025: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Betty Robins; Surviving the Oklahoma City Bombing

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At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995 a massive bomb destroyed the Alfred E. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  At the time it was by far the most destructive terrorist act in American history.  It was, of course, surpassed by the events of September 11, 2001.

In that April blast—19 years ago on this podcast release date—168 persons lost their lives and nearly 700 were injured.

In this episode, we return to our “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” interviews for a conversation with Betty Robins who was in the Murrah Building that fateful morning. Had she not been detained mid-errand by a co-worker she would, in all likelihood, have been the 169th victim—she was headed to an office at the front of the building, which took the brunt of the impact.

Betty shares her experience, not only on that fateful day, but of her recovery process.  Primary she shares with us the emotional and spiritual impact and the journey of recovery.  Betty provides excellent insights for anyone trying to cope with traumatic events of any kind in their lives.

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                                                                              The bomb’s devastation

 

         Betty Robins

 

Betty’s Favorite Bible Passages:

These are passages Betty shared that played an important role for her in the difficult days of her recovery and healing.
Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Jeremiah 29:11—“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

Links:

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial website:
http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

Mandi Cofer’s blog:
http://fiveminusone.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/waiting-for-wings/

 

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ETL.016: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interview with Amy Marcle and the nearly deadly mix of an eating disorder and diabetes and how she overcame

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We’ve all heard of diabetes and we’ve all heard of eating disorders.  But did you know that the two together can present devastating, even deadly results?  The guest for this episode’s “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” interview is Amy Marcle.

Amy tells the incredible story of a young teen being diagnosed with diabetes, driven by a sense of needing to be perfect, marrying, getting pregnant, and having a baby.  All the while she has learned to use her diabetic condition to first control her weight, then to become obsessed with weight loss—one area of her life she felt she could control and be successful at.  Her purposefully manipulated high blood sugar levels—as well as other weight loss “tricks”—were ravaging her body, her mind, her relationships; and in the process, her soul.

Amy leads us into her world of grossly skewed reality where patently destructive behaviors became “good,” those who loved her and wanted to help her were her “enemies,” and lying and deliberate deception became a way of life.  This Christian woman, wife, and mother became a walking, living (barely), breathing example of just how “darkened in their understanding” (Eph. 4:18) a person can become.  It all was taking its toll; mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.  On one of almost countless emergency room visits a physician told Amy she had come within 30 minutes of death.

Learn how Amy’s innocent, toddler daughter provided the turning point that has brought her back.  Though recovery is an ongoing, lifelong process she has been restored to her Lord, her family, and her health.

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Amy–not yet at her thinnest; she’d lose another 20 lbs

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Amy today

 

 

 

 

 

 

AmyFamily

The Marcle family:
Jason, Amy, & Haley

Contact Amy

via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/amy.marcle?fref=ts

 

Amy’s book:

Slow Suicide: Living with Diabetes and an Eating Disorder  

Available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble or contact Amy directly through Facebook (see contact information above)

 

For more information on:

Diabetes: www.diabetes.org
Eating Disorders: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

 

Amy’s Favorite Bible Passages:

Matthew 16:26
Romans 3:23

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ETL.014: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interview with Ronnie Crocker; From Drug Addiction to Prison to a Christian Rescuing Others

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This interview…

is with Ronnie Crocker, founder and directer of Project Rescue, an addiction recover (primarily drug and alcohol) program that has turned around the lives of literally hundreds of individuals and provided help and hope to countless others through the resources they provide.

Ronnie’s unique perspective and qualification for leading this program is not any particular educational or technique training he’s received.  Instead, it is  but his own personal experience of recovery following fifteen years of drug abuse; being in and out of jails and rehab programs, countless “this is the last time” experiences, and finally landing in prison for having kidnapped a police officer.

Ronnie’s approach is an unabashed spiritual approach—you have to reclaim and fill the emptiness of your life (and this could apply to anyone, addict or not—with God.  Project Rescue’s success in hundreds and hundreds of lives argues strongly for its validity.

 

Two things MUST happen:

1) The only thing Ronnie says that will finally break the addiction, or the addiction—rehab—addiction—rehab—addiction cycle, is to hit rock bottom.  The pain of what has been destroyed has to finally be great enough to overcome the power of addiction.  Sadly, Ronnie says, most people die before this ever happens.

2) The emptiness that is left in one’s life—the emptiness that comes when the drug, or whatever, is removed having previously taken total control of one’s life and crowded out everything else out—must filled with God.  No therapy, no techniques, no program can ever fill the spiritual void in the addict’s life; only God.  This involves an ongoing five step process:

  • pray
  • read
  • study
  • do
  • teach (help others)

Ronnie’s poem,

written from prison in Florida, 1986:

Bricks and bars do not a prison make alone,
A prison there is also stronger than steel and stone.
Created is this bind,
By the working of our own spirit and mind,
And the way out no one can find,
If they choose to remain blind.

Ronnie’s arrest:

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Project Rescue has a success rate over double that of the national addiction recovery average (from Project Rescue website).

Ronnie’s phone number, offered to anyone who is in need of help right now:
256-616-1522

 

Project Rescue website:

www.projectrescue.org

 

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