What do we do when the difficulties of life get to be too much? Things pile up, and sometimes it seems like there are too many questions with not enough answers.So where do we go, and to whom do we turn, when those times come? Teresa Blaes is a wife, a mother, a podcaster, and a poet. She lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico, with her husband Michael and their ten year old daughter. She’s on the podcast today sharing how those hard times led to her choosing to walk away from God, and how she eventually found her way back.
Teresa founded The Unresolved Life podcast on Isaiah 1:18. The goal is to answer life’s most difficult questions – the ones people are hesitant to ask , usually out of fear of judgement. Teresa wants to encourage people that it’s okay to have questions. She also uses her podcast to let others know that they can and should ask the tough questions of God, because He’s not afraid of them. She wants the body of Christ to get their questions and doubts out for discussion, inviting the conversation. Sometimes Unresolved Life looks to answer the questions, and other times they are there to just provide the opportunity to open up and share. Through her own experiences, Teresa has discovered that there is healing in being able to address the subject, and so she’s hoping to help others in that same way.
Teresa lost sight in her left eye to glaucoma when she was just six years old. She coped, and felt that as long as she had her other eye, she’d be okay. Her right eye held up for many years, until one day she woke up able to see and was blind by the end of that same day. Her retina had hemorrhaged. She scheduled yet another eye surgery to relieve the pain she was experiencing in that eye. The day before her surgery, her dad called early in the morning to tell her that her mother had passed. Having suffered from severe chronic pain treated by numerous pain killers, the autopsy revealed the cause of her mom’s death to have been multiple toxic substances in her blood. Teresa went on with her scheduled surgery, where the doctor revealed there was too much scarring and therefore nothing more he could do. In the same week that she lost her mom, she lost her sight entirely. That would be too much for Teresa, and she decided then that she was done with God. She turned to text-based gaming and became so engrossed in it that it became an addiction that would last several years.
Teresa’s husband, Mike, encouraged her to attend a women’s conference at a local church. Begrudgingly she went, all the while questioning what she was doing there. But it was during a breakout session prayer meeting that she heard God addressing the anger she was feeling in that moment – she was still angry with Him over her blindness. Even then, she wasn’t ready to deal with it yet. Over time, God would use two ladies to befriend Teresa (and eventually become her accountability partners). They were a sounding board for her. They listened without condemnation as Teresa came to terms with the pain from her past. Rather than try to “fix” Teresa’s problems, they made themselves available to her as she dealt with flashbacks and recalled difficult memories. Through that release she could also begin to surrender the bitterness and say “All right, God, I’m Yours.” And as she goes forward, she’s walking in her purpose and seeking to obey the call God places on her life.
Teresa shares this encouragement for those in similar situations, angry with God: There is a God. He gets it. Take the first step and open up the lines of communication with Him. He’s willing and waiting to hear from you.
Teresa Blaes: 00:00 It is my view that God says, you know what? Be honest and ask Me. I’m not afraid of them, and it’s OK to have them.
Jake Enriquez: 00:08 Welcome to Press and Reach. On today’s episode, episode number 57, we’ll be talking about the Unresolved Life with Teresa Blaes. Stay tuned for episode number 57.
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Jake Enriquez: 01:03 Welcome back to Press and Reach. My name is Jake Enriquez, your host, and I sure do hope and pray that all is well for you in this beautiful, wonderful morning this morning. Before we get started on the episode, I just want to quickly remind you to go back to the press and reach website, make sure you sign up for the weekly newsletter or devotional that we have going out every Monday morning now. We look forward to just connecting with you, speaking with you, and hopefully just interacting with you as we continue to build community in focusing on the good news that is the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Well today we have a guest with us, Ms Teresa Blaes, who comes with us to give a testimony, but not only that, just to speak to us and talk to us about the importance of asking questions, you know, because in life we all have a bunch of questions so Ms Teresa is definitely going to come and speak to us about that this morning and she is the host of the unresolved life podcast. So let’s just go ahead and bring her on right now. Good Morning Teresa. How are you doing this morning? I’m doing well sir. How are you? Absolutely beautiful. And thank you for coming on and joining us today. We’d like to get to know each other again and again on a personal level out here with everybody. So could you just take a moment just to introduce yourself, who you are and where you’re from?
