What If God Dares You to Come Up Higher with Kate Battistelli

What If God Dares You to Come Up Higher with Kate Battistelli

Kate Battistelli, author and mother of GRAMMY award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli, dares you to live a fire lit faith. She talks about her new book "The God Dare" and tells personal stories from performing in "The King and I" to letting go of the shame in having an abortion as a teen. Through these stories hear how God lit a fire under Kate to be a willing vessel. Listen as Kate dares you to let Jesus pick your future.

32 Minutes • 8 days ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Kate Battistelli

Kate Battistelli, author and mother of GRAMMY award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli, dares you to live a fire lit faith. She talks about her new book The God Dare and tells personal stories from performing in “The King and I” to letting go of the shame in having an abortion as a teen.

hrough these stories hear how God lit a fire under Kate to be a willing vessel. Listen as Kate dares you to let Jesus pick your future.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: If you've watched “A Christmas Story,” you've watched one of my favorite Christmas movies. There's a famous scene in it that every child remembers. That's when Ralphie and his friends were daring someone to stick their tongue out to the flagpole. So, they dared him and I didn't do any good. So, they doubled dared them. Then, I think they tripled dog dared them. We got to a place where we all started talking about the dare; that will you do something on a dare? Well, I think I found something that's more significant than double or triple dares. I’ve got a book in front of me now that's called The God Dare. It's written by Kate Battistelli. You may remember that name, Battistelli. We will let her mother tell you about her daughter. But I bet you already know who I'm talking about. So, I want to welcome to the show Kate Battistelli. She wrote The God Dare: Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible? What a question it is. We’re so glad to have you, Kate, and I want you to introduce your daughter. I know she's not on the show. She's busy singing somewhere. So, tell us about your daughter and her claim to fame.

Kate Battistelli: Our daughter is Francesca Battistelli. If you listen to Christian music, you you've probably heard her name because they play her a lot on the radio. She's had four Grammy nominations and one win, which is exciting.

Dr. Steve Greene: What did she win the Grammy for?

Kate Battistelli: She wrote the song Holy Spirit a couple years ago, and she won for that. It is a great, beautiful worship song. She’s been an amazing blessing. God only gave us one child. I'm the crazy woman who wanted five kids, but God said no. One of the things I talk a lot about in The God Dare is, will you let Jesus pick? Does he get to choose your future? And it wasn't the future that I wanted him to choose.

 

Kate Battistelli Books

·         Growing Great Kids

·         The God Dare: Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Yes, but it worked out, right?

Kate Battistelli: Yes. I know I've got the four grandkids. Sometimes just look at your life and go, how did how did I ever get that? You don't think you deserve the good things, the blessings that God gives you. So, we live near them. We actually moved to Tennessee to be near our daughter the grandkids. So, they are a huge joy, a huge blessing.

Dr. Steve Greene: I want to go back into your musical past because I read a little, I did a little research on you. I found out that you were in “The King and I” and that you actually had to play the role of Anna. To your great surprise, you were plucked out of the chorus and you had to sing Anna for about how many nights?

Kate Battistelli: About 1,000 performances. It's an interesting story. This is before I knew the Lord. I came to the Lord a little bit later in life. I was 29, almost 30 when I met the Lord. My husband and I both on the same night, thank you, Lord. But yeah, I actually was cast as the understudy for Anna in the King and I, the big national tour starring Yul Brynner, of all people, who was in the movie and doing the show. It was just it was one of those crazy things where God just plucks you. He says, it's your chance, like Esther. She just got plucked out of obscurity to become the queen and I have a whole chapter on her in the book. I relate this story of what happened to me because typically when you go out as an understudy, you don't ever expect to go on. You're basically an insurance policy for the producers. But one night about two or three months into the show, I come in at 7:15 for an eight o'clock show, and the stage manager literally grabs me by the shoulders looks me in the eye and says she's sick, you're on. As an understudy, you know your part backwards and forwards, but you've never worn the costume. You've never handled the props. I'd never done the show with Yul Brynner, who's very imposing. He was quite an imposing figure. Sometimes you learn very quickly that you're going to have to just do it afraid because I was terrified. But at the same time, I knew what I was doing. So, I went out and did the show and it was great. I did it for two weeks because the leading lady had pneumonia. So, she comes back to the show, and I went back to the chorus. But they didn't really get along. So, a few weeks later, she left the show and they offered me the part. I was nobody. They could have hired any actress in New York City to come and do this show. It's a huge part. It's wonderful, probably one of the best musicals of all time. I was 26 years old. None of it made sense. But most of what God's done in my life hasn't. But I look back now and see it sort of almost just a prophetic picture of my life and God's sense of humor, the way he did that. It’s where I met my husband. He was the assistant conductor on the show. We met and fell in love across the footlights, we really did.

