and list five things that you would do for absolutely free if everything was considered equal. It is within those five things that you can find your passion and ability, your God-given purpose. The next step is to refine that skill and find your own style within it.

Shine, don’t reflect!

Hannibal’s mom had that quote posted in his home growing up. This is something he has chosen to live each day by. When you look into a mirror you see your reflection. When many people are just starting to pursue their purpose, it is okay to reflect someone else that you admire. You are learning, you are refining the skill. There comes a time that you must stop reflecting them and look inside for your own style, your own way. If it is a God given talent and purpose, your skill is found within you. Let your own style shine and don’t reflect those styles of others. Shine, don’t reflect!

Lastly, is there something that you are struggling with or having a hard time overcoming? Hannibal’s advice is to just breathe. Live in the moment. Breathe in. Take in everything around you. Breathe out. We live in such a miraculous world. A sunrise can become mundane very quickly. It can simply mean “get up, time for work.” But if we take the time to look around us and appreciate everything around us, we can live a much more fulfilling life. Take in the world much like an infant and toddler take in new things. Live in astonishment!

Join with us today in listening to Chris Hannibal talk about all these amazing life changing things. You don’t want to miss it. If you enjoyed listening to Chris Hannibal today, make sure to come check out his talents at our Light Up the Darkness event on September 24th! You will not be disappointed!

Make sure to check out Chris Hannibal Part 1 if you have not done so already. But until next time, check us out at www.journeyprinciples.com and follow us on Facebook at Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles.

Mar 21, 2016

Chris Hannibal is a master magician that inspires and leaves his audiences in complete awe! He started his stage career at the age of 6. You will be on the edge of your seat while he tells the story of how his mom was taken from the earth much too early. Please join us in welcoming Chris Hannibal.

Stephen and Hannibal met at a USO event that they were doing together. Stephen had the opportunity to sit down with Hannibal to hear his story and from the beginning was mesmerized. Hannibal is now a master magician and a motivational speaker, but he didn’t start off that way.  He found his God given gift and purpose while doing street performances just to keep food on his family’s table. He believes that each step of your journey is simply getting you closer to your dreams and goals. Sometimes those dreams and goals aren’t realized until later in the journey. He would never have dreamed of his accomplishments when he first started. If he had seen his accomplishments before he started, he might have been too intimidated to even start.

We can all take a lesson from that: you may not be exactly where you want to be right now, but keep going. This step, perceived as big or small, is simply getting you to where you are meant to be. As Stephen said, each step up a mountain is making your legs stronger. So when you start to climb your next mountain, you have more strength than you did before. Your next climb will be easier and faster.

Hannibal shares with the listener the importance of finding your passion and talent. His mom always supported and encouraged him to pursue and continue with his talents. She was taken away from this earth too soon. Life is too short to waste your passions and talents.  When she was unexpectantly taken, Hannibal was encouraged to never give up. His talents were gifts given to him and they were natural skills that he sharpened over time.

Don’t take your talents and passions for granted. Sharpen them now, live them out, and work to make them better.

Everyone can and should take the time to find their passions and talents. Some steps and questions to ask yourself that can help you live the life you are meant to lead are as follows:

  1. Sit down in a quiet environment with a pen and paper. Start writing out the things you enjoy doing and the things you have talent in. Is it playing a musical instrument? Writing an incredible story? Crafting something with your hands?
  2. Take some time each week, maybe twice a week, to practice these talents. How can you sharpen, polish and make them better?
  3. Are these some things that you can see yourself doing each day? Can you turn your passions and talents into a career like Chris Hannibal?

Tune in with us today to hear the heartbreaking story of how Hannibal’s mom left us much too early and how he went from a street performer to a master magician. Don’t forget that this is only Part 1 of our incredible podcast with Chris Hannibal. Join us again next week to continue hearing from this amazing speaker! Please comment below and share us with your family and friends. See you next week for Chris Hannibal Part 2!

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