Teresa Blaes: 02:15 Well, my name is Teresa Blaes. I’m the founder and host of The Unresolved Life podcast. I also run a business, that deals with internet marketing. I live in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I’ve got a beautiful 10 year old girl and I’m, I’m married to a my husband Michael Blaes and we’ve been doing this thing for about 12 years. So…
Jake Enriquez: 02:40 Awesome. OK, so I mean, yeah, I understand that you are hosting and you have the podcast called the Unresolved Life right now. It’s interesting because I was looking at your podcast, or listening to your podcast and kind of reading on your website some different things and what I’m going to just ask you to just kind of go in and, and give us an explanation of a or you know, just describe your podcasts and what it would be about there.
Teresa Blaes: 03:08 The podcast itself is founded on Isaiah 1:18 says, come let us reason together. Though your sins be as scarlet, I will make them white as snow. The goal of the podcast is just to answer life’s most difficult questions because, let’s face it, everybody has them. Everybody has something that you know, you go to church and you act like everything’s cool and, doesn’t matter who you are – everybody does it, right? Everybody’s got these questions that they don’t dare ask because if they asked, they might be judged for having them, whether they’re faith-based or whatever. Why would God allow this? Why this? Why that? It is my view that God says, You know what? Be honest and ask Me. I’m not afraid of them and it’s OK to have them. If you look at the Bible, even David, you look at the Psalms, how many times did he go off on God? God, why are they allowed to flourish?
Teresa Blaes: 04:02 Why this and why that? Look at Habakkuk. When he saw the children of Israel, they were going real stupid and he went, Um, God? Are You still God? I mean, what’s up with this? And then God goes to explain, and he goes, wait You’re going to use them? A people more wicked then these? You know, because at the time He was going to use Babylon and poor Habakkuk, he’s like, You’re going to use them? Are You out of Your mind? And that’s basically what I believe God is calling us to. He wants us as a body and even as those outside the church – let’s get real, let’s get honest. If you have doubts or questions, let’s get them out there.
Jake Enriquez: 04:47 Sure, sure. So when you guys at the podcast, you’re mainly focused on just kind of, um, conversation, speaking about maybe some of them out and the more difficult questions and topics that people care to discuss and opening up that a little bit and feeling free to discuss those things and share. Let me ask you this about your podcast. So have you found some of those to be really quite challenging and if you have, what do you do with that?
Teresa Blaes: 05:13 I have actually, I’ve had a few podcasts where I have been left speechless because the topics are very difficult to deal with and you don’t know how to necessarily to process that. One particular episode that I found – I was literally praying ‘God, You better give me the words because I don’t have any and I got to get through this interview’ – was um, Melissa Odom who is an abortion survivor. And she went into detail of exactly what they do and what she went through and I found myself just going, oh Geez, how am I going to answer that one? I don’t have words for that one. I would say the other one that I found that was the most difficult record but it needed to be recorded was dealing with, uh, my personal addictions.
Jake Enriquez: 06:03 The reason I asked that is because I was wondering if you guys are looking to answer those questions, or really just allow people to come open them up that, uh, they would be discussed because sometimes you know, when people have difficulty in asking questions or sharing some more intimate parts of their life, some of that is because, I mean, when we do that, it kind of gives us a freedom and takes a little bit. It takes us out of such a bondage, so to speak. And it allows that to be a subject that we can now talk about. In other words, I don’t know if we look to answer somebody’s questions and give them an answer or provide them with the opportunity to open up and share.
Teresa Blaes: 06:46 I think it’s a little bit of both. I think the healing is found in addressing the subject. You know, this started for me after five years of walking away from the Lord and it started because I had lost my mom and my sight essentially within the same week and I pretty much went, yeah, OK, I’m done with God. I’m done and I’m walking away. And when I finally came back, which is a story in itself, He told me, you know, the stuff that you dealt with within the first 20 years of your life – which I hadn’t really touched or dealt with – and He said, I want you to write a book on it. And I went, yeah, no, let’s not and say we did, shall we?
Jake Enriquez: 07:28 Right?
Teresa Blaes: 07:32 Six months we kind of argued over that one and which, which are my reminds me. People say you shouldn’t question God. You shouldn’t really argue with Him. Really. Where do you find that? In the Bible? Abraham argued with God. He bargained with Him, but God finally said, well, if you’re not willing to write the book yet, at least do a podcast. So this came out of my own personal experiences and it’s just grown from there.
