ep. 58 | Abiding in Christ with Laura Hardin
On today’s episode of the Journeywomen podcast, I chatted with Laura Hardin about abiding in Christ. We talked about everything from what it actually means to abide in Christ to how doing so impacts our lives every day. Listen to what she said, “When I abide in Christ, life is no longer about me, it’s about him, and he always orients me towards others. Through abiding in the Lord, I became enamored by God’s heart for service, that he is the humble servant King. And I want to be like him.”
So you’ll know her a little better, Laura encourages women to abide in Christ by committing themselves to the word of God, prayer, and fellowship. Through her writing, small group studies, and one-on-one discipleship, she challenges friends to follow Christ wholeheartedly. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two little babes.
Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?
Can you pinpoint a time in your life in which you really became enthralled with the practice of abiding in Christ?
What does it mean to abide in Christ?
Jesus says abide in me as I abide in you. What does it mean that Christ abides in us?
What actually enables us to abide in Christ?
What are some of the ordinary means of grace that God has given us that enable us to more richly abide in Christ?
How has abiding in Christ changed you? As a person? Wife? Mother?
What does it look like to abide as you go about a busy day of motherhood?
How do you and your husband encourage one another to abide in Christ?
What would you say is a good first step for the woman that's listening who wants to more consciously abide in Christ?
THREE QUESTIONS I ASK EVERY GUEST
What 3 resources would you recommend for someone who desires to abide in Christ?
What are your 3 simple joys?
Who has had the greatest impact on your own journey with Jesus?
“When we abide in Christ, we are continuing to believe the truth of Gospel, doing whatever it takes to persevere in our faith. And God has given us means of grace to do that.”
“Do whatever it takes to remain in him and stay connected to continue in your faith.”
“His Spirit abides in us. That is a steady and faithful abiding. He will never let us go. We will never be separated.”
“Don’t think of abiding in Christ as just a quiet time. When we first believed in Christ, he made us new. When we abide, we are continuing to believe. Abiding is to remain in Christ. We are already there. We are just remembering that we are there.”
“We can’t please God. We are broken. Apart from God we should be tossed away. But the incredible thing is God did not toss us away. Instead, in his love and mercy, Christ came and lived perfectly and died for our inability to live perfectly.”
“When I abide in Christ, life is no longer about me, it’s about him, and he always orients me towards others. Through abiding in the Lord, I became enamored by God’s heart for service, that he is the humble servant King. And I want to be like him.”
LAURA'S RESOURCES FOR ABIDING IN CHRIST
Ponder: A Simple Guide to Time Alone with God by Laura Hardin
The Abide Method by Risen Motherhood
Habits of Grace by Dave Mathis
When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy by John Piper
LAURA'S SIMPLE JOY’S
Getting in the Word with a friend
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