ep. 31 on community over competition

Jamie Ivey

ep. 31 | Community over Competition with Jamie Ivey

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I chatted with one of my own favorite podcasters, Jamie Ivey, about supporting and encouraging other women. Though I’m sure you probably know her, Jamie is a wife, mother of 4, blogger, podcaster, and author. She hosts one of my go-to podcasts called “The Happy Hour” and is releasing a book in January of 2018 titled "If Only You Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free." Through her podcast, Jamie cheers other women on in a way that encourages them to do what they do with excellence for the glory of God! We chatted about everything from our own struggle with comparison to how the Gospel enables us to freely celebrate what God is doing in the lives of our sisters in Christ.

You guys, when I started brainstorming guests and topics for the Journeywomen podcast it was a dream of mine to chat with Jamie Ivey. I’ve been listening to her podcast, The Happy Hour, for years. Her willingness to come on my show was yet another reflection of her kindness and her support for other women in ministry. I walked away from my conversation with Jamie encouraged to communicate value and care to other women who are on their journeys to glorify God in whatever He’s set before them. I hope ya’ll find our chat as inspiring as I did!

  1. When I think Jamie Ivey, I think ‘encourager’ or ‘cheerleader’. Is that something that comes naturally to you or is it a skill you developed?
  2. What makes someone a good cheerleader and encourager of others?
  3. What’s the beauty of stepping outside of ourselves and encouraging someone instead of comparing ourselves to them? How does it build up the body?
  4. How do you cheer friends toward holiness?
  5. What enables us to encourage and support others as they pursue their dreams and goals?
  6. What gets in the way of being able to really encourage and cheer one another on?
  7. Have you ever struggled with comparison or competition with others? What did that look like?
  8. When are we, as women, most subject to comparison? How can we fight against it?
  9. What’s the danger in measuring ourselves up against one another? How is it destructive to the body of Christ/community?
  10. How do you fight comparison against others who are in the same line of work, like speaking, writing, and podcasting?
  11. What does it look like for you practically, considering the reality that you actually have to consider your numbers for advertisements and other things like that for your business?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What are 3 resources you'd recommend for someone wanting to grow as an encourager/cheerleader?
  2. What are your 3 simple joys?
  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“A good cheerleader is a good listener. When you hear the word cheerleader, your initial thought involves someone talking a lot, yelling a lot, and telling people to follow their dreams. There is a lot of that involved when you’re a cheerleader for those around you, but I think one of the greatest assets of a true cheerleader is to be a really good listener. To be able to really listen to someone--their highs and their lows, what they’re dreaming about and where they’re going, and then to be able to gather those thoughts and cheer them on--that’s what makes a good cheerleader. A lot of times we don’t want to listen to what other people are doing because we are so self-focused on what we’re doing.”

“Cheerleading is valuing someone’s dreams and passions as much as you value your own.”

“I don’t think there’s a magic formula for encouraging others. I think it comes down to, ‘Do I really care about those around me and what they’re doing?’”

“Encouraging others is taking your time, listening to people, and thinking through how you can come alongside them and support them. And that looks different in different seasons of our lives.”

“If you’re a woman and you’re thinking, ‘I don’t have time to cheer on anyone else, I’m just trying to chase my own dream,’ I want to encourage you that it’s going to be easier to chase your own dream when you’re running with other people.”

“In my life right now, I have some pretty close girlfriends who I have a thing with where we can lay it all out on the table--the good, the bad, the ugly, the shameful--we can lay it all out there and our goal at the end is to point one another back to Jesus.”

“What you need from your girlfriends isn’t just someone who will look at you and say, ‘You got this! Pour yourself a glass of wine. It’ll be okay. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you can do this!’ Those are some cool phrases that hold some validity at some point in our lives, but I also want to point my girlfriends to the cross and point them to Jesus… If all I hear is encouragement like, ‘Ah, tomorrow’s a new day! You got this!’ then we’ve really missed out on an opportunity to point our friends to Jesus and to really encourage them with the Gospel.”

“Something that gets in the way of cheering one another on is ourselves… Our own selfishness, our jealousy, our pride, things that we all struggle with.”

“Ask yourself, ‘What are the things that I can do in my season to cheer others on around me in this stage of life?’ It will look differently for each of us.”

“My friends are going to point me to Jesus. If they don’t point me to Jesus, what are we doing here?”

“When are we not most subject to comparison? It’s coming at us from everywhere. Whether that is on Instagram, which is my favorite social media median and I love it, but I’m also very aware that I only show you what I want you to see. For example, my daughter is hilarious, but I don’t show you when she rolls her eyes at me or when she throws a fit, you know what I mean? I think comparison is just coming at us from everywhere. As women and as believers we need to acknowledge it and fight it. I’m a big believer in fighting things, because I think when we let go, lay down, and just take it, that’s when we lose the battle. There’s nothing wrong with fighting a battle. Fighting a battle means you’re in it… Say the things you’re struggling with out loud… We need to acknowledge those struggles ourselves and acknowledge them to our girlfriends.”

“The greatest way to keep comparison at bay is to verbally process it with someone who loves you, trusts you, and believes in you.”

“When you start pursuing a dream, define what success means for you early on… Numbers are going to grow, books will sell or not sell, advertisers will come or leave, whatever it might be, but define success super early and let that be the baseline of everything. Every show at the Happy Hour is a success if we have encouraged women, if we have inspired them, and if we have pointed them to Jesus. If those three things happen, that’s what makes a successful show.”

 

JAMIE's Resources

Work with kids and ask yourself how you can do that in other areas of your life too

Find people who are ahead of you in marriage that you admire and invite yourself over to their house. Ask them to hang out.

Jamie’s Podcast The Happy Hour (recommended by Hunter)

 

JAMIE's Simple Joys

 

Watching her pets play outside. (Jamie caveated that she’s not a freaky animal lover, but watching them play outside makes her happy.)

Her kid’s 6th grade band concert. She said it’s the worst thing she’s ever heard, but she was so proud!

Spending time together as a family.

 

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ep. 30 on idols of the heart

Emily Jensen

ep. 30 | Idols of the Heart with Emily Jensen

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Emily Jensen about idols of the heart. We discuss everything from our personal struggles with idolatry to practical ways we can move forward in repentance after seeing our sin. If you know Emily, it goes without saying that we talked about resting in the grace of the Gospel. She said, “It’s always important to remember with idolatry like, this isn’t something that we do on our own. This is something God did on our behalf. That causes us to just be humble and grateful and in awe of God. That’s a key thing. When we are in awe of God and when we are grateful for what he has done, it makes us want to worship Him more and it helps us deal with our idol problem.”

Talking with Emily opened up my eyes to see that while there are lots of little idols I’ve conjured up, they all revolve around ME! My biggest problem really is myself. Understanding that I genuinely am struggling with making much of myself more than anything else has humbled me in the best of ways, providing a sweet opportunity to preach the Gospel to myself and to those around me.

I am continually learning about how the Gospel infiltrates every area of my life and God has really used Emily and her sister-in-law, Laura, to help me flesh that out practically as I listen to their podcast, Risen Motherhood. Emily has been married for eight years, is a mother to five young children, and has a passion for sharing gospel-centered truth with women. I am so grateful we have the opportunity to hear from her today on the topic of idolatry.

  1. Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. What is idolatry? Why is it a problem? When did it originate?

  3. What’s the prescription for healing an idolatrous heart?

  4. What are some things that we, as women, are prone to idolizing? Can we talk about one that you’ve struggled with and one that I struggle with?

  5. What do we do with recurring areas of idolatry?

  6. How can we repent and move forward without wallowing in sadness, beating ourselves up, or trying to fix it on our own when we continually fall back into the same sins?

  7. What are some practical ways we can prayerfully examine our own hearts? What are some practical ways we can protect them from idolatry?

  8. How can we lovingly approach a fellow believer if we see that something or someone has taken the place of God in their heart?

  9. Why is it important for us to have open conversations with other believers about our sin (not just theirs, but ours too)?

  10. What would you say is the number one way we can keep ourselves from idols?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What are 3 resources you'd recommend for someone who wants to grow in this area?
  2. What are your 3 simple joys?
  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“An idol--at the most fundamental level--is anything that we worship instead of or in addition to God.”

“We see (idolatry) in the literal, physical images that people worship, but we also see it in the value that people are placing in relationships or in possession or in achieving certain things.”

“Worship isn’t just singing on Sunday morning. It’s really a lot more broad. Yes, we are worshipping when we do those things, but worship is really an attitude of our heart and it’s doing everything for God and for his glory and making everything about him.”

 “Worship isn’t just something we do. It defines who we are.” -Paul David Tripp

“Whenever we are transferring our worship of God to something else… it permeates our time, resources, emotional desires, and everything in our lives.”

“It’s a lot harder to be a living sacrifice than a dead one, because you can just crawl right off the altar.”

“At it’s basic level, idolatry is just worshipping something other than God.”

“In general, we need the Gospel… that’s healing in that we are dead in our sins and trespasses, and without the blood of Christ covering our sins, the wages of sin is death. Once we are walking with Christ and we do have his righteousness, we do still struggle with idolatry. But the healing cure isn’t any different, it is still believing the Gospel and rehearsing that truth to ourselves.”  

“Something we do on Risen Motherhood a lot is we go through the four parts of the Gospel and thinking through each part and how it applies: creation-fall-redemption-restoration”

“God created us to worship him alone. Nothing else is going to make us truly happy.”

“Although we deserve to be cut off from God forever, he sent Jesus who comes to earth--who doesn’t have a problem with idolatry--to do his Father’s will. And instead of punishing us, God punished Jesus. He turned his face away from him. And the veil, the thing that separated us from God, was torn in two, so that we can have God dwell in us through the Holy Spirit.” 

“It’s always important to remember with idolatry, this isn’t something that we do on our own. This is something God did on our behalf. That causes us to just be humble and grateful and in awe of God. That’s a key thing. When we are in awe of God and when we are grateful for what he has done, it makes us want to worship Him more and it helps us deal with our idol problem.”

“We live in the already, but not yet. We are already saved if we believe the Gospel, but we are not able to stop sinning, which is really, really frustrating. And so, we look forward to that time when Jesus comes back and in the twinkling of an eye, we’re not going to have these issues anymore. But in the meantime, we are here to love God and love others, and share the Gospel, to make disciples, and do good works on his behalf. And that’s to what end we persevere. When we think about that. As we realize that this battle is already won, the victory is done, we already know the ending, that shapes what we worship today and what we choose to spend our time on today. Going through creation-fall-redemption-restoration helps shape how we heal from this problem and deal with it in our lives.”

“What I notice the most is idolatry issues with relationships: who we love and what we demand of them, and then identity: which is who we are, who we think we are, and who we think we should be.”  

“I have all these little stems that go back to something bigger for me. I would describe it as my idol is myself. I have set up myself as god in my life. I want to orient everything in my life to serve my own purposes. My will is the idol and I sacrifice things on that altar. I’ll put relationships on the altar, material resources on that altar, everything. To me, everything comes back to the fact that i want to be little l lord of my own world.”

“We must remember the truth that we cannot fix ourselves… Our sins do deserve punishment, but we don’t need to beat ourselves up, because Christ was beaten for our sins, both physically and also the wrath of God--God turning his face away--he took that for us. There’s nothing left to be poured out on us. It’s all been consumed. We have to remember that. It blows our minds, we go in circles, and we ask ourselves why God would do that for us, but it’s still true.” 

“As believers, our job isn’t to focus on ourselves at all… we’re not supposed to dwell on ourselves in a negative way either. We’re supposed to be looking at Christ… let’s turn our gaze to Christ, stop self-analyzing, and look at Jesus. It’s amazing how fast that is an antidote for our sin and sadness.”

“If we don’t know the Truth it becomes really hard to counsel our hearts with it.”  

“It’s not always helpful to start on the level of behavior. I think as we’re talking to a friend, or a family member, or a husband, it’s not always that helpful to say, “Hey, do you think you should lay off the shopping a little bit? I think you should just quit that and love Jesus, not your online shopping.” That’ll probably shut somebody down right away. It’s completely different than taking someone to coffee and having a conversation about what God is doing in your hearts and what God is teaching you. Come at it from that angle. Pray with them. Point them to Christ. Then, a lot of times, those deeper things will come to the surface. There’s an element of trusting God, that he is going to be doing that hard work at a deeper level that will filter out to those behavioral levels.”  

“Go back to the heart. Ask, ‘What is really behind all of this? Can I come alongside you in all of that? Can we walk through this together?”

“I don’t think I’ve ever regretted sharing the Gospel.”

“There is a step of affirming and hearing what someone is saying before we jump to the truth… There is an element of just hearing someone and affirming their sadness… We can affirm that what they’re experiencing is a result of the fall. It is sad! It is broken! We can say, ‘Yes, yes, yes,’ to that, but then I think that after we say ‘Yes,’ and affirm that, then I think everybody is ready to hear the hopeful truth of the Gospel.”

 

Emily's Resources

X Ray Questions by David Powleson

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

Knowing the Bible so that we can counsel our hearts with it

Praying in accordance with God’s will

Community: surrounding ourselves with people who are going to encourage us to believe the truth

How People Change by Paul David Tripp

New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

Awe by Paul David Tripp

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp

Parenting by Paul David Tripp

A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

 

Emily's Simple Joys

Magic Merlin Sleep Suit

Hymns on Youtube like He Will Hold Me Fast, How Firm a Foundation, Come Ye Sinners, Not in Me, I Asked the Lord

Wood burning fires (indoor)

 

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ep. 29 on living on mission

Gloria Furman

ep. 29 | Living on Mission with Gloria Furman

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with my own present-day hero, Gloria Furman, about living life on mission for Jesus. Gloria is a wife, mother, cross-cultural worker, and the author of some of my favorite books. Gloria and I laughed a lot as we discussed what it looks like to live on mission no matter where you’re at in the world. So you’ll know, she’s actually located across the world and because of the time difference, I woke up around 4:45 in the morning to have this conversation. If you thought my voice was low - just wait till you hear this. You’ll have to excuse my morning voice and delirious laughter for the first five minutes of our conversation. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Every time we talk, I’m astounded by Gloria’s knowledge of Scripture and her ability to answer all of my questions from a Gospel-centered perspective. Listen to what she said, “Your own personal fitness is not the most important thing about your ambassadorship. The most important thing about your ambassadorship is the One who is sending you.”  I left this conversation challenged to intentionally pursue those who are already in my direct sphere of influence as an ambassador for Christ. Alright, enough of me! Let’s dig into my conversation about living on mission with my friend Gloria Furman.

  1. Tell us a little about who you are and what you do.

  2. What does it mean to live missionally and why should we even pursue that kind of lifestyle?

  3. What is the Biblical mandate for living on mission for Jesus? Where do we see Jesus living on mission?

  4. How can we support the Great Commission to go and make disciples of ALL nations wherever it is that God has us today? How do you rectify your idea of "mission" and God's idea of "mission"?

  5. How do you live missionally despite the inconveniences that come along with life—like sickness, disease, sleepless nights with an infant, fussy toddlers, etc?