Jake Enriquez: 07:58 Absolutely. So that, that’s what I was going to ask is, you know, you get anything and everything that we do, by the way, there’s always a seed planted somewhere, usually starts long before we really realize that it occurred. So for you, I mean, I guess it was planting, you know, in, uh, in your own personal experiences long before you got started in it, but I’m going to go back to that for a second because we’re talking about growing up, we’re talking about these things happening. You know, there’s a lot of things that happen when we’re younger and as life leads on, we kind of, these things kind of unfold and God shows us a purpose behind it. So what was it like for you growing up, uh, you know, as, as a youngster? In your home, was it, were you guys churched? Were you, did you go to church, not go to church? How did that go for you?
Teresa Blaes: 08:41 I grew up in a broken home. At the age of 6, my sister was murdered by my mom’s boyfriend, and I was a witness. I, you know, I also grew up on a lot of medical difficulties. And as far as God. I mean once in a while we’d go to church, but it wasn’t really a big deal, but I kinda grew up and what I learned was, God must not really care about me, so I really don’t care about Him.
Jake Enriquez: 09:06 Because of those experiences that you were around…
Teresa Blaes: 09:11 Yes, sir. For the longest time, it was just me and my mom, uh, you know, when we moved a lot and there was a lot of domestic violence that went on and that pretty much summarize. I mean, but there was also good times as well. My mom really did do the best she could. I, uh, I got to give her that, you know, it was a time where I learned to just pull yourself up by your bootstrap. You do what you gotta do and you can’t really rely or trust on anyone but yourself.
Jake Enriquez: 09:37 And that was coming from, I’m taking it, was that coming from mom because of how she was showing you how to go about just trying to survive and do the best you can?
Teresa Blaes: 09:46 My mom was a 82nd Airborne, Army. She was a nurse in the army. She was the only woman to go to Granada, um, you know, I mean, she was a very tough, tough lady.
Jake Enriquez: 10:00 Wow. OK. So definitely you had some, uh, some great experience. You had somebody that was really strong around you coming out and was showing you some, some good stuff. Really good things. And I know you may not have had a church life or something like that, but surely there was somebody that God had really placed in your life was your mother that would see you through to the very best that she could do.
Teresa Blaes: 10:23 You know, my mom did the best she could. She get, we always drove to the children’s hospitals and even in that she would, you know, she did her best. Like there were times when I knew I would have a difficult surgery and uh, she took me to the place where you could see all the animals and that kind of thing. You know, she always did stuff to kind of, hey, despite everything you know, to make childhood actually decent.
Jake Enriquez: 10:49 Absolutely. So I can imagine the pain that must’ve gone through for both of you when you lost your sister.
Teresa Blaes: 10:56 I personally do not remember a lot of it. My memories are kind of fractured in that area. I know a lot of what I know because I read the transcripts of the court trial. I know that I was taken away from my mom after my sister was killed. My mom fought to get me back and we immediately left the state that it happened. I know that we went through counseling, but I don’t recall what was said or anything like that and I never really dealt with it at the time. I was six years old. Coming back to God, that was one of the things that I had to deal with.
Jake Enriquez: 11:33 That’s, that’s the reason why I bring it up is because you know seeds are often planted early in life somewhere and you come and you do the unresolved live podcast, which is a great podcast by the way. I enjoyed listening to it, Teresa. You’re doing a great job. Just keep doing those things. I know that God is blessing not only you but the listeners as well as you continue to do it, but I think about your mother. You know I’m going through there and doing the best that she could and she’s living and showing you an example and showing you to go forward, come what may, whatever the hardships may be, whatever discouragement you may experience that bottom line is that you were to keep moving forward in it. So I’m thinking about childhood right now, Teresa, that’s all. I’m just kind of getting a feel for it to try to understand where you’re coming from, but I tell you what we’re going to do, we’re going to take a really quick break and then we’ll be right back.
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Jake Enriquez: 13:06 Welcome back to Press and Reach. We’re hanging out with Ms Teresa Blaes. And Teresa, we were talking a little bit before the break about coming up, uh, as, as a child. And you were sharing some of the experiences that you did have and, you know, maybe it wasn’t a church life where you weren’t churched so to speak, but definitely you did have someone very close to you, which was your mother, who was showing you how to go through tough times – actually living out and showing you what perseverance was really all about. Can you share with us, maybe that time when you did lose mom? And you said earlier, and right after that your sight.
