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Truth Heals

Truth Heals

By Stephanie Yttrup

We find ourselves in a tug-of-war between truth and love throughout every generation, especially in faith communities. Some say “the truth hurts" or “that’s just the way it is” while others are begging the question of why we should even be speaking such “truth” if it causes so much harm.

In this podcast, we’ll explore the concept of truth and love through the lens of how Jesus led his life and ministry - it wasn’t one or the other. It was both, and it healed. This is a journey of the life that happens between the black and white - learning to live in the gray and discover a truth that heals.
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Fearlessly Authentic - Strong Over Skinny

Truth HealsApr 12, 2021

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Fearlessly Authentic - Strong Over Skinny

Fearlessly Authentic - Strong Over Skinny

We got to sit down with an amazing friend, wife, mom, and overall woman of God who talks about shifting our priorities to healthy living and wholeness for our mind, body, emotions, and soul through fitness and spiritual growth.

Apr 12, 202123:36
Fearlessly Authentic - Holy & Whole
Mar 29, 202152:42
Fearlessly Authentic - Check-Ins & Accountability
Mar 15, 202150:07
Fearlessly Authentic - Celebrating All the Things!
Mar 08, 202145:47
Fearlessly Authentic - See Me, Know Me, Love Me
Mar 01, 202154:48
Fearlessly Authentic - #SendEm, #SayIt, #WOO

Fearlessly Authentic - #SendEm, #SayIt, #WOO

We sat down with one of our good friends and co-workers, Charvis Franklin to talk about what it's like to be fearlessly authentic as a Black man in America, what misconceptions about Black culture or history need to be clarified, and what it looks like to take practical steps in being an ally. If you're unsure about why this conversation is important, especially as a Christian - listen in, and invite God to calm your heart as you are confronted with maybe some hard truths. This episode will encourage you while simultaneously challenging you to be more authentically you as you interact with those who don't look like you.
Feb 22, 202159:27
Fearlessly Authentic - The Power of a Name
Feb 15, 202142:57
Fearlessly Authentic - Two White Girls Celebrating Black History Month
Feb 08, 202152:24
Fearlessly Authentic - Misconceptions of Love, Sex & Dating
Feb 01, 202151:34
Fearlessly Authentic - Therapy & Jesus
Jan 25, 202149:22
Fearlessly Authentic - What's in a Word?

Fearlessly Authentic - What's in a Word?

2021 has FULLY arrived - have you? What habits have you changed? If New Year's got past you, it's not too late. In this episode, we talk about how to build a habit of focusing on a WORD for the year, how it's helped us in the past, and we get FEARLESSLY AUTHENTIC with our word for this year, 2021. 

Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode! 

Follow us on Instagram @befearlessly.authentic for encouragement throughout your week and to connect with us. 

Looking ahead...

- What good is therapy? We're going to sit down with a therapist to discuss our fears, setbacks, and expectations of therapy this year and how it ties into becoming the best version of yourself.

- Dating, Valentines Day, Loveeeee > Andrea and a special guest spill all about online dating and what it's like as a single Christian in 2021.

- This February, Black History Month, we want to be intentional about learning, listening, and growing in understanding and love for our black friends as they navigate a challenging cultural movement.

Jan 18, 202138:34
Fearlessly Authentic - True Confessions & First Impressions
Jan 11, 202135:26
Fearlessly Authentic - New Year, Same Dreams | Why Be Fearlessly Authentic?

Fearlessly Authentic - New Year, Same Dreams | Why Be Fearlessly Authentic?

FRIENDS! This is important because 2021 is bringing with it a wave of NEW to the Be Fearlessly Authentic Podcast. You'll hear our biggest update.... (drumroll) my new co-host, Andrea Watson! Tune in to hear what it means to each of us to "be fearlessly authentic" and what you can expect from this podcast moving forward.

This is the launch of our unedited podcast about being fully alive in your faith, life, and purpose. Subscribe for weekly conversations that get raw, real, and uncut as we dig deeper into who we are, what life is all about, and why being truly ourselves is the beginning of it all.

+ We're on INSTA! Check out @befearlessly.authentic for daily inspo, updates, more content to challenge you to be fearlessly authentic, and see the faces behind the microphones. 

+ We'd love to connect with you personally too! @andrea.l.watson & @stephlapreal

+ Subscribe, share with a friend, and stay tuned for weekly content, delivered to wherever you listen to podcasts every Monday! 

How can you be fearlessly authentic this week? Share on Instagram and tag us @befearlessly.authentic!