Dr. Steve Greene: How did Yul Brynner treat you?

Kate Battistelli: He treated me very well. He was very kind. He liked me. I think because I was so young, I brought a different youthful energy to the show, because typically that part is played by more of a woman in her 40s or 50s, and I was 26. So, I was quite young, though, historically, I was the right age for Anna Owens. It's based on a true story. But it all it worked out wonderfully. But then we met the Lord and God called us out and asked us to lay down everything we'd worked all our lives for, which is what I call a God dare. I didn't call it that at the time. But I look back now and realize that's exactly what he was doing like he did with Abraham.  Leave everything you know and go to a country that I'm going to show you. I'll tell you about it, but I'm not going to show you where it is. It just took a while for Abraham to get to figure it out and to get to where he was supposed to be. I just see God doing this all through the Bible where he puts this opportunity in someone's lap, and they can say yes or they can say no. We always think … I'm pretty certain that God gives us opportunity and we have the choice the option to say yes or no to it. I think they did in Bible times as well. We don't have to say yes when God brings a big opportunity into our lives. We can turn it down. I don't know if the original disciples were the ones that he first called. I think pretty much they were. It may not make a lot of sense, but I just see God daring people all the time. It's up to us to say yes to that crazy, impossible thing that you know you can't do unless he equips you to do it.

Dr. Steve Greene: Let’s talk about The God Dare. And I really like what you said already. You said do it afraid. I wonder how many people in life spend portions of their life doing things afraid. But you mentioned in the dare that it's we have this question, are we going to take God at His Word or not? That's your line. Or maybe it's from a review, but it's an important line that makes me think about when God's leading us to pack the moving van and move from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Central Florida. Am I going to take him at his word that I shall not surely die and make this move? Or do I just want to pass? We don't get much opportunity to pass, do we?

Kate Battistelli: Well, sometimes we do. But sometimes, if God is insistent like with Moses, where he kept telling Moses and Moses kept saying, No, no, no, no, no. Finally, God said, you're gonna do this, and you're going to bring your brother Aaron with you, and he'll help you. The way I look at it, Moses didn't really have a choice. But he tried to turn God down so many times and it's pretty comical to me to think, how do you say no to God. But people do all the time because I think God puts opportunities … or he'll drop that just crazy idea in your mind. For me, that was writing my first book. I wasn't a writer. I had no platform. There was nothing that made sense about me writing a book. That was Growing Great Kids, my first book, that came out in 2012. I knew God told me to write that book. I fought with Him and said no and gave him every excuse in the in the world why I couldn't do it, that I wasn't equipped. But the one of the keys to The God Dare is that if God calls you to it, he'll equip you to do it if He has to. I had to have him give me the ability to do it. I knew I could write. I always loved English, loved all of that. I've always journaled, but I never thought of myself as a writer until God brought that out and said, look, this is something else you're supposed to do. But the neat thing when you do take God's dare, you can call yourself by another name. I could never call myself a writer or an author before, but now I can and I have my second book coming out. So, when it makes no sense, and it's scary and it's crazy, it's probably God.

Dr. Steve Greene: It's going to be big. It's something we can't do on our own talents, right? We have to do because God’s gifted us and called us to do it. So, that begs the question if we're called, that means you need to recognize that God has dared you. I dare you to come. The Holy Spirit says, come, and we come and then what? So, what are some ways that you've learned to hear God's voice as he dares you to come?

Kate Battistelli: For me, it's always been pretty clear. It's never been really misty and I'm just not sure if that's the Lord. With me, at least, I know he's very firm, very clear, this is what you're doing. I always fight with him a little bit, but I always give in because I can't not. I've seen him do so many amazing things over the years. A lot of times, the things that he's daring me to do are scary … just telling some of my story in the book. When people read, they'll get into a little bit and they'll see I've had wonderful experiences like “The King and I,” but I've had some real ugly things in my life, things that I've done that for 46 years I didn't talk about. I was too ashamed to ever mention it to anyone but God dared me to put it in the book because it would bring healing, I'm hoping, to many, many people that read and have a similar story. I hear pretty clearly when God's daring me.