  6. How might this look different based on our season of life? What does it look like to live on mission when you’re in a demanding season that doesn’t seem to allow you to do ministry the way you’ve always done it or the way you want it to look?

  7. Galatians 6:9 tells us not to grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Have you ever had seasons where you did grow weary of doing good and how did you get through that?

  8. How do you live on mission/ fight for contentment with your mission when it feels little and mundane? When we have outlets (thank you social media) to see everyone else's mission seeming to affect the masses, while we aren't convinced ours is affecting anyone?

  9. What do you think it would look like if the women in the Church intentionally lived on mission... scheduled it, prioritized it, made it a practice... instead of filling schedules with "holy things" like church activities, another bible study, another life group, etc?

  10. Obviously Jesus is the ultimate person who lived on mission. Who else has inspired and encouraged you to live missionally?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What are 3 resources you'd recommend for someone who wants to live on mission?
  2. What are your 3 simple joys?
  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“Living missionally means that you’re living the life that God has set apart for you. That’s in the context he’s put you in, with the gifts that His Spirit has provided you with, with the ministry of reconciliation, which we’ve all been given if we are in Christ, and doing all of that in the strength that He provides. We look to him for the model for that.”  

“God is on mission. His Son was sent on a mission. And He sends and equips us!”  

“God’s mission doesn’t have any boundaries.”  

“If I find myself with free time I didn’t count on or when I'm in a situation I wasn’t planning for, I ask myself ‘What would an ambassador do or say?’ That is a picture he does give us. We are ambassadors for Christ--God is making his appeal through us. With the ambassador illustration that Paul gives us in 2 Corinthians 5, if we know anything about ambassadors we know that they are representatives and that they don’t represent themselves, they represent God… The message you’ve been given is this: reconciliation. You don’t have to wonder, ‘What is it that an ambassador would say?’ We don’t have to wonder. We have the message. Walk by the Spirit and proclaim that truth.”  

“How amicable are God’s people to being sent out to the world? How happy are they about that sent-ness?”

“My own self-perceived fit-ness of being an ambassador for Christ is something that I have to wrestle with all the time. Your own personal fitness is not the most important thing about your ambassadorship. The most important thing about your ambassadorship is the One who is sending you.”

“How our ideal situations look can be so different than what God’s actually doing in and through us and in the people around us. You talk about going to the other side of the world, but are you willing to go to the living room?”

“Don’t sit in your restlessness alone. Bring somebody into that.”

“Weep as somebody who has hope.”

“Remember that the world is round. It’s always morning somewhere. The glory of God is going to cover the face of the earth when every corner of the globe is reached. Maybe you don’t know anybody on the other side of the world, but you can pray for them.”

 “Don’t resist the urge to pray. If you sense the Spirit urging you to pray, stop and pray! It’s only the Spirit leading you. Your flesh doesn’t lead you to pray! If you feel it in you, that’s the Spirit.”

 

Gloria's Resources

Joshua Project Prayer Guide

The Temple and the Church’s Mission by G.K. Beale - see how God has been on mission throughout the whole of Scripture and see yourself in that Story

(order the book above on Book Depository if you’re overseas for free shipping)

Joyfully Spreading the Word (coming out next Spring by several female authors)

 

Gloria's Simple Joys

Mexican Food

 

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ep. 28 on a foundation for understanding sexuality

Chris M Legg

ep. 28 | A Foundation for Understanding Sexuality with Chris Legg

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast, Chris Legg, a pastor and professional counselor, lays out a foundation for understanding human sexuality. We discuss everything from metaphysics (don’t worry I didn’t know what that meant either) to helping our children understand their sexuality from a Biblical perspective. As mentioned, Chris is a professional counselor and the lead pastor of South Spring Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. Fundamentally, Chris is a minister and shepherd of people, of which I am one and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to discuss such an important topic with someone as thoughtful, experienced, and wise as Chris Legg.

There’s no denying that human sexuality is a sensitive topic. Chris says, “The problem we’re dealing with is an identity question. Let’s get back to the question of, ‘How do you know who you are? How do you know what makes life good? How do you know what makes life valuable? How do you know that you aren’t trash? How do you know that you aren’t meaningless and that your life matters?’ We intuitively know that there is more to life than being sophisticated, eating and pooping machines. In a godless existence that’s all man is… and none of what we do will matter. Something tells us at a deep level that’s really not true.”

On a personal level, I found my conversation with Chris incredibly helpful, yet challenging. It’s difficult to openly discuss something as closely tethered to our identity as our sexuality. This conversation was between two followers of Jesus - me seeking to understand how to navigate such a difficult topic in our society, and Chris teaching me as a pastor, mentor, and friend. My hope is - whether you agree or disagree with the Biblical foundation Chris establishes - that you will find his insight on engaging in grace-filled, educated dialogue very helpful. I hope we can all put into practice his encouragement to seek common ground and to avoid being unnecessarily offensive.

  1. Gender is such a controversial topic that's becoming more and more confusing within Christianity. I want to address it gracefully knowing that it’s closely tethered to people’s identity, but as we do with all of the topics we address on the Journeywomen podcast, I want to look at it through the lens of what the Bible says. What does Scripture say about males and females?

  2. Have there been other periods in history where this has been so confusing as it is today?

  3. Is there a difference between gender and sexuality according to the Bible? How is this different from the way our culture defines gender and sexuality?

  4. Why is it important for us to develop an accurate, Biblical understanding of our God-given sexuality?

  5. What makes you a man? What makes me a woman?

  6. What is it that makes this topic so heated and personal?

  7. How do you engage with someone on this topic, in a Gospel-centered way, especially when their views differ from yours?

  8. What's appropriate regarding expressing our sexuality/gender? Can that look different than the traditional, "Leave It To Beaver" type roles?

  9. How can we address/teach our children/disciples about sexuality?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What are 3 resources you'd recommend for someone who wants to develop their foundation for understanding these topics?
  2. What are your 3 simple joys?
  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

Premodern Metaphysic — One aspect of the many is that there are external sources for everything. Even from just a statement of truth, like what makes something true, that comes from outside of mankind. What makes a chair a chair. That’s outside of mankind. Your opinion and my opinion don’t matter. What matters is there is an absolute right answer. Truth, value, purpose, significance, identity, fate, God, gods — these are all things external. They all come from an external source.

Somewhere in the reformation, Renaissance/Enlightenment period the world began to shift over to a modern metaphysic. 

Modern Metaphysic — There are external sources for things and internal sources for other things. It is an interesting mixture of man is not just a creation, he is a created creator. The universe is not just his or her home, it’s also the material with which he builds his home. America was founded as a modern nation.

Then, somewhere around 1950 you start seeing what we call the postmodern metaphysic.

Postmodern Metaphysic — There are no external sources for anything. Especially when we start applying that to truth, identity, or value.

“The questions we’re dealing with right now with gender and sexuality are an expression of the overall issue which is if nobody or nothing from the outside can tell us who or what we are, then who can? The only person left is ourselves. That is deeply problematic because the human race is deeply flawed. What we’re dealing with is who gets to decide to say anything about me? So who, from the outside can say anything about me? Obviously, in the postmodern metaphysic, God has no rights. Most postmoderns have been raised thinking that no one can tell them anything about themselves from the outside.”

“About half of our country is primarily modern and the other half is primarily postmodern.”

“Masculine and feminine are a cultural phenomenon, not a chromosomal or genetic phenomenon. This is completely cultural… For example, if you’re in a Scottish culture, wearing a kilt is not feminine. Now, if (in our culture) a man wore a different skirt under any other context people would say he’s dressing in a feminine way. Another example, in the Middle East men wear long, flowing robes that are essentially dresses all the time, but in their culture that is considered masculine.” 

“Masculine is what it means to be male… Masculine is the presentation, it is a cultural definition of male or female. It is, ‘This is how our culture knows that you are male or female.’ By the way you act, dress, talk, and every culture is different.” 

“When someone says homosexuality, a lot of times they just mean attraction. Attraction is not sin… The sin would be to engage in a romantic or sexual relationship with that person… Lusting after that thing, being jealous of that thing, yes, those are mental exercises that are sin. But just finding a person interesting, intriguing, or attractive is not sin. That’s just humanity.”

“Isn’t it a fundamental Christian doctrine that we are born fallen?” 

“One of the mistakes vocal Christians make is saying, “We have a special message for homosexuals out there and that is, ‘You need a Savior,’ versus saying ‘Hey we have a special message for the entire race of humanity and that is, ‘You need a Savior. And once you have him, you need him every day and every moment and when you mess up you need him, and when you’re doing great you really, really need him.” That to me is part of the mistake that we’ve made, in that somehow, the sins that we personally find less tasteful, we somehow think are less tasteful to God. You want to find one that’s less tasteful to God, divisiveness in God’s people is listed probably a dozen times more often than any sexual sin, but we don’t seem to have a problem with that one in our churches. Or pride? Pride is always listed number one, and yet we don’t find someone marching around with signs about pride.”

“When you’re talking with most people today, if they disagree with you on one of these topics, it’s because their metaphysic is different than yours. They believe that their role in the universe is to be the ultimate authority in their own life. In fact, the only authority in their own life. They’re the only one who gets to say what is right and wrong, what is valuable and not, what is precious and what is not precious, what is treasure and what is common. You’re not going to have a rational conversation that isn’t going to be offensive with them, no matter how hard you try. What you want to avoid is to be unnecessarily offensive.”

“Jesus is described as the scandal on the stone that makes men stumble. Jesus is scandalous enough without us adding ourselves into the mix too much.” 

“The problem we’re dealing with is an identity question. Let’s get back to the question of, ‘How do you know who you are? How do you know what makes life good? How do you know what makes life valuable? How do you know that you aren’t trash? How do you know that you aren’t meaningless and that your life matters?’ We intuitively know that there is more to life than being sophisticated, eating and pooping machines. In a godless existence that’s all man is… and none of what we do will matter. Something tells us at a deep level that’s really not true.”

“Understanding that male and female is a sex difference. Gender is the sociocultural description of masculine or feminine.”

“You have to work your way to where you agree for any good discussion.”

“A very healthy question, especially for someone who claims to be a Christian is: what is God a source for? Is God a source for truth? Is God a source for morality? What do you think about that? And then the next one is, is God a superior source to you or me? And if he is, how do we know God’s opinion for something?”

“The relationship that Christianity seeks with God is man trying to know what God wants, not what we want for God.”

“From a therapy perspective, we are raising a generation of anchorless people and we have no idea what that is going to cost us. In the next generation, what will that cost us? The truth is, most of the time when a culture gets here, at least since Jesus Christ was on the earth, you have an awakening.”

“Parents have been the leading predictor of what children believe as they get older…Parents are still the number one influence in their child’s life." 

“Don’t try to correct the sinful behavior of lost people. Behavior modification is not what Christianity is about. Jesus didn’t come to prune us, as C.S. Lewis said, he came to tear us up by the roots and start over.”

“One of the ways we fight depression is that we have little joys every day, slightly bigger joys every week, bigger ones every month, and bigger ones every year. By the word ‘simple joy’ I mean the things we look forward to.”

 

Chris's Resources

Chris Legg’s Website

South Spring Baptist Church’s Website

William Lane Craig

J.P. Moreland

"Basic Postmodernism" on Chris’ website

 

Chris's Simple Joys

Reading aloud to his wife Ginger every night

Watching movies with his kids

Meaningless time with meaningful people

 

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ep. 27 on creativity

Ruth Chou Simons

ep. 27 | Creativity with Ruth Chou Simons

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Ruth Chou Simons on the topic of creativity. Ruth is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. She is the creator of the GraceLaced online art shoppe, blog, and the popular Instagram community where she shares scriptural truths daily through honest words and her hand-painted artwork. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in New Mexico and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.

Ruth and I talked about everything from the ministry of coffee dates to emulating Jesus’ creative pursuit of us in the way we pursue others.  She said, “It’s not about how beautiful the actual product is. It is that your hands actually created something that is the vehicle in which somebody else gets to experience the grace of God.” If you don’t consider yourself creative in the traditional sense of the word, this conversation is still for you! Ruth shared how we can all express creativity even in something like a coffee date or a simple, handwritten note.

  1. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, and how you came to where you are today.

  2. You are an artist, which is exactly why I wanted to have you on the podcast to discuss the topic of creativity. One of the things I seek to do in every episode of the Journeywomen podcast is to tether the topic back to what we see in Scripture. That said, do we see creativity in the Bible? Can you give us an example of that?

  3. Can we reflect the character of God through our own creativity?

  4. What is the aim/goal of expressing our creativity?

  5. As image-bearers of God, are we all creative at some level?

  6. What would it look like to use our creativity as a means by which to share the Gospel?

  7. When/how might we see ourselves misappropriating our creativity and using it for our own glory instead of God’s glory?

  8. For those of us who don’t identify themselves as creatives, what are some non-traditional ways we might actually be expressing creativity already? What are some things we might consider trying?

  9. How do you continue to cultivate and protect space to create when you’re in busy seasons, like motherhood, working, or going to school? On the flip-side, how do you extend grace to yourself when you really want to create, but you aren’t able to make that happen in the way that you really desire?

  10. How do you practice this as a family? How do you engage in creativity with your spouse? How do you encourage your children to create for God’s glory?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend to someone wanting to develop their creativity?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“A lot of things that are worth doing are worth doing slowly.” 

“God chooses to tell us his story and his plan for creation and for his people through the details and through his handiwork… He didn’t have to do it that way… I think that’s something that causes us to realize how kind and how merciful God is. He genuinely chooses to meet us and speak to us in the language that makes sense to us.”

“It’s not about the medium or the amount of time or how great the product might be that we’re trying to create, sometimes we think that we just miss a project if it doesn’t turn out exactly the way we want it to turn out. But I think what we see in Scripture is that there’s so much to be said for the intention of creating. What the intention is and what the process is as we witness the power of creation.”

“We were created to reflect his (God’s) creativity. We were created to reflect his character. In his character is an intentionality and a desire to display his glory through the work of his hands, through beauty. It’s natural for us to really long for that.”

“We underestimate how much even in our own handwriting is our own, unique creativity.” 

“It’s not about how beautiful the actual product is. It is that your hands actually created something that is the vehicle in which somebody else gets to experience the grace of God.”

“No one should underestimate the ministry of a coffee date.”

“We can emulate the way we’re pursued by our Savior by pursuing others with our creativity.”  

“How do we woo somebody to the goodness of the Gospel through kindness? By displaying beauty in a way they don’t see easily in the world?”

“Is it possible that our artwork could be less about us and more about the glory of God? Could it be that our song could be something bigger than just trying to create a hit? Is it possible that our creative conversation can ultimately point to someone who has the answers, and not just me? In every way our creativity can ultimately reflect something or someone way bigger than ourselves.”

“We think once we get better we’ll have more to offer or more to say. But the reality is what we see in all of Scripture is that God uses people right where they are, surrendered to them, and he writes their stories for all to see right then and there. Meaning, we don’t get to receive all the glory for turning ourselves into the perfect form of who we want to be before we proclaim him. He wants the broken vessel that we can put together to use for his glory.”

