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!
Tell us about yourself and about your recent book that came out?
Can you share with the listeners what your book is about? At what point in your life did you begin to experience doubt?
Looking back on your time as an Oxford student, can you pinpoint a primary reason for this?
What would you suggest to someone if they find themselves here?
Why do you think people are afraid of wrestling with doubt and allowing themselves to ask tough questions?
Did you feel any sense of shame or awkwardness for your willingness to ask and ponder the tough questions you had about your faith?
Were you open about your doubts to others or the church? What was that like? How did others respond?
Do you still find yourself wrestling with doubt? If so, how do you continue to navigate it?
How has allowing yourself to ask the hard questions impacted your relationship with God? Your faith?
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
What 3 resources would you recommend for someone walking through doubt?
What are 3 of your simple joys?
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.”
Reading through the Psalms
Finding a front light
Hunter's Recommended Almond Milk Frother
andrea's Simple Joys
andrea's book recommendations
*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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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.
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