On today’s episode, I chatted with Oyin – an entrepreneur and former DJ, out of the UK. Oyin started the clothing company Refuge London after realizing that getting clothes shipped to the UK from the US was just too expensive.
We talked about what it was like starting a clothing company from scratch and the meaning behind some of the designs, what it means to have an impact with our calling, some real talk about dealing with recurring sin and addiction, and cultivating our own relationship with God.
If you know of any Canadian faith-based clothing brands please let me know, send me an email or DM me on Instagram because I’d love to support them!
One of the things that I keep coming back to from this episode, is when Oyin and I talked about not letting recurring sin fester, and the power that sharing our struggles with other people has. The enemy wants nothing more than for us to be isolated from our friends who will in turn encourage us, empower us with the word, and hold us accountable. The silence of our tongues when it comes to sin, is the downfall of the body of Christ.
I know it’s not easy to talk about a choice that we made that we realize in hindsight wasn’t the right one to make. I know it’s not easy to be vulnerable, but I know that we were not meant to stay in shame. And shame is a lie from the enemy, it’s not my portion and it isn’t yours either.
If you don’t have at least one person that you can’t be 100% open and honest with, I encourage you to pray about it, so the Lord can reveal who that person is to be. I’m telling you, your life will never be the same.
What is one accessory you can’t live without?
What emoji do you use the most when you text?
Name a dish you want to learn how to cook for the first time.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
If it were 100% safe to travel, where in the world would you go first?
The Start of Refuge London/Understanding Our Calling, Impact and Level of Success – (14:45)
The Dark Night of the Soul/Seeking a Relationship with God – (28:58)
Investing in Our Salvation/Dismantling Comparisons – (39:26)
Fighting the Rebellious Heart/He Leaves the 99 for the 1 – (52:00)
Real Talk: Let’s Talk About Our Mess – (1:05:30)
Do It For Your Authentic Self – (1:02:25)
The Future of Refuge London and Connecting with Oyin – (1:24:06)
On today’s episode, I had an awesome conversation with Lydia Bricker – a singer and songwriter, worship pastor and mother of four out of South East Michigan. Can you talk about a busy schedule? We talked about her early inspirations, leading worship at 13, attending Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM), becoming a worship pastor, and inspiring the nest generation of worshipers.
Talking with Lydia one of the things that stood out the most to me was the importance of investing in others. Her parents invested in her at an early age while being pastors of their own church. From personal experience and seeing other PK’s go through the same thing, sometimes the calling of being a pastor is so big and demanding that family, and family time is sacrificed. But Lydia’s parents wanted her starting point in ministry to be their ceiling… let that sink in for a moment… because that is deep!
Now Lydia is doing the exact same thing with the people that she leads at her home church. Pouring out what she has learned over the years to inspire the next generation of worshipers and giving them a platform to not only learn and grow, but also to experience failures in a safe space. Sometimes the fastest way for us to learn is to teach others, you’ll be surprised about what you learn about yourself.
Who are you pouring into? Who are you teaching some of the things that you know? Sometimes I think that we need to be at a certain level, or have credentials after our name in order for this to happen. But the knowledge that we have is unique and has the potential to unlock the door to someone’s destiny, so pour it out.
What is one song you have on repeat right now?
What is your favorite snack to eat while watching a movie?
If you could only keep 3 apps on your phone, which ones would you keep?
What is your favorite pizza topping combination?
What year has been the most memorable for you?
Putting Words to Feelings, Being a PK, and Learning from Parents – (14:31)
Fear in Leading Worship and Tapping Into God’s Presence – (21:17)
Lessons Learned at BSSM to Becoming a Worship Pastor – (26:37)
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – (33:54)
Vision for Music and Inspiring the Next Generation – (42:31)
On today’s episode, I chatted with Will, releasing music under the name STILL – he’s a singer, writer and an up and coming producer in the making out of Pennsylvania. If you go and check out STILL’s Spotify or Apple Music page don’t let the number of releases fool you – it’s all about quality over quantity, and releasing music in the right season.
We had a chance to talk about the inspiration for STILL’s sound, the right season and time for releasing music, the impact of the Christian creative space, and being on social media.
I love where the Christian music space is currently at, it’s grown immensely in the past decade, but I think more specifically in the past five years there’s this sense of abandoning traditional genres. And that’s totally alright and amazing at the same time. Because we are so interconnected with our ideas, likes, and influences that has showcased itself in music. You have R&B elements mixed with EDM, alternative and hip hop, experimental indie mixed with lo-fi.
The scene has become the perfect melting pot, where we’ve thrown away putting things into a silo. And we’re in a sense saying let’s re-write the story to what it means to be a creative. And that is awesome to see!
I’ll speak for myself in this regard, music has such a strong emotional connection. I listen to it for everything, and there’s some songs that bring me back to a difficult time in my life, or even a time where I felt overwhelming happiness. So thank you to every musician who has laid it on the line with their lyrics, who bared their soul as a way to encourage us, who dared to push the boundaries on what it means to glorify God.
Releasing Music and Just Going For IT – (2:01)
STILL’s Sound Inspiration – (12:28)
Be STILL and Know… – (16:10)
Producing and Collaborating – (20:38)
Meaning Behind the Music – (26:21)
Community Impact, Social Media and Being Patient – (35:06)