“So if we feel like there’s never enough time, then it’s possible that some of the things that we’ve included in our 24 hours aren’t supposed to be there as the forefront and the priorities.”

“Guarding is often times equivalent to prioritizing. It’s not that we guard as in we’re possessive, like ‘I have this, this is MY time!’ but rather we guard and say ‘Okay, I’m going to make some adjustments and prioritize certain things. So if I prioritize this, be assured that something else will fall to the background,’ and that’s just the coming and going of our adjustments. And maybe we just need to get better about seeing that as acceptable.”

“As artists or perfectionists we look to the fruit. We look to the growth. We look to the bloom. I’ve always struggled with that and thought ‘This painting is only worth it if the end result is spectacular.’ … It’s amazing because I think the Lord has broken me of this by causing me to see how much the good stuff actually happens in the process that I don’t want to have to go through.”

“The sanctification that I know I want, the product, the person that I want to become, that great blossom of a person that I want to be, is actually literally found in all the pruning, tilling, cultivating, and all of the stuff that I’m not welcoming in other seasons. The only thing that remains true is the Word of God.”

“Unless we anchor ourselves to the truth and say, ‘These are the truths about who God is and I can rest in this always regardless of what’s going on.’ From there is when we can believe what he says about who we are.”

“We’re all made to worship. And so we’re going to worship something. Out of our worship comes the overflow of our lives and the work of our hands. If you have this one life and you have this one 80, maybe 100 years, and you choose and recognize that you need to lay yourself at the feet of Jesus and you will worship him alone. Then the more that you worship him, the more the out flow and the overflow into your life becomes the declaration of his goodness and grace.”

“Rather than looking left and right at new trends and fads, keep your eyes on Jesus, because he’s made us infinitely creative because HE is infinitely creative. We are not bound to materials or time or skill. We are only bound by who he has made us to be in light of him. The more you know your Creator, the more he opens up who he’s created you to be.”

“Our methods, our practice, everything flows out of what we believe about who God is and who we are.”

“The grace of God is the love of Christ and it’s personal. It can fuel everything I say, or do, or think.”

 

Ruth's Resources

Look beyond your immediate art form and experience something out of your norm, like going fishing, going to an opera, or taking a cooking class.

Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart

Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

The Pursuit of God AW Tozer

Grow in your theology

Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

 

Ruth's Simple Joys

The great outdoors

Being unplugged

Having conversations with those around her

 

Extra Resource

Ruth on Risen Motherhood

 

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ep. 26 on loving god's word

Gretchen Saffles - Loving God's Word

ep. 26 | Loving God's Word with Gretchen Saffles

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Gretchen Saffles of Well-Watered Women about loving God’s Word. Ya'll know this is my favorite topic! I asked Gretchen to chat with me because I know she's passionate about encouraging and equipping women to get into the Word of God and find their identity and purpose in Christ. Gretchen is the founder of Well-Watered Women, an online women's ministry that reaches worldwide, has written several Bible studies, and is the creator of the "Give Me Jesus" quiet time journal for women. Through her online ministry, she longs to meet women right where they are with the hope of the gospel and ignite a desire in their hearts to know Jesus more. On any given day you can find her with a coffee cup in hand, a toddler by her side, a message stirring in her soul, and a God-sized dream on her heart.

As an added bonus, Gretchen has graciously offered ya’ll a discount code to the Well-Watered Women shop from now until November 30, 2017 for 10% off your entire purchase! Use the code JOURNEYWOMEN at checkout. This would be a great time to stock up on meaningful Christmas gifts for your girlfriends!

  1. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, and the ministry God’s entrusted to you over at @wellwateredwomen.

  2. When did God begin to cultivate in you a passion for the Word?

  3. What is it that you really LOVE about the Word?

  4. How has loving God’s Word changed you? What will the Word do for us as we cultivate a hunger and passion for it?

  5. How do you find motivation to study when you’re not really feeling it or when things just don’t seem to make sense?

  6. How do you share what you’re learning with others? What does it look like for you to inspire and encourage other women with the Word without being obnoxious?

  7. How do you encourage your husband and your son to get into the Word of God?

  8. Have you ever been fearful of sharing what you’re learning in a public setting, like online, in a small group, or in front of an audience? If not, how do you boldly proclaim the truth despite the reality that we are prone to error? If you have been fearful, what encourages you do continue sharing/teaching the Word of God, despite the fact that our understanding of the Bible is ever-developing?

  9. What has giving God the first fruits of your time looked like in varying seasons, like college, when you were a newlywed, in motherhood, and running a business? What practical tips can you offer for cultivating a heart for the Word even when you’re in a busy season?

  10. What’s your favorite book of the Bible/which book has been the most impactful/life changing?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What are 3 resources would you recommend to someone who wants to cultivate a love for the Word?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“This life is so short. It’s too short to not do what the Lord has called us to do.”

“Scripture is all one story, one complete story, sharing this Good News of Christ and that he is in it from beginning to end. Once that clicked… it was like everything changed.”

“Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word of God is living and active and I can honestly say that no other book compares to the words of Scripture. It’s like a bottomless treasure chest that we can never exhaust.”  

“I know we say we’re so busy, but if you just track the amount of time you open up your phone to look at social media, or maybe you watch that YouTube video or show on Netflix, all that time adds up to being a crazy amount of time. I have realized that I never regret waking up a few minutes early or turning off my phone to spend time with him.”

“God’s Word is always alive and it’s what we need.”

“Our human nature is to come to our quiet time and to walk away thinking, ‘I’ve got to have something to impress people,’ and we come with a motive and an agenda, when really we should be coming with hearts ready to meet with the Lord.”

“Refuse to let your public passion exceed your private devotion.” -Francis Chan

“Christ just calls us to show up as we are. And whenever we share with vulnerability and yet with confidence pointing to Christ and how he fulfills, satisfies, delivers, and redeems, that’s what draws women to hear the Word, because that’s the message of the Gospel.”

“Ministry shouldn’t be compartmentalized it should flow into every aspect of our life.”

“If there’s a woman whose husband isn’t getting in the Word, my greatest encouragement for her would be to keep getting into the Word. Keep praying, keep opening up Scripture, and be that woman who fears the Lord and serves her husband well.”

 “I view social media and all of the things I do online as an opportunity to worship the Lord and to speak the truth of Christ in love and yet in boldness. The Gospel is meant to be bold.”

“Truth without love destroys and love without truth deceives. But truth with love delivers.”

“How am I teaching the Gospel rightly and fully right where I am? And how am I also cultivating a deeper walk with God in all of this? Following Jesus’ example in all of this has really been helpful too.”

“I’d encourage women not to do things backwards. Our tendency is to give God our leftovers… Flip that around. Give him your best moments.”

“The more we have to do on this earth, the more we should be getting into God’s Word. That is what’s going to equip us to do everything else.”

“It’s so easy for us to put doing before being with Jesus, but we cannot do things for Jesus unless we have first been with him.” 

“The words ‘quiet time’ aren’t even in the Bible. We’re supposed to abide. Abiding doesn’t look like this one moment thing every day. Abiding is a moment-by-moment remaining in Jesus, being with Jesus, keeping our eyes on him.”

“You make time for what matters most to you.”

“Jesus is with you. He’s not disappointed in you in your season. He has equipped you. There are so many different ways you can get into the Word.”

“Find ways to fill your life with Scripture.”

“I keep a cactus on my desk because I want a reminder that a cactus survives and thrives in the desert because it collects water and retains it for the seasons and moments when it's dry. We’re the same way. We need to retain God’s Word, store it up in our hearts, surround ourselves with it, and he will use it to carry us through those moments.”

 

Gretchen's Resources

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Help me Teach the Bible Podcast with Nancy Guthrie

Desiring God Website

 

gretchen's Simple Joys

Her morning coffee

A Kindle (more specifically, reading with the backlight)

The Autobiography of George Muller

Tim Keller Twitter Account with Kindle Deals - @dailykeller

Going on family adventures

 

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ep.25 on the gospel and advocacy

Jenn Haskew - The Gospel and Advocacy

ep. 25 | The Gospel and Advocacy with Jenn Haskew

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On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Jennifer Haskew, my former mentor and real-life friend, about the Gospel and advocacy. Jenn is a Texas transplant living in Los Angeles with her husband, Patrick. Together, they have had the privilege of fostering seven children. Jenn also runs a sleep consulting business, is a personal trainer, and a seminary student who hopes to use her education to continue advocating for the voiceless in their city.

As with every episode, if listening to my conversation with Jenn draws out big feelings, I want to encourage you to seek out a friend to help you process. This particular episode could bring up triggers if you have a background in foster care, adoption, or a history of abuse. As Jenn and I mention, we encourage you to pursue professional counseling if needed, just as we have done ourselves. On a personal level, this conversation inspires me to pray for opportunities to stand in the gap with my God-given gifts and resources to help someone in need. 

Jenn said, “I think if you have resources that someone else doesn’t have, you have an opportunity to advocate. That can be when you see someone walking down the street trying to carry two children and they don’t have a stroller, so you let them use your stroller. Or someone is sick and you bring them food. Or a special needs student’s parents who may not understand the hierarchy in the system, but you have some education, so you go with them to their IEP meetings. Or a co-worker who might not feel heard, so you help them navigate the waters of talking with their boss at work. The more common things we hear are modern day slavery, foster parenting, but it doesn't have to be a big thing. It can be as small as taking a meal to someone. Take a step in any direction.”  

I hope you guys will take the steps the Lord is leading you towards to put his glorious Gospel on display for a lost and dying world to see.

  1. How have you served as an advocate for others in your life? When did you first start to see that in yourself? What inspired you to that end?

  2. Why do we practice advocacy? What (or who) enables us to do that? What are some ways in which we, as a church, can practice advocacy?

  3. Can you share a little about the role(s) God has given you to be an advocate for others in your current season?

  4. I want to hone in on your role as a foster mama for a second, because I know a lot of our listeners are either fostering themselves or know someone who is practically advocating for another person in this capacity. What made you decide to pursue fostering? Do you feel like certain people are “called” to foster? Or should we all be engaging in fostering and/or adoption?

  5. How is fostering to adopt different than fostering? Why did you chose fostering and not just going straight to adoption?

  6. What do you wish you would have known going into the messy work of helping other people and really sharing your life with them?

  7. How do you respond when people say, “I could never do that”?

  8. Is it true that most kiddos in the foster care system have experienced some level of trauma? Have you ever experienced trauma, personally, being a foster mom or helping other people? How do you process through that, personally?

  9. Is there a time in which we can go too far and actually enable someone when we’re trying to help them?

  10. Have you ever faced burn-out and gotten really tired? What did that look like? What does self care look like for you in the midst of helping people in need? And for marriage too?

  11. How can we come together as a church to share the burden of helping those in need (particularly when we are in busy seasons of life ourselves)? How has your community come alongside you?

  12. What’s the joy of advocating for others in general, not just in the role of fostering?

  13. What are some practical starting points for people who want to serve as an advocate for those in need?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for people wanting to serve as an advocate for those in need?
  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?
  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“An advocate is someone who steps in, supports or speaks on behalf of, or offers aid to somebody else. In order to advocate you have to realize that there is someone who has need and areas where you have resources that they might not have.”

“You have to realize there’s a need and way that you can meet that need.”

We can stand in the gap for others… “Because Jesus. Jesus did it in the ultimate way.”  

“In order to be an advocate, before you can advocate, you must understand the challenges of those that you’re advocating for and you have to become like them… That’s what Jesus did for us. He doesn’t stay above us in the heavenly realms and advocate for us from afar. He came down, became a human, and then the Spirit now gets to advocate amongst us and for us on earth. I think we really just follow his example.”

“I think if you have resources that someone else doesn’t have, you have an opportunity to advocate. That can be when you see someone walking down the street trying to carry two children and they don’t have a stroller, so you let them use your stroller. Or someone is sick and you bring them food. Or a special needs student’s parents who may not understand the hierarchy in of the system, but you have some education, so you go with them to their IEP meetings. Or a co-worker who might not feel heard, so you help them navigate the waters of talking with their boss at work. The more common things we hear are modern day slavery, foster parenting, but it doesn't have to be a big thing. It can be as small as taking a meal to someone. Take a step in any direction.”

“I wish I had known that you don’t just foster one kid. You really are fostering an entire family.”

“I often say, ‘God will give me the grace for today.’”

“The more we communicate in relationship, the more we can realize what it is that the person actually needs.”

“Surround yourself with people who exude passion about advocating for other people.” 

“Kingdom building work is exciting! I have been given a privilege to get to do this. It’s fun. Bringing God’s kingdom to earth, restoring things, and making it the way that it was supposed to be and once was is fun.”

“Think about what makes your heart beat fast. We naturally advocate when it’s an area that we really love. Think about the areas you love and what resources you have and who you could share those with.”

“Enter into their suffering and try to really understand it. Not with the point of understanding it, but because you want to be their friend.”

 

Jenn's Resources

Think about what makes your heart beat fast

Find someone you see who is advocating well and get to know them

Volunteer somewhere locally

Karyn Purvis Institute

 

Jenn's Simple Joys

Open windows

Gel Manicure Nails

Iced Tea

 

Connect with Jenn


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

 

Today's episode of the Journeywomen Podcast is sponsored by T Bar M Camps.  

Ya’ll have heard me talk about how much camp has impacted my own life. Because of that, I want to tell you about a special camp, T Bar M, that’s located in New Braunfels, TX. You’ve probably heard of T Bar M for their incredible summer camps, but did you know that you can retreat with them year round?  Having spent a year on a camp property, I know there is something powerful that happens when we get away with the goal of nurturing our relationships with God and with each other. If you have a group that needs to retreat, T Bar M is definitely the place to go. It’s is a unique property with lots of space, a perfect spot to strengthen your team by unplugging from routine and breathing life into your people. Best of all, the staff at T Bar M will come alongside of you to accomplish your goals in a Christ-centered environment. Right now, T Bar M is partnering with Journeywomen to help you retreat well! Visit tbarm.org/journeywomen and get a free Ebook on the value of retreating, along with 15% off your first retreat experience!

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ep.24 on fun!

Annie F. Downs

ep. 24 | Fun! with Annie F. Downs

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On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I chatted with Annie F. Downs on the topic of FUN! Flawed but funny, Annie uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. She’s the author of many books, one of which comes out TOMORROW, October 24, called 100 days to Brave. Annie loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults and I can’t wait for you to hear from her today.  

As you’ll hear me confess, this episode was a selfish endeavor. Having fun is a weak spot for me, particularly when I’m under stress. Annie and I discuss everything from the purpose of fun-having to verses in the Bible that might actually be funny. Here’s why I wanted to have Annie on the show to talk about fun. She said, “I feel like part of the call on my life is to bring joy and fun into the lives of other people so that they will see God. Not so that they will see me.” Before I tease you any further, I have to share the companies that made today’s episode possible: HelloFresh and Oh, Sweet Joy. We’re so thankful for sponsorships as they help keep the Journeywomen podcast happy and healthy! You can read more about them below.

  1. At the risk of sounding boring, do you have a definition of "fun" that you might be willing to share with us? What is fun?

