Living Wholehearted

August 15, 2023

Episode 194: God Is Not Done With You – Moving From “Why?” to “What Now, God?” with John Meador

You don’t have to go far in anyone’s story to find suffering, trauma, loss and adversity. In our humanity, we often wrestle with the question, “Why, God? Why?” But what if the story isn’t the focus of our lives and God has something beautiful through the storms and struggles of life? We know deeply the pages of trauma, personally and professionally, and we don’t like giving trite responses to pain. But, we know that there isn’t a story out there that God won’t use for His purposes in our lives. Our guest today, who has lived a seasoned life with plenty of adversity, testifies that when he looks back, he sees that God has never disappointed him. From anger to depression, to the biggest questions people are asking in the confidential spaces of counseling, to uncontrollable fears, painful experiences, and unforgiveness, listen in as Pastor John speaks to your mind, heart and soul today. 


John Meador has served as a lead pastor for nearly 40 years, stationed in Texas since 2006. The church he leads is intergenerational and multi-ethnic, and has pioneered many kingdom initiatives that are impacting thousands. Part of John’s story is born out of adversity, leaving him with irreversible hearing loss that left him profoundly deaf. You will hear more of his story today. His new book, God’s Not Done With You, is based on both personal and biblical stories where we see God bringing people back from challenging and often paralyzing situations. John and His wife, Kim, have been married for 45 years and are parents of 6 grown children.


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Twitter – @johnmeador

Instagram – @pastorguy57



God’s Not Done With You: Encouragement from the Bible’s Greatest Comeback Stories (The Good Book Company, April 2023)



Walk in Truth Podcast hosted by John Meador




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We define a leader as anyone with a following. Whether you are a parent or a CEO, or both, how you lead matters. When a leader lives with integrity, everyone in their wake benefits. And when they don't, everyone in their wake pays, it's just a matter of time. We are a husband and wife team HELPING LEADERS of all types LIVE WITH INTEGRITY through Biblical, Clinical, and Relational Wisdom. The Living Wholehearted Podcast is filled with grace, hope, and practical tools to help you in every relationship that matters most to you in your home, work, and community. Become a leader who is shrinking their integrity gap between what you say and how you actually live. Join us in the movement of becoming a Wholehearted Leader!

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About Jeff and Terra Mattson

Jeff Mattson (MA ORL) and Terra Mattson (MA LPC, LMFT) are Christian Parenting spokespeople and the co-hosts of the Living Wholehearted Podcast in the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.


After two decades studying and working in leadership and trauma-informed therapy, Jeff and Terra are bridging the gap between Biblical, clinical, and relational wisdom to help leaders live with integrity in the home, work, and community.


They are the co-founders of Living Wholehearted, a professional counseling and organizational development firm. Terra is the author of Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace and together they co-authored Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between what Leaders Preach and Live. Jeff and Terra have skin in the game as they raise their two daughters just outside Portland, OR on five acres of old growth woods. There is never a dull moment in the Mattson home!


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