Teresa Blaes: 13:40 I had grown up partially blind all my life. I lost my left eye when I was six due to glaucoma. And my left eye was collapsing in on itself and you know, so they had to take it, which, you know, I was just like, all right, that’s fine, I’ve got one eye left, that’s fine. As long as that works properly, I’m good. I woke up one day and I could see properly as good as I was used to seeing which wasn’t that great at all. Like I couldn’t read print. But for me I was able to see. Well by end of the day I was totally blind. And what happened was my retina had hemorrhaged.
Teresa Blaes: 14:18 My eye was hurting and it was hurting bad and I, keep in mind, up to this point, I had had about a hundred eye operations on each eye. So I had scheduled the surgery and day before, about 4:00 AM, I get this phone call from my dad because my dad had worked nights. He was a machinist at the time. And I get this phone at 4:00 AM and he says ‘your mom is dead’ and I’m like, ‘what do you mean she’s dead?’ What are you talking about? My mom, towards the end of her life she had, because she had broken her neck and her back twice. So it was in severe chronic pain. She was on multiple, multiple painkillers like morphine, Soma, really heavy duty stuff and highly addicted to do it. You know, we found out that she’s dead and the autopsy report had shown that she had died from multiple toxic substances within the blood.
Teresa Blaes: 15:15 The next day I went into the surgery and I was fully awake because they needed to be able to test whether I’d be able to see or not, but they had numbed the eye, that kind of thing. Well, I remember feeling him poke and prod around my eye and I remember him saying, there’s too much scarring. There’s nothing I can do. About this time, I pretty much said, you know what? I’m done. I’m seriously done with God. I remember – I don’t, I didn’t say anything to anybody. I really didn’t. I felt like, because I couldn’t really tell my husband at the time that I had walked away from God. I couldn’t really reach out to my church family because I didn’t feel a connection there. So I just walked away from God. I got heavily addicted to text-based gaming.
Teresa Blaes: 16:03 I turned to it instead of turning to God.
Jake Enriquez: 16:11 You were turning, you said, to text-based gaming? To be, to be honest with you, Teresa, I’m not really too familiar. What is text-based gaming?
Teresa Blaes: 16:23 Have you heard of a ‘mud’? It’s a ‘multi-user dungeon’. So you’ll get on, you’re enacting a character, but you’re typing out different scenes, so like say ‘Emo turns and gives a smile while saying buses’. It’s role play. I had turned very heavily to that. It’s just a very dark, dark, if I might, some call evil games. Around the same time the state was trying to come after my kid because they were saying that we were medically unable to care for our kid because she was, and is, special needs. So add all this up and I’m about done. I have just had it. And this kind of went on for five years. I nearly lost my marriage over it.
Jake Enriquez: 16:23 During that time, did no one reach out to you or anything?
Teresa Blaes: 17:07 You know, they did but…the pastor he had at the time, all he saw was the addiction.
Jake Enriquez: 17:11 Other than that, they weren’t really…
Teresa Blaes: 17:16 Not really. I mean, I didn’t know how to reach out to anybody and explain I’m hurting and I need help because I didn’t know how to process any of it.
Jake Enriquez: 17:32 And you had questions then, I can take it. You had the questions of life and situations like this and what was really going on and, I guess, let me just ask you this. What was the question that you had for God?
Teresa Blaes: 17:41 Of all the things, why my sight? I was glad my mom was not in pain because we led her to Christ, you know, towards the end of her, her life. But of all the times, why my sight? You know, that was one thing I was afraid of, was losing my sight and God saw just fit. Well, I don’t care if you’re afraid I’m going to give it to you anyway. You know? And I was like, what kind of God is, what kind of God are You? And that was honestly how I felt. Very, very angry.
Jake Enriquez: 18:07 Sure. I understand that. So you were angry, you’re upset that you wanted to know. You wanted to know more. Let me just ask you this. Did you really want to know? Or you really just wanted to, you know what? I really don’t want to talk about it?
Teresa Blaes: 18:19 At the time I felt like my world was just crashing around me and the only thing that I received from the church was, well, you really shouldn’t be involved in this gaming. It’s not godly, it’s this, it’s that. And my response to that was, you know, do what you wanna do until you get a clue…I didn’t you tell him that because I respected him.