 

Connect with Kate Battistelli

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         At katebattistelli.com

·         On Instagram

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Kate Battistelli

Kate Battistelli, author and mother of GRAMMY award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli, dares you to live a fire lit faith. She talks about her new book The God Dare and tells personal stories from performing in “The King and I” to letting go of the shame in having an abortion as a teen.

hrough these stories hear how God lit a fire under Kate to be a willing vessel. Listen as Kate dares you to let Jesus pick your future.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: If you've watched “A Christmas Story,” you've watched one of my favorite Christmas movies. There's a famous scene in it that every child remembers. That's when Ralphie and his friends were daring someone to stick their tongue out to the flagpole. So, they dared him and I didn't do any good. So, they doubled dared them. Then, I think they tripled dog dared them. We got to a place where we all started talking about the dare; that will you do something on a dare? Well, I think I found something that's more significant than double or triple dares. I’ve got a book in front of me now that's called The God Dare. It's written by Kate Battistelli. You may remember that name, Battistelli. We will let her mother tell you about her daughter. But I bet you already know who I'm talking about. So, I want to welcome to the show Kate Battistelli. She wrote The God Dare: Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible? What a question it is. We’re so glad to have you, Kate, and I want you to introduce your daughter. I know she's not on the show. She's busy singing somewhere. So, tell us about your daughter and her claim to fame.

Kate Battistelli: Our daughter is Francesca Battistelli. If you listen to Christian music, you you've probably heard her name because they play her a lot on the radio. She's had four Grammy nominations and one win, which is exciting.

Dr. Steve Greene: What did she win the Grammy for?

Kate Battistelli: She wrote the song Holy Spirit a couple years ago, and she won for that. It is a great, beautiful worship song. She’s been an amazing blessing. God only gave us one child. I'm the crazy woman who wanted five kids, but God said no. One of the things I talk a lot about in The God Dare is, will you let Jesus pick? Does he get to choose your future? And it wasn't the future that I wanted him to choose.

 

Kate Battistelli Books

·         Growing Great Kids

·         The God Dare: Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Yes, but it worked out, right?

Kate Battistelli: Yes. I know I've got the four grandkids. Sometimes just look at your life and go, how did how did I ever get that? You don't think you deserve the good things, the blessings that God gives you. So, we live near them. We actually moved to Tennessee to be near our daughter the grandkids. So, they are a huge joy, a huge blessing.

Dr. Steve Greene: I want to go back into your musical past because I read a little, I did a little research on you. I found out that you were in “The King and I” and that you actually had to play the role of Anna. To your great surprise, you were plucked out of the chorus and you had to sing Anna for about how many nights?

Kate Battistelli: About 1,000 performances. It's an interesting story. This is before I knew the Lord. I came to the Lord a little bit later in life. I was 29, almost 30 when I met the Lord. My husband and I both on the same night, thank you, Lord. But yeah, I actually was cast as the understudy for Anna in the King and I, the big national tour starring Yul Brynner, of all people, who was in the movie and doing the show. It was just it was one of those crazy things where God just plucks you. He says, it's your chance, like Esther. She just got plucked out of obscurity to become the queen and I have a whole chapter on her in the book. I relate this story of what happened to me because typically when you go out as an understudy, you don't ever expect to go on. You're basically an insurance policy for the producers. But one night about two or three months into the show, I come in at 7:15 for an eight o'clock show, and the stage manager literally grabs me by the shoulders looks me in the eye and says she's sick, you're on. As an understudy, you know your part backwards and forwards, but you've never worn the costume. You've never handled the props. I'd never done the show with Yul Brynner, who's very imposing. He was quite an imposing figure. Sometimes you learn very quickly that you're going to have to just do it afraid because I was terrified. But at the same time, I knew what I was doing. So, I went out and did the show and it was great. I did it for two weeks because the leading lady had pneumonia. So, she comes back to the show, and I went back to the chorus. But they didn't really get along. So, a few weeks later, she left the show and they offered me the part. I was nobody. They could have hired any actress in New York City to come and do this show. It's a huge part. It's wonderful, probably one of the best musicals of all time. I was 26 years old. None of it made sense. But most of what God's done in my life hasn't. But I look back now and see it sort of almost just a prophetic picture of my life and God's sense of humor, the way he did that. It’s where I met my husband. He was the assistant conductor on the show. We met and fell in love across the footlights, we really did.