Jan 04, 202135:03
Advent Day 31 - Ending & Beginning Intentionally

Advent Day 31 - Ending & Beginning Intentionally

Happy New Year, friends! I know we're all excited to end 2020, but if we're not intentional about inviting God into the planning and preparations for the new year, then everything we've been talking about for the last 31 days will have been for nothing.

Tune in for a special sharing of how Mary responded to the unwanted and unexpected miracle of her pregnancy to give you a good idea of how you can respond in this new year to the unexpected blessings that might come your way. 

Stay tuned for a special new series on the podcast, launching in January! And for more content to encourage you in your faith, life, and purpose, check out stephanielapreal.com and follow us on Instagram @befearlessly.authentic. 

Jan 01, 202109:13
Advent Day 30 - Wonderful Counselor

Advent Day 30 - Wonderful Counselor

If God is our Wonderful Counselor, that means He is the best listener and guidance in our lives. He is ready to hear us, but also wants to point us in the right direction. Tune in for some helpful tips and Scripture when you need to remember WHY God has called you to do what you're doing - setting your new year's resolution should be an invitation for God to help guide your goals and new rhythms. 


Verses to Remember as your Move into God's Calling:
Philippians 1:6 | Psalm 145:18 | Isaiah 55:6 | Psalm 46:10 | 2 Peter 1:10

Dec 30, 202010:36
Advent Day 29 - Immovable

Advent Day 29 - Immovable

God is steady, unchanging, a solid rock for us despite the chaos of circumstances around us. What does it mean to you to lean into His unchanging character and stand firm in the unsteadiness of the world? No matter what 2021 may bring, are you trusting in the peace of God's unchanging love, joy and hope to guide you?

Dec 29, 202011:13
Advent Day 28 - Source of Life
Dec 28, 202015:05
Advent Day 27 - Our Anchor

Advent Day 27 - Our Anchor

There are two things that the author of Hebrews reminds us are the hope, the anchor for our souls. When we know and believe the truth of this phenomenon in Jesus, we can be confident that no matter what life throws our way, we will be anchored and secure in His hands. Tune in today to discover what these two things are and how the unchanging qualities of God keep us grounded. 

Dec 27, 202011:42
Advent Day 26 - Faithful

Advent Day 26 - Faithful

God is faithful, so how does that motivate you into this next season as He calls you to action? Even when we fail in our faithfulness, He is still faithful to us every time. May the last few days of the year be filled with joy, peace, love, and hope but also the reminder to bring God with you into the process of planning for what's next.

Verses to remember from Miracles in the Meantime:

John 1:14 | Matthew 19:26 | Matthew 17:20 | John 14:12 | Psalm 77:14


Dec 26, 202010:33
Advent Day 25 - A Christmas Story

Advent Day 25 - A Christmas Story

The long-awaited arrival - God with us. Immanuel. What does this mean? Where has the story unfolded throughout all of history? God has been with us all along but in different ways, and when He came to earth as a little babe - it changed everything.

The long awaited arrival was actually just the beginning. Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 202009:55
Advent Day 24 - Trustworthy

Advent Day 24 - Trustworthy

Faith in Jesus simply means trusting Him, and He is so worthy of our trust. It's not just about the destination of the promise, but His hand in all the details of the journey itself. Mary didn't know everything that was to come, yet she trusted. God was with her in the process, and He was faithful to her just as He is faithful to you and me.

Dec 24, 202009:03
Advent Day 23 - Prince of Peace

Advent Day 23 - Prince of Peace

You don't have to ask to receive God's peace - it's with you already. God is peace, and the miracle in our daily lives is that He is with us daily. How can you receive that peace today? Where do you need the miracle of peace to show up?

*Comments today taken from Advent: The Weary World Rejoices by Lifeway Women

Dec 23, 202010:12
Advent Day 22 - Miracle Worker

Advent Day 22 - Miracle Worker

God works miracles, despite our weariness. I hope this reminder today brings you to a place of feeling God's grace over your weakness and worry. He is working out all miracles in the meantime.

Dec 22, 202007:08
Advent Day 21 - Sovereign & Divine

Advent Day 21 - Sovereign & Divine

God is over all, in all, through all, and for all. He knows what you need and when you need it, but do you fully trust Him? Miracles show up for us in moments we might least expect it, but even if it feels smaller than something like turning water to wine, God is working miracles out for you in your life - as unexpected or unprecedented they may be. 

Verses to reflect on from meaning in every moment:

Romans 8:28 | Philippians 4:6-7 | Hebrews 12:2-3 | Philippians 4:12

Dec 21, 202009:20
Advent Day 20 - Relationships & Jesus

Advent Day 20 - Relationships & Jesus

Jesus is a relational being - Relationships are at the core of who He is, but He also encourages us to be in community together. Who you surround yourself with is often a great gauge of how close you are to Jesus. We need each other - we need community in Christ. Tune in to see how God used community to set up Jesus for His arrival, and what that means for us today.

