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‘I Have a Strong Faith’: Hollywood Actress Jill Wagner Reveals How Her Life Transformed When She Started ‘Talking to God’

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Hollywood is often one of the most perplexing places for performers looking for true meaning. Actors might amass fame and bring in millions of dollars, yet some still find themselves lost, confused, and alone, lacking the purpose some falsely assume worldly possessions and notoriety will bring.

Actress Jill Wagner has spoken out about this reality, explaining how she went through a time in her life when she was “really down, and depressed, and kind of lost,” according to Movieguide.

Like many, the Hallmark star had found material success yet wasn’t feeling fulfilled.

“On paper, my life looked perfect,” Wagner said. “I was this actress, and I was traveling all around, and everything was exciting. But really, all I wanted was stability, and I wanted a family, and I wanted a husband, and I didn’t quite understand what was wrong with me and why couldn’t have those things.”

Life turned around for the actress, though, when she “started talking to God” and bringing her issues and problems to Him — a process she said enabled her to let go of the negativity and confusion.

Once Wagner turned to the Lord, she described the emotions that came over her as a “big bear hug.” She suddenly felt God telling her, no matter what, she would be OK.

“It was the feeling that no matter what, with or without a husband or family or anything that, I was loved, and I was going to be OK,” she said. “And then I started to feel like, ‘Wow, maybe I’m going to be good being alone by myself,’ but not really by myself because I had God.”

That realization comforted Wagner, and just one month later, the man she would marry — someone she met years before when she was a teenager — came back into her life. She said both she and her now-husband found their faith again, building relationships with the Lord and one another.

In the end, as Movieguide noted, Wagner’s decision to give it all up to the Lord sustained her, and she credits it for building her faith.

“[It’s] the reason why I have a strong faith,” she said. “And I didn’t find my faith until later on in life.”

Wagner previously explained in a video for Great American Family she didn’t find her faith until her mid-to-late 30s, and described the scenario as one in which her “eyes were open all of a sudden.”

“I started to see signs all around me, and God was talking to me every single day,” she said. “Whereas before…I didn’t have the lines of communication open up there. But they’re there.”

Wagner’s experience reminds us all that turning our worries and whims over the God is the best way forward in life. When we feel lost and aloof, He will guide us and sustain us; when we’re fearful of being alone, God reminds us He’s always there for us.

Beyond these facts, clinging to the Lord rather than fame, money, or material things is the best way to lead a fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
Sources:faithwire

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Actor Mark Wahlberg Attributes All of His Success to His Faith: ‘Stay Prayed Up’

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Actor Mark Wahlberg is crediting his faith for the massive success he’s had in Hollywood.

“My faith, and my family, and just finding good balance,” Wahlberg told Fox News, cataloging the reasons for his success. “But I have to attribute all my success to my faith.”

The “Patriots Day” star made his comments at the opening of his new restaurant, Flecha. He also had the establishment blessed by Bishop Kevin W. Vann of the Diocese of Orange Christ Cathedral.

Wahlberg is no stranger to sharing about his Catholic faith. In addition to being outspoken, he funded and starred in the 2022 film “Father Stu” about amateur boxer-turned-priest Stuart Long.

“You got to stay prayed up,” Wahlberg told fans the year the movie was released. “God bless you.”

Prayer is certainly central to the actor’s life. He has said he starts each day with Scripture and invocations. But Wahlberg doesn’t foist these values upon his kids. Knowing they see his daily example of devotion, he hopes it resonates with them.

“Even with my faith, I don’t force it on [my kids]. But they know that dad can’t start the day without being in prayer, can’t start the day without reading my Scripture or going to Mass,” Wahlberg told NBC’s “Today” in 2022. “And hopefully, instead of forcing that on them, they’ll say, ‘Well, if it works for dad, maybe it’ll work for us,’ and they’ll kind of gravitate toward it on their own.”

The actor’s consistency in his faith has been notable over the years, as he has discussed the impact clinging to God has had in his life. In fact, Wahlberg has repeatedly spoken about the power of faith not only to bring good things into his life but also to help him cope with issues that might unfold.

“As soon as I started putting my faith and focus on God, good things started happening for me,” he told Fox News in 2023. “And even when they didn’t, it gives you the coping skills to deal with things that are inevitable, like loss and failure and those things.”

Wahlberg added, “But, you know, again, my faith and my family, those are the most important aspects of my life.”
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Angel Studios’ New Film Brings Message of Adoption, Hope to Big Screen

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It’s a story that needed to be told, says “Sound of Hope” writer and producer Rebekah Weigel, because Possum Trot is not just another small Texas community near the Louisiana border, but a town that chose to live out God’s command to care for the orphan.

“This is such an amazing story,” says Weigel, an adoptive mother herself, adding, “we need to see more churches step in” the way that Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church did.

Back in the 1990s, W.C. Martin, the pastor of the small church in Possum Trot, and wife Donna felt the Lord call them to adopt a child. Martin began preaching to his rural church about what the Bible says about adoption, and the congregation was moved to action. In total, 22 families in the church adopted 77 of the hardest-to-place children in the foster care system.

“There’s probably only a couple hundred people in the community of Possum Trot, an unincorporated area,” Weigel says, “but, you know, they took it seriously, and they did it together as a community. And I think that’s something I really loved about this story, was just the sense of doing it together, like bearing each other’s burdens, and, you know, when one was weak, they came together, and they helped each other, and I think we need more of that.”

Now, the inspirational story of what happened years ago in the little community of Possum Trot is hitting the big screen on July 4 in the feature film “Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot.” Angel Studios is distributing the film. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.

Weigel joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss the true story behind the film and the experience of telling such a moving story through film.
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‘Hungry For God’: Powerful Moves of Revival, Thirst for Bible Sweeps College Campuses

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Jennie Allen has had a front-row seat to much of the revival unfolding across America, particularly among young people.

She’s been speaking on college campuses and witnessing Gen Z’s rising interest in faith and the Bible.

“It is so real,” Allen recently told  from the red carpet of the KLOVE Fan Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. “There’s no hype. They actually are hungry for God. It’s been the most beautiful thing.”

Allen has seen massive college-age audiences hang on her every word as she shares the Gospel, with the fervor so strong at some schools she’s found herself impromptu baptizing young people in the backs of pick-up trucks — or even in local creeks.

“They are responding to the Gospel,” she said. “And they are showing up in droves. So, it’s been super encouraging that this generation wants God.”

Allen said she first noticed Generation Z’s hunger in 2018 when she spoke at Texas A&M about sin, and the young audience immediately responded in a truly “special” way.

“They were hungry,” she said, noting the intense interest wasn’t lost on her. “They were willing to be honest; they wanted God.”

Allen said the experience of ministering to young people has had a profound impact on her life as well. Today, she’s focused on reaching youths with the Bible’s message of grace and redemption.

“I want to just keep my head down, and be faithful, and not be distracted by many things,” she said. “So, for me, it’s given me such clarity, such boldness. I want to serve God, and I want to serve them well, and I don’t want to hold back.”
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