Jake Enriquez: 18:42 But sure, that’s how you felt inside. I understand. How did that happen for you? How did it transpire for you to get back to God, to get back to the Lord and receive His love within?
Teresa Blaes: 18:55 About a year ago, in fact, it will be a year ago this month, I started going to Calvary Chapel because when we moved up here to Alamogordo and first two months I went to the church, I didn’t really connect with anybody. It was still in that same place. Mike had suggested that I go to a women’s conference and I thought, all right, fine, whatever, I didn’t really want to go, whatever. I’m there and first the first day or so I’m kind of like, why am I here? What am I doing here? I remember sitting at one of those prayer meetings. It was like one of those breakout session prayer times and I remember saying something and I remember feeling such anger and it was like right then God spoke to me and I hadn’t even when I hadn’t heard Him speak in like five years, but He was like, you’re still angry with Me over your blindness. He didn’t come after me over the addiction. He came after me over the stuff that was really going on and my response was, yeah, and? What’s Your point?
Teresa Blaes: 19:55 And you know what? He left it there for a bit. Over time, you know, I, I don’t remember praying a prayer, asking forgiveness, but I remember finally just being honest with Him and saying, and talking…and there were two very, very wonderful ladies that I am still friends with today. There are kind of my accountability partners even today and they just talked to me and then it didn’t. There was no judgement. There was no nothing. We didn’t talk about the, the addiction or, or my walking away from Him. And in fact, what she involved was the stuff that had happened 20 years before. I remember just finally releasing some of it and telling someone and somehow in the middle of that, I think, I said, all right, God, I’m Yours. I’m back.
Jake Enriquez: 20:42 Sure, sure. So God never left. But maybe at the time you were just walking away and not really wanting to converse or talk or open up things and let it out. But when you did, He didn’t hit you with condemnation. He just allowed some time and some healing there for you then, right?
Teresa Blaes: 21:02 Yes sir. I mean there were times where I had to deal with some very hard questions and I would say, you know, and this is after the conference, but the only with, you know, flashbacks of different things, you know, if there’s one thing I can say when you’re dealing with someone who’s going through that, walk with them through it, do you not sit there and try and fix the problem because they gotta process it.
Jake Enriquez: 21:26 Absolutely. So showing up is, is uh, is one of the biggest part is just showing up and being with somebody. And like you’re talking about just walking alongside of them, listening to them, or true, a true, sincere concern for them.
Teresa Blaes: 21:44 I’ll say this – text messaging has become my greatest friend. I could just reach out to them. And it wasn’t just short little, you know, how you doing text? It would be. We would write novels. We still do it today. But when I was dealing with flashbacks and I was remembering things, I was sending text messages to, to my, my, my, uh, my friends. They were, they were staying up with me until I was at a stable place, and…
Jake Enriquez: 22:12 That’s awesome. OK, so that mean that, I mean, that’s incredibly awesome because, you know, you do learn, we all learn from these trying times what the love of God really looks like. The love of God really looks like people showing up and allowing that care and concern just to be poured out from them and really? It’s just being there, for the most part, and let God do all the healing, right? So, so let me ask you this, what came from that? You know, I mean, I think about character traits always. I think about, um, some of the things that are formed in us, like we can remember, you can recall something from that now. And there’s something that you can take away from it. What do you think is the biggest thing that you take away from that experience? So being honest?
New Speaker: 22:55 I think I’m a little bit better about just asking the questions that you have and if you don’t understand, step up and ask. God is not afraid to answer. It may be that you don’t like His answer, but He’s not afraid to.
Jake Enriquez: 23:11 Right, absolutely. Absolutely. So, so just being honest and that’s just, um, and to know and understand that we can be honest with God because God welcomes it. It’s a matter of fact. He says, ask Me. Scripture says, who’s going to ascend to the Holy Hill of the Lord? One with clean hands and a pure heart, in other words, coming to be very sincere and honest and bringing it forward and asking of God. So I couldn’t agree with you more, Theresa. So let me ask you this. Um, I’m sure there are some things maybe that to you kind of touched on a while ago, but that you’ve read or books that may have helped you along the way and encouraged you. Maybe they’ve inspired you. Do you have any that you’d like to share with our listeners?