Dec 20, 202011:45
Advent Day 19 - Victorious Over All

Advent Day 19 - Victorious Over All

Today we are talking about how Jesus truly is VICTORIOUS over all, but I hope you know that doesn't minimize what you're going through. Rather, His victory is the light at the end of the tunnel we look forward to. Tune in for a helpful reminder of how to walk through suffering with God's glory in mind, releasing the burdens of this world, and feeling His strength in His presence. 

Dec 19, 202012:07
Advent Day 18 - My Shepherd

Advent Day 18 - My Shepherd

Psalm 23 may be the best, most all-encompassing psalm of all, especially with all we've been talking about this Advent. Today, a shorter episode, lean into the truth of who God is for you through the beauty of this Psalm, and reflect on what you need from Him that is promised through His presence as our shepherd. 

Dec 18, 202008:46
Advent Day 17 - Prepare with Peace

Advent Day 17 - Prepare with Peace

Jesus is making preparations for us, but how can we make preparations for Him in those "meantime" moments? Tune in for an episode that will challenge your preparations this holiday season and give you 3 ways to prepare with peace. 

Dec 17, 202013:43
Advent Day 16 - Always Working

Advent Day 16 - Always Working

Even when we don't see it; even in the silence, God is always working on our behalf. He's not stagnant or inactive - He is moving things and changing things for our good. Reflecting on this is an important part of our journey in the faith as we begin to see that silence is actually more of an invitation to something far greater than what we could accomplish by filling our time with constantly doing. 

Dec 16, 202016:06
Advent Day 15 - Promise Keeper

Advent Day 15 - Promise Keeper

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Even in the waiting, there are promises God is working out for our good. Tune in today to be reminded of how even in our lack of understanding, God's promises are always better. Even though Moses didn't make it to the Promised Land, he still received a great promise, just not as he expected. 

Dec 15, 202010:37
Advent Day 14 - Immanuel

Advent Day 14 - Immanuel

Immanuel means God with us, but what does "Jesus" mean? What do the names of God mean and how do they impact our lives? Today, we're starting a new section this Advent where we reflect on meaning in every moment. 

Dec 14, 202009:49
Advent Day 13 - Our Helper

Advent Day 13 - Our Helper

God knew our limits, so instead of leaving us helpless, He gave us two tools to help us as we live our lives here on earth - mainly, He left us the Holy Spirit so we'd always have what we need to face our daily trials. Tune in to hear how God steps in to be our Helper. 

Dec 13, 202009:34
Advent Day 12 - All We Need

Advent Day 12 - All We Need

You may know that Jesus is enough for you, but do you really understand and live in light of the truth that He provides ALL you need and ever more than that? He not only wants to give you what you need, but He wants to give you the desires of your heart. Let the truth of Scripture and God's character soak in today, the 12th day of Advent. 

Dec 12, 202011:48
Advent Day 11 - Opportunities
Dec 11, 202011:29
Advent Day 10 - Goodness in the Wait

Advent Day 10 - Goodness in the Wait

Is there anything good about waiting? Where is God when things feel stagnant or frustrating? David reminds us in the Psalms that it is possible to see the goodness of God while we wait patiently for His plans to come to fruition. Maybe this is the little bit of hope your weary heart needs while you wait. 

Dec 10, 202011:07
Advent Day 9 - Greatest Hope

Advent Day 9 - Greatest Hope

There is a kind of hope that is big enough to fill the void of our weariness, and that hope is in Jesus Christ. He chose to come down to earth, love came down, to meet us where we're at so we could experience true joy and peace. But then He didn't leave us. Tune in to hear how you can experience a closeness to Jesus and the Holy Spirit in a new way this Advent. 

Dec 09, 202011:23
Advent Day 8 - Unconditional Love

Advent Day 8 - Unconditional Love

Are you feeling lost or lonely in this season? Do you remember the impact of God's unconditional love for you? Are you able to see the light in the darkness? Tune in for Day 8 of our Advent journey as we discuss the meaning of God's unending, unconditional, overwhelming love for His children and how that can light up your holiday season.

Dec 08, 202011:17
Advent Day 7 - Greater Than All

Advent Day 7 - Greater Than All

Jesus is more than enough for us, and He is greater than anything we could plan or think through on our own. Tune in for Day 7 of our Advent journey as we reflect on the MORE God has to offer us if only we'll focus our attention on His presence in our daily lives.

Check out more of Stephanie's writing and projects at www.stephanielapreal.com.

