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The Choosing Cheer Podcast

with Nicolet Bell
Nicolet Bell is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, mentor and friend who is passionate about sharing her love for Jesus and the cheerfulness he has given her through the teaching of his word. As part of the JourneyWise ministry network, Choosing Cheer allows Nicolet to motivate and encourage fellow believers to live a joyful and empowered life through Christ.
ALL EPISODES:
March 23, 2023

Season 1, Episode 7 – Choosing Cheer in the Waiting

In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her friends Timmy and Nicole Ruhnke! These two share their story of loss and grief and finding joy in a season of obedience and then confusion on what’s next. Timmy and Nicole remind us that joy isn’t a byproduct of our circumstances, but of the Holy Spirit, and that we shouldn’t feel guilty in our rejoicing through him. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
March 20, 2023

Season 1, Episode 6 – Choosing Cheer in Grief

In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her friends Timmy and Nicole Ruhnke! These two share their story of loss and grief and finding joy in a season of obedience and then confusion on what’s next. Timmy and Nicole remind us that joy isn’t a byproduct of our circumstances, but of the Holy Spirit, and that we shouldn’t feel guilty in our rejoicing through him. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
March 10, 2023

Season 1, Episode 5 – Choosing Cheer in the Unexpected

In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her friends Anse and Courtney Rigby! These two share their family’s powerful story of choosing cheer each day amidst an unexpected diagnosis of Cri Du Chat for their daughter. They share the importance of being surrounded by community, and what it means to choose joy in a circumstance the world says otherwise. Courtney and Anse remind us that even in the brokenness of this world, the lord shows up and works through it all. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 
March 2, 2023

Season 1, Episode 4 – Choosing Cheer in Relationships

In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her husband, Preston Bell! We get to know Nicolet better as the two share the sweet story of how they met, and how they choose cheer in their marriage each day. They encourage us by sharing that choosing cheer in our relationships comes from an outpour of joy that comes from Jesus. It’s through that extension that we are able to share that joy with others.   John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 
February 27, 2023

Season 1, Episode 3 – Choosing Cheer in Change

In today’s episode, Nicolet is joined by friend and former teammate, Haleigh Mullens. Haleigh shares about her unique life as wife to NFL Minnesota Vikings QB, Nick Mullens. After living much of her life as a Mississippi girl, newlywed and married life brought about a new level of uncertainty as Haleigh and her family navigated this life of surrendering control to lean fully into God’s will. She reminds us to choose cheer in knowing that God is always faithful with his promises and placing us exactly where we are supposed to be. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 
February 17, 2023

Season 1, Episode 2 – Choosing Cheer in Disruption

Today Nicolet is joined by friend and extremely talented artist and business owner, Mary Kathryn Decker. On today’s episode, Mary Kathryn shares her captivating story of growing up with a life that looked perfect on the outside, but was disrupted by divorce and brokenness. She shares how seeking Jesus through his word in this dark time molded and shaped her into the woman she is today. She encourages us to “own your story” not living ashamed of things in the past, but confident of God’s work in and through it. MK and Nicolet both remind us that when we give God control during the seasons of disruption, he blesses us with immeasurably more. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
February 9, 2023

Season 1: Episode: 1 – Today I Choose Cheer

If you were asked - Do you want more joy in your life? Your answer most likely wouldn’t be “nah, I’m good!” We all have a deep desire for joy that was placed there by God and designed for only him to fill. Jesus tells his disciples in John 16:33 to “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” This cheer, this joy is what we are after! Welcome to the Choosing Cheer podcast with your host, Nicolet Bell. Nicolet is a Wife, Mama, Bible Teacher, business owner and friend, who is seeking to find joy and cheer in Jesus in the small and big things in life. In this first introduction episode, spend a few minutes getting to know Nicolet, learning about what Choosing Cheer means, and why it can make a difference in your life.