Teresa Blaes: 23:48 I have a few. Yes. There were two authors that have really, really spoken into my life. One is John Eldredge, ransomed heart ministries. He wrote a couple of books, one being All Things New. That’s his latest one, where he’s talking about heaven, you know, and then he also wrote about, um, about Jesus and he calls, that one’s called Beautiful Outlaw. And what I really would, I, I, I just, I found a lot of his books. I mean I’ve got about ten of his books in my Audible account, but I found his book to have to have just really spoken and touched in some deep places. The other author that I love and I’ve read pretty much all his books. He’s got two out so far. He’s uh, Brian Hardin from Daily Audio Bible. He wrote a book called Reframe, from the God the we want to the God who is, I think that’s the full title.
Teresa Blaes: 24:48 But I remember reading that book and I came to a place where he started talking about he was like, you know, maybe you’ve gone through some abuse, maybe you’ve gone through some other things. Know this, it’s not God’s fault. And I remember reading it and I remember putting it down and stopping and going, OK, I don’t know how to process this, God help me. And I remember He just came and it’s like, my friend Janet Tremblay likes to say – God’s got a banquet for us, and yet we got a bologna sandwich and He just wants, He wants us to trade in the sandwich for the banquet. That picture has always stuck with me. But I remember that day I traded him the sandwich.
Jake Enriquez: 25:31 And sat down at the table, at the banquet table. I like that. Well, let me ask you this, Teresa, because I mean definitely we will put those in the show notes, the books. But how do people reach out to you? Because I know you have the podcast. Uh, do you have a website? You have a page, a facebook page, or how would you like for them, the listeners to reach out to you?
Teresa Blaes: 25:52 You know what, you can reach out to me. I’ve got a couple of different ways. You can find me on Facebook, Facebook dot com forward slash unresolved life. I have a website. It’s unresolved.life, www dot unresolved dot life. And the, uh, email is Teresa@unresolved.life.
Jake Enriquez: 26:13 Definitely. We’ll put that in there. So let me ask you this. A final word or final question is what would you be your final words of encouragement for someone who may be going through similar things that maybe that you’ve experienced in the past? What would you, what would you say to them to encourage them?
Teresa Blaes: 26:31 I’m not gonna beat you up. That’s not my place. That’s not my job. I don’t know what you’re going through. Maybe you’re in one of the darkest places you’ve ever been in your life and you’re in sin. You know what? I get it and I’m not here to beat you up and that’s not place, but what I will say is this. There is a God. He gets it. Even if you’re completely furious at Him. He does not mind you being furious at Him. He would prefer that you be gut level honest. Get raw and get real with Him, and I promise He will meet you in your deepest need, but you have to take the first step and you gotta be willing to say, God, we have to talk because I’m furious with You. I am. I am beyond angry and this is why, and I need Your help.
Jake Enriquez: 27:16 Definitely. So, so stepping up and being honest and sincere and truly coming forth and asking the Lord what it might be on your heart. Right?
Teresa Blaes: 27:28 I’ve found a lot of the times when you go through addictions or whatever, if we’re dealing with addiction, people want to come after the addiction, but I believe God wants, says no, I’m not as worried about the addiction as I am going after, uh, the real root of the addiction. Let’s go after your deepest needs. The addiction will go away on its own.
Jake Enriquez: 27:50 Thank you so much for that, Teresa. So we greatly appreciate that. So, uh, you know, what I’m hearing you say is I really love this scripture is real simple. Draw close to the Lord and He’ll draw close to us, right? So that’s the, the way I like to call the heal all and you know, people sometimes have a problem believing that, but honestly if we do draw close to God. You can’t help but be healed in these different things because He’ll begin the healing process with us. So thank you again so much for that. Absolutely. We love you. We thank you. We, we truly encourage you now to continue doing what you’re doing. I know it’s very important, those questions that we all have in life about the Lord, about His way, about His will, it’s fair and honest to come out and open it up and it’d be real about it. So definitely, uh, we encourage you in the podcast of the unresolved life as well. OK. All right. And for the listeners for the show notes on this episode, simply go to press and reach dot com forward slash pr 57.
Jake Enriquez: 28:53 Once again, it’s been a joy hanging out with you, so please keep pressing and reach and remember that you are not walking out your faith alone, out here for He has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Have a blessed and wonderful day.
Reframe: From the God We’ve Made to God With Us, by Brian Hardin