Dec 07, 202009:04
Advent Day 6 - More than We Imagine

Advent Day 6 - More than We Imagine

It's the second Sunday of Advent, day 6 in our Unconventional Advent journey, and we're moving into the next section of Miracles in the Meantime. Today, we look at how God is MORE than enough for us and more than we can even imagine. He offers more for you at your worst than you even deserve at your best. Tune in to hear just how much God wants to offer you through this Advent season. 

Dec 06, 202011:25
Advent Day 5 - Making a Way

Advent Day 5 - Making a Way

No matter what we face, what wilderness we're walking through, or where we've tried to take matters into our own hands, God is constantly making a way. He's in control, and His way is always best. So how do we respond when we reflect on Abraham and Sarah's life and how they responded to the promise of God when it didn't happen as they expected? 

Dec 05, 202010:31
Advent Day 4 - Timeless & Thoughtful

Advent Day 4 - Timeless & Thoughtful

God's promises are so good throughout history, and we see His intentionality in the way He uses numbers to emphasis His goodness. Today, we're reflecting on the number 7 and what it means for us in the truth of God's promises when we are waiting. 

Dec 04, 202010:25
Advent Day 3 - In All the Details

Advent Day 3 - In All the Details

We tend to skip over the genealogies in Scripture, but they reveal to us some of the most significant details of God's plans and promises throughout history. It's also another great reminder that He really does meet us in our messiness. Tune in for a short encouragement on where God shows up when we least expect Him to.

Dec 03, 202011:48
Advent Day 2 - Creative Creator

Advent Day 2 - Creative Creator

In order to understand the impact of Jesus' arrival on earth, we have to take it back to the beginning and see His goodness and grace even in situations that don't seem grace filled. It's day two of Advent, and we're throwing it all the way back to the Garden.

Dec 02, 202011:45
Advent Day 1 - Good News
Dec 01, 202010:11
An Unconventional Advent Journey

An Unconventional Advent Journey

Advent season is upon us - but what is Advent and how on earth can we, in 2020, find a reason to rejoice given everything we're facing? In the month of December, you'll have daily devotionals from my book, Miracles in the Meantime: A 31-Day Advent Devotional.

Take 31 days this December to re-discover the hope in the plans and promises God has for each of us. The redemption offered through the birth and life of Jesus Christ is really just the beginning, but there are ways we can see God move throughout the messiness of history to bring us hope and a future. Each day will feature a 10-minute episode filled with truth from Scripture, relevant stories, and opportunities to reflect on what God is inviting you into each day this holiday season.

Tune in to the Spotify playlist too for extra ways to draw near to God this Advent. 


Nov 30, 202012:13
06 - God is MORE than Enough
Oct 12, 202016:18
05 - Flip the Script: 2020 (NEW Series Launch)
Sep 29, 202014:29
04 - Flip the Script: Healthy Debates

04 - Flip the Script: Healthy Debates

Conversations are tense, toxic, and too tempting to run away from nowadays, but I think it's time to create a space where the art of healthy debates can come to life. Listen in on a blog about setting goals and discovering healthy tactics for environments where relationships can flourish even when hot topics arise. 

Today's episode features a super special guest, Dena Davidson, Discipleship Director of Thrive School. She is what I would consider an expert on handling tough conversations with grace and truth, and you will NOT want to miss this conversation (be sure to take notes)! 

If you're interested in a leadership development program with real university credits, check out the program that changed my life (for the better) - www.thriveschool.info.  

Be sure to like, subscribe, leave a review, and connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! I'd love to hear from you, and you can also check out the blog online at www.stephanielapreal.com

Sep 04, 202042:37
03 - Flip the Script: Social Media

03 - Flip the Script: Social Media

We are all so tired of social media being nothing but negativity and hatred. Many have given up on using it as a tool to connect because it's hard to see good things coming out of it nowadays, but what if we flipped the script? This is a super special episode in this series because I invited my first podcast guest and good friend, Andrea Watson, to join me in having a conversation about the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media.

You'll hear our fun and super enlightening conversation that is sure to make you laugh and always challenge you a bit, then if you didn't get a chance to read it, you can hear the corresponding blog post on how we can flip the script to see social media as a gift, not a threat. 

As always, I would love to connect with you on social media! Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and especially nowadays, on Twitter (my super unfiltered thought life). Connect with Andrea too! She spends most of her time on Instagram @andrea.l.watson.

You can find the blog and a free 7-Day Armor of God Devotional online at www.stephanielapreal.com. Thanks for joining this journey of being fearlessly authentic!

Aug 21, 202046:18
02 - Flip the Script: The Church
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