Dr. Steve Greene: How did Yul Brynner treat you?

Kate Battistelli: He treated me very well. He was very kind. He liked me. I think because I was so young, I brought a different youthful energy to the show, because typically that part is played by more of a woman in her 40s or 50s, and I was 26. So, I was quite young, though, historically, I was the right age for Anna Owens. It's based on a true story. But it all it worked out wonderfully. But then we met the Lord and God called us out and asked us to lay down everything we'd worked all our lives for, which is what I call a God dare. I didn't call it that at the time. But I look back now and realize that's exactly what he was doing like he did with Abraham.  Leave everything you know and go to a country that I'm going to show you. I'll tell you about it, but I'm not going to show you where it is. It just took a while for Abraham to get to figure it out and to get to where he was supposed to be. I just see God doing this all through the Bible where he puts this opportunity in someone's lap, and they can say yes or they can say no. We always think … I'm pretty certain that God gives us opportunity and we have the choice the option to say yes or no to it. I think they did in Bible times as well. We don't have to say yes when God brings a big opportunity into our lives. We can turn it down. I don't know if the original disciples were the ones that he first called. I think pretty much they were. It may not make a lot of sense, but I just see God daring people all the time. It's up to us to say yes to that crazy, impossible thing that you know you can't do unless he equips you to do it.

Dr. Steve Greene: Let’s talk about The God Dare. And I really like what you said already. You said do it afraid. I wonder how many people in life spend portions of their life doing things afraid. But you mentioned in the dare that it's we have this question, are we going to take God at His Word or not? That's your line. Or maybe it's from a review, but it's an important line that makes me think about when God's leading us to pack the moving van and move from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Central Florida. Am I going to take him at his word that I shall not surely die and make this move? Or do I just want to pass? We don't get much opportunity to pass, do we?

Kate Battistelli: Well, sometimes we do. But sometimes, if God is insistent like with Moses, where he kept telling Moses and Moses kept saying, No, no, no, no, no. Finally, God said, you're gonna do this, and you're going to bring your brother Aaron with you, and he'll help you. The way I look at it, Moses didn't really have a choice. But he tried to turn God down so many times and it's pretty comical to me to think, how do you say no to God. But people do all the time because I think God puts opportunities … or he'll drop that just crazy idea in your mind. For me, that was writing my first book. I wasn't a writer. I had no platform. There was nothing that made sense about me writing a book. That was Growing Great Kids, my first book, that came out in 2012. I knew God told me to write that book. I fought with Him and said no and gave him every excuse in the in the world why I couldn't do it, that I wasn't equipped. But the one of the keys to The God Dare is that if God calls you to it, he'll equip you to do it if He has to. I had to have him give me the ability to do it. I knew I could write. I always loved English, loved all of that. I've always journaled, but I never thought of myself as a writer until God brought that out and said, look, this is something else you're supposed to do. But the neat thing when you do take God's dare, you can call yourself by another name. I could never call myself a writer or an author before, but now I can and I have my second book coming out. So, when it makes no sense, and it's scary and it's crazy, it's probably God.

Dr. Steve Greene: It's going to be big. It's something we can't do on our own talents, right? We have to do because God’s gifted us and called us to do it. So, that begs the question if we're called, that means you need to recognize that God has dared you. I dare you to come. The Holy Spirit says, come, and we come and then what? So, what are some ways that you've learned to hear God's voice as he dares you to come?

Kate Battistelli: For me, it's always been pretty clear. It's never been really misty and I'm just not sure if that's the Lord. With me, at least, I know he's very firm, very clear, this is what you're doing. I always fight with him a little bit, but I always give in because I can't not. I've seen him do so many amazing things over the years. A lot of times, the things that he's daring me to do are scary … just telling some of my story in the book. When people read, they'll get into a little bit and they'll see I've had wonderful experiences like “The King and I,” but I've had some real ugly things in my life, things that I've done that for 46 years I didn't talk about. I was too ashamed to ever mention it to anyone but God dared me to put it in the book because it would bring healing, I'm hoping, to many, many people that read and have a similar story. I hear pretty clearly when God's daring me.

 

Connect with Kate Battistelli

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         At katebattistelli.com

·         On Instagram

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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