  2. What's the biblical backing for fun-having? How does it relate to the Gospel? 

  3. I have heard you say that you’re an Enneagram 7. Does that mean you’re naturally wired to seek out fun experiences? What's your encouragement to those of us who are not wired that way?

  4. If we struggle to loosen up and play, can we get better at it? What are some practical ways you have grown in this area of your life?

  5. What are some ways you encourage your disciples to play and have fun?

  6. What tips do you have for making a really boring day fun?

  7. I know I've had people only want the fun version of me in the past and not the rest. Have you had difficulty feeling that people always expect you to be "fun"? What about days when you're down?

  8. How do you balance social media/personal branding when people expect fun and funny and happy Annie? Do you find it challenging to be real but also give the people what they expect?

  9. How do you balance being lighthearted and playful while also bringing truth?

  10. If you could plan a day of fun for yourself, what would it involve?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone wanting to grow in this area?
  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?
  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“I love fun, but I don’t love fun just for fun. I love fun because it is a release and a reflection, and I want to help people do both of those things.”

“Maybe the glasses (we wear) should be looking for the fun, but looking at whatever I’m doing and calling it fun.”

“Waking up for me involves asking, ‘What is happening today, how is that fun, and what’s good about it?’ I use the word fun loosely, but I don’t use the word good loosely. God’s doing good stuff every day. I’ve had hard things happen, just like everyone… but can I look at the life that God’s given me and find love and joy and peace in it?” 

“Fun is a shift in how you see the life you already have. It’s not a goal in finding a brand new life.”

“Fun already exists, you just need to see it. Fun is also release. Fun is openness. Fun is opportunity. I never want to define fun for anyone else… Whatever connects with the guts of who you are and makes you feel at peace and have a smile on your face and want to invite people into it, I call that fun.”

“You do not have to love a theme park to have fun. And you do not have to love a theme park for anyone else to think you’re fun or for them to have fun with you.”

“You get to define fun for yourself. And inviting people into it really matters to me.”

“What we do see Jesus do all the time is sitting around with his friends and talk. We see him reclining at tables and eating. Even when he turned water into wine at Cana he was actually just at the wedding. What that tells me about Jesus’ personality is that the bride and groom wanted Jesus to come.”

“Even in this life, the way the Holy Spirit reveals God and Jesus and himself to us, I don’t want to run out of time before I’ve learned as much as I can learn of the Bible while I’m still here.” 

“Every good thing we see in someone else, we know is from God’s personality.”  

“The joy of the Lord is my strength. That’s really true. But I do think there is a difference between joy and fun.”

“Joy is what you persevere for and hope is what you persevere for. Fun is a release in the middle of the perseverance.”

“Joy cannot be dependent on your circumstances. I can’t decide if I’m joyful if I’m hungry or not hungry, whether I’m satisfied or not satisfied, whether the date’s gone good or gone bad. Joy has to stay. Fun doesn’t have to stay. I can have a bad day and have no fun and that’s real and that’s normal. But the deep work of God is the joy that I’m not willing to lose or live without.”

“I have friends who don’t know Jesus who have good lives. You can experience a version of joy outside of your faith walk. But there is no joy like the joy of knowing Jesus.”

“We see a side of each other and a side of Jesus and a side of the planet in the middle of fun that we don’t see any other time.”

“Reassess what you call fun. Erase the historic belief that fun is big and loud and four hours. It doesn’t have to be all that.”

“If you want to really want to invite fun into your life and really find it in the life you already have, you need to redefine it for yourself. Stop asking it to be big and let it be little.”  

“If we don’t have fun and rest written into our lives we will not be marathon Christians.”

A ‘play’ from Annie’s work ‘playbook’: “Work hard, play hard, rest hard, pray hard.”

“It matters to me that the people I’m going to be around know that play and fun are real values in my life. It’s what makes me feel the most alive.”

“I feel like I am to bring joy and fun into the lives of other people so that they will see God. Not so that they will see me.”  

“On stages and in books I work really hard to earn the right to be heard so that I can say the true thing.”

“There is a tension between being serious and being fun. I am willing to try and hold that tension.”

“I’m not supposed to be Jesus to them. I’m supposed to be Annie to them. When they see Annie and they realize that Annie only exists because Jesus is kind and because he saved me once, but he rescues me all the time. When they like Annie they will see Jesus.”

“When we all choose to be the very center-core best version of ourselves people will see Jesus.”

“Doing life with Jesus is really fun! And I don’t say that like I’m in front of 2,000 teenagers and I’m trying to pump them up… The adventures I get to live because Jesus is driving this car is beyond anything I could have thought up myself.”

“My body and my mind and my spirit being on the same team is life changing. My spirit and my mind cannot do the things I’m called to if my body gives out.”

 

annie's Resources

That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

Sitting around a table with your people and talk about what fun looks like for you

ETST Instagram Account by Kelle Hampton

Fields, Factories, and Seasons by Jason Miller 

 

annie's Simple Joys

Baths

Being around a table with good food and friends

 

other resources

100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs

Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

 

Connect with annie


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

HelloFresh is the meal kit delivery service that makes cooking more fun so you can focus on the whole experience, not just the final plate. Ya’ll, when I found my HelloFresh box on my doorstep I actually squealed. HelloFresh delivers food to your doorstep in a recyclable, insulated box for free. I was so impressed by the packaging and meal plan instructions. Listen to this, without even thinking, I had everything I needed to prepare Thai-Spiced Pork Meatballs, Carolina Barbecue Chicken, and Adobo Loco Steak. What?! I felt so gourmet. Each meal was delicious and the step-by-step instructions made it easy to prepare brand new recipes for my family. HelloFresh sources the freshest ingredients, measured to the exact quantities needed so there’s no food waste. They even employ two full-time registered dietitians on staff who review each recipe to ensure it is nutritionally balanced. For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter “Journeywomen30”. 


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Oh, Sweet Joy is an online clothing company based near Boulder, Colorado. Curated by Kim Davis, who is a church planter's wife that has a passion for style & fashion, Oh, Sweet Joy seeks to provide affordable clothing that is sourced from the USA as often as possible. If you're looking for some unique boho-inspired apparel that gives a nod to the south, head over to shopohsweetjoy.com and use the code JOURNEYWOMEN for 10% off your entire purchase.

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ep.23 on the big story of the bible

Caroline Cobb

ep. 23 | The Big Story of the Bible with Caroline Cobb

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Caroline Cobb. Caroline is a singer-songwriter and worship leader particularly interested in telling the stories of scripture through her music. Her new album A Home + A Hunger centers around the biblical theme of kingdom hope in exile. Caroline and I talked about how viewing Scripture as one Big Story has not only developed our theology, but literally transformed us. I love her encouragement to keep looking at Scripture, no matter what season we’re in or how much time we’re able to devote to studying, because God will use Scripture to change our lives. My favorite quote was, “The Bible is a book about God. It’s not about us. What’s really cool about it is that when we go to Scripture looking for God and not just looking for a quick, Instagram-sized encouragement or whatever, then that is where we find TRUE encouragement, when we’re gazing upward at him instead of trying to get a quick answer or just feel better." I’m encouraged to continue my quest to grow in my understanding of how this Grand Narrative works it’s way throughout all of history. I hope you’ll join me! 

  1. I just finished reading through the Bible with the goal of better understanding how the Bible connects from Genesis to Revelation and I found your music so helpful for comprehending and remembering the Big Storyline of Scripture. Can you tell us a little about the heart behind your work?

  2. Before we get ahead of ourselves, can you offer a summary of the message that your album seeks to communicate? 

  3. When did you first begin to understand that all of the stories of the Bible fit together and collectively point to one thing/person/event?

  4. Why is it important that we understand that?

  5. What has helped you to develop your understanding of the metanarrative?

  6. What do you do when you come across a story or a passage in Scripture and you don't really understand how it fits into the Big Story?

  7. How does understanding the Big Story impact your day-to-day life?

  8. What's at risk if we don't read the Bible or frame our own lives in the context of the Greater Story?

  9. What encouragement do you have for someone who wants to develop their understanding of the Bible as one Big Story, but who feels intimidated and doesn't know where to start?

  10. What recommendations do you have for someone who wants to read the Bible with the goal of understanding the metanarrative, but who finds herself in a busy season?

  11. How will knowing and understanding the metanarrative of Scripture change us?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone wanting to develop their understanding of the metanarrative or the Big Story of Scripture?
  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?
  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“In the beginning when God created the world he created Adam and Eve and humanity to be with him, in communion with him. Because of sin, that broke… there was a brokenness with creation, with our Creator, and with each other. But even from the beginning in Genesis 3:15 there is this promise that God makes even as he’s telling [Adam and Eve] the punishment for their sin, and it’s that one of Eve’s descendants will crush the serpent’s head. Even from the beginning there is a beautiful story of rescue happening. Even as you go through the Old Testament you can see shadows of a Messiah who is coming and promises of redemption and rescue. Finally when Christ comes on the scene this brokenness that we’ve felt begins to go in reverse. The end of the story is -- which we sometimes forget -- is that he will come and wipe every tear from our eyes and be with us. We will be able to have restored communion with him, eventually, along with every tribe, nation, and tongue. It’s going to be good. That’s what we were made for.”

“This is a Big Story that’s not really about us, but that we get to be a part of.”

“It takes so much pressure off of us, to know that we don’t have to be great like [x, y, or z Bible character].”

“The Bible is a book about God. It’s not about us. What’s really cool about it is that when we go to Scripture looking for God and not just looking for a quick, Instagram-sized encouragement or whatever, then that is where we find TRUE encouragement, when we’re gazing upward at him instead of trying to get a quick answer or just feel better. That is a huge one. We can’t make it fit what we want it to say. It’s really only by looking at Christ and not ourselves that we grow and that we find true encouragement and hope.”

“The hope of the end of the story that Jesus’ kingdom is already breaking in, that he is a judge God, and that he will not just let evil go unpunished, that one day he will wipe away our tears and that all of the sad things will come untrue as it says, and that brings us so much hope.”

“We have to trust that as we’re looking for Christ in Scripture, as we’re wanting to behold him as he is and not as we’re trying to make him to be, as we behold Christ the Bible will transform us.”  

“Just keep looking at Scripture. It will change you.”

“How beautiful is God’s Word that even though I’ve been a Christian for a long time that we can continue to learn and understand new things?” 

“Give him [God] the first fruits of your time.”

“Jesus has completed it for you. He loves you. We live obediently and struggle against our sin not to earn his favor but because that’s what the Gospel frees us to do.”

 

Caroline's Resources

Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones

 Studies by Jen Wilkin

Studies by Nancy Guthrie

From Garden to Glory by Courtney Doctor

The Story of God’s Love for You by Sally Lloyd Jones

Cover-to-Cover Facebook Group that Hunter mentioned

 

Caroline's Simple Joys

Young Adult Fantasy Fiction (Harry Potter or The Wing Feather Saga)

Adventure

Songwriting

 

Other Resources

Cover to Cover Bible Reading Group on Facebook

 

Connect with Caroline


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

Today's episode of the Journeywomen Podcast is sponsored by T Bar M Camps.  

Ya’ll have heard me talk about how much camp has impacted my life... Well, there is a camp in New Braunfels, TX that I love called T Bar M. You may have heard of T Bar M for their incredible kids summer camps, but did you know that you can retreat with them year round? Having spent a year on a camp property, I believe there is something about getting away and being in nature that is good for the soul. Growth is bound to happen when you experience that with other people, be it your family, ministry or business.

If you have a group that needs to retreat, T Bar M is the place to go. T Bar M is a unique property with lots of space, whether it’s a getaway or full on programming and team-building, T Bar M is excited to come alongside of you to accomplish your goals in a Christ-centered environment. Texas may be a quite trip for many of you, but situated between Austin and San Antonio, T Bar M is in close proximity to two airports.

Right now, T Bar M is partnering with Journeywomen to help you retreat well! Visit
tbarm.org/journeywomen and get a free Ebook on the value of retreating, along with 15% off your first retreat experience!

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ep.22 on walking in wisdom

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ep. 22 | Walking in Wisdom with Liz Curtis Higgs

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Liz Curtis Higgs. Liz has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping sisters and seekers experience the depth of God’s love. She is the author of 37 books with 4.6 million copies in print, including her nonfiction bestsellers Bad Girls of the Bible, The Girl’s Still Got It, The Women of Christmas and The Women of Easter. She has spoken at 1,700 women’s conferences in all 50 states and 14 countries. A former radio personality, Higgs has appeared on more than 700 media outlets including NPR, “Focus on the Family,” “Life Today,” Chris Fabry Live, PBS and A&E. She is happily married to Bill Higgs and they share their life together in a 19th century farmhouse in Louisville, Kentucky.

I’m so grateful for women who have fervently followed Jesus much longer than me, like Liz. What a JOY to get an hour of her time to chat about journeying with wisdom and grace. We discussed everything from being former bad girls rescued by God’s grace to raising babies of our own, all of it peppered by Liz’s flair for funny. Hope you guys enjoy our conversation as much as I did!

  1. Liz, I love that you’ve been walking women through the Bible for nearly two decades and that you’re passionate about Biblical literacy. Can you share with us where that passion started for you?

  2. How have you developed your own personal knowledge of the Bible?

  3. What prompted you to write you most recent book on the Proverbs? Is it considered a devotional, Bible study, or both?

  4. Proverbs is known for being a book of wisdom. What does it look like for us to walk in wisdom as believers?

  5. How can we know if we’re walking in wisdom or not?

  6. Do you have a personal favorite from the Proverbs included in your book?

  7. One of my favorites is Proverbs 16:3 which says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Can you help us break this one down?

  8. I’m developing my understanding of how everything in both the Old and New Testament is part of the Greater Story of God’s plan to rescue his people through his son, Jesus. That said, do we see the Gospel in Proverbs? If so, can you help us understand where we see it?

  9. You wrote, “What we consider mistakes, God considers lessons.” This is getting really honest, but I have a hard time looking to the Gospel when I’ve made a mistake. It’s an active practice for me. What encouragement do you have for me and for anyone else who feels like the messes they make are tallied against them instead of washed clean by the blood of Jesus?

  10. What is the joy/benefit/freedom of walking in wisdom?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who wants to grow in wisdom?
  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?
  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“I don’t want my kids to see a perfect mother, I want my kids to see a perfect Heavenly Father who is at work in all of us, including them, including mom and dad, including grandparents, everybody.”

“My message to mothers is: first of all, don’t be hard on yourself. You’re doing everything you can do. What mother doesn’t? It’s just we’re so aware of all we didn’t do, can’t ‘do, or don’t have the energy to do. We’re always aware of how short we fall. But here is our good, good, Father who bridges the gap between everything we can’t do as parents and what He can do, which is of course, everything.”

“The Body shows us where our faults lie, where our prejudices lie, where our judgmental nature might be hiding and I’m so grateful that we have a God that loves us as much as he does, is ever-training, never-grows-weary, never grows faint, and never sleeps.”  

“The maturing process is FUN. It just gets better. But that isn’t the message that our culture gives us. Our culture says that young is cool and old is dull and it gets less fun and more horrible every year. That is really not the truth. It’s a real lie. The truth is, if you look for fun it is there in every season.”  