Season 1, Episode 7 – Choosing Cheer in the Waiting

By Nicolet Bell
In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her friends Timmy and Nicole Ruhnke! These two share their story of loss and grief and finding joy in a season of obedience and then confusion on what’s next. Timmy and Nicole remind us that joy isn’t a byproduct of our circumstances, but of the Holy Spirit, and that we shouldn’t feel guilty in our rejoicing through him. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Season 1, Episode 6 – Choosing Cheer in Grief

By Nicolet Bell
In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her friends Timmy and Nicole Ruhnke! These two share their story of loss and grief and finding joy in a season of obedience and then confusion on what’s next. Timmy and Nicole remind us that joy isn’t a byproduct of our circumstances, but of the Holy Spirit, and that we shouldn’t feel guilty in our rejoicing through him. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Season 1, Episode 5 – Choosing Cheer in the Unexpected

By Nicolet Bell
In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her friends Anse and Courtney Rigby! These two share their family’s powerful story of choosing cheer each day amidst an unexpected diagnosis of Cri Du Chat for their daughter. They share the importance of being surrounded by community, and what it means to choose joy in a circumstance the world says otherwise. Courtney and Anse remind us that even in the brokenness of this world, the lord shows up and works through it all. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 

Season 1, Episode 4 – Choosing Cheer in Relationships

By Nicolet Bell
In this week’s episode, Nicolet is joined by her husband, Preston Bell! We get to know Nicolet better as the two share the sweet story of how they met, and how they choose cheer in their marriage each day. They encourage us by sharing that choosing cheer in our relationships comes from an outpour of joy that comes from Jesus. It’s through that extension that we are able to share that joy with others.   John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 

Season 1, Episode 3 – Choosing Cheer in Change

By Nicolet Bell
In today’s episode, Nicolet is joined by friend and former teammate, Haleigh Mullens. Haleigh shares about her unique life as wife to NFL Minnesota Vikings QB, Nick Mullens. After living much of her life as a Mississippi girl, newlywed and married life brought about a new level of uncertainty as Haleigh and her family navigated this life of surrendering control to lean fully into God’s will. She reminds us to choose cheer in knowing that God is always faithful with his promises and placing us exactly where we are supposed to be. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 

Season 1, Episode 2 – Choosing Cheer in Disruption

By Nicolet Bell
Today Nicolet is joined by friend and extremely talented artist and business owner, Mary Kathryn Decker. On today’s episode, Mary Kathryn shares her captivating story of growing up with a life that looked perfect on the outside, but was disrupted by divorce and brokenness. She shares how seeking Jesus through his word in this dark time molded and shaped her into the woman she is today. She encourages us to “own your story” not living ashamed of things in the past, but confident of God’s work in and through it. MK and Nicolet both remind us that when we give God control during the seasons of disruption, he blesses us with immeasurably more. John 16:33 “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Season 1: Episode: 1 – Today I Choose Cheer

by Nicolet Bell
If you were asked - Do you want more joy in your life? Your answer most likely wouldn’t be “nah, I’m good!” We all have a deep desire for joy that was placed there by God and designed for only him to fill. Jesus tells his disciples in John 16:33 to “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” This cheer, this joy is what we are after! Welcome to the Choosing Cheer podcast with your host, Nicolet Bell. Nicolet is a Wife, Mama, Bible Teacher, business owner and friend, who is seeking to find joy and cheer in Jesus in the small and big things in life. In this first introduction episode, spend a few minutes getting to know Nicolet, learning about what Choosing Cheer means, and why it can make a difference in your life.

E10: Leaning into the Curve

Season 1 comes to an end with a conversation about change and transition. This first year of building the JourneyWise ministry included some twists and turns the team had to navigate along the way. Through some of those stories, Shane and Ronnie remind us we can always lean into the curves life throws by walking in relationship with Jesus.

E9: Challenges Along the Way

The first 12 years of children’s lives are pivotal and parents for the most part are inundated with the “must-have” and “must-do” advice and information that bombards them. In today's episode, Shane and Ronnie discuss stories of Jesus’ early years and how scripture tells us of the challenges Mary and Joseph faced raising the Son of God. Imagine the heavy responsibility they felt trying to balance raising their earthly child (discipline) and preparing Him as God intended (the Messiah)! Listen in and hear a little of what comes after the nativity.

