Story Cast #69: Michelle Spadafora

On this episode of Story Cast, Traci & Rebecca interview Michelle Spadafora of Faithful Workouts, an online program she has developed to help people move into greater levels of health, faith and fitness. 

We loved getting to know Michelle on today's episode of Story Cast. Michelle has taken all she has learned over her 30+ years in health and fitness and made it accessible to everyone through her online program, Faithful Workouts. She not only helps her participants get healthy and fit, but also break free from the mindset that has been holding them back from health and fitness.

Michelle's work combines the biblical truth behind faith, fitness and food in all that she does with Faithful Workouts. Michelle became a Christian in 2004 and quickly realized that no one had ever invited her to church or told her about Jesus. Only 7% of the people where she lives in Colorado attend church. After giving her life to Jesus, God opened her heart to her love of health and fitness as her new ministry. She now teaches workouts and meal planning but most importantly, she teaches her clients about Jesus. In all that she does!

While you are checking Michelle out at Faithful Workouts, make sure and head on over to and learn more about Michelle's cooking show.

Connect with Michelle

Faithful Workouts on Facebook 


Story Cast #68: Ginger Swaim

On this Monday's episode of Story Cast, Rebecca & Traci chat with Ginger Swaim. Ginger shares her journey with life-altering anxiety that began three years ago and something she is learning to continuously walk through to this day.

Ginger is a wife to an amazing and funny man and mother to two wonderful boys. She is a nurse but currently stays home with her two boys. 

Ginger shares her journey with life-altering anxiety that began three years ago and continues to be a struggle. She has a passion for encouraging other women that struggle with anxiety. Her desire is to help women know that they aren't broken or alone, and that their struggle with anxiety doesn't mean their relationship with the Lord is broken. She wants to give a voice through her testimony that God loves you and will help you through the struggle of anxiety.

Books that have helped Ginger:

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg
The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
When God Interrupts by M. Craig Barnes
The Hidden Life by Kitty Crenshaw and Catherine Snapp

Verses/passages that have also helped: 

  • Lam 3
  • Isa 43 specifically 43: 18-19 “Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
  • The book of Psalms- great example of honesty with God
  • Ps 57:1 is one she prays when feeling very oppressed/fearful…"Be merciful to me, O god, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.”

Story Cast #67: Emily Smith

Today, Traci & Rebecca chat with Emily Smith. Emily shares her story of dealing with chronic pain daily, her journey into women's ministry and her passion for her position with Womenary. 

Emily and her husband, Shannon, have been married for 23 years and live in Whitehouse, TX with their two children. 

In today's episode, we chat with Emily about how God led her to Womenary, Emily is the Executive Assistant for Womenary here in East Texas. Simply put, Womenary is a series of seminary-style classes, offered to women, in a relaxed classroom setting. Instructors for Womenary are seminary graduates who love teaching the lifelong learners that make up our classes.

Emily also shares the story of her son's struggle with Colon disease and her own chronic pain and how diving into scripture helps her with her struggle. God writes our story in ways we sometimes don't expect. 






Story Cast #65: Rebecca Renfrow

Today, Traci puts Rebecca on the hot seat. Rebecca opens up about a huge part of her life as a mom. She shares the story of her son Gavin. God's grace, perfect plan for our lives and parenting are the hot topics of today's episode. 

Gavin's story is unlike any we have heard here on Story Cast. Being his mom is one of my greatest adventures. Because of him, I have become a woman that sees the amazing gift of God's grace daily, God's commitment to never give us more than we can handle, and His faithfulness in always showing up in our lives in huge ways. 

I hope you hear God's message He specifically has for you through parts of mine and Gavin's story. 



Rebecca's new social media strategy business 

Deanda Frost's episode 

Connect with Rebecca




Story Cast #64: Jaclyn Hatcher

On this Monday's episode of Story Cast, Rebecca & Traci chat with Jaclyn Hatcher. Jaclyn is a blogger, mom of three boys and works for Jennifer Rothschild. 

We had a great time getting to know Jaclyn Hatcher on today's episode of Story Cast. 

We chat about everything from how she came to work for Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, to being a boy mom to three, yes THREE, very active boys. 

Jaclyn's blog is titled "Confessions of a Misfit Minister's Wife" and we personally think this title describes Jaclyn and her charismatic personality so well.

Jaclyn describes herself this way in her most recent blog post..."I laughed out loud because I often say I don’t fit. Not completely, anyway. I’ve always been an outgoing introvert (which is possible, by the way) who loves alone time just as much as lunch with friends, and a long hot bath spent reading and reading (and reading some more) just as much as going to the movies with my boys, but none of that quite as much as I love a date with my husband.  Going to parties kind of stresses me out, but planning a party?!? I’m all in. I’m about as overly-sensitive as they come. Bossy. Controlling. A quiet observer who somehow can’t keep her mouth shut. I think it, I say it. And then, I often regret it. But then somewhere in there, typically bigger than most anything else is this worrier-people-pleasing-sensitive-to-others person who knows that most of those traits aren’t beneficial to me or anyone else." 

You can check out the entire post here

We hope you enjoy our chat with Jaclyn as much as we did!

Links From The Show

Confessions From A Misfit Minister's Wife 

Jennifer Rothschild 

Cassie Shelton's Story Cast Episode


Story Cast #63: Meagan Lissner

On this week's episode of Story Cast Traci & Rebecca chat with Meagan Lissner, owner of Moss-"Where Flowers Are Fair", over coffee. Meagan shares how her passion for fairly traded flowers was born and all about the new church that she and her husband are in the process of starting.

It was such a blast chatting with Meagan and hearing her passion for all she has going on in her life. Meagan is the co-owner of Moss-"Where Flowers Are Fair", a local flower shop right here in Tyler, Texas. 

Meagan shares how Moss was born and her passion for fair trade which fed her passion for creating a business centered around fairly traded flowers. Meagan has learned the craft of creating beautiful flower arrangements over many years of experience. What started as a part time job in a friend's flower shop has turned into a business with a strong purpose.

Meagan and her husband, Patrick, are in the start up phase of planting a brand new church here in Tyler, Texas. She opens up about their vision for the church and shares her heart on what she and Patrick pray for this new place of worship for families in our community.

Meagan's passion for living out her life in a way that is central to her commitment to loving people well is evident in our chat today. Enjoy!


Moss-"Where Flowers Are Fair"

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