“If you’re going to get full of the Word, you HAVE to pour it out.”  

“Wisdom is a light for your path. That’s what wisdom does. It lights your path. And it’s God’s light shining in us.” 

“The Lord isn’t just weighing our actions. He cares about our motives. Often we try hard to get our act together to look good and that doesn’t work for God at all. He really only cares about what is happening inside.”

“It’s got to be a word from the Word to really have any value.”  

“It’s all Jesus. It is nothing BUT Jesus. Any good thing in us is the God thing in us.”

“If the goodness comes from God. Then the rotten fruit comes from God’s enemy who is our enemy. Guilt, shame, and condemnation never come from God. [God] convicts, but his conviction is always in love, it’s always gentle. The voice of Jesus correcting us is love, but the voice of the enemy condemning us is hate.”

“Are you talking about a real Satan?” Yes. I am. If I’m talking about a real God, I have to talk about a real enemy. He’s there. He’s all through Scripture. He certainly was there in the life of Christ. He is real, but he’s not worthy of our attention, of our listening-to and doing what he asks us to do, so we have to understand the difference between conviction of God and the condemnation of the enemy.”

“God has left us on this earth to walk this walk. We don’t get it all right until we stand in His presence."

“Any wisdom I have is God’s. Any walk I’m doing, He’s laying down every rock in front of me.” 

“If we can stand on the path we’re on and take one step of faith at a time, we can be absolutely sure we’re on the path that he wants us to be on.” 

“It’s not that every day is perfect, but every day is perfectly what He has for us.” 

“I would tell my younger self to stick to 40 hours a week. I would tell my old self that too, actually.”

 

Liz's Resources

The Word - multiple translations

Bible Gateway

Reading the Bible Aloud

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

 

Liz's Simple Joys

Road tripping with her husband

Sitting around the kitchen table playing games like Scrabble, cards, UNO, or Set

Cuddling with her two, grey, tabby cats Boaz and Sampson

 

Connect with liz


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

Today's episode of the Journeywomen Podcast is sponsored by T Bar M Camps.  

Ya’ll have heard me talk about how much camp has impacted my life... Well, there is a camp in New Braunfels, TX that I love called T Bar M. You may have heard of T Bar M for their incredible kids summer camps, but did you know that you can retreat with them year round? Having spent a year on a camp property, I believe there is something about getting away and being in nature that is good for the soul. Growth is bound to happen when you experience that with other people, be it your family, ministry or business.

If you have a group that needs to retreat, T Bar M is the place to go. T Bar M is a unique property with lots of space, whether it’s a getaway or full on programming and team-building, T Bar M is excited to come alongside of you to accomplish your goals in a Christ-centered environment. Texas may be a quite trip for many of you, but situated between Austin and San Antonio, T Bar M is in close proximity to two airports.

Right now, T Bar M is partnering with Journeywomen to help you retreat well! Visit
tbarm.org/journeywomen and get a free Ebook on the value of retreating, along with 15% off your first retreat experience!

Follow them on Instagram or Facebook


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ep.21 on leading small groups

Jennie Allen

ep. 21 | Leading Small Groups with Jennie Allen

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Jennie Allen. Jennie is a Bible teacher marked by personal authenticity and vulnerability. She encourages women to go to these same places as they study scripture, wrestle with truth, and more fully live out their short time on this planet.  Jennie and Zac have four children, Connor, Kate, Caroline, and Cooper. She writes Bible studies, authors books, and founded a live event called IF:Gathering designed to gather, equip, and unleash the next generation to live out their purpose. She’s a mom, a wife, and most of all--totally obsessed with following Jesus and imparting that passion to other women, which is exactly what we talked about today.

Jennie really encouraged me to pursue real relationships with the goal of making disciples. My sincere hope is that this podcast will serve as a springboard for conversations within the context of your real-life community, like your own small groups, the women at your church, your co-workers, the girls in your dorm room,  or with mamas at the park. I’m praying that intentional conversations centered around the Word of God will challenge and deepen your faith while strengthening your relationships with your mentors and disciples. Come share how you’re growing with us on Instagram and Facebook! Looking forward to seeing you guys here next Monday.

  1. For those who aren’t familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. I asked you to come on the show to discuss leading small groups because despite standing on stage and speaking for thousands of women, I can tell from your books and from the content you put out that gathering small groups of women around the Word of God is a passion of yours. I’d love to hear where this originated for you: who taught you this process and where it started? What was the first Bible study that you led? What does this look like for you in this season?

  3. What’s the point of small group study? Can we talk a little bit about the heart behind women gathering together to study the Word of God?

  4. What are some key principles for leading a small group study? What is your encouragement to someone who might feel inadequate when it comes to leadership?

  5. Practically, what is the format of your studies? Why do you do that the way that you do? What are some common pitfalls small groups fall into?

  6. As leaders, how can we stay focused on seeking God and the souls of men over building our small group or our ministry? How do you keep things simple when our culture wants to build numbers and platforms?

  7. What do you do with positive feedback in your role as a leader? How do you respond to that? What would you suggest we do when we feel ourselves becoming too puffed up or too concerned with the approval of man?

  8. Knowing what you know now, what would you encourage the Bible teacher Jennie when you were 20 years old? What would you have told Bible teacher Jennie when you had a 3 year old in the house?

  9. How do you continue to flourish — especially when you’re busy and when your ministry is flourishing/demanding?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone wanting to develop as a disciple or as a mentor?
  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?
  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“I’m going to make disciples and I’m going to use my gifts to teach people around me. That’s what I love doing.”

 “Make disciples who make disciples. That is clear. That is the call.”

“The call on our lives is that we all go make disciples. That can be one person that can be five people that can be twenty people, but honestly it’s probably going to be a smaller group. Even those that lead big Bible studies I encourage to break into smaller groups.”

“It is easier to publish a book than it is to invite your neighbors to a Bible study. I don’t know why that is, but it’s true. It is easier to do big things than small things. The courage to interact with the people closest to us and to take a risk is difficult.”

“You are ahead of somebody in your life… there is somebody below you that is in some way behind you and you have something to give to them.”  

“Recognize that you need help. You need people pouring into you… Seek out being discipled and seek out being under the authority of the local church and then we give our lives away.”

“It doesn’t matter if you have a leadership gift. It doesn’t matter if you have a teaching gift. You were called to invest your life into others.”

“The main thing of being a believer and following Jesus is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love people like it-- the Great Commandment--and the Great Commission--to make disciples of all the earth. What that looked like was right in front of you, how Jesus did it, a handful of people and them pouring into a handful of people.”

“Someone asked me one time, ‘What is the measuring marker to tell if you’re making a disciple?’ I said, ‘It’s easy. Jesus made it really clear. You make disciples who are making disciples. Once your disciple is making disciples then you’ve done good work and made an effective disciple.’”

“No matter what else I do and how gifted I am to be able to do what I’m doing, there is nothing more rewarding than a living room full of girls or a coffee date with a girl, giving her the Word of God.”

“As women grow in their understanding of the Word and grow in their mission to make disciples a lot of these thing snap into place. A lot of growth happens personally… When we’re doing what he made us to do to serve and make disciples in the church things start happening that are beyond that you could do yourself.”

“We are at war for our mind and our affections… It’s turned into a full on assault if you just want to get a quiet time. It’s not even easy to do that anymore. The number of tethers being thrown at you on a given morning is ridiculous. It’s good to recognize that it’s a real war and we have an issue if we don’t learn to fight back.”

“There’s a real sobriety in my life that this is short and I’m in it for the glory of God.” 

“If you’re really going to go fight for the glory of God and the good of people you’re not signing up for an ego and you’re not signing up for an easy life. You’re signing up to go to war with darkness and trying to set captives free.”

“I would have said to her ‘You’re doing good work. Don’t think there is something bigger around the corner. You’re doing it right now. You’re doing the big thing.’ I think I would have felt more settled if I could have believed that.” 

“There is nobility and honor in faithfulness. Faithfulness can look like diaper changes, meeting with a girl for coffee, or working a really hard job to provide for your family. It can look like a lot of different things, but I think we tend to be really hard on ourselves when the truth is we’re all probably really doing the best with what we’ve been given.”

“This is stewardship before God. If we let our view of our reputation of ourself. If we let our view of humility be that we should bury something because God should be pleased, we have a passage in Scripture (in the parable of the talents) that should terrify you and haunt you.”

“I think we are afraid of success. We’re afraid of putting ourselves out there and winning. A lot of women feel more comfortable in failure than they do in success.”  

“We underestimate people’s craving for the eternal. It is built in. Man was created with eternity written into their hearts.”

 

Jennie's Resources

The Master Plan of Evangelism

Proven - Bible Study Book 

IF:Equip

Current Church History Study

IF:Gathering

IF:Gathering Shoppe

IF:Table

 

Jennie's Simple Joys

Discovering new things

Being outdoors

People

 

Connect with Jennie


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

Today's episode of the Journeywomen Podcast is sponsored by Because I'm His.  

Diana Carter founded Because I'm His in 2016 in the midst of a paralyzing season of anxiety and panic. What started as means of survival in her journal eventually turned into an Instagram account she used to process a season of hopelessness. The only way to silence the lies attacking her identity was to speak back to them with the truth of who she was in Christ.

And so, Because I'm His was born.

Because I’m His is a community of women rooted in their Biblical identities and walking in the fullness of that reality. Through daily devotions, vulnerable storytelling and biblical truths, Because I’m His exists to equip women to know their true identities and walk in the fullness of that reality.

Follow @becauseimhis on Instagram and visit their website at becauseimhis.com.


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ep.20 on motherhood

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ep. 20 | Motherhood with Heather MacFadyen

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Heather MacFadyen of the God Centered Mom Podcast on the topic of motherhood. Heather and I talked all things mothering, from prioritizing time in the Word to Gospel-centered encouragement for tired mamas like myself. This episode is truth-filled, rich, and I probably laughed a little too much.

Heather has been married since the turn of the century which she says sounds more impressive than it is--though I personally beg to differ. She is the mother of four young boys (born exactly, to the day, within 6 1/2 years . . . just like she’d always planned). Heather hosts a weekly podcast (The God Centered Mom Podcast) interviewing fellow journeyers on the topic of motherhood. On social media she chronicles the colorful chaos of "relentlessly replacing ‘me’ with ‘He’" — sharing the daily struggle of remaining God-centered while mothering four wild-at-heart, energetic, and often stubborn boys. Her heart is for moms to know God's great delight over them. How He sees the unseen eternal work they do every day. And to know they “Don’t Mom Alone."

  1. How do you define motherhood?
  2. Can you help us set a Biblical foundation for motherhood? What does Scripture say about it?
  3. How does motherhood relate to the Gospel? Practically, how can we put the Gospel on display as mothers?
  4. What about when we fail? How should we respond? And what encouragement do we have to press forward in making little disciples?
  5. How can we connect with and love mothers who parent differently than we do?
  6. What are some lies we might find ourselves particularly subjected to as mothers? What are truths to hold onto to combat those lies?
  7. What are some other practical ways to get into the Word as a mom?
  8. How about being in community and serving in the church (especially for the tired mama)?
  9. Do you have any encouragement for the mama who feels overwhelmed by her motherly calling?
  10. What are some things you do to help you recharge as a mom?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for motherhood?

  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?

  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“Motherhood feels unique and special in that it’s one role in which you get to intimately love another human soul in a kind of selfless service, tangible grace, moment to moment discipleship. If you’ve ever served in any ministry it’s the one ministry where they’re seeing you in your worst and best place, and you get to minister to them in their hardest and best moments. It’s such an interweaving of lives even beyond your spouse because they’re part of you. Or, through adoption, it’s hard too. You get to see a perfect reflection of God’s love and how we are grafted into the kingdom because of Jesus.”  

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

“Each of our children are on their own journeys. To bubble wrap them and protect them is to sabotage that God has them on some journey… we can’t forget that God will use [hard things] for his glory. In trying to protect them we might sabotage what God is trying to do in their lives.”

“Sin is choosing my way over God’s way.”

“The Gospel is that Jesus came, God made flesh, and he took the penalty for all our sin. It doesn’t mean that we’ll never sin again, it just means that when God sees me he sees Jesus. I have to remember that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I’m on the same side as my kids. We both need Jesus. I cannot come at it from the other side.”

“God tells us that we all need help. I’m so thankful he sent Jesus. I’m so thankful we aren’t able to get out of this mess. All we need to do is ask Jesus to help us out of this mess… We can say, ‘Lord, help me.’”

“There’s confession and then there’s repentance. If you’re in a season where you’re constantly confessing the same thing to your kids, they will constantly forgive you, but at some point there might be a deeper issue that you need to work with God to really repent, which means to turn 180 degrees.”  

“It’s amazing how often God compares his relationship with Israel to a mom. Again, outside of how the child came about, or outside of what the mom is doing for a job, he talks about the nursing mother and how can she forget her nursing child? He will not forget Israel. In Isaiah 66 as a mother comforts you, so shall you be comforted. I’m seeing comfort and compassion. In Proverbs it says don’t forget your mother’s teaching--we have that role--teaching. And then in Timothy we see his faith coming from his mother and his grandmother. We have this opportunity to be compassionate, comforting, teaching, faith-building women to whatever children God has placed into our lives and whatever souls he has handed us for that time. If there is anything getting in the way of that, that’s where we need to spend some time with God and in community talk through why that is. What hurts am I holding onto from my past? What lies are circling around in my head that are causing me to consistently struggle with x, y, or z?”  

“Think about a dominant feeling that you have. Journal out three or four thoughts you remember having. Ask the Lord where this is coming from and what happens as a result of these feelings. Write all of those things down and then ask God, ‘What is true?’”

“Spend some time with God doing an analysis of your feelings, thoughts, and what you do as a result, is a good place to start.”

“God, show me what you want me to know about you in this situation where I’m feeling like I’m not enough. Instead of feeling like you didn’t make me right or like I just can’t get it together, show me actually what’s true about YOU God instead of making it about ME not getting it together.”

Tips for getting in the Word as a mom:

  1. Leave the Bible out on the counter.

  2. Keep a separate journal of impactful verses.

  3. Practice waking before your kids wake.

“Calling is what all of us have been given to go into the world and make disciples.  Assignment is where we’re doing that.” -Kat Armstrong

 “If my eyes are towards Christ and I’m lifting my eyes to him, then my kids are going to watch what I do more than they do what I say. They’re going to watch and do what I do more than they do what I tell them to do. If my eyes are constantly on them, that’s overwhelming. But it’s not overwhelming to turn to Christ and say, ‘Help me get my relationship right with you,’ and for your children to come alongside you in that.”

 

Heather's Resources

Gospel-Centered Mom

Kat Lee Hello Mornings

Ivory Soap in Microwave Experiment

Parenting by Paul David Tripp

REVING the Word, Revelation Wellness Podcast Episodes

Steps into God's Grace by Lynn Hoffmann

 

Heather's Simple Joys

Old episodes of Friends the TV Show

Saturday morning walks with her husband

Good girl time

 

Connect with Heather


SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

Today's episode of the Journeywomen Podcast is sponsored by Sleepy Cues.  