E8: Into the Unknown

Becoming a parent for the first time is wonderful but there are moments of uncertainty as well. This week, Shane and Ronnie continue their conversation about the birth of Jesus. They share what they felt and their fears when their own children were born and compare what Mary and Joseph must have been feeling as they traveled to Bethlehem. The fear and burden of responsibility Joseph must have felt after Jesus’ birth was full of challenges similar to present day fathers. Listen in as our hosts share how they lean into God for guidance as fathers to their children.

E7: Point of Origin

The journey to the manger was far from ordinary for Mary and Joseph. Shane and Ronnie begin a series on the nativity and how our own journeys both differ and are similar to Jesus’ earthly parents. From the implications of their situation to the family of origin that shaped how they responded to God’s plan for His son’s arrival into the world, Mary and Joseph’s not so ordinary journey was remarkable in so many ways as we consider our own families and relationships during the time leading up to Christmas.

E6: Salt and Light for the Journey

This week Shane explains the origin of the name JourneyWise and then he and Ronnie dive into why the journey is as important than the final destination. God has a plan for our journeys and it’s up to us to be open to direction He has for us. And - are you wondering what’s up with the mason jars? Listen through to the end for the first “Mason Jar Moment” take away.

E5: Becoming JourneyWise

This week Shane explains the origin of the name JourneyWise and then he and Ronnie dive into why the journey is as important than the final destination. God has a plan for our journeys and it’s up to us to be open to direction He has for us. And - are you wondering what’s up with the mason jars? Listen through to the end for the first “Mason Jar Moment” take away.

E4: A Pull on the Path

Season 1 Episode 4 This week’s conversation with Ronnie and Shane continues as Shane shares the journey that led him to becoming a minister. Leaning toward law school, Shane continued to hear God’s voice pulling him into full-time ministry. Listen in as he explains how he navigated the intersection of his desire to be a litigator and the Lord’s calling to pastor.

E3: Trusting the Guide

Season 1 Episode 3 We all love to hear stories of people’s journeys to a particular season of life, how they come to live in a particular place or choose careers. This week, Ronnie shares how he became to be a pediatrician. As with many of us, Ronnie’s path to medical school was not straight nor necessarily planned but as with everything, God had a plan and it is clear He was paving the way for Ronnie in his journey to becoming a doctor and then opening a clinic to treat children and adolescents with ADHD.

E2: Navigating the Hard Stuff

Season 1 Episode 2 Shane and Ronnie continue sharing stories along their journey as their relationship transitioned from patient/doctor to friends. On a day they agreed to meet and talk through some specific struggles, they realized God had placed the same verse on their hearts that very morning to share with each other - before they met. That wasn’t coincidence! Listen as they tell how that verse on that day answers the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?”. After the break, a new season of life brings new obstacles for Shane to navigate as he reaches the time he had to begin telling others of his HIV status, the start of his career as a pastor and wanting to have children. Ronnie’s role during that season as friend, providing guidance through life experience and sharing his faith reminds us that our relationship with Jesus will carry us through the imperfect life in which we live.

E1: A Friend for the Journey

Hosted by Dr. Shane Stanford, M.Div & Dr. Ronnie Kent, MD
We are all on a Journey somewhere. Best friends for over 30 years, Author/Pastor Dr. Shane Stanford and Dr. Ronnie Kent invite you to listen in as they share stories and lessons and teach us what it means to be JourneyWISE through our relationship with Jesus Christ. Through His 30 year ministry, Jesus was the master navigator. Dr.’s Shane & Ronnie guide on using our faith to make every step and encounter matter along our own journey. They want to help others learn that knowing where we are going, how we are getting there and understanding the impact of everything we see along the way is the start to becoming WISE along the Way. Grab a mason jar of your favorite beverage, and join your new friends for the journey.