Jenn & Robin, the founders of Sleepy Cues, began the company after experiencing challenging seasons of sleep with their own families. They realized this struggle was anything but uncommon to new moms & dads. Individually they became immersed in all things infant and child sleep and started helping their friends and their own children establish healthy sleep rhythms. A few years later,  Sleepy Cues was birthed to serve a wider audience. Jenn & Robin come alongside families to establish healthy sleep rhythms for the whole family.  They believe understanding your baby or child and confidently responding to their needs is foundational to family health.  Sleepy Cues offers four different packages including a written proposal with their suggestions, real time text messaging or a video conference call.  You can find out more about them at sleepycues.com or follow them on Instagram at @sleepycues.  And, if you mention the Journeywomen Podcast, you will get an extra day of real time text messaging added to your package for FREE (a $10 value).

 


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ep.19 on faith and doubt

Andrea Lucado

ep. 19 | Faith and Doubt with Andrea Lucado

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Andrea Lucado. Andrea and I talk about her struggle with doubt and the growth she experienced by allowing herself to ask hard questions about her faith. She is a freelance writer based in Austin, TX who just published her first book: English Lessons, on that very topic. Andrea has a Master’s in English Literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant Magazine and She Reads Truth. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop--which is exactly what I felt like we did via Skype in our conversation today. I hope you guys enjoy our conversation on faith and doubt as much as I did!

  1. Tell us about yourself and about your recent book that came out?

  2. Can you share with the listeners what your book is about? At what point in your life did you begin to experience doubt?

  3. Looking back on your time as an Oxford student, can you pinpoint a primary reason for this? 

  4. What would you suggest to someone if they find themselves here? 

  5. Why do you think people are afraid of wrestling with doubt and allowing themselves to ask tough questions?  

  6. Did you feel any sense of shame or awkwardness for your willingness to ask and ponder the tough questions you had about your faith?

  7. Were you open about your doubts to others or the church? What was that like? How did others respond?

  8. Do you still find yourself wrestling with doubt? If so, how do you continue to navigate it?

  9. How has allowing yourself to ask the hard questions impacted your relationship with God? Your faith?

  10. What are some ways that we, as church members, can love others who are walking through a season of doubting?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone walking through doubt?

  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?

  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“Talk to people who talk to God. Sometimes when we’re doubting we’re not sure that God’s there and it’s hard to talk to him. But if you can talk to someone who is talking to God who is not at the same place you are, it can be really encouraging.”

“[In the midst of my doubt] I found a lot of comfort sitting in a room full of people that I wasn’t so sure about, but that they were sure about.”

“You see the Psalmist crying out to God even in the midst of their questions and I think that is such an important thing to do if you are experiencing doubt, especially if you’re shaking your fist at God. Rather instead of shaking your fist, just look up and shrug and hold your hands open and say, ‘Okay, I don’t know, help me.’” 

“To love a friend who is wrestling with hard questions say, ‘I don’t have the answers and that’s hard.’ Remain their friend. Be in community with them. Let them know that you’re a safe place to ask questions… Be a safe place for them, spend time with them,  and letting them be where they are.”

“I really feel like I can ask him anything. I still have the temptation to censor my prayers and to bring something to him that’s not totally honest, but now I feel like we’ve been through alot together.”

“The older I get, God keeps revealing to me how kind he is. That was one way he revealed that he wouldn’t leave me even when I was unsure about him. He was faithful to his covenant even when I doubted it.”

“Church might seem monotonous or something that people do, but really it’s such an essential practice to our faith journeys.”

“My identity is not in what I do or in how good I am at stuff. My identity is solely and completely in Jesus.”

 

andrea's Resources

My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman

Reading through the Psalms

Finding a front light

Hunter's Recommended Almond Milk Frother

 

andrea's Simple Joys

Coffee

Red Wine

Reading

 

andrea's book recommendations

Ready Player One

Everything I Never Told You

Code Name Verity

The Paris Wife

*Note that Andrea suggested we take her recommendations with a grain of salt. As someone who has a degree in  English Literature, she is not easily offended.

 

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SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

Diana Carter founded Because I'm His in 2016 in the midst of a paralyzing season of anxiety and panic. What started as means of survival in her journal eventually turned into an Instagram account she used to process a season of hopelessness. The only way to silence the lies attacking her identity was to speak back to them with the truth of who she was in Christ.

And so, Because I'm His was born.

Because I’m His is a community of women rooted in their Biblical identities and walking in the fullness of that reality. Through daily devotions, vulnerable storytelling and biblical truths, Because I’m His exists to equip women to know their true identities and walk in the fullness of that reality.

Follow @becauseimhis on Instagram and visit their website at becauseimhis.com.


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ep.18 on the theology of identity

Matt Lantz. The Theology of Identity

ep. 18 | The Theology of Identity with Matt Lantz

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On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with my friend and former mentor, Matt Lantz. 

Matt is a husband, father, and pastor who lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and three children. He’s a graduate of TCU and Dallas Theological Seminary and has been working in full-time ministry since 2000 preparing the way for the Lord Jesus in the lives of men and women. Matt was the founding director of a discipleship program called the Forge at Pine Cove where he spent 12 years helping young men and women learn their identity and steward it well. He has recently moved on from the Forge and is now serving as the Recruitment and Development Pastor at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth.

This conversation reminded me of the things I learned during my time in the Forge program about identity and how we live out our God-given design. This podcast will be a semesterly, if not monthly listen for me as I continue to learn more of what it looks like to live in light of who I am in Christ.

  1. You've played a huge role in helping me develop my understanding of who I am and how God uniquely designed me. I'd love to just start there. What is identity? Do you have a basic definition?

  2. What influences our identity? What should influence our identity?

  3. Is identity something that is shaped and developed over time? If so, how can we continue developing our identity?

  4. How do you detect when you’re not functioning within your God-given design?

  5. What can we do when we realize that our foundation isn't very stable? For example, if we've built our identity around someone or something that will never be able to withstand that the pressure of supporting it, like our spouse, or our job, online presence, etc, how can we move forward from there towards building a stronger, more stable, Biblical foundation?

  6. We're familiar with the passages that communicate identity. But how do we really live those out in a practical sense? How do we move them from our heads to our hearts to our hands?

  7. What does it look like to have an immature view of who you are? How about mature?

  8. What role does community play in developing our identity? How has community influenced your own identity?

  9. What role do we have as disciple-makers/parents in helping our disciples develop their identity?

  10. So often our generation falls into the camp of knowing and understanding ourselves and our strengthens so well that we can be caught up in only pursuing things that fit within our "calling". What's your encouragement to someone who has a good grasp of who they are, but who feels paralyzed or stuck because they don't have facets to exercise who they are in the exact way in which they'd hoped?

  11. A couple of our Journeywomen followers have heard me talk about my identity statement and asked if you offer some guidance on creating their own. Do you have any tips for them?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What are your top 3 resources for someone who desires to develop their identity?

  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?

  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“Identity is declaration that defines being that indicates design and direction.”

“A hammer has a specific design, a way that it is shaped and made. It is made out of different materials, you don’t make a hammer out of a sponge. It also has a direction because of it’s design. That’s something that the designer has made a declaration as to what that thing is. For humanity, that’s what being is.”

“What influences our identity depends on what you believe about humanity… what it is, where it comes from, it depends on your anthropology. But it really doesn’t matter what I believe a human is or not. I’m a human whether I believe I’m a human or not. There are some things that are matters of fact that we have a hard time believing. In fact, we’d often rather believe the lie than the fact. Identity isn’t a matter of opinion. It’s a matter of fact. It’s a declaration that defines being. The big question becomes ‘Who gets to make the declaration? Who has the authority to declare identity?’ I think everybody agrees that identity is a matter of fact. The disagreement begins to emerge when we ask the question, ‘Who has the authority?’ There are two choices we have on who has the authority. Either we are hand made creations of God himself, the God of the Bible, or we are whatever we say we are.”

“The world we live in right now is a world that rejects authority… it really is coming to the surface that the only trustworthy authority in life is me--my opinion, my declaration--and so I can declare that I am a tree and you can’t argue with me about it. I’m just going to branch out and leaf my own life.”

“We often take a facet of identity and elevate it to the ultimate defining characteristic of our identity and it was never designed to do that in the first place.”

“There’s a verse in the Scriptures that says, ‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which he prepared beforehand for us that we should walk in them’ (Eph 2:10). In that verse you get identity as something that is received, not something that is achieved or decided upon. Once I receive this identity I live it out by faith. The identity is received because I as a human have been acted upon by a Creator God that designed me for unique things. As we come together under the name of Jesus Christ together, each of our designs and giftings compliment each other, and so together as the Body of Christ we end up functioning as if Jesus was still on the earth. We actually become his body. It’s almost like Jesus has never left.”

“If God designed you to be like a saw and he designed me to be like a hammer I don’t have to compete with your identity. You saw the boards apart and I nail them together.”

“I have already been defined by a Creator God who knows way more about life and identity than I do. Being a follower of Jesus isn’t just about going to heaven and doing what the Bible says. It’s also understanding that God didn’t run me through a machine, crank me out and mass produce us. We are his handcrafted, unique creations, each of us. As a result, if we are handcrafted and unique, then we have a function. Do you know what your function is?”

“Identity is more of an issue of humility and trust than it is an issue of method or technique. Are you willing to trust that God is a better designer of you than you are of yourself?”

“If God has designed me this way, for the church and for others, how can I best do this for other people? You have to begin with giving away your design as a place to start.”

“Identities aren’t built. I really do believe they are something that we receive.”

“Identity is received, believed, and then lived out. In that order. If you’ve built an identity around anything, whether that’s your job, your spouse, your popularity, your grades, your accomplishment, or any of that stuff. If you’ve built an identity, you haven't built an identity. You’ve built an idol.”

“Every single one of us already--right now--has a strong, stable, Biblical foundation in spades! God went to great lengths to provide that for us. That feeling of instability that you’re referencing isn’t really instability, it’s insecurity.”

“I can’t unmake what God has made, even if I go off trying to do my own thing. He will teach me. He loves me. He’s going to train and disciple me into the design that He’s made me to be. It’s very much His grace not just to save me, but to do the good works that He has designed for me to do.”

“When you understand that the Bible teaches that identity is something that’s bestowed, that God gives, and that it’s not attached to our activity, it gives you so much freedom.”

“God is faithful. He can continue to restore and establish us. Not because we’re so great, but because of the blood of Jesus. He’s already paved that road for us so that it’s not a minefield that we have to walk hoping that the next step doesn’t end things for us.”

“The issue in the garden was Adam and Eve, not having the humility to receive what God gave them. Instead, they put themselves in a position where they were enticed by the fact that they could know what God knows. As a result, that separation from God, where I’m going to trust my intuition before I ever trust God’s word, that’s what sin is in me, where I am the judge of what’s right and wrong. I am the judge of good and evil… Sin at its very core is me being the very judge of everything: God, other people, things, life itself, when I can’t be that. I’ve elevated myself to a position that I have no idea and am in no position to steward.”

“When we have the humility and we say, ‘God, you know more about life than I do. You are the Author of everything, I have some strong feelings about the way that life should be lived, but I am going to have some humility, submission and trust here, and I am going to trust that your way is better than mine.’ That is how you live out the Biblical passages (on identity) in a practical sense. It’s not, ‘I’m going to work harder, do this more, or be this more,’ though there is a place for some disciplines to help you be in a position to believe and trust, but the ultimate goal is to be, ‘Do I trust that God did his best with me? Do I believe that he didn't make a mistake?’ That’s hard for us. Especially for those of us that have really tough stuff in our lives.”

“If we really want to live out these passages on identity, they have to be believed first before they can ever be lived out.”

“Identity is not an achievement. It’s bestowed to us, declared over us by God, then we trust and believe that what he says is true, even in spite of all the silly things we’ve done… and then because we believe him, we live it out.”

“A mature identity is one who has received and is grateful for who I am--who I be.”

“If it’s a declaration that determines being then I receive that and I am grateful for it. That’s a mature identity. An immature identity is still striving and working to try and build whereas the mature identity is one that has believed.”

“The world around us is going to distort the Gospel. Even within our churches, para-church ministries, and our groups. It’s so hard not to be distracted by the world around us. So much of the New Testament exhorts us to be wary of that and so we have to be mindful that it can affect our identities as well.”

“Sin wants to isolate us. When we think that we’re the only authority on things we will isolate ourselves from everyone else and we’ll think we are right, or that we’re the best, and that won’t lead you to a right understanding nor a right understanding of God’s design of you. Community helps to confirm and reinforce our identity.”

“The difficulties in life are great litmus tests for our faith, not just our faith in God, but also that God’s design of us is right.”

“When it comes to your calling, you will always persevere.”

“80% of people in the world don’t get to have jobs that are their passion. In my experience, most people don’t like their jobs. But what you do for your job isn’t where your fulfillment is or where you get your sense of identity. It should transcend and supercede your job. It should be something that you do outside your job. You should be doing what you're designed to do outside of your job anyway.”

“A vocation is a way to earn money and provide for my family. It’s a way for me to exercise my gifts and my abilities to God’s glory, but it’s not all of who I am and what my identity is. That really sets us free to take risks. If our identity isn’t going to be well used in my vocation that’s fine, I can find somewhere else to put my gifts to use. I am going to do whatever God’s called me to do whether I’m getting paid to do it or not.”

 

Matt's Resources

Being in the Scriptures

The Body of Christ

Remembering: “Who am I and what am I doing here?”

 

Matt's Simple Joys

A well placed golf shot

Bluebell Ice Cream

Exhaustion after a hard day’s work

 

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Diana Carter founded Because I'm His in 2016 in the midst of a paralyzing season of anxiety and panic. What started as means of survival in her journal eventually turned into an Instagram account she used to process a season of hopelessness. The only way to silence the lies attacking her identity was to speak back to them with the truth of who she was in Christ.

And so, Because I'm His was born.

Because I’m His is a community of women rooted in their Biblical identities and walking in the fullness of that reality. Through daily devotions, vulnerable storytelling and biblical truths, Because I’m His exists to equip women to know their true identities and walk in the fullness of that reality.

Follow @becauseimhis on Instagram and visit their website at becauseimhis.com.


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ep.17 on living a gospel centered life

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ep. 17 | Living a Gospel Centered Life with Lexy Sauvé

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Lexy Sauvé lives in Ogden, Utah, with her family where God’s called her to be a helper to her husband Brian, a homemaker, and momma to Ari Judah, Ira Lewis and Daphne Maeve. She also serves alongside her husband in ministry at Refuge Church in Riverdale, Utah. She enjoys spending as much time in God’s Word as she can, journaling, cooking, reading, visiting as many coffee shops as she can, and going on adventures with her kiddos. She has a degree in Creative Writing and sees her pen as a way to share what God’s been teaching her with others. As Contributing Editor for Deeply Rooted, Lexy spends a lot of time behind the scenes writing articles and excerpts for the website and magazine. She also reviews submissions, conducts interviews, and brainstorms new ideas for the magazine and website. Lexy and I connected through Deeply Rooted Magazine and our mutual friend, Dianne Jago, who was on episode 14 of the podcast. Today we’re chatting about the Gospel and how we need it every minute of every day. It’s one of my favorite conversations yet. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

If I could go back in time and start the Journeywomen podcast over again, I would one hundred percent begin here. As we continue to dive into different topics I want more than anything for you to know that walking in grace of the Gospel is the heartbeat of the Journeywomen podcast. Please, continue to hold me to that as we continue. I am so grateful to be on this journey with you all! Go, walk in the grace of the Gospel today, my friends, for the glory of God. Hop over to @journeywomenpodcast on Instagram or Facebook for more Gospel-filled reminders throughout the week. As always, be sure to subscribe to the Journeywomen podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss out on next week’s episode. See you Monday!

  1. Can you share a little about who you are and what you do?

  2. Today we're discussing Gospel centered living. Before we get any further, what is the Gospel?

  3. What does it mean to live with the Gospel at the center of our lives? Why do we need to live this way?

  4. Can we flesh that out practically? What does this actually look like for you?

  5. What's at risk if we fail to live in light of the Gospel daily?

  6. If someone's eyes are being opened to see that they have mistakenly moved on from the Gospel what would you encourage them to do?

  7. How can we practice this in the context of community?

  8. How can we teach our disciples to live in light of the Gospel? How about our kids?

  9. What's the joy and benefit of living this way?

  10. How has growing in this discipline impacted your life personally and shaped you as a believer?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for Gospel centered living?

  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?

  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

The Gospel is what happens when you believe in Christ and he takes our sin and we get his righteousness.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 challenged Lexy to live a gospel-centered life: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (ESV).

“You have to have the time in your schedule to meditate on the gospel. If we’re so busy, because it’s not the most practical thing to stop and preach the gospel to yourself. But it also wasn’t the most practical thing for Christ to put his life on the cross for us.”

“Paul talks a lot about how the law is a ministry of death. If we’re looking at our list of to-do’s or a list of things that culture tells us we need in order to be righteous, it will automatically breed death in our lives. It truly is only by looking at Christ and the gospel that we will be transformed.”

 “This whole gospel centrality thing isn’t really new. The Church has been fighting for this for hundreds of years.”

“Christ’s obedience of worship and suffering is to my account. I don’t need to figure out how to suffer correctly, it’s not about my suffering it is about Christ’s suffering.”

“We must ask ourselves, ‘How was Christ obedient for me, in my place, in this situation?’”

“When we look at other people instead of looking to Christ we have one or two options: either pride because we think we’re better than them, or despair, because we don’t think we measure up.” Lexy said she derived this idea from Elyse Fitzpatrick’s writing (linked below).

“I claim to know nothing among you except for Christ and Christ crucified.” -Paul

“Turn back to Christ and figure out how he can meet you in that place. Look at what is the well that you have dug for yourself that should be Christ?”

“Repentance is a quick sort of sadness that quickly leads to much quicker joy in Christ.”

“Works don’t come before faith. Works come after faith. They are evidence of faith.”

Lexy’s suggestions for living in light of the gospel in the context of community:

  1. Be IN community

  2. Be in close proximity to your community

 James 4:6 our humility attracts the grace of Christ.

“Humility will teach way more than acting like you have it all together as a parent.”

“I find myself praying that God would even use my sins against them (my kids)  for their good.”

 “It’s grace that trains us in godliness. Not our works.”

 

LEXY's Resources

Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther

Counsel from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Douglas Wilson and his daughters for understanding gospel centered living in response to having right gospel thoughts — church’s women’s conferences

 

Lexy's Simple Joys

living with noble limitations

coffee at noon

a stack of books ready for reading

 

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Diana Carter founded Because I'm His in 2016 in the midst of a paralyzing season of anxiety and panic. What started as a personal means of survival  found only in her journal eventually turned into an Instagram account used to process a season in which she felt isolated, hopeless and stuck. The only way to silence the lies attacking her identity was to speak back to them with the truth of who she was in Christ. When the account began to take off as a viable means of encouragement for women, she knew the Lord was redeeming her pain. And so, Because I'm His was born. Because I’m His is an online community of women rooted in their Biblical identities and walking in the fullness of that reality. Through daily devotions, vulnerable storytelling and biblical truths, Because I’m His exists to equip women to know their true identities. Visit becauseimhis.com and use the code JOURNEYWOMEN before September 30th for a buy-one-get-one-free deal on custom prints! And don’t forget to follow along on Instagram @becauseimhis.

 


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ep. 16 | Sibling Relationships with Hayden Langemeier

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On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast I’m interviewing Hayden Langemeier.

Hayden is a senior at the University of Arkansas studying Communication with a minor in Recreation and Sports Management. She is passionate about challenging culture that is second nature with the goal of producing a more authentic, selfless, and submitted generation of believers. Hayden comes from an incredible family—some of you may have heard her mom as she shared about forgiveness on episode 01 of the Journeywomen podcast—so I asked Hayden to chat with us about family dynamics and her relationship with her parents and siblings.

The goal of building and maintaining healthy relationships with our families is to point people to Jesus by the way we love one another. I know some of you have broken families and some of you have experienced really unhealthy family dynamics. That’s exactly why I asked Hayden to share her experience with us today. While most of what we discuss is method based, it’s an invaluable opportunity for us to catch a glimpse into what it looks like to grow up in a home with the aim of glorifying God together. I hope you’ll walk away encouraged to build relationships with your close people, whether they’re your biological family, adopted family, or your sisters and brothers in Christ.

I wasn’t expecting a conversation on family dynamics to disciple me in the ways of human communication but it DID! I loved Hayden’s encouragement to be diligent in the little things, especially in our interactions with our close people. If you’d like to connect with Hayden you can find her information below.

Be sure to subscribe to the Journeywomen podcast on iTunes and while you’re there, leave us a review! Thanks again for listening. I’ll see you here next Monday!

  1. Tell me who you are and what you’re doing now.

  2. Let’s chat about your family. Are you guys close?

  3. Have you always had close relationship with your parents/siblings?

  4. From your perspective, what did your parents do to cultivate a healthy relationship with you? What about your siblings?

  5. What are some things your parents did/modeled that you want to do when you have a family of your own?

  6. Are there any specific behaviors or dynamics that you’ve seen modeled, whether it be in your own family or a friend’s, that will inhibit healthy, close family relationships?

  7. My friends and I have noticed that mother/daughter relationships can be particularly tricky. What do you feel like your mom did really well when it came to your relationship? Now that you’re an adult, what do boundaries look like for ya’ll?

  8. Now that you’re in college, has your relationship with your parents changed at all?

  9. How about your siblings? How do ya’ll maintain closeness even though you’re separated in proximity?

  10. What are some things that your parents did during your upbringing that you attribute to your success?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend for someone wanting to develop their relationships with their siblings or parents?

  2. What are 3 of your simple joys?

  3. Who has had the biggest influence on your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“In everything they did, they cultivated togetherness.” 

“A lot of times for our discipline past the age of seven we actually did work around our house. We would work for 30 minutes cleaning baseboards or pulling weeds or whatever mom said. It took work off their hands and produced a harder work ethic within us and also provided us an opportunity to work together.”

“They really taught us how to have relationships through modeling it and through communicating about how to communicate, for example, how to have conflict. If I was having conflict with my sister my mom would coach me on the basics of conflict by saying, “Okay, you’re mad at your sister. You need to approach her at a time of non conflict and prepare her heart by saying, ‘Hey, I have something I need to talk to you about in a few hours.’” They taught us how to have conflict and how to encourage one another. Healthy, basic communication skills that are super simple but that we often forget in our relationships.”

“We saw them reconcile as well as fight. And that’s probably the most important part. Seeing reconciliation happen in conjunction with healthy conflict.”

“I’d say first of all healthy reconciliation looked like either owning my side of the problem or seeing both of my parents own their sides of the problem.”

“Always seek to be the first one to apologize. It takes two people to fight. There’s always something you can find that is your fault.”  

“You have to learn to wake up, look over at each other, and choose to love each other every single day—choose to serve one another when we don’t feel like it—and choose not speak poorly about one another to our parents, siblings, or best friends.”

“We want people to understand us for our intentions, but other people take us at surface level and don’t always understand our intentions. A lot of times this leads us to the root of conflict in our communication.”  

“Be diligent in pursuing intimacy in the little things.”

 “My parents were really diligent in the small things, including discipline and behavior. I know for me personally, even though they were really diligent, they were the most grace giving about the big things. Secondly, everything was a conversation. That cultivated intimacy because I didn’t see my parents as the bad guy. They were always seeking to explain things from a logical and spiritual perspective.”

 “They did really hard work for 18 years and then said, ‘Go.’”

“My recommendation for developing better relationships with your parents or your siblings is to serve them. Serving even when I don’t want to has been the most powerful tool for strengthening any relationship.”

 

Hayden's Resources

Serving Your Family 

 

Hayden's Simple Joys

Cooking

Traveling

Anything new


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ep.15 on fitness and nutrition for God’s glory

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ep. 15 | Fitness and Nutrition for God’s Glory with Amanda Wilson

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On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Amanda Wilson.
 
Amanda is wife to Lee, mama to two boys, and a foster mom. Before kids she worked as an RN where her passion for overall wellness was ignited when she realized it was the very thing that could change the trajectory of many of the "health problems" she saw in the medical field. Now she loves equipping and encouraging others to be stewards of their bodies in practical and realistic ways, and finding individual wellness rhythms. Coffee, peanut butter, and chocolate are some of her food "happies", and she is always finding a way to sneak them into her day. 

I asked Amanda to be a guest on the show because she’s not only passionate about fitness, but about glorifying God as well. This is one of my personal passions and I am so excited to welcome you into our conversation today. 

  1. Tell me a little about who you are and what you do. 
  2. When did you first get interested in fitness? 
  3. Why do you workout? So often Christian women have such a disconnect when it comes to their walk with the Lord and their physical fitness or body image. Why is that? 
  4. Have you always viewed health and fitness as a means by which to glorify God? If not, when did that mental shift happen for you? When did you make the connection that you can glorify God in all that you do, even eating and drinking?
  5. What would you say to someone who has a tendency to workout as punishment, for example, because they’ve eaten too much, failed their diet, or stepped on the scale and saw a higher number than they were comfortable with?
  6. Is goal setting important in regard to fitness and health? If so, how do you suggest we approach setting physical goals as believers? What are some examples of healthy goals?
  7. Are there certain tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way that might help people move towards their fitness/health/nutrition goals?
  8. Looking back, what would you say to your college self about fitness and nutrition? 
  9. For those of us who have families, can you make any recommendations for pursuing fitness and health as a lifestyle/doing it together (incorporating husbands/kids)?
  10. Can you offer those of us in busy seasons, like mothering young kids, working long hours, or studying for finals, some encouragement for when we fail to meet our goals?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. As a journeywoman, who is the most impactful person in your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“I think when women try to focus on health and fitness if they don’t have a good foundation they can start treading the waters of obsession. When they realize it’s taking precedence of their walk with God they often reel it back in and completely lose track of their health and fitness all together. There’s a balance that isn't really talked about. Our relationship with God certainly has a connection with how we steward our bodies.” 
 
“If you’re being a good steward of your body it does translate into other areas of your life. You’ll be able to do things with excellence, which is what we’ve been commanded to do. It should be our pursuit as believers. In Romans 12 it talks about a transformation coming from the renewal of the mind and that doesn’t leave out the section of life regarding stewarding our bodies.”
 
“There is something really powerful about caring and nurturing for our bodies, because that means we’re being good stewards of the very thing that will allow us to carry out the roles and works that God has called us to do.” 
 
“We can overcome emotions with the truth of what we know and follow that until our feelings catch up. If we have a foundation as to what knowledge then we can overcome emotion when we don’t feel like it or when we don’t feel motivated. Wanting to look fit isn’t going to carry you through seasons of your life where you should be paying attention to your health.” 
 
“If a lifestyle of health and fitness is going to be sustainable, it cannot be your identity or something you idolize by making it your standard instead of making God your standard and then functioning under Him.” 
 
“When you know who you are and whose you are, then you are be able to function within freedom and be able to approach health and fitness in a way that’s glorifying to God. That will not allow those things to put standards and expectations that create bondage.” 
 
“I know who I am in Christ. My value is not dictated at all by my failures, the shape or size of my body. My value is in Christ. Knowing that, I can function in freedom and joyfully pursue health and fitness without bondage.”
 
“Our emotional response to things is telling of what’s in our hearts.”
 
“Goals have to be sustainable and attainable.”

 

AMANDA's Resources

@shutthekaleup

@alexia_clark

@thenaturalnurturer | thenaturalnurturer.com

@BalancedBitesPodcast | balancedbites.com

 

 

Amanda's Simple Joys

Bible Study at a Coffee Shop

Walking Outside in the morning with her cup of coffee

Walking around the farmer’s market in Fayetteville

 

Connect with Amanda


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ep. 14 | Pursuing a Dream with Dianne Jago

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On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Dianne Jago. Dianne is a Christ-follower, military wife, mama of 3, and the founder of Deeply Rooted Magazine. She and her family live in an 1850's farmhouse located in Central PA. On a personal note, I’ve been itching to have a conversation with her about pursuing a dream since I began planning the launch of the Journeywomen podcast!

We talked about what to consider before pursuing a dream, how doing so impacts our families, and our ultimate goals for Journeywomen and Deeply Rooted Magazine. Dianne encouraged me to hold my dreams open handedly before the Lord, because there’s beauty in dreaming, but even more beauty in what Christ is doing to redeem his people. Below are the questions I asked Dianne as well as how you can connect with her on social media and through the magazine.

  1. For those who don’t know you, tell us a little about who you are and what you do.
  2. When did you start dreaming about creating a magazine?
  3. At the time, would you say you felt called by God to start a magazine? How did you know you were within the Lord’s will to move forward?
  4. Does the Gospel free us up to dream? If so, how?
  5. How do you know when to move forward with pursuing your dream? What kind of things would you look for to determine whether or not you should shelve it for a different season of life or maybe even let it die?
  6. Were there other elements in your decision making process before launching the magazine? Looking back, what things do you wish you would have considered or known?
  7. Has pursuing your dream always been easy? If not, what kept you going when things became difficult?
  8. A lot of people have told me that Journeywomen will take as much time as I want to give it. Do you find that to be true? How do you set boundaries with your work? How do you balance running the magazine, helping Ethan, mothering, and serving in your local church?
  9. What encouragement do you have for someone who has a dream?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend to someone who is pursuing a dream?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. As a journeywoman, who is the most impactful person in your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“I believe he’s called me to it, but I don’t know if I necessarily felt called when the idea came to mind.”

“When I think about the Gospel I think of dying to self. I think about submitting my will over and asking God to be the Lord of my life, which looks like dying to my ambitions. That is so counter-cultural in a world that screams self promotion, success, and showing your highlight reels. I believe that the Gospel completely changes our views on success and that gives us the freedom to be okay with whatever the outcome of our dream is. If our dream proves to be successful it’s to his glory. And if it doesn’t prove to be successful it is still to his glory.”

 “When Jesus becomes our absolute delight, we’re free to follow wherever he calls us.”

 Dianne’s clarifying questions regarding pursuing a dream:

  1. Is this Biblical?
  2. Have I seriously prayed about it and given myself time to consider it?

  3. What season of life am I in?

  4. Have we sought counsel in this?

  5. What does my walk with God look like right now?

  6. Am I willing to surrender this dream and this idea to God?

“You might be spinning a lot of plates and your family has to be on board with that, but as long as you’re keeping your first callings first and maintain your main priorities, there’s room to make mistakes and to figure out what works best for you and for you as a family.” 

“It’s always shifting. Being a little bit fluid and flexible and having grace on one another and being open to saying, ‘Hey, I haven’t seen you in a little bit, can you close the laptop so we can get time together,’ or just me being lazy and him saying, ‘Hey you actually need to get work done, you’ve been hanging out on the couch watching Netflix with me too much.’”

“Something that I’ve learned over the years is that I don’t have to do everything.”  

Tips for protecting her priorities:

  1. Having a quiet time.

  2. Scheduling time to spend with her spouse.

  3. Being able to accept that she can’t do everything.

“Apart from Jesus we are nothing. We are just a withering branch. We have to be abiding in him. We have to be connected to him.”

“I am not better than what I’m calling other people to be. I need Jesus. Period.”

“Christ’s legacy is the only one that lasts.”

 “There’s beauty in dreaming, but there’s more beauty in Christ and what he’s doing to redeem his people.”

 

Dianne's Resources

Ordinary by Michael Horton

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter

Lilias Trotter Amazon Documentary

 

Dianne's Simple Joys

Her ducks

Mojito mint water with freshly squeezed limes

Simple spiritual questions from her kids

 

Connect with Dianne


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ep. 13 | Bible Journaling with Jennifer  Evangelista

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On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Jennifer Evangelista.

Jennifer is a pastor’s wife, mother, pediatrician, and the face behind Grace in Color, an online ministry where she teaches women to use their creativity to grow in their faith and truth of the Gospel. Her passion is teaching busy women that there are different ways they can study, pray and learn from God and that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today! 

I hope you’ll connect with Jen via Grace in Color at the links below. She also has a free Creative Bible Study Challenge for anyone interested in getting a small taste of different ways to actually use some creative ideas in your study of the scriptures!  

Here are the questions we covered in our conversation:

  1. Tell us a little about your personal faith story and how you got into art journaling.

  2. Can you share with us about what art journaling is?

  3. What does your personal time spent with God look like and how do you incorporate art journaling? Beyond that, what are other ways of creatively connecting with God?

  4. How has your personal journey with creatively connecting with God evolved over time?

  5. How does one find an avenue of creative expression that fits them?

  6. What would you say to a less creative type who doesn’t see a need for trying this?

  7. What are important things to keep in mind for someone just getting started with trying a new way to connect with God?

  8. How does discipline play into connecting creatively with God?

  9. Where do I begin in learning how to art journal?

  10. Are there specific tools someone needs to get started in art journaling (i.e. pens, paper, tools, etc.)?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend to someone who is learning how to connect creatively with God themselves OR encouraging others in that process?

  2. What are your 3 simple joys?

  3. As a journeywoman, who is the most impactful person in your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“The best thing is to sit down and start with the Word of God first, instead of starting from a study.”

“I can hardly draw a stick person. That’s not what I’ve been gifted with. But I can put things together in a colorful way that means something to me in reference to what I’m studying.”

“Art journaling is anything you want it to be. It is water color, paint, colored pencil, pen and paper, chalk, or collage, it is anything you want it to be. You can do that just for creation’s sake just for fun. I don’t want anyone to think that everything has to be so super spiritual in this practice. You can just play. But then when you take it and put it together with your study of the Word of God, you always start with the Word of God first.”

“I start with the Bible first. The purpose of the art is to 1) reflect on the Scripture and 2) slow me down enough to not just zip by any truth that God may have for me. As I’m doodling or drawing or writing down the verses in the margins of my Bible, cutting, pasting, or putting things together, the entire time I’m reflecting on that passage and gaining new insights on the Word of God. Then I’ll move on from there and study Biblically and theologically sound commentaries or sermons after I’ve looked at the Word itself. Then, sometimes I’ll take the things I’ve learned from supplementary texts and go back and use them to artistically embellish what I’ve already done.”

“The bottom line is we forget the Gospel. We forget the truth of God’s Word every single day. Let’s just be honest, we wake up in the morning and we hit the road running… we all have very full lives and we forget the basic truths of the Gospel and we forget how much we are in need of complete and utter rescue every single day and that that has been done for us. Because that has been done for us we can walk in his glory and follow his commands, not because of us, but because of what he’s done. Part of following his commands is studying is Word and this is what works for me.”

“If you are struggling to find time for Bible study… if you find it harder and harder to tackle that, then you may need to look at how you’re tackling it. If you are sitting down with your study and maybe you’re going through a dry period and you’re feeling like what you’re hearing is just words on a page, you have to remember that the Word of God is living and breathing and that it speaks to us. It’s not about how you feel, it’s more about what God is speaking to you, not in a woo-woo kind of way, but if you are not seeing things differently when you’re looking at a passage of Scripture than you’ve always seen it before, then maybe you need to look at it a little differently.”  

“It doesn’t have to be a ton of time or a ton of deep theology, it just has to be you being willing to open yourself up to the truth that is there and that is waiting for you. If you don't dive in a little bit deeper, then really you have no way of learning it and hearing God’s Word. We have to choose the one path he’s given us to hear his Word, which is the Bible.”

“Obedience, even when it lacks desire, actually leads to satisfaction. And more importantly it leads to God’s glory. Which in turn increases your yearning to obey.”

“We live in a distracted time. I’m going to challenge us to say that although we do live in a distracted time, we don’t live in a more difficult time than anybody ever has to practice this discipline. 400 years ago we had to work from sunup to sun down to get food on our tables. All of the excuses that we have—and I have them too—we have to somehow take those, see them for what they are, and figure out a way to battle that… I’ve found that actually scheduling time for Bible study because if I don’t have it on my schedule, a lot of times I put it off.”

“Reprioritizing so that Bible study is part of our day is critical. Because I’m visual and tactile, if I just sit and read my mind tends to wander. Putting pen to paper, whether it’s art journaling or just journaling, enriches my time.”

“Find what works for you and how you connect with God in the stage that you are in.”

“As you write and visualize Scripture you can take it and display it somewhere after you’ve created it and it’s a visual reminder of that Scripture and you repeat it over and over and over again.”

“It’s the blank page that scares us. When you’re starting with anything like this, get a cheap journal like a composition book so you have no monetary commitment in that thing. Photo copy the Scripture, paste it in there, and just start writing or drawing. Just put something on that blank page. When it’s no longer a blank notebook it frees you up to keep pushing on. There are no mistakes when it comes to art journaling. You can always cover it up if you really have to. Or just keep going!”

Tools needed: something to write on and something to write with and your Bible. That’s it! Use what you already have! Eventually if you are of the mind or desire to actually do things in your Bible, the ESV Interleaved Bible is really cool, but you don’t have to start there.”  

“As long as you start and end with the Word, everything in the between is all good.”

 

Jennifer's Resources

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

ESV Interleaved Bible

YouTube Bible Journaling Tutorials

Illustrated Faith on YouTube

Sermons and articles from trusted pastors who are Theologically sound

 

Jennifer's Simple Joys

When her kid’s get along and enjoy one another

Connecting with women in her church and online

Time to create (with coffee and good creamer, of course)

 

 

Connect with Jennifer

 

Sponsors

Today’s episode of the Journeywomen Podcast is sponsored by White Pepper Ink, a custom-scripting canvas and wood company founded by Amanda Nicholson. You can find her work on Instagram and Facebook. To custom order, email Amanda at whitepepperink@gmail.com and if you mention hearing about the shop on the Journeywomen podcast, you will get 10% off a canvas of your choice if you order through the second week of August 2017.


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ep. 12 | Waiting with Ann Swindell

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On today's episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Ann Swindell.

Ann is an author and speaker whose first book, Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You Want, just released with Tyndale House Publishers. Her work has appeared in The Gospel Coalition, CT Women, RELEVANT, Deeply Rooted, Desiring God, Darling Magazine, and (in)courage, among others. Ann writes about the intersection of daily life and God's love on her website, annswindell.com. She holds an MA in Writing and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and is passionate about helping other writers tell their stories powerfully. Ann teaches faith-based, online writing courses at writingwithgrace.com. I was actually introduced to this dear friend of mine through her Writing With Grace course, which taught me a lot about writing in general, but more specifically, how to share my story in light of the hope we have in the gospel. I’m so excited to have her with us today on the Journeywomen podcast to share her story of waiting and to help us better understand how we can share our stories in light of the gospel.

The way Ann communicates her story of waiting in her book, Still Waiting, has stuck with me since I read it. I hope you will connect with her on social media and purchase her book! You can find the links to both by scrolling down. As always, thanks for all of the love and support you guys extend to the Journeywomen podcast! If you want to know how you can help the show, be sure to head over to iTunes and write a review. The directions for how to do so are on the podcast tab of the website. Here are the questions Ann and I covered during our time together. Thanks again for listening and I’ll see you here, next week!

  1. Ann, for those who aren’t familiar with you, can you explain a little bit about who you are and what you do?
  2. Could you share about your story and your journey with Trich?
  3. At the beginning of this journey, how did you view yourself and what you were going through?
  4. At what point did your understanding change to accepting the waiting process? What caused this change?
  5. How has this condition taught you about the Gospel?
  6. How has this changed your views on suffering?
  7. What was the hardest truth to embrace during that time?
  8. Were there things that hindered your ability to trust God in the waiting?
  9. How did others come alongside you in your waiting?
  10. When someone is experiencing something difficult like what you’ve been through, how do you encourage them?

 

3 Questions I Ask Every Guest

  1. What 3 resources would you recommend to someone who is in a season of waiting themselves OR walking alongside someone who finds themselves waiting?
  2. What are your 3 simple joys?
  3. As a journeywoman, who is the most impactful person in your own journey with Jesus?

 

Note Worthy Quotes

“We all have something in our lives that isn’t whole. Most of us live on a daily basis with some reality of pain because of the places that aren’t healed and whole yet. We’re asking God to come through and maybe he just hasn’t healed that part of our lives yet. Still Waiting is really about ‘What do we do with those places where we’re waiting for God to break through? How do we live well in the waiting and continue to trust him, even if he doesn’t answer our prayer the way we want him to?’” 

“Jesus you are better than any healing, than anything I want and I don’t understand you, but I can trust you because of your character and your kindness and your love towards me.”

 “My hope is no longer in, ‘Am I going to get healed?’ My hope is in the person of Jesus.”

“‘How is the Gospel here? How is Jesus in this?’ Because there’s never any place where he abandons us. It’s not like he says, ‘I love all of you except for this one little part.’ He loves us and is always in the process of making us new and restoring us.” 

“God is a good Father. He only points out our brokenness and reveals it to us because he wants to heal it.”

“God has brought this up time and time again not to say, ‘Ann, look at how weak you are or how you’ve failed,’ but Trich has always been something he’s brining up because he wants to see me healed. For me it hasn’t been a physical healing yet, but I can tell you that the amount of emotional and spiritual healing that God has brought about from my persistent weakness—which I don’t want to have—but he keeps brining it back up because there are new layers for me to trust him and to see him as my strength in my weakness.”  

“Jesus does enter into suffering with all of us no matter what it is. He understands what the cost has been to us in a way that nobody else is ever going to understand.”

“I have found the hard way that when I focus on the suffering, when I focus on the loss, I spiral to a very bad place, because all it feels like is darkness and loss and trial and aloneness. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are seasons when even Biblically we see people like David experiencing feelings of isolation, but for me, one of the hardest lessons that I continue to learn in my life with Christ is that suffering itself does not get the privilege of being at the center of my attention. In my flesh, that’s what I want to do. I want to focus on the pain. I want to fall into it and let myself feel all the feelings… don’t get me wrong, there are seasons for legitimate grieving. But we live in a culture that is so feelings based it’s easy to say, ‘Woe is me.’ But the truth is that a lot of the Gospel is the reality that life is hard and God is good.”

“A lot of the Gospel is the simultaneous reality that life is hard and God is good.”

“The only way I know how to walk that out is to stay rooted in the Word of God and to have a community of people around me who are going to speak the truth to me even when I don’t want to hear it.”  

“Even when my heart didn’t know what it wanted that is what I craved: to know God and to cling to his character. That for me has been the hardest part of suffering and also the pearl of great price.”  

“We have to get around other people who are going to declare the truth of who God is to us when we don’t feel it and when we feel like we can’t hear it. And we’ve got to do that for other people. The reality is there is going to come a day when we’re going to help our brothers and sisters hear that truth, because there’s also going to be a day when we’re in the middle of that circle weeping on our knees and we need somebody else in the body of Christ to speak the truth to us. That’s what the Body is there for. The gift of suffering to me has been to see my consistent need for the body of Christ and the Word of God.”

“How can we love each other and live with each other in the now and the not yet that we have Christ, but we’re still broken. Physical brokenness points out the reality of our spiritual brokenness. How do we love one another in seasons of long pain or suffering? It’s hard, and we need lots of help.”

“You’re going to have to go first and be the one to crack open the door to vulnerability and honesty and to risk sharing your story with another person because you love Jesus more than you love what they think about you.”

“I so want to tell of who he is and how he has changed me not because I look great, but because he is wonderful. I want that freedom and that hope for my friends. But that means that I have to go first and be willing to say, ‘Here’s where my brokenness is and here’s where Jesus met me in the brokenness.’ I’m not getting to say, ‘Here is my brokenness and here’s how Jesus fixed me!’ But I am getting to say, ‘Here’s my brokenness and here’s how Jesus met me here.’”

“Talking about Jesus is worth any cost to us. It’s worth the cost of our reputation, it’s worth the cost of our facades, it’s worth the cost of us feeling like we have some social media presence or whatever we want to call it. Because when Jesus is lifted up, people will be drawn to him. It’ll feel like it’s at our expense, but really it’s for our good. Because any time Jesus is life up we fall more in love with him and so do other people.” 

“Faithfulness on earth might look really simple. But to God it means everything.”

 

Ann's Resources for Discipleship

Streams in the Desert by Cowman

Getting into a consistent Bible Study

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

 

Ann's Simple Joys

Her daughter and husband laughing

Walking outside when the weather is perfect

Date nights with her husband

Watching shows like “The Great British Baking Show” or “When Calls the Heart”

 

 

Connect with Ann

 

Sponsors

Today’s episode of the Journeywomen Podcast is sponsored by White Pepper Ink, a custom-scripting canvas and wood company founded by Amanda Nicholson. You can find her work on Instagram and Facebook. To custom order, email Amanda at whitepepperink@gmail.com and if you mention hearing about the shop on the Journeywomen podcast, you will get 10% off a canvas of your choice if you order through the second week of August 2017.


For More Episodes of Journeywomen:

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